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Tuesday December 9

08:47
Apple Planning New R&D Center in Japan

Apple is planning on building a large-scale research and development center outside of Tokyo, Japan. News of the project comes courtesy of Japan Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, and has been confirmed by Apple.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple loves controlling every aspect of its product designs, so it makes sense to have an R&D center focusing on manufacturing in Japan.


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08:42
Natalie Portman passes on Lisa Jobs role in upcoming...

Maybe they’ll find someone better, but she could have been good in this.

According to Variety, after beginning discussions to join “Jobs” before the Thanksgiving break, actress Natalie Portman has parted ways with the female lead in the Steve Jobs biopic.

“Jobs” currently stars Michael Fassbender as Jobs and Seth Rogen as Steven Wozniak with Danny Boyle directing. Aaron Sorkin penned the script with Scott Rudin, Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady producing.

The pic is based on the Walter Isaacson biography and was originally set up at Sony before Universal picked it up out of turnaround when Sony let it go.

Production is expected to start in the spring and while sources don’t have an exact reason why Portman passed, other than news probably breaking before...

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08:30
Obtrusive ads, lackluster design limit Bear Hunt...

Bear Hunt is a simple time killer in which you're given a slingshot to target bears nearby in the forest. As they walk by or potentially attack, pull the sling back to hit them with a boulder. The game features a few modes like classic and time race,...

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08:16
Apple TV update adds UFC, Fusion, DailyMotion, other...

There shall be new channels available for your Apple TV.

Per AppleInsider, Google on Tuesday unveiled a redesigned YouTube app for the Apple TV with a number of new features, while Apple simultaneously added four additional channels to its lineup, including one from popular mixed martial arts league UFC.

In addition to a refreshed user interface, the new YouTube app also adds functionality long missing from its Apple TV incarnation. Users can now subscribe to a channel directly from the their Apple TV and the app’s search function now uses a find-as-you-type configuration for faster searching.

YouTube also brought their personalized recommendations to the latest version, allowing users to browse new content...

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08:12
Apple prepares Japanese R&D center, Brooklyn...

Apple is in the process of establishing a research and development facility in Japan, according to the country's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe. The disclosure was made in a campaign speech ahead of Sunday's general election. Abe didn't offer any more details except to say it should be "formally announced soon," and rank with Apple's largest R&D centers in Asia. The company has been establishing new offices across the world in the past couple of years, growing R&D beyond the confines of its Cupertino headquarters....



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08:08
Grappling with the culture of free in Napster’s...

Terrific article, partnered with the video below. Clearly, the culture of free is at the soul of many new business models. As you craft your business plan, you must consider the possibility that someone out there will do the same thing for free.

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08:00
Apple iPod class action trial to continue...

Apple's iPod class action lawsuit will be allowed to continue without a plaintiff, reports the Associated Press. The suit took an unusual turn this week when all existing plaintiffs were disqualified for not owning an iPod covered by the suit.

The l...

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07:57
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07:49
Apple TV gets overhauled YouTube app, adds new...

Google on Tuesday unveiled a redesigned YouTube app for the Apple TV with a number of new features, while Apple simultaneously added four additional channels to its lineup, including one from popular mixed martial arts league UFC.

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07:48
Gift guide: Premium headphones & earphones for...

Apple makes great phones, tablets and computers; earphones not so much. The ones that come free with the iPhone look attractive, but they’re pretty much worth what you pay for them when it comes to sound quality.

Great sound, though, doesn’t come cheap, which is why a pair of premium headphones or earphones can make the perfect gift for someone who loves their music but perhaps doesn’t have the budget to really splash out on themselves.

If you’re buying for a musician, check out the more studio-oriented recommendations in our music gift guide. For those who will mostly use their headphones while on the move, read on … 

One of the most visible trends of the past few years has been the growth of popularity of headphones, rather than...

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07:44
News: Apple TV adds Dailymotion, Fusion, The Scene,...

Apple TV has added four more channels to its lineup, including Dailymotion, Fusion, The Scene, and UFC.TV. For the first time, the new channel icons are now marked “New” on the Apple TV’s home screen. Dailymotion offers video content similarly to its website, Fusion is a channel featuring content from the Fusion TV network, The Scene is a Conde Nast channel offering short videos from a number of its publications, and UFC.TV is a…

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07:34
Why Ashton Kutcher May be the Only Steve Jobs We Get

Aaron Sorkin's biopic about Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs lost out on Christian Bale, then Leonardo DiCaprio, and now Natalie Portman. It also lost its studio backing, and if the project keeps on its current path, the only big screen Steve Jobs we'll get comes from critically panned "Jobs" starring Ashton Kutcher.


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07:09
Apple TV adds revamped YouTube app (with ads), new...

