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  • Tim Cook comes out: "I'm proud to be gay"

    30 October 2014, 7:30 am by: Michael Rose

    In a Bloomberg BusinessWeek essay published this morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook affirmed that he is gay, something that had long been spoken of quietly within the tech community (and sometimes accidentally in the mainstream media). In his own...
  • Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates

    29 October 2014, 10:00 pm by: Kelly Hodgkins

    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...
  • Daily Deals for October 29, 2014, featuring Freebie Wednesday

    29 October 2014, 9:00 pm by: Kelly Hodgkins

    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....
  • Check out HelloTel when you check in to your hotel

    29 October 2014, 7:30 pm by: Chelsea Taylor

    HelloTel is a brand new social networking app. This app allows users to "check-in" to a hotel much like a user would check-in on location based apps like Foursquare. The user is then also able to see nearby users who have checked into their hotel as...
  • Making music on the Mac with GForce M-Tron Pro synth

    29 October 2014, 7:00 pm by: Matt Tinsley

    The M-Tron Pro (approx. US$225) is a software-based Mellotron emulator synth, available for Mac as stand-alone or as a plug-in with Logic, GarageBand, Pro Tools, and a host of other music apps. It's made by UK-based developer GForce...
  • Tilt to Live: Gauntlet's Revenge features superb gameplay

    29 October 2014, 6:30 pm by: George Tinari

    Tilt to Live: Gauntlet's Revenge is another entry in the Tilt to Live game series. This time, the arrow travels through a side-scrolling obstacle course picking up pointonium as it goes along. The three main courses are filled with spiked walls, fire...
  • Sumptus: Using natural language input to easily track expenses

    29 October 2014, 6:00 pm by: Steven Sande

    The best way to stay on a budget is to keep a running log of your expenses; that (and taxation entities like the IRS) is why so many companies require their employees to keep detailed records of exactly what they spend. But many of the expense...
  • A tribute to the iPod Classic -- RIP, old friend

    29 October 2014, 5:00 pm by: John-Michael Bond

    The iPod Classic, the standard for portable music for over a decade, has been discontinued due to a lack of availability of the parts needed to make it. While current generations exist, each with their own features that make them unique in their own...
  • Serious about getting in shape? Get Custom Fit

    29 October 2014, 4:30 pm by: John Emmert

    This free universal app is not intended for those of us who work out occasionally but are not really all that serious about getting in top shape. Custom Fit and Custom Fit Pro, a US$1.99 upgrade are aimed at the people who are dedicated to working...
  • Twelve South announces the BookArc Stand for Mac Pro

    29 October 2014, 4:00 pm by: Steven Sande

    Mac Pro owners now have another choice at how to position their beautiful cylindrical powerhouse on a desktop. Twelve South today announced the BookArc Stand for Mac Pro (US$59.99), a shiny little chrome-plated rack onto which you gently place your...
  • Sami Apps: Back to basics

    29 October 2014, 3:30 pm by: Jessica Buchanan

    Sami Apps is an educational application designed for children ages 0-6 years old to increase cognitive skills. There are four different sections of games and apps for players to master from educational games that teach the basics of writing to a...
  • Xiaomi says it's not copying Apple, but Apple is copying HTC

    29 October 2014, 3:00 pm by: Mike Wehner

    Xiaomi -- the fast-rising Chinese electronics company which is quickly becoming a major player in smartphones -- has come under fire in the past for similarities between its MiPhone smartphone and MiPad tablet, and Apple's iconic mobile gadgets, but...
  • Apple asks PCalc devs to remove app widget due to obscure rule

    29 October 2014, 2:30 pm by: Mike Wehner

    PCalc is one of the most popular utilities on the App Store, and since it made the move to iOS 8 and added Notification Center widget functionality, it got even better. Apple seemed to agree at first, and even promoted the app on its Featured page....
  • Rachio app update can lower home lawn watering usage up to 30%

