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Wednesday November 25

ACM 334: Apple’s Mac Pro vs. The Devil’s Advocate

John Kheit, the infamous Devil's Advocate, joins Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet on this episode of the Apple Context Machine. Together they dig deep into Apple's Mac Pro and question its suitability for professional use.

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Apple planning jump to OLED for 2018 iPhones, report...

Apple is working to switch to OLED displays for iPhones beginning in 2018, a major Japanese publication reported on Wednesday.

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Apple is Doing Something That Could Accidentally...

Apple is a company that can get set in its ways. That often stems from a set of values that dictate how things should forever be. However, while products and technologies change fast, sometimes Apple is its own worst enemy when it comes to updating practices. The iPad Pro might be one of those new products held back by old thinking.

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Tip of the Day: Aerial Screensavers on the new Apple...

The aerial screensavers available on the new Apple TV make for a refreshing change from the photo-based screen savers of prior versions; currently Apple offers up 34 different screensavers covering five specific locations around the world: China, Hawaii, London, New York, and San Francisco. Rather than storing the screensavers permanently as part of tvOS, the Apple TV downloads new screensaver footage from Apple’s servers on a schedule. If you…

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Macworld’s December Digital Edition: Apple TV Review

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld Digital Edition.

Available as single copies or with a yearlong subscription, the Digital Edition comes in two forms: Enhanced and PDF replica. The Enhanced Edition has all the news, analysis, product reviews, and how-to’s, along with interactive features, and videos—customized for consumption on your iPad. The PDF replica Edition is designed for your mobile device’s touchscreen to allow pinch and zoom.

In the December issue

We review the latest Apple TV. Can Apple conquer the living room? We also review and rate the iMac with 4K Retina display, a high resolution desktop for the masses, as well as the new Magic accessories.


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Apple buys Star Wars motion-capture firm Faceshift


With the teetering stack of virtual reality headsets coming to market over the next year, eyes in the tech sector are being consistently turned towards facial recognition software. While Facebook has made moves to develop facial mapping technology for the Oculus Rift, news has now emerged of an intriguing buy up by Apple.

The company has announced that it has acquired Faceshift, a Zurich-based startup responsible for developing technology capable of real-time facial-capture and avatar creation. The tech boasts plenty of high-profile use, having even been used in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens to give alien characters an extra semblance of reality.

Could Apple really be interested in any aspect of Virtual Reality? I think this buy is fascinating but I don’t think it’s use inside the company will be as obvious as many are assuming.


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The Blockbuster Kit


We — as indie developers of these 4 apps, have gathered together to deliver the most essential event for movie lovers in 2015. Each one of our apps is a blockbuster itself. Each of us has its own story, but we all share the same goal — enhance your movie viewing experience as much as possible, on any device.This Black Friday, for the first time ever — we unite together to bring you the best of experiences in a single Blockbuster Kit.

I use Waltr and Beamer all the time and love the apps. I don’t usually recommend this kind of deal because you often end up with filler apps but all four of these apps are really useful and, at a pre-order price of $25, it’s a really great deal in my opinion.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Report: Apple to begin shifting iPhone displays from...

Apple Watch benefits from deeper blacks and greater energy efficiency thanks to OLED technology

Apple is expected to begin shifting iPhones from LCD displays to improved OLED screens starting in 2018, according to Nikkei Asian Review. Currently the display technology is only used by Apple to produce Apple Watch displays while iPhones and iPads use older LCD technology. OLED benefits from greater contrast levels and much deeper blacks as the display only illuminates to present color. This offers energy efficiency that leads to improved battery life compared lighting up the entire display each time.Nikkei claims that Apple has notified its suppliers that it wants to move to OLED...

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Einstein’s general theory of relativity at 100: 5...


Wormholes, warp speed, space-time anomalies — science fiction wouldn’t be the same without Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity. And in the real world, we would probably also notice a few things missing from our lives.

The German-born physicist finished presenting his groundbreaking theory to the scientific world at the Prussian Academy of Sciences exactly 100 years ago today.

It was a simple, elegant set of equations that described space-time as a stretchy, flexible fabric, and gravity as deformations in space-time rather than a “force.”

I remember first learning about the general theory of relativity in school and being completely blown away by it. I have never fully understood it but the ideas, concepts and things it made possible opened my young mind to the power of the universe and the utter brilliance of Einstein.


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Sponsor: New MacX DVD Ripper Pro Giveaway

I'm pleased to welcome this week's sponsor, Digiarty, makers of MacX DVD Ripper Pro back here to TMO. Having a simple, DVD-ripping solution is vital as we all move to consuming our content on iPhones, iPads and Apple TVs. MacX DVD Ripper Pro makes this easy with a single app solution that you can download for free right now.

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Podcast 485: Home for the holidays

Well, Susie finally finished her iPad Pro review, but not before recording this episode of the Macworld Podcast. (Turn up those headphones—can't you just hear the anxiety in her voice?) And for the record, the Pencil she ordered on November 11 still hasn't arrived as of this writing, so thanks to Apple for the loaner unit.

But that's not the focus of today's podcast! It's almost time for American Rules Thanksgiving, the glorious long weekend of hanging around with relatives, eating too much, watching sports on TV, and answering questions about technology. Should you get your parents using two-factor authentication? How do you broach the subject of phishing? Is it OK to just write their passwords down for them? Glenn and Susie have plenty of advice, and you should feel free to share your own in the comments. Happy Thanksgiving!

To read this article in...

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Happy Hour Podcast 042 | Apple Pencil impressions

This week, we’re discussing all things Apple Pencil. Should you buy one? Who is it for? Today, we’ll get to the bottom of Apple Pencil along with our impressions and opinions. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed.

New episodes of Happy Hour are available every Wednesday. As mentioned, you can download this podcast via iTunes or plug in our RSS feed link into your favorite podcasting app. Send an email to...

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TMO Daily Observations 2015-11-25: Apple’s Plans for...

Apple bought Faceshift, a company that specializes in facial recognition and tracking technology. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the purchase and speculate on what Apple may have in store, and how Faceshift could fit in with autonomous cars and robots.

