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Monday January 19

17:35
Apple once again alerts iOS 8 app developers to...

Apple on Monday posted a note to the News and Updates section of its Developer website reminding app makers that starting Feb. 1, all new iOS 8 software submitted to the App Store must include 64-bit support.

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17:30
Sharing
17:29
Fix
16:22
Apple highlights ongoing Campus 2 'spaceship...

Apple on Monday provided a fresh photo of its Campus 2 construction site in Cupertino, Calif., showing accelerated progress on the main "spaceship" structure's foundation, as well as work on ancillary buildings.

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15:39
[Sponsor] Procreate Pocket

Procreate Pocket is a beautiful, new illustration app for iPhone. It comes from the guys behind the Apple Design Award winning Procreate for iPad.

The attention to detail makes it quick to move between a rich set of features, while AirDrop and iCloud Drive support make it a pleasure to continue your artwork on iPad.

Now when inspiration strikes, all you’ll need to capture it is your iPhone.

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15:03
Researchers Use Siri To Steal Data From iPhones

wiredmikey writes "Using Apple's voice-activated Siri function, security researchers have managed to steal sensitive information from iOS smartphones in a stealthy manner. Luca Caviglione of the National Research Council of Italy and Wojciech Mazurczy of the Warsaw University of Technology warn that malicious actors could use Siri for stealthy data exfiltration by using a method that's based on steganography, the practice of hiding information. Dubbed "iStegSiri" by the researchers, the attack can be effective because it doesn't require the installation of additional software components and it doesn't need the device's alteration. On the other hand, it only works on jailbroken devices and attackers somehow need to be able to intercept the modified Siri traffic. The attack method involves controlling the "shape" of this traffic to embed sensitive data from the device. This covert channel could be used to send credit card numbers, Apple IDs, passwords, and other sensitive information...

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14:59
Adobe Opens Lightroom's Door to Android


Adobe last week released an Android mobile app as a companion to its Lightroom desktop application and cloud service. Lightroom is a photo processor and image organizer developed by Adobe Systems for Windows and OS X. It is not available for the Linux desktop. Adobe released a mobile app for iOS last year. The new app will include all of the functionality of the iOS mobile app -- but refined to take advantage of the Android platform, according to Shared Mangalick, senior product manager for photography at Adobe.

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13:33
Warning Sony of Coming Storm Wasn't NSA's...


The United States National Security Agency reportedly knew in advance that North Korea was about to hack into Sony's systems. The NSA apparently penetrated North Korea's network through several vectors, including Chinese networks used to connect with the rest of the world and hacker connections in Malaysia. The NSA was able to burrow in using the networks of South Korea and other allies. The evidence gathered by the NSA reportedly spurred President Obama's accusation that North Korea was behind last year's cyberattacks on Sony.

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12:47
Ask iLounge: Exchange text messages between two...

Q: My wife and I both have iPhones, although hers doesn’t actually have a plan on it – she basically just uses it over Wi-Fi when she’s at home. I’m wondering if there’s some way we can exchange text messages when I’m away from home. My iPhone has a normal voice plan, but I don’t pay for data as I’m near Wi-Fi often enough. I tried sending a text from her iPhone to mine, but it seems to shows up on both…

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12:42
How Intel lost the mobile chip business to Apple...

Between 2005 and 2014, Intel fumbled the ball in mobile chips, losing its position as the world's leading processor supplier by failing to competitively address the vast mobile market and enabling Apple to incrementally develop what are now the most powerful mainstream Application Processors to ship in vast volumes. Here's how it happened, the lessons learned and how Apple could make it happen again.

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12:25
Fuel Cells, EVs, Autonomous Driving Shape Auto...


The North American International Auto Show, held in Detroit, last week held a preview for industry insiders and the media before opening its doors to the public on the weekend. Automakers from around the world showcased more than 500 cars, ranging from futuristic concepts to vehicles that soon will be hitting the roads. The show allowed automakers to tout the latest technological advances under the hood and on the dash. The first true auto show of the calendar year, it is arguably the biggest event for the American auto industry.

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10:29
Sid Meier's Starships coming to Mac and iPad,...

Legendary game designer Sid Meier is set to release his newest turn-based game later this spring with support for Apple's Mac and iPad, while Google's forthcoming Google Calendar app for iOS --?the first Google-designed native app for the web calendar service -- has been detailed in new, leaked screenshots.

