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Friday December 5

06:05
Facebook’s crusade to reach every human on the planet

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

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06:00
Ugly Christmas sweaters sink to new low thanks to...

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

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05:49
OS X Yosemite: Using Dictation Commands

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


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05:45
Single question survey: How do you sync your iOS...

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

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05:30
Pipes brings powerful push notifications to...

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

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05:28
The holidays arrive on iTunes Radio, with ten...

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

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

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

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05:12
An illustrated history of Mac OS X
05:00
You Should Play: The Banner Saga delivers epic role-...

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

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

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04:58
Apple class action suit falls apart

BBC:

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

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04:56
Apple planning to support 500 Apple resellers in...

An Apple Premium Reseller store in India

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

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

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04:42
Hands On: Heavy Metal Thunder gamebook (iOS)

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



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04:11
Apple questions whether iPod class action suit can...

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

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

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

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03:44
5 privacy fixes your Facebook News Feed needs by New...

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

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

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03:32
Sony breach leaked personal details of 47,000...

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



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02:04
Apple partners in India to reportedly expand...

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

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Thursday December 4

23:27
Apple flips switch on holiday-themed iTunes Radio...

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

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22:51
Legal snag may bring halt to 10-year-old Apple vs...

A 10-year-long lawsuit between Apple and Real in which the latter accuses the iPhone maker of deliberately altering its software solely to block Real's hack of Apple's FairPlay DRM software might be terminated over a previously-undiscovered legal issue found by Apple attorneys. Apple has informed the court that neither of the two women who represent the class of affected plaintiffs were, in fact, affected by the accused software change -- as they bought their iPods either before or after the software in question was in force....



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20:44
Apple seeds second 10.10.2 beta to developers;...

On Thursday - exactly two weeks after the first OS X 10.10.2 beta - Apple updated developers with a second beta, build 14C78c. The primary focus from the previous beta, Wi-Fi stability and connectivity, continues to be the requested center of testing. Specifically, Apple is asking developers to test recent changes made to Wi-Fi interaction. While the first update, 10.10.1, fixed a number of issues users were having with Wi-Fi and Mail issues, some users continue to report problems with Wi-Fi stability....



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20:02
Sen. Wyden introduces bill to block mandated...

A new Senate bill was introduced on December 4 that aims to halt one channel of government intrusion into electronic devices and software. Privacy and technology supporter Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) unveiled the Secure Data Act, which he drafted to cut off recent attempts by officials to change laws and render new private encryption and device trends obsolete in the name of government access....



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19:00
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

Night Vision (True nigh...

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18:55
Apple to expand crowd-sourced data for iOS, OS X...

Apple is now looking for a "Community Client Software Engineer" and data analyst to join its Maps team, apparently to expand its use of crowdsourced data for Maps in iOS and OS X to both make improvements in location accuracy as well as possibly improve reporting on traffic conditions. While the Maps app already has options for users to report problems they may find, the job posting suggests that Apple may ask for users to voluntarily send in more information, either automatically or manually, to improve Maps....



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18:20
Puzzle GNU/Linux: Integrated Pieces Create an...


Puzzle GNU/Linux is a strange OS distribution that shows the value of open source ingenuity. It is built around a hybrid desktop that is highly customizable. You might get the impression when you start using it that the desktop environment is a new creation. That would not be completely accurate. Puzzle's user interface is not new. What developer Roberto Pagliaro does with Puzzle GNU/Linux's desktop environment is provide a new approach to controlling the user interface. Puzzle GNU/Linux combines elements from Openbox, Kodi and KDE.

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17:46
Apple’s iPod Class Action Suit May Lack Actual...

Apple has introduced a massive wrinkled in the class action lawsuit being tried over iPod and iTunes, questioning the standing of any plaintiff. The company filed court documents questioning whether any plaintiff bought or owned an iPod made between September of 2006 and March of 2009, the period covered by the class action.


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17:30
Mozilla, Way Late to the Game, Finally Decides to...

Mozilla’s then-CEO Gary Kovacs in April 2013:

One of the most interesting things he spoke about today was why
Firefox has not been released on iOS while Google has offered its
Chrome browser on iOS for some time. He confirmed earlier reports
that Apple was blocking its submission due to Mozilla wanting to
use a different web engine.

