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Sunday November 9

19:51
Apple launches Web tool to delist cell phone numbers...

Apple on Sunday launched a new website that will allow users to deregister their cell phone number from its iMessage service, fixing an issue that would result in messages sent from iOS devices being "hijacked" if the recipient stopped using an iPhone.

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18:19
Latest Apple Campus 2 1080P drone video shows...

These are just great. Many thanks to Myithz for sending these in every few weeks. Today’s video shows that the actual building of the structure has started after the foundation had been completed last time we checked in mid October.

Apple Campus 2 has been called ‘Greenest in the World’. The controversial structure, which will house 12,000 staff in 2.8M square feet on 176 acres, is estimated to be completed in 2016...

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18:05
Home Depot blames security breach on Windows, senior...

Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal published an in-depth look at The Home Depot’s recent security breach of its payment data systems, in which 56 million credit card accounts and 53 million email addresses of customers were compromised. A root cause of the security breach: a Windows vulnerability in the retailer’s main computer network.

“Once inside Home Depot’s systems after gaining credentials from the outside vendor, the hackers were able to jump the barriers between a peripheral third-party vendor system and the company’s more secure main computer network by exploiting a vulnerability in Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating system,...

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18:00
The AppsGoneMad bundle offers 6 solid Mac apps for...

I usually avoid app bundles because there is often one thing I really want, but the rest of the bundle is forgettable. This latest bundle from AppsGoneMad, which can be purchased between now and November 24, actually has several apps for Mac OS X...

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17:49
Report claims Walmart will never accept Apple Pay...

Walmart is one of several high-profile retailers that belong to MCX, a consortium of retailers that have partnered together to create their own mobile payments service called CurrentC. Due to this commitment, the big-box retailer has opted against supporting Apple Pay in its stores. A new report offers a big reason why: high credit card transaction fees.

Re/code offers some insight this weekend into why Walmart “will never accept Apple Pay,” with a big part of the reason being that Walmart believes that the fees merchants...

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16:30
Weekly Game Replay: Blizzard expansions, EA kills...

Every Sunday Electronista and MacNN report on some of the happenings of the video game industry during the past week. In this week's edition, we take a look at Microsoft's purchase of Mojang finalizing, Blizzard's new expansions for Starcraft II and Hearthstone, Unity asset development payouts, Grand Theft Auto 5 first-person mode on next-gen consoles, and Electronic Arts terminating its multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game, Dawngate....



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14:58
Apple introduces tool for deregistering iMessage,...

Apple has added a page to its website for deregistering and turning off iMessage for users that have switched from an iPhone to an Android device or other non-Apple smartphone. The new web-based tool arrives after Apple faced a lawsuit over Android users having undelivered text messages from other iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users still using iMessage.

For those that have switched to another smartphone and no longer own an iPhone, the website provides a field where you can enter your phone number, receive a confirmation code and enter that code to confirm your iMessage deregistration. Apple also reiterates instructions on how to...

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14:32
ReadKit 2.4.2

Improves compatibility with Yosemite and fixes bugs associated with migration issues. ($9.99 new, free update, 4.1 MB)

 

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14:00
A week with the Retina iMac: Closing thoughts on...

Apple's Retina iMac doesn't suffer from many first-generation growing pains.

Andrew Cunningham

When I returned from vacation earlier this week, one of the first things I did was unpack our Retina iMac loaner from its box and plop it on my desk in place of the non-Retina 2012 model I normally use.

Senior Reviews Editor Lee Hutchinson has already spent ample time talking about the GPU and the screen itself, which are by far the two most notable things about this machine. In the interest of wrapping up our multi-part "review" of Apple's first Retina desktop, let's spend some time comparing it to the rest of Apple's Macs, and evaluate what it's like to use the computer as a standard Mac rather than...

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13:17
Hollywood can’t compete with this supercut of NASA...

The Roosevelts:

Using 80GB worth of photos captured by astronauts aboard the International Space Station between 2011 and 2014, timelapse filmmaker Guillaume Juin created this awe-inspiring video of the Earth entitled “Astronaut.” And thanks to the incredible cameras aboard the ISS, this footage rivals the best visual effects that Hollywood has to offer.

Mind blowing. Watch on the biggest screen you possibly can.

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13:00
The Week in Review: news and features you don't...

Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other informative news articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature worthy posts you may have missed:

News

Court docs reveal...