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09:50
Computing for the Visually Impaired, Part 2

In the second part of our series on computing for the visually impaired, Mariva H. Aviram discusses various visual problems that can affect computer users.

 

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09:48
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 19...

Notable software releases this week include Coda 2.5.2, CrashPlan 3.7, Moneydance 2015, and Typinator 6.4.

 

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09:48
ExtraBITS for 19 January 2015

Adam Engst joins the MacBreak Weekly and The Tech Night Owl podcasts to discuss the latest in Apple news, we say goodbye to MacUser UK, German designers mock up an homage to the original Mac, and encrypted messaging apps come under threat in Britain.

 

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09:18
Screenshots show Google’s upcoming Calendar iPhone...

It appears that Google could soon release its promised redesigned Calendar app for iPhone after first making the announcement and releasing the app for Android last November. The Next Web this morning shared a handful of leaked screenshots that provide a first look at Google Calendar for iOS, including info cards that indicate Gmail, Photos and Maps integration will be key features of the app.

The screenshots show that the app will have side-by-side calendars for both a monthly overview and closer day-to-day agenda of tasks and important dates. Reservations for flights, restaurants and more are automatically added from your Gmail inbox, alongside...

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09:16
Leaked files outline NSA-sponsored hacker training,...

It’s interesting what the intelligence community gets up to in its day to day work.

According to Spiegel Online International, the Politerain hiring process posted ads for candidates who wanted “to break things.”

Politerain is not a project associated with a conventional company. It is run by a US government intelligence organization, the National Security Agency (NSA). More precisely, it’s operated by the NSA’s digital snipers with Tailored Access Operations (TAO), the department responsible for breaking into computers.

Potential interns are also told that research into third party computers might include plans to “remotely degrade or destroy opponent computers, routers, servers and network enabled devices by attacking...

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08:21
News: Apple terminates Crimean developer agreements...

Apple has begun sending out notices of termination to Mac and iOS developers registered in Crimea, TechCrunch reports. The notices cite sanctions that the U.S. has ordered as a result of Russia’s annexation of the region last year – specifically Executive Order 13685 from December 18, 2014 – and developers in the region are now barred from creating and publishing apps in Apple’s App Store. The termination, effective immediately, requires…

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08:13
Amazon expands original content program with feature...

With access to in-demand content an increasingly important differentiator for internet streaming services, retailing giant Amazon has announced that it will move beyond television series and produce original theatre-bound movies, while Apple has struck yet another agreement to carry a live sports channel on the Apple TV with Tennis Channel Everywhere.

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08:00
Magzter launches "all you can read"...

Ever heard of Magzter? It's a digital magazine store and newsstand with a current customer base of about 24 million users. Today the company took a shot at other magazine providers like Zinio and Apple's own Newsstand by announcing the launch of Magz...

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07:40
External Link: Adam Discusses CES 2015 on MacBreak...

Adam Engst joined the regulars on MacBreak Weekly — Leo Laporte, Andy Ihnatko, and Rene Ritchie — to analyze the latest news and gadgets to come out of CES, ponder the future of HomeKit and home automation in general, look into what’s involved with the Thunderstrike attack, and go back and forth on what sizes of iPhones Apple should make. Highly recommended.

 

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07:30
Apple site honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Today, in the United States, we celebrate and honor the memory of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Apple's website provides a tribute to Dr. King on this day, with the home page given over to a portrait of the eloquent orator and advoca...

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07:03
What If IBM's Rommetty and Apple's Cook...


IBM's z13 mainframe launch last week brought back a lot of memories, because I was at IBM when the era of the mainframe collapsed. I also happened to be covering Apple when the era of the Mac collapsed, and I have watched both companies recover -- largely by rediscovering what made them great in the first place. Strangely, even though these firms focus on vastly different customer bases, their core differentiating fundamentals of product control and customer experience are very similar and well differentiated from their competitors.

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06:58
A rumored Apple iPad stylus could point toward...

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs didn't like the idea of a stylus for mobile devices, famously decrying, "if you see a stylus, they [the developer] blew it." The post-Jobs Apple may have a different view on the stylus, according to one analyst.

Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities says Apple is likely to release a stylus in the spring to complement the long-rumored "iPad Pro," a purported 12.9-inch slate. Kuo, who is reputed to have deep contacts within Apple's supply chain, based his analysis on Apple's patent filings and his own research, according to Apple Insider.

