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Thursday December 11

14:25
Briefly: Adobe's ACR 8.7.1, Snapchat gets...

Adobe has announced the availability of Adobe Camera Raw 8.7.1, adding support for Sony ILC-A7M2 and updated support for the Samsung NX1 cameras. The release is available as a final release on Adobe.com, as well as through the update mechanism in Photoshop CC 2014 and Photoshop CS6. DNG Converter 8.7.1 is also now available, and an update for Lightroom 5.7.1 is anticipated within the next week....



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14:23
Apple institutes new rules for iPhone cases, CarPlay...

Apple has instituted a new rule for Made for iPhone (MFi) licensing, requiring all cases to protect against drops of at least 1m (3.2 feet) over hard surfaces, sources say. That also includes any orientation, even in the direction of the display. Similarly, cases for all iOS devices must now offer a buffer of at least 1mm between the display and a flat surface when the device is upside-down. To achieve that, they can either cover the display glass completely or use a lip around the edge....



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14:20
Apple forces nude immigrants to cover up in iPad...

After naming Papers, Please our favorite game of 2013, we were of course excited to hear from developer Lucas Pope that a version will be coming to iPad on December 12. The version we get on iOS won't be precisely identical to the one we loved on the PC, though, thanks to some apparent worries about brief nudity from the App Store approval folks at Apple.

In the iPad version, when non-player characters go through the game's scanners (to be searched for explosives and contraband before entering the fictional country of Arstotzka), they will be shown clothed in light underwear, Pope tweeted. The underwear option was merely a selectable option in last year's PC version of the game.

In...

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14:19
Google introduces 'material design' to iOS...

An update to Google's flagship search app for iOS on Thursday brings the company's new "material design" user interface and Google Maps integration, while a new version of Apple's TestFlight beta testing app fixes minor bugs.

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14:10
Safari 8.0.2, 7.1.2, and 6.2.2

Fixes an issue that prevented saved passwords from being autofilled for all three versions, plus adds more bug fixes and improvements for Safari 8.0.2 on Yosemite. (Free)

 

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14:00
Something new for iOS - Handwriting input with Mazec

There have been a lot of keyboards added to the App Store since Apple allowed third parties to offer unique capabilities, and the Mazec keyboard is the most unique yet. It allows you to enter text using handwriting input. It reminds me of the late, n...

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13:55
iOS: Save Web Pages to a PDF File Without Using an...

One of the features that OS X has but is missing in iOS is the facility to print a document page to PDF. With some limitations, John Martellaro shows you how to print web pages in iOS Safari to a PDF file and drop it into iBooks or some other app.


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13:40
Article: Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide for 2014

Welcome to iLounge’s Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide for 2014, a rundown of the best recent accessories for iOS devices. The guide is designed to show consumers what they might have missed during the past few months. For a more comprehensive list of top-notch accessories in more categories, we recommend reading our Best of the Year Awards for 2014, and if you’re interested in anything else, please search through our massive review section.…

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13:37
Apple backs down, allows 'Send To' options...

Apple has quickly reversed course on a policy that broke "Send To" commands in Transmit for iOS, app developer Panic now says. The company writes that it got a "nice call from Apple" on Wednesday, and it has resubmitted Transmit to the App Store with Send To restored. This includes the "Send to iCloud Drive" command that formed the basis of Apple's complaint....



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13:30
Tim Cook selected as Financial Times' Person of...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been selected as Financial Time's Person of the Year for his role expanding Apple's collaboration with other companies and its support of social issues. On the business front, 2014 saw Apple partnering with IBM to create enterp...

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13:07
New Google app for iOS gets Android all over your...

Google's new "Material Design" aesthetic was a big part of the Lollipop update for Android, but even if you've got an Android phone or iDevice running another operating system you've probably run into it in one or more of the company's apps. Today the company announced a new version of the Google app for iOS that takes things even further—it looks a whole lot like Android, from the swipe-able cards used to switch between tabs (see above) to the software navigation buttons across the bottom of the screen.

When you use multiple Google apps on iOS, they form their own sort of ecosystem-within-an-ecosystem. While iOS doesn't allow you to replace its default apps with third-party alternatives, Google's apps are all intertwined. Links clicked in the Google Search app could open in Chrome or Google Maps rather than Safari or Apple Maps if you've got them all...

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13:00
Rumor Roundup: A fool's game

Foxconn Robots Proving Unsuitable for iPhone Assembly, Updated Versions in the Works (MacRumors)

Source: Chinese website

Chance it's true: Who knows

As with all rumors related to Apple's supply chain, there's no real way for us to ever know whethe...

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13:00
Google for iOS updated with Material Design, better...