“iOS has a policy, generally speaking, where you have to use their
web engine,” Kovacs said. “Our web engine is different. … I would
love to see far more energy behind iOS. We refuse to make the
policy switch.”

Mozilla VP Jonathan Nightingale, earlier this week:

We need to be where our users are so we’re going to get Firefox on iOS.

(...

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17:22
Hands On: Tunes Cleaner (OS X)

An iTunes library is rarely the most neat and tidy area of one's files -- especially if you've amassed your music from a mixture of ripped and online sources. Enter Leawo's Tunes Cleaner for Mac, which aims to get your library into an organized, structured state with little user intervention. Priced at $20 on the App Store and starting at $40 on Leavo's site, the question is: is a straightened-out iTunes worth the cash?...



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17:16
Amplified: Getty Lee Ruined Rush

Jim and Shawn talk about drum loops, Home Screen apps, the CIA and David Lee Roth!

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17:14
Apple Spending $161 Million on Theater Inside...

Apple is spending US$161 million just to build a new theater inside its in-progress "Spaceship" headquarter, or Apple Campus 2. BuildZoom uncovered this Apple factoid through building permits filed with the City of Cupertino.


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17:00
Eddy Cue testifies: Apple once contemplated...

With Apple's iPod class action lawsuit underway, Apple executive Eddy Cue took to the stand today and testified about Apple's implementation of DRM on iTunes music files back in the mid-2000s. Recall that the current suit alleges that Apple actively ...

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16:32
Bluetooth SIG updates specification to 4.2, focuses...

This week the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) announced that it adopted a new version of the Bluetooth core specification. The newest Bluetooth 4.2 update comes a year after 4.1 was adopted, which laid the groundwork for better Internet of Things (IoT) functionality, less LTE interference, improved data transfers and device reconnection. However, Bluetooth 4.2 adds more user-friendly features, such as increased speed, privacy and Internet connectivity....



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16:30
Apple Stores hosting free coding workshops December...

Apple has announced plans to participate in the second annual Hour of Code, a special event that seeks to inspire and educate students to enter the world of coding. To celebrate the event Apple will be providing free one-hour coding workshops in thei...

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16:27
The Complete iOS Design Course with Sketch Holiday...

Our friends at Stack Social have brought special pricing for the holidays for the Complete iOS Design Course with Sketch. It includes 30 hours of video tutorials that show you how to design iOS apps using Sketch design software. You'll learn how to use Sketch, tips on workflow, understanding the role of plugins, practice designing by mimicking popular icons and apps, and more. Normally our deal pricing on this bundle is $89 (retail is $499), but for a few more days you can get it for $49.


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16:13
New James Bond (And A Couple Other Movies But Mostly...

It's been a banner week in Movies Kelly Likes. First off, the new Star Wars trailer. Soon after, the (inevitable?) George Lucas Special Edition. Today we got the trailer for Terminator: Genisys, which stars Emilia Clarke (Dany Targaryen) as Sarah Connor and looks awesome, but that's not even the big news of the day. Today's big news is BOND24 which now has a title and a cast. It's called SPECTRE and comes out November 6. For those new to the Bond series, SPECTRE is all caps because it's an acronym for SPecial Executive Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion. It is run by a fellow named Blofeld, whom you may remember as the cat-petting inspiration for Dr Evil. Well you will probably forget that now because Christoph Waltz has joined the cast, and it's likely he'll be playing Blofeld (I don't know for sure, but who else could he be?). There is, of course, a new Aston Martin for Bond to drive. Drive/demolish, potayto/potahto. Did I mention the cast also includes Dave...

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16:12
Apple SVP Eddy Cue testifies in Real trial, defends...

Day three of the Real vs. Apple trial over allegations that Apple deliberately blocked rival stores' DRM music files on the iPod (a potential antitrust violation) continued today with testimony from Eddy Cue, Apple's SVP of Internet software and services and the executive in charge of the iTunes Store. Cue was on the stand for hours, going through an explanation of why the original iTunes Store had to have digital rights management in the first place, how Apple developed its FairPlay wrapper, and why it chose not to license FairPlay to others....

