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Monday December 22

08:49
Apple Launches New iTunes Tumblr Site Focusing on...

Apple today launched a new Tumblr page highlighting the touchstones of pop culture across 2014. Mirroring the album art layout of iTunes itself, the company's Tumblr site lists the best music, movies, television, and books of the past year by showcasing various images and GIFs related to the content.

As with any Tumblr blog, users can like a post, share the content on Facebook and Twitter, and reblog it to their own tumblr page. A "See All" button allows users to delve even further into each category, highlighting a more extensive list for each of the four main mediums beyond the central hub.

The Best of 2014 blog shows off a variety of different pop culture milestones from the past year. Guardians of the Galaxy, The LEGO Movie, Fargo, Gone Girl, and artists like Nicki Minaj and Charli XCX all get their own mention on the page.

Apple has seen a bit of a resurgence on social media...

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08:01
Google+ iOS app adds higher resolution experience...

Google today updated its Google+ app for iPhone and iPad adding support for the higher resolution screens on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

In addition to the Retina imagery for the new iPhones, the app gains a few new features for both iPhone and iPad users in addition to the usual performance improvements and bug fixes.

Other features in version 4.8.0 include the ability to “vote on polls from people and brands” and an option to share to Google+ through an iOS 8 extension (pictured right).

The updated Google+ app for iPhone and iPad is available on the App Store now.

A full...

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08:00
Daily Deals for December 22, 2014, Stay Protected...

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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08:00
Apple's iOS 8 Adoption Rate has climbed to 63%...

Apple's initial stumbles with the release of iOS 8 hurt the adoption of Apple's latest mobile operating system. But after stabilizing...

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07:43
Apple expands its social presence with new iTunes...

In an interesting move, Apple has today launched a Tumblr blog for iTunes. The ‘blog’ runs a highly customized theme that more closely reflects Apple’s own website than a typical Tumblr page. The page features music, movies, TV and books content, with individual posts consisting of images, videos and animated GIFs of artists. Tumblr users can reblog these images on their own feeds, for social sharing. On a related note, iTunes also opened an official Instagram account earlier this month.

Right now, the blog is prominently featuring...

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07:35
Staples confirms attack on retail system, over 1M...

An intrusion into Staples' point-of-sales systems earlier this year put 1.16 million credit and debit cards at risk, the retailer admitted on Friday. Approximately 115 of the company's 1,400 retail stores across the United States were affected by malware on its systems, though the store apparently managed to eradicate the malware and improve system security in mid-September....



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07:30
Daily Deal: Get Three years of VPN Unlimited Premium...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering up a three-year subscription to a VPN Unlimited Premium Plan for only $19—that’s 70% off the normal price. VPN Unlimited provides users with access to a secure virtual private network (VPN) which is ideal for securing traffic when surfing from public Wi-Fi access points. Through VPN Unlimited, you can connect to any website anywhere that you have Internet access, bypassing restricted web content…

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07:15
Apple's Next-Gen iPhones and iPads may Double...

Two new rumors surfaced this morning that might interest some. The first rumor states that Apple is set to double the DRAM capacity for 2015 iPhones and iPads. The second rumor talks about the ramping up of Apple's next-gen MacBook Air.

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07:13
News: Russian Apple Online Store returns with...

Apple has restored its Russian online store after pulling it down last week due to “extreme” ruble fluctuations. Though the store is now back online, it’s returned with higher prices. iPhone prices have been increased by 35 percent — a 16GB iPhone 6 now costs 53,990 rubles ($956), up from the recent price of 39,990 rubles. As noted by Bloomberg, the iPhone’s price in Russia has increased 69 percent in less than a month....

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07:12
The Untold Stories of 2014


It is time to look back at 2014, so I'll focus here on a series of stories I thought were interesting but didn't seem to catch much or any real air. Some, like what is really behind Sony's decision to pull The Interview still might take off. Hadoop analytics is one of the most powerful platforms to come to market, and a variety of vendors are providing solutions. However, over the year only one vendor was showcased at event after event, and with major vendor after major vendor, and that was Cloudera.

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Comfortably close to zero

'Twas the night before Christmas... well, not exactly. At any rate, there are barely any creatures stirring in the rumor landscape, with only two rumors of note having come out in the past few days.

Apple could sell record 67M iPhones in December qu...

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06:59
Russian Apple Online Store returns … with iPhone 6...

After a week of being inactive, the Russian Apple Online Store is now back online with customers freely able to purchase products from the site once again. Apple abruptly stopped trading in the region last week due to significant currency exchange rate fluctuations that meant the company had to readjust prices.

Apple has indeed raised prices significantly. The iPhone 6 now costs 53,990 Rubles for a 16 GB base model. This is a 35% increase in the Russian sales price; the model cost 34 990 Rubles last week. 53,990 Rubles is approximately worth $980 dollars. The 16 GB iPhone 6 lists for $649, excluding taxes.

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06:54
Interesting combination iPhone 6 stand/power case ‘...

An Indiegogo crowdsourcing campaign for iStand 6, an MFi-certified combined power case and stand for the iPhone 6, starts today – with early bird pricing starting at just $40.

The iStand 6 is the first all-in-one case for the iPhone 6 with MFi certificate. In addition to providing top of the line protection, the iStand 6 has battery backup, a built-in kickstand, and storage for additional SIM Cards.

The 3500mAh battery is almost double that of the iPhone 6’s own battery, providing approximately three times the life all-in … 

The stand provides a convenient all-in-one solution for hot-deskers or travellers, allowing you to work with the screen on without external...

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06:43
Crowdfunding Critic: Codename Morningstar iOS...

Earlier this month, we had talked about the falling out between Wizards of the Coast and Trapdoor Technologies over DungeonScape (or Codename: Morningstar, depending on the day), which was supposed to be the answer to every dungeon master's prayers. DungeonScape was gearing up to be an application, available for both tablets and computers, and its aim was to help eliminate the lengthy setup times and give users the ability to look up rules and equipment at a glance. Under a month after gaming company Wizards of the Coast killed the partnership, Trapdoor Technologies launched a Kickstarter in h...



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06:33
Voilabits launches PhotoWatermark 3.0 for Mac OS X...

Voilabits has released PhotoWatermark 3.0 (http://tinyurl.com/kwqfwsd), an update of the Mac OS X app that allows users to batch add a variety of personalized watermark to photos to avoid unauthorized copy, and promote brand identity. The app has been optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite.

PhotoWatermark offers a one-click feature to apply a watermark to several photos at once and to and customize your watermark (text, image, brand logo, etc.). It also lets you save your work to popular image formats and share it via Twitter and

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06:22
ExactScan Pro ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

ExactCODE (http://exactscan.com) has released ExactScan Pro 2.57 for Mac OS X. The version adds support for new scanners, including the Avision AD125 and AD240.

ExactScan Pro also offers: improved support for ImageCapture scanners; improved compatibility with Mac OS X Yosemite; improved scan speed for some scanners;  improved OCR recognition; and other improvements.

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06:04
Apple Pay launching at Walt Disney World on...

The Walt Disney Company's expansive Orlando theme park empire will reportedly begin accepting Apple's fast-growing mobile payments system this week, while Disneyland Resort in California is expected to follow suit next year.

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06:00
12 days of Mixes–day 11

As we near the completion of the 12 days of Mixes series, we’re treated to an inside look and reading of “The Rosie Project,” the story of a brilliant yet socially challenged professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife.

Today’s mix: Graeme Simsion, “The Rosie Project.”

Watch now, share and follow us @OfficeMixTeam to see what tomorrow’s mix will be! 

Happy Holidays and Happy Mixing!

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06:00
Apple CEO Tim Cook “deeply offended” by allegations...

This is going to take some dealing with.

Following the BBC’s story in which the news association sent undercover reporters to capture hidden camera footage of poor working conditions and mistreated employees in Apple’s Chinese factories where its iPhone and iPads are assembled, Apple CEO Tim Cook state that he was “deeply offended” by the allegations at hand.

According to telegraph.co.uk, in an email to around 5,000 staff across the UK, Apple senior vice president of operations Jeff Williams said both himself and the chief executive were “deeply offended by the suggestion that Apple would break a promise to the workers in our supply chain or mislead our customers in any way”.

“Panorama’s report implied that Apple isn’t improving working conditions,”...

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05:59
Public gets new beta of OS X 10.10.2

Over the weekend, Apple published a new public beta version of OS X 10.10.2. The code is identified as build 14C81h, and follows the third developer beta of the update, which was build 14C81f. For that Apple asked developers to concentrate testing on areas such as Mail, VoiceOver, and Wi-Fi connections....



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05:46
Accidental iPhone developer gets handed lemons by...

If there were prizes for turning a horrible experience into a positive one, Mark Major, a Reddit user who goes by the handle Kindlingapp, would have to win one. After breaking his back in a freak accident at a construction site, he decided to turn the experience into an iPhone game Plummet under the name Broken Back Games.

Seven years ago while in Beijng I had a freak accident.With no warning, I tumbled down a construction shaft and fractured my spine. My sole memory of the accident was the free falling plummet I had before hitting my head on the side. I woke  to find myself at the bottom of a construction shaft with a sore head, tight chest and the broken pieces of a wooden plank which I had crashed through during my plummet.

It was a second unpleasant experience – being made redundant – that gave him the time to pursue the project. He started with hand-drawn stick-man graphics then...

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05:46
Apple Drastically Raises iPhone Prices in Russia by...

We reported last week that Apple's online store in Russia was halted due to the Russian Ruble derailing. Today, The Moscow Times ...

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05:26
Review: Just Mobile’s TopGum adds glam + a magnetic...

The secret to understanding USB battery pricing is that you tend to get what you pay for: cheap batteries lose their charges faster and can bulge and leak over time. Other companies specialize in selling atypically nice batteries that last longer and work better. Just Mobile is a leader in quality batteries: for the past six years, its Gum series (shown below) has spanned every Apple device type, size, and speed, but it has never built a Lightning cable into a battery before. That changes with the January release of TopGum ($80), which advances the company’s prior state-of-the-art Gum++ model in two ways: an authentic Lightning...

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05:06
Rumor: Apple's 12" MacBook Air with Retina...

Apple's supply chain are said to be gearing up for mass production of the long-rumored next-generation MacBook Air with a high-resolution Retina display, according to a new rumor.

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05:00
Citigroup raises Instagram valuation from $16...

You may not think Instagram is the best use of your time, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have an extremely strong market value.

Per TechCrunch, Citigroup raised the valuation of Instagram this morning from US$19 billion to US$35 billion.

