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Thursday January 15

04:02
Apple chip supplier TSMC announces record profits,...

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company – better known as TSMC – has posted record Q4 profits after taking around 60% of the orders for the A8 chip in the iPhone 6/Plus. Nasdaq reports the company’s net profits for the quarter rose 79% year-on-year.

TSMC, the world’s largest contract chip maker by revenue, said Thursday that net profit for the three months ended Dec. 31 was 79.99 billion New Taiwan dollars (US$2.51 billion), up from NT$44.81 billion a year earlier.

TSMC’s move into 20-nanometer chip production enabled Apple to reduce its reliance on Samsung for the A8 chip, with the chipmaker saying that it is making further investment in more...

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03:30
Wakie for iOS wants you to ditch the alarm clock and...

There are lots of alarm clock apps out there—alarms with traditional tones, alarms that ditch the sound for a screen brightening approach, alarms that get angry when you try to snooze.

And then there’s Wakie. Part alarm, part social network, Wakie is a community-based alarm clock, where members of that community will call you to wake you up in the morning. That’s right: Instead of an alarm, your phone will ring, with an anonymous stranger on the other end who is supposedly ready to coax you out of bed. 

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02:30
How Apple Inc. managed to upstage the tech industry...

Within three years of Steve Jobs' return to Apple in 1996, he transformed the then-struggling company into an innovation machine capable of consistently stealing attention from the rest of the industry. This year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas suffered at least its fifteenth year of being upstaged by Apple.

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01:44
Apple patent points to iCloud-based Touch ID syncing...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application for an iCloud-based fingerprint storage and cross-device syncing solution, a system that could do away with manual Touch ID setup and power next-generation Apple Pay-enabled POS terminals.

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00:44
Parallels Access for iOS updated with new file...

Parallels on Thursday updated its Parallels Access app for iOS, adding a robust file manager, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus support and iOS file sharing features, among other enhancements.

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00:01
Parallels Access gains new file manager, iPhone 6...

Parallels Access today received a significant version 2.5 update with support for the iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus, a new file managing system, improved audio controls, and a new web browser-based version. Parallels Access, as we covered upon its launch for the iPhone last year, is a robust remote computing application that allows you to view and control multiple Macs or Windows PCs via an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Android device.

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Wednesday January 14

23:39
Xiaomi aims to take on the iPhone 6 Plus with new 5....


Image via Darth Mowl

After teasing a super-thin new smartphone earlier this week, smartphone maker (or, maybe more accurately, “smartclone maker”) Xiaomi revealed its 2015 flagship model, the Note. Just to be clear, this is an entirely new device, and doesn’t seem to be related to the company’s existing “Redmi Note” smartphone.

It’s also not related to Samsung’s similarly named devices, though it...

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23:00
App Invasion: Wakie for iOS is the most awkward...

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21:05
Logitech announces Harmony API, begins accepting...

Logitech has announed a new API for developers that will allow them to integrate their software with the many smart home devices supported by the Harmony system. There are currently over 270,000 different automation products and services that work with the Harmony API.

The API will enable the creation of new control platforms that let users carry out automated tasks using voice control, gestures, and more. Many developers have already been granted beta access, and others who would like to give the system a try can request access by emailing the company. The full press release is available below.

Logitech Harmony Opens Largest Library of Home Entertainment and Smart Home Products to Developers

New Harmony API Empowers Developers To Build Exceptional Home Control Experiences

NEWARK, Calif. — Jan. 14, 2014 — Today Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) announced the availability of...

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17:15
Google Maps for iOS gains restaurant filters,...


Google today released an update for its iOS mapping application. The latest build, version 4.2.0, allows users to filter their restaurant searches by the type of food offered, get global weather reports, and add transit directions to your phone’s calendar. You can also add pins to the origin and destination during navigation.

There are, of course, other miscellaneous “bug fixes” that have been applied. The free update is available from the iOS App Store.

What’s New in Version 4.2.0
• Filter searches for restaurants by cuisine type
• See current weather information for cities around the world
• Drop a pin for your starting and destination points in directions and...

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17:01
Westlake Apple Store set to open in Hangzhou, China...

The Apple Store in Hangzhou, China that was initially believed to be opening late last year finally has an official date.

The Westlake store, as it’s being called by Apple, will open on Saturday, January 24th at 9 AM local time. While many Apple Stores are named after the city or street where they’re located, the Westlake store is named after a popular lake located in the city.

In recent months, Apple’s new retail chief has expressed her desire to push further into the Chinese market along with expanding the company’s...

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16:57
Facebook Adds Amber Alerts for Missing Kids


Facebook on Tuesday announced that it has begun a new effort to help find missing children by incorporating Amber Alerts into the news feeds of its 185 million U.S. users.
Through the effort, which is part of a partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the alerts are sent only to users in targeted search areas. They're shown on both desktop and mobile devices and can be shared among users. Photographs and other details about the missing children are included.

