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Monday December 1

08:47
Apple’s Latest iPhone Headache: Crescentgate

Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have already been through the media ringer for being too easy to bend, and now there's a new issue to latch onto called Crescentgate. The name stems from the crescent shape that appears when the the front-facing camera shifts in its housing, exposing its edge. Complaints about the issue have been cropping up around the Internet, and we've seen it on one of our iPhones at The Mac Observer, too.


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08:46
Review: Speck StyleFolio for iPad Air 2

Speck's folio-style case for iPad, StyleFolio ($40), has returned for iPad Air 2. Reviewed for iPad Air last year, the updated StyleFolio actually fits both iPad Air models, as there are cutouts for both the iPad Air and iPad Air 2 — note the microphone holes in the center of the case. The camera hole has also been elongated to accommodate the microphone next to the iPad Air 2 camera. Other than that, the faux-leather case is very similar to the previous edition, with built-in stand functionality, a plastic clasp to keep the lid closed, and front-facing speaker vents. For more information, please read our previous review.{/exp:char_limit}
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08:30
The worst iPhone stocking stuffer

Plenty of cheap, strange smartphone accessories pop up around this time of the year in the hopes that you'll pick them up as a last-second gift, but this little doohickey Walgreens dreamed up is something special. It's a pill case that, for whatever ...

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08:29
9to5Toys Cyber Monday: iTunes gift cards 25% off,...

$100 iTunes gift card w/ email delivery for $75 from PayPal (25% savings)

GoPro HERO4 SILVER w/ 32GB Memory Card & $50 Amazon Gift Card: $ ($490 value)

Continue on for the rest of our favorite Cyber Monday tech deals:

Amazon’s Cyber Monday plans include new deals every ten minutes and mobile app exclusives

iPhone/iPad/Mac accessories...

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08:23
Emails, video by Jobs may back plaintiffs in iPod...

Evidence from Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is likely to be central in an antitrust case against the company set to go to trial tomorrow, notes the New York Times. The plaintiffs charge that Apple's now-defunct DRM restrictions on iPods -- which limited people to loading music bought on the iTunes Store or ripped from a CD -- represented anti-competitive behavior, in turn leading to higher prices. Jobs recorded a video deposition prior to his death in 2011, which the plaintiffs' lawyers intend to use alongside emails written by the CEO....



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08:18
Apps: Things, MacPilot, VOX
08:13
News: Class action on iPod, iTunes Store lock-in...

A decade-old series of lawsuits regarding iPod and iTunes Store lock-in is nearing trial, according to the New York Times. Having circulated in various Bay Area federal courts for years, the collection of lawsuits was amalgamated, accusing Apple of using Digital Rights Management (DRM) on iTunes Store purchases to lock customers into continuing to purchase iPods from Apple, rather than cheaper alternatives. The report notes that previously-unreleased…

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08:10
Cyber Monday Deals: $39 Lumia 635, $300 4K display

Welcome to the third installment of Monday Deals, the place where we list various deals and offers for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Today is Cyber Monday, the day retailers are supposed to offer Black Friday-style deals online, though admittedly the majority have been doing just that for a week already. As usual, the deals are accurate at the time of writing, but check first before purchasing, and come back later for more deals as we will be adding more as the day goes on....



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08:00
Today is the best day to buy an iPhone from T-Mobile

Holiday deals on the iPhone are sometimes underwhelming -- mainly because the phones sell so well on their own that they don't really need any help finding homes -- but T-Mobile's Cyber Monday deal is actually pretty fantastic. For today only, T-Mobi...

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07:11
UBS survey finds 10% of consumers want a smartwatch...

A new survey from UBS suggests that the Apple Watch could get off to a strong start, leading the investment firm to predict sales of 24 million units and gross profit of $3.4 billion from the wearable device in its first few months alone.

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07:01
T-Mobile Cyber Monday deal upgrades storage on...

For Cyber Monday, the US branch of T-Mobile has announced special discounts on iPhones. People buying a 16GB iPhone 6 will be automatically upgraded to a 64GB model; likewise, choosing a 32GB iPhone 5s will get an upgrade to 64GB, and buying an 8GB iPhone 5c will get a bump to 32GB. The carrier cautions that the deal is limited to online purchases only, and only as long as inventory lasts....



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07:00
Rumor Roundup: 'iPad Air Plus'

It's very slim pickings for rumors this time around - just one, in fact - presumably because all the analysts are still in turkey comas.

HUGE LEAK: Major details on Apple's gigantic 'iPad Air Plus' revealed (BGR)

Source: Japanese website

Chance it...

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06:57
Rumor: 12-2-inch “iPad Air Plus” could feature A9...

It’s a rumor at this point, but an interesting one.

