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Friday January 16

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

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

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

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

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06:12
External Link: MacUser UK Is Shutting Down

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

 

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06:12
External Link: MacUser UK Is Shutting Down

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

 

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06:00
You Should Play: Sunburn has you round up friends in...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

With hundreds upon hundreds of new games hitting the App Store each and every week, it's difficult for even a great game to stand out amongst the pack. Attractive presentation can turn some heads, and intriguing gameplay may get people playing (and keep them there), but sometimes you need an extra special hook to grab the attention of prospective players.

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05:30
Lucha Amigos is Angry Birds meeting a cultural game...

What would you get if you crossed Angry Birds with a classic game of pool? There's no real answer, but if I had to place a bet, my money would be on something similar to Lucha Amigos. It's a Mexican-inspired game starring "Wrestlers Turtles" and evil...

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05:30
The Week in iPhone Cases: Wireless charging,...

Wireless charging, radiation shields, and lots of storage

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases brings you a variety of protective options—from cool alternatives for the wallet-weary smartphone user, to gadgety cases designed for those who like to explore the latest trends.

Boostcase

The Power Case (iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; $80 to $130) increases your iPhone's talk and surf times with a powerful battery built into a two-piece modular case.

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05:24
Five barriers that might hold Apple back from moving...

Shortly after Apple introduced its first custom A4 Application Processor in 2010 to power the original iPad, rumors began to suggest the company could eventually migrate its Macs from Intel x86 processors to ARM chip designs of its own. However, there's a series of significant hurdles the company would need to jump first.

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05:22
Parity, a game

Parity is a free, web-based puzzle game, in the same class as Threes and the like, though not at all the same.

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05:16
Google gets into the domain business

Want to register a domain name? Now you have one more option. Google Domains is now open for business.

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05:02
∞ The architecture of an Apple Watch extension

Curt Clifton from Omni Group gave a talk on developing for Apple Watch. Even if you are not a developer, there’s lots to learn here.

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04:50
How your favorite apps might look on the Apple Watch

This is a really well done piece with some thoughtful Apple Watch mockups for Uber, Foursquare, Instagram, and others.

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04:40
Next-generation drones will go where you point your...

Drones are a lot of fun, but making them to exactly what you want them to isn’t always easy, and a fair number of them are damaged or destroyed in crashes. Skydio, a startup formed by ex-MIT and Google X engineers, is hoping to change that by turning your iPhone into a ‘magic wand’ controller, reports TechCrunch.

To demo its auto-pilot system, it’s built a drone “magic wand” that lets you direct a drone by simply pointing your phone where you want it go. That means you don’t need the traditional, clunky dual joystick drone controller.

Today’s drones use cameras to allow you to shoot photos and video, and feed the video back to your phone or controller. What Skydio does is use that same video feed to construct a 3D map of the surroundings and feed it to the drone’s flight controller, so it can automatically avoid obstacles.

The team demonstrated the technology by flying a radio-...

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04:33
Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap

New York Times:

A new website, called Hacker’s List, seeks to match hackers with people looking to gain access to email accounts, take down unflattering photos from a website or gain access to a company’s database. In less than three months of operation, over 500 hacking jobs have been put out to bid on the site, with hackers vying for the right to do the dirty work.

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03:57
How and why you should use a VPN to protect your...

Your greatest security and privacy risk relates to data in transit, as it passes to and from your devices. In a coffeeshop, airport, or other public space using Wi-Fi, your information passes in the clear between your hardware and the network’s hub. You may not be sure how and whether the hotspot secures access to the wired side of its routers, either.

Even if you’re using a secure Wi-Fi network at home, work, or school—or even wired Ethernet—your bits still pass across a broadband modem and through intermediate points on the Internet before reaching the destination server and vice-versa. (Cellular networks are generally considered quite secure unless you are being either individually targeted or swept into a government-backed interception project.)

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Thursday January 15

20:34
Apple adds refurbished Retina 5K iMac to online...

Apple has recently added the 27-inch iMac with Retina display, originally released in October 2014, to the refurbished section of its online store. Currently, the baseline 5K iMac with a 3.5 GHz quad-core Core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM, a 1 TB Fusion Drive, and an AMD Radeon R9 graphics processor will cost you $2,119 refurbished from Apple. That’s $380 – or 15%- off the price of a new model.

