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Friday November 14

08:57
President Obama Weighs In on Net Neutrality

In a move to protect the open Internet, President Obama has called for the FCC to regulate ISPs as common carriers like phone companies. Can that happen, given America’s ever-more-polarized political climate? And would it actually help?

 

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08:57
Apple Watch health apps may already be under FTC...

The Apple Watch doesn’t even have a release date and already federal officials are concerned about the health data the wearable will collect.

The Federal Trade Commission is reportedly concerned that your private health information will be stored and used without your consent. According to Reuters, the agency has met with Apple several times over the last few months to make sure the company promises not to hand over health data to advertisers. The same applies to third-party developers working on health apps for Apple Watch and iOS 8’s HealthKit.

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08:56
WSJ: Aircraft, fake towers used for surveillance by...

The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) has allegedly created fake cell towers to monitor the position of cellphones for surveillance purposes. A report claims the bogus towers, called "dirtboxes," were placed by the US Marshals Service (USMS) on planes, in order to trick smartphones owned by criminals to broadcast their location, tracking their movements....



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08:33
Microsoft begins overhauling Skype, launches...

A while back, it was reported that Microsoft has been significantly overhauling Skype.

As of Friday, the company announced that it is starting to roll Skype out onto the Web. Per 9to5Mac, Skype for Web will allow users to chat, video call, and manage contacts from a web browser without having to download the Skype app. Microsoft is currently offering Skype for Web as a beta to select users.

To participate in the Skype for Web beta, Microsoft says to log on to Skype.com where the browser-based version of the video calling will be and check for an invitation. The company says its making invitations available to a small number of users to start and will expand to users...

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08:32
Sprint's 'iPad for Life' plan will...

Sprint is letting people get a new LTE-equipped iPad without spending hundreds of dollars up front, but subscribers should note the fine print first.

With the carrier's “iPad for Life” plan, a 16 GB iPad Air 2 costs $20 per month for 24 months, while an iPad Mini 3 costs $17 per month. For 32 GB and 64 GB models, the monthly cost increases by $4 per month and $8 per month, respectively.

The program is similar to the financing plans that most carriers already offer for smartphones, and requires a data plan on Sprint's network. Subscribers can either add the tablet to a shared data plan or get a separate plan starting at $10 per month for 100 MB.

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08:29
Microsoft ushers in Skype for Web beta with invite...

Microsoft has launched a beta of Skype for Web, a clientless version of its communications platform. Users can make video calls, send instant messages, and manage contacts via a browser; at the moment though, the beta is invitation-only for a small group of people. Microsoft says it plans to expand access globally "in the coming months."...



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08:09
Rumor: Department of Justice combining fixed-engine...

Well, you’re going to have to snoop on cell phones SOMEHOW, and the Department of Justice thinks a small, fixed-wing Cessna is the way to do it.

Per AppleInsider and the Wall Street Journal, a supposed secret spy program equips small aircraft with a device dubbed a “dirtbox,” which pulls data from mobile phones by masquerading as a cell tower. The project aims to identify criminals through their devices, but the wide net also snares cellphones used by the general public.

Purportedly operated by the U.S. Marshals Service’s Technical Operations Group, the dirtboxes are manufactured by Digital Receiver...

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08:01
Future Turing Award grant climbs to $1 million,...

Google has dramatically boosted the A.M. Turing Award. The search engine giant has upped the prize money to the winner of the computing award to $1 million, putting it on par with the Nobel Peace Prize and major awards in other fields. The first million dollar recipient will be named in early 2015....



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08:00
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

On the line [iOS...

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07:59
Review: Itskins Evolution, Nitro Forged + Venum...

Evolution for iPhone 6 is similar to its past incarnation for iPhone 5/5s. The design has changed slightly, with a smaller camera hole and more tactile button coverage. While those are minor improvements, we don’t like the fit of this edition of Evolution. We found it hard to get the sleep/wake button to conform to the shell, and the inner rubber layer moves around too easily — a small lip protecting the front of the device can disappear quickly…

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07:55
Apple Pay now accounts for almost 1% of Whole Foods...

The good news is that Apple Pay is starting to get some traction.

The bad news is that your organic produce still costs more than the human mind can actually perceive.

Per the cool cats at The Unofficial Apple Weblog, since going live in late October, Whole Foods has already processed over 150,000 Apple Pay transactions, this according to CIO Jason Buechel.

With that number in tow, Mike Dudas, formerly of Google, PayPal, and Braintree, did a bit of math and deduced that Apple Pay transactions at Whole Foods now represent nearly 1% of all purchases. Not too shabby given that Apple Pay only works on the iPhone 6 and that Apple Pay has only been operational for...