Per MacRumors, Japanese magazine Mac Fan has published some possible schematics depicting the design of the larger-screened “iPad Pro” or “iPad Air Plus” in its January issue, which have been shared by Mac Otakara along with some information about the upcoming device.

The schematics suggest the tablet will include a 12.2-inch LCD display, and it points towards dimensions of 305.31mm x 220.8mm x 7mm, or 12 inches x 8.7 inches x 0.28 inches, which is in line with previous rumors about the larger tablet. Many rumors have suggested a size of 12.9-inches for the larger tablet, but this is the second report from Mac Otakara that has suggested the device will...

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06:57
What If Jaguar and Tesla Merged?


OK, I know you are just back from Thanksgiving vacation, if you are in the U.S., and you likely are still stewing about what your drunk uncle said during dinner. So, since you probably are in the mood, I thought I'd toss out an idea that has been percolating in my brain that I plan to annoy folks with at my Thanksgiving dinner: What if Jaguar and Tesla merged? Both firms are pushing hard into the market, and while they are using very different strategies, they'd likely both do a lot better if they would adopt parts of each other's.

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06:43
T-Mobile offers iPhone pricing discounts for Cyber...

It’s Cyber Monday and there’s a decent chance at savings if you know where to look.

Per 9to5Mac, T-Mobile just announced a few special iPhone deals available for today. As of now, the carrier is offering discounts on the iPhone 6, iPhone 5S, and iPhone 5c, allowing users to upgrade to a higher capacity model at no additional cost.

For the iPhone 6, for example, T-Mobile is offering a 64GB model for the cost of the entry-level 16GB model, allowing users to save US$100 off the US$750 the device usually sells for. The company normally sells the 64GB model for US$749 or US$99 down and monthly installments.

The carrier has a similar deal on the iPhone 5s offering a 64GB model for the price of the 32GB model (US$599), as well as the iPhone 5c with 32GB models for the price of the...

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06:33
Angry Birds Seasons goes to Finland for the Holidays

Angry Birds fans have even more pig-smashing to enjoy now that the latest Angry Birds Seasons levels are out. The 25 new levels take the launchable birds to Finland as they smash through Helsinki, the northern lights, and more. The game update introduces a new character, Tony, plus you'll learn facts about Finland from Professor Pig. The Angry Birds Seasons On Finn Ice levels are available as a free update.


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06:00
Cyber Monday Deal: Take 10% off anything in iLounge...

Cyber Monday is here, and so are today’s Cyber Monday iLounge Deals! For today only, you can get 10% off anything in the iLounge Deals store, simply by using the code HAPPYCM10 at checkout. We’re still offering great deals on popular products like NetSpot Pro for analyzing your Wi-Fi network, the BACtrack Vio pint-sized smartphone breathalyzer, and the Air-Fi Wireless Runaway Headphones. Today, however,, you can get an even better price…

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05:53
∞ Shrimp cannon promotes wireless service

Japan’s largest wireless carrier, NTT Docomo, put together this video to promote its new LTE service.

Not sure I would ever, in a million years, eat those shrimp, but the video definitely made me laugh, especially the deadpan from the woman on the left at the end. Heh.

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05:52
Apple faces $350M in damages from iTunes antitrust...

Though Apple and record labels abandoned digital rights management protection in iTunes Store music purchases years ago, an antitrust lawsuit on the matter first filed in 2005 is set to go to trial this week.

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05:31
Is Uber’s rider database a sitting duck for hackers?

Interesting speculative piece on the vulnerability of Uber’s rider database.

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05:00
iPhoto: Comparing Photo Edits with the Shift Key

Today Melissa Holt's got a doozy of a Quick Tip for us. She's going to talk about how to use the lowly Shift key to compare edited versions of images in iPhoto with their originals, which makes it really easy to tell if the enhancements you've made are worth keeping. This is great for those of us with less-than-stellar photo-editing skills!


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04:55
Collection of tech deals for cyber-Monday

More tech deals for today. Go get ‘em.

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04:55
iPod-related class action suit against Apple starts...

This case goes back a while …

Emails and a video deposition by Steve Jobs are likely to form key elements of the evidence in an iPod-related antitrust case against Apple which opens in California tomorrow, reports the NYT.

The case goes back more than a decade, to the time when iPods would play only music purchased from iTunes or ripped from CD, with consumers unable to play music bought from competing stores. The class action alleges that this amounted to anti-competitive behaviour, and that consumers were forced to pay higher prices as a result … ...

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04:39
Sony hackers leaked at least 5 unreleased movies on-...

Sony Pictures was hacked last week, bringing its operations to a halt. Now, Sony has discovered that at least five screeners (review copies of unreleased motion pictures) have been leaked on-line.

