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Wednesday January 14

13:01
A final laptop

Matt Gemmell:

Rumours abound at the moment about an upcoming new 12” MacBook Air, with a Retina display, further-reduced thickness and weight, and of course a slightly larger screen. I’m intrigued, and all other things being more or less equal, I’ll certainly buy one.

It’s tough to see what the next step will be, though. My wish list has been exhausted. Every checkbox is checked.

But what more is there to really do?

Matt makes a good point that, for the vast majority of us, Apple’s present laptops do more than we actually need them to do. I know my next laptop will likely be an Air if only because I no longer need the power of a full desktop CPU.

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13:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Zombie Jeep Gunner [iOS...

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12:57
Samsung offers to buy BlackBerry for $7.5 billion -...

Two Apple rivals may come together in an effort to take on the iPhone, with a new report claiming that South Korean electronics giant Samsung has made a bid to buy struggling Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry for $7.5 billion.

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12:52
Apple retail promoting laptop-style iPad keyboards,...

With the hardware ecosystem surrounding Apple's mobile devices continuing to grow, the company has chosen to place the spotlight some of the laptop-style iPad keyboards and iOS gaming controllers it offers at its retail locations.

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12:48
Apple panics GoPro stock price with recently-...

Wearable camera maker GoPro’s stocks took a 12 percent dive yesterday as a result of Apple expressing an interest in its market.

Per Macworld and PatentlyApple, an Apple patent application for a wearable camera was approved, the end result sending GoPro’s stock price tumbling. The application itself details a GoPro-like wearable perfect for action shots and underwater recording. Apple even takes aim at GoPro in the patent filing.

Apple might not ever make a wearable camera, but if it does, it’ll be a GoPro on steroids. The patent covers a camera that can be mounted to bike helmets and scuba masks or fastened...

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12:45
Hallo, hola, olá to the new, more powerful Google...

Google:

We’re taking it to the next level and letting you instantly translate text using your camera—so it’s way easier to navigate street signs in the Italian countryside or decide what to order off a Barcelona menu. While using the Translate app, just point your camera at a sign or text and you’ll see the translated text overlaid on your screen—even if you don’t have an Internet or data connection.

This looks really cool. I remember traveling in Italy and not being able to understand the signs at the train station. This would have come in very handy.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:27
Why Apple might consider leaving Intel's x86...

Though many will scoff at the notion of an iPad and Mac that draw from the same family of application processors, it's not as farfetched as it seems. AppleInsider takes a look at why today's chipmaking giants could find themselves on the outside looking in during an Apple product launch in the near future.

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12:00
Facebook at Work coming today, creates in-house...

TUAW sister site TechCrunch is reporting that Facebook is launching iOS and Android apps today called "Work" that connect with a special "Facebook at Work" service to allow business create their own in-house social networks that work exactly like Fac...

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11:57
Drum EQ points

Musicians and songwriters often have trouble with EQing drums so they fit in a track. A lot of that comes from over-EQings already good sounding samples, or having to deal with poorly recorded drums to begin with, but even so, the basic technique isn’t that difficult if you know the basics.

If you are just learning how to EQ drums, bookmark this page and use the recommended frequencies.

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11:49
Apple sues Ericsson over LTE

Apple Inc sued Ericsson alleging that the Swedish company’s LTE wireless technology patents are not essential to industry cellular standards and that it is demanding excessive royalties for these patents.

These types of “essential” patent lawsuits are always interesting to watch—you never know which way the court will rule.

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11:37
This iMac concept is ridiculous in the best possible...

The Verge:

Set out in a series of detailed renders, the conceptual iMac combines the internal components of an 11.6-inch MacBook Air with the addition of a touchscreen and the new reversible USB connector. Its shape echoes that of the original Mac…There’s nothing particularly practical or realistic about this iMac, which is probably why it feels so sublimely desirable.

Utterly ridiculous. Utterly impractical. Utterly unbuildable. But I still want one.

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11:30
Daily Deals for January 14, 2015, featuring Mammoth...

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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11:29
The “Entitlement Mentality”

RazorianFly:

While some are shocked at the sudden demise of Apple’s popular free giveaway promotions, such as 12 Days and the just axed “Single of the Week,” others are seemingly less shocked at the ending of these ‘FREE’ iTunes promotions.

We think MacRumors forum user, fluchtpunkt, nails it:

“I think that entitlement mentality is what has killed these promotions. Getting free stuff is no longer enough. It must be exactly what you want.”

As the piece says, we may never know why Apple has discontinued these giveaways but I would have no problem believing it is, in part, due to the epic amounts of whining from a segment of users.

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11:29
Shifts: Your new work calendar

Shifts is a brand new productivity app for shift workers, designed to help you manage your work schedules and lives more efficiently.

This is a unique take on using a calendar—the first I’ve seen in a while.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:24
Be yourself. As long as it’s your best self.

John Moltz:

A newsroom can be an environment that benefits from an open floor plan, but this level of exacting control over it is exactly what’s wrong with corporate America. If you’re so concerned about coffee stains, hire someone to clean things up. It’s a hell of a lot cheaper and it sends a better message than spending $3 million to make a 2001: A Space Odyssey set for your employees to spend their days maintaining.

