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Sunday November 23

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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05:00
How iPads are making airports less terrible

The Verge:

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

Interesting changes coming to the airport experience.

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04:46
Raising the bar on lavish perks and worker happiness

Wall Street Journal:

At companies hoping to be the next big thing and older ones trying to keep up, the role of office manager has transformed into a so-called workplace coordinator, who often leads a staff of aim-to-please specialists.

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04:27
∞ Yet another reason to appreciate Canada

This is a perfect example of Canadian awesomeness. Always willing to lend a hand to a neighbor in need.

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01:49
Review: FLIR ONE and Seek bring thermal imaging to...

After decades spent in development, thermal imaging hardware has finally trickled down to the consumer, bringing with it the ability to "see" and measure infrared radiation using something as small as an iPhone. FLIR was the first to bring an iOS-compatible offering to market, but is now challenged by startup Seek, which stuffed similar tech into a smaller package at a lower price point.

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Saturday November 22

16:00
Mr. iPhone, meet Mr. Coffee

You know what's been missing in our lives? An Internet-connected, app-controlled coffeemaker. And that's why the good folks at Belkin and appliance manufacturer Jarden Corporation have teamed up to bring the world the Mr. Coffee 10-cup Smart Optimal...

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14:45
You Should Play: Monster Strike is a delightful...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

Until the Pokémon Company actually releases the kind of Pokémon game for iOS that fans have been begging for, other developers will keep making games that try to approximate the addictive qualities of the massive monster-battling franchise on the mobile platform.

Monster Strike obviously owes a great deal to the Japanese franchise: the game tasks you with collecting and powering up anime-stylized battling monsters. Like Pokémon, these (sometimes) adorable monsters evolve, and it has RPG qualities like turn-based combat and buffs.

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14:25
FoundSounds for iPhone

My sincere thanks to FoundSounds for sponsoring The Loop’s RSS feed this week.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...

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13:30
Swipe N Clean: A low-cost and efficient iOS photo...

Swipe N Clean (US$0.99) is a new full-featured photo editor for iOS that is easy to use and can be a one-stop app for many iOS photographers.

The app contains 75 filters, tools for cropping, adding text and emoticons, and basic controls for...

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11:51
How to make the most of Apple's HealthKit in...

After a rocky start, Apple's built-in Health app now integrates with numerous activity tracking services and hardware to bring all your fitness data into one place. Here's a primer on how to best take advantage of the new wellness platform.

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11:30
The Week in iPad Cases: Extra storage, ultra rugged...

Extra storage, ultra rugged, and everything in between

This week's roundup of new iPad cases comes with a collection of great options for those who want ruggedized protection—and a few classic alternatives for everyday use.

Encase

The Leather-Style Doodle (iPad Air 2; $27) makes your tablet stand out with a trendy doodle design engraved right on its cover.

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09:00
iOS 8 How-to: Print wirelessly from iOS device

Sometimes you may need to print something from your iOS device. In this how-to article I will discuss how to wirelessly print from your iOS device.

First of all you need an AirPrint compatible printer. Apple does not make printers. Brother,...

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08:04
Target claims no responsibility for 'Black...

Five banks are suing retailer Target over the infamous "Black Friday" data breach in a federal lawsuit. In a hearing yesterday before US District Judge Paul Magnuson, Target claimed that the bank's losses weren't the retailer's fault, as it happened at the point of sale in many stores that it claims it was not responsible for, as opposed to a central failure in corporate data services, so the Minnesota and US Plastic Card Security Act provisions don't apply....



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07:32
∞ MythBusters’ brilliant take on Gorilla Glass

Watch as MythBusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman take on Gorilla Glass, the super strong glass that protects your mobile phone.

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07:30
Deals: Free Apple Magic Trackpad and 25-100% off...

As part of its ongoing effort to deliver substantial deals ahead of the Black Friday frenzy, AppleInsider has teamed with one of Apple's Authorized Resellers to give away a free Apple Magic Trackpad with every MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac Pro, and non-Retina iMac that also comes bundled with deeply discounted 3-Year AppleCare plans.

