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Saturday September 20

13:39
Google petitions FCC for NM desert testing of...

Google has filed a plan to test broadcast drones in the skies of New Mexico. A filing with the US Federal Communications Commission, one of the regulatory agencies that needs to be involved with such an endeavor, points to a test site south of Santa Fe, NM and south of Las Vegas. The tests are likely a practical test of remote Internet delivery technologies, and some of the largest tests that Google has run yet, utilizing Titan Aerospace's technology....

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11:59
Video: iPhone 6 versus iPhone 5s

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12:08
Home Depot transaction security reportedly...

Following the revelation that 56 million credit card transactions were stolen by miscreants, more information is coming out about the hack and the company's reportedly long-term lackadaisical security. According to employees familiar with the situation, the company was warned as early as 2008 that security would be a problem, and that the company was excruciatingly slow to respond to threats and often took no action agains perceived attacks or dangers....

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11:41
Former NBA star arrested for $14,000 theft through...

Former Phoenix Suns professional basketball player Rex Chapman was arrested on Friday and accused of shoplifting $14,000 in Apple merchandise using Apple's EasyPay self-checkout system. Apple store employees reported the player, after recognizing him "based on his previous celebrity status as an NBA basketball player," according to Scottsdale, AZ police....

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11:28
Apple Already Working on a Future Apple Pay SIM Card

A European report surfaced late yesterday acknowledging that the newly unveiled "Apple Pay" is already winning over the heavyweights of the financial industry who couldn't deny that Apple's 800 million iTunes account holders are already tied into credit and debit cards. Nathalie Reinelt, a payments expert with banking consultancy Aite Group stated that "Apple's approach appears to be collaborative with traditional payment networks, instead of competitive, and it's much less disruptive." With Apple's new Apple Pay service already rocking the market...

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11:25
New Oculus Rift 'Crescent Bay' headset...

Today at the Oculus Connect conference, Oculus Vice President of Product Nate Mitchell not only showed the third version of the Oculus Rift, the "Crescent Bay," but also revealed that the nascent platform is now a Unity 5 build target, opening up the device to a wide range of developers and potentially additional host platforms beyond Windows and OS X. Additionally, the company announced that it has licensed the RealSpace3D audio technology for future versions of the hardware and software....

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10:53
How to create nested folders in iOS 8 (Video)


Keeping your home screen organized can sometimes be a difficult task. Folders are great, but what if you’re looking for a deeper level of order? Luckily, we’ve seen a few glitches over time that have helped.
Hidden in iOS 8 is a glitch that allows you to nest folders within folders. This can be helpful if you’d like to sub-categorize apps within folders or hide apps various stock apps in iOS 8 (because there are a lot of them). Nesting folders on iOS 8 is easy to do and completely reversible…

At this moment, we’ve test the nested folders glitch...

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09:37
Apple, HP slam patent troll with $3.6 million each...

Northern District of California Court Judge Claudia Wilken has ruled that non-practicing entity Linex Technologies must pay Apple, Aruba, Meru, Ruckus, and HP millions in attorney fees after pursuing a patent case that it knew was destined for failure. Apple and HP are seeking $3.6 million each, with the other three companies seeking $3.8 million -- the ruling puts the patent troll on the hook for $18.6 million, an amount it may not have....

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09:21
Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

HughPickens.com writes Medium reports that although many startups want to design something that mimics the fit and finish of an Apple product, it's a good way to go out of business. "What happened when Apple wanted to CNC machine a million MacBook bodies a year? They bought 10k CNC machines to do it. How about when they wanted to laser drill holes in MacBook Pros for the sleep light but only one company made a machine that could drill those 20 m holes in aluminum? It bought the company that made the machines and took all the inventory. And that time when they needed batteries to fit into a tiny machined housing but no manufacturer was willing to make batteries so thin? Apple made their own battery cells. From scratch." Other things that Apple often does that can cause problems for a startup include white plastic (which is the most difficult color to mold), CNC machining at scale (too expensive), Laser drilled holes (far more difficult than it may seem), molded plastic packaging (...

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08:48
Briefly: Modbook Pro X Last Call campaign, Twitter...

Modbook has extended its Kickstarter fundraising campaign for its Modbook Pro X tablet, allowing those interested to still make a pledge can do so until September 30. The Mac-based 15.4-inch Retina display tablet utilizes the original hardware of a MacBook Pro system, running OS X and can be configured up to a 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 32 GB of RAM 2TB of PCIe flash storage and Intel Iris Pro graphics. Users can choose to add rear-mounted Keybars, which consists of an eyes-free solution for entry of short commands, and a detachable keyboard stand that functions as an easel, key......

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08:27
How to Make Your iPhone 6 Work with Your AT&T...

If you bought an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus only to find it doesn't connect to your AT&T MicroCell, you aren't alone. There's a fix for that, but it takes a few steps. Read on to learn how to get your iPhone 6 up and running with a MicroCell.

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08:16
The seamy underbelly of the Chinese Mafia and Apple...

Casey Neistat’s latest video isn’t really news to anyone nor does it appear that Apple can or will do anything about the problem but perhaps this years delayed launch in China has exacerbated it even more.  What can Apple do in this situation?
Another video of the 5th Avenue line below:

My new movie. it's hard to watch and makes me very sad — iPhone 6 Lines and the Chinese Mafia – https://t....

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08:14
Monkey Parking fires up service in southern CA,...

Parking spot resale service Monkey Parking has quietly relaunched in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills, CA. While not currently illegal in the cities, city attorneys have taken note of the launch, met with representatives from the service, and are claiming that they will take steps rapidly to stop the service from operating....

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07:52
Sony Video Unlimited service migrates to OS X,...

Sony has shifted delivery of its Video Unlimited service for computers away from a discrete application, and onto a a web player. In allowing browsers to play back video for the first time, Sony has opened up the service for OS X as well as a wider array of Windows-based devices....

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07:20
Microsoft: 15GB free OneDrive bonus to mobile with...

Microsoft has increased its free space offering on its file storage system OneDrive. Users on Android, Windows Phone, or iOS who switch on "camera backup" to the online storage locker will get a 15GB space bonus, increasing the amount of free space from 15GB to 30GB. Users have until the end of September to activate the feature to get the bonus space....

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07:16
Airfoil 4.8.9 - Send audio from any app to AirPort...

Airfoil allows you to send any audio to AirPort Express units, Apple TVs, and even other Macs and PCs, all in sync! It's your audio - everywhere. With Airfoil you can take audio from any application and send to your AirPort Express units, as well as Apple TVs, and even other Macs and PCs running Airfoil Speakers! Transmit audio from RealPlayer, Windows Media Player, QuickTime Player, and other media players. Send audio from web-based applications like Pandora, Last.fm, and other to the AirPort Express. You can even stream audio from audio devices like RadioSHARK, XM and Sirius radios, around your house. Version 4.8.9:

  • Audio capture of Safari 7.1 on OS X 10.9.5 has been restored. Excellent!
  • Latency be gone! We've made improvements to limit latency of processed audio during long audio device capture sessions, and also to prevent static and skips.
  • We've squashed a bug where Airfoil Speaker's "Stop" button did not properly disconnect from...

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06:24
Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the...

Lucas123 writes When the iPhone 5 was launched two years ago, the base $199 (with wireless plan) model came with 16GB of flash memory. Fast forward to this week when the iPhone 6 was launched with the same capacity. Now consider that the cost of 16GB of NAND flash has dropped by more than 13% over the past two years. So why would Apple increase capacity on its $299 model iPhone 6 to 64GB (eliminating the 32GB model), but but keep the 16GB in the $199 model? The answer may lie in the fact that the 16GB iPhone is, and has been, by far the best selling model. IHS analyst Fang Zhang believes Apple is using that to push users to its iCloud storage service. Others believe restricting storage capacity allows Apple to afford the new features, like NFC and biometrics. ...

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05:00
The Week in iPad Cases: A diamond is forever

A diamond is foreverThis week’s roundup of new iPad cases comes with a great selection of everything from the fashionable to the practical—proof positive that a even a new crop of iPhones can’t stop the onslaught of great protective accessories for your tablet.Ashine GalaxyThe Bling (iPad Air; $74) sports a fashionable Apple logo made of diamond-like crystals.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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05:48
Rounding up some of the newest cases for Apple'...

Apple's decision to move to an all-new --?and larger --?form factor for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus means that buyers will once again be in the market for new cases. AppleInsider rounded up a selection of compatible cases from the usual suspects as well as some new entrants.

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05:00
Gadget Ogling: Amazon on Fire, Virtual Reality, True...


Apple might be the flavor of the minute as new iPhones hit the market, but Amazon isn't ready to let its rival hog all the limelight. Without a flashy presentation, it unveiled a half-dozen new Fire tablets and Kindle e-readers. There's a 6-inch Fire HD tablet priced at $99 and a 7-inch version that comes in at $139. The Fire tablets are reliably solid machines, and those are fantastically enticing prices for entry-level tablets that still have access to all the apps a customer might expect and, of course, the Amazon digital goods ecosystem.

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04:25
Early data suggests iPhone 6 outselling 6 Plus by a...

As of 4 PM Pacific, the iPhone 6 accounts for about 2.45% of the devices MixPanel is seeing in use. The iPhone 6 Plus, meanwhile, makes up just 0.31%. Everything else (that is, every previous generation of iPhone MixPanel still sees in the wild) makes up the other 97.24%.

Why is this? Here’s one take.
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04:03
Tour of third party iOS 8 keyboards

iOS 8 allows you to select a third party keyboard to replace Apple’s built-in keyboard. The linked article takes a look at three of these, SwiftKey, Swype, and Fleksy, comparing them to the default iOS 8 keyboard.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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02:45
A brief visual history of Apple’s home page tabs

A walk down memory lane for the Apple home page. Amazing how much has changed over the years and how much has stayed the same. Remember iCards? iTools?
∞ Read this on The Loop

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02:20
∞ Fighting gravity

[VIDEO] Two dancers rappel a short distance down the side of Oakland’s City Hall, then do an incredible gravity-defying dance on the side of the building.

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Friday September 19

22:53
Apple raises prices on out-of-warranty iPhone 6...

In a new note on its repairs webpage, Apple has raised prices on out-of-warranty repair costs for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Apple has not, however, increased prices on its $99 AppleCare+ warranty, which adds a second year of coverage and allows two "accidental damage" repairs with a set $79 service fee for each incident. The new OOW repair pricing, at up to $299 and $329 for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus respectively, is between $30 and $60 higher than the iPhone 5 family price....

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19:30
Former NBA player stole $14,000 in Apple Store...

