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Thursday October 29

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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SXSW May Put Online Harassment in the Spotlight

SXSW Interactive reportedly might include a daylong event on combating online harassment. The news followed SXSW's cancellation of two planned panels that were expected to focus on opposite ends of the Gamergate debate. Threats of on-site violence spurred the decision to cancel both panels, according to SXSW officials. In the week following the announcement of the two sessions, "SXSW has received numerous threats of on-site violence related to this programming," said Hugh Forrest, the director of SXSW Interactive.

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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

Whoops! No text version today thanks to a sync problem. But we do have video for you

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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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Inside Apple’s perfectionism machine


Inside the Apple bubble, a giant campus with more than 10,000 employees, it’s easy to lose introspection. Yet, when I ask Schiller if Apple does everything well, his answer surprises me.

“No, of course not, of course not,” he said. “And we don’t want to sound like we’re perfect. We never are, we always have to get better and always have to listen to where we’re not doing well.”

Well written and visually interestingly laid out piece by Ulanoff. I’ve met Schiller several times and I’ve always found him interesting and engaging. Then again, we both love hockey so that means I’m biased.

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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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Qualcomm Unveils Muscle Camera for Surveillance...

Qualcomm on Tuesday announced a muscle video camera for surveillance systems. It's part of the company's Snapdragon 618 IP camera platform. The unit combines a six-core, 64-bit processor; next-generation graphics crunching; and embedded digital signal processing. It can perform advanced video analytics. Moving analytics to the camera can save a company money by reducing cloud processing and storage costs, and can provide it with more reliable analytics, the company said.

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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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CISA Passes Senate Despite Privacy Advocates'...

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday voted 74-21 to pass the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA, in the face of strong opposition from legal and cybersecurity experts, the high-tech industry, privacy and civil liberties organizations, and members of the public. The Act calls for the United States Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Justice to share cyberthreat indicators between the public and private sectors.

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Every PC swapped for a Mac saves IBM $270


During its quarterly earnings call on Tuesday, Apple CFO Luca Maestri was keen to point out how beneficial swapping out PCs for Macs can be.

“There are currently over 30,000 Macs deployed within the company with 1,900 more being added each week. IBM tells us that each Mac is saving $270 compared to a traditional PC, thanks to the much reduced support cost and better residual value.”

Those of you who work in IT have known this for years. When I worked in a corporate environment, it was obvious there was more tech support needed for the PCs than the Macs. One company I worked for had 40 PC support techs who were busy all day, every day. They had two Mac guys for the same number of machines. They spent most of their day doing “fun IT” stuff and not troubleshooting and putting out fires. When you’re talking about thousands and thousands of Macs, that $270 per machine adds up to real cost savings for corporations.


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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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Macworld’s November Digital Edition: iPhone 6s Review

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld Digital Edition.

Available as single copies or with a yearlong subscription, the Digital Edition comes in two forms: Enhanced and PDF replica. The Enhanced Edition has all the news, analysis, product reviews, and how-to’s, along with interactive features, and videos—customized for consumption on your iPad. The PDF replica Edition is designed for your mobile device’s touchscreen to allow pinch and zoom.

In the November issue

We go in-depth with Apple's big product updates: the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, the iPad mini 4 and the full release El Capitan. Plus: why it's good to upgrade to iOS 9 and learn how to breathe new life into an old Mac.


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iPad Air 2 & iPad mini 4 join T-Mobile's...

T-Mobile USA on Wednesday announced that the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 are now available through its Jump On Demand program, which lets people get a device on an 18-month lease and upgrade up to three times a year.

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iPhone Upgrade Program could eventually open up...

Apple would eventually like to expand its new iPhone Upgrade Program so that shoppers can sign up for it without having to come into an Apple Store, Chief Executive Tim Cook said this week.

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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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Wall Street relieved by Apple's strong guidance...

Concerns that the iPhone 6s upgrade cycle could post first-ever year over year sales declines were alleviated this week, when Apple indicated it expects iPhone sales will grow yet again this holiday quarter. Analysts on Wall Street reacted to the news positively, advising investors to buy in.

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Best Buy begins taking preorders for fourth-gen...

You can now order your fourth-gen Apple TV through Best Buy and have it available come Wednesday, November 4th.

Users can now preorder both the 32-gigabyte and 64-gigabyte variants of the new Apple TV from Best Buy, priced at US$149.99 and US$199.99, respectively. The retailer lists the product’s release date as Nov. 4, and it will be available for in-store pick up that same day.

