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Friday January 16

15:02
Uber ordered to shut down in South Carolina

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

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

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

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

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

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14:55
Double Bass Mania VIII: Metal Drum Loops

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

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

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14:35
Xiaomi Launches Galaxy Note Killers in China


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

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13:30
Rise and shine with Gentle Wake Alarm Clock

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

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

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

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

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

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12:38
Apple’s HomeKit launch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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11:29
Long-running Apple rag MacUser Magazine shuts its...

The internet has claimed yet another print victim as London-based MacUser Magazine, one of the oldest Apple-centric magazines in the world, announced on Friday that it would wind down operations following the release of its February 2015 issue.

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11:23
Kickstarter iOS app updated w/ new design and iPad...



Almost a year after shipping its iPhone app, Kickstarter has released version 2.0 which includes full iPad support for the crowdfunding service’s app as well as a new design using a card interface for projects. As with the iPhone version, Kickstarter says its iPad app helps users find new projects to back and keep up with updates on projects you follow, now only bigger with the tablet…...

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11:00
This iPhone bowling game uses Apple TV

When the Wii first came out there was just one game that people needed to see before they realized they wanted one: Wii Sports. Of all the sports minigames included in Wii Sports the most popular was bowling, and now iOS gamers who have adopted the A...

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10:37
Samsung to ape Apple's Touch ID with touch-...

Samsung's next flagship smartphone will ship with a Touch ID-like fingerprint sensor in place of the swipe-style sensor that the company employed on the underwhelming Galaxy S5, according to a new report.

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10:35
Apple moving Beats Electronics technical support...

Apple is in the process of winding down Beats Electronics’ outsourced phone support ties and moving technical support completely in-house via AppleCare, according to sources. Beats Electronics phone support is currently split between Apple and Sitel, a customer support outsourcing firm, and Apple is aiming to completely end that relationship as soon as March. Apple cut several Beats jobs in July following the acquisition. Sitel employees have confirmed that they will be moved to new technical support positions for other companies, and AppleCare employees similarly confirmed that Beats support will soon be handled completely internally. Apple acquired Beats Electronics and Beats Music in...

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10:31
Daily Deal: We’re Giving Away an iMac

In today’s iLounge Deal we have The iMac Giveaway, in which we’re giving one lucky reader the opportunity to win a 21.5” 1.4Ghz iMac. With its thin profile, precision edging and iconic design, the iMac is truly a feat of design excellence. This coupled with some seriously powerful guts makes the iMac one of the most sought after home computers on the market, and you can enter our giveaway now for a chance to win your very own. Simply…

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10:03
Apple employees love CEO Tim Cook, rate company...

A new survey of tech workers places the highest optimism at Apple, where employees believe their company will continue to have a bright future ahead of it under the leadership of Tim Cook.

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10:00
UE MEGABOOM is the new authority in Bluetooth...

Last week I wrote on the announcement of UE MEGABOOM (US$299.99) Bluetooth speaker, the new big brother to the UE BOOM ($199.99) and the UE MINIBOOM ($99.99). I reviewed the UE BOOM last year and was thrilled with its performance as a portable, durab...

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09:28
9to5Toys Last Call: 2-pack Anker iPhone 6/Plus cases...

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:

Last Call Updates:

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09:14
Police arrest man in Christmas Xbox, Playstation...

Both systems suffered long outages over Christmas after a major distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack. A hacking group calling itself Lizard Squad, which had attacked the two networks earlier last year, claimed responsibility.

I wonder what they’ll do with him? Will Microsoft and Sony get a say in the matter? This will be interesting.

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09:13
Review: LaCie’s Mirror and Seagate’s Seven set new...

Until last week, the list of companies making visually stunning external hard drives began and ended with one name: LaCie. Partnered with respected industrial designers including Philippe Starck, LaCie has released more drool-worthy accessories than any other company in the Mac space — and that’s saying something. Numerous design successes led to LaCie’s acquisition by hard drive manufacturer Seagate, and at the 2015 CES, their combination bore fruit: the LaCie brand now has another beautiful hard drive called Mirror ($280), and Seagate debuted a designer hard drive called Seven ($100...

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09:09
Bank of America cites 1.1 million cards using Apple...

Apple Pay is gaining some momentum.

