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Thursday October 29

Element 14 to Bake Custom Raspberry Pi's

Element14 on Tuesday revealed an exclusive agreement to offer OEM customers bespoke designs based on the Raspberry Pi platform. Raspberry Pi -- which has seen success in the educational and maker fields -- is targeting commercial manufacturers and the Internet of Things, signing up Premier Farnell through the latter's element14 brand to customize its boards. Customizations will include reconfiguring the Raspberry Pi board layout, adding functionality, redesigning the interfaces, and changing board and memory configurations.

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iPad Pro: AppleCare staff given Nov. 6 training...

Ahead of the iPad Pro’s launch in November, sources have shared a couple of tidbits regarding launch plans for the device. We are told that Apple this week has started training its AppleCare support staff to become familiar with troubleshooting the larger tablet. Apple typically prepares its support network on major new products in the couple of weeks prior to the device’s launch. Apple is asking its support centers to complete their training by Friday, November 6th, which indicates that the iPad Pro is likely still on track for the early November launch we previously discussed.


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Notable apps and app updates for October 29, 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 and Mac OS X:

iOS Apps/Updates

The Weather Channel is a huge source of information and forecasts for anyone who is interested in weather, and today it updated its free (with in-app purchases) iPhone app. Note that the in-app purchases take away ads in the app for a year, probably a worthwhile purchase if you use this app a lot. 

Now, I'm one of those people who uses Siri dictation to enter a lot of messages and text on my iOS devices, but if you insist on using a keyboard, you might want to look at Swype (US$0.99 with in-app purchases). It...

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Popular iPhone camera app VSCO launches new GIF...

Photography-focused startup Visual Supply Co. on Thursday launched a new app entirely exclusive to iOS: DSCO, a quick and easy way to make animated GIFs on your iPhone.

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Former OS X chief Bertrand Serlet offers a new peek...

Former OS X chief Bertrand Serlet is finally ready to talk about his cloud startup UpThere after founding the company in 2011. While Sertlet isn’t completely taking the wraps off the company he assembled after leaving Apple four years ago, UpThere is opening a beta for its cloud service today following nearly three years of silence. The service is said to be similar to iCloud, Dropbox, and similar cloud solutions, but UpThere’s strategy is fast access to data stored online and not syncing content across devices. The beta will preview two products coming down from UpThere… While UpThere’s site has been updated beyond the hiring page first seen in 2012 to further explain their mission and take sign ups for the beta, it’s an interview between Bertrand Serlet and ...

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Eddy Cue dodges questions about original TV content...

In a TV interview posted on Thursday, Eddy Cue -- Apple's senior VP for Internet Software and Services -- dodged questions about original programming, while downplaying the possibility of using the new Apple TV as a cord-cutting option.

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Project Loon, Oracle security, Samsung profits - The...

Project Loon takes off in Indonesia, Oracle touts new security measures embedded in silicon and a balloon will take you to the edge of space for a price.

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Apple launches first public beta of iOS 9.2

On the heels of the developer release, the first public beta of iOS 9.2 was made to members of Apple's voluntary testing community on Thursday.

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Apple releases first iOS 9.2, OS X 10.11.2 builds...

Update: Apple has also today released the first OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan beta build to public beta testers. This build follows the public launch of OS X 10.11.1 last week. You can sign up to join the public beta program on Apple’s beta testing website

Following this week’s release to developers, Apple has seeded the first version of iOS 9.2 to public beta testers. The update brings some important changes to the Safari View Controller, which serves as the in-app browser for many apps in iOS 9.

Those changes include the ability to reload a page without content blockers and...

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Sony Talks VR and 2016 Games in Paris

While Microsoft has been driving home the potential hits it has for the holidays, Sony has sat silent. That changed this week at Paris Games Week, when Sony set the tone for the next year or so by touting 21 games, mostly exclusives, poised to redefine the PlayStation 4 experience. It's what PlayStation fans have been waiting for -- a listing of completely new games. At its first-ever appearance at Paris Games Week, the company put on a console-selling show that evidenced the potential of the latest PlayStation and the upcoming PlayStation VR headset.

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Apple, U2 ride the Experience Bus with a VR music...

Apple and their musical buddies, U2, has teamed up for a virtual reality, 360-degree music video for “Song for Someone,” a song off the band’s Songs of Innocence album. 

The music video is part of a larger Apple Music partnership with U2 called the Experience Bus, “which is basically an environment at concerts for U2 fans to come strap on Oculus headsets a’” music video and experience it alongside other fans,” according to TechCrunch. As you're watching the video, you get to interact with U2 as if you're standing on the e-stage as they perform. You also see other fans singing the song, too -- presumably sourced from several months ago when fans were invited to send the band videos of themselves singing the song....

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Appeals court refuses immediate ban on NSA metadata...

The National Security Agency's collection of phone metadata will be allowed to continue during the 180-day wind-down period authorized by Congress in June, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Thursday.