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12:57
New clock may end time as we know it

NPR:

America’s master clock is one of the most accurate clocks on the planet: an atomic clock that uses oscillations in the element cesium to count out 0.0000000000000001 second at a time. If the clock had been started 300 million years ago, before the age of dinosaurs began, it would still be keeping time — down to the second.

Try that with your fancy-schmancy Apple Watch.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:33
Night time Eiffel Tower photos are a copyright...

TorrentFreak:

It may sound absurd, but taking a picture of the Eiffel Tower at night and sharing that online may be copyright infringement. The stance is confirmed by the Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel, who note the following on their website.

“Daytime views from the Eiffel Tower are rights-free. However, its various illuminations are subject to author’s rights as well as brand rights. Usage of these images is subject to prior request from the Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel.”

A weird and little known quirk of copyright law. So, you can take and sell daytime shots of the Eiffel Tower to places like stock photography sites but not of the night time shots because the evening light show on the tower (which is quite lovely) is copyrighted.

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12:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Tough protection for kids...

Tough protection for kids and trendy options for grownups

In this week’s roundup of new iPad cases, we turn our attention to cases designed for your kids' iPads—without, of course, forgetting about the adults.

Belkin

The Stripe Cover (iPad mini, all models; $35) keeps your tablet safe with its protective frame reinforced with flexible silicone corners.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:00
This Weekend in the App Store -- the best free apps...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

Neato - Jot down note...

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09:00
A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

Last week, we reviewed a variety of hardware and accessories that'll complement your favorite iOS or OS X devices. Here's a quick roundup of recent hardware reviews that you may have missed:

UNU Superpak Battery charges your iOS devices...

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08:48
Roundup: The best Notification Center widgets for...

Apple's newly released OS X Yosemite allows third-party apps to include interactive Notification Center widgets, and AppleInsider offers a look at some of the best and most useful widgets you can install on your Mac right now.

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08:40
MGG 527: It’s Hard to be Offensive When You’re a Geek

Dave's back from MacTech, the studio iMac has a new power supply, and he and John are rocking and rolling at full strength! Topics covered include learning how to manually upload to iCloud Photo Library, cleaning up your SMTP Servers in Mail, sorting out where all those "remembered" wireless networks come from and more (LOTS more!). Download and enjoy!


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07:41
Pangu team releases iOS 8 jailbreak tool for OS X...

It’s finally here. The Pangu team has released its iOS 8 jailbreak tool for Mac. This will provide a one-click jailbreak solution for anyone without a Windows computer. Previously the tool was only available for Windows, which could also be used within a virtual machine on OS X, but now it’s native.

This is obviously an ideal situation for anyone that owns a Mac. This release wasn’t a huge surprise as the Pangu team confirmed that it was in the works last week, but only mentioned that...

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07:00
All the best app reviews last week on TUAW

Last week was a busy one for apps in the iOS App Store, giving your favorite TUAW writers a chance to post some great reviews of the apps that grace their home screens. Here's a quick roundup of our recent reviews -- and a few app roundups -- you may...

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06:33
Two of the best iPhone car mounts we’ve tried: Fuse...

There are a lot of options for mounting your iPhone in your car. I’ve relied on the highly-rated Kensington suction cup windshield car mount for a few years without too much incident. However, I’ve never been too pleased about how it blocks a bit of my driving view and requires a non-elegant wire to go up my dashboard.

Today I’m looking at the Fuse Chicken Une Bobine (pictured above) and MONTAR by WinnerGear...

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06:01
How the Berlin wall really fell

Today is the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. I always thought the wall was taken down in response to purposeful social change. But read the linked story. It was all the result of a colossal chain of clumsy bureaucratic error.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:40
Inside the Apple, GT conflict

Saturday November 8

14:28
Paper by FiftyThree updated with Adobe Creative...

The popular iPad drawing and sketching app Paper by FiftyThree has been updated with Adobe Creative Cloud integration, push notifications and sharing directly from Mix, a camera view during account creation, smoother shadows and general improvements for iOS 8. The updated version of Paper by FiftyThree is available now on the App Store.

Adobe Creative Cloud integration is singlehandedly the biggest part of this update to Paper, enabling users to use the share menu to export drawings to Adobe Creative Cloud storage and send Paper sketches directly to Photoshop and Illustrator. Meanwhile, push notifications and new sharing functionality will help improve the...

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12:29
EFF files petition with U.S. Copyright Office to...

