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Tuesday November 3

Plex gets an Apple TV app for streaming your media...

Plex has just launched a proper app for the new Apple TV, letting users stream their videos and music from a networked PC or storage drive.

The app is available for free on the 2015 Apple TV, but won’t be coming to older Apple TVs because they don’t support the new App Store. Users of older Apple TVs can still access their Plex content through a rather elaborate workaround.

With Plex, users can store their personal videos, music, and photos on a computer or NAS drive. Plex’s free server software then transcodes and streams those files to Plex’s client apps on other devices, such as Apple TV. It’s basically a way to access a large media library on devices that don’t offer a lot of storage or don...

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Twitter ditches stars for hearts to become less...

Every social network has a way of letting you show that you like, love, or agree with a post. Facebook has the thumbs-up sign. Instagram has hearts. Since 2006, Twitter has used bright yellow stars, known to users as favorites, to let people show appreciation for tweets. But the platform is under pressure to add new users and prove it’s not just a torrential flood of news that’s impossible to keep up with, so its new solution: replace stars with hearts.

The difference between hearting this baked potato and marking it as my favorite is huge.

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The animated biography of Steve Jobs

Gotta hand it to the folks at QuartSoft. They have some amateur animators in their Marketing Department who came up with a 19-minute animated biography of Steve Jobs. As Jobs' life progresses, there's a timeline showing other highlights of the tech age below. To quote the QuartSoft folks, "We hope this post will inspire young people to keep on changing our world for the better with their innovative minds, artistic taste, and entrepreneurial instincts. Thank you, Steve, for letting us enjoy the perfection of the products you created for us. RIP."

There's more on the QuartSoft site. By the way, I think both the historical accuracy and the acting in this is better than some of the Jobs biographies that have come out...

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Twitter officially kills off favorites and replaces...

The Verge:

Twitter’s “favorite” button, the service’s primary way for users to signal agreement, acknowledgement, laughter, support, and occasionally (and perversely!) utter hatred, is officially dead.

The company said today that it is replacing favorites with “likes,” to be represented in its apps and on the web by red heart icons. The changes, which also apply to Twitter-owned Vine, represent the company’s latest effort to simplify the user experience as it looks to attract new users.

“We want to make Twitter easier and more rewarding to use, and we know that at times the star could be confusing, especially to newcomers,” product manager Akarshan Kumar said in a blog post. “You might like a lot of things, but not everything can be your favorite.”

I’m not sure how this change will make Twitter “easier and more rewarding” for new users. We’ll all get used to it eventually but, personally, I like the idea of “favoriting” more than using the Facebook “...

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Why can’t the world just pick one design for plugs?

Atlas Obscura:

When you travel internationally, power outlets provide a pretty good reminder that you’re not in Kansas anymore.

Outlets vary wildly depending on the part of the world, both in the shape of their sockets and the voltage with which they’re compatible. For those who travel across multiple regions, it can be frustrating. And it’s probably too late to solve this problem, because of decisions made more than a century ago.

If you don’t travel internationally, you won’t know the aggravation of the world’s power outlets. Here is an interesting video about the British outlets and why they may be the best design.


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Apple Pay gains 54 more US card issuers ahead of...

Apple on Tuesday added 54 more banks and credit unions to the list of U.S. Apple Pay issuers, putting the total over 650 as the company prepares to expand to Canada and Australia.

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QuickShot 2.0 app adds multiple folder support,...

ThinkDev’s QuickShot was nifty and version 2.0.1 might be niftier still.

Per developer comments, the company has added the following new bells and whistles to its screenshot and image management application for OS X:

We’ve got a lot of feedback from users who liked our app, but simply wanted it to do more. So, with this release we’re introducing a boatload of new features. To start, QuickShot now has multiple folder support, so you can load images from any folder you want and switch between them right in your menubar. Along with that, we’ve now added custom filters, search, sorting options, and themes to make QuickShot even more customizable.


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External Link: Microsoft Ends Unlimited OneDrive...

Last year, Microsoft announced unlimited OneDrive storage for Office 365 customers. Now, Microsoft has recanted, limiting Office 365 users to 1 TB of OneDrive storage, slashing the free tier from 15 GB to 5 GB, and replacing the 100 GB and 200 GB paid plans with a 50 GB plan for $1.99 per month. Microsoft blamed “abusive” users, who sometimes used over 75 TB of data storing backups, movie collections, and DVR recordings. In other news, Microsoft is apparently monitoring what users store in OneDrive.


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Inbox by Gmail app for iPhone will use AI-powered...

Google’s Inbox by Gmail app for iPhone is one of the best things to happen to personal email management since email was invented (at least, it is for Gmail users). Using Google Now’s power, it can automatically create calendar events, sort out your junk and priority emails and suggest reminders. Now it’s about to get a whole lot smarter.

Making use of the company’s deep neural network tech (commonly known as AI) Inbox by Gmail will soon start giving suggested responses whenever you receive an email. That means that, instead of typing out entire sentences, it’ll offer three suggestions it thinks you’re most likely to use based on the email you...

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Apple Pay now works with over 50 more banks and...

With Apple Pay over a year old now in the United States, we’re still seeing Apple add new partner banks and credit unions across the country to support its mobile payment service. In the latest expansion, over 50 additional participating partners have been added to now work with Apple Pay on iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Still waiting for your bank to make the jump? These are the latest to join:

Alternatives Federal Credit Union
Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union
Artisans’ Bank
Bank of Eastman
Bank of Rantoul
Bridgeview Bank Group

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Apple can’t decrypt your iPhone: Why it matters

Glenn Fleishman digs into the technology that makes iOS hard to crack, what elements are encrypted, beyond anyone’s reach.

