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Tuesday November 18

04:11
Samsung plans to cut smartphone models by up to 30%...

Wall Street Journal:

Samsung Electronics Co. said it would reduce the number of smartphone models it offers next year, part of a move to cut costs to combat declining profit.

Worked for Apple.

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04:07
OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 failing to cure WiFi problems...

Yesterday’s dot-release of OS X 10.10.1 has seemingly failed to address the WiFi problems some users have been experiencing since upgrading to Yosemite, according to continuing posts on the Apple Support Communities.

Despite the first bullet-point in the release notes for 10.10.1 reading ‘Improves WiFi reliability,’ many of those who had reported connection failures, dropped connections and slow speeds said that nothing had changed since upgrading to 10.10.1 … 

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03:51
Uber executive suggests digging up dirt on...

Buzzfeed:

A senior executive at Uber suggested that the company should consider hiring a team of opposition researchers to dig up dirt on its critics in the media — and specifically to spread details of the personal life of a female journalist who has criticized the company.

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03:30
How to open your ClarisWorks files for a stroll down...

It’s easy to assume that we have it better now than we ever had it in the past. In raw numerical terms, today’s computers are many thousands of times faster than the computers I grew up using in the ’80s and ’90s, and that has enabled the development of software that is wildly more capable but in many cases much more user-friendly than the apps I used back then. Yet say the word ClarisWorks—the name given to the precursor to iWork as Apple’s office package—to a Mac user of my vintage and they’ll pause for a moment, go a bit misty-eyed, and proceed to tell you with a slightly unsettling zeal how awesome and ahead-of-its-time it was.

And it really was. Before ClarisWorks, so-called integrated product suites were nothing of the kind. That is, while you might have gotten a word processor, spreadsheet app and drawing app bundled in one box (installed, of course, from a stack of floppy disks), they were essentially separate apps. While they might appear to be part of a suite on...

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02:00
Apple's scanner mouse patent dynamically...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple an invention covering a mouse peripheral with built-in chromatic sensor, a device designed to deal with tracking issues inherent in conventional designs while acting as a handheld scanner.

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Monday November 17

22:38
Briefly: Nest rivals at Apple Stores; Sony debuts...

Starting on Monday, Apple Stores are now carrying at least one rival to Google-owned Nest's self-titled smart Learning Thermostat. The Ecobee3 offers an advantage over the Nest in terms of multi-room support, utilizing sensors that can be bought separately to bring more intelligent energy management to the full home rather than relying on a single point of reference. Like Nest and Honeywell's rival entry, the smart device can be managed through a smartphone app from anywhere with a cellular or Wi-Fi connection. The Ecobee3 sells for the same price as the Nest, $250....



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21:41
Eddy Cue takes KTLA holiday shopping to show off...

Apple executive Eddy Cue, in charge of the team that developed Apple Pay, recently participated in some holiday shopping with local news station KTLA to demonstrate how the new mobile payments platform works. Cue, alongside tech reporter Rich DeMuro, visited a number of stores in Santa Monica, California, including Panera Bread, Bloomingdale’s and the Disney Store.

The video reiterates how seamless it is to make contactless payments with Apple Pay by simply tapping an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus on an NFC-equipped payment terminal. While some retailers still require a signature depending on the purchase amount, Apple hopes to remove that hurdle and make Apple Pay an even more convenient experience at the over 220,000 stores where it is accepted.

Cue...

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20:57
Hands On: This War of Mine (Linux, OS X, Windows)

Stepping into This War of Mine speaks a lot about the experience a player should expect, as there are no frills or explanations. The stark, desaturated palette explains everything about the world people are thrust into -- it's void of the color and spirit of life, with choices living in shades of gray. It tells a tale of people stranded in the middle of a city devastated by war, forcing them to press on until a ceasefire is secured. This War of Mine isn't about entertainment or escape. It's about the elasticity of human nature and the will to survive....



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20:47
Apple exec Eddy Cue goes on 'holiday shopping...

In a segment that aired Monday night on local Los Angeles, Calif., news station KTLA, Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue went on a "shopping spree" to show off Apple Pay at a number of retailers, including the Apple Store.

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20:28
Apple iSight supplier Sony unveils new 21MP CMOS...

Apple partner supplier Sony on Monday announced an upcoming 21-megapixel CMOS sensor with onboard plane phase detection autofocus signal processing, 4K video output and still image HDR, all features that could trickle down to a future iPhone model.

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19:00
Chinese authorities arrest three suspects behind ‘...

Earlier this month, a new type of Mac- and iOS-based malware called “WireLurker” appeared online. Apple responded by blocking affected apps from launching on OS X, but another development was made in the case today.

According to ZDNet, Chinese authorities have arrested three suspects in connection with the malware and taken down the website that was found to be distributing it....

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18:52
Giveaway: win a Logitech K480 multi-device keyboard

According to a recent survey conducted by Logitech, 65 percent of Americans are distracted by messages from one of their devices when using another. In fact, multi-tasking is the new normal with more than three-fourths of Americans using two or more devices simultaneously a day. Fortunately Logitech has the cure for this affliction. It's called the Logitech K480 multi-device keyboard and it's designed to be used with computers, tablets and smartphones. MacNN has teamed up with Logitech to give away one of these keyboards to one of our readers....