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Apple Commercial: Someday At Christmas - Stevie...

Apple has launched a new Christmas commercial called Someday At Christmas - Stevie Wonder + Andra Day. It features both of those artists, but only features a brief look at a MacBook Pro running Logic Pro X at the beginning, and another quick glimpse later in the spot. It also features two brief looks at an Apple Watch on Andra Day's wrist. It closes with the message "Love, ." It has the kind of heartwarming feel Apple has used in other holiday spots in recent years. What do you think?

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Review: Parrot Hydrofoil Drone

While the company's 2015 Airborne and Jumping drone lineups were iterations on 2014's Jumping Sumo and Rolling Spider, Parrot has broken a bit of new ground in its drone lineup this year with its Hydrofoil drone ($160), a new hybrid robot drone designed to allow users to take to the water with speed and agility. {/exp:char_limit}

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Exclusive Deal: Free 32GB Apple TV with all 2015...

One-upping our offer from last year, this Black Friday AppleInsider has teamed with one of Apple's top authorized resellers to knock $30-$111 off all 2015 13" MacBook Pros and $71-$230 off all 2015 15" MacBook Pros, then throw in a brand new 4th-generation 32GB Apple TV -- on top of those discounts -- for free. Plus free shipping and no tax in 48 states.

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There’s no repairing the iPad Pro Smart Keyboard,...

This is kind of hard to watch. (credit: iFixit)

iFixit's product teardowns often show you how to fix gadgets, but in the case of Apple's Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil accessories for the iPad Pro they have been more academic. Neither device is meant to be opened, and the act of opening them also happens to irreparably destroy them.

It's still interesting to see what's inside them, though, even more so when you don't have to sacrifice your own expensive accessories to do it. After cutting the keyboard's canvas open with a knife, iFixit...

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Apple's Christmas ad: Stevie Wonder and Andra...

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the US, the day we all pause to reflect just on how much we have to be thankful for. The next big holiday, of course, is Christmas Day on December 25. Apple has released a "Wonder-ful" Christmas advertisement that doesn't overtly show off the company's products, instead focusing on Stevie Wonder and Andra Day performing his 1967 holiday classic "Someday At Christmas". 

Wonder is seen using VoiceOver to set up a recording session on his MacBook, but that's not the focus of the ad. Happy Holidays!

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Review: Urban Armor Gear’s Composite Case for iPad...

Two weeks into using the iPad Pro, I’m even more convinced of something I believed during week one: the 12.9″ iPad is good on its own, but if an accessory adds enough bulk to make it feel like a poor man’s laptop, it starts to stink. I suspect that’s why Apple let another company release the first iPad Pro keyboard case; once you’ve tried something as big as Logitech’s Create, you’ll start searching for a “smarter” solution.

From where I stand, Urban Armor Gear’s new ...

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The Tor Project seeks broader public support through...

Even online anonymity and privacy need a crowd of sorts--crowdfunders, to be specific. The Tor Project recently kicked off a crowdfunding drive, using journalist and filmmaker Laura Poitras as an example of the importance of the online anonymity tools.

In a blog post announcing the funding drive, Tor quotes Poitras saying that she never could have worked on and help break the Snowden story without Tor. Poitras worked with Glenn Greenwald on the initial revelations from documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. She also directed the Snowden documentary Citizenfour. “Tor is an essential tool that...fosters free speech and independent voices,” she said.


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Mac: 1337 & Senri LLC Leo’s Fortune - HD Edition

One of our favorite iOS platform adventure games of last year, Leo’s Fortune ($7), is available for Mac starting today. The game is centered around one mustached furball’s quest to find his stolen gold, and that simple premise leads users through lush environments and into vicious traps on the way to discovering the truth behind who took the loot. Players follow the trail of coins to solve physics-based puzzles through 24 levels, using Leo’s jumping and hovering abilities to avoid spikes and other hazards. The game’s already impressive graphics get a further upgrade for the Mac, possibly accounting for the $2 higher price when compared to the iOS version. Finishing the game will unlock Hardcore Mode and beating the game without dying yields its own special prize. Users can also compete in Game Center to beat as many levels in the fastest time possible. The game takes up 851 MB of space and requires OS X 10.7 or later to run.

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Apple airs 2015 Christmas TV ad starring Stevie...

Apple on Wednesday uploaeded its annual Christmas TV ad to YouTube, which this year stars singers Stevie Wonder and Andra Daye.

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9to5Toys Last Call: Apple Watch from $232 effective...

Black Friday Target: Apple Watch effective prices start at $232 thanks to free Gift Cards and REDcard savings, more:

  • iPad mini 2 w/ free $80 Target Gift Card from $269
  • iPad Air w/ free $100 target Gift Card from $399
  • iPad Air 2 w/ free $100 target Gift...
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Apple Accessory Deals: 32GB 4th Gen Apple TV for $...

For the next two weeks, readers can take advantage of an Apple Accessory Mail-in-Rebate sale that knocks $30-$40 off new Apple TVs, $15 off old Apple TVs, $29-$99 off Base Stations and Time Capsules, $20-$29 off Magic Accessories, keyboards and Super Drives. In each case, these deliver the lowest prices anywhere.

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Black Friday Blog Blast: More deals than you can...

After combing the Apple World Today inbox for deals, we've narrowed 'em down to a relative handful. Here we goooooo...

Pad & Quill

We don't have to tell you what great gifts Pad & Quill products will make for the holidays, whether for a friend or loved one, or for yourself. Rather than pick or choose a handful of products, Pad & Quill is offering 15% off of everything on Black Friday (Nov. 27) and Cyber Monday (Nov. 30). Just use these links to get to the site on Friday or Monday, take your 15% discount, and support Apple World Today at the same time:

Black Friday - 15% off everything (Offer good only on November 27, 2015)


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Apple award-winning iOS game Leo’s Fortune comes to...

Leo’s Fortune previously won an Apple Design Award for its game on iOS, thanks to its engaging gameplay and beautiful art style. Over the last year, it has become a smash hit across multiple platforms including iPhone, iPad, Android and more. Today, the same great game is now available in the Mac App Store for $6.99 accompanied by beautiful high-resolution textures.

