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Thursday November 27

03:46
Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer will hit iTunes...

The Force is with you on #BlackFriday when #TheForceAwakens teaser hits @iTunesTrailers.


Star Wars (@starwars) November 26, 2014

Lucasfim is such a tease. After initially saying that the trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens would be shown only in 30 movie theatres, the Disney-owned studio has now tweeted that it will also be shown on the iTunes trailers site tomorrow.

You’ll get your chance to see how the stars of the original 1977 film are holding up when they are reunited in the latest in the film series.

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03:30
The best Black Friday iOS apps for shopping in...

Another Thanksgiving is here, which means another Black Friday is nearly upon us. Many retailers have already started their discount madness, with all kinds of pre-Black Friday sales and promotions ready to lure you in with the latest “must-have” deal.

If you plan on venturing out in the wee hours after Thanksgiving (or late on Thanksgiving night), or have your eye on a particular online sale, your iPhone can be a great aid for finding that sought-after gadget or scouring for additional discounts from specific stores. The following apps can help you hone in on what you’re after, so you can get back to what the holidays are supposed to be about instead of spending time in a mosh pit of commercialism gone mad.

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03:00
Six second-screen apps just for NFL fans

In an era of always-near smartphones and tablets, it can be difficult to pay attention to one thing at a time—especially when you’re watching football. How can you resist the urge to zip through your Twitter feed, share your thoughts on that last big play, and constantly check scores for games you’re not watching? And if you’re a fantasy football nut, chances are you’re thinking about a half-dozen players on other teams even when your home team is on the big screen.

If you can’t resist having a second (or third, or fourth) screen in view while watching NFL action on Thanksgiving Day and for the rest of the season, at least make sure you’re using apps that will get you the info you need quickly without taking up too much of your attention span. Here are six apps to consider grabbing, from officially licensed companions to entertaining games that might even make a lackluster showdown seem exciting.

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Wednesday November 26

22:17
Best Buy slashes $100 off iPad Air 2 (from $399), $...

Following up on its "Get a Jump on Black Friday" sale launched, U.S. electronics retail chain Best Buy on Thursday added Apple's latest iPad Air 2 to the list with deep $100 discounts on all models, putting the starting price at only $399.99 for a 16GB Wi-Fi only version.

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21:18
Apple debuts additional iPhone 6 ad, highlights...

Following a pair of new ads that debuted on Tuesday, Apple has followed it up with an unusual single additional ad in the current campaign, which again features Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and entertainer Justin Timberlake. In the new TV spot, called "Voice Text," the pair demonstrate the WhatsApp-esque Voice Text feature in iOS 8, which allows for easy recording of voice which is then sent as an MMS message or iMessage (depending on the recipient) for times when texting is too inefficient....



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18:38
New Star Wars teaser to debut on iTunes Trailers on...

Apple has confirmed that the first official trailer for next year's new chapter in the saga, The Force Awakens, will debut online on Friday on iTunes. Disney, which now owns the rights to the franchise, had previously said that only 30 cinemas in the US would be screening the trailer on Friday, implying a wider release later. Rumors began shortly afterwards, however, that there would be an online debut as well....



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18:36
Apple Reportedly Building Chinese Sapphire Plant...

Apple's GT Advanced Technologies troubles are well-known, but a report coming out of Taiwan suggests that Apple isn't ready to give up on sapphire displays for iPhone just yet. A report out of China says that Apple-supplier Foxconn is building a plant in China to produce sapphire for iPhone displays.


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18:29
Government could turn to 225-year-old law to force...

In the face of increasing security measures on consumer devices, the US Department of Justice appears to be returning to old school tactics to get at data in devices. A judge in New York ordered an unnamed smartphone manufacturer to provide technical assistance in unlocking a device, something prosecutors argued under the All Writs Act of 1789. While the All Writs Act has been used in the past in technological situations, it could be the de facto means of law enforcement data requests in the future....



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18:23
Apple touts iOS 8 voice messaging in new iPhone 6 ad

One day after delivering two iPhone 6 ads highlighting Continuity and gaming performance, Apple on Wednesday continued with a spot demonstrating voice messages, a new-for-iOS 8 feature that lets users send audio via Messages.

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18:16
Apple premieres another new iPhone ad, this time...

Following the release of two new iPhone ads earlier this week, Apple has put out yet another commercial for the iPhone 6. Like the others, “Voice Text” features Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and pop star Justin Timberlake discussing the newest features on Apple’s smartphone.

In this ad, Fallon and Timberlake demonstrate the many uses for the new voice messaging feature included in iOS 8, such as including sarcasm or difficult-to-spell words in a reply. You can check out the full ad below:

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18:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Instagrab - your Instag...

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17:40
ACM 282: The Steampunk, Sapphire, and Apple Watch...

Bryan and Jeff get their steampunk nerdery on this week after finding some amazingly cool USB drive designs. They also have something to say about the growing momentum behind the not-yet-shipping Apple Watch, and reports that Apple has teamed up with Foxconn for iPhone sapphire glass production.


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17:15
Twitter to track installed third-party apps on iOS...

