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Saturday December 6

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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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!

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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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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.

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∞ 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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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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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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The yellow flag is out for the app

If you are an auto racing enthusiast, regardless of what form of racing you follow, the 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

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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.


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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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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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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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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∞ 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

I bought a new iPad Air ...

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Five fixes for OS X 10.10 Yosemite


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Apple asks court to dismiss iTunes DRM case after...

Apple is asking a California U.S. District Court to dismiss the class-action case accusing the company of violating antitrust laws.

Apple’s attorneys argue that the two plaintiffs in the case over iTunes DRM, who represent about 8 million iPod owners, don’t have standing to sue Apple because they didn’t even own affected iPod models, according to a motion for dismissal filed Friday.

Apple asked Melanie Tucker on Thursday to produce proof that she purchased iPods between 2006 and 2009, before Apple ended use of DRM in iTunes. Tucker and co-plaintiff Marianna Rosen claim Apple prevented songs from rival music services from playing on iPods with firmware updates in iTunes 7.0 and 7.4. Tucker’s attorneys confirmed that she didn’t purchase iPods covered within the class, and removed her from the plaintiff list on Thursday.


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Must-have iPhone, iPad, & Apple Pay apps for...

Shopping this year through iPhone and iPad apps is significantly more convenient thanks to Apple Pay and Touch ID. The latest iPhones and iPads allow you to avoid the arduous process of re-entering your credit card information each time at checkout and instead pay for your purchase with the touch of your finger.

Hopefully our holiday gift guides are steering you in the right direction for what to buy this year, especially with guides focused on using your iPhone and iPad in the carmaking music with Apple devices, ...

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Killer Deal: Free Apple SuperDrive and the lowest...

In yet another holiday deal that only AppleInsider can deliver, we've teamed up with Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama to give away a free Apple USB SuperDrive (for using CDs/DVDs) to every customer who purchases a MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, non-Retina iMac, or Mac Pro bundled with AppleCare. These bundles offer the absolute lowest prices anywhere, even before the SuperDrive is thrown in.

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Watch a 100-year-old, 28.5-liter engine scream to...

Popular Mechanics:

What a lovely video. What a delicate and sentimental homage to an elder statesmen of the land speed wars. What a beautiful, pastoral day, perfect for rolling out a… What uh…. What are they doing with the…. DEAR LORD. IT RUNS.

It’s called “The Beast of Turin” and it looks and sounds like the car Satan would drive. Thanks very much to Glenn Ramsey for the link.

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Apple hosting Hour of Code workshops for Computer...

Next week, Apple is hosting workshops and other special events at local retail Apple Stores to celebrate Computer Science Education Week. The highlight of the initiative is the Hour of Code workshop, which is a free one-hour lesson introducing comput...

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New Foxconn robots too imprecise for Apple products...

Foxconn's new assembly robots are proving too imprecise to manufacture Apple products, claims Chinese site Jiemian. First-generation robots have been assigned tasks involving larger components and tightening screws. The robots are said to have an accuracy of 0.05mm however, beyond the 0.02mm threshold demanded for Apple hardware....

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The invention of the Slinky


To counterbalance its simplicity, the Slinky has an utterly complex backstory. The toy has dealt with a slew of uncanny circumstances — an inventor who fled to South America to join a religious cult, a seven-figure debt, a mind-boggling reemergence under unlikely leadership — and has somehow managed to persevere with very little redesign.

I don’t know how popular the Slinky is outside of Canada and the US but is there anyone who didn’t get one of these for a gift at some point? And how long did it take you (or your rotten little brothers) to break it?

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Eddy Cue on DRM: It was Necessary to Swing Record...

Apple didn't want copy protection on music, but was forced into it to swing deals with record labels. That's the official word from Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services during his testimony at a class action lawsuit over the iPod's closed ecosystem.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's no secret Apple didn't want to use copy protection for iTunes songs. That requirement from the record labels led to the headache this lawsuit has become. Considering there may not actually be a plaintiff in the case, however, that headache may come to a very abrupt end.