Voyage through lush environments from mossy forests and arid deserts, to pirate cities and snowy mountains. Survive vicious traps and solve physics-based puzzles through 24 levels of treacherous adventure. Follow the trail of gold and uncover the truth behind Leo’s stolen fortune. Finish Leo’s Fortune to unlock Hard-core Mode: try to beat the whole game without dying to unlock a special prize! Compete with your Game Center friends to beat as many levels as you can in the fastest time possible.


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Review: Apple Pencil for iPad Pro

iLounge has been rating styluses for years, but it's always been a bit of a niche category — by design, no one has actually needed an iOS stylus before, and even the best of the styluses so far have required users to make some sort of concession, whether in features, accuracy, or price. Apple Pencil ($99) for iPad Pro is different, then, and not just because it's an official Apple stylus. Pencil and iPad Pro have been built to work in tandem with each other, which allows the stylus to do more than your typical accessory. iPad Pro can sense when Apple Pencil is being used, and according to Apple, the subsystem scans Pencil's signal 240 times per second, making it a fast, nearly latency-free stylus. Pencil is said to last for 12 hours of normal use on one charge, and it can be recharged using the built-in Lightning connector.{/exp:char_limit}

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China's JCET wins orders for Apple system-in-...

China's Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology -- better known as JCET -- has won orders to assemble system-in-package (SiP) modules for Apple in 2016, sources said on Wednesday.

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News: Apple reaches deal with UnionPay to bring...

Apple has struck a preliminary agreement to use UnionPay’s point-of-sales network to bring Apple Pay to China, Bloomberg reports. Sources familiar with the negotiations said UnionPay, China’s largest payment network, aims to introduce Apple Pay as soon as next year, but noted that the two companies haven’t signed firm agreements with Chinese banks on linking local bank cards to the service. That information seems to conflict with…

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T-Mobile offers $200 per line for Sprint customers...

As part of its latest "Un-carrier" promotion, T-Mobile announced on Wednesday that it will pay an extra $200 per line for every Sprint customer who switches to its service, with no trade-in required.

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Apple shares ‘Someday At Christmas’ ad starring...

Just one day before Thanksgiving in the US and a month before Christmas, Apple has shared its annual holiday ad on YouTube.

From our family to yours, Andra Day and Stevie Wonder perform his 1967 holiday classic, “Someday At Christmas.

The video spans about a minute and a half, featuring legendary artist Stevie Wonder (a known Apple fan) performing with Andra Day, with various Apple products including MacBooks running GarageBand and Apple Watches in view....

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Apple buys Faceshift, a motion capture company

Apple has confirmed its acquisition of Faceshift, a Zurich-based motion capture company whose technology is being used in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Rumors of the acquisition first appeared a couple months ago, and Apple has now confirmed the deal with TechCrunch. Faceshift’s software is able to capture facial expressions and graft them onto digital avatars in near real-time. Intel demoed the technology with its 3D RealSense cameras earlier this year, and the 0:41 second mark of this Star Wars: The Force Awakens video shows a glimpse of Faceshift in action.


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Apple acquires real-time capture firm Faceshift,...

It’s hard to say what Apple will do with its new toy, but it’s been confirmed that it just bought a real-time motion capture firm.

The company apparently acquired Faceshift, a Zurich-based capture firm, which has worked with game and animation studios on technology designed to quickly and accurately capture facial expressions using 3D sensors, including Faceshift Studio software with plugins for Maya and Unity. The company was also working toward consumer-facing software like a Skype plugin that would support real-time avatars for video chat.

According to Swiss company registry filings, Faceshift was acquired by Apple in mid-August. Several Faceshift employees have...

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Apple reaches first crucial agreement for early 2016...

Following Monday’s report that Apple is planning to launch Apple Pay in China in February of next year, Bloomberg reports that it has reached a preliminary agreement with UnionPay to use its card-processing terminals. The agreement was an essential step along the way as UnionPay has a monopoly on card-processing in China.

The agreement is provisional, as it still requires the individual banks to agree. They have reportedly been reluctant to agree to the 0.15% cut Apple takes of each transaction. Given the transaction volumes involved, that soon...

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UHD TV - What's the Damage?

TV manufacturers could have a very good holiday season, and the good times likely will continue through 2019. Sales of 4K or Ultra High Definition TV sets will exceed 330 million units by the end of 2019 -- a sharp increase from the 2 million sold in 2013, according to data released by Parks Associates. However, while the price of those sets has fallen sharply, a report released this month by the Natural Resources Defense Council contended that new UHD models use on average 30 percent more energy than their HD predecessors.

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Apple Buys Star Wars-related Facial Recognition...

Apple has reportedly purchased Faceshift, a facial recognition technology company that did some special effects work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Word on the street says Apple has confirmed the purchase, but so far all we really have is the usual noncommittal and vague statement from the company.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's augmented reality-related purchases: PrimeSense, Metaio, and now Faceshift. Something interesting is coming.

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China UnionPay, Apple reach tentative agreement to...

China UnionPay and Apple have reached a preliminary agreement to introduce Apple Pay in China through UnionPay’s point-of-sales network, reports Bloomberg, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the matter.”

Details of the agreement are yet to be finalized, pending feedback from banks that issue cards, the article says. Shanghai-based UnionPay reportedly plans to introduce in 2016.

China UnionPay, also known as UnionPay or by its abbreviation, CUP, is the only domestic bank card organization in the People's Republic of China. Apple Pay is Apple's mobile payment service, which lets iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus, 6s Plus, and Apple Watch owners make payments using NFC with their devices.

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Opinion: Why has Apple bought Faceshift? Six...

Not too long after the first rumors surfaced, Apple has given its usual non-confirmation that it has acquired Faceshift, the company behind the technology Star Wars used to animate the faces of CGI characters. It’s not an obvious fit for Apple, so what could be the thinking behind the purchase?

Like Apple’s patents, it is sometimes easy, I think, to read too much into some of the company’s acquisitions. Sure, it doesn’t go around acquiring companies randomly, but it may not always be after the complete package. It may well be that there is some small element of the company’s technology that Apple wants, or it may be an acquihire – where it’s the engineers rather than the specific tech the company wants.

