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Tuesday January 6

09:00
The Office for Android tablet preview expands

In November, we invited you to sign up for the Office for Android tablet preview. With such an overwhelmingly positive response from people around the world, we made it even easier for customers to download the preview apps by requesting access to the Google Plus community.

Over the last two months, we have heard from people all over the world who want the power of Office on their Android tablet. The feedback we’ve received through this initial phase of preview has helped us shape and optimize the Office experience for Android tablet users. Your feedback also helps us plan and prioritize future feature updates.

Today, we are excited to announce that we are further expanding the preview. We want more feedback from more users to ensure that...

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09:00
CES 2015: Energous WattUp wireless charging

"Wireless charging" for Apple devices at this point usually consists of wrapping your iPhone or iPad in a special case or attaching a special dongle to the Lightning port and then placing the device on some sort of inductive charging pad (the Qi char...

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08:41
Apple begins selling unlocked iPhone 6, 6 Plus units

It’s not cheap, but it’s unlocked and nifty.

Per AppleInsider, the Apple Store has begun selling unlocked, SIM-free iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models at unsubsidized prices, offering customers the ability to purchase without a T-Mobile SIM card.

In the U.S., customers have been able to buy an unlocked iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus from day one, but it would ship with a T-Mobile SIM card inserted. Starting Tuesday, the Apple Store began offering a SIM-free option starting at the same US$649 price for the entry-level 16-gigabyte iPhone 6.

The new unlocked iPhone 6 model is identified as A1586, while the iPhone 6 Plus is model A1524. They are compatible with carriers around the world, and for U.S. customers can be activated on AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon or Sprint.

The new phones are actually different than the T-Mobile unlocked handsets, which are identified as model...

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08:36
Perla Haney-Jardine to play Steve Jobs’ daughter in...


Actress Perla Haney-Jardine has been picked to play the daughter of Steve Jobs in Universal’s upcoming biopic, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Per the report, Haney-Jardine will play Lisa Jobs in the film following prior roles in Spider-Man 3 from 2007, Untraceable in 2008, and Kill Bill: Volume 2 in 2004.

Natalie Portman was previously...

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08:28
Apple reports falling iTunes Music Store numbers in...

iTunes Music Store downloads are falling.

And the numbers aren’t pretty.

According to VentureBeat, in a securities filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Apple reported declining iTunes Music Store numbers.

“Growth in net sales from the iTunes Store was driven by increases in revenue from app sales reflecting continued growth in the installed base of iOS devices and the expanded offerings of iOS Apps and related in-App purchases,” the company wrote. “This was partially offset by a decline in sales of digital music.”

The news is not exactly a shocker. After all, industry figures show subscription streaming services like Spotify and Pandora are growing in popularity while digital downloads are declining. In addition,...

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08:15
CES 2015: 'Schlage Sense' Smart Lock...

Schlage, a division of technology-focused safety and security company Allegion, has announced at CES this year the Schlage Sense, a touch-pad enabled smart lock for homeowners that most notably allows users to command Siri to unlock their doors thanks to integration with Apple's HomeKit.

The company's first Bluetooth-enabled lock, the Schlage Sense allows users to simply enter a code to gain access to their house using the back-lit touchpad or a smartphone with a free-to-download app. HomeKit integration also brings added security and end-to-end encryption and authentication when the Schlage Sense lock interacts with a user's smartphone via the app.The Schlage Sense system has the ability to manage and schedule up to 30 codes at the same time through a dedicated, easy-to-use app, which offers an additional layer of key-free convenience. The Schlage Sense app allows...

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08:10
Google Nest picks up additional collaboration...

Google’s Nest project is starting to get some promising collaboration partners.

Per CNET, Nest has been tacking on product partners since its initial developer program announcement last June. With several big-name integrations already secured — Dropcam, Mercedes-Benz, Whirlpool — this open-software-collaboration, dubbed “Works with Nest,” appears to have caught on.

August, LG, Philips Hue and UniKey have all just been inducted into Works with Nest and the related integrations are available right now.

So, if you happen to have a Nest Learning Thermostat and an August Smart Lock, you can pair them so that unlocking or locking your door automatically kicks your thermostat into either Home or Away mode (similarly, the UniKey Kevo Smart Lock knows who is home as well as...

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08:04
CES 2015: Moshi launches chic new AirPlay speaker...

Although Apple’s AirPlay wireless speaker technology has pretty much faded out of public view, there are still companies producing new designs to support the standard. Moshi today announced Spatia, a particularly attractive design combining respectable speakers, amplifiers, and fancy external materials including metallic and fabric accents. Standard AirPlay features such as lossless audio streaming and router-free Wi-Fi Direct are included, enabling Spatia to operate independently or on an existing Wi-Fi network.

The all-in-one system contains twin 1-inch tweeters, two 2.75-inch drivers, and a 4-inch downward-firing subwoofer, notably in a housing with a stand that keeps all of the speakers floating above the surface of a table. Moshi hasn’t compromised on the audio processing hardware, either...

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08:00
CES 2015: AT&T announces 4G LTE Modio Smartcase...

So, you bought a Wi-Fi-only iPad or iPad mini, and now you're regretting the fact that you can't work or play while away from Wi-Fi networks. Regrets, begone! At CES 2015, AT&T today announced the new Modio Smartcase, which is essentially an iPad cas...

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07:20
Gogoro: The Little Electric Scooter That Could?


Gogoro on Monday took to the stage at CES to unveil a zero-emissions electric scooter. The Smartscooter is designed to be powered by batteries available via subscription from a network of vending machines in urban areas around the world. Equipped with 30 onboard sensors, cloud connectivity and an integrated mobile app, the Gogoro Smartscooter allows users to take advantage of features such as adaptive throttle control and customized regenerative braking, receive detailed scooter diagnostics -- and find the closest battery-vending GoStation.

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07:00
iSmartAlarm rolls out new devices and features

I looked at the iSmartAlarm system last year and found it really useful and easy to install. I appreciated that, unlike most security systems, there was no subscription or recurring charges. Buy the gear, add more devices if you want them, and you're...

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06:59
CES 2015: AT&T Announces 4G LTE Smartcase With...

AT&T today announced the upcoming availability of its new Modio smartcase that will add 4G LTE connectivity to a Wi-Fi-only iPad or iPad mini. The Modio smartcase will be compatible with the iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2 and iPad mini.

The Modio will allow Wi-Fi iPad owners to connect to AT&T's 4G LTE network using the data available on the customers' Mobile Share plans. Mobile Share allows customers to pay for a monthly data allotment that is shared between smartphones, tablets and other connected devices.

Beyond cellular connectivity, the Modio smartcase also includes its own 4,600 mAh battery to support up to 10 hours of use, along with a microSD card slot that can be used to store up to 32 GB of media and other files. Case owners can install the...

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06:35
Apple Pay adds support for 8 new card issuers/banks

Apple’s list of supported banks and card issuers for Apple Pay is growing again today with the addition of 8 new banks and credit unions, according to sources with knowledge of the matter. The full list of newly supported card issuers includes:

Security Service Federal Credit Union
Consumers Credit Union
Virginia Credit Union
Cyprus Federal Credit Union
Fairwinds Credit Union
Mountain America Credit Union
Partners Federal Credit Union
Customers Bank

The new card issuers added today follow latest additions, Fremont Bank & NIH Federal Credit Union, added last month. Apple continues to roll out support...

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06:31
External Link: Why David Sparks is Quitting Family...

Attorney, author, blogger, and podcaster David Sparks has given up on Apple’s new Family Sharing feature. Sparks has outlined several reasons for the decision, including the fact that in-app purchases and iTunes Match were not included in Family Sharing, some apps refused to update, and his family experienced disappearing playlists while Family Sharing was enabled.

 

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06:27
External Link: How to Install Windows 10 on Your Mac...

If you’re curious about the upcoming Windows 10, Peter Cohen of iMore details how to install the Windows 10 Technical Preview on your Mac for free using the VirtualBox virtualization software. Cohen doesn’t recommend installing Windows 10 under Boot Camp yet, since it’s not officially supported.

 

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06:20
Yahoo Mail iOS app now lets you track packages,...

Yahoo has released an updated version of its Yahoo Mail app for iPhone and with it comes the ability to track packages for online purchases without leaving the app. The feature arrives as the latest addition in Yahoo’s mission to integrate some of its other key services— news, weather, magazines— as features in its Mail app.

The package tracking feature works for online purchases through a long list of popular retailers (but not all) and appears in the app’s Today view:

Tracking online shopping purchases can be tricky. To make your life a little bit easier, we’re adding package notifications to the latest release of the Yahoo Mail app for iOS in the U.S. Now, you can view and track shipped packages in the “Yahoo Today” section of the app from sites including Amazon, eBay, Zappos, Target, Best Buy, Macys.com and more. We’ll...

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06:13
Apple Granted 28 Patents Covering an Active Stylus...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 28 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover two main patents. The first covers an active stylus and the second one covers an emergency 911 system. The latter is designed to assist an iPhone user in case of an emergency such as a car accident...

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06:08
Dead Effect game available for Mac OS X

BadFly Interactive has released Dead Effect for Mac OS X and Windows systems. It's available for download via Steam (http://store.steampowered.com/app/286040/).

Here's how the game is described: "Dead Effect is a highly addictive single-player game, in which the ESS Meridian spacecraft is traveling through space with a new FTL technology, heading towards its destination, Tau Ceti f, the first planet outside of our solar system ever to be colonized.

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06:00
Storage space and affinities

Forums: Troubleshooting

Hello,

we've got 75tb XSAN with one volume consisted of three storage pools. We've got three folders (i will name them here folderone, foldertwo and folderthree) where each folder has its own affinity. I will name pools storageone, storagetwo and storagethree here.

Storagethree has 21TB of space. Folderthree has affinity tied to this storage pool. Two days ago there was 4TB of space left on storagethree pool. After deleting more than half data from folderthree freed space in XSAN admin hasn't changed.

Ive seen threads here on this forum where people have experienced similar issues, but i wasn't able to figure whats going on still after reading them.

If free space on storagethree pool hits 0 will people be able to write to that folder?

How to fix this issue if this is an issue at all?

Thanks in advance...

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06:00
Apple software quality and the "sprint system...

A recent post from developer Marco Arment kickstarted a whirlwind of debate regarding the current state of Apple software. The gist of Arment's piece is that Apple has unfortunately worked its way into a position where marketing is given too much def...

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06:00
Freemium Field Test: Peggle Blast adds too many...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it's difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we'll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it's really worth your time (and money).

Among Peggle Blast's new additions are little creatures that skitter around the board with each new ball, slathering pegs with momentum-killing sludge.

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05:37
∞ iPhone developer pays off his parents’ house

iPhone developer Joseph Riquelme (AKA, Joey Trombone) took the money he made from his popular iOS video editing app, Videoshop, and put it to good use. Watch the video. Fantastic!

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05:37
Apple releases SIM-free unlocked versions of the...

