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Friday January 2

12:32
iDict brute-force security tool for hacking iCloud...

This may be worth keeping an eye on if you’re concerned about iCloud security.

Per 9to5Mac, a new tool submitted to developer web site GitHub claims to be able to perform password dictionary attacks on any iCloud account, seemingly able to evade detection from Apple’s rate-limiting security that is supposed to prevent such dictionary attacks from happening. In September, Apple reported it had closed one such hole that allowed brute-force attacks to occur.

The source code for the tool has been released onto GitHub. Upon inspection, the tool is somewhat crude in its complexity. It simply tries every possible word in its 500-long word-list as the password for a given iCloud account email. This means whilst it will...

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12:00
Apple wants you to "Start something new"

A new promotional campaign from Apple is encouraging present and future owners of iPad, iPhone and Mac to "Start something new" in 2015 by using artistic apps to be creative.

A new web page appeared on the Apple Japan web site last week and has sinc...

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11:00
TripCast: Capturing and sharing your travels

Travelers love to not only capture their journeys for future reference, but share photos, videos, and details of daily events with others. Blogging tools like WordPress can be problematic for those who only travel on occasion, and emailing or messagi...

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10:01
Tunity turns your iPhone into headphones for your TV

Tunity:

Tunity allows you to hear a muted TV’s audio directly to your mobile device. It acts just like a wireless headset – no need to purchase an expensive set.

Scan the TV and let Tunity locate and match the audio and stream it straight to your iPhone or iPad.

I used this app on New Year’s Day during ESPN’s broadcast of the Rose Bowl game (GO DUCKS!) and it worked great. I can see it being very useful in a sports bar with dozens of TVs set to different game broadcasts but no audio to listen

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10:00
Happy New Year! Now let's sue Apple...

Apple is no stranger to storage complaints over its mobile devices, and while the company successfully dodged a 2007 lawsuit over the advertised storage size of its iPod line, that's not stopping a new group of plaintiffs from attempting to spawn a c...

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09:25
Marriott plans to block personal wifi hotspots

Boing Boing:

Marriott is fighting for its right to block personal or mobile Wi-Fi hotspots—and claims that it’s for our own good.

The hotel chain and some others have a petition before the FCC to amend or clarify the rules that cover interference for unlicensed spectrum bands. They hope to gain the right to use network-management tools to quash Wi-Fi networks on their premises that they don’t approve of. In its view, this is necessary to ensure customer security and to protect children.

If Marriott’s petition were to succeed, we’d likely see hotels that charge guests and convention centers that charge exhibitors flipping switches to shut down any Wi-Fi not operated by the venue. The American hotel industry’s trade group is a co-filer of the petition, and Hilton submitted a comment in support: this isn’t just Marriott talking.

I don’t travel often but when I do, I won’t be staying in a Marriott any more.

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09:00
9to5Toys Last Call: iTunes $0.99 movie rentals, H...

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09:00
Daily Deals for January 2, 2015, featuring the Equil...

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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08:28
Apple transforms retail stores into art galleries...



Following the launch of Apple’s “Start Something New” campaign on its website featuring artwork created on Mac and iOS devices, Apple is now transforming its retail stores into temporary art galleries showcasing art from the campaign.

The images above come from customers on Twitter (...

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08:00
Judge dismisses Apple employee lawsuit demanding...

In July of 2013, Apple was hit with a lawsuit from retail employees alleging that they were not being compensated for time spent taking part in security checkouts. As an illustrative example, imagine an employee decides to break for lunch at noon. Be...

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07:57
iCloud.com Photos beta pulls disappearing act, no...

It’s hard to say exactly what’s happening here, but sometimes Apple makes changes with no warning.

Per AppleInsider, the beta iCloud.com Photos application is no longer available to access via the website, as a vague “early 2015″ launch date for a new Photos for OS X app also looms.

The iCloud Photos app had been available in beta form since last October, when it first debuted. In the following weeks, Apple had gradually added features, such as the ability to manually upload photos to the cloud.

