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Tuesday November 3

Is Apple TV a Worthy Upgrade? Sort Of

For Apple TV fans, the new Apple TV is the long-awaited upgrade we've been pining for, and while it's a welcome addition to my living room, I'm only half as impressed as I thought I would be. After spending some quality time -- and some not-so-quality time -- I'll share my experience, which, it turns out, all comes down to this: The new Apple TV is an excellent set-top box, and it provides a foundation for the app-centric living room TV experience of the future... but damn, Apple, you spent how many years not getting this thing polished?

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Steve Jobs promoted opportunities for women at Apple...

A panel involving several women who worked at Apple and NeXT in the early days of personal computing recently discussed Steve Jobs' relentless drive to build new products, particularly noting how treated women as equally capable to achieve greatness.

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Review: ClearTouch screen protector adds reachable...

While iOS and Android have for the most part caught up to one another from a software feature perspective, lack of a handy back button is still one of the biggest sources of embarrassment for iOS devices. BoxWave’s new glass “ClearTouch SmartButtons” screen protector has built-in buttons that aim to solve some of the back button issue on iPhones, so I took it for a test drive…

Android has long had a system-wide physical or software “back” button, conveniently located in an easy-to-reach bottom corner that takes the user back to the last used screen. Apple, however, has a back button in the upper left corner that only works within apps and not system wide....

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The million dollar iOS hack (isn’t)


Reports emerged yesterday that a security exploit broker paid $1,000,000 for a browser-based iOS 9 attack, setting a record for buying and selling a computer exploit, at least in public. Security firm Zerodium announced the news via its Twitter feed, and stated that the exploit is an “untethered jailbreak” that works on all the latest versions of iOS.

As is typical with Apple security stories these days, you shouldn’t be overly concerned, but it should raise a few hairs on the back of your neck.

As always, Mogull writes clearly and non-technically about these issues. With his background in security, he offers up many details in this post that will have many of you shaking your head.


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Tweetbot on the Apple Watch; United Airlines Watch...

A couple of app updates today brought a surprise and an update to a useful travel app. 

First, Tweetbot for iPhone was updated to version 4.1, bringing Apple Watch support. Users can now view activity on their timeline and send tweets from the Watch. 

The United Airlines app now has some fun new features in the form of Watch complications allowing users to add travel details to the Watch face. The gate where your flight will be leaving from and your flight status can be viewed with a glance at the Watch. 

Every day it seems like something new, fun and useful arrives on my Watch. It's fun to see it turning from an interesting toy to a very powerful tool!

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Time Warner Cable to trial TV packages for Internet-...

Time Warner Cable is preparing to trial a service that will eventually allow access to its TV packages while only having Internet with the company, the company revealed on Tuesday.

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The Week in Mac Apps: Filter your way to better...

Filter your way to better photos with Design 360

In this week’s Mac app news: The ever-so-sassy Carrot Weather gets an update, Configurator 2 makes managing multiple iOS devices easy, and much more.

ApolloOne 1.0.0

Anogeissus’s $4 ApolloOne is an image viewer designed with efficiency and speed in mind.

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Samson Meteorite: The little USB mic that could

Samson Meteorite. Photo ©2015 Steven Sande

For podcasters, it's all about the microphone. That's why we always go with big honkin' USB mics with shock mounts, multiple pickups, and the works. Me? I use a studio-grade Blue Mic Spark Digital ($199.99 at Amazon, affiliate link) that I love -- it does the best job of picking up my voice and making it sound great. But I'm always on the lookout for a good spare mic, something I can tuck away in a bag or drawer in case something happens to my big microphone. The Samson Meteorite ($39.99 at Amazon, affiliate link) is a tiny, ball-like condenser mic that might just fit the bill as a spare... or for your main microphone.


My first impression when I saw the Meteorite was that it looked like a tiny version of the Blue Mic Snowball. The...

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Apple releases new developer betas of OS X 10.11.2,...

Apple has made available betas of Mac OS X 10.11.2, iOS 9.2, and tvOS 9.1 to developers. tvOS is only compatible with the new fourth-generation Apple TV with Siri Remote. (By the way, Apple is again warning that devices running iOS 9.2 can’t be restored to earlier versions of iOS.)

The new betas are available through the Software Update section of the Mac App Store and through the Apple Developer Center (https://developer.apple.com).

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Package Central for Adobe InDesign now supports El...

Zevrix Solutions has announced Package Central 1.9.3, a compatibility update to its document packaging automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

The software automates InDesign document collection by processing files from hot folders. Package Central offloads file packaging to a central system leaving operator workstations free from the collection process. The new version adds support for the recently released Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

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Apple issues second betas of iOS 9.2, OS X 10.11.2...

Testing of both iOS 9.2 and OS X 10.11.2 continues, with the second pre-release builds of both platforms issued to registered developers on Tuesday.

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Tweetbot 4.1 for iOS brings the popular Twitter app...

Tapbots is out with Tweetbot 4.1 for iOS, bringing Tweetbot to the Apple Watch for the first time. The update follows the massive Tweetbot 4.0 launch at the start of October which included a redesigned iPad version plus iOS 9-specific features and more.  The new Tweetbot 4.1’s Apple Watch app is made for watchOS 2 and lets users compose new tweets, view recent activity, respond to mentions, and view profiles. Tweetbot for Apple Watch also enhances the way notifications look with a richer, custom appearance.


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First developer beta of tvOS 9.1 for Apple TV now...

Apple on Tuesday issued the very first beta for tvOS 9.1, its new Apple TV operating system, to developers for testing, less than a week after the next-generation set-top box became publicly available.

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Apple Releases First Beta of tvOS 9.1

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming update to tvOS, the new operating system that runs on the fourth-generation Apple TV. Today's tvOS beta marks the first software update to tvOS 9.0, a final version of which was released alongside the new Apple TV.

tvOS betas are not as easy to install as beta updates for iOS and OS X. The update will require the Apple TV to be connected to a computer with a USB-C to USB-A cable, with the software downloaded and installed via iTunes.

It is not yet clear what is included in the new version of tvOS, but Apple's release notes for the update include references to networking and scrolling tweaks and we will include any other external facing changes below.

Related Roundup: Apple TV
Tag: tvOS 9.1
Buyer's Guide: Apple TV (Buy Now)...

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Apple releases first tvOS 9.1 beta for new Apple TV

Just a few days after the retail launch of the fourth-generation Apple TV set-top-box, Apple has seeded the first beta of the device’s first software update to developers. The new version, labeled tvOS 9.1, is available for download via the developer center, much like iOS and OS X betas have been seeded. The release notes for tvOS 9.1 indicate improvements coming to WiFi network compatibility, in-app-purchases for App Store apps, and improved scrolling. This update needs to be downloaded to a computer and then installed to the set-top-box via a USB Type-C cable. Apple today also seeded the second betas of iOS 9.2 and OS X 10.11.2 to developers.


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Apple releases iOS 9.2 beta 2, second OS X 10.11.2...

Apple today released the second iOS 9.2 beta for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch to registered developers. iOS 9.2 beta 2 follows the initial iOS 9.2 beta release just one week ago. The update is available over-the-air through the Settings app for developers already testing the release. The prior release contained few changes including extension support on Safari View Controller. The release notes only highlight bug fixes and improvements.

iOS 9.2 beta 2 continues to improve Safari View Controller, which lets you open web pages inside other apps using full-blown Safari. The second beta...

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Bravery medal for girl, 5, who saved mom, brother in...


A five-year-old girl’s bravery in saving her mother and baby brother following a car crash last summer was recognized in a ceremony at Edmonton police headquarters Monday.

The SUV careened down a 12-metre embankment, slammed into a tree and came to rest on its roof. The Royal Canadian Humane Association described how Lexis awoke to her 10-week-old brother’s cries.

After unsuccessfully trying to wake her mother, she took things into her own hands.

What an amazing little girl.

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Apple Seeds Second OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan Beta to...

Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan update to developers, one week after seeding the first beta and two weeks after releasing the first OS X El Capitan update to the public, OS X 10.11.1.

The new beta, build 15C31f, can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center and through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.

It is not known what improvements the second update to OS X El Capitan will bring, but it’s likely to focus on bug fixes, security enhancements, and performance improvements to address issues that have been discovered since the release of OS X 10.11.1. Apple's beta 1 release notes asked developers to focus on Graphics, Mail, Wi-Fi, Calendar, USB, Notes, Photos, and Spotlight.

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Gadget Ogling: Titanic Tablets, Eminent Earphones,...

Samsung certainly is testing the boundaries of what a tablet can be with its latest device, the Galaxy View. The Galaxy View houses an octa-core, 1.6-GHz processor, 2 GB of RAM, and either 32 GB or 64 GB of storage, which is expandable through a microSD slot. Owners may expand the functionality with a nano-SIM card for on-the-go connectivity, and Samsung also promises up to 8 hours of video playback on a single battery charge. That all sounds well and good, but consider the following: This Android device is an absolute monster.

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It's a wallet, it's a battery pack, it...

Here's a quick note for today. In between emails for NaNoWriMo specials on Scrivener and a press release for a new FDA-cleared lubricant that enhances fertility (yes, that has sooo much to do with Apple...), I saw something that caught my attention. The folks at Nomad are introducing a bifold men's wallet that has a 2400 mAh battery pack and MFi certified Lightning cable built into it. The Wallet for iPhone is available for pre-order now for $79.99 and will retail for $99.99 when it comes out on November 16. 

That's enough to recharge an iPhone 6s one time, so in a pinch you just grab your wallet, plug it into the iPhone, and you're back in business. Wallets are always an appropriate and useful holiday gift, and the Wallet for iPhone is doubly useful. It'll be available through Nomad's website, Amazon, and in...

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Apple Seeds Second iOS 9.2 Beta to Developers

Apple today seeded the second beta of iOS 9.2 to developers for testing purposes, one week after seeding the first iOS 9.2 beta and two weeks after releasing iOS 9.1 to the public.

The new iOS 9.2 beta, build 13C5060d, is available as an over-the-air update and through the Apple Developer Center.

The first beta of iOS 9.2 introduced some changes for the Safari View Controller within apps, letting it work more like the standard Safari app with support for third-party Action Extensions and the ability to long tap on the Reload button to reload content without content blockers or request desktop site.

iOS 9.2 also includes a number of bug fixes and performance enhancements, many of which are under-the-hood improvements. Thus far no other outward-facing changes have been discovered, but updates in the second beta will be...