Apple, as anticipated, released SIM-free versions of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the U.S. on Tuesday. The two new unsubsidized models now mean you can get Apple's latest handsets without being tied to a specific carrier. The downside, however, is that you have to pay full price for the devices. The 16GB iPhone 6 starts at $649 and the same base model of the 6 Plus is $749.

Prior to Tuesday's release, the only alternative for anyone looking for a fully unlocked phone was to buy one with a T-Mobile SIM pre-installed. T-Mobile is the only one of the four major carriers that doesn't offer a subsidized iPhone with a two-year contract.

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05:33
iPad-controlled wireless power system charges...

While some have been disappointed that Apple hasn’t yet incorporated wireless charging technology into its devices, charging pads are really almost as clunky as wires: you still have wires going to the pads, and you have to put your device in a specific place to charge them. What we really want is true wireless charging, where power is beamed directly to the device through the air.

Which is exactly what Energous has been demonstrating at CES with a system it calls WattUp, reports Engadget.

WattUp […] works using a mix of RF, Bluetooth and a lot of patent-pending technology. The transmitter is where most of the magic happens. It communicates with and locates compatible devices using low-energy Bluetooth. Once they’ve established contact with a device, they send out focused RF signals on the same bands as WiFi that are then absorbed and converted into...

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05:17
FlickSurfer lets you search Netflix based on IMDB,...

One gripe I have about Netflix is the lack of any sort of sophisticated search mechanism. FlickSurfer is a web site that lets you search the Netflix database, guided by movie rankings on Netflix itself, IMDB, and RottenTomatoes.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:00
Incipio unveils new three new pieces of HomeKit-...

Incipio today unveiled a new lineup of iOS- and HomeKit-compatible automation tools during the Consumer Electronics Show. The three new pieces of tech will be available in stores in Q2 2015.

The first two items on the list are very similar: the Direct Wireless Smart Outlet and the Direct Wireless Smart Power strip. Both provide users with the ability to activate and control electric devices from a smartphone using the upcoming Incipio Direct app.

The third device announced today is the Direct Wireless Smart Light Bulb Adapter, which allows users to control their lights from the Incipio Direct smartphone application, providing the ability to create customized scenes and quickly set multiple lights at once.

All three products are HomeKit-compatible, which means they’ll also be able to be controlled through...

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05:00
Pepcom highlights: Yantouch’s Daisy lamp, Zolt’s...

A MagSafe charger smaller than Apple’s but made by a third-party? Ruggedized rubber hard drives from a company known for Mac-matching aluminum enclosures? Synchronized stereo speakers with color-shifting mood lights for your bedroom? Yes, the annual pre-CES Pepcom event took place in Las Vegas last night, and these were just a few of the products we spotted on the floor. Read on for more details…

You may or may not believe that Zolt will be able to deliver on its promise of a $20 MagSafe adapter for its new 70-watt Laptop Charger Plus ($100), which it says is the smallest 13″ MacBook Pro/Air-capable charger around, and ships with a...

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05:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Folios from Knomo, Case-Mate...

Folios from Knomo, Case-Mate, Moshi, and more

This week's collection of iPad cases is all about the folio case, featuring a wide range of designs that will keep you covered no matter your taste.

Case-Mate

The Tuxedo Case (iPad Air 2; $40) is a folio case with a smooth outer finish paired with a soft inner lining that helps protect your iPad's screen from scratches.

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04:46
Kool Tools: Limited Edition MacDraft package

Microspot is offering a limited edition package of MacDraft Professional, their 2D drafting, design and illustration software.

This limited edition pack brings together the power of MacDraft Pro 6.1.1, seven vector symbol libraries plus lots of exclusive merchandise all in one limited edition pack that's Mac OS X Yosemite compatible.

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04:40
On leaving the Mac App Store

Last May, Cabel Sasser, co-founder of Panic, announced that the team was pulling Coda, their highly regarded web development tool, from the Mac App Store, primarily due to sandboxing issues.

Yesterday, they published the results of this experiment.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:29
PageMeUp for Mac OS X gets maintenance upgrade

Softobe has introduced PageMeUp 1.1 (http://tinyurl.com/ozgvtyr), an update to the layout editor for Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It's a maintenance upgrade with some bug fixes and performance tweaks.

With PageMeUp, you create a document, choose its page format, size and background color, set the margins, bleed, custom guides, rows and columns and even apply RGB or CMYK ICC color profiles. Then you can drag, import or paste images and text onto the PageMeUp document and place/resize them on the page.

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04:22
Reezaa releases PDF Editor 3.0 for Mac OS X

Reezaa has announced PDF Editor Mac 3.0, an update to their free PDF application for Mac OS X.

The utility allows you to add text, erase content, and insert images into your PDF file. You can also rotate the PDF orientation, draw lines, change font size and color of text, and add a watermark to each page. Additionally, PDF Editor Mac provides a choice of exporting the PDF to other formats and can permanently save the modified PDF content changes.

PDF Editor Mac requires Mac OS X 10.8 or later. It's free and available at http://www.pdfeditormac.com/ .

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04:20
Apple Granted a Patent for an Ambitious...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 28 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. About a year ago Apple acquired BroadMap and today we cover one of their inventions relating to lifestreaming and smart-glasses that could record important events and life's greater moments, naturally.

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03:54
Google Hangouts iOS app updated with intelligent...

Google has updated its text, video and voice messaging app Hangouts, adding all the new features added to the Android version last month – including intelligent, one-tap location sharing.

Google promised that it would be building more intelligence into the app, and the new location-sharing feature is the first step along that path. The app automatically detects when a contact in a text chat asks where you are, and allows you to share your location with a single tap … 

Version 2.5.0 also allows you to add your phone number to allow friends to find you more easily, and to import your phone contacts into the app. Status messages allow you to share what you’re up to or how you’re feeling, you can access...

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02:36
Apple now selling SIM-free unlocked iPhone 6 and 6...

As we reported yesterday, Apple is now selling contract-free iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in retail stores and online. Following historic pattern, the 16 GB base model iPhone 6 costs $649 with higher tiers costing $100 extra. The iPhone 6 Plus starts at $749.

Unlocked iPhones can be activated for use any carrier, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon or T-Mobile. Apple usually launches unlocked models of their phones a couple of months after normal debut, but this year it seems slightly delayed. This may reflect continued strong demand (and hence, low supply) of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus generation. Unlocked iPhone 6 and 6 Plus ship in 3 – 5 business days. For comparison, most subsidised options ship in 1 business day.

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02:26
Unlocked, SIM-Free iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Models Now...

As indicated yesterday, Apple has begun selling unlocked, SIM-free versions of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on its U.S. online store.

Pricing for the SIM-free versions of both phones are the same as the other unsubsidized models. The 16, 64, and 128 GB versions of the iPhone 6 are sold for $649, $749, and $849 respectively, while the 16, 64, and 128GB configurations of the iPhone 6 Plus run $100 higher than the aforementioned iPhone 6 models.

The SIM-free versions of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are the same as the full-priced, carrier-specific models that have been sold by Apple since the launch of both phones. For example, the iPhone 6 models offered by T-Mobile have been unlocked since launch, although it is unknown why...

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01:52
Apple Granted a Patent for Advanced Flexible iPhones...

Back on April 10 2013 Patently Apple was first to discover and report on Apple's advanced invention for not only flexible displays but also for possible future flexible iPhones and other iDevices. The patent was discovered in Europe. Today, the US Patent and Trademark Office officially granted Apple a patent for this invention.

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00:15
Cool

Forums: Troubleshooting

Coolest site of all. - Green Water Technologies

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00:15
Server

Forums: Networking

What is the best OS for server? -
Green Water Technologies

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Monday January 5

22:19
CES 2015: Olloclip debuts 2X telephoto lens + CPL...

Having released an updated iPhone 6/6 Plus version of its popular 4-in-1 Lens late last year, Olloclip arrived at the 2015 CES with two important new items to show: a new iPhone 6/6 Plus version of its previously excellent Telephoto and Circular Polarizing Lens for iPhone 5/5s, and completely redesigned versions of its lens accessory-compatible cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Separately, Seek Thermal – maker of the $200 Seek Thermal Camera reviewed on 9to5Mac last month – has just shown a second version of the temperature-sensitive camera that’s set to be released in the next few months. Currently unpriced but planned to...

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20:59
Vitamin-R 2.21 - Personal productivity tool (beta...

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

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

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

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

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20:22
Screenshot Path 1.2.2 - Change the default folder...

Screenshot Path lets you change the folder where OS X saves screenshots. Screenshots are saved by default to the user's desktop. This is handy for the occasional screenshot but those looking to take dozens or hundreds of screenshots will want to use Screenshot Path to set up a custom destination to avoid cluttering up the desktop.



Version 1.2.2:

  • NEW: Improved interface for OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
  • NEW: New Yosemite icon.



  • OS X 10.6 or later



Download Now

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20:14
OtterBox unveils durable, 2600mAh Resurgence power...

OtterBox has today revealed its Resurgence power case for the iPhone 6 at CES 2015. The company made its first foray into the iPhone power case market with the Resurgence for iPhone 5/5s, so it only seems fitting for the company to continue iterating on the case. OtterBox touts that the Resurgence for iPhone 6 doubles the battery life of the smartphone, while also offering military grade drop protection.

The Resurgence case packs 2600mAh of battery power and utilizes an auto-stop functionality that automatically turns off the case once the device has reached a full charge. The case is made up of a polycarbonate material that improves impact resistance and makes the device better protected for drops...

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18:42
CES 2015: Avi-on shows sub-$60, next-gen smart home...

How often is merely showing up with a working lightbulb enough to attract a crowd? At a dimly-lit event held tonight by the Bluetooth SIG ahead of the 2015 CES, Avi-on demonstrated such modest magic using an early implementation of Bluetooth mesh wireless connectivity.

The company’s upcoming Bluetooth light switches ($30-$35), light dimmers ($40), and lightbulbs ($20) will be the backbone of an upcoming home lighting system from General Electric, and promise to eliminate the need for in-wall light switch wiring.



You can conceivably...

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18:37
Xsan 4 - Volumes not appearing in Server app after...

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: Xsan 4

I'm running Xsan 4 and here is my issue. I've been having issues with my open directory settings in that I was unable to make any changes, I believe something became corrupted in some way. In any case, failover to my backup MDC was not working properly and I could not successfully add new profiles to clients as it would not authenticate. I had to destroy and recreate my open directory config on my primary MDC (I did archive everything). When I turned Xsan back on in Server app, the SAN volume mounted on the primary MDC, but the all of the data in the Server app is blank. It shows the connection as active, but shows that no volumes are configured, and also shows no servers.

So, the volume mounted on the primary MDC and it mounts...

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17:00
Duet Display turns your iOS device into the second...

Working with a second screen provides a number of obvious benefits from increased screen real estate to providing different spaces for working and reference materials. A second screen can dramatically improve productivity, especially for laptop users...

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16:43
∞ The Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh Experience

Max Piantoni presents an exploration of the Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh and the rare Experience CD that accompanied the machine’s release. Including a lengthy and hard to find 1997 interview with Jony Ive.

Max did a nice job with this.

