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Wednesday November 19

22:01
Apple co-founder Wozniak joins Primary Data as Chief...

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has joined Primary Data, a data virtualization company made up of several colleagues from Fusion-io, as Chief Scientist -- the same title he held at Fusion-io. In his new position, Wozniak will be both advise the company on tecnology trends, vision and architecture as well as serve as the firm's ambassador. Chief Marketing Officer Rick White, who worked with Woz at Fusion-io, noted that "with Woz on the team along with [CEO] Lance [Smith] and David [Flynn], we now have the band back together."...



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20:19
Follow-up: Apple sends letter to GT Advanced...

More details on the collapse of the GT Advanced Technologies deal with Apple were made available today, as sources have reported that a letter sent by Apple to other creditors in the GT Advanced bankruptcy case reveals more details on why the partnership collapsed. Included in the letter were pictures of defective sapphire boules produced by GT Advanced, pointed to by Apple as the main reason the company went under -- it contracted to produce high-quality boules of the material, but simply couldn't produce enough usable product....



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20:14
Briefly: AnyAngle iPad case, Red Giant Universe 1.3

Logitech has announced the introduction of a new protective case in its suite of tablet products, the Logitech AnyAngle for iPad Air 2 and iPad mini. Featuring an integrated, hidden hinge, the case holds an iPad at any angle within a 50-degree range, keeping that angle in place without tipping or sliding. The stand folds behind the iPad as to create a minimalist appearance, and magnets also secure the stand and assist in holding an angled position. The...



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20:07
New report claims Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs biopic...

A new report claims that the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, led by veteran screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, is set to change hands. According to Hollywood magazine Deadline, the film will be moving from Sony Pictures to Universal Pictures by tomorrow at the latest. Despite the studio move, production of the movie is expected to remain on the fast track.

“I’m hearing very strongly that Universal is indeed locking down the Jobs project and essentially giving it a green light,” writes Deadline reporter Mike Fleming, Jr. “This should be closed by tomorrow latest. That means the project...

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19:49
Mozilla, Google break up, Yahoo now the default...

Mozilla made a major announcement today, letting the world know that its 10-year default search relationship with Google is coming to an end. However, that doesn't mean...



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19:46
DOJ Warns Apple that iOS Encryption Could Kill...

The number two person in the U.S. DOJ's number two person recently warned Apple the company's encryption scheme in iOS 8 will eventually result in the death of a child. Bryan Chaffin argues that when anyoen tells us we must give up privacy for the sake of the children, they've lost the argument.


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19:28
Sony drops out of Steve Jobs movie, Universal...

In a surprising turn of events, Sony is reportedly no longer attached to the upcoming Steve Jobs movie penned by Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin and based on Walter Isaacson's biography of the tech guru.

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18:56
Apple continues to enhance Maps app with new...

After Apple's Maps app launched to negative reviews in 2012, the company has actively taken steps to enhance the fledgling navigation service, the latest effort being the addition of listings data from at least ten new companies.

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18:30
iOS 8.1.1, iPhone 4S, and iPad 2: A little faster,...

It took a lot of work to find the promised performance and stability improvements in iOS 8.1.1 for Apple A5 devices like the iPhone 4S, the iPad 2, the iPad Mini, and the iPod Touch.

Andrew Cunningham

It would be a stretch to say that iOS 7.1 made the iPhone 4 feel fast, but the update improved the phone's performance as much as could reasonably be expected for then-three-and-a-half-year-old hardware. It took what had been a disappointing update and made it usable.

Jump ahead to iOS 8, an update which did pretty much the same thing to the iPhone 4S, the iPad 2, and other hardware based on Apple's aging A5 chip. App launch times slowed. Animations got choppy. Performance became inconsistent...

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18:00
DOJ: A child will die due to Apple's iOS 8...

During a closed-door meeting in October, Deputy Attorney General James Cole told Apple its recently implemented iMessage encryption technology will one day result in a dead child, according to a report published Wednesday.

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

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

Apps Now Free

Musyc Pro [iOS...

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18:00
Reviews: Asus Chromebook C300

When Chromebooks hit the market back in 2011, the consumers didn't know what to do with them. The low-cost laptops powered by Google's ChromeOS were initially considered inferior to more expensive options, but some sectors like education saw the potential they bring. Nearly three years after Chromebooks first went on sale, the affordable notebooks are still going strong with the numerous manufac ......



