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Monday November 10

10:51
Texting Drivers Willing to Play With Fire


Texting while driving is dangerous. We know that intuitively; we know it because the statistics say so; we know it because we have seen any number of public service announcements warning of its hazards. A whopping 98 percent of respondents in a recent survey of people who text at least once a day acknowledged the danger of texting while driving -- yet most admitted to doing it anyway. The survey, conducted by David Greenfield, founder of The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction, was sponsored by AT&T.

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10:35
Microsoft Office’s Dropbox integration and move to...

Microsoft announced a number of changes to its Office for iOS apps last week: deep Dropbox integration, dedicated iPhone versions, and editing and saving features without the need for an Office 365 subscription. All of those changes seem to be paying off, at least in the short term, as TechCrunch points out the new and updated Microsoft Office apps are now on...

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10:35
Pegatron boosting iPhone 6 production, may add 6...

One of Apple's key suppliers, Pegatron, is increasing production capacity to produce more iPhone 6 units, and may soon add the 6 Plus to its assembly lines, says Japanese business publication Nikkei. The company is a secondary iPhone 6 manufacturer, assisting Apple's main partner, Foxconn. The latter is in fact the sole firm building the 6 Plus, and Nikkei notes that it's only rumored in Asian media that Pegatron could follow suit....



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10:32
iPhone Apps: Notability, Flesky Keyboard, Pocket...
10:32
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-10

Kelly is back from MacTech Conference 2014 and John has a broken iPad screen. The two join Jeff Gamet to talk about MacTech Conference and the trend towards smaller events in the conference world, plus John shares how he dealt with a cracked iPad screen without breaking the bank.


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10:31
iPhone 6 already driving iOS enterprise share gains...

Enterprise mobile services vendor Good Technology reports that Apple's iPhone 6 launch helped the company win back mobile device enterprise share from Android, boosting iOS to 69 percent of all device activations as firms' deployment of custom mobile apps continues to grow exponentially.

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10:20
Major iOS security flaw ‘Masque Attack’ reportedly...

Last week, it was reported that Mac and iOS users in China were the target of new malware called WireLurker that resulted in Apple confirming the security issue and blocking the affected malware apps. Just days later, mobile security research firm FireEye reports it has uncovered a major iOS security flaw that it claims poses a much bigger threat to Apple users than WireLurker.

According to FireEye, the new so-called “Masque Attack” security flaw was uncovered in July...

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10:12
News: Target announces unprecedented Black Friday...

Black Friday deals reported by 9to5Mac show that Target will be offering some unprecedented pricing on new Apple products later this month. This year’s holiday deals include an iPhone 6 for $179.99 with a $30 gift card included, 16GB iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi for $499 with a $140 Target Gift Card, a 16GB iPad mini Wi-Fi model for $249 with an $80 Target Gift Card, and a buy one get 30% off iTunes gift card discount. Some items are even available to order…

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10:06
News: Security researcher IDs new app-spoofing iOS...

Security research firm FireEye has identified a vulnerability that can allow iOS apps to be replaced by malware versions. Dubbed the “Masque Attack,” the vulnerability uses an existing app’s App Store ID, signed with an enterprise provisioning certificate, to replace the good app with a rogue version. The report explains that although iOS requires that all third-party applications be signed by a valid provisioning certificate, it…

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10:00
Ben Heck builds an Apple 1 from scratch, and you can...

If you don't have the near-US$1 million to spare to buy a genuine Apple 1 computer, why not build your own working replica? Master model Ben Heckendorn (AKA Ben Heck) does just that in a new three-part episode of element14's The Ben Heck Show.

In...

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09:57
First Look: iDevices iShower2 Bluetooth Water-...

Two years after we reviewed iDevices' iShower, the company famous for Bluetooth thermometers has returned with an improved sequel called iShower2 ($100), which adds speakerphone functionality and improved battery life. Highly similar to the original in design -- a white rounded rectangle with track, volume, power, and pairing controls on the face -- iShower2 dual-maps call answering and ending buttons onto the track backwards and forwards buttons,…

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09:49
President Obama voices support for Title II...

President Barack Obama has voiced his support for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reclassify Internet services under Title II of the Telecommunications act. Wading into the net neutrality debate again, Obama has issued a statement asking for the FCC to "answer the call of almost 4 million public comments, and implement the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality."...



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09:44
Apple, Barclaycard launch credit card with Apple...

Apple and Barclaycard have partnered on new credit card that grants users Apple Store gift cards. The Barclaycard Visa with Apple Rewards gets users a $25 card for every 2,500 points earned. In the past Apple only offered the Barclaycard iTunes Rewards Visa Card, which earned Mac buyers credit towards purchases at the iTunes Store....