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04:26
Hands On: Chronicle bill reminder (iOS)

Going paperless is smart. Less clutter in your mailbox and less waste in landfills is a win-win situation. Still, going paperless has it's downsides. Probably one of the biggest issues without having a paper letter with big red type hanging on the wall as a reminder is that it can be very easy to forget when bills are due. That's why developer LittleFin created Chronicle -- to help users never forget a bill ever again....



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04:15
Best Apple deals for today, cyber-Monday

In the market for an iPad mini, iMac, or MacBook? Ready to buy one today? Read on.

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04:10
Uber suspends Nevada service, disciplines executive...

Uber has shut down its service in Nevada barely a month after launching, following the issuing of a preliminary injunction preventing it from operating within the state. In a separate announcement, the company has also advised it has disciplined an executive following allegations he had tracked the location of a journalist using a corporate-level "God View" tool....



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00:00
Review: GX Gaming SW-G2.1 2000 speaker system

Complete speaker setups come in configurations for a wide array of uses, from multi-speaker home theater packages to compact desktop PC solutions. While there is never one set that covers every function perfectly, those looking for 2.1 speaker systems are confronted by a wealth of choices. One such option that tackles gaming, music and movies in good fashion is the SW-G2.1 2000 speaker system from GX Gaming, the gaming subdivision of peripheral manufacturer Genius. But does the SW-G2.1 2000 setup offer a good sound value, or would consumers be better off purchasing something like a 7.1 surroun...



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00:00
Reviews: GX Gaming SW-G2.1 2000 speaker system

Complete speaker setups come in configurations for a wide array of uses, from multi-speaker home theater packages to compact desktop PC solutions. While there is never one set that covers every function perfectly, those looking for 2.1 speaker systems are confronted by a wealth of choices. One such option that tackles gaming, music and movies in good fashion is the SW-G2.1 2000 speaker system from ......



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Sunday November 30

22:55
Apple Store logos tinted red worldwide in support of...

Apple brick-and-mortar retail outlets around the world on Monday changed their iconic Apple logos red in recognition of World AIDS Day, which in 2014 is commemorating its 26th year of supporting those affected by the disease.

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20:54
T-Mobile cuts iPhone pricing for Cyber Monday, 64GB...

T-Mobile just announced a few special iPhone deals available for Cyber Monday. For tomorrow only, the carrier is offering discounts on the iPhone 6, iPhone 5S, and iPhone 5c, allowing users to upgrade to a higher capacity model at no additional cost.

For the iPhone 6, for example, T-Mobile is offering a 64GB model for the cost of the entry-level 16GB model, allowing users to save $100 off the $750 the device usually sells for. The company normally sells the 64GB model for $749 or $99 down and monthly installments.

The carrier has a similar deal on the...

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20:00
Cyber Monday 2014: Accessorize your Mac, iPad or...

The holiday deals continue with discounts on popular iPhone, iPad and Mac accessories. Here are some of the best discounts that'll allow you to outfit your Apple gear for less.

iBallz is offering up to 40% off various iPad and iPhone accessories. Us...

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19:00
Best Cyber Monday 2014 deals on iOS and OS X games

The holiday deals continue with discounts on a variety of games in the App Store. Below are some of the best titles on sale for Cyber Monday.
iOS Games

MetalWars3 [iOS Universal; Now free, down from $1.99] In 2100 A.D, the planet became a unifie...

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18:05
Weekly Game Replay: Strong Nintendo sales, Ubisoft...

Every Sunday, Electronista and MacNN sum up some of the news from the gaming industry over the past week in one article. In this week's edition of Weekly Game Replay, we take a look at the strong sales of Super Smash Bros. and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby for Nintendo consoles, Ubisoft's free downloadable content (DLC) and games for botched Assassin's Creed Unity launch, This War of Mine statistics, new Star Citizen funding goal for pets, and upcoming PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Games with Gold releases....



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18:00
Best Cyber Monday 2014 deals on iOS and OS X apps

The holiday deals continue with discounts on a variety of apps in the App Store. Below are some of the best titles on sale for Cyber Monday.
iOS Software Discounts

Spender - Personal Finance Manager [iPhone; Now free, down from $0.99] Tracking y...

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17:00
Cyber Monday sales on Apple hardware and accessories

Black Friday may be over, but the holiday shopping deals continue on Cyber Monday. The deals on Apple gear are not as plentiful last week, but you can still save some money if you are looking for a Mac, an iPod or an iPad mini.
Mac

Apple® - 21.5" ...

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15:48
Nintendo updates emulator patent to target...

Last week the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) posted a recent patent update from Nintendo. Patent application 20140349751 filed in June 2014 looks to improve upon Nintendo patent 8157654, adding processor-level adaptation for emulators of handheld consoles like the Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advanced. While some fans may take it as a sign that Nintendo is official moving into the smartphone and tablet space, it's likely done for legal purposes....