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Plex on the new Apple TV


There truly isn’t any other platform we’ve wanted to be on for as long as we have the Apple TV. Today’s the day, and we’re celebrating. The app is free in the app store for everyone, and requires the latest media server.

The instant the fourth generation Apple TV was announced with an app store, we here at Plex pumped our fists in the air with excitement, as we raced to download the new Xcode and read the developer documentation.

I used Plex in its original iteration but not since. It’s come a long way and many readers will swear by the software and be very excited by this Apple TV version.

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Review: Bowers & Wilkins’ Zeppelin Wireless...

I don’t envy any vendor of legitimately premium audio accessories made for Apple’s devices. After established audio companies including Bose, Klipsch, and Bowers & Wilkins demonstrated that Apple device owners were willing to pay $300, then $400, then $600 for all-in-one speaker systems with increasingly better sound quality, Beats by Dre materialized, hooking people on expensive, stylish, and sonically underwhelming alternatives. Between Beats and the Bluetooth revolution, it seems clear that the speaker market is all about flash and convenience rather than audio quality… right?

Of course not. There have always been low-end, mid-range, high-end, and ultra-premium audio options; Beats has succeeded at capturing (a lot of) low- to mid-priced customers. By comparison, the respected British speaker maker Bowers & Wilkins focuses on the upper end of the scale. It literally established the high-end Apple speaker category with its original...

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Microsoft makes across-the-board downgrades to...

Microsoft is making sweeping downgrades to its OneDrive cloud storage services, most notably eliminating unlimited tiers for subscribers to Office 365.

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Apple Watch survey finds most customers plan to buy...

Pad & Quill’s Classic Band (review), an attractive third-party Apple Watch band

Since the Apple Watch debuted earlier this year, Wristly has been tracking interesting user data around customer activity, satisfaction, and much more. The latest survey taken focuses primarily on Apple Watch bands by asking volunteer participants which band came with their Apple Watch at purchase, if they’ve already bought additional bands or plan to buy more, and even a question about the new Apple TV…


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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Pebble Time $150, TP-LINK...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Pebble Time Smartwatch for iOS and Android (multiple colors): $150 shipped (Reg. $200)

This 802.11n pocket wireless router from TP-LINK is a must-have for avid travelers:...

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OneNote as a school platform

Today’s post was written by Brad Shreffler, digital instructional coach at West Orange High School.

At West Orange High School, we have launched into OneNote as a school platform with both feet. At this point, just nine weeks into our one-to-one program, we have roughly 80 percent of our teachers using OneNote Class Notebooks for their day-to-day activities and 97 percent of our staff using the devices every period of every day.

We believe that the biggest reason for this success is the use of OneNote Staff Notebook at the administrative level. As an admin team, starting from the principal down, we believed that the only way to get our teachers to use Class Notebooks was to model proper use and notebook setup. To do this we started thinking about the systems we previously...

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Take Screenshots On The 4th Generation Apple TV

The new Apple TV has a USB-C port. It’s got some great uses. One of which is that you can use it to take screenshots through Xcode. To do so, you’ll either need a USB-C MacBook or a USB-C to USB adapter. Once you’ve plugged your computer into the back of the Apple TV, open Xcode and choose Devices from the Window menu at the top of the screen.

From Devices, click on your new 4th Generation Apple TV. You’ll then be greeted by a Take Screenshot button. Click on it.

You should then see the screen from your Apple TV. Now, good luck with that pose… Now that I can take a proper screenshot of an Apple TV I’ll have to meditate on whether or not I’ll someday write a book on the darned things…


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Sway Use Case series #4: Travel Sways

Sway is a digital storytelling app that makes it easy for people to bring all sorts of stories—educational, professional and personal—to life in a new and interactive way. This blog series highlights the great examples of Sways made across different categories by all sorts of people to make their ideas shine.

In the last Sway Use Case blog, we highlighted some of the many ways that small businesses and professionals alike are using Sway to share ideas internally and with their customers. In today’s blog, we’ll hit the road and check out many ways that travelers and adventurers are using Sway to share the secrets, wonders and adventures they’ve experienced around the world. Check out the highlights below!

Swaying your vacation and adventures with interactive multimedia

Dexter L. (...

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Inateck 2.5-inch HDD enclosure with USB-C

Yesterday I reviewed a USB-C to USB adapter that's perfect for the 12-inch MacBook. Today I'm taking a look at something else that is a great accompaniment to the little MacBook -- the Inateck FE2008C 2.5-inch Portable HDD Enclosure with USB-C (US$24.99 through Amazon - affiliate link). 

What Inateck has done is to create a tiny, tool-free hard disk enclosure that works with any standard 2.5-inch SATA HDD or SSD. Want a speedy backup drive for your MacBook? Grab a 1TB, 7200 RPM HD for about $75, slap it into the enclosure, plug it into your MacBook and use Disk Utility to prep it for use. 

The cool thing about this enclosure is that it's extremely easy to swap out drives. You could theoretically also have a 2.5-inch SATA SSD hanging around that you want to use for saving video content; just dismount and unplug the HDD, slide open the enclosure, pull out the HDD and push in the SSD. ...

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tvOS 9.1 beta Now Available

tvOS 9.1 beta Now Available

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tvOS 9.1 beta Now Available

tvOS 9.1 beta Now Available

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OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 beta 2 Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 beta 2 Now Available

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OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 beta 2 Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 beta 2 Now Available

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iOS 9.2 beta 2 Now Available

iOS 9.2 beta 2 Now Available

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iOS 9.2 beta 2 Now Available

iOS 9.2 beta 2 Now Available

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Xcode 7.2 beta 2 Now Available

Xcode 7.2 beta 2 Now Available

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Xcode 7.2 beta 2 Now Available

Xcode 7.2 beta 2 Now Available

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DJI Plants Ubuntu Brain on Drone

DJI has unveiled a high-performance embedded computer running Ubuntu 14.04 for use in its Matrice 100 drone. The Manifold supports CUDA, OpenCV and ROS, and it is compatible with third-party sensors. It lets developers connect a variety of devices -- including infrared cameras, atmospheric research devices, and geographical surveying equipment -- to the Matrice 100. The Manifold collects and analyzes data live. Sensor data typically has to be streamed to ground-based computers, noted Kevin Krewell, a principal analyst at Tirias Research.

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1Password launches public beta for teams

AgileBits, makers of 1Password, recommends robust password selection and protection. Thus, it stuck in its craw, says Jeff Shiner, the company’s chief, that its business users had no simple and secure way to share collectively used passwords or secrets to which one user might need to grant access to others on occasion or when unavailable. 1Password for Teams is a result of chewing on that problem and talking to its existing customers. It’s been quietly in the works for nearly two years, and entered a public beta on Tuesday.

Teams gain access to account information useful for a group of people.

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Simplify Apple TV app & content purchases with a...

Entering text, particularly a complex alphanumeric password, on the new Apple TV's Siri Remote is, frankly, a pain. Thankfully Apple has included a few convenient workarounds offering both flexibility and security when purchasing content.

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Plex gets an Apple TV app for streaming your media...

Plex has just launched a proper app for the new Apple TV, letting users stream their videos and music from a networked PC or storage drive.

The app is available for free on the 2015 Apple TV, but won’t be coming to older Apple TVs because they don’t support the new App Store. Users of older Apple TVs can still access their Plex content through a rather elaborate workaround.

With Plex, users can store their personal videos, music, and photos on a computer or NAS drive. Plex’s free server software then transcodes and streams those files to Plex’s client apps on other devices, such as Apple TV. It’s basically a way to access a large media library on devices that don’t offer a lot of storage or don...

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Twitter ditches stars for hearts to become less...

Every social network has a way of letting you show that you like, love, or agree with a post. Facebook has the thumbs-up sign. Instagram has hearts. Since 2006, Twitter has used bright yellow stars, known to users as favorites, to let people show appreciation for tweets. But the platform is under pressure to add new users and prove it’s not just a torrential flood of news that’s impossible to keep up with, so its new solution: replace stars with hearts.

The difference between hearting this baked potato and marking it as my favorite is huge.

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The animated biography of Steve Jobs

Gotta hand it to the folks at QuartSoft. They have some amateur animators in their Marketing Department who came up with a 19-minute animated biography of Steve Jobs. As Jobs' life progresses, there's a timeline showing other highlights of the tech age below. To quote the QuartSoft folks, "We hope this post will inspire young people to keep on changing our world for the better with their innovative minds, artistic taste, and entrepreneurial instincts. Thank you, Steve, for letting us enjoy the perfection of the products you created for us. RIP."

There's more on the QuartSoft site. By the way, I think both the historical accuracy and the acting in this is better than some of the Jobs biographies that have come out...

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Twitter officially kills off favorites and replaces...

The Verge:

Twitter’s “favorite” button, the service’s primary way for users to signal agreement, acknowledgement, laughter, support, and occasionally (and perversely!) utter hatred, is officially dead.

The company said today that it is replacing favorites with “likes,” to be represented in its apps and on the web by red heart icons. The changes, which also apply to Twitter-owned Vine, represent the company’s latest effort to simplify the user experience as it looks to attract new users.

“We want to make Twitter easier and more rewarding to use, and we know that at times the star could be confusing, especially to newcomers,” product manager Akarshan Kumar said in a blog post. “You might like a lot of things, but not everything can be your favorite.”

I’m not sure how this change will make Twitter “easier and more rewarding” for new users. We’ll all get used to it eventually but, personally, I like the idea of “favoriting” more than using the Facebook “...

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Why can’t the world just pick one design for plugs?

Atlas Obscura:

When you travel internationally, power outlets provide a pretty good reminder that you’re not in Kansas anymore.

Outlets vary wildly depending on the part of the world, both in the shape of their sockets and the voltage with which they’re compatible. For those who travel across multiple regions, it can be frustrating. And it’s probably too late to solve this problem, because of decisions made more than a century ago.

If you don’t travel internationally, you won’t know the aggravation of the world’s power outlets. Here is an interesting video about the British outlets and why they may be the best design.


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Apple Patents Switch-Less Force Touch Keyboard,...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a low-travel keyboard design with Force Touch-like sensors that measure the pressure placed on a key when a user presses or rests a finger on it.

As summarized by AppleInsider, the exhaustive patent filing details how the keyboard would have a switch-less QWERTY input mechanism, rather than mechanical switches, allowing for less key travel and potentially thinner Mac keyboards.Apple's current MacBook and Mac accessory lineups employ modified scissor switches, or butterfly switches on the 12-inch Retina MacBook, nestled within hollow key caps. Today's patent mirrors...

