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Monday January 26

08:53
Apple shutting down legacy TestFlight next month...

Apple today began informing legacy TestFlight users that the services on TestFlightApp.com will no longer be available after February 26th, 2015. Apple bought the popular software testing distribution service through its acquisition of Burstly almost a year ago, and announced plans at WWDC 2014 to roll out its own version of the service in the future. Since then, Apple has integrated TestFlight beta testing for app developers with iTunes Connect.

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08:47
OS X 10.10.2 Includes Fix for 'Thunderstrike...

Apple is readying a fix in OS X 10.10.2 for the so-called "Thunderstrike" hardware exploit targeting Macs equipped with Thunderbolt ports, iMore has learned. According to the report, Apple patched the vulnerability by making code changes in the upcoming software update that prevent a Mac's bootrom from being replaced or rolled back to a previous state in which it could be attacked.To secure against Thunderstrike, Apple had to change the code to not only prevent the Mac's boot ROM from being replaced, but also to prevent it from being rolled back to a state where the attack would be possible again. According to people with access to the latest beta of OS X 10.10.2 who are familiar with Thunderstrike and how it works, that's exactly the deep, layered process that's been completed.Thunderstrike is a serious vulnerability discovered earlier this year by security researcher Trammell Hudson, enabling...

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08:46
Retailer: Apple Pay used 5 Times more than Competing...

According to a new report published this morning, Apple's three month old payments service known as Apple Pay is making progress toward a goal that has eluded other mobile wallets: persuading people to actually use it. Previous efforts made by Google, ...

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08:15
Apple’s AuthenTec Purchase Blocked Fingerprint...

Google wanted to include a Touch ID-like fingerprint sensor on the Nexus 6 smartphone, but had to abandon that plan thanks to Apple's timely purchase of AuthenTec. Apple bought the company to use its fingerprint scanning technology in the iPhone 5S and in the process ensured on one else would be able to use it in their smartphones, including Google.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple is a pretty shrewd company. Not only did they get the sensor tech they needed for Touch ID, but they also blocked all of their competitors from using it, too.


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08:07
Fingerprint sensor for Google's Nexus 6 was...

Motorola did intend to include a Touch ID-like fingerprint sensor in its Android flagship Nexus 6 smartphone, the company's then-CEO has revealed, but canceled the plan following Apple's acquisition of would-be component supplier AuthenTec.

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08:04
1Password for iOS adds one-time password tool for...


The popular secure password management app 1Password is out with a big update today adding new features on both iOS and Mac. Arriving in version 5.2 of 1Password for iOS is a new login creator tool, a one-time password tool for use with two factor auth, new entry fields for pro users, and more. On the Mac side, 1Password version 5.1 was released adding a number of improvements to sync. This includes the ability to sync secondary vaults to iOS over WiFi. More...

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08:02
1Password 5.2 for iOS released, offers new tools,...

A great app just got better.

Over on the Agile Blog, developer AgileBits has announced the released of 1Password 5.2 for iOS.

The new version features a new Login Creator, which creates a polished workflow for large numbers of sites and services.

For Pro feature owners, a new One-Time Password tool helps you sign into a growing number of services (like Amazon and Tumblr) that support a secondary, randomized password for extra security.

Pro owners can now also delete attachments from the item editor and add many new custom field types like addresses, dates, and month/year.

Rounding up this release are plenty of additions in the 1Password App Extension, design, sync, accessibility,...

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07:53
Samsung's Propaganda Leads to War with Qualcomm

It appears that Samsung may have waged a sly propaganda war against Qualcomm over the last couple of months. To understand Samsung's propaganda we have to look back and follow the rumors in sequence to see where they now lead us.

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07:51
Rumored 'iPad Pro' and Companion Stylus...

Following an influx of rumors surrounding the "iPad Pro" and a possible stylus accessory launching around the same time, well-known 3D modeler and designer Martin Hajek has created a series of concept renderings for each device on his blog.

Hajek's models include several details rumored for the iPad Pro, which has been claimed to carry a 12.2 - 12.9 inch display and fall in line with the rounded design of the current iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3. The renderings are based on some design drawings that surfaced last November, with Hajek noting...

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07:47
OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 to add iCloud Drive in Time...

After existing in beta with developers for a few months, Apple is preparing to release the second update to OS X Yosemite in the coming days to customers. The OS X 10.10.2 update was seeded to Apple employees this week under the build 14C109, which is a bit newer than the most recent developer preview. Sources provided the release notes, and there are some notable feature additions and fixes…

First, the new release adds the ability for iCloud Drive to be viewed in Time Machine. This means users will be able to track changes over time, and locate lost items that were previously in their iCloud Drive...

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07:42
External Link: Cord Cutters: Watch the Super Bowl...

Good news, cord cutters! NBC will allow you to watch 11 hours of content on Super Bowl Sunday for free — no paid TV subscription required. The so-called “Super Stream Sunday” will begin at noon Eastern time on 1 February 2015, and will include the Super Bowl, the halftime show, pre- and post-game coverage, and an episode of “The Blacklist.” You can watch through NBCSports.com or the NBC Sports Live Extra app.

 

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07:30
AAPL earnings will come in well above upper end of...

Fortune has done its usual analyst poll ahead of Apple announcing its Q1 earnings tomorrow, and Wall Street is expecting the company to significantly out-perform its earnings guidance of $63.5 to $66.5B.

The consensus among the analysts Fortune polled — 20 professionals and 15 amateurs — is that Apple’s total sales for fiscal Q1 2015 will come in at about $68.3 billion, up 21% year over year.

That would be $1.8B above the upper end of the expectations Apple set back in October … 

Apple also said then that it expected its gross margin to come in between...

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07:24
Investors should worry less about Apple product...

While most investors are focused on Apple's annual product cycles and growth, Piper Jaffray sees a new category of shareholders emerging, focused on the power of the platform and a loyal customer base.

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07:24
Angela Ahrendts recruiting U.S. employees for China...

Apple Senior Vice President of Retail Angela Ahrendts is continuing to go all in on growth in China. In video messages to employees in recent days and weeks, Ahrendts has been recruiting employees from United States-based Apple Retail stores to relocate to China to help build up Apple’s retail efforts in the region. In a note to employees late last week, sources say that Ahrendts reported that approximately 200 Apple retail workers from the U.S. have already offered to make the move. Ahrendts added that the offer to move to China “has no expiration date because as the business grows, our needs will only become greater, so as your personal and professional life changes, just always keep China at the top of your mind, because we’re going to need you…”

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07:21
Annual IT spending by Western European healthcare...

According to a new IT spending forecast report published by IDC Health Insights (www.idc.com), IT investment by the Western European healthcare sector is forecast to grow from US$13.2 billion in 2013 to $14.6 billion in 2018.

Growth will be driven especially by software (4.6%), while investments in IT services will grow more slowly (1.6%). Hardware spending is expected to decrease over the 2017 horizon (-1.0%), according to the IDC research group. The Western European healthcare provider market continues to show moderate IT spending growth.

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07:18
FileMaker launches the FileMaker Community with five...

FileMaker has launched the FileMaker Community (www.filemaker.com/r/community) , a free online resource for anyone interested in how to build custom business solutions for iPad, iPhone, Mac, Windows, and the web.

Formerly known as the FileMaker Technical Network, or TechNet, the FileMaker Community has been completely redesigned and reorganized to make it easier for people of all skill levels to find information, engage in discussions, and share ideas and interests. All 60,000-plus current members of TechNet automatically get access to the FileMaker Community.

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07:17
Apple App Store to receive AIAS Technical Impact...

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) has named the Apple App Store as the first recipient of its Technical Impact Award.

According to the award: "Since launching in 2008, Apple's App Store has risen as a disruptive platform for interactive media that has pushed the technological landscape forward with new apps and experiences for consumers to discover each day. It has been a game changer that has excited and surprised hundreds of millions, and forever changed the way software and games are distributed and sold to much of the world."

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07:14
Apple's AuthenTec Acquisition Left Nexus 6...

The dimple on the back of Motorola's Nexus 6 would have featured a Touch ID-like fingerprint sensor if Apple had not acquired sensor firm AuthenTec in 2012, according to former Motorola Mobility CEO Dennis Woodside.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Woodside states the company had plans to include the finger-sensing feature in the Nexus 6, which was launched late last year, but due to Apple's poaching of "the best supplier" for the technology and other suppliers not meeting quality expectations, Motorola decided to remove the feature before launch.

“The secret behind that is that it was supposed to be fingerprint recognition, and Apple bought the best supplier. So the second best supplier was the only one available to everyone else in...

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07:14
News: Daily Deal: Save big on military grade cloud...

In today’s iLounge Deal we’re offering a bundle that includes an iDrive Wi-Fi 1TB wireless hard drive along with a one-year subscription to 10TB of cloud-based backup storage, all for only $97 – almost 80% off the regular price. The iDrive Wi-Fi Wireless Hard Drive is designed to back up your data from your Mac, PC, iOS, or Android device wirelessly from anywhere in your home, securing it with 256-bit AES encryption to protect the backups…

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07:07
OmniOutliner, OmniGraffle Finally Coming to iPhone

Long time OmniOutliner and OmniGraffle fans begging for iPhone versions of the apps are finally getting their wish. The Omni Group has been developing both for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and has started inviting some of its users to check out pre-release versions.

The Mac Observer Spin: OmniOutliner and OmniGraffle on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus? Oh, yes. We've waited so long for this.


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07:06
Computing for the Visually Impaired, Part 3

In the third part of our series on computing for the visually impaired, Mariva H. Aviram discusses the numerous annoyances and technical inadequacies of our modern operating systems for those whose vision isn’t perfect.

 

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07:04
Rumor: Samsung snags 75% of Apple’s A9 processor...

Apple and Samsung may have their ongoing legal squabbles, but that doesn’t stop them from making el dinero.