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T-Mobile begins offering 4G LTE CellSpot tower to...

This could be helpful.

Wireless carrier T-Mobile is taking another crack at beefing up users’ connections by providing miniature cell towers that can be installed in homes.

The company is now providing its 4G LTE CellSpot tower, which operates in a range of 3,000 square feet and allows up to 16 devices on T-Mobile’s network to connect automatically for voice calls (including voice over LTE), text messages, and data.

This is one of three solutions T-Mobile offers to subscribers with poor connectivity at home or at work. The carrier’s Wi-Fi CellSpot can route calls and texts over a local Wi-Fi network, while a 4G LTE CellSpot Signal...

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Review: Apple's 21.5-inch iMac with 4K Retina...

Apple's marketing team didn't need to dig deep to dream up a campaign for the new 21.5‑inch iMac with Retina 4K display -- its best feature is in the name. The stellar ultra high-resolution screen mates well with Apple's chosen internals, but it would have been best if the company didn't cheap out with the slow base HDD model.

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Fitbit posts strong third-quarter revenue, says...

The Apple Watch had no "material impact" on Fitbit's sales in the third quarter, which saw revenue climb 168 percent year-over-year to $409.3 million, the company's CEO said in a results call.

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AnandTech’s incredibly detailed iPhone 6s and 6s...

An incredibly detailed review. Jump to the post for some highlights. AnandTech really digs into the nooks and crannies.

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Fitbit says sales unaffected by Apple Watch as...

Fitbit CEO James Park says that the company’s sales have been unaffected by the Apple Watch, as the company announced Q3 revenue up 168% year-on-year, reports the Guardian.

On a conference call with investors, Park said that the rollout of other smart watches, which often come with a step-tracker similar to Fitbit’s main function, did not have impact on the company’s growth. When asked about Apple’s new watch specifically, he said it had “no material impact”. He added that Apple and Fitbit cater to “two very different segments in the market” in terms of price point and use and that “there’s room for more than one dominant player.”

While there is no current overlap in pricing – Fitbit devices start from...

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The Million Dollar iOS Hack (Isn’t)

Although a security exploit broker paid out a million dollars for an iOS 9 attack, most users are safe, and the exploit’s days are already numbered.


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Apple TV remote meets tile floor

Here’s what might happen when you drop your Apple TV remote on a tile floor.

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Apple adds Apple TV charts, shows they are still...

Apple adds charts to the Apple TV app store. This is a very good sign.

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Women from Apple’s early days recall life with Steve...

Wish there was video of this gathering. Would have loved to have seen it live.

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Apple’s planned manufacturing spend suggests a huge...

While most analysts are expecting Apple to comfortably beat its holiday quarter guidance of $75.5-$77.5B, one large firm of analysts goes much further.

An investment note by Morgan Stanley seen by Business Insider says that an analysis of Apple’s financial report suggests that the company could be gearing up for quarterly sales totalling as much as $84.4B.

The clue, claims the company, is the company’s off balance-sheet spending commitments.

Apple’s last quarterly report revealed $29.5 billion in off balance-sheet commitments, and $7.3 billion in other commitments, at the end of the September quarter.

These usually represent money that Apple is planning to spend on parts and manufacturing equipment.

It should be...

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Nomad debuts Wallet for iPhone, hiding a 2400mAh...

With thousands of generic battery packs now on the market, it takes something special to make a new option stand out, and Nomad’s new Wallet for iPhone certainly succeeds. Shaped like a standard bifold wallet, the Wallet hides a 2,400mAh battery pack in its spine, as well as a 3″ Made for iPhone-certified Lightning cable.

Nomad notes that the goal was to produce a wallet that wasn’t any thicker than what “guys are already sitting on.” Made from Saffiano leather and measuring 4.7″ by 3.5″ by 0.75″ when closed, Wallet can hold six cards and a bunch of cash, in addition to providing at least a full recharge for pre-iPhone 6 models of the iPhone, and around 100% for the just-released...

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Alleged hiring freeze at Pegatron prompts more doom-...

Despite commentary from Apple itself indicating that the company is on track for a record setting holiday quarter, a hiring freeze at supplier Pegatron has fueled more speculation that interest in the company's products could be softening.

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Apple granted patent for accessing digital media

Apple has been granted a patent by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for “accessing digital media.” It allows for movies, music, photos, and more to be shared across a network.

According to the patent — which was filed in 2012 —  a client requests media information from a server so the client can create a local representation of the server's database. The client is then able to manage the media information locally. When the client selects the desired media, it requests the selection from across the network. The server then delivers the selected media.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that the ability of computers to be able to share information is of “utmost importance in the information age.” Naturally, networks are the mechanism by which computers are able to communicate with one another. Generally, devices that provide resources are called servers and devices that utilize those resources are called clients. Depending upon the type of network, a device might...

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Google co-founder Larry Page says both he and Steve...

Speaking in his first major interview since the formation of Alphabet, Google co-founder and now Alphabet CEO Larry Page said that both he and Steve Jobs had been right in their different approaches to running their respective companies.

Steve Jobs had argued that Google was doing too many things, and should adopt Apple’s focused approach of doing a few things really well. Page said both approaches worked.

He was right. He did fine as well […] We’re trying to make a company for entrepreneurs [we’re trying to] think creatively.

Page said that part of why the company has its fingers in so many pies is that each time Google...

