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Friday October 31

09:07
Outlook for Mac gets revamp, MS lays out Office for...

Microsoft has announced a new version of Outlook for Mac, incorporating several significant changes. The update includes a "modern," revamped user interface, with touches such as better scrolling and switching between Ribbon tabs. The underlying engine has been made faster and more reliable thanks to improvements to threading and database code....



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08:05
Apple Seeks Trademarks for "Handoff" and...

Today the European Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark filing for "Handoff" under number 013420203. Apple's marketing for the new OS X Yosemite feature called Handoff states that a user can...

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08:01
Vitamin-R 2.20b1 - Personal productivity tool. (...

Vitamin-R creates the optimal conditions for your brain to work at its best by structuring your work into short bursts of distraction-free, highly focused activity alternating with opportunities for renewal, reflection and intuition.

The built-in task logging and statistics features create a positive momentum towards productivity by providing visible feedback on your progress and achievements.

Time Slice Your Work. Vitamin-R breaks down large, vaguely defined tasks into a series of short "time slices" of between 10 and 30 minutes, each with specific, easily reachable and actionable objectives. During these time slices it keeps you focused on accomplishing only this one objective and provides you with mechanisms for dealing with interruptions, poor concentration, etc.

Get Started. Vitamin-R concentrates on getting you started allowing you to break through the resistance of procrastination and create a positive...

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08:01
New Apple Store to open in Lille, France in November

Apple is preparing a new store in Lille, France, which barring unusual delays should open in November, reports say. A black construction facade with the company's logo has been spotted on Rue Faidherbe; such barricades usually go up in the last few weeks before a store opening. The shop should span two floors and slightly over 15,000 square feet....



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08:00
Skype for iPhone updated with new photo tools, UI...

Following an update for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Skype for iPhone today was updated again with new photo management options and faster chat load times and more. The improvements also include several UI tweaks for your contact list.

Save and delete...

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08:00
Microsoft says public beta of new Office for Mac...

In releasing a new version of Outlook for Mac on Friday, Microsoft also revealed will launch an update to its Office suite for Mac next year, allowing users to test it in the first half of 2015 before a launch sometime in the second half of the year.

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07:48
Microsoft Launches New Outlook for Mac, Next Office...

Microsoft today announced the immediate launch of a new Outlook for Mac for Office 365 users, bringing a new look and a number of improvements as leaked earlier this week.The new Outlook for Mac includes:

- Better performance and reliability as a result of a new threading model and database improvements.
- A new modern user interface with improved scrolling and agility when switching between Ribbon tabs.
- Online archive support for searching Exchange (online or on-premises) archived mail.
- Master Category List support and enhancements delivering access to category lists (name and color) and sync between Mac, Windows and OWA clients.
- Office 365 push email support for real-time email delivery.
- Faster first-run and email download experience with improved Exchange...

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07:37
'Historical implications' made Apple Watch...

Speaking at a live event this week, Apple's chief designer Jony Ive said creating the forthcoming Apple Watch was a "humbling" experience that presented an even greater challenge than designing the iPhone, due to the legacy of traditional wrist watches.

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07:16
Microsoft redesigns Outlook for Mac, says new Office...

Microsoft has today announced an updated version of its Outlook for Mac software with an updated design and performance improvements. The new version of email, calendar, and contacts app from Microsoft is available through the company’s Office 365 subscription service,  and Microsoft says it offers a more consistent experience with the iPhone and iPad versions.

In addition to releasing the new version of Outlook for Mac, Microsoft has shared that it will ship a new version of Office for Mac in 2015. An overhauled version of Office, which includes Word...

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07:15
First Look: Bowers & Wilkins T7 Bluetooth Speaker

Admired for its daring speakers and classy headphones, Bowers & Wilkins was an early supporter of Apple's shaky AirPlay wireless speaker standard, and thus is only now releasing its first Bluetooth speaker. Unlike rivals that merely dropped Bluetooth chips into earlier AirPlay products, however, B&W has come up with something entirely new in T7 ($350) — a portable Bluetooth audio system with a highly distinctive industrial design. Mixing gunmetal,…

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07:12
Apple Watch project was more difficult than the...

Apple chief designer Jony Ive said that designing the Apple Watch was more difficult than the iPhone because it needed to meet so many diverse expectations, reports the WSJ.

“Even though Apple Watch does so many things, there are cultural, historical implications and expectations,” Ive said. “That’s why it’s been such a difficult and humbling program [...] As soon as something is worn, we have expectations of choice,” said Ive. Only “in prison,” he joked, do people all wear the same thing.

He made the remarks while accepting the 2014 Bay Area Treasure Award from San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art last night … ...

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07:01
Indian Firm iVoice Enterprises Challenges "...

A crazy Indian Company is asking India's Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) to remove Apple's "iPhone" trademark from the Trademark Registry. I read about this case last week and decided not to cover it thinking that the request would be instantly quashed by IPAB. I was wrong.

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07:00
Here's one reason why the Retina iMac has a 5K...

Apple this month announced its new iMac with a 5K Retina display, which boasts of an impressive 14.7 million pixels packed into the 5120×2880 matrix. Why did Apple choose this novel 5K resolution over a myriad of standard 4K options? Ars Technica...

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06:47
∞ CurrentC and antitrust implications

There’s been a lot of discussion about the legal implications of the recent move by CVS and Rite Aid to drop support for Apple Pay. A little more light is shining on this issue.

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06:43
Gadget Ogling: Logged Jogs, Manual Music, Smart...


Welcome to another installment of Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, a weekly look at the treats and horrors revealed as manufacturers pull back their curtains. Behind door number one is a selection of updated activity trackers from one of the oldest dogs in the yard, with the other shiny prizes including a music controller, a smart accessory for police firearms, and the planet's thinnest smartphone. Nary a week goes by without some upstart announcing a new or updated fitness tracker. This time, however, it's one of the pioneers in the field.

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06:39
Judge to Unseal GT Advanced Bankruptcy Filing...

The judge overseeing GT Advanced Technologies' bankruptcy filing said he will unseal documents in the case next week. The decision will release an affidavit from GTAT's COO detailing the company's sordid relationship with Apple for synthetic sapphire glass production, and comes despite protests from Apple, creditors, and GTAT's own legal team.

The Mac Observer Spin: It sounds like the parties that have a very direct interest in the outcome of this bankruptcy filing - Apple, GTAT, and its creditors - are about to lose out because Judge Boroff is going to unseal documents they all want kept secret. That said, if the documents don't meet the legal requirement to stay sealed, the judge is obligated to release them. Next week is looking to be pretty ugly for GTAT.

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06:38
Apple releases OS X 10.10 Yosemite Open Source...

As pointed out by Tonymacx86, Apple has released the Open Source code of OS X 10.10 Yosemite, otherwise known as Darwin 10.10.0. This includes the xnu-2782.1.97 kernel.

The update occurred last night and is available to anyone who wants to root around Apple’s open source code.

Darwin is an open sourceUnix-like computer operating system released by...

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06:30
Droplr is back with new features and Yosemite support

I reviewed Droplr a couple of years ago and found it to be an easy method of transferring large files. The Mac application is back with a spanking new interface and new features that are likely to appeal to people who share screen shots, screen...

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06:02
Mark Zuckerberg to host live Facebook Q&A

Want to ask Mark Zuckerberg a question? Here’s your chance.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:00
Cascading Software Update Service Updates In...

The swupd.plist file used to daisy chain multiple servers so they act as a cascade of software update servers. The new path for the property list is /Library/Server/Software Update/Config/swupd.plist. Here, the metaIndexURL key is sill the location that points to an internal Software Update Server that the server you are editing should look to for updates.

The default server is http://swscan.apple.com/content/meta/mirror-config-1.plist. To set a server to look at another internal server for software updates, edit the metaIndexURL key in the /Library/Server/Software Update/Config/swupd.plist file to include the path to the new server. The path should always have /content/meta/mirror-config-1.plist after the FQDN of the host name. So if your internal software update server was called daneel.foundation.lan the command to set that as the...

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06:00
New Outlook for Mac available to Office 365 customers

Today we are announcing the new Outlook for the Mac, which delivers improved performance and reliability and a fresh look and feel that is unmistakably Microsoft Office. This release offers a more familiar and consistent experience between Outlook on the PC, Outlook on the web and Outlook Web App (OWA) for iPad, iPhone and Android devices.

The new Outlook for Mac includes:

  • Better performance and reliability as a result of a new threading model and database improvements.
  • A new modern user interface with improved scrolling and agility when switching between Ribbon tabs.
  • Online archive support for searching Exchange (online or on-premises) archived mail.
  • Master Category List support and enhancements delivering access to category lists (name and color) and sync between Mac, Windows and OWA clients.
  • Office 365 push email support for real-time email delivery.
  • Faster...
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06:00
This Apple 3.0 poster is a must-have for every Apple...

When I spotted he Insanely Great History of Apple 3.0 poster over at Pop Chart Lab, it jumped out at me as being the best gift ever for the Apple fan, especially for one who already has every Apple gadget under the sun.

The 28" x 42" print includes...

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05:59
Business Card Shop 6 for Mac OS X adds over 15 new...

Chronos has announced Business Card Shop 6, an upgrade to its business card software for OS X. The new version requires Mac OS X Yosemite and includes 3D headlines and QR Codes to increase the impact and effectiveness of cards. In all, over 15 new features have been added.

Business Card Shop supports 700+ card stocks including those from Avery, PaperDirect, NEATO, and more. It comes with over 195 pre-designed templates for over 195 different professions. It also comes with a collection of artwork (over 1.4 GB in size) from artists all over the world.
 

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05:52
Users report slow Wi-Fi, dropped connections after...

Apple's new Mac operating system, OS X Yosemite, appears to have bugs related to Wi-Fi connections, with users reporting slow transfer speeds and dropped signals after upgrading.

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05:51
One-day sale knocks $75 off two-dozen Apple iMac...

In the spirit of Halloween, AI has teamed up with one of Apple's leading Authorized Resellers to offer a "spooktacular" $75 in instant savings on two dozen different configurations of Apple's brand new iMac with Retina 5K display, joining an earlier offer that knocks $150 off the baseline retail model.

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05:50
Apple has a huge TV opportunity thanks to proposed...