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07:55
Forums: iPad mini rants, Siri fails and more

Yesterday in the MacNN forums Grizzled Veteran "chasg" needed to rant about how he is beginning to hate his iPad mini for a variety of reasons and a few others have chimed in with some advice on how to reconcile the relationship and make things right again. Forum goers continue to discuss which of the new iPhones are best in the thread titled "iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus?"...



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07:53
Apple deals: Mac Pros from $2,549 to $5,849

This week at Apple's Online Store chose from a wide selection of refurbished Mac Pro models. Priced at $2,549 after a $450 price cut is the refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz quad-core E5 processor, 12GB of RAM, 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage and dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs. Save $600 on the Mac Pro with a 3.5GHz Intel 6-core Xeon E5 processor, 16GB of RAM, 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage and dual AMD FirePro D500 graphics....



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07:43
iPhone 6 outselling iPhone 6 Plus by 3-to-1 margin...

Though Apple doesn't break down sales figures for specific iPhone models, a new study suggests that the blockbuster sales of the iPhone 6 lineup are mostly driven by the 4.7-inch model, though the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus has still captured a considerable size of the market.

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07:30
Photos to Photos game has a picture to answer any...

What happens when you take the concept of the classic card game Apples to Apples and bring it to the iPhone? Photos to Photos happens. It's a game in which you compete with other random players to answer a question with nothing more than one photo...

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07:23
Who Knew Tim Cook Would Fight for the American Way?


Ninety-one percent of Americans believe they have lost control of their personal information -- and many also don't trust companies that buy, sell, barter, and combine their habits and activities to better "serve" -- aka "manipulate" -- them, a recent Pew Research survey found. Along similar lines, they don't particularly trust governments either, as they monitor communications and movement. This distrust is becoming a big deal. Edward Snowden shone a spotlight on how the war on terror has been undermining the foundation of a free America.

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07:00
DirecTV joins Netflix, offers 4K Ultra HD video

It’s clear that 4K video is coming. The question is, will the tipping point be a business as usual delivery mechanism as it makes its way through the usual suspects, first DirecTV, then the cable providers?

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06:57
Apple Says Masque Attack Security Flaw is a Non-issue

Apple has responded to the news of the Masque Attack threat targeting iPhone and iPad users by saying it isn't an issue at all, and that it hasn't found any reports of people falling victim to the security flaw.

The Mac Observer Spin: Masque Attack doesn't look like a serious threat to iPhone and iPad users, and so far it seems that no one has been hit by the threat. Still, it's important that Apple continually evaluate its security measures and always work to make them better.


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06:48
Jony Ive speaks about the tragedy of design education

Sir Jony Ive gave a talk at London’s Design Museum, focusing on what he considers a tragic direction taken by UK design schools.

Speaking at London’s Design Museum last night, Ive attacked design schools for failing to teach students how to make physical products and relying too heavily on “cheap” computers.

A terrific read, all the way through.

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06:45
Microsoft begins inviting users to Skype for Web beta

We told you Microsoft released a redesigned version of Skype for the Mac earlier last month, and today Microsoft says the communication software is starting to roll out as a service on the Web. Skype for Web will allow users to chat, video call, and manage contacts from a web browser without having to download the Skype app. Microsoft is currently offering Skype for Web as a beta to select users.To participate in the Skype for Web beta, Microsoft says to log on to Skype.com where the browser-based version of the video calling will be and check for an invitation. The company says its making invitations available to a small...

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06:30
Wildcard uses beautiful card interface for news and...

Wildcard is a slick new app that gives you the latest news from a large, curated collection of sources while also providing you an easy way to shop. The combination of postings from around the web with online shopping may sound a little odd but it...

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06:30
Daily Deal: Get The Smart Travel Router for only $34...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering Satechi’s Smart Travel Router for only $34.99 – 30% off the normal price. Allowing you to stay charged and connected wherever you go, this portable device provides the ability to charge both your iPhone and iPad from just about an electrical outlet in any one of over 150 countries, and provides an additional AC output. All the prongs easily retract to make the device portable and easy to toss into…

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06:28
BlackBerry and Samsung form alliance to challenge...

PatentlyApple:

At a BlackBerry event held earlier today in San Francisco they announced a new management-services partnership with rival Samsung Electronics. This is the very first time that the two companies have teamed up for a major product. The new partnership is designed to compete head-on with the new Apple-IBM alliance.

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05:45
Monument Valley’s Forgotten Shores: Quick Fun (and...

Monument Valley, which may just be one of the finest iOS games ever released, has been updated with eight new levels. Hooray! In this article, Melissa Holt will tell you what she thinks of the new content (hint: we can hear her squealing happily all the way over here), and she'll also discuss the App Store fallout over the developers deciding to charge for the additional levels.


