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Thursday November 26

9to5Mac’s Mac Holiday Gift Guide: best picks for...

Welcome to 9to5Mac’s official Mac Holiday Gift Guide! This has been an exciting year for Mac lovers, thanks to the cool new 12″ Retina MacBook and 21″ Retina iMac, as well as great accessories from Apple and others. I’ve been canvassing all things Mac throughout the year, so what you’ll find inside are some great options at various price levels — everything from stocking stuffers and apps to “best gift I’ve ever received” material. Also included: the best (limited time only)...

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Killer Deal: Free Apple SuperDrive and 65% off...

This Black Friday weekend, readers looking for a 2015 13" MacBook Air can get a free Apple SuperDrive and 65% off AppleCare with exclusive $150 coupons. In almost all cases these are the lowest prices anywhere before the free SuperDrive. Plus free shipping and no tax in 48 states.

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Happy Thanksgiving from The Mac Observer!

It's Thanksgiving in the U.S., so that means The Mac Observer is taking Thursday and Friday off to celebrate the holiday. We'll be back with our regular news, analysis, tips and reviews on Monday, November 30. We hope everyone has a great weekend even if Thanksgiving isn't part of your annual holiday schedule.

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9to5Mac’s premium audio gift guide: special gifts...

If you’re buying gifts for music lovers in your life, there has never been a better time to do it: there’s a vast range of products to choose from at every price level. But here I’m focusing on the premium end of the market – a main gift for someone who you love as much as they love music!

These are products consistent with my philosophy of buying the right thing once. Gifts that will be appreciated as much a few years down the line as they will when first unwrapped.

Let’s start with headphones … 

B&W P5 wired or wireless headphones

My trusty Bowers & Wilkins P5 on-ear headphones go with me anytime I’m using public transit – music, audiobooks or podcasts helping the time fly by. The sound quality is fantastic, they are really comfy to wear, let in just enough background sound to...

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My coworkers made me use Mac OS 9 for their (and...

Enlarge / Welcome to 1999, friends! Everyone, buy Apple stock, trust me. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

It's Thanksgiving, all Ars staff is off, and we're grateful for it (running a site remains tough work). But one thing our Andrew Cunningham remains unthankful about is that time we forced him to take an extended dive back into the world of OS 9. We're resurfacing his experience from September 2014 for your holiday reading pleasure.

jonathan: perhaps AndrewC should have to use OS 9 for a day or two ;)

LeeH: omg

LeeH: that's actually a great idea

The above is a lightly edited conversation between Senior Reviews Editor Lee Hutchinson and...

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V-MODA Crossfade Wireless headphones – unboxing and...

V-MODA makes some of the best earphones available. While sports stars and celebrities are normally seen wearing Beats, you’re more likely to find a pair of V-MODA cans wrapped around the necks of DJs. And if I’m going to trust someone’s judgement on an audio product, I’ll choose a music professional over a sportsperson any day.

In the past, I’ve owned the Crossfade M100 and now, the award-winning earphones are back with an added feature: wireless connectivity. I’ve been using the Crossfade Wireless for the past week or so, and they’re rather fantastic…

If you’ve used V-MODA M100 Crossfade earphones before, the Crossfade Wireless will be immediately recognizable....

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Pepper robots are getting fashionable makeovers

Pepper, Softbank's adorable emotion-sensing robot, is rapidly becoming the victim of its own cuteness after owners began dressing it up in wacky costumes. The Wall Street Journal has found that buyers of the device got together to form an intricate c...

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London taxis set to accept contactless payments in...

London's cabbies have moved one step closer to accepting credit cards and contactless payments inside their vehicles. It's about time, right? After launching a consultation earlier this year, Transport for London (TfL) and London's Mayor Boris Johnso...

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ICYMI: Genetically-based cancer meds, taste's...

Today on In Case You Missed It: Scientists managed to turn taste on and off in mice by activating and silencing brain cells, putting to bed the notion that taste is determined by the tongue. University of Toronto cancer researchers used a patient's g...

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Apple wants to make iOS, OS X devices more...

While not making them waterproof (although rumors claim the upcoming iPhone 7 will indeed be waterproof), Apple wants to make its iOS devices, and perhaps Mac laptops more resistant to spills. The company has filed for a patent (number 20150340795) with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for “electronic devices with housing port shutters.”

In the patent filing, Apple says that electronic devices such as laptops, smartphones, and other portable electronic devices are often exposed to environmental contaminants, especially through their speaker, camera, and microphone ports. For example, a user of a laptop or smartphone may accidentally expose the computer or phoee to moisture or dirt. 


Pictured is a perspective view of an illustrative electronic device such as a portable electronic device that has ports in accordance with an embodiment of the patent. 

Contaminants can disrupt the operation of an electronic...

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Watch this Czech pirate's YouTube video or he...

The Czech Republic's first convicted software pirate has been offered an unexpected way of escaping punishment: log 200,000 video views on YouTube and Facebook or be handed a huge fine. The man in question, who is 30 years old and known only as Jakub...

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'Sensible Soccer' remake will happen...

Developer Jon Hare surprised many people when he announced that iconic football game Sensible Soccer was getting a spiritual successor. With Codemasters still owning the rights to the existing franchise, Hare and his team launched the new Sociable So...

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Two studies show the most & least common things...

The average Apple Watch owner interacts with their Watch 60-80 times a day, but most of that usage doesn’t involve anything more than looking at the watch face, checking the time and information displayed in the complications. The least common thing people do on the Watch is read emails.

These are among the findings of two very different studies noted by Fortune. Wristly’s latest update provides a whole raft of data about what people do with their watches, based on a large panel of 1450 owners, but relying on users to estimate their usage. A Stockholm University study took the exact opposite approach,...

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Apple invents active shutter system to protect...

An Apple patent application published Thursday details methods of implementing a powered shutter system that automatically blocks access to speaker, microphone and other iPhone and iPad port openings, protecting the sensitive components within.

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Indie puzzler 'Fez' resurfaces with a $100...

