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Monday, November 24

iCloud features being held back by 'deep organizational issues'

The introduction of new features in iCloud is being hampered by "deep organizational issues" at Apple, claims The Information. The primary example is said to be iCloud Photo Library, which was announced in June and initially expected to debut with iOS 8 in September. It missed that target, and even iOS 8.1 only ushered in beta support. It's also yet to be integrated with the upcoming Photos app for OS X Yosemite....

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HitFilm 3 Pro gets new interface design, 3D effects

FXHome has released Hitfilm 3 Pro, a new edition of its combination editing/effects suite for OS X and Windows. The software's interface has been redesigned, for instance gaining a new editing timeline intended to keep every tool close by. It should be possible to rapidly switch between the editor and and several 3D compositing timelines....

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Older WordPress sites affected by critical cross-site scripting bug

Versions of WordPress 3.0 up to 3.9.2 were discovered to contain a security vulnerability through the comment features on the site, making a large number of installs and servers vulnerable to attack. The bug was discovered by Jouko Pynnonen of the Finnish IT company Klikki Oy, indicating that the bug went unchecked for more than four years since it was introduced with version 3.0 in June 2010....

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Commerce Bank gains support for Apple Pay

Another financial institution, Commerce Bank, has gained support for Apple Pay mobile payments. The bank operates chiefly in Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Colorado. It hasn't made an official announcement, but is now listed in an official Apple Pay support document. Commerce customers are currently limited to personal MasterCards, even though the bank also offers Visa....

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T-Mobile expands Music Freedom roster to cover 14 more services

T-Mobile has expanded the range of its Music Freedom scheme to include more streaming services. The program, which allows T-Mobile subscribers to listen to music from specific services without using up any of their mobile data allowance, now has an additional 14 services for customers to choose from, bringing the total for the entire collection to 27 services. ...

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Monday Deals: reconditioned 27-inch iMacs, Samsung HDTVs

Welcome to the second installment of Monday Deals, which we will be running throughout the holiday shopping period. While it is just four more days until shoppers become uncivilized and argue over who gets to buy the last of a heavily discounted product, we are listing various deals you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader, can take advantage of now. As usual, all prices are correct at the time of publicatio...

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App Store downloads surge in October off iPhone 6, 6 Plus sales

App Store downloads surged to a record 7.8 million per day for the top 200 free iOS apps in October, says mobile marketing firm Fiksu. That represented a 42 percent increase from September, and a 39 percent jump year-over-year. The firm says it expects the trend to continue into the holiday season. It appears to have been kickstarted by sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which first launched on September 19th but have...

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Watchmakers issue cease-and-desists to smartwatch face creators

A number of major watch brands have been sending cease-and-desist notices to websites and individuals claimed to be offering smartwatch faces without permission, a report says. Some smartwatches -- particularly ones based on Android Wear -- offer the ability to load custom face designs. A few people have been creating ones based on existing watches however, triggering copyright and trademark complaints. ...

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'Apps for (RED)' among Apple efforts for World AIDS Day

To mark the upcoming World AIDS Day on December 1st, Apple has launched a trio of initiatives. On the 1st itself, Apple says it will donate "a portion" of sales at its online and retail stores to the Global Fund, which is mainly dedicated to combating AIDS but also tackles diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis. On November 28th, some product purchases will include a Product (RED) iTunes gift card; any purchases m...

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Sunday, November 23

Weekly Game Replay: Double Fine layoffs, $10B Call of Duty franchise

Every Sunday, Electronista and MacNN offer up a one-stop article for some of the happenings in the video game industry over the past week. In this week's edition of Weekly Game Replay, we look at Double Fine layoffs, Call of Duty reaching $10 billion in sales for the franchise, World of Warcraft recapturing 10 million active subscriptions, Sweden considering a sexism label for video games, Activision settling its sha...

