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Saturday December 13

07:19
Ex-Apple engineer testifies about project to block...

The Real versus Apple anti-trust trial continued on Friday, with an Apple engineer testifying that he worked on a project in 2006 that was "intended to block 100 percent of non-iTunes clients." Rod Schultz was summoned by Real's attorneys unwillingly, and discussed his work on codename "Candy" which would "keep out third party players"...



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07:00
Caturday: Working with Bud

There's nothing better than a good-lookin' cat lookin' good in front of a bunch of Apple gear. TUAW reader David Stewart sent us this shot of his handsome bicolor cat Bud lazing in front of a MacBook Air connected to a Cinema HD Display. Dave says:

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06:30
Apple's "Glass Lantern" Store in...

The Structural Awards 2014 ceremony culminated in the presentation of the ultimate accolade - the Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence. This year it was awarded to The Glass Lantern, a feature at the new Apple store in Istanbul, ...

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06:00
Scripted Country Geolocations Using OS X’s Built-In...

Recently I was working on a project where we were isolating IP addresses by country. In the process, I found an easy little tool built right into OS X called ip2cc. Using ip2cc, you can lookup what country an IP is in. To do so, simply run ip2cc followed by a name or ip address. For example, to lookup apple.com you might run:

ip2cc apple.com

Or to lookup Much Music, you might run:

ip2cc muchmusic.ca

The output would be:

IP::Country modules (v2.28)
Copyright (c) 2002-13 Nigel Wetters Gourlay
Database updated Wed May 15 15:29:48 2013

Name: muchmusic.com
Address: 199.85.71.88
Country: CA (Canada)

You can just get the country line:

ip2cc apple.com | grep Country:

To just get the country code:

ip2cc apple.com | grep Country: | awk '{ print $2 }'

Finally, ip2cc is located at /usr/bin/ip2cc so we’ll complicate things just a tad by replacing the hostname with the current IP (...

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06:00
12 days of Mixes–day 2

Yesterday we announced our 12 days of Mixes, sharing a private speech from an influential speaker hosted at Microsoft. If you like TED Talks and documentaries, we think you’ll love them.

Today’s mix: Joshua Wolf Shenk, “Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs.”

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

Happy Holidays and Happy Mixing!

The post 12 days of Mixes–day 2 appeared first on Office Blogs.

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06:00
Gadget Ogling: Wireless Lights, Sunny Wearables and...


Welcome, dear readers, to another installment of Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, a weekly perusal of the best and worst in just-announced gizmos. On the docket this time around are wireless Christmas lights, solar-charging jackets, a speed-reading wearable and much more. It's almost as if the creators of the Aura Wirelessly Powered Christmas Lights expected a crowdfunding campaign at this time of year would be a smart move. These lights aren't attached to long power cords designed to snake along, around and through the tree branches.

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04:09
Apple Antitrust Case Finds New Consumer Plaintiff

An anonymous reader writes Class action against Apple is set to continue after 65-year-old amateur figure skater Barbara Bennett decided she would volunteer to represent consumers in the faltering antitrust case. U.S. district judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers is reportedly satisfied that Bennett qualifies as a class member, telling attorneys that they 'were on the right track.' Bennett offered to volunteer in the case after reading an online news story which suggested that the suit was floundering due to a lack of a named plaintiff after the last plaintiff was disqualified earlier this week.

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01:10
How to enable and manage iCloud Family Sharing on...

Prior to iOS 8, Apple required iTunes customers to purchase content on a per-account basis, but a new Family Sharing feature lets users living in the same household share apps, music, iBooks and more.

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Friday December 12

22:17
BlackBerry Messenger adds features, iOS version gets...

BlackBerry has released a new version of Messenger for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry, each with differing sets of new features the company says are some of its most-often requested additions. For iOS, the app has received a total makeover to bring it in line with the general iOS 8 design language. Android users get support for the latest major release, Lollipop (version 5), as well as a new landscape mode. BlackBerry OS 10 users can now share multiple attachments and images at the same time....



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20:32
Adobe Announces 'strong' end to 2014,...

As part of its fourth quarter and 2014 financial report, Adobe announced its agreement to acquire stock content marketplace Fotolia, and a new, often wished-for, collaboration feature in its Creative Cloud suite. Saying the firm had successfully transitioned to its subscription-based business model, CFO Mark Garrett said the company now expects revenue to grow sequentially every quarter of the year, rather than only when upgrades are announced....



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19:48
Google's new Web series 'Route 85'...

Google on Friday announced a new series of developer outreach videos called "Route 85," which looks to facilitate expanded use of Google's iOS SDKs in third-party app creations.

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19:29
Get Free Bitcoins with 50 Website Faucets that...

I've gathered 50 different Bitcoin "faucets"-websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads-and tested them to make sure they actually pay out. I started off with eight sites, but this update adds several more and removes some faucets that have gone dark for a total of 50 different Bitcoin faucets that really pay. I've also added Dogecoin and Litecoin faucets, reformatted the list, and updated all the descriptions.


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18:17
Apple Pay support added to MLB Ballpark, Priceline,...

In addition to banks and credit unions adding support for Apple Pay to their debit and credit cards, app developers are also taking advantage of the service's other side -- using Touch ID to secure online payments, which may in fact outpace mainstream point-of-sale acceptance as online shopping continues to grow. Priceline announced earlier this week that it will support Apple Pay for "Express Deal" hotel reservations, and MLB Ballpark (formerly "At the Ballpark") now lets users pay for tickets from select teams....



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18:09
Google introduces Route 85 web series geared towards...

Google may own the world’s most popular mobile operating system in Android, but it wants iPhone and iPad developers to recognize that the company has a lot to offer for them as well. Enter a new web series called Route 85, which will consist of a set of videos uploaded to the Google Developers channel on YouTube to showcase everything from SDKs to code libraries that iOS developers can take advantage of.

Google developer advocate Todd Kerpelman is tasked with leading this new series of videos for iOS developers, beginning with the humorous introduction clip below. While its bread and butter is and always will be Android, Google has a number of iPhone and iPad apps on the App Store, including Google AdSense, Google Analytics, Google Drive, Google Maps, Blogger, Chrome,...

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17:45
Former iTunes Engineer Claims Apple Aimed to Block...

As a part of the ongoing class action iPod lawsuit Apple is facing in court this week, former iTunes engineer Rod Schultz testified that he worked on a project designed to block third-party music from playing on the iPod, reports The Wall Street Journal.A former iTunes engineer testified in a federal antitrust case against Apple Friday that he worked on a project "intended to block 100% of non-iTunes clients" and "keep out third-party players" that competed with Apple’s iPod.Subpoenaed by the plaintiffs to prove that Apple's moves to block outside music from playing on the iPod drove up prices, Schultz told the court that his project was codenamed "Candy" and that he didn't really want to talk about his work on iTunes from 2006 to 2007.

Schultz...

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17:21
Reports: Yosemite Mail causing intermittent typing...

On November 1, a thread was started on the Apple Support Community regarding an intermittent and troublesome lag when using Apple's Mail, the default email program, in Yosemite. User 'Andrew-StL' kicked off the discussion, reporting the issue while composing messages after updating from Mavericks to the then newly-released Yosemite, noting that the lag was not experienced while entering text in any other application....



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17:19
∞ Heart: “Barracuda” in 1977

Ann and Nancy Wilson are amazing.

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16:49
Former iTunes engineer testifies in iPod trial, says...

Apple has been engaged in a lawsuit this week over what some deemed “anticompetitive” measures put into place in the iPod several years ago. Those measures essentially prevented users from playing back any music from third-party stores. Apple, for its part, has owned up to those actions, saying it did so to protect the user experience and the device from possible malicious files.

Today a former engineer who worked on iTunes at the time testified that he was part of a team...

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16:43
The Oxford Comma

Rick Mueller solicited comments from people on how important the Oxford Comma really is.

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16:37
Former iTunes engineer says Apple wanted to block...

A former Apple engineer appeared in court on Friday as the final witness of an antitrust case involving the iPod and iTunes ecosystem, saying he worked on an internal project meant to box out competing digital stores and media players.

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16:30
Find out how you measure up with the Official Navy...

So you think you are in good shape? You run a couple of miles three or four times a week and put in a few hours in the gym doing weight work every couple of days. Well you can now find out just what kind of shape you are in with the Official Navy SEA...

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16:27
FCC overrules carriers, defines 'broadband...

Over the objections of carriers and cable companies, the FCC on Friday voted to change the definition of the term "broadband" to require a minimum speed of 10 megabits (one megabit equals one-eighth of a megabyte) per second (Mbps) download speed -- an upgrade from the previous definition of 4Mbps -- while keeping the old definition's requirement of at least 1Mbps upload. Although the US is far behind many other countries in typical broadband speed (and US customers pay more for the slower speed that typical prices in many other places), AT&T and Verizon, along with the National Cable & Teleco...



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16:26
Tips & tricks: Track presets in Pro Tools

A 15 minute tutorial from my favorite video trainer, Kenny Gioia.

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16:07
A visual Web

It’s amazing how much photos have changed over the years. At one time, they were a specific memory of a specific period in time, but these days we take pictures every second and upload them for everyone to see. You could argue that they are the same thing, but just more of them, but there was something different about pictures years ago.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:00
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

Jenga [iOS Universal; N...

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15:41
Iowa to Lead Digital Driver's License Movement


Iowa plans to issue digital drivers' licenses in the form of a smartphone app by next year, Paul Trombino, director of the Iowa Department of Transportation, said earlier this week at a public state agency budget hearing. The digital license will be accepted by Iowa law enforcement officers conducting traffic stops, as well as by security officers who screen travelers at Iowa's airports. The app will be highly secure and will be provided free to drivers as an alternative to the traditional paper license, the Iowa DoT said.

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15:30
Serving 26 million Texans with secure cloud-based...

Today’s post was written by Karen Robinson, chief information officer for the State of Texas and executive director for the Texas Department of Information Resources.