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Apple, Google, PayPal & others form coalition to...

With Apple Pay, Google Wallet and other services transforming the way people carry out transactions, Apple has joined forces with four other companies to ensure that lawmakers don’t end up ‘inadvertently’ stifling innovation in the financial services field.

Technology industry leaders Amazon, Apple, Google, Intuit and PayPal today announced the formation of Financial Innovation Now, a coalition that will promote policies to help foster greater innovation in financial services.

While the new organization uses relatively diplomatic language, it’s pretty clear that the aim is to ensure that politicians don’t screw things up by introducing...

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Apple patents switch-less Force Touch keyboard for...

Apple is researching ways to implement its Force Touch technology into Mac keyboards, according to a patent published on Tuesday, a move that would not only cut down on key height by removing physical switches, but expand a device's overall utility.

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Monday November 2

Apple, Amazon, Google, others join forces in finance...

Tech giants Apple, Amazon, Google, PayPal and Intuit on Tuesday announced the formation of Financial Innovation Now, a financial services lobby that seeks to steer Washington policy as new technologies emerge.

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Activision to buy 'Candy Crush' developer...

Gaming giant Activision Blizzard late Monday announced an agreement to purchase all outstanding shares of Candy Crush Saga developer King Digital Entertainment in a deal worth $5.9 billion.

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Bushel: Powerful, affordable Mobile Device...

Our returning sponsor for this week is Bushel, the powerful and affordable cloud-based Mobile Device Management solution for Apple products. It doesn't matter if your organization doesn't have a dedicated IT staff to handle device management -- Bushel is easy enough to use that anyone can take on the responsibility of keeping all of your Apple devices safe and up-to-date. Bushel is free for the first three devices, then only $2 per month per device above that number. What can Bushel do for your organization?

  • Device Inventory lets you view remaining device storage capacity, which user is using which device, what apps you’ve installed on devices, and more.
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  • Managing apps is super simple. Automatically install apps from the App Store to all of your...
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Activision acquires the company behind Candy Crush...

Activision Blizzard has agreed to acquire the company behind the popular Candy Crush Saga and Farm Hero games, King Digital Entertainment, for $5.9 billion in cash. King Digital’s games consist of a community of more than 340 million unique users. Activision, of course, is the company behind hit console games like the Call of Duty series.

King Digital closed with a $4.7 billion market capitalization on Monday, meaning Activision is paying a 26 percent premium to acquire the company. That’s less than, however, the price at which King Digital went public last year.

Activision’s motivation to purchase King Digital comes in that it is lagging dramatically in the mobile...

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Apple activates Top Charts section for Apple TV,...

Three days after launching an all new tvOS App Store alongside the fourth-generation Apple TV, Apple on Monday added a Top Charts section to aggregate the online shop's most popular and highest grossing titles, revealing games to be high on users' download lists.

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Killer Deals: Free AppleCare with each of Apple...

Black Friday is still weeks away, but that doesn't mean the deals have to wait. This week, AI readers can get free AppleCare with each 21" iMac 4K pre-order and Free AppleCare (plus $39 in additional instant discounts) with each 27" iMac 5K (Late-2015) order via new $120 and $150 discount coupons.

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Apple TV App Store adds Top Charts section, confirms...

When the new Apple TV launched last week, one notable omission in the tvOS App Store were Top Charts like we are used to seeing on iOS devices. The obvious reason for this omission seemed to be that Apple didn’t have enough data collected to populate top charts, but now that appears to have changed…

Users of the new Apple TV have noticed a new section in the device’s App Store that lists the Top Charts for tvOS applications. Just like on iOS, the Top Charts tab breaks down the Top Paid, Top Free, and Top Grossing applications.

As we noted this morning, the Top Paid charts are heavily dominated with games, a feature new to the fourth-generation Apple TV. The first place spot, however, is held by Simple X, a third-party Plex client that will likely slide down the charts as more people realized...

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[Sponsor] Bellroy Makes Slim Wallets Easier To Use

It can be a pain folding your bills so they fit in a tiny wallet, but it doesn’t need to be.

Bellroy’s latest wallets, the Low Down and High Line, keep bills flat and crisp while staying super slim. Stripped back to the essentials, they’re ideal for the minimalist that likes to keep things simple. Made from full-grain leather, they fit up to ten cards. Shop now.

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Review: Fourth-gen Apple TV with Siri Remote and...

The new Apple TV has been revamped both inside and out, sporting an entirely new operating system dubbed tvOS that brings it even closer to iOS, along with an overhauled Siri Remote featuring voice input and a fantastic clickable trackpad. But it's what's yet to come --?namely, the growth of the Apple TV App Store --?that will make or break the next-generation set-top box.

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The Week in iOS Apps: Boomerang is Instagram's...

Bounce-back video

This week's roundup includes Boomerang, a new way to make videos fun, from the folks at Instagram.


Boomerang is the latest offering from the folks at Instagram—it lets you take a few seconds of video that you can then loop back-and-forth, turning a simple action into a cha-cha dance. The resulting creations can, of course, be shared on Facebook or Instagram.

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Apple's iPhone 6s, 6s Plus win Anandtech's...

Anandtech has awarded Apple's new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus the site's "Editors' Choice Gold" ranking, the first iPhone to ever rank that highly and only the second phones to receive it since the site began in 1997.

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Plex app turns 4th-gen Apple TV into personal media...

Adding to the quickly growing list of new Apple TV apps, media server solution Plex issued its hotly anticipated tvOS app on Monday with support for local content playback, Internet channels and more.