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07:30
iPhoneography 101: Essential iPhone Camera Apps

Shooting iPhone pix? iPhoneography 101 is a new column from Vern Seward offering up some of the lessons he's learned taking photos with his iPhone. In this installment, he shows us some of the essential iPhone camera apps and why you should use them.


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07:00
Caturday... or is it Bunday?

What's neither a cat for Caturday or a dog for the Dog Days of Summer? If you're John-Paul and Nicole Clough of Oxford, England, it's a rabbit for "Bunday"! John-Paul says:

Just sending this on the off-chance, as you seem to have been a bit short of...

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06:49
Aereo officially files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

They fought a hard battle, but Aereo is officially giving up on their massive antenna farm idea.

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06:40
FCC Chairman sees Net Neutrality lawsuits by '...

US Federal Communications Commission head Tom Wheeler said that there is a specific reason why the regulatory group is taking its time with the net neutrality discussion. Speaking at a meeting on Friday, the chairman said that caution was prudent, and that the agency needs to "make sure that we understand what is going on here." Referring to Verizon, AT&T, and the other major Internet providers, he added that "the big dogs are going to sue regardless of what comes out."...



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06:29
Judge Approves $450M Settlement For Apple's...

An anonymous reader writes: On Friday a U.S. federal judge approved a settlement in the Apple ebook price-fixing case that could see the technology giant paying $450 million. $400 million of that would go to the roughly 23 million consumers thought to be affected by the price fixing, and the rest would go to lawyers. Though the case is now settled, the dollar amount is not necessarily final — an appeals court still has to rule on a previous verdict. If the appeals court finds in Apple's favor, then the total settlement drops to only $70 million. If they find against Apple, then it's the full amount. "The settlement appeared to reflect fatigue by Apple, the Justice Department, state attorneys general and class-action lawyers eager to conclude a case that has dragged on, largely because of delays by Apple."

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06:00
Gadget Ogling: Dueling Tablets, a Smart Scale, and...


Welcome, dear readers, to our weekly look at the latest, greatest, and poorest gadgets to be revealed to the world. Hark as yours truly extols the virtues and horrors of two wildly different tablets, a smart kitchen scale, and video games requiring patience, among other objects. Don't shovel dirt on Nokia as a manufacturing brand just yet. It's not like the planet needs another well-known consumer gadget maker whipping up Android tablets, and yet here we are. I just have to question why in heaven's name Nokia thought it wise to make the N1 look just like an iPad.

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05:30
Flipping Dice: Don't flip out

Flipping Dice(free) is a Match 3 type of game where players flip 24 dice, trying to get up to six of the same numbers in a row. Players can tap on individual dice or tap in the middle of two dice to flip the die and reveal a different number....

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02:51
Review: BrydgeAir keyboard makes your iPad Air feel...

iPad Air 1 & 2 owners looking for a quick and easy way to turn their tablet into a MacBook-style, lap-friendly portable computer need look no further than the new backlit BrydgeAir keyboard -- a well-built, well-designed productivity accessory.

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Friday November 21

21:01
Last call: 18 hours left to get the lowest prices...

Exclusive 3% discount coupons from MacMall that offer AppleInsider readers additional discounts -- and the lowest prices anywhere -- on Apple's MacBook Air and MacBook Pros will expire for the year in less than 18 hours.

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19:33
Hands On: Carrot Talking Task List (iOS)

For those who would welcome robot overlords, Carrot, by Grailr, promises to keep you on task! We've all been there; those days when absolutely nothing seems to get done. But what if there was a to-do list that actually encouraged the act of doing things. Wouldn't that be helpful? After all, most to-do lists are little more than polite and easily forgotten suggestions of what should be done. Supposing, however, that there was an app that actually pushed people to get out there and do them? Well, as it turns out, there is....



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18:29
Review: Jawbone UP 24, a smart fitness band that...

The Jawbone UP bracelet has been on the market for three years receiving improvements every year. The Jawbone UP 24 received a major update: Bluetooth LE. Initially to sync the data onto the phone, the user had to plug the band into the phone’s headphone jack and wait, typically about fifteen seconds, for the data to sync into the app.