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06:28
News: Apple commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Apple has updated its home page at apple.com for this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day, in honor of the “life and vision” of the revered civil rights activist. Tim Cook also announced the commemoration with a simple tweet.

Honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. #MLK Apple http://t.co/ngqL0bym8y— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) January 19, 2015...

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06:01
Apple.com given over to honor Dr. Martin Luther King...

As Americans pause to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Apple has dedicated its homepage to the memory of the slain civil rights leader, a rare practice that the company reserves for exceptional figures in history.

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05:44
iOS developers share their earnings, and the lessons...

If you write iOS apps and wonder how your earnings compare against those of other developers – or you have an idea for an app, and are wondering whether it’s worth pursuing – it can be tough to find any hard information. We hear occasional stories about hugely successful apps like Flappy Bird making hundreds of thousands of dollars per day, and we know there are some apps with literally zero downloads to their name, but what about the middle ground?

Jared Sinclair, developer of the RSS reader Unread, decided last year to share both his earnings from the app, and the lessons he’d learned along the way. It’s taken six months, but several other developers started the new year by...

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05:04
Citing U.S. and European trade sanctions, Apple...

Apple has begun notifying registered developers in the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea that their Apple developer agreements have been terminated, effective immediately, and they may no longer sell through the App Store as the company works to comply with trade sanctions leveraged following Russia's annexation of the region.

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05:00
A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

Last week, we reviewed a variety of hardware and accessories that'll complement your favorite iOS or OS X devices. Here's a quick roundup of recent hardware reviews that you may have missed:

UE MEGABOOM is the new authority in Bluetooth portable s...

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04:06
View iCloud Photo Stream Photos on Your Mac with...

If you want to view photos that are saved to iCloud’s My Photo Stream feature on your Mac, you need to do it in iPhoto or Aperture — two Apple applications that are scheduled to be retired. MyPhotostream is a new alternative that intentionally does just one thing: displays your My Photo Stream photos in a simple environment.

 

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03:56
External Link: Adam Examines the iMac, Hardware...

On The Tech Night Owl Live, Adam Engst joined host Gene Steinberg to share notes on the iMac with 5K Retina display, talk about why Apple makes it so hard to upgrade Mac hardware, and discuss the drop in Apple’s software quality.

 

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03:27
Apple commemorates Martin Luther King on its...

Apple has updated its homepage today in commemoration of Martin Luther King, which Apple CEO Tim Cook has often noted as an inspiration for his work. Cook says he has pictures of Martin Luther King on his desk. However, this is the first time Apple has recognised Martin Luther King day (which happens on the third Monday of every January) so openly on its website.

Many American tech companies give employees the day off, but Apple has elected not to do this. Instead of paid leave, Apple is encouraging employees to volunteer. As part of its gift matching program, Apple will donate an additional $50 for every voluntary hour worked by employees.

Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS, iOS Devices...

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01:19
Rumor: 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” to incorporate stylus...

The rumored 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” could be getting a stylus to go along with it.

Per AppleInsider, well-regarded analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities said numerous stylus-related patents filed by the Cupertino-based company and his own research lead him to believe the iPad maker will launch a stylus in the second quarter of this year to compliment the 12.9-inch so-called “iPad Pro.”

“Given that it’s more precise than a person’s fingers, a stylus can be more convenient to use than the combination of keyboard and mouse in some cases,” Kuo wrote. “Therefore, we believe Apple’s stylus will improve the user experience of 12.9-inch iPad.”

Kuo, who has a fairly reliable track record in predicting Apple’s future product directions...

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Sunday January 18

21:22
Coda 2.5.2

Maintenance release improves overall performance and brings many fixes. ($99 new, free update, 88.4 MB)

 

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21:22
CrashPlan 3.7

Makes improvements to 10.10 Yosemite while retiring support for 10.5 Leopard (Free with a 30-day trial of online backup service, 51.8 MB)

 

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21:22
Moneydance 2015

Major new release for the personal financial management application with redesigned interface and support for Dropbox syncing. ($49.99 new, free update, 70.9 MB)

 

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19:30
This Weekend in the App Store -- the best free apps...

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

Table Top Racing Premiu...

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18:30
The Week in Review: news and features you don't...

Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other informative news articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature worthy posts you may have missed:

News

Developers behind O...

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17:30
All the best app reviews last week on TUAW

Last week was a busy one for apps in the iOS App Store, giving your favorite TUAW writers a chance to post some great reviews of the apps that grace their home screens. Here's a quick roundup of our recent reviews -- and a few app roundups -- you may...