But now, Photos for iCloud.com is no longer available to access. Manually entering the URL for the app returns the error: “Can’t load Photos. There was a problem loading the application.”

While it may be a temporary...

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07:19
Apple’s unreleased iBeacon hardware exposed in user...

Way back in July, Apple registered FCC certification for a new piece of iBeacon Bluetooth hardware. Naturally, 9to5Mac covered the release of wireless certification documents for the hardware. It was unclear by those filings the nature of the product, whether it was targeted at use in Apple Stores, some form of developer testing equipment or something else entirely. The product was never made publicly available for purchase, for unknown reasons.

However, time has elapsed such that the rest of Apple’s submitted documents are now available to the public. Vitally, this includes a user manual which immediately signals that this iBeacon hardware was meant for developers, presumably to test iBeacon integration in their own apps. It’s unclear, though, if this is meant to be...

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07:00
Chevron to support Apple Pay at the pump; car...

Already an Apple Pay partner at the register, Chevron last week indicated that they're working with Apple to bring Apple Pay directly to the pump.

@SingAsana We are working alongside Apple to develop solutions to integrate with Apple Pay at the pump...

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06:17
New password-hacking tool for iCloud claims to evade...

A new tool submitted to GitHub claims to be able to perform password dictionary attacks on any iCloud account, seemingly able to evade detection from Apple’s rate-limiting security that is supposed to prevent such dictionary attacks from happening. In September, Apple reported it had closed one such hole that allowed brute-force attacks to occur.

The sourcecode for the tool has been released onto GitHub. Upon inspection, the tool is really rather crude in its complexity. It simply tries every possible word in its 500-long word-list as the password for a given iCloud account email. This means whilst it will succeed “100%”...

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06:00
New York City to consider Apple Pay for parking...

The revenue major U.S. cities derive from parking tickets is substantial. In 2013 alone, the revenue generated from parking tickets issued in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles topped $1 billion. Naturally, cities prefer to have parking tickets paid ...

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06:00
SpaceX Seeks to Defy Odds With Ocean-Platform Rocket...


SpaceX next week will try for the first time to land the first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket on a custom-built ocean platform in the Atlantic Ocean. The experiment originally was scheduled to take place in mid-December but was postponed to Jan. 6. The Falcon 9 first stage is some 14 stories tall and will be traveling at a speed of nearly a mile per second. The company compared the challenge of stabilizing it to balancing a rubber broomstick on your hand in the middle of a windstorm.

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05:00
New Filter Family Adds Diversity to Instagram Toolset


Instagram recently added some new filters -- the first time it has done so in two years. Each of the filters included in the latest version of Instagram allow users to make subtle mood changes to a photo. "A host of me-too apps have been introduced to the market since Instagram was launched. Filters are becoming a competitive advantage for Instagram so I suspect you'll see it develop more filters as time goes on because that's the real value of their service," noted IDC Research Director Chris Chute.

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04:46
Photos app mysteriously vanishes from iCloud.com


The Photos app has been mysteriously pulled from the iCloud.com site, in the last few days. The app, which shows pictures stored in iCloud Photo Library, is now no longer listed on the iCloud.com homepage when logged in … with no comment from Apple to explain the disappearance.

Going direct to the URL for the Photos app (iCloud.com/#photos) seems to try and load the app but fails with an error message: “Can’t Load Photos: There was a problem loading the application.”. Although this is only speculation, it seems like Apple’s...

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Thursday January 1

19:08
Apple Faces Class Action Lawsuit For Shrinking...

An anonymous reader notes that Apple is being sued over claims that iOS 8 uses too much storage space on the company's devices. "Ever wonder why there never is enough space on your iPhone or iPad? A lawsuit filed this week against Apple Inc. alleges that upgrades to the iOS 8 operating system are to blame, and that the company has misled customers about it. In the legal complaint filed in California, Miami residents Paul Orshan and Christopher Endara accuse Apple of "storage capacity misrepresentations and omissions" relating to Apple's 8 GB and 16GB iPhones, iPads and iPods. Orshan has two iPhone 5 and two iPads while Endara had purchased an iPhone 6. They contend the upgrades to the operating system end up taking up as much as 23 percent of the storage space on their devices."

