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Wednesday December 17

14:37
Amplified: Waiting for the Victoria Secret/Heineken...

On this episode of Amplified, Jim and Shawn talk about lawsuits, packaging, Apple Watch and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

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14:33
The Samson C01U Pro USB mic I use for podcasting

I’ve had some people ask what microphone I use on Amplified and other podcasts. I use the Samson C01U Pro USB Studio Condenser and it’s on sale at Amazon.

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14:20
STM Harbour iPhone 6 Case is Colorful, Lightweight...

The Harbour iPhone 6 (and 6 Plus) case from STM is sturdy, has dual layer construction, and works perfectly with a dock. It's lightweight, comes in four color combos, and has all the expected features of a protective case. And it's not very expensive, as iPhone cases go. However, it does not meet military standards for drops.


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14:16
Register for TMO’s Apple Watch Giveaway

I am pleased as punch to announce our Apple Watch giveaway with our friends at Stack Social! It's straight forward-register to receive deal notifications from TMO, and you'll be entered into a drawing for an Apple Watch. You can get additional entries by getting your friends to register, too. Check out the rules for the details-the winner will be drawn on February 17th, 2015-likely before Apple actually released the Apple Watch. So enter! And good luck.


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14:00
Petcube: Watch and play with your pet when you'...

Petcube (US$199.00) is a webcam with a difference. It is aimed at pet owners who want to keep track of their pets, communicate with them, and even play with them when you are away. Who doesn't wonder how their dog, cat or bird is doing when you are a...

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13:57
The story behind “The Song” Apple ad

Apple has posted a behind the scenes video of the making of their latest holiday ad, “The Song”.

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13:56
Apple issues Safari 8.0.3, 7.1.3 and 6.2.3 betas to...

Apple on Wednesday seeded new Safari beta builds to developers, including Safari 8.0.3 for OS X Yosemite, Safari 7.1.3 for Mavericks and 6.2.3 for Mountain Lion, with improvements to browser extensions and more.

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13:15
Apple Pay: a List of Brick-and-Mortar Stores That...

The number of brick-and-mortar stores that accept Apple pay is growing. Soon, we won't be able to keep track of them all: it'll be a widely accepted standard. But for now, going into the holidays, here's the latest list we have for the U.S.


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13:10
Briefly: Fleksy Keyboard 5.0, Booqpad for iPad Air 2

Customizable iOS keyboard app Fleksy has received a major update introducing new themes and extensions, as well as improvements to existing features. Fleksy allows users to find and send GIFs, and provides autocorrect while typing, and intuitive gestures offer greater typing speed. Version 5.0 of Fleksy offers more themes to choose from, including branded ones. New keyboard extensions can be dragged and dropped as cards to add and remove features. Five extensions are available at the time of launching, including a GIF keyboard, Numbers Row, One-Handed Mode, Cursor Control, and Rainbow Pops. A...



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13:03
Apple seeds Safari 8.0.3, 7.1.3, and 6.2.3 betas to...

Apple is distributing three new Safari betas to OS X developers. Yosemite users are getting v8.0.3; v7.1.3 is available for Mavericks, while v6.2.3 is the equivalent for Mountain Lion. Some testing focus areas include AutoFill, web notifications, website and extension compatibility, HTML5 video playback on "popular video sites," and debugging sites via Web Inspector. Apple is also concerned with bookmark editing, and the read/unread state of Reading List items....



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13:00
This stunning 4K video was captured with an iPhone 6

The iPhone 6 twins are 4K capable, but so far the apps that claim to record video in such an ultra-sharp resolution have fallen a bit short of perfection. This clip, captured with the ProCam 2 app and a steady hand, is the best iPhone 6 4K video we'v...

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12:57
Mac: MacPhun Snapselect

One of the mixed blessings about digital photography is that without dealing with the costs of film and development, it’s really almost too easy to collect a huge amount of photos. If you’ve been in the digital photography game for more than a couple of years, chances are that unless you’re meticulously organized, you’ve got folders full of photos that have just been transferred onto your computer and left for later because it just takes too much time to sort and organize everything. MacPhun’s Snapselect ($15) is a new app designed to help you clean up that mess, and take much of the headache out of getting your photos into some semblance of order.
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12:42
Apple posts "the story behind the Song"...

Following the weekend release its its tearjerker holiday ad featuring a girl who records a duet with a discovered vinyl recording by her grandmother, Apple has posted a video showing the technology behind both recordings.

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12:42
Apple seeds Safari 8.0.3, 7.1.3, and 6.2.3 betas to...

Following the release of the third OS X 10.10.2 pre-release version, Apple has seeded individual Safari betas for testing via its developer program.