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18:41
Learning to read corpses at the Texas State Body Farm

Vice:

It wasn’t just a smell; it was a force. With the first whiff, I thought, Camembert. But as the golf cart got closer, the smell became sweeter—noxiously sweet. You could call it the smell of death, but really it was the smell of what comes after: an obscene eruption of microbial life.

In the driver’s seat was Dr. Daniel Wescott, director of the Texas State Forensic Anthropology Centre.

He pointed to the corpse at our feet—one of the dozens of donor bodies exposed to the elements here in the forests and fields of Texas State University’s 26-acre decomposition research facility. Most of the local kids who tell ghost stories about the place just call it “the body farm.”

I had the opportunity to see the University of Tennessee’s version of this but chickened out.

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18:25
Facebook, Google and Apple lobby for curb to NSA...

The Guardian:

A coalition of technology and internet companies is lobbying to curb US National Security Agency surveillance powers and for more transparency on government data requests.

The Reform Government Surveillance coalition, including Facebook, Google, Twitter, Microsoft and Apple, added its support for the race to pass a bill through the US Senate before the end of the year, which would inhibit mass data collection from emails and internet metadata.

Even if their motives aren’t 100% altruistic, it’s still good to see these companies shining a light on the issue.

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18:21
The lesson of Monument Valley

TechCrunch:

I’m fascinated by the reviews left by Monument Valley players in the wake of the decision by the game’s developer (ustwo) to price a recent content update at not-free. Ustwo had released the original game at $4 featuring 10 levels. The game was a labor of love and earned many just awards. It also went to sell in excess of 1.4 million copies – a feat that exemplifies how arty mobile gaming can work very well. This latest pack brings 8 new levels to the game and costs a pretty trivial $2. And yet in its wake came a surge of 1-star reviews. But why?

First lesson is people can be cheap and petty.

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18:14
No User Complaints on iOS 8.1.1 and OS X 10.10.1...

Apple released two updates Monday, with no widespread panic. While this shouldn't be notable, recent history has caused some to exercise a bit more caution.

The Mac Observer Spin: This update...worked. Like updates we remember fondly from like, last year. What a lovely change of pace.


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18:11
Apple now accepting HomeKit product plans for...

On the heels of reports that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chips that feature Apple's HomeKit API already embedded in them are now arriving to accessory makers, Apple announced during its "Made For i" (MFi) developer conference in China that manufacturers can now submit product plans for HomeKit-based products to the iPhone maker for approval, making it possible that the first group of such devices could arrive before the end of the holiday buying season. Apple's MFi certification would be the last step for devices before hitting the market....



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18:09
[Sponsor] Desk: A Desktop Blogging App You'll...

Hi, I’m John Saddington, an indie developer and blogger! And, I’d love to share with you a few “facts”…

Fact: I’ve been blogging longer than John Gruber (since 2001).

Fact: I’ve tried every desktop blogging app out there and none have stuck.

Fact: I decided to build one for myself, one that truly focused on what really matters: Writing.

Fact: I built it exclusively for OS X and I call the app Desk — I think you’ll really like it.

Fact: It has the most simple UI possible and respects text ornamentation via Markdown (hell yeah!) and a beautiful WYSIWYG editor, among many other features.

Fact: You can directly publish to your favorite publishing platform including WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, Typepad, Movable Type, Facebook Notes, Squarespace, and more on the way.

Fact: I’m not as famous nor as successful as John Gruber. ;)

It...

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17:56
Native Apps Are Part of the Web

Christopher Mims, writing in the WSJ, “The Web Is Dying; Apps Are Killing It”:

Everything about apps feels like a win for users — they are
faster and easier to use than what came before. But underneath all
that convenience is something sinister: the end of the very
openness that allowed Internet companies to grow into some of the
most powerful or important companies of the 21st century.

I can’t believe someone is still writing this in 2014. Users love apps, developers love apps — the only people who don’t love apps are pundits who don’t understand that apps aren’t really in opposition to the open Internet. They’re just superior clients to open Internet services. Instagram didn’t even have a web interface for years, but native app clients for iOS and Android didn’t lock Instagram into anything. Their back-end is just as open as it would have been if they had only had a web browser client interface. They...

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17:15
When Microsoft Went A-Courting


FOSS fans perhaps may be excused if they've felt a bit confused over the past few days. Dizziness, headaches and vertigo also have been common. What strange new ailment is this, you might ask? Well, it's no ailment -- but that doesn't mean it's any simpler to remedy. The cause, it turns out, is none other than the news that Microsoft is open sourcing .Net and also expanding it to run on Linux and Mac OS. Yes, you heard that right: Steve Ballmer once may have called Linux a "cancer," but today Redmond has a newfound "love" for Linux.

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16:58
MPAA launches website to help consumers find legal...

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) introduced a new tool last week that aims to make it easier to sift through the streaming services on the Internet find legal channels to view hit television shows and movies. Where to Watch is referred to as a "one-stop shop" for connecting film and television fans to their desired entertainment, directing them them numerous viewing platforms with only a few clicks....