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09:41
Apple assembler Pegatron reportedly ramping up...

Although the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launched almost two months ago, availability for Apple’s flagship smartphones can still be hit or miss even from Apple’s own stores. Recent waves of international launches certainly haven’t helped supply meet demand, but Nikkei Asian Review reports that electronics manufacturer Pegatron is expanding production capacity to handle strong global demand for the iPhone 6.

Multiple reports from...

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09:35
TidBITS Delivery Restarted for iCloud, Yahoo, and...

If you use iCloud, Yahoo, or AOL and haven’t been receiving TidBITS issues via email for a bit, here’s why, and why delivery has now restarted. Our apologies for the delivery interruption!

 

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09:30
Hands On: NeoFinder (OS X)

Data, like everything else in life, needs to have at least some semblance of organization to make better use of it, particularly when you get into situations involving our digital information. For keeping track of files that may be scattered about on various physical storage modes, NeoFinder has been created. A digital asset cataloging app, NeoFinder reads and imports information on the user's selected file data, and provides tools for creating an organized catalog that also includes storing size, creation and modification dates, version information, comments, metadata, and more. Priced at $40...



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09:29
Facebook Messenger mobile apps surpass 500 million...

Facebook announced this morning that over 500 million people are now using its Messenger app per month. The impressive milestone comes just days after Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg explained why Facebook Messenger was turned into a standalone app for iOS and Android, a move it made in July after disabling messaging in the main Facebook app.

Facebook claims that Messenger is all about providing people with a platform to reach others quickly through not only instant messaging, but also stickers, videos, selfies, group chats and audio calls. Zuckerberg recently explained in a live Q&...

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09:02
Daily Deal: The Extreme Micro Drone 2.0 – only $74.99

Back by popular demand, we’re again offering a great price on The Extreme Micro Drone 2.0 – only $74.99 in today’s iLounge Deal. A self-stabilizing, remote-controlled quad-copter, Extreme Micro Drone 2.0 features an aerial camera for videography and photography with a swiveling lens to capture from any angle. Designed for stunt flying, you can throw it into the air like a frisbee and its self-righting algorithm and sensors will stabilize…

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09:00
This app helps you find strangers to hike with,...

Walking into the wilderness with a complete stranger might sound like the beginning of a slasher movie, but that's exactly the point of hikewith.me, an upcoming app that lets outdoor enthusiasts connect and meet up for their own adventures. The app...

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08:42
President Obama pushes FCC to classify Internet as...

In a move likely to see support from Internet-based content providers such as Apple, Netflix, and others, President Barack Obama on Monday publicly called on the Federal Communications Commission to take the strongest measures possible in protecting net neutrality.

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08:38
BBEdit 11.0.1

Maintenance release with wide ranging fixes and refinements for specific reported issues. ($49.99 new, free update, 11.2 MB)

 

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08:38
OS X Yosemite: Batch Rename Files in the Finder

Efficiently renaming a long list of files in OS X has been the purview of Terminal or third-party apps. In OS X Yosemite, however, that changes because now there's a batch rename tool built into the Finder. Read on to see how it works.


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08:33
Pangu iOS 8.1 jailbreak comes to Macs

Pangu's iOS 8.x/8.1 jailbreak tool has been successfully ported to the Mac, its creators have announced. As with the original Windows edition of the jailbreak, it supports all iOS 8-capable devices, including even the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3. The Pangu team cautions that people should backup a device before beginning, and also restore if they've downloaded any over-the-air firmware updates....



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08:10
Apple begins stocking Nova iOS-connected Bluetooth...

Apple has expanded the selection of mobile photography accessories in its retail outlets with the Nova, a wireless, off-camera flash that can be used to enhance low-light shooting and synchronizes with iOS devices using Bluetooth technology.

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08:06
Rumor: Walmart opting for CurrentC system over Apple...

This is where things could get a bit sticky.

In the current battle between Apple Pay and MCX’s CurrentC system, retailer Walmart has opted against supporting Apple Pay in its stores. A new report offers a big reason why: high credit card transaction fees.

According to 9to5 Mac and Re/code, a current report reveals that the fees merchants are required to pay banks when a credit card is swiped in their stores is too high. Meanwhile, MCX’s CurrentC has payment options that carry lower fees than credit card purchases.

Given that Apple Pay supports both Visa and MasterCard, which set the fees that Walmart and other MCX retailers believe is too...