Apple TV is receiving a flurry of new channels today. Most prominently is a brand new YouTube app, to bring the client up-to-date with some of the other platforms. The new app reflects the design of other set-top box clients, with easier access to subscriptions and search functions. Unfortunately, this YouTube update also means that Apple TV users will start seeing ads for the first time on the platform. Naturally, some users will be disappointed by this addition — it is not possible to opt out of the update.

Aside from YouTube, Apple TV is also getting four new channels added to its channel offerings. Rolling today are channels for Conde Nast’s ‘The Scene’, ‘Fusion’, Dailymotion (a YouTube clone from France) and UFC for premium subscription fighting and martial arts content.

 

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07:07
Daily Deal: HyperDrive MacBook Storage Expander w/...

Looking for an easy way to add a bit of extra storage to your MacBook? Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering up the HyperDrive for MacBook – a really simple way to expand your MacBook storage using just a microSD memory card. HyperDrive is a plug-and-play microSD adapter that sits completely flush with your SD memory card slot, and even includes an aluminum cap that matches that MacBook finish, so it will sit virtually invisibly inside your…

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07:02
Apple, Amazon refuse to disclose federal diversity...

Apple and Amazon are two noteworthy holdouts among major technology companies refusing to share their EEO-1 diversity data with the media, says USA Today. US businesses submit an annual EEO-1 form to the federal government, detailing the racial, ethnic, and gender lines of their workforces. While resistance to sharing that data has been common for years, in recent months, more and more companies have been bowing to pressure. Facebook, eBay, Google, Yahoo, and LinkedIn have made their EEO-1s public; Intel has been disclosing its data for a decade....



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07:00
Tim Cook makes TIME's shortlist for 2014 "...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has made the shortlist for TIME magazine's 2014 Person of the Year, joining seven other candidates from across the social, political, and entertainment sectors of the world. TIME is recognizing Cook for both his business and social...

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06:50
Dashlane password manager can now automatically...

Password managers are a great way to have strong, unique passwords for each website you access – but vital as it is these days, there’s no denying that it’s a chore to change them. Dashlane, a Mac and Windows password manager app, aims to take away the pain by doing it for you automatically across 50 top US websites like Apple, Amazon, Dropbox, Facebook, PayPal, WordPress and Twitter.

Importantly, the app can even cope with sites that employ two-factor authentication to login or change a password, prompting you for the code when required … 

In a WSJ review...

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06:42
Apple to add 7th NYC store next year with new...

Brooklyn will reportedly become the third of New York City's five boroughs to house an Apple retail store, with the Cupertino company expected to open a 20,000 square foot outlet there in April of next year.

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06:32
News: Report: Bose products returning to Apple...

Bose products might be making a return to Apple Stores, according to a new report from French blog iGen.fr. A report earlier this fall speculated that Apple’s acquisition of Beats may have caused the company to end its retail relationship with Bose, possibly due to the exclusive deal between Bose and the NFL that prohibited players form wearing other branded headphones during televised interviews. This latest report suggests that Apple and Bose…

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06:16
Judge in iPod Antitrust Case: Find a New Plaintiff

The years-old antitrust class action lawsuit alleging Apple intentionally locked competitors out of the iPod to control the portable media player market will continue, at least for now. U.S. District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzales ruled the final plaintiff in the case hadn't purchased an iPod during the necessary time frame, then gave attorneys until Tuesday to find new plaintiffs.

The Mac Observer Spin: Considering how much time attorneys had to find solid plaintiffs for their case, you'd think they could've done better than putting someone on the stand with an iPod bought with the legal firm's credit card. They'll most likely find replacement plaintiffs in time for the case to move forward, but you can bet Apple will look at each purchase closely to make sure they're legit.

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06:04
Brooklyn finally getting an Apple Store, expected to...

After many years of speculation, the NY Post reports that Brooklyn is finally getting its first Apple Store, expected to open in April of next year. The above render shows what the building is expected to look like once renovations are complete.

The tech-products powerhouse has signed a long-term lease for a 20,000-square-foot store at 247 Bedford Ave. at the corner of North 3rd Street, brokerage community sources definitively revealed.

This will make the opening around five years since then Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz made a video plea direct to Steve Jobs … ...

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06:00
Fit Brains Trainer: Keeping your grey matter in shape

While a lot of us are at least making the attempt to keep our bodies in shape, not so many people think about keeping their brains fit. That's the idea behind a recent app from Rosetta Stone Canada called Fit Brains Trainer (free with in-app purchase...

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05:32
Major news outlets seek permission to broadcast...

Three major news organizations have filed a motion to release footage of a deposition from Steve Jobs shown in court last week, citing "substantial public interest" in rare footage of the late Apple co-founder.

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05:32
Apple and Amazon refuse to make full federal...


