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Saturday December 13

12:00
Reviews: VisionTek 128GB USB Pocket SSD

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



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

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

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09:13
FunBITS: Shovel Knight Digs up the Fun

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

 

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

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

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

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



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08:36
Hands On: Momento (iOS)

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



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08:29
Tumblr year in review

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

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07:44
Predicting hard drive failure using SMART stats

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

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07:38
∞ You have a package

This is not news, just an interesting experience.

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

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


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

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



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07:00
Caturday: Working with Bud

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

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


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

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04:09
Apple Antitrust Case Finds New Consumer Plaintiff

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

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

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

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Friday December 12

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

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



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

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



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

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

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

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


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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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17:19
∞ Heart: “Barracuda” in 1977

Ann and Nancy Wilson are amazing.

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

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

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

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16:43
The Oxford Comma

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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16:07
A visual Web

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

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

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

Apps Now Free

Jenga [iOS Universal; N...

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


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

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

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

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

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

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15:15
The Heisman at ESPN

I think Marcus Mariota has this one wrapped up.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

$100 iTunes Gift Card for $80 delivered via email: Save 20% on future purchases of Apps, Music, Movies, more

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

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

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

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



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

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

 

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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11:00
Daily Deals for December 12, 2014, featuring four...

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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10:33
Legal action over 2011 MacBook Pro extends into...

A second class action lawsuit has been filed against Apple over the 2011 MacBook Pro. The new case originates in Canada, specifically from a Montreal-based lawfirm, Lex Group Attorneys. Like the original US case, the new suit states that Apple shipped MacBooks with bad soldering of an AMD graphics chip to the logic board, and that this led to a variety of graphics problems. To get it fixed, some customers were forced to pay out-of-warranty repair costs that could scale up to $600, despite Apple apparently being at fault....



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10:24
Rumor: A9 processor production underway, Samsung...

Despite years of legal acrimony between Apple and Samsung, there’s still money to be made in processor manufacturing.

Per 9to5Mac and Korea’s Electronic Times, industry insiders have stated that Samsung Electronics began production of Apple’s A9 in the Austin plant in the US using the 14nm FinFET technology. Samsung has production lines capable of FinFET process production in Austin, US and Giheung, Korea, but began to produce A9 only in Austin as it is in the initial stage.

It had been reported back in July that Samsung had received some orders for the chips, which the company effectively confirmed in October when the president of the company’s chip-making division said that profits would improve once it began supplying its...

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10:20
Apple releases third beta of OS X 10.10.2 with...

Apple on Friday supplied developers with a third beta of OS X 10.10.2, a forthcoming maintenance and security update for its Yosemite operating system for Mac, with indications that it may address lingering Wi-Fi issues.

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10:20
Why Apple’s Next Generation TV Project is on Hold

Apple's CEO Tim Cook has whet our appetite several times about his company's interest in the consumer side of watching TV. For too long, we've been waiting for something, we're not sure what, that brings to fruition what we hope is a futuristic and better vision. But what if new technology isn't what's stopping Apple. John Martellaro has a hunch.


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10:11
Apple seeds third OS X 10.10.2 beta highlighting...

Apple has seeded a new build of pre-release OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 highlighting focus ares including WiFi, Mail, and VoiceOver. The third tester preview of OS X 10.10.2 brings the build number up to 14C81f following build 14C78c released earlier this month. We’ll update with any notable changes spotted in the new release for testers.

OS X users on the Yosemite pre-release release cycle can find the update through the Mac App Store via the Updates tab.

Notably, both Mail and VoiceOver fixes appear as new focus areas for this release over the previous pre-release version.

Apple released the...

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10:11
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-12

Apple changed its mind and now says it's OK for Panic's Transmit to upload files to iCloud Drive. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at the problems and frustration developers and consumers face because of inconsistencies in the App Store review process, plus they get excited about DeskConnect's Workflow for the iPhone and iPad.


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10:00
Holiday Gift Guide: Health gadgets — get a healthy...

When the new year rolls around, a lot of us have New Year’s resolutions to become a healthier person and plan to exercise more. Last year I set my New Year’s resolution to do just that. However, last year was the first year I really used technology and wearables to help me with my journey, and I successfully lost sixty pounds. These gadgets helped me with my weight loss journey. They can keep you focused, inspire you, motivate you, and carry your gear.

iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus

The iPhone 6/6 Plus contains a dual core A8 processor and M8 motion coprocessor. The M8 motion coprocessor tracks and measures movement from the accelerometer, barometer, compass and gyroscope, which allows for the phone to analyze your steps, movement, distance and change in elevation. With a new two year contract, the iPhone 6/6 Plus starts...

