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Monday November 30

Adobe releases big updates to Photoshop and a new 3D...

All updates all the time: That is Adobe’s mission for its Creative Cloud subscription plan. Delivering perpetual updates to the suite’s desktop lineup, without adhering to a designated upgrade schedule, frees both company and users from the long, cold wait for new and enhanced features. On Monday, Adobe announced a huge update to Photoshop CC 2015, its flagship image editor, which now hooks into its new 3D character creation app called Fuse CC.

Photoshop users are accustomed to change: Over time, Adobe has tweaked the app endlessly. But even by Adobe’s standards, the fall 2015 update opens up a new world to Photoshop users. Its flatter look and redrawn icons are just the beginning: Its integration with Fuse, which enhances Photoshop’s already extensive 3D capabilities, goes further.


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Eddy Cue discusses the motivation behind Apple News...

Following his interviews centered around the new Apple TV, Apple’s SVP of software and services Eddy Cue has now sat down with CNN’s Brian Stelter to discuss the News app the company launched alongside iOS 9. In the interview, Cue and Stelter discuss a variety of points surrounding News, including Apple’s main goal with the app, the expansion to additional countries, and revenue sharing.

Cue stated that the main reason Apple created a pre-installed app for reading news is because it’s something “everyone uses everyday.” Cue elaborated that Apple only pre-installs apps that it thinks users want and will use on a daily basis.

“We’ve only created the apps...

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The oral history of the ‘Wayne’s World’ ‘Bohemian...

Rolling Stone:

In 1992, Mike Myers used “Bohemian Rhapsody” as the rambunctious centerpiece of the indelible opening scene of the film, Wayne’s World, which had been adapted from a Saturday Night Live sketch of the same name, and gave the song and the band behind it an unprecedented second life.

The gleeful scene has become iconic itself, a cultural touchstone that’s been parodied, copied and celebrated almost since the moment of its release back in 1992. Here, the creative forces behind the scene and the beneficiaries of its influence tell the story of how all that happened and how it almost didn’t.

There are few movie scenes more full of childlike joy. I defy you to watch the attached video and not smile and sing along with Wayne and Garth.


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Report: Apple testing iPhone 7 models with USB-C,...

The iPhone 6s launched just two months ago, but rumors surrounding its successor are already circulating. Earlier rumors have claimed that the device will feature a waterproof and dustproof design, as well as a new casing material. Now, G For Games reports that Apple is currently in the process of testing five different iPhone 7 models, all with distinct differences.

While the report should be taken with grain of salt, it claims that one model Apple is testing ditching the Lightning connector in favor of a USB-C port. The report also claims Apple is testing various models with wireless charging technology, multi-touch Force Touch, dual cameras, and in-...

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[Sponsor] The Holiday Must Have: A Travel Wallet...

“I hate emptying my pockets at … checkpoints and then putting everything back when I’m done. You know what solves that problem? A wallet that keeps everything securely … inside. Let it go through the scanner and then slide it back into your pocket while everyone else fumbles to collect their loose change and documents.” Infinite Legroom

Made from full-grain leather, Bellroy’s Travel Wallet holds your passport, airline tickets and cards, and even comes with a mini pen for those pesky customs forms. Pretty much the ideal travel companion.

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More on Apple’s A9X SoC: 147mm2@TSMC, 12 GPU Cores,...


Over the Thanksgiving break the intrepid crew over at Chipworks sent over their initial teardown information for Apple’s A9X SoC. The heart of the recently launched iPad Pro, the A9X is the latest iteration in Apple’s line of tablet-focused SoCs. We took an initial look at A9X last month, but at the time we only had limited information based on what our software tools could tell us. The other half of the picture (and in a literal sense, the entire picture) is looking at the physical layout of the chip, and now thanks to Chipworks we have that in hand and can confirm and reject some of our earlier theories.

I only understood about every fourth word in this article but it sounds like Apple has done some pretty incredible engineering.


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AT&T to hike grandfathered unlimited data plans...

AT&T bummed out a lot of long-time iPhone users Monday by announcing a $5 per month rate hike on grandfathered unlimited data plans. AT&T hasn’t offered new customers unlimited data since 2012, but users who snapped them up in the iPhone 3G era and clung to them until now (including yours truly) will see the first price hike in seven years, from $30 a month to $35.

AT&T will first notify affected customers, and then start charging them the extra $5 in February 2016. While AT&T previously came under fire for throttling these so-called unlimited plans to a lower speed after customers hit 5GB, the company...

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How to Trace Drawings and Photos on Your iPad Pro

You can snap photos and use scanner apps to get drawings into your iPad Pro, but what if you want to trace a drawing? Turns out you can with your Apple Pencil. Watch The Mac Observer's video where Jeff Gamet shows you how.

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AT&T to Raise Price of Grandfathered Unlimited...

AT&T will raise the price of its grandfathered unlimited data plans from $30 to $35 in February of 2016, reports CNBC. The upcoming rate change is detailed on a page on AT&T's website and is the first price hike the unlimited plan has seen in seven years.

Though AT&T no longer offers unlimited data plans to customers, a small number of customers continue to hold unlimited data plans that were purchased before AT&T discontinued them in 2010. AT&T's current $30 unlimited data plan allows customers to use an unlimited amount of data, but AT&T does throttle with excessive data usage.

As of February 16, the $30 price tag, which is in addition to voice costs, will rise to $35. The price hike comes just a couple of months after AT&T announced...

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Notable apps and app updates for November 30, 2015

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

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

ZoomingCube Interactive has introduced Orb 1.0 for Mac OS X. It’s a $5 drag and drop, radial contextual menu that allows you to open files with various applications without having to drag them all the way to your Dock. 

Orb features a special Preview that displays an enlarged preview of image at the center of the menu. A Direction Sensing feature allows default application to be placed in the direction of gesture.

Orb integrates itself with Finder on Mac OS X. It’s compatible with OS X 10.7 and higher, However, although it’s compatible with El Capitan, it requires disabling SIP (System Integrity Protection) in...

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AT&T to raise unlimited data pricing to $35 a...

AT&T, the nation's second largest cellular carrier, intends to raise rates for subscribers grandfathered in to unlimited data plans early next year, tacking on a moderate increase of $5 per month.

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Microsoft Introduces Skype for Business and new...

Microsoft introduced Skype for business and an all new product called Microsoft PowerApps today. Firstly, Microsoft's new video illustrates how Office 365 and Skype for Business, simplify all of your meeting essentials to just one relationship, one work stream, in the cloud and at a reduced cost.

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Massive Hack Attack on Educational Toy Company...

Officials of several U.S. states on Monday have opened investigations into a massive data breach that occurred last month at VTech. The award-winning Hong Kong-based maker of electronic learning toys for kids on Friday announced that its Learning Lodge database was breached in a hack attack on Nov. 14. Learning Lodge lets customers download apps, learning games, e-books, and other educational content to VTech products. The personal information of nearly 5 million adults and more than 200,000 children was exposed.

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Inateck Aries In-ear Noise Isolating Headphones are...

Inateck aries headphones. photo ©2015, steven sande.

During 2015, I've had the pleasure of trying out a number of headphones and earphones from various manufacturers. One company that has surprised me consistently with its well-made and inexpensive products is Inateck. Previously I looked at their BH1001 Wireless Sport Headset and Lacerta In-Ear Headphones, and today we'll look at a third product, the Inateck Aries BH1101 In-ear Noise Isolating Headphones (US$19.99, Amazon Affiliate Link).


The design of the Aries headphones is quite different than that of the Lacerta headphones. The cables are plastic-coated with a...

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PSA: Beats Music shuts down today, here’s what...

Later today Apple is set to pull the plug on Beats Music and completely stop the service. The reason? After buying the subscription music service in a $3 billion deal that also included Beats headphones and speakers last year, Apple Music has now fully launched and replaces Beats Music. Any remaining subscribers will need to transfer from Beats Music to Apple Music immediately to avoid losing saved music libraries and playlists. The good news is Apple Music now has almost all of Beats Music’s features with only a few exceptions…...

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Apple Pay support for JCPenney store cards in...

JCPenney is following the lead set by Kohl’s and testing Apple Pay support for its store credit cards, according to a new report.

JCP shoppers in Texas are being added to a pilot program that allows them to set up their store cards on their mobile devices for use in stores. The program seems to be limited to only one store at the moment, with a full rollout planned for spring 2016.

Customers included in the trial will see the following notice when adding their card to Apple Pay:

JCPenney is running a pilot program available to cardholders residing in Dallas Ft. Worth and...

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Apple's Tim Cook to receive Robert F. Kennedy...

It was announced on Monday that Apple CEO Tim Cook will receive the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization's 2015 "Ripple of Hope" award at a New York ceremony on Dec. 8.

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Put Save As Back on the File Menu

Do you miss the Save As command that was replaced on the File menu by Duplicate? Many long-time Mac users do, and if the fix escaped your notice back in 2012, now’s your chance to put your Mac back the way you want it.


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Apple's iOS devices dominate online shopping...

During the busiest shopping period of the year, consumers are largely turning to Apple hardware for their browsing and purchasing, with iPhones and iPads comprising the lion's share of mobile devices tracked through online retailers.

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Amazon Prime Air gets a new drone

Amazon's new drone could bring the company one step closer 30-minute delivery, but the U.S. government is still standing in the way.

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JCPenney tests Apple Pay for store cards, plans full...

U.S. big-box retailer JCPenney is currently testing Apple Pay support for its store cards, with plans for an official introduction sometime in the spring of next year, a shopper's anecdote indicated on Monday.

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Assorted vendors offering discounts on iTunes gift...

It never hurts to get a nifty discount.

A couple vendors are selling discounted iTunes gift cards with email delivery. In the case of PayPal, customers can snag a US$100 gift card via PayPal’s official eBay store. PayPal typically sends these cards within a few hours of purchase. The offer is applicable in the United States only.

Staples is presently offering a

Staples offers a 20 percent discount on US$25, US$50, and US$100 iTunes Gift Cards w/ delivery in “1 – 10 Business Days.”

Over at Best Buy, iTunes gift cards are available from US$15-US$100. Simply add two eligible cards to your shopping cart and the discount will be automatically applied during checkout....

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AWT News Update: November 30, 2015

Aaron Sorkin. Photo by iDominick on Flickr, CC-BY-SA_2.0

On this last day of November, we have some fascinating news bits that should make your day:

  • Advertisers, sponsors - we're now listed on Cast.Market. Sponsor the podcast for a song!
  • A new address system pinpoints any of the 57 trillion 3 square meter spots on earth with three short words
  • JCPenney is beta-testing Apple Pay in Texas, and will roll out nationwide next year
  • The Aaron Sorkin script for Steve Jobs is available for your downloading pleasure
  • Apple spent much less than its competitors on R&D, but there may be a reason...

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Review: Urban Armor Gear Composite Case for iPad Pro

We've seen Urban Armor Gear's Composite Case a number of times for a variety of iOS devices, and the familiar case has now made its way to iPad Pro. Rather than simply increasing the size of Composite Case for iPad Pro ($80), though, UAG has actually considered the features of Apple's newest iPad. The case has a built-in holder for Apple Pencil, an aluminum kickstand that can be set into five different positions, and a removable piece that allows the iPad Pro to attach to a Smart Connector keyboard while the case is still on. All of the ports are left exposed. There is no button coverage, but UAG claims the rubberized case with soft touch elements meets military drop test standards.{/exp:char_limit}

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Failed Apple supplier GT Advanced looks to exit...