Now, since the UP 24 has Bluetooth LE capabilities, it is compatible with the iPhone 4S and later, the fifth generation iPod Touch, the third generation iPad and newer as well as the iPad Minis. Jawbone has made the UP 24 to be compatible with Android phones. Bluetooth LE allows the band to automatically connect...

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18:27
Macintosh pirate flag reincarnated as art, for sale...

Former Apple designer Susan Kare, who created famously distinct icons for the original Macintosh operating system, is selling through her online shop reproductions of the pirate flag that flew over the Mac team's building in 1983.

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18:21
Square, Sephora, Tickets.com, Disney app add support...

In addition to today's announcement by Square that it will bring support for Apple Pay to its app and systems early next year, a number of other merchants have also unveiled Apple Pay support or are planning to soon. Venues that utilize Tickets.com as their online ticket provider, for example, have now adopted support for Apple's iPhone 6-centric payment method, and some apps will soon be offering an Apple Pay option for online purchases....



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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

Effects Studio [iOS...

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17:52
Apple will pay $450M—or, maybe just $70M—to settle e...

More details are now public about the deal Apple reached in June to settle claims that it engaged in price-fixing in the e-book market. That settlement was approved by a federal judge on Friday. It's an unusual one, in which Apple essentially bets the outcome in its class-action lawsuit on the outcome of another case.

In 2011, Apple got sued in a class-action case, where a class of e-book buying consumers was ultimately joined by attorneys general of various states. The Department of Justice also came after Apple for price-fixing, and the government won that case in 2013....

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17:47
Apple’s A8 processor found in the iPhone 6 and 6...

When Apple debuted the A8 processor that would be used in its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, it appears the company decided to omit one big detail: the chip, according to a new discovery by the developers behind the app WALTR. Using that app, they found that it was possible to load 4K videos onto an iPhone 6. Not only that, but the device managed to play it back without any issues.

Of course, there’s not much of a reason to actually load such high-res video onto an iOS device at this time. Neither iPhone 6 has a high enough resolution to actually display the full quality image, and the files are so huge that it would be impractical to keep them stored on...

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17:09
Briefly: Spotcam launches, Satechi's 10-port...

Cloud-based video system Spotcam, has announced the debut of its home surveillance system with remote access. Featuring a Wi-Fi-enabled camera with two-way audio, users can view live or recorded footage of their home or office to ensure that all is secure while away. The Spotcam system is accompanied by a free 24-hour loop of stored footage, aiming to provide an affordable alternative to more elaborate security systems. Spotcam's camera features 720p resolution and a 110-degree wide angle lens, with proficiency in low-light conditions as well as night vision capacity. Spotcam can be set up on...



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16:30
Battle enemy robots with your own in Ironkill

Ironkill is a fighting game between warrior robots that you get to build and fight. There isn't much of a storyline but there doesn't have to be, it's all about the action. Travel across the world to fight while building up your skills, upgrading...

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16:12
Apple's A8 SoC reportedly capable of 4K video...

According to a report on Friday, Apple's latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models are able to play back 4K video thanks to the powerful A8 system-on-chip, suggesting a future Apple TV model equipped with the same silicon would offer support for ultra high definition programming.

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15:57
Apple Makes ‘Things for iPad’ Free for a Week

Apple made Things for iPad from Culture Code free for a week starting now. Things is a task manager/todo organizer, and it's become quite popular since we gave it an Editors' Choice Award in 2009. Things for iPad 2.5 was recently released and brought a ton of new features. Apple liked it enough to make it the free app of the week, so grab it while you can. It's normally priced at $19.99.


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15:47
Judge Approves Apple iBooks $450 Million Antitrust...

Judge Denise Cote gave final approval to a settlement between Apple and class-action plaintiffs over antitrust claims regarding iBooks. Under the terms of the settlement, Apple will pay the class $400 million in damages for price fixing in the ebook market, while lawyers get $50 million.

The Mac Observer Spin: And meanwhile, the company that actually has more than 60 percent market share of the online retail book market and ebook market rolls on. Nice work, DoJ/Judge Cote.


