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Tuesday October 7

00:54
Apple Patent Covers iPhone with Finger Swiping...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 31newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention for a future iPhone that will be able to use its camera as an input interface to control iPhone call functionality.

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00:48
Sketchy rumor suggests Apple will converge a...

 

A new rumor from Digitimes makes the bold claim that Apple is working on an ‘iPad’ (tablet device) that runs both Mac OS X and iOS. This is sourced as ‘according to rumors in the upstream supply chain’, so read with skepticism. Supply chain analysis can often be incorrect about Apple’s future software plans.
The report says that two versions of a 12.9 inch iPad are in development. One of which is the more typical larger iPad that has been rumored for a while now, but the other is a multifunction device that can run both OS X and iOS. Digitimes notes that it does not know whether both devices will actually enter mass production for public release. It indicates the larger iPad is currently headed for an early 2015 debut. Frankly, a 2-in-1 device seems unlikely.
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Monday October 6

23:05
Briefly: Gmail update, Weight Watchers app...

Gmail's iOS app has received an update, offering support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The app allows users to switch between up to 5 accounts, and get notified of new mail by way of the Notification Center, or via badge and lock screen options. Free to download, Gmail for iOS requires iOS 7 or later....

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22:56
Apple to buy up 25 percent of world's DRAM by...

New estimates on Apple's consumption of DRAM for mobile phones and chips to be used in the iPhone 6 line alongside the Apple Watch will continue to keep demand at high levels, two different sources report in various trade publications. One analyst believes that by this time next year, Apple will require some 25 percent of the world's output of DRAM chips, continuing to constrain supplies for competitors. The company is also said to have ordered up to 250 million chips for its iPhone 6 line and Apple Watch across the next year.......

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20:05
Survey: iPads now the top consumer brand among kids...

Since it was introduced nearly five years ago, the iPad has made a huge cultural impact on families, schools and seniors, but the full extent of the influence on the former two groups has been made more obvious in a new survey of children ages 6-12 conducted by youth and family research firm Smarty Pants. The 2014 edition of the firm's "Young Love" survey found that the iPad was the highest-rated brand name with children and families, beating out 255 other iconic contenders including Nickelodeon, Disney and McDonald's....

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20:00
Geekbench 3.2.2

Geekbench 3.2.2 is now available for download. Geekbench 3.2.2 features the following changes:

  • Added support for iOS 8, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.
  • Added benchmark comparison charts on iOS.
  • Added support for High DPI mode on Windows.
  • Fixed code signing issues on OS X Mavericks, Yosemite.

Geekbench 3.2.2 is a free update for all Geekbench 3 users.

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18:45
Samsung warns of massive 60% decline in profits for...

Apple rival Samsung on Tuesday warned investors of an upcoming slide in quarterly profits that could amount to a 60 percent decline from the same time last year, blaming the slump on a squeeze in both high and low ends of the mobile phone sector.

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18:36
Briefly: 1Password 5.1, Cycloramic both updated for...

A new version of password manager 1Password has been released for the iPhone and iPad, offering support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the form of 3x higher resolution images and improved icons. The update also improves Touch ID support to be more reliable, and simplifies the app's security settings. A new option has been added to disable third-party keyboards inside the 1Password app (since theoretically such keyboard could transmit keystrokes), and users can now create tags to help sort data. The app itself is free, but a "pro" in-app purchase to unlock additional features costs $10.......

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18:07
According to Apple, people have all but stopped...

Apple’s iOS share numbers as tabulated by App Store visits are out for the first week of October and they are a “head scratcher”. iOS 8 gained only 1 point from 46% to 47%  since September 21st which should have well exceeded 1% gain by the millions of new iPhone 6/Plus shipments alone – even if not one person had updated their iPhone 5/s/c. Even more confusing is that the “Earlier” category of iOS 6 and before devices actually grew in percentage from 5% to 6% over the previous two week period.
It is possible some people downgraded to iOS 7 (which was an option until just after 8.0.2 was released) while others have stayed put on their current iOS version because of a succession of errors in rolling out iOS 8. Combined with the large amount of space required to do an over the air update, it appears that iOS users have all but stopped...

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17:22
Apple says iOS 8 on 47% of devices as adoption rate...

In an update to its developer portal on Monday, Apple revealed 47 percent of iOS devices tracked through the App Store are running the latest iOS 8, a change of only one percent over the past two weeks.

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17:00
Review: Mo-Fi headphones by Blue

Blue, a company that has specialized in microphones, has turned its techniques the other way around to create a set of serious headphones -- called Mo-Fi -- with an almost Apple-like attention to detail, from the packaging to the execution of the design. This is the sort of thing we were hoping Apple would create for Beats after the first year or two, but here it is now. At $350, they are not meant for casual listening, and it might be dangerous to wear them while walking the streets. They are primarily intended for serious listening to high-quality music. Are they for you? Find out in our rev......

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16:54
iOS 8 Adoption Stagnates Just Two and a Half Weeks...

After almost three weeks of availability, Apple's iOS 8 operating system is now installed on 47 percent of devices, according to new numbers posted on Apple's App Store support page for developers. That marks a very slight increase in adoption over the past two weeks, as back on September 21, iOS 8 was installed on 46 percent of devices. 47 percent of iOS users continue to stick to iOS 7, possibly due to a number of bugs that have plagued the launch of iOS 8. Just ahead of the launch of iOS 8, all HealthKit-enabled apps were pulled from the App Store due to a major HealthKit bug. A fix was quickly released, but the update, iOS 8.0.1, disabled the cellular service and Touch ID functionality...

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16:30
CSStyle

csstyle is a modern approach for crafting beautifully maintainable stylesheets. The csstyle method is implemented using a set of SASS mixins that make your CSS readable and semantic, generate your selectors for you, and automatically handle things like specificity and nesting. csstyle makes your project’s styling refreshingly consistent.

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16:00
Reviews: Blue Mo-Fi headphones

Let us introduce you to your future set of "serious listening" headphones. Blue, a company that has specialized in microphones, has turned its techniques the other way around to create a set of serious headphones -- called Mo-Fi -- with an almost Apple-like attention to detail, from the packaging to the execution of ......

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16:00
Vidgets has lots of widgets

Vidgets is a handy free iOS app that enables a number of Today screen widgets on your iOS 8 device. When you launch the app, you can choose to add any of 20 different widgets. The app features analog and digital clocks, status of your device...

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15:57
Adobe goes Mobile with New Creative Cloud Updates

Adobe rolled out a collection of new and updated apps for the iPhone and iPad on Monday that make mobile devices a bigger part of your design process. Adobe's iPad app parade let you create graphics on your iPad and easily transfer them to Photoshop and Illustrator on your Mac through your Creative Cloud account.The Mac Observer Spin: Adobe already owns graphic design on the desktop, and now the company wants to make sure it owns the market on our iPads and iPhones, too. Adobe gets that these are more than content consumption devices.

