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Moleskine takes hand-drawn sketches digital with new notebook, app

31 minutes ago | Posted in: digital imaging

Where other companies are shifting drawing focuses to tablets or digital capture methods, Moleskine is trying to keep the drawing experience analog. However, instead of foregoing digital workflows entirely, the company is offering a new notebook and app that works with Adobe Creative Cloud to convert hand-drawn sketches into digital files.

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Google Contributor lets public pay to remove ads from select websites

56 minutes ago | Posted in: industry, Graphics/Web Design

Google has launched a new service called Contributor, allowing people to pay to remove ads from participating websites. At the service's portal, visitors can pick which sites they want to contribute to, and whether to donate $1, $2, or $3 per month. Once a subscription is active, visiting those sites will display thank-you messages and/or pixel patterns in place of the ads.

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Hands On: Splot (iOS)

2 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps

While more commonly known for its full-scale action-puzzler series Trine, Frozenbyte recently made its first foray into the mobile game space with the release of Splot ($2). A charming platformer designed to played in short, sporadic bursts, Splot carries a fairly simple story, which is presented at the beginning as a short series of comic panels. 

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Corning launches Gorilla Glass 4 with improved drop protection

2 hours ago | Posted in: industry

Corning has introduced the fourth generation of its hard-wearing glass, used by a large proportion of smartphone and mobile devices. Gorilla Glass 4 is said to be twice as resistant to damage compared to its competitors, and with initial shipments of the new glass already being sent to manufacturers, could make an appearance in new smartphones from early next year.

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America First Credit Union begins offering Apple Pay support

3 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, industry

Another bank, America First Credit Union, has announced support for Apple Pay. Beginning today, customers will be able to register AFCU's Visa card and use it to make mobile payments. Apple Pay requires an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus at retail; for app-based payments, people can also use an iPad Air 2 or an iPad mini 3. Early next year the Apple Watch will become another retail option.

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Foxconn's Innolux to build $2.6B factory to supply displays

4 hours ago | Posted in: industry, digital imaging, Apple

Foxconn's display unit, Innolux, will be spending about NT$80 billion ($2.6 billion US) during the next two years on a new Taiwanese factory meant to supply an exclusive client, says an Innolux PR representative, Sophia Cheng, referencing comments made by President Wang Jyh-chau at a press conference earlier today. Although Cheng says she isn't aware if such a deal has been signed, the client is elsewhere believed to be Apple, one of Foxconn's biggest contracts and possibly one of the few that could justify such an expenditure.

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Basis Peak fitness tracker adds smartwatch notifications, more straps

4 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, software

The Basis Peak, a fitness tracker launched in September, will soon gain some extra smartwatch-style functionality. The tracker from the Intel-owned company will be able to show notifications from a connected smartphone on its monochrome display, while another change will let the wearable device pass heart rate data to other fitness-related mobile apps.

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Apple sets up office in Lund, Sweden

5 hours ago | Posted in: Apple

Apple has moved into a new office in Lund, Sweden, property firm Vasakronan has confirmed. News agency Rapidus describes Apple's presence there as a "development unit" that moved in a few weeks ago. The office is said to have space for just 10 or so workers, but it may be significant thanks to the local firms Apple has acquired in the past few years.

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iOS apps: OmniFocus for iPhone, Minecraft Pocket Edition, Halftone 2

5 hours ago | Posted in iOS apps

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    OmniFocus for iPhone 2.4 ($20)

    OmniFocus is a task management tool that can help users stay organized. The software allows users to build to-do lists directly on their handheld and sync them with the OmniFocus desktop application. Version 2.4 includes a number of UI changes to bring the app more in line with the iPad version, as well as fixes for several problems related to iOS 8. Notifications have also been made interacting, allowing users to mark them as complete or snooze simply by swiping.

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    Minecraft Pocket Edition 0.10 ($7)

    Minecraft Pocket Edition is a portable version of the popular survival game that gives players to create a range of tools and items with the proper materials. The latest release improves graphics, offers better performance, and resolves a number of known bugs. Gold mines have also been added to the Mesa biomes, and baby animals are now able to swim without sinking.

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    Halftone 2 1.4.2 ($1)

    Halftone allows users to turn their photos into vintage-style comics that can easily be shared with friends and family. A bug that prevented users from accessing all of their photos within the app has been fixed with this update. Camera support when loading images into a panel has been added after being frequently requested, and some missing 3x Retina HD assets have been added.

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    Mint 3.7 (free)

    Mint is a finance management app that can help users keep track of spending across all of their accounts. A number of tools for creating and tracking a budget are also included in the app, along with support for syncing data across multiple devices. Version 3.7 introduces a new Mint Updates View for the iPhone that provides a detailed view of the most recent financial changes. Information is organized into contextually sensitive cards that highlight things like fee alerts, recent transactions, and high spending alerts.