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16:56
Here’s what Apple included in this year’s $320 ‘...

Shoppers line up outside Apple’s Omotesandō retail store for the Lucky Bag sale (Image via Ringo-Sanco)

The contents of Apple’s 2015 Japanese “Lucky Bag” sales have been revealed. The bags went on sale at 8 AM local time this morning, and the entire collection of deals was quickly revealed by those who had taken advantage of the limited-time offer.

The bags will cost shoppers around ¥38,000 (or about $323). There are four different types of bags available, and customers will get one at random when they make their purchase.

Here’s what shoppers will find in their Lucky Bags this year:

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15:00
Daily Deals for January 1, 2015, featuring The Xbox...

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

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

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11:57
Apple increases iOS and Mac Developer Program...

Apple has quietly increased the cost of its iOS & Mac Developer Programs in some EU countries with price hikes confirmed for at least the UK and Germany. In Germany, the programs are up from the previous €80/year to €99/year, while in the UK pricing has been adjusted from £60/year to £79/year.

While the price increase is already live in at least the UK and Germany, pricing for the program in the US remains at $99/year.

Apple requires app developers to enroll in its developer programs for both the iOS App Store and Mac App Store in order to distribute apps through the stores and access Apple’s developer tools alongside early iOS and OS X releases.

It’s unclear if the change could be a result of currency fluctuations or perhaps a...

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09:15
Grovemade’s wooden accessories bring tech back to...

Opening the packaging, unwrapping the cellophane, untwisting the cable ties, and key-cutting tape is as much a part of the technology ritual as meditating on which device to buy in the first place.

But that first whiff of silica gel and plastic-infused air can seem a little sterile. Technology has come to mean sleek, metallic, and smooth, impersonal by definition of its mass production.

This Christmas I've found the perfect antidote: a selection of handmade wooden products from Grovemade. As described on the website, the team is "a family of creators—close knit and a little crazy—handcrafting goods at our workshop in Portland, Oregon."

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09:00
Rumor Roundup: What to expect when you're...

Apple in Talks with Major Banks to Launch Apple Pay in UK During First Half of 2015 (MacRumors)

Source: "People familiar with the matter"

Chance it's true: 100 percent

It makes perfect sense that the UK will be the next nation to see Apple Pay ava...

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08:40
Happy New Year from O’Grady’s PowerPage!!!

2014 is out the door, 2015 is here and with that in mind, O’Grady’s PowerPage would like to wish you a happy new year!!!

The staff will be taking the day off to spend time with friends and family, but come back tomorrow for additional, Mac, iOS and mobile news as we sort out everything that the new year is expected to bring.

Have a safe and happy new year and we’ll be back tomorrow!!!

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06:30
Best under-appreciated movies from 2014

I love finding a diamond in the rough. This list is from Rotten Tomatoes.

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Wednesday December 31

17:00
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

Necrorun ;[iPhone; Now ...

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16:48
Stornext MDC and Yosemite

Forums: General Xsan TalkTags: Stornext MDC Yosemite Downgrade Xsan4

We received a new MacMini with Yosemite 10.10. We need to hook to Stornext 4.3.3 MDC to work as a client to move files between our various Stornext 4.3.3 SAN volumes. It has Xsan4, which we see is not supported. The plan was to go from MacMini to Atto Thunderlink 2162 to Stornext MDC and attach with 16 GB FC.
Since Xsan4 is not listed as compatible with Stornext 4.3.3, is it possible to either downgrade to Xsan3, or to go back to Mavericks to get Xsan3? We weren't anticipating the Xsan4 issue. We just need a client on Xsan to talk to the Stornext 4.3.3 MDC and SAN volumes.

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15:00
LifeBox for iPhone is strange and addictive

I'm not quite sure how to describe LifeBox (free until Mid-January). It's a bit like the infamous Pet Rock of years ago or the more recent Tamagotchi. It just sits there, but unlike the Pet Rock, little stories unfold over time in tiny animated boxes...