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Apple Pay gains 54 more US card issuers ahead of...

Apple on Tuesday added 54 more banks and credit unions to the list of U.S. Apple Pay issuers, putting the total over 650 as the company prepares to expand to Canada and Australia.

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QuickShot 2.0 app adds multiple folder support,...

ThinkDev’s QuickShot was nifty and version 2.0.1 might be niftier still.

Per developer comments, the company has added the following new bells and whistles to its screenshot and image management application for OS X:

We’ve got a lot of feedback from users who liked our app, but simply wanted it to do more. So, with this release we’re introducing a boatload of new features. To start, QuickShot now has multiple folder support, so you can load images from any folder you want and switch between them right in your menubar. Along with that, we’ve now added custom filters, search, sorting options, and themes to make QuickShot even more customizable.


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External Link: Microsoft Ends Unlimited OneDrive...

Last year, Microsoft announced unlimited OneDrive storage for Office 365 customers. Now, Microsoft has recanted, limiting Office 365 users to 1 TB of OneDrive storage, slashing the free tier from 15 GB to 5 GB, and replacing the 100 GB and 200 GB paid plans with a 50 GB plan for $1.99 per month. Microsoft blamed “abusive” users, who sometimes used over 75 TB of data storing backups, movie collections, and DVR recordings. In other news, Microsoft is apparently monitoring what users store in OneDrive.


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Inbox by Gmail app for iPhone will use AI-powered...

Google’s Inbox by Gmail app for iPhone is one of the best things to happen to personal email management since email was invented (at least, it is for Gmail users). Using Google Now’s power, it can automatically create calendar events, sort out your junk and priority emails and suggest reminders. Now it’s about to get a whole lot smarter.

Making use of the company’s deep neural network tech (commonly known as AI) Inbox by Gmail will soon start giving suggested responses whenever you receive an email. That means that, instead of typing out entire sentences, it’ll offer three suggestions it thinks you’re most likely to use based on the email you...

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Apple, PayPal, Google & Others Form '...

Today it was announced that technology industry leaders Apple, Amazon, Google, Intuit and PayPal today announced the formation of Financial Innovation Now, a coalition that will promote policies to help foster greater innovation in financial services.

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Apple Pay now works with over 50 more banks and...

With Apple Pay over a year old now in the United States, we’re still seeing Apple add new partner banks and credit unions across the country to support its mobile payment service. In the latest expansion, over 50 additional participating partners have been added to now work with Apple Pay on iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Still waiting for your bank to make the jump? These are the latest to join:

Alternatives Federal Credit Union
Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union
Artisans’ Bank
Bank of Eastman
Bank of Rantoul
Bridgeview Bank Group

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Apple can’t decrypt your iPhone: Why it matters

Glenn Fleishman digs into the technology that makes iOS hard to crack, what elements are encrypted, beyond anyone’s reach.

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T-Mobile begins offering 4G LTE CellSpot tower to...

This could be helpful.

Wireless carrier T-Mobile is taking another crack at beefing up users’ connections by providing miniature cell towers that can be installed in homes.

The company is now providing its 4G LTE CellSpot tower, which operates in a range of 3,000 square feet and allows up to 16 devices on T-Mobile’s network to connect automatically for voice calls (including voice over LTE), text messages, and data.

This is one of three solutions T-Mobile offers to subscribers with poor connectivity at home or at work. The carrier’s Wi-Fi CellSpot can route calls and texts over a local Wi-Fi network, while a 4G LTE CellSpot Signal...

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Review: Apple's 21.5-inch iMac with 4K Retina...

Apple's marketing team didn't need to dig deep to dream up a campaign for the new 21.5‑inch iMac with Retina 4K display -- its best feature is in the name. The stellar ultra high-resolution screen mates well with Apple's chosen internals, but it would have been best if the company didn't cheap out with the slow base HDD model.

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Fitbit posts strong third-quarter revenue, says...

The Apple Watch had no "material impact" on Fitbit's sales in the third quarter, which saw revenue climb 168 percent year-over-year to $409.3 million, the company's CEO said in a results call.

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AnandTech’s incredibly detailed iPhone 6s and 6s...

An incredibly detailed review. Jump to the post for some highlights. AnandTech really digs into the nooks and crannies.

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Fitbit says sales unaffected by Apple Watch as...

Fitbit CEO James Park says that the company’s sales have been unaffected by the Apple Watch, as the company announced Q3 revenue up 168% year-on-year, reports the Guardian.

On a conference call with investors, Park said that the rollout of other smart watches, which often come with a step-tracker similar to Fitbit’s main function, did not have impact on the company’s growth. When asked about Apple’s new watch specifically, he said it had “no material impact”. He added that Apple and Fitbit cater to “two very different segments in the market” in terms of price point and use and that “there’s room for more than one dominant player.”

While there is no current overlap in pricing – Fitbit devices start from...

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The Million Dollar iOS Hack (Isn’t)

Although a security exploit broker paid out a million dollars for an iOS 9 attack, most users are safe, and the exploit’s days are already numbered.


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Apple TV remote meets tile floor

Here’s what might happen when you drop your Apple TV remote on a tile floor.

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Apple adds Apple TV charts, shows they are still...

Apple adds charts to the Apple TV app store. This is a very good sign.

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Apple Granted 44 Patents Today Covering an Advanced...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention that envisions a future smart bracelet and other devices that use curved, flexible OLED displays and much more.

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Women from Apple’s early days recall life with Steve...

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Boris FX releases Boris Continuum Complete 10 for...

Boris FX has announced Boris Continuum Complete 10, brand new plug-in tools designed for Avid Media Composer, Symphony and NewsCutter.

New features include integrated mocha technology for planar motion tracking and masking, BCC Beauty Studio, a skin smoothing and retouching plug-in and BCC Title Studio, Boris FX's next generation 3D titling and motion graphics tool. It includes new filters, new transitions, and a new subscription/rental option.

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Apple’s planned manufacturing spend suggests a huge...

While most analysts are expecting Apple to comfortably beat its holiday quarter guidance of $75.5-$77.5B, one large firm of analysts goes much further.

An investment note by Morgan Stanley seen by Business Insider says that an analysis of Apple’s financial report suggests that the company could be gearing up for quarterly sales totalling as much as $84.4B.

The clue, claims the company, is the company’s off balance-sheet spending commitments.

Apple’s last quarterly report revealed $29.5 billion in off balance-sheet commitments, and $7.3 billion in other commitments, at the end of the September quarter.

These usually represent money that Apple is planning to spend on parts and manufacturing equipment.

It should be...

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Mosaiscope launches news aggregation platform

Mosaiscope has launched its web-based platform, which allows news to be extracted from both sources and topics pre-selected by the user, as well as being able to add their own sources.

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Configure The New Apple TV 4

The new fourth generation Apple TV is everything I hoped the third generation would be. We have a touch remote with a Mic, great video, USB-C, and most importantly, an App Store! And while I have security concerns around the setup process, I am sure Apple has thought through the myriad of questions I have surrounding sharing Apple ID keys over bluetooth from a phone to the Apple TV to streamline the setup process. So about that setup process. Configuring the new Apple TV is pretty straight forward. To get started, get your phone out. Yes, your phone. Then unwrap the Apple TV and plug it into the HDMI port on your TV and the AC adapter (which is the same as the second and third generation Apple TVs).

Once plugged in, boot up your Apple TV. When prompted, click Set Up with Device on the fancy  new remote.


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Flexera Software App Portal adds Mac support

Flexera Software (http://www.flexerasoftware.com/) — a provider of next-generation software licensing, compliance, security and installation solutions for application producers and enterprises — announced the latest release of its universal enterprise app store, App Portal.

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Nomad debuts Wallet for iPhone, hiding a 2400mAh...

With thousands of generic battery packs now on the market, it takes something special to make a new option stand out, and Nomad’s new Wallet for iPhone certainly succeeds. Shaped like a standard bifold wallet, the Wallet hides a 2,400mAh battery pack in its spine, as well as a 3″ Made for iPhone-certified Lightning cable.

Nomad notes that the goal was to produce a wallet that wasn’t any thicker than what “guys are already sitting on.” Made from Saffiano leather and measuring 4.7″ by 3.5″ by 0.75″ when closed, Wallet can hold six cards and a bunch of cash, in addition to providing at least a full recharge for pre-iPhone 6 models of the iPhone, and around 100% for the just-released...

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Alleged hiring freeze at Pegatron prompts more doom-...

Despite commentary from Apple itself indicating that the company is on track for a record setting holiday quarter, a hiring freeze at supplier Pegatron has fueled more speculation that interest in the company's products could be softening.

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Quark’s special software bundle runs through Nov. 30

Quark Software (www.quark.com) has announced a new special bundle offer for users who upgrade to or purchase QuarkXPress 2015 in November.

Throughout the month, all eligible purchases of QuarkXPress 2015 will include a free copy of AutoCorrectXT, a QuarkXPress XTension worth $50 from AthenaSoft. AutoCorrectXT is the professional choice when it comes to "as-you-type" spell checking and auto corrections in QuarkXPress 2015 documents.

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Apple granted patent for accessing digital media

Apple has been granted a patent by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for “accessing digital media.” It allows for movies, music, photos, and more to be shared across a network.

According to the patent — which was filed in 2012 —  a client requests media information from a server so the client can create a local representation of the server's database. The client is then able to manage the media information locally. When the client selects the desired media, it requests the selection from across the network. The server then delivers the selected media.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that the ability of computers to be able to share information is of “utmost importance in the information age.” Naturally, networks are the mechanism by which computers are able to communicate with one another. Generally, devices that provide resources are called servers and devices that utilize those resources are called clients. Depending upon the type of network, a device might...

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Apple, other tech companies form Financial...

Apple, Amazon, Google, PayPal and Intuit have formed Financial Innovation Now (www.financialinnovationnow.org), a financial services lobby a coalition “that will promote policies to help foster greater innovation in financial services.”

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Google co-founder Larry Page says both he and Steve...

Speaking in his first major interview since the formation of Alphabet, Google co-founder and now Alphabet CEO Larry Page said that both he and Steve Jobs had been right in their different approaches to running their respective companies.

Steve Jobs had argued that Google was doing too many things, and should adopt Apple’s focused approach of doing a few things really well. Page said both approaches worked.

He was right. He did fine as well […] We’re trying to make a company for entrepreneurs [we’re trying to] think creatively.

Page said that part of why the company has its fingers in so many pies is that each time Google...