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15:34
Adobe details large updates to Creative Cloud at...

During the Adobe Max conference in Los Angeles, the company kicked off with a number of announcements for items coming in the next release of Creative Suite. On top of adding a number of mobile solutions that connect to existing tools, Adobe added universal profiles and other enhancements to desktop applications. Additional tools that utilize cloud resources for creation and productivity are coming as well, including a talent search through Behance....

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15:31
Supposed iPhone 6 prototype going for more than $...

A purported Apple iPhone 6 prototype put up for auction on eBay last week is currently commanding a high bid of more than $100,000 with a little under three days left to go.

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15:01
Microsoft's RoomAlive Gaming Jumps Out of the...


Microsoft Research on Sunday demonstrated RoomAlive, a new technology that can transform any room into an immersive and interactive gaming display. Based on a scalable multiprojector system that adapts gaming content to the physical space, RoomAlive allows users to touch, shoot, stomp, dodge and steer projected content that becomes seamlessly integrated with their environment. A depth camera, wide-field-of-view projector and computer work together to cover the entire room, including the furniture and people present.

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15:00
Drone footage of the new Apple headquarters in...

Construction is still underway on Apple's new campus, expected to be open in about two years. We've been following the spaceship shaped campus' construction for a while now, but it's been a bit since new images have become available. How much...

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14:52
NetSpot 2.4.560 - Wireless survey tool. (Free)

NetSpot is a simple and accessible wireless survey tool for Mac users, which allows collecting, visualizing and analyzing Wi-Fi data using any MacBook. NetSpot can visualize your wireless network by building a visual Wi-Fi map. It will let you see dead zones without coverage and place hotspots (Access Points) correctly. Using the visualized map of collected wireless data you will also see channels' load and will be able to decide how to optimize your Wi-Fi site better. NetSpot is a powerful analyzer of Wi-Fi coverage. Just in a couple of clicks you can load your area map, point your location on the map and NetSpot starts collecting Wi-Fi data around you. It will gather all the needed information for radio signal leakages analyzing, noise sources discovering, access points effective location, etc. You can also use NetSpot as a powerful wireless network planning tool. Load a map, collect wireless site survey data, build a heatmap of your network and you are ready...

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14:36
LTE Speeds of iPhone 6 and iPhone 5s Compared in New...

According to Apple, both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus have "faster LTE download speeds" than the iPhone 5s, reaching up to 150Mbps thanks to the inclusion of the Qualcomm MDM9625M LTE chip, which supports LTE Advanced. A demonstration of the speed difference between the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 6 when connected to a high-quality LTE network has been conducted by iClarified, suggesting the iPhone 6 is able to reach much higher speeds than the iPhone 5s. The test, which was conducted in London, Ontario, Canada on the Fido network, shows the iPhone 6 topping out at download speeds of 101Mbps while the iPhone 5s reaches 35Mbps. Upload speeds are similarly improved, reaching 27Mbps on the iPhone 6. According to iClarified, the tests, which...

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14:30
Apple’s sapphire manufacturing partner files for...

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were rumored to have sapphire-coated screens right up until the announcement, but it didn't come to pass.

Megan Geuss

Back in late 2013, Apple signed a deal with a company named GT Advanced Technologies to build a sapphire manufacturing plant in Arizona. Apple would build the facility, and GT would manufacture sapphire for use in Apple's devices. Sapphire is even harder and more scratch-resistant than the Corning Gorilla Glass used in many smartphones and tablets today, and the deal gave rise to rumors that Apple would be using sapphire to protect the screens of its new iPhones.
Those rumors were repeated many times in subsequent months, though others indicated that it wasn't a sure thing. The...

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14:30
Hanna and Henri - The Robot: A story of robots and...

Hanna & Henri – The Robot is an interactive storybook for children five years and under. The story focuses on Hanna, a young girl who has trouble telling time properly, and her journey to meet Henri so they can build a robot with Hanna's aunt....

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14:04
TMA-1 DJ Headphones: $159

I have a deal for you today on a pair of headphones designed for DJs called the TMA-1 DJ Headphones by AIAIAI. These are $250 headphones, but through our deal you can get them for $159, a 36 percent discount. I haven't tested them yet, but they're designed to offer clear bass, rhythmic guitar and percussion, and no washed out vocals. They have 40mm closed titanium drivers, a cable lock, interchangeable earpads, adjustable earcups, and a three button in-line remote on the coiled cable that comes with the headphones. There also designed to be flexible/bendable. There's a video showing all the features if you want more info.

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14:00
Reviews: Huawei Ascend P7

Huawei's pursuit to create a smartphone that is able to compete competently against flagship Android devices led to the creation of another device in the Ascend P-series range. The Ascend P7, following after the Ascend P6 and the Ascend P6S, is a thin and fashionable smartphone with a specifications list that strongly suggesting it is up to the task, but has Huawei managed to make a flagship-kill ......

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14:00
Archos Music Beany: A warm winter Bluetooth wearable

I live in Colorado, where it can get cold on occasion. That means that when I go for a walk in the snow or am otherwise out in chilly weather, listening to tunes can be an exercise in futility. I'll wear my Apple Earbuds under a knit hat on occasion,...

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13:30
Apple updates definitions to prevent “iWorm” botnet...

Among other items, the XProtect list now includes several iWorm variants.

Andrew Cunningham

In case you missed it over the weekend, MacRumors reports that Apple has updated OS X's built-in XProtect malware definitions list to include the Mac.BackDoor.iWorm malware we reported on late last week. The iWorm malware allegedly managed to infect more than 17,000 Macs worldwide, and it was apparently using a (now closed) Minecraftserverlists board on reddit to distribute the IP addresses of control servers to infected Macs.
XProtect was first introduced to OS X in Snow Leopard in response to the MacDefender malware that managed to...

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13:30
Run, walk, and jog with the stars via Spring

The class I hated most in high school (well, besides math) was gym. I had zero hand-eye coordination, I never liked sports, and I got very out-of-breath every time we were tested on the mile run. Maybe it was the testing aspect, or maybe it was...

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13:21
Rumor has second-gen iPad Air getting better display...

A new report -- citing researchers with access to pictures and illustrations from Apple sources -- claims to have details of what the final or near-final second-generation iPad Air will feature. One major improvement is said to be a fully laminated display, in which the LCD and cover glass are merged into a single unit, as with the iPhone. This should improve the size and weight of the device. TPK, GIS, Sharp, Samsung, and LG are mentioned as manufacturers, and the screen should improve in quality as well....

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13:10
Apple Sapphire Partner’s Bankruptcy Shows It’s Hard...

GT Advanced Technologies (GT) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday, a move that would give the sapphire producer and Apple supplier a chance to reorganize its finances and debt. GT's move may be surprising to some, considering the US$578 million deal the company inked with Apple, and it's proof that being an Apple supplier isn't an easy job.

