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18:44
Rumor: Gold Apple Watch Edition priced up to $5,000...

A rumor on Tuesday claims Apple's upcoming Apple Watch will be priced at $500 for the mid-tier steel model and up to $5,000 for top-end gold "Edition" versions, a number much higher than previous estimates.

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18:38
Starwood's Keyless Entry Streamlines Hotel...


Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide -- which owns and manages a number of high-end hotel brands including the St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W, Westin, Le Méridien, Sheraton, Four Points by Sheraton, Aloft and Element -- on Tuesday announced the rollout of SPG Keyless, a tech offering that allows guests to use their smartphone as a room key.
Hilton introduced similar technology earlier this year. Starwood's tech offering is available immediately, via the SPG app, at 10 Aloft, Element and W Hotels around the world.

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18:27
EFF files DMCA exemption requests, including '...

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed six Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) exemption requests with the US Copyright on November 3 as a part of the three-year process to address revisions to the act. All six requests were filed to attempt to give users basic access to software and devices, with one request looking to give consumers a way to play games abandoned by developers and publishers....



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18:05
Best of the Year Awards 2014

Welcome to iLounge's Best of the Year Awards for 2014! Every year, our editors go back and consider every accessory, app, and game we've covered during the past year — from last November 1 to this October 31 — to provide an extra large spotlight for the cream of the crop. Previously, we announced these awards in our annual Buyers Guides, but we're now listing them right here on the site, so no download's necessary. In these pages, you'll find…

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18:01
Report claims steel Apple Watch to start at $500,...

French website iGen.fr, which has provided reliable information in the past, reported on Tuesday that the steel Apple Watch will start at $500 alongside a gold model that will retail for between $4,000 and $5,000. Apple previously claimed at its September event that the Apple Watch would start at $349, but did not disclose further pricing information.

The report claims that the stainless steel Apple Watch in polished steel or black will cost $500, while the gold Apple Watch Edition will be the more expensive version at between $4,000 and $5,000. That price...

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17:00
Daily Deals for November 4, 2014

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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16:08
Apple, GT Advanced agree to unseal secret documents...

In a ruling on Tuesday, a federal court judge handling bankruptcy proceedings for sapphire maker GT Advanced Technologies ordered to unseal sensitive documents detailing the company's doomed partnership with Apple.

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15:55
Hex Launches Leather Cases and Wallets for iPhone 6/...

Hex launched a line of leather cases and wallets for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Tuesday, and I'm a sucker for a quality leather iPhone case. They look good-though we haven't yet reviewed them-and I particularly like the Focus case shown in the image. In addition to the Focus in several colors, there is the Icon Wallet (also in multiple colors). It holds your iPhone in a case that folds over like a wallet, with slots for money and credit cards and the like. The leather cases are $49.95, while the leather wallets are $59.95.


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15:48
Lawyers investigating CVS, Rite Aid over blocking of...

A legal firm out of San Francisco is soliciting consumer stories and testimony as part of its investigation into the sudden decision by drugstore chains Rite Aid and CVS to deliberately disable Apple Pay (and other NFC-based payment systems) less than a week after the technologies' rollout -- even though the chains have previously accepted those and other e-wallets. The firm says it is considering a potential class-action to restore Apple Pay and other competitors to the stores....



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15:43
Epson unveils WorkForce WF-100, SureColor P600...

Epson announced two new printers recently, each focusing on a different type of task. The WorkForce WF-100 is Epson's entry for traveling professionals, offering one of the "smallest and lightest" mobile color inkjet printers currently on the market. The SureColor P600 gives photographers a desktop solution for printing photos up to 13 inches wide, while also allowing paper roll printing over 10 feet in length....



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15:35
Google News & Weather for iOS updated with...

Google has released an updated version of its News & Weather app on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch with a news widget for Today view in Notification Center. Google News & Weather for iOS was released last month, providing users with a combination of local news, weather and a personalized view of headline stories.

The widget in Notification Center provides a quick look at the latest stories sourced from over 65,000 publications, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail and MetroNews. Tapping on an individual news story opens up the Google News & Weather app where you can read the article in full length.

To enable Notification Center widgets on iOS 8, simply scroll down on the Today view and tap the...

