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Tuesday November 4

04:10
Hands On: ffwd player (iOS)

While there's no doubt that Apple's built-in music player certainly does its job well, those who love music might find it a little basic for their needs. But what does one do when they want to find a music player packed with features the default music player lacks? Developer by Christopher Lim has built the ffwd player, a music player for iOS that aims to create a better overall experience while listening to music....



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04:07
Expect first HomeKit-compatible devices soon as...

The first HomeKit-compatible devices are likely now in production as two chipmakers confirmed to Forbes that they have begun shipping Apple-certified Bluetooth and Wifi chips to device manufacturers.

One part of the certification process for device makers is that they have to buy their Bluetooth and Wifi chips from Apple-approved chipmakers–Texas Instruments, Marvell and Broadcom.

These chipmakers have begun shipping their chips loaded with HomeKit firmware to device manufacturers, Broadcom and Texas Instruments have confirmed.

Apple first announced HomeKit at its developer conference back in June. The idea behind it...

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03:56
Social news reader Nuzzel wants to make sure you...

Here at the Macworld office, a big part of our workflow revolves around keeping up with what’s hot in tech news. (Shocker, I know.) We each have our own methods to combat the madness—I’m dependent on Feedly, where I’ve got various news sites broken down into categories for me to monitor. But that’s not the only piece to the puzzle. Besides Feedly, I’m constantly keeping an eye on my Twitter and Facebook accounts to see what stories are trending.

Instead of your entire social feed, Nuzzel shows you only the articles your friends are sharing. 

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02:42
Review: Apple iPad Air 2

Apple continues to dominate the tablet market with good reason -- its pace of innovation since launching the original iPad just four years ago must have its competitors reeling. The iPad Air 2 is the six-generation iPad, although the product line is only four years old. It is a testament to Apple's desire to remain at the forefront of tablet innovation and market leadership that it has advanced the definition of state-of-the-art each time a new iPad is released. Is this Apple's most amazing mobile device yet? Read on in our full review of the Apple iPad Air 2....



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02:00
Reviews: Apple iPad Air 2

Apple continues to dominate the tablet market with good reason -- its pace of innovation since launching the original iPad just four years ago must have its competitors reeling. The iPad Air 2 is the six-generation iPad, although the product line is only four years old. It is a testament to Apple's desire to remain at the forefront of tablet innovation and market leadership that it has advanced t ......



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Monday November 3

22:49
Products with HomeKit API embedded now headed to...

A new report says that at least two of the three Apple-approved vendors for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chips that feature Apple's HomeKit embedded in the processors are now shipping the components to home appliance manufacturers. The news, confirmed by Forbes, suggests that products taking advantage of HomeKit technology should be appearing more commonly in the market over the course of the next few months. Though several HomeKit-centric products are already out, a forthcoming conference should vastly increase that number....



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22:13
'Disney Movies Anywhere' gets Android app...

Disney on Tuesday rolled out an Android app for its "Disney Movies Anywhere" cloud service -- already available for iOS -- in a rare deal that finds Apple and Google sharing digital content rights for movie purchases.

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21:29
Disney’s ‘Movies Anywhere’ app comes to Android,...

Back in February, Apple and Disney teamed up on a new app called Movies Anywhere that allowed iOS users to access their library of purchased movies—whether bought on the iTunes Store, DVD, or other media (with the appropriate redemption code in the box).

Today, Disney has launched the same service for Android users. Movies Anywhere owners will now be able to access their movie library featuring titles from Disney, Pixar, and Marvel from any of their devices. Because this is a cross-platform solution, movies previously purchased on the iTunes Store will now be available to users on Android devices, and iOS users will be...

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20:41
Apple releases first iOS 8.1.1 beta to developers...

Following the release of OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite beta, Apple on Monday issued the first developer beta for iOS 8.1.1 , the upcoming point release for the company's mobile operating system.

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20:35
Review: Alpine Headphones

Headphones have hit a point where there isn't much to differentiate one set from one another. Making a choice between Bluetooth and wired models ends up being the first decision, followed by the type of tuning or sound quality a user wants. Alpine aims to add another feature into the mix, the feel of the music. With the Alpine Headphones the audio company wanted to bring the feel of a concert home, packing technology into a set of over-the-ear headphones with an app for user control to accomplish it. But do the Alpine Headphones offer a new audio experience that is worth feeling, or would cons...



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20:34
Australian Bureau of Statistics credits Apple's...

Following an anemic 0.1 percent rise in August, Australia's Bureau of Statistics reported that retail turnover lept to 1.2 percent growth in September, crediting Apple's iPhone 6 launch for driving the unexpected growth.

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20:25
Apple seeds first iOS 8.1.1 beta: bug fixes and...

Apple tonight has released the first beta of iOS 8.1.1 to developers. This update is packed with bug fixes, according to the release notes. Most notably, “this release includes bug fixes, increased stability and performance improvements for iPad 2 and iPhone 4s.”