Per AppleInsider and the Maeil Business Insider, Samsung has won a huge percentage of orders for the production of Apple’s next-generation “A9″ system-on-a-chip, variations of which are expected to power this year’s iOS device lineup, according to a new report.

Citing industry sources, the South Korean publication reported on Sunday that Samsung’s Austin, Texas fab is responsible for a 75 percent slice of orders for Apple’s upcoming SoC, presumably dubbed “A9″ if the company’s A-series naming convention is followed.

Apple is looking to use Samsung’s advanced 14-nanometer...

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07:00
T-Mobile’s new ‘SCORE!’ program gives you smartphone...

T-Mobile is seemingly continuing with its “Un-carrier” parade, as the company just announced a new program called “SCORE!” that lets customers add $5 per month to their bill to get some steep discounts on smartphone upgrades. Essentially, enrolling in this program lets you subsidize one of your own future smartphone purchases, but it looks like T-Mobile is going to try to make the investment worth your time.

The company says that after six months in the program (which would cost you $30 over that time), members would be able to get an entry-level smartphone completely free. The example T-Mobile gives is the Alcatel ONETOUCH Evolve 2, which the company sells at retail for...

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06:52
Apple earnings estimates begin to come together

It’s impossible to say what Apple’s exact earnings will be until they’re announced on Tuesday, but the cool cats at Bloomberg are beginning to put some numbers together.

Over on their Apple stock page, the current estimates are pointing towards 17 percent growth in revenue and net income boosted by holiday sales of devices like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple is expected to post a profit of US$15.3 billion on sales of US$67.4 billion.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

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06:52
Microsoft's Windows Reboot Could Be Legendary


I was one of the launch analysts for Windows 95, and the launch of that product is widely held -- including by Bill Gates -- as the company's pinnacle. No launch before or since ever came close to that launch, and I remain amazed that no one, including Apple or Microsoft, has ever really attempted to duplicate that effort. Windows 10 has the potential to be even greater than Windows 95 -- but potential alone won't a legendary product make. It'll come down to execution, not just on the product, but on the launch itself.

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06:40
Apple first quarter results conference call webcast...

Here’s how to listen to or watch Apple’s FY15Q1 fiscal results conference call.

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06:30
Video highlights mural on forthcoming Chongqing...

Apple has posted a video on its China retail page highlighting the collaboration that resulted in the mural that currently covers the forthcoming Chongqing store. Navid Baraty and artist Yangyang Pan worked on the mural, which is just stunning. In th...

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06:24
Review: OtterBox’s Resurgence Power Case ruggedizes...

The OtterBox name is synonymous with ruggedized iPhone cases, but not with battery cases — something the company worked to change with the iPhone 4/4S Defender iON Series, and the iPhone 5/5s Resurgence Power Case. iON aimed to thoroughly protect an iPhone while automating the recharge process, while Resurgence reduced the automation and protection to make daily use easier. At CES this month, OtterBox launched a new version called the ...

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06:19
Apple brings back complimentary iTunes content with...

Consumers who lamented the cancellation of Apple's long-running "Single of the Week" program can once again fill their digital entertainment centers at Apple's expense, as the company has added a new "Free on iTunes" section with musical tracks and television episodes.

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06:11
Twitterrific 5 for iOS updated w/ multi-image...

The Twitterific iOS app has been updated to version 5.9, with a bunch of useful extra features.

The app now supports multiple images in the timeline, allowing you to view them as a slideshow or tap directly on the thumbnail you want to view, as well as allowing you to tweet multiple images yourself. Many videos now play directly in the timeline, as do animated GIFs. Supported videos include Vine, Instagram and Moby.

Instagram photos also open within the app, you can view a user’s mentions by tapping and holding their avatar, and media links now open the source page. The full change-log appears below.

The company’s Mac app, meantime, appears to have been trapped by the token limit Twitter imposes on the number of users able to use...

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05:59
Apple’s original Apple Watch

Twenty years ago, Apple introduced the Apple Watch.

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05:54
Apple Revamps Free on iTunes, Brings Back Free Songs

Apple quietly dropped its free weekly songs on the iTunes Store about a week ago but has now brought them back, along with a makeover for its Free on iTunes page in iTunes. The revamped Free on iTunes showed up over the weekend and includes multiple free songs, TV shows, and more.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's good to see free songs back on the iTunes Store. First Play on iTunes Radio is nice, but it seems a lot of people really enjoyed their weekly visit to the iTunes Store for new songs.


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05:44
Apple’s forking brands and incredibly efficient ad...

Writing for Monday Note, Jean-Louis Gassée discusses Apple’s brand-forking strategy when it comes to Beats, as well as Apple’s incredible ad efficiency numbers.

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05:38
GarageSale 6.9.2 - Create outstanding eBay auctions...

GarageSale is a slick, full-featured client application for the eBay online auction system.

Create and manage your auctions with ease. With GarageSale, you can create, edit, track, and manage multiple auctions in a single, intuitive application. GarageSale even integrates with several international eBay sites, as well as with PayPal and Twitter, to provide a complete, robust eBay client.

Develop professional, attractive listings. GarageSale features iPhoto integration, what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) text editing, free image hosting, and over 130 free auction designs. And with these features, among many more, it's never been easier to create professional, eye...

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05:35
Apple’s purchase of AuthenTec cost the Nexus 6 its...

The recessed Motorola logo was originally slated to be a fingerprint sensor

When Apple bought AuthenTec back in 2012, it did more than grab the best fingerprint technology available for itself – it also stopped Google including a fingerprint sensor in the Nexus 6, revealed former Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside. Speaking to the Telegraph, Woodside said that the dimple on the back of the handset was originally intended to be a fingerprint reader.

Indeed, the 6-inch Nexus 6, he can now admit, was stymied by just one of those big players. A dimple on the back that helps users hold the device should, in fact,...

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05:04
Wells Fargo maintains neutral outlook on Apple, says...

Wells Fargo Securities continues to go against the grain with a neutral "market perform" rating on shares of Apple, forecasting that shares will trend lower in the face of high expectations on Wall Street.

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04:48
Apple now selling more iPhones in China than in US,...

Tim Cook said in October that it was “just a matter of time” before China overtook the USA as its biggest market, and it seems that time may be arriving sooner than expected – at least as far as the iPhone is concerned. The Financial Times reports that analysts expect tomorrow’s Q1 earnings call to confirm that Apple sold more iPhones in China than in the US.

Analysts at UBS estimate that China accounted for 36 per cent of iPhone shipments in the most recent quarter, compared with 24 per cent for the US. During the same period last year, 29 per cent of units were sold in the US and 22 per cent were in China, UBS said.

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04:44
Global embedded telematics increasingly appearing in...

Market intelligence firm ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) finds the penetration of embedded telematics in new vehicles will increase from 13.4% in 2014 to 52% in 2020.

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04:38
Apple may have shipped more iPhones to China than U....

Apple reports results this week and the China breakdown will be in particular focus with a report out today from the Financial Times saying that the iPhone may have passed a milestone selling more phones in China than the U.S ...

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04:14
Kool Tools: QNAP Turbo vNAS series

QNAP Systems' (www.qnap.com) new 10GbE-ready TVS-x71U series Turbo vNAS — including the TVS-871U-RP and TVS-1271U-RP — deliver high performance, scalability options and an array of business applications for mission-critical storage needs.

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03:59
Korean report supports KGI prediction that Samsung...

Korean news site MK Business News (via Reuters) is reporting that Samsung will make 75% of the A9 chip for the next iPhone. This matches an earlier detailed prediction by KGI Research, which stated that the balance of the chips would be made by Global Foundry, and is in line with a statement by Samsung which last year confirmed it as a...

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03:30
Adventure Time Game Wizard for iOS lets you create...

The responsive touchscreen of an iPhone or iPad is perfect for creating within games as much as simply playing them—it’s part of the reason why Minecraft has been even bigger on phones and tablets than computers or consoles. Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time already has a number of App Store entries, but the new Game Wizard ($5) takes a new tack, letting you construct your own side-scrolling game worlds from scratch and then share them with the online community.

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02:28
After eating AMD & Nvidia's mobile lunch,...

While rumors have long claimed that Apple has plans to replace Intel's x86 chips in Macs with its own custom ARM Application Processors, MacGPUs are among a series of potentially more valuable opportunities available to Apple's silicon design team, and could conceivably replicate Apple's history of beating AMD and Nvidia in mobile graphics processors--and Intel in mobile CPUs.

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01:17
Samsung reportedly nabs 75% of Apple's next-gen...

Samsung has won a huge percentage of orders for the production of Apple's next-generation "A9" system-on-a-chip, variations of which are expected to power this year's iOS device lineup, according to a new report.

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Sunday January 25

21:46
Samsung to Produce Majority of Apple's A9 Chips...

Samsung will be the main supplier of Apple's upcoming A9 chip that will power the next-generation iPhone, reports South Korean newspaper Maeil Business (via Reuters). The newspaper notes that Samsung will supply around 75% of chips for the next iPhone, and that the processors will be produced at the company's factory in Austin, Texas.

Apple's A8 chip
Last month, a report from Korea's ET News said that Samsung had begun work on the processor in Texas. Previous reports noted that Samsung and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) would be producing the A9 chip, although Samsung was chosen to be the primary supplier in a...

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20:05
Apple adds new ‘Free on iTunes’ section featuring...

Following the removal of the free iTunes Single of the Week promotion, Apple has created a new section in its music store (at least in the United States, for now) called “Free on iTunes” that gives users the chance to download new songs and TV shows on-the-house.

This new section includes music from artists like Purity Ring, Machine Head, and Guster, as well as select episodes of shows from FOX, MTV, SyFy, Animal Planet, and more. You won’t find any music videos or full-length movies in this section, understandably...

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17:00
A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

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

RAVPower 15W Solar Charger, Savior battery pack keep you...

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16:00
The Week in Review: news and features you don't...

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

News

Apple hires digital...

