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Monday December 8

06:16
∞ The coming fragmentation of web video

On the emerging disruption of YouTube’s dominant hold on video content. What’s coming next?

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06:15
News: Apple announces iTunes Best of 2014

Apple has announced its Best of 2014 picks on iTunes, a list that chooses the best content selected by Apple’s iTunes Editorial team in each of the various sections of the App Store. Apple’s 2014 App of the Year was Elevate - Brain Training (free) by Elevate, with Instagram’s Hyperlapse (free) coming in as runner-up. Other notable runners up for Apps include Yahoo News Digest (free), SwiftKey Keyboard (free), 1Password (free), and…

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06:10
Paul Shin Devine gets a Year in Jail, $4.5M Fine for...

Paul Shin Devine, the former mid-level Apple manager who took over a million dollars in kickbacks for leaking confidential company plans to Asian parts suppliers, has been sentenced to a year in prison and must repay $4.5 million. He was arrested in 2010 and ultimately plead guilty to federal conspiracy, money laundering, and wire fraud charges.


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06:00
All the best app reviews last week on TUAW

Last week was a busy one for apps in the iOS App Store, giving your favorite TUAW writers a chance to post some great reviews of the apps that grace their home screens. Here's a quick roundup of our recent reviews -- and a few app roundups -- you may...

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05:57
Ex-Apple supply chain manager fined, sentenced to 1...

Former Apple Global Supply Manager Paul Devine --?who ran afoul of the law in 2010 for selling details of upcoming Apple products to Asian manufacturers --?has been sentenced to one year in prison and fined $4.5 million for his role in the conspiracy.

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05:45
The Apple Watch and Moore’s Law

Jean-Louis Gassée, writing for Monday Note:

At the medium to low end, the impact of Moore’s law was nearly lethal. Smartphone cameras have become both so good and so convenient…that they have displaced almost all other consumer picture taking devices.

How will Moore’s Law affect the Apple Watch?

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05:17
What Steve Jobs got right and wrong about the web...

Even a man as visionary as Steve Jobs is going to have his hits and misses. In a bunch of interviews given around 1995 and 1996, Jobs was already predicting the importance of ecommerce.

About 15% of goods and services in the US are sold from catalogues or via television. All that’s going to go on the web and more. Billions and billions, soon tens of billions of dollars worth of goods and services are going to be sold on the web.

But as Business Insider noted from a 1996 Wired interview, he didn’t get everything right. It’s hard to even remember a time when Google wasn’t the first place we started when researching anything from a new gadget to traffic conditions, yet Jobs didn’t see us using the web as a source of...

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05:04
Pixelmator, Beyonce, 'Guardians of the Galaxy...

Apple on Monday debuted its curated list of the best content available from its various digital platforms, including apps, music, movies, books, podcasts and more.

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04:27
Apple announces iTunes Best of 2014: apps, music,...

Apple has announced its favorite apps, music, movies, TV shows and books of the year, with Elevate – Brain Training declared iPhone App of the Year while number puzzle game Threes! won iPhone Game of the Year.

For the iPad, ‘desktop-class’ image editor Pixelmator took the top slot, with the gorgeous Monument Valley winning best game. Both Threes! and Monument Valley previously won Apple Design...

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Sunday December 7

22:15
The trouble with cheap oil

The New Yorker:

High oil prices would force governments, corporations, and consumers to find another way to power the world. It was a nice dream, but it’s over now. We are awash in cheap oil. Propelled largely by a boom in domestic production, due to hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,’’ and horizontal drilling, oil prices fell below $70 a barrel on Thursday—from a high in June of $112.12. Prices have fallen nearly every day for the past two months, and some economists predict that we will soon see oil selling for less than fifty dollars a barrel.

Domestic production isn’t the only reason prices are falling but it’s certainly true that cheaper oil just delays the inevitable.

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21:53
Helmetless football? It’s the new practice at New...

Peter King:

The sight of players going into contact without helmets is jarring to observers accustomed to standard football drills. Players dive at tackling dummies, or push into blocking sleds, or wrap up a live runner without helmets. Their heads are bare, and so by instinct, they don’t lead with their heads.

“At first, tackling without a helmet doesn’t seem like the best idea, with the size of the guys we have around here,” says Cameron Shorey, a 6-5, 252-pound sophomore defensive end. “But when we started doing it, it made more sense to keep our heads out of the contact zone. We use our chests, use our legs, and absorb most of the force with our bodies, not our heads.”

I love football – I played it in high school – but I definitely believe we have to find ways to make it safer for the players’ brains.