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16:25
Apple seeds OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite beta to developers

Apple on Wednesday issued a fourth beta build for an upcoming OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite maintenance update, requesting developers test Wi-Fi, Mail, VoiceOver and Bluetooth functionality ahead of public release.

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16:23
Apple seeds new OS X 10.10.2 beta with build number...

Apple has released a new beta version of OS X 10.10.2 to developers through the App Store’s software update mechanism and the Mac Developer Center. The update, which has a build number of 14C99d (compared to 14C94b in the previous release) is not yet available to AppleSeed users.

The 10.10.2 update will include fixes for common Wi-Fi problems, issues with the built-in Mail app, VoiceOver, and more. With only one week passing between pre-release builds, it seems the patch is getting closer to completion, and could be expected for public release soon.

Filed under: Mac Tagged:...

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16:21
Project Ara: Google’s modular smartphone

From Google’s Project Ara Web site:

The smartphone is one of the most empowering and intimate objects in our lives. Yet most of us have little say in how the device is made, what it does, and how it looks. And 5 billion of us don’t have one. What if you could make thoughtful choices about exactly what your phone does, and use it as a creative canvas to tell your own story?

Introducing Project Ara.

Designed exclusively for 6 billion people.

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16:16
Google Translate App Gets Silver Tongue


Google on Wednesday released a new version of its Translate app for Android and iOS. The app now lets users instantly translate text in foreign languages using their smartphone cameras. Translate app features available on iOS for the first time are camera mode, including Word Lens; and conversational mode, said Google spokesperson Roya Soleimani. The new Translate app also makes conversations between people speaking different languages smoother. The user just has to select the languages spoken and tap the mike icon.

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16:00
PhotoTime: An incredibly powerful iOS photo...

It's not often an app really impresses me, but PhotoTime (free) does. While many apps, including Apple's Photos app, will tag photos and read EXIF data from your photos, PhotoTime goes a lot deeper.

First, you let PhotoTime see your photos, and they...

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15:34
Google releases Chrome Remote Desktop app for iOS,...

This could come in handy.

On Wednesday, Google released its Chrome Remote Desktop app for iOS and Android.

The app, which connects mobile devices to Mac, Windows & Linux-based computers for desktop access, requires the Chrome web browser and application to install and run as well as a user-configured 6-digit PIN.

The Chrome Remote Desktop app requires a device running iOS 7.0 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the app and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

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15:24
Google's Project Ara Smartphone Puzzle Is...


Google has shed fresh light on Project Ara, its modular Android smartphone initiative, including plans to pilot the project in Puerto Rico through food truck-style stores. Project Ara will offer a smartphone endoskeleton; users will be able to add the functionality they want piece by piece, rather than being confined by predetermined hardware configurations. Google showed off its progress on Spiral 2 prototypes and previewed its plans for Spiral 3 -- and for ultimately marketing the devices -- at its DevCon2 developers conference on Wednesday.

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15:00
Doxie Go Wi-Fi: Computer-free scanning goes wireless

TUAW has been following the story of Doxie, the mobile scanner, since day one. This year's iteration of the little scanner is the US$229 Doxie Go Wi-Fi, bringing more built-in storage, an iOS app, and Wi-Fi to a popular accessory. Check out the revie...

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14:30
Amplified: “What I didn’t spend on booze, I spent on...

Jim and Shawn talk about the Mac, the iPhone in the past, the Apple Watch in the future, and how to learn to play guitar!

Sponsored by lynda.com (Start learning something new by visiting lynda.com/amplified and get a FREE 10-day trial where you can access all of their 3,000+ courses).

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14:03
Watch two climbers in a live push for the summit of...

Riveting. Watch Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson make their final push for the summit of El Capitan in one of the hardest free climbs in the world. This is being carried live.

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14:00
Due 2 makes timers, reminders easy and now includes...

Many of us here at TUAW were big fans of Due when it arrived on the App Store. It featured a no-nonsense design that allowed you to set timers and timed reminders quickly and intuitively, plus a few niceties like a logbook for previous timed events i...

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13:54
∞ Apple Watch: The success or failure of Apple’s...

One thing I’ve learned over the last 20 years of writing about Apple is that there’s no shortage of naysayers, ready to declare certain failure of the companies newest product—whatever that product happens to be. The Apple Watch is the latest in a long list of products, that includes the iPod, iPhone, iPad and Macs, that critics says will fail. [...]

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13:47
Google rolling out updated Drive app for Mac w/ new...

Google is rolling out an updated version of its Google Drive app for Mac and PC this week with a few handy new features. First, you’ll find (as you can see above) that Google has updated the status menu to show much more information than before. Now, you can see the files that are being synced up to the cloud as well as a check mark next to them that will appear as they do so. The app will also make it clear which files are currently syncing and which files are yet to be synced. Additionally, hovering over an item will let you share it straight from the menu.