Financiers have positioned floundering ex-Apple partner GT Advanced Technologies to emerge from bankruptcy with $80 million in funding, a plan that could allow the beleaguered former sapphire supplier to reposition itself as an industrial equipment manufacturer.

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Apple Music will play nice with Sonos beginning Dec...

Streaming music and Sonos speakers go together like peanut butter and jelly, which is why Apple Music’s absence from Sonos’s list of supported streaming services was perplexing. But Apple Music is joining the roster of supported music services on Dec. 15, so Sonos speaker owners will have another option for streaming songs throughout their homes.

Sonos originally said that its speakers would support Apple Music “when [Apple is] ready to focus on the home listening experience,” then confirmed that would happen by the end of the year. Apple Music launched on iOS and iTunes in June, and arrived on Apple TV in November. Sonos just released a well-reviewed new speaker, the Play:5, in time...

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Amazon teases new details of planned Prime Air drone...

Online retailer Amazon has released a new two-minute video hinting at more of its plans for Prime Air, a drone-based shipping service which -- if legalized by the U.S. government -- would allow deliveries in 30 minutes or less.

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Gadget Ogling: Zippy 3D Printing, Custom-Molded...

One of the current issues with 3D printing is that it can take some time to create physical versions of large or complex designs. Nexa3D's NX1 prints objects as much as 100 times faster than competitors, with printing speeds of about a centimeter in height every minute. It uses light on a certain type of resin to speed up the process. Topping up the resin seems a simpler task than with many other printers, as the NX1 uses a cartridge system instead of a manual refill process, which should help make owners' lives a little less messy.

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News: Apple Music coming to Sonos Dec. 15 through...

Sonos and Apple have announced that Apple Music will be coming to Sonos on Dec. 15 as part of a public beta program. Apple Music will be able to stream on Sonos’ speakers for the first time on that date, and prospective users can join the beta on Sonos’ site. Of course, this means Apple Music tracks will be able to stream to multiple speakers in separate rooms. All Apple Music features will be supported, and a family account will allow…

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Public beta of Apple Music on Sonos coming Dec. 15

Apple and Sonos have announced (http://tinyurl.com/pktffbz) that Apple Music will be available in public beta on Sonos starting Dec. 15. Listeners will have the ability to stream all their favorite aspects of Apple Music, including For You, New, Radio, and My Music, through Sonos smart speakers in any room of their homes.

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Public beta of Apple Music on Sonos coming December...

Apple and Sonos have announced that Apple Music will be available in public beta on Sonos starting Dec. 15. Listeners will have the ability to stream all their favorite aspects of Apple Music, including For You, New, Radio, and My Music, through Sonos smart speakers in any room of their homes.

The public beta allows many features of Apple Music to be controlled by the Sonos app on an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC and Android phone, and played in any or multiple rooms in the home. General availability will start in early 2016. 

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Apple’s A9X has a 12-core GPU and is made by TSMC

Enlarge / A die shot of the A9X. The ratio of GPU to CPU is becoming pretty insane. (credit: Chipworks via AnandTech)

Apple makes interesting chips for its mobile devices, but it doesn't talk about them much aside from extremely high-level relative performance comparisons. That means it's up to experts like the ones at Chipworks to open them up and figure it out, and they've partnered up with AnandTech to dig into the A9X in the iPad Pro.

The most significant news is about the GPU, which is a 12-core Imagination Technologies PowerVR Series 7XT design. The...

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Apple Music will arrive on Sonos via public beta...

Sonos and Apple will launch support for the Apple Music subscription service this month on Dec. 15, though it will initially be available as a public beta to users of Sonos speaker systems.

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Apple Music coming to Sonos December 15

Great, another way for Apple Music to fuck with my music.

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Cyber Monday: The best deals on Apple accessories,...

While Black Friday often gets the most promotion, the deals aren’t over. Some of the best deals aren’t available until today, Cyber Monday, as many retailers offer the same or even deeper discounts in order to help move as much stock as possible ahead of the Christmas holidays.

Below we’ve done the dirty work for you, compiling the best of the best deals on accessories, software, and more for all of your iPhone, iPad, Macs, and other Apple products.

Accessories & Gear:


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Apple Music Available on Sonos Devices Starting...

As of December 15, Apple Music will be available on Sonos, allowing those who own Sonos speakers to use them with the Apple Music service for the first time since it launched in June. Sonos and Apple today announced a new Sonos Apple Music public beta that will go live to all Sonos users in approximately two weeks.

Sonos users will be able to access Apple Music on their Sonos speakers, streaming songs from For You, New, Radio, and My Music. The beta will allow users to access the Apple Music features through their dedicated Sonos apps on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and PC, with full support set to roll out in 2016."Many of our members love Sonos and want to enjoy our service throughout their...

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JCPenney Testing Apple Pay Support for Store Cards,...

JCPenney has started testing its store credit cards with Apple's Apple Pay payments service, allowing customers at one location in Texas to add their JCPenney charge cards to Apple Pay. Customers in the Dallas–Fort Worth area visiting the JCPenney store at The Village at Fairview are able to participate in the Apple Pay pilot program, which is set to roll out to stores nationwide in the spring of 2016.

Customers with a JCPenney charge card receive a notice about the Texas pilot program when attempting to add a JCPenney card to Apple Pay using the Wallet app. The notification also includes details about the full launch of the JCPenney Apple Pay service.

Apple Pay support for store credit cards is a new feature, introduced alongside iOS 9 but announced at this year's Worldwide...

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Apple Music streaming is coming to Sonos speakers on...

Sonos users rejoice: Apple Music support now has a date, December 15th. Sonos support for Apple Music fulfills a promise made by Apple in June to bring the subscription service to the connected speakers by the end of the year. Opening the Apple Music catalog for subscribers and free trial members makes brings a massive collection of content to Sonos speakers.

The Sonos speakers already supported a huge library of streaming music services including Beats Music and Spotify as well as DRM-free local music on iPhones and Macs, but Apple Music has been unsupported. Trying to stream or playback a...

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DayMap for Mac OS X revved to version 2.1.1

Whetstone Apps has introduced DayMap 2.1.1 an update to visually oriented organizer app. It offers a way of organizing and scheduling projects and tasks in a visually intuitive Project Outliner and Weekly or Monthly Scheduler.

In version 2.1.1, each occurrence of a recurring task can be sorted in the the Calendar view independently. A graying out scheduled icon appears when a task is completed. And the Hide Completed slider now affects the Calendar view as well as the Outline view.

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Apple offers (Product)Red versions of its leather...

Apple is now offering its leather cases for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus in (Product)Red flavors. 

A portion of the proceeds goes to the Global Fund, a global public/private partnership dedicated to attracting and disbursing additional resources to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The 6s leather case costs $45, and the 6s Plus version is priced at $49.

Also, Apple is preparing for its annual World Aids Day campaign and has partnered with popular iOS app developer Supercell for...

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Analyst thinks Apple’s Black Friday was its best ever

Apple apparently registered the strongest Friday sales in its entire history on Black Friday (Nov. 27), says Global Equities' Trip Chowdhry. He attributes this to the company's "strategic shift in selling."

Chowdhry says that, in a short time, Apple has quadrupled its expert salesforce. These Apple experts are now available at many more locations, who have the same expertise that one would find at the Apple Store.

“This year, Apple decided not to provide any Holiday promotions on its own Apple Stores; but let the various retailers create their own promotions and sales, Chowdhry told clients in a note. “Apple would match any Apple product price, up to 10% of the competing price, at its Apple Stores.”

As for specific products, he writes that the iPhone and Apple Watch were the...

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The best Cyber Monday deals on Apple products,...

Black Friday isn’t the only day to scoop up discounted Apple devices. While Apple isn’t doing anything to celebrate Cyber Monday, there are still plenty of deals to be found on the Cupertino company’s products—and accessories to go with them—from other retailers. Here are the best deals still available online only:

Target is offering 15 percent off its entire site, and that includes iPads.

Best Buy had a slew of Apple deals on Black Friday, and while its Cyber Monday selections aren’t quite as extensive, you can still pick up select MacBooks and iMacs for $100-$150 less than usual.

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Apple Seeds Fifth OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan Beta to...

Apple today seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan update to developers and public beta testers, two weeks after seeding the fourth beta and more than a month after releasing OS X 10.11.1, the first OS X El Capitan update, to the public.

The fifth beta, build 15C48a, is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center. Public beta testers can download the beta through the Mac App Store.

OS X 10.11.2 appears to be an under-the-hood update as the four previous betas have not included any apparent outward-facing changes. OS X 10.11.2 is likely to include bug fixes, security enhancements, and performance improvements to address problems that...

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OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 beta 5 now available on the...

If you’re running the latest OS X El Capitan Update Beta on your Mac, head over to the Mac App Store to grab today’s Update Beta 5 release. OS X 10.11.2 is currently being developed alongside iOS 9.2 for iPhone and iPad as well as tvOS 9.1 for the new Apple TV. If you’re already running the OS X 10.11.2 beta, launch the Mac App Store and open the Updates tab to download and install the new release, then restart your Mac. The update is available for both developers and public beta testers.

OS X 10.11.2 betas have focused on improvements across a handful of apps and parts of the operating system, including graphics, Mail, Wi-Fi, Calendar, USB, Notes, Photos, Spotlight, and networking. The update to the Mac will also likely be required to take advantage of AT...

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Apple sued for ‘wiping away a man’s life’ in...

Another day, another lawsuit. Deric White, 68, of London is suing Apple for “wiping away his life” when he took his iPhone 5 to an Apple Store for repair — and didn’t back up his data. If I’m counting correctly, this is the tenth lawsuit (two involving Wi-Fi Assist and two involving Shanda Games) filed against Apple this year.

White told The Sun that Apple owes him £5,000 (just over $7,500) due to the lose of his photos and contacts. He claims Apple didn’t ask him if his data was backed up before repairing it. Apple tells The Sun it isn’t taking any responsibility at this stage, and says White, “has not demonstrated how he suffered any loss."

Last month Apple was hit with a second class action lawsuit claiming that the company failed to properly warn users that the new Wi-Fi Assist feature in iOS 9 will use data from their cellular plan. It was the second lawsuit of its kind this year.

In September plaintiffs William Scott Phillips and Suzanne...

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Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs movie script PDF

Universal Pictures has released the script for the Aaron Sorkin Steve Jobs movie as a PDF. I love reading movie scripts of films I’ve seen but I’m unlikely to read this one because I’m not very interested in seeing the movie. Thanks to John Watson for pointing me to the web page.

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Amazon is apparently making a video app for the new...

Enlarge / The new Apple TV. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Over the weekend, Amazon's tech support team confirmed that Amazon is working on a Prime Video app for the new Apple TV. Amazon has become a major player in the streaming video field over the last two or three years, and the service's absence on Apple's newest streaming box is one of its biggest holes relative to competing boxes from the likes of Roku and Amazon itself. As of the end of October, Amazon officially had nothing to share about an Apple TV app, so this news is a welcome reversal.

This is notable partly because Amazon pulled the...

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Apple Teams Up With Supercell for 2015 World AIDS...

Apple is gearing up for its annual World Aids Day campaign and has partnered with popular iOS app developer Supercell for a (SUPERCELL)RED promotion that will see the developer offering a special in-game decorative item for purchase, with 100 percent of proceeds going towards the Global Fund to fight AIDS.