Yet another Google app for iOS got the Material Design treatment on Thursday, and this time, it’s… Google. Google’s latest version—5.0—sports a complete redesign and overhaul with new features to boot. Now, Google will remember your recently visited pages so you can quickly access them again and has a new Google button so you can start a new search in one tap. It also integrates with Google Maps, specifically for exploring what’s nearby in either Map or Street View.

Google has a simplified three-button navigation bar at the bottom of the screen, which ties into Material Design. You’ll see a back arrow button on the left, your Search button in the middle, and your Recents button on the right. The app has been...

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12:59
Canadian Competition Bureau probes Apple deals with...

The Canadian government's Competition Bureau is investigating complaints that Apple used anti-competitive clauses in the contracts it signed with phone carriers, Reuters reports. Although the Bureau stresses that it has yet to uncover any wrongdoing, it has only this week asked for a court order that would force Apple to turn over necessary documents. The organization hasn't said if it's pursuing similar orders for the carriers, which include Bell, Rogers, and Telus....



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12:50
Massive, sophisticated "Inception - Cloud Atlas...

A vast and sophisticated new espionage campaign targeting "military, diplomats, and business execs," discovered by Blue Coat Labs and confirmed by Kaspersky Labs, exploits flaws in Microsoft Windows and seeks to infect Android, Blackberry and iOS devices, but is limited to only infecting iPhones and iPads that are jailbroken.

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12:30
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

GPSSpeed HD, the GPS to...

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12:16
Apple issues Safari 8.0.2, 7.1.2, and 6.2.2

Apple has released Safari 8.0.2 for users of OS X Yosemite. Unlike most updates to the browser, v8.0.2 is virtually identical to its predecessor. It instead patches over the broken v8.0.1 release, which was found to cause some copies of Safari to become completely non-functional, and later pulled....



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12:15
Cellular-equipped iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 units hit...

If you’re in the Chinese marketplace, you’ll like this.

Per AppleInsider, Apple on Wednesday announced cellular-capable iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 models will be available in China later this week, offering support for region-specific wireless networks used by major telecoms like the world-leader China Mobile.

According to Apple’s announcement, cellular versions of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 now on sale in China include TD-LTE and FDD-LTE, TD-SCDMA, DC-HSDPA, HSPA+ and other advanced networks. A quick check with China’s Online Apple Store shows the latest WLAN + Cellular iPads up for sale with an estimated ship time of one day.

Prices for Space Gray, silver and gold iPad Air 2 with WLAN + Cellular models start at 4,488 RMB (...

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12:00
Apple rejected one of the best games of the year...

If you've ever played the fantastic Windows or Mac versions of Papers, Please you already know how fantastic of a fit it will be on iPad when it launches on Friday. The game -- referred to as a "dystopian document thriller" by its creator -- tasks yo...

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11:57
Iowa to become first state to launch smartphones as...

If you live in Iowa, you’ll soon be able to use your smartphone as your driver’s license.

Per the Des Moines Register, Iowans will soon be able to use a mobile app on their smartphones as their official driver’s license issued by the Iowa Department of Transportation.

The app, which will be provided to drivers at no additional cost, will be available sometime in 2015, DOT Director Paul Trombino told Gov. Terry Branstad during a state agency budget hearing Monday.

“We are really moving forward on this,” Trombino said. “The way things are going, we may be the first in the nation.”

People will still be able to stick a traditional plastic driver’s license in their wallet or purse if they choose, Trombino said. But the new...

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11:54
Apple releases Safari 8.0.2 to fix issues related to...

Apple on Thursday issued a minor update for its Safari Web browser for OS X, fixing issues related to syncing history across devices, as well as saving passwords in iCloud Keychain.

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11:46
Apple releases latest Safari updates for OS X...

Apple has released updated versions of Safari for OS X users running 10.10 Yosemite, 10.9 Mavericks, and 10.8 Mountain Lion. The latest versions of Safari for each respective OS X version now comes to Safari 8.0.2, Safari 7.1.2, and Safari 6.2.2.

Earlier this month Apple released updates for Safari for OS X, but later pulled the releases after a short period. Today’s update addresses a number of issues relating to iCloud Drive, iCloud Keychain, and what Apple calls a rare issue caused by the previous release.

Apple has posted a document detailing the changes in the latest versions. The update is available through the Mac App Store. In addition to releasing new Safari updates, Apple also updated its ...

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11:30
iPhone 5 survives ride on car tire, refuses to die

For all the love the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have been getting -- my 6 Plus is the best smartphone I've ever owned, so I'm right there with you -- the iPhone 5 and 5s are some seriously durable devices. Sure, the touchscreen display is prone to breaking ...

