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Tuesday January 20

06:57
News: Daily Deal: Easily mount your phone or tablet...

In today’s iLounge Deal you can pick up the Neutron S phone and tablet mount for only $24.99. This mount is an easy and secure way to mount just about anything to any surface, including your phone, tablet, or even simply your keys. Precision machined from solid aerospace aluminum, the Neutron S contains a shielded neodymium magnet which never loses its hold. You can easily mount it to any surface, and it’s strong enough to hold any phone…

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06:43
Accessibility Showdown: iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus

Accessibility expert Steven Aquino tested the iPhone 6 Plus against the iPhone 6 for two months, and although the larger screen is welcome, the iPhone 6 Plus’s bigger size presents accessibility challenges of its own.

 

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06:41
Apple Celebrates New China Store with Mural and Video

Apple is only days away from opening its latest retail store in China, and to celebrate the event the company released a video showing artist Wang Dongling creating a mural that's currently covering the location. The mural is a poem about West Lake in Hangzhou where the new store is located.


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06:05
With Apple Watch near, FDA clarifies regulatory...

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued preliminary guidance that defines the agency's criteria for determining when wearables which provide health tracking or advice, such as the forthcoming Apple Watch, could be classed as regulated medical devices.

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05:50
OS X: How to Merge Calendars

Today we're going to go over an often-overlooked feature of the Calendar program: using the import/export feature to merge two calendars into one. This is a great way to clean up your calendar list, because let's face it, not many people need 15 color-coded calendars! We'll give you the skinny here in this Quick Tip.


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05:24
Here are the worst passwords of 2014 (and ‘password...

SplashData, the company behind corporate password manager SplashID, has just compiled the latest top-25 ‘most hacked passwords’ rankings. As last year, the most-hacked password is 123456, with ‘password’ only managing second place.

But perhaps naive Internet users have been paying attention. It seems some of those using 123456 have come up with a cunning plan to defeat the hackers: dropping the final digit. 12345 has raced 17 places up the charts into third place. Old favorite ‘letmein’ has climbed one place to #13.

New additions this year include baseball, football, batman and access (cunning). You can see the full top-25 below. If you’re not already using a password manager to enable strong, unique passwords for each website, check-out our how-to guide...

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04:19
Apple teases soon-to-open Apple Store in Hangzhou,...

Apple is certainly not thinking small when it comes to China, with 25 new retail stores promised within a two-year period, and its latest soon-to-open store in Hangzhou features a massive mural covering the entire front of the store. The store is due to open on Saturday, January 24th, the second of five new stores Angela Ahrendts said would be opening by the Chinese New Year on February 19th.

Featuring a poem written around 2000 years ago celebrating the importance of the city—a provincial capital—the stunning calligraphy was hand-painted by Wang Dongling, a famous modern calligrapher. Apple has released a video of its creation … ...

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03:45
How one boy grew a popular Instagram feed into a...

Tanner Zagarino is a typical 16-year-old boy. He goes to public high school on Long Island, where he competes for the school wrestling team. He likes clothes and posting selfies with his friends. He jokes around with his mom, who gets roped into those selfies sometimes. He’s typical in every way but one: Zagarino rakes in more than $15,000 a month from social media.

His Instagram photos have attracted 439,000 fans. His tweets have drawn more than 93,000 followers. Judging from the comments on his posts, most of his fans are teen and tween girls. Advertisers consider him an “influencer,” a guy who can get people to buy stuff. Zagarino already has a fashion blog and is establishing a YouTube presence. He just started a year-long stint as a “Hot Guy” panelist for Seventeen magazine. He can pull in up to $35,000 a month from all this work, says manager Kyle Santillo.

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03:10
After eating Intel's mobile lunch, Apple could...

While rumors have long claimed that Apple has plans to replace Intel's x86 chips in Macs with its own custom ARM Application Processors, there are a series of more valuable opportunities available to Apple's internal silicon design team, each of which has the potential to replicate Apple's history of beating Intel in mobile chips.

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02:55
New Chinese Apple Store offers taste of upcoming San...

Apple on Tuesday removed protective barriers shielding its new Apple Store in Hangzhou, China, revealing a huge glass facade that opens into a split-level interior closely mirroring renderings depicting the tech giant's forthcoming San Francisco flagship location.

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00:51
Apple patents eye-tracking gaze controls for iOS,...

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for an advanced gaze-tracking graphical user interface that could one day see implementation in Macs, iPhones, iPads or even a future version of the Apple TV.

