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Wednesday November 12

21:20
AT&T Next offers $50 credit to iPhone upgraders...

Until the end of the year, AT&T is offering a $50 bill credit when current subscribers upgrade to a new iPhone under Next program. Buyers who get a new iPhone from either the online or retail Apple Stores under AT&T's Next installment payment plan (and keep the line active for at least 45 days after doing so) will see a $50 bill credit"within three billing cycles," according to the terms of the deal. The carrier is reserving the right to end the promotion prematurely, though its expected to stay in place through 2014....



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19:50
YouTube for iOS updated with new music dashboard, ‘...


YouTube has updated its iOS app with support for a new music-focused view of the dashboard. The new screen features the most popular music videos and artists on YouTube, genre-specific charts, and curated playlists.

The new version also introduces a music playback option called “YouTube Mix” that allows users to create an iTunes Radio-like randomized playlist based on a song or artist.

Earlier today YouTube debuted a related service called YouTube Music Key that...

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19:03
Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and...

dkatana writes Microsoft's licensing scheme, the high cost of support and difficult management of devices are the key factors making schools drop Windows for better alternatives as iPads and Chromebooks. Google is making a dent in the education market with Chromebooks. The internet giant has been promoting the use of Chrome OS with specific tools for schools to manage the devices, their apps and users. Its Chromebooks for Education program is helping schools deploy large numbers of devices with an easy management system. While Google is successful with Chromebooks as school laptops the clear winner on tablets is Apple. iPads are a the preferred platform for schools deploying tablets as digital learning devices.

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18:17
AT&T could shelve gigabit fiber investments over...

During an analyst conference on Wednesday, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said that the company is considering putting a hold on its build-out of gigabit fiber networks for select cities in the US until a decision is made on net neutrality rules. The company announced in April that it would be bringing high-speed fiber to 100 cities and municipalities....



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17:56
DJI announces Inspire prosumer drone with 4K video...

At a press event on San Francisco's Treasure Island, drone vendor DJI unveiled its new prosumer-class Inspire drone with 4K video capabilities and announced a new Software Development Kit to allow third party developers to write apps that work with its flagship Phantom 2 Vision flying cameras.

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17:45
The US Government's Tenuous Relationship With...


The amount of open source software used by the U.S. government might well be one of the biggest secrets in Washington. Not even purveyors of FOSS, as in free and open source software, know the extent of federal agency adoption of nonproprietary software. Some in the Beltway Loop contend that open source is very prevalent. Others suggest that open source is avoided because its code is exposed for anyone to see. One thing seems very sure, however. Most government agencies cling to well-known commercial software for desktop services.

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17:14
Audioengine Announces B2 Premium Bluetooth Speaker...

I've seldom met a Bluetooth speaker that interested me, but I paid attention when Audioengine announced the B2 Premium Bluetooth Speaker. This powered speaker can play music streamed from any Bluetooth-enabled source (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android devices, or Bluetooth-equipped Macs and PCs). It also has a minijack input. They have a built-in 24-bit digital audio converter (DAC), and they're designed around the Audioengine 2+ Powered Desktop Speaker. The woofers are made of kevlar, while the tweeters are made of silk. Plus, the cabinet is handmade wood (in three finishes). I look forward to testing this one in a full review. designed for the high end of the market, the B2 Premium Bluetooth Speaker are $299 and available now. They're eligible for the company's 30-Day Audition.

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17:00
Live Weather Forecast app adds weather radio and HD...

Even with lots of weather apps to choose from, including excellent free apps from Apple and Yahoo, I'm always interested to see something new come along in the weather category that has a unique feature set. Live Weather Forecast (US$0.99) is a...

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17:00
Apple's Joswiak takes blame for iOS 8.0.1 snafu...

An interview of Apple's VP of iPhone, iPod and iOS Produce Marketing Greg Jozwiak conducted last month at a Re/code conference has been posted online. In the 34-minute session, "Joz" defended the company's quality-control procedures even in the face of some recent minor -- and one major -- software snafus for the mobile platform. The talk also covered many of Joz's responsibilities, including Apple Pay, the new Apple SIM, iOS and more....



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16:40
ACM 280: Apple’s Messages Lawsuit, Net Neutrality,...

Apple is facing a potential class action lawsuit over text messages that never made it to former iPhone users, and the fight for Net Neutrality is turning very political. Jeff and Bryan dive into both topics, plus they take a look at recently unsealed documents in the GT Advanced Technologies bankruptcy filing and debate whether or not Apple bullies its suppliers.


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16:32
AT&T extends $50 credit for iPhone upgrades...

AT&T is running an unadvertised promotion that gives a $50 bill credit to current subscribers purchasing a new iPhone from the Apple Store as an upgrade under the carrier's Next program.