Supercell is the developer behind some of the most profitable apps in the App Store, with Clash of Clans currently ranked as the number three most profitable app and Boom Beach ranked as number 10. From now until December 4 at 8:00 a.m., players who purchase a (Pile of Gems)RED pack in Clash of Clans, a (Pile of Diamonds)RED in Boom Beach, or a (Bag of Diamonds)RED in ...

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9to5Toys Cyber Monday: 12″ MacBook $1,100, iTunes $...

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Apple 12″ 256GB MacBook $1,100 (Reg. $1,299), 13″ 128GB Retina MacBook Pro (newest) ...

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Can the MacBook Pro replace your iPad?

Fraser Speirs:

There has been a lot of talk in recent weeks about the MacBook Pro and, in particular, whether it can replace an iPad Pro for getting real work done.

Only those with very specific workflows could realistically switch from iPad Pro to a MacBook Pro.

Speirs does a masterful job of flipping the question on its head.

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Igloo Software: What if you could get 5% of your day...

What if you could get 5% of your day back? What would you do?

You already have enough work to do today and shouldn’t have to waste time looking for the things you need to do your job!

Igloo can’t solve the conflict in Syria but it can help with conflict with coworkers. Igloo’s not just for your traditional intranet stuff like HR policies and expense forms. It lets you work better together with your team. Stop digging through your inbox for that file from 3 months back and give yourself the tools you need to do your best work.

Send your IT guy to try Igloo Software and see for yourself why Igloo is an intranet you’ll actually like.


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Chipworks finds 12-cluster GPU, dual-core CPU in the...

Chipworks scan of the A9X SoC, via The Motley Fool

Like spring follows winter, an X-ray of the latest Apple system-on-chip from Chipworks always seems to follow the teardown of the latest devices by iFixit. Chipworks shared its latest X-ray with The Motley Fool, and found that the A9X features a dual-core CPU and a 12 GPU clusters.

The SoC that Chipworks scanned was found to have been built by TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company), although its unknown if that company is a sole-source supplier for the A9X. 

What makes the GPU design so fascinating is that Apple uses the Imagination Technologies Series 7XT GPU, and that graphics partner only offers its technology in clusters of 2, 4, 6, 8 and 16. That means that the A9X...

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Big discounts on AppleCare


Because Apple makes the hardware, the operating system, and many applications, the Mac is a truly integrated system. And only the AppleCare Protection Plan gives you one-stop service and support from Apple experts, so most issues can be resolved in a single call. Extend the complimentary service and support on your Mac to three years from the original Mac purchase date with the AppleCare Protection Plan. You get direct telephone access to Apple experts for technical questions, and you get global repair coverage—including both parts and labor—for your Mac and select Apple peripherals.

Thanks to Dan Frakes on Twitter for this link. When I first saw it, I asked Dan if it was legit (knowing it was. Dan is the Senior Editor at Wirecutter and was formerly the same at Macworld magazine) and I trust him. There are some really...

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OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 beta 5 Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 beta 5 Now Available

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OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 beta 5 Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 beta 5 Now Available

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Apple Watch sales could total 12 million for 2015

On the all-important Black Friday shopping day on November 27, analyst Daniel Ives of FBR & Co. checked with a number of Apple retail stores and based on his estimates, Ives believes that Apple could end up selling 6 million Apple Watches in the quarter ending December 31, 2015.

Ives had previously estimated that Apple had already sold 6 million Watches this year, which would bring the total sold in 2015 to 12 million. Apple doesn't release sales figures for the Watch, but has repeatedly noted that sales are growing. A look at financial filings by Apple demonstrated that the devices have contributed $1.7 billion in sales in the first five months of existence, and Apple noted in July that the Watch had sold more units in the first nine weeks of life than the iPad sold in its first 80 days -- that number is around 3 million.

Ives thinks that wearable devices are a potentially $20 billion-plus opportunity for Apple over the next three years, and FBR maintained its "...

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Apple iPhone 6s Leather Case now available in (...

Apple has today released a (PRODUCT)RED version of its iPhone 6s Leather Case, available to buy now from Apple.com with Wednesday shipping. The omission of the color was odd back in September, as the Silicone Case was offered in (PRODUCT)Red since the iPhone 6s launch. Apple has just about got stock of the item in time for the holidays, if you still happen to be hunting for an official red iPhone case (there are plenty of third-party red iPhone cases available).


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Crazy anti-gravity car accident

From BoingBoing. Might take a few views of this video to get your head around what happened. Crazy.

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Amazon looking to release Amazon Video app for tvOS...

The long-awaited Amazon Video app seems to finally be en route to the Apple TV. The news comes amid strife between Apple and Amazon, some accusing Apple of blocking Amazon from launching the app on tvOS and others accusing Amazon of not developing for the platform as to encourage users to use its own Fire TV products.

Engineer Dan Bostonweeks, who reached out to Amazon via its feedback system and asked the company about the lack of tvOS support for the fourth-gen Apple TV, received a response from the company in which the customer service representative offered the following quote:


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

Welcome to our iPad Holiday Gift Guide! There’s currently a lot of excitement around the world of iPad, and rightfully so.

On the software side, Apple injected new life into prior models by adding side-by-side apps and picture-in-picture video with iOS 9. In hardware, the smaller 7.9″ iPad mini family got major speed and notable display quality improvements with the iPad mini 4, while brand new 9.7″ iPad Air 2’s are being sold at prices lower than minis, and a completely new class of iPad debuted in the just-launched 12.9″ iPad Pro.

There are essential...

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Cyber Monday Sales Now Live for Macs, iPads,...

For those that missed out on Black Friday deals, or remain on the lookout for a few more gift ideas, Cyber Monday offers several online and in-store discounts on a wide range of Apple-related products and accessories. Most deals will remain available through the end of day on Monday, November 30.

Best Buy

Best Buy is offering deals on select Apple products and other electronics online and in stores on Cyber Monday, with free shipping on all orders.

- iPhone 6 (16GB) for $1 with activation and Verizon two-year contract

- Up to $150 off select MacBook Air and Retina MacBook models

- Up to $249 off various original iPad Air models

- $70 off...

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Your iPhone 7 may come without a 3.5mm headphone jack

Rumors can be fun, and sometimes a little disconcerting to people who have Apple products or peripherals that can be affected by a decision made by the company. The latest rumor from Japanese website Mac Otakara says that Apple has plans to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7 (or whatever the next-gen iPhone is called) and instead use an all-in-one Lightning connector for audio output.

The report cites a reliable source, and says that the company is considering releasing Lightning-equipped EarPods at the same time. Some manufacturers are already selling Lightning-equipped headphones, like the Philips Fidelio M2L, so it's not a stretch that they're getting ready for Apple going all-in on Lightning as the one connector for charging, data and audio.

As a result of switching to the Lightning port...

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Microsoft releases Cortana app for iOS to beta...

It’s Microsoft’s alternative to Siri and its beta is now available on iOS. Microsoft has released a beta of its Cortana personal assistant app for iOS. The app, which went out to a handful of testers who signed up to trial the new app were notified by way of email that the iOS version of Cortana was available for download, offers voice-powered assistance, plus help with managing your schedule, reminders, and alarms, as well as the ability to track things like flights, packages, stocks, scores and more.

An Android version of the app was previously made available for testing this August.

The iOS version stemmed from an online survey in early November that stated that users...

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Apple Releases (PRODUCT)RED Leather Cases for iPhone...

An official (PRODUCT)RED version of Apple's leather case for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus has been spotted in at least one Apple retail store today, as reported by French tech site iGeneration [Google Translate]. When the new line of iPhones debuted in September, only the silicone case was offered in a (PRODUCT)RED option.

The (PRODUCT)RED leather case for the iPhone 6s hasn't appeared yet on Apple's online store, but will most likely soon follow if the...

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Opinion: Get ready to wave goodbye to the MacBook...

Trying to predict the future of technology is a risky endeavor at best, and never more so when attempting to do it with one of the most secretive companies in the field.

But never let it be said I don’t ‘fess up when my predictions don’t pan out. Two years ago, I reckoned that the MacBook Air and Pro ranges would have merged by now. When the MacBook Air was first launched, it made a lot of compromises to fit into that slim casing. But over the years, the Air got more powerful and the Pro started to make similar compromises in pursuit of a sleeker form-factor. Both went SSD, both went non-upgradable RAM, neither had an optical drive, neither had an Ethernet port.

It seemed to me then that the differences between the two ranges would continue to dwindle until there was really nothing to separate them. But as things turned out, Apple had one...

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Apple Sued for Wiping iPhone Data at Genius Bar

Apple has a new lawsuit on its hands, but this time it isn't for patent infringement. Instead, it's over lost data when a customer failed to backup their iPhone before taking it to the Genius Bar for tech support.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple isn't responsible for the data on our iPhones, iPads, or Macs. Taking Apple to court because you didn't back up your iPhone seems more like trying to avoid taking responsibility for an avoidable mistake.

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News: Apple to drop headphone jack from next iPhone?

In a bid to slim its new iPhone down even further, Apple is considering removing the traditional headphone jack entirely, a “reliable” source tells Macotakara. The source said the new phones will likely be 1 mm thinner than current models, forcing Apple to ditch the headphone jack, since its port is based on a world standard that can’t be made thinner. While Apple has registered a patent for a thinner headphone plug, the new report…

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A9X Die Photo From iPad Pro Reveals 12-Cluster...

Financial news website The Motley Fool has shared details of the A9X die featured in the new Apple iPad Pro, thanks to analysis from electronics teardown firm Chipworks. The photo reveals the A9X's dual-core CPU and a 12-cluster GPU to drive the device's massive display.

While the CPU core count observed in the A9X matches that of the A9 from the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the 12-cluster GPU is twice as powerful as the six-cluster GPU found in the A9 design. Otherwise, the core and cluster designs appear to be identical to those found in the A9 die shots.

Dual-core CPU boxed in green, six dual-cluster GPU regions boxed in blue

Chipworks confirms that the die shown in the photo is fabricated by TSMC, and it does indeed show similarities with the existing A9 TSMC die already...

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A deeper view into Skype for Business Cloud PBX

Most companies manage their telephone communications using a PBX (private branch exchange) system, which is essentially hardware that acts as a private telephone switchboard. Now, with Skype for Business Cloud PBX, you can eliminate separate PBX systems for users and move the functions of the PBX into the cloud, assign and manage phone numbers using Skype controls within your Office 365 admin console, and easily enable dial-in telephone numbers for your Skype meetings. We explain how this works and demonstrate everything in this week’s Microsoft Mechanics.

You can get phone numbers directly from Microsoft or port existing phone numbers into Skype for Business and assign or re-assign them to your users as needed. If your organization has hundreds or thousands of users, all of this can be automated via PowerShell scripting. So all of the communication needs of a new user—from email and collaboration to meetings and phones—can be automated and delivered straight from Office...

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Adobe: iPad Air 2, iPad mini among top sellers on...

Adobe has released its 2015 online shopping data for Black Friday and Thanksgiving Day. A record $4.45 billion is expected to have been spent online, including $2.72 billion on Black Friday, 14 percent more than in 2014 and $1.73 billion on Thanksgiving Day, a 25 percent increase year-over-year (YoY).

The five best selling electronic products on Black Friday were Samsung 4K TVs, Apple’s iPad Air 2, Microsoft Xbox One, the iPad mini and Sony PS4. Online doorbuster deals — products with limited quantity and available for a limited time— accounted for 40 percent of all online sales.

