posted 11 days ago on the unofficial apple weblog
Bloxland Story is an arcade-style game for iOS with a classic look and feel. The object of the game is to complete as many puzzles eliminating similar blocks to eventually rescue Blox, whatever that is. There's a standard Story mode with 40 stages -...

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posted 11 days ago on the unofficial apple weblog
With Apple Pay launching today, Apple's Eddy Cue spoke briefly to the Wall Street Journal about some of the challenges faced by Apple's new mobile payments platform. For instance, while the 220,000 merchant locations that will accept Apple Pay at...

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posted 11 days ago on the unofficial apple weblog
The advent of TouchID is making it easier than ever to trust other people to use your phone without worrying if they're snooping through your files. Dropbox for iOS has been updated for iOS 8 users to support TouchID unlocking. With the service set...

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Re/Code today adds more color to a previous report claiming that Apple is hoping to secure a lower monthly rate for its Beats Music app. According to the report, Apple is urging record labels to agree to a $5 monthly rate for all-you-can-eat...

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Apple today released iOS 8.1, bringing the version out of beta and making it available to the public. As announced last week, the latest version of iOS brings Apple Pay to supported devices and adds Photo Library access to iCloud. It also enables...

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posted 11 days ago on the unofficial apple weblog
Apple is scheduled to reveal its Q4 earnings today at 5PM EST, which means analysts far and wide are weighing in on what numbers they expect Tim Cook and company to reveal. The consensus seems to be quite positive, with all of Fortune's long list of...

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posted 11 days ago on the unofficial apple weblog
The rumor that Christian Bale would play Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic was confirmed this week, and the crack team over at Conan already have a trailer for the film. Apparently the film will take place during a previously unexplored dark time in...

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posted 11 days ago on the unofficial apple weblog
According to Macminicolo's Brian Stucki, the new Mac mini is a "nice upgrade" over previous models, but there are a few drawbacks potential buyers should know about before hitting the "purchase" button. The biggest detractor in the 2014 Mac mini is...

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The repair and teardown experts at iFixit recently cracked open Apple's new 27-inch Retina iMac with Retina 5K display. The 2014 iMac model earned an iFixit Repairability Score of 5 out of 10, with 10 being the easiest to repair. While the 2014 iMac...

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iPhone rumors start out stupid and outlandish in the early part of the yearly cycle. The closer we get to the actual announcement, the less stupid and outlandish they get -- with the notable exception of analysts, who remain stupid and outlandish...

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With Apple Pay set to go operational across 220,000 merchant locations today, McDonald's CIO Deborah Hall-Lefevre recently explained why the ubiquitous fast food chain was so willing to be an Apple Pay partner at launch. In a recent interview with...

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The full video of Jony Ive's recent 25-minute interview at Vanity Fair's New establishment Summit in San Francisco is now available online. The full video touches on a wide range of topics, providing a rare glimpse into the mind of Apple's famed...

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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 Joining Hands 2 [iOS...

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posted 11 days ago on the unofficial apple weblog
I've been a long-time fan of the Sonos whole house music system. When it was first introduced about a decade ago, it provided high quality music to several rooms in my house, and later updates allowed me to have complete control of the system from my...

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Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other informative news articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature worthy posts you may have missed: News GT Advanced...

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posted 11 days ago on the unofficial apple weblog
You might not have noticed it, but hidden away in the System Preferences General tab in Yosemite is a new feature called 'Dark Menu Bar''. What it does is simple; it darkens the menu bar and the dock, making icons and text really stand out. It does...

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posted 12 days ago on the unofficial apple weblog
Last week, we reviewed a variety of hardware and accessories that'll complement your favorite iOS or OS X devices. Here's a quick roundup of recent hardware reviews that you may have missed: Pulse by Sengled: iOS-controllable LED lights, with...

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posted 12 days ago on the unofficial apple weblog
I reviewed Pro HDR many years ago when it was among the first High Dynamic Range apps and best of the camera apps for the iPhone. In short order, Apple added HDR capability to its own software, but in general the third-party apps do a better...

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posted 12 days ago on the unofficial apple weblog
Last week was a busy one for apps in the iOS App Store, giving your favorite TUAW writers a chance to post some great reviews of the apps that grace their home screens. Here's a quick roundup of our recent reviews -- and a few app roundups -- you may...

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posted 13 days ago on the unofficial apple weblog
Instapaper has built a loyal following by being one of the best article grabbers available, with healthy options for free and premium users. Depending on your tolerance for robot voices Instapaper's text-to-speech feature can be a game changer in...

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posted 13 days ago on the unofficial apple weblog
I want a black MacBook, you want a black MacBook, we all want black MacBooks, so where is our black MacBook? We got a lot of cool things at yesterday's special event, including an über iMac, a more powerful yet less expensive Mac mini, and of...

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posted 13 days ago on the unofficial apple weblog
You can't blame a cat for hogging all of the computer equipment in a house. After all, you probably pay more attention to the electronics than you do to your cat (or at least the cat will think so...), so he's going to try to do his best to grab all...

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Sixty Vocab is a tool for learning foreign languages that incorporates a mixture of study sessions and games to help train your brain. Its purpose is not to learn the entire language, but rather just the most common vocabulary words so it's easy to...

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posted 13 days ago on the unofficial apple weblog
In LetterPop players compete against other players in turn-based matches to create the longest words from a random assortment of 15 letters. There are three rounds lasting 90 seconds each, that players compete to get the highest score from before the...

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posted 14 days ago on the unofficial apple weblog
Apple support boards are chattering today about the graphical changes in iTunes 12. The beloved, or in some cases tolerated sidebar is pretty much gone. Your music, movies and devices are now a row of icons at the top left of the iTunes window. This...

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