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15:44
Apple retail store signage goes (RED) for World AIDS...

Like it did last year, Apple’s participation in this year’s Worlds AIDS Day will include changing the iconic glowing white Apple logo that hangs outside its retail stores to red in order to raise awareness for the fight against AIDS. The new red Apple signage is already up at Apple’s Australian stores (pictured above) as we roll into Dec. 1 local time.

This year, Apple has increased its contributions to the cause alongside the Product Red charity organization through a tie-in with its Black Friday promotions. The company announced...

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15:00
Steve Jobs has been awarded almost 150 new patents...

Steve Jobs died on October 5, 2011, in Palo Alto, CA, leaving behind a legacy of technological innovation and having built one of the largest companies in the world. At the time of his death Jobs had been awarded 317 patents over the course of his li...

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14:00
Apple turning lighted store logos red for World Aids...

As reported by Mashable, Apple today changed the color of the Apple logo at its flagship Sydney store from white to red as part of the company's World Aids Day campaign. Due to its timezone, the Sydney store is the first store to modify its logo with...

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13:37
Stunning photos that made you appreciate Earth in...

The Roosevelts:

2014 is coming to an end and if you didn’t get all the majestic locations checked off your travel bucket list this year we have 50 photos that inspired awe and wonderment in 2014.

Spectacular images showing the awesome beauty of our planet.

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13:30
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
Spender - Personal Finan...

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13:17
Flying, 1920s style

The Passion of Former Days:

A terrific set of cigarette cards depicting a flight from London to Amsterdam in the early days of commercial air travel. The images (each “from an official photograph supplied by Imperial Airways”) are accompanied by text detailing “our” flight, from check-in and take-off, to views over the Channel, France, and Brussels (where we land for lunch), to the final landing in Amsterdam.

I’ve included the backs with the text, as the little details are fascinating insights into a time when planes held “as many as” 20 passengers, reached cruising altitudes of 3,000 feet, and got from London to Brussels in “only” two and a half hours.

For the vast majority of us, flying is an awful experience but, in the 1920′s, if you could afford it, flying was a lot more genteel. The descriptions on the backs of these cigarette cards are also wonderful insights in to how writing has evolved and how information was presented to customers of the day.

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13:00
Video: A hands on demo with Apple Watch

The release of the Apple Watch is still off in the distance, but excitement has been building for the product since it was announced. Despite all this excitement most of the footage we've seen of the device has been in controlled videos from Apple. G...

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12:30
'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' trailer now...

As announced last week, the first trailer for director J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now being featured on Apple's iTunes trailers website. More like a teaser than a trailer, the 88-second clip provides a quick glimpse at the next Star...

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12:00
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

Apple Watch website...

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11:30
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:

Mr. iPhone, meet Mr. Coffee
WeMo Maker brings the fun o...

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11:03
Story of young demonstrator’s tearful hug with...

Oregon Live:

With emotions running high as speakers were addressing the crowd, he noticed a young man with tears in his eyes holding a “Free Hugs” sign among a group of people.

After talking to Devonte about such things as school, art and life, Barnum said he pointed to the sign and asked, “Do I get one of those?”

I’d seen the picture all over but the stories of the event and the people behind it, in particular Devonte, are amazing. Don’t read without a tissue or two handy.

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11:00
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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09:41
MGG 529: Baby, It’s Cool Stuff Found Outside

Dave's fresh off of a cruise ship (RC's Oasis of the Seas) and he and John have a pile of Cool Stuff Found for you today. Let's see how much your two favorite geeks can rock this boat!


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09:30
WordHeist brings good design to uninspired word game

WordHeist is a multiplayer word game that encourages theft for your own personal gain. Using your own letter bank, create words with up to three other players. Then steal each other's letters to create your own words and protect yours from being stol...

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09:26
Google Chrome crashes hard with Mac OS 10.10.2 beta...

…Use Safari! (lol,)

Google Chrome 39 had started to crash for me as soon as I updated to 10.10.2 Beta. I tried all of the normal things (trashing Google prefs, using Canary, etc etc). Nothing worked except downgrading back to Mac OS 10.10.1 stable.

Just FYI if you use Chrome, don't update to the latest Yosemite build. I was't able to start Chrome until I downgraded


Seth Weintraub (@llsethj) November 28, 2014

It turns out that the new 10.10.2 has depreciated some Trackpad APIs that cause an immediate crash.

@llsethj If I understand correctly, some trackpad APIs were deprecated — drivers aren’t relevant. http://t.co/f93RBntG4J

— Scott Buscemi (@swb1192)...