While mobile shopping saw strong growth with a 34 percent share of sales, the role of tablets continued to decline, according to Adobe. Tablets drove 15 percent of sales on Black Friday, a two percent decrease YoY. Smartphones generated a record 22 percent share of sales, 70 percent more than in 2014. iPhones and iPads continued to drive the majority of...

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News: Amazon Instant Video app could hit Apple TV ‘...

I sent feedback to Amazon via the Amazon Instant Video iOS app about supporting tvOS. They say it’s in development. pic.twitter.com/52fYUgtgNs— Dan Bostonweeks (@danimal) November 28, 2015 According to an Amazon customer service reply, an app for Amazon Instant Video could be landing on Apple TV “within a few weeks.” The unnamed company representative supposedly told Twitter user Dan Bostonweeks that the company’s technical…

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IBM: Apple Watch, Beats by Dre top Cyber Monday...

IBM predicts Cyber Monday online sales will grow by more than 18 percent compared to 2014. Driven by a surge in mobile shopping, consumers indicate that Samsung, Sony and LG TVs as well as Apple Watch and Beats by Dre are at the top of their shopping lists, according to the IBM Watson Trend App.

IBM Watson Trend features the hottest 100 consumer electronics, toys and health and fitness products at any given time. It’s available for free download in the Apple App Store

According to IBM Watson Trend, smartphones remained the shopper's device of choice. They ccounted for 44 percent of all online traffic, more than three times that of tablets at 14.1 percent. Smartphones surpassed tablets in sales, driving 18.6 percent of online sales (up 65.7 percent over 2014) versus tablets at 17.7 percent.

IBM Watson Trend leverages...

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External Link: Why Some People Stop Wearing the...

Analyst Ben Bajarin, working with wearable analytics firm Wristly, surveyed users who said they were dissatisfied with their Apple Watches in an attempt to tease out the main shortcomings of Apple’s smartwatch. The complaints unhappy Apple Watch owners shared were poor performance, short battery life, the watch face not always being visible, reliance on the iPhone, and the high price. Perhaps surprisingly, the most critical and least satisfied Apple Watch owners “work in tech, evaluate tech for a living, or are fairly technical.” To be clear, this study focused on dissatisfied users, but Bajarin notes that satisfied Apple Watch owners make up a much larger group.


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Office 365 brings significant new value to business...

Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice-president for Microsoft Office.

Today, we are excited to announce the availability of several new Office 365 communications services designed to modernize voice, video, and meeting experiences, while saving companies substantial costs in their communication infrastructure. Organizations can now replace their legacy meeting and phone systems with innovative services built on the familiar Skype for Business experience, all naturally integrated within Office 365—the world’s most-used collaboration and productivity platform.

We are also excited to announce significant new security and analytics capabilities aimed at dramatically improving our customers’ ability to protect their organizations and glean insights from data.

Communication-powered productivity

We believe that the...

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Appocto introduces Censorate for Mac OS X

Appocto has introduced Censorate for Mac OS X. It allows you to pixelate, blur or hide sensitive or unwanted areas in images.

Censor ate is designed for users who who frequently post on social media like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Censorate is compatible with OS X Yosemite and El Capitan. It sells for $4.99 and is available from Appocto online (http://appocto.com).

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Amazon Feedback Says Prime Video Coming to Apple TV

Amazon may be working on an Apple TV version of its Prime Instant Video app, and it may be released in just a few weeks. Word of the company's Apple TV support comes from a response to a feedback comment from a developer-which isn't the same as official confirmation.

The Mac Observer Spin: News of Prime Instant Video coming to Apple TV isn't official, but does seem plausible. If true we'd be able to watch iTunes Store, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime video on our televisions without having to switch set top boxes. Like a boss.

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External Link: Amazon Instant Video Coming to Apple...

Engineer Dan Bostonweeks contacted Amazon to complain about the lack of an Amazon Instant Video app for the fourth-generation Apple TV, and was surprised to receive a response saying that Amazon’s working on it. Amazon added that it should hopefully be available in a few weeks.


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My crystal ball: what to expect in the revamped...

In a report noted by AppleInsider, Taiwan-based Economic Daily News claims Apple is working on an all-new MacBook Air series that will debut at next summer’s Worldwide Developer Conference. I think they’re right, but that some of the details are wrong.

Economic Daily New says Apple will unveil redesigned 13-inch Airs, add a 15-inch model, and drop the 11-incher, apparently feeling the iPad Pro fills that niche. Economic Daily News claims that the new Airs will pack new battery packs, cooling modules, panels and more into a revamped metal chassis. 

AppleInsider’s take is that, based on its current MacBook products, which come with 11-, 12-, 13- and 15-inch screens, it seems unlikely that Apple would muddy the waters by axing the smallest screen size in favor of doubling up on the top end. If the rumor holds true, however, Apple would be selling one 12-inch laptop, three 13-inch...

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Quick And Dirty Language Management In OS X

I bet you thought this would be the article where I showed you how to make your computer curse more. Well, language can mean much more than that. In fact, Apple has dedicated a whole binary to switching your default language in OS X, in languagesetup. This command, located at /usr/sbin/languagesetup, is capable of changing the default language used by a system to a number of different languages. There are other ways to accomplish this, but none quite so easy. To get started, note that there are two ways to run languagesetup. The first is interactively, which I mostly use to figure out what I actually want to do with it. The second is using a standard command prompt, which I use for scripting.

Let’s start with the interactive. Simply run the command with no operators/verbs/whatevers:


This outputs a list of the languages that can be used in this way. Note that number 7 is Spanish.

WARNING: root access required to change system language...

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News: Daily Deal: ‘Train Simple’ Adobe Photoshop...

In our iLounge Deal for today we’re offering the ‘Train Simple’ Adobe Photoshop Bundle for only $55 – that’s over 90% off the regular price. This bundle helps you conquer the Photoshop learning curve, providing you with lifetime access to eight all-level courses along with bonus tips and tricks. The individual courses cover everything from the fundamentals of Photoshop CC through to working with Camera RAW images, PSD to…

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Total Apple Watch sales predicted to double this...

Sales of the Apple Watch have continued to grow since its launch in April, and one analyst believes total sales of its wearable device could double this holiday alone, moving 6 million units in the lucrative three-month shopping period.

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Silicon Valley Tech Giants Spend more than Five...

Currently Silicon Valley is aglow from so-called moonshots. Google’s parent company, Alphabet, is building autonomous vehicles, life-extending drugs, and animal-look-alike robots. Facebook is developing Internet-beaming drones and

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Why doesn't the iMac have an HDMI connector?

Why doesn't the iMac have an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) connector? Thunderbolt and USB ports are nice. However, HDMI is getting smaller even as it gets bigger (more on that in a moment).

But let's back up. HDMI is an interface for audiovisual equipment such as high-definition television and home theater systems. It’s able to carry a bandwidth of 5Gbps (gigabits per second), which is purportedly more than twice the bandwidth needed to transmit multi-channel audio and video. HDMI provides an uncompressed, all-digital signal.

HDMI makes perfect sense for inclusion in the iMac. After all, it's a computer that's oftenintegrated into home entertainment systems and/or used for gaming and movie viewing.

Apple developed a Mini DisplayPort in the past. Perhaps it's time for a mini-HDMI connector. Until that, or a full sized HDMI cable appears, you can see...

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How Technology Could Prevent Another Paris-Like...

What I find fascinating is that with all of the focus members of the intelligence community place on violating our privacy, they still aren't able to stop attacks like the one in Paris. Currently they are complaining that it is our fault for implementing encryption that blocks their often-illegal views into citizens' personal lives. I think that even if encryption didn't exist, they still would be ineffective. Looking back at 911, there was no lack of intelligence indicating an attack was imminent.

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iPad Target’s best-selling product on Black Friday,...

Target said that the iPad was its top-selling item, both in-store and online, on Black Friday – outselling even TVs. The company revealed that it sold one iPad every second, reports Forbes. The company also noted that the Apple Watch “was especially popular in stores.”

The deals aren’t done yet, either: 9to5Toys notes that Target is today offering a 15% discount on almost every product it sells – even the iPad Pro. Just enter coupon code CYBER15 at the checkout.

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Apple Files for 'Apple Music Connect'...

Apple Music is a music streaming service developed by Apple that debuted this past June. Users select music to stream to their device on demand. The service includes the blog platform Connect ...

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Millennials embrace mobile apps for holiday shopping

Wanderful Media (www.wanderful.com), the company behind the Find&Save cash back shopping app, today released its 2015 Annual Holiday Shopping Survey. The findings feature insights on the role mobile plays in holiday shopping, and specifically for millennial shoppers.

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Your Mac could someday run via wireless power

A year ago ComputerWorld predicted that wireless charing would come to some personal will likely run via wireless power.

ComputerWorld’s vision: “Place a laptop on a table, and it'll automatically start charging. No wires needed, no need to carry a power brick. That's how Intel views wireless charging for laptops, which could become a reality next year. Intel wants to make wireless chargers as easy to find as a Wi-Fi signal, and wants to bring the technology to cafes, restaurants, airports and other public places so laptops can be recharged without power adapters. The first laptops with wireless charging could come out next year, and Intel has shown a few prototypes laptop being recharged on a table.”

Intel is backing the Rezence magnetic resonance wireless charging technology, promoted by the Alliance for Wireless Power, or A4WP. The...

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Kool Tools: NETGEAR ReadyNAS 3138

NETGEAR’s (www.netgear.com) ReadyNAS 3138 provides new capabilities compared to the previous-generation ReadyNAS 3130. Designed for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), it has a 1U rack mount form factor, 4-bay NAS appliance with capacity up to 32TB.

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“One port to do it all” – the new integrated USB-C/...

Apple’s decision to equip the 12-inch MacBook with just a single port was a controversial one, but the USB-C port Apple chose just got a whole lot more powerful. Intel announced back in June that it was integrating USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 to create “one compact port that does it all” – and that port just hit the market in the form of the revamped Dell XPS range.

That means that a single port combines superspeed USB, Thunderbolt, DisplayPort, PCI Express and power. The DisplayPort channel can simultaneously handle two 4K monitors.

Dell has opted to include two of the new ports, and this is an approach I think we can...

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BassJump 2 subwoofer beefs up your Mac's sound...

Although TwelveSouth has positioned its $69.99 BassJump 2 subwoofer as an accessory that turns a MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air into a portable . as well as a 13-inch MacBook. The BassJump 2 works well with all these systems, making the bass, well, jump.

Mac laptop speakers are still tinny, but much less so. And the speakers in the new iMacs sound a little better when paired with the BassJump. The TwelveSouth won't make the built-in speakers on any Mac seismic or room-shaking, but it delivers bigger, fuller sound and more rumble than you'd expect.

The BassJump software also serves up visual feedback in the form of two glowing, old-school analog VU-meters. A working mini VU-meter is placed in the Menu Bar for quick access to settings. Finally, the software allows you to customize the sound for your style of music: rock, pop, R&B, etc.

The portable subwoofer's...

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New redesigned thinner MacBook Air rumored for mid-...

2015 isn’t over yet but the rumor mill is now churning for Apple’s 2016 product pipeline. According to a somewhat-sketchy report from Economic Daily News, the MacBook Air will be getting a major upgrade in mid 2016. The new design will be thinner and lighter with substantial internet component changes, as per the report. In terms of rough timeframe, the product could be announced at WWDC 2016, around June. The MacBook Air has not seen a significant hardware change since 2010, so a major update is certainly due.