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05:44
Current tablet sales growth being driven by sub-$250...

The average selling price of tablets continues to drop, according to the latest research from IDC, as sales growth in the tablet market is reportedly being driven by low-end, low-cost devices, just as Apple has entered the sub-$250 market with the first-generation iPad mini.

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05:30
Secret Files Sam Peters: A reporter's dilemma

Players solve puzzles in a point and click style adventure following the story of a reporter searching for an interesting scoop in Secret Files Sam Peters. The story takes players on a journey through intriguing locales on the hunt for a solution to...

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05:27
Bluetooth-connected kitchen scale and iPad app aim...

If you enjoy baking but need close supervision from a grown-up, Drop’s Connected Scale and accompanying recipe app for the iPad may be just the thing. A clever combination of interactive recipes and automatic weighing means that the iPad effectively supervises you as you work.

You can use the Connected Scale on its own, displaying the weight of ingredients on your iPad screen, but it’s when you use it with the free recipe app that it comes into its own … 

The app prompts you to carry out each step of the recipe – right down to placing a bowl on the scales. If you’re not sure how to carry out a step, you can hit a button to pull up a video illustration. When the app prompts you to add an ingredient to the bowl on the scale, the app monitors the scale in real time, automatically moving on to the next step when you’ve added...

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05:07
Toshiba’s high-tech grow rooms are churning out...

Dan Frommer, writing for Quartz:

Why plant lettuce in a clean room? The obvious answer: Because it’s clean. Everything is tightly controlled, including air pressure, temperature, lighting, bacteria, and dust. The result is a crop that doesn’t need pesticides, doesn’t have bugs, and doesn’t need washing.

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04:30
The Week in iPhone Cases: Out and about with wallets...

Out and about with wallets, cases, and sleeves

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases offers up a handsome collection of wallet cases for your phone, with a few fashionable options for the style-minded.

Empire Tech

The Locator (iPhone 5/5S and 6; $40) comes with a handy wireless locator that helps you find your iPhone if you misplace it.

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04:29
External Link: Apple Pay Accounts for Nearly 1...

Mike Dudas of Button (who previously worked at PayPal and on Google Wallet) estimates that Apple Pay now accounts for almost 1 percent of transactions at grocery chain Whole Foods, a mere 17 days after launch. With about 150,00 Apple Pay transactions in that time and an average basket size of $40, Whole Foods ran about $6 million through Apple Pay. Those numbers may sound large, but Apple likely isn’t making much from them yet — at the company’s reported 0.15 percent cut, it adds up to only $9,000.

 

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04:00
You Should Play: Run Sackboy! Run! distills...

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

Among modern console games, there are few so universal in appeal, approachable in design, and wholly charming in personality that I'd recommend everyone—yes, everyone—spend time with it. I'm talking kids, grandparents, hardcore gamers, and anyone in between. Sony's LittleBigPlanet is one of those games, as the four-player side-scrolling affair builds upon the approachable Super Mario run-and-jump formula while also allowing players to build their own levels.

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03:35
Review: Scosche BoomBottle weatherproof Bluetooth...

You can scarcely turn around these days without bumping into a new Bluetooth speaker. We’ve reviewed many of them.

The Scosche BoomBottle manages to set itself apart from the crowd, however, by targeting one specific market: cyclists. The speaker is the same size and shape as a large drinks bottle, so it fits into a standard bicycle bottle cage – and it’s weatherproofed, to survive the elements. I took it for a spin … 

Look & feel

The BoomBottle is a ribbed, grey cylinder topped with black speaker grilles at each end. The casing has a smooth, rubbery feel to it, with a little bit of give if you press hard – which Scosche describes as ‘shock-absorbing.’

The speaker is around 8 inches long by a little...

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03:18
Briefly: Walmart price-matches Amazon, Domino's...

Walmart stores will soon offer price matching against Amazon product listings, in time for the holiday shopping period. Managers at the retailers stores have been informed of the policy change, formalizing a practice already being conducted at half the stores according to Reuters, with the ultimate aim of encouraging customers to continue visiting its stores rather than shopping online....



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Thursday November 13

22:31
Apple says it knows of no actual cases of Masque...

Rebutting advice from the Department of Homeland Security and other sources that have sought to sow fear in users with regards to the "Masque" malware attack, Apple late on Thursday issued a statement saying it is unaware of any actual cases of the malware attacking iOS users. The statement comes on the heels of fast action by the iPhone maker to stop a similar attack dubbed "Wirelurker," in which a now-revoked Enterprise Provisioning certificate was being used to spread potential malware. Apple has not specified if it has fixed the flaw the Masque malware exploits....



