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Monday February 2

04:12
Marriott CEO on why they dropped plan to block guest...

Marriott President and CEO Arne Sorenson explains the unexplainable.

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04:00
Is Apple planning to bring eBooks back into iTunes?

Kirk McElhearn makes a pretty solid argument here.

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Sunday February 1

21:07
Remote Desktop 3.8

Adds full support for 10.10 Yosemite and updates user interface. ($79.99 new, free update, 15 MB)

 

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21:07
Alfred 2.6

Adds mor control over when scripts are executed and support for the new Alfred Remote for iOS app. (Free, £15 for Powerpack, 3.7 MB)

 

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21:07
Downcast 1.1.6

Adds support for a variety of additional playback speeds. ($9.99 new, free update, 20.6 MB)

 

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21:07
SpamSieve 2.9.19

Adds support for 10.10.2 Yosemite, plus improves overall responsiveness and launch time. ($30 new, free update, 14.2 MB)

 

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21:07
PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.0.1

Maintenance release with improvements and fixes for recently the upgraded PDF editing apps. ($74.95/$124.95 new, free update, 51.5/52.2 MB)

 

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21:06
DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.8.3

Classification algorithm improves accuracy of all AI-based functionality. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new; DEVONnote, $24.95 new)

 

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20:03
∞ mophie’s 2015 Super Bowl Commercial

I think this might be the first time an iPhone accessory company has paid the big bucks for a Super Bowl ad. What did you think of it?

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15:10
Live at 10pm tonight: It's The End Of The World...

It may be Superbowl Sunday, but for those of us who have enjoyed reading, contributing to or editing The Unofficial Apple Weblog it's anything but super. As you all know, our parent company has lowered the curtain on this motley crew, and we are set ...

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15:02
Apple airs its first ad for the Chinese New Year,...

Apple has updated its website for China with a new video advertisement in celebration of the Chinese New Year. The one-and-a-half minute advertisement is largely similar to Apple’s “The Song” ad for the United States that aired during this past Christmas and holiday season…

In the new ad, a granddaughter utilizes Apple software and hardware to convert a vintage audio recording to a format playable on an iPad. For the U.S. version of the ad, Apple shared a behind-the-scenes tour of the...

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12:26
Improve your game of Go

Macworld:

Go is about slowly-evolving strategies to surround the largest territory on the board. Each player, black and white, alternates placing stones on a board with a 19-by-19 grid. Building up territory, where the opposing player cannot get a foothold, each player attempts to enlarge his or her territory, and thwart advances and invasions by the opponent.

It’s easy to learn the rules of Go; it’s hard to become really good at the game.

Go is a fascinating game I’ve played (poorly) for years. If you’re looking for something different in your gameplay, check out the apps recommended in the article.

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11:30
Deals: 20% off 'designed by m' iPhone...

Among this week's discounts and exclusive coupon savings for AI readers are 20% coupons good on designed by m's entire iPhone case lineup, MacBook Air discount coupons at MacMall, up to $150 off iMac 5Ks, up to $70 off iPad Air 2s, and certified used, contract free iPhones for as little as $99.

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08:55
Review: Bose's SoundLink Mini is an exceptional...

Bluetooth speakers are one of the most popular accessories for mobile devices, helping pump up the volume from audio-limited smartphones and tablets. AppleInsider took a look at Bose's SoundLink Mini to see how it fares in this crowded space.

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Saturday January 31

19:00
TUAW ceasing publication on February 3, 2015

We're probably the last tech site to report on our own demise, but we ask your forgiveness -- it's been a rough couple of days.

Yes, TUAW will be ceasing publication this week. Expect to see our last posts sometime on Tuesday, February 3. You'll pro...

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18:00
BitTorrent Sync gives you the flexibility to sync...

Several months ago I started replacing Dropbox with BitTorrent Sync ("BTS" for short) for my file-syncing needs, and I couldn't be happier with the results. One study showed BTS was up to 16 times faster than syncing to the cloud.

Let me walk you th...

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16:00
Hocus Focus hides inactive apps automatically

There are two kinds of people in the world: people who like a nice, clean virtual workspace, and John Siracusa. If you're closer to the former than the latter, check out Hocus Focus - a Mac menu bar app which automatically hides inactive apps.

At fi...