Have we spooked Apple into providing every single minor point release as a developer prerelease – is that what’s happened?

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20:13
Google’s App Aesthetic

New today: updated Android apps for Google Calendar and Gmail. Both look interesting — as Benedict Evans succinctly put it, “Google is reworking Mail and Calendar from database displays to task-led interfaces. I wonder how far they’ll take that.”

And intriguingly, as Google’s new “material” design language evolves, it’s very clearly heading in a different direction than iOS. Talking about flatness is simply too superficial to be a useful discussion. Superficially, iOS and Android seemingly converged toward flatness...

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19:51
Tim Cook's 'rhino skin' tested by a...

In the days following Tim Cook's statement that he was "proud to be gay," Apple's chief executive has been commended for his openness in a variety of online opinions, but also needled by a pestilent swarm of haters, ranging from Twitter trolls to Russian politicians and businessmen. Apple investors don't seem to care.

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19:50
Hands On: Woah Dave! (multi-platform)

There's no doubt that retro-gaming is decidedly "in" these days, and the amount of games that have decided to emulate the sights and sounds of the 1980s and 1990s are many. Among those games, few have come across as overwhelmingly successful, but among those titles stands newcomer Woah Dave by Choice Provisions. The game has enjoyed success at PAX, E3, IndeCade, and California Extreme....

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19:34
Apple acquires Union Bay Networks, opens software...

Apple confirmed today that it has acquired cloud networking startup Union Bay Networks and will open a software engineering office in the company’s home town of Seattle. This will be Apple’s first time venturing into the city, though many other tech companies have already established offices in the area.

The first hints that an acquisition may have taken place came when GeekWire noticed that Union Bay’s co-founder Benn Bollay now lists himself as a manager at Apple on LinkedIn and seems to be...

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19:21
Apple reportedly acquires cloud startup Union Bay...

Following the discovery that Apple is hiring in the Seattle area, the company on Monday confirmed that it will be opening an engineering office in the state, with reports pointing to the acquisition of local cloud computing startup Union Bay Networks.

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19:00
Reviews: Alpine Headphones

Headphones have hit a point where there isn't much to differentiate one set from one another. Making a choice between Bluetooth and wired models ends up being the first decision, followed by the type of tuning or sound quality a user wants. Alpine aims to add another feature into the mix, the feel of the music. With the ......



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18:02
[Sponsor] Fucking Amazon

I sold Woot to Amazon and they made it shitty. So I quit. Then I got bored.

I started A Mediocre Corporation with a few others from Woot. We just launched a classic daily deal site — only one thing for sale each day. Meh.

Oh, and since you seem to be into RSS, we put one together just for you, at meh.com/deals.rss. Of course you can also just go to meh.com.

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17:56
Verizon, AT&T collaborating on VoLTE...

Verizon and AT&T are working together to allow Voice over LTE (VoLTE) calls to function normally between mobile phone users on different carriers. Current systems allow for the high definition calls to take place between users on the same carrier, switching to current technologies when calling another phone network, but the two major carriers aim to put an end to the loss of call quality in the future....



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17:49
Apple seeds first OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite beta to...

On Monday, Apple released the first beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1, the forthcoming first update to Yosemite. This first beta is the first to arrive after the release of OS X Yosemite on October 16. The new build, 14B17, can be obtained by registered developers through Apple's Software Update. Apple is asking developers to focus on Wi-Fi, Exchange accounts in Mail, and Notification Center. No release notes have yet been published detailing any changes or fixes present in 10.10.1....



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17:06
Are There Too Many Forks at the FOSS Table?


Halloween has come and gone here in the Northern reaches of the Linux blogosphere, but for those of us paying attention, few things could be more frightful than the bloodshed now taking place in Debian's civil war. The streets of the blogosphere are filled with smoke; conversations are getting drowned out by the din of gunfire; and glasses are perpetually rattling down at the Punchy Penguin Saloon. It was something of a relief to come across a question that's related, but far less emotional than what has dominated the discussions so far.

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17:05
First wireless chips with Apple HomeKit support now...

Chipmakers Broadcom and Texas Instruments have started shipping out Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chips with installed Apple HomeKit firmware, meaning the first wave of HomeKit-enabled devices should hit store shelves soon.

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16:30
Bring the noise of the crowd home with Football...

Here is a new sports app for your iOS devices. But unlike most sports app you won't find scores, or statistics, or game reports, or sports news, or really anything else you might expect to get in a sports app. Football Sound Effects offers just what...

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16:22
Handsome Jack playable in Borderlands: The Pre-...

The release date for the first expansion pack for Gearbox Software's Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is set for this month, introducing the fifth playable character to the game. The character is none other than Handsome Jack, or at least someone who looks a lot like him and shares some of his personality traits....



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16:17
Limited Edition Code Black Drone + HD Camera: Pre-...

