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Monday January 12

14:03
Volkswagen, Ford Win Vehicle of the Year Laurels


Volkswagen's Golf has been named the 2015 North American Car of the Year, and Ford Motor's F-150 is the 2015 North American Truck/Utility of the Year. For the 22nd year running, a panel of jurors from newspapers, television and radio stations, magazines and websites voted to determine which vehicles were truly best of the year, and the honors were bestowed Monday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The 57 jurors considered all vehicles introduced to the market in the last calendar year, then voted at the end of December.

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14:00
IDC: Q4 2014 PC growth better than expected, all-...

Analysis firm IDC today put out its projected numbers for PC growth in Q4 of 2014, and these results are better than projected. IDC initially predicted that unit sales for PCs would fall 4.8% year-over-year in Q4, but, instead, the market only fell 2.4%. While the decrease in growth is not as weak as expected, IDC still notes that 2014 is the third consecutive year of slow-down in the PC market. Many analysts have attributed the lack of recent growth to the uptake in purchases and usage of both tablets and large-screen smartphones…

According to the chart above, provided by IDC, the total amount of PCs sold during the quarter amounted to just over 80...

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14:00
Scannable app supercharges Evernote scanning on the...

It's been a year since Evernote's Phil Libin (a/k/a TUAW's favorite CEO) responded to user criticism by vowing to double down on the quality and performance of the "outboard brain" cloud app's core functionality. Despite the occasional misstep, the c...

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13:59
Details emerge on specs for third-party Lightning...

New information has been revealed on the specifications Apple has in mind for its planned licensing of the female Lightning port for third-party accessories. Manufacturers have reportedly been briefed on details and objectives, which include spreading Lightning to as many different accessories as possible in place of micro-USB. Possibilities include not just things like docks and headphones, but battery cases, gamepads, and Bluetooth speakers....



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13:56
Review: Olloclip’s Telephoto and Circular Polarizing...

Professional photographers rarely used iPhone cameras five years ago, but images produced by the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are – under the right circumstances – indistinguishable from dedicated point-and-shoots. The one thing iPhones always lack is adjustable lenses, so Olloclip has been remedying that omission with accessories including the 4-in-1 Lens kits for iPhone 6/6 Plus (review) and iPhone 5/5s. At the 2015 CES, it debuted a second option...

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13:40
CBS News app for iOS overhauled with 24/7 streaming...

CBS News today released an overhauled version of its iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch application. Besides the new, starker design, there are some notable additions like 24/7 streaming video via CBSN and push notifications. Here are all of the release notes:

• CBS News has been completely redesigned and is now a single iOS 8 compatible universal app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
• Now featuring CBSN: a 24/7 streaming video news channel that features original CBS News reporting, live anchored coverage and on-demand news segments.
• Easy to use, customizable pop-out navigation, bigger story headlines, adjustable font sizes in news stories and better support for related stories, videos and galleries within the story view.
• Categorized news headline lists now include...

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13:30
Studio Neat on integrating Apple Pay directly into...

Studio Neat is the development studio behind Slow Fast Slow, a video-speed-control app that switched from paid to ad-supported last year. Countless app developers before them have made this switch, but Studio Neat took one unusual step; the only ad i...

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13:27
Google releases Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS to...

Google today released its Chrome Remote Desktop app for iOS after a release on Android devices last year.

The app, available for both iPhone and iPad, allows users to remotely access their computer via the Chrome Remote Desktop app available in the Chrome Web Store.

To get things started, you’ll just have to download and run through a setup for the Chrome Remote Desktop app on your Mac or PC and then open the new...

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13:23
Xiaomi copies Apple but warns users not to buy...

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has been on a tear lately, although when you look at some of its devices, you quickly notice that they bear a striking resemblance to devices released by Apple. This is why we find it amusing that Xiaomi’s CEO is now warning its fans to watch out for knockoff Xiaomi products being sold at phone retail outlets in Chinese cities.

These guys are just incredible.

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13:00
Daily Deals for January 12, 2015, Fight The Cold...

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

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

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12:55
Details on Apple’s upcoming Lightning port specs for...

We previously told you that Apple will be licensing its female Lightning port to third-party accessories, following an announcement to Made for iPhone licensees late last year. Since then, the company has released specs for the Lightning port that details exactly what Apple hopes to achieve by opening it up to third-parties, including how it could improve accessories.

Many different accessories will use the female Lightning port. According to manufacturers briefed on Apple’s specs, the company is hoping that a number of accessories adopt the Lightning port standard instead of micro-USB, including docks, battery cases, game controllers, headphones, and...