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16:11
Rosetta Plants 1st Human Kiss on a Comet


The European Space Agency's 1.4 billion-euros Rosetta mission on Wednesday achieved a first for humankind by successfully landing its Philae probe on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Now, the lander's fate hangs in the balance following a tense descent and the apparent failure of several key anchoring systems. "We are extremely relieved to be safely on the surface of the comet, especially given the extra challenges that we faced with the health of the lander," said Stephan Ulamec, Philae Lander Manager, following news of the probe's safe arrival.

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16:04
6-Piece New Age Smartphone Photo Kit: $69

Today's deal is for iPhoneographers. It's a six-piece lens kit for iPhone 4/4s/5/5s/6 (or Galaxy S5 if that's your thing). It includes an 8x Telephoto Lens, Fisheye Lens, Wide Angle Lens, Macro Lens, 2x Telephoto Lens, and 60x Magnifying Microscope. It also has a hard case for two of the lenses, a wallet for the rest, a tripod, and a cleaning cloth. That's a lot of glass, and it's $69 (regular price $199). There are example photos on the deal page, as well as a video. Check it out.


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16:00
Behold the beauty of the Macintosh Programmer's...

Macintosh Programmer's Workshop, or MPW to most people who remember it, was a software development tool for the classic Mac OS. It was invaluable for developers looking to build applications for System 1-7.6 and Mac OS 8 and 9, but it had charms...

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15:30
YouTube announces "YouTube Music Key"...

YouTube has announced the details of its own paid subscription music service, YouTube Music Key, via Billboard. YouTube Music Key allows users to stream videos ad-free and offline for US$9.99 a month after an initial promotion price of $7.99. User...

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15:04
Full video of Apple exec Greg Joswiak's Code/...

The full version of Greg "Joz" Joswiak's October interview with Re/code has been posted online, with the Apple VP of iPhone, iPod, and iOS Product marketing discussing the iOS 8.0.1 snafu and Apple Pay, among other topics.

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15:00
A hands-on look at Logitech's Keys-To-Go...

So you want a keyboard to use occasionally with your iPad, but you don't want a keyboard case. Up to this point, that meant that you usually had to buy an Apple Wireless Keyboard (US$69) or something similar to drop into your iPad bag. Logitech,...

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14:30
Little Warlock School: King of castle management

Build a school of wizardry, recruit students to defend it against enemy attacks, and train those students to become the best wizards they can be in Little Warlock School. A mix of real time strategy elements blend with traditional resource management...

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14:26
DIYers! Belkin WeMo ‘Maker’ brings smartphone remote...

At this point, we are all familiar with the Belkin WeMo line of products. They’ve been empowering consumers with smartphone-connected home automation products for some time now, from light switches to its newly released coffee maker.

While the WeMo line performs a number of simple tasks, it has not necessarily provided the level of open source capabilities that some consumers long for. Today,...

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14:15
Daily Deals for November 12, 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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14:04
KGI: iPad Pro pushed back again to Q2 2015, Q1 to...

The latest report from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims Apple will delay its expected launch of a 12.9 (or 12.2)-inch iPad ‘Pro’ as it predicts a 50% decline for iPad shipments heading into next year. Specifically, KGI thinks Apple will sell just under 10 million units in Q1 2015 following a busy holiday season in the last quarter of this year. That would be a 54.5% drop from quarter to quarter with KGI predicting 21 million iPad units sold during the Q4 2014 Holiday quarter:

We forecast iPad shipments will fall 54.5% QoQ to 9.8mn units in 1Q15, given a lack of new...

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14:00
You can now use a T9 keyboard on iOS, just like you...

Anyone who used a cell phone for texting prior to the smartphone revolution knows how wonderfully magical typing out a message using just ten buttons can be. Once you got used to it and mastered its sometimes peculiar ways, typing in the T9 could be...

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13:59
9to5Toys Last Call: Beats Executive headphones $170...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Beats by Dr. Dre Executive over-ear headphones (silver) $170 shipped (orig. $300)

Rosewill 200Mbps Powerline AV Wall-Plug Adapter Starter Kit $10 shipped (...

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13:56
YouTube Music Key launched in beta with offline...

YouTube has launched its often-rumored music service, just one day after a report claims it struck a major deal with independent record labels. YouTube Music Key is a subscription-based streaming service which offers advertising-free viewing of music videos on YouTube itself, as well as a few other features only paid subscribers will receive....



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13:38
Apple's rumored 12.9-inch 'iPad Pro'...

While many anticipate Apple to release a larger 12.9-inch iPad early next year, the company may be forced to push back launch until the second quarter, one analyst says.

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13:35
Staples turns on Apple Pay support at its retail...

