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Monday November 10

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.

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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.

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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.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:40
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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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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17:00
Court docs reveal Apple told GTAT, "Put on your...

Apple can be a notoriously tough partner to negotiate with. With endless mounds of cash in the bank and an ever growing userbase, the company can understandably wield a tremendous amount of power during contract talks.

A prime example of this is...

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16:30
Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet on Podcasts Spanning...

TMO's Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet have been busy little beavers this week, taking part in four podcasts and video podcasts, and that's not counting their own podcast of the Apple Context Machine and TMO's Daily Observations. Links and details in the full article.


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16:11
Apple to reportedly open new corporate office and R...

It was reported earlier this week that Apple is planning to open a new office in the city of Cambridge, UK, an intellectual hotspot which already plays host to bases of operation for a number of large tech companies.

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16:00
Apple to GT Advanced: “Put on your big boy pants and...

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus didn't ship with the sapphire glass promised by the rumor mill.

Andrew Cunningham

The saga of Apple's troubled relationship with sapphire maker GT Advanced Technologies continues. Today, the United States Bankruptcy Court of New Hampshire filed a lengthy affidavit (PDF) by GT Chief Operating Officer Daniel Squiller in which the executive details the contract with Apple and the reasons why it fell apart. Chief among his complaints are so-called "bait-and-switch" tactics used by Apple. Over time, the company allegedly shifted most of its financial risk to GT—Apple stood to get a great deal on sapphire displays for iPhones if the partnership went well, but GT would absorb most of the losses if...

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16:00
Nest pulls iOS app update after many crash reports

Tuesday we told you that a Nest update was on the way, but today ... not so fast. The company has yanked the app that controls Nest Thermostats and Smoke Detectors after several reports of crashes, mainly on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices.

Nest...

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15:56
Hands On: Meat Factory (iOS)

In a time where apps attempt to rival today's handhelds, gamers have become fairly used to robust content within an iOS game. However, sometimes a players just crave a simple, straightforward, fun arcade game to occupy their time. With the success of popular games like Flappy Bird, arcade-style apps have a strong foothold again on mobile, often being touted as good "between class" or "lunch break" games. If a player is looking for another arcade game to add to their collection, Meat Factory, by Steve Cable, is a fiendishly fun game that fits the bill....



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15:45
Apple blurs lines between online and retail stores...

With new Senior Vice President of Retail Angela Ahrendts in charge of operations, Apple is further blurring the lines between its online and physical retail store services. We reported earlier this year on Ahrendts’s plans to more seamlessly integrate both paths of Apple retail, and now the Cupertino-based company is rolling out a revamped Genius Bar and product support reservation system.

The new system eliminates the pre-existing separation between getting support for Apple products online and in-store. Previously, users could use Apple’s online support panel to receive phone, chat, or forums-based support. The creation of Genius Bar in-store appointments was handled via a separate system…

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15:30
Track your favorite team with College Baskeball...

The 2014-2015 college basketball season gets under way next week. Thousands of games will be played between the start of the season and the NCAA tournament in March. College Basketball Schedules, a free universal app, can help fans keep up with their...

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15:19
Review: Lemur BlueDriver OBD 2 tool

There's no doubt about it, having the check engine light pop on just might top the list of "most dreaded events" that car owners face. The warning doesn't have to herald disaster to home mechanics with the help of OBD 2 scanner tools. One such device, the Lemur BlueDriver, is designed to provide peace of mind and guidance to anyone who might have come down with a case of the check-engine-light-blues. We've had some check engine lights ourselves -- check our review to see how the Lemur BlueDriver did....



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15:09
Foodini: Presto Chango, Your Dinner Is Printed


Natural Machines this week took to the stage at the Web Summit in Dublin to demonstrate Foodini, a 3D printer that can be used to create pizza, pasta, burgers and a wide range of other savory and sweet foods. Users begin by choosing the recipe they want to print, either from the Internet-connected device's onboard touchscreen or from their own PC or mobile device. Foodini then offers instructions for the various ingredients that should be prepared and placed in its reusable capsules.

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15:07
Spotify Connect update adds smartphone control of...

Spotify has made another update to Connect, its controllable streaming music system it introduced last year, by letting smartphones control a computer. The latest addition allows a Spotify user to use a mobile device as a remote control for the desktop version of the app, through the same system which can select the music on Wi-Fi-enabled speakers and other devices....



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15:00
Nodus Access Cases for iPhone and iPad are stylish...

Back in late 2013, one of our former UK bloggers (Richard Gaywood) wrote a review of an iPhone case from The Nodus Collection. At that time, the Access Case was part of a Kickstarter campaign; now the company is selling the cases through its website....