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16:34
Microsoft Doubles Down on Surface’s Losing Features...

I. Just. Don't. Get. It. Detachable keyboard. Stylus. Touchscreen/laptop/tablet/toaster/fridge. These are the features that have helped propel Microsoft's Surface product line into some distant nth place in the tablet wars, and these are the features Microsoft is touting in a new Christmas commercial for the Surface 3. This time, though, instead of comparing the device to the iPad, Microsoft is comparing it to a MacBook Air. Oh, and the kickstand. That's been a megahit packing in customers at the Microsoft stores in a binary orgy of 0s and 1s at a time. It gets air time. Every time Microsoft does something right under semi-new CEO Satya Nadella, the company reminds us that it doesn't get tablets. Anyway, here's the commercial. I do have one nice thing to say about it: it's a clever use of "Winter Wonderland," but the that clever use is wasted on an awful message.

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16:18
Apple releases OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite update

‘Tis a day for updates.

Per 9to5Mac, Apple has released OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 with bug fixes and performance improvements for Macs running the latest version of the desktop operating system.

The update offers the following fixes and changes:
- Improves Wi-Fi reliability.

- Improves reliability when connecting to a Microsoft Exchange server.

- Resolves an issue that may prevent Mail from sending messages through certain email service providers.

- Addresses an issue prevents connecting to remote computers using Back to My Mac.

- Resolves an issue where sharing services, Notification Center widgets and Actions may not be available.

- Addresses an issue that could cause Notiication Center settings to not be...

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16:15
Responsive images

Sixty-two percent of the weight of the web is images, and we’re serving more image bytes every day. That would be peachy if all of those bytes were being put to good use. But on small or low-resolution screens, most of that data is waste.

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16:12
Monday Deals: 55-inch 4K television, four-bay NAS,...

Welcome to the first instance of Monday Deals! As the holiday shopping period begins, we are doubling up on the posts where we find deals on gadgets, peripherals, accessories, games, and other items for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader, to make your gift buying time easier. Just like the Friday deals, all prices are correct at the time of publication, but could be different if you are reading this later in the week, so check the deal before purchasing....



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16:00
Kimiko Pro Color Cam is a solid camera app for iOS

Although there are a mountain of photo apps for iOS, I always like to see fresh ideas, and Kimiko Pro (free) definitely has some. As opposed to a post-processing tool, Kimiko Pro lets you frame your picture and make changes in real time before you...

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16:00
China arrests 'Wirelurker' malware...

Apple's iOS, when un-jailbroken, is so resistant to malware that three Chinese suspects had to come up with an exceedingly clever method of delivering the "Wirelurker" threat to the company's mobile devices. On Monday, Chinese officials announced they had arrested the three suspects, and shut down the servers hosting the malware. The threat was never widespread because of the elaborate nature of the scheme and its China-only focus, but it was one of the few malwares able to get onto un-jailbroken iOS devices....

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15:59
Apple releases iOS 8.1.1 update

It’s a minor update, but it might make a difference.

Per MacRumors, Apple has released iOS 8.1.1, a minor update that includes several bug fixes. Apple first seeded the iOS 8.1.1 beta to developers on November 3.

iOS 8.1.1 is available immediately as an over-the-air download or through iTunes and includes bug fixes and increased stability and performance improvements for both the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4s, two of the older devices that support the operating system.

iOS 8.1.1 may offer several bug fixes, but as a minor update, it does not bundle in any of the major new features that are rumored for iOS 8, like improvements to Maps and split-screen multitasking for the iPad. These updates may come in iOS 8.2 or iOS 8.3, both of which Apple is rumored to be working on.

Over on...

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15:55
Chinese sites hosting 'Wirelurker' Mac-to-...

A Beijing government agency on Monday announced the arrest of three suspects thought to be behind the so-called "WireLurker" trojan targeting Mac and iOS devices, saying websites hosting the malware have been shut down.

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15:18
AT&T promo gives subscribers 15GB of data for...

Spurred on by increased competition in the wireless space, U.S. No. 2 carrier AT&T is rolling out a limited-time promotion that nets customers 15GB of data for $100 per month, or the current going rate for 10GB of data.

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15:00
Olloclip 4-In-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6/6 Plus

Olloclip was one of the first vendors to come out with accessory lenses for the iPhone, so it's no surprise that the company has turned the design and manufacturing of its high-quality lenses into an art. The new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus version of the...

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14:40
Last Chance for NES30 Bluetooth Game Controller: $29...

The NES30 Bluetooth Controller was a surprise hit for our readers. This gamepad controller was designed to look and feel just like the original NES30 gamepad, only it's Bluetooth and programmable. That means you can use it to control games on Bluetooth-eqipped iPhones, iPads, Macs, PCs, and Android devices-it also works with Nintendo Wii. Oh, and it can be plugged into a USB port, too. That makes it pretty flexible. Anyhoo, this deal has been very popular, but it's coming to an end in 6 days. Pick it up quick if you want one or plan on giving it as a gift. It's $29.99 through our deal, regularly $40.


