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Sunday November 23

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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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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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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Friday November 21

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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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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14:18
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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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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13:30
‘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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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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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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10:12
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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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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08:00
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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06:46
News: Google settles patent litigation with Apple’s...

Google has come to an agreement with patent consortium Rockstar to settle all pending litigation, Reuters reports. Although the terms of the deal were not disclosed, a Texas federal court filing made public on Monday indicated that the two companies have agreed to settle “all matters in controversy between the parties.” The Rockstar group, consisting of Apple, Microsoft, and Blackberry (formerly RIM), among others, successfully outbid…

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06:44
Apple Blocks Flash Player 15.0.0.223 Over Security...

Apple updated the Web plugin blocking system in OS X on Thursday to prevent Adobe's Flash Player 15.0.0.223 and earlier, along with Flash Player 13.0.0.252 and earlier, from launching. Apple blocked the plugin from running because of security vulnerabilities, and is showing Flash users a dialog with a link to Adobe's downloader site so they can install an up to date version of the multimedia player.

The Mac Observer Spin: New Flash security flaws are cropping up all the time, so if you need it on your Mac, be sure you're always running the latest version.


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06:00
iOS 8: Using “Send Last Location”

Today we're going to discuss how to use "Send Last Location" within iOS 8, which'll allow your iPhone or iPad to automatically transmit its location right before its battery dies. This could potentially help you to recover a lost or stolen device with a dead battery, so we think it's important! Melissa Holt is going to teach us all about it in this Quick Tip.


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Thursday November 20

17:05
SwiftKey Adds Languages in iOS Without App Store...

Replacement iOS keyboard SwiftKey has updated the languages available, but didn't have to go through the App Store to do so. Kelly explains how SwiftKey can update without releasing an update.


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16:53
Apple Reportedly Plans Cheaper Beats Music in iOS in...

Apple is working behind the scenes to secure better pricing for Beats Music customers before including it as a service in iOS in 2015. Citing unnamed sources "briefed on the plans," The Financial Times reported that Apple is looking for a retail price of US$5 per month for subscribers, while record labels are holding out for a higher price.


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15:54
Apple Offers Current and Past National Book Award...

Apple is currently promoting the 2014 winners of the National Book Award in the iBooks Store. The company is offering the four winners of this year's award for US$9.99 and $10.00. Past winners are also included in the promotion, and they start at $4.99.


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15:25
Apple Changes App Store ‘Free’ Button to ‘Get’

Apple has changed the wording for free and freemium apps-where once the download button said "Free," it is now labeled "Get," as shown in the screenshot below. Apple didn't announce the change, but it seems likely the change is part of Apple's efforts to comply with tighter European Commission rules governing the way Apple, Google, Amazon, and other market "free" apps.


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14:30
Create Holiday and Other Calendar Subscriptions in...

It's not hard to set up some personal and work calendars on your Mac and iPhone. But there's a whole lot more you can do with calendar subscriptions. John Martellaro shows you how to get your calendar in the holiday mood.


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14:05
Doxie Go Portable Scanner: $139

Scanner. Remember when they were a thing? If you were a real computer geek, you needed one. And the more space it took on your desk, the more impressive it was. Then digital camera became a thing, and the number one activity we used scanners for-scanning printed photographs-became a quaint relic packed away with our FAX machines. But there are still things we need to scan. Receipts, contracts, the award your kid got for doing something nifty at school, that photograph of your great grandmother everyone in the family wants a copy of, but the negative might well be a slab of glass lost at the turn of the previous century. Anyway, enter Doxie Go! Nancy Carroll Gravley reviewed it for us, and through today's deal, you can get one for $139 (it retails for $199). Snap it up, because the deal expires in five days.

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13:47
Mac: Satechi 10 Port USB 3.0 Premium Aluminum Hub

“No, no, no,” you said when you saw Satechi’s 7 Port Aluminum Hub on iLounge + Mac earlier this year. “Seven extra USB ports for my Mac is not enough. I must have 10 ports.” If that plea sounds familiar, consider yourself lucky: Satechi heard you and is ready with a solution. Bear witness to the new 10 Port USB 3.0 Premium Aluminum Hub ($65), an even larger hub with a downright wacky collection of 10 ports in a row. Look…

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12:22
Review: IvySkin Renegade for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6...