From Apple’s diversity microsite

Although Apple published its own employee diversity report back in August, USA Today reports that the company has refused to make public the full data from its federal diversity filing. While companies are required to file this information annually in a form known as EEO-1, they are not legally obliged to make the data public.

Facebook, eBay, Google, Yahoo and LinkedIn are among the technology companies that have made public their EEO-1s […]

Chief among the companies that decided not to disclose their EEO-1s were Microsoft, Twitter, Apple and Amazon.

When USA Today pressed the...

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05:30
Better swing and lower scores with Golf Training Guru

You will find plenty of apps available claiming to be the best way to improve your golf game and end up with lower scores. Golf Training Guru is another one of those apps. The app is free right now under a "Special Launch Pricing Limited Offer" and r...

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05:20
Bop.fm delivers almost ad-free, a la carte music...

In 2013, Bop.fm quietly launched a Web service that promised “free legit music you can share with anyone.” Now it’s taking that model to the mobile space.

On Tuesday, the company announced the launch of its first iOS app, allowing fans on either the iPhone or the iPad to listen to virtually song they wish, for free.

So how can the company pull this off without licensing fees? For now, through a loophoole with YouTube, which has struck deals with Vevo for licensed music. (Because of this loophole, Bop.fm became a breeding ground for bootlegs, like Soundcloud and Grooveshark.) But Bop.fm is much more than just a YouTube portal—it aggregates every streaming service you belong to, so that if Spotify has a song that Rdio doesn’t, you can listen to it without switching apps. Users can connect their YouTube, Soundcloud, Spotify, Rdio, Beats Music, Deezer, Xbox Music, and Rhapsody accounts, and play back a song from any of those services....

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05:10
News organizations fight to release Steve Jobs...

CNET:

Some of the last video footage taken of the late Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs shown in antitrust court last week may see the light of day after lawyers representing the Associated Press, Bloomberg and CNN filed a motion with the court to have it released.

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05:00
Hackers Derail Sony's PlayStation Network


Still reeling from a cyberintrusion that exposed massive amounts of personnel data from its entertainment division on the Internet, Sony was attacked again over the weekend. This time, hackers disrupted the company's PlayStation Network. However, unlike the foray against Sony Pictures Entertainment, which is still under investigation, the company quickly recovered from the PSN attack and had the network up and running by Monday morning. A group calling itself the "Lizard Squad" has claimed responsibility for what appears to be a DDoS attack.

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04:53
The huge, unseen operation behind the accuracy of...

Wired brings a fascinating look inside the Google Maps operation.

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04:24
Apple to build major new R&D facility in Japan,...

Apple is on the verge of announcing a 'cutting-edge' new research and development center located in Japan, the nation's prime minister revealed on Tuesday.

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04:23
PSA: Make sure you have a recovery key for your...

If, like me, you skipped over the recovery key step when switching on two-factor authentication for your Apple ID, thinking that having the password plus a trusted device was sufficient, you’ll want to correct that.

TheNextWeb‘s Owen Williams recently found that if someone tries to hack your account, and you get locked out, there’s no way back in without a recovery key.

While Apple states on its website that a new recovery key can be generated so long as you know your password and have access to one of your trusted devices, this is not true once the account is locked. No recovery key, no access. No amount of pleading by Williams would persuade Apple to help. Apple...

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03:42
Review: Apple iMac with 5K Retina display

The Apple iMac with Retina 5K display is the first Apple desktop computer to sport one of Apple's vaunted Retina displays. Although it has taken some time for the technology to make its way to the larger display format, the wait has been worth it. While introducing a Retina display on the iMac may not be the biggest surprise, Apple certainly raised some eyebrows when it revealed the price. In delivering its latest high-performance all-in-one computer with state-of-the-art display for $2499, it has also managed to redefine the value equation in the segment. Read on in our full review of the iMa...



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03:30
Think Retro: Why the cute and quirky eMate was Apple...

It’s not that I don’t like Apple’s current hardware and software, but I fondly recall the days when its computers were suffused with a chirpy, cheerful
personality. Today’s slabs of aluminum and black glass are powerful, desirable, and elegant, but you could also call them austere, anodyne—perhaps even
unfriendly.

It’s a world away from the Apple of the ’80s and ’90s. Then there was a playfulness—a playfulness that shaded almost into anarchy—in things as dull as
error messages, even in flagship software. True, this was not always welcome, nor to everyone’s taste—Exhibit A: Clippy—which is probably why the practice died out as software became more professional.

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03:18
Apple's first patent reassignment from...

Apple on Tuesday was assigned patent rights to a projection-based 3D mapping solution won from its acquisition of Israeli company PrimeSense, suggesting the company is moving forward on development of advanced body gesture control for Mac, Apple TV and possibly iOS.

