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Saturday October 25

18:30
CVS throws in with Rite Aid, blocks Apple Pay and...

CVS has ceased accepting Near-Field Communication (NFC) payments from Apple Pay and Google Wallet at its stores, US-wide. The pharmacy issued the instructions to stores earlier this week, with shutdowns continuing through the weekend. CVS has mirrored Rite Aid, which shut down its terminals earlier this week. Both CVS and Rite Aid are about to join the nascent and poorly-regarded MCX CurrentC NFC and barcode payment solution, and the move is widely seen as an effort to squeeze out both Google's and Apple's payment solutions....



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18:16
CVS disables NFC terminals, stops accepting Apple...

On Saturday, CVS Pharmacy customers using Apple Pay reported that the retailer had joined Rite Aid in disabling its NFC credit terminals, according to MacRumors.

CVS’s reasoning behind the end of NFC support is simple enough: Leaked internal documents published by SlashGear indicate that the company is “currently working with a group of large retailers to develop a mobile wallet” system that should be up and running the first half of next year. Presumably, this means that CVS, like Rite Aid, will take part in the Merchant Customer Exchange’s upcoming CurrentC mobile wallet system.

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17:45
Twitpic archives acquired by Twitter, data saved...

With time ticking down before the permanent shutdown of Twitpic, the company has announced that it has agreed to an acquisition offer by Twitter itself. The arrangement keeps the domain and photo archive accumulated by the service intact, and this keeps "the photos and links alive for the time being" according to a blog post announcing the deal. The service is not completely rescued, however, as the service is still shutting down ultimately, and in "read-only mode" for now....



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17:11
Google CEO Larry Page hands over most Google...

Google CEO Larry Page sent a memo to Google staffers yesterday, reorganizing the upper echelons of management, and stepping back somewhat from his daily duties. In the memo, Page transfers a number of divisions that previously reported directly to him over to Android chief Sundar Pichai. Pichai is currently responsible for Android, Chrome, and Google Apps. Now under his purview are research, maps, Google+, search, ad products, and company infrastructure. Page will continue to run access, energy, Nest, Calico, Google X, legal, finance, and corporate development....



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17:04
Hands On: Boom (OS X)

The speakers included with Mac laptop and desktop systems and portable devices typically suffice for basic audio needs. For more power behind your sound, Global Delight offers its audio app Boom, a volume-optimizer for OS X. Boom's central functionality is that it can create "boosted" media files and playlists, so that audio is easier to hear when listening on a device's speaker such as iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. On an OS X system, Boom optionally includes a volume booster and equalizer for additional sound control. Priced at $7, does Boom effectively achieve its aims?...



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15:00
Get Backup Pro is a solid backup utility for Macs

Yes, there is Time Machine, Carbon Copy Cloner and SuperDuper!. All have their place and are terrific backup utilities, but it's also nice to see something new on the scene that adds a few tricks to your backup bag.

Get Backup, from Belight Software...

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14:38
CVS joins Rite Aid in blocking Apple Pay in "...

Two major U.S. drugstores have turned off their NFC payment terminals to stop Apple Pay transactions in an effort to make their own "CurrentC" app-based payment system--which is designed to collect and track information on their customers--the only option, even though it's not actually finished yet.

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14:38
T-Mobile CEO John Legere Tweetstorms some clarity...

Too much confusion out there around #iPadAir2 and #iPadmini3 w/ Apple SIM … here is the way it is… just the facts! Tweetstorm to follow...


John Legere (@JohnLegere) October 25, 2014

There’s been some confusion about the new Apple SIM that is included in many of the new iPad Air 2 and Mini 3s. On Friday it was revealed that AT&T would lock the Apple SIM effectively making the Apple SIM an AT&T SIM and rendering the whole excercise pointless.  ...

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12:28
Retailers Are Disabling NFC to Block Apple Pay

Eric Slivka, reporting for MacRumors:

Earlier this week, pharmacy chain Rite Aid shut down unofficial
support for the Apple Pay and Google Wallet mobile payments
systems, resulting in an outcry from users who have been testing
out Apple’s new system since its launch on Monday. Rite Aid was
not an official Apple Pay partner, but the payments system
generally works with existing near field communications (NFC)
payment terminals anyway, and many users had had success using
Apple Pay at Rite Aid stores early in the week.

It now appears that fellow major pharmacy chain CVS is following
suit and as of today is shutting down the NFC functionality of its
payment terminals entirely, a move presumably intended to thwart
Apple Pay. Google Wallet services are obviously also being
affected by the move.

These retailers are part of a...

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11:44
Retailers are disabling NFC readers to shut out...

The Verge:

a significant number of merchants, including heavyweights like Walmart, Kmart, 7-Eleven, and Best Buy, are in outright competition with Apple Pay. The retailers, through a joint venture formed in 2012, are building their own mobile payment app, called CurrentC. It’s expected to launch next year. In the meantime, these retailers have no intention to support Apple Pay.

There may be a lot of good reasons to not support Apple Pay and there may be good alternatives available now and in the future but CurrentC – which needs access to your checking account – and QR codes is not either of those things.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:38
Camera+ for iPhone is free through November 16th;...

PetaPixel:

Normally Camera+ would set you back $3 in the app store, but right now there’s a lesser-known promotional offering from Apple that lets you download a copy for free. You just need to know where to look.

While some of the folks behind the scenes at Camera+’s developer, TapTapTap, are unsavoury, the app itself is pretty cool and you can’t beat free. Well worth jumping through some hoops to get it.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:54
Apple SIM simplifies buying international data plans...

An internal Apple sales document clarifies the possible uses of the Apple SIM, which is included in cellular versions of the iPad mini 3 and Apple iPad Air 2. The Apple SIM launched with several supported carriers: T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint in the US and EE in the UK.

Given that EE is the only available carrier in the UK, the purpose of its existence in the region was unclear. However, this document confirms that customers travelling between the US and the UK can benefit from the deal.

If American customers have chosen T-Mobile or Sprint for their domestic coverage, when travelling to the UK they will be able to use Apple SIM to open an account with EE for data without messing about with changing SIM’s....

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10:48
Rounding up the newest protective cases &...

Though Apple's iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 just launched this week and many protective cases have yet to hit the market, there are still a handful of early case options available for purchase in addition to Apple's. Here are some of the first options available to protect your brand new iPad.

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09:41
Ember 1.8.2 - Versatile digital scrapbook. (Demo)

Ember (formerly LittleSnapper) is your digital scrapbook of things that inspire you: websites, photos, apps or other things. Just drag in images that you want to keep, organize them into relevant collections, annotate the images you need to give feedback on, and share your images to your favorite web services.

  • Organise your ideas and design inspiration. Drag in images from your Mac and around the web, and organise them into Collections. Apply tags to images, and build Smart Collections based on the tags and other metadata in your library.
  • Subscribe to your favourite websites. Subscriptions allow you to visually browse the web. Images can be saved to your Ember library, and shared with friends and co-workers.
  • Build a scrapbook of designs you love. Save websites to your Ember library from Safari and Chrome with the powerful browser extensions. Ember doesn't need to be running, and you can...

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09:30
CVS also disabling support for Apple Pay

Last night, I was with a friend at CVS who was trying to pay for some items with Apple Pay. Oddly, the transaction couldn't be processed. This struck us as strange because Twitter had been abuzz with Apple Pay users indicating that the service has...

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09:26
Tonality Pro 1.1.2 - Professional-grade monochrome...

Tonality Pro gives you the power to create stunning and dramatic black & white images. This is a complete monochrome image editor with more than 150 one-click style presets, totally unique creativity tools, stackable layers, adjustable brushes, RAW file support and so much more will blow you away. A non-Pro version of Tonality is available on the Mac App Store; find out more here.

An introductory video to Tonality Pro is available here.

Features:

  • Professional image quality with a proprietary 16-bit RAW processing engine
  • Scores of inspiring professional presets provide one-click "magic"
  • Unique adaptive exposure and smart contrast tools for advanced tone control
  • Multiple effect layers offer true advancements in creative toolsets
  • Adjustable, pressure-sensitive brushes and masking tools
  • ...

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

Now that iOS 8.1 is out, with iOS 8.1 running on your iPhone, you can set up SMS Relay. This is one of the features of Continuity, which further integrates and connects your Mac and iOS devices, running Yosemite and iOS 8.1. Continuity also includes Handoff, iPhone Cellular Calls, Instant Hotspot, and AirDrop.

With iMessage, when you are messaging people using Apple devices they appear in blue bubbles. Those messages sync onto all of your Apple devices so that way you can text someone from your Mac, iPad or iPod Touch. Previously, the people you texted in green bubbles were not using...

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08:00
Caturday: KitKat on an Apple II

This is my kitten, KitKat, way back in July. She's sitting on top of my vintage Apple II, where she often waits for me to get home from trips. That's a first-generation iPad next to her, so she can keep up with all her friends online....

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07:56
CVS Stores Reportedly Disabling NFC to Shut Down...

Earlier this week, pharmacy chain Rite Aid shut down unofficial support for the Apple Pay and Google Wallet mobile payments systems, resulting in an outcry from users who have been testing out Apple's new system since its launch on Monday. Rite Aid was not an official Apple Pay partner, but the payments system generally works with existing near field communications (NFC) payment terminals anyway, and many users had had success using Apple Pay at Rite Aid stores early in the week.

It now appears that fellow major pharmacy chain CVS is following suit and as of today is shutting down the NFC functionality of its payment terminals entirely, a move presumably intended to thwart Apple Pay. Google Wallet services are obviously also being affected by the move.

Multiple reports on Twitter and the...

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07:23
Apple Filed a Liquid Metal Patent in Korea for a new...

During our research in foreign databases this morning we found an Apple patent application filed in South Korea this month relating to a next-gen heat sink made of liquid metal.

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07:08
Gadget Ogling: Up In The Air, Big Reads and Ghastly...


This week in Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, a peek at newly announced gadgets that caught my eye, we're going back to the future. Yes, there's an actual hoverboard on the agenda, alongside a larger Nook tablet, a high-end Kindle, smart luggage, and the tipping point for wearable tech. As always, there are ratings for each item, which are based on how interested I am in using them -- they're not an indicator of each product's quality. For starters, someone finally has created a real-life, working hoverboard.

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07:00
“Oprah” for indie bands: Apple once loved unknown...

Aurich Lawson

In April 2007, only diehard Broken Social Scene fans salivated when band member Leslie Feist released a solo album titled The Reminder. Sales were moderate for the first five months, reaching an average of 6,000 per week.

But that September, Apple released its most impactful ad since it unveiled the Macintosh. The ad had a simple concept: a pudgy iPod Nano laid flat against a white table, with a hand repeatedly removing it to reveal another Nano in another color. Each Nano showed the same music video—the song "1234" from Feist.