We aren't getting a sequel to the adorable retro indie puzzler Fez well... ever. But that doesn't mean developer Polytron is out of things to sell fans. The Canadian company hopes the wound it opened by canceling the sequel won't deter you from dropp...

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Wednesday November 25

AppleInsider podcast talks Apple Pencil, official...

Apple's new Apple Pencil and Apple Watch charging stand are the focus of this Thanksgiving edition of the AppleInsider podcast, as Neil and Mikey share their thoughts on the Pencil after a week's worth of testing.

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Apple TV apps can now support Facebook login w/ the...

Facebook today has unveiled its own SDK for the new Apple TV’s tvOS. In a blog post on its Developers site, Facebook says that using the Facebook SDK on tvOS will allow developers to build “immersive” social experiences on the platform including tools like login, sharing, and analytics.

One area in which many believe the new Apple TV has fallen short is text input, especially when logging into services and applications. Facebook’s SDK for tvOS, however, will users to quickly login using their Facebook credentials. If a user were to choose the Facebook method, they would be presented with a unique 8 digit code that they could then enter into their smartphone or tablet to authorize the application. There would be no need to use the on-screen...

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Turkeys can't fly, but DODOcases will be flying...

Just a quick note to top off our Black Friday coverage before we close out for the evening. DODOcase has an amazing offer going on TODAY ONLY, with 35% off of everything on the site. 

Enter the promo code Best35 when you check out, and you'll have 35% lopped off of your bill. Me? I'm thinking of picking up a large Leather Portfolio to carry my iPad Pro in -- getting almost $56 off on that portfolio is outstanding. 

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Review: Satechi’s Type-C Hub is almost the perfect...

Satechi’s new Type-C USB Hub announced in October at first glance looks like the perfect solution for using single-port Retina MacBooks with wired accessories and SD cards. It adds three traditional USB 3.0 ports like MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros so you can plug in flash drives, Lightning cables, and most other USB accessories. It also reads SD cards and Micro SD Cards, just not at the same time. And the sleek hub is offered in Mac-matching colors that look almost official…

Satechi’s Type-C USB Hub doesn’t...

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Feature Request: Logic Pro for iPad (Pro)

Feature Request is a new regular 9to5Mac series where authors offer their opinion on how to improve popular hardware or software products.

With the introduction of iPad Pro, now is the time for Apple to finally bring Logic Pro to its tablet. Apple has long had Garageband available for iOS devices, offering what is essentially a feature for feature companion for the desktop Mac app, albeit with a user interface tweaked for the smaller touch display. But it’s not much help to pros that have their workflow in Apple’s professional audio editing suite for Mac, Logic Pro.

Apple does have an iPad app for Logic, Logic Pro Remote, which I wrote about when it...

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AWT News Update: November 25, 2015

A slow pre-Thanksgiving Apple news day, but there are still some nuggets of info to pass your way:

  • Apple may be planning a switch to OLEDs for the iPhone in 2018
  • Leo's Fortune makes the jump to Mac
  • JCET gets an order to assemble SiPs for Apple in 2016
  • Thank you for being a listener of the AWT News Update Podcast!

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is a very short AWT News Update for November 25, 2015. 

Japan’s Nikkei reported today that Apple is planning on a major switch on...

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Report claims iPhones will adopt OLED displays in...

Apple plans to introduce organic light-emitting diode displays for iPhones starting in 2018, claims Nikkei Asian Review. South Korea's LG Display is already planning capacity upgrades, the article adds.

So far the only product Apple makers with an OLED is the Apple Watch. LG provides the smartwatch displays. iPhones and iPads use LCD technology, which offers lower manufacturing costs than OLED screens.

LCDs use a backlight behind the screen to emit light, and act as a valve allowing different amounts of this light to create the colors and images on the display. OLED is made up of many tiny LEDs, each emitting their own light and colors. They don’t require an “always on” backlight, as each LED can be on or off as needed, and emitting the right kind of light needed to create the images you’re seeing. 

OLED technology is used in high...

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How to Pair Bluetooth Headphones with Your Apple TV

Let's say you want to watch your favorite shows and movies on your Apple TV, but don't want to disturb anyone with the audio. No problem: just use headphones. Now how about making that happen without getting tangled in wires running from your TV to your head? The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet shows how to connect Bluetooth headphones to your Apple TV in this video tip.

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Notable apps and app updates for November 25, 2015

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks for iOS and Mac OS X:

iOS Apps/Updates

9M Interactive has announced Ultimate Tennis 1.5. It’s a free tennis simulation game that offers a mix between mobile tennis gameplay and RPG elements. 

Vacata has released Task Manager 1.1.2, a new version of the $1.99 app that helps users to manage and schedule their activities throughout the day. Users can create individual tasks, as well as combine multiple tasks into one project.

Dave Cheng...

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The Week in iOS Accessories: Warm winter accessories

Warm winter accessories

This week’s roundup includes a couple of accessories to keep your hands and ears warm this winter, all without disconnecting you from the iOS universe. Read on!


The Echo PowerConnect Mini is a 1,600-mAh backup battery, small enough to fit into your front pocket—and it’s versatile, coming with a dual-headed connector that lets you charge either an iPhone or an Android smartphone on the fly.

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Tip of the Day: Aerial Screensavers on the new Apple...

The aerial screensavers available on the new Apple TV make for a refreshing change from the photo-based screen savers of prior versions; currently Apple offers up 34 different screensavers covering five specific locations around the world: China, Hawaii, London, New York, and San Francisco. Rather than storing the screensavers permanently as part of tvOS, the Apple TV downloads new screensaver footage from Apple’s servers on a schedule. If you…

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Macworld’s December Digital Edition: Apple TV Review

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld Digital Edition.

Available as single copies or with a yearlong subscription, the Digital Edition comes in two forms: Enhanced and PDF replica. The Enhanced Edition has all the news, analysis, product reviews, and how-to’s, along with interactive features, and videos—customized for consumption on your iPad. The PDF replica Edition is designed for your mobile device’s touchscreen to allow pinch and zoom.