{image1} {image2} {image3} {image4} IvySkin’s Renegade offers solid protection and a nice fit for both of Apple’s newest iPhones. The button coverage is well done, and the port cutouts are precise, though the Lightning port hole may not leave enough space for some third-party cables. Renegade’s included glass screen protector, though optional to use, is a nice bonus. The only thing we’re not really crazy about is the design…

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12:15
Review: Infinity Infinity One Wireless Speaker

{image1} {image5} Infinity One has a gorgeous body — we think it’s one of the nicest speaker designs we’ve seen in quite some time. A black cylinder, it has a heavy aluminum body coated with a ceramic finish. It’s roughly 9” from end to end, 4” in diameter, and 2.75 pounds. Though it’s thick and water-resistant, we wouldn’t take this thing out for a hike. The passive radiators are exposed, and we scuffed…

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12:14
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-20

It's iTunes smack down day on Daily Observations, but not for everyone. Dave Hamilton, Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about what they don't - or do - like about iTunes 12, what they'd like to see change in Apple's media manager app, why iTunes has evolved into the conglomeration it is today, and more.


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08:57
News: Corning announces Gorilla Glass 4

Corning has announced Gorilla Glass 4, the latest version of the chemically-strengthened glass that has been used in iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads. Version 4 promises “dramatically improved performance” against drops on rough surface such as jagged streets, sidewalks, and parking lots, as screen breakage is “the #1 consumer complaint, according to Corning’s research.” Corning promises that the new version of Gorilla Glass…

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08:24
Review: Twelve South PlugBug World iPad/iPhone...

Once again, PlugBug World adds a 2.1-Amp USB charging port onto any MacBook, 10W iPad or 12W iPad power adapter, matching their thickness and style, albeit with glossy red plastic rather than white. PlugBug World is a little taller than PlugBug, but otherwise very similarly designed. Although Apple’s 12W iPad adapters offered more powerful 2.4-Amp output for faster recharging of power-hungry third- and fourth-generation iPads, newer (and older)…

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08:14
Goodbye iTunes, WALTR Uploads any Media File to your...

iTunes is the only option Apple gives us for loading media onto our iPhone, iPad or iPod touch from our Macs, and it limits the audio and video file formats we can upload. That's a thing of the past thanks to WALTR from Softorino. This awesome Mac app lets you upload a long list of file formats - such as MKV, AVI, MP4, CUE, FLAC, APE, ALAC, OGG, AAC, AIFF and WAV - to your iOS device without ever touching iTunes. Just fire up WALTR, connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac via USB, and drag files to convert and upload them so you can watch or listen on the go. It really is drag-and-drop simple, and file transfers are surprisingly fast. You can try out WALTR for free and a license costs US$14.97.


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07:11
Daily Deal: Stay Warm & Connected This Winter...

{image1} We have two great iLounge Deals today to help you stay warm and connected while braving the winter weather. First up is TRNDlabs’ Knitted Touchscreen Gloves for only $19 – that’s a savings of over 60%. These ultra-comfy double-layered gloves are designed to be thick enough to keep out frigid winter winds while still allowing you to easily reach into your pocket and pull out your iPhone. Rubber material on the palms also help…

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07:08
First Look: G-Project G-Go Outdoor Wireless Speaker...

Also referred to as "New G-Go," G-Project's second-generation G-Go ($60) offers steps up in size and performance from the recently-released G-Drop. G-Go is a waterproof, ruggedized speaker that's roughly the size of a milk carton and loaded with twin speakers rather than G-Drop's one. It's supposedly more powerful than the original version, though Powered by either an included AC adapter or four self-provided AA batteries, it has rubberized controls…

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06:51
News: Report: GT Advanced struggled with sapphire...

A new report from the Wall Street Journal reveals some interesting background on the breakdown between Apple and GT Advanced Technologies, pointing to the problems and challenges the erstwhile sapphire supplier faced in trying to meet the terms of its agreement with Apple. Apple originally began using sapphire last year for the iPhone camera lens and Touch ID sensor, and after having success with the material, began looking for a larger supplier that…

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06:34
Apple: GTAT Couldn’t Make Usable Sapphire,...

Apple offered up more details on what led to the downfall of GT Advanced Technologies in a letter to the failed company's creditors. That letter said GTAT failed to manage its employees and sapphire glass production process, and that the company simply couldn't make a usable product.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple may have made demands GTAT couldn't meet, but it looks like the sapphire maker wasn't managing its workers or production. This was a doomed relationship from the beginning.