We mentioned the Black Hawk Drone with SD camera deal a couple of weeks ago. It sold out almost immediately, and it got a name change to Code Black Drone, but there's a pre-order available for the HD version for just $89, $10 less when it ships (and it will retail for $199 outside of our deal channel). In any event, Code Black Drone is a cool looking quadcopter with an onboard camera, an HD camera in this case. The pre-order deal has only two days left, so if you want one for yourself or as a gift, grab it now.


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16:00
AT&T, Verizon agree to VoLTE interoperability in...

One of the big features touted for the future of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is support for Voice over LTE (VoLTE). Phone calls made over VoLTE are expected to not only have superior call quality, but some future capabilities like video phone...

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15:57
Yosemite Quick Tip: How to Reduce Transparency,...

If you upgraded to Yosemite and feel like your screen has gone blurry, Kelly has a tip to help you bring those new system fonts into focus.


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15:49
9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Air from $339, A Dark Room...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

iPad Blowout sale at Staples, up to $105 off: Airs starting at ...

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15:23
Apple issues first OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite beta seed...

Apple on Monday issued the first OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite beta to developers, with the first maintenance update seed coming more than two weeks after the latest Mac operating system saw release in mid-October.

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15:18
Mount your iPhone 6 inside any car with Logitech’s...

The overhauled design of iPhone 6 has slowed third party accessory makers to a crawl. We’ve seen a variety of docks and ultra-thin cases from smaller outfits, but name-brand companies are taking an exceptionally long time to bring iPhone 6/Plus accessories to market. Originally released for the iPhone 5/5s, Logitech has retooled its Protection+ case for iPhone 6:

Protection+ for iPhone 6 uses shock-absorbent polymers in each of the corners of the case to better absorb the the force of drops and bumps. This corner protection along with an inner TPR layer and impact channels (seen along the backside), work...

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15:13
Call of Duty Advanced Warfare - You Won't Need...


Activision Blizzard has released a new entry in the popular Call of Duty series. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition, which was developed by Sledgehammer Games as part of a new three-year development cycle for the franchise, brings the action to the near future with a greater emphasis on the multiplayer experience. However, its worldwide debut was not without controversy. It wasn't about what the game offered -- instead, all the buzz was about what gamers thought they might be missing, namely the Zombies mode.

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15:10
Apple seeds beta of first OS X Yosemite 10.10.1...

Apple has just seeded the very first beta of what will become the first update to the redesigned OS X Yosemite that was launched last month. The update to version 10.10.1 has a build number of 14B17.

The change notes indicate that Apple is making improvements in the areas of Wi-Fi connectivity, Exchange support in the Mail application, and the Notification Center, which gained support for widgets in the new operating system.

The beta can be downloaded...

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14:59
Apple rumored to abandon iPad mini in 2015, move to...

A dubious rumor out of East Asia on Monday claims Apple is looking to wind down iPad mini production in favor of a 12-inch tablet, a response to flagging sales and growing consumer interest in larger-screened devices.

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14:30
Red Bull Racers: Fueled for fun

Players can test their skill with vehicles in motorcycle, street, Spielberg, off-road, and formula races against multiple opponents in Red Bull Racers. There are different vehicles and difficulty levels to unlock in the game which adds to the...

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14:26
Beyonce rumored to release second iTunes exclusive...

A supposedly leaked photo appears to show the tracklist for an unannounced iTunes exclusive Beyonce release set for November, which will feature collaborations with Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and more.

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14:19
Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple...

An anonymous reader writes Citing the need to abide by a law combating "gay propaganda," a memorial dedicated to the late Apple founder Steve Jobs has been torn down. This comes on the heels of new CEO Tim Cook coming out as gay. "In Russia, gay propaganda and other sexual perversions among minors are prohibited by law," ZEFS (a Russian group of companies that originally erected the statue) said, noting that the memorial had been "in an area of direct access for young students and scholars". "After Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly called for sodomy, the monument was taken down to abide to the Russian federal law protecting children from information promoting denial of traditional family values."

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14:14
Apple-1 computer sold out of Steve Jobs’ garage...

An Apple-1 from the Computer History Museum.

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On December 11, Christie's Auction House will put up an original Apple-1 Personal Computer, which was sold out of Steve Jobs' Palo Alto, California, garage for $600 back in 1976. Christie's estimates that the computer, sold to Charles Ricketts, is worth between $400,000 and $600,000, “the highest estimate yet for an original Apple-1 offered at auction,” the auction house wrote in a press release.

An Apple-1 specialist was hired by Christie's to see whether the Ricketts Apple-1 had suffered any deterioration. He was able to run “the standard original software program, Microsoft BASIC, and also an original Apple-1 Star Trek game” on the vintage computer. It will be sold along with two...

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14:10
Apple hires new lobbying firm to focus on trade and...