The update also brings a feature that will let you restrict how much bandwidth the app uses in the case that you’re uploading a huge file but would still like to...

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13:44
Google updates Translate, launches Classroom for iOS

Como se dicecomment dites-vouswie sagt man… Google knows you mean well with your attempts to speak a country’s native language when you’re traveling, but also knows that sometimes you need a little help. And that’s OK. Google’s latest update to its Translate app for iOS, which launched on Wednesday, will help you learn the language while you try to get by.

It's a great time to be a student. Google Classroom lets you complete assignments from your iPhone, if you have a Google Apps for Education account.

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13:30
News: Apple launches suit against Ericsson over LTE...

Apple has launched a lawsuit against Ericsson, alleging that the Swedish company is demanding excessive royalties for its LTE patents, Reuters reports. In the suit, Apple claims that Ericsson’s patents are “not essential to industry cellular standards” and that it does not owe Ericsson royalties for the patents as it has not infringed upon them. Apple’s suit further states that, should the patents be deemed essential by the…

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13:11
Samsung rumored to be making a ~$7.5B offer to buy...

Update: BlackBerry is denying the story:

BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB) (“BlackBerry”) is aware of certain press reports published today with respect to a possible offer by Samsung to purchase BlackBerry. BlackBerry has not engaged in discussions with Samsung with respect to any possible offer to purchase BlackBerry. BlackBerry’s policy is not to comment on rumors or speculation, and accordingly it does not intend to comment further.

Samsung approached BlackBerry regarding a possible takeover of the company for as high as $7.5 billion, according to a report from Reuters (via CNBC). BlackBerry stock has jumped 16% following the report.

Blackberry stock...

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13:08
Samsung trying to buy BlackBerry

Smartphone company Samsung has recently approached BlackBerry Ltd to buy the company for as much as $7.5 billion, looking to gain access to its patent portfolio, according to a person familiar with the matter and documents seen by Reuters.

Patents is about all BlackBerry has left.

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13:01
A final laptop

Matt Gemmell:

Rumours abound at the moment about an upcoming new 12” MacBook Air, with a Retina display, further-reduced thickness and weight, and of course a slightly larger screen. I’m intrigued, and all other things being more or less equal, I’ll certainly buy one.

It’s tough to see what the next step will be, though. My wish list has been exhausted. Every checkbox is checked.

But what more is there to really do?

Matt makes a good point that, for the vast majority of us, Apple’s present laptops do more than we actually need them to do. I know my next laptop will likely be an Air if only because I no longer need the power of a full desktop CPU.

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13:00
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

Zombie Jeep Gunner [iOS...

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12:57
Samsung offers to buy BlackBerry for $7.5 billion -...

Two Apple rivals may come together in an effort to take on the iPhone, with a new report claiming that South Korean electronics giant Samsung has made a bid to buy struggling Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry for $7.5 billion.

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12:52
Apple retail promoting laptop-style iPad keyboards,...

With the hardware ecosystem surrounding Apple's mobile devices continuing to grow, the company has chosen to place the spotlight some of the laptop-style iPad keyboards and iOS gaming controllers it offers at its retail locations.

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12:48
Apple panics GoPro stock price with recently-...

Wearable camera maker GoPro’s stocks took a 12 percent dive yesterday as a result of Apple expressing an interest in its market.

Per Macworld and PatentlyApple, an Apple patent application for a wearable camera was approved, the end result sending GoPro’s stock price tumbling. The application itself details a GoPro-like wearable perfect for action shots and underwater recording. Apple even takes aim at GoPro in the patent filing.

Apple might not ever make a wearable camera, but if it does, it’ll be a GoPro on steroids. The patent covers a camera that can be mounted to bike helmets and scuba masks or fastened...

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12:45
Hallo, hola, olá to the new, more powerful Google...

Google:

We’re taking it to the next level and letting you instantly translate text using your camera—so it’s way easier to navigate street signs in the Italian countryside or decide what to order off a Barcelona menu. While using the Translate app, just point your camera at a sign or text and you’ll see the translated text overlaid on your screen—even if you don’t have an Internet or data connection.

This looks really cool. I remember traveling in Italy and not being able to understand the signs at the train station. This would have come in very handy.

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12:27
Why Apple might consider leaving Intel's x86...

Though many will scoff at the notion of an iPad and Mac that draw from the same family of application processors, it's not as farfetched as it seems. AppleInsider takes a look at why today's chipmaking giants could find themselves on the outside looking in during an Apple product launch in the near future.

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12:00
Facebook at Work coming today, creates in-house...

TUAW sister site TechCrunch is reporting that Facebook is launching iOS and Android apps today called "Work" that connect with a special "Facebook at Work" service to allow business create their own in-house social networks that work exactly like Fac...