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Forums: Mac OS X 11

Mac OS X 10 has only been officially available for a few months now, but MacNN forum goers are already looking to the future and discussing what they would like to see in Mac OS X 11. Earlier today when Forum Regular "michael180" ran into a puzzling problem with Apple Mail not being able to send an image file that was 31megs they turned to the forums looking for some advice....

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Apple deals: MacBook Pros from $929

Apple's online store is currently offering a vast selection of refurbished MacBook Pro models starting at $929. The 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive has been cut by $170 to $929. A $240 discount drops the cost on the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage, now $1,159....

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Mail To Self: An iOS 8 share-sheet extension that...

Dan Frakes:

A couple months back, I tweeted that the iOS 8 share-sheet extension I really wanted was one that would let me send myself an email—in other words, to share the current thing via email, but to have the resulting email message pre-addressed to me.

Like Dan, I do this frequently on iOS and have been using and liking this little extension.

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Apple seeds second OS X 10./10/2 Yosemite beta, asks...

If you’re still having Wi-Fi issues with Yosemite, there may be some hope on the way.

Per MacRumors, Apple on Thursday seeded the second beta of OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite to developers, two weeks after seeing the first 10.10.2 beta and two and a half weeks after releasing OS X 10.10.1 to the public.

The new beta, build 14C78c, is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and should be available in the Mac Dev Center soon.

Like OS X 10.10.1, as a minor update, OS X 10.10.2 is likely to bring bug fixes and performance improvements to the operating system. OS X 10.10.1 introduced several reliability enhancements, including improvements to Wi-Fi, but many users have still been reporting issues with Wi-Fi stability in Yosemite.


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Ergotron Lets Mac Users Stand and Deliver

If you want to stand while working on your Mac, Ergotron provides clamp-to-a-desk workstations marketed directly to the Apple crowd. However, these setups have some stability issues.


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Apple Store locations to host Hour of Code...

Programming may not be your thing, but this could still be something nifty to take your kids to.

Per TechCrunch, Apple is participating in this year’s Hour of Code, the second annual worldwide event designed to help spark interest in and provide access to coding education among youth and students. Apple’s participation will involve offering free one-hour workshops at its Apple Store retail locations, during which they’ll provide attendees with an introduction to basic computer science concepts. is the non-profit behind the Hour of Code movement, and is working with a number of corporations to organize this year’s movement. The group has funding from Microsoft and others, and...

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Spotfy promotion offers users 3 month premium...

With the rumor mill suggesting that Apple will bundle the Beats Music app into iOS early next year, the battle for music streaming supremacy will soon kick into high gear. As it stands now, there's no denying that Spotify, with 50 million active user...

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Five Fixes for OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Complaints are inevitable with any new release of OS X, and Yosemite has been garnering its fair share. Here are a few solutions and workarounds for problems we’ve experienced or seen reported.


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Hawking Sounds Alarm Over AI's End Game

Artificial intelligence eventually could bring about mankind's demise, according to renowned physicist Stephen Hawking. "Once humans develop [full] artificial intelligence, it would take off on its own and redesign itself at an ever-increasing rate," he said. SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Hawking and futurist Ray Kurzweil "all share a vision of autonomous artificial intelligence that ... we mere humans can't keep up with," said Dan Miller, founder and lead analyst with Opus Research.

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Apple's iPhone 6 Plus captures Christmas at the...

The iPhone continues to make inroads into the world of professional photography, with one White House cameraman selecting Apple's 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus as his weapon of choice when chronicling the unveiling of this year's Christmas decorations at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Daily Deal: Best Stocking Stuffers under $50

Today in iLounge Deals we have a roundup of great stocking stuffers for friends and family that won’t break your budget. iPhone users on to the go will enjoy the sleek Bluetooth earpiece ($17.99), a stylish and unobtrusive accessory for making and receiving calls. For the music lover, we have the AViiQ Concert Series tangle-free earphones ($16.99), with great noise isolation and finely tuned, powerful drivers. Help your friends and family keep…

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Mark Zuckerberg describes Tim Cook’s views on ad-...

