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Monday November 3

07:05
Apple’s Angela Ahrendts says Apple Watch Coming in...

Apple Senior Vice President of Retail Angela Ahrendts narrowed down the time frame for the Apple Watch launch: spring 2015, which is later than "early 2015" the company originally said. She shared that tidbit in a video message for retail employees.

The Mac Observer Spin: March is better than July, but not as good as February. It'll be interesting to see if Apple can keep the excitement around Apple Watch going long enough to push through with big sales.


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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Sad journalism trombone

NXP hopes Apple's adoption of NFC will encourage automakers to use its chips to replace car keys (AppleInsider)

Source: Reading way too much into things

Chance it's true: Who knows

The guys who may or may not be supplying NFC chips for the newest...

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06:57
Microsoft continues ad assault on Apple's...

Apple's wildly popular MacBook Air remains in Microsoft's crosshairs as the Windows maker seeks to break Apple's stranglehold on the premium laptop market, this time compared to Lenovo's Yoga 3 convertible PC in Microsoft's latest television advertisement.

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06:46
News: Apple Watch to launch in Spring 2015

A new report from 9to5Mac reveals that the Apple Watch may be launching later than originally anticipated. In a video message to retail employees, Apple’s Senior VP of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts stated that “we’re going into the holidays, we’ll go into Chinese New Year, and then we’ve got a new watch launch coming in the spring.” Although Apple only publicly specified “early 2015” as a timeframe for…

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06:44
Apple plans Apple University in China, bringing Jobs...


Tim Cook speaking at a conference in China

Apple is seeking to cement its business position in China for the long-term with an expansion of its Cupertino-based Apple University program to the region, according to a person with knowledge of the plans. Apple Vice President and Dean of Apple University Joel Podolny is currently interviewing candidates for a new Dean of Apple University position for China, according to the source.

Started in 2008, Apple University is an extensive and growing program within corporate Apple that trains mid-level employees and managers on the decisions made by Steve Jobs and other key executives throughout the company’s resurgence. Jobs created the program alongside former Yale School of Business Dean Podolny in order to keep the culture of Apple alive well beyond the lifetime of executives key to Apple’s early success.

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06:36
Apple to host call for first bond offering in euros...

Apple, Deutsche Bank, and Goldman Sachs will today host a conference call with investors arranging for a bond deal that will be at least partly in euros, a source tells the Wall Street Journal. The bonds could be issued as soon as this week, and would mark the first time Apple bonds would be issued in a currency other than US dollars. The timing for such a deal is believed to be ideal, since borrowing costs in Europe are at record lows....



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06:30
Another functioning Apple I expected to command at...

A fully functioning Apple I, personally sold by company co-founder Steve Jobs, is expected to earn $600,000 when it goes on sale at legendary auction house Christie's this December.

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06:06
How to prevent iPhoto from opening automatically...

When you plug an iOS device into your Mac, you no doubt end up launching iPhoto, whether you intended to or not. Yosemite handles the setting that controls this in a way different than its predecessors.

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06:01
Russians Tear Down Steve Jobs Memorial Because Tim...

An iPhone-shaped memorial to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has been torn town in Saint Petersberg because current CEO Tim Cook has publicly announced he is gay. The company that funded the memorial, ZEFS, decided to remove the six-foot tall memorial because of Mr. Cook's sexuality, and as a reaction to reports of NSA spying.

The Mac Observer Spin: Tearing down the Saint Petersberg Steve Jobs memorial was a sad move, and shows just how far some people still have to go before they'll be able to accept people simply for who they are.


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06:00
How to speed up adding album art in iTunes 12

I am very dedicated to getting the proper album art on the hundreds of CDs I've put into iTunes. Until version 12 arrived, it was a pretty simple process. You could Google the album art, then simply drag the album cover from the web page to the...

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05:43
Russia removes Steve Jobs memorial after Tim Cook...

In a direct response to Tim Cook’s public essay laying out his sexual preference and his reasons for speaking out, Russian media is reporting that a St. Petersburg monument to Steve Jobs has been taken down.

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05:30
Space Beats Saga is a universally stellar time killer

Space Beats Saga is an arcade-style iOS game, and no it doesn't follow the story of an intergalactic DJ. It's deceptively straightforward: you're in a rocket traveling through the universe and you have to dodge cosmic rays that come in your path...

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05:23
Apple’s next iPhone 6 rollout starts Nov. 14th,...

