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Wednesday November 19

07:57
Apps: Acorn, ExpanDrive, MotionComposer
07:53
Adobe Lightroom Adds Aperture, iPhoto Import Support

Adobe is making it easier for Aperture users to transition into Lightroom with its just released version 5.7 update. That's good news for Aperture users since Apple is killing off the product next year when it releases an OS X Yosemite version of Photos.


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07:42
Tim Cook & Apple celebrate another 100% score on...

Apple CEO Tim Cook today announced via his Twitter account that Apple has received a 100% score on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index for the 13th year in a row. Apple once again makes the list put together by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, which rates U.S. workplaces based on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality:

“The results from this year’s Corporate Equality Index demonstrate that the nation’s leading companies see full LGBT inclusion as the standard for workplace equality,” said Deena Fidas, director of the HRC Foundation’s Workplace Equality Program.  “As we celebrate these results, we should not lose sight of the work ahead needed to ensure that...

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07:38
Apple to offer automated iAds, catching up with...

Apple's continuously evolving iAds network is expected to soon begin offering automated, "programmatic" advertising for the first time, offering a feature that has become popular on rival networks.

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07:31
John Hodgeman: I am deleting @Uber from my phone now

John Hodgeman, from his blog, comments on the story about an Uber VP suggesting digging up dirt on journalists.

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07:27
Apple at work on automated placements for iAd

Apple is partnering with a company called Rubicon Project on bringing "programmatic" -- also known as automated -- options to iAd, according to a now-pulled (but still cached) press release. In it Rubicon says that advertisers wanting iAd spots will be able to place them through Rubicon's automation platform, rather than having to negotiate directly with iAd's sales team. This should not only speed up the process but potentially enable bidding on placements in apps via auctions....



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07:17
iPhone 6 vs. 6 Plus split among Daring Fireball...

John Gruber dug into Google Analytics to get a sense of the percentage of Daring Fireball readers on an iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus vs other models. Terrific idea, good read.

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07:00
BeWeather 2 is a very customizable app with a widget

BeWeather 2 (US$1.99) is an attractive collection of weather information that can be customized both in the data presented and the look of the app. It as features similar to many other weather apps, but BeWeather's overall presentation still makes it...

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06:59
China Suspected in Attacks on USPS, NOAA


The U.S. Postal Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration last week confirmed that their computer systems were targeted in months-long cyberattacks that appear to have originated in China. The attack on USPS compromised information of an estimated 800,000 employees. Data at risk includes names, date of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses and dates of employment -- the kind of info that could be used to forge future forays against the service or other federal agencies.

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06:53
Apple Plans to Repurpose GTAT Sapphire Glass Factory

GT Advanced Technologies is shutting down the Mesa, Arizona factory where it produced synthetic sapphire glass for Apple, but the iPhone and iPad maker has different plans. Apple told city officials it plans to repurpose the factory which will save some jobs, but hasn't said yet exactly what the factory will make next.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's good to see Apple following through on its plans to keep the Mesa factory open because that will help keep jobs in the area. It'll be interesting to see what Apple has planned for the facility because it most likely won't be making sapphire glass.


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06:47
Rumor: Apple to incorporate dual-lens system into...

Where its successor to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cameras are concerned, Apple may have just entered the megapixel arms race.

Per AppleInsider and Daring Fireball, host John Gruber revealed that “a birdie of a birdie” told him Apple is working on a two-lens system for incorporation in the next-generation iPhone.

“The specific thing I heard is that next year’s camera might be the biggest camera jump ever,” Gruber said. “I don’t even know what sense this makes, but I’ve heard that it’s some kind of weird two-lens system where the back camera uses two lenses and it somehow takes it up into DSLR quality imagery.”

The notion of using multi-...

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06:44
Apple Watch, WatchKit and iOS

What OS is running on the Apple Watch. There’s some clues that say it’s a slimmed down version of iOS.

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06:40
Holiday Gift Guide: Smart watches and wearables

Wearable devices have become an important part of the technology industry this year, with almost every manufacturer producing a smartwatch, fitness tracker, or some other form of technology designed to be worn, not carried. If you feel the need to buy a present for someone you know who wants a wearable item, here is Electronista and MacNN's first gift guide of the season covering the newest expansion of mobile technology....



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06:40
News: Apple plans to ‘repurpose’ Arizona...

Apple plans to continue supporting manufacturing operations in Arizona despite the failure of its sapphire supplier, GT Advanced Technologies, earlier this year. According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple has been speaking with officials in Mesa, Arizona and reiterating its commitment to bring jobs and manufacturing to the area. Mesa City Manager Christopher Brady noted in a recent interview that Apple wants to repurpose the building used by…

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06:26
Is this the neatest iPhone booster battery yet? The...

There’s no shortage of power cases and external battery packs to keep your iPhone battery topped-up during a long day of heavy use, and we’ve reviewed a number of cases and external batteries.