Per 9to5Mac, Bank of America, which partnered with Apple to rollout Apple Pay at launch last October, has announced new customer data on adoption of the iPhone-based mobile payment service. The bank’s most recent quarterly earnings reveal that nearly 800,000 of its customers have begun using Apple Pay with a total of about 1.1 million debit and credit cards activated.

In addition to the latest customer data from Bank of America, support for paying with Apple Pay is popping up at Shoppers in Northern California and Nevada, which now offers the option to check out with Apple Pay at Lucky, Save Mart and FoodMaxx stores, Save Mart Supermarkets announced on Thursday.

Save Mart Supermarkets noted that shoppers at all three of its...

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09:00
Swift demonstrates impressive growth in January 2015...

Apple’s Swift programming language is growing.

Per Cult of Mac’s Twitter post and RedMonk, the Swift programming language is gaining ground on GitHub and Stack Overflow,

Besides the noted plot, which can be difficult to parse even at full size, we offer the following numerical rankings. As will be observed, this run produced several ties which are reflected below:

1 JavaScript
2 Java
3 PHP
4 Python
5 C#
5 C++
5 Ruby
8 CSS
9 C
10 Objective-C
11 Perl
11 Shell
13 R
14 Scala
15 Haskell
16 Matlab
17 Go
17 Visual Basic
19 Clojure
19 Groovy

By the narrowest of margins,...

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09:00
Moju's got mojo: Dynamic photo/video sharing...

My first thought when I heard about Moju (free) was "Oh, great - another photo and video sharing app..." That was before I downloaded and tried it. The idea behind the app is simple - you capture individual photos or short videos in motion, which are...

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08:36
NSNorth Conference 2015

I’ve always heard great things about NSNorth, so this year, I’m going to attend. I’ll be joining an amazing line-up of speakers for a few days in Canada.

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08:08
Intel CEO says relationship with Apple strong amid...

As we reported earlier this week, often reliable KGI is predicting that Apple will bring its in-house designed A-series processor to an entry-level Mac sometime in 2016 with TSMC and Samsung expected to fab the potential A9X and A10X chips, respectively. As the move to put non-Intel chips in the Mac lineup would be a departure for the company, CNBC asked Intel CEO Brian Krzanich about the chip-maker’s business plans with Apple…

Unsurprisingly, Krzanich defended Intel’s relationship with Apple despite expectations of the company designing its own chips for...

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08:00
Popularity of Swift is on the rise in a major way

At WWDC 2014, Apple delivered a bombshell of an announcement when Craig Federighi unveiled Swift, a new high-level programming language positioned to be the future of iOS development. In a broad sense, the underlying goal of Swift is to make programm...

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07:58
Smile Releases PDFpen 7 and PDFpenPro 7

Smile has released Yosemite-friendly versions of PDFpen and PDFpenPro, featuring OCR text layer access and iCloud Drive compatibility.

 

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07:38
3 Reasons Apple Won't Pull the Rug Out From...


Despite having the most popular camera on the planet in the form of the iPhone, the odds of Apple pulling the rug out from under GoPro by building its own action sports camera system -- even with using its forthcoming Apple Watch as a controller -- are so low they stand in stark contrast to the hysterical selloff of GoPro stock this week.
What happened? News surfaced that Apple had received a patent for a digital camera system that has a remote control that looks vaguely like an Apple Watch.

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07:19
Intel CEO confident chipmaker can keep powering...

Amid increasing chatter that Apple may consider migrating the Mac to its own in-house ARM processors, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich on Friday characterized the two firms' relationship as "strong" and reiterated Intel's strategy of competing for business based on performance, price, and reliability.

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07:08
Review: Duet, the app that turns your iPad into a...

I’m a big-screen fan. It’s the reason my primary Mac is still a 17-inch MacBook Pro, and why I have that hooked up to a 27-inch Apple Thunderbolt Display when I’m in my home office. When travelling, though, I have fewer pixels to play with. Sure, I could get a 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, but I favor physical screen space over smaller screen elements.

There are existing apps out there, like Air Display, that let you use an iPad as a second monitor for a Mac, but they work via WiFi, which poses two problems. First, they often don’t work on WiFi hotspots, which you’re likely to be using when away from home. Second, even when they do work, there is an annoying amount of lag.