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09:02
Master Cpl. Jeff Davis, lip-syncing Delaware police...

7Online:

A video of a bald and burly Delaware police officer enthusiastically lip-syncing to Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” is getting global attention.

The video, posted to the Dover Police Department’s Facebook page Friday, shows Master Cpl. Jeff Davis in uniform and driving a patrol car while lip-syncing to the popular pop song – sassy head rolls and finger-pointing included.

What a hilarious video. I especially love the moments like at 1:20 when he sees someone he recognizes and “becomes a cop” again. The rest of the time, he’s just an average father of four who knows “Shake it Off” because of his 10-year-old daughter.

The downside of watching the video is that I’ve now finally listened to my very first Taylor Swift song. Thanks to my friend Lesley for the link.

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07:04
KGI: Apple likely to sell stylus accessory alongside...

According to a new report by KGI, Apple will soon introduce a stylus accessory for its iPad products, targeted at the expected (but still officially unconfirmed) larger-screened ~12 inch iPad Pro. Both products are quoted for release sometime this year, with KGI most recently quoting a Q2 launch window. The stylus would apparently charge using a Lightning cable.

Although KGI reports tend to be based off of supply-chain sources, which have proven very reliable in the past, Ming-Chi Kuo does not allude to any such indicators for the stylus prediction report. Instead, he highlights a number of patent filings in recent years by Apple on tablet styli and a need to differentiate the upcoming more premium iPad aside from screen size.

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06:04
KGI: Apple likely to launch simple stylus to enhance...

Apple is likely to launch a hardware stylus to enhance its upcoming 12.9-inch iPad user experience, according one well-place industry analyst with a strong track record in predicting the company's future product placements.

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05:27
Why Run Linux On Macs?

jones_supa writes Apple has always had attractive and stylish hardware, but there are always some customers opting to run Linux instead of OS X on their Macs. But why? One might think that a polished commercial desktop offering designed for that specific lineup of computers might have less rough edges than a free open source one. Actually there's plenty of motivations to choose otherwise. A redditor asked about this trend and got some very interesting answers. What are your reasons?

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03:28
The road ahead: 3 ways Apple could push Maps forward...

Just under three years after Apple evicted Google Maps from iOS, Cupertino's own mapping and navigation offering still has some critical weaknesses. AppleInsider looks ahead at what the next 12 months could have in store for Apple Maps.

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Saturday January 17

20:05
Phil Schiller on Google Glass: ‘I can’t believe they...

The Tech Block on Thursday shared an email exchange between Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller and the website’s founder Abdel Ibrahim that pokes fun at Google Glass for its perception of being an unstylish device. The email surfaced just days after Google announced that it will be ending its Glass Explorer program on Monday as it works on a new version under the leadership of Tony Faddell.

After being sent a picture of actor Steve Martin wearing obnoxious looking glasses in the film “The Jerk,” mocking Google co-founder Sergey Brin wearing Glass, Schiller responds to Ibrahim saying “that is very funny” and that he “can’t believe they think anyone (normal) will ever wear these things. It reminds me of the push to market video goggles a few years back.”...

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13:01
∞ The LEGO Movie – “Creating the Bricks”

Academy Award nomination or not, it’s a good, fun movie.

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13:00
Here's a new iOS app for sending personalized...

There are plenty of greeting card apps for iOS, but this new offering called Lovely Handwritten Cards (free with one in-app option) is tasteful, and lets you truly personalize what you send to others using your own handwriting.

You can choose a temp...

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11:00
Rumor Roundup: If only 'Failblog' weren...

Apple might already be testing its next major iPhone operating system (BGR)

Source: Czech website

Chance it's true: 100 percent

Obviously Apple is internally testing an operating system that, if previous patterns hold, will be debuted to developer...

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10:41
So long and thanks for all the fish, MacUser UK

Craig Grannell:

Within the pages of MacUser, you’d not find a great deal of templated fare, and sometimes not even a great deal of content directly about the Mac. What you would find was interesting opinion and analysis about technology, brilliant insight into design and creativity, and in-depth features on all kinds of creative fare. All this was wrapped up in stunning design and layout work that let the content breathe and positively begged you to explore every page.

I never read MacUser on a regular basis but when I did, I always enjoyed its unique sensibility and writing style. A shame it’s shuttering its doors.

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09:56
Kalt turns your iPhone into a precise, non-contact...