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SXSW’s GamerGate debacle shows it’s clueless on...


Although South By Southwest has long been one of digital culture’s foremost summits, recent events suggest it’s time to re-assess that. SXSW’s organizers have publicly foundered over some of the event’s programming on online harassment—undoubtedly one of the most important and complex topics facing digital culture today. And that they’ve messed this up so monumentally exposes a fundamental problem with the very events that purport to champion the issue.

This may seem too “inside baseball” and uninteresting but it’s actually an important issue on many fronts – it’s about the continuing and vehement online harassment of women by cowards and the companies and organizations, like SXSW, who don’t have the courage to stand up to that same harrassment themselves.


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Few folks care if their music service is championed...

Drake’s recent hit, Hotline Bling, is exclusively available on Apple Music, but according to a recent study by Vennli, only 15 percent care if their service is championed by big-name celebrities. However, 96 percent of music streaming users strongly agree that it’s important for their services to have a large music selection, according to the SaaS (software as a service) growth strategy platform.

With artists voicing their allegiances to different streaming platforms, the market may become fragmented, and services could struggle to win over consumers if no one platform has every artist. What’s more, YouTube Red will launch tomorrow, joining a crowded market of paid, ad-free music streaming services. 

However, new data from Vennli reveals that 22 percent of consumers currently using a free music streaming service plan to switch to a paid model, pointing to a substantial opportunity to snap up new premium members...

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Eddy Cue talks new Apple TV, says 20 million...

With the new Apple TV shipping to customers and expected to hit stores tomorrow, Eddy Cue, the head of Apple’s Internet services, is talking up the latest set-top box in a new interview with CNN Money.

In the demo, Cue relates the new Siri Remote’s touchpad to using multitouch on iPhones and iPads. This allows tvOS, the software running on the new Apple TV, to become a platform for what Cue calls an “app ecosystem” as we’ve seen explode on iOS. Cue says Apple believes the same explosion will take place on television next.

Asked about Steve Jobs’ description of Apple...

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4th-gen Apple TV reviewers love Siri as a TV helper

Tomorrow is the day that pre-orders of the new, fourth-generation Apple TV will arrive, and Apple Stores will have the new unit in stock. So should you pull out the credit card and buy one? We can't tell you what to buy -- or not -- but we can let you know what the other folks who are doing reviews of the device are saying. To start off, this video review by Nilay Patel over at The Verge is excellent:

What are other bloggers saying? Mashable's Christina Warren (a TUAW alumnus!) said that setup is a snap if you have an iOS device with iOS 9.1 installed as you can "use the Bluetooth connection from your iPhone or iPad to share information such as iCloud and iTunes account preferences and your WiFi password". 

BuzzFeed loves the new Siri Remote, saying it's a big improvement over the previous Apple TV remote. The ability to ask Siri to find content is great, but the reviewer (John...

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9to5Toys Last Call: 12″ Retina MacBook $1,099,...

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Early Apple TV reviews agree the streaming puck isn...

The fourth-generation Apple TV isn’t all that different from other streaming set-top boxes. While Apple hails it as the “future of TV,” the word from early reviews of the streaming puck indicate that the Apple TV holds plenty of potential, but isn’t quite revolutionary. Yet.

The Apple TV is no replacement for cable, though we’re getting closer (and Cupertino is reportedly working on a streaming subscription service). It’s the most expensive streaming device of its kind, with a 32GB version costing $149 and a 64GB model going for $199. It’s not the only set-top box to support apps or voice search. But it does replicate the ease of using an iPhone on your TV screen, and seems well on its way to doing a whole lot more.


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ScreenFlow 5.0.3

Adds support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan and fixes a number of bugs. ($99 new, free update, 52 MB)


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TarDisk Pear promises to double your MacBook’s HD by...

TarDisk is launching its new ‘Pear’ product today, a customized SD card solution for MacBook users that can double the device’s storage capacity while using software to create a hybrid drive that works hand in hand with your built-in drive.

There are a lot of SD card products on the market that make adding extra storage to MacBooks easy, but TarDisk Pear is different in that it merges with your built-in drives to create a new logically merged volume managed by OS X, meaning you’ll be able to tap into the...

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Siri search coming to Apple Music on the Apple TV...

Apple mentioned during the earnings call on Tuesday that the Apple TV, which just went on sale, would indeed get Apple Music at launch. But while you can use Siri to search Apple Music on your iPhone, that feature won’t be supported on the Apple TV until “the beginning of next year,” Apple told BuzzFeed News.

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Greenland is melting away

This is a bit terrifying but gorgeous at the very same time. Be sure to scroll through the whole thing, especially that page that zooms in and out from a skyward overhead view of Greenland, to the closeup on the porous ice at the surface.

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Weather Channel app update brings more contextual...