The photo-sharing network recently announced it had surpassed 300 million active users, and has taken steps toward cleaning up spam accounts, as well as adding new filters and features in an update this week.

Instagram was acquired by Facebook back in April of 2012 for US$1 billion. The acquisition came at a time when Instagram only had around 27 million users on iOS. However, the company saw over a million downloads on the first day of launching on Android, and Facebook put the pedal to the metal and closed the deal.

Instagram...

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04:55
Scannerz is ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Software and Computer System Company (SCSC) has released a new version (1.9) of Scannerz for Mac OS X. The upgrade is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite.

Scannerz 1.9 also includes the new Performance Probe 2, as well as Phoenix and FSE. This new release can be used on any systems running Mac OS X 10.5 and higher.

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04:39
Disney World to Begin Accepting Apple Pay on...

During Apple's iPhone event Eddy Cue, senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, announced that Apple Pay would be available at Walt Disney World "by Christmas." Right on cue, Florida's Walt Disney World's flagship theme park empire will kick start the use of Apple Pay throughout ...

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04:38
Connected cars market to reach $141 billion by 2020

According to a new report by Allied Market Research (www.alliedmarketresearch.com) the global connected cars market is forecast to reach $141 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 32.7% during the period (2014 - 2020).

Integrated connectivity solutions segment is expected to emerge as a preferred connectivity solutions for connected cars, surpassing embedded connectivity solutions segment in 2016. North America currently garners major market share and would maintain the position throughout the forecast period.

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04:30
As expected, Walt Disney World will start accepting...

Following in the footsteps of the Disney Stores, Walt Disney World will be accepting Apple Pay from 24th December, reports the company.

Initially, most stores, quick service restaurants, bars and ticket sales booths will be included. Any locations that use portable payment terminals, such as table service restaurants, will be added later.

To identify payment locations that accept Apple Pay and contactless payments, look for the EMVCo symbol, which is a series of curved lines, similar to a WiFi signal strength meter on many devices.

Disney was an Apple Pay...

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03:56
Latest Digitimes rumor on 12-inch MacBook Air:...

Digitimes is claiming that the long-expected 12-inch MacBook Air will be entering mass-production in the first quarter of 2015 “following a pilot production at the end of 2014.”

It should be noted this is the same source that predicted the machine would be launched in October, claiming at the time that shipments had already begun. Digitimes bases its latest claim on “upstream supply chain” sources – in other words, suppliers to suppliers to Apple. This does not aid its credibility … 

The report claims that Apple has been struggling with low yield rates, and that it will be available in limited quantities initially. It goes beyond this to suggest that the new machine targets the...

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02:37
Apple's Ultra-Slim 12-Inch MacBook Air Rumored...

Apple's 12-inch MacBook Air and the Apple Watch are expected to enter mass production in 2015 as the company's supply partners have accelerated component production for both products, reports Digitimes. Supply chain sources note that the 12-inch MacBook Air will feature Intel's Broadwell processors and a new ultra-thin design. The new notebook is also expected to be available in limited supply when it launches due to yield issues with components, and will be primarily manufactured by Quanta Computer.

This information about the 12-inch MacBook Air provided by Digitimes lines up with previous reports, as Apple was rumored to be developing a new form factor complete with a buttonless trackpad and a fan-less cooling system for the laptop. Intel...

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Sunday December 21

21:17
LaunchBar 6.1.6

Brief maintenance update for the keyboard-based launcher. ($29 new, free update, 9.8 MB)

 

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21:17
BBEdit 11.0.2

Fixes a Yosemite bug that grows Open and Save As panels to the point they are inaccessible. ($49.99 new, free update, 11.2 MB)

 

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19:41
Consumers take 'wait-and-see' approach to...

According to a recent consumer survey conducted by investment firm Piper Jaffray, potential Apple Watch buyers are in a holding pattern as they await more details from Apple regarding core use cases and a fully fleshed out list of features.

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18:00
The Week in Review: news and features you don't...

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

News

Apple bought back $...

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17:56
What 800 nerds on a cruise ship taught me about life...

Wired:

Jonathan Coulton loves cruise ships. He loves the weird artificial mall running down the middle, and he loves staring off the back of the ship into infinity. That’s not to say that David Foster Wallace’s famously dark assessment of shipboard vacationing (“There is something about a mass-market Luxury Cruise that’s unbearably sad”) is unfamiliar. The lanyard that holds a laser-cut wooden JoCo Cruise name tag around my neck came printed with the phrase “A supposedly fun thing I’ll never do again.” Inside jokes are the coin of the realm around here.

I’ve been on one cruise and, for various reasons, it was an awful experience.

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17:37
“Let Peace Begin With Me”

Angela Ahrendts:

I’ve always tried to focus my comments on simple leadership lessons I’ve learned that might somehow, somewhere, someday help others. I’ll admit, I’ve been struggling recently to find one that’s relevant around the holidays.

On Wednesday, I was listening to the radio on my drive home and I heard an old song that took me back to my childhood. I hadn’t heard it for a while, and wow — in that moment, it really moved me.

I know this is probably just fluff, but I’d love to see more of these kinds of posts from more of Apple’s leadership.

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17:14
MGG 532: Blowin’ Up The Spammers!

Yep, another one of Dave's iMacs is having boot problems. It's mayhem! That's OK, he and John talk through possible resolution and also when not to assume you know the answer (hint: always!). Then it's on to maintaining your iTunes accounts, finding (and removing) any adware, and an unpublished solution to Yosemite's incrementing hostname issue. All this and more. Download today and enjoy!


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16:50
Apple Retail SVP Angela Ahrendts pens holiday note...

Burberry CEO-turned-Apple Retail SVP Angela Ahrendts returned to posting on her LinkedIn blog after nearly five months over the weekend with a holiday message to her followers: “Let peace begin with me.”

In the blog post, Ahrendts wrote about her effort to share a leadership lesson relevant to the holidays, something which she admits she has struggled to do initially, but points to being inspired by B.J. Thomas’ recording of “Let There Be Peace On Earth.”

Ahrendts shared that she performed the song on piano when she was younger but the lyrics especially hit home “amid all the turmoil in the world today.” Ahrendts then pointed to a set of lyrics from the song that especially resonated with her today...

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16:45
Get Free Bitcoins with 52 Website Faucets that...

I've gathered 52 different Bitcoin "faucets"-websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads-and tested them to make sure they actually pay out. I started off with eight sites, but this update bumps that list to 51 different Bitcoin faucets that really pay.


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16:00
A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

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

AudioFlood's waterproof iPod is a swimmer's music dream ...

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15:00
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

Swipe N Clean [iPhone; ...

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15:00
Weekly Game Replay: Valve's handling of Hatred...

Every Sunday, Electronista and MacNN put together a one-stop article for some of the major news in the video game industry in the past week. In this week's edition of the Weekly Game Replay, we look at Valve's handling of Hatred on Steam Greenlight, Mojang and Telltale Games team up for a narrative-based Minecraft game, a judge gives the go-ahead on a Killzone resolution lawsuit, World of Warcraft is exploring in-game purchasable game time tokens, and Majesco Entertainment's receiving an investor cash infusion....



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14:16
Introducing Doxie Go Wi-Fi, the smartest way to go...

MY thanks to Doxie for sponsoring The Loop’s RSS feed this week. Doxie Go Wi-Fi is the tiny, rechargeable document and receipt scanner that scans anywhere — no computer required — then syncs wirelessly to your Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

Doxie scans your paper: simply and automatically. Battery power, built-in Wi-Fi, and new SmartMemory let you scan anywhere, then tuck Doxie away when you’re not using it.

Doxie’s elegant Mac and iOS apps handle any workflow — save scans to your desktop, share with your favorite apps, or send to cloud services like Evernote and Dropbox. Doxie’s new open developer API lets you build Doxie support into your service, software, or personal paperless workflow.

The Loop readers get free U.S. shipping and Guaranteed Christmas Delivery for all orders placed through December 21st. Order your Doxie today and give the gift of paperless.

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14:00
All the best app reviews last week on TUAW

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

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13:00
The state of smartphones in 2014: Ars Technica’s...


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We're always posting reviews that compare individual gadgets to other, similar gadgets, but sometimes it's nice to have something a little more comprehensive. For the last two years running, we've been rounding up all of the smartphones that are worth your time and weighing them against one another. With 2014 winding down, it's time to do it again.

In past years, we've run down a list of flagships and declared "winners" in several categories—we'll be taking a slightly different approach this time, since there are just so many phones to talk about and their specs are more homogenized than ever. So we'll run...

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12:51
Workflow Is the Next Step for iOS Automation

Workflow is a new iOS automation app that uses iOS 8’s Extensibility to bring Automator-like capabilities to your mobile devices.

 

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08:55
Obama: Sony hack not act of war; Anonymous promises...

In an interview recorded on Friday, President Obama clarified his remarks last week regarding the Sony Pictures hack. The president denies swirling discussions about the hack being an act of war, and called it "an act of cyber vandalism that was very costly, very expensive." Additionally, late Sunday, tweets purport that hacker collective Anonymous is about to wade into the fray against North Korea for its role in the event....



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07:15
Apple Patent Filing Shows Instructions laser Etched...

Last week the BBC broadcast a special called "Apple's Broken Promises" that was heavily influenced and directed by the union group China Labor Watch and like-minded people like Ralph Nader. ... A patent filing in Hong Kong this month shows how Apple has or will laser etch assembly instructions into the inside of the iPhone in order to assist unskilled workers put the iPhone parts in the right order.

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06:53
Hall & Oates

Hall & Oates is one of those bands that are consistently underrated, even ridiculed. Jennifer Boeder makes her case for why Hall & Oates deserve their place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and our respect.

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06:46
Hands On: Lumy (iOS)

There are two facts of photography that Lumy is built to exploit for you. First, the sun is your friend because there is a time when the sheer quality of daylight helps make your photographs beautiful. The time is known as the "magic hour," or the "golden hour," but the second fact is that you're lucky if it's really 60 minutes. Wouldn't an app to help you pinpoint how much of that limited time you actually have be helpful?...



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06:44
Ad campaign filmed entirely on the iPhone 6 Plus

The iPhone 6 Plus slow motion feature was used to create the look for the ad campaign from luxury skincare brand Erno Laszlo.

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06:23
NeoOffice 2014.6 - Mac-tailored, OpenOffice-based...

NeoOffice is a complete office suite for OS X. With NeoOffice, users can view, edit, and save OpenOffice documents, PDF files, and most Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents.