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00:42
Ethics

Forums: Resharing

How important is ethics in the industry? - Flemings Ultimate Garage

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Monday January 19

17:58
Apple reminds developers once again of upcoming 64-...

Apple has issued what will likely be the final reminder for developers building iOS software about the upcoming changes to requirements for new app submissions. Starting on February 1st, all new apps submitted to the App Store must include 64-bit support and be built using the iOS 8 SDK.

Existing apps already in the store won’t be removed if they don’t meet the standard, but starting in June, any further updates submitted for those apps will need to comply.

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17:35
Apple once again alerts iOS 8 app developers to...

Apple on Monday posted a note to the News and Updates section of its Developer website reminding app makers that starting Feb. 1, all new iOS 8 software submitted to the App Store must include 64-bit support.

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17:30
Sharing
17:29
Fix
16:22
Apple highlights ongoing Campus 2 'spaceship...

Apple on Monday provided a fresh photo of its Campus 2 construction site in Cupertino, Calif., showing accelerated progress on the main "spaceship" structure's foundation, as well as work on ancillary buildings.

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15:39
[Sponsor] Procreate Pocket

Procreate Pocket is a beautiful, new illustration app for iPhone. It comes from the guys behind the Apple Design Award winning Procreate for iPad.

The attention to detail makes it quick to move between a rich set of features, while AirDrop and iCloud Drive support make it a pleasure to continue your artwork on iPad.

Now when inspiration strikes, all you’ll need to capture it is your iPhone.

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15:30
NuGuard KX Case for iPhone 6: Substantial Protection...

The NewerTech NuGuard KX case for iPhone 6 features a two layer energy absorbing shell that's still thin and light and yet meets the U.S. military drop test standard. Included is a three layer screen armor that's only 0.28 mm thick. The grip is excellent, and the Apple logo is revealed. John Martellaro thinks this is a great case.


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15:20
Pixel Press ‘Adventure Time’ for iPad Lets Kids...

Pixel Press, makers of Pixel Press Floors, have released an Adventure Time game called Adventure Time Game Wizard. If you (or someone with access to your iPad) are fans of Finn and Jake, this is a chance to tag along with them as they explore a magical sketchbook.


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15:03
Researchers Use Siri To Steal Data From iPhones

wiredmikey writes "Using Apple's voice-activated Siri function, security researchers have managed to steal sensitive information from iOS smartphones in a stealthy manner. Luca Caviglione of the National Research Council of Italy and Wojciech Mazurczy of the Warsaw University of Technology warn that malicious actors could use Siri for stealthy data exfiltration by using a method that's based on steganography, the practice of hiding information. Dubbed "iStegSiri" by the researchers, the attack can be effective because it doesn't require the installation of additional software components and it doesn't need the device's alteration. On the other hand, it only works on jailbroken devices and attackers somehow need to be able to intercept the modified Siri traffic. The attack method involves controlling the "shape" of this traffic to embed sensitive data from the device. This covert channel could be used to send credit card numbers, Apple IDs, passwords, and other sensitive information...

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14:59
Adobe Opens Lightroom's Door to Android


Adobe last week released an Android mobile app as a companion to its Lightroom desktop application and cloud service. Lightroom is a photo processor and image organizer developed by Adobe Systems for Windows and OS X. It is not available for the Linux desktop. Adobe released a mobile app for iOS last year. The new app will include all of the functionality of the iOS mobile app -- but refined to take advantage of the Android platform, according to Shared Mangalick, senior product manager for photography at Adobe.

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14:43
Mount Your iPhone with a Shielded Magnet for $24.99

Check out the Neutron S phone and tablet mount. It lets you use the magic of magnets to mount your device. It features a neodymium magnet-that's a rare earth permanent magnet-that's shielded to protect your device. Stick the mount where you want it, stick the mounting disc on the back of your device or its case, and boom! Insta-mount. There's a video showing the Neutron S at work on the deal's page. It retails for $30, but through our deal you can get it for $24.99.


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14:39
Apple Dedicates Home Page to Dr. Martin Luther King...

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Apple has dedicated its home page-one of the most valuable spots on the Internet-to the civil rights later. Apple's home page shows a black and white photo of Dr. King, with a message from Apple.


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13:33
Warning Sony of Coming Storm Wasn't NSA's...