While the pre-release version of OS X 10.10.2 included Safari 8.0.3 beta, Apple has made beta versions for OS X Mavericks and OS X Mountain Lion available to download from the developer portal. The latest Safari beta versions include Safari 6.2.3, Safari 7.1.3, and Safari 8.0.3.

Apple lists the following focus areas for the latest beta versions of its web browser:

General website compatibility

 

Extension compatibility

Password AutoFill

HTML5 video playback on popular video sites

Using the Web Inspector to debug...

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12:30
This man's jeans show the scars of multiple...

It wasn't until the advent of Bendgate that iOS users in mass started to question of how the iPhone interacts with tight pants. While normally this question is asked to take into consideration the damage that might be done to the phone, but what abou...

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12:15
News: Apple announces 64-bit and iOS 8 requirements...

Apple will begin requiring app updates submitted to the App Store after June 1, 2015 to include 64-bit support and be built with the iOS 8 SDK, as outlined in an e-mail sent out today to registered iOS Developers. As the e-mail noted, Apple had previously announced this requirement back in October for new iOS apps, scheduled to take effect February 1, 2015. However, this note indicates that Apple will also be applying this policy to updates to existing…

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12:13
Apple alerts developers that existing app updates...

Apple on Wednesday alerted members of its development community that existing applications on the App Store will need to include 64-bit support for any updates submitted after June 1 of next year.

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12:02
Apple shares behind-the-scenes video of its holiday...

Apple has shared a behind-the-scenes video that tells the story of its widely praised holiday ad named “The Song” that it released on Sunday.

Whether it’s making a record in a booth for someone thousands of miles away, or a song in GarageBand for someone you love, it’s not just the tools that count, it’s the thought behind the gift.

The latest clip, titled ‘The story behind “The Song”’, features musician Dana Williams (iTunes) and vocalist Rhiannon Giddens (iTunes) from the holiday ad as well as several people from Third Man Records where part of the vintage vocals were recorded....

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12:00
Apple Pay goes pro, signs with NBA's Orlando...

The Amway Center, home of the NBA's Orlando Magic, will officially become the first Apple Pay-compatible arena in the sport when the Magic face off against the Utah Jazz this Friday. Chase will be one of the companies helping to make the NFC payment ...

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11:55
Apple notifies iOS devs about Feb., June deadlines...

Apple has issued a new notice to developers, reminding them of two important deadlines concerning 64-bit support in iOS apps. As was previously announced, those submitting new titles to the App Store must implement 64-bit support -- and use the iOS 8 SDK -- by February 1st. Additionally, the company now says that updates to existing titles must meet the same standards as of June 1st....



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11:46
9to5’s Last Minute Apple Gift Guide

Christmas and the end of Hanukkah are only a week away. You’re looking for a last-minute gift that’s guaranteed to arrive in time for the holidays. We’re here to help with a collection of top picks for Apple fans, all at great prices.

Welcome to 9to5’s Last Minute Apple Gift Guide!

All of the items featured in our Last Minute Apple Gift Guide are currently available to ship in time for holiday delivery. Some of the items are heavy, so if you like to shop at Amazon.com and aren’t yet using its flat-rate Amazon Prime two-day shipping service,...

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11:27
News: Apple ordered to turn over records in Canadian...

A Canadian Federal Court has ordered Apple Canada to turn over documents to the Government’s Competition Bureau as part of an investigation into possible unfair marketing practices by the company, Reuters reports. The Competition Bureau, which is responsible for enforcing various competition and marketing acts on behalf of the Canadian Government, stated in a filing to the court that it believes Apple unfairly used its bargaining power from…

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11:06
Emoji Type keyboard brings predictive emoji typing...

If you’re a fan of emoji, you’ll want to

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11:00
Today is the last day to order iPhoto book's...

If you wanted to order a book of your photos through iPhoto this holiday season, today is the last day to so before the cut off. Customers who purchase a iPhoto book today, December 17, will need to pay express shipping in order to get their book by ...

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10:55
FIDO Pursues Vision of a Password-Free World


A group of some 150 companies last week moved closer to eliminating the bane of many an online user: the password. The FIDO Alliance, which counts among its members Microsoft, PayPal, Google, Bank of America, Visa and MasterCard, released version 1.0 of its open specifications for strong authentication on the Internet without the use of passwords. Release of the specifications opens the door for those who want to authenticate their users securely without the use of usernames and passwords.

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10:28
Briefly: Mujjo's gray wallet iPhone case,...

Mujjo has introduced its Leather Wallet Case line-up for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in gray, as part of its Desaturated Collection. The wallet case is designed to hold two to three essential cards without sacrificing a thin profile. The case is available in two styles for iPhone 6 - one with the card slot angled upright and the other with an 80 degree angle pocket - and the 80 degree angle pocket case is available for iPhone 6 Plus. Pricing for the Desaturated Collection begins at $40, and cases can be purchased through Mujjo....