But in this particular case, there is reason to suspect that Apple does have an interest in the...

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Apple, China UnionPay have 'preliminary'...

Apple has allegedly reached a tentative agreement with China UnionPay, which could see Apple Pay come to China via UnionPay's 5 million or more NFC-equipped point-of-sale terminals.

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Apple acquires Faceshift, which makes a facial...

It was rumored earlier this year, and now Apple has confirmed that it’s purchased a company called Faceshift, reports TechCrunch. There’s no word on what Apple paid for the acquisition.

Face shift makes Faceshift Studio, a markerless facial motion capture system. It analyzes the face motions of an actor, and describes them as a mixture of basic expressions, plus head orientation and gaze, to create a custom 3D avatar, and to record facial animation data in real time. The animation data may be streamed live into Maya, MotionBuilder or Unity, or exported in a range of standard file formats, including BVH and FBX.

It’s not clear how Apple intends to use Faceshift’s technology, but there are a number of areas where Faceshift has been demonstrated and is already being used. In gaming experiences, people can adopt avatars whose faces will alter based on the players’ actual expressions for a more...

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iOS 9: Using Mail Markup with Photos

iOS 9's Mail app has a feature that'll let you annotate images before you send them, so if you've gotta add in your signature, circle part of an image for clarity, or put in a text box, you can do so. In today's Quick Tip, we'll tell you how!

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iPhone, iPad regain enterprise marketshare in the...

BlackBerry Limited has released the thirteenth Good Mobility Index Report , which shows increase an in iOS activations, continuing the trend previously seen with new iPhone releases.

iOS rebounded to regain some of its previous losses in device activations, building its lead from 64 percent to 66 percent. This continues a trend among Good-activated devices where new iPhone launches result in an uptick in iOS market share, says Billy Ho, Executive vice president, Enterprise Product and Value Added Solutions, BlackBerry. Android market share fell slightly to 31 percent, while Windows dropped to two percent.

Heterogeneity seems to have taken hold in the tablet market, as the dominant lead iOS once had now appears to have eroded despite taking market share back from Android and Windows, says Ho. iOS rose from 64 percent to 71 percent  of...

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Apple’s New Magic Peripherals Offer Modest Change

Apple has finally updated its long-on-the-tooth desktop mouse, keyboard, and trackpad to varying degrees, and added internal batteries to all. But the peripherals retain their unique personalities, and those hoping for a revamp of the somewhat controversial devices will be disappointed.


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The Lightning Dock is a sleek, versatile iPhone...

Apple isn’t promoting it very much, but the company offers an iPhone Lightning Dock. At US$49, it’s not inexpensive, but does offer a sleek, gorgeous little dock that perfectly matches the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

The iPhone Lightning Dock is available in four metallic finishes: silver, space gray, gold, and rose gold. It can be used to charge and sync not only the 6s and 6s Plus, but any iPhone that has a Lightning connector. Your Apple smartphone sits upright in the dock as it syncs or charges, so it’s great for use on a desktop or countertop.

You can insert and remove your iPhone from the iPhone Lightning Dock even when your smartphone is in an Apple-designed case (third party cases may or may not allow docking). Plus, you can unlock your iPhone or use Touch ID without having to remove it from the dock.

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Ring Menu is an interesting alternative to the Mac...

If you want Dock functionality but, for whatever reason, aren't a fan of the Mac OS X Dock itself, The Ring Menu is a handy alternative. 

Available at the Mac App Store for $4.99, it adds a circular menu containing apps, files and folders around the mouse cursor. It also sports a dynamic item zoom that magnifies the items under your mouse cursor. 

If you're a MacBook Pro/Air owner, or use a Magic Trackpad with your desktop Mac, you'll appreciate the fact that Ring Menu also introduces a new gesture to the trackpad of your Mac: the three finger rest. Put three fingers next to each other on the trackpad for a short period of time, and the Ring Menu will appear around the mouse cursor. Several other gestures as well as the option to open Ring Menu using keyboard shortcuts are also available.

The Ring Menu menu can...

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Bankrate: Americans prefer cash over mobile payments...

Cash is king this holiday season; seven in 10 Americans plan to use either cash (39 percent) or a debit card (31 percent) for most of their holiday purchases, according to a new study. Twenty-two preferred credit cards and three percent said checks over mobile payment systems such as Apple Pay.

Millennials are the most averse to credit (48 percent favor debit cards and 36 percent prefer cash). 18-29 year-olds chose debit cards almost twice as much as older adults.

Mobile payments aren’t popular among any demographics. Just 14 percent of U.S. adults who use a smartphone or a similar handheld device plan to use services such as Apple Pay or Android Pay even once this season, including 19 percent of millennials, according to Among those who don’t plan to make mobile payments, the top reasons were “not secure enough” (36 percent) and “other payment methods are more convenient” (31 percent).

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Temp tech tattoos can monitor your health and...

Chaotic Moon, a start-up known for conjuring fun projects like a shark-punching virtual game, has a wide range of applications in mind for the temporary tattoo technology it's developing. Called "Tech Tats," they're quite literally stick-on tattoos t...

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Tested: Why the iPad Pro really isn't as fast a...

One benchmark makes it look good. A lot of other benchmarks show a different story. Get all the details here.

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Google's fast mobile pages coming (with ads) in...

Google revealed the "AMP" endeavor last month to accelerate mobile page-loading times, the slowness of which is a huge user bone of contention. It now says the fast-loading mobile pages will hit search results by early next year, and also gave more d...

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Tuesday November 24

20% Off iTunes Cards

Best Buy is running a deal on iTunes cards today-buy one, get 40 percent off a second. That's 20 percent off for both of them for those following along at home. This is another online deal, and it includes free shipping. You need to use ITUNESDEAL at checkout to get the discount, and the deal is valid on cards from $10-$100. That would be two cards for $160. This offer is part of Best Buy's run up to Black Friday. There's no expiration date listed as of this writing, but it could be a one-day-only deal.