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15:25
Yosemite: How to Improve Spotlight Speed and Results

Spotlight is kinda handy in its regular state. Kelly shows off a couple of nifty ways to make Spotlight work even harder, and faster for you.


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15:12
External Link: An Unofficial Goodbye to Mac OS X...

Although it’s not officially dead, founder Rob Griffiths is saying goodbye to Mac OS X Hints, which hasn’t been updated in over 45 days. He began the site over 14 years ago, then sold it to Macworld in 2006, where he stayed to maintain the site until 2010. However, Griffiths doesn’t blame mismanagement for the site’s decline, but rather the maturation of OS X.

 

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15:08
Microsoft Shows It Can Think Differently, Adds...

Microsoft demonstrated that under CEO Satya Nadella, the company can think differently than it has in the past. Not only has Big Redmond released Office for iOS, on Tuesday the company announced with Dropbox that it was adding support for Dropbox to those iOS apps, but that it was doing so because that's what customers wanted.


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15:03
9to5Toys Last Call: iPhone 6 (VZW) 20% off, free...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Target offers 20% off all Verizon phones: iPhone 6 starts at $160

Free...

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15:00
Google has been killing Apple on the advertising...

I'll be blunt: Apple's new iPhone commercials featuring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake absolutely suck. If they're not some of the worst commercials Apple has ever put out, they're certainly in the running.

For years, Apple commercials have been...

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14:58
GT Advanced reaches amended settlement agreement...

GT Advanced announced this afternoon that it has reached an amended settlement agreement with Apple related to the sapphire crystal glass manufacturer’s recent bankruptcy filing, in which both parties have agreed to waive the condition that GT Advanced’s declaration on October 8th remain under seal and expunged. Meanwhile, GT Advanced has filed a Form 8-K with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that provides further details about the recent fallout between Apple and GT Advanced.

The...

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14:45
HP's Omen Laptop - a Portent of Gaming's...


HP on Tuesday announced the HP Omen notebook PC, a laptop designed with hardcore gamers in mind. Available for order in the U.S. starting at $1,500, the Omen combines performance, portability and style, the company said. The Omen features an industrial design that was engineered to manage heat. It has dual fans that pull cool air through the bottom of the system, and rubber feet that elevate it to help channel in cool air. These design features are necessary, as the Omen packs some serious hardware inside its CNC-milled aluminum case.

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14:31
Unicode consortium looks to bring ethnic diversity...

In a draft proposal published on Monday, the Unicode Consortium revealed a range of emoji skin tone modifiers it plans to roll out as an update to the current standard, finally bringing a dose of ethnic diversity to the ubiquitous pictographs.

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14:20
Internet Arcade: Play Old-school Video Games in your...

Remember the classic video games we played in arcades? Games like Defender, Frogger, Tron, Q*bert, and Robotron? They're all available online and you can play them in your Web browser thanks to the Interent Archive. Games from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s are available through the archive, and it's like a little bit of magic to play them all again without dropping quarter after quarter into the machine. I didn't have much luck with Safari, but Google Chrome worked just fine. I'm off to play one of my favorites, Xevious, and if you don't remember these awesome games, then get off my lawn.


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14:07
Everything we know about the upcoming Steve Jobs...

Oh, geez. Everything we thought we knew about the next Steve Jobs biopic is turning out to be wrong, more wrong than an iPod with an HP logo on the back. Recently, we passed on reports that Christian Bale had been cast as Steve Jobs himself, and Seth Rogen had been tapped to play Steve Wozniak, in the upcoming Sony film directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin, based on Walter Issacson’s authorized biography.

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14:00
CurrentC will soon have to compete directly with...

CurrentC -- the Apple Pay competitor which made headlines recently due to CVS and Rite Aid's exclusivity agreements -- will soon have to compete directly with Apple's mobile payment option, according to a recent Re/code interview with Dekkers...

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13:59
MacX DVD Video Converter Pro Pack for $17.99

We have a deal on a couple of Mac utilities for you today, MacX Video Converter Pro and MacX DVD Ripper Pro. The first will convert multiple video formats into versions you can watch natively on all your Apple devices. It also downloads and converts YouTube videos, which is handy. MacX DVD Ripper Pro does its name suggests, it will rip your DVDs into formats you can play on your Apple and Android devices. Together, they retail for $110, but through our deal, you can get them for $17.99.