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16:30
Apple Q1 2015 earnings call on tap for January 27

Apple today announced that the next quarterly earnings call will be held at 5 PM ET (2 PM PT) on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. This, of course, will be the call at which results for the first fiscal quarter of 2015 (October 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014) ...

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16:24
Apple's Q1 FY15 Conference Call Scheduled for...

Apple has announced that Q1 FY15 Earnings Release is scheduled for Tuesday, January 27, 2015.

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16:10
CES 2015: iHome debuts HomeKit SmartPlugs, Flask...

Every year, top-ranked Apple speaker maker iHome comes to CES with an impressive array of new products — including something to show off Apple’s latest technology — and it isn’t disappointing at the 2015 CES. In an advance briefing before the show officially opened, iHome revealed its first Apple HomeKit product, SmartPlug ($40), as well as some daring new speaker and headphone designs…

…like the first speaker we’ve seen hidden inside a beautiful drinking flask. It’s called Flask, and comes in coat pocket- ($50) and home bar-sized ($100) versions. Even the smaller version sounds really good given its size, and the flask cap twists to adjust the volume. All that’s missing is the ability to actually hold fluids. Read on for more.

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16:00
CES 2015: Narrative Clip 2 adds wide angle lens, Wi-...

One of the more intriguing items I reviewed in 2014 was the Narrative Clip, a tiny clip-on "lifelogging" camera designed to take a photo every 30 seconds hands-free. The idea, as you'll get from reading that review, is that there are often situations...

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15:59
Sling TV, the new way to stream ESPN over the...

Vox:

We’re getting closer to the point where you can cancel your cable subscription and still continue to enjoy all your favorite cable TV shows. Today at the Consumer Electronic Show, the satellite TV company Dish announced the next step in that direction. Sling TV is a service that lets you watch cable TV channels over the internet.

Crucially, the Sling TV lineup includes ESPN, the nation’s most popular cable channel and a must-have for sports fans. And unlike some other streaming services, you can sign up for it without getting a conventional cable subscription.

Is this of interest to you cordcutters?

∞ Read this on The Loop...

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15:53
Fire Phone Flops, Heads Roll, Amazon Sings a...

In October we reported that Amazon Q3 Financials had shown that their newly hyped Fire Phone had gone down in Flames and that it didn't look like it would be any better going into the holiday season. Today we learned that a lot of heads rolled over the disastrous Fire Phone and Echo results - even though Amazon is trying to spin it.

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15:51
Volkswagen confirms plans to launch CarPlay support...

Volkswagen, at CES 2015, has finally announced what it plans to do with both CarPlay and Android Auto. The German auto manufacturer has confirmed that it will begin shipping cars with CarPlay capabilities later this year in its 2016 models. We reported back July of last year that Volkswagen and Apple were in talks to bring CarPlay to VW’s 2016 models.

CarPlay will run on Volkswagen’s MIB II dash electronics in the United States and Europe. Volkswagen will also make its MirrorLink software available later this year. Android Auto and CarPlay support will be launched under the company’s App-Connect label.

Volkswagen was one of the biggest holdouts when...

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15:45
Advertisers to get a glimpse of Apple Watch promise...

Reuters:

At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, mobile-marketing firm TapSense plans to release an Apple Watch ad-buying service. The service will provide a first glimpse of how businesses can serve up ads on the watch, even though the gadget will not be available until later this year.

At issue: the same qualities that render the watch exciting to Madison Avenue, such as the ability to detect customers approaching a store and to zap an ad directly to their wrists, also risk alienating those customers.

Before any one panics and screams about ads on the Apple Watch (oh, too late – they already are), keep in mind this is a “service” being offered to developers to include in their apps and there is no indication that Apple will allow such functionality. And, even if Apple does, I can promise you it will be an entirely opt-in process. Apple is not going to allow developers to push ads at you without your permission.

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15:36
Report: Apple will start selling unlocked iPhone 6...

Now might be the time to consider upgrading your iPhone, if you haven’t already. According to 9to5Mac, Apple will begin selling SIM-free, fully unlocked versions of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the U.S. on January 6. They should be available in both Apple’s brick-and-mortar retail stores and online store.

Why this matters: Currently, Apple requires you to buy the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus alongside a contract with your carrier—or unlocked and unsubsidized if you’re with T-Mobile. Making the iPhone available without a SIM card means that customers can use the phone with any carrier around the world, or switch carriers at any time without having to worry about compatibility.

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15:24
HP Debuts 2 Wee Desktop PCs


HP on Monday announced two tiny desktop PCs, the Pavilion Mini and the Stream Mini, to be demoed at the International CES being held Tuesday through Friday in Las Vegas.
Both will be available in the United States via HP's website on Jan. 14 and from select retailers on Feb. 8. A keyboard and mouse will be bundled with each of the devices. Pricing for the Pavilion Mini starts at $320 and for the Stream Mini at $180. Both run Windows 8.1. Many mini-PC purchasers want a dedicated machine to connect to a TV for streaming online content.

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15:08
'CES Unveiled' Hints at 2015's...

The Consumer Electronics Show doesn't officially kick off until Tuesday, but some of the craziest and most interesting products were already on display on Sunday at CES Unveiled, a media-focused pre-event that traditionally highlights many of the best products coming out at CES.

I was on-hand at CES Unveiled to represent MacRumors and managed to navigate through the madness of food and drink booths and throngs of press to get a look at some of the neatest products you can expect to see across 2015.

There were multiple different wearable devices on display, ranging from traditional activity trackers to Belty, a smart belt that expands and contracts to fit your waistline, but a couple of new options stood out. Withings' new...

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15:06
Apple schedules Q1 2015 earnings call livestream for...

Apple has just announced its fiscal Q1 2015 earnings call will take place on January 27 to report earnings for the three months ending in December of last year.

As always, Apple will be hosting a conference call with investors and press and will also live stream audio from the call on its website.

Last quarter, at its Q4 2014 earnings call, Apple announced revenue of $42.1b with sales of 39m iPhones, 12.3m iPads, and 5.5m Macs. At the time, Apple provided  guidance between $63.5 billion and $66.5 billion for its upcoming Q1FY15 quarter.

Year-over-year, Apple will be looking to beat its Q1 2014 report that included $57.6b in revenue on sales of 51m iPhones, 26m iPads, 4.8m Macs, and 6m iPods. As is the case every year, quarter to quarter the company...

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15:00
CES 2015: ZAGG announces new iPhone accessories,...

ZAGG announced some new products at CES 2015 today, two of which are designed to improve your interactions with an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus or other "phablet".

First, the ZAGG Speaker Case is an innovative protective case that adds a removable blueto...

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14:48
Apple to Begin Offering Unlocked, SIM-Free iPhone 6...

Apple will begin offering unlocked, SIM-free versions of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus starting tomorrow on its online store and at its retail locations, reports 9to5Mac.

Pricing will remain the same alongside the other unsubsidized iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models, with 16/64/128 GB versions of the iPhone 6 selling for $649/$749/$849 respectively, while the 16/64/128GB versions of the iPhone 6 Plus will be available for $749/$849/$949.

As with other unlocked devices, the unlocked versions of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will allow users to insert a nano-SIM card from a compatible GSM network for cellular voice, texting, and data connectivity. Apple launched unlocked versions of the iPhone 5s last year in...

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14:30
Watergate helped create the PBS NewsHour

The history of the PBS NewsHour can be traced back to the Watergate hearings.

Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer covered the 1973 hearings for PBS. In 1975 MacNeil began anchoring The Robert MacNeil Report which soon evolved into the 30-minute MacNeil/Lehrer Report.

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14:23
Being original

Om Malik:

How to find originality in a “networked society” is on my mind, because I have recently come across three individuals who have been original for such a long time. During a conversation for my new art project, Pi.co, Frank Clegg, a US-based bag maker put it best when he said, “If I make something different, then I don’t really have any competition. Either people like what I do, or they don’t like what I do.” Such a simple statement, but so hard to implement, because many find such comfort from hiding in the herd.

This is exactly how I see Apple. They make products that we don’t always know we need—people are going to like them or they won’t. Either way, it’s going to be different.

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14:01
ExtraBITS for 5 January 2015

In ExtraBITS this week, we have news about Apple halting online sales in Russia, a theoretical redesign of the venerable Get Info window, and a DIY project for identifying unsecured Wi-Fi networks with a hobbit sword. Plus, you can listen to Adam and Tonya talk about tech journalism and Josh Centers discuss App Store inconsistencies and the future of the Apple TV.

 

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14:00
CES 2015: Braven rolls out new 805, Balance, and BRV...

And now, let's take a break from the connected devices news from CES 2015 with an announcement of three new Bluetooth speakers from Braven.

The company, which is known for some pretty decent Bluetooth speakers, announced three models - the 805, Bala...

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13:38
Quell is an FDA-approved wearable designed to...

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13:30
Is Apple's quality slipping?

Over the weekend, amidst the noise of CES news seeping from Vegas, founding Tumblr CTO and Overcast developer Marco Arment voiced a concern I have been stressing over for some time. Titled "Apple has lost the functional high ground," it cuts straight...

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13:20
iDevices introduces HomeKit-enabled connected plug

iDevices has announced an Apple HomeKit-enabled product: the iDevices Switch (http://idevicesinc.com/switch/). This Bluetooth Smart and Wi-Fi compatible connected plug is set to start shipping during the first half of 2015.

Through a free iDevices Connected app, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users can control, monitor and schedule products around the house with the iDevices Switch. Hundreds of appliances such as lamps, fans, humidifiers, Christmas lights and stereos can be intelligently managed through the device.

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13:17
Airmail 2.0.3 - Powerful, minimal email client. (...

Airmail 2 is a new mail client designed for OS X 10.10 Yosemite with fast performance and intuitive interaction. Support for iCloud, MS Exchange, Gmail, Google Apps, IMAP, POP3, Yahoo!, AOL, Outlook.com, Live.com.

Airmail was designed from the ground to retain the same experience with a single or multiple accounts and provide a quick, modern and easy-to-use user experience. Airmail is clean and allows you to get to your emails without interruption -- it's the mail client for the 21st century.

We have taken usability and function to the next level with Airmail and bring a striking-design with support for all major email services. Switch between accounts like a breeze and quick reply to incoming messages within seconds -- email has never been so easy and productive.



Version 2.0.3:

  • Fix Google OAuth disconnecting after sleep
  • Fix Crash on display Messages
  • Display Glitch on Search
  • Minor Bugfix...

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13:07
CES 2015: iDevices Announces HomeKit-Enabled '...

iDevices today announced its upcoming Switch smart plug, a HomeKit-enabled device that allows users to remotely control a variety of devices around the home. The system takes advantage of the existing iDevices Connected app to give users control over the plug, which plugs into a standard electrical outlet and connects to the home's Wi-Fi network to provide control over a device plugged into Switch.

With HomeKit integration for Switch, users will be able to take advantage of a number of iOS features in the system, including the ability to use Siri to control their devices. Switch requires no dedicated hub device or subscription services, making it simple to set up.- Siri – Switch’s HomeKit integration provides an easy, secure way to control Switch using Siri on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. You can even create your...