Staples shared in an announcement today that it is now accepting Apple Pay transactions at its “over 1,200 stores” in the United States for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users. Apple Pay, of course, will also be available for iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5s users starting next year when paired with the upcoming Apple Watch. Apple included Staples in its list of retail partners when announcing its secure mobile payment service, although Apple noted that support would be “coming later this year” from the retailer as it was available in time for last month’s launch.

Staples has, however, supported Apple Pay for online purchases through its iPhone app allowing iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users to make purchases with the Touch ID...

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13:30
Citibank's Deborah Hopkins talks to Bloomberg...

Citibank's chief innovation officer Deborah Hopkins recently sat down with Bloomberg TV's Emily Chang to discuss Citi's investment in mobile payment options like Square and Apple Pay. The Apple Pay portion of the interview begins at 1:54 seconds in...

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13:30
AppleCare+ Cost for Phones, iPads - Do You Win or...

AppleCare+ for iPads and iPhones has turned into a game of Russian Roulette with all kinds of options and service charges for accidental damage. John Martellaro has built a handy table to help you decide if AppleCare+ for an iPhone or iPad is right for you.


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13:23
iMac w/Retina 5K Display = Best iMac Ever

When I first heard about Appleâs 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display, I thought someone was pulling my leg. Earlier this year, when I was considering a new Mac Pro, I did a lot of research on high-resolution displays and the only 5K display I know of is a 27-inch Dell UP2715 that goes for a whopping $2,499, which happens to be the same price as the new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display!


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13:20
Review: Sol Republic Punk Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Punk is only one letter away from “puck,” and like many smaller speakers, Sol Republic’s offering does resemble a hockey puck — albeit a square puck. It’s about 3.5” across, and about 1.5” deep. A chrome Sol logo stands out on the grille of the rubberized speaker with volume controls, a play/pause button, a power button and a Bluetooth pairing button on one of the speaker’s sides. Bluetooth pairing is quick…

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13:17
Staples outlets begin accepting Apple Pay

Business supply chain Staples has begun accepting Apple Pay at all of its 1,400 US retail locations, according to an announcement. Retail shoppers must have an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. The company has also begun accepting Apple Pay through its iOS app, however, where people with an iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 can also make purchases....



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13:07
Forums: memory leak in Messages?

Today in the MacNN forums, Clinically Insane member "turtle777" was bashing their head against the wall trying to figure out why the Messages app seems to have sprung a memory leak which took up more than 50GB, and brought his iMac to a halt. Forum Regular "imdipped" was trying to figure out how to get rid of their Master Boot Record formatting, and do a clean install of Mavericks....



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13:00
Google Inbox is a handy way to optimize your Gmail...

Google's recently launched Inbox mail app for iOS is still in its public beta phase, but after using it for a few weeks it's obvious the app is on its way to becoming something special. That is, if you're in the app's target demographic. For the...

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12:50
You just can’t make this shit up about Samsung

Samsung is now reviewing its own products. I guess paying off bloggers and forum posters wasn’t direct enough for them.

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12:50
How to Capture Screenshots to the Clipboard in OS X

Kelly picked up all kinds of screenshot tips at MacTech last week. Today's comes from Greg Neagle who works at Walt Disney Animation Studios. You might have heard of it.


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12:49
FCC Chairman Shoots Down President’s Call for Strong...

President Barack Obama and and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler both agree something needs to be done to protect Net Neutrality, but they don't agree on exactly what that will be. Mr. Wheeler told Internet company executives he doesn't support the President's call for strong controls to ensure all Internet traffic is treated equally, and instead wants a system that caters more to ISPs such as Comcast and Time Warner.


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12:32
What one entrepreneur learned from working for Steve...

Inc:

Imagine going to work for Steve Jobs as a recent college graduate. That’s what happened to Mark Tacchi, who dropped out of graduate school in 1993 to take a job at NeXT, the computer company Jobs founded after being forced out of Apple.

In time, Apple acquired NeXT in a deal that put Jobs back at Apple’s helm. Tacchi spent a total of four years at NeXT and Apple, and he learned a lot about how to run a business, and how not to.

Jobs had a (deserved) reputation as a tyrant but he also taught many in Silicon Valley how to serve the customer.

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12:30
New Square Reader scans both chip- and stripe-based...

Retail payment service Square has opened up preorders for a new version of the Square Reader, designed to scan chip-based credit and debit cards. It supports older stripe-based cards as well, and the company is promising end-to-end encryption, as well as active tamper detection. It's compatible with iOS and Android, requiring only the appropriate apps and an account with Square for paying service fees....



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12:30
Meet other fans for the big game with Best Bars

Your favorite team has a big game coming up and you need to find out where other fans will be gathering to watch. Best Bars, a free universal app that requires iOS 6.0 or later should provide you with some good ideas.