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16:09
iPhone 6 rivals by Samsung, LG, HTC suffering delays...

Qualcomm's upcoming 64-bit Snapdragon chips designed to power new high end Android flagship phones including the Samsung Galaxy S6, LG G4 and HTC One M9 are reportedly running into new issues that threaten to further delay any real competition to Apple's iPhone 6 juggernaut.

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16:09
Apple Campus 2 to boast $161M auditorium, $74M...

Newly unearthed building permits discovered this week reveal a bit more about Apple's plans for its Campus 2 facility, with the company earmarking $161 million for an auditorium and $74 million for an employee gym.

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16:00
Acme Made Charge Case for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is a...

I've got to admit that whenever I hear the name "Acme Made", I think of those Acme products in the Road Runner cartoons. But instead of making anvils and other products of questionable utility, San Francisco design house Acme Made produces some very ...

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15:43
Apple issues second OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite beta with...

Apple on Thursday pushed out a new beta build of its upcoming OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite maintenance update, asking developers to focus on changes made to Wi-Fi assets.

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15:34
Apple seeds new beta of OS X 10.10.2, highlights...

Apple has seeded a new build of the OS X Yosemite beta to AppleSeed users and developers. The seed notes for build 14C78c say that testers should focus on Wi-Fi connectivity, indicating that Apple has done some work in that area to resolve outstanding issues.

The update comes in at about 470 MB and is available now in the Updates tab of the Mac App Store. It should be available shortly on the OS X Developer Center as well.

Filed under: Mac Tagged:...

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15:30
Wickr adds a Mac client to its free ultra-secure...

I took a look at Wickr for iOS more than a year ago. It offered free and extremely secure messaging between others with the Wickr app. At the time of the review, I longed for a Mac client, and now one has just been released. It has all the features o...

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15:19
Antitrust lawsuit against Apple's iPod, iTunes...

In what could prove to be a major development in a class-action lawsuit involving Apple's iPod and iTunes, new court documents filed on Thursday reveal Apple is questioning whether a class even exists.

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15:00
Rapoo E6700 Bluetooth Touch Keyboard: Not really for...

We get a lot of Bluetooth keyboards to test here at the TUAW Labs, but very few of those come with a built-in trackpad. Today I'm looking at the Rapoo E6700 Bluetooth Touch Keyboard (available on Amazon for about US$65), a very compact all-in-one key...

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14:30
Daily Deals for December 4, 2014

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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14:28
Apple planning to spend $161 million on its own...

Permit image via BuildZoom

By now you’ve probably heard about Apple’s ambitious new “spaceship” campus, which will serve as the company’s new headquarters once completed. While some details of the facility haven’t been revealed to the public, a new building permit uncovered by BuildZoom has given us an idea of how much money Apple will be spending on its new in-house auditorium.

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14:17
9to5Toys Last Call: iOttie iPhone car/desk mount $11...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

iOttie Easy Flex 2 Car/Desk Mount for iPhone 6 and other smartphones $11 Prime shipped (Orig. $23)

WD Elements 2TB Portable HD:...

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14:16
Apple's Eddy Cue says early success of iPod,...

Testifying in an antitrust lawsuit on Thursday, Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue said the initial success of iPod and iTunes was reliant on digital rights management due to an onslaught of attempts from hackers to crack the ecosystem.

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14:09
Eddy Cue on Fairplay DRM use: “If a hack happened,...

Despite a trend of declining sales, the iPod has been in the news again this week as Apple defends itself against a class action suit over antitrust issues and DRM complaints with iTunes. After emails and a video deposition from Steve Jobs resurfaced some of the late Apple co-founder’s snark, testimony from Apple SVP of Internet and Software Services Eddy Cue went into the company’s history with DRM and the iPod…

The Verge...

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14:00
This is what a 12-story fall will do to your iPhone 6

Aside from the first week torture test videos that always accompany the release of a new iPhone, it's rare that we get to see one of Apple's smartphones undergo the type of real-world durability trial that a fall from a tall building can offer. That'...

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13:31
Samsung lawyers insist products didn't violate...