Which is where Duet comes in. Instead of using WiFi, it feeds...

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07:00
Apple has been adding 1M iBookstore users per week

Earlier this week, Apple iBooks chief Keith Moerer announced that the company has been gaining about one million iBookstore users per week since the release of OS X Yosemite. The announcement came at the Digital Book World Conference in New York City...

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06:59
RBC raises Apple price target to $123, cites higher...

RBC Capital Markets on Friday advised investors to stay long on Apple stock, as the investment firm sees multiple catalysts for the company in the near future, starting with the reporting of holiday iPhone sales.

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06:50
News: Monument Valley infographic reveals revenue,...

In a new blog post on their site, iOS game developer ustwo provides some interesting insight into the economics of its hit game, Monument Valley. Titled Monument Valley in Numbers, the infographic reveals that more than 80 percent of the game’s $5.85 million revenue came from the iOS side, with over 1.7 million official sales on iOS devices. Factoring in multiple devices from single sales, the report indicates that the game was actually installed…

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06:12
External Link: MacUser UK Is Shutting Down

Dennis Publishing has announced that after almost 30 years, it’s ceasing publication of MacUser in the UK. The company will soon be contacting subscribers regarding their subscriptions.

 

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06:12
External Link: MacUser UK Is Shutting Down

Dennis Publishing has announced that it’s ceasing publication of MacUser in the UK after almost 30 years. The company cited “challenging market conditions,” although it continues to publish numerous other print magazines. Dennis Publishing will soon be contacting subscribers regarding their subscriptions.

 

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06:00
You Should Play: Sunburn has you round up friends in...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

With hundreds upon hundreds of new games hitting the App Store each and every week, it's difficult for even a great game to stand out amongst the pack. Attractive presentation can turn some heads, and intriguing gameplay may get people playing (and keep them there), but sometimes you need an extra special hook to grab the attention of prospective players.

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05:30
Lucha Amigos is Angry Birds meeting a cultural game...

What would you get if you crossed Angry Birds with a classic game of pool? There's no real answer, but if I had to place a bet, my money would be on something similar to Lucha Amigos. It's a Mexican-inspired game starring "Wrestlers Turtles" and evil...

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05:30
The Week in iPhone Cases: Wireless charging,...

Wireless charging, radiation shields, and lots of storage

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases brings you a variety of protective options—from cool alternatives for the wallet-weary smartphone user, to gadgety cases designed for those who like to explore the latest trends.

Boostcase

The Power Case (iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; $80 to $130) increases your iPhone's talk and surf times with a powerful battery built into a two-piece modular case.

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05:24
Five barriers that might hold Apple back from moving...

Shortly after Apple introduced its first custom A4 Application Processor in 2010 to power the original iPad, rumors began to suggest the company could eventually migrate its Macs from Intel x86 processors to ARM chip designs of its own. However, there's a series of significant hurdles the company would need to jump first.

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05:22
Parity, a game

Parity is a free, web-based puzzle game, in the same class as Threes and the like, though not at all the same.

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05:16
Google gets into the domain business

Want to register a domain name? Now you have one more option. Google Domains is now open for business.

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05:02
∞ The architecture of an Apple Watch extension

Curt Clifton from Omni Group gave a talk on developing for Apple Watch. Even if you are not a developer, there’s lots to learn here.

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04:50
How your favorite apps might look on the Apple Watch

This is a really well done piece with some thoughtful Apple Watch mockups for Uber, Foursquare, Instagram, and others.

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04:40
Next-generation drones will go where you point your...

Drones are a lot of fun, but making them to exactly what you want them to isn’t always easy, and a fair number of them are damaged or destroyed in crashes. Skydio, a startup formed by ex-MIT and Google X engineers, is hoping to change that by turning your iPhone into a ‘magic wand’ controller, reports TechCrunch.

To demo its auto-pilot system, it’s built a drone “magic wand” that lets you direct a drone by simply pointing your phone where you want it go. That means you don’t need the traditional, clunky dual joystick drone controller.

Today’s drones use cameras to allow you to shoot photos and video, and feed the video back to your phone or controller. What Skydio does is use that same video feed to construct a 3D map of the surroundings and feed it to the drone’s flight controller, so it can automatically avoid obstacles.