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13:00
CES 2015: Elgato Eve line joins the parade of...

When Apple's HomeKit framework was announced back in June of 2014, many tech pundits speculated that the first product announcements would happen at CES 2015. Sure enough, we're hearing about a number of HomeKit-enabled devices, the latest being from...

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12:57
∞ Best news bloopers of 2014

I’m easily entertained, but I love these.

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12:36
iDevices unveils first HomeKit-enabled plug dubbed ‘...

iPhone and iPad users have eagerly awaited news in the HomeKit-connected product space since Apple announced the feature at WWDC 2014, and CES 2015 means we’re seeing a flood of new consumer electronics coming to market including the very first devices compatible with Apple’s smart home feature. The new iDevices Switch is described as “the world’s first HomeKit-enabled plug,” which allows you to control connected appliances using Siri.

Specifically, the iDevices Switch is a Bluetooth and WiFi-connected plug that interfaces between your wall outlet and the appliance want to connect...

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12:33
Apple shares updated aerial image showing Campus 2...

Just after sharing our latest drone flyover video of Apple’s under construction “Campus 2” in Cupertino this weekend (this time in 4K), Apple today shared an updated aerial shot of the campus.

The shot shows early progress being made on the structure of the main building and other buildings on the campus as well as earthwork and greenery on the surrounding property.

The City of Cupertino’s website, which tracks construction and traffic updates related to the Campus 2 project for locals hasn’t changed the project schedule that still calls for building construction to wrap up by the end of 2016.

Apple has recently opened a number of smaller satellite offices in Sweden,...

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12:32
Introduction to CSS colors

Jacob Gube covers the six ways to declare colors in CSS.

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12:30
In 2011, Gartner made this hilarious prediction...

It's 2015, which means that every analyst that said "By 2015...." in the past decade needs a fact check. Let's start with this delicious little nugget from the soothsayers at Gartner, shall we? According to Gartner's 2011 report, which aimed to forec...

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12:23
Excel for iPad helps students stay on top of their...

How often have you found yourself trying to calculate your GPA? Or let’s be honest…how many times have you tried to figure out the minimum grade you need to get in a course to maintain your GPA? If this sounds familiar, here is Excel for iPad to the rescue with some great features to help you make your own GPA calculator—so that you don’t struggle anymore trying to answer these questions.

Build your GPA calculator layout

When you start a new workbook, first focus on building the layout before filling in the formulas. This gives you a better sense of how the final result will look. With Excel for iPad this is easy since you’ll find all your favorite formatting options from the desktop on the mobile ribbon. For our GPA workbook, merge cells, cell styles and cell borders are used to create the layout, which includes a title and some visual separation.

You...

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12:12
New Philips 34-inch curved display unveiled at CES

EPI (www.lcdmonitors.philips.com) has announced the 34-inch Philips Brilliance Curved UltraWide LCD Display, an UltraWide screen "with a gentle curve provides a pleasant yet subtle immersion effect, which focuses on you at the center of your desk."

The arc and UltraWide QHD 3440 x 1440 resolution and Panoramic 21:9 cinematic aspect ratio are designed to envelop users who seek a "natural" media viewing experience, according to EPI. The display also features built-in stereo speakers and MultiView technology.

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12:00
CES 2015: Kwikset Kevo smart lock gains remote...

A number of new products for the connected home are being announced at CES 2015, but it's somewhat of a surprise to hear about existing products receiving a significant upgrade. The Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth Smart Lock (which TUAW reviewed in April of 2...

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11:59
OWC releases Mercury Helios PCIe Thunderbolt...

Other World Computing (OWC) says the OWC Mercury Helios PCIe Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis (http://tinyurl.com/9l6j2yv) has been updated with Thunderbolt 2 technology. The newly updated Helios handles throughputs of up to 20Gb/s, bringing Thunderbolt 2 technology to the original Mercury Helios' throughput of up to 10Gb/s.

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11:32
Supply Chain Sources Claim Rumors of New 4-Inch...

Just over a month after sparking discussion of a possible new 4-inch iPhone in 2015 based on supply chain sources speaking to Taiwanese media, Chinese site Feng.com now claims [Google Translate, via G for Games] its own sources are seeing no indication of such a device.

Feng.com's sources claim the Cupertino company has not placed any orders with its supply chain related to a new 4-inch version of the iPhone for release in 2015. While...

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11:30
CES 2015: iDevices Switch brings HomeKit and Siri to...

It's amazing how quickly things change. Just less than a year ago at the last Macworld/iWorld, I gave a talk about "giving Siri arms and legs" - in other words, being able to use Apple's intelligent assistant to control your surroundings by voice. To...

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11:30
HomeKit-compatible iDevices Switch lets you control...

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11:18
∞ If there’s one app that impressed me in 2014…

One app that continued to impress and fascinate me in 2014 was Storehouse. Mark Kawano and his team have done a great job with the service and app.

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11:10
The Loop sponsorships available for 2015

I hope everyone had a great holiday. The new year is here and it’s time to get back to work. If you would like to get your product or service in front of the good looking, intelligent readers of The Loop, now is your chance to book. I’ve opened up the first two months of 2015 on the sponsorship page. If there’s a week that you would like to book later in the year, just get in touch.

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11:00
Daily Deals for January 5, 2015, Last chance on the...

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

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

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11:00
OfficeIQ adds sensor intelligence to your standing...

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10:59
Mac Podcast Client Showdown: Native Clients vs. Web...

Julio Ojeda-Zapata compares two podcast client approaches for Mac users: native apps such as Instacast and Downcast versus Web-based apps such as Pocket Casts and Overcast. Which is right for you?

 

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10:31
TapSense Announces Platform to Bring Contextual Ads...

Amidst the new and upcoming product launches at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, mobile marketing firm TapSense today unveiled its plans for a "programmatic ad platform" targeting Apple's upcoming wearable, the Apple Watch.

The platform is promised to provide a full suite of programming solutions, including an SDK for app developers and programmatic APIs for brands, to get them started on making advertisements for the new Apple Watch. Though the platform not yet released, TapSense hopes the service provides businesses with a proof-of-concept demonstration on how ads can be delivered to customers using the new technology.“Wearables and Internet of Things (IoT) are the next frontiers in the mobile revolution. We are excited to announce industry’s first programmatic ad platform for Apple Watch developers and brands. ” said Ash Kumar, Co-Founder and...

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10:27
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 5...

Notable software releases this week include OS X NTP Security Update (Yosemite, Mavericks, and Mountain Lion), BBEdit 11.0.2, Paprika 2.1.2, Airfoil 4.8.12, Quicken 2015 for Mac 2.3.1, Evernote 6.0.5, GraphicConverter 9.5, Mellel 3.3.7, Typinator 6.3.1, Pixelmator 3.3.1, Mailplane 3.3.4, and LaunchBar 6.1.6.

 

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10:23
Levitating backpack floats onto the scene at CES 2015

STM (www.stmbags.com) is showcasing its The Drifter "levitating backpack" at this week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. It conceals two floating sleeves crafted for holding a laptop and tablet safely.

If the Drifter is dropped, the floating electronics pockets will remain safely suspended inches above the ground, says Adam Ziegelman, vice president of STM. It's constructed with water resistant fabric for the main body and reinforced bottom fabric.

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10:18
Elon Musk AMA tonight, 9p EST

Have a question for the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX? Here’s your chance to ask Elon Musk directly.

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10:15
HP Introduces a New 27" 5K Display Debuting in...

News from CES tells us that HP will be introducing a 27" 5K display this March for a nice economical price that might interest some owning or thinking of buying a Mac Pro. If you don't care about the cool and sexy styling of Apple's Thunderbolt Display, then this just might be right for you, especially if you want a 5K display for work or for playing future video games.

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10:12
The TidBITS Wishlist for Apple in 2015

As the new year dawns, we have some ideas about where we’d like to see Apple devote its attention in 2015.

 

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10:11
9to5Mac’s CES 2015 sponsor Qardio offers first look...

It’s that time of year again: CES, the mega-event in Las Vegas where every company except Apple releases its upcoming product roadmap. 9to5 has six people on the ground this year, and we’re covering big ticket items, as well as searching for the sort of hidden gold nuggets only the massive CES can deliver.

Qardio, maker of award-winning, smartphone-connected healthcare accessories including the already-available QardioArm wireless blood pressure monitor, was nice enough to sponsor us this year. And we’ve just had a chance to see two seriously smart new products it’s releasing in the spring, as well as its software platform...

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10:00
Steve Jobs' supervillain yacht is chilling in...

The massive yacht Steve Jobs helped design -- and which launched a year after his passing -- was recently (?) spotted looking like an amphibious Apple Store off the coast of Norman Island in the British Virgin Islands. The new photos show the ship, n...

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09:34
CES 2015: Smart watches and fitness trackers...



While Apple is set to release its Watch sometime early this year, CES 2015 is already packed with smartwatches with a range of focuses including fitness, fashion, and utility. We already saw Withings show off its colorful and affordable Activité Pop smartwatch with 8 month battery life, and others including Misfit, Garmin, Magellan, First Alert and more also have something for your wrist to show off at the Consumer Electronics Show this year. Check out the latest below:...

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09:31
CES 2015: Bandstand Dock Leads Accessory Makers...

The Apple Watch may not be launching for a few more months, but that hasn't stopped accessory makers from showing off their ideas at CES this week. iOS device stand and accessory maker Standzout is one of the early entrants, announcing its upcoming Bandstand docking station and showing off prototypes of the accessory at CES. The new Bandstand dock was designed from the ground up for Apple's upcoming Watch, offering both a watch stand and charging functionality in a single dock.

The new Bandstand dock features a pivoting platform that will securely hold the Watch and allow users to adjust the angle of the display for optimal viewing. More than just a holder, the Bandstand will support induction charging of the Apple Watch using Apple's upcoming cable while also providing a...

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09:27
Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a...

mrspoonsi writes Respected developer Marco Arment is worried about Apple's future. In a blog post, he writes, "Apple's hardware today is amazing — it has never been better. But the software quality has taken such a nosedive in the last few years that I'm deeply concerned for its future." Arment was CTO at Tumblr, before he left to start Instapaper. "Apple has completely lost the functional high ground," says Arment. "'It just works' was never completely true, but I don't think the list of qualifiers and asterisks has ever been longer." He blames Apple prioritizing marketing for the problems with Apple's software. Apple wants to have new software releases each year as a marketing hook, but the annual cycles of updating Apple's software are leading to too many bugs and problems, he says: I suspect the rapid decline of Apple's software is a sign that marketing has a bit too much power at Apple today: the marketing priority of having major new releases every year is clearly impossible...

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09:22
Zagg announces iPhone 6 Speaker Case w/ detachable...

Zagg, the company behind many of our favorite Bluetooth keyboards and cases, today announced its latest creation, the ZAGG Speaker Case for iPhone 6 with detachable Bluetooth speaker. Not only that, but the case also packs in an 1800mAh backup battery, which the company says will get you approximately “8 hours of additional talk time, and can be shared with a friend.”