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    Movies by Flixster 6.16 (free)

    Movies provides users with reviews, trailers, and showtimes for all of the movies currently in theaters. Users can also find information on upcoming movies and titles recently released on DVD. The latest release offers better support for Netflix queue management.

 
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Apple adds 10 new providers for Maps data

6 hours ago | Posted in: industry, Apple

Apple has added 10 new companies to the list providing it with data for iOS and OS X Maps, reports say. The parties are mentioned in a new email to businesses asking about submitting bulk location information. The added firms include DAC Group, Location3 Media, Marquette Group, Placeable, PositionTech, SIM Partners, SinglePlatform, UBL, Yext, and Yodle. Apple asks for bulk content to be submitted to one of the entities on its partner list, rather than directly.

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Cisco preparing to pay $188M to Apple-led Rockstar Consortium

7 hours ago | Posted in: industry, Apple

Cisco is likely preparing to pay a $188 million pre-tax charge to settle a lawsuit brought against it by Rockstar, the Apple-led patent holding firm born out of the remains of Nortel Networks. The company recent mentioned a $188 million payout in an earnings call. The connection to a settlement can be made as Cisco has asked the judge in the lawsuit to stay litigation because it has signed a "term sheet" with Rockstar.

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Briefly: P-touch full-color LCD display label maker, ASICS iOS update

7 hours ago | Posted in: peripherals, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Brother has announced its new P-touch label maker this week, featuring a full-color LCD display. Designed for high-volume business use, the PT-D600 includes an easy-type keyboard with display that allows editing in real time. High-resolution barcodes and labels can be created with information stored in an Excel or Access database on your computer. Brother's label library includes ready-to-print business labels and pre-programmed with fourteen fonts, eleven styles, ninety-nine frames and over six hundred symbols. The PT-D600 works with other 60 TZe tape cartridges in a variety of colors and sizes as well as specialty tapes. Up to ninety-nine labels can be stored in internal memory for quick reprinting. Priced at $100, more information can be found through Brother's website.

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Briefly: Starbucks rolls out Powermat, Sony offers free movies

8 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, accessories, mobile phones

Starbucks is expanding its wireless charging efforts, by adding more Duracell Powermat charges to 200 locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, ahead of plans to offer it across the United States and possibly in Europe and Asia by next year. For customers without a compatible wireless charging device, Duracell Powermat "Rings" will be available to borrow and return for each visit, or can be bought for $10 each.

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Hands On: Unit Converter Infinity (iOS)

9 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone apps, iPad apps

As even casual students of the sciences have learned by now, it's apparent that there's a lot of differences between disparate measurement systems. Be it miles to kilometers, Fahrenheit to Kelvin, or cubic centimeters to gallons, there's a good chance there's going to be a conversion that can't be a done off the top of one's head. With the proliferation of the smart phone, there's no reason to not have a pocket converter at the ready. Unit Converter Infinity by Incpt.Mobis is a choice that stands out.

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Sony A7 II launches in Japan with five-axis image stabilization

10 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, digital imaging

An updated version of the Sony Alpha 7 has been launched in Japan. The A7 II is a 24.3-megapixel full-frame mirrorless camera and the first of its kind to have a five-axis sensor-shift image stabilization system, one which is said to reduce shake by up to 4.5 CIPA-standard stops, and is capable of automatically combining it with the in-lens stabilization of an E-mount lens with OSS.

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Sony said to put Jobs movie in 'turnaround,' Universal may pick up

14 hours ago | Posted in: industry

The Sony-backed Steve Jobs biographical movie, based in part on Walter Issacson's biography of the Apple co-founder, has proven to be nearly as mercurial as the reputation of its subject. In recent weeks, not one but two rumored stars of the project have dropped out, the original director was replaced with an Oscar-winning substitute, and now -- according to trade magazine Deadline -- Sony has put the film in "turnaround," offering it to sale to other studios, with Universal said to be making a play for it.

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Apple co-founder Wozniak joins Primary Data as Chief Scientist

15 hours ago | Posted in: industry, enterprise

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has joined Primary Data, a data virtualization company made up of several colleagues from Fusion-io, as Chief Scientist -- the same title he held at Fusion-io. In his new position, Wozniak will be both advise the company on tecnology trends, vision and architecture as well as serve as the firm's ambassador. Chief Marketing Officer Rick White, who worked with Woz at Fusion-io, noted that "with Woz on the team along with [CEO] Lance [Smith] and David [Flynn], we now have the band back together."

