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Sunday January 25

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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09:01
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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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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07:00
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
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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16:00
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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15:36
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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15:00
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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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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12:29
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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11:04
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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10:50
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...

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

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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08:09
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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07:53
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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06:00
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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05:30
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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04:15
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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04:15
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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17:10
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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17:10
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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17:08
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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17:00
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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16:38
∞ 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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16:24
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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16:06
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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:00
Shifts – Shift Worker Calendar (Productivity)

Shifts – Shift Worker Calendar 1.0
Device: iOS iPhone
Category: Productivity
Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

*** 60% OFF FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY ***

Shifts is the fastest and easiest way to enter and view your work shifts on iPhone.

“A Beautiful Mobile Calendar App Designed For Shift Workers”
– TechCrunch

“A great way to keep track of your work schedule”
– Lifehacker

“I absolutely recommend Shifts to shift workers”
– TUAW

“If you're a shift worker, look no further than Shifts for your scheduling needs”
– iPhone Life

“The app has been polished to perfection”
– Beautiful Pixels

“The app is a breeze to use”
– AppAdvice

Traditional calendar apps aren’t ideal for shift workers. You don’t necessarily work a traditional Monday to Friday 9-5 job. That makes it...

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16:00
Invertical Touch (Games)

Invertical Touch 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

LAUNCH SPECIAL OFFER - 50% off!

Meet Qube. Some people call him a bit of a square but his exploration of the Invert World is full of adventure, danger and wonder. Help him as he tries to find the portal home, collecting lots of fascinating books and scrolls along the way! This unique platform game requires you to invert your colour to find the route to through all 60 levels.

CHALLENGE

- Test your brain and find the path to the portal.
- Avoid the creatures and traps of the Invert World

EXPLORE

- 10 unique chapters with their own look and sounds
- 150 collectible items to find - can you get them all?

ADORE

- Charming graphics.
- Cute character

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16:00
Wheel & Deal (Games)

Wheel & Deal 1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

WHEEL & DEAL is a dashing arcade shooter made of lasers, space and everything ace.

$$$ LAUNCH SALE! ONLY $1,99 FOR A LIMITED TIME! $$$

"Something halfway between Drive and Asteroids" -Pocket Gamer UK

IMPORTANT, PLEASE NOTE: Requires at least an iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPod touch (5th gen) or newer.

Features:

-Intuitive two-button gameplay
-Awesome upgrades and nasty malfunction viruses
-Game Center leaderboards
-Four dapper hover vehicles to unlock
-Autofire 3000 gun mechanics for your convenience
-A radical soundtrack made with real mullets and electronic computers
-No IAP's, no ads - buy once, OWN THE GAME FOREVER, BOOM!
-Endless arcade action of DOOM!

Thank you for playing!

#wheelin

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16:00
Get the weather and a joke thanks to Funny or Die...

And now for something completely different. It's a nicely performing weather app, with weather sourced from Weather Underground, and along with the weather you get a joke or funny anecdote.

The app, Funny Or Die Weather (free) has the usual stuff yo...

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15:40
Apple CEO Tim Cook doubled pay to $9.2M in 2014,...

The yearly earnings of Apple's board members was revealed in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday, including CEO Tim Cook who received compensation of over $9.22 million in 2014, more than doubling his pay from 2013.

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15:16
Apple Watch battery life, CPU specs leaked

Some Apple Watch battery specs may have just surfaced.

Per 9to5Mac, sources with knowledge of the Apple Watch’s development have stated the specific performance targets Apple wants to achieve for the Apple Watch battery, but the actual numbers may fall short of those targets.

According to sources, Apple opted to use a relatively powerful processor and high-quality screen for the Apple Watch, both of which contribute to significant power drain. Running a stripped-down version of iOS codenamed SkiHill, the Apple S1 chip inside the Apple Watch is surprisingly close in performance to the version of Apple’s A5 processor found inside the current-generation iPod touch, while the Retina-class color display is capable of updating at a fluid 60 frames per...