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10:13
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-17

Tag Heuer is looking at how it can get a serious piece of the smartwatch market, and that could make it a competitor to the Apple Watch-or maybe not. Dave Hamilton, Bryan Chaffin, and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about where Apple Watch fits in with the luxury watch market, how Tag Heuer and other high end watch makers may fit into that game, and who will be looking at buying these devices.


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10:11
Yahoo Weather iOS app adds new animated effects for...

Yahoo announced an update to its Weather app today that brings more of the high-quality animations for weather conditions it first launched in its iOS app earlier this year. The update also adds a revamped design that offers a better experience on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

The new animated effects include visuals for lightning and frost, which come in addition to the fog, rain, heat, and snow effects the app had previously. Yahoo’s announcement says the effects utilize “bleeding-edge graphics technology typically only seen in video games.”

We’re excited to take your weather experience to the next level, as we make it even more delightful… So, instead of reading about the stormy conditions, you’ll actually see lightning flash across your screen.

The animations and updated design that takes advantage of the new...

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10:01
Apple Canada ordered to turn over documents in...

The Federal Court of Canada has agreed to order Apple's Canadian division to turn over documents to the Competition Bureau, Reuters reports. Apple has already handed over some requested documents, but may not be handing over as much as the Bureau wants or needs. The Chief Justice for the court, Paul Crampton, is due to sign the order later today....



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10:00
Boiling an iPhone 6 in Coca-Cola, for science

In case you didn't know: Destroying expensive things has become its own little subgenre on YouTube in recent years, and the iPhone is one of the gadgets that content creators absolutely love to torture in all kinds of, um, "interesting" ways. It's be...

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09:01
Apps: Posterino, GraphicConverter, Typinator
09:00
Gene Munster predicts! This time, Apple television...

For all the fun we Apple bloggers have with Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster's insistence that Apple's going to come out with some sort of amazing smart TV, you have to hand it to the man for two things. First, his persistence in believing that dre...

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08:55
Holiday Gift Guide -- gifts for the Apple gadgeteer

It's not too late, but its getting close. In fact its so close, that any helping hand might be welcome for the Apple-centric device lover in your life. Good news! We see every conceivable gadget all year -- use our knowledge to benefit you! This week, Electronista and MacNN have suggestions for the best gift options for the Apple fan in your life....



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08:51
Canadian Federal Court orders Apple to turn over...

Reuters reports that The Federal Court of Canada agreed on Wednesday to force Apple’s Canadian subsidiary to hand over records to the country’s Competition Bureau as part of an ongoing investigation looking into whether Apple unfairly manipulated its market power to bolster sales of the iPhone.

Canada’s Competition Bureau started looking into Apple’s alleged anticompetitive behavior earlier this month, claiming that the iPhone maker’s agreements with Canadian carriers may contain anticompetitive language. It is believed that Apple may have reached agreements with carriers to maintain or raise the price of competing phones in an effort to boost the iPhone.

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08:43
Orlando Magic are first NBA team to support Apple...

The Amway Center, home of the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association, will become the league's first team to offer fans the ability to complete transactions with Apple Pay on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as the Apple Watch early next year.

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08:32
Netflix Says Offline iPad Viewing Not Going to Happen

Holding out for Netflix to bring offline content viewing to the iPhone and iPad? Don't hold your breath, because the company says that's not going to happen.

The Mac Observer Spin: This sure seems like a missed opportunity for Netflix, but maybe investing in new programming instead will worth it for the company in the long run.


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08:20
Hands On: Mujjo Refined Touchscreen Gloves

It shouldn't be a secret that normal, cheap knit gloves actually don't contain enough fabric to prevent a persons finger from interacting with a capacitive screen. This means that, yes, normal knit gloves are technically touchscreen gloves but normal cheap knit gloves also don't contain enough fabric to keep a persons hands warm in most cold weather. That's where Refined Touchscreen Gloves by Mujjo come in - promising to let us interact with all our touchscreen devices while keeping our hands toasty....



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08:19
Facebook turns on auto-enhancement for iOS photos

There’s a reason Instagram now has more users than Twitter: The photo-sharing app turns your poorly lit images into filtered masterpieces. Facebook is now taking a cue from its subsidiary with a new feature that auto-enhances the photos you upload within the Facebook app for iOS.

The changes are subtle and still give you control over the final result via a wand that appears on the lower left corner of the image. Tapping the wand reveals a slider that lets you amp up the enhancement or turn it way down. Many Facebook users won’t even notice that their uploads are being gussied up, which is sort of the point: to make photos look good without appearing filtered.