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10:00
Nazi tracker app coming soon to a German iPhone near...

At a time when ultra-nationalist rallies are becoming a weekly occurrence in the German capital of Berlin, activists are turning to apps to help track the extremist movement and ensure it doesn't evolve into something more dangerous, RT reports. The ...

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09:52
Hands On: Altunenator (OS X)

There are at least several apps that come to mind that aim to accentuate your iTunes experience. One that we're taking a look at today is Altunenator, a budget-friendly, $1 app that ensures the listener isn't subjected to the same songs (or other media content) too frequently. Altunenator skips tracks for you based on preset parameters such the duration between the last time a song was played, which is particularly suited for playing a large playlist or your full library on shuffle. Is it worth checking out?...



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09:30
Octa Lynx Grips iPads and Clamps to Just About...

The Lynx iPad stand from Octa clamps to any number of irregular surfaces while also providing close-up and personal access to your tablet. It works equally well with large iPads and the iPad mini. Soft rubber clamps prevent scratches. Plus, it breaks down into three easy pieces for transport.


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09:27
Samsung already manufacturing A9 chips at Austin...

Samsung has already started manufacturing Apple A9 processors at its factory in Austin, Texas, claims South Korea's Electronic Times. Production is fact said to have started just this Thursday, using the company's latest 14nm manufacturing process. The story is consistent with other recent reports suggesting A9 production would begin by the end of the year, and statements from within Samsung that it would be supplying Apple with 14nm hardware....



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09:09
Apple-1 sold by Steve Jobs fetches $365,000 at...

Apple’s beginnings in a Los Altos, Calif. garage are the stuff of legend. Steve Jobs sold the first Apple computers, dubbed Apple-1, out of his parents’ garage for $666.66 apiece. Jobs and Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak only made about 200 units, and on Thursday the last known Apple-1 to be sold by Jobs out of the garage was auctioned off for $365,000.

Christie’s auction house expected the fully functional computer, sold by Jobs to Charles Ricketts in 1976, to sell for $400,000 to $600,000, so the final selling price is a bit disappointing. Apple-1 units sold in recent years have commanded wildly disparate prices.

In October, The Henry Ford snagged an Apple-1 for display at the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan for $905,000, almost double the high-end estimate. Auction house Bonhams said that computer might have been one of...

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09:00
Apple's Zorlu Center store in Istanbul wins...

When Apple works closely with both architect and engineer on flagship retail stores, the result can be magical. That's the case with the Apple Store Zorlu Center in Istanbul, Turkey, which won a pair of awards at The Institution of Structural Enginee...

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08:53
Class-action lawsuit over 2011 MacBook Pro GPU...

Following a petition with thousands of signatures related to GPU complaints and a class-action lawsuit filed in the United States, another class-action lawsuit has been filed north of the border against Apple Canada over the same GPU issues affecting some 15-inch and 17-inch 2011 MacBook Pro models equipped with an AMD graphics chip.

The virtually identical class-action lawsuit was filed in Canada by Montreal-based legal firm Lex Group Attorneys and argues that certain 2011 MacBook Pros suffer from a design and manufacturing defect that causes graphical issues such as severe screen distortion,...

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08:38
Robinhood financial tool launches, offers zero...

You may love the stock market or hate it, but it’s out there and it’s worth tapping into.

And if you’ve got a handy iOS app to help you do it, so much the better.

The Robinhood app has surfaced for iOS, complete with zero commission for U.S. listed securities.

The app is designed to be intuitive to anyone who uses it. Drag your finger across interactive graphs to view historical share prices. Swipe left and right between stocks in your watchlist. Quickly tell when the markets are open and closed with simple color schemes. When you’re ready to purchase a stock, just swipe up to buy.

With your cash or margin account, you can purchase U.S. listed stocks and exchange-traded-funds by placing market and limit orders. Robinhood lets you build a personalized watchlist, view market data in...

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08:33
Replacing your Apple ID account recovery key

There’s been a lot of discussion over the past few days about Apple ID two-step verification and the fact that Apple can’t restore your account if you lose your recovery key. Here’s how to do it.

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08:15
Giveaway: Win a Creative Kit Plus software bundle...

Earlier this year Macphun started offering a bundle of software titles together called the Creative Kit which consisted of Snapheal Pro, Intensify Pro and Focus Pro. They have recently added Tonality Pro to this bundle, and it is now called the Creative Kit Plus and it retails for $150. We have teamed up with Macphun to give away one of these bundles to one of our lucky readers....



