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Thursday January 1

16:56
Here’s what Apple included in this year’s $320 ‘...

Shoppers line up outside Apple’s Omotesandō retail store for the Lucky Bag sale (Image via Ringo-Sanco)

The contents of Apple’s 2015 Japanese “Lucky Bag” sales have been revealed. The bags went on sale at 8 AM local time this morning, and the entire collection of deals was quickly revealed by those who had taken advantage of the limited-time offer.

The bags will cost shoppers around ¥38,000 (or about $323). There are four different types of bags available, and customers will get one at random when they make their purchase.

Here’s what shoppers will find in their Lucky Bags this year:

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15:00
Daily Deals for January 1, 2015, featuring The Xbox...

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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11:57
Apple increases iOS and Mac Developer Program...

Apple has quietly increased the cost of its iOS & Mac Developer Programs in some EU countries with price hikes confirmed for at least the UK and Germany. In Germany, the programs are up from the previous €80/year to €99/year, while in the UK pricing has been adjusted from £60/year to £79/year.

While the price increase is already live in at least the UK and Germany, pricing for the program in the US remains at $99/year.

Apple requires app developers to enroll in its developer programs for both the iOS App Store and Mac App Store in order to distribute apps through the stores and access Apple’s developer tools alongside early iOS and OS X releases.

It’s unclear if the change could be a result of currency fluctuations or perhaps a...

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09:15
Grovemade’s wooden accessories bring tech back to...

Opening the packaging, unwrapping the cellophane, untwisting the cable ties, and key-cutting tape is as much a part of the technology ritual as meditating on which device to buy in the first place.

But that first whiff of silica gel and plastic-infused air can seem a little sterile. Technology has come to mean sleek, metallic, and smooth, impersonal by definition of its mass production.

This Christmas I've found the perfect antidote: a selection of handmade wooden products from Grovemade. As described on the website, the team is "a family of creators—close knit and a little crazy—handcrafting goods at our workshop in Portland, Oregon."

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09:00
Rumor Roundup: What to expect when you're...

Apple in Talks with Major Banks to Launch Apple Pay in UK During First Half of 2015 (MacRumors)

Source: "People familiar with the matter"

Chance it's true: 100 percent

It makes perfect sense that the UK will be the next nation to see Apple Pay ava...

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08:40
Happy New Year from O’Grady’s PowerPage!!!

2014 is out the door, 2015 is here and with that in mind, O’Grady’s PowerPage would like to wish you a happy new year!!!

The staff will be taking the day off to spend time with friends and family, but come back tomorrow for additional, Mac, iOS and mobile news as we sort out everything that the new year is expected to bring.

Have a safe and happy new year and we’ll be back tomorrow!!!

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06:30
Best under-appreciated movies from 2014

I love finding a diamond in the rough. This list is from Rotten Tomatoes.

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06:00
How Does Your Page Rank?

There are a number of services that rank web sites. I find that I check alexa.com here and there. So as you employ various techniques to make your site better, you can check back and see the long term impacts of how these efforts impact your ranking.

You can also see demographics of visitors.

 

And you can see geographic data as well.

There are other better sites, with far more detailed information such as Google Analytics. But a very top-level, upper level view of how your site is performing is something like...

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05:31
Happy New Year

Happy NewYear greetings to all our readers and advertisers. MacTech will be "closed" today and will reopen for business as usual on Friday, Jan. 2.

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Wednesday December 31

18:23
To our Fans Around the Globe, Happy New Year!
17:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Necrorun ;[iPhone; Now ...

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16:48
Stornext MDC and Yosemite

Forums: General Xsan TalkTags: Stornext MDC Yosemite Downgrade Xsan4

We received a new MacMini with Yosemite 10.10. We need to hook to Stornext 4.3.3 MDC to work as a client to move files between our various Stornext 4.3.3 SAN volumes. It has Xsan4, which we see is not supported. The plan was to go from MacMini to Atto Thunderlink 2162 to Stornext MDC and attach with 16 GB FC.
Since Xsan4 is not listed as compatible with Stornext 4.3.3, is it possible to either downgrade to Xsan3, or to go back to Mavericks to get Xsan3? We weren't anticipating the Xsan4 issue. We just need a client on Xsan to talk to the Stornext 4.3.3 MDC and SAN volumes.

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15:30
Relive your favorite stories from 2014 with...

Earlier in December, Apple announced its picks for 2014’s best iOS apps, and the list didn’t surprise us. We were equally as obsessed with Threes, found Hyperlapse to be the perfect Instagram companion, and we all enjoy a little brain training now and then with Elevate

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

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15:00
LifeBox for iPhone is strange and addictive

I'm not quite sure how to describe LifeBox (free until Mid-January). It's a bit like the infamous Pet Rock of years ago or the more recent Tamagotchi. It just sits there, but unlike the Pet Rock, little stories unfold over time in tiny animated boxes...

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14:00
Class action lawsuit filed against Apple over large...

Apple is facing a newly-filed class action lawsuit which alleges the company doesn't properly warn customers about the storage requirements of for iOS 8. The lawsuit -- filed by William Anderson of the Washington, D.C. based firm Cuneo, Gilbert, & La...

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13:07
New York City considering Apple Pay, Bitcoin as...

You might just be able to pay your parking tickets in New York City with Apple Pay in the new year.

In an effort to reboot an old and obtuse parking ticket payments system, the city of New York is investigating alternative forms of payment, including mobile transactions powered by services like Apple Pay and PayPal.

Per AppleInsider and MarketWatch, the city’s finance department is looking to upgrade its parking ticket platform, which currently handles some US$600 million annually from about 10 million issued tickets.

Potential replacements for the parking bureau’s current system include Apple Pay, PayPal and...

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13:00
Designer uses her nose and an Apple Trackpad to...

Designer Michelle Vandy had to get creative with her tools when she lost the use of her hands after developing a repetitive stress injury in her arms. In a profile by Core77, Vandy explains how she learned to draw and design using her nose and an App...

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11:40
Got a parking ticket in NYC? City looking at Apple...

New York City's Department of Finance recently submitted a Request for Information (RFI) (PDF) about “mobile solutions for payment” of parking tickets, listing Apple Pay, PayPal, and Bitcoin as potential options.

The city says it's only looking to find out more about what a mobile payment option might look like—its most recent document is not a request for proposals, so there's a possibility that transferring bitcoins into the NYC municipal coffers may never come to fruition. But if you've ever parked an inch too close to a broken-looking fire hydrant in that city, you may take delight in the idea of being able to pay the fine quickly from your phone. The city is also looking for a way to allow people to schedule parking ticket hearings via their phones.

Currently, parking violators can pay online, in person or by mail. MarketWatch, which first...

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11:24
Review: Skech’s Base and Skechbook join the early...

As 2014 comes to a close, there aren’t a lot of iPad Air 2-specific cases on the market, and some developers are already taking shortcuts — cutting extra holes in old iPad Air cases — just to get “iPad Air 1+2″ products out. So when new cases are supposedly tailored just for the iPad Air 2, I’m interested in seeing how well they actually fit and protect Apple’s latest tablet, even if their designs are otherwise highly familiar. That’s why Skech’s Base ($45) and Skechbook ($40) are here.

They’re both fabric folios with iPad Air 2-sized plastic hard shells inside. Offered in black, blue, or pink, Base has rounded corners and feels like waxed canvas, while the black-only Skechbook has boxy, hardcover book-like edges and is...

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10:52
What's Coming From Apple in 2015: Apple Watch,...

Thanks to the iPhone 6, the iPad Air 2, the iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite, and iOS 8, 2014 was a major year for Apple. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus brought new screen sizes and a radical redesign, while iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite introduced deep integration between Apple's mobile and desktop operating systems.

The past year has seen an impressive display of innovation and new ideas, but upcoming product releases and rumors suggest that 2015 may be an even more monumental year for Apple.

Along with the Apple Watch, which Apple has said will launch in early 2015, we will likely see major updates across the Mac lineup due to the availability of Intel's next-generation Broadwell chips. An Apple TV update has long been in the works and could see a 2015 debut, and as it has done every year, Apple will undoubtedly update its iPad and iPhone lineup, along with releasing new versions of iOS and OS X.

As we...

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10:32
62% of US broadband households never back up their...

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) shows that 62% of U.S. broadband households never back up their data to an online storage service, despite options available from companies such as Carbonite, Acronis, and Backblaze.

This finding reveals a huge addressable market for cloud-based storage in 2015, as consumer consumption of digital content is on the rise. Smartphone users in U.S. broadband households spend 18 minutes on average per session when using streaming music apps, which exceeds time spent on gaming, social media, or video apps.

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10:32
62% of US broadband households never back up their...

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) shows that 62% of U.S. broadband households never back up their data to an online storage service, despite options available from companies such as Carbonite, Acronis, and Backblaze.

This finding reveals a huge addressable market for cloud-based storage in 2015, as consumer consumption of digital content is on the rise. Smartphone users in U.S. broadband households spend 18 minutes on average per session when using streaming music apps, which exceeds time spent on gaming, social media, or video apps.

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09:42
Apple hit with lawsuit over shrinking size of usable...

Just as one judge dismissed a class action case again Apple yesterday, today Siliconbeat reports that Apple will face a new class action case claiming iOS 8 takes up too much of the iPhone’s overall storage capacity. The case was filed in a Bay Area federal court this week and claims that iOS 8 can take up as much as 23.1 percent of an iOS device’s storage depending on the model:

“We feel that there are a substantial number of Apple consumers that have been shortchanged, and we’ll be pursuing the claims vigorously,” said William Anderson, a lawyer at Cuneo Gilbert...