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08:04
Daily Deal: The Apple Watch Giveaway

In today’s iLounge Deal we’re giving away an Apple Watch! One lucky entrant will receive a regular edition Apple Watch when the product is released early next year. To enter, simply submit your e-mail address on the giveaway page to sign up for our iLounge Deals, and you can even gain additional entries by sharing on Twitter and Facebook – the more your friends and followers enter, the more entries you receive. The winner will be chosen…

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08:00
Microsoft’s Xim photo app updated with support for...

Microsoft updated its Xim photo sharing application today with support for viewing photos over AirPlay on an Apple TV. The instructions for setting up AirPlay streaming (demonstrated in the video above) are relatively simple: just pull up Control Center and activate the AirPlay mirroing function that’s built into iOS. After that, you’ll see your slideshows on your TV in real time.

Xim allows users to create shared photo slideshows that stay in sync across multiple devices. Whenever a user changes the slideshow by zooming in, switching photos, or changing something else, all users currently viewing that slideshow will see the change in real time.

The Xim app is free for all users on the iOS App Store.

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08:00
Flickr Find: A monitor of monstrous measurements

We often laud our smartphones and tablets for being thin, but we often forget that monitor technology has seen perhaps the greatest slim down in recent years. Case in point -- take a look at this vintage 20-inch Apple monitor fired up and photographe...

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07:57
Apple halts Russian online sales after dramatic...

If you’re in the Russian marketplace, you’re going to have a harder time buying Apple products online this holiday season.

Per MacRumors and Bloomberg, Apple has temporarily halted online sales in Russia due to fluctuations in the value of the ruble. The online store will be down until Apple is able to revise its prices in the country.

“Our online store in Russia is currently unavailable while we review pricing,” Alan Hely, a spokesman for Apple, said today in an e-mailed statement. “We apologize to customers for any inconvenience.”

Similarly, an Apple spokesperson stated that the store was offline due to “extremely sharp” fluctuations of the...

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07:32
Review: Twelve South’s BookBook is the best iPhone 6...

Personal preferences differ enough that there’s no single style of iPhone case that’s “right” for every person. Some people prefer “playthrough” cases that always expose the iPhone’s screen; others like flip-style cases with lids that open like books. Today, we’re looking at two cases of each type for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: Twelve South’s latest BookBook and Tech21’s Classic Shell with Cover are flip-style designs, while Tech21’s Classic Frame and Classic Shell are playthrough cases.

One of these is the best case of its type that we’ve ever seen, while the others are all good.

The 800-pound gorilla in this collection is...

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07:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Gangstar Vegas [iOS Uni...

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06:58
∞ Johnny Walker commercial

A Johnny Walker commercial, embedded in a video showing how the spot was filmed. Fantastic to see this all unfold. Notice the starting and ending parties are the same, bookends on a theme. Also, note that the actor wore wires all the way through, even walking through the seemingly solid doorway.

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06:55
Google's Cardboard VR Kit Is Really No Joke


Google last week announced an updated app for its minimalist Cardboard virtual-reality viewer, as well as software development kits for both Android and the Unity game engine. It also published new building specifications for those interested in making their own Cardboard viewers and announced that it's hiring more people to work on the project, with five new positions now open. More than half a million phone-based Cardboard viewers have been shipped, Google said. Cardboard apps, including games and concerts, are now available on Google Play.

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06:48
Falling Ruble Ruins iPhone Christmas in Russia

Apple's iPhone may be the gift to get, unless you're in Russia. Thanks to the wildly fluctuating (read: dropping) value of the ruble, Apple decided to stop selling products in the country through its online store. That's bad news for Apple customers, but it also underscores the overall market's current concerns over Russia's economy.

The Mac Observer Spin: Halting online sales is probably a bigger deal for Russia than it is for Apple because the move is a high profile statement that companies don't think the country will be able to easily recover from its economic fall.


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06:46
Output direct from the sound board for live acts...

I’m not sure how widespread this practice is, but today I learned that you can buy a USB stick with the output taken directly from a live show…

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06:40
Pixelmator Mac, iPad apps get significant updates

Pixelmator Team has released updated Mac and iPad versions of its namesake image editor. The Mac update, v3.3.1, now supports pinch-to-zoom gestures on trackpads, fulfilling a popular demand. Resizing and scrolling options have been added to the Shapes, Gradients, and Styles palettes....



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06:36
The state of Apple’s Mac software

Stephen Hackett, writing for 512 Pixels, takes a look at each of Apple’s individual Mac applications.

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06:18
A rare, in depth Jeff Bezos interview

Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget is a long time Amazon investor. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is an investor in Business Insider. Blodget invited Bezos on stage at this year’s Ignition conference for an interview. Bezos does not do a lot of interviews, let alone one of this length and scope.

The video of the complete interview is below. Follow the headline link for the text excerpts, with video excerpts and some interesting sidebars.

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06:00
Fleksy keyboard for iOS updated with GIF support,...