There are times when your iPhone’s native Weather app just doesn’t cut it, like when you want to know whether to expect a light drizzle or a torrential downpour. There are plenty of weather app alternatives, but the stalwart Weather Channel just overhauled its iOS app to be your first destination for weather news.

Weather Channel

The Weather Channel’s app update puts the information you want up front.

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Apple discloses $1.69 billion increase in “Other...

Although Apple has yet to disclose any specific sales numbers for the Apple Watch, they may have tipped their hand a bit with the company’s most recent financial report.

A figure within the report states that Apple’s “Other Products” division climbed by more than US$1.69 billion in sales by the end of September.

As part of the company’s quarterly 10-Q filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Apple said that more than 100 percent of the year-over-year revenue growth in its “Other Products” category was attributed to the Apple Watch.

Apple’s catch-all category grew from US$8.379...

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Grammy winning singer Adele's talent agency...

The agency representing British singer Adele, William Morris Endeavor, is repotedly pitching Apple on a $30 million tour sponsorship deal, although it may be contingent on Apple Stores stocking physical copies of Adele's latest album.

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Android development is 30% more expensive than iOS....

This detailed analysis is from a firm that does both Android and iOS development. Read the blog post, draw your own conclusions.

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Nintendo gets into the mobile game market with...

When you think of gaming, one of the first names that may pop into your head is Nintendo. The company has been a no-show in the world of smartphones and tablets, but that will soon be changing. The company announced last night that it will be releasing a smartphone game called "Miitomo" soon, the first of five games that will be released by March 2017.

Are you familiar with the Wii "Mii" avatars that you can create? That's what Miitomo is all about. Your Mii will communicate with other users, even communicating with other people's Mii's without their knowledge. Nintendo believes that the game will "encourage people who are hesitant to talk to share things about themselves" with other users. 

The game was originally expected to launch this year, but has been delayed until March 2016. The company wants to fully promote Miitomo and what it is (...

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Killer Deal: Apple's early-2015 13"...

For the next 48 hours or so, AI readers can use $100 and $200 coupons to grab Apple's well-equipped, early-2015 13" MacBook Pro (3.1GHz, 16GB, 512GB) for $1,969 ($230 off) or $2,098 with AppleCare ($350 off). Both are the lowest prices anywhere by a wide margin.

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BBC iPlayer app coming to Apple TV. A tipping point...

As reported by the BBC’s own Leo Kelion, the iPlayer app is being rewritten as a native Apple TV app, which means it can now be searchable, right alongside Netflix, Hulu and other third party apps. This is a tipping point.

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Rumor: Apple to begin selling fourth-gen Apple TV in...

You’ll be able to snag the fourth-generation Apple TV from Apple Store locations as early as tomorrow.

While priority deliveries will arrive tomorrow and next weekend, it’s been discovered that Apple is planning to begin selling the new set-top-box at its retail stores this Friday.

Apple retail employees say that stores are beginning to receive shipments to sell at the end of this week, while stores will be re-organized overnight on Thursday to promote the new Apple TV in stores on Friday.

The fourth-gen Apple TV retails for US$149 and US$199, depending on either a 32GB or 64GB configuration, and includes a new user-...

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Stop doubting the iPhone, the Macintosh company

Ben Thompson, writing for Stratechery, takes on a recent New York Times article, which casts doubt that Apple can continue its success.

Terrific Op-ed by Ben.

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Almost Impossible! is the truth

Dan Counsell is well known in Mac and iOS circles as one of the brains behind Realmac Software, the developers of such great apps as RapidWeaver, Clear and Typed. He's just created something a bit different that's not a Realmac product -- a cross-platform game by the name of Almost Impossible! Yes, you read that right -- there will be versions for iOS (US$1.99), Apple TV (US$1.99), and Mac (US$3.99). Note that all of those are introductory prices, so if you're intrigued, you'd best get thee to the App Store ASAP and buy it.

As you can tell from the title of this post, Almost Impossible! is pretty darned difficult to master. It's a simple game...

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73 (mostly) free, essential apps for OS X

This is an ambitious effort. As with all lists, some of these will click for you, others might not. But worth looking through this, I think. Some excellent apps worth having here.

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Siri Won't Answer Some Questions If You're...

AmiMoJo writes: A tweet from Tom Conrad has highlighted an issue with Apple's Siri digital assistant. When asked certain questions about music, Siri refuses to answer unless you subscribe to Apple Music. Instead of falling back to a web search for the information, Siri tells the user that it cannot respond due to the lack of a subscription. Apple Music has been the source of music related data for Siri since it launched, but until now did not require a subscription to answer questions.


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Apple Music & U2 partner on virtual reality...

Under the Apple Music banner, Apple and favored musical partner U2 have joined together on a virtual reality music video for the band's "Song for Someone."

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∞ Apple Senior VP Eddy Cue talks Apple TV

Two part interview with Eddy Cue. Sadly, both parts are set to AutoPlay, which means I can’t embed them. Hate that.