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12:30
Apple patent holdings in 2014 increased by nearly 13%

When Creative Technology sued Apple over the iPod's UI design in 2006, Steve Jobs was incensed. Ultimately, the lawsuit prompted Apple to start taking patents much more seriously. Nowhere was this more apparent than during the design process of the i...

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12:26
What happens with 5 pounds of thermite on a grill

The Daily Dot:

We’re glad that 15-year-old Tyler Barlow decided to stick an old barbecue in a grassy field and ignite 5 pounds of thermite on top of it, because the resulting video is super cool.

A fifteen year old kid and 5lbs of thermite – what could possibly go wrong? Turns out, nothing bad because, except for a disturbing lack of safety gear, the kid seems to know what he’s talking about. And the thermite reaction is pretty cool.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:00
Spotify userbase grows to 60 million active users...

As the world awaits the impending (we hope) integration of Beats Music and iOS, Spotify continues to march along an upward trajectory. Earlier today, Spotify announced that its popular on-demand music service now has 15 million subscribers and 60 mil...

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11:51
Apple's Beats Music rival Spotify hits 15...

Swedish streaming music firm Spotify on Monday revealed that its customer base grew to some 60 million active users by the end of 2014, of which 15 million had purchased paid subscriptions.

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11:40
Why DNS in OS X 10.10 is broken, and what you can do...

Recently, there has been a lot of discussion about the current state of Apple's software quality. Anyone with even a passing familiarity with development knows that bugs are par for the course, and most people aren't bothered by small, day-to-day bugs that are fixed within a reasonable timeframe. Obviously, like everyone else, Apple's software has its share of those.

But there's another category of bug—glaring, perplexing bugs that couldn't possibly have escaped the attention of the software engineers in question, let alone the quality assurance department. Such issues exist, and sometimes they go unfixed for months. Or years. Or ever. Hopefully, the set of network issues with OS X 10.10 described below won't fall into this column, but they do raise an obvious question: why?

For 12 years, the mDNSResponder service managed a surprisingly large part of...

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11:30
Marsh Supermarkets, inMarket create iBeacon platform...

Marsh Supermarkets - which operates 81 supermarkets under the Marsh, O'Malia's Food Markets, and MainStreet Market locations in Indiana and Ohio - and retail mobile marketing firm inMarket today announced the launch of a new iBeacon platform that all...

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11:27
Man caught at Chinese customs wearing 94 iPhones as...

The Consumerist:

Even though the newest and freshest iPhones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, are now legally available in mainland China, hauling them over the border from Hong Kong is still a profitable enterprise. Apparently. According to a report in Chinese media, an enterprising young man created a plastic suit that held 94 iPhones, strapping them around his arms, legs, hips, and torso.

The pictures are hilarious.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:20
Fourth iOS 8.2 beta seeds to developers

Apple is now seeding a fourth beta of iOS 8.2 via the company's developer portal, and as an over-the-air update for existing beta users. The build is listed as 12D5461b, and follows a little less than a month after beta 3, which was issued December 18. That build was 12D5452a. Accompanying the beta is a new version of WatchKit, the SDK and framework needed to build Apple Watch support into iOS apps....



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11:06
Ecosystem of health-focused apps & accessories...

Following a deluge of health and fitness devices announced at CES, one analyst has said he believes Apple's Health application and HealthKit tools for developers will help foster a diverse ecosystem that will further differentiate the iPhone from competing platforms.

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11:00
2016 Chevrolet Volt features CarPlay support, better...

TUAW has previous published lists of car manufacturers that are building support for Apple CarPlay into new vehicles, but now The Verge reports seeing the 2016 Chevrolet Volt on the floor at this week's North American International Auto Show in Detro...

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10:53
Hands On: Word of the Rings (iOS)

Word games are fairly numerous at this point. You've got your Boggle-style games, your Scrabble-style games, your crosswords and word searches. There are a lot of duplicates out there -- so when we find a fresh, new game, we tend to get pretty excited. One such app is Word of the Rings, by James Porter, a game that quite literally puts an interesting twist on the genre....



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10:44
Roundup: Find all of 9to5Mac’s CES 2015 coverage in...

If you’ve somehow missed the overflow of coverage from CES 2015 last week, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. During the show we took a look at the latest devices and accessories that are expected to be released throughout 2015. The show was packed with new smartphones, home automation tools, cases, and some unexpected surprises. If you didn’t catch all of the coverage from the show, check out the roundup below with links to everything that we found interesting…

Check out the links below:

- Hands-on with Qardio’s lineup of connected health devices (Video)

-...

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10:38
Latest iOS 8.2 iPhone beta adds Apple Watch...

