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Need to crop or add zoom to a video after the fact? Try Video Zoom

TUAW - Sat, 2014-12-20 13:00
Video Zoom (US$1.99) is a just released app that will let you take an existing video and crop it, or add a smooth zoom. The app also lets you record a new video from within the app. Give the app access to your camera roll, and you will see thumbnail...

Caturday: Steve's a classic! (Updated)

TUAW - Sat, 2014-12-20 08:00
Perhaps that headline should say, Steve is in front of a Mac Classic. He's a cute new kitten belonging to TUAW reader Adam Gray of Manchester, UK. Adam says: Please find attached my submission for Caturday. Meet my new kitten, Steve who seems to be...

Quiptalk reveals what friends are saying before they say it

TUAW - Sat, 2014-12-20 06:30
Quiptalk is a social networking app for communicating with friends in topical chat rooms. Its spotlight feature is live typing which shows other users your message as you type it, eliminating the need to wait for someone to tap "Send" before you get ...

White elephant: There's a reason they give this advice away

MacWorld - Sat, 2014-12-20 05:00

Just like that tacky sweater your mom got you in 1997 that everyone keeps re-gifting, Forbes is the gift that keeps on giving.

And speaking of giving, Eric Jackson doesn’t think Apple should be giving money back to shareholders.

“Apple Returns Cash To Shareholders Because It’s Out Of Ideas On How To Invest It” (indirect link and tip o’ the antlers to weid1)

Jackson, you may recall (if you keep up to date on each outlandish piece of advice for how Apple should light its money on fire), has long suggested that Apple should have bought Twitter. Because social mumble mumble. So, when he says “invest,” what he really means is “blow dramatically on a high-profile vanity purchase with little definable ROI.”

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Review: Yuneec E-Go, an iPhone-connected electric skateboard

AppleInsider - Fri, 2014-12-19 22:31
The Yuneec E-Go electric skateboard certainly is not your typical Bluetooth smartphone accessory, but this highly mobile mode of transportation is the most fun we've ever had using our iPhone.

Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

TUAW - Fri, 2014-12-19 18:00
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 Swipe N Clean [iPhone; ...

Apple bought back $56 billion of its own stock in 2014

TUAW - Fri, 2014-12-19 17:00
Apple is no stranger to stock buybacks so its no surprise that the trend continued in the 2014 fiscal year. And how much stock did Apple buy back this year? According to a new report for FactSet, Apple spent over $56 billion buying back stock this ye...

Kate Winslet, others rumored to join cast of upcoming Steve Jobs movie

AppleInsider - Fri, 2014-12-19 16:49
The cast of Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs film is apparently filling out, as the latest scuttlebutt has Kate Winslet in talks to costar and Boardwalk Empire actor Michael Stuhlbarg to take on a supporting role.

Daily Deals for December 19, 2014, featuring Dragon Dictate for Mac 4 and 6-Ft MFi-Certified Charging Cable

TUAW - Fri, 2014-12-19 16:15
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....

Led by Whole Foods shoppers, Apple Pay accounted for 1% of digital payment dollars in November

AppleInsider - Fri, 2014-12-19 15:39
According to a new report from research firm ITG, Apple Pay's first full month of service accounted for one percent of all digital payment dollars, an impressive statistic that suggests Apple's payments solution is being used by general consumers, not just early adopters.

Google, Samsung can’t Top Apple’s Unreleased Apple Watch

MacObserver - Fri, 2014-12-19 15:31

What's the most sought after wearable tech device? That would be the Apple Watch-a device that isn't even scheduled to ship until some time next spring. Apple's unavailable smartwatch beat out Google, Samsung, and Fitbit as the wearable device people most want to buy, according to a study by Ipsos MediaCT.

The Mac Observer Spin: Polls like this are great news for Apple and horrible for their competitors because it shows consumers are more interested in buying a wearable device that has even shipped than products that are already on the market.

Get live updates with Ski Buddy and Ski Buddy Plus.

TUAW - Fri, 2014-12-19 15:30
I have seen a number of apps for skiers and other downhill enthusiasts like mountain bikers and longboarders. These apps normally record your speed, the distance you travel, changes in elevation, and the time it takes you to complete your run. Ski Bu...

Report: Apple Pay is Disrupting and Transforming Mobile Payments

MacObserver - Fri, 2014-12-19 15:10

"Apple Pay has the ability to significantly transform the mobile payment space." That's the conclusion of an ITG Investment Report published on December 19. A major finding is that Apple Pay has been responsible for one percent of all digital payment dollars. This is a "strong showing" given that Apple customers must have the latest iPhones and the limited list of merchants. John Martellaro summarizes the report.

Minecraft is bringing Story Mode to iOS

TUAW - Fri, 2014-12-19 15:00
Minecraft developer Mojang has announced they will be collaborating with Telltale Games to create a new story mode for the game. Mojang promises it will be a narrative-driven game about Minecraft, but didn't expand on what exactly that would look lik...

Apple Raises Prices in Russian App Store Amidst Ruble Meltdown

MacObserver - Fri, 2014-12-19 14:04

Apple has raised the price of apps in the Russian App Store in the midst of a meltdown in the value of the Russian ruble. The move follows Apple's decision earlier in the week to stop selling iPhones in Russia because of the volatility.

You can now watch the BBC's Panorama documentary "Apple's Broken Promises"

TUAW - Fri, 2014-12-19 14:00
On December 18 the BBC's Panorama aired a documentary called "Apple's Broken Promises" which questions if Apple is doing enough to protect the people who make their products. The already controversial film utilizes undercover reporters and hidden cam...

The Unexpected Ways Apple Watch Will Crush the Competition

MacObserver - Fri, 2014-12-19 13:55

Calling the Apple Watch just a cooler, better smartwatch isn't the right way to look at this revolutionary device. Apple would hardly settle for that. Instead, the Apple Watch will so change people's lives that no other device on the wrist will do, and that will bring incredible success. John Martellaro makes his case.

News Cues is personalized news aggregator with potential

TUAW - Fri, 2014-12-19 13:30
News Cues is a news aggregator that brings national headlines at any given moment direct to the app in an easy-to-read format. In doing so, it also links to other sources reporting on the same news story so you get to see every angle plus choose your...

Over 45% of Americans have had their credit card compromised; Value proposition of Apple Pay rises yet again

TUAW - Fri, 2014-12-19 13:00
A recent poll from the Wall Street Journal relays that 45% of Americans have received a notification that their credit card information was compromised as part of a data breach. The poll also found that more Americans than ever think they have been...

6-Ft MFi-Certified iOS Lightning and micro USB Convertible Charging Cable: $21

MacObserver - Fri, 2014-12-19 12:29

If you live in a multi-platform house, we have a deal for you on a 6-foot charging cable that's convertible between microUSB (for Android devices) and Lightning (for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch). Better yet, the converter is actually attached to the cable, eliminating the chance to lose it! That's clever, and I like clever. It retails for $40, but you can get it through our deal for $21.

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