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15:00
Apple CEO Tim Cook Earned $9.2M in Fiscal 2014,...

Apple CEO Tim Cook's compensation for fiscal 2014 was $9.22 million, according to a newly released SEC filing. That breaks down to a salary of $1.7 million and non-equity incentive compensation of $6.7 million, double the $4.3M compensation he received in 2013.

Apple's newest executive hire, Angela Ahrendts, received $73 million in cash and stock. That includes a $400,000 salary, a $500,000 bonus, and $70 million in stock. Ahrendts, who joined Apple in May of 2014, was previously making $37 million at Burberry, and her offer package included an RSU award with a value of $37 million to compensate her for her unvested Burberry awards along with an RSU award of $33 million as a new Apple hire.

As for other Apple executives, Eddy Cue and Jeff Williams made over $24 million in...

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15:00
Seidio OBEX Combo rugged case for iPhone 6: Review...

It's so nice to see the flood of new cases for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, especially in the special genre of rugged cases. While some manufacturers are still trying to figure out how they're going to keep the big iPhones dry and protected, Seidio ha...

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14:42
Apple board member Millard Drexler to retire in...

Longtime Apple board member Millard "Mickey" Drexler announced intentions to retire at the end of his current term, which will end in March at the company's annual shareholders meeting, leaving seven candidates for election to fill his place.

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14:30
Bowling Central adds twists, surprises to classic...

Bowling Central is a new bowling app for iOS that includes both swipe controls and motion gestures reminiscent of the Nintendo Wii. Plus, the gestures pair with Apple TV mirroring so it's easy to play with friends using the big screen. The game has a...

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14:27
Apple CEO Tim Cook made $9.2 million in 2014 as new...

Apple CEO Tim Cook pulled in a total of $9.2M during Apple’s fiscal 2014, according to numbers in Apple’s just released proxy statement. The filing details executive compensation and new board member nominations, among other items of business, ahead of Apple’s upcoming annual shareholders meeting.

According to the report, Apple CEO Time Cook made a total of $9.2 million during the year including $1.7 million in salary and the rest in additional forms of compensation. Cook comes in behind new retail chief Angela Ahrendts with $73 million, which includes $400K salary, a $500k bonus, and the rest in stock and other forms of compensation that she picked up when joining the company. ...

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14:24
Rumor: Apple shooting for 19 hours of Apple Watch...

Apple is targeting 19 hours of battery life under mixed usage conditions for its upcoming Apple Watch wearable, consistent with Apple CEO Tim Cook's estimate that users will want to charge the device daily.

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14:19
Acer Designs Chromebooks for Students' Rough...


Acer on Wednesday announced two new ruggedized Chromebooks geared for classroom use. Both will go on sale in February. The Acer Chromebook C910 and C740 have a durable design built around reinforced covers and hinges. The new models support multiple user sign-ons and offline file access. Security features include a Kensington lock to secure the laptop to a wireless cart or lab station. A Web-based management console allows remote management of apps and policies across all Chromebooks in a school network.

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14:18
Apple Director Millard Drexler to retire,...

In a filing for shareholders today, Apple announced that Millard Drexler, a member of the eight-person Board of Directors, is retiring from the Board. Apple has not yet named a replacement. Drexler’s term will end in March upon the next official shareholder meeting.

On January 16, 2015, Millard “Mickey” Drexler, 70, who has served on the Board since 1999, notified the Board of his intention to retire at the end of his current term, which will expire at the Annual Meeting. The Board has not yet nominated an individual to fill the vacancy that will be created by Mr. Drexler’s departure from the Board. At the Annual Meeting, proxies cannot be voted for a greater number of individuals than the seven nominees named in this Proxy Statement. Each of the...

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14:00
Here's a look at iPhone usage rates by states

The online advertising network Chitika has released the results of a recent study breaking down iPhone usage rates by state across the United States. To obtain their data, they simply looked at their own ad network.
To quantify this study, Chitika In...