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13:08
MessageMe team joins the ranks of Yahoo through...

Yahoo is quickly putting the money it earned from the Alibaba IPO to work as it was announced last week that the search company acquired MessageMe. Details of the acquisition weren't announced, but according to the confirmation from MessageMe the deal appears to be negotiated strictly for the talent behind the platform....

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13:00
Twigle Birds: A free app for identifying birds by...

Twigle Birds is a free app for birders. It claims to contain a complete field guide to birds in North America and Europe, and has photos and information built into the app so you don't need a data connection to use it. One particular function does...

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12:59
Google updates Gmail for iOS with support for iPhone...

Google on Monday issued an update to its popular Gmail client for iOS, bringing compatibility for the Retina HD displays found in Apple's latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets.

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12:55
OtterBox Symmetry Case for iPhone 6: Slim, Great...

The OtterBox Symmetry case for the iPhone 6/6 Plus is in the middle of the spectrum of protection. It affords more cushioning than clear, thin polycarbonate cases, but not the ultimate protection of the OtterBox Defender. The style and materials are first-class. It's availble now in gorgeous two-tone colors with spiffy patterns coming later.

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12:37
First Look: Logitech Type+ Case With Keyboard For...

Logitech's Bluetooth keyboard cases for iPads have generally followed a single rule -- the keyboard has been the same width as the iPad, for better or worse. The new Type+ ($100) breaks that rule, allotting enough width to the keyboard to give iPad Air users access to full-sized keys, including four rows of number and letter keys, plus a fifth row of half-height function keys. While the case itself isn't terribly impressive -- essentially a wraparound,…

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12:30
Pulsate is your new wingman at local bars

Pulsate is a brand new dating app that intends to match people in real time at bars and nightclubs. Other popular dating apps like Tinder and OKcupid rely on the users to decide if, when and where they meet in person. Pulsate makes meeting potential...

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12:23
Yes, Believe it or not, there is a Patent Titled...

...Who knew that in my lifetime that I'd see a patent, a deep, deep patent about cannabis and how it could be seriously modified for recreational and medicinal purposes? ...

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12:14
Alleged iPhone 6 prototype goes up for auction on...

A seller on eBay is auctioning what is claimed to be a functioning, 64GB iPhone 6 prototype. The person says that they were accidentally sent the device when renewing their contract with Verizon. The unit is running test software, rather than iOS 8, and lacks FCC markings or even a model number. Another point of interest is the Lightning port, which is surrounded by a red lip not present on finished iPhones....

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12:00
Lensbaby LM-10 Sweet Spot lens for iPhone

Portland, Oregon-based Lensbaby has been making specialty lenses for professional photographers for years. When the iPhone came out, they recognized a good thing and started designing lenses that would work with the most popular camera in the world....

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11:59
Article: Editorial: Why I Switched To T-Mobile (And...

There really shouldn’t be anything momentous about switching cellular carriers, but this year was different for me. After seven years of using AT&T, I finally switched to one of its competitors. I’ve been expecting to switch for six years, yet the experience of actually doing it turned out to be a bigger deal than I’d imagined. If you’re thinking of switching carriers, I hope my experience — a generally very positive…

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11:52
Cycloramic figures out how to keep the rounded...

Cycloramic, the app that takes hands-free 360-degree video by using the iPhone’s built-in vibration motors to spin the device, is today arriving for iPhone 6. But with the iPhone 6’s new rounded design (opposed to the flat edges of the iPhone 5 and 5S) the company also had to figure out a way to get it to stand upright on its own.  For that it recommends using the iPhone’s power adaptor that Apple includes in the box, as demoed in the video above released earlier today by the developers.
With the iPhone 6’s rounded edges, it seemed that there was little hope for Cycloramic. However after some trial and error, we realized that Apple had included the solution for us right...

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11:48
iMac: How to remove or install memory

Learn how to remove or install memory in your iMac computer.

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11:36
MacBook Pro: How to remove or install memory

Learn how to remove or install memory in your MacBook Pro notebook computer.

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11:30
Virgin Mobile updates plans, including $20 a month...

Virgin Mobile has built its user base by offering no-contract smartphone plans for people who don't want to buy a subsidized device. Now they're slashing prices with the assumption that some people don't need data unless they're on a Wi-Fi network....

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11:18
About Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt cable (2.0 m)

Learn more about Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt cable (2.0 m) and find answers to frequently asked questions, including the proper usage of Thunderbolt cables.

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11:15
Walter Isaacson's 'The Innovators'...

More than a decade ago, Walter Isaacson began working on a book to highlight the history of computers and the Internet, but the project was sidelined in early 2009 when he took on the task of writing Steve Jobs' authorized biography. That book, which debuted just weeks after Jobs' death in October 2011, topped best seller charts and revealed a number of interesting details about Jobs and Apple. Following the publication of Steve Jobs, Isaacson returned to his earlier project of documenting the history of computing, and that work debuts tomorrow as The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution. While Apple and Jobs play relatively minor roles in the book, overall it offers an interesting look at how computers and the Internet developed into what they are today. Isaacson breaks his book into nearly a dozen different sections, highlighting a number of advancements along the way. It...

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11:05
NYT Now free for a week, 1Password updates for...

A trio of interesting updates hit the App Store recently as the New York Times announced on Monday that it will makes content in its popular NYT Now app available for free this week, 1Password gained native support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and Angry Birds Star Wars II was on the receiving end of a major content update.

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11:00
Hours is a clean, useful time tracker for iPhone

I've been working from home for a few years now, and even though I'm a telecommuter, I occasionally take a side gig. There are many apps that will let me track by billable hours, including the aptly-named Hours by Tapity (US$4.99). I found Hours to...

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11:00
Apple’s iMessage is the fourth most popular...

Apple’s iMessage is the fourth most popular messaging app, according to new data from the Parks Associates research group. Facebook Messenger, Skype, and SnapChat are ahead of it.
Among messaging app users, 53% use Facebook Messenger, and 45% use Skype,” says Tejas Mehta, research analyst, Parks Associates. “These two apps are dominant in this high-growth area. At the beginning of 2014, 34% of U.S. smartphone owners used a messaging app on a monthly basis. The difficulty, especially for new entrants, is turning user growth into revenues.”
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10:55
MGG 522: Sometimes Networks Just Fail

John and Dave start by helping answer your questions about iOS 8 Cookies, Bubbbles, Newsttand and Stocks. Then it's on to answering your questions about using your Mac to translate audio into text, migrating your Mac to a new drive and handling Apple's Customer Relations department. All this and more in this weeks episode. Download today and enjoy!

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10:37
Apple, City of Cupertino release updated photo of...

Apple and the City of Cupertino have issued an updated aerial photo, illustrating the progress of the former's upcoming Campus 2 complex. The image shows advancements in laying foundations and earthwork, part of a phase that that began in the second quarter of the year. Significantly more construction is in store; work on demolition and street utilities won't be finished until the end of 2014....

