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Monday November 10

16:46
Apple issues second OS X 10.10.1 beta to developers...

Apple on Monday pushed out the second OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite beta seed to developers for testing with focus areas unchanged from the first version that went out last week.

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16:35
The Uber story

I loved reading this story by Kara Swisher profiling Travis Kalanick, the CEO of Uber. It takes guts and a lot of belief in your company to do what Kalanick did to get Uber off the ground.

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16:30
Jet Run: City Defender: High-end graphics with a...

Players pilot a fighter jet through a gorgeous cityscape, shooting down enemies reminiscent of the enemies in Space Invaders in Jet Run: City Defender. This endless runner sends players on an exciting ride that after five waves of enemies culminates...

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16:26
Apple's plan to penetrate enterprise involves...

Apple is looking to grab a bigger portion of the corporate software and solutions business with dedicated sales teams tasked with wooing big-name corporations, while at the same time working with software developers already entrenched in the enterprise sector.

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16:21
Meet JPMorgan Chase’s worst nightmare

This is an absolutely fascinating, and scary, story.

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16:17
BFD Rock and Metal drums

BFD Oblivion is an expansion for FXpansion’s BFD3, BFD Eco and BFD2 designed to provide ready-to-use heavy rock and metal drum sounds.

Sold! I like BFD.

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16:17
Details on Apple’s enterprise push with IBM emerge...

A new report from Reuters citing sources at Apple familiar with the company’s plans for future corporate offerings has unveiled new details on the Cupertino corporation’s efforts to recruit business clients and software developers. According to these sources, Apple is currently courting companies such as Citigroup, ServiceMax, and PlanGrid (among others) to augment its current IBM enterprise agreement.

The exact nature of the proposed partnerships between these companies hasn’t been confirmed yet, but the general idea is similar to the IBM arrangement. ServiceMax, a company that creates solutions for managing field technicians, and PlanGrid, which allows construction workers to...

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15:57
Are Tiny Internet Satellites Twinkling in Musk'...


Elon Musk, CEO of both SpaceX and Tesla Motors, soon may be venturing into new territory: the Internet satellite sector. Musk reportedly is working with ex-Googler Greg Wyler, founder of WorldVu Satellites, on a $1 billion project to develop relatively small and inexpensive models that can be used to provide Internet access around the globe. Some 700 diminutive satellites reportedly are part of the pair's plans. Currently, the largest fleet of satellites is roughly a tenth of that number.

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15:54
WSJ shares full video of Tim Cook’s interview on...

The Wall Street Journal has posted the full-length video of its recent interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook, in which he discusses about a wide range of topics including the Apple Watch, Apple Pay, doing a TV the right way and more. The roughly half-hour interview took place at the WSJ.D Live global technology conference in October.

The chief executive referred to the CVS and Rite Aid blockade of Apple Pay last month as a “skirmish,” promoting that the mobile...

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15:42
Full video of Tim Cook's WSJD Live conference...

The Wall Street Journal has released the full version of its interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook filmed at the inaugural WSJD Live conference in October, where topics discussed ranged from Apple Pay to Apple Watch and more.

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15:37
Sales of iPhone 6 appear to reverse Android gains in...

Even though the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were only available for two weeks at the end of the most recent quarter, the latest iPhones appear to have reversed some gains by the Android platform in enterprise buying, reports Good Technology. The business software company says that Apple's share of the corporate mobile device market is up to 69 percent, two percentage points higher than in the previous quarter. The Android platform, which had gained four percentage points (in part at BlackBerry's expense) in the June quarter saw a drop of one percent in the September quarter. Remarkably, the iPh...



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15:36
The Extreme Micro Drone 2.0 + Aerial Camera: $74.99

If you follow our daily deals, you may have gotten the impression that I love RC drones. It's because I do. They're fun. And today, we have a deal on the Micro Drone 2.0, a tony drone equipped with a camera that you can get for just $74.99 (it's usually $139.99). According to the manufacturer, you can throw it into the air like a frisbee, upside down or any angle, and its new self-righting algorithm and sensors will immediately stabilize it back to its horizontal flying position. Why would you do such a thing? Because you can. Duh. There's a video on the deal site. Check it out.


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15:31
Power User Secret Tips: Instantly Share Screenshots...

Kelly went to MacTech Conference last week and got to ask a lot of people about the cool tips and tricks they use in their daily workflow. Today's comes from Nathan Toups, CTO of KEY, and it deals with how to let Dropbox handle your screenshots for even faster sharing.


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15:29
Hands On: Meat Factory (iOS)

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



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15:23
Apple details $3.5 billion European bond, interest...