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14:37
Apple Store now selling ecobee3 smart thermostat,...

Smarthome device maker ecobee scored coveted Apple Store shelf space as online and brick-and-mortar outlets on Monday started sales of the ecobee3 Internet-connected thermostat, one of the first products selected by Apple's retail arm to challenge Google-owned Nest.

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14:26
Petite Loop: A leash for your iPhone

A phone leash that fits your lifestyle.

I’m not sure how popular those iPod touch loops were that Apple released, but perhaps popular enough to make it worthwhile for these folks to make it for the iPhone.

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14:16
A guide to using Apple Pay

A great post here from Allyson Kazmucha, Serenity Caldwell and Rene Ritchie on how to use Apple Pay. I used Apple Pay at Home Depot, Whole Foods and Peet’s Coffee and it always works great for me. Getting your card into the iPhone and using it at a store is easy as can be.

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14:08
Smart thermostat war heats up as Apple starts...

Although Apple continues to offer the Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect despite Google’s acquisition of the smart device company, the iPhone maker has added a competing Wi-Fi-connected smart thermostat to the lineup. Apple has recently added the Ecobee3 smart Wi-Fi thermostat to the Connected Home section of its online store. The smart thermostat, which can be controlled with an iPhone or iPad, is available for $249.95.

The addition of the Ecobee3 smart thermostat to the Apple online store is notable, given that the...

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14:02
ExtraBITS for 17 November 2014

This week in ExtraBITS, Managing Editor Josh Centers discussed net neutrality on The Tech Night Owl podcast, Kirk McElhearn investigated iOS storage space, Apple eased fears about the iOS Masque Attack vulnerability, Apple Pay made a mark at Whole Foods, and Amazon buried the hatchet with Hachette.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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14:00
AT&T launches limited time Mobile Share Value...

AT&T is launching a new plan offer starting November 18, giving existing and new customers looking for a bargain in data an additional option to consider. The company's current 10GB Mobile Share Value plan is getting a 5GB boost in shared data, while maintaining the $100 price. The wireless carrier says that the plan will be offered for a limited time, but doesn't give a date for the end of the promotion....



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13:57
Snapchat wants you to send cash through its app, but...

Snapchat is now letting you send cash through its app with a new feature called, fittingly enough, Snapcash. Your first instinct might be to take your debit card and run far,
far away from an app that has been the target of high-profile hacks—that’s understandable. But
Snapchat’s new Venmo-like feature is powered by a name people actually trust: Square.

Square handles the back-end details of Snapcash, including debit card number storage. No financial information will be kept on Snapchat’s servers, which
have fallen prey to attacks in the past.

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13:53
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 17...

Notable software releases this week include Little Snitch 3.5, Firefox 33.1, and LaunchBar 6.1.5.

 

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13:48
AT&T’s new promo offers 15GB of data for the...

AT&T recently ran a promo that offered double data on a select number of its Mobile Share Value plans. As a follow up, the carrier will soon start extending an extra 5GB of data to customers with 10GB plans at no additional charge. The offer starts tomorrow and runs for a “limited time.”

AT&T hasn’t clarified how long this promo will be available, so you’ll want to move quickly to take advantage of this deal. New and existing customers can add the additional 5GB of data to their Mobile Share plan by visiting att.com or using the carrier’s myAT&T mobile app.

In addition to extra data, Ma Bell’s share plan ships with unlimited talk...

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13:30
Track flights for free with Air UK Free

AirUK is an app developed by Fikret Urgan. It requires iOS 6.0 or later, is compatible with iPad and iPod touch, and is optimized for iPhone 5. A user can track flight statuses by following the movement of tiny plane icons. If you press on one of the...

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13:30
Review: RooCase Gelledge for iPhone 6

While Gelledge fits well and offers nearly complete protection of an iPhone 6 — there are only open holes for the Touch ID, ringer switch, and rear camera — the material is so lightweight that we’re not sure how it will stand up to a high drop on a hard surface. The case shouldn’t be confused with any heavy-duty options, but it does offer some degree of protection, and the button coverage is nice and responsive. Gelledge is a light…

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13:25
Square, Snapchat partner on Snapcash mobile payment...

Payment service Square has partnered with Snapchat on a new feature in the latter's mobile apps for iOS and Android, Snapcash. Users can quickly transfer money between each other by joining a chat, typing in the amount preceded by a dollar sign -- for instance "$3.50" -- and then hitting a green button. Prior to this, a person must register a debit card, the data for which is stored on Square servers....



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13:12
MFi Summit Shenzhen: Apple begins accepting product...

Accessory makers in Apple’s Made-for-iPhone/iPad (MFi) licensing program can now submit HomeKit product plans to Apple for approval, one of the last steps required before products begin hitting store shelves.

The news comes from Apple’s MFi Summit that took place in Shenzhen, China last week. The event, which is closed to the public and only open to those in the MFi program, focused heavily on Apple’s new Siri-controlled HomeKit product this year in addition to announcements related to iBeacon, new Lightning specs, game controllers, and more. First unveiled alongside iOS 8, HomeKit provides accessory makers and app developers in the home automation space a common...