The app offers a list of...

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12:24
Full video from Apple VP Greg Joswiak’s Code/Mobile...

Apple VP Greg Joswiak via Re/Code

Apple VP of iPhone and iOS Product Marketing Greg Joswiak appeared at Re/code’s Code/Mobile conference last month where he discussed various topics including Apple Pay and iOS 8.0.1’s botched rollout, and today Re/code has shared the complete video footage of that interview. During the discussion, Joswiak talked about the upcoming Apple Watch and other smartwatches, Apple’s approach to marketshare and why you shouldn’t expect a low quality phone from Apple, and more. We’ve embedded the video interview below.Previously,...

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12:24
Samsung unveils 'Project Beyond,' a new...

Samsung surprised on Wednesday with the unveiling of a new device dubbed "Project Beyond," a unique 360-degree camera that captures the world around it in three dimensions, allowing content to be created for its forthcoming Gear VR virtual reality headset.

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12:08
Pro Tools begins new software licensing

On October 10, 2014, Avid announced that new Pro Tools and Pro Tools | HD Software purchases, upgrades and crossgrades will include 12 months of upcoming features—such as future cloud collaboration capabilities—as well as a support plan. Even better, customers who buy/upgrade and activate to Pro Tools 11 by December 31, 2014 will receive extended coverage through March 2016.

The only thing that could throw a wrench into this is that audio pros tend to find a version of software that works and stick with it. Upgrading studio hardware and software can be a dangerous proposition when you have clients that want to record music. We’ll see.

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12:00
Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight: Keeping tabs on alarms...

The newest connected device I'm writing about is also one of the most unique ones I have had the pleasure to test. Leeo (US$99) is billed as a Smart Alert Nightlight, a device that you plug into a wall socket where it keeps tabs on any beeps coming...

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11:56
Twitter says improvements to Direct Messages coming...

Twitter today shared a few details about its plans for the social network in 2015 including some new features around video, improvements to communicating with Direct Messages on the service, and changes to the timeline to help keep up with relevant content.

In the video department, Twitter announced that it plans to integrate native video capturing and sharing into the service with a rollout slated sometime during the first half of 2015. The new feature will include the ability to “record, edit and share” video without leaving the Twitter. Thus far, the social network has focused its video efforts on Vine, the video sharing social network it acquired and launched early last year.

In addition to the promise of native video features, Twitter...

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11:55
Field Notes: Ambition

I love Field Notes notebooks. I have two with me in my bag wherever I go.

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11:50
Hands On: TunesFlow (iOS)

Listening to music is a very personal thing for most people. As a whole, we generally tend to think of our music collection as an extension of ourselves. Music fanatics often tend to demand a lot out of their personal music players, allowing them the ability to customize their experience fully, from playlists to organization to artwork and beyond. TunesFlow, by Hector Ricardo Garcia Peña, aims to meet and exceed the needs of the average music enthusiast....



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11:46
[Sponsor] Igloo

A lot of intranets suck. Content is stale, search is poor and nobody logs in. So, you revert back to email to share files and provide status updates.

Igloo is an intranet you’ll actually like. It’s built using the social apps you know and love, can match your brand’s look and feel and works across devices.
It’s everything you need to work better together, in one easy-to-use, cloud platform that you configure. No technical expertise required.

Still need convincing? Watch this video on how to free your IT guy from SharePoint.

Or, sign up now to start building your intranet at igloosoftware.com/df.

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11:42
Apple’s Health app can now track how drunk you are w...

With an update for the BACtrack Mobile and BACtrack Vio smartphone-connected breathalyzers, iPhone users are now able to share blood alcohol content results with Apple’s new Health app in iOS 8.

An update to the companion app for the breathalyzers, which we previously...

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11:30
The Week in iOS Accessories: Make your gloves...

Love your gloves

Winter is coming: Are your gloves ready to operate your iPhone in the cold, cold weather? If not, this week's roundup has a product just for you.

Photojojo

Gloves with fingertips made to interact with iOS touchscreens have been around forever, but they can't replace your favorite, stylish gloves. Why not give them an upgrade? Tonic Touch is a $20 kit that lets you convert your old-school analog gloves into digital marvels ready to play with any touchscreen you have available.

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11:29
Amplified: I Put My Disco Pants Away

Jim and Shawn talk about the Amazon Echo, how we communicate and left handed guitarists!

Sponsored by Squarespace (use code GUITARS for a free trial and 10% off) and Animoto (Visit the link and use the code AMPLIFIED for 10% off a new Pro Annual subscription).

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11:26
Office supply retailer Staples now accepting Apple...