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15:44
NotCompatible Mobile Malware Gets Badder


A new version of the NotCompatible malware, which first appeared in 2012, is bigger, badder and pretty much indestructible, Lookout Security reported. And it can compromise corporate networks, thanks to the BYOD trend. The malware, called "NotCompatible C," focuses on Android devices. "Given this is an Android Trojan and the app is not trusted by Google, it would need the 'Unknown Sources' special permissions to install," said Malwarebytes analyst Armando Orozco. "So users just have to not install apps from untrusted sources."

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15:33
Re/code kills comments on its site

The biggest change for some of you, however, will be that we have decided to remove the commenting function from the site. We thought about this decision long and hard, since we do value reader opinion. But we concluded that, as social media has continued its robust growth, the bulk of discussion of our stories is increasingly taking place there, making onsite comments less and less used and less and less useful.

I’ll admit, I’ve considered this too.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:30
European parliament to ask for break-up of Google

A draft motion seen by the Financial Times says that “unbundling [of] search engines from other commercial services” should be considered as a potential solution to Google’s dominance. It has the backing of the parliament’s two main political blocs, the European People’s Party and the Socialists.

Wow.

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15:30
Daily Deals for November 21, 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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15:18
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus can play 4K video

Apparently, the new iPhones can do it right out of the box.

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15:17
Microsoft highlights lack of new Siri features to...

Microsoft on Friday released a short ad bashing lack of enhancing Siri when it released the latest iPhone 6 models, expectedly touting Windows Phone-based Cortana virtual assistant technology.

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15:15
The Week in iPhone Cases: American flags, Adidas,...

Flags, pockets, and pouches

This week's roundup of new iPhone cases features patriotic themes and elegant leather solutions for your favorite handset.

Fine Art America

The Washington Crossing (all iPhone models; $40) immortalizes painter Emanuel Leutze’s Washington crossing the Delaware on a hardshell case.

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14:54
100 AA and 52 AAA Duracell Batteries for $59.99 [...

If you're giving or getting stuff for the holidays, you're going to need batteries. Enter today's deal, because you can get 100 AA and 52 AAA Duracell batteries for $59.99. That's enough batteries for every remote in the house-even the ones you have no idea what they go to. Every toy, every gadget, and every laser pointer. With this deal, you can power them all. The retail price on this pack is $160, but the deal ends later today. So, you know, giddy up! [Update: this deal rolls over to a new seven day counter once it expires. - Bryan]


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14:38
This week’s Apple Pay arrivals: Sephora, tickets.com...

Apple is steadily rolling out more support for banking and card issuer partners since first launching its new Apple Pay payments service last month. The other part of the equation is retailers and app developers supporting the service and this week saw the rollout of additional support including announcements from Sephora, venues that utilize tickets.com, and the Disney Store iOS app. In addition, Square is today confirming that its previously announced under development bitcoin and NFC capable register will arrive with Apple Pay support sometime in 2015.

Sephora: Today marks the launch of Apple Pay in Bay Area stores and its Lexington, Manhattan store,...

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14:30
Set a new record of adware annoyance with geographiQ...

I have downloaded and used a lot of apps over the years and have seen a number of interesting attempts to get me to buy a paid version or make in-app purchases. I'm completely OK with that, as long as it isn't too intrusive. This little quiz app sets...

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14:21
Here’s a look at the earliest version of the Apple...

If I told you about a touchscreen smartwatch with a crown-driven interface and a UI based on circles (despite the square display) that can allow you to view your contacts, calendars, and more, you’d probably have a pretty good idea what I was referring to: the upcoming Apple Watch.

But actually, you’d be wrong. I’m really referring to the 2001 WatchPad from IBM, seen in the video above. It seems Apple’s latest creation isn’t nearly as original as they’d hoped.

Maybe IBM should take out a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal saying “Welcome, Apple. seriously.”

Filed under: Apple Watch Tagged: Apple watch, IBM, smartwatch, watchpad...