In the December issue

We review the latest Apple TV. Can Apple conquer the living room? We also review and rate the iMac with 4K Retina display, a high resolution desktop for the masses, as well as the new Magic accessories.


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Apple buys Star Wars motion-capture firm Faceshift


With the teetering stack of virtual reality headsets coming to market over the next year, eyes in the tech sector are being consistently turned towards facial recognition software. While Facebook has made moves to develop facial mapping technology for the Oculus Rift, news has now emerged of an intriguing buy up by Apple.

The company has announced that it has acquired Faceshift, a Zurich-based startup responsible for developing technology capable of real-time facial-capture and avatar creation. The tech boasts plenty of high-profile use, having even been used in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens to give alien characters an extra semblance of reality.

Could Apple really be interested in any aspect of Virtual Reality? I think this buy is fascinating but I don’t think it’s use inside the company will be as obvious as many are assuming.


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Report: Apple to begin shifting iPhone displays from...

Apple Watch benefits from deeper blacks and greater energy efficiency thanks to OLED technology

Apple is expected to begin shifting iPhones from LCD displays to improved OLED screens starting in 2018, according to Nikkei Asian Review. Currently the display technology is only used by Apple to produce Apple Watch displays while iPhones and iPads use older LCD technology. OLED benefits from greater contrast levels and much deeper blacks as the display only illuminates to present color. This offers energy efficiency that leads to improved battery life compared lighting up the entire display each time.Nikkei claims that Apple has notified its suppliers that it wants to move to OLED...

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Podcast 485: Home for the holidays

Well, Susie finally finished her iPad Pro review, but not before recording this episode of the Macworld Podcast. (Turn up those headphones—can't you just hear the anxiety in her voice?) And for the record, the Pencil she ordered on November 11 still hasn't arrived as of this writing, so thanks to Apple for the loaner unit.

But that's not the focus of today's podcast! It's almost time for American Rules Thanksgiving, the glorious long weekend of hanging around with relatives, eating too much, watching sports on TV, and answering questions about technology. Should you get your parents using two-factor authentication? How do you broach the subject of phishing? Is it OK to just write their passwords down for them? Glenn and Susie have plenty of advice, and you should feel free to share your own in the comments. Happy Thanksgiving!

To read this article in...

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Happy Hour Podcast 042 | Apple Pencil impressions

This week, we’re discussing all things Apple Pencil. Should you buy one? Who is it for? Today, we’ll get to the bottom of Apple Pencil along with our impressions and opinions. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed.

New episodes of Happy Hour are available every Wednesday. As mentioned, you can download this podcast via iTunes or plug in our RSS feed link into your favorite podcasting app. Send an email to...

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Review: Parrot Hydrofoil Drone

While the company's 2015 Airborne and Jumping drone lineups were iterations on 2014's Jumping Sumo and Rolling Spider, Parrot has broken a bit of new ground in its drone lineup this year with its Hydrofoil drone ($160), a new hybrid robot drone designed to allow users to take to the water with speed and agility. {/exp:char_limit}

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Exclusive Deal: Free 32GB Apple TV with all 2015...

One-upping our offer from last year, this Black Friday AppleInsider has teamed with one of Apple's top authorized resellers to knock $30-$111 off all 2015 13" MacBook Pros and $71-$230 off all 2015 15" MacBook Pros, then throw in a brand new 4th-generation 32GB Apple TV -- on top of those discounts -- for free. Plus free shipping and no tax in 48 states.

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There’s no repairing the iPad Pro Smart Keyboard,...

This is kind of hard to watch. (credit: iFixit)

iFixit's product teardowns often show you how to fix gadgets, but in the case of Apple's Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil accessories for the iPad Pro they have been more academic. Neither device is meant to be opened, and the act of opening them also happens to irreparably destroy them.

It's still interesting to see what's inside them, though, even more so when you don't have to sacrifice your own expensive accessories to do it. After cutting the keyboard's canvas open with a knife, iFixit...

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Apple's Christmas ad: Stevie Wonder and Andra...

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the US, the day we all pause to reflect just on how much we have to be thankful for. The next big holiday, of course, is Christmas Day on December 25. Apple has released a "Wonder-ful" Christmas advertisement that doesn't overtly show off the company's products, instead focusing on Stevie Wonder and Andra Day performing his 1967 holiday classic "Someday At Christmas". 

Wonder is seen using VoiceOver to set up a recording session on his MacBook, but that's not the focus of the ad. Happy Holidays!

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Review: Urban Armor Gear’s Composite Case for iPad...

Two weeks into using the iPad Pro, I’m even more convinced of something I believed during week one: the 12.9″ iPad is good on its own, but if an accessory adds enough bulk to make it feel like a poor man’s laptop, it starts to stink. I suspect that’s why Apple let another company release the first iPad Pro keyboard case; once you’ve tried something as big as Logitech’s Create, you’ll start searching for a “smarter” solution.

From where I stand, Urban Armor Gear’s new ...

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The Tor Project seeks broader public support through...

Even online anonymity and privacy need a crowd of sorts--crowdfunders, to be specific. The Tor Project recently kicked off a crowdfunding drive, using journalist and filmmaker Laura Poitras as an example of the importance of the online anonymity tools.

In a blog post announcing the funding drive, Tor quotes Poitras saying that she never could have worked on and help break the Snowden story without Tor. Poitras worked with Glenn Greenwald on the initial revelations from documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. She also directed the Snowden documentary Citizenfour. “Tor is an essential tool that...fosters free speech and independent voices,” she said.


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Mac: 1337 & Senri LLC Leo’s Fortune - HD Edition

One of our favorite iOS platform adventure games of last year, Leo’s Fortune ($7), is available for Mac starting today. The game is centered around one mustached furball’s quest to find his stolen gold, and that simple premise leads users through lush environments and into vicious traps on the way to discovering the truth behind who took the loot. Players follow the trail of coins to solve physics-based puzzles through 24 levels, using Leo’s jumping and hovering abilities to avoid spikes and other hazards. The game’s already impressive graphics get a further upgrade for the Mac, possibly accounting for the $2 higher price when compared to the iOS version. Finishing the game will unlock Hardcore Mode and beating the game without dying yields its own special prize. Users can also compete in Game Center to beat as many levels in the fastest time possible. The game takes up 851 MB of space and requires OS X 10.7 or later to run.