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03:00
Reviews: Apple iMac with 5K Retina display

The Apple iMac with Retina 5K display is the first Apple desktop computer to sport one of Apple's vaunted Retina displays. Although it has taken some time for the technology to make its way to the larger display format, the wait has been worth it. While introducing ......



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Monday December 8

23:11
Last plaintiff in iTunes antitrust lawsuit...

In the latest twist in the iPod antitrust lawsuit that has already given us a deposition of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and details about Apple’s deal with record labels to sell music in the iTunes Store, a judge ruled on Monday that the trial will continue even though there are no plaintiffs left.

Yes, you read that correctly. Every single plaintiff in the case has been disqualified. Marianna Rosen, the last complainant standing, was...

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21:57
Apple request for dismissal in Real-iPod trial denied

Judge Gonzales Rogers has ruled against an Apple request to dismiss the 10-year-long lawsuit by audio software maker Real, but has not denied that the case may soon be without a valid plaintiff. Following the dropout of the first of two women named in the original case, more evidence was presented in court today that the remaining plaintiff, Marianna Rosen, is also not qualified by virtue of not having directly bought an iPod in the relevant time window with her own funds....



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21:43
Hands On: Machines at War 3 (Windows, OS X)

Real Time Strategy (RTS) games are a typical mainstay of the desktop computer, with the genre largely failing to make the transition to consoles and gaming systems due to a lack of finesse with controls. Machines at War 3 from Isotope 244 is primarily a computer-based RTS which unusually headed to iOS devices shortly after launch. Is the desktop version of Machines at War 3 at the same level as other RTS heavyweights, despite building with a tablet interface in mind?...



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19:42
Review: Beacon Audio Blazar Bluetooth speaker

Generally, when someone thinks of high quality sound their mind doesn't immediately go toward portable speakers. An even less likely candidate would be any Bluetooth audio device, but Beacon Audio undertook the noble goal of changing consumers' skepticism. It set out to clear the name of Bluetooth speakers everywhere by creating a high-quality speaker. Beacon Audio took the Blazar to Kickstarter because it believed in the product, only for consumers to show their craving for a better portable speaker by raising $300,000. Clearly, the public had spoken, but is the crowd's decision to back anoth...



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19:17
Facebook Pages Manager update introduces redesigned...


Facebook has updated its standalone Pages Manager app with a revamped UI for the iPad. The new design brings a tabbed sidebar that allows quick access to features like notifications and messages. The app also gained bug fixes.

You can get Facebook Pages Manager for free on the iOS App Store.

What’s New in Version 12.0

• New design updated for iPad, faster access to messages, notifications, and insights
• Bug fixes and performance updates

Filed under: Apps Tagged:...

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18:59
Leading Android site recommends iPad Air 2 for Xmas

A top Android fan site, Android Police, has published its annual gift guide, with staff members recommending (and sometimes dissing) various top-flight models of Android phones and phablets. For straight-up tablets, however, the site picked the iPad Air 2 as its top pick over the expected Nexus 9 or Nvidia's Shield tablet. The surprise choice, said Senior Editor David Ruddock, was because "the Air 2 is reliable, predictable, and very fast," adding that the iPad "has been the gold standard in tablets since it was unveiled."...



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18:00
Reviews: Beacon Audio Blazar Bluetooth speaker

Generally, when someone thinks of high quality sound their mind doesn't immediately go toward portable speakers. An even less likely candidate would be any Bluetooth audio device, but Beacon Audio undertook the noble goal of changing consumers' skepticism. It set out to clear the name of Bluetooth speakers everywhere by creating a high-quality speaker. Beacon Audio took the ......



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17:53
Why do we hate Uber?

What a great question. I know people that hate Uber, but I’m not convinced they actually know why. I think it’s probably the company’s business practices and the fact they have been creepy, more than anything.

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17:34
Plaintiffs in the iPod/iTunes anti-trust case are...

For fuck sakes, the plaintiffs didn’t even own eligible iPods to bring the $350 million lawsuit.

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17:25
'iPod iTunes' anti-trust lawsuit may lose...

During court proceedings in iTunes lawsuit on Monday, new evidence presented by Apple revealed the case's sole remaining plaintiff may not have purchased iPods eligible for action.

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17:08
Rumor: Bose products set to return to Apple Stores

A French enthusiast site has reported, citing anonymous sources, that Apple will soon return Bose products back to the shelves of the iPhone maker's brick-and-mortar Apple Stores following a two-month fallout in which Bose products were removed. The move was originally thought to be in response to a lawsuit Bose filed against Beats, its rival in headphones, or possibly a unilateral move by Apple to reduce competing products in its stores now that it owns Beats, but the truth of the matter has yet to emerge....