The memo from Wired’s editor-in-chief Scott Dadich has been making the rounds and Moltz, as usual, has a funny and accurate takedown of the attitude and tone of his attempt at controlling the workplace environment.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:22
Ericsson countersues Apple over wireless technology...

In response to Apple taking Ericsson to court over wireless patent licensing, the Swedish telecommunications company has filed a lawsuit in Texas that seeks the court to determine whether its licensing offer to Apple is fair. Ericsson told the court that it has been attempting to reach a new licensing agreement with Apple for over two years, but negotiations have failed to result in a deal. The patents in question are related to wireless LTE technologies that Apple uses in products like the iPhone and iPad.

Apple’s...

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11:05
JAMF releases Bushel for Apple device management

Bushel is a cloud-based solution designed from the ground up to make it easy for regular people to setup, manage and protect their Apple devices anytime from anywhere.

This looks really nice. You can manage three devices for free, so that’s a bonus.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:00
Apple makes the new Mac mini suck a little less

Apple made a lot of mistakes with the newest iteration of the Mac mini. Soldered RAM, a unimpressive lineup of processors, and the removal of some of great options that have graced previous versions like ability to configure it with as much as 2TB of...

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10:43
Mockup Apple Watch apps and compare screen sizes...

As an update to its Apple Watch Design resources, the company has now provided official bezel mock-ups of the 38 mm and 42 mm watches. Although the files are meant for developers, readers interested in Apple Watch can also use the images to compare the overall physical size of the two sizes.

The templates also accurately show how large the Watch bezels are, in relation to the screen. As the bezels remain the same size, they take up a larger proportion of the 38mm’s face than the 42 mm size. You can see the two Apple Watch styles overlaid below: the 42 mm watch is colored blue (or deep violet depending on your display).

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10:30
Official BlackBerry Twitter account sends out tweet...

We've seen this play out numerous times before: a celebrity Samsung spokesperson (typically), supposedly a Samsung smartphone user, messes up and accidentally tweets something from his or her iPhone.

What we haven't seen before is a company itself m...

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10:00
Apple is suing another tech company, drink!

With Apple's Samsung troubles winding down and a potential settlement reached in that whole anti-poaching brouhaha, the company's legal staff obviously needed something else to work on. Apple was happy to oblige and has now set its sights on Swedish ...

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09:31
Google releases Classroom mobile app for iPhone and...

Google announced today that it’s releasing mobile apps for its Google Classroom service for both Android and iOS devices. The company officially launched Classroom to its Apps for Education customers in the US during the summer offering them a web-based platform for planning lessons, handing out assignments, and working alongside students. Teachers and students will now be able to access those features from mobile devices through the new apps and Google is also adding a could of new features to the platform.

In addition to a new teacher assignments page and archiving...

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09:08
Facebook at Work soft launches on App Store, Skype...

Facebook on Wednesday debuted in limited release a new iOS application allowing employers to let their workers connect and communicate with one another. And Microsoft launched an updated version of Skype for iPhone, making it easy to quickly start a conversation.

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09:00
9to5Toys Last Call: LifeProof iPhone 6 cases 26% off...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the brand new 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

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09:00
JAMF Software's Bushel: Mobile device...

Take a look at almost Apple-based business today and you'll find that the mix of devices is vastly different from just a few years ago. Instead of just PCs, Macs and printers, companies big and small now have an entirely new breed of devices - those ...

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08:35
Will Apple allow ads on Apple Watch?

With more developers and businesses taking advantage of Bluetooth beacons for advertising to nearby iPhone users, many consumers have concerns that the experience could be intrusive from an end user’s perspective. Apple Watch, scheduled for release later this year, could potentially add to that problem if Apple decides to allow iOS apps sending info to the smartwatch to also send advertising as we come in contact with beacons. It hasn’t yet, however, provided public details about what it plans for advertising on the device.

Despite the fact that there aren’t specific references to advertising in Apple’s guidelines for app developers building features for Apple Watch, a couple companies have already announced plans to deliver ads to the device. But do they know something we don’t? Or has Apple not yet made up its mind regarding what...

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08:30
The Google Translate iOS app is about to get a lot...

Google Translate has always seemed a little bit like magic - perhaps a little flawed magic when it doesn't translate something properly - but it's been getting better as time goes on. Now the iOS app is about to get a very big update that will make a...

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08:23
External Link: Curved Mocks Up an Homage to the...

It’s easy to go overboard when rendering fantastic Mac designs, but the German publication Curved has taken another tack with an imagined iMac design that takes its cues from the original Macintosh. The pictures show off a compact Mac that’s sleek, curvy, and gorgeous — the only downside is that it isn’t real.

 

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08:12
Gorgeous neo-retro Mac Neue redesigns original Apple...

Beautiful renderings from German site Curved/labs depict a stunning metallic ode to Apple’s original Macintosh computer. While acknowledging the enhanced functionality of Apple’s latest computers, such as the Retina iMac, Curved/labs suggests that the company often neglects its own design history when releasing new machines – the inspiration for this “tribute.”

Made from aluminum with a front-facing SD card slot at the edge of a floppy disk-styled groove, the proposed Mac would be roughly based on the internals of a MacBook Air, including an 11.6″ screen enhanced with purely optional touch capabilities. A golden version would come closer to the classic beige Mac...