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13:05
iPhone hardware partner Sony announces new 21-...

Sony announced a new imaging sensor today that the company says will improve smartphones cameras. The Exmor RS IMX230 is a stacked CMOS sensor that packs 21-megapixels into a small 1/2.4-inch design. One of the key talking points of Sony’s new chip is its 192 point phase detection autofocus, which makes it easier to shoot photos or video of a fast moving subject with your smartphone.

Sony’s new hardware also supports High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging for high-resolution photos and 4K video recording. This functionality will help shutterbugs capture better results in backlit environments. While Sony has its own line of smartphones and tablets, the company’s sensors...

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13:00
Apple gets ready for the holiday shopping season...

With the holiday buying season just around the corner, Apple is making a few minor changes to its retail stores to get ready. According to Kelly Hodgkins of MacRumors (and TUAW) the company will be introducing new holiday-colored shirts for employees...

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12:37
Briefly: Origin PC sellling Genesis case, new...

Custom computer builder Origin PC is celebrating its five-year anniversary, kicking it off with a special sale to commemorate the occasion. Origin PC announced that it's giving consumers the chance to buy the custom computer cases used for its Millennium and Genesis desktops for a limited time. Both cases feature Origin PC's industrial design and variable mounting, which allows the system parts to be configured in four different ways that include standard, 90 degree and inverted mounting options....



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12:30
Perch simplifies social media for business owners

Perch is a free, universal social media management app designed to save business owners time every day. Perch offers social network and review activity for your company in a simple, unified feed. It's also possible to watch other businesses and track...

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12:30
Review: Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i and Micro C.T.R.L.i

C.T.R.L.i and Micro C.T.R.L.i are similar in many ways. Both controllers use two AAA batteries for power, both connect using Bluetooth, and both have the same amount of control pads and buttons — two analog sticks, a d-pad, four face buttons, and four shoulder buttons. In size, C.T.R.L.i is more like what you’d expect from a modern console controller — it’s slightly smaller than Nintendo’s Wii U Pro Controller — while Micro…

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12:00
Vainglory, the game Apple highlighted to show off...

Super Evil Megacorp has released its new multiplayer online battle arena game Vainglory as a free download on the iTunes store. If the game sounds familiar, it's probably because Apple has been promoting the game since the very day it announced the...

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12:00
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

Crowman & Wolfboy [iOS...

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11:58
Toyota's Mirai Aims to Kick Fuel-Cell Tech Into...


Toyota on Monday officially unveiled its fuel cell sedan in an Internet video featuring Toyota Motor Corporation's president and CEO Akio Toyoda. The announcement comes in advance of the Los Angeles Auto Show Nov. 21-30. The new sedan, dubbed "Mirai" -- which means "future" in Japanese -- can travel up to 300 miles on a single tank of hydrogen, refuel in less than five minutes, and emit only water vapor. To ensure that its drivers actually can fuel up, Toyota announced that it will help establish 12 new hydrogen fueling stations in five states.

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11:55
Like I said, you can’t make this shit up

From The New York Times:

Samsung Turns to BlackBerry for Better Security

Dumb and Dumber

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11:55
And by the way, OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 is out as well...

It must be update Monday at Apple today. No sooner had I updated my iPhone 6 Plus to iOS 8.1.1 than I noticed a little red notification badge on the Mac App Store -- which ended up being the official version of OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 (I've been...

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11:46
“What I learned from Steve Jobs”
11:42
Some users encountering iMessage outages, delays

Some people are encountering problems with Apple's iMessage system, according to complaints on social networks such as Twitter. Affected users will find messages taking a long time to send, if they go out at all. Apple's system status page doesn't currently display any warnings....



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11:41
Apple releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.1

I installed it and am having no issues so far.

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11:30
iPad triggers evacuation at Houses of Parliament

If you own an iPad you already know how easily it can kill your productivity, but one of Apple's tablets ruined a work day at England's Parliament when Portcullis House -- an office building that houses government officials and their staffers -- was...

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11:20
Apple releases iOS and Yosemite updates to fix bugs...

If your iPhone 4s or iPad 2 have been slowing down since upgrading to iOS 8, today’s 8.1.1 update is designed to improve performance on those devices. The release isn’t as major as the feature-packed 8.1, which delivered Apple Pay to iOS devices, but it will fix a few bugs.

To install the update over the air, plug in your device and go through the standard Settings > General > Software Update routine.

OS X is also getting an update: 10.10.1 is here to fix Wi-Fi issues on Macs running Yosemite. Hundreds of complaints about Yosemite Wi-Fi problems have flooded Apple’s support forum since the OS upgrade was released last month. The complaints ranged from spotty connectivity to completely borked Wi-Fi.

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11:13
Apple releases simultaneous OS X 10.10.1, iOS 8.1.1...

Apple has released simultaneous updates for OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. OS X 10.10.1 copes mainly with significant bugs, such as a glitch with Wi-Fi that would cause a system to repeatedly disconnect. It also solves problems with sending Mail messages, displayed updates at the Mac App Store, Mac minis not waking from sleep, and disappearing items like Actions, sharing services, and Notification Center widgets....