Earlier this week, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed a far reaching rule change (detailed in this blog post) that would level the playing field and give non-traditional video suppliers access to programming that is currently only available to cable and satellite providers. This would open up a huge opportunity for Apple.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:45
Yosemite: Maximizing Windows & the Green “...

Have you noticed that the green "stoplight" button that appears in the upper-left corner of your windows is somewhat different in Yosemite? It used to toggle your window's size, and now it's forcing you into full-screen mode-but only sometimes! What the heck is going on?! Luckily, that's what this Quick Tip is here to tell us.


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05:44
Apple's 10-K Filing Warns EU Ruling Could...

It's being reported today that in Apple's annual 10-K filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission, they note that while most of the company’s ...

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05:30
Add some flash to your sports photos with Winz

The next time you are at a game or watching a game on TV or out with friends you can improve your photos of the event with Winz, a free universal app that enhances the sports photos you share through social media outlets. Winz requires iOS 7.0.

Open...

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05:18
Dropbox 2.10.44 - Cloud synchronization tool with...

Dropbox is an application that creates a special Finder folder that automatically syncs online and between your computers. It allows you to both backup files and keep them up-to-date between systems.

Note: You must first sign up to use Dropbox.

The Dropbox application is available for OS X, Windows, and Linux. A video on the site explains more.



Version 2.10.44:

  • More fixes for Finder issues on OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • Fix for two app hangs



  • OS X 10.4 or later



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05:07
U.S. court rules that phone passcodes are protected...

While Touch ID makes sense for most of us as a secure and convenient way to protect our phones, there is one group of people who may want to stick to good old-fashioned passcodes: criminals.

A Virginia District Court has ruled that while phone passcodes are protected by the 5th Amendment, which says that those accused of crimes cannot be compelled to incriminate themselves, there is no such protection against using a suspect’s fingerprint to unlock a phone … 

The ruling was reported by The Virginian-Pilot in the case of David Baust, an EMS captain accused of trying to strangle his girlfriend.

Prosecutors had said video equipment in Baust’s bedroom may...

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05:00
Beware two-factor authentication using SMS forwarding

The Continuity features, and SMS Relay in particular, are my favorite part of Yosemite so far. Using my iMac as a giant speakerphone is beyond awesome, and group texts in Messages can finally include the one BlackBerry-toting holdout among my...

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04:39
Large Apple Store in Lille, France expected to open...

French site MacG reports that a new Apple Store in Lille, northern France, looks set to open next month. Apple has put up the black hoardings that usually appear in the final weeks of preparing a new retail store for opening … 

The store, located on rue Faidherbe, will be a relatively large one for France, with two floors totalling a little over 15,000 square feet.

The Lille store will be the 18th Apple Store in France, but the first in the region. It is also close enough to the Belgian border to make it a convenient option for those in locations in the south-east of the country, like Ypres. There are no Apple Stores in Belgium–only resellers–and with completely open borders...

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04:28
LinkOptimizer optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced LinkOptimizer 4.9.28, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

LinkOptimizer lets you reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data, performing essential image adjustments and converting file formats. The new version delivers Mac OS X Yosemite compatibility.

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04:02
Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) revved to version 8.0.1

Maintain has served up Cocktail 8.0.1 (http://cocktail.maintain.se), a new version of its Mac OS X utility that's compatible with Yosemite. It addresses an issue in which Cocktail may fail to clear DNS cache, fixes compatibility issues with EtreCheck and contains other bug fixes and improvements.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories that help you manage various aspects of your computer.

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04:02
Kool Tools: BBEdit 11.0

Bare Bones Software's BBEdit 11.0, an upgrade to its professional strength HTML and text editor, builds on a modernized foundation with newly overhauled systems for Find Differences, Clippings, and syntax coloring. Plus, it adds dozens of enhancements and new features.

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03:44
Two coasts, 10 days: Macworld’s thorough field test...

Apple Pay’s eventful early days were full of highs and lows. Excited iPhone users rushed to test the mobile payment service on day one and found it super seamless. Cashier confusion, Bank of America’s double-charging foul-up, and the NFC block at Rite Aid and CVS marred the rollout, but a major product launch is never smooth. And who knew CurrentC, a QR code-based app that isn’t even on the market yet, would turn into such a huge thing?

To read this article in full or to...

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02:41
Sandvox 2.9.2 - Easily build eye-catching Web sites...

Sandvox is for Mac users who want to create a professional looking website quickly and easily. With Sandvox, you don't need to be a Web genius to build a stylish, feature-rich, standards-compliant website that's functional and user friendly. Sandvox's drag and drop interface lets you watch your website take shape and come to life as you build it. And, once finished, you can upload your site to your favorite host.

Whether you're a new website creator or a seasoned professional, you can make use of Sandvox to build the website of your dreams. New users can build a professional looking website in minutes and professional users can build an advanced, multimedia-rich site in no time at all.



Version 2.9.2:

Compatibility

  • Fixes display of Sharing icon in publishing-complete sheet on OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • Places Inspector correctly when reopening after quitting and relaunching on OS X 10.7 Lion and...

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01:19
Giveaways: Trick or Treat

Come trick or treating with MacNN and Electronista, and enter for a chance to win one of many prizes that are being handed out from the goodie bag. Reader beware, there are some tricks in the bag as well!



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01:00
Giveaway: come trick or treating with MacNN and...

Now that Halloween is in full swing (presumably swinging from a noose), it's time for all the little ghosts, goblins, ware-wolves and witches to come out of hiding. It's time for tricks, and it's time for treats, but most of all it's time for a little fun. So this year, come trick or treat with MacNN and Electronista, because we have a big bag full of Halloween treats (and some tricks) to give to our readers. Check back here throughout the day, as the list below will be refreshed when each new treat (or trick) is announced. Have fun everyone!...



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00:59
Apple adds 15-inch 2014 Retina MacBook Pros to...

Apple stocked its refurb store with 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros on Thursday, offering discounts on the brand-new models just three months (to the day) after their debut of up to $570 off the current retail price. A wide range of configurations is available at this writing, ranging from a 2.2GHz Core i7 with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage selling for $1,700 (15 percent off) up to a quad-core i7 model at 2.8GHz, 16GB RAM, a 1TB SSD and a Nvidia GeForce GT 750M for $2,719, the most deeply-discounted model....



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00:37
Giveaway: Trick or Treat! Win a box full of new Mac...

Last night as we were leaving work we stumbled upon a great big box of brand new custom Mac Pro computers just sitting by the dumpster behind MacNN headquarters. We know it doesn't sound possible, quite unbelievable really, as a matter of fact we hardly believe it ourselves. Since none of us need a new Mac Pro we couldn't think of anything better to do than to give them away to our loyal readers. Instead of wasting time handing them out one at a time, we're just going to give the whole box of them to one lucky winner. Find out how you can enter to win!...



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00:00
Review: Tablo DVR

With over-the-top content options growing past Hulu and Netflix, consumers may be finding it harder to justify paying a monthly fee for cable. An unfortunate casualty of severing these ties is the loss of convenient technology and local channels, keeping some television viewers from making the final leap. Thankfully, new options have hit the market for those that have access to an antenna and a USB storage device. The Tablo is one such digital video recorder (DVR) that captures free, over-the-air broadcasts, allowing people to watch their favorite time shifted shows through a tablet or browser...



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Thursday October 30

23:23
Hands On: Organ Trail Director's Cut for iOS...

Organ Trail: Director's Cut is a nostalgic game that promises to entertain both those who loved the original classic Oregon Trail as well as players who are simply looking for a surprisingly in-depth iOS game. Don't think that this game is simply riding the coattails of retro-gaming's popularity right now -- Organ Trail is an interesting game, even without the allure of the chiptune music and cutting-edge graphics circa 1985....



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22:00
Reviews: Tablo DVR

With over-the-top content options growing past Hulu and Netflix, consumers may be finding it harder to justify paying a monthly fee for cable. An unfortunate casualty of severing these ties is the loss of convenient technology and local channels, keeping some television viewers from making the final leap. Thankfully, new options have hit the market for those that have access to an antenna and a US ......

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21:28
Giveaway: Trick or Treat! Win 1 of 3 Wicked Audio...

With the witching hour upon us we have a most wicked prize up for grabs. The Wicked Audio Deuce earbuds. Gather around while we tell the spooky tale of three wicked little sets of earbuds that lost their way and ended up being captured by MacNN staff to send off to live with strangers. Pretty scary stuff for those earbuds, but it's another treat for our readers....



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20:43
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2014

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2014 – Timelapse Short Film from Knate Myers on Vimeo.

Vimeo:

Every year the city of Albuquerque host the largest hot air balloon event in the world, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

This festival is on my “Great Places to Shoot Photos” bucket list.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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20:28
Kodak PixPro SP360 action cam records 360-degree...

Kodak has introduced an action camera that can take 360-degree photographs and video. The PixPro SP360 has a domed lens located on the top, allowing its imaging sensor to take pictures or capture video from all angles surrounding the camera, allowing for 1080p video to be recorded showing the front, rear, and side views from wherever it is mounted....



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20:20
Class-action suit alleges 2011 Apple MacBook Pros...

Ars Technica:

Last week three men filed a class action lawsuit in Northern California District Court alleging that Apple’s 2011 MacBook Pro laptops were defective and that Apple did not take proper steps to compensate customers whose hardware broke.

The lawsuit specifically addresses 15” and 17” MacBook Pros from 2011, which the plaintiffs claim suffered from “random bouts of graphical distortion, system instability, and system failures.” The plaintiffs also assert that the problem is widespread, with an online survey conducted by the plaintiffs receiving over 3,000 responses from 2011 MacBook Pro owners in a single week.

As someone who has one of these affected machines and has already had one logic board failure attributed to it, I’m going to follow this closely.

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18:56
Apple now selling refurbished 2014 15" Retina...

Apple on Thursday added the latest 2014 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display to the refurbished section of its Online Apple Store, with base model configurations starting at $1,699.

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18:19
How Apple, Inc. went thermonuclear on Samsung,...

After failing to do much more than embarrass Samsung Electronics in years-long legal battles over patent infringement, Apple has rapidly obliterated Samsung's mobile division profitability, rendering it as barrenly unprofitable as every other Android or Windows licensee with razor thin margins in the phone, PC and tablet market.

