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Monday December 15

05:30
Gift Guide 2014: AudioEngine B2 Premium Bluetooth...

If you’re looking for a compact Bluetooth speaker I recommend the AudioEngine B2 ($299). The B2 sounds great and has better range than other speakers I’ve tested because of its antenna and specially tuned transmitter. In a two-story, mostly stucco and brick house my iPhone 6 easily reached the B2 speaker on the second floor when I was on the first.

The B2 includes the aptX audio decoder and a 24-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC) for a beautiful, warm sound. The hand-built walnut cabinet is luxurious and dual front slots really pump the bass. I just wish that it had a battery so that I could toss it in a bag and drag it to the beach.

You can purchase the B2 Bluetooth Speaker in walnut (pictured), zebrawood or black ash from the...

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05:21
Off to work at 

Jeremy Foo writes about his 4 year pursuit of a development job at Apple.

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05:17
Apple releases “The Song”

From Apple’s holiday campaign comes this sweet film about a girl’s gift to her grandmother.

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05:10
1983 interview with Steve Jobs and original Mac team...

This is an archive.org archive of a late 1983 interview with the original Mac design team. The interview appeared in the February 1984 issue of Byte Magazine.

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05:05
Overwhelming iPhone 6 & 6 Plus demand continues...

Consumer demand for Apple's latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus continues to outstrip supply heading into the end of the December quarter, according to the latest research from store polls conducted by Piper Jaffray.

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05:00
How Apple blew it with Bluetooth

I use Bluetooth every day.

Bluetooth was rock solid on my iPhone 5s running iOS 7.x. I never thought about about it. It just worked. Every day.

Now I hate all of my Bluetooth gear.

Bluetooth is crappy with my iPhone 6 and iOS 8.1.x. Every one of my Bluetooth devices cuts out, drops out or starts warbling within a couple minutes of use.

After upgrading to an iPhone 6 (and iOS 8.1.2):

  • my BT...
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05:00
Have Intel and Microsoft Discovered the Fountain of...


This has been an interesting quarter. After Andy Grove left, Intel often seemed to struggle with its place in the world and seemed at odds with the computing OEMs. Now, though, it seems more and more like it did when it was 20 years younger. It's not alone, either. Microsoft, which seemed to have forgotten why there were OEMs in the first place for the last 15 or 20 years, suddenly is acting much more like the firm we knew in the early 90s. It feels like these companies have discovered the corporate fountain of youth.

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04:43
DealBITS Discount: Save 55% on BeLight Software’s...

See who won copies of Printworks in last week’s DealBITS drawing, and if you’re not among them, read on to save 55 percent on BeLight Software’s print design software, or 70 percent on two more-focused apps, Labels & Addresses and Disc Cover.

 

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04:41
Sony sends out letter demanding news outlets destroy...

As more and more sensitive material is leaked in the press, Sony is taking a legal route to solve their massive PR problem.

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04:15
Hands On: Edge Extended (iOS)

Most of us remember doing mazes as children, working from one edge of a puzzle to another, trying to figure out how to get to the objective as quick as possible. What if there was a game that reminded us of the mazes of our youth, while simultaneously making them more challenging and interactive? Edge Extended by Mobigame combines the mazes of our childhood with the challenge of a modern puzzle game....



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04:08
Apple’s appeal of last year’s ebook ruling begins...

Apple is having a busy time in court at the moment. Not only is it defending the iPod DRM class action, but is this morning beginning its appeal of the verdict of last year’s ebook trial.

The court ruled that Apple was guilty of anti-competitive practices in two ways. First, the company asked publishers to switch from wholesale pricing – where publishers sold in bulk to retailers, who set their own prices – to an agency model, where publishers set retail prices and retailers took a commission. The court ruled that this reduced price competition … ...

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03:17
Briefly: Baidu Maps uses Here outside of China,...

Here, Nokia's mapping service, is going to provide content for the Android and iOS Baidu Maps app, as well as desktop maps. The agreement will allow Baidu to offer its Chinese travelers access to maps for areas outside of China for the first time, with Taiwan set to be the first country covered and others set to follow. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed....



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03:07
Sharing the misery: 2014 was a rough year for Uber,...

It was a weird, wild year for Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb, the companies that defined the so-called sharing economy and then quickly grew beyond it.

Sharing resources, also known as renting out stuff you’re not using, grew out of need. People struggling to cover rent from month to month can list their
couches or spare rooms on Airbnb. You can offer rides on Uber or Lyft to make your car payments.