Last month Apple hired Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, the law firm that has represented it in various patent cases against Samsung, to serve as the company’s lobbyists in Washington on matters regarding intellectual property and tech industry competition, PC World reports.

This year alone Apple has reportedly spent somewhere around $3 million on lobbying efforts, especially in the areas of...

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13:50
Apple’s iTunes 12 is Apple’s Worst Software Ever,...

For many people, music is an important part of their lives. It's so important that Apple's iTunes should be the finest example of what Apple developers can build. It should be up to Apple's standards as best-in-class software. Unfortunately, iTunes 12 has a subpar user interface, and it is judged to be the worst software Apple has ever produced. It should be withdrawn from the market.


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13:35
CurrentC exclusivity 'closer to months than...

The COO for MCX, Scott Rankin, has spoken to USA Today in an attempt to defend CurrentC, an upcoming mobile payment system that has taken flak for various policies, such as excluding Apple Pay and Google Wallet at participating retail chains. He says for example that the length of exclusivity is "closer to months than years," which suggests that some retailers signed on for CurrentC -- such as CVS and Rite Aid -- could begin accepting rival payment options by the end of 2015 or 2016....



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13:33
Critics chafe as Macs send sensitive docs to iCloud...

Representing a potential privacy snare for some users, Mac OS X Yosemite by default uploads documents opened in TextEdit, Preview, and Keynote to iCloud servers, even if the files are later closed without ever having been saved.

The behavior, as noted in an article from Slate, is documented in a Knowledge Base article from December. But it nonetheless came as a surprise to researcher Jeffrey Paul, who said he was alarmed to recently discover a cache of in-progress files he intended to serve as "temporary Post-It notes" that had been silently uploaded to his iCloud account even though he had never intended or wished them to be.

"Apple has taken local files on my computer not stored in iCloud and silently and without my permission uploaded...

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13:30
Christian Bale no longer set to play Steve Jobs in...

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Christian Bale has pulled out of the Aaron Sorkin penned Steve Jobs biopic. The report claims that Bale decided to withdraw from the film because he felt he wasn't right for the role.

Sources say Bale, after...

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13:13
Gazelle launches certified preowned store...

Trade-in service Gazelle on Monday launched a new resale service backed by a quality guarantee, allowing shoppers to buy used iPhones and iPads at heavily discounted prices, without having to worry about the condition of their purchase when it arrives.

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12:49
Hands On: DragonBox Elements (iOS, Android)

Geometry is often thought of as a branch of mathematics that kids either "get" or "don't get." If children are unable to master the basic Euclidean elements in elementary school, they often struggle with more advanced geometric concepts in middle and high school. This can put them further behind their classmates in subjects like geometry, trigonometry, and calculus. What is a parent to do when their child isn't grasping these important problems? DragonBox Elements by developer WeWantToKnow has offered a creative solution....



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12:46
Yes, the 5K Retina iMac’s screen runs at 60Hz at 5K...

The Retina iMac on my desk, driving my pair of 27-inch Thunderbolt monitors.

Lee Hutchinson

I’m at the end of my time with the Retina iMac now that our Senior Applemeister Andrew Cunningham is back from his nuptials. He’ll be finishing up our coverage of the device, but I wanted to touch on a couple of final points with the big Mac before I send it on its way to the East Coast. We’ve received several variations of the same question submitted to our feedback form: does the Retina iMac operate at 60Hz in its native 5120x2880 resolution? And if so, how is that even possible, given that DisplayPort 1.2 doesn’t have the bandwidth to support that resolution and refresh rate?

To answer the first question: yes, the iMac’s display runs at 60Hz, even when driving all 14.7 million pixels of its native 5k resolution. Apple directly verified this when I asked; the company also...

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12:39
Apple Pay partner terms involve split credit/debit...

A research analyst with Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Sanjay Sakhrani, has published what he claims are the terms financial institutions must agree to in order to join Apple Pay. Apple is allegedly receiving 15 basis points per credit card transaction, and half a penny per debit transaction. Banks must allow 95 percent of their cards to be used with Apple Pay, not necessarily including gift or ATM-only cards....



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12:30
Apple Pay is helping re-ignite another round of...

When Apple announced that Apple Pay would be accepted by McDonalds locations across the land Burger King must have been feeling pretty left out. So much so, in fact, that the well known eatery chain went and got itself a new significant other in the...

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12:28
News: Report reveals Apple Pay requirements for card...

Financial news site Benzinga has provided a summary of a new report from Sanjay Sakhrani of Keefe, Bruyette & Woods that provides some insight into Apple’s contractual relationship with card issuers for Apple Pay. The report naturally provides some details on the percentage that Apple takes from transactions, but also highlights Apple’s requirements for card issuers to participate in Apple Pay. Card issuers must apparently “allow…

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12:21
Tom Magliozzi, popular co-host of NPR’s ‘Car Talk,’...