Two other variations of the Retina 5K iMac are also now available from the Apple online refurbished store. For $2,419, you get the same Intel Core i5 processor and AMD R9 graphics processor, but also a 3 TB fusion drive and 16 GB of RAM. For $2,549, you can opt for the model with 512 GB of...

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18:59
Samsung brings in new design chief from Apple...

Samsung announced last year that, after negative reviews of the design of its Galaxy S5, its head of mobile design Change Dong-hoon was being replaced by then VP of mobile design Lee Min-hyouck. Today, however, it was revealed that the company is bringing in an outside designer to help refresh its product lineup. A report from the Korea Herald states that Samsung has hired Lee Don-tae to be its new head of design. Don-tae would lead design of all Samsung gadgets, including smartphones.

Lee Don-tae is most well-known as the former CEO of Tangerine, a British design studio originally founded by Apple’s Senior Vice President of Design, Jonathan...

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18:29
Samsung hires former president of Jony Ive's...

In a bid to freshen up its product range, Samsung in January hired a new head of global design in Don-tae Lee, former co-president at a London-based design consultancy founded by Apple SVP of Design Jony Ive.

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17:09
Virtual Traffic Lights Could Revolutionize City...


The average American worker spends almost half an hour commuting each day, but virtual traffic lights could cut that almost in half. If traditional traffic lights were replaced with virtual ones, the results could include not only a reduction of up to 40 percent in urban workers' commute times, but also lower carbon emissions, less congestion and fewer accidents, a study from Carnegie Mellon University suggests. "These systems could be made even smarter and more efficient," said tech analyst Roger Kay.

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17:00
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

LensFlare [iOS Universa...

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16:30
Chipotle "very interested" in Apple Pay

While some companies like McDonalds and Whole Foods have embraced Apple Pay with open arms, a few big-time companies have elected to take a "wait and see" approach with Apple's nascent mobile payments platform.

One such company is Chipotle. This pas...

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16:12
Apple, Google agree to pay $415M to settle 'no-...

Apple, Google and two other Silicon Valley tech companies have agreed to pay out $415 million to settle an anti-trust class action lawsuit alleging so-called "no-poach" measures artificially suppressed employee salaries.

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16:00
Spyglass: A full featured nav app for outdoor...

Spyglass (U.S. $3.99 on sale) is a really complete GPS toolkit for people spending time outdoors or doing off-road navigation. Features are numerous; among them are a heads-up display, a high quality compass with map overlays, a gyrocompass, speedome...

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15:30
Daily Deals for January 15, 2015, Pay What You Want...

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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15:03
Cameron Takes Hard Line on Encrypted Communications


UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who is standing for re-election, has vowed to ban personal encrypted communications apps such as WhatsApp if he is voted in. He also will allow UK government security agencies to monitor communications, with warrants signed by the Home Secretary. "The first duty of any government is to keep our country and our people safe," Cameron declared. Cameron's proposal triggered a storm of criticism. "We've seen proposals similar to this before, but never as unbelievably shortsighted," said CDT's Joseph Hall.

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15:00
Video: Developing with WatchKit, featuring Curt...

Every day, the Apple Watch is one day closer to being released to the public. Developers are now finding ways to make their iOS apps Watch-friendlly as they begin to experiment with WatchKit, and at a recent Seattle Xcoders Meetup, developer Curt Cli...

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14:58
Amazon renames Cloud Drive Photos app, adds iPhone 6...

Amazon has released an update to its Cloud Drive Photos app introducing a new name alongside iPhone 6/6 Plus support and new features. The updated, now called “Amazon Photo,” also includes support for full resolution photo downloads, iPad landscape support, and more.

Full resolution photo downloads – You can now download your photos to your device in full resolution so you no longer have to worry about losing details when you print your downloaded photos or display them on a larger screen… Improved iPad Landscape support – Navigate through the app without ever needing to switch back to Portrait mode.

In addition, version 3.3.0 of the app includes duplicate photo detection that will detect matches and avoid uploading duplicates, and a new “report problems” feature directly through the app.

The updated Amazon...

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14:44
Apple's Swift rockets up programming language...

Just six months after its introduction at WWDC 2014, Apple's Swift continues to generate immense interest with developers and is now the 22nd most popular programming language around, according to new rankings published on Thursday.

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14:23
Things for iOS updated with Notification Center...