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15:00
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

Axe in Face [iPhone; No...

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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

Apple R&D spending ...

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11:42
Apple Stores to be outfitted with safes to house...

Like a traditional jewelry store, Apple will outfit its official retail stores with safes to house the more expensive, gold “Edition” variants of the upcoming Apple Watch, according to sources. The safes will likely be used to carry both to-be-sold inventory as well as to store demo units from the show floor overnight. The custom-designed safes will be outfitted with Apple Watch MagSafe chargers in order to keep the demo units charged up and ready to go for the next day of business. Apple has already begun installing the safes in some stores ahead of the Apple Watch’s expected release April…

Earlier this week,...

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11:00
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:

PicoPro: A laser projector about the size of an iPhone 6...

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09:00
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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08:00
And a final bonus Caturday: Graham's MacBook Air

Every once in a while there is a Caturday submission that has such a cute cat and great back story that it just calls out for more than one photo. This kitten is Graham, and owner Rob Waag tells the story:

Graham is a seven month old kitten that wa...

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07:00
Caturday: Jake's keeping your backups safe and...

Want to keep your backups safe, secure and warm? Then hire Jake, this beautiful black cat belonging to TUAW reader Mike Hoffman, to sit atop your Time Capsule.

We're sure that he's probably not even sure of his guardian role; Jake probably just like...

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07:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Backpacks from Spigen and...

Backpacks, screen protectors, and sleeves

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases is chock full of options, from carry-all backpacks to simple yet effective sleeves.

Incase

The Icon Sleeve (iPad Air; $60) offers lightweight, durable protection in a slim package that won't weigh your iPad down.

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05:23
How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

HughPickens.com writes James B. Stewart writes in the NYT that in 1998 Bill Gates said in an interview that he "couldn't imagine a situation in which Apple would ever be bigger and more profitable than Microsoft" but less than two decades later, Apple, with a market capitalization more than double Microsoft's, has won. The most successful companies need a vision, and both Apple and Microsoft have one. But according to Stewart, Apple's vision was more radical and, as it turns out, more farsighted. Where Microsoft foresaw a computer on every person's desk, Apple went a big step further: Its vision was a computer in every pocket. "Apple has been very visionary in creating and expanding significant new consumer electronics categories," says Toni Sacconaghi. "Unique, disruptive innovation is really hard to do. Doing it multiple times, as Apple has, is extremely difficult." According to Jobs' biographer Walter Isaacson, Microsoft seemed to have the better business for a long time. "But...

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05:00
Improve your game of Go (or just keep playing) with...

I’ve been playing Go, a grid-based strategy game that dates back thousands of years, for more than three decades, and it’s a game I enjoy a great deal. Unlike chess, which is often an all-or-nothing game of attack and defense, Go is about slowly-evolving strategies to surround the largest territory on the board. Each player, black and white, alternates placing stones on a board with a 19-by-19 grid. Building up territory, where the opposing player cannot get a foothold, each player attempts to enlarge his or her territory, and thwart advances and invasions by the opponent.

It’s easy to learn the rules of Go; it’s hard to become really good at the game. This is a game that computers can’t yet defeat: the best programs can only defeat professional players with a handicap (Go has a handicap system where the weaker player gets to place from two to nine stones on the board at the start of the game).

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05:00
Gadget Ogling: A Touchless Thermometer, Flashing...


JoyWing's Wishbone is a fancier thermometer than what you or I will have seen on any trip to the doctor. It's a smartphone attachment that gives temperature readouts within a couple of seconds without even having to touch the person or material it's examining, thanks to an infrared sensor. It's inexpensive, at $26-35 for those pledging to the crowdfunding drive, and I like the capacity to track the temperature changes of an object over a period of time. That feature could come in especially handy for fussy new parents.

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04:49
When musicians unintentionally steal

Pacific Standard:

Imagine your favorite musician, actor, filmmaker, or painter. Undoubtedly, each one grew up idolizing—emulating, even—their artistic heroes. As such, if you pay close enough attention, it’s not hard to see those influences permeating the artist’s work. But at what point does paying homage to source material become a swindle?

Be sure to watch the Sam Smith/Tom Petty side-by-side video.

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04:30
iPhone on the sidelines? In NFL, that’s not allowed

NBCNews:

The NFL experience is getting pretty high-tech — for everyone, that is, except players on the sidelines.