A major update to the Fleksy keyboard for iOS was released today, adding several big new features and a handful of new themes to the popular app. Most of the new features are added through a framework called Extensions.

Extensions allow the user to specify certain optional features to be included on the keyboard. Some of the extensions that come with the new app include a fifth row on the keyboard for numbers, the aforementioned GIF keyboard, and even a one-handed typing mode on newer iPhones. Several others are also included.

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06:00
Apple closes Russian online store due to rouble...

Apple has stopped selling iPads, iPhones and other products on its Russian website due to the extreme fluctuations in the rouble, reports Bloomberg. Since the start of the week, the Russian currency has lost up to 20 percent of its value, kicking off...

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05:50
Pages: Adding and Formatting Links within Text

If you need to put a link to a webpage or an email address into a document in Pages, there's an easy way to format it so that it looks far more professional than it would if you just pasted the text in. For this Quick Tip, we're going to cover how to do that and also what effect that'll have on exporting the file to other formats.


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05:39
How to use iCloud Drive on the Web, iOS and OS X

Since its debut, iCloud has gone from a barebones syncing and backup service to a more full-featured, cross-platform cloud storage solution. Here's a rundown of how to use and get the most out of the modern iCloud Drive on iOS, OS X and the Web.

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05:33
It’s time for Munster’s annual ‘Apple television’...

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster is famous for his annual prediction that Apple’s long-rumored television is launching next year, but this year he’s mixing it up a little, predicting instead that it will be launched in two years’ time.

Back in 2011, he predicted at the IGNITION conference that it would launch before the 2012 holiday season. Once it was clear that wasn’t going to happen, he predicted late in 2012 that it would be arriving in time for, yep, you guessed it, the 2013 holiday season. He clung to that one...

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05:30
NANPISA: A Video Journey

NANPISA is an interactive journey into real-world issues and educational subject matter. When players select a category, they are presented with a series of video clips that relate to that subject matter and after the clip, players answer a question ...

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05:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Cables, speakers, and...

Cables, speakers, and more

This week's roundup of accessories includes our favorite battery ever—it even has wood paneling, like the best station wagons of our childhood.

BSX Electronics

The $199 JookBox speaker is a “portable, multi-room wifi speaker” that lets you wirelessly chain up to ten speakers together through the house. Each device contains two 2.5-inch drivers to create a sharp sound, and is equipped with a lithium battery that can play back your music for up to ten hours between charges. It’s Apple AirPlay compatible, making it easy to share tunes from your iOS device.

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04:46
Briefly: Instagram filter collection grows, Pebble...

Instagram has updated its famous photo filters, for the first time in two years. The Slumber, Crema, Ludwig, Aden, and Perpetua effects have been added to both the Android and iOS versions of the app, each shifting and softening the photograph's colors in varying ways. The app has also updated how the various effects are displayed, providing a blurred preview of filters, while a "Manage" button will allow users to hide the rarely-used filters from view....



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04:27
Hands On: Cinematica 2 (OS X)

We all have more videos than iTunes Store ones, we all have more videos than we can ever remember getting. They're from our digital cameras, they're from our iPhones, they're Vimeo files we wish we could remember how to download again. However we got them, we have them now, we can't find them very easily and they are all clogging up our hard drives. Plus, we have to to somehow remember that this movie will play in iTunes but that one needs the extra VLC video player. Cinematica 2 does a smart job of solving this by giving you one place to see everything it possibly can....



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03:58
The Macworld staff's very favorite iOS apps of...

The cream of the crop

Image by Kārlis Dambrāns/Flickr

Just when we thought we had reached peak app, 2014 brought us a fresh round of iOS awesomeness we can't live without. Messaging apps and social networks are old news: The best apps of the year helped us work smarter and live better than we did in 2013.

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Tuesday December 16

23:25
Apple's iPhone gains share, will likely topple...

According to new quarterly figures from industry analysts Gartner, enormous growth by Apple's iPhone has eroded worldwide mobile phone share -- including both smartphones and feature phones -- from top seller Samsung and second-place Nokia, with Apple potentially taking the second spot from Nokia after this quarter's expected record-breaking iPhone sales are announced. For the most recent quarter, Apple was within one percentage point of matching Nokia in a market seeing strong overall growth....



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20:19
Hands On: Movavi Video Editor (OS X, Windows)

Try as you might, you're not going to revolutionize how video is edited: whatever application you're using, the process has been roughly the same since we ditched celluloid and razor blades. Equally, you're not likely to easily replace Apple's iMovie for ease of use, nor Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro X for high-end professionals. Movavi Video Editor, an editor for Windows that has just made the jump to OS X, definitely aims at being very simple to use -- but it's also intended for the ever-growing number of us who just want to quickly get video out to people....