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13:42
∞ Yamaha introduces the perfect mixer for podcasters

Usually when I write about Yamaha at NAMM, I’ll talk about new guitars or keyboards, but today the company introduced a new mixer it said was designed specifically for webcasting, podcasting, gaming and music production. [...]

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13:23
Report: Apple Watch aims to last 19 hours per charge

If all goes according to plan, your Apple Watch should last about 19 hours on a single charge, according to the latest scoop from 9to5Mac.

The Apple-centric site reported Thursday that the S1 chip in the Apple Watch is similar in power to the A5 processor in an iPod touch, and the display has a refresh rate of 60 frames per second. That gives the watch impressive performance and a stunning screen, but it also means shorter battery life. According to 9to5Mac's unnamed sources, Apple really wants the watch to stand up to 2.5 to 4 hours of intense use (fitness-tracking, games, or apps), or three days in standby mode when the watch face display is off. The 19-hour goal is a combination of active and passive use—but mostly passive.

...

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13:16
∞ Universal Audio unveils Apollo Expanded

I’ve made no secret about my love of Universal Audio products. For years, they have been my go to company when recording and mixing audio. Today things got even better. [...]

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13:00
Amazon delivers Kindle Textbook Creator for Mac beta...

For the past three years, Apple has had a free Mac app - iBooks Author - available for creating textbooks compatible with the company's iBooks app. Today, Amazon announced a beta version of Kindle Textbook Creator, designed to let educators and autho...

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12:58
News: Report: Apple Watch battery life expected to...

Sources familiar with the Apple Watch’s development have revealed details on the specific battery life targets Apple is aiming to achieve with the new wearable device, with the company aiming for 19 hours of typical usage each day, 9to5Mac reports. Although Apple has previously indicated that the Apple Watch would need to be charged on a nightly basis, the new information suggests that Apple’s choice of CPU and screen for the Apple Watch…

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12:33
A former Apple engineer is heading Ford’s new Palo...

We learned today that Ford is staffing up a research and development center in Silicon Valley located in Palo Alto, California, and heading the automaker’s new R&D facility is a former Apple engineer.

Dragos Maciuca, who served as a senior controls systems engineer with mobile technologies at Apple since early 2013, will head the research center’s 125 scientists and researchers, Ford told CNBC.

Prior to his tenure at Apple, Maciuca worked in various technology and research roles including for automakers Nissan and BMW.

As for what the former Apple engineer will focus on at Ford, Reuters has this:...

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12:14
Apple Aiming for 19 Hours of Apple Watch Battery...

One of the biggest mysteries about the upcoming Apple Watch is its battery life. Previous rumors have hinted that it will need to be charged once a day, and Apple CEO Tim Cook himself said that users will want to charge it on a daily basis, but concrete battery life information has yet to be revealed.

New details on the Apple Watch's possible battery life have now surfaced from inside sources that spoke to 9to5Mac, revealing information on the battery life Apple was aiming for and what it may actually be able to achieve.

As of 2014, Apple was reportedly aiming for 2.5 to 4 hours of active application use with 19 hours of active/passive use, plus 3 days of pure standby time and four days if the...

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12:00
iPad thieves accidentally send their faces and names...

Apple's iCloud had a rough time in 2014, after being implicated in the leaks of a whole bunch of dirty celeb selfies, but it's starting off 2015 on the right foot by helping to nab some iPad thieves in Texas. After stealing an iPad and a number of ot...

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11:59
∞ 31 years ago today, Apple broadcast the legendary...

Contrary to legend, it didn’t play just once. It is still considered by many as “the greatest television commercial ever” and is the genesis of all the “Super Bowl Event Advertising” we see today.

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11:42
Pro Tools 12

There are a ton of new features and licensing options available in the new version. Good day for Pro Tools users.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:40
Apple targets for Apple Watch battery life revealed...

Although Apple has said that the Apple Watch will need to be charged nightly, the company has not disclosed any details on how long the wearable’s battery will last. For the first time, people with knowledge of the Apple Watch’s development have provided us with the specific performance targets Apple wants to achieve for the Apple Watch battery, but the actual numbers may fall short of those targets.

