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Tuesday October 28

07:26
iFixit tears open the Retina iMac to see what makes...

OPEN SESAME

iFixit

There’s new Apple hardware out, and the people at iFixit are once again doing what they do best: disassembling the living crap out of it and posting pictures. This time, they’ve carefully torn down a new Retina iMac into its component pieces, and the images are illuminating.

The Retina iMac’s construction is essentially identical to the previous non-Retina iMac. There are no screws here: the thin aluminum body is glued to the display with a long strip of custom-cut adhesive. Prying that away gives you access to the machine’s internals, but then you’re left with the conundrum of how to get the machine back together when you’re done—the factory adhesive strip isn’t very reusable once it’s been removed...

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07:24
News: Apple TV adds Hallmark’s Feeln and A&E’s...

Apple has added quietly added two more new content channels to the Apple TV: Hallmark Cards' Feeln network and A&E's FYI network. Feeln provides access to "family-friendly movies, documentaries, and short films" while FYI “features lifestyle programming, with a mix of reality, culinary, home renovation and makeover series.” The new channels appear to be available only to Apple TV users in the U.S. [via 9to5Mac]
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07:00
The paradox: Perpetual 'loser' Apple...

As Apple Pay rolled out last week, making your checkout experience that much easier at several retailers, some retailers reacted by disabling the feature because it runs against their business interests.

Jim Edwards knows exactly how to sum this up:

“Wal-Mart Is At War Against Apple Over The New iPhone Payments System—And Apple Is Losing” (indirect link and tip o’ the antlers to @_HairForceOne)

Just another day at the Apple doom mines over at Business Insider.

American retailers appear to have gone to war against Apple’s new mobile payments system, Apple Pay, and Apple is losing.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:00
Tim Cook speaks out about Alabama's slow...

Over the last year Apple CEO Tim Cook has been ramping up his personal activism for LGBT causes, both in private and with the company. The trend continued today in a speech in Alabama, at the state capital during the Alabama Academy of Honor event....

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06:53
Hybrid IKEA Desk Could Get You Off Your Duff


IKEA last week introduced a new desk that can be raised and lowered with the push of a button to accommodate both sitting and standing positions. Part of IKEA's Bekant line, the desk serves as a hybrid alternative to traditional desks designed purely for sitting or standing. "This desk promotes a healthy work environment by getting people on their feet," said Karen Haas, IKEA's U.S. sales leader for Workspaces. "With the Bekant electric sit/stand underframe, you can ... change your work position as often as you like, keeping your body active."

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06:49
iPad Air 2 estimated to cost $275 in materials,...

A report from IHS, via Re/code, has costed out the various components of the iPad Air 2. Naturally, these prices are estimates — the exact nature of the deals Apple negotiates with its suppliers are not common knowledge. The report says that the iPad Air 2 costs Apple $275 in materials, with the screen making up the largest share with costs around $77.

This culminates to a very similar bill-of-materials to the last iPad Air, which IHS estimated was worth $264 in components. This leads to an implied profit margin of 45 percent, but obviously there are more things that have to be accounted for than parts alone...

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06:36
Tim Cook to explore tie-up with China's Alibaba...

Apple is eyeing a possible partnership with China’s biggest e-commerce player Alibaba Group that could help bring the company’s Apple Pay service to the country.

“We’re going to talk about getting married later this week,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook at the The Wall Street Journal’s technology conference on Monday.

Cook made the comment after he was asked by the moderator about a possible “marriage” between Apple and Alibaba’s Alipay, an online payment service from China with 300 million registered users.

Cook later said he admired Alibaba’s founder Jack Ma, and added, “If we can find some areas of common space, I love it. I love partnering with people like that.”

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06:33
Favorite apps: How to Cook Everything, the (almost)...

We write reviews when a great new app comes out, but there are also older ones that we think worthy of recommendation, and How to Cook Everything is one of those.

I’m a decent enough cook, but not an instinctive one: I follow recipes to the letter. If it says to put something in the oven at 170 degrees for 15 minutes, you’ll find me carefully setting the dial and starting a timer, not casually spinning the dial to roughly the right temperature and glancing in ten minutes later to decide that’s good enough.

But there are times when first I need to decipher exactly what the instructions mean. What’s the technical difference between dicing and chopping? Is sautéing the same thing as frying? And what exactly does it mean when it says ‘prepare the chiles’?

If you find yourself empathising with these types of questions, How to Cook Everything may just be the...

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06:30
Dodocase already has an Apple Watch accessory for...

The Apple Watch doesn't even have a release date yet, but that doesn't mean you can't already be accessorizing. Dodocase has debuted a pre-order for a handsome Apple Watch charging stand. Pre-orders will cost you just a US$5 deposit towards the final...

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06:25
Video review of the Retina 5K iMac

Terrific review of the Retina 5K iMac. So well done. Trying hard to resist the urge to order one right this second.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:09
CVS Says it Can’t Take Apple Pay, Evaluating Options

CVS, along with Rite Aid, disabled their in-store NFC mobile payment systems after the launch of Apple Pay, blocking both iPhones and Google Wallet-compatible Android phones from acting as credit cards. CVS now has a statement out saying it can't accept those payment forms.