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14:58
Friday Deals: 480GB SSD, 58-inch HDTV, 25-inch...

Once more unto the breach! Every Friday, we search the Internet for deals on gadgets, peripherals, accessories, apps, and games for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, all prices are verified at the time of publication, and may or may not be valid if you're reading this at a later date, so check before you buy. Be sure to check over the weekend, as it is likely more deals will be added to the list....



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14:43
Many Apple Stores to open at 8AM on Black Friday,...

For the upcoming Black Friday shopping bonanza, many brick-and-mortar Apple Stores are slated to welcome the holiday crush at 8 a.m. and will again offer the same discounts and deals to online customers.

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14:30
Zynga continues to hemorrhage cash for the third...

Zynga -- the company that used to take all your cash before you started giving it to Class of Clans and Candy Crush Saga -- is continuing to be exceedingly generous by spending all its cash without making any back, according to its newly released...

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14:14
Pixelmator 3.3 for Mac available

A lot of new changes for one of my favorite apps.

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14:00
Reviews: Lemur BlueDriver

"Oh no, the check engine light is on…again! What one of the hundreds of reasons could it be this time? Probably going to cost a fortune to get fixed, but I guess I could sell my other kidney if necessary." There's no doubt about it, having the check engine light pop on just might top the list of "most dreaded events" that car owners face. It doesn't need to be though with the help of OBD 2 ......



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14:00
The State of iTunes 12 Says Something Important...

There is a fundamental tension between writing great software and picking your fights. Recently, that tension has bubbled to the surface with the release of iTunes 12. When times change and customer trends become noticeable, Apple software has to change as well. But throwing in the towel on the monolithic iTunes app isn't the way to do it.


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13:45
News: Apps of the Week: Julius Jr.‘s Playground,...

New Games Julius Jr.'s Playhouse ($3) — StoryToys brings the popular Paul Frank character to life in this new kids' app. The game provides four fun activities, including Tea Party, Garage Band, Friends Quiz, and Get Puzzling, that allow kids to decorate cakes, play along with songs, identify characters and put together colourful puzzles. The app features eight jigsaw puzzles, over 100 quiz questions, three Julius Jr. songs, professional narration,…

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13:39
Unannounced Beats Solo2 Wireless headphone revealed...

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Friday published testing results for the as-yet-unannounced Beats Solo2 Wireless headphone, a Bluetooth-enabled version of the Apple-owned company's mid-tier Solo2.

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13:30
Smash Champs is stunning, unique and action-packed

Smash Champs is a unique action/adventure game in which you must train your fighters to battle their opponents and gain power and success. It sounds clichéd but it has a few tricks up its sleeve that make for some interesting gameplay. An indicative...

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13:27
Mac: Booq Boa nerve stealth

Building on last year’s Boa nerve, Booq is back with Boa nerve stealth ($195), a more rugged version for use in harsher outdoor conditions. Featuring an upgraded heavy-duty tarpaulin exterior and rubberized zipper pulls, the upgraded design is more weatherproof and durable in all sorts of outdoor settings. The bag also features a magnetic strap system to easily switch from loose to secure, along with a stabilizer strap for an ultra-tight fit,…

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13:08
Inside Apple's secret confidentiality...

Apple's legendary efforts to keep upcoming products a secret are widely known, but the terms of the agreements that bind suppliers and workers were revealed in part on Friday, thanks to newly unsealed court filings.

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13:03
News: Unsealed GT court documents reveal Apple...

Key court documents related to GT Advanced Technologies’ bankruptcy filing earlier this fall have recently been unsealed, providing some interesting insight into negotiations between Apple and GT. While both companies had previously fought to keep court documents sealed, citing confidentiality agreements, a judge ruled earlier this week that the documents did not contain trade secrets of other confidential information. The newly disclosed documents…

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12:54
First Look: uNu Superpak 10,000mAh External Battery...

Although it's somewhat confusingly priced, uNu's Superpak ($100*) is an external battery pack intended to deliver atypical value in two ways: a relatively high 10,000mAh capacity, and very fast recharging. Superpak itself recharges at up to 2.4 Amps assuming that you self-supply an iPad wall adapter capable of feeding it that quickly; it has two outbound USB ports that are labelled as offering 2.1-Amp and 1-Amp output, respectively. One power button…

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12:43
Upcoming Bluetooth Apple-branded Beats Solo2...