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13:40
Hands On: Griffin Survivor Slim for iPad Air 2

For some people, the best protection options for an iPad are probably the simplest. An AppleCare+ plan, for instance, may be $99 up front -- and cost an extra $49 per accident -- but will let you forego a case entirely, or at least pick a case for style over substance. And on the most basic level, you can just be cautious and keep your iPad out of anything like a dangerous situation....



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13:30
Saloote is a flawed attempt at online music...

Saloote is a free app for iPhone that enables musicians to get creative with each other through the power of the Internet. Film yourself jamming out to your favorite tune, then create mashups with strangers around the world to collaborate and form an...

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13:00
Adobe updates Voice for iPad with new features and...

Adobe Voice hit the market in May and has been used by companies, small teams and individuals wanting to create audio and video presentations that look good with minimal effort.

The app is free but requires an Adobe ID. Today the iPad app added the...

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13:00
OS X Yosemite: Bringing Back Finder Window Search...

Prior to OS X Yosemite, performing a search from a Finder window gave you to option to quickly add additional search criteria to narrow down the list of files you'd see, but now that's gone - or at least hidden away. Bringing back the missing search criteria only takes a couple mouse clicks, so read on to learn how.


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12:50
Briefly: Cooler Master Silencio cases, Logitech G302...

Cooler Master announced today that it is bringing two of its PC cases that focus on minimal design and noise reduction to North America. The Silencio 352 and 652S are on their way to vendors now says the company, meaning the ATX and Mini-ATX tower cases will be made available to consumers soon. Both of the cases make use of sound-dampening panels in various places in the case, including the side panels and front door....



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12:45
Michael Fassbender next high-profile actor eyed for...

Following Christian Bale's exit from the hotly anticipated film about Apple's late co-founder, Michael Fassbender is now said to be in talks to take on the role of Steve Jobs.

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12:38
With Christian Bale bailing, Sony in talks with...

With Dark Knight star Christian Bale no longer in the running for the Steve Jobs role in the upcoming Sony-made biopic, producers are now in talks with Michael Fassbender for the top job. Fassbender, who looks sort of like Jobs depending on his shave, is known for his roles in X-Men and Inglorious Bastards. While Sony is still trying to lock down the main part, it appears that Seth Rogen is still set to take on the role of Steve Wozniak, while Danny Boyle is still in for director and Aaron Sorkin is in as screenwriter. It’s interesting that actors as well-...

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12:38
NTSB Gives Last Press Briefing on SpaceShipTwo Crash...


Christopher Hart, acting chairman of the NTSB, which is investigating last week's crash of Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo, on Monday delivered his final press briefing on the initial stage of the investigation. In an earlier report, Hart had said copilot Michael Alsbury, who died in the crash, prematurely moved a lever that unlocked the "feathering" mechanism, which would release two fins to slow down the spacecraft. Hart clarified on Monday that it was not known whether Alsbury or copilot Peter Siebold had moved the feathering lever.

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12:30
Connect a MacBook to an iMac’s Display with Target...

It's not well known, but, for example, a MacBook Pro/Air can connect to and drive a 27-inch iMac display either as an additional display or mirror mode using what's called Target Display Mode (TDM). However, specific hardware and cables are required. John Martellaro explains the possibilities.


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12:26
Forums: data restoration, Mavericks notifications...

Today forum goers attempt to assist "l008com" with restoring data from a SSD/TRIM enabled Mac and wonders if Data Rescue will find nothing in the free space. Yesterday Mac Elite "Matt OS X" turned to the forums looking for a way to completely disable notifications using a command line in Mavericks, and has yet to get a response....



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12:24
Apple deals: refurbished 27-inch iMacs as low as $1,...

Refurbished 27-inch iMac's are available from Apple's online store with savings of up to $450. The refurbished 27-inch iMac with a 2.9GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive is now $1,399 after a $400 price cut. Priced at $1,489, after a $310 drop, is the 27-inch iMac with a 3.2GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive....