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Apple Granted Patents for a Hybrid Notebook with...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's possible future hybrid notebook that at present they've decided to shelf until needed. A second published granted patent today covers Apple's chicklet styled Magic Keyboard that reveals a future capability of adding 3D Touch ...

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PopChar X 7.3 supports skin tone variants in Apple...

Ergonis Software has announced PopChar X 7.3, an improved version of the tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts.

With PopChar, thousands of special characters are only a few clicks away. Version 7.3 allows you to select skin tone variants of all applicable symbols of the Apple Color Emoji font. It  improves the organization of Unicode blocks and fixes a few user-reported issues and improves compatibility with El Capitan.

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ArtOptimizer for Adobe Illustrator now supports OS X...

Zevrix Solutions has announced ArtOptimizer 2.7.8, a compatibility update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe Illustrator.

ArtOptimizer allows users to reduce the size of Illustrator links and speed up processing by automatically eliminating excess image data and performing essential image adjustments. The software lets users save gigabytes of disk space, accelerate file output and cut costs through faster processing. The new version makes ArtOptimizer compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

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Apple, Google, PayPal & others form coalition to...

With Apple Pay, Google Wallet and other services transforming the way people carry out transactions, Apple has joined forces with four other companies to ensure that lawmakers don’t end up ‘inadvertently’ stifling innovation in the financial services field.

Technology industry leaders Amazon, Apple, Google, Intuit and PayPal today announced the formation of Financial Innovation Now, a coalition that will promote policies to help foster greater innovation in financial services.

While the new organization uses relatively diplomatic language, it’s pretty clear that the aim is to ensure that politicians don’t screw things up by introducing...

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Kool Tools: Install Disk Creator for OS X

MacDaddy’s Install Disk Creator 1.0, a installer disk utility for Mac OS X, simplifies the process of creating a bootable OS X installer from Mac App Store installation files, which can then be used to install El Capitan on any compatible Mac computer.

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Improving customer experience top priority for...

Improving the overall customer experience is a top business priority for companies and a main driver behind their digital transformation ambitions, according to a new study from Accenture. But the majority of businesses don’t set themselves apart yet from competitors through the digital customer experience they offer.

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Apple wins an 'Apple Pencil' Related...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's newly granted patent that covers their invention relating to the Apple Pencil for the iPad and future iPhone.

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Apple patents switch-less Force Touch keyboard for...

Apple is researching ways to implement its Force Touch technology into Mac keyboards, according to a patent published on Tuesday, a move that would not only cut down on key height by removing physical switches, but expand a device's overall utility.

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Apple Granted a Patent for a Smartphone with a...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's newly granted patent that generally relates to convex displays ...

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Monday November 2

Apple, Amazon, Google, others join forces in finance...

Tech giants Apple, Amazon, Google, PayPal and Intuit on Tuesday announced the formation of Financial Innovation Now, a financial services lobby that seeks to steer Washington policy as new technologies emerge.

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Microsoft Reduces OneDrive Storage for Office 365...

Microsoft tonight announced that it was making changes to its OneDrive cloud storage services, reducing the amount of storage both Office 365 and free users are granted and eliminating its unlimited option. The company says that the changes were needed to "ensure that we can continue to deliver a collaborative, connected and intelligent service."

Since we started to roll out unlimited cloud storage to Office 365 consumer subscribers, a small number of users backed up numerous PCs and stored entire movie collections and DVR recordings. In some instances, this exceeded 75 TB per user or 14,000 times the average. Instead of focusing on extreme backup scenarios, we want to remain focused on delivering high-value productivity and collaboration experiences that benefit the majority of OneDrive users.Office 365 Home, Personal and University subscribers will no longer have access to unlimited storage. Instead, these users...

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Activision to buy 'Candy Crush' developer...

Gaming giant Activision Blizzard late Monday announced an agreement to purchase all outstanding shares of Candy Crush Saga developer King Digital Entertainment in a deal worth $5.9 billion.

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Bushel: Powerful, affordable Mobile Device...

Our returning sponsor for this week is Bushel, the powerful and affordable cloud-based Mobile Device Management solution for Apple products. It doesn't matter if your organization doesn't have a dedicated IT staff to handle device management -- Bushel is easy enough to use that anyone can take on the responsibility of keeping all of your Apple devices safe and up-to-date. Bushel is free for the first three devices, then only $2 per month per device above that number. What can Bushel do for your organization?

  • Device Inventory lets you view remaining device storage capacity, which user is using which device, what apps you’ve installed on devices, and more.
  • Automatically configure email on all of your devices. Users get up and running quickly, and IT can ensure ongoing management for these devices.
  • Managing apps is super simple. Automatically install apps from the App Store to all of your...
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Activision acquires the company behind Candy Crush...

Activision Blizzard has agreed to acquire the company behind the popular Candy Crush Saga and Farm Hero games, King Digital Entertainment, for $5.9 billion in cash. King Digital’s games consist of a community of more than 340 million unique users. Activision, of course, is the company behind hit console games like the Call of Duty series.

King Digital closed with a $4.7 billion market capitalization on Monday, meaning Activision is paying a 26 percent premium to acquire the company. That’s less than, however, the price at which King Digital went public last year.

Activision’s motivation to purchase King Digital comes in that it is lagging dramatically in the mobile...

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Apple activates Top Charts section for Apple TV,...

Three days after launching an all new tvOS App Store alongside the fourth-generation Apple TV, Apple on Monday added a Top Charts section to aggregate the online shop's most popular and highest grossing titles, revealing games to be high on users' download lists.

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Killer Deals: Free AppleCare with each of Apple...

Black Friday is still weeks away, but that doesn't mean the deals have to wait. This week, AI readers can get free AppleCare with each 21" iMac 4K pre-order and Free AppleCare (plus $39 in additional instant discounts) with each 27" iMac 5K (Late-2015) order via new $120 and $150 discount coupons.

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New Apple TV Gains Charts for Top Paid, Free and...

The new Apple TV launched on Friday with an all-new App Store, but early adopters were quick to realize that app discovery was limited to a single featured section and a manual search option -- unlike the App Stores on iPhone, iPad and Mac, which have several genre-based categories and top charts for apps.

Apple has partially addressed this issue today by adding top charts to the tvOS App Store, listing the top paid apps, top free apps and top grossing apps. Confirming our previous report, games make up the majority of the top spots so far, while apps from content providers such as HBO, FOX and CBS are also popular.

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Apple TV App Store adds Top Charts section, confirms...

When the new Apple TV launched last week, one notable omission in the tvOS App Store were Top Charts like we are used to seeing on iOS devices. The obvious reason for this omission seemed to be that Apple didn’t have enough data collected to populate top charts, but now that appears to have changed…

Users of the new Apple TV have noticed a new section in the device’s App Store that lists the Top Charts for tvOS applications. Just like on iOS, the Top Charts tab breaks down the Top Paid, Top Free, and Top Grossing applications.

As we noted this morning, the Top Paid charts are heavily dominated with games, a feature new to the fourth-generation Apple TV. The first place spot, however, is held by Simple X, a third-party Plex client that will likely slide down the charts as more people realized...

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[Sponsor] Bellroy Makes Slim Wallets Easier To Use

It can be a pain folding your bills so they fit in a tiny wallet, but it doesn’t need to be.

Bellroy’s latest wallets, the Low Down and High Line, keep bills flat and crisp while staying super slim. Stripped back to the essentials, they’re ideal for the minimalist that likes to keep things simple. Made from full-grain leather, they fit up to ten cards. Shop now.

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Review: Fourth-gen Apple TV with Siri Remote and...

The new Apple TV has been revamped both inside and out, sporting an entirely new operating system dubbed tvOS that brings it even closer to iOS, along with an overhauled Siri Remote featuring voice input and a fantastic clickable trackpad. But it's what's yet to come --?namely, the growth of the Apple TV App Store --?that will make or break the next-generation set-top box.

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The Week in iOS Apps: Boomerang is Instagram's...

Bounce-back video

This week's roundup includes Boomerang, a new way to make videos fun, from the folks at Instagram.


Boomerang is the latest offering from the folks at Instagram—it lets you take a few seconds of video that you can then loop back-and-forth, turning a simple action into a cha-cha dance. The resulting creations can, of course, be shared on Facebook or Instagram.

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Apple's iPhone 6s, 6s Plus win Anandtech's...

Anandtech has awarded Apple's new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus the site's "Editors' Choice Gold" ranking, the first iPhone to ever rank that highly and only the second phones to receive it since the site began in 1997.

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Plex app turns 4th-gen Apple TV into personal media...

Adding to the quickly growing list of new Apple TV apps, media server solution Plex issued its hotly anticipated tvOS app on Monday with support for local content playback, Internet channels and more.

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Somebody Just Claimed a $1 Million Bounty For...

citadrianne writes with news that security startup Zerodium has just paid a group of hackers $1 million for finding a remote jailbreak of an iPhone running iOS 9. Vice reports: "Over the weekend, somebody claimed the $1 million bounty set by the new startup Zerodium, according to its founder Chaouki Bekrar, a notorious merchant of unknown, or zero-day, vulnerabilities. The challenge consisted of finding a way to remotely jailbreak a new iPhone or iPad running the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system iOS (in this case iOS 9.1 and 9.2b), allowing the attacker to install any app he or she wants app with full privileges. The initial exploit, according to the terms of the challenge, had to come through Safari, Chrome, or a text or multimedia message. This essentially meant that a participant needed to find a series, or a chain, of unknown zero-day bugs."


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Potential reference to new Mac Pro found in OS X El...

Apple could be nearing release of an expected Mac Pro refresh, as code buried in the latest version of Apple's OS X 10.11 El Capitan references an unknown Mac model with boosted specs and hardware not found in shipping machines.

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New UK Law to Forbid Apple & Google from...

The UK Government is preparing to introduce a new law that wouldn't allow the likes of Apple or Google to offer encryption so advanced that even they cannot decipher it when asked to.

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Review: Leef’s new Lightning thumb drive has a...

I first reviewed Leef’s USB to Lightning thumb drive last year when I compared a handful of similar products just hitting the market at the time. The products are essentially standard USB stick drives, but with the addition of a Lightning connector, you can now have the convenience of thumb drive storage on your iPhone or iPad. My favorite of the bunch was the Leef iBridge, and now the company has a new version that adds a microSD card slot…

It’s not necessarily a better version of the iBridge— Leef still sells that in ...