Government agencies across the nation constantly look for ways to deliver increased value while using limited resources wisely. In the State of Texas, cloud-based services are providing new and exciting opportunities to increase process, time and budget efficiencies. In my roles as CIO for the state and executive director for the Department of Information Resources (DIR), I’m privileged to see those benefits on a statewide level. As someone whose job requires a high degree of availability and connectivity, with immediate access to the information I need to make good decisions, the benefits of cloud-based computing impact me personally as well.

Mobility is a big consideration for Texas...

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15:30
Walmart to slash iPhone 6 and 6 Plus prices by $50...

Shoppers looking for a deal an iPhone should swing by their local Walmart retail store this weekend. According to Bloomberg, the retailer is slashing the price of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the iPhone 5s by as much as $50. These reductions are t...

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15:24
Indie game 'Papers, Please' to return full...

Apple's app review team caused a small fracas this week when it forced award-winning game "Papers, Please" remove pixelated nudity prior to a debut on iPad. But the company changed course on Friday, suggesting the game's developer resubmit the title with a user-selectable full nudity option.

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15:15
The Heisman at ESPN

I think Marcus Mariota has this one wrapped up.

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15:05
Whoa, Maybe Apple Really Is Serious About Enterprise...


Apple and IBM have delivered the first batch of enterprise-class apps for iOS, rolling out 10 apps that cover key industry verticals like banking and finance, travel and transportation, retail, insurance, telco and government. The companies have pledged to deliver more than 100 such apps. The apps are the first proof point in the "unprecedented" partnership, which IBM and Apple announced this summer with few details and vague promises, such as forging Apple's "legendary user experience" with IBM's "unmatched position in enterprise computing."

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15:00
Snapselect for Mac solves a major nightmare for...

I have sooooo many photos scattered on my computer. Not all are in iPhoto, or Lightroom, or Aperture, the latter on which development was discontinued by Apple.

Snapselect for OS X from MacPhun Software is a very clever and tremendously useful app j...

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14:47
NetSpot Pro: Analyze and Troubleshoot Your Wi-Fi...

NetSpot Pro is a Mac utility that allows you to map your Wi-Fi network, identify the strong and weak zones in your coverage, see where competing networks or other radio signals might be interfering, and generally understand your network. It has a lot of features, and there's a video on the deal listing that shows more about how it works. It's regularly priced at $149, but through our deal it's just $19.


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14:30
Rejoice! Papers, Please will get pixelated nudity...

Papers, Please -- the hit PC game that launched on iPad today sans the not-at-all graphic nudity of the original game -- will be getting a patch to restore the low-res boobs and butts to their former glory. Developer Lucas Pope has announced that App...

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14:07
YouTube Rewind 2014 Features John Oliver, Stephen...

YouTube has posted a retrospective for 2014 called YouTube Rewind: Turn Down for 2014. Professionally filmed and produced, the video features mainstream celebrities like John Oliver, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmle, Chris Hardwycke, Chris Hardwick, Conan O'Brien, and Big Bird. But it also includes many folks who have become celebrities through YouTube itself, including The Fine Brothers, Kid President, Corridor Digital, iJustine, Freddie Wong, AmazingPhil, Grace Helbig, Enjoy Phoenix, Epic Rap Battles, and many more. The music is mostly a mashup of Pharrell's "Happy" and various other songs that have been popular on YouTube, and it was put together by DJ Earworm. It's a great video. It's funny, clever, well-made, and entertaining.


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14:00
Apple I sells for "only" $365,000 at...

With the original Apple computers - AKA Apple I or Apple-1 - being as scarce as the proverbial hens teeth, prices for the units hand-built by Steve Wozniak and sold by Steve Jobs have been soaring into the stratosphere. As an example, in October of 2...

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13:56
Iowa Ready to turn Your iPhone into Your Driver’s...

Your iPhone can already serve as your credit card, and Iowa is hoping it'll be your driver's license soon, too. The state is working on an app that shows your driver's license on screen that it hopes will be available in 2015, although privacy concerns may delay its launch.

The Mac Observer Spin: Digital driver's licenses on our iPhones seems like a natural next step now that Apple Pay is available. Hopefully Iowa can work out privacy concerns, and its program becomes a template for other states.


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13:50
9to5Toys Last Call: $100 iTunes gift card for $80...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

$100 iTunes Gift Card for $80 delivered via email: Save 20% on future purchases of Apps, Music, Movies, more

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13:30
Thanks to Apple, Dr. Dre had the most profitable...

Dr. Dre has had a very good year. This week Forbes magazine released its rankings of the world's highest paid musicians, and the good Doctor took the number one spot by half a billion dollars more than the second place earner. The number two spot wen...

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13:30
Apple briefly censors nudity in iPad version of...

The newly-launched iPad version of Papers, Please has briefly been censored by Apple, reports note. Players assume the role of a passport control agent in the fictional Eastern Bloc country of Arstotzka. Later into the game players have access to a full-body scanner; in the original PC title, players could toggle whether this presented characters in full (but cartoonish and low-resolution) nudity or simply in their underwear. A version with both options was initially rejected from the App Store, forcing developer Lucas Pope to remove the nudity....



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13:27
External Link: Take Control of Pages on MacVoices

It is inevitable, but always fun, when a Take Control author finishes a book to then spend an hour chatting with Chuck Joiner of MacVoices about it. Michael Cohen’s most recent chat with him was no exception as they discussed the book, how it came to be, and why Apple made Pages into the three-platform app that it is today.

 

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13:07
Review: Elgato’s Thunderbolt 2 Dock is a faster, one...

As “really good Mac accessory ideas” go, Thunderbolt docks are high on the list. It’s hard to overstate the sheer convenience of connecting a bunch of peripherals to a central hub, then running one Thunderbolt cable from the hub to your Mac — a huge time-saver if you’re frequently bringing any Thunderbolt-equipped MacBook in and out of an office full of hardware.

Earlier this year, Elgato’s original Thunderbolt Dock brought that convenience to Macs with first-generation Thunderbolt Ports. For the same $230 price, the just-released Thunderbolt 2 Dock ramps up the speed using twin Thunderbolt 2 connectors, and also boosts the performance of integrated USB 3.0, HDMI video, and analog audio-out ports. The under-the-hood changes make it a solid pick regardless of whether...

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13:05
2014's Top Google Play Picks: Fitness, Netflix...


Health and fitness was the fastest-growing category of apps on Google Play this year, according to a report Google published on Thursday. MyFitnessPal was the most-downloaded app within that category, while Duolingo led the education category. Facebook was top among social apps named in the report, which listed the most popular apps, games, movies, music, news and books in 2014 on Google Play. Netflix was the leader in entertainment apps, and Pandora was tops in music. NFL Mobile ranked No. 1 among sports apps.

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13:00
Iowa developing iPhone-based driver's licenses

Iowa is developing the first smartphone-based driver's license that would work on iOS and Android devices, reports the Wall Street Journal. Under this system, drivers would be able to open a specialized smartphone app that would display their operato...

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12:49
News: Apps of the Week: Microsoft’s MSN apps

Microsoft has unleashed an entire series of MSN Apps for iOS devices, providing comprehensive apps across categories including news and sports, finance, fitness and health, and food and drink. While these apps were previously available for Windows Mobile devices under the “Bing” brand, Microsoft has released them for the iPhone and iPad platforms not just as mere second-rate ports, but as elegantly designed iOS apps in their own right…

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12:48
BlackBerry rolling out redesigned BBM for iPhone 6/6...


Previous BBM design (left) and refreshed BBM design (right)

Better late than never, BlackBerry showed off a redesigned version of its BBM app with native resolution support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus which should be rolling out to users soon.

The update also includes some design adjustments, BlackBerry says, adding to the “fresh new look and feel” of the updated version for iOS 8 and the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. A preview screenshot of the new version of BlackBerry Messenger for iPhone (seen above on the right) shows the user interface refinements coming...

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12:30
Ford drops Microsoft Sync for QNX-based platform...

The rumors that Ford would be dropping Microsoft Sync started last year, but the news has now been confirmed in a story by Engadget. Ford, the number two automaker by market share, is transferring from Sync to a QNX-based platform that offers support...

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12:21
VMware Fusion 7.1.0 - Run Windows apps alongside Mac...

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

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

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

The new VMware Fusion 7.0 Professional version adds the following:

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

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12:17
External Link: Design Explosions Elegantly Explains...

A new online publication, Design Explosions, the brainchild of UX Launchpads, kicks off a series of “design lessons” with an in-depth look at how Google and Apple iOS mapping interfaces work, and why. Design Explosions assumes that product building teams are smart and talented, and that there are well-considered reasons that underlie why the products look and work as they do. Its in-depth analysis of Apple Maps and Google Maps on iOS makes for a fascinating and informative read, and provides a welcome respite from the usual “We Look at Two Interfaces and Tell You Who Won" type of critique.

 

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12:10
Friday Deals: 23-inch Dell monitor, Destiny, iMac,...

Christmas is just 13 days away, and unless you spent wisely during Black Friday, you have just two weekends left to buy presents. Hopefully today's Friday Deals, the post where we list the best online deals worthy of the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader, will provide some gift inspiration for you. As always, deal pricing is correct at the time of publication but could change at a later time, so verify the price before purchasing. Also, remember to check back to this post later, as we will continue to add more deals across the weekend....



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12:04
Apple's Beats buyout propelled Dr. Dre to the...

Apple employee, rapper and producer Dr. Dre made an estimated $620 million before taxes this year, making him not only the top earning musician of 2014, but also the highest paid musician in a single year in history.

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12:04
Third OS X 10.10.2 beta adds Mail, VoiceOver as...

Apple has issued a third beta of OS X 10.10.2 to developers. The code is listed as build 14C81f, and follows 14C78c, released on the 4th. One significant change is that Mail and VoiceOver have been added as new areas for testing focus, suggesting an expanded scope for Apple's bugfixes....



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12:00
Twelve South announces BookBook for iPhone 6 / 6 Plus

Twelve South's BookBook iPhone case has been a popular choice for years, and now the company has announced that it is releasing the case in sizes for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

While the case may look the same from the outside, it's actually di...

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11:37
VueScan 9.4.54 - Scanner software with advanced...

VueScan is a scanning program that works with most high-quality flatbed and film scanners to produce scans that have excellent color fidelity and color balance. VueScan is easy to use, and has advanced features for restoring faded colors, batch scanning and other features used by professional photographers.