The Mac Observer Spin: Seems like CVS is confusing "cannot" with "won't," because their NFC credit card terminals are clearly capable of supporting Apple Pay.


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06:00
Tim Cook: Over 1 million credit cards have been...

While speaking at the WSJD Live event last night, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed some initial data regarding the company's recent rollout of Apple Pay. According to Cook, over 1 million cards have already been loaded up via Apple Pay.

Given that Apple...

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05:59
Tim Cook and Alibaba’s Jack Ma talk Apple Pay at...

Yesterday’s opening day of the Wall Street Journal’s WSJDLive conference featured separate interviews of Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma and Apple CEO Tim Cook. Apple Pay was a small, but potentially important, part of a large conversation.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:50
Tim Cook: Parts for iPod classic no longer...

Without much fanfare, Apple discontinued the hard drive-based iPod classic in September of this year. Speaking at the Wall Street Journal's WSJD conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook had a simple explanation for fans of the high capacity device -- lack of parts availability led to the demise of the last non-flash iPod....



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05:42
An oral history of the birth of online advertising

Back in October of 1994, the two founders of Wired magazine, Louis Rossetto and Jane Metcalfe, found themselves in a unique situation. One of their biggest advertisers, AT&T, was interested in expanding their presence from print to the web. Now all Louis and Jane had to do was figure out how to make that happen.

Terrific read.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:34
Walmart: Here’s why we don’t support Apple Pay

Business Insider asked a Walmart PR representative why Walmart does not support Apple Pay.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:24
Apple spent record $1.7B on research &...

Apple's spending on research and development grew 35 percent to more than $6 billion in fiscal 2014, setting a new record as the company gears up for future products like the Apple Watch and beyond.

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05:07
Apple doubles down on R&D and acquisitions as it...

Apple’s annual report, filed today, confirmed the obvious: music sales through its iTunes Store have declined. The company did not give a figure, noting only that the drop was more than compensated for by growth in app sales, but a recent WSJ report put the decline as high as 14%.

Growth in net sales from the iTunes Store was driven by increases in revenue from app sales reflecting continued growth in the installed base of iOS devices and the expanded offerings of iOS Apps and related in-App purchases. This was partially offset by a decline in sales of digital music.

The fall in music downloads was of course the primary motivation behind the company’s largest acquisition, the purchase of...

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05:00
The Retina iMac and its 5K display…as a gaming...

"What's gaming like on the retina iMac, Mother?" "PRODUCING 4K SCREENSHOT TO DEMONSTRATE."

A few weeks ago, Apple updated its iMac desktop line with "Retina" displays—an Apple marketing term used to denote LCDs with a pixel density high enough that individual display elements are invisible to the unaided eye at typical viewing distances. On Apple’s iPhones, the "Retina" moniker means a PPI of at least 300; for MacBook Pro portables, it means about 220. The new iMac’s 27" 5120x2880 LCD panel has a PPI of 218, putting it just below the 15" MacBook Pro’s 220 PPI.

Those numbers translating into a stunning screen is unsurprising, and now that I’ve got one on my desk to play with, I’ll absolutely add my voice to the chorus of other reviewers saying that the new iMac looks amazing. I haven’t yet attached a colorimeter to the display and gone to town—that’s coming in the next few days—but here’s the color space information right out of the box:...

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04:24
Leaked screenshots suggest Yosemite- and Retina-...

Chinese site cnBeta has posted convincing-looking Outlook screenshots of what it says is part of Office for Mac 16, suggesting that Mac users can expect a long overdue update to Microsoft’s productivity suite before too long … 

The screenshots depict a flat user-interface very much in keeping with Yosemite’s look & feel, and cnBeta says that the software also offers support for Retina screens and offers integration with Notification Center. Additionally, it’s likely that Microsoft will take the opportunity to bring the functionality more in line with the Windows version.

Unsurprisingly, cloud features are also reportedly being beefed-up. Microsoft yesterday started offering...

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04:00
The Mac mini’s Intel GPU won’t cut it as a 4K media...

I purchased a Samsung 4K television (a UN65F9000) for our family room and was super-excited to buy a late-2014 Mac mini (Macmini7,1, model A1347) to complete our entertainment center. The problem is that the Mac mini’s anemic GPU can’t drive a 4K display at a fast enough refresh rate to play smooth video, which is a bummer.

I’ve used a Mac mini connected to a 1080p panel in my living room for years, and it’s always worked great. A Mac mini is great in a media center computer, there’s nothing like having a real web browser for watching live streams and video podcasts and VLC media player is the de facto standard for playing every video CODEC known to mankind. (...

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03:55
Microsoft copying more trackpad gestures from OS X...

Microsoft has had a great idea for making the next version of Windows better for power users: copy more trackpad gestures from OS X … 

The Verge pointed us to a Windows 10 keynote demo at TechEd Europe, where Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore introduced the innovative new idea.