Russell Wilson might pick up a tablet on the sidelines in Super Bowl XLIX, but he won’t be able to use it to check his email, play “Angry Birds” or take a selfie. It’s a Microsoft Surface Pro 2 handicapped to perform one function and one function only: display photographs.

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00:41
Kam Chancellor nursing bone spurs in his ankle AP

Forums: Promise Technology

Seattle Seahawks security Kam Chancellor surely didnt search all that constrained against the Denver Broncos on Sunday http://www.ssfanstore.com/Michael_Bennett_Jersey.

Nonetheless, it seems that the ankle concern that forced him to miss practice final Wednesday and land on the damage report was a lot more troublesome than it appeared.

In accordance to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, Chancellor is dealing with bone spurs in his ankle that had the crew thinking about surgical treatment with the staff set for their bye this week. If they had elected for surgical procedure, Chancellor would have likely missed 6-8 weeks. Simply because the crew currently employed their one particular reserve/injured-designation to return card on cornerback Jeremy Lane, they would have...

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Friday January 30

21:28
First look: Fitbit Charge HR fitness band with real-...

Fitbit's new Charge HR fitness band puts an emphasis on wearability with a slim and light form factor, but maintains a wealth of health tracking features including a real-time heart rate sensor and onboard display.

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16:00
Here's how to stream the Super Bowl on your...

This Sunday is Super Bowl XLIX featuring the Seahawks, the Patriots, and, hopefully, properly inflated balls. You can watch the big game on your TV if you can pick up a signal, but what about if you've cut the cord to cable or don't have a solid digi...

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15:50
Google announces 40 new third-party integrations for...

Search giant Google on Friday revealed that it will allow select Android apps to integrate with Google Now --?the company's answer to Apple's Siri digital assistant -- allowing users of services like AirBnB, Pandora, and Lyft to pull that data into Now.

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15:00
Vine has released a special version of the app...

Vine is a wonderful world of content -- adorable pets, occasionally brilliant sketch comedy, the odd heartfelt message of hope -- but it isn't one you'd want your children using unsupervised. Vine apparently agreed, and today launched Vine for Kids, ...

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14:00
Folderol: An amazingly useful OS X utility by one of...

While we're busy closing down shop here at TUAW, I thought that I'd write one final app review. It's fitting that it's an app by Aunt TUAW herself, Erica Sadun. Folderol (US$2.99) is a surprisingly useful and fun utility that does one thing very well...

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13:38
Apple's new Chongqing store shown off in photos...

Local media have been given access to Apple's new retail outlet in Chongqing, Southwest China, a day before its official opening and photos of the new store depict an expansive underground space not unlike the company's flagship location on Fifth Avenue.

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13:30
Pressur is a simple barometer app

The iPhone 6, 6 plus and the iPad Air 2 added a barometer sensor. Obstensibly it is supposed to help the device better track your steps for the health app by knowing when you've gone up and down stairs. But there is no reason it can't also be used fo...

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13:00
Gamergate Bleeds Into Wikipedia


The Gamergate controversy, which centers on sexism and sexual violence in the video game industry, has made things hot for Wikipedia, whose arbitration committee has taken punitive action against some of the people involved in the debate. The committee decided to impose a complete site-wide ban on one male editor, with the handle "Ryulong," said Wikimedia Foundation spokesperson Juliet Barbara. It also endorsed nearly 150 warnings, sanctions or topic bans affecting other editors on both sides of the issue.

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12:30
Apple releases iTunes 12.1

Apple has released the iTunes 12.1 for OS X Yosemite, which introduces a new iTunes control widget for Notification Center. Using the widget, users can see which song is currently playing and pause, skip, or favorite a track. If you regularly use the...

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12:13
Now you can watch the 2015 Super Bowl commercials...

Vox:

Super Bowl commercials are a big deal.

At a cost of about $4.5 million for a 30 second spot that’s often filled with celebrities, pop music, and special effects, advertisers are clearly willing to pay a premium to be a part of the big game.

Here are the 2015 Super Bowl commercials, listed alphabetically by advertiser. We will update this post throughout the weekend, as new ads are posted online.

I love the game and will watch it (GO HAWKS!) but also admit to enjoying the commercials, too.