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09:00
Review: Deliveries for Mac and iOS is the perfect...

With Cyber Monday coming up, a lot of us shop online, as opposed to going out to the store. It would be nice if there was an easy way to track all of your packages. Of course you could set up mail rules to filter any emails that contain the words, “the tracking number,” but all that does is put all of your emails into a folder without notifying you of any changes in the status of your package. After initially receiving the email most forget about it and never track their packages, which happens all the time to me causing me to not pick up my packages for weeks. Or you can be the type of person that can obsessively track your package by constantly pressing the refresh button hoping...

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07:30
Teach your youngsters more about football with Kids...

Football has become a national passion that takes over out weekends from Labor Day through the Super Bowl in early February. Now you can help your kids have a better understanding of the rules and terminology used in America's favorite game with Kids...

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06:30
Mighty Smighties: Battle of the smightiest

Players compete in real time matches or single player missions in their attempt to be the best card commander around in Mighty Smighties. Building a strong card deck and strengthening that deck is key to success when customizing a character's strateg...

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06:14
Review: Moga Rebel iOS gaming controller for Apple...

Moga's new full-size Rebel Bluetooth gaming controller is the best iOS-compatible controller we've tested yet, successfully helping to bridge the gap between powerful home game consoles and mobile devices like both the iPhone and iPad.

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Saturday November 29

14:00
Canopy offers curated shopping on Amazon

So many of us love shopping on Amazon, but at times the choices can be overwhelming. Canopy (free) is a new iOS app designed as sort of a front door for Amazon, offering community-curated shopping suggestions for items offered on the online shopping ...

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11:00
Daily Deals for November 29, 2014, featuring four...

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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10:45
Hands On: Tintype 'selfie' photo filter...

Most iOS photo enthusiests are familiar with Hipstamatic's first, eponymously named, and most well-known app, which is designed to give a fun, vintage feel to photos taken with the iPad or iPhone. Recently, the company released TinType, their fourth app available for iOS. This time, they've taken aim at modifying the selfie....



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10:35
How to manage your iCloud security and Apple Pay...

Ever since Apple transitioned from its legacy MobileMe service to iCloud, it has sought to add more cloud features to match those of Google and Dropbox. With iOS 8 and Yosemite Apple has also opened iCloud Drive for file storage and Family Sharing of purchases, but managing your iCloud account can be challenging and confusing, especially when it comes to security.

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10:12
Thanksgiving weekend blues

The New York Times:

Thanksgiving weekend in 1990, I spent two hours at the loneliest place in the world for an obscure novelist — the book-signing table at a Waldenbooks in a suburban New Jersey mall.

I sat at the table smiling like a game show host. Store patrons scurried past me, doing all they could to avoid eye contact. I kept smiling. I straightened out my pile of free bookmarks for the umpteenth time, though so far none had been taken.

A lovely story about perspective.

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10:02
Amplified: “I’m Kinda Ticked Off”

Jim and Shawn talk about trading in your iPhone, Tim Cook, Google replacements, AC/DC, Rush and The Tragically Hip!

Sponsored by Audible (Visit the link to get a free audiobook of your choice and a free 30-day trial membership)!

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10:00
Apple Watch website updated with new product details...

Apple last week provided a bit of a makeover to its Apple Watch webpage, adding a number of interesting tidbits regarding the device's UI and functionality.

Specifically, three new sections were added: Timekeeping, New Ways to Connect, and Health & ...

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09:52
Pad & Quill

My thanks to Pad and Quill for sponsoring The Loop’s RSS feed this week. I have one of these bags and I love it.

Pad and Quill, a Minneapolis based company, began as an idea on a napkin in 2010. Starting with 4 prototypes, a barter to paint our web designers deck and a Paypal account to track orders, Brian and Kari began shipping cases from their basement and since they have grown to a business selling tens of thousands of unique hand crafted products a year.

Initially riding the Apple iOS wave, Brian and Kari (Mr and Mrs PQ) sought to bring to market iPhone and iPad cases crafted from organic materials such as leather, Baltic birch wood and buckram linen book cloth. Over time, the celebration of the craftsman,...

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08:20
Bing, Yahoo start 'right to be forgotten'...

This week has been a busy one for Europe's "right to be forgotten" stricture. Not only have Yahoo and Microsoft's Bing launched the mandated efforts for users, but the European Commission has also issued guidance to the search engines on how to handle requests. The guidance is similar to what Google has implemented, but there may be some issues ahead, as the document published by the commission takes issues to search engines warning site operators when a page with information is delisted, potentially stirring up old issues and bringing more attention to the deleted content....



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07:30
Impractical ICE BlackBox can film, share emergency...