Ubiquitous microblogging platform Twitter on Wednesday announced a new initiative called app graph, which looks to track the apps users have installed on their devices to suggest promoted content and potentially allow for enhanced timeline personalization.

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17:00
Daily Deals for November 26, 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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16:46
Melissa Holt on MacJury’s Holiday Gift Guide 2

Melissa Holt, our very own Mac guru, recently appeared on Chuck Joiner's MacVoices video podcast. She joined Joe Kissell and Steve Sande on MacJury's Holiday Gift Guide #2. As the name suggests, the panel has a bunch of suggestions for holiday gifts, just for you!


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16:08
Adoption of iOS 8 rises to 60 percent after pause

Apple's iOS 8 adoption rate has returned to normal levels following a brief stagnation in the wake of the botched 8.0.1 update that was only very briefly available but caused havoc for the thousands who downloaded it, and temporarily made users hesitant to upgrade. In an update on iOS 8 distribution posted to its developer website, Apple said 60 percent of users registered with the iOS App Store are now running some version iOS 8 (up four percent from two weeks ago), with 35 percent running iOS 7 (down five percent from the same period)....



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16:00
Holiday gift guide: Smart home products – get a jump...

I wondered earlier this year whether Apple’s HomeKit system would bring home automation to the masses. The good news is that you don’t need to wait for HomeKit to start bringing smart home technology to your family and friends – and we’ve put together a gift guide covering some of the main products that might bring a smile to their faces during the holidays.

With the right gadgets, they will be able to control lighting, heating, cooking, sound systems … even have their kettle switch on when they walk up to their front door, which will automatically unlock as they approach. Best of all, you can get them in on the smart home action from just $30 …

Belkin WeMo: from $30

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16:00
MacTech Conference special this weekend

If you've never been, MacTech Conference is an event for IT Pros, consultants, and techs. This annual event has been fantastic each year since its 2010 inception - and I and others on the TUAW team have been a part of it first hand as media, attendee...

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15:58
Apple Watch website revamped with new UI and UX...

Apple on Wednesday updated its dedicated Apple Watch website to include additional information on operating system features unique to the wearable device, including break-out categories covering health and fitness, timekeeping and messaging.

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15:00
Original Apple co-founder Ronald Wayne auctioning...

The story of Ronald Wayne almost sounds like the plot of a screwball comedy. One of the three original co-founders of Apple, Wayne sold his 10 percent stake in the company for $800 early in the company's life, and then forfeited any future claims tow...

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15:00
Apple's iTunes to air Star Wars: The Force...

Following rumors that an anticipated trailer for Disney's upcoming Star Wars movie would be available for viewing online, the official Star Wars Twitter account confirmed availability through Apple's iTunes for Black Friday.

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14:55
9to5Toys Last Call: Retina iPad mini $225, Infinity...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the brand new 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Pre-Black Friday iPad sales:

  • Best Buy: Retina iPad mini & iPad mini 3 ...
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14:43
On being a black male, six feet four inches tall, in...

Vanity Fair:

I am afraid of the cops. Absolutely petrified of the cops. Now understand, I’ve never been arrested or held for questioning. I’ve never been told that I “fit the description.” But that doesn’t change a thing. I am afraid of cops the way that spiders are afraid of boots. You’re walking along, minding your own business, and SQUISH! You are dead.

Simply put, I am afraid of the cops because I am black.

I’m not as Black as Bell but I am the same height and weight and I know the feelings he describes.

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14:33
Bring iPhone Slo-Mo Videos Back Up to Speed

If you accidentally recorded a video in Slo-Mo mode on an iPhone or iPad Air 2, you can’t easily save a real-time version. Jeff Carlson shares a workaround using iMovie for iOS.

 

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14:28
Apple Watch site refreshed to highlight Timekeeping...




Apple has quietly refreshed its Apple Watch microsite with a few changes including more details about the upcoming wearable and newly added interactive images of the device. Previously Apple had a single ‘Features’ page for describing the functionality of the Apple Watch, but has replaced that page with expanded descriptions of the watch’s functions across the separate pages labeled “Timekeeping,” “New Ways to Connect,” and “Health & Fitness.” Each page goes a bit more in-depth into each category with additional details and interactive images....

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14:21
Home Depot faces 44 civil lawsuits from breach,...

Home improvement retailer Home Depot is still locked into a battle over the security breach it reported in September that put 56 million credit cards at risk. However, the fight is no longer against cyber criminals, but rather consumers affected by the breach and government agencies. To date, the retailer is involved in "at least 44 civil lawsuits" in the US and Canada....



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14:20
Apple's iOS 8 distribution back on track, now...

Earlier this week, Apple revealed fresh statistics on iOS 8 distribution as seen through the iOS App Store, saying its latest mobile operating system is now running on 60 percent of iPhones and iPads.

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14:18
Twitter to start tracking the apps on your iPhone

Image via: @kristinatastic

 

Twitter is about to get very nosey with its mobile subscribers, and if you’re among the millions of people using the company’s app on your smartphone, you’ll definitely want to listen up. The short-form social media outlet’s new app graph feature will soon start tracking which applications you have installed on your devices. This opt-out feature is being introduced to help the firm insert better ads and recommendations into your timeline.