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11:57
Drum EQ points

Musicians and songwriters often have trouble with EQing drums so they fit in a track. A lot of that comes from over-EQings already good sounding samples, or having to deal with poorly recorded drums to begin with, but even so, the basic technique isn’t that difficult if you know the basics.

If you are just learning how to EQ drums, bookmark this page and use the recommended frequencies.

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11:49
Apple sues Ericsson over LTE

Apple Inc sued Ericsson alleging that the Swedish company’s LTE wireless technology patents are not essential to industry cellular standards and that it is demanding excessive royalties for these patents.

These types of “essential” patent lawsuits are always interesting to watch—you never know which way the court will rule.

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11:37
This iMac concept is ridiculous in the best possible...

The Verge:

Set out in a series of detailed renders, the conceptual iMac combines the internal components of an 11.6-inch MacBook Air with the addition of a touchscreen and the new reversible USB connector. Its shape echoes that of the original Mac…There’s nothing particularly practical or realistic about this iMac, which is probably why it feels so sublimely desirable.

Utterly ridiculous. Utterly impractical. Utterly unbuildable. But I still want one.

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11:30
Daily Deals for January 14, 2015, featuring Mammoth...

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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11:29
The “Entitlement Mentality”

RazorianFly:

While some are shocked at the sudden demise of Apple’s popular free giveaway promotions, such as 12 Days and the just axed “Single of the Week,” others are seemingly less shocked at the ending of these ‘FREE’ iTunes promotions.

We think MacRumors forum user, fluchtpunkt, nails it:

“I think that entitlement mentality is what has killed these promotions. Getting free stuff is no longer enough. It must be exactly what you want.”

As the piece says, we may never know why Apple has discontinued these giveaways but I would have no problem believing it is, in part, due to the epic amounts of whining from a segment of users.

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11:29
Shifts: Your new work calendar

Shifts is a brand new productivity app for shift workers, designed to help you manage your work schedules and lives more efficiently.

This is a unique take on using a calendar—the first I’ve seen in a while.

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11:24
Be yourself. As long as it’s your best self.

John Moltz:

A newsroom can be an environment that benefits from an open floor plan, but this level of exacting control over it is exactly what’s wrong with corporate America. If you’re so concerned about coffee stains, hire someone to clean things up. It’s a hell of a lot cheaper and it sends a better message than spending $3 million to make a 2001: A Space Odyssey set for your employees to spend their days maintaining.

The memo from Wired’s editor-in-chief Scott Dadich has been making the rounds and Moltz, as usual, has a funny and accurate takedown of the attitude and tone of his attempt at controlling the workplace environment.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:22
Ericsson countersues Apple over wireless technology...

In response to Apple taking Ericsson to court over wireless patent licensing, the Swedish telecommunications company has filed a lawsuit in Texas that seeks the court to determine whether its licensing offer to Apple is fair. Ericsson told the court that it has been attempting to reach a new licensing agreement with Apple for over two years, but negotiations have failed to result in a deal. The patents in question are related to wireless LTE technologies that Apple uses in products like the iPhone and iPad.

Apple’s...

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11:05
JAMF releases Bushel for Apple device management

Bushel is a cloud-based solution designed from the ground up to make it easy for regular people to setup, manage and protect their Apple devices anytime from anywhere.

This looks really nice. You can manage three devices for free, so that’s a bonus.

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11:00
Apple makes the new Mac mini suck a little less

Apple made a lot of mistakes with the newest iteration of the Mac mini. Soldered RAM, a unimpressive lineup of processors, and the removal of some of great options that have graced previous versions like ability to configure it with as much as 2TB of...

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10:54
News: Apple, Google, Adobe, Intel attempt to end...

Apple, Google, Adobe, and Intel have agreed to a settlement in the anti-poaching lawsuit, Reuters reports. The suit accused several large Silicon Valley companies of collaborating to avoid poaching each others employees while also fixing salaries, and was originally brought against Apple and several other companies in 2011 as a class action by about 100,000 tech employees. In late 2013, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh ordered that the suit would proceed…

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10:43
Mockup Apple Watch apps and compare screen sizes...

As an update to its Apple Watch Design resources, the company has now provided official bezel mock-ups of the 38 mm and 42 mm watches. Although the files are meant for developers, readers interested in Apple Watch can also use the images to compare the overall physical size of the two sizes.

The templates also accurately show how large the Watch bezels are, in relation to the screen. As the bezels remain the same size, they take up a larger proportion of the 38mm’s face than the 42 mm size. You can see the two Apple Watch styles overlaid below: the 42 mm watch is colored blue (or deep violet depending on your display).

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10:30
Official BlackBerry Twitter account sends out tweet...

We've seen this play out numerous times before: a celebrity Samsung spokesperson (typically), supposedly a Samsung smartphone user, messes up and accidentally tweets something from his or her iPhone.