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Apple airs 2015 Christmas TV ad starring Stevie...

Apple on Wednesday uploaeded its annual Christmas TV ad to YouTube, which this year stars singers Stevie Wonder and Andra Daye.

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9to5Toys Last Call: Apple Watch from $232 effective...

Black Friday Target: Apple Watch effective prices start at $232 thanks to free Gift Cards and REDcard savings, more:

  • iPad mini 2 w/ free $80 Target Gift Card from $269
  • iPad Air w/ free $100 target Gift Card from $399
  • iPad Air 2 w/ free $100 target Gift...
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Black Friday Blog Blast: More deals than you can...

After combing the Apple World Today inbox for deals, we've narrowed 'em down to a relative handful. Here we goooooo...

Pad & Quill

We don't have to tell you what great gifts Pad & Quill products will make for the holidays, whether for a friend or loved one, or for yourself. Rather than pick or choose a handful of products, Pad & Quill is offering 15% off of everything on Black Friday (Nov. 27) and Cyber Monday (Nov. 30). Just use these links to get to the site on Friday or Monday, take your 15% discount, and support Apple World Today at the same time:

Black Friday - 15% off everything (Offer good only on November 27, 2015)


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Apple award-winning iOS game Leo’s Fortune comes to...

Leo’s Fortune previously won an Apple Design Award for its game on iOS, thanks to its engaging gameplay and beautiful art style. Over the last year, it has become a smash hit across multiple platforms including iPhone, iPad, Android and more. Today, the same great game is now available in the Mac App Store for $6.99 accompanied by beautiful high-resolution textures.

Voyage through lush environments from mossy forests and arid deserts, to pirate cities and snowy mountains. Survive vicious traps and solve physics-based puzzles through 24 levels of treacherous adventure. Follow the trail of gold and uncover the truth behind Leo’s stolen fortune. Finish Leo’s Fortune to unlock Hard-core Mode: try to beat the whole game without dying to unlock a special prize! Compete with your Game Center friends to beat as many levels as you can in the fastest time possible.


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China's JCET wins orders for Apple system-in-...

China's Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology -- better known as JCET -- has won orders to assemble system-in-package (SiP) modules for Apple in 2016, sources said on Wednesday.

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T-Mobile offers $200 per line for Sprint customers...

As part of its latest "Un-carrier" promotion, T-Mobile announced on Wednesday that it will pay an extra $200 per line for every Sprint customer who switches to its service, with no trade-in required.

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Apple shares ‘Someday At Christmas’ ad starring...

Just one day before Thanksgiving in the US and a month before Christmas, Apple has shared its annual holiday ad on YouTube.

From our family to yours, Andra Day and Stevie Wonder perform his 1967 holiday classic, “Someday At Christmas.

The video spans about a minute and a half, featuring legendary artist Stevie Wonder (a known Apple fan) performing with Andra Day, with various Apple products including MacBooks running GarageBand and Apple Watches in view....

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Apple buys Faceshift, a motion capture company

Apple has confirmed its acquisition of Faceshift, a Zurich-based motion capture company whose technology is being used in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Rumors of the acquisition first appeared a couple months ago, and Apple has now confirmed the deal with TechCrunch. Faceshift’s software is able to capture facial expressions and graft them onto digital avatars in near real-time. Intel demoed the technology with its 3D RealSense cameras earlier this year, and the 0:41 second mark of this Star Wars: The Force Awakens video shows a glimpse of Faceshift in action.


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Apple acquires real-time capture firm Faceshift,...

It’s hard to say what Apple will do with its new toy, but it’s been confirmed that it just bought a real-time motion capture firm.

The company apparently acquired Faceshift, a Zurich-based capture firm, which has worked with game and animation studios on technology designed to quickly and accurately capture facial expressions using 3D sensors, including Faceshift Studio software with plugins for Maya and Unity. The company was also working toward consumer-facing software like a Skype plugin that would support real-time avatars for video chat.

According to Swiss company registry filings, Faceshift was acquired by Apple in mid-August. Several Faceshift employees have...

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Apple reaches first crucial agreement for early 2016...

Following Monday’s report that Apple is planning to launch Apple Pay in China in February of next year, Bloomberg reports that it has reached a preliminary agreement with UnionPay to use its card-processing terminals. The agreement was an essential step along the way as UnionPay has a monopoly on card-processing in China.

The agreement is provisional, as it still requires the individual banks to agree. They have reportedly been reluctant to agree to the 0.15% cut Apple takes of each transaction. Given the transaction volumes involved, that soon...

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UHD TV - What's the Damage?

TV manufacturers could have a very good holiday season, and the good times likely will continue through 2019. Sales of 4K or Ultra High Definition TV sets will exceed 330 million units by the end of 2019 -- a sharp increase from the 2 million sold in 2013, according to data released by Parks Associates. However, while the price of those sets has fallen sharply, a report released this month by the Natural Resources Defense Council contended that new UHD models use on average 30 percent more energy than their HD predecessors.

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China UnionPay, Apple reach tentative agreement to...

China UnionPay and Apple have reached a preliminary agreement to introduce Apple Pay in China through UnionPay’s point-of-sales network, reports Bloomberg, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the matter.”

Details of the agreement are yet to be finalized, pending feedback from banks that issue cards, the article says. Shanghai-based UnionPay reportedly plans to introduce in 2016.

China UnionPay, also known as UnionPay or by its abbreviation, CUP, is the only domestic bank card organization in the People's Republic of China. Apple Pay is Apple's mobile payment service, which lets iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus, 6s Plus, and Apple Watch owners make payments using NFC with their devices.

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Opinion: Why has Apple bought Faceshift? Six...