NeoOffice 3.x and OpenOffice users: before you buy NeoOffice, we recommend that you click on the "NeoOffice support" link and read the list of changes.

NeoOffice is extremely stable and thousands of users use it daily. The NeoOffice engineers created NeoOffice in 2003 when they made OpenOffice run natively on OS X for the first time. Since then, the NeoOffice engineers have continually added improvements to NeoOffice that users will not find in OpenOffice such as:

  • Open Calc or Impress instead of Writer at launch using the NeoOffice > Open at Launch menu
  • OS X Versions
  • Native OS X grammar checking
  • Native OS X text highlighting
  • Native file locking support for local and networked volumes
  • OS X Services support...
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06:01
How hardware is emailed to space

Made In Space is a startup whose goal was to build the first 3D printer designed specifically for the rigors of space travel and for use in zero-G. They just emailed a wrench to the International Space Station.

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06:00
12 days of Mixes–day 10  

Traveling along in our 12 days of Mixes series, we’re presented with a step-by-step guide to help us assess our unique strengths, develop a compelling personal brand, and ensure that others recognize the powerful contribution we can make.

Today’s mix: Dorie Clark, “Reinventing You.”

Watch now, share, and follow us @OfficeMixTeam to see what tomorrow’s mix will be! 

Happy Holidays and Happy Mixing!

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Saturday December 20

18:15
Friday Deals: Ultra HD monitor, Game and console...

[Updated with more deals!] There is less than a week until Christmas, and depending on where you live, approximately four days available for deliveries of presents. If there are more presents to get before the big day, you're likely to be spending a lot on quicker deliveries, so why not even out the cost by getting some great Friday Deals? Every Friday afternoon, we search for bargains on hardware, peripherals, gadgets, and software for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Prices are right at the time of writing, but double-check before purchasing, as prices could change. Also, b...



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13:26
Apple releases new public OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 beta...

Readers report Apple has started rolling out a new public beta release of its 10.10.2 OS X Yosemite beta (build 14C81h). Developers received the third build of 10.10.2 earlier this month (build 14C81f).

Today’s beta release follows beta 3, which was released earlier this month. Not much seems to have changed between the two builds, but Apple says users on the new 10.10.2 build for developers should focus on fixes for WiFi, mail, and VoiceOver, among other changes.

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12:24
Blue Oyster Cult’s “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” on iPads
12:20
BlackBerry creeping closer to profit with $148...

Cellphone manufacturer BlackBerry has published its most recent quarterly results. While the company is trumpeting a return to profitability, it still incurred a fair value debenture charge, forcing the company to post a $148 million loss on the quarter, or $0.28 per share. Without the debenture, it would have posted a modest profit of $2 million. While it appears that the cost-cutting measures are starting to pay off given the improvement in the loss numbers, the company showed a 34 percent drop in revenue over the year-ago-quarter, suggesting that the road ahead for the company is still chal...



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12:11
Briefly: Procreate Pocket illustration app;...

Savage Interactive has released illustration app Procreate Pocket, a scaled-down version of its iPad app Procreate. Intended for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Procreate Pocket is powered by a 64-bit Silica engine, offering a variety of drawing tools and 250 levels of "Undo". Among its features, its 18 layers of Blend Modes allow for versatile composition, and 1080p video recording option can document all stages of the drawing process without interruption. Priced at $3, Procreate Pocket requires iOS 8.1 or later....



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12:00
Need to crop or add zoom to a video after the fact?...

Video Zoom (US$1.99) is a just released app that will let you take an existing video and crop it, or add a smooth zoom. The app also lets you record a new video from within the app.

Give the app access to your camera roll, and you will see thumbnail...

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11:45
Judge completely denies HP's Autonomy buy class...

A US district judge in San Francisco has outright rejected HP's settlement offer to settle the Autonomy acquisition class action suit in the US. Saying that "the shareholders appear to be relinquishing a whole universe of potential claims regarding HP governance and practices" Judge Charles Breyer has kicked the settlement back to the plaintiffs without suggestions for recovery. The matter is now likely to head to trial sometime in the summer of 2015....



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11:14
LibreOffice 4.3.5.2 - Free Open Source office suite...

LibreOffice is an office suite (word processor, spreadsheet, presentations, drawing tool) compatible with other major office suites. The Document Foundation is coordinating development and maintenance of this OpenOffice.org fork.

Many different language versions are available here.



Version 4.3.5.2:

  • This release is bit-identical to 4.3.5 Release Candidate 2 -- you don't need to download or reinstall if you have that version already.
  • This version still contains a few annoying bugs, as listed here.
  • Impress remote is no longer enabled by default. Go to Tools ▸ Options ▸ LibreOffice Impress ▸ General and check [x] Enable remote control to enable it.
  • default sorting behavior/updating references has been changed back to old behavior, see bug#81309 and bug#85490 for details.



  • OS X 10.8 or later...

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10:51
Apple Targeted in new Patent Lawsuit over iPhone...

A Patent Troll by the name of Dynamic Hosting Company is suing Apple for infringement regarding visual voicemail. Wikipedia notes that in 2007, Apple's iPhone was the first cell phone promoting this feature. Yet according to this patent troll, ...

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09:48
Google sues MPAA-driven Attorney General, Hood calls...

Google has launched its own legal effort to stop Mississippi State Attorney General Jim Hood's effort with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) to pin the search engine on the world's piracy problem. Google claims in the court filing in Mississippi's district court that Hood has filed a "burdensome, retaliatory" subpoena against it, which would require a massive financial and labor effort to comply, for no real gain other than extra-judiciary punishment. Hood has responded, and is "calling a time out, so that cooler heads may prevail."...



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08:24
Hands On: Artboard (OS X)

You take your life in your hands when you ask us to draw something. Look at the screenshots here and tell us you can't tell that we're really writers with clipart. But if we don't spend all day coloring in fantastic illustrations, we do very often need to sketch out images and that's where Artboard shines. It is a fully-fledged illustration application and a full-time artist could work in it full-time -- but it is particularly suited to those of us who occasionally need a powerful tool, and don't want to dole out the cash for a monthly subscription to a software giant....



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08:03
DPRK demands joint Sony hack investigation; Sony...

North Korea has verbally fired back at allegations that it is behind the Sony Pictures attack. Calling President Obama's words "groundless slander," the country is demanding a joint investigation into the hack, with the country's experts and US law enforcement working side-by-side. If the US should refuse, North Korea's foreign ministry promised "grave consequences," presumably to US interests, if the hack which has caused an estimated $100 million of damage to Sony Pictures, not including less tangible problems, continues to be blamed on the country....



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07:57
Apple Files for Apple Pay Trademark in Europe and...

Yesterday Apple's filing for a trademark for their Apple Pay logo surfaced at the European Patent Office. Apple also inadvertently revealed this past week in London that Apple Pay is being prepared to run in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa.

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07:07
Apple Seeks Trademarks for Revised Mac Logo

Today the Hong Kong Patent and Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark application for the revised Mac Logo that debuted with Yosemite.

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07:00
Review: iHome’s iBN10 sheds the dock and alarms for...

I’ve reviewed a lot of iHome clock radios over the past nine years. They weren’t all formulaic, but there was a very clear evolutionary line from the original 2005-vintage, iPod-only iH5 to the iPad-ready iDL95 released last year: take two speakers, stick a clock in the middle, center a dock on the top, then make the enclosure sort of flat but pleasantly curvy. iHome had a winning general concept and look, which it updated annually with small feature, color, and shape tweaks. But its new $120 model iBN10 breaks the mold in several ways.

The dock’s gone, the clock has been glammed up and shifted to the right, and there are four speakers inside, rather than the standard two. iBN10 is...

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07:00
Caturday: Steve's a classic!

Perhaps that headline should say, Steve is in front of a Mac Classic. He's a cute new kitten belonging to TUAW reader Adam Gray of Manchester, UK. Adam says:

Please find attached my submission for Caturday. Meet my new kitten, Steve who seems to be...

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06:26
Hands On: Letters and Dots (iOS)

There's no shortage of word games on the app store, and for the most part, a lot of them have very similar mechanics. You have your Scrabble, your Boggles, and your Hangmen. But what about games that combine genres of games to create something new and fun? That's why Letters and Dots, by J.D. Shultz, was created - to add a little flair to a fairly narrow genre....



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06:25
CleanApp 5.0.0 Beta 5 - Application deinstaller and...

CleanApp is an application deinstaller and archiver.... Your hard drive gets fuller day by day, but do you know why? CleanApp 5 provides you with insights how to reclaim disk space. There are definitely tons of unused files on your hard drive - CleanApp will help you to find and delete them. CleanApp 5 has been re-developed from scratch and offers a comprehensive and convenient user interface.

Delete applications completely. Any app you install and run in OS X creates a large number of associated files in your system - hidden in places you wouldn't expect them to be. Therefore, free hard drive space will shrink continuously - even if you delete the software after testing and especially if you are trying out lots of applications. CleanApp 5 brings light into the darkness and helps you to tidy up your system.

CleanApp relies on sophisticated methods for analysing files and applications. There is even a background service monitoring all...

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06:13
Why your Mac’s firewall is off by default

The Mac firewall is designed to block incoming connections. This article digs into the process of working with a firewall and explains why the Mac firewall is not necessary for most users.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:00
12 days of Mixes–day 9

Next up in our 12 days of Mixes series, we recognize techniques that top TED speakers use are the same ones that will make any presentation more dynamic.

Today’s mix: Carmine Gallo, “Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds.”

Watch now, share, and follow us @OfficeMixTeam to see what tomorrow’s mix will be! 

Happy Holidays and Happy Mixing!

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05:58
ITG report finds strong Apple Pay momentum

Apple Pay momentum is growing, and is a real threat to PayPal.

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05:35
∞ FBI update on Sony investigation, and an offer to...

Links to the official FBI report on the Sony hacking, as well as an interesting offer to Sony from the hacker quarterly 2600.

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05:30
Quiptalk reveals what friends are saying before they...

Quiptalk is a social networking app for communicating with friends in topical chat rooms. Its spotlight feature is live typing which shows other users your message as you type it, eliminating the need to wait for someone to tap "Send" before you get ...

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Friday December 19

21:31
Review: Yuneec E-Go, an iPhone-connected electric...

The Yuneec E-Go electric skateboard certainly is not your typical Bluetooth smartphone accessory, but this highly mobile mode of transportation is the most fun we've ever had using our iPhone.