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) announced this week that it has filed a petition with the U.S. Librarian of Congress and the Copyright Office to extend and expand the exemption that makes jailbreaking an iOS device or rooting an Android device possible without violating the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) in the United States.

The EFF has previously fought for and been awarded this exemption for jailbreaking and rooting devices in 2010 and 2012, although it is forced to argue its case every three years due to the process in which DMCA exemptions are considered. This time around, it is hoping to expand the exemption for smartphones to include the iPad and other tablets.

The non-profit digital rights group argues that consumers should be able to install any software they want on their smartphones and...

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10:22
Pixelmator for iPad

Many thanks to Pixelmator for sponsoring The Loop’s RSS feed. Pixelmator for iPad is a powerful image editor that gives you everything you need to create, edit, and enhance your images. It lets you work seamlessly between Mac and iPad and even work effortlessly with Photoshop images. Packed with powerful creative tools and engineered to harness the full iOS and 64-bit architecture power, Pixelmator for iPad is a real image editor right at your fingertips.

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10:20
Microsoft offers pro-rated refunds to Office 365...

In the wake of Microsoft reversing course, and adding document creation and editing to all iOS users of its Office suite for iPad at no charge, the company is offering refunds for Office 365 subscribers who request it. The offer is limited, with significant restrictions: it requires proof of purchase, is likely not available to those who purchased through the app, and is pro-rated....



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10:13
Unread RSS reader

I really like Unread on my iPhone. It’s all about gestures and swiping to navigate the app, which is a nice way to do an RSS reader. There’s an iPad version too—I bought both.

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09:00
OS X Yosemite How-to: Enable Dark Mode

New in OS X Yosemite is Dark Mode. Dark Mode allows for further customization of the appearance of the Mac. When enabling Dark Mode, it turns the translucent dock and menu bar from light grey and switches it to black. In this how-to I will discuss how to enable Dark Mode, the limitations of Dark Mode and a way to overcome the limitations of Dark Mode.

To enable Dark Mode, open up System Preferences.

Then you are going to select General, all the way in the upper left hand corner. Then you are going to check off Use dark menu bar and Dock.

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09:00
Caturday: Merry modeling with a new iPad product

Sigh. Readers have been getting a bit lax about sending us their awesome Caturday shots, so I've once again had to resort to providing pictures of one of my own cats. The sweet kitty you see above is Merry, who has already graced the pages of TUAW...

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08:08
Review: Equil Smartpen 2, a Bluetooth-connected ink...

Smartpens have long been seen as the ultimate savior of cultures struggling to make the digital transition. AppleInsider took a look at the Equil Smartpen 2, one of the leading competitors, offering compatibility with both iOS and OS X.

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07:28
AT&T snaps up Mexican wireless provider Lusacell...

AT&T has declared that it will purchase Mexico-based wireless carrier Lusacell for $1.7 billion in cash. The Mexican company has a network that blankets 70 percent of the country with 3G, and uses the same GSM frequencies that AT&T uses. The deal will also see AT&T take on $700 million in debt that Lusacell holds....



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07:00
UNU Superpak Battery charges your iOS devices quickly

iOS devices have always had battery issues for heavy users. Each new model comes with a bigger battery, but that battery often serves a higher resolution screen, added radios, a faster processor and other features.

There are a variety of battery...

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06:11
Exclusive Analysis: iOS app storage limits across...

Ever since reports of issues with large libraries on Apple's new iPhone 6 Plus surfaced, rumors have been flying around, all claiming to know the true source of the problems, and Apple's future intentions for the iPhone and iOS. MacNN began some tests about a month ago to try and nail down the root cause of the issue, and as we alluded to last week, we believe that the "problem" lies in the iOS, and not a hardware flaw related to NAND cells. Read on for our methodology, as well as our specific findings....



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06:02
Apple and bent iPhones

Here’s one story of a bent iPhone and Apple’s response.

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06:00
Gadget Ogling: Garish Walkie-Talkies, Slick Cameras...


Welcome to another installment of every tech-loving optimist's and misanthrope's favorite look at the week's most wondrous and pitiful new gadgets. Ahead, for your delight and dismay, are studies of a wearable walkie-talkie-type communication device, a 360-degree action camera, a tiny 3D printer, a smart camera attachment, and a clever mobile roaming solution. I propose a new litmus test to measure the stylishness of wearables: If it wouldn't look good on a beautiful Hollywood star attending the Oscars, then it won't look good on anyone.