But the feel-good talk about sharing faded this year as startups began raising money—piles of money—and expanding into new cities as fast as possible.
Apps that were focused on sharing are now emphasizing on-demand everything, and the biggest offenders of 2014 took a decidedly weird detour into dirty
business tactics (Uber) and downright scary situations (oh, Uber again).

To read this article...

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01:00
Apple releases Safari 8.0.2 update

It’s not a huge update, but it helps.

On Friday, Apple released version 8.0.2 of its Safari web browser.

The new version, a 53.8 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

- Fixes an issue that could prevent history from syncing across devices if iCloud Drive is not on.
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- Fixes an issue that could prevent a saved password from being autofilled after two devices are added to iCloud Keychain.

- Improves the performance of WebGL graphics on Retina displays.
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- Allows users to import usernames and passwords from Firefox.

- Fixes a rare issue in which some users were unable to access Safari after installing the 8.0.1 update.

Safari 8.0.2 can be downloaded via Software Update or the App Store and requires Mac OS X 10.10 or later to install...

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Sunday December 14

22:08
Xiaomi reported earnings of only $56 million in 2013...

In November, the Wall Street Journal reported that Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi had earned $556 million based on "internal documents." Reuters is now reporting that the company actually earned an order of magnitude less, based on the firm's public filings.

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21:00
Geekbench 3.3

Geekbench 3.3, the latest version of our popular cross-platform benchmark, is now available for download and includes the following changes:

  • Added a battery test for Android, iOS.
  • Added a brief summary to "Share Results" email on iOS.
  • Addressed 64-bit code generation issues on Android/AArch64.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred on Windows 10.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur on 32-core systems.
  • Reduced the memory footprint of the BlackScholes workload.

The biggest new feature in Geekbench 3.3 is the battery test. The new battery test is designed to measure the battery life of a device when running processor-intensive applications (such as games).

The test is meant to completely discharge a completely charged battery. While it's possible to run the test with a partially discharged battery (e.g., a...

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20:12
Default Folder X 4.6.12

Squashes a bug that caused Save As sheets to grow beyond the bottom of the screen in Yosemite. ($34.95 new, free update, 11.0 MB)

 

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19:56
Hazel 3.3.3

Maintenance release with several fixes and improvements for the file cleanup utility. ($29 new, free update, 8.9 MB)

 

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19:45
Labels & Addresses 1.6.9

DIY label and envelope printing app adds support for OS X 10.10 Yosemite. ($14.95 new, free update, 47.6 MB)

 

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19:35
∞ Most insane ski line ever

The helicopter shot makes it look insane. The GoPro shot had me tighten up every orifice in sympathy.

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18:50
PDFpen for iPad & iPhone version 2: Professional...

My thanks to Smile Software for sponsoring The Loop’s RSS feed this week. PDFpen 2 is fully optimized for iOS 8 with an all new look and feel which runs on both iPad and iPhone. The enhanced toolbar and new editing bar make popular writing and highlighting features easy to access, with minimal taps. Import and export documents via iCloud Drive, making it easy to share cloud-based documents not just with the Mac, but with other apps on an iPad or iPhone. Use AirDrop to quickly send documents to other devices. PDFpen 2 supports palm and wrist protection when writing and highlighting. Documents can be secured with a password. Number pages automatically, including Bates numbering. All this and more make PDFpen 2 the perfect solution for all of your mobile PDF editing needs.

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17:02
Weekly Game Replay: Nintendo Amiibo issues, The...

Every Sunday, Electronista and MacNN look at some of the bigger news from the game industry over the past week. In this week's look back in Weekly Game Replay, we cover Nintendo's stock and production changes with Amiibo, the delay of The Witcher 3, confirmation of character progress in Destiny carrying over to the next game, Final Fantasy XV's demo being exclusive to Final Fantasy Type-O HD, Paradox halting development of Runemaster, and the return of the maligned Stalker sequel to crowdfunding....



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16:00
No Comment: CBS iPad app just needs you to sign...

Really, CBS app? We understand the pride that comes with being "America's Most Watched Network," but one set of terms and conditions is plenty for most network applications that let you watch full episodes -- two at the most. Not for you! Four separa...

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15:52
Accessories with magnets/metal might interfere w/...

Some users have noticed issues with the iPhone 6 Plus camera and NFC on both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but the cause of the problem— interference from magnets and metal components in accessories— isn’t well documented.