In an interview with TIME, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has described Tim Cook’s comments on ad-supported businesses as “ridiculous,” and suggested that Apple’s products are over-priced.

Zuckerberg was referring to comments Cook made back in September about Apple’s approach to security and privacy, when Cook said:

A few years ago, users of Internet services began to realize that when an online service is free, you’re not the customer. You’re the product. 

While Cook was taking a shot at Google without specifically naming the company, the comment could apply equally well to Facebook, which has the same need to monetize its subscribers … ...

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The French pay tribute to The Red Balloon in this...

French telecom company Orange has released a charming new ad for the iPhone 6 which puts a spin on the classic short film, The Red Balloon. While the advertisement raises questions about how exactly every stranger in France has each other's number, i...

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Apple begins hiring retail positions in Brussels...

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As it continues to expand its global reach through its retail stores, Apple has begun recruiting for Apple Store-specific positions in Brussels through job listings posted online. As MacGeneration points out, the upcoming Apple Store opening in the capital city will mark Apple’s first retail location in Belgium.

Currently Apple lists a total of six job listings targeted for...

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New Bill Will Block Government from Mandating Back...

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced a new bill this week that would block government agencies from forcing companies to install back doors into their devices and data storage services to give investigators quick access to user data. The bill, dubbed the Secure Data Act, would effectively shut down efforts by the FBI and other agencies to require fundamentally unsecure encryption systems so they could more easily sift through the information on our smartphones and in our email accounts.

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Popular Instapaper app for offline reading updated...

Instapaper, the handy app that lets you grab content from the web and other apps for offline reading later, has been updated with support for the Handoff feature introduced as part of iOS 8.

Device handoff support: Start reading on one device, and pick up exactly where you left off on another device!

Version 6.1 of the app also has an improved save function, allowing you to save content directly to a particular folder, and allows you to enable a counter which displays a badge with the number of saved articles when viewing the app’s icon on the homescreen.

Instapaper is a free app, but saving content from compatible third-party apps requires a premium subscription costing $29.99 a year or $2.99 a month.

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Apple looks to establish 500 new resellers in India

Although no first-party stores are expected anytime soon, Apple is nevertheless engaging in a major retail expansion in India, according to a Times of India source. In coming months the company is expected to help establish 500 new resellers, particularly in smaller cities such as Amritsar, Pathankot, Moga, Coimbatore, Trichy, Nagpur, and Nasik. At the moment Apple's strength is in bigger cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, and Chennai, and even then it's a relatively marginal brand in the country....


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News: Apple expanding into India with 500 ‘iOS’...

Apple is reportedly planning to open 500 ‘iOS’ retail stores in India, according to The Economic Times. While Apple has had a presence in India since 2011, it has not been a “mainline” brand there, and has relied exclusively on two major distributors and a collection of independent authorized resellers. This new initiative would see the company opening a large number of its own stores, albeit in the smaller 300-600-square foot…

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Facebook’s crusade to reach every human on the planet

Time’s Lev Grossman, writes about Mark Zuckerberg’s relentless quest to get every human on the planet online and on Facebook.

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Ugly Christmas sweaters sink to new low thanks to...

If you are going to wear an ugly christmas sweater, you might well take it to the extremes with one of Digital Dudz' iPhone-enabled versions. The hideous sweaters double the ugly by allowing you to insert your phone into the holiday decoration. Fire ...

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OS X Yosemite: Using Dictation Commands

Have you ever wanted to talk to your Mac and have it not just transcribe what you say but follow commands, too? There's a neat new way to do that under Yosemite, and with this feature, you can hide and quit programs, select and interact with text, and even transform what you've typed into uppercase or lowercase. It's pretty useful, especially if you work in a place where you won't feel too odd speaking commands out loud! We've got it all here in this Quick Tip.

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Single question survey: How do you sync your iOS...

Kirk McElhearn put up a page with a single question survey. If you would, please take a minute to click over to this page and answer the question. Once the results are known, Kirk will post them and so will we. Thanks.

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Pipes brings powerful push notifications to...