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10:34
Detailed iPad Air 2 Claims Likely Based on...

Apple is expected to hold an event on Thursday, October 16, where it will unveil the second-generation iPad Air, Retina iMacs, and OS X Yosemite. Ahead of that event, The Michael Report claims to have acquired "pictures and illustrations" of the iPad Air 2 from "sources within Apple," although it has opted not to share such evidence publicly. While the site goes into significant detail about the iPad Air 2, it appears to be largely aggregating existing rumors about the device, adding little new information. Overall, the site claims the iPad Air 2 will have a slightly thinner body, something that has been claimed in previous reports and perhaps enabled by a new integrated display, as shown in...

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10:30
Geohopper Beacons with iBeacon technology

Geohopper Beacons unite Apple’s iBeacon technology and proximity-based notifications in a single easy-to-use bundle. Using Geohopper 2.0 for iOS, a single tap configures the beacon which then sends notifications to your selected contacts when you enter or exit the beacon location. No additional setup or maintenance is required.

Very cool.
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10:30
uShuttl app aims to replace business cards at high...

uShuttl is a service that wants to replace the business card by enabling business users to send files to customers via a professionally formatted email. It's complete with a company logo, contact information and landing page to download the files....

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10:15
Review: Seidio Dilex Pro with Metal Kickstand for...

While we’ve already seen quite a few cases for iPhone 6 similar to Dilex Pro, this case stands out in a few ways — some good, some bad. The fit isn’t as tight as we’ve seen on similar TPU or rubber/plastic cases, as it seems a bit too easy to pull the sides away from the phone. It’s nice that Seidio has included a kickstand for landscape viewing, and does so without adding bulk. But it’s a bit annoying to have to dig…

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10:15
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-06

Apple's synthetic sapphire glass partner, GT Advanced Technologies filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, but that doesn't mean the company is about to go belly up. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to looks at how Apple, the iPhone and the Apple Watch play into GTAT's filing, and they also have something to say about HP's decision to split into two companies.

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10:09
Apple's iPad beats out Oreo Cookies as Kids...

The iPad is more popular than Oreo Cookies: The introduction of Apple's iPad five years ago forever changed the way kids and families consume entertainment. It's now the #1 brand among children 6-12, according to ...

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10:00
Daily Deals for October 6, 2014, featuring the iRest...

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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09:50
1Password 5.1 released with iPhone 6 support, third-...


1Password, the powerful and popular password manager for iPhone and iPad, has been updated to version 5.1 today, introducing a host of new features and improvements. First on the list is support for the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, with full 3x image support on the Plus model.
Touch ID support has also been significantly improved, with the app’s security settings now simplified to avoid the confusing and unnecessary differentiation between the Master Password and PIN code, and Touch ID is now more reliable. You can also create new tags to add to your stored data, allowing for easier sorting on-the-go.
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09:37
Gmail for iOS updated with support for iPhone 6 and...


Google has updated the Gmail app for iOS with support for the larger displays on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. There don’t seem to be any other unmentioned changes (still no unified inbox), but you won’t have to use the awkward zoomed view when using the app anymore.
You can grab Gmail version 3.1415926 (yes, that’s Pi) for free from the iOS App Store.
What’s New in Version 3.1415926
Support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 PlusFiled under...

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09:36
1Password 4.4.2 - Powerful password manager;...

1Password is a password manager that uniquely brings you both security and convenience. It is the only program that provides anti-phishing protection and goes beyond password management by adding Web form filling and automatic strong password generation. Your confidential information, including passwords, identities, and credit cards, is kept secure using strong encryption. 1Password fully supports major Web browsers, including Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera. All browser extensions share the same encrypted data which means you never need to manually copy your passwords between browsers or from the password manager to a browser ever again! 1Password has received numerous awards, including 5 mice from Macworld magazine, MacLife Editors pick, and was the Pick of Week on MacBreak Weekly by both Leo Laporte and Merlin Mann. 1Password is also available for and syncs with Windows, iOS, and Android.Version 4.4.2:

  • Fixed issue where saving a new login from the...

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09:13
Sapphire supplier GT Advanced files for Chapter 11...

Sapphire supplier GT Advanced has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to a Monday press release. Trading of the company's stock was halted in advance of the announcement, and once resumed caused shares to drop over 90 percent of their value. GT says it will continue to operate while under Chapter 11, but that as of September 29th, it had $85 million in cash....

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09:07
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 6...

Notable software releases this week include Photoshop Elements 13, StuffIt Deluxe 16, and Default Folder X 4.6.9. 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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09:06
ExtraBITS for 6 October 2014

As Apple pushes into the fashion world with the Apple Watch, Vogue profiles Jony Ive, and smartwatch pioneer Pebble rethinks its strategy. We learn the secret origin of the Fifth Avenue Apple Store, Consumer Reports sees if the iPhone 6 will bend, and an iCloud Drive bug could delete your data. 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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09:06
The Fast ID Online Alliance Thinks that they have it...

Hope against all hope: Today CrucialTec, one of the world’s leading fingerprint sensor developers, held a promotional event for the Fast IDentification Online Alliance, an international consortium for the standardization of authentication technology, on Monday in Seoul. They believe that they simply have an advantage over Apple's Touch ID. Apparently Apple Pay using Touch ID has freaked out an entire industry who's now falling over themselves to slow down the rush of companies stampeding to get on board's

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09:06
Apps: GraphicConverter, Videobox, VOX
09:03
T-Mobile CEO John Legere says iPhone 6 demand '...

Colorful T-Mobile chief John Legere called demand for Apple's new iPhone 6 "unbelievable" during a recent interview, later hinting that the scrappy fourth-place wireless carrier may have profited from the launch more than any other.

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09:00
Study claims 47% of app downloads come from search...

How do you normally find new app to download? According to data from analytics firm TUNE, you're more likely to find new apps to download in the App Store search results than anywhere else, and the competition isn't even close. The percentage of...

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08:53
GT Advanced, files for bankruptcy

GT Advanced Technologies (www.gtat.com), Apple's partner in a sapphire production facility in Arizona, has together with certain of its direct and indirect subsidiaries (collectively, GT), commenced voluntary cases under chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire.
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08:39
Construction Continues at Apple Campus 2, Foundation...

The City of Cupertino, where Apple is building its spaceship-shaped second campus, has today shared an update on the progress of the campus along with a new aerial photo. Construction continues at a rapid pace, with workers on site throughout the weekday and weekend. Apple appears to have completed much of the foundation of the main circular building and concrete mixers have been on site for the last several weeks. Much of the construction continues to be hidden from view at street level, but heavy construction equipment is visible. Traffic around the area of the campus remains congested, as several roads continue to be shut down. Pruneridge Avenue is permanently closed, and there have been several lane reductions on Wolfe Road and Homestead Road, which surround the campus. Along with a new aerial photo shared by the city, a drone...