Image via KTVK
Former NBA player Rex Chapman was arrested today on nine counts of organized retail theft and five counts of trafficking stolen property after police discovered that he had stolen over $14,000 worth of merchandise from a Scottsdale, Arizona Apple Store, according to CBS Sports.
According to police, Chapman managed to get away with so much loot by pretending he was using the iPhone-based EasyPay system, which allows customers to check themselves out through the Apple Store application without the...

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19:27
Support for Verizon's VoLTE 'HD Voice...

A few days after Verizon launched its first-generation voice over LTE (VoLTE) system in the U.S., dubbed Advanced Calling 1.0, it was confirmed on Friday that Apple's latest iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models support the carrier's suite of services, including HD voice and video calling.

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18:50
WhatRoute 1.13.0 - Geographically trace online data...

WhatRoute is designed to find the names of all the routers an IP packet passes through on its way from your Mac to a destination host. It also measures the round-trip time from your Mac to the router, thus enabling you to determine slow links--or hops--in the Internet. WhatRoute can also find dead links, such as routers that don't respond.

  • A geo-location server is queried and the locations of the hosts discovered in a trace or seen active on the LAN, can be plotted on a low resolution map or viewed in high resolution on Google Earth
  • WhatRoute also provides network and port scanning, ping, whois, DNS, and LAN monitoring functions.
  • Find the ASN with which a network is registered and the networks with which it peers.
  • View network flows

Version 1.13.0: New features:

  • Bug Fix - Was generating invalid whois query
  • Bug Fix - Country flags were not displaying in Map window
  • Added...

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18:18
Verizon achieves 'holy grail' with voice...

Beginning today, Verizon customers across the US who buy the new iPhone 6 models or one of a pair of other smartphones that support Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) will finally be able to do something AT&T has bragged about for years: simultaneously talk on the phone and use data for applications. The process will only work on a handful of phones that support VoLTE, but Verizon iPhone 6 buyers are reporting that it is on by default or easily activated in their new purchases....

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16:44
iOS 8 How-to: Take a time-lapse video


New in iOS 8 you have the ability to record time-lapse photography right from the Camera app. Time-lapse photography is a type of photography that happens when the frame rate is lower than what is used to view the sequence. When the photo is played at normal speed, time looks to be faster. However, not everything would make a great time-lapse subject. Good time-lapse subjects include cloudscapes, celestial motion, plants growing, cars driving on a busy intersection and of crowds. In this how-to I will discuss how to make a time-lapse photographs.

When opening up the Camera app, by default it opens up to the Photo menu. Slide all the way to the left to take a time-lapse.
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16:37
Analytics data shows Apple is delivering far more...


New data released by mobile analytics firm MixPanel (via TechCrunch) has revealed a trend in adoption rates of the 4.7-inch iPhone versus the 5.5-inch model. According to the report, the smaller model appears to be outperforming the larger one is deliveries today, and by no small margin. While the larger model has claimed about .30% of hits in MixPanel’s survey, the smaller version has achieved an impressive 2.46%.
However, that doesn’t necessarily mean the 4.7-inch version is outselling its counterpart by such a large gap, if at all. It’s entirely possible (though unlikely) that more of the larger version have been sold...

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16:25
Record crowds outsides stores worldwide for iPhone 6...

In some locations on Friday, it seemed like the whole world took off work Friday to stand in line for an iPhone 6. Mass reports of "thousands" of customers standing in line for hours at flagship Apple stores around the globe have been received since MacNN reported on the queue in Australia, the first country to begin selling the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The latter has proven extremely hard to get, but we have heard from a few readers who were successful....

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16:18
Out-of-warranty repairs for iPhone 6 runs up to $299...

Apple on Friday updated its repairs webpage to reflect current pricing for the iPhone models released today, revealing out-of-warranty fixes could cost up to $299 for the iPhone 6 and up to $329 for the 6 Plus.

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15:51
iOS 8 App Store Bundles Explained

As part of the iOS 8 rollout, the iTunes App Store has seen a few updates. One of them is App Bundles, a new way to purchase multiple apps. Kelly talked to Denys Zhadanov of Readdle to get a behind-the-scenes look at those Bundles.

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15:47
TSMC confirmed as manufacturer of Apple's 20nm...

According to a report on Friday, Apple's latest 64-bit A8 system-on-a-chip, currently powering the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, is built by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., not longtime partner Samsung.

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15:40
Simultaneous Voice/Data, HD Voice Now Available to...

Verizon began rolling out its Advanced Calling service earlier this week, enabling voice over LTE (VoLTE) capabilities for select devices that support the service, which includes the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. Numerous iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users are reporting that the VoLTE service is now functional, allowing Verizon iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users to use simultaneous voice and data capabilities for the first time when connected to a 4G LTE or Wi-Fi network. MacRumors has confirmed that VoLTE is indeed working, enabling users to browse the web or access apps while on a voice call. In addition to enabling simultaneous voice and data, Verizon's Advanced Calling features also allow for High-Definition voice calls, which are said to be more "natural-sounding" and...

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15:30
Stay organized and creative with the free version of...

The NoteLedge iPad app, free in the App Store with in-app purchases, is built around inspiring creativity, not staying organized. Of course, it's great for that too.

Unfortunately, NoteLedge gives a bad first impression. It immediately prompts you...

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15:28
Out-of-warranty iPhone 6 and 6 Plus repair prices...


Now that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are available to the public, Apple has released pricing information for any repairs you might need (though hopefully you won’t need any so soon). As usual, the prices are broken up into two categories.
The first is the price for repairing or replacing a broken display. This price is the same for almost every model from the original iPhone forward: $129. However, there’s one exception to this pricing, and that’s the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, which can get fixed up for only $109.
The other price is the cost for general repairs. For these cases, you’ll need to pay $299 for an iPhone 6 or $329 for an iPhone 6 Plus.
Of course, each iPhone comes with a one-year limited warranty, so you shouldn’t need to...

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15:23
WSJ Lines Up Tim Cook to Kick Off Inaugural WSJDLive...

The Wall Street Journal announced Friday that Apple CEO Cook would headline its inaugural WSJDLive conference, the apparent successor to D, the conference that was headed by tech journalist luminaries Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher. Mr. Cook will be interviewed at the event, which takes place from October 27-29 at the Montage in Laguna Beach, CA.

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15:19
VSCO Cam 3.5 for iOS 8 now available

Visual Supply Co:

Advanced camera controls are now available for iOS 8. New features include:

- Manual focus

- Shutter speed

- White balance

- Exposure compensation

VSCO Cam is the first app I’ve seen that takes advantage of the new capabilities of iOS 8 in letting photographers take more control over the camera in the iPhone. Even better, it’s a free app.
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15:00
Sorry Samsung, report indicates that Apple's...

After nearly three years of reports, rumors, and scoops which never panned out, it's been confirmed that Apple's new A8 processor is in fact being manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC).

Latest news from @Chipworks: The A8 processor was...

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14:45
News: Video First Look: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Check out our new Video First Look focusing on Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. See both devices side by side as we dig into the differences between the two new, bigger iPhones. While you’re at it, take a look at our First Look article, and our unboxing gallery showing off both iPhones, as well. Our official comprehensive review of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will also be coming soon....

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13:30
You Should Play: Pako

With crashes, high-speed chases, and hairpin turns, Pako is not just your average endless runner. It is an endless getaway game, where escape is impossible—how long until your car chase ends in a crash depends upon your skill. Pako has five different maps to choose from with different vehicles and obstacles, but your goal is always the same: Drive to stay alive.If the twist on a classic style of gameplay isn’t enough to interest you, here are three other reasons why you should check it out:Look Ma, no brakes!: The object of the game is to survive for as long as you can. You’ll try to avoid the police and other obstacles as you swerve and spin your vehicle through parking lots, crowded highways, and several other locations. Like any good game in the endless genre, a single hit means one thing: Game over. The police are after you no matter where you are,...

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14:30
Start the 2014-2015 PGA Tour season with the Golf...

The PGA Tour just held its tour championship event and the Ryder Cup is in late September, but we are only three weeks away from the start of the 2014-2015 PGA season. To get fans off to a good start The Golf Channel has launched a completely...

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14:27
Apple iPhone 6 Plus unboxing and overview (Video)


Along with the launch of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, Apple also released a much larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. Because of the larger display on this device, you can expect a much larger form factor, but there are a few benefits that go along with it as well…

Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 display (401 ppi) and features...

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14:20
Companies race to support Apple Pay

“What was a complex environment with hundreds of phone types now has two: (Google) Android and Apple,” notes Thomas Noyes, former head of sales channels at Citigroup’s Global Consumer banking business who now heads Silicon Valley data-sharing firm Commerce Signals.

It’s the “complex environment” that Apple is so good at fixing. They’ve done it over and over again with products released in the past 15 years or so.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:06
The surprisingly short history of the Pony Express

Today I Found Out:

Given that most have still heard of the Pony Express today, unlike so many other messaging companies long gone, you may think that the Pony Express was once an integral part of communication between the East and West in the United States. It turns out, this was never the case and the Pony Express was around only for an extremely short amount of time.

I love these stories of how things were done “in the old days”. One of my favourite non-fiction books is “American Road: The Story of an Epic Transcontinental Journey at the Dawn of the Motor Age” about the first US government sponsored cross country trip. Future President Eisenhower was a member of the group.
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14:05
Tim Cook to be interviewed at first WSDJLive...

Apple CEO Tim Cook will be interviewed at the first WSJDLive technology conference being hosted by the Wall Street Journal, according to an announcement. The event is scheduled for October 27 through the 29 at the Montage in Laguna Beach, California. Some other people appearing at the conference will include Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma, and Dreamworks Co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg....

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14:00
Belkin WeMo Smart LED Bulbs take on Philips hue lux...

The home automation market keeps heating up, and one of the biggest players in that market -- Belkin, with its WeMo line -- has added a new product that may be the entry into home control for a lot of new customers. The WeMo LED Lighting Starter Kit...

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13:58
iCloud update gives PC users access to iCloud Drive...

Today, Apple released an update to iCloud which gives Windows users early access to iCloud Drive. Ironically, Apple’s new cloud storage solution is not yet available on the public build of Mac OS X.

GODDAMNIT!
∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:54
∞ Tim Cook opens Palo Alto Apple store for iPhone 6...

This is just great. Tim stops and chats with people, takes selfies and then opens the store.

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13:42
Learn Apple’s New Swift Programming Language for $19

We have a great deal for developers wanting to learn Apple's new Swift programming language. For $19, you get 95 lectures and more than four hours of video training that will help you understand the basics of Swift, know how to use Operators, Strings, Characters and Collection, understand how to evolve from Objective C, how the control flow in Swift works, and how to work with Xcodeâs new .playground file. The regular price on this training package is $99.