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21:24
Monolingual 1.6.2 - Remove unwanted OS X language...

Monolingual is a program for removing unnecesary language resources from OS X, in order to reclaim several hundred megabytes of disk space. It requires a 64-bit capable Intel-based Mac and at least OS X 10.10 (Yosemite).

I don't know about you, but I use my computer in only one (human) language--English. And I'm willing to bet that you do too, albeit perhaps not English. So why do you have a bunch of localization files for the OS X operating system filling up your hard drive? Enter Monolingual -- a handy utility for reclaiming your space for more useful things...like international mp3 files, email or whatever you like.

Monolingual was written by J. Schrier and I. Stein, and is released under the GNU General Public License. Source code is available.



Version 1.6.2:

  • Various bugfixes.



  • OS X 10.10 or later
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21:11
NetShade 6.1 - Browse privately using anonymous...

NetShade is an Internet security tool that conceals your IP address on the web.

NetShade routes your Web connection through either a public anonymous proxy server, or one of NetShade's own dedicated anonymous proxies (only for registered users.) This effectively masks your IP address as you browse the web. Anonymous proxies are becoming more and more popular in this age of heightened security and privacy concerns, and NetShade provides an effective and straightforward interface to easily protect your privacy. NetShade currently runs nine high-quality, super-fast, dedicated proxy servers located in the US and Europe.

Now NetShade provides VPN service. The VPN is an additional subscription above the standard HTTP/HTTPS proxy mode. VPN is ideal when security is a concern and you want to encrypt all your Internet traffic.

Multiple price options; see pricing page for more...

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19:45
Apple Pay already accounting for one percent of all...

A study by research firm ITG suggest that Apple Pay -- introduced only last month -- is already accounting for one percent of all digital payments. The firm also noted that those using Apple Pay increased spending using mobile payments, and tended to use the technology frequently -- resulting in a jump in sales at top merchants that accepted Apple Pay, such as Walgreens, Whole Foods and McDonald's. Each of the three retailers grabbed double-digit shares of the Apple Pay pie....



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17:30
Which Stars Will Shine Brightest in Apple's...


The end of the year is a natural time to look back -- and then forward to the year to come. Apple started 2014 slowly but more than made up for it in the long haul, introducing the Apple Watch, Apple Pay, Mac OS X Yosemite, iOS 8, an iPad Air 2 with a super-fast processor, the massively selling iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, and a luscious iMac with a 5K Retina screen, which, it turns out, is priced less than some 4K monitors. Gushing adjectives aside, what is truly interesting or groundbreaking? What is going to be meaningful in 2015 and beyond?

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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

Swipe N Clean [iPhone; ...

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16:38
USPTO Gets Confused by Apple's Carplay...

Although it's Nov 19, the US Patent and Trademark Office just published a document sent to Apple dated Sept 26, 2014 that basically states that Apple may be out of luck for CarPlay, a trademark noted as being filed in early August.

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16:26
Hands On: Video Converter Pro - All (OS X)

Before we get into this, Video Converter Pro is currently free for a limited time, so go get it on the Mac App Store now. If you read this one minute too late and the price has gone back up, get it anyway because it is more than worth the usual asking price of $15. Or rather, it is if you need to convert videos, because that's what this just does, without fuss....



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16:00
Apple bought back $56 billion of its own stock in...

Apple is no stranger to stock buybacks so its no surprise that the trend continued in the 2014 fiscal year. And how much stock did Apple buy back this year? According to a new report for FactSet, Apple spent over $56 billion buying back stock this ye...

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15:49
Kate Winslet, others rumored to join cast of...

The cast of Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs film is apparently filling out, as the latest scuttlebutt has Kate Winslet in talks to costar and Boardwalk Empire actor Michael Stuhlbarg to take on a supporting role.

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15:45
9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Air 2 15% off, Samsung 40″...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Get 15% off iPad Air 2 at Target stores

Samsung 40-inch 1080p 60Hz Slim LED HDTV:...

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15:37
Apple Web Server notifications

This article provides credit to people who have reported potential security issues in Apple's web servers.

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15:27
Apple Pay claimed 1% of November’s digital payment...

A new report from ITG has revealed that Apple Pay was responsible for 1% of the total digital payment dollars spent in November. The study also found that 60% of new Apple Pay customers used the service multiple times throughout the month, while competing services like PayPal see only 20% of customers do the same.

Additionally, the research found that shoppers who took advantage of Apple Pay used the service for around 5.3% of their future credit card transactions, accounting for about 2.3% of the total dollars spent on their credit cards.

On average, Apple Pay users used the NFC-powered payment system 1.4 times each week. At businesses where they had previously used Apple Pay, 66% of...

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15:15
Daily Deals for December 19, 2014, featuring Dragon...

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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15:09
Video Fractal released by Nuclear Nova Software

Nuclear Nova Software (http://nuclearnova.com) has released Video Fractal for the Mac. This is the company's third graphics and media app on OS X, and is on sale during the first week.

Video Fractal is a tool for generating and exploring videos of fractals such as the Mandelbrot and Julia sets. The 2D view allows for surveying and key framing, and the custom script editor can be used to fine tune each video.

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15:03
Defending the Free Linux World


The Open Invention Network, or OIN, is waging a global campaign to keep Linux out of harm's way in patent litigation. Its efforts have resulted in more than 1,000 companies joining forces to become the largest defense patent management organization in history. The Open Invention Network was created in 2005 as a white hat organization to protect Linux from license assaults. It has considerable financial backing from original board members that include Google, IBM, NEC, Novell, Philips, Red Hat and Sony.

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14:58
The latest iOS apps for Dec. 19

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Lucky Clan has announced Video Zoom. The US$1.99 app lets anyone apply zoom to videos from their existing iOS Photo Library. You can use Video Zoom to add zoom effects to existing videos, or just crop the video.

JH Solutions has released Save the Princess - 1D Edition. The free game — inspired by One Direction — takes fans of the band on a journey across a mythical land to save the princess who is being held captive.

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14:39
Led by Whole Foods shoppers, Apple Pay accounted for...

According to a new report from research firm ITG, Apple Pay's first full month of service accounted for one percent of all digital payment dollars, an impressive statistic that suggests Apple's payments solution is being used by general consumers, not just early adopters.

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14:31
Hands On: Airmail 2 (OS X)

Staying on top of emails, especially when there are multiple accounts involved, is unpleasant. Of the many mail clients out there (such as Mail, included with OS X), each tries to offer users its own spin on staying ahead of the curve. Airmail 2.0, released earlier this year, provides a client designed for Yosemite, supporting iCloud, MS Exchange, Gmail, Google Apps, IMAP, POP 3, and more. We got a hold of Airmail 2.0 (which we will simply refer to as "Airmail" going forward) to take a look for ourselves, and see if this email client stands out from the crowd....



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14:31
Google, Samsung can’t Top Apple’s Unreleased Apple...

What's the most sought after wearable tech device? That would be the Apple Watch-a device that isn't even scheduled to ship until some time next spring. Apple's unavailable smartwatch beat out Google, Samsung, and Fitbit as the wearable device people most want to buy, according to a study by Ipsos MediaCT.

The Mac Observer Spin: Polls like this are great news for Apple and horrible for their competitors because it shows consumers are more interested in buying a wearable device that has even shipped than products that are already on the market.


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14:30
Get live updates with Ski Buddy and Ski Buddy Plus.

I have seen a number of apps for skiers and other downhill enthusiasts like mountain bikers and longboarders. These apps normally record your speed, the distance you travel, changes in elevation, and the time it takes you to complete your run. Ski Bu...

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14:10
Report: Apple Pay is Disrupting and Transforming...

"Apple Pay has the ability to significantly transform the mobile payment space." That's the conclusion of an ITG Investment Report published on December 19. A major finding is that Apple Pay has been responsible for one percent of all digital payment dollars. This is a "strong showing" given that Apple customers must have the latest iPhones and the limited list of merchants. John Martellaro summarizes the report.


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14:00
Minecraft is bringing Story Mode to iOS

Minecraft developer Mojang has announced they will be collaborating with Telltale Games to create a new story mode for the game. Mojang promises it will be a narrative-driven game about Minecraft, but didn't expand on what exactly that would look lik...

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13:45
Apple Pay Responsible for 1% of Digital Payment...

Apple Pay is seeing impressive early adoption numbers according to a new ITG Investment Research Report on Mobile Payments (via MarketWatch), which suggests Apple's new payment service was responsible for a total of 1 percent of digital payment dollars during the month of November.

Apple still trails industry leaders like Square and PayPal, which captured 18 and 78 percent of digital payment dollars in November, respectively, but ITG analysts suggest Apple Pay is showing strong momentum given that it's available only to customers with the newest hardware and supported by a limited number of merchants.

According to the report, which uses data from ITG's Investment Research consumer panel, 60 percent of new Apple Pay customers used the...

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13:22
The BBC Report About Apple is Motivated by Politics...

Somehow, fans of products that are the best in the world are still being insultingly vilified as being fanatics and cultists. Just saying those words within the context of a documentary shows the mindset of the producers of this so-called documentary.

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13:22
Kate Winslet could take 'lead' role in...

Actress Kate Winslet is currently in negotiations for "the female lead" in Universal's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, Variety reports. Winslet is best known for movies like Titanic, The Reader, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It's not clear what the role will be, but top female characters in the film are rumored to include Jobs' daughter Lisa, and Katie Cotton, Apple's former PR head....



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13:04
Apple Raises Prices in Russian App Store Amidst...

Apple has raised the price of apps in the Russian App Store in the midst of a meltdown in the value of the Russian ruble. The move follows Apple's decision earlier in the week to stop selling iPhones in Russia because of the volatility.


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13:02
First Look: Tylt Energi Sliding Power Case for...

Tylt's Energi Sliding Power Case ($100) is the first battery case we've seen for iPhone 6, though we have seen a previous version of Energi before, for iPhone 5. Energi comes with a simple standalone case, which can then be inserted in a larger 3200 mAh battery sleeve with a built-in Lightning connector for charging on the go — the two pieces work together as a bigger, thicker case. While the design here is similar to the previous Energi case, the battery now has a higher capacity, and the inner case offers more protection than before. The sleep/wake buttons and volume controls are now covered, as are the top and bottom of the phone. A micro-USB cable is included for charging the battery. We'll have a full review shortly.{/exp:char_limit}
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13:00
You can now watch the BBC's Panorama...

On December 18 the BBC's Panorama aired a documentary called "Apple's Broken Promises" which questions if Apple is doing enough to protect the people who make their products. The already controversial film utilizes undercover reporters and hidden cam...