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21:11
The sickest drummer in metal right now uses an iPad

You’ve got to check out this video os a sick drum solo by Appleman, a drummer without enough room for a full drum kit in his house. According to the description in his YouTube video, he improvised with a copy of GarageBand ($4.99) running on his iPad. Appleman does his thing on a third generation iPad and GarageBand’s Live Rock Kit. As for the guitar, it’s simply:

GarageBand > Instruments > Smart Guitar > HardRock Guitar sound > AUTOPLAY no.1 for the first four bars and then no.2 for the next four bars, pressing “E” (key E Major/♩=120)

(via Digg)

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19:23
Firefox 34.0

Adds Firefox Hello, a Skype-like, Web real-time communication (WebRTC) feature. (Free, 68.6 MB)

 

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19:04
Hands On: Civilization: Beyond Earth (Windows, OS X)

Civilization isn't the first strategy series in video gaming, but it is probably the most enduring. Since the series' introduction in 1991, countless players have been stormed by barbarians, built the pyramids, and been nuked into oblivion (because of a coding bug) by the Indians. This year, the Firaxis-developed series launched a sequel to both Civilization V and the well-regarded Alpha Centauri in the form of Civilization: Beyond Earth available on OS X, Windows, and Linux. How many hours of your life will this one take?...



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18:52
Boom 2.0

Major new release of volume booster and equalizer app. ($14.99 new, free update, 5.0 MB)

 

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18:38
Weekly Game Replay: PlayStation Experience, Assassin...

Every Sunday, Electronista and MacNN offer up some of the news direct from the video game world in one article. During this week's Weekly Game Replay, we look at a slew of news from the PlayStation Experience and Game Awards in Las Vegas, the leak of the next Assassin's Creed game, Australian stores pulling Grand Theft Auto 5, a new studio from 2K Games, and gameplay footage from the upcoming Legend of Zelda Wii U game....



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16:28
Apple's latest iPad Air 2 ad is departure from...

Apple on Sunday released an ad highlighting its newly launched iPad Air 2 that, like recent commercials for iPad, chooses to demonstrate the tablet's flexibility by showing off a variety of apps, from productivity solutions to multimedia content creation.

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14:49
Uber launches in Portland, drivers face fines for...

Uber announced the launch of its ridesharing service in Portland at the end of last week, moving into Oregon's largest metropolitan area almost a month after coming to four other cities outside the area, including Hillsboro and Beaverton. However, the service hit a significant snag on the same day, running afoul of the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and a city commissioner....



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13:45
Apple Posts ‘iPad Air 2 - Change’ Commercial with...

Apple posted a new commercial to its YouTube channel Sunday called "iPad Air 2 - Change" (embedded in full below). The spot highlights people doing and making things in new ways, all powered by their iPad Air 2. In the description, Apple said, "Change is in the Air. From the studio to the classroom, the field to the garage, iPad Air 2 is helping people discover new and better ways to do the things they love. Imagine what youâll do with it." It features "Who Needs You" by The Orwells off of Disgraceland.


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12:29
Former Apple Global Supply Manager Paul Devine...

A former Apple Global Supply Manager was sentenced in a San Jose federal court earlier this week nearly 3 years after being convicted of wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering in relation to selling Apple iPhone and component secrets to Apple’s suppliers. AP notes that Paul Shin Devine was up to no good:

The scheme funneled millions in kickbacks to Devine for passing along confidential information to Apple Inc. suppliers and manufacturers who used the secrets to negotiate more favorable deals.

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12:24
Claim that Google Chromebooks "overtook"...

Last week's Financial Times headline claiming that Google had overtaken Apple in U.S. education--based on data from IDC--was not just technically inaccurate but wildly misleading and served to obscure far more meaningful trends occurring in the PC market, particularly in education as well as the broader emerging segment of new computing form factors.

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12:05
Apple’s new ‘Change is in the Air’ ads show novel...

Apple released a new iPad Air 2 campaign during Sunday football today showcasing various unique physical and software applications for the iPad Air 2.

Featuring the song “Who Needs You” by The Orwells [iTunes Store, Youtube], the ad is a departure from last year’s iPad Air which were focused on a single user.

iPad Air 2 isn’t just the thinnest and lightest iPad we’ve ever created. It’s the most powerful. From the studio to the classroom, the field to the garage, it’s helping people discover new and better ways to do the things they love. Imagine what you’ll do with it.

Microsite embedded below:...

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11:47
German Chancellor speaks out against net neutrality...

While members of the European Union and the US fight net neutrality and Internet traffic equality battles, German Chancellor Angela Merkel waded in during a conference in Berlin to explain her outlook for the Internet. Instead of looking towards maintaining a neutral playing field for all, Merkel says that the Internet should be split into two tiers to accommodate special services....



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09:28
MGG 530: Chasing Those Pesky Incrementing Hostnames

Eliminating Yosemite's Incrementing computer names, the real skinny on Yosemite and third-party SSDs, which codecs to use for creating your own streamable movies, advice on clean-installing and much, much more keep your geeks busy throughout this week's Mac Geek Gab episode. Download, press play and enjoy!