The latest iOS 8.2 beta for the iPhone adds support for Apple’s next major product launch: the Apple Watch. Inside of the Bluetooth Settings menu is a new panel specifically for pairing an iPhone with the Apple Watch. Additionally, the instructions inside of the Bluetooth menu specifically indicate that Apple will release a dedicated “Apple Watch app” for setting up and controlling the wearable device. An early preview of the Watch explained the standalone app as follows:

Apple Watch users will install an Apple Watch app on their iPhone, which will be used to download apps...

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10:36
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 12...

Notable software releases this week include Little Snitch 3.5.1 and ChronoAgent 1.5.

 

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10:36
ExtraBITS for 12 January 2015

In this week’s heaping helping of ExtraBITS: bank holding company Capital One has bought the Level One budgeting app, we take a look at how gadgets are having to adapt to the existence of smartphones, and manufacturers show off the (sorry) state of Apple’s HomeKit home automation framework. Plus, Philip Michaels pokes fun at CES at Six Colors, blogger David Sparks explains why he’s quitting Family Sharing, and Peter Cohen of iMore explains how to try out Windows 10 for free.

 

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10:30
You can download North Korea's OS X ripoff...

Ever wanted to download an operating system dreamed up by a totalitarian government with heavy inspiration from OS X and take it for a spin? Thanks to the magic of the Internet, such a thing is possible today with the newly-leaked retail version of N...

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10:25
External Link: Level Money Purchased by Capital One

Bank holding company Capital One has acquired the Level Money budgeting app. The existing team will remain with Level Money, which will still be a standalone app. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Level Money stated that it has 700,000 users and has helped manage over $12 billion in transactions.

 

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10:20
Apple supplies developers fourth beta of iOS 8.2...

Apple on Monday provided developers with its fourth pre-release beta of iOS 8.2, a forthcoming software update that will unlock connectivity with the Apple Watch.

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10:11
Spotify hits 15M subscribers, majority of streams on...

Spotify is continuing to enjoy rising user numbers, with the popular music streaming service announcing it has reached a total of 15 million subscribers. At the same time, reports claim that the majority of Spotify streams stem from mobile listeners, with 52 percent of listening taking place on smartphones and tablets rather than desktops....



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10:04
Report: HomeKit uses AppleTV as a smart home hub,...

Apple announced its HomeKit smart home framework back at WWDC in June of 2014, but since then Apple has been relatively quiet about it. The company finalized the licensing requirements for its partners back in October, and the first certified wireless chips reportedly began going out in November, but there has been little official news. Some companies with HomeKit-enabled products were at CES last week, though, and they were able to reveal a few functional details.

One of the things that HomeKit will enable is centralized control for multiple smart home devices, something you'll be able to do through apps and using Siri voice commands. If you want to issue voice commands while you're away from home, however, The Verge reports that you'll also need an Apple TV on your...

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10:00
This guy tried to smuggle 94 iPhones using only his...

It's one thing to try to sneak a single prohibited item past customs when traveling -- don't do it, obviously, ever -- but it's another to try to get away with smuggling an entire Apple Store's worth of iPhones into a country using only your body. Th...

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09:54
Apple pushes iOS 8.2 beta 4 to developers

Apple has released the fourth beta version of the upcoming iOS 8.2 software update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Previous builds include support for testing WatchKit apps for its upcoming Apple Watch release and changes to Apple’s Health app. We’ll update our coverage with what we find in the latest developer beta.

- The update is currently available over-the-air through the Software Updates section of the Settings app, but should be available through the iOS Dev Center shortly (now...

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09:50
Marsh, inMarket partner on first Apple Watch-...

Marsh Supermarkets and inMarket have announced a new iBeacon platform, the first to emphasize the Apple Watch. The plan is to use iBeacons at Marsh's 75 locations to push ads, shopping lists, and other content to both Watches and iPhones. Initially, the platform will support the official Marsh app and inMarket's List Ease, but other apps should follow as long as they support inMarket's Proximity SDK. All apps will have to update with Watch support, but the platform itself is Watch-ready....



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09:35
Instagram fixes flaw that let people see your...

Instagram’s approach to privacy is nothing like the piecemeal strategy used by parent company Facebook. On the photo-sharing service, your privacy settings are limited to public and private—or at least that’s what we thought. Instagram just fixed a bug that let people see your private photos if they had once been public.

Quartz discovered the flaw and asked Instagram about it, prompting the Friday fix. Before the hole was patched, if you shared web links to your photos when your account was public and then decided to go private, those links would still lead to publicly viewable images. The hole was only exploitable on the web, not in Instagram’s iOS and Android apps.

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09:30
9to5Toys Last Call: Retina iMac w/ AppleCare $2,299...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call updates:

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09:25
∞ The Foo Fighters, Lemmy, Slash, Zakk Wylde playing...

Now that’s a birthday party!

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09:23
Signs point to iPhone 6 driving record sales for...

