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Monday November 24

13:59
Daily Deal: Get the SKEYE Nano Drone for only $34.99

In our latest iLounge Deal we’re offering the SKEYE Nano Drone for only $34.99 – that over 40% off the normal price. This shockingly agile and tiny flying machine allows you to perform cool airborne stunts like figure eights, banking turns, flips, and more, both indoors and out. At just 1.57” x 1.57”, it provides high thrust and low weight that give it incredibly responsible controls with outstanding stability and maneuverability,…

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13:55
Review: Kerf Case Wood Cases for iPhone 6 and iPhone...

We normally don't review any shell-style cases — usually simple, cheap plastic cases that provide no button coverage and offer virtually no protection — but we've made an exception for Kerf Case's Wood Cases ($69-$149) for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Handsome cases that come in a number of materials for either of Apple's newer iPhones, Kerf Cases give users the opportunity to get an attractive wooden case at a lower price than some competitors, while sacrificing protection. We received cork ($69) and spalted maple cases ($99) for iPhone 6, and a black walnut case ($99) for iPhone 6 Plus — other than the cork, different cases might cost more or less than what we've reviewed based on the wood used.{/exp:char_limit}
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13:51
∞ iPhone 6 camera vs. CNN camera

Where the reporter makes the Stupid Statement of the Day: “Let’s see how the cameras compare!” Here’s a little hint – they don’t. They can’t. Not even remotely. Stop trying to force the comparison.

He does offer a couple of good tips on proper shooting though. So it’s not an entirely worthless video.

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13:30
News: Report: ‘Deep Organizational Issues’ at Apple...

A new report from The Information (subscription required) as summarized by MacRumors provides some insight on internal issues that Apple has apparently been experiencing in developing new cloud-based features and services. The report specifically alleges that “deep organizational issues” are holding up development on new features for iCloud such as iCloud Drive and iCloud Photo Library. New iCloud features introduced with iOS 8 got off…

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13:00
Video: How to build a Lego Apple Mac Computer

Legos are for children of all ages, so whether you're an actual child or just having a little building fun as an adult here's a great video for your holiday week. YouTube user Isaac Ray specializes in making Lego animation videos and his latest shows...

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12:58
New iCloud features being held back by 'deep...

The introduction of new features in iCloud is being hampered by "deep organizational issues" at Apple, claims the sometimes-reliable The Information. The primary example is said to be iCloud Photo Library, which was announced in June and was initially expected to debut with iOS 8 in September. It missed that target, and even iOS 8.1 only ushered in beta support. It's also allegedly yet to be integrated with the upcoming Photos app for OS X Yosemite....



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12:36
Apple looking for app engineers to work on virtual...

UI concept for VR iPhone case Pinć from Cordon Labs

Apple is hinting at its interest in developing apps for virtual reality experiences and hiring engineers to assist in the efforts. The evidence comes from a new job listing that Apple posted over the weekend seeking app engineers experienced with 3D graphics, virtual reality, and augmented reality.

More specifically, Apple is looking for app developers to build user interfaces and “high performance apps that...

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12:33
Using a public restroom hand dryer? You may be...

Washington Post:

Researchers coated subjects’ hands with Lactobacillus, a harmless bacteria that you don’t typically come across in a public bathroom. The idea was to mimic hands that hadn’t been washed properly. After drying hands, researchers went in and conducted 120 air-sampling tests. They found that Lactobacillus counts in the air were 4½ times higher near high-powered jet dryers than around warm-air dryers. And bacteria counts were 27 times higher near warm-air dryers than when subjects used paper towels.

Ok, that’s it. I’m simply not going to use public washrooms any more.

∞ Read...

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12:30
Lack of centralized cloud infrastructure team...

Apple's work-in-progress iCloud Photo Library still hasn't fully realized the original concept, code-named "Hyperion," that was pushed years ago by late company co-founder Steve Jobs, according to a new report.

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12:30
Commerce Bank adds Apple Pay support for personal...

Apple can add another name to the list of banks supporting its new Apple Pay service. Commerce Bank is now offering support for the service with one major caveat. Commerce customers can only use Apple Pay with a personal MasterCard credit card. Sorry...

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12:28
Free X-Mirage Apps

For Thanksgiving X-Mirage is giving away 5 Apps for FREE. The bundle includes X-Mirage, iTunes Converter, W3 Capture, ClipBuddy and Audiobook Converter. All you need to do is click here and enter an e-mail address to claim your bundle.



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12:17
HandBrake 0.10.0 released

Handbrake:

HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.

Handbrake has been my go to video converting app for years.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:16
MythBusters explain the science behind Corning'...

Discovery Channel's Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage walked through some of the advances made by manufacturer Corning in the latest version of its popular Gorilla Glass line used in Apple's iPhone.

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12:15
BBEdit on Your Mac: Trick Text Files into HTML...