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Apple Watch sales topped $1.7 billion in five months

Though Apple won't share specific sales figures for its new Apple Watch, disclosures made by the company this week reveal that the wearable device reached more than $1.69 billion in sales by the end of September.

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IDC: the iPad Pro could be a ‘silver lining’ for...

The worldwide tablet market recorded lower shipments for the fourth straight quarter with 49.4 million units shipped in the third quarter of 2015 (3Q15), according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) research. That’s down -11.2% year-over-year.

Despite iPad sales being down 20% year-over-year, Apple still holds the top position in the worldwide tablet market. And the impending launch of the iPad Pro “may serve as a silver lining as the market shifts towards productivity-enabling devices,” according to IDC.

In Apple’s fiscal 2015 fourth quarter that ended Sept. 26, Apple sold 9.9 million iPads. That’s nothing to sneeze at. Plus, the company says it remains optimistic about its tablet line and has high hopes for the Pad Pro.

In an Oct. 27 conference with analysts and the press, Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri said that the company is “excited” about the supersize iPad’s...

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Apple may have other Smart Connector port implements...

Apple’s implementation of the Smart Keyboard/Smart Connector port for the iPad Pro may just be the tip of the iceberg for what the company has planned for such technology. Apple has applied for a patent (number 20150308470) with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for “magnetic preloading of joints” (no marijuana jokes, please).

In theory, the invention could allow two iPads to be connected and work as one, Mac laptops could quickly couple with an external display, a large screen could connect to a deck with stereo speakers, etc.

As for the $169 Smart Keyboard (pictured) it’s a full-sized keyboard in a thin, durable design that attaches to iPad Pro’s Smart Connector port. This eliminates the need for a separate battery, on/off switch or Bluetooth pairing. The Smart Keyboard is foldable and can transform into a Smart Cover.

Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention: “A first component...

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Future iOS and OS X devices may have near-field...

Future iPhones, iPads, Macs. and Apple Watches could sport near-field antenna that operate through their displays. Apple has filed for a patent (number 20150311960) for such an invention with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. 

A near-field antenna would support near field communication (NFC),  the set of protocols that enable electronic devices to establish radio communication with each other by touching the devices together, or bringing them into proximity to a distance of typically 10cm or less. NFC is the tech used in swiping your smartphone at the checkout lane in the grocery store, waving it over a display at a local museum, and similar tasks.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that, to satisfy consumer demand for small form factor wireless devices, manufacturers are continually striving to implement wireless communications circuitry such as antenna components using compact structures. At the same time, there’s a desire for wireless devices to cover a...

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Tablift a great tablet stand for use with the iPad,...

The makers of the US$59.95 Tablift describe it as "the world's best tablet stand." I can't vouch for that, but it is useful. And it works with all versions of the iPad (full sized and mini), though I can’t vouch for how it will work with the upcoming iPad Pro.

I used the Tablift with my iPad Air while laying horizontally in bed as I reclined to watch movies or to read. It worked like a charm. Once I had the adjustable legs adjusted for the bed, I easily and securely placed the iPad in place and relaxed to watch a movie or read. I even played some games. All of this was accomplished with the greatest of ease and wonderful freedom of hand movement.

I sometimes have my iPad Air in a rotating case. I found it somewhat awkward to remove the iPad Air from this rotating case in order to use it in the Tablift, but not so awkward that I did not enjoy...

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Can’t win for winning: Apple doom coming any day

Apple reported record-breaking results again and its precipitous slide to doom could not be any more imminent.

“Apple’s best days are behind it, says top analyst” (Tip o’ the antlers to @BradSkid.)

Just hours before Apple is set to report quarterly earnings, one top Internet analyst said the tech company’s best days are behind it.

That’s great timing if you want to get on the news, not so good timing if you want to be accurate.

“Ehhh, I don’t have all the facts but I’m pretty sure I know what I’m twerking about. … Talking. I meant to say ‘talking’. What did I say?”

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BBC to release iPlayer app for new Apple TV in...

UK Apple customers will soon be able to stream catch-up episodes of their favorite BBC programs on the big screen, as the storied broadcaster announced plans to bring a version of its iPlayer service to the new Apple TV.

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OmniFocus 2.3

Adds a new Custom Columns layout, plus fixes bugs and visual glitches in OS X 10.11 El Capitan. ($39.99 new, free update, 25.1 MB)


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iOS 9's Apple News expands publisher reach as...

Apple News is already seeing strong adoption, with more than twice as many readers as Apple Music has listeners -- no doubt because News is effortless to use, with no subscription plan or signup required. Apple is now expanding News app's publisher base by publicly documenting its underlying "Apple News Format" specification.

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Wednesday October 28

Samsung Mobile smartphone profits decline; unit...

Samsung Electronics' IT & Mobile unit reported shipment growth in phones but noted that its "profitability declined" due to the fire sale pricing incurred to boost sales of its disappointing Galaxy S6, along with a lower handset Average Selling Price "due to increased sales of mid- to low-end products."