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11:52
The best ways to watch the Super Bowl on your Mac/...

If you’re looking for ways to watch the Super Bowl come Sunday, Apple’s got you covered.

Just like other networks that have offered a free live stream of the Super Bowl in previous years, in 2015 NBC will make the game available through its NBC Sports website and mobile app. Still, we’ve got other ways to catch it on the device you want to view it on.

On your Mac:
This one’s easy: Just head to the NBC Sports Live Extra Website to watch the game for free. There’s no need to sign in or jump through any other hoops, and you can tune in as early as noon on February 1 to get your fill of pre-game coverage before the 6:30 p.m. EST kick-off. The live stream even includes the halftime show, which wasn’t the case the last time NBC streamed the Super Bowl in 2012.

On your iPhone or iPad:...

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11:27
NFL forbids use of iPhones, other gadgets on the...

If you’re going to be on the Super Bowl sidelines, LEAVE YOUR IPHONE AT HOME!!!

Of course, that’s if you’re going to be on the sidelines. Otherwise, bring your iPhone along.

NFL players and coaches are allowed no other tablets or smartphones on the sidelines. (Recently, the Cleveland Browns were accused of breaking that rule with texts from the press box to the field). In the coaches’ booth, no computers are allowed. Aside from the Microsoft tablets, Vince Lombardi could time-travel to coach the Patriots or Seahawks on Sunday and not find himself at a terrible technological disadvantage.

Before and after the whistle, the NFL is as technologically advanced as ever. Teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers have HD camera-equipped helmets that helps them analyze practices. NFL players obsessively watch game film on their iPads (well, the younger ones do). This season, more than...

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10:53
Wi-Fi Issues Continue For OS X Users Despite Updates

itwbennett writes: Although Apple has never officially acknowledged issues surrounding Yosemite and Wi-Fi connectivity, the company is clearly aware of the problem: Leading off the improvements offered in the update 10.10.2 update released Tuesday was 'resolves an issue that might cause Wi-Fi to disconnect,' according to the release notes. Despite this, Apple's support forum was filled with tales of frustrated users. And Mac owners aren't the only Apple users experiencing wireless connection failures after updating their OS. Wi-Fi connectivity issues have also dogged iOS 8 since Apple released the mobile OS on Sept. 17.

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10:30
The Week in iOS Apps: Outlook lands on iOS, TurboTax...

Be more productive!

This week's roundup contains new and better ways to organize your email, your calendar, and even your flight schedule. Don't worry: There's a game or two in there as well.

Adobe PaintCan

The folks at Adobe want you to know that this experimental app for iPad is not just for placing a paint-effect overlay on your photographs—rather, it lets you paint using photographs as a base. The developers explain: “PaintCan helps you paint, with smart brushes that configure themselves based on the image you are painting on.” Take pictures of your real world and make them a little more colorful. 

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10:28
Facebook edges into Foursquare territory with place...

Foursquare transformed itself last year into a hyper-local concierge always running in the background of your phone—and your life. Now Facebook is taking a cue from the recommendation app with a new location-based place tips feature for iOS.

Facebook will soon start showing you tips about places at the top of your News Feed. Unlike Foursquare, Facebook won’t show you tips about places in the neighborhood, just the spot you’re at. The new feature won’t clog up your feed—the option to view tips appears in an unintrusive bar at the top, and you have to tap through to see more information.

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10:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

App for Instagram - Ins...

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09:37
External Link: AOL Gives Up on TUAW

More bad news for the Apple press: AOL is closing the door on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW). TUAW was founded in 2004 by Weblogs, Inc., which was purchased by AOL the following year. AOL is also pulling the plug on its gaming site, Joystiq. We wish the staff of both publications the best.

 

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09:36
External Link: Wired on the iPad’s Slump

The iPad’s sales continue to decline, leaving many analysts to theorize why it’s happening. Wired’s Kyle Vanhemert probably has the best explanation so far. The iPhone is getting larger, making the iPad less necessary for content. At the same time, the battery life of the MacBook Pro is growing ever longer, making the iPad’s long battery life less appealing. As the iPad is squeezed from both ends of Apple’s product line, it’s becoming an increasingly niche device.