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday published Apple's official european debt filing, which looks to take advantage of low European interest rates to raise $3.5 billion, or 2.8 billion euros.

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15:13
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 10...

Notable software releases this week include BBEdit 11.0.1, CrashPlan 3.6.4, Quicken 2015 for Mac 2.2, Pixelmator 3.3, and ReadKit 2.4.2.

 

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15:05
ExtraBITS for 10 November 2014

In ExtraBITS this week, the EFF announces that Apple leads the pack in mainstream messaging security, a developer tells us what to expect out of Apple Watch apps, Apple quickly shuts down a strain of Chinese malware, Rob Griffiths bids adieu to Mac OS X Hints, and Microsoft Office and Dropbox will soon be fully integrated.

 

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15:04
OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 build 14B23 seeded to...

Apple today seeded the second beta of the upcoming OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 update to registered developers and participants in the AppleSeed program. The update is available for these users in the Software Update tab of the Mac App Store.

As with the first beta, Apple asks developers to focus their testing on WiFi-connectvitiy, Exchange accounts in the Mail app, and Notification Center. Apple has not indicated when OS X 10.10.1 will be released to the public, but the first point updates to OS X typically arrive within a month of the original version.

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15:00
Bluetooth keyboards from Inateck: Review and giveaway

Today we're going to be looking at a pair of Bluetooth keyboards that have just come out from accessory manufacturer Inateck. The first is the BK1002E Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard for Apple Products (US$29.99, available on Amazon.com for $18.99),...

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15:00
Narrative Debuts World’s Smallest Wearable Camera

NEW YORK CITY - At the recent PhotoPlus Expo show, Narrative introduced Narrative Clip, touted as the worldâs smallest wearable camera. Niklas Olsson, Head of Sales, gave us an overview of the system.


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14:51
9to5Toys Last Call: iTunes gift cards up to 20% off...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

iTunes gift cards w/ email delivery up to 20% off from PayPal

Smaller, more efficient Raspberry Pi A+ comes in at just $20 ($15 less)

Logitech UE...

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14:38
Apple hires five employees from defunct mapping app...

In what appears to be a build out of its UK operations, Apple recently hired five employees of defunct mapping app Pin Drop, who could be part of the first team to take residence at a rumored R&D office in Cambridge.

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14:35
Instagram update finally lets us edit captions

When it comes to Instagram, a perfect caption is almost as important as the photo itself. So that’s why it’s frustrating when you make a typo or word something incorrectly when crafting your caption or leaving a comment— Instagram was pretty much the only social media tool where a typo couldn’t be erased. Once you hit send, that was it—your error was out there for your mass of followers to see. 

Woohoo! 

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14:24
WireLurker, Masque Attack malware only a threat for...

Despite headlines fretting of a "new era in OS X and iOS malware," Apple's security systems for iOS and OS X are working as intended to protect users from exposure to the ubiquitous malware affecting open platforms including Android and Windows. Here's the realistic, non-sensationalized facts about how safe Apple's users actually are and how users can remain protected from threats that arise.

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14:20
Obama Calls for Net Neutrality, GOP Attacks Plan as...

President Barack Obama issued a call on Monday for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to "implement the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality." In a multipart plan, President Obama proposed that the FCC reclassify broadband providers as public utilities, and laid out four specific provisions to protect the Internet from deep-pocketed interests. The radical wing of the GOP, including Tea Party darling Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), immediately launched a counter offensive calling the president's proposal "Obamacare for the Internet."


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13:45
How I Saved my iPad mini with Cracked Display From...

John Martellaro and his wife share an original iPad mini. Recently, it fell off a small stand and did a 20 cm. face plant onto the kitchen table. Even though there was a thick table cloth, the display cracked, and cracked ugly. John Martellaro explains what his options were and how he saved the mini from an untimely demise.


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13:30
Apple hires remnants of developer behind UK mapping...

Apple has hired five people linked to the now-defunct developer of a mapping app called Pin Drop, a report says. The app let people bookmark locations and then share them with other people; its developer shut down on October 31st, however, citing a lack of funding. The person responsible for creating the app, Andy Ashburner, may have played a role in getting his team work at Apple....



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13:30
Mr. Particle-Man is a refreshing, retro blast

I don't consider myself a gamer in the sense that I avidly play games on a regular basis. I just play them for sheer enjoyment or to pass time, especially when something is trendy and addictive. Every so often a game comes along that reminds you why...

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13:00
Pangu releases 8.0-8.1 jailbreak tool for OS X

Pangu -- the downloadable tool that became a household name in the jailbreak community after the release of iOS 7.1 -- has finally released a Mac-compatible version of its 8.0/8.1 app. Just like the Windows version, the new OS X version walks you...