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18:13
Briefly: BookArc Stand for Mac Pro, Spotify for iPad...

Twelve South has announced the release of the BookArc Pro, a chrome-plated desktop stand designed for Mac Pro. Designed in the shape of an arc, the stand allows the compact computer to fit in spaces with half the height available, making it suitable for fitting into gear racks and studio shelves. The BookArc is composed is heavy gauge steel, which has been machined into a curve shape and coated with a chrome finish. Priced at $60, the BookArc Pro is available online through Twelve South....



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17:19
Former head of Android Andy Rubin leaves Google to...

Google's former head of Android, and most recently robotics chief, Andy Rubin on Thursday announced he is leaving the company to start an incubator focusing on technology hardware products.

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17:02
Giveaway: Trick or Treat! Win a Kaebo Lightning to...

As many observe in this country, tomorrow is Halloween, and as such MacNN has a bag of treats to give away to our readers. We are going to be handing out prizes to lucky little ghosts and ghouls who participate. Keep an eye out for the selection of treats that we have to offer for the rest of today and tomorrow. Beware, some of the items we list will be tricks! First up we have 3 JunoPower Kaebo Lightning cable connectors to give away. Read on to learn more....



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16:17
Meijer, the CurrenctC/MCX Member Who Refuses to...

Meet Meijer, the 213-store retailer that is a member of the MCX/CurrentC wannabe hegemony. Like Rite Aid and CVS, Meijer has NFC-equipped payment terminals that support Apple Pay. Unlike Rite Aid and CVS, Meijer, has no intention of blocking Apple Pay and is listed as an Apple Pay supporter by Apple.


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16:13
Amazon exec blames lackluster Fire Phone sales on...

An Amazon executive on Thursday said the Fire Phone's failure was a pricing issue and that the company plans to move forward with next-generation products, even after eating a $170 million charge largely associated with the device's poor market performance and supplier costs.

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15:48
Grocery chain Meijer bucks CurrentC, accepts NFC...

[Updated with MCX clarification] Rather than disable its NFC-compatible terminals and stop taking Apple Pay (or Google Wallet, or Softcard) mobile payments after a period of compatibility, grocery chain Meijer has said it has "no plans" to stop accepting NFC-compatible systems in its stores -- despite being a member of MCX's CurrentC program, which contractually bars competing systems. The CurrentC system, which does not formally begin until sometime next year, may try to impose fines as per its agreement with Meijers....



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15:36
Get Free Bitcoins with 52 Website Faucets that...

I've gathered 52 different Bitcoin "faucets"-websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads-and tested them to make sure they actually pay out. I started off with eight sites, but this update adds several more and removes some faucets that have gone dark for a total of 52 different Bitcoin faucets that really pay, plus a Dogecoin faucet and a Litecoin faucet.


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15:18
Seth Rogen to play Steve 'Woz' Wozniak

Seth Rogen will play Steve Wozniak alongside Christian Bale, who has been cast in the role of Steve Jobs in Sony’s upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, reports "Variety" (http://bit.ly/1vltQvl).

The film is based on Walter Isaacson’s book and adapted by Aaron Sorkin, writer of "West Wing," "The Social Network," and more.  Steve Jobs will be the second film based on the life of the late Apple co-founder and CEO. Open Road’s 2011 film, "Jobs," starring Ashton Kutcher in the title role, was critically drubbed and made only US$35 million worldwide.

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15:17
How to buy food: The psychology of the supermarket

Bon Appetit:

Think about your usual supermarket routine. Chances are, if your market is designed like the majority in the U.S., you start shopping at the right side of the store and work your way around the outer rim of the supermarket—with occasional forays into certain aisles, but generally sticking to a counterclockwise route till you get to the register.

Now you may wonder, Why do I always choose to go that way?

The answer is, you don’t.

These stories of how we are subtly (and sometimes, not subtly) manipulated in these situations are always fascinating to me. Similar psychology is going on in casinos, too.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:00
Seth Rogan set to play Woz in upcoming Steve Jobs...

Seth Rogan has been tapped to play the role of Steve Wozniak in Aaron Sorkin's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, Variety reports. The 32-year-old actor, known for his roles in films such as 40 Year Old Virgin and Pineapple Express, will star alongside...

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14:50
Why is the new iMac 5K instead of 4K? It’s all about...


My gamut measurement of the Retina iMac's screen. Unfortunately, the 1931 CIE diagram produced by our measuring software is "non-uniform and obsolete."

I originally wanted to devote at least one story to a qualitative analysis of the Retina iMac’s screen, including a list of physical measurements (gamut, gamma, intensity, and anything else I could measure). However, although I measured like a crazy fiend, my hopes of a constructive analysis were dashed when my expert—Dr. Ray Soneira of DisplayMate—told me that the data gathered was mostly unusable. Primarily, it's due to my choice of instruments. Sadly, our Spyder4 Elite just wasn’t quite up to the task.

"Your Spyder measurements indicate that the Color...

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14:45
MPAA, national theater association take a stand...

Wearing Google Glass in any movie theater in the United States could soon mean a visit from law enforcement thanks to the efforts of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and National Association of Theatre Owners. The organizations released a joint statement this week announcing that wearable devices are now added to official anti-piracy polices....



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14:43
Scan it or say it, and Hiku remembers what you need...

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14:42
Seth Rogen tapped to play Steve Wozniak in upcoming...

Actor Seth Rogen has been cast to star as Steve Wozniak in Sony's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, sources tell Variety. Rogen is best known for his comedy roles, starring in movies like Neighbors and This is the End, but he has also appeared in dramas such as 50/50. The sources add that Jessica Chastain is under consideration for the movie as well, but what role she might play is unknown....



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14:19
Briefly: Microsoft OneNote iOS update, Flipboard 3.0

Microsoft has released updates for its OneNote client, available for both iPhone and iPad. Considered a "digital notebook", OneNote documents can be shared with others and across devices. Adding support for new iOS 8 features, users can now password-protect sections of documents directly from mobile devices. Touch ID unlocking is now enabled for owners of iPhone 5s or newer, and users can insert files from a preferred cloud storage service with its new iOS 8 document picker. Pages can be reordered and moved, including subpages. OneNote is free to download, with some features requiring an Offic...

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14:17
Last Chance for The Bluetooth Shower Speaker: $39

The Blue Bluetooth Shower Speaker has been a very popular deal with our readers, but there's just four days left. For $39, you can get a water-resistant speaker built for your shower. That means music or podcasts or whatever sound floats your boat while you bathe, without worrying about wrecking your iPhone. Huzzah! It has a rechargable battery, works up to ten meters from the source, and connects to your iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, PC, or Android device via Bluetooth.


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14:12
Google Patents a Micro Projector for Google Glass

Yikes, distractionitis! Today the US Patent Office revealed a patent from Google for a micro projector for a future version of Google Glass. Technically ...

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14:09
CES Rebrands iLounge Pavilion as iProducts, Hopes to...

CES announced Thursday a major rebranding of the Apple-centric show-within-a-show that takes place in January. The company said it was changing the name from the iLounge Pavilion to the iProducts Marketplace. The change comes in the wake of Macworld/iWorld going on hiatus, and CES made it clear they want to snag as many vendors from its erstwhile competitor as possible.


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14:05
Pangu iOS 8.1 jailbreak gets Cydia, will get English...

The Pangu iOS 8.1 jailbreak tool is now being bundled with Cydia, and will get an English translation within 24 hours, its developers say. Cydia is commonly used to simplify jailbreaking, partly by offering an easy way to install unapproved apps. When the Pangu code was released earlier this month, it was only in Chinese and in a rudimentary form intended for developers....



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14:00
Flipboard update greatly improves this popular news...

Flipboard (free) has always been popular for reading news and following topics. The only downside is that it lacked any personalization. You got the topics you selected, but the app did not learn my favorite topics the way another news app -- Zite --...

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14:00
First look: Heart rate tracking $199 Microsoft Band...

Microsoft issued a surprise on Thursday when it launched a new hardware product dubbed the Microsoft Band, a fitness-focused wrist-worn device that connects to both iOS and OS X, and will also integrate with Apple's HealthKit service and Health app for iPhone. AppleInsider offers a first look at the new wearable device.

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13:44
Epson to release V800, V850 Pro photo scanners in...

Epson is gearing up to release two new professional level photo scanners in November with the Perfection V800 Photo and Perfection V850 Pro. The scanners offer a number of scanning options, allowing users to scan photos and negatives--including 35mm slides, medium format and film strips--with the help of height adjustable film holders....



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13:40
9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Air 2 $460, 27-inch iMac w...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Apple iPad Air 2 16GB WiFi (Gold, Silver, Space Gray) $460 shipped (Reg. $499)

Apple 27-inch iMac w/ Retina 5K display 3.5GHz/8GB/1TB...

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13:38
Judge orders GT Advanced bankruptcy document unsealed

The New Hampshire judge overseeing GT Advanced's bankruptcy, Henry Boroff, has ordered the unsealing of an affidavit explaining reasons for the sapphire supplier's Chapter 11 filing. Apple has fought to keep the document private, claiming it could harm not only its reputation but its relationship with other suppliers. Inside GT's COO -- Daniel Squiller -- chronicles attempts to meet Apple demand, claiming that the latter company made mistakes in setting up an Arizona production facility, submitting shifting product specifications, and refusing to negotiate....



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13:30
ConnectedAfield: A worthwhile hunting and fishing...

When you're planning your next hunting or fishing trip and putting together a list of all the items you need to take with you, consider downloading ConnectedAfield. This free universal app requires iOS 7.1 or later and will provide you with some...

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13:21
Seth Rogen will play Steve Wozniak in the next Steve...

Freaks and Geeks alum Seth Rogen is set to play the Mac community’s favorite ubergeek Steve Wozniak in the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic (no, not that one, the other one), alongside Christian Bale as Steve Jobs. Hopefully it won’t be Superbad. (Sorry.)

The news comes from Variety, which also reported that “Jessica Chastain is being eyed for an unspecified role.” Perhaps that’ll be a composite character of every woman in Jobs’s orbit—after all, last year’s Jobs (the one starring Ashton Kutcher) was...