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08:00
Apple to shell out more cash in new anti-poaching...

Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel have tossed a few extra bucks into the settlement pot in order to satisfy the terms of anti-poaching lawsuit that first got off the ground in 2013. The suit alleges that top tech companies, including Apple, lured employ...

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07:55
Apple brings back 2TB Mac mini option

When the latest version of the Mac mini rolled out in October fans of the tiny PC welcomed the refresh--even if the upgrade had a few downsides. One thing that was conspicuously absent, however, was an option to buy the mini with 2TB of storage.

That double terabyte deficiency has since been corrected, with the $999 model now offering a configurable option for a 2TB Fusion Drive. It appears Apple quietly added the option in mid-December, but was only recently noticed (and first reported) by 9to5 Mac.

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07:43
Apple may shun Intel for custom A-series chips in...

Mac buyers in 2016 and beyond could have the option of purchasing a machine powered by Apple's A-series processors, which currently sit at the heart of the iPhone and iPad, according to KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo.

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07:30
Gifx adds animations to your photos to create movies...

Gifx grants anyone the ability to create animated movies and GIFs using a photo or video, plus custom animated effects that the app includes. Overlay one or multiple animations and play around with the opacity to get the desired result on the content...

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07:28
Sony Sortie's Smoking Gun Still Missing


Recent research from security firm Cloudmark has raised doubt about the purported connection between North Korea and last November's intrusion on Sony Pictures Entertainment's computer networks. The FBI last week continued to press its case that North Korea was behind the cyberattack, pointing to an exposed block of IP addresses allocated to North Korea. However, some activity emanating from those North Korean IP addresses suggests that they may have been hacked.

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07:22
New Chinese handset shows consumers remain fixated...

Apple's iPhone component choices are once again a trending topic of conversation following the announcement of a low-cost, sapphire-covered smartphone from a little-known Chinese electronics firm.

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07:21
KGI: Apple is designing its own Mac processors;...

Is an A-series chip destined for a future model of the 12-inch MacBook Air?

A KGI report predicts that Apple will begin using its own processors for Macs “in the next 1-2 years,” with a specific prediction of a Samsung-fabbed A10X chip powering at least one Mac made in 2016. The wording appears to suggest an entry-level machine–possibly a future model of the 12-inch MacBook Air.

Apple may launch Mac products that use own AP [Application Processor] in next 1-2 years. This prediction is based on the assumption that Apple’s self-developed AP performs at a level between Intel’s Atom and Core i3 and is good enough for Mac. Using self developed AP can help Apple better control the timing of Mac launches and Mac product features.

With performance between an Atom and Core i3, the chip would...

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07:20
Apple TV adds official Cricket Australia channel...

Apple TV users in Australia are receiving new content today with the launch of Cricket.com.au on the platform. Cricket Australia, the governing body for professional and amateur cricket in Australia, made the announcement today noting that the channel will be free and offer the “latest videos as well as highlights from the archive.”

Cricket Australia on Apple TV will give fans free and immediate access to the latest news and features, extended highlights from every day of international cricket played in Australia this summer, as well as rare footage from the archives that showcase some of Australia’s most famous cricketing clashes… Cricket fans will also enjoy unique feature videos that go behind the scenes of Australian cricket and get closer to current stars and legends, like Shane Warne and Adam...

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07:18
Google Domains enters public beta

This could come in handy.

According to VentureBeat, Google on Tuesday announced that Google Domains, the company’s domain registration service, is now available to all in the U.S. While the invitation restriction has been lifted in the company’s home country, other countries still have to wait – you can sign up here to be notified when the service arrives in your country.

Google Domains first went into testing in June 2014, with the goal of helping businesses not just get online, but to build a proper online presence. To pull this off, Google partnered with website building providers Shopify, Squarespace,...

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07:09
Details surface about Apple Watch companion app,...

It never hurts to have a companion.

Per 9to5Mac, Apple is currently developing an application called the Apple Watch “Companion” app for iPhone. This application manages settings for Apple Watch applications, as well as settings for iPhone/Watch interactivity. The Companion app’s settings reveal some novel new functions that are coming to the Apple Watch.

Users will be able to manage and organize applications on the Apple Watch Home Screen via a virtual view on the iPhone Companion application.

A new clock face feature called Monogram has been added as a complication (a background detail you can choose to enable or disable). Like a real monogram, this feature will allow users to include a virtual, embedded stamp of 1-4 letters –...

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07:00
Apple granted patent for GoPro style wearable camera

Apple in 2014 filed over 2,000 patents which, together, encompass a dizzying array of technologies and futuristic ideas. And while many of the patents granted to Apple will never see the light of day and aren't worth much of a mention, some are certa...

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06:42
∞ Seaboard’s wildly innovative piano keyboard

This keyboard was introduced about a year ago, but I saw it for the first time yesterday. This is a novel interface, in much the same way as the Chapman Stick. I love outlying technology like this.

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06:42
Apple partners with Miami-based marketing firm to...

Apple continues to work behind the scenes to grow its struggling iAd platform, with its latest efforts focused on improving the service in Latin America.

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06:35
Bringing audio source switching to the menu bar

Nice tip from Peter Cohen shows you how to bring your volume control to the menu bar and, more importantly, switch between audio inputs with a single click.