What we haven't seen before is a company itself m...

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10:00
Apple is suing another tech company, drink!

With Apple's Samsung troubles winding down and a potential settlement reached in that whole anti-poaching brouhaha, the company's legal staff obviously needed something else to work on. Apple was happy to oblige and has now set its sights on Swedish ...

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09:31
Google releases Classroom mobile app for iPhone and...

Google announced today that it’s releasing mobile apps for its Google Classroom service for both Android and iOS devices. The company officially launched Classroom to its Apps for Education customers in the US during the summer offering them a web-based platform for planning lessons, handing out assignments, and working alongside students. Teachers and students will now be able to access those features from mobile devices through the new apps and Google is also adding a could of new features to the platform.

In addition to a new teacher assignments page and archiving...

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09:08
Facebook at Work soft launches on App Store, Skype...

Facebook on Wednesday debuted in limited release a new iOS application allowing employers to let their workers connect and communicate with one another. And Microsoft launched an updated version of Skype for iPhone, making it easy to quickly start a conversation.

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09:00
9to5Toys Last Call: LifeProof iPhone 6 cases 26% off...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

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09:00
JAMF Software's Bushel: Mobile device...

Take a look at almost Apple-based business today and you'll find that the mix of devices is vastly different from just a few years ago. Instead of just PCs, Macs and printers, companies big and small now have an entirely new breed of devices - those ...

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08:35
Will Apple allow ads on Apple Watch?

With more developers and businesses taking advantage of Bluetooth beacons for advertising to nearby iPhone users, many consumers have concerns that the experience could be intrusive from an end user’s perspective. Apple Watch, scheduled for release later this year, could potentially add to that problem if Apple decides to allow iOS apps sending info to the smartwatch to also send advertising as we come in contact with beacons. It hasn’t yet, however, provided public details about what it plans for advertising on the device.

Despite the fact that there aren’t specific references to advertising in Apple’s guidelines for app developers building features for Apple Watch, a couple companies have already announced plans to deliver ads to the device. But do they know something we don’t? Or has Apple not yet made up its mind regarding what...

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08:30
The Google Translate iOS app is about to get a lot...

Google Translate has always seemed a little bit like magic - perhaps a little flawed magic when it doesn't translate something properly - but it's been getting better as time goes on. Now the iOS app is about to get a very big update that will make a...

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08:23
External Link: Curved Mocks Up an Homage to the...

It’s easy to go overboard when rendering fantastic Mac designs, but the German publication Curved has taken another tack with an imagined iMac design that takes its cues from the original Macintosh. The pictures show off a compact Mac that’s sleek, curvy, and gorgeous — the only downside is that it isn’t real.

 

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08:20
Review: Incipio Tuxen for iPad Air 2

Incipio's new Tuxen ($50) case for iPad Air 2 is a folio-style case with a plastic latch on the back, used for folding the cover into a stand. Tuxen pairs a polycarbonate snap-in hard shell with a vegan leather front cover. A magnetic closure activates the sleep/wake function, while an expected microfiber lining cradles the device.{/exp:char_limit}

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08:12
Gorgeous neo-retro Mac Neue redesigns original Apple...

Beautiful renderings from German site Curved/labs depict a stunning metallic ode to Apple’s original Macintosh computer. While acknowledging the enhanced functionality of Apple’s latest computers, such as the Retina iMac, Curved/labs suggests that the company often neglects its own design history when releasing new machines – the inspiration for this “tribute.”

Made from aluminum with a front-facing SD card slot at the edge of a floppy disk-styled groove, the proposed Mac would be roughly based on the internals of a MacBook Air, including an 11.6″ screen enhanced with purely optional touch capabilities. A golden version would come closer to the classic beige Mac...

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08:00
Apple to shell out more cash in new anti-poaching...

Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel have tossed a few extra bucks into the settlement pot in order to satisfy the terms of anti-poaching lawsuit that first got off the ground in 2013. The suit alleges that top tech companies, including Apple, lured employ...

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07:55
Apple brings back 2TB Mac mini option

When the latest version of the Mac mini rolled out in October fans of the tiny PC welcomed the refresh--even if the upgrade had a few downsides. One thing that was conspicuously absent, however, was an option to buy the mini with 2TB of storage.

That double terabyte deficiency has since been corrected, with the $999 model now offering a configurable option for a 2TB Fusion Drive. It appears Apple quietly added the option in mid-December, but was only recently noticed (and first reported) by 9to5 Mac.

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07:43
Apple may shun Intel for custom A-series chips in...

Mac buyers in 2016 and beyond could have the option of purchasing a machine powered by Apple's A-series processors, which currently sit at the heart of the iPhone and iPad, according to KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo.

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07:30
Gifx adds animations to your photos to create movies...