The United States National Security Agency reportedly knew in advance that North Korea was about to hack into Sony's systems. The NSA apparently penetrated North Korea's network through several vectors, including Chinese networks used to connect with the rest of the world and hacker connections in Malaysia. The NSA was able to burrow in using the networks of South Korea and other allies. The evidence gathered by the NSA reportedly spurred President Obama's accusation that North Korea was behind last year's cyberattacks on Sony.

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12:47
Ask iLounge: Exchange text messages between two...

Q: My wife and I both have iPhones, although hers doesn’t actually have a plan on it – she basically just uses it over Wi-Fi when she’s at home. I’m wondering if there’s some way we can exchange text messages when I’m away from home. My iPhone has a normal voice plan, but I don’t pay for data as I’m near Wi-Fi often enough. I tried sending a text from her iPhone to mine, but it seems to shows up on both…

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12:42
How Intel lost the mobile chip business to Apple...

Between 2005 and 2014, Intel fumbled the ball in mobile chips, losing its position as the world's leading processor supplier by failing to competitively address the vast mobile market and enabling Apple to incrementally develop what are now the most powerful mainstream Application Processors to ship in vast volumes. Here's how it happened, the lessons learned and how Apple could make it happen again.

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12:25
Fuel Cells, EVs, Autonomous Driving Shape Auto...


The North American International Auto Show, held in Detroit, last week held a preview for industry insiders and the media before opening its doors to the public on the weekend. Automakers from around the world showcased more than 500 cars, ranging from futuristic concepts to vehicles that soon will be hitting the roads. The show allowed automakers to tout the latest technological advances under the hood and on the dash. The first true auto show of the calendar year, it is arguably the biggest event for the American auto industry.

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11:11
TMO Daily Observations 2015-01-19: Xiaomi isn’t...

Xiaomi has been called China's Apple, and Bryan Chaffin thinks that's just wrong. Bryan and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to discuss the difference between innovating and simply copying Apple, plus they share their thoughts on President Obama's push to give the government a backdoor into our personal encrypted data.


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10:29
Sid Meier's Starships coming to Mac and iPad,...

Legendary game designer Sid Meier is set to release his newest turn-based game later this spring with support for Apple's Mac and iPad, while Google's forthcoming Google Calendar app for iOS --?the first Google-designed native app for the web calendar service -- has been detailed in new, leaked screenshots.

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09:50
Computing for the Visually Impaired, Part 2

In the second part of our series on computing for the visually impaired, Mariva H. Aviram discusses various visual problems that can affect computer users.

 

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09:48
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 19...

Notable software releases this week include Coda 2.5.2, CrashPlan 3.7, Moneydance 2015, and Typinator 6.4.

 

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09:48
ExtraBITS for 19 January 2015

Adam Engst joins the MacBreak Weekly and The Tech Night Owl podcasts to discuss the latest in Apple news, we say goodbye to MacUser UK, German designers mock up an homage to the original Mac, and encrypted messaging apps come under threat in Britain.

 

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09:18
Screenshots show Google’s upcoming Calendar iPhone...

It appears that Google could soon release its promised redesigned Calendar app for iPhone after first making the announcement and releasing the app for Android last November. The Next Web this morning shared a handful of leaked screenshots that provide a first look at Google Calendar for iOS, including info cards that indicate Gmail, Photos and Maps integration will be key features of the app.

The screenshots show that the app will have side-by-side calendars for both a monthly overview and closer day-to-day agenda of tasks and important dates. Reservations for flights, restaurants and more are automatically added from your Gmail inbox, alongside...

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09:16
Leaked files outline NSA-sponsored hacker training,...

It’s interesting what the intelligence community gets up to in its day to day work.

According to Spiegel Online International, the Politerain hiring process posted ads for candidates who wanted “to break things.”

Politerain is not a project associated with a conventional company. It is run by a US government intelligence organization, the National Security Agency (NSA). More precisely, it’s operated by the NSA’s digital snipers with Tailored Access Operations (TAO), the department responsible for breaking into computers.

Potential interns are also told that research into third party computers might include plans to “remotely degrade or destroy opponent computers, routers, servers and network enabled devices by attacking...

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08:58
Apple’s Tim Cook Tweets MLK Quote about Not Being...

Apple CEO Tim Cook turned to the late Dr. Martin Luther King for inspiration on Monday-a.k.a. Martin Luther King Day. Mr. Cook tweeted a quote from Dr. King reminding all of us to stand up and be heard on things that are important.

The Mac Observer Spin: And I salute him for it.


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08:39
Apple TV Adds More Sports Coverage with Tennis...