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14:00
Class action lawsuit filed against Apple over large...

Apple is facing a newly-filed class action lawsuit which alleges the company doesn't properly warn customers about the storage requirements of for iOS 8. The lawsuit -- filed by William Anderson of the Washington, D.C. based firm Cuneo, Gilbert, & La...

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13:07
New York City considering Apple Pay, Bitcoin as...

You might just be able to pay your parking tickets in New York City with Apple Pay in the new year.

In an effort to reboot an old and obtuse parking ticket payments system, the city of New York is investigating alternative forms of payment, including mobile transactions powered by services like Apple Pay and PayPal.

Per AppleInsider and MarketWatch, the city’s finance department is looking to upgrade its parking ticket platform, which currently handles some US$600 million annually from about 10 million issued tickets.

Potential replacements for the parking bureau’s current system include Apple Pay, PayPal and...

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13:00
Designer uses her nose and an Apple Trackpad to...

Designer Michelle Vandy had to get creative with her tools when she lost the use of her hands after developing a repetitive stress injury in her arms. In a profile by Core77, Vandy explains how she learned to draw and design using her nose and an App...

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11:40
Got a parking ticket in NYC? City looking at Apple...

New York City's Department of Finance recently submitted a Request for Information (RFI) (PDF) about “mobile solutions for payment” of parking tickets, listing Apple Pay, PayPal, and Bitcoin as potential options.

The city says it's only looking to find out more about what a mobile payment option might look like—its most recent document is not a request for proposals, so there's a possibility that transferring bitcoins into the NYC municipal coffers may never come to fruition. But if you've ever parked an inch too close to a broken-looking fire hydrant in that city, you may take delight in the idea of being able to pay the fine quickly from your phone. The city is also looking for a way to allow people to schedule parking ticket hearings via their phones.

Currently, parking violators can pay online, in person or by mail. MarketWatch, which first...

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11:24
Review: Skech’s Base and Skechbook join the early...

As 2014 comes to a close, there aren’t a lot of iPad Air 2-specific cases on the market, and some developers are already taking shortcuts — cutting extra holes in old iPad Air cases — just to get “iPad Air 1+2″ products out. So when new cases are supposedly tailored just for the iPad Air 2, I’m interested in seeing how well they actually fit and protect Apple’s latest tablet, even if their designs are otherwise highly familiar. That’s why Skech’s Base ($45) and Skechbook ($40) are here.

They’re both fabric folios with iPad Air 2-sized plastic hard shells inside. Offered in black, blue, or pink, Base has rounded corners and feels like waxed canvas, while the black-only Skechbook has boxy, hardcover book-like edges and is...

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09:42
Apple hit with lawsuit over shrinking size of usable...

Just as one judge dismissed a class action case again Apple yesterday, today Siliconbeat reports that Apple will face a new class action case claiming iOS 8 takes up too much of the iPhone’s overall storage capacity. The case was filed in a Bay Area federal court this week and claims that iOS 8 can take up as much as 23.1 percent of an iOS device’s storage depending on the model:

“We feel that there are a substantial number of Apple consumers that have been shortchanged, and we’ll be pursuing the claims vigorously,” said William Anderson, a lawyer at Cuneo Gilbert...

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09:36
∞ Inside a Rolex Submariner

Few of us give a thought to the inside of a watch, whether you wear one or not. This video of the inner workings of a $10,000 Rolex Submariner shows how intricate and complicated the mechanisms are.

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09:36
Apple brings its “Start Something New.” page global...

Apple launched its Start Something New. campaign on its Japanese website 2 days ago and it looks to be propagating globally now in the run up to New Years Eve 2015. The page encourages Apple users to try out new products like Procreate, Brushes 3, Slow Shutter,  VSCOCam, Waterlogue and iDraw and highlights artists including Roz Hall, ...

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09:18
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Belkin 30% off sitewide, ZAGG...

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08:37
Despite declining sales, Samsung somehow beats Apple...