With Windows 10 we’re adding support for power users in a touch pad, where multiple finger gestures — which all of you power users learn — can make you really efficient.

Among the gestures demonstrated were exposing the desktop, which Microsoft does with three fingers down, in place of OS X’s thumb and finger spread; swiping between full-screen apps (three fingers instead of the default four in OS X); and Mission Control– sorry, Task Viewer (again, three...

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03:25
First look: Apple iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3

Apple is heading into the holiday season with what it says is its "strongest holiday product line up ever." The arrival of the new iPads certainly helps to underscore the point. Most expected that Apple would bring the popular Touch ID feature to both models, while processor upgrades were also in the cards. With leaks increasingly taking some of the surprise out of Apple's product launches, it still managed to keep a few things secret until it took the wraps off the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3....



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01:00
Logitech announces new iPad Air 2 Keys-To-Go, Type...


Logitech announced today that it’s releasing updated versions of its Logitech Type+ and Logitech Ultrathin keyboard cases that work with the new slimmer iPad Air 2. It’s also unveiling the new Keys-To-Go, a new stand alone Bluetooth keyboard made to work with any model of iPad.

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00:35
Microsoft unveils Office 365 SDK and APIs for iOS...

Microsoft on Tuesday revealed a multi-pronged initiative to supply developers with new Office 365 APIs and open-source SDKs, which can be used to tap into the company's cloud-based productivity platform for deep iOS app integration.

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Monday October 27

23:52
Hands On: Elegy for a Dead World (OS X, Windows)

Elegy for a Dead World is a collaborative effort from Dejobaan Games and Popcannibal that aims to challenge the normal conventions used to define video games. Crowdfunded successfully--including being a Kickstarter Staff Pick--the game itself raised a little over $72,000 or about 150 percent of their goal. They did it by promising to produce a game unlike anything players have seen before. This mentality has not gone unnoticed, earning the game accolades at such industry events as Independent Games Festival 2014, Game Developer Conference, and IndieCade....



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22:59
Apple's iPhone 6 Plus selling unexpectedly well...

Outspoken T-Mobile CEO John Legere on Monday said Apple's iPhone 6 Plus "phablet" is generating unprecedented demand for America's fourth-largest wireless carrier, and at one point accounted for about 55 percent of the company's smartphone sales.

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22:05
Apple Watch will likely require daily charging, Cook...

As part of his interview at the WSJD Live conference on Monday, Apple's Tim Cook said he anticipates Apple Watch users are likely going to need to charge the device daily because they will use it so much.

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22:00
Revenue hits $7.35B for T-Mobile in Q3, adds 2.3...

T-Mobile's growth continues according to their third quarter figures for the 2014 fiscal year. In the financial results released late Monday night, T-Mobile said it pulled in $7.35 billion in revenue for the reported period. Consumer growth hit 2.34 million, the second highest number of additions to the carrier in the last seven reporting periods....



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21:42
Apple's Tim Cook to talk Apple Pay integration...

In back-to-back interviews at the Wall Street Journal's tech conference on Monday, Apple's Tim Cook and Alibaba's Jack Ma both expressed interest in discussing a partnership that could see the two companies integrate their respective Apple Pay and Alipay payment systems.

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21:18
Cook blames death of iPod classic on parts...

During his panel at the WSJD live conference on Monday, Apple chief Tim Cook explained the reasoning behind the discontinuation of the iPod classic, which remained largely unchanged for six years until last month.

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21:06
Tim Cook to speak with Jack Ma about potential Apple...

Apple chief executive Tim Cook just moments ago in a live interview at The Wall Street Journal: Digital conference claimed that he will be entering talks with Jack Ma, executive chairman of Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba, about a potential partnership with the online enterprise “later this week.” Any potential partnership between Apple and Alibaba would likely involve the integration of Apple Pay and Alipay across Taobao, Tmall and Alibaba.

Ma noted during his own interview at the WSJD conference this evening that Alipay has grown to become the third-largest payment system in the world behind Visa and MasterCard. When questioned about whether Apple...

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21:01
Tim Cook: iPod classic was discontinued due to...

Apple CEO Tim Cook clarified the recent decision to quietly remove the iPod classic from sale earlier this year during a talk tonight at Wall Street Journal’s WSJD Live conference. According to the executive, some parts needed to manufacture the device were no longer available, and the cost of engineering a new version that didn’t require those parts wasn’t worth the effort due to low user demand.

The device vanished without a mention from Apple’s website last month...

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20:50
Twitter beats estimates with third quarter results,...

Twitter posted its third quarter results for fiscal year 2014, posting $361.2 million in revenue. Revenue was up compared to the same quarter in 2013, with quarter-on-quarter results improving by approximately $49 million. The company beat out analyst projections of $351.35 million, but posted lower than the $0.01 earnings per share (EPS) expected with a loss of $0.29 EPS....



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20:48
Apple Pay activations hit over 1M in first 72 hours...