A little video for everyone.

Within five weeks of the commercial’s launch, Feist’s total album sales reached nearly 300,000 units. Roughly 100,000 of those sales came after the ad campaign started, according to...

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06:30
Meet friends and make new ones with Fanatic

One of the great enjoyment of watching sporting events is to be able to share the moment with friends and other fans of your favorite teams. Now with Fanatic, a free universal app, you can do just that even more easily than before.

Fanatic is a...

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05:30
ColorFit uses photographs to suggest colors

ColorFit is a simple app that does one thing: uses a photo you take to suggest color palettes. Using the photograph, ColorFit will suggest a set of colors ("Use this colors" [sic]) using a variety of different color schemes including triad,...

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05:00
Physical Keyboards for the iPhone 6 Plus

The jumbo iPhone 6 Plus has potential as a mini-tablet for productivity, and it could replace the iPad for some users. Julio Ojeda-Zapata suggests mobile keyboards for iPhone 6 Plus productivity.

 

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04:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Keyboards, exotic designs,...

Keyboards, exotic designs, and protection for every season

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases brings an array of options for your tablet, from multi-function wonders to simple yet efficient designs.

Apple

With the launch of its latest round of tablets, Apple has tweaked the Smart Case (iPad Air 2; $79) to match.

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Friday October 24

20:59
VueScan 9.4.49 - 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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19:45
Yosemite adoption outpacing last year's...

Users are getting used to the idea of upgrading to the latest OS X versions very quickly after release, a new study from ad agency and trend analyst Chitika shows. The latest major OS X upgrade, 10.10 Yosemite, has already achieved a 12.8 percent share of all Internet-connected Macs -- slightly ahead of where last year's release, Mavericks, was at the same point, six days after release. However, both Mavericks and Yosemite have enjoyed adoption rates more than twice as high as the last paid upgrade, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion in 2012....



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17:44
New iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 incorporate NFC chip for...

Apple's newest iPads feature one of the same chips used by iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to handle tap-to-pay NFC transactions, but the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 only support Apple Pay within apps, sparing users the embarrassment of carrying around a gigantic alternative to their credit card.

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17:23
9to5Toys Last Call: 13-inch MacBook Air from $800 w...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Apple 13.3-inch MacBook Air 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB: $850 or $800 w/ .edu email (Reg. $999)

Camera+ for iOS now available for...

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17:16
Memo shows Rite-Aid's disabling of Apple Pay,...

Following reader complaints of Rite-Aid stores no longer accepting Apple Pay or Google Wallet payments (following a brief period where both worked properly) and a "cone of silence" from PR representatives, leaked documents have revealed that the reversal by Rite-Aid on accepting NFC-based payments was deliberate, and that it may never accept Apple Pay, since it is planning to go with a rival mobile payments platform -- sometime next year....



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17:12
Chitika: OS X Yosemite adoption rate slightly higher...

New numbers released by analytics firm Chitika have revealed that public adoption of OS X Yosemite has been very similar to that of its predecessor, Mavericks. According to the stats, Mavericks achieved an install base of 12.4% in North America in its first week. Yosemite is performing slightly better, coming in at 12.8% in the same period of time.

The last of the “big cat” releases, OS X Mountain Lion, was only at 5.6% during its first week in public release. That could be due to the fact that it was considered an incremental upgrade over Lion and cost $19.99, whereas the two newer versions (especially Yosemite) were much larger releases and were both available for free to all users.

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16:49
First Week OS X Yosemite Adoption Rates Slightly...

Six days after being made available to the public, OS X Yosemite was installed on approximately 12.8 percent of Macs in North America, according to adoption numbers released by Chitika. That's just a slight bit higher than the 12.4 percent of Macs Mavericks was installed on six days after its release in 2013.

Ahead of its launch, Yosemite adoption by beta testers and developers was more than 33 times higher than the adoption of Mavericks, and as measured by Chitika, its one percent share of North American Mac OS X-based Web traffic on the first day after release was double the day one adoption rate of Mavericks and Mountain Lion.

OS X Yosemite may be seeing slightly faster adoption rates as the operating system introduces a complete visual overhaul along with several features that allow it to deeply integrate with iOS...

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16:30
Sling to the rescue in The Adventures of SlingCat

A mad pirate atop a terrifying vulture has swooped in to and steal a map in The Adventures of SlingCat. An adventurous, yet adorable, blue cat named SlingCat is on a mission to rescue his rambunctious sister and the other half of the aforementioned...

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16:04
First-week OS X Yosemite adoption rate outpaces...

According to recently published statistics, Apple's latest OS X Yosemite release is seeing slightly better take up rates than last year's OS X Mavericks launch, with current North American distribution pegged at 12.8 percent as of Wednesday.

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16:00
Slices of Apple episode 9: Quality is job one

Slices of Apple is a documentary series exploring the success of Apple as a company. It seeks to educate business leaders, entrepreneurs and laypeople about how Apple keeps delivering consistently great products.
In this episode of Slices of Apple,...

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15:53
Android Wear Gets Its First Big Update


Google's Android Wear on Thursday got its first major update, bringing GPS support and offline music capabilities to the wearables platform. "Android Wear is great for tracking things like route, distance and speed," wrote Kenny Stoltz, Android Wear product manager. "Before today, you had to keep your phone close at hand. Starting today, Wear supports watches with GPS sensors, so you can enjoy these features regardless of where your phone's at." The platform's new offline music capabilities enable users to store music on their smartwatch too.

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15:47
AT&T Locks Apple SIM Cards On New iPads

As reported by MacRumors, the unlocked, carrier-switchable SIM cards built into the newest iPads aren't necessarily so -- at least if you buy them from an AT&T store. Though the card comes from Apple with the ability to support (and be switched among with software, if a change is necessary) all major carriers, "AT&T is not supporting this interchangeability and is locking the SIM included with cellular models of the iPad Air 2 and Retina iPad mini 3 after it is used with an AT&T plan. ... AT&T appears to be the only participating carrier that is locking the Apple SIM to its network. T-Mobile's John Legere has indicated that T-Mobile's process does not lock a customer in to T-Mobile, which appears to be confirmed by Apple's support document, and Sprint's process also seems to leave the Apple SIM unlocked and able to be used with other carrier plans. Verizon, the fourth major carrier in the United States, did not opt to allow the Apple SIM to work with its network."...

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15:28
Sprint expands 'iPhone for Life' plans...

Adding to its iPhone-specific incentives program, Sprint on Friday announced a new 12-month lease option for its "iPhone for Life" plan, which lets subscribers "rent" a new iPhone for a preset period instead of buying it.

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15:26
DWISS introduces first Apple Watch accessories in...

We may not even have a solid release date for the Apple Watch yet, but that’s not stopping the designers at DWiSS from launching a crowdfunding campaign for a new line of wearable accessories. The line includes several colorful watch covers and bands that can be used to customize your device beyond Apple’s selection of bands and faces.

The covers will wrap around the watch itself, while the bands will fit into place just like any of Apple’s own bands. There will also be a lineup of custom software watch faces available.

The DWISS team is seeking $30,000 in funding by December 1st. All backers will get access to at least one of the five custom watch faces. For $19 you’ll get a cover in...

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15:00
Apple and AT&T confirm: AT&T locks down...

One of the surprising new features Apple added to the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3 is a pre-installed Apple SIM which allows users to conveniently switch over to different cell providers as they please.

On its website, Apple describes the benefits...

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14:58
Sprint adds 12-month option to 'iPhone for Life...

Sprint is making changes to its iPhone for Life rental plan, just over a month after launch. The carrier is adjusting the plan to allow customers the ability to lease an iPhone and upgrade it after 12 months, though the existing 24-month period between upgrades will continue to be offered to users at a lower cost compared to the new plan option....



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14:51
Apple submits revised plans for Phase 2 of new...

Apple has a submitted revised plans for the second phase of its Campus 2 project in Cupertino, California. Next to the main "spaceship" complex, the company is looking to build three research and development-related buildings on opposite sides of North Tantau Avenue. It already has approval for the construction, but the updated plans reveal specific details....



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14:43
Multi-carrier Apple SIM 'dedicated' to AT...

It was discovered on Friday that AT&T is dedicating the new multi-carrier Apple SIM included with the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 to its network, forcing buyers to obtain a new one when switching to another carrier, while Sprint Stores will not supply the card at all.

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14:30
Get ready to hit the slopes with Ski & Snow...

Some of you are actually looking forward to the arrival of winter and all that snow. Those of you in this group are probably active winter sports enthusiasts. It won't be long now, in fact, at least one Colorado ski resort has already opened one lift...

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14:25
Friday Deals: iOS Grand Theft Auto, 240GB SSD, 1TB...

Its time for Friday Deals! Every Friday, we round up the best deals for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, all prices are verified at the time of publication, but may not be valid if you're reading this after the weekend, so check before buying. Check back frequently over the weekend, we like to add stuff!...



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14:07
New Uses For Old Power Macs

Over at designboom we get a look at another use for the slightly-less-than-current hardware: Furniture! Klaus Geiger couldn't find it in his heart to forsake these aluminum beauties, and found a way to keep them around. After scooping out the insides (and in some cases creating drawers), he added some wood or some glass and ended up with some really nice looking pieces. I love the wood and metal combinations, and having one of the wheeled carts would be super useful at my house. It's also really nice to see the office furniture made of old towers. I have to give props to Klaus for finding another use for these machines, even though the insides are not so useful, the outsides are still very pretty.


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14:02
Apple Pay is Soaring While Competitors Crash and Burn

Large companies have large ambitions. When powerful tech companies come crashing into people's lives with products that give them pause, they naturally turn to a safe oasis. It's that human element, an Apple strength, that makes the company's products alluring. This week, Microsoft and Amazon were reminded of that while they watched Apple Pay become a warmly embraced product.


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14:00
iTunes sees 13% drop in music downloads

With free music more accessible than ever before, music downloads are on the decline. Specifically, The Wall Street Journal reports that music downloads on iTunes are down by 13-14% since the beginning of the year.

Digital music sales at Apple...

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13:52
AT&T locking Apple SIMs in new iPad models,...

The new Apple SIM in the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 is being locked to AT&T if data subscribers choose that carrier, according to complaints. The problem is confirmed by a new Apple support document. "When you choose AT&T on iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, AT&T dedicates Apple SIM to their network only," the page reads....



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13:46
Forums: Yosemite is a big win (or fail depending on...

With just a little over one week on the Mac App Store, OS X 10.10 Yosemite has been one of the hottest topics in the MacNN forums, with discussion topics ranging from unfixed bugs and battery life issues to beefs with Dark Mode and tips for those who are just upgrading for the first time. Today one Dedicated MacNNer was looking for help determining the cause of what appears to be USB power failure....