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12:53
AT&T grounding plans to offer in-flight 4G LTE...

AT&T is scrapping its plans to offer in-flight 4G LTE connectivity services to airlines and passengers in business and general aviation. The company originally planned to build an air-to-ground network across the US to take advantage of spectrum that it already owned.

AT&T’s decision to drop this project’s development appears to be based on a recent assessment after a proposed acquisition. In a statement to Runway Girl Network, an AT&T spokesperson said the following:

As AT&T explores opportunities for future growth and diversification, expanding our international presence...

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12:38
Instagram revamps Explore tab, adds caption &...


After updating its app for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last month, Instagram is out with a feature update today with some welcome features.

Users will likely appreciate the ability to edit photo captions and locations attached to photos in post now. That means if you make a typo on your caption, you no longer have to choose between correcting yourself in the comments, deleting and re-posting the photo with the correction caption, or just ignoring it altogether....

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12:35
Microsoft Spiffs Up Xbox One


Microsoft on Monday announced that it had begun rolling out its Xbox One November Systems Update, which will be its final major update for the console for 2014. The improvements will deliver new ways for owners to watch TV, personalize the game system, and interact with the Xbox Live gaming community, as well as provide new integration with Xbox One Store and Microsoft's SmartGlass platform. Improved TV integration includes ways for users in the U.S., Canada and the UK to see what is trending on TV in a OneGuide updated by-the-minute.

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12:35
'Masque Attack' vulnerabilty could install...

A serious vulnerability in iOS, dubbed "Masque Attack," could result in malicious apps being installed, says security research firm FireEye. The flaw is said to have been discovered in July, and stems from iOS not enforcing matching certificates for apps with the same bundle identifier. This means that a person could theoretically be lured into installing an app that replaces and/or mimics an original -- even borrowing that app's local data -- and accidentally give up personal information, or even root access privileges....



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12:30
Daily Deals for November 10, 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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12:24
News: iOS camera app ProCam 2 adds “4K Ultra HD”...

ProCam 2, a $2 still and video camera app by developer Samer Azzam, has added “4K Ultra HD video recording” via a $5 in-app purchase. Following a technique debuted in September by i4software in the $1,000 app Vizzywig 4K, ProCam 2 uses a hack to splice high-resolution still images together with an audio recording to simulate 4K video recording. ProCam 2’s videos save at 3840x2160 resolution, resulting in large file sizes—over…

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12:24
Hands On: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (OS X, Windows)

If there was a game series introduced in the last 10 years that broke the mold for first-person shooters, it's the Borderlands franchise from Gearbox Software. Generous heaps of role-playing game (RPG) elements, cookie-cutter shooter tropes, and sacks full of humor are artfully baked into a game series that begs for consumption. Gearbox Software and 2K Australia teamed up for the latest tasty morsel in the Borderlands series, releasing Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel to bring players to a new frontier of humorous action....

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12:23
'Masque' attack for iOS could let hackers...

A recently-discovered vulnerability in Apple's mobile operating system could allow attackers to trick users into replacing legitimate apps that have access to a variety of personal information --?such as banking apps --?with hacked versions that relay that information to malicious actors.

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12:23
Apple Releases iMessage Deregistration Utility

tlhIngan writes When moving from an iPhone to something else, if you were an avid user of iMessage, you may find your messages missing, especially from iOS-using friends. Indeed, it has been such a problem that there are even lawsuits about it. While Apple has maintained that users can always switch off iMessage, that only works if you still have your iOS device. Unless one also has other iOS devices or a Mac, they may not even realize their friends have been sending messages that are queued up on Apple's services via iMessage. Well, that problem has been resolved with Apple creating a deregistration utility to remove your phone number from the iMessage servers so friends will no longer send you texts via iMessage that you can no longer receive. It's a two-step process involving proof of number ownership (via regular SMS) before deregistration takes place.

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12:21
52 of the world’s most widespread myths and...

io9:

A dropped penny won’t kill you, alcohol doesn’t keep you warm, and swallowed gum doesn’t take seven years to digest. These are just three of the more than fifty rumors debunked in this compendious collection of common myths and misconceptions.

We’ve all heard many of these. We might even believe some of them are not myths. But, according to these guys, they all are. I knew most of them weren’t true but got caught by the one about bananas.

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12:00
A tiny percentage of app users account for over half...

If you're like me, you often see the revenue figures that free-to-play game companies boast about and wonder who in their right mind is shelling out so much cash. I could probably tally the number of times I've made purchases in free-to-play games on...

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11:50
Delve into H.R. Giger’s world with a new documentary...