The new Speaker Case from Zagg comes alongside two other CES product announcements from the company: Zagg Pocket ($69), an almost full-sized Bluetooth keyboard that folds into a pocketable 9” X 2.5” X .5” rectangle,...

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09:00
9to5Toys Lunch Break: OtterBox iPhone 6/Plus cases $...

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

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09:00
CES 2015: Ultimate Ears announces the MegaBoom

Ultimate Ears has added the MegaBoom (US$299.99) to its line-up of truly portable Bluetooth speakers, alongside the Boom and Mini Boom.

Last year I reviewed the UE Boom and found it to be the best all-round portable Bluetooth speaker I had the pleas...

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08:52
Intel Launches New Broadwell Chips Appropriate for...

Intel today announced the launch of a full set of "Broadwell-U" processors, opening the door for updated versions of Apple's MacBook Air and 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro. The chip launch is essentially in line with a leaked timeline from last July that also pegs the release of more powerful Broadwell chips appropriate for the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro as late as July or August of this year.

As outlined by AnandTech, the new Broadwell-U chips include a set of four 28-watt chips ranging from 2.5 GHz to 3.1 GHz in base frequency and featuring new Iris 6100 integrated graphics. The Core i5-5257U,...

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08:28
Intel Races to Bring Biometric Security to PCs

In November we reported that Intel was bringing biometrics to PC's in 2015. In Q4 fingerprint technology could be introduced with Intel's Skylake processor in conjunction with Microsoft's Windows 10. But to kick-off the year, Intel introduced facial recognition software at CES over the weekend.

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08:19
Google Cast for audio is an AirPlay competitor for...

Google today announced Google Cast for audio, which the company says takes advantage of Chromecast tech to send audio to third-party hardware like speakers, A/V receivers, and sound bars. The feature will allow users to tap a “cast” button from within music and radio apps on Android, iOS and the web to stream audio to Google Cast enabled speakers.

Google announced support for a number of music services that will work with the new Google Cast for audio feature including Deezer, Google Play Music, iHeartRadio, NPR One, Pandora, Rdio, and TuneIn. Google has...

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08:04
Purported “iPad Pro” render image shows additional...

There’s got to be some truth in here somewhere.

Per AppleInsider, a new picture from French web site Nowhereelse.fr, claims to show part of the schematic for a so-called “iPad Pro, complete with a speaker grille space at the top of the device next to the lock button, suggesting Apple’s larger tablet could include a more powerful speaker array.

The image, said to be captured from a Foxconn factory, was released Sunday evening. The report states that a person claiming to be a Foxconn factory worker captured the image, which represents an alleged 3D rendering of the anticipated device.

The image appears to show the upper right...

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08:00
CES 2015: Toshiba's iPhone dongle is crazy fast

Toshiba is shooting for AirDrop lovers with a new wireless transfer accessory that can send data between iOS devices faster than ever before. The tiny little dongle has a maximum throughput of 375Mbps and can transfer upwards of 100MB between iOS gad...

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07:39
iBeacon manual goes into the wild, appears on FCC...

Apple probably didn’t intend to have its iBeacon design go into the wild.

Still, it’s an interesting piece of hardware.

Per 9to5Mac, a user manual designed for developers detailing the iBeacon hardware has become available via the FCC web site and visible via appadvice.com.

The Apple iBeacon mounts to a wall with a standard screw. There is an LED on the underside of the unit, which reports battery condition and general status. Although there is no mention of battery life, it probably lasts several months (Bluetooth Low Energy doesn’t drain much power) and can be recharged via micro-USB.

A switch on the side device allows it to be...

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07:16
Foxconn Eying OLED Displays for Smartphones and...

In November we reported that Foxconn was partnering with Innolux on a new display plant for 2015 for one client exclusively that sources claim is Apple. Today we've learned that the new plant will also manufacture OLED panels ...

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07:11
Security researcher demonstrates Thunderbolt...

As great as Thunderbolt is, there are vulnerabilities to consider.

Per 9to5Mac, a security researcher speaking at the Chaos Computer Congress in Hamburg demonstrated a hack that rewrites an Intel Mac’s firmware using a Thunderbolt device with attack code in an option ROM. Known as Thunderstrike, the proof of concept presented by Trammel Hudson infects the Apple Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) in a way he claims cannot be detected, nor removed by reinstalling OS X.

Since the boot ROM is independent of the operating system, reinstallation of OS X will not remove it. Nor does it depend on anything stored on the disk, so replacing the hard drive has no effect. A hardware in-system-programming device is the only way to restore the stock firmware.

Apple has already...

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07:10
The gadget for the person who has everything: the...

We know that health gadgets and apps are the new black, but you have to wonder whether things might be getting just a little out of hand when the latest one to appear on crowdfunding site Indiegogo is essentially a hi-tech way to determine whether your breath smells …

Ok, the Breathometer Mint is a little more than that, measuring your hydration level too, and the company behind it is keen to point out that the breath analysis can be an early pointer to risks to your teeth as well as your social standing.

Breath analysis specialists Breathometer says the device measures Hydrogen Sulfide, Methyl Mercapthan and Hydrogen Disulfide levels in parts per billion to determine whether you may have dental problems.

“Changes or trends in your breath quality can tell you a lot about whether your oral hygiene program is adequate, or if you need to do more...

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: 'Should not be treated as hard...

Even more evidence that the 'iPhone 6s mini' is coming this year (BGR)

Source: Some analyst

Chance it's true: 30 percent at best

BGR plays fast and loose with the definition of the word "evidence" by citing analyst projections and guesswork over t...

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06:56
Survival Skills Guide launched for Mac OS X Yosemite

A new Survival Skills Guide (http://www.macsupportstore.com) for Mac OS X Yosemite has been launched online in eBook format. It's written by Jeff Graber of The Mac Support Store.

Yosemite is the 11th major release of OS X and can be downloaded from Mac App Store for free. Although it has special features, "there are many potentially disastrous technical issues" in the new operating system, says Graber.

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06:46
Apple’s marketing aims given priority over software...

Apple is now so focused on marketing-driven goals that its software quality has “taken a nosedive” in the last few years, argues a blog post by Instapaper creator and former Tumblr lead developer Marco Arment.

[OS X is] riddled with embarrassing bugs and fundamental regressions [and] I fear that Apple’s leadership doesn’t realize quite how badly and deeply their software flaws have damaged their reputation

People are sticking with OS X not because they love it, he suggests, but because Windows is worse and desktop Linux is too much hassle.

The issue, believes Arment, is that Apple is so focused on releasing a major new version of OS X each year that it is making it impossible for engineering teams to maintain quality.

We don’t need major OS releases every year. We don’t need...

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06:34
External Link: Josh Centers Talks App Store Rules...

Managing Editor Josh Centers again joined the Tech Night Owl podcast to discuss Apple’s recent App Store inconsistencies, as well as the future of the iPad and Apple TV.

 

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06:33
Mad Catz' new headset is a F.R.E.Q

Mad Catz Interactive is shipping the F.R.E.Q. Wireless Surround Headset, a gaming headset compatible with practically any audio source including Macs, PCs, game consoles, mobile and smart devices. It allows gamers to enjoy expansive wireless surround sound via AM3D Audio technology. 

 

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06:01
FileZilla 3.10.0-rc2 - Fast and reliable FTP client...

FileZilla (ported from Windows) is a fast and reliable FTP client and server with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface.



Version 3.10.0-rc2: New features:

  • Added Welsh translation
  • Data type indicator in the status bar now reacts to left-clicks as well

Bugfixes and minor changes:

  • MSW: Fix crash when displaying the drive list



  • OS X 10.7 or later



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06:00
CES 2015: SuperTooth announces multiroom Bluetooth...

SuperTooth, makers of Bluetooth accessories, like the SuperTooth HD speakerphone, has announced the Multiroom System. With up to five speakers connected by Bluetooth and controlled by an app for iOS or Mac, the Multiroom System streams music or any o...

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06:00
CES: Oh, the Amazing Things You Will See


Writing a CES teaser is a bit difficult because I actually know a great deal about what will be announced, but I can't share the details because I'm bound by a variety of ironclad nondisclosure agreements. However, I can comment in general about the product categories you are going to see opened up at the show, and I have to say you'd better lock up your wallet because much of this is cool and you'll likely want it. Fortunately, given how broke we generally are after the holidays, most of this won't be showing up for months.

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05:52
NVIDIA sets the bar high for Apple’s A9 chip as...

NVIDIA has thrown down the gauntlet to Apple in the mobile chip power stakes. While the A8X chip used in the iPad Air 2 has so far blown away the competition, NVIDIA has shown off benchmarks indicating that its new mobile superchip, the Tegra X1, leaves it standing.

The benchmark data shared with SlashGear were heavier on graphics than hard data, but appear to show that the chip significantly outperforms the A8X, with NVIDIA saying that it will offer “silky-smooth 60fps 4K video.” The one number the company did share is that when throttled back to match the GPU performance of the Apple chip, power efficiency was 1.7 times better.

It should be noted that NVIDIA is comparing actual A8X performance in the iPad Air 2 with its...

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05:27
∞ On the iOS storage lawsuit

There’s been a lot of discussion about the lawsuit alleging that Apple is somehow defrauding its customers by selling a 16 Gig phone, which yields about 12 Gigs of usable space.

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05:21
LaCie announces Rugged RAID drive

LaCie (www.lacie.com) has announced the US$449.99 Rugged RAID, the latest product to join its line of Rugged mobile hard drives. It features twice the speed and capacity of a standard mobile hard drive.

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05:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Beyond the wallet case

Beyond the wallet case

This week's roundup of new iPhone cases features wallet cases that can hold a few personal items, plus some heavy-duty rugged cases that protect your phone from bumps and drops.

Bandolier

The Natalie (iPhone 5/5S, 6, and 6 Plus; $95) is a black leather case with an elegant pebbled texture, and sports a matching leather strap with gold hardware finishes that can be worn as a cross-body or wrist strap.

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04:44
Hybrid smart card adoption to lead to e-passport/e-...

Increase in cross-border travel has led to growth in the global e-passport and e-visa Market, which is expected to post a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 30.17% from 2014-2019, says research firm TechNavio (www.technavio.com).

The global e-passport and e-visa market is also experiencing high adoption of hybrid smart cards. These smart cards have shared storage and processing of information, which eliminates the need for multiple cards and ensures easy handling.

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04:41
Seagate launches 'world's slimmest...

Seagate (www.seagate.com) has launched what it says is the "world's slimmest" portable hard drive: the Seagate Seven. It's a 500GB drive with a 7mm depth.

According to Mark Whitby, senior vice president of Seagate Branded Group, the company leveraged the latest of the company’s drive technologies and manufacturing processes to create the drive.  The deep draw process allows for the all steel enclosure to be shaped in a method that the material could not be any thinner and still hold the structural integrity needed to perform as an external portable storage device, he says.

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04:37
LaCie rolls out Mirror drive

LaCie (www.lacie.com) has released the US$280 Mirror, a portable hard drive wholly encased in scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass. It's designed to be both a functional 1TB hard drive with an USB 3.0 interface and a striking piece of decor.