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13:41
Nearly half of Gazelle's early iPhone upgrades...

In yet another piece of favorable news surrounding Apple's recent entry into the phablet space, the nation's leading electronics buyback service said Friday that almost half of its early 2014 iPhone trade-in customers who pre-ordered a new iPhone 6 chose to purchase one of the larger, more premium-priced Plus models.

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13:37
These are the real stories behind some of the most...

Huffington Post:

Manganese black. Yellow ocher. Vermilion. Ultramarine. These pigments sound delicious. Their names are so sharp and elegant, it’s as if the terms emote more meaning than just color. We can smell logwood, taste cochineal, touch mummy brown. There is just something (quite scientifically) alluring about a perfectly saturated glob of paint or an electric mound of powdered hues, especially when its name is so tantalizing.

The uniqueness of the names undoubtedly prompts those amongst us, who obsess over the various pink, purples and blues, to wonder where the terms come from. We learn the origin stories of famous paintings in art history course after art history course, but it’s rare to read about the birth of Madder red or mauve. How did the colors in Vincent van Gogh’s “Irises” or J.M.W. Turner’s “Modern Rome” come to be?

I never really thought about it but of course it’s true; these artists had to make their own paint and would of course create...

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13:35
AT&T confirms it locks iPad’s new Apple SIM card...

AT&T has confirmed in a statement that the new universal Apple SIM card in iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 becomes locked to the carrier after being activated on its network.

It appears AT&T might be the only carrier locking the SIM card after activation, as Apple confirms in a support document that “AT&T dedicates Apple SIM to their network only” with no mention of other carriers. The support document also confirms that “Sprint Stores will only carry iPads with legacy Sprint SIM cards (not Apple SIM cards).”

When Apple launched its iPad Air 2 earlier this month, one surprise was the company’s decision to include a new universal SIM in the cellular version of device. The Apple SIM, preinstalled in...

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13:03
External Link: Secrets of the iPad Air 2

The tinkerers at iFixit have torn apart the new iPad Air 2 and discovered that it contains NFC hardware, which in theory would allow for physical Apple Pay transactions. Whether that ever happens or not, rest assured that your iPad Air’s Smart Cover is compatible with the new model. However, it appears that the battery is slightly smaller than the previous generation, and early reports indicate that battery life has suffered for it. If you had hopes of repairing your own iPad Air 2, forget it: just about everything inside the iPad Air 2 is glued in place.

 

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13:02
External Link: Woz Heads Down Under

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is heading to Australia. He’s accepted a position as adjunct professor at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Wozniak has long professed his love for Australia, and will be working in the UTS Magic Lab, which researches robotics and artificial intelligence.

 

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13:00
Amazing Looksery app changes your face in real time

Sometimes the capabilities in our iPhones amazes me. Looksery takes real-time video from your iPhone camera and detects your face's geometry. It then overlays a number of effects, some creepy, so you can send spooky pics or wacky videos to your...

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12:57
External Link: Josh Centers Joined the MacJury to...

Managing Editor Josh Centers joined host Chuck Joiner, TUAW’s Michael T. Rose, and Smile’s Nat Osten to discuss Apple’s recent releases such as Apple Pay, the iPad Air 2, and the iMac with Retina 5K display. Josh explained why he thinks the new iPads are lame, pondered the plateaus of computing, and confirmed that he is not a communist.

 

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12:36
Creators of ‘Room’ say Facebook copied their...


Facebook’s new ‘Rooms’ app                              Room Inc’s ‘Room’ app

Following the launch of Facebook’s new “Rooms” app for iPhone, the company behind a similar piece of software called “Room” is claiming the social media outlet copied its intellectual property. The Room application, which like Facebook’s app allows users to create and invite others to chatrooms while remaining anonymous, was first released on the App Store back in September.

The company’s Damien...

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12:36
Apple Submits Revised Plans for Second Phase of New...

Apple has submitted Apple Campus Phase 2 architectural and site refinement plans to the City of Cupertino, signaling its readiness to begin the second phase of construction on its spaceship campus as soon as first phase construction has been completed.

In a massive 72 page PDF, Apple outlines revised plans for a set of research and development buildings located to the east and west of North Tantau Avenue, adjacent to the main circular campus building. While Apple has already received approval for the second phase of construction, the updated documents address specific changes the company is hoping to make to the area.

Constructed in a 600,000 square foot space, the Tantau Development will house 2,200 employees and will include parking facilities with 1,740 parking spots. The main Tantau building will include four stories of office space for employees along with a built-in cafeteria. Two other buildings...

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12:16
News: AT&T locks Apple SIM cards upon activation...

Users who activate Apple’s own SIM card to use an AT&T data plan with the Wi-Fi + Cellular models of iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 are finding the SIM will lock itself to AT&T, and can no longer be used by another network. Though it appeared the SIM card would be interchangeable between AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile — though not Verizon — it’s not the case with AT&T. The issue was confirmed by Re/code through AT&T spokesman…

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12:10
Giveaway: Tomb Raider

For nearly two decades the Tomb Raider franchise has been keeping adventure seekers entertained for countless hours all around the world. Since the release of the first game in 1996, there have been sequels to the game, a series of box office hit motion pictures novels and even theme park rides. The most recent chapter in the Lara Croft saga was released last year, and recently by the staff here at Electronista got a chance to dig in to the action to see if it lives up to our expectations. We also secured five redemption codes to give away to our readers....



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12:00
Office 365 news round-Up

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” That was the view of Leonardo da Vinci, one of the most innovative thinkers who ever lived. Although Leonardo valued simplicity and made it a cornerstone of his work, he tackled many complex challenges throughout his life. A true Renaissance man, Leonardo used his genius to invent hydraulic pumps, musical instruments and submarines; create works of art that show a mastery of human anatomy and a deep understanding of human nature; and design flying machines nearly 500 years before the Wright brothers launched their first glider at Kitty Hawk.

Like Leonardo, we value both innovation and simplicity. So as we add innovative new features and capabilities to Office 365, we also strive to make it simpler and easier to use. As an example, we recently announced the new Office...

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12:00
Robots Gearing Up to Join Ebola Front Lines


The White House and roboticists have set Nov. 7 to get together in a workshop to explore ways of using robots to help in the battle against Ebola. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy will cohost the workshop on safety robotics for Ebola workers, with Texas A&M University's Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue, or CRASAR. Medical and humanitarian aid workers, members of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and representatives from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the University of California at Berkeley also will attend.

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12:00
AT&T locks multi-carrier iPad SIM, T-Mobile and...

Apple

The multi-carrier Apple SIM in the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 lets US customers purchase data from either AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile. But it turns out that if you want the option of switching carriers, you'll either have to avoid AT&T or acquire another SIM card.

When you set up cellular data on a new iPad with the multi-carrier SIM, you'll get this screen, which lets you choose a carrier:


Jon Brodkin

Click on AT&T and you'll see this warning, stating that once the SIM is activated on AT&T's network, it will be locked to AT&T and that you'll need a new Apple...

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12:00
Hands On: Tomb Raider (OS X, Windows)

Last year, Square Enix published a new take on a fan favorite character that made a debut on the PlayStation back in 1996. Under the development of Crystal Dynamics, Tomb Raider was rebooted to reintroduce the origins of Lara Croft. Rather than rely on some of the typical tropes associated with the character, the development team added a depth and human touch that was welcome in the series. Earlier this year, the game was ported to OS X by Feral Interactive, giving Mac owners a chance to experience Croft's new story....



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12:00
Civilization: Beyond Earth pre-orders launch for Mac

After a brief delay, Civilization: Beyond Earth is finally coming to Mac this holiday season. Pre-orders have launched for the Mac version of the game via developer Aspyr's online game store GameAgent.com. As a bonus, all GameAgent pre-orders will...

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11:58
Editorial: In defense of the new $499 Mac mini

After the release, we came out pretty strongly against Apple's new $499 Mac mini. We thought it to be underpowered, and despite some minor improvements, generally a step backwards. Time has passed, tempers have cooled a bit, and we've given it a second thought. While we're not saying that its a must-buy, there are some good use cases for it, and in some instances it trumps the 2012 model....



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11:53
Apple’s slipping iTunes sales prove streaming is the...

iTunes numbers looked solid, if not outright impressive, when

Apple reported fourth-quarter earnings

this week. Sales were up from $4.3 billion to $4.6 billion year-over-year. But Apple doesn’t break out music purchases from those numbers, so it’s
difficult to tell what accounts for all that money. But now we know: It’s not music.

Apple might have the answer to its iTunes music problem: Beats.

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11:17
News: iTunes music sales down at least 13 percent...

A new report from The Wall Street Journal reveals that iTunes music sales have fallen by 13 to 14 percent worldwide this year, citing people familiar with the matter. This is in stark contrast to only a 2.1 percent overall dip last year in global revenue from music downloads – a decline that was said to be offset by increases from ad-supported and subscription services. As previously reported, Apple has been working to cut music subscription prices…

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11:09
Daily Deal: The Retro Classics Nintendo + Gameboy...

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up a classic retro Nintendo controller or Gameboy iPhone 6 or 6 Plus case for only $14 – 30% off the regular price. Providing a unique look for your new iPhone, these thin and stylish cases provide added protection without extra bulk, and are made from hard plastic rather than silicone, and include a premium leather oil finish.

Get your retro classic Nintendo or Gameboy case now for only $14...

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11:00
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

Bike Baron [iOS...

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10:54
AT&T Locking Apple Interchangeable SIMs in iPad...

Apple's new Apple SIM card in the iPad Air 2 and the Retina iPad mini 3 is designed to be universal, usable across a variety of wireless carriers in the US and UK, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and UK's EE. According to user reports in the MacRumors forums and on Twitter, AT&T is not supporting this interchangeability and is locking the SIM included with cellular models of the iPad Air 2 and Retina iPad mini 3 after it is used with an AT&T plan.

Image via John Legere
A newly posted Apple support document details what happens to the SIM when it is activated on US carriers.Using Apple SIM, you can choose from different cellular carriers and their various programs....

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10:51
OS X Server 4.0 - For OS X 10.10 Yosemite. (...

Designed for OS X and iOS devices, OS X Server makes it easy to share files, schedule meetings, synchronize contacts, develop software, host your own website, publish wikis, configure Mac, iPhone, and iPad devices, remotely access your network, and more.

OS X Server is an application you can add to OS X Yosemite right from the Mac App Store. Anyone can quickly and easily turn a Mac running OS X Yosemite into a server that’s perfect for home offices, businesses, schools, developers, and hobbyists alike.