Why should you use VueScan?

  • Easy to use - just run VueScan, press Preview, adjust the cropping, then press Scan.
  • Accurate colors - uses ICC profiles and IT8 calibration.
  • Powerful - dozens of advanced options.
  • Faster workflow - can edit one image while the next image is being scanned (most scanner software won't let you work with one image while another is being scanned).
  • Simple to install - installing VueScan changes nothing on your system, installs nothing in your operating system and all other scanner software will continue to function.
  • Award winning - 2002 "Best Utility", Mac Addict Magazine....
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11:22
A National Class Action lawsuit has been filed...

Patently Apple was the first Apple site to cover the original Class Action filed against Apple for defective MacBook logic boards. We also covered the second Class Action over this issue in May of this year. The plaintiff's council wrote in the latter case that Apple's "cover-up" shows that they "had knowledge of the defect, yet willfully and intentionally decided to hide the defect, resulting in continuing damage to the Class." By far, it's been a contentious issue and we've had the most email sent in to us on this issue than any other report we've ever covered. Now the battle goes north to Canada where a new Class Action request has been filed on behalf of a resident of Montreal. The difference here ...

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11:00
Daily Deals for December 12, 2014, featuring four...

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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10:33
Legal action over 2011 MacBook Pro extends into...

A second class action lawsuit has been filed against Apple over the 2011 MacBook Pro. The new case originates in Canada, specifically from a Montreal-based lawfirm, Lex Group Attorneys. Like the original US case, the new suit states that Apple shipped MacBooks with bad soldering of an AMD graphics chip to the logic board, and that this led to a variety of graphics problems. To get it fixed, some customers were forced to pay out-of-warranty repair costs that could scale up to $600, despite Apple apparently being at fault....



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10:24
Rumor: A9 processor production underway, Samsung...

Despite years of legal acrimony between Apple and Samsung, there’s still money to be made in processor manufacturing.

Per 9to5Mac and Korea’s Electronic Times, industry insiders have stated that Samsung Electronics began production of Apple’s A9 in the Austin plant in the US using the 14nm FinFET technology. Samsung has production lines capable of FinFET process production in Austin, US and Giheung, Korea, but began to produce A9 only in Austin as it is in the initial stage.

It had been reported back in July that Samsung had received some orders for the chips, which the company effectively confirmed in October when the president of the company’s chip-making division said that profits would improve once it began supplying its...

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10:20
Apple releases third beta of OS X 10.10.2 with...

Apple on Friday supplied developers with a third beta of OS X 10.10.2, a forthcoming maintenance and security update for its Yosemite operating system for Mac, with indications that it may address lingering Wi-Fi issues.

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10:20
Why Apple’s Next Generation TV Project is on Hold

Apple's CEO Tim Cook has whet our appetite several times about his company's interest in the consumer side of watching TV. For too long, we've been waiting for something, we're not sure what, that brings to fruition what we hope is a futuristic and better vision. But what if new technology isn't what's stopping Apple. John Martellaro has a hunch.


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10:18
Apple Adds 'Anti-Beats' Master &...

Though Apple acquired its own headphone brand with the purchase of Beats Electronics earlier this year, the Cupertino company is demonstrating that there's still room for competitors in its Apple Store with the new addition of premium headphones by Master & Dynamic.

As of this week, Apple is now selling the Master & Dynamic MH30 On-Ear Headphones and the Master & Dynamic MH40 On-Ear Headphones in its online store and in select retail stores. Priced quite similarly to premium Beats headphones, the $349 and $399 Master & Dynamic headphones focus on both design and high-quality audio, much like Beats.

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10:11
Apple seeds third OS X 10.10.2 beta highlighting...

Apple has seeded a new build of pre-release OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 highlighting focus ares including WiFi, Mail, and VoiceOver. The third tester preview of OS X 10.10.2 brings the build number up to 14C81f following build 14C78c released earlier this month. We’ll update with any notable changes spotted in the new release for testers.

OS X users on the Yosemite pre-release release cycle can find the update through the Mac App Store via the Updates tab.

Notably, both Mail and VoiceOver fixes appear as new focus areas for this release over the previous pre-release version.

Apple released the...

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10:11
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-12

Apple changed its mind and now says it's OK for Panic's Transmit to upload files to iCloud Drive. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at the problems and frustration developers and consumers face because of inconsistencies in the App Store review process, plus they get excited about DeskConnect's Workflow for the iPhone and iPad.


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10:00
Holiday Gift Guide: Health gadgets — get a healthy...

When the new year rolls around, a lot of us have New Year’s resolutions to become a healthier person and plan to exercise more. Last year I set my New Year’s resolution to do just that. However, last year was the first year I really used technology and wearables to help me with my journey, and I successfully lost sixty pounds. These gadgets helped me with my weight loss journey. They can keep you focused, inspire you, motivate you, and carry your gear.

iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus

The iPhone 6/6 Plus contains a dual core A8 processor and M8 motion coprocessor. The M8 motion coprocessor tracks and measures movement from the accelerometer, barometer, compass and gyroscope, which allows for the phone to analyze your steps, movement, distance and change in elevation. With a new two year contract, the iPhone 6/6 Plus starts...

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10:00
Nazi tracker app coming soon to a German iPhone near...

At a time when ultra-nationalist rallies are becoming a weekly occurrence in the German capital of Berlin, activists are turning to apps to help track the extremist movement and ensure it doesn't evolve into something more dangerous, RT reports. The ...

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09:52
Hands On: Altunenator (OS X)

There are at least several apps that come to mind that aim to accentuate your iTunes experience. One that we're taking a look at today is Altunenator, a budget-friendly, $1 app that ensures the listener isn't subjected to the same songs (or other media content) too frequently. Altunenator skips tracks for you based on preset parameters such the duration between the last time a song was played, which is particularly suited for playing a large playlist or your full library on shuffle. Is it worth checking out?...



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09:30
Octa Lynx Grips iPads and Clamps to Just About...

The Lynx iPad stand from Octa clamps to any number of irregular surfaces while also providing close-up and personal access to your tablet. It works equally well with large iPads and the iPad mini. Soft rubber clamps prevent scratches. Plus, it breaks down into three easy pieces for transport.


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09:27
Samsung already manufacturing A9 chips at Austin...

Samsung has already started manufacturing Apple A9 processors at its factory in Austin, Texas, claims South Korea's Electronic Times. Production is fact said to have started just this Thursday, using the company's latest 14nm manufacturing process. The story is consistent with other recent reports suggesting A9 production would begin by the end of the year, and statements from within Samsung that it would be supplying Apple with 14nm hardware....



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09:09
Apple-1 sold by Steve Jobs fetches $365,000 at...

Apple’s beginnings in a Los Altos, Calif. garage are the stuff of legend. Steve Jobs sold the first Apple computers, dubbed Apple-1, out of his parents’ garage for $666.66 apiece. Jobs and Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak only made about 200 units, and on Thursday the last known Apple-1 to be sold by Jobs out of the garage was auctioned off for $365,000.

Christie’s auction house expected the fully functional computer, sold by Jobs to Charles Ricketts in 1976, to sell for $400,000 to $600,000, so the final selling price is a bit disappointing. Apple-1 units sold in recent years have commanded wildly disparate prices.

In October, The Henry Ford snagged an Apple-1 for display at the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan for $905,000, almost double the high-end estimate. Auction house Bonhams said that computer might have been one of...

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09:00
Powering your business with Big Data and business...

Big Data is big news, but what does it mean for you? Did you know that Excel now allows you to connect to more than 25 data sources—including Hadoop through Power Query? With Excel, anyone can use Big Data to inspire innovation, accelerate decision making and share insights—no supercomputers or PhDs required. All while using Excel, the tool you know and love.

Join us for this hour-long Big Data & Business Analytics webinar where we’ll discuss how to gain real business advantage with data across marketing, finance, sales, HR and more. Get the insights you need to compete innovate and streamline operations, and tap into new markets.

Learn how you can:

  • Inspire innovation by discovering new insights—without calling the IT department.
  • Make faster decisions with real-time access to massive data sets.
  • ...
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09:00
Apple's Zorlu Center store in Istanbul wins...

When Apple works closely with both architect and engineer on flagship retail stores, the result can be magical. That's the case with the Apple Store Zorlu Center in Istanbul, Turkey, which won a pair of awards at The Institution of Structural Enginee...

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09:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 (14C81f) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 (14C81f) Now Available

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09:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 (14C81f) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 (14C81f) Now Available

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08:58
Hit Dystopian Game 'Papers, Please' Lands...

The popular PC "dystopian document thriller" Papers, Please launched on the iPad early this morning, after hitting Mac earlier this year and originally being released on Steam in August of 2013. As noted by our sister site TouchArcade, however, the new iOS version is bringing a bit of controversy with it as one of the game's somewhat adult elements has been removed after facing Apple's family-focused App Store censorship rules.

The game sets players as unlucky border control guards working for the fictional nation of Arstotzka. The entire game revolves around checking the documents of people attempting to immigrate into the country, cross-checking passports, ID cards, and work releases to ensure only those with proper documentation get past.

The...

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08:53
Class-action lawsuit over 2011 MacBook Pro GPU...

Following a petition with thousands of signatures related to GPU complaints and a class-action lawsuit filed in the United States, another class-action lawsuit has been filed north of the border against Apple Canada over the same GPU issues affecting some 15-inch and 17-inch 2011 MacBook Pro models equipped with an AMD graphics chip.

The virtually identical class-action lawsuit was filed in Canada by Montreal-based legal firm Lex Group Attorneys and argues that certain 2011 MacBook Pros suffer from a design and manufacturing defect that causes graphical issues such as severe screen distortion,...

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08:38
Robinhood financial tool launches, offers zero...

You may love the stock market or hate it, but it’s out there and it’s worth tapping into.

And if you’ve got a handy iOS app to help you do it, so much the better.

The Robinhood app has surfaced for iOS, complete with zero commission for U.S. listed securities.

The app is designed to be intuitive to anyone who uses it. Drag your finger across interactive graphs to view historical share prices. Swipe left and right between stocks in your watchlist. Quickly tell when the markets are open and closed with simple color schemes. When you’re ready to purchase a stock, just swipe up to buy.