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08:00
CES preview: Expect HomeKit products to be the star

We haven't heard much about Apple's HomeKit framework since WWDC 2014, but things are about to change. HomeKit is Apple's framework for allowing connected devices to work with iPhone and iPads, and all we're really known about it was contained in a...

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07:59
Apple Rolls Out Lost iMessage Repair Tool

Much to Apple's surprise, not everyone that buys an iPhone sticks with the platform, and that led to a problem where switchers never saw text messages from their friends who stayed with iOS. Apple has finally addressed the problem with a new Web-based utility that unlinks phone numbers from iMessage so you'll still see texts when switching to an Android or Windows smartphone.

The Mac Observer Spin: Good for Apple for fixing the lost SMS problem for people who don't want to use an iPhone any more. Shame on Apple for building a text messaging system that requires a special utility just so you can keep getting texts from your friends that still use iPhones.


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07:51
Apple & Barclaycard offer new Visa rewards card...

Following the launch of Apple Pay in the US last month, Apple and Barclaycard have introduced a new co-branded credit card with EMV chip-and-pin support and revised rewards and financing options.

Apple has long advertised the Barclaycard “iTunes Rewards Visa Card” through its online store for financing purchases of Macs in the US, but it’s now offering a new Barclaycard Visa with Apple Rewards that offers Apple Store gift cards opposed to the old iTunes store credit. Rather than a $25 iTunes store credit, earning 2,500 points with the new Visa will earn customers a $25 Apple Store gift card.

Apple is continuing to offer financing options with no interest for purchases made in the first 30 days of...

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07:50
Apple quietly releases Deregister iMessage web tool...

Apple just included a web-based tool that removes your phone number from the iMessage system and could help the company avoid legal action somewhere down the road.

According to The Verge, Apple has quietly released a new Deregister iMessage tool to make switching between iOS and other smartphones a bit easier. The new web tool lets you instantly deregister your phone number from Apple’s iMessage system. The tool should also help the problem of disappearing text messages.

Many former iPhone users have reported for years that they were not receiving text messages from their friends. The issue stemmed from Apple continuing to route texts through iMessage even after users had moved on to other devices. Since iMessage is proprietary to Apple’s platforms,...

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07:27
Apple to open Cambridge, UK R&D center in '...

Apple will be opening a research and development center in Cambridge, England within the "next few weeks," according to a regional business publication, Business Weekly. The offices are reportedly located at 90 Hills Road, and in the same city as offices for other major tech firms like ARM, Broadcom, Sony, Microsoft, and Qualcomm. It's thought that Apple's presence could start with about 20 workers and grow to as much as 40 within the next year....



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07:25
Mozilla adds 'Forget' button, DuckDuckGo...

Mozilla is increasing the privacy options available in the Firefox browser, with a few new additions. A "Forget" button has been added for the first time, alongside the privacy-focused DuckDuckGo as a default search engine option, with Mozilla also introducing a new version of the browser for developer use, one which should make creating add-ons for the browser much easier....



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07:15
New Apple support page will deactivate iMessage for...

Apple

Leaving Apple's iMessage service hasn't always been easy. If you were switching from iOS to another ecosystem, having a phone number registered in iMessage could result in iPhone-using friends sending you iMessages that your new phone would never get, and the deregistration process was hardly foolproof.

Yesterday, Apple posted a new support page to help people disentangle their phone numbers from iMessage. If you've still got your iPhone, Apple encourages you to put your SIM back in and turn off iMessage in the Settings. If you no longer have your phone (or if that solution doesn't work properly), you can put in your phone number and then a six-digit confirmation code sent to that number via SMS.

The new page could save switchers a call to...

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07:15
Dell: Using Technology to Change the World


I was at Dell World last week, and it is kind of amazing how far the company has come since it went private. Interestingly, much of the big tent content was less about Dell's technology and more about how technology was being used to change the world. This was kind of a scary event in some cases, because we are far from ready for some of the changes. Johns Hopkins, for example, is moving aggressively to technologies that will allow medicines to tell patients when to use them and when they are no longer useful.

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Divide by zero error

Evidence shows Apple operating a mysterious Web crawling bot (AppleInsider)

Source: Website usage logs

Chance it's true: 100 percent

There's no denying that a crawler traced to Apple's servers is apparently sending some traffic to a number of...

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07:00
Countermeasure in Home Depot Data Breach: MacBooks,...

One of the countermeasures taken during Home Depot's data breach was for all the executives to get MacBook Pros and iPhones as they had better security than Windows, which was actually the attack vector.