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14:18
Use a PDF to See How Big Apple Watches Really Are

Craig Hockenberry of the Iconfactory spent some time with WatchKit, the developer environment for working with Apple Watch elements. He wrote up his impressions on it, and some of the non-programming sections were just as interesting as the development parts.


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14:14
Password managers on Android wide open to sniffing...

Dan Goodin for Ars Technica:

As already alluded, the threat stems from the use of the Android clipboard, which acts as a temporary cache for text that is being copied and pasted, either within the same app or from one app to another. Android has no official programming interface that secures the clipboard. By design, its contents are available to any app installed on the phone, from the highest privileged banking app to one with no privileges at all.

Android wins.

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14:13
9to5Toys Last Call: Seiki 40″ HDTV w/ USB $200, The...

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:

Seiki 40″ 1080P LED HDTV w/ USB & 3 HDMI inputs: $200 shipped more

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13:45
Why Every Estimate for Apple Watch Sales in 2015 is...

Estimates for sales of a product that hasn't shipped yet are tricky business. It requires some serious work with the right kind of candidate customer surveys and some shrewd mathematical analysis. Then, uncertainties must be calculated and presented. John Martellaro isn't seeing any of that.


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13:34
Judge approves Apple's $450 million e-book...

U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote on Friday accepted Apple's $450 million proposal to settle a class action lawsuit regarding e-book price fixing leveled by 33 states and territories.

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13:30
‘Kingdom Rush Origins’ Tower Defender Released for...

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG! It's here. It's finally here! Ironhide Studios released Kingdom Rush Origins. That sound you're hearing is my holiday week vanishing in a puff of extended iPad tapping. Seriously, the Kingdom Rush franchise are my favorite iPad games, and each addition gets better. Established as a prequel to Kingdom Rush and Kingdom Rush Frontiers, Kingdom Rush Origins is a tower defense game. With the help of a mobile hero, the player sets up towers to defend paths from an invading force. It's tons of fun, with new tower types, new heroes, new monsters, and assumedly a new final boss. The iPhone version is $2.99, while the "HD" iPad version is $4.99 (I recommend it on iPad). You can easily play without making any in-game purchases.


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13:30
Exclusive: The iPhone 6's A8 chip can play 4K...

The iPhone 6 is an incredible device capable of wonderful feats, like shooting 4K video as long as you have the right app. Sadly you can't watch 4K video on the iPhone 6, right? It turns out that's not actually the case. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus can...

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13:13
Apple granted final approval for $450 million ebooks...

Following preliminary approval it received in August, Apple has been granted the final court approval it needed in its $450 million ebook settlement, according to a Reuters report.

During a hearing in Manhattan, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote approved what she called an “unusual” accord. It calls for Apple to pay $400 million to as many as 23 million consumers if the company’s appeal of a ruling finding it liable for antitrust violations is unsuccessful.

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote previously expressed concern over the proposed settlement citing a clause in the agreement that she called “...

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13:06
Judge approves $450M e-book settlement between Apple...

[Updated with additional background information, details on "escape clause"] Federal court Judge Denise Cote has approved Apple's $450 million e-book suit settlement offer with US states. The agreement, proposed in June, will settle allegations made in 33 states and territories, with $400 million potentially reaching customers affected by the "price fixing conspiracy." The agreements only settles the states' complaints, with the publishers' settlements remaining discrete. However, Apple may have an ace up its sleeve on the deal -- in the form of a "vindication" clause....



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13:00
Ecamm introduces Call Recorder for FaceTime

Ecamm Network has made a name for itself with some really great Mac products over the years, things like Printopia, an app that makes it possible to turn any Mac or PC attached printer into an AirPrint-compatible powerhouse. Now the company has just...

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12:42
Why Uber’s long PR nightmare will end in a user...

Uber is in advanced-stage damage control mode to prove to the world that it actually cares about your privacy, but it’s going to be an uphill battle. The
good news for you: The end result will be a strict privacy policy crafted by a company so scared of running afoul of regulators and potential users that it
will elevate standards for the entire industry.