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OS X Server 5.0.15

Updated for compatibility with OS X 10.11.1 El Capitan. ($19.99 new, free update, 203 MB)


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Nintendo to debut first smartphone app 'Miitomo...

After announcing intent to produce mobile titles for smartphone like iPhone earlier this year, Nintendo on Wednesday announced "Miitomo," a freemium app scheduled to see release in the first property will see release in March 2016.

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Nintendo announces its highly anticipated first...

As was reported earlier today, Nintendo tonight has taken the wraps off of its first mobile game during a press event with investors and the media in Japan. The game, called Miitomo, will be available in March of 2016 and is the first of five games the company plans to release by March of 2017 (via WSJ).

Nintendo says that Miitomo will be free to download with popular add-ons that will (presumably) be available to purchase via in-app purchases. The game will allow users to create their own Miis – or avatars – that can communicate with one another in a virtual world. While...

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First reviews say 4th-gen Apple TV is evolutionary...

The early reviews are in for Apple's fourth-generation Apple TV, slated to ship to preorder customers on Friday, and the general consensus is that, while not a revolutionary product, the set-top streamer is a step in the right direction.

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Apple to enable Siri search for Apple Music on Apple...

Two days before Apple's fourth-generation Apple TV is set to ship out to customers, the company on Wednesday confirmed it will add Apple Music compatibility to the set-top box's voice activated Siri search feature in an update early next year.

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Apple R&D spending hit $8.1B in 2015, suggests...

Apple in an SEC filing on Wednesday reported fiscal 2015 research and development expenditures topping $8 billion, illustrating the company's continued efforts toward new avenues of growth beyond the current iOS, Apple Watch, Mac, and Apple TV platforms.

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AWT News Update: October 28, 2015

Walgreens or Washington Nationals? You decide...

Things have settled down after yesterday's amazing earnings call. There was no AWT News Update yesterday, but feast your ears (and eyes) on today's news:

  • Walgreens is launching support for Walgreens Balance Reward loyalty card in Apple Pay
  • Why the iPhone doesn't use wireless charging
  • Didn't pre-order an Apple TV? Don't fret, just get to an Apple Store on Friday
  • Digital scale app "Gravity" gets rejected by Apple

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The Week in Mac Apps: Turn every photo into art with... plenty of other productivity utilities

This week's roundup of new Mac apps features tools for image and photo management, utilities that streamline how you spend time at your desk, and a great way to safely share files with everyone.

The Clock 3.0.1

Let developer Fabrice Leyne’s $5 The Clock (Mac App Store Link) give you the time of day—and then some.

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Walgreens to add Apple Pay support for Balance...

U.S. pharmacy chain Walgreens is on the verge of introducing Apple Pay support for its Balance Rewards card, anecdotes from a number of users hinted on Wednesday.

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Notable apps and app updates for October 28, 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 and Mac OS X:

iOS Apps/Updates

Yak & Co has announced Agent A: A Puzzle in Disguise 1.0.0. It’s a $2.99, spy-themed puzzle game developed. Your mission is to infiltrate enemy spy Ruby La Rouge's secret hideaway and catch her! This point and click adventure features 15 rooms to explore, 30 inventory based puzzles and 20 puzzle screens all wrapped up in a 60s aesthetic.

Perdrix Apps has announced TurboWords 1.0. It’s a...

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Apple News Format docs appear in iOS Developer...

During yesterday's Apple earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook noted that close to 45 million iOS users are now reading articles in the iOS News app and that about 70 publishers are creating content in the Apple News Format. That format is getting a boost with the publication of the Apple News Format Reference on the iOS Developer Library. 

As the introduction to the documentation notes, "Apple News Format is the custom JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) document format for News content. With Apple News Format, you can create beautifully crafted layouts with iOS font, rich photo galleries, videos, and animations -- all optimized for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch". 

At the present time, most content in Apple News is pulled from RSS feeds. Those 70 publishers that Cook referred to have had access to the...

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Skype, Snapchat, other iOS apps add 3D Touch...

A number of iOS apps have been updated with new 3D Touch commands for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, including mainstays like Skype and Snapchat. Meanwhile, Apple has reportedly rejected an app called Gravity that attempted to use 3D Touch as a weight scale mechanism.

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Turn on Wi-Fi Calling in iOS 9

With the release of iOS 9, more cellular carriers signed on to Wi-Fi Calling, including one of America’s largest, AT&T. The other big carrier, Verizon, is soon to follow. Here’s a rundown.


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[Sponsor] Makerbase

Makerbase is like an IMDB for people who make apps, websites and podcasts. And now you can get updated when your friends make a new project, or when someone says you inspire them.

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Wall Street seems happy with Apple's results,...