Robogaia Industries is using Kickstarter to seek funding for a product called Kalt, an infrared sensor that plugs into an iPhone’s headphone jack and turns the smartphone into a precise, non-contact thermometer. The Cleveland-based company is looking to raise $10,000 over the next three weeks to cover development and manufacturing costs.

The palm-sized Kalt sensor reads the infrared energy that an object omits and converts it into readable temperatures in Fahrenheit, Celsius or Kelvin. Simply point Kalt towards the object and it will automatically show the temperature on the companion app for iOS and Android. The sensor is powered by the device it is plugged into and requires no batteries....

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08:30
Recharge perfectly with Power Nap HQ

As our culture becomes more and more mobile and fast-paced, a proportionate number of people will feel more acutely the need to rest. More than one will probably voice a desire to return to the days when kindergartners took a nap in the early afterno...

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07:55
Gadget Ogling: A New Galaxy, Awesome Audio, and One...


Welcome to Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that takes freshly announced gadgets out for a hypothetical test run, rendering judgement long before they hit the shelves. In the offing this week: Samsung's latest mid-range smartphone, a gesture-based ring, shiny headphones and much more. Samsung has another mid-range smartphone in the Galaxy A7. Sure, it's slimmer, faster, stronger and all the rest -- but that's just it. There's a voice-activated selfie tool, which I suppose is great if you're into selfies.

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07:24
Three men tunnel into Beijing warehouse, make off...

Police in Beijing have arrested three men accused of stealing 240 iPhone 6 units from a warehouse owned by a Chinese logistics firm after digging a 20-inch hole through the building's wall.

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07:00
Caturday: Rascal, the web-surfing cat

TUAW reader Don Newmeyer sent us a photo of his web-surfin' feline pal Rascal checking out his favorite site - could it be TUAW?

Don says:

Below are some links to photos of my cat, Rascal (appropriately named) surfing the web on my Retina Macbook ...

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06:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Invisible skins, rugged...

Invisible skins, rugged designs, OLED displays, and LTE connectivity

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases features minimal but sturdy protection, solutions that withstand extreme weather, and gadgets that let you quickly access your notifications and improve the reach of your iPad’s signal.

AT&T

AT&T customers have an interesting new option to check out. The Modio (all iPad mini models, iPad Air and iPad Air 2; price unavailable) equips your Wi-Fi tablet with a cellular connection while protecting it from everyday hazards.

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05:30
Spread kind messages far and wide with the Ripple...

Messages in a bottle evoke a feeling of awe and power in many of us because such a simple message has the ability to go a very long way. Chances are it'll end up somewhere you would never imagine, but it's fascinating to know where and the impact it ...

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Friday January 16

21:09
First look: Fitbit Surge, a fitness tracking, heart...

Fitbit's latest premium wearable fitness tracker, the Surge, has been dubbed a "super watch" by the company, thanks to its inclusion of a heart rate monitor, exercise tracker, GPS, monochrome touchscreen display, and up to seven days of battery life.

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20:04
Apple TV content refresh serves up Tennis Channel...

Following the addition of the official Cricket Australia channel for Apple TV users down under earlier this week, Apple refreshed its video streaming box for US users Friday night with new content through the Tennis Channel Everywhere service. The new Apple TV channel features both on-demand tennis and live matches with an optional annual subscription.The annual subscription is called Tennis Channel Plus and goes for $69.99/year unlocking access to live tennis coverage including the 2015 Australian Open starting next week and 2015 French Open starting in June. The annual subscription applies to Apple TV as well...

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19:56
Class representative in Apple 'anti-poaching...

The class representative in a California anti-trust lawsuit regarding alleged anti-poaching measures employed by Apple, Google and other Silicon Valley tech companies, is seeking a larger-than-normal chunk of a proposed $415 million payout for his work on securing more lucrative settlement terms.

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18:57
Google in talks to purchase Apple Pay competitor...

A report on Friday claims Google is looking to strengthen its mobile payments solution with the purchase of Softcard, an NFC-based system backed by major U.S. wireless telecoms.

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17:11
Texas May Be Ground Zero for Musk's Hyperloop...


Billionaire high-tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has announced plans to build a test track, most likely in Texas, for his envisioned Hyperloop high-speed transportation system. The goal is to allow experimentation with Hyperloop pods, the equivalent of train carriages. "Entirely funded by Musk's companies and other interested private companies, [the test project is] seen as a giant step to support different teams and universities to help validate and keep the concept alive," said Frost & Sullivan's said Vishwas Shankar.