During its quarterly earnings call later this month, Apple is expected to announce record-breaking holiday iPhone sales bolstered by unprecedented demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in major emerging markets China and India, new evidence suggests.

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09:00
New App Store Kids categories target specific age...

What a time to be a kid! Apple now has a much revised "Games for Kids" section in the App Store, split into sub-categories by age.

The little tykes have their own "Ages 5 & Under" section, while those special flowers in the "Ages 6-8" demographic ge...

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08:20
Chevy Volt will support CarPlay, 2016 demo model...

The 2016 model of the Chevy Volt will support Apple's CarPlay, at least if an early demonstration version is accurate. The car is on display at this week's North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and its dash system shows options for both CarPlay and MirrorLink connections. Google's Android Auto is notably absent, but since the 2016 Volt isn't due to go on sale until mid-2015, there may be time to implement it....



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08:08
Chinese smuggler arrested with “iPhone suit” of 94...

If you’re going to smuggle iPhones, you might as well do it en masse.

Per 9to5Mac, one Chinese man seemingly couldn’t wait for an official Apple wearable, and tried to smuggle no less than 94 iPhones from Hong Kong – where they are cheaper – into mainland China by wearing them inside his clothes.

Initial reports stated that the man was pulled aside by customs officials as a result of his “weird walking posture, joint stiffness, muscle tension.”

It’s unknown which iPhone models were involved, but the total value of the iPhones would likely exceed US$50,000, making his saran-wrapped iPhone suit one of the most expensive suits in the world.

Black market iPhone 6 Plus prices had reached over US$3,000 during the period when they were not officially available in China. Apple’s more official retail...

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08:08
AT&T Offers Rollover Data While Defending...

AT&T announced that its Mobile Share customers will automatically roll over unused data from each previous month to the next. Meanwhile, the company defends the indefensible with throttling.

 

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08:04
Apple earned 13% more patents in 2014, ranking No....

Apple was awarded 2,003 patents in 2014 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, making "impressive gains" and inching closer to the top 10 companies receiving credit for intellectual property inventions.

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08:00
Apple TV is required for the ideal Apple smart home...

CES doesn't typically yield much info on Apple products, but the impending smart home push led some device manufacturers to bring their not-entirely-working HomeKit devices to the year's biggest consumer electronics show and a few tidbits of reliable...

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07:58
2016 Chevy Volt to feature CarPlay support

This could be nifty if you’re in the market for a new car in the coming year.

Per AppleInsider and The Verge, Chevrolet took the wraps off its new 2016 Volt at the North American International Auto Show on Monday, revealing that the next-generation electric vehicle will feature support for Apple’s CarPlay in its infotainment system.

The new 2016 Volt was on display on the show floor and reporters spotted mention of CarPlay in the vehicle’s dash. Support for general Bluetooth and MirrorLink was also featured, albeit an Android Auto feature was found to be missing.

Things could change before the new Volt launches in mid-2016...

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07:18
HomeKit requires Apple TV hub for remote Siri...

People wanting to control HomeKit-enabled devices remotely through Apple's Siri must have an Apple TV at home to serve as a hub, according to Verge sources, including two launch partners and a person said to be "close to HomeKit's development." Siri controls will always work while an iPhone or iPad is on the same network as a HomeKit device, but until now it wasn't fully clear how remote operation might work. The Apple TV must also be a third-generation model running at least v7.0 firmware or newer. Notably, remote operation without Siri -- using the vendor app for a HomeKit product directly -...



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07:08
The Secret Stories of CES


By this time, you likely are getting a bit sick out of folks talking about wild new products that won't be on the market for weeks or months while you are paying your Christmas bills. So rather than tell you about a slew of new products, I'll focus on the back stories that didn't seem to get much coverage at CES -- what now is the largest technology show in the U.S. OK, so right off the bat I'm showcasing a product -- but remember, this is the consumer electronics show not a car show.

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07:00
Apple suppliers TSMC, Foxconn announce record...

The iPhone's strong holiday sales helped two of Apple's biggest supply chain partners --?Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and Hon Hai Precision Industry --?post record monthly revenues in December, according to the companies' regulatory filings with the Taiwan Stock Exchange.

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06:58
Apps: AppDelete, NetShade, FotoMagico
06:56
Spotify now reports 15 million paid subscribers

Streaming music subscription service Spotify shared its latest user numbers today, announcing that it now has 15 million paid subscribers to its premium service and 60 million active users. Spotify’s paid user count of 15 million accounts is up from the 10 million paid subscribers it previously reported just over six months ago.

Since then, Apple has officially closed on its $3 billion deal to acquire Beats Electronics and Beats Music, which gave it access to its own on-demand music streaming subscription service. Before Apple’s Beats acquisition last year, the Spotify competitor was believed to have...

