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Wednesday December 17

09:01
Apps: Posterino, GraphicConverter, Typinator
09:00
Gene Munster predicts! This time, Apple television...

For all the fun we Apple bloggers have with Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster's insistence that Apple's going to come out with some sort of amazing smart TV, you have to hand it to the man for two things. First, his persistence in believing that dre...

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08:55
Holiday Gift Guide -- gifts for the Apple gadgeteer

It's not too late, but its getting close. In fact its so close, that any helping hand might be welcome for the Apple-centric device lover in your life. Good news! We see every conceivable gadget all year -- use our knowledge to benefit you! This week, Electronista and MacNN have suggestions for the best gift options for the Apple fan in your life....



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08:51
Canadian Federal Court orders Apple to turn over...

Reuters reports that The Federal Court of Canada agreed on Wednesday to force Apple’s Canadian subsidiary to hand over records to the country’s Competition Bureau as part of an ongoing investigation looking into whether Apple unfairly manipulated its market power to bolster sales of the iPhone.

Canada’s Competition Bureau started looking into Apple’s alleged anticompetitive behavior earlier this month, claiming that the iPhone maker’s agreements with Canadian carriers may contain anticompetitive language. It is believed that Apple may have reached agreements with carriers to maintain or raise the price of competing phones in an effort to boost the iPhone.

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08:43
Orlando Magic are first NBA team to support Apple...

The Amway Center, home of the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association, will become the league's first team to offer fans the ability to complete transactions with Apple Pay on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as the Apple Watch early next year.

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08:32
Netflix Says Offline iPad Viewing Not Going to Happen

Holding out for Netflix to bring offline content viewing to the iPhone and iPad? Don't hold your breath, because the company says that's not going to happen.

The Mac Observer Spin: This sure seems like a missed opportunity for Netflix, but maybe investing in new programming instead will worth it for the company in the long run.


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08:20
Hands On: Mujjo Refined Touchscreen Gloves

It shouldn't be a secret that normal, cheap knit gloves actually don't contain enough fabric to prevent a persons finger from interacting with a capacitive screen. This means that, yes, normal knit gloves are technically touchscreen gloves but normal cheap knit gloves also don't contain enough fabric to keep a persons hands warm in most cold weather. That's where Refined Touchscreen Gloves by Mujjo come in - promising to let us interact with all our touchscreen devices while keeping our hands toasty....



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08:19
Facebook turns on auto-enhancement for iOS photos

There’s a reason Instagram now has more users than Twitter: The photo-sharing app turns your poorly lit images into filtered masterpieces. Facebook is now taking a cue from its subsidiary with a new feature that auto-enhances the photos you upload within the Facebook app for iOS.

The changes are subtle and still give you control over the final result via a wand that appears on the lower left corner of the image. Tapping the wand reveals a slider that lets you amp up the enhancement or turn it way down. Many Facebook users won’t even notice that their uploads are being gussied up, which is sort of the point: to make photos look good without appearing filtered.

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08:04
Daily Deal: The Apple Watch Giveaway

In today’s iLounge Deal we’re giving away an Apple Watch! One lucky entrant will receive a regular edition Apple Watch when the product is released early next year. To enter, simply submit your e-mail address on the giveaway page to sign up for our iLounge Deals, and you can even gain additional entries by sharing on Twitter and Facebook – the more your friends and followers enter, the more entries you receive. The winner will be chosen…

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08:00
Microsoft’s Xim photo app updated with support for...

Microsoft updated its Xim photo sharing application today with support for viewing photos over AirPlay on an Apple TV. The instructions for setting up AirPlay streaming (demonstrated in the video above) are relatively simple: just pull up Control Center and activate the AirPlay mirroing function that’s built into iOS. After that, you’ll see your slideshows on your TV in real time.

Xim allows users to create shared photo slideshows that stay in sync across multiple devices. Whenever a user changes the slideshow by zooming in, switching photos, or changing something else, all users currently viewing that slideshow will see the change in real time.

The Xim app is free for all users on the iOS App Store.

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08:00
Flickr Find: A monitor of monstrous measurements

We often laud our smartphones and tablets for being thin, but we often forget that monitor technology has seen perhaps the greatest slim down in recent years. Case in point -- take a look at this vintage 20-inch Apple monitor fired up and photographe...

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07:57
Apple halts Russian online sales after dramatic...

If you’re in the Russian marketplace, you’re going to have a harder time buying Apple products online this holiday season.

Per MacRumors and Bloomberg, Apple has temporarily halted online sales in Russia due to fluctuations in the value of the ruble. The online store will be down until Apple is able to revise its prices in the country.

“Our online store in Russia is currently unavailable while we review pricing,” Alan Hely, a spokesman for Apple, said today in an e-mailed statement. “We apologize to customers for any inconvenience.”

Similarly, an Apple spokesperson stated that the store was offline due to “extremely sharp” fluctuations of the...