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09:42
Apple's 'Start Something New'...

Earlier this week, Apple debuted a new "Start Something New" campaign on its Japanese site, showcasing individuals using its latest products and creative apps to make art and capture photos.

As of today, the company's new campaign has been expanded to several other countries, including the United States and many locations across Europe and Asia.

The "Start Something New" micro site includes a gallery that features art made with Apple products like the iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, and iMac. A range of photography, painting, and sketching apps like Procreate, VSCO Cam, iDraw...

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09:36
∞ Inside a Rolex Submariner

Few of us give a thought to the inside of a watch, whether you wear one or not. This video of the inner workings of a $10,000 Rolex Submariner shows how intricate and complicated the mechanisms are.

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09:36
Apple brings its “Start Something New.” page global...

Apple launched its Start Something New. campaign on its Japanese website 2 days ago and it looks to be propagating globally now in the run up to New Years Eve 2015. The page encourages Apple users to try out new products like Procreate, Brushes 3, Slow Shutter,  VSCOCam, Waterlogue and iDraw and highlights artists including Roz Hall, ...

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09:18
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Belkin 30% off sitewide, ZAGG...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the brand new 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:



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08:37
Despite declining sales, Samsung somehow beats Apple...

One of Apple CEO Tim Cook’s favorite terms to throw around during earnings calls and keynote presentations is “Customer Sat,” but the latest from the American Customer Satisfaction Index has Apple down compared to last year while Samsung continues to rise despite declining sales. 

Apple comes in on the index measuring Cellular Telephones at a score of 79, a -2.5% change from last year and just slightly above the average 78 score for all cell phones measured in the index.

While Samsung has been steadily reporting a drop in mobile profits as it restructures...

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08:32
Samsung edges out Apple in holiday customer...

Samsung just beat out Apple in terms of customer service this holiday season.

Per Engadget and Boy Genius Report, the latest stats from the American Consumer Satisfaction Index, which surveys 70,000 consumers every year, show Samsung slightly beating out Apple by two points with a satisfaction score of 81. Sure, it’s not a huge lead, but it’s a big jump for the company from last year’s score of 76. Apple, meanwhile, saw its score fall more than two points since last year. It’s always tough to read much into these numbers (was it the Galaxy S5 that helped, or just Android improvements?), but it’s still a decent win for Samsung. Don’t be surprised if Samsung ends up marketing the heck out of this...

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08:30
Daily Deals for December 31, 2014, Save Big With...

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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08:16
Apple hit with class action suit over iOS 8 space...

If you were annoyed by how much space iOS 8 took up, you aren’t alone.

Per SiliconBeat, Apple has been hit with a lawsuit alleging that it doesn’t inform users just how much storage its new operating system will eat up – and then prods them to buy more space through its iCloud service.

The case, filed in the Bay Area’s federal court on Tuesday, claims iOS 8 can take up as much as 23.1 percent of the advertised storage capacity on Apple gadgets, but few users realize that when they make their purchases. Seeking damages and changes to Apple policies under California state law, plaintiffs hope to represent sweeping classes of users who bought Apple gadgets with iOS 8 already installed and users who upgraded to the latest version of the software.

“We...

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08:10
Rumor: Samsung fanless notebook hints at upcoming...

The 12-inch Retina Display MacBook Air may be fanless thanks to Samsung.

Per 9to5Mac and The Verge, Samsung has pre-announced the Ativ Book 9 ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show. Interestingly, this notebook features many of the technical specifications that have been rumored for the future 12-inch Retina MacBook Air. The announcement of the Ativ Book 9 validates that a fanless high-resolution ultrabook is indeed possible in the short term.

The Book 9 laptop features a 12.2 inch screen with a 2600×1600 resolution, implying a 250 PPI. At normal viewing distances, Apple could easily describe the display as...

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07:56
Some iPhone 6 owners citing that cards can’t be...

This will need to get sorted out.

Especially if the only current resolution requires replacing the handset.

Per 9to5Mac, a bevy of users in the Apple Support Communities are reporting that they are unable to add cards back into Apple Pay after their phone has been restored – whether as a new phone or from a backup. According to reports there, Apple has been able to resolve the issue only by replacing the phone.

One user reported the following:

“I just left the Apple Store. They couldn’t diagnose the issue and we did a restore there in store and the problem persisted. The solution was to swap the hardware […]

I ended up going to the Apple Store and going to the genius bar. They proceeded to do all the...

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07:46
Apple accounts for 51% of devices as Christmas gifts

These are the days of giving devices as gifts.

Specifically, Apple devices.

Per Flurry, 2014 turned into a banner year for Apple, its devices accounting for 51 percent of the new device activations worldwide Flurry recognized in the week leading up to and including Christmas Day (December 19th – 25th). Samsung held the #2 position with 18% of new device activations, and Microsoft (Nokia) rounded out the top three with 5.8% share for mostly Lumia devices. After the top three manufacturers, the device market becomes increasingly fragmented with only Sony and LG commanding more than one percent share of new activations on Christmas Day. Up-and-comers Xiaomi, Huawei, and HTC all had less than one percent share on Christmas Day. One reason is surely their...

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07:45
Users Reporting with Apple Pay Problems After...

Several iPhone 6 owners on Apple support forums and in MacRumors forums are reporting an issue with Apple Pay after making changes to the their phones that automatically reset the Apple Pay service (via 9to5Mac). These activities include restoring a phone, logging out of iCloud and possibly removing a passcode from the device.

Following such changes, Apple automatically removes the associated credit cards from Apple Pay as a security measure to protect a user's sensitive financial information in case of loss or theft of the phone. Users are then required to repeat the setup process and re-add their credit cards to the mobile payment service. It is during this restoration step,...

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07:44
The Big Apple may use Apple Pay for parking tickets

The city of New York’s finance department is looking into alternative payment methods like Apple Pay, PayPal and Bitcoin for the US$600 million in parking ticket revenue it collects annually by issuing up to 10 million tickets, reports "MarketWatch" (http://tinyurl.com/mvtlo34).

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07:38
How to make an Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned is my drink of choice. Happy New Year.

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07:25
Apple Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Large iOS 8...

A new class action lawsuit was filed against Apple on Tuesday in a U.S. federal court, alleging the company's newest version of iOS doesn't properly inform its users just how much storage space it will occupy once downloaded.

As reported by Siliconbeat, the lawsuit is claiming that iOS 8 can take up as much as 23.1 percent of the overall storage capacity of an iOS device, but that fact isn't actively advertised when customers purchase a new Apple product, or go to download the new software update. The plaintiffs point to personal moments akin to sporting events or weddings where users are desperate for more storage as Apple preying on consumers for more profit.
"Using these sharp business tactics, defendant gives less storage capacity than advertised, only to offer to sell that capacity in a desperate moment, e.g., when a consumer is trying to...

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07:04
Bankrupt GT Advanced Tech wants to give key...

Former Apple supplier, GT Advanced Technologies, is asking a bankruptcy court for permission to give "executive bonuses" of up to $2 million to help motivate and retain "key" employees, according to AppleInsider (www.appleinsider.com).

In October GT Advanced Tech, Apple’s partner in a sapphire production facility in Arizona, together with certain of its direct and indirect subsidiaries (collectively, GT), commenced voluntary cases under chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire.

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06:58
Judge dismisses proposed employee lawsuits against...

Citing a recent Supreme Court ruling, a federal court judge has dismissed a pair of proposed class action lawsuits against Apple by some retail employees, who argued the company's anti-theft policies incurred lost wages, reports AppleInsider (www.appleinsider.com). Alsop's ruling hinges on a unanimous Supreme Court decision (PDF link) regarding a similar situation involving employee security checks and overtime pay.

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06:56
Apple Faces New Class Action over False iDevice...

Floridians by the name of Paul Orshan and Christopher Endara have filed a class action against Apple for storage capacity misrepresentations and omissions relating to Apple's iOS 8. According to the filing, "iOS 8 uses an unexpectedly large percentage of the storage capacity on 8 GB and 16 GB iPhones, iPads and iPods." While this is an annoyance lawsuit, it's an industry practice that should end – and Apple should lead the way.

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06:30
iOS app developer gives parents the best Christmas...

iOS developer Joseph Riquelme gave his parents a folded note containing one of the best gifts ever -- their house. Riquelme shared a photo of the handwritten gift, which simply said "Your house is paid off. Merry Xmas."
In touching video posted to Yo...

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06:00
The Secret About Computers

I’ve written lot of articles about computers. But none mattered. You see, I could have summed it all up in one simple, easy to digest piece of information: There are little men and women running around inside your computer. They take bits of data, in Bushels of 8 bits (a byte) from one place to another, doing maths and even run inside network cables to bring information from their homeworld, tehGoogle. These little men fly through the air so fast to bring you wireless that you can’t even see them. They’re really nice and you forgot about them for Christmas. That’s ok, they’re so little, they ate a crumb of Santa’s cookies and were all sick for a day from the sugar. They thought you left it for them. Proof: this jigsaw puzzle hanging in my home office.

 

Happy New Year. Be safe. Be good. Put your Camera Roll on that breathalyzer app thing for the night so you don’t...

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05:30
Tulnity turns your iPhone into personal TV headphones

The Tunity app allows users to listen to muted TVs through their iPhones with or without headphones. Users will find a number of uses for the app but I can envision it working well when you are at a sports bar with a number of televisions tuned to a ...