 

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09:34
iTunes 12.1 adds widget, changes Info window

Apple has released iTunes 12.1, an update that adds an optional Notification widget, improves syncing with iOS devices, and tweaks the look of the app’s Info windows.

The iTunes Notification widget.

To add the Notification widget in OS X, open Notification Center, scroll to the bottom, and click the Edit button. To the right you’ll see an iTunes entry. Click the Plus (+) button next to it to add the widget.

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09:32
AppleInsider's official podcast kicks off with...

AppleInsider's inaugural podcast is now available to download, offering readers a new way to receive detailed analysis and opinion on the week's biggest Apple-related news.

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09:06
9to5Toys Last Call: iTunes Free App of the Week,...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call updates:

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09:00
AAPL reaches an all-time high share price

Not all the news is gloomy today; shares in Apple reached an all-time new high today on analysts at Argus raised their price target to $135 per share with a "buy" rating. The share price peaked at 120.00 at one point this morning, and is currently wa...

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08:44
Starwood announces near-term plans for keyless check...

This might qualify as “nifty” depending on your travel needs.

Starwood has reached out and stated that the hotel chain will begin supporting the following in 2015 and 2016:

- Mobile, Keyless Check-In: Starwood finally unlocked the nirvana of keyless check-in at hotels by bringing SPG Keyless to market, available in hotels around the world; Marriott, Hilton, and others announced plans to follow in 2015 & 2016 meanwhile by the end of the year keyless access will be available in 30,000 doors across Starwood properties.

- Apple Watch: Developing on emerging, wearable technology including Apple Watch — which we all know is coming right around the corner — and Google Glass to understand how the next-generation traveler is using technology.

- ROBOTS: Testing the future of robots in hospitality with Botlr at Aloft hotels

It’s unspecified as to what the robots...

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08:28
Review: Cellulon’s PicoPro is an iPhone 6 Plus-sized...

I grew up with a front-projector TV the size of a coffee table, later owned a rear-projection TV that was somewhat larger than an adult bicycle, and have since tested projectors shaped like DVD players, Mac minis, and iPhone cases. Pico projectors — generally small enough to fit in pockets — typically struggle the most to prove their practicality. Projectors generally need big, powerful lightbulbs to be seen in anything but the dimmest of rooms, and the smaller they are, the worse they tend to be, particularly as they move further from the surfaces they’re protecting on.

Korean developer Celluon — the company behind breakthrough laser keyboards that can create typing surfaces anywhere — is now trying its hand at pico projectors, and I have to admit that I’m far more impressed than I thought I’d be. PicoPro ($349-$399...

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08:22
Some users experiencing Wi-Fi-related issues after...

If you’re slamming your head against a nearby object about your Wi-Fi performance after the OS X 10.10.2 and/or iOS 8.1.3 updates, you’re not alone.

Per Macworld, a second OS X 10.10 update, labeled 10.10.2, was publicly released Tuesday. Leading off the improvements offered in the update was “resolves an issue that might cause Wi-Fi to disconnect,” according to the release notes.

Despite this claim, Apple’s support forum was filled with tales of frustrated users who upgraded to 10.10.2 and still had weak or nonexistent Wi-Fi connections and trouble using Wi-Fi with Bluetooth-enabled devices.

“I don’t know what has been fixed with 10.10.2 but I see...

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08:18
Jeff Williams, Apple’s secret ops superstar

Great piece from Above Avalon on Jeff Williams’ role in keeping the Apple machine running smoothly, and a great piece from John Gruber on CEO succession.

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08:11
Apple releases iTunes 12.1 update

It’s not the biggest change in the world, but it’s still worth snagging.

On Thursday, Apple released version 12.1 of its iTunes media software. The new version, a 216.6 megabyte download, which can be directly download or installed via the Software Update feature in OS X and adds the following fixes and changes:

- This update introduces a new iTunes widget for Notification Center in OS X 10.10 Yosemite. See what’s playing, skip ahead, and even buy songs while listening to iTunes Radio — right from Notification Center.

- This update also improves performance when syncing with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

iTunes 12.1 requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments...

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08:09
The developer iTunes connect snafu

Dave Verwer, writing for iOS Dev Weekly:

From what I can determine from the tweets, there was about a 30-45 minute period when people logging in to iTunes Connect were seeing other random accounts instead of their own.

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08:00
Yahoo updates its news and lifestyle app with more...

