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Saturday November 15

04:14
FCC demands information from AT&T on frozen 100...

Just days after AT&T said that it would pause new gigabit fiberoptic deployments pending resolution of the net neutrality discussion, the US Federal Communications Commission has requested information on the buildout. The FCC is demanding information on the current number of households that it provides fiber to, the demographic breakdown of those locations, and proof that the AT&T investment model in fiber is unprofitable as it claims now or in the future....



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Friday November 14

21:09
Inside the net neutrality dispute, and why it's...

Though you may pay a premium for one of the fastest internet connections your cable provider offers, a lack of net neutrality could cause your iCloud backups and iTunes movie rentals to take hours, rather than minutes. Here's why Apple users, and consumers in general, should care about net neutrality.

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21:05
Deals: Final days to get the lowest prices anywhere...

Exclusive 3% discount coupons from MacMall that offer AppleInsider readers the lowest prices anywhere on Apple's MacBook Air and MacBook Pros will expire for the year in less than a week. Meanwhile, readers in the market for Mac desktops still have time to take advantage of another exclusive that offers $50-$100 discounts of iMac 5Ks and Mac Pros, with free AppleCare thrown in on each order.

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21:04
Apple Inc. A8X iPad chip causing big problems for...

Apple's A-series Application Processors that power iPads--including the latest and greatest A8X in iPad Air 2--are inciting billion dollar losses for Intel and threatening major problems for rival tablet chips from Qualcomm, Samsung and Nvidia, along with all the companies that depend upon those vendors for their mobile chips.

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20:10
First Look: Apple iMac with 5K Retina Display

Apple has been adding Retina displays to its mobile product range over the past few years, but desktop users have missed out -- until now. Apple's new iMac with Retina 5K display has landed, with four times the pixel density of previous models - taking its total pixel count to an incredible 14.7 million pixels. But it is much more than just a pretty face: behind the stunning new Retina display, it packs a one-two punch of up to a 4.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 display and AMD Radeon R9 M295X with 4GB of DDR5 VRAM. We've been using it for the past week, and have some first impressions ahead of...



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19:01
Apple, Google, MS, others lobby Congress to curb NSA...

A new bill in the US Senate is being rushed through in an attempt to curtail NSA spying on Americans, and make federal agency requests for data more transparent ahead of the January takeover of the body by Republicans. The bill, known as the USA Freedom Act (S. 2685), has won the backing of the Consumer Electronics Association, the Information Technology Industry Council, the Internet Association and many of the major tech firms. Apple, Microsoft, Google and others, as members of the CEA, are pushing the Senate to pass the bill....



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18:49
CAINE Provides Sturdy Support for Forensic...


CAINE is a professional-grade digital forensic Linux distro. It uses an old-school desktop environment hardened with top-notch specialty tools. CAINE provides tight security and built-in digital investigation tools, but it is less inviting for non-forensic specialists to use as an everyday Linux desktop. However, it could serve the purpose for users who are willing to handle several interface inconveniences. CAINE is built around a complete investigative environment that integrates existing software tools as software modules.

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18:13
Apple Pay grabs 50% of McDonald’s tap-to-pay...

Apple only released its mobile payment system to the public last month, but the feature is already gaining traction at many retail outlets according to the New York Times. New numbers from retailers that accept Apple Pay show that the public is jumping on board with the system in a big way

Walgreens, for example, says that since the release of Apple Pay, the number of mobile transactions conducted in its stores has...

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17:42
Retailers report strong customer interest in Apple...

It appears that Apple Pay is off to a good start as participating retailers nationwide report the service is generating high levels of interest from customers looking to try it out, something heretofore unheard of in the mobile wallet space.

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17:15
Apple closes week breaking all-time stock high,...

Apple on Friday ended the week with a new all-time record high for its stock, even taking into account the huge swing in the number of outstanding shares, which has changed significantly in the past two years. Last reaching its peak in September of 2012, the company has now broken its record for both its stock price and its highest-ever market capitalization, which now stands at $669.65 billion, with the stock still rising in after-hours trading from its Friday close of $114.18 per share....



