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Dec 19 2014 3:23PM EST | Source: CNET Android Atlas
Google is preparing the foundations for a version of its Android operating system that can be built directly into connected cars.






Dec 19 2014 3:09PM EST | Source: CNET iPhone Atlas
All other versions of iPhone 6 still require longer ship times as supply catches up with demand.






Dec 19 2014 1:18PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

FlowVella

Our Friday Morning Report has some very good news for iPhone 6 shoppers in need of a last-minute holiday gift, as shipping estimates for all but the 128GB models finally improve to a single business day. We're also spreading joy for fans of the Flowboard presentation software, and cord-cutters with an Apple TV can now watch full episodes of ABC shows without a cable subscription. Wrap up the work week on a high note by clicking ahead!

Apple Now Ships Most iPhone 6 Models in 1 Business Day

If you're in the market for an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, the Apple Online Store may very well look like Santa Claus right now — assuming you want 16GB or 64GB, that is. According to MacRumors, shipment times for all carriers and colors have improved to just a single business day in the U.S. online store, with the larger capacity 128GB model the only one still languishing behind with a three-to-five day shipping estimate.

Americans aren't the only ones to enjoy the shorter wait times, with Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Thailand, Philippines, and other countries also showing a big improvement over estimates from earlier this month. Sadly, that won't help your decision as to which model to buy, but it will get your choice in your hands that much sooner.

Flowboard Rebrands as FlowVella, Debuts Mac Presentation App

The folks at Flowboard announced a complete rebranding Thursday, with the company's flagship presentation software now known as FlowVella. The change has been coordinated alongside the launch of FlowVella for Mac at the discounted price of just $4.99 (down from $19.99), which adds new presenter notes with display, auto play/advance features, PowerPoint import, Retina Display support, and the ability to import PSD files as flattened images.

A free iPad edition of FlowVella also benefits from the rebranding, and both versions have the ability to upgrade to monthly or annual Premium subscriptions, which now accommodate larger file sizes, adds additional templates and a password protection option, and the ability to track presentation views; FlowVella Education for iPad is also available is also available as a paid option for teachers and students. Existing customers only need to download the rebranded apps and log in to get started.

Last but not least, FlowVella is introducing a new product called iPad App Builder, which allows presentations to be transformed into standalone iPad apps, complete with custom branding. FlowVella's first customer for this new service is Seattle's EMP Museum, which has used the product to launch two new exhibits.

Apple TV WATCH ABC Channel Offers Cable-Free Full Episodes

ABC announced that Apple TV owners are being treated to the sam special benefit already enjoyed by iOS users: The ability to watch full episodes of the network's television shows from the WATCH ABC channel without the need to sign in with a cable or satellite subscription.

Sure, it's a baby step closer to the cord-cutting many of us dream of, and you'll still need to link up with your provider in order to watch live TV streams, but chances are many readers will be unaffected by that requirement anyway, given that live video is only available in Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, and San Francisco.

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Dec 19 2014 11:39AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. authorities were expected to announce on Friday that investigators had determined that North Korea was behind a devastating cyberattack against Sony Pictures, setting up a possible confrontation between Washington and Pyongyang.

Dec 19 2014 10:38AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd on Friday reported a bigger-than-expected drop in third-quarter revenue, sending shares of the struggling smartphone maker lower, even as it eked out a small adjusted profit and began generating cash flow again.

Dec 19 2014 10:24AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. investigation into the hack of Sony's computer system has determined that North Korea was behind the operation with a possible Chinese link, a U.S. official said on Friday.

Dec 19 2014 8:45AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd on Friday reported a bigger-than-expected drop in third-quarter revenue, sending shares of the struggling smartphone maker lower, even as it eked out a small adjusted profit and began generating cash flow again.

Dec 19 2014 7:03AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd said Friday it has completed its acquisition of Secusmart, a privately held firm that specializes in voice and data encryption.

Dec 19 2014 5:59AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) - Washington made the woes of cyberattack victim Sony Pictures its own on Thursday as the White House acknowledged that the devastating strike against the big Hollywood studio was a matter of national security that would be met by a forceful government response.

Dec 19 2014 5:58AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SEOUL (Reuters) - The hacking attack on Sony Pictures may have been a practice run for North Korea's elite cyber-army in a long-term goal of being able to cripple telecoms and energy grids in rival nations, defectors from the isolated state said.