In a Q&A description of this initiative, Twitter reinforces that it will not collect data from within applications and says that it will notify you when its monitoring feature is active. Not...

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14:00
The Steam Exploration Sale is here, and it's...

If you can't wait until Black Friday to score some sweet, sweet deals, look no further than Steam. Valve's lovely game distribution service is serving up some fantastic seasonal deals starting today, with new sale prices coming each day and lasting e...

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14:00
BlackBerry Will Buy Your iPhone For $550

mpicpp points out that BlackBerry is hoping to get iPhone owners to switch to Passport smartphones by promising up to $550 to trade in their phones. "The promotion, which starts Monday, promises as much as $550 to iPhone owners who trade in their handsets in favor of BlackBerry's Passport. The actual trade-in value depends on the iPhone, with the iPhone 4S worth up to $90 and the iPhone 6 worth up to $400. (The iPhone 6 Plus is not eligible.) BlackBerry then sweetens the deal by kicking in an additional $150 as a topper for each iPhone. The deal will run through February 13, but it's good only in North America. Customers must buy the $599 to $699 unlocked Passport phone through either BlackBerry's website or Amazon. The trade-in amount comes in the form of a Visa prepaid card."

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13:42
Steampunk USB Flash Drives with Motorized Gears -...

Steampunk. Familiar with it? Bryan Chaffin found some steampunk gadgets that are functional art, like a steampunk USB flash drive with motorized gears that turn when you plug it in.


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13:30
Daily Deal: Stay Healthy with iHealth’s Wireless...

In today’s iLounge Deal we’re offering the iHealth Wireless Activity and Sleep Tracker for only $39.99 – that’s over 40% off the regular price. Allowing you to take control of your health, this workout and sleep monitor measures your steps taken, distance travelled, calories burned, and sleep efficiency and hours. You can wear it as a wristband or a clip, and pair it with the companion iOS app to view personalized health stats…

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13:27
Which search engine should be crowned king of Mobile...

In the search engine game, it’s all about eyeballs. Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft rake in billions each year from search ads, and now those companies are competing to be the default search engine in Mobile Safari on your iPhone and iPad.

It's easy to change Safari's default search engine. 

Until now it’s always been Google, but according to a report in The Information (subscription required), that deal expires in 2015. Its sources say Apple’s Eddy Cue has entertained pitches from both Yahoo and Microsoft, maker of Bing. Currently, Bing actually powers Yahoo’s search in return for a cut of its ad revenue, although Yahoo and Bing do compete to get your eyeballs in the first place. Bing is used by both Siri on iOS and Spotlight on your Mac.

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13:21
The Best Black Friday iOS deals: Dark Knight Rises,...

From 9to5Toys.com:

With so many Black Friday deals popping up this week, we thought it would be helpful to organize a list of the most popular iOS game/app discounts into one place. Most of the discounts below will be available through Cyber Monday and into next week, but be sure to check back as we will be adding more notable price drops as they happen.

And remember, you can save 15% on future app purchases with these discounted iTunes gift cards from Staples (use code: 35458 in the cart).


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13:05
Black Friday 2014: The Best Mac Deals

If you're in the market for a new Mac this holiday season, the deals are limited but do exist. Kelly brings you the scoop on where to score savings on some lovely new Apple hardware.


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13:03
Lowest Prices Ever: Apple's mid-2014 2.5Ghz 15-...

EXCLUSIVE: B&H Photo is the latest Apple Authorized Reseller to begin rolling out some of its Black Friday sales early this year, including an unbeatable deal on Apple's most professional 15" MacBook Pro that offers rock bottom pricing exclusively for AppleInsider readers, with no tax collected for most.

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13:00
My favorite "on the road" picks

It's another holiday, and for many of us that means driving, gas and food stops, and kids who need to be entertained. I've been thinking about the most useful travel-related apps and hardware I use, so before you head out onto the road, check out my ...

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12:54
Yosemite easter egg: mountain tree spirits

Color me skeptical, but this one came to my attention and was too cool not to share.

A PowerPage reader sent along what he believes to be an easter egg hidden in plain sight in one of Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite’s) default desktop pictures, a.k.a. “wallpaper.” If you’re running Yosemite, open System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver > Desktop, then choose Apple > Desktop Pictures and the third option (the grey and green mountain scene:

Click through for the spooky result…

According to him there are Yosemite Mountain Tree Spirits hidden in the pictures. See the face looking to the right? Pointy eyebrow, rather Grinchly. (Click on the image for a larger version).

So, does someone in Apple’s art department have a sense of humor?

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12:54
Skype 7.2 fixes bugs, improves chat readability

Microsoft has released a minor update to Skype for Mac, v7.2. The software mainly copes with several bugs, including crashes caused by changing a profile picture, playing the test sound in the Welcome tour, and/or launching Skype with Ecamm Call Recorder 2.5.11 installed. It also deals with Call and SMS buttons not working on a contact's profile page....