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Wednesday November 19

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

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


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

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


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

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


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13:25
TMO Giveaway: Arcsoft Simplicam Home Security Camera

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


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

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

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

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


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12:18
Review: STM Flip for iPhone 6

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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09:19
First Look: SteelSeries Stratus XL Gaming Controller

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

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

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

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07:53
Adobe Lightroom Adds Aperture, iPhoto Import Support

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


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06:53
Apple Plans to Repurpose GTAT Sapphire Glass Factory

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

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


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06:40
News: Apple plans to ‘repurpose’ Arizona...

Apple plans to continue supporting manufacturing operations in Arizona despite the failure of its sapphire supplier, GT Advanced Technologies, earlier this year. According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple has been speaking with officials in Mesa, Arizona and reiterating its commitment to bring jobs and manufacturing to the area. Mesa City Manager Christopher Brady noted in a recent interview that Apple wants to repurpose the building used by…

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Tuesday November 18

14:34
QCut Custom Fit Women’s Jeans

If you are a woman who has ever purchased a pair of jeans, you know this process can beâfraught with peril. You have to guess at the random number that is allegedly your size, since it varies from year to year and designer to designer. Then you have to guess close enough that you don't get stuck in them in the dressing room, and you have to hope they aren't too long/short/wide/narrow/high-waisted/low-waisted/whatever. If you find a pair you don't hate, you purchase multiples on the spot, even at full price. You know. In Case. Well, Crystal Beasley decided enough was enough and launched a Kickstarter campaign to fix this. Called QCut (as in cut on cue), Crystal is designing jeans for you. And you. And you, too! They're all custom made, based on five measurements that include shoe size and bra size to help determine body type. This campaign has two weeks left as of today, and even though it's funded, you still may want to get in on it. Jeans that fit make an awesome Christmas gift! (...

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13:21
OS X Updates Disable Mail Plugins, MailPluginFix...

Apple has a tendency to toss in updates to its own native apps as part of system updates. This can sometimes break your carefully crafted email system, particularly if it contains plugins unhappy about a new version number. Kelly has an idea to help you get back on track.


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12:52
Wallet Sized HyperCharging Power Bank for iOS: $39.99

Check out the LithiumCard AIR, a wallet-sized charger for iPhone and iPad (or other device). It has a thickness of five credit cards, but delivers up to 2 amps of power, which is what an iPad requires. It has a micro-USB port and a Lightning port, and it charges via its own USB port. It can also charge itself and your device at the same time. The LithiumCard AIR is priced at $39.99 through our deal. It's regularly $60.


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11:59
Guardians of the Galaxy Available in Apple’s iTunes...

It's scientifically impossible to get too much Guardians of the Galaxy, which is a very good thing because it's now available for rent and purchase on on Apple's iTunes Store. For US$19.99, you get the movie in HD, plus extras like deleted scenes, bloopers, and behind-the-scenes details. Bonus: You also get an exclusive look at Marvel's upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron movie. If you saw GotG in the theater, you know why you need to buy it now. If you missed it, here's your chance to redeem yourself.


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11:30
Apple Releases WatchKit, Urges Developers to Make...

Apple announced the release of WatchKit on Tuesday, the set of APIs that allows developers to make apps for Apple Watch. WatchKit is being included with the iOS 8.2 beta SDK, which was also released on Tuesday.


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10:58
News: Apple announces WatchKit software tools...

Apple has announced the official availability of its WatchKit SDK for iOS developers. WatchKit provides developers with the tools to design apps for the new Apple Watch, and is being released today so that developers can begin preparing for the new wearable device when it ships next year. The new software development tools will allow third-party developers to build apps for the watch which will let users respond or take action from the watch, or get…

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10:34
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-18

Apple lost a pager-related patent infringement lawsuit, but not to a patent troll. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at MTel's case against Apple and discuss why this isn't just another patent holder on a money grab. They also look at yesterday's iOS and OS X updates and why we're dealing with security alerts and new device notifications.


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10:30
News: Apple ordered to pay $23.6M in pager...