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17:50
Apple continues to beef up Maps data with addition...

Apple has continued its recent efforts to improve its mapping service by partnering with several new data providers, according to Apple Maps Marketing. The company has historically partnered with companies like TomTom, as...

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17:36
ACM 281: Microsoft’s Clouded Vision, Apple Watch SDK...

Microsoft just doesn't get how to deliver a compelling message, and that's so clear in its latest Surface Pro 3 ad. Jeff and Bryan take a look at Microsoft's lack of vision in its product designs and marketing messages, plus they have plenty to say about yesterday's Apple Watch SDK beta announcement and the DOJ's efforts to pressure Apple into making a back door into iPhone encryption.


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17:27
GT Advanced creditors protest to court that Apple...

[Update: Judge has delayed settlement hearing until December 10] Other creditors left holding the bag after the surprise bankruptcy of GT Advanced Technologies are crying foul over the proposed settlement between Apple and the sapphire-making company, which is due to be ruled on at a hearing next week. Note-holders such as Aristeia Capital have complained to the court that charges from GT Advanced executives that claim a "bait and switch" arrangement from Apple that forced the company into bankruptcy require investigation, and "call into question the adequacy" of the proposed settlement....



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17:16
Motorola Keylink unveiled as accessory for finding...

Motorola has revealed an accessory which could help prevent people from losing their keys or their phone. The Motorola Keylink is designed to be attached to a keyring, and can be set to make a noise from a connected smartphone at a range of up to 100 feet if they are misplaced, with a button on the keyfob able to trigger the smartphone's ringer as well....



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17:06
Jolla's Open Source Tablet Gets Crazy Crowd Love


Jolla, the company set up by former Nokia executives to keep the Meego operating system alive, raised more than $841,000 on Wednesday, the first day of its crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. That's 221 percent of its goal of $380,000 -- and the campaign has 21 days to go, closing Dec. 9. Nearly 5,325 people have contributed to the campaign, although only about 3,800 actually purchased the tablets. The first 1,000 contributors got the tablet for $189; the next 1,000 for $199, and both lots sold out fast.

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16:31
Algorithm victims

This kind of stuff is amazing and unacceptable.

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16:24
Details of GT Advanced implosion emerge in Apple...

Following bankruptcy court filings that seek to postpone Apple's settlement agreement with GT Advanced, a report on Wednesday reveals inside details on why the ambitious sapphire production project went south.

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16:23
More details of Apple’s GT Advanced sapphire deal...


Photo via WSJ

The Wall Street Journal has revealed key details of the failed deal between Apple and sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies that show why the agreement collapsed and how GT managed to run itself into bankruptcy while trying to meet Apple’s standards.

A previous report from the Journal revealed that GTAT had been unable to provide the iPhone 6 displays it had promised Apple, but now we have even more information on why that demand was so hard to meet.

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16:22
What a prototype is

I’ve seen a lot of people misunderstand what a prototype is. I should send this link to them.

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16:00
Logitech's AnyAngle case: Just the angle you...

Logitech continues to outpace most accessory manufacturers in coming out with a variety of very useful products for the iPad. Today's announcement is for a very adjustable iPad case for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini called the AnyAngle (US$59.99).

As...

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15:53
∞ iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus split among The Loop...

Yesterday, John Gruber posted an article on which mobile devices Daring Fireball users were viewing his site with. I thought it was very interesting—interesting enough to take a look at what devices The Loop readers were using. Here’s what I found in Google Analytics: [...]

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15:51
Hands On: Gunspell (Steam, iOS, Android)

It's not unusual for games to try and break out of being confined to a single category. More and more, we find games that try very hard to incorporate the best of two or more types of games. We tend to see this in Real Time Strategy games (RTSs) a lot, as they combine rogue-like or RPG elements. But there are other games that are making headway in the cross-genre arena. Gunspell, by Ino-Сo Plus, touts itself as a cross-genre title, combining elements of both RPGs and puzzles....



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15:33
A guide to CSS RGBA colors

Interesting article from Jacob Gube.

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15:30
Beats to be bundled into iOS

The report notes that Beats will continue to be a paid service and will likely be rebranded under the iTunes umbrella. The move could come alongside the launch of the Apple Watch, with users able to push Beats music from their iPhones to the wearable device.

This makes perfect sense to me.

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15:09
GT Advanced creditors investigating Apple settlement...