    29 October 2014, 2:00 pm by: Steven Sande

    Rachio, developers of the amazing Iro smart sprinkler controller, today announced an app update that can reduce residential irrigation water usage by up to 30 percent. Version 1.7 of the free Rachio app uses enhanced evapotranspiration (ET)...
  • Good news Apple Pay fans! MCX confirms that retailers face no fines for leaving CurrentC support…

    29 October 2014, 1:30 pm by: Yoni Heisler

    In an effort to mitigate the avalanche of criticism stemming from Rite Aid and CVS' decision to disable Apple Pay support, MCX yesterday put up a blogpost to help crystallize what it terms a "misinformed conversation." One notable clarification is...
  • Stunning solar eclipse photo taken with an iPhone 5s

    29 October 2014, 1:00 pm by: Kelly Hodgkins

    To promote the field of astronomy, NASA each day publishes an "Astronomy Picture of the Day" that showcases different aspects of our amazing universe. Each photo includes a brief explanation, which is written in layman's terms by a professional...
  • FTC sues AT&T for throttling unlimited data plans

    29 October 2014, 12:00 pm by: Kelly Hodgkins

    According to the Washington Post, the Federal Trade Commission is suing wireless carrier AT&T for throttling data plans that were advertised as being unlimited. AT&T instituted throttling in 2011, targeting unlimited users who used too much...
  • Another black eye for MCX -- email list for CurrentC breached

    29 October 2014, 11:45 am by: Steven Sande

    Would you trust a contactless payment solution that can't securely store the email addresses of people who have signed up to be included in the service's rollout? MCX, the company pushing the CurrentC touchless payment alternative to Apple Pay and...
  • Apple's Greg Joswiak talks about iOS 8.0.1 glitch, Apple Pay and more

    29 October 2014, 11:00 am by: Kelly Hodgkins

    Speaking with Walt Mossberg and Ina Fried, Apple VP of iPhone, iPod, and iOS Product marketing Greg Joswiak talked about Apple Pay, the new Apple SIM and the company's botched rollout of iOS 8.0.1. Joswiak was on stage as part of Re/code's...
  • Apple's 2011 MacBook Pro graphics woes lead to class action lawsuit

    29 October 2014, 10:00 am by: Mike Wehner

    If you are one of the thousands of owners of a 2011 MacBook Pro who quickly found yourself with visual artifacts and other graphical glitches stemming from faulty hardware, you'll be interested to know that a class action lawsuit related to the...
  • InstaCar lets you share your beloved car photos

    29 October 2014, 9:00 am by: Mel Martin

    Do you really love your wheels? Instacar (free) may be just the app for you. Take a picture of your beloved car, load the photo into InstaCar and add car logo and model graphics to your photo. InstaCar grabs your location and adds it to the photo if...
  • Apple: iOS 8 now installed on 52% of all devices

    29 October 2014, 8:00 am by: Steven Sande

    Does it seem like a lot of your iPhone or iPad toting friends have updated to iOS 8? You're right -- new information from the Apple Developer Support pages shows that iOS 8 is now installed on 52 percent of all iOS devices. Of the other 48 percent...
  • Fit Brains is a workout for your grey matter

    28 October 2014, 7:00 pm by: Dave Caolo

    I'm often amazed at what the little iPhone can do. It's the best computer I've ever owned, and now it's helping me get mentally sharper, thanks to Fit Brains from Rosetta Stone (universal, free with in-app purchases). This clever app presents...
  • Never miss an exciting ball game with Thuuz

    28 October 2014, 6:30 pm by: John Emmert

    I am sure you are like most sports fans and can tell horror stories about how you missed a last second shot, or a pitcher throwing a no-hitter, or a hail-mary to win the game because you weren't in front of a TV or were watching another game. Thuuz...
  • Backtrace, the geekiest album you'll hear, hits Billboard comedy charts

    28 October 2014, 6:00 pm by: Victor Agreda Jr

    I saw James Dempsey speak at AltConf this past June (AltConf runs during WWDC for those who want something a little different). James goes way back in Apple lore to the NeXT days, and for his talk he pulled some code to show how Swift didn't just...

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