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05:46
Apple’s first employee: The remarkable odyssey of...

Ever hear of Bill Fernandez? Maybe not, but his importance to Apple’s early success is undeniable. And it makes for a great Sunday read.

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05:22
The saddest thing I know about integers

This is for math geeks and musicians. What really happens if you use a circle of fourths or fifths to tune an instrument?

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02:56
Best Buy again slashes Apple's iPad Air 2 and...

Best Buy on Sunday kicked off a second leg of extremely aggressive discounts on Apple's latest iPads, offering $50 instant discounts on all iPad Air 2 models and between $50 and $100 off all iPad mini 3 models.

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02:11
Neglecting the Lessons of Cypherpunk History

Nicola Hahn writes Over the course of the Snowden revelations there have been a number of high profile figures who've praised the merits of encryption as a remedy to the quandary of mass interception. Companies like Google and Apple have been quick to publicize their adoption of cryptographic countermeasures in an effort to maintain quarterly earnings. This marketing campaign has even convinced less credulous onlookers like Glenn Greenwald. For example, in a recent Intercept piece, Greenwald claimed: "It is well-established that, prior to the Snowden reporting, Silicon Valley companies were secret, eager and vital participants in the growing Surveillance State. Once their role was revealed, and they perceived those disclosures threatening to their future profit-making, they instantly adopted a PR tactic of presenting themselves as Guardians of Privacy. Much of that is simply self-serving re-branding, but some of it, as I described last week, are genuine improvements in the...

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01:16
Review: iPhone-connected BACtrack Mobile...

With Bluetooth connectivity and Apple HealthKit integration, the BACtrack Mobile Smartphone Breathalyzer for iPhone brings the "quantified self" trend to a new category: alcohol consumption.

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Saturday December 6

20:26
Apple Campus 2 December 2014 update + Drone Flyover...



 

Our bi-monthly drone flight over Apple’s Campus 2 doesn’t reveal anything huge but things are definitely moving along from last time, especially in the foundation. Check the YouTube below and thanks again to Myithz, our eye in the sky.

 

Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple,...

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18:25
Algoriddim and djay(RED)

My thanks to Algoriddim for sponsoring The Loop’s RSS feed this week. Algoriddim, creators of the world’s best selling DJ app with over 15 million downloads on iOS, has partnered with the AppStore and (RED) to bring you an exclusive (PRODUCT)RED version of djay. Available for a limited time only, djay 2 for iPhone and iPad contains a free (djay)RED skin as well as an exclusive (djay)RED sample pack available via In-App Purchase. From now through December 7, 100% of the proceeds when buying djay 2 or any of the (djay)RED In-App Purchases go to (RED)’s fight against AIDS.

Stand with Algoriddim, App Store, and (RED) to fight for an AIDS FREE GENERATION.

Get djay 2 on the App Store today: Mix Tracks. Save Lives.

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13:18
A fun way to learn about copyright

Photofocus:

The folks at Duke University’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain has produced a (free) comic book that explains copyright in both a clear and interesting way. Learn about the delicate balance between intellectual property and the public domain – the realm of material that is free to use without permission or payment.

Every “content creator” should understand the basics of copyright and this comic book is a clever and visually interesting way to do it.

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13:11
Review: Harman Kardon Esquire Mini is the best...

not me

I reviewed two portable Bluetooth speakerphone options earlier this year: The Philips WeCall ($145) vs. Logitech P710e ($125) . Both are square and have internal batteries and make conference calling easy. But for their ~$150 price tag, I wondered if you could get more portability and style without sacrificing sound quality.

The answer to those questions is...

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12:53
OWC ships 1TB versions of Mercury Electra 2.5-inch...

Computer upgrade company OWC earlier this week announced a new 1TB OWC 2.5-inch Mercury Electra 6G SATA SSD. The new drive giving 960GB of addressable storage boasts sustained transfer rates of up to 535MB/s read and 443MB/s write, with the company boasting that the drive is specifically engineered for Apple upgrades. The new capacity is available now for $449....



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12:40
The nerve-wracking process of shooting the very last...

Wired:

At a space shuttle launch, a front row seat is 3 miles away. If you want to get closer, you have two options: Be an astronaut, or be a camera. Photographer Dan Winters got a rare chance to explore the second option.

In 2011, after NASA announced it would be ending the shuttle program, Winters received permission to document the final launches of the space shuttles Discovery, Endeavor and Atlantis. He’s compiled that work in the book Last Launch. A shuttle launch is a violent event, yet Winters captured them with the same stunning intimacy found in his portraits. And while he had unparalleled access to make that happen, the logistics were tremendous. At WIRED by Design, the photographer explained how he got the shots.

Both the above video and the Wired article are fascinating looks at both the technical and emotional side of photographing these last moments of history.