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17:00
Daily Deals for December 8, 2014, featuring the 10...

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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16:48
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meh.com — a classic daily deal site.

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16:35
Natalie Portman declines role in Steve Jobs biopic

It appears another big-name actor has passed on the opportunity to work on Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs movie, as Natalie Portman is no longer in talks to play the female lead.

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16:33
Apple Pay Stars in MasterCard Promotion with Gwen...

MasterCard is now in the Apple Pay promotion business. The company launched a campaign called "Priceless Surprises" to promote Apple's new service. Gwen Stefani is the pitchwoman, but Apple Pay is arguably the star.


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16:23
Leaked Sony data indicates falling revenue forecasts...

DiCaprio and Boyle on the set of the 2000 film “The Beach”

New information discovered in the Sony Pictures data dump indicates that the loss of Leonardo DiCaprio for the lead role in the studio’s Steve Jobs biopic may have contributed to the decision to give the movie to Universal Pictures. According to Fusion, the film’s revenue projections dropped by a whopping 25% after Leo dropped out...

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16:02
Steve Wozniak on engineering the first Apple...

Last week, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak talked to Bloomberg about his role in designing the company’s first computers and starting a technological revolution. In the video above, he also discusses Apple’s humble beginnings in Steve Jobs’ garage, the gilded one-millionth Apple II, and his love for engineering.

Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Woz ...

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16:00
Music Center lets you select music from your lock...

Music Center (free) is a very cool little app that lets you see your iOS music library from your lock screen or inside any app. It's a notification center widget, and it works quite well. You load the app, and you can select lists by song, album, art...

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15:59
Android site recommends iPad for Christmas

Yes, I am breaking the gift guide by putting this here. Why? Because as you’ll notice, none of us recommended the Nexus 9 (edit: Cameron recommended it, but don’t listen to him), because it’s not exactly great. In fact, I’d argue no Android tablet is. The Shield Tablet is a lot of bang for your buck, but the screen kind of sucks and the battery life isn’t spectacular (standby is bad in particular) and it’s heavy, thick, and kinda ugly.

Much respect Android Police people.

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15:56
Briefly: Vimeo accepts 4K video, YouTube copyrighted...

Vimeo is allowing Vimeo Pro users to upload 4K-resolution videos to the service. GigaOM reports that subscribers of the $200-per-year service can transfer the high-resolution video files to its video-on-demand platform, putting the videos up for sale and download by customers. While downloads are available, Vimeo is not allowing 4K streams to operate yet, with CTO Andrew Pile admitting the lack of device support for the format....



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15:51
7 rules for creating gorgeous UI

As a user, when sites put text on an image, I like the blur or using the out-of-focus techniques. I always feel like contrast makes the text much easier to read, which makes my interaction with the site or app much better.

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15:45
When Apple Pay requires a signature

An interesting post from John Martellaro. I’ve wondered about this myself after using Apple Pay recently. Sometimes, I need to sign, while other times they just wave me on without any other interaction.

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15:31
White House Holiday decorations shot with an iPhone 6

Photographer Brooks Kraft has been covering the White House since 2000, and over the years, he’s had plenty of opportunities to document the unveiling of Christmas decorations at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This year, however, he decided to mix things up a bit — and shot the event with Apple’s new iPhone 6.

Great story.

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15:30
ROTO: Simply Addictive

Guiding a ball to a finish flag by timing jumps from one rotating circle to another is the core gameplay feature of ROTO. While navigating a maze of rotatory platforms filled with hazards, such as spiky saw blades, players have to collect stars which...

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15:21
HyperDrive MacBook Storage Expander plus 8GB MicroSD...

We have a great deal for you on HyperDrive, the device that allows you to turn your 13-inch MacBook Air's memory card slot into a microSD memory card. It's also available for a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. One of the things I like most about it is that when plugged in, it sits flush against your MacBook's body. It's a great way to expand your MacBook's storage because it supports any microSD, microSDHC, or microSDXC card up to 128GB. This deal includes an 8GB microSD card, and it normally retails for $40. Through our deal, it's $29.99, making it a great gift for you or a loved on.


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15:20
Hands On: Swype alternate keyboard (iOS, Android,...

Most people have gotten used to texting and typing on their iPads and iPhones, and chances are, they're good at it. However, it's undeniable that the standard thumb-texting can be pretty slow. On top of that, texting tends to grow tiresome in this manner as the conversation becomes more involved. Of course a user can always revert to hunt-and-peck typing with an index finger, but that leads to slower typing or reliance on predictive text, which can produce unintentionally-hilarious mis-types. Swype by Nuance has come up with a clever solution to help us text and type faster and longer, with le...



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15:16
Apple Retail Celebrates Computer Science Education...