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06:55
Chinese iPhone smuggler caught with 94 iPhones...

One Chinese man seemingly couldn’t wait for an official Apple wearable, and tried to smuggle an amazing 94 iPhones from Hong Kong – where they are cheaper – into mainland China by wearing them inside his clothes.

Huffington Post reports that the man was pulled aside by customs officials as a result of his “weird walking posture, joint stiffness, muscle tension.”

We don’t know the mix of models involved, but the total value of the iPhones would likely exceed $50,000, making his saran-wrapped iPhone suit one of the most expensive suits...

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06:50
Chevy's 2016 Volt hybrid electric car will...

Chevrolet took the wraps off its new 2016 Volt at the North American International Auto Show on Monday, revealing that the next-generation electric vehicle will feature support for Apple's CarPlay in its infotainment system.

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06:39
Apple devices and a constant for battery life

Jason Snell offers an interesting analysis on the daily battery expectancy for iOS devices.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:29
∞ Robotic iPad covers in Apple display window

This Regent Street, London Apple Store window shows off a series of iPads with covers that automatically open and close, turning on and off the iPad with each cycle. Charming. Fascinating.

Makes me wonder how this works. There are no obvious wires or holes. There must be a motor underneath each iPad, but what’s the linkage that makes the cover bend over like that? Really well done.

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06:20
The most disruptive upcoming technology

A panel at CES was discussing disruptive technologies, predicting what each panelist thought would be the most disruptive tech over the next five years. Definitely an interesting read.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:03
iPhone separation anxiety

This study at the University of Missouri is making its way around the blogosphere. Not sure I agree with the science.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:42
Apple sold half a million iPhones in India in Q4...

An Apple reseller in India (photo: indiaprwire.com)

Data from Counterpoint Research, and corroborated by two “leading trade partners,” suggests that Apple sold half a million iPhones in India during the final quarter of 2014, reports the Economic Times. This compares to around a million phones during the whole of 2013.

Apple has also halved the credit period offered to resellers, from the standard 14 days offered by most manufacturers to 7 days, and sliced between 0.5% and 1% offered the 9-11% margins offered on iPhones (rates varying by sales performance). The company is promising to invest the savings in consumer financing offers and marketing, to assist resellers in increasing...

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05:34
Apple adds Games for Kids sub-section to App Store...

Following the dedicated Kids section added to the App Store back in 2013, Apple has now addedGames for Kids sub-section. Like its parent category, Apple has split it out into three different age ranges: 5 and under, 6-8 and 9-11.

Apple is also featuring the free book Family Time with Apps in the new section, created by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center to “help parents better understand the variety of ways that apps can support children’s healthy development and family learning, communication and connection” … ...

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04:35
French app to show support for Je Suis Charlie...

As iOS developers will know, it can take a while to get a new iPhone app approved, with one online tracker showing that the average time is currently around ten days. The developers of a free app enabling people to express support for the Je Suis Charlie campaign following the terrorist attack in France didn’t want to wait. French news agency Nice-Matin emailed Tim Cook to request an expedited review, an assistant replied ten minutes later promising a review within the hour, and the app is now online.

Literally translated as “I am Charlie,” the phrase voices support for freedom of speech and a refusal to be silenced by terrorists …

The ...

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04:02
Being separated from our iPhones creates anxiety and...

A study by the University of Missouri demonstrated that separating people from their iPhones not only causes anxiety, but also reduces cognitive performance.

The study hooked up participants to a wireless blood pressure monitor and then asked them to solve word-search puzzles. Once base readings of blood pressure and puzzle-solving performance had been measured, the researchers claimed that the participant’s iPhones were causing Bluetooth interference with the wireless monitor, and the phones needed to be moved further away within the room. New blood pressure and puzzle-solving readings were then obtained to measure the effect of being separated from their phones … ...

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01:06
Hands On: Weather Wall (OS X)

You could just look out of your window, of course, but Weather Wall aims to set your wallpaper to an image that's right for the weather where you are. But if you ever had views like these from your office window, you would not stay sitting at your desk. These wallpaper shots are simply beautiful....



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00:06
Hard

Forums: Troubleshooting

It's hard for me to fix software. - Andrew Stolper

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00:04
Tips

Forums: Troubleshooting

What are the tips in fixing a crashed OS? - Andrew Stolper

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Sunday January 11

23:56
Security
23:53
Apple opens Games For Kids section of App Store over...

Over the weekend, Apple launched a new subsection of the App Store called Games for Kids, following the opening of the dedicated Kids category in September 2013. The Games for Kids section breaks out groups of games for various age groups, mirroring the other actions that offer more educational apps for children divided by age. Interestingly, most of the featured games avoid in-app purchases....