Yahoo has a bunch of apps for iOS, including Yahoo Mail, Weather, Finance and others. The primary Yahoo app (free) is what has just received an update. This app features a blend of news with Yahoo's interactive lifestyle magazines.

The Yahoo app has...

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07:53
Apple, Google & Amazon settle with Italian...

Apple, along with Google and Amazon, will avoid fines from the Italian government after agreeing to revise policies regarding so-called "freemium" mobile games and applications.

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07:30
Daily Deals for January 30, 2015, The Beats by Dre...

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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07:12
Shares of Apple reach new all-time high of $120...

Apple's best-ever quarter has turned into serious gains for the company's stock price, which reached new all-time highs during intraday trading on Friday, briefly reaching the $120 threshold.

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07:10
AAPL shares reach new record high of $120 following...

Apple’s stock soared the day after the company reported its record breaking quarter with over $74 billion in revenue and more than 74 million iPhones sold, and now Apple’s stock has reached a new all-time high during trading. The company briefly touched on $120/share during trading this morning and is on track to break its previous record closing high soon.AAPL set its previous record high of $119.75 in late November after the announcements of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in September alongside the reveal of the Apple Watch; the company also released new iPads in October....

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07:00
Flickr Find: It's Apple Time!

What better way to use an old G5 tower than to grab a panel from the old machine and toss it into a homemade clock? This unique wall piece was created by Flickr user Chris Sasse, who uses the clock to tick off the hours in his office....

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06:30
∞ The thing Apple and Microsoft do not get about...

Every time I hear about a new email client that will support multiple services, I get excited. Is this finally the one that will free me from gmail’s native iOS app? And time after time, I am disappointed, all because of one missing feature.

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06:28
Report: AOL’s TUAW closing Feb. 2

The long-rumored news comes from The Verge: TUAW.com is closing as of Feb 2. I didn’t like all of what they did there, but there was a solid group of writers and people that I will miss reading.

AOL is shutting down The Unofficial Apple Weblog, better known as TUAW, sources familiar with the situation tell The Verge. The company — which is also shutting down its gaming site Joystiq — is in the midst of a major reorganization, and is cutting back on media properties it deems as underperforming.TUAW’s run comes to an end on February 2nd.

TechCrunch, which originally reported the news of AOL’s restructuring, noted that tech and lifestyle sites would most likely be affected by the changes. AOL decided against selling TUAW, leaving open the possibility it...

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06:07
Exploding Kittens is the most backed Kickstarter ever

If you are into board/card games, this looks like a lot of fun, and the drawings are all done by The Oatmeal’s Matthew Inman. Great idea.

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06:07
Apple Pay's success has rivals scrambling to...

The strong initial success of Apple Pay, combined with the news that eBay will spin off PayPal, has led to expectations that PayPal could be a major acquisition target for mobile companies vying for users' wallets.

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05:56
AOL shutting down TUAW (The Unofficial Apple Weblog)

I get that it’s all about business performance, but still, this is sad.

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05:56
Chongqing Apple Store unveiled as mural removed...

We recently saw the mural Apple commissioned for one of its five new Apple Stores in China, and today the mural is down revealing the glass cylinder entrance of its Chongqing store, an apparent clone of its Shanghai store design. The store opens at 10am tomorrow.

The photos were posted on Taisy and appear to have originated from MacX. The interior of the store is very reminiscent of the spiral staircase in the iconic glass cube store on Fifth Avenue in New York (photo below) …

We can also see the continuation of Apple’s...

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05:36
Bill Gates does his third Reddit AMA

One response that stood out for me – On regret for something not done in his life.

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05:30
Learn the mental part of defense with Baseball...

Growing up I learned to play baseball the same way millions of youngsters have learned and continue to learn, by playing the game. The most difficult part of learning the game was the mental part. Hitting, catching, and throwing the ball are physical...

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05:00
You Should Play: Twist objects into shadow puppets...

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

It’s always awesome to see a breathtaking, unique, and thoroughly innovative puzzle game pop up on the App Store, and this week we’re particularly impressed with Triada Studio Games’ light-and-shadow-play perspective game, Shadowmatic. For a mere $3, Shadowmatic takes you through a non-linear progression of increasingly difficult perspective puzzles—think shadow puppets meets Monument Valley.