With your cash or margin account, you can purchase U.S. listed stocks and exchange-traded-funds by placing market and limit orders. Robinhood lets you build a personalized watchlist, view market data in...

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08:33
Replacing your Apple ID account recovery key

There’s been a lot of discussion over the past few days about Apple ID two-step verification and the fact that Apple can’t restore your account if you lose your recovery key. Here’s how to do it.

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08:15
Giveaway: Win a Creative Kit Plus software bundle...

Earlier this year Macphun started offering a bundle of software titles together called the Creative Kit which consisted of Snapheal Pro, Intensify Pro and Focus Pro. They have recently added Tonality Pro to this bundle, and it is now called the Creative Kit Plus and it retails for $150. We have teamed up with Macphun to give away one of these bundles to one of our lucky readers....



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08:14
Microsoft acquires HockeyApp development tool,...

It’s hard to say what Microsoft will do with it, but it could be interesting.

According to a blog post over on the Microsoft Developer Network, Microsoft has acquired HockeyApp, a class leading service for mobile crash analytics and app distribution for developers building apps on iOS, Android and Windows Phone. The company stated that it will integrate HockeyApp into the Application Insights service in Visual Studio Online to expand Application Insights support for iOS and Android.

Based in Stuttgart, Germany, HockeyApp offers a range of mobile development services enabling developers to develop, distribute, and beta test great mobile applications.

HockeyApp’s service include the following:
- Crash reporting: Fast and precise crash reporting with easy app integration, rich crash analysis and support for connecting...

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08:14
How to Build Your Own Apps with Workflow for the...

Workflow is a cool new app for the iPhone and iPad that lets you automate actions that otherwise would be tedious, or even impossible without other apps. You can even save your workflows so they show up on your Home screen just like any other app. Read on to learn how to build your own apps in Workflow.


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08:10
Rev. Jackson's Group Disrespectfully Stormed...

On December 9 we reported that Rev. Jesse Jackson and Apple's Tim Cook met again over diversity issues in the workplace. Jackson noted that he was impressed with Cook and the conversation that they had. You'd think that Apple working with Jackson would have produced some positive fruit. But according the Mercury news, the group that Jackson supports stormed Apple's Silicon Valley campus last night in the latest call for the company to improve its workers' living standards.

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08:10
Forums: alleged iPhone instability

While this week has been relatively quiet in the MacNN forums, members discuss topics such as iPhone instability, software compatibility and more. After having his first iPhone for a short while, Mac Elite "jeff k" turned to the forums looking for explanations to problems he is experiencing. Yesterday one Fresh-Faced Recruit turned to the forums to ask if Adobe Acrobat Professional 8 and Yosemite work nicely together....



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08:06
Apple deals: up to $600 off Mac Pros

Right now at Apple's online store chose from a wide selection of refurbished Mac Pro models with savings of up to $600 off the list price. The refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz Intel Xeon quad-core E5 processor, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of flash based storage is now $2,549 after a $450 discount. For $3,219 is the refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.5GHz 6-Core Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage....



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08:00
YouTube Find: Cheer on this iPad robot as it escapes...

Double Robotics had a clever idea to market Double, its iPad-equipped telepresence robot -- instead of a plain jane demonstration video, the company setup a robot in a conference room and allowed the public to control it over the Internet. Users coul...

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07:51
Deepest Discount Ever: $700 off Apple's 15-inch...

Even with the holiday shopping season nearing its final stretch, Apple Authorized Resellers continue to introduce significant savings on some of the company's most popular products, such as a new offer that marks down a 15-inch MacBook Pro (2.6GHz, 16GB, 1TB, 750M) by a record $700.

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07:49
Workflow for iOS aims to simplify automation of...

A newly launched iOS application dubbed "Workflow" enables users to drag and drop combinations of more than 100 different actions to create automated and complex workflows.

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07:31
Iowa planning America’s first iPhone driver’s...

If you’re pulled over by a patrol car in Iowa, you might in future find the officer asking for your ‘iPhone and registration, please.’ The state is working on creating a smartphone app that can be shown in place of a physical license, reports the WSJ.

DOT spokeswoman Andrea Henry said that both security and privacy concerns need to be addressed before the project can proceed. Animation might be used to guard against someone showing a screengrab in place of the app, and privacy will be protected by ensuring that “the phone never leaves your hands.”

Users could hold up the phone so that police or Transportation Security Administration officers can scan the license electronically, rather than handling the phone.

The app will also need to hide notifications while...

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07:27
NTFS 12.1.62 - Provides full read and write access...

Paragon NTFS breaks down the barriers between Windows and OS X. Paragon NTFS effectively solves the communication problems between the Mac system and NTFS, providing full read and write access to Windows NTFS partitions under OS X. Excellent solution for end users, SOHO, and enterprise, supports all NTFS versions from Windows NT 3.1 to Windows 8 (NTFS versions 1.2, 3.0 and 3.1), and mounts the NTFS volumes as native ones.

Features:

  • Natively read and write your data to any Windows NTFS partition.
  • Easily transfer data between Windows and Mac computers using external or thumb drives with NTFS partitions.
  • Access NTFS partitions without having any complex translation applications or file services like AFP or Samba protocols.



Version 12.1.62:

  • Support for the latest OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • Improved stability and performance
  • Bug fixing



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07:24
Daily Deal: The Name-Your-Own-Price iOS Designer...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering up another great Name-Your-Own-Price bundle: The iOS Designer Bundle includes four all-level courses and three asset packs that will help you design your next great iOS app. With something for everyone from beginners to advanced designers, this bundle brings you all of the tools you need to design an engaging iOS app. You pay what you want for the Learn Mobile First Web Design Using Bootstrap and The Art Of…

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07:15
Samsung Can't Confirm that they Have Apple Chip...

A report out of Korea today states that Taiwan's TSMC began the risk production of the 16nm FinFET plus (16FF+) process, and began to produce chips in July, much earlier than the original anticipated Q3. Apple is adjusting the A9 chip production quantity shuttling between Samsung (SEC) and TSMC. Although the report hints of Samsung working on the A9 processor in Austin Texas, the report clearly states there's no firm order.

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07:08
Samsung Starts Manufacturing Apple's A9 Chip...

Manufacturing of Apple's A9 processor is reportedly underway in Samsung's Austin, Texas plant, according to Korea's ET News (via The Verge). Samsung is believed to be handling the bulk of the orders for the A9 using its 14-nanometer chip process, with rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) contributing a supplementary supply.

Samsung and TSMC have been competing for Apple's lucrative A9 processor contract after Apple in 2013 signed a multi-year deal with Taiwan's TSMC to supply A-series processors for Apple's iOS devices. TSMC took lead on the A8 chip, ...

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07:06
No Respite for Sony


Since the hacker group calling itself "Guardians of Peace" announced its attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment late last month, things have gone downhill for the company. After confidential documents were leaked to the Internet over several days, a denouement of sorts was reached last week, when a security company examining the stolen data discovered nearly 50,000 Social Security numbers of current and former employees. The Social Security information was not encrypted, and it appears Sony exercised very little control over it.

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07:02
Apple Online Store Adds PayPal as Payment Option

You can now buy your new Mac, iPhone, or iPad through Apple's online store with PayPal, giving shoppers yet another way to spend their money. Apple added the option Wednesday night, bringing its online store inline with the App Store, iTunes Store, and iBooks Store.

The Mac Observer Spin: Plenty of people like to use PayPal for online purchases, so it's nice to see the option finally show up on Apple's Web-based store.


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07:01
Twitter clients in 2014: An exploration of Tweetbot...

Federico Viticci on the history of Twitter clients and the current state of the union. Fantastic read.

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07:00
Apple online store now accepting payment via PayPal

Ahead of the busy holiday shopping season, Apple has made shopping from its online store that much easier. According to a report from Re/Code, Apple's online store for U.S. and U.K. based customers now accepts payment via PayPal.

As you can tell fro...

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06:54
Apple Pay in-app checkout added to MLB Ballpark...



Apple Pay support is still slowly rolling out from more banks, retailers, and apps, and two notable updates added Apple Pay in-app checkout options this week.

First up is Priceline, the app that aims to...

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06:42
Apple’s sprawling, back-loaded 2014, and what to...

Apple's PR strategy revolves around scarcity of information—the company makes so few official announcements or even comments on news stories that people pay attention when it speaks. Its product announcements are day-long events revolving around hour-long keynotes that completely consume the tech news cycle whenever they happen. It's a different approach from, say, Google, which has so many things going on at any given time that it feels like the company is announcing some small news basically every day.

For the first half of 2014, Apple just didn't have much to say. Its big product announcements in the first half of the year involved the resurrection of the iPad 4 in place of the $399 iPad 2 (it has since been re-discontinued) and a small...

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06:39
News: TwelveSouth releases BookBook for iPhone 6 and...

TwelveSouth has released the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus versions of its signature BookBook case. As with prior versions, the new BookBook for iPhone 6 & 6 Plus ($60) combines a wallet and iPhone protection into a single, classic-looking leather book design. The new version also now adds a removable, sturdy shell case, however, allowing users to easily remove their iPhone from the wallet and carry it separately without losing protection. A hands-free…

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06:36
Apple begins accepting PayPal at US, UK web stores

Apple has begun accepting PayPal at its US and UK online stores, reports note. The option has been present for some time when making a purchase through iTunes, including the App Store and the iBookstore, but missing from Apple's websites. When checking out, PayPal is listed as the only alternative to a credit or debit card....



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06:27
Iowa to launch smartphone driver’s license

Sometime next year, residents of Iowa will be able to download an app that will act as their driver’s license. Is this a job for the secure element?

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06:25
Apple iPhone Orders for Catcher and Simplo Rings in...

It's being reported in Taiwan today that chassis maker Catcher Technology and battery maker Simplo Technology both announced revenue growths for November due to Apple's hot iPhone orders.

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06:10
As Expected Ford Dumps Microsoft's Car Platform...

According to a new report published late yesterday, Ford has updated its Sync in-dash infotainment platform, and that’s bad news for Microsoft. Ford had signed unto to Apple's CarPlay back in July.