ICE BlackBox promises a secure, easy system for delivering audio, video and your location to personalized emergency contacts with the push of a button in any emergency situation. It also features a one-touch "Call 911" button to connect you directly ...

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07:30
iPhoneography 101: Photo Tip Q&A

Vern Seward answers some burning iPhoneography questions in this edition of iPhoneography 101: the difference between camera apps; should you use a tripod; and the all-important best way to take a selfie.


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07:00
Caturday: Le magnifique chat devant l'iMac

Ahhh, the hunting grounds of the magnificent tuxedo cat ... in front of an iMac. This is Kali, a cat belonging to the daughter of TUAW reader Denis Giguere of Laval, Quebec. Denis poetically notes that:

We are currently sitting Kali, one of our daug...

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05:30
Settle those sports arguments with Who Won Sports

Many of us love to argue or rather have animated discussions about a variety of topics, politics, religion, where to go for the best hamburger and the king of argument starters: Sports. Now with Who Won Sports you and your friends can settle those di...

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05:10
Cox sued by labels over failure to inform users of...

A pair of music publishers have launched a suit against Internet service provider Cox Communications. BMG Rights Management and Round Hill Music accuse the provider of failing to penalize serial rights infringers, with warnings by watchdog Rightscorp going ignored. The pair claims that Cox's refusal to deliver the messages serves to dilute the entire anti-piracy effort agreed to by the ISPs, and hurts the ISP industry, and music producing business in the process....



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05:00
Quirky Cameras, Quick Charges and Racing Robots


HTC is stepping so far out of the box with the RE Camera, it's almost as if there was never a box to begin with. Instead of making us stare through a viewfinder, this minimalist device almost demands a return to older forms of photography, while still taking advantage of modern technology. It looks like a cross between a periscope and an asthma inhaler, neither of which scream style to anyone who might spot it in your hand. The positives: It captures 16-megapixel still images and 1080p video while wirelessly transferring the content to a phone.

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04:36
When should you shop? Right after Black Friday

New York Times:

Want the best deals on electronics, but don’t feel like camping out for two weeks in front of Best Buy? Stay home on Friday, but don’t wait too long after that to shop online.

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04:36
Roundup: Holiday app deals bring deep discounts on...

As brick-and-mortar shops welcome an onslaught of holiday shoppers looking for the year's best savings, purveyors of digital goods are also offering deep discounts and promotions for their wares.

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Friday November 28

20:24
Briefly: Scannerz 1.9, PDFpen Scan+ 1.5

Software and Computer Systems Company has released a new version of Scannerz, a hard drive, SSD and system testing tool for OS X. Scannerz allows users to identify bad sectors or blocks on a hard drive or SSD, and can also be used to help identify other issues such as drive problems, bad SATA or I/O cables. The latest version now includes the new Performance Probe 2 as well as Phoenix and FSE, and is fully Yosemite compatible. Systems running OS X 10.5 or later are compatible, with pricing beginning at $22 for the Lite version. Current users of fully licensed versions receive the update for fr...

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18:18
The best deals we can find

The Wirecutter:

The holiday season is approaching once again, and that screaming you hear is the sound of Internet users everywhere becoming inundated with holiday “deals.” Thousands of deals. Tens of thousands of deals. And, as you may know from experience, most of those deals don’t actually result in any kind of savings.

In fact, they are often a waste of money due to marketing trickery or just plain bad products. In fact, according to our research so far only 0.6% of the 42,000 deals we’ve studied since early November are actually a good deal on a good piece of gear. Our attitude is dictated by a general idea: if we wouldn’t buy it ourselves or tell our friends and family to do so, we won’t list it. If the price or the item itself is not good, we won’t list it.

This time of year, we are inundated by “deals”. The folks at The Wirecutter do a great job of separating the wheat from the chaff. It’s also a great list if you are looking for gift ideas.

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18:13
I’m buying people gift cards for Christmas, and you...

Vox:

I write about economics for a living, so I understand concepts of deadweight loss and depreciation and inefficiency.

That said, I still ask my parents for gift cards for Christmas every year. And I buy them for people, too.

I know this is a sacrilege, and you might, too — there are all sorts of articles out there about how gift cards are sincerely a terrible, horrible gift. And yet I keep wanting them. It could be because I’m just a bad decision-maker, but I think there are excellent reasons to get a person a gift card … provided you buy it for the right kind of person.

I think gift cards can have their place for certain people. Do you give gift cards? Do you like to get them?

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17:01
Black Friday: Deals for musos

If you're a beginner learning to play a guitar, sing, play the bass or drums, or you are a veteran looking to further develop your skills there are some great Black Friday deals on offer at the moment on the net. This also extends to guitarists and other musicians looking for some great drum loops and samples to add flavor to your home recordings. Electronista has been on the lookout and spotted some excellent deals with Jammit, JamPlay and Platinum Loops....