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05:57
Why you probably won’t understand the web of the...

Quartz:

Language barriers in globalization are hardly a new issue. So why the sudden drive for polyglotism? It’s simple: As mobile operators and web giants try to expand their markets by bringing more people online, we have reached a tipping point where the imbalance of content on the internet has become too stark to avoid.

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05:30
FuzzWord: Blurry fun for everyone

In FuzzWord, players upload or take photos from their iOS devices and blur those photos to make puzzles for other players to guess on. The fun of FuzzWord is correctly guessing what the image in the picture is. FuzzWord is compatible with iOS devices...

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05:27
Kermit and sentience

Some light Saturday reading. A short story by Holli Mintzer about a school project and a lovable green frog.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:00
Killer Deal: Free AppleCare with all iMac 5Ks &...

As Black Friday inches closer, AI continues to teamed up with Apple's Authorized Resellers to help readers avoid the inevitable frenzy by securing their deals ahead of time. In addition to $50 off and free AppleCare with each new iMac 5K, readers looking for Mac Pros this weekend can also take advantage of exclusive bundles that pair free AppleCare with discounts of up to $250 (plus no sales tax collected in 48 states).

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01:02
Blogger

 November 8, 2014 1:02:00 AM PST

We're investigating reports of an issue with Blogger. We will provide more information shortly.

We have received reports users in Japan are not being able to access blogspot. We are investigating the issue.

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Friday November 7

18:50
Apple integrates Genius Bar reservations to online...

Apple on Friday updated its Support website to incorporate an option to schedule Genius Bar reservations for certain hardware and software issues, further filling in gaps between AppleCare's many arms.

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18:29
Black Lab Linux Is GNOME 3's Best Friend


Black Lab Linux is a general purpose free distribution for home users and SMBs. This particular segment of the Linux OS tries to bridge free OS and preconfigured commercial hardware/software with a flexible set of options. Black Lab Linux is an outgrowth of OS4 OpenLinux, a distro released in 2008 by the same developers. There is a blurred line between the free community version and Black Lab Software's Enterprise Linux release. Both the community and the commercial releases could be a great alternative for some users, though.

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18:00
Daily Deals for November 7, 2014, featuring the...

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections.

All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....

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17:11
Lawyers Seek Class Action Victims for Apple Pay Suit...

That odor is the smell of chum in the corporate waters, as law firm Schubert Jonckheer & Kolbe LLP announced Friday that it was launching an "investigation" into Rite Aid and CVS's decision to block Apple Pay and Google Wallet. The firm said it was considering a class action lawsuit against the pharmacy chains based on antitrust law.

The Mac Observer Spin: My favorite part is the language in the press release that casts this private, for-private law firm as crusading protectors of the public.


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17:00
Court docs reveal Apple told GTAT, "Put on your...

Apple can be a notoriously tough partner to negotiate with. With endless mounds of cash in the bank and an ever growing userbase, the company can understandably wield a tremendous amount of power during contract talks.

A prime example of this is...

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16:30
Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet on Podcasts Spanning...

TMO's Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet have been busy little beavers this week, taking part in four podcasts and video podcasts, and that's not counting their own podcast of the Apple Context Machine and TMO's Daily Observations. Links and details in the full article.


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16:11
Apple to reportedly open new corporate office and R...

It was reported earlier this week that Apple is planning to open a new office in the city of Cambridge, UK, an intellectual hotspot which already plays host to bases of operation for a number of large tech companies.

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16:00
Apple to GT Advanced: “Put on your big boy pants and...

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus didn't ship with the sapphire glass promised by the rumor mill.

Andrew Cunningham

The saga of Apple's troubled relationship with sapphire maker GT Advanced Technologies continues. Today, the United States Bankruptcy Court of New Hampshire filed a lengthy affidavit (PDF) by GT Chief Operating Officer Daniel Squiller in which the executive details the contract with Apple and the reasons why it fell apart. Chief among his complaints are so-called "bait-and-switch" tactics used by Apple. Over time, the company allegedly shifted most of its financial risk to GT—Apple stood to get a great deal on sapphire displays for iPhones if the partnership went well, but GT would absorb most of the losses if...

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16:00
Nest pulls iOS app update after many crash reports

Tuesday we told you that a Nest update was on the way, but today ... not so fast. The company has yanked the app that controls Nest Thermostats and Smoke Detectors after several reports of crashes, mainly on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices.

Nest...