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08:30
Apple Sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies...

GT Advanced Technologies, the company Apple tapped to manufacture large quantities of sapphire, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier today.

Over the past year, Apple helped GT Advanced orchestrate the build-out of a brand new sapphire...

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08:26
Apple Sapphire Glass Supplier GT Advanced Files For...

mrspoonsi writes GT Advanced Technologies is filing for bankruptcy. In an announcement on Monday, GT Advanced, which makes sapphire displays that many investors hoped would be in Apple's newest iPhone, said that it was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In early September, shares of GT Advanced got crushed after the company's sapphire displays were not in the latest version of Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. GT Advanced, however, signed a multi-year agreement with Apple last November to supply the company with sapphire material. That agreement included a $578 million prepayment, which GT Advanced is set to repay Apple over a five-year period starting in 2015. ...

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08:18
Facebook completes acquisition of WhatsApp, purchase...

Facebook has completed its acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp, days after the European Commission gave the all-clear to proceed. The purchase, originally valued at $19 billion when the process began ten months ago, has now concluded with the publication of an SEC filing, with the co-founder and chief executive of WhatsApp gaining a seat on the Facebook board....

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08:17
Adobe updates iOS suite, introduces Premiere Clip,...

Adobe has updated its suite of iOS apps, launching several new ones in the process. The most significant of these may be Premiere Clip, the company's first effort at mobile video editing. The title can be used independently, or tandem with Premiere Pro CC; projects started on iOS can be automatically synced with Premiere Pro by way of Creative Cloud....

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08:11
Apple & Cupertino share official updated aerial...

Following a new drone flyover of Apple’s under construction Campus 2 over the weekend, Apple and the City of Cupertino today shared an official updated aerial shot of the site showing the latest progress on the project.
Apple appears to have made a lot of progress on the building’s foundation and earthwork for the surrounding campus since last checking in with official aerial imagery.
Construction on the new building, which is set to house 12,000 staff by its estimated 2016 completion date, is currently in the earthwork...

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08:06
Adobe takes creativity mobile at MAX 2014

At the Adobe MAX 2014 creativity conference, Adobe announced it's shipping a new release of Creative Cloud that "transforms how creatives work across desktops and devices."
This release includes feature updates to 13 CC desktop tools that link to a new family of integrated mobile apps. Central to this release is an all-new Creative Profile that drives deep connections between CC desktop tools and nine new mobile apps that extend the power of the Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator and Premiere franchises onto mobile devices.
 
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08:05
The Importance of Being FOSS


It's a fact of life in virtually every community that there will be countless daily distractions -- news announcements, controversies, squabbles -- that take up the majority of our time and energy, leaving little for the big picture. The Linux community is no exception. That's why it was such a relief to see a post recently that struck directly to the core of all that is FOSS and offered a reminder as to what it's really all about. It was penned -- not surprisingly -- by none other than legendary Linux luminary and FOSS guru Carla Schroder.

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08:05
Daily Deal: Last chance to pre-order the Karma Go...

Today is your last chance for an exclusive opportunity to pre-order the Karma Go LTE Hotspot for only $99—33% off the regular price—in our iLounge Deals. The Karma Go puts ultra-fast Wi-Fi in your pocket with an LTE connection to keep all of your devices connected to the Internet wherever you go in the U.S. With Karma, there are no monthly fees or contracts—you simply pay for the data you use, and that data never expires. Not only…

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08:00
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Lexar memory up to 50% off,...

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:


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08:00
eBayer selling alleged iPhone 6 Prototype for over $...

eBay seller kimberlyk1018 is auctioning an iPhone 6 model that appears to be a prototype device. The auction for the phone was posted last week and has more than US$94,000 in bids from 36 bidders.

According to the auction description, the seller...

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07:44
Magic Script Creator [Sponsor]

Magic Script Creator lets you experiment with creating custom AppleScripts by just answering a few questions. No prior knowledge of AppleScript is needed in order to use this application. Included in Magic Script Creator are 24 different examples that you can configure hundreds of different ways. Most examples contain UNIX command line tools, combining their power with AppleScript’s strengths.

Version 4.0 contains two new major features. First, you can choose to compile your scripts with line by line remarks. This will help you understand what each line of code is executing. Second, for those examples containing UNIX command tools, you can export the MAN (or manual) page in an easy to read PDF. No more trying to read these manuals in a tiny terminal window! To learn more about Magic Script Creator, watch an instructional video, purchase...

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07:30
This iPhone 2G prototype runs pre-iPhone software,...

Sure, you can jailbreak your iPhone to install all kinds of funky stuff on it, but chances are you've never had an iPhone with a completely different operating system attached to it. Now's your chance to own one, as this pre-iOS (and pre-iPhone OS,...

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07:15
Apple's Sapphire Supplier Files for Bankruptcy...

Surprising twist of events: It was recently reported that Brian Blair from Rosenblatt Securities had stated that Apple Watch’s production was once again experiencing a setback. While it was initially believed that Apple Watch would enter mass production in November, the analyst noted that it was beginning to look more like January. While news today states that Apple Watch chipsets are being ordered by Apple, there could be some disruption with Apple's sapphire glass production ...

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07:13
Apple Adds iWorm to Xprotect Malware Definition List...

Apple pushed an update to its Xprotect malware list for the Mac that includes the Mac.BackDoor.iWorm malware over the weekend. Xprotect watches for tell tale signatures from known malware threats and attempts to stop them from invading your computer.The Mac Observer Spin: It's good to see Apple is on top of iWorm, and even better that users don't need to do anything to get Xprotect's updated malware definition list.

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07:02
Apple updates OS X malware definitions to block iWorm

Apple made a silent update to Xprotect, the anti-malware system in OS X, to detect and block the iWorm strain uncovered last week. New definitions actually mention two variants, identified as "OSX.iWorm.A" and "OSX.iWorm.B." It's not clear what the differences between them might be....

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07:00
Apple updates Xprotect malware definitions to shut...

Apple this weekend updated its XProtect malware blacklisting system in OS X to address the recent iWorm attack that allegedly infected more than 18,000 Macs. As noted by MacRumors and Business Insider, a change to the XProtect.plist file released on...

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06:57
Alfred 2.5 - Quick launcher for apps and more. (Free)

Alfred is an award-winning productivity application for OS X. Alfred saves you time when you search for files online or on your Mac. Be more productive with hotkeys, keywords, and file actions at your fingertips. Loads of app-launching, file-searching goodness - free for you to download and use with no strings attached. Alfred is the ultimate productivity tool for your Mac. Get it and see for yourself. Get the Powerpack. Discover the Powerpack, a set of incredibly powerful features, built on top of the robust core of Alfred and integrated with OS X.

  • Single license: £15 for single user
  • Family license: £25 for 5 users under one roof
  • Mega Supporter: £30 Single User with Free Lifetime Upgrades

Version 2.5: Web and Security Improvements

  • Update any cachefly.alfredapp.com references and auto update checks to operate over https
  • Add option for https in default web searches...

