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20 min ago

Debug 57: iOS 8 Extensibility roundtable

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Debug 57: iOS 8 Extensibility roundtable

Debug is a casual, conversational interview show featuring the best developers in the business about the amazing apps they make and why and how they make them. On this episode James Thomson of PCalc, Ashley Nelson-Hornstein of Dropbox, Bryan Irace of Tumblr, and Brad Ellis Pacific Helm join Guy and Rene to talk about Extensibility, its benefits and limitations, and the just-announced WatchKit.

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34 min ago

Pastry Paradise rolls out some puzzle fun on iPhone and iPad

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Pastry Paradise rolls out some puzzle fun on iPhone and iPad

Gameloft has released a new puzzle game for Windows Phone, iOS and Android. Titled Pastry Paradise, the game tasks players with matching three (or more) tasty items on a board to clear them and earn points. However, there are a few differences between Pastry Paradise and other titles in the genre. The use of diagonal swipes, cakes and other lovely treats, as well as boosters and bake-offs help keep players entertained.

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1 hour ago

How to manually back up your iPhone or iPad to iTunes

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How to manually back up your iPhone or iPad to iTunes

Even if you automatically back up your iPhone or iPad using iCloud there may come times when you need to manually create an iTunes backup as well. For instance, if you want to make sure you have both local and offsite backups, or if you need to restore and your internet connection is slow or spotty, or if you just want to make sure all your data and purchases, including game saves and ringtones, are absolutely safe, an manual iTunes backup can be not only the fastest way, but the best way, to do it. And as long as you have a Mac or Windows PC and a Lightning cable, it's also easy!

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1 hour ago

Save 32% today on these mummy skin cases for your iPhone 5/5S!

Save 32% today on these mummy skin cases for your iPhone 5/5S!

This uniquely designed skin case wraps around your iPhone 5/5S to provide impact protection from front to back. If you're looking for some extra storage space, simply slide in a credit card, cash or business card behind the "wraps" of the Mummy Case! Available in 9 different colors for just $16.95 today.

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1 hour ago

Reviewed: Fitbit Charge

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Reviewed: Fitbit Charge

Fitness trackers seem to be attracting quite of bit of attention lately, and those looking for a tracker have a wide variety of options to consider. But while there are plenty of available options — one company seems to have risen to the top in terms of market share. Fitbit, who first launched back on October 2007, is closing in on 70 percent of the market with the number two player sitting down in the teens.

The stats by themselves may show Fitbit as being a dominant player, but that doesn't necessarily mean a Fitbit branded tracker will be the best option for everyone. That being said, given the wide range of models and price points — as well as the wide range of mobile device support — Fitbit does seem like a good place to start looking. We've seen the folks at Fitbit release several trackers over the years, including some that clip to your waistband, and some that are worn on the wrist. Just last month the Fitbit lineup grew by three. The new models include the Charge, Charge HR, and the Surge — and we took one of them for a spin over the last week.

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2 hours ago

Ally's favorite things: 2014 gift guide

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Ally's favorite things: 2014 gift guide

Ally's favorite things: 2014 gift guide

It's holiday time again and that can only mean one thing — it's time for all of us here at iMore to tell you what our favorite things are as we close out the year. While our comprehensive Mobile Nations gift guide is sure to have something for everyone, we always like to give you guys something a little more personal by telling you what we've been using ourselves throughout the year. While you can of course expect the usual gadgetry and accessories, some of my picks are a little more personal and completely non-tech related. So no matter who you're shopping for, or if you're looking for ideas for yourself, here are some of my favorite purchases this year!

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3 hours ago

Get apps, movies and more for free via Verizon's Connection Day promotion

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Get apps, movies and more for free via Verizon's Connection Day promotion

Verizon is getting into the spirit of the holiday season by giving away a host of digital content today, which the carrier is calling Connection Day. Starting today, all users, regardless of wireless carrier, will be able to access free content from iTunes, Amazon, Pandora, Conde Nast, Boingo and more, courtesy of Verizon.

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4 hours ago

Tesco's Blinkbox now offers offline playback for movies and TV shows

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Tesco's Blinkbox now offers offline playback for movies and TV shows

Blinkbox today announced that iPad and Android tablet owners will be able to enjoy playback without an internet connection, thanks to a new offline mode. Just like we've had with music streaming services for some time, Blinkbox will allow subscribers to download their chosen film or TV show to watch on the go – perfect for travelling or in areas with poor signal.

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5 hours ago

Dropbox's integration with Office is complete, you can now edit docs on the fly

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Dropbox's integration with Office is complete, you can now edit docs on the fly

The Dropbox team have announced a handy new feature inside their official apps for the iPhone and iPad. With Microsoft Office documents open for viewing, it's now possible to hit the edit button to launch the installed Office suite for a more feature-rich editing experience. Once all changes have been saved everything is automatically saved to the cloud, thanks to both parties working on support bridges between the two services.

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7 hours ago

Weekly Photo Contest: Thankful

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Weekly Photo Contest: Thankful

(Photo submission by Gfmiller13)

It's Thanksgiving in the US this week, so what better time to share with your iMore family the things most important to you? This week your assignment is to post a picture of what you're thankful for in your life. Feel free to get creative, however if your photo doesn't fit the subject in an obvious way it could get looked over, so make sure you leave a back story or explanation with it.

The contest begins now and is open until further notice. Good luck!

It's also time to announce the winner of our last photo contest! The winner is...

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14 hours ago

Union calls for leadership from Apple on treatment of security guards

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Union calls for leadership from Apple on treatment of security guards

As unions in Silicon Valley are pushing for better conditions for contract employees, including security guards, Apple finds itself caught in a labor debate. The Service Employees International Union and civil rights activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson are pushing for better working conditions for contracted security guards, and the two are hoping that they can convince Apple to lend its leadership to the cause.

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18 hours ago

'Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions' lands on Mac for $15

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'Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions' lands on Mac for $15

If you're a fan of fast-paced shape-inspired arcade shooters, there's some good news today: 'Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions' has landed on Mac for a cool 15 buckaroos.

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20 hours ago

GT Advanced creditors to review Apple documents ahead of December settlement hearing

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GT Advanced creditors to review Apple documents ahead of December settlement hearing

Late last week, we reported that GT Advanced's creditors had requested an extension in the hearing on Apple's settlement with the sapphire manufacturer. Well, as the saga continues, it looks as though those same creditors are getting their wish, as they will be allowed to take a look at Apple documents under a protective court order, the Wall Street Journal reported today.

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20 hours ago

Apple's net worth has doubled since Tim Cook became CEO

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Apple's net worth has doubled since Tim Cook became CEO

If you bought stock in Apple when Tim Cook became CEO in August 2011, you have had a solid return on your investment since that time. The company's market capitalization reached a new high of $700 billion on Monday before finally pulling back a bit in final trading. That means Apple's market capitalization has doubled since Cook began running the company.

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20 hours ago

Competitors reportedly take aim as Apple/Google search deal nears expiration

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Competitors reportedly take aim as Apple/Google search deal nears expiration

It appears that both Yahoo and Microsoft are both lobbying Apple to try and replace Google as the default search engine in Safari. Apple's deal with Google is set to expire early next year, and both Microsoft and Yahoo apparently feel that this is the right time to try to grab a lucrative deal with Apple out from under Mountain View. Both companies have reportedly held talks with Apple SVP Eddy Cue, according to The Information:

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