The team demonstrated the technology by flying a radio-...

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04:33
Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap

New York Times:

A new website, called Hacker’s List, seeks to match hackers with people looking to gain access to email accounts, take down unflattering photos from a website or gain access to a company’s database. In less than three months of operation, over 500 hacking jobs have been put out to bid on the site, with hackers vying for the right to do the dirty work.

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03:57
How and why you should use a VPN to protect your...

Your greatest security and privacy risk relates to data in transit, as it passes to and from your devices. In a coffeeshop, airport, or other public space using Wi-Fi, your information passes in the clear between your hardware and the network’s hub. You may not be sure how and whether the hotspot secures access to the wired side of its routers, either.

Even if you’re using a secure Wi-Fi network at home, work, or school—or even wired Ethernet—your bits still pass across a broadband modem and through intermediate points on the Internet before reaching the destination server and vice-versa. (Cellular networks are generally considered quite secure unless you are being either individually targeted or swept into a government-backed interception project.)

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Thursday January 15

20:34
Apple adds refurbished Retina 5K iMac to online...

Apple has recently added the 27-inch iMac with Retina display, originally released in October 2014, to the refurbished section of its online store. Currently, the baseline 5K iMac with a 3.5 GHz quad-core Core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM, a 1 TB Fusion Drive, and an AMD Radeon R9 graphics processor will cost you $2,119 refurbished from Apple. That’s $380 – or 15%- off the price of a new model.

Two other variations of the Retina 5K iMac are also now available from the Apple online refurbished store. For $2,419, you get the same Intel Core i5 processor and AMD R9 graphics processor, but also a 3 TB fusion drive and 16 GB of RAM. For $2,549, you can opt for the model with 512 GB of...

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18:59
Samsung brings in new design chief from Apple...

Samsung announced last year that, after negative reviews of the design of its Galaxy S5, its head of mobile design Change Dong-hoon was being replaced by then VP of mobile design Lee Min-hyouck. Today, however, it was revealed that the company is bringing in an outside designer to help refresh its product lineup. A report from the Korea Herald states that Samsung has hired Lee Don-tae to be its new head of design. Don-tae would lead design of all Samsung gadgets, including smartphones.

Lee Don-tae is most well-known as the former CEO of Tangerine, a British design studio originally founded by Apple’s Senior Vice President of Design, Jonathan...

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18:29
Samsung hires former president of Jony Ive's...

In a bid to freshen up its product range, Samsung in January hired a new head of global design in Don-tae Lee, former co-president at a London-based design consultancy founded by Apple SVP of Design Jony Ive.

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17:09
Virtual Traffic Lights Could Revolutionize City...


The average American worker spends almost half an hour commuting each day, but virtual traffic lights could cut that almost in half. If traditional traffic lights were replaced with virtual ones, the results could include not only a reduction of up to 40 percent in urban workers' commute times, but also lower carbon emissions, less congestion and fewer accidents, a study from Carnegie Mellon University suggests. "These systems could be made even smarter and more efficient," said tech analyst Roger Kay.

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17:00
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

LensFlare [iOS Universa...

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16:30
Chipotle "very interested" in Apple Pay

While some companies like McDonalds and Whole Foods have embraced Apple Pay with open arms, a few big-time companies have elected to take a "wait and see" approach with Apple's nascent mobile payments platform.

One such company is Chipotle. This pas...

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16:12
Apple, Google agree to pay $415M to settle 'no-...

Apple, Google and two other Silicon Valley tech companies have agreed to pay out $415 million to settle an anti-trust class action lawsuit alleging so-called "no-poach" measures artificially suppressed employee salaries.

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16:00
Spyglass: A full featured nav app for outdoor...

Spyglass (U.S. $3.99 on sale) is a really complete GPS toolkit for people spending time outdoors or doing off-road navigation. Features are numerous; among them are a heads-up display, a high quality compass with map overlays, a gyrocompass, speedome...

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15:30
Daily Deals for January 15, 2015, Pay What You Want...