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06:53
Claimed iPhone 6 Prototype Appears on eBay With Bids...

eBay seller kimberlyk1018 claims to have received a prototype iPhone 6 by accident and is auctioning the device with bids reaching over $89,000 since the auction's posting late last week. While the high bids are undoubdtedly not genuine, the auction is obviously attracting a significant amount of attention. According to a rather suspect story from the auction description, the device supposedly is a prototype 64 GB iPhone 6 that was shipped to the seller from Verizon Wireless. Apple does NOT let these phones out of their possession yet I was accidentally sent one upon renewing my contract. As you can see from the photos, iOS8 has not been placed on this device, rather it is in the true developer mode. There are no FCC markings on the rear of the device or a model number. This is the real deal!!! The lightening port is red which is a sure sign of a prototype. The authenticity of the device and the story behind it cannot be verified, but several photos that accompany the listing...

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06:52
Rumor: Apple working on a 5K iMac for late 2014/...

This could be really beautiful if they get it right.
Per 9to5Mac and blogger Jack March, a new line of iMacs with ultra high-resolution Retina Displays is in late testing stages within Apple, according to sources close to the story who’ve claimed to have used prototypes of the desktop. While the machine will sport a thin profile similar to that of the current design, which was introduced in 2012, it will be packed with new internals such as faster processors and improved Wi-Fi antennas. The fact that the iMac is in late testing indicates that Apple could be preparing to launch it alongside OS X Yosemite this fall…
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06:40
Rumor: Apple to hold iPad/Yosemite media event on...


There’s a few more things Apple needs to tell you about.
Per re/code, sources close to the story have stated that Apple will hold its next special event on Thursday, October 16th, not the 21st as previously rumored. Headlining the gathering: The latest updates to its iPad line, along with next-gen iMacs that have been cycling through the rumor mills of late.
OS X Yosemite, which recently went gold master, is also expected to make an appearance. Given the breadth and spectacle of Apple’s September event, this one will be a more laid-back affair held at the company’s Town Hall Auditorium in Cupertino.

Apple has denied comment as to the story, but stay tuned to the PowerPage for additional details as they become available.

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06:31
News: Apple sapphire supplier GT Advanced...

Apple’s sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies has announced that its has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company expects the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire to authorize GT to continue “business as usual” while focusing on reorganization. GT Advanced had approximately $85M in cash as of Sept. 29; the company is now hoping to obtain debtor-in-possession financing for a boost in funds. “GT…

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06:28
Apple sapphire partner GT Advanced Technologies...

GT Advanced Technologies Inc., a sapphire manufacturer who won a massive $578 million prepayment from Apple, announced on Monday that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy court protection.

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06:26
Shellshock fix posted for Mac OS X 10.4 to Mac OS X...


This suggestion came in over the weekend from one Larry Macy, Ph.D over at the University of Pennsylvania and it’s pretty interesting.
For those of you still running Mac OS X 10.4 to Mac OS X 10.6.8, a workaround has been discovered for the recently discovered Shellshock bash vulnerabilities. Per Macy, the process replaces bash and sh with a new version of bash.

There’s a fair amount to it and you’ll be diving into your Terminal application a bit to set it up, but it should help keep your older versions of Mac OS X that much more secure.
Thanks for the tip, Larry, and if you’ve seen something new and useful and cool in the Mac and iOS world, please don’t hesitate to mention it in the comments.

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06:20
Apple's Sapphire Partner GT Advanced...

GT Advanced Technolgies, Apple's partner in a sapphire production facility in Arizona, today announced that it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it seeks to reorganize its businesses. The company remains positive that it will continue to be able to meet its obligations during this time of transition. GT indicated that as of September 29, 2014 it had approximately $85 million of cash. In addition, it is now seeking debtor-in-possession financing, which, once obtained, would provide the company with an immediate source of additional funds. These funding sources will enable GT to satisfy the customary obligations associated with the daily operation of its business, including the timely payment of employee wages and other obligations. [...] "GT has a strong and fundamentally sound underlying business," said Tom Gutierrez, president and chief executive officer of GT. "Today's filing does not...

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06:16
HP Splitting into PC, Services Companies

HP is splitting into two companies as a move to better compete in both the PC and services markets. The PC company will focus on selling computers and printers, while the services company will target business technology, data storage, and related server systems.The Mac Observer Spin: Leo Apotheker left quite a mess for Meg Whitman to clean up. Hopefully the plan to split HP into two companies will help keep some serious competition in the PC market.

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06:15
Apple asks Suppliers to Prepare 250 Million Chipsets...

In the last few days we've heard that the iPhone 6 is nearing or will even surpass the 20 million mark in the first 30 days and that the iPhone 6 pre-orders in China are on Fire. The news only gets better today with a new supply chain rumor pointing to Apple asking their suppliers to significantly boost their chipsets for the first quarter of 2015.

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06:14
Apple sapphire crystal supplier GT Advanced files...


Apple sapphire supplier GT Advanced Tech has today released a statement announcing that it is filing for bankruptcy under Chapter 11. Filing for Chapter 11 means the company will be able to continue normal operations until it can resolve issues with creditors. As of September 28th, GTAT had $85 million in cash.
What implications this has on Apple’s upcoming Watch wearable, which uses a sapphire screen cover for both Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition models, is currently unclear. Apple also uses sapphire from GTAT in its iPhone lineup, for the camera cover and the Touch ID sensor.

The company will begin a reorganization plan to try and resolve the balance sheet issues...

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06:09
Photographs, manual for Lenovo B100 Smartband appear...

A wearable device from Lenovo has appeared at the FCC, appearing to depict a form of fitness tracker. The Lenovo SW-B100 Smartband, pictured extensively in the filing, shows a watch strap with a narrow and flat area in the middle, with a basic LED or LCD display likely to be visible on the outside of the device when worn, while a sensor which could be a heart rate monitor is spied on the inside....

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06:01
News: Adobe introduces suite of Creative Cloud...

Adobe has introduced its Creative Cloud mobile apps, a suite of nine apps in four categories now available in the App Store. Many of the apps work in tandem, while Adobe’s Creative Profile connects users to their works, whether in mobile or desktop apps. Some of the apps have been updated from past versions, while others are completely new. All of the iOS apps require a Creative Cloud membership — the free membership offers 2GB of Creative…

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06:00
FDA Aims to Shore Up Medical Device Cybersecurity


The Food and Drug Administration last week released long-awaited recommendations aimed at better managing cybersecurity risks to protect patient health and information in a document titled "Content of Premarket Submissions for Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices." The new standards recommend manufacturers take into account cybersecurity risks as part of the design and development of a medical device. They require device makers to submit documentation to the FDA about identified risks and existing controls to mitigate those risks.