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Notable apps and app updates for November 2, 2015

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks for iOS, tvOS, and Mac OS X:

iOS Apps/Updates

Savage Interactive has released Procreate 3, an update to its $5.99 iPad. Targeted to the upcoming iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, Procreate 3 builds on the features of previous Procreate releases with 16K canvas resolution on the “super-sized Apple tablet. It also introduces Quickline, a new feature for creating straight lines, along with completely customizable perspective guides and over 100 new features and refinements. 

Ateam has announced Trivia Saga 1.03. It’s a quiz RPG whose trivia questions have been “culturalized” for western audiences and feature...

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Google Fine-Tunes Self-Driving Cars' Kid...

Google last week announced that it has developed technology for its self-driving vehicles that would be able to detect people in costumes -- presumably children dressed for Halloween. The company is teaching its cars to drive more cautiously around children and thus be ready to adapt to sudden and even erratic movement, it said. Google's engineers are striving to help the cars react, especially as children's behavior can be unpredictable.

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Apple Watch is $50 cheaper if you also buy an iPhone

For the first time since it launched, Apple is cutting the price of the Apple Watch but only if you end up spending more at the Apple Store.

On Monday CNET reported that some Apple Stores have started selling the Apple Watch with a $50 discount if customers purchase it along any new iPhone. Currently, the bundle discount is only available in select Apple Store locations in Northern California and the Boston metro area.

This limited-time promotion is only available in stores and not online at Apple.com or on the Apple Store iOS app. Furthermore, you can’t get the $50 discount when purchasing the most expensive Watch models, the Apple Watch Edition and the Apple Watch Hermes.


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Possible Upcoming Mac Pro Reference Discovered in OS...

It's been two years since Apple launched its radically redesigned Mac Pro, but the professional-level workstation has not seen any updates since that time despite the availability of upgraded versions of many of the components used in the machine. We may be getting closer to an update, however, as Pike's Universum has discovered a reference to a new Mac code name of "AAPLJ951" within OS X El Capitan.

The identity of the Mac corresponding to that code name is not explicitly revealed in OS X, but Pike points to the similar AAPLJ90 code name for the current Mac Pro as a reason to believe this new machine is a Mac Pro.

The data is identical to that of the late 2015 (iMac17,1 in the same file) so it may as well be a remnant of the new iMac, but the strange thing is...

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Official Plex app for Apple TV now available, offers...

The official Plex app for Apple TV is now available in the App Store. Plex is a media server for video, TV shows, music and photos. The app is fully featured, with quick access to search, playlists and more from the top bar. It also tracks your currently playing items so you can quickly pick up with a show or film from where you left off. The app incorporates channel streaming of content like TED, Revision3 and more as well as video queues from YouTube and Vimeo.

Although the app is free, be warned that the app will work only if you have a Plex Media Server setup either locally or on a remote network. You need to buy a Plex Pass subscription to access some premium features.


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Personal Pickup coming soon to international Apple...

Apple might be on the verge of expanding Personal Pickup to a number of countries outside the U.S., finally allowing people in those regions to shop online but claim their purchases at a local Apple Store.

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Take Control Books Catch Up with Apple Releases

When Apple pushes out major new operating systems, we at Take Control concentrate on discovering and documenting Apple’s changes. Our current batch of new titles looks at El Capitan and iOS 9, along with sub-topics like iCloud, Apple Mail, Photos, troubleshooting, networking, and more.


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Bunk Baidu SDK puts backdoor on millions of Android...

A software development kit created by Baidu, China's Google, has reportedly opened more than 100 million Android devices to malicious hackers. Baidu's Moplus SDK may not be available to the public but it's already made its way into more than 14,000...

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The Demographic that buys more Apple Products Online...

A new study that was published last week noted that the most significant factor of how much consumers spend on Apple products a year is not how much they earn, but rather how ....

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Browser-Based iOS 9.1/9.2 Jailbreak Wins $1M Bounty...

Earlier this month, exploit acquisition platform Zerodium debuted an iOS 9 bug bounty that would pay out up to three million dollars to hackers who managed to develop a browser-based untethered jailbreak for iOS 9, which it could then sell to clients interested in shelling out a lot of money to gain illicit access to iOS devices.

The contest expired at the end of October, and Zerodium today announced one hacking team had successfully created a browser-based jailbreak for iOS 9.1 and iOS 9.2, the latest versions of iOS 9, earning $1 million.

Zerodium foundar Chaouki Bekrar told Wired that the exploit developed by the hackers will be given to its customers, which include major technology, finance, and defense corporations, along with government...

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Apple hiring manager for original & live content...

Apple is hiring a person to help create "original content and live projects" for several of its online services, including Apple Music, iTunes, iBooks, and the App Store, according to a job listing discovered by AppleInsider.

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Pentagon launches cybersecurity exchange to combat...

The Department of Defense is taking a number of steps to up its cybersecurity game, Terry Halvorsen, the Pentagon's Chief Information Officer recently told a reporters breakfast hosted by The Christian Science Monitor. "There's not a time when I'm...

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Browser-based jailbreak for iOS 9.1 and 9.2 beta...

When Apple released iOS 9.1 last month, it closed an exploit that was used in the development of the most recent jailbreak software. As with every new iOS release, users were forced to choose whether they wanted to upgrade to the latest version of the operating system or stay on a slightly outdated version in order to preserve their jailbreak.

While that hasn’t changed today, a new bit of information from Zerodium has revealed that it is possible to jailbreak iOS 9.1—and the new iOS 9.2 beta—without even needing to plug it into a computer.

Our iOS...

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Apple could be forced to stop completely encrypting...

Apple and government officials have been publicly sparring over how to handle privacy and encryption for months, and new rules expected to be proposed in the UK on Wednesday might make Apple’s position much harder to maintain.

The issue boils down to Apple allowing iPhone users to encrypt data behind a password — encryption that Apple can’t break through — and government officials wanting access in instances where de-encrypting smartphones could help law enforcement and security efforts. Services like iMessage and FaceTime are also encrypted end-to-end.

Now The Telegraph reports that the Investigatory Powers Bill being introduced on Wednesday will likely require Apple and other companies...

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Anonymous says it's outing 1,000 prominent KKK...

Anonymous is no stranger to risky internet activism, and its latest campaign is no exception to the rule. The hacking-focused collective claims that it's outing "up to" 1,000 people who are either Ku Klux Klan members or "close associates" of KKK f...

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Sorkin's 'Steve Jobs' Movie Drops 63....

Last weekend the Movie 'Steve Jobs' bombed at the box office as it released nationwide. In its second weekend...

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How to quickly switch and force-close apps with the...

Multitasking on the new Apple TV is more iOS-like than ever, thanks to the inclusion of a new dedicated home button on the Siri Remote that functions largely identical to the iPhone and iPad.

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Apple beefs up indoor mapping efforts with new app

Apple has a new app on the App Store, though you won’t be able to find it unless you own a small business. The under-the-radar app is called Indoor Survey, and it’s designed to map venues.

Developer Steve Troughton-Smith first noticed the app over the weekend, though it’s been in the App Store since Oct. 27.

“By dropping ‘points’ on a map within the Survey app, you indicate your position within the venue as you walk through,” the app description says. “As you do so, the Indoor Survey app measures the radio frequency (RF) signal data and combines it with an iPhone’s sensor data. The end result is indoor positioning without the need to install special hardware.”

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EPA discovers defeat device in more VW TDI engines

In a sternly worded letter, the United States Environmental Protection Agency has issued a new set of allegations against Volkswagen claiming that so-called emissions defeat software has been found in the company's 3.0-liter TDI V6 diesel engines....

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Apple Planning International Expansion of '...

Apple is training retail employees in Australia, France, United Kingdom and other countries for the international launch of Personal Pickup, a service that enables customers to place an order on the Apple Online Store or Apple Store app and pick it up at any Apple Retail Store within an hour, according to sources.

Apple is planning to roll out Personal Pickup internationally as early as November, possibly alongside the launch of the iPad Pro, but could push back the plans until later this year or beyond, according to sources. Apple did not immediately respond when reached for comment.

Personal Pickup, which launched exclusively in the U.S. in 2011, is available for a wide range of products including Macs, iPhones, iPads, Apple TVs and the Apple Watch. Apple notifies customers via email or text message when their order is available for in-store pickup, at which point they can pick it up with a valid photo ID...

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Apple Campus 2 'Spaceship' Taking Shape as...

Heading into November, construction on Apple's second campus is progressing nicely, with Apple's construction crews making a lot of headway on the ring-shaped main building. A new aerial video captured by drone pilot Duncan Sinfield and shared with MacRumors gives a close-up view at the current state of the building.

Four internal levels of the primary building have now been completed, and the concept Steve Jobs envisioned for the campus is starting to take shape. When completed, the interior area of the building will feature hundreds of trees and lots of greenery, with outdoor eating and viewing areas for Apple employees.

Two nearby parking structures are now close to being completed, and there's also been some progress made on the underground auditorium, where Apple will hold major press events. There have been a lot of changes since we last shared an...

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Google swears it won't phase out Chrome OS

That talk of Google merging Android and Chrome OS, effectively killing Chrome OS as you know it? Google would rather that you forget about all that. In a follow-up to its early rebuttal, the search firm acknowledges that it's working on ways to "...

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 2...

Notable software releases this week include Parallels Desktop 11.0.2, ScreenFlow 5.0.3, OmniFocus 2.3, and OS X Server 5.0.15.


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Battlezone's PSVR reboot is the ultimate fan...

It could be argued that Atari's 1980 arcade classic Battlezone was the first virtual reality game. In a simple duel of tanks, players looked through a small opening in the cabinet to maneuver their lumbering vehicle, firing at a single enemy and av...

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Best Buy hopes same-day delivery will fend off Amazon

Online retailers like Amazon are putting the pressure on brick-and-mortar retail spaces by offering cheap and speedy delivery of goods, with same-day -- and in some cases one-hour -- deliveries to metro areas around the country. In a bid to keep up...

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Vegas Pro 13 Edit now available on Steam

Sony Creative Software has announced the availability of Vegas Pro 13 Edit at Steam, the online game platform.

Since its introduction, the Vegas Pro family of video editing applications has become a favorite with game developers and producers of machinima, according to John Freeborg, vice president Sony Creative Software. This Steam-exclusive version of Vegas Pro 13 Edit offers a professional production environment for all those that create, consume, and enjoy digital content, he adds.

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Carbon Copy Cloner: What’s your plan when your Mac’s...

What’s your plan when your Mac’s hard drive dies? Plan ahead and get back to work in minutes with a Carbon Copy Cloner bootable backup. CCC—the app that saves your bacon.

Jim’s Note: I’ve used this app for many years. I trust and love it.