Creditors backing GT Advanced Technologies have successfully pushed back an approval date for the company's settlement with Apple, saying an investigation will determine whether the sapphire maker was given short shrift in the agreement.

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15:00
Boxwave Keyboard Buddy case: When a virtual keyboard...

Although I'm personally very comfortable with typing on the iPhone's virtual keyboard - especially on the iPhone 6 Plus - there are some people who just loved the old pre-iPhone "smartphones" with the little slideout keyboards. If you count yourself...

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14:48
9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Air 2 $489 w/ $100 gift...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

 

16 GB iPad Air 2 (Wi-Fi model):...

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14:04
WhatsApp Battens Down the Hatches


WhatsApp has added end-to-end encryption and enabled it by default in the latest version of its Android messaging application, partner Open Whisper Systems announced Tuesday. The new feature taps Open Whisper's open source TextSecure encryption protocol to ensure that only a conversation's participants can read the messages they exchange. WhatsApp itself won't be able to decrypt the messages, in other words, even if law enforcement should try to require it.

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14:04
Public Betas: BusyContacts and PartySnapper Need...

If the word "beta" gets your attention, Kelly has a couple of suggestions for projects in public beta you might want to check out. All the usual beta disclaimers apply, but if you like to live dangerously, read on.


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14:00
SpamSieve 2.9.18

Adds support for OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite and preliminary support for Outlook 15.3. ($30 new, free update, 14.9 MB)

 

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14:00
MapItOut is a feature rich app for runners,...

MapItOut (US$1.99) is a very enhanced map program for iOS. You can search almost any city on Earth and then easily find places to go. You save those destinations, and the app creates a customized map for you complete with directions. MapItOut can be...

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13:55
Amplified: “This Reporter Likes Bondage”

On this episode, Jim and I talk about Uber, the Mac’s “Second Act”, how to learn to play guitar and what effects pedals are!

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13:52
Mailplane 3.3.3

Adds support for the Todoist task manager. ($24.95 new, free update, 34.3 MB)

 

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13:30
Apple planning to bundle Beats Music app into iOS...

The Financial Times is reporting that Apple plans to bundle the Beats Music app into iOS sometime early next year, perhaps as early as March.

Apple will bundle the subscription music service it acquired from Beats into its iOS operating system...

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13:25
TMO Giveaway: Arcsoft Simplicam Home Security Camera

I am pleased as punch to announce a giveway for our readers today. Through our sponsor Arcsoft, you can register to win a Simplicam, the company's Wi-Fi-powered home security camera. All you have to do is post a comment in this article letting us know you'd like to win.


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13:04
Department of Justice: iPhone encryption will lead...

Apple and the government have long been engaged in a bitter war of words over encryption and security practices employed in Apple’s iOS devices, but a new Wall Street Journal report indicates that the Department of Justice is really starting to take the rhetoric to the next level.

According to the Journal, a DOJ official actually told Apple executives during a meeting last month that in the...

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13:00
Aces Conference coming next year

Former TUAW contributor Justin Esgar is launching Aces Conference in New Orleans next year, and it's designed to help you build your consulting business. Justin is an ace when it comes to building businesses, particularly consulting, and has been a...

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12:56
Upp hydrogen fuel cell available in Apple Stores in...

A hydrogen fuel cell has gone on sale in the United Kingdom via Apple Stores. The Upp from Intelligent Energy, a company previously said to be in discussions with Apple over fuel cell technology, is a portable unit for providing extra power to mobile devices, and though it has a battery to store energy for future use, additional cartridges which provide extra power can be attached, ones which can be replaced once exhausted....



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12:54
FoundSounds for iPhone [Sponsor]

FoundSounds is a unique new mobile app blurring the line between a social network and a collaborative art project. The premise is simple: if you find a sound you like, record it and share it with the world. Recordings are geotagged, and you can browse them by scrolling through a timeline or exploring a map. You can also construct sound collages that create intriguing sonic geographies. If enough sounds have been recorded in your area, consider taking a sound walk, which allows you to listen to recordings made near you. Walking past a concert venue would allow you to hear previous performances from that location, while passing by a new building would trigger the sounds of its construction. The vision of FoundSounds is to create a space where people can listen to sounds they might not normally hear. FoundSounds costs $9.99, the same as the price of an album in iTunes. FoundSounds is...

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12:50
GT Advanced creditors complain about unfair...