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06:00
Rumor Roundup: Pyre of Fail

Chinese rumor suggests Apple Watch to launch in February, sapphire to blame for low supply (9to5 Mac)

Source: Taiwanese media, via Chinese website

Chance it's true: 50/50

Here's another entry in the ongoing "Apple Watch launch date bingo" game....

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05:57
Rorke Data Storage Galaxy HDX 4

Forums: HardwareHi, guys!
Any one know that a Rorke Data Storage Galaxy hdx4 works on Mavericks and the latest version of Xsan? I've searched for info about this storage system, but the last info that i founded was on 2011... LOL
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05:52
Hewlett-Packard splitting into two companies, one...

Personal computing pioneer Hewlett-Packard announced on Monday that it plans to split into two publicly traded Fortune 50 companies: one that will focus on enterprise technology and services, and another that will offer consumer-focused products and printers.

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05:01
Adobe's latest Creative Cloud updates bridge...

Adobe might not be the first name that springs to mind when you think smartphone and tablet apps, despite a gradual encroachment into mobile over the last few years. On Monday, the revered software publisher solidified that commitment with the launch of nine new and updated apps and connected services.
The timing coincides with the company’s annual Adobe MAX creativity conference, which kicked off at the Los Angeles Convention Center over the weekend. During a livestreamed keynote, executives laid out Adobe’s sweeping plans for a “new mobile canvas” that better unites iOS devices with the existing universe of Creative Cloud desktop applications.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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05:38
Account Management Using The jamf Binary

The jamf binary comes with a lot of cool little features that you can use to script things quickly, because JAMF has already built things to help you. We’ll look at two really quick. The first is the deleteAccount verb which, surprisingly, deletes accounts. With that verb, you’ll use the -username operator to define a given user that you’d like to remove. That username is defined as the short name (or what dscl shows) of a given user. For example, if I wanted to remove the user rorygilmore, I’d run the following command:
/usr/sbin/jamf deleteAccount -username rorygilmore
You can then provide a popup on the screen that you completed that action:
/usr/sbin/jamf displayMessage -message “rorygilmore has been deleted"
You can then add a new user, using the createAccount verb. To do so, run the jamf binary using the createAccount verb. This verb provides for a number of options, including a short name (-username), a full name (-realname), a password (-password), a...

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05:29
Windows 95 running on an Android watch

[VIDEO] The Verge:

What happens when you give an Android Wear smartwatch to a 16-year-old with a bit too much time on his hands? You get Windows 95 on your wrist. Now, we frankly have no idea why you’d load a desktop operating system from twenty years ago onto a Samsung Gear Live smartwatch with a 1.63-inch display, but, hey, why not? Thanks to emulator software available for Android, this technology mishmash is a reality.

I am mesmerized! Watch the video.
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05:18
Adobe revamps creative app suite for Apple's...

Graphics software giant Adobe on Monday overhauled nearly every one of its existing iOS app offerings, and added a number of new options including Premiere Clip --?a new mobile video editing app -- that tie into the company's Creative Cloud platform.

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05:09
Livestream a GoPro camera straight to the web using...


The Livestream app has been updated today with a couple of new features, including bug fixes for iOS 8. The headline change however is that the app has added integration with GoPro Hero cameras. This means you can now stream straight to the web whilst in the midst of action.
Effectively, the iPhone acts as a network hub, connecting the GoPro camera to the Internet. The GoPro connects to the phone wirelessly, so the iPhone can just be left in a pocket — like a wireless hotspot. The app handles the uploading of the video in realtime.
You can download the Livestream app for free from the App Store.Filed under:...

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05:07
Bill Gates on Apple Pay

Bill Gates, in last weeks Bloomberg interview:

“Apple Pay is a great example of how a cell phone that identifies its user in a pretty strong way lets you make a transaction that should be very, very inexpensive,” he said.

He explained: “So the fact that in any application I can buy something, that’s fantastic. The fact I don’t need a physical card anymore, I just do that transaction and you’re going to be quite sure about who it is on the other end, that is a real contribution.”

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05:07
NuMac Solutions announces BluDrive Plus for the Mac...

NuMac Solutions has announced BluDrive Plus, an optical disc burning and 2TB storage solution for Apple's new Mac Pro. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later.
It supports reading and writing of Blu-Rays, DVDs, and CDs, as well as 2TB of storage connected via USB 3.0. Built with a aluminum enclosure and non-skid base, the BluDrive Plus is designed to sit directly beneath the new Mac Pro, so it takes up no additional desk space.
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05:06
Join us for Tuesday’s webinar: A guide to Office...

We’ll show you how to get started with the free online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint & OneNote that anyone can use. All you need is an internet connection and a browser. Yup. Plus how to store and share docs with OneDrive (that comes with 15 GB of storage).
Join us for our Office 15-Minute Webinar at 9:15 A.M. Pacific Time. There’s also a 20-minute Q&A afterwards. You will need to register for this webinar (it takes only a few seconds).
Register and attend
https://microsoft.eventbuilder.com/event2.asp?eventID=k42k4o9j
Doors open at 9:00 A.M. Pacific Time and we start promptly at 9:15 A.M. Immediately following will be a 20-...

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05:00
Adobe launches Creative Profile sync system, Talent...


Alongside a string of updates to both the mobile and desktop Creative Cloud software suites, Adobe today launched a trio of new services at its annual MAX conference. First up, and most critical to the updates on the software side of the story, is the new Creative Profile content synchronization service. Blending nicely with the existing Creative Cloud sync service, Creative Profile takes ubiquity of files to new heights by allowing synchronization of more aspects of documents:
This Creative Cloud release includes a new Creative Profile that connects creatives to their work, to the assets they use to...

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05:00
Adobe Updates Line of iOS Apps With New Features,...

At its Adobe MAX conference today, Adobe is announcing updates for nearly all of its iOS apps, bringing new features that emphasize the creation of shapes and brushes along with enhanced syncing with the company's Creative Cloud services. The updates come alongside a new Creative SDK to allow developers to build mobile apps connecting to Creative Cloud, as well as a number of enhancements to the core Creative Cloud apps. Building on its existing Adobe Kuler app, which allows users to create color palettes using any photo and which is now being rebranded Adobe Color CC, the company is now rolling out two additional "Capture" apps for mobile: Adobe Brush CC, which turns photos into brushes for use throughout Photoshop and Illustrator apps, and Adobe Shape CC, which automatically converts high-contrast photos of objects into vector art for use in Illustrator. Adobe Shape CC (left) capturing a...

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05:00
Adobe launches Creative Cloud updates and new links...

In a major announcement today, Adobe is updating almost every desktop and mobile app it offers. It is aiming these new features and applications at creative professionals so their desktop and mobile tools deeply integrate. Beginning today, Adobe is...

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04:59
HP to Separate into Two Better Focused Companies

HP reinvents itself: Today Hewlett-Packard confirmed that it will break into two companies. The company intends to divide itself into a company aimed at business technology, including computer servers and data storage equipment, software and services, and a company that sells personal computers and printers. Both companies will be publicly traded ...