Apple has been ordered to pay $23.6 million to a Texas company after a jury found that the iPhone and other devices infringed on a patent for SkyTel pager technology, Bloomberg reports. The patents in question were issued in the 1990s for the SkyTel two-way paging network, and are owned by Mobile Telecommunications Technologies (MTel). In responding to a claim by MTel that Apple’s Airport, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices were infringing…

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09:45
olloclip’s Lens Kit for iPhone 6: Familiar Optics,...

olloclip's new 4-in-1 Photo Lens kit for the iPhone 6 uses a new design that fits over both the FaceTime (front) and iSight (rear) cameras at the same time. A small adjustment is required for the iPhone 6 Plus. The system includes wide-angle, fisheye, 10x and 15x macro lenses. Here's John Martellaro's review that includes a discussion of the mechanical challenges in this new design.


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08:52
Review: Zivix Jamstik MIDI Guitar Controller

Although Jamstik looks small and unassuming compared to a traditional acoustic or even electric guitar, as a purely digital instrument it can eschew the trappings required to generate sound, in much the same way that electric pianos differ from traditional pianos. Jamstik basically boils it down to only the necessary components — in this case, the usual six strings, five frets, and the necessary electronics required to power the Jamstik, connect…

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07:26
Daily Deal: Get LithiumCard Air, the wallet-sized...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering LithiumCard Air, a wallet-sized battery pack for your iPhone, for only $39.99—that’s 33% off the normal price. Available with both Lightning and Micro-USB connections, LithiumCard Air is the thinnest HyperCharger around at only the thickness of five credit cards. It has 1200mAh of capacity and generates up to 2A of power to charge your device fast, at up to 1% battery life per minute, and has…

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06:59
Apple Loses MTel Pager Patent Case, Ordered to Pay $...

Apple has been ordered to pay Mobile Telecommunications Technologies LLC US$23.6 million for infringing on six patents related to 1990s-era pager technology. MTel claimed the messaging and WiFi technology used in the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch infringe on patents it owns, and a federal jury in Marshall, Texas, agreed.

The Mac Observer Spin: Assuming Apple can't get the MTel ruling overturned, the company behind the once market-leading SkyTel two-way pager system could be in a strong position to target other companies that offer text messaging services. In this case, Apple wasn't facing off against a patent troll, so if it really was infringing on MTel's patents, it's time to pay up and move on.


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06:34
News: Apple opens up Lightning port to third-party...

Apple will soon allow third-party manufacturers to use its Lightning port, according to a new report from 9to5Mac. Although Apple has long allowed accessory makers to produce accessories that connect to the Lightning and Dock Connector ports on iOS devices, it has not traditionally permitted third-party manufacturers to include the female versions of these ports in their accessories. For example, battery cases can include a Lightning connector for…

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06:01
Using AirDrop with OS X Yosemite and iOS

For today's Quick Tip, we're going to cover a new way to share files between your iOS devices and your recent-model Macs running Yosemite-AirDrop. Using this nifty little feature, you can pop a bunch of images from a trip onto your iPhone quickly and easily, say, or you could send a PDF file and import it right into iBooks. Neat, right? We think so.


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Monday November 17

18:14
No User Complaints on iOS 8.1.1 and OS X 10.10.1...

Apple released two updates Monday, with no widespread panic. While this shouldn't be notable, recent history has caused some to exercise a bit more caution.

The Mac Observer Spin: This update...worked. Like updates we remember fondly from like, last year. What a lovely change of pace.


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16:34
Microsoft Doubles Down on Surface’s Losing Features...

I. Just. Don't. Get. It. Detachable keyboard. Stylus. Touchscreen/laptop/tablet/toaster/fridge. These are the features that have helped propel Microsoft's Surface product line into some distant nth place in the tablet wars, and these are the features Microsoft is touting in a new Christmas commercial for the Surface 3. This time, though, instead of comparing the device to the iPad, Microsoft is comparing it to a MacBook Air. Oh, and the kickstand. That's been a megahit packing in customers at the Microsoft stores in a binary orgy of 0s and 1s at a time. It gets air time. Every time Microsoft does something right under semi-new CEO Satya Nadella, the company reminds us that it doesn't get tablets. Anyway, here's the commercial. I do have one nice thing to say about it: it's a clever use of "Winter Wonderland," but the that clever use is wasted on an awful message.

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14:40
Last Chance for NES30 Bluetooth Game Controller: $29...