According to our sources, Apple opted to use a relatively powerful processor and high-quality screen for the Apple Watch, both of which contribute to significant power drain. Running a stripped-down version of iOS codenamed SkiHill, the Apple S1 chip inside the Apple Watch is surprisingly close in performance to the version of Apple’s A5 processor found inside the current-...

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11:38
Avid unveils a free version of Pro Tools

Avid today unveiled Pro Tools | First, a free version of the industry-standard Pro Tools that offers many of the same music creation capabilities used by top artists and recording studios worldwide. Delivering on Avid Everywhere and built upon the Avid MediaCentral Platform, Pro Tools | First is simple enough for beginners to learn, yet sophisticated enough for the experienced musician. Pro Tools | First enables anyone to experience the industry’s most trusted digital audio workstation at no cost, so they can turn their musical ideas into fully realized, professional productions that stand out from the crowd.

What a smart move from Avid.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:31
Line 6 Firehawk FX multi-effect processor

The Firehawk FX multi-effect processor combines world-class tone with intuitive app-based editing, so you can get the perfect sound faster than ever before. The Firehawk Remote app for iOS and Android gives you the power to sculpt great tone, right in the palm of your hand. Choose from over 200 legendary amps and effects—including 50 HD models—and wirelessly control every detail of your sound. You get access to 128 internal presets plus a massive online tone library, making it easy to find the right sound for any recording session, rehearsal or gig. With 1/4” and Variax Digital (VDI) inputs, two outputs, FX loop, USB connectivity and ultra-low latency, Firehawk FX is also an ideal guitar recording interface for PC, Mac and iOS.

I love that Line 6 is going after the entire market here—mobile and desktop. I haven’t tried the Firehawk, but it’s reminiscent of an HD500, but with more color and options.

...

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11:25
Line 6, Yamaha collaborate on new Variax guitar

Addictively playable with classic looks, Variax Standard gives you exceptional handcrafted quality—plus incredible Variax HD technology that puts it in a class of its own. Inspire your playing with a collection of the world’s most coveted vintage electrics, classic acoustics and exotic instruments. Switch up your tunings on the fly.

I had a chance to play one of these yesterday and it is truly a step above the Variax guitars of old. The problem I had with the older models was the digital artifacts that you heard in the models and when changing tunings. These guitars have regular magnetic pickups, so first and foremost, it is an electric guitar. All of the electronics can be turned off completely if you want to play it like that. When turned on, the electronics give the guitar something really special that you won’t find anywhere else, all with no artifacts.

...

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11:00
Cree Connected LED bulbs: Inexpensive, compatible...

When people decide to get into home automation, they usually start simple with just an iOS app-controlled switch or a controllable LED bulb. But the problem with the LED bulbs is that they can tie a homeowner into a specific home automation ecosystem...

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10:52
Net neutrality: no on reclassification, yes on...

BlackBerry:

neutrality must be mandated at the application and content layer if we truly want a free, open and non-discriminatory internet. All wireless broadband customers must have the ability to access any lawful applications and content they choose, and applications/content providers must be prohibited from discriminating based on the customer’s mobile operating system.

What BlackBerry’s CEO is talking about is forcing companies like Apple to make their software available on BlackBerry’s devices and OS.

The CEO of BlackBerry has lost his mind.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:49
Tip of the Day: Automatically removing old Messages...

Traditionally, iOS has retained your entire conversation history in the Messages database,so if you send a lot of pictures and videos via iMessage, this can eat up quite a bit of space on your iPhone over time. Prior to iOS 8, the only real way to deal with this was to remove an entire conversation, basically starting over, or to manually scroll back through your Messages history and remove individual items one-by-one. Fortunately, in iOS 8 there’s…

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10:36
News: Apple outlines limited HomeKit support for non...