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Sprint signs first direct roaming agreement with Cuba

Not so fast Verizon, Sprint announced Monday that it is the first US carrier to ink a direct roaming agreement with Telecommunications Company of Cuba (ETECSA). This agreement, along with a similar deal for direct long-distance interconnection, mea...

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Sprint announces new agreement to let subscribers...

Sprint today announced a new agreement with the Telecommunications Company of Cuba that will allow the fourth-largest US carrier’s subscribers to roam in Cuba. The move comes on the heels of changes to US-Cuban relations recently implemented by the US government.

The Sprint press release (below) mentions two of the company’s global roaming initiatives, but doesn’t specify whether Cuba will join the existing programs or will be part of a different offer.

The company says the exact details and the timing of the launch will be announced at a later date.

Sprint First U.S. Carrier to Sign Direct Cuba Roaming Agreement

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Nov. 2, 2015 – Sprint (NYSE: S) today became the first U.S. wireless carrier to sign a direct roaming agreement with Telecommunications Company of Cuba (ETECSA).

“As the commercial relationship between the U...

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AT&T will be the first US carrier to offer...

AT&T will begin carrying the Blackberry Priv on November 6th, the company announced on Monday. The phone, which runs Android's Lollipop OS and features a slide-out physical keyboard, will be available that Friday in both AT&T retail outlets...

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Apple Podcasts app spotted for new Apple TV on demo...

The Apple TV is an advancement in many ways over the third-generation model (faster processor, App Store, Siri) but there are also a couple of regressions, features that existed before that are missing and/or removed. One such example is Podcasts. The third-gen Apple TV featured a pre-installed Apple Podcasts app, which would sync with your iTunes subscriptions on the desktop and iOS devices. However, it is nowhere to be seen on the new fourth-generation Apple TV yet …

The screenshot above comes from the video loop Apple plays in retail stores to demo the new product. It clearly shows Apple’s latest Podcasts app icon, suggesting the app is on the way for the new fourth-generation box. Like the Remote app which only works from iOS and Apple Watch on Apple TV 2/3, it seems Apple did not manage to get it ready for the...

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9to5Toys Last Call: iPad mini 2 $199, iPad Air 2...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 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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Buy a pair of PowerBeats 2 Wireless In-Ear...

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Spotify gets serious about its country music curation

Country music fans are flocking to streaming services and Spotify's latest hire shows the company is taking that segment of its audience seriously. The streaming service nabbed SiriusXM's John Marks to head its curated playlists for the genre. If y...

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6 iPhone apps that use 3D Touch to make you more...

Tons of third-party iOS apps don't yet take advantage of Apple's 3D Touch, a key feature of the new iPhone 6s models, but thankfully additional apps get 3D Touch support every day. Here are six iOS apps that use 3D Touch to help you save a few seconds here and there and be more efficient.

3D Touch on iPhone 6s helps you get stuff done

Evernote (freemium) is the Big Daddy of note-taking apps, despite increasing competition from Microsoft OneNote. Using 3D Touch on the app icon, you can quickly create new notes, take photos, set reminders, or search for existing notes. As of this writing, Microsoft OneNote doesn't support 3D Touch.


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Facebook Executive Just Mandated that Employees must...

Believe it or not, Chris Cox, Facebook’s chief product officer, is forcing an untold number of Facebook employees to drop their iPhones for Android phones.

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T-Mobile, Sprint poised to pick up subscribers from...

Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program appears to be leading U.S. phone buyers away from AT&T and Verizon toward carriers with cheaper fees such as T-Mobile and Sprint, a report said on Monday.

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Samsung Declares War on Cheap Rivals in China like...

After another declining quarter for Samsung's mobility division last week, Samsung is declaring war on China's Xiaomi by releasing two new smartphones for China's market.

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Using Tech to Fix the Horrid US Political Debates

I watched with interest last week's Republican debate and realized very quickly that whatever that was on my TV, it sure as hell wasn't an actual debate. The idea is for us to be able to compare the qualifications and positions of a variety of candidates and then make a more informed choice -- but if every candidate is asked a different question, then how do we compare the answers? It seems strange that Americans likely put more rigor into hiring a gardener than in selecting the next leader of the free world. Tech could fix that.

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SoftRAID version 5.1 supports Mac OS X 10.11 El...

OWC Holdings has released SoftRAID 5.1 (www.softraid.com), an update to the disk driver for OS X that replaces the RAID functionality that was removed from Disk Utility in El Capitan.

Version 5.1 supports the enhanced security mechanisms in Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan. It’s a free update for all version 5.x users of SoftRAID.

For new users the cost is $179. Upgrades from version 4.x users to version 5.1 are $89. A demo is available for download. SoftRAID 5.1 requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher.

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Apple pushes Maps Indoor service to venue owners,...

Joined by a new dedicated indoor mapping app, Apple has also begun encouraging large venue owners to sign up for its "Maps Indoor" service, potentially laying the groundwork for advanced indoor step-by-step directions in future iPhone updates.

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2015 5K Retina iMac supports 10-bit screen color...

This could come in handy if you’re doing extensive photo and video work.

Apple’s latest 5K Retina iMac supports 10-bit screen color. This feature was discovered via new driver software in OS X El Capitan, as noted in Cinema5D and German publication Mac & I. It’s not clear whether the code might support an external 10-bit monitor.

10-bit screen color helps eliminate banding artifacts while restoring gradient detail. Most external and built-in device displays are still limited to 8-bit color at most, and accordingly, OS X didn’t offer compatibility until now. Windows has had 10-bit support since 2009’s Windows 7.

Even on a 4K or 5K iMac,...

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Assorted Mac, iPad and Beats products edge towards “...

Every so often, a group of Apple products moves into an “Obsolete” category, meaning the product is no longer eligible for service or repair support through Apple retail stores or authorized third-party channels.

This time around, the products include:
– iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2009)

– iMac (27-inch, Late 2009)

– MacBook Air (Mid 2009)

– Mac Pro (Early 2009)

– MacBook (13-inch, early 2008)

– MacBook Pro (15-inch, early 2009)

These Macs will move to Obsolete status in all regions and vintage status where applicable. Apple typically begins the...

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InSili.com introduce iSwift 2.0

InSili.com has announced iSwift 2.0 (http://iswift.org), an update of its automated Objective-C to Swift conversion tool, developed exclusively for Mac OS X.

It offers automatic as-you-type conversion of your Objective-C sources to Apple's Swift language, along with a full-featured Objective-C editor. iSwift offers a tool to convert and translate your existing Objective-C files (Cocoa or iOS) to Swift on the fly.

iSwift requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs US$13.99.

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Install Apple Configurator 2

Apple Configurator 2 is a great tool to manage iOS devices. It’s also a pretty decent tool when you need to create profiles for use on Macs. Apple Configurator is easily installed using the Mac App Store. This involves a number of tasks:

  1. Restore: Restore an operating system to an iOS device
  2. Duplicate: Similar to imaging (but not), restore various options on a device so it is similar to a previous device. There are limitations to this feature as any data stored in the secure enclave will not be duplicated
  3. Application Assignment: Install apps on devices with or without an MDM solution to manage the devices
  4. Supervise: Enable supervised mode on the devices so that you can prove ownership and therefore unlock additional restrictions on devices
  5. Manage: Deploy profiles on devices to control the features used on devices and automate configuration

However you plan on using Apple Configurator, the first step to use the product is...

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Oh, Microsoft

Will Oremus, writing for Slate, points out the huge (read that in sarcastic tone, with air quotes) differences between the design of Microsoft’s new Manhattan flagship store and the Apple Store:

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Apple TV tips, tricks, shortcuts and useful settings

Joe Rossignol, writing for MacRumors, pulled together a nice list of tips and tricks for the new Apple TV. Worth reading through.

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How to disable password prompts for both free and...

If you’ve got a new Apple TV, you no doubt feel the pain of the long, linear software keyboard and recognize the value of any tip that will save you typing time (especially typing of long, arcane passwords).

∞ Read this on The Loop

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∞ How strong your iPhone signal actually is

I tested this on my iPhone and it works as advertised.

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Apple Financing iPhones is a Huge Boost for Smaller...

I don't think that it comes as much of a surprise that Apple's entry into iPhone financing is starting to dislodge some customers from the biggest carriers and sending them shopping for cheaper, smaller providers like T-Mobile US Inc.

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Hidden 'Indoor Survey' App Created by...

Apple last week quietly launched a new first-party app called Indoor Survey [Direct Link], which allows its users to map out the interior space of a building using their iPhone. Spotted by developer Steve Troughton-Smith yesterday evening, the app specifically uses radio frequency signals in concert with an iPhone's various sensor data to successfully map an interior location (via AppleInsider).

The app, however, doesn't appear to be entirely functional as of yet. When prompted with Indoor Survey's home menu, after entering an Apple ID and password, users will be met with an Authorization Failed message and be barred from further accessing the app's suggested indoor mapping abilities. The app...

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Josh Centers, writing for TidBITS, pulled together a well-written assemblage of frequently asked Apple TV questions. Terrific set of questions, well worth scanning through.

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The WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank is a good printer —...

The Epson WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank wireless all-in-one comes loaded and ready with up to two years of ink in the box. Or so says Epson. I can let you know in …. let’s see … about 23 months.

If true, that’s an incredible amount of ink — enough to print up to 11,000 black/8500 color pages, and equivalent to about 50 ink cartridge sets. The printer is designed for homes, home offices and small offices that print 300 to 400 pages per month.

If it lives up to the hype, the WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank will be worth its $499 price tag. If it doesn’t, the price tag won’t be justified. My family goes through a LOT of ink each year as my wife and daughter print photos, recipes, coupons, etc. I need a printer that doesn’t threaten to break my bank account in ink cartridge purchases.

When replacement ink is needed, the cost for the WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTan will reportedly be as...

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Jean-Louis Gassée: The Apple Car and Apple’s...

A thoughtful column (as usual) from JLG, questioning the culture that builds software that has the luxury of being allowed to crash and having that culture be required to build software that absolutely cannot fail.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Procreate version 3 adds iPad Pro and Apple Pencil...

Popular drawing app Procreate has today released version 3 of their iPad app ($5.99) with a whole host of new features. This includes new brushes (including quick brush previewing before committing to canvas drawing), motion blur and perspective blur, simplified tap gestures and much more.

Perhaps the most significant change is the addition of iPad Pro and Apple Pencil integration. Procreate now create images with up to 16,0000 x 4000 resolution on Apple’s latest hardware, due to be released later in the month. Existing Apple hardware can also benefit, with the iPad Air 2 now capable of...