In the aftermath of GT Advanced filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the sapphire maker reached a $439 million settlement with Apple in which the supplier will repay the iPhone maker up to $290,000 per furnace sold. GT Advanced creditors aren’t happy with the proposed settlement, however, arguing that the sapphire company may have received too little in the deal.

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12:50
Review: Pelican Protector for iPhone 6 and Voyager...

{image2} {image3} Protector is a fairly standard co-molded case, but that’s a good thing. The case has very good button coverage and responsiveness, appropriate port cutouts, and a substantial lip on the front of the case for screen protection. Protector feels solid without adding a lot of heft, though the design is a bit bland. {image4} {image5} {image6} There’s a bit more to say about Voyager for iPhone 6 Plus. The two-piece case is…

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12:49
External Link: Walt Mossberg on the Return of the Mac

Many were shocked at the growth in Mac sales in Apple’s fourth fiscal quarter of 2014, but not veteran technology journalist Walt Mossberg. Mossberg credits the second act of the Mac to three factors: the leadership of Steve Jobs, the rise of the Web, and Microsoft’s many mistakes.

 

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12:47
The Grid builds Web sites using Artificial...

Answer some questions and The Grid will not only build a site for you, it will also adapt with you. I have no idea if this works, but I can’t wait to try it out and see how it does.

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12:41
App Store changes 'Free' button into...

Apple has today made a small change at the App Store, renaming the "Free" button for zero-cost downloads to "Get." Paid apps continue to show the purchase price. It's not clear why Apple decided to make the change, but it may be a response to ongoing complaints about marketing of free-to-play/"freemium" apps....



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12:35
External Link: App Store Apps Are No Longer “Free”

Apple has changed the “Free” label on apps with no upfront cost to “Get.” The move is likely due to regulatory concern over the cost of in-app purchases. While some apps are still truly free, many “free” apps require in-app purchases to be usable.

 

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12:35
Cisco pays $188M to Rockstar, the Apple-owned patent...

Cisco has doled out a serious chunk of cash to settle its patent lawsuit with Rockstar, a patent-holding company created out of the ashes of Nortel, a Canadian telecom.

The $188-million pre-tax charge was revealed in CIsco's most recent earnings call, and first reported on Monday by the IAM Blog.

Rockstar, which was created by a group of big tech companies including Apple, first sued Google and its customers in October 2013. In January, it sued several cable companies, saying their cable modems infringed Rockstar patents by using the DOCSIS standard. Cisco intervened in that case the following month.

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12:34
Walmart to start Black Friday sales a week early...

Walmart plans to get the jump on Black Friday this year with a sales event one week early featuring gift-card-based sales and discounts on a wide range of items, including Apple's new iPad Air 2 and iPhone 6.

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12:30
Flic is a 'smart button' that tells your...

As far as smart gadgets go, Flic is about as simple as it gets. It's a tiny magnetic button that can be programmed to control various functions of your phone, from silencing an alarm to snapping a photo. Each button can be programmed with three...

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12:30
iBank 5: Dr Mac Can Finally Say Goodbye to Quicken

I love managing my finances on my Mac, but I have never liked depending upon Intuit or its Quicken for Mac products. Intuit, as you probably know, has no love for Mac users. Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus has been looking for a personal finance solution for the Mac since 1998, and he finally found it: iBank 5.


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12:20
First Apple Watch Apps Will Only Skim the Surface

Apple released the first beta of its software development kit for the Apple Watch to developers this week, and it looks like we’ll have to wait a while longer before we see Office for the Apple Watch.

 

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12:18
Review: STM Flip for iPhone 6

Flip will hold no more than two cards — you might be able to fit a third card, but then the cover won’t close as easily. We did find the two small suction cups worked very well for covering the phone’s screen when not in use. The plastic shell in the folio is about what you would expect, offering no button coverage or port protection. Though the case is lightweight, one could also argue it’s a bit flimsy. Pet owners should beware:…

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12:00
Beefed up iPhone crypto will lead to a child dying,...

The No. 2 official at the Justice Department recently warned top Apple executives that stronger encryption protections added to iPhones would lead to a horrific tragedy, such as a child dying, because police couldn't access a suspect's device, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

The beefed up protections, Apple recently disclosed, mean that even when company officials are served with a court order, they will be unable to retrieve potentially crucial evidence such as photos, messages, or contacts stored on iPhones and iPads. Instead, the data can be accessed only by people who know the passcode that serves as the encryption key.

Justice Department officials wasted no time objecting to the...

