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Thursday January 29

Apple's stylus receiver concept would improve...

As recent rumors have suggested Apple could offer a simple stylus to enhance a larger iPad model, a new patent application shows what kind of improved pen-based input technology the company has been working on behind the scenes.

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CloudConvert easily converts hundreds of file types...

Usually, when you have a video file on your iPad or iPhone, the file can play on that device—why else would it be there? But occasionally you’ll run into a need to convert a video file, like I did recently, and when that happens CloudConvert gets it done right on the same device, no computer necessary. CloudConvert can handle more than just video files, but that’s where my story begins.

Rule No. 1 about Fight Cam...

I recently set up a Motorola Focuss66 wireless camera in my kids’ playroom. They spend a lot of time in this room where imaginations run amok, laughter is contagious, and inevitably fighting erupts. The psuedo-brawls always seems to erupt shortly after my wife or I walk out of the room, leaving us to decipher the crying and bruises to figure out exactly what happened.


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More Android-to-iPhone switchers coming from...

Apple revealed this week that the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus attracted more Android users than ever before. But new data suggests that the rate of Android switchers in the U.S. was steady last quarter, implying that international users are the ones who made the jump to iPhone in record numbers.

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China accused of protectionism through new...

The NY Times reports that the Chinese government has adopted a set of supposed cybersecurity regulations on western companies selling technology to banks. These requirements are so absurd that it would be impossible for companies like Apple to comply.

The Chinese government has adopted new regulations requiring companies that sell computer equipment to Chinese banks to turn over secret source code, submit to invasive audits and build so-called back doors into hardware and software, according to a copy of the rules obtained by foreign technology companies that do billions of dollars’ worth of business in China.

The paper reports that while the regulations are so far limited to sales to Chinese banks, they are merely the first in a series of new cybersecurity policies expected to be introduced in the coming months...

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Apple now leads the luxury gift market in China,...

Apple is on rather a roll at the moment. A new world record for quarterly profitsBest-selling smartphone maker in China. Joint leader of the global smartphone market. Record-breaking app store earnings. Now Reuters reports that it’s picked up a new accolade, leading the luxury goods market in China.

Apple Inc has taken the number one luxury gifting spot in China from designer goods maker Hermès International SCA, according to a Hurun luxury report on Thursday, reflecting the iPhone maker’s recent hot streak in...

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Mac Pro Vault stuffs 48 top-of-the-line Macs into...

What do you get when you stick 48 Mac Pro units in the same spot? A data center cabinet from CyberLynk's Mac Pro Vault that is near pornographic in the amount of raw Apple computing power it can hold.

Mac Pro Vault cabinets can hold up to 48 computers.

The new Mac Pro cabinets are part of the company's colocation service that began with Mac Mini Vault in 2010 and now extends to the 2013-era Mac Pro units. The first Mac Pro Vault cabinet was up and running in late 2014 in the company's Milwaukee data center. CyberLynk plans to have Mac Pro cabinets roll out to its second data center in Phoenix by mid-2015.


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Microsoft launches revamped Outlook mail app based...

Microsoft announced plans today to launch a new app for its Outlook email service on iOS. The app is based on the Acompli software that the company purchased in December for $200 million. The app includes “email triage” features found in the old app as well as new features to help appeal to a wider audience, such as the ability to toggle threaded conversation views.

The Outlook iOS app will also support mail from third-party services beyond Microsoft’s. iCloud, Gmail, and Yahoo email accounts can be plugged into the app, and attachments can be added to messages from cloud services like Google Drive and Dropox.


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Acompli-based Outlook for iOS, Android promises to...

Microsoft has updated its Outlook clients for iOS and Android today. The clients—a stable release for iOS, a preview for Android—work with Exchange,, Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, as well as standards-based mail.

Redmond has had Outlook clients for the mobile platforms before, but these have been front-ends for the Outlook Web App, Microsoft's HTML front-end to Exchange. The new client is something new: it's based on the Acompli e-mail and calendaring client. Microsoft bought the then 18-month old Acompli late last year for an estimated $200 million.

Announcing the app's availability, former Acompli CEO Javier Soltero, now on the Outlook team, said that Acompli users dip into the app for, on average, 24 seconds at a time. Much of the time, they perform what Microsoft calls e-mail triage: deciding whether an e-mail should be deleted, flagged for follow-up, or merely marked as read. Similarly, meeting invitations can be quickly accepted,...

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Wednesday January 28

Apple, Samsung now tied for the title of world'...

The 74.5 million iPhones sold over the last three months of 2014 didn't just help Apple report the highest quarterly profit of any publicly-traded company in history, they also propelled the Cupertino giant into a first-place tie with Samsung as the largest smartphone maker in the world.

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Apple ties for title of world’s largest smartphone...

Following on the heels of a record-breaking quarter for Apple, Strategy Analytics has crunched the numbers and crowned Apple the king of the smartphone vendors for Q4 2014—or rather, one of the kings. It seems the Cupertino company managed to tie rival Samsung for the title.

