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Apple now selling refurbished 2014 15" Retina MacBook Pros starting at $1,700

AppleInsider - Thu, 2014-10-30 19:56
Apple on Thursday added the latest 2014 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display to the refurbished section of its Online Apple Store, with base model configurations starting at $1,699.

How Apple, Inc. went thermonuclear on Samsung, erasing Android's primary profit center

AppleInsider - Thu, 2014-10-30 19:19
After failing to do much more than embarrass Samsung Electronics in years-long legal battles over patent infringement, Apple has rapidly obliterated Samsung's mobile division profitability, rendering it as barrenly unprofitable as every other Android or Windows licensee with razor thin margins in the phone, PC and tablet market.

Former head of Android Andy Rubin leaves Google to start tech hardware incubator

AppleInsider - Thu, 2014-10-30 18:19
Google's former head of Android, and most recently robotics chief, Andy Rubin on Thursday announced he is leaving the company to start an incubator focusing on technology hardware products.

Meijer, the CurrenctC/MCX Member Who Refuses to Block Apple Pay

MacObserver - Thu, 2014-10-30 17:17

Meet Meijer, the 213-store retailer that is a member of the MCX/CurrentC wannabe hegemony. Like Rite Aid and CVS, Meijer has NFC-equipped payment terminals that support Apple Pay. Unlike Rite Aid and CVS, Meijer, has no intention of blocking Apple Pay and is listed as an Apple Pay supporter by Apple.


Amazon exec blames lackluster Fire Phone sales on pricing, says project will continue

AppleInsider - Thu, 2014-10-30 17:13
An Amazon executive on Thursday said the Fire Phone's failure was a pricing issue and that the company plans to move forward with next-generation products, even after eating a $170 million charge largely associated with the device's poor market performance and supplier costs.

Get Free Bitcoins with 52 Website Faucets that Really Pay [Update]

MacObserver - Thu, 2014-10-30 16:36

I've gathered 52 different Bitcoin "faucets"-websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads-and tested them to make sure they actually pay out. I started off with eight sites, but this update adds several more and removes some faucets that have gone dark for a total of 52 different Bitcoin faucets that really pay, plus a Dogecoin faucet and a Litecoin faucet.


Seth Rogan set to play Woz in upcoming Steve Jobs biopic

TUAW - Thu, 2014-10-30 16:00
Seth Rogan has been tapped to play the role of Steve Wozniak in Aaron Sorkin's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, Variety reports. The 32-year-old actor, known for his roles in films such as 40 Year Old Virgin and Pineapple Express, will star alongside...

Last Chance for The Bluetooth Shower Speaker: $39

MacObserver - Thu, 2014-10-30 15:17

The Blue Bluetooth Shower Speaker has been a very popular deal with our readers, but there's just four days left. For $39, you can get a water-resistant speaker built for your shower. That means music or podcasts or whatever sound floats your boat while you bathe, without worrying about wrecking your iPhone. Huzzah! It has a rechargable battery, works up to ten meters from the source, and connects to your iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, PC, or Android device via Bluetooth.


CES Rebrands iLounge Pavilion as iProducts, Hopes to Attract Macworld Expo Exhibitors

MacObserver - Thu, 2014-10-30 15:09

CES announced Thursday a major rebranding of the Apple-centric show-within-a-show that takes place in January. The company said it was changing the name from the iLounge Pavilion to the iProducts Marketplace. The change comes in the wake of Macworld/iWorld going on hiatus, and CES made it clear they want to snag as many vendors from its erstwhile competitor as possible.


Flipboard update greatly improves this popular news app

TUAW - Thu, 2014-10-30 15:00
Flipboard (free) has always been popular for reading news and following topics. The only downside is that it lacked any personalization. You got the topics you selected, but the app did not learn my favorite topics the way another news app -- Zite --...

First look: Heart rate tracking $199 Microsoft Band connects to Apple's iOS & OS X, will integrate with HealthKit

AppleInsider - Thu, 2014-10-30 15:00
Microsoft issued a surprise on Thursday when it launched a new hardware product dubbed the Microsoft Band, a fitness-focused wrist-worn device that connects to both iOS and OS X, and will also integrate with Apple's HealthKit service and Health app for iPhone. AppleInsider offers a first look at the new wearable device.

ConnectedAfield: A worthwhile hunting and fishing companion

TUAW - Thu, 2014-10-30 14:30
When you're planning your next hunting or fishing trip and putting together a list of all the items you need to take with you, consider downloading ConnectedAfield. This free universal app requires iOS 7.1 or later and will provide you with some...

Seth Rogen will play Steve Wozniak in the next Steve Jobs biopic

MacWorld - Thu, 2014-10-30 14:21

Freaks and Geeks alum Seth Rogen is set to play the Mac community’s favorite ubergeek Steve Wozniak in the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic (no, not that one, the other one), alongside Christian Bale as Steve Jobs. Hopefully it won’t be Superbad. (Sorry.)

The news comes from Variety, which also reported that “Jessica Chastain is being eyed for an unspecified role.” Perhaps that’ll be a composite character of every woman in Jobs’s orbit—after all, last year’s Jobs (the one starring Ashton Kutcher) was seriously bereft of women actors who weren’t playing Steve’s mother, wife, or girlfriend.

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The real reason iOS keyboards don't let you swear

TUAW - Thu, 2014-10-30 14:00
If you swear from time to time -- or, if you're like me and curse like you just stubbed your toe in your everyday conversations -- you've probably noticed by now that every popular third party keyboard available for iOS (and the same is true for...

Killer Deals: $150 off iMac Retina 5K, $350 off Mac Pro, $40 off iPad Air 2, $30 off iPad mini 3, up to $268 off HP Printers

AppleInsider - Thu, 2014-10-30 14:00
For an extremely limited time, AI readers can take advantage of some truly killer -- and previously unseen -- deals including $150 off the just-introduced iMac with Retina 5K display, $350 off the entry Mac Pro, $150 off a 13-inch MacBook Pro and 3% off all other MacBooks. There's also a handful discounts on new iPads, iTunes Gift Cards, and coupons for up to $268 off HP printers.

The Week in iOS Apps: Old timey pictures in TinType, Bitstrips meets emoji, and more

MacWorld - Thu, 2014-10-30 13:45
Old timey pictures in TinType

This week’s app roundup includes TinType, an app that tries to reproduce the look of photos taken before your grandparents were born.

Bitmoji

If you want your emoji to be more personalized expressions of your feelings, well, here’s your chance. Bitmoji lets you create a cartoon avatar of yourself, then choose from a library of moods and comic scene, which can then be used in a number of messaging apps.

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

TUAW - Thu, 2014-10-30 13:30
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 DropTask - Visual To-Do...

Seth Rogen to play Steve Wozniak alongside Christian Bale's Steve Jobs

AppleInsider - Thu, 2014-10-30 13:22
Actor Seth Rogen, famous for comedic roles in hits like "Superbad" and "Knocked Up," will reportedly appear in the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic written by Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin, and is set to take on the role of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Ginger Page, keyboard offer a wealth of text, keyboard options

TUAW - Thu, 2014-10-30 13:00
I collect text editors the way other people collect stamps. Do people still collect stamps? Let's assume they do, and in great abundance. When a new editor comes out I've got to see what it does. This week I played with Ginger Page for iOS (free,...

Grocery chain Meijer continues accepting Apple Pay despite CurrentC support

AppleInsider - Thu, 2014-10-30 12:48
Though it is a member of the MCX group behind the upcoming CurrentC mobile payment system, grocery chain Meijer still supports Apple Pay and plans to continue to do so, in apparent violation of MCX's exclusivity rules.
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