BBEdit, by Bare Bones Software, is an excellent text editor.
Anyone who uses it knows that pure text files do not normally have syntax coloring. But for those users who want to use BBEdit to edit HTML files, here's how to trick a .txt file into displaying HTML syntax coloring.


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12:05
Review: Urban Armor Gear Folio for iPhone 6 Plus

Urban Armor Gear's Folio ($40) case for iPhone 6 Plus comes in two colors, red and black, which are sold as two separate models called Rogue Folio and Scout Folio. Unlike most wallet folio-style cases, UAG's Folio offers a hefty amount of protection — the case meets military drop test standards. UAG's Folio also offers button coverage, and a significant lip on the case provides screen protection even when the folio's cover is off. Inside the folio cover is a slot that can hold three credit cards. The folio cover uses a magnetic strip to remain closed, which works well. Though we only reviewed the iPhone 6 Plus version of the case, it's worth noting the Folio is also available for iPhone 6 at the same price.{/exp:char_limit}
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12:04
HitFilm 3 Pro gets new interface design, 3D effects

FXHome has released Hitfilm 3 Pro, a new edition of its combination editing/effects suite for OS X and Windows. The software's interface has been redesigned, for example gaining a new editing timeline intended to keep every tool close by. It should be possible to rapidly switch between the editor and and several 3D compositing timelines. Users have access to 20 new effects, a 16-bit OpenEXR pipeline, and background proxying for more complex effects work....



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12:00
Samsung reportedly mulls leadership change amidst...

Samsung's mobile division is in trouble. Consumer interest in the company's newest smartphones is falling hard and fast, and with it, profits are declining precipitously. This past October, Samsung divulged that profits from their mobile division...

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11:46
All William Gibson’s futures

Medium:

Cyberspace may be ancient history for Gibson, but how our future unrolls before us has once again captured his attention. After sticking fairly close to the present for his last half-dozen novels, The Peripheral is Gibson’s most wide open and far-ranging adventure in decades. Multiple futures, near and far, collide. Characters zip back and forth in time, conspiracy theories come true, and an apocalypse unfolds in slow motion, with all the inexorability of a slowly rising tide.

I’ve been a hug fan of Gibson’s since I first read Neuromancer as a kid. It’s is still the first and only book that blew my mind so much that, when I read in pretty much one sitting, I immediately turned back to page one and started reading it again.

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11:33
EFF Spearheads Safer Web Initiative


The Electronic Frontier Foundation has announced a nonprofit organization that will aim to secure the entire Web. Let's Encrypt, starting in summer 2015, will offer free server certificates to help websites transition from HTTP to the more secure HTTPS protocol. EFF is partnering with Akamai, Mozilla, Cisco, iDenTrust and University of Michigan researchers. HTTPS has been around for years, but "certificate management and TLS in general tends to be a bit of a black art," said Stephen Ludin, chief architect at Akamai.

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11:33
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-24

Analysts estimates for Apple Watch sales are across the board, and John Martellaro thinks they're all off base. John and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about analyst numbers, what value they hold, whether or not the general public and investors should pay attention, and what the media does with those figures.


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11:32
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 24...

Notable software releases this week include DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.8.2, Mactracker 7.4.1, Evernote 6.0, SpamSieve 2.9.18, and Mailplane 3.3.3.

 

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11:31
ExtraBITS for 24 November 2014

In this Thanksgiving edition of ExtraBITS, Ars Technica explains which networking services Continuity uses, we learn why no one can build things like Apple, Walt Mossberg traces the rise of the Mac, and Apple removes the “free” label from apps.

 

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11:31
Mac: Apparent Doxie Go Plus

Apparent has taken its Doxie Go scanner up a notch with its new Doxie Go Plus ($179), which takes all of the features of the company’s earlier ultra-portable scanner and improve upon them – better image quality, 3X better battery life, and better paper feeding – and all for $20 less than the prior model when it first launched.

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11:30
The new Evernote app for OS X is a joy to use

Evernote updating its software isn't particularly noteworthy; after all the note-keeping service is known for regularly releasing a steady stream of new content and features even to its non-paying customers. The update Evernote released on November...

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11:14
Apple to sell (RED)-branded iTunes gift cards, give...

If you’re looking to buy new Apple gear and do some good on the side, you might want to wait until Friday

Per Macworld and USA Today, as part of a 2-week-long effort to raise money for (RED), the nonprofit organization U2 singer Bono founded to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa, Apple will be giving away (RED)-branded iTunes gift cards with the purchase of certain Apple products this Friday. Proceeds from every Apple product sold on World AIDS Day, which coincides with Cyber Monday on Dec. 1, will go toward (RED).

Apple also encouraged app developers to create in-app purchases that will be donated to (RED)...

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11:14
Older WordPress sites affected by critical cross-...