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05:30
Tunity turns your iPhone into personal TV headphones

The Tunity app allows users to listen to muted TVs through their iPhones with or without headphones. Users will find a number of uses for the app but I can envision it working well when you are at a sports bar with a number of televisions tuned to a ...

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05:23
iPhone 6 owners reporting that cards cannot be added...

Multiple iPhone 6 owners are reporting in an Apple Support Communities thread that they are unable to add cards back into Apple Pay after their phone has been restored – whether as a new phone or from a backup. According to reports there, Apple has been able to resolve the issue only by replacing the phone.

I just left the Apple Store. They couldn’t diagnose the issue and we did a restore there in store and the problem persisted. The solution was to swap the hardware […]

I ended up going to the Apple Store and going to the genius bar. They proceeded to do all the thing I already tried. After they did a restore and set up as a new phone and saw they it didn’t work they went in the back and brought out a new phone. I fired up the phone and went thru steps to add my cards to Apple pay...

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05:00
New fanless 12-inch laptop from Samsung foreshadows...

 


Ahead of CES, Samsung has pre-announced the Ativ Book 9, via The Verge. Interestingly, this laptop features many of the technical specifications that have been rumored for the future 12-inch Retina MacBook Air. The announcement of the Ativ Book 9 validates that a fanless high-resolution ultrabook is indeed possible in the short term.

The Book 9 laptop features a 12.2 inch screen with a 2600×1600 resolution, implying a 250 PPI. At normal viewing distances, Apple could easily describe the display as ‘Retina’. ...

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04:57
Tablets, ultrabooks become more affordable in...

The average selling price (ASP) of ultrabooks and tablets declined by 7.8% in 2014, as the market matured and commoditized, allowing these devices to become more affordable in all markets.

According to market intelligence firm ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com), the average weeks of household income needed to buy a tablet or ultrabook both declined by approximately 30% year-over-yea making these devices more affordable to a wider range of consumers.

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04:57
Tablets, ultrabooks become more affordable in...

The average selling price (ASP) of ultrabooks and tablets declined by 7.8% in 2014, as the market matured and commoditized, allowing these devices to become more affordable in all markets.

According to market intelligence firm ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com), the average weeks of household income needed to buy a tablet or ultrabook both declined by approximately 30% year-over-yea making these devices more affordable to a wider range of consumers.

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04:21
PDF Reader 'GoodReader' Removes iCloud...

PDF reader app GoodReader has removed a number of operations related to iCloud Drive to comply with Apple's guidelines. Specifically, developer Good.iWare has disabled GoodReader's ability to create and delete new folders inside iCloud along with the ability to move iCloud files. The developer called the iCloud usage policy "mandatory" and also included VoiceOver compatibility along with a big fix for opening iCloud containers.

Important iCloud functionality change:
- to ensure the compliance to Apple's iCloud usage policy, the following operations have been disabled: creation of new folders inside iCloud, deletion of folders inside iCloud, moving of files and folders inside iCloud.
We apologize for the inconvenience, but the iCloud usage policy is mandatory. The changes to GoodReader come a week after Panic's file management app Transmit was...

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04:08
Recommended Reading: '10 Habits for Successful...

Quark Software's "10 Habits for Successful Digital Publishing" (http://www.appstudio.net/Resources/) is an ebook guide for corporate and journal publishers who are creating or rethinking their digital publishing strategies.

Written by experts in digital and mobile publishing, readers will get a better understanding of the technologies and best practices for reaching, engaging and understanding consumers of digital content. Topics covered in "10 Habits for Successful Digital Publishing" include:

° Trends in tablet publishing, such as device fragmentation;

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03:32
New York City Considering Apple Pay for Future...

The city of New York is considering new measures (PDF) that would allow drivers to pay their parking tickets with alternative payment methods like Apple Pay, PayPal, and Bitcoin, reports MarketWatch. Currently, the city says it is collecting roughly $30 billion in parking ticket revenue each year, as the region's Department of Finance is looking for a "convenient way for motorists to expeditiously pay their parking tickets via a smartphone or mobile device."

The primary objective of this RFI is to identify and assess mobile platforms that support the payment of parking tickets and learn about their current use and future viability. A secondary objective is to identify existing mobile platforms that support the request for a hearing of parking tickets...

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02:03
GoodReader app forced to remove some iCloud Drive...

Continuing the string of controversy regarding App Store approval in recent weeks, an update pushed through by GoodReader ($4.99, iPhone and iPad) earlier today shows that the company has been forced to remove some significant iCloud Drive features, in order to comply with iCloud Drive usage guidelines and remain in the App Store.

Specifically, the GoodReader update removes the ability to add folders, remove folders or move files around the iCloud Drive storage location. The update notes reference a ‘usage policy’, although it is unclear what document the company is referring to.

Folder operations are included in the public iCloud Drive API’s, which makes the...

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Tuesday December 30

23:42
NYC residents may eventually be able to pay parking...

The Big Apple is considering letting drivers pay for their parking tickets using their big Apple phones, MarketWatch reports. New York City is said to be looking to update its old system with something a little more user-friendly, and is currently considering several options, including Apple Pay.

The main idea for the new system is a mobile app that would allow users to scan in a parking ticket, either by barcode or some other means, then pay the fine instantly using Apple Pay or another payment system, such as PayPal, or possibly even Bitcoin.

Another goal for the app is...

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21:00
Getting Help with App Reviews and Rejections

iTunes Connect is now available after the holiday shutdown. Please remember, if you need to appeal an app rejection or request that the review of your app be expedited, the fastest way to get help is to contact the App Review Team through the Contact Us form. To view app rejection details and ask for clarification, visit Resolution Center in iTunes Connect. We look forward to seeing the innovative new apps you'll create in 2015.

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21:00
Getting Help with App Reviews and Rejections

iTunes Connect is now available after the holiday shutdown. Please remember, if you need to appeal an app rejection or request that the review of your app be expedited, the fastest way to get help is to contact the App Review Team through the Contact Us form. To view app rejection details and ask for clarification, visit Resolution Center in iTunes Connect. We look forward to seeing the innovative new apps you'll create in 2015.

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17:02
T-Mobile CEO predicts Apple Watch will take...

In the months leading up to the launch of the Apple Watch next year, early opinions about the smartwatch have been quite mixed. While some believe that the Apple Watch will be as successful as iconic products released ahead of it, including the iPhone, iPad, iPod and Mac, others are more skeptical about how much of an impact the device will truly have.

While the wearables market is forecasted to become over a $5 billion industry by 2018, it hasn’t reached that point just yet. But T-Mobile CEO John Legere certainly thinks it will sooner than later, predicting that the Apple Watch launch in 2015 will be the turning point in which the wearables market goes from niche to mainstream.

“I love what Jawbone, Fitbit, Samsung, LG, Microsoft...

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15:24
Apple employee lawsuit over time spent in security...

Apple employees who attempted to file a class action lawsuit against the company over wages they say they lost while standing in bag-check lines for 10 to 15 minutes before and after their shifts got some bad news from a judge today. Citing a similar case involving Amazon warehouse workers, a district judge dismissed the Apple suit.

In the Amazon case, the Supreme Court ruled that because Amazon warehouse workers were not employed for the purpose of going through security checks, it was not actually part of the job they were being paid to do....

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14:52
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13:51
The Halting Progress of Mind-Controlled Robot Tech


Jan Scheuermann, a quadriplegic, in 2012 was able to use her thoughts to flex the wrist of a new mind-controlled robotic arm in a project run by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Earlier this year, she demonstrated using her thoughts to make four distinct movements: finger abduction, or spreading out the fingers; scoop, in which the last fingers curl in; thumb opposition, which consists of the thumb moving out from the palm; and pinching the thumb, index and middle fingers together.

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13:30
T-Mobile's CEO Continues his Un-Carrier War Cry...

T-Mobile's CEO John Legere didn't mince his words about the fabled Bendgate back in October. To him it was all a bunch of Horse sh*t, to mark his words. He's definitely outspoken and an in-your- face type of CEO. Today Legere is stepping up his war cry by calling 2015 as he sees it. He steps on his competitors while talking a little about Apple in between punches.

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13:00
SpotCam is a capable Wi-Fi camera for your home

SpotCam is a new entrant in the cloud-based home webcam parade. The U.S. $149.99 camera has easy setup and features like sound monitoring, plus the ability to speak to the camera remotely and have the camera speaker play it.

Specifications

Dimensio...

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12:00
A pair of putrid pink phone protectors

There are plenty of poorly conceived iPhone cases out there, but it's rare that you see a company really knock it out of the park with a bad design only to follow it up with an even worse one. Moschino, an Italian luxury firm that dreams up all manne...

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11:53
Putting a MacBook Pro In the Oven To Fix It

An anonymous reader writes: A post at iFixit explains how one user with a failing MacBook Pro fixed it by baking it in the oven. The device had overheating issues for months, reaching temperatures over 100 C. When it finally died, some research suggested the extreme heat caused the logic board to flex and break the solder connections. The solution was to simply reflow the solder, but that's hard to do with a MBP. "Instead, I cracked open the back of my laptop, disconnected all eleven connectors and three heat sinks from the logic board, and turned the oven up to 340 F. I put my $900 part on a cookie sheet and baked it for seven nerve-wracking minutes. After it cooled, I reapplied thermal paste, put it all back together, and cheered when it booted. It ran great for the next eight months." The laptop failed again, and another brief vacation into the oven got it running once more.

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11:39
Duet 0.9.9 - Use your iPad as an external display. (...

Duet is the first app that allows you to use your iDevice as an extra display for your Mac using the Lightning or 30-pin cable.