 

If you’ve been eagerly waiting for the iPhone 6 to go on sale in your country, you may be in luck. While Apple has not yet made an official announcement of the next phase in its rollout of the iPhone 6/Plus, we’ve so far spotted that the new phones are scheduled to go on sale in at least eight new countries on 14th November. Local carriers have so far announced the November 14th availability of the new iPhones in: Brazil, Philippines, ...

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05:22
Windows 8 market share about to overtake Windows XP

According to NetMarketshare, Windows XP adoption currently sits at 17.18%, Windows 8 at 5.88%, and Windows 8.1 at 10.92%, giving Windows 8.x a total of 16.8%. Windows 7 remains the big dog, with a 53.05% adoption rate. Interesting implications.

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05:12
Sonos allegedly testing Android Wear, iOS lock...

Sonos is looking to extend the usability of its audio products, by allegedly testing the ability to control its networked speakers using a smartwatch running Android Wear, as well as the iOS lock screen. A photograph shared by a supposed member of the company's beta program is said to show notifications on the Moto 360 and provide some level of control, while iOS users may gain a lock screen widget providing similar functionality....



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05:00
Defining a Hero: Why It Matters That Apple's...


Apple CEO Tim Cook has announced he is gay. Typically, when a CEO's personal life becomes a major issue, it is a bad thing. I do think this will have an adverse impact on Apple's sales, but I also think it will have a beneficial impact on the world -- and after some soul searching, I applaud Cook's taking this action. I'll share my thoughts about why a CEO doing something both controversial and potentially heroic is a good thing. CEOs often run into trouble when their personal life takes center stage. Steve Jobs was particularly aware of that.

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04:45
Apple to hold investor call for first-time bond...

Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and Apple are expected to host a call with investors today, arranging for a new blockbuster bond deal that will come at least party in euros, according to a new report.

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04:31
Apple seeking ‘Apple Watch Evangelist’ to promote...

Apple wants the third-party app marketplace for the upcoming Apple Watch to be a hit just like on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Apple has begun seeking an “Apple Watch Evangelist,” according to a posting on its official jobs website. This evangelist position is specifically designed to work with third-party application developers and promote development for the upcoming Apple Watch platform:

As a member of Apple’s Technology Evangelism team you’ll work closely with 3rd party developers to help them build platform differentiating, next generation apps for iOS...

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04:04
Thanks to iCloud, California cop busted for stealing...

A California policer offers has been charged with Theft and Copying of Computer Data after looking through the photos on a female DUI suspect’s iPhone, and sending nudes to himself and two other officers. He is also charged with the same offense in regard to a second woman.

CNET reports that the suspect unlocked her phone to look up a contact she wanted to call to advise of her arrest. With the iPhone unlocked, Officer Sean Harrington of the California Highway Patrol in Dublin, California, sent as many as six nude images to himself and two colleagues.

On Friday, Harrington was charged with two felonies. One pertained to the original complainant, only named as Jane Doe No. 1 in court documents. The second involves a different woman, named as...

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04:00
The true origins of MCX and CurrentC

This article appeared back in January, long before CVS and Rite Aid pulled the plug on Apple Pay, and long before Apple Pay was even announced. There’s a lot of detail here that answers many of the current questions about CurrentC and MCX.

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04:00
You Should Play: Retry proves Rovio has more to it...

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.

Retry is a maddening retro-styled side-scroller from juggernaut mobile developer Rovio. You may have heard of Finnish developer Rovio before—they created a little franchise called Angry Birds. But since then, they haven’t produced much outside of that original bubble. Retry should reassure critics that the Rovio team is more than just physics puzzle creators enamored with cute birds and pigs. 

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04:00
Eco ATM's simple model: Insert phone, take money

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03:30
∞ Feathers, bowling balls, dropping in the world’s...

[VIDEO] Aristotle taught that heavy objects fall faster than lighter ones, in direct proportion to weight. It wasn’t until Galileo’s time that the concept of air resistance entered the zeitgeist.

The video embedded below is shot in the world’s biggest vacuum chamber, NASA’s Space Power Facility in Ohio. The money shot starts at about 2:50, but the whole thing is worth watching.

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03:04
BlackBerry Messenger adds timed messages, retractions

BlackBerry has made a few changes to the BBM app on all platforms, with the biggest being heavily borrowed from competitor Snapchat. BlackBerry Messenger now gives users the ability to create Timed Messages, text or images which can be shared with other chat participants for a set period of time before being automatically deleted, as well as the ability to retract already-sent messages....



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03:03
Apple gearing up for new bond sale this week with...