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20:11
Tortured Logic

Adam Goldman and Peyton Craighill, writing for The Washington Post, “New Poll Finds Majority of Americans Think Torture Was Justified After 9/11 Attacks”:

A majority of Americans think that the harsh interrogation
techniques used on terrorism suspects after the Sept. 11, 2001,
attacks were justified, even as about half of the public says the
treatment amounted to torture, according to a new Washington
Post-ABC News poll.

By a margin of almost 2 to 1 — 59 percent to 31 percent — those
interviewed said that they support the CIA’s brutal methods, with
the vast majority of supporters saying that they produced valuable
intelligence.

In general, 58 percent say the torture of suspected terrorists can
be justified “...

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19:04
Pixelmator for Mac gets pinch-to-zoom support and a...

Popular image editor Pixelmator has been updated today with a whole host of new features, fixes, and improvements. First on the list is something many users (myself included!) have been hoping to see for quite a while now: full support for Apple’s pinch-to-zoom gesture. The update also makes the Shapes, Gradients, and Styles palettes capable of scrolling and being resized.

There are also a ton of smaller improvements in the update, such as fixes for missing scrollbars, control-click functionality, minimizing by double-clicking the title bar, and more. Speed improvements have also been made to allow for more responsive resizing of palettes.

iCloud Drive bug fixes have been applied, memory leaks in some tools...

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18:13
Flaw in online boarding passes enable anyone to view...

Dani Grant, the founder of the security research group Hackers of NY, has reported a serious flaw in the way that Delta and potentially other airlines handle online boarding passes, often displayed on smartphone screens to gain entry to flights. Grand discovered that if she shared the URL to her Delta online boarding pass, anybody could download and potentially redeem it. Even more disturbingly, when she changed with the last digit of the seemingly random numbers in the URL, she could view someone else's online boarding pass, which might even be on an entirely different airline....



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18:00
Google Drive update makes it easy to upload from...

Google quietly updated the free Google Drive app to version 3.4.0 yesterday, improving the iOS version with some features that should make Google's cloud solution more competitive with the likes of iCloud drive and Dropbox.

The biggest addition for ...

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17:56
TAG Heur Announces Plans for Mechanical Smartwatch

Swiss watchmaker TAG Heur (TAG) is getting on the smartwatch bandwagon, possibly in a big way. Part of the luxury conglomerate LVMH, TAG is working on making an Intel-powered smartwatch that also includes a mechanical movement. Bryan Chaffin argues this is the beginning of Apple Watch's effect on the luxury watch market, even if TAG's head watch person doesn't quite understand why.


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17:48
Waze mapping app updated with iOS 8 widget, improved...


Popular mapping application Waze was updated today to version 3.9.2. According to the app’s change log (below), it’s gotten several design tweaks to areas, including the location sharing interface and quick-messaging screen, which allows you to quickly notify friends that you’re on the way.

The app also gained a Today view widget that displays the estimated travel time to your home or work addresses, and allows you to quickly get directions to either location by tapping on them. You can also send your ETA to friends from the widget while navigating to your destination.

Traffic data is now improved when changing a route to avoid slowdowns, and a new setting allows the map to automatically swap...

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17:24
The Racket

A fascinating piece by Mat Honan on a business that had big plans for journalism, but we’ll never see it.

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17:22
Cards supported by Apple Pay now reflect 90% of card...

On Tuesday Apple announced that ten new banks have agreed to work with Apple Pay to offer credit card support. With those additions, plus the recent additions of SunTrust, Barclaycard, and USAA banks, Apple Pay now accepts credit cards that represent about 90 percent of US credit card transaction volume, according to the New York Times.

That number bodes well for Apple and its nascent mobile payment platform that launched in October of this year. The service lets users buy goods at NFC-enabled terminals in brick-and-mortar stores, as well as pay with a single tap in the iTunes store and in other compatible apps.

The challenge for the adoption of mobile payments platforms like Apple Pay and Google Wallet, which debuted three years prior to Apple Pay’s...

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17:00
Hands-on with the Twelve South BookBook for iPhone 6...

Twelve South has released its iconic BookBook for the iPhone 6 Plus (US$59.99), and if you're looking for something to replace your thin protective case, your stand case, and your wallet, you've come to the right place. Check out the review, then ent...

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16:30
Google Wallet app updated with Touch ID support and...

Google has updated the Google Wallet app for iOS with a few nifty new features. On the security front the app now features support for Touch ID, allowing users to avoid using a PIN to open the mobile wallet. Users can also now access their loyalty an...

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16:00
Wthr Complete is a weather app with details and a...

There are so many weather apps out there... As a general rule, I often find that the pretty ones don't have a lot of information, and the ones with more information provided have worse user interfaces.

Wthr Complete (US$1.99) breaks that rule by add...