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On iFixit and the Right To Repair

Jason Koebler writes: Motherboard sent a reporter to the Electronics Reuse Convention in New Orleans to investigate the important but threatened world of smartphone and electronics repair. As manufacturers start using proprietary screws, offer phone lease programs and use copyright law to threaten repair professionals, the right-to-repair is under more threat than ever. "That Apple and other electronics manufacturers don't sell repair parts to consumers or write service manuals for them isn't just annoying, it's an environmental disaster, [iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens] says. Recent shifts to proprietary screws, the ever-present threat of legal action under a trainwreck of a copyright law, and an antagonistic relationship with third-party repair shops shows that the anti-repair culture at major manufacturers isn't based on negligence or naiveté, it's malicious."


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Apple officially acquires Faceshift, the company...

Earlier this year a rumor began floating around that claimed Apple had acquired Faceshift, the company behind the motion capture technology used in Star Wars. Now, TechCrunch reports that the acquisition has become official and Apple has acquired the Zurich-based Faceshift startup.

Apple has not directly confirmed the acquisition, but issued its standard statement regarding its purchasing of smaller companies. “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans,” the company said.

This isn’t the first motion capture startup Apple has acquired. Over recent years, the company has acquired PrimeSense,...

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Apple confirms acquisition of motion capture firm...

Months after rumors claimed Apple was behind the mysterious acquisition of real-time motion capture technology firm Faceshift, the Cupertino, Calif., company confirmed the purchase on Tuesday, but declined to offer details on the matter.

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PSA: If You’re Having Network Troubles, Turn Off Wi-...

Funny thing happened today: our own Adam Christianson was having trouble with his Internet connection. So, he called up his provider, but his phone call kept dropping. Holy 2007, Batman! Turns out he had Wi-Fi Calling turned on, and the very Internet connection he was calling about was dropping his calls to his cable company.

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The Samoan pipeline

California Sunday Magazine:

Over the years football coaches have found on the island a ready inventory of large, big-boned, and nimble Samoans, with the kind of solid base that football coaches love: massive from the waist down but still able to move their feet. Samoans’ facility with footwork is often attributed to tribal dances and the common practice of going barefoot. Their love of combat is derived from a fierce warrior culture that goes back hundreds of years.

With an upbringing that stresses hard work, discipline, and devotion to authority, both heavenly and earthbound, Polynesians have come to be considered the ultimate clay from which to mold a football player. It is as if a childhood of gentle obedience translates into a passion for ferocious violent contact, the kind of collisions that resonate through a stadium and electrify the crowd.

If you are a football fan, the men of Samoa are familiar to you. Even if you’re not a fan, it’s an interesting...

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13 movies you can watch for free on YouTube right now

Daily Dot:

When a movie’s license expires or the work ceases to be owned by a corporation or a private individual, it’s essentially a public good and is freely distributable. Thus, while you can always briefly find studio classics like All About Eve, The Palm Beach Story, or Rebecca on the site, posters are often breaking copyright laws to do so, and the films are likely to be removed as quickly as they went up.

Luckily though, you don’t have to commit a crime to watch good movies for free—and maybe get a bit of a film history lesson in the process. All you need to know is what to watch and where to watch it.

There are some great movies on this list and they run the gamut from screwball comedy to film noir to scifi to horror.


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Reeder 3 now available for iOS with iPad Pro...

Popular RSS client Reeder has today released the third major iteration of its app on iOS. The availability of Reeder 3 for iOS follows the release of Reeder 3 for OS X back in September alongside the launch of El Capitan. Reeder 3 introduces a handful of new features and capabilities, including support for new services, interface tweaks, and more.

First off, the update adds support for using Instapaper as a sync service. Instapaper joins services like Feedbin, Feedly, and Feed Wrangler as services supported by Reeder. The update also introduces a Safari View Controller, meaning that you no longer have to exit the Reeder app itself to view links. Instead, they will open directly within the app, making for a much more seamless experience.

Reeder 3 also adds support for Split View multitasking for iOS 9 users, as well as support for iPad Pro. 3D Touch support is also now supported for iPhone 6s and...

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Apple's iPhone and iPad regain enterprise...

Apple's annual iPhone refresh cycle, and a resurgence in iPad, helped iOS regain marketshare in the enterprise over the quarter ending in September, according to fresh statistics from Good Powered by BlackBerry.

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Vine launches on Apple Watch, adds new content...

Vine on Tuesday released a long-awaited extension of their popular app for Apple Watch, and added a new feature to its iOS app designed to make it easier to surface new content quickly.

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Twitter announces native video support for its...

Twitter today announced that it is rolling out a highly-welcomed new feature to its Twitter Kit developer tools. The company announced in a blog post that users will now be able to watch full-screen Twitter videos and GIFs without having to open up a webview or leave their app.

Essentially this means that Twitter for iOS now will play back videos and GIFs full-screen with the native video player on iOS that we’ve all come to recognize and use over the years. Twitter notes that the feature is live on iOS now and will come to Android soon. This feature should make the entire video viewing process more seamless for the user as they will no longer have to remember to go back to whatever app they were using before clicking the video link that opened another app.

Twitter appears to be rolling out the update over-the-air, so there’s no work that needs to be done on the user/developer of things. Twitter says this feature is supposed on the latest version of Twitter Kit on...

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The Godfather Trilogy – $10 on iTunes


The Godfather stands alongside classics like Citizen Kane in the ranks of the greatest American movies of all time. Director Francis Ford Coppola and author Mario Puzo adapted Puzo’s 1969 novel with an incredible degree of skill, patience, and emotional depth. It’s an old-fashioned gangster film that offers a probing look at the American dream. Marlon Brando invests the centerpiece role with the essence of his knowledge of what’s right. The movie contains so many great scenes and so much memorable dialogue–from its opening line, the heavily accented, “I believe in America,” to the final shot of a shutting door–that it’s impossible to name its finest moment. it was the high-grossing film of all time until Jaws, and it won three Oscars, including Best Picture.

You lucky US-based readers can grab the trilogy for only $10 on the iTunes Store. Don’t wait – no telling how long this deal will be available. If you’ve never seen these movies, I can’t recommend them...

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$100 Off Apple Watch, $125 Off 128GB iPad Air 2,...