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

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

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15:03
Cameron Takes Hard Line on Encrypted Communications


UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who is standing for re-election, has vowed to ban personal encrypted communications apps such as WhatsApp if he is voted in. He also will allow UK government security agencies to monitor communications, with warrants signed by the Home Secretary. "The first duty of any government is to keep our country and our people safe," Cameron declared. Cameron's proposal triggered a storm of criticism. "We've seen proposals similar to this before, but never as unbelievably shortsighted," said CDT's Joseph Hall.

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15:00
Video: Developing with WatchKit, featuring Curt...

Every day, the Apple Watch is one day closer to being released to the public. Developers are now finding ways to make their iOS apps Watch-friendlly as they begin to experiment with WatchKit, and at a recent Seattle Xcoders Meetup, developer Curt Cli...

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14:58
Amazon renames Cloud Drive Photos app, adds iPhone 6...

Amazon has released an update to its Cloud Drive Photos app introducing a new name alongside iPhone 6/6 Plus support and new features. The updated, now called “Amazon Photo,” also includes support for full resolution photo downloads, iPad landscape support, and more.

Full resolution photo downloads – You can now download your photos to your device in full resolution so you no longer have to worry about losing details when you print your downloaded photos or display them on a larger screen… Improved iPad Landscape support – Navigate through the app without ever needing to switch back to Portrait mode.

In addition, version 3.3.0 of the app includes duplicate photo detection that will detect matches and avoid uploading duplicates, and a new “report problems” feature directly through the app.

The updated Amazon...

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14:44
Apple's Swift rockets up programming language...

Just six months after its introduction at WWDC 2014, Apple's Swift continues to generate immense interest with developers and is now the 22nd most popular programming language around, according to new rankings published on Thursday.

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14:23
Things for iOS updated with Notification Center...


Cultured Code released an update for its Things to-do list manager on iPhone and iPad today that added support for a Notification Center widget. The new plugin allows users to keep a list of reminders in the Today view, mark off completed tasks, or quickly access a shortcut for creating new to-dos.

The widget pulls its data from the app’s Today list, and can also let you know which items will be due soon so you can prioritize your activities.

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14:19
∞ Apple’s Swift jumps 46 places on Programming...

A new report studying programming language rankings released yesterday by RedMonk shows that Apple’s new language, Swift, went from 68 place on the list to 22 this quarter—a jump of 46 spots.

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14:00
Be My Eyes is a free app to help the blind "see...

The iPhone is a wonderful device for the blind and vision impaired. Accessibility options like multitouch VoiceOver, Siri, Speak Screen, Dictation, and Zoom make interacting with iOS possible for these users. Now thanks to a new free app, vision impa...

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13:17
Typinator 6.4

Adds support for nested expansions. (€24.99 new, free update, 6.9 MB)

 

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13:00
This iPod prototype will set you back $4,495

Prices on classic iPods saw a bit of a spike once Apple silently put an axe in the beloved media player but you might need to take out a loan if you're hoping to bring home this particular piece of Apple history. Currently up for bids on eBay is a su...

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12:58
Mac: iForte UNITI Stand

Having started out as a Kickstarter project last spring, iForte’s UNITI Stand ($180 – $300) is now available as a slick and modern way to keep your iMac or Thunderbolt display organized on your desktop alongside your iPhone, iPad, or other mobile device. The all-in-one stand is manufactured from aircraft-grade aluminum with a natural anodized finish that matches the Apple aesthetic, and it provides two viewing height options, along with a place to tuck away your keyboard and mouse. Two front USB 3.0 ports and a 3.5mm audio jack are located on the front to make connecting peripherals such as USB memory keys easy, and UNITI includes an integrated charging system for your mobile and tablet devices that’s designed to be case-friendly.
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12:45
Baking iBooks into iOS 8 has led to 1M new users for...

Apple's iBookstore has averaged a million new customers every week since iOS 8 launched last fall, benefitting from the inclusion of iBooks as a built-in app.

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12:00
Sunny for iPhone is gorgeous, relaxing and fun

Last year I wrote a review of Windy, a gorgeous, relaxing app by Taptanium that follows the eponymous character's journey across several lovely settings, complete with stunning visuals and relaxing, stereoscopic sound. Today the same team has release...

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11:50
Apple planning 5 new Chinese retail store openings...

Apple is committed to its promise of expanding its retail presence in China from 15 to 40 stores within two years. Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts told Chinese website Xinhua on Thursday that the iPhone maker is gearing up to open five new stores in roughly five weeks.