Staples on Wednesday began accepting Apple Pay with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at all of its retail stores in the U.S., joining the growing list or retailers accepting Apple's tap-to-pay checkout service.

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11:26
Apple job listing hints at new Maps-related web...

A new job listing posted by Apple shows that the company is working to bring its in-house Maps app, currently only available as native apps for iOS and Mac OS X, to the web.

The position for a “Maps Web Developer” is seeking an individual experienced in “creating beautiful and responsive user interfaces” with JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. The developer will work with Apple’s teams on web implementations of its mapping technology. Specifically, Apple says the individual’s role will be to “help make maps work seamlessly on the web” and build “client- side web development for maps-...

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11:24
Mac: Satechi F3 Smart Monitor Stand

While the iMac provides one of the most unobtrusive configurations you can find in a desktop computer, users with more than a few peripherals striving for a clutter-free workspace will definitely appreciate Satechi’s new F3 Smart Monitor Stand ($45). Designed to support the iMac while fitting in with the general aesthetic, the F3 goes beyond the average stand, providing a four-port USB 3.0 hub beneath the monitor for quickly and easily connecting…

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11:19
Google unveils YouTube Music Key subscription...

Search giant Google on Wednesday announced YouTube Music Key, a subscription service that will allow users to stream music from the popular video sharing site without ads, play music in the background, and access playlists offline.

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11:00
Apple reportedly eying new flagship store location...

ifoAppleStore, which traditionally has a pretty solid track record when it comes to monitoring Apple's retail initiatives, reports that Apple might have its eye on a gargantuan new retail space for a flagship store in the Los Angeles area. The space...

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10:53
Microsoft Makes Lumia 535 Its Own


Microsoft on Tuesday announced the Lumia 535 -- the first smartphone under its own brand since it completed its acquisition of Nokia in April. Microsoft is marketing the 535 as its "5x5x5" smartphone package. It has a 5-inch screen and 5-MP front- and rear-facing cameras. Microsoft will offer both single-SIM and double-SIM versions. Both will be 3G phones, preloaded with Windows Phone 8.1 and the Lumia Denim update. Denim, codenamed "Debian Red" during development, is the latest firmware for Lumia handsets.

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10:40
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-12

How can you use Apple Pay in restaurants? John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to explain how Open Table fits in with Apple Pay and eating on the go, plus they get all excited about the just released new levels for Monument Valley for the iPad and iPhone.


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10:36
Apple's A8X uses semi-custom eight-core...

The A8X chip in the iPad Air 2 uses a semi-custom graphics component, a new report illustrates. Apple has typically used off-the-shelf GPUs from PowerVR creators Imagination Technologies in the past. In the case of the A8X, though, Apple has combined a pair of Imagination's quad-core GX6450s....



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10:31
Square begins taking preorders for new chip card...

As the U.S. credit card industry prepares for an upcoming switch to new cards with secure EMV chips, popular transaction provider Square is preparing to help retailers through the change, and is now accepting preorders for its new chip card-compatible readers.

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10:30
Daily Deal: The Mega Dropbox Pro Giveaway

We have a bonus giveaway today in iLounge Deals, in which we’re offering a chance for one lucky winner to get a three-year subscription to Dropbox Pro. Recently upgraded to include 1TB of cloud storage space, Dropbox Pro provides a great way to store your data in the cloud and keep in it sync across multiple PCs and Macs and accessible from your iPhone or iPad. To enter, simply submit your e-mail address on the giveaway page to sign up for our…

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10:05
Landing on a comet, 317 million miles from home

The New York Times:

The Rosetta spacecraft’s Philae lander has touched down on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Amazing pictures. Amazing achievement.

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10:01
Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Google Nexus 6 – Full...

It’s not always the easiest task to compare an iOS device with one running Android. Most people choose one platform or another as a personal preference or an investment into the ecosystem that provides what they need. Today we’re comparing the Motorola-made Google Nexus 6 to Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus. There are benefits to each side, but which one is right for you?

We’re going to be comparing the design, specifications, features, and camera performance between these two flagship phablets. If you’re looking for more, check out 9to5Google’s Nexus 6 review and our iPhone 6/Plus review. There may not be a...

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10:00
Apple: iOS 8 now on 56% of all devices

That didn't take long. As of Monday, November 10, 2014, just 54 days after the initial release of iOS 8 on September 17, Apple is reporting that 56 percent of all iOS devices are now running the new operating system.

That makes a total of almost 96...

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09:38
Apple’s iMessage workaround arrives too late to...

Apple finally offered an easy solution this week to people who wanted a way out of iMessage
purgatory after switching from iPhone to Android. But that workaround won’t help the company in an ongoing legal dispute: U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh
decided Monday that Apple must respond to a class-action suit about the iMessage foul-up in a California court.