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15:56
Hands On: Meat Factory (iOS)

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



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15:45
Apple blurs lines between online and retail stores...

With new Senior Vice President of Retail Angela Ahrendts in charge of operations, Apple is further blurring the lines between its online and physical retail store services. We reported earlier this year on Ahrendts’s plans to more seamlessly integrate both paths of Apple retail, and now the Cupertino-based company is rolling out a revamped Genius Bar and product support reservation system.

The new system eliminates the pre-existing separation between getting support for Apple products online and in-store. Previously, users could use Apple’s online support panel to receive phone, chat, or forums-based support. The creation of Genius Bar in-store appointments was handled via a separate system…

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15:30
Track your favorite team with College Baskeball...

The 2014-2015 college basketball season gets under way next week. Thousands of games will be played between the start of the season and the NCAA tournament in March. College Basketball Schedules, a free universal app, can help fans keep up with their...

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15:19
Review: Lemur BlueDriver OBD 2 tool

There's no doubt about it, having the check engine light pop on just might top the list of "most dreaded events" that car owners face. The warning doesn't have to herald disaster to home mechanics with the help of OBD 2 scanner tools. One such device, the Lemur BlueDriver, is designed to provide peace of mind and guidance to anyone who might have come down with a case of the check-engine-light-blues. We've had some check engine lights ourselves -- check our review to see how the Lemur BlueDriver did....



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15:09
Foodini: Presto Chango, Your Dinner Is Printed


Natural Machines this week took to the stage at the Web Summit in Dublin to demonstrate Foodini, a 3D printer that can be used to create pizza, pasta, burgers and a wide range of other savory and sweet foods. Users begin by choosing the recipe they want to print, either from the Internet-connected device's onboard touchscreen or from their own PC or mobile device. Foodini then offers instructions for the various ingredients that should be prepared and placed in its reusable capsules.

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15:07
Spotify Connect update adds smartphone control of...

Spotify has made another update to Connect, its controllable streaming music system it introduced last year, by letting smartphones control a computer. The latest addition allows a Spotify user to use a mobile device as a remote control for the desktop version of the app, through the same system which can select the music on Wi-Fi-enabled speakers and other devices....



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15:00
Nodus Access Cases for iPhone and iPad are stylish...

Back in late 2013, one of our former UK bloggers (Richard Gaywood) wrote a review of an iPhone case from The Nodus Collection. At that time, the Access Case was part of a Kickstarter campaign; now the company is selling the cases through its website....

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14:58
Friday Deals: 480GB SSD, 58-inch HDTV, 25-inch...

Once more unto the breach! Every Friday, we search the Internet for deals on gadgets, peripherals, accessories, apps, and games for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, all prices are verified at the time of publication, and may or may not be valid if you're reading this at a later date, so check before you buy. Be sure to check over the weekend, as it is likely more deals will be added to the list....



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14:43
Many Apple Stores to open at 8AM on Black Friday,...

For the upcoming Black Friday shopping bonanza, many brick-and-mortar Apple Stores are slated to welcome the holiday crush at 8 a.m. and will again offer the same discounts and deals to online customers.

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14:30
Zynga continues to hemorrhage cash for the third...

Zynga -- the company that used to take all your cash before you started giving it to Class of Clans and Candy Crush Saga -- is continuing to be exceedingly generous by spending all its cash without making any back, according to its newly released...

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14:14
Pixelmator 3.3 for Mac available

A lot of new changes for one of my favorite apps.

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14:00
Reviews: Lemur BlueDriver

"Oh no, the check engine light is on…again! What one of the hundreds of reasons could it be this time? Probably going to cost a fortune to get fixed, but I guess I could sell my other kidney if necessary." There's no doubt about it, having the check engine light pop on just might top the list of "most dreaded events" that car owners face. It doesn't need to be though with the help of OBD 2 ......



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14:00
The State of iTunes 12 Says Something Important...

There is a fundamental tension between writing great software and picking your fights. Recently, that tension has bubbled to the surface with the release of iTunes 12. When times change and customer trends become noticeable, Apple software has to change as well. But throwing in the towel on the monolithic iTunes app isn't the way to do it.


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13:45
News: Apps of the Week: Julius Jr.‘s Playground,...