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11:25
Adobe updates Photoshop Mix for iOS w/ auto cropping...

Adobe released version 1.4 of Photoshop Mix for iPhone and iPad today adding a new “auto crop” feature that Adobe says “analyzes images and suggests non-destructive boundaries based on the primary objects in an image.”

The latest version of the photo editing app also includes the addition of Instagram as a sharing option while sharing to Facebook has been improved. The Creative Cloud-connected app can now open files directly from Lightroom, Photoshop Sketch, Illustrator Line, and Illustrator Draw as well while support for six more languages was added in the update.

Auto crop feature from Photoshop Mix

Check out the full change log for Photoshop Mix, which first launched in June, below with all the new details....

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11:25
Apple fast tracks CarPlay hardware development w/...

Apple’s new CarPlay iOS feature has recently arrived through a limited number of in-dash vehicle entertainment systems and aftermarket products, but Apple has now introduced official guidelines for companies building CarPlay hardware through its Made-for-iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) licensing program, according to sources. 

Apple confirms in the specs that CarPlay will only be allowed for in-dash units built into vehicles or through aftermarket installations and that rear-seat or other integrations are not yet permitted.

While most current implementations utilize USB to connect to an iPhone, Apple allows use of a Lightning connector via a dock or custom cable solution. In addition, Apple has requirements for audio and...

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11:22
News: Report: Apple outlines more stringent...

Apple is now enforcing more stringent requirements for case manufacturers in its Made for iPhone (MFi) program, 9to5Mac reports. The new requirements are intended to ensure that cases provide better protection for Apple devices from impact, as well as providing proper glass coverage. Case makers will now be required to ensure that devices are protected from drops of up to 1 meter onto a hard surface, from any possible device orientation. Cases will…

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11:21
Person of the Year: Tim Cook of Apple

Financial Times:

This year has seen Apple’s chief step out of the shadows of his predecessor and imprint the company with his own set of values and priorities: bringing in fresh blood, changing how it manages its cash pile, opening Apple up to greater collaboration and focusing more on social issues.

There’s no doubt that this is now “Tim Cook’s Apple”.

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11:20
Canada's Competition Bureau investigating Apple...

Apple's Canadian operations are under investigation from the country's Competition Bureau, which is looking into claims of anti-competitive deals struck with carriers in the Great White North.

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11:15
The visual trickery that turns hockey rinks into...

Wired:

Pre-game presentations have long been excuses to trot out special effects. Indoor pyrotechnics, giant inflatable helmets, live wild animals running the field, and bone-rattling sound systems have been around for years.Turning a hockey rink into a lake of fire? That’s new.

The tech behind all of this is pretty cool but it seems like pointless eye candy to me.

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11:00
Apple #22 on Glassdoor's 2015 Best Places to...

Recruiting website Glassdoor has published its Employees' Choice Awards for 2015. The awards honor the best places to work in the US and UK, based on ratings by employees. This year, Apple came in 22nd of the top 50 large companies, a marked improvem...

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10:53
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-11

John Martellaro thinks Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg needs to rethink his philosophy towards customers. John, along with Kelly Guimont, join Jeff Gamet to dive into Facebook, privacy, and advertising, plus they look at some cool holiday-themed apps for the iPhone and iPad.


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10:44
Google iOS app gets redesigned with Material Design...

Google has released a major update of its core iOS app, v5.0.0. The software has been "completely rebuilt," according to Google, and now sports the "Material Design" central to Android Lollipop and a growing collection of other apps. Users can access a Recents list to return to previously-visited pages, and start a new search anywhere in the app by tapping the Google logo....



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10:30
Daily Deals for December 11, 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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10:28
LifeProof Fre case for iPhone 6 — Waterproof, strong...

LifeProof pioneered the waterproof, shockproof iPhone case in 2011 when the original LifeProof protected the iPhone 4/s from dropping it on the ground, smothering it in ketchup, mustard, and dirt only to successfully rinse it off in a fish tank. We were had then and watched as the company grew into an iPhone case powerhouse which drew copycats and eventually an acquisition by OtterBox last year.

I’ve had...

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10:24
Apple now requires cases protect devices from 1m...

Apple recently started requiring case manufacturers in its Made for iPhone (MFi) licensing program follow new requirements that will ensure cases better protect Apple devices and cover glass from impact, according to sources with knowledge of the new guidelines.

The new restrictions were introduced in the months following the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and will require case makers to protect Apple devices from drops up to a 1m onto a hard surface like pavement. That includes protection of the device in any orientation including the usually exposed cover glass on the Apple device.

Apple is also now requiring that cases protect an iPhone, iPad, or iPod’s cover glass when lying flat on a surface...