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12:23
Skype 7.2 for Mac released w/ improved readability...

Microsoft has released the latest version of Skype for Mac with adjusted color contrast for improved readability and a long list of bug fixes. Skype 7.2 for Mac arrives less than two months after the voice calling and messaging app received a major overhaul in time for OS X Yosemite.

The bug fixes mainly resolve crashing issues that some Skype for Mac users have been experiencing, including when changing profile pictures, playing test sounds and navigating pages during the welcome tour, clicking the call phone number or SMS buttons and more.

Microsoft is aware that Skype for Mac may encounter high CPU usage when idle on a profile page, listing the problem...

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12:20
Apple, Inc. Beats promotes Solo2 headphones with new...

Apple subsidiary Beats Electronics has launched a new #SoloSelfie advertising and social media campaign promoting its Solo2 headphones, featuring a wide range of popular celebrities.

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12:16
StealthGenie spyware app creator pleads guilty,...

A seller of mobile phone spyware has pleaded guilty to federal charges, the Department of Justice has revealed. Danish citizen Hammad Akbar has been fined $500,000 for the advertisement and sale of the StealthGenie app, which can be used to monitor the calls, texts, and other messaging systems with few in the way of signs to the target that they are being watched....



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12:15
Black Friday at MacMall kicks off with up to $300...

MacMall's Black Friday sales are now in effect for Mac hardware, offering up to $300 off MacBook Pros with Retina display, $201 off the new iMac with Retina 5K display, and a $601 discount on the new Mac Pro.

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12:10
iOS 8: Control Which Apps Can Access Your Private...

By design, some iOS apps need to access your personal data.
A special camera app may want to access your camera roll. Skype may want to access all your contacts. John Martellaro shows you how to control which apps can access things like photos, contacts, calendars and health data.


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12:00
Microsoft and Yahoo reportedly trying to convince...

According to a new report from Amir Efrati of The Information, Google's contract with Apple regarding the former's position as the default search engine in Safari is set to end next year. As a result, the both Yahoo and Microsoft are reportedly doing...

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11:54
MacMall's Black Friday iPad sale now live: up...

Shoppers looking for a discount on Apple's newly released iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 with Touch ID can act now to take advantage of MacMall's Black Friday sale, which is available tax-free to most U.S. customers, resulting in even more savings.

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11:50
The Name Your Own Price Must-Have Mac Bundle

Stack Social has put together another Name Your Own Price bundle for us, the Must-Have Mac Bundle. With this bundle, you can name your own price-hence the name-and receive Paperless, Data Backup 3, and Pixa, three quality Mac apps. If you beat the average price, though, you get six more apps, including Typinator, Hotspot Shield VPN - 1 Year Elite Subscription, Starry Night Enthusiast 7, Intensify Pro, Spotdox: 3 Year Subscription, MacJournal 6, and the The Must-Have Mac App Tutorial for these nine apps. This is a brand new bundle, so guess what the average price is as of this writing: $1.10. That's one dollar and ten cents, for those following along at home. And 10 percent of what you pay goes towards one of three charities. Your choice.


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11:45
Natalie Portman in talks to join Universal's...

Actress Natalie Portman is in negotiations to join Universal's Steve Jobs biopic, according to Deadline. Who she might play is unmentioned, but the role is said to be a "major" one. Given Portman's age and the resemblance, that role is likely to be Lisa, Jobs' daughter....



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11:30
Black Friday 2014 Ads App is an all-in-one app for...

No matter your stance on Black Friday, be you fan or foe, we can all agree that it's sort of a nightmare. Any "holiday" that inspires the creation of bodycount websites probably has some issues, but if you're going to brave the mall this Friday you s...

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11:24
First Look: Twelve South HiRise Deluxe for iPhone +...

The original HiRise for iPhone wasn't obviously in need of improvements -- Twelve South's substantially aluminum stand looked like something straight out of an Apple Store, leveraging a self-supplied Lightning cable to hold an iPhone 5/5c/5s, iPhone 6/6 Plus, or iPad mini on a recline at your desk. But now there's a better sequel in the form of HiRise Deluxe for iPhone + iPad ($60), which adds several new features at a $25 premium. First, you can pick from black, gold, or silver colors for the dock, which is now paired with color-matched, packed-in Lightning and micro-USB cables -- one for unassisted Apple devices, the other for devices with Mophie and other micro-USB-charging battery packs. A rear thumb dial has been added to adjust the rear support for various cases and devices, and you can also choose from three included inserts to position the Lightning plug, eliminating the need for manual adjustment. Last and least, the base has been more aggressively tapered than before. We'...

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11:10
Where did the “Wilhelm Scream” come from and why do...

Mental Floss:

What do Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, Toy Story, Reservoir Dogs, Titanic, Anchorman, 22 Jump Street, and more than 200 other films and TV shows have in common? Not much besides the one and only Wilhelm Scream.

The so-called Wilhelm Scream is the holy grail of movie geek sound effects, a throwaway sound bite that had inauspicious beginnings and was revived in the 1970s and made into the best movie in-joke ever.

Once you recognize the scream, you’ll be amazed at how many movies use it.