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13:30
TunnelBear VPN lets you surf, securely

TunnelBear VPN is a simple app that works beautifully to let you securely surf online using your iPhone or iPad (and there's a Mac version as well). A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is an encrypted connection to a server that permits you to be online...

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12:44
Got an iPhone 6? Do these 10 things first

It’s here! Your iPhone is here! Did you hug the UPS man? Thing Zero to do as you rip it out of the box is to not drop it, whatever you do. (Did you see that poor Australian kid? Ouch. Well, at least it didn’t shatter on him.)
We’ve got a fully comprehensive setup guide if you need step-by-step assistance—think of this as the Cliffs Notes version. These are the 10 things you should do first.1. Back up your old phone

I forgot to do this first, so once I’d turned my new iPhone on and it asked if I wanted a new phone or a restored backup, I had to sadly put the phone down and pick up my suddenly small-and-sad-seeming iPhone 5c. iTunes is the fastest way to do a backup, so tether to your Mac with the appropriate USB cable (I know, like a caveman) and fire up iTunes. Select your iPhone, and under Backups,...

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13:21
iPhone 6/Plus case roundup: Best cases at the best...



With iPhone 6 and 6 Plus officially going on sale today through Apple retail and partners, a lot of you on the hunt for a new case. We’ve been keeping track of announcements from the notable case makers and below put together our updated list of the nicest cases we’ve seen yet.
As we always do, we’ve stuck to the case manufacturers we know and trust (like...

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13:09
Android L Will Keep Your Secrets Safer


Hard on the heels of increased security measures in Apple's newly released iOS 8, Google this week confirmed that encryption will be turned on by default in the next release of Android. Android has offered encryption for more than three years, and keys are not stored off the device, so they can't be shared with law enforcement, Google said. In the next Android release, encryption will be enabled by default. Like Apple's new measures, the heightened security planned for Android L is in part a reaction to the widespread privacy concerns.

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13:01
Prescheduled social media posts from Joan Rivers...

In an unusual gaffe, the official Instagram and Facebook accounts for comedian Joan Rivers -- who died on September 4 -- today briefly displayed identical, prescheduled posts about the iPhone 6. "This badass is being replaced by an iPhone 6 (not the fat one)," the posts read. "I got this one [an iPhone 4] in 2010 and, after four years, my only complaint is that apps are now designed for bigger screens, and the battery is getting tired. Never had a case for it, since it was most beautiful on its own. Great achievement in design. Great product. #apple #iPhone #tech." The iPhone 6 was only reveal......

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13:00
Apple iPhone 6 Plus - the Word That Shall Not be...

Apple resisted the idea of a phablet for a long time and so did its customers. But times have changed, and we've moved on. Nowadays an Apple phablet is just what many need. Just don't call it a phablet. Call it a Plus.

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13:00
Apple has a "War Room" to monitor iOS 8...

A Reddit user yesterday described an interesting experience he recently had with Apple customer service. After downloading iOS 8 this week, Reddit user Kiggsworthy and his wife set up Family Sharing and discovered that they could not download content...

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12:49
Forums: new iPhone and iOS 8 first impressions

As the long lines outside of Apple stores world-wide finally start to move, and new iPhones start landing in the hands of Mac fans everywhere, MacNN forum-goers with phones in-hand begin to post their first impressions in the thread titled "Incoming iPhone" which was started late last week. Also today, reports are starting to come in that iOS 8 is a bit sluggish and buggy, with some even stating that it's the worst release yet. Of course, people always say that....

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12:47
Apple: bargain-priced MacBook Pros from $929

Save big on refurbished MacBook Pro models at Apple's online refurb store, with prices starting as low as $929. The refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive and 8x SuperDrive has been reduced to $929, a savings of $170. A $180 price break drops the price on the refurbished 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a 2.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of solid state storage down to $1,019....

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12:45
You can already pre-order an Apple Watch stand/...


Apple Watch isn’t set for release until next year, but you can already order a charging stand for the device from Dodocase (via Uncrate). The handcrafted walnut stand doesn’t actually have a built-in mechanism for charging, but instead has a recess to hideaway Apple’s charging cable that will come with the Apple Watch.

Introducing one of the first products to market to support the Apple Watch coming in 2015. Our innovative wood charging block is made from rich California orchard walnut, American-tanned Leather and features inductive charging housing to easily snap watch into place and provide single handed lift-off. The...

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12:45
DealNN: Sony cameras, 3D TVs, Harman Kardon earbuds...

Right now at Amazon, save 44 percent on the Sony NEX-6L/B compact interchangeable lens digital camera in black. It was $898, but has been reduced to $500 and is eligible for free two-day shipping. That discount makes this the best price we have seen anywhere by about $230. This digital camera features 16MP resolution, with 10fps burst shooting, Full HD video, interchangeable e-mount lenses, fast hybrid auto focus, Wi-Fi sharing, multi-interface shoe, built-in HDR mode, dual format media card slot, and tons more....

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12:37
News: iPhone 6, 6 Plus support 2.1A charging, ship...

Our preliminary testing of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has revealed that both devices are capable of using 2.1-Amp power under certain circumstances, despite shipping with lower-powered 1-Amp USB Power Adapters shown here. When connected to a Mac running OS X Yosemite, both models reported drawing 1600 mA of extra power, in addition to the base 500 mA used by the USB standard, suggesting that the new models can be charged more rapidly when using…

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12:30
Video: Stephen Colbert loves woos his iPhone 6,...

One of the perks of being Stephen Colbert is getting your iPhone 6+ early. The fake news commentator debuted his device last night by wooing the iPhone 6+ and throwing his iPhone 5s away like a summer fling. It's not just bragging, though Colbert...

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12:00
iPhone 6 models expected to spur wave of Android...

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus went on sale today and the lines at Apple Stores around the world are absolutely insane. At Apple's flagship Fifth Avenue store in New York City, for example, the line at one point spanned a full 12 city blocks. It's...

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11:56
Apple CEO Tim Cook to speak at WSJDLive conference...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is set to appear at a new technology conference hosted by The Wall Street Journal this October called WSJDLive. 
Apple executives including Steve Jobs have appeared at past “D” conferences hosted by former WSJ employees Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher. WSJDLive appears to be a continuation of sorts of those conferences, although Mossberg and Swisher since left to form Recode.net and have also hosted Apple executives at the site’s new “Code Conference” in May.
Other guests scheduled to appear at WSJDLive next month include former Google executive and VP of...

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11:47
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Use 20-Nanometer A8 Processor...

Apple's 20-nanometer A8 processor in the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus was fabricated by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), according to Chipworks (via iFixit). Chipworks has been analyzing the various parts in the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 plus following its release today. While the iPhone 5s used a 28-nanometer processor, the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus have a 20-nanometer processor, as has been widely rumored. According to TSMC, its 20-nanometer process technology can result in speeds that are much higher than its 28-nanometer chips. The 20-nanometer process also results in a physically smaller chip that draws less power. Ahead of the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, there were multiple...

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11:45
The 5 best iOS apps for International Talk Like A...

Ahoy, mateys! In case you hadn't caught wind of today's significance, let me be the one to welcome you aboard: Today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day! If you'd like to participate, feel free to make horrible puns (as I've been doing all day)...

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11:30
Apple CEO Tim Cook to appear at WSJDLive conference...

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook will take top billing in appearing for an interview at the first-ever WSJDLive technology conference, to be held in California in late October.

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11:30
Rocketeer! flies, but not exactly out of this world

Rocketeer! is a free in the App Store for iPhone and iPad users, and features a little rocket, perpetually moving forward through space, dodging craggy rock formations and doing what we all try to do in our real lives: get money and keep the fuel...

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10:30
New iPhone 6 Plus shipments to take several weeks

If you didn't preorder an iPhone 6 Plus, prepare for a lengthy wait.Several wireless carriers and Apple's online store are reporting delays of several weeks to two months for the larger of the two new iPhones.T-Mobile, for example, got out the news this morning it wouldn't have any supplies of the iPhone 6 Plus in store, but would be able to honor all preorders.  As a perk, the company will throw in free shipping to anyone who comes in to a T-Mobile store to order one from from today through the weekend, according to a company representative.The wait times are fairly lengthy with Verizon as well, with the company's web site displaying a shipping date of October 24 for an iPhone 6 Plus order. Sprint did not specify a timeline, only that shipping was delayed. Early November was the earliest AT&T could promise a device....

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11:15
iPhone 6 Plus first impressions

While recording an episode of the British Tech Network Mac Show this morning, I was happy to hear my doorbell ring as I knew that meant that the UPS truck had arrived with my iPhone 6 Plus. After a hurried run down to the front door to sign for the...

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11:00
Take a look at the guts of the iPhone 6+ with the...

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were released today, creating long lines at stores as eager Apple fans waited to pick up their new phones. But what is inside those phones? To answer that question the fine folks at iFixit have released a new teardown video...

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10:48
Joan Rivers iPhone 6 product placement goes out to...

Apparently whoever runs Instagram and Facebook feeds for the recently deceased Joan Rivers forgot to unschedule social media posts promoting the iPhone 6- that one that was just released today, weeks after Rivers died on September 4th. The message below, which we can only speculate might have been the result of Apple’s efforts to get the device in the hands of celebrities, appeared on Instagram and Facebook accounts for Rivers before being promptly removed earlier today (via BusinessInsider):

“This badass is being replaced by an iPhone 6 (not the fat one). I got this one in 2010 and, after 4 years, my only complaint is that apps are now designed for bigger screens, and the battery is getting tired. Never had a case for it, since it was most beautiful on its own. Great achievement in design. Great product. #apple #iPhone #tech.”

It wouldn’t be...

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10:21
Stephen Colbert tries the new iPhone 6 Plus on for...

It looks like Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert has a friend or two at Apple. The Colbert Report host and comedian pulled out his iPhone 5s on air last night to check the status of his iPhone 6 delivery only to realize he had an iPhone 6 Plus in his pocket.
Like Conan’s iPhone skit, Colbert couldn’t avoid poking fun at Apple’s rather unpopular U2 album promotion that warranted its own removal tool (available here) named after the free record.
And...

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10:17
Google Maps extends navigation, adds 'Missing...

Google has made two changes to its Google Maps mobile apps. The app now provides navigational instructions in an additional 19 countries, bringing the total number of countries with the function enabled to 96, while users finding issues with local maps are able to notify Google of new places of interest from within the app, with corrections added to the public version of the maps at a later time....