Interested in learning the basics of coding? Apple retail locations will have a variety of events in different stores. Should you be interested and not near an Apple Store, Kelly has a few alternate suggestions for you or your family who might like an introduction to programming.


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15:06
Apple Store to restart Bose product sales after...

A fresh rumor on Monday claims Bose products will make a return to Apple's online and brick-and-mortar stores as soon as next week after they were quietly removed from shelves some two months ago.

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15:02
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 8...

Notable software releases this week include Firefox 34.0, Boom 2.0, Airfoil 4.8.11, Downcast 1.1.5, Lightroom 5.7, Carbon Copy Cloner 4.0.3, and PopChar X 7.0.

 

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15:01
ExtraBITS for 8 December 2014

The bad news in this installment of ExtraBITS is that Apple has forced the removal of a key feature of Transmit iOS, despite not following its own App Store rules in another situation. The good news is that the company is offering free programming tutorials for kids in its stores this week.

 

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15:00
Belkin Qode Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case for iPad Air...

The transformation of the iPad Air into the iPad Air 2 forced case manufacturers to go back to the drawing board, but that's not always a bad thing. With each iteration of case, the product usually gets better. That's the situation with Belkin's Qode...

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14:57
BIAS Desktop users get new amp models

The tone-creation possibilities are now virtually infinite with BIAS. Download artists’ signature amps, or try out the latest and most popular matched amp models created by your fellow guitarists.

The new version of BIAS Desktop really is amazing. You can match a real amp using the software and then recall it whenever you want. The company made some new amp match models available to download from within the app.

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14:50
Bushel Launching Mac/iOS Device Management - Get...

Smaller organizations may not have dedicated IT staff for mobile deployment, or the bandwidth to take on such a project. JAMF is fixing to resolve that for smaller organizations with a new product called Bushel. Find out more about this invite-only pilot program, and get your own invitation.


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14:45
Panic Inc. forced by Apple to drop non-FTP file...

Transmit for iOS, a wonderful FTP app we've covered before, has released a new update today that fixes a few bugs and removes a big feature, the ability to send files from the app to other services including iCloud, Box, Documents, Dropbox, Transmit,...

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14:45
John Martellaro Talks Apple and UHDTV on Tech Night...

Appearing this week on the Tech Night Owl LIVE is John Martellaro, the irrepressible Senior Editor for Analysis & Reviews at The Mac Observer. John discusses why Apple may be letting a few things fall through the cracks, such as the recent late and decidedly mediocre update to the Mac mini, Apple's tardiness in updating its display line and more.


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14:35
PDFpen for iPad & iPhone version 2: Professional...

PDFpen 2 is fully optimized for iOS 8 with an all new look and feel which runs on both iPad and iPhone. The enhanced toolbar and new editing bar make popular writing and highlighting features easy to access, with minimal taps. Import and export documents via iCloud Drive, making it easy to share cloud-based documents not just with the Mac, but with other apps on an iPad or iPhone. Use AirDrop to quickly send documents to other devices. PDFpen 2 supports palm and wrist protection when writing and highlighting. Documents can be secured with a password. Number pages automatically, including Bates numbering. All this and more make PDFpen 2 the perfect solution for all of your mobile PDF editing needs.

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14:33
Bose products reportedly set to return to Apple...

Earier this year Bose and Apple had a bit of a falling out when the former decided to block NFL players from wearing Beats headphones while on camera, then fined players who violated the rule. Beats Electronics co-founder Jimmy Iovine said at the time that the ban actually served Beats by providing a bit of free publicity.

Apple apparently didn’t agree, and retaliated by pulling all Bose products from its store shelves in October. Around that time the two companies were also duking it out in a patent lawsuit, though...

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14:21
Transmit iOS forced to remove “upload to iCloud...

In short, we’re told that while Transmit iOS can download content from iCloud Drive, we cannot upload content to iCloud Drive unless the content was created in the app itself. Apple says this use would violate 2.23 — “Apps must follow the iOS Data Storage Guidelines or they will be rejected” — but oddly that page says nothing about iCloud Drive or appropriate uses for iCloud Drive.

I really don’t understand some of these decisions.

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14:17
Samsung is going straight to hell

During an appearance before a U.S. appeals court on Thursday, lawyers for Samsung sought to have vacated the $930 million judgement awarded to Apple earlier this year in a landmark patent infringement lawsuit, saying the sum was “absurd.”

No, what’s absurd is that Samsung made so much money from copying Apple’s design. The judgement against Samsung should have been much more.

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14:12
Despicable Me Minions in CSS

This is great, I love it.

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14:12
Transmit for iOS restricted from using iCloud Drive...

In its latest puzzling App Store policy assertion, Apple has reportedly blocked Panic from adding the standard iOS Share Sheet to its Transmit file transfer app due to an unwritten policy that "forbids apps from uploading content to iCloud Drive unless the content was created in the app itself."