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13:18
Microsoft May Have Launched a Band of Gold


Microsoft on Wednesday made another foray into the mobile health market with the introduction of the Microsoft Band, powered by its new Microsoft Health platform. The band, which is available at Microsoft Stores for $200 as of Thursday, is designed to be worn 24 hours a day. It has 10 sensors. In addition to the usual monitoring capabilities -- heart rate, sleep quality, calorie burn, exercise -- the band will notify wearers of incoming calls, emails, texts and social updates.

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13:10
Mac: LG 31MU97-B 31” Digital 4K IPS LED Monitor

Ultra-high resolution 4K displays are becoming the norm now, with Apple’s new iMac pushing the envelope even further. If you’re looking for something bigger than Apple’s Thunderbolt Display, LG has you covered with its new 31” Digital Cinema 4K IPS LED Monitor. With a 17:9 aspect ratio, this display boasts a resolution of 4096 x 2160, a 1M:1 contrast ratio, and 10-bit color depth. It also features a 178/178 viewing angle and…

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13:09
Microsoft Band officially launches, available to buy...

Microsoft has officially announced its fitness tracker, the day after images leaked via companion apps. The Microsoft Band is able to track the wearer's vital signs and physical activities, with some included sensors not typically included in such devices, with it also providing a number of smartwatch-style interactions using its customizable display....



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13:00
The real reason iOS keyboards don't let you...

If you swear from time to time -- or, if you're like me and curse like you just stubbed your toe in your everyday conversations -- you've probably noticed by now that every popular third party keyboard available for iOS (and the same is true for...

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13:00
Killer Deals: $150 off iMac Retina 5K, $350 off Mac...

For an extremely limited time, AI readers can take advantage of some truly killer -- and previously unseen -- deals including $150 off the just-introduced iMac with Retina 5K display, $350 off the entry Mac Pro, $150 off a 13-inch MacBook Pro and 3% off all other MacBooks. There's also a handful discounts on new iPads, iTunes Gift Cards, and coupons for up to $268 off HP printers.

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12:45
The Week in iOS Apps: Old timey pictures in TinType...

Old timey pictures in TinType

This week’s app roundup includes TinType, an app that tries to reproduce the look of photos taken before your grandparents were born.

Bitmoji

If you want your emoji to be more personalized expressions of your feelings, well, here’s your chance. Bitmoji lets you create a cartoon avatar of yourself, then choose from a library of moods and comic scene, which can then be used in a number of messaging apps.

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12:30
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

DropTask - Visual To-Do...

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12:22
Seth Rogen to play Steve Wozniak alongside Christian...

Actor Seth Rogen, famous for comedic roles in hits like "Superbad" and "Knocked Up," will reportedly appear in the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic written by Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin, and is set to take on the role of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

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12:11
Seth Rogen to Star as Steve Wozniak in Sony's...

Seth Rogen will play Steve Wozniak alongside Christian Bale, who has been cast in the role of Steve Jobs in Sony's upcoming Jobs biopic, reports Variety. Rogen will have the opportunity to get advice directly from Wozniak, who is working as a consultant on the film.

Rogen is a popular actor who has starred in movies like Neighbors, 22 Jump Street, and This Is the End. While Rogen often stars in comedic films, he has demonstrated his ability to do more serious work in movies like Take This Waltz and 50/50.

Image courtesy of Variety
After several months of limbo after writer Aaron Sorkin finished the screenplay, production on Sony's Steve Jobs movie is picking up. Danny Boyle, who directed...

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12:07
Report: Seth Rogen will play Steve Wozniak in...


Variety reports that actor Seth Rogen has been cast to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic from Sony:

Seth Rogen has been set to star as Steve Wozniak opposite Christian Bale in Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic.

We learned earlier this month that Christian Bale, who starred in the recent Batman trilogy, will portray Steve Jobs in the Aaron Sorkin directed film. Sorkin later confirmed the report adding that Christian Bale didn’t have to audition for...

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12:00
How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

Nerval's Lobster writes Apple design chief Jony Ive has spent the past several weeks talking up how the Apple Watch is an evolution on many of the principles that guided the evolution of timepieces over the past several hundred years. But the need to recharge the device on a nightly basis, now confirmed by Apple CEO Tim Cook, is a throwback to ye olden days, when a lady or gentleman needed to keep winding her or his pocket-watch in order to keep it running. Watch batteries were supposed to bring "winding" to a decisive end, except for that subset of people who insist on carrying around a mechanical timepiece. But with Apple Watch's requirement that the user constantly monitor its energy, what's old is new again. Will millions of people really want to charge and fuss with their watch at least once a day?

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12:00
Ginger Page, keyboard offer a wealth of text,...

I collect text editors the way other people collect stamps. Do people still collect stamps? Let's assume they do, and in great abundance. When a new editor comes out I've got to see what it does. This week I played with Ginger Page for iOS (free,...

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11:48
Grocery chain Meijer continues accepting Apple Pay...

Though it is a member of the MCX group behind the upcoming CurrentC mobile payment system, grocery chain Meijer still supports Apple Pay and plans to continue to do so, in apparent violation of MCX's exclusivity rules.

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11:46
iOS 8 jailbreak Pangu now comes with Cydia installer...

When the iOS 8 jailbreak tool Pangu was released earlier this month for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, it still had some rough edges such as no one-click solution to install Cydia or support for English. Fortunately, the Pangu app now includes a Cydia installer, while English support for the jailbreak tool is coming in the next 24 hours.

The jailbreak tool is available for Windows as a free download and takes just minutes to install. Cydia can then be installed through the Pangu app. Thankfully, the jailbreak is untethered rather than tethered, meaning that you do not need to reconnect your iOS device to a Mac or PC in order to reapply the jailbreak after every reboot.

Pangu for Windows version 1.1 will include English...

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11:45
Apple reverses decision on widget policy, PCalc in...

Yesterday, PCalc developer James Thomson revealed on Twitter that his top-rated app had been hit with a request from Apple asking for its widget functionality to be removed. The reason offered -- that a widget can't be allowed to perform any...

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11:30
Daily Deals for October 30, 2014, featuring the...

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

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

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11:28
Apple reverses course, decides to allow apps with...

In another sudden turnaround, Apple has reversed a decision to block apps with calculator widgets from the App Store. An Apple spokesperson says that PCalc and other similar apps will be permitted in the store without changes. It's suggested that the company simply hadn't anticipated the possibility of widgets serving as calculators, hence reviewers being confused as to whether they can give the greenlight....



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11:24
Review: Rokform Crystal v3 for iPhone 6

There are slight differences between Crystal v3 and Sport v3, but both are the same price, and offer the same functionality — just in different ways. While Crystal v3 is a bit less bulky and doesn’t require swapping panels to take advantage of the two different mounting system options, we prefer the overall look of Sport v3, which has more color options. It’s a toss-up, though, and there’s certainly not enough to distinguish Crystal…

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11:13
Apple Reverses PCalc Decision; App and Widget Can...

Apple has reversed the App Store decision to pull PCalc from the App Store, according to PCalc developer James Thomson. He received a call today updating him about the status of his app.


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11:12
Apple drops opposition to PCalc iOS calculator widget

Users who want a calculator in their iOS Notification Center can breathe easy after Apple dropped its request to a developer asking it to remove its widget feature.

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11:01
Native Instruments releases Traktor Kontrol S8 all-...

Native Instruments (www.native-instruments.com) has released Traktor Kontrol S8, an US$1,199, all-in-one DJ system with touch-sensitive controls and full-color displays.

The S8, designed for use with a laptop, also features a 4-channel standalone mixer, extensive audio interface, and enhanced performance decks for integration of Trakator Pro 2’s Remix Decks. Performance tools such as Freeze Mode take a snapshot of a running track and enable detailed slicing for instant live improvisation and an element of spontaneity.

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11:00
Document details problems between Apple and sapphire...

When GT Advanced filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this month, COO Daniel Squiller included a sealed affidavit with details on GT Advanced's relationship with Apple. The document was not made public due to non-disclosure agreements between the...

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10:49
Best Buy to offer gift cards with iPad Air, MacBook...

As a part of November 8th promotional event, the US branch of Best Buy will be giving away gift cards with purchases of an iPad Air or MacBook Air. Buyers of a first- or second-generation iPad Air will get a $50 card; card value jumps to $100 when buying a MacBook. Shoppers must go to "select" retail outlets to qualify....



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10:42
President Bill Clinton, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella...

Following the publication of a heartfelt personal letter in which the Apple CEO revealed his sexual orientation publicly for the first time, Tim Cook has been showered with praise from coworkers, competitors, celebrities and more.

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10:37
Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

An anonymous reader writes Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly come out as gay. While he never hid his sexuality from friends, family, and close co-workers, Cook decided it was time to make it publicly known in the hopes that the information will help others who don't feel comfortable to do so. He said, "I don't consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I've benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it's worth the trade-off with my own privacy." Cook added that while the U.S. has made progress in recent years toward marriage equality, there is still work to be done. "[T]here are laws on the books in a majority of states that allow employers to fire people based solely on their sexual orientation. There are many places where landlords can evict tenants for being gay, or where...

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10:30
Walgreens trolls competitors by calling Apple Pay...

With a massive conglomerate of stores from Walmart to CVS working together to keep customers from being able to use Apple Pay in an effort to force them into a competing service it's obvious the mobile payment wars have begun. CVS competitor...

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10:29
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-30

Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's gay, which puts him in a unique position as an equal rights advocate. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at how Mr. Cook's announcement could impact the ongoing fight for equal rights and what it could mean to people struggling with their own identity. Jeff also gets really excited about Microsoft's new fitness tracker.


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10:12
IDC: Apple Still Top Tablet OEM in Volume and Profits

The Market is flooded with cheap unprofitable tablets: Today a new IDC report was published regarding the top five tablet vendors for Q3 2014. Despite a continued shipment decline for its iPad product line, Apple maintained its lead in the worldwide tablet market, shipping 12.3 million units in the third quarter.

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10:12
News: Apple reverses course on iOS calculator widgets

Following Wednesday reports that Apple would be removing apps from the App Store that make improper use of the new iOS 8 Today screen extensions, TechCrunch reports that the company appears to have softened the policy somewhat, at least concerning calculator widgets. James Thomson, developer of the popular iOS calculator app PCalc, had been one of the first to add new extension features when iOS 8 was released. However, despite his app being approved…

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10:01
Apple reportedly reverses decision on rejecting iOS...