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Somebody Just Claimed a $1 Million Bounty For...

citadrianne writes with news that security startup Zerodium has just paid a group of hackers $1 million for finding a remote jailbreak of an iPhone running iOS 9. Vice reports: "Over the weekend, somebody claimed the $1 million bounty set by the new startup Zerodium, according to its founder Chaouki Bekrar, a notorious merchant of unknown, or zero-day, vulnerabilities. The challenge consisted of finding a way to remotely jailbreak a new iPhone or iPad running the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system iOS (in this case iOS 9.1 and 9.2b), allowing the attacker to install any app he or she wants app with full privileges. The initial exploit, according to the terms of the challenge, had to come through Safari, Chrome, or a text or multimedia message. This essentially meant that a participant needed to find a series, or a chain, of unknown zero-day bugs."


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Potential reference to new Mac Pro found in OS X El...

Apple could be nearing release of an expected Mac Pro refresh, as code buried in the latest version of Apple's OS X 10.11 El Capitan references an unknown Mac model with boosted specs and hardware not found in shipping machines.

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Review: Leef’s new Lightning thumb drive has a...

I first reviewed Leef’s USB to Lightning thumb drive last year when I compared a handful of similar products just hitting the market at the time. The products are essentially standard USB stick drives, but with the addition of a Lightning connector, you can now have the convenience of thumb drive storage on your iPhone or iPad. My favorite of the bunch was the Leef iBridge, and now the company has a new version that adds a microSD card slot…

It’s not necessarily a better version of the iBridge— Leef still sells that in ...

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Notable apps and app updates for November 2, 2015

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks for iOS, tvOS, and Mac OS X:

iOS Apps/Updates

Savage Interactive has released Procreate 3, an update to its $5.99 iPad. Targeted to the upcoming iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, Procreate 3 builds on the features of previous Procreate releases with 16K canvas resolution on the “super-sized Apple tablet. It also introduces Quickline, a new feature for creating straight lines, along with completely customizable perspective guides and over 100 new features and refinements. 

Ateam has announced Trivia Saga 1.03. It’s a quiz RPG whose trivia questions have been “culturalized” for western audiences and feature...

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Google Fine-Tunes Self-Driving Cars' Kid...

Google last week announced that it has developed technology for its self-driving vehicles that would be able to detect people in costumes -- presumably children dressed for Halloween. The company is teaching its cars to drive more cautiously around children and thus be ready to adapt to sudden and even erratic movement, it said. Google's engineers are striving to help the cars react, especially as children's behavior can be unpredictable.

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Apple Watch is $50 cheaper if you also buy an iPhone

For the first time since it launched, Apple is cutting the price of the Apple Watch but only if you end up spending more at the Apple Store.

On Monday CNET reported that some Apple Stores have started selling the Apple Watch with a $50 discount if customers purchase it along any new iPhone. Currently, the bundle discount is only available in select Apple Store locations in Northern California and the Boston metro area.

This limited-time promotion is only available in stores and not online at or on the Apple Store iOS app. Furthermore, you can’t get the $50 discount when purchasing the most expensive Watch models, the Apple Watch Edition and the Apple Watch Hermes.


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Official Plex app for Apple TV now available, offers...

The official Plex app for Apple TV is now available in the App Store. Plex is a media server for video, TV shows, music and photos. The app is fully featured, with quick access to search, playlists and more from the top bar. It also tracks your currently playing items so you can quickly pick up with a show or film from where you left off. The app incorporates channel streaming of content like TED, Revision3 and more as well as video queues from YouTube and Vimeo.

Although the app is free, be warned that the app will work only if you have a Plex Media Server setup either locally or on a remote network. You need to buy a Plex Pass subscription to access some premium features.


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Personal Pickup coming soon to international Apple...

Apple might be on the verge of expanding Personal Pickup to a number of countries outside the U.S., finally allowing people in those regions to shop online but claim their purchases at a local Apple Store.

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Take Control Books Catch Up with Apple Releases

When Apple pushes out major new operating systems, we at Take Control concentrate on discovering and documenting Apple’s changes. Our current batch of new titles looks at El Capitan and iOS 9, along with sub-topics like iCloud, Apple Mail, Photos, troubleshooting, networking, and more.


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Bunk Baidu SDK puts backdoor on millions of Android...

A software development kit created by Baidu, China's Google, has reportedly opened more than 100 million Android devices to malicious hackers. Baidu's Moplus SDK may not be available to the public but it's already made its way into more than 14,000...

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Apple hiring manager for original & live content...

Apple is hiring a person to help create "original content and live projects" for several of its online services, including Apple Music, iTunes, iBooks, and the App Store, according to a job listing discovered by AppleInsider.

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Pentagon launches cybersecurity exchange to combat...

The Department of Defense is taking a number of steps to up its cybersecurity game, Terry Halvorsen, the Pentagon's Chief Information Officer recently told a reporters breakfast hosted by The Christian Science Monitor. "There's not a time when I'm...

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Browser-based jailbreak for iOS 9.1 and 9.2 beta...

When Apple released iOS 9.1 last month, it closed an exploit that was used in the development of the most recent jailbreak software. As with every new iOS release, users were forced to choose whether they wanted to upgrade to the latest version of the operating system or stay on a slightly outdated version in order to preserve their jailbreak.

While that hasn’t changed today, a new bit of information from Zerodium has revealed that it is possible to jailbreak iOS 9.1—and the new iOS 9.2 beta—without even needing to plug it into a computer.