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14:00
This Weekend in the App Store -- the best free apps...

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

Fruit Ninja [iOS Univer...

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13:33
AppleInsider's iOS app updated with dismissible...

Apple fans who want to keep up with the latest news out of Cupertino can now do so more efficiently with the official AppleInsider app, designed for both iPhone and iPad, which has been updated to address concerns brought forth by readers.

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13:00
All the best app reviews last week on TUAW

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

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09:28
MGG 537: The Moral to the Story is Never Fun

Thunderbolt booting, repair pricing/strategies, unreliable Apple TV connections, Skype microphone recommendations and monitors that make your Mac crash. All of this and more in this week's episode of Mac Geek Gab. Have a question or tip of your own? Send it in and your two favorite geeks will cover it!


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09:01
Microsoft's Kinect Camera Could be used in...

On January 1, 2015 the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application titled "Touch Free User Recognition Assembly for Activating a User's Smart Toilet's Devices."

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07:05
The invisible boyfriend or girlfriend

Washington Post:

When you sign up for the service, you can design a boyfriend (or girlfriend) to your specifications — kind of like picking the genes for a designer baby, except for an imaginary adult.

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06:48
Help return a lost iPhone with Siri

Good tip from OSXDaily.

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06:25
What’s coming to Netflix in February and what’s...

Some great stuff leaving, some great stuff coming.

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01:19
Adobe acknowledges critical remote vulnerability in...

Adobe on Saturday released an updated version of its Flash player software that patches an undisclosed vulnerability which could allow remote attackers to take control of Macs or PCs, urging users to update as the problem is being actively exploited by malicious actors.

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00:01
Twitter’s war on developers continues: Tweetbot for...

In November, 9to5Mac brought you an exclusive interview on Twitter’s limitations on third-party developers with the Iconfactory’s Gedeon Maheux. In the original article, Maheux said that development on Twitterrific 5 for Mac had stalled due to Twitter’s strict limits on how many users can login to a particular application.

While Twitterrific 5 is the first application to have been stuck in development because of these limits, another popular client has claimed the title of the first Twitter app for Mac to run into the token ceiling: Tweetbot.

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Saturday January 24

23:00
How to safely move your Mac's iPhoto library...

With today's high-resolution cameras and advanced videography capabilities, users are eating up more onboard storage than ever. Moving part or all of your iPhoto Library to an external hard drive is one of the most effective ways to free up precious space.

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16:31
Apple Reported to Begin Shipping Apple Watch in...

Apple will begin shipping the Apple Watch in March and will also look to launch its new 12-inch MacBook Air during this quarter, according to a new report by KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo. The analyst also predicted that iPhone shipments would beat expectations for Q1 2015 with over 61 million units shipped, while iPad shipments are expected to total to 10 million units.

Kuo notes that Apple may reveal more details about the Apple Watch before its official launch, revealing specifics on battery life and the start of pre-orders. Most components of the Apple Watch will see high shipments during the quarter, but other key components are expected to see low production yields which may cause a constrained supply. Kuo predicts that Apple will ship 2.8 million Apple Watch units in Q1 2015, and his estimate for a March launch falls in line with...

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14:15
KGI: iPhone sales forecast at 73M for Q4 ahead of...

Apple is forecast to have shipped a whopping 73 million iPhones over the 2014 holiday quarter on strong iPhone 6 demand, according to one well-connected analyst who also expects a busy start to 2015 for the company, with Apple Watch sales in March and a rumored 12-inch MacBook Air coming sometime before April.

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12:00
Apple readies fix for Thunderstrike bootkit exploit...

A fix for the Thunderstrike proof-of-concept bootkit attack has made its way into a beta version of Apple's OS X, according to a just-published report. The new fix may indicate that a patch isn't far from general release.

The exploit was dubbed Thunderstrike because it spreads through maliciously modified peripheral devices connected to a Mac's Thunderbolt interface. When plugged into a Mac that's booting up, the device injects what's known as an option ROM into the extensible firmware interface (EFI), the firmware responsible for starting a Mac's system management mode and enabling other low-level functions. Once a Mac is infected, the malicious firmware can survive hard drive reformats and OS...

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11:49
Samsung Invents Future Displays with Bendable Device...

In November Samsung's VP of the Business Strategic Team at Samsung Display, Kwon Oh-hyeon, threw a Hail Mary at investors during their Samsung Investor Forum in New York.

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10:53
Samson’s Go Mic Connect portable stereo USB...

Go Mic Connect features a custom, compact design that clips to the top of your laptop or computer monitor, as well as internally shock-mounted dual microphone capsules and a headphone output for zero-latency monitoring. Go Mic Connect combines studio-quality sound and “next-level” technology for exceptional VoIP, podcast, speech-to-text and YouTube audio.

Really nice looking portable mic.

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09:39
I Bet My Life: Microsoft HoloLens perfectly targets...

Microsoft's ability to leverage the tech media's credulity is weakening, as is evident from the emerging skepticism of its ability to deliver upon its latest product demonstration: HoloLens.

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09:00
Yosemite & iOS 8 How-to: Set up and use AirDrop

With Yosemite and iOS 8 you can use AirDrop to share files between your Mac and iOS devices. This is one of the features of Continuity, which further integrates and connects your Mac and iOS devices. Continuity also includes Handoff, Instant Hotspot, iPhone Cellular Calls and SMS Relay.

Initially AirDrop allowed you to share files between two Macs or between two...

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08:00
MacPhun = The Easy Way to Improve Photos

I have good news for those who want to improve your photos but donât want to spend a lot of time or money... That good news comes from a cool little company out of San Diego, CA called MacPhun, which makes nearly a dozen different inexpensive apps specifically designed to help you fix imperfections and improve mediocre photos quickly and easily, for not a lot of dough.


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07:57
Gadget Ogling: A Microsoft Marvel, an Eensy Keyboard...


Microsoft had a major surprise up its sleeve for those awaiting details about the Windows 10 launch: its holographic headset, HoloLens. Billed as a new way to interact with technology and the world around us at once, it overlays holograms onto what wearers see in front of them. They might, for instance, play a version of Minecraft that's constructed across a kitchen table and chairs, or have a Skype conversation with a screen seemingly hovering in front of them as they stroll across the floor. It is blisteringly impressive.

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07:30
3 Rules for Better Candid iPhone Portraits

In Part 2 of the iPhoneography Portrait series Vern Seward gives more tips on how to improve your portraits.


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07:00
Caturday: Brown Cat knows how to use a MacBook...

Over the years that Caturday has been a regular staple on the site, we've seen cats standing in front, laying on top, or simply snuggling the warmth of a variety of Apple devices. But until Brown Cat, we haven't had a cat who actually seems to know w...

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07:00
7 Basic Tips for a Speedier Mac

A sluggish Mac is annoying. What good does it do to have the latest and greatest if it is going to run slow. There are some things that even beginners can do to help address this problem and Nancy Carroll Gravley has some great tips to make it possible.


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07:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Hard Candy's shock-...

Slide-off covers, leather sleeves, and fashionable bags

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases includes crafty designs with quickly-removable covers, elegant leather sleeves for simple but effective protection, and gorgeous bags.

Hard Candy

The Shockdrop (iPad Air 2; $60) is a rugged case with a focus on shock absorption and damage prevention.

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05:55
Apple Opened Store Number Fourteen in China Today

Right on schedule, the Hangzhou Apple Store opened today with Apple's typical fanfare.

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05:23
How PAPER Magazine’s web engineers scaled Kim...

This is the story of the planning required to host a web site that you know is about to get melted by traffic.

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05:16
Untold story of the video game cartridge

Think you know the story behind the video game cartridge? Not only was all of this new to me, I never even heard of the RAVEN console. A fascinating read, well written and rich in tech history.

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05:04
Free patterns you can use in your own designs

There are some incredible patterns here, all Photoshop compatible, all free to use (covered by a Creative Commons license).

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04:57
Sports Illustrated lays off all staff photographers

This is just another thread in a long, troubling trend.

“There was a decision made through the company to restructure various departments, including at Sports Illustrated. Unfortunately economic circumstances are such that it has cut the six staff photographers.”

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01:09
Huge crowds gather for Apple Store grnd opening in...

Apple opened the doors to its new West Lake Apple Store in China on Saturday, letting throngs of eager customers into one of the company's largest retail outlets in Asia.

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Friday January 23

21:52
Review: Mobile Home puts Siri in the driver's...

Apple's Siri is a great tool for safely automating iPhone tasks while driving, but under certain circumstances the virtual assistant can only be summoned by taking a hand off the wheel and pressing the home button. With CarPlay being anything but ubiquitous, Beanco Tech created a stopgap in Mobile Home.

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21:10
Westlake Apple Store officially opens its doors in...

Apple CEO Tim Cook shared the grand opening photo via Twitter

Apple’s latest massive retail store—the Westlake Apple Store in Hangzhou, China—had its opening to the public today as officially scheduled. Naturally, much attention has been paid to what is now the largest Apple Store in Asia with Apple teasing the store’s grand opening earlier this month with a magnificent mural by artist Wang Dongling. You can see more shots from the scene around the new Westlake Apple Store below:

The new Westlake Apple Store in Hangzhou, China is one of five new retail...

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20:44
Missouri state rep. proposes law requiring customers...

[Heavy sigh]

Determined to stymie the inevitable flood of fraudulent transactions using Apple Pay and other mobile wallets, one Missouri lawmaker has proposed a new law that would require shoppers to pull out a photo ID and prove they truly are who they say they are before they will be allowed to continue with the process of scanning their unique fingerprint on a high-tech piece of equipment designed specifically for the purpose of verifying their identity without the need for a physical identification card.

From a local report:

Democratic Rep. Joshua Peters of St. Louis says the bill he introduced Wednesday requires customers to show a state driver’s...

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18:00
Daily Deals for January 23, 2015, Get Over 5,000...

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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17:13
Digital music: can you hear above 16-bit/44.1kHz?