Update: Thompson has verified the policy change.

We learned yesterday from developer James Thompson that Apple had informed him that the calculator widget for his app PCalc, which had already been approved and even featured by the App Store, would have to remove the widget from the app to remain available for sale. The reason Apple gave, according to Thompson’s tweets, is that “widgets on iOS cannot perform any calculations” which his PCalc calculator widget obviously did, but it seems Apple has since reversed that decision,...

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10:00
Apple Reverses Course on iOS 8 Notification Center...

Yesterday, Apple told PCalc developer James Thomson that the Notification Center widget portion of his popular calculator app PCalc would need to be removed, as Notification Center widgets "cannot perform any calculations."

Following significant media coverage of the issue, Apple has now reversed course on the decision and according to an Apple spokesperson that spoke to TechCrunch, both PCalc and its Notification Center widget will be allowed to remain in the App Store, along with all other apps that contain calculator widgets.

The initial decision to remove Pcalc's widget was reportedly the result of a use case that Apple had not anticipated. Because it was not within the guidelines, an App Store reviewer told Thomson the...

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10:00
Microsoft unveils new iOS-compatible fitness tracker...

Microsoft today entered the fitness tracker market with its new Microsoft Band wearable device to compete with new offerings from Fitbit and Apple's upcoming Watch device. The Band's biggest feature is its cross-compatibility, supporting iOS, Android...

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09:47
Flipboard 3.0 is both more and less personal than...

A new update for Flipboard aims to make the popular reading app more personal—but not all the time.

Flipboard 3.0 lets users add new magazines on more than 30,000 topics, from broad ones like “art” and “food” to highly specific ones like “optical illusions” and “human geography.” When launching the app, Flipboard presents a massive list of potential topics to select, along with a search bar for finding exactly what you want. As before, Flipboard sources its stories from around the Web and presents them in a magazine-like format.

For those who don’t want to drill down into specific topics, Flipboard is also adding a staff-curated “Daily Edition,” with general topics like news, business, tech, sports and culture. A new edition will arrive every day at 7 a.m., and it will always conclude with a “Parting GIF.” Of course, users can still follow individual publications or users who’ve curated their own magazines, and they’ll show up alongside new topics in Flipboard’s...

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09:47
Don’t be surprised to see video ads in your...

Instagram has been slooooowly phasing advertising into your main feed. First there were sponsored photos from brands like Michael Kors—artfully edited and filtered, of course. Now the photo-sharing app is introducing 15-second video ads, starting with a promo for Disney’s new animated film, “Big Hero 6.”

Other brands you might see in your stream are Lancome, Banana Republic, the CW, and Activision, according to Adweek. Activision is pushing Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare in a 15-second clip, with a longer version of the promo hitting Facebook on Thursday. Lancome has a new perfume and mascara it plans to advertise on Instagram. Banana Republic’s ad is a time-lapse holiday preview.

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09:45
OWC unveils new 2TB option for the Mercury On-the-Go...

Other World Computing (www.macsales.com) has announced a new 2TB option today offering 33% more capacity for the OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro, a bus-powered, portable storage solution.

Designed for mobile users, the OWC Mercury On-The-Go Pro is compact in size, measuring 3.5 x 5.5 x 1 inches. It's engineered in an impact-resistant acrylic enclosure and sports the latest FireWire and USB interfaces.

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09:41
Cocktail 8.0.1 - General maintenance and...

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. It is a powerful digital toolset that helps hundreds of thousands of Mac users around the world get the most out of their computers every day.

The application serves up a perfect mix of maintenance tools and tweaks, all accessible through a clean and easy to use interface. Cocktail's features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. It also comes with an automatic Pilot-mode that allows you to simply press a button and relax, knowing that Cocktail will take care of the rest.



Version 8.0.1:

Note: Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) requires OS X 10.10 Yosemite to run.

  • Addresses an issue in which Cocktail may fail to clear DNS cache
  • Addresses an issue in which Cocktail may fail to repair disk permissions
  • Improvements on the "Clear Adobe Flash Player...

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09:35
Hands On: WaterField Outback Slip Case for iPad Air 2

iPad cases are built not only to suit a wide range of uses but a wide range of incomes, and both of those factors come into play with one of WaterField's first products for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, the Outback Slip Case. On a functional level it's relatively straightforward: it's a cushioned sleeve that you slide an iPad into. WaterField makes four variants, split between the Air and the Mini, and whether you want one sized to accommodate a Smart Cover as well. We tested the Air 2/Smart Cover edition....



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09:30
How Apple Pay handles a canceled credit card

Apple Pay is easy, convenient, and instantly popular enough that its rivals are already trying to kill it through collusion. Of course that's when you're making purchases. How easy is it to deal with things like canceled credit cards? Apparently,...

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09:19
Spotify brings its new look to iPad, Skype update...

Popular music subscription service Spotify updated its official iPad app on Thursday with a new look in line with its iPhone client, while also giving users access to the "Your Music" feature. In addition, Microsoft's Skype for iPhone was also updated with the ability to save and delete photo, as well as a faster chat load time.

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09:18
ABI Looks at CarPlay vs. Android Auto while Favoring...

ABI Research has a new report out about Apple's CarPlay vs. Android Auto. They note that just as in the smartphone industry, Apple and Android are now tough rivals in new the battle for automotive dashboard integration. While CarPlay from Apple (the software platform that synchronizes iPhones to vehicle infotainment systems) was first-to-market ...

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09:14
When The Project Manager Realizes A Feature Can’t Be...
09:03
1Password for iOS updated w/ Touch ID lock screen...

Apple SVP Craig Federighi featuring 1Password at October Apple event

Apple gave a prominent shoutout to the 1Password secure wallet app earlier this month when Craig Federighi, who leads the OS X and iOS teams, mentioned the password management app’s support for Touch ID in an iOS 8 review on stage. AgileBits, the developers behind 1Password, mentioned the shoutout in their latest release notes for an updated version of the iPhone and iPad app which brings a list of new improvements.

The latest version of 1Password for iPhone and iPad brings an improvement to the app’s lock screen when using Touch ID. Specifically, 1Password now moves the lock out of the way when using Touch ID as seen on stage in Federighi’s demonstration. This change...

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09:00
Apps for Outlook.com—extending the developer...

Today’s post was written by Pretish Abraham, principal program manager lead for the Outlook team.

Yesterday, at Inbox Love, we announced an exciting new opportunity for developers: Apps for Outlook.com. Next spring, Outlook.com will support third-party apps that will allow users to be more productive than ever, and will allow developers to share their app with our 400 million active customers. The best part, you can start building your apps now—for Outlook Web App—and they’ll work with Outlook.com come spring 2015.

So what exactly do we mean by Apps for Outlook.com? Last March, we introduced Office 365 as a platform for developers, and spoke about our new APIs and tools that let developers build solutions directly into Office 365–making people more productive at work, at home, at school, and on the road. This time, we’re extending the...

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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 021 about our...

In this episode, Jeremy Thake talks with Brian Jones about all the announcements we made this week at TechEd Europe.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP21_BrianJones.mp3

Download the podcast.


 Show Notes

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09:00
Smule’s popular Sing! Karaoke app updated with...


Smule, which makes a variety of music-related iPhone apps like Guitar!, Magic Piano, and AutoRap, has a new version of its popular Sing! Karaoke app out today with a major feature for the app: video. The new version of Sing! Karaoke, which features “a huge catalog of top hits” with instrumental tracks and lyric guides for singing along to, does three things with the newly added video feature.

First, Sing!...

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09:00
Rumor Roundup: Lucy in the sky with sapphires

Apple seeks partners to enable NFC-based transit payments & building access for iPhone 6 & Watch (AppleInsider)

Source: "People familiar with the matter"

Chance it's true: 100 percent

Can you think of any reason why Apple wouldn't want to do this?...

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08:53
LibreOffice 4.3.3.2 - Free Open Source office suite...

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

Many different language versions are available here.



Version 4.3.3.2:

  • This release is bit-identical to 4.3.3 Release Candidate 3 -- you don't need to download or reinstall if you have that version already.
  • This version still contains a few annoying bugs.
  • Impress remote is no longer enabled by default. Go to Tools -> Options -> LibreOffice Impress -> General and check [x] Enable remote control to enable it.



  • OS X 10.8 or later
  • Intel32 version for OS X 10.6 or later under Download link in links bar



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08:51
Apple's Lead in Tablet Market Share Shrinks as...

Apple continues to rank among the world's top tablet manufacturers both in customer satisfaction and shipments, according to reports released today by J.D Power and IDC, although the company is showing some signs of weakness as lower-cost competitors gain momentum and consumers look for more innovation in Apple's tablet lineup. Apple fell slightly behind Amazon in J.D. Power's semiannual customer satisfaction survey, while the company's lead in worldwide tablet shipping volume continues to shrink.

Worldwide tablet shipments in 3Q14 in millions of units (Source: IDC)
According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, Apple remains the global tablet market leader, despite a 12.8 percent decline in quarterly shipments...

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08:50
Apps: OmniOutliner, MacFamilyTree, Tower
08:36
Microsoft Joins the Fitness Tracking Game with...

Microsoft is hoping to grab a slice of the fitness tracking market with its new Microsoft Band. The new fitness tracker packs in sensors for tracking steps, heart rate, UV light levels, and more.

The Mac Observer Spin: Microsoft's best bet for competing against the Apple Watch is an early release, which is exactly what happened. Microsoft Band has a cool mix of sensors and longer battery life than Apple's smartwatch, plus a lower price point, and it's available now. Still, it isn't Apple Watch, so it'll be interesting to see how well it sells since so many people are holding out for some Apple kit on their wrist.


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08:30
IHS teardown: Apple nets $224 on each 16GB WiFi iPad...

Despite its upgrade, the iPad Air 2 shares a nearly similar bill of materials as its predecessor, claims IHS following its teardown analysis of Apple's latest tablet device. According to the analysis, the entry-level $499 16GB WiFi-Only iPad Air 2...

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08:26
AT&T admits to testing “unique tracker” on...

This isn’t the best news.