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10:21
“Take Control of Pages” Documents Apple’s Writing...

Michael Cohen spent the last year writing a book about Pages, Apple’s three word-processing and layout apps that run on the Mac, in iOS, and in iCloud. Now that his book is published, he reflects on how Pages has changed, what he likes about it (and what he doesn’t), and on why Pages is important to Apple.

 

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10:17
Dr. Mac’s Tried and True Apple Holiday Gift Guide (...

Here are more of my favorite gadgets for 2014, a gaggle of groovy gifts guaranteed to gratify the geeks you know and love.


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10:15
'Send To' function expected to arrive in...

Apple has apparently changed its mind on allowing "Send to iCloud Drive" functionality within apps, and has asked for the popular FTP application Transmit for iOS to be resubmitted to the App Store.

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10:00
MSN-branded apps added to Microsoft's iOS flock

Since Satya Natella took over the CEO spot at Microsoft from Steve Ballmer, the company has been making moves to put its software and cloud service applications on iOS and Android. The latest step in this direction was taken today with the introducti...

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09:48
Financial Times picks Apple CEO Tim Cook as Person...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been selected as the Financial Times' Person of the Year. In granting him the title, the publication cites Apple's financial success and "dazzling new technology," as well as Cook's willingness to come out as gay in a Businessweek essay; he is the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 firm. The Times also makes compliments Cook on hiring former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts to head retail, and this summer's acquisition of Beats for $3 billion....



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09:21
Google iOS app updated w/ Material Design, Street...



Google is rolling out a completely redesigned version of its iPhone and iPad app with its Material Design look and feel right down to the app icon.

The latest version of the search app now presents a bottom navigation bar (which can slide out of view) that presents a persistent Google button for searching for new information. The navigation bar also offers a button for quickly accessing recent search pages, something that feels similar...

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09:17
OmniFocus 2.0.4

Maintenance release for the Getting Things Done-inspired task management app. ($39.99 new, free update, 72.8 MB)

 

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09:10
Apple CEO Tim Cook wins 'Person of the Year...

For leading Apple to continued financial success, introducing buzzworthy new product categories, and putting morals over profits, Tim Cook has been named "Person of the Year" by economic-focused newspaper the Financial Times.

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09:05
Briefly: OWC's Aura SSD for Mac Pro,...

Other World Computing has announced new 1TB and 2TB Aura SSD upgrades for the 2013 Mac Pro. Custom engineered specifically for the 2013 Mac Pro, the new Aura SSD offers users capacity and performance for high-speed production workflows in audio, film, photo and graphics. The Aura has transfer speeds up to 730MB per second, and includes a three-year limited warranty. Included with the Aura SSD for Mac Pro is an OWC Envoy Pro external enclosure for your original SSD to create a USB 3.0 external drive. Pre-ordering is now available, with pricing starting at $900....



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09:02
DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.8.3

Adds native support for the DuckDuckGo search engine. (Free/$4.95/$49.95, free updates)

 

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09:00
Checkmark 2.5 adds Today widget, more

Not too long ago, I reviewed Checkmark 2 from Snowman, the to-do and reminder app for iPhone that's got a few nice tricks up its sleeve. Do apps have sleeves? In any case, version 2.5 came out this morning (US$9.99, on sale today only for $2.99) and ...

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08:57
Review: ScreenGuardz Pure protects the iPad Air / 2...

If your iPad isn’t inside a case, one accidental drop is enough to shatter its screen or dent its body. That’s why roughly 80% of iPhone users use cases, and one of two good reasons (besides adding a stand) that many iPad users do the same. But the iPad Air 2 is changing things — it’s so thin that even Apple’s own Smart Case feels overly bulky, making more minimalist protective solutions highly appealing. If you could shave millimeters off of your encased iPad’s thickness, would you pay $60 just for a screen protector? That’s the question presented by BodyGuardz’ ScreenGuardz Pure, which invisibly covers the iPad Air or iPad Air 2 screen with a thin but strong layer...

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08:54
Microsoft's cross-platform push continues with...

Microsoft's MSN apps are no longer exclusive to Windows.

The apps, which lost their Bing branding in September, are now available for iOS, Android, and Amazon devices. Out of Microsoft's seven existing MSN apps, six of them have made the jump to other platforms.

Here's a rundown:

  • MSN News pulls in stories from major sources such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and Conde Nast, and presents them in an easy-to-read format.
  • MSN Weather provides detailed forecasts, breaking weather alerts and historical records.
  • MSN Sports lets you track favorite teams and sports, and provides news, standings and scores from...
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08:50
United brings the iPhone 6 Plus on board for 23,000...