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12:55
The Unexpected Ways Apple Watch Will Crush the...

Calling the Apple Watch just a cooler, better smartwatch isn't
the right way to look at this revolutionary device. Apple would hardly settle for that. Instead, the Apple Watch will so change people's lives that no other device on the wrist will do, and that will bring incredible success. John Martellaro makes his case.


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12:44
Kate Winslet May Take on Lead Female Role in Jobs...

Actress Kate Winslet is currently in negotiations to play the lead female role in the upcoming Jobs biopic, reports Variety. Winslet, aged 39, is best known for dramatic movies like Titanic, Divergent, All the King's Men, and Finding Neverland.

It remains unclear what role Winslet will play, but female parts in the movie are rumored to include Steve Jobs' daughter Lisa Brennan and Katie Cotton, Apple's well-known former PR lead.

Natalie Portman was formerly in talks to play a major female role in the film, but she pulled out of negotiations in early December. Actress Jessica Chastain, of The Help, may also be in talks for a part.

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12:39
DirecTV users get access to Fox Now, FX Now, Nat Geo...

DirecTV has announced a partnership with Fox Networks, giving subscribers access to all the content in the Fox Now, FXNow, and Nat Geo TV apps on multiple platforms. This includes iOS, Apple TV, Android, and Windows devices. In effect the change means that the apps have simply added DirecTV as a service authentication option, joining other TV providers....



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12:37
Forums: temp sensors, old iMacs and Yosemite chats

This week in the MacNN Forums, members discuss temperature sensor issues, hard drive compatibility and more. After a temperature sensor blew on the logic board of a Xserve that is run by "Waragainstsleep" he turned to the forums hoping someone would have some advice on how to repair this so he doesn't have to replace the whole board. Today Dedicated MacNNer was looking for help with moving addresses from Leopard to Yosemite....



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12:30
News Cues is personalized news aggregator with...

News Cues is a news aggregator that brings national headlines at any given moment direct to the app in an easy-to-read format. In doing so, it also links to other sources reporting on the same news story so you get to see every angle plus choose your...

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12:00
Office 365 news round-up

2014 has been a big year for innovation on Office 365, with Office Mix, Delve and Sway showing just a few of the ways we’ve added more value to Office 365. We’ve added functionality across other platforms, getting great reviews for the Office 365 iOS apps and moving toward general availability for Android tablets in early 2015.

With the work we’ve done, we could easily coast until January,...

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12:00
Over 45% of Americans have had their credit card...

A recent poll from the Wall Street Journal relays that 45% of Americans have received a notification that their credit card information was compromised as part of a data breach.

The poll also found that more Americans than ever think they have been...

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11:43
2014 National Geographic photo contest winner

National Geographic:

More than 9,200 entries were submitted from over 150 countries, with professional photographers and amateur photo enthusiasts across the globe participating.The Grand Prize Winner will receive $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2015.

Check out the winner and let us know what you think. It’s not the usual photo that comes to mind when you think of National Geographic.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:29
T-Mobile settles FTC 'cramming' lawsuit,...

T-Mobile has settled a lawsuit with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over complaints the carrier allowed third-party companies to place unauthorized charges to customer bills. As part of the "cramming" settlement, T-Mobile has agreed to pay out at least $90 million in fines and refunds, as well as altering its third-party billing practices....



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11:29
6-Ft MFi-Certified iOS Lightning and micro USB...

If you live in a multi-platform house, we have a deal for you on a 6-foot charging cable that's convertible between microUSB (for Android devices) and Lightning (for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch). Better yet, the converter is actually attached to the cable, eliminating the chance to lose it! That's clever, and I like clever. It retails for $40, but you can get it through our deal for $21.


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11:25
DirecTV subscribers now have access to Fox Now,...

DirecTV announced a partnership with Fox Networks today that will see its subscribers gain access to content in Fox Now, FXNow, and Nat Geo TV apps on both Apple TV and iOS in addition to other platforms.

Fox Now and FXNow both have iOS apps and Apple TV apps, while Nat Geo TV is available only on iPhone and iPad. Apple added Fox Now to the Apple TV during the summer, while FXNow became available on the platform in September for select cable subscribers. The apps...

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11:25
GIFT GUIDE 2014 – The TrackR bravo

Have you ever said “I wish there was a way to call my keys.” I used to say it all the time while scrambling through my couch cushions looking for my car keys (usually making me late to get somewhere.)

Enter the Bluetooth tracking tag. Introduced in 2009, these small Bluetooth ‘fobs’ can be attached to anything from keyrings, to bags, to kids. Once paired with your smartphone you can find them using the Bluetooth feature on your smartphone via an app. They’re undeniably handy.

My favorite tag – in an overcrowded market – is The TrackR bravo ($29, pre-order).

[I've been testing a pre-production of The TrackR Bravo design and it has the potential to be the best Bluetooth tracker on the market. If you can't wait until Bravo ships in January, keep on reading to find out about TrackR's...

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11:25
Apple hikes prices at Russian App Store

Apple is increasing the prices of both apps and in-app purchases at the Russian App Store, according to a new memo issued to developers. An app that would normally be 99 cents in the US, for example, is now 62 rubles. That indicates that apps have almost doubled in cost in Russia during 2014....



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11:02
BrandPost: How to design an environmentally friendly...

Your website could be doing a lot more harm to the planet than you think. It might seem like a flash on a screen couldn’t cause much damage, but every small feature of your site has a discernible impact on the environment, with more complex features requiring greater resources to maintain. Over time and in great quantities, it adds up. Many factors - from the color palette you choose to where you host your site - can influence your site’s carbon footprint.

Designing more environmentally friendly site for your business lets your customers know you have an ethical stance that reaches beyond the balance sheet. Plus, going green can also make your website more efficient, allowing users to access your content more quickly. 

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11:00
BBC alleges Apple failing to improve working...

Last night a BBC news program called Panorama aired hidden camera footage from inside one of Apple's supply chain factories in China that showed poor working conditions -- an issue that Apple has been dealing with accusations of for quite some time. ...

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10:41
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-19

The BBC says working conditions in factories making iPhones isn't all that great, and Apple says it's doing more than other companies to fix that. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about factory conditions, Apple's impact on workers in China, and the involvement of other companies in the efforts to address human rights.


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10:31
Apple bought back $56 billion worth of its own stock...

This year, Apple spent three times more investing in itself than the next closest company in the S&P 500, totaling $56 billion on stock buybacks in fiscal 2014.

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10:21
FBI: North Korea responsible for Sony Pictures hack...

[Updated with comments from President Barack Obama] North Korea is responsible for the attack on Sony Pictures, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has announced. The statement about the agency's investigation into the intrusion of the movie studio's computer network, and subsequent leaks, comes at the same time as messages supposedly coming from the hackers wanting Sony to do more than halt the release of "The Interview" movie....



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10:06
Hands On: Zen Bound 2 (iOS)

Games are supposed to be fun -- there's no denying that. Most games played have some sort of objective, be it shooting bad guys, racing against a clock, or beating other players at obtaining an objective. But some of the best games are the ones that are designed to be fun with no pressure, no competition, and no clocks. One such game that utilizes a touch screen as more than a keyboard analog is Zen Bound 2, by developer Secret Exit....



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10:00
Microsoft updates Bing iOS apps with fresh look and...

Microsoft continues its make nice to Apple with a solid update to the Bing Search app for iOS. There are separate versions for the iPad and iPhone. The GUI has been slightly reworked, and the biggest feature is a translation option for any content yo...

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09:50
Savage Interactive debuts Procreate Pocket, bringing...



Demonstrating the types of apps that will increasingly migrate from Apple’s tablets to its larger iPhone 6 models, Savage Interactive has released Procreate Pocket ($3), a shrunken-down version of its signature iPad app Procreate. Widely admired for its professional-grade drawing tools, Procreate previously enabled tablet users to compose multi-layer illustrations using numerous brushes and a mistake-friendly, multi-layer Undo tool....

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09:41
CalDigit reveals $200 Thunderbolt Station 2

CalDigit has launched the Thunderbolt Station 2, a new Thunderbolt 2 dock. Like some alternatives, the dock includes two Thunderbolt 2 ports, three powered USB 3.0 ports, and connections for HDMI, Ethernet, and audio input/output. Two eSATA 6G ports are also present, supporting storage formats not normally enabled by a Thunderbolt dock....



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09:31
BBC documentary highlights conditions at a Chinese...

I’ve worked at a lot of different jobs in my life, but there are a few I’d never like to try: picking crops on a farm, working in a chicken processing plant, and working in any kind of factory. The relentless assembly lines and the noise of the machines would be hard to deal with. Even those factories without deafening machines still seem like harsh places to work, if only because of the cadence they impose on employees.

Whatever device you’re reading this article on was built in a factory, most likely in China. In this country, not known for its pleasant working conditions, all the major computer manufacturers have their devices built and assembled. Including Apple.

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09:30
Apple hikes app, device prices in Russia thanks to...

Russian shoppers hoping to score an iPhone or iPad before the biggest gift-giving day of the year will now find higher prices than ever thanks to the ruble's continued path downward. This news comes shortly after Apple decided to put a halt on online...

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09:19
External Link: Design Firm Ramotion Reimagines the...

Despite notable visual changes throughout the past few versions of OS X, the Get Info window hasn’t evolved significantly in years. Design firm Ramotion has mocked up an alternative approach for the Get Info window that emphasizes the information that the user probably wants to see. It’s both more attractive and more functional, and Apple would do well to take note. And as Khoi Vinh of Subtraction.com has noted, the Fonts and Colors palettes are even more in need of redesign.

 

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09:15
Friday Deals: Ultra HD monitor, game console bundles...

There is less than a week until Christmas, and depending on where you live, approximately four days available for deliveries of presents. If there are more presents to get before the big day, you're likely to be spending a lot on quicker deliveries, so why not even out the cost by getting some great Friday Deals? Every Friday afternoon, we search for bargains on hardware, peripherals, gadgets, and software for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Prices are right at the time of writing, but double-check before purchasing, as prices could change. Also, be sure to return to this po...



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09:08
Review: Imation’s Link Power Drive adds 16/32/64GB...

There wasn’t really a market for hybrid batteries and external flash drives until this year, when Mophie’s Space Pack seemingly came out of nowhere, impressively nestling 16 or 32GB of additional flash storage inside a 1700mAh iPhone 5/5s battery case. But having demonstrated the value of combining these features together, Mophie’s $150 to $180 asking prices were high enough to keep some people away, and the requirement of an iPhone 5 or 5s was similarly somewhat limiting.