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07:32
Review: Twelve South’s BookBook is the best iPhone 6...

Personal preferences differ enough that there’s no single style of iPhone case that’s “right” for every person. Some people prefer “playthrough” cases that always expose the iPhone’s screen; others like flip-style cases with lids that open like books. Today, we’re looking at two cases of each type for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: Twelve South’s latest BookBook and Tech21’s Classic Shell with Cover are flip-style designs, while Tech21’s Classic Frame and Classic Shell are playthrough cases.

One of these is the best case of its type that we’ve ever seen, while the others are all good.

The 800-pound gorilla in this collection is...

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07:00
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.

Apps Now Free

Gangstar Vegas [iOS Uni...

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06:58
∞ Johnny Walker commercial

A Johnny Walker commercial, embedded in a video showing how the spot was filmed. Fantastic to see this all unfold. Notice the starting and ending parties are the same, bookends on a theme. Also, note that the actor wore wires all the way through, even walking through the seemingly solid doorway.

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06:55
Google's Cardboard VR Kit Is Really No Joke


Google last week announced an updated app for its minimalist Cardboard virtual-reality viewer, as well as software development kits for both Android and the Unity game engine. It also published new building specifications for those interested in making their own Cardboard viewers and announced that it's hiring more people to work on the project, with five new positions now open. More than half a million phone-based Cardboard viewers have been shipped, Google said. Cardboard apps, including games and concerts, are now available on Google Play.

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06:48
Falling Ruble Ruins iPhone Christmas in Russia

Apple's iPhone may be the gift to get, unless you're in Russia. Thanks to the wildly fluctuating (read: dropping) value of the ruble, Apple decided to stop selling products in the country through its online store. That's bad news for Apple customers, but it also underscores the overall market's current concerns over Russia's economy.

The Mac Observer Spin: Halting online sales is probably a bigger deal for Russia than it is for Apple because the move is a high profile statement that companies don't think the country will be able to easily recover from its economic fall.


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06:46
Output direct from the sound board for live acts...

I’m not sure how widespread this practice is, but today I learned that you can buy a USB stick with the output taken directly from a live show…

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:40
Pixelmator Mac, iPad apps get significant updates

Pixelmator Team has released updated Mac and iPad versions of its namesake image editor. The Mac update, v3.3.1, now supports pinch-to-zoom gestures on trackpads, fulfilling a popular demand. Resizing and scrolling options have been added to the Shapes, Gradients, and Styles palettes....



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06:36
The state of Apple’s Mac software

Stephen Hackett, writing for 512 Pixels, takes a look at each of Apple’s individual Mac applications.

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06:18
A rare, in depth Jeff Bezos interview

Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget is a long time Amazon investor. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is an investor in Business Insider. Blodget invited Bezos on stage at this year’s Ignition conference for an interview. Bezos does not do a lot of interviews, let alone one of this length and scope.

The video of the complete interview is below. Follow the headline link for the text excerpts, with video excerpts and some interesting sidebars.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:00
Fleksy keyboard for iOS updated with GIF support,...


A major update to the Fleksy keyboard for iOS was released today, adding several big new features and a handful of new themes to the popular app. Most of the new features are added through a framework called Extensions.

Extensions allow the user to specify certain optional features to be included on the keyboard. Some of the extensions that come with the new app include a fifth row on the keyboard for numbers, the aforementioned GIF keyboard, and even a one-handed typing mode on newer iPhones. Several others are also included.

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06:00
Apple closes Russian online store due to rouble...

Apple has stopped selling iPads, iPhones and other products on its Russian website due to the extreme fluctuations in the rouble, reports Bloomberg. Since the start of the week, the Russian currency has lost up to 20 percent of its value, kicking off...

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05:50
Pages: Adding and Formatting Links within Text

If you need to put a link to a webpage or an email address into a document in Pages, there's an easy way to format it so that it looks far more professional than it would if you just pasted the text in. For this Quick Tip, we're going to cover how to do that and also what effect that'll have on exporting the file to other formats.


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05:39
How to use iCloud Drive on the Web, iOS and OS X

Since its debut, iCloud has gone from a barebones syncing and backup service to a more full-featured, cross-platform cloud storage solution. Here's a rundown of how to use and get the most out of the modern iCloud Drive on iOS, OS X and the Web.

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05:33
It’s time for Munster’s annual ‘Apple television’...

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster is famous for his annual prediction that Apple’s long-rumored television is launching next year, but this year he’s mixing it up a little, predicting instead that it will be launched in two years’ time.

Back in 2011, he predicted at the IGNITION conference that it would launch before the 2012 holiday season. Once it was clear that wasn’t going to happen, he predicted late in 2012 that it would be arriving in time for, yep, you guessed it, the 2013 holiday season. He clung to that one...

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05:30
NANPISA: A Video Journey

NANPISA is an interactive journey into real-world issues and educational subject matter. When players select a category, they are presented with a series of video clips that relate to that subject matter and after the clip, players answer a question ...