The Mac Observer Spin: This was an interesting read. Finally knowing how it all went down at Home Depot was illuminating, and hopefully happens a lot less with the new payment methods available (chip and sign or Apple Pay).


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06:56
Apple Rewards card from Barclaycard updated with 3X...

A new "Apple Rewards" Visa card launched this month by Barclaycard with a number of changes, most notably a revised rewards system that pays out Apple Store gift cards, as well as the addition of Chip & PIN security.

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06:40
Mac: Nimbus Force One LED Floor Lamps

Apart from thinning to reflect the miniaturization of technologies inside, Apple’s Macs are timeless—their aluminum bodies complement or upgrade even modern offices. If you’re looking to accentuate your Mac’s near-future leanings, Nimbus Lighting’s Force One LED Floor Lamps ($2,200 and up) offer some luxurious options. Designed by Rupert Kopp for the German lighting company, Force One is made from aluminum in your choice…

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06:35
News: Apple releases iMessage Deregistration Tool

Apple has released a new web-based tool to allow users to deregister phone numbers from iMessage. Designed to address a long-standing problem that users have experienced when switching away from the iPhone to other devices, the site provides instructions on how to deregister a phone number from Apple’s iMessage servers so that text messages sent from other iPhone users will be sent as SMS messages instead of via Apple’s iMessage network.…

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06:25
Apple launches tool to deregister phone numbers from...

Apple has launched a new web tool for deregistering a phone number from iMessage. When a person begins using the Messages app on an iPhone, it links their phone number with an iMessage account so that conversations are seamless whether messages are being delivered via SMS or Apple's own network. The trouble is that if that person decides to switch from an iPhone to a different cellphone, such as an Android or Windows device, other iPhone users trying to message them can end up sending those messages into the ether....



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06:07
Why Apple’s user experience expertise helps them...

Fantastic analysis by Ben Thompson, from his stratechery blog.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:06
Apple Ramps Up for Black Friday Sale, Plans 8AM...

Apple's Black Friday sale promotion will be back again this year with special discounts and early store openings, but not quite as early as some previous events. This year Apple will open its retail stores at 8AM local time instead of painfully early, like 4AM, or last year's 6AM start.


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06:00
Apple provides online tool to remove phone number...

Apple this weekend launched a new web-based utility that allows users to deregister their phone number from iMessage. This online tool is meant to address complaints from consumers who had problems receiving SMS messages after switching away from an...

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05:56
First Look: ZeroChroma FluxStand-Compatible Armband...

Developed to complement a specific set of iPhone cases, the new FluxStand-Compatible Armband ($TBD) and FluxStand-Compatible Car Mount ($TBD) have the same solid build quality and clean looks we've come to expect from ZeroChroma -- plus, each has a little twist. The Armband is made from a mix of neoprene and plastic, interestingly doing away with the classic Velcro closure in favor of a closed loop that can be adjusted to your preferred size. You…

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05:51
∞ Updated drone video of Apple’s new spaceship campus

Estimated completion date? Late 2016. Cannot wait to see this in person.

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05:43
Review: Apple's 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K...

After years of waiting, Mac faithful can finally purchase an ultra high-resolution display made by Apple that not only mates quality with a competitive price tag, but comes with a capable built-in computer to boot.

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05:34
First Look: ZeroChroma VarioEdge iPhone 6

Despite our general dislike for bumpers -- iPhone side protectors without front or back coverage - VarioEdge iPhone 6 ($40) is somewhat interesting thanks to its integration of ZeroChroma's FluxStand, the most versatile slim-line stand available for iPhones and iPads. Offered in either black or gray, VarioEdge fits the iPhone 6's curved sides, covering its top, sides, and bottom except for control and port holes, adding a ratcheting fold-out stand…

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05:30
Why Walmart will never, ever, ever accept Apple Pay

[VIDEO] The top payments exec from Walmart (in the audience) and Visa (on stage) get into it, right to the heart of the issue Walmart has with Apple Pay.

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05:08
Fitbit products remain on the shelves at Apple...

Though Apple removed Fitbit hardware from its online store last week, the company's popular lineup of activity tracking devices remain on the shelves at Apple's retail stores.

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05:04
Planned earthquake alert app aiming to provide 30...

A joint venture between Early Warning Labs and the U.S. Government is working on app they claim will provide 30 seconds warning of an earthquake in California, Oregon and Washington, reports TechCrunch.