Apple and its Beats by Dre group seem to be close to announcing a new pair of headphones: a Bluetooth version of their popular Solo2 headphones. Earlier this year, Beats launched the Solo2 wired earphones as a cheaper alternative to the Studio cans. Today, a wireless version has been revealed thanks to the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) testing department.

As can be seen in the image above from today’s FCC filing, the design of the wireless model is akin to the wired model. The only difference appears to be the Bluetooth connectivity. The documents specify that Bluetooth 4.0 Low-Energy technology is utilized.

Interestingly, these documents indicate that these headphones are Apple-branded:

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12:41
Unsealed GTAT Testimony Paints Apple as Bully...

Judge Henry Boroff followed through on his plan to release previously sealed documents in the GT Advanced Technologies bankruptcy case that it and Apple had both agreed should stay secret. The documents paint Apple as a strong-arm bully imposing onerous terms on GTAT and its sapphire glass production, and claim the iPhone and iPad maker engaged in bait-and-switch tactics during contract negotiations.

The Mac Observer Spin: It would be easy to compare Apple to Darth Vader, but it's really more like GTAT is Jar Jar Binks.


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12:35
GT says Apple pulled 'bait-and-switch' in...

As scheduled, the court overseeing GT Advanced's bankruptcy has unsealed more documents regarding the relationship between the sapphire supplier and former client Apple, which it blames for ultimately causing the collapse. In an unedited affidavit from GT COO Daniel Squiller, Apple is accused of using a "bait-and-switch" strategy in which it offered "an onerous and massively one-sided deal" in 2013. He says that Apple originally promised to buy sapphire furnaces for GT and let them operate them, but later demanded a "fundamentally different deal" in which Apple would only lend the furnaces and...



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12:30
​For tough decisions, turn to A or B

Everybody has those mundane yet paradoxically vastly important decisions to make, and usually every day: Which TV show to watch when both are at the same time? Where to have lunch? What to get, once you decide? Which dress to wear to graduation?...

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12:22
Apple to sapphire supplier: “Put on your big boy...

Gigaom:

Since GT Advanced Technologies declared bankruptcy in early October, the vast majority of documents detailing its deal with Apple to supply sapphire crystal have been under seal.

On Tuesday, Judge Henry Boroff issued an order unsealing an statement signed by GTAT CEO Daniel Squiller as well as its attached documents, which include details on the reasons GTAT filed for bankruptcy and its business relationship with Apple, its largest creditor. On Friday, the Squiller statement entered the public record.

There’s never been any doubt that Apple plays hard ball with its suppliers. I’ve spoken to many companies who have to deal with the company and the stories all have one thing in common – you don’t negotiate with Apple. They dictate the terms to you.

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12:12
GT Advanced claims Apple used ‘bait-and-switch...

Following a court order that documents be unsealed regarding the ill-fated partnership between Apple and sapphire crystal glass maker GT Advanced, a number of interesting anecdotes surrounding the tumultuous relationship have been exposed. In an unedited affidavit, GT Advanced COO Daniel Squiller claimed that Apple used a classic “bait-and-switch” strategy to secure its deal with the now-bankrupt supplier.

Apple originally offered GT Advanced what appeared to be a lucrative deal for the...

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12:05
Forums: something cool about dictation, GPU...

Professional Poster "moonmonkey" was letting fellow MacNN forum goers know "something cool about dictation on Yosemite" in a thread started late last week. Today one Fresh-Faced Recruit was asking fellow forum goers if anyone had any suggestions for legitimate places to have graphics cards replaced on some 2007 and 2011 motherboards....



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12:04
Apple deals: Mac Pro and accessories

At Apple's online store today create the perfect budget Mac Pro work station with refurbished Mac Pros and accessories. Mac Pro models start at $2,549 for a refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz Intel quad-core Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage. Or opt for the more powerful Mac Pro with a 2.7GHz 12-core Xeon processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of PCIe-based flash storage for $5,849....



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12:03
DealNN: $100 off 16GB iPad mini

Today only save $100 on the iPad mini at Walmart.com. It carries a retail price of $299, but has been reduced to $199, making it about $45 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. Free delivery is included and sales tax applies for residents of most states. This iPad mini comes in space gray or white, has 16GB of storage space, Wi-Fi, A5 processor, 5MP iSight camera and FaceTime camera. Included is Apple's one year warranty on parts and labor....



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12:00
Et tu, Lenovo? The blatant iPhone copying game...

While Samsung may very well be the iPhone copier emeritus, there are some new kids on the block who are even more blatant and shameless in ripping off anything emanating out of Cupertino.

Earlier this summer, we profiled Xiaomi, a consumer...

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