MacObserver:

Right now…companies like Neil Young’s Pono are telling people that audio files encoded at a bit-depth of 24-bits or a sample rate of 192kHz sound better than the 16-bit, 44.1kHz versions of the same audio on playback.

This difference between 16-bit/44.1kHz audio and anything greater than that has been tested (a lot… in double-blind tests) and we have yet to find any human that can reliably notice that difference.

Now just sit back and wait for the audio geeks to refute this article.

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16:22
Go Behind the Scenes with Chinese Apple Store Artist...

Apple posted a new video to its YouTube channel offering a behind-the-scenes look at artist Wang Dongling. He created the art used for the opening of Apple's newest Apple Store in China, known as West Lake. "To celebrate the opening of our first store in Hangzhou, we partnered with artist Wang Dongling," Apple said in the video's description. "Get a behind-the-scenes look at his process and the artwork he created for Apple Store, West Lake." The video includes comments from Mr. Wang, as well as shots of him creating the art. Check it out.


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16:14
Leatherman Wins At Watchbands with Leatherman Tread

There has been a lot of talk lately about watches and watchbands now that we know Apple is headed into that market. Even before Apple launches it's offering, Leatherman has already conquered the watchband with the Leatherman Tread. And if you still aren't convinced you need to wear a watch, that's ok. First and foremost this is a bracelet, and if you want to include a watch, you can. Each link is an individual tool such as a hex drive, screwdriver, box wrench, and of course, the bottle opener (built into the clasp). It starts shipping this summer, with the timepiece coming in the fall. Since the links are user adjustable, it's possible to pop off the cutting hook and hopefully you can now, at long last, get through TSA with a Leatherman.


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16:00
How Steve Jobs responded when someone called the...

In a recent report from the camera app Ice Cream, the company shared a story about a member of its team emailing Steve Jobs with a graphic design opinion in 2010. More specifically, the developer's opinion was that Apple's new logo for iTunes was an ...

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15:51
Zenwalk Linux - A Walk on the Quirky Side


The developmental path and sketchy developer website may cast an unfavorable impression about Zenwalk's trustworthiness as a serious computing platform. The ho-hum impression when first running the live edition does little to encourage users to take this Linux OS for a stroll. Zenwalk Linux becomes a bit more impressive once you get beyond the awkward first-time experience, but it comes with a number of problems that might be prohibitive for a new user looking for an all-purpose Linux OS.

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15:51
What is the best hard drive?

Backblaze:

It was one year ago that I first blogged about the failure rates of specific models of hard drives, so now is a good time for an update.

At Backblaze, as of December 31, 2014, we had 41,213 disk drives spinning in our data center, storing all of the data for our unlimited backup service. That is up from 27,134 at the end of 2013. This year, most of the new drives are 4 TB drives, and a few are the new 6 TB drives.

Wow. That does not look good for Seagate.

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15:47
Travel Back to 2004 and Meet the ‘Palette Pad’

Yesterday I wrote up the Mountie, a device that clips your smaller mobile display to the side of your "main" display, either a MacBook Pro or an iMac. It turns out this idea is a long time coming. Our own Adam Christianson had a conversation in 2004 about the (then) current Apple Studio Display and how so much space was used in programs like Photoshop by palettes and other panels that took up a lot of space. Adam was pondering a smaller screen that could work in conjunction with the main display, maximizing the space available for work on the larger screen. He talked this over with Jeff Rutan who then created a concept of what this "Palette Pad" might look like. At the time things like power and attaching to displays and video sync were tough nuts to crack, so the concept sort of died until 2010 with the release of Air Display which brought it closer. Now that the Mountie exists, teaming it up with Air Display might actually make Adam's vision a reality.

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15:36
The iOS game currently dominating the charts in the...


Trivia Crack, the most popular game in the iOS App Store, has previously only been available to players in the United States and parts of South America. Today, the app’s creators announced that the game will now be available to customers in the UK as well.

The new version of the game will include UK-specific questions submitted by players and approved by an editorial team working for the developer. Trivia Crack is available now in both a free ad-supported version and an ad-free version...

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15:32
PowerPot Cooking Pot and Charger: $99

You know I love cool gadgets, and PowerPot is one of the coolest. It allows you to boil water in a pot-think camping-and convert that thermal energy into electric energy that you can use to charge your mobile devices. We reviewed it a while back if you're looking for our detailed thoughts, but we have a deal on PowerPot today that allows you to get it for $99 (it retails for $149). Enjoy!


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15:28
Apple Continues to Plunder Fashion Industry with...

Apple continues to pluck talent from the ranks of fashion executives-the only Silicon Valley tech giant to do so. Apple has hired one Chester Chipperfield for its "Special Projects" group. Mr. Chipperfield was previously Vice President of Digital and Interactive Design for Burberry, the same high fashion company that supplied Angela Ahrendts, Apple's Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.


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15:00
RAVPower 15W Solar Charger, Savior battery pack keep...

We're in the midst of winter in the Northern Hemisphere right now, but that doesn't mean that you can't start making plans for summer fun in the great outdoors. Today I'm reviewing two products that will keep your gizmos going. The first is designed ...

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14:57
Apple's Beats Music, others hit by lawsuit for...

Streaming music services like Apple's Beats Music, Google Play, Rdio and others are targets of a new volley of lawsuits claiming unpaid royalties on certain pre-1972 songs, potentially ending access to these older tracks.

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14:00
Join the #CleanInbox challenge for Clean Out Your...

The average consumer will receive 26 emails a day in 2015—that’s over 9,000 emails over the course of a year. Many of these messages are ‘graymail’—newsletters or notifications that you may have registered for but may no longer be interested in.

Don’t spend another year overwhelmed by the clutter, join the #CleanInbox challenge, timed with Clean Out Your Inbox Week, which begins on January 25th. To participate, check us out on Facebook and Twitter, where we’ll be posting daily tips and tricks throughout the week to get your inbox organized and ready for the rest of 2015. Participants will be entered for a chance to win Outlook.com swag and Ad-free Outlook.com codes.

—The Outlook team

The post Join the #CleanInbox challenge for Clean Out Your Inbox Week...

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14:00
Survey shows 42% of iPhone users run out of storage...

Not to harp this on this issue, but 16GB isn't really a lot of storage. God forbid you try to get by with less than that, say 8GB. But how much does living with 16GB actually impact your life? A new study from the cloud photography app IceCream and O...

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14:00
How Apple is Winning a Secret War

When observers analyze a new or existing product from Apple, they tend to focus on the design, operation and features. In some cases, the conclusion is that some competitor, X, has a better product. That misses at least half the story of Apple's secret product war.


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13:51
Queen Elizabeth II once terrorized King Abdullah —...

Vox:

The death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has brought considerable debate over whether he should be remembered as a “reformer” or the very opposite of one; whether his legacy will be that he preserved Saudi Arabia’s future or limited its present.But as this story from a former British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia makes clear, there is one thing he will never be: as much of a stone-cold badass as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

My Queen is definitely a bad ass.

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13:48
TSA: 2,212 firearms found in carryon luggage last...

TSA:

2,212 firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at checkpoints across the country, averaging more than six firearms per day. Of those, 2,212 (83 percent) were loaded. Firearms were intercepted at a total of 224 airports; 19 more airports than last year.

There was a 22 percent increase in firearm discoveries from last year’s total of 1,813.

The TSA has often been rightly derided as “security theater” but this catalog of various weapons confiscated from traveler’s carry on luggage is a little bit terrifying. And I will likely read too much into the fact that, out of the top ten airports for gun catches, eight of them were in the South.

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13:32
Mac: Twelve South ParcSlope for MacBook

Twelve South’s ParcSlope for MacBook ($50), named for both the Brooklyn neighborhood and as a Mac homage, is a desktop stand that angles a MacBook on a — you guessed it — slope. The titled aluminum workstation holds a MacBook at an 18-degree angle for an ergonomic typing angle and higher viewing angle. A gap in the back of ParcSlope acts as a cable management system. We received the stand recently, and have included our own photos here.

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13:19
Ford R&D Facility Rolls Into Silicon Valley


Ford Motor on Thursday announced the opening of its Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto, a 25,000 square foot facility that will help it accelerate the company's innovation in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience and big data. This is the latest addition to the automaker's global network of R&D centers, which include its hometown facility in Dearborn, Michigan, where Ford has continued to focus on advanced electronics, human-machine interface, materials science and analytics.

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13:00
Apple hires digital retail exec from Burberry for...

Apple has picked up another former Burberry employee. The company hired former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts in October 2013, and has now added Chester Chipperfield to the Apple payroll. Chipperfield was previously Burberry's Vice President of Digital...

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12:51
Video ASCII Art released by Nuclear Nova Software on...

Nuclear Nova Software (http://nuclearnova.com) has announced Video ASCII Art 1.0 for Mac OS X. It's a video generator that converts digital movies into text art videos.

In addition to processing a variety of video files, Video ASCII Art also processes still photos. It support outputting art to both black/white text and full color, with the ability to export plain mp4, text, html, tif, and rtf files. A user-editable character set adjusts the available characters to be used, while the maximum character width option controls the finished product size.

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12:47
Review: Lenmar Maven Battery Case for iPhone 6

Lenmar's Maven ($100) for iPhone 6 packs a 3000 mAh battery into a matte two-piece hard case. The iPhone 6 is installed and removed through a top slider piece. Maven features a forward-facing speaker port, and when the case is turned on, it enables users to sync and charge the iPhone. There's no button coverage on Maven, but there is a slight lip for screen protection. The camera hole is also probably slightly larger than it needs to be. Lenmar has printed the charging directions on the inside of the case, which is a thoughtful touch. {/exp:char_limit}

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12:38
Software industry now officially bigger than...

It’s official: Software is now more profitable than Hollywood, baby.

Per the results over at Asymco and the box office receipts over at Box Office Mojo, Apple’s App Store receipts outgrossed movie receipts in 2014.