For some strange reason, Wall Street usually responds to Apple's positive results by selling shares, resulting in a drop in share price after earnings calls. Yesterday was somewhat different, as Apple's guidance for the next quarter was somewhat cautious based on foreign exchange rate pressure. Apparently many Wall Street analysts were in agreement, because AAPL has been performing well today, hitting as high as $118 per share, up almost 3%.  

A lot of the upbeat outlook seems to be because of Apple's performance in the all-important Chinese market, where iPhones are selling like the proverbial hotcakes despite a recent devaluation of the yuan currency. Growth in China appears to be continuing unabated, and analysts were happy with that news. 

Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster thought that Apple's guidance for the current quarter was a "relief", as many analysts expected Apple to forecast dismal iPhone sales for the important holiday quarter. Piper Jaffray raised its price...

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6 high-tech bikes that bring cycling to a new level

By Cat DiStasio

For cyclists who want to go farther, ride faster, and look cooler doing it, there are a lot of options on the market when it comes to high-end bikes. This week we're gawking over a few of the world's most technologically enhanced c...

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Outlook on iOS and Android gets a facelift from the...

Microsoft's Outlook mobile apps got a solid revamp last year, thanks to its acquisition of the email app Acompli. Now, it's ready to integrate the spoils of another mobile acquisition: the calendar app Sunrise. The latest versions of the Outlook ap...

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The Altwork Station is an expensive marvel of desk...

Standing desks are all the rage in modern offices these days, thanks in large part to plenty of research that claims sitting all day is detrimental to your long-term health. And you can spend a lot of money finding the right one -- take the just-an...

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Dear Veronica: How many pixels are too many?

Welcome back to another episode of Dear Veronica! Very excited to welcome my friend Robert Heron onto the show this week, to answer a question about pixels. No, not Pixels (thankfully), but the kind you stare at every day.

I also discuss the appro...

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Skype for iOS adds 3D Touch & video filters in...

Skype is rolling out an update for its iPhone and iPad mobile apps today that introduces a number of ways to use Apple’s new 3D Touch feature on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, as well as support for video filters not unlike competitive video chat services.

For 3D Touch, iPhone 6s and 6s Plus users will find a few ways to use the feature including the usual quick-start actions by firmly touching the Home screen icon. In addition, you can “press on a Recent conversation to Peek the latest IMs or a live video call” and “Force Touch shared locations, photos, contacts and URLs to Peek the content.”

And for both iPhone and iPad users, Skype is adding filters for video messages with various effects to choose from:

Get started by tapping the filter wand at the bottom left of the video message window. Choose a filter to see it in action then, when you’re ready, hit the record button. Add balloons to your video...

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New "Prince Oseph" ad with Bill Hader...

Need a good laugh? Comedian Bill Hader is featured in the latest ad for the iPhone 6s, this time showing just how useful "Hey Siri" can be when you have your hands full...

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Beaver debuts Quarter battery, claiming 3-Amp fast...

Leveraging a connector that has previously been exclusive to Apple products, Chinese developer Beaver Electronics has announced the Quarter Super PowerBank ($59), a battery pack built with a MagSafe 2 port for recharging. Clad in Mac-matching silver aluminum, Quarter is designed to work with both Apple’s MacBook wall chargers and the Quarter Car Adapter ($16), a silver metallic and mirrored charger with a MagSafe connector. This Car Adapter is designed solely for Quarter, not for MacBooks.

The 5,000mAh battery claims 2.1-Amp output that’s safe for iPad, iPhone, and iPod use with a full-sized USB port, while itself recharging at up to 3-Amp speeds in only 45 minutes — up to 10X faster than typical batteries, Beaver says — or via a 1-Amp micro-USB input in 7 hours. Beaver notes that after only 15 minutes...

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T-Mobile offering iPad mini 4 & Air 2 leasing...

T-Mobile announced a new way to easily get a new iPad mini 4 or iPad Air 2 now and upgrade to a new model later with...

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Apple not doomed, say analysts, as almost all rate...

While the market seemed largely unmoved by Apple’s announcement yesterday of a record year (and guidance suggesting that more records will be set), that’s because analysts had already predicted the numbers.

But roundups of analyst notes by Fortune and Business Insider show that almost all are rating the stock a buy. None of them rate AAPL a sell, and only two consider it neutral … ...

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Tuesday January 13

Android 5.0 Lollipop still hard to find, full of...

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

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Hands On: Chrome Remote Desktop (OS X, iOS)

Imagine squeezing your retina iMac screen down onto an iPhone 5. You can do it. It might look a bit silly and initially you might wonder why you'd bother, but it has long been possible to see and remotely control your Macs and PCs on even your iPhone. Now Google has released Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS and you can do it for free. You'll do it, too: try this once and you will forever keep finding other reasons why it's incredibly useful. It's fantastic when you forget a file, for instance, and can now just find and email it to yourself from afar. And it will save your soul, your sanity and yo...


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InvenSense hit with lawsuit over concessions in...