The early Black Friday deals are stacking up fast, and Best Buy is running a doozy for Apple Watch and iPad. Today only-and online only-you can get $50 off Apple Watch Sport, $100 off Apple Watch, $100 off a 64GB iPad Air 2, and $125 off a 128GB iPad Air 2. In each case you have to enter a coupon code at checkout to get the discount, and the offers only extend to what they have in stock. The coupon codes are listed below the product they are good for, as shown in the image below, and the deal ends at 11:59 PM CST (that's CENTRAL time zone) Tuesday, November 24th (that's tonight). [Via MacRumors]

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HyperDrive MacBook Storage Expander: $19.95

The HyperDrive MacBook Storage Expander is a clever device. It's an adaptor card that let's you use any microSD, microSDHC, or microSDXC (including 512GB) memory card in your MacBook's Flash memory reader. And it does so sitting flush to the outer edge of your MacBook. We have a deal on one today for $19.95, one third off the regular price. Check the deal listing for more info.

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Feature Request: How Apple can better optimize iOS...

Feature Request is a new regular 9to5Mac series where authors offer their opinion on how to improve popular hardware or software products.

Before Apple even announced the oft-rumored iPad Pro, it unveiled a new version of iPad software, iOS 9, that included several new features that seemed perfect for a device with a larger screen. Sure enough, those features foreshadowed the launch of the larger, 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Zac did an excellent job last week of highlighting some of these enhancement that are great on the larger-screened device.

As Zac noted, iOS 9 includes a handful of really nice optimizations for iPad Pro. These include things such as Picture in Picture support for video and FaceTime calls, Split View and Slide Over multitasking, an enhanced keyboard, and more. While these features truly shine and...

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Google Drive for iOS updated w/ 3D Touch support,...

Google today has updated its Drive app on iOS with a handful of notable new features and enhancements. First off, today’s update to Drive, which bumps the app to version 4.4, adds 3D Touch support for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users. Now, pushing with more pressure on the Drive app icon will bring up two options, one to quickly upload photos and another to quickly search the contents of your Drive.

Next, the update adds the ability to receive push notifications whenever a new file is shared with you. Also, searching through Spotlight in iOS will now bring up files you have saved in Drive, allowing you to easily jump to it without first having to open to open the app.

Finally, version 4.4 of Google Drive for iOS adds support for Split View and Slide Over multitasking on iPad and iPad Pro. While these features...

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AWT News Update: November 24, 2015

With Turkey Day approaching, it's been a slow news week. We've been able to pick up a few fun stories for you, though:

  • Apple TV App Store gets more categories, making discovery of apps easier
  • Vine comes to the Apple Watch
  • Developer and hacker Hamza Sood figures out a way to add 3D Touch to the iPad Pro
  • 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage will come with Apple CarPlay

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for November 24, 2015.

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Notable apps and app updates for November 24, 2015

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

iOS Apps/Updates

mix1009 has announced Photo Cleaner 1.0. It’s a $2.99 app that deletes the video portion of Live Photos to reclaim space on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus devices. While the new Live Photos feature of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus is fun to use, Live Photos can take up twice the storage space of regular photos. Photo Cleaner deletes the video portion of the new photo format, leaving only the still photo, reclaiming storage space.

Molfar Studios has released...

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Hollywood’s biggest turkeys of 2015


Once upon a time in a land called Hollywood, casting a big star was an investment that paid for itself in box office returns. That financial fairy tale is now pure fiction: The biggest box office flops of 2015 include vehicles fronted by Bradley Cooper, George Clooney and Johnny Depp, among others.

Topping the turkey pile is Bill Murray’s Rock The Kasbah, an offbeat and off-color comedy in which a washed-up tour manager (Murray) finds himself in Kabul trying to turn a young Afghani woman into a TV singing competition winner. The fish out of water story was universally panned by critics and flailed like an asphyxiating goldfish, grossing just $2.9 million on an estimated $15 million production budget. With a dismal 19% return on production costs–and just an 8% favorable rating on Rotten Tomatoes–Rock The Kasbah leads our list of 2015′s biggest flops.

How many of these flops did you contribute to by not going to see them?


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Facebook Tests Tools to Make Breakups More Bearable

Facebook last week announced it was testing tools that will let people manage their post-breakup life on its pages. "Today social media means that you are guaranteed to run into your ex, and he or she might very well be wrapped around a new partner," relationship expert Wendy Walsh said. "Research has shown that those who don't disconnect electronically have a harder time getting over a breakup," she told TechNewsWorld. The tools, available only on mobile devices, are being tested with some users in the United States.

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Tip of the Day: Reducing loud sounds on the new...

Another small new feature added by Apple in the new fourth-generation Apple TV is the ability to adjust the dynamic range of your audio input. This is particularly useful for watching TV later at night, or anytime you prefer to use lower volume levels so as not to disturb others — it enhances detail such as spoken dialogue, while softening music and other loud background noise.


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Opinion: Is the iPad Pro really ready for 4K video...

Even though the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus support 4K video recording, the 4K format is still gathering steam. ...

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Estimates show iPad Pro will sell more in first...

Apple bloggers aren't the only people fixated on the success or failure of the iPad Pro; investment analysts also keep a sharp eye on supplier reports to estimate how many of the device will be sold. Last week, KGI estimated that Apple would sell about 2.5 million iPad Pros this quarter, and this week, RBC Capital Markets predicts the number will be closer to 1.7 million devices by year-end

Ben Lovejoy at 9to5Mac figures that the 1 million per month sales rate of the iPad Pro means that about 3 million of the plus-sized iPads will be sold in the first three months of sales, exceeding "total sales of the Microsoft Surface tablet range." 

RBC also says that Apple will make about US$200 profit on each iPad Pro, which means that the Pro should generate total profits for the 1st...

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PSA: Don't use P2P money transfer services like...

While smartphone-based person-to-person payment services are convenient, they aren't necessarily a secure or guaranteed way to receive money. If you're doing business with an unknown person, such as selling an item on Craigslist, you should just stick to cash. Here's why.

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Amazon Video, Microsoft OneDrive & Google Drive...