Versions of WordPress 3.0 up to 3.9.2 were discovered to contain a security vulnerability through the comment features on the site, making a large number of installs and servers vulnerable to attack. The bug was discovered by Jouko Pynnonen of the Finnish IT company Klikki Oy, indicating that the bug went unchecked for more than four years since it was introduced with version 3.0 in June 2010....



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11:12
Review: ZeroChroma FluxStand-Compatible Car Vent...

Earlier today, we looked at two ZeroChroma "accessories for accessories" — wall- and car-mounting solutions for the iPad Air and iPad mini. Now we're turning to similar iPhone add-ons called the Car Vent Mount ($20) and the Reflective Armband ($30), which are designed to be paired with ZeroChroma's FluxStand-equipped VarioEdge or Vortex cases. Unlike the company's Slide-Mounts, which were so thin and seemingly simple that their $30 asking price was hard to justify, each of these accessories is closer to right-priced; the only question is whether you'll like the cases that work with them.{/exp:char_limit}

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11:06
Apple & Cupertino share new Campus 2 aerial shot...

Apple today has shared an updated official aerial shot of construction progress on its Campus 2 facility set to be complete by the end of 2016. The new shot, posted to the City of Cupertino’s website, provides a different angle and wider view of the surrounding campus compared to the last aerial photo from earlier this month.

Things haven’t changed, however, for Apple’s general project schedule with street utilities and demolition work expected to finish this year, earthwork continuing into early 2015, and...

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11:00
Black Friday 2014: Best Deals on Apple TV, iPods and...

The biggest shopping day of the year is right around the corner and there are deals aplenty on Apple hardware and accessories. Prepare to save yourself some money with this handy cheat sheet to the best deals on the Apple TV, iPods and other Apple...

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10:53
Betaworks launches ‘#Homescreen’ to make app sharing...

If you have ever caught yourself peering at someone else’s iPhone home screen, be it the person sitting next to you on the subway or in a college lecture hall, look no further. New York-based startup studio and venture capital firm Betaworks on Monday released a new app called #Homescreen for sharing your iPhone home screen and discovering apps. 

#Homescreen was originally intended to be an experiment that has now been packaged into a product. While rudimentary in nature, the app should cater to the masses of users that share screenshots of their iPhone home screen on Twitter, Facebook and other social platforms. Now, you can share exactly which apps you are...

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10:30
Susan Kare selling replicas of the Mac team's...

If the interior components of the original Macintosh were the heart of the device, then many of the graphic elements designed by Susan Kare were its soul. Kare designed fonts for the Mac, created many of the icons that graced the Mac for many years,...

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10:21
Commerce Bank gains support for Apple Pay

Another financial institution, Commerce Bank, has gained support for Apple Pay mobile payments. The bank operates chiefly in Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Colorado. It hasn't made an official announcement, but is now listed in an official Apple Pay support document. Commerce customers are currently limited to personal MasterCards, even though the bank also offers Visa....



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10:00
Mythbusters takes on Gorilla Glass in Corning-...

MythBusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman explore the technology of glass with a focus on Corning's revolutionary Gorilla Glass technology. In a multi-part video series, "The Glass Age", published on YouTube, the pair discuss the use of glass through...

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09:48
Catching the catch on camera

New York Times:

Those who saw Odell Beckham Jr.’s acrobatic catch live on Sunday night at MetLife Stadium probably could not fully appreciate it in real time. Those who saw it on video — millions, once the awe spread on social media — were dazzled by his seemingly impossible body control. And those who saw still photographs of the catch might have wondered, how did the photographer capture that?

Jeffrey Furticella, a picture editor on the Sports desk at The New York Times, reached out to some of the photographers who shot the catch on Sunday night.

As a photographer, I always love to read the stories behind the images.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:48
Review: Griffin Slim Folio and Survivor All-Terrain...

Relatively few iPad Air 2 cases have hit the market early in the device's lifespan, as companies likely had a short time to adjust to the design changes in Apple's thinner full-sized iPad. Griffin has released a few options, though, including the Slim Folio ($30) and Survivor All-Terrain ($80). Slim Folio is a very thin fabric case that actually fits both the iPad Air 2 and original iPad Air — it has holes for the camera and microphone locations on both devices. Survivor All-Terrain is a beefy rubber-and-plastic case solely for iPad Air 2, similar to the other products in Griffin's Survivor line. The case offers complete button coverage, as well as screen and port protection. A multi-layer case, Survivor All-Terrain is weather-resistant and military spec-tested to be safe from two-meter drops onto concrete. The case also comes with a detachable stand.{/exp:char_limit}
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09:47
T-Mobile expands Music Freedom roster to cover 14...

T-Mobile has expanded the range of its Music Freedom scheme to include more streaming services. The program, which allows T-Mobile subscribers to listen to music from specific services without using up any of their mobile data allowance, now has an additional 14 services for customers to choose from, bringing the total for the entire collection to 27 services....



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09:41
Apple adds Commerce Bank support to Apple Pay,...