Our iOS...

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Apple could be forced to stop completely encrypting...

Apple and government officials have been publicly sparring over how to handle privacy and encryption for months, and new rules expected to be proposed in the UK on Wednesday might make Apple’s position much harder to maintain.

The issue boils down to Apple allowing iPhone users to encrypt data behind a password — encryption that Apple can’t break through — and government officials wanting access in instances where de-encrypting smartphones could help law enforcement and security efforts. Services like iMessage and FaceTime are also encrypted end-to-end.

Now The Telegraph reports that the Investigatory Powers Bill being introduced on Wednesday will likely require Apple and other companies...

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Anonymous says it's outing 1,000 prominent KKK...

Anonymous is no stranger to risky internet activism, and its latest campaign is no exception to the rule. The hacking-focused collective claims that it's outing "up to" 1,000 people who are either Ku Klux Klan members or "close associates" of KKK f...

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How to quickly switch and force-close apps with the...

Multitasking on the new Apple TV is more iOS-like than ever, thanks to the inclusion of a new dedicated home button on the Siri Remote that functions largely identical to the iPhone and iPad.

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Apple beefs up indoor mapping efforts with new app

Apple has a new app on the App Store, though you won’t be able to find it unless you own a small business. The under-the-radar app is called Indoor Survey, and it’s designed to map venues.

Developer Steve Troughton-Smith first noticed the app over the weekend, though it’s been in the App Store since Oct. 27.

“By dropping ‘points’ on a map within the Survey app, you indicate your position within the venue as you walk through,” the app description says. “As you do so, the Indoor Survey app measures the radio frequency (RF) signal data and combines it with an iPhone’s sensor data. The end result is indoor positioning without the need to install special hardware.”

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EPA discovers defeat device in more VW TDI engines

In a sternly worded letter, the United States Environmental Protection Agency has issued a new set of allegations against Volkswagen claiming that so-called emissions defeat software has been found in the company's 3.0-liter TDI V6 diesel engines....

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Google swears it won't phase out Chrome OS

That talk of Google merging Android and Chrome OS, effectively killing Chrome OS as you know it? Google would rather that you forget about all that. In a follow-up to its early rebuttal, the search firm acknowledges that it's working on ways to "...

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 2...

Notable software releases this week include Parallels Desktop 11.0.2, ScreenFlow 5.0.3, OmniFocus 2.3, and OS X Server 5.0.15.


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Battlezone's PSVR reboot is the ultimate fan...

It could be argued that Atari's 1980 arcade classic Battlezone was the first virtual reality game. In a simple duel of tanks, players looked through a small opening in the cabinet to maneuver their lumbering vehicle, firing at a single enemy and av...

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Best Buy hopes same-day delivery will fend off Amazon

Online retailers like Amazon are putting the pressure on brick-and-mortar retail spaces by offering cheap and speedy delivery of goods, with same-day -- and in some cases one-hour -- deliveries to metro areas around the country. In a bid to keep up...

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Carbon Copy Cloner: What’s your plan when your Mac’s...

What’s your plan when your Mac’s hard drive dies? Plan ahead and get back to work in minutes with a Carbon Copy Cloner bootable backup. CCC—the app that saves your bacon.

Jim’s Note: I’ve used this app for many years. I trust and love it.

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Sprint signs first direct roaming agreement with Cuba

Not so fast Verizon, Sprint announced Monday that it is the first US carrier to ink a direct roaming agreement with Telecommunications Company of Cuba (ETECSA). This agreement, along with a similar deal for direct long-distance interconnection, mea...

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Sprint announces new agreement to let subscribers...

Sprint today announced a new agreement with the Telecommunications Company of Cuba that will allow the fourth-largest US carrier’s subscribers to roam in Cuba. The move comes on the heels of changes to US-Cuban relations recently implemented by the US government.

The Sprint press release (below) mentions two of the company’s global roaming initiatives, but doesn’t specify whether Cuba will join the existing programs or will be part of a different offer.

The company says the exact details and the timing of the launch will be announced at a later date.

Sprint First U.S. Carrier to Sign Direct Cuba Roaming Agreement

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Nov. 2, 2015 – Sprint (NYSE: S) today became the first U.S. wireless carrier to sign a direct roaming agreement with Telecommunications Company of Cuba (ETECSA).

“As the commercial relationship between the U...

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AT&T will be the first US carrier to offer...

AT&T will begin carrying the Blackberry Priv on November 6th, the company announced on Monday. The phone, which runs Android's Lollipop OS and features a slide-out physical keyboard, will be available that Friday in both AT&T retail outlets...

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Apple Podcasts app spotted for new Apple TV on demo...

The Apple TV is an advancement in many ways over the third-generation model (faster processor, App Store, Siri) but there are also a couple of regressions, features that existed before that are missing and/or removed. One such example is Podcasts. The third-gen Apple TV featured a pre-installed Apple Podcasts app, which would sync with your iTunes subscriptions on the desktop and iOS devices. However, it is nowhere to be seen on the new fourth-generation Apple TV yet …

The screenshot above comes from the video loop Apple plays in retail stores to demo the new product. It clearly shows Apple’s latest Podcasts app icon, suggesting the app is on the way for the new fourth-generation box. Like the Remote app which only works from iOS and Apple Watch on Apple TV 2/3, it seems Apple did not manage to get it ready for the...

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9to5Toys Last Call: iPad mini 2 $199, iPad Air 2...