Apple’s plan to invade workplaces
across the country just got a

boost from United Airlines,

which is giving more than 23,000 flight attendants an iPhone 6 Plus to use in the air next year.

The attendants will use their new phones for three main purposes: Accepting payments for food and drink orders and other retail transactions, checking company email and accessing internal information about policies and procedures, and accessing an electronic version of the airline’s safety manual and reporting repair requests.

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08:44
Daily Deal: Get a two year Blinkist subscription for...

In today’s iLounge Deal we’re offering you a two year subscription to Blinkist Plus for only $49 – that’s two years of unlimited reading for the price of one. Providing a mobile-friendly app for iOS and Android, Blinkist helps you tap into a wide variety of new and interesting topics while on the go, presenting key content from nonfiction best sellers in a “made-for-mobile” format. Designed as a “Cliff’s…

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08:33
Financial Times names Tim Cook ‘Person of the Year’

Tim Cook might have gotten snubbed for Time’s Person of the Year recognition after being nominated as a finalist for 2014, but the Apple CEO did get the coveted title from the Financial Times this year. The FT cited both Cook’s financial decisions for the company and social decisions including publishing the essay on his sexuality:

Financial success and dazzling new technology alone might have been enough to earn Apple’s steely chief executive the FT’s vote as the 2014 Person of the Year, but Mr Cook’s brave exposition of his values also sets him...

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08:33
Apple Watch may spool into mass production in January

Apple and one of its suppliers, Quanta, have solved yield problems with various Apple Watch components, claims Taiwan's United Daily News. As a result the Watch is now expected to go into mass production in January, instead of as late as the end of February, which some earlier rumors had hinted. The problem was solved through manpower; Quanta has reportedly grown its workforce from 2,000 to 10,000 people, and expects to hire another 20,000 in the near future....



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08:16
Apps: MyTunesRSS, MacPilot, TextWrangler
08:00
Microsoft acquires app testing platform HockeyApp

App beta testing and crash analytics service HockeyApp today announced it is being acquired by Microsoft. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the company did confirm that its mission to make the best mobile app testing platform will remain unch...

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07:38
NPR’s 50 Favorite Albums Of 2014

This was a fun exploration, walked me round some excellent music without depending on bestseller lists. I love how much of this music is either completely self or independently produced.

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07:30
Carson Daly profiles Kevin Russ -- living an iPhone...

As part of his Last Call Spotlight series, Carson Daly profiled iPhone photographer Kevin Russ. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Russ has spent the last several years traveling the world and documenting his explorations with his iPhone.

As he travels,...

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07:30
Instagram Now Bigger than Twitter, Adds Verified...

Move over, Twitter, because Instagram is now the bigger than you. Facebook-owned Instagram said on Thursday that it now has over 300 million active users, eclipsing Twitter's 284 million active users.

The Mac Observer Spin: Instagram's grown shows there's a lot of interest in sharing photos online, and not just our 140 character thoughts through Twitter.


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07:29
Plundered Pirate Bay May Be Back in Business


The Pirate Bay, which was closed down following a raid by Swedish police on Tuesday, appears to have found safe haven on a Costa Rican domain. The site, which gained notoriety for hosting pirated movies and music files, has been raided repeatedly by the Swedish police. Its founders have been arrested and convicted of copyright infringement, and two are currently behind bars. The website recently made headlines for hosting unreleased movies stolen from Sony Entertainment by hackers.

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07:25
Glassdoor ranks Apple 22nd on best places to work,...

Glassdoor released their seventh annual Employee’s Choice awards, honoring the best places to work in America.

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07:23
Microsoft debuts six new MSN apps for iOS

Microsoft has launched a collection of new MSN apps for iOS, including News, Money, Health & Fitness, Food & Drink, and Sports. A sixth, Weather, is due to go live sometime in the near future. News gathers feeds from websites like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Money tracks financial information, and provides some basic tools to go with it....



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07:05
Instagram hits 300M monthly active users, adds...

Instagram has overtaken Twitter in terms of active users, the Facebook-owned photo app has revealed. According to a company blog post, Instagram currently has more than 300 million active users sharing over 70 million photographs and videos daily, eclipsing the the 284 million monthly users claimed by Twitter at the end of October....



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07:04
Temporary injunction stops sales of Xiaomi phones in...

India is a huge market, second in importance to Xiaomi only to China. Ericsson certainly has Xiaomi’s attention now.

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07:00
Apple files patent for flexible display that deforms...

Apple has today applied for a patent for a flexible display which deforms when touched to provide tactile feedback. Actuators beneath the display would create bumps or ridges in the display to simulate buttons and other virtual objects. The patent also describes a speaker and microphone that could work through the display, potentially making for sleeker and more water-resistant devices.