Apple has been rolling out support for its new Apple Pay payments service to more and more banks in recent weeks. The latest addition was America First Credit Union making an announcement late last week, but Apple has since updated its support document over the weekend to also announce support for Commerce Bank

Commerce Bank, which serves Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Oklahoma, Colorado and a few other locations, hasn’t yet made an official announcement, but it’s now listed as supporting personal credit cards on Apple’s support site for Apple Pay. Apple notes that currently Commerce Bank is only...

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09:36
Apple reveals Black Friday partnership with Product...

Shoppers that purchase some of Apple's most popular products on Friday will also receive a Product (RED) gift card that can be used on the U.S. iTunes Store, Mac App Store, App Store, or iBooks Store.

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09:30
iPhone 6 launch broke app download records

The launch of a new iPhone always creates a bump in App Store downloads, but this year's iPhone 6/6 Plus debut was a special kind of crazy. According to a new report by analytics firm Fiksu, October saw a massive surge in iOS app downloads that...

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09:21
Monday Deals: reconditioned 27-inch iMacs, Samsung...

Welcome to the second installment of Monday Deals, which we will be running throughout the holiday shopping period. While it is just four more days until shoppers become uncivilized and argue over who gets to buy the last of a heavily discounted product, 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 at a later reading, so check before purchasing. Also, check back on this post in the coming days, as more deals will be added as time goes on....



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09:00
Apple Watch featured as one of Time's 25 Best...

Apple's upcoming Watch smartwatch was featured recently by Time magazine as one of the Best Inventions of 2014. The annual round-up of gadgets and technology breakthroughs showcases the innovations that promise to make the "world better, smarter...

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08:46
Apple Black Friday: (RED) charity gift cards on...

Apple announced last night its campaign to support World AIDS Day 2014 with a series of App Store promotions and plans to donate a portion of Apple Store sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday to the Global Fund to support the fight against AIDS. Specifically for November 28th, or Black Friday, Apple shared that select Apple products will include a special edition (RED) iTunes gift care with a percentage going toward the Global Fund, and now we know exactly which products will qualify for Apple’s (RED) promotion on Black Friday.

Supported products include the iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 5c as well as each iPad mini, iPad Air, and iPad Air 2 which will include a $50 iTunes gift card (as well as the donation). Customers picking up an iMac,...

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08:43
Apple’s Black Friday deal: Donations to (RED) AIDS...

While other retailers clamor for your cash by throwing their doors open Thanksgiving night, Apple’s Black Friday special appeals to your philanthropic side.

As part of a 2-week-long effort to raise money for (RED), the nonprofit organization U2 singer Bono founded to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa, Apple will be giving away (RED)-branded iTunes gift cards with the purchase of certain Apple products this Friday. Proceeds from every Apple product sold on World AIDS Day, which coincides with Cyber Monday on Dec. 1, will go toward (RED).

Proud to announce our largest-ever World AIDS Day campaign. Join us in the fight and help save lives. http://t.co/QzjaL8hExI #AppsforRED

To read this...

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08:36
News: Apple announces Product(RED) Gift Cards for...

In addition to the new Product(RED) app collection announced earlier today, Apple has released information on the Product(RED) iTunes Gift Cards that it will be giving out with qualifying purchases on Black Friday, with a percentage of each Gift Card donated to the (RED) Global Fund. Qualifying products include the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, all iPad Air and iPad mini models, iPod touch, iPod nano, Apple TV, all current iMac and…

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08:34
∞ World record jump of the Lotus F1 team

This world record jump is not only not what you’d expect, it’s also bat-poop crazy.

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08:30
Apple confirms annual holiday freeze on iTunes and...

Apple is alerting iBooks publishers on iTunes that the iTunes Connect service will be unavailable during the holiday season, reports MacStories. The hiatus will begin December 22 and last until December 29. While the notice is addressed only to...

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08:28
App Store downloads surge in October off iPhone 6, 6...

App Store downloads surged to a record 7.8 million per day for the top 200 free iOS apps in October, says mobile marketing firm Fiksu. That represented a 42 percent increase from September, and a 39 percent jump year-over-year. The firm says it expects the trend to continue into the holiday season. It appears to have been kickstarted by sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which first launched on September 19th but have been gradually rolling out to more and more countries....



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08:26
Apple's iOS App Store reaches record 7.8M daily...

Propelled by the launches of new iPhones and iPads, Apple's iOS App Store saw daily downloads surge in the month of October, reaching a record 7.8 million downloads per day.

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08:24
FCC Chairman on Net Neutrality Rules: We’re Going to...

The Federal Communications Commission is moving forward with its plans to strictly regulate Internet traffic so that Net Neutrality isn't lost, but the agency isn't moving quickly to make that happen. Chairman Tom Wheeler said the FCC is moving slowly and deliberately to craft its new plan because no matter what happens, he expects the lawsuits are coming.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's good that the FCC is planning now for the inevitable legal fights over Net Neutrality. Hopefully the final outcome is a system that favors the free flow of information and not just the corporate desires of the Internet Service Providers.