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17:13
Shares of $AAPL Hit Record Close at $114, Market Cap...

Shares of Apple Inc. hit a new record closing high Friday, ending the week at US$114.18, a gain of $1.36 (+1.21 percent), on strong volume of 44 million shares trading hands. That puts the company's market cap at $669.6 billion, which is also a record, at least in relative terms.


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16:59
Disney announces Disney Infinity 2.0 mobile built w...

Today’s Disney Mobile Product Showcase kicked off with Disney’s CEO, Bob Iger, sharing a Steve Jobs anecdote. No matter the time or place it’s always incredibly interesting to hear personal stories of Apple’s late leader.

Iger recalled the time when he contacted his buddy Jobs with what he thought was a novel idea: to unleash movies/TV shows like iTunes did for music. Of course, being the visionary he was, Jobs had already thought of this and even brought an early version of the iPod with video to the meeting. And of course, being the businessman he was, Jobs then asked Iger if he would commit Disney content to the project.

Iger used this story as a jump off for a two hour presentation in which other Disney, ESPN, and ABC executives would showcase a smattering of new mobile apps, games, and products…

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16:55
Underoos! Now in Adult Sizes!

As a child of the 70's and 80's, I have a soft spot in my heart for Underoos, the fantastic underwear that looked like actual outfits for Supergirl or Wonder Woman or other characters. It was a tragedy when they disappeared. Luckily, not only are Underoos back, but they are back in adult sizes! Exclusively available at Hot Topic, there are eight varieties at the moment: Batman, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Captain America, He-Man, Skeletor, Superman, and Wonder Woman. This is one of those times when you may actually have to brave the mall, they appear to be entirely sold out online and it seems the sold-out ones vanish from the Hot Topic site. While it's fantastic they exist, you may find it difficult to get your hands on them, at least for now. But now you know, and as another 80's favorite explained to me, knowing is half the battleâ

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16:16
Universal Audio releases the Manley Variable Mu...

As Manley Labs’ flagship compressor since 1994, the Variable Mu is a tube and transformer-driven classic that exudes hand-made craftsmanship. A gold standard among mixing and mastering engineers, the Variable Mu adds clarity and cohesion to stereo buses or your entire mix.

I love Manley gear and Universal Audio—I can’t wait to load this one into a project.

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16:16
Bryan Chaffin on MacVoices: Bitcoin Economy, My...

Chuck Joiner was foolish enough to invite me to MacVoices this week (episode #14218), and my interview went live on Friday. Chuck asked my thoughts on the current state of Bitcoin, talked to me about the hardware and software I use for TMO and writing fiction, plus my take on renting software. It's 49 minutes of wannabe Ben Franklin nonsense, so enjoy!


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16:09
Apple, Inc. shares reach new peak above $114 after...

Apple shares reached a new all time closing high of $114.18 today, following yesterday's quarterly dividend distribution of $2.9 billion to shareholders. That compares to a pre-split adjusted price just cents below $800, and is 53.5 percent higher than the company's stock price just one year ago.

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16:03
Walmart isn’t going to like this Apple Pay report

…estimates that 30% of American smartphone owners plan to use either Apple Pay or Google Wallet to buy things this holiday shopping season. What’s more, 17% of smartphone users surveyed said having the option to buy things with Apple Pay or Google Wallet would cause them to spend more money than they normally would.

Be smart Walmart. Nobody wants your shitty payment service.

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16:00
How To Disable Screenshot Shadows in Yosemite and...

Today's tip comes from Charles Edge, author and long time Mac admin. If you're looking to forsake the drop shadows in screen shots, you can do so with a simple Terminal command. Kelly breaks it all down for you.


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16:00
Slices of Apple episode 11: Making it great

Slices of Apple is a documentary series exploring the success of Apple as a company. It seeks to educate business leaders, entrepreneurs and laypeople about how Apple keeps delivering consistently great products

In this episode of Slices of Apple,...

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15:47
It’s not UX vs. UI, it’s UX and UI

Chris Bank does a great job of tackling UX and UI in this post.