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11:54
Traffic light lets you play Pong with person on the...

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This is Colossal:

The game units have been designed and approved for use by the city of Hildesheim, Germany where they were installed two weeks ago. Rebranded as the ActiWait, the devices aren’t just a clever way to pass the time while waiting for cars, hopefully they disuade impatient pedestrians from darting through traffic.

Who said Germans don’t have a sense of humour and fun?

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10:45
The Apple TV needs to get back in the picture

Six Colors:

Apple’s getting its lunch eaten by competitors, and the hits just keep on coming. The most recent numbers have Google’s Chromecast and Amazon’s Fire TV pulling ahead of Apple’s set-top box, and you know what? They should be. Right now, they’re better products: they have support for more services, they have more flexibility, and they’re cheaper.

The Apple TV, on the other hand, hasn’t gotten a meaningful upgrade since 2010.

He’s not wrong. I used to recommend the Apple TV wholeheartedly but it’s far too long in the tooth now.

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10:22
Hands On: Newertech Wireless Aluminum Keypad (OS X,...

Most of the OS X machines Apple sells these days are laptops with the built-in keyboard. The vast majority of the remainder are iMacs -- also most with an abbreviated keyboard. Despite Apple's minimalist design, users sometimes could use a dedicated numeric keypad. Accessory manufacturer Newertech has a wireless solution -- a Bluetooth Wireless Aluminum Keypad. MacNN has lived with one for a while....



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09:25
Hands On: Time Lapse with HDR (iOS)

Photography and film making is becoming popular again, thanks to the era of cellphone photography. Now, thanks to apps that can control the frequency at which pictures are taken, time lapsed videos are also making a large comeback. Time Lapse with HDR - Lucky Clan, by Lucky Clan, is one of the apps that is helping novice photographers create their own time lapse videos....



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09:15
Sony Pictures employees receive email threatening...

The Sony Pictures hack has taken a dark turn. A mass email in broken English went out to employees whose data was stolen by the so-called "Guardians of Peace," demanding that recipients return the email, or "not only you but your family will be in danger." In the email, the attackers are demanding that employees "make your company behave wisely" in order to stop future incidents by the hack group....



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09:00
Apple files motion to dismiss iPod antitrust lawsuit...

The iPod class action suit that went to trial this week may not run its course. As detailed by the New York Times, Apple has called into question whether or not the two named plaintiffs at issue actually purchased iPods during the relevant time perio...

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07:30
Three Holiday Gift Ideas for Older Techies

What to get older parents and grandparents for the holidays is often a dififcult decision. They tend to get things they know they need on their own, so Nancy Carroll Gravley has three suggestions for useful gifts that the recipients need, but don't know they need.


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07:00
Caturday: Gipetto takes a break from a laptop SSD...

On Caturday, we've seen cats doing just about everything with a Mac, iPad or iPhone that you can imagine... but it took until today for us to see a feline helping out on a MacBook upgrade.

TUAW reader Mike Marin says:

Hi all, this is a humble Catu...

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06:46
Fake food. For wearing. What the what?

Have you ever walked by a restaurant and seen various dishes in the window, designed to give you a visual sense of the menu? Now imagine that hyper-realistic fake food as a necklace, earrings, hair clip, etc. Awesome!

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:30
The Week in iPad Cases: Book-bound folio cases and...

Book-bound folio cases and Trapper Keeper-inspired storage

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases features cases with extra storage pockets for your other gear, book cases for book fans, and trendy patterns.

The Leathers

The Zipper Portfolio (iPad Air; $95) sports a zippered closure that keeps your your tablet safe and gives you storage for your everyday items.

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06:28
Apple Maps and Google Maps, a side-by-side analysis

This is a thoughtful, non-judgmental analysis of the design of Apple Maps and Google Maps, running on iOS and Android respectively. Fantastic read.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:13
∞ Autocorrect canceling gesture

I am a fan of autocorrect. And I hate it, too.

I love autocorrect when it helps me properly spell a difficult or mis-typed word or when it speeds up my typing by properly predicting the next word I’d like to type.

Here’s a proposal to make autocorrect a bit better.

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06:00
Gadget Ogling: Seeing E-Ink Everywhere, Breathing...


Welcome, dear readers, and set aside that last leftover-turkey sandwich for a short while as we explore the murky landscape of freshly announced gadgets. On the menu in our post-Thanksgiving edition are a pair of e-ink smart devices, wearables with a health focus, an intelligent home brewing kit, a kitschy kitchen product, and perhaps the most useless item we've included in this column to date. I really liked the concept of the YotaPhone when I covered it last year. Now the dual-screen Android phone is striking again.

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05:50
Opinion: Touch ID improves iPad security at cost of...

The auto-unlock feature of the iPad Smart Cover was once touted as a unique and convenient way of interacting with Apple's tablet, but it has now been hampered by the addition of Touch ID to the latest iPad models.