The cause of the issue has been noticed by a small number of users online, and Apple does briefly warn users to avoid accessories that use magnets or metal components in a support document quietly updated in the months following the launch of the new iPhones. But it’s not something most users are aware of when purchasing accessories that might end up causing problems for their new iPhone.

Behind the scenes Apple has started telling at least accessory makers in its MFi program to avoid using metal and magnets due to the issue with iPhone 6 Plus optical image stabilization, according to sources familiar with Apple’s MFi licensing...

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15:00
The Week in Review: news and features you don't...

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

News

Thanks to Apple, Dr...

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14:45
Apple's 2014 holiday ad 'The Song'...

Once again this year, Apple is celebrating the holiday season with a 90-second, unconventional television spot showcasing how its products can be used to create thoughtful gifts that can strengthen relationships with others.

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14:43
Art+Tech: Sunday MASS art dance party taps Mac apps...

San Francisco artist Elliott C. Nathan has been collaborating with visual effects designers and DJs to host an ongoing Sunday Mass dance party throughout 2014. Behind the art, there's a series of Mac and mobile iOS apps working to enhance visuals and organize the event.

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13:40
Apple Posts ‘The Song’ Commercial That Will Tug on...

Apple has produced a wonderful and powerful commercial called "The Song" embedded below the fold. It features a young woman who discovers photographs of her grandmother along with a 45 record the grandmother made to send to her boyfriend/husband. On the 45 record, the grandmother sings an a capella love song, and the young woman uses her iPad to put a guitar line to it along with backing vocals to make it a duet. Apple's tagline accompanying the commercial says, "With a Mac, iPhone or iPad you have the power to create thoughtful, emotional gifts and memories that transcend time. It could be a movie, a homemade card or a song that brings two generations closer together." I think this is a great ad that's as powerful as last year's "Misunderstood" spot.

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13:00
All the best app reviews last week on TUAW

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

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12:55
New Fabrice Bellard BPG graphic format hopes to...

Fabrice Bellard, coder for the well-known FFMPEG video library and the QEMU virtualization hypervisor has unveiled the "Better Portable Graphics" (BPG) format. The new format, based on the HEVC open video compression standard, is intended to replace JPEG for mobile devices, or other utilizations where file size may be an issue....



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12:10
Sony ignored security evaluation before GOP hack,...

Months before the hacker intrusion on Sony Pictures' network, analyst firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) performed an analysis on the company's security, and found it lacking. More than 100 devices were found to be unmonitored by corporate security following an incomplete transition from a private security firm to an in-house team. As a result, any Sony response to network intrusion would be, in the words of the auditors, "slow, fragmented, and incomplete, if it would even happen at all." However, corrective actions proposed by PWC seemingly went undone, which left the doors to the company open...



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11:30
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:

Grovemade's beautiful handcrafted Walnut iPhone Case
Pi...

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11:26
Hands On: Things to-do list manager (iOS)

Productivity apps are often complicated and host a myriad of extra features that make the apps unpleasant to use. Often, some of the better apps follow the old adage 'less is more.' Things, by developer Cultured Code, is a simple to-do list and reminder app for OS X and the iOS that allows users to create organized lists to help them keep on track....



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10:16
Amazon UK hit by software bug, third-party items...

A brief error on Amazon.UK led to thousands of third-party sales, erroneously priced at $0.01. A glitch by Amazon Marketplace's Repricer Express led to the pricing errors, between 7 and 8PM GMT on December 12. Compounding the problem, Amazon seller's fees had not been cut, leading to a temporary situation where sellers were actually giving money to Amazon to sell the goods for near-free....



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10:03
Apple airs new ad for the holidays: ‘The Song’

Continuing its ‘From one gift come many’ campaign, Apple has published a new commercial entitled ‘The Song’. The ad depicts a young woman listening to a song on a record player, from her youth. The girl then learns the tune using their guitar, recording the tune on a Mac.

The girl then leaves an iPad preloaded with the same song for an older relation, her grandmother, provoking the same emotions of her childhood and memories. The ad concludes with a Happy Holidays message from the company. Apple describes the ad with the following prelude on its website:

Some gifts create a million more. Watch as one budding musician uses Mac and GarageBand to make a heartfelt song for her grandmother.

Although the ad includes Apple products, their involvement is subtle. The tone is similar...

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09:45
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 listed in USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

OLO game [iOS...

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07:36
Spanish newspaper group demands prevention of Google...