When designing a website, you want your UX to be as positive as possible — you want your users to enjoy being on your website, that’s kind of the whole point. But you can’t just say “let’s improve our site’s UX” any more than a business can say “let’s make more money.” It’s the strategies you use to create your UX, namely the UI, that can enhance (or weaken) it.

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15:40
Eric Clapton isolated solo of “While My Guitar...

I love listening to these isolated tracks. There’s some great information about the session here as well.

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15:33
Microsoft Widens Skype World


Skype on Friday announced Skype for Web, a new version of its VoIP service that can be used in a browser rather than through the dedicated application. "Perhaps you're sitting at a computer that doesn't already have Skype downloaded," explained Jonathan Watson, a senior product marketing manager with Skype. "Or maybe you're on the go and using an Internet cafe or hotel computer where you can't download Skype at all. Using Skype for Web makes it more convenient to get to your conversations."

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15:30
Verizon increases cost of early termination fee for...

Verizon has changed its customer agreement, making it more expensive to leave a mobile contract early. The early termination fee (ETF) associated with ending a contract before the two-year period is up has been adjusted, forcing new customers to pay between $60 and $70 more than existing customers would be charged to leave at the same point in the term....



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15:24
Trade groups representing Apple, Google, others...

Members of various Internet and technology trade groups are pushing the U.S. Senate to impose limitations on spying programs instituted by the National Security Agency, citing privacy concerns and lost business.

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15:11
Why We Created the Take Control Crash Course Series

Our last few books were in our new Take Control Crash Course series, which we developed in response to recent trends surrounding how people interact with tech books. Read on to learn what changes we’ve made, and why.

 

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15:03
Knowledge vs. Intelligence

Anthony Colangelo:

The difference between knowledge and intelligence is key here. Knowledge is the collection of skills and information a person has acquired through experience. Intelligence is the ability to apply knowledge. Just because someone lacks knowledge of a particular subject doesn’t mean they can’t apply their intelligence to help solve problems.

I love that.

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15:00
The iWatch mockups from yesteryear

Old smartwatches don't die, they just need new batteries. I was going through some old bookmarks last night and I ran across a site called Wrist Dreams, which had a sad but funny list of smartwatches from 7 or more years ago. Listed among the fish...

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14:59
Apple Adds RAW Support for New Cameras from Canon,...

Apple released Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 6.0.1 Friday. The update adds support to OS X in Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11 for RAW photo files from four new cameras from Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, and Panasonic.


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14:36
9to5Toys Last Call: Retina MacBook Pro (2013) $200...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Apple Deals:

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14:33
Register to Win a Brand New Gold iPad Air 2 + A Gold...

We have a killer giveaway for you called The Golden Apple Giveaway. You can register to win a gold iPad Air 2 and a gold iPhone 6. That's both of them, BTW, in case you thought I had a typo. Registering means signing up to receive deal emails from TMO, which you should do anyway. You can also get more entries by sharing a link through social network channels.


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14:30
The Impact of Apple Pay is Greater Than We Could...

When a revolutionary new service arrives, especially from Apple, the long term consequences are seldom appreciated at first. The tendency is to compare it to the known competition rather than explore the synergistic effects. Even now, those effects are kicking in, very early in the life of Apple Pay.


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14:18
iMac: How to remove or install memory (Apple KB)

Learn how to remove or install memory in your iMac computer.

Read more: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT201191

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14:18
iMac: How to remove or install memory (Apple KB)

Learn how to remove or install memory in your iMac computer.

Read more: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT201191

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14:08
Apple, Google, Facebook, other tech companies...

Bloomberg reports that groups representing Apple, Google, Facebook and other high profile tech companies are lobbying to pass a new bill that attempts to limit NSA spying of email and communications of their users. The report says the groups are “pushing the Senate to pass legislation limiting National Security Agency spying before the Republican majority takes control of the chamber.” The news comes ahead of the Senate vote on the new bill scheduled for Nov. 18 and an upcoming Republican controlled Congress taking over in January:

If a final bill isn’t reached this year, the process for passing legislation would begin over in January under a new Congress controlled by...