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12:22
DealNN: 5K iMac with 3.5GHz i5 processor cut to $2,...

This week at Adorama.com get the Retina 27-inch iMac on sale for $2,450. That's a savings of $50 off the list price of $2,500, and about $45 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This iMac features a Retina 5K display, 3.5GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage with an AMD Radeon M290X graphics card. Included is a one year limited warranty on parts and labor from Apple....



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12:15
External Link: Dropbox Is Coming to Office

If you use Microsoft Office, but have been frustrated by its lack of support for Dropbox, your frustration is almost at an end. Soon, you will be able to open Dropbox files from Office, and edit Office files from the Dropbox app. Dropbox also plans to integrate its Web site with Office Online next year.

 

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12:11
Swype iOS 8 keyboard now available in 20+ languages...


Nuance announced an update for its Swype keyboard for iOS 8 today that introduces support for a long list of new languages in addition to new layouts and features for both iPhone and iPad.

New languages include: Czech, Danish, Dutch, UK English, Finnish, Greek, Hinglish, Hungarian, Irish, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Swedish, and Turkish. The app now supports over 20 languages including the previously supported languages– English, French, Italian, German and Spanish.

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12:00
With Disney Movies Anywhere app, you can buy on...

As it turns out, Apple and Google can actually work together in the interest of enhancing the customer experience. Who knew?

As relayed by the Wall Street Journal today, Apple and Google recently inked a deal whereby users who purchase a Disney...

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11:28
CurrentC exclusivity at MCX merchants to expire in...

An exclusivity agreement that has caused some merchants involved in the MCX consortium --?notably drug store chain CVS --?to abruptly pull support for NFC-based payment systems, including Apple Pay and Google Wallet, is set to expire in "months," according to a new report.

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11:00
Is your iDevice screen unusually dim after...

Over the weekend my son came to me with a curious issue. After updating his 5th generation iPod touch to iOS 8.1, the screen was suddenly much dimmer than usual, and no amount of resetting, re-installing or futzing with settings seemed to fix it....

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10:45
The Week in Mac Apps: Serious money, hard math, and...

Serious money, hard math, and fun times

This week’s roundup of Mac apps has everything you need for a productive and fun day: budgeting, tracking your things, doing a little math, and then letting off some steam while steering a spaceship.

Avoid: Sensory Overload 1.2.2

48h Studio’s free Avoid: Sensory Overload will keep you entertained during your downtime with a simple but highly entertaining game in which your own objective is to avoid falling into the void of space.

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10:44
Debunk: Reports of possible 128GB iPhone 6 Plus...

Reports claiming Apple could face a possible iPhone 6 Plus recall regarding a problem with NAND flash causing crashes for a small number of users are not true, according to a source close to the situation.

Users in Apple’s support forums have recently highlighted a rare issue that causes iPhones to crash, specifically for users with a large amount of apps installed. A majority of users noticed the problem on a 128GB iPhone Plus (the device those with large app libraries would naturally gravitate towards), although the problem isn’t specific to the iPhone 6 Plus or iOS 8. In fact, a similar problem has affected a very small amount of users since...

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10:35
TrueSec outlines "Rootpipe" privilege...

Speaking at the ?redev Developer Conference in Malm?, Sweeden, Emil Kvarnhammar of security firm TrueSec demonstrated a privilege escalation vulnerability affecting OS X 10.8.5 through the newest 10.10 Yosemite.

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10:31
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-04

John Martellaro's iTuens 12 review is out, and he doesn't pull any punches. John and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about what's wrong with Apple's music and other content management app for the Mac, question if the company is making some bad design decisions, and wonder what's in store for future app releases.


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10:09
Apple establishes network engineering office in...

Apple has established an engineering office in Seattle, Washington, according to the Seattle Times. The core of the office is said to be a group of former F5 engineers, working on network infrastructure. The people also have connections to Union Bay Networks, a cloud computing startup based near Google's Seattle campus. Union Bay's information email address is no longer operating, and at least five people have changed their LinkedIn profiles to say they switched to Apple in September. In all, seven of nine people at Union Bay have made the jump....



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10:04
Intel launches Broadwell Core M processor, chip...