Both companies shipped 74.5 million handsets during the quarter, though Samsung still outsold Apple in terms of the annual total by a hefty margin. Those quarterly sales gave both companies an equal marketshare of 19.6%.

Strategy Analytics notes that this is the first time since...

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Samsung's mobile profits plunge 64.2% after...

Samsung Electronics reported overall Q4 operating profits of 5.29 trillion won ($4.9 billion)--a 36 percent year-over-year drop--but its Mobile division suffered a 64.2 percent drop in profits, falling from $5 billion in the year ago quarter to $1.8 billion in the December quarter.

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Amplified: “I can’t back this up with facts but…”

Jim, Shawn and our Special Guest, Dave Mark, talk Apple earnings, Swift programming, NAMM and “digital music”.

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

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

Apps Now Free

Gentlemen...Ricochet! [...

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Sundance hit Tangerine was shot on iPhone 5s with a...

Given the spread of affordable high-quality video cameras in the modern world, there's probably never been a better time to be an amateur filmmaker. You don't even need more than a nice smartphone if Tangerine is any indication. The Sundance Film Fes...

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ACM 291: Apple’s Massive Numbers and the Rosetta...

Apple turned in some big numbers on Tuesday-really big. Jeff and Bryan talk about the Macs and the iPhones and the fact that we won't hear about iPods any more.They also delve into the billion iOS devices Apple has sold and speculate on whether Tim Cook gave himself a prize for getting that billionth unit. One of the most interesting things from Apple's conference call, however, had to be when Mr. Cook revealed the Rosetta Stone for understanding Apple's timing.

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Jawbone introduces marketplace for partner apps and...

Fitness gadget maker Jawbone announced today that it has launched a new “partner marketplace” for third-party apps and hardware that work together in an attempt to embrace the “Internet of Things.”

The new store features “smart home” products like the Nest Learning Thermostat and other automation tools, such as Automatic’s driving assistant. Software, like the Sleepio app, are also available.

The offerings in the store are very limited at the moment, and Jawbone says that’s...

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There's a GHOST in Linux's Library

Patches for GHOST, a critical vulnerability in glibc, the Linux GNU C Library, now are available through vendor communities for a variety of Linux server and desktop distributions. Qualys earlier this week reported its discovery of GHOST, a vulnerability that allows attackers to remotely take control of an entire system without having any prior knowledge of system credentials. Qualys security researchers found the GHOST flaw and worked closely with Linux distribution vendors in a coordinated effort to develop a patch for all affected systems.

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How Facebook is using autoplaying videos and ad tech...

Scrolling slowly through News Feed, you’ll see a slew of videos. Some are from your friends. Others are ads from brands you like. All of them play automatically. Facebook now sees 3 billion video views a day, a fun fact that could have a huge effect on the network’s bottom line.

More than 50 percent of American Facebook users who visit the network daily watch one video per day, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said in the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call on Wednesday. (It counts as a view if you watch a clip for three seconds or more.) And as Facebook decreases the number of ads it shows, it has to make sure the ads you do see are high-quality, ones that you’ll actually respond to. The network is now commanding 335 percent more money for fewer ads based on the power of its ad targeting tech, which hooks into a level of detail about you that only Facebook (and maybe your best friend) has access to. Video ads, which...

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Qualcomm lowers revenue forecasts as Apple squeezes...

Chipmaker Qualcomm on Wednesday revised its revenue forecast downward for 2015, lopping nearly $1 billion off of its high-end estimate and seemingly blaming the change in part on Apple's annexation of market share with the iPhone 6.

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Apple's R&D spending shoots up 42% year-...

Apple does not appear to be resting on its laurels despite record sales of its iPhone and Mac, as the company spent nearly $2 billion on research and development in the first fiscal quarter of 2015, an increase of more than 40 percent over the year-ago figure.

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Set healthy goals with iHydrate

Despite the numerous studies about how drinking more water keeps us focused and energized and does things like help us fight off colds and stave off migraines, most of us fail at drinking the recommended eight glasses of water a day. iHydrate, US$1.9...

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Now that YouTube has jumped to HTML5, here's...

Today, YouTube announced it will now default to HTML5 when a video is loaded rather than using Flash. For years, Apple has been criticized for not allowing Flash on its iOS devices, leading Steve Jobs in April 2010 to release an open letter explainin...

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China to demand source code access, backdoors in...

China's central government has introduced new procurement regulations that would force technology companies wishing to do business with the country's banks to submit source code for review and build government-accessible backdoors into their products, according to a Wednesday report.

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One Way Apple Could Help Us Find Apple Pay Locations

Apple Pay is, by all accounts, a success. Adoption has been rapid by both payers and payees, and Tim Cook has declared 2015 the year of Apple Pay. Our own Adam Christianson has an idea about how to make it even easier to find.

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GoDaddy fucks up again

In the ad, the lost puppy returns home only to find that his owners have sold him using a website made with GoDaddy.

So now puppy mills are okay with GoDaddy. What’s wrong with this company?

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Apple Remote Desktop admin tool is updated for the...