But power cases add bulk, and battery packs are just one more thing to carry. So the company behind the Nifty MiniDrive thought why not embed the battery in something you...

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06:05
Twitter lets you search through any tweet ever sent

Twitter has long maintained a searchable index of recent tweets, about a week’s worth of tweets updated in real time. But they’ve now adopted that indexing technology to allow you to search from a database of every tweet ever sent.

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06:01
Sync Solver bridges the gap between Apple's...

Users tied into the Fitbit ecosystem and frustrated by its lack of compatibility with Apple's Health app in iOS 8 can turn to a new app called Sync Solver, which automatically exports Fitbit data like steps, weight and sleep into the Health app.

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06:00
Adobe issues Lightroom 5.7 with Aperture/iPhoto...

Adobe has released the final incarnation of Lightroom 5.7, an update to its photography workflow software. The most important addition is a promised migration tool for people switching from Aperture or iPhoto. Apple is discontinuing both in favor of a new Photos app for OS X Yosemite, and while that will also be able to import Aperture files, it may not provide the professional-level features of something like Lightroom....



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06:00
PayPal debuts mobile payments app for Pebble...

PayPal today announced that it was expanding its mobile payments app to the Pebble smartwatch platform. The app also is available iOS and other wearables including Samsung's Gear smartwatch series and Android Wear devices.

The mobile payments app...

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05:59
Apple Online Store frontpage redesigned ahead of...

For Black Friday, Apple has refreshed the frontpage of its online store with a rather-drastic redesign. Each product category now dominates the webpage, with full-bleed images of their main product lines. The new iPad updates get the top spot, but interestingly Apple TV and Beats headphones also get prime placement. In fact, the product images for Beats accessories are so large, it only takes four images to dominate the screen.

The strap-line ‘From one gift come many’ headlines the page, which also links up with Apple’s upcoming retail store holiday changes. The same tagline will soon be featured in Apple Store windows around the world, highlighting the wide scope of the iPhone and iPad, as shown below.

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05:11
Apple pushes holiday gift ideas to shoppers ahead of...

Apple on Wednesday redesigned its online store and sent out emails to customers spotlighting gift ideas, with just over a week to go before Black Friday kicks off the 2014 holiday shopping season.

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05:05
Free 50-minute video tutorial video shows you how to...

If you want to get quickly up to speed on the basics of creating an Apple Watch app following the release of WatchKit, developer Nick Walter has put a free 50-minute video tutorial online. You can also sign up for a full online course for just $39 on Kickstarter – saving $161 on the likely launch price.

Walter gained a certain amount of fame recently when Forbes reported that he made $66,000 in one month following a similar Kickstarter campaign for a course in making iPhone apps … ...

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04:35
Hands On: Home Design 3D Gold (iOS)

Drafting programs on iOS aren't really new anymore. They've been around long enough for users to realize that most are overly fussy or incredibly impractical with the touchscreen interface and some inherent inaccuracy for precise placement. However, there are a few great apps out there for just about anyone to use which take into consideration the limits of the platform -- Home Design 3D Gold by developer Anuman has plenty of practical uses....



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04:30
If you’ve played Monument Valley, you have to play...

Who wasn't impressed with Monument Valley, the visually stunning perception puzzle that has players work their way through an MC Escher-inspired landscape? Despite being somewhat costly ($4) and relatively short (it took me less than three hours to complete it), Monument Valley is easily one of the best mobile games of 2014—perhaps ever. 

Seriously, it's that good. 

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04:29
Switching between views on your Apple Watch won’t...

Apple’s announcement of WatchKit, the tools developers will use to create Apple Watch apps, has provided a few insights into what the device will be like to use. We noted yesterday that there will be a Short Look, with just key information displayed, and a Long Look with more details – illustrated above. The Verge notes that switching between the two views won’t even require you to touch the watch.

The “Short Look” is only seen briefly when you raise your wrist — it’s an app icon, an app name, and some brief information. If the wearer keeps their wrist raised long enough — “after a moment,” according to Apple — the screen changes to a “Long Look” notification, which provides more...

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04:01
Adobe streamlines transition from Aperture to...

Aperture users worried about transitioning to Lightroom following Apple’s decision to cease support for its full-featured photo editing software will now find life a little easier. The latest version of Lightroom includes a built-in migration tool to import both photos and associated metadata from both Aperture and iPhoto.

Star ratings, keywords, color labels, face tags, GPS data, stacks, hidden files and rejects are all transferred into Lightroom to make the transition as painless as possible.

Apple announced back in June that it was ceasing development on Aperture in favor of a more basic Photos app launching next year – leaving pros and enthusiasts out in the cold. Adobe responded initially with a...

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03:58
Briefly: Netflix expanding to Australia, Ofcom plans...