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06:09
Review: Kodak PixPro SL10 Smart Lens camera

Smartphone imagery still widely varies. Large Megapixel counts don't make for a good image, and the optics in some devices are lacking. Kodak thinks they have a solution in the Kodak PixPro SL10 Smart Lens camera. Kodak's clip-on camera is an independent all-in-one 16MP cylindrical-shaped digital camera that attaches to both Android and IOS smartphones. The concept is not exactly new to the market, as Sony has their similar versions. Does the PixPro SL10 stand out? Check our review to find out....



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06:02
Production of next year’s A9 chip reportedly...

Production by Samsung of the A9 chip destined for next year’s iPhones and iPads is underway, according to a report in Korea’s Electronic Times.

According to industry insiders on December 11, Samsung Electronics began production of Apple’s A9 in the Austin plant in the US using the 14nm FinFET technology. Samsung has production lines capable of FinFET process production in Austin, US and Giheung, Korea, but began to produce A9 only in Austin as it is in the initial stage.

It had been reported back in July that Samsung had received some orders for the chips, which the company ...

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06:02
Rumor: Samsung begins building first 'A9'...

After Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. reportedly built the majority of A8 chips for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple is said to have begun turning back to Samsung for its next-generation "A9" processor, which is expected to power the company's 2015 iPhone lineup.

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06:01
The astonishing, award-winning Apple Store in...

Jaw-droppingly beautiful.

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06:00
12 days of Mixes!  

If you like TED Talks and documentaries, we’ve got a holiday treat for you.

One of the great things about working at Microsoft is that we often receive private speeches from influential thinkers like Malcolm Gladwell. Just in time for the holidays, we’re publishing them as mixes to share with you.

Every day through December 23rd, we’ll share a new influential speech at the OfficeMix.com Gallery.

Today’s mix: Malcolm Gladwell, “David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants.”

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

Happy Holidays and Happy Mixing!

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06:00
Reviews: Kodak PixPro SL10 Smart Lens Camera

Smartphone imagery still widely varies. Large Megapixel counts don't make for a good image, and the optics in some devices are lacking. Kodak thinks they have a solution in the Kodak PixPro SL10 Smart Lens camera. Kodak's clip-on camera is an independent all-in-one 16MP cylindrical-shaped digital camera that attaches to both Android and IOS smartphones. The concept is not exactly new to the mark ......



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06:00
Cases licensed under Apple's MFi program must...

When you're selling an iPhone accessory it helps to have the official stamp on your product that reads "Made for iPhone." It lets people know your product isn't just a cheap knock off. To get that stamp you have to meet certain standards, which have ...

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05:50
OS X: Checking Your Mac’s Remaining Battery Life

Let's talk about batteries! Today Melissa Holt is going to walk us through checking the cycle count of laptop batteries and comparing that number to what Apple says is the maximum we can expect from each model. From that info, you'll know whether your battery is a happy camper or is close to needing replacement. Uncovering future problems before they become emergencies is the subject of today's Quick Tip.


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05:21
Lessons learned about HealthKit from Duke and Oschner

Duke University in North Carolina and Oschner Health System in Louisiana are two of the first hospitals to incorporate HealthKit into their day-to-day operations. Duke’s Dr. Ricky Bloomfield and Oschner’s Dr. Richard Milani spoke about their experiences at the mHealth Summit earlier this week.

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05:15
Spotify 0.9.15.27. - Stream music, create playlists...

Spotify is a streaming music service that gives you on-demand access to millions of songs. Whether you like driving rock, silky R&B, or grandiose classical music, Spotify's massive catalogue puts all your favorites within your reach. No streaming service offers a larger, more varied catalogue.

The music you love, whenever you want it

  • You're the DJ. Add stars to your favorite tracks, and create playlists. Spotify lets you keep your favorites close at hand.
  • Endless discovery. With built-in Related Artist suggestions, Spotify will help you discover your new favorite artists, albums, and tracks.
  • Make it social. Follow your favorite artists, share musical recommendations with friends, and more.



Version 0.9.15.27.: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

  • OS X 10.6 or later



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05:00
Opposite Day: Reversing Lines In Files

The other day, my daughter said “it’s opposite day” when it was time to do a little homework, trying to get out of it! Which reminded me of a funny little command line tool called rev. Rev reads a file and reverses all the lines. So let’s touch a file called rev ~/Desktop/revtest and then populate it with the following lines:

123
321
123

Now run rev followed by the file name:

rev ~/Desktop/revtest

Now cat it:

cat !$

Now rev it again:

rev !$

You go go forward and back at will for fun, much more fun than homework… Enjoy!

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05:00
You Should Play: Challenging platformer Bean Dreams...

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.

Rarely do we suggest starting with a sequel, but in the case of Bean Dreams, you can jump right in. Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of Bean’s Quest, the original title in this now two-part game series, because I’ll catch you up real quick: you play as a sombrero-wearing jumping bean in an adorable platformer world. Beyond that, there’s not much to get—and that’s part of the charm of this instant classic game. Bean Dreams is that exceptional game that is actually as responsive and fun on the iPhone as the classic 1980s console titles that inspired it. Here are three reasons why you...

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05:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Glitter, gold, and...

Glitter, gold, and impeccable sound

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features an assortment of holiday stocking stuffers: Glittery, starry backgrounds, real gold motifs, and solutions for music lovers.

Amzer

The Border Case (iPhone 6; $8) sports a double-molded polycarbonate frame with a see-through, transparent back for a minimalistic look.

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04:48
Apple's Zorlu Store Receives 'Supreme...

Accolades for Apple's Zorlu store in Istanbul, Turkey continue to roll in with the company's Zorlu store winning the both the Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence and the award for best Commercial or Retail Structures at the Structural Awards 2014. This Supreme award is given to the building that exemplifies the "finest example of structural engineering design" for the year.

Apple was recognized for the intricate and minimalist structural design of its flagship store in the upscale Zorlu shopping center in Istanbul, Turkey. Created in conjunction with structural engineering firm Eckersley O'Callaghan and architects Foster +...

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04:36
Hands On: Sago Mini Road Trip (iOS)

Keeping younger kids entertained on long road trips isn't always easy. Parents often sacrifice their sanity by employing kids-themed entertainment, forcing them to choose between a fussy toddler or ten different renditions of "Old McDonald." Instead of attempting to distract kids with the same ten songs they've heard since birth, why not try Sago Mini Road Trip, by developer Sago Sago, and allow kids to take control of the wheel?...



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04:31
Recommended Reading: 'Eloquent JavaScript'

JavaScript is the programming language behind today's web applications, but it's not always well understood. For years, JavaScript was seen as a collection of parlor tricks that often broke because they weren't well implemented.

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04:09
Encryption remains a necessity for major industries

The debate between individual privacy and public welfare continues to escalate in the aftermath of Apple’s release of the iPhone 6, which gained heightened attention for revealing that this latest smartphone will include automatic, end-to-end encryption.

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04:09
Encryption remains a necessity for major industries

The debate between individual privacy and public welfare continues to escalate in the aftermath of Apple’s release of the iPhone 6, which gained heightened attention for revealing that this latest smartphone will include automatic, end-to-end encryption.

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04:04
Protesters stage brief but noisy demonstration at...

Around 100 protesters organized by the United Service Workers West union and the Rev. Jesse Jackson yesterday staged a “brief but lively” demonstration at the Apple Campus, calling on the company to create better pay and conditions for low-paid contract workers.

Jesse Jackson last month wrote to Tim Cook urging the company to create “world-class working conditions” for contractors like security guards, who are not entitled to the same job security and perks as direct employees. He requested a meeting with Cook, which took place a few days ago …

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03:55
Work Beyond Mac: Essential gear for working on your...

When Steve Jobs took the stage to announce the original iPad, he took us through a list of tasks a tablet would have to excel at when compared to a smartphone and computer in order to be successful. And then he sat down in a comfy chair and started tapping on the piece of glass in his hands, walking the world through the future. Though, the future ended up being a little different than what Jobs showed that day.

At the end of the keynote, one thing was clear: the iPad was originally thought of as a device for consuming content. It was meant to read books, browse the web, view photos, watch movies, and play games.

Then something exciting happened—as developers began creating productivity apps to take advantage of the larger screen, the iPad gradually started to change the way we work. Apps, however, are only half of the iPad’s story of transformation (and something I will discuss in my next Work Beyond Mac column!). The other half, accessories, have placed the iPad...

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03:04
Ford drops Microsoft's Windows Embedded,...

Ford has abandoned its troubled Microsoft Sync automotive infotainment system for a QNX-based platform that can support Apple's CarPlay with Hands Free Siri.

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Thursday December 11

23:25
Hands On: Bit.Trip.Run! (iOS)

Bit.Trip.Run is a game set in the universe of Bit.Trip, a popular app by developer Gaijin Games that debuted on the Wii back in 2009. A total of seven variations came along, with Bit.Trip Runner meeting with great success that quickly went multi-platform, with releases on both the Nintendo 3DS as well as Steam. Bit.Trip.Run is not to be confused with Bit.Trip Runner, which begs the question: how does Bit.Trip.Run distinguish itself from the others in the series?...



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22:15
MPAA investigating existing legal avenues for anti-...

A disturbing new email leak sent to Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton in 2012 has revealed a secret meeting between officials from the Department of Homeland Security and representatives from Google that was focused on methods by which the various groups could hobble or block sites known for hosting pirated materials. Meetings also occurred between the MPAA and an unnamed national law-firm across 2013 to discuss methods to force ISPs to block sites hosting or aggregating pirated content....



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21:42
Canadian court rules that police officers can search...

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled by a 4-3 decision that Canadian police officers have the right to search cell phones without a warrant during arrests under certain circumstances: the arrest must be lawful, police need a valid reason for the search, the search must be limited to the suspected crime and police must keep detailed records of the search.

Justice Thomas Cromwell claimed that the court was trying to reach a balance between effective law enforcement while preserving the right for Canadian citizens to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures under Section 8 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Meanwhile, the three dissenting judges argued that police should require a warrant in all...

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20:06
Microsoft buys HockeyApp to integrate developer beta...