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05:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Cables, speakers, and...

Cables, speakers, and more

This week's roundup of accessories includes our favorite battery ever—it even has wood paneling, like the best station wagons of our childhood.

BSX Electronics

The $199 JookBox speaker is a “portable, multi-room wifi speaker” that lets you wirelessly chain up to ten speakers together through the house. Each device contains two 2.5-inch drivers to create a sharp sound, and is equipped with a lithium battery that can play back your music for up to ten hours between charges. It’s Apple AirPlay compatible, making it easy to share tunes from your iOS device.

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04:46
Briefly: Instagram filter collection grows, Pebble...

Instagram has updated its famous photo filters, for the first time in two years. The Slumber, Crema, Ludwig, Aden, and Perpetua effects have been added to both the Android and iOS versions of the app, each shifting and softening the photograph's colors in varying ways. The app has also updated how the various effects are displayed, providing a blurred preview of filters, while a "Manage" button will allow users to hide the rarely-used filters from view....



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04:27
Hands On: Cinematica 2 (OS X)

We all have more videos than iTunes Store ones, we all have more videos than we can ever remember getting. They're from our digital cameras, they're from our iPhones, they're Vimeo files we wish we could remember how to download again. However we got them, we have them now, we can't find them very easily and they are all clogging up our hard drives. Plus, we have to to somehow remember that this movie will play in iTunes but that one needs the extra VLC video player. Cinematica 2 does a smart job of solving this by giving you one place to see everything it possibly can....



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03:58
The Macworld staff's very favorite iOS apps of...

The cream of the crop

Image by Kārlis Dambrāns/Flickr

Just when we thought we had reached peak app, 2014 brought us a fresh round of iOS awesomeness we can't live without. Messaging apps and social networks are old news: The best apps of the year helped us work smarter and live better than we did in 2013.

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Tuesday December 16

23:25
Apple's iPhone gains share, will likely topple...

According to new quarterly figures from industry analysts Gartner, enormous growth by Apple's iPhone has eroded worldwide mobile phone share -- including both smartphones and feature phones -- from top seller Samsung and second-place Nokia, with Apple potentially taking the second spot from Nokia after this quarter's expected record-breaking iPhone sales are announced. For the most recent quarter, Apple was within one percentage point of matching Nokia in a market seeing strong overall growth....



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20:19
Hands On: Movavi Video Editor (OS X, Windows)

Try as you might, you're not going to revolutionize how video is edited: whatever application you're using, the process has been roughly the same since we ditched celluloid and razor blades. Equally, you're not likely to easily replace Apple's iMovie for ease of use, nor Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro X for high-end professionals. Movavi Video Editor, an editor for Windows that has just made the jump to OS X, definitely aims at being very simple to use -- but it's also intended for the ever-growing number of us who just want to quickly get video out to people....



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20:11
Tortured Logic

Adam Goldman and Peyton Craighill, writing for The Washington Post, “New Poll Finds Majority of Americans Think Torture Was Justified After 9/11 Attacks”:

A majority of Americans think that the harsh interrogation
techniques used on terrorism suspects after the Sept. 11, 2001,
attacks were justified, even as about half of the public says the
treatment amounted to torture, according to a new Washington
Post-ABC News poll.

By a margin of almost 2 to 1 — 59 percent to 31 percent — those
interviewed said that they support the CIA’s brutal methods, with
the vast majority of supporters saying that they produced valuable
intelligence.

In general, 58 percent say the torture of suspected terrorists can
be justified “...

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19:04
Pixelmator for Mac gets pinch-to-zoom support and a...

Popular image editor Pixelmator has been updated today with a whole host of new features, fixes, and improvements. First on the list is something many users (myself included!) have been hoping to see for quite a while now: full support for Apple’s pinch-to-zoom gesture. The update also makes the Shapes, Gradients, and Styles palettes capable of scrolling and being resized.

There are also a ton of smaller improvements in the update, such as fixes for missing scrollbars, control-click functionality, minimizing by double-clicking the title bar, and more. Speed improvements have also been made to allow for more responsive resizing of palettes.

iCloud Drive bug fixes have been applied, memory leaks in some tools...

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18:13
Flaw in online boarding passes enable anyone to view...

Dani Grant, the founder of the security research group Hackers of NY, has reported a serious flaw in the way that Delta and potentially other airlines handle online boarding passes, often displayed on smartphone screens to gain entry to flights. Grand discovered that if she shared the URL to her Delta online boarding pass, anybody could download and potentially redeem it. Even more disturbingly, when she changed with the last digit of the seemingly random numbers in the URL, she could view someone else's online boarding pass, which might even be on an entirely different airline....



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18:00
Google Drive update makes it easy to upload from...

Google quietly updated the free Google Drive app to version 3.4.0 yesterday, improving the iOS version with some features that should make Google's cloud solution more competitive with the likes of iCloud drive and Dropbox.