Intel’s next generation of processors won’t ship until early 2015, but there’s some interesting news on the processor that could wind up in the 12-inch MacBook Pro notebook.

Per MacRumors, the company began shipping some ultra low-power Broadwell chips known as Core M a couple of months ago. These chips are designed to run at just 4.5 watts and are intended for next-generation fanless PCs and tablets, fitting perfectly with circulating rumors of a thinner, fanless 12-inch MacBook Air, potentially with a Retina display.

The first batch of Core M chips launched in early September consisted of the 5Y10/5Y10a running at a base frequency of 800 MHz with a maximum of 2 GHz turbo, along with the more powerful 5Y70 running at 1.1 GHz with a max turbo of 2.6 GHz. Intel now appears to have...

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10:00
Amazon launches Prime Photos, cloud storage for iOS

Amazon is making its Prime subscription service even more desirable today with the launch of Prime Photos, a cloud storage service that will allow users to upload an unlimited number of photos to the Amazon Cloud Drive. It's not clear how unlimited...

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09:41
Apple continues to dominate with massive 86% share...

A new analysis of third-quarter handset industry operating profits estimates that Apple accounted for a massive 86 percent share, blowing away the competition as rivals such as Samsung saw their profit levels dip.

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09:09
Microsoft adding Dropbox integration including...

Microsoft and Dropbox announced a new partnership between the two companies today and a commitment to bring integration between Dropbox and Office apps on iOS and Android. Currently Office users rely on local storage for saving files or Microsoft’s own OneDrive service for saving and syncing files, but the newly announced partnership will allow Office users to use the popular Dropbox service as an additional storage and syncing option and introduce new features between the productivity apps and syncing service.

Dropbox integration with the Office apps means users...

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09:00
Apple Pay expands to additional banks, including PNC...

Just two weeks ago, Apple Pay launched with support from six of the nation's top banks. Earlier this week, the number of banks supporting Apple Pay expanded to include PNC, US Bank, USAA, the Navy Federal Credit Union, and Barclaycard.

Additionally,...

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08:49
Microsoft Office apps for iOS, Android to get...

Microsoft has announced a partnership with Dropbox that will bring the latter's cloud service into Office apps for iOS and Android. Integration is promised with updates in "the coming weeks" that will let people browse, edit, and share Dropbox files from within Office apps. Inside of Dropbox's proprietary app, people browsing Word, Excel, or PowerPoint files will see an option to edit them in the appropriate software....



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08:23
Internet Archive hosting hundreds of browser-...

The Internet Archive has launched the Internet Arcade, a web-based library of arcade (coin-operated) video games from the 1970s through to the 1990s, emulated through modern browsers. The library contains hundreds of games ranging through many different genres and styles, and is intended for "research, comparison, and entertainment in the realm of the Video Game Arcade" according to the site....



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08:20
iPhone Apps: Infuse Pro, PDF Expert, RunKeeper
08:15
Unicode consortium posts draft that will introduce...

Following a promise by Apple way back in March to introduce more racial diversity to the icons used in Emoji characters, Google and Apple contributors have now posted a proposal of how to make it a reality. The draft standard will extend the current icon set to include five color variants for Emojis including people and faces. The variants are distinguished by Fitzpatrick skin categories, although exact colors are up to the platform vendor (Apple, Google, etc) to interpret.

The proposal suggests that a long-press on a particular key of the Emoji keyboard will popup options for alternate skin tones. The...

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08:13
Apple granted patent covering motion-based '...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday issued an invention for a new kind of Apple TV remote control, giving viewers the ability to gesture with a "remote wand" in order to navigate around the user interface, in what could be the latest evidence Apple is looking to substantially alter the user experience of its set-top streamer.

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08:09
AT&T adds longer payment period option to Next...

AT&T is giving its customers a third option to acquire a smartphone via the AT&T Next installment and early-upgrade scheme. The current Next 12 and Next 18 plans will be joined by Next 24, an option which will let subscribers pay nothing initially, followed by regular monthly payments for 30 months, up from the 20 and 24-month plans of the existing installment choices....