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08:14
Microsoft acquires HockeyApp development tool,...

It’s hard to say what Microsoft will do with it, but it could be interesting.

According to a blog post over on the Microsoft Developer Network, Microsoft has acquired HockeyApp, a class leading service for mobile crash analytics and app distribution for developers building apps on iOS, Android and Windows Phone. The company stated that it will integrate HockeyApp into the Application Insights service in Visual Studio Online to expand Application Insights support for iOS and Android.

Based in Stuttgart, Germany, HockeyApp offers a range of mobile development services enabling developers to develop, distribute, and beta test great mobile applications.

HockeyApp’s service include the following:
- Crash reporting: Fast and precise crash reporting with easy app integration, rich crash analysis and support for connecting...

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08:14
How to Build Your Own Apps with Workflow for the...

Workflow is a cool new app for the iPhone and iPad that lets you automate actions that otherwise would be tedious, or even impossible without other apps. You can even save your workflows so they show up on your Home screen just like any other app. Read on to learn how to build your own apps in Workflow.


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08:10
Forums: alleged iPhone instability

While this week has been relatively quiet in the MacNN forums, members discuss topics such as iPhone instability, software compatibility and more. After having his first iPhone for a short while, Mac Elite "jeff k" turned to the forums looking for explanations to problems he is experiencing. Yesterday one Fresh-Faced Recruit turned to the forums to ask if Adobe Acrobat Professional 8 and Yosemite work nicely together....



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08:06
Apple deals: up to $600 off Mac Pros

Right now at Apple's online store chose from a wide selection of refurbished Mac Pro models with savings of up to $600 off the list price. The refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz Intel Xeon quad-core E5 processor, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of flash based storage is now $2,549 after a $450 discount. For $3,219 is the refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.5GHz 6-Core Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage....



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08:00
YouTube Find: Cheer on this iPad robot as it escapes...

Double Robotics had a clever idea to market Double, its iPad-equipped telepresence robot -- instead of a plain jane demonstration video, the company setup a robot in a conference room and allowed the public to control it over the Internet. Users coul...

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07:51
Deepest Discount Ever: $700 off Apple's 15-inch...

Even with the holiday shopping season nearing its final stretch, Apple Authorized Resellers continue to introduce significant savings on some of the company's most popular products, such as a new offer that marks down a 15-inch MacBook Pro (2.6GHz, 16GB, 1TB, 750M) by a record $700.

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07:49
Workflow for iOS aims to simplify automation of...

A newly launched iOS application dubbed "Workflow" enables users to drag and drop combinations of more than 100 different actions to create automated and complex workflows.

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07:31
Iowa planning America’s first iPhone driver’s...

If you’re pulled over by a patrol car in Iowa, you might in future find the officer asking for your ‘iPhone and registration, please.’ The state is working on creating a smartphone app that can be shown in place of a physical license, reports the WSJ.

DOT spokeswoman Andrea Henry said that both security and privacy concerns need to be addressed before the project can proceed. Animation might be used to guard against someone showing a screengrab in place of the app, and privacy will be protected by ensuring that “the phone never leaves your hands.”

Users could hold up the phone so that police or Transportation Security Administration officers can scan the license electronically, rather than handling the phone.

The app will also need to hide notifications while...

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07:24
Daily Deal: The Name-Your-Own-Price iOS Designer...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering up another great Name-Your-Own-Price bundle: The iOS Designer Bundle includes four all-level courses and three asset packs that will help you design your next great iOS app. With something for everyone from beginners to advanced designers, this bundle brings you all of the tools you need to design an engaging iOS app. You pay what you want for the Learn Mobile First Web Design Using Bootstrap and The Art Of…

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07:06
No Respite for Sony


Since the hacker group calling itself "Guardians of Peace" announced its attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment late last month, things have gone downhill for the company. After confidential documents were leaked to the Internet over several days, a denouement of sorts was reached last week, when a security company examining the stolen data discovered nearly 50,000 Social Security numbers of current and former employees. The Social Security information was not encrypted, and it appears Sony exercised very little control over it.

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07:02
Apple Online Store Adds PayPal as Payment Option

You can now buy your new Mac, iPhone, or iPad through Apple's online store with PayPal, giving shoppers yet another way to spend their money. Apple added the option Wednesday night, bringing its online store inline with the App Store, iTunes Store, and iBooks Store.

The Mac Observer Spin: Plenty of people like to use PayPal for online purchases, so it's nice to see the option finally show up on Apple's Web-based store.


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07:01
Twitter clients in 2014: An exploration of Tweetbot...

Federico Viticci on the history of Twitter clients and the current state of the union. Fantastic read.