The fate of the MacBook Air has been in question for some time, with the early 2015 Retina...

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Rumor: Apple to unveil redesigned MacBook Airs, new...

A rumor circulating in the Far East claims Apple plans to introduce a revamped MacBook Air lineup at its Worldwide Developers Conference in 2016, extending the form factor to include a 15-inch model potentially in lieu of an 11-inch version.

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Sunday November 29

Thinner MacBook Air in 13" and 15" Sizes...

Apple may be preparing to introduce a revamped MacBook Air at next year's Worldwide Developers Conference, according to Taiwan's Economic Daily News [Google Translate]. If Apple holds true to recent history, WWDC 2016 would be held in June, and the today's report claims the new MacBook Air will launch in the third quarter, which corresponds to the July–September timeframe.

The new MacBook Air is said to take on a slimmer design and arrive in 13-inch and 15-inch sizes, but it is unclear whether an 11-inch model will also be included. The slimmer design will be enabled by "fully redesigned" internal components across the board, and Apple is reportedly currently working with its suppliers to develop these new components.

Apple's notebook lineup expanded earlier this year...

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App turns your writing into trippy 3D images

It's easy to imagine a piece of art in your head, but making it real is another matter if you're not an artist. Wouldn't it be nice if you could simply describe what you wanted? WordsEye is trying just that. Its beta web app lets you describe a scene...

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The Logic Pros: Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals –...

In this week’s episode of The Logic Pros, we will be taking a short break from the usual routine to stock up on discounted iPad synth apps, plug-ins for Logic, keyboard controllers and more as we transition from Black Friday to Cyber Monday. We have been tracking all the deals to be had over the holiday weekend on 9to5Toys, so we thought a roundup of the best music production and home recording gear/software was in order for this week’s episode:

Along with...

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The Pirate Bay won't be blocked on its home turf

Numerous countries order their internet service providers block The Pirate Bay, but its home country of Sweden won't be one of them... at least, for now. A Stockholm court has ruled that Sweden can't make ISPs block the piracy site, since those compa...

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Amazon and Jeremy Clarkson hint at the future of...

Former Top Gear co-host Jeremy Clarkson isn't just working on a new motoring show for Amazon... he's helping the internet giant pitch its vision for delivery drones, too. Amazon has unveiled a splashy new Prime Air ad where Clarkson shows off a new,...

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Rumor suggests the iPhone 7 will ditch the headphone...

The standard 3.5-millimeter headphone jack is everywhere—from computers to smartphones to stereo equipment to that Walkman from 1987 sitting in your closet. But if a new rumor is to be believed, your next iPhone might not have one.

According to the Japanese tech site Mac Otakara, Apple is planning to cut the ubiquitous 3.5mm headphone jack in the iPhone 7, opting instead for Lightning-based headphones. According to Mac Otakara, the removal of the headphone jack appears to be part of an effort to further slim down the iPhone: The site claims the next iPhone will be a full millimeter thinner than the current model, the iPhone 6s.

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VW reportedly knew its fuel economy figures were...

If one report is accurate, Volkswagen execs didn't just know that their cars' emission estimates were fishy -- they knew the fuel efficiency figures were off, too. German newspaper Bild claims that top brass was aware of misleading fuel economy estim...

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The AfterMath: A week of excesses

Too much food? Too many bargains? With a handful of antacids nearby, we hope you've enjoyed this Thanksgiving week. Following in tradition of all that indulgence, we're all about size and excess here at TAM. Nuclear-powered data centers, puffy nugget...

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Inhabitat's Week in Green: Tesla Model S recall...

When a problem comes along, you must fix it. This week Tesla noticed a defective seatbelt in one of its Model S sedans, so the automaker immediately issued a recall for all 90,000 vehicles on the road out of "an abundance of caution." In other transp...

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Apple Working on Siri the Virtual Music Assistant...

Earlier this month the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that revealed an invention that generally relates to audio analysis and, more specifically, to analyzing audio input for efficient speech and music recognition.

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No git Commit Message #tomhardy

Click for lightning. Merge-your-damn-self.

But if you commit with a well written message (and not just a period to get past a sanity check), I’m happy. Tom Hardy likes it when you tell me wtf.


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Professor saves home with smart sprinklers from 3,...

Deadly bushfires have swept across South Australia this week, destroying countless properties and natural spaces. One ingenious professor was able to save his rural home, however, by remotely activating sprinklers using a smartphone. Simon Maddocks,...

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Pursuit of Slenderness May Mean No More Headphone...

An intriguing rumor reported by PC Mag (and initially reported in this Japanese blog) holds that Apple may drop from its iPhone 7 the standard mini-jack plug on the phone, in favor of Bluetooth and Lightning connectors. From PC Mag's article:

The big question is just how such a move might affect all the other headphones one can buy, as well as the other devices Apple makes. While we can envision some manufacturers making iPhone-exclusive variants of their headphones, we doubt that Apple's potential decision to chop out the headphone jack is going to suddenly make for a market full of Lightning-only headphones and earbuds. There are, after all, plenty of non-iPhone devices that still use the 3.5mm connection. And, of course, you could just pair any ol' pair of Bluetooth headphones or earbuds with the iPhone 7.


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Saturday November 28

Amazon's new Fire TV can talk to your connected...

Amazon's Echo speaker and 4K Fire TV just got much better at handling around-the-house tasks. The Fire TV now controls smart home devices with a simple voice command -- you can ask it to dim the lights right before you start a movie. It'll search f...

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Shopping on a budget: iPads & Apple Watches...

Don't see the need for a pricey iPad when you can grab one for $199 or $250? Looking to spend less than $800 for a 2015 MacBook? Have you been waiting for Apple Watch prices to fall? Then this price-conscience Cyber Week shopping roundup may be worth a glance.

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Amazon says Instant Video app for tvOS could launch...

Amazon Instant Video was notably absent from Apple's tvOS App Store launch lineup in October, and while the e-commerce giant remains mum on future plans, a support team representative let slip that the streaming movie service could hit fourth-generation Apple TVs in a few weeks.

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Apple's iPad Pro vs. 12-inch MacBook with...

Since the announcement of the iPad Pro, there's been a great deal of debate about whether a jumbo-sized tablet running iOS can truly replace your laptop. If you're thinking about your next technology purchase and are on the fence between an iPad Pro and a MacBook, AppleInsider is here to help you break down the decision.

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Amazon Instant Video app may be coming to tvOS soon

Now here's a reason for me to consider a new fourth-generation Apple TV. Amazon Instant Video is coming to tvOS in a few weeks, according to engineer Dan Bostonweeks, who tweeted yesterday about sending feedback to Amazon via the Amazon Instant Video iOS app and getting a response about Apple TV support:

I sent feedback to Amazon via the Amazon Instant Video iOS app about supporting tvOS. They say it’s in development. pic.twitter.com/52fYUgtgNs

— Dan Bostonweeks (@danimal) November 28, 2015

There had been a lot of speculation that Amazon was deliberately blocking Amazon Instant Video on Apple TV as the little Apple video streamer is a direct competitor to the Fire streaming devices. Apparently that's not the case. However, Amazon still refuses to sell any Apple TV devices in its online store. 

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The NSA's mass US phone surveillance ends...

The National Security Agency's long-running mass phone surveillance program is coming to an end. As promised, the USA Freedom Act will forbid the NSA from indiscriminately collecting Americans' call metadata at midnight on November 29th. Agents wi...

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Amazon Instant Video app to launch on tvOS ‘within a...

Since the new Apple TV launched last month, one notably missing app has been Amazon Video. There’s been a lot of speculation as to what the reasoning for the unexplained absence, with some accusing Apple of blocking Amazon from launching the app on tvOS and others accusing Amazon of not developing for the platform as to encourage users to use its own Fire TV products. Now, however, it looks like Amazon is planning to release a tvOS app after all…

Engineer Dan Bostonweeks reached out to Amazon via its feedback system and asked the company about the lack of tvOS support. Bostonweeks received a response from the company in which the customer service representative says that its technical...

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The deals just keep coming...

Finally the Black Friday deals are starting to slow down a bit, although I expect that we'll hear a lot more on Cyber Monday. Here are some GREAT deals that you may have missed!


SCOTTeVEST makes amazing jackets and vests, even if you don't use them to carry all of your electronics. I personally own both a jacket and a vest, and find them to be two of the best-made outerwear products I've ever had Well, you can purchase items online for savings of 25 - 58% on most products by using the promo code CYBER15

Mariner Software

Mariner has a Black Friday sale on...

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Cortana for iOS beta arrives (but it isn't for...

Here’s some good news and bad news for those of you looking forward to playing with Cortana for iOS: The good news is that the public beta is here. The bad news? Only a small group of users will get to try it out.

According to tech blog Warenotice, Microsoft is currently distributing the Cortana for iOS beta to the first round of beta testers—presumably to those who applied for the beta program earlier this month. Warenotice received an invitation to test the app, and published a few screenshots of Cortana running on an iPhone.


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Apple Likely to use Lightning Audio Connector for...

Last year we posted a granted patent report about Apple's new lightning based audio connector. The patent figures noted in our cover graphic came from granted patent 8,911,260. Apple's invention noted that their patent pending invention would replace today's traditional TRS styled audio connectors...

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Apple Granted 8 Design Patents for All-New Apple...

Late yesterday the Hong Kong Patent Office published a series of eight newly granted design patents for Apple that relate to all-new Apple Store Display Tables.

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Target Stores Sold One iPad Every Second on...

The share of mobile e-commerce orders made on Apple devices during Thanksgiving was 78.3% compared to 21.5% on Android devices. Other good news included Target reporting ...

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The week in Apple news: Apple buys Faceshift,...

Apple headlines for the week ending Nov. 27, 2015

Thanksgiving and Black Friday have come and gone, so maybe you’re hung over from shopping. Maybe you haven’t started your shopping yet (join the club). Or maybe you’re in the midst of shopping right now, and you’re resting your weary feet. Regardless of what you’re doing, take a break and catch up on the Apple news from the past week. It was a short week but it was still an interesting one. Click on the link in each slide to get the full story.

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MacMall's 2015 Cyber Monday Sale Now Live With...

MacMall's annual Cyber Monday sale offering discounts on Macs and several other Apple products starts today, November 28, at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time and lasts through 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, November 30.

Following its 60-hour Black Friday sale, MacMall continues to offer significant discounts on a huge selection of Apple Macs and iPads. The Retina MacBook Pro is available at up to $259 off, while the MacBook Air is available for up to $100 off. The 27-inch iMac is available at up to $200 off, and the Mac mini is available at up to $70 off.

MacMall sells a range of stock Apple Macs and custom build-to-order models. We've listed a selection of the more popular discounted models below, but the full range of discounts are available on the MacMall website.

2015 Retina MacBook

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Friday November 27

Amazon Prime Video Coming to New Apple TV Possibly...

Last month, Amazon removed all Apple TV and Chromecast product listings from its website because the devices do not offer its Prime Video streaming service, which the online retailer said may cause confusion for customers. Nearly a month later, the new Apple TV remains unavailable on Amazon, but that could soon change.

Amazon appears to have confirmed to engineer Dan Bostonweeks that it is developing a tvOS app for Prime Video that could launch before the end of 2015. "Hopefully, within a few weeks span, you will be able to see the Amazon Instant Video app feature on your Apple TV," the company purportedly said in an email.