Netflix is planning to expand its service to Australia and New Zealand from early next year. Starting from March 2015, the streaming video service will be available in the two countries, complete with 4K video playback with compatible devices, though The Next Web notes the inclusion of "a curated selection" in the announcement points to a more limited TV show and movie collection at launch than in other territories....



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03:23
10 Android Lollipop features Apple should '...

Apple and Google are locked in a never-ending game of catch-up. Each time a new version of iOS or Android is announced, there are just as many borrowed features as new ones, as each side studies and pilfers the other’s ideas to find ways to better its own experience. Android L’s Material Design is awfully similar to iOS 7’s flattened design language, and iOS 8’s newfound openness certainly owes a debt to Lollipop’s predecessors.

But neither iOS die-hards nor Android fans should complain. The fact is, there are greener spots of grass on both sides of the fence. Now that we’ve had some time to play with Lollipop, I’ve already found a few features Apple would be smart to incorporate into iOS 9.

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Tuesday November 18

23:21
Adobe announces Lightroom 5.7 with new Aperture and...

Adobe late Tuesday released an update to its Lightroom image processing and management software that includes a new tool for importing photos from Apple's iPhoto or Aperture, both of which will be discontinued in favor of a unified OS X Photos app in 2015.

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21:00
Briefly: New railroad steel tablet stands, SunTrust...

Griffin Technology has partnered with Rail Yard Studios, offering the release of two new tablet stands made of railroad steel. Made of reclaimed rail stock installed on the original Louisville and Nashville Railroad between 1906 and 1908, the Rail Slice Tablet Stand and Rail Artifact Stand are built to hold a full or mini-sized tablet in both landscape and portrait orientation....



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20:21
Apple to repurpose Arizona sapphire plant post-GT...

The sapphire manufacturing facility in Mesa, Arizona owned by Apple but currently occupied by the now-bankrupt GT Advanced Technologies will eventually be re-purposed by the iPhone maker, according to a report from Mesa City Manager Chris Brady. This could allow some employees, who are looking at possible layoffs as early as this month, to continue working at the facility. Currently, GT Advanced is being allowed to remain in the facility rent-free through the remainder of the year in order to wind down operations....



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19:39
Briefly: Magnetic portable battery, Airbnb-specific...

Patriot has launched the latest addition to its Fuel Ion ecosystem, the Fuel Ion Magnetic Portable Battery. The battery attaches to the back of any Fuel Ion phone case, offering a 2100 mAh capacity that can charge any smartphone without need to connect with a power cord. Lightweight, the battery can charge itself and any enabled smartphone when the battery is connected via its base to a wall or car adapter power source. The Fuel Ion ecosystem includes cases and other accessories compatible with iPhone 5 and 5s, Samsung Galaxy 4 and 5, and Samsung Note 3. Priced at $50, the Fuel Ion Portable Ba...

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19:34
EFF, Mozilla and more start 'Let's Encrypt...

Secure sockets layer (SSL) and transport layer security (TLS) certificates will soon come easier and cheaper to website owners. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Mozilla, Cisco, IdenTrust, Akamai and University of Michigan researchers are teaming up to create a new certificate authority (CA) initiative to entice the transition of all websites to an HTTPS standard....



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18:53
PayPal beats Apple to the punch, launches Pebble...

Apple’s payment-enable smartwatch may still be months off, but PayPal is hoping to beat the Cupertino-based tech giant to the punch with watch-based payments at physical retailers. The payment company today debuted its application for the Pebble smartwatch, which allows users to make purchases at supported locations.

Unlike the Apple Watch and its associated payment system, PayPal’s app doesn’t require a connected smartphone to use. It also doesn’t support NFC-based transactions. Instead, it...

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18:36
Apple to repurpose Mesa, Ariz. sapphire plant after...

Adding background to Apple's vow to keep as many jobs as possible at its Mesa, Ariz., sapphire plant leased to GT Advanced, a new report says the facility will be repurposed, suggesting some current employees may be able to continue work at the location.

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18:35
Google releases Chrome 39.0, brings full 64-bit...

Originally announced in August, Google has now released Chrome 39 for OS X, the first version of the browser that is fully 64-bit. In addition to some 42 security fixes and new APIs, the new version now requires all extension developers update their extensions to 64-bit, as 32-bit extensions are no longer supported. The change will result in a lot of existing Chrome extensions "breaking" for most users, at least temporarily....



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17:17
Pebble gains PayPal app for smartwatch transactions...

PayPal is filling out its roster of apps for mobile payments by smartwatch, with the launch of its first Pebble app. Available to download from the Pebble App Store, the PayPal app allows the wearer to make payments in stores directly from the watch, without needing to bring out their payment card or having to interact with the smartphone PayPal app....



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17:00
Apple Watch's new font isn't the first...

Today Apple released WatchKit, the tools for developers to start building apps for the Apple Watch. Buried inside the kit is a brand new font called "San Francisco" specifically designed for use with the Apple Watch. Given the challenges of reading...