Apple is gearing up to issue another bond offering this week, with a conference call with investors reportedly scheduled today, according to reports this morning from Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal. Apple hasn’t announced that it is holding an investor call today as of yet, but the announcement will likely be posted to Apple’s Investor Relations website if it is indeed happening. According to the WSJ, this bond offering will be the first from Apple to involve the euro currency:

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02:07
Microsoft hits MacBook Air with Yoga 3 dance ad [...

It’s an epic dance-off between the new Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro and the MacBook Air. But does the MacBook Air stand a chance against the sleekness and multi-mode flexibility of the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro? Nope. And once you add the touchscreen, it’s game over. The Yoga 3 Pro proves there’s more than one way to do what you want. Learn more at http://www.microsoft.com/yoga.

To me, it is interesting to see Microsoft taking the underdog approach. Desktop PCs [read: Microsoft Windows computers] still have huge market share but have been declining while MacBooks continue to grow...

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Sunday November 2

20:57
Microsoft Outlook 15.3 for Mac

Released ahead of the rest of the Office for Mac suite, Outlook receives enhanced performance and a user interface more closely aligned with the Windows edition. (Office 365 subscription required)

 

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20:57
Audio Hijack Pro 2.11.4

Adds support for capturing Relay audio from FaceTime on Yosemite. ($32 new, free update, 9.1 MB)

 

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20:56
CloudPull 2.6.1

Brings support for Yosemite, but removes CloudPull from the Mac App Store. ($24.99 new, free update, 9.8 MB)

 

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20:56
1Password 5.0.2

Maintenance release fixes numerous bugs. ($49.99 new, free update, 32.6 MB)

 

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20:56
Downcast 1.1.1

Latest release fixes several crashes introduced by the previous version, which brought several additions to the podcatcher app. ($9.99 new, free update, 20.5 MB)

 

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16:37
Apple Retail SVP Angela Ahrendts: Apple Watch...

The Apple Watch’s launch is scheduled to occur in the “spring,” according to Apple Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts, later in 2015 than some had originally anticipated. Ahrendts stated the timeframe to retail employees in a video message, a transcript of which was provided by a source. While explaining that employees need to conserve energy for upcoming shopping seasons, Ahrendts stated, “we’re going into the holidays, we’ll go into Chinese New Year, and then we’ve got a new watch launch coming in the spring.”

Up until this point, Apple has consistently said that the Apple Watch will ship in “early 2015,” without specifying a day or month. The broad window was announced at the Apple Watch’s unveil in September, is stated on Apple’s ...

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15:08
Weekly Game Replay: Black Ops II lawsuit dismissed,...

Every Sunday Electronista and MacNN report on news from the video game industry during the previous week. In this week's edition, we take a look at the dismissal of Manuel Noriega's lawsuit against Activision Blizzard, Bethesda Softworks officially cancelling Prey 2, Walmart starting used game sales, Shadow of the Eternal development, Dying Light dropping previous generation console development, and a new trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD....



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15:00
This Weekend in the App Store -- the best free apps...

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

Apps Now Free

A Dark Room [iOS...

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13:00
The Week in Review: news and features you don't...

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

News

Samsung's mobile...

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11:47
Google to resurrect Bump app as "Copresence,...

Bump, an app developer Google acquired last year, is bouncing back under the codename Copresence, an effort to deliver AirPlay-like file sharing that appears to be deeply integrated with Google+ Hangouts, sparking new privacy concerns.

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11:42
Google's Copresence could allow communications...

A new method of communications between Android and iOS devices might be available soon, as a sources indicate that the two device types could share photos, files, messages, directions and other content through Google's Copresence service. The service appeared in the latest version of the Google Play Services Android application package (APK), allowing some clues to be collected on how a service could tie the two operating systems together....



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11:00
Jony Ive honored as "San Francisco Treasure...

Saturday night (November 1, 2014), Apple design chief Jony Ive was feted at an exclusive event at the San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art (SFMOMA).

The event was on the 15th floor of an office building in the city's financial district due to the...

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09:00
AfterShot Pro 2 from Corel is a competitive Mac...

Corel's latest Mac OS release, AfterShot Pro 2 (currently on sale for US$69.00) is hard to quickly characterize. It combines elements of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. It excels as a RAW-file importer and manager with very fast performance. It easily...

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08:59
MGG 526: Neutrons Have Their Own Dance

Yosemite is a new OS, and with that comes oddities. Thankfully your two favorite geeks are here to help. Mail issues are plaguing many listeners and John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton talk you through how to keep things running as clean as possible, even cleaning up Mail behind the scenes. Then it's on to custom FaceTime ringtones, how to manage the battery on a spare iPhone and much, much more. Download today and enjoy!


