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How to find the lowest prices on Apple's Macs and iPads this Black Friday

AppleInsider - 3 hours 13 min ago
While Apple has again chosen to forgo offering discounts on its products this Black Friday in favor of offering iTunes Gift Cards, many Apple Authorized Resellers and big-box retailers are competing aggressively for the business of Apple shoppers. Here's how to quickly and easily find the lowest prices anywhere on your iPad or Mac of choice.

ScreenFlow 5 review: The Mac's best screencasting app gets better with iOS capture

MacWorld - 5 hours 21 min ago

If you’re in the business of creating screencasts or Mac-based video demos, there’s a very good chance that you’re already using Telestream’s $99 ScreenFlow. With the latest update, the app is sure to gain a new group of supporters—iOS developers. And it will because Apple is encouraging these developers to submit app previews—video captures of their apps in action. It happens that this latest version of ScreenFlow not only lets you capture video directly to a Mac running Yosemite from an iOS 8 device that bears a Lightning-connector, but also lets you add touch callouts—overlays that mimic finger taps and swipes.

Like every version of ScreenFlow I’ve ever used, it exhibits quirky behavior from time to time, but the app’s benefits vastly outweigh its quirks.

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You Should Play: TwoDots brings a much-needed twist to the match-three genre

MacWorld - 5 hours 42 min ago

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

Need a game that will keep you entertained and challenged for hours? Let me help you connect the dots—TwoDots, that is. TwoDots is a dot-connecting game reminiscent of more traditional match-three games (think Candy Crush and Bejeweled), but with a twist: instead of matching tiles, you’re connecting dots.

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Apple's Black Friday offer: iTunes Store gift cards with purchase, to benefit (RED)

MacWorld - Thu, 2014-11-27 22:31

Buy a gift, get a gift, and Apple will give a gift to the Global Fund—the Black Friday sale is on at the Apple Store. Apple’s one-day-only deals don’t save you any cash, but you do get a PRODUCT(RED) iTunes gift card with purchase, and Apple makes a donation too.

Buying an iPad or iPhone gets you a $50 gift card, while iPods and the Apple TV come with $25 gift cards—and so do Beats by Dr. Dre headphones and speakers. Mac buyers can get a $100 gift card when purchasing an iMac, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro.

It’s worth noting that these are iTunes Store gift cards, not Apple Store gift cards. You can use them for apps (the App Store’s own RED promotion is still going on through December 7), as well as music, movies, audiobooks, iBooks, in-app purchases, and so on—but not a new iPhone.

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Free Apple TV and the lowest prices anywhere on every MacBook + AppleCare bundle (save $200-$800); iMacs & Mac Pros too

AppleInsider - Thu, 2014-11-27 17:46
Exclusive: In a deal that only AppleInsider can deliver, we've teamed up with Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama to give away a free Apple TV to every customer who purchases a MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, non-Retina iMac, or Mac Pro bundled with AppleCare. These bundles are the most heavily discounted bundles available anywhere, even before the Apple TV is thrown in. There's never been a better time to buy a new Mac.

10 excellent movies to stream on Netflix over Thanksgiving weekend

MacWorld - Thu, 2014-11-27 12:27

Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to gather on the couch and watch a good movie. While we're sitting there, moaning in pain, having eaten too much yet again, and thinking about how miserable it was to travel, and how crazy our family members are, these 10 movies are a reminder that we're not alone in the world. And, indeed, despite everything, there are many, many wonderful things about this time of year, and plenty of things to be thankful for. Like Netflix.

Addams Family Values


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YubiKeys by Yubico provide two-factor authentication by USB

MacWorld - Thu, 2014-11-27 11:54

I’ve written a few times about two-factor authentication (2FA), where a password (something you know) is paired with a second item, like a device-generated token or one-time code sent via SMS (something you have). A password can be stolen or sometimes extracted, so a second factor makes it substantially more difficult for someone who lacks physical access to you or your stuff to break into one of your accounts. This restricts attackers from accomplishing wholesale attacks across thousands or millions of accounts, unless 2FA is badly implemented or attackers find an exploit.

While Apple has tried to take the pain out of 2FA through its trusted device approach with iCloud accounts, many people still believe this is too complicated for average users to employ. There needs to be something powerful, simple, and ubiquitously supported, they argue—as do I. Apple’s solution only works for people fully embedded in Apple’s ecosystem and only for some of Apple’s services.

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Rumor Roundup: 'Reportedly'

TUAW - Thu, 2014-11-27 11:00
They don't celebrate Thanksgiving in the country I live in, but I figured I'd deliver some turkeys to your doorstep anyway... including, unfortunately, some that were stuffed and baked right here at TUAW. Samsung reportedly mulls leadership change a...

Insecurity blanket: iOS has antivirus makers feeling left out

MacWorld - Thu, 2014-11-27 08:00

Did you hear the one about the antivirus company CEO who got to opine on TechCrunch about how Apple should open up iOS?

Oh, it’s not a joke.

Well, maybe it is, actually.

“It’s Time For Apple To Open Up” (indirect link and tip o’ the antlers to Daring Fireball)

The writer, John Prisco, is identified thusly:

John Prisco is president and CEO of Triumfant.

Oh. Huh. You might wonder what Triumfant is other than another charming tech misspelling of an actual word. Pff. They put the link in, dummy. What, does TechCrunch have to spoon feed you someone’s laughable biases or something? Follow the link. Sheesh.