Uber’s public relations crisis, which began with an executive threatening to investigate a journalist’s private life in retaliation for a critical column, has snowballed into a user
privacy debacle that has even Sen. Al Franken raising questions.

To read this...

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12:32
Briefly: Evernote 6.0, Bushel device management...

Evernote has released a major update for its OS X app, bringing support for Yosemite. Over-all performance speed has been improved, introducing a redesigned interface with a lighter color theme, and new icons. Users now have more control over tables they create, with new color and style customizations available. Notes can be searched for via OS X's Spotlight function, and sending notes to others can now be done while remaining in the app. Many bug fixes and crashing issues have also been resolved in the latest app iteration. Evernote is free to download, with premium subscriptions available....



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12:15
Another Bleak Black Friday for Apple Fans


Apple is a company that bucks trends, that does things its own way, that manages its business through highly tuned cycles. One thing Apple barely does at all, though, is offer any sort of special deal or sale price. Not even on Black Friday. Or Cyber Monday. Or just because. Heck, when Apple celebrated 25 billion App Store downloads, it gave one person a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card. At 50 billion App Store downloads, another $10,000 gift card. That was pretty exciting and fun.

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12:14
Microsoft’s new Cortana ad mocks Siri for lack of...

Microsoft has released yet another Cortana advertisement that mocks Siri for lacking contextual reminders and real-time traffic reports. Microsoft pokes fun at the personal voice assistant by claiming that it “just got bigger,” a sarcastic reference to the larger screen sizes on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Perhaps the Redmond-based company is overlooking all of the new features Siri gained in iOS 8.

This is far from the first Siri vs....

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12:03
How to Batch Rename Files in OS X 10.10 Yosemite

In Yosemite, you no longer need third-party tools to rename multiple files at once. Josh Centers explains how.

 

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12:00
Dark Hearts brings back iOS-only horror

Last year Hooked Digital Media released Haunting Melissa, a serialized horror movie that was exclusive to iOS. Earlier this week the group released the sequel, Dark Hearts, which picks up where its predecessor left off. There's more creepy goodness...

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11:31
Manual iCloud.com photo uploads now available to all...

After spending a few weeks in developer-only beta testing, the new iCloud.com photo uploading feature is now available on the Web to all Apple users with iCloud accounts.

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11:24
Some Safari users experiencing severe YouTube...

Users are starting to chime in on Google and Apple's support forums about a sudden incompatibility with video hosting service YouTube. Some users of OS X 10.10.1 are complaining that YouTube videos with leading advertisements either fail to load, play a discordant sound with no video, or crash Safari itself. Firefox and Chrome are not affected by whatever is causing the problem....



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11:22
News: Apps of the Week: Sago Mini Road Trip,...

{image1} New Games Sago Mini Road Trip ($3) — Sago Sago’s latest game, Sago Mini Road Trip, lets children take an adventurous — but leisurely-paced — drive with Sago’s Jinja the cat. Sago Mini Road Trip slightly expands on the usual concept of Sago Sago’s games, letting kids pack a suitcase and pick which vehicle they want to drive across a road filled with bridges, puddle, mud holes, and more. You can stop and fill your gas…

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11:19
iCloud Photos upload support for images added to...

In addition to updating iCloud.com with support for eight new languages when using iWork for iCloud, Apple has also turned on the ability to upload photos to iCloud Photos from the web. Upload support for iCloud Photos on the web was previously rolled out to the beta.iCloud.com site at the beginning of this month. Video uploading currently isn’t supported by either version of the iCloud site..

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11:17
Forums: Siri fails and iOS 8.1.1 comments

This week in the MacNN forums, members share amusing tales of times that Siri has failed them, providing examples of how Siri doesn't always understand what is really going on. Comments are piling up faster than the snow in Buffalo about the latest update to iOS 8 with some saying it made things better while others aren't so sure it has helped much at all....



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11:00
This 1950s Motorola radio works wirelessly with your...

Bose, Beats, blah blah blah, it's all the same crap; Give me the classic, tin can tone of mid century radio hardware any day. If you don't need your music to carry through a half dozen walls and pierce the ears of your neighbors across the street,...