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Spotify gets serious about its country music curation

Country music fans are flocking to streaming services and Spotify's latest hire shows the company is taking that segment of its audience seriously. The streaming service nabbed SiriusXM's John Marks to head its curated playlists for the genre. If y...

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6 iPhone apps that use 3D Touch to make you more...

Tons of third-party iOS apps don't yet take advantage of Apple's 3D Touch, a key feature of the new iPhone 6s models, but thankfully additional apps get 3D Touch support every day. Here are six iOS apps that use 3D Touch to help you save a few seconds here and there and be more efficient.

3D Touch on iPhone 6s helps you get stuff done

Evernote (freemium) is the Big Daddy of note-taking apps, despite increasing competition from Microsoft OneNote. Using 3D Touch on the app icon, you can quickly create new notes, take photos, set reminders, or search for existing notes. As of this writing, Microsoft OneNote doesn't support 3D Touch.


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T-Mobile, Sprint poised to pick up subscribers from...

Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program appears to be leading U.S. phone buyers away from AT&T and Verizon toward carriers with cheaper fees such as T-Mobile and Sprint, a report said on Monday.

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Using Tech to Fix the Horrid US Political Debates

I watched with interest last week's Republican debate and realized very quickly that whatever that was on my TV, it sure as hell wasn't an actual debate. The idea is for us to be able to compare the qualifications and positions of a variety of candidates and then make a more informed choice -- but if every candidate is asked a different question, then how do we compare the answers? It seems strange that Americans likely put more rigor into hiring a gardener than in selecting the next leader of the free world. Tech could fix that.

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Apple pushes Maps Indoor service to venue owners,...

Joined by a new dedicated indoor mapping app, Apple has also begun encouraging large venue owners to sign up for its "Maps Indoor" service, potentially laying the groundwork for advanced indoor step-by-step directions in future iPhone updates.

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2015 5K Retina iMac supports 10-bit screen color...

This could come in handy if you’re doing extensive photo and video work.

Apple’s latest 5K Retina iMac supports 10-bit screen color. This feature was discovered via new driver software in OS X El Capitan, as noted in Cinema5D and German publication Mac & I. It’s not clear whether the code might support an external 10-bit monitor.

10-bit screen color helps eliminate banding artifacts while restoring gradient detail. Most external and built-in device displays are still limited to 8-bit color at most, and accordingly, OS X didn’t offer compatibility until now. Windows has had 10-bit support since 2009’s Windows 7.

Even on a 4K or 5K iMac,...

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Assorted Mac, iPad and Beats products edge towards “...

Every so often, a group of Apple products moves into an “Obsolete” category, meaning the product is no longer eligible for service or repair support through Apple retail stores or authorized third-party channels.

This time around, the products include:
– iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2009)

– iMac (27-inch, Late 2009)

– MacBook Air (Mid 2009)

– Mac Pro (Early 2009)

– MacBook (13-inch, early 2008)

– MacBook Pro (15-inch, early 2009)

These Macs will move to Obsolete status in all regions and vintage status where applicable. Apple typically begins the...

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Oh, Microsoft

Will Oremus, writing for Slate, points out the huge (read that in sarcastic tone, with air quotes) differences between the design of Microsoft’s new Manhattan flagship store and the Apple Store:

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Apple TV tips, tricks, shortcuts and useful settings

Joe Rossignol, writing for MacRumors, pulled together a nice list of tips and tricks for the new Apple TV. Worth reading through.

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How to disable password prompts for both free and...

If you’ve got a new Apple TV, you no doubt feel the pain of the long, linear software keyboard and recognize the value of any tip that will save you typing time (especially typing of long, arcane passwords).

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∞ How strong your iPhone signal actually is

I tested this on my iPhone and it works as advertised.

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Josh Centers, writing for TidBITS, pulled together a well-written assemblage of frequently asked Apple TV questions. Terrific set of questions, well worth scanning through.

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The WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank is a good printer —...

The Epson WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank wireless all-in-one comes loaded and ready with up to two years of ink in the box. Or so says Epson. I can let you know in …. let’s see … about 23 months.

If true, that’s an incredible amount of ink — enough to print up to 11,000 black/8500 color pages, and equivalent to about 50 ink cartridge sets. The printer is designed for homes, home offices and small offices that print 300 to 400 pages per month.

If it lives up to the hype, the WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank will be worth its $499 price tag. If it doesn’t, the price tag won’t be justified. My family goes through a LOT of ink each year as my wife and daughter print photos, recipes, coupons, etc. I need a printer that doesn’t threaten to break my bank account in ink cartridge purchases.

When replacement ink is needed, the cost for the WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTan will reportedly be as...

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Jean-Louis Gassée: The Apple Car and Apple’s...

A thoughtful column (as usual) from JLG, questioning the culture that builds software that has the luxury of being allowed to crash and having that culture be required to build software that absolutely cannot fail.

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Procreate version 3 adds iPad Pro and Apple Pencil...

Popular drawing app Procreate has today released version 3 of their iPad app ($5.99) with a whole host of new features. This includes new brushes (including quick brush previewing before committing to canvas drawing), motion blur and perspective blur, simplified tap gestures and much more.

Perhaps the most significant change is the addition of iPad Pro and Apple Pencil integration. Procreate now create images with up to 16,0000 x 4000 resolution on Apple’s latest hardware, due to be released later in the month. Existing Apple hardware can also benefit, with the iPad Air 2 now capable of...

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How to use Share Sheets in iOS 9

Using Share Sheets in iOS 9 has been simplified. For example, now when you wan to search for a keyword on a Safari web page, or load its desktop version, just press the Share Sheet button in the bottom-left corner of the screen. 