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06:32
∞ A car key embedded in your watch

Imagine if a standard emerged that allowed Apple to embed your specific car key in your iPhone and Apple Watch.

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06:30
Skype for iPhone updated with UI improvements,...


Microsoft is rolling out a new version of Skype for iPhone today, version 5.9, which brings enhancements to the user interface making communicating faster and easier. The latest version adds contact suggestions to the dial pad when entering a number making the process of finding the right person to dial quicker. The update also adds shortcuts for starting video or audio calls from Skype’s chat picker window.

In addition to introducing the latest Skype for iPhone user interface improvements, Microsoft announced a limited pre-release program for testing early versions of Skype in exchange for sharing feedback and...

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06:22
Apple patents next generation, GoPro-like wearable...

Yesterday, Apple was granted a patent for a Digital camera system having remote control. GoPro stock drops about 15%.

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06:16
Google rolling out major update to Google Translate...

Google has announced that it will shortly be rolling out a new version of its Google Translate iOS app, with two significant enhancements.

First, it is replacing the existing camera-based text translation with the far slicker Word Lens system. Google acquired Word Lens back in May of last year with this upgrade in mind. If you haven’t ever tried it, this was the app that brought home to me the truth of the Arthur C Clarke saying that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

The near-instant augmented reality translation of signs and menus from any one of French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish–without needing an Internet connection–still makes me boggle every time I...

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06:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Better batteries and...

Better batteries and super speakers

This week's roundup includes a number of great new ways to power up your iOS device—and some cool new ways to play music, as well.

Aeropostale

We’re not sure what else to say about the $27.50 Power Tap USB Charger except that it’s adorable. It looks like a water tap, and works similarly: “Twisting the spout's knob to the on position for charging produces a blue LED light; turning it off produces a red light in standby mode.”

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06:00
So, how "engaged" are you with your apps?

That's a question app marketing platform Localytics was interested in, and they have provided some enlightening answers in a recent report.

The firm defines "engaged" as using the same app 10 or more times per month. The percentage of apps meeting t...

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05:50
Review: Harman Kardon’s Soho Wireless is a luxury...

I wasn’t a fan of Harman Kardon’s Soho headphones when they debuted a year ago, but the reason was unusual: they were seriously uncomfortable. Soho was a much smaller, wired version of Harman’s gigantic Bluetooth wireless headphone BT, notably using relatively tiny 30mm speakers instead of the 40mm drivers found in BT and many rivals, including Beats’ Solo 2 and...

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05:50
Five Apple logins remain unprotected by two-factor...

More than four months after Tim Cook promised emailed login alerts and the reintroduction of two-factor authentication in the wake of the high-profile celebrity iCloud hacks, five Apple logins remain unprotected by the system. Hackers of NY founder Dani Grant used videos to demonstrate each of the vulnerabilities in a blog post.

Grant showed that two-factor authentication isn’t needed when using an unknown Mac to login to iMessage, iTunes, FaceTime, the App Store or...

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05:22
External Link: British Prime Minister Challenges...

British Prime Minister David Cameron, who is seeking reelection for his government, wants encrypted messaging services to give British intelligence access to online conversations. In the name of preventing terrorism, Cameron is proposing banning services like iMessage, WhatsApp, and Snapchat unless they comply. “Are we going to allow a means of communications which it simply isn’t possible to read? My answer to that question is: ‘No, we must not,’” Cameron said. For those wondering, Cameron’s proposed back door requirement does not appear to contradict the European Union directive on privacy and electronic communications, which “does not affect the ability of Member States to carry out lawful interception of electronic communications.”

 

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04:58
Market goes crazy over spurious Apple action camera...

We’ve cautioned many times that Apple patents a huge number of inventions that will never see the light of day. Last year alone, the company was awarded 2,566 ‘utility’ patents–those covering actual technologies, rather than mere designs. The fact that Apple has patented something tells us absolutely nothing about its future product line.

But that didn’t stop traders going crazy yesterday over a patent awarded for a...

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04:29
Survey of Apple Watch purchase intentions suggests...

A Credit Suisse survey of iPhone 6/Plus owners found that 18% of them would ‘definitely’ buy an Apple Watch, with a further 11% saying they would probably buy the upcoming smartwatch, reports Business Insider.

A general rule of thumb when interpreting purchase intention claims is to count only those who say they will ‘definitely’ buy (some of them won’t, but that’s balanced out by the fact that some of the ‘probably’ and ‘maybe’ categories will). That would suggest around 35M sales in the first year … 

Although it’s a single survey, it...

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Tuesday January 13

23:58
Apple sues Ericsson to trim wireless patent royalty...

Apple has filed suit against Ericsson for charging excessive royalty rates on certain wireless Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, and argues that the Swedish company's patents are not essential to overarching industry standards.

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23:23
How

Forums: Troubleshooting

How can you fix printer sharing issues? - Marla Ahlgrimm

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23:23
Kind

Forums: Networking

Being kind gains more followers than a bossy one. - Marla Ahlgrimm

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21:52
Apple takes Ericsson to court over LTE patents,...

Apple has filed a lawsuit against Ericsson over the licensing fees for technology patents related to LTE wireless connectivity, Reuters reported today. According to Apple, the company has not infringed any of the patents in question, which it says are not essential to the LTE networking standard.