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05:30
The yellow flag is out for the motorsport.com app

If you are an auto racing enthusiast, regardless of what form of racing you follow, the motorsport.com app is one you should check out. The free universal app requires iOS 7.0 or later and is a winner is some areas but comes up short of the finish li...

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Friday December 5

21:39
Protestors take over Fifth Ave Apple Store in '...

A group of protestors condemning the controversial police killings of two African Americans took part in a "die-in" at the iconic Fifth Avenue Apple Store in New York City Friday night, crowding the site and bringing retail operations to a grinding halt.

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20:16
FCC panel issues recommendations on smartphone theft...

A U.S. Federal Communications Commission group tasked with developing government, industry and consumer recommendations to mitigate device theft issued a report on Thursday lauding Apple's iOS Activation Lock feature as model deterrent.

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18:50
Protesters take to 5th Ave Apple Store: “what better...

Image via Reuters/Robert MacMillan

New Yorkers protesting the recent decision of a grand jury not to indict the NYPD officer who killed Eric Garner took their movement to Apple’s iconic glass cube on 5th Avenue earlier today. The protesters staged what Reuters reporter Robert MacMillan called “a mass die-in” inside the flagship Apple Store for about fifteen minutes.

Aaaaand we are at the Apple Store. http://t.co/EINgR3TERb


Robert MacMillan (@bobbymacReports) December 05, 2014

MacMillan tweeted coverage from the protest, which lasted from 6:35 to about 6:50 PM according to the timestamps. MacMillan said that no arrests were...

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17:27
Apple to face labor related class-action suit after...

A three-judge panel in California's Superior Court recently denied Apple's appeal to throw out a class-action lawsuit lodged by current and former employees who claim the company's treatment of workers violate state labor codes.

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17:20
laser pointer is ok

Forums: ResharingTags: laser pointer

This lazer puissant is becoming a universal wireless presenter. Connect the USB transmitter to a computer and use the arrows on the product for changing slides during a slide show, for example. There is no need to stay glued to the computer to scroll through the information. The ideal tool to complete a successful oral presentation!

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17:11
Friday Deals: iHome, Airports, HDTVs, cameras, app...

Welcome to the post-Black Friday edition of Friday Deals! Each week, we round up some great savings on cool stuff for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. During the holiday buying season, the deals are plentiful, so keep checking back over the weekend, as we add new deals we find or that readers let us know about! As usual, all prices are correct at the time of publication, but may not be valid at a later time. Double-check before buying!...



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16:03
Steve Wozniak on Designing Apple I and Apple II,...

Bloomberg interviewed Steve "Woz" Wozniak about the early early days of Apple Inc., or Apple Computer, Inc. as it was known back in the day. It's a fantastic interview (embedded below), and interesting things include Woz talking about his own pursuit of artistic perfection in the Apple I circuit boards. He said that he threw his own designs out the window and red one circuit board when he realized how he could reduce the number of drilled holes needed from eight down to five. He also downplayed Apple's garage startup myth. While Apple did spend a few weeks doing some work in Steve Jobs's parent's garage, saying, "there were hardly ever more than two people in the garage, and mostly they were just sitting around doing nothing productive." He also talked about Steve Jobs in the early days. It's the most interesting interview with Mr. Wozniak that I've seen in years.

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16:00
Steve Jobs deposition reveals details of Apple’s...

The videotaped deposition of Apple’s late co-founder Steve Jobs was played in court today as part of the ongoing antitrust lawsuit involving the iPod, iTunes, and digital rights management. As CNET reports, the video revealed new details of Apple’s deals with record labels and why the FairPlay DRM was created.

Jobs said in his statement that because the record labels were afraid that a store like iTunes could lead to music piracy, they required Apple to create and implement a digital rights management...

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16:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Riptide GP2 [iOS Univer...

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15:58
Apple DRM Lawsuit Might Be Dismissed: Plaintiffs...

UnknowingFool writes The lawsuit involving Apple and iTunes DRM may be thrown out because the plaintiffs did not own the iPods for which they are suing. The lawsuit covers iPods for the time period between September of 2006 and March of 2009. When Apple checked the serial numbers of the iPods of the plaintiffs, it appears they were not manufactured during this time. One plaintiff did purchase an iPod in 2005 and in 2010 and has withdrawn from the suit. The second plaintiff's iPod was manufactured in July 2009 but claims purchasing another iPod in 2008. Since the two plaintiffs were the only ones in the suit, the case may be dismissed for lack of standing.

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15:45
Apple on trial: company execs say DRM was forced on...

OAKLAND, Calif. — Top Apple executives were on the witness stand Thursday, contesting class-action lawyers' contentions that the company's copy-protection scheme was anti-competitive and illegal.