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17:00
Daily Deals for January 16, 2015, Now's Your...

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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16:37
Filming for Steve Jobs biopic underway at tech guru...

Principal filming for a Steve Jobs biopic penned by Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin official started in California on Friday, with crews set up at the house where Jobs and Steve Wozniak built the first Apple computer in 1976.

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16:30
Camera crews arrive at Steve Jobs’ childhood home as...

Image via CNET

The Sony- Universal-produced Steve Jobs biopic starring Michael Fassbender has finally started filming after what seemed like an endless array of cast and crew changes. CNET spotted production crews setting up at the Los Altos childhood home of Steve Jobs...

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16:00
Techies play iPhone 6 soccer at CES with an actual...

Tech conventions may be full of incredible emerging technology, but they can also be incredibly boring. When you're sick of looking at cases or future technology sometimes all you can do is kick a ball around. Or, if you don't have a ball, maybe an i...

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15:23
Bloated blogging platforms

I wrote this over two years ago on my personal site, but my opinion hasn’t changed.

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15:02
Uber ordered to shut down in South Carolina

Uber said in a statement that the South Carolina Public Service Commission’s order directed at Raiser LLC, an Uber subsidiary, was unexpected and issued despite the company’s close work with state regulators.

I wonder if Uber’s antics in other cities/states/countries weighs in on decisions like this.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:00
Developers behind Overcast and Monument Valley...

Since the inception of the App Store, Apple has doled out over $25 billion to developers. No wonder many folks make reference to the "App Store economy".

While mere participation in the App Store is by no means a guarantor of success, it's always in...

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14:55
Double Bass Mania VIII: Metal Drum Loops

Power and Precision. Speed and Aggression. Brutal and Insane. Your metal drum tracks deserve nothing less than what you bring to your music. Your music deserves the real thing – live drum brutality to take your songwriting to the next level. Your music needs Double Bass Mania VIII.

Double Bass Mania is my favorite series of drum loops ever. I’ll be getting this set to go along with all the others I have.

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14:35
Xiaomi Launches Galaxy Note Killers in China


Xiaomi on Wednesday announced two new flagship smartphones in Beijing, the Mi Note and the Mi Note Pro. The Mi Note has a metal frame and is protected on the front and back with 3D curved Gorilla Glass 3, which apparently makes it highly resistant to scratches and shattering. Xiaomi compared the Mi Note to the iPhone 6 Plus. However, "Xiaomi is not eating Apple's lunch -- they are eating Samsung's," said Nick Spencer, a senior practice director at ABI Research.

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13:30
Rise and shine with Gentle Wake Alarm Clock

With the advent of mobile phones that are more like mini computers and personal assistants, it follows that one of their new uses would be as alarm clocks. Alongside that development, it would also follow that there would be a slew of applications to...

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13:03
'Be My Eyes' App Crowdsources Help For the...

An anonymous reader writes: A new not-for-profit app, Be My Eyes, aims to help the visually-impaired by connecting them with volunteer users who can support them in their daily lives via live video calls. Once downloaded, Be My Eyes asks the user to identify as blind or sighted, to see if you require help or are offering it. When a blind person requests assistance the app scans the system for an available volunteer. The blind user connects with the volunteer over a video call and points to the item they would like described. Be My Eyes was created by Hans Jørgen Wiberg, a visually-impaired entrepreneur, at a startup event. Wiberg teamed up with Robocat, the Danish software studio behind Haze and Thermo, to make his vision a reality.

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13:00
Retina 5K iMac hits the Apple refurbished store

Apple's Retina 5k iMac is a beast of a machine, both in power and price. If you've been holding off on purchasing one due to its $2,499 starting price, you'll be happy to know there's a cheaper way to buy. The Retina 5k iMac has now hit the Apple onl...

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12:38
Apple’s HomeKit launch

Very interesting wording from Philips in response to Kelly Guimont’s question regarding their support for HomeKit.

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12:30
Apple patented a self-repairing material, because of...

Just days after LG's G Flex phone showed off its ability to heal from minor scratches and scuffs, a similar patent has surfaced that shows Apple's take on such a feature. The patent, which was filed in 2014 and published this week, describes a method...

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12:00
Withings Home brings HD webcam, air quality monitor...

Withings is a fascinating company. They started out quietly a few years back, selling one of the first Wi-Fi connected bathroom scales and then added a growing family of "connected self" devices including the Withings Pulse Ox activity monitor, the A...