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08:00
Apple to open highly caffeinated office in Seattle

Apple and California go together like wine and... well, California too, I guess, but the company is apparently looking to spread its wings a little bit, though it won't shake itself free of the west coast entirely. According to The Seattle Times, the...

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08:00
Daily Deal: Get The Waterproof, Sand Proof, Floating...

In today’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering the durable MIGHTY speaker for only $35—that’s over 50% off the normal price. MIGHTY is a waterproof and sand proof Bluetooth speaker that even floats, so you can use it just about anywhere without worrying about whether it can survive your outdoor activity of choice. The minimal speaker provides booming, clear sound and includes a built-in speakerphone so you can even make and answer…

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07:35
Christian Bale no longer slated to play Steve Jobs...

Well, it would have been an interesting casting choice.

Per The Unofficial Apple Weblog and The Hollywood Reporter, actor Christian Bale has pulled out of the Aaron Sorkin penned Steve Jobs biopic. The report claims that Bale decided to withdraw from the film because he felt he wasn’t right for the role.

Sources say Bale, after much deliberation and conflicting feelings, came to the conclusion he was not right for the part and decided to withdraw. The script is said to be divided into three acts that detail Jobs preparing for three presentations that came to define his life and the life of the company he co-founded, lost and came back to.

Not even a week ago, Sorkin explained that Bale secured the Jobs role...

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07:30
Apple to Raise 2.8B Euro in New Bond Issue

Apple's latest cash influx will come from a new bond issuing in euros instead of dollars. The iPhone and iPad maker plans to bring in â2.8 billion (about US$3.5 billion) in two blocks set to mature in eight and twelve years, and will likely show record low yields.

The Mac Observer Spin: Adding debt through bonds makes sense for Apple because it's overall expense will be lower. Selling in euros instead of dollars adds some diversity to the company's cash flow, too.


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07:23
Rumor: Apple to discontinue iPad mini in favor of...

It’s just a rumor, but it’s got some decent sources behind it.

Per AppleInsider and Taiwan’s Economic Daily News, a rumor out of East Asia on Monday claims Apple is looking to wind down iPad mini production in favor of a 12-inch tablet, a response to flagging sales and growing consumer interest in larger-screened devices.

Citing sources in Apple’s supply chain, the Economic Daily News reports the company is looking to discontinue iPad mini sales when the tablet lineup is refreshed next year and will instead concentrate on production of a new 12-inch format being called “iPad Pro.”

The shift in tablet strategy is said to be in reply to a shifting smartphone market, which has seen consumers gravitate toward devices with screens larger than 5 inches...

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07:08
Starwood Hotels launches SPG Keyless entry system...

As of now, you can officially open your hotel room in a Starwood Hotel with your iPhone.

And, come the spring, you’ll be able to do it with your Apple Watch.

Per 9to5Mac, Starwood Hotels has officially launched its SPG Keyless service, allowing guests to use their iOS device to open their doors. The boutique hotel group first announced the project back in January.

The process goes as follows:
1. After booking a reservation at a keyless hotel, SPG members are invited to opt-in to SPG Keyless and register their phone through the SPG App.

2. Approximately 24 hours before arrival, the guest receives his/her room number and Bluetooth key via the app.

3. Upon arrival at the hotel, the guest can completely bypass the front desk (where available) and go directly to his/her room.

4. Then,...

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07:04
Apple will brief MFi accessory makers on HomeKit,...

Apple’s annual MFi summit, an event for accessory manufacturers in its Made-for-iPhone/iPad/iPod licensing program, will focus on getting accessory makers ready for new technologies including HomeKit hardware, iBeacon, Apple’s new Lightning headphones spec, and game controllers, according to Apple’s official event schedule.

The summit, which is used by Apple to brief accessory makers on new technologies rolling out soon, is often a precursor to wide adoption of Apple’s latest iPhone and iPad-connected accessory specifications. If previous events are any indication, Apple is hoping to flood the market with a lot of HomeKit, iBeacon, Lightning headphones, and game controllers later this year and early next. In addition, Apple has...

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07:03
MCX CEO says CurrentC exclusivity deal that blocks...