There was one other Apple software update that came out yesterday, though it got lost in the shuffle between OS X and iOS system updates and record-breaking financial results. The venerable Apple Remote Desktop (ARD) application has been bumped from version 3.7.2 to version 3.8. Version 3.7.2 was a relatively minor update issued in March of 2014, and version 3.7 goes all the way back to October of 2013.

ARD is pretty far off the...

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Daily Deals for January 28, 2015, Get 11 TB Of...

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

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

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Ask iLounge: How do I get a phone number on iMessage?

Q: How do I create my own phone number or at least get a new number on iMessage? It’s kind of hard using my e-mail as a phone number. A: The short answer is that there isn’t any way to assign a phone number to iMessage manually. In other words, you can’t actually punch a number in anywhere on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or even Apple’s website. If you have an active iPhone, that device’s phone number automatically gets used…

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Sheriffs expand concerns about Waze mobile traffic...

Associated Press:

A law enforcement campaign to compel Google Inc. to disable a feature in its popular Waze traffic app that lets drivers warn others about nearby police activity shifted Wednesday when a sheriffs’ organization openly complained that the app not only puts officers’ lives at risk, it also interferes with the ability to write speeding tickets.

So it’s OK for government officials and corporations to track us but not OK for us to track them?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Tech-Savvy Cubans Build Their Own Private Internet

Because Cuba's government makes it difficult for all but a handful of Cubans to access the Internet, people in Havana and other parts of the country reportedly have linked thousands of PCs to create an informal network known as "StreetNet," or "SNet" for short. The network was built with commercially available equipment. The PCs are connected by WiFi antennae and Ethernet cables strung across streets and over rooftops. SNet's main uses appear to be sharing gossip and news, accessing popular TV shows and movies, and playing online games.

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How America got addicted to road salt — and why it’s...


There are huge benefits to salting the roads. One 1992 study found that spreading salt can reduce accidents by 87 percent during and after a snowstorm.But road salt also comes with major downsides: Salt is corrosive, chewing through cars, trucks, concrete, and steel bridges. Worse still, when all that salt dissolves and washes away, it steadily accumulates in rivers and streams. Other times, moose and elk get attracted to the salt and wander onto roads, raising the risk of crashes.

We have similar issues here in Canada with road salt and its affect on cars and the environment. That last sentence came to light for me while riding my motorcycle in the Banff National Park. I came around a corner and there was a herd of massive elk in the middle of the road, licking the salt off the pavement. It created a very high Pucker Factor, to say the least.


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GitHub repository for installing Apple Watch ‘San...

When Apple released WatchKit in November giving developers time to prepare apps for the upcoming Apple Watch, it included the custom San Francisco font displayed on the Watch. Shortly after, instructions appeared on GitHub showing how to install the San Francisco font from the Apple Watch onto a Mac with OS X Yosemite since Apple changed the system font from Lucida Grande to Helvetica.

Unfortunately (but unsurprisingly), it appears that someone (Apple?) has forced that project to be removed from GitHub citing copyright issues since Apple owns the San Francisco font and distributes it only for use with Apple Watch,...

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How one of the best films at Sundance was shot using...

The Verge:

Plenty of amateur films have been shot using iPhones, but by all reports, this is the first movie at the Sundance Film Festival to be shot almost entirely on an Apple device. It was a decision that indie writer and director Sean Baker made to accommodate the film’s small budget. But you’d never guess the camera, to look at it: Tangerine was shot in a widescreen, 2:35:1 aspect ratio, and its camera zooms through the streets of LA with a fluidity you’d never expect from a handheld device. And yet despite his camera of choice, Baker says the iPhone made for a good partner. “It was surprisingly easy,” Baker says. “We never lost any footage.”

Another interesting story about the functionality and versatility of the iPhone.


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Sony to shutter iTunes & Beats Music competitor...

Struggling Japanese electronics maker Sony has conceded defeat in the digital music market, announcing on Wednesday that it will close its cross-platform Music Unlimited service at the end of March and refer customers to another iTunes & Beats Music competitor, Spotify.

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Apple Remote Desktop updated with Yosemite support

Apple has released a new update for Remote Desktop which will come as a godsend for administrators and users who found the app no longer working after updating to OS X Yosemite. The update fixes that issue, along with enhancing sending files and full...

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Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs Movie Starts Filming with...

Aaron Sorkin's adaptation of Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography is officially a thing, with a star and everything. Universal Pictures announced Tuesday that principle photography has begun in San Francisco, with Michael Fassbender (Macbeth, X-Men: Apocalypse, The Light Between Oceans) playing the title role.

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Watch Super Bowl XLIX live streams on your iPhone,...

Super Bowl XLIX with the Seahawks vs. the Patriots kicks off this weekend on February 1st and we’re already getting prepared with a handy list of links for watching on all your Apple devices.

Head below for details on how to watch the game from iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

NFL Mobile app

Verizon will have the official stream to smartphones locked down through its NFL Mobile app. The live stream of Super Bowl XLIX and The 2015 Pro Bowl are only available to Verizon customers, which means everyone else will have to find other ways to stay up to date...