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22:28
AT&T files to dismiss FTC lawsuit using Title II

In order to nullify a lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over charges that the carrier was still throttling users on unlimited plans even when there was no network congestion, AT&T is claiming for the purposes of the lawsuit that it qualifies as a Title II "common carrier." This is the opposite of what it has told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with regards to possible actual Title II regulation of broadband....



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20:30
Little Snitch 3.5.1

Maintenance release for the network monitoring utility with fixes and improved appearance to match Yosemite. ($34.95 new, free update, 21.2 MB)

 

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18:28
Spotify will not support Google Cast, Spotify...

Spotify will not include support for Google Cast any time in the near future, the company has revealed. Rather than allow for its apps to connect to the audio streaming technology Google Cast, Spotify will instead reportedly continue to work on its own competing Spotify Connect audio system, one which allows users to stream music to a number of networked speakers and audio equipment....



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15:09
Weekly Game Replay: New Baldur's Gate game,...

Every Sunday at Electronista and MacNN, we offer a one-stop look at a few of the significant events that occurred in the video game industry during the previous week. In this week's look back in the Weekly Game Replay, we discuss a new game in the Baldur's Gate series from Beamdog, the closure of Zombie Studios, Hellblade coming to PC, the lawsuit over EA using retired NFL player likenesses in Madden NFL moving forward, and Sony delaying the release of the PlayStation 4 in China....



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13:59
Hands-on with Qardio’s lineup of connected health...

Technology is constantly improving the health management while providing ease and reliability. It’s no surprise that there are a lot of major players in this space, but Qardio has assembled a very unique lineup of connected devices that are sure to make an impact on technology-driven health sensors. Qardio was awesome enough to sponsor our CES 2015 coverage, which means we got the behind the scenes, insider look at the award-winning smartphone-connected accessory QardioArm and a couple of new products that will be launching this spring…

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07:07
Roundup: The best external monitor alternatives to...

The last time Apple updated its in-house external display line was 2011's Thunderbolt Display, but with no clear signs that a refresh is imminent, AppleInsider has put together a list of the latest and greatest monitors.

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Saturday January 10

14:52
Apple showcases iPad with creative Smart Cover...

Apple has had some interesting retail storefront displays for the iPhone, iPad and Mac in the past, but its latest effort all but tops the cake. At the iconic Apple Store on Regent Street in London, the Cupertino-based company now has a row of iPads on display with colorful Smart Covers that automatically open and close.

This video (from Vid.Me) does not explain how the Smart Covers are able to move on their own, although magnets underneath the shelf are almost certainly involved. Anyone who has used a Smart Cover knows that the accessory is not actually able to open and close by itself, but that hasn’t stopped some customers from inquiring about the trick at Apple Stores.

If anything, this interesting storefront display could grab the attention of those passing by and increase the...

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12:35
Wrap-up: CES 2015 shows off weird and wonderful...

CES is a weird and wonderful collection of products made by major manufacturers to the smallest of companies and even crowdfunded startups. The things you see might never come to market, but the tech presented serves as a good barometer for the year to come.

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11:01
Verifone’s new future-proof NFC terminal supports...

While an increasing number of retailers are adopting smartphones and tablets as mobile payment terminals, the deployment process can often prove to be expensive and time consuming as the sizes and form factors of devices continue to change. Leading NFC terminal maker Verifone aims to solve that problem, announcing today a new mPOS terminal that supports all mobile payment platforms and devices.

Verifone’s upcoming PAYware Mobile e355 should be an extremely valuable option for retailers looking to deploy a mobile POS system without being locked into a single ecosystem. PAYware Mobile e355 is designed to work with multiple device sizes and form factors, meaning that retailers won’t have to constantly upgrade their hardware when next-generation iPhones or Android-based smartphones are released....

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11:00
iPhone 5 is the top Flickr camera in 2014

It used to be when you thought of the top cameras being used by photographers, you probably thought of Canon and Nikon. That's not necessarily true these days. Thanks to the EXIF data that is embedded in our digital photos, it's pretty easy to find o...

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10:25
BodyGuardz uses an aluminum bezel to tackle the...

The gently curved glass edges of the iPhone 6/Plus screens feel absolutely luxurious but are a nightmare for screen protector companies. Compounding this issue is the fact that rigid tempered glass is now the preferred material for iPhone screen protection.

Some companies have taken a stab at solving this issue, but at CES we were able to go hands-on with BodyGuardz’s upcoming solution.

“The Crown” combines BodyGuardz’s ...

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06:00
Gadget Ogling: A Swank Walkman, a Brainy Grill, and...