One of Apple CEO Tim Cook’s favorite terms to throw around during earnings calls and keynote presentations is “Customer Sat,” but the latest from the American Customer Satisfaction Index has Apple down compared to last year while Samsung continues to rise despite declining sales. 

Apple comes in on the index measuring Cellular Telephones at a score of 79, a -2.5% change from last year and just slightly above the average 78 score for all cell phones measured in the index.

While Samsung has been steadily reporting a drop in mobile profits as it restructures...

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08:32
Samsung edges out Apple in holiday customer...

Samsung just beat out Apple in terms of customer service this holiday season.

Per Engadget and Boy Genius Report, the latest stats from the American Consumer Satisfaction Index, which surveys 70,000 consumers every year, show Samsung slightly beating out Apple by two points with a satisfaction score of 81. Sure, it’s not a huge lead, but it’s a big jump for the company from last year’s score of 76. Apple, meanwhile, saw its score fall more than two points since last year. It’s always tough to read much into these numbers (was it the Galaxy S5 that helped, or just Android improvements?), but it’s still a decent win for Samsung. Don’t be surprised if Samsung ends up marketing the heck out of this...

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08:30
Daily Deals for December 31, 2014, Save Big With...

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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08:16
Apple hit with class action suit over iOS 8 space...

If you were annoyed by how much space iOS 8 took up, you aren’t alone.

Per SiliconBeat, Apple has been hit with a lawsuit alleging that it doesn’t inform users just how much storage its new operating system will eat up – and then prods them to buy more space through its iCloud service.

The case, filed in the Bay Area’s federal court on Tuesday, claims iOS 8 can take up as much as 23.1 percent of the advertised storage capacity on Apple gadgets, but few users realize that when they make their purchases. Seeking damages and changes to Apple policies under California state law, plaintiffs hope to represent sweeping classes of users who bought Apple gadgets with iOS 8 already installed and users who upgraded to the latest version of the software.

“We...

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08:10
Rumor: Samsung fanless notebook hints at upcoming...

The 12-inch Retina Display MacBook Air may be fanless thanks to Samsung.

Per 9to5Mac and The Verge, Samsung has pre-announced the Ativ Book 9 ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show. Interestingly, this notebook features many of the technical specifications that have been rumored for the future 12-inch Retina MacBook Air. The announcement of the Ativ Book 9 validates that a fanless high-resolution ultrabook is indeed possible in the short term.

The Book 9 laptop features a 12.2 inch screen with a 2600×1600 resolution, implying a 250 PPI. At normal viewing distances, Apple could easily describe the display as...

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07:56
Some iPhone 6 owners citing that cards can’t be...

This will need to get sorted out.

Especially if the only current resolution requires replacing the handset.

Per 9to5Mac, a bevy of users in the Apple Support Communities are reporting that they are unable to add cards back into Apple Pay after their phone has been restored – whether as a new phone or from a backup. According to reports there, Apple has been able to resolve the issue only by replacing the phone.

One user reported the following:

“I just left the Apple Store. They couldn’t diagnose the issue and we did a restore there in store and the problem persisted. The solution was to swap the hardware […]

I ended up going to the Apple Store and going to the genius bar. They proceeded to do all the...

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07:46
Apple accounts for 51% of devices as Christmas gifts

These are the days of giving devices as gifts.

Specifically, Apple devices.

Per Flurry, 2014 turned into a banner year for Apple, its devices accounting for 51 percent of the new device activations worldwide Flurry recognized in the week leading up to and including Christmas Day (December 19th – 25th). Samsung held the #2 position with 18% of new device activations, and Microsoft (Nokia) rounded out the top three with 5.8% share for mostly Lumia devices. After the top three manufacturers, the device market becomes increasingly fragmented with only Sony and LG commanding more than one percent share of new activations on Christmas Day. Up-and-comers Xiaomi, Huawei, and HTC all had less than one percent share on Christmas Day. One reason is surely their...

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07:38
How to make an Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned is my drink of choice. Happy New Year.