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09:35
Tim Cook visits Palo Alto Apple Store line to launch...

What’s an even bigger deal for Apple fans than getting the iPhone 6 on launch day? Taking a selfie with Apple CEO Tim Cook.The chief executive walked the line of several hundred people outside the company’s Palo Alto, California, store shortly before the new phone went on sale at 8 a.m. Friday, stopping to shake hands, thank customers and pose for many, many selfies.Cook didn’t have to travel far to get to the store. He lives just a few blocks away in the leafy Silicon Valley town. Steve Jobs lived nearby too and used to turn up at the store to check the atmosphere on launch day, but perhaps never shook as many hands and posed for as many pictures as Cook did.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:00
MyRoll replaces the camera roll iOS 8 took away

With iOS 8, Apple reworked how its iOS Camera app stores photos. If you liked it the way it was, MyRoll (free, universal) can help. It restores your Camera Roll, putting your photos back they way you had them before iOS 8.

MyRoll puts everything in...

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09:58
Cook appears at Palo Alto Apple Store, Ahrendts...

For today's iPhone 6 launch, Apple CEO Tim Cook made an appearance at the Palo Alto Apple Store, while retail head Angela Ahrendts helped launch the phone in Sydney, Australia -- one of the first places in the world to get the device. Cook is said to have taken selfie photos with the crowd, and joked that he'd got the phone several months ago. Ahrendts was spotted talking with Apple Store clerks....

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09:49
Goodbye, Camera Roll: Where to find your photos in...

Apple has reimagined the way photos are stored on your devices with iOS 8, but it has become a source of confusion for users and causes compatibility problems with some third-party apps. AppleInsider took a look at where your photos have gone and how to find them again.

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09:44
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-19

It's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch day, and the lines for Apple's new smartphones are even longer than last year. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on those lines, plus the follow up on their iOS 8 update homework from yesterday, and all three offer up some cool iOS 8 tips.

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09:42
Chromium 37.0.2062.122 - Fast and stable open-source...

Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web. FreeSMUG-Free OpenSource Mac User Group build is based on the stable Chromium code plus "Check for Updates..." command. Version 37.0.2062.122:

  • OS X 10.6 or later

Download Now

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09:40
SSDs for metadata

Forums: HardwareTags: Active StorageActiveRAIDssdI talked with someone who added some Intel SD3700s to a Promise x30. They used them for metadata on a volume with an extremely diverse set of data (big and small), but primarily so they could get better performance for the millions of tiny files they were serving. The person I spoke with said they actually worked with Promise to make sure drive support was included in the latest firmware. Our ActiveRAIDs are out of warranty now, but I'd still like to get a couple more years out of them.
Has anyone tried something similar with...

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09:31
Friday Deals: 240GB SSD, touchscreen monitor, $15...

Standing in line at the Apple store? We aren't, so this afternoon, we're going to take a look at sales, and bring you what we think are some of the best deals on prime apps, gadgets, and peripherals for you, the discriminating MacNN and Electronista reader. All prices are verified at the time of publication, and any sales may not be valid if you're reading a few days down the line. Check pricing before you click buy. We do add deals over the weekend, so keep checking!...

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09:30
Paging Colonel Panic to the White Courtesy iPhone

TUAW love Colonel Sanders and kernels of popcorn, but as far as colonels and kernels go, you probably don't want a kernel panic on your brand new iPhone 6. Reader Jason Lang sent in this screen of sadness.

Normally, iOS devices automatically reboot...

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09:27
∞ Scottish insults

I love the Scottish accent.

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07:55
iPhone 6 launches in 10 countries: #iPhoneLine...

Happy iPhone 6 Day Plus, everybody. Apple’s newest smartphone goes on sale Friday, and in 10 countries around the world people are finally buying their phones, some after waiting in line for heroic stretches of time. All night the #iPhoneLine hashtag has been sizzling on Twitter and Instagram, as Apple fans do what they love—take pictures with their iPhones and post them online as artfully filtered squares. Here are some of our favorites. Thanks to everyone for sharing!
They lined up early in Japan

It wouldn't be a Japanese #iphoneline without a battalion of security guards. #tokyo pic.twitter.com/wfdh4kcFDvTo read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:07
Screen size matters to Apple fans in line for the...

Apple fans were out early in full force in Boston and New York Friday morning to buy the larger screen iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus have some of the “the biggest advancements in iPhone history,” Apple said when it announced the new smartphones last week. But larger screens are what drew some to stand in lines outside stores on a chilly morning in both cities.At Apple’s Fifth Avenue store in New York the line, which snaked around a city block, started to form on Aug. 31, before the smartphones were announced. The New York City Police Department barricaded some parts of the block to control the crowd.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:04
Google Search iOS app renamed ‘Google’, adds...

Google just updated its Google Search app for iOS and in the process renamed it to simply “Google”, which seems to make a bit more sense considering the app integrates Google Now features and much beyond just search. Also in today’s update: new features for Chromecast and additional Google Now cards.
For Chromecast users, the app now allows users to ask “What’s on Chromecast?” and jump right into the Chromecast app to begin casting content to a TV. The update also includes new Google Now cards that Google says offer “personalized TV recommendations and traffic information.”
Version 4.2.0 of the Google app is available on the App Store now.

What’s New in Version 4.2.0
This update includes new Google Now cards for personalized TV recommendations and traffic information. Chromecast users can...

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09:04
Tim Cook unlocks the doors at Apple's Palo Alto...

As he has done in years past, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook was on-hand at his local Apple Store in Palo Alto, Calif., on Friday to help kick off sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as take pictures and joke around with fans [updated with more pics].

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09:03
Free ebooks from Apple

Apple:

Get started with these great free books.

Ten ebooks from Apple, ranging from crime fiction to comic books to Young Adult to classics. Thanks to Rob Griffiths for the link.
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09:03
U2 Giveaway Shows We’ve Entered The Age of Digital...

When is a gift not really a gift? Who really owns your phone? What makes music so important to us? Josh Centers ponders the backlash against Apple’s free gift of a U2 album and concludes that it could have been handled far better, though perhaps that wouldn’t have served the promotional needs of either U2 or Apple. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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08:49
SACOM protests labor abuses during Hong Kong iPhone...

The launch of the iPhone 6 at Apple's Hong Kong store has been tumultuous, accounts say. Police were brought in to disperse people waiting in line without reservations, and a regional activist group -- Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour -- took advantage of the event to protest what it says are ongoing abuses by Apple suppliers. The group unfurled a large banner over the store reading "iSlave 6, Harsher than harsher, Still made in sweatshops," and published a new document about a nearly year-long investigation into one of Apple's most important suppliers, Pegatron.......

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08:41
Apple's Angela Ahrendts: A Phenomenal Start to...

Angela Ahrendts, Apple's Senior VP, Retail and Online Stores, was on hand at the Sydney Australia Apple Store this morning greeting the very first Apple fans in the world to get their hands on the exciting new iPhone 6.

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08:36
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Successfully Survive...

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were subjected to their first drop test yesterday after the two devices went on sale in Australia. While the 6 and 6 Plus fared well when dropped on their backs, the screens did see significant shattering when dropped face down on the concrete. A second drop test conducted today saw somewhat different results. Android Authority dropped the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus in several different ways, including face down, and the two devices saw little damage aside from scuffs. Even when dropped on their faces with a decent amount of force from waist high, the screens remained intact. A similar result was seen after a genuine accidental drop. The first person to receive an iPhone 6 in Australia opened up the package on camera and immediately dropped the phone on the hard ground, where it miraculously came away...

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08:32
Carrot Fit

CARROT is a sadistic AI construct with one simple goal: to transform your flabby carcass into a Grade A specimen of the human race. She will do whatever it takes – including threatening, inspiring, ridiculing, and bribing you – to make this happen.

This really is a great app.
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08:27
iPhone 6 launches to enthusiastic crowds

At long last, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets are out.
Down at the Apple Store location on University Avenue in Palo Alto, the line attendees, led by Abdul Karim of Fremont, California, were more than ready. Karim, who had set up a lawn chair outside the Apple Store early Tuesday afternoon, appeared relaxed and ready the day before the iPhone 6 launch, spending time camping out in the line with his brother, Faz.
First in line attendee Abdul Karim at the Apple Store iPhone 6 launch in Palo Alto.
“We could have pre-ordered it, but it’s just time bonding with my brother, my cousin’s here with me too, so we’re having fun just camping out together,” said Karim. “Apple’s been fantastic. They’ve been telling us ‘if you need anything, water, umbrellas, whatever, just request it.’ Other than that, it’s Palo Alto, it’s a nice area, it’s fun.”
When asked what the most compelling feature of...

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08:18
Shawn Blanc on the Kindle Voyage

I always enjoy reading Shawn’s thoughts and reviews. I never really got the Kindle and still don’t.
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08:14
Tim Cook Helps Kick Off iPhone 6 Sales at Palo Alto...

With Apple's retail stores beginning sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus today, customers have been lining up to either pick up their pre-ordered devices or take their chances on launch-day supplies without reservations. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster conducted his annual line count at Apple's flagship Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan and found a record 1,880 people in line at 8:00 AM, an increase of 33% over last year's line. Tim Cook at final employee meeting before opening doors of Palo Alto store (via @CNBCnow) Apple executives are also getting into the spirit of the iPhone launch, with CEO Tim Cook making his traditional visit to the Palo Alto store to greet customers. Cook walked the line and posed for photos with customers before heading into the store to...

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08:12
Keylogger

Some have pointed out that password fields are excluded from using an alternative keyboard. This tells me that even Apple is a bit concerned about the consequences of logging key strokes. I’m not sure about everyone else, but I generally use a password to protect all of the other things I write with my keyboard. If every other keystroke is logged and transmitted to a server, my password becomes far less relevant.

This is worrisome.
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08:11
How to back up your data and move it to your new...

Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are making their way into consumers' hands today, and one of the first tasks for iPhone owners will be moving their content to their new device. AppleInsider walks you through the process of backing up and restoring data using iCloud and iTunes.

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08:02
Logoist for Mac OS X gets group management feature,...

Synium Software (www.syniumsoftware.com) has updated Logoist, its vector drawing app, to version 2.0. The upgrade comes with a layer group management feature, Boolean operations, a vector export feature, a preset assistant, new filters, new presets and more.
Logoist 2 is designed for both home and professional users. Its interface provides access to features ranging from combined pixel and vector-based effects to group management tools, including arbitrary Boolean operations.
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08:00
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iTunes GC 33% off, iPhone 6/6...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
Today’s can’t miss deals:

$15 iTunes gift card for $10: save 33% on future apps, music, movies, more
ArmorSuit iPhone 6/6 Plus screen protectors for...