The LaCie Mirror hard drive sits in its base made of a single piece of ebony wood from Makassar. It's been designed in collaboration with the acclaimed French designer, Pauline Deltour.

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04:35
Predicting the future

In April of 2013, less than two years ago, Google Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz and Kleiner Perkins announced the Glass Collective, “an investment syndicate among our three firms, to provide seed funding to entrepreneurs in the Glass ecosystem to help jumpstart their ideas.”

Follow this link and take a look at the picture. Does this look like the future? Two years ago, it did, at least to some pretty smart people.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:23
WD to demo world's fastest 4 TB Hybrid Drive at...

WD (www.wd.com) is demonstrating what it says is "the world's fastest 4 TB hybrid drive" at the SATA-IO booth at Storage Visions 2015.

WD's prototype drive utilizes the SATA Express PCI-e interface, 4 TB 3.5-inch hybrid hard drive, and up to 128 GB solid state drive. The two WD SATA Express interface demonstrations at Storage Visions 2015 will include commercially available motherboards from WD partners ASRock and Gigabyte. These systems will demonstrate cabled SATA Express PCI-e interconnect flexibility and configuration options for single-volume caching and RAID.

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04:21
Belkin expanding WeMo smart home range with four new...

Belkin has announced four new products for its WeMo home automation range, with a focus on home security. You won’t be able to get your hands on them for a while, though: they aren’t set to go on sale until the second half of the year.

All four new products are sensors, capable of sending alerts to the WeMo app and triggering other WeMo devices such as switches, plug sockets and lightbulbs … 

The four new devices are:

  • Door/window magnetic sensor, triggered on opening
  • Room motion sensor, a more sophisticated version of the existing movement sensor
  • Alarm sensor, which monitors dumb alarm devices like smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Keychain sensor, designed to alert you when your kids leave or ...
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04:09
Breathe life into an old Mac

Joe Caiati, a long time IT pro, shares some tips for breathing new life into your old Mac.

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03:59
Xiaomi and a culture of copying

As Xiaomi contemplates entering western markets, it will no doubt have a strategy in hand for dealing with more stringent intellectual property protections. The question is, will it change its stripes? Here’s the latest and greatest example…

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03:48
Recycling electronic waste

The lifespan of electronics is shrinking and their number is increasing. Most electronics end up in the trash, doing terrible, toxic damage to the environment.

Fortunately, there are a number of efforts to make responsible recycling of your electronics much more possible, if not easier.

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03:17
Review: Ultimate Ears’ larger Megaboom 360-degree...

At CES today, Logitech subsidiary Ultimate Ears (UE) announced its Megaboom Bluetooth speaker.  Yes, it is a bigger, louder version of the popular UE Booms. That means it comes with apps that do things like equalize, set alarms and pair to stereo, with new features added all the time. The Megaboom also shares the 100-foot Bluetooth range and ability to pair with up to 8 devices with its smaller sibling.

But the bigger and louder sound of the Megaboom also comes with some nice extras not found in the other models. Megabooms are waterproof like crazy (IPX7). Bring it into the shower. Knock it in the pool (the shallow end, anyway). NBD. The MegaBoom also has a whopping 20-hour battery life but still charges via MicroUSB. Smart.

The cost: $299 is a significant $100 premium over the...

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02:48
Macgo Blu-ray Player 2.11.1.1824 - Blu-ray player. (...

Macgo Blu-ray Player can bring you the most unforgettable Blu-ray experience on your Mac. Overview Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player can satisfy just about every need you could possibly have in a Blu-ray Player. It features a friendly user interface, ultrafast loading and super high quality. Besides that, it perfectly supports Blu-ray, DVD and any other media format that you want to play. It outputs video at up to 1080p high-definition quality without loss of data and frame, and allows full preservation of all audio tracks (like DTS 5.1, Dolby TrueHD Audio, etc.).

Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player is really easy to operate. You can control almost everything on the main interface with your mouse. More settings can be done by right-click on the interface while playing. Or you can change preferences in the menu on the top of the interface. Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player is the first Blu-ray player on Mac, and its uniqueness doesn't just end with that. It can support any media...

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Sunday January 4

23:50
Withings debuts Activité Pop smartwatch, brings an...

Withings announced its new Activité Pop smartwatch today during CES. While the original model will set you back $450, the new “Pop” version will only cost you $150. For that much lower price you’ll gain the same fitness-tracking functionality of the original, including compatibility with the Health Mate mobile app. Oh, and an eight-month battery.

A secondary hand on the face of the watch provides a simple way to quickly check how much of your daily exercise routine you’ve completed. The Activité Pop can measure many activities, from running to swimming, and even monitor your sleep cycle. It even has a silent, vibration-based alarm to help you wake up.

On top of all of this, you’ll also be able to get the Pop in three new colors:...

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23:19
Griffin debuts iTrip Aux Bluetooth, updated Twenty...

Griffin unveiled a series of new accessories for mobile devices today during the Consumer Electronics Show. The first of these accessories is the iTrip Aux Bluetooth, which combines a standard 3.5mm audio cable with a Bluetooth reciever powered by the cigarette lighter in your car, allowing you to stream your music wirelessly to your car’s stereo, even if you don’t have a Bluetooth equipped car.

The iTrip Aux AutoPilot, a sister device, works using a Lightning cable to charge your iOS device while using the data connection to access your music library, which is then played through the same 3.5mm jack as the Bluetooth model.

Both accessories retail for $49.99 and are available from Griffin’s website starting today.

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23:12
CES 2015: Parrot Unveils RNB6 In-Dash Entertainment...

Drone and headphone manufacturer Parrot has unveiled its new RNB6 in-dash car entertainment system at CES 2015, which features a 7-inch, 720p touchscreen with built-in support for Apple CarPlay and Siri Eyes Free as well as Android Auto and Android Auto Voice.

Parrot's RNB6 system also boasts a number of internal specs and features including Bluetooth 4.0 and configurable 5GHz Wi-Fi, as well as rear ports for GPS, HDMI, microphone input, ethernet, onboard diagnostics and USB devices. The in-dash system features a built-in dash camera with a wide-angle lens and full HD support, and also supports steering wheel control for UI navigation.

Parrot did not give a suggested price for the RNB6, but noted that it would be shipping during the latter half of 2015.

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22:08
Paprika 2.1.2

Adds new keyboard shortcuts. ($19.99 new, free update, 4.2 MB)

 

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21:59
Airfoil 4.8.12

Adds workarounds for bugs involving Bonjour. ($25 new, free update, 15.1 MB)

 

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21:49
Quicken 2015 for Mac 2.3.1

Adds several new features to the financial software. ($74.99 new, free update)

 

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21:33
Evernote 6.0.5

Fixes an issue that prevented content from displaying. (Free, 60.0 MB)

 

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21:24
GraphicConverter 9.5

Adds the capability to create QR codes, along with a few other small features. ($39.95 new, free update, 233 MB)

 

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21:09
Parrot introduces CarPlay-powered RNB6 infotainment...

Parrot today introduced its new infotainment system, currently known only by its model number, “RNB6,” that features a 7-inch 720p display. The system runs on a custom build of Android, but has full support for the iPhone’s CarPlay feature, allowing control of your cell phone’s key functions through your dashboard.

Even without a phone connected, the system offers onboard navigation (integrated with the dashcam), phone call capability (presumably over Bluetooth unless connected via CarPlay or Android Auto), vehicle diagnostics, music and climate control, and more.

The usual Parrot audio features are also included, such as the ability to customize the system’s audio playback to provide optimal sound for the number of passengers and their locations in the car.

Unfortunately, shoppers looking to get their...

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21:07
Mellel 3.3.7

Patches up a few memory leaks and squashes several bugs. ($39 new, free update, 97.5 MB)

 

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21:07
Typinator 6.3.1

Adds new search capability to find recent expansions. (€24.99 new, free update, 6.9 MB)

 

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21:07
Pixelmator 3.3.1

Adds pinch-to-zoom capabilities within a document window. ($29.99 new, free update, 42.8 MB)

 

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20:51
Apple Campus 2 progress shown off in 4K drone...

If you’ve been keeping up with the progress on Apple’s upcoming campus since our last check-in, you’ll definitely want to see the latest drone flyover video from Myithz, which boasts an impressive 4K look at the construction.

If you’ve picked up a 4K monitor (or 5K iMac!), you can check out the three-minute video in all of its high-res glory below.

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18:08
Apple has lost the functional high ground

Marco Arment:

Apple has completely lost the functional high ground. “It just works” was never completely true, but I don’t think the list of qualifiers and asterisks has ever been longer. We now need to treat Apple’s OS and application releases with the same extreme skepticism and trepidation that conservative Windows IT departments employ.

I hate agreeing with Arment but sometimes, he’s bang on. I believe in this case he is. From embarrassing software updates to apps that simply don’t work properly or well – Apple’s poor quality and functionality of the Mail.app being just one of many examples – the assessment that “We don’t need major OS releases every year” is something many of us hope Apple listens and pays attention to.

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16:30
CES 2015: TempTraq Wearable Bluetooth Thermometer

While this new product just announced at CES 2015 is not yet approved by the FDA, it's something that a lot of parents will be clamoring for. TempTraq is a wearable soft patch Bluetooth thermometer that works with an iOS or Android app to let parents...

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16:00
Belkin WeMo home automation line expands with family...

Belkin's iOS-friendly WeMo home automation line took another big step forward today with the announcement at CES in Las Vegas of a new line of sensors. For those who want to create a subscription-free security system, the new devices are just what th...

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15:00
CES 2015: Seagate, LaCie announce new storage...

The inbox at TUAW was full today with a number of CES announcements from electronics and accessory manufacturers. Some of the most exciting announcements of the day came from storage vendor Seagate Technology and its LaCie brand.

First, the Seagate ...

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14:23
HoudahSpot 3.9.7 - Essential file search tool. (Demo)

HoudahSpot is a powerful file search tool built upon MacOS X Spotlight.

Spotlight unleashed

  • Create detailed queries to locate the exact file you need
  • Narrow down searches. Zero in on files
  • Save active queries for direct access to your favorite files
  • Set up templates for frequently performed searches

Your files at your fingertips

  • Keep frequently used files within reach
  • Retrieve the files you didn't know you still had
  • Preview matches within text content
  • Copy results as tab-delimted values



Version 3.9.7:

  • Enhancement: HoudahSpot preferences now allow you to check if HoudahSpot has access to calendar events, reminders and contacts
  • Bug fix: Reverts a change which could cause excessive CPU usage by HoudahSpotHelper and WindowManager
  • Bug fix: The sort indicators in the results list are now drawn correctly on OS X...

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12:58
Internal Foxconn Sketch Said to Be of Apple's...

A new internal sketch of Apple's larger-screened iPad Pro has surfaced by way of a Foxconn worker (via Nowhereelse.fr, Google Translate), showing what may be our first look at the large tablet and its physical features.

The employee who captured the sketch notes that initial testing phases for the larger iPad were halted last summer after Apple received new prototypes, but adds that mass production on the device will begin soon. The source also notes that the tablet will be between 6.9 and 7.5mm thick, and feature four integrated speakers with two on the top and two on the bottom.