Apple pushed out another new sports channel to Apple TV owners over the weekend. This time, it's Tennis Channel Everywhere, giving tennis fans a new option for watching games, although it does require an annual US$69.99 subscription.

The Mac Observer Spin: Offering more sports content will make it easier for some to ditch their cable TV subscription for Apple TV, but we still have a long way to go before most people can make the switch.


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08:21
News: Apple terminates Crimean developer agreements...

Apple has begun sending out notices of termination to Mac and iOS developers registered in Crimea, TechCrunch reports. The notices cite sanctions that the U.S. has ordered as a result of Russia’s annexation of the region last year – specifically Executive Order 13685 from December 18, 2014 – and developers in the region are now barred from creating and publishing apps in Apple’s App Store. The termination, effective immediately, requires…

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08:13
Amazon expands original content program with feature...

With access to in-demand content an increasingly important differentiator for internet streaming services, retailing giant Amazon has announced that it will move beyond television series and produce original theatre-bound movies, while Apple has struck yet another agreement to carry a live sports channel on the Apple TV with Tennis Channel Everywhere.

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08:00
Magzter launches "all you can read"...

Ever heard of Magzter? It's a digital magazine store and newsstand with a current customer base of about 24 million users. Today the company took a shot at other magazine providers like Zinio and Apple's own Newsstand by announcing the launch of Magz...

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07:40
External Link: Adam Discusses CES 2015 on MacBreak...

Adam Engst joined the regulars on MacBreak Weekly — Leo Laporte, Andy Ihnatko, and Rene Ritchie — to analyze the latest news and gadgets to come out of CES, ponder the future of HomeKit and home automation in general, look into what’s involved with the Thunderstrike attack, and go back and forth on what sizes of iPhones Apple should make. Highly recommended.

 

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07:30
Apple site honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Today, in the United States, we celebrate and honor the memory of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Apple's website provides a tribute to Dr. King on this day, with the home page given over to a portrait of the eloquent orator and advoca...

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07:26
Goodbye Privacy: White House Sides with UK, Wants...

President Barak Obama has officially come out in support of UK Prime Minister David Cameron's push for backdoor government access to private encrypted data, and even went so far as to suggest U.S. companies that offer ways to decrypt user data are patriots. The President's comments follow Mr. Cameron's push for government access to encrypted emails, and text messages, and it signals a serious threat to our personal privacy.


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07:03
What If IBM's Rommetty and Apple's Cook...


IBM's z13 mainframe launch last week brought back a lot of memories, because I was at IBM when the era of the mainframe collapsed. I also happened to be covering Apple when the era of the Mac collapsed, and I have watched both companies recover -- largely by rediscovering what made them great in the first place. Strangely, even though these firms focus on vastly different customer bases, their core differentiating fundamentals of product control and customer experience are very similar and well differentiated from their competitors.

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06:58
A rumored Apple iPad stylus could point toward...

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs didn't like the idea of a stylus for mobile devices, famously decrying, "if you see a stylus, they [the developer] blew it." The post-Jobs Apple may have a different view on the stylus, according to one analyst.

Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities says Apple is likely to release a stylus in the spring to complement the long-rumored "iPad Pro," a purported 12.9-inch slate. Kuo, who is reputed to have deep contacts within Apple's supply chain, based his analysis on Apple's patent filings and his own research, according to Apple Insider.

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06:28
News: Apple commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Apple has updated its home page at apple.com for this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day, in honor of the “life and vision” of the revered civil rights activist. Tim Cook also announced the commemoration with a simple tweet.

Honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. #MLK Apple http://t.co/ngqL0bym8y— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) January 19, 2015...

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06:06
KGI Analyst Thinks Apple is Ready to get into the...

Apple may be ready to backtrack on Steve Jobs's feeling that including a stylus with your tablet means you failed-or, at least that's what KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo thinks. Mr. Kuo predicts Apple will offer a stylus as an optional add-on for the rumored iPad Pro instead of being bundled with each purchase.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's stance against styluses has been firm for years, but it does hold several stylus-related patents. Mr. Kuo also has a fairly good track record with his Apple predictions. Maybe there is something to what he's saying, but we aren't holding our breath.


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06:01
Apple.com given over to honor Dr. Martin Luther King...

As Americans pause to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Apple has dedicated its homepage to the memory of the slain civil rights leader, a rare practice that the company reserves for exceptional figures in history.

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05:44
iOS developers share their earnings, and the lessons...