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16:50
Google launches first 64-bit Chrome Web browser for...

Google on Tuesday released Chrome 39, the first stable version of its Web browser to offer 64-bit support for Apple's OS X operating system.

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16:31
Briefly: New Rapoo Bluetooth speakers, Parrot Bebop...

Rapoo announced the US release of two of its wireless speakers today, bringing the revamped style of the A500 and A300 models to a new audience. Both of the Bluetooth 4.0 speakers feature NFC pairing, a dual-mode that enables an auxiliary connection, and 360-degree sound coverage. Each speaker has its own construction features, as the A500 contains speakers made from bio-fiber materials, while the A300 has an aluminum alloy exterior....



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16:30
KTLA reporter, Apple VP Cue go on Apple Pay shopping...

Rich DeMuro, a tech reporter for Los Angeles TV station KTLA, met up with Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue for a televised segment that aired Monday night, showing the two men shopping around town for various items and paying for them with Apple Pay. The spree, which took place in Santa Monica, included pre-ordering and paying for breakfast from Panera Bread using the app before the men even arrived at the restaurant, and later buying items from various retailers, including the Apple Store....

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16:21
BBEdit update

No new features, but this is one of the best apps ever made.

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16:00
How much does iOS 8.1.1 improve your iPhone 4s?

This may surprise some of our readers, but the iPhone 4s is still wildly popular. Sales of the device accounted for 25% of iPhones sold in the first three months of 2014, and that's just new phones. There are still a sea of users out there with...

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15:50
The Week in Mac Apps: Wake up, draw, connect, and...

Wake up, draw, connect, and listen

In this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, you’ll find no shortage of great tools for everything from keeping you awake to letting you draw beautiful pictures.

Awaken 6.0

Billed as “the ultimate music alarm clock and sleep timer,” Embraceware’s $10 Awaken (Mac App Store Link) helps you fall asleep—and wake up—to the sound of your favourite iTunes music.

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15:49
iPhone 6 vs. 6 Plus Split Among Daring Fireball...

Thanks to this tweet from Dave Rutledge, I figured how to get Google Analytics to show me the split in screen sizes for mobile devices visiting Daring Fireball. Just counting “mobile devices” for the last 7 days:

Device
% Mobile Sessions

320×568 (iPhone 5/5S/5C)
30.1

768×1024 (all iPads)
29.0

375×667 (iPhone 6)
23.7

414×736 (iPhone 6 Plus)
7.0

320×480 (old iPhones)
4.1

Those percentages are only for mobile device sessions. (Mobile devices account for 44 percent of all DF sessions.) Two points of interest to me:

  1. This is more confirmation that the split is around 3-to-1 between the 6 and 6 Plus. As many readers have pointed out, the 6 Plus is still supply constrained, so the split might tilt back toward the 6...

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15:42
Next-gen iPhone rumored to sport dual-lenses, DSLR...

For its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus follow-up expected to debut in 2015, Apple may introduce a handset with dual lenses in what one well-connected Apple pundit calls the "biggest camera jump ever."

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15:39
Google Chrome for Mac goes 64-bit in latest update,...

As promised in September, Google has launched the 64-bit of the Chrome browser for Mac to the public after a few months in beta. According to Google’s original announcement, the update drops support for 32-bit extensions, requiring all developers to update with 64-bit support.

The...

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15:32
DisplayMate publishes full color accuracy shoot-out...

Dr. Raymond Soneira is psychotic.

But psychotic in a good way.

On Tuesday, Soneira released full comparison-based results as to the display color accuracy of assorted tablets and smartphones, including the iPad Air 2 and the iPhone 6 Plus, wherein he studied the science as to what you see is what you get with its colors.

The findings, which included results from tests such as Entire Color Gamut, Facial Skin Tone Colors, Organic Colors and Blue Region from Cyan to Magenta Colors, tested absolute color accuracy and pitched the iPad Air 2 and iPhone 6 Plus, which have been fairly lauded for their displays, to see how they fared against other devices.

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15:00
Twelve South HiRise Deluxe: The only charging stand...

The good folks at Twelve South today announced their latest adjustable charging stand for iPad and iPhone. The HiRise Deluxe (US$59.99) works with everything from the iPhone 5/5s to the iPad Air, and now comes in colors to match your favorite Apple...

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14:34
QCut Custom Fit Women’s Jeans

If you are a woman who has ever purchased a pair of jeans, you know this process can beâfraught with peril. You have to guess at the random number that is allegedly your size, since it varies from year to year and designer to designer. Then you have to guess close enough that you don't get stuck in them in the dressing room, and you have to hope they aren't too long/short/wide/narrow/high-waisted/low-waisted/whatever. If you find a pair you don't hate, you purchase multiples on the spot, even at full price. You know. In Case. Well, Crystal Beasley decided enough was enough and launched a Kickstarter campaign to fix this. Called QCut (as in cut on cue), Crystal is designing jeans for you. And you. And you, too! They're all custom made, based on five measurements that include shoe size and bra size to help determine body type. This campaign has two weeks left as of today, and even though it's funded, you still may want to get in on it. Jeans that fit make an awesome Christmas gift! (...