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The Lowdown meetings app for iOS is now free and...

Lowdown (free) is an intriguing business app that provides briefings on participants and companies you are meeting with, helps you get to the meeting with location information, and tells you when others arrive.

When you start you can integrate the a...

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We Are the World was recorded 30 years ago today –...

USA Today:

On Jan. 28, 1985, at A&M Recording Studios in Hollywood, following the American Music Awards, more than 40 artists gathered to record a song Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson had written to raise awareness of widespread, life-threatening poverty in Africa. Most of that show’s winners — including Cyndi Lauper, Hall & Oates, Bruce Springsteen, Huey Lewis, Willie Nelson, Tina Turner, the Pointer Sisters, Kenny Rogers and the Jacksons — participated.

This was a pretty big deal at the time. Part of the magic is that they managed to keep the whole production a complete secret until the song was released.


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Revogi Smart Color Bluetooth LED Bulb: $34.99

Check out the Revogi Smart Color Bluetooth LED Bulb. You can control it from your iPhone, iPad, and some Android devices. It offers 16 million colors, variable brightness, timers, preset scenes, and through our deal you can get them for US$34.99.

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Review: RHA’s T10i in-ear headphones are iPhone-...

If you’ve been looking for high quality in-ear headphones, RHA has a very special treat for you. The T10i headphones pack unique characteristics when compared to others. The presentation is excellent and it won’t be easy to find similar in-ear headphones in this price range…

Whenever I’m looking into a new product, presentation is everything. It’s one of the first things that wins me over. RHA’s T10i headphones are beautifully packaged and include anything you could possibly need to get set up. Inside of the box you’ll find ten replacement ear tips, nine of which are stored on a thin metal card for easy organization, three pairs of “tuning filters” (which we’ll discuss in a bit), a shirt...

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∞ Tesla P85D “Insane Mode” launch reactions

OK, now I want to test drive a Tesla.

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Google Play may have the downloads, but App Store...

Mobile analytics firm App Annie released figures today that show that even though the Google Play Store leads the iOS App Store in mobile application downloads by a whopping 60 percent margin, Apple's digital storefront is still where the money is.


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Mac: Pushbullet for Mac

The Handoff and Continuity features in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite are a really handy addition to improving inter-device workflows, but the features are still somewhat limited to Apple’s own technologies and pairings of third-party apps specifically designed to support the features. For those looking for something that goes a bit beyond, there’s

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Archer Diaries is on target

Travel to exciting replications of real-world locations in an attempt to master the art of archery in Archer Diaries. At the start of each level, players are tasked with obtaining a certain score by hitting targets and other objects before the time r...

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Carl Icahn says Apple is still undervalued, plans to...

Activist investor Carl Icahn believes shares of Apple should be valued much higher than their current trading price, and on Wednesday said he even plans to revise his own price target for the stock, which he called a "no-brainer" investment.

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My Love/Hate Relationship with Apple’s Handoff and...

Dr. Mac has a love/hate relationship with Continuity and Handoff. He loves the idea that his Apple devices can be interchangeable for most tasks. So that's the love part. Now, hereâs what he hates...

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TMO Daily Observations 2015-01-28: AAPL Q1 2015...

Apple's first fiscal quarter earnings conference call for 2015 happened yesterday, and the company reported block buster numbers. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's earnings report and Tim Cook's leadership, plus they have a few things to say about YouTube's decision to drop Flash as its default media format for desktop computers.

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Facebook Paper iPhone app updated w/ improved photo...

Facebook is rolling out an update to its Paper app for iPhone users bringing a better photo sharing experience to the alternative News Feed app.

Starting with version 1.2.5, Paper will now support the new Favorites album from the Photos app introduced with iOS 8. This means you can easily find and post photos that you’ve favorited with the heart icon in Photos when sharing with Paper. The photo browser also makes finding photos and videos from your Camera Roll easier by organizing them chronologically.

Facebook also says the new version of Paper speeds up overall performance with faster responsiveness. Version 1.2.5 is the first update to Paper since last October when Facebook added iPhone 6 and iPhone...

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YouTube begins transition to HTML5 for default...

YouTube announced yesterday that videos on the desktop website will now default to HTML5 when loaded. In other words, HTML5 is kicking Flash to the curb. So much for all the pundits and analysts who a) thought Apple abandoning mobile Flash was a stra...

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Apps: The LEGO Movie Video Game, Rocket Cars,...

New Games The LEGO Movie Video Game ($5) — Almost one year after the release of The LEGO Movie comes the, aptly, if not originally titled, companion game. Generally following the storyline of the movie, the iOS game puts players into the world of Emmet as he finds himself unwittingly pulled into a quest to save the world and stop the evil tyrant Lord Business. Featuring a mix of more than 90 characters from the film, including Batman, Superman,…

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9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Air 2 $109 off, Duet iOS...