Next, swipe to the left on the lowest horizontal menu until you see Find on Page and Request Desktop Site buttons. You can also tweak their  by tapping on the last item (dubbed More) in the menu. Use the drag and drop buttons next to each feature to reposition it as you wish.

In iOS 9 Share Sheets allow you to save a website as a PDF. Open the Safari Share Sheet menu and you’ll now find “Save PDF to iBooks.”

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Apple has a hidden ‘indoor GPS’ app in the App Store...

Apple has an Indoor Survey app on the iOS App Store, designed to help pinpoint locations inside a store, restaurant or other business – but it doesn’t show up in a search, and you need to register in Apple Maps Connect to download it.

By dropping “points” on a map within the Survey App, you indicate your position within the venue as you walk through. As you do so, the indoor Survey App measures the radio frequency (RF) signal data and combines it with an iPhone’s sensor data. The end result is indoor positioning without the need to install special hardware … 


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Get that syncing feeling with Eltima’s SyncMate for...

If you use only Apple products (Macs, iPhones, iPads, etc.), you can probably handle all your syncing chores through iCloud, iTunes, iTunes Connect, etc. However, if you use other devices and online storage platforms, you should check out Eltima’s SyncMate, which allows you to sync just about anything with your Mac (if it’s running Mac OS X 10.8.5 or higher).

The latest version (6) has been revved for Mac OS X El Capitan. SyncMate is, as far as I know, the only sync tool that’s fully compatible with El Capitan (OS X 10.11) and offers syncing with Android and iOS, MTP and storage devices and Microsoft Office apps. It’s also the only Mac sync software I’m aware of that allows syncing Mac with multiple devices simultaneously. 

The utility can not only sync data with several gadgets, but with online accounts and cloud storage options such as Outlook and Office 365, Google Drive,...

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Sunday November 1

The Guardian trots out notorious Mike Daisey to...

A British newspaper has published a meandering, conspiracy-chasing fantasy piece written by discredited theater-journalist Mike Daisey... in its technology section.

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Apple indoor positioning app 'Indoor Survey...

Apple could be on the verge of releasing its first dedicated indoor positioning app for iPhone, as a seemingly legitimate, albeit non-operational, first party app called "Indoor Survey" was spotted in the iOS App Store on Sunday.

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The Logic Pros: Working with Logic’s built-in Space...

In this week’s episode of The Logic Pros, we are looking at Space Designer, Logic’s flagship reverb plug-in. Much like the Delay Designer we detailed last week, Space Designer is highly customizable with various shaping tools and the ability to create your own impulse responses.

Reverb plug-ins are basically the emulation of the way instruments sound in a particular room or space. This effect is used commonly in music...

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Parallels Desktop 11.0.2

Maintenance update for popular virtualization software with a number of bug fixes. ($79.99 new for standard edition, $99.99 annual subscription for Pro/Business Edition, free update for version 11 licenses, 289 MB)


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Daniel Craig resisted Android phone placement in...

Internal Sony communications indicated that "Spectre" star Daniel Craig and the movie's director Sam Mendes were both opposed to multimillion dollar product placements for Sony or Samsung Android phones because it could tarnish the suave image of James Bond.

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State of the Site

Hi, friends of Apple World Today. 

It's the beginning of November, so I thought I'd let you know how we're doing. In one word, "better".

We are still not out of the woods yet financially, but our readership numbers are climbing at about 15 percent per month. With readership comes revenue and financial stability. Every day I thank each and every one of you who reads Apple World Today for making us one of your go-to websites for Apple news, reviews and how-tos.

The word of the month for AWT is going to be conversion. It's important that we convert readers to subscribers who are willing to throw a couple of bucks our way every month. We're still $400 per month below our minimum goal on Patreon. Why? Only a minuscule 0.36 percent of our readers are subscribers. Raise that number to 1 percent at our current average...

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Mophie debuts iPhone 6s Reserve batteries, TechLink...

With the post-launch dust now settled for the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPad mini 4, two accessory makers have released four batteries designed to fuel Apple’s latest devices. While they carry significant price premiums over top-rated batteries we’ve covered, both vendors have received Apple’s seal of approval for device compatibility.

Mophie has officially released...

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Nest Cam Review: Is Google’s Wi-Fi security cam...

It’s certainly not the only connected-security camera, but following Google’s acquisition of popular security cam maker Dropcam last year, the company has just launched a second-generation product with new features. The new product was re-envisioned by Google’s Nest team— the people building smart home accessories like the Nest thermostat and fire alarm— and in the process dropped the Dropcam branding and gained a few notable enhancements.

But is the new Nest Cam worth an upgrade from your current Dropcam setup? And how does the product compare to the other connected home security-cam and all-in-one security devices on the market? We’ve been testing out Nest Cam since its release a few weeks back to find out.


Setup is painless with the usual Wi-Fi...

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Review: Logitech's Z533 computer speakers...

Logitech's 2.1-channel Z533 speaker system may not be the pinnacle of home audio, but it more than gets the job done at a very reasonable price.

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Saturday October 31

Google's self-driving cars are more cautious...

If you've got spawn traipsing through the streets of Mountain View in search of sweets tonight, you needn't fear Google's self-driving cars... much. While there's something a little unsettling about an autonomous car -- even a cute one -- coming at...