Previous rumors have suggested that the iPad Pro is expected to feature a screen size between 12.2 and 12...

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11:00
Review: Incipio’s offGRID Express is the most...

If I had to choose one word to describe how Incipio’s past iPhone offGRID battery cases felt, it would probably be “svelte,” as they were all impressively thin and gently curved. Starting today, Incipio is shipping its first offGRID case for the iPhone 6, and it notably trades “svelte” for “edgy” design. Offered only in matte black, it’s called offGRID Express ($80), and Incipio claims it’s the first Apple-certified iPhone 6 battery case that’s actually available for consumers to purchase. This time, the back is somewhat angular, due in part to a larger battery pack than prior models, and the sides are equipped with the fancy metallic button protectors rival Mophie has only offered in its most expensive Juice Packs.

Incipio’s message is clear:...

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11:00
The Week in Review: news and features you don't...

Last week was a holiday week but that didn't stop your favorite TUAW writers from posting some excellent commentaries and other informative news articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature worthy posts you may have missed:

News

Music s...

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10:47
iPad with stereo speakers pictured in alleged...

It looks like it is the season of sketchy schematics and component leaks again. Posted by NowhereElse.fr, this image is supposed to confirm the existence of an imminent larger iPad. According to the site, the images come from a source that was reliable in the past, passing over sketches of iPhone 6 chassis that turned out to be the real deal.

The render is rather boring, but an additional row of speaker holes — shown on the top side of the device — is visible. This supports the rumor that the larger iPad, commonly dubbed ‘iPad...

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09:00
This Weekend in the App Store -- the best free apps...

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

Apps Now Free

Slated - Translation Ke...

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07:55
Sony, Facebook, Google, Samsung, Apple, and...

An anonymous reader writes The Oculus Kickstarter breathed new life into consumer virtual reality when it raised more than $2.4 million just three years ago. Now, at the onset of 2015, some of the world's biggest tech companies have a vested interest in the growing consumer virtual reality industry. Road to VR takes a look back at VR in 2014 and the path that lead these tech giants to start taking it seriously.

...

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07:00
All the best hardware and app reviews last week on...

Last week was a holiday week but that didn't stop new hardware and apps from making their way into TUAW's virtual office. Here's a quick roundup of our recent reviews you may have missed.

App Reviews

Pocket Drive turns your iOS device into an ext...

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06:21
LaCie announces Rugged RAID drive

LaCie (www.lacie.com) has announced the US$449.99 Rugged RAID, the latest product to join its line of Rugged mobile hard drives. It features twice the speed and capacity of a standard mobile hard drive.

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05:38
Seagate and LaCie debut fashionable/wireless hard...

Seagate and its LaCie subsidiary have announced five new hard drives just ahead of this week’s 2015 CES, including two new iOS-compatible wireless models and three new Mac-only disks. All except one will be available in January from the company’s web sites.




...

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05:00
Sync A FitBit With Apple’s Health App

By default, the Fitbit tech stack doesn’t sync with the Health App on an iPhone and iPad. But never fear, as with basically everything else on this planet, there’s an app for that!

From the iOS App Store, search for Sync Solver. Using this app, you can then link your Fitbit account to your Apple Health app.

 

Once linked, you can use the Sync Now button to do an immediate data sync or you can do an automatic sync at midnight every night. And presto, you then see your Fitbit data in the Health app. Happy waiting for the Apple Watch to come out!

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00:01
Seagate Debuts iOS-Compatible Storage Option,...

At the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, tech companies often take the opportunity to unveil new products. Well-known data storage company Seagate is no exception, and is introducing three impressive new products at the show.

The new 500GB Seagate Wireless portable hard drive is the company's latest HD designed specifically for use with tablets and smartphones like Apple's iPad and iPhone, introducing additional storage at affordable price. Available in five bright colors (lime green, cool blue, slate gray, fire-engine red, and white), the hard drive offers a nine hour battery life and the ability to store media like photos and videos, which can be streamed directly to an iOS device through the Seagate Media app.

It includes a new auto backup feature for making a secondary copy of photos and videos, and it can be used for storing documents and other file types. Because it has built-in Wi-Fi, the Seagate...

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Saturday January 3

20:59
NetSpot 2.4.583 - Wireless survey tool. (Free)

NetSpot is a simple and accessible wireless survey tool for Mac users, which allows collecting, visualizing and analyzing Wi-Fi data using any MacBook.

NetSpot can visualize your wireless network by building a visual Wi-Fi map. It will let you see dead zones without coverage and place hotspots (Access Points) correctly. Using the visualized map of collected wireless data you will also see channels' load and will be able to decide how to optimize your Wi-Fi site better.

NetSpot is a powerful analyzer of Wi-Fi coverage. Just in a couple of clicks you can load your area map, point your location on the map and NetSpot starts collecting Wi-Fi data around you. It will gather all the needed information for radio signal leakages analyzing, noise sources discovering, access points effective location, etc.

You can also use NetSpot as a powerful wireless network planning tool. Load a map, collect wireless site survey data, build a heatmap of your...

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19:13
The Hit List 1.1.9 - Advanced reminder application...

The Hit List manages the daily chaos of your modern life. It's easy to learn - it's as easy as making lists. And it's powerful enough to let you plan, then forget, then act when the time is right.

Your life is complicated enough as it is. The tool to manage your life shouldn't be. The Hit List keeps things simple by not forcing you to learn a system. It can be as simple as just keeping a list of things to do as you would on a piece of paper. However, if you do have a task management system such as Getting Things Done by David Allen, The Hit List is flexible enough to support you.

Forget what you need to do. With confidence.



Version 1.1.9:

  • Fixes problem of tasks view's scroll point jumping after a task inside is modified in OS X 10.10 Yosemite



  • OS X 10.7.5 or later



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14:00
Mountie: An inexpensive and innovative way to attach...

One new product that will certainly be making a fun splash at CES this week is from Ten One Design, the same company that brought Apple fans such fun things as the Magnus Air and Magnus mini iPad stands, the Pogo and Pogo Connect styluses. Next month...

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10:18
Must-have gadgets you don’t need will glimmer at the...

Bloomberg:

CES, the world’s largest trade show, is far from a hit-making machine. While the technology show is a leading indicator of trends and attracted 160,000 attendees last year, many products debuting at the event take years to get into consumers’ living rooms — if at all. The last time the event had a true stand-alone sensation was when Microsoft debuted the Xbox game console at CES in 2001.

I’ve been to several CES shows and they are a huge, hectic mess. Everyone in the tech media knows “the real show” is the behind the scenes deals made largely in private and in secret. But that isn’t sexy so the media hypes ridiculous products and their own presence at the show as if it actually means something to average consumers. It’s a shame to the show and a disservice to their readers when the media won’t be honest and objective in their assessment of what CES offers.

Thanks to my friend...

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07:00
Caturday: Leo and Lily, an iPad and a Retina MacBook...

We're starting off a year of 2015 Caturdays with a roar, or at least a loud meow or purr. These amazing cats are Leo and Lily, the furry friends of TUAW reader Cindy Lauman. That's Lily above, enjoying the warmth and companionship of a MacBook Pro wi...

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06:54
Nice

Forums: Active StorageTags: Nicew

The Information here is really educational. - YOR Health

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06:54
Qualities

Forums: FCS WorkflowsTags: Quality

What are the qualities of a good project manager? - YOR Health

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06:43
Path Finder 7.1 - Powerful, award-winning Finder...

Become a master of file management with Path Finder 7! Take full control over your file system. Save your time: compare and synchronize folders, view hidden files, use Dual Pane and full keyboard navigation to browse your file system. Work how you want: extreme customization allows you to access most tools in many different ways to suit your workflow. Work seamlessly with other platforms: don’t leave any hidden .DS_Store files on non-Mac volumes, delete files securely and completely with the powerful «delete» feature from any volume type, search any network volume.

Features:

  • View and manipulate hidden files
  • Dual Pane View
  • Full keyboard navigation
  • Folder comparison and synchronization
  • Folder merging
  • Batch renaming
  • Powerful file filtering
  • One-click dual-pane copy
  • Bookmarks and Tab Presets
  • ACL editor
  • File tagging
  • Editable Path Navigator
  • ...

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06:00
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

If you haven’t seen Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. then you’re in for a treat (if you’re me). No TV so I didn’t get to see it untill it showed up on Netflix. Then I binge watched it. A very joyous occasion.

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Friday January 2

16:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

ProShot [iOS Universal;...

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15:04
Reset password in XSAN 4?

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: Xsan 4

I just upgraded both Meta data controllers to 10.10

My metadata controller MD1 is online with Xsan.
My second metadata controller Videoserver is not connected with XSAN.

I try to turn XSAN on at the second metadata controller Videoserver and i get promted to join excisting XSAN.
I click next and i choose MD1 as the controller to join.
I then get promted to write in the Admin name and admin password.
Is this the admin account name and password of the metacontroller - ore is there a specific password created for XSAN?
Couse i can not get it to work with the password for the admin account.
Is there any way to change the XSAN password? If there is such a password.

Thanks in advance!...

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15:00
Music streaming expands in 2014, digital sales drop

Thanks to a new report from Nielsen SoundScan we now know that 2014 proved to be yet another chaotic year for the music industry. Total sales of albums fell 11 percent to just 257 million albums sold in the US, while digital sales dropped 9 percent t...

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14:30
Why Adobe Max is the premier conference for creatives

Each year they arrive in droves, converging upon cities far and wide for several days of hobnobbing with some of the most creative talents around. This is MAX, the annual “creativity conference” launched in 2003 by Macromedia, the creators of Dreamweaver who wound up being acquired by Adobe only two years later.

Adobe has since upheld this tradition with events in North America, Europe, and Japan. Following the shift three years ago from packaged Creative Suite software and the advent of Creative Cloud, Adobe MAX has morphed into more of a consumer affair, with more designers, photographers, web coders, videomakers, and illustrators in attendance than developers—although Adobe MAX 2014, held in early October in Los Angeles, may wind up being remembered as the year those worlds started to converge. We think it was one of the best conferences of the year, and creatives should serioiusly consider attending in 2015. Here's why:

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14:23
Apple now says Watch ‘coming early 2015′ for several...

 

Update: Apple has reverted all of these changes listed below. Aside from the US site, the respective pages for all other regions now say that Apple Watch will be ‘Available in 2015′ again. The change to early 2015 seems to have been a mistake.

Apple’s online pages for Apple Watch have today been updated with a slightly narrower timeframe for several European countries. Previously, whilst the US site stated ‘Coming Early 2015′, localized pages in the UK and other regions were less concrete, simply stating that Apple Watch would be ‘Available in 2015′.

This has now changed for several European countries, including the UK, France, Spain, Germany and Italy. Leave a note in the comments if you catch any more affected countries. The change means that these region-specific pages now mirror the US pages (after...

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14:18
Editorial: Will Apple Watch begin as a monster...