Microsoft has announced through a blog post that it has acquired HockeyApp, a mobile analytics and app-distribution service similar to Apple's Testflight. Originally launched as a web-only service in 2011 that allowed iOS, OS X, and Android developers to collect crash reports and manage beta distribution, the app now offers such services for Android, iOS and Windows Phone developers, and will continue to operate as Microsoft works on integrating HockeyApp into the Applications Insights service in Visual Studio Online....



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20:00
New Android for Lync features—Anonymous Join,...

Barak Manor is a product manager on the Lync team.

The holiday season is here and the Skype for Business team is bringing Android users some great presents. In this new release, we include Anonymous Join, Certificate & Passive Authentication, Contact Management, and some significant performance enhancements and bug fixes. We believe that enabling users to function fully on a mobile platform is a fundamental part of a mobile-first world, so we’re excited to introduce these new features and enhancements, each of which takes us another step toward realizing this vision.

Anonymous Join

Windows Phone and iOS devices already have Anonymous Join and now Android joins the party. With this feature you can join a Lync Meeting even if you don’t have a Lync account. That means you can invite colleagues, partners and customers to Lync Meetings and know that no matter how they choose to join—including on Android mobile devices—they’ll get great audio and video...

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19:40
Review: Epson WorkForce DS-40 scanner

In this day and age, there's a significant amount of pressure to go paperless and downsize the amount of things that one collects over the years. However, what is a person to do with years of receipts, tax documents, business cards and forms that could be needed in a number of urgent situations? Enter the...



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19:13
Red October malware updated, targets diplomats,...

Beginning in Russia and spreading quickly to other countries, a new variation on the formerly-dormant Red October malware has been detected by security firms such as Blue Coat and Kaspersky this week. The new version -- which is notably targeting smartphones of diplomats, military leaders and business executives -- contains a level of sophistication in the function and code that suggests a rogue state, which would have the resources to assemble the talent, is backing the attack....



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19:00
Reviews: Epson WorkForce DS-40 scanner

In this day and age, there's a significant amount of pressure to go paperless and downsize the amount of things that one collects over the years. However, what is a person to do with years of receipts, tax documents, business cards and forms that could be needed in a number of urgent situations? Enter the ......



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18:32
Online Apple Store now accepts PayPal payments in US...

Apple on Thursday updated its digital storefront to include PayPal as a valid method of making purchases, expanding customer options beyond credit and debit cards for the first time.

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18:20
Apple Online Store Now Accepting PayPal Payments

Apple's online stores in the United States and the United Kingdom have begun accepting PayPal payments, reports Re/code. PayPal was previously available as a payment option in iTunes and the App Store, but it is now also accepted for product purchases made at Apple.com.

Payments with PayPal can be made as of today from the online Apple Store by choosing the PayPal option when checking out.

Along with accepting PayPal payments, Apple will also promote PayPal Credit payment methods, letting Apple online shoppers pay for items over $250 with monthly payments over the course of 18 months with no interest.

Now that Apple offers a PayPal competitor with Apple Pay, the two companies have had some minor disputes. Back...

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18:08
Apple now accepting PayPal for checkout through...

Apple has updated its online store to start accepting PayPal as a payment method in both the United States and United Kingdom. PayPal was already an option for those who shopped through the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBookstore, but this is the first time the company has offered it through the Apple Online Store.

PayPal previously took a swipe at Apple over its cloud platform’s security issues, but...

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17:45
City of Houston Allows Bitcoin ATM in Convention...

The City of Houston has allowed a live Bitcoin ATM to be set up in George R. Brown Convention Center. Houston owns the building, but it is managed by Houston First, a separate corporation that runs the convention center and other Houston-owned public buildings. This marks the first Bitcoin ATM to be operated in a government-owned building.


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17:38
4MLinux Is So Lightweight It's Anemic


4MLinux is a unique mini Linux distribution that tries to be what it is not. Its limited-purpose design is too basic for even lightweight distro functions. Much of any benefit users might derive from 4MLinux mimics what already is available from USB-launched pocket Linux distros such as Puppy Linux, Porteus and Knoppix. However, much of the advanced functionality of these other distros is missing from 4MLinux. The 4MLinux name is derived from this distro's specialized uses: Multimedia, Miniserver, Maintenance and Mystery.

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17:13
Twelve South launches BookBook for iPhone 6 and...

Apple accessory maker Twelve South has debuted an updated version of its popular BookBook iPhone case for the latest models of the iconic smartphone. The new BookBook for iPhone 6 (and iPhone 6 Plus) is available now from the company’s website.

The BookBook combines a protective smartphone cover with a hand-distressed leather wallet for storing your cash, credit cards, and IDs, and puts it all inside a case designed to look like a book.

The iPhone 6/Plus version of the BookBook includes a shell case for the phone that fits inside the leather cover. This enables you to protect the phone even when you decided to forego the entire wallet. The full case also flips out into a kickstand for hands-free FaceTime calls.

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16:58
Understanding multiband compression

I love compressors, but multibands are a bit more complicated. This is worth reading.

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16:51
Contract workers invade Apple campus demanding...

A group of more than 100 protestors, including civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson, convened at Apple's Cupertino, Calif., campus on Thursday to protest treatment of Silicon Valley contract labor and deliver a petition calling on the tech giant to set a trend toward reform.

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16:51
Taiwan Supply Chain Claims Apple Watch Production...

A supply chain leak out of Taiwan is claiming that Apple and Quanta have solved yield issues that will allow Apple Watch production to ramp up starting in January. United Daily News reported that the first wave of Apple Watches will number in the 3-5 million mark, with 24 million scheduled for all of calendar 2015.

The Mac Observer Spin: I hope UDN has this one right. I can't wait to strap an Apple Watch onto my wrist.


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16:45
Transmit iOS is back with iCloud Drive support

Panic announced on Twitter that Apple is allowing them to keep the feature they previously had to remove.

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16:34
Clipping and masking in CSS

Differences in what they can do, differences in syntaxes, different technologies involved, the new and the deprecated, and browser support differences.

And sadly there is quite a bit of outdated information out there. Let’s see if we can sort it out.

It’s the outdated information that gets me sometimes.

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16:24
Apple Flip Flops on App Functionality, Allows...

Panic released an update to FTP app Transmit on Monday, and the app was found in violation of App Store guidelines and the share sheet had to be removed. As of Thursday, that decision was reversed.


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16:17
Leaked Sony emails reveal possible shooting...

Fallout from a massive Sony Pictures hack continues to provide nuggets of information about an upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, the latest being emails from screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher, who was previously slated to direct the movie.

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16:10
Workflow: It’s Like Automator for your iPhone and...

Automating tasks on your Mac has been relatively easy thanks to Automator and AppleScript, but has little more than a fantasy on the iPhone and iPad-until now, that is. Workflow from DeskConnect lets you build your own automated workflows on your iOS device to handle all kinds of tasks, and you can even save your workflows so they appear along side other apps on your Home screen.

The Mac Observer Spin: There are a few beyond-cool utility apps for iOS: TextExpander touch, 1Password, Fantastical, Transmit, and now Workflow. Considering Apple's hot-and-cold track record with highly useful utility apps, you should grab Workflow right away just in case the company decides it shouldn't be on the App Store.


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16:06
Watch: Behind the scenes look at Corning’s Gorilla...

The team at uBreakiFix was recently invited to Corning’s Gorilla Glass testing facility in Corning, New York for an inside look at the science behind the ultra-durable glass found on iPhones, iPads and several other smartphones and tablets. The five-minute spot goes behind the scenes at Corning’s strength testing lab to show how durable Gorilla Glass is under stress and bending tests.

A second video provides an in-depth look at some of the properties of Gorilla Glass and looks at the science behind what makes the glass so strong. Gorilla Glass benefits from a process called ion exchange that makes the glass able to retain strength after being scratched or damaged, an advantage that helps set it apart from other types of glass on the market.

While it was highly...

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15:54
Walmart Want's to sell you a new iPhone 6 at a...

Want an iPhone 6 at a discount? It's being reported this afternoon that Walmart Stores are seeking to attract customers after the post-Thanksgiving rush and is now selling the iPhone 6 for as little as $...

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15:51
Original Apple I from 1976 sold for $365,000 at...

A fully-functional Apple I original computer known as the "Ricketts Apple I" after the original owner, has sold at auction at Christie's for less than expected, fetching $365,000 rather than the estimated $400,000-600,000 range. The unit was the only known Apple I sold directly by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs to an individual from his Los Altos family home. Another working Apple I was recently sold to the Henry Ford foundation last October for $905,000. While there are thought to be some 50 surviving Apple I units, only six are known to be functional....



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15:33
New Video Gives Inside Look at Corning's...

Corning, producer of Gorilla Glass, has been a long time partner of Apple. Its ultra tough Gorilla Glass has been used in several generations of iPhones and iPads, including the recent iPad Air 2 and the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

While Corning has published several videos that show how its Gorilla Glass is produced and tested, uBreakiFix recently visited the company's Gorilla Glass facility in Corning, New York, and has created a set of videos explaining how Gorilla Glass works and showing off some of the equipment that Corning uses to test Gorilla Glass.

The first video explains the details behind Corning's ion exchange glass strengthening procedure and its focus on "damage resistance," which sets Gorilla Glass apart from its competitors. It also shows tests between...

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15:30
The Week in iOS Apps: Play music from Notification...

Dinner and music

This week's roundup of apps includes great new ways to order food—or just think about it—and new options for playing your tunes. Plus, games and project organizing apps, as well.

Basecamp

This collaborative workspace app has updated in both its free iPhone and iPad versions. In both cases, it’s now easier to create and assign “To-Dos,” and both apps are more easily searched. The iPhone version lets you see the day’s tasks directly from the widget screen. Best of all: If you finish using Basecamp on one device, you can pick up the other device and immediately begin working where you left off.

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15:26
More leaked Sony emails reveal possible locations...

Michael Fassbender will reportedly play Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic

While we’ve already learned some interesting details about the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic from the recently leaked Sony Pictures files, it seems there’s still more to be gleaned from the company’s documents. As the Verge notes today, new emails have revealed the possible settings for the film...