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14:07
News: Don’t miss our Best of the Year Awards 2014

In case you missed it last week, iLounge has released the Best of the Year Awards for 2014, highlighting this past year's top accessories, apps, games, and more. Our editors have picked the best of the best in more than 25 categories, narrowing down a list of thousands of potential products. The list has been expanded from previous years and is now available here on the site, with no download needed, just in time for your holiday shopping. Click here…

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14:00
Moment announces 18mm wide-angle and 60mm 2X...

The iPhone 6 already has an incredibly powerful camera but, as we learned with previous generations, that doesn't mean it can't be made better with a little help. Moment has announced two brand new add-on lenses for the iPhone 6 to enhance your...

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13:57
Apple releases Xcode 6.1.1 golden master with fixes...

Apple on Friday issued to developers a golden master build of the upcoming Xcode 6.1.1 update, bringing bug fixes for Xcode Server, the Swift programming language and Interface Builder, among others.

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13:47
Verizon’s early termination fee is now up to $70...

Verizon Wireless has updated its customer agreement with new conditions related to early termination fees. Effective today, new customers that purchase a device on contract will be required to pay a full $350 early termination fee during the first seven months of the contract if it is broken. The fee is reduced by $10 per month between months 8-18, $20 per month between months 19-23 and $60 in the final month of the contract term…

Verizon previously reduced the $350 early termination fee (ETF) by $10 per month for each full month of a contract that was honored, meaning that its delay in reducing the fee until the eighth month makes opting out of a contract up to $70 more expensive for customers...

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13:30
YouTube iOS app updated with new music options in...

YouTube has updated its iOS app in advance of the launch of its newly-announced YouTube Music Key service. Regular users of the app will notice a new dedicated tab for the Music homepage on YouTube. On the Music homepage you'll find suggestions based...

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13:21
Google kills Google Wallet for digital goods

Google has quietly revealed it plans to retire the Google Wallet API for digital goods on March 2, 2015. The company plans to continue supporting the sale of apps on Google Play as well as in-app payments, but users will not be able to purchase any virtual items offered on the Web through Google Wallet.

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13:08
Hands On: Goat Simulator (iOS)

Now, when most people think of video game protaganists, chances are a goat isn't the first one that comes to mind. Generally, we tend to think of mustachioed plumbers, camo-covered commandos, or spiky blue hedgehogs with a pension for hoarding gold. However, Goat Simulator by Coffee Stain Studios aims to change all that. In this game, a player takes control of a lively goat and are set free to do what they wish wish in this quirky sandbox simulation game....



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13:02
Apple seeds Xcode 6.1.1 GM to developers

Apple is now seeding a gold master version of Xcode 6.1.1 to developers, listed as build 6A2006. The update is a relatively minor one, dealing with bugfixes for Xcode Server, Interface Builder, and handling of Apple's Swift programming language. It can be downloaded through the official OS X developer portal....



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13:00
Apple assures FTC that it will keep Apple Watch...

With the Apple Watch capable of collecting sensitive health data, Reuters reports that the FTC has sought assurances from Apple that said data will not be used without the consent of the owners, will not be sold to third-parties, and above all, will...

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12:59
Nexus 6, the Star Destroyer of Phablets, Goes on Sale


Google's Nexus 6 phablet on Friday became available for sale at Sprint stores, as well as on its website and through other Sprint sales channels. Priced at $696 with a service plan, qualified buyers can purchase the Nexus 6 with no down payment, and 24 monthly payments of $29. The other three major U.S. carriers have announced plans to carry the Nexus 6 as well, but Sprint is first out of the gate. The Nexus 6, which was unveiled in October, has a display that measures nearly 6 inches diagonally.

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12:51
Winn-Dixie, Bi-Lo grocery stores to begin accepting...

Two major southeastern grocery store chains, Winn-Dixie and Bi-Lo, are said to begin accepting Apple Pay tap-to-pay transactions at the start of next week, according to a new report.