Version 0.9.9:

  • Initial release



  • OS X 10.6 or later



Download Now

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11:23
15 amazing places you can tour virtually

Mental Floss:

If you can’t check out these places in person, you can at least visit them virtually—no flights or long road trips required.

Do not go to this site unless you’ve got an hour or more to kill. Spectacular imagery. I’ve been to eight of the fifteen but this is an entirely different perspective of the places.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:06
Looking Back at Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's...

Microsoft's former CEO Steve Ballmer officially retired earlier this year and so as the year closes out, I thought it would be fun to show you a video that I discovered earlier today on CNNMoney that had me laughing looking back at Ballmer the mad salesman. It shows us

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11:00
The Puzlook iPhone case combines a puzzle and...

Well here's something that's...unique. The Puzlook iPhone case contains five lenses to your iPhone to enhance your photography, including wide-angle, macro, telephoto, and fisheye lenses. There's also a tripod mount an integrated 8 GB USB memory stic...

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10:57
TSMC May Win Bulk of A9 Orders Due to Better...

News reports and rumors have gone back and forth multiple times over whether Samsung or the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will produce the A9 chips designed for use in next-generation iOS devices as the two companies compete for Apple's business.

In December, a report suggested Samsung had already begun production on the A9 chips, but a new analyst prediction shared by the Taipei Times suggests that TSMC, not Samsung, may be Apple's main A9 chip supplier due to its more favorable production yield.

"The two companies' technological capabilities are similar, so the key factor will be whose mass-production yield is better," MIC director Chris Hung (洪春暉) told reporters on the sidelines of the...

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10:01
'Thunderstrike' hack can affect Mac...

A security researcher speaking at the Chaos Computer Congress in Hamburg demonstrated a hack that rewrites an Intel Mac's firmware using a Thunderbolt device with attack code in an option ROM, reports 9to5Mac (www.9to5Mac.com).

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09:43
Samsung Preparing to Roll Out the World's First...

In a report covering Apple's Q4 (calendar Q3) financial conference we noted that Apple had added some color to their initial press release wherein Apple's CEO Tim Cook stated that for Macs, it was a "blowout" quarter and that "it doesn't get better than that" at 21% growth year over year. That news was like waiving bananas in front of a hungry monkey and just too hard for Samsung to resist chasing. Over the weekend, Samsung's executive core ...

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09:40
Review: G-Technology’s G-Drive USB is a pro-grade...


Professional video editors and filmmakers have raved about G-Technology’s hard drives for over a decade. These users — day-one adopters of Apple’s Mac Pro and MacBook Pro computers — need a lot of hard disk space, fast interfaces, and above all else, reliability. Losing part or all of a project can kill a movie, so nothing is left to chance on the storage side. I’m not a video professional, but as a father, my family photos and home videos are some of my most valuable possessions, and I don’t want to lose them to a hard drive failure. Numerous recommendations led me to Hitachi GST subsidiary G-Technology’s G-Drives years ago, and now there’s a new entry-level model that’s affordable enough for everyone:...

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09:30
VLC for iOS to return in 2015

Developer Felix Paul Kühne has confirmed that VLC for iOS will return in early 2015. You'll remember that it disappeared in January of 2014, and Kühne since promised that he has been "working with Apple" on a solution to get it back in the store. The...

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09:13
9to5Toys Last Call: SanDisk memory cards up to 70%...

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Amazon Gold Box – up to 70% off SanDisk memory cards: microSD 32GB $13, 64GB $25, $128GB $90, ...

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08:51
Chevron to integrate Apple Pay at the pump in 2015

Chevron will expand Apple Pay support from inside its convenience stores to the pump, allowing drivers to refill and pay with their iPhone or Apple Watch.

According to AppleInsider, Apple is working directly with Chevron, the gas company revealed via Twitter Monday afternoon, to bring Apple Pay support. The company hopes to have its systems in place for Apple Pay to be used at the pump by early 2015.

Chevron has been an early adopter of Apple Pay, and supported the tap-to-pay service at its stores and Texaco Extra Mile locations when it debuted in October. However, until now, Chevron customers have only been able to pay when they enter the convenience store, as support...

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08:31
iFixit programmer drills 60 small holes in MacBook...

This is somewhat psychotic.

And it just might work.

Per 9to5Mac, a programmer over at iFixit was able to resolve an overheating problem with a MacBook Pro notebook by drilling a ring of holes under each of its fans.

With a 1/16” bit, the group drilled holes in the bottom case, under the fans (they figured out where the blades of the fan were exposed based on the dust pattern stuck to the inside of the bottom case). The speed holes worked: The boot chime rang. The screen glowed. The fans blew.

It’s too early to know if the fix will help long term, but initially the holes have decreased temperatures to an average in the 40s and 50s opposed...

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08:30
iPhone 6 Plus spends Christmas in the snow and...

Living in an area where several feet of snow is a regular occurrence for several months every year means the constant fear of dropping your precious smartphone into a pile of the powdery white stuff. I remember waking up one morning to find that I ha...

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07:37
TSMC Likely to Retain the Bulk of Apple's Chip...

In November we posted a report titled "Did Apple Really Sign a Deal with Samsung for 80% of their 14nm Processors?" While everyone in the press was quick to claim that Samsung won back Apple's A9 business for 2015, we were skeptical of the story and now there's more data that has surfaced that just might throw cold water on...

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07:30
Daily Deals for December 30, 2014, Our Favorite...

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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07:29
Apple's 'Communicating Stylus' for...

Apple today was awarded a new patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that concerns a new type of digital stylus that translates a user's handwritten note into a digital version when connected to a smartphone, tablet, or any "digital computing device" (via Apple Insider).

The patent also details various exchangeable tips for the stylus, including actual ink, markers for a whiteboard, or a rubberized nub akin to most popular tablet styli. The stylus activates when various motion-sensing hardware, including accelerometers, detects when the pen is picked up...

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07:28
If you got a new smartphone for Christmas, it was...

Mobile analytics site Flurry has released a teaser for its annual year-end report, and things look pretty rosy for Apple: by Flurry’s estimate, 51 percent of the smartphones activated world-wide from between December 19 and December 25 were iPhones. Android collectively took second place, with Samsung grabbing the only other double-digit activation share at 18 percent.

"To put this in perspective," writes Flurry, "for every Samsung devices that was activated, Apple activated 2.9 devices. For every Microsoft Lumia device activated, Apple activated 8.8 devices."

Flurry elaborates that the category which grew the most this year is phablets, large smartphones that bridge the size gap between phone and tablet. The increase in that segment appears to have come at the expense of full-sized tablets, which shrunk from 17 percent of new device...

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06:06
Apple to save historic barn on 'spaceship...

Apple has set aside a place on its "spaceship" campus for the Glendenning Barn, named for a pioneer family whose land "became a magnet for tech companies after the blooms faded from their orchards," reports the Mercury News (mercurynews.com).

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06:05
Security researcher rewrites Mac firmware over...

A security researcher speaking at the Chaos Computer Congress in Hamburg demonstrated a hack that rewrites an Intel Mac’s firmware using a Thunderbolt device with attack code in an option ROM. Known as Thunderstrike, the proof of concept presented by Trammel Hudson infects the Apple Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) in a way he claims cannot be detected, nor removed by reinstalling OS X.

Since the boot ROM is independent of the operating system, reinstallation of OS X will not remove it. Nor does it depend on anything stored on the disk, so replacing the harddrive has no effect. A hardware in-system-programming device is the only way to restore the stock...

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06:02
Chevron to roll out Apple Pay support next year

Chevron Oil has plans to expand its use of Apple Pay to gas pumps in the new year, according to a tweet the company sent out to a customer Monday — as noted by MacRumors (www.macrumors.com).

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06:00
Five products from 2014 I can't live without:...

Of all of the staff at TUAW, I'm probably the guy who gets to take a look at more hardware and accessories than anyone else. Let's face it, being the hardware review editor has both its rewards -- getting to see a lot of amazing products -- and its d...

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05:08
Apple Granted 35 Patents Today Covering Magic...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 35 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover three of Apple's granted patents. The first relates to input transitions that are used on Apple's Magic Trackpad. The second patent covers embedded force measurements for use on iDevice displays and the third patent relates to location tracking and recording on iDevices. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.

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05:00
krypted.com Turns 10 Today

Wow, seems like just yesterday I took down the old static page that was just a bunch of links I used to find stuff and went with a full-on WordPress site. Doesn’t seem like I’ve been writing that long. But when I look at the over 2,500 posts and the fact that I hit over 210,000 uniques last month, I guess it must be true. I’m so thankful that people want to read this stuff. And I’m really glad that I’ve been able to help a few people over the years. I hope the next 10 years are even better than the last 10! And thank you for coming back here and there, when you need to.

Happy New Year!

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05:00
Apple and UK banks reportedly in talks to bring...

The Telegraph reports that Apple has been talking with some of the UK's top banks in an effort to expand Apple Pay's international footprint.

Britain's top banks are in talks with Apple to introduce its iPhone "wave and pay" service, Apple Pay, to ...

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04:55
Desktop display market shows signs of life

Global desktop monitor sell-in revenue rose 7% in the third quarter of 2014, as average selling prices (ASPs) rose just over 10%. According to a new report from DisplaySearch (www.displaysearch.com), now part of IHS, worldwide desktop PC monitor shipments declined just over 3%, to reach 34 million units.