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14:00
Orion spacecraft powered by single-core processor...

NASA's Orion spacecraft successfully completed its first test flight last week and is poised to herald a new era in manned spaceflight, opening the door to deep space flights. While the project is breaking new ground, it is doing so on the back of tr...

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13:59
Apple Stores recruiting fashion/luxury experts ahead...

Apple Watch at Colette

We’ve already seen how Apple is presenting the upcoming Apple Watch, which it calls its most personal device yet, as not just another technology device but also a piece of jewelry that the fashion world will be proud to embrace.

9to5Mac has now learned from internal hiring documents that Apple is recruiting retail candidates this month with “a fashion or luxury background” suggesting Apple is preparing to deliver some changes to its retail stores in time for the Apple Watch’s early 2015 debut. With former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts leading Apple’s retail efforts and the Apple Watch set to transform the Apple Store into a jewelry store...

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13:57
Apple policy breaks all share sheet uploads in Panic...

The latest version of Transmit for iOS has lost all share sheet-based uploads because of an Apple policy regarding iCloud Drive, says developer Panic. Until now the FTP app has exploited iOS 8's Extensibility functions to let people upload files to several storage services, such as iCloud Drive or Dropbox. Panic explains that it was informed that an app can't upload content to iCloud Drive unless a file was created within the app itself; the developer insists that there is nothing about iCloud Drive in Apple's iOS Data Storage Guidelines....



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13:37
Leading Android fansite recommends Apple Inc iPad...

Android Police named Apple's iPad Air 2 as its top tablet pick among "Android devices" for the 2014 holiday season, calling it "reliable, predictable, and very fast."

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13:30
Aim to add up number tiles perfectly with Funb3rs

Hey, look! It's a game with numbers that doesn't build off of the same concepts as Threes and 2048. Funb3rs is a multiplayer title with the objective being to gather all the numbers on the grid that add up to equal the number at the top. Glide your f...

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13:16
Panic’s Transmit App no longer allowed to ‘send’...

In a blog post today, Mac/iOS developer Panic explained why a recent version of its venerable Transmit FTP/File transfer app no longer uploads to iCloud, and it turns out, other services:

Transmit iOS 1.1.1 is out, fixing a few bugs in our surprisingly powerful file management app for your iPhone or iPad.

Also, at Apple’s request, we had to remove the ability to “Send” files to other services, including iCloud Drive.

In short, we’re told that while Transmit iOS can download content from iCloud Drive, we cannot upload content to iCloud Drive unless the content was created in the app itself. Apple says this use would violate 2.23 — “Apps must follow the iOS Data Storage Guidelines or they will be...

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13:15
Typo avoids BlackBerry lawsuit by releasing a new...

The original Typo keyboard case was a dream come true for many BlackBerry users who had converted to iPhone: a case which brought the tactile keyboard of your beloved old device to the best cell phone on the market. Then BlackBerry sued, and the Typo...

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13:11
Tim Cook selected as finalist for 2014 Time Person...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is among eight finalists in the running for Time's 2014 Person of the Year, the magazine has announced. Cook was previously a candidate for the title in 2012, when Time lauded him for taking over from Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who died in October 2011. In 2014 the CEO is being credited as the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company, and for overseeing the iPhone 6/6 Plus, Apple Pay, and still-unreleased Apple Watch....



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13:07
Google Docs, Sheets, & Slides for iOS add new...

Google announced today that it’s rolling out updates to its Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides iOS apps that add a few new editing features and enhanced iPhone 6 and 6 Plus support.

  • Support for viewing and editing text in tables in the Docs app
  • Ability to insert, move, resize and rotate text boxes, shapes and lines in the Slides app
  • Enhanced support for iPhone 6/6+ (all apps)
  • General fixes and performance improvements (all apps)

All of the updates are available from the App Store now for the iOS versions of Docs, Slides, and Sheets (links below). In addition to support for vieing and editing text in tables, the Docs app also adds several new accessibility features.

A full list of new features for each app below:

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13:06
Hockey fans toss 25,214 stuffed animals onto the ice...

Mashable:

The Calgary Hitmen held their 20th annual Teddy Bear Toss on Sunday, which allowed fans to throw 25,214 stuffed animals onto the ice in a heartwarming and entertaining display of charity.

The bears, which are bagged prior to tossing, are gathered up by the team and donated to more than 60 charities for the holiday season.

The Hitmen do this every year and it’s heartwarming and funny every time I see it.

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13:00
FastCustomer can help get you out of customer...

FastCustomer is a free iOS app that has been around for awhile, but just got a recent update. The app has a list of 3,000 frequently called companies and can break through the endless phone trees and frustration of being on hold for customer service....