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14:30
Snail game: Matching for tots

Recognizing shapes and colors while practicing problem solving is the main focus of Snail Game (free with in-app purchases), an educational game for young children. Players make connections between the colorful shapes at the bottom of the screen and...

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14:27
WhatsApp teams up with Open Whisper Systems for...

Those that love privacy but have security concerns about using a messaging platform to stay in contact with friends and family have a new app to look forward to. It was unveiled today that the most recent build of WhatsApp for Android features end-to-end encryption for messages, enabled by default. With the addition of the strong encryption, WhatsApp is now suspected to be the largest messaging service in circulation with end-to-end encryption active....



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14:27
Apple ordered to pay $23.6M for infringing pager...

A jury on Monday found Apple in infringement of pager technology developed for the SkyTel network in the '90s, ordering the company to pay out $23.6 million in damages.

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14:23
Straw: A polling app for iPhone

Not sure which shirt looks best on you? Wondering if you take the Seahawks or the 49ers this Sunday? Ask your friends with Straw! Get instant responses delivered in real-time right to your phone, in a super visual, easy to decipher way.

I spoke with the developer about this app this afternoon and I really like it. It’s a cool way to get people’s opinion and share the results with whoever you want.

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14:16
Google Glass is dying

Initial users, fans, developers, even Sergey Brin—nobody seems to have much interest in this piece of shit product anymore.

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14:00
Jeff: Screen sharing through GIFs

When you're trying to explain something to someone, often a screenshot isn't enough as you need to show how something progresses over time. Screencasting tools are wonderful, but the file sizes can border on the ridiculous and sharing can be an issue...

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13:51
Apple releases iOS 8.2 SDK, includes WatchKit tools

The Apple Watch and its associated apps are becoming very real, as a set of just-released development tools have just indicated.

Per 9to5Mac, alongside a release of Xcode 6.2 with WatchKit tools for the upcoming Apple Watch, Apple today posted its iOS 8.2 beta for developers. The release, build 12D436, follows the release of iOS 8.1.1 to all users yesterday with fixes and performance improvements for iPad 2 and iPhone 4S users.

The iOS 8.2 beta allows developers to start testing their apps for the upcoming Apple Watch wearable, but doesn’t appear to include any other notable features (at least not in Apple’s release notes). More specifically, developers can now start building companion experiences that include two optional Apple Watch interfaces:

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13:50
WatchKit

Apple Watch represents a new chapter in the relationship people have with technology. Starting early 2015, you will be able to deliver innovative new experiences to your customers on their wrist. Learn how your existing app notifications can easily show up on Apple Watch. And by leveraging WatchKit, you can take your apps even further by extending and enhancing their functionality on Apple Watch.

This is a huge day for Apple. It may seem like this is just another SDK release for developers, but this is where Apple learns just how interested developers are in making apps for its new device. We’ve all seen it before with companies competing with Apple for iPhone and iPad apps—they matter to the consumer a lot. Products that don’t have deep developer support have a good chance of failing. When Apple does release the Apple Watch next year, they want to be able to stand up and brag about how many apps are already available. It’s an important day.

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13:40
Next iPhone may make 'biggest camera jump ever...

The next-generation iPhone may represent Apple's "biggest camera jump ever," says Daring Fireball's John Gruber. In a recent podcast episode, Gruber explains that "a birdie of a birdie" tells him that the camera will adopt a "kind of weird two-lens system where the back camera uses two lenses and it somehow takes it up into DSLR-quality imagery." That could imply a camera similar to the one in the HTC One M8, which uses an extra lens to provide more image data and enable post-processed focus shifts....



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13:37
Apple is cracking down on Notification Center widgets

Apple is cracking down on Notification Center widgets in iOS once again, this time telling Neato that its note taking widget is unacceptable and will need to be removed due to the fact that it includes a keyboard.

I don’t understand Apple’s overall stance on this issue. I agree that some companies will, given the opportunity, take it too far and clutter the Notification Widget. However, there are times when an expanded widget makes sense.

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13:21
OS X Updates Disable Mail Plugins, MailPluginFix...

Apple has a tendency to toss in updates to its own native apps as part of system updates. This can sometimes break your carefully crafted email system, particularly if it contains plugins unhappy about a new version number. Kelly has an idea to help you get back on track.


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13:13
Hints of Apple Watch apps emerge with WatchKit...

With the launch of WatchKit for app developers, Apple has revealed a few more details on how the Apple Watch will work.