It was the third day of testimony in a long-running antitrust class-action suit that has finally headed to a trial. Plaintiffs representing a class of resellers and consumers say Apple's digital rights management (DRM) shut out competitors and illegally raised prices.

First up was iTunes chief Eddy Cue, who repeatedly pointed out that Apple didn't want DRM on its music at all. But big record labels wouldn't participate in an online music marketplace unless DRM was present, he said.

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15:30
Stick Nodes: Bringing stick figures to life

Crazy stick figure dances, a stick figure ninja battle, and insane animations are just a few of the fun things users can create in Stick Nodes. Animated gifs can be made from piecing together individual frames featuring stick figure characters. Stick...

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15:23
Steve Jobs' videotaped testimony aired in iPod...

A videotaped deposition from late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs was viewed in court on Friday as part of the ongoing "iPod iTunes" trial, while lawyers for the class attempted to add a new plaintiff after dropping one earlier in the day.

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15:16
Apple Doesn't Need No Stinking Streaming Media...


In the first three quarters of 2014, the Google Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV made stunning gains in sales activity versus the market-leading Roku and the No. 2 device from 2012 and 2013, the Apple TV, according to a study that made the rounds this week. Roku snapped up 29 percent of sales, down from 46 percent in 2013, while Google Chromecast rose to claim 20 percent of device sales, edging past the Apple TV sales share of 17 percent, down from 26 percent. The Amazon Fire TV, which didn't even appear until April, is already in fourth place.

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15:13
PDFpen 2 for iOS Offers New Features along Paid...

Slick as it is — and it is slick — Smile’s new PDFpen 2 for iOS offers something that App Store doesn’t ordinarily provide: a paid upgrade path.

 

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15:05
Dr. Mac’s Tried and True Apple Holiday Gift Guide (...

All year long I look for the very best gadgets for my end-of-the-year gift guide columns. This is the first of three installments, replete with something for everyone, with most items going for under $60.


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15:00
Vessyl connected cup tracks hydration and more; also...

Those of us who are watching our waistlines often pay detailed attention to what we see on our plates, but not to what we drink. Hydration (or lack thereof) is also a key part of staying healthy, but iPhone apps to date have usually focused on how ma...

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14:18
9to5Toys Last Call: Sony NEX-5TL camera $300, PNY...

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:

Amazon Gold Box: Sony NEX-5TL w/ 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens:...

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14:15
How Apple’s iPad Could Flourish Once Again

Apple's iPad sales have been declining. Everyone in North America and Europe who needs or wants one has bought one. Now, Apple is faced with the need to engage new, perhaps less affluent geographies. But also, crucially, there is the business of getting the iPad on a path to more capabilities, growing with user needs and expectations. The phenomenal sales of the MacBook Air punctuates this lack of iPad development and maturity. What's the fix?


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14:12
Apple Maps gets 9 new Flyover locations, Siri adds...

Apple on Friday pushed out an update to two first party services, bringing Flyover to nine new locales including Avignon, France, while expanding international movie showtime support for Siri.

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14:06
Briefly: Instapaper 6.1, Readdle launches PDF Office

Article aggregating app Instapaper has released an update for iOS devices. Allowing users to save and store articles for reading later, the update features a redesigned save extension, including the ability to save directly to a folder and also supports offline saving. Users can now starting reading on one device and continue on another with the app's new hand-off support, and its new Unread Count feature can be enabled to show what content has yet to be read in the form of a badge counter. Several other improvements and bug fixes are also included. Free to download, Instapaper requires iOS 8...



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14:04
The MiP Smartphone-Controlled Robot: $89.99

We have a fun deal for you today on MiP, the smartphone-controlled robot. Using a free app from the App Store, you can control MiP right from your iPhone or iPad (Android users can use it, too-check the deal for compatible Android devices). MiP balances on two wheels, and it has seven modes: MiP, tracking, dance, roam, tricks, cage and stack. You can also direct him using gestures. Praise him, and he'll be your best friend. But if you push him over, he gets angry. Come on, that's cool! MiP retails for $100, but through our deal he's yours for $89.99.


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14:00
Slices of Apple episode 12: The 105% solution

Slices of Apple is a documentary series exploring the success of Apple as a company. It seeks to educate business leaders, entrepreneurs and laypeople about how Apple keeps delivering consistently great products.

In this episode of Slices of Apple, ...

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13:33
News: Apps of the Week: Caviar, Noda, Peggle Blast...

New Apps + Games Caviar (free) — Out of Square’s purchase of the online delivery service Caviar comes an iOS app by the same name, allowing you to order food from your favorite restaurants in an immersive experience that lets you browse photos of food, customize your meal, and track your delivery right in the app. While limited right now to only nine major urban areas, the app provides delivery from restaurants ranging from favorite little…

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13:30
The Week in iPhone Cases: Want to disguise your...