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12:46
Mac: Creaceed Prizmo 3

If you’re looking to achieve a paperless office and want a great way to scan, OCR and optimize images on your Mac, then you’ll want to take a look at Creaceed’s newly updated Prizmo 3 ($40). Now with OS X Yosemite support and boasting greatly improved image processing, Prizmo can take your scanned images and paperwork, whether they come from a document scanner or an iPhone camera, and clean up the text quality and color accuracy,…

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12:40
Review: Logitech protection+ for iPhone 6

Logitech’s protection+ is solid enough to exceed military drop test standards, and the company claims additional polymers in the corners makes the case more shock-absorbent. The case fits iPhone 6 perfectly, with nice, responsive button coverage. We also like the clean look of protection+ — our case came in Pacific Blue, with back blue panels and a gray interior. If you’re already using any Logitech magnetic mounts such as +trip, or…

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12:31
Apple seeds Xcode 6.1.1 GM to developers w/ fixes...

Apple today seeded Xcode 6.1.1 GM (build 6A2006) to developers ahead of a public release. The release includes a number of fixes for Apple’s new Swift programming language, Interface Builder, Xcode Server, and more.

Version 6.1.1 follows Apple’s release of Xcode 6.1 in October with updated SDKs for the recently released OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8.1.

The release is available for developers to download from Apple’s developer portal now. Developers can view Apple’s full release notes for Xcode 6.1.1 here.

Filed under: AAPL Company,...

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12:30
Alabama lawmaker naming new anti-discrimination bill...

Tim Cook has been making waves with his recent increased focus on civil rights issues, specifically with regards to the LGBTQ community. In October, the CEO spoke out about his home state of Alabama's slow progress with regards to LGBTQ rights. Now...

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12:29
Distiller proves booze apps are no flash in the...

Communities of booze connoisseurs have existed on the Internet for ages, but they weren’t exactly easy to find or join. If you’re a casual whiskey drinker,
you’re not going to ask a forum full of diehards if Jim Beam or Wild Turkey will go over better at your next dinner party. But a new breed of apps proves
booze—from delivery to discussion—pairs well with technology.

We covered whiskey recommendation engine Distiller when it launched a year ago and checked back in
to see if the site, which has since launched iOS and Android apps and

widened its scope to social networking
, has found solid footing in such a niche area.

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12:10
Friday Deals: 80-inch television, 3TB hard drive,...

Slowly, like a creeping predator intent on a meal, Black Friday approaches -- but it is not this day! This Friday, like every Friday, we search the Internet for deals on gadgets, peripherals, accessories, apps, and games for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, all prices are verified at the time of publication, and may or may not be valid if you're reading this at a later date, so check before you buy. Be sure to check over the weekend, as it is likely more deals will be added to the list....



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12:00
Acme Made Charge iPhone case hides a Lightning cable...

The last time we heard from Acme Made, the company was in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign for its Ergo Book iPad case. That project was successfully funded, and now the San Francisco-based designers are working on a new campaign. This one is for...

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11:41
Winn-Dixie, BI-LO begin accepting Apple Pay

Winn-Dixie and sibling grocery chain BI-LO have started accepting Apple Pay, accounts say. Both are based in the southeastern US, in states such as Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi. There are over 500 Winn-Dixie outlets, and more than 800 BI-LO locations. With the new additions, there are still only five grocery chains in the US that support Apple Pay; the others include Meijer, Wegmans, and Whole Foods....



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11:35
Handwritten Heineken holiday cards

You have to love Heineken.

[Via psfk]

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11:30
Check out the first holiday widget for iOS

I guess it had to happen -- a widget with a holiday theme, and one that gives you some useful information. I'm talking about SNOWidget, from developer Johnny Ixe who gave us the handy and useful DataMan app.

Download the free SNOWidget app, and then...

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11:14
First Look: Olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6...

Olloclip's 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus ($80) is the most recent version of the company's 4-in-1 lens, which we've seen for other iOS devices. The lens attachment can be used on either the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus — special clips are used to fit either phone. While the lens system fits both cameras on a bare iPhone 6 perfectly, it takes a slight manual adjustment to line up with the iPhone 6 Plus cameras. Included lenses are…

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11:00
App Store gamers are cheap, angry and whiny

Monument Valley developer Ustwo learned a harsh lesson about App Store customers this week when the group released a sizable update to its highly regarded iOS title. A level expansion titled Forgotten Shores added a further eight chapters to the...