The lower court made a mistake when it said that Samsung infringed design and trade dress patents with its smartphones, lawyers for the former party argued during the first day of appealing Apple's $930 million trial win. One attorney, Kathleen Sullivan of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, noted that that the targeted Samsung phones didn't carry Apple logos, didn't have Home buttons similar to an iPhone, and also had speaker slots in different locations than Apple products. "Apple was awarded Samsung's total profits on those phones, which was absurd," she added, though Samsung's claims on tot...



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13:30
When Apple Pay Requires a Signature and When it...

Apple Pay shouldn't normally require an additional electronic signature. However, some users have reported that they've also been asked to provide a signature from time to time. John Martellaro reports his preliminary findings on when you may or may not have to electronically sign with Apple Pay.


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13:00
Instapaper for iOS adds device handoff support and...

One of the major frustrations of using a service like Instapaper to read long articles is sometimes you've got to switch devices. Maybe your phone battery is dying or you simply don't want to read tiny text on your phone anymore, but switching back t...

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13:00
FCC restarts clock for Comcast-TWC, AT&T-DirecTV...

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced December 3 that it is restarting the informal "shot clocks" in the review of the $45 billion Comcast-Time Warner Cable and $48.5 billion AT&T-DirecTV proposed mergers. As the FCC is now allowing parties to review confidential information once again, it restarted the pleading cycles with new deadlines for each merger....



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12:56
News: Apple hiring to expand Maps crowdsourcing

A new job posting on Apple’s web site suggests that the company is looking to expand upon certain features in the iOS Maps application for “crowdsourcing improvements to the Maps experience.” The job opening, for a “Maps Community Client Software Engineer,” appears to be primarily focused on the user interface and architecture for the “Report a Problem” feature in the iOS Maps app, but also interestingly notes…

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12:54
Square releases Caviar restaurant delivery app, Tomb...

Two interesting new apps hit the App Store recently, as payments company Square unveiled a new app for its Caviar restaurant delivery service, while game studio Square Enix brought another classic game to Apple's portables with Tomb Raider II.

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12:52
Twitter Gives Harassed Users a Little Ammo


Twitter on Tuesday announced a revamp of its system for reporting abuse on its service. The new changes make it easier to report account impersonation, harassment of others on the service, and threats of harm to oneself or others, said Shreyas Doshi, Twitter's director of product management. In addition to making the reporting process more mobile-friendly, the changes allow subscribers to report abuse of others on the service and simplify flagging tweets and accounts for review.

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12:45
Apple Maps to expand community crowdsourcing...

Apple is looking to expand its efforts in crowdsourcing data to improve its Maps app for iOS and OS X, according to hints in a new job listing on the company’s site.

So far Apple’s efforts in crowdsourcing data to improve its Maps app has been limited to its own data collection projects and the “Report a problem” function in the Maps app. It also collects crowdsourced data from iOS’s Frequent Locations feature...

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12:44
External Link: Learn to Code with Apple

To support the Hour of Code on 11 December 2014, Apple Stores around the world are offering free one-hour introductory computer programming classes. Apple is hosting featured events at Apple Stores in Tokyo, Chicago, London, New York, Berlin, and Osaka, and if you follow the link, you can see if one will be offered near you.

 

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12:31
Starbucks iPhone Ordering Tested: The Future Is Now

You have probably heard that Starbucks updated its iOS app to allow mobile ordering, but only if you live in Portland. Kelly does, and threw herself on the mobile ordering hand grenade to give you the scoop on how it actually works.

The Mac Observer Spin: It actually does work, and it's one step closer to living in The Future.


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12:30
Pennsylvania school district using $291K donation...

Apple CEO Time Cook recently made a $291,791 donation to Pennsylvania's Steel Valley School District in honor of former Apple board member Bill Campbell. who stepped down from the board this past July after 17 years of service. The Steel Valley Schoo...

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12:26
Samsung argues for reversal of Apple's $930M...

During an appearance before a U.S. appeals court on Thursday, lawyers for Samsung sought to have vacated the $930 million judgement awarded to Apple earlier this year in a landmark patent infringement lawsuit, saying the sum was "absurd."