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22:27
Review: Plantronics BackBeat Pro Bluetooth headphones

Looking for a pair of headphones that can do everything a user requires is a task that can take some study. Trying to decide on in-ear, over-ear, or on-the-ear model starts at user comfort and preference, but goes much further when features are thrown into the mix. When features like noise cancellation are tossed into the equation, the cost can weigh on the practicality and sound of the unit. It doesn't always need to though, as Plantronics tries to prove with the BackBeat Pro. Would these headphones be the right fit for most consumers, or are there enough small flaws that push them into being...



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22:00
Reviews: Plantronics BackBeat Pro Bluetooth...

Looking for a pair of headphones that can do everything a user requires is a task that can take some study. Trying to decide on in-ear, over-ear, or on-the-ear model starts at user comfort and preference, but goes much further when features are thrown into the mix. When features like noise cancellation are tossed into the equation, the cost can weigh on the practicality and sound of the unit. It d ......



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20:35
Apple issues slew of betas, minor updates for OS X,...

On Thursday, Apple issued a number of new builds of Safari for the last three versions of OS X, a new firmware update for the current Thunderbolt Display, an update to Camera RAW, and updates for printer drivers for Epson printers. The Thunderbolt Display firmware update covers a "rare" issue that can cause some displays to go dark, according to the company. The update, to version 1.2, also brings "improved reliability when connecting external displays to the display."...

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20:21
Apple issues response to ‘Masque Attack,’ says it is...

Apple has issued a response to the recently uncovered “Masque Attack” that allowed malicious applications to be installed in place of valid apps and access user data. In a statement provided to iMore, the company highlighted the security features built into iOS that informs users of any attempted app installations via an outside source like the Safari browser and said that it is not aware of any reported instances where a user was affected by this specific type of attack.

The company also said that users should install apps only through...

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20:04
Apple responds to Masque Attack concerns, says...

Coming days after the discovery of an iOS vulnerability called "Masque Attack" was made public, Apple late Thursday issued a statement regarding the potentially malicious software, saying default OS X and iOS security settings are enough to thwart attacks.

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18:56
BURG 12 Smartwatch Makes Standalone Phone Calls,...

A company called BURG has launched what it calls the "Dick Tracy-like" BURG 12 smartwatch. This device can function as a standalone phone, but the company has also designed it to be paired with both iPhones and Android devices. It's being launched at Walmart for US$199.

The Mac Observer Spin: My short take is that this device looks surprisingly good. I'm curious about its actual functionality, but I'm definitely intrigued the BURG 12 makes standalone calls, isn't an Android device, but pairs with both iPhone and Android.


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18:33
Hachette Sort of Won The War Against Amazon

The Hachette Book Group won its public battle with Amazon on book prices. Sort of, at least. The two companies announced on Thursday that they had reached an agreement that left pricing control in Hachette's hands, but allows Amazon to treat Hachette titles differently according to how low that pricing is.


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18:15
Sprint builds out hardware leasing with 'iPad...

Sprint on Thursday expanded its hardware leasing options beyond Apple's iPhone to include the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, with pricing for 16GB models pegged at a respective $20 and $17 per month for 24 months.

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18:04
Hands On: Star Walk (iOS)

Whether a person is an astronomy buff, or just someone who enjoys the feeling they get when they look up at a sky full of stars, there is something undeniably serene about stargazing. However, it isn't always easy to tell just what someone may be looking at what they look at the night sky. If you're looking for a way to make this activity far more enjoyable, we have found the ideal night-time companion. Star Walk for the iPhone, or Star Walk HD for the iPad, is the perfect guide to at-home astronomy....



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17:39
DOJ reportedly spies on mobile phone owners using...

The U.S. Department of Justice has reportedly deployed specialized equipment to gather mobile phone data, including unique device identifiers and other sensitive data, from spoofed cell phone towers installed in planes.

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17:35
iPhone 5s, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Nexus 5 hacked at...

HP’s annual two-day Mobile Pwn2Own competition came to a close this afternoon, with a group of veteran security researchers and other competitors able to compromise several flagship smartphones across the top-three mobile operating systems: iOS, Android and Windows Phone. The devices that were exploited include the iPhone 5s, Samsung Galaxy S5, Nexus 5, Amazon Fire Phone and Nokia Lumia 1520.

The first day of the competition was highly successful, with five teams, five targeted devices and five successful attempts. A total of nine bugs were discovered and immediately disclosed to and confirmed by the Zero Day Initiative, in order for smartphone...

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17:26
Briefly: JBL Horizon clock radio, Vizio P-Series...

Audio company JBL revealed a new clock radio that pairs the company's sound with a gentle way to wake up in the morning. The JBL Horizon is a compact alarm clock with an LCD display that uses ambient LED lighting that gradually brightens to wake users up. On top of the LED lighting, one of two alarms can be set to use a digital tone, music streamed from a smartphone, or an FM radio station to entice people to get out of bed. To keep with the basic needs of an alarm clock, the Horizon has a snooze/light bar....