Cultured Code released an update for its Things to-do list manager on iPhone and iPad today that added support for a Notification Center widget. The new plugin allows users to keep a list of reminders in the Today view, mark off completed tasks, or quickly access a shortcut for creating new to-dos.

The widget pulls its data from the app’s Today list, and can also let you know which items will be due soon so you can prioritize your activities.

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14:19
∞ Apple’s Swift jumps 46 places on Programming...

A new report studying programming language rankings released yesterday by RedMonk shows that Apple’s new language, Swift, went from 68 place on the list to 22 this quarter—a jump of 46 spots.

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14:00
Be My Eyes is a free app to help the blind "see...

The iPhone is a wonderful device for the blind and vision impaired. Accessibility options like multitouch VoiceOver, Siri, Speak Screen, Dictation, and Zoom make interacting with iOS possible for these users. Now thanks to a new free app, vision impa...

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13:17
Typinator 6.4

Adds support for nested expansions. (€24.99 new, free update, 6.9 MB)

 

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13:00
This iPod prototype will set you back $4,495

Prices on classic iPods saw a bit of a spike once Apple silently put an axe in the beloved media player but you might need to take out a loan if you're hoping to bring home this particular piece of Apple history. Currently up for bids on eBay is a su...

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12:45
Baking iBooks into iOS 8 has led to 1M new users for...

Apple's iBookstore has averaged a million new customers every week since iOS 8 launched last fall, benefitting from the inclusion of iBooks as a built-in app.

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12:00
Sunny for iPhone is gorgeous, relaxing and fun

Last year I wrote a review of Windy, a gorgeous, relaxing app by Taptanium that follows the eponymous character's journey across several lovely settings, complete with stunning visuals and relaxing, stereoscopic sound. Today the same team has release...

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11:50
Apple planning 5 new Chinese retail store openings...

Apple is committed to its promise of expanding its retail presence in China from 15 to 40 stores within two years. Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts told Chinese website Xinhua on Thursday that the iPhone maker is gearing up to open five new stores in roughly five weeks.

“We are opening five new stores before the Chinese New Year this year. Four of the stores are in brand new cities for us,” said Ahrendts in a telephone interview with Xinhua. The new locations will be opened in time for China‘s Spring Festival, a popular shopping season that commemorates the Chinese New Year, on February 19....

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11:28
Shares of Apple dip more than 2% following downgrade...

Shares of Apple stock took an unexpected slide on Thursday, and dragged the larger market down as a whole with it, after a high-profile Japanese bank downgraded its rating on the iPhone maker to "neutral."

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11:05
Ex-Apple iPod chief Tony Fadell to oversee Google...

Former Apple executive Tony Fadell --?known colloquially as the "father of the iPod" --?is set to take over Google's Glass augmented reality project as the search giant reorganizes the stumbling wearable team.

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11:00
Google Maps for iOS gets a welcome update

Google has issued an update to its popular and free Google Maps app for iOS. The update to version 4.2.0 offers filtered restaurant searches that let you specify cuisine type, price and rating, and it gives you weather information from around the wor...

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10:54
Former iPodFather Tony Fadell now in charge of...

From 9to5Google.com:

It looks like Google may finally be preparing Glass for primetime as a number of changes around the company’s heads-up display product were revealed today. Most notably, the Glass project will be moving from the experimental Google X group to its own unit under the leadership of Tony Fadell, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Next of note, Google will end the current run of its Glass Explorers program on January 19th, removing the current version of Glass from sale to individuals; however,...

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10:54
Apple concept shows how Touch ID home button could...

The technology that drives the Touch ID home button could be used for much more than securely scanning a user's fingerprint -- a fact highlighted by a new Apple patent application published this week.

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10:50
Monument Valley success by the numbers

I usually don’t link to things like this, but this one is very interesting.

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10:45
Apple retail SVP Angela Ahrendts briefly talks China...

Apple is set to open five new Chinese outlets in the next five weeks as the company prepares for an influx of shoppers during the Spring Festival, retail chief Angela Ahrendts revealed this week, with four of those outlets in cities that do not currently house an Apple Store.

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10:44
Tony Fadell now in charge of Google Glass

Glass is moving from the Google X research lab to be a stand-alone unit led by Ivy Ross. Ms. Ross and her team will report to Tony Fadell, a former Apple executive who heads Nest Labs, the smart-home device company Google acquired for $3.2 billion in February 2014. Mr. Fadell will still run Nest, but he also will oversee Glass and provide strategic guidance to Ms. Ross.