If you write iOS apps and wonder how your earnings compare against those of other developers – or you have an idea for an app, and are wondering whether it’s worth pursuing – it can be tough to find any hard information. We hear occasional stories about hugely successful apps like Flappy Bird making hundreds of thousands of dollars per day, and we know there are some apps with literally zero downloads to their name, but what about the middle ground?

Jared Sinclair, developer of the RSS reader Unread, decided last year to share both his earnings from the app, and the lessons he’d learned along the way. It’s taken six months, but several other developers started the new year by...

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05:04
Citing U.S. and European trade sanctions, Apple...

Apple has begun notifying registered developers in the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea that their Apple developer agreements have been terminated, effective immediately, and they may no longer sell through the App Store as the company works to comply with trade sanctions leveraged following Russia's annexation of the region.

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05:00
A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

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

UE MEGABOOM is the new authority in Bluetooth portable s...

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04:06
View iCloud Photo Stream Photos on Your Mac with...

If you want to view photos that are saved to iCloud’s My Photo Stream feature on your Mac, you need to do it in iPhoto or Aperture — two Apple applications that are scheduled to be retired. MyPhotostream is a new alternative that intentionally does just one thing: displays your My Photo Stream photos in a simple environment.

 

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03:56
External Link: Adam Examines the iMac, Hardware...

On The Tech Night Owl Live, Adam Engst joined host Gene Steinberg to share notes on the iMac with 5K Retina display, talk about why Apple makes it so hard to upgrade Mac hardware, and discuss the drop in Apple’s software quality.

 

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03:27
Apple commemorates Martin Luther King on its...

Apple has updated its homepage today in commemoration of Martin Luther King, which Apple CEO Tim Cook has often noted as an inspiration for his work. Cook says he has pictures of Martin Luther King on his desk. However, this is the first time Apple has recognised Martin Luther King day (which happens on the third Monday of every January) so openly on its website.

Many American tech companies give employees the day off, but Apple has elected not to do this. Instead of paid leave, Apple is encouraging employees to volunteer. As part of its gift matching program, Apple will donate an additional $50 for every voluntary hour worked by employees.

Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS, iOS Devices...

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01:19
Rumor: 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” to incorporate stylus...

The rumored 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” could be getting a stylus to go along with it.

Per AppleInsider, well-regarded analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities said numerous stylus-related patents filed by the Cupertino-based company and his own research lead him to believe the iPad maker will launch a stylus in the second quarter of this year to compliment the 12.9-inch so-called “iPad Pro.”

“Given that it’s more precise than a person’s fingers, a stylus can be more convenient to use than the combination of keyboard and mouse in some cases,” Kuo wrote. “Therefore, we believe Apple’s stylus will improve the user experience of 12.9-inch iPad.”

Kuo, who has a fairly reliable track record in predicting Apple’s future product directions...

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Sunday January 18

21:22
Coda 2.5.2

Maintenance release improves overall performance and brings many fixes. ($99 new, free update, 88.4 MB)

 

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21:22
CrashPlan 3.7

Makes improvements to 10.10 Yosemite while retiring support for 10.5 Leopard (Free with a 30-day trial of online backup service, 51.8 MB)

 

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21:22
Moneydance 2015

Major new release for the personal financial management application with redesigned interface and support for Dropbox syncing. ($49.99 new, free update, 70.9 MB)

 

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19:30
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

Table Top Racing Premiu...

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18:30
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

Developers behind O...

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17:30
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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16:08
MGG 536: Tangentially Speaking, It’s All Relevant

John and Dave are here to help. First it's Rob with his over-coffeed MacBook Air (hold the sad trombones!), then Kaz with screen capture advice, helping Wilko avoid data duplication backing up items in OS X's sandbox, and Andy adding an SSD to a 2011 iMac that never had one. And more. And more, and even more than that. Today your geeks talk about the why behind their whats! Download today, enjoy and learn simultaneously!


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09:02
Master Cpl. Jeff Davis, lip-syncing Delaware police...

7Online:

A video of a bald and burly Delaware police officer enthusiastically lip-syncing to Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” is getting global attention.

The video, posted to the Dover Police Department’s Facebook page Friday, shows Master Cpl. Jeff Davis in uniform and driving a patrol car while lip-syncing to the popular pop song – sassy head rolls and finger-pointing included.

What a hilarious video. I especially love the moments like at 1:20 when he sees someone he recognizes and “becomes a cop” again. The rest of the time, he’s just an average father of four who knows “Shake it Off” because of his 10-year-old daughter.