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15:52
Giveaways

For the holidays, MacNN and Electronista are giving away a bunch of great prizes from software and games to Bluetooth speakers and keyboards. Find out more about the prizes and how you can enter to win.



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15:15
Ask Slashdot: Objective C Vs. Swift For a New iOS...

RegularDave writes: I'm a recent grad from a master's program in a potentially worthless social science field, and I've considered getting into iOS development. Several of my friends who were in similar situations after grad school have done so and are making a healthy living getting contract work. Although they had CS and Physics degrees going into iOS, neither had worked in objective C and both essentially went through a crash courses (either self-taught or through intensive classes) in order to get their first gigs. I have two questions. First, am I an idiot for thinking I can teach myself either objective C or Swift on my own without any academic CS background (I've tinkered in HTML, CSS, and C classes online with some success)? Second, if I'm not an idiot for attempting to learn either language, which should I concentrate on?

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15:11
Giveaways now live at MacNN and Electronista

Over the course of the last couple of days MacNN and Electronista have been making it rain prizes. Maybe it was the turkey going to our heads, or the lack of news stories that drove us to this madness. Perhaps we were just feeling very generous. Whatever it was, we wanted to make sure that you knew about all the great prizes we had to offer. Below you will find a list of the giveaways that are going on right now....



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15:00
Desk: A painless writing and blogging tool for Mac

For writers and bloggers, the choice of a text editor can make a huge difference in productivity. The best tools simply fade out of the way and let you write, then magically transform your work into published format with a click. That's the case with...

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14:57
FingerKey app lets you unlock your Mac using iPhone’...


A new app called FingerKey allows Mac users to unlock their computer using Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5s, 6, or 6 Plus.

That means you’ll be able to login to your Mac using your iPhone’s fingerprint sensor rather than typing in a password each time. The app takes advantage of Apple opening up the Touch ID sensor to third-party apps for logins after previously being reserved for unlocking the device itself and authenticating App Store and iTunes purchases.

The FingerKey app includes the ability to unlock multiple computers from a distance, 256-bit AES encryption, and a Notification Center Today...

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14:17
Hands On: Alarmy (Sleep if U Can) alarm clock (iOS)

Waking up is a difficult feat for some. It certainly doesn't help when most alarms require only a simple tap to activate snooze mode. Some people become so adept at serial-snoozing that they don't even have to wake up to do it. Alarmy (Sleep If U Can), by Delight Room, promises to put an end to the phrase "just another ten minutes."...



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14:00
iPhone users taking astronomical photos with the...

Taking pictures of stars and deep sky objects with an iPhone would not have been something I thought would have worked, but as Apple hardware improves with better low light camera performance, apps are there to exploit it and push the envelope.

Seve...

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13:50
Giveaway: win a Penclick B2 Bluetooth mouse

Last, but certainly not least on our list of giveaway items today is the Penclic B2 Bluetooth mouse. This isn't your average, every day basic Bluetooth mouse though. This mouse takes computing to the next level by harnessing the natural power and dexterity in our fingers and hands and helps to prevent Repetitive Strain Injury. Read on to learn more, and to find out how you can win....



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13:25
Black Friday: lowest prices on Apple desktops

This year, like every year, Apple is running a Black Friday promotion, however this year if you are looking to save the most cash on a new Mac, the best bet is to look elsewhere. BestBuy.com has reduced prices on a wide selection of Macs. The 21.5-inch iMac with a 1.4GHz Intel i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive has seen a $200 discount to $899, which is around $80 less than the lowest price found anywhere else....



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13:02
Black Friday Special: Take an Additional 10% Off...

For today only you can pick up Soundfreaq’s Pocket Kick speaker for only $67.50 using our 10% off Black Friday Deal to save even more on the already great price. Ultra-portable, Pocket Kick has been meticulously designed to produce full and powerful sound with a pair of custom-engineered drivers and a passive radiator set between two full-metal, open air grills for full-frequency sound overall and lower bass frequencies kicked out the back.…

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12:27
Giveaway: Win a Verve 2 sensor system

What is the Verve 2? We asked ourselves the same question when we first heard of it. It turns out that it is quite unlike anything we have ever seen before. The Verve 2 is a sensor system that can be used to interact with a computer in a whole new way. We have one Verve 2 system to give away to our readers. Read on to learn more about this unique technology toy, and find out how you can win....



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12:13
News: Apps of the Week: The Longest Journey...