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16:41
WSJ: Department of Justice uses fake cell towers on...

The Wall Street Journal reported today that the United States Department of Justice has been using planes equipped with devices that pose as cellular towers (called “dirtboxes”) to collect data from suspected criminals’ cell phones—and capturing data from innocent bystanders in the process.

The devices are capable of capturing data from “tens of thousands” of phones over the course of a single flight. Because most cell phones are designed to automatically connect to the tower with the strongest signal, these dirtboxes can easily fool phones into latching onto its signal.

Once a phone has...

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16:35
Cheapskate morons

I totally agree with Gruber here. Flooding the App Store with one-star reviews because a company needs to make money is wrong.

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16:20
FTC Talks to Apple about HealthKit, Seems Serious...

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been in talks with Apple about privacy when it comes to HealthKit, the company's system level health data platform in iOS. According to Reuters, the FTC was seeking assurances that Apple would not sell that data to third parties or allow developers to do so. There are little or no regulations on how health data in apps can be used, something the FTC appears to be concerned about.

The Mac Observer Spin: The takeaway is this: Some of the health apps you're getting on even Apple's App Store are selling your personal health information. Apple's HealthKit is designed to protect your privacy and give you control over who you share your data with. Buy devices and apps that work with HealthKit.


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16:11
Nvidia Flips Grid's Game-Streaming Switch


After close to a year of beta testing, Nvidia on Thursday officially launched its Grid on-demand game-streaming service. Due to become available on Nov. 18 in North America, Grid will be free through June 30, 2015, for users of Nvidia Shield tablets and portable devices. "We intend to build Grid into a premium cloud gaming service, and the best global service," said Nvidia spokesperson Brian Burke. After next June, "we plan to transition it to a paid-for service. We are working toward a Netflix-like, affordable subscription plan."

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16:04
Amazon’s recent promise makes Prime Instant Video a...

Its been said before, but 4K may finally be on the cusp of breaking through. Ultra high-definition TVs from major brands are dropping like crazy and Apple pushed out a 5K iMac just a few months ago. The hardware is there, but the content from a pricing and availability perspective is still lagging behind.

We took a step in the right direction when Netflix began offering 4K content, but quickly took a step back once we found out it came with strings attached.

Fast forward to this week. Amazon has...

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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

Monster Dash [iOS...

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15:57
Elon Musk’s Next Mission: Internet Satellites

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk shook up the automotive and aerospace industries with electric cars and cheap rockets. Now, he is focused on satellites, looking at ways to make smaller, less-expensive models that can deliver Internet access across the globe, according to people familiar with the matter.

Elon is definitely as visionary and the man get’s shit done.

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15:53
The Internet mogul of 2014 is… Will Ferrell

It was one of the most hilarious (and important!) moments of the year: Zach Galifianakis interviewing President Obama about…the Affordable Care Act. And it vaulted Funny or Die—the world s greatest comedy site, brought to you by Will Ferrell and friends—to such stratospheric heights of viral-video dominance that the site has now hired some Wall Street guys to evaluate potential buyers. Amy Wallace embeds in the company’s Hollywood HQ and learns why FOD may soon be laughing all the way to the, well, you know

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15:50
Epson announces new 'high-speed' WorkForce...

A new scanner was unveiled by Epson America this week that looks to give businesses and professionals a new high-speed desktop scanning solution. The WorkForce DS-520 is a sheet-fed scanner that's capable of reaching speeds up to 30 pages per minute (ppm) or 60 images per minute (ipm) in black and white, color, and grayscale modes....



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15:43
FTC quizzing Apple, others on protection of consumer...

Apple executives and officials from the Federal Trade Commission have met several times over the security of the health data devices such as the iPhone and the upcoming Apple Watch have and will collect on users. Chair Edith Ramirez praised the company for tightening its privacy rules in August so that health data collected by the devices could not be used by developers or others for data-mining or advertising purposes, and demanding that any app accessing HealthKit have a privacy policy....

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15:37
Clickbait and linkbait

Joe Wilcox:

Clickbait and linkbait also corrupt longstanding, and sensible practices regarding headline writing that negatively affect audience attitudes about what is valuable content. Good headlines should be aggressive or provocative, such that they pull people to read the story. Emphasis: Read. Deliver value. Clickbait and linkbait headlines and stories aren’t written for people but for Google—to capture search ranking and pageviews.

This is worth a read.

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15:37
How to Launch Apps in OS X Using Spotlight

Using Spotlight to search for things is handy, you can even search for apps! But did you know you can launch an app straight from the Spotlight window? Kelly Guimont explains how.