Not too long after the first rumors surfaced, Apple has given its usual non-confirmation that it has acquired Faceshift, the company behind the technology Star Wars used to animate the faces of CGI characters. It’s not an obvious fit for Apple, so what could be the thinking behind the purchase?

Like Apple’s patents, it is sometimes easy, I think, to read too much into some of the company’s acquisitions. Sure, it doesn’t go around acquiring companies randomly, but it may not always be after the complete package. It may well be that there is some small element of the company’s technology that Apple wants, or it may be an acquihire – where it’s the engineers rather than the specific tech the company wants.

But in this particular case, there is reason to suspect that Apple does have an interest in the...

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Apple, China UnionPay have 'preliminary'...

Apple has allegedly reached a tentative agreement with China UnionPay, which could see Apple Pay come to China via UnionPay's 5 million or more NFC-equipped point-of-sale terminals.

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Apple acquires Faceshift, which makes a facial...

It was rumored earlier this year, and now Apple has confirmed that it’s purchased a company called Faceshift, reports TechCrunch. There’s no word on what Apple paid for the acquisition.

Face shift makes Faceshift Studio, a markerless facial motion capture system. It analyzes the face motions of an actor, and describes them as a mixture of basic expressions, plus head orientation and gaze, to create a custom 3D avatar, and to record facial animation data in real time. The animation data may be streamed live into Maya, MotionBuilder or Unity, or exported in a range of standard file formats, including BVH and FBX.

It’s not clear how Apple intends to use Faceshift’s technology, but there are a number of areas where Faceshift has been demonstrated and is already being used. In gaming experiences, people can adopt avatars whose faces will alter based on the players’ actual expressions for a more...

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iOS 9: Using Mail Markup with Photos

iOS 9's Mail app has a feature that'll let you annotate images before you send them, so if you've gotta add in your signature, circle part of an image for clarity, or put in a text box, you can do so. In today's Quick Tip, we'll tell you how!

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iPhone, iPad regain enterprise marketshare in the...

BlackBerry Limited has released the thirteenth Good Mobility Index Report , which shows increase an in iOS activations, continuing the trend previously seen with new iPhone releases.

iOS rebounded to regain some of its previous losses in device activations, building its lead from 64 percent to 66 percent. This continues a trend among Good-activated devices where new iPhone launches result in an uptick in iOS market share, says Billy Ho, Executive vice president, Enterprise Product and Value Added Solutions, BlackBerry. Android market share fell slightly to 31 percent, while Windows dropped to two percent.

Heterogeneity seems to have taken hold in the tablet market, as the dominant lead iOS once had now appears to have eroded despite taking market share back from Android and Windows, says Ho. iOS rose from 64 percent to 71 percent  of...

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Apple’s New Magic Peripherals Offer Modest Change

Apple has finally updated its long-on-the-tooth desktop mouse, keyboard, and trackpad to varying degrees, and added internal batteries to all. But the peripherals retain their unique personalities, and those hoping for a revamp of the somewhat controversial devices will be disappointed.


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The Lightning Dock is a sleek, versatile iPhone...

Apple isn’t promoting it very much, but the company offers an iPhone Lightning Dock. At US$49, it’s not inexpensive, but does offer a sleek, gorgeous little dock that perfectly matches the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

The iPhone Lightning Dock is available in four metallic finishes: silver, space gray, gold, and rose gold. It can be used to charge and sync not only the 6s and 6s Plus, but any iPhone that has a Lightning connector. Your Apple smartphone sits upright in the dock as it syncs or charges, so it’s great for use on a desktop or countertop.

You can insert and remove your iPhone from the iPhone Lightning Dock even when your smartphone is in an Apple-designed case (third party cases may or may not allow docking). Plus, you can unlock your iPhone or use Touch ID without having to remove it from the dock.

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Ring Menu is an interesting alternative to the Mac...

If you want Dock functionality but, for whatever reason, aren't a fan of the Mac OS X Dock itself, The Ring Menu is a handy alternative. 

Available at the Mac App Store for $4.99, it adds a circular menu containing apps, files and folders around the mouse cursor. It also sports a dynamic item zoom that magnifies the items under your mouse cursor. 

If you're a MacBook Pro/Air owner, or use a Magic Trackpad with your desktop Mac, you'll appreciate the fact that Ring Menu also introduces a new gesture to the trackpad of your Mac: the three finger rest. Put three fingers next to each other on the trackpad for a short period of time, and the Ring Menu will appear around the mouse cursor. Several other gestures as well as the option to open Ring Menu using keyboard shortcuts are also available.

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Bankrate: Americans prefer cash over mobile payments...

Cash is king this holiday season; seven in 10 Americans plan to use either cash (39 percent) or a debit card (31 percent) for most of their holiday purchases, according to a new study. Twenty-two preferred credit cards and three percent said checks over mobile payment systems such as Apple Pay.

Millennials are the most averse to credit (48 percent favor debit cards and 36 percent prefer cash). 18-29 year-olds chose debit cards almost twice as much as older adults.

Mobile payments aren’t popular among any demographics. Just 14 percent of U.S. adults who use a smartphone or a similar handheld device plan to use services such as Apple Pay or Android Pay even once this season, including 19 percent of millennials, according to Among those who don’t plan to make mobile payments, the top reasons were “not secure enough” (36 percent) and “other payment methods are more convenient” (31 percent).

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Temp tech tattoos can monitor your health and...

Chaotic Moon, a start-up known for conjuring fun projects like a shark-punching virtual game, has a wide range of applications in mind for the temporary tattoo technology it's developing. Called "Tech Tats," they're quite literally stick-on tattoos t...

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Tested: Why the iPad Pro really isn't as fast a...

One benchmark makes it look good. A lot of other benchmarks show a different story. Get all the details here.

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Google's fast mobile pages coming (with ads) in...

Google revealed the "AMP" endeavor last month to accelerate mobile page-loading times, the slowness of which is a huge user bone of contention. It now says the fast-loading mobile pages will hit search results by early next year, and also gave more d...