New Games Julius Jr.'s Playhouse ($3) — StoryToys brings the popular Paul Frank character to life in this new kids' app. The game provides four fun activities, including Tea Party, Garage Band, Friends Quiz, and Get Puzzling, that allow kids to decorate cakes, play along with songs, identify characters and put together colourful puzzles. The app features eight jigsaw puzzles, over 100 quiz questions, three Julius Jr. songs, professional narration,…

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13:39
Unannounced Beats Solo2 Wireless headphone revealed...

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Friday published testing results for the as-yet-unannounced Beats Solo2 Wireless headphone, a Bluetooth-enabled version of the Apple-owned company's mid-tier Solo2.

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13:30
Smash Champs is stunning, unique and action-packed

Smash Champs is a unique action/adventure game in which you must train your fighters to battle their opponents and gain power and success. It sounds clichéd but it has a few tricks up its sleeve that make for some interesting gameplay. An indicative...

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13:27
Mac: Booq Boa nerve stealth

Building on last year’s Boa nerve, Booq is back with Boa nerve stealth ($195), a more rugged version for use in harsher outdoor conditions. Featuring an upgraded heavy-duty tarpaulin exterior and rubberized zipper pulls, the upgraded design is more weatherproof and durable in all sorts of outdoor settings. The bag also features a magnetic strap system to easily switch from loose to secure, along with a stabilizer strap for an ultra-tight fit,…

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13:08
Inside Apple's secret confidentiality...

Apple's legendary efforts to keep upcoming products a secret are widely known, but the terms of the agreements that bind suppliers and workers were revealed in part on Friday, thanks to newly unsealed court filings.

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13:03
News: Unsealed GT court documents reveal Apple...

Key court documents related to GT Advanced Technologies’ bankruptcy filing earlier this fall have recently been unsealed, providing some interesting insight into negotiations between Apple and GT. While both companies had previously fought to keep court documents sealed, citing confidentiality agreements, a judge ruled earlier this week that the documents did not contain trade secrets of other confidential information. The newly disclosed documents…

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12:54
First Look: uNu Superpak 10,000mAh External Battery...

Although it's somewhat confusingly priced, uNu's Superpak ($100*) is an external battery pack intended to deliver atypical value in two ways: a relatively high 10,000mAh capacity, and very fast recharging. Superpak itself recharges at up to 2.4 Amps assuming that you self-supply an iPad wall adapter capable of feeding it that quickly; it has two outbound USB ports that are labelled as offering 2.1-Amp and 1-Amp output, respectively. One power button…

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12:43
Upcoming Bluetooth Apple-branded Beats Solo2...

Apple and its Beats by Dre group seem to be close to announcing a new pair of headphones: a Bluetooth version of their popular Solo2 headphones. Earlier this year, Beats launched the Solo2 wired earphones as a cheaper alternative to the Studio cans. Today, a wireless version has been revealed thanks to the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) testing department.

As can be seen in the image above from today’s FCC filing, the design of the wireless model is akin to the wired model. The only difference appears to be the Bluetooth connectivity. The documents specify that Bluetooth 4.0 Low-Energy technology is utilized.

Interestingly, these documents indicate that these headphones are Apple-branded:

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12:41
Unsealed GTAT Testimony Paints Apple as Bully...

Judge Henry Boroff followed through on his plan to release previously sealed documents in the GT Advanced Technologies bankruptcy case that it and Apple had both agreed should stay secret. The documents paint Apple as a strong-arm bully imposing onerous terms on GTAT and its sapphire glass production, and claim the iPhone and iPad maker engaged in bait-and-switch tactics during contract negotiations.

The Mac Observer Spin: It would be easy to compare Apple to Darth Vader, but it's really more like GTAT is Jar Jar Binks.


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12:35
GT says Apple pulled 'bait-and-switch' in...

As scheduled, the court overseeing GT Advanced's bankruptcy has unsealed more documents regarding the relationship between the sapphire supplier and former client Apple, which it blames for ultimately causing the collapse. In an unedited affidavit from GT COO Daniel Squiller, Apple is accused of using a "bait-and-switch" strategy in which it offered "an onerous and massively one-sided deal" in 2013. He says that Apple originally promised to buy sapphire furnaces for GT and let them operate them, but later demanded a "fundamentally different deal" in which Apple would only lend the furnaces and...



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12:30
​For tough decisions, turn to A or B

Everybody has those mundane yet paradoxically vastly important decisions to make, and usually every day: Which TV show to watch when both are at the same time? Where to have lunch? What to get, once you decide? Which dress to wear to graduation?...

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12:22
Apple to sapphire supplier: “Put on your big boy...

