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SCOSCHE freeKEY flexible water resistant roll up keyboard review

The SCOSCHE freeKEY is a water resistant roll away keyboard that aims to make carrying a full size keyboard with you as convenient as possible. Simply pair the freeKEY with your iPhone or iPad with your keyboard and start typing. When you're done, just roll it up and go. Does it really save the day when you need a full size keyboard instead of the on-screen keyboard? Let's find out!

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iOS 8 wants: Interactive notifications and push interface redux

Another of my longstanding desires for iOS is interactive (what some call actionable) notifications, which takes interface from being pull — I have to go find what I want to do — to push —the system brings what I want to do right to me. Home screens, widgets, apps are all pull interface. I have to go to switch out of what I'm doing in order to go do something else. Interactive notifications are push interface. No matter what I'm doing, they come right to me. Depending on implementation and settings, that can be convenient or annoying, but it's inarguably powerful. OS X Mavericks got it last year. It'd be great of iOS 8 got interactive notifications this year.

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iOS 8 wants: Customizable Control Center

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iTunes 11.2.1 review

iTunes 11.2 arrived on Thursday along with Apple's release of a new version of Mavericks (10.9.3). The new version of iTunes has some changes that will be welcome for podcast listeners, along with other enhancements and improvements designed to improve performance and reliability. The initial release also created a bizarre problem involving iCloud's Find My Mac feature and the local /Users folder. On balance iTunes 11.2.1 is an adequate improvements, but iTunes itself is a mess.

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One on one with the Apple Store's One to One training

Editor's note: While the more frequent, tech-savvy of iMore's readers might already know their way around an iPhone, iPad, or Mac, for anyone new to Apple, or family and friends not-so-familiar, Apple Retail offers an amazing array of training options that really don't get the attention they deserve. My mom had the opportunity to check out One to One recently and was so thrilled with the experience she offered to write about it for us. Needless to say, I loved the idea. Here's her review! - Rene

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OS X 10.9.3 review: Is this the Mavericks we've been waiting for?

New Mavericks build corrects long-standing issues. Should you upgrade? Let's find out

The latest general release of Mavericks is now available for download from the Mac App Store. It was released to the general public on Thursday after a lengthy beta testing process that began back in early March. It solves a bunch of problems that have lingered for Mavericks users since 10.9 was released last fall.

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Rutledge Edition Book Book for MacBook case review

If you're looking for a unique carrying case for your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro, take a look at Twelve South's Rutledge Book Book, because it's gonna be pretty hard to beat. When it's zipped up it makes it look like your laptop is an antique book.

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iOS 8 wants: Privacy Sheets to make permissions manageable

Back in February 2012 I wrote about, in part, the need for more granular privacy controls for the iPhone and iPad. Later that year we got them in the form of iOS 6 Privacy Settings. Apps had to ask you for permission to use each and every one of them, but they'd ask one after the other. "[App] would like to use your current location", tap, "[App] would like to access your Twitter account", tap, "[App] would like to send you push notifications", tap, "[App] would like to—" You know the modal pain to which I'm referring. That's why I also wrote about the need for a saner, simpler management system — a Privacy Sheet. And that's why, on the eve of iOS 8, I'm writing about it again.

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Gunnar Optiks Intercept Colors computer eyewear review

If you use the computer for hours each day, Gunnars can make it easier on your eyes

If you watched any of the videos I posted from Macworld|iWorld 2014 or even a recent iMore Show video podcast (all available on our YouTube channel), you might have noticed a peculiar set of eyewear on me. I was testing Gunnar Optiks' new Intercept Colors, glasses especially designed for computer users.

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Beats Music for iPad review: Putting music discovery front and center

When Beats Music launched at the beginning of this year, it was iPhone only. Luckily that's now changed and Beats has now launched a dedicated iPad app as well. That's right, it isn't just a blown up version of the iPhone app, but one specifically designed to take advantage of the iPad's larger screen size. But does it fix any of my previous issues with Beats? Let's find out!

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