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10:44
FunBITS: Overglide Pushes the Limits of iOS 8 Widgets

Overglide dares App Store reviewers by putting a game in Notification Center. But is it worthy of a place there?

 

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10:42
Review: Pad and Quill’s Contega Linen case for iPad...

It’s always refreshing to see iOS accessory makers doing something different and Pad & Quill leads the pack in this area. With handmade cases crafted from linen, leather, and wood, it’s hard to go wrong with this simplistically elegant spin on cases.

Lately I’ve been using Pad & Quill’s Contega Linen case for iPad Air 2 and it’s changed my mind about “premium” cases. There’s something beautifully different about the craftsmanship and it’s created from materials that are designed to last, but not without a steep entry price for some…

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10:42
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-21

With Google and Rockstar Consortium reaching an agreement in their patent infringement fight, the big question is what does this mean for Apple? Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's possible interest in the deal, plus they have something to say about what impact cutting the price of a Beats Music subscription could mean for the company and artists in the music industry.


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10:30
Square to accept Apple Pay next year; Tickets.com...

That drum beat you hear is the sound of more merchants and payment getting on the Apple Pay bandwagon. Today we've heard via AppleInsider and CNN that Square will be supporting Apple Pay in 2015, and from Patently Apple that Tickets.com is starting...

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10:18
Apple officially announces iAd expansion into...

Earlier this week news leaked that Apple would begin offering automated purchasing of mobile ads by advertising agencies through its iAd program when one partner ad company accidentally published a press release early, and today Apple has officially shared the full announcement regarding iAd’s “move into programmatic channels.” In addition to Rubicon Project, Apple shared that it is partnering with various “demand-side platforms (DSPs) and ad tech companies” which include Accordant Media, Adelphic, AdRoll, GET IT Mobile, MediaMath, and The Trade Desk.

Apple says its expansion in programmatic channels is made possible thanks to iAd’s updated API which allows partners to use their own...

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10:12
News: Square plans to accept Apple Pay in 2015

Mobile payments company Square is working toward accepting Apple Pay for transactions through its system by some time next year, according to a new report from CNN Money. Although Square offers its own payment sending service in the form of Square Cash, the company is primarily focused on providing a mobile merchant solution, and the ability to accept Apple Pay would be a logical fit. Square’s current hardware is only designed to support swiping…

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10:01
AirParrot 2 adds Chromecast mirroring, media server...

Squirrels has released AirParrot 2, a major upgrade to its AirPlay-based screen- and media-sharing software. The new version enables full-screen mirroring to Chromecasts, including audio. Full-screen mirroring was previously limited to a rough beta in Google's Cast plugin for Chrome....



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10:00
This dude wants to smash an iPhone so bad he...

There have been plenty of times in the past decade where I've wanted nothing more than to smash my computer monitor, keyboard, smartphone, or some other piece of technology that was causing me momentary distress. Those moments usually pass quickly,...

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09:30
Shipment times for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus start to...

​Shipment times for Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handset in the US are improving with most models shipping in less than 10 days. The only configuration that is still constrained is the 128GB iPhone 6 Plus, which still has a target ship...

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09:23
Keeping Up with the Snoops 7: Too Many Snoops

Josh Centers brings you up to date with all of the latest surveillance news, including a setback to NSA reform, fake cell towers in airplanes, and some unusual legal opinions.

 

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09:14
Apple officially begins selling automated iAds in...

Apple and a series of partners officially announced on Friday that the iAd network is now accepting "programmatic" mobile advertisement purchases, in a change that brings Apple in-line with other ad services.

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09:03
Hands On: Hungry Squid (iOS)

It's not unusual for everyone to be looking for the next popular iOS game. We've seen it with the many clones of Angry Birds, FlappyBird, and 2048. While no one will deny that these games are fun, sometimes a user might crave something with a little more thought and care behind the design. That's where Hungry Squid by Michal Malewicz comes in, promising to enchant those who play it....



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09:01
Evernote 6.0

Redesigns the user interface and brings the new Work Chat feature to the Mac App Store edition. (Free, 61.8 MB)

 

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09:00
AirParrot 2 launches: introduces Chromecast support...