While 30 seconds doesn’t seem like much, founder of EWL, Josh Bashioum says that is enough time to take shelter and save lives. About 13,000 earthquakes in the 4.0 range caused 347 deaths in the U.S. in 2011. However, an earthquake of magnitude 7.0 could have majorly devastating effects. For Bashioum, the best way to get the word out would be via an early warning on a smartphone.

The company hopes to make money by selling a $100-ish physical...

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04:33
New Sainsbury’s supermarket app aiming to integrate...

A new app created by the supermarket chain Sainsbury’s is aiming to integrate the virtual and physical shopping process, allowing you to create shopping lists, be guided to those products in the store and to pay on your smartphone, skipping the checkout queues. It is currently being tested internally, with customer trials to follow early next year, initially in the UK.

Sainsbury’s says that the app is all about saving time.

Overall, the app is proven to cut the time taken to do a shop – reducing checkout time to seconds in testing.

Jon Rudoe, Digital and Technology Director at Sainsbury’s, said “We know that customers’ weekly shop doesn’t start at our front door – they know what they like and they also like that search for a bargain. They still want to come into store – but with limited time, they want to be able to get...

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03:47
How to simplify overlapping cloud storage services

There’s no shortage of choices for cloud storage, but that leads to another problem: how do you decide which services you truly need, and which files to put where? If you’ve signed up for as many cloud providers as you have files, it’s time for an intervention (or at least a moment of clear-headed contemplation).

I’ll admit it: I’m an online storage junkie. At one time or another I’ve synced files to the cloud using Amazon Cloud Drive, Amazon S3, Bitcasa, Box, DollyDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, SpiderOak, SugarSync...

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Sunday November 9

20:45
CrashPlan 3.6.4

Adds support for Yosemite and excludes Time Machine backups from the Code42 public cloud. (Free with a 30-day trial of online backup service, 51.3 MB)

 

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20:37
Briefly: Opera Mini 9 video boost, GhostReader 2.0

Web browser app Opera Mini has received an update, now featuring a new video boost feature. Aiming to provide users with enduring less buffering while watching video, the new video optimization reduces the size of video data. In the description found on the iTunes App Store, Opera states its website compression allows its users to worry less about their data plan capacity, since "your data plan didn't suddenly get bigger and your network didn't magically get faster just because you bought a nice piece of tech." Free to download, Opera Mini v9.0 requires iOS 7.0 or later....



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20:33
Quicken 2015 for Mac 2.2

Adds new tool to improve setup of automatic downloads for existing accounts. ($74.99 new, free update)

 

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20:06
Pixelmator 3.3

Redesigned user interface for Yosemite, plus added support for Continuity and iCloud Drive. ($29.99 new, free update, 42.8 MB)

 

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19:51
Apple launches Web tool to delist cell phone numbers...

Apple on Sunday launched a new website that will allow users to deregister their cell phone number from its iMessage service, fixing an issue that would result in messages sent from iOS devices being "hijacked" if the recipient stopped using an iPhone.

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18:19
Latest Apple Campus 2 1080P drone video shows...

These are just great. Many thanks to Myithz for sending these in every few weeks. Today’s video shows that the actual building of the structure has started after the foundation had been completed last time we checked in mid October.

Apple Campus 2 has been called ‘Greenest in the World’. The controversial structure, which will house 12,000 staff in 2.8M square feet on 176 acres, is estimated to be completed in 2016...

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18:05
Home Depot blames security breach on Windows, senior...

Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal published an in-depth look at The Home Depot’s recent security breach of its payment data systems, in which 56 million credit card accounts and 53 million email addresses of customers were compromised. A root cause of the security breach: a Windows vulnerability in the retailer’s main computer network.

“Once inside Home Depot’s systems after gaining credentials from the outside vendor, the hackers were able to jump the barriers between a peripheral third-party vendor system and the company’s more secure main computer network by exploiting a vulnerability in Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating system,...

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18:00
The AppsGoneMad bundle offers 6 solid Mac apps for...

I usually avoid app bundles because there is often one thing I really want, but the rest of the bundle is forgettable. This latest bundle from AppsGoneMad, which can be purchased between now and November 24, actually has several apps for Mac OS X...

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17:49
Report claims Walmart will never accept Apple Pay...

Walmart is one of several high-profile retailers that belong to MCX, a consortium of retailers that have partnered together to create their own mobile payments service called CurrentC. Due to this commitment, the big-box retailer has opted against supporting Apple Pay in its stores. A new report offers a big reason why: high credit card transaction fees.

Re/code offers some insight this weekend into why Walmart “will never accept Apple Pay,” with a big part of the reason being that Walmart believes that the fees merchants...

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16:30
Weekly Game Replay: Blizzard expansions, EA kills...