The biggest addition for ...

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17:56
TAG Heur Announces Plans for Mechanical Smartwatch

Swiss watchmaker TAG Heur (TAG) is getting on the smartwatch bandwagon, possibly in a big way. Part of the luxury conglomerate LVMH, TAG is working on making an Intel-powered smartwatch that also includes a mechanical movement. Bryan Chaffin argues this is the beginning of Apple Watch's effect on the luxury watch market, even if TAG's head watch person doesn't quite understand why.


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17:48
Waze mapping app updated with iOS 8 widget, improved...


Popular mapping application Waze was updated today to version 3.9.2. According to the app’s change log (below), it’s gotten several design tweaks to areas, including the location sharing interface and quick-messaging screen, which allows you to quickly notify friends that you’re on the way.

The app also gained a Today view widget that displays the estimated travel time to your home or work addresses, and allows you to quickly get directions to either location by tapping on them. You can also send your ETA to friends from the widget while navigating to your destination.

Traffic data is now improved when changing a route to avoid slowdowns, and a new setting allows the map to automatically swap...

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17:24
The Racket

A fascinating piece by Mat Honan on a business that had big plans for journalism, but we’ll never see it.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:22
Cards supported by Apple Pay now reflect 90% of card...

On Tuesday Apple announced that ten new banks have agreed to work with Apple Pay to offer credit card support. With those additions, plus the recent additions of SunTrust, Barclaycard, and USAA banks, Apple Pay now accepts credit cards that represent about 90 percent of US credit card transaction volume, according to the New York Times.

That number bodes well for Apple and its nascent mobile payment platform that launched in October of this year. The service lets users buy goods at NFC-enabled terminals in brick-and-mortar stores, as well as pay with a single tap in the iTunes store and in other compatible apps.

The challenge for the adoption of mobile payments platforms like Apple Pay and Google Wallet, which debuted three years prior to Apple Pay’s...

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17:00
Hands-on with the Twelve South BookBook for iPhone 6...

Twelve South has released its iconic BookBook for the iPhone 6 Plus (US$59.99), and if you're looking for something to replace your thin protective case, your stand case, and your wallet, you've come to the right place. Check out the review, then ent...

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16:30
Google Wallet app updated with Touch ID support and...

Google has updated the Google Wallet app for iOS with a few nifty new features. On the security front the app now features support for Touch ID, allowing users to avoid using a PIN to open the mobile wallet. Users can also now access their loyalty an...

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16:00
Wthr Complete is a weather app with details and a...

There are so many weather apps out there... As a general rule, I often find that the pretty ones don't have a lot of information, and the ones with more information provided have worse user interfaces.

Wthr Complete (US$1.99) breaks that rule by add...

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15:58
∞ Thoughts On iPad Sales

I’ve been asked by analysts, industry insiders, and Apple users over the last several financial quarters if I’m worried about Apple’s iPad sales. The simple answer to that question is: no, I’m not. [...]

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15:57
Updated Google Drive gets iOS 8 extensibility...

In a pair of app updates on Tuesday, Google rolled out an update to its Google Drive app with support for iOS 8 extensibility, which lets users upload documents and files to the cloud from outside sources, while Instagram introduced five new photo filters and management tools.

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15:50
Apple wins iPod antitrust lawsuit, avoids potential...

It was a banner day for Apple’s legal department.

Or at least the legal team got to clear out an old and potentially costly lawsuit.

Per 9to5Mac and CNBC, a jury has decided that Apple is not guilty of violating antitrust laws in the decade-old lawsuit involving the iPod, iTunes Music Store, and digital rights management usage. The jury had to determine if the iTunes updates affecting customers’ iPods were “genuine product improvements” with Apple citing security concerns for implementing the usage of DRM.

Had the jury decided Apple did violate antitrust laws through its practices, the company could have been responsible for damages of up to US$1 billion.

However, Apple argued throughout...

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15:30
Apple removes white power bands from iTunes

The iTunes music store is a great way for small independent artists to give people access to their music, but it's no longer a good place for white power bands. Following a report from the Southern Poverty Law Center on the large number of albums fro...

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15:26
Jimi’s influence

This course is for Hendrix fans who want to learn his unique style of blues playing. Taking cues from Red House and Voodoo Chile Blues, this course will not disappoint.

Anthony Stauffer just released new guitar lessons teaching you all about Jimi Hendrix, one of the greatest guitarists to ever pick up the instrument.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:24
Apple ceases online sales in Russia due to extreme...

Bloomberg reported on Tuesday that Apple has ceased all online sales in Russia as the country has been unable to keep its currency from fluctuating dramatically. In the last month, Apple had already increased the price of its iPhone 6 in that country by 25 percent due to currency uncertainties.