From pay phones to ice cream cones

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases touches upon a few interesting themes, from the world of food to that of fashion—with some classic options in between.

Ballistic

The Tungsten (iPhone 6 Plus; $40) offers a two-piece design with a multilayer frame made of polycarbonate, silicon, and acrylics.

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13:28
Apple adds new regions for Flyover, Siri movie...

Apple has added a collection of new locations to its Flyover feature in Maps, and new countries to the list that can access movie listings through Siri. In the former category are Avignon, Biarritz, and Perpignan in France; the Grand Canyon and Meteor Crater in Arizona; Devil's Tower in Wyoming, Dunedin in New Zealand, Royal Gorge in Arkansas, and finally Visby in Sweden. Apple has been slowly updating the number of areas with Flyover support since iOS 6 was released in 2012....



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13:28
Judge: Target's ignorance a 'key role...

The judge overseeing the suit filed by banks against Target regarding the "Black Friday" data breach from 2013 has allowed the suit to continue, despite protestations by the retailer. Judge Paul A. Magnuson of the Minnesota district court has ruled that Target failed to respond to warnings that an attack was imminent, and the failure to observe these warnings meant that the company played a "key role" in allowing the data theft....



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13:18
Reuters’ “Best Photos of 2014″

From Reuters. Fair warning – these are news shots and some are very graphic and disturbing but all are powerful.

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13:05
∞ How bourbon is made

Fascinating video. If you’re looking for a special treat for yourself or a wonderful gift to give this holiday season, you can’t go wrong with a bottle of Woodford Reserve Bourbon. One of my favourites.

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13:00
Big cats take center stage in this illustrated...

OS X Mavericks and Yosemite broke the mold with their naming conventions, referencing California landmarks instead of the big cats that dominated the previous OS X titles. To celebrate OS X and last month's big Yosemite launch, Git-Tower has created ...

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12:47
Gift guide: The best leather cases & wallets for...

I prefer leather, wallet-style iPhone cases, and if you’re reading this you’re likely on the hunt for one as well. I’ve had a lot of cases arriving for review this time of the year following the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch, so below I’ve put together my thoughts on the best leather wallet cases around (and in some cases vegan leather), to guide you through your purchase and show you some of my favorites after going hands-on. 

Nodus Access Case |

It might have some competition for the top spot for craftsmanship and high-quality materials—that honor goes to Pad & Quill hands down—but it was my favorite case in terms of form and function for everyday use. It is, however, handcrafted from full grain Italian leathers with micro-fibre lining and an inside...

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12:45
Line prepares to globally launch mobile payments...

Japanese messaging service Line is preparing to globally launch a mobile payments service for iOS and Android in the near future. Line Pay, a service which has already launched in its native Japan in October, will allow its users to register payment details within the app, using their account to pay for Line stickers and other items from the Line store, as well as other online retailers and physical locations....



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12:34
Orion's Test Flight Triumph Fuels Mars Hopes


NASA's Orion spacecraft on Friday successfully completed its first test flight, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean west of Baja California at 8:29 a.m. PST after orbiting the Earth twice in roughly four and a half hours. Orion traveled some 60,000 miles during the mission and journeyed 3,600 miles into space -- 15 times more distant than the International Space Station and farther than any ship designed to carry humans has gone in more than 40 years. The mission is a critical step in NASA's journey to Mars.

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12:30
Apple sets its sights on India with plans for 500...

People in the U.S. and Europe might not be able to walk into a coffee shop without seeing a half dozen iDevices being tapped on, but Apple's gadgets aren't quite as widespread in India. According to Times of India, Apple is hoping to push further int...

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12:28
Real versus Apple plaintiff may lack status, Apple...

Following the revelation that the two plaintiffs in the ongoing iPod DRM lawsuit may have bought their iPods too late or too early, one of them has withdrawn, reports the New York Times. Melanie Tucker bought one iPod in 2005, and an iPod touch in 2010. The suit only addresses iPods bought between September 12th, 2006 and March 31st, 2009....



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12:20
Facebook gives Slingshot a second try with some...

Images your friends can view for 24 hours. Photo filters. Looping videos. Facebook’s ephemeral photo-messaging app Slingshot is taking a few familiar features from other well-loved services (Snapchat, Instagram, Vine) to boost its appeal.

Slingshot wasn’t exactly catching on with anyone with its send-to-view approach to messaging. Version 2.0 is a complete revamp: Instead of a private messaging premise that requires you to send (or “sling”) a shot to a friend before you can open the message they sent you (which was so annoying), Slingshot now lets you take a snap of your day that everyone can see for 24 hours. The makeover has been compared to Snapchat Stories, a similar approach that’s been incredibly popular with users and brands. You can still send a private message by replying or reacting to a story, but Slingshot’s emphasis is no longer on individual conversations.