Apple will apparently allow integration between HomeKit and some non-HomeKit home automation solutions, according to a new report by 9to5Mac. Citing sources that have been briefed on the new specifications, the latest MFi program information outlines the specific types of products and restrictions for allowing alternative products to tie into HomeKit. While HomeKit is being designed primarily to work with Apple-certified Wi-Fi and Bluetooth accessories…

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10:33
News: Report: Apple agrees to accept product...

Apple has agreed to let the Chinese government conduct security inspections on its products, according to The Beijing News. The report claims that Apple CEO Tim Cook agreed the company would fully cooperate with the government during a December meeting. There have long been alleged issues between Apple and the Chinese government regarding the security of Apple’s products. Cook met with an official over security in October of last year. In August,…

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10:28
Adobe Photoshop Express for iOS adds WhatsApp...

Adobe is out with an update to its Photoshop Express photo editing app for iPhone and iPad today. The latest release of Photoshop Express for iOS, version 3.5, adds integration with the WhatsApp Messenger app for sharing edited photos directly to the chat service. The update also includes the usual bug fixes including some for issues for iOS 8 users specifically.

Adobe is also giving Photoshop Express users access to some premium features within the app for free. Photoshop Express users with a free Adobe ID (...

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10:19
News: IK Multimedia announces iRig Mic Studio

IK Multimedia has announced iRig Mic Studio ($180), the latest product in its lineup of iOS-compatible audio accessories. An ultra-portable large-diaphgram digital condenser microphone, iRig Mic Studio contains a 1” diameter back electret condenser capsule in an extremely compact enclosure, making it easy to take with you for making professional recordings anywhere. The mic provides a 24-bit A/D converter with a 44.1/48 kHz sample rate, a built-in…

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10:17
RoboForm 2.0.2 - Password manager; syncs across all...

RoboForm is a password manager that offers one-click login, mobile syncing, easy form filling, and reliable security.

  • Password Manager. RoboForm remembers your passwords so you don't have to! Just remember your one Master Password and RoboForm remembers the rest- it's that easy! Our bookmark-style Logins automatically log you in to your favorite websites with one click.
  • Everywhere. Whether it's on your PC, Mac, phone, tablet, or even USB drive, RoboForm gives you secure access to your passwords wherever you go! One license works on all of your devices. You can be confident knowing that our advanced syncing technology always keeps each device up to date.
  • Security. RoboForm's industry-leading encryption technology securely stores your passwords, with one Master Password serving as your encryption key. Your Master Password is not stored on our servers and you're the only one that knows it,...

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10:11
T-Mobile to extend smartphone financing to customers...

Resurgent wireless carrier T-Mobile on Thursday announced a new "smartphone equality" initiative that will see the company base device financing decisions for existing customers on their T-Mobile payment history, rather than their credit score.

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10:09
Apple details HomeKit compatibility with competing...

Apple will allow its upcoming Siri-controlled HomeKit platform to work with certain existing, non-HomeKit home automation products, including ones using competing protocols such as ZigBee or Z-Wave, but there are many limitations. According to sources briefed on the new specs, the latest Made for iPhone (MFi) licensing program specifications detail the types of home automation products other than HomeKit that Apple will permit to interact with its platform.

During the 2014 WWDC, Apple briefly mentioned the possibility of connecting rival home automation products to HomeKit using a hardware “bridge,” but only in recent weeks has clarified the types of accessories...

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10:00
The Productivity Pack: Make 2015 your most...

It's never too late to make a resolution to change, even if it is the last week of January. The Productivity Pack is a new bundle containing one-year subscriptions for four services plus an 8-week trial subscription to the digital versions of hte New...

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09:54
IK Multimedia announces iRig Mic Studio

IK Multimedia has released the iRig Mic Studio, its ultra-portable large-diaphragm digital condenser microphone for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC and Android devices.

It packs a one-inch condenser capsule into a compact enclosure that can be used to make professional recordings anywhere. With iRig Mic Studio, musicians, vocalists, home producers, podcasters, broadcasters, voice-over artists and more have a studio-quality large-diaphragm microphone that fits in the palm of their hand.