Last week Google announced its intentions to shutter its Google News service in Spain, citing a law coming into effect in January that would force it to pay for snippets of content. At the end of the week, the Spanish Newspaper Publishers' Association (AEDE) asked the government to intervene in the closure, saying that Google's abandonment of the country would "undoubtedly have a negative impact on citizens and Spanish businesses."...



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Saturday December 13

20:10
Friday Deals: 23-inch Dell monitor, Destiny, iMac,...

[Updated with more deals] Christmas is just 13 days away, and unless you spent wisely during Black Friday, you have just two weekends left to buy presents. Hopefully today's Friday Deals, the post where we list the best online deals worthy of the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader, will provide some gift inspiration for you. As always, deal pricing is correct at the time of publication but could change at a later time, so verify the price before purchasing. Also, remember to check back to this post later, as we will continue to add more deals across the weekend....



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18:59
Briefly: Bookbook case for iPhone 6, Dropbox badge...

TwelveSouth has announced the release of its Bookbook wallet case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Comprised of genuine leather, the wallet case additionally functions as a hands-free stand, and disguises one's iPhone to look like a vintage book. The Bookbook features a removable shell that protects the enclosed iPhone from damage. Priced at $60, the Bookbook for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is available in black and brown....



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17:32
Apple's blockbuster winter quarter boosted by...

Apple's final quarter of 2014 is expected to set dramatic new records in iPhone sales and overall profits, but external issues out of the company's control will also play a part, ranging from cheaper oil to declining foreign currencies.

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17:05
The Church Brew Works

Atlas Obscura:

Located in Pittsburgh’s historic St. John the Baptist Church, a deconsecrated but still beautifully ornate building, the Church Brew Works has turned a former holy sanctuary into a hip brewery

When I lived in Pittsburgh, this church was my favorite place of worship.

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14:24
Briefly: New iPhone cases introduced from SwitchEasy...

SwitchEasy has announced the upcoming release of three new iPhone cases: the Camo and Boombox for iPhone 6, and Numbers for iPhone 6 Plus. The Camo is created by way of 3D printing, and features a camouflage aesthetic. Aims to protect a phone from wear and tear without adding additional bulk, the Camo case is priced at $20 and will be available in blue, yellow and orange. The Boombox, which is already available for iPhone 5 and 5s users, features a design that amplifies music and phone calls without needing external battery power or requiring users to carry cables. Available in four colors for...



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12:42
Review: VisionTek 128GB USB Pocket SSD

USB flash drives dealt the death blow to both the floppy and Zip drives. While still faster than either of the old removable media, speeds are still generally measured in tens of megabytes per second, rather than something more speedy, despite being on the new USB 3.0 bus. VisionTek is one of a few companies offering SSD-class speeds in a removable package -- in this case, the simply named VisionTek USB Pocket SSD line of thumb drive-sized SSDs. We've lived with a 120GB version for a while, and have used it for various tasks, including as the carrier for a laptop operating system. See what we...



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12:00
Reviews: VisionTek 128GB USB Pocket SSD

USB flash drives dealt the death blow to the floppy and Zip drives. While still faster than either of the old removable media, speeds are still generally measured in tens of megabytes per second, rather than something more speedy, despite being on the USB 3.0 bus. VisionTek is one of a few companies offering SSD-class speeds in a removable package -- in this case, the simply named ......



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10:46
Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked To...

loftarasa (1066016) writes Yesterday, former engineer Rob Schultz unwillingly testified in court against Apple that he worked on project 'Candy' which 'intended to block 100% of non-iTunes clients' from 2006 to 2007. In his opinion, the work of his team contributed to create 'market dominance' for the iPod. Apple argues, and Schultz agrees, that its intentions were to improve iTunes, not curb competition.

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09:13
FunBITS: Shovel Knight Digs up the Fun

Shovel Knight brings back old-school gaming with a few new-school niceties.

 

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09:00
Microsoft's MSN News: A solid, usable news app...

The times, they are a-changin' over in Redmond. Microsoft spent the last couple of months embracing iOS users instead of shunning them. In the old days, Microsoft kept a lot of apps for the sole use of Windows Phone users, but with that platform falt...

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08:57
FBI warns of Iranian cyber attack targeting energy,...

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has warned businesses, energy firms, and educational institutions all the way to the middle school level to be aware of an organized hacking effort by elements in Iran. While the FBI does not explicitly state that the Iranian government is behind the attacks, the efforts are originating from within Iran and some security experts believe that it is a state sponsored attack....