Gigaom:

Since GT Advanced Technologies declared bankruptcy in early October, the vast majority of documents detailing its deal with Apple to supply sapphire crystal have been under seal.

On Tuesday, Judge Henry Boroff issued an order unsealing an statement signed by GTAT CEO Daniel Squiller as well as its attached documents, which include details on the reasons GTAT filed for bankruptcy and its business relationship with Apple, its largest creditor. On Friday, the Squiller statement entered the public record.

There’s never been any doubt that Apple plays hard ball with its suppliers. I’ve spoken to many companies who have to deal with the company and the stories all have one thing in common – you don’t negotiate with Apple. They dictate the terms to you.

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12:12
GT Advanced claims Apple used ‘bait-and-switch...

Following a court order that documents be unsealed regarding the ill-fated partnership between Apple and sapphire crystal glass maker GT Advanced, a number of interesting anecdotes surrounding the tumultuous relationship have been exposed. In an unedited affidavit, GT Advanced COO Daniel Squiller claimed that Apple used a classic “bait-and-switch” strategy to secure its deal with the now-bankrupt supplier.

Apple originally offered GT Advanced what appeared to be a lucrative deal for the...

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12:05
Forums: something cool about dictation, GPU...

Professional Poster "moonmonkey" was letting fellow MacNN forum goers know "something cool about dictation on Yosemite" in a thread started late last week. Today one Fresh-Faced Recruit was asking fellow forum goers if anyone had any suggestions for legitimate places to have graphics cards replaced on some 2007 and 2011 motherboards....



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12:04
Apple deals: Mac Pro and accessories

At Apple's online store today create the perfect budget Mac Pro work station with refurbished Mac Pros and accessories. Mac Pro models start at $2,549 for a refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz Intel quad-core Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage. Or opt for the more powerful Mac Pro with a 2.7GHz 12-core Xeon processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of PCIe-based flash storage for $5,849....



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12:03
DealNN: $100 off 16GB iPad mini

Today only save $100 on the iPad mini at Walmart.com. It carries a retail price of $299, but has been reduced to $199, making it about $45 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. Free delivery is included and sales tax applies for residents of most states. This iPad mini comes in space gray or white, has 16GB of storage space, Wi-Fi, A5 processor, 5MP iSight camera and FaceTime camera. Included is Apple's one year warranty on parts and labor....



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12:00
Et tu, Lenovo? The blatant iPhone copying game...

While Samsung may very well be the iPhone copier emeritus, there are some new kids on the block who are even more blatant and shameless in ripping off anything emanating out of Cupertino.

Earlier this summer, we profiled Xiaomi, a consumer...

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11:47
External Link: Apple Leads Mainstream Messaging...

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has released a scorecard measuring the security of online messaging systems. “Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime products stood out as the best of the mass-market options, although neither currently provides complete protection against sophisticated, targeted forms of surveillance,” the EFF said in a blog post.

 

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11:47
Facebook says 66% of Android phones it sees have...

The world's most popular mobile app has developed a new way to manage Android fragmentation, targeting users' hardware capabilities rather than devices' installed OS versions. Facebook's new efforts note that two thirds of the Android phones it sees "are equivalent to something released in 2011 or earlier."

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11:46
External Link: What to Expect from Apple Watch Apps

Developer David Smith has studied Apple’s publicly available information about the Apple Watch to get an idea of what kind of apps we can expect. Smith found that there will be two phases of apps. The first phase will include limited Actionable Notifications and Glances, which will function much like notifications and widgets in iOS 8. Developers will be able to start creating those later this year, with a second phase for fully native apps to begin next year.

 

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11:41
External Link: Apple Shuts Down Chinese Malware

Apple has quickly shut down the WireLurker malware, which was spreading to Chinese iOS devices via Macs carrying the malware. WireLurker, which was localized to China, was discovered by Palo Alto Networks. Apple quickly unsigned the code, preventing non-jailbroken iOS devices from being infected. However, researchers warn that the code could be modified for a future attack.

 

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11:30
Monument Valley is getting new levels and you should...

Monument Valley -- the gorgeous puzzle game that managed to catch fire at US$3.99 despite the free-to-play takeover happening on the App Store -- is getting an in-app purchase that will add a further eight chapters to the title. The add-on is titled...

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11:25
∞ Buford T Justice Quotes

Jackie Gleason did a remarkable job playing Buford T Justice. I laughed out loud watching these quotes.