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04:55
Desktop display market shows signs of life

Global desktop monitor sell-in revenue rose 7% in the third quarter of 2014, as average selling prices (ASPs) rose just over 10%. According to a new report from DisplaySearch (www.displaysearch.com), now part of IHS, worldwide desktop PC monitor shipments declined just over 3%, to reach 34 million units.

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04:20
Kool Tools: Vuo 1.0 for media producers

Kosada's Vuo (http://vuo.org) is designed as an alternative to Apple's Quartz Composer. Aimed at media producers, VJs, interactive artists, and media-making non-programmers, it enables users to interactively create and mix audio, video, and 2D + 3D effects.

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03:57
Apple dominates holiday giving, iPhones & iPads...

Data from Yahoo-owned analytics company Flurry shows that iPhones and iPads comprised more than half of all mobile device activations between 19th and 25th December, at 51.3% – almost three times as many as second-placed Samsung.

Apple accounted for 51% of the new device activations worldwide Flurry recognized in the week leading up to and including Christmas Day (December 19th – 25th). Samsung held the #2 position with 18% of new device activations, and Microsoft (Nokia) rounded out the top three with 5.8% share for mostly Lumia devices. After the top three manufacturers, the device market becomes increasingly fragmented with only Sony and LG commanding more than one percent share of new activations on Christmas Day.

The company notes that while Chinese...

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02:44
Apple Granted a Patent for an iPen that also Works...

On the last patent day of 2014, the US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 35 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover one of Apple's unique digital pen inventions. This pen invention will allow a user to write on paper and have their notes simultaneously transfer to an iDevice like an iPhone or iPad. Apple's invention also ...

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Monday December 29

18:24
Cyberduck 4.6.1 - FTP and SFTP browser. (Free)

Cyberduck is a robust FTP/FTP-TLS/SFTP browser for the Mac whose lack of visual clutter and cleverly intuitive features make it easy to use. Support for external editors and system technologies such as Spotlight, Bonjour, Keychain, and AppleScript are built-in.

Cyberduck is an Open Source product licensed under the GPL and free to use. Donations are welcome to help advance development in the future. Thanks to contributors, Cyberduck is available in English, Japanese, German, Catalan, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Russian, and Polish.



Version 4.6.1:

  • [Bugfix] Uploads to buckets in eu-central-1 (S3)
  • [Bugfix] Supporting both Project ID and Project Number for login username (Google Storage)
  • [Bugfix] Failure to read attributes downloading bucket (S3)
  • [Bugfix] Wrong...

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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

Moment - Track how much...

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17:56
FOSS' Shining Moments of 2014


Well we're into the last few days of 2014 here in the Linux blogosphere, and fortunately the tequila supplies down at the Broken Windows Lounge continue to hold strong. The weather outside may be frightful, but the refreshments -- like the software -- remain nothing short of delightful. It didn't take long for bloggers to slip into a sentimental mood as they reminisced about the waning year. For blogger Robert Pogson, the highlight of 2014 came when his wife's PC died.

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17:30
Daily Deals for December 29, 2014, Featuring Our...

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

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

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16:18
Hackers Give Touch ID the Finger


Hacker Jan Krissler, aka "Starbug," this weekend told attendees at the 31st Chaos Computer Club convention in Hamburg, Germany, that he had replicated the fingerprints of German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leven using a standard photo camera and commercially available software from VeriFinger. Krissler used a close-up of a photo of the minister's thumb and other pictures taken at different angles during a press event in October. "This is a result of the proliferation of high-resolution digital cameras," said tech analyst Rob Enderle.

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15:30
Apple Pay For the UK

An anonymous reader writes about when Apple Pay will be available in the UK. "A major UK bank's concern over data collected by Apple Pay is reportedly stalling negotiations to launch the mobile payments service in the country by 'the first half of 2015.' The Telegraph reports that 'at least one' of the UK's biggest banks is 'uncomfortable with the amount of personal and financial information Apple wants to collect about its customers.' Apple has been adamant about its approach to collecting users' data via Apple Pay. 'We are not in the business of collecting your data,' said Apple exec Eddy Cue when introducing the service in September. 'So when you go to a physical business and use Apple Pay, Apple doesn't know what you bought, where you bought it, or how much you paid for it. The transaction is between you, the merchant, and your bank.'"

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15:25
A New Study Shows that Apple Gained 51% of New...

Over the weekend we posted a report titled "Samsung's iPhone 5 Clones failed to make a Dent against Apple." Their cloner attack on the iPhone 5 with their Galaxy Alpha line-up failed to steal iPhone users to their camp or even generate enthusiasm from their own Android camp. On top of that, the Korean Times reported earlier today that Samsung held a 13 hour marathon "crisis management" meeting today to find a way out of their negative profit nightmare. And if that wasn't enough, a new published study from Flurry delivers another punishing blow to Samsung that knocks them to the mat for a ten count for 2014.

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15:19
Apple to preserve historic Glendenning Barn on site...

Apple has always attempted to respect historic landmarks in planning its various real estate expansions, and as the San Jose Mercury News reported today, two buildings with a full century of history between them will coexist as the company continues its trend by preserving a 100-year-old barn to remain on the campus of its new headquarters.

The Glendenning Barn was built in...

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15:01
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 29

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

Bad Games has announced Selknam Defense. It's a free (though sponsored by ads) Tower Defense game variant.

MBG UG has released Mr. Noble. The app is designed to be the "digital Swiss Army knife" for iSO devices. Mr. Noble a a free download and offers full access to "Toolbox" and "Looks," as well as the chapters "Suits" and "Shirts." Additional content can be unlocked via in-app-purchases: US$0.99 for individual chapters or $4.99 for the entire suite of chapters.

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15:00
Take an 18-minute look at how to fool Touch ID with...

It's possible to fool Touch ID but, as we've been saying since it came out, it isn't easy. The folks at Tested were curious about new methods of fooling the sensor and set out to find the perfect tool, a fake finger to trick them all. Their end resul...

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14:42
Johnson & Johnson’s “Donate a photo” app turns...

Johnson & Johnson:

Donate a Photo, the free donation app from Johnson & Johnson takes your photos and turns them into a way to do good. For every photo you share through Donate a Photo, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 to the charity of your choice.

Your photos can do things like help a newborn breathe with Save the Children, get school supplies for a girl in Guatemala with Girl Up, or help a deployed service member call home with the USO.

The web site says your photos won’t be used “to sell any products or for any other commercial purposes.” This looks like a great way to donate to some of the associated charities.

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14:35
External Link: Adam and Tonya Engst Discuss Tech...

On a recent MacVoices interview with Chuck Joiner, Adam and Tonya engaged in a far-ranging conversation about how tech journalism has changed over the last year, how Take Control Books is evolving, and why you won't always see the latest tech-scoop-of-the-day appearing on TidBITS (hint: we only want your eyeballs when there's something worthwhile for them to look at).

 

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14:25
External Link: A Sting for Open Wi-Fi Networks

If you feel a deep connection to the Elven smiths of lost Gondolin, or if you just want a magic glowing sword (and who doesn't), Spark IO has just the project for you: a sword that glows blue when it detects open Wi-Fi networks. The do-it-yourself project requires a plastic replica of Bilbo’s sword from "The Hobbit", an inexpensive Spark Core Wi-Fi development kit, and two AA batteries. When assembled, your Sting will detect nearby open Wi-Fi networks, glow blue, and publish a message on the network. Not guaranteed to kill Mirkwood spiders.

 

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14:19
What’s in Dom’s bag: CES 2015 Edition (Video)

It’s no surprise, the Consumer Electronics Show 2015 is right around the corner and we’ve been prepping our gear and getting ready to hit the show floor. The whole thing kicks off on Jan 5, 2015 and we’re excited to dive in and bring you coverage of the latest gadgets and accessories that 2015 has to offer.

That being said, it takes a bit of work to put together the content that you’ll see and a backpack full of gear. Most of us try to pack light, but there are very important things that are necessary to make sure the job gets done. Today, we’re taking a look at the gear I’m lugging around the show floor. I may not have everything I’m used to, but these essential tools help make the coverage a bit easier…

As you may expect, I’m mostly...

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14:17
9to5Toys Last Call: iOttie iPhone 6 car mount $14,...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the brand new 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Amazon Gold Box – up to 50% off iPhone 6 cases/mounts, iPad accessories, Bluetooth speakers, more

  • iOttie Easy Flex 3 Car...
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14:00
My favorites from 2014: Mel Martin

So many apps and gadgets - where to begin?

Well, let's start with some apps.

Topaz Impression for Mac

Expensive at U.S. $99.00, but this app beautifully transforms your images into what looks like fine art. The amount of control you have over your...

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13:50
Apple offers EU customers 14-day money-back returns...

Thanks to a European Union consumer rights directive now coming into effect, Apple customers in Europe now have the right of return—of digital merchandise, that is.  Apple’s new policy for purchases through its iTunes, iBooks, and App Store services gives EU customers 14 days after a purchase to change their minds, no questions asked, and receive a full refund.

The directive was originally passed in 2011 and was to be fully applied by EU member countries by June of 2014, though it is only a set of guidelines with no actual force of law behind it if not made part of the various EU members’ regulations. It states that all sales contracts should have a 14-day withdrawal period.

Apple recently added the 14-day return terms to its terms of service in EU nations served by its Luxembourg-based iTunes subsidiary and now includes a product return window in its account view for customers in those countries—either by sending a written statement ...

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13:43
Just like its phones, tablets and set top boxes,...