A.V. Club:

H.R. Giger, the Swiss surrealist sculptor and painter who died earlier this year, is the subject of the new documentary Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World. While the film is not available in the U.S. yet, a trailer is now online. The reclusive Giger was best known for his Academy Award-winning design contributions to the Alien franchise. This new documentary shares the last years of the artist’s life, and reveals how deeply he resided within his own dark artistic visions.

I’ve never enjoyed being creeped out more than when I see Giger’s wonderfully macabre art. I’d love to see this movie.

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11:42
Pegatron reportedly eyed for iPhone 6 Plus...

Apple is said to be looking to expand its supply chain and possibly have partner Pegatron built iPhone 6 Plus units, as the company continues to struggle to keep up with overwhelming demand for its latest smartphones.

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11:40
News: Touch Press Releases Molecules by Theodore...

Four and a half years after Theodore Gray released the breakthrough iPad science application The Elements: A Visual Exploration, developer Touch Press has published Molecules by Theodore Gray ($14), billed as an “extraordinary sequel.” While The Elements was neatly organized using a fully animated version of the Periodic Table, Molecules is closer to a 14-chapter book in design, yet preserves the incredible rotating and interactive 3-D…

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11:34
Facebook racks up 500 million Messenger users after...

Facebook’s move to spin off messages into a separate app was an unpopular one, but a success nonetheless. Facebook Messenger now has 500 million monthly active users, more than doubling the size of its
base in the last six months.

Facebook has added several features to make Messenger more appealing in recent months, including group conversations.

During that time, Facebook cut off access to in-app chat and began requiring users to install Messenger
to send, receive, and read messages, which explains the sudden spike. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said that people use Facebook Messenger in different
ways than they use WhatsApp, the company’s other messaging app. Between Messenger and WhatsApp, Facebook’s messaging services now have...

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11:31
Briefly: SwitchEasy's Rave iPhone cases,...

Mobile accessories designer SwitchEasy has announced two new cases for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus entitled Rave. Composed of a combination of faux leather and thermoplastic polyurethane, the Rave case is reflective, and shimmers when it catches the light. Its folding design allows the phone to be propped up into a kickstand, ideal for watching videos. The Rave joins SwitchEasy's line of cases for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and will be available online, with pricing starting at $30....



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11:28
Sesame Street turns 45

Much respect Sesame Street.

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11:21
Creative Sound Blaster Roar Portable Speaker [...

“Dollar for dollar, the Sound Blaster ROAR produces the best sound of any portable Bluetooth speaker I’ve heard.”

– Tom’s Guide

The compact Sound Blaster Roar boasts of two 1.5-inch high-frequency drivers, a dedicated 2.5-inch subwoofer, and a pair of side-firing passive radiators. Now, all these drivers will only sound as good as the music you play through them, and the Roar supports aptX and AAC over Bluetooth for high-quality audio streaming.

All this, while adding other features like NFC support, a USB port for charging, an integrated MP3 player through its microSD card slot that also allows you to record calls taken with the built-in speakerphone.

The Red Dot Design Award-winning Roar has received consistent 5-star reviews on Amazon since its launch. Now available at $149.99 via Creative.com and...

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11:10
“Words words everywhere and not a single word to say”

A very thoughtful post from Om Malik. I found myself nodding my head on more than one occasion while reading it.

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11:00
Why Walmart may never accept Apple Pay

When CVS disabled support for Apple Pay a few weeks ago, the result was a PR nightmare for MCX and its in-the-works mobile payment app CurrentC. As a result, MCX executives have effectively been forced to speak up and shed some light on the rules...

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10:51
Texting Drivers Willing to Play With Fire


Texting while driving is dangerous. We know that intuitively; we know it because the statistics say so; we know it because we have seen any number of public service announcements warning of its hazards. A whopping 98 percent of respondents in a recent survey of people who text at least once a day acknowledged the danger of texting while driving -- yet most admitted to doing it anyway. The survey, conducted by David Greenfield, founder of The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction, was sponsored by AT&T.

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10:35
Microsoft Office’s Dropbox integration and move to...

Microsoft announced a number of changes to its Office for iOS apps last week: deep Dropbox integration, dedicated iPhone versions, and editing and saving features without the need for an Office 365 subscription. All of those changes seem to be paying off, at least in the short term, as TechCrunch points out the new and updated Microsoft Office apps are now on...

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10:35
Pegatron boosting iPhone 6 production, may add 6...

One of Apple's key suppliers, Pegatron, is increasing production capacity to produce more iPhone 6 units, and may soon add the 6 Plus to its assembly lines, says Japanese business publication Nikkei. The company is a secondary iPhone 6 manufacturer, assisting Apple's main partner, Foxconn. The latter is in fact the sole firm building the 6 Plus, and Nikkei notes that it's only rumored in Asian media that Pegatron could follow suit....