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12:10
Review: Dog & Bone Wetsuit for iPhone 6

We first saw Dog & Bone's Wetsuit ($80) case for iPhone 5 and 5s, and the case has returned for iPhone 6 with a revamped Touch ID cover. Notably, Wetsuit still features a rubber "boot" that surrounds the phone while it's in a two-piece polycarbonate case, allowing the iPhone 6's body to be waterproof while the screen is exposed. The case is IP68-rated, making it dustproof and waterproof up to two meters deep. Wetsuit is also tested to military standards, and certified to protect against two-meter drops. It also includes a screen protector, two extra port protector pieces, a headphone adapter, and a key for removing the case.{/exp:char_limit}
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12:07
Apple Accused of Deleting Songs From iPods Without...

SternisheFan writes with this excerpt from a story at AppleInsider that says "During in-court proceedings of Apple's iPod/iTunes antitrust lawsuit on Wednesday, plaintiffs' lawyers claimed Apple surreptitiously deleted songs not purchased through the iTunes Music Store from users' iPods. Attorney Patrick Coughlin, representing a class of individuals and businesses, said Apple intentionally wiped songs downloaded from competing services when users performed a sync with their iTunes library, reports The Wall Street Journal. As explained by the publication, users attempting to sync an iPod with an iTunes library containing music from a rival service, such as RealNetworks, would see an ambiguous error message without prompting them to perform a factory reset. After restoring the device, users would find all non-iTunes music had disappeared. ... It is unclear if iTunes or iPod encountered a legitimate problem, though Coughlin seems to be intimating Apple manufactured the error message...

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12:00
Tomb Raider II is now on iOS, but seriously don...

Last year, Square Enix brought its absolutely ancient original Tomb Raider title to iOS. It's an absolute classic -- and looks like an absolute dinosaur on a Retina display -- so it was great to see it appear on the App Store. Today, the sequel makes...

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12:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Keep things organized, from...

Appy holidays!

This week's roundup includes apps to help your organize your life, buy cool stuff, read good books, and go see the latest movies.

Canopy

This free iPhone app is kind of like Pinterest, but for Amazon. You can shop by categories and brands, and build a “collection” of items you wish to buy from the online retailer. The Canopy staff curates the best deals and products from the Amazon site to get you started. You can follow other users whose tastes you like, and also see what the “community” likes to help inform your buying decisions.

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11:20
Apple Stores to host Hour of Code programming...

Apple has announced a series of hour-long US programming workshops meant to support Code.org's Hour of Code, and Computer Science Education Week, which runs from the 8th through the 14th. The workshops themselves are being held at Apple Stores on the 11th, and aimed at teaching children the basics of writing code. Parents must registerfor a spot through Apple's website....



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11:00
Steve's 2014 holiday gift ideas

It's that time of year when even the most imaginative of us come up short with ideas for gifts to buy our family and friends. So the TUAW team is going to be providing you with some of our personal favorite gift ideas. Now, just because I've listed i...

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10:55
Hands On: SomaFM Radio Player (iOS)

Streaming music online is hardly a new concept, but most online streaming radios are so riddled with advertisements that listening can become unbearable. The alternative is often paying a monthly subscription fee, which can be costly and hard to justify unless it is used often. SomaFM Radio Player, by SomaFM, offers an ad-free alternative for fans of streaming radio....



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10:53
Google Releases Consumers From the Scourge of Captcha


Google on Wednesday announced the no-Captcha reCaptcha, a kinder, gentler way of distinguishing human Web surfers from bots. The new system requires that users confirm their humanity by checking a box to the left of the statement "I'm not a robot." A privacy statement is displayed on the right. If checking the box doesn't work, a window containing distorted text will pop up. "Given how annoying Captcha was, I actually think this is a step in the right direction," said Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group.

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10:50
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-04

Is it time for Apple to make its own high definition television? Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to debate whether or not an Apple television makes sense, and what hints at Apple's plans the new 5K iMac may offer. Kelly also shares her experience using the new option to order Starbucks drinks from your iPhone.


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10:47
News: Apple to offer free programming workshops

In recognition of Computer Science Education Week, Apple will be running various free programming workshops and other events at its Retail Stores throughout the U.S. from Dec. 8-14, including a special one-hour introduction to the basics of computer programming on Dec. 11 for Code.org’s Hour of Code campaign. The annual campaign, sponsored by non-profit website Code.org, aims at teaching basic programming techniques to students around the world…

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10:36
∞ Apple to host workshops for Hour of Code at Apple...