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09:31
MacTech Pro

MacTech just announced MacTech Pro: a new series of one day, regional events that are specifically designed for professional Apple techs, consultants, and support staff.  MacTech Pro Events are single-track, hotel-based seminars that are specifically geared to serve the needs of professional consultants, IT Pros and techs who support others on OS X and iOS.  The first MacTech Pro will take place on March 4th, 2015 in Seattle.

MacTech Pro will take place in nine U.S. cities in 2015 including:

• March 4, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Seattle
• March 25, 2015 : MacTech Pro, San Francisco
• April 15, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Boston
• May 6, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Atlanta
• June 24, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Washington DC
• July 22, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Chicago
• August 12, 2015 : MacTech Pro, New York
• September...

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09:10
Apple is the First U.S. Company Agreeing to have...

Back in September we posted a report about Apple having to ensure China's Ministry that there were no hidden back doors to Apple's iOS 8 for the iPhone. The report noted that China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said it conducted "rigorous security testing" on the iPhone 6 ...

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09:05
T-Mobile's 'Smartphone Equality'...

T-Mobile today announced a new program that makes it easier for customers with poor credit to receive discount pricing on devices and other deals previously only available to credit-worthy customers. CEO John Legere kicked off the new "Smartphone Equality" promotion with a video blog that explains the rationale behind the program.

Legere notes that half of Americans do not qualify for most carrier-advertised phone deals due to poor credit or a lack of credit history, and T-Mobile aims to change that by "putting our relationship with you above some number pumped out by a credit bureau, some huge faceless bureaucracy."

With its new "Smartphone Equality" program, T-Mobile is emphasizing the customer's relationship with the carrier instead of their credit score. As part of the initiative, customers who have paid their wireless bill on...

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09:00
OneNote to rule them all

Today’s post was written by Kurt Soser, math and physical education teacher at the HAK Steyr business college in Austria.

As a passionate, tech-savvy and always-looking-for-best-solution math teacher, I am always searching the Internet for programs and apps to help me get the most out of my teaching profession. There are bad ones that I use one time for a five-minute test-flight, there are great ones that I use regularly, because they help me. And there is OneNote, the one tool that I literally can’t teach without!

In 2009, after getting a tablet PC, with a stylus, I discovered this “beast” within an Office 2010 beta test program. From that moment on OneNote has been my favorite tool, not only for my teaching profession, but also for my private life.

A brief personal history

I have taught mathematics and physical education since 2005. For the past five years, I have been teaching at the beautiful, new and innovative business college, HAK Steyr,...

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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 030 on Office...

In this episode Jeremy Thake talks to Rob Howard from the Office Developer Platform team who heads up the Office 365 APIs strategy.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP30_RobHoward.mp3

Download the podcast.

Weekly updates

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09:00
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPhone 6/Plus cases from $7,...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Amazon Gold Box – 30% off NuPro iPhone 6/Plus cases: multiple styles/colors ...

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09:00
Shifts lets you manage your crazy work schedule

Years ago, I worked for a residential school. Since the students lived there, employees worked in several shifts: 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM, 3:00 PM to 11:00 PM and an overnight shift that started at 11:00 PM and ended at 7:00 the next morning. There was als...

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08:53
Twitter timeline tweak helps you catch up on missed...

As promised, Twitter is now surfacing tweets you missed to the top of your timeline in its official iOS app. It’s a move comparable to Facebook’s algorithmic tweaking of your News Feed, though at least Twitter will file missed tweets under a “While you were away…” banner.

Twitter won’t completely veer off its reverse chronological course. The constant and real-time stream of content is exactly why people use the platform.

Twitter's app will file major tweets you missed under a new label, "While you were away."

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08:47
Apple agrees to subject products to Chinese...

China's State Internet Information Office will reportedly be allowed to conduct network security inspections of Apple products offered for sale in China as the company seeks to assuage fears that its devices can be used for intelligence gathering purposes by foreign governments.

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08:40
From Inside the Cloud: What commitments does...

