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Monday December 8

17:00
Daily Deals for December 8, 2014, featuring the 10...

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections.

All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....

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16:48
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meh.com — a classic daily deal site.

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16:35
Natalie Portman declines role in Steve Jobs biopic

It appears another big-name actor has passed on the opportunity to work on Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs movie, as Natalie Portman is no longer in talks to play the female lead.

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16:33
Apple Pay Stars in MasterCard Promotion with Gwen...

MasterCard is now in the Apple Pay promotion business. The company launched a campaign called "Priceless Surprises" to promote Apple's new service. Gwen Stefani is the pitchwoman, but Apple Pay is arguably the star.


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16:23
Leaked Sony data indicates falling revenue forecasts...

DiCaprio and Boyle on the set of the 2000 film “The Beach”

New information discovered in the Sony Pictures data dump indicates that the loss of Leonardo DiCaprio for the lead role in the studio’s Steve Jobs biopic may have contributed to the decision to give the movie to Universal Pictures. According to Fusion, the film’s revenue projections dropped by a whopping 25% after Leo dropped out...

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16:02
Steve Wozniak on engineering the first Apple...

Last week, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak talked to Bloomberg about his role in designing the company’s first computers and starting a technological revolution. In the video above, he also discusses Apple’s humble beginnings in Steve Jobs’ garage, the gilded one-millionth Apple II, and his love for engineering.

Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Woz ...

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16:00
Music Center lets you select music from your lock...

Music Center (free) is a very cool little app that lets you see your iOS music library from your lock screen or inside any app. It's a notification center widget, and it works quite well. You load the app, and you can select lists by song, album, art...

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15:59
Android site recommends iPad for Christmas

Yes, I am breaking the gift guide by putting this here. Why? Because as you’ll notice, none of us recommended the Nexus 9 (edit: Cameron recommended it, but don’t listen to him), because it’s not exactly great. In fact, I’d argue no Android tablet is. The Shield Tablet is a lot of bang for your buck, but the screen kind of sucks and the battery life isn’t spectacular (standby is bad in particular) and it’s heavy, thick, and kinda ugly.

Much respect Android Police people.

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15:56
Briefly: Vimeo accepts 4K video, YouTube copyrighted...

Vimeo is allowing Vimeo Pro users to upload 4K-resolution videos to the service. GigaOM reports that subscribers of the $200-per-year service can transfer the high-resolution video files to its video-on-demand platform, putting the videos up for sale and download by customers. While downloads are available, Vimeo is not allowing 4K streams to operate yet, with CTO Andrew Pile admitting the lack of device support for the format....



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15:51
7 rules for creating gorgeous UI

As a user, when sites put text on an image, I like the blur or using the out-of-focus techniques. I always feel like contrast makes the text much easier to read, which makes my interaction with the site or app much better.

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15:45
When Apple Pay requires a signature

An interesting post from John Martellaro. I’ve wondered about this myself after using Apple Pay recently. Sometimes, I need to sign, while other times they just wave me on without any other interaction.

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15:31
White House Holiday decorations shot with an iPhone 6

Photographer Brooks Kraft has been covering the White House since 2000, and over the years, he’s had plenty of opportunities to document the unveiling of Christmas decorations at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This year, however, he decided to mix things up a bit — and shot the event with Apple’s new iPhone 6.

Great story.

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15:30
ROTO: Simply Addictive

Guiding a ball to a finish flag by timing jumps from one rotating circle to another is the core gameplay feature of ROTO. While navigating a maze of rotatory platforms filled with hazards, such as spiky saw blades, players have to collect stars which...

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15:21
HyperDrive MacBook Storage Expander plus 8GB MicroSD...

We have a great deal for you on HyperDrive, the device that allows you to turn your 13-inch MacBook Air's memory card slot into a microSD memory card. It's also available for a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. One of the things I like most about it is that when plugged in, it sits flush against your MacBook's body. It's a great way to expand your MacBook's storage because it supports any microSD, microSDHC, or microSDXC card up to 128GB. This deal includes an 8GB microSD card, and it normally retails for $40. Through our deal, it's $29.99, making it a great gift for you or a loved on.


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15:20
Hands On: Swype alternate keyboard (iOS, Android,...

Most people have gotten used to texting and typing on their iPads and iPhones, and chances are, they're good at it. However, it's undeniable that the standard thumb-texting can be pretty slow. On top of that, texting tends to grow tiresome in this manner as the conversation becomes more involved. Of course a user can always revert to hunt-and-peck typing with an index finger, but that leads to slower typing or reliance on predictive text, which can produce unintentionally-hilarious mis-types. Swype by Nuance has come up with a clever solution to help us text and type faster and longer, with le...