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12:00
Mel's 2014 holiday gift ideas

My assignment: Suggest gifts for family, friends and even yourself. My list is things I use and adore, or things I want to buy. I'll offer some thoughts on hardware and software. Let's get right to it.

Prop 'n Go iPad stand

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11:52
Five fixes for OS X 10.10 Yosemite

TidBITS:

OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite has been out for a bit now and while it is working fine for many people, there are still a variety of complaints making the rounds on the Internet. Here then is a collection of five problems and solutions (or at least workarounds) that we’ve either experienced or had reported to us.

Not all of these will be applicable to everyone but some might help speed things up for you.

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11:45
Daily Deals for December 5, 2014, featuring the Best...

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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11:44
Mark Zuckerberg calls Apple CEO Tim Cook's view...

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg had harsh words for those --?including Apple CEO Tim Cook --?who have called the social network's ad-supported business model bad for consumers, saying that such comments are "ridiculous."

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11:12
Apple adds 9 new Flyover locations to Maps,...

Apple has today added 9 new locations to its Flyover feature in Maps (via MacRumors), including three in France, a landmark in Sweden, one in New Zealand, two in Arizona, and a couple more United States landmarks in Wyoming and Arkansas. Flyover allows users pinch to zoom and pan around high resolution views of more than a hundred different landmarks, and today’s additions bring the total number of supported locations up to 101.

Flyover has been around since the botched introduction of Apple’s built-in-house mapping service, but the app has gradually improved over the course of its lifetime. With iOS 8, Apple...

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11:01
Article: Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of...

Last year’s release of iTunes 11 made it clear that Apple wanted to take its venerable media player and iOS device management tool toward a new and different user interface, eschewing the old sidebar view in favor of a new, full-screen view that focused primarily on the media content, and leaned strongly toward arranging things in visual grids. While the design changes met with some negative reviews, particularly from long-time iTunes users,…

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11:00
White House photographer uses iPhone 6 to catch...

Christmas at the White House means a whole lot of camera flashes, poses, and smiles, and that usually means plenty of fancy camera equipment. For one seasoned photographer, Apple's iPhone is the tool of choice this year. As Time reports, photographer...

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10:54
Why Apple, Google, and FB Have Their Own Programming...

An anonymous reader writes: Scott Rosenberg, author of Dreaming in Code dissects Apple's Swift, Google's Go, and other new languages — why they were created, what makes them different, and what they bring (or not) to programmers. "In very specific ways, both Go and Swift exemplify and embody the essences of the companies that built them: the server farm vs. the personal device; the open Web vs. the App Store; a cross-platform world vs. a company town. Of all the divides that distinguish programming languages—compiled or interpreted? static vs. dynamic variable typing? memory-managed/garbage-collected or not?—these might be the ones that matter most today."

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10:50
Briefly: Sonos 5.2, Pandora interface update for iOS...

Wireless speaker system producer Sonos has released a beta software update, bringing the latest version to 5.2. Featuring new sound enhancement for its Playbar speaker, the update improves the soundstage using stereo imaging, and also includes improvements to the EQ and volume balance....



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10:35
Plaintiff withdrawn in iPod antitrust lawsuit

One of the two named plaintiffs in the long-running class-action lawsuit over Apple's FairPlay DRM was withdrawn on Friday by their attorneys, just one day after the revelation that neither plaintiff may be a member of the class they represent.

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10:30
Chance’s holiday gift guide: the products I use...

I’ve already broken down the best gifts for students this holiday season, but now it’s time to talk about the best gifts for all the Apple lovers in your life. These are most of the products that I use on a daily basis. Whether I use them on-the-go, while working, or pretty much 24/7, these are some of the best products that have earned a coveted spot in my daily routine.

Sony Cyber-shot RX100M3

There’s no doubting that the iPhone 6 has an amazing camera, probably the best smartphone camera there is, but in some instances, you just need something a little better and a little more powerful. That’s why I invested in the Sony Cyber-shot...

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10:28
US division of TD Bank readying Apple Pay support...

The US division of TD Bank is aiming at a mid-December launch of Apple Pay support, a source says. The company is reportedly training workers on both Apple Pay and tokenized Visa transactions. That training is scheduled to end late next week, in time for a launch currently targeted around December 18th. To verify cards the company is expected to use a system similar to that of institutions like Bank of America, which have people call their bank after adding a card through Passbook....



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10:24
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-05

Apple is planning on spending US$161 million on a theater in its new space ship campus. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about what they think that theater will include and how you go about spending that much money. John also has some insight on how companies decide when you need to sign for an Apple Pay purchase.


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10:00
Happy birthday to us! Ten years of TUAW

On this date in 2004, a new website devoted to Apple officially went live. The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) - at that time a property of Weblogs, Inc. - had two bloggers at that point, Laurie Duncan and Barb Dybwad. The co-founders of Weblogs, Inc....

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