A new lawsuit filed against gyroscope and accelerometer supplier for Apple, InvenSense, accuses the company of failing to tell investors about the concessions it made to secure a recent deal. InvenSense parts are used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; executives should have warned investors, the suit alleges, that Apple was given a "sweetheart deal" that would hurt profits. "Instead of revealing the true condition of the company and its prospects, defendants hid those facts from investors and chose to issue strong guidance and paint a picture of a bright future with a new mega-customer," the complai...


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Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6s' could ship...

With over half a year remaining before Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone, a fresh rumor out of Taiwan suggests that the company may be considering a new dual-lens camera system and the addition of "Force Touch," the pressure-sensitive touch technology set to be introduced in the Apple Watch.

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AllCast media streamer makes leap to iOS

A new port of AllCast, a popular Android app, has just been released for iOS. The title lets users stream personal photo, video, and music libraries to a variety of platforms, not just the Apple TV, the only format natively supported by Apple. Some compatible targets include Chrome, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, WDTV, Xbox One/Xbox 360, and various platforms compatible with DLNA....

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Apple axes long-running 'Single of the Week...

Ten years after giving away its first song, Apple has reportedly wound down the "Single of the Week" program that offered iTunes users a chance to download a free track from up-and-coming artists.

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Quanta ramping up production of 12-inch MacBook Air...

Taiwan-based supplier Quanta Computer has entered into "volume" production of Apple's upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air, according to supply chain sources. The laptop is reportedly on track to ship in the first quarter of the year, despite other rumors pointing to the second quarter. The new sources say that Quanta has escalated recruitment efforts in order to speed up production....

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Hands On: Toca Hair Salon 2 (iOS)

Makeover apps tend to be somewhat serious, and are generally geared toward adults. Instead of being a fun game, they tend to be more akin to photo-editing software, which is generally pretty complex and low on the amusement scale. Toca Boca, however, has stepped forth with Toca Hair Salon 2, a makeover game that offers a lot to younger gamers or future beauticians....

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Facebook will display Amber Alerts in News Feeds

Facebook will start to post into its users News Feed alerts about missing children in the future, in an effort to locate them. A partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will involve the social network showing Amber Alerts to Facebook users located in specific search areas, both on mobile devices and desktops....

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Briefly: Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS, CBS News iOS...

Google has expanded its Chrome Remote Desktop app to include iOS compatibility. Now available for download on iTunes, iOS users can now orchestrate accessing their desktop computer for free by downloading the accompanying Chrome browser app. Chrome Remote Access has been available for Android users since last year....

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Apple quietly ends Single of the Week promo on iTunes

Apple appears to have ended its Single of the Week promotion on iTunes, visitors note. No tracks have been offered in the first two weeks of 2015, and a person on Apple's support forums claims to have been told by iTunes Support that the company has officially dropped the initiative. It's missing from iTunes Stores across the globe....

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Samsung takes on Apple's iPhone 6 Plus with all...

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy A7, the latest entry in the company's premium all-metal Galaxy A series that brings a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, 2 gigabytes of RAM and an 8-core application processor.

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iPhone Apps: IMDb, New Words With Friends, Duolingo
LA schools' iPad program flawed from beginning...

The Los Angeles Unified School District's failed iPad deployment was botched early on, according to a review by the US Education Department. The federal agency says that it first of all put too hard an emphasis on using Apple hardware and software, ignoring cheaper options that could have saved money for the District and taxpayers. In July the USD said it was shifting to a strategy involving Chromebooks and Windows devices, such as the Microsoft Surface....

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Hands On: Learn Spanish - Brainscape (iOS)

It's a fact that Spanish is the world's fourth most spoken language, with over 350 million native speakers across 21 countries. It's also a fact that people who are bilingual tend to do better in both academic pursuits as well as their career. If you've ever been curious about learning another language, Learn Spanish by Brainscape offers a solution for those who are trying to learn Spanish on the go....

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Hands On: PhotoWatermark (OS X)

It's a different world. You might be the sort who would never take photo from a website and use it in your own book, but today if an image is online, it's as if the world sees it as fair game. Maybe that's a peek into our base immorality and the ultimate cataclysmic self-destruction of humanity, or maybe it's just that cut and paste is easy. Whatever it is, though, it's happening and you cannot stop it – not even with an application like this: but if PhotoWatermark can't prevent the copying of images, it can help photographers and artists considerably by adding identifying text to your image...


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Flickr: iPhones surpass Nikon, claim second most-...

Flickr has updated statistics for 2014 in its "Most Popular Camera" and "Most Popular Mobile Camera" categories, with the combined models of iPhone taking second place in the general "camera" category -- beating out DSLR maker Nikon and popular point-and-shoot maker Sony for second place. While Canon remains the most popular overall camera, the built-in cameras on smartphones from Apple and Samsung have -- despite inherent limitations -- steadily risen in popularity....

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Monday January 12

Viawear announces Tyia 'smart bracelet'...