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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  • WhatSim allows you to send unlimited WhatsApp messages from all over the globe for free
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Have you heard? The iPhone 6 is REALLY LOUD

(Original photography from, photoshopping by Mike Wehner)

You can always tell when it's the day after a big Apple news day, because we end up writing and publishing stories like this... iClarified (via Cult of Mac) recently updat...

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Security Update 2015-001 (Mountain Lion and...

Patches various vulnerabilities but does not block the proof-of-concept Thunderstrike attack, as OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Update does for 2013 Macs. (Free, various sizes)


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Wall Street shocked by Apple's staggering...

Apple's stunning first quarter of fiscal 2015 blew virtually every prediction out of the water, and left Wall Street analysts rushing to increase their price targets on Wednesday as the stock jumped higher.

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Apple Pay to arrive at 200,000 vending machines,...

You’ll soon be able to pay for your vending machine items with Apple Pay.

Per 9to5Mac, USA Technologies today announced it’s bringing support to around 200,000 of these self-serve payment terminals that its customers use for everything from coffee brewers to vending machines, kiosks, laundry equipment and pay parking terminals.

The company offers a suite of services for companies looking to deploy self-serve, cashless terminals. A few examples it lists as current markets include vending machines, pay laundry machines, kiosks, amusement parks and arcades, car washes, and transit services.

USA Technologies says it has deals with big...

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How to Restore Missing iPhoto Image Thumbnails

Using iPhoto to manage the photos from your iPhone, iPad, and digital camera is fine unless the thumbnails showing you previews of your snapshots disappear. Keeping track of your pics when you can't actually see them isn't very productive, but there is a fix for that. Read on to learn how to resurrect your missing iPhoto image thumbnails.

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AAPL share price hovering near all-time high

Here's a surprise -- usually the day after Apple announces record-breaking financial performance, the stock drops. Today, however, on the heels of truly astounding news and optimistic statements from Apple executives, the share price has been climbin...

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The Best iPhone 6 + iPhone 6 Plus Battery Cases

It’s a great time to buy an iPhone 6 battery case. Last year, there were zero Apple-certified options, but today, there are a handful of good to great choices at various price points. They may look similar to each other in the picture above, but the sea of black shells masks some important differences in iPhone protection, battery recharging capabilities, and pricing. One stands out as a particularly excellent combination for the iPhone 6, and we also have a good pick for the iPhone 6 Plus.

Which iPhone 6 battery case should you buy? Read on…

Key Details:

  • All of the iPhone 6 battery cases here are nearly identical in size.
  • They’re all Apple-certified.
  • Batteries vary from 2,600mAh (full...
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Apple ships one billionth iOS device

You can’t sneeze at a billion of anything.

It’s just a really huge number.

Per AppleInsider, during its quarterly conference call on Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the company had sold its one billionth iOS device in the December quarter, a device that will be kept at Cupertino for posterity.

Apple’s one billionth iOS device shipment, a number calculated from total iPhone, iPad and iPod touch sales, is emblematic of the mobile operating system’s global appeal and marks a momentous achievement for the consumer electronics space.

“On Nov. 22, we shipped our one billionth iOS device,” Cook said. “It was a space-gray 64GB iPhone 6 Plus, which we’ve saved here at Apple.”

It’s fitting that an Phone 6 Plus...

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POS Terminals Rich Vein for Gold-Digging Hackers

Hackers are like gold miners. Once they find a rich vein for their malware, they mine it until it's dry. Point-of-sale terminals are such a vein. Following the success of the Target breach in 2013, the hacker underground was quick to rush more POS malware to market. "Attackers have recognized that the physical point-of-sale terminal is a new viable soft target," said Christopher Budd, threat communications manager at Trend Micro. "So we saw an increase in interest in malware that targets that."

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Android won the download race last year, but iOS...

The difference between Android and iOS hardware–Android having the market share, Apple making most of the profits–was mirrored in last year’s app downloads, reports mobile analytics firm App Annie. Its 2014 retrospective revealed that the Google Play Store saw 60% more downloads than the iOS App Store, but iOS apps made around 70% more money.

Re/code notes that this reflects data recently shared by Ustwogames for its best-selling Monument Valley game, which showed that of the $5.8M revenue generated by the game, 81.7% of it came from the iOS app.


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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don... writes: Five years ago, Steve Jobs introduced the iPad and insisted that it would do many things better than either a laptop or a smartphone. Will Oremus writes at Future Tense that by most standards, the iPad has been a success, and the tablet has indeed emerged as a third category of computing device. But there's another way of looking at the iPad. According to Oremus, Jobs was right to leave out the productivity features and go big on the simple tactile pleasure of holding the Internet in your hands. But for all its popularity and appeal, the iPad never has quite cleared the bar Jobs set for it, which was to be "far better" at some key tasks than a laptop or a smartphone. The iPad may have been "far better" when it was first released, but smartphones have come a long way. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and their Android equivalents are now convenient enough for most mobile computing tasks that there's no need to carry around a tablet as well. That helps explain why iPad...

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AAPL up 8% to near record highs, bringing the rest...