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08:02
“Take Control of iCloud, Third Edition” Unravels...

Still trying to wrap your head around how to use iCloud Drive or the best way to manage your photos via iCloud? Joe Kissell’s best-selling “Take Control of iCloud, Third Edition” is now available to answer your questions.

 

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08:00
Streams from apps like Spotify and Beats will soon...

Highlighting the growing influence of streaming on the music industry, the New York Times last week reported that music streams from sites like Spotify and Beats will, for the first time, be included in the calculation of the Billboard 200. In...

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07:38
Watchmakers issue cease-and-desists to smartwatch...

A number of major watch brands have been sending cease-and-desist notices to websites and individuals claimed to be offering smartwatch faces without permission, a report says. Some smartwatches -- particularly ones based on Android Wear -- offer the ability to load custom face designs. A few people have been creating ones based on existing watches however, triggering copyright and trademark complaints....



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07:36
Daily Deal: Get 10ft Apple-Certified MFi Lightning...

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up a ten-foot MFi-certified Lightning cable for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod for only $18.99 – that’s over 50% off the normal price. This handy cable gives you the length you need to comfortably couch-surf from your iOS device without having to worry about running out of power or staying in close proximity to your wall outlets.

Get your 10-foot Apple-certified MFi Lightning Cable now for only $18.99...

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07:30
Strategy plus math equals Make a 9

About ten years ago, the numerical game Sudoku became an overnight sensation. It required players to fill a series of boxes with the numbers 1-9, with some or most of the boxes empty. Players thrived on strategy, quick wits, and the perseverance...

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07:21
No TidBITS Issue on 1 December 2014

We’re taking the next email issue of TidBITS off to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, although we’ll continue to post articles and links on our Web site. The next email issue will be published on 8 December 2014.

 

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07:10
A View of the Future: Demo 2014


I attended Demo in Silicon Valley last week and, as always, it showcased things likely to mature in the market 12 to 14 months into the future. The presenters are small companies, hand-selected because they offer something unique and forward-looking. You have to feel a bit sorry for the folks doing the demonstrations, because they have one shot to do this right, and often the god of technology exhibits his or her sense of humor and something doesn't work.

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Things that make you go 'Hmmm...

10% of owners of iPhone 5 & up will buy an Apple Watch, predicts Morgan Stanley (9to5 Mac)

Source: some analyst

Chance it's true: 30 percent at most

Morgan Stanley joins the fray of analysts desperate to be FIRST! to predict sales for a product...

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06:52
Samsung considering shakeup of mobile division in...

With Samsung's profits plummeting last quarter and sales of its flagship Galaxy S5 coming well short of expectations, the South Korean electronics giant is said to be considering changes in its executive team, particularly among the mobile division that competes with Apple's iPhone and iPad.

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06:49
Apple quietly updates iWork for iCloud, adds 50 new...

It wasn’t the biggest update in the universe, but it might prove helpful.

According to MacRumors and German blog Macerkopf, Apple on Friday updated iWork for iCloud with support for up to eight new languages and more than 50 new fonts. The changes were added to the cloud-based versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote.

New iCloud languages include French, German, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Chinese, Arabic (Pages only) and Hebrew (Pages only) with Pages receiving 8 new languages and Number and Keynotes now supporting six. Apple also expanded the number of available fonts, adding 50 new font types that improve the creative options available to users as well as add support for...

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06:37
Feminist hacker Barbie

Following public outcry, Mattel pulled it’s computer engineer Barbie book. What followed next is a lot of fun.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:30
Chase touts Apple Pay partnership with new...

Major U.S. bank Chase on Monday unveiled a new television advertisement prominently featuring Apple Pay, the latest of Apple's partners to leverage the mobile payment system in a bid to attract consumers.

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06:30
Apple To Donate Profit Portion From Black Friday For...

An anonymous reader writes Apple will donate a portion of their sales from online and retail stores on Cyber Monday and Black Friday as a contribution to the worldwide fight against AIDS. Apple kicks off a two-week fundraising campaign for RED, the charity started by U2 lead singer Bono and Bobby Shriver. It includes 25 partnering app-makers, from Angry Birds to Toca Boca, which will donate all proceeds from purchases of their apps or in-app upgrades. In a statement, Apple CEO Tim Cook said: "Apple is a proud supporter of (RED) because we believe the gift of life is the most important gift anyone can give. For eight years, our customers have been helping fight AIDS in Africa by funding life-saving treatments which are having a profoundly positive impact. This year we are launching our biggest fundraising push yet with the participation of Apple's retail and online stores, and some of the brightest minds in the App Store are lending their talents to the effort as well."

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06:30
Judge Cote approves Apple's proposed $450...