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11:10
9to5Toys Lunch Break: AirPort Extreme (newest,...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

AirPort Extreme 802.11ac Wireless Base Station (Geek Squad Certified Refurb.) $120 (Reg. $199 new)more

Seagate Backup...

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11:07
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-17

Apple rolled out updates for iOS 8, Apple TV and OS X Yosemite this morning. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about what's in those updates, plus they take a look at an RBC report claiming Apple will sell 20 million Apple Watches in 2015.


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11:00
A power user’s guide to OS X Server, Yosemite edition

Welcome to Yosemite Server.

Andrew Cunningham

OS X Server is in maintenance mode. That much was clear when Mavericks Server came out a year ago with just a handful of welcome-but-minor tweaks and improvements. The software hasn’t grown stagnant, really—certainly not to the extent of something like Apple Remote Desktop, which only gets updated when it’s time to support a new OS X version. But now OS X Server is changing very little from version to version, and since the untimely death of the Mac Mini Server, Apple isn't even selling any kind of server-oriented hardware.

Still, the Yosemite version of OS X Server changes enough to be worth revisiting. As with our pieces on...

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11:00
What am I doing wrong?

Judging from the complaints and all-around bad feelings I've been seeing on social networks lately, it appears that Mac OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 are huge failures that are causing everyone a lot of pain and agony. So, if three Macs running OS X...

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10:42
OS X 10.10.1 released with fixes for Wi-Fi, Exchange...

Apple

Apple has just released OS X 10.10.1, the first major update to Yosemite. The patch doesn't include any big new features, but it fixes a handful of bugs including one that could cause problems with Wi-Fi connections. The update was released alongside iOS 8.1.1, a minor update that improves performance on older devices like the iPhone 4S and iPad 2.

You can grab 10.10.1 through the Mac App Store's Update tab, and it ought to show up on Apple's downloads site later today if you prefer to manually download and install. From Apple's official release notes:

  • Improves Wi-Fi reliability
  • Improves reliability when connecting to a Microsoft Exchange server
  • Resolves an issue that may...
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10:36
∞ Apple releases iOS 8.1.1

You can download the update by going to Settings > General > Software Update on your iOS device.

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10:35
News: Apple releases iOS 8.1.1

Apple has officially released iOS 8.1.1 to the public, a minor maintenance release that notes “bug fixes” as well as “stability and performance improvements” for the older iPhone 4S and iPad 2 models. iOS 8.1.1 is available as an over-the-air update or by updating via iTunes on a Mac or PC.

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10:35
iOS 8.1.1 is here, full of bug fixes, stability and...

Another day, another iOS update. iOS 8.1.1 is appearing on iPhones, iPads and iPod touches around the world via the standard over-the-air update process. You can install the update by simply launching Settings, then going to General > Software...

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10:30
Want a Mac under the Christmas tree this year?...

Online shoppers placing orders for the new Retina iMac on Apple's digital store are seeing notifications of "unexpected delays" as we make our way closer to the biggest gift-giving day of the year. MacNN is reporting that delays of up to two weeks...

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10:29
Apple releases iOS 8.1.1 to fix bugs and speed up...

Lee Hutchinson

Apple has just released iOS 8.1.1, the fourth update to iOS 8 since it was released two months ago. The update is available for all devices running iOS 8, including the iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6, and 6 Plus; all iPads except the first-generation model; and the fifth-generation iPod Touch.

iOS 8.1 focused mostly on adding features like SMS forwarding and Apple Pay, but 8.1.1 returns the focus to fixing bugs. The biggest improvement should be better performance on the iPhone 4S and iPad 2, devices that both suffered when iOS 8 was...

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10:26
Apple Adresses WiFi Issues in OS X Yosemite 10.10.1...

Along with iOS 8.1.1 and Apple TV 7.0.2, Apple released OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 on Monday. The update for the Mac operating system included fixes for WiFi reliability along with fixes for email-related issues.


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10:20
Apple TV (3rd Gen) Updated to 7.0.2, No Patch Notes

Apple pushed an update out for Apple TV (3rd Gen) on Monday, version 7.0.2. We have no idea what's in it because Apple hasn't released patch notes yet. We'll update this article when we know more.


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10:19
Apple's OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 update improves...

Apple's OS X Yosemite Mac operating system received a significant update on Monday designed to address nagging Wi-Fi connectivity issues that have plagued some users since its launch in October, along with a range of other bug fixes.

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10:16
Apple Releases OS X 10.10.1, iOS 8.1.1, and Apple TV...

Apple has updated all three of its major platforms for increased reliability and security.

 

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10:12
Apple releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 w/ bug fixes...

In addition to releasing iOS 8.1.1 for iPhone and iPad users, Apple has released OS X Yosemite 10.10.1 with bug fixes and performance improvements for Macs running the latest version of the desktop operating system. Mac users that have experienced WiFi performance issues running Yosemite should expect improvements with this bug fix release. The update is available for Macs running OS X Yosemite through the Updates tab of the Mac App Store.

In addition to addressing WiFi performance, Apple says OS X 10.10.1 also includes improvements for Microsoft Exchange users and fixes for Mail. You can read the full list of changes below.