Electronic devices may be provided that contain flexible displays and internal components. An internal component may be positioned under the flexible display. The internal component may be an output device such as a speaker that transmits sound through the flexible display or an actuator that deforms the display in a way that is sensed by a user....

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07:00
Flickr Find: A real classic

With all the brouhaha surrounding Apple's iPod class action lawsuit making headlines this week, it's only fitting this week's Flickr Find is a lovely picture of a once forgotten, now revived iPod owned by Cole Camplese

As pointed out by Cole, the be...

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06:54
Microsoft launches new MSN apps for news, health,...

Microsoft on Thursday debuted five new applications under its MSN banner for Apple's iOS, offering aggregated content from Bing covering a range of topics including news, sports and money.

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06:44
News: iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 cellular models...

Apple has announced the Chinese release of the cellular models of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, noting that both versions will be available in China “starting this week.” Both tablets are now available on Apple’s Chinese online store. A single cellular version of each model provides support for the Chinese TD-LTE and FDD-LTE standards, as well as TD-SCDMA, DC-HSDPA, HSPA+ and other fast network technologies, providing cellular…

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06:40
Beta distribution service HockeyApp acquired by...

A suite of new MSN apps for iOS isn’t the only news out of Microsoft this morning. HockeyApp, the popular beta app distribution and analytics service, announced today that it has been acquired by Microsoft. HockeyApp supports several software platforms including iOS, OS X, Android, and Microsoft’s Windows Phone.

In its announcement of the acquisition, Microsoft says it plans to leverage the features of...

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06:09
How to manage your iCloud storage and backups

Apple understands that device backups are only useful when the process is automatic and done regularly, which is why the feature is baked into iOS and handled by iCloud.

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06:07
Google News to shut down in Spain, tip of very large...

Spain is introducing a new intellectual property law that allows Spanish publications to charge aggregators for using their content. Google responded by closing up shop.

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06:01
Kamcord mobile game recording SDK raises $15m Series...

We’ve been keeping an eye on Kamcord as the platform for in-app gameplay recording and sharing grows, and today the company is announcing another round of funding, new milestone stats, and upcoming features for both developers and users.

Perhaps most notable of all the announcements today is the fact GungHo Online Entertainment is leading a $15 million Series B. Not only is that yet another major game publisher onboard with Kamcord, it also means gamers can expect some of GungHo’s popular titles to soon implement game recording.

GungHo publishes the incredibly popular Puzzle and Dragons title but also participating in the round are...

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06:00
Apple announces imminent launch of iPad Air 2 and...

Apple on Wednesday announced that it is bringing the cellular models of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 to China starting this week. The iPad models will be equipped to connect to all of China's 3G and 4G networks with support for TD-LTE and FDD-LTE s...

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05:45
OS X: Using Icons from System Preferences

In today's Quick Tip, we're going to learn how to find and use high-quality icons for items that appear in System Preferences. So for example, if you need to send someone instructions or want to refer to a particular preference pane in any documentation, you'll be able to access large (up to 1024x1024!) and attractive versions of those icons. Neat, huh? We think so.


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05:30
Find out what your friends really think of you with...

Chances are you've heard of the phrase "Ignorance is bliss." The opinion on whether that's true or not varies among different people, but the creators of Noknok seem to disagree with the statement. Noknok is a new app that informs you of how your con...

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05:15
Hands On: Battle Supremacy (iOS exclusive)

Developer Atypical Games has had success in the App Store before with their war simulation apps, titled Sky Gamblers: Cold War and Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders, in which both games focused largely on air combat. Now, the company has released Battle Supremacy, which puts players in control of their own tanks in this World War II-era simulation game. Will the company be able to win the ground game as it did with air supremacy? Read on to find out....



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05:13
Rumor: Apple Watch set to begin mass production in...

A questionable rumor out of Taiwan claims that Apple and manufacturing partner Quanta Computer are gearing up to begin mass production of the Apple Watch in January, and will manufacture a total of 24 million units in the first year.

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04:55
Fresh supply chain rumor reiterates Apple Watch...

A report by Taiwan’s United Daily News claims that Apple supplier Quanta will begin mass-production of the Apple Watch in January, echoing an earlier supply-chain rumor from September. It claims that the initial production run will be between three and five million units.

The report says that there have been ‘breakthroughs’ in yield issues, and that the company increased its production staffing from 3000 to 10,000 workers in the second half of the year, with further recruitment ongoing … 

While Apple still hasn’t given a more specific launch date than ‘...

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04:38
ScreenFlow 5: Record Mac and iOS Screens

You might think that capturing video from a screen and editing it into something usable is a niche task, but it’s invaluable when demonstrating how to do something on a computer or iOS device.