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15:16
Apple Retail Celebrates Computer Science Education...

Interested in learning the basics of coding? Apple retail locations will have a variety of events in different stores. Should you be interested and not near an Apple Store, Kelly has a few alternate suggestions for you or your family who might like an introduction to programming.


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15:06
Apple Store to restart Bose product sales after...

A fresh rumor on Monday claims Bose products will make a return to Apple's online and brick-and-mortar stores as soon as next week after they were quietly removed from shelves some two months ago.

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15:02
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 8...

Notable software releases this week include Firefox 34.0, Boom 2.0, Airfoil 4.8.11, Downcast 1.1.5, Lightroom 5.7, Carbon Copy Cloner 4.0.3, and PopChar X 7.0.

 

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15:01
ExtraBITS for 8 December 2014

The bad news in this installment of ExtraBITS is that Apple has forced the removal of a key feature of Transmit iOS, despite not following its own App Store rules in another situation. The good news is that the company is offering free programming tutorials for kids in its stores this week.

 

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15:00
Belkin Qode Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case for iPad Air...

The transformation of the iPad Air into the iPad Air 2 forced case manufacturers to go back to the drawing board, but that's not always a bad thing. With each iteration of case, the product usually gets better. That's the situation with Belkin's Qode...

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14:57
BIAS Desktop users get new amp models

The tone-creation possibilities are now virtually infinite with BIAS. Download artists’ signature amps, or try out the latest and most popular matched amp models created by your fellow guitarists.

The new version of BIAS Desktop really is amazing. You can match a real amp using the software and then recall it whenever you want. The company made some new amp match models available to download from within the app.

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14:50
Bushel Launching Mac/iOS Device Management - Get...

Smaller organizations may not have dedicated IT staff for mobile deployment, or the bandwidth to take on such a project. JAMF is fixing to resolve that for smaller organizations with a new product called Bushel. Find out more about this invite-only pilot program, and get your own invitation.


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14:45
Panic Inc. forced by Apple to drop non-FTP file...

Transmit for iOS, a wonderful FTP app we've covered before, has released a new update today that fixes a few bugs and removes a big feature, the ability to send files from the app to other services including iCloud, Box, Documents, Dropbox, Transmit,...

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14:45
John Martellaro Talks Apple and UHDTV on Tech Night...

Appearing this week on the Tech Night Owl LIVE is John Martellaro, the irrepressible Senior Editor for Analysis & Reviews at The Mac Observer. John discusses why Apple may be letting a few things fall through the cracks, such as the recent late and decidedly mediocre update to the Mac mini, Apple's tardiness in updating its display line and more.


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14:35
PDFpen for iPad & iPhone version 2: Professional...

PDFpen 2 is fully optimized for iOS 8 with an all new look and feel which runs on both iPad and iPhone. The enhanced toolbar and new editing bar make popular writing and highlighting features easy to access, with minimal taps. Import and export documents via iCloud Drive, making it easy to share cloud-based documents not just with the Mac, but with other apps on an iPad or iPhone. Use AirDrop to quickly send documents to other devices. PDFpen 2 supports palm and wrist protection when writing and highlighting. Documents can be secured with a password. Number pages automatically, including Bates numbering. All this and more make PDFpen 2 the perfect solution for all of your mobile PDF editing needs.

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14:33
Bose products reportedly set to return to Apple...

Earier this year Bose and Apple had a bit of a falling out when the former decided to block NFL players from wearing Beats headphones while on camera, then fined players who violated the rule. Beats Electronics co-founder Jimmy Iovine said at the time that the ban actually served Beats by providing a bit of free publicity.

Apple apparently didn’t agree, and retaliated by pulling all Bose products from its store shelves in October. Around that time the two companies were also duking it out in a patent lawsuit, though...

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14:21
Transmit iOS forced to remove “upload to iCloud...

In short, we’re told that while Transmit iOS can download content from iCloud Drive, we cannot upload content to iCloud Drive unless the content was created in the app itself. Apple says this use would violate 2.23 — “Apps must follow the iOS Data Storage Guidelines or they will be rejected” — but oddly that page says nothing about iCloud Drive or appropriate uses for iCloud Drive.

I really don’t understand some of these decisions.