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10:32
iPhone Apps: Notability, Flesky Keyboard, Pocket...
10:32
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-10

Kelly is back from MacTech Conference 2014 and John has a broken iPad screen. The two join Jeff Gamet to talk about MacTech Conference and the trend towards smaller events in the conference world, plus John shares how he dealt with a cracked iPad screen without breaking the bank.


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10:31
iPhone 6 already driving iOS enterprise share gains...

Enterprise mobile services vendor Good Technology reports that Apple's iPhone 6 launch helped the company win back mobile device enterprise share from Android, boosting iOS to 69 percent of all device activations as firms' deployment of custom mobile apps continues to grow exponentially.

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10:20
Major iOS security flaw ‘Masque Attack’ reportedly...

Last week, it was reported that Mac and iOS users in China were the target of new malware called WireLurker that resulted in Apple confirming the security issue and blocking the affected malware apps. Just days later, mobile security research firm FireEye reports it has uncovered a major iOS security flaw that it claims poses a much bigger threat to Apple users than WireLurker.

According to FireEye, the new so-called “Masque Attack” security flaw was uncovered in July...

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10:12
News: Target announces unprecedented Black Friday...

Black Friday deals reported by 9to5Mac show that Target will be offering some unprecedented pricing on new Apple products later this month. This year’s holiday deals include an iPhone 6 for $179.99 with a $30 gift card included, 16GB iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi for $499 with a $140 Target Gift Card, a 16GB iPad mini Wi-Fi model for $249 with an $80 Target Gift Card, and a buy one get 30% off iTunes gift card discount. Some items are even available to order…

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10:06
News: Security researcher IDs new app-spoofing iOS...

Security research firm FireEye has identified a vulnerability that can allow iOS apps to be replaced by malware versions. Dubbed the “Masque Attack,” the vulnerability uses an existing app’s App Store ID, signed with an enterprise provisioning certificate, to replace the good app with a rogue version. The report explains that although iOS requires that all third-party applications be signed by a valid provisioning certificate, it…

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10:00
Ben Heck builds an Apple 1 from scratch, and you can...

If you don't have the near-US$1 million to spare to buy a genuine Apple 1 computer, why not build your own working replica? Master model Ben Heckendorn (AKA Ben Heck) does just that in a new three-part episode of element14's The Ben Heck Show.

In...

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09:57
First Look: iDevices iShower2 Bluetooth Water-...

Two years after we reviewed iDevices' iShower, the company famous for Bluetooth thermometers has returned with an improved sequel called iShower2 ($100), which adds speakerphone functionality and improved battery life. Highly similar to the original in design -- a white rounded rectangle with track, volume, power, and pairing controls on the face -- iShower2 dual-maps call answering and ending buttons onto the track backwards and forwards buttons,…

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09:49
President Obama voices support for Title II...

President Barack Obama has voiced his support for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reclassify Internet services under Title II of the Telecommunications act. Wading into the net neutrality debate again, Obama has issued a statement asking for the FCC to "answer the call of almost 4 million public comments, and implement the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality."...



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09:44
Apple, Barclaycard launch credit card with Apple...

Apple and Barclaycard have partnered on new credit card that grants users Apple Store gift cards. The Barclaycard Visa with Apple Rewards gets users a $25 card for every 2,500 points earned. In the past Apple only offered the Barclaycard iTunes Rewards Visa Card, which earned Mac buyers credit towards purchases at the iTunes Store....



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09:41
Apple assembler Pegatron reportedly ramping up...

Although the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launched almost two months ago, availability for Apple’s flagship smartphones can still be hit or miss even from Apple’s own stores. Recent waves of international launches certainly haven’t helped supply meet demand, but Nikkei Asian Review reports that electronics manufacturer Pegatron is expanding production capacity to handle strong global demand for the iPhone 6.

Multiple reports from...

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09:35
TidBITS Delivery Restarted for iCloud, Yahoo, and...

If you use iCloud, Yahoo, or AOL and haven’t been receiving TidBITS issues via email for a bit, here’s why, and why delivery has now restarted. Our apologies for the delivery interruption!

 

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09:30
Hands On: NeoFinder (OS X)

Data, like everything else in life, needs to have at least some semblance of organization to make better use of it, particularly when you get into situations involving our digital information. For keeping track of files that may be scattered about on various physical storage modes, NeoFinder has been created. A digital asset cataloging app, NeoFinder reads and imports information on the user's selected file data, and provides tools for creating an organized catalog that also includes storing size, creation and modification dates, version information, comments, metadata, and more. Priced at $40...