The downside of watching the video is that I’ve now finally listened to my very first Taylor Swift song. Thanks to my friend Lesley for the link.

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07:04
KGI: Apple likely to sell stylus accessory alongside...

According to a new report by KGI, Apple will soon introduce a stylus accessory for its iPad products, targeted at the expected (but still officially unconfirmed) larger-screened ~12 inch iPad Pro. Both products are quoted for release sometime this year, with KGI most recently quoting a Q2 launch window. The stylus would apparently charge using a Lightning cable.

Although KGI reports tend to be based off of supply-chain sources, which have proven very reliable in the past, Ming-Chi Kuo does not allude to any such indicators for the stylus prediction report. Instead, he highlights a number of patent filings in recent years by Apple on tablet styli and a need to differentiate the upcoming more premium iPad aside from screen size.

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06:04
KGI: Apple likely to launch simple stylus to enhance...

Apple is likely to launch a hardware stylus to enhance its upcoming 12.9-inch iPad user experience, according one well-place industry analyst with a strong track record in predicting the company's future product placements.

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05:27
Why Run Linux On Macs?

jones_supa writes Apple has always had attractive and stylish hardware, but there are always some customers opting to run Linux instead of OS X on their Macs. But why? One might think that a polished commercial desktop offering designed for that specific lineup of computers might have less rough edges than a free open source one. Actually there's plenty of motivations to choose otherwise. A redditor asked about this trend and got some very interesting answers. What are your reasons?

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03:28
The road ahead: 3 ways Apple could push Maps forward...

Just under three years after Apple evicted Google Maps from iOS, Cupertino's own mapping and navigation offering still has some critical weaknesses. AppleInsider looks ahead at what the next 12 months could have in store for Apple Maps.

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Saturday January 17

20:05
Phil Schiller on Google Glass: ‘I can’t believe they...

The Tech Block on Thursday shared an email exchange between Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller and the website’s founder Abdel Ibrahim that pokes fun at Google Glass for its perception of being an unstylish device. The email surfaced just days after Google announced that it will be ending its Glass Explorer program on Monday as it works on a new version under the leadership of Tony Faddell.

After being sent a picture of actor Steve Martin wearing obnoxious looking glasses in the film “The Jerk,” mocking Google co-founder Sergey Brin wearing Glass, Schiller responds to Ibrahim saying “that is very funny” and that he “can’t believe they think anyone (normal) will ever wear these things. It reminds me of the push to market video goggles a few years back.”...

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13:01
∞ The LEGO Movie – “Creating the Bricks”

Academy Award nomination or not, it’s a good, fun movie.

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13:00
Here's a new iOS app for sending personalized...

There are plenty of greeting card apps for iOS, but this new offering called Lovely Handwritten Cards (free with one in-app option) is tasteful, and lets you truly personalize what you send to others using your own handwriting.

You can choose a temp...

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11:00
Rumor Roundup: If only 'Failblog' weren...

Apple might already be testing its next major iPhone operating system (BGR)

Source: Czech website

Chance it's true: 100 percent

Obviously Apple is internally testing an operating system that, if previous patterns hold, will be debuted to developer...

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10:41
So long and thanks for all the fish, MacUser UK

Craig Grannell:

Within the pages of MacUser, you’d not find a great deal of templated fare, and sometimes not even a great deal of content directly about the Mac. What you would find was interesting opinion and analysis about technology, brilliant insight into design and creativity, and in-depth features on all kinds of creative fare. All this was wrapped up in stunning design and layout work that let the content breathe and positively begged you to explore every page.

I never read MacUser on a regular basis but when I did, I always enjoyed its unique sensibility and writing style. A shame it’s shuttering its doors.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:56
Kalt turns your iPhone into a precise, non-contact...

Robogaia Industries is using Kickstarter to seek funding for a product called Kalt, an infrared sensor that plugs into an iPhone’s headphone jack and turns the smartphone into a precise, non-contact thermometer. The Cleveland-based company is looking to raise $10,000 over the next three weeks to cover development and manufacturing costs.

The palm-sized Kalt sensor reads the infrared energy that an object omits and converts it into readable temperatures in Fahrenheit, Celsius or Kelvin. Simply point Kalt towards the object and it will automatically show the temperature on the companion app for iOS and Android. The sensor is powered by the device it is plugged into and requires no batteries....

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08:30
Recharge perfectly with Power Nap HQ

As our culture becomes more and more mobile and fast-paced, a proportionate number of people will feel more acutely the need to rest. More than one will probably voice a desire to return to the days when kindergartners took a nap in the early afterno...