Every Sunday Electronista and MacNN report on some of the happenings of the video game industry during the past week. In this week's edition, we take a look at Microsoft's purchase of Mojang finalizing, Blizzard's new expansions for Starcraft II and Hearthstone, Unity asset development payouts, Grand Theft Auto 5 first-person mode on next-gen consoles, and Electronic Arts terminating its multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game, Dawngate....



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14:58
Apple introduces tool for deregistering iMessage,...

Apple has added a page to its website for deregistering and turning off iMessage for users that have switched from an iPhone to an Android device or other non-Apple smartphone. The new web-based tool arrives after Apple faced a lawsuit over Android users having undelivered text messages from other iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users still using iMessage.

For those that have switched to another smartphone and no longer own an iPhone, the website provides a field where you can enter your phone number, receive a confirmation code and enter that code to confirm your iMessage deregistration. Apple also reiterates instructions on how to...

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14:32
ReadKit 2.4.2

Improves compatibility with Yosemite and fixes bugs associated with migration issues. ($9.99 new, free update, 4.1 MB)

 

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14:00
A week with the Retina iMac: Closing thoughts on...

Apple's Retina iMac doesn't suffer from many first-generation growing pains.

Andrew Cunningham

When I returned from vacation earlier this week, one of the first things I did was unpack our Retina iMac loaner from its box and plop it on my desk in place of the non-Retina 2012 model I normally use.

Senior Reviews Editor Lee Hutchinson has already spent ample time talking about the GPU and the screen itself, which are by far the two most notable things about this machine. In the interest of wrapping up our multi-part "review" of Apple's first Retina desktop, let's spend some time comparing it to the rest of Apple's Macs, and evaluate what it's like to use the computer as a standard Mac rather than...

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13:17
Hollywood can’t compete with this supercut of NASA...

The Roosevelts:

Using 80GB worth of photos captured by astronauts aboard the International Space Station between 2011 and 2014, timelapse filmmaker Guillaume Juin created this awe-inspiring video of the Earth entitled “Astronaut.” And thanks to the incredible cameras aboard the ISS, this footage rivals the best visual effects that Hollywood has to offer.

Mind blowing. Watch on the biggest screen you possibly can.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:00
The Week in Review: news and features you don't...

Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other informative news articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature worthy posts you may have missed:

News

Court docs reveal...

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12:57
New clock may end time as we know it

NPR:

America’s master clock is one of the most accurate clocks on the planet: an atomic clock that uses oscillations in the element cesium to count out 0.0000000000000001 second at a time. If the clock had been started 300 million years ago, before the age of dinosaurs began, it would still be keeping time — down to the second.

Try that with your fancy-schmancy Apple Watch.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:33
Night time Eiffel Tower photos are a copyright...

TorrentFreak:

It may sound absurd, but taking a picture of the Eiffel Tower at night and sharing that online may be copyright infringement. The stance is confirmed by the Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel, who note the following on their website.

“Daytime views from the Eiffel Tower are rights-free. However, its various illuminations are subject to author’s rights as well as brand rights. Usage of these images is subject to prior request from the Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel.”

A weird and little known quirk of copyright law. So, you can take and sell daytime shots of the Eiffel Tower to places like stock photography sites but not of the night time shots because the evening light show on the tower (which is quite lovely) is copyrighted.

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12:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Tough protection for kids...

Tough protection for kids and trendy options for grownups

In this week’s roundup of new iPad cases, we turn our attention to cases designed for your kids' iPads—without, of course, forgetting about the adults.

Belkin

The Stripe Cover (iPad mini, all models; $35) keeps your tablet safe with its protective frame reinforced with flexible silicone corners.

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11:00
This Weekend in the App Store -- the best free apps...

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

Neato - Jot down note...

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09:00
A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

Last week, we reviewed a variety of hardware and accessories that'll complement your favorite iOS or OS X devices. Here's a quick roundup of recent hardware reviews that you may have missed:

UNU Superpak Battery charges your iOS devices...

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08:48
Roundup: The best Notification Center widgets for...

Apple's newly released OS X Yosemite allows third-party apps to include interactive Notification Center widgets, and AppleInsider offers a look at some of the best and most useful widgets you can install on your Mac right now.

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08:40
MGG 527: It’s Hard to be Offensive When You’re a Geek

Dave's back from MacTech, the studio iMac has a new power supply, and he and John are rocking and rolling at full strength! Topics covered include learning how to manually upload to iCloud Photo Library, cleaning up your SMTP Servers in Mail, sorting out where all those "remembered" wireless networks come from and more (LOTS more!). Download and enjoy!