“Our online store in Russia is currently unavailable while we review pricing,” Alan Hely, a spokesman for the Cupertino, California-based company, told Bloomberg. “We apologize to customers for any inconvenience.” It is uncertain when Apple will reinstate its operations in Russia.

Bloomberg noted that the Ruble sank 19 percent today, "with a surprise interest-rate increase failing to stem a run on the currency.” At one point during the day, the ruble sank to 80 on the dollar.

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15:11
Apple iBooks antitrust hearing analysis

Bryan Chaffin does a very good job on this piece. I especially like page 2, but it’s all worth a read.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:02
OWC offers sensor kits, allowing third-party HD...

In a post today on its Rocket Yard blog, Other World Computing (OWC) announced a new in-line digital thermal sensor for owners who want to upgrade the hard drives in their iMacs. The sensor kits are compatible with models from 2009 all the way up to the latest 2014 Retina 5K model, allowing the use of third-party replacement hard drives (which the company conveniently sells), overcoming a troublesome proprietary issue on the machines....



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15:00
Vivitar DVR794HD Action Cam: You get what you pay for

Like many TUAW readers, I'm one of those people who has been drooling over the GoPro Hero4 Black action camera since it was recently released. But at US$500, it's a bit on the high side for someone who doesn't actually engage in a lot of activities t...

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14:30
Off the Rails is a great roller coaster game with a...

Of course all roller coaster games have their twists and turns, but Off the Rails (US$1.99) lets you build a complex roller coaster in real time as you steer. As you move your iPad or iPhone you see the roller coaster being constructed in front of yo...

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14:20
9to5Toys Last Call: Logitech accessories up to 50%...

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.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Up to 50% off select Logitech mice, keyboards, tablet accessories and more

V-MODA Crossfade M-80 On-Ear Noise-Isolating Headphones...

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14:12
Track Sports and Fitness Jumping on Your iPhone with...

Basketball and volleyball players rejoice. There's a new tracker just for you that monitors how you jump. The tracker, called VERT, monitors how high you jump, your jump rate, and tracks other jumping-related data, too. VERT sends the information wirelessly to your iPhone or smartwatch, and there's a companion app for coaches who want to monitor players in real time. VERT is priced at US$124.99, and the basic companion app is a free download at Apple's iTunes-based App Store. The app for coaches costs $99.99 and includes the ability to monitor for potential injuries before they happen.


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14:11
TAG Heuer to take on Apple Watch with smartwatch...

Swiss luxury watch maker TAG Heuer on Tuesday announced plans to bring a branded smartwatch to market with the help of unnamed tech companies, a move spurred on in part by Apple Watch.

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14:00
See what's 'round you with RoundMe

Anyone who knows me understands that I live with an all-consuming travel lust. There's nothing I like more than going out to see what else is in the world. It's a prohibitively expensive fascination, so I'm often forced to accept compromises. RoundMe...

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13:51
Guitar picks made from different materials

Everything affects your tone when playing the guitar.

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13:44
Skype Begins Dismantling the Language Barrier


Microsoft on Monday announced the first phase of its Skype Translator preview program, which initially will facilitate conversations between English and Spanish speakers. The translator will convert spoken words both ways. It also will translate instant messages in 40 languages. Translations occur in near-real time. Participants must run Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 Technical Preview on a desktop or tablet. Children in two schools -- one in Mexico City and one in Tacoma, Washington -- have tried out Skype Translator.

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13:39
Delta security flaw enables passengers to access...

Hackers of NY founder Dani Grant has discovered (via Engadget) a security flaw that enables Delta passengers to access the boarding passes of others, even those flying with different airlines like Southwest. Grant realized that she could share a link allowing anyone to download her boarding pass, and then change one digit in the URL and be presented with a completely different boarding pass belonging to someone else.

But in case you were planning on ditching your family party in Maine to lay on the beach in Malibu these holidays, don’t get too excited. While this security flaw is a serious privacy concern that should promptly be addressed, it won’t allow for a...

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13:30
Work on Apple's new Union Square site begins as...

Apple's plans to build a new Union Square retail store in San Francisco are finally getting started with the demolition of an existing building. Meanwhile, just down the street the company's current store is getting a holiday "Winter Walk" plaza treatment.

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13:30
Instagram for iOS gets five new filters, slo-mo...

Instagram has released a new update that introduces some exciting features to the photo sharing application. Instagramers can now upload slo-mo videos to the service, ensuring an uptick in adorable clips of pets and children his holiday season. In ad...

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13:17
Google Drive for iOS now lets you upload files from...

Google announced today that an update rolling out to its Google Drive iOS app will allow users to upload files from other apps as well as access custom made maps through Google’s My Maps feature.

The ability to upload files from other apps into Drive is limited to iOS 8 users, and the Google My Maps integration is limited to viewing and sharing the custom maps currently.

For creating custom maps with Google My Maps, you’ll still need the desktop app. Earlier this month Google integrated the My Maps custom maps creation tool into the web version of Drive.