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12:00
Apple changes App Store "Free" button to...

Back in the day (as in yesterday) you could go to the App Store and tap a button that said FREE to download a free app. Today, you'll be tapping a button that says GET. Why? Speculation is that issues regarding in-app purchases and litigation...

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11:58
Beats Music to become native iOS app in spring,...

Apple is planning to bundle Beats Music as a native iOS app early next year, sources tell the Financial Times. The shift is expected to happen in the form of a firmware update that could debut as soon as March. The Times has little other information, but argues that it's likely Apple will rebrand the service under the iTunes moniker, as other reports have suggested....



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11:48
This $80 mobile app prototyping software for Mac is...

Google just bought RelativeWave, the company behind the mobile app prototyping software Form, and with the purchase it’s making the previously $80 Mac app available for free on the Mac App Store. The company made an announcement on its website noting that it will continue working on the Form app after joining Google:

I speak for the team when I say that we’re incredibly humbled by what the community has created with Form. We’ve seen people create designs that we could have never imagined. It’s one of the best feelings in the world to see people using your work.

The team adds that with new help from Google it will be “focused on improving the state of design and development tools.”

Form is a Mac app with an accompanying Form viewer app for iOS, but the company hints an...

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11:40
Barley blogging platform

I’ve looked at a lot of blogging/Web site platforms over the years, but I’m really impressed with Barley. There is no admin area, so everything is done on the page itself—you just start typing and it becomes a new post. Very slick platform.

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11:30
Report: IT provider Infosys overbilled Apple, CEO...

It's not nice to fool around with Apple, especially when you're an outsourced tech support company that's making about US$2 billion a year from work with the Cupertino kids. 9to5Mac, citing a post in The Economic Times of India, reports that Apple...

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11:08
App Store download buttons change from 'Free...

With many "free" applications carrying hidden costs in the form of in-app purchases, Apple has stopped labeling free-to-download iOS apps as "Free" on the App Store, instead requiring users to tap a button that reads "Get" in order to install the software.

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11:03
Report: Beats Music will become a default iOS app in...

Beats' original announcement image when it was acquired in May. Let's call this the next episode, we suppose.

Beats Audio

On Wednesday, the Financial Times reported that Apple will make a major move to push its newly acquired Beats Music app to all iOS users starting "early next year." Citing "people familiar with the situation," the report (subscription required) claims the Beats Music subscription service will become a pre-installed app in an iOS update, and such a ...

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11:02
Review: Griffin Wallet Case for iPhone 6 and iPhone...

While we now feel that wallet folio cases deserve some recognition for being more useful than standard folio cases, Griffin really tiptoes along that line with Wallet Case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The two tight card slots certainly won’t fit any more than one card each, and the shell inside is so minimal that we’re concerned about protection — even more concerned than we normally would be with a folio-style case. We’re not…

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11:00
RHA's T10i brings sound customization to high-...

The recently announced RHA T10i (US$199.95) noise-isolating, in-ear headphones take top-shelf in RHA's lineup of fantastic headphones. According to RHA, the T10i headphones take precedence over the MA750i (read my review here), which have been my...

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10:45
The Week in iOS Accessories: Dashboard car mounts...

Dash for greatness

This week's roundup of iOS accessories includes several items for mounting your iPhone to your dash. Plus: Docks, keyboards, flash drives, and more.

Bite My Apple

The $65 Spool Dock is “crafted in the U.S. from North American white oak, merino wool felt, and a weighty metal base.” Spool up your cable inside the dock to keep things tidy, then display your iPhone 6 atop the sturdy dock while it syncs and charges. Micro-suction pads on the bottom keep it affixed to the table-top, making it easier to dock and undock the phone using just one hand.

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10:44
News: Report: Apple plans to integrate Beats Music...

Apple will integrate its Beats music subscription service directly into a future iOS update, according to a new report from Financial Times. Citing sources familiar with the situation, the report notes that the inclusion of the paid Beats service in an iOS software update could happen “as early as March” of next year. Although Apple has in the past debuted new services such as iBooks and Podcasts as standalone apps with their own update…

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10:38
Blood bikers: how volunteer motorcyclists are saving...

The Guardian:

Their name might sound a bit ominous, but the 1,500-strong gang…is a long way from the Hell’s Angels.