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07:55
Gadget Ogling: A New Galaxy, Awesome Audio, and One...


Welcome to Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that takes freshly announced gadgets out for a hypothetical test run, rendering judgement long before they hit the shelves. In the offing this week: Samsung's latest mid-range smartphone, a gesture-based ring, shiny headphones and much more. Samsung has another mid-range smartphone in the Galaxy A7. Sure, it's slimmer, faster, stronger and all the rest -- but that's just it. There's a voice-activated selfie tool, which I suppose is great if you're into selfies.

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07:24
Three men tunnel into Beijing warehouse, make off...

Police in Beijing have arrested three men accused of stealing 240 iPhone 6 units from a warehouse owned by a Chinese logistics firm after digging a 20-inch hole through the building's wall.

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07:00
Caturday: Rascal, the web-surfing cat

TUAW reader Don Newmeyer sent us a photo of his web-surfin' feline pal Rascal checking out his favorite site - could it be TUAW?

Don says:

Below are some links to photos of my cat, Rascal (appropriately named) surfing the web on my Retina Macbook ...

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06:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Invisible skins, rugged...

Invisible skins, rugged designs, OLED displays, and LTE connectivity

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases features minimal but sturdy protection, solutions that withstand extreme weather, and gadgets that let you quickly access your notifications and improve the reach of your iPad’s signal.

AT&T

AT&T customers have an interesting new option to check out. The Modio (all iPad mini models, iPad Air and iPad Air 2; price unavailable) equips your Wi-Fi tablet with a cellular connection while protecting it from everyday hazards.

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05:30
Spread kind messages far and wide with the Ripple...

Messages in a bottle evoke a feeling of awe and power in many of us because such a simple message has the ability to go a very long way. Chances are it'll end up somewhere you would never imagine, but it's fascinating to know where and the impact it ...

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Friday January 16

21:09
First look: Fitbit Surge, a fitness tracking, heart...

Fitbit's latest premium wearable fitness tracker, the Surge, has been dubbed a "super watch" by the company, thanks to its inclusion of a heart rate monitor, exercise tracker, GPS, monochrome touchscreen display, and up to seven days of battery life.

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20:04
Apple TV content refresh serves up Tennis Channel...

Following the addition of the official Cricket Australia channel for Apple TV users down under earlier this week, Apple refreshed its video streaming box for US users Friday night with new content through the Tennis Channel Everywhere service. The new Apple TV channel features both on-demand tennis and live matches with an optional annual subscription.The annual subscription is called Tennis Channel Plus and goes for $69.99/year unlocking access to live tennis coverage including the 2015 Australian Open starting next week and 2015 French Open starting in June. The annual subscription applies to Apple TV as well...

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19:56
Class representative in Apple 'anti-poaching...

The class representative in a California anti-trust lawsuit regarding alleged anti-poaching measures employed by Apple, Google and other Silicon Valley tech companies, is seeking a larger-than-normal chunk of a proposed $415 million payout for his work on securing more lucrative settlement terms.

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18:57
Google in talks to purchase Apple Pay competitor...

A report on Friday claims Google is looking to strengthen its mobile payments solution with the purchase of Softcard, an NFC-based system backed by major U.S. wireless telecoms.

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17:11
Texas May Be Ground Zero for Musk's Hyperloop...


Billionaire high-tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has announced plans to build a test track, most likely in Texas, for his envisioned Hyperloop high-speed transportation system. The goal is to allow experimentation with Hyperloop pods, the equivalent of train carriages. "Entirely funded by Musk's companies and other interested private companies, [the test project is] seen as a giant step to support different teams and universities to help validate and keep the concept alive," said Frost & Sullivan's said Vishwas Shankar.

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17:00
Daily Deals for January 16, 2015, Now's Your...

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

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

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16:37
Filming for Steve Jobs biopic underway at tech guru...

Principal filming for a Steve Jobs biopic penned by Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin official started in California on Friday, with crews set up at the house where Jobs and Steve Wozniak built the first Apple computer in 1976.

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16:30
Camera crews arrive at Steve Jobs’ childhood home as...

Image via CNET

The Sony- Universal-produced Steve Jobs biopic starring Michael Fassbender has finally started filming after what seemed like an endless array of cast and crew changes. CNET spotted production crews setting up at the Los Altos childhood home of Steve Jobs...

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16:00
Techies play iPhone 6 soccer at CES with an actual...