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07:00
Apple online store now accepting payment via PayPal

Ahead of the busy holiday shopping season, Apple has made shopping from its online store that much easier. According to a report from Re/Code, Apple's online store for U.S. and U.K. based customers now accepts payment via PayPal.

As you can tell fro...

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06:54
Apple Pay in-app checkout added to MLB Ballpark...



Apple Pay support is still slowly rolling out from more banks, retailers, and apps, and two notable updates added Apple Pay in-app checkout options this week.

First up is Priceline, the app that aims to...

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06:42
Apple’s sprawling, back-loaded 2014, and what to...

Apple's PR strategy revolves around scarcity of information—the company makes so few official announcements or even comments on news stories that people pay attention when it speaks. Its product announcements are day-long events revolving around hour-long keynotes that completely consume the tech news cycle whenever they happen. It's a different approach from, say, Google, which has so many things going on at any given time that it feels like the company is announcing some small news basically every day.

For the first half of 2014, Apple just didn't have much to say. Its big product announcements in the first half of the year involved the resurrection of the iPad 4 in place of the $399 iPad 2 (it has since been re-discontinued) and a small...

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06:39
News: TwelveSouth releases BookBook for iPhone 6 and...

TwelveSouth has released the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus versions of its signature BookBook case. As with prior versions, the new BookBook for iPhone 6 & 6 Plus ($60) combines a wallet and iPhone protection into a single, classic-looking leather book design. The new version also now adds a removable, sturdy shell case, however, allowing users to easily remove their iPhone from the wallet and carry it separately without losing protection. A hands-free…

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06:36
Apple begins accepting PayPal at US, UK web stores

Apple has begun accepting PayPal at its US and UK online stores, reports note. The option has been present for some time when making a purchase through iTunes, including the App Store and the iBookstore, but missing from Apple's websites. When checking out, PayPal is listed as the only alternative to a credit or debit card....



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06:27
Iowa to launch smartphone driver’s license

Sometime next year, residents of Iowa will be able to download an app that will act as their driver’s license. Is this a job for the secure element?

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06:09
Review: Kodak PixPro SL10 Smart Lens camera

Smartphone imagery still widely varies. Large Megapixel counts don't make for a good image, and the optics in some devices are lacking. Kodak thinks they have a solution in the Kodak PixPro SL10 Smart Lens camera. Kodak's clip-on camera is an independent all-in-one 16MP cylindrical-shaped digital camera that attaches to both Android and IOS smartphones. The concept is not exactly new to the market, as Sony has their similar versions. Does the PixPro SL10 stand out? Check our review to find out....



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06:02
Production of next year’s A9 chip reportedly...

Production by Samsung of the A9 chip destined for next year’s iPhones and iPads is underway, according to a report in Korea’s Electronic Times.

According to industry insiders on December 11, Samsung Electronics began production of Apple’s A9 in the Austin plant in the US using the 14nm FinFET technology. Samsung has production lines capable of FinFET process production in Austin, US and Giheung, Korea, but began to produce A9 only in Austin as it is in the initial stage.

It had been reported back in July that Samsung had received some orders for the chips, which the company ...

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06:02
Rumor: Samsung begins building first 'A9'...

After Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. reportedly built the majority of A8 chips for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple is said to have begun turning back to Samsung for its next-generation "A9" processor, which is expected to power the company's 2015 iPhone lineup.

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06:01
The astonishing, award-winning Apple Store in...

Jaw-droppingly beautiful.

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06:00
Reviews: Kodak PixPro SL10 Smart Lens Camera

Smartphone imagery still widely varies. Large Megapixel counts don't make for a good image, and the optics in some devices are lacking. Kodak thinks they have a solution in the Kodak PixPro SL10 Smart Lens camera. Kodak's clip-on camera is an independent all-in-one 16MP cylindrical-shaped digital camera that attaches to both Android and IOS smartphones. The concept is not exactly new to the mark ......



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06:00
Cases licensed under Apple's MFi program must...

When you're selling an iPhone accessory it helps to have the official stamp on your product that reads "Made for iPhone." It lets people know your product isn't just a cheap knock off. To get that stamp you have to meet certain standards, which have ...

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05:50
OS X: Checking Your Mac’s Remaining Battery Life

Let's talk about batteries! Today Melissa Holt is going to walk us through checking the cycle count of laptop batteries and comparing that number to what Apple says is the maximum we can expect from each model. From that info, you'll know whether your battery is a happy camper or is close to needing replacement. Uncovering future problems before they become emergencies is the subject of today's Quick Tip.


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