At long last, the ongoing legal drama surrounding Apple's e-book antitrust violations is seemingly behind us. Reuters reports that Judge Denise Cote recently approved a proposed US$450 million settlement agreement that will see Apple fork over cash...

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06:30
Sponsor: MacX DVD Ripper Pro Giveaway

I'd like to thank Digiarty for sponsoring TMO this week with a great giveaway of MacX DVD Ripper Pro. This normally sells for US$59.95 but this week you can get it for free via our special link. They are limiting this to 10,000 copies, so act quickly to be sure you get one of them.


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06:29
'Apps for (RED)' among Apple efforts for...

To mark the upcoming World AIDS Day on December 1st, Apple has launched a trio of initiatives. On the 1st itself, Apple says it will donate "a portion" of sales at its online and retail stores to the Global Fund, which is mainly dedicated to combating AIDS but also tackles diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis. On November 28th, some product purchases will include a Product (RED) iTunes gift card; any purchases made with it will go to the Fund. From today through December 7th, a program called Apps for (RED) will donate the sales from 24 iOS apps -- in some cases, special in-app purchases...



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06:25
Don’t expect to get a virtual Omega, Cartier or...

Anyone thinking that their Apple Watch might provide a virtual copy of a well-known watch face is likely to be disappointed, reports TorrentFreak: big-name watchmakers are issuing cease-and-desist notices to those creating smartwatch versions of their designs.

Big brands including Omega, Tissot, Certina and Mondaine have taken exception to ‘pirate’ faces being made available for cutting edge smartwatches. 

TorrentFreak has learned that IWC, Panerai, Omega, Fossil, Armani, Michael Kors, Tissot, Certina, Swatch, Flik Flak and Mondaine are sending cease and desist notices to sites and individuals thought to be offering faces without...

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06:20
WALTR developers discover A8 processor in iPhone 6,...

There’s a lot to be said for the A8 processor in the current iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets.

According to MacRumors and the developers of the WALTR music app, the dual-core A8 chip powering Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus appears to be capable of handling 4K video playback, despite the fact that the two iPhones have native resolutions of 1334 x 750 and 1920 x 1080 pixels, respectively.

4K video playback on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus was first discovered by the developers behind WALTR, a Mac app that’s designed to make it easy to upload and convert any music or video file to an iPad or iPhone for native playback.

The discovery was made by the developers of WALTR, a Mac app that allows users to quickly upload video files to their iPhone which aren’t supported by iTunes, such as FLAC and MKV files....

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06:17
Beyond you’re vs. your: A grammar cheat sheet even...

Do you know the difference between continually and continuous? When to use I/me, who/whom? How about the difference between everyday and every day? A good cheat sheet to bookmark for later retrieval.

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06:12
News: Apple unveils Product(RED) apps for World AIDS...

To mark World AIDS Day 2014, Apple has announced that a collection of Product(RED) apps will be appearing in the App Store over the next two weeks to generate donations for the (RED) Global Fund to fight AIDS. Updates to popular apps such as GarageBand, Monument Valley, Star Walk, and Threes began appearing on the App Store yesterday, and Apple has now created a special “Apps for (RED)” section of the App Store offering 25 apps containing…

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06:12
Apple Launches Apps for (RED) Campaign for World...

Apple launched a World AIDS Day campaign on Monday as part of the (RED) project that includes apps with exclusive content. The iPhone and iPad maker will also donate a portion of its Black Friday (November 28) and Cyber Monday (December 1) global sales to the Global Fund to fight AIDS.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's great that Apple is doing its part for Global Fund to fight AIDS funding, and it's really cool to see app developers throwing in their support, too.


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06:08
What food banks need most (and what they get too...

This is the season of food drives. The cold weather and holidays heighten the demand for donations of all sorts to local food banks. This fantastic piece digs into food bank donations, highlighting the most useful items and those that won’t survive the trip through drop off, storage, packing, and delivery.

Worth a read and, if you please, worth passing along to your friends and family.

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06:00
Apple announces new 'Apps for (RED)'...

Apple yesterday announced its plans to support (RED) and mark World Aids Day 2014 by donating a portion of global online and retail store sales collected on Black Friday (November 28) and Cyber Monday (December 1). Apple also is setting up a special...

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New York Times faces layoffs if buyout offer falls...

Tough times for the Gray Lady, along with the rest of the newspaper industry.

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Samsung mobile execs about to pay the price in...

The next big thing just blinked.

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New Chase ad for Apple Pay focuses on small...

Ad Age reports that Chase is running its first TV ad for Apple Pay, focusing on use in small businesses, and featuring Fun lead guitarist Jack Antonoff’s side indie band Bleachers.

The ad, out of creative agency Saatchi & Saatchi, features members of indie pop band Bleachers roaming Los Angeles in the hours leading up to a performance. The musicians make purchases along the way using their Chase Freedom credits cards — but through Apple Pay on their iPhones, not the physical cards.