Ericsson calculates its royalty fees based on the price of a complete handset rather than only the component that integrates the patented technology.

Ericsson agreed to license these patents to Apple way back in 2008 just after the launch of the original iPhone, which didn’t even have 3G connectivity.

Should a court decide that Ericsson’s patents are in fact essential to the LTE standard, Apple...

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18:09
Loving Linux in a Touchscreen World


Well it was a fairly quiet week here in the Linux blogosphere, as much of the mainstream tech world staggered directly out of their New Year's revelries and into the halls of CES.
Not that Linux didn't have a presence at the gargantuan show, mind you. It was there, all right -- not just in phones but in TVs, smartwatches and cars, to name just a few examples. Still, there was no denying that the mega-event left things a little more peaceful than usual for those of us who chose to stay put in the Linux blogosphere.

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18:04
[Sponsor] BiteMyApple.co

Chris, the founder of BiteMyApple.co, has an impressive lineup of more than 50 products currently on sale, all former Kickstarter success stories. Bitemyapple.co just recently crossed $1,000,000 in sales, helping Kickstarter creators gain traction in the retail space.

The retail site offers a wide range of accessories for the iPad, iPhone, and other Apple devices. “The goal behind BiteMyApple.co is to be exclusive in helping you find the greatest designs that stormed through Kickstarter,” adds Chris. “With so many incredible projects in campaign-mode right now, the product pool is endless, as are the possibilities.”

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17:58
Apple reaches deal with employees in lawsuit over...

Apple has reached a deal with its employees over do-not-hire policies that workers claim prevented them from getting higher-paying jobs at competing companies. Judge Lucy Koh previously rejected an offer to the tune of $324 million that the plaintiff in the case said was too low.

Today’s settlement is presumably for much more money than the original, since the plaintiff has accepted it, but the details of the deal have not yet been disclosed. Judge Koh said that the prior offer should have been closer to $380 million.

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17:55
Apple, Google agree to new settlement in anti-...

According to a court filing on Tuesday, both Apple and Google have agreed to new terms to settle a class action lawsuit alleging artificial suppression of wages through cross-company anti-poaching measures.

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17:18
Positive Grid starts a new hardware beta program for...

Positive Grid, makers of BIAS for iOS and Mac, have started a new beta program targeted to guitar players that want to help shape the future of the company’s hardware products. I love the products this company puts out.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:52
Siri Improvements

I’ve noticed over the past year that Siri is getting faster — both at parsing spoken input and returning results. I use iOS’s voice-to-text dictation feature on a near-daily basis, and it’s especially noticeable there. I’ve been using a Moto X running Android 5.0 the past few weeks, so today I did a side-by-side comparison between Siri and Android’s Google Now, asking both the simple question, “What temperature is it outside?” Both phones were on the same Wi-Fi network. Siri was consistently as fast or faster. I made a video that shows them in pretty much a dead heat.

My point here isn’t “Siri is better than Google Now”, or even “Siri is as good as Google Now”. Once you get past the superficial level, they’re different enough that it’s hard to make a blanket one-is-better-than-the-other comparison. I’d even agree that Google Now is better at many complex queries, and, further, that “What’s the temperature?” is a very simple question...

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16:35
Apple brings 2TB Mac mini configuration back to...

After a brief hiatus, Apple's high-capacity 2TB Mac mini has returned to the Online Apple Store on Tuesday, but is once again reserved as a configuration option on the most expensive $999 model.

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16:09
Apple expands iAds sales into Latin America w/...

Apple is once again expanding its iAd efforts today with the announcement of an exclusive reseller of ads in Latin America following an expansion late last year into new countries while opening up the platform to a number of third-party resellers.

Like the handful of mostly US-based ad companies selling iAds that were announced in November, Internet Media Services (IMS) will act as Apple’s exclusive partner selling ad inventory across iOS apps to customers in Latin America.

In addition, Apple has this week confirmed it’s allowing campaigns to be purchased with non-US credit cards for the first time through its own iAd Workbench platform.

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15:59
Misreported Apple patent reassignment supposedly...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday reassigned to Apple a Kodak patent covering a mobile remote control camera system, reports of which supposedly catalyzed a 12-percent drop in shares of action cam maker GoPro.

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15:50
Android 5.0 Lollipop still hard to find, full of...

Google's Android team has advised outside security researchers that it will no longer fix security bugs found in Jelly Bean or earlier releases, despite the fact that "pre-KitKat 4.4" software powers the majority of active users' devices currently accessing Google Play. Meanwhile, less than 0.1 percent of Android users have received Android 5.0, and those who have report an "unfinished/unpolished" experience.

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15:50
Android 5.0 Lollipop still hard to find, full of...

Google's Android team has advised outside security researchers that it will no longer fix security bugs found in Jelly Bean or earlier releases, despite the fact that "pre-KitKat 4.4" software powers the majority of active users' devices currently accessing Google Play. Meanwhile, less than 0.1 percent of Android users have received Android 5.0, and those who have report an "unfinished/unpolished" experience.

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15:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Sleep better, keep your Mac...

Sleep better, keep your Mac awake, and fix your Wi-Fi

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps has a little something for everyone, from software that helps you sleep to software that helps you prevent your Mac from sleeping.