Apple broke many records with its latest quarter reporting $74.6 billion in revenue and $18 billion in profit with 74.4 million iPhones sold, numbers which greatly surpassed both Apple’s guidance and the even higher consensus analysts predicted, and Wall Street is taking notice.

Following a dismal day for the market yesterday which saw Apple down a few points ahead of its earnings report—it was soon back on the rise in after hours trading—both Apple and the Dow are climbing this morning largely due to those record numbers yesterday. Hovering around 7.5% higher since opening this morning and occasionally crossing 8%, Apple is positioned to cross its previous record high shortly.

In terms of Apple’s market cap, the company added nearly $50 billion overnight...

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News: Daily Deal: Stay charged with the rugged...

In today’s iLounge Deal we’re offering the ZeroLemon SolarJuice 20000mAh Battery for only $49.99 – that’s 50% off the normal price. Combining a 20,000 mAh battery pack with a 1.2W monocrystalline solar panel, the SolarJuice lets you power up your iPhone, iPad, iPod, or other USB device repeatedly and can be plugged in to charge up at home, or simply recharge from the power of the sun. Dual outputs allow for simultaneous charging…

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The Week in iOS Accessories: Keyboards, guitars,...

Keyboards, guitars, golf, and more

This week's roundup shows off the versatility of your iOS hardware—for use in writing, making music, playing sports, and a whole range of life's activities. Read on.

Blast Motion

The $150 Blast Golf system attaches a sensor to your golf club; fire up the app on your iOS device, and record your swing. The video view, combined with data transmitted from the sensor via Bluetooth, will tell you everything you need to know to become the next Sam Snead. And it’s social: Share your stats via Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail from the app.

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Google Play downloads are growing, but Apple's...

Downloads still aren't translating to dollars for Google and developers who create applications for its Play store for Android devices, as Apple's iOS App Store remains far and away the most profitable digital storefront, according to the latest data.

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Don’t stress about Apple Watch battery life

Marcel Christianis, writing for Medium, addresses the recent rumors about Apple Watch battery life, calling the whole discussion silly. A solid read, especially the exploration of the history of the watch.

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YouTube Puts Another Nail in Flash’s Coffin with...

YouTube put another nail if Flash's coffin this week with the announcement that it is dropping Adobe's media format as the default for videos in favor of HTML5 on computers. The change means Flash-based content will be available at even fewer places online, pushing the format farther into obscurity.

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Principal filming finally underway for Sorkin/Boyle...

Universal Pictures has announced that principal filming of the Steve Jobs biopic written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Danny Boyle is now finally underway. The announcement confirms that the movie, dropped by Sony back in November, will still follow the original three-act structure based around three keynote presentations.

Universal Pictures today announced that principal photography has commenced in San Francisco on Steve Jobs. Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, the film takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.

Surprisingly, Universal says that the final product announcement will be the iMac, in 1998, rather than the...

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By the numbers: Apple's ludicrous fourth quarter

Apple reported the biggest quarter in its history this week --?and one of the largest by any company ever -- by nearly every metric imaginable. AppleInsider puts those mind-boggling numbers into perspective.

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Freemium Field Test: Candy Crush Soda Saga can get...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money).

I never expected to spend $25 in Candy Crush Soda Saga. Actually, I never expected to spend $25 within any mobile game, least of all something like Candy Crush Soda Saga. But here we are a couple weeks later, and now I have to collect my iTunes receipts and sheepishly forward them to my editor. (Sorry, boss!)

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Grow: Cuby's Quest is an intriguing space...

Grow: Cuby's Quest is a new space adventure game for iOS. You control Cuby. No one's entirely sure what Cuby actually is, but at the very least it's a cube-shaped character that survives and thrives on "pecs," crystals in the game. The short version:...

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Tim Cook insists iPad prospects still rosy despite...

Apple’s press release yesterday noted “all-time record revenue from iPhone and Mac sales as well as record performance of the App Store,” while remaining silent on iPad sales. The reason? The slide continued last quarter, with year-on-year sales down 18%, and a reduction in average selling price meaning revenue was down 22%.

Tim Cook acknowledges that the switch to larger-screened iPhones mean the iPad is being squeezed from both sides.

There’s probably some level of cannibalization that’s going on, with the Mac on one side and the phone on the other.

It’s also undeniable that people upgrade their iPads less frequently than their iPhones–Cook putting the number at “somewhere between” the 2-year cycle of the...

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Where to get the perfect custom iPhone case

Your iPhone case says a lot about you—a Speck CandyShell, for example, tells the world that you’re fun, bright, and quirky-yet-practical when it comes to protection and usability. TwelveSouth’s BookBook, on the other hand, says you love books—even fake books.

So, here’s the question: If your iPhone case is a window to your soul, do you really want to settle for something mass produced and inherently un-unique, when you could spring for a custom case? If the answer is no, you’re in luck: Thanks to a myriad of custom case-makers, personalized cases are relatively inexpensive and easy to come by.

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Apple’s quarterly profit set new world record for...