Tony made the iPod and founded Nest after leaving Apple. I have a ton of respect for this man.

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10:30
Bank of America says 1.1 million credit cards have...

Earlier today, Bank of America disclosed that they've had nearly 800,000 customers activate upwards of 1.1 million credit cards via Apple Pay. Though a small drop in the bucket relative to Bank of America's 60 million customer base, it's a promising ...

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10:30
The Week in iOS Apps: The Princess Bride becomes a...

The Princess Bride becomes a game

As you wish: The Princess Bride is now an interactive game on the iPhone and iPad. Plus apps for news, getting organized, and more

AllCast

This free iOS app can stream media from a variety of sources—including Dropbox, Google+, Google Drive, and Instagram—to your television, through any number of web-to-TV devices, including Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast and more. Spend $5 and you can get AllCast Premium to watch add-free and without any caps on video length.

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10:00
Parallels Access 2.5 released, adds file manager,...

Starting today, Parallels is shipping version 2.5 of the Parallels Access remote access and control app. Parallels Access has been a favorite of TUAW bloggers, featuring precise remote control and amazing speed when controlling Macs from iPads and iP...

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09:53
B of A boosts Apple Pay with 1.1 million cards...

It’s still too early to tell how successful Apple Pay is or will be, but Bank of America’s customers are rushing to test the waters. Some 800,000 B of A customers added 1.1 million cards to Apple Pay between October 20 and the end of 2014.

The number isn’t mindblowing, but it’s pretty respectable, considering that Bank of America has about 16.5 million mobile banking customers altogether. The company’s breakout of Apple Pay adopters in its fourth-quarter earnings signifies it expects Apple’s new service to become an important player in mobile payments this year.

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09:36
Apple says iBooks adding 1M new users a week since...

Apple’s Director of iBooks Store Keith Moerer appeared at the Digital Book World Conference today to talk iBooks, and during the interview offered some updates on stats and insights into how Apple’s book business is going. Of note, Moerer said Apple has added about 1 million new iBooks users a week, which he said is in part thanks to Apple’s decision to preinstall iBooks on devices with its iOS 8 release in September.

#DBW15 #Apple @iBookstore's Keith Moerer "Our goal is to turn those new [free] customers into paying customers."


Porter Anderson (@Porter_Anderson)...

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09:26
BlackBerry, Samsung deny buyout talks

The report is “groundless,” Samsung said in an e-mail. In a separate statement, BlackBerry said it “has not engaged in discussions with Samsung with respect to any possible offer to purchase BlackBerry.” The Waterloo, Ontario-based company didn’t specify whether it had received a proposal from Samsung, the world’s largest smartphone maker.

Not even Samsung wants BlackBerry.

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09:26
2011 MacBook Pro class action suit gains steam,...

If you were irked about the graphics card on your 2011 MacBook Pro going belly up, you’re not alone.

Per AppleInsider, a complaint has been sent out to members of the class action suit against Apple to members of the suit, the law firm of Whitfield, Bryson & Mason LLP revealed that its complaint now includes California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Puerto Rico, and Vermont. The complaint has also been updated to accuse Apple of taking steps to hide the problems from consumers.

“Specifically, we allege that between early- and late-2011, Apple released a software update that dramatically reduced the graphical performance of the GPUs in order to prevent them from reaching temperatures that would cause...

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09:04
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad Leather Smart Covers $15...

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Apple iPad Leather Smart Covers for iPad 2/3/4 (variety of colors) $15 shipped (orig. $70)

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09:00
Apple just patented the best smartphone gaming...

The worst part about keeping an eye on new tech patents is knowing in your heart that most of these new ideas -- especially some of the most off-the-wall amazing ones -- will probably never see the light of day. Such is the case with a new Apple pate...

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08:54
Updated version of Google Drive gains new status...

Google Drive will be getting some additional muscle this week, a new version becoming available for OS X and Windows.

Per 9to5Mac and the Google blog, the new version includes an improved status menu to show much more information than before. Now, you can see the files that are being synced up to the cloud as well as a check mark next to them that will appear as they do so. The app will also make it clear which files are currently syncing and which files are yet to be synced. Additionally, hovering over an item will let you share it straight from the menu.

The update also brings a feature that will let you restrict how...