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15:35
BBM Meetings launched as multi-platform conference...

BlackBerry made another business-related announcement at its Enterprise event, one which involves multi-platform messaging. BBM Meetings lets users set up a voice or video conferencing session with multiple other users, with the service covering BlackBerry 10, iOS, and Android mobile devices, as well as computers running OS X and Windows....



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15:30
Book your next golf outing with OpenTee

OpenTee provides users with access to tee times at thousands of golf courses throughout North America with no additional booking fees. You just pay for your golf. The free universal app runs on iOS 7.1 or later.

The app works with or without users...

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15:14
3,000,000,000

3,000,000,000 can now access the Internet.

[Via Swissmiss]

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15:04
VSCO Cam for IOS update brings iPad support, access...

Popular iOS photography app VSCO Cam received an extensive update on Thursday, bringing a newly built native iPad version, access to "Journal" publishing, filter comparisons and cloud syncing across devices.

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15:00
BRUVELO would be your iPhone-powered coffee...

What is it with Apple fans and coffee? Perhaps it's the fact that you can totally "geek out" on the process, the beans, the hardware and so on. Add your iPhone to the mix and you've got Apple-loving Coffee Nerd Nirvana.

BRUVELO is a coffee maker and...

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14:55
You have got to be fucking kidding me BlackBerry

BlackBerry’s new devices suck so bad, they are releasing the “BlackBerry Classic.”

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14:45
FTC asking Apple about health data protection

The two people, both familiar with the FTC’s thinking, said Apple representatives have met on multiple occasions with agency officials in recent months, to stress that it will not sell its users’ health data to third-party entities such as marketers or allow third-party developers to do so.

Someone at the FTC confused Apple with Google.

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14:45
US Gov't Issues Alert About iOS "Masque...

alphadogg writes Three days after security company FireEye warned of an iPhone/iPad threat dubbed "Masque Attack", the U.S. government has issued a warning of its own about this new risk by malicious third-party apps to Apple iOS devices. US-CERT warned: "This attack works by luring users to install an app from a source other than the iOS App Store or their organizations' provisioning system. In order for the attack to succeed, a user must install an untrusted app, such as one delivered through a phishing link." Revelations of Masque came on the heels of a related exploit (that also threatens Macs) called WireLurker.

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14:39
Jason Snell reviews the Kindle Voyage

Jason knows all too well that I don’t get the Kindle—never have, and probably never will. Still, I enjoyed Jason’s review. I should note that this is Jason’s new site since he left Macworld—congrats, it looks great.

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14:30
Apple seeds Safari 8.0.1, 7.1.1 and 6.2.1 betas,...

Apple on Thursday pushed out a batch of new Safari builds for developers covering OS X 10.10 Yosemite, OS X 10.9 Mavericks and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, as well as new firmware for the company's standalone Thunderbolt Display.

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14:30
MessageHub tries to be your one stop for all social...

MessageHub wants to be you go-to app for all of your digital communications. That's not an exaggeration, I mean all. It supports Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Yahoo and more. It also supports email accounts Gmail and Outlook. If you set up all of your...

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14:20
Wacom moves into cloud-based offerings with Dropzone...

Graphics tablet and stylus manufacturer Wacom announced the launch of its cloud-based services today, Dropzone and Control Room. The new pieces of cloud software expand on the ability of Wacom owners to access settings and photos from any location with an Internet connection, across OS X, Windows and iOS operating systems....



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14:00
Limefuel LP200X 20,000mAh Dual USB Battery Pack: $34...

Our friends at Stack Social have put together another deal with the Limefuel folks. This time it's the Limefuel LP200X 20,000mAh Dual USB Battery Pack. As the name suggests, this is a portable charger for your iPhone, iPad, and other mobile devices, but it has two USB ports for dual charging. It also has 20,000mAh, enough to charge your iPad two to four times. The LP200X retails for $85, but with our deal you can get it for $34.99. (Pro tip: think Christmas/holiday gift).


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14:00
.NET Server Core to go open source, will run on Macs

There's no question .NET is a popular option for developers, but if you wanted to run .NET applications your server had to run Windows. Microsoft is in the process of making its tools even more accessible, and open-sourcing the .NET server stack is...

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13:58
US Homeland Security issues alert about iOS'...

The US Department of Homeland Security has issued a formal alert warning people about the Masque Attack security hole discovered in iOS. Although mostly reiterating claims by research firm FireEye, DHS describes the hole as allowing malware "under a limited set of circumstances," and sets forth three basic steps for dodging problems. These including avoiding apps from outside the App Store or a person's own organization, not clicking "Install" on third-party webpage pop-ups, and tapping "Don't Trust" if launching an iOS app spawns an "Untrusted App Developer" warning....