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Yahoo acquires photo-aggregation application developer Cooliris

Another acquisition by Yahoo was announced late last week, building on a long string of pick-ups under the leadership of CEO Marissa Mayer. The newest company coming into the Yahoo fold is Cooliris, a developer known for its mobile photo-aggregator application Cooliris for Mobile and the recently launched BeamIt Messenger....

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Xiaomi looking to overtake Apple, Samsung in the next 10 years

Last week, Xiaomi CEO Jun Lei said that he expects the smartphone manufacturer to take the number one sales spot in smartphones over the next decade. Lei had a chance to emphasize his belief at the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen China, taking to a panel to accentuate the company's growth in smart devices. To do so, the Chinese company will need to overtake the number one and two companies Samsung and Apple, some...

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Saturday, November 22

Target claims no responsibility for 'Black Friday' data theft in court

Five banks are suing retailer Target over the infamous "Black Friday" data breach in a federal lawsuit. In a hearing yesterday before US District Judge Paul Magnuson, Target claimed that the bank's losses weren't the retailer's fault, as they happened at the point of sale in many stores that the corporation claims it is not responsible for, as opposed to a central failure in corporate data services - therefore, the M...

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FCC Chairman sees Net Neutrality lawsuits by 'big dog' ISPs coming

US Federal Communications Commission head Tom Wheeler said that there is a specific reason why the regulatory group is taking its time with the net neutrality discussion. Speaking at a meeting on Friday, the chairman said that caution was prudent, and that the agency needs to "make sure that we understand what is going on here." Referring to Verizon, AT&T, and the other major Internet providers, he added that "the bi...

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Friday, November 21

Hands On: Carrot Talking Task List (iOS)

For those who would welcome robot overlords, Carrot, by Grailr, promises to keep you on task! We've all been there; those days when absolutely nothing seems to get done. But what if there was a to-do list that actually encouraged the act of doing things. Wouldn't that be helpful? After all, most to-do lists are little more than polite and easily forgotten suggestions of what should be done. Supposing, however, that t...

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Square, Sephora, Tickets.com, Disney app add support for Apple Pay

In addition to today's announcement by Square that it will bring support for Apple Pay to its app and systems early next year, a number of other merchants have also unveiled Apple Pay support or are planning to soon. Venues that utilize Tickets.com as their online ticket provider, for example, have now adopted support for Apple's iPhone 6-centric payment method, and some apps will soon be offering an Apple Pay option...

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Briefly: Spotcam launches, Satechi's 10-port USB 3.0 hub

Cloud-based video system Spotcam, has announced the debut of its home surveillance system with remote access. Featuring a Wi-Fi-enabled camera with two-way audio, users can view live or recorded footage of their home or office to ensure that all is secure while away. The Spotcam system is accompanied by a free 24-hour loop of stored footage, aiming to provide an affordable alternative to more elaborate security syste...

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European parliament wants to break Google search from rest of company

The European Parliament is looking to break Google apart into multiple sections, according to a draft motion discovered by the Financial Times. The proposal seeks to separate Google's "search engines from other commercial services," in an attempt to curb the power gained from being the most dominant search engine on the continent. ...

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Judge approves $450M e-book settlement between Apple, states [u]

[Updated with additional background information, details on "escape clause"] Federal court Judge Denise Cote has approved Apple's $450 million e-book suit settlement offer with US states. The agreement, proposed in June, will settle allegations made in 33 states and territories, with $400 million potentially reaching customers affected by the "price fixing conspiracy." The agreements only settles the states' complain...

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Briefly: Evernote 6.0, Bushel device management system

Evernote has released a major update for its OS X app, bringing support for Yosemite. Over-all performance speed has been improved, introducing a redesigned interface with a lighter color theme, and new icons. Users now have more control over tables they create, with new color and style customizations available. Notes can be searched for via OS X's Spotlight function, and sending notes to others can now be done while...

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Some Safari users experiencing severe YouTube playback problems

Users are starting to chime in on Google and Apple's support forums about a sudden incompatibility with video hosting service YouTube. Some users of OS X 10.10.1 are complaining that YouTube videos with leading advertisements either fail to load, play a discordant sound with no video, or crash Safari itself. Firefox and Chrome are not affected by whatever is causing the problem....