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11:09
No Twitter, Bad Twitter!

The opt-out feature, available on both iOS and Android, is a periodically updated list of the apps on your phone, which Twitter says it will use to serve you a more “tailored experience,” including “who to follow” suggestions, relevant tweets, and other content it adds to your timeline, as well as its promoted content.

Um, no thanks.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:00
Video: Man creates real-time magnet position...

As smartphones have gotten smarter their insides have had to get smarter with them. Right now the iPhone in your pocket contains an accelerometer, magnetometer digital compass, gyroscope, microphone, proximity sensor, camera, GPS, and more. Ivo Leko ...

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10:59
Line 6 AMPLIFi TT

AMPLIFi TT is a tabletop multi-effect that transforms any room into a jam space so you can play, practice and record guitar more easily than ever. Launch the AMPLIFi Remote app and start jamming to the music you love—in your home, office, dorm room or anywhere in between.

This looks like another great product from Line 6. It’s compatible with the Mac and iOS and outputs to any sound system.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:53
Technology and the Moral Dimension

A great article from Om Malik on Silicon Valley.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:51
Natalie Portman latest star expected to join Steve...

 


Lisa Brennan-Jobs & Natalie Portman

Actress Natalie Portman is the latest name to be thrown in the mix of potential stars in the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic written by Aaron Sorkin. The information comes courtesy of Deadline, which reports that Portman is “in talks to join” the project in a leading role although the specific character is unknown. It’s possible Natalie Portman is being considered to portray Steve Jobs’ daughter Lisa Brennan-Jobs....

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10:36
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-26

On the hunt for good deals on new a new iPhone? Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet today to share some of the Black Friday iPhone deals they've found, plus they offer up their ideas for great holiday enhancing apps for the iPhone and iPad.


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10:32
Natalie Portman rumored for troubled Steve Jobs...

A second major Hollywood star could soon join the Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs biopic, according to a Wednesday report, with actress Natalie Portman said to be in discussions with Universal over a role in the film.

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10:32
AT&T responds to FCC over 'frozen'...

Following the US Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) demand for more information about a "frozen" fiber buildout, AT&T has responded to the call late yesterday. The company claims that the announced expansion of the gigabit network is not actually frozen -- only new, unannounced expansions have been halted in the wake of the FCC's Net Neutrality and Title II regulation discussion....



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10:28
Civilization: Beyond Earth arrives today for Mac...

Following an announcement last month that the latest entry in the popular Civilization strategy game series would hit Mac sometime this holiday season, today Civilization: Beyond Earth has officially arrived for Mac users. The game, developed by Firaxis and brought to Mac users by Aspyr, first hit PC on October 24th.

Beyond Earth offers a fresh take on the traditional strategy gameplay of previous entries with a new sci-fi theme that lets users explore deep space and other futuristic settings. 

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10:15
Apple may lean heavily on Samsung for iPhone 6,...

Apple is turning to Samsung for more parts in future production runs of the iPhone 6, sources tell Business Korea. Beginning this week, new runs will reportedly use batteries manufactured by Samsung SDI. More significantly, though, Apple is said to be considering replacing Toshiba TLC NAND flash storage with a Samsung equivalent. Toshiba NAND is currently believed to be the only kind used in 128GB iPhones, and some reports have linked it to occasional device crashes. Toshiba, SanDisk, and SK Hynix are allegedly producing the storage for 64GB models....



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10:09
Flexibits Black Friday sale goes live early: up to...

Flexibits, makers of Fantastical for Mac, iPhone, and iPad, just kicked off their huge Black Friday holiday sale early with savings up to 65% off the regular price of their apps.

If you haven’t already tried Fantastical, it’s my favorite calendar replacement app–especially for iPhone–with natural language input and a clear list view for finding your appointments easily. Both the iPhone and iPad versions feature Today view widgets, extensions, and interactive notifications for iOS 8 users, and the Mac app is a simple menu bar app for accessing from anywhere.

Here are the deals:

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10:01
News: Verizon sponsoring ad-free listening to all U....

As part of its “Connection Day” promotion, Verizon is sponsoring a virtually ad-free iTunes Radio experience today. Featuring “limited interruptions,” instead of seeing normal ads on the service, iTunes Radio listeners will instead just see the message “Enjoy with limited interruptions courtesy of Verizon.” A banner ad will also occasionally appear, offering lucky listeners a $5 iTunes Store credit. The promotion…

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10:00
12 lessons for entrepreneurs that Steve Jobs taught...

Guy Kawasaki is well-known in the entrepreneurial world as an author and speaker, and he often seasons his speeches and texts with stories about his times at Apple. I say "times" because Kawasaki often claims that he's one of the only people who ever...

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09:25
iTunes Radio is ad-free for all & offering $5...


iTunes Radio, Apple’s ad-supported Internet radio service, is today available with “limited interruptions” courtesy of Verizon. That means that you won’t be seeing the normal ads you’re used to on the service and instead just a message from Verizon that states, “Enjoy with limited interruptions courtesy of Verizon.” The company is also handing out $5 iTunes store credits through a banner ad on iTunes Radio (pictured above).