At The Wall Street Journal's inaugural WSJD Live conference on Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed Apple Pay is off to a booming start, with more than one million card activations in its first 72 hours of service.

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20:47
T-Mobile CEO John Legere: iPhone 6 Plus accounts for...


Image via Re/code

T-Mobile CEO John Legere said tonight during a talk at Re/code’s Code/Mobile conference that demand for the iPhone 6 Plus was higher than was originally anticipated, with the larger model grabbing about 45% of orders. He said initial expectations put demand somewhere in the ballpark of 20-25%.

This unexpected level of demand may have contributed to the supply problems may customers have experienced, and Legere says it will still be a while before iPhone shipments are able to meet demand again.

Legere also said that only about 100,000 people took advantage of the carrier’...

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20:44
Tim Cook: Apple Watch is profound, will need to be...

 

As previously reported,  Tim Cook today on the WSJ stage said that the Apple Watch would likely need to be charged once a day.

"We think people are going to use it so much you will end up charging it daily," says @tim_cook on Watch battery life pic.twitter.com/wyOZWNtqcJ

— Joanna Stern (@JoannaStern) October 28, 2014

As Cook explained, the Apple Watch is profound and  made to be used and clearly Apple is still working on the battery technology.

Apple's Tim Cook says the "watch is profound." Excited about new constituencies looking at it — health, fashion. #Apple...

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19:54
Apple's Tim Cook says his home state is '...

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday spoke out on a variety of civil rights issues facing his home state of Alabama and the U.S. at large, comparing slow progress on rights for the LGBT community with the country's long struggle to reach racial and gender equality.

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19:02
Walmart says MCX has consumers' 'best...

After members of the Merchant Customer Exchange pulled support for Apple Pay mobile payments this past weekend, specifically Rite Aid and CVS, a major partner in the consortium has offered its take on why Apple's solution is not being implemented.

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18:51
Live blog: The latest news from Apple CEO Tim Cook’s...


Cook’s previous wide-ranging interview

Following the announcement of a record earnings results, the debut of a pair of new iPhones, the launch of Apple, the introduction of new iPads, and the unveiling of the upcoming Apple Watch, Apple CEO Tim Cook is taking the stage in California at the Wall Street Journal’s inaugural WSJ.D Live conference. Cook could drop some juicy details behind Apple’s latest products and about Apple’s future, and we’ll be using this live blog post to share the latest details from the interview. You can find all tonight’s action below and follow us for more updates on Twitter:

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18:33
Tim Cook Inducted into Alabama Academy of Honor,...

Apple CEO Tim Cook was inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor Monday. Mr. Cook, who was born in Alabama and graduated from the University of Alabama, used his acceptance speech to criticize Alabama for being slow to recognize and promote LGBT rights, and compared it to how Alabama was slow to recognize the rights of racial minorities in decades past.


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18:32
Alleged new version of Outlook for Mac leaks on...

Images claiming to be from a leaked copy of the next version of Outlook for Mac have appeared on the Chinese site cnBeta, which may hint at an impending release for the long-awaited update to the Microsoft Office suite. The program is said to be called "Outlook for Mac 16," and may suggest that the next major Office revision for Mac may be be released alongside a new Windows version. The program appears to take on the design language of OS X Yosemite, and is said to be more unified with the Windows version....



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17:49
Debian's Civil War: Has It Really Come to This?


Well it seems no matter how loudly we here in the Linux blogosphere try to hum a happy tune or discuss cheerful FOSS matters, we just can't seem to drown out the shouts and screams coming from those standing too close to the Systemd Inferno. Stand back, people! It's dangerous! The embers, of course, had been hot for some time already before the blaze flared sky-high a few months ago. Now, the conflagration appears to be completely out of control. Need proof? Two words: Debian fork.

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17:37
Fan Mockup Shows Apple Watch Interface for iPhone

Lucas Menge has put together an amazing mockup of what the Apple Watch interface might look like if it was brought to the iPhone. In addition to posting a video to YouTube (below the fold) demonstrating the concept, he posted source code to GitHub (via TechCrunch). The video shows how one could use the interface to browse your apps, zoom in and out of all those icons, and launch apps, too. In addition, he also used the increased screen size of his iPhone to add text labels for each icon, something left off the Apple Watch in the preliminary looks Apple has given us. It's very cool and makes you think about what might be coming down the pike from Cupertino.


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17:05
Tim Cook talks racial equality, gay rights, and...

Earlier today, Apple CEO Tim Cook was inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor today, and during his acceptance speech he took some time to address several issues. The first issue was that of racial equality and his admiration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s efforts to promote equal treatment for all.

Cook moved on to slam the state of Alabama, saying that “our state and our nation still have a long way to go before Dr. King’s dream is a reality.” He said that Alabama specifically had taken “too long” to begin making changes and that its...

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17:00
How to make Yosemite look like System 7

Yes, OS X Yosemite is sexy, modern, and a far cry from what Apple desktops ran 20+ years ago, but that doesn't mean there's no value in nostalgia. Way back when Macs ran on CPUs with speeds of 33MHz (or even less), OS 7 -- also called System 7 -- was...