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How to use Share Sheets in iOS 9

Using Share Sheets in iOS 9 has been simplified. For example, now when you wan to search for a keyword on a Safari web page, or load its desktop version, just press the Share Sheet button in the bottom-left corner of the screen. 

Next, swipe to the left on the lowest horizontal menu until you see Find on Page and Request Desktop Site buttons. You can also tweak their  by tapping on the last item (dubbed More) in the menu. Use the drag and drop buttons next to each feature to reposition it as you wish.

In iOS 9 Share Sheets allow you to save a website as a PDF. Open the Safari Share Sheet menu and you’ll now find “Save PDF to iBooks.”

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Top Apple TV Apps Revealed With Games Topping the...

On Friday, Apple officially launched the fourth-generation Apple TV, which for the first time included an App Store.

While Apple includes a list of featured apps, there are currently no other methods for discoverability, and users can't browse categories or Top Charts to find other Apple TV Apps that haven't been explicitly featured. Currently, the Apple TV App Store only shows what's featured. If your game isn't featured, it effectively doesn't exist. There's no way to browse genres, top lists don't exist (this arguably might be a good thing), and finding something that isn't featured requires typing its name in the search field. Siri search doesn't work on apps (yet?) so the amount of friction to download a game like Highway Rider which didn't make the feature cut is not only incredible but also has resulted in three sales. (Well, make...

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Apple has a hidden ‘indoor GPS’ app in the App Store...

Apple has an Indoor Survey app on the iOS App Store, designed to help pinpoint locations inside a store, restaurant or other business – but it doesn’t show up in a search, and you need to register in Apple Maps Connect to download it.

By dropping “points” on a map within the Survey App, you indicate your position within the venue as you walk through. As you do so, the indoor Survey App measures the radio frequency (RF) signal data and combines it with an iPhone’s sensor data. The end result is indoor positioning without the need to install special hardware … 


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Get that syncing feeling with Eltima’s SyncMate for...

If you use only Apple products (Macs, iPhones, iPads, etc.), you can probably handle all your syncing chores through iCloud, iTunes, iTunes Connect, etc. However, if you use other devices and online storage platforms, you should check out Eltima’s SyncMate, which allows you to sync just about anything with your Mac (if it’s running Mac OS X 10.8.5 or higher).

The latest version (6) has been revved for Mac OS X El Capitan. SyncMate is, as far as I know, the only sync tool that’s fully compatible with El Capitan (OS X 10.11) and offers syncing with Android and iOS, MTP and storage devices and Microsoft Office apps. It’s also the only Mac sync software I’m aware of that allows syncing Mac with multiple devices simultaneously. 

The utility can not only sync data with several gadgets, but with online accounts and cloud storage options such as Outlook and Office 365, Google Drive,...

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Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 revved for El Capitan

Paragon Software Group has released Paragon NTFS for Mac 14. an upgrade of the solution to solve incompatibility issues between Mac OS X and Windows.
The new update helps overcome the functional limitations of the latest version of OS X Disk Utility in El Capitan, according to the folks at Paragon Software. Earlier versions of OS X allowed to easily format volumes in Disk Utility by implementing third-party file system drivers, but these functions are no longer available in El Capitan.

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The Northern Spy: Apple’s sales saga

By Rick Sutcliffe

Apple's sales saga continues to flummox many pundits. They forecast earnings estimates too low or too high, and when they miss, they criticize--not themselves, but Apple--as if it were Cupertino's fault they aren't more prescient.

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Kool Tools: Boot Runner 2.3 for OS X

Twocanoes Software’s Boot Runner is a popular startup solution for dual-boot Macs in classrooms, labs and enterprise workspace. The latest version (2.3) adds support for Mac OS X El Capitan.

Boot Runner makes it easy to automate startup control to ensure that Mac-based Windows systems are ready when critical security patches arrive. Version 2.3 includes detection of and notification for OS X 10.11 El Capitan's System Integrity Protection.

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Sunday November 1

The Guardian trots out notorious Mike Daisey to...

A British newspaper has published a meandering, conspiracy-chasing fantasy piece written by discredited theater-journalist Mike Daisey... in its technology section.

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Apple indoor positioning app 'Indoor Survey...

Apple could be on the verge of releasing its first dedicated indoor positioning app for iPhone, as a seemingly legitimate, albeit non-operational, first party app called "Indoor Survey" was spotted in the iOS App Store on Sunday.

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New Apple TV: Tips, Tricks, Siri Remote Shortcuts...

The new Apple TV launched on Friday in several countries around the world, giving early adopters a chance to try out the fourth-generation device for a few days now. The consensus opinion is that the new Apple TV is a worthwhile upgrade, particularly because of new features such as the App Store, Siri, and tvOS user interface, with lots of potential to get even better in the months and years ahead.

Press the Home button twice to bring up the new Apple TV's app switcher

To complement our coverage of the new Apple TV, which includes a trio of hands-on videos, an Apple TV apps roundup, several tidbits, and a reviews roundup, we have created...

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The Logic Pros: Working with Logic’s built-in Space...

In this week’s episode of The Logic Pros, we are looking at Space Designer, Logic’s flagship reverb plug-in. Much like the Delay Designer we detailed last week, Space Designer is highly customizable with various shaping tools and the ability to create your own impulse responses.

Reverb plug-ins are basically the emulation of the way instruments sound in a particular room or space. This effect is used commonly in music...

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Parallels Desktop 11.0.2

Maintenance update for popular virtualization software with a number of bug fixes. ($79.99 new for standard edition, $99.99 annual subscription for Pro/Business Edition, free update for version 11 licenses, 289 MB)


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Daniel Craig resisted Android phone placement in...

Internal Sony communications indicated that "Spectre" star Daniel Craig and the movie's director Sam Mendes were both opposed to multimillion dollar product placements for Sony or Samsung Android phones because it could tarnish the suave image of James Bond.

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State of the Site

Hi, friends of Apple World Today. 

It's the beginning of November, so I thought I'd let you know how we're doing. In one word, "better".

We are still not out of the woods yet financially, but our readership numbers are climbing at about 15 percent per month. With readership comes revenue and financial stability. Every day I thank each and every one of you who reads Apple World Today for making us one of your go-to websites for Apple news, reviews and how-tos.

The word of the month for AWT is going to be conversion. It's important that we convert readers to subscribers who are willing to throw a couple of bucks our way every month. We're still $400 per month below our minimum goal on Patreon. Why? Only a minuscule 0.36 percent of our readers are subscribers. Raise that number to 1 percent at our current average...

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Mophie debuts iPhone 6s Reserve batteries, TechLink...

With the post-launch dust now settled for the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPad mini 4, two accessory makers have released four batteries designed to fuel Apple’s latest devices. While they carry significant price premiums over top-rated batteries we’ve covered, both vendors have received Apple’s seal of approval for device compatibility.

Mophie has officially released...

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Nest Cam Review: Is Google’s Wi-Fi security cam...

It’s certainly not the only connected-security camera, but following Google’s acquisition of popular security cam maker Dropcam last year, the company has just launched a second-generation product with new features. The new product was re-envisioned by Google’s Nest team— the people building smart home accessories like the Nest thermostat and fire alarm— and in the process dropped the Dropcam branding and gained a few notable enhancements.

But is the new Nest Cam worth an upgrade from your current Dropcam setup? And how does the product compare to the other connected home security-cam and all-in-one security devices on the market? We’ve been testing out Nest Cam since its release a few weeks back to find out.


Setup is painless with the usual Wi-Fi...

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Restrict Access To Sites On iOS Devices Using Apple...

One of the more common requests we get for iOS devices is to restrict what sites on the web that a device can access. This can be done in a number of ways. One is using the content filter option in Apple Configurator 2. The second is using a Global HTTP Proxy. We’ll cover both here, using custom profiles. Both require the device be Supervised.

Use the Content Filter

To enable the Content Filter, open Apple Configurator and click on the New menu. From there, click on Content Filter in the sidebar. You have three ways you can use the Content Filter. These include:

  • Built-in: Limit Adult Content: A basic profile that allows you to specifically whitelist and blacklist sites. This gives you very basic control of sites. Here, use the plus sign to enter a URL, as you can see here.
  • Built-in: Specific Websites Only: This option only allows certain sites, and creates a badge for each in the bookmarks list of Safari.
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Review: Logitech's Z533 computer speakers...

Logitech's 2.1-channel Z533 speaker system may not be the pinnacle of home audio, but it more than gets the job done at a very reasonable price.

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Saturday October 31

Google's self-driving cars are more cautious...

If you've got spawn traipsing through the streets of Mountain View in search of sweets tonight, you needn't fear Google's self-driving cars... much. While there's something a little unsettling about an autonomous car -- even a cute one -- coming at...

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Amazon Follows Through: Drops Apple TV, Chromecast

Hot Hardware notes that Amazon has stopped selling two pieces of hardware -- Apple TV and Google's Chromecast -- that compete with Amazon's own streaming business. (They promised to drop them a while back; not everyone though they actually would.) From the article: While some have likened this move to being anti-competitive, it's hard to grasp whether the legal system would agree. Amazon's defense is that since these devices don't support Prime Video, it doesn't want to sell products to its customers and have them assume that they will."


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Study answers lingering questions about Voyager 1 in...

Three years ago, the American Geophysical Union said the Voyager 1 probe left the solar system. NASA quickly said nope, hold your horses, we're not there yet. Then, NASA announced a year later that yes, Voyager 1 really did make it. The debate stil...

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Don’t Have Time To Make A Halloween Playlist: Use...
Researchers see evolution working faster than...

The word "evolution" tends to conjure up images of early hominids dodging predators on the veldt as they inch — agonizingly slowly — toward modern humanity. Most of those popular images of evolution are steeped in antiquity because, wel...

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A month with Nest's latest smart thermostat

Nest's programmable thermostat has just turned four, and the company marked the anniversary with the debut of its third-generation device. Four years ago, thermostats were still boring blocks stuck to your wall and while programming them was alread...

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Cute puzzler Haunt the House: Terrortown will get...

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

It’s Halloween, you’re a ghost, and all you want to do is rest in peace. But there are people nosing about your local haunting grounds—which include a spooky old mansion, a ghost town, and a carnival-themed runaway train.

What’s a ghost to do? You can’t scare these people away directly—you’re a ghost, and they can’t see you swooping through the air. But you can possess objects and scare them indirectly. And, of course, as the terror-level in the atmosphere becomes tenser, your abilities grow in power. Haunt the House: Terrortown is a creative...