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13:42
FTC seeks assurances from Apple on health data...

According to a report on Thursday, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is asking Apple about its handling of sensitive health data gathered and stored by the company's new iOS 8 HealthKit framework, especially as it applies to possible dissemination to third parties like advertisers.

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13:38
Apple facing scrutiny from U.S. FTC over collection...

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is pressing Apple on how it plans to use sensitive data from users collected through the company’s new Health app and upcoming Apple Watch wearable, according to a new report from Reuters.

Specifically, the report claims Apple has met with the FTC several times in recent months to stress that it will not sell its users’ health data to third-party entities such as marketers or allow third-party developers to do so.” The meetings come as the FTC makes it a priority to keep a close eye on privacy concerns related to new health apps coming out on all platforms, according to Reuters.

Apple and the FTC didn’t comment...

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13:33
Apple releases Safari 8.0.1, 7.1.1, and 6.2.1 betas...

Apple issued pre-release versions of Safari for OS X Mountain Lion, Mavericks, and Yosemite today for developers. The Safari beta versions include Safari 8.0.1, 7.1.1, and 6.2.1 for OS X 10.10, 10.9, and 10.8, respectively. 

As part of the pre-release software, Apple asks users to focus on these areas for testing:

• General website compatibility
• Extension compatibility
• WebGL graphics on Retina displays
• Password AutoFill when passwords are synchronized across multiple devices • Syncing history between devices (OS X Yosemite only)
• Importing usernames and passwords from Firefox (OS X Yosemite only)

In addition to the latest Safari for OS X betas, Apple also...

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13:30
AstoundSound Music player can enhance audio from iOS...

The AstoundSound Music Player (free with a single in-app purchase option at US$2.99) is an audio 'enhancer' designed to increase the 3D spatial effects that can be enjoyed while listening through headphones, speakers, and in cars.

Play your music...

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13:07
OS X Lion: Supported digital camera RAW formats (...

Digital camera RAW formats retain more image information than JPEGs and can produce better results when used with imaging applications such as Aperture and iPhoto.

Read more: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4757

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13:07
OS X Lion: Supported digital camera RAW formats (...

Digital camera RAW formats retain more image information than JPEGs and can produce better results when used with imaging applications such as Aperture and iPhoto.

Read more: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4757

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13:06
Comcast CEO says Time Warner Cable merger going...

The merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable is moving along according to recent statements from Comcast CEO Brian Roberts. Roberts said that his company is moving "full steam ahead" with the $45 billion deal to acquire Time Warner Cable, an acquisition that would bring an additional 11 million customers to Comcast's Internet and television services....



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13:05
Apple Pay and Full Service Dining - Here’s How It...

It's easy to use Apple Pay with the cashier at, say, Walgreens or Panera Bread. But what about full service restaurants where you normally pay the server at your table? John Martellaro wondered how this could work, and it turns out that OpenTable has an answer.


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13:00
Daily Deals for November 13, 2014, featuring...

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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12:55
MinutePhysics explains the optics at work in...

PetaPixel:

If you’ve never thought to find out why aperture works the way it does, you should definitely check out this simple explanation of optics, aperture and pinholes by MinutePhysics.

As a photographer, I knew this information but this video explanation is the best, clearest I’ve seen.

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12:52
Sprint introduces 'iPad for Life' plans...

US carrier Sprint has announced new "iPad for Life" plans for people wanting to buy a 4G-equipped iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3. All of the plans have no down payments, unlike similar T-Mobile offerings, but still require people to pay monthly fees over the course of a two-year lease. Those fees vary based on device storage. A 16GB Air 2 is $20 a month, for example, whereas 64GB is $24, and 128GB is $28. For the Mini 3 those fees are $17, $21, and $25, respectively....



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12:45
Hands On: SavouryPot (iOS)

If there's one thing that the Internet is good for, it's teaching us how to cook meals we never thought possible. And while Pinterest does a good job keeping a collection of links to our favorite recipes, it certainly doesn't do much to hold the recipes themselves which may be lost behind a morass of links anyway. This is where SavouryPot comes in, an app by Anton Zehrdev, that promises to help organize anyone's unruly collection of recipes regardless of source....



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12:43
News: US government posts iOS Masque Attack alert

The U.S. Government’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has posted an official alert regarding the iOS Masque Attack disclosed earlier this week. The notice summarizes the vulnerability, specifically noting that the vulnerability works “under a limited set of circumstances” and that “in order for the attack to succeed, a user must install an untrusted app, such as one delivered through a phishing link.” The…

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12:39
Americans Flip-Flop on Personal Data Privacy


Despite the publicity about Edward Snowden's controversial leaks, only 43 percent of 607 English-speaking adults surveyed in January had heard a lot about government surveillance efforts, and another 44 percent had heard a little, according to the Pew Research Internet Project. However, 80 percent of the respondents agreed or strongly agreed that Americans should be concerned about government surveillance of communications. Thirty-six percent agreed or strongly agreed that it was a good thing for someone to an eye on the things they did online.