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08:36
Hands On: Momento (iOS)

While not as common as it used to be, there are many people who still like to keep private diaries and journals to remember the ins and outs of every day lives. Carrying around a journal to write in isn't always convenient, but most people have smartphones and tablets perpetually on hand. Bridging the gap is Momento, by d3i, an app that purports to turns mobile devices into journals....



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08:29
Tumblr year in review

Great collection of links. Not all of these clicked for me, but lots of them did.

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07:44
Predicting hard drive failure using SMART stats

Read the linked blog post to learn about hard drive failure, what SMART does and does not do well, and the decisions Backblaze makes to minimize drive failure, maximize their chances of catching a drive failure before it happens.

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07:38
∞ You have a package

This is not news, just an interesting experience.

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07:30
iPhoneography 101: Photo Post Processing on Your...

Add interest to your photos with these post processing techniques in this week's iPhonegraphy 101. Vern Seward runs through several techniques and apps you can use to take your photos to the next level, after you click the shutter.


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07:19
Ex-Apple engineer testifies about project to block...

The Real versus Apple anti-trust trial continued on Friday, with an Apple engineer testifying that he worked on a project in 2006 that was "intended to block 100 percent of non-iTunes clients." Rod Schultz was summoned by Real's attorneys unwillingly, and discussed his work on codename "Candy" which would "keep out third party players"...



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07:00
Caturday: Working with Bud

There's nothing better than a good-lookin' cat lookin' good in front of a bunch of Apple gear. TUAW reader David Stewart sent us this shot of his handsome bicolor cat Bud lazing in front of a MacBook Air connected to a Cinema HD Display. Dave says:

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06:00
Gadget Ogling: Wireless Lights, Sunny Wearables and...


Welcome, dear readers, to another installment of Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, a weekly perusal of the best and worst in just-announced gizmos. On the docket this time around are wireless Christmas lights, solar-charging jackets, a speed-reading wearable and much more. It's almost as if the creators of the Aura Wirelessly Powered Christmas Lights expected a crowdfunding campaign at this time of year would be a smart move. These lights aren't attached to long power cords designed to snake along, around and through the tree branches.

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04:09
Apple Antitrust Case Finds New Consumer Plaintiff

An anonymous reader writes Class action against Apple is set to continue after 65-year-old amateur figure skater Barbara Bennett decided she would volunteer to represent consumers in the faltering antitrust case. U.S. district judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers is reportedly satisfied that Bennett qualifies as a class member, telling attorneys that they 'were on the right track.' Bennett offered to volunteer in the case after reading an online news story which suggested that the suit was floundering due to a lack of a named plaintiff after the last plaintiff was disqualified earlier this week.

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01:10
How to enable and manage iCloud Family Sharing on...

Prior to iOS 8, Apple required iTunes customers to purchase content on a per-account basis, but a new Family Sharing feature lets users living in the same household share apps, music, iBooks and more.

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Friday December 12

22:17
BlackBerry Messenger adds features, iOS version gets...

BlackBerry has released a new version of Messenger for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry, each with differing sets of new features the company says are some of its most-often requested additions. For iOS, the app has received a total makeover to bring it in line with the general iOS 8 design language. Android users get support for the latest major release, Lollipop (version 5), as well as a new landscape mode. BlackBerry OS 10 users can now share multiple attachments and images at the same time....



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20:32
Adobe Announces 'strong' end to 2014,...

As part of its fourth quarter and 2014 financial report, Adobe announced its agreement to acquire stock content marketplace Fotolia, and a new, often wished-for, collaboration feature in its Creative Cloud suite. Saying the firm had successfully transitioned to its subscription-based business model, CFO Mark Garrett said the company now expects revenue to grow sequentially every quarter of the year, rather than only when upgrades are announced....



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19:48
Google's new Web series 'Route 85'...

Google on Friday announced a new series of developer outreach videos called "Route 85," which looks to facilitate expanded use of Google's iOS SDKs in third-party app creations.

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19:29
Get Free Bitcoins with 50 Website Faucets that...

I've gathered 50 different Bitcoin "faucets"-websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads-and tested them to make sure they actually pay out. I started off with eight sites, but this update adds several more and removes some faucets that have gone dark for a total of 50 different Bitcoin faucets that really pay. I've also added Dogecoin and Litecoin faucets, reformatted the list, and updated all the descriptions.


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18:17
Apple Pay support added to MLB Ballpark, Priceline,...