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08:41
Google Translate app updated, now offers Word Lens,...

It always helps to know the local language.

According to the Google blog, Google has released a new version of Translate for Android and iOS.

The new version already lets you use camera mode to snap a photo of text and get a translation for it in 36 languages. Users can now instantly translate text using their cameras, allowing them to read a menu or a sign on the fly. 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 instant translation currently works for translation from English to and from French,...

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08:35
Touching the dial: How iTunes Radio could be tuned...

iTunes Radio, Apple’s first real foray into streaming music, made its public debut back in June 2013, where it was announced alongside iOS 7. Over a year since its release, the service hasn’t exactly taken over the world, quite literally. It’s still only available in the United States and Australia. If you compared iTunes Radio today with iTunes Radio as it existed the day it was first available to use, you’ll notice that not much has really changed.

Of course, just last May, Apple announced its acquisition of Beats Electronics, which brought along with it...

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08:08
Review: ZeroChroma’s Folio-Slide and Slide-Lid...

History suggested that iPad Air 2 cases would be far more numerous after January’s annual CES show, but due to unexpected production delays, there still aren’t many choices out there. But thanks to ZeroChroma, there are two largely bright spots on the horizon: a finished case called Folio-Slide for iPad Air 2 ($70), and an upcoming $100 version called Folio-Slide with Slide-Lid Keyboard, both of which I’ve been testing for the past week.

The basic version of Folio-Slide is the iPad Air 2-compatible sequel to the very best case I’ve tested for the original iPad Air – one I highly recommended in an...

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08:05
2011 MacBook Pro graphics class-action suit expands...

Members of the 2011 MacBook Pro graphics failure class-action lawsuit were updated this week on the latest developments in the case, which has expanded to include multiple states and lodges new complaints against Apple, accusing the company of deliberately concealing problems.

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08:00
Two Mac Pro cases + woodworking skill = unique bench

With the advent of the new, smaller "trashcan" Mac Pro, we're going to start seeing a lot more of the all-aluminum PowerMac G5 / Mac Pro cases going to the recyclers or - even worse - the dump. Gary Katz of Mac M.D. is a longtime Apple Consultant who...

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07:56
Apple patent shows spring-loaded pop-up home button...

An Apple patent spotted by Patently Apple shows a spring-loaded pop-up iPhone home button that acts as gaming joystick when in the raised position. Or, in patent language:

An electronic device includes a surface and a multi-function input device. The multi-function input device is operable in at least a first mode and a second mode. In the first mode, an input portion of the multi-function input device is flush with the surface or recessed in the surface and is operable to receive z axis press input data. In the second mode, the input portion is positioned proud of the surface (i.e., project...

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07:29
Bank of America customers activate 1.1 million cards...

Apple Pay launch partner Bank of America on Thursday revealed that nearly 800,000 of its customers had signed up for Apple's nascent mobile payments initiative, bringing 1.1 million cards to the service in the last three months.

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07:21
Microsoft's 'Spartan' Browser Will...


Rumors about Microsoft's new browser, code-named "Spartan," have been heating up: It will be an app; no, it will not. It will replace Internet Explorer -- no, it will not.
It will use Microsoft's Trident rendering engine and the Chakra JavaScript engine developed for IE 9. Probably. Spartan will be a new browser that will look and work more like lightweight browsers such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. No, it won't. "We are talking about IE 12," said Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group. "'Spartan' is just the code name."

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07:07
Opinion: Could there be method in Apple’s apparent...

I was extremely surprised when Apple made the decision to drop its Single of the Week, after doing the same thing with its 12 Days of Christmas promo. As I wrote then, the free single seemed a win-win-win: consumers got free music, lesser-known artists got exposure, Apple got the goodwill that stems from giving away free stuff.

But thinking more about it, perhaps there is method in Apple’s madness after all. Let’s start with the obvious point: the company is about to launch an Apple-branded Beats Music service, and it would then make sense to say that this, not iTunes freebies, is the way to discover new music.

But it’s not just music: 12 Days of Christmas was content of all types, apps included, so I think...

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07:06
Bank of America announces 1.1 million cards using...

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

In addition to the latest customer data from Bank of America, support for paying with Apple Pay is popping up in another grocery store chain…

Shoppers in Northern California and Nevada now have the option to check out with Apple Pay at Lucky, Save Mart and FoodMaxx stores, Save Mart Supermarkets...