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15:10
Rare working Apple-1 originally sold by Steve Jobs...

A vintage Apple-1 computer with documentation proving it was sold directly by late tech guru Steve Jobs for $600 in 1976 brought in $365,000 when the hammer fell at a New York auction on Thursday, falling short of estimates.

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15:00
Automate your iOS life with Workflow

In the beginning, there was DeskConnect. It was an amazing set of apps that gave the pre-iOS 8/Yosemite world the ability to do AirDrop-style transfers between Macs (and PCs) and iOS devices. It's still around for those who haven't yet upgraded to th...

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14:48
Steve Jobs Biopic Filming to Take Place in 'Two...

Earlier this week, leaked emails and data from the recent Sony hack revealed some interesting details on the Aaron Sorkin-scripted Steve Jobs biopic that's currently in the works, including Sorkin's desire to cast Tom Cruise as Steve Jobs.

Additional emails shared today by The Verge from Aaron Sorkin, prospective director David Fincher and Walter Isaacson shed more light on the project, including where filming will take place and what Fincher and Isaacson thought of the script.

Though Danny Boyle, director of Slumdog Millionare will direct the Steve Jobs movie, executives involved in...

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14:43
Canadian watchdog looking into Apple’s carrier deals...

Apple’s Canadian mobile carrier contracts are being evaluated by the country’s Competition Bureau after accusations of anticompetitive behavior from unnamed source, Reuters reported today.

The anonymous accuser claims that the agreements with Canada’s cellular carriers contain anticompetitive language. There’s currently no evidence to support those claims, but the Competition Bureau is still in the process of acquiring a court order for documents that could back them up.

In the event that some evidence points to anticompetitive behavior by Apple and its carrier partners, action could be taken against the company by...

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14:39
The Name Your Own Price iOS Designer Bundle

Did you know our developer bundles are usually the most popular deals on our TMO Deals site? It's true, and we have a Name Your Own Price bundle today designed to help you learn how to design iPS apps. Name Your Own Price deals allow you to literally name your own price. If you pay less than the average on this one, you'll get two of the items below. If you beat the average price, which is currently $10.94, you'll get four courses and hundreds of design assets, including:

The Ultimate Collection Of Design Graphics From Creative VIP
Assets For Simplifying The Web & Mobile Design Process
Freebo Design Asset Bundle
Mobile App Design From Scratch: Design Principles & UX
iPhone App Interface Design For Beginners
Learn Mobile First Web Design Using Bootstrap
Build A Cross-Platform Mobile App Using PhoneGap

That's a lot of learning. And remember that 10 percent of your purchase price goes to one of three charities (your...

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14:27
9to5Toys Last Call: 15″ Retina MacBook Pro $300 off...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro w/ Retina display (newest version) 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB: $1,699 (Reg. $1...

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14:27
Failing to Win Apple's Display Business, Wintek...

A new report today claims that Taiwanese group Wintek, formerly a major supplier of touchscreens for Apple’s iPhone and iPad, has shut down two plants in southern China and axed 7,000 jobs, leaving unpaid suppliers to chase debts of US$37million. While Wintek was the largest supplier of touchscreens for the iPhone 4, Apple switched to a different technology in 2012 for its iPhone 5, eliminating much of Apple’s need for Wintek’s technology.

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14:25
Briefly: Adobe's ACR 8.7.1, Snapchat gets...

Adobe has announced the availability of Adobe Camera Raw 8.7.1, adding support for Sony ILC-A7M2 and updated support for the Samsung NX1 cameras. The release is available as a final release on Adobe.com, as well as through the update mechanism in Photoshop CC 2014 and Photoshop CS6. DNG Converter 8.7.1 is also now available, and an update for Lightroom 5.7.1 is anticipated within the next week....



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14:23
Apple institutes new rules for iPhone cases, CarPlay...

Apple has instituted a new rule for Made for iPhone (MFi) licensing, requiring all cases to protect against drops of at least 1m (3.2 feet) over hard surfaces, sources say. That also includes any orientation, even in the direction of the display. Similarly, cases for all iOS devices must now offer a buffer of at least 1mm between the display and a flat surface when the device is upside-down. To achieve that, they can either cover the display glass completely or use a lip around the edge....



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14:20
Apple forces nude immigrants to cover up in iPad...

After naming Papers, Please our favorite game of 2013, we were of course excited to hear from developer Lucas Pope that a version will be coming to iPad on December 12. The version we get on iOS won't be precisely identical to the one we loved on the PC, though, thanks to some apparent worries about brief nudity from the App Store approval folks at Apple.

In the iPad version, when non-player characters go through the game's scanners (to be searched for explosives and contraband before entering the fictional country of Arstotzka), they will be shown clothed in light underwear, Pope tweeted. The underwear option was merely a selectable option in last year's PC version of the game.

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14:19
Google introduces 'material design' to iOS...

An update to Google's flagship search app for iOS on Thursday brings the company's new "material design" user interface and Google Maps integration, while a new version of Apple's TestFlight beta testing app fixes minor bugs.

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14:10
Safari 8.0.2, 7.1.2, and 6.2.2

Fixes an issue that prevented saved passwords from being autofilled for all three versions, plus adds more bug fixes and improvements for Safari 8.0.2 on Yosemite. (Free)

 

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14:00
Something new for iOS - Handwriting input with Mazec

There have been a lot of keyboards added to the App Store since Apple allowed third parties to offer unique capabilities, and the Mazec keyboard is the most unique yet. It allows you to enter text using handwriting input. It reminds me of the late, n...

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13:55
iOS: Save Web Pages to a PDF File Without Using an...

One of the features that OS X has but is missing in iOS is the facility to print a document page to PDF. With some limitations, John Martellaro shows you how to print web pages in iOS Safari to a PDF file and drop it into iBooks or some other app.


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13:46
Apple Patent Reveals Maps Night Mode for CarPlay

On December 11, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals Apple's new iOS 8 Maps App Night Mode coming to CarPlay and working in sync with special in-vehicle conditions.

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13:45
Sonnet Introduces New Family of Optical Thunderbolt...

Sonnet Technologies New Family of Optical Thunderbolt cables designed to connect computers and devices over longer distances in a wide variety of production environments. With support for both 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2 and 10Gbps Thunderbolt connections, the Sonnet Optical Thunderbolt Cables are "thin, lightweight, and durable, with performance equivalent to copper Thunderbolt cables at distances of up to 60 meters."

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13:40
Article: Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide for 2014

Welcome to iLounge’s Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide for 2014, a rundown of the best recent accessories for iOS devices. The guide is designed to show consumers what they might have missed during the past few months. For a more comprehensive list of top-notch accessories in more categories, we recommend reading our Best of the Year Awards for 2014, and if you’re interested in anything else, please search through our massive review section.…

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13:39
Xojo 2014 Release 3

Xojo Inc has released Xojo 2014 Release 3 -- a major release of their multi-platform rapid development tool. Xojo users can now build iOS apps in the same way desktop and web applications are created (e.g., native iOS applications). This latest release adds 160 improvements and over 20 new features.

Xojo 2014 Release 3 feature highlights include:
* New iOS framework
* New Text data type and supporting methods for improved text handling
* New Auto data type for storing any type or object
* New Xojo.Core classes that make creating international applications easier

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13:37
Apple backs down, allows 'Send To' options...

Apple has quickly reversed course on a policy that broke "Send To" commands in Transmit for iOS, app developer Panic now says. The company writes that it got a "nice call from Apple" on Wednesday, and it has resubmitted Transmit to the App Store with Send To restored. This includes the "Send to iCloud Drive" command that formed the basis of Apple's complaint....



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13:30
Tim Cook selected as Financial Times' Person of...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been selected as Financial Time's Person of the Year for his role expanding Apple's collaboration with other companies and its support of social issues. On the business front, 2014 saw Apple partnering with IBM to create enterp...

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13:07
Apple releases iOS, Safari and Thunderbolt Display...

Apple releases iOS, Safari and Thunderbolt Display Updates

Apple has released three important updates.

iOS 8.1.2 which includes an array of security updates. Take note, however, over the air updates have proven a challenge for some. The download is large, and users tight on memory will find that they need to free up space before they can update.

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13:07
New Google app for iOS gets Android all over your...

Google's new "Material Design" aesthetic was a big part of the Lollipop update for Android, but even if you've got an Android phone or iDevice running another operating system you've probably run into it in one or more of the company's apps. Today the company announced a new version of the Google app for iOS that takes things even further—it looks a whole lot like Android, from the swipe-able cards used to switch between tabs (see above) to the software navigation buttons across the bottom of the screen.

When you use multiple Google apps on iOS, they form their own sort of ecosystem-within-an-ecosystem. While iOS doesn't allow you to replace its default apps with third-party alternatives, Google's apps are all intertwined. Links clicked in the Google Search app could open in Chrome or Google Maps rather than Safari or Apple Maps if you've got them all...

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13:00
Rumor Roundup: A fool's game

Foxconn Robots Proving Unsuitable for iPhone Assembly, Updated Versions in the Works (MacRumors)

Source: Chinese website

Chance it's true: Who knows

As with all rumors related to Apple's supply chain, there's no real way for us to ever know whethe...

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13:00
Google for iOS updated with Material Design, better...

Yet another Google app for iOS got the Material Design treatment on Thursday, and this time, it’s… Google. Google’s latest version—5.0—sports a complete redesign and overhaul with new features to boot. Now, Google will remember your recently visited pages so you can quickly access them again and has a new Google button so you can start a new search in one tap. It also integrates with Google Maps, specifically for exploring what’s nearby in either Map or Street View.

Google has a simplified three-button navigation bar at the bottom of the screen, which ties into Material Design. You’ll see a back arrow button on the left, your Search button in the middle, and your Recents button on the right. The app has been...

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12:59
Canadian Competition Bureau probes Apple deals with...

The Canadian government's Competition Bureau is investigating complaints that Apple used anti-competitive clauses in the contracts it signed with phone carriers, Reuters reports. Although the Bureau stresses that it has yet to uncover any wrongdoing, it has only this week asked for a court order that would force Apple to turn over necessary documents. The organization hasn't said if it's pursuing similar orders for the carriers, which include Bell, Rogers, and Telus....