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11:29
Long-running Apple rag MacUser Magazine shuts its...

The internet has claimed yet another print victim as London-based MacUser Magazine, one of the oldest Apple-centric magazines in the world, announced on Friday that it would wind down operations following the release of its February 2015 issue.

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11:23
Kickstarter iOS app updated w/ new design and iPad...



Almost a year after shipping its iPhone app, Kickstarter has released version 2.0 which includes full iPad support for the crowdfunding service’s app as well as a new design using a card interface for projects. As with the iPhone version, Kickstarter says its iPad app helps users find new projects to back and keep up with updates on projects you follow, now only bigger with the tablet…...

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11:00
This iPhone bowling game uses Apple TV

When the Wii first came out there was just one game that people needed to see before they realized they wanted one: Wii Sports. Of all the sports minigames included in Wii Sports the most popular was bowling, and now iOS gamers who have adopted the A...

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10:37
Samsung to ape Apple's Touch ID with touch-...

Samsung's next flagship smartphone will ship with a Touch ID-like fingerprint sensor in place of the swipe-style sensor that the company employed on the underwhelming Galaxy S5, according to a new report.

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10:35
Apple moving Beats Electronics technical support...

Apple is in the process of winding down Beats Electronics’ outsourced phone support ties and moving technical support completely in-house via AppleCare, according to sources. Beats Electronics phone support is currently split between Apple and Sitel, a customer support outsourcing firm, and Apple is aiming to completely end that relationship as soon as March. Apple cut several Beats jobs in July following the acquisition. Sitel employees have confirmed that they will be moved to new technical support positions for other companies, and AppleCare employees similarly confirmed that Beats support will soon be handled completely internally. Apple acquired Beats Electronics and Beats Music in...

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10:03
Apple employees love CEO Tim Cook, rate company...

A new survey of tech workers places the highest optimism at Apple, where employees believe their company will continue to have a bright future ahead of it under the leadership of Tim Cook.

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10:00
UE MEGABOOM is the new authority in Bluetooth...

Last week I wrote on the announcement of UE MEGABOOM (US$299.99) Bluetooth speaker, the new big brother to the UE BOOM ($199.99) and the UE MINIBOOM ($99.99). I reviewed the UE BOOM last year and was thrilled with its performance as a portable, durab...

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09:28
9to5Toys Last Call: 2-pack Anker iPhone 6/Plus cases...

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09:14
Police arrest man in Christmas Xbox, Playstation...

Both systems suffered long outages over Christmas after a major distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack. A hacking group calling itself Lizard Squad, which had attacked the two networks earlier last year, claimed responsibility.

I wonder what they’ll do with him? Will Microsoft and Sony get a say in the matter? This will be interesting.

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09:13
Review: LaCie’s Mirror and Seagate’s Seven set new...

Until last week, the list of companies making visually stunning external hard drives began and ended with one name: LaCie. Partnered with respected industrial designers including Philippe Starck, LaCie has released more drool-worthy accessories than any other company in the Mac space — and that’s saying something. Numerous design successes led to LaCie’s acquisition by hard drive manufacturer Seagate, and at the 2015 CES, their combination bore fruit: the LaCie brand now has another beautiful hard drive called Mirror ($280), and Seagate debuted a designer hard drive called Seven ($100...

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09:09
Bank of America cites 1.1 million cards using Apple...

Apple Pay is gaining some momentum.

Per 9to5Mac, Bank of America, which partnered with Apple to rollout Apple Pay at launch last October, has announced new customer data on adoption of the iPhone-based mobile payment service. The bank’s most recent quarterly earnings reveal that nearly 800,000 of its customers have begun using Apple Pay with a total of about 1.1 million debit and credit cards activated.

In addition to the latest customer data from Bank of America, support for paying with Apple Pay is popping up at Shoppers in Northern California and Nevada, which now offers the option to check out with Apple Pay at Lucky, Save Mart and FoodMaxx stores, Save Mart Supermarkets announced on Thursday.

Save Mart Supermarkets noted that shoppers at all three of its...

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09:00
Swift demonstrates impressive growth in January 2015...

Apple’s Swift programming language is growing.