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12:45
OS X: How to Capture an Amazing Amount of Mac Info...

UNIX veterans who are new to the Mac may not realize the wealth of system information that Apple's BSD UNIX (Darwin) provides from the command line. This could come in handy for programmers who, when writing scripts, need critical system information in a form that can be captured and parsed.


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12:30
Chinese internet regulator gets private look at...

Want a private, behind-closed-doors glimpse at Apple's new smartwatch, complete with a guided tour by Tim Cook himself? It's easy! You just have to be China's Cyberspace Administration minister, and how hard could that really be? Ok, so it's probably...

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12:29
Video Gamers Recall 'Father' Ralph Baer...


Ralph H. Baer, the father of the home video game, died Saturday at 92. Baer invented the Odyssey video game system and co-invented the electronic game Simon. While working as a military contractor for Sanders Associates in the '60s, Baer began to explore the possibility of creating a video game system that could be played on the television. The result of his work was the "Brown Box," a prototype created in 1968, which eventually led to the Magnavox Odyssey, considered the first true home gaming console.

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12:26
Jeremy’s holiday gift guide: Mac, iPhone & iPad...

My first post for 9to5Mac is on a topic near and dear to my heart: best-of-breed Apple products and accessories. Why should you trust me? I’ve been a professional product reviewer for 23 years and an Apple user for 28 years. Last week, I finished an 11-year stint running the editorial side of iLounge, the leading Apple product review site, where I tested literally thousands of Apple accessories from every major company on the planet. Readers have praised my reviews as accurate and insightful, and I always put my readers’ needs first when testing new products.


I just joined 9to5Mac as Senior Editor, focusing on product reviews, so I’m excited to share some of my favorite picks with you today! One important thing you should know is this: even though I’ve tried the fanciest gear on the market for the past decade, I don’t...

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12:17
Keep TidBITS Publishing in 2015: Become a TidBITS...

Learn how you can help keep TidBITS vibrant and relevant in the face of ever-increasing costs for writing, editing, development, and hosting. We have some perks for you in return!

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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12:15
MasterCard rolls out new Apple Pay commercial...

MasterCard today posted a new video touting the fact that iPhone 6 users who make Apple Pay transactions will find themselves eligible for the company's "priceless surprises" promotion, a sweepstakes that bestows unsuspecting customers with some pret...

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12:13
Typo returns with redesigned Typo2 keyboard for...

The creators of the Typo keyboard case have returned with a new model, the Typo2. The accessory has been redesigned not only to accommodate the iPhone 6, but to avoid the legal troubles the company has encountered with BlackBerry. Although a lawsuit is still pending, BlackBerry won a sales injunction against the first-generation case....



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12:00
Elevate - Brain Training and Threes! distinguished...

Apple this weekend announced the winners in its Best of 2014 in the iTunes Store. The annual awards highlights the best apps, music, movies and books from the just ending year. Winners in the App Store include Elevate - Brain Training, which won App ...

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11:53
Apple CEO Tim Cook among eight finalists for Time...

Time revealed on Monday that Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook is once again one of its finalists for the magazine's "Person of the Year" award, joining the likes of Alibaba CEO Jack Ma, Russian President Vladmir Putin, pop star Taylor Swift, Ebola caregivers, and protesters in Ferguson, Mo.

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11:32
Tim Cook nominated Time Person of the Year finalist...

Time has posted its Finalists for Person of the Year today and Apple’s CEO Tim Cook it on the list. Time credits the Alabama native for introducing a number of new products as well as coming out as the first openly gay Fortune 500 CEO.

Tim Cook, who introduced Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple Watch, and Apple Pay this year, and whose decision to come out made him the first openly gay Fortune 500 CEO.

Other nominees (that don’t necessarily conform to “person” moniker) include:

  • The Ferguson protesters, who took to the streets in August following the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer, and again in November when a grand jury declined to indict the officer in the killing.
  • The Ebola caregivers, who are still fighting the biggest Ebola outbreak in history, that has so far taken the...
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11:30
Best Buy discounts the iPad Air 2 and mini 3 in $50...

If you missed the big Black Friday sales on the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, you now have another chance to score one of Apple's latest iPad models at a significant discount. Best Buy kicked off a new promotion on Sunday that takes up to $100 off the ...

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11:18
MasterCard, Gwen Stefani tout 'Priceless...

Apple's mobile payment partners continued their marketing onslaught on Monday as MasterCard, the world's second-largest credit card provider, released a new 30-second television ad featuring Apple Pay and female rocker Gwen Stefani.

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11:12
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-08

John Martellaro thinks it's time for Apple to step up its iPad game, or risk losing market share. John and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about whether or not that's a serious issue, and John shares what he thinks Apple should do to lock in the iPad's long term success.


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