Pipes is a customizable news reader for iPhone and iPad that allows users to select categories and topics of news and read through only what appeals to them. The app aggregates news from a variety of sources and delivers them to your home feed based ...

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The holidays arrive on iTunes Radio, with ten...

For those worried that they might not get quite enough Christmas music this month from coffee shops, stores, bars and just about everywhere else in existence, iTunes Radio has you covered. Apple yesterday added a whole collection of new stations to its streaming music service, each of them playing Christmas music and nothing but Christmas music.

The ten (yes, ten) stations range from Classical Holiday to Country Holiday. As ever with iTunes Radio, the stations play ad-free for iTunes Match subscribers, while others get ads (including visual ads) every few tracks after an earlier ad-free day courtesy of Verizon.

If you’re keen on minimizing your exposure to holiday music, however, you can stay out of the stores and do most of your shopping online thanks to the...

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You Should Play: The Banner Saga delivers epic role-...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

It’s the end of the world as the fantasy inhabitants of The Banner Saga know it, and to be quite honest, they’re not feeling so great. The sun suddenly stopped moving in the sky, the terrifying and towering humanoid Dredge beings have begun appearing more rapidly, and everything by and large has fallen into disarray. 

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Apple class action suit falls apart


Lawyers for Apple have raised a last-minute challenge saying new evidence suggested that the two women named as plaintiffs may not have purchased iPod models covered by the lawsuit.

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Apple planning to support 500 Apple resellers in...

An Apple Premium Reseller store in India

Times of India has put numbers on its earlier claim that Apple was planning to open a collection of iOS-centric stores in India. It now says that Apple plans to support 500 new resellers in the country as part of a major expansion program into smaller towns and cities, where Samsung currently dominates.

Apple reportedly sold a million iPhones in India in the 12 months to September 2014, helped in part by a cheaper 8GB version of the iPhone 5c, and is said to expect sales to treble in the following 12 months following the rollout of the iPhone 6...

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Hands On: Heavy Metal Thunder gamebook (iOS)

Choose-your-own-adventure games are cropping up all over the app store these days, and it's become apparent that there is a market for text-based adventure on iOS. One of these games is Heavy Metal Thunder by Cubus Games. The game, which has won a Pocket Gamer silver award, is an adaptation of a book by sci-fi novel writer Kyle B. Stiff. How well does it make the transition to interactive fiction?...

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Apple questions whether iPod class action suit can...

Just as it looked like the iPod-related class action suit against Apple was getting interesting, Eddy Cue arguing that competing music stores had effectively hacked the iPod, it now seems the case is in danger of collapsing.

Apple’s lawyers have written to the judge to say there is no evidence that either of the two plaintiffs owned iPods during the time affected by Apple’s action to remove non-iTunes songs from iPods … 

The NYT reports that Apple had checked the serial numbers of the...

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5 privacy fixes your Facebook News Feed needs by New...

It seems like Facebook is constantly adding new settings or changing old ones. Sometimes it’s under the guise of simplifying your options, like with the
new Privacy Basics walk-through. Other times it’s because new kinds of ads are coming and Facebook wants you to be prepared. So there’s no better time than
the present to update your privacy permissions than the present. Let’s face it: You’re not going to remember to check on your Facebook settings once the
chaos of holiday parties and New Year’s resolutions takes hold.

A friendly blue dinosaur will walk you through the privacy basics if you only have a few minutes.

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Sony breach leaked personal details of 47,000...

The Sony Pictures data breach may be bigger than originally believed, as reports claim a lot more people than the 6,000 employees have been affected. Personal data including Social Security numbers for more than 47,000 current and former employees were apparently involved in the leak, including information relating to famous celebrities such as Sylvester Stallone and Rebel Wilson....

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Apple partners in India to reportedly expand...

A report on Friday claims Apple has tentatively agreed to a proposed retail expansion in India that will see 500 new reseller storefronts pop up in underserved regions of the country.

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Apple flips switch on holiday-themed iTunes Radio...

Apple on Thursday activated a number of curated iTunes Radio stations playing nothing but Christmas tunes for the holidays, including tailored genre-specific track lists ranging from children's sing-alongs to Latin.

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