NPR:

Tom Magliozzi, one of public radio’s most popular personalities, died on Monday of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 77 years old.

Tom and his brother, Ray, became famous as “Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers” on the weekly NPR show Car Talk. They bantered, told jokes, laughed and sometimes even gave pretty good advice to listeners who called in with their car troubles.

I don’t know a thing about cars but listened to the show simply because Tom and Ray were so entertaining.

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12:06
Taylor Swift pulls entire music catalog from Spotify

Singer Taylor Swift has taken the unusual move of pulling her entire back catalog from Spotify, in the same week that her label launched her latest album. The move, which involves the removal of all of the artist's earlier albums, has been conducted without comment from Swift nor her management, but that has not kept Spotify from speaking out....



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11:58
Verizon, AT&T pledge Voice Over LTE...

The two largest carriers in the U.S., Verizon and AT&T, both announced on Monday that they plan to allow Voice Over LTE connections between customers on the two competing networks starting in 2015.

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11:55
Christian Bale no longer starring in Sony Jobs...

Actor Christian Bale has decided to drop out of Sony's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. The project was reportedly on schedule to start shooting this winter, and director Danny Boyle is said to be Los Angeles this week meeting with actors and actresses, including Seth Rogen, who could be playing Steve Wozniak. Bale, though, has allegedly decided he isn't right for the lead role and opted out of the movie....



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11:54
Mac: Titanium Software OnyX 2.9

Apple’s annual free OS X updates are great, as well as a reminder that it’s time to do some housecleaning on your Mac. Enter Titanium Software’s venerable OnyX (free). Now updated for OS X 10.10 Yosemite in version 2.9, OnyX continues to be our tool of choice for cleaning up the cruft that occasionally accumulates on a well-used Mac, particularly across multiple app and OS X updates. It’s a relatively safe way to give your…

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11:52
Southwest Airlines adds free Beats Music streaming...

Beats Music is getting some promotional support from an unlikely source: Southwest Airlines. The Dallas-based budget airline is now throwing in free Beats streaming
complete with curated playlists to round out its on-board entertainment options.

Southwest is known for its low prices and perks like free checked bags. Now the airline is throwing in free Beats Music on its in-flight Wi-Fi, which is
also free if you’re using it to stream songs. The subscription-only Beats is normally $9.99 a month, so the partnership opens up the service to a new
audience as Apple seeks to rebrand it.

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11:35
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 3...

Notable software releases this week include Microsoft Outlook 15.3 for Mac, Audio Hijack Pro 2.11.4, CloudPull 2.6.1, 1Password 5.0.2, and Downcast 1.1.1.

 

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11:35
ExtraBITS for 3 November 2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook dominated the news this week, with a notable personal announcement and a variety of hints about Apple’s future at the WSJD Live conference. Also this week in ExtraBITS, Backblaze takes a look at OS X 10.10 Yosemite’s adoption compared to that of Windows 8, and Chris Breen of Macworld shares a way to revert back to iTunes 11.

 

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11:30
Track your big events with Widget Countdown

There are big events in life. Some we can't wait for, others we dread. It's easy to put them on the calendar, but thats not as immediately clear as seeing just how many days or hours remain until something happens. Widget Countdown puts your big...

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11:26
Verizon & AT&T planning to roll out VoLTE...

Verizon and AT&T announced today that they are working together to allow Voice over LTE calls between their customers. The carriers, which both previously announced the roll out of VoLTE technology earlier this year, said they expect VoLTE interoperability between their customers to arrive next year:

Engineers from both companies are working through a full set of requirements, beginning with extensive testing in lab environments and then moving to field trials.  This approach ensures customers will have a seamless experience making VoLTE HD Voice calls between...

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11:16
Christian Bale passes on role of Steve Jobs, actor...

Though Christian Bale was in final talks to play Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic, the actor has reportedly decided to pass on the part, as he allegedly did not feel he was the right person to play the iconic figure on film.

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11:07
Daily Deal: Pre-order The Limited Edition Code Black...

Back by popular demand, we’re once again offering The Limited Edition Code Black Drone and HD Camera in today’s iLounge Deal. You can pre-order this dark knight of the sky for only $89. Not only is that over 50% off the normal price, but that’s $10 off what the deal price will be once the drone starts shipping in December. You’ll have to hurry if you want one at this price though—only limited supplies are available for…

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11:06
Report: Christian Bale drops Steve Jobs role in...

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Christian Bale will not star at Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic:

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the actor has fallen off the Jobs biopic that is being directed by Danny Boyle. [...]

Sources say Bale, after much deliberation and conflicting feelings, came to the conclusion he was not right for the part and decided to withdraw.

Just last month, the film’s writer Aaron Sorkin had stated that Bale would star as the Apple co-founder in the movie as Bale was “best actor on the board in a certain age range.”

Bale had only been slated to play Jobs since...