It’s not just for Verizon customers, however, as the offer comes today only as part of Verizon’s “Connection Day” promotion offering free digital content and services to all users, not...

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09:00
iPad sees first full year decline, is definitely (...

According to a new report from analytics firm IDC, 2014 will mark the first time since its launch that the iPad will see a year-over-year decline in sales. Apple's tablet offerings are expected to show a -12.7% growth figure for 2014. Assuming nothin...

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08:57
Mac: Sierra Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions

The Geometry Wars rage on with Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions ($15), the latest instalment in the popular franchise. Launched simultaneously for Mac, PC, Xbox One and PS4, the new arcade shooter pits you against waves of enemies on a three-dimensional battlefield made up of geometric shapes. The new game provides over 50 single-player levels, including adventure and classic arcade modes, ten different battle modes, and four unique companion drones. Multiplayer modes are also in here for both cooperative and competitive play.

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08:34
Union, Rev. Jackson push for better terms for Apple...

With the backing of activist Rev. Jesse Jackson, United Service Workers West is hoping to unionize the security guards working at Apple's Cupertino headquarters, and in the short term is urging the company to use a different security contractor, says the San Jose Mercury News. USWW is ultimately aiming to unionize guards across Silicon Valley, but beginning with Apple in the belief that it could set a standard for other tech companies. While the union would likely stand to benefit from dues, it notes that service workers in the Bay Area are often just scraping by financially, since the cost of...



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08:22
Pre Black-Friday Deals: iPads, WQHD display,...

While Turkey Day (for our US readers) is not yet on us, the sales period associated with the dreaded "Black Friday" has begun! We are listing various deals you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader, can take advantage of now. As usual, all prices are correct at the time of publication, but may not be valid or available at a later time, so check before purchasing. Also, check back on this post later today and on Thanksgiving Day, as more deals will be added as time goes on before our next post on Friday....



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08:20
Holiday gift guide: using iPhone and iPad in the car

The iPhone has easily become the best jukebox in the car with your iTunes library, iTunes Radio, streaming services like Beats Music and Spotify, and great apps for keeping up with podcasts. With hands-free features powered by Siri, you can even stay in touch with phone calls and text messages all without ever taking your eyes off the road. If you’re a passenger, the iPad is a great screen for gaming, reading, watching movies, and more.

This holiday season is especially exciting with new features built-in to iOS like CarPlay and Hey Siri, which allows you to activate Siri while your iPhone or iPad is charging completely hands-free, and below are some of the best products to gift the iPhone or iPad-owning driver this year....

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08:00
Black Friday 2014: Shopping guide for Best Buy,...

Black Friday, the biggest holiday shopping day of the year, is almost upon us. If you are looking to score some Apple hardware at a rare discount price, you won't have to go too far with retailers dropping both online and in store prices on a variety...

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07:46
5 iPhone Apps to Cut Your Thanksgivings Stress

Thanksgiving is supposed to be a day of sharing and embracing generosity, but more often than not it seems to turn into a stress filled event. Your Thanksgiving shouldn't have to turn out that way, so The Mac Observer put together a list of five iPhone and iPad apps to help you get through the day happy and stress-free - or as stress-free as possible. It is, after all, Thanksgiving.


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07:40
iPhone 5c production to halt in mid-2015, report says

Two Apple suppliers, Foxconn and Wistron, will stop their production of the iPhone 5c by the middle of 2015, says Taiwan's Industrial and Commercial Times. The 5c was originally launched in 2013 alongside the iPhone 5s, and like its sibling, made available in several different models. It has since become the lowest-end iPhone however, and is currently relegated to an 8GB model free on contract, or $450 unlocked....



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07:34
Speculators drive up Asian sapphire stocks amid...

Several Taiwanese sapphire manufacturers have seen their stock price increase sharply in recent days as Chinese media continues to push reports of the material making its way to a next-generation Apple handset.

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07:31
Predicted cannibalisation of iPads by larger iPhones...

Predictions that larger-screened iPhones would cannibalise iPad usage look to be confirmed by some stats from the Pocket app that allows you to save webpages, videos and other content for reading later.

Pocket reported in a blog post today that while 55% of owners of the iPhone 5s viewed content on their phone rather than iPad, the number leapt to 72% for the iPhone 6 and 80% for the iPhone 6 Plus …

iPhone 6 owners used their iPads significantly less than owners of smaller iPhones, suggesting that they are leaving their iPad at home more of the time.

The bigger your phone is, the less you’re going to use your iPad. Users with an iPhone 6 now read on their tablets 19% less during the week and 27% less over the weekend. Those with...

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07:24
Rumor: Apple to discontinue iPhone 5c production in...

Apple may be shedding the iPhone 5c in 2015.

Per MacRumors and Taiwan’s Industrial and Commercial Times, Apple is slated to discontinue the iPhone 5c in 2015. Production of the handset is said to be stopping in the middle of the year, as Apple suppliers Wistron and Foxconn will look to wind down production of the device. The news follows a report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo earlier this week which noted that production of the iPhone 5c and the iPhone 4S would end later in 2015 after promotional plans.