Apple is throwing its support behind the second annual Hour of Code by holding free one-hour coding workshops at its retail stores, around the world. [...]

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10:21
Apple to host "Hour of Code" at retail...

Apple on Thursday announced that it will collaborate with Seattle-based Code.org for the second year in a row, hosting the Hour of Code --?designed to introduce the basics of computer programming --?and other events at its retail stores.

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10:21
Square, Starbucks launch new iOS options for food...

Two companies, Square and Starbucks, have launched new iOS options for food orders. Square has introduced a free app for Caviar, the delivery service it bought out in August. Caviar users can have food delivered from partner restaurants in select areas. So far the list of regions includes San Francisco and the Bay Area, plus Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago, Los Angeles, Manhattan, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Washington DC....



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10:11
NinType debuts on App Store, promises typing speeds...

It’ll be interesting to see if it lives up to its claims.

Per MacRumors, NinType, created by app developer Yose Widjaja, has surfaced on the App Store. The program, which focuses on dual thumb use, incorporates a combination of taps and swipes to write words and insert punctuation quickly.

The NinType typing experience is significantly different from the standard iOS typing experience, so it does take some time to adjust to the two-handed swipe and tap input. Users are advised to use the keyboard as a standard keyboard to begin with, inserting swipe-based words gradually to adjust to the difference.

NinType has a built-in game-like tutorial that’s designed to walk users through all of the app’s...

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Holiday gift guide: apps and products for students...

Technology has totally changed the lives of teenagers and students in this generation, both for the good and the bad. There are apps and products that dramatically make our lives easier and more efficient, but also things that kill our productivity. I’m generally more favorable to the latter of those two, but I’ll breakdown the best of both worlds and exactly what gift the teens and students in your life today might be interested in this holiday season.

Of course, you can’t go wrong purchasing a teen an iTunes Gift Card, and we’ve seen some great deals on those so far this holiday season. For more deals on gift cards (and all products) keep an eye on 9to5Toys.com. If you want to get a little more personal, however, you can gift them specific...

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10:00
Alabama's anti-discrimination bill will bear...

Alabama state Representative Patricia Todd, the state's first openly gay lawmaker, is pushing for a new anti-discrimination bill and will be getting some help from Apple's own Tim Cook. Reuters reports that after some initial back-and-forth on whethe...

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09:50
Apple Stores hosting Hour of Code programming...

Apple is once again using its retail stores to promote Computer Science Education Week and Code.org by hosting Hour of Code computer programming workshops for kids on Thursday, December 11th. Apple describes the workshops as fun, hour-long introductions to coding:

“Hour of Code is a fun one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anyone can learn the basics of programming.”

Potential attendees can now register to reserve a spot at the programming basics workshop at Apple Stores in the United States and around the world, and Apple is hosting special events at several of its international stores including London, Berlin, and Tokyo next week...

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09:00
Lawyer: Apple secretly deleted rival's music...

Arguing for consumers in a class action iPod lawsuit against Apple, Attorney Patrick Coughlin accused the Cupertino company of deliberately deleting music files dowloaded from competing music services. These files were removed from customer's iPods w...

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08:50
Taiwanese gov't. accuses Xiaomi, others of...

Taiwan's National Communications Commission has found 12 cellphone makers to be violating the country's Personal Information Protection Act, according to the Wall Street Journal. PIPA covers the "collection, processing and use of personal information;" the NCC has yet to say exactly how the companies broke regulations, but does explain that it discovered the issue while investigating charges that Chinese firm Xiaomi was collecting and transmitting user data without permission....



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08:45
UN diplomat claims North Korea not involved in Sony...

Despite previously calling a movie soon to be released by Sony Pictures an "act of war," North Korea has denied any involvement in the seemingly ongoing studio hack. An anonymous diplomat from the country has refuted state involvement in the data theft, and claims that North Korea has "publicly declared that it would follow international norms banning hacking and piracy."...



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08:39
Sonos 5.2 adds multi-account support, improved...