They’re called the blood bikers: men and women all over Britain who dedicate a few evenings a week to transporting hospital deliveries across the country as stand-ins for the daytime professionals. They are all volunteers, and in 2013 they responded to around 35,000 urgent requests from hospitals, saving the NHS hundreds of thousands of pounds. They take everything from blood and platelets to medicine and breast milk.

Great story about how volunteers on motorcycles transport medical supplies around Britain. Reminds me of another great organization called “Riders for Health” who do something similar in Africa.

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10:37
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-19

Thanks to unsavory comments from Uber executives, there's a new interest in knowing what personal information companies may be keeping. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about leaving our personal data in the hands of online companies, why it's important to keep on top of what information is being stored and shared, and why deleting an account doesn't always mean your personal information gets deleted, too.


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10:31
When twins take over the town

Narrative:

In 1976, America turned 200 and cities around the country planned bicentennial celebrations. Twinsburg, a suburb of Cleveland, turned the event into double the reason to celebrate by dedicating one day of its bicentennial celebration to twins. Thirty-seven sets of twins attended that first celebration.

The world’s largest gathering of twins and multiples still attracts around 2,000 sets the first weekend of every August.

What a weird, cool place that would be in August.

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10:30
Daily Deals for November 19, 2014, featuring the...

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections.

All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....

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10:28
Beats Music will be native iOS app starting with...

Though it will remain a paid subscription service, Apple's Beats Music will reportedly come preinstalled on every iPhone after an update to iOS next spring, according to a new report.

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10:27
Google Glass May Be Saved by Obscurity


Whatever happened to Google Glass? In the early days -- was it just a year ago? -- people got punched in bars, bounced from movie theaters, and pulled over in cars for wearing them, and some establishments outright banned "glassholes" from their premises. Google claimed the white "Cotton" beta model sold out when it held a one-day sale of Google Glass Explorer for United States residents at $1,500 a pop in April. However, nine of 16 Glass app devs recently queried said they had suspended work on or abandoned their projects.

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10:20
Hands-on with Facebook Groups, a spin-off app you’ll...

Facebook’s Groups are one of the network’s original features. They’ve changed over the years, like the rest of the network, but Groups remain incredibly
popular, even though they’re buried in the left rail of your News Feed like afterthoughts. This year, Facebook started to declutter its unwieldy big blue
app by spinning off features into separate, stand-alone services. This week, Facebook Groups got the same treatment with a brand new iOS and Android app that takes the Groups that more than 650 million people use every month and makes them
easily accessible.

In Facebook’s early days, Groups were a fun, throwaway feature. In college, I joined groups for Las Vegas natives, Pulp Fiction fans, residents of my dorm,
and, my personal favorite, a group where everyone recounted the word that knocked them out of the elementary school spelling bee. (Facetious. I still
remember.)

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10:19
T-Mobile adjusts Simple Choice plan, allows for...

While the wireless carrier wars wage on, this might be a decent plan if you’re traveling.

According to iMore, T-Mobile has modified its Simple Choice calling plan to provide some cheaper options for international calls. Starting today, they can sign up to get unlimited calling from the US to landlines in over 70 countries for just US$5 a month per account, up to 10 lines, with the updated Stateside International Talk option. It’s also offering the same plan, plus unlimited calling to mobile phones in over 30 countries and 1,000 minutes to mobile phones in Mexico, for just US$10 a month per account.

Simple Plan users can sign up to get these cheap international calling plans from now until the end of 2014, but T-Mobile says that users who do take advantage of this deal will be able...

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10:12
Reading about Dieter Rams

I’m reading this book right now and I’m really enjoying it. Interesting to note that Jony Ive does the Foreword.

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10:07
Apple reportedly bundling Beats Music with iOS next...

According to a new report from the Financial Times, Apple is expected to bundle the Beats Music streaming service with an upcoming version of iOS next year.

Apple will bundle the subscription music service it acquired from Beats into its iOS operating system early next year, instantly making it available on hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads – and ramping up pressure on Spotify, the market leader in music streaming.

The report comes amid rumors that Apple is planning to rebrand the Beats Music subscription service for a potential relaunch around February, although FT has added that the bundling is expected “as early...

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10:00
Snapchat introduces Snapcash for P2P payments

The question "how do you monetize Snapchat" has finally been answered and it's going to open up a lot of possibilities for users. Snapchat has introduced Snapcash, a way to send mobile payments to friends using the image sending-then-destroying...

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09:49
InfoSys loses CEO, financial exec over overbilling...