Apple paid US$10 billion to developers in calendar 2014. Additional statistics for the App store are as follows:

- US$500 million spent on iOS apps in first week of January 2015.

- Billings for apps increased 50 percent in 2014.

- Cumulative developer revenues were US$25 billion (making 2014 revenues 40 percent of all app sales since store opened in 2008).

- 627,000 jobs created in the US.

- 1.4 million iOS apps catalog is sold in 155 countries.

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12:30
The Mac Observer on an SE/30

TMO reader (and Mac Geek Gab listener) "Furbies" recently joined the MGG Facebook Group and posted a picture of what TMO looks like when loaded on his SE/30 in the Wannabe browser. He says he tried using IE v4.0.1 but it failed to load all the new-fangled CSS and such that we use here. Visit the MGG Facebook Group to see what it looks like on a PowerBook G3, too. While you're there, join the Group where you can ask and answer questions, too!


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12:29
Ask iLounge: Can I cancel or ‘unsend’ sent iMessages?

Q: Someone I know is visiting me from outside the U.S. so they only get my iMessages when connected to Wi-Fi. However, if I’ve sent something and it doesn’t say “Delivered,” if I then delete it will that cancel the sending of the message or will they still receive it when they get back onto Wi-Fi? A: Basically, no, the message won’t be canceled. Once you hit the ‘Send’ button on an iMessage, your iOS device…

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12:24
∞ Lars Andersen: a new level of archery

The video is kind of stilted but his archery skills are pretty incredible.

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12:19
To conquer the iPhone, you must first beat its camera

This is worth reading.

An interesting piece over on The Verge discusses one of the iPhone’s chief strengths: being able to take a good picture with almost no fiddling with the controls and being able to take a clear, sharp picture on the very first attempt. This contrasts with the author’s description of his “routine of setting proper focus and steadying myself” and his realization of gadget envy in this regard.

The author then goes on to state that “I saw more iPhones in the hands of CES attendees than I did Android phones across the countless exhibitor booths. From the biggest keynote event to the smallest stall on the show floor, everything was being documented with Apple’s latest smartphone, and it all looked so irritatingly easy. I don’t want an iPhone, but dammit, I want the...

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12:12
As SkyMall files for bankruptcy, the Internet...

The Daily Dot:

Terrible news for anyone who has ever been bored on an airplane: the company behind SkyMall, that in-flight catalog you disdainfully flip through after you’ve suffered through all the available episodes of The Big Bang Theory, has announced its inevitable bankruptcy filing.

Why do we say “inevitable”? Because SkyMall is packed full of actually useless garbage that no human being would conceivably buy, even in a late-capitalist boom cycle. Thankfully, a legion of loyal Internet fans has done the noble work of archiving these inexplicable items:

Proof that air travel makes you crazy – I read that catalog many a time and thought, “Hey – I should buy that!” only to get on the ground, regain consciousness and never buy a damn thing from their catalog.

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12:11
Windows Goes Universal… and Holographic

In a high-stakes product keynote, Microsoft showed refinements to the upcoming Windows 10 (now on smartphones as well as tablets and PCs) and announced new products, including holographic headgear. Yes, really.

 

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12:02
∞ Video promoting Apple’s opening of the West Lake...

Tomorrow, Apple opens another store in China and they have posted this video explaining the Chinese poem on the outside of it.

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12:00
Office 365 news round-up

Humans have always longed to know the future, to see what lies ahead and just out of sight. In ancient days, we consulted oracles or shamans. Today, we may seek the advice of futurists, who analyze current patterns and trends to predict future events. At Microsoft, however, we agree with legendary management consultant Peter Drucker, who said, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

That’s exactly what we’re doing with Office 365 and our other cloud services—creating the future—and we recently offered our customers two new opportunities to lend a hand.

First, we expanded the Office for Android tablet preview that we initially introduced in November. Now anyone can go to Google Play to download the Word, Excel and PowerPoint preview apps and then provide feedback that will help us deliver a...

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12:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Help the blind with Be My Eyes...

Help the blind with Be My Eyes, laugh at Funny or Die's weather app, and more

This week's roundup includes a brand-new way for sighted folks to help the blind. Plus games, music, a bunch of app updates from Google, and more.

Be My Eyes

This free app is for two kinds of people: Blind folks, and sighted folks who want to help them. If a blind person needs help identifying something—say, the “sell by” date on a carton of milk—they can start up a live audio-visual connection and aim the iPhone’s camera at the object they need help with. Sighted folks—volunteers who download the app—will be alerted that help is needed, open Be My Eyes on their iPhone, and see what the camera’s aimed at. Then they can answer the blind person’s question. It's a pretty incredible app, with a great purpose. 

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11:55
How to access all the power of Apple's Fonts...

Whether you’re a touch-typist or a hunt-and-pecker, you simply can’t access the full power of your fonts with just your keyboard. Even the first Macintosh was designed to encourage font finesse, and today’s Macs go even further by providing deep access to the thousands of characters and advanced features in modern fonts—if you know where to look.

Thankfully, you don’t need an expensive design application from Adobe or Quark to find and use this font magic. Apple’s apps, like TextEdit, Pages, and Keynote, include a floating Fonts window that’s packed with features we’ll explore here. But if you find yourself using these features often, then a third-party utility such as PopChar 7 (which is celebrating its 25th anniversary!) will make your character-finding tasks even easier and a lot more entertaining.

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11:43
FunBITS: Relax On Your Own Private Beach with Sunny

Open Sunny on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, and you’re instantly be transported to your own private beach, thanks to stereoscopic 3D audio and beautiful parallax illustrations.

 

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11:39
Intel to Announce a New Stylus Alliance &...

Today there's news that Intel is forming a new Stylus alliance that will be formally announced in February. Their first standards-compliant stylus is set to roll out sometime in Q3. It sure looks 2015 will be the year that the stylus undergoes its biggest overhaul in decades.

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11:12
Mac Podcasters Quick Upgrade Guide for Audio Hijack 3

Audio Hijack has been many Mac podcasters' go-to tool for recording their shows. Audio Hijack 3 makes some fundamental changes, most of which will likely be easily understood and quite welcomed by all manner of podcasters. Still, some of those changes may dramatically impact your workflow. We talk through a few of them to ensure you understand what to expect when testing out this new version.


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11:04
Apple 'Excited' About HomeKit Partners...

It's been more than six months since Apple first introduced HomeKit at its June 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference, but HomeKit-compatible products have yet to hit store shelves and may not do so until this spring, almost a year after Apple first detailed its home automation system.

HomeKit's launch has gone slower than expected, and according to sources that spoke to Re/code, the two major reasons were a "slower-than-expected" launch of the HomeKit MFi program, which began in November, and the late launch of chip specifications, which weren't sent out to chip makers until October. Apple's high performance standards for hardware manufacturers and chip makers are also said to be a factor.

Elgato's upcoming line of HomeKit-compatible products
January's Consumer Electronics Show saw the debut of several HomeKit-compatible products, including the...

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11:02
Apple's HomeKit MFi program only began in...

Manufacturers of "connected home" devices that wish to integrate with HomeKit reportedly could not begin seeking certification for those products under Apple's MFi program until November, some six months after the initiative was announced.

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10:56
TMO Daily Observations 2015-01-23: Switzerland...

Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro have different views on the likelihood that Swiss watch makers will be able to compete once Apple Watch hits the street. Both join Jeff Gamet to duke it out, plus they offer up their take on BlackBerry's CEO pushing for companies to develop all their apps for every platform.


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10:50
Samson’s professional wireless system

Samson’s new Synth 7 raises the standard for premium UHF wireless performance. Available in five unique configurations (Handheld, Guitar, Headset, Earset, Presentation), the Synth 7 system features rugged all-metal construction, as well as dynamic LCD setup and monitoring options. Together with advanced system features and flawless operation, Synth 7 is the future of professional wireless.

There’s a little something for everyone here. They have a Web page set up for each category, so you can see how you can use it.

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10:47
Article: Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Apple’s...

One of the big themes at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, both inside the iProducts Marketplace and elsewhere, was a collection of new home automation solutions. It seemed everywhere we turned yet another company was offering smart lightbulbs, door locks, or security and environmental sensors, making it clear that Apple picked the right time to get into this arena with its HomeKit platform. Announced as an iOS 8 feature at last year’s Worldwide…

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10:47
Stir's new Kinetic Desk M1 is a smarter desk...

I spend a lot of time—a lot of time—at my desk, probably more than anywhere else, even my bed. We know that sitting in one place for hours and hours is really bad for your health, and the new Kinetic Desk M1 from Stir aims to make your deskbound hours healthier by encouraging you to stand up periodically, and tracking the calories you burn when you do—no wearable required.

The M1 is Stir’s second model—the first-gen Stir Kinetic Desk came out last April, and it’s done well, according to Stir CEO JP Labrosse—95 percent of Kinetic Desk owners stood at least once a day, and today they spend an average of 50 percent of their time standing up. The original flagship desk stays in the lineup, but it’s now called the F1, retails for $4190, and has a larger touchscreen...

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10:46
Samson releases the Meteor M2 multimedia speaker...

Samson’s Meteor M2 Multimedia Speaker System is the ideal sound solution for desktops, laptops and tablets. Through the use of premium components, innovative sound design and custom digital signal processing, the full metal Meteor M2 breathes new sonic life into your favorite music, movies and games.

I haven’t seen these yet, but I’m going to try to stop by today.

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10:27
Taylor Guitars introduces new maple 600 series...

The new 600 Series guitars elicit the best of the inherent tonal properties of maple. In 2014, Master Builder Andy Powers began to experiment with how far bracing, thickness, finish, and new seasoning processes like torrefaction, a wood roasting method, could enhance maple’s tone profile.

I played one of these yesterday and the tone was so warm. I’d definitely buy one of these.