Appsomnia 1.1

Don’t you hate it when you’re watching a video and your Mac goes to sleep? AppPlunger’s $1 Appsomnia (Mac App Store Link) takes care of that problem by preventing power savings from kicking in on command.

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15:10
Newest iOS 8.2 beta spills the beans on more Apple...

iOS 8.2 will be the first version to officially support the Apple Watch, and so each new developer beta is being carefully scrutinized for any hints about what the watch will do or what its interface will look like. Yesterday, the company released iOS 8.2 beta 4, and users quickly noticed a reference to an Apple Watch companion app in the Bluetooth settings. Today, 9to5Mac has dug deeper and shown us some of what that companion app will be able to do.

For starters, users will be able to customize the watch's home screen from their phones, using a mockup UI not unlike the one used in iTunes to customize an iPhone or iPad's home screen. The Stocks app, at least, will be able to display a single stock persistently on your watch face, and one assumes that something like this could be opened up to other apps in the future as well....

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15:00
CURVED/labs-Mac concept brings the original Mac up...

What you see in the image above is not a real Mac, which is a bit of a pity because a lot of Mac fans would buy one in a heartbeat. Instead, it's a concept worked up by German tech site Curved that takes the original friendly "toaster" Mac design and...

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14:57
2TB Mac mini quietly made its return over Christmas...

Following the launch of the current Mac mini in October of last fall, we noted that Apple had removed an option to purchase the entry-level Mac with 2TB of storage. It appears Apple has listened to feedback, and now users can, once again, buy a Mac mini with 2TB of storage. According to our digging into web archives, the 2TB option returned for the priciest Mac mini model in mid-December, right around the Christmas holidays. The 2TB Fusion Drive upgrade costs a $100 more than the 1TB drive, and it requires the machine to be built-to-order. Thanks, Bartosz for the initial find. 

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14:50
Apple Awarded Gesture-Control Patent

mpicpp points out a report that Apple has been awarded a broad patent for gesture control of a computer interface (8,933,876). The company inherited the patent after their acquisition of motion-sensor company PrimeSense in 2013. (PrimeSense's technology is used in Microsoft's Kinect gesture control system.) Here's the patent's abstract: A method, including receiving, by a computer executing a non-tactile three dimensional (3D) user interface, a set of multiple 3D coordinates representing a gesture by a hand positioned within a field of view of a sensing device coupled to the computer, the gesture including a first motion in a first direction along a selected axis in space, followed by a second motion in a second direction, opposite to the first direction, along the selected axis. Upon detecting completion of the gesture, the non-tactile 3D user interface is transitioned from a first state to a second state.

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14:44
AC/DC’s Malcolm Young was also treated for cancer...

While his treatment for dementia would ultimately pull him from the band he started, AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young was also treated for cancer and a heart condition after than band’s last tour. So sad.

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14:34
The Convoluted Trail Linking North Korea to Sony


FBI Director James Comey has "very high confidence" that North Korea was behind last November's cyberattack on Sony, he said at a cybersecurity forum held last week at Fordham University. The attack resulted in large amounts of intellectual property, confidential communications and employee data being posted on the Internet for public view. New evidence of the link includes documentation of the hackers' failure to cover their tracks with proxy servers on several occasions, Comey said.

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14:30
Air Race Speed: Futuristic jet racing with stellar...

Air Race Speed is a high-speed jet racing game with a futuristic theme. Travel through 36 different tracks in what looks like some sort advanced science lab or factory using one of nine vehicles. Compete with yourself to beat your own high score each...

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14:08
Leaked screenshots offer first look at Apple Watch...

We already knew you can’t use an Apple Watch without an iPhone, but 9to5Mac just uncovered screenshots of an Apple Watch “Companion” app for iOS that will manage the apps on your Apple Watch and how it interacts with your iPhone.

Just like you can tweak your iPhone’s home screen by tethering to your Mac and dragging icons around in iTunes, you’ll be able to move icons around in the Companion app to reorder them on your Apple Watch. The Companion app will also let you slap a fancy monogram on your watch’s face, or even enable a red dot on the top of the watch’s screen when a sniper has you in his sights you have unread notifications.

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14:00
The magical disappearing MacBook Air

Apple's ultra-thin MacBook Air already owns the "sleek and sexy" high end of the market, but it could theoretically be so much thinner... if not for those pesky USB, Thunderbolt and MagSafe ports. That may be why the laptop hardware rumor du jour has...

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13:52
Apple patent reveals plans for a GoPro competitor

GoPro shareholders are panicking after Apple’s patent application for a wearable camera was approved. One look at Apple’s plans shows why—the application details a GoPro-like wearable perfect for action shots and underwater recording. Apple even takes aim at GoPro in the patent filing.

Apple criticized GoPro in a patent filing for wearable cameras.

Apple might not ever make a wearable camera, but if it does, it’ll be a GoPro on steroids. The patent covers a camera that can be mounted to bike helmets and scuba masks or fastened to motorcycles and surfboards. The patent also details plans for waterproofing so an iPhone could be used to take underwater snapshots.

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13:34
Apple Watch iPhone ‘Companion’ app

Mark Gurman has certainly been on a roll lately. If true, this is an incredible amount of integration between the Apple Watch and the iPhone.