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07:41
Pangu team releases iOS 8 jailbreak tool for OS X...

It’s finally here. The Pangu team has released its iOS 8 jailbreak tool for Mac. This will provide a one-click jailbreak solution for anyone without a Windows computer. Previously the tool was only available for Windows, which could also be used within a virtual machine on OS X, but now it’s native.

This is obviously an ideal situation for anyone that owns a Mac. This release wasn’t a huge surprise as the Pangu team confirmed that it was in the works last week, but only mentioned that...

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07:00
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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06:33
Two of the best iPhone car mounts we’ve tried: Fuse...

There are a lot of options for mounting your iPhone in your car. I’ve relied on the highly-rated Kensington suction cup windshield car mount for a few years without too much incident. However, I’ve never been too pleased about how it blocks a bit of my driving view and requires a non-elegant wire to go up my dashboard.

Today I’m looking at the Fuse Chicken Une Bobine (pictured above) and MONTAR by WinnerGear...

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06:01
How the Berlin wall really fell

Today is the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. I always thought the wall was taken down in response to purposeful social change. But read the linked story. It was all the result of a colossal chain of clumsy bureaucratic error.

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Inside the Apple, GT conflict

Saturday November 8

14:28
Paper by FiftyThree updated with Adobe Creative...

The popular iPad drawing and sketching app Paper by FiftyThree has been updated with Adobe Creative Cloud integration, push notifications and sharing directly from Mix, a camera view during account creation, smoother shadows and general improvements for iOS 8. The updated version of Paper by FiftyThree is available now on the App Store.

Adobe Creative Cloud integration is singlehandedly the biggest part of this update to Paper, enabling users to use the share menu to export drawings to Adobe Creative Cloud storage and send Paper sketches directly to Photoshop and Illustrator. Meanwhile, push notifications and new sharing functionality will help improve the...

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12:29
EFF files petition with U.S. Copyright Office to...

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) announced this week that it has filed a petition with the U.S. Librarian of Congress and the Copyright Office to extend and expand the exemption that makes jailbreaking an iOS device or rooting an Android device possible without violating the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) in the United States.

The EFF has previously fought for and been awarded this exemption for jailbreaking and rooting devices in 2010 and 2012, although it is forced to argue its case every three years due to the process in which DMCA exemptions are considered. This time around, it is hoping to expand the exemption for smartphones to include the iPad and other tablets.

The non-profit digital rights group argues that consumers should be able to install any software they want on their smartphones and...

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10:22
Pixelmator for iPad

Many thanks to Pixelmator for sponsoring The Loop’s RSS feed. Pixelmator for iPad is a powerful image editor that gives you everything you need to create, edit, and enhance your images. It lets you work seamlessly between Mac and iPad and even work effortlessly with Photoshop images. Packed with powerful creative tools and engineered to harness the full iOS and 64-bit architecture power, Pixelmator for iPad is a real image editor right at your fingertips.

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10:20
Microsoft offers pro-rated refunds to Office 365...

In the wake of Microsoft reversing course, and adding document creation and editing to all iOS users of its Office suite for iPad at no charge, the company is offering refunds for Office 365 subscribers who request it. The offer is limited, with significant restrictions: it requires proof of purchase, is likely not available to those who purchased through the app, and is pro-rated....



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10:13
Unread RSS reader

I really like Unread on my iPhone. It’s all about gestures and swiping to navigate the app, which is a nice way to do an RSS reader. There’s an iPad version too—I bought both.

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09:00
OS X Yosemite How-to: Enable Dark Mode

New in OS X Yosemite is Dark Mode. Dark Mode allows for further customization of the appearance of the Mac. When enabling Dark Mode, it turns the translucent dock and menu bar from light grey and switches it to black. In this how-to I will discuss how to enable Dark Mode, the limitations of Dark Mode and a way to overcome the limitations of Dark Mode.

To enable Dark Mode, open up System Preferences.

Then you are going to select General, all the way in the upper left hand corner. Then you are going to check off Use dark menu bar and Dock.

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09:00
Caturday: Merry modeling with a new iPad product

Sigh. Readers have been getting a bit lax about sending us their awesome Caturday shots, so I've once again had to resort to providing pictures of one of my own cats. The sweet kitty you see above is Merry, who has already graced the pages of TUAW...

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08:08
Review: Equil Smartpen 2, a Bluetooth-connected ink...

Smartpens have long been seen as the ultimate savior of cultures struggling to make the digital transition. AppleInsider took a look at the Equil Smartpen 2, one of the leading competitors, offering compatibility with both iOS and OS X.