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14:17
Samsung is going straight to hell

During an appearance before a U.S. appeals court on Thursday, lawyers for Samsung sought to have vacated the $930 million judgement awarded to Apple earlier this year in a landmark patent infringement lawsuit, saying the sum was “absurd.”

No, what’s absurd is that Samsung made so much money from copying Apple’s design. The judgement against Samsung should have been much more.

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14:12
Despicable Me Minions in CSS

This is great, I love it.

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14:12
Transmit for iOS restricted from using iCloud Drive...

In its latest puzzling App Store policy assertion, Apple has reportedly blocked Panic from adding the standard iOS Share Sheet to its Transmit file transfer app due to an unwritten policy that "forbids apps from uploading content to iCloud Drive unless the content was created in the app itself."

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14:00
Orion spacecraft powered by single-core processor...

NASA's Orion spacecraft successfully completed its first test flight last week and is poised to herald a new era in manned spaceflight, opening the door to deep space flights. While the project is breaking new ground, it is doing so on the back of tr...

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13:59
Apple Stores recruiting fashion/luxury experts ahead...

Apple Watch at Colette

We’ve already seen how Apple is presenting the upcoming Apple Watch, which it calls its most personal device yet, as not just another technology device but also a piece of jewelry that the fashion world will be proud to embrace.

9to5Mac has now learned from internal hiring documents that Apple is recruiting retail candidates this month with “a fashion or luxury background” suggesting Apple is preparing to deliver some changes to its retail stores in time for the Apple Watch’s early 2015 debut. With former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts leading Apple’s retail efforts and the Apple Watch set to transform the Apple Store into a jewelry store...

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13:57
Apple policy breaks all share sheet uploads in Panic...

The latest version of Transmit for iOS has lost all share sheet-based uploads because of an Apple policy regarding iCloud Drive, says developer Panic. Until now the FTP app has exploited iOS 8's Extensibility functions to let people upload files to several storage services, such as iCloud Drive or Dropbox. Panic explains that it was informed that an app can't upload content to iCloud Drive unless a file was created within the app itself; the developer insists that there is nothing about iCloud Drive in Apple's iOS Data Storage Guidelines....



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13:37
Leading Android fansite recommends Apple Inc iPad...

Android Police named Apple's iPad Air 2 as its top tablet pick among "Android devices" for the 2014 holiday season, calling it "reliable, predictable, and very fast."

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13:30
Aim to add up number tiles perfectly with Funb3rs

Hey, look! It's a game with numbers that doesn't build off of the same concepts as Threes and 2048. Funb3rs is a multiplayer title with the objective being to gather all the numbers on the grid that add up to equal the number at the top. Glide your f...

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13:16
Panic’s Transmit App no longer allowed to ‘send’...

In a blog post today, Mac/iOS developer Panic explained why a recent version of its venerable Transmit FTP/File transfer app no longer uploads to iCloud, and it turns out, other services:

Transmit iOS 1.1.1 is out, fixing a few bugs in our surprisingly powerful file management app for your iPhone or iPad.

Also, at Apple’s request, we had to remove the ability to “Send” files to other services, including iCloud Drive.

In short, we’re told that while Transmit iOS can download content from iCloud Drive, we cannot upload content to iCloud Drive unless the content was created in the app itself. Apple says this use would violate 2.23 — “Apps must follow the iOS Data Storage Guidelines or they will be...

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13:15
Typo avoids BlackBerry lawsuit by releasing a new...

The original Typo keyboard case was a dream come true for many BlackBerry users who had converted to iPhone: a case which brought the tactile keyboard of your beloved old device to the best cell phone on the market. Then BlackBerry sued, and the Typo...

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13:11
Tim Cook selected as finalist for 2014 Time Person...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is among eight finalists in the running for Time's 2014 Person of the Year, the magazine has announced. Cook was previously a candidate for the title in 2012, when Time lauded him for taking over from Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who died in October 2011. In 2014 the CEO is being credited as the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company, and for overseeing the iPhone 6/6 Plus, Apple Pay, and still-unreleased Apple Watch....



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13:07
Google Docs, Sheets, & Slides for iOS add new...

Google announced today that it’s rolling out updates to its Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides iOS apps that add a few new editing features and enhanced iPhone 6 and 6 Plus support.

  • Support for viewing and editing text in tables in the Docs app
  • Ability to insert, move, resize and rotate text boxes, shapes and lines in the Slides app
  • Enhanced support for iPhone 6/6+ (all apps)
  • General fixes and performance improvements (all apps)

All of the updates are available from the App Store now for the iOS versions of Docs, Slides, and Sheets (links below). In addition to support for vieing and editing text in tables, the Docs app also adds several new accessibility features.