Originally released as a lower-cost option last year, the iPhone 5c is currently available in a single 8GB configuration alongside the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. It is likely that Apple will stop...

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07:06
T-Mobile settles with FCC, agrees to post more...

When the FCC leans on you, it’s time to come clean.

Per AppleInsider, U.S. wireless provider and iPhone carrier T-Mobile this week announced it has reached an agreement with the Federal Communications Commission, in which it will be more upfront and honest with customers about its bandwidth speed.

T-Mobile has pledged to provide “accurate information” to customers about the speed of their Internet connection, even when their performance is throttled according with their data plan. The changes came from pressure by the FCC, after it was discovered that T-Mobile was providing customers with inaccurate information when they run sped tests.

Data plans from T-Mobile come with a soft “cap,” and once a customer exceeds their allotment...

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07:00
The right way to take a product image with an iPhone

I sell a lot of items on eBay, so I'm always taking product photos for my listings. The iPhone is my camera of choice as the eBay iPhone app makes it easy to upload photos to an auction's description. Though convenient, the iPhone doesn't take great ...

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06:50
Dropbox apps updated, add Microsoft Office...

This is going to be an interesting tie-in.

And potentially useful.

Per 9to5Mac, following an announcement earlier this month that Microsoft was adding Dropbox integration for syncing and sharing to the Office for iOS apps, Dropbox announced today that the feature is now available in its latest app updates for iOS and Android.

The integration essentially allows users to tap into Dropbox storage directly from within the Office mobile apps, but it will also include the ability to send links to files from Office using Dropbox, open documents from Dropbox in Office, and more.

To get started, make sure your Dropbox app is up to date on your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone, then open any Office document, spreadsheet, or presentation in your Dropbox. Tap the new Edit...

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06:32
Shareholder suit accuses GT Advanced of failing to...

A Louisiana lawfirm, Smith Segura & Raphael, has filed a class action lawsuit against GT Advanced on behalf of investors. The case alleges that GT "failed to disclose the significant risk" it would incur in its sapphire supply deal with Apple, which it announced on November 4th last year. Apple agreed to pay GT $578 million in four installments, with the expectation the latter would start paying it back in 2015. GT was unable to meet Apple demands though, which resulted in delayed payments, the withholding of the final one, and ultimately GT's bankruptcy on October 6th, followed by the company...



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06:24
Judge grants Apple post-judgement royalties from...

Judge Lucy Koh, overseeing the myriad Apple versus Samsung smartphone patent trials has partially granted a motion by Apple, allowing the Cupertino manufacturer to collect post-judgement royalties on on-going sales of some Samsung devices -- but less than Apple wanted. The motion, filed for the second Apple versus Samsung trial, covers data detectors and "slide to unlock," and specifically covers 10 products and others not demonstrably different than the accused....



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06:13
Wikipedia’s complicated relationship with net...

Why Wikipedia sees the flip side of the net neutrality argument.

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06:04
Daily Deal: The Name-Your-Own-Price Must-Have Mac...

In today’s iLounge Deal we’re offering up another great “Name-Your-Own-Price” bundle of nine must-have Mac apps, featuring Typinator. This special promotion lets you pay whatever you want and receive Paperless, Data Backup 3, and Pixa, and if you pay more than the average price, you’ll receive the complete package of all nine apps, including Typinator, Starry Night Enthusiast 7, Intensify Pro, MacJournal 6, a one-year subscription…

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06:00
Black Friday 2014: Best Deals on the iPhone

While not as plentiful as the iPad, there still are a handful of discounts available for the iPhone this Black Friday. Discounts primarily apply to either the iPhone 5s or the iPhone 6 with the iPhone 6 Plus noticeably absent from most holiday promot...

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05:58
Best Buy jumpstarts Black Friday sales with early $...

U.S. retailer Best Buy on Wednesday flipped the switch early on some of its Black Friday gifts, including at $75 off all iPad mini 3 with Touch ID models, bringing the latest-generation tablet down to a starting price of just $324.99.

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05:50
iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: Naming Group Conversations...

Did you know that the newest versions of iOS and OS X will let you name your Messages conversations? This makes it easy to identify which pals are chatting with you, as the title shows up in your notifications, too. However, there are some very important caveats for this feature, which we're going to talk about in today's Quick Tip (hint: don't name the conversation with your boss!).


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05:41
EU legislator who introduced Google breakup bill has...

From the New York Times:

Andreas Schwab, a German member of the European Parliament, has been making headlines in the last week after drafting a resolution that calls for the breakup of Google.

But Mr. Schwab is not just a legislator, he is also “of counsel” at the German law firm CMS Hasche Sigle, which has represented some of the German publishing interests that have been most eager to declaw Google.

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05:22
Review: iDrive cloud backup and sync service

There are a lot of cloud services out there, and nearly all of them can be used for backing up key files and folders. A few dedicated services are focused on backing up nearly everything the user has, and thus offer large quantities of space needed for the task, but are expensive and slow. Others, like Dropbox, offer far less space but allow instant access to files across a range of devices. IDrive appears to have hit on a good middle ground: offer lots of space at a very reasonable sum, while providing a lot of configuration options, full data encryption, instant sync, multi-platform support,...