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16:54
Paris / New York

Vimeo:

Paris & NY, like many large cities, have a lot in common ; transport, infrastructure, national monuments. I wanted to explore not only these comparisons but also the differences, in order to expose the beauty and individuality of each. What you cannot deny is the vibrancy and explosion of character each city has and I thought split-screen with timelapse would be a good way to help convey this.

Turns out, it’s an ad for British Airways but it’s still a fun thing to watch especially when you consider the effort that had to go into pre- and post-production.

But does he cheat a little bit at the end with the “LOVE” sculpture? Isn’t that in Philadelphia?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:30
Superimpose for iOS lets you blend and superimpose...

Superimpose (US$0.99) does a first class job of taking part of one photo and adding it to another. It's great for removing your best friend from a picture taken in your living room and putting them at Niagara Falls, or taking the head of one person...

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16:00
The Retina iMac 5k maxed out with 32GB of RAM is...

Apple's new Retina iMac 5K is a stunning computer for graphic design and video editors looking for the best possible screen to get their work done. Still, considering it's $2499 price tag, you'd think Apple could throw in more than 8 GB RAM. Maxing...

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15:58
Hands On: Wasteland 2 (OS X, Windows)

In 2012, InXile Entertainment took to Kickstarter, aiming to raise $900,000 revive the 1988 classic role-playing game Wasteland with a sequel. Since then, and with over $2.9 million in pledges from over 61,000 backers, the team has rolled out Wasteland 2 on Steam, a successor which attempts to modernize the base game while keeping the style and gameplay of the original release....



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15:55
How to Join an Apple iOS TestFlight Beta

Beta testing iOS apps just got a lot easier now that Apple has released its version of TestFlight. Kelly explains how to get set up as a beta tester.


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15:43
9to5Toys Last Call: Amazon Fire TV Stick pre-order $...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Amazon announces $39 Fire TV Stick to take on Chromecast, Prime members get it for $19

RAVPower Element HUGE 10400mAh dual USB External Battery for $22 (Reg. $80) Prime...

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15:30
Begun, the iPhone 7 renders have

The iPhone 6 Plus is just finally getting settled into my pocket -- my front pocket, not my back pocket because I'm not 13 years old and I take care of my devices like an adult so they don't bend -- but there are already some that are looking forward...

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15:20
Apple responds to CVS, Rite Aid blocking Apple Pay

Apple has issued a formal response to CVS and Rite Aid blocking Apple Pay at their stores. "The feedback we are getting from customers and retailers about Apple Pay is overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic," the company says. "We are working to get as many merchants as possible to support this convenient, secure and private payment option for consumers. Many retailers have already seen the benefits and are delighting their customers at over 220,000 locations."...



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15:10
Facebook releases updated iOS client with improved...


Facebook has announced that it will be releasing an updated version of its mobile application later today that will improve the process of sharing multiple photos in a single post. The new composer will allow users to choose multiple images from their device’s photo library or camera, then show a preview of the post with each image in the order they were selected.

From here users will be able to add captions to each photo, write an introduction for the post, or rearrange the order of the photos. The post will show up in friends’ news feeds as a photo collage rather than a horizontal group of photos.

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15:00
Walter Isaacson: "Steve Jobs' favorite...

In a new interview with Big Think, Walter Isaacson, author of The Innovators: How a group of Inventors. Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks, Created the Digital Revolution, explains what Steve Jobs told him product he was most proud of being a part of. The...

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14:59
Wells Fargo gives credit card holders $20 to try out...

A new incentive program launched by Wells Fargo on Monday has the bank giving a $20 statement credit to all customers who register their credit card with Apple Pay and make a subsequent purchase.

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14:47
iOS developer makes our iOS Apple Watch home screen...

Last week, I posted a concept of what the iPhone’s home screen could look like if influenced by the Apple Watch’s design ideas. Inspired by that concept, iOS developer Lucas Menge has made the concept a reality (above), creating a functional app that simulates the Apple Watch UI adapted for the iPhone. Very neat.

Now available on Github.

Filed under: AAPL Company ...

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14:45
Apple responds to the Rite Aid, CVS debacle in a...

Apple is a company of actions, not words. Even when Tim Cook takes the stage to talk about how great his company is, it's always about the here and now, not empty promises about the future. Apple's official response regarding the refusal of Rite Aid...

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14:34
Wells Fargo offers payouts to customers willing to...

US bank Wells Fargo is offering one-time payments as an incentive to try Apple Pay. Customers willing to make a first-time credit card transaction through the service are being given $20, while a debit or prepaid transaction is worth $10. Both offers expire after November 30th; the $20 credit should appear on a statement in one or two billing cycles, but the $10 credit should appear in a checking account within 45 days....



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14:33
Fitbit Tosses 3 More Bands Into the Activity-...