Apple also began taking preorders for the device on Monday and free orders are scheduled to deliver between Nov. 2 and Nov. 4. Customers who opt for expedited shipping were given a delivery window between this Friday, Oct. 30, and Nov....

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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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Poshmark helps clothing sellers set up shop with...

Selling your unwanted clothes has never been easier, thanks to apps that handle most of the legwork of selling and shipping your new or gently used items. But those same apps also make it easy to essentially run a boutique from your home, selling clothes you buy with no intention of wearing them. Poshmark, a 4-year-old resale platform, saw what its users were doing and decided to help.


Poshmark users have been running boutiques on the platform almost from day one. CEO Manish Chandra said sellers are already earning up to $500,000 a year from selling retail on the platform. Rather than lose that part of the community by honing in on resale, Poshmark is legitimizing existing storefronts on the app by opening a wholesale portal to connect certified...

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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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Apple rejects digital scale app that leans on 3D...

A digital scale app that measures pressure from the iPhone 6s’ 3D Touch display has apparently earned a rejection from Apple.

3D Touch is a new feature in the iPhone 6s that lets users perform special actions by pressing harder on the screen. For instance, users can preview an email with moderate pressure, and open up the full message by pressing down more heavily. Officially, 3D Touch is only supposed to act on those two levels of pressure.

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Apple cites $11.1 billion profit, $51.5 billion in...

Once again, Apple just made a whole lotta moolah.

The company was about to beat its expectations for its fourth quarter, chalking up an US$11.1 billion profit on US$51.5 billion in revenue. Apple cited the iPhone as its biggest moneymaker, reporting 48.05 million iPhones sold, up from 39.27 million in the same quarter a year ago. More specifically, the company made US$32.21 billion in revenue from iPhone sales alone.

Analysts polled by Fortune were expecting Apple to sell 48.7 million iPhones in the quarter. Analysts also expected Apple to earn $1.88 per share, up from $1.42 a share in the same quarter last year. As for...

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Podcast 480: Stay tuned for Apple TV

The Apple TV is on sale, and Glenn is even more excited than Susie, now that he has gigabit fiber internet right inside his house. Find out more about that whole journey on this week's podcast! Well, before the fire drill anyway.

Elsewhere, Facebook claimed to fix its battery problem, but it turns out you don't even need Facebook's main app on your phone—or Messenger, while we're deleting things—to have a complete Facebook experience. Whatever apps and data you do have on your phone, Apple still refuses to help the authorities hack it, even if a court wants them to. MacKeeper's settlement is being split among more people than anticipated (and you can still get in on it), and Chase Pay is CurrentC all over again but at least uses credit cards.

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Ellison: Oracle has fixed security

Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison has put better security at the heart of his pitch for the company's new products.

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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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∞ Jeffpardy!

Jeff. Jeff, Jeff Jeff, Jeff Jeff Jeff. Jeff!!! [Watch the video]

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Detailed review of the new Apple TV

If you are interested in the new 4th generation Apple TV, take some time to read this detailed, thoughtful, well-written review by John Yanarella for Universal Mind. There’s a lot to process.

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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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Google takes aim at Apple’s podcasting dominance

Amazing it took this long for Google (or Amazon) to make this play.

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The 5 biggest takeaways from Apple's Q4 2015...

Like clockwork, three months later we’re back here with more quarterly financial results from Apple. (Every three months is a quarter. This is how calendars work. Pay attention.)

The numbers continue to be so big that they’re hard to understand–$11.1 billion in profit, and $51.5 billion in revenue. But beyond the numbers, this is the day where Apple has to disclose a bit more about itself than it does on any other day, outside of a product-launch event. Between the numbers it releases and the discussion on its hour-long call with financial analysts, there are usually some interesting tidbits that indicate where Apple’s going...

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∞ Bill Hader and Siri

Bill Hader and Siri are magic together. I wonder how long it will be until Netflix gives them their own show. Until then, you’ll just have to be satisfied with the video embedded in the main post.

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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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∞ Here’s where Angela is

At the heart of yesterday’s Times’ article was this quote:

“Instead, it is Jonathan Ive, chief design officer of Apple, who has become the face of the brand.”

We got a surprising response, directly from someone in Apple retail.

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Transcription of Apple’s earnings call, shout out of...

Serenity Caldwell and Jason Snell have made a tradition of transcribing Apple’s earnings call so we can read and search through it.

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Apple makes recording of earnings call available...

Want to hear Apple’s earnings call directly? Apple has made a recording of the call on their web site.