Version 4.0:

  • Initial Yosemite release



  • OS X 10.10 or later



Download Now

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10:47
TotalFinder 1.6.12 - Adds tabs, hotkeys, and other...

TotalFinder is a universally acclaimed navigational companion for your Mac. Enhance your Mac's Finder with features so smart and convenient, you won't believe you ever lived without them.

Tab-based interface
Say goodbye to scattered, disorganized Finder windows. TotalFinder merges everything into a workflow-friendly, tab-based layout.

System-wide access
With TotalFinder, convenience is key: With the stroke of a hot-key, it's available instantly, system-wide.

Helpful tweaks
TotalFinder's Folders on Top feature takes file organization to a new level. Just click the option in the Preferences menu and your much-needed folders will automatically be prioritized in every window.

Reduce clutter
OS X's Finder has a bad habit of cluttering your system with hidden attribute files. TotalFinder emphasizes cleanliness, eliminating superfluous files and freeing...

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10:47
The Camera Lens Mug: $19.99

If you have a photographer in your life, just look at the image, click the link, and buy it. You already get it. For everyone else, the Camera Lens Mug is a coffee mug that looks like a camera lens. Think: bring your own refreshments to a place where you can't bring your own liquids, but you can bring your camera. It has a rubber grip, a stainless steel lining, and it looks like a camera lens. Come on, that's rad. It's $19.99, making it a fine gift, too.


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10:43
iPad Mini 3 Teardown Reveals NFC Controller for...

After tearing down the iPad Air 2 earlier this week, iFixit has now moved on to the iPad mini 3, which also received a minor update during Apple's October 16 iPad event. Unlike the iPad Air 2, the iPad mini 3 saw few internal improvements, gaining a new gold color option and a Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

As expected, iFixit's teardown reveals many of the same parts that were used in first Retina iPad mini, now called the iPad mini 2. It continues to use the same 7.9-inch display, A7 processor with M7 coprocessor, 5-megapixel camera, and 802.11n Wi-Fi.

There is one new addition, which is directly related to Touch ID and the iPad mini 3's ability to support in-app Apple Pay payments. Like the iPad Air 2, the iPad mini 3 includes a 65V10 NFC controller manufactured by NXP.

NFC Controller in blue
There is no accompanying NFC antenna to allow the tablet to make NFC-...

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10:37
Microsoft's Surface Pro is Still a Loser in the...

In July 2013 we reported that Microsoft's Surface tablet was a 900 million dollar flop. With Surface tablet web traffic on a steady decline for the first half of the year, Microsoft launched their spanking new Surface Pro 3 tablet. This time they switched marketing tactics to position their new tablet as a hybrid notebook that was better than Apple's MacBook Air. Panos Panay, Microsoft's Corporate VP for Surface, constantly ...

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10:30
Amazon Rewards Visa card now works with Apple Pay

Consumers with Visa's Amazon Rewards card can now use the card with Apple Pay, according to a report from MacRumors. Compatibility with Apple Pay was seemingly green-lit today, and should help alleviate a number of frustrated Amazon Rewards card...

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10:19
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-24

It's time for fitness tracker makers to get worried because Apple and Nike are teaming up. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about personal tech and how Apple is changing the market, plus they offer up their take on Fitbit's lack of HealthKit support.


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10:15
Giveaway: PoP'n 2

Enter to win one of two PowerSkin PoP'n 2 portable power packs for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus from MacNN Giveaway entry period closes October 29.



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10:07
Giveaway: RapidWeaver6

Until November 6, enter to win one of five copies of RapidWeaver 6 from MacNN.



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10:04
Source: NFC chip in new iPads just the Secure...

Teardowns of Apple’s new iPad Air 2 revealed an NFC chip that wasn’t officially announced by Apple, but sources close to the situation have confirmed it’s only being used as a Secure Element for Apple Pay in-app purchases.

Apple describes the Secure Element on its website, which is used to securely store account numbers associated with credit cards for Apple Pay on both the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, according to our source: With Apple Pay, instead of using your actual credit and debit card numbers when you add your card to Passbook, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted, and securely stored in...

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10:01
iTunes Digital Music Sales Fall 13 Percent as Apple...

Apple's digital music sales continue to spiral downward, falling more than 13 percent worldwide thus far in 2014, reports The Wall Street Journal. Last year, digital music sales dropped for the first time since iTunes opened in 2003, falling 5.7 percent year-over-year.

This continued decline is likely one of the reasons behind Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music earlier this year. Apple may be hoping to offset this drop in digital music revenue with increased subscription revenue from Beats Music. The plummeting download numbers help illustrate why Apple bought the $10-a-month subscription streaming service Beats Music earlier this year, as part of its $3 billion acquisition that included headphone maker...

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10:00
Taste the Apple rainbow

The Apple logo is a fairly common subject of custom pastry artists -- the Apple pie jokes write themselves -- but rarely do any intrepid chefs attempt to recreate the colorful retro look. Flickr user Pingiwingi knocked it out of the park with this...

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09:57
iTunes sales down 13% this year as Apple plans to...

Sales from Apple's iTunes Store have fallen significantly thus far in 2014, helping to push forward the company's alleged plans to revamp the recently acquired Beats Music and make it part of the iTunes brand.

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09:54
Amazon Rewards Visa Card gets added to Apple Pay

The Amazon Rewards Visa Card has been added to Apple Pay, some owners have noticed. The card wasn't initially compatible with Apple Pay when the service was launched earlier this week. Support for the card is notable because of its popularity, owing to users getting 3 percent back on Amazon purchases, 2 percent at gas stations, restaurants, and drugstores, and 1 percent on all other purchases....



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09:44
News: iPad Air 2 includes NFC chip, but likely won’t...

Earlier this week, iFixit's teardown of the iPad Air 2 revealed the unexpected presence of an NXP 65V10 NFC Controller chip. This is the same NFC chip found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, where it is presently used exclusively for Apple Pay wireless payments at retail locations. While Apple announced last week that the iPad Air 2 would include Apple Pay support, this was limited to storing credit card information for online transactions, and specifically…

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09:41
Apple’s music sales down 14% in 2014 as it plans to...

Apple’s worldwide digital music sales through iTunes have dropped up as much as 14% in 2014, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal citing sources close to the situation. That’s a big decrease, as the report points out, when compared to data available for digital sales last year:

The dive in download sales is stark compared with a much shallower dip last year. Global revenue from downloads fell 2.1% in 2013, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, but that decline was offset by increases in revenue from ad-supported and...

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09:30
Daily Deals for October 24, 2014, featuring the...

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

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

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09:07
Parallels releases Mac Management for Microsoft SCCM

Parallels has launched an update to Parallels Mac Management (parallels.com/mac-management), the product that extends Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) functionality to Macs. Parallels Mac Management enables IT departments to discover, enroll and manage Mac machines just as they do existing PCs – all through a single pane of glass.
 

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09:00
Support corner webcast—troubleshoot Mail Flow for...

In this video, learn about the components of hybrid Mail Flow, the connector differences between Exchange 2010 and 2013 hybrid Mail Flow, header differences between centralized and decentralized transport, and typical issues that adversely affect hybrid Mail Flow.

Presenter: Vincent Yim is a senior premier field engineer who specializes in Exchange deployments, Exchange Online migrations and Office365 identity. His primary activities includes consulting, training delivery and content writing.

Office 365 support corner webcasts are a critical program to troubleshoot support issues and encourage foundation technical readiness. Webcasts are free of charge and are a great opportunity to have conversations with Microsoft employees and get your questions answered.

For more information on future Office 365 support webcasts, visit the Office 365 Summit website.

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09:00
Calling the ballgames from OneNote with professional...

The World Series is in full swing and it yields a month filled with memorable home runs, strikeouts and game-winning hits. The soundtrack of these moments stays with you forever because of the announcers who call the games. But this is not a job for the shy or unorganized person.

Calling plays in a three-plus hour baseball game with hundreds of players throughout a 162-game season requires both knowledge and know-how. Joe Block, professional baseball announcer in Milwaukee, uses OneNote on all his devices to keep track of player stats, game stories and even to keep score, bringing the game to life for his listeners. He heard about OneNote from another announcer and friend, Scott Franzke from Philadelphia, who discovered the benefits of using OneNote long before Joe, but has learned even more through their shared use of it. Joe and Scott sat down with us and talked...

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09:00
This lamp lets you combine all your iOS gadgets into...

Collaboration across multiple devices could get a whole lot more interesting if MIT's newest device hack catches on. It's a combination of software and hardware called HuddleLamp, and it lets you turn all your touchscreen gadgets into a single...

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08:51
BBEdit 11 gets improvements to Clipping, syntax...

Bare Bones has upgraded its popular text and code editor, BBEdit, to version 11. The Mac software has a long list of new features, fixes, and minor improvements. Some changes include better syntax highlighting, a revised Find Differences interface, and a new text extraction function. The Clipping system, meanwhile, has been upgraded to support snippets that can be used in one or many languages....



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08:39
NFC-Equipped iPad Air 2 Sparks Speculation of Future...

Earlier this week, a teardown analysis of the iPad Air 2 by iFixit surprisingly revealed the presence of a near field communications (NFC) controller chip that is identical to the one inside the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Apple never advertised the Air 2 as having NFC, and the tablet doesn't support contactless Apple Pay payments, so the inclusion of this chip is somewhat puzzling.

In a new article, Gigaom examines the reasons why Apple might include but not activate this hardware in its tablet device, speculating that the chip may eventually serve to help small businesses process payments.

Portion of iPad Air 2 logic board showing NFC chip boxed in red (Source: iFixit)
In this scenario, the iPad...

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08:27
iFixit teardown of iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3...

A teardown of Apple's iPad Air 2 turned up a surprise: an NFC module.

According to iFixit, the NXP 65V10 NFC Controller is the same one that Apple uses for Apple Pay in its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The same chip also appears inside Apple's iPad mini 3, iFixit found in its teardown of the smaller tablet.

Apple Pay lets users check out at retail stores by tapping their phones against a payment terminal, but that feature isn't currently available to iPad users. While some reviews speculated that the new iPads simply lacked the necessary NFC chip, iFixit's teardown proves otherwise.

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08:10
Apple, Nike Teaming Up on Wearable Tech Project

Nike may have killed its FuelBand fitness tracker, but that doesn't mean the company is out of the wearable tech game. Company CEO Mark Parker says Nike is working with Apple on new wearable technology that will be less obtrusive but will still work with devices that are already available.

The Mac Observer Spin: Knowing Apple and Nike are working together on new wearable tech should be a big red flag for other fitness and health tracker makers. It's time for everyone to step up their game or risk getting left behind.