AirParrot enables you to stream your OS X desktop to AirPlay destinations like Apple TV. If that functionality sounds a bit familiar, it might be because Apple added desktop mirroring to OS X a while after AirParrot first debuted. AirParrot managed...

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08:57
Square plans to begin accepting Apple Pay with new...

Though many viewed them as competitors, Square and Apple Pay will link up in 2015, as the point-of-sale service is working on a new cash register that will accept Apple's NFC-based payment system.

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08:54
AirParrot 2 brings Mac & Windows screen...

AirParrot, the app that lets you send your desktop display to an Apple TV-connected TV, is today releasing version 2 with Chromecast support and number of other new features. Sure, you can mirror your Mac’s display to an Apple TV using Apple’s built-in AirPlay feature, but AirParrot provides features beyond what Apple offers and also support for screen mirroring from Chromebooks and Windows. Today’s release makes it the first to enable full screen mirroring support to Chromecast with audio support and more. 

Version 2 of AirParrot, available starting today, brings support for screen mirroring to Chromecast, something that was previously only available as an experimental (and buggy) feature of Google’s Chrome plugin for Chromecast. AirParrot is technically the first app...

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08:53
Google Agrees to Settlement in Rockstar Patent...

Google's fight over patent infringement claims from Rockstar Consortium is coming to and end thanks to a deal the two struck earlier in November. The filing went public this week, but it doesn't offer up any details about what Google agreed to as part of the deal.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's been interesting watching this case play out because, for once, Apple is on the other side of the patent troll claims - at least to a small degree. Rockstar Consortium is a non-practicing patent holding entity, although its investors do get to take advantage of the patents in its portfolio.


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08:30
Corning unveils Gorilla Glass 4; twice as tough and...

Corning, which supplies Apple with millions of durable iPhone screens every year, announced yesterday the impending arrival of Gorilla Glass 4. Gorilla Glass 4 may not be as scratch-proof as sapphire, but it's just as well because cracked iPhone...

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08:00
Flickr Find: Menacing Darth Vader threatens to sever...

Darth Vader threatens to cut the power supply for Yoda's mighty iPhone slab, while the Jedi master calmly looks on in this Lego minifig scene created by Flickr member Jim Petcoff. Wonder what revenge he has planned to thwart the power-hungry Darth...

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08:00
Daily Deal: Get The Panther Spy Drone UFO with Video...

{image1} Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up the Panther Spy Drone UFO for only $110 – that’s 55% off the normal price. A large stunt-ready quadcopter, the Panther boasts a 4.5 channel radio control to allow you to seamlessly maneuver forward, backward, up and down, rotate and coast laterally, and the built-in 360-degree flip stunt mode lets you pull off smooth loops with the press of a button. With the included camera you can also capture…

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07:33
(Black) Friday Deals: And so it begins!

Black Friday is just one week away, and veteran shoppers are probably dreading the prospect of facing off against a deal-seeking mob shouting at each other over discounted electronics in the near future. Today's Friday Deals post, just as with previous Fridays and now every Monday until the end of the year, aims to provide you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader, early deals from retailers from the comfort of your home, without going near the intimidating (and likely plague-ridden) mass of shoppers. As usual, all prices are correct at the time of publication, but may not be valid at...



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07:28
Citadel Trojan Adds Keylogging to Arsenal


Cybercriminals are using a new version of the dangerous Citadel Trojan, which has been employed to attack the financial and petrochemical industries, to compromise password and authentication solutions, IBM Trusteer has reported. The new version begins capturing keystrokes, or keylogging, when some processes are running. It was discovered on a server that already had been infected when IBM Trusteer Apex was installed -- it's not clear how the machine became infected.

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07:07
Streaming TV service Aereo files for Chapter 11...

Aereo has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, following the high-profile shutdown of the service via a ruling from a New York court. The cloud-based TV rebroadcasting and DVR service made the filing just under two weeks after it was forced to lay off a large number of employees at its Boston New York offices, with little chance of resurrection....



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