In addition to banks and credit unions adding support for Apple Pay to their debit and credit cards, app developers are also taking advantage of the service's other side -- using Touch ID to secure online payments, which may in fact outpace mainstream point-of-sale acceptance as online shopping continues to grow. Priceline announced earlier this week that it will support Apple Pay for "Express Deal" hotel reservations, and MLB Ballpark (formerly "At the Ballpark") now lets users pay for tickets from select teams....



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18:09
Google introduces Route 85 web series geared towards...

Google may own the world’s most popular mobile operating system in Android, but it wants iPhone and iPad developers to recognize that the company has a lot to offer for them as well. Enter a new web series called Route 85, which will consist of a set of videos uploaded to the Google Developers channel on YouTube to showcase everything from SDKs to code libraries that iOS developers can take advantage of.

Google developer advocate Todd Kerpelman is tasked with leading this new series of videos for iOS developers, beginning with the humorous introduction clip below. While its bread and butter is and always will be Android, Google has a number of iPhone and iPad apps on the App Store, including Google AdSense, Google Analytics, Google Drive, Google Maps, Blogger, Chrome,...

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17:21
Reports: Yosemite Mail causing intermittent typing...

On November 1, a thread was started on the Apple Support Community regarding an intermittent and troublesome lag when using Apple's Mail, the default email program, in Yosemite. User 'Andrew-StL' kicked off the discussion, reporting the issue while composing messages after updating from Mavericks to the then newly-released Yosemite, noting that the lag was not experienced while entering text in any other application....



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17:19
∞ Heart: “Barracuda” in 1977

Ann and Nancy Wilson are amazing.

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16:49
Former iTunes engineer testifies in iPod trial, says...

Apple has been engaged in a lawsuit this week over what some deemed “anticompetitive” measures put into place in the iPod several years ago. Those measures essentially prevented users from playing back any music from third-party stores. Apple, for its part, has owned up to those actions, saying it did so to protect the user experience and the device from possible malicious files.

Today a former engineer who worked on iTunes at the time testified that he was part of a team...

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16:43
The Oxford Comma

Rick Mueller solicited comments from people on how important the Oxford Comma really is.

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16:37
Former iTunes engineer says Apple wanted to block...

A former Apple engineer appeared in court on Friday as the final witness of an antitrust case involving the iPod and iTunes ecosystem, saying he worked on an internal project meant to box out competing digital stores and media players.

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16:30
Find out how you measure up with the Official Navy...

So you think you are in good shape? You run a couple of miles three or four times a week and put in a few hours in the gym doing weight work every couple of days. Well you can now find out just what kind of shape you are in with the Official Navy SEA...

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16:27
FCC overrules carriers, defines 'broadband...

Over the objections of carriers and cable companies, the FCC on Friday voted to change the definition of the term "broadband" to require a minimum speed of 10 megabits (one megabit equals one-eighth of a megabyte) per second (Mbps) download speed -- an upgrade from the previous definition of 4Mbps -- while keeping the old definition's requirement of at least 1Mbps upload. Although the US is far behind many other countries in typical broadband speed (and US customers pay more for the slower speed that typical prices in many other places), AT&T and Verizon, along with the National Cable & Teleco...



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16:26
Tips & tricks: Track presets in Pro Tools

A 15 minute tutorial from my favorite video trainer, Kenny Gioia.

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16:07
A visual Web

It’s amazing how much photos have changed over the years. At one time, they were a specific memory of a specific period in time, but these days we take pictures every second and upload them for everyone to see. You could argue that they are the same thing, but just more of them, but there was something different about pictures years ago.

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16:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

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15:41
Iowa to Lead Digital Driver's License Movement


Iowa plans to issue digital drivers' licenses in the form of a smartphone app by next year, Paul Trombino, director of the Iowa Department of Transportation, said earlier this week at a public state agency budget hearing. The digital license will be accepted by Iowa law enforcement officers conducting traffic stops, as well as by security officers who screen travelers at Iowa's airports. The app will be highly secure and will be provided free to drivers as an alternative to the traditional paper license, the Iowa DoT said.

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15:30
Walmart to slash iPhone 6 and 6 Plus prices by $50...

Shoppers looking for a deal an iPhone should swing by their local Walmart retail store this weekend. According to Bloomberg, the retailer is slashing the price of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the iPhone 5s by as much as $50. These reductions are t...

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15:24
Indie game 'Papers, Please' to return full...

Apple's app review team caused a small fracas this week when it forced award-winning game "Papers, Please" remove pixelated nudity prior to a debut on iPad. But the company changed course on Friday, suggesting the game's developer resubmit the title with a user-selectable full nudity option.