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08:00
Tim Cook wants to bring Apple Pay to China

Tim Cook earlier this week traveled to China where he met with Chinese authorities to discuss a gamut of privacy issues, including recent allegations that the Chinese government recently set up a man in the middle attack to stealthily capture iCloud...

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07:47
Sprint’s new ‘iPhone for Life’ plan coming Nov. 14 w...


After last month announcing its $70/month iPhone for Life plan that allows users to “rent” an iPhone and upgrade every two years, today Sprint announced that it will be launching a new 12-month lease option starting Nov. 14. That means that iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users signing up for the iPhone for Life Plan will now be able to upgrade every year, and the old 24-month plan will become available for the iPhone 5S....

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07:35
Getting the most out of the revamped OS X Spotlight...

One of the biggest changes in OS X Yosemite is Apple's Spotlight search, which has gained a completely new, front-and-center look, and also adds the ability to search well beyond your Mac.

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07:33
Welcome Wi-Fi changes under Yosemite’s hood

Glenn Fleishman talks through the changes Yosemite brings to Wi-Fi.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:33
AAPL on third straight day of all-time high stock...

AAPL stock has reached an all-time high three days straight in the week it launched Apple Pay, with the company touching $105.49 today … 

The company hit triple-digits for the first time (post stock-split) in August. Analysts responding to last month’s announcements of the iPhone 6, Apple Watch and Apple Pay predicted that the...

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07:14
FunBITS: Pedometer++ Tracks Your Steps on the Cheap

Want to track your activity level, but don’t want to shell out for an expensive fitness tracker? You may already have one in your pocket, embedded in your iPhone, and all you need to access it is a free app.

 

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07:10
News: Apps of the Week: Inbox by Gmail, Pixelmator,...

New Apps Inbox by Gmail (Free*) — A new app by Google has been getting a lot of buzz this week for its approach to reinventing the way that e-mail is managed. The key benefit here is Google using its algorithmic magic to try and group your incoming e-mails into bundles based on categories like Travel, Finance, Purchases, Social, and so forth to make it easier to manage your incoming flow. You can pin individual items to mark them as important, and…

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07:07
Fully scalable iOS device vector drawings for Sketch...

If you have a need for vector artwork of all shipping iOS devices, this free collection from Robbie Pearce might be your answer. The files are done in Sketch and come in every color you can buy.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:05
Google's Inbox: Beginning of the End of Email...


Google on Wednesday introduced Inbox, a free mobile app that aims to separate the email wheat from the chaff. It's currently available to Android and iPhone users on an invitation-only basis. The software is aimed at managing email on small screens, although once set up and running on a phone, it can be accessed through Google's Chrome browser on a desktop. Inbox has a number of features for better managing and pulling out what you need from email messages. "There are some really cool ideas in it," said Baydin CEO Alex Moore.

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07:03
Teardown shows iPad mini 3’s “hastily glued” Touch...

Following a teardown of the new iPad Air 2 earlier this week, our friends over at iFixit have now opened up Apple’s other new tablet: the iPad mini 3 … 

While the new iPad mini 3 was more of a minor refresh compared to the iPad Air 2, it does add some notable new features like the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. iFixit also found some other tweaks made to the device on the inside:

Yes—that is hot glue holding the home button bracket to the front panel. Good luck transferring that to...

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07:00
PhotoMath: Every math student's dream come true

The latest from the "Why didn't they have this when I was in school?" news is a very cool app that scans printed mathematical expressions and then solves them. PhotoMath (free) is every school kid's dream.

The app was pointed out by Mike Rose, who...

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06:59
Samsung Knox Android security suite under fire from...

Reports have begun to circulate about a pervasive flaw in Samsung's Knox security software for Android phones. The technology, which is the foundation of Android 5.0 Lollipop's enhanced protections has come under fire by a lone, previously unknown researcher, previously unknown to the field, who calls the effort merely "security by obscurity."...



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06:51
BusyCal 2.6.3 - Powerful calendar app with multiple...

BusyCal is an award-winning desktop calendar that combines personal productivity features for individuals with powerful calendar sharing capabilities for families and workgroups.

BusyCal's unique features include a non-modal Info Panel for easier data entry; To Dos that display in the calendar and auto-forward until completed; repeating To Dos; customizable calendar views including a List view and scrolling Month and Week views; adjustable font styles and sizes, live weather feeds, moon phases, graphics, sticky notes and more.

BusyCal allows families and workgroups to share calendars with MobileMe, Google Calendar, iCal Server, and other CalDAV Servers. You can even share calendars with other BusyCal users on a local area network without the need of a server. And BusyCal syncs with iCal, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and other apps and devices that sync with MobileMe or Sync Services.

Features:

  • View and edit event details...

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06:42
Amazon Rewards Visa card now ready to load in Apple...

Just two days after Amazon said it was working to enable its Rewards Visa card in Apple Pay, the company has made good on its promise. Reddit users are reporting success in adding the card, and TechCrunch posted the above photo of a card loaded into the app … 

We’ve asked Amazon for confirmation that the ability to add the card is available to all.

Apple is working on expanding the cards accepted by the service, with...

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06:37
Kickstarter Project: Mouse Guard LEGO Mini Figures

David Petersen's Mouse Guard is a series of wonderfully told and illustrated stories that follows the adventures of mice sworn to protect their realm and all who pass through, and now Alice Finch hopes to imortalize them in the form of LEGO minifigs. Just to be clear: LEGO minifig Mouse Guard. As they say, OMG. Bricks of Mouse Guard will include minifig mouse heads in gray, brown, reddish brown and tan, along with The Black Axe, Trisam's flagon, Lieam's sword, Kenzie's staff and lantern, and Aynslee's flagon. Alice is a master LEGO builder, and her work is truly impressive. I can't wait to see her Bricks of Mouse Guard in the flesh - or plastic. There's still 30 days left in the Kickstarter, so there's still time to hit the US$15,000 goal and stretch goals, too.

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06:35
Amazon Rewards Visa Card adds support for Apple Pay

Owners of the popular Amazon Rewards Visa Card, which awards 3 percent back on all Amazon.com purchases, can now add their card to Passbook for the newly launched Apple Pay service.

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06:31
Re/code team takes Apple Pay on a test drive

[VIDEO] Re/code put together a review team of four people, two on the east coast, two on the west coast, to put Apple Pay through its paces.

Our overall conclusion: Apple Pay worked smoothly and quickly in all but a very few instances. But the number of physical and online stores that accept it at launch is still very small. Plus, some common things slow it down, like the need for signatures and debit-card PINs in some stores, its lack of support for loyalty cards, and cashier confusion. So it’s far from a complete replacement for your wallet and credit card, at least not yet.

This simplistic conclusion is only skin deep. The real value of the review is watching Apple Pay at work, with a separate video for each team member. To get you started, here’s Katie Boehret from...

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06:31
calibre 2.7 - Complete e-library management system...

Calibre is a complete e-book library manager.

Organize your collection, convert your books to multiple formats, and sync with all of your devices. Let Calibre be your multi-tasking digital librarian.

Manage, convert, sync, and more

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



Version 2.7:

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06:30
Apple expands TestFlight to include up to 1,000...

Apple announced this week that it is expanding its TestFlight Beta testing service, now allowing developers to include public beta testers. According to the new program details, developers can invite up to 1,000 public beta testers via iTunes...

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06:23
Storage Made Easy updates Mac File Sharing Apps for...

Storage Made Easy, a company that provides a private Enterprise File Share and Sync Solution compatible with most private and public storage clouds, have updated their Mac Cloud Apps to be compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite.

The SME Mac App suite features a cloud drive, folder sync and menu bar. The Storage Made Easy Cloud Solution integrates the cloud directly in the Yosemite desktop and also supports Mavericks, Mountain Lion and Lion operating systems.

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06:19
MovieBriefs 1.3.1 for Mac OS X beefs up slide show...

einstein's legacy (http://www.einsteinslegacy.com) has announced MovieBriefs 1.3.1. It's an update of the Mac OS X video utility for creating image contact sheets from your movies by extracting up to 400 images and displaying them in an onscreen grid.  

MovieBriefs, not only prints and exports overview images, but users may also create dynamic slide shows and share images via e-mail or with popular internet services like Facebook and Twitter. Version 1.3.1 includes enhancements to slide show playback, improved timing accuracy, a new movie info panel, and adjustable image output sizing.

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06:11
Join us Tuesday for the last live Office 15-Minute...

For our last webinar, we take a personal view of Office. I’ve been inside the Office Content team for 7 years and learned a ton about the programs. For me, here are four skills you can pick up relatively quickly that have a great impact on how you create content and get things done faster with Office.

Join us for our last live Office 15-Minute Webinar at 9:15 A.M. Pacific Time. There’s also a 20-minute Q&A afterwards. You will need to register for this webinar (it takes only a few seconds).

Register and attend

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06:10
Amazon Visa Rewards Card Now Compatible With Apple...

According to reports on Twitter, Reddit and MacRumors forums, Amazon's Visa Rewards card is now compatible with Apple Pay. Amazon reportedly enabled the feature today, moving quickly to bring the mobile payments service to consumers who were disappointed in Amazon for not supporting Apple Pay at launch.

Apple Pay launched on Monday with support from a large number of credit card companies and banks. Among the launch partners were Chase, which is the issuing bank for the Amazon Visa Rewards card. Amazon reportedly was the only Chase card not supporting Apple Pay, sparking rumors that the retailer was deliberately rebuffing Apple's mobile...

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06:09
Tim Cook Says Chinese Security Talks Were 'Very...

Tim Cook was optimistic about Apple's relationship with China following a meeting with top Chinese government officials in Beijing on Wednesday to discuss data privacy and security. Cook told China's Xinhua news agency (Via Reuters) that he had "very open" talks with a senior official. Chinese vice premier Ma Kai, a member of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau, met with the CEO of the world's most valuable company on Wednesday morning. They had discussed a series of topics including privacy and security. Cook described it as "very open", "fascinating" and "impressive", but he declined specifics. As part of the interview, Cook also confirmed Apple's plan to launch Apple Pay and other...

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06:02
Apple's CEO Tells China News Agency, Apple Pay...

Tim Cook Focused on Apple Pay Services in China: We previously reported this week that Apple's CEO had attended a top level meeting in China over security. Today, speaking with Xinhua, China's official news agency, Cook confirmed that he had "very open" talks on privacy and security. Yet Cook's top priority on his trip to China was to find out...

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05:48
OS X Yosemite: Handing Calls Off to Your iPhone

For today's Quick Tip, we'll go over how Yosemite and iOS 8 will let you continue a phone call started with your Mac on your iPhone, so if you've gotta jet, you don't have to end your conversation. For those of you who thought they could use "I need to hang up my Mac" as an excuse to stop chatting with someone annoying, we apologize for this article.