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15:58
∞ Thoughts On iPad Sales

I’ve been asked by analysts, industry insiders, and Apple users over the last several financial quarters if I’m worried about Apple’s iPad sales. The simple answer to that question is: no, I’m not. [...]

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15:57
Updated Google Drive gets iOS 8 extensibility...

In a pair of app updates on Tuesday, Google rolled out an update to its Google Drive app with support for iOS 8 extensibility, which lets users upload documents and files to the cloud from outside sources, while Instagram introduced five new photo filters and management tools.

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15:50
Apple wins iPod antitrust lawsuit, avoids potential...

It was a banner day for Apple’s legal department.

Or at least the legal team got to clear out an old and potentially costly lawsuit.

Per 9to5Mac and CNBC, a jury has decided that Apple is not guilty of violating antitrust laws in the decade-old lawsuit involving the iPod, iTunes Music Store, and digital rights management usage. The jury had to determine if the iTunes updates affecting customers’ iPods were “genuine product improvements” with Apple citing security concerns for implementing the usage of DRM.

Had the jury decided Apple did violate antitrust laws through its practices, the company could have been responsible for damages of up to US$1 billion.

However, Apple argued throughout...

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15:30
Apple removes white power bands from iTunes

The iTunes music store is a great way for small independent artists to give people access to their music, but it's no longer a good place for white power bands. Following a report from the Southern Poverty Law Center on the large number of albums fro...

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15:26
Jimi’s influence

This course is for Hendrix fans who want to learn his unique style of blues playing. Taking cues from Red House and Voodoo Chile Blues, this course will not disappoint.

Anthony Stauffer just released new guitar lessons teaching you all about Jimi Hendrix, one of the greatest guitarists to ever pick up the instrument.

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15:24
Apple ceases online sales in Russia due to extreme...

Bloomberg reported on Tuesday that Apple has ceased all online sales in Russia as the country has been unable to keep its currency from fluctuating dramatically. In the last month, Apple had already increased the price of its iPhone 6 in that country by 25 percent due to currency uncertainties.

“Our online store in Russia is currently unavailable while we review pricing,” Alan Hely, a spokesman for the Cupertino, California-based company, told Bloomberg. “We apologize to customers for any inconvenience.” It is uncertain when Apple will reinstate its operations in Russia.

Bloomberg noted that the Ruble sank 19 percent today, "with a surprise interest-rate increase failing to stem a run on the currency.” At one point during the day, the ruble sank to 80 on the dollar.

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15:11
Apple iBooks antitrust hearing analysis

Bryan Chaffin does a very good job on this piece. I especially like page 2, but it’s all worth a read.

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15:02
OWC offers sensor kits, allowing third-party HD...

In a post today on its Rocket Yard blog, Other World Computing (OWC) announced a new in-line digital thermal sensor for owners who want to upgrade the hard drives in their iMacs. The sensor kits are compatible with models from 2009 all the way up to the latest 2014 Retina 5K model, allowing the use of third-party replacement hard drives (which the company conveniently sells), overcoming a troublesome proprietary issue on the machines....



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15:00
Vivitar DVR794HD Action Cam: You get what you pay for

Like many TUAW readers, I'm one of those people who has been drooling over the GoPro Hero4 Black action camera since it was recently released. But at US$500, it's a bit on the high side for someone who doesn't actually engage in a lot of activities t...

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14:30
Off the Rails is a great roller coaster game with a...

Of course all roller coaster games have their twists and turns, but Off the Rails (US$1.99) lets you build a complex roller coaster in real time as you steer. As you move your iPad or iPhone you see the roller coaster being constructed in front of yo...

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14:20
9to5Toys Last Call: Logitech accessories up to 50%...

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

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Up to 50% off select Logitech mice, keyboards, tablet accessories and more

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14:12
Track Sports and Fitness Jumping on Your iPhone with...

Basketball and volleyball players rejoice. There's a new tracker just for you that monitors how you jump. The tracker, called VERT, monitors how high you jump, your jump rate, and tracks other jumping-related data, too. VERT sends the information wirelessly to your iPhone or smartwatch, and there's a companion app for coaches who want to monitor players in real time. VERT is priced at US$124.99, and the basic companion app is a free download at Apple's iTunes-based App Store. The app for coaches costs $99.99 and includes the ability to monitor for potential injuries before they happen.


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14:11
TAG Heuer to take on Apple Watch with smartwatch...

Swiss luxury watch maker TAG Heuer on Tuesday announced plans to bring a branded smartwatch to market with the help of unnamed tech companies, a move spurred on in part by Apple Watch.

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14:00
See what's 'round you with RoundMe

Anyone who knows me understands that I live with an all-consuming travel lust. There's nothing I like more than going out to see what else is in the world. It's a prohibitively expensive fascination, so I'm often forced to accept compromises. RoundMe...