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09:29
Facebook Messenger mobile apps surpass 500 million...

Facebook announced this morning that over 500 million people are now using its Messenger app per month. The impressive milestone comes just days after Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg explained why Facebook Messenger was turned into a standalone app for iOS and Android, a move it made in July after disabling messaging in the main Facebook app.

Facebook claims that Messenger is all about providing people with a platform to reach others quickly through not only instant messaging, but also stickers, videos, selfies, group chats and audio calls. Zuckerberg recently explained in a live Q&...

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09:02
Daily Deal: The Extreme Micro Drone 2.0 – only $74.99

Back by popular demand, we’re again offering a great price on The Extreme Micro Drone 2.0 – only $74.99 in today’s iLounge Deal. A self-stabilizing, remote-controlled quad-copter, Extreme Micro Drone 2.0 features an aerial camera for videography and photography with a swiveling lens to capture from any angle. Designed for stunt flying, you can throw it into the air like a frisbee and its self-righting algorithm and sensors will stabilize…

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09:00
This app helps you find strangers to hike with,...

Walking into the wilderness with a complete stranger might sound like the beginning of a slasher movie, but that's exactly the point of hikewith.me, an upcoming app that lets outdoor enthusiasts connect and meet up for their own adventures. The app...

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08:42
President Obama pushes FCC to classify Internet as...

In a move likely to see support from Internet-based content providers such as Apple, Netflix, and others, President Barack Obama on Monday publicly called on the Federal Communications Commission to take the strongest measures possible in protecting net neutrality.

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08:38
BBEdit 11.0.1

Maintenance release with wide ranging fixes and refinements for specific reported issues. ($49.99 new, free update, 11.2 MB)

 

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08:38
OS X Yosemite: Batch Rename Files in the Finder

Efficiently renaming a long list of files in OS X has been the purview of Terminal or third-party apps. In OS X Yosemite, however, that changes because now there's a batch rename tool built into the Finder. Read on to see how it works.


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08:33
Pangu iOS 8.1 jailbreak comes to Macs

Pangu's iOS 8.x/8.1 jailbreak tool has been successfully ported to the Mac, its creators have announced. As with the original Windows edition of the jailbreak, it supports all iOS 8-capable devices, including even the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3. The Pangu team cautions that people should backup a device before beginning, and also restore if they've downloaded any over-the-air firmware updates....



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08:10
Apple begins stocking Nova iOS-connected Bluetooth...

Apple has expanded the selection of mobile photography accessories in its retail outlets with the Nova, a wireless, off-camera flash that can be used to enhance low-light shooting and synchronizes with iOS devices using Bluetooth technology.

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08:06
Rumor: Walmart opting for CurrentC system over Apple...

This is where things could get a bit sticky.

In the current battle between Apple Pay and MCX’s CurrentC system, retailer Walmart has opted against supporting Apple Pay in its stores. A new report offers a big reason why: high credit card transaction fees.

According to 9to5 Mac and Re/code, a current report reveals that the fees merchants are required to pay banks when a credit card is swiped in their stores is too high. Meanwhile, MCX’s CurrentC has payment options that carry lower fees than credit card purchases.

Given that Apple Pay supports both Visa and MasterCard, which set the fees that Walmart and other MCX retailers believe is too...

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08:00
CES preview: Expect HomeKit products to be the star

We haven't heard much about Apple's HomeKit framework since WWDC 2014, but things are about to change. HomeKit is Apple's framework for allowing connected devices to work with iPhone and iPads, and all we're really known about it was contained in a...

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07:59
Apple Rolls Out Lost iMessage Repair Tool

Much to Apple's surprise, not everyone that buys an iPhone sticks with the platform, and that led to a problem where switchers never saw text messages from their friends who stayed with iOS. Apple has finally addressed the problem with a new Web-based utility that unlinks phone numbers from iMessage so you'll still see texts when switching to an Android or Windows smartphone.

The Mac Observer Spin: Good for Apple for fixing the lost SMS problem for people who don't want to use an iPhone any more. Shame on Apple for building a text messaging system that requires a special utility just so you can keep getting texts from your friends that still use iPhones.


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07:51
Apple & Barclaycard offer new Visa rewards card...

Following the launch of Apple Pay in the US last month, Apple and Barclaycard have introduced a new co-branded credit card with EMV chip-and-pin support and revised rewards and financing options.