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12:50
Massive, sophisticated "Inception - Cloud Atlas...

A vast and sophisticated new espionage campaign targeting "military, diplomats, and business execs," discovered by Blue Coat Labs and confirmed by Kaspersky Labs, exploits flaws in Microsoft Windows and seeks to infect Android, Blackberry and iOS devices, but is limited to only infecting iPhones and iPads that are jailbroken.

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

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

Apps Now Free

GPSSpeed HD, the GPS to...

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12:20
French Regulators Send Apple Notice that their In-...

Apple’s Retail Stores in France have been under watch by France’s data regulator for the last year, and apparently the watch continues.

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12:16
Apple issues Safari 8.0.2, 7.1.2, and 6.2.2

Apple has released Safari 8.0.2 for users of OS X Yosemite. Unlike most updates to the browser, v8.0.2 is virtually identical to its predecessor. It instead patches over the broken v8.0.1 release, which was found to cause some copies of Safari to become completely non-functional, and later pulled....



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12:15
Cellular-equipped iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 units hit...

If you’re in the Chinese marketplace, you’ll like this.

Per AppleInsider, Apple on Wednesday announced cellular-capable iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 models will be available in China later this week, offering support for region-specific wireless networks used by major telecoms like the world-leader China Mobile.

According to Apple’s announcement, cellular versions of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 now on sale in China include TD-LTE and FDD-LTE, TD-SCDMA, DC-HSDPA, HSPA+ and other advanced networks. A quick check with China’s Online Apple Store shows the latest WLAN + Cellular iPads up for sale with an estimated ship time of one day.

Prices for Space Gray, silver and gold iPad Air 2 with WLAN + Cellular models start at 4,488 RMB (...

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12:04
If you can't open iMovie, GarageBand, or iWork...

If you bought an iOS 8 device that's 32 GB or larger, it came with a new bundle of apps from Apple, including iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, and iTunes U. Find out what to do if you can't open these apps on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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12:00
Apple rejected one of the best games of the year...

If you've ever played the fantastic Windows or Mac versions of Papers, Please you already know how fantastic of a fit it will be on iPad when it launches on Friday. The game -- referred to as a "dystopian document thriller" by its creator -- tasks yo...

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11:57
Iowa to become first state to launch smartphones as...

If you live in Iowa, you’ll soon be able to use your smartphone as your driver’s license.

Per the Des Moines Register, Iowans will soon be able to use a mobile app on their smartphones as their official driver’s license issued by the Iowa Department of Transportation.

The app, which will be provided to drivers at no additional cost, will be available sometime in 2015, DOT Director Paul Trombino told Gov. Terry Branstad during a state agency budget hearing Monday.

“We are really moving forward on this,” Trombino said. “The way things are going, we may be the first in the nation.”

People will still be able to stick a traditional plastic driver’s license in their wallet or purse if they choose, Trombino said. But the new...

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11:54
Apple releases Safari 8.0.2 to fix issues related to...

Apple on Thursday issued a minor update for its Safari Web browser for OS X, fixing issues related to syncing history across devices, as well as saving passwords in iCloud Keychain.

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11:46
Apple releases latest Safari updates for OS X...

Apple has released updated versions of Safari for OS X users running 10.10 Yosemite, 10.9 Mavericks, and 10.8 Mountain Lion. The latest versions of Safari for each respective OS X version now comes to Safari 8.0.2, Safari 7.1.2, and Safari 6.2.2.

Earlier this month Apple released updates for Safari for OS X, but later pulled the releases after a short period. Today’s update addresses a number of issues relating to iCloud Drive, iCloud Keychain, and what Apple calls a rare issue caused by the previous release.

Apple has posted a document detailing the changes in the latest versions. The update is available through the Mac App Store. In addition to releasing new Safari updates, Apple also updated its ...

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11:44
Samsung Drops the Ball Again with Tizen OS for...

It's being reported in Korea today that Samsung Electronics is set to reveal a Tizen OS driven TV by CES 2016. In the world of technology, that's a lifetime away. Just think back to February of this year when Samsung embarrassingly dropped the Tizen OS ball big time and it wasn't the first time either. This week Samsung blew it again when it came to delivering a Tizen based smartphone in India. Developers are discouraged and close to giving up.

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11:37
Apple Safari 8.0.2 - Apple's Web browser. (Free)

Note: Safari is available by updating your Mac to the latest version of OS X Yosemite.

Apple Safari is Apple's web browser that comes with OS X Yosemite. Safari is faster and more energy efficient than other browsers, so sites are more responsive and your notebook battery lasts longer between charges. Built-in privacy features are stronger than ever. It works with iCloud to let you browse seamlessly across all your devices. And it gives you great ways to find and share your favorites. Put it all together, and no other browser offers such a rich web experience.

Version 8.0.2:

  • Fixes an issue that could prevent history from syncing across devices if iCloud Drive is not on
  • • Fixes an issue that could prevent a saved password from being autofilled after two devices are added to iCloud Keychain
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  • Improves the performance of WebGL graphics...

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11:32
Apple Releases Safari 8.0.2 for OS X Yosemite to...

Eight days after releasing and then quickly pulling Safari 8.0.1 for OS X Yosemite, Apple today released Safari 8.0.2 to the public.

The release notes for Safari 8.0.2 are identical to those for Safari 8.0.1 except for the addition of a line noting the problems with the 8.0.1 release.- Fixes a rare issue in which some users were unable to access Safari after installing the 8.0.1 update.Other bundled changes from Safari 8.0.1 include fixes for syncing history across devices, autofilling saved passwords, WebGL performance on Retina displays, and Firefox username and password import.

Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories
Google App for iOS Updated With Material Design, Maps Integration
Smartphone-...

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11:30
iPhone 5 survives ride on car tire, refuses to die

For all the love the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have been getting -- my 6 Plus is the best smartphone I've ever owned, so I'm right there with you -- the iPhone 5 and 5s are some seriously durable devices. Sure, the touchscreen display is prone to breaking ...

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11:25
Adobe updates Photoshop Mix for iOS w/ auto cropping...

Adobe released version 1.4 of Photoshop Mix for iPhone and iPad today adding a new “auto crop” feature that Adobe says “analyzes images and suggests non-destructive boundaries based on the primary objects in an image.”

The latest version of the photo editing app also includes the addition of Instagram as a sharing option while sharing to Facebook has been improved. The Creative Cloud-connected app can now open files directly from Lightroom, Photoshop Sketch, Illustrator Line, and Illustrator Draw as well while support for six more languages was added in the update.

Auto crop feature from Photoshop Mix

Check out the full change log for Photoshop Mix, which first launched in June, below with all the new details....

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11:25
Apple fast tracks CarPlay hardware development w/...

Apple’s new CarPlay iOS feature has recently arrived through a limited number of in-dash vehicle entertainment systems and aftermarket products, but Apple has now introduced official guidelines for companies building CarPlay hardware through its Made-for-iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) licensing program, according to sources. 

Apple confirms in the specs that CarPlay will only be allowed for in-dash units built into vehicles or through aftermarket installations and that rear-seat or other integrations are not yet permitted.

While most current implementations utilize USB to connect to an iPhone, Apple allows use of a Lightning connector via a dock or custom cable solution. In addition, Apple has requirements for audio and...

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11:22
News: Report: Apple outlines more stringent...

Apple is now enforcing more stringent requirements for case manufacturers in its Made for iPhone (MFi) program, 9to5Mac reports. The new requirements are intended to ensure that cases provide better protection for Apple devices from impact, as well as providing proper glass coverage. Case makers will now be required to ensure that devices are protected from drops of up to 1 meter onto a hard surface, from any possible device orientation. Cases will…

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11:21
Person of the Year: Tim Cook of Apple

Financial Times:

This year has seen Apple’s chief step out of the shadows of his predecessor and imprint the company with his own set of values and priorities: bringing in fresh blood, changing how it manages its cash pile, opening Apple up to greater collaboration and focusing more on social issues.

There’s no doubt that this is now “Tim Cook’s Apple”.

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11:20
Canada's Competition Bureau investigating Apple...

Apple's Canadian operations are under investigation from the country's Competition Bureau, which is looking into claims of anti-competitive deals struck with carriers in the Great White North.

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The visual trickery that turns hockey rinks into...

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Pre-game presentations have long been excuses to trot out special effects. Indoor pyrotechnics, giant inflatable helmets, live wild animals running the field, and bone-rattling sound systems have been around for years.Turning a hockey rink into a lake of fire? That’s new.

The tech behind all of this is pretty cool but it seems like pointless eye candy to me.

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Apple #22 on Glassdoor's 2015 Best Places to...

Recruiting website Glassdoor has published its Employees' Choice Awards for 2015. The awards honor the best places to work in the US and UK, based on ratings by employees. This year, Apple came in 22nd of the top 50 large companies, a marked improvem...

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Apple Introduces New Guidelines Requiring iPhone...

Apple recently updated its Made for iPhone (MFi) licensing guidelines for case manufacturers, requiring all future cases designed for the iPhone to protect the device from falls up to one meter on hard surfaces.

As described by sources that spoke to 9to5Mac, to comply with Apple's new guidelines, case manufacturers will need to ensure that a 1 meter (or 3.2 foot) drop from any orientation will not cause any damage to the phone, on its front, back, or sides.

Cases are also required to protect the iPhone's glass screen when laying face down on a surface, with a lip that offers a buffer of at least 1mm between the glass display and the surface or a case that covers the display entirely. Apple's own iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cases are compliant with these requirements, providing both drop protection and a ridge around the edges of the device to protect the display.

Apple has also updated...

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10:53
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-11

John Martellaro thinks Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg needs to rethink his philosophy towards customers. John, along with Kelly Guimont, join Jeff Gamet to dive into Facebook, privacy, and advertising, plus they look at some cool holiday-themed apps for the iPhone and iPad.


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Google iOS app gets redesigned with Material Design...

Google has released a major update of its core iOS app, v5.0.0. The software has been "completely rebuilt," according to Google, and now sports the "Material Design" central to Android Lollipop and a growing collection of other apps. Users can access a Recents list to return to previously-visited pages, and start a new search anywhere in the app by tapping the Google logo....



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