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07:28
AT&T snaps up Mexican wireless provider Lusacell...

AT&T has declared that it will purchase Mexico-based wireless carrier Lusacell for $1.7 billion in cash. The Mexican company has a network that blankets 70 percent of the country with 3G, and uses the same GSM frequencies that AT&T uses. The deal will also see AT&T take on $700 million in debt that Lusacell holds....



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07:00
UNU Superpak Battery charges your iOS devices quickly

iOS devices have always had battery issues for heavy users. Each new model comes with a bigger battery, but that battery often serves a higher resolution screen, added radios, a faster processor and other features.

There are a variety of battery...

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06:11
Exclusive Analysis: iOS app storage limits across...

Ever since reports of issues with large libraries on Apple's new iPhone 6 Plus surfaced, rumors have been flying around, all claiming to know the true source of the problems, and Apple's future intentions for the iPhone and iOS. MacNN began some tests about a month ago to try and nail down the root cause of the issue, and as we alluded to last week, we believe that the "problem" lies in the iOS, and not a hardware flaw related to NAND cells. Read on for our methodology, as well as our specific findings....



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06:02
Apple and bent iPhones

Here’s one story of a bent iPhone and Apple’s response.

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06:00
Gadget Ogling: Garish Walkie-Talkies, Slick Cameras...


Welcome to another installment of every tech-loving optimist's and misanthrope's favorite look at the week's most wondrous and pitiful new gadgets. Ahead, for your delight and dismay, are studies of a wearable walkie-talkie-type communication device, a 360-degree action camera, a tiny 3D printer, a smart camera attachment, and a clever mobile roaming solution. I propose a new litmus test to measure the stylishness of wearables: If it wouldn't look good on a beautiful Hollywood star attending the Oscars, then it won't look good on anyone.

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05:57
Why you probably won’t understand the web of the...

Quartz:

Language barriers in globalization are hardly a new issue. So why the sudden drive for polyglotism? It’s simple: As mobile operators and web giants try to expand their markets by bringing more people online, we have reached a tipping point where the imbalance of content on the internet has become too stark to avoid.

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05:30
FuzzWord: Blurry fun for everyone

In FuzzWord, players upload or take photos from their iOS devices and blur those photos to make puzzles for other players to guess on. The fun of FuzzWord is correctly guessing what the image in the picture is. FuzzWord is compatible with iOS devices...

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05:27
Kermit and sentience

Some light Saturday reading. A short story by Holli Mintzer about a school project and a lovable green frog.

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05:00
Killer Deal: Free AppleCare with all iMac 5Ks &...

As Black Friday inches closer, AI continues to teamed up with Apple's Authorized Resellers to help readers avoid the inevitable frenzy by securing their deals ahead of time. In addition to $50 off and free AppleCare with each new iMac 5K, readers looking for Mac Pros this weekend can also take advantage of exclusive bundles that pair free AppleCare with discounts of up to $250 (plus no sales tax collected in 48 states).

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01:02
Blogger

 November 8, 2014 1:02:00 AM PST

We're investigating reports of an issue with Blogger. We will provide more information shortly.

We have received reports users in Japan are not being able to access blogspot. We are investigating the issue.

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Friday November 7

18:50
Apple integrates Genius Bar reservations to online...

Apple on Friday updated its Support website to incorporate an option to schedule Genius Bar reservations for certain hardware and software issues, further filling in gaps between AppleCare's many arms.

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18:29
Black Lab Linux Is GNOME 3's Best Friend


Black Lab Linux is a general purpose free distribution for home users and SMBs. This particular segment of the Linux OS tries to bridge free OS and preconfigured commercial hardware/software with a flexible set of options. Black Lab Linux is an outgrowth of OS4 OpenLinux, a distro released in 2008 by the same developers. There is a blurred line between the free community version and Black Lab Software's Enterprise Linux release. Both the community and the commercial releases could be a great alternative for some users, though.

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18:00
Daily Deals for November 7, 2014, featuring the...

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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17:11
Lawyers Seek Class Action Victims for Apple Pay Suit...

That odor is the smell of chum in the corporate waters, as law firm Schubert Jonckheer & Kolbe LLP announced Friday that it was launching an "investigation" into Rite Aid and CVS's decision to block Apple Pay and Google Wallet. The firm said it was considering a class action lawsuit against the pharmacy chains based on antitrust law.

The Mac Observer Spin: My favorite part is the language in the press release that casts this private, for-private law firm as crusading protectors of the public.


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