According to Forbes, wireless carriers Verizon and AT&T have ceded that they’re tagging their customers with unique codes that are visible to third parties, making smartphone users far easier to track on the Web than they’ve ever been before, targeted advertising being that much easier to create as a result of this. After the findings by researchers, AT&T admitted it’s “testing” a new way of tracking its customers for ad display purposes.

“There’s nothing ready to announce,” said AT&T spokesperson Mark Siegel. “We’re still testing.”

But that means, yes, AT&T customers are being tagged by AT&T in a way that’s visible to the websites they visit, but AT&T says it’s building in what...

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08:22
Trade-in service Gazelle begins selling certified...

Gazelle has long been a popular choice for conveniently turning a used iPhone or iPad into cash, and today the electronics trade-in service announced its own certified pre-owned store for buying “gently used devices” at a discounted price. While the pre-owned store lists categories including iPhone, cell phones, iPads, and tablets, Gazelle inventory is currently limited to pre-owned Apple devices including iPhone 4 and up, iPad 2 and up, and iPad mini.

The benefits of Gazelle’s certified pre-owned devices include a “30-point...

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08:14
Apple’s market-leading tablet share falls to 22%...

Worldwide unit shipments for the top 5 tablet plus 2-in-1 device vendors over last five quarters

New data from IDC tracking worldwide tablet shipments shows that Apple has maintained its lead during the third quarter despite “a decline in overall iPad shipment volume in 3Q14.” Specifically, Apple grabbed 22.8% of the market with 12.3 million shipments during the quarter compared to 14.1 million units and 29.2% share in the year ago quarter. That compares to Samsung at 18.3% of the market and 9.9 million units shipped up from 19.3% and 9.3 million units shipped in the third quarter last year:

Apple, during its earnings call, noted...

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08:11
Apple Pay fans tears down CurrentC’s App Store...

The most recent volley in the NFC payment war between Apple Pay and the MCX consortium’s CurrentC mobile payment service has been fired.

And it has a lot to do with app reviews.

Per 9to5Mac, a number of users have expressed their displeasure with the CurrentC app, at the time of writing, the app having accumulated 2,856 1-star reviews against a total of just 30 reviews giving it 2 stars or more …

The movement to boycott merchants who are members of the MCX consortium also seems to be growing in popularity, gaining a Boycott MCX website with a full list of members. When you click on the name of a consortium member (CVS Pharmacy in the example shown below), a list of competing stores who accept or plan to accept...

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08:10
Review: Uniq Bodycon, LifePro, and Helio for iPhone...

Bodycon for both iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus can be directly compared to Switcheasy’s 0.35 case for iPhone 6. As in the case of the similarly-priced 0.35, the even thinner Bodycon — just .3 mm thick — has no button coverage and offers very little drop protection. Helio for iPhone 6 makes no bones about being an artificial leather case, and its low price reflects that. Unlike Bodycon, the volume controls and sleep/wake button are covered here.…

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08:00
Scare your neighbors with a spooky Halloween network...

Spoooooooky!

Earlier today, Ars IT editor Sean Gallagher was doing some scary things with wireless when he discovered someone probing for a Wi-Fi network with a name that appeared to be something un-parseable. I theorized that it was actually something in Unicode that Wireshark wasn't parsing properly. "So someone has a Unicode SSID?" Gallagher asked, incredulous.


That's the strangest SSID I've ever seen. Sean Gallagher

I was inspired. I wanted a Unicode SSID—one that could match the season and give my network name a seasonal gothic flare. So I set out to see if I could do it with my own Wi-Fi network. While I was successful, the effect may be lost on Windows users and others on devices that can't handle Unicode characters...

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08:00
Logitech updates Type+, Ultrathin keyboards for iPad...

Logitech quickly updated its Type+ and Ultrathin Bluetooth keyboards for the new iPad Air 2, and has also announced a new standalone keyboard for any and all iOS devices -- the US$69.99 Keys-To-Go (see image above).

The Keys-To-Go uses Logitech's...

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07:51
NXP hopes Apple's adoption of NFC will...

Chipmaker NXP, which is believed to supply the near-field communications chips found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, hopes automakers will adopt its technology, potentially enabling future car owners to unlock and even start their car with their smartphone.

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07:50
Meijer is first MCX member to break ranks,...

While CurrentC consortium MCX’s contracts state that members cannot accept competing forms of mobile payment, Midwest grocery chain Meijer appears to be the first member to break ranks by continuing to allow NFC payment – including Apple Pay.

Michigan Live quotes spokesman Frank Guglielmi as saying that the chain’s 213 grocery and gas outlets have no plans to block Apple Pay.

We have had the technology in our stores to accept mobile wallets for several years now. If a customer has Apple Pay capability, our hardware works with it [...] We don’t plan to remove or disable these systems.

Meijer is currently shown on both Apple Pay and MCX websites:

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07:30
Apple Pay vs. CurrentC: Prelude to the Beacon Wars


The current dustup between Apple Pay and CurrentC is a stark, bleak mess. That's not because Apple promises an easier, more secure way of making a smartphone-based retail transaction. Nor is it because CurrentC wants to harvest data on you and provide behavior-bending coupons, incentives and special deals, while cutting out the middleman credit card processing industry. It gets worse. Paying by smartphone -- which seems like a new and cool convenience -- is just the start of an unavoidable new in-person retail experience.

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07:30
Remind yourself to get things done with Air Tasks

Air Tasks is a free gesture-based app for the iPad or iPhone that's perfect for those of you who take a minimalist approach to your to-do list.

In the sea of productivity apps in the App Store, Air Tasks gestures are the only thing that make the app...

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07:27
Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks out: ‘I’m proud to be gay’

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday published a moving essay in Bloomberg Businessweek in which he publicly announced for the first time that he is gay. Cook is the first CEO of a Fortune 500 company to publicly come out.

Cook is famously private and said he doesn’t think of himself as an activist, but decided to speak out to help others.

“If hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy,” Cook wrote.

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07:25
Apple CEO Tim Cook comes out as gay in new essay

Apple CEO Tim Cook has come out as gay in a new essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek. Although the fact has been widely known for some time, Cook has never before stated it publicly. He says that he is "proud to be gay," but admits that it "wasn't an easy choice" to come out. "Privacy remains important to me, and I'd like to hold on to a small amount of it," the essay reads later on. "I've made Apple my life's work, and I will continue to spend virtually all of my waking time focused on being the best CEO I can be. That's what our employees deserve - and our customers, developers, sharehol...



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07:10
Apple's CEO is Proud to be Gay, Now Let's...

Cook states in a new Bloomberg report that "I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy." While I think everyone ...

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07:04
VMware Fusion 7.0.1 - Run Windows apps alongside Mac...

VMware Fusion allows you to create a Virtual Machine on your Mac and run Windows (including Windows 8.1) and Windows software on your Mac.

Run your favorite Windows applications alongside Mac applications without rebooting. Whether you would like to run Windows XP, Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 on a Mac, the VMware Fusion easy install feature will get you up and running in no time. With the ability to run Windows-only applications like Microsoft Project, Access and Internet Explorer, VMware Fusion turns your Mac into the ultimate computer for compatibility.

Version 7 is optimized for the latest Macs and ready for OS X Yosemite and Windows 8.1 to deliver the ultimate Windows on Mac experience.

The new VMware Fusion 7.0 Professional version adds the following:

  • Designed for OS X Yosemite and ready for the latest releases of Windows 8
  • Create powerful...

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07:01
Apple CEO Tim Cook writes “I’m proud to be gay”

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaking during a September 2012 media event.

Nathan Mattise / Ars Technica

After years of speculation and debate about the seemingly open secret of Apple CEO Tim Cook's sexuality, Cook himself finally addressed the matter in an editorial in Bloomberg Businessweek Thursday. "I’ve come to realize that my desire for personal privacy has been holding me back from doing something more important. That’s what has led me to today," Cook wrote.

"While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me."

Cook had long been a focal point in discussions about powerful...

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06:54
External Link: Apple CEO Tim Cook: “I’m proud to be...

In a first-person piece posted on Bloomberg Businessweek, Apple CEO Tim Cook writes, “While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay.” He goes on to explain why he decided to make this fact public. “I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy.” Apple has been a supporter of gay rights long before Cook joined the company, offering benefits to domestic partners of gay employees as far back as 1993. Back then, county commissioners in Williamson County, Texas (just outside Austin) rejected Apple’s request for a $750,000 tax rebate when building an $80 million business park purely because of...

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06:52
Tim Cook’s Gay Coming Out is a Big Deal for Equal...

Tim Cook is the CEO of one of the most valuable companies and brands in the world, an advocate for human rights and equality, a very private man, and now a man that's openly gay. The big news isn't that Mr. Cook is gay - his sexuality, just like everyone else's - is very personal. The big news isn't new at all: Tim Cook is a powerful man doing what he can to make the world a better place for everyone.


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06:49
Skype for iPhone gets save/delete photos feature,...

Following an update to version 7.1 for Mac yesterday, today Skype for iPhone is getting its own update that brings a few highly requested new features.

First up, version 5.7 of Skype for iPhone introduces the ability to save and delete photos: If you want to save a memorable photo to your camera roll or delete a sent photo from a chat, simply press and hold the image and the options will appear.

Also new in the updated app is much improved performance, according to Skype, including faster chat load times especially when entering a chat through notifications: Now when you receive a notification and tap it to open the app, the message will be there waiting for you without any delays.

Skype is also making...

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06:37
News: Tim Cook: ‘I’m proud to be gay’

Apple CEO Tim Cook has published an essay on equality in Bloomberg Businessweek, in which he publicly acknowledges that he is gay in an effort to help others who may be struggling with issues of inequality or coming to terms with their own sexual orientation. Cook notes that while he has been open about his sexuality to many of his colleagues, and has never denied his sexuality, he has yet to acknowledge it publicly until now. Cook states outright,…

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06:26
Spotify brings iPad app in line with iPhone &...

Spotify has belatedly brought its iPad app in line with the dark-themed iPhone and Mac apps, also adding in the Your Music feature which made it easier to organise your favourite content.

The iPhone and Mac apps got the same update way back in April, and it’s unclear why it’s taken the iPad app so long to catch up.

Spotify is a free download from iTunes.

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06:18
Worldwide tablet market grows 11.5% in the third...