A Bangalore, India-based company -- InfoSys -- is losing two key executives due to a scandal involving overbilling one of its major clients, Apple, reports say. InfoSys is known to provide outsourced tech support services for Apple. The Economic Times of India states that InfoSys has fired the CFO of its business process outsourcing unit, Abraham Mathews, for violating the company's code of conduct. CEO Gautam Thakkar has reportedly resigned on "moral grounds," and will depart on November 30th....



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09:47
App Store changes ‘Free’ button to ‘Get’, likely due...

Apple has introduced a small but interesting tweak to the way it markets apps on the App Store. As you can see in the screenshot above, non-paid apps are now presented with the word ‘GET’ rather than ‘FREE’. While the reason for the change in how Apple is presenting non-paid apps isn’t clear, it’s likely due to the popularity of ‘freemium’ apps and in-app purchases, something that has been the source of controversy for Apple in the past…

Apple has taken a great deal of flack from customers and consumer protection groups through the years over apps marketed as free that push in-app purchases. The freemium model has been used in some cases to circumvent the lack of app trials on the App Store. For example, a developer may make an app free to download, but require...

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09:30
Apple earns 100% score on Human Rights Campaign...

The Human Rights Campaign this week published its annual Corporate Equality Index rankings rating American workplaces on LGBT equality, and Apple once again earned a score of 100 percent, achieving a perfect ranking for the 13th straight year.

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09:30
Apple planning to repurpose GTAT plant in Mesa,...

Apple and GTAT's sapphire partnership came to abrupt and somewhat dramatic halt when GTAT filed for bankruptcy shortly after the iPhone 6 unveiling. As a direct result, upwards of 700 employees who worked at GTAT's Mesa, Arizona plant lost their...

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09:23
Epson expands home theater projector line with...

Epson today announced the PowerLite Home Cinema 5025UB, the newest addition to its high-performance line of 3LCD 2D/3D Full HD 1080p home theater projectors. The new projector delivers home entertainment enthusiasts 2,200 lumens of color brightness and 2,200 lumens of white brightness, up to a 600,000:1 contrast ratio and advanced image processing technology for a big screen experience....



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09:19
First Look: SteelSeries Stratus XL Gaming Controller

We've got our hands on SteelSeries' soon-to-be-released second iOS controller — Stratus XL ($70). Whereas the original Stratus was a small Bluetooth controller with a retail price of $100, the new Stratus XL is larger — hence the name — and is $30 cheaper. The controller retains the same number of gameplay sticks and buttons, but has a new shape with extended handles in addition to its larger size. Like the recently released C.T.R.L.i and Micro…

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09:00
Apple email touts Black Friday gift ideas

Black Friday, the retailer's dream date, is coming up on November 28, 2014, and Apple is tempting the wallets of shoppers with an email full of holiday gift ideas. Playing on the theme that "From one gift come many", Apple shows how its products are...

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08:54
Hands On: Vitamin-R 2 (OS X)

We all feel it, especially those of us working from home -- there is never enough time to get stuff done. Or, perhaps more accurately, there is not enough time in a day to get everything done that you should ... while also procrastinating with endless sources of distraction an Internet-connected computer has to offer. Enter Vitamin-R 2, an app for OS X (and also available for iPhone) that asserts that it can promote the optimal conditions for your brain by structuring your work into short bursts of distraction-free, highly focused activity alternating with opportunities for renewal, reflectio...



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08:30
How to uninstall Uber

It's been a strange couple of months for on-demand transportation startup Uber. A Medium article published in September by entrepreneur Peter Sims revealed that Uber's all-seeing "God View" tracking software was occasionally (or perhaps frequently)...

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08:22
Here’s why beacon networks are the way to go for...

If you’re a retailer, you have two options when it comes to deploying Bluetooth beacons. You can deploy the hardware yourself and build an accompanying mobile app for the experience, or you can open the experience to existing apps that users already have on their device using a beacon network. Some retailers have decided they want to own the experience and have everything go through their own mobile app, but new data suggests that might not be the way to go.

The latest data from comScore’s Mobile Metrix shared with 9to5Mac shows the reach of beacon-enabled iOS apps, but it also for the first time includes a beacon network:...

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08:22
Apple’s $2B/year IT provider Infosys sacks CFO, CEO...

The Economic Times of India reported on Wednesday that Bangalore-based company InfoSys, which provides outsourced tech support and other services for Apple, has fired the CFO of its business process outsourcing unit Abraham Mathews for failing to comply with the company’s code of conduct.