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05:42
PSA: Bitcasa ending unlimited cloud storage, data...

The (almost) free lunch promised by Bitcasa of unlimited cloud storage for just $99/year is coming to an end, and the company has also informed users that they will need to manually migrate all data to a new backend by 15th November or it will be deleted.

Bitcasa was able to offer low-cost “infinite storage” because it figured that most users would have only a relatively small proportion of unique content. As I mentioned in my comparative review:

The company estimates that most people have no more than 25GB of unique content on their computers, the rest – music, movies, etc – being content held in common with other people. For that data, Bitcasa stores only one copy of the file, with the rest of our backups containing...

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05:36
Tim Cook talks Apple Pay, Apple Watch and security...

On the final day of Tim Cook’s four-day visit to China, he told state news agency Xinhuanet that Apple Pay was top of the list of things the company wanted to take to China.

“China is a really key market for us,” said the CEO. “Everything we do, we are going to work it here. Apple Pay is on the top of the list.”

Cook said that Apple would be working to understand the steps needed to bring the new service to China before meeting with local carriers, banks and merchants …

Cook also said that people would find the Apple Watch to be a must-have product.

“We are going to wonder how we ever lived...

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05:30
Apple Takes the Smartphone War to Korea with Pre-...

Today Apple takes the smartphone war to Korea with pre-orders of the iPhone 6 starting this afternoon.

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05:30
Life Analytics fails to provide life analysis

Life Analytics seems to want to do what Moves tried to do: provide you with a record of everywhere you've been but with some graphs to show you how you divide your time among the places you inhabit or visit. However, unlike Moves, which was purchased...

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05:28
Apple CEO Tim Cook says privacy talks with Chinese...

Tim Cook's tour of China continues with another interview with local media, this time with the Apple CEO telling users in the country that he had "very open" discussions on privacy and security with the Chinese government, following a series of attacks in the country targeting Apple users.

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05:25
Skitch 2.7.3 - Take screenshots, annotate them, and...

With Skitch, taking, annotating, and sharing screenshots or images is as fun as it is simple.Communicate and collaborate with images using Skitch and its intuitive, engaging drawing and annotating features.

  • Create a note. Use Skitch's image capturing features to take screenshots, then edit and share these and other images with your collaborators.
  • Make your point. Markup and annotate key components of your images to communicate with others.
  • Share it all. Share your thoughts with your collaborators with streamlined feedback options; share summaries of your notes; share your notes on Evernote or social media with ease.



Version 2.7.3:

  • Added support for OS X 10.10 Yosemite



  • OS X 10.7.4 or later



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04:51
Visa, Mastercard publish list of financial...

In as much as I grouse about Visa and MasterCard (also known as the “Dark Sith Overlords of Ever-Climbing, Interest Monster Debt”), this might come in handy. Per 9to5Mac, Visa and MasterCard have published a list of banks and financial institutions that will support Apple Pay in the United States “in the coming weeks,” while MasterCard has its own list of supported banks arriving in the coming months. The mobile payments service officially launched on Monday, October 20th and currently supports cards issued by Bank of America, Capital One, Citi Bank, Chase and Wells Fargo Bank. A full list of banks coming soon from...

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04:36
Former Apple retail head Ron Johnson raises $30M for...

Ron Johnson, who headed up Apple’s retail operations for almost 12 years, has raised $30M in funding for an intriguing-sounding online shopping service due to launch next year, reports the WSJ.

The new company is called Enjoy, and Mr. Johnson says its goal is to change the way people buy and use the “things that matter” in a world in which consumers start their shopping online [...]

Johnson is not giving much away about what Enjoy will offer, but said that it’s designed to help bridge the gap between offline and online shopping for more complex and expensive products.

Enjoy aims to help shoppers develop a connection with new products, in the way that Apple Stores let shoppers try its products. For example, Mr. Johnson said it is hard for customers to understand the capabilities of a new product like a GoPro...

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04:35
What a difference 30 years makes for image...

It’s more a picture than anything.

Over on Things of Interest, someone overlaid the original Apple Macintosh, which was released in 1984 and shipped with a black-and-white 512 x 342 display. Fast forward 30 years to the release of the iMac with Retina 5K display, which ships with a 5,120 x 2,880 display with support for millions of colours. That’s an increase from 175,000 pixels to more than 14.7 million – an 8,400% increase. 80 of the original Macintosh displays fit within a single Retina 5K display.

The stats are astounding, but to really put things in perspective, take a look at the image below, showing the original Macintosh display overlaid on a promotional image that Apple has been using to showcase the massive size of the new iMac’s display. Click the image to link to the full, relatively massive original image.

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04:29
Kool Tools: Offload camera footage back-up utility

Red Giant's Offload (http://tinyurl.com/kewtxm5) is a useful, standalone application for backing up camera footage in the field. Available alone or as part of the Red Giant Shooter Suite, Offload lets you back up files from a camera card to laptop and external drives.

Too often, shooters discover that their footage has been lost through a corrupted offload process or through damaged hardware. Red Giant Offload eliminates the stress that every filmmaker goes through between shooting and delivery.

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04:13
Gartner: 40% of U.S. employees use personal devices...

Approximately 40% of U.S. consumers who work for large enterprises said they use their personally owned smartphone, desktop or laptop daily for some form of work purposes, according to a recent survey by Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com).

The study, which was conducted in June 2014, surveyed more than 4,300 U.S. consumers about their technology usage and attitudes in order to gain a better picture of how devices are used for work and leisure. 

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04:13
Gartner: 40% of U.S. employees use personal devices...

Approximately 40% of U.S. consumers who work for large enterprises said they use their personally owned smartphone, desktop or laptop daily for some form of work purposes, according to a recent survey by Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com).

The study, which was conducted in June 2014, surveyed more than 4,300 U.S. consumers about their technology usage and attitudes in order to gain a better picture of how devices are used for work and leisure. 

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04:10
AKVIS introduces Horror Pack for ArtSuite

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has announced a new collection of frames for its ArtSuite software for Mac OS X and Windows: the Horror Pack with 50 hand painted frame designs.

ArtSuite lets you frame your pictures. Just place a photo into a frame and run processing; the edges will be smoothed and hidden to fit the frame, and you will get a stylish and impressive framed image.

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04:06
Developer says Apple sent them pornographic image...

Apple’s developer guidelines on explicit content

An iOS developer said Apple demonstrated that their app could be used to surf for porn by sending them a screenshot containing a pornographic image. Carl Smith shared the story of the rejection of Wave, an app for browsing Instagram and public images, in a blog post.

It turns out Apple thought the best way to tell us our app could be used to surf porn was to surf for porn using our app. Then send us some pictures and say take a look at these! Except they said, “Please see the attached screenshot for more information.” So with no warning [...]

They sent us a picture of a guy masturbating.

The explicit image was attached to an email rejecting the app on the basis that the process for flagging inappropriate content was inadequate … ...

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04:05
Ephnic Movie Maker is ready for Yosemite

Ephnic Software has launched a new version (2.2.1) of its flagship application, Ephnic Movie Maker, for Mac OS X. The app helps users make home movies out of their favorite photos, video clips and music with transitions and theme effects.

The new version is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite. It also sports a streamlined interface.

Ephnic Movie Maker is now available on Ephnic's website (http://tinyurl.com/lxhc29d) for US$29.99. A demo is available for download.

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04:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Belt, pouch, or bumper?

Belt, pouch, or bumper?

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases has something for every occasion, whether you need a holster to use while working out, want a wallet case for buying a quick snack at the nearest convenience store (that doesn't accept Apple Pay), or are in the market for a general-use case to use while relaxing at home.

The Buddy Pouch

The Buddy Pouch (iPhone 6 Plus; $26) is a lightweight, belt-free pouch specifically designed for runners.

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03:53
5 ways Facebook’s Rooms stands apart from the...

Facebook’s long-rumored anonymous app is here, shattering common beliefs about what Facebook and anonymous apps are like. Rooms for iOS is a throwback to the Internet communities of old,
when people used pseudonyms to comment but were as well-known as pub regulars.

Rooms is clearly different from apps like Secret, Whisper, and Yik Yak. It’s more community-oriented than the current crop of anonymous apps, which are
centered on the self: This is what I think. This is what I desire. Those missives aren’t conversation-starters, though comments are allowed. They’re
one-way streets.

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03:00
You Should Play: Crush enemies in the mysterious...

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.

Endless action games are such a perfect fit for mobile devices, as they typically offer short sessions and a strong urge to keep playing until you dominate your friends on the leaderboards. There's no shortage of such offerings on the App Store, and in my view, the more peculiar or abstractly these games are presented, the better—like Super Hexagon or Impossible Road, which are both starkly designed and immensely enjoyable experiences.

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02:00
Review: Sound Blaster Roar Bluetooth speaker

There could very well be a new king of the hill for Bluetooth speakers with Sound Blaster's recent entry into the marketplace. Bringing a heap of features for music enjoyment to a powerful speaker, the company introduced the Roar earlier this year. With the crowded market for Bluetooth speakers, is it possible that a company like Sound Blaster could release a device that topples some of the big names in audio? Find out in our review....



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00:00
Reviews: Sound Blaster Roar Bluetooth speaker

There could very well be a new king of the hill for Bluetooth speakers with Sound Blaster's recent entry into the marketplace. Bringing a heap of features for music enjoyment to a powerful speaker, the company introduced the Roar earlier this year. With the crowded market for Bluetooth speakers, is it possible that a company like ......



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Thursday October 23

20:51
Former Apple execs Johnson, McDougal form new retail...

Former Apple retail chief Ron Johnson, along with his former Apple colleague Jerry McDougal and former Apple creative director Tom Suiter have teamed up in a new retail-oriented startup endeavor called Enjoy, promising to help consumers spend more wisely instead of just aiming for the cheapest price. The company, which launches next year, will help consumers make smarter choices on buying, such as educating shoppers on the finer points of a camera to promote the best overall value....



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20:35
Briefly: Pocket Informant 4.5, Nike hints at future...

Web Information Solutions has updated its iOS app Pocket Informant, a combined scheduling and task list manager compatible with built-in calendar data, Google, Toodledo, Evernote or Informant Sync. Free to download, by upgrading to its premium version ($15) users can sync with other calendars, utilize Rich Text Notes and Contact Management features, Task Smart Filters and more. Pocket Informant v4.5.1 integrates iOS 8 components like the Today Widget, TouchID Support, Alarm Actions, and the ability to create tasks and notes from Safari and the Notes app. Users can now log in to Google, Tood...



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19:17
Sydney Mac Admins October Meet Up

To All Sydney Mac (and iOS) Admins,

Our next Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 29th of October.

We have a booking at 6pm at Hart’s Pub, Corner of Essex & Gloucester St, The Rocks.