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Tuesday November 24

20% Off iTunes Cards

Best Buy is running a deal on iTunes cards today-buy one, get 40 percent off a second. That's 20 percent off for both of them for those following along at home. This is another online deal, and it includes free shipping. You need to use ITUNESDEAL at checkout to get the discount, and the deal is valid on cards from $10-$100. That would be two cards for $160. This offer is part of Best Buy's run up to Black Friday. There's no expiration date listed as of this writing, but it could be a one-day-only deal.

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On iFixit and the Right To Repair

Jason Koebler writes: Motherboard sent a reporter to the Electronics Reuse Convention in New Orleans to investigate the important but threatened world of smartphone and electronics repair. As manufacturers start using proprietary screws, offer phone lease programs and use copyright law to threaten repair professionals, the right-to-repair is under more threat than ever. "That Apple and other electronics manufacturers don't sell repair parts to consumers or write service manuals for them isn't just annoying, it's an environmental disaster, [iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens] says. Recent shifts to proprietary screws, the ever-present threat of legal action under a trainwreck of a copyright law, and an antagonistic relationship with third-party repair shops shows that the anti-repair culture at major manufacturers isn't based on negligence or naiveté, it's malicious."


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Apple officially acquires Faceshift, the company...

Earlier this year a rumor began floating around that claimed Apple had acquired Faceshift, the company behind the motion capture technology used in Star Wars. Now, TechCrunch reports that the acquisition has become official and Apple has acquired the Zurich-based Faceshift startup.

Apple has not directly confirmed the acquisition, but issued its standard statement regarding its purchasing of smaller companies. “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans,” the company said.

This isn’t the first motion capture startup Apple has acquired. Over recent years, the company has acquired PrimeSense,...

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Apple confirms acquisition of motion capture firm...

Months after rumors claimed Apple was behind the mysterious acquisition of real-time motion capture technology firm Faceshift, the Cupertino, Calif., company confirmed the purchase on Tuesday, but declined to offer details on the matter.

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PSA: If You’re Having Network Troubles, Turn Off Wi-...

Funny thing happened today: our own Adam Christianson was having trouble with his Internet connection. So, he called up his provider, but his phone call kept dropping. Holy 2007, Batman! Turns out he had Wi-Fi Calling turned on, and the very Internet connection he was calling about was dropping his calls to his cable company.

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The Samoan pipeline

California Sunday Magazine:

Over the years football coaches have found on the island a ready inventory of large, big-boned, and nimble Samoans, with the kind of solid base that football coaches love: massive from the waist down but still able to move their feet. Samoans’ facility with footwork is often attributed to tribal dances and the common practice of going barefoot. Their love of combat is derived from a fierce warrior culture that goes back hundreds of years.

With an upbringing that stresses hard work, discipline, and devotion to authority, both heavenly and earthbound, Polynesians have come to be considered the ultimate clay from which to mold a football player. It is as if a childhood of gentle obedience translates into a passion for ferocious violent contact, the kind of collisions that resonate through a stadium and electrify the crowd.

If you are a football fan, the men of Samoa are familiar to you. Even if you’re not a fan, it’s an interesting...

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13 movies you can watch for free on YouTube right now

Daily Dot:

When a movie’s license expires or the work ceases to be owned by a corporation or a private individual, it’s essentially a public good and is freely distributable. Thus, while you can always briefly find studio classics like All About Eve, The Palm Beach Story, or Rebecca on the site, posters are often breaking copyright laws to do so, and the films are likely to be removed as quickly as they went up.

Luckily though, you don’t have to commit a crime to watch good movies for free—and maybe get a bit of a film history lesson in the process. All you need to know is what to watch and where to watch it.

There are some great movies on this list and they run the gamut from screwball comedy to film noir to scifi to horror.


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Reeder 3 now available for iOS with iPad Pro...

Popular RSS client Reeder has today released the third major iteration of its app on iOS. The availability of Reeder 3 for iOS follows the release of Reeder 3 for OS X back in September alongside the launch of El Capitan. Reeder 3 introduces a handful of new features and capabilities, including support for new services, interface tweaks, and more.

First off, the update adds support for using Instapaper as a sync service. Instapaper joins services like Feedbin, Feedly, and Feed Wrangler as services supported by Reeder. The update also introduces a Safari View Controller, meaning that you no longer have to exit the Reeder app itself to view links. Instead, they will open directly within the app, making for a much more seamless experience.

Reeder 3 also adds support for Split View multitasking for iOS 9 users, as well as support for iPad Pro. 3D Touch support is also now supported for iPhone 6s and...

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Apple's iPhone and iPad regain enterprise...

Apple's annual iPhone refresh cycle, and a resurgence in iPad, helped iOS regain marketshare in the enterprise over the quarter ending in September, according to fresh statistics from Good Powered by BlackBerry.

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Vine launches on Apple Watch, adds new content...

Vine on Tuesday released a long-awaited extension of their popular app for Apple Watch, and added a new feature to its iOS app designed to make it easier to surface new content quickly.

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Twitter announces native video support for its...

Twitter today announced that it is rolling out a highly-welcomed new feature to its Twitter Kit developer tools. The company announced in a blog post that users will now be able to watch full-screen Twitter videos and GIFs without having to open up a webview or leave their app.

Essentially this means that Twitter for iOS now will play back videos and GIFs full-screen with the native video player on iOS that we’ve all come to recognize and use over the years. Twitter notes that the feature is live on iOS now and will come to Android soon. This feature should make the entire video viewing process more seamless for the user as they will no longer have to remember to go back to whatever app they were using before clicking the video link that opened another app.

Twitter appears to be rolling out the update over-the-air, so there’s no work that needs to be done on the user/developer of things. Twitter says this feature is supposed on the latest version of Twitter Kit on...