A full list of new features for each app below:

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13:06
Hockey fans toss 25,214 stuffed animals onto the ice...

Mashable:

The Calgary Hitmen held their 20th annual Teddy Bear Toss on Sunday, which allowed fans to throw 25,214 stuffed animals onto the ice in a heartwarming and entertaining display of charity.

The bears, which are bagged prior to tossing, are gathered up by the team and donated to more than 60 charities for the holiday season.

The Hitmen do this every year and it’s heartwarming and funny every time I see it.

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13:00
FastCustomer can help get you out of customer...

FastCustomer is a free iOS app that has been around for awhile, but just got a recent update. The app has a list of 3,000 frequently called companies and can break through the endless phone trees and frustration of being on hold for customer service....

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12:45
OS X: How to Capture an Amazing Amount of Mac Info...

UNIX veterans who are new to the Mac may not realize the wealth of system information that Apple's BSD UNIX (Darwin) provides from the command line. This could come in handy for programmers who, when writing scripts, need critical system information in a form that can be captured and parsed.


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12:30
Chinese internet regulator gets private look at...

Want a private, behind-closed-doors glimpse at Apple's new smartwatch, complete with a guided tour by Tim Cook himself? It's easy! You just have to be China's Cyberspace Administration minister, and how hard could that really be? Ok, so it's probably...

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12:29
Video Gamers Recall 'Father' Ralph Baer...


Ralph H. Baer, the father of the home video game, died Saturday at 92. Baer invented the Odyssey video game system and co-invented the electronic game Simon. While working as a military contractor for Sanders Associates in the '60s, Baer began to explore the possibility of creating a video game system that could be played on the television. The result of his work was the "Brown Box," a prototype created in 1968, which eventually led to the Magnavox Odyssey, considered the first true home gaming console.

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12:26
Jeremy’s holiday gift guide: Mac, iPhone & iPad...

My first post for 9to5Mac is on a topic near and dear to my heart: best-of-breed Apple products and accessories. Why should you trust me? I’ve been a professional product reviewer for 23 years and an Apple user for 28 years. Last week, I finished an 11-year stint running the editorial side of iLounge, the leading Apple product review site, where I tested literally thousands of Apple accessories from every major company on the planet. Readers have praised my reviews as accurate and insightful, and I always put my readers’ needs first when testing new products.


I just joined 9to5Mac as Senior Editor, focusing on product reviews, so I’m excited to share some of my favorite picks with you today! One important thing you should know is this: even though I’ve tried the fanciest gear on the market for the past decade, I don’t...

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12:17
Keep TidBITS Publishing in 2015: Become a TidBITS...

Learn how you can help keep TidBITS vibrant and relevant in the face of ever-increasing costs for writing, editing, development, and hosting. We have some perks for you in return!

 

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12:15
MasterCard rolls out new Apple Pay commercial...

MasterCard today posted a new video touting the fact that iPhone 6 users who make Apple Pay transactions will find themselves eligible for the company's "priceless surprises" promotion, a sweepstakes that bestows unsuspecting customers with some pret...

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12:13
Typo returns with redesigned Typo2 keyboard for...

The creators of the Typo keyboard case have returned with a new model, the Typo2. The accessory has been redesigned not only to accommodate the iPhone 6, but to avoid the legal troubles the company has encountered with BlackBerry. Although a lawsuit is still pending, BlackBerry won a sales injunction against the first-generation case....



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12:00
Elevate - Brain Training and Threes! distinguished...

Apple this weekend announced the winners in its Best of 2014 in the iTunes Store. The annual awards highlights the best apps, music, movies and books from the just ending year. Winners in the App Store include Elevate - Brain Training, which won App ...

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11:53
Apple CEO Tim Cook among eight finalists for Time...

Time revealed on Monday that Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook is once again one of its finalists for the magazine's "Person of the Year" award, joining the likes of Alibaba CEO Jack Ma, Russian President Vladmir Putin, pop star Taylor Swift, Ebola caregivers, and protesters in Ferguson, Mo.

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11:32
Tim Cook nominated Time Person of the Year finalist...

Time has posted its Finalists for Person of the Year today and Apple’s CEO Tim Cook it on the list. Time credits the Alabama native for introducing a number of new products as well as coming out as the first openly gay Fortune 500 CEO.

Tim Cook, who introduced Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple Watch, and Apple Pay this year, and whose decision to come out made him the first openly gay Fortune 500 CEO.