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10:15
This is Miss Universe Canada’s hockey-themed costume


VanCity Buzz:

In her attempt to pursue the Universe’s crown, Miss Universe Canada Chanel Beckenlehner of Caledon, Ontario has certainly captured the world’s attention as her flamboyant, hockey-inspired costume has gone completely viral.

The 26-year-old strutted out on the stage Wednesday night wearing a costume that may have very well been designed by Lady Gaga, Hudson’s Bay Company and Roots. Altogether, the costume is said to have a weight of 25 pounds.

This is how much Canadians love hockey.

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10:06
SEC filing details Apple exec earnings; Millard...

iMore:

Apple detailed the earnings of its top executives in the filing. Apple CEO Tim Cook – $9.2 million. Eddy Cue and Jeff Williams – $24 million each. Angela Ahrendts – $73 million.

Apple also announced board member Millard Drexler will be retiring after the company’s annual shareholder meeting on March 10 and that it managed to generate a staggering $182.8 billion in sales over the course of 2014.

Nice gig if you can get it.

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10:00
App devs made more money than the box office last...

Mobile apps have become an absolutely massive business in just a few years, and sometimes it can be difficult to truly grasp how fast the industry is growing. This little tidbit, courtesy of Asymco's Horace Dediu, is a great data point to help put it...

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09:58
Building an Apple-powered smart home? Here's...

Your Apple-powered smart home of the future needn't be limited to the HomeKit ecosystem, but venturing outside will bring some restrictions.

HomeKit is Apple's upcoming framework for smart home devices such as lightbulbs, door locks, garage door openers, and thermostats. Many of these devices will connect directly to users' iPhones via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi—no separate hub device required—for unified voice control through Siri. They'll also be able to connect with an Apple TV, allowing for Siri voice controls when users are away from home.

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09:46
ClamXav 2.7.2

Virus scanner adds a number of improvements to Sentry file monitor. (Free, 21 MB)

 

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09:39
Apple rides iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to strong quarter

Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (www.cirpllc.com) has released analysis of the results of its research on mobile phone manufacturers for the calendar quarter that ended Dec. 31. CIRP finds that among the major phone brands, Apple had the largest share of the U.S. market, with half of all phone sales.

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09:34
New Class Action Filed Against Apple over iTunes...

Zenbu Magazines has filed a class action lawsuit against Apple and a separate class action against Beats Electronics. Zenbu owns the copyrights to many of the songs found in Apple's iTunes Radio. Patently Apple presents you with the facts of the case along with the specific Class Action allegations as presented in Zenbu's court filing.

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09:24
Apple captured half of U.S. mobile phone activations...

Record sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus propelled Apple to a dominant position in the U.S. smartphone market over the holidays and demand continues to reach record highs, twin reports issued Friday indicate.

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09:22
Logic Pro X 10.1

Massive update adds new drumming options and redesigns the Compressor plug-in. ($199.99 new, free update, 1.05 GB)

 

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09:03
Apple doubles Tim Cook's compensation after...

Apple is clearly happy with CEO Tim Cook’s performance, as his compensation keeps going up and up and up. In 2014, his pay package was valued at $9.22 million, more than double what the company offered him in 2013.

Cook’s actual salary was $1.75 million last year, but he also took in $6.7 million in non-equity incentive pay, according to a Thursday filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In 2013, Cook made $4.25 million.

But it was retail chief Angela Ahrendts who made the most of any Apple executive in the last fiscal year. The company recruited Ahrendts from luxury retailer Burberry in May and paid her to relocate from the United Kingdom to the States. Apple gave the exec $70 million in stock grants in the last fiscal year, $37 million of which was compensation for Burberry stock she gave up to take the Apple job. Ahrendts’ annual salary...

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09:00
9to5Toys Lunch Break: App of the Week, Retina...

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

iTunes Free App of the Week – Shades: A Simple Puzzle Game ($1.99 value)

Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro w/ Retina display (newest) 2.8GHz/...

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09:00
Online meetings get better with Lync and new Polycom...

Sometimes when you’ve been around great technology for a long time, you take for granted that others also know about it and use it. Such is often the case with Lync and the original Lync RoundTable device (Polycom CX5000), which we built in partnership with Polycom. At Microsoft, we use these devices every day as we collaborate in teams that span multiple locations around the world. If you haven’t used a RoundTable device, you’ll be impressed by the ease of use, 360-degree view of the meeting room, sound quality and automatic detection of the person speaking. It’s a simple, well-designed tabletop device that nicely fits within a meeting room.

To give you an idea of how a RoundTable works, the following screenshot shows a Lync online meeting with 10 participants, five of whom are sitting around a conference table with a Polycom CX5100 on top, in a room with a Polycom CX8000 Lync Room System. The conference room participants are all equally visible because the Polycom device...

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09:00
Still using Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange...

Back in September 2012, in order to better align security and protection solutions with the workloads and applications they protect, we announced changes to the roadmaps of some of the security solutions offered under the Forefront brand.

Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server (FPE) is a Microsoft security solution that also works with prior versions of Forefront server and Antigen products.  Microsoft stopped offering the FPE product in 2012, but committed to supporting FPE subscriptions through December 31, 2015 to give you sufficient time to move. Subscriptions expiring before December 31, 2015 will not be renewed; virus updates and signatures will not be made available after this date and the service will end.

We will continue to support you for another 12 months to give you sufficient time to make your move to alternative solutions...

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09:00
iPhone may have accounted for 50% of U.S. smartphone...

Next week Apple will release its earnings from the 2014 holiday quarter and, per usual, the key figure analysts will be honing in on will be iPhone sales. By all accounts, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus release has been a sweeping success. On Wall St...

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08:56
Apple's OS X 10.10.2 to Fix Security...

Google's security team, Project Zero, this week disclosed to the public several security vulnerabilities in OS X, some three months after the issue were shared with Apple (via Ars Technica). While Apple has not commented officially on the issues, it appears one has already been patched and iMore reports the remaining two are fixed in OS X 10.10.2, which is currently in developer testing.

Project Zero works to discover security vulnerabilities of various operating systems and software, giving their owners 90 days notice to patch the issues before publishing their findings to the public. In their markup of Apple's OS X, problems involving memory corruption, kernel code execution, and...

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08:52
XSAN 4: smb share does not let me read/write files...

Forums: Troubleshooting

Good Evening Sanity users.
I recently setup an Xsan 4 Full yosemite 10.10.1 with OS X Server 4.0.3
The MDC1 and 2 are properly configured as DNS and OD master and Replica

Every workstation access to the San with an "Edit" user with ID 502
The resharing in AFP and SMB is done by a simple local user named "share", always with ID 502. No special permissions. The simplest of the simplest.

The network resharing in SMB connected from a Mac works flawlessly. I can mount the Volume, read and write everything without issues.

The network connection from a windows machine is causing me troubles.
I can access the Volume with the user "share"
I can see all the files
I can access and create folders, and also delete folders (if empty)
BUT
I canNOT copy files inside the Xsan volume, not to...

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08:45
Missouri Law Would Require Photo ID for Apple Pay...

Joshua Peters (D) from Missouri's state House of Representatives thinks smartphone-based payment systems like Apple Pay aren't secure enough, so users should be required to show a photo ID when using their iPhone to make credit card payments in stores. He's so sure of this that he presented bill on Wednesday that would require Missouri retailers to check photo IDs when making smartphone-based payments.

The Mac Observer Spin: I appreciate lawmakers wanting to reduce the risk of credit card fraud, but in this case the Missouri bill is off base. Instead of protecting shoppers, it could convince them to use their plastic card instead, which is inherently far less secure, and could expose their personal identification to criminals, too.


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08:09
Review: Libratone’s second-generation Loop brings...

AirPlay isn’t dead as a wireless speaker standard, but it’s not exactly healthy: many models have been discontinued, and new releases have all but stopped. Having previously gone all-in with AirPlay, Danish designer speaker maker Libratone is now rolling out updated versions of its circular Loop, tube-shaped Zipp, and ...

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08:05
Adding subtitles to ripped DVDs

Wait. You can add subtitles to a DVD rip, even of a DVD that didn’t come with subtitles? Sign me up!

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08:00
Apple CEO Tim Cook made $9.2M in 2014; board member...

It's not a big surprise, but Apple CEO Tim Cook isn't exactly a poor man. In the company's filed SEC Schedule 14A, it was disclosed that Cook pulled in a cool US$9,222,638 in compensation last year. Of that amount, $1,748,462 was his salary, non-equi...

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07:58
Apple hires Burberry’s VP of Digital Retail...

Apple has made yet another key hire from the fashion industry: Chester Chipperfield, the Vice President of Digital and Interactive Design at Burberry. Chipperfield was “responsible for User Experience and Digital Design for all channels” and was “highly involved in digital retail initiatives” at Burberry, according to his LinkedIn profile. He confirmed the move to Apple on his profile as well as on Twitter

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07:58
Apple to Support some Non-HomeKit Devices Through...

Apple looks to be positioning Apple TV as more of home automation hub than previously thought because the company plans to use the streaming media box as a bridge between HomeKit and non-homeKit devices. That support means more devices without official HomeKit support can be part of your smarthome setup, but with some big limitations.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple TV looks like it really is shaping up to be Apple's HomeKit hub, just like TMO's Kelly Guimont predicted.


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07:53
External Link: Infographic Shows the Evolution of iOS

British online retailer 7dayshop has produced a long infographic showing the visual evolution of iOS from iPhone OS 1 (it took a few years to be called iOS) to iOS 8. Most notable are images of each version’s default home screen and the design changes across time for each of Apple’s main iOS apps. Hat tip to Khoi Vinh for the link!

 

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07:43
Study: Apple's iPhone Web Traffic Domination...

Despite iPhones remaining the largest source of smartphone Internet traffic in North America, Chitika's latest interesting study finds a relatively high degree of variation of iPhone usage rates on a state-by-state basis. Our report presents you with two large charts that spell it all out quickly.