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07:03
T-Mobile introduces new Simply Prepaid plans...

T-Mobile continues to shake up the wireless industry by introducing a number of affordable plans and options as part of its ongoing Un-carrier initiative. Today, the carrier announced that it is expanding choices for prepaid customers with new Simply Prepaid plans for as little as $40 per month. The new plans will be available for new and existing customers on January 25th.

Simply Prepaid plans provide unlimited talk, text and data buckets of up to 1GB, 3GB or 5GB of 4G LTE data, with each tier costing $10 less than T-Mobile’s existing Simple Choice prepaid plans. T-Mobile throttles data to 2G speeds of 128 Kbps after your 4G LTE data limit is reached. In return for the discount, Simply Prepaid...

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06:32
Apple's 'iPhone 6s' again rumored to...

For the second time in as many days, a report from Asia claims that Apple plans to bring the "Force Touch" technology from the Apple Watch to the next-generation iPhone and double the forthcoming handset's built-in RAM to 2 gigabytes.

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06:00
PLAYER for iOS teaches you how to play your music...

MiQ Limited has announced PLAYER, a free iOS app that analyzes songs from your device's music library and then shows you how to play those songs with chords, keys and song structure.

PLAYER uses a streamlined interface and attractive UI to display s...

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05:30
Crack the code in Do Not Believe His Lies

Do Not Believe His Lies: The Unforgiving Riddle is an interesting, sometimes weird, puzzle game where players have to figure out what the code to unlock the next puzzle is. There is very little in the way of instructions in the game.

Do Not Believe ...

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05:15
Jason Snell on podcast recording

Jason Snell shares some of the knowledge gained from producing hundreds of podcasts.

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05:15
The TidBITS Reader Wishlist for Apple in 2015

After the TidBITS staff shared their Apple wishes for 2015, our readers wrote in with a few more excellent ideas.

 

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05:01
A strategy for picking colors for your design

A bit of help making color choices for your design.

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04:50
Here come the Apple Watch ads

Wall Street Journal:

Early this month, mobile ad exchange TapSense announced a product it said will allow marketers to place ads in applications created for the Apple Watch by third-party developers.

Winter is coming.

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04:36
One-armed 7 year old boy is surprised with 3D...

The arm was built as part of e-NABLE, an online community that uses 3D printers to make prosthetics for those who need them. Watch the video to see Liam Porter get his new arm.

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04:25
Virtual traffic lights on your windshield get you...

The idea here is to remove traffic lights from intersections and embed them on your windshield instead. As your car approaches an intersection, a virtual traffic light appears on your windshield telling you to stop, then turns green when it is your turn to go. If there are no other cars approaching the intersection, you roll on through without having to slow down.

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04:02
Apple chip supplier TSMC announces record profits,...

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company – better known as TSMC – has posted record Q4 profits after taking around 60% of the orders for the A8 chip in the iPhone 6/Plus. Nasdaq reports the company’s net profits for the quarter rose 79% year-on-year.

TSMC, the world’s largest contract chip maker by revenue, said Thursday that net profit for the three months ended Dec. 31 was 79.99 billion New Taiwan dollars (US$2.51 billion), up from NT$44.81 billion a year earlier.

TSMC’s move into 20-nanometer chip production enabled Apple to reduce its reliance on Samsung for the A8 chip, with the chipmaker saying that it is making further investment in more...

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Wakie for iOS wants you to ditch the alarm clock and...

There are lots of alarm clock apps out there—alarms with traditional tones, alarms that ditch the sound for a screen brightening approach, alarms that get angry when you try to snooze.

And then there’s Wakie. Part alarm, part social network, Wakie is a community-based alarm clock, where members of that community will call you to wake you up in the morning. That’s right: Instead of an alarm, your phone will ring, with an anonymous stranger on the other end who is supposedly ready to coax you out of bed. 

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02:30
How Apple Inc. managed to upstage the tech industry...

Within three years of Steve Jobs' return to Apple in 1996, he transformed the then-struggling company into an innovation machine capable of consistently stealing attention from the rest of the industry. This year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas suffered at least its fifteenth year of being upstaged by Apple.

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01:44
Apple patent points to iCloud-based Touch ID syncing...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application for an iCloud-based fingerprint storage and cross-device syncing solution, a system that could do away with manual Touch ID setup and power next-generation Apple Pay-enabled POS terminals.