Chase said that Apple was heavily involved with the ad … 

Chase chief brand officer Susan Canavari said that Apple SVP Phil Schiller had the final say on the ad.

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Battle numerous other countries in none other than Foosball Cup World, a game that puts your virtual foosball skills to the test. Play quick matches or choose challenges and put in some more effort to achieve special goals within the game. The game...

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Report: App Store downloads surge to highest ever in...

According to the latest data from Fiksu, the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus alongside iOS 8 accounted for a massive increase and an all-time high for app downloads. Specifically, the report points to a 42 percent increase from the previous month among the top 200 free iOS apps tracked by the company. Around 7.8 million downloads for the top 200 free apps accounted for a 42 percent increase over September and a 39 percent increase year-over-year.

“While recent indexes have shown a steady stream of escalating costs, the October index numbers validate another important trend: the increasing importance of apps to consumers,” said Micah Adler, CEO of Fiksu. “Mobile marketers must start thinking strategically about their marketing tactics over the...

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Apple defends safety of Siri use while driving after...

 

Apple has responded to a University of Utah study which criticized the safety of using Siri while driving, stating that it didn’t test the company’s in-car versions, Siri Eyes Free and CarPlay.

Of the six speech-recognition systems tested by researchers, Siri was found to be the worst for driver distraction. The study hooked up drivers to heart-rate monitors and other equipment designed to measure the degree of stress experienced by drivers while carrying out a range of voice-command tasks, giving each system a distraction rating from 1 (best) to 5 (worst) … 

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7 apps for hosting a stress-free Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and for many of us, that means entertaining family and cooking up a storm. This can be a recipe for stress, which is the last thing you need leading up to a long holiday weekend. Luckily, a little planning can make Turkey Day much more manageable—all you need is your iPhone or iPad and a few strategically downloaded apps. From party planning and invites to recipes and wine pairings, we’ve got you covered.

Party Planner Pro 

If part of your Thanksgiving tradition is hosting a dinner party for a large group, Party Planner Pro ($5) is just the ticket to help you get organized. This app provides a single dashboard that lets you manage your guest list and RSVPs, seating chart, progress, and budget. You can also use it to plan your dishes and input recipes, as well as create shopping lists that you can easily print out or export. Plus,...

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21:41
DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.8.2

Adds support for indexing files and folders stored in iCloud Drive. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new; DEVONnote, $24.95 new.)

 

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Mactracker 7.4.1

Adds details on the recent iMac, Mac mini, and iPad releases, plus OS X 10.10 Yosemite. (Free, 37.3 MB)

 

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20:59
Hands-on with Pinć, a $99 VR headset for iPhone 6 w...

Last week I met up with the people behind Pinć (Pinch), an under development VR headset that utilizes Minority Report-style user interfaces opposed to the mostly gaming experiences we’ve seen thus far from the competition. There are also a few other big differentiators for Pinc: it doubles as an iPhone case, uses hand gestures tracked by the iPhone’s camera for input, and includes a full SDK for developers built on Unity.

Pinć utilizes a wireless ring (or pinchers) on each hand that allow users to navigate with touchscreen-like hand gestures when tracked by the device’s camera. The experience allows for a much more intuitive controls familiar to touchscreen users and seems to make a lot more sense for immersive virtual reality than a controller or...

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19:32
iPhones at Virgin Mobile nowhere to be found this...

If you are planning on purchasing a new iPhone at Virgin Mobile this holiday shopping season, you are all but out of luck. While it somehow still sells the over three-year-old iPhone 4s, the prepaid carrier has not added the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus to its smartphone lineup and lists last year’s iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models as out of stock.

Virgin Mobile claims that both the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c are “temporarily out of stock,” although neither smartphone has been available through its website for quite some time. Meanwhile, Sprint sister company Boost Mobile carries the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 4s with no...

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19:20
Apple's World AIDS Day campaign brings...

Apple on Sunday announced its 2014 World AIDS Day campaign that will see the company donate a portion of its holiday retail sales, as well as proceeds from a special section of the App Store called "Apps for (RED)," to the (RED) foundation's Global Fund to fight AIDS.

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18:59
Apple to donate portion of Black Friday and Cyber...

Apple has just announced a significant campaign to support World AIDS Day 2014 as part of its long-running (RED) program. The company will donate to the Global Fund to fight AIDS based on proceeds from its new Apps for (RED) section on the App Store, as well as a portion of online and retail sales made on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Apps for (RED) runs from November 24 through December 7 and consists of 25 apps with exclusive new content, in which all proceeds will go directly to the Global Fund to fight AIDS around the world....

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18:55
∞ Apple donating portion of sales to (RED)

Apple on Sunday said it would mark World AIDS Day 2014 by donating a portion of sales at Apple’s retail and online stores around the world on two of the biggest shopping days of the year—Friday, November 28 (Black Friday) and Monday, December 1. [...]

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18:32
Apple's forecast to sell 71.5M iPhones units in...