Adrienne Moore, a former iPhone 4 owner who then switched to a Samsung Galaxy S5, claims that Apple interfered with her Verizon Wireless contract by
failing to let her know that texts sent as iMessages from her contacts using iPhones wouldn’t be delivered to her new Android device. Koh is allowing the
suit to proceed so Moore can try to prove that Apple violated a California law against unfair competition by holding the messages hostage.

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09:30
Beats announces new wireless Solo2 Bluetooth...

Beats today announced the release of new Solo2 Wireless on-ear headphones, the first major new product the company has released since joining the team at Apple last May.

"We're taking the most popular headphone in the world and adding wireless...

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09:29
The Zone of Interest: A Novel

I don’t post about books very often, but I was listening to a CBC podcast called Writers and Company, where they interviewed the author, Martin Amis, and was very impressed. I’m going to buy this one.

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09:28
Walmart plans price cuts, gift cards for Apple items...

Walmart will be including Apple products in three different US Black Friday sales "events," the retailer has announced. The first event, actually scheduled for November 27 starting at 6PM local time, will include a 16GB non-Retina first-gen Wi-Fi iPad mini for $199 ($50 less than Apple's price), bundled with a $30 gift card. Customers also be able to buy a set of Beats Wireless headphones for $149, $130 below normal retail price....



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09:00
Overglide is a game for your iOS notification screen

The "Today" pane of Apple's Notification Center is meant to provide useful, at-a-glance information. That doesn't mean we can't stick a game in there.

Check out Overglide (US$0.99), a new game widget for iOS 8. You've got to pilot your paper...

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08:57
Analysis of Apple's A8X SoC uncovers customized...

Apple appears to have moved to a semi-custom design for the graphics processor in its new A8X SoC while employing an unusual triple-core CPU, according to a new analysis of the chip that powers the iPad Air 2.

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08:51
Monument Valley Update Brings 8 New Chapters to...

The highly anticipated update for Monument Valley is finally available, and it brings eight new chapters to the iPhone and iPad game. The new levels, titled Forgotten Shores, include more MC Escher-like puzzles to work through with the same mysterious beauty we saw when the game was first released. The new levels will cost you US$1.99 as an in-app purchase, and the game costs $3.99 through Apple's App Store.


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08:48
Briefly: Boom 2 Beta; MBS Xojo, Real Studio plug-ins...

Global Delight has released the beta version of its re-engineered audio boosting app, Boom. (You can check out our review of Boom from last month here.) Boom 2 introduces an ability to adapt and adjust to accommodate the type of Mac being used, attempting to intuit a suitable volume output depending on the device. Support for 64-bit architecture is included, and users can switch between 10 band and advanced equalizer controls. Depending on the audio file, Boom 2 can recommend the type of 'boosting' to apply for best optimization. Those interested in trying out the Boom 2's beta version can su...



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08:42
Beats' first new headphones under Apple combine...

Beats has announced its first new headphones since being acquired by Apple in May, though it's unlikely that Apple had much influence on the product.

The Beats Solo 2 Wireless headphones can connect to a phone or tablet from up to 30 feet away via Bluetooth. And when the 12-hour battery on the wireless connection runs out, users can plug in an included cable to keep listening.

According to Mashable, the Solo 2 Wireless headphones have the same sound drivers as the Solo 2 wired headphones, which launched in May. But while the wired version uses buttons on the cable to adjust volume, control music playback and answer phone calls, the Wireless headphones include those controls on the ear cups.

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08:30
King is praying that soda will revive Candy Crush

Candy Crush Saga has made publisher King a lot of money since its release in 2012, but those days have passed. Seeing strong competition from other free-to-play games, King's third quarter results were dire, with revenues down 17 percent since the...

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08:28
News: Beats introduces Solo2 Wireless Headphones

Beats by Dr. Dre has announced the first new product in its lineup since the company was acquired by Apple last spring. The Solo2 Wireless ($300) on-ear headphones add wireless Bluetooth capabilities to the popular Solo2 headphones. It's noted that the new Wireless headphones offer the same sound and design as the original Solo2. Users can take phone calls, skip songs, and change the volume using the "b" button and volume buttons on the side. The…

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08:22
AT&T Stops Fiber Upgrade Over Net Neutrality...

AT&T's plans for bringing fiber connections to 100 cities is on hold because the company doesn't feel comfortable moving forward while the future of Net Neutrality regulations are up in the air. The FCC is considering its oversight options for the companies providing Internet connections, Verizon is threatening legal action depending on what decision the Commission makes, and the White House is pushing for strict controls.

The Mac Observer Spin: On one hand, delaying the fiber rollout makes sense because AT&T doesn't know exactly how it will be able to use the infrastructure once it's in place. On the other hand, this sure feels like ham fisted posturing to show that preserving Net Neutrality is bad for consumers.