Gifx grants anyone the ability to create animated movies and GIFs using a photo or video, plus custom animated effects that the app includes. Overlay one or multiple animations and play around with the opacity to get the desired result on the content...

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07:28
Sony Sortie's Smoking Gun Still Missing


Recent research from security firm Cloudmark has raised doubt about the purported connection between North Korea and last November's intrusion on Sony Pictures Entertainment's computer networks. The FBI last week continued to press its case that North Korea was behind the cyberattack, pointing to an exposed block of IP addresses allocated to North Korea. However, some activity emanating from those North Korean IP addresses suggests that they may have been hacked.

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07:22
New Chinese handset shows consumers remain fixated...

Apple's iPhone component choices are once again a trending topic of conversation following the announcement of a low-cost, sapphire-covered smartphone from a little-known Chinese electronics firm.

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07:21
KGI: Apple is designing its own Mac processors;...

Is an A-series chip destined for a future model of the 12-inch MacBook Air?

A KGI report predicts that Apple will begin using its own processors for Macs “in the next 1-2 years,” with a specific prediction of a Samsung-fabbed A10X chip powering at least one Mac made in 2016. The wording appears to suggest an entry-level machine–possibly a future model of the 12-inch MacBook Air.

Apple may launch Mac products that use own AP [Application Processor] in next 1-2 years. This prediction is based on the assumption that Apple’s self-developed AP performs at a level between Intel’s Atom and Core i3 and is good enough for Mac. Using self developed AP can help Apple better control the timing of Mac launches and Mac product features.

With performance between an Atom and Core i3, the chip would...

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07:20
Apple TV adds official Cricket Australia channel...

Apple TV users in Australia are receiving new content today with the launch of Cricket.com.au on the platform. Cricket Australia, the governing body for professional and amateur cricket in Australia, made the announcement today noting that the channel will be free and offer the “latest videos as well as highlights from the archive.”

Cricket Australia on Apple TV will give fans free and immediate access to the latest news and features, extended highlights from every day of international cricket played in Australia this summer, as well as rare footage from the archives that showcase some of Australia’s most famous cricketing clashes… Cricket fans will also enjoy unique feature videos that go behind the scenes of Australian cricket and get closer to current stars and legends, like Shane Warne and Adam...

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07:18
Google Domains enters public beta

This could come in handy.

According to VentureBeat, Google on Tuesday announced that Google Domains, the company’s domain registration service, is now available to all in the U.S. While the invitation restriction has been lifted in the company’s home country, other countries still have to wait – you can sign up here to be notified when the service arrives in your country.

Google Domains first went into testing in June 2014, with the goal of helping businesses not just get online, but to build a proper online presence. To pull this off, Google partnered with website building providers Shopify, Squarespace,...

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07:09
Details surface about Apple Watch companion app,...

It never hurts to have a companion.

Per 9to5Mac, Apple is currently developing an application called the Apple Watch “Companion” app for iPhone. This application manages settings for Apple Watch applications, as well as settings for iPhone/Watch interactivity. The Companion app’s settings reveal some novel new functions that are coming to the Apple Watch.

Users will be able to manage and organize applications on the Apple Watch Home Screen via a virtual view on the iPhone Companion application.

A new clock face feature called Monogram has been added as a complication (a background detail you can choose to enable or disable). Like a real monogram, this feature will allow users to include a virtual, embedded stamp of 1-4 letters –...

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07:00
Apple granted patent for GoPro style wearable camera

Apple in 2014 filed over 2,000 patents which, together, encompass a dizzying array of technologies and futuristic ideas. And while many of the patents granted to Apple will never see the light of day and aren't worth much of a mention, some are certa...

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06:42
∞ Seaboard’s wildly innovative piano keyboard

This keyboard was introduced about a year ago, but I saw it for the first time yesterday. This is a novel interface, in much the same way as the Chapman Stick. I love outlying technology like this.

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06:42
Apple partners with Miami-based marketing firm to...

Apple continues to work behind the scenes to grow its struggling iAd platform, with its latest efforts focused on improving the service in Latin America.

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06:35
Bringing audio source switching to the menu bar

Nice tip from Peter Cohen shows you how to bring your volume control to the menu bar and, more importantly, switch between audio inputs with a single click.

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06:32
∞ A car key embedded in your watch

Imagine if a standard emerged that allowed Apple to embed your specific car key in your iPhone and Apple Watch.

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06:30
Skype for iPhone updated with UI improvements,...


Microsoft is rolling out a new version of Skype for iPhone today, version 5.9, which brings enhancements to the user interface making communicating faster and easier. The latest version adds contact suggestions to the dial pad when entering a number making the process of finding the right person to dial quicker. The update also adds shortcuts for starting video or audio calls from Skype’s chat picker window.

In addition to introducing the latest Skype for iPhone user interface improvements, Microsoft announced a limited pre-release program for testing early versions of Skype in exchange for sharing feedback and...