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12:34
Let the right one in: Apple uses two doors to manage...

Two recent security incidents, WireLurker and Masque Attack, highlight both the ease and difficulty of slipping malware onto iOS. But they also show the way in which Apple may have infantilized its audience into not knowing the right choice to make when presented with a genuine security flaw.

WireLurker used malware inserted into Mac OS X programs made available at a Chinese-focused third-party app store to install apps to iOS devices over USB. It added apps in jailbroken and regular devices. Masque Attack in its most powerful methodology pushes apps (from websites, email, and elsewhere) that, if installed, overwrite common popular apps and extract cached data for that app, such as Gmail. WireLurker has been effectively defanged;...

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12:30
Space Age is an enticing adventure on any planet

Space Age is a brand new game featuring a team of space explorers who have just landed on an unpopulated, very retro planet named Kepler-16. While they don't initially have a mission to fulfill, after wandering around a bit, the team soon realizes...

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12:23
Samsung copies Apple yet again

Samsung this week announced its answer to Apple’s Continuity: a new cross-device sharing feature called “Flow,” intended to allow users to move activities and content between Samsung smartphones, tablets, wearable devices, PCs, and more.

I’m shocked that Samsung would so blatantly copy Apple. SHOCKED!

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12:22
U.S. Department of Homeland Security warns iOS users...

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Thursday issued an alert warning iOS users about the recent “Masque Attack” security flaw that can affect both non-jailbroken and jailbroken iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team outlines how the technique works and offers solutions on how iOS users can protect themselves.

Mobile security research team FireEye claimed last week that Masque Attacks allow for an attacker to replace a legitimate app with a malicious version under a limited set of circumstances. To fall...

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12:07
Wildcard: Browse a Better Mobile Web

This is an interesting concept. You can read what Khoi Vinh says about Wildcard on his Web site.

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12:05
Retina iMac shipping times slip to 2-3 weeks

Shipping times for stock models of the Retina iMac have stretched out to between two to three weeks at Apple's US online store. The computer was initially promised in three to five business days when it was launched last month, but soon slipped into a seven- to 10-day window. With the latest delay, it may be a final opportunity to have a computer shipped in time for Christmas. Built-to-order systems may take longer....



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12:00
Spotify CEO pens blogpost on Taylor Swift and the...

Last week, Taylor Swift abruptly removed all of her music from Spotify, a significant move considering that Swift's latest album 1989 has been perched at the top of the charts since its release two weeks ago. In explaining the decision, Swift told...

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11:52
Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways

The new album is available today—great to see Dave Grohl making some new music.

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11:45
Review: Lunatik Seismik for iPhone 6

As in the last version of Seismik, Lunatik cleverly includes ringer switch protection on the frame by using a switch that can be moved toward or away from a user. Much of Seismik’s appeal will come from its unique truss design. This time around, the back is translucent from the top to the bottom of the frame, revealing more of the phone. It’s a sleek look, but the frame does add a bit more bulk to the sides of a phone when compared to…

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11:41
Samsung responds to Apple's Continuity with its...

Samsung this week announced its answer to Apple's Continuity: a new cross-device sharing feature called "Flow," intended to allow users to move activities and content between Samsung smartphones, tablets, wearable devices, PCs, and more.

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11:30
Sunrise calendar, Things productivity apps updated

Sunrise calendar has always been a 3rd choice for me, behind Apple's and Readdle's excellent Calendars 5 (I use Fantastical + BusyCal on my Mac). But after hearing a lot of smart people rave about Sunrise, I've decided to give it a try. Lucky for me,...

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11:10
Apple’s highest-ever market cap is now 2/3rds of the...

As we reported last month, Apple’s stock price has continued to climb repeatedly reaching all-time highs since its 7-1 stock split earlier this year. The company’s stock has been on the rise today as well putting Apple’s market capitalization on track to close at its highest point ever. Previously, Apple’s highest market cap at close was $658.15 billion at the end of September 19th, 2012, and today Apple’s market cap has climbed to nearly two-thirds of a trillion dollars at $663.20 billion during trading....

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11:00
Kenu Stance compact tripod holds your iPhone, opens...

What's better than a little tripod for your iPhone? A little tripod for your iPhone that doubles as a bottle opener! That's the idea behind the innovative Kenu Stance ($29.95), a new product from the accessory manufacturer that also produces the...

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