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Four apps that offer a better Apple Music experience

Ally Kazmucha, writing for The App Factor, digs into four apps that make the Apple Music experience better.

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Former Apple creative director joins Huawei to...

Huawei — a Chinese multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong — has hired Abigail Sarah Brody, former creative director at Apple, to lead a team responsible for user interface design of its consumer electronic products, reports Tencent Tech, the technology news section of Tencent, a major Chinese web portal.

Huawei is the largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer in the world, having overtaken Ericsson in 2012. The Chinese company has "a lot of room" to improve the user interface design on its smartphone products despite progress in hardware development, Yu Chengdong, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, told Tencent Tech (as noted by, a global investment newswire). The company expects  Brody, who worked for Apple from 2001 to 2011, will bring...

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Listen up CIOs! IBM saves $270/ employee who...

IBM noted recently that it had seen dramatically lower usage of IT support by those employees who switched from Windows PCs to Macs. Apple has now quantified the cost savings this has generated, noting that the combination of reduced support and increased residual values of Macs meant that IBM saved $270 for every employee who made the switch.

IBM employees are offered the opportunity to swap out their Windows machines for Macs whenever they are due an upgrade. The company has committed to buying 50,000 MacBooks by the end of the year, and ...

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Apple predicting record holiday quarter earnings...

Despite analyst fears that Apple couldn’t match last year’s record holiday quarter sales of $74.6B, the guidance issued by the company indicates that it expects to do so. Analysts had been concerned that last year’s record sales had been driven by pent-up demand for larger-screened iPhones, demand that has now been satisfied.

Apple, however, disagrees. The company yesterday issued guidance of $75.5B to $77.5B revenue, which would be a new record. It also said that it expects to maintain its high profit margins into the final quarter of the calendar year (Q1 of Apple’s fiscal year) … 

The company also reported a...

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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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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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Sunday January 11

Apple opens Games For Kids section of App Store over...

Over the weekend, Apple launched a new subsection of the App Store called Games for Kids, following the opening of the dedicated Kids category in September 2013. The Games for Kids section breaks out groups of games for various age groups, mirroring the other actions that offer more educational apps for children divided by age. Interestingly, most of the featured games avoid in-app purchases....

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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 »
Football Manager Mobile 2016 (Games)
Football Manager Mobile 2016 7.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $8.99, Version: 7.0.0 (iTunes) Description: Football Manager Mobile 2016 is designed to be played on the move and is the quickest way to manage your... | Read more »

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Adorama Black Friday deals: Up to $400 off Ma...
Adorama has released their Black Friday deals for 2015. Save up to $400 on MacBook Pros, $200 on MacBooks and MacBook Airs, and $270 on iMacs. Use code RYBFDEAL during checkout to see these prices.... Read more
B&H Photo Deals: $200 off 12-inch 1.2GHz...
In addition to the B&H Photo Black Friday week sales we posted yesterday, B&H has lowered their price on two products to $200 off MSRP: - 12″ 1.2GHz Gray Retina MacBook: $1399 save $200 - 13... Read more
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Best Buy has iPad Air 2s on sale for up to $125 off MSRP and Apple Watch models on sale on their online store for up to $100 off MSRP with special codes through midnight CT tonight. Choose free... Read more
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UPPERCASE Designs today announced its new Premium Ultra Thin Keyboard Protector and its Palm Rest Protector Set for the 12-inch MacBook. The accessories provide durable protection for the 12-inch... Read more
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Doha, Qatar based Al Jazeera has launched new mobile and tablet apps on the iOS and Android systems bringing the latest Al Jazeera news and programmes live together with on-demand personalisation.... Read more
B&H Photo Holiday Sale: Up to $250 off Ma...
B&H Photo has all new Macs on sale for up to $500 off MSRP as part of their Holiday sale including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro: $1799 $200 off - 15″ 2.... Read more
Free Aura ‘Ultimate’ Mac App For Gmail Update...
Miami, Florida based Crosscoded has announced Aura 1.2.0, an update to the Mac app for Gmail. Aura mixes the power of a native client with the flexibility of the Gmail web app with support for up to... Read more
Apple Will Edge Closer to Samsung in Smartpho...
Total smartphone shipments for 2015 are projected to decline by 9.7% to 1.286 billion units, according to the latest report from global market research firm TrendForce. Though Chinese vendors have... Read more
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Francisco Cantu’s Sidefari is a simple web browser designed to act as a companion to Safari on the iPad. With multitasking in iOS 9, Sidefari uses the new Safari View Controller to show an extra... Read more
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