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07:00
​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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05:21
Learn to sing, train your voice

Have you ever wanted to train your voice, learn to sing in pitch, develop a better ear? The SingTrue app uses a wide range of pitch recognition exercises to develop your sense of pitch.

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04:05
∞ Honda’s dark side

I wish I could embed this video, but since I can’t, follow the link to check out Honda’s incredibly clever new marketing campaign video. To me, it’s not at all about the product (the supercharged Honda Civic Type R) or the plot of the video, but about the delivery mechanism.

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Saturday November 1

23:45
Review: ClamCase Pro for iPad Air

ClamCase for iPad Air is a simple but well-implemented product that takes Apple's tablet one step closer to being a productivity machine and, for some, a viable ultra-portable laptop replacement.

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20:20
Hands On: Offload (OS X, Windows)

Dealing with the aftermath of a day of recording video or snapping photos can be time consuming. Videos and photos are often spread across different memory cards and storage devices, all of which require attention to transfer to editing stations and backup locations. Offload from Red Giant looks to make that a little easier. Like many of Red Giant's other pieces of software, Offload is built with videographers and photographers in mind. It makes it easier to transfer a bunch of files in one action, rather than taking two or more....



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16:21
Sam's Club to sell Apple's iPhone 6 from $...

As part of a one-day holiday sales event, big-box wholesaler Sam's Club will be selling Apple's latest iPhone 6 from $99 with two-year contract on Nov. 15, according to a supposedly leaked flyer.

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14:24
Hands On: Camera + (iOS)

If you're like most people, your iPhone has replaced your digital camera for most occasions. After all, most people always have a phone with them so they never have to worry about missing a shot. While the iPhone certainly has a great point-and-shoot quality to it, users have begun looking for new apps to augment their on-the-go photography experience. There certainly isn't a shortage of camera apps on the App Store these days, but Camera+ by tap tap tap is a camera app worth a closer look....



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12:45
Sam’s Club’s Black Friday deal has iPhone 6 for $99...

A leaked sales flyer for Sam’s Club reveals that the wholesale retailer will begin selling the iPhone 6 for as low as $99 with a new two-year service agreement starting November 15th. The upcoming Black Friday promotion will see each iPhone 6 model on sale for $100 off their standard on-contract prices: 16GB ($99), 64GB ($199) and 128GB ($299).

The leaked sales flyer confirms that each Sam’s Club location in the United States will have between 40 to 50 iPhone 6 units in store for club members to purchase, with the Holiday Savings Celebration kicking off in two Saturdays from now at 7:00 AM local time.

Sam’s Club will also be selling the 16GB iPad Air (Wi-Fi) for $100 off both in store and online. Based on the product item numbers, this appears to...

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12:06
Jony Ive says Apple Watch will include Fitbit-like...

This past week, Apple design head Jony Ive spoke about a range of topics, including the Apple Watch, at San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art. Ive noted that the development of the Watch was more difficult than the iPhone because of the historical precedence of wrist-worn timepieces. In more interesting news, Ive told the crowd that the Apple Watch will have a cool alarm clock feature that can silently wake up the wearer:

And because it’s a new product, he said there’s “a childlike awe and curiosity” about what the Apple Watch might do. As an example, he spoke about its alarm...

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10:28
“The Insanely Great History of Apple 3.0″ poster

Pop Chart Lab:

Newly refreshed with a bevy of recent Apple products including the iPad Air 2, iMac with 5K Display, iPhone 6, and even next year’s Apple Watch, the world’s most comprehensive mapping of Apple products is back.

This classic gallery of proprietary gadgets displays every computer, handheld, peripheral, software, and operating system released by Apple from 1976 onward. Over 500 items in all, chronicling how Apple has invented—and reinvented—insanely great products.

We’ve mentioned this before but the update makes it even better. If you know “A True Apple Believer”, this would make a great Christmas gift!

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09:30
Some OS X Yosemite users seeing Wi-Fi issues,...

Complaints from Yosemite upgraders about Wi-Fi connectivity are beginning to stack up. Reports are circulating about strange Wi-Fi issues, with issues seemingly related to corrupted preference files or bad configurations left over from previous installs. Fixes abound for the issues, with seemingly no commonality to the problems beyond just being related to wireless networking....



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09:00
Vizzywig 8xHD price tag now a very affordable $49.99

Until a few months ago, your choices for shooting 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) video were to use a dedicated - and very expensive - 4K video camera or DSLR. Then in September, developer Michael Zaletel and his company i4Software released Vizzywig...