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06:30
iOS app developer gives parents the best Christmas...

iOS developer Joseph Riquelme gave his parents a folded note containing one of the best gifts ever -- their house. Riquelme shared a photo of the handwritten gift, which simply said "Your house is paid off. Merry Xmas."
In touching video posted to Yo...

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05:30
Tulnity turns your iPhone into personal TV headphones

The Tunity app allows users to listen to muted TVs through their iPhones with or without headphones. Users will find a number of uses for the app but I can envision it working well when you are at a sports bar with a number of televisions tuned to a ...

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05:30
Tunity turns your iPhone into personal TV headphones

The Tunity app allows users to listen to muted TVs through their iPhones with or without headphones. Users will find a number of uses for the app but I can envision it working well when you are at a sports bar with a number of televisions tuned to a ...

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05:23
iPhone 6 owners reporting that cards cannot be added...

Multiple iPhone 6 owners are reporting in an Apple Support Communities thread that they are unable to add cards back into Apple Pay after their phone has been restored – whether as a new phone or from a backup. According to reports there, Apple has been able to resolve the issue only by replacing the phone.

I just left the Apple Store. They couldn’t diagnose the issue and we did a restore there in store and the problem persisted. The solution was to swap the hardware […]

I ended up going to the Apple Store and going to the genius bar. They proceeded to do all the thing I already tried. After they did a restore and set up as a new phone and saw they it didn’t work they went in the back and brought out a new phone. I fired up the phone and went thru steps to add my cards to Apple pay...

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05:00
New fanless 12-inch laptop from Samsung foreshadows...

 


Ahead of CES, Samsung has pre-announced the Ativ Book 9, via The Verge. Interestingly, this laptop features many of the technical specifications that have been rumored for the future 12-inch Retina MacBook Air. The announcement of the Ativ Book 9 validates that a fanless high-resolution ultrabook is indeed possible in the short term.

The Book 9 laptop features a 12.2 inch screen with a 2600×1600 resolution, implying a 250 PPI. At normal viewing distances, Apple could easily describe the display as ‘Retina’. ...

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02:03
GoodReader app forced to remove some iCloud Drive...

Continuing the string of controversy regarding App Store approval in recent weeks, an update pushed through by GoodReader ($4.99, iPhone and iPad) earlier today shows that the company has been forced to remove some significant iCloud Drive features, in order to comply with iCloud Drive usage guidelines and remain in the App Store.

Specifically, the GoodReader update removes the ability to add folders, remove folders or move files around the iCloud Drive storage location. The update notes reference a ‘usage policy’, although it is unclear what document the company is referring to.

Folder operations are included in the public iCloud Drive API’s, which makes the...

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Tuesday December 30

23:42
NYC residents may eventually be able to pay parking...

The Big Apple is considering letting drivers pay for their parking tickets using their big Apple phones, MarketWatch reports. New York City is said to be looking to update its old system with something a little more user-friendly, and is currently considering several options, including Apple Pay.

The main idea for the new system is a mobile app that would allow users to scan in a parking ticket, either by barcode or some other means, then pay the fine instantly using Apple Pay or another payment system, such as PayPal, or possibly even Bitcoin.

Another goal for the app is...

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17:02
T-Mobile CEO predicts Apple Watch will take...

In the months leading up to the launch of the Apple Watch next year, early opinions about the smartwatch have been quite mixed. While some believe that the Apple Watch will be as successful as iconic products released ahead of it, including the iPhone, iPad, iPod and Mac, others are more skeptical about how much of an impact the device will truly have.

While the wearables market is forecasted to become over a $5 billion industry by 2018, it hasn’t reached that point just yet. But T-Mobile CEO John Legere certainly thinks it will sooner than later, predicting that the Apple Watch launch in 2015 will be the turning point in which the wearables market goes from niche to mainstream.

“I love what Jawbone, Fitbit, Samsung, LG, Microsoft...

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15:24
Apple employee lawsuit over time spent in security...

Apple employees who attempted to file a class action lawsuit against the company over wages they say they lost while standing in bag-check lines for 10 to 15 minutes before and after their shifts got some bad news from a judge today. Citing a similar case involving Amazon warehouse workers, a district judge dismissed the Apple suit.