Other nominees (that don’t necessarily conform to “person” moniker) include:

  • The Ferguson protesters, who took to the streets in August following the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer, and again in November when a grand jury declined to indict the officer in the killing.
  • The Ebola caregivers, who are still fighting the biggest Ebola outbreak in history, that has so far taken the...
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11:30
Best Buy discounts the iPad Air 2 and mini 3 in $50...

If you missed the big Black Friday sales on the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, you now have another chance to score one of Apple's latest iPad models at a significant discount. Best Buy kicked off a new promotion on Sunday that takes up to $100 off the ...

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11:18
MasterCard, Gwen Stefani tout 'Priceless...

Apple's mobile payment partners continued their marketing onslaught on Monday as MasterCard, the world's second-largest credit card provider, released a new 30-second television ad featuring Apple Pay and female rocker Gwen Stefani.

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11:12
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-08

John Martellaro thinks it's time for Apple to step up its iPad game, or risk losing market share. John and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about whether or not that's a serious issue, and John shares what he thinks Apple should do to lock in the iPad's long term success.


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11:10
Green Monday Deals: $29 Lumia 520, Nikon D7000,...

The trudge to Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales is over, and now there is a slight sales lull as retailers prepare for the Christmas onslaught. Welcome to Monday Deals, the secondary deals post running until the end of the year where we find the best online deals for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, deals are active and priced correctly at the time of publication, but this may change when viewing this post at a later time, so check before purchasing....



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11:05
Devuan: Unto Us a Fork Is Born


Well, it happened. We knew it was possible; the signs were all there -- but more than a few of us were still holding out hope. "Things will surely get better," we thought. Then the news came. The rumored Debian fork has now become real, and its name is "Devuan." Dev-what, you may say? Well, the developers have an answer ready: "Devuan is spelled in Italian and it is pronounced just like 'DevOne' in English," they explain. So there you go. "I hate the name; I love the idea," said Hyperlogos blogger Martin Espinoza.

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11:00
Apple kicks off new "Change is in the Air...

Apple on Sunday released a new advertising campaign highlighting the iPad Air 2. Unlike the earlier "YouVerse" ads that focused on one person, the new "Change is in the Air" campaign provides a montage of all the different ways people are using the i...

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10:38
Review: SwitchEasy Rave for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus...

SwitchEasy's Rave for iPhone 6 ($25) and iPhone 6 Plus ($30) is a folio case with a cushioned back. Though there's no wallet functionality, Rave does have full button coverage and port protection, which makes it somewhat interesting. Wrap ($40) is another case that seems like a bit of a mishmash — it's a faux-leather folio that wraps around the iPhone 6 Plus. The case leaves the top of the phone exposed, and though Wrap lacks volume control coverage, it does cover the sleep/wake button, oddly. Both cases have kickstand functionality.{/exp:char_limit}

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10:30
Former Global Operations manager Paul Devine...

Former Apple Global Operations manager Paul Devine was sentenced last week to one year in prison following his guilty plea on charges of money laundering, conspiracy and wire fraud. He also must repay $4.5 million for crimes against his employer Appl...

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10:11
∞ Apple’s Best of 2014

Apple on Monday released its list of the best and most downloaded music, apps, TV shows, movies and books from its stores. There are certainly some great apps and music in this year’s, along with some surprises, like the top selling album being “Frozen.” [...]

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10:08
'Change' TV spot promotes wide variety of...

Apple has begun airing a new TV ad (below) for the iPad Air 2, dubbed "Change." The spot showcases numerous different uses for the tablet, some relatively conventional but others more creative or exotic. Accompanying the ad is a new microsite featuring the song in the ad -- "Who Needs You" by The Orwells -- along with the apps depicted in each shot....



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10:00
The Week in Review: news and features you don't...

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

News

Apple files motion ...

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09:45
English politician caught playing Candy Crush for...

Candy Crush Saga is addictive, so addictive in fact that it can keep lawmakers from doing the job taxpayers pay them to do. According to The Sun, MP Nigel Mills was rocking a long Candy Crush play session during a meeting regarding pensions and insur...

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09:42
Former Apple Global Supply Manager Paul Devine...

The lesson learned is not to mess with Apple’s legal department and don’t sell inside information about upcoming Apple products.

Per MacRumors and the Associated Press, former Apple Global Supply Manager Paul Devine will face a year in prison and a hefty US$4.5 million fine for leaking secrets of the company to various accessory manufacturers in exchange for kickbacks.