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Forums: Siri fails and iOS 8.1.1 comments

This week in the MacNN forums, members share amusing tales of times that Siri has failed them, providing examples of how Siri doesn't always understand what is really going on. Comments are piling up faster than the snow in Buffalo about the latest update to iOS 8, with some saying it made things better while others aren't so sure it has helped much at all. ...

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Apple deals: bargain priced Macs from $769

At Apple's online store today, find low prices on a selection of refurbished Mac models. The refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of PCIe-based flash storage is now $769, after a $130 discount. Priced at $849, after a $150 discount, is the refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. ...

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DealNN: iPads, storage and more

At BestBuy.com this week, find low prices on previous-generation iPad Air configurations. The iPad Air with Wi-Fi and 64GB of storage has seen an $85 price break, dropping the cost from an already-reduced $500 down to $415. That makes this around $85 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This iPad features a 9.5-inch multi-touch display with a A7 processor, 1.2MP front-facing camera, 5.0MP rear-facing cam...

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AirParrot 2 adds Chromecast mirroring, media server functions

Developer Squirrels has released AirParrot 2, a major upgrade to its AirPlay-based screen- and media-sharing software. The new version enables full-screen mirroring to Chromecasts, including audio. Full-screen mirroring was previously limited to a rough beta in Google's Cast plugin for Chrome. ...

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Hands On: Hungry Squid (iOS)

It's not unusual for everyone to be looking for the next popular iOS game. We've seen it with the many clones of Angry Birds, FlappyBird, and 2048. While no one will deny that these games are fun, sometimes a user might crave something with a little more thought and care behind the design. That's where Hungry Squid by Michal Malewicz comes in, promising to enchant those who play it....

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(Black) Friday Deals: And so it begins!

Black Friday is just one week away, and veteran shoppers are probably dreading the prospect of facing off against a deal-seeking mob shouting at each other over discounted electronics in the near future. Today's Friday Deals post, just as with previous Fridays and now every Monday until the end of the year, aims to provide you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader, early deals from retailers from the comfort ...

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Streaming TV service Aereo files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Aereo has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, following the high-profile shutdown of the service via a ruling from a New York court. The cloud-based TV rebroadcasting and DVR service made the filing just under two weeks after it was forced to lay off a large number of employees at its Boston New York offices, with little chance of resurrection. ...

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Apple's iWork for iCloud gets new languages, minor feature additions

The iCloud edition of iWork has received a number of updates, primarily the addition of new languages. Pages is now usable in Arabic, Hebrew, French, German, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, and simplified Chinese; Arabic and Hebrew are bidirectional. Keynote and Numbers, meanwhile, have been translated into French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, and simplified Chinese....

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Hands On: Neato (iOS)

At this point, there's a good chance that most iPhone users are using their devices to quickly jot down notes and reminders on the fly. It's extremely convenient, especially since most people keep their phones on them nearly all the time. However, there are times when a user has so little time to take notes, that going through the process of unlocking their phone and digging for the app they need is simply too cumber...

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Piper Jaffray, Morgan Stanley, others raise AAPL targets

Two leading investment and analysis firms have joined with others in raising AAPL target prices recently, in part because the stock has already outperformed most expectations on its most recent bull run. Longtime Apple analyst Gene Munster from Piper Jaffray has raised his target from $120 to $135 on the strength of iPhone 6 demand, while Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty raised her view to $126 per share from the ...

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Hands On: Thesaurus Rex (iOS)

Are you a budding wordsmith? Then Thesaurus Rex is your new best friend! Thesauruses used to be big, clunky books, that were often found covered in dust at the back of any public or academic library reference section. But as more and more people write, these useful books have managed to find a way into the pockets of millions of people. One such entry is Thesaurus Rex by Dictionary.com, an app which promises to help ...

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