To read this article in...

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05:00
Google Gives WebView the Cold Shoulder


Google has decided not to fix vulnerabilities in WebView for Android 4.3 and older, sparking heated discussions among developers. Those versions of WebView run on the WebKit browser. Fixing them "required changes to significant portions of the code and was no longer practical to do so safely," explained Adrian Ludwig, lead engineer for Android security. Ludwig recommended steps users and developers can take to mitigate the potential exploitation of WebView vulnerabilities without updating to Lollipop, or Android 5.0.

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04:35
Senate proposal could allow Apple to repatriate $...

If you were confused by Apple having to repeatedly borrow money to fund stock buybacks while sitting on huge cash reserves ($178B as of last quarter), the reason is that the bulk of that cash is held overseas. Apple can’t bring it back into the USA without paying 35% tax on it, so it’s far cheaper to borrow.

Bloomberg reports that Senators Paul Rand (R) and Barbara...

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04:33
Audio Hijack 3.0.1

Maintenance release with a few critical fixes for the recently updated audio recording utility. ($49 new, free update, 14.3 MB)

 

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04:15
Audio Hijack 3 Bumps Up the Volume

The latest revision of an audio-workflow tool for Mac OS X dramatically overhauls audio capture.

 

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03:45
Facebook and Twitter battle to be your Super Bowl...

When you kick back on your couch this Sunday to watch the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks duke it out in the Super Bowl, you’ll be prepared with the must-haves: Wings, beer, and your phone or tablet. Even if you’re surrounded by friends, the game commentary on social media is often more entertaining than their chatter—or the game itself.

Many of us use both Twitter and Facebook during major events, but the networks would prefer you pick a side, because your attention translates into ad dollars for both networks. So Twitter and Facebook are putting on their game faces: Whose team are you on?

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03:09
How to watch the 2015 Super Bowl on your iPhone,...

If you're looking to watch Super Bowl XLIX online this Sunday, NBC has you covered.

Just like other networks that have offered a free live stream of the Super Bowl in previous years, in 2015 NBC will make the game available through its NBC Sports website and mobile app. Still, getting it onto the device of your choosing could be tricky, so read on for the best ways to watch the Super Bowl without a cable subscription.

On your Mac

This one’s easy: Just head to the NBC Sports Live Extra Website to watch the game for free. There's no need to sign in or jump through any other hoops, and you can tune in as early as noon on February 1 to get your fill of pre-game coverage before the 6:30 p.m. EST kick-off. The live stream even includes the halftime show, which wasn't the case the last time NBC streamed the Super Bowl in 2012.

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03:00
FiftyThree announces gold version of its popular ‘...

Earlier this month FiftyThree’s popular Pencil stylus for iPad joined the accessory lineup in Apple’s retail stores, and today FiftyThree is unveiling a new gold brushed and anodized finish variant of its Bluetooth stylus. FiftyThree’s Pencil Gold color matches that latest iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 which are both available in gold versions, while the new Pencil holds the same $59.95 price tag at the existing Walnut option.

FiftyThree first unveiled the Pencil stylus just over a year ago bringing a carpenter pencil’s design to the stylus market. The Pencil stylus pairs over Bluetooth with the iPad enabling...

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Thursday January 29

20:43
iTunes 12.1

Adds Notification Center playback widget. (Free, 207 MB)

 

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18:09
As Apple nears $200B in cash, U.S. Senators once...

U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Rand Paul on Thursday announced the "Invest in Transportation Act of 2015," a proposal that would allow companies such as Apple to bring foreign cash reserves back to the U.S. at a significantly lower tax rate while using the proceeds to replenish the Highway Trust Fund.

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18:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Zero Age [iOS Universal...

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17:14
On Jeff Williams and Apple’s Executive Team

Neil Cybart, writing at Above Avalon:

One thing became abundantly clear after analyzing Apple’s recent
earnings report
: Jeff Williams is doing a phenomenal job. As
senior vice president of Operations, Williams is tasked with
making sure the Apple machine is well-oiled and in tip-top shape,
not only capable of producing more than 100 million iOS devices in
a quarter, but building flexibility into the system to handle
annual hardware updates that would make most hardware companies
quiver with fear. I considered Jeff Williams as Tim Cook’s
successor before Cook finished his first day as CEO
, and I
feel even more confident about that today....