WatchKit is the framework that developers will use to create Apple Watch apps. It's available now to developers as part of the iOS 8.2 SDK beta, along with new design guidelines that demonstrate how Watch apps should behave.

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13:08
Facebook launches standalone app for Groups on...

Facebook announced that yet another standalone application is available for one aspect for its social media platform. Facebook Groups takes the act of socializing in groups through the social media service, and crams it into a mobile experience that is said to be easier to manage and navigate. The app is available now on Android and iOS devices....



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13:06
Developers Start Designing Apps for Apple Watch

Apple has announced the availability of WatchKit, software that gives developers a set of tools to easily create experiences designed specifically for Apple Watch. Developers can now begin developing WatchKit apps before the watch becomes available. “Apple Watch is our most personal device ever, and WatchKit provides the incredible iOS developer community with the tools they need to create exciting new experiences right on your wrist,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With the iOS 8.2 beta SDK, developers can now start using WatchKit to create breakthrough new apps, Glances, and actionable notifications designed for the innovative Apple Watch interface and work with new technologies such as Force Touch, Digital Crown, and Taptic Engine.”

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13:00
Apple releases WatchKit SDK to developers

Apple today announced the release of WatchKit, a suite of tools to enable developers to start developing apps for the Apple Watch. WatchKit is available as part of the recently released iOS 8.2 beta SDK.

Apple's press release reads in part:

"Apple...

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12:55
Forums: private browsing, custom colors and more

Yesterday when trying to figure out how to set up Safari's private browsing feature in Yosemite, Mac Elite "jeff k" turned to the MacNN Forums looking for some help. Earlier today forum goers assisted "Ralph Tomaccio" with trying to change the color of the text under a folder icon on their desktop on Yosemite....



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12:53
Apple deals: iMac and Mac Pro

Right now at Apple's online store, find price cuts on refurbished Apple desktop models with prices starting as low as $929. The refurbished 21.5-inch iMac with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive has been slashed to $929. A $310 discount is offered on the 27-inch iMac with a 3.2GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive, now $1,489....



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12:52
Wallet Sized HyperCharging Power Bank for iOS: $39.99

Check out the LithiumCard AIR, a wallet-sized charger for iPhone and iPad (or other device). It has a thickness of five credit cards, but delivers up to 2 amps of power, which is what an iPad requires. It has a micro-USB port and a Lightning port, and it charges via its own USB port. It can also charge itself and your device at the same time. The LithiumCard AIR is priced at $39.99 through our deal. It's regularly $60.


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12:49
Why you should delete Uber, and what to use instead

I deleted Uber from my phone last night, and I think you should too. Let me explain why.

What happened

On Monday, BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith posted a dilly of a scoop, quoting Uber’s Senior Vice President of Business Emil Michael, who told a fancy dinner party of New York elite that Uber could spend $1 million to discredit its critics in the press, specifically PandoDaily’s Sarah Lacy, who has written about the company’s shady tactics and misogynistic culture. But Uber wouldn’t be spending $1 million on damage control or positive PR—Michael boasted that the company could hire opposition researchers to dig into journalists’ personal and family lives, and “prove a particular and very specific claim about [Lacy’s] personal life,” Smith wrote.

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12:28
littleBits introduces its own DIY Smart Home Kit, a...

 

From 9to5Toys.com:

Home automation possibilities are endless and what our homes will be like in the coming 5, 10 or 15 years is truly unknown. It is a constantly evolving sector of the technology scene that continues to grow each day with every new product announcement. From WeMo to SmartThings,...

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12:20
Jury: Apple must pay $23.6M for old pager patents

Apple has lost a jury trial in the patent hotspot of East Texas. Late Monday, a jury in Marshall reached a verdict that Apple must pay $23.6 million for infringing patents once owned by a Mississippi pager company. The verdict, while large, is only about 10 percent of what lawyers for Mobile Telecommunications Technology LLC (MTel) were asking for.

According to a Bloomberg report on the case, Mobile Telecommunications was a wireless messaging pioneer in the 1990s when these patents were filed. The patents were used in its SkyTel 2-way paging system. Now, MTel is a licensing company controlled by United Wireless Holdings, which...

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12:20
GOP Caught With Fingers in the Twitter Jar


The Republican Party and at least two outside political-spending groups reportedly used anonymous Twitter accounts to share internal polling data in the months leading up to this year's midterm elections. Tweets posted to the accounts -- one of which was named after the fictional West Wing character Bruno Gianelli, who attempted to fund campaigns with possibly unethical cash -- appeared as unintelligible streams of numbers to the untrained eye. "CA-40/43-44/49-44/44-50/36-44/49-10/16/14-52-->49/476-10s" is one example cited.

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12:00
Why is time on Apple Watch promotional ads set to 10...

In designing the Apple Watch, Jony Ive said that he and his team immersed themselves in the history of horology, the art of timekeeping. Though the Apple Watch is a undeniably complex and advanced piece of modern technology, Ive noted that it was...