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07:39
Google's Project Zero reveals three new zero-...

An internal software security research team at Google has publicly revealed three of recently-discovered zero-day exploits in Apple's Mac OS X desktop operating system, though the severity of each vulnerability is unknown.

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07:37
Sprint targeting T-Mobile customers w/ $200 min....

Just one day after T-Mobile unveiled its Smartphone Equality program letting loyal customers avoid credit checks, Sprint has announced a new promotion specifically targeting T-Mobile customers with an offer to make switching carriers easier. Sprint’s latest buyback and trade-in offer joins the carrier’s existing ‘Cut Your Bill in Half’ promo which encourages AT&T and Verizon customers to switch; T-Mobile was notably missing from that offer. Here’s how Sprint details the...

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07:37
News: Daily Deal: Keep your iPhone 6/6+ charged with...

In today’s iLounge Deal you can get the Afterburner iPhone 6 Battery Case for only $40 – 30% off the regular price. Allowing you to keep your phone juiced up on the go, the Afterburner provides a 150% phone charge in your pocket in a slim and stylish design. Unlike many other cases, the Afterburner also sports a Lightning port for charging, so you can use the same cable you use to charge your iPhone 6, and a built-in kickstand allows you to…

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07:26
Leatherman should bring this new bracelet to the...

Dave Aiello spotted this new bracelet from Leatherman, makes the pitch that Leatherman should turn this into a watchband for the Apple Watch.

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07:24
The Brave New World of Windows 10


Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled a slew of new features and capabilities coming in Windows 10: the convergence of the desktop and mobile; the advent of the killer universal app; more power and features for personal digital assistant Cortana, which will be on mobile as well as desktops and laptops; improvements to maps; a new browser"; a strong emphasis on gaming; and holographic computing. Windows 10 will be offered as a free upgrade to owners of devices running Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 for one year after it's released.

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07:23
MacIT Is Coming Back In July

MacWorld is kinda’ dead. Long live MacWorld (I cry nightly over this). But MacIT, alive and well and awesome (I hadn’t really spent any time on the floor for a long time anyway)! Here’s the email announcing the MacIT dates, which will be July 14th through 16th in Santa Clara! I’m super-stoked!

Dear MacIT constituents,

Mark your calendars for MacIT 2015!

I’m pleased to announce that we have secured dates for the MacIT 2015 Conference. This year’s event will be held July 14-16 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley (Santa Clara, CA). Our team is hard at work to ensure the first “stand alone” MacIT is a must-attend event for enterprise professionals. The program committee is currently vetting themes and topics for the conference and our call for presenters is currently posted on our website –...

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07:21
Apple Watch battery life

9to5mac reports on rumored battery life for the Apple Watch.

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07:11
Latest OS X 10.10.2 build features Google Project...

If Yosemite is driving you a bit crazy, the good news is that the upcoming version won’t feature any bugs that have been pinned down by Google.

Per iMore and Ars Technica, Google’s Project Zero research program has disclosed and released proof-of-concept code for a series of 0day — previously unknown — vulnerabilities found in Apple’s OS X operating system for the Mac. It should be noted, however, that the first vulnerability was marked as fixed and closed by Google two weeks ago, and the others are fixed in OS X Yosemite 10.10.2, now in beta.

Here’s a report on the vulnerabilities as they stand:

In the past two days, Project Zero has disclosed...

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07:07
Apple Took Half of U.S. Phone Activations in Q4 2014...

Both analysts and metrics are suggesting Apple will report record-breaking iPhone sales for the just-ended December 2014 calendar quarter, and new data released today by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners reveals the Cupertino company may have set a high bar against its competitors, grabbing half of all phone activations in the United States.

While CIRP's survey included only 500 users and thus may include a significant margin of uncertainty, the data shows Apple's U.S. activation market share increasing from 28 percent in the July-September 2014 quarter to 50 percent in the October-December quarter. The significant jump was clearly fueled by strong consumer interest in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. "The strength of the September 2014 launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus fueled Apple’s dominance in US mobile phone sales this quarter," said Josh Lowitz, Partner and CoFounder of CIRP. "...

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07:02
Latest iPhone 6 to 6 Plus sales ratio numbers for...

The latest numbers showing relative sales of the iPhone 6 versus the 6 Plus.

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07:00
Apple may permit security inspects of products by...

The Beijing News is reporting today that Apple's Tim Cook has agreed to security inspections of his company's products by Chinese government officials. According to MacRumors, the inspections will concentrate on identifying back doors that would allo...

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06:55
Purported photos of 12-inch Retina Display MacBook...

This could be the lid to a 12-inch Retina Display MacBook Air.

Per 9to5Mac, iFanr has published a full gallery of what is claimed to be the lid and display for the upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air have been published by Japanese web site iFanr.

The legitimacy of the photos has not been determined, but you can see several additional photos below, including shots comparing it to current Apple devices such as the iPad and existing MacBooks.

The display is said to boast a Retina resolution, though the exact pixel count is still a mystery. Unfortunately, there’s no sign of the bottom case for this machine just yet, so the rumored single-port configuration will remain just that for the time being.

One possible clue that these photos aren’t...

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06:49
News: Apple filing reveals executive compensation...

Apple’s annual proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission has revealed details about the compensation plans paid to the company’s senior executives in 2014. CEO Tim Cook received a total of $9.2 million last year, which included his base salary of $1.7 million in addition to other forms of compensation. Cook also received $56,923 for his unused vacation days, and the company paid security expenses for him in the…

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06:14
Adobe Patches One Critical Zero-day Flash Exploit,...

Adobe released a critical security update for its Flash Player on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux that patches an exploit hackers are currently using to install malware on Windows PCs. The update didn't, however, patch a second critical security flaw that's already in the wild. Adobe says a fix for that is coming next week.

The Mac Observer Spin: Another day, another critical Flash security exploit-or two. Flash is riddled with serious security issues, and it doesn't seem to be getting any better despite the ongoing updates Adobe releases. If you don't need Flash, then get it off your computer.


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06:00
Google updates Docs, Sheets, and Slides with new...

Google has released an updated versions of its Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps which allow users to manage the files within their Google Drive. On the security front all three apps now support Touch ID unlocking in iOS. Accessibility has been enhanced ...

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06:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Puzlook's photography...

Flashy designs, trendy wallets, and add-on lenses

This week’s round up of new iPhone cases includes simple but colorful protective cases, a few fashionable leather-clad options, and fancy lenses for all your picture-taking needs.

Carte Blanche

The Grand Portefeuille Zippé (iPhone 4/4S, 5/5S, 5C, 6, and 6 Plus; $150) introduces an all-in-one case and carrier that protects your iPhone and includes extra storage for your valuables.

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05:48
Apple May Allow Product Security Inspections by...

Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly consented to security inspections of the company's products by Chinese government officials, reports The Beijing News [Via ITworld]. The inspections will look for backdoors that provide third-party access to sensitive and private data stored on Apple devices.

These spot inspections were part of an agreement forged between Apple CEO Tim Cook and Lu Wei, director of China's State Internet Information Office. The pair met last year to talk about the security of Apple's products, including the upcoming Apple Watch. Wei expressed concerned that Apple's devices may compromise the security of the Chinese government and the privacy of Apple device owners in China...

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05:45
Tim Cook agreed to allow Chinese government to...

Beijing News reports that Tim Cook has agreed to allow China’s State Internet Information Office to carry out security audits of Apple products sold in the country. Cook reportedly made the offer during his meeting with China’s Cyberspace Administration minister Lu Wei in December.

China has long expressed suspicion over the security of Apple products, seemingly resulting from frosty relations with the U.S. Government. A state-run TV station in China described the iPhone as a “national security concern” last July due to its location-tracking capabilities....

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05:38
Apple published a new Press Release

Apple just published a new Press Release:

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05:30
Rock your workout with RockMyRun

Almost everyone uses a favorite playlist when they workout. The music helps the time pass more quickly and should help produce more energy. Now with RockMyRun you can listen to music lists prepared scientifically to improve your workouts by up to 30%...

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05:28
The iPhone 6 was the Top Smartphone in Taiwan for...

Last month we reported that the Apple iPhone 6 ranked as the number one smartphone in Taiwan in November in terms of both sales volume and sales value. Apple's iPhone 6 took 4 out of the top 5 smartphones sold. Today,

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04:58
$73M payout to Angela Ahrendts reflects the Burberry...

If you were puzzled by the fact that the $73M compensation package paid to retail head Angela Ahrendts dwarfed those awarded to other Apple board members, including Tim Cook’s $9.2M, Apple explained that it was in large part to compensate her for unvested Burberry stock she lost by leaving the company … 

Re/code reports that Ahrendts walked away from unvested Burberry stock worth $37M, in addition to salary and allowances totalling $5M a year to take a position paying...

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04:58
calibre 2.17 - Complete e-library management system...

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

Manage, convert, sync, and more

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



Version 2.17: New Features

  • Edit Book: A new reports...

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04:45
OmniGraffle Pro 6.1.2 - Create diagrams, flow charts...

OmniGraffle Pro helps you draw beautiful diagrams, family trees, flow charts, org charts, layouts, and (mathematically speaking) any other directed or non-directed graphs. We've had people use Graffle to plan plotlines for a story, make an overview of an operating system, show the evolution of computers, and even show how diseases can spread in a closed population. If you want to organize your thoughts, your projects, or even your friends graphically using boxes and lines, OmniGraffle is your tool.

OmiGraffle Professional has all of the great features in 6.0, plus a powerful toolset for advanced document creation and editing options. For the pro user who's looking for an in-depth diagramming application that's still priced below the competition, you've come to the right place.



Version 6.1.2:

  • Performance -- Improved the performance of switching between tabs in the inspector.
  • Stability -- Fixed a crash opening Visio files...