The sentencing comes over three years after Devine pleaded guilty to wire fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy in relation to the leaking of Apple secrets. At the time, Devine faced a possible twenty-year sentencing over the fraud and money laundering counts.

Devine was...

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09:42
DealBITS Drawing: Win a Copy of BeLight Software’s...

If you want to create a holiday card, flyer, or brochure, check out this week’s DealBITS drawing for a chance to win a copy of BeLight Software’s Printworks print design software.

 

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09:37
MasterCard debuts new ad spot starring Apple Pay and...

MasterCard is out with its latest “Priceless Surprises” ad featuring Apple Pay with the help of artist Gwen Stefani. Like its previous World Series promotions, which put Apple Pay front and center, the new 30-second spot shows cardholders using the iPhone 6 and Apple Pay to checkout for purchases and being rewarded with various offers like golf trips, handbags, and concert tickets. The chance to meet Stefani is also on offer with her latest single, “Spark The Fire”, set as the ad’s soundtrack.

From MasterCard’s announcement of...

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09:30
Video: How to build a replica of the classic 1984...

We recently told you about YouTube user Isaac Ray and his wonderful Lego animation videos thanks to a tutorial he shot demonstrating how to make a Lego Apple iMac. Now Ray is back with another brand new Apple creation, a Lego replica of the original ...

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09:23
Tim Cook demoed Apple Watch for Chinese officials on...

Tim Cook shows China’s top internet regulator Lu Wei the Apple Watch

Apple CEO Tim Cook alongside Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and other tech executives recently met with China’s Cyberspace Administration ministerLu Wei while the government official was in the US, according to a report from China’s government-run china.com.cn (via Bloomberg).

The website published the photos above showing Cook and Zuckerberg with Chinese officials, but it didn’t disclose any details regarding the reason behind the meetings. In one photo, however, Cook appears to be show Chinese officials the Apple Watch, while the translated...

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09:01
Dimebag Darrell and Eddie Van Halen

Darrell asked Eddie to make him a replica of his famous black and yellow striped guitar a few months before he died.

When Van Halen arrived at the viewing, he had the guitar, but it wasn’t what Rita expected. He brought his original 1979 Bumblebee Charvel Hybrid VH2 to be placed inside Dimebag’s casket and buried along with him.

Much respect to Dime and Eddie.

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09:00
Last Weekend in the App Store -- the best free apps...

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

Apps Now Free

Habits Pro - Organizer ...

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09:00
Cook meets with chairman of China's State...

Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Lu Wei -- the chairman of China's State Internet Information Office -- during the latter's recent trip to the US, reports say. Lu is also said to have met with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. It's unclear what Lu discussed with the executives....



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08:58
Andy Ihnatko: I laugh at your piddling “5K” display

Andy Ihnatko had the chance to visit the war room at NASA Goddard’s space weather lab. Take a look at this picture he snapped of what he calls “the single greatest browser tab ever rendered”. Then read on.

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08:55
External Link: Apple Hobbles Transmit iOS

Apple’s inscrutable policies have hobbled yet another great iOS app. Transmit iOS 1.1.1 can no longer send documents to other services due to Apple demanding that developer Panic remove the option to send a file to iCloud Drive. The problem is that iCloud Drive is built into the sharing sheet — with no way to remove just that option — so Panic had to disable the Send feature entirely. Apple told Panic that only content created inside an app can be uploaded to iCloud Drive, though no specific rule states that.

 

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08:45
You won't believe the fast fingers of this iPad...

Faced with limitations due to his living arrangements, drummer and YouTube user Appleman has made the best of his situation, opting to use GarageBand and other apps on an iPad and iPhone 6 Plus to lay down some spectacular tracks. Especially impressi...

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08:42
Threes!, Elevate, and Taylor Swift dominate iTunes...

Apple’s annual Best of iTunes list is the least controversial year-end retrospective, but that’s OK: This year’s winning apps, songs, TV shows, and movies are sure to please every friend and relative who finds an iTunes gift card from you in their stocking or mail box for the holidays.

Not surprisingly, Apple named blockbuster hit Threes! the top game of the year. Macworld staffers were just as obsessed with Threes! as Apple—we even compiled some tips to help you conquer this puzzler. Leo’s Fortune was Apple’s runner-up in the category. Monument Valley, Hitman GO, XCOM: Enemy Within, Rules!, Farmville 2: Country Escape, Micromon, and Crazy Taxi City Rush also made the list of best games of the year.

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08:34
Apple joins Code.org's education push with a...