The NES30 Bluetooth Controller was a surprise hit for our readers. This gamepad controller was designed to look and feel just like the original NES30 gamepad, only it's Bluetooth and programmable. That means you can use it to control games on Bluetooth-eqipped iPhones, iPads, Macs, PCs, and Android devices-it also works with Nintendo Wii. Oh, and it can be plugged into a USB port, too. That makes it pretty flexible. Anyhoo, this deal has been very popular, but it's coming to an end in 6 days. Pick it up quick if you want one or plan on giving it as a gift. It's $29.99 through our deal, regularly $40.


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13:30
Review: RooCase Gelledge for iPhone 6

While Gelledge fits well and offers nearly complete protection of an iPhone 6 — there are only open holes for the Touch ID, ringer switch, and rear camera — the material is so lightweight that we’re not sure how it will stand up to a high drop on a hard surface. The case shouldn’t be confused with any heavy-duty options, but it does offer some degree of protection, and the button coverage is nice and responsive. Gelledge is a light…

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12:30
Review: Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i and Micro C.T.R.L.i

C.T.R.L.i and Micro C.T.R.L.i are similar in many ways. Both controllers use two AAA batteries for power, both connect using Bluetooth, and both have the same amount of control pads and buttons — two analog sticks, a d-pad, four face buttons, and four shoulder buttons. In size, C.T.R.L.i is more like what you’d expect from a modern console controller — it’s slightly smaller than Nintendo’s Wii U Pro Controller — while Micro…

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11:07
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-17

Apple rolled out updates for iOS 8, Apple TV and OS X Yosemite this morning. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about what's in those updates, plus they take a look at an RBC report claiming Apple will sell 20 million Apple Watches in 2015.


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10:35
News: Apple releases iOS 8.1.1

Apple has officially released iOS 8.1.1 to the public, a minor maintenance release that notes “bug fixes” as well as “stability and performance improvements” for the older iPhone 4S and iPad 2 models. iOS 8.1.1 is available as an over-the-air update or by updating via iTunes on a Mac or PC.

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10:26
Apple Adresses WiFi Issues in OS X Yosemite 10.10.1...

Along with iOS 8.1.1 and Apple TV 7.0.2, Apple released OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 on Monday. The update for the Mac operating system included fixes for WiFi reliability along with fixes for email-related issues.


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10:20
Apple TV (3rd Gen) Updated to 7.0.2, No Patch Notes

Apple pushed an update out for Apple TV (3rd Gen) on Monday, version 7.0.2. We have no idea what's in it because Apple hasn't released patch notes yet. We'll update this article when we know more.


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10:07
Apple Releases iOS 8.1.1, Improves Performance with...

Apple released iOS 8.1.1 on Monday. The patch notes for the release specify just one thing: "increased stability and performance improvements for iPad 2 and iPhone 4s." The released also includes unspecified bug fixes.

The Mac Observer Spin: There have been complaints from owners of both devices about poor performance with iOS 8.x, making this a welcome update. Please drop your experiences with the update in the comments


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07:44
Kairos T-BAND Smart Band: Make Any Watch a Smart...

One of the big issues among us watch geeks that are also tech geeks has been merging our desire to continue to wear our favorite analog watch(es) while simultaneously getting smart watch features. Seems the folks at Kairos had the same concerns and have been hard at work concocting the T-Band - a smart band for your existing watch. They've got three models, one of which even features a OMOLED display right in the band for $179. It's just now beginning its Indiegogo campaign but will fund even if they don't hit their $50k goal (but I'm guessing they will).


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07:27
OS X Yosemite: Set Safari’s Search Engine to...

If you're looking for a more anonymous way to search the Internet than Google or Bing offers, OS X Yosemite lets you change your search engine to DuckDuckGo. It's easy and fast. Read on to learn how.


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06:54
Daily Deal: Get Soundfreaq’s Pocket Kick speaker for...

Today in iLounge Deals we're offering you Soundfreaq's Pocket Kick speaker for only $74.99 -- that's almost 25% off the regular price. Ultra-portable, Pocket Kick has been meticulously designed to produce full and powerful sound with a pair of custom-engineered drivers and a passive radiator set between two full-metal, open air grills for full-frequency sound overall and lower bass frequencies kicked out the back. Pocket Kick's…

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06:46
UnionPay Deal Brings Apple Closer to Apple Pay in...