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08:00
Daily Deals for September 19, 2013, featuring the...

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....

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07:54
Punch-BD is new Mac compatible bass drum virtual...

Virtual instrument and effects plug-in developer, Rob Papen Soundware, has released Punch-BD, a bass drum virtual instrument for Mac (OS X 10.6 or higher) and Windows (Vista, 7, and 8). It's based around the BD module of the company's Punch drum synthesis/sampler software instrument and is designed to enable users to create the "biggest-sounding bass drums around."
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07:26
Fifth Avenue iPhone 6 line spans 12 blocks; 6 Plus...

While other Apple Stores saw large lines for this morning's iPhone 6 launch, the Fifth Avenue outlet in New York City saw a lineup stretching 12 city blocks, according to Business Insider. By 6AM, it had extended from 59th and 5th to 71st and 5th, despite overnight temperatures dropping to about 54F. To deal with the wait and the weather, people brought chairs, coats, and blankets....

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07:23
iFixit tears new iPhones apart, finds they’re pretty...

The iPhone 6 Plus, exploded.

iFixit

When you want to know more about the stuff inside your phone without actually taking it apart, you can count on iFixit to make the sacrifice for you. Late last night, the site began (and eventually completed) its teardowns of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, revealing slightly more detailed information about the insides of both devices, as well as how difficult to repair they'll be if you happen to break them.
Like the iPhone 5 and 5S, the first step toward dismantling an iPhone 6 is to remove a pair of Pentalobe screws flanking the Lightning port, then lifting up the screen with a suction...

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07:20
Launch Day Survey Says iPhone 6 Plus is the Go-to...

Despite the pre-order frenzy a week ago, shoppers are lining up in droves to get ahold of Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and the favorite so far is the larger screen model. Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um surveyed lines outside Apple Stores in New York City Friday morning, and he found over 60 percent were hoping to get an iPhone 6 Plus, and they want the 64GB and 128GB models.The Mac Observer Spin: Long lines for big screen iPhones. Too bad interest in iPhone is gone.

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07:15
First Impressions of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus: Sleek Look...

While the official reviews of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were published several days ago, with the devices now making their way into customers' hands we are starting to see broader first impressions of the larger iPhones. Case from MacRumors giveaway, based on rumored design specs (Photo by @adam_moreno) Several posters in our forums have highlighted the high-quality "Retina HD" displays on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but have observed that apps yet to be optimized for the larger displays appear "quite blurry" or "'big' and disgusting" due to scaling issues. Photo by jchiou Another aspect being noticed by...

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07:09
iPhone Apps: Instapaper, 1Password, Dropbox
07:06
Siri partners with Shazam to recognize songs in iOS 8

Users running iOS 8 on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch can now ask Siri to listen to what song is currently playing and will identify it via Shazam, and also offer users a link to buy the track from the iTunes Store.

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07:06
Tim Cook visits Palo Alto Apple Store for iPhone 6...

via Martin Williams
Apple’s leadership is out in full force today for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch across the globe.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has been spotted at the company’s local Apple Store in Palo Alto, California, to be a part of the crowd and watch the new iPhone debut. Cook reportedly joked with the crowd saying he got the new iPhone several months ago. As evident by Twitter, the Apple CEO has shared in the excitement by taking selfies with the crowd.
On the other side of the world, Apple’s recently appointed SVP of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts helped kick off the new iPhones launch in Sydney, Australia, where the iPhone went on sale at 8 am local time several hours ago.
...

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07:05
Windows users get iCloud Drive support while Mac...

While developers are warning iOS 8 and Mac users to avoid upgrading to Apple’s new iCloud Drive feature before the release of OS X Yosemite, Windows users now have access with an updated iCloud for Windows utility released by Apple. With the update, Windows users can now view and edit content stored in iCloud Drive through File Explorer (via Ars Technica).
As for Mac users, Apple explains in its support document: “If...

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07:00
Searching for the big idea behind the little Apple...

Unlike the iPhone and the iPad, which created entirely new design spaces, the Apple Watch looks to be following the market, not leading it. We've seen the Fitbit. We've seen the Pebble. We've seen Google Glass. So why should we care in the slightest...

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05:57
Hey, where's my iPhone 6? Find out with these...

It’s Friday, September 19. Do you know where your new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus is? Hopefully, it’s already on the back of that UPS truck, making the rounds, and you’re sitting at home, anxiously waiting for it to show up at your door. Or perhaps your phone isn’t in the first batch of preorders, but will be on its way within the next week or two.
Sure, you could just wait and guess when it’ll show up, but that’s not why we have tracking numbers. Here are three tools you can use to track your iPhone before it even arrives. FlightAware

If your iPhone isn’t scheduled to arrive today, I have some good news for you: When it does finally ship in the next few weeks, you can track its exact flight and watch it make the journey to your doorstep. FlightAware, a live flight tracking website, built a super handy iPhone 6 flight tracker that shows the flight path of all U.S.-bound UPS flights. Just look for the departure-scan time in...

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06:39
FunBITS: A Minecraft Crash Course

Microsoft just paid $2.5 billion to acquire a single game. Read on to find out what makes Minecraft so special to warrant such a high price, along with a “brief” primer on how to survive your first day in Minecraft. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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06:35
AT&T’s Next Plan May be the Cheapest Way to Buy...

When AT&T first introduced its Next plan earlier this year it was received with a lot of skepticism and negativity. Most reports advised against it saying it was a bad deal, would cost more, and wouldn't let you keep your phone if you wanted to. For Dave Hamilton none of those things are true and they may not be true for you, either. You may find that AT&T Next is the best deal you can get, especially if you're on a family plan with multiple phones.

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06:30
iOS 8 is Apple's first large-scale use of its...

The deployment of iOS 8 on Wednesday was Apple's first large-scale test of its new content delivery network, or CDN, says research firm DeepField. At its high point, iOS 8 downloads reportedly consumed 3Tbps, compared to about 25 HD movies being downloaded simultaneously. DeepField notes that at least in North America, the launch was almost entirely dependent on Apple CDN servers....

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06:09
Samsung weeps as iPhone 6 Mania Rocks around the...

Samsung wastes time and money on TV ads trying to bash Apples iPhone and yet races to copy Apple's next great thing at every turn. Yet what they can't copy is having passionate fans around the globe, willing to sleep for days outside Apple Stores just to be first in their city, State, Province and/or Country to own a shiny new smartphone. No, machines can't copy that. Today the iPhone 6 Plus ...

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06:07
Apple Fills iOS 8 Security Basket to Brim


With data thefts and cybersnooping making headlines daily, security has started to capture the attention of the disciples of the digital lifestyle -- and if the latest version of iOS is any indication, it's catching the attention of Apple, too. Along with nifty features like Hand Off and Family Sharing, iOS 8 contains a number of significant security and privacy enhancements. Among the most prominent is Apple's decision to keep its hands off the passcode created by the owner of an iOS device.

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06:05
First Look: Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

The newest iPhones — iPhone 6 ($199/16GB, $299/64GB, $399/128GB) and iPhone 6 Plus ($299/16GB, $399/64GB, $499/128GB) — are the physically largest models yet of Apple's iconic smartphone. While iPhone 6 has a 4.7" screen and is a clear successor to the iPhone 5/5s, the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5" screen. Both come with Apple's new "Retina HD" display, boasting improved color accuracy and viewing angles, though only the iPhone 6 Plus has a higher…

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06:00
Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus crack under the...

It's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus day today with Apple starting to sell its two new iPhone handsets at its stores in select locations worldwide. As with most iPhone launches, there are long lines, excited customers and the inevitable torture tests where eager...

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05:57
News: iPhone 6, 6 Plus unboxing and comparison...

iLounge has posted an unboxing gallery for Apple’s new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. In a full photo gallery, we take a closer look at both devices, along with comparison photos. The photos illustrate the comparative size differences between the two models, as well as a better look at the less-often seen rear casing, including the slightly protruding camera section at the top. More pictures will be added as the day progresses, and be sure to check back…

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05:51
Repair firms perform first teardowns of iPhone 6, 6...

As per usual, the cool cats at iFixit performed a full teardown of Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus handsets only hours after getting their hands on them at the first launches around the world. Over in another corner of the woods, Japanese blog Mac Otakara performed its own teardown of the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 6 handset.

Per AppleInsider, the Mac...

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05:48
Huge lines for new iPhones at European, US Apple...

Amazing that this still happens after all these years.

At Apple’s store on Fifth Avenue in New York, police officers put up barricades as the line stretched more than 10 blocks and the crowd cheered continuously for the 15 minutes before the phones officially went on sale.

Product Loyalty? Brilliant marketing? Whatever the cause, this is something that Microsoft and Samsung can only dream of.
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05:45
Hong Kong Apple Store met with protest over supply...


Apple has implemented improved reservation procedures and policies for employees dealing with the iPhone 6 launch today at retail stores, but the launch at the company’s Hong Kong store hasn’t gone quite as smooth as elsewhere. The store was hit by protesters from the Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) and also required police to help disperse customers that had waited...

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05:42
Wired’s list of iOS 8 tips and tricks

This is a nice little collection of tidbits highlighting new functionality that comes with iOS 8.
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05:41
∞ Siri, name that tune

One of my favorite additions that came with iOS 8 is Siri’s ability to pick out a tune. This is, presumably, a direct result of Apple’s new deal with Shazam.

To try it, press and hold the home button and say “Name that tune”. Siri will listen and will attempt to name the song you have playing. If the song is available in the iTunes Store, Siri will name the song and put up a “buy” button.

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05:35
U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable,...

Squiff writes U2 and Apple are apparently collaborating on a new, "interactive format for music," due to launch in "about 18 months." (A direct interview is available at Time, but paywalled.) Bono said the new tech "can't be pirated" and will re-imagine the role of album artwork. Marco Arment has some suitably skeptical commentary: "Full albums are as interesting to most people today as magazines. Single songs and single articles killed their respective larger containers. ... This alleged new format will cost a fortune to produce: people have to take the photos, design the interactions, build the animations, and make the deals with Apple. Bono’s talking point about helping smaller bands is ridiculous ... There's nothing Apple or Bono can do to make people care enough about glorified liner notes. People care about music and convenience, period. As for “music that can’t be pirated”, I ask again, what decade is this? That ship has not only sailed long ago, but has circled the world...

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05:25
iPhone 6 launch day scenes from Apple Stores around...

The first stage of Apple's worldwide iPhone 6 rollout is nearly complete and launch day seems to have been successful, with huge lines forming at Apple Stores in nine countries from Australia to the United States [updated with video].