I sent feedback to Amazon via the Amazon Instant Video iOS app about supporting tvOS. They say it’s in development. pic.twitter....

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Sony plans PS4 streaming to Mac & PC with Remote...

Sony Computer Entertainment president Shuhei Yoshida on Friday said his company intends to release an official Remote Play title that will allow users to stream games from their PlayStation 4 to a Mac or PC.

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Apple's iOS clenches 78.3% of U.S. mobile...

Apple remained the dominant platform for holiday mobile shoppers as iPad and iPhone users accounted for 78.3 percent of mobile e-commerce orders over Thanksgiving Day. Buyers using any device using some form of Android contributed only 21.5 percent of online orders.

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$100 off iPad mini 4 for Black Friday

Another killer deal on iPad on Black Friday is $100 off the iPad mini 4 at Best Buy-that retailer's deals have been among the best today. That puts the starting price for Apple's newest iPad mini model at $399, a 20 percent discount off retail. This offer is available in stores, but you can also shop online.

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iPad mini 2 for $199 at Walmart for Black Friday

Walmart is offering Apple's iPad mini 2 for $199, a $70 discount off the retail price of $269. That's a significant 26 percent off, one of the biggest percentage discounts we've seen on an Apple product. This is a Black Friday deal only, but it's available online so you don't have to endure the insanity of a Walmart Black Friday store.

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Apple May Replace 3.5mm Headphone Jack on iPhone 7...

Apple is planning to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack on the next-generation iPhone in favor of an all-in-one Lightning connector, according to often-reliable Japanese website Mac Otakara. Apple may also release Lightning-equipped EarPods to support the new audio output on future iOS devices.

The report, citing a "reliable source," claims the new same-sized Lightning connector will support Lightning-equipped and Bluetooth headphones, and have a DAC, or digital-to-audio converter, for backwards compatibility with wired headphones using standard 3.5mm stereo jacks. A 3.5mm to Lightning adapter would be required.

The so-called "iPhone 7" will likely be more than 1mm thinner than the 7.1mm thick iPhone 6s as a result, according to the report. The sixth-generation iPod touch could be a comparable device, which has a depth of 6.1mm, but the portable media player still has a 3.5mm headphone jack....

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Microsoft rolls out Cortana for iOS to select beta...

Microsoft this week activated beta accounts for a select number users interested in testing out the iOS version of its Cortana personal assistant, the software giant's alternative to Siri and Google Now.

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$100 and $125 off iPad Air 2 for Black Friday from...

Best Buy is offering $100 or $125 off of iPad Air 2. 16GB and 64GB models, both Wi-Fi-only and Wi-Fi + Cellular, are discounted by $100. That means you can get one starting at $399. 128GB models are discounted $125, meaning they start at $574.99. These deals are being offered in-store, but you can also get them online.

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Samsung Continues to Search for an iPhone Killer...

Samsung has been working on several possible future smartphone form factors for years now as our extensive flex-display archives bear out. This month a new Samsung patent application came to light at the US Patent Office revealing some refined designs. One of the designs that caught my eye as an oddball also illustrated a massive goof. The designer added an iPod icon ...

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20% iTunes Cards from Best Buy Back on for Black...

Best Buy's 20 percent off iTunes cards offer is back on today. This deal was first offered on Wednesday, but quickly expired. It works like this: buy the first card at full price and get the second for 40 percent off, a 20 percent discount on the two of them when combined. These are for physical cards that are shipped to you (we also posted a deal on same-day email codes from PayPal on Friday). You can also choose to pick it up at a store. To get the deal, simply add two cards to your cart and the price will automatically be discounted. No coupon code required. Best Buy's instructions don't make that clear, but I tested the process.

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20% Off iTunes Cards from Ebay/PayPal

Ebay and PayPal are offering $100 iTunes gift cards for $80, a 20 percent discount. These are for codes that are emailed to you, usually within an hour or two. I've purchased several during the last year without a hitch. They always sell out fast-if you're wanting one, don't dawdle.

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Your local Apple retail store might have a Smart...

If you want a Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil for the iPad Pro, you might check with your local Apple retail store. I’m not making any guarantees, but there may be a few in stock if you’re lucky.

Though the iPad Pro accessories are still showing a 4-5 waiting time for availability when you order ‘em online, I just picked up both peripherals at the Green Hills Apple Store in Nashville, TN. The Apple Pencil costs US$99 and Smart Keyboard is priced at $169.

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Apple rumored to ditch headphone jack on '...

Apple's next-generation iPhone design is so thin that engineers are mulling the removal of the standard 3.5mm headphone jack, meaning users might have to invest in Lightning or Bluetooth-connected headphones, according to a rumor on Friday.

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Instagram tests multiple account support on Android

The Instagram team appears to be readying an Android update that will introduce one of its most highly requested features: multiple account support. For the average user this probably isn't a big deal, but for professional photographers, social media...

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Bill Gates is launching a multibillion-dollar clean...

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is set to reveal a massive clean energy project on Monday, during the first day of the United Nations climate change summit in Paris. According to Reuters, which originally reported the news, the French government has...

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Black Friday Madness Continues

Hopefully none of you were involved in an altercation at a local store today, but if you did manage to get some early deals by being "feet on the ground" at a store, congratulations. Here are a bunch of Black Friday deals we've seen so far that you can take advantage of from the safety and warmth of your own home:

Pencil by FiftyThree

The original Pencil, from FiftyThree (makers of Paper), is on sale at up to 40% off through Monday at 11:59 PM PST. The graphite version is available for $29.95 (down from $49.95), while the gold and walnut devices are both $39.95 each (down from $59.95). If you're tired of waiting for an Apple Pencil or want a good backup device, get the Pencil.

Doxie Mobile Scanners

The Doxie Go Wi-Fi is on sale starting for $179 ($50 off), Doxie Go Plus for $139 ($40), the Doxie One is a deal at $99 ($50 off), the original Doxie Go is on sale for $...

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The Best Black Friday Games/Apps Deals: 2Do, MacID,...

This year’s Black Friday games and apps deals are now in full swing. We have rounded up all the best console bundles, games/amiibo and packed our daily roundups full of some of the best deals of the year. Along with the new Free App of the Week, Apple has now launched a 50% off holiday apps sale and we have been seeing very notable price drops on popular titles all week long. So we thought we would bring all the best deals into one helpful roundup.

Below you’ll find all the best freebies/discounts that we have seen on the App Stores thus far, plus a few more notable...

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A tribute to 20 years of masterful storytelling from...


While Pixar Animation is nearly 30 years old, it’s only been 20 years since the company ventured into feature length, computer animated filmmaking with Toy Story. The film was an instant classic in 1996 and it spawned two successful, acclaimed sequels with a fourth installment on the way in 2017, and it was just the beginning of what the animation house had to offer.

In celebration of Pixar’s milestone anniversary this year, editor Kees van Dijkhuizen has paid tribute to Pixar with a supercut of the films they’ve made over the years, from their early shorts to this year’s feature films. You might find yourself getting some tears in your eyes since it’s accompanied by Michael Giacchino‘s score from Up.

I don’t know if I could name a single studio that has moved me to the range of emotions Pixar has over the past 20 years.


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Report: Apple plans to nix 3.5mm port on iPhone 7,...

Citing a reliable source, a report from Japanese blog Macotakara claims that Apple plans to remove the 3.5mm headphone port from the upcoming iPhone 7, helping to achieve a “more than 1mm” reduction in thickness compared to the iPhone 6s. While the screen shape and radius will remain similar, the device will once again become Apple’s thinnest iPhone ever, albeit with a new restriction: headphones will only be able to connect over Lightning or Bluetooth…

Macotakara says that...

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Carbon Copy Cloner: What’s your plan when your Mac’s...

Thanks to Carbon Copy Cloner for sponsoring The Loop this week. What’s your plan when your Mac’s hard drive dies? Plan ahead and get back to work in minutes with a Carbon Copy Cloner bootable backup. CCC—the app that saves your bacon.

Jim’s Note: I’ve used this app for many years. I trust and love it.

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Lenovo teams with Razer on gaming PCs

When you think of gaming PCs, Lenovo probably isn't your first choice. It has gaming PCs, but it's often far more tempting to either go with a game-centric brand or build a system yourself. Lenovo may have a way to improve its reputation, though. It'...

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Review: Apple’s iPad Pro is a giant expensive tablet...

Meet Apple’s largest Netflix display ever: iPad Pro. I’ve been using it for a little while now and have gathered some thoughts regarding its functionality, uses, and even the accessories like Apple Pencil and the new Smart Keyboard. Is it all worth the hype? Let’s go ahead and find out…

I detailed the iPad Pro in our unboxing video recently, so we’re not getting too in-depth with specifications. First off, this is an iPad. The word “pro” may be in its name, but that’s nothing more than a marketing gimmick. It’s a bigger iPad Air with a few changes that will cost you…

Check out our iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, and Smart Keyboard review video below:

The display...

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9 gifts for animal lovers

Winter is coming. And with it also comes the need to show the loved ones in your life just how much you care for them by spending, spending, spending on gifts. Trouble is, there are just so many options to choose from. What you really need is someone...

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Here’s how Apple Pencil beats other iPad styluses,...

As mentioned on an earlier Happy Hour podcast, I have a giant collection of iPad styluses, having tested dozens of them since the first iPad debuted in 2010. Earlier this week, my colleague Zac Hall reviewed the best (and most expensive) iPad stylus, Apple’s brand-new $99 Apple Pencil, which is hard to find in stores, and only works with the 12.9″ ...

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The best electric shaver

By Dan Koeppel This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best things for your home. Read the full article here.After more than eight months of testing with a dozen different men and a dozen different shavers, we fou...

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8 Hour Deal: $900 off Apple's Mid-2014 15...

Apple authorized reseller B&H is running a Deal Zone this Black Friday for 8 hours only (or until stock runs out) on its remaining mid-2014 15" MacBook Pro (2.5GHz, 16GB, 512GB, 750M) models, selling them at $1,599 -- a $900 discount from its original MSRP -- with free shipping and no tax outside NY.

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Debris from SpaceX's Falcon 9 washes up in...

When SpaceX sends Falcon 9 rockets up into the skies above Florida's Cape Canaveral, there's no telling what will happen to the projectile should it complete its mission or fails to reach orbit altogether. It's been almost five months since Elon Musk...

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Black Friday: The best deals on iPhone/iPad/Mac...

Black Friday is upon us and there is a long list of great deals on accessories, software and more for all of your Apple devices. Below we’ve collected some of the best we’ve seen, and check back often throughout the weekend as we update with more finds. Below you’ll find some significant discounts on popular iPhone, iPad, and Mac accessories, as well as some deals on rarely discounted software:

9to5Toys Specials 15 % off sitewide

  • HyperDrive Mac SD card expander (up to 200GB):...
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Apple patent application highlights active shutter...

Somewhere down the line, this could really come in handy.

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

The patent application, known as Apple’s “Electronic devices with housing port shutters” application, describes a system of electrically controlled shutters disposed over the openings of critical components like speaker boxes and microphones. At the command of an onboard logic board, these shutter mechanisms can quickly block acoustic pathways — portholes — from...

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News: Some Apple Music and iTunes Match services may...

The U.K. Intellectual Property Office has officially abandoned a private-copying exemption that made it legal for users to back up their music, putting a spotlight on possible problems ahead for Apple Music and iTunes Match users in the country, 1709 reports. The exemption was put in place last year to protect users backing up their own legally purchased music from the punishments faced by those pirating music online. The IPO’s decision not…

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Rumor: Apple to migrate devices from LCD displays to...