“We are opening five new stores before the Chinese New Year this year. Four of the stores are in brand new cities for us,” said Ahrendts in a telephone interview with Xinhua. The new locations will be opened in time for China‘s Spring Festival, a popular shopping season that commemorates the Chinese New Year, on February 19....

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11:28
Shares of Apple dip more than 2% following downgrade...

Shares of Apple stock took an unexpected slide on Thursday, and dragged the larger market down as a whole with it, after a high-profile Japanese bank downgraded its rating on the iPhone maker to "neutral."

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11:05
Ex-Apple iPod chief Tony Fadell to oversee Google...

Former Apple executive Tony Fadell --?known colloquially as the "father of the iPod" --?is set to take over Google's Glass augmented reality project as the search giant reorganizes the stumbling wearable team.

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11:03
News: Tony Fadell to oversee restructured Google...

Google is restructuring its Google Glass project and appointing former Apple Executive Tony Fadell to head it up, according to the Wall Street Journal. Fadell, one of the inventors of the original iPod, left Apple to form Nest in 2010, which was later acquired by Google last year. Under the new plan, Glass will be moving from the Google X research lab to be a stand-alone unit directly led by Ivy Ross. Ms. Ross will report to Fadell, who will continue…

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11:00
Google Maps for iOS gets a welcome update

Google has issued an update to its popular and free Google Maps app for iOS. The update to version 4.2.0 offers filtered restaurant searches that let you specify cuisine type, price and rating, and it gives you weather information from around the wor...

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10:54
Former iPodFather Tony Fadell now in charge of...

From 9to5Google.com:

It looks like Google may finally be preparing Glass for primetime as a number of changes around the company’s heads-up display product were revealed today. Most notably, the Glass project will be moving from the experimental Google X group to its own unit under the leadership of Tony Fadell, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Next of note, Google will end the current run of its Glass Explorers program on January 19th, removing the current version of Glass from sale to individuals; however,...

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10:54
Apple concept shows how Touch ID home button could...

The technology that drives the Touch ID home button could be used for much more than securely scanning a user's fingerprint -- a fact highlighted by a new Apple patent application published this week.

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10:50
Monument Valley success by the numbers

I usually don’t link to things like this, but this one is very interesting.

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10:45
Apple retail SVP Angela Ahrendts briefly talks China...

Apple is set to open five new Chinese outlets in the next five weeks as the company prepares for an influx of shoppers during the Spring Festival, retail chief Angela Ahrendts revealed this week, with four of those outlets in cities that do not currently house an Apple Store.

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10:44
Tony Fadell now in charge of Google Glass

Glass is moving from the Google X research lab to be a stand-alone unit led by Ivy Ross. Ms. Ross and her team will report to Tony Fadell, a former Apple executive who heads Nest Labs, the smart-home device company Google acquired for $3.2 billion in February 2014. Mr. Fadell will still run Nest, but he also will oversee Glass and provide strategic guidance to Ms. Ross.

Tony made the iPod and founded Nest after leaving Apple. I have a ton of respect for this man.

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10:30
Bank of America says 1.1 million credit cards have...

Earlier today, Bank of America disclosed that they've had nearly 800,000 customers activate upwards of 1.1 million credit cards via Apple Pay. Though a small drop in the bucket relative to Bank of America's 60 million customer base, it's a promising ...

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10:30
The Week in iOS Apps: The Princess Bride becomes a...

The Princess Bride becomes a game

As you wish: The Princess Bride is now an interactive game on the iPhone and iPad. Plus apps for news, getting organized, and more

AllCast

This free iOS app can stream media from a variety of sources—including Dropbox, Google+, Google Drive, and Instagram—to your television, through any number of web-to-TV devices, including Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast and more. Spend $5 and you can get AllCast Premium to watch add-free and without any caps on video length.

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10:00
Parallels Access 2.5 released, adds file manager,...

Starting today, Parallels is shipping version 2.5 of the Parallels Access remote access and control app. Parallels Access has been a favorite of TUAW bloggers, featuring precise remote control and amazing speed when controlling Macs from iPads and iP...

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09:53
B of A boosts Apple Pay with 1.1 million cards...