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05:13
News: iFixit posts teardowns of iPhone 6, 6 Plus

As expected, iFixit has posted its complete teardown of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, confirming some specs while revealing a few new insights. The iPhone 6 has the anticipated prominently visible 0.6mm bump along the top of the device, a compromise required by the improved optics in the new model. Both models include virtually identical camera hardware—an 8 MP ƒ/2.2 aperture rear-facing camera, with the only difference being the optical…

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05:07
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Go On Sale in U.S. and Canada to...

Following launches in a number of other countries around the world earlier today, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have now begun going on sale in the U.S. and Canada, with 8:00 AM Apple launch times in the eastern and central portions of the countries having already occurred. As expected, supplies of the iPhone 6 Plus have been tight in some cases, although perhaps not as low as originally thought. Apple's own stores appear to have the strongest supplies of the iPhone 6 Plus, with carrier stores in some cases having barely a handful of units to distribute. iPhone 6 line at Toronto's Eaton Centre Apple store snaking through multiple levels (via @KristinaParts) Lines at most stores, particularly Apple's own locations, are long in most cases, despite the company having offered pre-orders for delivery this year. As of 6:00 AM, the line at Apple's flagship Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan stretched for twelve city...

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05:00
Video: The first person to buy the iPhone 6 in Perth...

We're all clumsy sometimes, but thankfully our "butterfingers moments" are hidden behind the veil of anonymity. People don't see us spill milk, trip over the cat, or break out phones by dropping them in the parking lot. Sometimes, however, life isn't...

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04:51
Virgin Atlantic to offer Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi on...

In-flight Wi-Fi provider Gogo is expanding to Europe, with Virgin Atlantic set to become the first airline operating in the region to offer the service to passengers. The airline will reportedly retrofit its entire fleet to work with the Internet service as part of the deal, and while the two sides are still discussing the finer points of the agreement, the principal terms have already been settled....

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04:41
Gruber’s response to the “Don’t buy the new iPhones...

Joshua Brustein wrote an inflammatory piece for Businessweek, called Hey, Android Users, Don’t Buy the New iPhones. In a nutshell, the basic premise is this: Although the new iPhones are the best phones on the market and superior to the larger screen Android devices they are replacing, it’s just too hard to switch ecosystems, so stick with Android.

I struggled with a reply to this. And then I read John Gruber’s response on Daring Fireball. Spot on. Go read it.
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04:30
News: Daily Deal: Wipe down your iPhone screen with...

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up a five-pack of Mobile Cloth Z5 microfiber screen wipes for only $11.99. Providing a fast and effective way to wipe off fingerprints and germs from your touchscreen, the Mobile Cloth Z5 provides an advanced split micro material that is safe to use on even the most sensitive surfaces. The 9” by 9” cloths are durable and completely washable, and come in five difference colours. Get your Mobile Cloth…

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04:30
Track the Ryder Cup with Sportfusion Unofficial News...

Over the last twenty-five years the Ryder Cup has become a major sporting event. The biennial competition between golfers from the United States and players from Great Britain and continental Europe draws huge crowds and television ratings. Now you...

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04:23
Brilliant iPhone 6 and 6 Plus camera review, on...

[VIDEO] Professional photographer Austin Mann teamed up with The Verge to field test the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cameras in the Icelandic countryside. They took along an iPhone 5s for a side-by-side comparison. Brilliant work.

There’s a lot to enjoy here. For starters, Mann really pushes the cameras to the limit with some extreme low-light shooting. Good to know the iPhone 6 series cameras can handle such low light, and it does help showcase the difference between the 5s and 6 series cameras.

My favorite shot was the Focus Pixels test, towards the bottom of the page.

Focus Pixels are all about autofocus. They enable phase-...

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04:19
Startup turns the iPhone into a portable optometrist...

It seems like every week there is another revolutionary use of smartphones with the potential to change the way we do things. Smart Vision Labs has created such an invention with the help of the iPhone and its low-light 8-megapixel camera.  In short, what it does is enable is quick and inexpensive eye prescription diagnosis with a portable lens hooked up to an iPhone. The invention allows doctors to carry around in their pockets what used to require a visit to the optometrist’s office.

This week, we spoke with Smart Vision Labs co-founder Marc Albanese. Check out our interview and demo in the video below.
On a recent trip to Haiti, Marc and his team were able to set up a field optometrist’s office where they were able to diagnose eye prescriptions in around one minute...

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04:04
Attachment Tamer 3.1.14b9 - Take control of...

Attachment Tamer gives you control over attachment handling in Apple Mail. It fixes the most annoying Apple Mail flaws, ensures compatibility with other email software, and allows you to set up how attachments are displayed and sent. Attachment Tamer can:

  • Display (and print) images, PDFs, audio, and video as icons with an optional file size limit and exceptions;
  • Send messages compatible with Microsoft Outlook, Exchange, and other software, preventing the superfluous "ATT0001" attachments;
  • Send images as regular attachments, making it easier for the recipient to manipulate the image files;
  • Send images embedded in HTML layout and safely, mix embedded images with other attachments;
  • Display full attachment names regardless of length instead of truncated names;
  • Prevent unwanted image resizing or set a default size for automatic image resizing.

Attachment Tamer is a free update for all registered...

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04:03
Inside Shenzen's Grey-Market iPhone Mall

jfruh writes Despite being largely manufactured in China, iPhones are still too expensive for most Chinese to afford — new ones, anyway. That's why thousands come to a bustling marketplace in Shenzen that specializes in older grey-market iPhones. Many of them are damaged phones that have been refurbished by enterprising merchants. From the story: "Reselling iPhones can be a lucrative business. The Shenzen mall, called Open World Communication City, is based in the Huaqiangbei district, which attracts buyers from around the world who come here to shop for cheap devices and components. But some of the business is shady. Earlier this year, a person who claimed to have worked at the mall posted pictures online showing how dealers can refurbish an iPhone 5 to make it look like an 5s." ...

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03:47
Conan weighs in on Apple-U2, takes removal tool to...

Although the U2 ‘crisis’ has subsided, Apple and U2 remain in the news with rumors of special projects to encourage music sales. Now Conan has weighed in on the situation, with a rather amusing spin on the U2 removal tool. Enjoy!Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, comedy, Conan, iPhone, u2 ...

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03:43
Briefly: Pebble firmware update, Netflix out in two...

A firmware update for the Pebble smartwatch range adds iOS 8 support to the device, among other new additions. Version 2.5 of the firmware also activates its compass features using its magnetometer, allowing developers access to the component, as well as reintroducing the Domo watch face and adding the ability to display emoji within notifications and messages....

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03:42
Kool Tools: Soba by Bluelounge cable organizer

Like most Mac users, you probably suffer from cable clutter with various cables and cords littering your workspace. The US$24.95 Soba (http://tinyurl.com/q4u25cr) by Bluelounge can help alleviate the problem.
Soba zips loose cables up and consolidates them into a single tube that you can route and affix along walls, under desks, and just about anywhere. You use the Vortex zipper in a sliding motion to open and route cables. Once the zipper passes, Vortex technology will auto-coil the tube, bundling the cables inside.
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03:26
HoudahGeo is ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Houdah Software (http://www.houdah.com/) has updated HoudahGeo, a geocoding solution for the Mac, to version 4. The new version adds support for the upcoming Mac OS X Yosemite.
HoudahGeo costs US$29 for a single-user license for new users. Version 4 is a free update for registered users. HoudahGeo requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher.

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03:14
Worldwide external disk storage system revenue falls...

Worldwide external disk storage systems factory revenues fell -1.4% year over year to nearly $5.9 billion during the second quarter of 2014 (2Q14), according to the IDC research group (www.idc.com).
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02:30
iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus: Which is the perfect...

You’ve read the review. You’re ready to upgrade. But which iPhone should you get—the big one or the really big one? Since Apple’s never made a phone with a screen larger than 4 inches, dedicated fans might not have even handled a huge-screened monster phone like the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. How do you know which is the right size for you?
It’s completely fine to sit out Friday’s on-sale date until you get a chance to hold both phones for yourself—the decision is highly subjective, after all. We weigh in below, and we also quizzed some of our best friends at Greenbot and PCWorld about the big Android and Windows phones they’ve been using day in and day out for over a year. What wisdom do they have for us on the perfect screen size for a phone?...

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02:45
The Week in iPhone Cases: Out the gate

Out the gateWith the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launching today, we bring you another exciting roundup of new cases for Apple’s latest smartphones.Griffin TechnologyThe Survivor Slim (iPhone 6; $40) sports a rigid polycarbonate shell combined with silicone that protects from bumps and drops without adding bulk.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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03:01
Duplicate Annihilator 5.0 - Find and delete...

Duplicate Annihilator takes on the time-consuming task of comparing the images in your iPhoto library using effective algorithms to make sure that no duplicate escapes. Duplicate Annihilator detects:

  • Duplicates
  • Imported thumbnails
  • Imported thumbnails of faces
  • Missing image files
  • Corrupt JPEGs

Version 5.0:

  • Major release
  • Faster, utilizing all your CPU cores
  • Smarter, selects the photo with the highest quality as original in a set of detected duplicates
  • Overall improved but with the same great features
  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • Compatible with OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • iPhoto 5 or later

Download Now

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03:01
IK Multimedia's T-RackS Custom Shop now...

IK Multimedia has added the EQ P50A, EQ P50B and EQ P60G to the T-RackS Custom Shop lineup (www.t-racks.com). With them in the mix, the Custom Shop now features over 30 virtual emulations of some of mixing and mastering gear.
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03:01
jAlbum Pro 12.2 - Organize your digital images and...

jAlbum Pro has all the features you love in jAlbum, but comes with a commercial license. With jAlbum, you can create gorgeous custom photo galleries for the Web without writing a line of code! Beginner-friendly, with Pro Results Simply drag and drop photos into groups, choose a design from hundreds of beautiful album skins, and you're done! Share the memories Effortlessly upload your album to your website. If you don't have one, select one of jAlbum's affordable storage plans. Photo galleries for everyone jAlbum is the perfect photo-sharing tool for bloggers, small business, social groups, and families. jAlum Pro Features:

  • White labeled albums
  • No ads in your albums
  • Priority e-mail support

For a more detailed comparison, see this page.Version 12.2: New and Updated...

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02:58
jAlbum 12.2 - Create custom photo galleries for the...