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17:09
Roadie robotic guitar tuner

This looks really cool, I may buy one of these. It connects to your iPhone via Bluetooth and then you hold the hardware on the tuning peg of your guitar.

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17:00
Indigo Prophecy is coming to deliver nightmares to...

When Indigo Prophecy -- also known as Fahrenheit outside of North America -- was released in 2005, it slowly started to build a rabid cult following with its cinematic brand of horror adventure gaming. Wedged uncomfortably somewhere between the X-Fil...

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16:30
Daily Deals for January 29, 2015, Set the mood from...

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections.

All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....

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16:03
Apple releases iTunes 12.1 with OS X Notification...

Apple has released a new update for iTunes on OS X that introduces support for a Notification Center widget. The widget will allow users to control their music and buy songs from iTunes Radio directly from the system-wide panel.

iTunes 12.1 also includes a “quick tour” feature that runs on the app’s second launch. It’s the same quick tour that has been available on Apple’s website since last year, but it is now included natively in the app to help users get acclimated to the new design.




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16:00
Facebook's Paper app updated with improved...

We're fans of Facebook's Paper here at TUAW. It's a handy alternative to Facebook's main iPhone app, which lets you bypass downloading the Messenger app. Paper has just received a new update which makes finding and sharing your favorite photos easier...

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15:00
PicoPro: A laser projector about the size of an...

Several times in the past, TUAW has done reviews of pico projectors - projectors that are so small that they can be slipped into a pocket on a backpack or in a briefcase. Designed to make presentations on the road less burdensome, pico projectors hav...

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14:00
Hydra: A powerful and innovative iOS app for High...

I've seen so many High Dynamic Range (HDR) apps, some of which have been good, some not so good. Hydra (US$2.99 on sale) from Creaceed is a well thought out and terrific performing photo app with solid features that will improve your images in challe...

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13:00
SoundCloud's iPad gets an extreme makeover,...

If you're a SoundCloud fan who previously found the iPad experience to be a bit lacking in the features department you'll be happy to see today's update brings virtually every feature of the desktop version to your tablet. Unfortunately, it also kill...

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12:30
Puppet Punch brings arcade action to center stage,...

Puppet Punch is a new game for iPhone and iPad. Originally only in the Canada, Brazil and Austria App Stores, the title is now available in the United States. The game has a clear bias against puppets. Gameplay is similar to a whack-a-mole concept, j...

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11:00
Wrise is a new and specialized word processor for Mac

There just aren't too many new OS X word processing applications appearing these days, with Microsoft Word and Apple's Pages ruling the roost. So it was with some interest that I took a look at Wrise (US$29.99 introductory pricing at the Mac app stor...

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10:00
Apple R&D spending reached record levels last...

To say that Apple had a stellar holiday quarter would be an understatement. For the quarter gone by, Apple recorded just over $18 billion in profits, enough to make it the most profitable quarter in corporate history.

But lest anyone think Apple is ...

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09:00
iTunes Connect issues creating havoc for developers

Twitter is all abuzz this morning with developers who were logging into iTunes Connect - the gateway used to make apps available for sale - and seeing someone else's login information.

For example, here's a tweet from Alexander Kuhn, who saw account...

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08:00
Microsoft Outlook now available for iOS

Just in time for TUAW parent company Aol to migrate all of its employees from Microsoft Outlook to Gmail this weekend, Microsoft today launched Outlook for iOS (free). The universal app is essentially a scaled-down version of the desktop Outlook appl...

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06:00
Rumor Roundup: BREAKING - March and April not same...

AAPL earnings will come in well above upper end of company's guidance, say analysts, at $68.3B (9to5 Mac)

Source: Some analysts

Chance it's true: None

"Analyst consensus" of Apple's performance was off by billions of dollars. You know, like always...

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Tuesday January 13

15:50
Android 5.0 Lollipop still hard to find, full of...

Google's Android team has advised outside security researchers that it will no longer fix security bugs found in Jelly Bean or earlier releases, despite the fact that "pre-KitKat 4.4" software powers the majority of active users' devices currently accessing Google Play. Meanwhile, less than 0.1 percent of Android users have received Android 5.0, and those who have report an "unfinished/unpolished" experience.

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