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11:59
Guardians of the Galaxy Available in Apple’s iTunes...

It's scientifically impossible to get too much Guardians of the Galaxy, which is a very good thing because it's now available for rent and purchase on on Apple's iTunes Store. For US$19.99, you get the movie in HD, plus extras like deleted scenes, bloopers, and behind-the-scenes details. Bonus: You also get an exclusive look at Marvel's upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron movie. If you saw GotG in the theater, you know why you need to buy it now. If you missed it, here's your chance to redeem yourself.


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11:59
Apple seeds iOS 8.2 beta, WatchKit SDK to developers

Apple is now seeding two important releases to developers, beginning with the first iOS 8.2 beta. The only mentioned addition is support for the Apple Watch, granting Watch apps the ability to access data from a paired iPhone. "You can also enhance your Watch app by providing two optional Apple Watch interfaces that give users timely, high-value information: A Glance provides a screenful of meaningful information related to a Watch app," Apple's release notes read. "As its name implies, a Glance displays information that users can absorb instantly, without interaction; in fact, tapping a Glanc...



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11:43
WatchKit tools reveal Apple Watch screen resolutions...

Apple's new WatchKit software development kit shed some new light on the upcoming wearable's technical makeup, including the physical resolution of the Retina displays as well as the device's support for iOS user interface technologies like Dynamic Type.

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11:41
Apple releases WatchKit developer tools alongside...

As of today, developers can officially begin writing software for the Apple Watch.

Megan Geuss

The Apple Watch is set to launch early in 2015, and back in September Apple said that developers would be able to write software for it using a new set of APIs called WatchKit. Today Apple has officially issued the first beta of WatchKit to third party developers, who can get started writing and testing Apple Watch software now.

According to Apple's WatchKit page, Apple Watch apps are actually divided up into two parts. One is "a WatchKit Extension" that actually runs on your iPhone, and...

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11:30
Prank your friends with a Camera RickRoll

Rickrolling is almost as old as the world wide web itself, but filling someone's iOS Camera Roll with photos of the beloved Rick Astley is something I've never seen done before. This new take on the rickroll requires you to gain access to your...

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11:30
Apple Releases WatchKit, Urges Developers to Make...

Apple announced the release of WatchKit on Tuesday, the set of APIs that allows developers to make apps for Apple Watch. WatchKit is being included with the iOS 8.2 beta SDK, which was also released on Tuesday.


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11:29
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11:21
Apple WatchKit third-party apps require a connected...

Apple has just released a flood of information about how apps on Apple Watch work, through the WatchKit framework. There are three types of integrations currently possible: WatchKit apps, Glances and actionable notifications. Although they sound similar,  the development process for WatchKit apps are actually very different to that of normal iOS apps for iPhone and iPad, as much of the computation is done on the connected iPhone rather than rendered by the watch’s hardware itself.

The interface elements and interaction patterns for WatchKit apps revolve around a core set of user interface components and layouts. Arbitrary views are not supported, which is a big departure from how iOS apps are constructed.

The constraints are in place...

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11:00
Nokia definitely, totally, absolutely isn't...

Nokia just announced that it is going to take on the tablet market with its iPad mini competitor, the N1. Well, calling it an iPad mini competitor might be giving it a bit too much credit. A "completely original design that in no way resembles the...

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10:58
News: Apple announces WatchKit software tools...

Apple has announced the official availability of its WatchKit SDK for iOS developers. WatchKit provides developers with the tools to design apps for the new Apple Watch, and is being released today so that developers can begin preparing for the new wearable device when it ships next year. The new software development tools will allow third-party developers to build apps for the watch which will let users respond or take action from the watch, or get…

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10:46
Apple releases iOS 8.2 beta to developers alongside...

Alongside a release of Xcode 6.2 with WatchKit tools for the upcoming Apple Watch, Apple today posted its iOS 8.2 beta for developers. The release, build 12D436, follows the release of iOS 8.1.1 to all users yesterday with fixes and performance improvements for iPad 2 and iPhone 4S users.

The iOS 8.2 beta allows developers to start testing their apps for the upcoming Apple Watch wearable, but doesn’t appear to include any other notable features (at least not in Apple’s release notes). More specifically, developers can now start building companion experiences that include two optional Apple Watch interfaces:

iOS 8.2 lets you give...

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10:46
Xsan volume UUID

Forums: General Xsan Talk

I use volume name and UUID attributes to positively identify volumes on OS X. For the average HFS+ volume, I can count on the UUID being unique and consistent across the lifetime of that volume. Some of my customers have reported that ACFS volumes, however, get new UUIDs each time the Xsan volume is mounted, e.g.:

diskutil info /Volumes/XSAN | grep "Volume UUID"
Volume UUID: BA3B4176-FE67-3212-AF40-E4C1E710B28C

[Use Xsan tools to unmount and remount the volume, and/or restart the MDC and/or restart the clients -- frankly I don't know which of these actions produces the result]

diskutil info /Volumes/XSAN | grep "Volume UUID"
Volume UUID: 33413E33-7F77-4FC4-BA30-E4B4ABE0FE16

Is this expected behavior, or a configuration problem for these particular Xsan users? I can cope...