New Apps + Games The Longest Journey Remastered ($7) — Funcom’s critically acclaimed PC adventure game comes to the iPhone and iPad in a new “Remastered” version that provides touchscreen optimized controls and a new introduction narrated by original series creator Ragnar Tørnquist. With its iOS release, the epic adventure game puts a new generation of players into the shoes of the young art student who discovers that she can…

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12:10
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer on iTunes

Star Wars: The Force Awakens isn't due in theaters for about a year, but that shouldn't stop you from getting your Sci-Fi nerd on in a big way because you can see the movie's first trailer today. The minute and a half long trailer doesn't show any of the main characters - meaning no Luke, Leia, or Han - but it has plenty of stormtroopers, droids, X-winds, and the Millenium Falcon. Also, a triple-blade Sith lightsaber. That's right: a triple-blade Sith lightsaber. What's missing is Jar Jar Binks, which means there's a really good chance Episode 7 will be substantially better than all three prequel movies combined.


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11:40
Razer Nabu fitness tracker available in North...

Razer is finally going to release its fitness tracker, just in time for the holiday sales. Originally launched at CES in January followed by delays caused by hypoallergenic testing and a beta test with developers, the Razer Nabu is being made available to purchase from the Razer website and retailers from December 2nd in North America, with Razer pricing the fitness band at $100....



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11:40
Black Friday: Android tablet deals from zero dollars

With all the great deals out there on Android tablets today, it gets a little bit tricky trying to figure out what exactly the best prices are. To help, we have put together a list of some of the best Black Friday Android tablet deals we could find. At TigerDirect.com right now get the Proscan 7-inch Android tablet with McAfee 2015 multi-access for only $70. That's already $80 off the list price of $150. A $70 mail-in-rebate offer on this bundle drops the final cost down to zero dollars. However, McAfee activation is required to claim this rebate....



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11:37
Blueprint of Apple's "iPad Air Plus,...

A Japanese Apple fan magazine published on Friday what it says is a full-scale schematic of Apple's much rumored "iPad Air Plus," along with claims that the device will be powered by an A9 chip and ship between April and June of 2015.

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11:35
Report: Schematics of 12.2-inch ‘iPad Air Plus’...

Japanese magazine Mac Fan has published what it claims are drawings for the much rumored upcoming 12-inch iPad (via Macotakara).

The report in Mac Fan, which refers to the 12-inch iPad as the iPad Air Plus, claims that the new iPad will include a 12.2-inch display, new A9 processor, four speakers to offer stereo sound in any orientation, and arrive sometime between April and June of next year.

Latest rumors for the device claimed iPad Pro would sport a smaller 12.2-inch display and a profile of 7mm, which lines up with the drawings published in the latest Mac Fan issue today. Several reports have pointed to a yet to be announced iPad that...

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11:17
35 percent off iTunes gift cards – if you act fast

Heck, I thought getting 20% off iTunes gift cards was a good deal.

Turns out 35% off is a lot better.

Here’s how to get the deal of the year on iTunes gift cards.

Paypal Digital Gifts is offering a 25% deal ($100 iTunes code for $75) on eBay – which trumps Wednesday’s deal from Costso by five percent.

To make things sweeter, a tipster notified me that you can stack another $10 discount on top of the already good $100 code for $75 deal. Instead of clicking “Buy in Now” on eBay,...

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11:00
Apple upsets customers by not extending Black Friday...

Black Friday shoppers in the UK were surprised this morning to discover Apple was not offering any promotions on the sales day that kicks off the holiday shopping season. Shoppers took to Twitter to express their surprise and frustration that Apple's...

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10:56
Giveaway: win a Penclic K2 wireless mini keyboard

Black Friday is in full swing, but instead of door-buster deals we have more prizes to give away to our readers. To get things started today we have the Penclic K2 wireless Mini keyboard. Reclaim your desk, and create a healthy working position while you're at it. Find out how you can enter to win below....



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10:55
Hands On: Rugby Nations 15 (iOS)

Sports games have existed for about as long as video gaming has and have been popular whether played on arcade cabinets or on the Xbox One. While most would agree that sports games tend to thrive on console, Rugby Nations 15 by developer Distinctive Games makes a strong argument for sports gaming on mobile platforms....



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10:30
MacMall offering Black Friday discounts across all...

One of the biggest online Apple resellers, MacMall, has kicked its Black Friday deals, offering significant discounts on a wide range Mac hardware, iPads, and Apple-related accessories. Below are some highlight and, you can find the remaining discoun...

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10:23
DealNN: iPad mini for $250, 4K monitor for $700, more

At Staples.com get the Space Gray iPad mini with Wi-Fi on sale for $199. That's a savings of $50 off the regular price of $250, and the best price we have seen on this configuration by more than $20. This iPad features a 7.9-inch LED-backlit display, A5 chip, 5MP iSight camera, built-in Wi-Fi and 16GB of storage. Included is Apple's one year limited warranty on parts and labor....



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