Apple has long advertised the Barclaycard “iTunes Rewards Visa Card” through its online store for financing purchases of Macs in the US, but it’s now offering a new Barclaycard Visa with Apple Rewards that offers Apple Store gift cards opposed to the old iTunes store credit. Rather than a $25 iTunes store credit, earning 2,500 points with the new Visa will earn customers a $25 Apple Store gift card.

Apple is continuing to offer financing options with no interest for purchases made in the first 30 days of...

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07:50
Apple quietly releases Deregister iMessage web tool...

Apple just included a web-based tool that removes your phone number from the iMessage system and could help the company avoid legal action somewhere down the road.

According to The Verge, Apple has quietly released a new Deregister iMessage tool to make switching between iOS and other smartphones a bit easier. The new web tool lets you instantly deregister your phone number from Apple’s iMessage system. The tool should also help the problem of disappearing text messages.

Many former iPhone users have reported for years that they were not receiving text messages from their friends. The issue stemmed from Apple continuing to route texts through iMessage even after users had moved on to other devices. Since iMessage is proprietary to Apple’s platforms,...

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07:27
Apple to open Cambridge, UK R&D center in '...

Apple will be opening a research and development center in Cambridge, England within the "next few weeks," according to a regional business publication, Business Weekly. The offices are reportedly located at 90 Hills Road, and in the same city as offices for other major tech firms like ARM, Broadcom, Sony, Microsoft, and Qualcomm. It's thought that Apple's presence could start with about 20 workers and grow to as much as 40 within the next year....



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07:25
Mozilla adds 'Forget' button, DuckDuckGo...

Mozilla is increasing the privacy options available in the Firefox browser, with a few new additions. A "Forget" button has been added for the first time, alongside the privacy-focused DuckDuckGo as a default search engine option, with Mozilla also introducing a new version of the browser for developer use, one which should make creating add-ons for the browser much easier....



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07:15
New Apple support page will deactivate iMessage for...

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Leaving Apple's iMessage service hasn't always been easy. If you were switching from iOS to another ecosystem, having a phone number registered in iMessage could result in iPhone-using friends sending you iMessages that your new phone would never get, and the deregistration process was hardly foolproof.

Yesterday, Apple posted a new support page to help people disentangle their phone numbers from iMessage. If you've still got your iPhone, Apple encourages you to put your SIM back in and turn off iMessage in the Settings. If you no longer have your phone (or if that solution doesn't work properly), you can put in your phone number and then a six-digit confirmation code sent to that number via SMS.

The new page could save switchers a call to...

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07:15
Dell: Using Technology to Change the World


I was at Dell World last week, and it is kind of amazing how far the company has come since it went private. Interestingly, much of the big tent content was less about Dell's technology and more about how technology was being used to change the world. This was kind of a scary event in some cases, because we are far from ready for some of the changes. Johns Hopkins, for example, is moving aggressively to technologies that will allow medicines to tell patients when to use them and when they are no longer useful.

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Divide by zero error

Evidence shows Apple operating a mysterious Web crawling bot (AppleInsider)

Source: Website usage logs

Chance it's true: 100 percent

There's no denying that a crawler traced to Apple's servers is apparently sending some traffic to a number of...

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07:00
Countermeasure in Home Depot Data Breach: MacBooks,...

One of the countermeasures taken during Home Depot's data breach was for all the executives to get MacBook Pros and iPhones as they had better security than Windows, which was actually the attack vector.

The Mac Observer Spin: This was an interesting read. Finally knowing how it all went down at Home Depot was illuminating, and hopefully happens a lot less with the new payment methods available (chip and sign or Apple Pay).


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06:56
Apple Rewards card from Barclaycard updated with 3X...

A new "Apple Rewards" Visa card launched this month by Barclaycard with a number of changes, most notably a revised rewards system that pays out Apple Store gift cards, as well as the addition of Chip & PIN security.

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06:40
Mac: Nimbus Force One LED Floor Lamps

Apart from thinning to reflect the miniaturization of technologies inside, Apple’s Macs are timeless—their aluminum bodies complement or upgrade even modern offices. If you’re looking to accentuate your Mac’s near-future leanings, Nimbus Lighting’s Force One LED Floor Lamps ($2,200 and up) offer some luxurious options. Designed by Rupert Kopp for the German lighting company, Force One is made from aluminum in your choice…

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06:35
News: Apple releases iMessage Deregistration Tool

Apple has released a new web-based tool to allow users to deregister phone numbers from iMessage. Designed to address a long-standing problem that users have experienced when switching away from the iPhone to other devices, the site provides instructions on how to deregister a phone number from Apple’s iMessage servers so that text messages sent from other iPhone users will be sent as SMS messages instead of via Apple’s iMessage network.…

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06:25
Apple launches tool to deregister phone numbers from...