The worldwide tablet grew 11.5% year over year in the third quarter of 2014 (3Q14) with shipments reaching 53.8 million units according to preliminary data from the IDC research group (www.idc.com). Apple remains the number one tablet vendor.

Marked by back-to-school promotions and US appetite for connected tablets, the third quarter also saw shipments grow sequentially by 11.2% compared to 2Q14.

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06:15
Daily Deal: Slickwraps For iPhone 6, $13.99

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick your own customized Slickwrap for your iPhone 6 for only $13.99—almost 40% off the regular price. With a choice of over 35 different colour and texture options from solid colours to wood grain and more, Slickwraps lets you customize the look of your iPhone to fit your own personal style. Made from ultra-thin, commercial grade vinyl, Slickwraps are tough enough to protect your iPhone from minor scratches and…

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06:05
Apple smartphone shipments grow 16.1% year-over-year

New smartphone releases and an increased emphasis on emerging markets drove global smartphone shipments above 300 million units for the second consecutive quarter, according to the IDC research group (www.idc.com). With the introduction of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple posted its largest third quarter volume ever and saw its smartphone shipments rise 16.1% year-over-year.

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06:00
Yosemite Server: Configure Clients In Xsan 4...

Yosemite brings Xsan 4, which brings a new way to add clients to an Xsan. Xsan Admin is gone. From now on, instead of scanning the network using Xsan Admin. we’ll be adding clients using a Configuration Profile. This is actually a much more similar process to adding Xsan clients to a StorNext environment than it is to adding clients to Metadata Controllers running Xsan 3 and below. But instead of making a fsnameservers file, we’re plugging that information into a profile, which will do that work on the client on our behalf. To make the Xsan configuration profile, we’re going to use Profile Manager.

To get started, open the Profile Manager web interface and click on a device or device group (note, these are scoped to systems so cannot be used with users and user groups). Then click on the Settings tab for the object you’re configuring Xsan for.

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06:00
ProShot is a worthy addition to your app collection

ProShot (free) has been a big hit on Windows Phones, but was missing from the App Store. It's no longer absent from the iOS world, and it launches with a barrel of useful features that give your iPhone capabilities similar to a serious...

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05:53
A tale of three companies

The quarterly mobile sales numbers from IDC are out and here’s what they say about the top three mobile phone companies.

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05:47
Scannerz ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Software and Computer System Company (SCSC) has released a new version (1.9) of Scannerz (http://www.scsc-online.com) for Mac OS X. It's a hard drive, SSD, and system analysis tool.

The new version of Scannerz now includes the new Performance Probe 2 as well as Phoenix and FSE. This new release is Yosemite compatible and remains compatible with previous Mac OS X down through Mac OS X10.5.

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05:38
Hands On: Pandemic 2.5 (iOS)

How many games actually allow a player to play as something truly terrible? Sure, there are a lot of games that let players choose the "wrong" choice, but where are the games that let you wreak total havoc? Pandemic 2.5, the successor to the popular flash game Pandemic 2, will. This devious little gem allows players to create a custom disease from the ground up, which serves to help them eradicate the human race. The game manages to be part resource management, part chance, and part outwit-the-AI, and can be profoundly frustrating....



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05:36
OneNote 15.3.2 - Free digital notebook from...

OneNote is your very own digital notebook. With OneNote, you can capture that flash of genius, that moment of inspiration, or that list of errands that's too important to forget. Whether you're at home, in the office or on the go, your notes travel with you. And you can share your notes and collaborate with others, across multiple devices!

Here are some more ideas on how to use OneNote:

  • Capture rich notes for classwork, meetings, or research
  • Keep track of your shopping list and mark items off wherever you are
  • Create an itinerary and keep track of your travel plans for your next big vacation
  • Take pictures of receipts and bills to remove some of the paper clutter
  • Collaborate and share ideas with your team
  • Research items and prices to make the best purchasing decision
  • Keep and edit all of your notes



Version 15.3.2:

  • More Password Protection Support - You're now...

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05:30
Gro Book knows no bounds

Educate children about the three Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle with Gro Book, a US$3.99 universal book app about making responsible choices. Imaginative stories are told, in 24 different ways, by Sophie the Sweater, in this wonderfully illustrated...

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05:27
DEVONsphere Express, PhotoStickies, XMenu revved for...

DEVONtechnologies (www.devontechnologies.com) has updated its smart desktop assistant, DEVONsphere Express, with performance improvements and fixes for OS X Yosemite.

PhotoStickies 5.6.7 and XMenu 1.9.8 bring Yosemite adjustment and bug fixes, too. hows photos and web cams on the desktop. XMenu lets the user access documents, apps, and text snippets from the menu bar. The updates are free and recommended for all users.

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05:20
Apple Files Patents that Advance Haptics & New...

The US Patent & Trademark Office published two patent applications from Apple today that reveal their ongoing work regarding advanced haptics and new iOS interface elements and metaphors for consumers and the enterprise. At a basic level, Apple's advanced haptics invention may have played a role in Apple's new Apple Watch.

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05:20
'I'm proud to be gay,' Apple CEO Tim...

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook published a letter on Thursday revealing that while it wasn't an "easy choice," he's decided to publicly announce that he is "proud to be gay," and that it has given him perspective on what it means to be a minority.

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05:17
Tim Cook speaks up

Tim Cook posted an essay in Bloomberg Businessweek this morning saying, in a nutshell, that he’s proud to be gay and felt it was important to make this public statement.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:03
‘Third-generation’ Flipboard iOS app gets redesign,...

The popular Flipboard app has received a significant upgrade in version 3.0, in what the company is describing as “the most personal and most magazine-like experience we’ve ever built.”

In addition to a slicker interface, users are now presented with top-level topics that drill down into increasingly specific ones (for example, from Technology to iPhone). In all, there are more than 30,000 topics … 

The app is also for the first time adding content curated by Flipboard to that created by users, through a magazine known as The Daily Edition.

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05:03
Apple CEO Tim Cook Publicly Comes Out as Gay in...

In a letter written for Bloomberg Businessweek, Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly come out as gay while declaring his support for equality.

Cook, who has typically kept a low profile on his personal life, says that his decision to publicly acknowledge his sexuality was done to "bring comfort to anyone who feels alone" and to "inspire people to insist on their equality." I’ll admit that this wasn’t an easy choice. Privacy remains important to me, and I’d like to hold on to a small amount of it. I’ve made Apple my life’s work, and I will continue to spend virtually all of my waking time focused on being the best CEO I can be. That’s what our employees deserve—and our customers, developers, shareholders, and supplier partners deserve it, too. Part of social progress is understanding that a person is not defined only by one’s sexuality, race, or gender. I’m an engineer, an uncle, a...

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04:57
Privacy Scan 1.7 optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite

SecureMac has released PrivacyScan 1.7 (http://tinyurl.com/p2azzyg), an update of the Mac privacy software. The upgrade is optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite and also adds additional Firefox web browser support and fixes.

PrivacyScan will notify Google Chrome, Chromium and Firefox users when their browser is configured to sync with Google’s servers, which can restore erased data. PrivacyScan will also add the capability to clean open windows in many popular apps.

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04:46
U.S. broadband households watch 17.4 hours of non-...

New research from the Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) research group shows the average U.S. broadband household now watches more than 17 hours of non-linear video per week, compared to 11.5 hours of linear video.

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04:30
Tim Cook comes out: "I'm proud to be gay...

In a Bloomberg BusinessWeek essay published this morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook affirmed that he is gay, something that had long been spoken of quietly within the tech community (and sometimes accidentally in the mainstream media). In his own...

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04:25
Apple Pay fans express displeasure at MCX in app...

While the MCX consortium’s CurrentC mobile payment service isn’t due to launch until next year, it has been carrying out limited trials, facilitated by placing the app in the iTunes store. iPhone owners have been expressing their displeasure at the blocking of Apple Pay by MCX members by rating and reviewing the app.

At the time of writing, the app had accumulated 2,856 1-star reviews against a total of just 30 reviews giving it 2 stars or more … 

The movement to...

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04:18
Tim Cook officially comes out as gay in public essay...

In an essay published on Bloomberg’s website, Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly come out as gay. Although his sexuality wasn’t really a secret, this is the first time he has officially confirmed his sexual orientation. Cook says he has relaxed this aspect of privacy to help others as part of Apple’s efforts against discrimination. The essay can be read in full at Bloomberg.

At the same time, I believe deeply in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, who said: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ ” I often challenge myself with that question, and I’ve come to realize that my desire for personal privacy has been holding me back from doing something more important. That’s what has led me to today.

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04:02
It's Official, Samsung Profits Plunge 60% with...

CNN reports that Samsung earnings plunged in the third quarter as the company's smartphone business was squeezed by competitors at both ends of the cost spectrum. The South Korea-based firm posted operating profit of 4.1 trillion won (US$3.9 billion) for the third quarter -- a 60% decline from the previous year.

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03:26
How Newsstand failed The Magazine, and what Apple...

Apple’s Newsstand was introduced with iOS 5 as a place for apps designed to deliver content in the form of a periodical—whether continuously as new articles or in the form or regularly produced issues—to gain superpowers. A Newsstand app could change its cover each issue, update images on demand in the App Store, automatically download content in the background, and have a free trial period.

Then, after some fanfare, and major publications adopting the Newsstand format, emphasized on the iPad but available on the iPhone and iPod touch as well, Apple more or less left it to rot. In iOS 7, they hid the embarrassment of the tumbleweeds surrounding Newsstand by removing the tiny cover previews that used to dot the skeumorphic interior, making it a flat, unchanging icon, while turning the special...

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03:03
Take the pain out of two-factor authentication with...

I’ve been stressing two-factor authentication (2FA), or two-step verification, in my early columns here at Private I, because I believe most people avoid using this extra protection for their accounts due to the fuss and management, and may think it will lock them out of access or require an extra step when it’s unnecessary.

But 2FA isn’t an obstacle course with bottomless pits. It’s more like a flu vaccination. If you’re not feeling ill and aren’t worried about getting sick, you might skip the innoculation. That does you a fat lot of good when you’re laid up for two weeks with aches and fevers with one of the strains covered by the current shot—and you’ve infected all your coworkers.

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02:44
Apple Revisits their Major 3D Imaging System...