The OS X Yosemite v10.10.1 Update improves...

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10:08
Apple releases iOS 8.1.1 with performance...

Apple on Monday pushed out an update for its mobile operating system in the form of iOS 8.1.1, with the headline improvements coming for users of older devices like the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S.

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10:07
Apple releases iOS 8.1.1 w/ bug fixes &...

Apple has released iOS 8.1.1, a minor update to last month’s iOS 8.1 release for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The public release for iOS 8.1.1 follows a beta release to members of Apple’s developer program. Last month Apple released iOS 8.1 which introduced Apple Pay support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users as well as the iCloud Photo Library public beta.

According to Apple, iOS 8.1.1 will improve performance for older, A5-powered devices running iOS 8, namely the iPad 2 and iPhone 4s; Apple’s current selling iPod touch first released in 2012 is also powered by Apple’s A5 chip.

The update is available over-the-air through the Settings app under General and Software Update. As always, you will need to be on...

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10:07
Apple Releases iOS 8.1.1, Improves Performance with...

Apple released iOS 8.1.1 on Monday. The patch notes for the release specify just one thing: "increased stability and performance improvements for iPad 2 and iPhone 4s." The released also includes unspecified bug fixes.

The Mac Observer Spin: There have been complaints from owners of both devices about poor performance with iOS 8.x, making this a welcome update. Please drop your experiences with the update in the comments


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10:00
Heyday: A wonderful, well-designed personal journal...

As I get older – and I'm already older than dirt compared to most of my fellow TUAW-ites – I find that it's more important to me to capture memories of what's going on in my life. I've been an avid journalist (one who writes a personal journal)...

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09:59
Apple's MacBook Air continues to bear the brunt...

As Microsoft begins ramping up the holiday ad blitz for its Surface tablets, the software giant has kept Apple's MacBook Air squarely in the crosshairs, continuing its string of television spots that pit the two devices against each other.

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09:49
Samsung to be main supplier of A-series chips in...

Samsung has signed a deal to become the "primary supplier" of Apple's A-series processors starting in 2015, claims the Korea Times. Last year TSMC is believed to have taken over the majority of production, possibly around 60 percent. Under the new scheme, Samsung is expected to churn out chips at its Austin, Texas plant -- the original home of the A series -- and at another facility in New York. Samsung's share of the work is forecast to grow to 80 percent by 2016....



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09:30
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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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09:13
Spotify control of Uber cab audio revealed, new...

Spotify is partnering with Uber, allowing passengers of the taxi app to play their choice of music via the cab's built-in audio system. At the same time as the audio announcement, it appears that code within the Spotify app itself points toward the future introduction of a podcasting service, alongside another unknown feature given the name "Magic."...



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09:00
The best farm animal simulator on Mac is turning...

Goat Simulator is one of the best games of the year -- no, seriously, you can waste a whole lot of time doing absolutely nothing as a goat -- and now it's getting a ridiculous update that is going to make it even more of a time-sink. This Thursday,...

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08:48
Apple retail gift cards arrive in third-party stores...

Apple is making a big push with gift cards for the holidays with the most notable change being gift cards for its retail stores arriving through third-party retailers, according to sources. The company already sold iTunes/App Store gift certificates through a number of retail parters, but it has just recently started selling its Apple Store gift cards outside its own channels as well. Apple Retail will also make changes to repair procedures tomorrow including the introduction of in-store repairs for Beats products. 

In addition to arriving at third-party retailers, the gift cards received a new look (pictured above) and Apple retail plans to advertise the gold, silver, and space gray cards next to matching Beats headphones on the retail floor rather than in the back. Other holiday changes for Apple retail...

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08:48
Now you can DJ your Uber ride with in-car Spotify...

The best part of driving is the freedom to belt out tunes of your choosing. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick would rather you hail a car from his app than tool around town in your own set of wheels, so the company is partnering with Spotify to put control of Uber’s sound system in your phone. 

On Friday, you’ll have the option to link your Spotify and Uber accounts within the Uber app. When a music-enabled car responds to your ride request, you can pull up your Spotify playlists within a bottom bar inside the Uber app and jam out. The partnership is launching in 10 cities at first, including San Francisco, New York, London, Stockholm, and Singapore, before rolling out worldwide in coming months. Spotify’s promotional video below shows the feature in action:

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08:39
Verizon Wireless adopts harsher early termination...

Well, this should give you another reason to dislike Verizon.

Per Macworld and Droid Life, wireless carrier Verizon recently changed the terms of its customer agreement to state that the carrier will not discount its early termination fee (ETF) until the eighth month of service.

In other words, if you signed up for a new iPhone with Verizon in December, you wouldn’t see a reduction in your ETF until at least July. Verizon previously discounted its ETF by $10 every month beginning with the first month of service.

The new terms only apply to new customers that sign up for service on or after...

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08:33
First ACEs Conference for Apple consultants...