 

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03:59
Exclusive Deals: 14 Macs at their lowest prices...

In one of its final rounds of holiday exclusives, AppleInsider has teamed up with Apple Authorized Reseller B&H Photo to offer 14 different Mac configurations at the lowest prices anywhere, including up to $150 off 13" MacBook Airs, up to $170 off 13" MacBook Pros, up to $300 off 15 MacBook Pros, up to $200 off 27" iMacs & $400 off Mac Pros.

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03:30
Five apps to help with your holiday shopping

Black Friday may be over, but your holiday shopping probably isn't. Unfortunately, most shopping apps focus on deals and sales, not your holiday shopping strategy (unless your strategy is just "buy things on sale," which is actually a pretty good strategy).

Ready to level up your shopping skills? Here are five free apps that can help—these apps don't just bring deals, they help you plan and execute your shopping spree while also helping you maximize your savings from every angle. We have an app that lets you track prices (both online and offline), an app that lets you browse weekly ad circulars, and app that lets you clip electronic coupons, an app that helps you choose which credit card to use, and an app that gets you extra savings at Target. Ready to go shopping? Make sure you have these five free apps on your phone before you hit the mall...

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03:13
Briefly: AT&T expands VoLTE and HD Voice,...

AT&T has expanded its Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and HD Voice service into more markets. The carrier's higher-quality voice calls are now available to use in parts of the District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin, though customers will require a VoLTE-compatible smartphone....



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00:00
Analyst: Apple spending all its US cash on buybacks...

A new analysis by Above Avalon's Neil Cybert suggest that in order to avoid patriating foreign profits -- which now make up the majority of Apple's revenues -- the company is raiding its US cash reserve and ongoing US revenue to fund its ambitious stock-buyback and dividend programs. Of an estimated $155 billion in cash reserves, Apple has only around $18 billion in the US. Cybert believes that Apple will spend around $30 billion in 2015 on dividends and buybacks, keeping the foreign profits offshore until more favorable tax rates are enacted....



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Wednesday December 10

22:56
Sony Pictures strikes back against hacker hijackers

In a surprising twist to the ongoing saga of an attack on Sony Pictures' internal computer system by unidentified hackers (likely to be from North Korea), the studio is starting to fight back by leveraging Amazon Web Services to carry out distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on identified servers that contain files stolen from Sony over the last month. Taking a page from its own playbook, the media conglomerate is flooding suspect servers with dummy files, a sequel of sorts to anti-piracy attacks carried out by the firm in conjunction with Media Defender seven years ago....



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21:56
Adobe releases new Camera Raw and DNG Converter...

Adobe on Wednesday announced availability of updates to Adobe Camera Raw 8.7.1 and DNG Converter 8.7.1, bringing additional support for cameras and lenses, while patching minor bugs found in previous versions of the software.

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21:49
Hands On: FlipBelt

Often when a person is working out, they need to keep some of their personal items on hand. The armband solution works for phones and MP3 players, but other objects that don't have a market for special active-style containers like inhalers, protein bars, keys and medication are overlooked. Pockets aren't practical most of the time while working out, as items can bounce out, weigh too much, flop about or potentially cause wardrobe malfunctions. The FlipBelt, however, is a wearable pocket that sits around a wearer's midsection, tackling the need for a flexible carry-all while granting users easy...



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21:36
Apple, IBM Partnership Yields First Results: 10...

itwbennett writes IBM and Apple have unveiled the first results of the enterprise IT partnership they announced in July: 10 mobile applications aimed at businesses in six industries as well as government users. One of the apps, for example, allows a flight crew to personalize a passenger's in-flight experience. An app targeted at the banking industry allows a financial advisor to remotely access and manage a client's portfolio. And police officers can use iPhones to view video feeds from crime scenes with an app for law enforcement.

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20:52
BitTorrent technology comes to web browsers with...

BitTorrent, for good or ill, was a giant step for pushing data out to clients. While it's most often associated with piracy, it has many practical applications on the correct side of the law. The transfer technology is allowing the company to look in new directions -- such as chat clients and commerce -- but its now looking to additional avenues like web browsing with "Project Maelstrom."...



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20:44
Google News in Spain to be shut down next week

The Google Europe Blog this week released an update on the status of Google News in Spain. Richard Gingras, Head of Google News, informed readers that Google News will be shut off for them next week, before a new law takes effect in January. Gingras writes this law requires publishers to charge search providers a licensing fee for any content visible on the search website (including headlines), "whether they want to or not."...

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20:01
Grab a big iOS App designer bundle (MSRP: over $1000...