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15:15
The Heisman at ESPN

I think Marcus Mariota has this one wrapped up.

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15:05
Whoa, Maybe Apple Really Is Serious About Enterprise...


Apple and IBM have delivered the first batch of enterprise-class apps for iOS, rolling out 10 apps that cover key industry verticals like banking and finance, travel and transportation, retail, insurance, telco and government. The companies have pledged to deliver more than 100 such apps. The apps are the first proof point in the "unprecedented" partnership, which IBM and Apple announced this summer with few details and vague promises, such as forging Apple's "legendary user experience" with IBM's "unmatched position in enterprise computing."

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15:00
Snapselect for Mac solves a major nightmare for...

I have sooooo many photos scattered on my computer. Not all are in iPhoto, or Lightroom, or Aperture, the latter on which development was discontinued by Apple.

Snapselect for OS X from MacPhun Software is a very clever and tremendously useful app j...

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14:47
NetSpot Pro: Analyze and Troubleshoot Your Wi-Fi...

NetSpot Pro is a Mac utility that allows you to map your Wi-Fi network, identify the strong and weak zones in your coverage, see where competing networks or other radio signals might be interfering, and generally understand your network. It has a lot of features, and there's a video on the deal listing that shows more about how it works. It's regularly priced at $149, but through our deal it's just $19.


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14:30
Rejoice! Papers, Please will get pixelated nudity...

Papers, Please -- the hit PC game that launched on iPad today sans the not-at-all graphic nudity of the original game -- will be getting a patch to restore the low-res boobs and butts to their former glory. Developer Lucas Pope has announced that App...

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14:07
YouTube Rewind 2014 Features John Oliver, Stephen...

YouTube has posted a retrospective for 2014 called YouTube Rewind: Turn Down for 2014. Professionally filmed and produced, the video features mainstream celebrities like John Oliver, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmle, Chris Hardwycke, Chris Hardwick, Conan O'Brien, and Big Bird. But it also includes many folks who have become celebrities through YouTube itself, including The Fine Brothers, Kid President, Corridor Digital, iJustine, Freddie Wong, AmazingPhil, Grace Helbig, Enjoy Phoenix, Epic Rap Battles, and many more. The music is mostly a mashup of Pharrell's "Happy" and various other songs that have been popular on YouTube, and it was put together by DJ Earworm. It's a great video. It's funny, clever, well-made, and entertaining.


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14:00
Apple I sells for "only" $365,000 at...

With the original Apple computers - AKA Apple I or Apple-1 - being as scarce as the proverbial hens teeth, prices for the units hand-built by Steve Wozniak and sold by Steve Jobs have been soaring into the stratosphere. As an example, in October of 2...

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13:56
Iowa Ready to turn Your iPhone into Your Driver’s...

Your iPhone can already serve as your credit card, and Iowa is hoping it'll be your driver's license soon, too. The state is working on an app that shows your driver's license on screen that it hopes will be available in 2015, although privacy concerns may delay its launch.

The Mac Observer Spin: Digital driver's licenses on our iPhones seems like a natural next step now that Apple Pay is available. Hopefully Iowa can work out privacy concerns, and its program becomes a template for other states.


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13:50
9to5Toys Last Call: $100 iTunes gift card for $80...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the brand new 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

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13:30
Thanks to Apple, Dr. Dre had the most profitable...

Dr. Dre has had a very good year. This week Forbes magazine released its rankings of the world's highest paid musicians, and the good Doctor took the number one spot by half a billion dollars more than the second place earner. The number two spot wen...

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13:30
Apple briefly censors nudity in iPad version of...

The newly-launched iPad version of Papers, Please has briefly been censored by Apple, reports note. Players assume the role of a passport control agent in the fictional Eastern Bloc country of Arstotzka. Later into the game players have access to a full-body scanner; in the original PC title, players could toggle whether this presented characters in full (but cartoonish and low-resolution) nudity or simply in their underwear. A version with both options was initially rejected from the App Store, forcing developer Lucas Pope to remove the nudity....



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13:27
External Link: Take Control of Pages on MacVoices

It is inevitable, but always fun, when a Take Control author finishes a book to then spend an hour chatting with Chuck Joiner of MacVoices about it. Michael Cohen’s most recent chat with him was no exception as they discussed the book, how it came to be, and why Apple made Pages into the three-platform app that it is today.

 

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13:07
Review: Elgato’s Thunderbolt 2 Dock is a faster, one...