Apple is expected to begin shifting its iPhones from LCD displays to improved OLED screens as of 2018. The OLED display technology, which is currently only in use on the Apple Watch, benefits from greater contrast levels and much deeper blacks as the display only illuminates to present color. This offers energy efficiency that leads to improved battery life compared lighting up the entire display each time.

Current rumors state that Apple has notified its suppliers that it wants to move to OLED iPhones in 2018, but adds that a mix of LCD and OLED iPhones are expected initially due to iPhone demand and OLED production limitations. Apple is apparently weighing how well OLED...

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Will Apple's 2016 MacBook use Intel's Next...

Intel's Core M was a significant milestone for Intel. It was the first time that the company had been able to offer a laptop-processor that didn't require a built-in fan to cool it. Apple was impressed enough to build it into their latest MacBook.

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Mini Review: Mu Classic collapsible plug, a neat...

British plugs are very safe, being earthed and generally also having their own fuse, but there’s no denying that they are chunky things. Not a problem in the home, but less than convenient when you want to carry one with you for charging in a coffee shop.

Fortunately, a few different companies are changing that. One of them was Apple, of course, supplying UK Apple Watch owners with an extremely neat plug with flip out pins. Another is the Oneadaptr collapsible UK plug, currently on Kickstarter. A couple of commentators there drew my attention to a third option, the Mu Classic, so I gave one a try.

Having tried both this and the Apple Watch one, there are pros & cons. The Apple version is undeniably slicker in use: just lift the earth pin and the other pins lever out at the same time. It’s an...

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9to5Mac’s HomeKit Holiday Gift Guide: Lights,...

The idea of a smart home is a long running meme in technological circles. Apple has made the biggest stride recently with HomeKit and there is now a significant ecosystem of lights, switches, and other accessories to buy for your home. That being said, smart home accessories are still novelties and quite pricey: they aren’t must-have purchases. However, this makes them great gifts for the holiday season — uncommon presents that are fun to play with and have some long-lasting usefulness. We’ve rounded up our favorite HomeKit accessories below …

1. Philips Hue Lights

One of the most well-known,...

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News: Australian banks accused of anti-competitive...

While Apple Pay officially launched in Australia last week, the country’s banks are still refusing to link their cards to the digital payment system, prompting calls for the Reserve Bank to examine banks for potential anti-competitive behavior, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. Apple’s fees for using the service have been a sticking point in negotiations for months, with the company reportedly demanding the same 15 cents on every $100…

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Apple TV has 20 percent of the global digital media...

As of the third quarter of 2015, the Apple TV has 20 percent of the global digital media streamer market share, according to new data from Strategy Analytics.

However, the fourth generation Apple TV didn’t go on sale until October, so had little impact on these stats. Look for Apple’s set-top box to garner a bigger share of the digital media streamer market in quarter four. Google’s Chromecase has 45 percent, Amazon Fire TV has 16 percent, Roku has 16 percent, and “others” have 13 percent, the research group says. The new report from Strategy Analytics also notes that:

Global shipments of all connected TV devices (including smart TVs, Blu-ray players, game consoles and digital media streamers) reached 53 million units in the third quarter and are on target to hit 221 million units for the full year, representing growth of 17 percent.


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Orb is a new drag and drop radial contextual menu...

ZoomingCube Interactive (http://zoomingcube.com) has introduced Orb 1.0 for Mac OS X. It’s a $5 drag and drop, radial contextual menu that allows you to open files with various applications without having to drag them all the way to your Dock.

Orb features a special Preview that displays an enlarged preview of image at the center of the menu. A Direction Sensing feature allows default application to be placed in the direction of gesture.

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24U releases 24U Appearance OSAX 4.0.1 for OS X

24U Software has announced 24U Appearance OSAX 4.0.1 for Mac OS X. The scripting addition allows AppleScript script writers to interact with users via dialogs, notifications, alerts, progress indicators, and floating messages without the need to use a complex development tool, such as Xcode.

Version 4.0.1 ensures that scripts created on older OS X will still work, even on the new OS version. It also brings support for OS X 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, and 10.11, improved memory management and more.

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Australian banks refusing to sign up for Apple Pay

Australian banks are reportedly refusing to sign up for Apple Pay, Apple’s mobile payment system, and allowing customers to link their bank accounts to their iPhones.

The country’s Reserve Bank has been urged to examine potential anti-competitive behavior in the emerging card-free payments market amid claims the banks have frozen out Apple Pay, which was recently introduced in the country, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. Labor's spokesman on digital innovation, Ed Husic, has written to the RBA and the Australian Bankers' Association, raising his concern that Australians are being "denied choices" in digital payments, the article adds.

Apparently, banks in Australia aren’t too keen on the idea of giving Apple a bit of the US$2 billion they earn annually from interchange fees. In the US, Apple earns close to 15¢ on every $100 of transactions. Apple’s trying for a similar...

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Friday Part Deux

Many devices die the day their warranty expires, but my trusty Apple Airport that carries wireless signal to my drums lasted forever. OK, not forever, But let me tell you, music notes can visibly be seen traveling through the air to get to me when I’m on those drums and that Airport is beaming Spotify or Apple Music to me. And this Airport, it just kept huffing and puffing along. For 6 years, as though to say, “I must be worth more per day of use that that craptastic Linksys the neighbor spent $40 on.” It’s a pride thing, ya’ know… Until today. And let me tell you, you gotta’ have wireless signal extended to your drums. So what do you do? You go to the Apple Store. I jump back in my little Prius, and go to pull out of my garage, about 3 miles from the mall. And pulling out of my alley the traffic starts.

Seriously, there’s never traffic on my street. I look at the next street, and there are people trying to pull out of their house too. And we’re all just kinda’ stuck. All...

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Apple works on ‘bumper system’ to protect iOS...

Earlier this month Apple applied for a patent for a “life vest” for iPhones so they won’t sink if dropped in water. Now Apple has applied for a patent (number 20150341070) ) with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for a “bumper system” for iOS devices and Mac laptops.

In the filing for the patent, dubbed “screen protection using actuated bumper,” Apple notes the screens of portable electronics devices include one or more fragile elements such one or more layers of glass. Such devices are commonly dropped. 

For example, an electronic device may be dropped by a user, fall from a table, fly from a user's hand when a user trips, and/or otherwise free fall to the ground or other surface. Drop events of these or other kinds may damage fragile elements of screens such as glass layers and repairing damage to screens may be “burdensome, expensive, and/or impractical,” according...

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News: Black Friday Deals from iLounge

Black Friday is here, and so are today’s Black Friday iLounge Deals! For today only, you can get 15% off almost anything in the iLounge Deals store simply by using the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY. We’re still offering some great deals on cool products like the Powerbeats 2 WIRED In-Ear Headphones, the Sound Rise Bluetooth Speaker and Alarm Clock, and the Bobine’ Flexible iPhone Charging Dock, but for today, you can get an even better…

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Flexibits Fantastical Black Friday sale

Flexibits just put calendaring app Fantastical on sale. The iPhone version is now $2.99 (normally $4.99) and the iPad version is now $4.99 (normally $9.99). Fantastical is my jam.

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Sony Working on App to Stream PS4 Games on Mac and PC

Sony executive Shuhei Yoshida has announced on Twitter that the company is working on an official Remote Play app for Mac and PC, enabling users to stream and play PS4 games on desktops and notebooks, per The Verge.

Remote Play is currently limited to various Sony devices, including the PlayStation Vita, PlayStation TV and newer Xperia-branded smartphones and tablets. All new PS4 games must be compatible with Remote Play, except for games that use peripherals such as PlayStation Move.

Some people asked if we plan to provide Remote Play function to PC, and yes, we are indeed working on an official application for PC/Mac. :D

— Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) November 27, 2015While owning a PS4 gaming console will still be required to play games like Fallout 4 or Destiny...

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Backing up your own music now illegal for Brits, and...

Back in the summer, the UK’s High Court overturned legislation allowing citizens to duplicate copyrighted material for personal use. The British government has now accepted this ruling, meaning that the private-copying exception to anti-piracy laws no longer applies – and the government will not attempt to reintroduce it.

This means that we’re back where we started: doing something as simple as ripping a CD, backing-up your music to Time Machine or uploading it to a cloud service is once more illegal, reports copyright blog 1709.

So where does this leave ordinary users in the UK? Clearly some will have been unaware of the introduction of the exception last year, and possibly a larger minority will have been unaware of the rescinding of...

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Black Friday Blowout 15% Discount on TMO Deals

Our friends at Stack Social have pulled out the stops for Black Friday by offering 15 percent off all our deals. Just use the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout and you will get the additional discount. Tutorials, portable batteries, drones, gadgets, toys, storage, styluses, speakers, headphones, app bundles, and a whole lot more. Check out the Black Friday landing page on our deal site for details-there are some exclusions, but these are some killer prices.

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iMac shipments expected to grow five percent in 2016

iMac shipments are expected to grow five percent on year in 2016. iMac's main manufacturer, Quanta Computer, reportedly has increased its personnel for the product line for 2016, according to DigiTimes.

In the third quarter, Apple sold about 5.7 million iMacs and MacBooks, up four percent from the same quarter a year ago. The news isn’t as good for everyone else. 

All-in-one PC shipments may drop a double-digit percentage on-year in 2015 due to weaker-than-expected demand. Shipments in 2016 are unlikely to see any major growth and may stay flat from 2015, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

“However, compared to Apple, which continues to add new innovations to its iMac products, other all-in-one PC vendors have mainly focused on competing over price which could create a negative impact on their gross margins,” says DigiTimes.

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Blue Origin Rocket Sticks Landing

Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket this week made history when it landed intact in Texas. The unmanned crew capsule returned safely from a test flight that took it 330,000 feet into the air. The New Shepard could become the first reusable booster -- it's scheduled to return to space in a few months. It's now tucked into a storage facility at a launch site in West Texas. Blue Origin, founded by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, aims to lay the foundation for an enduring human presence in space -- a goal that reusing rocket boosters could help to achieve.

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Apple has Reportedly Notified their Supply Chain of...

This has definitely been a year full of rumors about Apple contemplating a switch to OLED displays for future iPhones and iPads. Today, the rumor mill is in high gear claiming that Apple is now notifying their supply chain that it will switch to OLED displays for future iterations of the iPhone.

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Australian banks accused of anti-competitive...

If you’re wondering why Apple Pay is as yet only available for Amex cards in Australia, it’s not because Apple isn’t working hard enough to introduce it there: it’s because Australian banks are refusing to sign up for it. The opposition Labor Party spokesman on digital innovation is now suggesting that this refusal may constitute anti-competitive behaviour, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

The Reserve Bank has been urged to examine potential anti-competitive behaviour in the emerging card-free payments market amid claims the banks have frozen out newcomer Apple Pay […]

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Tidy Up! ready for El Capitan

Hyperbolic Software has rolled out Tidy Up 4.1.8, the latest version of its duplicate finder and disk tidying utility for Mac OS X.

It locates duplicate items using a wide range of criteria including owner application,time created or modified, name, label, extension and content. Version 4 introduces full El Capitan compatibility, a new view by duplicate group, a quick “auto-check” feature, and new smart search methods. It also sports a rewritten search engine.

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Audioengine's D3 Premium 24-bit DAC will beef...