Any one who has an interest in managing OS X or iOS is very welcome to come. It is a great opportunity to meet your fellow Mac/iOS admins.

You can RSVP and register to be notified of future events at http://www.meetup.com/Sydney-Mac-Admins/

I hope to see you there,

Marcus.

About Marcus Rowell

Marcus Rowell is a Mac Systems Administrator and IT generalist who is trying to make IT simple and reliable. He can be found on Twitter as @mrowell.

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19:07
Calculate Linux Provides Consistency by Design


Calculate Linux 14 is a distribution designed with home and SMB users in mind. It is optimized for rapid deployment in corporate environments as well. Calculate gives users something no other Linux distro makes possible. The Xfce desktop session is customized to imitate the look of the KDE desktop environment. This design approach goes a long way toward making Calculate Linux a one-distro-fits-all solution. Individual users or entire departments can fine-tune user preferences and features without changing the common appearance or performance.

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18:56
BBEdit 11 released with updated clipping system,...

Text/HTML editor BBEdit got upgraded to version 11 this week with a huge number of new features, improvements, and fixes. The highlights include improved syntax highlighting, an updated interface for the “Find Differences” feature, and a new text extraction capability. The Clipping system has been updated to allow for the creation of snippets that can be used in any language, or just in one.

You can get BBEdit 11 for $49.99 if you don’t own a previous verison, or $29.99 if you own version 10. Upgrading from version 9 or lower is also possible, but will cost $39.99. Customers who bought BBEdit 10 on or after May 1, 2014 will get version 11 for free. The app is available from the...

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18:50
Former Apple exec Ron Johnson wants to make online...

Ron Johnson, Apple's former head of retail widely recognized as spearheading the Apple Store initiative, took the wraps off a startup called Enjoy, which seeks to aid shoppers making online purchases.

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18:10
How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC...

smaxp writes In 2007, Sony's supply chain lessons, the network effect from the shift to Intel architecture, and a better OS X for developers combined to renew the Mac's growth. The network effects of the Microsoft Wintel ecosystem that Rappaport explained 20 years ago in the Harvard Business Review are no longer a big advantage. By turning itself into a premium PC company with a proprietary OS, Apple has taken the best of PC ecosystem, but avoided taking on the disadvantages.

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17:56
AAPL hits all-time high, may close week at record...

Apple's stock on Thursday hit a new all-time closing high, reaching $104.83 per share at the closing bell. While many are waiting to see if the company can close the week at that level or higher, others -- including activist investor Carl Icahn and CEO Tim Cook -- believe the stock remains undervalued. AAPL also set a new intra-day high of $105.05 during trading, and is up slightly from its close at this writing in after-hours trading. Stronger-than-expected iPhone numbers and the coming holiday season has helped fuel the rise....



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17:55
Facebook unleashes Rooms, brings communities back to...

Facebook's Creative Labs team is bringing a new, yet old way to socialize over the Internet to users through its application Rooms. The free iOS app lets users create custom chat rooms on a topic, without requiring any special log in or connection to a Facebook account. Instead, users can select whatever user name they like and chat in virtual anonymity....



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17:46
Yosemite: How To Fix Safari’s Address Bar

If you've upgraded to Yosemite and realized Safari is now hiding the full URL from you, Kelly explains how to fix it. (Spoiler: It's super easy.)


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16:50
iPhone 6 Plus users report persistent unexplained...

A number of iPhone 6 Plus users have reported an issue in which the phone inexplicably crashes or enters a reboot loop, prompting many to take it in to Apple for service, where it is usually swapped out for a new unit. Some owners are on their fourth replacement 6 Plus.

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16:32
Microsoft Smart Watch Sneak Peek

Apple has announced a smartwatch we'll get to see next year. Google has released Android Wear to create Android powered smartwatches, and Samsung has one too. When you think of big tech companies, the only one left who hasn't gotten in on the action is Microsoft. Well Owen Williams took a crack at designing it, and I think he got pretty close to what Redmond would theoretically release. I think it'd be four quadrants of color like a Windows logo, but otherwise I think he nailed it. I think it would be called the Microsoft Windows Mobile Wearable Edition For Wrists (since Microsoft is just at good at naming as numbering). See it below:

If Microsoft made a smart watchâ. pic.twitter.com/NKRRVK4bbA
- Owen Williams (@ow) October 20, 2014


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16:24
Amazon Reports Financials, Fire Phone goes down in...

Amazon's smartphone is fired: Amazon introduced their new Fire Phone back in early July with a lot of hope. They introduced a very cool set of 3D home screens to choose from, 3D mapping, a neat new app called Firefly (a sort of an all-purpose Shazam) and Mayday which is free phone service to educate users on Fire features. But in the end it was too expensive and just another Android phone.

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16:00
République Episode 3 now available

République, the stealth action game that made a name for itself thanks to console-quality production values and a deep storyline, just got its biggest update yet. Episode 3, titled Ones & Zeroes is the largest episode thus far, and continues the...

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15:30
Vision Puzzle: Searching for fun

Vision Puzzle is a fun, but challenging game where players try to spot the differences between two similarly looking images. Players have two minutes to spot five differences between two images which adds a nice challenge to a common game. Vision...

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15:27
Facebook introduces anonymous chat app 'Rooms...

Facebook is taking a stab at anonymous group messaging with its latest app "Rooms," which combines the idea of traditional chatrooms with modern smartphone conveniences.

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15:26
AppFigures releases stats on iOS 8 app bundles:...

AppFigures has released some new statistics about developer adoption of app bundles in the iOS App Store. Bundles were introduced in iOS 8 as a way for shoppers to buy multiple apps at a discounted price. According to the numbers, which were compiled by looking at the most popular ranked or featured bundles, most of the bundles have an average of 3-4 apps and can save users about $5.64.

Eighty percent of bundles in the store reportedly contain five or fewer applications, while about half of all bundles contain just two or three apps. Apple allows up to ten apps per bundle.

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15:18
Briefly: Christian Bale to play Steve Jobs, MagSafe...

Christian Bale is set to play the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs in the forthcoming biopic film written by Aaron Sorkin. Previously considered for Leonardo DiCaprio, Aaron Sorkin said in Bloomberg interview that there wasn't a need for Bale to audition for the role due to being a good fit. The latest screenplay is comprised of three thirty minute scenes of backstage goings on prior to three keynote presentations....



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15:18
Giveaway: win one of 5 copies of RapidWeaver 6!

Earlier this week we reported on a major update to Realmac's web publishing tool, RapidWeaver 6. It is now built exclusively for Mavericks and Yosemite and has a dozen major new features. Immediately our team was hard at work putting RapidWeaver 6 to the test and yesterday our full hands-on review was published. We aren't quite done yet though, MacNN has 5 copies of this software to give away to our readers....



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15:07
After gaining U.S. government approval, Samsung Knox...

Samsung's Knox security layer for Android generates weak encryption keys, stores passwords locally and gives users login hints in a fatal "security by obscurity" design "compromising the security of the product completely," a researcher has detailed.

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15:00
Win a Bluetone 100 Bluetooth Speaker from Cambridge...

You may remember my review of Cambridge Audio's Bluetone 100 Bluetooth speaker last month. The Bluetone 100 is a 100-watt true stereo speaker that delivers the best sound I've ever heard out of a Bluetooth speaker, and it earned a four star rating...

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14:54
Space Explorers Hole Up in Hawaii to Simulate Life...


The third in a series of four simulated missions to Mars planned by NASA kicked off last week at a remote site on the Hawaiian island of Mauna Loa. A six-person team, comprising the Hawai'i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation 3 mission, is inhabiting a dome for an eight-month study of the human factors that contribute to astronaut crew function and performance over time. The HI-SEAS team is equally divided between women and men. One of the women, Martha Lenio, is its commander.

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14:50
Jury-rigged Continuity Activation Tool puts tech on...

A new user-created tool enables OS X Yosemite's Continuity function on Macs that are officially unsupported. Dubbed the Continuity Activation Tool, it checks for strict hardware compatibility -- namely the presence of Bluetooth 4.0 -- and disables an Apple blacklist that shuts off Continuity on some Mac models. It also whitelists Mac board-ids inside Yosemite's Wi-Fi code. Before making any changes, the tool creates system driver backups....



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14:45
X-Doria Folio Case for iPhone 6: Awkward by Nature

The X-Doria Engage Folio case for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is a folio case designed to inherently protect the iPhone's display.
In the process, compromises have been made which create an awkward case to handle and use. Some, however, will place a high priority on the folding folio cover.


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14:34
Amazon posts massive quarterly loss, misses Wall...

Amazon.com today announced financial results for its third quarter that ended on September 30. Net sales increased 20 percent to $20.58 billion in the third quarter, compared with $17.09 billion in the third quarter of 2013. Despite the increase, Amazon's net loss was $437 million in the third quarter, or $0.95 per diluted share, compared with net loss of $41 million, or $0.09 per diluted share in the same time period of of 2013....



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14:30
ACM 277: Apple Pay, Apple Designs, and iPad as a...

Apple Pay is out and in the wild now that Apple has released iOS 8.1. Jeff and Bryan share their thoughts on how successful the new iPhone-based mobile payment system will be, plus they talk about Apple's iconic product designs and debate whether or not the iPad is finally an viable option as an iPad replacement.


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14:30
Report: Rite Aid disables Apple Pay support

Rite Aid has reportedly disabled support for Apple Pay according to a report published today in MacRumors. Though the NFC terminals at Rite Aid stores are technically compatible with Apple Pay, it appears that steps are being taken to specifically...

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14:26
RunRev rolls out LiveCode 7

RunRev has released LiveCode 7 (http://livecode.com/livecode-7/), a revision of their multi-platform app development environment. Support for creating apps that work in multiple languages has been added to this version.

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14:00
Pixelmator is a standout photo editor for the iPad

Pixelmator for iPad had an impressive demo at the Apple event a couple of weeks ago, and the app was impressive. Now Pixelmator has hit the App Store and it's been fun to use in real-world tests.

The US$4.99 app (introductory price) was designed...

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13:34
Learn Apple’s Swift Programming Language for $19

Today's deal is called Learn Swift, a developer training package designed to teach you Apple's new Swift programming language. It has 95 lectures that focus on real-world examples, and it features more than 4 hours of video content. It will also teach you how to use Xcodeâs new .playground file, and the training materials is regularly refreshed. This package retails for $99, but through our deal, you can get it for $19.


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13:23
TestFlight beta-testing opens up to general community

Following a soft rollout to internal testers a few weeks ago, Apple has fully opened its TestFlight beta-testing service. "You can now invite up to 1,000 testers to beta test your iOS apps by simply sending them an email invitation through iTunes Connect," the company says on its developer portal. "Once they accept your invitation, testers can install your beta app on their iOS devices, get updated builds, and provide feedback, all within the TestFlight app."...