Xiaomi has definitely been growing fast in emerging markets, but until now the company has focused mostly on stealing as much of Samsung’s Chinese smartphone market share as it can. According to Gartner’s most recent numbers, the company rose in Q3 to take a spot in the world’s top 5 smartphone manufacturers. But the company has other products beyond just smartphones, and now it has apparently begun working on a new Mi-branded laptop—and, to no one’s surprise, it looks just like a MacBook Air.

As you can see in the image above, everything from the black chiclet keys to the wedge-shaped sides are eerily similar to...

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13:37
5,200 days in space

The Atlantic:

Mission Control in Houston literally never sleeps now, and in one corner of a huge video screen there, a counter ticks the days and hours the Space Station has been continuously staffed. The number is rounding past 5,200 days.

It’s a little strange when you think about it: Just about every American ninth-grader has never lived a moment without astronauts soaring overhead, living in space. But chances are, most ninth-graders don’t know the name of a single active astronaut—many don’t even know that Americans are up there.

A long but fascinating article about the ISS. It’s a shame it has become so “ordinary” that most of us never think of or hear about what is going on and why it is so important to mankind’s future.

∞...

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13:35
UK banks wary of Apple Pay data collection, but...

Earlier this week, The Telegraph reported that several major British banks were in talks with Apple to launch Apple Pay in early 2015 in the United Kingdom. However, the paper also reported that at least one major bank was still negotiating with Apple over the terms of service, due to the bank's concern that too much financial information would be accessible to Apple.

“It is understood the bank is uncomfortable with the amount of personal and financial information Apple wants to collect about its customers,” The Telegraph writes. “Some executives fear Apple Pay and the data it delivers to Apple could serve as a beachhead for an invasion of the banking industry.”

Ars contacted Apple about the matter and will update if we receive any response.

...

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13:00
iPhone takes on Android in a sci-fi battle to the...

The battle over whether iPhone or Android is better will never end, if only because Android users will never admit that they're absolutely wrong. Normally the conflict is merely verbal, but thanks to this entry from a video contest hosted by mobile g...

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12:56
Overheating MacBook fixed by drilling 60 holes in...

This is an interesting story from an iFixit programmer who attempted to fix his overheating MacBook Pro—an issue that many users have—by drilling a ring of holes in the MacBook’s body to increase airflow under its fans.

With a 1/16” bit, we drilled holes in the bottom case, under the fans (we figured out where the blades of the fan were exposed based on the dust pattern stuck to the inside of the bottom case). The speed holes worked: The boot chime rang. The screen glowed. The fans blew.

It’s too early to know if the fix will help long term, but initially the holes have decreased temperatures to an average in the 40s and 50s opposed to an average between 80º and 90º C and as high as 100º C before the modification.

The holes came only after trying a number of methods of fixing the dead...

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12:25
Review: Belkin’s QODE Ultimate + Ultimate Pro...

The average iPad keyboard case sells for $100 or less, and there are now hundreds of options, mostly from companies based in China. But several developers have been selling deluxe iPad keyboard cases, using upscale metal housings and premium features to command $130-$180 asking prices. To that end, Belkin has debuted very early iPad Air 2 options called the QODE Ultimate Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2 ($130, available now) and QODE Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2 ($150, ...

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12:09
Misfortune Cookie Crumbles Millions of Security...


Check Point Software Technologies recently revealed a flaw in millions of routers that allows the devices to be controlled by hackers. The company detected 12 million Internet-connected devices that have the flaw. The vulnerability, which Check Point dubbed "Misfortune Cookie," can be found in the code of a commonly used embedded Web server, RomPager from AllegroSoft. A system attacker can exploit it to take control of a router and use it to steal data from both wired and wireless devices connected to a network.

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11:38
Samsung closes London store amid falling sales

What are Samsung Experience Stores? Why, they’re a dying species, if the latest development in Samsung’s efforts to establish its own retail empire are any indication. The flagship Samsung store in London, occupying a large and prominent spot at the Westfield Stratford City shopping center, has now been “permanently closed,” ostensibly in response to the company’s slumping smartphone sales.

As much as Samsung tries to copy Apple, they prove time and again that they really don’t understand the market.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:33
Fugoo Bluetooth speaker differentiates with 40hr...

Note, I originally was going to review this in early 2015, but Amazon is having a pretty insane 1-day deal on it and I love it sooo…

Fugoo is the best Bluetooth speaker you’ve probably never heard of. I got mine after a few readers (and PR folk) rightfully noted its omission from our Best Bluetooth Speaker of 2014 list. I have been listening to it ever since and yep, it should be among the top and for $135, it is a no-brainer…...

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11:30
Apple updates return policy in several EU countries

Apple has adjusted its return policy in several European countries, including the UK, Germany and France. The change lets customers essentially "return" digital purchases within fourteen days of purchase. Qualifying purchases include apps, music and ...

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11:22
Chevron bringing Apple Pay to the gas pump in early...

Gas station chain Chevron is planning to integrate support for Apple Pay checkouts at its pumps starting early next year, according to Bloomberg. Chevron has already supported Apple Pay inside many of its stores since Apple’s iPhone-based mobile payment service launched earlier this year in late October.

Chevron previously discussed its plans to bring Apple Pay support to its stores...

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11:22
Chevron to Integrate Apple Pay at Gasoline Pumps in...

Oil company Chevon has plans to expand its use of Apple Pay to gas pumps in the new year, according to a tweet the company sent out to a customer earlier today. In the message, Chevron says that it is working with Apple to bring Apple Pay payment solutions to pumps by early 2015.

@SingAsana We are working alongside Apple to develop solutions to integrate with Apple Pay at the pump by early 2015.

— Chevron (@Chevron) December 29, 2014 Chevron is an early Apple Pay partner, and was listed as one of Apple's supporters when the service first launched on October 20. Apple Pay is accepted at Chevron and Texaco gas stations at the current time, but it can only be used at the in-store cash register, which is considerably less convenient than a pump-side...

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11:18
Zamboni Desk Vacuum

Everyone needs a Zamboni!

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:11
Apple introduces 14 day iTunes refund policy in...

iMore:

Apple has introduced a new cancellation feature for digital content in several European countries, including the UK, Germany, and France. The new policy allows customers in applicable countries to essentially “return” digital purchases from iTunes, including apps, music, and books, for a refund within 14 days of purchase.

For those of you who want to ask, “When is this coming to the US/Canada?”, keep in mind this is mandated by Europe wide consumer protection policies and directives. It may never be available to those of us in the US and Canada.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:03
Pro Tools 11.3 adds OS X Yosemite compatibility

Great to see Avid add Yosemite support to the latest release.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:49
An Empathy Team at Facebook

To be clear, I don’t think that people who work for Facebook are evil. Instead they are part of a corporate machine whose job is to control all of our attention, for as long as possible. On the other hand, Facebook having empathy would mean a wholesale cultural graft towards a different way of thinking, developing and interacting with people.

Great read here from Om Malik.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:34
Crappiest gadget ever

This is a funny story from Brad Reed at BGR. For what it’s worth, it does look like a crappy gadget.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:30
Disney CEO Bob Iger and Steve Jobs built a lasting...

Fortune today has a great look at Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, and the initiatives he's overseen at the Mouse since he rose to power after disastrous leadership by Michael Eisner. I was never a fan of Eisner myself, but I have loved the changes Iger has ...

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10:29
Apple dominates new device activations for the...

It’s clear that Santa is no longer into cookies – he prefers Apples. It was a banner Christmas for the Apple, the company that started the mobile revolution with the introduction of the first iPhone in 2007. Seven years later, Apple accounted for 51% of the new device activations worldwide Flurry recognized in the week leading up to and including Christmas Day (December 19th – 25th). Samsung held the #2 position with 18% of new device activations, and Microsoft (Nokia) rounded out the top three with 5.8% share for mostly Lumia devices.

That’s a pretty substantial gap between first and second.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:34
Disney CEO Bob Iger Discusses Working with Steve...

The cover of Fortune's January edition showcases an interview with Disney CEO Bob Iger and his "Empire of Tech," focusing on Disney's growing media empire with acquisitions of brands such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Marvel expanding the company's already considerable reach over the past few years. With Disney's and Iger's histories intersecting with those of Apple and Steve Jobs, Iger unsurprisingly takes a few moments to discuss topics such as his relationship with Jobs, his view on Apple and Disney's history, and Disney's attempt to stay relevant in a growing technological world.

In one anecdote, Iger recalls the moment in 2005 when he was about to be named as the new CEO of Disney, calling Jobs ahead of time to let him know what was coming. Disney's own animation was seen as "lifeless" in the years before the company's 2006 acquisition of Pixar, and amid reports of "...

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09:33
Apple expected to reverse iPad misfortunes in 2015

According to the latest forecasts from market intelligence firm, ABI Research, tablet growth is expected to resume and continue over the next five years with a forecast of nearly 290 million tablet shipments in 2019.

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09:30
A long ride on Apple's coattails scores Xiaomi...

There are plenty of tech companies out there that wish they were in Apple's position as one of the world's most valuable companies. Xiaomi -- the maker of the MiPad and MiPhone -- seems to have figured out how to quickly climb the value ladder, and i...

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08:58
Rumor: Apple Pay to launch in UK in first half of...

Apple Pay may be coming to the old empire before too long.

Per 9to5Mac and the Telegraph, sources involved in talks taking place between Apple and “Britain’s top banks” have stated that the service is expected to launch in the UK in the first half of 2015.

A job listing revealed earlier in the month that Apple had a London-based team working on rolling out the service across Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa.

The paper reports that while British banks have some qualms about supporting Apple in a possible “invasion of the banking industry,”...

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08:50
“The Interview” becomes available on the iTunes...

The Interview has finally come to iTunes.