On the back of strong seasonal demand, Apple is forecast to ship over 71.5 million iPhones in quarter four, but will see a drop in demand to below 50 million units during the first quarter of 2015, one analyst says.

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18:00
This weekend in the App Store -- the best free apps...

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

Apps Now Free

Fotograf [iPhone; Now...

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17:29
KGI: Apple to sell over 71M iPhones in holiday...

KGI Research’s Ming-Chi Kuo, one of the few analyst/firms with a respectable record on Apple forecasts, updated its iPhone sales expectation numbers this weekend for the holiday quarter and Q1 of 2015.

Strong iPhone shipments in 4Q14. We forecast overall iPhone shipments will surge 82% QoQ to 71.5mn units in 4Q14, given robust demand for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 Plus supply shortage implies not only robust demand, but also confirms our concerns regarding constraints within the supply chain. We believe 4Q14 iPhone shipments will be stronger if supply chain constraints are eased.

Kuo notes that the iPhone 5c and 4s which are still sold in emerging markets [like...

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17:20
Weekly Game Replay: Double Fine layoffs, $10B Call...

Every Sunday, Electronista and MacNN offer up a one-stop article for some of the happenings in the video game industry over the past week. In this week's edition of Weekly Game Replay, we look at Double Fine layoffs, Call of Duty reaching $10 billion in sales for the franchise, World of Warcraft recapturing 10 million active subscriptions, Sweden considering a sexism label for video games, Activision settling its shareholder lawsuit, and more....



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17:00
The Week in Review: news and features you don't...

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

News

Square to accept...

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16:24
HandBrake Open Source video transcoder v0.10...

The developers of Handbrake just announced the 0.10 update to their extremely popular and useful Open Source video transcoding product. Originally focused on ripping DVDs, the product now can be used for transcribing many different types of files/codecs to almost any other. Today’s headliner updates include H.265 and VP8 encoding.

  • The LibAV AAC encoder is now the default as FAAC has been removed.
    • This encoder is adequate for most, but until it improves a bit further, we have enabled support for the FDK-AAC encoder also.
      • This FDK option is a temporary measure until the LibAV encoder improves.
      • Note that FDK-AAC is much slower and will likely bottleneck the encode process, but will produce better quality audio.
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16:00
A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

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

Mr. iPhone, meet Mr. Coffee
XVIDA iPhone/iPad...

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15:00
All the best app reviews last week on TUAW

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

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14:22
GarageBand, Star Walk, Threes and more apps go (RED...


A range of apps have been updated today with limited-time promotions, in aid of the (RED) charity. Apple has participated in the event with an update to GarageBand, offering a limited-edition In-App Purchase that makes over 300 new drum, guitar, synth and bass loops available as an In-App Purchase. All proceeds from the sale of this expansion pack go directly to the (RED) charity, which sends the money to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The In-App Purchase, which is priced at $0.99, will be available until December 7th.

Other notable developers are also participating, many of which including exclusive additional content. For example, Threes has been updated, with a...

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14:11
Apple updates GarageBand for iOS with exclusive RED...

Apple on Sunday released an update to its GarageBand music authoring app that activates an option to purchase the (GarageBand)RED Loop Pack, an exclusive collections of hundreds of new instrument loops, with all proceeds going to charity.

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14:06
Yahoo acquires photo-aggregation application...

Another acquisition by Yahoo was announced late last week, building on a long string of pick-ups under the leadership of CEO Marissa Mayer. The newest company coming into the Yahoo fold is Cooliris, a developer known for its mobile photo-aggregator application Cooliris for Mobile and the recently launched BeamIt Messenger....



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14:00
Black Friday 2014: Best deals on the iPad Air and...

Apple's iPad models are the focus of most Black Friday sales with promotions on select versions of recent models of the tablet device. There's will be discounted devices for everyone on your list, even the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be...

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12:27
Xiaomi looking to overtake Apple, Samsung in the...

Last week, Xiaomi CEO Jun Lei said that he expects the smartphone manufacturer to take the number one sales spot in the next decade. Lei had a chance to emphasize his belief at the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen China, taking to a panel to accentuate the company's growth in smart devices. To do so, the Chinese company will need to overtake the number one and two companies Samsung and Apple, something that Apple Senior Vice President of Legal and Government Affairs Bruce Sewell believes won't be so "easy."...



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05:00
How iPads are making airports less terrible

The Verge:

Over the next 18 months OTG will install 6,000 iPads on tables, bars, and stations near waiting areas throughout United Airline’s terminal at Newark. Flashing your boarding pass in front of the iPad’s camera pulls up your United profile, with flight information, travel updates, and frequent flier miles. The program, which is opt-in, learns your preferences from your past purchases and recommends things it thinks you might want to buy. If you never buy the orange juice, it will start showing you other options; if you keep buying steak frites, it will show you steak sandwiches.

Interesting changes coming to the airport experience.

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