Apple is a step closer to bringing Apple Pay to China thanks to a deal with China UnionPay. Apple announced a deal over the weekend where customers can use the system to link a credit or debit card to their Apple ID for one-tap App Store purchases, which could eventually lead to using their iPhones in retail stores, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: UnionPay support for the App Store is a big thing for Apple because now it's much easier for its China customers to make purchases. Next step: Apple Pay support.


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06:13
News: Apple adds UnionPay support to Chinese App...

Apple announced today that UnionPay has now been added as a payment option for customers in China. As the most popular payment card in China, this will make it easier for Chinese App Store customers to purchase content on the App Store, and customers can now link their Apple ID with a UnionPay debit or credit card for one-tap purchases. UnionPay is responsible for China’s national inter-bank clearing and settlement system, and has issued more…

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Sunday November 16

09:25
MGG 528: Everything’s Broken (and Your Geeks Fix It)

Third party DNS risks, Yosemite email issues, Comcast's hotspot concerns and managing large Dropboxes on systems with smaller SSDs are just the tip of this week's Mac Geek Gab iceberg. Download, press play, and enjoy!


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Saturday November 15

10:50
Five Cool Tips for Siri in iOS 8

Using Siri in iOS 8 gives users lots of choices to maximize their time - as long as you know your options. Nancy Carroll Gravley gives five more tips in this column.


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Friday November 14

17:13
Shares of $AAPL Hit Record Close at $114, Market Cap...

Shares of Apple Inc. hit a new record closing high Friday, ending the week at US$114.18, a gain of $1.36 (+1.21 percent), on strong volume of 44 million shares trading hands. That puts the company's market cap at $669.6 billion, which is also a record, at least in relative terms.


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16:55
Underoos! Now in Adult Sizes!

As a child of the 70's and 80's, I have a soft spot in my heart for Underoos, the fantastic underwear that looked like actual outfits for Supergirl or Wonder Woman or other characters. It was a tragedy when they disappeared. Luckily, not only are Underoos back, but they are back in adult sizes! Exclusively available at Hot Topic, there are eight varieties at the moment: Batman, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Captain America, He-Man, Skeletor, Superman, and Wonder Woman. This is one of those times when you may actually have to brave the mall, they appear to be entirely sold out online and it seems the sold-out ones vanish from the Hot Topic site. While it's fantastic they exist, you may find it difficult to get your hands on them, at least for now. But now you know, and as another 80's favorite explained to me, knowing is half the battleâ

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16:16
Bryan Chaffin on MacVoices: Bitcoin Economy, My...

Chuck Joiner was foolish enough to invite me to MacVoices this week (episode #14218), and my interview went live on Friday. Chuck asked my thoughts on the current state of Bitcoin, talked to me about the hardware and software I use for TMO and writing fiction, plus my take on renting software. It's 49 minutes of wannabe Ben Franklin nonsense, so enjoy!


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16:00
How To Disable Screenshot Shadows in Yosemite and...

Today's tip comes from Charles Edge, author and long time Mac admin. If you're looking to forsake the drop shadows in screen shots, you can do so with a simple Terminal command. Kelly breaks it all down for you.


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14:59
Apple Adds RAW Support for New Cameras from Canon,...

Apple released Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 6.0.1 Friday. The update adds support to OS X in Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11 for RAW photo files from four new cameras from Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, and Panasonic.


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14:33
Register to Win a Brand New Gold iPad Air 2 + A Gold...

We have a killer giveaway for you called The Golden Apple Giveaway. You can register to win a gold iPad Air 2 and a gold iPhone 6. That's both of them, BTW, in case you thought I had a typo. Registering means signing up to receive deal emails from TMO, which you should do anyway. You can also get more entries by sharing a link through social network channels.


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14:30
The Impact of Apple Pay is Greater Than We Could...

When a revolutionary new service arrives, especially from Apple, the long term consequences are seldom appreciated at first. The tendency is to compare it to the known competition rather than explore the synergistic effects. Even now, those effects are kicking in, very early in the life of Apple Pay.


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14:07
News: Don’t miss our Best of the Year Awards 2014

In case you missed it last week, iLounge has released the Best of the Year Awards for 2014, highlighting this past year's top accessories, apps, games, and more. Our editors have picked the best of the best in more than 25 categories, narrowing down a list of thousands of potential products. The list has been expanded from previous years and is now available here on the site, with no download needed, just in time for your holiday shopping. Click here…

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