Apple didn’t just set a new record for the company when it beat every forecast in the Q1 results announced yesterday, it set a new world record for the most profitable quarter of any company in history, says credit ratings giant Standard & Poor’s. Its net profit of $18B far exceeded the previous record of $15.9B, set by oil company ExxonMobil back in 2012.

With such huge numbers difficult to grasp, there have been various attempts around the net to put the numbers into perspective.  TechCrunch expressed it as a profit of $8.3M per hour. Reddit user Cal00 noted that Apple made more from the iPhone alone that Google and Microsoft made from their entire product ranges–combined...

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The 6 things you need to know about Apple's...

Apple made all the money last quarter—its $18 billion in profit is not only the best quarter Apple’s ever had, it’s the best quarter any company has ever had, and a jaw-dropping 74.5 million iPhones sold is a big reason why. But record-shattering $74.6 billion revenues weren’t the most interesting part of Tuesday’s Q1 2015 earnings conference call, in which Tim Cook took questions from analysts about the rest of Apple’s plan for success, and how to keep this momentum going.

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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By...

jmcbain writes: Yesterday, Apple reported its financial results for the quarter ending December 27, 2014. The company posted $18 billion in profit (on $74 billion in revenue), the largest quarterly profit by any company, ever. The previous record was $16 billion by Russia's Gazprom (the largest natural gas extractor in the world) in 2011. Apple sold 74.5 million iPhones last quarter, along with 5.5 million Macs and 21.4 million iPads.


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Apple Store employees to get updated attire, go...

Starting Feb. 2, customers walking into an Apple Store may notice something a little different as employees are expected to wear newly designed crew neck or polo shirts in a familiar shade of blue, but with repositioned and resized white Apple logos.

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Universal Pictures announces cast of upcoming Steve...

In a prepared statement issued on Tuesday, Universal Studios announced the full cast list for its upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, currently titled "Steve Jobs," including actresses set to play Jobs' daughter Lisa at three different ages.

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

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

Apps Now Free

Don't Shoot Yourself! [...

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eBay developing Apple Watch software with ties to...

Apple Watch owners may never need to worry about being outbid in an eBay auction again, as a new job listing posted by the Internet auctioneer suggests advanced development of a bespoke Apple Watch app.

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The NFL just released an anti-domestic violence...


The league, in partnership with the anti-domestic violence organization NO MORE, recently released an ad that will air live Sunday during the Super Bowl. Based on a real 911 call, the ad pans over the wreckage of a domestic dispute while the audio of a chilling emergency call plays in the background.

Powerful and chilling. Thanks to my friend JennS for the link.

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Witnessing the last days of Blue Fin Tuna at the...


The whole Tsukiji experience is comparable to strolling through the fish section of Whole Foods early one morning when the LSD kicks in and the store suddenly turns into JFK Airport and a monster bike rally is starting and a marathon walk is ending and all the cars have Jersey plates and valet service is provided by Hell’s Angels. You are the outsider at the fish anarchist’s ball.

One of my Bucket List items was/is to visit this market. Looks like I’ll have to hurry.

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Apple just had the most profitable quarter of any...


Until today, Russia’s Gazprom (the largest natural gas extractor in the world) held the record at $16.2 billion in a quarter.

Apple now holds the record: $18.04 billion in profit, fiscal Q1 of 2015.

For reference, that means Apple makes around $8.3 million dollars per hour in profit (24 hours a day).

This was a company written off as all but dead less than 20 years ago.

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Daily Deals for January 27, 2015, Save 25% On The...

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

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

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Apple iPad sales slumped 18% in Q1, but Cook still...

As many industry analysts predicted, iPad sales saw a steep year-over-year decline for the first fiscal quarter of 2015, but CEO Tim Cook is optimistic and sees great potential in Apple's upcoming hardware pipeline.

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Tim Cook: The Apple Watch ships in April

Ars Technica:

Apple CEO Tim Cook dropped a rare bit of product news on the company’s Q1 2015 earnings call: the Apple Watch begins shipping in April.The Apple Watch will start at $349 for the aluminum Apple Watch Sport model, though starting prices for the more expensive stainless steel and gold models haven’t yet been revealed.

About the time frame we expected. As we get closer to a sales date, I find it interesting how many people I hear are at least interested in seeing the Apple Watch with an eye towards buying it.

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Found a lost iPhone? Siri can help you find its owner

Say one day you're walking down the street, enjoying a nice cup of coffee and the sun shine, when you come across an iPhone without its owner. If the device has been placed in Lost Mode already the phone will give you the needed information to contac...

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Apple Blocks Flash on the Mac Following Major...

Apple has updated its Flash Player blacklist again, this time blocking versions lower than and The move follows a zero-day exploit currently targeting Windows PCs that could also potentially go after Macs, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: If you don't need Flash Player on your Mac, don't install it. Flash is an ongoing security headache that doesn't seem to be improving despite Adobe's constant updates.

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Apple Ups the Secrecy with Wall Street

Apple continued to up its vaguery game when it comes to Wall Street on Tuesday, eliminating two more categories of numbers from what it breaks out. For the December quarter-Apple's first fiscal quarter-Apple didn't report iPod unit sales.