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Amazon Follows Through: Drops Apple TV, Chromecast

Hot Hardware notes that Amazon has stopped selling two pieces of hardware -- Apple TV and Google's Chromecast -- that compete with Amazon's own streaming business. (They promised to drop them a while back; not everyone though they actually would.) From the article: While some have likened this move to being anti-competitive, it's hard to grasp whether the legal system would agree. Amazon's defense is that since these devices don't support Prime Video, it doesn't want to sell products to its customers and have them assume that they will."


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Study answers lingering questions about Voyager 1 in...

Three years ago, the American Geophysical Union said the Voyager 1 probe left the solar system. NASA quickly said nope, hold your horses, we're not there yet. Then, NASA announced a year later that yes, Voyager 1 really did make it. The debate stil...

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Researchers see evolution working faster than...

The word "evolution" tends to conjure up images of early hominids dodging predators on the veldt as they inch — agonizingly slowly — toward modern humanity. Most of those popular images of evolution are steeped in antiquity because, wel...

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A month with Nest's latest smart thermostat

Nest's programmable thermostat has just turned four, and the company marked the anniversary with the debut of its third-generation device. Four years ago, thermostats were still boring blocks stuck to your wall and while programming them was alread...

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Cute puzzler Haunt the House: Terrortown will get...

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 Halloween, you’re a ghost, and all you want to do is rest in peace. But there are people nosing about your local haunting grounds—which include a spooky old mansion, a ghost town, and a carnival-themed runaway train.

What’s a ghost to do? You can’t scare these people away directly—you’re a ghost, and they can’t see you swooping through the air. But you can possess objects and scare them indirectly. And, of course, as the terror-level in the atmosphere becomes tenser, your abilities grow in power. Haunt the House: Terrortown is a creative...

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The best Photoshop alternative on iPad
Instagram and Lightroom are great and all, but sometimes people need to get extra creative with their image editing.Like, Photoshop creative. If you're one of these people, take a look at our pick for the best mobile Photoshop experience on iPad... | Read more »
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A new update for The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land was released last week, making it the perfect time for you to head back to your base and take out some walkers. Here’s the lowdown on what’s new to the game, and how to take advantage. [Read more] | Read more »
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We've all been there. One second, we're riding high on a crazed goat, and the next, we've been tossed off it like someone who's no good at goat ridin'. [Read more] | Read more »
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Just in time for Rocky fans who can’t wait to see CREED, the latest movie, we have the official tie-in game,Real Boxing 2 CREED. It builds on the success of its predecessor and there’s lots to take in so we at 148apps thought we’d run you through... | Read more »
CoinOp Heroes 2 guide - How to build an...
CoinOp Heroes 2 justlaunched and, like all clickers, it's dangerously addictive stuff. You have to furiously tap your screen to defeat wave after wave of foes and earn an insane amount of cash to spend on character upgrades and an army of minions... | Read more »
Dr. Panda Firefighters (Education)
Dr. Panda Firefighters 1.0.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Education Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0.1 (iTunes) Description: FIGHT FIRES AND SAVE THE DAY!Work together with Dr. Panda and his firefighting team to rescue his trapped... | Read more »
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Puddle + 1.0 Device: iOS iPhone Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Puddle is back in a new "+" edition featuring enhanced graphics, new videos and Apple TV support ! No IAP and No Ads. Dive into Puddle... | Read more »

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Adorama has new Apple TVs on sale for up to $40 off MSRP after mail-in rebate, good through December 15th. Shipping is free, and Adorama charges NY & NJ sales tax only: - 32GB Apple TV: $119.99... Read more
13-Inch Haswell MacBook Air At Two Years – Th...
The 13-inch mid-2013 “Haswell” MacBook Air I ordered in Apple’s November 2013 Black Friday sale was my first new Mac in four and a half years — the longest interval I’ve gone between system upgrades... Read more
Target Black Friday Early Access deals: $100...
Target is offering early access to their Black Friday deals on Apple products on their online store for today, the 25th, only. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available): - Apple... Read more
BlackBerry Q3 Mobility Index Report Finds iOS...
BlackBerry has announced results of its thirteenth Good Mobility Index Report, showing that organizations are increasingly building custom secure apps. Among Good Powered by BlackBerry (formerly Good... Read more
Wednesday roundup of early Black Friday Mac s...
Save up to $500 on a new Mac with these early Black Friday deals from Apple resellers, currently the lowest prices available for these models: (1) B&H Photo has all new Macs on sale for up to $... Read more
iPod nano on sale for $119, $30 off MSRP
Walmart has the 16GB iPod nano (various colors) on sale for $119.20 on their online store for a limited time. That’s $30 off MSRP. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale... Read more
Adorama Black Friday deals: Up to $400 off Ma...
Adorama has released their Black Friday deals for 2015. Save up to $400 on MacBook Pros, $200 on MacBooks and MacBook Airs, and $270 on iMacs. Use code RYBFDEAL during checkout to see these prices.... Read more
B&H Photo Deals: $200 off 12-inch 1.2GHz...
In addition to the B&H Photo Black Friday week sales we posted yesterday, B&H has lowered their price on two products to $200 off MSRP: - 12″ 1.2GHz Gray Retina MacBook: $1399 save $200 - 13... Read more
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Best Buy has iPad Air 2s on sale for up to $125 off MSRP and Apple Watch models on sale on their online store for up to $100 off MSRP with special codes through midnight CT tonight. Choose free... Read more
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UPPERCASE Designs today announced its new Premium Ultra Thin Keyboard Protector and its Palm Rest Protector Set for the 12-inch MacBook. The accessories provide durable protection for the 12-inch... Read more

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