If you want to really improve the audio on your Mac's speakers or headphones, plug in the $149.99 D3 Premium 24-bit DAC (digital-to-analog converter) from Audioengine. It bypasses your computer’s headphone jack and sends music directly through USB. The result: a noticeable improvement in the sound coming from your music, movies and games.

I have my SoundSticks speakers plugged into the D3, which is about the size of a flash drive. They sounded good before; they sound great now.

No special software is needed to set up the Audioengine DAC. The D3, housed in an aluminum case, plugs directly into an USB port on your Mac (or PC) and the output connects to headphones, speakers, or any audio system.

Once it's connected, you'll tell the difference immediately. Music, vocals, sound effects and, well, pretty much any type of audio is more nuanced, crisp, and clarity. Plus, bass...

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BatchOutput for Microsoft PowerPoint now supports El...

Zevrix Solutions has announced BatchOutput PPT 2.2.1, a compatibility update to its output automation solution for Microsoft PowerPoint on Mac OS X.

In addition to batch printing, the software lets users carry out automated professional PDF production directly from PowerPoint eliminating the need for time consuming post-processing. Users can reduce PDF file size, optimize images and encrypt PDF files. The new version makes BatchOutput PPT compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

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Image Viewer does one job, but does it reasonably...

If you need to quickly view an entire folder of images, Image Viewer from Abacus does the job. It's a one-trick pony for Mac OS X (10.7 and higher), but does its trick well. Plus, it's only US$2.99 at the Mac App Store.

With Image Viewer, you can open a file and then view all image files in that folder by clicking the mouse or pressing the keyboard. This isn't something I normally do very often, but your needs may differ.

If you use Image Viewer frequently, you can make it your default app for viewing pictures. The interface is simple. You can view images and navigate with keyboard arrow keys, toolbar buttons, or the main menu. You can do the same with thumbnails. For example, double clicking a thumbnail will also open the image in single view mode. 

You can open images by selecting Open from the main menu, right clicking in...

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Sony plans to enable you to play PS4 games on your...

If you own a PS4 but end up fighting for access to the big TV when other family members want to use it for watching TV shows or movies, Sony is working on an app for that. Sony’s president of worldwide studios Shuhei Yoshida tweeted that the company is working on an app to stream games to both PCs and Mac.

Some people asked if we plan to provide Remote Play function to PC, and yes, we are indeed working on an official application for PC/Mac. :D

Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) November 27, 2015

The games console already has Remote Play functionality built in, but it’s of very limited use as yet … 

Remote Play currently only streams game play to a small number of Sony...

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Google's Next-Gen Autonomous Vehicle Patent...

This month the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Google that reveals various aspects of the technology behind their next-gen autonomous vehicles. Google's invention relates to autonomous vehicles for maneuvering a user or passenger to a destination, for example taking a trip, autonomously. The patent covers everything from encryption keys to authenticate a ride to various aspects ...

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Rounding up the best Apple MacBook, iMac, iPad, and...

With the 2015 shopping season now officially in full swing, finalized Apple Black Friday deals are now live. We've curated the creme of the crop in this roundup that highlights $50-$100 off Apple Watch, $25-$150 off current iPads, up to $650 off MacBooks, up to $500 off iMacs, and much, much more.

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Pandora is streaming Adele’s 25 and her label can’t...

The Verge:

Adele’s 25 is the biggest album in the world right now, and it’s made it there all without a single stream on Spotify. In fact, it might have made it there because there hasn’t been a single stream on Spotify: Adele and her label made the decision not to stream 25 anywhere online, encouraging people to actually buy the album or its songs outright. But despite the ban, some services have songs from 25 up streaming.

25 isn’t on Pandora because Adele specifically wanted it there. It’s on Pandora because Adele and her label don’t have a say.

This is a great example of the giant hairball that is streaming services and the confusion that consumers have with regards to which service does what and how they play you music.


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Thursday November 26

How to find the lowest prices on Apple's Macs,...

While Apple has again chosen to forgo offering discounts on its products this Black Friday, many Apple Authorized Resellers and big-box retailers are competing aggressively for the business of Apple shoppers. Here's how to quickly and easily find the lowest prices anywhere on your iPad, Mac, AppleWatch and Apple accessories of choice.

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Remarkable Deal: Colette Offering 50% Off Many Apple...

French boutique retailer Colette has launched an online sale offering many stainless steel Apple Watch and 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition models for around 50% off, by far the lowest prices available for those Apple Watch models this Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Due to the significant savings, stock will likely be depleted very quickly.

A total of thirteen Apple Watch and six Apple Watch Edition models have been listed for half price, although some models appear to have already sold out. Colette is also selling individual stainless steel Link Bracelets and Milanese Loops for half price during the limited time promotion.

The list below compares Apple's regular price to Colette's sale price for each Apple Watch model. All prices are listed in U.S...

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Apple Black Friday Gameplan – knockout holiday...

As the Thanksgiving turkey and wine buzz starts to wear off and we head into the pinnacle of American consumerism known as Black Friday, we here at 9to5mac have some tips which should make the shopping experience pleasant, efficient and productive. Over the next 24 hours, everything Apple related will be at the lowest prices of the year. We’re going to guide you to getting in, saving a bunch of cash and getting on your way.

First some don’ts:

  • Don’t for any reason actually go to a physical store. The 2-3 $150 50″ Best Buy TVs per store isn’t worth being in the vicinity of Black Friday shoppers and the “Door Busting”. It’s a nightmare out there. Go to a park. Play with your kids. Spend a few minutes with us and we’ll knock out that gifting.
  • Don’t actually buy anything online tonight. Prices keep dropping...
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Apple Looks To Introduce OLED Displays In iPhone...

An anonymous reader writes: Apple is expected to integrate organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display technology in its iPhone handsets from 2018. The Cupertino-based giant will jump from liquid crystal display (LCD), which has been used in iPhones since 2007, to OLED – turning to suppliers like LG Displays, according to Japanese reports. The switch follows the steps of other smartphone makers such as Samsung and LG, which have both already integrated OLED technology in their mobile device ranges.


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A Future 'Magic Keyboard' may include...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a possible future iteration of the Magic Keyboard. According to Apple's patent filing, the new keyboard design will support multiple LEDs per key. The design will allow for ...

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Free 32GB Apple TV and $60-$111 discounts on iMac...

Whether you want a free Apple TV plus discounts, a free AppleCare extended protection plan plus discounts, or just the lowest prices anywhere on a new 2015 iMac, we've got you covered. See how our exclusive coupons can save you hundreds on Apple's brand new iMac HDs, iMac 4Ks and iMac 5Ks this Black Friday.

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An Apple Watch Patent Surfaces Regarding Haptics...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that covers a system and methods for providing a type of haptic output for an electronic device such as an Apple Watch or iPhone.

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The Best Black Friday Deals on Macs, iPads, iPhones...

With the Thanksgiving holiday well underway in the United States, Black Friday deals at both online and brick and mortar stores are starting to go live. Many major retail stores like Target, Best Buy, and Walmart will be opening up in the early evening, and most online-only deals are already live.

We've rounded up a few of the absolute best deals that can be had on products like the iPad, iPhone, MacBook, iMac, and Apple Watch below, and even more deals can be found in our full Black Friday roundup, which has a long list of retailers that are offering discounts.

Apple Watch

Both Target and Best Buy are offering Apple Watch deals. At...

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2015 has been an interesting year, to say the least.

In February, TUAW was shut down, leaving a large group of us without employment. Some folks had other blogging jobs to fall back on or move to, but for three of us, we decided to start anew with Apple World Today. Over the year we've had some changes in staff due to bloggers needing more steady income, leading to today's team of Dennis Sellers and myself. 

The arrival of Dennis on the scene was something I am still very thankful for; he was seeing waning readership at his former website and a mutual friend of ours -- Chuck Joiner of MacVoices -- had the brainstorm that Dennis would be a good fit for AWT. He was right, and the two of us work together as a team very well. Thank you, Chuck, and thank you Dennis for being an incredibly hard worker.

And I'm also thankful to all of our frequent contributors, especially James Kendricks, Dave Caolo, Krystian Kozerawski, and Alex Jurgensen...

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Two Apple Pencil Patents Cover Tilt &...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published two patent applications from Apple that reveal details behind their new Apple Pencil. The first filing is titled "Stylus Tilt and Orientation Estimation from Touch Sensor Panel Images." The second Apple Pencil invention is titled "Reduce Stylus Tip Wobble when Coupled to Capacitive Sensor."

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

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

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

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

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Happy Thanksgiving from O’Grady’s PowerPage!!!

It’s Thanksgiving in the United States. With that in mind, the staff at O’Grady’s PowerPage will be taking the day off and wishing you the very best.

So, sit back, get together with friends and family and some amazing food, put the devices away for a while, enjoy each other’s company and we’ll be back with more Mac and iOS mobile news starting tomorrow.

Have a happy Turkey Day and we’ll see you soon!!!

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Happy Thanksgiving from The Mac Observer!

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

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

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

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

Let’s start with headphones … 

B&W P5 wired or wireless headphones

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

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

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

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

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

LeeH: omg

LeeH: that's actually a great idea

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

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The Patent behind Apple's New MacBook Surfaces

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published Apple's patent application for the new MacBook with USB-C and Force Touch. The application is extremely detailed ...

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

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

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

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

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13-inch 128GB MacBook Air now on sale for $79...
Best Buy has just lowered their price on the 2015 13″ 1.6GHz/128GB MacBook Air to $799.99 on their online store for Cyber Monday. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale... Read more
Best Buy lowers 13-inch MacBook Pro prices, n...
Best Buy has lowered prices on select 13″ MacBook Pros this afternoon. Now save up to $200 off MSRP for Cyber Monday on the following models. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if... Read more
Cyber Monday: Apple MacBooks on sale for up t...
Apple resellers have MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs, and MacBooks on sale for up to $250 off MSRP for Cyber Monday 2015. The following is a roundup of the lowest prices available for new models from any... Read more
Cyber Monday: Apple Watch on sale for up to $...
B&H Photo has the Apple Watch on sale for Cyber Monday for $50-$100 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - Apple Watch Sport: $50 off - Apple Watch: $50-$100 off B... Read more
Cyber Monday: 15% off Apple products, and sto...
Use code CYBER15 on Cyber Monday only to take 15% on Apple products at Target, and store-wide. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale prices for online orders only, in-... Read more
iPad Air 2 And iPad mini Among Top Five Black...
Adobe has released its 2015 online shopping data for Black Friday and Thanksgiving Day. The five best selling electronic products on Black Friday were Samsung 4K TVs, Apple iPad Air 2, Microsoft Xbox... Read more
All-in-one PC Shipments Projected To Drop Ove...
Digitimes’ Aaron Lee and Joseph Tsai report that all-in-one (AIO) PC shipments may drop a double-digit percentage on-year in 2015 due to weaker-than-expected demand, although second-largest AIO make... Read more
Sprint Offers iPad Pro
Sprint now offers Apple’s new iPad Pro with Wi-Fi + Cellular, featuring a 12.9-inch Retina display with 5.6 million pixels. Customers can pick up iPad Pro at select Sprint retail locations. It can... Read more
Cyber Monday: Target offers 15% discount on A...
Target has discounted Apple Watches by 15% for Cyber Monday. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale prices for online orders only, in-store prices may vary: - Apple... Read more
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Take up to $500 off MSRP on the price of a new Mac at B&H Photo today as part of their Black Friday/Holiday weekend sale. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY tax only. These prices are... Read more

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