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11:25
Apple Drops Fitbit Products from Online Store

Apple has quietly dropped Fitbit's fitness trackers from its online store, hinting at a growing rift between the two companies over HealthKit support. There isn't any official word on why Fitbit's products are gone, but other fitness trackers that support HealthKit are still available.

The Mac Observer Spin: It seems Apple isn't interested in selling fitness trackers that aren't HealthKit-compatible, and Fitbit isn't interested in supporting Apple's fitness management platform. Losing out on Fitbit won't hurt Apple, so now the question is whether or not Fitbit makes enough sales outside of Apple stores to absorb the loss.


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11:20
Court unseals documents in GT Advanced case, Apple...

Though bankrupt sapphire maker GT Advanced Technologies has accused Apple of crafting a "classic bait-and-switch" deal, newly unsealed court documents reveal Apple's side of the story, with the iPhone maker claiming it did everything it could to help the struggling supplier.

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11:13
Briefly: Swype free as App of the Week, Nest iOS app...

Swype, a keyboard app for iOS 8 users, is currently available for free download this week as part of Apple's App of the Week promotion. Updated earlier this week, Swype allows users to input words faster and easier when typing due to its intuitive language models, customizable layouts and gesture-based typing features. Normally priced at $1, Swype is available free until the end of next Thursday....



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11:10
∞ CW McCall: Convoy

Talk about telling stories—CW McCall did it with this classic song. I can sing all of the lyrics of “Convoy,” including the CB parts.

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11:00
Turning the tables on a text spammer

I needed a good laugh today and this did it. We all hate spammers, so I have no sympathy for this guy.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:00
ComfortWay Travel Case: International data roaming...

Up to now, international travelers have had a few very expensive options for using data roaming off of their carrier network. You could just leave everything on your iPhone turned on, then pay an arm and a leg for all of that bandwidth you chewed up...

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10:51
It’s Metal Month at Toontrack

Superior Drummer and EZDrummer are two of the best products on the market for people that want production-level drums in their songs. And Toontrack loves Metal!

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:45
Apple-Pestering WireLurker Banished for Now


Palo Alto Networks on Wednesday reported that more than 400 apps infected with a malicious program it calls "WireLurker" have been downloaded 356,104 times by Chinese Mac owners from Maiyadi, an online app store unaffiliated with Apple. The malware does no harm to the Macs it infects but when the computer connects via USB to an iOS device -- an iPhone or iPad -- it delivers its malicious payload. "The Mac component only appears to be there to infect the iOS device," said Ryan Olson, intelligence director of Palo Alto Networks' Unit 42.

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10:35
United to spend $120M upgrading Newark airport with...

United Airlines is spending $120 million on upgrading Terminal C at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport, particularly with iPads for travelers, according to Bloomberg. The terminal is United's main residence at the airport; by 2015, all restaurants and gate seats there will be equipped with an iPad for purposes such as flight tracking, web browsing, and buying food and retail goods. People shopping for goods are even being...



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10:30
Swype keyboard for iOS is free for a limited time

One of the big additions of iOS 8 was the introduction of third party keyboards for typing. There are lots of options out there at different price points, but right now you can get one of the best keyboards on the market for free. It's called Swype...

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10:30
Last Chance for the Epic iPhone 6 Giveaway

We're giving away an iPhone 6 with our friends at Stack Social, but time is running out to register. Actually, it's even better than an iPhone 6 giveaway, because the winner gets a $650 Apple gift card you can use to purchase an iPhone 6 or anything else. So, you know, that's kind of awesome, but you have to register in the next three days. To register, connect with Facebook or do an email registration to receive TMO daily deal notifications. Good luck!


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10:24
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-07

Aereo hasn't had much luck convincing the courts it should be able to transmit broadcast TV channels through the Internet, and now the company is laying off staff. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to debate whether or not Aereo should be able to send over-the-air television through the Internet without paying licensing fees, and what the consequences of allowing - or blocking - services like Aereo will have on the broadcast market.


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10:16
∞ Jim Croce: Rapid Roy

Jim Croce is one of the great storytellers of our time. This is one of my favorites.

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10:15
Nest Mobile iOS app pulled from App Store following...

Update: Looks resolved…

The official Nest Mobile app for iPhone and iPad appears to have been removed from the App Store for the time being following complaints from users that the latest version of the app crashes at launch. The Nest Mobile app is used to remotely interface with the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector from the iPhone and iPad.

Nest...

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