Apple is joining in on Computer Science Education Week with coding workshops and special events in its retail stores.

On December 11, U.S. Apple Stores will hold an “Hour of Code” workshop, aimed at teaching children the basics of computer programming. Availability is limited, however, and participants will need to sign up through Apple's website. (Additional events are happening at schools and other institutions around the country, and online tutorials are available as well.)

Apple is also holding special events at several of its larger Apple Stores around the world. Visitors to the Apple Store in New York's SoHo district, for instance, can listen to Hopscotch CEO Jocelyn Leavitt on December 10, and TouchPress co-founder Theodore Gray is scheduled to speak at Apple's Chicago store on December 8. For those who can't make it, Apple has...

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08:30
A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

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

Acme Made Charge Case for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is a Kicks...

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08:15
In China, faux homeless iPhone owners busted for...

Here's a tip for the would-be panhandler: don't flash your new iPhone in public if you're looking for contributions. According to a report by China's Xinhua news agency, a foursome of supposed vagrants was busted by local police in the Chongqing Muni...

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08:13
iPhone Apps: Monument Valley, Knock, Transmit iOS
08:00
Apple's new "spaceship" campus to...

As construction on Apple's brand new "spaceship" campus continues, we've gotten random updates here and there. Now, thanks to BuildZoom, additional tidbits about the building's interior have emerged.

According to two building permits granted to Appl...

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08:00
In video taped deposition, Steve Jobs talks DRM and...

Six months before he passed away, Steve Jobs sat down for a videotaped deposition to answer questions connected to Apple's ongoing iPod antitrust class action lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that Apple improperly enacted measures to render songs downloa...

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07:59
iTunes Store Best of 2014: Pixelmator, Monument...

Apple's 2014 Best Of list for the App Store, iTunes Store, and iBookstore is out, and this year the best-of-the-best includes Pixelmator and Monument Valley for the iPad, and the blockbuster movie Guardians of the Galaxy. The best artist of the year was BeyoncÃ, and the best TV show was Fargo.


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07:57
Former Apple exec sentenced to 1 year in prison for...

Former Apple supply manager Paul Devine has been sentenced to a year in prison -- and repaying $4.5 million -- for accepting kickbacks, says the Associated Press. Devine actually pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud, conspiracy, and money laundering in 2011, but wasn't handed a sentence by a San Jose federal court until last week. No explanation for the delay has been given....



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07:53
Twitter to beef up reporting, blocking features

You’re about to get more controls for your Twitter account.

Last Tuesday, Twitter issued a blog post stating that the company would be enhancing its in-product harassment reporting and making improvements to “block.”

Everything that happens in the world, happens on Twitter – to the tune of more than 500 million Tweets every day. That can sometimes include content that violates our rules around harassment and abuse and we want to make it easier to report such content. So, we’re improving the reporting process to make it much more mobile-friendly, require less initial information, and, overall, make it simpler to flag Tweets and accounts for review. These enhancements similarly improve the reporting process for those who observe abuse but aren’t receiving it directly. And to enable faster response...

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07:49
Apple manager gets year in jail, $4.5m fine for...

Onetime Apple supply manager Paul Shin Devine will spend a year in prison and repay $4.5 million for selling Apple's secrets to suppliers, the AP reports. Devine, who worked at Apple from 2005 until his arrest in August of 2010, pleaded guilty to wire fraud, conspiracy, and money laundering—and could have been sentenced to as much as 20 years in prison.

Working with Singapore resident Andrew Ang, Devine was accused of selling confidential information to companies that hoped to become Apple suppliers, and to suppliers trying to negotiate better deals with the company. Winning an Apple contract can be a make-or-break moment for a supplier, as we saw in the recent dust-up between...

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07:31
FCC releases report on millions of smartphone thefts...

In a quick note on Twitter, the FCC reported that 59 percent of robberies in San Francisco involved theft of a smartphone. The report also stated that in 2013, 3.1 million Americans had smartphones stolen, up 93 percent from 1.6M in 2012.

In addition, only 22 percent of smartphone users installed software that can locate their phone, while 46 percent of robberies in New York in 2013 involved smartphones.

It’s a fairly lengthy report, but it might be good to read.

Beyond that, just be careful out there with your iOS or Android device, be sure to back it up either to the cloud or your Mac or PC, install tracking software on it and make sure its familiar weight is on you before you walk into a new place.

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07:30
Judge rules that banks can sue Target over credit...