The updated Google Drive app for iPhone and iPad...

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13:00
Finally, an app to keep friends from wanting to hang...

Do you have too many friends? Do you absolutely hate when someone wants to hang out with you? Are you the kind of person who is far too important to field a text from each individual friend and would simply like to put a big "Do Not Disturb" sign on ...

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12:51
Giveaway: win a PowerSkin PowerStand!

Until Wednesday December 17 at 11:59PM ET, PowerSkin has a buy-one-get-one free offer on their popular PowerStand battery charger. To help get the word out, they have teamed up with MacNN to give away one of these portable battery chargers to one of our readers. Read on to learn more about this battery charger and other special offers from PowerSkin....



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12:46
Lifetime Access To Over 5,000 Adobe Authorized...

This deal has proven to be quite popular: it's lifetime access to more than 5,000 hours of video tutorials for Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, Premier, all of Adobe's powerful applications. Learning how to use them, let alone learning how to make the most of them, comes with a steep learning curve, and Adobe likes to rewrite its own UI rules with each new version. Thanks to our friends at StackSocial, you can get lifetime access to more than 5,00 Adobe-Authorized training videos for just $79. That level of pass is usually $500, so if you're looking for the training, get on it.


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12:44
Apple halts online sales in Russia in wake of...

Apple is temporarily shutting down its Russian online store while it reviews pricing, according to company spokesman Alan Hely. The value of the country's currency, the ruble, dropped 19 percent today despite attempts to stall a months-long decline using an interest rate increase. Apple's reaction is unusually sharp, given that the company normally just adjusts prices on the fly in foreign stores if there's a significant currency fluctuation. In November, it hiked the Russian cost of the iPhone 6 by 25 percent....



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12:32
Workflow for iOS review: An awesome Mac-like app for...

Macworld:

The first true automator for iOS, Workflow takes full advantage of Apple’s looser restrictions on sharing to bring new levels of interactivity and multitasking to our handheld devices. More versatile than the situational IFTTT and more powerful than even Launch Center Pro’s slick system of shortcuts, Workflow’s endlessly customizable actions integrate seamlessly into the apps you already use to help you work smarter, faster, and just plain better.

I have yet to try this app (not really the target customer), but if my Twitter feed is any indication, many people find it incredibly useful.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:30
Race to the bottom with Social Downhill

Ride, Run, "n" Record is now Social Downhill. This free universal runs on iOS 7.0 or later and is intended for gravity sports enthusiasts. So if you are a longboarder, downhill mountain bike rider, skier or snowboarder, you should take a look.

The l...

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12:29
Apple stops online sales in Russia over Ruble...

Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. halted online sales of its products in Russia due to “extreme” ruble fluctuations, showing how the currency’s swings are rippling out to international businesses.

The iPhone and iPad maker stopped sales from its Web store as Russia’s currency lost as much as 19 percent today.

Not good news for Russian Christmas shoppers, among others.

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12:28
Pantone’s color of the year for 2015

The impactful, full-bodied qualities of Marsala make for an elegant, grounded statement color when used on its own or as a strong accent to many other colors.

It’s a pleasing color.

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12:25
Forums: unresponsive 13-inch MBP

This week in the MacNN Forums Moderator "Thorzdad" and fellow forum-members have been trying to determine why a 13-inch MacBook Pro has suddenly gone unresponsive. It won't boot, light up or make any sounds after failing to recharge two nights ago. With the holidays fast approaching, the debate continues about which phone is a better choice, the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6+ in a thread started shortly after the phone was released....



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12:17
Apple deals: refurbished 27-inch iMacs from $1,489

Right now at Apple's online store take advantage of steep price cuts on 27-inch iMac models. The 27-inch iMac with a 3.2GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive has been reduced by $310 to $1,489. Save $340 on the refurbished 27-inch iMac with a 3.4GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive, now $1,659....



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12:16
DealNN: $200 off 11.6-inch MBA, now $900

This week at BestBuy.com save $20 on the current-generation 11.6-inch MacBook Air which has been discounted from $1,100 down to $900. That price break makes this the best price we have seen by around $80. Free 2-day shipping is included, and sales tax applies for residents of most states. This MBA features a 1.4GHz Intel 4th generation Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, 256GB of solid state storage and comes with Yosemite pre-installed. Included is a 1 year warranty on parts and labor from Apple....



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12:16
Apple beats iTunes antitrust case a decade in the...

A jury decided Tuesday that Apple wasn’t trying to monopolize digital music when it added FairPlay, a digital rights management technology, to songs it
sold on iTunes. The class-action suit against Apple was a decade in the making, but it took jurors just three hours to reach a verdict: Apple wins.

The lawsuit covered iPods purchased between September 2006 and March 2009, when only songs purchased in iTunes—and thereby protected by FairPlay—or
imported from CDs would play on the devices. The jury was asked to decide whether two versions of iTunes, which included iPod firmware that made songs from
rival services incompatible with the devices, were major product improvements or designed specifically to block rival services. One of the iTunes versions
was tossed out of contention, and the jury decided that the other iTunes update did actually...