Amazon, Google, and Microsoft on Tuesday updated key iOS apps with support for 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, simultaneously adding a number of other features. [Updated with Google Drive info]

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Hewlett-Packard’s Z27s is a 27-inch 4K Display for...

The Hewlett-Packard Z27s is a 27-inch, 4K Ultra High Definition display suitable for use with any modern PC or Macintosh. The IPS, anti-reflection display is flat, bright and the multiple mechanical adjustments as well as multiple inputs are superb. John Martellaro connected one to his Mac Pro and spent several months with this display. Here is his review in detail.

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More Black Friday goodness from Gazelle, PowerMax,...

Black Friday. It's enough to make you go crazy, pull out your wallet (or just use Apple Pay), and spend the nest egg. At least you can stretch the nest egg a little bit further thanks to these deals from a number of companies. Let's get started.


You probably know as one of the best places to sell a used iPhone, iPad or Mac. But did you ever consider the fact that you can buy top-quality devices from them that are not only in great condition, but also contract-free and subjected to a stringent 30-point certification before they're put on the market? Well, you can! Gazelle is offering everyone 10% off on everything in the store between now and Monday, November 30. Just use that link in the first...

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Review: Apple Pencil is the best iPad writing tool...

Aside from its larger 12.9-inch display and faster A9X processor, the iPad Pro stands out from all other iPads to date thanks primarily to a new accessory: the Apple Pencil. For now, the Apple Pencil can only be used with the iPad Pro, and offers quantifiable differences in both good and bad ways compared with third-party styluses that have previously been sold for iPads.

While Pencil is not required to use the iPad Pro, it’s especially interesting because it’s Apple’s first official solution for handwriting, drawing, and precision input on iPads beyond finger touches and gestures. By contrast, Apple’s Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro is the company’s second or third typing solution for iPads; the company offered an official solution for physical keyboard input on iPads way back when the original iPad launched in 2010 with the...

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You won’t live to see the final Star Wars movie

Great, long read. Be sure to mouse over the artwork at the top of the page.

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Developers are trying to teach Apple Pencil new...

File this under Neat Hacks I’ll Never Do: Developer Hamza Sood tweeted a short video showing the Apple Pencil being used to “peek” and “pop” a note in the Notes app, a 3D Touch gesture that’s only officially supported on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

As explained by 9to5Mac, Sood jailbroke the iPad Pro to hook iOS to interpret pressure data from the sensors in the Apple Pencil as pressure data for the 3D Touch feature, that normally comes from your fingers pressing on the iPad screen.

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Apple TV expands App Store categories beyond games...

Apple TV users should notice several new App Store categories when browsing for new content on tvOS. After initially launching without a dedicated categories section live in late October, Apple pushed the new section to new Apple TVs without a software update earlier this month. The latest expansion brings the total number of tvOS app categories to seven, up from five initially, which should further improve new app discovery.Apple first added two categories in early November: Games and Entertainment. The additional categories (via iDownloadBlog) gained since include Education, Health & Fitness, Lifestyle, News, and...

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External Link: What Spotify Should Steal from Rdio

With Rdio on the way out, Spotify is the most popular music streaming service outside of Apple and Google. On The Verge, Casey Newton lists five things that he wishes Spotify would steal from Rdio, including its approach to downloads, New Releases page, album notifications, listening section, and overall look.


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Deals: all 12" MacBooks at lowest prices ever;...

Grab a Space Grey 12" MacBook (1.2GHz/8GB/512GB) for $1,399 ($200 off) with no tax outside NY, or the lowest prices ever on all other 12" models. Plus an additional 10% off all Certified Used iPhones from Gazelle and discounted iPad Pros with no tax in 41 states.

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DisneyLife online streaming service launches in UK...

Disney on Tuesday launched a new online streaming service known as DisneyLife, currently available only in the U.K., but with plans for global expansion.

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TMO Daily Observations 2015-11-24: The Big Mac Pro...

Apple introduced the tube-shaped Mac Pro over two years ago, but never followed up with any updates or improvements. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the state of the Mac Pro, what alternatives are available to pro-level users, and whether or not John Kheit got it right when he called the new Mac Pro a failure.

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iFixit takes apart the Apple Smart Keyboard

Whenever Apple releases a new product, you can always count on the folks at iFixit to get one and tear it down. The latest teardown focuses on the new Apple Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro.

iFixit found that the Smart Keyboard is water- and stain-resistant mostly because of the “high tech fabric.” It completely covers the keyboard, leaving no gaps or spaces. This means that in order to get underneath the fabric, cuts and tears need to be made, making a teardown irreversible.


Once the fabric is removed, you can see that Apple uses the key switches similar to those found in the...

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Video: iOS 9 hacked to bring 3D Touch Peek and Pop...

Intrepid iOS developer/hacker Hamza Sood is back, this time with a cool hack to bring 3D Touch to the iPad Pro. By hooking relevant parts of the iOS system code via a jailbreak, detailed here on GitHub, iOS turns pressure data from Apple Pencil into pressure data for 3D Touch interactions. This is neat for two reasons: iPad Pro does not normally support 3D Touch (a feature currently exclusive to iPhone 6s) and its an unorthdox use for the Apple Pencil sensors, which is generally focused on drawing and sketching. You can see the video of the hack in action after the break …

This is all possible because the Apple Pencil reports...

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Vine comes to the Apple Watch with favorite videos...

Twitter’s Vine today launched an application for the the Apple Watch, bringing the ability for Vine users to watch videos that interest them on their wrists. As noted in Vine’s announcement, the simplified Vine interface allows users to quickly watch videos from either the featured category or from their favorite Vine accounts. Of course, the application also allows users to like and Re-Vine clips from the Apple Watch. Notably, the application also includes a watch face complication so users who post videos to Vine can quickly measure their loops. In related news, Vine’s updated iPhone application now lets users more easily swipe between videos.


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iFixit sacrifices an Apple Smart Keyboard for science

Oh, iFixit. We love what you do, even if you do make Apple angry from time to time. But today’s teardown of the Apple Smart Keyboard for the iPad Pro was really more like doing surgery knowing full well that the patient was going to die on the operating table.