Fitbit on Monday announced three new fitness and activity-tracking wearables: the Fitbit Charge, Charge HR and Surge. The Charge HR and Surge will be available early next year. The Charge is available now on Fitbit's site and will be available from retailers nationwide. Prices are high -- $130 for the Charge, $150 for the Charge HR, and $250 for the Surge, a fitness super watch with eight sensors. This strategy "will likely backfire unless there's more to the product that has yet to be released," said tech analyst Susan Schreiner.

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14:30
Get daily inspiration with BrainyQuote

Pretty much everyone would enjoy a thoughtful quotation displayed against a vast natural panorama. Now, iPhone users can create their very own inspirational image and share it via social media, text, or email with BrainyQuote. This free app is...

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14:16
Apple on Rite Aid/CVS/CurrentC: Customers and...

Apple has issued a statement on the drama concerning Rite Aid and CVS deactivating NFC transactions rather than accept Apple Pay transactions. In a statement delivered to BusinessInsider, Apple said simply that retailers and consumers alike have been "overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic" about Apple Pay, and making it clear the company was bringing more retailers on board with its system.

The Mac Observer Spin: #lolCurrentC


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14:00
Wells Fargo will give you $20 for using Apple Pay

If you're a Wells Fargo credit card holder whose been thinking about trying Apple Pay on your new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus the bank as much given you an extra incentive to do so. If you use your Wells Fargo credit card between now and November 30, 2014 to...

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13:53
Apple downplays MCX's Apple Pay embargo, cites...

Apple on Monday issued a statement touching on recent events that saw Apple Pay embargoed by MCX members Rite Aid and CVS, saying the mobile payment rollout has been largely successful and continues to gather steam as additional retailers pledge support.

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13:43
Displaymate performs Display Technology Shoot Out...

The tests have been run, the results have come in and the answer may be a bit of a downer for iPad 3 mini owners.

Over on displaymate.com, Raymond Soneira has just pitted Apple’s recently released iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 displays against each other in almost every category imaginable. The tests and results, which can be found here, run the tablets through criteria such as power efficiency, viewing angles, screen brightness in high ambient lighting, absolute color accuracy, etc.

The tests found that the iPad Air 2′s new anti-reflection coating on its glass cover helps cut ambient light by about 3:1 over most other tablets and smartphones (including the previous iPads), and about 2:1 over all of the very best...

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13:34
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Strike down enemies with Tower Rush Lite

Tower Rush Lite is a free tower defense game that challenges a user to protect a portal from monsters. Players put up towers where you can safely throw weapons at the enemy until they die. It is set in medieval times and located in a castle where...

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13:30
Spoolee on Kickstarter Tackles Tangled Earphone Cords

Check out Spoolee, a clever product raising money on Kickstarter. The short version of Spoolee is that it's a soft spool you can wrap your earphones-any earphones or earbuds or EarPods or whatever-around. When you want to use them again, slip Spoolee on your finger and unspool your earphones like a rip chord. It's pretty simple, but the video below has shows precisely how it works. Funding options that get you a Spoolee start at $9. Higher funding options let you get more Spoolees, The company is trying to raise $8,000, and already has $6,433, with 35 days to go.


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Apple grants iPads, Macs, Apple TVs, more to 114 US...

As part of its participation in President Barack Obama's ConnectED technology in education program, Apple is giving its latest hardware, as well as services and infrastructure, to 114 schools across the U.S.

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13:21
New Apple webpage touts company's ConnectED...

Apple has launched a minisite promoting the company's involvement in the US federal government's ConnectED initiative. The program is concerned with getting better Internet access and computing equipment to underfunded schools, and Apple has pledged some $100 million. Newly revealed in the minisite is that Apple's grants have reached 114 schools in 29 states, and that 92 percent of the students at those schools "are of Hispanic, Black, Native American, Alaskan Native, or Asian heritage."...



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13:10
Apple responds to CVS & Rite Aid blocking Apple...

Apple has provided the following statement to Business Insider when asked about CVS and Rite Aid both blocking Apple Pay at their checkout terminals:

The feedback we are getting from customers and retailers about Apple Pay is overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic. We are working to get as many merchants as possible to support this convenient, secure and private payment option for consumers. Many retailers have already seen the benefits and are delighting their customers at over 220,000 locations.

Earlier today CVS confirmed in a statement to CNBC that it will not be accepting Apple Pay after users previously reported being able to the chain’s NFC terminals:...

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13:07
CVS, Rite Aid refusing to accept Apple Pay system,...

Call it a trade blockade of sorts, but you might not be able to use Apple Pay to purchase items at CVS or Rite Aid for a while.

Per the New York Times and 9to5Mac, Rite Aid has joined CVS in disabling Apple Pay as a payment method in its stores. Like CVS, Rite Aid is a member of the Merchant Customer eXchange (MCX) consortium promoting a rival mobile payment service, CurrentC.

Consumers are responding by threatening to boycott stores which disable Apple Pay, with more than 2,000 comments across several Reddit threads on the topic. Android users are joining in,...