Welcome to the year's first edition of Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that offers infallible opinions on the latest gadget announcements. The mammoth CES trade show took place this week, and though it offered far too many new items to conceivably cram into a single column, we'll look at some of the most notable and notorious. On our show floor this time are Sony's latest Walkman, a smart grill, a speaker-beer cooler hybrid, a fitness-tracking belt, and much more.

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06:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Cool keyboards and lots of...

Cool keyboards and lots of stands

This week’s round up of new iPad cases brings you all kinds of interesting solutions that help you leave your laptop at home—and quite a few options for watching movies or video chatting.

ESR

The Yippee (iPad Air 2; $13) is made from a translucent, scratch-resistant material that doesn’t hide your iPad's industrial features, and has a front cover that mimics Apple's Smart Cover.

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02:42
Apple's rumored 12" MacBook Air may...

The latest rumors of a new 12-inch MacBook Air model describe an ultra-thin laptop that drops nearly all of its physical ports for a single audio jack and USB 3.1 Type-C connector, features that were first revealed last April and further detailed in specifications documents released by Intel, with significant contributions by Apple, in September.

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02:00
Deals: Free AppleCare & $200 off iMac 5K; $50...

The new year has brought a return to MacBook Air coupons and aggressive discounts on Apple's latest iPads. Meanwhile, a number of exclusive and limited time promotions offer $200 off iMac 5Ks with free AppleCare, up to $400 off current MacBook Pros with AppleCare, and the return of the $999 MacBook Pro closeout.

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Friday January 9

21:52
Hands on: Henge Docks’ Horizontal Dock for MacBook...

I’ve been looking for a serious MacBook dock setup for quite some time, but really have been disappointed in the current offerings. Henge Docks displayed its Horizontal Dock as a prototype last year, but it’s now available to order and I’m pretty excited about it…

If you’re not familiar with Henge Docks, we’ve covered their products in the past, but the one really hits home for me. If you’re mainly using a MacBook Pro with Retina Display for your setup, this tough dock will provide 13 ports of...

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18:42
Apple and Eras of Flux

Dr. Drang, in an excellent piece on l’affaire Functional High Ground:

I think a lot of us have lost our spirit, and that’s a problem for
Apple. Apple may not think so — its financial statements would
argue that it’s in great shape — but it’s being buoyed by an
excellent run of hardware releases and a certain amount of
inertia. Eventually, though, it runs the risk of becoming another
Microsoft, with users who do more complaining than praising. When
a company’s best users lose their spirit, it loses their leverage.

Every company’s downfall is different. Microsoft didn’t have a major update to 2001’s Windows XP until 2006’s Windows Vista, which was rejected by its customers. The “fix”, Windows 7, didn’t ship until 2009. I can’t help but wonder whether Apple’s recent focus on annual significant-but-not-hubristic (read:...

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16:31
Standzout's Bandstand begins the onslaught of...

LAS VEGAS—The Apple Watch wasn’t at International CES—well, not officially anyway, although Mashable’s Karissa Bell actually purchased a Chinese ripoff—but I did stumble across what might be the first third-party accessory designed for it.

In a quiet corner of the North Hall, Standzout showed off the Bandstand, an aluminum stand for the Apple Watch, slightly reminiscent of an iMac’s stand, only thicker to accommodate three USB ports tucked away under the bottom. Your Apple Watch connects to its included inductive charger, which rests in a cutout on top of the Bandstand and plugs into one of the USB ports. So don’t think of this stand as an extra charger for your watch, but rather as a place to keep the charger plugged in...

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16:12
Snell on the MacBook Air

Jason Snell:

If Gurman’s reports are accurate, this new model pulls the MacBook Air line away from the MacBook Pro. In fact, it returns the MacBook Air to its roots—as a product full of choices that we consider crazy at first, because they’re out of step with conventional computer design, but that will appeal to a target audience that doesn’t actually care about those de rigueur features.

Some good thoughts in here.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:04
Twitter’s six-second autoplay video ads

Twitter is mulling the possibility of making promoted videos automatically play 6-second previews when they pop up in people’s feeds, according to people briefed on the company’s plans. If the autoplay previews were to catch someone’s eye, that person could click to watch the full video.

I think I speak for the world when I say, NO!

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:59
The $27 fake Apple Watch at CES

Karissa Bell:

In the back of one of the smaller halls at CES, a Chinese company was showing off fake Apple Watches. So, naturally, I bought one.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:49
∞ Shitty Country Pop Music

Dangerous Minds:

If you need any proof of how much Country pop music sucks nowadays, look no further than this video which dissects and mashes-up six Country songs. All of them sound alike.

This is just awful.