A new Apple-focused meetup for consultants is kicking off its inaugural conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, this coming up May. The event is called the ACEs Conference and it’s put on by two members of the Apple community, Justin Esgar and Luis Giraldo, both of whom run Apple consultant businesses in Manhattan and Canada, respectively. The two describe the event as being for Apple consultants by Apple consultants:

The Aces Conference is the first of its kind. Apple consultants teaching Apple consultants not only tips and tricks of tech, but of business too. Learn how to be a better consultant, a better technician, a better everything at Aces Conf.

Jeff Gamet of the Mac Observer will lead the keynote and sessions include topics such as growing your business and app...

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08:19
Apple Stores changing up look of gift cards, worker...

Apple is planning some minor changes at its retail stores in preparation for the holiday season, sources say. One of these includes dressing clerks in red holiday shirts. A permanent adjustment, though, will involve removing neck lanyards from the standard uniform; to compensate for the lack of ID, clerks will reportedly be asked to introduce themselves more often....



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Apple seals UnionPay deal, takes step to...

Apple may be a little bit closer to bringing Apple Pay to Chinese shores.

Per The Mac Observer, Apple announced a deal over the weekend where customers can use the system to link a China UnionPay credit or debit card to their Apple ID for one-tap App Store purchases, which could eventually lead to using their iPhones in retail stores, too.

Prior to the UnionPay deal, China’s iTunes Store customers were forced to set up pre-paid accounts linked directly to bank accounts — a process that was inconvenient and didn’t quick purchases easy.

Apple’s customers in China have been asking for UnionPay support for some time. The company’s senior vice president of Internet Software and...

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Jony Ive talks about the link between design and...

While Jony Ive used to be Apple's quiet man behind the scenes, occasionally popping up in Apple-produced videos shown at Apple media events, it's now hard to keep tabs on Ive's numerous appearances and speaking engagements. One second he's conducting...

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07:55
Review: Brodit, the ultimate car dock system for...

There are about a quadrillion different car docks for iPhones, ranging in price from a few dollars right up into triple digits. Brodit docks sit right at the high end, with a complete powered installation coming in at around $140-150.

Crazy money? Expensive for sure, but having owned one since the iPhone 4, I didn’t even consider anything else when I bought my iPhone 6 … 

Brodit is a Swedish company specialising in mounting systems for attaching electronic equipment to vehicles. Brodit systems have two selling-points.

First, quality. Once installed, a Brodit mount looks like a factory fitment, and is rock-solid. The...

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07:50
Apple informs some users of “unexpected delays” for...

You might have to get your loved one a nice side gift, as the really nice iMac you ordered for the holidays could be delayed.

Per 9to5Mac, a number of new orders for Apple’s recently launched 27-inch Retina iMac aren’t the only ones seeing delayed shipment times as Apple has just started informing some customers of unexpected delays for orders placed as long ago as last month.

Readers pointed to an email from Apple informing them that delivery of their shiny new iMac has been pushed back up to an additional two weeks. One reader contacted by Apple ordered the device on Oct. 31 and at the time was provided with a shipment estimate of 7-10 days and delivery estimate of Nov. 14-19.

In the email quoting an “unexpected delay” (pictured above), Apple...

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07:44
Kairos T-BAND Smart Band: Make Any Watch a Smart...

One of the big issues among us watch geeks that are also tech geeks has been merging our desire to continue to wear our favorite analog watch(es) while simultaneously getting smart watch features. Seems the folks at Kairos had the same concerns and have been hard at work concocting the T-Band - a smart band for your existing watch. They've got three models, one of which even features a OMOLED display right in the band for $179. It's just now beginning its Indiegogo campaign but will fund even if they don't hit their $50k goal (but I'm guessing they will).


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07:36
Rumor: Apple taps rival Samsung to build majority of...

A new rumor suggests that Apple has struck a major new agreement with its chief rival, Samsung, in which the South Korean electronics maker will produce most of Apple's custom A-series processors for iPhone and iPad starting in 2015.

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07:32
Korea Times claims Samsung will be lead supplier for...

Korea Times is claiming that a deal has been struck with Apple for Samsung to supply 80% of the chips for next year’s iPhones and iPads, with TSMC picking up the balance of orders.

Samsung Electronics agreed with Apple to produce application processors (APs) from next year for iPhones and iPads, sources said Monday.

The agreement means Samsung will become a primary supplier of APs to Apple, pushing its chief Taiwanese rival TSMC back to second place. From 2016, the company will supply 80 percent of APs used in Apple devices, and TSMC the remainder.

The paper suggests that Samsung will split production of the A9 chip across its Korean and Texas plants, partnering with New York-based GlobalFoundries for additional capacity …
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07:27
Retina iMac buyers being notified of '...

Some people who ordered the Retina iMac in the past few weeks have been receiving emails from Apple, claiming an "unexpected delay" in shipping. In one example, a buyer says they placed an online order on October 31st, and were initially quoted a delivery window between November 14th and the 19th. A delay notice has shifted that window to between the 28th and December 2nd....



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07:27
OS X Yosemite: Set Safari’s Search Engine to...

If you're looking for a more anonymous way to search the Internet than Google or Bing offers, OS X Yosemite lets you change your search engine to DuckDuckGo. It's easy and fast. Read on to learn how.


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