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04:43
Kool Tools: TimeCache

The Rolling Stones told us that time was on our side (or at least Mick Jagger's side). That's not always true, but with TimeCache (http://www.pandaware.com/timecache/index.html) for Mac OS X from PandaWare we can at least keep track of it.

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04:43
OmniGraffle 6.1.2 - Create diagrams, flow charts,...

OmniGraffle helps you draw beautiful diagrams, family trees, flow charts, org charts, layouts, and (mathematically speaking) any other directed or non-directed graphs. We've had people use Graffle to plan plotlines for a story, make an overview of an operating system, show the evolution of computers, and even show how diseases can spread in a closed population. If you want to organize your thoughts, your projects, or even your friends graphically using boxes and lines, OmniGraffle is your tool.



Version 6.1.2:

  • Performance -- Improved the performance of switching between tabs in the inspector.
  • Stability -- Fixed a crash opening Visio files (.vsd) with a specific connector type and setting.
  • Stability -- Fixed a crash closing the sheet that shows errors that occur while loading the document.
  • Stability -- Fixed a hang involved with saving a document multiple times without a pause in-between saves.
  • Stability...

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04:30
Mail Designer apps for Mac OS X revved to version 2.5

equinux (http://www.equinux.com) has introduced version 2.5 of Mail Designer and Mail Designer Pro, its Mac OS X apps for designing emails and newsletters.

A problem with the Design Delivery service has been fixed. An issue while saving documents has been fixed. With version 2.5, uploads to Campaign Monitor are more reliable.Mail Designer 2 (US$29.99) and Mail Designer Pro 2 ($49.99) are available both in the equinux Online Store and the Mac App Store.

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04:15
SIM card market reached 5.2 billion units in 2014

ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) forecasts that global SIM card shipments will reach 5.2 billion units in 2014, marking a revitalizing 5.32% increase from 2013. LTE, NFC, and M2M have successfully paved their way into the industry and are considered the trends for the next few years.

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04:12
18 Conferences for Mac and iOS Professionals in 2015

If you make your living in the Apple world, as a consultant, developer, designer, or tech, there are a wide variety of conferences you can attend to hone your skills, learn new topics, network with your fellow wizards, and generally open your mind to new ways of thinking.

 

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04:11
Apple extends sanctions-compliance in Crimea by...

Apple has ordered resellers to cease all sales of Apple products and services in Crimea as of 1st February. This follows the termination of agreements with app developers in the region earlier this week. Apple states that both moves are to comply with sanctions on the Crimea region of the Ukraine imposed by the US Government. The company informed retailers of the decision by letter.

With reference made to Section 5G, «Export Compliance» of Apple Authorized Service Provider Agreement dated 01.04.14, please be informed that in accordance with the new sanctions on the Crimea Region announced by the US Government on December 19, 2014 you shall not sell Apple products and/or provide services related to Apple products in the Crimea Region as of February 1, 2015.

The US joined...

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03:30
You Should Play: Kingdom Rush Origins might just be...

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

The Kingdom Rush series has been a staple of iOS tower-defense fans’ diets for about four years now, thanks to its cartoonish artwork with an intuitive battle system, numerous humorous nods to other media, and an ever-increasing rewarding set of challenges.

The latest entry in the series, Kingdom Rush Origins, further sharpens the enchanted blade—giving players more maps, heroes, and towers to unlock. Not much has changed from the last go-around— 2013’s...

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01:51
How AMD and Nvidia lost the mobile GPU chip business...

Between 2006 and 2013, AMD & Nvidia fumbled the ball in mobile chips, losing their positions as the world's leading GPU suppliers by failing to competitively address the vast mobile market, enabling Apple to incrementally develop what are now the most powerful mainstream Application Processor GPUs to ship in vast volumes. Here's how it happened, the lessons learned and how Apple could make it happen again.

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00:00
Apple Agrees To Chinese Security Audits of Its...

itwbennett writes According to a story in the Beijing News, Apple CEO Tim Cook has agreed to let China's State Internet Information Office to run security audits on products the company sells in China in an effort to counter concerns that other governments are using its devices for surveillance. "Apple CEO Tim Cook agreed to the security inspections during a December meeting in the U.S. with information office director Lu Wei, according to a story in the Beijing News. China has become one of Apple’s biggest markets, but the country needs assurances that Apple devices like the iPhone and iPad protect the security and privacy of their users as well as maintain Chinese national security, Lu told Cook, according to an anonymous source cited by the Beijing News."

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Thursday January 22

23:09
Apple features calligrapher who created Hangzhou...

Apple on Thursday posted to its YouTube channel a translated version of a promo video featuring artist Wang Dongling, initially created for the Chinese market in celebration of the unveiling of a new West Lake Apple Store in Hangzhou.

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21:35
Supposed 12" MacBook Air display assembly shown...

A fresh set of photos from the Far East popped up online Friday purporting to show an assembled display belonging to Apple's rumored 12-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, complete with "polished" Apple logo ala the latest iOS devices.

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20:59
Alleged photos of 12-inch MacBook Air lid and...

Photos of what is claimed to be the lid and display for the upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air have been published by iFanr9to5Mac exclusively reported earlier this month that Apple was planning to launch a mid-size variant of its notebook computer lineup, and these photos seem to provide even further evidence of that being that the case.

The legitimacy of the photos has not been determined, but you can see several additional photos below, including shots comparing it to current Apple devices such as the iPad and existing MacBooks.

The display is said to boast a Retina resolution, though the exact pixel count is still...

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20:36
Photos of 12-Inch MacBook Air Display Show Black...

Just days after a report claiming Apple supplier Quanta Computer has begun ramping up production of the upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air, Chinese site iFanr shares some photos [Google Translate] of what it says is the display assembly for the machine (via SlashGear).

The photos depict the claimed display and metal shell from the upcoming 12-inch machine alongside both a 13-inch MacBook Pro and a 9.7-inch iPad, with its sizing appearing to measure up to previously reported dimensions. The display does, however, have two noticeable differences from current MacBook Air. First, instead of a...

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19:09
Google Drive Realtime API

 January 22, 2015 7:09:00 PM PST

The problem with Google Drive Realtime API should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better.

 January 22, 2015 1:58:00 PM PST

We're investigating reports of an issue with Google Drive Realtime API. We will provide more information shortly.

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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

Cycloramic for iPhone 5...

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18:00
Daily Deals for January 22, 2015, Turn Your...

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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17:54
A Microsoft Patent Surfaces at the U.S Patent Office...

As the New Year began, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published one of Microsoft's patent applications covering the basics of their new Surface Hub interactive display that our Patently Mobile IP blog discovered today. The patent filing shows us some new customized gestures...

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17:48
Apple Loses Retail Tycoon Mickey Drexler from Board

Longtime Apple board member Millard "Mickey" Drexler told the company he will retire on March 10th, 2015, the end of his current term. Mr. Drexler joined Apple's board at the invitation of the late Steve Jobs in 1999, and he helped develop Apple's massively successful Apple Store retail strategy.


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17:10
Satellina (Games)

Satellina 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Satellina: a simple and elegant "puzzle in motion" that can be understood within 10 seconds by a five-year-old, but has also driven adults to obsessive lengths. It has a clean, minimalistic look, a catchy original synthpop soundtrack, a challenging but rewarding (and never punitive) difficulty curve, and a timed structure that's perfect for speedrunning.

* Addictive gameplay
* 50 unique and beautiful levels
* Alternate palettes for colorblind players
* Bonus modes, secrets, and color schemes
* Compete against the world with global leaderboards
* Fully original, 11-track synthpop soundtrack

Satellina

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Minesweeper - Widget Edition (Games)

Minesweeper - Widget Edition 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Play the classic puzzle game directly from the iOS Notification Center, even while your device is locked.

Whenever you have a few minutes or seconds to spare you can quickly access Minesweeper - Widget Edition from the today screen or lock screen to easily continue your game or start a new one.

• Simply swipe down to start playing
• Accessible from the lock screen
• Automatically saves and loads your game progress
• Simple, fun and challenging gameplay
• Customizable difficulty - set the grid size and number of mines
• 3 standard difficulty levels included
• Game Center leaderboards
• Challenge your friends and share times on Twitter, Facebook and Weibo

Supports all iOS devices running...

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Quinn's Crash Override Combats Cyberbullying


Crash Override made its official debut last week, promising a new way to support people who become the targets of online bullying and harassment. Cofounder Zoe Quinn, a video game developer, is one of the better-known people who have been on the receiving end of such abuse. For her, it started when an ex-boyfriend alleged in a blog post that Quinn had traded sex with a journalist for a video game news site in order to get favorable reviews. Readers piled on, many hurling obscene insults.

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31 years ago, Apple's iconic "1984"...

31 years ago today, Apple's legendary "1984" commercial was broadcast nationally during Super Bowl XVIII. The advertisement, directed by the famed Ridley Scott, is to this day still considered one of the top commercials of all time. Over the years, t...

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∞ Pay and the Super Bowl

Whether you’re attending the Super Bowl in person or watching it on TV like me, there are apps supporting Pay to make your life easier. I’ve said since its release that Pay is one of the best technologies Apple brought out in years—I use it nearly every day. [...]

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BlackBerry CEO Lobs Desperate Hail Mary to Bolster...

BlackBerry CEO John Chen's solution for BlackBerry's struggles is to require every developer and service provider to make their products work on all mobile platforms. Bryan Chaffin thinks this is a remarkably bad idea as self serving as it is devoid of logic.


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iPhone usage rates correlate to education and...

According to a new study published on Thursday, usage rates of Apple's iPhone in the U.S. are positively correlated to users' level of education and population density, with northeastern states seeing a relatively higher concentration of iPhone owners.

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The best headphones I’ve ever heard

I’ve listened to a lot of headphones over the years, from high-end models to in-ears, but none have sounded as good as the Mo-Fi. The Mo-Fi are made by Blue Microphones, a company that I’ve respected for a long time, but I had no idea there headphones would be so good. If you’re in the market, you have to try these out. You’ll thank me.

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