In the Amazon case, the Supreme Court ruled that because Amazon warehouse workers were not employed for the purpose of going through security checks, it was not actually part of the job they were being paid to do....

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14:52
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13:51
The Halting Progress of Mind-Controlled Robot Tech


Jan Scheuermann, a quadriplegic, in 2012 was able to use her thoughts to flex the wrist of a new mind-controlled robotic arm in a project run by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Earlier this year, she demonstrated using her thoughts to make four distinct movements: finger abduction, or spreading out the fingers; scoop, in which the last fingers curl in; thumb opposition, which consists of the thumb moving out from the palm; and pinching the thumb, index and middle fingers together.

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13:00
SpotCam is a capable Wi-Fi camera for your home

SpotCam is a new entrant in the cloud-based home webcam parade. The U.S. $149.99 camera has easy setup and features like sound monitoring, plus the ability to speak to the camera remotely and have the camera speaker play it.

Specifications

Dimensio...

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12:00
A pair of putrid pink phone protectors

There are plenty of poorly conceived iPhone cases out there, but it's rare that you see a company really knock it out of the park with a bad design only to follow it up with an even worse one. Moschino, an Italian luxury firm that dreams up all manne...

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11:53
Putting a MacBook Pro In the Oven To Fix It

An anonymous reader writes: A post at iFixit explains how one user with a failing MacBook Pro fixed it by baking it in the oven. The device had overheating issues for months, reaching temperatures over 100 C. When it finally died, some research suggested the extreme heat caused the logic board to flex and break the solder connections. The solution was to simply reflow the solder, but that's hard to do with a MBP. "Instead, I cracked open the back of my laptop, disconnected all eleven connectors and three heat sinks from the logic board, and turned the oven up to 340 F. I put my $900 part on a cookie sheet and baked it for seven nerve-wracking minutes. After it cooled, I reapplied thermal paste, put it all back together, and cheered when it booted. It ran great for the next eight months." The laptop failed again, and another brief vacation into the oven got it running once more.

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11:23
15 amazing places you can tour virtually

Mental Floss:

If you can’t check out these places in person, you can at least visit them virtually—no flights or long road trips required.

Do not go to this site unless you’ve got an hour or more to kill. Spectacular imagery. I’ve been to eight of the fifteen but this is an entirely different perspective of the places.

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11:00
The Puzlook iPhone case combines a puzzle and...

Well here's something that's...unique. The Puzlook iPhone case contains five lenses to your iPhone to enhance your photography, including wide-angle, macro, telephoto, and fisheye lenses. There's also a tripod mount an integrated 8 GB USB memory stic...

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09:40
Review: G-Technology’s G-Drive USB is a pro-grade...


Professional video editors and filmmakers have raved about G-Technology’s hard drives for over a decade. These users — day-one adopters of Apple’s Mac Pro and MacBook Pro computers — need a lot of hard disk space, fast interfaces, and above all else, reliability. Losing part or all of a project can kill a movie, so nothing is left to chance on the storage side. I’m not a video professional, but as a father, my family photos and home videos are some of my most valuable possessions, and I don’t want to lose them to a hard drive failure. Numerous recommendations led me to Hitachi GST subsidiary G-Technology’s G-Drives years ago, and now there’s a new entry-level model that’s affordable enough for everyone:...

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09:30
VLC for iOS to return in 2015

Developer Felix Paul Kühne has confirmed that VLC for iOS will return in early 2015. You'll remember that it disappeared in January of 2014, and Kühne since promised that he has been "working with Apple" on a solution to get it back in the store. The...

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09:13
9to5Toys Last Call: SanDisk memory cards up to 70%...

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Amazon Gold Box – up to 70% off SanDisk memory cards: microSD 32GB $13, 64GB $25, $128GB $90, ...

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08:51
Chevron to integrate Apple Pay at the pump in 2015

Chevron will expand Apple Pay support from inside its convenience stores to the pump, allowing drivers to refill and pay with their iPhone or Apple Watch.