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10:38
Apple releases WatchKit allowing developers to...

Apple has officially announced the availability of WatchKit, the software tools that developers will use for creating software for the Apple Watch coming in 2015. The company revealed last month that the SDK, or software development kit, would be released sometime this month. Apple says WatchKit enables developers to “create innovative WatchKit apps, actionable notifications and Glances, for timely information accessible by an easy, quick look at Apple Watch.” Additionally, resources within WatchKit reveal the screen resolutions for both Apple Watch sizes.

Alongside the release of WatchKit for...

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10:37
OWC opens up preorders for Thunderbolt 2 Dock

Other World Computing has announced a new peripheral, the Thunderbolt 2 Dock. The device expands the number of connections available on a Mac, mainly through twin Thunderbolt 2 ports; while one is meant to connect to the computer, together they can daisy-chain up to five extra Thunderbolt devices. USB devices can be connected through five powered USB 3.0 ports....



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10:37
Apple releases WatchKit developer tools for creating...

Apple on Tuesday announced the availability of WatchKit, allowing developers to begin creating custom third-party applications, Glances and actionable notifications for the upcoming Apple Watch, before the wrist-worn accessory hits the market in early 2015.

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10:34
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-18

Apple lost a pager-related patent infringement lawsuit, but not to a patent troll. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at MTel's case against Apple and discuss why this isn't just another patent holder on a money grab. They also look at yesterday's iOS and OS X updates and why we're dealing with security alerts and new device notifications.


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10:32
Apple awarded patent for augmented reality devices...

Apple this week was awarded ownership of a patent that describes future electronics with transparent displays, allowing users to view real-world events simultaneously with on-screen generated images.

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10:30
News: Apple ordered to pay $23.6M in pager...

Apple has been ordered to pay $23.6 million to a Texas company after a jury found that the iPhone and other devices infringed on a patent for SkyTel pager technology, Bloomberg reports. The patents in question were issued in the 1990s for the SkyTel two-way paging network, and are owned by Mobile Telecommunications Technologies (MTel). In responding to a claim by MTel that Apple’s Airport, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices were infringing…

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10:30
Google finally agrees that Apple's 'walled...

Apple's App Store is "big brother" and the Google Play Store is the wild west where anything goes, right? Not anymore, as Google is implementing a very Apple-like screening process for all new Android TV apps before they land on the digital...

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10:00
Vellum ebook publishing app gets update and images

Back in December of 2013, the world was introduced to Vellum, a Mac app designed to make ebook publishing painless. I personally loved the ease of use of the app, since it lets potential authors and publishers create and edit their books for free,...

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09:45
olloclip’s Lens Kit for iPhone 6: Familiar Optics,...

olloclip's new 4-in-1 Photo Lens kit for the iPhone 6 uses a new design that fits over both the FaceTime (front) and iSight (rear) cameras at the same time. A small adjustment is required for the iPhone 6 Plus. The system includes wide-angle, fisheye, 10x and 15x macro lenses. Here's John Martellaro's review that includes a discussion of the mechanical challenges in this new design.


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09:45
Daily Deals for November 18, 2014

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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09:39
Nokia channels Apple's iPad mini with new N1...

In one of its first major product releases as a Microsoft subsidiary, former handset heavyweight Nokia on Tuesday unveiled a new 7.9-inch Android tablet that appears to take a number of cues from Apple's rival iPad mini.

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09:38
Oh Nokia

Even the product page is the same as Apple’s for Nokia’s new tablet.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:30
KTLA goes Apple Pay shopping with Apple's Eddy...

Apple senior vice president of internet software and services Eddy Cue has a lot to be happy about with a successful Apple Pay rollout in the last month. He's so happy that he went out and did a lot of early holiday shopping with KTLA's Rich DeMuro...

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09:09
Apple ordered to pay $23.6 million for illegally...

Apple has been ordered to pay a Texas firm -- Mobile Telecommunications Technologies -- $23.6 million for illegally using pager patents in its products. A federal jury in Marshall, Texas has ruled that six patents owned by MTel are valid and were infringed by products including the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and the AirPort router line. The patents were originally issued in the mid- to late '90s, and are either recently expired or set to expire soon....



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09:00
Some users still having Wi-Fi issues after OS X 10....

While yesterday's Mac OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite update brought relief to a number of users who were having Wi-Fi issues, MacNN reports that the Apple support threads are still buzzing with discussions of continued disconnects and slow connection speeds....

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