The report did not provide specific details about the violations that Mathews committed, although initial reports indicate that the executive was ousted for overbilling Apple. According to Techmeme editor Mahendra Palsule, the news was “only just announced as an insider exclusive by the TV channel of [The Economic Times].”

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08:14
New third-party iPhone app syncs Fitbit devices with...

A new third-party iPhone app, Sync Solver, has been released to sync data from Fitbit trackers with iOS 8's Health app. Fitbit has said that it has no current plans to support Apple's HealthKit platform, even though other makers of fitness trackers are doing so. The Health app unifies data from first- and third-party sources and makes it visible in a central location....



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08:07
Daily Deal: Go paperless with the Doxie Go Portable...

{image1} Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering the Doxie Go scanner for only $139 – that’s 30% off the normal price.  Doxie Go allows you to go paperless and get organized, scanning everything from bills and receipts to reports, drawings, business cards, photos, and more – wherever you are with no compute required. You just need to charge it up, turn it on, and scan away. Doxie can later sync your scans to your Mac or PC where…

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08:00
London's Borough market celebrated Apple Day...

London's Borough market marked both the annual Apple Day celebration and the market's 1,000th year anniversary with a parody of epic proportions. According to Core77, the market hired London-based TinMan and Teatime productions to design the "Real...

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07:53
Adobe Lightroom Adds Aperture, iPhoto Import Support

Adobe is making it easier for Aperture users to transition into Lightroom with its just released version 5.7 update. That's good news for Aperture users since Apple is killing off the product next year when it releases an OS X Yosemite version of Photos.


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07:42
Tim Cook & Apple celebrate another 100% score on...

Apple CEO Tim Cook today announced via his Twitter account that Apple has received a 100% score on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index for the 13th year in a row. Apple once again makes the list put together by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, which rates U.S. workplaces based on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality:

“The results from this year’s Corporate Equality Index demonstrate that the nation’s leading companies see full LGBT inclusion as the standard for workplace equality,” said Deena Fidas, director of the HRC Foundation’s Workplace Equality Program.  “As we celebrate these results, we should not lose sight of the work ahead needed to ensure that...

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07:38
Apple to offer automated iAds, catching up with...

Apple's continuously evolving iAds network is expected to soon begin offering automated, "programmatic" advertising for the first time, offering a feature that has become popular on rival networks.

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07:31
John Hodgeman: I am deleting @Uber from my phone now

John Hodgeman, from his blog, comments on the story about an Uber VP suggesting digging up dirt on journalists.

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07:27
Apple at work on automated placements for iAd

Apple is partnering with a company called Rubicon Project on bringing "programmatic" -- also known as automated -- options to iAd, according to a now-pulled (but still cached) press release. In it Rubicon says that advertisers wanting iAd spots will be able to place them through Rubicon's automation platform, rather than having to negotiate directly with iAd's sales team. This should not only speed up the process but potentially enable bidding on placements in apps via auctions....



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07:17
iPhone 6 vs. 6 Plus split among Daring Fireball...

John Gruber dug into Google Analytics to get a sense of the percentage of Daring Fireball readers on an iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus vs other models. Terrific idea, good read.

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07:00
BeWeather 2 is a very customizable app with a widget

BeWeather 2 (US$1.99) is an attractive collection of weather information that can be customized both in the data presented and the look of the app. It as features similar to many other weather apps, but BeWeather's overall presentation still makes it...

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06:59
China Suspected in Attacks on USPS, NOAA


The U.S. Postal Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration last week confirmed that their computer systems were targeted in months-long cyberattacks that appear to have originated in China. The attack on USPS compromised information of an estimated 800,000 employees. Data at risk includes names, date of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses and dates of employment -- the kind of info that could be used to forge future forays against the service or other federal agencies.

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06:53
Apple Plans to Repurpose GTAT Sapphire Glass Factory

GT Advanced Technologies is shutting down the Mesa, Arizona factory where it produced synthetic sapphire glass for Apple, but the iPhone and iPad maker has different plans. Apple told city officials it plans to repurpose the factory which will save some jobs, but hasn't said yet exactly what the factory will make next.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's good to see Apple following through on its plans to keep the Mesa factory open because that will help keep jobs in the area. It'll be interesting to see what Apple has planned for the facility because it most likely won't be making sapphire glass.


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