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DJI Osmo review: A hand-held stabilized camera...

Thanks to the rise of small action cameras, camera stabilizers (aka gimbals) are becoming more portable than ever. Amazon has plenty of these coming from random Chinese brands, but most are either poorly designed, or only a partial solution to your...

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Vodafone says 1,827 customers' bank details...

In what's been a big week for corporate security following the TalkTalk hack, Vodafone has confirmed that it has also been the target of a malicious attack. In a statement today, the company said that between midnight on October 28th and midday on...

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Apple's investments in infrastructure, tooling...

After spending $11.2 billion across fiscal 2015 on capital expenditures, Apple anticipates that it will ramp up its investments in manufacturing, data centers, facility and retail infrastructure to $15 billion over the next year.

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Life with my robot secretary

By Mark Wilson

This article originally appeared on Fast Company and is reprinted with permission.

I'm not important enough to have what the rich and powerful call "people." Most of us aren't. The average personal assistant is paid about $31,000 a...

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∞ The Beatles: A 5 minute drum chronology

This is phenomenal. Note that this was filmed in 4K, so ratchet the video settings up if you have gear that will support it.

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∞ Happy Halloween

Some Halloween links to spread the Halloween spirit. Have a great Halloween and be sure to save some candy for us!

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Apple and 60 Tech Companies Support the Houston...

In a recent statement, Apple urges Houstonians to vote Yes on Prop 1 to ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally under the law

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A New Twist Arises in the DOJ's Case to Force...

Last week we reported that the DOJ Filed their official reply with the Court that continued to request that Apple be required to unlock an iPhone 5s in a drug dealer case. On Friday there was another twist this story. The defendant in the case pleaded guilty prior to the scheduled court date. So will Apple still be compelled to unlock the iPhone 5s in this case? The DOJ said ...

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Make Your Bash Prompt Into A Smiling Pile Of Poo (

Did you know that bash supports emojis? So do SSIDs. Let’s run a quick and easy command so that bash can enjoy the same holiday that you’re enjoying. Let’s say the name of an emoji. To do so, open the Terminal.app and paste this command in:

say 💩

You can also easily edit your .bash_profile. To do so, run the `vi .bash_profile` command and paste this line in:

PS1="💩   $"

Note that I put a few spaces here, after the smiling pile of poo (which I really just like to type and verbalize while sitting next to people on airplanes). The reason for the spaces is that otherwise your text might overlap with the emoji. The $ allows me to know I’m at a prompt rather than just looking at an otherwise smiling pile of poo. Anyway, save and open a new Terminal prompt. Boom. Poo. In the Edit menu of the Terminal app, there’s an “Emoji & Symbols” option, which lets you pick many, many more emojis. So you’re not just stuck with the poo I left for...

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Chrome OS Is Dead, Long Live Chrome OS?

Google reportedly is two years into a plan to consolidate the Chrome operating system and Android and plans to roll out a combined OS in 2017. Chromebooks running the Chrome OS have gained adoption as entry-level computers for students and as a low-cost option for a growing number of corporate customers. "Chrome OS isn't being killed," said a source familiar with the company's strategy. It has awesome momentum and we're still pursuing Chromebook partnerships, for example, and doing better than ever in U.S. schools."

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Apple Filed for Several Trademarks this Week in...

This week Apple filed for four trademarks in Hong Kong China and two in Europe as highlighted in this weekend report.

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Nissan unleashes its autonomous car prototype in...

Nissan has begun testing its Leaf-based autonomous car prototype, not on private property, but on Japanese inner city roads and highways. To be exact, the automaker wants to put its "Piloted Drive" mode (part of its Intelligent Driving System) to t...

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The week in Apple news: Apple TV now available,...

Apple headlines for the week ending Oct. 30, 2015.

The new Apple TV made its debut on Friday. You can go to the Apple Store to buy one, or you can go to Best Buy. Be sure to follow our advice on the six things you need to do first with your new Apple TV. While you’re waiting for your Apple TV to set up, you can catch up on all the important Apple-related headlines here in this slideshow. Just click the link to get more information on a story.


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Medicine-covered nanoparticles could help stroke...

Doctors have been working for years on using tiny nanoparticles covered in clot busting drugs to clear blocked vessels in stroke victims. The only problem is that when a vessel is completely blocked, a lack of blood flow in the affected area is a p...

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This week on AppleInsider: Q4 triumph, Apple TV...

The last week of October was (relatively) upbeat for Apple, with blockbuster quarterly results, the launch of a redesigned Apple TV, and plans to bring Apple Pay to new countries.

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Price Guides: How our new partner Citi can help you...

AppleInsider is proud to announce that it has partnered with Citi, which offers a Double Cash Card that financially-responsible Price Guide shoppers can use to get cash back twice on their future Apple product purchases this holiday shopping season, further?sweeting deals that are often already offered at unbeatable prices.

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Friday October 30

50 Choices For Your Halloween Party Background...

My Top 10

The Lost Boys: Thow shall not kill is still in my head from last night. Seriously, my favorite movie to throw on in the background when throwing a Halloween party. You can do this one with or without audio. It’s not so scary, it moves quick enough, and it can be watched for just a few seconds or minutes without someone becoming engrossed and not socializing. Regrettably not available on Netflix.

The Crow: An instant classic. A love story. A ghost story. So many things are kinda’ creepy and kinda’ awesome about this movie, including an amazing soundtrack. And it’s available on Netflix.

Underworld: Vampires vs werewolves. Kate Beckinsdale. Guns. Leather. Did I mention vampires vs werewolves? Available on Netflix. Basically I’d watch the whole series again. Worth it.


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​Uber shuts down in three German cities amid driver...

Surprise: Uber has having trouble in Germany, again. No, the company isn't facing another nationwide ban, but the trouble does seem to stem from a previous court decision -- apparently Uber is just having a hard time finding drivers. "For many pros...

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Find life on Mars and kill it in 'The...

Miss the character decision-driven science fiction epic of Mass Effect, but wish it had a little more of a melee focus? Pay attention to Techromancer -- it could be the spiritual successor you've been looking for. The game's developer, Spiders, doe...

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Warhammer 40,000: Freebladejust launched in the App Store and it lets you live your childhood dream of blowing up and slashing a bunch of enemies as a massive, hulking Space Marine. It's not easy being a Space Marine though - and particularly if... | Read more »
Gopogo guide - How to bounce like the be...
Nitrome just launched a new game and, as to be expected, it's a lot of addictive fun. It's called Gopogo, and it challenges you to hoparound a bunch of platforms, avoiding enemies and picking up shiny stuff. It's not easy though - just like the... | Read more »
Sago Mini Superhero (Education)
Sago Mini Superhero 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Education Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: KAPOW! Jack the rabbit bursts into the sky as the Sago Mini Superhero! Fly with Jack as he lifts impossible weights,... | Read more »
Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes guide - How...
Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes is all about collecting heroes, powering them up, and using them together to defeat your foes. It's pretty straightforward stuff for the most part, but increasing your characters' stats can be a bit confusing because it... | Read more »
The best cooking apps (just in time for...
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Square Rave guide - How to grab those te...
Square Rave is an awesome little music-oriented puzzle game that smacks of games like Lumines, but with its own unique sense of gameplay. To help wrap your head around the game, keep the following tips and tricks in mind. [Read more] | Read more »
Snowboard Party 2 (Games)
Snowboard Party 2 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Crowned the best snowboarding game available on the market, Snowboard Party is back to fulfill all your adrenaline needs in... | Read more »
One Button Travel (Games)
One Button Travel 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: “To cut a long story short, If you like interactive fiction, just go buy this one.” - Toucharcade.com “Oozes the polish that... | Read more »
Light Apprentice Volume 1 (Games)
Light Apprentice Volume 1 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Light Apprentice Volume 1 includes Chapters 1 to 4, all gathered in a new exclusive game. When life in the world of... | Read more »
The best games like Animal Crossing on m...
Animal Crossing amiibo Festival is out right now for the Wii U, reminding us of just how much fun that world can be. Or at least to go back and check in on our villages once in a while. [Read more] | Read more »

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iMobie Releases its Ace iOS Cleaner PhoneClea...
iMobie Inc. has announced the new update of PhoneClean 4, its iOS cleaner designed to reclaim wasted space on iPhone/iPad for use and keep the device fast. Alongside, iMobie hosts a 3-day giveaway of... Read more
U.S. Cellular Offering iPad Pro
U.S. Cellular today announced that it is offering the new iPad Pro with Wi-Fi + Cellular, featuring a 12.9-inch Retina display with 5.6 million pixels — the most ever in an iOS device. U.S. Cellular... Read more
Newegg Canada Unveils Black Friday Deals for...
Newegg Canada is offering more than 1,000 deep discounts to Canadian customers this Black Friday, available now through Cyber Monday, with new deals posted throughout the week. “Black Friday is... Read more
Black Friday: Macs on sale for up to $500 off...
BLACK FRIDAY B&H Photo has all new Macs on sale for up to $500 off MSRP as part of their early Black Friday sale including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro: $... Read more
Black Friday: Up to $125 off iPad Air 2s at B...
BLACK FRIDAY Walmart has the 16GB iPad Air 2 WiFi on sale for $100 off MSRP on their online store. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available): - 16GB iPad Air 2 WiFi: $399, save $... Read more
Black Friday: iPad mini 4s on sale for $100 o...
BLACK FRIDAY Best Buy has iPad mini 4s on sale for $100 off MSRP on their online store for Black Friday. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available): - 16GB iPad mini 4 WiFi: $299.... Read more
Black Friday: Apple Watch for up to $100 off...
BLACK FRIDAY Apple resellers are offering discounts and bundles with the purchase of an Apple Watch this Black Friday. Below is a roundup of the deals being offered by authorized Watch resellers:... Read more
Black Friday: Target offers 6th Generation iP...
BLACK FRIDAY Save $40 to $60 on a 6th generation iPod touch at Target with free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale prices for online orders only, in-store prices may vary: -... Read more
Black Friday: Walmart and Target offer iPod n...
BLACK FRIDAY Walmart has the 16GB iPod nano (various colors) on sale for $119.20 on their online store for a limited time. That’s $30 off MSRP. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if... Read more
Black Friday deals on the Apple Watch and App...
Apple resellers are offering discounts and bundles with the purchase of an Apple Watch this Black Friday weekend. Below is a roundup of the deals being offered by authorized Watch resellers: Apple... Read more

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