Per Cult of Mac’s Twitter post and RedMonk, the Swift programming language is gaining ground on GitHub and Stack Overflow,

Besides the noted plot, which can be difficult to parse even at full size, we offer the following numerical rankings. As will be observed, this run produced several ties which are reflected below:

1 JavaScript
2 Java
3 PHP
4 Python
5 C#
5 C++
5 Ruby
8 CSS
9 C
10 Objective-C
11 Perl
11 Shell
13 R
14 Scala
15 Haskell
16 Matlab
17 Go
17 Visual Basic
19 Clojure
19 Groovy

By the narrowest of margins,...

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09:00
Moju's got mojo: Dynamic photo/video sharing...

My first thought when I heard about Moju (free) was "Oh, great - another photo and video sharing app..." That was before I downloaded and tried it. The idea behind the app is simple - you capture individual photos or short videos in motion, which are...

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08:36
NSNorth Conference 2015

I’ve always heard great things about NSNorth, so this year, I’m going to attend. I’ll be joining an amazing line-up of speakers for a few days in Canada.

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08:08
Intel CEO says relationship with Apple strong amid...

As we reported earlier this week, often reliable KGI is predicting that Apple will bring its in-house designed A-series processor to an entry-level Mac sometime in 2016 with TSMC and Samsung expected to fab the potential A9X and A10X chips, respectively. As the move to put non-Intel chips in the Mac lineup would be a departure for the company, CNBC asked Intel CEO Brian Krzanich about the chip-maker’s business plans with Apple…

Unsurprisingly, Krzanich defended Intel’s relationship with Apple despite expectations of the company designing its own chips for...

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08:00
Popularity of Swift is on the rise in a major way

At WWDC 2014, Apple delivered a bombshell of an announcement when Craig Federighi unveiled Swift, a new high-level programming language positioned to be the future of iOS development. In a broad sense, the underlying goal of Swift is to make programm...

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07:58
Smile Releases PDFpen 7 and PDFpenPro 7

Smile has released Yosemite-friendly versions of PDFpen and PDFpenPro, featuring OCR text layer access and iCloud Drive compatibility.

 

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07:38
3 Reasons Apple Won't Pull the Rug Out From...


Despite having the most popular camera on the planet in the form of the iPhone, the odds of Apple pulling the rug out from under GoPro by building its own action sports camera system -- even with using its forthcoming Apple Watch as a controller -- are so low they stand in stark contrast to the hysterical selloff of GoPro stock this week.
What happened? News surfaced that Apple had received a patent for a digital camera system that has a remote control that looks vaguely like an Apple Watch.

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07:19
Intel CEO confident chipmaker can keep powering...

Amid increasing chatter that Apple may consider migrating the Mac to its own in-house ARM processors, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich on Friday characterized the two firms' relationship as "strong" and reiterated Intel's strategy of competing for business based on performance, price, and reliability.

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07:08
Review: Duet, the app that turns your iPad into a...

I’m a big-screen fan. It’s the reason my primary Mac is still a 17-inch MacBook Pro, and why I have that hooked up to a 27-inch Apple Thunderbolt Display when I’m in my home office. When travelling, though, I have fewer pixels to play with. Sure, I could get a 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, but I favor physical screen space over smaller screen elements.

There are existing apps out there, like Air Display, that let you use an iPad as a second monitor for a Mac, but they work via WiFi, which poses two problems. First, they often don’t work on WiFi hotspots, which you’re likely to be using when away from home. Second, even when they do work, there is an annoying amount of lag.

Which is where Duet comes in. Instead of using WiFi, it feeds...

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07:00
Apple has been adding 1M iBookstore users per week

Earlier this week, Apple iBooks chief Keith Moerer announced that the company has been gaining about one million iBookstore users per week since the release of OS X Yosemite. The announcement came at the Digital Book World Conference in New York City...

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06:59
RBC raises Apple price target to $123, cites higher...

RBC Capital Markets on Friday advised investors to stay long on Apple stock, as the investment firm sees multiple catalysts for the company in the near future, starting with the reporting of holiday iPhone sales.

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06:12
External Link: MacUser UK Is Shutting Down

Dennis Publishing has announced that after almost 30 years, it’s ceasing publication of MacUser in the UK. The company will soon be contacting subscribers regarding their subscriptions.

 

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06:12
External Link: MacUser UK Is Shutting Down

Dennis Publishing has announced that it’s ceasing publication of MacUser in the UK after almost 30 years. The company cited “challenging market conditions,” although it continues to publish numerous other print magazines. Dennis Publishing will soon be contacting subscribers regarding their subscriptions.

 

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