Per Macworld, Sony has brought the comedy, which features Seth Rogen and James Franco as journalists sent to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un to the iTunes Store. The movie can be rented for US$6 or bought for US$15 in HD or SD.

The Interview was supposed to launch in movie theaters on Christmas Day. But then Sony was hacked, and the alleged hackers threatened violence against movie theaters that would show it, so the movie theaters backed down, and then Sony said it wouldn’t even release the movie. In the end, Sony changed its mind and released the movie after all, to a few movie theaters as well as YouTube, Google Play, and Xbox Video.

It’s unknown as to why Apple didn’t immediately get on...

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08:00
Apple introduces 14-day no questions asked refunds...

Apple has recently introduced a new 14-day no questions asked return policy for iTunes, App Store and iBooks purchases in Europe including the UK, Germany, Italy, France, and many other EU countries.

Apple’s terms and conditions for the stores previously stated users had the right to withdraw from a transaction “without charge and without giving any reason until delivery of the product has started.” That meant purchases were all but final apart from...

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08:00
Five products from 2014 I can't live without:...

With 2015 right around the corner, the team at TUAW has been looking back at 2014 and reminiscing about their favorite apps and products of 2014. It's my turn to chime in, and I've decided to combine the best of both world's by including apps, Apple ...

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07:42
Apple Dominates Christmas Week With Over Half of New...

Mobile analytics firm Flurry today reports Apple accounted for just over half of new mobile device activations for the holiday season, with 51.3 percent of worldwide activations going to the Cupertino-based company.

Using data from more than 600,000 tracked apps, Flurry focused on the week leading up to and including Christmas, from December 19-25. Trailing Apple in worldwide device activations was Samsung with nearly 18 percent and Nokia at almost 6 percent. Xiaomi, Huawei, and HTC all had less than one percent of device activations, which Flurry notes could be related to their popularity in Asian markets where the holiday season isn't the big gift-giving event it is in other parts of the world.

To put this in perspective, for every Samsung devices that was activated, Apple activated 2.9 devices. For every Microsoft Lumia device activated, Apple activated 8.8 devices...

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07:26
The Big Tech Stories of 2015


Last week, we looked back at the largely untold, or under told, stories of 2014. This week, let's look ahead to some of the stories that are coming in 2015. We'll have robots, self-driving cars, armed autonomous drones, the professional proliferation of head mounted cameras, some scandals, and some interesting political implications. In 2015, we will begin to talk about the implementation of a number of technologies we saw previewed in 2014 and that will be introduced at CES next week.

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07:21
Disney CEO Bob Iger reflects on working with Steve...

A Fortune interview with Disney CEO Bob Iger, featured on the magazine’s cover (seen below) today, makes much of the importance of Iger’s relationship with Steve Jobs.

Fortune’s Michal Lev-Ram writes: “If there is one particular relationship that has most shaped [Bob Iger’s] thinking, it’s the six-year friendship he had with another CEO: the late Steve Jobs […]

Ed Catumull, Disney’s animation president, says of the Iger/Jobs relationship: “Steve recognized that in Bob he actually had a partner. In the subsequent years they thought of each other as true partners. That’s what he wanted, and that’s not what he had previously.”

The mutual respect the pair felt for each other was reflected in the fact that Jobs, before his death, asked that Iger be invited to take his place on the...

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Send off 2014 with the worst of all...

Apple's Ultra-Slim 12-Inch MacBook Air Rumored to Enter Mass Production in Early 2015 (MacRumors)

Source: Digitimes

Chance it's true: 0.01 percent. Because Digitimes.

What better way to close out 2014 than with a rumor from the worst of all source...

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06:19
Amped Wireless unveils new Wi-Fi range extenders

Amped Wireless (www.ampedwireless.com) has launched two new range extenders that are reportedly the first to provide up to 12,000 square feet of Wi-Fi coverage and up to 1750Mbps of combined Wi-Fi speed.

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06:05
Britain's Top Banks are Leerily Negotiating for...

The UK's Guardian is reporting that Britain's top banks are in talks with Apple to introduce its iPhone "wave and pay" service, Apple Pay, to Main Street in the first half of 2015. The interesting aspect of this story is that the banks are uncomfortable with Apple's quest for information on clients.

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06:00
Childproof Your Mac

When I put a computer in my daughters room, I soon realized I could no longer watch over her shoulder as she worked away at school games, Minecraft and of course Civilization (after all, that was my first game). So much as I wrote an article a long time ago about child-proofing an iPad, now I’m writing about child-proofing a Mac.

For me, I find that child-proofing is a bit like taking my kid to McDonald’s. I said never ever ever ever would I do this and then… Well, peer pressure, ya’ll… So if I have to do it, I figure someone else might. So here’s a quick and dirty guide to doing so. The gist of this guide is to continue using the same admin account that was created when you setup the computer initially. But to also create another account for the child, one that has some restrictions to keep them in a customized user experience. This might be to keep them out of things they try to do on purpose, keep them from accidentally finding some things they shouldn’t or maybe just to...

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05:48
Touch ID hackers attempt to take things to next...

The hacker who successfully used a fingerprint captured from an iPhone to fool Touch ID now believes it may be possible to perform the same hack without needing access to a physical fingerprint. Speaking at this year’s Chaos Computer Club convention, Jan Krissler – who uses the alias Starbug – demonstrated how a fingerprint can be generated from a series of ordinary photographs of someone’s finger … 

...

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05:36
Review: SwitchEasy’s Power Amp charges 4 iPhones or...

We take utter simplicity for granted when choosing wall chargers for Apple devices. Apple’s adapters each have one USB port and a relatively clear label identifying the device the port will charge. Most of RAVPower’s largest multi-port chargers are very clear about what their multiple ports can do: each port is either iPhone (1-Amp) or iPad (2.4-Amp) enabled, period. But SwitchEasy, an infrequent dabbler in electronic accessories, has overcomplicated its new four-port charger Power Amp ($50), sometimes styled PowerAmp. While it cosmetically looks almost as if it could be an...

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05:00
This Weekend in the App Store -- the best free apps...

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

Apps Now Free

Icebreaker: A Viking Vo...

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04:51
Kool Tools: Simon server monitoring tool

Dejal Systems' (http://www.dejal.com/simon/) has revved Simon, its server monitoring tool for Mac OS X, to version 4.0.

Simon checks web pages, FTP and DNS servers, local or remote ports or volumes, and many other kinds of services for changes or failures. Version 4.0 includes a new design, unifying all of the lists, logs and editors into a single window. It also introduces groups, unlimited tests. email services, a context filter, filter output in the preview, password protection and more.

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04:21
U.S. to drive smart/EMV payment card market

ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) forecasts smart/EMV payment card shipment levels to exceed two billion in 2014; an increase of 24.7% when compared to 2013. Of the two billion units, just over 600 million payment cards will be delivered into the Chinese market (a combination of pure payment and social cards) and 181 million units to the United States as its banks and financial institutions begin ramping up efforts in EMV issuance migration.

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04:21
U.S. to drive smart/EMV payment card market

ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) forecasts smart/EMV payment card shipment levels to exceed two billion in 2014; an increase of 24.7% when compared to 2013. Of the two billion units, just over 600 million payment cards will be delivered into the Chinese market (a combination of pure payment and social cards) and 181 million units to the United States as its banks and financial institutions begin ramping up efforts in EMV issuance migration.

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03:50
UK launch of Apple Pay looks set for the first half...

Brits waiting impatiently for Apple Pay to launch in the UK may not have too much longer to wait, reports the Telegraph. Sources involved in talks taking place between Apple and “Britain’s top banks” have stated that the service is expected to launch in the UK in the first half of 2015.

A job listing revealed earlier in the month that Apple had a London-based team working on rolling out the service across Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa … 

The paper reports that while British banks have some qualms about supporting Apple in a possible “...

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00:57
Beats CEO Jimmy Iovine Meeting with Musicians Over...

Beats CEO Jimmy Iovine has been meeting with a number of music artists over doing exclusive album releases similar to Beyoncé's incredibly successful iTunes album last year, reports the New York Post.

Citing sources close to the matter, the paper notes that Iovine is using his close connections with popular musicians like Nicki Minaj, Pharrell, and Gwen Stefani to create new side deals that would bring exclusives, with Beats also said to be negotiating additional promotional deals after a successful campaign with AT&T earlier this year. It’s been almost a year since Beats Music launched with a brace of Super Bowl spots starring Ellen DeGeneres and a big promotional backing from AT&T.

The promotional relationship ended a few months ago, and parties are discussing future deals. "They outperformed expectations in terms of the upsell," said one source of AT...

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00:23
Apple in Talks with Major Banks to Launch Apple Pay...

Top banks across the UK are currently negotiating with Apple to launch Apple Pay in the country during the first half of 2015, reports The Telegraph. Sources close to the matter note that the major banks have cited privacy concerns over the personal and financial information of users, but admit that they are positive about the impact the service has had in the United States. It is understood the bank is uncomfortable with the amount of personal and financial information Apple wants to collect about its customers. Some executives fear Apple Pay and the data it delivers to Apple could serve as a beachhead for an invasion of the banking industry.

Sources accepted no major bank will want to miss out on Apple Pay, however, as early signs from the United States suggest it may be the service to finally convince...

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Sunday December 28

14:08
Apple Makes 'The Interview' Available on...