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00:44
Parallels Access for iOS updated with new file...

Parallels on Thursday updated its Parallels Access app for iOS, adding a robust file manager, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus support and iOS file sharing features, among other enhancements.

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00:01
Parallels Access gains new file manager, iPhone 6...

Parallels Access today received a significant version 2.5 update with support for the iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus, a new file managing system, improved audio controls, and a new web browser-based version. Parallels Access, as we covered upon its launch for the iPhone last year, is a robust remote computing application that allows you to view and control multiple Macs or Windows PCs via an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Android device.

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Wednesday January 14

23:39
Xiaomi aims to take on the iPhone 6 Plus with new 5....


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After teasing a super-thin new smartphone earlier this week, smartphone maker (or, maybe more accurately, “smartclone maker”) Xiaomi revealed its 2015 flagship model, the Note. Just to be clear, this is an entirely new device, and doesn’t seem to be related to the company’s existing “Redmi Note” smartphone.

It’s also not related to Samsung’s similarly named devices, though it...

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App Invasion: Wakie for iOS is the most awkward...

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21:05
Logitech announces Harmony API, begins accepting...

Logitech has announed a new API for developers that will allow them to integrate their software with the many smart home devices supported by the Harmony system. There are currently over 270,000 different automation products and services that work with the Harmony API.

The API will enable the creation of new control platforms that let users carry out automated tasks using voice control, gestures, and more. Many developers have already been granted beta access, and others who would like to give the system a try can request access by emailing the company. The full press release is available below.

Logitech Harmony Opens Largest Library of Home Entertainment and Smart Home Products to Developers

New Harmony API Empowers Developers To Build Exceptional Home Control Experiences

NEWARK, Calif. — Jan. 14, 2014 — Today Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) announced the availability of...

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17:15
Google Maps for iOS gains restaurant filters,...


Google today released an update for its iOS mapping application. The latest build, version 4.2.0, allows users to filter their restaurant searches by the type of food offered, get global weather reports, and add transit directions to your phone’s calendar. You can also add pins to the origin and destination during navigation.

There are, of course, other miscellaneous “bug fixes” that have been applied. The free update is available from the iOS App Store.

What’s New in Version 4.2.0
• Filter searches for restaurants by cuisine type
• See current weather information for cities around the world
• Drop a pin for your starting and destination points in directions and...

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17:01
Westlake Apple Store set to open in Hangzhou, China...

The Apple Store in Hangzhou, China that was initially believed to be opening late last year finally has an official date.

The Westlake store, as it’s being called by Apple, will open on Saturday, January 24th at 9 AM local time. While many Apple Stores are named after the city or street where they’re located, the Westlake store is named after a popular lake located in the city.

In recent months, Apple’s new retail chief has expressed her desire to push further into the Chinese market along with expanding the company’s...

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16:57
Facebook Adds Amber Alerts for Missing Kids


Facebook on Tuesday announced that it has begun a new effort to help find missing children by incorporating Amber Alerts into the news feeds of its 185 million U.S. users.
Through the effort, which is part of a partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the alerts are sent only to users in targeted search areas. They're shown on both desktop and mobile devices and can be shared among users. Photographs and other details about the missing children are included.

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16:25
Apple seeds OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite beta to developers

Apple on Wednesday issued a fourth beta build for an upcoming OS X 10.10.2 Yosemite maintenance update, requesting developers test Wi-Fi, Mail, VoiceOver and Bluetooth functionality ahead of public release.

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16:23
Apple seeds new OS X 10.10.2 beta with build number...

Apple has released a new beta version of OS X 10.10.2 to developers through the App Store’s software update mechanism and the Mac Developer Center. The update, which has a build number of 14C99d (compared to 14C94b in the previous release) is not yet available to AppleSeed users.

The 10.10.2 update will include fixes for common Wi-Fi problems, issues with the built-in Mail app, VoiceOver, and more. With only one week passing between pre-release builds, it seems the patch is getting closer to completion, and could be expected for public release soon.

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16:21
Project Ara: Google’s modular smartphone

From Google’s Project Ara Web site:

The smartphone is one of the most empowering and intimate objects in our lives. Yet most of us have little say in how the device is made, what it does, and how it looks. And 5 billion of us don’t have one. What if you could make thoughtful choices about exactly what your phone does, and use it as a creative canvas to tell your own story?