After an undeniably bad two weeks of press, MCX CEO Dekkers Davidson seems to have changed the company’s tune on CurrentC’s exclusivity policy that prompted retailers like CVS and Rite Aid to disable NFC terminals and block Apple’s iPhone 6-backed mobile payment system Apple Pay. Davidson told Re/code in an interview that MCX, the merchant consortium behind the Apple Pay competitor known as CurrentC, will lift the exclusivity policy in a matter of “months, not years.

Previously, the MCX CEO only vaguely hinted that the retail consortium would consider allowing participants to accept both CurrentC, which is...

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07:00
iOS users: Nest Thermostat update on the way

The popular Nest Thermostat will see a significant software upgrade within the week. The system, popular with iOS users who can control it from their iPhones or iPads, will see improvements to its auto-schedule software, a new Quick View option, and...

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06:56
Amazon adds unlimited cloud photo storage for Prime...

Subscribers to the $99-per-year Amazon Prime service can now back up their entire photo collection at full resolution, including iPhone photos via a dedicated iOS app.

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06:42
CD-loving Japan resists move to online music

New York Times:

Japan may be one of the world’s perennial early adopters of new technologies, but its continuing attachment to the CD puts it sharply at odds with the rest of the global music industry. While CD sales are falling worldwide, including in Japan, they still account for about 85 percent of sales here, compared with as little as 20 percent in some countries, like Sweden, where online streaming is dominant.

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06:38
Apple seeks to raise $3.5 billion from euro bond...

Confirming earlier rumors, Apple has set forth plans to issue its first-ever bonds in euros rather than US dollars. The bonds will be available in two sets, maturing in eight and 12 years. Ultimately the company is hoping to raise 2.8 billion euros, or about $3.5 billion, to help finance share buybacks and dividends in the US without repatriating some of its foreign cash reserves....



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06:35
AT&T introduces longer Next 24 monthly...

AT&T on Tuesday announced that it will be introducing a longer Next 24 monthly installment program on November 9th alongside its Next 12 and Next 18 plans for financing an iPhone or other smartphone. AT&T customers on Next 24 will pay $0 down and make 30 equal monthly payments between $10 to $50 depending on the device purchased.

The new Next 24 plan offers the flexibility of lower monthly payments required over a longer period of time. After making 24 of the required 30 monthly payments, a customer gains the option to upgrade his or her iPhone upon trading in the financed device in good condition and activating a new smartphone on a new service agreement.

“When customers choose AT&T Next with AT&T’s Mobile Share Value plans, they can also receive a monthly discount on the access charge for that...

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06:33
How Apple Watch is killing wearable tech as a gift...

Until Apple joins the fray, everyone else is just holding their breath.

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06:33
iPad Pro Rumor Comes Up for Air


Rumors of a larger-screen iPad 'Pro' have been floating around since early this year. Most of them have suggested variations on a supposed 12.9-inch screen size. As soon as they rise, though, they're buried by another news wave. The latest to surface is a report in a Japanese tech blog. The upcoming iPad Pro reportedly will have a 12.2-inch screen and not the more widely rumored 12.9-inch screen. In addition, the iPad Pro will be thicker than an iPhone 6 but thinner than an iPhone 6 Plus.

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06:30
Buy a Disney movie in iTunes, watch it on Android...

Back in February, Disney launched its Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) service on iOS. In effect, Disney movies you buy via iTunes are available in your DMA locker for you to stream on your iOS devices. Now, Android has joined the fray, meaning you can watch all those iOS-purchased Disney movies on your Android device and, if you buy movies on an Android device, you can watch them on your iOS device.

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06:30
iOS 8.1.1 said to address iPhone 4S and iPad 2...

Have an iPhone 4S running iOS 8? You're due for a speed increase.

Andrew Cunningham

Late yesterday, Apple released the first beta build of iOS 8.1.1 to developers. The first update to iOS 8.1 will include customary bug fixes, but the preliminary release notes suggest a far more interesting development: the update promises to improve performance on the iPhone 4S and iPad 2, two of the oldest devices that support iOS 8.

This would address one of our bigger criticisms of iOS 8, which in our testing was significantly slower on these older devices than iOS 7 was. Apps took longer to launch, and the user interface was often jerky and...

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06:20
Amazon drops free unlimited Cloud Photo storage into...