Just a couple days after Sony Pictures made much-anticipated and controversial comedy The Interview available on Xbox Video, Google Play, YouTube and SeeTheInterview.com, Apple has made the film available on iTunes ($5.99 for rent, $14.99 for purchase), issuing a short statement to Re/code.
We're pleased to offer "The Interview" for rental and purchase on the iTunes store.On Tuesday, it was reported that Apple had declined the offer from Sony Pictures to host The Interview on iTunes. There was no official answer on why Apple declined, although it was assumed the Cupertino company didn't want to move on Sony's quick timetable. One possibility is that the company did not want to disturb the iTunes Connect...

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11:00
The Week in Review: news and features you don't...

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

News

NTP bug fix was App...

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10:17
Apple now streaming Sony’s ‘The Interview’ on iTunes

Apple, after reportedly being involved in early negotiations for the film, has put Sony’s “The Interview” up for streaming on iTunes. Apple is offering the film at the same price as Google, YouTube, and Xbox video – $6 to rent and $15 to own.

Sony announced last week, that due to a lack of support from theaters and threats made by cyber hackers, it would not be releasing “The Interview” in theaters or online. President Obama, however, voiced his opinions on the matter earlier in the week and said that Sony made a mistake by scrapping its plans to show the film because of the threat...

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09:13
Sadly, Samsung is excited about Air Purifier Sales...

With Samsung's mobile sales depressed and mobile profits falling off a cliff, one of Samsung's only shining stars in 2014 was their air purifiers that experienced 300% growth. What happened to the mobile industry's "King of volume" smartphones? Now that 2015 is just around the corner, Samsung has now found a newly discovered vision about home automation and we're going to hear all about it at CES 2015.

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09:00
Pocket Drive turns your iOS device into an external...

Pocket Drive (free with in-app purchases) is an easy to use app that lets your iOS device connect wirelessly to any computer on your network and move files, photos, music or videos between them. The app supports links to both Macs and PCs.

The app i...

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07:00
All the best hardware and app reviews last week on...

With the holidays, last week was a slower one -- only a handful of new hardware and apps made their way into TUAW's virtual office. Here's a quick roundup of our recent reviews you may have missed over the holiday bread.

App Reviews

2 new weather...

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Tuesday December 23

07:35
If you can't send or receive messages on your...

You might see an exclamation mark next to a message you try to send, or you might not receive messages that someone sends to you. These steps can help. 

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Monday December 22

12:48
About OS X NTP Security Update

This document describes the security content of OS X NTP Security Update.

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Friday December 19

15:37
Apple Web Server notifications

This article provides credit to people who have reported potential security issues in Apple's web servers.

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Thursday December 18

13:28
About the security content of Xcode 6.2 beta 3

This document describes the security content of Xcode 6.2 beta 3.

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Thursday December 11

12:04
If you can't open iMovie, GarageBand, or iWork...

If you bought an iOS 8 device that's 32 GB or larger, it came with a new bundle of apps from Apple, including iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, and iTunes U. Find out what to do if you can't open these apps on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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10:10
About the security content of Safari 8.0.2, Safari 7...

This document describes the security content of Safari 8.0.2, Safari 7.1.2, and Safari 6.2.2.

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Monday December 8

12:46
If you can't make or receive calls on your...

You might not be able to make or receive calls on your iPhone if you have certain settings turned on, if your software isn't up to date, or if there's a problem with your network. These steps can help.

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Wednesday December 3

13:20
About the security content of Safari 8.0.1, Safari 7...

This document describes the security content of Safari 8.0.1, Safari 7.1.1, and Safari 6.2.1.

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Monday December 1

06:31
Git-Fat Intro Part Two – Setup and Migration

In our last installment, we introduced a solution for syncing large or already compressed files around without strictly commit’ing them to git proper when collaborating on a munki repo. This was by leveraging the git-fat add-on/script, which only relies on python(2.7) and rsync. Let’s talk about how, if you followed Hannes Juutilainen’s wiki page on setting up git to work with your munki repo, you’d migrate over to this newer workflow.

First, we need to setup git-fat, which starts by ‘installing’ it (putting it in your path). The original script isn’t as actively developed as one particular fork (which is the one you’d get if you installed it with pip), so we’re going to grab that one in the most simplistic way possible (as a user that’s allowed to run...

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Monday November 24

11:08
Introduction to Git-Fat for Munki

Do you work on munki with a team of folks (meaning more than one)? You probably wish you could use MunkiAdmin for everything, but mounting the munki repo over the network may be a poor experience as things grow very large, and as the server world is mostly *nix (if you’re lucky), running MunkiAdmin on the server itself is out of the picture. It’s sheer luck that Hannes Juutilainen wants to help with all of our workflow needs, so he composed the original page on git usage for the official munki wiki. Git was made for a distributed, (latent) network-aware world, but as the wiki page takes into account (by instructing you to create a .gitignore file, which most GUI clients can easily...

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Thursday November 20

15:08
Adobe Flash Player updates available for OS X on...

Adobe Flash Player updates are available that address a recently identified Adobe Flash Player web plug-in vulnerability.

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Monday November 17

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

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

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10:47
Apple security updates

This document outlines security updates for Apple products.

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10:20
About the security content of Apple TV 7.0.2

This document describes the security content of Apple TV 7.0.2.

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

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

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Thursday November 13

13:07
OS X Lion: Supported digital camera RAW formats

Digital camera RAW formats retain more image information than JPEGs and can produce better results when used with imaging applications such as Aperture and iPhoto.

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02:19
Sydney Mac Admins November Meet Up

To All Sydney Mac (and iOS) Admins,

Our next Meeting is scheduled for Thursday 20th of November.

We have a booking at 6pm at Hart’s Pub, Corner of Essex & Gloucester St, The Rocks.

Any one who has an interest in managing OS X or iOS is very welcome to come. It is a great opportunity to meet your fellow Mac/iOS admins.

Arek Dreyer has very generously donated an e-book version of his and Kevin White’s “Managing Apple Devices” which we will give to one lucky attendee of the meeting.

This book is a comprehensive guide to deploying and maintaining Apple devices and in a world of rapidly evolving tech such as MDM, VPP and DEP is essential reading.

You can RSVP and register to be notified of future events at http://www.meetup.com/Sydney-Mac-Admins/

I hope to see you there...

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02:19
Sydney Mac Admins November Meet Up

To All Sydney Mac (and iOS) Admins,

Our next Meeting is scheduled for Thursday 20th of November.

We have a booking at 6pm at Hart’s Pub, Corner of Essex & Gloucester St, The Rocks.

Any one who has an interest in managing OS X or iOS is very welcome to come. It is a great opportunity to meet your fellow Mac/iOS admins.

Arek Dreyer has very generously donated an e-book version of his and Kevin White’s “Managing Apple Devices” which we will give to one lucky attendee of the meeting.

This book is a comprehensive guide to deploying and maintaining Apple devices and in a world of rapidly evolving tech such as MDM, VPP and DEP is essential reading.

You can RSVP and register to be notified of future events at http://www.meetup.com/Sydney-Mac-Admins/

I hope to see you there...

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Wednesday June 8

16:36
Sprint iPhone in advanced testing?

Friday March 11

21:55
iPad 2 orders already shipping for delivery next week

Monday January 3

13:52
iPhone Alarm Bug Still Causing Issues for Some Users

Monday May 3

08:17
iPad: How to transfer or sync content to your...
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Deke McClelland Photoshop Guru

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Flash Forward / Nattress / Media Summit / News Corp / AAPL

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OSXFAQ - Mac OS X Tip-of-the-Day

Spotlight - Basic Searches

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OSXFAQ - Mac OS X Unix Tip-of-the-Day

Spotlight - Reveal The Metadata

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OSXFAQ - Mac OS X Design Tip-of-the-Day

Photoshop - Opening Camera RAW in Adobe Bridge (CS2)

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OSXFAQ - Mac OS X 10.4 TIGER Hot Topics

Case of Missing RAM...

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Amazon Update

Get TurboTax on sale now at Amazon (or the new version of TaxCut).

Save a bunch on MobileMe renewals, too.

Amazon has discounts on the brand-new Mac Mini models
plus the new iMacs and new MacBook, not to mention the iPod Touch.

Amazon also saves you money on the MacBook Pro, Mac Pro and MacBook Air
and offers deep discounts on Snow Leopard.

Check the great selection of DRM-free MP3 music at very competitive prices (including free downloads!).

Digital cameras and HDTV's get outstanding discounts, as well.

*And*, while you're saving yourself money, you're also providing critical MacInTouch support just by clicking through any of our links to purchase!

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Report: iPad

Jef Raskin's vision, GPS, electronic books, data storage, historical precedents, camera support, desktop integration, telephony, networking, education, multitasking, applications, computing trends, features and much more

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Report: Security

privacy protection techniques for travelling

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Report: Backup

Time Machine troubleshooting

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Report: Digitizing Video

8mm Film

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Report: Firefox

standards testing, Version 3.6 issues and support

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Report: Help Please

online meeting application needed

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Report: iPhone/Touch Platform

timezones, sync

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Report: Snow Leopard

home theater problem

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Report: Tax Software

bad Dell experience

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Security: Google Chrome

"Attackers can exploit these issues to bypass certain security checks, execute arbitrary code in the context of the browser, and cause denial-of-service conditions; other attacks are also possible."

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New: Etchasoft Reports 1.0

Etchasoft Reports is an Interface Builder 3 plug-in that enables developers to create PDF reports directly within Interface Builder.

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New: BusinessMan

BusinessMan is a modular, FileMaker-based customer relationship management (CRM) system that includes integrated email and communications, document management, quote generation, order processing, and more.

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Handle Review
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Fast Fishing Review
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Satellina Review
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