Imation is trying something different with its Link Power Drive, a small plastic box with a silver top and white base. There are 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models...

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09:00
Sharing the world’s wishes through OneNote

Every year children from the age of two to ninety-two put pen, pencil or crayon to paper and write their holiday wish list. Earlier this month, we let you in on a little secret—that our nation’s letters to Santa go to a small post office in the tiny town of Santa Claus, Indiana.

More than 13,000 of these wish lists find their way to Santa Claus (the town) every year where a group of Santa’s Elves—local volunteers who don elfin hats and jolly knitwear—diligently open read and reply to each one. But this year, the Elves did things a bit differently and built a giant, digital wish list with OneNote.

Starting today, you can see Santa’s list and use the power of OneNote to see what’s popular, find last minute gift ideas, or simply discover the unusual things people want from Santa.

“OneNote is the absolute best tool for...

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08:42
Instagram's spam purge reveals high-profile...

Instagram made good on its promise to delete spam accounts that have plagued the service and other social networks like Twitter. Sounds like a positive move, right? Well, the sudden evaporation of millions of fake users is enraging Instagram fans who care about things like high follower counts.

Millions of accounts vanished in the Great InstaPurge of 2014, also dubbed the “Instagram Rapture,” and the Instagrammers whose follower counts declined the most were the ones with the highest number of followers. Celebs like Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, and Beyoncé saw millions of followers disappear on Thursday in the clean-up. In a funny twist, Instagram’s own account was hit the hardest,...

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08:19
Kosada's new visual toolset lets you create...

Apple introduced Quartz Composer in 2005, creating an impressive platform for interactive media content creators. Now Kosada has introduced Vuo 1.0, an alternative to Quartz Composer.

Media producers and digital artists have enjoyed the simplicity of using Quartz Composer's visual system of patches and cables to create interactive media and use it in their workflow. Designers could mix audio, video, and 2D and 3D effects in creative and innovative ways.

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08:15
Rob Papen launches RAW soft synth

Rob Papen Soundware has rolled out RAW, a new Mac (32- and 64-bit, AAX, AU, and VST for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher) and PC (32- and 64-bit, AAX and VST for Windows Vista, 7, and 8) compatible soft synth specializing in "distorted" sounds for electronic dance music production (and beyond)

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08:06
Working prototype explores new Apple TV interface...

Product designer Radu Dutzan posted the video above showing off a working prototype that explores touchscreen style gestures via a conceptual remote for Apple TV alongside an updated interface.

Wouldn’t it be great if instead of trying to imitate clicks, Remote allowed you to scroll lists on the screen, directly responding to the position of your finger on the tracking surface? Wouldn’t selection in a complex button layout — such as the keyboard — be much more usable if you could make the cursor move in any direction instantly? Wouldn’t it be awesome if the Apple TV remote control was a smooth clickable trackpad, like the one on the MacBook, that allowed for these behaviors without having to look at a second screen?

The prototype utilizes an iPhone and AirPlay, and would essentially be a next-generation version...

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08:02
Apple CEO Tim Cook Calls BS on BBC iPhone Factory...

Following the airing of a BBC show depicting poor working conditions in the Pegatron factory making iPhones Apple CEO Tim Cook said the situation was misrepresented, and that he's "deeply offended." The report showed factory workers forced into extended shifts and ongoing safety issues.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's a safe bet that Apple will have a new report out soon detailing its ongoing efforts to improve working conditions in China, and hopefully Panorama's "Broken Promises" special will help accelerate the process. It's important that Apple is called to task for poor factory conditions at its suppliers, but it's also important other companies using the same facilities get called out, too.


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08:00
CalDigit announces Thunderbolt Station 2

CalDigit makes some amazingly fast disk drives and arrays, usually featuring fast Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 connections to speed your data back and forth. Today the company announced the CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 2 (US$199.99, pre-order for $16...

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07:56
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07:48
Apple's Cook, Williams 'deeply offended...

In a new email memo to the company's UK workforce, Apple's senior VP of Operations, Jeff Williams, claims that he and CEO Tim Cook were "deeply offended" by a BBC Panorama documentary exposing labor abuses in the company's supply chain. Specifically Williams are Cook are said to have been "deeply offended by the suggestion that Apple would break a promise to the workers in our supply chain or mislead our customers in any way;" Williams charges that "Panorama's report implied that Apple isn't improving working conditions. Let me tell you, nothing could be further from the truth."...



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07:42
CalDigit’s Thunderbolt Station 2 starts price war on...

Looking to grab market share from rival makers of Mac Thunderbolt docks, CalDigit today announced Thunderbolt Station 2, an aggressively-priced Thunderbolt 2 docking hub that promises to surpass earlier Belkin and Elgato units in features and build quality. Redesigned from a prior model, Thunderbolt Station 2 includes the expected twin Thunderbolt 2 ports, three USB 3.0 ports, Ethernet, HDMI and analog audio in/out ports. What’s new are twin eSATA 6G ports and an enclosure that can be mounted vertically or horizontally, saving space on a desk.

With a regular price of $200, it’s already $30 cheaper than Elgato’s Thunderbolt 2 Dock and $100 under...

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07:39
TA14-353A: Targeted Destructive Malware

Original release date: December 19, 2014
Systems Affected

Microsoft Windows

Overview

US-CERT was recently notified by a trusted third party of cyber threat actors using a Server Message Block (SMB) Worm Tool to conduct cyber exploitation activities targeting a major entertainment company.  This SMB Worm Tool is equipped with a Listening Implant, Lightweight Backdoor, Proxy Tool, Destructive Hard Drive Tool, and Destructive Target Cleaning Tool.

SMB Worm Tool: This worm uses a brute force authentication attack to propagate via Windows SMB shares. It connects home every five minutes to send log data back to command and control (C2) infrastructure if it has successfully spread to other Windows hosts via SMB port 445. The tool also accepts new scan tasking when it connects to C2. There are two main threads: the first thread calls home and sends back logs (a list of successful SMB exploitations), and the second thread attempts to guess passwords for...

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07:29
First Look: Just Mobile TopGum

Just Mobile is billing its TopGum ($80) as "the sophisticated backup battery" for iOS devices. The sleek aluminum 6000 mAh battery features a built-in cable with a Lightning connector attached. TopGum offers dual output charging, as the Lightning cable can recharge devices at 2.4A, while a separate USB port provides 1A charging. The included micro-USB cable can be used to recharge the battery itself or, optionally, to charge devices from the battery. Also included is a small dock for charging the battery — the micro-USB connector can be plugged into the dock so the battery can charge upright while docking on three small pins. Just Mobile claims TopGum can fully charge an iPhone up to three times, and charge an iPad mini up to 75 percent. The battery comes in two colors — a silver and gold that match Apple's device colors. We'll have a full review soon.{/exp:char_limit}
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07:24
Hands-On With Alpine's iLX-007 In-Dash CarPlay...

While car manufacturers have been slower than anticipated to roll out support for Apple's in-vehicle CarPlay system, Pioneer and Alpine have delivered aftermarket options in the form of in-dash systems with CarPlay compatibility and large touch screens.

MacRumors has had a chance to spend some time with Alpine's iLX-007, which carries a suggested retail price of $800 but commonly sells for $600 and offers a 7-inch capacitive touch screen that dominates the unit's front. The only other physical features come as a thin row of buttons along the bottom edge, including a pair for controlling volume, one for activating Siri, one for returning to the Alpine home screen, and another pair serving varying functions such as changing tracks, depending on the app currently in...

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07:17
US Mulls Response to Sony Hack


Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Thursday said the United States "is actively considering a range of options" to take in response to the Sony hack. The hack is "very serious," Johnson said, though he refused to label it as a terrorist attack. Although there has been widespread suspicion that North Korea engineered the hack, Johnson said the U.S. is "at this point ... not prepared to officially say who we believe was behind this attack." The FBI is investigating.

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07:11
The value of Apple Pay in one stat: almost half of...

Apple Pay may be more convenient than carrying around a whole bunch of different cards, and contactless payment is certainly very quick and easy, but it’s the security which is arguably the greatest benefit. Your actual card details are never stored in your phone or on an Apple server, and only a one-time code is sent to the payment terminal. Retailers never see your card details.

Just how important is this? A WSJ/NBC News poll reveals that a full 45% of Americans have been told by a retailer, bank or card company that their card details have been stolen in a data breach.

In the past year alone, major breaches have been reported at Target, J.P. Morgan Chase, Home Depot, K-Mart, SuperValu and others […] 

Some 45% of Americans said they had received such a breach notification letter from a...

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: The awful iPhone 7 concepts have begun

Some Genius Bars are being repurposed for the holidays, but other changes loom (9to5 Mac)

Source: "People familiar with the matter"

Chance it's true: 100 percent

9to5 Mac hasn't had very many BREAKING EXCLUSIVES since Apple's product launches a co...

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06:56
calibre 2.13 - Complete e-library management system...

Calibre is a complete e-book library manager. Organize your collection, convert your books to multiple formats, and sync with all of your devices. Let Calibre be your multi-tasking digital librarian.

Manage, convert, sync, and more

  • Library management. Calibre keeps things orderly by creating single entries for books that contains multiple formats. Add tags and comments for better searchability.
  • Format conversion. Calibre's robust conversion options support a wide variety of file formats.
  • File syncing. Calibre's device drivers seamlessly support all the top e-readers and devices.



Version 2.13: New Features

  • Driver for the new CYBOOK...

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06:41
Apple drops ship time for iPhone 6, 6 Plus handsets...

Apple is catching up with demand and you might be able to snag an iPhone 6, 6 Plus or Retina 5K iMac for Christmas.

Per AppleInsider, Apple appears to be catching up with demand for its latest devices as the Online Apple Store on Thursday shows one-day ship times for most iPhone 6 Plus storage configurations, 1 to 3 days for iPhone 6 and immediate availability for the Retina 5K iMac.

Apple’s online storefront has been updated to reflect iPhone 6 Plus shipping estimates of one day for 16GB and 64GB models in all three colors and major U.S. wireless carriers AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. Ship-by times for iPhone 6 models in the same capacities also dropped to 1 to 3 days.

Availability of higher capacity 128GB...

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06:38
Review: MOTA’s new Battery Case for iPhone 6 Plus...