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15:21
Researchers Turn Computer Into Poker Shark


A computer program dubbed "Cepheus" has solved the game of poker, researchers at the University of Alberta announced. The Computer Poker Research Group, which created Cepheus, claims it not only can play heads-up limit Texas hold'em poker, but also beat human opponents. Games such as poker and chess have been used as test beds by researchers developing new concepts in AI. Past successes include IBM's Deep Blue, which defeated world champion Garry Kasparov in chess, and IBM's Watson, which beat top-ranking Jeopardy! champions.

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14:02
An iPod, a phone, an Internet communicator: Apple...

Eight years ago today, Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone at Macworld Expo, and I was there. I was managing editor at Mac|Life at the time, and it was only my second Steve Jobs keynote. I even took notes on paper, with a pen, since we weren't live-blogging—and for the record, those notes prove that I absolutely fell, hook, line and sinker, for Steve's ruse about the iPhone being three products, an iPod, a phone, and an Internet communicator. I still remember the giddy sense of excitement that rippled through Moscone as he demonstrated the new device (the call to Starbucks was especially delightful), like it just happened yesterday. Eight years isn't a long time in the grand scheme of things, but the iPhone has made such a huge impact on my life that it's hard to remember the time before it.

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14:00
OS X Spotlight Search glitch can expose your IP...

If you use Spotlight Search and the OS X Mail application, you should take a moment to look at your settings. A recently uncovered glitch in Spotlight Search for OS X may leak private information, such as your IP address, to email spammers. The glitc...

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13:42
Twitter’s Fail Whale

I remember seeing the whale quite often years ago.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:33
Why airlines make us suffer

Here’s the thing: in order for fees to work, there needs be something worth paying to avoid. That necessitates, at some level, a strategy that can be described as “calculated misery.” Basic service, without fees, must be sufficiently degraded in order to make people want to pay to escape it. And that’s where the suffering begins.

That’s just awful.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:26
Scanadu turns your iPhone into an electrocardiogram...

Scanadu cofounder Sam De Brouwer demonstrates the Scout and Scanaflo

At CES this week I met with a very interesting company called Scanadu which makes two interesting healthcare products that connect with the iPhone…

The Scanadu Scout (pictured, right) is a little electronic device designed by Yves Béhar that you touch to your forehead for a few seconds. Almost instantly, physiological parameters, including temperature, heart rate, blood oxygenation, respiratory rate, ECG, and diastolic/systolic blood pressure are sent to an app on your iPhone which logs these measurements and alerts users to anomalies and deviations which may be cause for heath concerns.

The Scout closed a $1.6M Indigogo funding round...

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13:26
The town without Wi-Fi

The residents of Green Bank, West Virginia, can’t use cell phones, wi-fi, or other kinds of modern technology due to a high-tech government telescope. Recently, this ban has made the town a magnet for technophobes, and the locals aren’t thrilled to have them.

Fascinating story. I had never heard of “electrosensitives,” but it’s becoming a thing.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:20
Compulsion

I agree with Ben Brooks here. I am forever trying to find the best in everything I do—there is always something better.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: More power, better...

More power, better reception, and enhanced sound

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases offers up a variety of battery-powered options for longer talking time, better signal for fewer dropped calls, and improved sound for watching videos and making calls.

Carte Blanche

The Coque (iPhone 6; $30) spices up your handset with a simple—yet fashionable—design.

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12:00
Microsoft courts iOS users with Office Sway

Office Sway (free) is a personal or business presentation app for iOS that lets you easily create simple web-based canvases of photos and text on your iPhone and share them on any mobile device or the web.

This just-released app is yet another in an...

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11:57
iPod shuffle shortages caused by supplier changes,...

Though recent shortages of the iPod shuffle caused concern that Apple might discontinue its clip-on media player, a new report reveals that the issues are only temporary, as a result of a supplier change.

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11:28
The first iPhone keynote was eight years ago today

The Verge:

On January 9th, 2007, Steve Jobs took to the stage to announce the first iPhone, in a keynote that would revolutionize the industry and set the tone for every major tech announcement since.

I’d been to every Steve Jobs keynote after he came back to Apple but this one was special. Even sitting in the audience, you could feel the excitement and the anticipation. Best Keynote ever.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:07
Hands-on with The House of Marley’s Legend ANC...

Along our CES 2015 journey we stopped over at The House of Marley to take a look at some of the new gear they have launching this year. If you’re not familiar with the company, they create a wide range of audio accessories which are crafted from natural and recycled materials. In the video below, we took a closer look at the Legend ANC headphones and Chant Mini Bluetooth speaker…

First up we have the Chant Mini. This little Bluetooth speaker has a 1.5-inch driver, 4 watts of power, up to six hours of battery life, and comes in a small and portable splash resistant housing. There’s also a set of button controls and an auxiliary input. The Chant Mini is expected to be released in the near future...

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