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08:09
iPad Pro rumored specs: smaller 12.2-inch display,...

iPad Pro design render

According to a new report by MacOtakara, the iPad Pro will represent a change over previous rumored specs. A list of publications including the Wall St. Journal and Bloomberg had pegged the display of the iPad Pro at 12.9-inches but today’s report says it is a smaller 12.2 inches (remarkably close to the rumored upcoming ...

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07:12
Hands On: Facetune (iOS and Android)

There are few things that tend to make someone feel as chagrined as a bad picture. In a time when social media seems to dictate that we have pictures of ourselves plastered all over the Internet, Facetune by Lightricks promises to help eliminate the embarrassment of blemishes in pictures by using a battery of advanced photo-editing tools....



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07:01
Rumors peg iPad Pro as 12.2-inch device, with stereo...

A Japanese Apple-centric site claims to have unearthed some details about the rumored iPad Pro. The latest from the site claims that the as yet unannounced tablet will not be a 12.9-inch device, but instead be 12.2 inches diagonal. Addtionally, the device is said to have additional speakers and microphones on the top of the device for the possibility of stereo sound support....



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06:30
Caturday: Justin's blocking the iMac

I've often noticed that cats and their humans tend to share traits in common. In this case, the handsome tabby Justin appears to think he's a hockey goalie, blocking access to the goal of the iMac from his human Faye Barth. From Faye's iMac...

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06:30
Three Siri Tricks for iOS 8

In iOS 8, Apple has greatly enhanced the abilities of Siri. Nancy Carroll Gravley covers three of her favorites, including Reminders, nicknames, and song recognition.


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05:49
Rumor: Apple's "iPad Pro" to be as...

The latest rumblings surrounding the anticipated release of a larger, education-focused iPad next year suggest the device may touch down with Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 in its crosshairs, sporting a super-slim form factor, enhanced audio, and a slightly more compact 12.2-inch display.

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04:30
Note Wars is a fun, easy combat game. Almost too easy

Note Wars is an action game based on the premise that "gameplay is more important than graphics," according to the app's description. That's because the game's design is meant to mimic a piece of notebook paper and pencil. There's not much of a...

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03:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Stands, keyboards, and bags

Stands, keyboards, and bags

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases comes with an assortment of multi-functional accessories—stands, keyboards, and more.

Belkin

The Chambray Cover (iPad Air and iPad Air 2; $40) offers a slim, lightweight design combined with strong protection, thanks to its flexible silicone protective corners and soft inner lining that help keep your screen safe from shocks and scratches.

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Friday October 31

23:19
AAPL closes week on all-time high ahead of dividends...

Shareholders of record in AAPL as of November 6 will receive a dividend of 47 cents per share once again in the second dispersal of revenue since the stock was split 7-to-1 last June. The company will pay out some $2.75 billion in dividends on 5.866 billion outstanding shares -- about 800 million fewer shares than seen before the aggressive share buyback program started last year. The stock closed the week at an all-time record high of $108 per share for the second week running....



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21:23
Apple facing India lawsuit over similar 'iFon...

In a case somewhat similar to the Mexican lawsuit that successfully argued that an earlier "iFone" trademark superseded Apple's mark, a company called iVoice Enterprises is India is challenging Apple's iPhone trademark. The company was at work on a low-cost mobile phone for India that was dubbed the "India phone" or "iFon," but never came to market as partners backed out and the deal collapsed shortly after Apple announced the iPhone in January 2007....



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20:19
Hands On: Facetune (iOS and Android)

There are few things that tend to make someone feel as chagrined as a bad picture. In a time when social media seems to dictate that we have pictures of ourselves plastered all over the Internet, Facetune by Lightricks promises to help eliminate the embarrassment of blemishes in pictures by using a battery of advanced photo-editing tools....



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20:15
Review: UNU Aero Wireless Charging Battery Case for...

The UNU Aero Wireless Charging Battery Case and Mat for iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 solves one of the chief concerns smartphone users have always battled: battery anxiety. UNU ingeniously combines a smartphone battery case with wireless charging technology, and there's a lot to like.

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20:08
HP, Michael Bastian unveil MB Chronowing designer...

HP has revealed its attempt to take on the smartphone market, with a device it collaborated on with designer Michael Bastian. The MB Chronowing attempts to bridge the style of luxury watches with the basic functionality of a smartwatch, with the main monochrome display split into a small round clock face area with digital hands, while the rest is used to provide extra information....



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17:56
Giveaway: Trick or Treat! Win a set of A-Audio:...

Ah, is that? Yes, yes, we think it is! The sweet sound of success, the sweet sound of freedom and victory over evil. The end of this journey has come. The Trick or Treat giveaway is over, but first we have one last treat to hand out. We have a set of A-Audio: Elite HD earphones to give to one lucky reader. We bet that sounds pretty sweet too....