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06:24
Daily Deal: Own The Pocket Sized Super-M Portable...

In today’s iLounge Deal we’re offering the water- and sand-proof Super-M Bluetooth Speaker for only $89. Coming in at only half a pound, the Super-M provides quality sound for all of your outdoor adventures from beach days to snow days. It features an IPX-5 protection rating for both water and sand, Bluetooth 4.0 streaming with a range of up to 30’ and four full-range Neodymium drivers. A built-in speakerphone allows you to take…

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06:22
Apple patents next generation, GoPro-like wearable...

Yesterday, Apple was granted a patent for a Digital camera system having remote control. GoPro stock drops about 15%.

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06:16
Google rolling out major update to Google Translate...

Google has announced that it will shortly be rolling out a new version of its Google Translate iOS app, with two significant enhancements.

First, it is replacing the existing camera-based text translation with the far slicker Word Lens system. Google acquired Word Lens back in May of last year with this upgrade in mind. If you haven’t ever tried it, this was the app that brought home to me the truth of the Arthur C Clarke saying that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

The near-instant augmented reality translation of signs and menus from any one of French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish–without needing an Internet connection–still makes me boggle every time I...

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06:00
So, how "engaged" are you with your apps?

That's a question app marketing platform Localytics was interested in, and they have provided some enlightening answers in a recent report.

The firm defines "engaged" as using the same app 10 or more times per month. The percentage of apps meeting t...

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06:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Better batteries and...

Better batteries and super speakers

This week's roundup includes a number of great new ways to power up your iOS device—and some cool new ways to play music, as well.

Aeropostale

We’re not sure what else to say about the $27.50 Power Tap USB Charger except that it’s adorable. It looks like a water tap, and works similarly: “Twisting the spout's knob to the on position for charging produces a blue LED light; turning it off produces a red light in standby mode.”

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05:50
Review: Harman Kardon’s Soho Wireless is a luxury...

I wasn’t a fan of Harman Kardon’s Soho headphones when they debuted a year ago, but the reason was unusual: they were seriously uncomfortable. Soho was a much smaller, wired version of Harman’s gigantic Bluetooth wireless headphone BT, notably using relatively tiny 30mm speakers instead of the 40mm drivers found in BT and many rivals, including Beats’ Solo 2 and...

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05:50
Five Apple logins remain unprotected by two-factor...

More than four months after Tim Cook promised emailed login alerts and the reintroduction of two-factor authentication in the wake of the high-profile celebrity iCloud hacks, five Apple logins remain unprotected by the system. Hackers of NY founder Dani Grant used videos to demonstrate each of the vulnerabilities in a blog post.

Grant showed that two-factor authentication isn’t needed when using an unknown Mac to login to iMessage, iTunes, FaceTime, the App Store or...

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05:22
External Link: British Prime Minister Challenges...

British Prime Minister David Cameron, who is seeking reelection for his government, wants encrypted messaging services to give British intelligence access to online conversations. In the name of preventing terrorism, Cameron is proposing banning services like iMessage, WhatsApp, and Snapchat unless they comply. “Are we going to allow a means of communications which it simply isn’t possible to read? My answer to that question is: ‘No, we must not,’” Cameron said. For those wondering, Cameron’s proposed back door requirement does not appear to contradict the European Union directive on privacy and electronic communications, which “does not affect the ability of Member States to carry out lawful interception of electronic communications.”

 

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04:58
Market goes crazy over spurious Apple action camera...

We’ve cautioned many times that Apple patents a huge number of inventions that will never see the light of day. Last year alone, the company was awarded 2,566 ‘utility’ patents–those covering actual technologies, rather than mere designs. The fact that Apple has patented something tells us absolutely nothing about its future product line.

But that didn’t stop traders going crazy yesterday over a patent awarded for a...

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04:29
Survey of Apple Watch purchase intentions suggests...

A Credit Suisse survey of iPhone 6/Plus owners found that 18% of them would ‘definitely’ buy an Apple Watch, with a further 11% saying they would probably buy the upcoming smartwatch, reports Business Insider.

A general rule of thumb when interpreting purchase intention claims is to count only those who say they will ‘definitely’ buy (some of them won’t, but that’s balanced out by the fact that some of the ‘probably’ and ‘maybe’ categories will). That would suggest around 35M sales in the first year … 

Although it’s a single survey, it...

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Tuesday January 13

23:58
Apple sues Ericsson to trim wireless patent royalty...

Apple has filed suit against Ericsson for charging excessive royalty rates on certain wireless Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, and argues that the Swedish company's patents are not essential to overarching industry standards.

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How can you fix printer sharing issues? - Marla Ahlgrimm

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Being kind gains more followers than a bossy one. - Marla Ahlgrimm

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21:52
Apple takes Ericsson to court over LTE patents,...