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11:03
Comcast Email Delivery Restarted for TidBITS...

If you use Comcast and subscribe to TidBITS, you haven’t been receiving email issues for a few weeks. Here’s why, and why delivery has now restarted. Our apologies for the delivery interruption!

 

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11:00
Report shares details of Apple Pay requirements for...

A new report from Sanjay Sakhrani of KBW and detailed by Bezinga claims to share details of Apple’s contract with card issuers for Apple Pay. In addition to sharing details on Apple’s cut of transactions, the report highlights requirements from Apple’s terms and conditions that card issuers must follow to participate in the new payments service.

Among the terms, card issuers reportedly “must allow at least 95 percent of the cards in their portfolio to participate in Apple Pay,” which the report points out might not include ATM or gift cards. Apple previously posted a support document detailing supported card types through...

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11:00
Daily Deals for November 3, 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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10:59
Take a Nano Pill and Call Google in the Morning?


Google is in the early stages of developing a nanoparticle-covered pill to detect cancer and other serious health problems such as heart disease, according to Andrew Conrad, head of the life sciences team at Google X, who revealed the project last week. The pill would work in tandem with a wearable magnetic device worn by the patient; the device would guide the pill to different parts of the body and collect data could reveal the person's potential for developing a variety of health problems.

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10:29
Performer Headphones with suspension ear cups...

Two news pairs of over-the-ear headphones were announced by 808 Audio today, taking a new approach to the ear cup design. The Performer Headphones--released in wired and Bluetooth models--use ear cup suspension technology in an attempt to give users a better fit during long play sessions or in professional audio applications like DJ sets....



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10:27
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-03

The memorial in Saint Petersberg, Russia, to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is gone because current CEO Tim Cook is gay. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to discuss the decision to pull down the memorial and homophobia in Russia, plus they have a little to say about Trent Reznor's secret streaming music project for Apple.


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10:26
RunKeeper update adds indoor treadmill tracking,...

Atheletes who rely on the popular RunKeeper app to track their workouts can now use a new "Stopwatch Mode" for easily entering indoor exercises. In addition, third-party keyboard SwiftKey was updated on Monday with support for four new languages, as well as a handful of improvements and bug fixes.

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10:25
Briefly: SwitchEasy's AirMask iPhone case,...

SwitchEasy has announced its introduction its AirMask "non-case" for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Functioning as a screen guard and case combined, the AirMask measures at 0.35 millimetres in thickness and weighs 10 grams. Its polymer shell provides 3H hardness protection and is capable of resisting regular wear and tear, and additionally features a textured surface that improves one's grip on their phone. The AirMask is priced at $25 for iPhone 6, and $30 for iPhone 6 Plus, available for pre-order in gold, silver and gray....



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10:15
Fully-functional Apple I worth $600,000 headed to...

An unusual Apple I -- estimated to be worth $600,000 -- will be put up for auction at Christie's on December 11th, according to Reuters. While a number of Apple I models are still in existence, the system in question is not only fully functional but has documentation indicating that it was sold directly by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. It was originally purchased for $600 by a man named Charles Ricketts; on a canceled check made out to Apple Computer, he wrote "Purchased July 1976 from Steve Jobs in his parents' garage in Los Altos." A second check, for $193, reads "Software NA Programmed by St...



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Unu Superpak Battery Giveaway

iLounge and uNu are giving away eight (8) uNu Superpak Battery Pack. There are four (4) Black and four (4) White models available to win. Introducing the world's smallest 10,000mAh battery pack. Featuring SuperX Fast-Charging Technology, the Superpak has the ability to store power up to 2X faster than conventional battery packs. For more information visit MyuNu.com....

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10:05
Navy Federal, USAA, U.S. Bank, others kick off...

A number of new credit unions and banks have started to flip the switch giving customers access to Apple Pay, making Apple's new NFC-based mobile payment system available to millions of new consumers throughout the U.S.

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10:00
Apple partners with Southwest for in-flight Beats...

Travelers boarding Southwest planes are about to find a new in-flight entertainment option as Apple/Beats Music has partnered with the airline to offer streaming Beats Music. The whole things starts today and is limited to planes that offer...

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09:06
Expect the Apple Watch to launch next spring

The Apple Watch’s release date is still under wraps, but now we know that January and February are out of the running for the “early 2015” time frame Apple has teased.

Angela Ahrendts, the company’s senior VP of retail and online stores, told employees in video remarks that the watch launch will happen after Chinese New Year on Feb. 19. 9to5Mac obtained a transcript of the message, in which Arendts says the next few months will be a “marathon” for Apple store workers: first, the holiday rush, then Chinese New Year, then the Apple Watch release in spring.

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Starwood Hotels now lets you use your iPhone to...

If you hate carrying around -- or perhaps losing -- a hotel room key when you're on a business or leisure trip, Starwood Hotels has you covered. The popular lodging company which includes the Sharaton, W Hotels, and Westin brands among others, has...