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17:51
Stitcher Radio podcast app updated with CarPlay...

Stitcher Radio, one of Apple’s first CarPlay partners, has released an update that enables the dashboard interface in its popular podcast app. The update also includes bug fixes and stability improvements. The release comes just days after Stitcher was acquired by a music streaming company called Deezer.

Stitcher joins Rdio,...

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17:09
Samsung seeking to break patent deal with Microsoft...

Samsung is petitioning the court to allow it to invalidate its contract with Microsoft, a contract that it has only belatedly paid patent license fees on for the last year. A late Thursday court filing declares that once Microsoft acquired Nokia, it became a significant competitor with Samsung. The Korean manufacturer claims that the buy puts the two companies on equal footing in the smartphone market, and continuing the contract would induce some problems with US copyright laws....



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17:07
Apple involved in another infringement suit over...

Back in June Apple faced off against a Mexican telecom over the trademarked word “iFone.” In that case, the iFone telecommunications company argued that Apple had infringed its trademark with the iPhone. A court ruled that because telecom services and telephone hardware aren’t the same product, there should be no confusion among consumers about which is which.

Unfortunately for mobile carriers in the country, because they do offer telecommunications services, they were barred from using the name “iPhone” in marketing materials.

Now an Indian mobile phone manufacturer called iVoice Enterprises Limited is taking Apple to task...

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17:00
Slices of Apple episode 10: Polishing the Apple

Slices of Apple is a documentary series exploring the success of Apple as a company. It seeks to educate business leaders, entrepreneurs and laypeople about how Apple keeps delivering consistently great products.

In this episode of Slices of Apple...

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16:10
Hands On: Surgeon Simulator (iOS)

For those of who haven't heard, Surgeon Simulator by developer Bossa Studios is an extremely popular tongue-in-cheek game that originated on Steam for the "PC Master Race." Fortunately for those with iPads, iPhones, and newer iPod Touch models, Bossa Studios has decided to bring this remarkably frustrating game to iOS, and we've taken some time with it....



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16:00
iAnnotate PDF is a solid entry in the PDF markup app...

iAnnotate (US$9.99) is a full-featured iPad app for marking up PDF files with highlighting, diagrams, notes, and even audio comments.

Standout features include the ability to markup DOC and PPT files as well as PDF documents. The app allows you to...

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15:53
Apple may face iPhone trademark battle in India as...

Apple is once again facing "iPhone" naming writes woes, this time in a challenge coming from Indian firm iVoice Enterprises, which claims the phonetic similarity between iPhone and its own "iFon" destroyed the project before it got off the ground.

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14:58
Pee-Wee Herman Stars in Avengers Trailer

Pee-Wee Herman is back in a big way. Not only is it Halloween today, which is a great time to rock a Pee-Wee Herman outfit, but he has released the glorious Pee-Wee's Playhouse series on Blu-Ray. As part of the publicity for the release, Paul Reubens appeared on Jimmy Fallon earlier this week. Jimmy has been known to imitate Pee-Wee and dub that voice into movie trailers. Well since they had the genuine article, they roped him in to dub Pee-Wee into the new Avengers Age of Ultron trailer. Check it out below. And tomorrow, when Halloween season is over, it will be time to start screening the Pee-Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special! I can't wait.


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14:34
Trent Reznor on Working for Apple: ‘It’s Everything...

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, and the former Chief Creative Officer for Beats Music, said that it was "flattering" to be asked to work directly for Apple, Beats' new owner. In an interview with Billboard magazine, Mr. Reznor said that working for Apple was, "unfamiliar and it's kind of everything I asked for." He added, "and the bad thing is it's everything I asked for."


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13:50
Last Chance for The Complete iOS 8 Course With Swift...

Our deal for the Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course for $89 is ending in three days. This is a $998 package of developer training courses that includes some 350 videos and 36 hours of content. In addition to teaching you what's new in iOS 8 and Xcode 6, you'll also learn Swift, Apple's new programming language. No programming experience is necessary. As a bonus, this deal also includes the Complete iOS 7 Course.


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13:00
News: Apps of the Week: SimCity BuildIt, Run Sackboy...

New Games SimCity BuildIt (free) — The venerable city-building simulation returns as a freemium game that adds a whole new dimension in the form of managing supply chains and new economic trade interactions. SimCity BuildIt takes a more resource-focused approach to building your city, starting out by constructing residential zones, factories, and stores that are used to produce raw materials and manufactured goods that are needed to construct and…

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12:42
MacTech Conference 2014: Talk to Kelly and Dave!