Apple has filed a lawsuit against Ericsson over the licensing fees for technology patents related to LTE wireless connectivity, Reuters reported today. According to Apple, the company has not infringed any of the patents in question, which it says are not essential to the LTE networking standard.

Ericsson calculates its royalty fees based on the price of a complete handset rather than only the component that integrates the patented technology.

Ericsson agreed to license these patents to Apple way back in 2008 just after the launch of the original iPhone, which didn’t even have 3G connectivity.

Should a court decide that Ericsson’s patents are in fact essential to the LTE standard, Apple...

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18:09
Loving Linux in a Touchscreen World


Well it was a fairly quiet week here in the Linux blogosphere, as much of the mainstream tech world staggered directly out of their New Year's revelries and into the halls of CES.
Not that Linux didn't have a presence at the gargantuan show, mind you. It was there, all right -- not just in phones but in TVs, smartwatches and cars, to name just a few examples. Still, there was no denying that the mega-event left things a little more peaceful than usual for those of us who chose to stay put in the Linux blogosphere.

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18:04
[Sponsor] BiteMyApple.co

Chris, the founder of BiteMyApple.co, has an impressive lineup of more than 50 products currently on sale, all former Kickstarter success stories. Bitemyapple.co just recently crossed $1,000,000 in sales, helping Kickstarter creators gain traction in the retail space.

The retail site offers a wide range of accessories for the iPad, iPhone, and other Apple devices. “The goal behind BiteMyApple.co is to be exclusive in helping you find the greatest designs that stormed through Kickstarter,” adds Chris. “With so many incredible projects in campaign-mode right now, the product pool is endless, as are the possibilities.”

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17:58
Apple reaches deal with employees in lawsuit over...

Apple has reached a deal with its employees over do-not-hire policies that workers claim prevented them from getting higher-paying jobs at competing companies. Judge Lucy Koh previously rejected an offer to the tune of $324 million that the plaintiff in the case said was too low.

Today’s settlement is presumably for much more money than the original, since the plaintiff has accepted it, but the details of the deal have not yet been disclosed. Judge Koh said that the prior offer should have been closer to $380 million.

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17:55
Apple, Google agree to new settlement in anti-...

According to a court filing on Tuesday, both Apple and Google have agreed to new terms to settle a class action lawsuit alleging artificial suppression of wages through cross-company anti-poaching measures.

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17:18
Positive Grid starts a new hardware beta program for...

Positive Grid, makers of BIAS for iOS and Mac, have started a new beta program targeted to guitar players that want to help shape the future of the company’s hardware products. I love the products this company puts out.

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16:52
Siri Improvements

I’ve noticed over the past year that Siri is getting faster — both at parsing spoken input and returning results. I use iOS’s voice-to-text dictation feature on a near-daily basis, and it’s especially noticeable there. I’ve been using a Moto X running Android 5.0 the past few weeks, so today I did a side-by-side comparison between Siri and Android’s Google Now, asking both the simple question, “What temperature is it outside?” Both phones were on the same Wi-Fi network. Siri was consistently as fast or faster. I made a video that shows them in pretty much a dead heat.

My point here isn’t “Siri is better than Google Now”, or even “Siri is as good as Google Now”. Once you get past the superficial level, they’re different enough that it’s hard to make a blanket one-is-better-than-the-other comparison. I’d even agree that Google Now is better at many complex queries, and, further, that “What’s the temperature?” is a very simple question...

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16:35
Apple brings 2TB Mac mini configuration back to...

After a brief hiatus, Apple's high-capacity 2TB Mac mini has returned to the Online Apple Store on Tuesday, but is once again reserved as a configuration option on the most expensive $999 model.

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16:09
Apple expands iAds sales into Latin America w/...

Apple is once again expanding its iAd efforts today with the announcement of an exclusive reseller of ads in Latin America following an expansion late last year into new countries while opening up the platform to a number of third-party resellers.

Like the handful of mostly US-based ad companies selling iAds that were announced in November, Internet Media Services (IMS) will act as Apple’s exclusive partner selling ad inventory across iOS apps to customers in Latin America.

In addition, Apple has this week confirmed it’s allowing campaigns to be purchased with non-US credit cards for the first time through its own iAd Workbench platform.

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15:59
Misreported Apple patent reassignment supposedly...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday reassigned to Apple a Kodak patent covering a mobile remote control camera system, reports of which supposedly catalyzed a 12-percent drop in shares of action cam maker GoPro.

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15:50
Android 5.0 Lollipop still hard to find, full of...

Google's Android team has advised outside security researchers that it will no longer fix security bugs found in Jelly Bean or earlier releases, despite the fact that "pre-KitKat 4.4" software powers the majority of active users' devices currently accessing Google Play. Meanwhile, less than 0.1 percent of Android users have received Android 5.0, and those who have report an "unfinished/unpolished" experience.

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