According to AppleInsider, Apple is working directly with Chevron, the gas company revealed via Twitter Monday afternoon, to bring Apple Pay support. The company hopes to have its systems in place for Apple Pay to be used at the pump by early 2015.

Chevron has been an early adopter of Apple Pay, and supported the tap-to-pay service at its stores and Texaco Extra Mile locations when it debuted in October. However, until now, Chevron customers have only been able to pay when they enter the convenience store, as support...

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08:31
iFixit programmer drills 60 small holes in MacBook...

This is somewhat psychotic.

And it just might work.

Per 9to5Mac, a programmer over at iFixit was able to resolve an overheating problem with a MacBook Pro notebook by drilling a ring of holes under each of its fans.

With a 1/16” bit, the group drilled holes in the bottom case, under the fans (they figured out where the blades of the fan were exposed based on the dust pattern stuck to the inside of the bottom case). The speed holes worked: The boot chime rang. The screen glowed. The fans blew.

It’s too early to know if the fix will help long term, but initially the holes have decreased temperatures to an average in the 40s and 50s opposed...

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08:30
iPhone 6 Plus spends Christmas in the snow and...

Living in an area where several feet of snow is a regular occurrence for several months every year means the constant fear of dropping your precious smartphone into a pile of the powdery white stuff. I remember waking up one morning to find that I ha...

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07:30
Daily Deals for December 30, 2014, Our Favorite...

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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07:28
If you got a new smartphone for Christmas, it was...

Mobile analytics site Flurry has released a teaser for its annual year-end report, and things look pretty rosy for Apple: by Flurry’s estimate, 51 percent of the smartphones activated world-wide from between December 19 and December 25 were iPhones. Android collectively took second place, with Samsung grabbing the only other double-digit activation share at 18 percent.

"To put this in perspective," writes Flurry, "for every Samsung devices that was activated, Apple activated 2.9 devices. For every Microsoft Lumia device activated, Apple activated 8.8 devices."

Flurry elaborates that the category which grew the most this year is phablets, large smartphones that bridge the size gap between phone and tablet. The increase in that segment appears to have come at the expense of full-sized tablets, which shrunk from 17 percent of new device...

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06:05
Security researcher rewrites Mac firmware over...

A security researcher speaking at the Chaos Computer Congress in Hamburg demonstrated a hack that rewrites an Intel Mac’s firmware using a Thunderbolt device with attack code in an option ROM. Known as Thunderstrike, the proof of concept presented by Trammel Hudson infects the Apple Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) in a way he claims cannot be detected, nor removed by reinstalling OS X.

Since the boot ROM is independent of the operating system, reinstallation of OS X will not remove it. Nor does it depend on anything stored on the disk, so replacing the harddrive has no effect. A hardware in-system-programming device is the only way to restore the stock...

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06:00
Five products from 2014 I can't live without:...

Of all of the staff at TUAW, I'm probably the guy who gets to take a look at more hardware and accessories than anyone else. Let's face it, being the hardware review editor has both its rewards -- getting to see a lot of amazing products -- and its d...

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05:00
Apple and UK banks reportedly in talks to bring...

The Telegraph reports that Apple has been talking with some of the UK's top banks in an effort to expand Apple Pay's international footprint.

Britain's top banks are in talks with Apple to introduce its iPhone "wave and pay" service, Apple Pay, to ...

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03:57
Apple dominates holiday giving, iPhones & iPads...

Data from Yahoo-owned analytics company Flurry shows that iPhones and iPads comprised more than half of all mobile device activations between 19th and 25th December, at 51.3% – almost three times as many as second-placed Samsung.

Apple accounted for 51% of the new device activations worldwide Flurry recognized in the week leading up to and including Christmas Day (December 19th – 25th). Samsung held the #2 position with 18% of new device activations, and Microsoft (Nokia) rounded out the top three with 5.8% share for mostly Lumia devices. After the top three manufacturers, the device market becomes increasingly fragmented with only Sony and LG commanding more than one percent share of new activations on Christmas Day.

The company notes that while Chinese...

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