Like watching an operation on progress, this teardown isn’t for the squeamish. Since the Smart Keyboard is water and stain-resistant, Apple put everything inside a microfiber lining of some sort, forcing the teardown experts at iFixit to pull out the tech knife almost immediately. That’s when you know “this is gonna hurt!”

The horror... The Horror...   Image via iFixit.

The top layer that covers the keyboard appears to be nylon. iFixit found that the dome switches used in the keyboard are identical to those in the 2015 Retina MacBook, but that the company added a stiffening...

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T-Mobile gives existing customers 3 months of...

If you’re tired of all the sweet incentives wireless carriers offer to new subscribers, T-Mobile’s new deal may come as a relief. The carrier says it will offer three months of unlimited LTE data to all postpaid customers who’ve signed up by November 23.

The one big catch is that users must not disable Binge On, T-Mobile’s new unlimited streaming video offering. With Binge On, certain streaming apps such Netflix and Hulu limit video quality to 480p, but don’t count against users’ data allotments. Subscribers can disable Binge On at any time, but then they’ll lose the unlimited LTE giveaway for everything else.


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9to5Toys Last Call: 5K iMac from $1,579, Apple Watch...

B&H Photo’s Black Friday Mac Deals live! 5K iMac: $1579, Mac Pro: $500 off, Retina MacBook: $170 off (Tax in NY only)

  • 27-inch iMac w/ 5K Display 3.2GHz/8GB/1TB HDD (newest version):...
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2017 Mirage will be first US Mitsubishi model with...

The 2017 Mirage hatchback will be Mitsubishi's first U.S. car with support for Apple's CarPlay standard, according to an announcement from the Japanese automaker.

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SwiftKey for iOS updated w/ new “Bubble Gum”...

SwiftKey, the popular third-party keyboard app for iOS, has today been updated with a few changes and tweaks that users of the app will certainly welcome. First off, the update adds a new dynamic theme for the keyboard. Called “Bubble Gum,” this new keyboard design offers light blue keys with pink keys. Every time you tap on it, pick, blue, and yellow bubbles float behind the keyboard.

Bubble Gum is the second “dynamic theme” SwiftKey has introduced on iOS, following “Shooting Stars” earlier this year. “Bubble Gum” is available under the “Design” tab in the app for $1.99.

Today’s SwiftKey update also refreshes the settings screen interface with a completely new design. The company says it’s now “easier than ever” to find information like usage stats and change your keyboard theme.

See your typos float away with SwiftKey Keyboard for iPhone’s new Bubble Gum theme (plus more!)

Today’s update for SwiftKey for iPhone brings two new exciting...

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Black Friday specials from, Kanex, and...

We've got your Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals right here! Right now, we're highlighting deals from "newspaper service", accessory manufacturer Kanex, and protective case manufacturer OtterBox.

Have you ever wanted to curate your own newspaper, grabbing those topics that are important to you and then sharing them with friends and followers? That’s the idea behind, which lets you try out creation of your own daily or weekly “paper” for free. Between now and Friday, is offering 30% off on a yearly Pro plan. The Pro plan lets you personalize your paper, send content to your audience with a professional looking newsletter, embed your paper on a website or blog, use your own domain name to publish your paper, and receive priority support. To upgrade, simply point your favorite browser to...

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Link: How To Launch a Mac App and Become #1 Top Paid...

What do you do when you're already a successful developer of iOS apps and you decide to go into the Mac app market? Denys Zhadanov of Readdle has published an outstanding piece on Medium titled How To Launch a Mac App and Become #1 Top Paid App Globally that talks about how Readdle leveraged its popularity on the iOS market to take the PDF Expert app to Apple's desktop operating system. 

Whether you're a budding developer just getting started in the world of app development or a marketing manager at an existing iOS development shop considering whether or not to expand into the world of OS X, Zhadanov's article is definitely worth a read. 


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Dell Fails Security 101 with eDellRoot Certificate...

Dell learned the hard way that creating your own security certificates can have unintended consequences, like opening major security holes on user's PCs. That's exactly what happened when Dell started including its own root certificate on new computers and opened the door for attackers to create their own valid certificates for webpages.

The Mac Observer Spin: Dude, you bought a Dell open phishing box.

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Shifting ad-blocking from Apple to the carrier

This would potentially be a major shift in leverage in controlling mobile ads, shifting power from Apple to the carrier.

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Pebble Time gets beta voice & preset replies for...

Pebble has introduced a new beta feature for its Pebble Time smartwatches called Text Reply, allowing iPhone owners to send voice or preset replies in reaction to text messages.

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How the iPad Pro can get millennials hooked on iOS

Some interesting analysis about the potential for iOS to displace Windows as the OS of choice for millennials.

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iFixit posts teardown of Smart Keyboard, finds...

The extremely cool cats at iFixit tore into Apple’s new Smart Keyboard recently and found some interesting stuff inside.

The teardown, which was published today, reports that Apple used a conductive fabric as well as a key design borrowed from the 12-inch Retina MacBook.

The device uses multiple layers of fabric and plastic to keep it water and stain-resistant, repair firm iFixit noted. This includes microfiber, plastic, and what iFixit calls a nylon layer — in marketing, Apple refers to it simply as polyurethane.

The firm found that the keys themselves use the same switches found in the 12-inch MacBook as well as a stiffening...

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Apple Seeks to Launch Apple Pay in China by February

Amazing that Apple has been able to penetrate this market.

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B&H Photo has iPad Air 2s on sale for up to $80 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 16GB iPad Air 2 WiFi: $459 $40 off - 64GB iPad Air 2 WiFi: $569 $30 off - 128GB iPad Air... Read more
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iMobie Inc. has announced the new update of PhoneClean 4, its iOS cleaner designed to reclaim wasted space on iPhone/iPad for use and keep the device fast. Alongside, iMobie hosts a 3-day giveaway of... Read more
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U.S. Cellular today announced that it is offering the new iPad Pro with Wi-Fi + Cellular, featuring a 12.9-inch Retina display with 5.6 million pixels — the most ever in an iOS device. U.S. Cellular... Read more
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