This week, Viawear has launched pre-orders for a gold or rhodium-plated edition of the new Tyia "smart bracelet." The bracelet serves as a fitness tracker, with an RGB LED notification light embedded behind quartz and mother-of-pearl accent. As with fitness bands, the Tyia is marketing as letting users put away smartphones without missing an important call, text, or social-media notification -- and offers some basic fitness tracking compatible with Apple's HealthKit....

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Multiple reports point to record-breaking Apple...

While the idea that Apple probably had another record-breaking holiday quarter (what the company calls fiscal 2015 Q1) is unsurprising to all but selected pundits, a spate of reports released on Monday may be painting a general portrait of not just significant improvement, but more importantly growth in key areas of importance both to investors and analysis as well as to the health of the company. Sales of Macs look to be way up, iOS devices are selling much better in a key foreign market, and Apple's suppliers are flourishing -- all signs that point to better-than-expected quarter....


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Apple Stores debut self-demoing Smart Cover window...

A good magic trick, even in the 21st century, will still get people to stop and watch and try to figure out how it is done. Over the weekend, Apple retail stores around the US debuted a new window display showcasing the company's iPad line and Smart Cover accessory on a thin tabletop that features a line of the products, with the Smart Cover opening and closing itself to demonstrate the magnetic latch feature that wakes or sleeps the machine automatically....

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Details emerge on specs for third-party Lightning...

New information has been revealed on the specifications Apple has in mind for its planned licensing of the female Lightning port for third-party accessories. Manufacturers have reportedly been briefed on details and objectives, which include spreading Lightning to as many different accessories as possible in place of micro-USB. Possibilities include not just things like docks and headphones, but battery cases, gamepads, and Bluetooth speakers....

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Fourth iOS 8.2 beta seeds to developers

Apple is now seeding a fourth beta of iOS 8.2 via the company's developer portal, and as an over-the-air update for existing beta users. The build is listed as 12D5461b, and follows a little less than a month after beta 3, which was issued December 18. That build was 12D5452a. Accompanying the beta is a new version of WatchKit, the SDK and framework needed to build Apple Watch support into iOS apps....

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Hands On: Word of the Rings (iOS)

Word games are fairly numerous at this point. You've got your Boggle-style games, your Scrabble-style games, your crosswords and word searches. There are a lot of duplicates out there -- so when we find a fresh, new game, we tend to get pretty excited. One such app is Word of the Rings, by James Porter, a game that quite literally puts an interesting twist on the genre....

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Spotify hits 15M subscribers, majority of streams on...

Spotify is continuing to enjoy rising user numbers, with the popular music streaming service announcing it has reached a total of 15 million subscribers. At the same time, reports claim that the majority of Spotify streams stem from mobile listeners, with 52 percent of listening taking place on smartphones and tablets rather than desktops....

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Marsh, inMarket partner on first Apple Watch-...

Marsh Supermarkets and inMarket have announced a new iBeacon platform, the first to emphasize the Apple Watch. The plan is to use iBeacons at Marsh's 75 locations to push ads, shopping lists, and other content to both Watches and iPhones. Initially, the platform will support the official Marsh app and inMarket's List Ease, but other apps should follow as long as they support inMarket's Proximity SDK. All apps will have to update with Watch support, but the platform itself is Watch-ready....


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Chevy Volt will support CarPlay, 2016 demo model...

The 2016 model of the Chevy Volt will support Apple's CarPlay, at least if an early demonstration version is accurate. The car is on display at this week's North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and its dash system shows options for both CarPlay and MirrorLink connections. Google's Android Auto is notably absent, but since the 2016 Volt isn't due to go on sale until mid-2015, there may be time to implement it....

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HomeKit requires Apple TV hub for remote Siri...

People wanting to control HomeKit-enabled devices remotely through Apple's Siri must have an Apple TV at home to serve as a hub, according to Verge sources, including two launch partners and a person said to be "close to HomeKit's development." Siri controls will always work while an iPhone or iPad is on the same network as a HomeKit device, but until now it wasn't fully clear how remote operation might work. The Apple TV must also be a third-generation model running at least v7.0 firmware or newer. Notably, remote operation without Siri -- using the vendor app for a HomeKit product directly -...


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Hands On: Weather Wall (OS X)

You could just look out of your window, of course, but Weather Wall aims to set your wallpaper to an image that's right for the weather where you are. But if you ever had views like these from your office window, you would not stay sitting at your desk. These wallpaper shots are simply beautiful....

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Facility 47 (Games)
Facility 47 1.0.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0.1 (iTunes) Description: You wake up alone and freezing in an icy cell. You try the cell door but it’s locked, it seems that you are stuck with no... | Read more »
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 »
The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land guide -...
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 »
Goat Rider guide - Tips and tricks to st...
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 »
Real Boxing 2 CREED: How to become a gre...
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 »
Puddle + (Games)
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
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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
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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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