Apple has launched a new web tool for deregistering a phone number from iMessage. When a person begins using the Messages app on an iPhone, it links their phone number with an iMessage account so that conversations are seamless whether messages are being delivered via SMS or Apple's own network. The trouble is that if that person decides to switch from an iPhone to a different cellphone, such as an Android or Windows device, other iPhone users trying to message them can end up sending those messages into the ether....



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06:07
Why Apple’s user experience expertise helps them...

Fantastic analysis by Ben Thompson, from his stratechery blog.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:06
Apple Ramps Up for Black Friday Sale, Plans 8AM...

Apple's Black Friday sale promotion will be back again this year with special discounts and early store openings, but not quite as early as some previous events. This year Apple will open its retail stores at 8AM local time instead of painfully early, like 4AM, or last year's 6AM start.


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06:00
Apple provides online tool to remove phone number...

Apple this weekend launched a new web-based utility that allows users to deregister their phone number from iMessage. This online tool is meant to address complaints from consumers who had problems receiving SMS messages after switching away from an...

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05:56
First Look: ZeroChroma FluxStand-Compatible Armband...

Developed to complement a specific set of iPhone cases, the new FluxStand-Compatible Armband ($TBD) and FluxStand-Compatible Car Mount ($TBD) have the same solid build quality and clean looks we've come to expect from ZeroChroma -- plus, each has a little twist. The Armband is made from a mix of neoprene and plastic, interestingly doing away with the classic Velcro closure in favor of a closed loop that can be adjusted to your preferred size. You…

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05:51
∞ Updated drone video of Apple’s new spaceship campus

Estimated completion date? Late 2016. Cannot wait to see this in person.

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05:43
Review: Apple's 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K...

After years of waiting, Mac faithful can finally purchase an ultra high-resolution display made by Apple that not only mates quality with a competitive price tag, but comes with a capable built-in computer to boot.

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05:34
First Look: ZeroChroma VarioEdge iPhone 6

Despite our general dislike for bumpers -- iPhone side protectors without front or back coverage - VarioEdge iPhone 6 ($40) is somewhat interesting thanks to its integration of ZeroChroma's FluxStand, the most versatile slim-line stand available for iPhones and iPads. Offered in either black or gray, VarioEdge fits the iPhone 6's curved sides, covering its top, sides, and bottom except for control and port holes, adding a ratcheting fold-out stand…

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05:30
Why Walmart will never, ever, ever accept Apple Pay

[VIDEO] The top payments exec from Walmart (in the audience) and Visa (on stage) get into it, right to the heart of the issue Walmart has with Apple Pay.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:08
Fitbit products remain on the shelves at Apple...

Though Apple removed Fitbit hardware from its online store last week, the company's popular lineup of activity tracking devices remain on the shelves at Apple's retail stores.

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05:04
Planned earthquake alert app aiming to provide 30...

A joint venture between Early Warning Labs and the U.S. Government is working on app they claim will provide 30 seconds warning of an earthquake in California, Oregon and Washington, reports TechCrunch.

While 30 seconds doesn’t seem like much, founder of EWL, Josh Bashioum says that is enough time to take shelter and save lives. About 13,000 earthquakes in the 4.0 range caused 347 deaths in the U.S. in 2011. However, an earthquake of magnitude 7.0 could have majorly devastating effects. For Bashioum, the best way to get the word out would be via an early warning on a smartphone.

The company hopes to make money by selling a $100-ish physical...

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04:33
New Sainsbury’s supermarket app aiming to integrate...

A new app created by the supermarket chain Sainsbury’s is aiming to integrate the virtual and physical shopping process, allowing you to create shopping lists, be guided to those products in the store and to pay on your smartphone, skipping the checkout queues. It is currently being tested internally, with customer trials to follow early next year, initially in the UK.

Sainsbury’s says that the app is all about saving time.

Overall, the app is proven to cut the time taken to do a shop – reducing checkout time to seconds in testing.

Jon Rudoe, Digital and Technology Director at Sainsbury’s, said “We know that customers’ weekly shop doesn’t start at our front door – they know what they like and they also like that search for a bargain. They still want to come into store – but with limited time, they want to be able to get...

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03:47
How to simplify overlapping cloud storage services

There’s no shortage of choices for cloud storage, but that leads to another problem: how do you decide which services you truly need, and which files to put where? If you’ve signed up for as many cloud providers as you have files, it’s time for an intervention (or at least a moment of clear-headed contemplation).

I’ll admit it: I’m an online storage junkie. At one time or another I’ve synced files to the cloud using Amazon Cloud Drive, Amazon S3, Bitcasa, Box, DollyDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, SpiderOak, SugarSync...

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