If you have been following the From Inside the Cloud series, you know we regularly bring you an insider’s view from the people behind the services on how we operate and manage Office 365 for security, privacy and compliance. We thought we’d focus our first edition of the New Year on outlining the commitments Microsoft makes when you subscribe to Office 365 services.

Watch this brief video for more details and examples around the overall process:

Moving to the Cloud can be a paradigm shift, requiring additional assurances to help you make the decision for your organization. We know that you need to have trust and comfort knowing that things you used to operate locally may now be run by Microsoft on your behalf.

We’ve established our service commitments to align to what matters to you and your organization. We invest in the design and operations of our services worldwide, which means contracting for core principles versus...

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08:31
Batch renaming guide for multiple files in OS X...

In the realm of “cool/useful operating system tricks”, this ranks up pretty high.

The cool cats at TekRevue have posted a guide as to how to perform batch renaming in OS X Yosemite. This becomes handy as your number of files grows and you need a decent system for organization.

Prior to OS X Yosemite, Mac users looking to batch rename files in the OS X Finder would have to turn to third party tools. Renaming single files was simple enough, but if you had to rename multiple files, you’d need apps like Renamer or NameChanger.

With OS X Yosemite, however, Apple has integrated basic batch renaming capabilities directly into Finder. To use it, simply highlight or select multiple files in a Finder window, right-click (or Control-click) on the selected items, and choose Rename.

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08:30
Amazon releases Kindle Textbook Creator for Mac, a...

Apple first released its iBooks Author Mac app for creating interactive textbooks for the iBooks Store back in 2012, and now Amazon is delivering its own textbook composing Mac app for publishing to the Kindle Store. Kindle Textbook Creator, announced today, is available in beta for both Mac and PC with the competitive benefit of publishing to the cross-platform Kindle Store, which is available on iOS, Mac, Android, and more.

The new Kindle Textbook Creator app is part of...

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08:18
Review: STM Studio for iPad Air 2

STM has released a new version of its Studio ($40) case for iPad Air 2. The case, which is designed specifically for iPad Air 2, combines a snap-on polycarbonate hard shell back with a soft synthetic leather folio cover. Studio uses a magnetic closure that wraps around the case to keep it closed. The shell is thin, but as we've seen with most iPad Air 2 cases, it could probably be a bit thinner and still offer proper support while accentuating the device's profile. Studio's cover folds into a stand, as well. This new version of Studio is very similar to the original iPad Air version of the case; we'll keep the review brief.{/exp:char_limit}
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08:00
The next chapter of Office on Windows

Today’s post was written by Julia White, general manager for the Office Product Management team.

Yesterday’s unveil of Windows 10 showcased a new generation of experiences that will empower people and organizations to achieve more. In partnership with Windows 10, the Office team is bringing a fantastic new set of Office experiences to this platform, furthering our mission to bring the unparalleled productivity of Office to everyone, on every device. Over the past 12 months, you’ve seen us reimagine the traditional Office experience for a mobile-first, cloud-first world. The next step in this journey is the delivery of touch and mobile optimized versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook for Windows 10.

Hopefully, you got to see the new Office experiences that Joe Belfiore demonstrated as part of the Window 10 announcements; if not–check...

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08:00
BlackBerry CEO demands Apple make iMessage cross-...

BlackBerry is doing its best to mount a comeback in the face of overwhelming competition from iOS and Android devices. The BlackBerry Classic is a step in the right direction, but the fact remains that app support is a huge problem, and porting apps ...

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07:59
T-Mobile launches Smartphone Equality, expanding...

T-Mobile often rolls out “Un-carrier” initiatives that intend to challenge its competitors (which sometimes get copied), and John Legere’s latest announcement for the company is no different. The T-Mobile CEO shared today that the carrier soon start offering the same financing options to customers with weak credit as it provides for well qualified customers. The program is called Smartphone Equality, and here’s how it works…The gist of it is this: customers who otherwise may not qualify for financing plans like $0 down options due to poor credit can now avoid hefty deposits just by being a loyal T-Mobile customer...