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13:30
Improve your ski trip by using Ski Nation

We are right in the middle of the ski season and I am sure lots of you are planning ski vacations, ski weekends, or just a day or two on the slopes. Ski Nation will make that planning easier for you and provide you with live information directly from...

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13:00
Sacrificing logic and profits at the altar of...

Evan Williams, who helped co-found both Twitter and Medium, recently wrote an excellent piece articulating the futility and shortsightedness of using one-dimensional metrics to ascribe success or failure to Internet companies.

Williams elegantly lay...

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12:44
Apple Watch iPhone ‘Companion’ app revealed w/ new...



Yesterday, we reported that the latest iOS 8.2 beta reveals that an Apple Watch application for the iPhone is in the works. Now, we have some more details. Within Apple, the application is currently called the Apple Watch “Companion” app for iPhone. This application manages settings for Apple Watch applications, as well as settings for iPhone/Watch interactivity. The Companion app’s settings reveal some novel new functions that are coming to the...

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12:42
LG's WebOS: 3rd Time's the Charm?


LG turned up at last week's CES with a smartwatch that apparently runs webOS.
LG used the watch to unlock an Audi at the show. "LG has never officially confirmed that we were planning a webOS smartwatch," said company spokesperson Ken Hong. "I think that is speculation based on the watch that Audi announced here at CES, which we developed but have not finalized the OS for." LG makes no mention of the wearable on its site, but the smartwatch reportedly has a dialer, a messages app, music functionality, a calendar, email and a health app.

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12:32
Hands On: Chrome Remote Desktop (OS X, iOS)

Imagine squeezing your retina iMac screen down onto an iPhone 5. You can do it. It might look a bit silly and initially you might wonder why you'd bother, but it has long been possible to see and remotely control your Macs and PCs on even your iPhone. Now Google has released Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS and you can do it for free. You'll do it, too: try this once and you will forever keep finding other reasons why it's incredibly useful. It's fantastic when you forget a file, for instance, and can now just find and email it to yourself from afar. And it will save your soul, your sanity and yo...



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12:31
Amazon signs Woody Allen to half hour series deal

First Amazon scores big with Transparent, their series that picked up a Best Comedy Golden Globe as well as a nod to Jeffrey Tambor for Best Actor. And now they’ve signed Woody Allen to produce an as yet untitled half hour series.

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12:30
In 2012, Kevin Durant explained how to pass the time...

We don't write about Kevin Durant a lot at TUAW, but we're fans. He's an Olympic gold medalist, NBA All-Star, hero to millions, and a staggering talent on the court. Durant is also gives charming interviews, like this one from 2012 where he was asked...

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12:24
InvenSense hit with lawsuit over concessions in...

A new lawsuit filed against gyroscope and accelerometer supplier for Apple, InvenSense, accuses the company of failing to tell investors about the concessions it made to secure a recent deal. InvenSense parts are used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; executives should have warned investors, the suit alleges, that Apple was given a "sweetheart deal" that would hurt profits. "Instead of revealing the true condition of the company and its prospects, defendants hid those facts from investors and chose to issue strong guidance and paint a picture of a bright future with a new mega-customer," the complai...



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12:22
Cohen’s look at DiskWarrior 5

Like my good friend Peter Cohen, Disk Warrior 5 has always been my go-to utility for fixing my Mac.

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12:04
Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6s' could ship...

With over half a year remaining before Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone, a fresh rumor out of Taiwan suggests that the company may be considering a new dual-lens camera system and the addition of "Force Touch," the pressure-sensitive touch technology set to be introduced in the Apple Watch.

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12:04
Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6s' could ship...

With over half a year remaining before Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone, a fresh rumor out of Taiwan suggests that the company may be considering a new dual-lens camera system and the addition of "Force Touch," the pressure-sensitive touch technology set to be introduced in the Apple Watch.

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12:00
CARROT Hunger: Better health through insults and...

It's that time of year when people are already breaking their New Year's Resolutions to lose weight. Well, it helps if you have someone - or something - yelling at you to watch your calories and get off your keister. For me, the just-released CARROT ...

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11:44
Apple releases iOS 8.2 beta 4 SDK, reveals Apple...

It’s the beta seeds that show the cool stuff coming down the pipe.

Per Bidness Etc, Apple has begun seeding iOS 8.2 beta 4 to developers, revealing new details about the upcoming Apple Watch. The new iOS 8.2 beta 4 build, numbered 12D5461b, includes WatchKit support. In addition to this, website traffic data from multiple sources, have also suggested that Apple is looking to expand its iOS beta testing program to include a wider pool of users; this move reflect’s the company’s aim to improve the quality of feedback and to have the iOS 8 system running smoothly with some of the company’s new ambitious products such as Apple Pay or the Apple Watch.

There have been reports of some Apple employees already testing out iOS 8.3 and iOS 9.

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11:30
Daily Deals for January 13, 2015, featuring the $35...

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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11:00
CBS relaunches its news app for iOS

CBS has added features and done some cosmetic cleanup of its free CBS News app. The universal app adds live streaming from CBSN, the network's recently launched 24/7 live streaming feed.