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The Godfather Trilogy – $10 on iTunes


The Godfather stands alongside classics like Citizen Kane in the ranks of the greatest American movies of all time. Director Francis Ford Coppola and author Mario Puzo adapted Puzo’s 1969 novel with an incredible degree of skill, patience, and emotional depth. It’s an old-fashioned gangster film that offers a probing look at the American dream. Marlon Brando invests the centerpiece role with the essence of his knowledge of what’s right. The movie contains so many great scenes and so much memorable dialogue–from its opening line, the heavily accented, “I believe in America,” to the final shot of a shutting door–that it’s impossible to name its finest moment. it was the high-grossing film of all time until Jaws, and it won three Oscars, including Best Picture.

You lucky US-based readers can grab the trilogy for only $10 on the iTunes Store. Don’t wait – no telling how long this deal will be available. If you’ve never seen these movies, I can’t recommend them...

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$100 Off Apple Watch, $125 Off 128GB iPad Air 2,...

The early Black Friday deals are stacking up fast, and Best Buy is running a doozy for Apple Watch and iPad. Today only-and online only-you can get $50 off Apple Watch Sport, $100 off Apple Watch, $100 off a 64GB iPad Air 2, and $125 off a 128GB iPad Air 2. In each case you have to enter a coupon code at checkout to get the discount, and the offers only extend to what they have in stock. The coupon codes are listed below the product they are good for, as shown in the image below, and the deal ends at 11:59 PM CST (that's CENTRAL time zone) Tuesday, November 24th (that's tonight). [Via MacRumors]

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HyperDrive MacBook Storage Expander: $19.95

The HyperDrive MacBook Storage Expander is a clever device. It's an adaptor card that let's you use any microSD, microSDHC, or microSDXC (including 512GB) memory card in your MacBook's Flash memory reader. And it does so sitting flush to the outer edge of your MacBook. We have a deal on one today for $19.95, one third off the regular price. Check the deal listing for more info.

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Feature Request: How Apple can better optimize iOS...

Feature Request is a new regular 9to5Mac series where authors offer their opinion on how to improve popular hardware or software products.

Before Apple even announced the oft-rumored iPad Pro, it unveiled a new version of iPad software, iOS 9, that included several new features that seemed perfect for a device with a larger screen. Sure enough, those features foreshadowed the launch of the larger, 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Zac did an excellent job last week of highlighting some of these enhancement that are great on the larger-screened device.

As Zac noted, iOS 9 includes a handful of really nice optimizations for iPad Pro. These include things such as Picture in Picture support for video and FaceTime calls, Split View and Slide Over multitasking, an enhanced keyboard, and more. While these features truly shine and...

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Google Drive for iOS updated w/ 3D Touch support,...

Google today has updated its Drive app on iOS with a handful of notable new features and enhancements. First off, today’s update to Drive, which bumps the app to version 4.4, adds 3D Touch support for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users. Now, pushing with more pressure on the Drive app icon will bring up two options, one to quickly upload photos and another to quickly search the contents of your Drive.

Next, the update adds the ability to receive push notifications whenever a new file is shared with you. Also, searching through Spotlight in iOS will now bring up files you have saved in Drive, allowing you to easily jump to it without first having to open to open the app.

Finally, version 4.4 of Google Drive for iOS adds support for Split View and Slide Over multitasking on iPad and iPad Pro. While these features...

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AWT News Update: November 24, 2015

With Turkey Day approaching, it's been a slow news week. We've been able to pick up a few fun stories for you, though:

  • Apple TV App Store gets more categories, making discovery of apps easier
  • Vine comes to the Apple Watch
  • Developer and hacker Hamza Sood figures out a way to add 3D Touch to the iPad Pro
  • 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage will come with Apple CarPlay

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Notable apps and app updates for November 24, 2015

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks for iOS, tvOS, and Mac OS X:

iOS Apps/Updates

mix1009 has announced Photo Cleaner 1.0. It’s a $2.99 app that deletes the video portion of Live Photos to reclaim space on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus devices. While the new Live Photos feature of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus is fun to use, Live Photos can take up twice the storage space of regular photos. Photo Cleaner deletes the video portion of the new photo format, leaving only the still photo, reclaiming storage space.

Molfar Studios has released...

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Hollywood’s biggest turkeys of 2015


Once upon a time in a land called Hollywood, casting a big star was an investment that paid for itself in box office returns. That financial fairy tale is now pure fiction: The biggest box office flops of 2015 include vehicles fronted by Bradley Cooper, George Clooney and Johnny Depp, among others.

Topping the turkey pile is Bill Murray’s Rock The Kasbah, an offbeat and off-color comedy in which a washed-up tour manager (Murray) finds himself in Kabul trying to turn a young Afghani woman into a TV singing competition winner. The fish out of water story was universally panned by critics and flailed like an asphyxiating goldfish, grossing just $2.9 million on an estimated $15 million production budget. With a dismal 19% return on production costs–and just an 8% favorable rating on Rotten Tomatoes–Rock The Kasbah leads our list of 2015′s biggest flops.

How many of these flops did you contribute to by not going to see them?


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Facebook Tests Tools to Make Breakups More Bearable

Facebook last week announced it was testing tools that will let people manage their post-breakup life on its pages. "Today social media means that you are guaranteed to run into your ex, and he or she might very well be wrapped around a new partner," relationship expert Wendy Walsh said. "Research has shown that those who don't disconnect electronically have a harder time getting over a breakup," she told TechNewsWorld. The tools, available only on mobile devices, are being tested with some users in the United States.

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Tip of the Day: Reducing loud sounds on the new...

Another small new feature added by Apple in the new fourth-generation Apple TV is the ability to adjust the dynamic range of your audio input. This is particularly useful for watching TV later at night, or anytime you prefer to use lower volume levels so as not to disturb others — it enhances detail such as spoken dialogue, while softening music and other loud background noise.


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Opinion: Is the iPad Pro really ready for 4K video...

Even though the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus support 4K video recording, the 4K format is still gathering steam. ...

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Estimates show iPad Pro will sell more in first...