Dec 19 2014 3:44AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SEOUL (Reuters) - The hacking attack on Sony Pictures may have been a practice run for North Korea's elite cyber-army in a long-term goal of being able to cripple telecoms and energy grids in rival nations, defectors from the isolated state said.

Dec 19 2014 3:25AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
TOKYO (Reuters) - The head of Sony Computer Entertainment, the Japanese electronic group's video gaming division, said holiday sales of its PlayStation 4 gaming console in Europe were so strong that it was fighting to keep up with demand.

Dec 19 2014 2:46AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SEOUL (Reuters) - The hacking attack on Sony Pictures may have been a practice run for North Korea's elite cyber-army in a long-term goal of being able to cripple telecoms and energy grids in rival nations, defectors from the isolated state said.

Dec 19 2014 1:22AM EST | Source: MacLife.com

Apple may be planning to enhance the capabilities of Touch ID for additional security, according to a patent recently published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (via AppleInsider). The patent itself was created by Dale R. Setlak, co-founder of AuthenTec, the company Apple acquired for $356 million back in 2012 to help create Touch ID itself.

Setlak's patent, which dates from June of 2013, describes a process in which a user would use both the Touch ID and their fingertips to interact with a rotating dial of sorts (similar to a safe) or an on-screen pattern reminiscent of one of Google's passcode options for Android.

There's already a hint of this process in the "Reachability" mode introduced for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which allows users to tap the home button lightly to bring elements of the screen into closer reach for a single hand.

The latest patent might seem kind of overkill considering that Touch ID already works easily enough as it is, but Apple will likely make it available for users who want an extra level of security with their devices (much as is the case with its two-step authentication process).

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Dec 19 2014 1:10AM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE (Reuters) - This spring, Taser International Inc won a small but high-profile contract to supply body cameras to the London police. But the deal nearly collapsed over one issue: where the video footage would be stored.

Dec 19 2014 12:55AM EST | Source: MacLife.com

BBC One's documentary called "Apple's Broken Promises" aired in the UK today, but ahead of the broadcast, the network published a story detailing what it discovered when it investigated the mines in Indonesia and factories in China where Apple's product supplies are made and gathered. Apple released a statement addressing the documentary.

Reporter Richard Bilton and his Panorama team created the hour-long documentary. Panorama employed several reporters for the project, who then worked at Pegatron factories in China where they say they found multiple violations regarding young workers, ID, cards, and the like. (Notably, specifically regarding juvenile workers, it doesn't clarify what these violations are.)

Source: AppAdvice

But most of the news from the factories arises from the hours the workers endure. One reportedly worked 18 days in a row without a single day off, despite multiple requests for one. Other workers were caught falling asleep in the middle of their 12-hour shifts, and one reporter even worked a 16-hour shift.

The big problem with the shifts is that the extra hours are supposed to be voluntary, but they're not in practice. Workers were sometimes required to attend work meetings off the clock (and with no pay, and living quarters sometimes had as many as 12 people living in the same room.

Panorama's investigations seemed a little more speculative in Indonesia, as they suggested illegal tin could be making it into Apple's supply lines without its knowledge.

In the same report, the BBC acknowledged that Apple had released a statement:

"We are aware of no other company doing as much as Apple to ensure fair and safe working conditions," Apple's statement said. "We work with suppliers to address shortfalls, and we see continuous and significant improvement, but we know our work is never done."

In fact, Apple's statement seems to suggest that the recorded conditions may date from a time before Tim Cook's drive for Apple to be "a force for good." Apple further noted that the crowded conditions in the dormitories had been resolved, and that its suppliers are now required to retroactively required to pay workers for time spent in meetings. As for Indonesia? The Cupertino giant claims the situation is "complex," owing to the many miners selling tin through middlemen.

If you're in the UK, you can watch the documentary on the BBC's website.

Follow this article's writer, Leif Johnson, on Twitter.

Dec 18 2014 11:11PM EST | Source: CNET Android Atlas
This nifty system connects your Android phone to your computer's desktop so you can answer phone calls and reply to text messages remotely.






Dec 18 2014 10:56PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) - Washington made the woes of cyberattack victim Sony Pictures its own on Thursday as the White House acknowledged that the devastating strike against the big Hollywood studio was a matter of national security that would be met by a forceful government response.

Dec 18 2014 10:02PM EST | Source: Geek.com
Out There: Omega Edition
The best mobile game of 2014 is getting huge update, and it looks stunning.

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