I have to give MOTA a pat on the back for what it has achieved with the Battery Case for iPhone 6 Plus, the first such accessory we’ve tested for Apple’s largest iPhone. Despite its generic name, the Battery Case is handsome, well-built, and at $90, a steal relative to the lower-capacity $100 and up versions we’ve seen for the iPhone 5 and 5s. Critically, despite a 4000mAh rechargeable cell inside, it’s also surprisingly easy to hold and pocket, even though it adds thickness to the already-too-large iPhone 6 Plus.

But there are a couple of caveats, too. The case isn’t Apple-licensed, so there’s always the risk that it might have some...

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06:34
Daily Deal: 50% off Dragon Dictate for Mac 4

In today’s iLounge Deal you can pick up Dragon Dictate for Mac 4 for $99.99 – 50% off the normal price. Providing fast, accurate speech recognition and versatile transcription, Dragon Dictate for Mac lets you dictate and edit documents, send email, transcribe voice memos, and more using just your voice. You can also accurately transcribe an audio file of any single speaker’s voice from podcasts or pre-recorded audio files, compose and…

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06:33
Watch the full BBC documentary on iPhone factory...


A screengrab from the documentary showing workers sleeping on the production-line

The full BBC documentary on working conditions in iPhone factories has been unofficially uploaded to YouTube. It probably won’t be too long before it gets pulled, so if you want to see it, watch it while you can – we’ve embedded the full video below … 

The program alleged that Pegatron factories were breaking “standards on workers’ hours, ID cards, dormitories, work meetings and juvenile workers.” Workers are filmed sleeping at their workstations, with one worker claiming he hadn’t been allowed a day off in 18 days.

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06:32
Apple replies to changing prices in Russian...

When in doubt in a fluctuating market, it never hurts to shore up the prices.

Per 9to5Mac, Apple on Friday informed developers that it is has changed the pricing of apps and In-App Purchases in the Russian App Store, following changes to exchange rates. The recent ruble-dollar rates have fluctuated so wildly in recent weeks that Apple has been forced to take the Russian Apple Online Store down completely, as it reviews pricing for its products.

Obviously, it is easier to adjust prices in the App Store so a complete takedown was unnecessary. A 99 cent app now costs 62 Rubles. This means that apps have increased in price by nearly 100% this year in Russia, roughly in line with foreign exchange rate changes. As of right now, the Russian Apple...

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06:31
News: Cook ‘deeply offended’ by BBC allegations

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook is “deeply offended” by allegations in a new BBC documentary regarding Apple’s handling of workers at its Chinese suppliers, The Telegraph reports. In a BBC investigative report which aired last night, BBC’s Panorama revealed poor treatment of workers and a breach of working hour standards, after sending undercover reporters into factories run by Apple supplier Pegatron located on the outskirts of…

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06:22
Design for People Kickstarter book campaign shows...

If you could kick in a few Kickstarter shekels, it could lead to a really interesting book.

We’ve just been informed that Mac user Scott Stowell is looking to complete a book about design and computers called “Design for People”, which discusses design from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines.

The Kickstarter video looks interesting and, at present, the campaign is less than US$6,000 away from meeting its US$50,000 goal.

Take a gander and if you want to check out the larger project, head over to designforpeople.com and see what you think.

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06:18
Watch ABC app for Apple TV gets full episodes for...

Users of the Watch ABC app on the Apple TV can now watch full episodes a week after they air without a subscription, ABC has announced. Previously the app was like most network-based offerings on the Apple TV, limiting that content to people who could authenticate a cable subscription. Watching the latest episodes as soon as they're uploaded (next-day) still requires authentication, as does the live feed available in select cities....



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06:11
McDonald’s Supersizes Sales with Apple’s iBeacon Tech

Fast food giant McDonald's has been testing Apple's iBeacon technology in some of its Columbus, Ohio, locations and that's translating into bigger sales. The four-week program say 18,000 redemptions for products features through iBeacon notifications, and a notable increase in sales, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: McDonald's is an excellent test platform for iBeacon because the company already has an efficient system for tracking sales, so any changes are easy to see. It's also a great example of how effective iBeacon can be for retailers and restaurants hoping to find new ways to boost sales and improve customer service.


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06:08
∞ Samsung’s clever, original use of impressionist...

Samsung’s new ad campaign sure looks familiar.

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06:01
Apple Mail: The Yosemite Progress Report

Apple Mail was a disaster in early versions of Mavericks. Now that Yosemite is out, is everything hunky-dory again? Joe Kissell discusses what’s new in Mail — both good and bad.

 

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06:00
12 days of Mixes – day 8

Continuing onward with our 12 days of Mixes series, we analyze what it means to “lead from the back” in data science.

Today’s mix: John Foreman, “Leading from the Back: Making Data Science Work at a UX-driven Business.”

Watch now, share, and follow us @OfficeMixTeam to see what tomorrow’s mix will be! 

Happy Holidays and Happy Mixing!

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06:00
2 New Take Control Books

From Take Control:

Apple Mail. It’s hard to get by on a Mac or iOS device without it. But living with Mail can be a recipe for hair-pulling frustration, whether because of connection failures caused by Mail’s mysteriously unreliable automatic settings detection or trying to figure out the difference between long and short swipes in the iOS version. No one knows more about Mail than Joe Kissell, and he has distilled his most important advice into the second edition of “Take Control of Apple Mail,” now completely revised and updated to explain Mail in 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8. 183 pages of goodness is only $15.

Point others here > http://tid.bl.it/tco-apple-mail

Apple’s Pages word processor built a loyal following because it wasn’t Microsoft Word, but Apple threw us a curveball with the release of Pages 5 for the Mac and Pages 2 for iOS, removing numerous features and shuffling the interface around. Michael Cohen...

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06:00
EyeEm's new Open Edit feature shows you how...

When it comes to photo sharing apps there are plenty of options available that will allow you to filter and modify your images. Companies have to set themselves apart. EyeEm's new 5.0 update for its mobile app isn't just looking to give you options f...

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05:54
Six Colors lists their favorite iOS games

Jason Snell and Dan Moren of Six Colors put together a list of their favorite iOS games. The usual suspects are there, but there are plenty of games that were new to me. A nice little list.

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05:47
Tim Cook “deeply offended” by BBC allegations of...

In a letter to UK staff, Tim Cook is said to have been “deeply offended” by allegations made in a BBC undercover documentary that Apple had broken promises over the working conditions in Pegatron’s iPhone factories in China, reports the Telegraph.

In an email to around 5,000 staff across the UK, Apple senior vice president of operations Jeff Williams said both himself and the chief executive were “deeply offended by the suggestion that Apple would break a promise to the workers in our supply chain or mislead our customers in any way”.

“Panorama’s report implied that Apple isn’t improving working conditions,” he...

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05:46
Apple's Responds to the BBC's "Broken...

Yesterday's BBC documentary has certainly ignited a battle of words. Our report titled "Apple Vehemently Disagrees with the BBC's Televised Report called Apple's Broken Promises" received heavy response from across the pond (UK). Today, in an email to about 5,000 staff members across the UK, Apple senior vice president of operations Jeff Williams said both he and the chief executive were "deeply offended by the suggestion that Apple would break a promise to the workers in our supply chain or mislead our customers in any way." Our report presents you with Apple's full email response to this documentary.

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05:46
Apple slams BBC report on suppliers, says provided...

A corporate memo sent out by Apple executive Jeff Williams reveals that both he and Chief Executive Tim Cook are "deeply offended" by a report that aired on the BBC, alleging poor treatment of workers by an Apple supplier in the Far East.

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05:44
Tim Cook 'deeply offended' by BBC...

Apple CEO Tim Cook said he is deeply offended by allegations that Apple permits the mistreatment of workers in its supplier factories and mines, reports The Telegraph. The accusations were levied by the BBC news program, Panorama, which sent undercover reporters to work in Chinese factories and Indonesian mines. The BBC aired the documentary titled "Apple's Broken Promises" last night on its BBC One channel.

Apple senior vice president of operations Jeff Williams relayed Tim Cook's message in an email sent to its UK staff, published in its entirety by Silicon Alley Insider. Cook and Williams both stated they were "deeply offended by the suggestion that Apple would break a promise to the workers in our supply chain or mislead our...

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05:35
Apple addresses allegations made in BBC documentary...

The Telegraph:

The BBC’s Panorama programme sent undercover reporters to Pegatron factories on the outskirts of Shanghai, where it claims to have uncovered poor treatment of workers and a breach of standards on workers’ hours.

In an email to around 5,000 staff across the UK, Apple senior vice president of operations Jeff Williams said both himself and the chief executive were “deeply offended by the suggestion that Apple would break a promise to the workers in our supply chain or mislead our customers in any way”.

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05:24
Apple could sell record 67M iPhones in December...

If Apple can build enough units to satisfy consumer demand, it could sell as many as 67 million iPhones this quarter, crushing the company's previous all-time sales record, according to a new survey conducted by Morgan Stanley.

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05:10
Interview with Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo designer...

Nothing earth-shattering in this interview, but interesting to get to know the decision maker behind Mario, Zelda, and Amiibo, the NFC-based technology that is emerging as a core part of Nintendo’s future.

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05:08
Should Apple double the RAM in next year’s iPhones...

2 x 1GB RAM in iPad Air 2 shown in orange (ifixit.com)

A Taiwanese financial news site...

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05:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Multi-functional and...

Multi-functional and elegant designs for everyone

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases has a focus on versatility. These cases can carry your credit cards, provide a comfortable way to watch movies, and more. Plus, of course, we included a selection of classy cases for everyday use.

Apple

Although this isn't a new case, it's worth a mention—especially as we approach the holidays. Apple's Leather Case (iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; $45 to $49) is a hard-shell case with a premium leather upgrade. The case features a soft microfiber lining that cushions your iPhone, and sports a raised bezel to prevent scratches to your screen when placed face-down on a flat surface.

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05:00
Best last minute holiday deals on Apple gear

It's the last weekend before the Christmas holiday, which means it is crunch time for shoppers who still have people left on their list. If you have an Apple fan or two among your friends or family, here are the best remaining deals on Apple gear tha...

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04:54
iMobie rolls out PodTrans and PhoneTrans

iMobie has released PodTrans and PhoneTrans, tools for managing iPod music and iPhone content without iTunes.

With the apps, users can copy all their valued content to any computer. For example, you can transfer iOS content to your Mac for a back-up.

The new versions are combined with Mac OS X Yosemite and Windows 8 interface design. PhoneTrans and PodTrans are free for Mac OS X and Windows and are available at the iMobie website (www.imobie.com).

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04:53
Wristband notices when you fall asleep and records...