MacTech Conference 2014 is happening soon, and TMO will both be there to cover it. If youâre attending MacTech, read on for information on how to set up an interview with TMO's Kelly Guimont or Dave Hamilton.


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12:30
Apple Wins the Old-fashioned Way: Outsmart the...

Cool new products catch our attention, and sometimes it seems that the flashiest products are the byproducts of the most successful companies. In reality, there's much more to be said for good business sense and raw intelligence. Those virtues go a long way towards explaining Apple's success.


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11:03
News: Trent Reznor working on Apple music project

Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor — who is also chief creative officer of Beats Music — is working on a secret music project with Apple, according to a recent interview in Billboard. When asked if the project was about music delivery, Reznor said, “It’s in that world.” He also noted that Apple “expressed direct interest” in Reznor designing products for the company when Beats was bought by Apple. Apple’s interest…

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11:00
Judge Rules Cops can Force You to Touch ID Unlock...

A four-digit lock code on your iPhone offers you more privacy protection than Touch ID in Virginia. Judge Steven Frucci ruled fingerprints as security codes constitute evidence police can collect, just like DNA samples, and aren't subject to Fifth Amendment self incrimination protection.

The Mac Observer Spin: Regardless of whether or not Judge Frucci interpreted the law correctly, letting law enforcement compel people to unlock their Touch ID-encrypted iPhones seems like a pretty slippery slope to head down.


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10:10
News: Magazine publisher Fleishman explains iOS...

A new essay by Glenn Fleishman discusses the reasons for the winding down of his iPad-only digital publication, The Magazine, including an in-depth look at Apple’s continued treatment of Newsstand as a failed experiment. Launched around two years ago as a digital-only periodical, The Magazine focused on reaching iPad users via Apple’s then-fledgling Newsstand app and online store. At its height, The Magazine had nearly 35,000 monthly subscribers…

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10:02
iOS 8: Adding Fitness App Data to the Health App

Apple's Health app in iOS 8 lets you view the health and fitness information third-party apps and devices collect, but exactly how do you get that data into Health? Read on to learn how.


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09:16
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-31

A Virginia Judge says police can force you to unlock your iPhone with Touch ID, but passcodes are protected. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to discuss what impact that ruling will have on iPhone owners and anyone else with a fingerprint-protected device. They also look at one CurrentC partner's decision to continue to accept Apple Pay.


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08:04
Mac: Sabrent DC-BLK + EC-HDD2 Hard Drive Docking...

If you’re a PowerMac or Mac Pro user, or use external storage devices with your Mac, you’ve probably got a few spare hard drives kicking around from various upgrades over the years that haven’t even been worth selling off with the plummeting prices of hard drives. Enter Sabrent’s DS-UBLK ($50) and EC-HDD2 ($70). Available on Amazon for roughly half their MSRPs, these external docking stations connect to your Mac using a fast…

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07:25
How To Clean Up and Rebuild Apple Mail Data [...

Occasionally Apple Mail becomes slow and corrupted and simply needs to have its indexes cleaned out and rebuilt. We cover this pretty regularly on Mac Geek Gab and have updated our support article detailing the steps to include every OS up through Yosemite.


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07:08
Daily Deal: Get the DJI Phantom FC40 Drone for only...

Today in iLounge Deals we have a special offer on the DJI Phantom FC40 drone at $499. Not only is that over 20% off the regular price, but if you use the code “PHANTOM35” at checkout you can get an extra $35 off the already-discounted price. Sporting a smart HD camera, the FC40 can zip around left and right with ease and climb hundreds of feet in the air letting you capture and record everything from backyard baseball games to fireworks from an…

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06:52
News: Jony Ive: Apple Watch was a ‘design challenge’

A new report in The Wall Street Journal highlights comments by Apple’s chief designer, Jony Ive, on the challenges of designing the Apple Watch. Speaking at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art on Thursday, Ive explained that although he believes with “every bone in his body” that the Apple Watch will break new ground in computing devices, actually designing it was more challenging than the iPhone due to the “social expectations…

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06:15
First Look: Bowers & Wilkins T7 Bluetooth Speaker

Admired for its daring speakers and classy headphones, Bowers & Wilkins was an early supporter of Apple's shaky AirPlay wireless speaker standard, and thus is only now releasing its first Bluetooth speaker. Unlike rivals that merely dropped Bluetooth chips into earlier AirPlay products, however, B&W has come up with something entirely new in T7 ($350) — a portable Bluetooth audio system with a highly distinctive industrial design. Mixing gunmetal,…

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05:39
Judge to Unseal GT Advanced Bankruptcy Filing...