Sonos is today rolling out software update 5.2, previously in beta, and with it includes an updated Sonos Controller iOS app that brings multi-account support and other new features.

Users can now add up to 32 accounts for music services including multiples of the same service. That allows users in the same household to add separate accounts for music services in the same Sonos Controller app, and you’ll be able to assign nicknames to the accounts to keep track of multiples for the same service:

Now multiple music lovers in the same home can enjoy their own music service accounts. You can...

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08:39
Why Apple wiped some of your iPod songs without...

Interesting nuggets of information tend to come out of Apple trials, and this week’s iTunes class-action courtroom drama is no exception. The plaintiffs claim Apple would delete songs downloaded from rival music services when iPod owners synced their devices to iTunes over a two-year period from 2007 to 2009.

Apple didn’t deny the claim raised by attorney Patrick Coughlin in U.S. District Court Wednesday. Security director Augustin Ferrugia said Apple would remove songs to prevent users from syncing malicious files to their computers, according to a Wall Street Journal report from the courtroom.

To read this article in...

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08:36
Woz Downplays the Significance of Apple's...

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "When thinking about the early days of Apple, most people who know even a little bit about the company probably picture Steve Jobs and cofounder Steve Wozniak busily brainstorming in a small garage in Silicon Valley. That's how the story goes — in fact, the garage where they famously started the company was even deemed a historical site last year. Wozniak, however, doesn't really see that location as a crucial part of Apple's history. "The garage is a bit of a myth," he told Bloomberg Businessweek's Brandon Lisy when asked whether the garage was important to Apple's story. "We did no designs there, no breadboarding, no prototyping, no planning of products. We did no manufacturing there." The garage served as a familiar location for him and Jobs in the early days, Wozniak said, but that's about it. "The garage didn't service much purpose, except it was something for us to feel was our home," he said. "We had no money. You have to work out of your home when...

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Wozniak: Apple's famed garage start is only a...

If you cherish the idea of Apple being created in a meager garage in suburbia California, then this is not the post for you. Speaking with Bloomberg's Brandon Lisy, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak put a pin in that story when he told Lisy that the gar...

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07:57
Apple named 10th-most disruptive idea in the past 85...

The computer company started in 1976 by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak has been named one of the most disruptive ideas in the last 85 years by influential magazine Businessweek, beating out modern-day essentials such as GPS, credit cards, and the modem.

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07:43
iTunes Connect doing holiday shutdown between Dec....

For 2014, the annual shutdown of iTunes Connect will run from December 22nd through the 29th, Apple has announced via its developer portal. Connect is the service used by app developers and book publishers to submit material for sale on iTunes. During the downtime, app makers won't be able to submit new apps, any updates, or introduce new in-app purchases. Changes to TestFlight betas will also be impossible, although people will be able to continue using beta apps....



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07:43
Samsung’s Appeal in Apple Patent Win goes to Court

Samsung's appeal in a high profile mobile device patent infringement case where Apple was awarded over US$900 million in damages goes to court today. Apple accused Samsung of "shameless copying," while Samsung claimed it developed its smartphone and tablet designs independently of the iPhone and iPad.

The Mac Observer Spin: Even if the Appeals Court sides with Apple, the victory will be relatively hollow. Samsung continues to make products that Apple sees as infringing on its patents, and that isn't likely to change any time soon.


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Connecting dots can be futile with Dots Connector...

I usually enjoy games which require strategy, problem-solving, and mental exercise. I hate the vapid passivity which our technologically-glutted culture appears to aid and abet. I also deeply appreciate app creators' attempts to be thoughtful, carefu...

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07:19
Unlikely supply-chain rumor suggests a 4-inch iPhone...

A new smaller-screen iPhone doesn’t seem a likely bet …

Japanese site Feng, seemingly citing DigiTimes as a source, is reporting the unlikely claim that Apple will next year replace the iPhone 5c with a new 4-inch model.

While it’s not impossible that Apple would want to drop the 5c, it’s hard to see any rationale for a return to a smaller-screened model – and I speak as someone who liked the 3.5-inch screen of my 4S until upgrading to the iPhone 6 this year. The reality is that the iPhone 6 fits into pockets and doesn’t feel like a large phone, something Jony Ive said was a key reason for the rounded edges: making it feel smaller than it is. People like me have gotten over it.