Apple bloggers aren't the only people fixated on the success or failure of the iPad Pro; investment analysts also keep a sharp eye on supplier reports to estimate how many of the device will be sold. Last week, KGI estimated that Apple would sell about 2.5 million iPad Pros this quarter, and this week, RBC Capital Markets predicts the number will be closer to 1.7 million devices by year-end

Ben Lovejoy at 9to5Mac figures that the 1 million per month sales rate of the iPad Pro means that about 3 million of the plus-sized iPads will be sold in the first three months of sales, exceeding "total sales of the Microsoft Surface tablet range." 

RBC also says that Apple will make about US$200 profit on each iPad Pro, which means that the Pro should generate total profits for the 1st...

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PSA: Don't use P2P money transfer services like...

While smartphone-based person-to-person payment services are convenient, they aren't necessarily a secure or guaranteed way to receive money. If you're doing business with an unknown person, such as selling an item on Craigslist, you should just stick to cash. Here's why.

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Amazon Video, Microsoft OneDrive & Google Drive...

Amazon, Google, and Microsoft on Tuesday updated key iOS apps with support for 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, simultaneously adding a number of other features. [Updated with Google Drive info]

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Hewlett-Packard’s Z27s is a 27-inch 4K Display for...

The Hewlett-Packard Z27s is a 27-inch, 4K Ultra High Definition display suitable for use with any modern PC or Macintosh. The IPS, anti-reflection display is flat, bright and the multiple mechanical adjustments as well as multiple inputs are superb. John Martellaro connected one to his Mac Pro and spent several months with this display. Here is his review in detail.

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More Black Friday goodness from Gazelle, PowerMax,...

Black Friday. It's enough to make you go crazy, pull out your wallet (or just use Apple Pay), and spend the nest egg. At least you can stretch the nest egg a little bit further thanks to these deals from a number of companies. Let's get started.


You probably know as one of the best places to sell a used iPhone, iPad or Mac. But did you ever consider the fact that you can buy top-quality devices from them that are not only in great condition, but also contract-free and subjected to a stringent 30-point certification before they're put on the market? Well, you can! Gazelle is offering everyone 10% off on everything in the store between now and Monday, November 30. Just use that link in the first...

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Review: Apple Pencil is the best iPad writing tool...

Aside from its larger 12.9-inch display and faster A9X processor, the iPad Pro stands out from all other iPads to date thanks primarily to a new accessory: the Apple Pencil. For now, the Apple Pencil can only be used with the iPad Pro, and offers quantifiable differences in both good and bad ways compared with third-party styluses that have previously been sold for iPads.

While Pencil is not required to use the iPad Pro, it’s especially interesting because it’s Apple’s first official solution for handwriting, drawing, and precision input on iPads beyond finger touches and gestures. By contrast, Apple’s Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro is the company’s second or third typing solution for iPads; the company offered an official solution for physical keyboard input on iPads way back when the original iPad launched in 2010 with the...

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You won’t live to see the final Star Wars movie

Great, long read. Be sure to mouse over the artwork at the top of the page.

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Developers are trying to teach Apple Pencil new...

File this under Neat Hacks I’ll Never Do: Developer Hamza Sood tweeted a short video showing the Apple Pencil being used to “peek” and “pop” a note in the Notes app, a 3D Touch gesture that’s only officially supported on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

As explained by 9to5Mac, Sood jailbroke the iPad Pro to hook iOS to interpret pressure data from the sensors in the Apple Pencil as pressure data for the 3D Touch feature, that normally comes from your fingers pressing on the iPad screen.

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Apple TV expands App Store categories beyond games...

Apple TV users should notice several new App Store categories when browsing for new content on tvOS. After initially launching without a dedicated categories section live in late October, Apple pushed the new section to new Apple TVs without a software update earlier this month. The latest expansion brings the total number of tvOS app categories to seven, up from five initially, which should further improve new app discovery.Apple first added two categories in early November: Games and Entertainment. The additional categories (via iDownloadBlog) gained since include Education, Health & Fitness, Lifestyle, News, and...

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External Link: What Spotify Should Steal from Rdio

With Rdio on the way out, Spotify is the most popular music streaming service outside of Apple and Google. On The Verge, Casey Newton lists five things that he wishes Spotify would steal from Rdio, including its approach to downloads, New Releases page, album notifications, listening section, and overall look.


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Deals: all 12" MacBooks at lowest prices ever;...

Grab a Space Grey 12" MacBook (1.2GHz/8GB/512GB) for $1,399 ($200 off) with no tax outside NY, or the lowest prices ever on all other 12" models. Plus an additional 10% off all Certified Used iPhones from Gazelle and discounted iPad Pros with no tax in 41 states.

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DisneyLife online streaming service launches in UK...

Disney on Tuesday launched a new online streaming service known as DisneyLife, currently available only in the U.K., but with plans for global expansion.

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TMO Daily Observations 2015-11-24: The Big Mac Pro...

Apple introduced the tube-shaped Mac Pro over two years ago, but never followed up with any updates or improvements. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the state of the Mac Pro, what alternatives are available to pro-level users, and whether or not John Kheit got it right when he called the new Mac Pro a failure.

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iFixit takes apart the Apple Smart Keyboard

Whenever Apple releases a new product, you can always count on the folks at iFixit to get one and tear it down. The latest teardown focuses on the new Apple Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro.

iFixit found that the Smart Keyboard is water- and stain-resistant mostly because of the “high tech fabric.” It completely covers the keyboard, leaving no gaps or spaces. This means that in order to get underneath the fabric, cuts and tears need to be made, making a teardown irreversible.


Once the fabric is removed, you can see that Apple uses the key switches similar to those found in the...

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Video: iOS 9 hacked to bring 3D Touch Peek and Pop...

Intrepid iOS developer/hacker Hamza Sood is back, this time with a cool hack to bring 3D Touch to the iPad Pro. By hooking relevant parts of the iOS system code via a jailbreak, detailed here on GitHub, iOS turns pressure data from Apple Pencil into pressure data for 3D Touch interactions. This is neat for two reasons: iPad Pro does not normally support 3D Touch (a feature currently exclusive to iPhone 6s) and its an unorthdox use for the Apple Pencil sensors, which is generally focused on drawing and sketching. You can see the video of the hack in action after the break …

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