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Cook confirms Apple Watch will ship in April

It’s not a specific release date, but the Apple Watch now has a slated month for its release.

Per Macworld, Apple CEO confirmed that the Apple Watch will begin shipping in April. Cook dropped the news on Apple’s quarterly earnings call Tuesday afternoon, saying Apple Watch is “on schedule” and will ship in April. The company reportedly hasn’t publicly committed to a date because Cook and co. are still working on the device’s battery life.

According to recent reports, Apple is aiming for 19 hours of mixed active and passive use, but isn’t sure it can nail that goal for the first generation of Apple Watches.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

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Apple's last quarter profit the biggest in...

Read that headline again.

Apple's most recent quarter (Q1 2015) profit of $18.02 billion is now the biggest ever for all corporations on Planet Earth, ever.

The previous winner was Russia's Gazprom (a natural gas extractor), with measly profits of...

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Tim Cook calls 2015 the 'year of Apple Pay...

Apple Pay now accounts for two out of every three dollars processed through contactless payment systems, a huge achievement for Apple's NFC-based solution that debuted less than three months ago.

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iMacompanion: Kickstarted accessory puts a USB 3.0...

It's always a pleasure to see projects graduate from Kickstarter or Indiegogo and actually become available for sale. One project that was intriguing a few months ago, the Wiplabs iMacompanion (US$39.99), is now in the and s...

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Apple shipped one billionth iOS device in Q1,...

During its quarterly conference call on Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the company had sold its one billionth iOS device in the December quarter, a device that will be kept at Cupertino for posterity.

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The Week in Mac Apps: Updates from LastPass and...

Updates from LastPass and 1Password, and more

In this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, you’ll find apps that keep your data private, help you organize your pictures, and help you manage your finances without breaking the bank.

1Password 5.1

AgileBits’s $50 1Password (Mac App Store Link) helps you keep tabs on many bits of private information, like passwords, ID documents, credit cards, and so on, using military-grade encryption to protected them.

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WiFi Map uses community power to share network...

WiFi Map is a crowdsourced tool for finding all of the Wi-Fi hotspots in your area as well as the passwords to certain security-protected networks. Anyone in the area is able to comment on a WiFi network and leave the password for others to use, plus...

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Apple’s Q1 stats: iPhone now makes up 69% of total...

Apple announced a lot of numbers during its fiscal Q1 2015 earnings call today in addition to confirming the Apple Watch will ship in April. Some of Apple’s highlights include numbers on Apple Pay since its launch in October, the 1 billionth iOS device shipping in November, and big growth in China as Apple sells a record 74.4 million iPhones during the quarter.

Head below for a roundup of stats and milestones that Apple announced during the call:

  • Apple Q1 2015 revenue: $74.6b
  • Device sales: 74.4m iPhones, 21.4m iPads, 5.5 Macs
  • Apple sold over 34 thousand iPhones an hour
  • iPhone made up 69% of Apple’s total revenue...
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Oculus VR's Story Studio to Create Cinematic...

Oculus VR on Monday unveiled a new project at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Oculus Story Studio will produce movies in virtual reality. It presented its first example of the genre on Monday evening -- a 4-minute experience called Lost.
Oculus, which was founded in 2012 and quickly raised $2.4 million via crowdfunding and venture capital, was acquired last year by Facebook for a reported $2.2 billion. Story Studio currently has about 10 people on its team, including some from Pixar Animation Studios and Lucasfilm.

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New WOTA: U-Boat Compass ‘Wets’ Your App...
New WOTA: U-Boat Compass ‘Wets’ Your Appetite for WOTA: Wolves of the Atlantic. Posted by Jessica Fisher on January 27th, 2015 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
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Warship Solitaire Review By Nadia Oxford on January 27th, 2015 Our Rating: :: A WAR OF NUMBERSUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Warship Solitaire might lack frills and looks, but it offers some thought provoking... | Read more »
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Keep Track of Your Hectic Work Schedule With Shifts Posted by Jessica Fisher on January 27th, 2015 [ permalink ] iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad | Read more »
All Star Quarterback Review
All Star Quarterback Review By Campbell Bird on January 27th, 2015 Our Rating: :: PLAY YOUR PARTUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Train your way to the Super Bowl in this free-to-play sports management game.   | Read more »
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Sentinel 4: Dark Star Adds New Campaign and More Posted by Ellis Spice on January 27th, 2015 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
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Wheel & Deal Review By Tre Lawrence on January 27th, 2015 Our Rating: :: SIMPLE FUNUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad A simple arcade shooter that has a retro feel.   | Read more »
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Earthworm Alchemy Review By Campbell Bird on January 27th, 2015 Our Rating: :: FEED THE WORMUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Feed this funny looking worm and dodge bombs in this charming, free-to-play arcade game.   | Read more »
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Graphic Novel App netwars – The Butterfly Attack has Received Some New Episodes Posted by Jessica Fisher on January 27th, 2015 [ permalink ] | Read more »

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