Feng references one-handed use as...

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07:07
Taiwanese government accuses Apple, Samsung, others...

Taiwan's National Communications Commission said on Thursday that it has found 12 of the world's largest mobile phone manufacturers, including Apple, to be in contravention of the country's Personal Information Protection Act which governs the "collection, processing and use of personal information."

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07:06
Barnes and Noble terminates Microsoft Nook agreement

Wall Street Journal:

Barnes & Noble Inc. has terminated its commercial agreement for its Nook e-reader with Microsoft Corp. , a move it said provides a clearer path toward the impending split of its business.

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Crescentgate-gate

UBS survey finds 10% of consumers want a smartwatch, expects 24M Apple Watch sales in fiscal 2015 (AppleInsider)

Source: Some analyst

Chance it's true: 30 percent

Yet another analyst throws his hat into the "this is how many of (unreleased Apple p...

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06:56
Samsung appeal of $930M Apple verdict comes to court

Samsung's appeal of a 2013 US patent trial verdict -- which after more legal wrangling, awarded Apple $930 million -- is going to court today. Lawyers for Samsung are arguing that those damages were excessive, and that most or all of them should be tossed out. A brief has been filed by 27 law professors in support of the company's position....



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06:50
Daily Deal: The Limited Edition Matte Black Aerial...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering the Limited Edition Matte Black Aerial Drone with Camera for only $69 – that’s over 50% off. One of the most fun introductory drones on the market, the Black Drone is extremely stable to fly but will have you flipping through the air in no time. The included SD camera can also capture video footage on the go, and with six-axis gyro technology this little palm-sized drone provides smooth flying and…

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06:49
Review: Belkin Qode Ultimate + Ultimate Pro Keyboard...

Having debuted the fancy Qode Ultimate Keyboard Case for iPad Air in November 2013, Belkin released the even fancier Qode Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case for iPad Air in October 2014 - only days before Apple launched the physically incompatible iPad Air 2. To accommodate the thinner tablet, Belkin quickly announced sequels to both products: the Qode Ultimate Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2 ($130) and Qode Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2 ($150). While they have a lot in common with one another and their predecessors, the iPad Air 2 keyboard cases are a little different, so we've updated our prior reviews to discuss what's new below.{/exp:char_limit}
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06:37
News: Antitrust lawyers claim Apple deleted...

Apple has been accused of deleting music from users’ iPods that had been downloaded from competing music services, according to a new report in the Wall Street Journal. In the recently commenced class-action antitrust suit against Apple regarding iPod and iTunes Store lock-in, lawyers for the consumers told jurors that between 2007 and 2009, Apple knowingly had procedures in place to delete music found on iPods from competing music services…

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06:33
Bluetooth Special Interest Group announces 4.2 spec...

Some nifty changes are coming to Bluetooth.

Per 9to5Mac, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced an updated Bluetooth spec, version 4.2, that introduces a number of new features alongside enhancements to speed and privacy. The update also allows for Bluetooth over IPv6, which along with an upcoming update will allow devices to have a direct connection to the Internet and open up new possibilities for Bluetooth sensors and other accessories.

“In addition to the improvements to the specification itself, a new profile known as IPSP enables IPv6 for Bluetooth, opening entirely new doors for device connectivity,” said Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG. “Bluetooth Smart is the only technology that can scale with the market, provide developers the...

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06:28
British government proposes 25% Google tax

New York Times:

As some in Europe call for multinational companies to pay more taxes, Britain on Wednesday proposed a new 25 percent tax on the local profits of international companies, including tech giants like Google that use complicated structures to reduce their tax burden.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:27
iPod Antitrust Lawsuit Says Apple Deleted Rival’s...

The class action lawsuit accusing Apple of antitrust violations for locking the iPod to the iTunes Store is claiming the company intentionally deleted competitor's music from the media player and didn't tell users. Apple's response: it was a necessary security measure.


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06:16
Are you a robot? The next generation of CAPCHA

Google is building what it hopes is a much less annoying replacement for CAPCHA, the mechanism that tests to see whether you are a bot or a human.

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