Tech conventions may be full of incredible emerging technology, but they can also be incredibly boring. When you're sick of looking at cases or future technology sometimes all you can do is kick a ball around. Or, if you don't have a ball, maybe an i...

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15:23
Bloated blogging platforms

I wrote this over two years ago on my personal site, but my opinion hasn’t changed.

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15:02
Uber ordered to shut down in South Carolina

Uber said in a statement that the South Carolina Public Service Commission’s order directed at Raiser LLC, an Uber subsidiary, was unexpected and issued despite the company’s close work with state regulators.

I wonder if Uber’s antics in other cities/states/countries weighs in on decisions like this.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:00
Developers behind Overcast and Monument Valley...

Since the inception of the App Store, Apple has doled out over $25 billion to developers. No wonder many folks make reference to the "App Store economy".

While mere participation in the App Store is by no means a guarantor of success, it's always in...

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14:55
Double Bass Mania VIII: Metal Drum Loops

Power and Precision. Speed and Aggression. Brutal and Insane. Your metal drum tracks deserve nothing less than what you bring to your music. Your music deserves the real thing – live drum brutality to take your songwriting to the next level. Your music needs Double Bass Mania VIII.

Double Bass Mania is my favorite series of drum loops ever. I’ll be getting this set to go along with all the others I have.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:35
Xiaomi Launches Galaxy Note Killers in China


Xiaomi on Wednesday announced two new flagship smartphones in Beijing, the Mi Note and the Mi Note Pro. The Mi Note has a metal frame and is protected on the front and back with 3D curved Gorilla Glass 3, which apparently makes it highly resistant to scratches and shattering. Xiaomi compared the Mi Note to the iPhone 6 Plus. However, "Xiaomi is not eating Apple's lunch -- they are eating Samsung's," said Nick Spencer, a senior practice director at ABI Research.

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13:30
Rise and shine with Gentle Wake Alarm Clock

With the advent of mobile phones that are more like mini computers and personal assistants, it follows that one of their new uses would be as alarm clocks. Alongside that development, it would also follow that there would be a slew of applications to...

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13:03
'Be My Eyes' App Crowdsources Help For the...

An anonymous reader writes: A new not-for-profit app, Be My Eyes, aims to help the visually-impaired by connecting them with volunteer users who can support them in their daily lives via live video calls. Once downloaded, Be My Eyes asks the user to identify as blind or sighted, to see if you require help or are offering it. When a blind person requests assistance the app scans the system for an available volunteer. The blind user connects with the volunteer over a video call and points to the item they would like described. Be My Eyes was created by Hans Jørgen Wiberg, a visually-impaired entrepreneur, at a startup event. Wiberg teamed up with Robocat, the Danish software studio behind Haze and Thermo, to make his vision a reality.

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13:00
Retina 5K iMac hits the Apple refurbished store

Apple's Retina 5k iMac is a beast of a machine, both in power and price. If you've been holding off on purchasing one due to its $2,499 starting price, you'll be happy to know there's a cheaper way to buy. The Retina 5k iMac has now hit the Apple onl...

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12:38
Apple’s HomeKit launch

Very interesting wording from Philips in response to Kelly Guimont’s question regarding their support for HomeKit.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:30
Apple patented a self-repairing material, because of...

Just days after LG's G Flex phone showed off its ability to heal from minor scratches and scuffs, a similar patent has surfaced that shows Apple's take on such a feature. The patent, which was filed in 2014 and published this week, describes a method...

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12:16
News: iLounge Weekly coming Monday, sign up now

The latest edition of iLounge Weekly, our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge, will be arriving in subscribers’ inboxes early next week. iLounge Weekly is a summary of the week’s best news, reviews, and feature articles we’ve published, and it also features giveaways and accessory discount offers from various companies. There’s still plenty of time to sign up and receive this week’s edition — just use the simple form…

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12:00
Withings Home brings HD webcam, air quality monitor...

Withings is a fascinating company. They started out quietly a few years back, selling one of the first Wi-Fi connected bathroom scales and then added a growing family of "connected self" devices including the Withings Pulse Ox activity monitor, the A...

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Marking quite a departure from ZeptoLab’s past successes, namely the Cut The Rope series, King of Thieves is shaping up to be quite promising. Due for release in February, we were lucky enough to have some time with a preview build to see exactly... | Read more »
Fast Fishing Review
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 Best Buy has iPad Air 2s on sale for up to $100 off MSRP on their online store for the next two days. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale prices available for online... Read more
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