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07:55
Mac: Apple Logic Pro X 10.1

Apple’s Logic Pro studio app has become a staple in the professional recording industry, and the debut of Logic Pro X a couple of years ago made some huge strides in making the app even more accessible and polished. With the release of the latest update, Logic Pro X 10.1 ($200), Apple adds a handful of new advanced features such as an intelligent beat profile for electronic and hip hop styles, as well as some handy Yosemite integrations such as MailDrop and AirDrop support.

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07:36
BlackBerry’s “net neutrality” plan: Force Apple to...

BlackBerry CEO John Chen laid out a net neutrality plan of his own yesterday in a letter to US lawmakers and in a post on the Canadian company's blog. One part of his proposal in particular has garnered attention: Chen thinks net neutrality rules in the US should force Apple and Netflix to make apps for BlackBerry hardware.

Net neutrality proposals generally focus on Internet service providers, banning discrimination against Internet content and applications. Chen wants makers of software to have to follow neutrality rules as well.

While BlackBerry makes its own messaging service available for multiple platforms, Apple has not returned the favor. Netflix has also "discriminated against BlackBerry customers" by not releasing a BlackBerry app. Chen wrote:

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07:34
BlackBerry CEO Says U.S. Government Should Force...

BlackBerry CEO John Chen yesterday published a blog post adaptation of a letter in which he presses U.S. government officials to support not only net neutrality but also "application/content neutrality". In Chen's view, all apps and content should be available on all platforms, and he points specifically to Apple's iMessage and Netflix's streaming services as examples of discrimination against BlackBerry.

Unlike BlackBerry, which allows iPhone users to download and use our BBM service, Apple does not allow BlackBerry or Android users to download Apple’s iMessage messaging service. Netflix, which has forcefully advocated for carrier neutrality, has discriminated against BlackBerry customers by refusing to make its streaming movie service available to them. Chen believes BlackBerry is a leader for content and application neutrality and pushes U.S. government officials to require these same neutral...

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07:31
USPTO Publishes Apple Touch ID & Orientation...

On January 22, 2015, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a series of three new Touch ID patent applications from Apple in addition to one that covers orientation based audio that Apple first revealed back in 2013.

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07:25
Apple exploring smarter Smart Cover, new gesture...

Future iPads could come with even fewer physical buttons, as Apple is evaluating new ways to show contextually relevant information and allow quick access to device controls based on the position of the iPad's Smart Cover, according to a patent application published Thursday by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

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07:13
Apple MainStage 3.1 - Live performance tool for...

Love the sound you got on your recording? MainStage 3 makes it easy to bring all the same instruments and effects to the stage. Everything from the Sound Library and Smart Controls you're familiar with from Logic Pro X is integrated into MainStage 3. You can even expand your show with prerecorded backing tracks. You’ll also find new features like an improved Mixer, easier-to-use channel strips, and more. With the Mac as the core of your live rig, setup is faster, teardown is faster, and everything in between is more reliable. And you can easily use your favorite hardware to control every nuance of your performance.



Version 3.1:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.9.5 or later

  • Redesigned Compressor plug-in features scalable, Retina-ready interface and 7 models including the new Classic VCA
  • Retro Synth can now create wavetables from imported audio and is able to stack up to 8 voices
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07:05
Could Microsoft's Foggy Windows 10 Plan Be Any...


The most important and daring move that Microsoft made Wednesday is far and away making the upgrade to Windows 10 free. Seems dirt-simple and intuitive on the surface, but it represents a startling and abrupt shift in both how users will relate to Microsoft and how Microsoft innovates with Windows going forward. As long-time readers know, I'm an unabashed Apple fan -- but I can appreciate a smart move when I see one, and no doubt about it, making Windows a free upgrade is a smart move. So what is Microsoft doing, exactly?

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07:00
Spotify update lets you preview, save songs quickly

Music streaming service Spotify has updated its iOS app with a cool new feature that helps you find what you're looking for. It's called Touch Preview and works by briefly playing a portion of a song while you tap-and-hold on its icon. Even if you're...

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