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Black Friday sale delivers first Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display under $1000

AppleInsider - Thu, 2014-11-27 07:49
While most Apple-related Black Friday 2014 door busters to launch thus far have been positioned around iPads and Apple's more premium priced Macs, one particular offer stands out in offering the first ever MacBook Pro with Retina display that can be had for less than a grand.

Happy Thanksgiving from The Mac Observer!

MacObserver - Thu, 2014-11-27 06:00

It's Thanksgiving in the U.S., so that means The Mac Observer is taking Thursday and Friday off to celebrate the holiday. We'll have details on Apple's Black Friday sale tomorrow, and then it's back to our regular news, analysis, tips and reviews on Monday, December 1. We hope everyone has a great weekend even if Thanksgiving isn't part of your annual holiday schedule.

The best Black Friday iOS apps for shopping in stores and online

MacWorld - Thu, 2014-11-27 04:30

Another Thanksgiving is here, which means another Black Friday is nearly upon us. Many retailers have already started their discount madness, with all kinds of pre-Black Friday sales and promotions ready to lure you in with the latest “must-have” deal.

If you plan on venturing out in the wee hours after Thanksgiving (or late on Thanksgiving night), or have your eye on a particular online sale, your iPhone can be a great aid for finding that sought-after gadget or scouring for additional discounts from specific stores. The following apps can help you hone in on what you’re after, so you can get back to what the holidays are supposed to be about instead of spending time in a mosh pit of commercialism gone mad.

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Six second-screen apps just for NFL fans

MacWorld - Thu, 2014-11-27 04:00

In an era of always-near smartphones and tablets, it can be difficult to pay attention to one thing at a time—especially when you’re watching football. How can you resist the urge to zip through your Twitter feed, share your thoughts on that last big play, and constantly check scores for games you’re not watching? And if you’re a fantasy football nut, chances are you’re thinking about a half-dozen players on other teams even when your home team is on the big screen.

If you can’t resist having a second (or third, or fourth) screen in view while watching NFL action on Thanksgiving Day and for the rest of the season, at least make sure you’re using apps that will get you the info you need quickly without taking up too much of your attention span. Here are six apps to consider grabbing, from officially licensed companions to entertaining games that might even make a lackluster showdown seem exciting.

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Best Buy slashes $100 off iPad Air 2 (from $399), $200 off MacBook Pro with CD/DVD ($899), $150 off iMacs (from $899)

AppleInsider - Wed, 2014-11-26 23:17
Following up on its "Get a Jump on Black Friday" sale launched, U.S. electronics retail chain Best Buy on Thursday added Apple's latest iPad Air 2 to the list with deep $100 discounts on all models, putting the starting price at only $399.99 for a 16GB Wi-Fi only version.

Apple Reportedly Building Chinese Sapphire Plant with Foxconn

MacObserver - Wed, 2014-11-26 19:36

Apple's GT Advanced Technologies troubles are well-known, but a report coming out of Taiwan suggests that Apple isn't ready to give up on sapphire displays for iPhone just yet. A report out of China says that Apple-supplier Foxconn is building a plant in China to produce sapphire for iPhone displays.

Apple touts iOS 8 voice messaging in new iPhone 6 ad

AppleInsider - Wed, 2014-11-26 19:23
One day after delivering two iPhone 6 ads highlighting Continuity and gaming performance, Apple on Wednesday continued with a spot demonstrating voice messages, a new-for-iOS 8 feature that lets users send audio via Messages.

Lowest Prices Ever: Apple's mid-2014 2.5Ghz 15-inch MacBook Pro (16GB, 512GB, 750M) for $2199; $300 off iMac 5K with AppleCare; up to $600 off Mac Pro

AppleInsider - Wed, 2014-11-26 19:03
B&H Photo is the latest Apple Authorized Reseller to begin rolling out some of its Black Friday sales early this year, including an unbeatable deal on Apple's most professional 15" MacBook Pro that offers rock bottom pricing exclusively for AppleInsider readers, with no tax collected for most. Also $300 off iMac 5K with AppleCare, up to $600 off Mac Pros.

Twitter starts peeking at the other apps on your phone

MacWorld - Wed, 2014-11-26 19:01

Twitter, hungry for new data to fuel its targeted advertising, will start looking at what other apps its users have downloaded.

Starting Wednesday, the company will begin collecting data on which other apps its users have on their iOS and Android smartphones. The data, Twitter says, will help it deliver better “tailored content” to its users. That’s sure to include ads, but maybe also better recommendations about whom to follow when users sign up, or more relevant first tweets in the feed, which could help Twitter hook people early.

It’s strictly a list of the apps users have installed, Twitter says, not data pertaining to what people do inside those apps. So Twitter would know if you have a ride-hailing app, but it wouldn’t see your rides taken with the app.

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

TUAW - Wed, 2014-11-26 19:00
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 Instagrab - your Instag...

ACM 282: The Steampunk, Sapphire, and Apple Watch Episode

MacObserver - Wed, 2014-11-26 18:40

Bryan and Jeff get their steampunk nerdery on this week after finding some amazingly cool USB drive designs. They also have something to say about the growing momentum behind the not-yet-shipping Apple Watch, and reports that Apple has teamed up with Foxconn for iPhone sapphire glass production.

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