The judge overseeing GT Advanced Technologies' bankruptcy filing said he will unseal documents in the case next week. The decision will release an affidavit from GTAT's COO detailing the company's sordid relationship with Apple for synthetic sapphire glass production, and comes despite protests from Apple, creditors, and GTAT's own legal team.

The Mac Observer Spin: It sounds like the parties that have a very direct interest in the outcome of this bankruptcy filing - Apple, GTAT, and its creditors - are about to lose out because Judge Boroff is going to unseal documents they all want kept secret. That said, if the documents don't meet the legal requirement to stay sealed, the judge is obligated to release them. Next week is looking to be pretty ugly for GTAT.

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04:45
Yosemite: Maximizing Windows & the Green “...

Have you noticed that the green "stoplight" button that appears in the upper-left corner of your windows is somewhat different in Yosemite? It used to toggle your window's size, and now it's forcing you into full-screen mode-but only sometimes! What the heck is going on?! Luckily, that's what this Quick Tip is here to tell us.


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Thursday October 30

15:17
Meijer, the CurrenctC/MCX Member Who Refuses to...

Meet Meijer, the 213-store retailer that is a member of the MCX/CurrentC wannabe hegemony. Like Rite Aid and CVS, Meijer has NFC-equipped payment terminals that support Apple Pay. Unlike Rite Aid and CVS, Meijer, has no intention of blocking Apple Pay and is listed as an Apple Pay supporter by Apple.


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14:36
Get Free Bitcoins with 52 Website Faucets that...

I've gathered 52 different Bitcoin "faucets"-websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads-and tested them to make sure they actually pay out. I started off with eight sites, but this update adds several more and removes some faucets that have gone dark for a total of 52 different Bitcoin faucets that really pay, plus a Dogecoin faucet and a Litecoin faucet.


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13:17
Last Chance for The Bluetooth Shower Speaker: $39

The Blue Bluetooth Shower Speaker has been a very popular deal with our readers, but there's just four days left. For $39, you can get a water-resistant speaker built for your shower. That means music or podcasts or whatever sound floats your boat while you bathe, without worrying about wrecking your iPhone. Huzzah! It has a rechargable battery, works up to ten meters from the source, and connects to your iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, PC, or Android device via Bluetooth.


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13:09
CES Rebrands iLounge Pavilion as iProducts, Hopes to...

CES announced Thursday a major rebranding of the Apple-centric show-within-a-show that takes place in January. The company said it was changing the name from the iLounge Pavilion to the iProducts Marketplace. The change comes in the wake of Macworld/iWorld going on hiatus, and CES made it clear they want to snag as many vendors from its erstwhile competitor as possible.


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12:10
Mac: LG 31MU97-B 31” Digital 4K IPS LED Monitor

Ultra-high resolution 4K displays are becoming the norm now, with Apple’s new iMac pushing the envelope even further. If you’re looking for something bigger than Apple’s Thunderbolt Display, LG has you covered with its new 31” Digital Cinema 4K IPS LED Monitor. With a 17:9 aspect ratio, this display boasts a resolution of 4096 x 2160, a 1M:1 contrast ratio, and 10-bit color depth. It also features a 178/178 viewing angle and…

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10:24
Review: Rokform Crystal v3 for iPhone 6

There are slight differences between Crystal v3 and Sport v3, but both are the same price, and offer the same functionality — just in different ways. While Crystal v3 is a bit less bulky and doesn’t require swapping panels to take advantage of the two different mounting system options, we prefer the overall look of Sport v3, which has more color options. It’s a toss-up, though, and there’s certainly not enough to distinguish Crystal…

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10:13
Apple Reverses PCalc Decision; App and Widget Can...

Apple has reversed the App Store decision to pull PCalc from the App Store, according to PCalc developer James Thomson. He received a call today updating him about the status of his app.


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09:29
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-30

Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's gay, which puts him in a unique position as an equal rights advocate. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at how Mr. Cook's announcement could impact the ongoing fight for equal rights and what it could mean to people struggling with their own identity. Jeff also gets really excited about Microsoft's new fitness tracker.


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09:12
News: Apple reverses course on iOS calculator widgets

Following Wednesday reports that Apple would be removing apps from the App Store that make improper use of the new iOS 8 Today screen extensions, TechCrunch reports that the company appears to have softened the policy somewhat, at least concerning calculator widgets. James Thomson, developer of the popular iOS calculator app PCalc, had been one of the first to add new extension features when iOS 8 was released. However, despite his app being approved…

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