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12:00
FullContact keeps contact information in sync

I let Apple's iCloud manage my contact information, but I understand that not everyone does. If you live on the Google side of contact management, check out FullContact. It's a service that keeps all relevant information in sync between devices, whil...

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11:57
News: Apple halts online sales in Russia

Apple has ceased sales on its online stores in Russia due to “extreme” fluctuations in the ruble, Bloomberg reports. A spokesperson for Apple stated that the Russian online store is “currently unavailable while we review pricing.” With Russia’s currency varying wildly in recent weeks, Apple has already been working to deal with the changes, with the company increasing the price of the iPhone 6 by 25 percent in that country....

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11:38
Apple Wins iPod Antitrust Suit

A jury took three hours to decide that Apple was not guilty of using iPod and iTunes digital rights management (DRM) restrictions to stifle competition. In a trial a decade in the making, jurors decided that changes from iTunes 6 to iTunes 7 were meaningful, and not a scheme to boost Apple's market share.


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11:32
Apple suspends online sales in Russia amid currency...

"Extreme" swings in the value of the Russian Ruble have caused Apple to temporarily shutter its online store in the Eurasian nation, after a midnight interest rate hike sent the currency plunging nearly 20 percent.

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11:31
Apple halts online sales in Russia to review pricing...

Bloomberg reports this afternoon that Apple has ceased online sales in Russia due to “extreme” fluctuations in the value of the ruble. Apple has previously attempted to combat the unpredictable swings in the country’s official currency by adjusting the prices of its products, having most recently increased the price of the iPhone 6 by 25% in the country last month.

Apple confirmed that it has halted online sales in Russia as it looks to re-evaluate pricing in the country. “Our online store in Russia is currently unavailable while we review pricing,” Alan Hely, a spokesman for the Cupertino, California-based company, said to Bloomberg today in an e-mailed statement. “We apologize to customers for any...

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11:30
Review: STM Dux for iPhone 6

We've reviewed Dux ($30) before as an iPad case, but STM has now released a version of the case for iPhone 6. Dux features rubberized edges and a clear polycarbonate back to show off the iPhone. There's coverage for the sleep/wake button and volume controls, and a small loop on the lower right corner of the case allows for a lanyard attachment. The case comes in red or black.{/exp:char_limit}

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11:29
Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

An anonymous reader sends word that Apple's iTunes DRM case has already been decided. The 8-person jury took only a few hours to decide that the features introduced in iTunes 7.0 were good for consumers and did not violate antitrust laws. Following the decision, the plaintiff's head attorney Patrick Coughlin said an appeal is already planned. He also expressed frustrations over getting two of the security features — one that checks the iTunes database, and another that checks each song on the iPod itself — lumped together with the other user-facing features in the iTunes 7.0 update, like support for movies and games. "At least we got a chance to get it in front of the jury," he told reporters. ... All along, Apple's made the case that its music store, jukebox software, and hardware was simply an integrated system similar to video game consoles from Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo. It built all those pieces to work together, and thus it would be unusual to expect any one piece from...

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11:22
∞ The importance of product packaging and...

Like most people these days, I demand quality from the products I purchase. I want quality design, functionality, and I want them to be built from quality materials so they last. I demand it. [...]

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11:20
My Search: a New Display for a Mac Pro, Part I

John Martellaro has been hunting for a new display for his 2013 Mac Pro. The Apple Thunderbolt display would normally be a strong candidate, but it was quickly eliminated from the competition. In this Part I, John explains the research he did in preparation for a new display.


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11:10
Instagram adds five new filters and gives you...

December is always the blurriest month, our vision clouded by snowstorms and twinkle lights. Instagram on Tuesday rolled out an update that introduces five new filters, and a new method of previewing all the filters by seeing them over a blurred thumbnail of the image you just took.

The new filters (click to enlarge).

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11:04
Jury finds in favor of Apple in iPod/iTunes DRM...

The jury for the iPod/iTunes DRM lawsuit has ruled that Apple didn't violate antitrust laws by blocking music from rival storefronts in iTunes software updates, Reuters reports. The verdict was rendered in less than a day, following closing arguments on Monday. Had the jury swung in favor of the plaintiffs, the company could have owed some $350 million in penalties....



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11:00
Group Text+ and Email+: New from developer Contrast

Developer Contrast today delivered two new iOS apps to the App Store, Group Text+ (US$1.99 during launch) and Email+ ($2.99). The idea behind these new apps? In the case of Group Text+, making it fast and easy to send SMS or iMessage texts to a group...

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10:52
Apple shares updated aerial shot of Campus 2...

Apple today shared an updated official aerial shot of its under construction Campus 2 project through the City of Cupertino’s website. 