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08:16
Walmart's Black Friday deals bundle $30 gift...

Walmart has revealed its sales for Black Friday, and a number of Apple products will see price cuts paired with free gift cards, including iPads and iPhones, while steep discounts will be offered on some Beats products.

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08:10
Google’s DoubleClick for Publishers ad server down

This is the server that serves up ads for the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, BBC.com, The Guardian, lots of other big names. Big money at risk here, bad day for folks at DoubleClick.

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08:04
Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-...

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft today announced plans to open source .NET, the company's software framework that primarily runs on Windows, and release it on GitHub. Furthermore, Microsoft also unveiled plans to take .NET cross-platform by targeting both Mac OS X and Linux. In the next release, Microsoft plans to open source the entire .NET server stack, from ASP.NET 5 down to the Common Language Runtime and Base Class Libraries. The company will let developers build .NET cloud applications on multiple platforms; it is promising future support of the .NET Core server runtime and framework for Mac and Linux. Microsoft is also making Visual Studio free for small teams.

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08:02
Pew survey on public perceptions of privacy

The Pew Research Center did an extensive survey on public perceptions of privacy and security in the so called post-Snowden era. There are a lot of interesting takeaways in the report.

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08:00
Monument Valley update brings new levels

One of my favorite iOS games of 2014, Monument Valley (US$3.99), has been updated to version 2.0 with all new levels. The beautiful, intriguing puzzler features a young hero who you must guide through several levels of changing, mind-bending...

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08:00
Beats launches Solo2 Wireless headphones

Apple-owned Beats has announced the Solo2 Wireless, a new pair of over-the-ear headphones. The unit is based on the original Solo2 headphones released earlier this year, but sports Bluetooth for pairing with devices up to 30 feet away. Buttons on the ear cups let users control volume and playback, and even answer phone calls....



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07:48
iOS 8 adoption hits 56%

iOS 8 adoption is now at 56%, iOS 7 at 40%.

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07:26
Apple's Beats officially reveals Bluetooth...

The most popular headphones sold by Apple's Beats, the Solo2, were given an upgrade on Wednesday, with a newly revealed model offering wireless Bluetooth connectivity priced at $299.95.

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07:25
Beats announces Solo2 wireless headphones as first...

Following our exclusive report of FCC documents revealing that Beats was working on a new pair of headphones, the accessory maker this morning has announced its brand new Solo2 wireless headphones as its first new product since being acquired by Apple for $3 billion earlier this year. The headphones are set to launch in the United States this month at Apple Stores and select retailers for $299.95....

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07:11
Researchers Shine Spotlight on OS X/iOS Masque Attack


Researchers at FireEye on Monday made public the existence of the Masque Attack, which threatens iOS and Mac OS X operating systems. Masque Attack exploits a flaw in Apple's OSes that allows the replacement of one app by another so long as both apps use the same bundle identifier. All apps, except those preinstalled on iOS, such as Mobile Safari, can be replaced. The fake apps can access the original app's local data, including log-in tokens. Among other things, they let attackers log into and loot victims' bank accounts.

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07:07
Los Angeles building could become Apple mini-campus

Apple has leased a major portion of the Broadway Trade Center in downtown Los Angeles, a new rumor claims. The building measures 1.1 million square feet, and currently has several shops on the ground floor and a manufacturer above. Apple has allegedly signed a lease for "several hundred thousand" square feet; the rumor, from an anonymous source, further suggests that Apple may turn the building into miniature campus with offices, residences, and an Apple Store. A portion of the campus might even been dedicated to selling Beats products....



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07:04
Wal-Mart posts Black Friday deals, offers gift cards...

You may not love their corporate policies, wages or the fact that you can’t use Apple Pay at their stores yet, but they’ve begun offering some decent deals.

Per MacRumors, retailer Wal-Mart today posted its Black Friday ad, revealing a number of deals on various Apple and Beats products for the upcoming holiday shopping season. The announcement follows the reveal of Black Friday ads from Best Buy and Target, which contained a number of deals on iPads, iPhones, and more.

Starting at 6 PM on November 27, Wal-Mart is offering the original 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad mini for US$199 which also comes with a US$30...

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07:00
Netflix for iOS updated with 1080p video support for...

Netflix on Tuesday rolled out an iOS update with a number of enhancements for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users, chief among them 1080p video support for the iPhone 6 Plus. Further, the app has been optimized to take advantage of the larger screens on...

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06:58
News: AnandTech analysis reveals iPad Air 2 A8X GPU...