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12:57
Microsoft adds unlimited storage to OneDrive for...

Microsoft is upping the ante in the cloud storage market, by offering some users unlimited OneDrive storage. Subscribers of Office 365 will soon see their allowance upgraded from their current 1TB allocation, itself raised from 20GB in June, with Home, Personal, and University customers set to receive the upgrades starting from today....



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Flip PDF For Mac: Create Eye-Catching Digital Media...

Flip PDF for Mac turns ordinary PDF documents into animated flip books, and we have a deal on it for you. It requires no programming ability, and it comes with 100+ templates, 400+ themes, 200+ scenes and 700+ backgrounds to help you create just what you want. Flip PDF for Mac retails for $99, but through our deal, it yours for $9.99. There's a YouTube video on the deal page with more information.


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12:49
European wireless providers renew opposition to...

Wireless carriers on the Old Continent are approaching the Apple SIM --?a new, Apple-provided SIM card that would allows users to easily switch between data service providers --?with caution, staking out a similar position to the one they held the last time Apple proposed such a solution.

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12:48
Microsoft OneDrive now provides unlimited cloud...

Microsoft on Monday announced that it will be eliminating its top-tier cloud storage plan and offering unlimited cloud storage to Office 365 subscribers at no additional cost. The change will begin rolling out today for Office 365 Home, Personal and University customers and will continue over the coming months.

Microsoft has added a new landing page where you can sign in and add yourself to the list to be one of the first to receive unlimited cloud storage. Business customers will have to wait until at least next year to gain access to unlimited cloud storage, however, as this change only affects the consumer-facing version of OneDrive at this point.

Per the OneDrive Blog:

For OneDrive for...

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12:46
Wells Fargo offers up to $20 credits for Apple Pay...

As others have in promotion of Apple Pay service, Wells Fargo is offering customers up to $20 credits on their bill just for trying out the new NFC-based payments service. Readers sent in screenshots of an email (pictured above) that Wells Fargo has sent out to customers informing them of the credits in a promotion that will last until November 30. The company also confirmed that Apple Pay support for its business Visa cards is arriving next month…

Just check out in a merchant app or look for the Near Field Communication (NFC) symbol at checkout registers in stores and use your iPhone 6 Touch ID™ to authorize payment quickly and...

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12:45
Amazon Sticks It to Google Chromecast


Amazon on Monday introduced the Fire TV Stick, a new streaming-media device that can connect to an HDTV's HDMI port and deliver video content from Amazon Prime Instant Video, as well as Netflix, Hulu Plus, ESPN, YouTube, Spotify, Vevo, Pandora and A&E. It also can be used to play games. New and existing Amazon Prime customers can pre-order the Fire TV Stick for $19 through Tuesday. The device officially will be released on Nov. 19 for $39, and it will ship with a remote control.

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12:34
Yelp iOS app updated for iPhone 6/6 Plus, new...

Today Yelp updated its app for iPhone and iPad with optimizations for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which means you can now finally take full advantage of the increased screen real estate on the devices.

The optimizations include a number of UI tweaks for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus that allow you to view more content on larger displays of the new phones.

In addition to the update for new iPhone users, Yelp also notes new and improved features for Directions with a new “Directions button which tells you just how long it’ll take to walk or drive to the business.”

The updated Yelp app, version 8.7.0, is available on the App Store now.

What’s New in Version 8.7.0

• For you early adopters with the new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, it’s time to get pumped. The Yelp app...

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Fly Trap has simple objective that traps you into...

Fly Trap follows the popular trend of difficult and addictive, yet simple and intuitive games in the App Store. You're a fly living a harsh life - trapped by the boundaries of your iPhone's display. Above and below are nasty spikes and to the right...

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12:04
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 27...

Notable software releases this week include Fetch 5.7.4, Sandvox 2.9.1, Security Update 2014-005 (Mountain Lion and Mavericks), SpamSieve 2.9.17, Hazel 3.3, and TextExpander 4.3.4.

 

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12:04
ExtraBITS for 27 October 2014

In its tear-down of the iPad Air 2, iFixit found some surprising hardware; Steve Wozniak is heading to the Land Down Under; and Managing Editor Josh Centers joins the MacJury to debate Apple’s recent moves.

 

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12:00
iPhone 6 launch makes app marketing more expensive...

The launch of a new iPhone and release of a fresh new version of iOS always boost App Store activity, and this year's iPhone 6 launch has not only pushed more users to the App Store, but also pushed the cost of acquiring a loyal customer on iOS to...

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11:48
iPhone 6 & 6 Plus preorders outpace Galaxy Note...

Preorders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in South Korea are estimated to have already topped 100,000 units, besting Apple's chief rival Samsung and its Galaxy Note 4 in its native country.

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11:46
Briefly: New iPad Dodocases, UI Actions, Browser...

Tech accessories producer Dodocase has released two case series for the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Its Flat Vernacular series features unique hand-drawn patterns from Brooklyn-based design company of the same name, and its Classic cases are available in black with different options for the inner cover. Both case series include a book-bound spine, an impact-resistant bamboo tray and folding back cover, either offering multi-angle folding options or the original cover....