Introducing Project Ara.

Designed exclusively for 6 billion people.

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16:16
Google Translate App Gets Silver Tongue


Google on Wednesday released a new version of its Translate app for Android and iOS. The app now lets users instantly translate text in foreign languages using their smartphone cameras. Translate app features available on iOS for the first time are camera mode, including Word Lens; and conversational mode, said Google spokesperson Roya Soleimani. The new Translate app also makes conversations between people speaking different languages smoother. The user just has to select the languages spoken and tap the mike icon.

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16:00
PhotoTime: An incredibly powerful iOS photo...

It's not often an app really impresses me, but PhotoTime (free) does. While many apps, including Apple's Photos app, will tag photos and read EXIF data from your photos, PhotoTime goes a lot deeper.

First, you let PhotoTime see your photos, and they...

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15:34
Google releases Chrome Remote Desktop app for iOS,...

This could come in handy.

On Wednesday, Google released its Chrome Remote Desktop app for iOS and Android.

The app, which connects mobile devices to Mac, Windows & Linux-based computers for desktop access, requires the Chrome web browser and application to install and run as well as a user-configured 6-digit PIN.

The Chrome Remote Desktop app requires a device running iOS 7.0 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the app and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

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15:24
Google's Project Ara Smartphone Puzzle Is...


Google has shed fresh light on Project Ara, its modular Android smartphone initiative, including plans to pilot the project in Puerto Rico through food truck-style stores. Project Ara will offer a smartphone endoskeleton; users will be able to add the functionality they want piece by piece, rather than being confined by predetermined hardware configurations. Google showed off its progress on Spiral 2 prototypes and previewed its plans for Spiral 3 -- and for ultimately marketing the devices -- at its DevCon2 developers conference on Wednesday.

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15:00
Doxie Go Wi-Fi: Computer-free scanning goes wireless

TUAW has been following the story of Doxie, the mobile scanner, since day one. This year's iteration of the little scanner is the US$229 Doxie Go Wi-Fi, bringing more built-in storage, an iOS app, and Wi-Fi to a popular accessory. Check out the revie...

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14:30
Amplified: “What I didn’t spend on booze, I spent on...

Jim and Shawn talk about the Mac, the iPhone in the past, the Apple Watch in the future, and how to learn to play guitar!

Sponsored by lynda.com (Start learning something new by visiting lynda.com/amplified and get a FREE 10-day trial where you can access all of their 3,000+ courses).

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14:03
Watch two climbers in a live push for the summit of...

Riveting. Watch Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson make their final push for the summit of El Capitan in one of the hardest free climbs in the world. This is being carried live.

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14:00
Due 2 makes timers, reminders easy and now includes...

Many of us here at TUAW were big fans of Due when it arrived on the App Store. It featured a no-nonsense design that allowed you to set timers and timed reminders quickly and intuitively, plus a few niceties like a logbook for previous timed events i...

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13:54
∞ Apple Watch: The success or failure of Apple’s...

One thing I’ve learned over the last 20 years of writing about Apple is that there’s no shortage of naysayers, ready to declare certain failure of the companies newest product—whatever that product happens to be. The Apple Watch is the latest in a long list of products, that includes the iPod, iPhone, iPad and Macs, that critics says will fail. [...]

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13:47
Google rolling out updated Drive app for Mac w/ new...

Google is rolling out an updated version of its Google Drive app for Mac and PC this week with a few handy new features. First, you’ll find (as you can see above) that Google has updated the status menu to show much more information than before. Now, you can see the files that are being synced up to the cloud as well as a check mark next to them that will appear as they do so. The app will also make it clear which files are currently syncing and which files are yet to be synced. Additionally, hovering over an item will let you share it straight from the menu.

The update also brings a feature that will let you restrict how much bandwidth the app uses in the case that you’re uploading a huge file but would still like to...

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13:44
Google updates Translate, launches Classroom for iOS

Como se dicecomment dites-vouswie sagt man… Google knows you mean well with your attempts to speak a country’s native language when you’re traveling, but also knows that sometimes you need a little help. And that’s OK. Google’s latest update to its Translate app for iOS, which launched on Wednesday, will help you learn the language while you try to get by.

It's a great time to be a student. Google Classroom lets you complete assignments from your iPhone, if you have a Google Apps for Education account.

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