 

Amazon just upped the Cloud Photo storage ante with free unlimited Cloud storage for Photos for its Prime customers.  The Amazon Photo service, which has apps for iOS or Android and is native to Amazon’s Fire products including its recently announced Fire stick, will no longer be capped for Prime customers.

Introducing Prime Photos. Your cherished memories are safe in Amazon Cloud Drive and accessible anywhere you...

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06:12
News: AT&T and Verizon working on VoLTE...

Verizon Wireless and AT&T have announced that they are working on enabling Voice over LTE (VoLTE) connections between the Verizon Wireless and AT&T networks. VoLTE provides enhanced calling features and call quality for users of compatible handsets such as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but traditionally such enhanced features have been limited to users on each carrier’s own network, effectively dropping down to the more basic standard…

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06:02
AT&T, Verizon to Support Cross-network Voice...

AT&T and Verizon have already said they're bringing Voice over LTE (VoLTE) support to their customers, and now they've committed to making the service cross-network compatible, too. Previously, each said their VoLTE service would work only with customers making calls to phone numbers on the same carrier network.

The Mac Observer Spin: I was an iPhone 5S owner, and now I have an iPhone 6. I still haven't had a single VoLTE call on AT&T. Fingers crossed that changes once AT&T and Verizon get their cross carrier deal in place.


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05:13
Claimed prototype of iPad mini 2 goes on sale on...

A claimed prototype of the cellular model of the iPad mini 2 is being auctioned on eBay, with a starting bid of $4,999. No bids had been placed at the time of writing. The reason bids go for so much on these prototypes is that security experts, hackers and jailbreakers like to understand the software that’s loaded on them to get a better idea of what’s going on behind the scenes on iOS devices.

The seller, whose 95.8% feedback rating shows only low-cost sales previously, cites the lack of serial number and FCC markings, together with SwitchBoard software, as evidence that the device is genuine.

For sale is a Apple iPad Mini 2 Cellular Prototype without FCC logos, and is a 64 bit A7/M7 chip/processor. Apple normally does not let these devices out of their possession and you can see from the photos, it...

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05:02
Apple to raise $3.5 billion from euro debt at some...

Apple is set to borrow cash in euros for the first time in the company's history, taking advantage of record-low interest rates in Europe with what will be some of the lowest-ever interest rates for a corporation.

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04:50
Yosemite GPU switch causing graphics issue in some...

Some early Retina-equipped MacBook Pro users are seeing graphical issues in Safari and other browsers following an upgrade to OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Severity varies, but a growing series of support threads on the Apple user forums show users experiencing problems ranging from minor text entry issues, all the way through persistent crashing. A pair of workarounds are available, but not all users are reporting success with them....



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04:37
Nest rolling out updates for smarter auto-scheduling...

Your Nest smart thermostat should get a little smarter at some point over the next week as the company rolls out version 4.3 of the software, providing improved auto-scheduling and faster access to info at-a-glance.

A single push of the ring displays the information shown above, which includes weather, outdoor temperature and humidity. This has, says Nest, been the biggest customer request, allowing them to check what they should wear before heading out in the morning. Getting access to additional information, like yesterday’s energy usage or tomorrow’s schedule, is now available simply by turning the ring left or right … 

An enhanced version of the auo-schedule function, where the thermostat learns how & when you make temperature changes, should enable greater savings, says...

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04:28
Dave Grohl’s incredible gift to music lovers

Music that touches you at a deep level is a rare delight. Same with a book, a movie, a piece of art or anything that is the result of the creative process. Today I had the good fortune to stumble upon something that did this on several levels.

Sonic Highways is a documentary series on HBO, put together by Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters. The series is an incredible journey, taking you on a deep musical exploration of eight cities, building a song in each city based on the musical foundation found in that city.

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04:10
Hands On: ffwd player (iOS)

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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02:42
Review: Apple iPad Air 2

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



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02:00
Reviews: Apple iPad Air 2

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



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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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20:35
Review: Alpine Headphones

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



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

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

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

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

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

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20:13
Google’s App Aesthetic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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19:00
Reviews: Alpine Headphones

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



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18:02
[Sponsor] Fucking Amazon

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

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

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

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