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05:16
The actual numbers (red and black) behind a...

In the linked article, Jack lays out all the numbers from their last tour, which netted them a total of -$11,819. That’s not a typo, they actually lost $11,819. But wait, this is not a sob story. This is a success story and well worth the read.

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05:02
These are the most popular non-Apple apps people...

You don’t need to go any further than iTunes to see the most popular iPhone apps, but a couple of days after Betaworks launched #Homescreen, an app which allows people to share their homescreens on Twitter, we thought it would be interesting to check the results so far. The above image was the result at the time of writing.

#Homescreen is an app with a single function: it allows you to share your current iPhone homescreen on Twitter. Betaworks uses image-recognition to identify the apps, and pulls together a constantly-updated image showing the most popular dock and homescreen apps.

Betaworks excludes Apple’s own apps, but does note that “between 45 percent and 65 percent of the home screens examined had replaced Apple’s default apps with third-party options,” reports ...

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05:00
Some of the best audio interfaces for your Mac, iPad...

Apogee, well known for its studio quality audio interfaces and converters, has kicked of its Black Friday 2014 sale today. Running from now through December 2nd, you’ll find as much 60% off its factory refurbished iOS/Mac interfaces and multi-channel flagship options.

Due to how rare it is for these interfaces to go on sale from any retailer, all of the deals are quite notable. Some standout options are the...

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05:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Vintage iPad stands and...

Talk about steampunk!

This week's accessory roundup includes a tablet stand made of old railroad rails from 100 years ago. Plus: Cables, mounts, batteries, and more.

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The $75 Jot Script Evernote Edition is a fine-tipped stylus optimized for iOS and made to work especially well with both Evernote and its companion app, Penultimate. The latter app’s developers say: “The new Penultimate 6.0 gives your Jot Script better control and accuracy, so that it works even more like your favorite pen.”

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05:00
The One Really Important Apple Watch Thing


While the cellphone nearly killed the wristwatch, the Apple Watch gizmo actually will revive it. In fact, I think the attention that the Apple Watch will bring to our wrists will spark sales of traditional watches. Why? I believe there is a latent desire to have a wristwatch -- to have the convenience of the time on your wrist without the need to pull out your smartphone and ignore the world around you. I think -- hope -- that the Apple Watch actually will lead people to slow down the movement of hand to pocket and pocket to face.

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05:00
Black Friday May Be Losing Its Mojo


Some $13.1 billion in sales are anticipated this Thanksgiving weekend across all manner of channels, from mammoth shopping centers to online retailers to local shops and pop-up stores. Consumers are eager to score the best bargains, of course, while retailers want nothing more than to attract shoppers to their venues and keep them there for as long as possible this weekend. Why? Well, to lock in their holiday shopping budgets, of course.
However, the twain will not necessarily meet: Consumers may well find that better bargains are to be had if they wait until later in the season.

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04:44
Hands On: Snoopy's All Star Football (iOS)

Cupcake Digital is a well known name in the ring of games for elementary age children. To date, they've created games for children's entertainment titles such as Yo Gabba Gabba, Wow! Wow! Wubbsy, and Strawberry Shortcake. Cupcake Digital tackles two American classics, Peanuts and football, in Snoopy's All Star Football. Is the game worth handing to your little ones, or is it the digital equivalent of Lucy pulling the football away at the last minute?...



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04:38
Google’s massive Android billboard

What I find most amazing is the before and after sliding article at the top of the article. In a sense, someone got the bright idea to cover the face of the Marriott Marquis hotel with this giant screen, an entire city block long.

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04:32
Apple Founder Ron Wayne puts proof of original Apple...

Certainly the least known of the three original founders of Apple, Ron Wayne is putting his own proof sheets from the original Apple I manual up for auction, along with some other early Apple drawings.

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04:30
Never miss a credit card reward again with Wallaby...

Have you ever held up the checkout line at Target because you couldn’t remember which of your credit cards offered a special cash-back boost at megastores?

No? Just me? That can’t be true.

Wallaby looks at where you're shopping and tells you the best card to use.

I have three credit cards, and each has its own set of rewards and rules. One of them changes said rewards every quarter—pretty much just when I’ve memorized what last quarter’s special boost was. I picked these cards based on rewards, and had a sinking feeling that I wasn’t always maximizing what they had to offer. So imagine my reaction to finding Wallaby, a credit card management app for iOS. I was THRILLED.

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04:22
Rev. Jesse Jackson urges Tim Cook to take a lead in...

The Rev. Jesse Jackson has written to Apple CEO Tim Cook to urge the company to create “world-class working conditions” for low-paid contractors like security guards, requesting a meeting with Cook to discuss the issue, reports the San Jose Mercury News.

The paper reports a growing debate about the widespread use of contract workers by tech companies for low-paid roles, contract staff having none of the protections or perks afforded to direct employees … 

The contrast with often highly-paid tech employees is, says the paper, stark.

Contract workers […] do...

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