With jAlbum, you can create gorgeous custom photo galleries for the Web without writing a line of code! Beginner-friendly, with pro results Simply drag and drop photos into groups, choose a design from hundreds of beautiful album skins, and you're done! Share the memories Effortlessly upload your album to your website. If you don't have one, select one of jAlbum's affordable storage plans. Photo galleries for everyone jAlbum is the perfect photo-sharing tool for bloggers, small business, social groups, and families.Version 12.2: New and Updated

  • New full screen slide show, simplifying the process of approving images
  • Zoom support added to edit panel
  • Sub directories can now be chained, simplifying sequential navigation through large album trees (see Advanced->General). This feature defaults to off
  • Improved reading of TIFF and JPEG 2000 files
  • Displays...

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02:40
iOS 8: Changing Safari’s Default Search Provider to...

As much as I love Google's ability to find exactly what I want, I've grown concerned about the amount of data they collect from my searches. You've probably experienced that lovely phenomenon of casually searching for a product and then seeing ads for that same product all over the 'net. Luckily for those concerned about such things, there's DuckDuckGo, a search engine that makes privacy its number one concern. Even more luckily, Apple's added it to iOS 8's list of search providers.

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00:39
iPhone 6 teardown reveals larger 1810 mAh battery,...



With the iPhone 6 Plus teardown complete, iFixit has commenced work on disassembling the iPhone 6. Unsurprisingly, the internals are similar to that of the 6 Plus, but adjusted to fit in a smaller space. Whereas the 6 Plus can contain a humongous 2915 mAH battery, the iPhone 6 has a 1810 mAH rated battery. This is still an improvement over the ~1500 mAh component in the iPhone 5s, but is roughly inline with relative...

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00:02
First look: iPhone 6, 6 Plus

The wait is finally over as the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus finally start landing in the hands of customers. As has been suggested, the iPhone 6 Plus is indeed in relatively short supply at launch with greater stock availability of the new 4.7-inch model. We have got our hands on a 64GB iPhone 6 in Space Grey and a 16GB iPhone 6 Plus in Silver, and both are stunning devices to behold. So how are they shaping up in our first few hours with them?...

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Thursday September 18

22:31
What to do with your old iPhone

After a week and a half of anticipation, Friday is the day you can finally get your hands on an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus—well, if you preordered or you don't mind waiting in line, anyway. But choosing a screen size isn't the only decision you have to make: What are you gonna do with your old phone?
You’ve got plenty of options. Here are a few worth considering.Keep it

Why not turn that old iPhone into a slightly used, slightly-thicker iPod touch? That old phone of yours can still connect to Wi-Fi networks and run iOS apps, and if it’s an iPhone 4s or later, it’ll upgrade to the forthcoming iOS 8 operating system just like your new phone will. What’s more, we’ve found that old phones make fun hand-me-downs to age-...

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23:30
Hands on: unboxing and sizing up Apple's new...

Apple's latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are most obviously larger than previous models. However, the new phones aren't just bigger, they're also thinner and have a rounded edge that makes them feel less bulky than other phones with big screens.

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22:53
Samsung takes swipe at iPhone 6 Plus in snarky web...


If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look at the web video that Samsung posted on its YouTube channel. The video trolls Apple for coming out with a 5.5-inch iPhone (the fabled iPhone 6 Plus) two years after it released the Galaxy Note 2 in 2012.
The video highlights early negative reviews of the Galaxy Note (the WSJ said it “looks like you’re talking into a piece of toast,” Mashable called the Note “an unwieldy beast”). It then shows a recent BGR post from September 9, 2014 titled “...

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22:45
First iPhone 6 Sold in Perth Dropped by Kid During...

The young man who bought the first iPhone 6 in Perth, Australia-where the iPhone 6 has already gone on sale-dropped it during a local TV news interview. The reporter got him to open the box for the cameras, but when he did, the iPhone slipped out and followed the gravity train straight down onto the concrete. There are no details-yet-on what exactly happened to the device, but the young man is seen picking at the screen before the cameras stop. Holy smokes, but do I feel for this kid. If it broke, I hope Apple replaces it for him, if the retail store didn't already do it on the spot. [Via Macworld tweet.]

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22:42
Wozniak on the iPhone 6: 'I've gotten rid...

Approached by a stalking TMZ.com producer fresh off a flight, Apple co-founder and member of the Inventor Hall of Fame Steve Wozniak spoke briefly about his enthusiasm for Apple's latest products, including the iPhone 6. While he didn't specify which model he has, he apparently already has at least one of them, as he has "gotten rid of all [his] Androids," he told the reporter....

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20:30
Teardown of iPhone 6 Plus posted by iFixit, reveals...

The Australian branch of repair specialists iFixit has obtained an iPhone 6 Plus, and has naturally opted to risk destroying it in the name of doing a teardown for the benefit of its users and gadget fans. The biggest discovery is the confirmation that the iPhone 6 Plus, a 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6, uses a 2915mAh battery -- twice the capacity of the one found in the iPhone 5s -- to power the larger screen and yet provide better runtime life....

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20:08
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Get Cracked in First Drop...

With the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus already underway in several countries, many companies have begun performing tests and benchmarks on the device. PhoneBuff has taken the two devices and put them through a drop test, dropping each on its back, side and front. The iPhone 6 did well when dropped on the side and back, but unsurprisingly suffered when dropped on its face. The 6 Plus, on the other hand, cracked when it landed on the side. However, it sustained little further damage when falling on its face. Based on this one test, both phones may have performed worse than the iPhone 5 design which was described as "very durable" and survived similar drops in a previous drop tests. Without standardized testing, it's hard to draw definitive conclusions. Recent...

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20:00
Quicken 2015 2.0.4 - Complete personal finance...

Quicken 2015 helps you manage all your personal finances in one place, so you can see where you're spending and where you can save. Quicken automatically categorizes your financial transactions, helps you stay on top of bills and set goals so you can save more. You can even access your data on the go. Features:

  • View All Your Accounts in One Place - See all your bank, credit card, investment and retirement accounts in one place, so you know exactly where you stand. Quicken 2015 downloads your income and expenses from your accounts, so you don't have to enter transactions manually and avoid the hassle of going to multiple websites.
  • See Exactly Where Your Money Is Going - Quicken 2015 automatically categorizes expenses like groceries, entertainment, and more, so you don't have to edit them manually. You can easily see where you’re spending and where you can save.
  • Plan, and Stay on,...

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19:46
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus take a beating in first...


Youtuber PhoneBuff has managed to get his hands on an iPhone 6 and 6 Plus at an Apple Store in Australia. In the video below, PhoneBuff puts these two devices through the ultimate torture test. Each device is dropped once on its back, on its side, and its face.

As you would imagine, eventually both devices met their maker. The iPhone 6 held strong throughout the side and back drop test and only was completely destroyed when being dropped on its face.
With the iPhone 6 Plus, the destruction came one drop earlier with a massive shatter to the screen when dropped on its side. This probably has to do with the weight distribution on the larger iPhone model, but either way if you drop an iPhone enough it’ll break....

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19:15
Tweets and pics from iPhone lines in US and Canada

We asked, you sent 'em. If you're in line tonight (or tomorrow morning) and can send us a picture of the line at your iPhone store on our Twitter account (@TUAW, hashtag #tuawiphone6), you may end up in this post! We'll keep updating as the night...

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19:00
iPhone 6 Plus teardown analysis reveals internals...

As the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus go on sale in Australia and other countries, repair ships like iFixit and iExperts have already torn apart the handsets to see what Apple has hidden inside its new phones.

As noted by both analyses, the inside of the 6 and...

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18:30
Featured iPhone 6 apps Epic Zen Garden, CNN now...

Two programs demonstrated during the iPhone 6 event in Cupertino last week are now available for download. CNN's updated news app for the iPhone and newly optimized for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, including a two-column landscape view that makes better use of the available space on the new devices' larger screens. In addition, the graphics demonstration program Epic Zen Garden, which incorporates Apple's Metal API, is also available....

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18:27
TwitPic staves off impending shutdown with...

It turns out that TwitPic won't be forced to shut down after all, according to a tweet sent out on the official TwitPic Twitter account. Apparently, an interested party came to the rescue by acquiring the company, allowing it to fight off its recent conflict with Twitter, at least for now. TwitPic was previously said to be winding down on September 25 as a result of a trademark dispute with Twitter....

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18:22
Dragon Dictate for Mac 4: $99.95

The commercials are annoying, but the product is great: Nuance's Dragon Dictate for Mac, version 4. This voice recognition software allows you to transcribe, write, and edit on your Mac with your voice. You know it's good, because Apple licenses the underlying technology for Siri. Dragon Dictate for Mac 4 works with most Mac apps, and it works with both Mountain Lion and Mavericks. it's regularly $199.99, but through our deal, you can get it for half that, $99.99. That's a solid deal, but you only have give days.

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18:16
iPhone 6 Plus Teardown: Twice as Big a Battery as...

iFixIt is in the process of taking apart the new iPhone 6 Plus, currently on sale in Australia. Surprisingly, the team points out that the internal layout of the device is extremely similar to that of the iPhone 5s, except at a larger scale and with a bigger battery. The teardown's findings reveal the battery capacity of the device and some internal reorganization. In removing the front panel from the rest of the device, the iFixIt team notes that there are "no noticeable booby traps", referring to the iPhone 5s' cable that ran from the Touch ID sensor to the Lightning port. The battery in the device is listed at 2915mAh at 3.82 volts, in line with the previously leaked battery prototype for the device and giving the 6 Plus double the battery capacity of the iPhone 5s' 1560mAh and much larger than the iPhone 6's 1810mAh battery...

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18:05
Opera Sings for Linux Users, With Just a Few Sour...


Opera offers an interesting alternative to the Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox Web browsers, but its recent Linux release leaves some room for improvement. Opera previously enjoyed a reputation as the go-to browser of choice for mobile environments. However, Opera Software, the developer, ignored Linux users for quite a long while until now. Opera's Version 12.16 is a very usable release -- but it is not without drawbacks.
Perhaps its biggest accomplishment is creating a library of Firefox-like extensions.

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17:22
First iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus teardowns reveal...

Coming just hours after Apple launched the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus on Friday, repair firms and blogs are already performing teardowns of the two handsets to reveal major component redesigns and layout tweaks necessitated by a super-thin form factor.

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17:19
Home Depot reveals more details on breach, 56M...

More information on the breach of home improvement retailer Home Depot was announced today. While the company still states only stores in North America are affected by the breach, it adds that the information from 56 million unique payment cards was at risk. The company provided further insight into the steps taken, including adding stronger encryption, after the malware from terminals was completely removed....

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17:05
Medical records firms Athenahealth and Cerner...