As “really good Mac accessory ideas” go, Thunderbolt docks are high on the list. It’s hard to overstate the sheer convenience of connecting a bunch of peripherals to a central hub, then running one Thunderbolt cable from the hub to your Mac — a huge time-saver if you’re frequently bringing any Thunderbolt-equipped MacBook in and out of an office full of hardware.

Earlier this year, Elgato’s original Thunderbolt Dock brought that convenience to Macs with first-generation Thunderbolt Ports. For the same $230 price, the just-released Thunderbolt 2 Dock ramps up the speed using twin Thunderbolt 2 connectors, and also boosts the performance of integrated USB 3.0, HDMI video, and analog audio-out ports. The under-the-hood changes make it a solid pick regardless of whether...

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13:05
2014's Top Google Play Picks: Fitness, Netflix...


Health and fitness was the fastest-growing category of apps on Google Play this year, according to a report Google published on Thursday. MyFitnessPal was the most-downloaded app within that category, while Duolingo led the education category. Facebook was top among social apps named in the report, which listed the most popular apps, games, movies, music, news and books in 2014 on Google Play. Netflix was the leader in entertainment apps, and Pandora was tops in music. NFL Mobile ranked No. 1 among sports apps.

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13:00
Iowa developing iPhone-based driver's licenses

Iowa is developing the first smartphone-based driver's license that would work on iOS and Android devices, reports the Wall Street Journal. Under this system, drivers would be able to open a specialized smartphone app that would display their operato...

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12:49
News: Apps of the Week: Microsoft’s MSN apps

Microsoft has unleashed an entire series of MSN Apps for iOS devices, providing comprehensive apps across categories including news and sports, finance, fitness and health, and food and drink. While these apps were previously available for Windows Mobile devices under the “Bing” brand, Microsoft has released them for the iPhone and iPad platforms not just as mere second-rate ports, but as elegantly designed iOS apps in their own right…

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12:48
BlackBerry rolling out redesigned BBM for iPhone 6/6...


Previous BBM design (left) and refreshed BBM design (right)

Better late than never, BlackBerry showed off a redesigned version of its BBM app with native resolution support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus which should be rolling out to users soon.

The update also includes some design adjustments, BlackBerry says, adding to the “fresh new look and feel” of the updated version for iOS 8 and the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. A preview screenshot of the new version of BlackBerry Messenger for iPhone (seen above on the right) shows the user interface refinements coming...

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12:30
Ford drops Microsoft Sync for QNX-based platform...

The rumors that Ford would be dropping Microsoft Sync started last year, but the news has now been confirmed in a story by Engadget. Ford, the number two automaker by market share, is transferring from Sync to a QNX-based platform that offers support...

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12:17
External Link: Design Explosions Elegantly Explains...

A new online publication, Design Explosions, the brainchild of UX Launchpads, kicks off a series of “design lessons” with an in-depth look at how Google and Apple iOS mapping interfaces work, and why. Design Explosions assumes that product building teams are smart and talented, and that there are well-considered reasons that underlie why the products look and work as they do. Its in-depth analysis of Apple Maps and Google Maps on iOS makes for a fascinating and informative read, and provides a welcome respite from the usual “We Look at Two Interfaces and Tell You Who Won" type of critique.

 

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12:10
Friday Deals: 23-inch Dell monitor, Destiny, iMac,...

Christmas is just 13 days away, and unless you spent wisely during Black Friday, you have just two weekends left to buy presents. Hopefully today's Friday Deals, the post where we list the best online deals worthy of the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader, will provide some gift inspiration for you. As always, deal pricing is correct at the time of publication but could change at a later time, so verify the price before purchasing. Also, remember to check back to this post later, as we will continue to add more deals across the weekend....



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12:04
Apple's Beats buyout propelled Dr. Dre to the...

Apple employee, rapper and producer Dr. Dre made an estimated $620 million before taxes this year, making him not only the top earning musician of 2014, but also the highest paid musician in a single year in history.

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12:04
Third OS X 10.10.2 beta adds Mail, VoiceOver as...

Apple has issued a third beta of OS X 10.10.2 to developers. The code is listed as build 14C81f, and follows 14C78c, released on the 4th. One significant change is that Mail and VoiceOver have been added as new areas for testing focus, suggesting an expanded scope for Apple's bugfixes....



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12:00
Twelve South announces BookBook for iPhone 6 / 6 Plus

Twelve South's BookBook iPhone case has been a popular choice for years, and now the company has announced that it is releasing the case in sizes for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

While the case may look the same from the outside, it's actually di...

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