It’s still too early to tell how successful Apple Pay is or will be, but Bank of America’s customers are rushing to test the waters. Some 800,000 B of A customers added 1.1 million cards to Apple Pay between October 20 and the end of 2014.

The number isn’t mindblowing, but it’s pretty respectable, considering that Bank of America has about 16.5 million mobile banking customers altogether. The company’s breakout of Apple Pay adopters in its fourth-quarter earnings signifies it expects Apple’s new service to become an important player in mobile payments this year.

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09:36
Apple says iBooks adding 1M new users a week since...

Apple’s Director of iBooks Store Keith Moerer appeared at the Digital Book World Conference today to talk iBooks, and during the interview offered some updates on stats and insights into how Apple’s book business is going. Of note, Moerer said Apple has added about 1 million new iBooks users a week, which he said is in part thanks to Apple’s decision to preinstall iBooks on devices with its iOS 8 release in September.

#DBW15 #Apple @iBookstore's Keith Moerer "Our goal is to turn those new [free] customers into paying customers."


Porter Anderson (@Porter_Anderson)...

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09:26
BlackBerry, Samsung deny buyout talks

The report is “groundless,” Samsung said in an e-mail. In a separate statement, BlackBerry said it “has not engaged in discussions with Samsung with respect to any possible offer to purchase BlackBerry.” The Waterloo, Ontario-based company didn’t specify whether it had received a proposal from Samsung, the world’s largest smartphone maker.

Not even Samsung wants BlackBerry.

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09:26
2011 MacBook Pro class action suit gains steam,...

If you were irked about the graphics card on your 2011 MacBook Pro going belly up, you’re not alone.

Per AppleInsider, a complaint has been sent out to members of the class action suit against Apple to members of the suit, the law firm of Whitfield, Bryson & Mason LLP revealed that its complaint now includes California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Puerto Rico, and Vermont. The complaint has also been updated to accuse Apple of taking steps to hide the problems from consumers.

“Specifically, we allege that between early- and late-2011, Apple released a software update that dramatically reduced the graphical performance of the GPUs in order to prevent them from reaching temperatures that would cause...

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09:04
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Apple iPad Leather Smart Covers for iPad 2/3/4 (variety of colors) $15 shipped (orig. $70)

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09:00
Apple just patented the best smartphone gaming...

The worst part about keeping an eye on new tech patents is knowing in your heart that most of these new ideas -- especially some of the most off-the-wall amazing ones -- will probably never see the light of day. Such is the case with a new Apple pate...

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08:54
Updated version of Google Drive gains new status...

Google Drive will be getting some additional muscle this week, a new version becoming available for OS X and Windows.

Per 9to5Mac and the Google blog, the new version includes an improved status menu to show much more information than before. Now, you can see the files that are being synced up to the cloud as well as a check mark next to them that will appear as they do so. The app will also make it clear which files are currently syncing and which files are yet to be synced. Additionally, hovering over an item will let you share it straight from the menu.

The update also brings a feature that will let you restrict how...

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08:41
Google Translate app updated, now offers Word Lens,...

It always helps to know the local language.

According to the Google blog, Google has released a new version of Translate for Android and iOS.

The new version already lets you use camera mode to snap a photo of text and get a translation for it in 36 languages. Users can now instantly translate text using their cameras, allowing them to read a menu or a sign on the fly. While using the Translate app, just point your camera at a sign or text and you’ll see the translated text overlaid on your screen—even if you don’t have an Internet or data connection.

This instant translation currently works for translation from English to and from French,...

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08:35
Touching the dial: How iTunes Radio could be tuned...

iTunes Radio, Apple’s first real foray into streaming music, made its public debut back in June 2013, where it was announced alongside iOS 7. Over a year since its release, the service hasn’t exactly taken over the world, quite literally. It’s still only available in the United States and Australia. If you compared iTunes Radio today with iTunes Radio as it existed the day it was first available to use, you’ll notice that not much has really changed.

Of course, just last May, Apple announced its acquisition of Beats Electronics, which brought along with it...

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08:08
Review: ZeroChroma’s Folio-Slide and Slide-Lid...