Two leading U.S. medical records firms, Athenahealth and Cerner, are said to be working with Apple on the development and deployment of apps integrated with the iOS 8 HealthKit framework.

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17:04
Citibank sending its customers an introduction to...

Following up on a press release issued alongside the initial introduction of Apple Pay, Citibank has started emailing its customers with a "coming soon" introduction to the new mobile payment feature associated with iPhone 6.

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17:00
iFixit begins live teardown of iPhone 6 Plus,...


In keeping with tradition, iFixit has started its live teardown of the latest iPhone hardware (an iPhone 6 Plus in this case), revealing all of the device’s internal components for the first time. So far we’ve already seen a 2915 mAh battery, which provides the increased battery life in the much larger of the two models.
The company will likely teardown the smaller iPhone 6 once the Plus model has been fully disected. You can follow along as the company discovers what makes the new handsets tick over on...

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17:00
Exclusive: iCracked will buy your old iPhone from...

If you're planning on standing in line at an Apple Store for an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus tomorrow morning, you might be able to actually sell your old iPhone while you wait and have money available to buy the new device. iCracked has a brilliant idea...

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16:40
Australia opens iPhone 6 sales to 'massive...

While buyers in North America must wait until tomorrow for the launch of Apple's new iPhone 6 lineup, Australia -- by dint of being on the other side of the international date line -- becomes the first country in the world to launch the new iPhones. A MacNN staffer visiting the Penrith Apple Store in New South Wales near Sydney has reported a "massive" lineup, consisting of hundreds of buyers outside the store....

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16:35
Briefly: Fortune's Most Powerful Women in...

Fortune has released the 17th annual list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business, with Apple's Angela Ahrendts making the top 30. The list, compiled by Fortune editors, produced the list with four criteria: the size and importance of the woman's business in the global economy, the health and direction of the business, arc of their career and social and cultural influence. Topping the list is Chairman, CEO and President of IBM Ginni Rometty, who in an interview with Fortune described IBM's partnership with Apple for developing services optimized for iOS and IBM support. Apple CEO Tim Cook to......

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16:30
Griffin Technology is giving away five iPhone 6...

Don't have the money on hand to pick up a new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus? No problem, provided you're lucky. Accessories manufacturer Griffin Technology will have representatives on hand at Nashville's Green Hills Apple Store, Miami's Lincoln Road...

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16:25
iOS 8: How to-Enable Safari Extensions

Extensions are one of the new features in iOS 8, a way to add cross-app functionality to iOS. Kelly explains how to turn on the extensions available to Safari on iOS.

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16:09
Apple's FaceTime is targeted in a new Patent...

Secure Web Conference Corporation based out of Melville, New York has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple's FaceTime and ...

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16:00
Logoist 2 puts you in the logo creation business

Logoist 2 (introductory price of US$14.99 on the Mac App Store) is a terrific logo creation program that can help you turn out professional looking logos for stationary, presentations, invitations, postcards, just about anything where you need...

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15:37
Customers start lining up around the world as the...


iPhone buyers have already started lining up around the world to wait for the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which just went on sale in Australian stores. From Perth, Australia to Fort Worth, Texas, hundreds of customers have already appeared outside Apple Stores and other retailers eager to get their hands on the new device.
Most Apple retail stores wll be opening at 8 AM local time. If you’re hoping to grab an iPhone 6 Plus, you may already be out of luck at many locations, as reports of very, very limited stock have been coming in.
Check out the photos and tweets from customers already in line. You can also send photos of the line at your local Apple Store to tips@9to5mac.com.
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15:34
Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

HughPickens.com writes When Apple published its first Transparency Report on government activity in late 2013, the document contained an important footnote that stated: "Apple has never received an order under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act. We would expect to challenge such an order if served on us." Now Jeff John Roberts writes at Gigaom that Apple's warrant canary has disappeared. A review of the company's last two Transparency Reports, covering the second half of 2013 and the first six months of 2014, shows that the "canary" language is no longer there suggesting that Apple is now part of FISA or PRISM proceedings. Warrant canaries are a tool used by companies and publishers to signify to their users that, so far, they have not been subject to a given type of law enforcement request such as a secret subpoena. If the canary disappears, then it is likely the situation has changed — and the company has been subject to such request. This may also give some insight into Apple's...

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15:30
Ascend to bird heaven in Frinkle

Frinkle takes players on a challenging journey from bird hell, climbing higher and higher, to bird heaven. Players control the adventurous bird's vertical migration by tapping to make it jump and control it's flapping while trying to land on moving...

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15:28
Giveaway: Pearl Mountain PicGIF and VideoGIF for...

It's back to school time, and that means long hours slaving over books, and filling heads with heaps of knowledge that will, for the most part, end up being lost in the spring. So why not have a little fun and make something that you can share with friends and never forget, animated GIFs. Pearl Mountain Software has teamed up with MacNN to give away copies of PicGIF and VideoGIF software for Mac. For the next week everyone and anyone who want's to download a copy can do so....

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15:11
Amazon Gets All Fired Up


Amazon on Wednesday introduced a slew of new Kindle Fire tablets and Kindle e-readers. It also unveiled a new OS based on Android KitKat. The top-of-the-line product is the company's Fire HDX 8.9, which sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor, with each core running at up to 2.5 GHz, and a GPU that's 75 percent faster than that of the previous Fire HDX. It starts at $379. The 8.9's display has 30 percent more pixels than the iPad's Retina display, Amazon said.

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15:10
Australian Apple Stores met with long lines as...

Australia kicked off worldwide sales of Apple's new iPhone on Friday local time, with brick-and-mortar Apple Stores seeing extremely long lines mirroring expectedly high demand for the next-gen handsets.

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15:09
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Launch Day: What to Expect

Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will launch in the United States tomorrow, with Apple retail stores, carrier stores, and several major retailers offering the two devices for sale. We've gathered up a list of U.S. locations that will be selling the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, listed below, along with general opening times. Customers hoping for an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus are encouraged to call their local stores for specific information on opening times and potential stock. - Apple retail stores - 8 a.m local time - Verizon Wireless - 8 a.m. local time (Not all stores are accepting walk-up purchases, and opening times will vary) - AT&T - 8 a.m. local time - T-Mobile - 9 a.m. - 10 a.m local time, but opening times vary - Sprint - 8.a.m local time - RadioShack - 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. local time, but opening times vary - Best Buy - 8 a.m. local time - Sam's Club - 8 a.m. local time - Target - Availability will vary - Walmart - Availability...

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15:08
App Store introduces app bundles, sales as part of...

As part of the iOS App Store updated for iOS 8, Apple is now offering grouped "bundles" of applications at discounted prices, and a new ability to "Complete My Bundle" for those who already own some of the apps featured in the bundle. The bundles, usually grouped by developer at present, offer related apps shown in an "iOS folder" icon, and download together into a folder automatically when purchased. Users who already own one or more of the apps see the price discounted to reflect that....

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15:05
Apple for the first time used its own CDN to deliver...

Research firm Deepfield reports that Apple has for the first time relied on its own content delivery network for the distribution of iOS 8 to users (via WSJ):
“Until today, Apple used Akamai and other CDNs to deliver a large portion of their network traffic to consumers. Akamai is a content delivery network or CDN, so when your iOS device asked the network to download a new version, Akamai is the company that has the tens of thousands of servers around the world that would send you that update. Not so this time.”
Back...

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15:00
Bison iPhone 5/5s Wallet: Carry it all without the...

The Bison is an amazing animal that evokes the old West. Rugged, independent, and able to withstand weather extremes without blinking, they roam the new West in herds that are growing each year after being hunted almost to extinction in the late...

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14:40
Briefly: Tylt iPhone 6 Energi case, protector, Booq...

Ahead of the release of the new family of iPhone 6 smartphones, Tylt has announced that it's coming out with three new products by the end of the year for the devices. Two different screen protectors are rolling out, including a new version of the Alin screen protector. While the standard plastic version will be available most likely for around $20, Tylt is offering a glass version for the first time for $35. Both come with an alignment tool to ensure the correct fit....

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14:38
Apple chose to handle iOS 8 rollout with own content...

With its rollout of iOS 8 on Wednesday, Apple opted to handle a majority of traffic through its in-house content delivery network (CDN) instead of meting out traffic to third-party systems.

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14:33
On Switching and Lock-In

This piece by Joshua Brustein for Businessweek — “Hey, Android Users, Don’t Buy the New iPhones” — is profoundly shallow:

For a Galaxy Note user, then, going over to the iPhone 6 Plus
means building up again from zero. And for what? Apple’s operating
system may be more intuitive to someone who has never touched a
smartphone before, but it’s not going to be any easier for people
who have spent over an hour staring at their Android phone every
day for the last two to four years. Any benefits are probably
outweighed by the drawbacks to abandoning the investment someone
has already made.

I wouldn’t say it’s easy to switch from Android to iOS or vice versa, but looking at the history of personal computing, I think it’s easier to switch platforms today than ever before — in either direction. The move to cloud-based storage and...

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14:33
Pebble 2.5 firmware lands w/ support for Emoji, new...

Pebble has launched version 2.5 of its smartwatch firmware, packing a bunch of great new features—including some interesting new abilities for users who have recently upgraded to iOS 8. Notably, the update now allows iOS users to dismiss notifications by clicking the X button to dismiss one, and holding it down to dismiss all. Pebble also says that the app should stay live in the background more often on iOS, but the company says that users should make sure not to disable “Smartwatch Proximity.”
Additionally, the company says that the firmware brings the ability for the Pebble and Pebble Steel smartwatches to display Emoji, replacing the previous small white boxes that are all too familiar across platforms without Emoji support. And to round off the most interesting new features, the company is launching the Compass app that they promised long ago, which can be picked up on the Pebble appstore. I...

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14:30
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

WorldMate [iOS...

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14:14
iMazing 1.0 - Complete iOS device manager; copy...

iMazing (formerly DiskAid) is the ultimate iOS device manager with capabilities far beyond what iTunes offers. With iMazing and your iOS device (iPhone, iPad, or iPod), you can:

  • Copy music to and from any iOS device (even from one iOS device to another!) regardless of what Mac or PC the device is already synced to; it's music copy how you always wished it could be, without limitations or restrictions
  • Backup & restore individual iOS apps and your custom saved data, perfect for freeing up space on your iOS device without losing your files (or progress in a game) or for copying the app as-is to another iOS device
  • Transfer files to and from an iOS device, and browse the iOS file system
  • Use your iOS device like an external drive
  • Browse and save messages (SMS, MMS, iMessage), voicemails, and call logs, none of which iTunes can do
  • Browse, save, and add contacts to your iPhone, without automatically adding them to...

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