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09:00
Second wave of banks begins supporting Apple Pay [u]

(Updated with US Bank confirmation, other banks going live) A second wave of banks has begun supporting Apple Pay. The largest credit union in the US, Navy Federal, is officially launching support today. Another institution -- USAA -- was supposed to enable support on the 7th, but anecdotes indicate that its cards are already working. Similar reports are coming in for US Bank and PNC Bank, even though PNC has only promised compatibility in the "next several weeks."...



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Continuity in Yosemite/iOS 8: Which network powers...

iDevices and Macs on the same network can make and receive phone calls through your iPhone. SMS messages can be relayed, as well.

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If you have the latest Mac and the latest iPhone or iPad running Apple's latest OSes, and if you have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on, the new Continuity features work like magic. What powers that magic? A wide range of network options, including Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE), peer-to-peer Wi-Fi, regular local networking, and iCloud/iMessage. Each aspect of Continuity actually picks and chooses from these connectivity options, sometimes using more than one.

We looked at Continuity while both iOS and OS X were in beta. Now that they are out, we've gone back and tested what the released version can accomplish. I think this is a complete list of what the current version of Continuity can do, as well as a couple of similar features that Apple...

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08:21
News: Apple looking for Apple Watch Evangelist

Apple has posted a new job listing for an Apple Watch Evangelist, a position expected to help promote third-party app development for the company’s forthcoming wearable device. The job description indicates that Apple is seeking a “motivated iOS app development expert” to work with third-party developers to build new iOS apps “with a primary focus on Apple Watch apps.” This new role will also involve working with Apple’s…

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08:11
Charge Your Apple Watch in Style with DODOcase’s...

When Apple Watch ships next spring you'll need to charge yours every day, and DODOcase wants you to be able juice up in style with its new Charging Stand. The stand is made from California orchard walnut, uses suction cup adhesive to hold it in place, has a groove for routing the watch's charging cable, and you can get a monogramed leather cover for the inductive charger base. DODOcase will number the first 100 sold, and the company plans to ship its Charging Stand at the same time Apple Watch ships in spring 2015. You can pre-order now with a US$5 deposit. The final price will run between $60 and $80.


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08:09
Apple retail exec Ahrendts indicates “spring” launch...

The latest word is that the Apple Watch will launch next spring.

Per 9to5Mac, Apple Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts, stated the device’s release timeframe to retail employees in a video message, a transcript of which was provided by a source. While explaining that employees need to conserve energy for upcoming shopping seasons, Ahrendts stated, “we’re going into the holidays, we’ll go into Chinese New Year, and then we’ve got a new watch launch coming in the spring:”

Up until this point, Apple has consistently said that the Apple Watch will ship in “early 2015,” without specifying a day or month. The broad window was announced at the Apple Watch’s unveil in September, is stated on Apple’s website, and was reiterated by Apple executives last month. Sources indicated in September that Apple would struggle to hit...

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08:06
SwiftKey for iOS updated with support for Swedish,...


The SwiftKey iOS keyboard has been updated today to include support for several new languages. This will be a welcome update for many users, as the developers say that support for new languages has been one of their most requested changes. The new languages included in this update are:

  • Swedish
  • Danish
  • Norwegian
  • Dutch

The addition of these four languages brings the total to seventeen. SwiftKey is available on the...

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08:05
News: New report claims iPad Pro to have 12.2”...

A new report from Macotakara has revealed some more information on Apple’s rumored larger iPad. According to Macotakara’s sources, the iPad Pro will be similar in size to Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3, with a 12.2-inch LCD instead of the previously-reported 12.9-inch spec. The front form factor is supposed to be similar to the Surface Pro 3, with thickness somewhere in between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The design is said to be…

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08:02
Southwest Airlines and Apple offer Beats Music with...

A new partnership between Apple and Southwest Airlines will not only offer access to the Beats Music subscription service while in flight, but a new Beats-branded Boeing 737 aircraft is also taking to the skies.

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08:00
New Microsoft ad pits the MacBook Air against the...

Microsoft this weekend released a new advertisement targeting the MacBook Air. The 30-second clip compares Apple's ultra-portable laptop with the new Lenovo Yoga 3. Unlike earlier Microsoft ads that compare hardware and software features, this latest...

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07:52
Apple Pay support for USAA cards arrives ahead of...

Update: US Bank has just confirmed Apple Pay support starting today. In addition, readers report cards from PNC and M&T banks working in Apple Pay.

Ahead of a previously announced Nov. 7 launch for Apple Pay support, a number of users today report being able to load USAA issued cards into the new payment service. We’ve received tips from readers regarding support for USAA Debit MasterCards and a long list of other customers online report support for other card types through the bank.

Apple has yet to update its...

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07:50
Starwood hotel chain begins rollout of iPhone,...