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13:51
Guitar picks made from different materials

Everything affects your tone when playing the guitar.

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13:44
Skype Begins Dismantling the Language Barrier


Microsoft on Monday announced the first phase of its Skype Translator preview program, which initially will facilitate conversations between English and Spanish speakers. The translator will convert spoken words both ways. It also will translate instant messages in 40 languages. Translations occur in near-real time. Participants must run Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 Technical Preview on a desktop or tablet. Children in two schools -- one in Mexico City and one in Tacoma, Washington -- have tried out Skype Translator.

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13:39
Delta security flaw enables passengers to access...

Hackers of NY founder Dani Grant has discovered (via Engadget) a security flaw that enables Delta passengers to access the boarding passes of others, even those flying with different airlines like Southwest. Grant realized that she could share a link allowing anyone to download her boarding pass, and then change one digit in the URL and be presented with a completely different boarding pass belonging to someone else.

But in case you were planning on ditching your family party in Maine to lay on the beach in Malibu these holidays, don’t get too excited. While this security flaw is a serious privacy concern that should promptly be addressed, it won’t allow for a...

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13:30
Work on Apple's new Union Square site begins as...

Apple's plans to build a new Union Square retail store in San Francisco are finally getting started with the demolition of an existing building. Meanwhile, just down the street the company's current store is getting a holiday "Winter Walk" plaza treatment.

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13:30
Instagram for iOS gets five new filters, slo-mo...

Instagram has released a new update that introduces some exciting features to the photo sharing application. Instagramers can now upload slo-mo videos to the service, ensuring an uptick in adorable clips of pets and children his holiday season. In ad...

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13:17
Google Drive for iOS now lets you upload files from...

Google announced today that an update rolling out to its Google Drive iOS app will allow users to upload files from other apps as well as access custom made maps through Google’s My Maps feature.

The ability to upload files from other apps into Drive is limited to iOS 8 users, and the Google My Maps integration is limited to viewing and sharing the custom maps currently.

For creating custom maps with Google My Maps, you’ll still need the desktop app. Earlier this month Google integrated the My Maps custom maps creation tool into the web version of Drive.

The updated Google Drive app for iPhone and iPad...

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13:00
Finally, an app to keep friends from wanting to hang...

Do you have too many friends? Do you absolutely hate when someone wants to hang out with you? Are you the kind of person who is far too important to field a text from each individual friend and would simply like to put a big "Do Not Disturb" sign on ...

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12:51
Giveaway: win a PowerSkin PowerStand!

Until Wednesday December 17 at 11:59PM ET, PowerSkin has a buy-one-get-one free offer on their popular PowerStand battery charger. To help get the word out, they have teamed up with MacNN to give away one of these portable battery chargers to one of our readers. Read on to learn more about this battery charger and other special offers from PowerSkin....



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12:46
Lifetime Access To Over 5,000 Adobe Authorized...

This deal has proven to be quite popular: it's lifetime access to more than 5,000 hours of video tutorials for Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, Premier, all of Adobe's powerful applications. Learning how to use them, let alone learning how to make the most of them, comes with a steep learning curve, and Adobe likes to rewrite its own UI rules with each new version. Thanks to our friends at StackSocial, you can get lifetime access to more than 5,00 Adobe-Authorized training videos for just $79. That level of pass is usually $500, so if you're looking for the training, get on it.


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12:44
Apple halts online sales in Russia in wake of...

Apple is temporarily shutting down its Russian online store while it reviews pricing, according to company spokesman Alan Hely. The value of the country's currency, the ruble, dropped 19 percent today despite attempts to stall a months-long decline using an interest rate increase. Apple's reaction is unusually sharp, given that the company normally just adjusts prices on the fly in foreign stores if there's a significant currency fluctuation. In November, it hiked the Russian cost of the iPhone 6 by 25 percent....



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12:32
Workflow for iOS review: An awesome Mac-like app for...

Macworld:

The first true automator for iOS, Workflow takes full advantage of Apple’s looser restrictions on sharing to bring new levels of interactivity and multitasking to our handheld devices. More versatile than the situational IFTTT and more powerful than even Launch Center Pro’s slick system of shortcuts, Workflow’s endlessly customizable actions integrate seamlessly into the apps you already use to help you work smarter, faster, and just plain better.

I have yet to try this app (not really the target customer), but if my Twitter feed is any indication, many people find it incredibly useful.

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12:30
Race to the bottom with Social Downhill

Ride, Run, "n" Record is now Social Downhill. This free universal runs on iOS 7.0 or later and is intended for gravity sports enthusiasts. So if you are a longboarder, downhill mountain bike rider, skier or snowboarder, you should take a look.

The l...

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