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10:34
AllCast media streamer makes leap to iOS

A new port of AllCast, a popular Android app, has just been released for iOS. The title lets users stream personal photo, video, and music libraries to a variety of platforms, not just the Apple TV, the only format natively supported by Apple. Some compatible targets include Chrome, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, WDTV, Xbox One/Xbox 360, and various platforms compatible with DLNA....



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10:22
PDFpenPro 7 adds iCloud Drive and exporting to Word...

The list of features in this app is just incredible. I love the guys at Smile Software and the apps they make.

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10:00
Look at this tiny iOS keyboard, just look at it

iOS-compatible Bluetooth keyboards are a dime a dozen these days, and it's hard to get excited about any kind of new typing accessory when so many of them look like direct clones of each other. The TextBlade is -- as its creator WayTools describes --...

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FoldersSynchronizer 4.2.1 - Synchronize...
FoldersSynchronizer is a popular and useful utility that synchronizes and backs-up files, folders, disks and boot disks. On each session you can apply special options like Timers, Multiple Folders,... Read more
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Apple Security Update 2015-001 - For OS...
Apple Security Update 2015-001 is recommended for all users and improves the security of OS X. For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.... Read more
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Drive Genius 4 gives you faster performance from your Mac while also protecting it. The award-winning and improved DrivePulse feature alerts you to hard drive issues before they become major problems... Read more
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Yosemite Cache Cleaner is an award-winning general purpose tool for OS X. YCC makes system maintenance simple with an easy point-and-click interface to many OS X functions. Novice and expert users... Read more

Unlock Sunshine Girl in Ironkill with th...
Unlock Sunshine Girl in Ironkill with this special 148Apps code Posted by Rob Rich on January 29th, 2015 [ permalink ] Robo-fighter Ironkill has been out on iOS a | Read more »
Crossroad Zombies Review
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Blood Brothers 2 – Tips, Cheats, and Str...
War is hell: Is it the kind of hell you want to check out? Read our Blood Brothers 2 review to find out! Blood Brothers 2, DeNA’s follow-up to the original Blood Brothers, is an intriguing card collecting / role-playing / strategy hybrid. There’s... | Read more »
Blood Brothers 2 Review
Blood Brothers 2 Review By Nadia Oxford on January 29th, 2015 Our Rating: :: AN AGGRAVATING RELATIVEUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Blood Brothers 2 is built on a simple, solid foundation, but its free-to-play system... | Read more »
I AM BREAD, the Toast of the Town, is Ro...
Have you ever dreamt of being deliciously gluten-y? Do you feel passionate about Rye and Wheat? The guys at Bossa Studios do and that is why they are bringing I AM BREAD to iOS soon. The loafy app will feature all the new content that is being... | Read more »
Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered R...
Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered Review By Jennifer Allen on January 29th, 2015 Our Rating: Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad 10 years after its initial release and Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy still feels like a... | Read more »
Evolve: Hunters Quest is a Match-3 That...
Evolve: Hunters Quest is a Match-3 That Has You Hunting Up Some Big Game. Posted by Jessica Fisher on January 29th, 2015 [ permalink ] | Read more »
Destructamundo Review
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The Sandbox Gets Exclusive Update, Adds...
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Mean Girls: The Game Review By Jordan Minor on January 29th, 2015 Our Rating: :: FETCHUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad A Mean Girls tower defense game makes way more sense than you’d think.   | Read more »

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Back in stock: Refurbished iPod nanos for $99...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 16GB iPod nanos available for $99 including free shipping and Apple’s standard one-year warranty. That’s $50 off the cost of new nanos. Most colors are... Read more
New Good Management Suite Simplifies Enterpri...
Good Technology has announced the availability of the Good Management Suite, a comprehensive cross-platform solution for organizations getting started with mobile business initiatives. Built on the... Read more
15-inch 2.0GHz Retina MacBook Pro (refurbishe...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished previous-generation 15″ 2.0GHz Retina MacBook Pros available for $1489 including free shipping plus Apple’s standard one-year warranty. Their price is... Read more
15-inch 2.5GHz Retina MacBook Pro on sale for...
Amazon has the 15″ 2.5GHz Retina MacBook Pro on sale for $2319.99 including free shipping. Their price is $180 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this model from any reseller. Read more
iPad Turns Five – The ”Book Mystique
Five years ago this week, the late Steve Jobs took the stage at an Apple special press event to unveil the first Apple iPad — a slab-shaped, hand-holdable device that was to shake the personal... Read more
Sale! 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros for up to $...
B&H Photo has the new 2014 15″ Retina MacBook Pros on sale for $150 off MSRP for a limited time. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro: $1889.99... Read more
Apple refurbished Mac minis for up to $150 of...
The Apple Store has restocked Apple Certified Refurbished 2014 Mac minis, with models available starting at $419. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each mini, and shipping is free: - 1.4GHz... Read more
Apple Releases New Tranche Of OS Updates For...
Apple has released incremental bugfix and security updates for its most recent Mac and iOS versions. OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Update Apple says this update includes the following improvements: Resolves... Read more
Samsung To Be Main Supplier Of A9 Chips For i...
Korea’s Maeil Business Newspaper reports that Samsung has beat out its chipmaking rivals, Taiwan’s Qualcomm and TSMC, as supplier of chipsets for the next generations of both its own Galaxy S6 and... Read more
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