Following a pilot program earlier this year, the Starwood hotel chain has officially inaugurated its SPG Keyless initiative. At supporting hotels, guests will be able to use an iPhone or an Android phone to both check in and unlock doors via Bluetooth. The system will become available at 10 Aloft, Element, and W hotels on Wednesday, and gradually expand to 150 hotels by the end of next year....



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07:49
Starwood Hotels rolls out iPhone & Apple Watch-...

Following a successful trial run in the U.S., Starwood Hotels will now allow guests at a number of the company's properties around the world to walk past the front desk during check-in and unlock their hotel room door using only their iPhone or forthcoming Apple Watch.

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07:43
Briefly: WWE Network hits UK, London Undergound...

World Wrestling Entertainment is expanding the reach of its streaming service to the United Kingdom later today, after already rolling to 170 other countries. Starting from 8PM GMT, Digital Spy writes that WWE Network will be available in the country on a variety of devices for free until the end of November, before a subscription fee of £6.25 ($10) per month is introduced. WWE is also altering its subscription requirements in December, removing the six-month minimum commitment period for the lower monthly fee, and instead charging a $9.99 rolling monthly fee....



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07:30
Apple Watch release date gets ever so slightly more...

In an internal company address that 9to5Mac got a hold of, Apple Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts noted that while everyone has been working really hard, there are several busy seasons coming up, including the holiday...

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07:29
Rumor: Apple designing larger, thinner “iPad Pro”...

The new iPads are out.

That doesn’t stop the rumor mill speculating about the next generation of the tablets.

Per AppleInsider and Macotakara, the latest rumblings surrounding the anticipated release of a larger, education-focused iPad next year suggest the device may touch down with Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 in its crosshairs, sporting a super-slim form factor, enhanced audio, and a slightly more compact 12.2-inch display.

Macotakara has cited its own sources as saying that iPad maker is specifically designing the device to play into the same markets as Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3, but adds that the company may choose to employ a slightly...

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07:17
Free Scrivener Trial and 50% Book Discount for...

If you’re taking pen to paper, er… hands to keyboard as part of the NaNoWriMo effort to write a novel during the month of November, we recommend using the free trial of Literature & Latte’s Scrivener, bolstered by a half-off copy of Kirk McElhearn’s “Take Control of Scrivener 2.”

 

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07:14
Southwest partners with Apple to bring Beats Music...



Southwest Airlines has just announced that it’s launching a new in-flight entertainment service that will offer users the ability to listen to Apple’s Beats Music streaming service free via onboard Wi-Fi....

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07:06
∞ Honda “Dark Side” spot created in Final Cut Pro X

Over the weekend, I posted a link to this fantastic Honda commercial. You have to actually play it to understand the mechanic. Well worth it.

Turns out, the project was build using Final Cut Pro X.

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07:05
Apple’s Angela Ahrendts says Apple Watch Coming in...

Apple Senior Vice President of Retail Angela Ahrendts narrowed down the time frame for the Apple Watch launch: spring 2015, which is later than "early 2015" the company originally said. She shared that tidbit in a video message for retail employees.

The Mac Observer Spin: March is better than July, but not as good as February. It'll be interesting to see if Apple can keep the excitement around Apple Watch going long enough to push through with big sales.


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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Sad journalism trombone

NXP hopes Apple's adoption of NFC will encourage automakers to use its chips to replace car keys (AppleInsider)

Source: Reading way too much into things

Chance it's true: Who knows

The guys who may or may not be supplying NFC chips for the newest...

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06:57
Microsoft continues ad assault on Apple's...

Apple's wildly popular MacBook Air remains in Microsoft's crosshairs as the Windows maker seeks to break Apple's stranglehold on the premium laptop market, this time compared to Lenovo's Yoga 3 convertible PC in Microsoft's latest television advertisement.

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06:46
News: Apple Watch to launch in Spring 2015

A new report from 9to5Mac reveals that the Apple Watch may be launching later than originally anticipated. In a video message to retail employees, Apple’s Senior VP of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts stated that “we’re going into the holidays, we’ll go into Chinese New Year, and then we’ve got a new watch launch coming in the spring.” Although Apple only publicly specified “early 2015” as a timeframe for…

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06:44
Apple plans Apple University in China, bringing Jobs...


Tim Cook speaking at a conference in China

Apple is seeking to cement its business position in China for the long-term with an expansion of its Cupertino-based Apple University program to the region, according to a person with knowledge of the plans. Apple Vice President and Dean of Apple University Joel Podolny is currently interviewing candidates for a new Dean of Apple University position for China, according to the source.

Started in 2008, Apple University is an extensive and growing program within corporate Apple that trains mid-level employees and managers on the decisions made by Steve Jobs and other key executives throughout the company’s resurgence. Jobs created the program alongside former Yale School of Business Dean Podolny in order to keep the culture of Apple alive well beyond the lifetime of executives key to Apple’s early success.

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