History suggested that iPad Air 2 cases would be far more numerous after January’s annual CES show, but due to unexpected production delays, there still aren’t many choices out there. But thanks to ZeroChroma, there are two largely bright spots on the horizon: a finished case called Folio-Slide for iPad Air 2 ($70), and an upcoming $100 version called Folio-Slide with Slide-Lid Keyboard, both of which I’ve been testing for the past week.

The basic version of Folio-Slide is the iPad Air 2-compatible sequel to the very best case I’ve tested for the original iPad Air – one I highly recommended in an...

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08:05
2011 MacBook Pro graphics class-action suit expands...

Members of the 2011 MacBook Pro graphics failure class-action lawsuit were updated this week on the latest developments in the case, which has expanded to include multiple states and lodges new complaints against Apple, accusing the company of deliberately concealing problems.

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08:00
Two Mac Pro cases + woodworking skill = unique bench

With the advent of the new, smaller "trashcan" Mac Pro, we're going to start seeing a lot more of the all-aluminum PowerMac G5 / Mac Pro cases going to the recyclers or - even worse - the dump. Gary Katz of Mac M.D. is a longtime Apple Consultant who...

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07:56
Apple patent shows spring-loaded pop-up home button...

An Apple patent spotted by Patently Apple shows a spring-loaded pop-up iPhone home button that acts as gaming joystick when in the raised position. Or, in patent language:

An electronic device includes a surface and a multi-function input device. The multi-function input device is operable in at least a first mode and a second mode. In the first mode, an input portion of the multi-function input device is flush with the surface or recessed in the surface and is operable to receive z axis press input data. In the second mode, the input portion is positioned proud of the surface (i.e., project...

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07:29
Bank of America customers activate 1.1 million cards...

Apple Pay launch partner Bank of America on Thursday revealed that nearly 800,000 of its customers had signed up for Apple's nascent mobile payments initiative, bringing 1.1 million cards to the service in the last three months.

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07:21
Microsoft's 'Spartan' Browser Will...


Rumors about Microsoft's new browser, code-named "Spartan," have been heating up: It will be an app; no, it will not. It will replace Internet Explorer -- no, it will not.
It will use Microsoft's Trident rendering engine and the Chakra JavaScript engine developed for IE 9. Probably. Spartan will be a new browser that will look and work more like lightweight browsers such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. No, it won't. "We are talking about IE 12," said Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group. "'Spartan' is just the code name."

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07:07
Opinion: Could there be method in Apple’s apparent...

I was extremely surprised when Apple made the decision to drop its Single of the Week, after doing the same thing with its 12 Days of Christmas promo. As I wrote then, the free single seemed a win-win-win: consumers got free music, lesser-known artists got exposure, Apple got the goodwill that stems from giving away free stuff.

But thinking more about it, perhaps there is method in Apple’s madness after all. Let’s start with the obvious point: the company is about to launch an Apple-branded Beats Music service, and it would then make sense to say that this, not iTunes freebies, is the way to discover new music.

But it’s not just music: 12 Days of Christmas was content of all types, apps included, so I think...

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07:06
Bank of America announces 1.1 million cards using...

Bank of America, which partnered with Apple to rollout Apple Pay at launch last October, has announced new customer data on adoption of the iPhone-based mobile payment service. The bank’s most recent quarterly earnings reveal that nearly 800,000 of its customers have begun using Apple Pay with a total of about 1.1 million debit and credit cards activated.

In addition to the latest customer data from Bank of America, support for paying with Apple Pay is popping up in another grocery store chain…

Shoppers in Northern California and Nevada now have the option to check out with Apple Pay at Lucky, Save Mart and FoodMaxx stores, Save Mart Supermarkets...

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07:03
T-Mobile introduces new Simply Prepaid plans...

T-Mobile continues to shake up the wireless industry by introducing a number of affordable plans and options as part of its ongoing Un-carrier initiative. Today, the carrier announced that it is expanding choices for prepaid customers with new Simply Prepaid plans for as little as $40 per month. The new plans will be available for new and existing customers on January 25th.

Simply Prepaid plans provide unlimited talk, text and data buckets of up to 1GB, 3GB or 5GB of 4G LTE data, with each tier costing $10 less than T-Mobile’s existing Simple Choice prepaid plans. T-Mobile throttles data to 2G speeds of 128 Kbps after your 4G LTE data limit is reached. In return for the discount, Simply Prepaid...

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