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10:47
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-14

Privacy and security are the hot button topics this week. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about the FTC's inquiry into personal health privacy in HealthKit along with Apple's response to the Masque Attack threat for the iPhone and iPad.


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10:30
Apple says no customers have been affected by "...

Earlier this week, security researchers at FireEye disclosed a new iOS vulnerability dubbed "Masque Attack." The attack works when users download what appears to be an updated version of an app they already have outside the confines of the App Store...

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10:25
A definitive ranking of the most overrated and...

Vox:

This chart, from David McCandless’ fascinating new book Knowledge is Beautiful, ranks 87 dog breeds and compares those rankings to the actual popularity of those breeds in the US.

The ranking is based on a number of factors: trainability, life expectancy, lifetime cost (including the price of food and grooming), and suitability for children, among others.

The result: Border Collies, according to McCandless, are the finest dog breed in existence. Labs, Beagles, and Golden Retrievers, while not at the very top, are other popular dogs (at the top right of the chart) that he rates highly.

Where does your dog fit into this chart? If I had a dog, it would likely be a Labrador. Happily, they score highly on this chart.

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10:25
SanDisk makes a $60 USB drive with a Lightning...

The SanDisk iXpand marries USB and Lightning connectors to a sort-of-compact flash drive.

SanDisk

16GB iPhone got you down? Apple doesn't offer an easy way to augment your phone's storage, but plenty of third parties have tried to make it possible. They've tried wireless drives, SD card adapters, and even cases with extra storage on board. Now SanDisk is joining the fun with an alternate option that looks at least passably attractive. Its...

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10:13
iPhone 6 outselling 6 Plus by nearly 3-to-1 margin,...

Within the first 30 days of the phones' availability, the iPhone 6 outsold the 6 Plus by a margin of almost three to one, according to data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. The 6 accounted for 68 percent of all iPhone sales in that window, whereas the 6 Plus took home a little over 23 percent. The 5s and 5c -- which are still being manufactured -- together accounted for the remaining fraction....



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10:00
Drop Kitchen Connected Scale drops just in time for...

So, you've got to bake a few dozen Christmas cookies for your little girl's robotics club, but you have absolutely no idea how to cook ... or even how to measure ingredients. Never fear -- the Drop Kitchen Connected Scale (US$99.99) and its...

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09:52
∞ The Sorkin sketch

This sketch from Late Night with Seth Meyers struck me as a pitch perfect parody, with a perfectly appropriate cameo at the end.

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09:51
External Link: Apple’s Bloated iOS Apps

Apple still insists on offering 16 GB iOS devices, but as Kirk McElhearn discovered, that doesn’t give you much room to work with. To start, a 16 GB device with iOS 8 only offers 12.73 GB out of the box. But then if you install Apple’s optional apps (which iOS prompts you to install), that only leaves you with a little over 8 GB. As McElhearn points out, Apple’s apps are huge. iMovie takes up 613.3 MB and GarageBand requires 594.1 MB.

 

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09:30
Daily Deals for November 14, 2014, featuring the...

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

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

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09:04
News: Apps of the Week: Auxy, Golfinity, Space Age,...

New Apps + Games Auxy (free) — Users with even a passing interest in making their own creative music will definitely want to check out Auxy. A recently released free modern beat making app, Auxy focuses on providing an incredibly simple, fun, and intuitive interface for laying down beats, bass lines, loops, melodies, and more. Everything gets selected and adjusted with intuitive tap, touch, and swipe gestures, and the final compositions can be recorded…

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09:00
Skype for Web (beta): App-free calls coming soon to...

With as many issues as I've had with Skype over the years, it really rubs me the wrong way that I have to install the Skype for Mac app on my trusty iMac and MacBook Pro for those occasional face-to-face calls. Thanks to a beta announced today by the...

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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.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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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.

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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
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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06:30
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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06:28
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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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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