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11:30
Daily Deals for October 27, 2014

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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11:21
CarPlay-ready Alpine iLX-007 receiver ships with $...

Alpine has begun shipping the previously-announced iLX-007, its first receiver to support Apple's CarPlay platform. The device has also been given an $800 pricetag. It sports a 7-inch 800x480 touchscreen, three 2V preouts, one aux input, and an input for rear-view camera systems. Like other Alpine receivers, it uses a technology called MediaXpander to try to improve the quality of compressed digital audio....



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11:00
A closer look at CurrentC: The reason why CVS and...

Over the weekend, CVS disabled NFC support on its POS machines at all of its nationwide store locations, effectively blocking out support for NFC-based mobile payment solutions like Apple Pay and Google Wallet in the process. Together, CVS and Rite...

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10:56
Apple profiles its effort in Obama’s ConnectED...

The White House shared earlier this year that Apple is a participant in President Obama’s ConnectED education program focused on bringing Internet access and technology to schools in need, and today Apple has provided a micro site profiling its effort in the program.

While it was already known that Apple has pledged $100 million to provide iPads, MacBooks, and other products toward the program for schools across the United States, Apple has shared that Apple ConnectED grants are being...

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10:53
Here's Why Apple Rejected Your iOS App

Nerval's Lobster writes Everybody knows that Apple runs a tight ship when it comes to approving iOS apps for its App Store, rejecting software because it features porn, allows gambling, installs types of executable code, etc. But Apple also denies apps for some pretty esoteric reasons, many of which are only just coming to light. Want to have an App that uses GPS to automatically control a real-world aircraft or automobile? Sorry, that's not allowed, presumably because Apple doesn't want iOS to serve as a drone controller. (Imagine the liability issues.) Also, apps that report your location to emergency services are forbidden, as well as any that misspell Apple product names ("iTunz" will never make it through, no matter how much you beg). Even if Apple's not sharing the exact reason why it just rejected your app from its store (what the heck does "Not enough lasting value" mean?), you can check out Apple's own page on the top reasons for iOS app rejections."

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10:29
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-27

Apple Pay has been available for a week, and we're already seeing some surprising reactions, like Rite Aid and CVS shutting down their NFC mobile payment systems. Dave Hamilton and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk CuttentC's place in the mobile payment market, Apple Pay's momentum, and Jeff changes his mind on the potential for Apple Pay's success.


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10:19
News: Fitbit announces Charge, Charge HR + Surge...

Fitbit has announced three new additions to its lineup of wristband fitness and health tracking products. The first, Charge ($130) is a reinvention of Fitbit's Force product, providing activity tracking of steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, and floors climbed. It features an OLED display that displays the time of day and real-time fitness stats, a high-quality, water-resistant textured wristband design with an improved clasp, and up…

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10:09
Review: GoPro Hero 4 Black brings high frame rates...

With this year's new Hero 4 Black camera, GoPro introduced a top-notch ruggedized device capable of shooting 1080p at an astounding 120 frames per second and 4K video up to 30 frames per second. But coming in at $499 without remote, is the latest GoPro worth the price of admission?

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10:00
Apple's new iPhones outsell the Galaxy Note 4...

In a strange twist, Apple's new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are outpacing the sales of the Galaxy Note 4 on Samsung's home turf in South Korea. According to the Wall Street Journal, pre-orders for the new iPhone models reached 100,000 units on the first day,...

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09:42
Fitbit unveils new Charge, Charge HR & Surge...

Fitbit on Monday gave fitness buffs three new options for wrist-worn activity trackers, introducing the Charge and Charge HR --?spiritual successors to the Fitbit Force -- alongside the Fitbit Surge, which the company is calling a "fitness super watch."

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09:40
Apple making deals to improve utility of NFC chips...

Apple is hunting for new partnerships that will let it diversify the use of the NFC chip in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, a new report claims. At the moment the chip is meant exclusively for retail Apple Pay transactions, particularly since the related API hasn't been opened to third-party developers. Apple is allegedly negotiating with companies like HID Global and Cubic regarding purposes such as building security and public transit ticketing....



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09:37
How CVS and Rite Aid’s wrongheaded war against Apple...

Rite Aid and CVS weren’t official Apple Pay launch partners, but shoppers armed with new iPhones found that the chains had near-field communication card readers that were compatible with the new mobile payment system—at least for a few days. Over the weekend, both companies blocked NFC recognition, uniting enraged iPhone and Android users and inspiring plans to boycott both chains.

The drugstore companies are members of the Merchant Customer Exchange, a group of retailers developing their own mobile payment solution called CurrentC. Walmart, Best Buy, Gap, and other major chains are also throwing their weight behind CurrentC, which...

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Until Friday October 31, enter to win one of 5 copies of Tomb Raider for Mac or PC. Be sure to check out our full hands-on review for an in-depth look at what this game has to offer.



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