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Follow-up: Apple sends letter to GT Advanced creditors

17 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, industry, Apple

More details on the collapse of the GT Advanced Technologies deal with Apple were made available today, as sources have reported that a letter sent by Apple to other creditors in the GT Advanced bankruptcy case reveals more details on why the partnership collapsed. Included in the letter were pictures of defective sapphire boules produced by GT Advanced, pointed to by Apple as the main reason the company went under -- it contracted to produce high-quality boules of the material, but simply couldn't produce enough usable product.

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Briefly: AnyAngle iPad case, Red Giant Universe 1.3

17 hours ago | Posted in: software, digital imaging, accessories, iPad

Logitech has announced the introduction of a new protective case in its suite of tablet products, the Logitech AnyAngle for iPad Air 2 and iPad mini. Featuring an integrated, hidden hinge, the case holds an iPad at any angle within a 50-degree range, keeping that angle in place without tipping or sliding. The stand folds behind the iPad as to create a minimalist appearance, and magnets also secure the stand and assist in holding an angled position. The has a rubberized frame that protects the tablet from accidental bumps and drops, and its hidden magnets keep the case securely closed as to prevent scratches and cracks. Available in a variety of colors, the AnyAngle case will be available this month for $60.

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Mozilla, Google break up, Yahoo now the default Firefox search

17 hours ago | Posted in: industry

Mozilla made a major announcement today, letting the world know that its 10-year default search relationship with Google is coming to an end. However, that doesn't mean Mozilla is ending the idea of a default search provider for its free browser. In Google's place, Mozilla struck a new partnership with Yahoo to make its Bing-powered search the default in US copies of Firefox.

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GT Advanced creditors protest to court that Apple takes priority [u]

20 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, Apple

[Update: Judge has delayed settlement hearing until December 10] Other creditors left holding the bag after the surprise bankruptcy of GT Advanced Technologies are crying foul over the proposed settlement between Apple and the sapphire-making company, which is due to be ruled on at a hearing next week. Note-holders such as Aristeia Capital have complained to the court that charges from GT Advanced executives that claim a "bait and switch" arrangement from Apple that forced the company into bankruptcy require investigation, and "call into question the adequacy" of the proposed settlement.

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Motorola Keylink unveiled as accessory for finding keys, smartphone

20 hours ago | Posted in: security, accessories

Motorola has revealed an accessory which could help prevent people from losing their keys or their phone. The Motorola Keylink is designed to be attached to a keyring, and can be set to make a noise from a connected smartphone at a range of up to 100 feet if they are misplaced, with a button on the keyfob able to trigger the smartphone's ringer as well.

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Hands On: Gunspell (OS X, Windows, iOS, Android)

21 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, software, iPhone apps, iPad apps

It's not unusual for games to try and break out of being confined to a single category. More and more, we find games that try very hard to incorporate the best of two or more types of games. We tend to see this in Real Time Strategy games (RTSs) a lot, as they combine rogue-like or RPG elements. But there are other games that are making headway in the cross-genre arena. Gunspell, by Ino-Сo Plus, touts itself as a cross-genre title, combining elements of both RPGs and puzzles.

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Upp hydrogen fuel cell available in Apple Stores in United Kingdom

Wed November 19, 2014 | Posted in: accessories

A hydrogen fuel cell has gone on sale in the United Kingdom via Apple Stores. The Upp from Intelligent Energy, a company previously said to be in discussions with Apple over fuel cell technology, is a portable unit for providing extra power to mobile devices, and though it has a battery to store energy for future use, additional cartridges which provide extra power can be attached, ones which can be replaced once exhausted.

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App Store changes 'Free' button into 'Get'

Wed November 19, 2014 | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, iPad

Apple has today made a small change at the App Store, renaming the "Free" button for zero-cost downloads, particularly those that feature in-app purchases to "Get." Paid apps continue to show the purchase price. It's not clear why Apple decided to make the change, but it may be a response to ongoing complaints about marketing of free-to-play/"freemium" apps.

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Beats Music to become native iOS app in spring, sources say

Wed November 19, 2014 | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, iPhone apps, iPad, iPad apps

Apple is planning to bundle Beats Music as a native iOS app early next year, sources tell the Financial Times. The shift is expected to happen in the form of a firmware update, that could debut as soon as March. The Times has little other information, but argues that it's likely Apple will rebrand the service under the iTunes moniker, as other reports have suggested.

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InfoSys loses CEO, financial exec over overbilling Apple, reports say

Wed November 19, 2014 | Posted in: industry, Apple

A Bangalore, India-based company -- InfoSys -- is losing two key executives due to a scandal involving overbilling Apple, reports say. InfoSys is known to provide outsourced tech support services for Apple. The Economic Times of India says that InfoSys has fired the CFO of its business process outsourcing unit, Abraham Mathews, for violating the company's code of conduct. CEO Gautam Thakkar has reportedly resigned on "moral grounds," and will depart on November 30.

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