Two teenagers built this. Heck of an idea.

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04:44
Free fix for Minecraft on Yosemite available from...

SuperSync has announced a freely available download that provides all the files and installer millions of users need to play Minecraft on Mac OS X Yosemite.

The SuperSync announcement comes after months of confusion and frustration for users playing Minecraft on Macs running Yosemite. To date users have been stymied by error notices recommending users install the legacy Java SE 6 runtime. This error message is confusing as Java 6 is no longer supported by Apple.

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04:44
Stellar PST to MBOX Converter revved to version 2

Stellar Data Recovery (http://www.stellarinfo.com) has announced Stellar PST to MBOX Converter 2 for the Mac. The utility helps you move your emails, contacts and calendar entries from Windows to Mac OS X.

It converts Outlook PST files to Apple Mail files. Stellar PST to MBOX Converter v2 safely converts all emails, including attachments without making any changes to the folder organization. The new version is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite.

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04:35
Kool Tools: GraphicConverter 9.3

If you need to convert from one graphics format to another, you need GraphicConventer from Lemke Software. It's recently been revved to version 9.5, and now supports image conversion from over 200 graphic file formats into almost 80 different file formats. The new version includes several new and updated features such as QR code creation, and is a free update to all Version 9.x customers. Upgrades from older versions of GraphicConverter are available for $25.95.

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04:33
U.S. most committed to cybersecurity

The final results of the Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) have been officially announced at the ITU Telecom World 2014 taking place in Doha, Qatar. The GCI ranks the United States as the country with the highest national cybersecurity commitment, followed by Canada in second place.

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04:33
U.S. most committed to cybersecurity

The final results of the Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) have been officially announced at the ITU Telecom World 2014 taking place in Doha, Qatar. The GCI ranks the United States as the country with the highest national cybersecurity commitment, followed by Canada in second place.

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04:24
An interface exploration for the Apple TV

The Apple TV interface is designed to move one object at a time. Press the right arrow key on your remote, move to the next movie in your list.

Radu Dutzan had an idea for a more direct interface (think mouse instead of arrow keys) and built this conceptual prototype using an iPhone and AirPlay.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:21
Bing iOS apps updated with refreshed homescreens;...

Microsoft’s search engine Bing has updated its iPad app to offer instant translation of webpages, and the ability to display trending stories and the image of the day in the Notification Center. The app could previously translate via a Safari extension, but can now do so within the app.

The iPhone app also got a visual refresh, with a swipe-up ‘popular now’ tab at the bottom and the ability to swipe through a choice of background images for the app’s homescreen.

Bing and Yahoo are both reportedly making a bid to become the default search engine for iOS when Google’s contract expires next year.

Both iPhone and...

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04:12
Samsung shutting down ChatOn cross-platform...

Samsung is shutting down its ChatOn messaging service in the next few months, the manufacturer has announced. The cross-platform messaging service will go dark on February 1 for the majority of users around the world, though apparently users in the United States could have access to the service for a little while longer than everyone else....



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04:11
Piezo releases Skype Call Recorder 1.1.0 for OS X

Piezo has introduced Skype Call Recorder 1.1.0, an update of its utility application for Mac OS X. It's designed to record your Skype conversations in automatic and manual modes.

Skype Call Recorder can record both Skype-to-Skype calls, and calls to mobile phones and land lines. All you have to do is install the application and provide it with access to the Skype client.

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04:08
Hands On: Photon Flash Player for iPad (iOS)

Perhaps you don't know it yet, but you are already in one of the two camps over how Apple refuses to allow Flash to work on iPads. If you doubt this because you haven't even heard of the issue, then you're in the half of the population that has simply never noticed the problem. If you do know it and you're reading this because you know it, then you are getting this problem a lot -- and you have been searching forever for a solution. Photon Flash Player for iPad is a solution. It's a web browser, like Safari, but it comes with the ability to play Flash -- and you pay for that, in how its other...



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04:06
iWinSoft CD Label Maker for Mac adds Epson direct to...

iWinSoft (www.iwinsoft.com) has announced CD Label Maker version 2.0.2, an update to its CD label software for Mac OS X. The new version includes several new and updated features such as Epson direct to disk printing functionality, custom you own label formats, image effects and filters, and so on. It's a free update to all customers.

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04:00
You Should Play: Micromon is the best Pokémon knock-...

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.

If you love Pokémon, you’ll also love Pocket Trend’s Micromon—because it’s practically the same game.

Micromon is an adventure game in which you use “Micromons,” or “micro monsters” (instead of “Pokémon,” or “pocket monsters”) to battle other characters and players. You—a newly minted Micromon tamer—travel throughout the world of Pixekai catching Micromons, training them, and battling gym leaders—er, Legion members—to collect certificates that prove your skill. 

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03:04
Uber agrees with Portland council to suspend service...

Uber is putting a stop to its app-based taxi service in Portland, just two weeks after it launched. The Wall Street Journal reports the company made an agreement with the city to put a hold on the service for a three-month period, while the two parties negotiate and create a regulatory framework that allows ridesharing services to coexist with existing cab companies and other transportation options....



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01:41
Google posts response to leaked Sony 'Project...

In the past weeks, quite a lot has been revealed about Sony's role in ongoing anti-piracy efforts due to the leak of emails as part of the fallout of the North Korean-based GOP attack on the studio. In a post on Thursday on the Google Public Policy Blog, Kent Walker, Google SVP and general counsel, outlined even more leaks that describe a combined and carefully planned effort by Sony and five other studios that began this year to provide funding and legal support for the MPAA's efforts to court State Attorney Generals and target Google directly....



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01:13
Hottest Apple products see improved supply for final...

In the past month, shipping times have been variable for some of Apple's most in-demand products. However, ship dates for the two new iPhone models, the 6 and 6 Plus -- along with the recently-introduced Retina 5K iMac -- have dropped just ahead of the final push of gift-buying for the holiday season. Both online ship times and same-day in-store pickup schedules have improved....



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00:06
Misfortune Cookie exploit endangers 12 million...

Researchers from Check Point Software Technologies released information on Thursday about an exploit they are calling "Misfortune Cookie." This bug was introduced into "RomPager" software, which is commonly embedded into residential gateway devices such as routers, beginning in 2002. A conservatively-estimated 12 million un-patched devices, connected to the Internet in 189 countries, are at risk....



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Thursday December 18

23:37
Apple increases app prices in Russia in response to...

Apple has today informed developers that it is has changed the pricing of apps and In-App Purchases in the Russian App Store, following changes to exchange rates. The recent ruble-dollar rates have fluctuated so widely in recent weeks that Apple has been forced to take the Russian Apple Online Store down completely, as it reviews pricing for its products. 

Obviously, it is easier to adjust prices in the App Store so a complete takedown was unnecessary. A 99 cent app now costs 62 Rubles. This means that apps have increased in price by nearly 100% this year in Russia, roughly in...

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23:03
Hands On: Snapselect photo management app (OS X)

Apple's professional photo manager, Aperture, had its advantages over its biggest rival, Adobe Lightroom -- and it is a shame the former been dropped (to be replaced with a new app, Photos for Mac, early next year). One thing Aperture was really good at was adding photos - so much so that we tended to do it over and over. Just not intentionally. One thing it was bad at, by contrast, was helping you find duplicates -- so a big photo library quickly became an unmanageably enormous one. Snapselect intends to fix this for users of Aperture, Lightroom, iPhoto -- and anyone who has tried to handle p...



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22:40
Mellel 3.3.7 - Powerful word processor with...

Mellel is the leading word processor for OS X and has been widely considered the industry standard since its inception. Mellel focuses on writers and scholars for technical writing and multilingual word processing. It offers special tools to help you write and organize long documents easily. If you need multilingual support or are writing bi-directional text, Mellel is just the thing for you: Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, and Syriac never looked better on a Mac. Even if you don't need all the bells and whistles, Mellel is still the right choice for you: clean, stable, and easy to use.



Version 3.3.7: Bug fixes:

  • Fixed a few memory leaks.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Mellel not to apply size selected in the main font size popup (or the Other diglugue) if the size was the same as the size of text at the beginning of the selection.
  • Fixed an issue where mellel would sometimes crash when clicking parts of the text after editing a...

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21:18
Analysis: Title II regulation, with forbearance, the...

Since President Barack Obama voiced his support for reclassification of ISPs as utilities, there has been much debate back and forth, and back again on the topic of "Title II" regulation of carriers. Would it be the dystopian nightmare anti-government zealots and the carriers proclaim, or would it provide a golden utopia of progress for consumers and American businesses alike?...



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21:16
Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Stuhlbarg to play Andy...

Michael Stuhlbarg in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire

More casting news regarding the Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs biopic now being produced by Universal Pictures has come to light in yet another set of leaked Sony emails. According to Deadline, Boardwalk Empire actor Michael Stuhlbarg has been selected to play Andy Hertzfeld, a member of the original Macintosh team.

Apart from Stuhlbarg,...

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21:06
ScreenFlow 5.0.1 - Create screen recordings. (Demo)

Save 10% with the exclusive MacUpdate coupon code: AFMacUpdate10 Buy now!

ScreenFlow is powerful, easy-to-use screencasting software for the Mac. With ScreenFlow you can record the contents of your entire monitor while also capturing your video camera, microphone and your computer audio. The easy-to-use editing interface lets you creatively edit your video, and add additional images, text, music and transitions for a truly professional-looking video. The finished result is a QuickTime or Windows Media movie, ready for publishing to your Web site or blog or directly to YouTube or Vimeo. Use ScreenFlow to create high-quality software demos, tutorials, app previews, training, presentations and more.



Version 5.0.1:

  • Fixed issue that prevented ScreenFlow 5 from opening when placed in a subfolder of /Applications hierarchy (affects Mac App Store...

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The Apple Store is now offering free next-day shipping on all in stock items if ordered before 12/23/14 at 10:00am PT. Local store pickup is also available within an hour of ordering for any in stock... Read more
Holiday sale continues: 15-inch Retina MacBoo...
 B&H Photo has the new 2014 15″ Retina MacBook Pros on sale for up to $300 off MSRP for a limited time. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro: $... Read more
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 Best Buy has the 2014 13-inch 1.4GHz 128GB MacBook Air on sale for $849.99, or $150 off MSRP, on their online store. Choose free home shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Price valid... Read more
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Best Buy has lowered their price on the 2014 13″ 2.6GHz/128GB Retina MacBook Pro to $1149.99 on their online store for a limited time. That’s $150 off MSRP and the lowest price available for this... Read more
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