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13:14
iHeartRadio & Rdio are latest iOS apps to add...

Though Apple doesn't appear to have opened up CarPlay access to its wider development community, the number of compatible apps does continue to expand, with streaming radio services iHeartRadio and Rdio adding support in recent updates.

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13:13
Delicious Library 3.3.2 - Import, browse and share...

Delicious Library allows you to import, browse, and share all your books, movies, music, and video games with Delicious Library.

Run your very own library from your home or office using our impossibly simple interface. Delicious Library's digital shelves act as a visual card-catalog.

A scan of a barcode is all Delicious Library needs to add an item to your digital shelves, downloading tons of info from the Internet like the author, release date, current value, description, and even a high-resolution picture of the cover. Import your entire library using our exclusive full-speed iSight video barcode scanner, our Flic Wireless Laser Bar Code Scanner, or (the slow way) entering the titles by hand. Once you have all of your items in your Mac, you can browse though your digital shelves, check stuff out to friends using Apple's built-in Address Book and calendar, and find new items to read, watch, and play using Library's recommendations.

Quickly...

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13:10
First Look: Apple iPad mini 3

Unlike the iPad Air 2, Apple's iPad mini 3 ($399-$729) has hardly changed at all when compared to its predecessor. The new tablet adds Touch ID and a gold color option with a white face, and now comes solely in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities. And that's about it. Nevertheless, we'll still be putting the tablet through its paces and giving it a proper review — though it will be much shorter than our usual reviews for new Apple devices. iPad mini…

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13:00
Epic Island is a fun RPG from Backflip Studios

I'm a fan of Backflip studios. Plundernauts is one of my favorite games, and I like Spellfall a lot, too. Now I've had the chance to play with Epic Island (universal, free with in-app purchases), and I've found it has the same thoughtful charm as its...

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12:50
‘iPhoto: The Missing Manual’ is Both Informative and...

One of the recent additions to O'Reilly's excellent how-to library is iPhoto: The Missing Manual (Pogue & Snider). Packed with tricks and secrets for getting the most out of your images, this book is well worth the read, and we give you the skinny on it right here.


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12:45
The Week in iOS Apps: Fun and games

Fun and games

This week's roundup features games for jocks, games for fantasy fans, and apps for dancing, getting in shape, and storing your favorite photos.

NBA 2K15

NBA 2K15 costs $8, but it’s one game that does everything it can to be worth your time and money. The look and feel of this game stayed pretty much the same for several years, but the newest version boasts overhauled graphics and animation to make it look and feel like you’re really on the court with the NBA’s best players. A warning: Only the most recent-generation iOS devices are built to handle this game.

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12:42
9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Air Smart Covers up to 50%...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:
PSA: original iPad Air Smart Covers will fit iPad Air 2, save up to 50% now

USB 3.0 Desktop HDDs:...

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12:30
News: iPad mini 3 unboxing and comparison gallery...

iLounge has posted an unboxing and comparison gallery for Apple’s new iPad mini 3. In a full photo gallery, we take a closer look at Apple's newest mini tablet, along with photos comparing the iPad mini 3 to other Apple devices. More pictures will be added throughout the day. Also be sure to check out Wednesday's iPad Air 2 gallery, and check back soon for our full reviews of both new iPads....

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12:30
Daily Deals for October 23, 2014, featuring the...

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

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

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12:19
Christian Bale to play Steve Jobs because the Steve...

It’s confirmed: Christian Bale, who transformed into a remarkably entertaining comb-over enthusiast in American Hustle, will play Steve Jobs in the upcoming bio-pic based on Walter Isaacson’s authorized biography, aptly titled Steve Jobs. The news comes directly from Aaron Sorkin, who’s writing the screenplay for the new movie.

“We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale,” Sorkin told Bloomberg Television. “He didn’t have to audition.”

And thus another Steve Jobs movie has a leading man. Noah Wyle did a fine job with Jobs in Pirates of Silicon Valley in 1999. Then Ashton Kutcher kutchered up Jobs in last year’s ...

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12:11
Foxconn Wants More Apple Business & is Investing...

We learned earlier today that Apple's 4.7" iPhone 6 orders are pretty much split between Foxconn and Pegatron quite evenly. Foxconn used to make all of Apple's iPhones and the drop in business has been a stress on Foxconn's bottom line. One of the ways to keep their profits up is to find new ways to supply Apple with more iPhone parts ...

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12:09
Apple expands TestFlight iOS app beta invitations to...

Developers can now invite up to a thousand people to test their beta applications for iOS via its TestFlight tool with just an email address, Apple announced on Thursday.

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12:09
Continuity and Spotlight highlight the need to...

On Monday, I dutifully installed iOS 8.1 to enable Apple Pay on my iPhone 6, intending to test it out later in the day. (Spoiler: I did not.) This also let me turn on Continuity, the suite of seamless connection features between iOS and Mac OS X devices signed into the same iCloud account. My mid–2011 MacBook isn’t capable of Handoff and Instant Hotspot, but it can manage SMS forwarding and phone calls.

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12:00
Nintendo launches kid-friendly Camp Pokémon app on...

Proving once again that Nintendo is totally fine with pushing its properties to iOS, as long as those properties are Pokémon or, well, Pokémon, the company launched the kid-friendly Camp Pokémon activity app today on the App Store.

Kids can play...

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11:44
TestFlight prepares for takeoff, now lets developers...

Apple announced today that its TestFlight Beta testing service now allows developers to invite public beta testers. Developers can invite up to 1,000 testers (in addition to the internal testing features that were previously available) through an email invitation sent from iTunes Connect.

You can now invite up to 1,000 testers to beta test your iOS apps by simply sending them an email invitation through iTunes Connect. Once they accept your invitation, testers can install your beta app on their iOS devices, get updated builds, and provide feedback

TestFlight app...

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11:30
'Continuity Activation Tool' Enables...

With iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, Apple introduced "Continuity," a set of features designed to allow for deeper integration between Macs and iOS devices. Unfortunately, some Continuity features are limited to Macs with Bluetooth 4.0, which leaves many older Macs unable to access the new features.

Additionally, even though the 2011 MacBook Air and 2011 Mac mini include Bluetooth 4.0, Apple has opted not to allow them to access Continuity features. Luckily, many resourceful members of the MacRumors forums have come up with solutions to allow them to enable Continuity on their older Macs, and discussion on our forums has led to the creation of a set of instructions and a Continuity Activation Tool that should get Continuity working on Macs unable to explicitly support the feature.

Created by Dokterdok (based on instructions compiled by...

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11:30
Crowdfunding Roundup: Taking a break

Hey, crowdfunding fans. I just wanted to let you know that your weekly crowdfunded project list is on hiatus until November 6 due to a previously scheduled trip that I'm currently on.

On November 6 I'll be back with another list of Kickstarter,...

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11:23
News: iPad Air 2 Control Center features separate...

With the removal of the side switch from the new iPad Air 2, Apple has added separate mute and rotation buttons to the iOS 8.1 Control Center to replace the missing functionality, exclusive to the new device. The switch itself has had something of an identity crisis over the years, with Apple originally debuting it as a rotation lock when the iPad was first released, then later unceremoniously changing it to a mute switch before finally giving users…

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11:21
Pixelmator comes to iPad with touch controls,...

Initially teased at Apple's iPad and iMac event last week, Pixelmator for the iPad has now been released. The app attempts to carry over many of the features of its desktop counterpart, including numerous brushes, effects, and adjustment options. Users can for instance control levels, curves, white balance, and hue and saturation. Individual sections of an image can be lightened, darkened, blurred, and repaired, or even distorted and transformed....



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11:20
Apple will continue evaluating GTAT’s sapphire...

Following news this week that Apple had reached at a settlement with bankrupt sapphire manufacturer GT Advanced, today the company has responded to the situation in a comment to Recode. While GT previously said it would wind down sapphire production operations at its Mesa, Arizona plant and sell furnaces to repay the $439M owed to Apple, today Apple hinted it might have its own plans for the facility.

“Apple put a lot of effort into an ambitious new sapphire manufacturing process with GTAT which is not ready for production.”

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11:09
Christian Bale lands role of Steve Jobs in upcoming...

Batman will be playing the part of Steve Jobs.

And he didn’t even have to audition.

Per Bloomberg, actor Christian Bale didn’t have to audition for the role of Steve Jobs in the coming biopic of the Apple Inc. co-founder, according to screenwriter Aaron Sorkin.

“We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale,” Sorkin told Bloomberg Television’s Emily Chang on a coming edition of “Studio 1.0.” “He didn’t have to audition. Well, there was a meeting.”

Sorkin, whose screenplay for “The Social Network” won an Academy Award, is working on an adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s 2011 biography “Steve Jobs” for Sony Corp. The film will begin shooting in the next couple of months, Sorkin said.

The writer is known for his fast-paced dialogue in shows such as TV’s “The West Wing” and “The...

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11:00
Apple to Continue Evaluating GT's Sapphire...

Earlier today, GT Advanced Technologies officially announced its settlement with Apple, which will see the two companies dissolving their partnership, ending their production agreement, and eliminating contractual ties that kept GT from selling its sapphire to other parties.

Under the agreement, GT Advanced will be selling off its remaining sapphire, along with 2,000 sapphire furnaces, with much of the proceeds going to Apple to repay the $439 million loan it provided to get the operation underway.

Apple has now commented on the settlement with GT Advanced, telling Re/code that GT's sapphire manufacturing process simply wasn't ready for production, and that a relationship in the future remains a possibility as the company's sapphire production techniques improve. GT will continue...

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11:00
GT Advanced Technologies reaches settlement...

GT Advanced Technologies announced today that it reached a settlement agreement with Apple. Under the agreement, GT Advanced will wind down sapphire production at their Mesa, Arizona facility and will completely exit the sapphire production...

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10:59
Apple says its 'ambitious' sapphire...

Following the news that GT Advanced Technologies will spend up to four years paying back Apple's $439 million prepayment, Apple has revealed that the two companies were working on a new method of manufacturing sapphire that never actually went into production.

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10:55
Ello makes its ad-free promise a legal one, too

It’s one thing to say your social network will never be like Facebook, it’s another to enshrine that promise in legal documents. Ello, a social site whose
claim to fame is an anti-ad manifesto, is doing just that by filing to become a public benefit corporation.

A benefit corporation is a company that chooses to be socially conscious of how its decisions affect not just shareholders or investors, but also its
customers, employees, and the environment. Ello won’t get any tax benefits for being a do-good social network, but the charter the company filed prevents
current and future investors and owners from ever profiting from ads or user data.

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