A new analysis by AnandTech of the A8X’s GPU used in Apple’s new iPad Air 2 has revealed some surprising details regarding the new chip’s design and performance. While AnandTech initially thought that that GPU was based on Imagination’s PowerVR GX6650 – a 6-cluster GPU that currently represents the largest of Imagination’s GPU designs – additional investigation reveals that the GPU design has likely been customized…

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06:44
Microsoft releases Office 14.4.6 update

On Tuesday, Microsoft released its Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.6 update. The update, a 114 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and features:

- This update fixes critical issues.

Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.6 requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later to install and run.

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06:32
Daily Deal: Enter to win a Gold iPad Air 2 + a Gold...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering you a chance to win a gold iPad Air 2 and a gold iPhone 6 in our Golden Apple Giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a 16GB gold iPad Air 2 and a 16GB gold iPhone 6. To enter, simply submit your e-mail address on the giveaway page to sign up for our iLounge Deals, and you can even gain additional entries by sharing on Twitter and Facebook—the more your friends and followers enter, the more entries you…

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06:30
Flipop is a colorful memory game with gratifying...

Flipop is a game that puts your memory to the test. The tiles unleash a world of color that's flipped over and hidden until you tap two matching colors and rack up points. They drop out of the grid when matched, leaving room for coins and other...

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06:30
AAPL Hits a New Closing High Again at $109.70

Apple's stock price keeps climbing and hit a new closing high on Tuesday at US$109.70. The iPhone and iPad maker's stock has been on a upward trend since before its 7-to-1 stock split earlier this year, and doesn't seem to be showing any sign of slowing down.


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06:28
Analysis of A8X chip shows eight core design, other...

There may be more to Apple’s A8X processor than was originally thought.

Per 9to5Mac, further analysis of the processor by AnandTech showed that initial guesses as to the GPU specification of the Apple A8X chip, exclusively available in the iPad Air 2, were wrong. In fact, the chip uses a unique 8 cluster design. AnandTech describes the discovery as “even better than I thought”. Although the customizations are limited, this represents a big step for the company as it is now dabbling in both custom CPU and GPU engineering, even if the leap over generally-available components in this instance is small.

Effectively, Apple has engineered a way to stick two Imagination GX6450 PowerVR chips on...

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06:25
Square chip-and-signature cardreaders available for...

It may not yet be practical for micro businesses to fork out for the expensive NFC payment terminals needed for Apple Pay, but Square is ensuring that they will at least be all set for the shift to chip-and-signature cards next year.

As of October 2015, any retailer without a chip-and-signature reader will bear the risk of fraudulent transactions, giving them a strong incentive to update their cardreaders. Fortunately, with Square, it’s not an expensive shift: the iPhone reader will cost just $29 – the cheapest on the market – while the Chip Card Accessory for the Square Stand iPad terminal costs $39.

It will be interesting to see whether Square is later able to develop a low-cost NFC reader to support contactless cards and Apple Pay, but in the meantime both chip-and-signature products are available for pre-order now, with delivery...

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06:05
Apple Device Enrollment Program adds resold devices...

Apple has expanded its Device Enrollment Program to support devices bought through authorized resellers and carriers, and to cover a total of 26 regions. The DEP simplifies centralized setup and management of iOS and OS X devices, something critical for mass deployments. Businesses and schools can setup administrative accounts and management servers, and even have user profiles and configurations ready the moment someone activates their device....



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06:00
Judge allows class action suit against Apple over...

Judge Lucy Koh -- who you might remember from her time officiating Apple and Samsung's patent trials -- ruled on Tuesday that a class action lawsuit against Apple over missing text messages can proceed.

The problem at issue arises when iPhone users...

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05:49
Flashlight alpha app for Mac could show us the...

Spotlight, the search tool built into OS X, got a lot smarter in Yosemite – but one developer thinks it could go a whole lot further. He’s developed Flashlight, an app that extends the capabilities of Spotlight to include weather animations and Wolfram Alpha searches.

More interestingly, he’s intending it to act as an unofficial API other developers can use to add functionality to Spotlight … 

Developer Nate Parrot says that the software is at a very early stage, but does demonstrate the potential.

Flashlight is an unofficial Spotlight API that allows you to programmatically process queries and...

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05:45
3 Tips to Make 1Password Even More Powerful

The subject of today's Quick Tip, 1Password, is by far Melissa Holt's favorite third-party program. Here she'll walk us through three of her favorite tricks for using it. Did you know that you can add a one-click, autofill-your-login-immediately bookmark into your browser with 1Password? Or that there's a keyboard shortcut that means "fill my login in on this page"? Well, now you do, so for all the details, come on in.


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05:41
MacBook Pro Retina cable dock

Bracket is a Kickstarter for a cable dock, specific to the MacBook Pro Retina. I really like this concept, hope it succeeds. You had me at aluminium.

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