The new shot gives a different angle since the last time Apple checked in late last month and shows more of the earthwork and greenery of the surrounding campus.

Apple’s General Project Schedule posted on the City of Cupertino’s webpage tracking the project remains the same, however, with street utilities and demolition work expected to finish this year, earthwork continuing into early 2015, and building construction into late 2016:

Apple...

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10:52
Contrast launches Group Text+, Email+ apps for iOS

It’s neat stuff in a road warrior kind of way.

On Tuesday, Contrast, makers of Launch Center Pro, launched a pair of shortcut programs for iOS.

The first app, Group Text+, makes it easy to message the people you care about using iMessage and SMS. Users can mix and match contacts, groups, images, and text snippets to quickly compose messages. The second app, Email+ does the same, but with email. And they both have handy sharing extensions for use in other apps.

The company stated that in lieu of creating a single app for both functions, they quickly realized that doing both messaging and email in a single app added a lot of complexity, both to the UI and to the code. Separating the apps allowed the developer to deliver a focused experience that makes each app better on its own.

Group Text+ is...

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10:34
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-16

Apple presented its appeal in the DOJ's ebook antitrust case, and it looks like the the judge panel is at least somewhat sympathetic to the iPad maker's arguments. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the case, the panel's reactions to Apple and the DOJ's arguments, and Judge Denise Cote's original ruling.


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10:25
News: Apple found not guilty in iPod, iTunes Store...

Apple has been cleared of wrongdoing in the recent antitrust case on iPod and iTunes Store lock-in, The Verge reports. The decade-old class-action lawsuit accused Apple of putting procedures in place in iTunes 7.0 that would remove music found on iPods from competing music services. Apple, for its part, claimed that the measures were simply “extra security” that the company added to its iPod and iTunes platforms in 2006. The lawsuit originally…

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10:24
Apple not guilty in iPod DRM case

Delivering a unanimous verdict today, the group said Apple’s iTunes 7.0, released in the fall of 2006, was a “genuine product improvement,” meaning that new features (though importantly increased security) were good for consumers. Plaintiffs in the case unsuccessfully argued that those features not only thwarted competition, but also made Apple’s products less useful since customers could not as easily use purchased music or jukebox software from other companies with the iPod.

Good. These stupid lawsuits have to stop.

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10:22
Apple emerges victorious in iPod antitrust lawsuit

Less than 24 hours after closing arguments were presented in Apple's iPod antitrust lawsuit, a jury ruled that Apple did not violate any antitrust laws when it took proactive measures to prevent songs downloaded from competing music services from bei...

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10:20
iOS 8.1.3 update in development, web traffic...

Although it recently released iOS 8.1.2, and is well into development on iOS 8.2, Apple is also working on an interim v8.1.3 update, web traffic shows. The first hits from v8.1.3 devices appear to have come around December 8th, a day before v8.1.2 went live. Since then the number has increased, but just a "few dozen" have reportedly come from Apple's networks....



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10:15
Apple's iTunes DRM didn't violate...

After years of litigation, Apple on Tuesday was found not to have violated U.S. antitrust laws with the FairPlay digital rights management software that prevented users from loading content from rival music stores on early iPods.

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10:09
Apple wins iPod & iTunes DRM antitrust case,...

Update — Apple’s statement via CNBC: “We thank the jury for their service and we applaud their verdict.”

A jury has decided that Apple is not guilty of violating antitrust laws in the decade-old lawsuit involving the iPod, iTunes Music Store, and digital rights management usage. The jury had to determine if the iTunes updates affecting customers’ iPods were “genuine product improvements” with Apple citing security concerns for implementing the usage of DRM.

Had the jury decided Apple did violate antitrust laws through its practices, the company could have been...

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10:08
Jury finds for Apple in iTunes case, throws out...

After just a few hours of deliberation, a jury of eight men and women threw out a long-running lawsuit against Apple that sought more than a billion dollars in damages.

In a verdict handed down a few minutes ago in Oakland federal court, the jury found that Apple's iTunes 7.0 constituted a genuine product improvement. That means it's the end of the case for the plaintiffs, who represented a class of around eight million consumers, as well as iPod resellers like Best Buy and Walmart.

The plaintiffs claimed that iTunes 7.0 included updates that were meant to push out Apple competitors like RealNetworks, which had a competing DRM system called "Harmony." After the 7.0 update, Real's competing DRM system wouldn't work with iPods.

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10:06
Samsung in talks to launch Apple Pay competitor

Re/code:

Samsung has discussed a deal with a payments startup that would help the smartphone maker unveil a wireless mobile payments system in 2015 to rival Apple, according to multiple sources.

Samsung at it again.

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10:00
Apple Pay expands to support 90 percent of US credit...

Apple today confirmed to the New York Times that its mobile payment service, Apple Pay, has expanded in recent weeks to include more than a dozen new banks and retailers. This expansion in the mobile payment service follows an earlier surge in new pa...

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