…Time will tell…

As we begin 2015 — the year Apple has promised to release the Apple Watch it showed last September — there’s a somewhat comical debate underway in the media: how big of a success will the Watch actually be?

Although I’m not personally planning to buy an Apple Watch, three decades of using Apple products and over a decade of reviewing them have taught me that Apple now has only three types of launches: gigantic hits, hits, and near-hits. And those phrases are all relative.

Two of Apple’s “least popular” product families, the Apple TV and iPod, have sold in quantities most companies would kill for. These are devices that haven’t been meaningfully updated in several years, and many people have called the iPod “dead,” despite sales of 14 million units in the past year. Even as a semi-successful “hobby,” the Apple TV reached around 10 million customers in the last year, a larger group of users than the typical company can achieve...

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14:00
Translator Speak and Translate Free gives you a...

Translator Speak and Translate Free (free) is a universal iOS app that translates spoken language bi-directionally in 66 languages. The app automatically detects the spoken language it hears and then provides translations. The app uses the Microsoft ...

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13:45
2015 is the year of the Apple Watch

Dan Frommer:

From Apple’s financial followers to the culture pages, expect few technology topics to garner as much attention in 2015 as the Apple Watch, which is set to launch “early” in the year.

Why? Because it’s not just a new gadget. Several people, companies, and entire industries are counting on it to be a hit. Without hyperbole, the Apple Watch has the potential to create new billionaires and to change the way people live.

Here are a few reasons—from micro to macro—the Apple Watch is shaping up to be the launch of 2015.

I don’t know about “Year of the Apple Watch” but I do believe it will eventually be a hugely successful category for Apple, much like the “slow burn” of the iPod.

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13:14
Alpine to debut iLX-007, the first in-dash system...

Alpine always did have some nifty stuff in its product line.

In a recent development, Alpine has announced that it will be debuting its 2015 product lineup at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The lineup will also feature the iLX-007, the first in-dash product dedicated to Apple’s CarPlay technology.

Other new products will feature new applications for the 9” truck and SUV AVN systems including Dodge Ram, Toyota Tundra and Jeep Wrangler and Rear-Seat Entertainment system with direct HDMI input to allow streaming video from a connected smart phone or tablet.

If you’ve had a chance to play with Alpine’s recent product lineup or know of a good vehicle-based audio system that hooks into iOS’ features, please let us know in the comments.

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13:12
Is it ok to cheat airlines if it saves you money?

Businessweek:

Would you “scam” an airline’s ticketing policy if it saved $25? $70? $400?

A federal lawsuit is bringing public attention to “hidden city” ticketing, the technique of buying an airline ticket between two cities with a connection but ditching the rest of the trip. Say, for example, you want to fly from Boston to San Francisco but notice that a ticket from Boston to Seattle—with a connection in San Francisco—is cheaper. Once your flight lands in San Francisco, you prance out of the airport at your intended destination, pocketing the savings.

Airlines hate this maneuver—which has been around for decades—and argue that it violates the terms of the sale.

I’m normally not a fan of “scams” but the airlines have screwed us so often and in so many different ways, I’d have no problem using this method to save money.

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12:32
iDict brute-force security tool for hacking iCloud...

This may be worth keeping an eye on if you’re concerned about iCloud security.

Per 9to5Mac, a new tool submitted to developer web site GitHub claims to be able to perform password dictionary attacks on any iCloud account, seemingly able to evade detection from Apple’s rate-limiting security that is supposed to prevent such dictionary attacks from happening. In September, Apple reported it had closed one such hole that allowed brute-force attacks to occur.

The source code for the tool has been released onto GitHub. Upon inspection, the tool is somewhat crude in its complexity. It simply tries every possible word in its 500-long word-list as the password for a given iCloud account email. This means whilst it will...

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12:26
Private I: Lock your cloud backups away with an...

It’s generally easier to keep safe the files we have under our control, on our internal and external drives, than those that waft far away from us on cloud-storage backup systems. Different backup services handle how they send data for storage and how they encrypt it once it arrives.

A quick overview of how cloud-storage systems work, regardless of the company. Client software running on your Mac finds new files in specified folders or files that have updated modification times since the last scan. Files are analyzed into pieces against which the software calculates a sort of shorthand or signature. This signature is compared against what’s stored in the cloud. If it matches, nothing happens—this is how these services conserve bandwidth.

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12:00
Apple wants you to "Start something new"

A new promotional campaign from Apple is encouraging present and future owners of iPad, iPhone and Mac to "Start something new" in 2015 by using artistic apps to be creative.

A new web page appeared on the Apple Japan web site last week and has sinc...

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11:00
TripCast: Capturing and sharing your travels

Travelers love to not only capture their journeys for future reference, but share photos, videos, and details of daily events with others. Blogging tools like WordPress can be problematic for those who only travel on occasion, and emailing or messagi...

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10:01
Tunity turns your iPhone into headphones for your TV

Tunity:

Tunity allows you to hear a muted TV’s audio directly to your mobile device. It acts just like a wireless headset – no need to purchase an expensive set.

Scan the TV and let Tunity locate and match the audio and stream it straight to your iPhone or iPad.

I used this app on New Year’s Day during ESPN’s broadcast of the Rose Bowl game (GO DUCKS!) and it worked great. I can see it being very useful in a sports bar with dozens of TVs set to different game broadcasts but no audio to listen

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:00
Happy New Year! Now let's sue Apple...

Apple is no stranger to storage complaints over its mobile devices, and while the company successfully dodged a 2007 lawsuit over the advertised storage size of its iPod line, that's not stopping a new group of plaintiffs from attempting to spawn a c...

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09:59
U.S. Music Fans Continue Shift to Streaming Services...

Paid music downloads, which have dominated the digital music market for years thanks in large part to Apple's iTunes Store, showed accelerating weakness in the United States last year as music streaming services like Spotify and a resurgence of vinyl record sales exploded in popularity.

According to Nielsen SoundScan (via The Wall Street Journal), streaming music grew a remarkable 54 percent in 2014, moving from 106 billion songs in 2013 to 164 billion in 2014. That growth contrasts with traditional song downloads that dropped off significantly from 2013. Paid downloads for full music albums declined 9 percent in 2014, with individual song downloads seeing an even larger 12 percent drop-off. Overall, according to SoundScan, Americans bought 257 million albums in 2014, 106.5 million of which were downloaded digitally.

Amid the...

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09:51
The Northern Spy: some thoughts on 2014 … and 2015

By Rick Sutcliffe

Cash away the old year passes as Cupertino has to be a happy place given the wild success of the iPhone 6. Only now are wait times reverting to normal after the most successful product launch in tech history. Apple is once again in ascendancy, Samsung and other rivals descending.

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09:33
New hacking tool evades Apple's iCloud password...

A new tool submitted to GitHub (www.github.com), a a web-based Git repository hosting service, claims to be able to perform password dictionary attacks on any iCloud account, seemingly able to evade detection from Apple’s rate-limiting security that is supposed to prevent such dictionary attacks from happening, reports "9to5Mac" (http://tinyurl.com/pqj3qkf).

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09:25
Marriott plans to block personal wifi hotspots

Boing Boing:

Marriott is fighting for its right to block personal or mobile Wi-Fi hotspots—and claims that it’s for our own good.

The hotel chain and some others have a petition before the FCC to amend or clarify the rules that cover interference for unlicensed spectrum bands. They hope to gain the right to use network-management tools to quash Wi-Fi networks on their premises that they don’t approve of. In its view, this is necessary to ensure customer security and to protect children.

If Marriott’s petition were to succeed, we’d likely see hotels that charge guests and convention centers that charge exhibitors flipping switches to shut down any Wi-Fi not operated by the venue. The American hotel industry’s trade group is a co-filer of the petition, and Hilton submitted a comment in support: this isn’t just Marriott talking.

I don’t travel often but when I do, I won’t be staying in a Marriott any more.

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09:03
Montblanc Unveils 'e-Strap' Band Accessory...

With luxury watchmakers turning their attention to the smartwatch market ahead of the Apple Watch launch later this year, Montblanc is one of the first to announce specific plans. As noted by aBlogtoWatch, Montblanc's initial foray is an "e-Strap" accessory band for traditional watches that connects wirelessly to a smartphone.

The Montblanc e-Strap incorporates a small 0.9-inch wide screen into a high-quality leather band that attaches to a traditional analog watch. The screen lays flat against the underside of the wrist, allowing users to receive notifications, count steps, and control music playback on a connected smartphone. The band connects to an iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth and offers up to five days of battery life.How impressive as a connected...

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09:00
9to5Toys Last Call: iTunes $0.99 movie rentals, H...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

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09:00
Visio webcast January 6—value stream mapping template

A value stream map is a tool to study a production flow in the implementation of lean manufacturing. It plots the path of material and information from the supplier all the way through to the customer. By visualizing the entire value stream, inefficiencies can be identified and a plan can be put in place to reduce areas of non-value added time or waste.

This session is beneficial for anyone who uses or would like to learn how to use Visio 2013, which incorporates the lean methodology. Learn how to use the Visio value stream map template to illustrate the flow of materials and information in a lean manufacturing process.

In addition, Visio 2013 gives users the ability to link value stream maps to external data, run reports and add data graphics. Learn how to visualize your data and take advantage of the new Visio 2013 features to maximize your productivity and share data across the enterprise utilizing SharePoint and Visio services.

Presented by Matt Roderman,...

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09:00
Daily Deals for January 2, 2015, featuring the Equil...

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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08:28
Apple transforms retail stores into art galleries...



Following the launch of Apple’s “Start Something New” campaign on its website featuring artwork created on Mac and iOS devices, Apple is now transforming its retail stores into temporary art galleries showcasing art from the campaign.

The images above come from customers on Twitter (...

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08:17
Apple Raises Product and Developer Program Prices in...

With the new year, Apple has made a few price adjustments to its products and services, led by an increased yearly fee for the company's developer programs in a number of European countries, as first noticed by German blog Apfelpage [Google Translate].

The Apple-focused blog reports that German developers are now facing a €99 ($119) per year subscription charge for Apple's various developer programs, up from a previous €80 ($96) subscription fee. The price changes presumably affect all EU markets, as Apple typically has consistent pricing across member countries except for occasional differences due to variations in tax rates. Apple's...

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08:00
Judge dismisses Apple employee lawsuit demanding...

In July of 2013, Apple was hit with a lawsuit from retail employees alleging that they were not being compensated for time spent taking part in security checkouts. As an illustrative example, imagine an employee decides to break for lunch at noon. Be...

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07:57
iCloud.com Photos beta pulls disappearing act, no...

It’s hard to say exactly what’s happening here, but sometimes Apple makes changes with no warning.

Per AppleInsider, the beta iCloud.com Photos application is no longer available to access via the website, as a vague “early 2015″ launch date for a new Photos for OS X app also looms.

The iCloud Photos app had been available in beta form since last October, when it first debuted. In the following weeks, Apple had gradually added features, such as the ability to manually upload photos to the cloud.

But now, Photos for iCloud.com is no longer available to access. Manually entering the URL for the app returns the error: “Can’t load Photos. There was a problem loading the application.”

While it may be a temporary...

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