A judge last week ruled that banks will be allowed to sue Target for negligence stemming from the retailer's gargantuan credit card breach from December of 2013. Nearly a year ago, Target disclosed that hackers, over a two and a half week period, mad...

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07:08
China's cyberspace minister meets Apple CEO Tim...

With Silicon Valley still at odds with the Chinese government, executives from Apple, Facebook, and Amazon played host to Lu Wei, the chairman of China's State Internet Information Office, during the Asian politician's recent trip to the U.S.

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07:04
An iPod Moment Is About to Make Your PC Obsolete


I was at Dell's thin client briefing earlier this week at its new facility in California's Silicon Valley, and it clearly is feeling very confident, in light of HP's plan to split its company. There really have been only two major players in the thin client space for a few years, and they are HP and Dell, but since thin clients require both a specialized client focus and unique servers, splitting HP along those lines would seem to make its offering obsolete. The idea of a computing appliance has been attractive for a long time.

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: A tale of three rumor blogs

Occasionally it's instructive to take a look at how various rumor blogs react to the same rumor... such as the recent rumors of a new 4-inch iPhone model in 2015.

Unlikely supply-chain rumor suggests a new 4-inch iPhone model next year (9to5 Mac)

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06:59
iTunes Best of 2014 list mixes mainstream, lesser-...

Apple has introduced its annual Best of 2014 list at the iTunes Store, promoting content in different media categories. The top iPad app, for instance, is Pixelmator, the image editing app Apple also highlighted during its recent press event for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. The top iPad game is Monument Valley, an Apple Design Award winner from WWDC....



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06:55
Daily Deal: Save over 50% on the 10ft MFi-Certified...

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up a ten-foot MFi-certified Lightning cable for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod for only $18.99 – that’s over 50% off the normal price. This handy cable gives you the length you need to comfortably couch-surf from your iOS device without having to worry about running out of power or staying in close proximity to your wall outlets.

Get your 10-foot Apple-certified MFi Lightning Cable now for only $18.99...

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06:51
Yahoo will unveil a suite of dev tools for mobile...

Yahoo announced today that it will be hosting its first ever developer conference, The Yahoo Mobile Developer Conference, early next year in February. Yahoo confirmed it plans to use the event to unveil a new suite of developer tools for mobile apps that will “help developers better understand their users and improve, grow and monetize their apps.”

Today, Americans spend more time on their smartphones than watching TV – making the mobile experience, and the job of mobile developers, more important than ever. Join us as we announce a suite of tools that will help mobile developers better understand their users and improve, grow and monetize their apps… Breakout sessions will help developers solve some of the biggest issues they’re facing in today’s crowded app market.

Yahoo didn’t give many clues regarding...

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06:46
News: Former Apple exec receives one-year prison...

Former Apple global supply manager Paul Devine has been sentenced to one year in prison for selling confidential information to Asian suppliers that they were able to use to negotiate more favorable deals with the company, the Associated Press reports. Devine pled guilty to wire fraud, conspiracy, and money laundering three years ago, agreeing at the time to give up around $2.28 million in money and property. While the charges carried a potential…

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06:23
Austin Mann’s gift guide for iPhone photographers

An excellent, curated list of gifts for the iPhone photographer, put together by one of the best.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:16
∞ The coming fragmentation of web video

On the emerging disruption of YouTube’s dominant hold on video content. What’s coming next?

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06:15
News: Apple announces iTunes Best of 2014

Apple has announced its Best of 2014 picks on iTunes, a list that chooses the best content selected by Apple’s iTunes Editorial team in each of the various sections of the App Store. Apple’s 2014 App of the Year was Elevate - Brain Training (free) by Elevate, with Instagram’s Hyperlapse (free) coming in as runner-up. Other notable runners up for Apps include Yahoo News Digest (free), SwiftKey Keyboard (free), 1Password (free), and…

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06:10
Paul Shin Devine gets a Year in Jail, $4.5M Fine for...

Paul Shin Devine, the former mid-level Apple manager who took over a million dollars in kickbacks for leaking confidential company plans to Asian parts suppliers, has been sentenced to a year in prison and must repay $4.5 million. He was arrested in 2010 and ultimately plead guilty to federal conspiracy, money laundering, and wire fraud charges.


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06:00
All the best app reviews last week on TUAW

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

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05:57
Ex-Apple supply chain manager fined, sentenced to 1...

Former Apple Global Supply Manager Paul Devine --?who ran afoul of the law in 2010 for selling details of upcoming Apple products to Asian manufacturers --?has been sentenced to one year in prison and fined $4.5 million for his role in the conspiracy.

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