On October 30, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a continuation patent application from Apple that reveals their ongoing work on an advanced 3D imaging and display system.

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Wednesday October 29

22:44
Apple, Samsung still tops in smartphone market, but...

A new report from IDC again places Apple and Samsung at the top of the heap for smartphone manufacturers as it has for years now -- but there is nonetheless notable change in the air. Samsung saw a significant drop in shipments for its smartphones, dropping 8.5 percent from the year-ago quarter. Apple, in second place, saw a 16.1 percent increase in shipments. Though Samsung was dominant with 78.1 million units shipped, a new challenger from China is beating the Korean company on its home turf of low-end smartphones....



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21:58
Android Wear Devices won’t be iOS or Mac compatible...

Google invited us to check out their new line of Nexus products running Lollipop earlier today.   The Motorola Nexus 6 is about the size of the iPhone 6 Plus with a slightly bigger screen and thicker/heavier profile. On the other hand, the HTC Nexus 9 is smaller than the iPad Air with a 9-inch display and stereo speakers. Both run Android 5.0 Lollipop which has a new Material Design. The new products will go up against Apple’s iOS devices for global electronics consumers’ holiday shopping money.

However, one set of devices won’t be competing for Apple users’ shopping dollars. An Android Wear project manager told me that there were no current plans to make Android...

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21:19
Samsung, Apple retain global smartphone lead in Q3...

The global smartphone market grew 25 percent year-over-year during the third quarter of 2014, according to research firm IDC, with Apple seeing moderate gains and Samsung posting the only loss in shipment volume out of the top five manufacturers.

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20:28
Microsoft Unveils $199 'Microsoft Band'...

Shortly after apps on the Mac App Store and iOS App Store revealed Microsoft's fitness wearable, the company has revealed its $199 Microsoft Band fitness wearable to Re/code. The device will go on sale tomorrow at Microsoft's online and retail stores.

The Microsoft Band is designed to last 48 hours on a single charge and can be worn all day and all night, as it tracks both physical activity and sleep. It includes 10 sensors that track standard health statistics like heart rate as well as unique points of data that other fitness bands do not track, like a UV sensor to measure sun exposure and galvanic skin response, which can identify stress. Like smart watches, the Band can also receive notifications from a user's smartphone.

Microsoft is also...

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20:12
Microsoft Band fitness tracker leaks through...

Microsoft's rumored wearable device has appeared earlier than expected, leaked within a companion app on the Mac App Store. The Microsoft Band is, as rumored, a device with a thin display similar to the Samsung Gear Fit, with the accompanying app screenshots showing it will apparently be capable of a similar level of monitoring of the user's actions as other fitness trackers....



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19:44
Hands On: PicTrove 2 Pro (iOS)

PicTrove 2 Pro is an app that has taken the time-intensive act of image-searching on the web and streamlined it. Users are able to search multiple websites, including Google, Bing, Flickr, Pinterest, and more all at once, and compare them side-by-side. Tapping and swiping through allows a user to browse images one at a time from a specific search site. There is also the ability to refine searches per site, allowing a user to specify whether they would like photographs or clipart, or decide on the size or quality of the image. Even animated GIFs are fully supported within PicTrove 2 Pro....



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19:32
The Long and Winding Road to Shellshock Recovery


Four days after the Shellshock vulnerability was disclosed, Incapsula's Web application firewall deflected more than 217,000 attempted exploits on more than 4,100 domains. The company recorded upwards of 1,970 attacks per hour, from more than 890 IPs around the world. Shellshock was expected to be far worse than the Heartbleed flaw, which was expected to impact about 17 percent of the secure Web servers worldwide. That added up to about 500,000 servers. That's because Shellshock lets the hacker take over -- whereas Heartbleed did not.

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19:12
Samsung suffered a 73.9% drop in Q3 mobile profits...

Samsung Electronics reported overall Q3 operating profits of 4.06 trillion won ($3.8 billion)--a 60 percent year-over-year drop--while its Mobile division suffered a 73.9 percent drop in profits.

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19:04
'Microsoft Health' App for Upcoming...

As Apple completes the launch of HealthKit and the Health app for iOS, its competitors Microsoft and Google have been preparing their own entrances into the health sector. Today, Microsoft apps for an upcoming fitness wearable have leaked in app stores as Google launched a new HealthKit-like initiative.

In July it was reported that Microsoft was working on a fitness band that would work with iOS. Now, the official app for the device, which appears to be called the Microsoft "Band", has appeared on the Mac App Store. The "Microsoft Band Sync" app, which was first discovered by WindowsCentral, appears to allow users to sync the data on their device to the app for tracking.

Another app called Microsoft Health has also been revealed for iOS and appears to include many of the same options as the "...

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19:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

DropTask - Visual To-Do...

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18:37
MCX Holds Press Conference, Does Itself No Favors

MCX, the group behind CurrentC, held a press conference today to clear up misconceptions about the group and its agreements. It also had to discuss a data breach, and didn't do a very good job at addressing any of those things. Kelly explains what happened, and what she'd do instead.

The Mac Observer Spin: #lolcurrentc


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18:22
Microsoft inadvertently leaks 'Band'...

Microsoft's rumored wearable fitness tracker was inadvertently leaked online Wednesday when the company's first-party syncing app was posted to Apple's Mac App Store, disclosing a few key features of the unannounced device.

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18:01
GT Advanced CEO tells court Apple contracts were...

Daniel Squiller, the COO of GT Advanced Technologies who was among those slowly selling off his holdings in company over the course of 2014, has told the bankruptcy court that the company lost $461 million before it finally filed for bankruptcy, which he characterized as a last-resort measure to get out of "unsustainable" contracts with Apple. Squiller painted a picture that claimed that GT Advanced assumed all the risk in their joint venture, while Apple took none....



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18:00
Daily Deals for October 29, 2014, featuring Freebie...

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

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

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17:44
Microsoft outs upcoming fitness ‘Band’ with...

Update: Microsoft has now announced the Microsoft Band, a $199 fitness band that does everything described below. It goes on sale Thursday.

Microsoft hasn’t officially announced its wearable device, but it seems the company has accidentally published its desktop syncing client to the Mac App Store early. Whoops. The...

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17:23
Skype updated to version 7.1 with support for OS X...

Skype has been updated to support the newly released OS X Yosemite and fix several issues. It is now easier to copy a link in a group chat, or leave the conversation. A few crashes related to video calls and searching have been addressed as well. You can grab the update from the Skype website.

Version 7 was recently released with a redesigned interface and other changes.

 

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17:23
Apple Wants to Compete with Samsung in Iran

For Apple, Iran’s 77 million people offer a particularly attractive new market. Iran’s population is relatively young, with 42% of its people under age 25. Iran also boasts a relative large middle class. And despite decades of animosity between Tehran and the West, many well-off Iranians still embrace Western brands and trends. Today, Samsung is successfully selling their mobile devices in Iran and Apple wants in on the action.

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17:09
Apple in early talks to sell iPhone in Iran, report...

Almost one year after the U.S. began to loosen sanctions on exports to Iran, Apple is reportedly in early stage talks with distributors to start official sales of its products in the country.

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16:35
Class-action suit alleges 2011 Apple MacBook Pros...

Some 2011 MacBook Pros with AMD GPUs are experiencing graphical corruption issues.

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Last week three men filed a class action lawsuit in Northern California District Court alleging that Apple's 2011 MacBook Pro laptops were defective and that Apple did not take proper steps to compensate customers whose hardware broke.

The lawsuit specifically addresses 15” and 17” MacBook Pros from 2011, which the plaintiffs claim suffered from “random bouts of graphical distortion, system instability, and system failures.” The plaintiffs also assert that the problem is widespread, with an online survey conducted by the plaintiffs receiving over 3,000 responses from 2011 MacBook Pro owners in a single week.

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Check out HelloTel when you check in to your hotel

HelloTel is a brand new social networking app. This app allows users to "check-in" to a hotel much like a user would check-in on location based apps like Foursquare. The user is then also able to see nearby users who have checked into their hotel as...

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16:30
ACM 278: Apple is the New Microsoft and Thinking...

Apple is the dominant force in several markets, so does that make the company the new Microsoft? Jeff and Bryan dive into how Apple of today compares to Microsoft from the 1990s, and whether or not competing platforms have a chance against Apple Pay and HealthKit. They also look at a cool iPhone interface concept based on the Apple Watch.


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16:26
The Classic BlackBerry Bold will be Back for...

For some it's the addictive CrackBerry: BlackBerry's CEO John Chen quoted an old adage in an open letter recently saying that "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." BlackBerry's CEO just announced in an interview with Walt Mossberg that they'll be bringing back the BlackBerry Bold Classic with it's small sized physical keyboard and trackpad. It'll have updated software but take on the BlackBerry Bold's look and feel. For some lawyers and politicians it's a welcomed announcement. The addictive BlackBerry was once called the CrackBerry and Kim Kardashian just happens to be one those addicts. You'll hear all about her addiction in our report.

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16:00
Making music on the Mac with GForce M-Tron Pro synth

The M-Tron Pro (approx. US$225) is a software-based Mellotron emulator synth, available for Mac as stand-alone or as a plug-in with Logic, GarageBand, Pro Tools, and a host of other music apps. It's made by UK-based developer GForce...

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15:43
Apple: Widgets Can’t Calculate, Orders Featured...

Apple featured PCalc as an iOS 8 app with a neat calculator widget. Apple then told developer James Thomson he had to pull the app. Because it has a calculator widget.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is a disappointment on a number of fronts. But we're used to it because Apple's kind of on a bad PR hot streak at the moment, and it reminds us of the bad old days of specious App Store rejections.


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15:30
Tilt to Live: Gauntlet's Revenge features...

Tilt to Live: Gauntlet's Revenge is another entry in the Tilt to Live game series. This time, the arrow travels through a side-scrolling obstacle course picking up pointonium as it goes along. The three main courses are filled with spiked walls, fire...

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15:23
Developers of PCalc, Nomi run afoul of Apple's...

Apple's platform policies for iOS, OS X and their respective App Stores have occasionally irked developers or even wildly disrupted their businesses. The latest collision involves a retroactive ban on widget calculators and tightened WiFi privacy rules for iOS, as Apple issues new rules for apps using Apple Pay and TestFlight.

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