From 9to5Toys Specials:

Specials.9to5toys.com is running a **special** on an iOS app designer bundle that up and coming iOS app designers will likely want to take advantage of.  This is an “NYOP bundle”, meaning that people can name their own price to get 2 courses (Learn Mobile Web Design Using Bootstrap & Learn To Build Cross Platform Apps). Or, if you beat the average price, you’ll get the entire bundle (7 courses & assets). This evening that is only a few bucks plus 10% goes to charity of your choice...

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19:54
LTE iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 Come to China

Apple announced late Wednesday evening that the LTE-capable versions of its iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will launch in China this week. The WiFi plus cellular data versions of the company's latest tablets have been available in the United States in October, but couldn't roll out in China's government gave its official approval.


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19:17
Electronic payment gateway Charge Anywhere...

In a statement, electronic payment gateway provider Charge Anywhere, LLC announced it discovered "malware that had not been previously detected by any anti-virus program" in their system. The discovery was made after an unnamed party requested the company investigate some unauthorized transactions that appeared to be made legitimately....



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18:52
Nokia Here appears on Google Play, iOS version on...

Nokia's Here maps for Android is no longer just for Samsung smartphones and tablets, with Nokia making it available to other Android devices on Google Play, without the need to side load the app. At the same time as the Android expansion, the company has revealed its upcoming Here release for iOS will be slightly later than initially believed, with a version for Apple devices set to arrive in early 2015....



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18:25
How Linux Works Is an OS Mechanic's Mainstay


How Linux Works: What Every Superuser Should Know offers an unglamorous view of the Linux OS. It takes readers behind the GUI into the bowels of command line operations. This second edition of Brian Ward's classic Linux reference book is completely revised, and it offers something for every Linux user. Ward drills down to the technical specifics that developers need -- but he also peels back the onion layers gently enough for Linux tinkerers to know what happens when they do stuff with the operating system -- and why.

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18:12
Apple announces availability of iPad Air 2 and iPad...

Apple announced today that the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be coming to China “starting this week.” One single model will support all of China’s iPad carriers. The tablets are already available on Apple’s Chinese web store and are expected to ship within about a day.

The pricing for the iPad 2 WLAN models comes in at 3,588 RMB for 16GB, 4,288 RMB for 64GB, or 4,988 RMB for 128 GB, while the cellular versions will run for 4,488 RMB for 16GB, 5,188 RMB for 64GB, or 5,888 RMB for 128GB.

The iPad mini 3 will cost shoppers 2,888 RMB for 16GB of storage, 3,588 RMB for the...

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18:04
Manufacturers lobby opposes possible Title II...

The U.S. National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and leaders in Congress to oppose the possible, and much more strict, proposals for Internet regulation as put forth by the FCC. The letter, which claims that the current standard of net neutrality "severely threaten continuing growth," functions as a rebuttal to a similar letter from the opposite point of view sent last May by over 100 tech companies, who argued that net neutrality was the only option that would protect Internet growth and well-being....



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18:00
Snapchat updates with iPhone 6 and 6 Plus support...

Once you've upgraded to the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, using apps that don't take advantage of the full large screen can be aggravating, especially if one of those apps is an image service like Snapchat. Thankfully, Snapchat users no longer must suffer with...

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17:54
ACM 284: Facebook Rants and Apple’s Amazing Growth

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg thinks Apple CEO Tim Cook is off base with his philosophy on relationships with customers, so Jeff and Bryan call him to task for missing the point Mr. Cook was really making. They also look at Apple's growing R&D efforts outside of the United States and what that means for the company's future and us.


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17:52
Apple debuts cellular LTE-equipped iPad Air 2 and...

Apple on Wednesday announced cellular-capable iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 models will be available in China later this week, offering support for region-specific wireless networks used by major telecoms like the world-leader China Mobile.

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17:36
Apple fighting media request for 'pale, weak...

Apple is opposing a media request to the court hearing the lawsuit between audio software maker Real and Apple that seeks to release a video deposition made by Steve Jobs, near the end of his life, on behalf of the case. The iPhone maker is opposing the request, saying that the video was part of witness testimony and not entered into evidence, and therefore can't be released as that would constitute a recording of a portion of the trial, which has not allowed cameras or video....



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17:25
How Uber vets drivers

This is an interesting read. I’ll admit, I expected there to be more of a smoking gun in the story, but I can see why the DAs want Uber to stop saying they have the “safest rides on the road.”

∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:02
Morgan Stanley fined $4M for allowing rogue Apple...

Investment bank Morgan Stanley on Wednesday agreed to pay the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission $4 million in fines for violating the market access rule when it allowed a rogue trader to fraudulently purchase some $1 billion of Apple stock in 2012.

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