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04:57
How the world sees Apple Pay

Cincinnati Enquirer:

How it works: Customers with the new iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch will be able to pay at registers with a wave of their devices. Customers buy virtual encrypted “tokens” from Apple to be stored on their phones – so in the event they’re lost or stolen, no credit card info is on the device. More details will be released this month by Apple.

I still struggle to get my head around exactly how Apple Pay works, but I do know that customers won’t be buying “virtual encrypted tokens” from Apple.
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04:50
Surprise: Mac iWorm Spreads through Pirated Apps

When news of Mac.BackDoor.iWorm for the Mac hit the Web last week, the way the malware threat spread was still something of a mystery, but that's been uncovered now, too: pirated software. Like so many other malware threats, attackers are using the promise of free software as a trojan horse to trick victims trying to save a buck into installing the iWorm payload.The Mac Observer Spin: Using pirated software as a trojan horse to install iWorm doesn't come as a surprise at all. Using stolen software is bad not only because hard working developers don't get paid for their work, but also because you could infect your Mac with malware.

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04:36
FunBITS: Goat Simulator Keeps Gaming Weird

How has a strange, glitchy indie game become a smash hit? Josh Centers tries to figure it out. 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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04:27
Hewlett-Packard to break in two

NY Times:

The company, considered a foundational institution of Silicon Valley, said in a news release that it intended to divide itself into a company aimed at business technology, including computer servers and data storage equipment, software and services, and a company that sells personal computers and printers.

Both companies will be publicly traded. The business-oriented company will be called Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, while the PC company will be called HP Inc. and will retain the company’s current logo.

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04:19
iPhone prototype for sale on eBay

This original iPhone 2G prototype was used for external (outside the company) testing and was not loaded with the official iOS interface. Instead, it ran the “skankphone” testing interface (see “skank is the new black” in small print on the picture in the auction listing).

I love looking at these old phones. Amazing how far the world has come since the original iPhone was introduced.
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04:00
Dell OEM: The Magic Is in the Mystery


I had a chance last week to talk with the most secretive group inside Dell. They are kind of like the Q Division in the James Bond movies. These folks are pretty much unique in the industry, in that they build PCs and servers that are highly customized for firms that then place them into unusual solutions. This is the kind of machine that might go into a unique military vehicle as part of a piece of medical equipment, or in a special Aston Martin with unique weaponry.

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03:43
Koingo Software updates AirRadar for Mac OS X to...

Koingo Software has updated AirRadar, a Wi-Fi scanning and graphing tool for Mac OS X, to version 3.0.
New features are an improved graph, the ability to join enterprise networks, 802.11ac support, network card switching, 100% Apple-native WiFi frameworks, enhanced smart collections, "official" Keychain integration, streamlining of the interface and more.
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02:30
Make the most out of HealthKit with these 5 apps

Now that HealthKit and its supported apps have hit the App Store, you’re probably itching to try all of the apps and analyze as much health data as possible. But before you do that, think about the information that you really want to know every day. 
With HealthKit, you can truly customize the health and data experience you want to have. That’s why it’s important to select your apps, devices, and Health app settings carefully, perhaps selecting apps that do one task well—one for tracking sleep, another for caloric intake, another for fitness, and a final app for general health—and then share that information freely with other HealthKit apps. And that’s exactly what the apps listed here do. These five apps each bring something different to the table, delivering a well-balanced snapshot of your daily health routine.To read this article in full or to leave a comment,...

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03:25
Kool Tools: Booq Taipan shock carry case

The US$95 Tapian shock from Booq (www.booqbags.com) is designed for professionals who are on the go. Designed with both function and style in mind, the bag provides protection and quick access to a professional’s most important assets.
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03:25
Samsung Headed for another Ugly Quarter as Profits...

It could get ugly for Samsung this week: We posted a report on September 24 titled "Samsung Rushes their Galaxy Note 4 to Market as their Stock Price Plunges after Apple's iPhone Sales are Realized." Now a new report is stating that Samsung is heading for its roughest quarter in years amid rising competition from Apple and China’s Xiaomi.

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03:06
Gartner: 73% of organizations to invest in big data...

Investment in big data technologies continues to expand, according to a recent survey by Gartner, Inc.(www.gartner.com), which found that 73% of respondents have invested or plan to invest in big data in the next 24 months, up from 64% in 2013.
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01:59
GraphicConverter 9.4 - Graphics editor with powerful...

GraphicConverter is an all-purpose image-editing program that can import 200 different graphic-based formats, edit the image, and export it to any of 80 available file formats. The high-end editing tools are perfect for graphic manipulation as well as the ability to use Photoshop-compatible plug-ins. It offers batch-conversion capabilities, a slide-show window, and so much more.Version 9.4: New features

  • Now 64-bit only
  • added auto convert feature (batch conversion with folder watching)
  • added optional display of subfolder count and files count in the folder tree of the browser
  • added iOS icon set to save as formats
  • added "get move folder" AppleScript command
  • added Split JPX data stream into JP2s to convert and modify
  • added copy filename to IPTC headline command to context menu and actions menu
  • added display of defined move folders to browser context menu
  • added search by...

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01:55
iOS 8 adoption lagging significantly behind iOS 7,...

Within the first twenty-four hours, iOS 8 update appeared to be slower than its predecessors.  A few weeks in, this continues to be the case says analytics firm Fisku.
After twelve days, both iOS 6 and iOS 7 had comfortably crossed the 50% mark for iOS usage. By contrast, iOS 8 is yet to hit the 40% mark according to Fisku’s measurements. An independent study from Mixpanel says iOS 8 is closer to 50%, but it is still far behind iOS 7’s rate of uptake.
At least, iOS 8 is ahead of iOS 5 in terms of usage, which should be expected given that iOS 4 users wanting to upgrade to iOS 5 had to plug in to iTunes to update. Since that change, both iOS 6 and iOS 7’s upgrade rates were almost double that of iOS 5. For reasons not fully...

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01:23
Facebook Messenger may soon let you pay your friends...


A modified version of the Facebook Messenger has revealed that person-to-person payment interfaces and other elements are already integrated into the app. The discovery was made by iOS developer Andre Aude.
Just like sending a message or sending a photo, Facebook’s payments implementation is integrated into the chat window. The idea being, that if you talk to a friend about getting coffee, you can pay your half of the bill in the same place. A history of payments appears in the settings pages.
Facebook has not confirmed that the feature is coming any time soon. Zuckerberg has floated the idea of Facebook tying mobile payments before, but warned it was a long way off.
...

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Sunday October 5

21:12
Briefly: Logitech's new wireless mouse, Netflix...

Logitech has introduced a new wireless mouse designed with a curved shape for a natural hand position. The M320 wireless mouse features an asymmetrical form, with a wide wheel for improved scrolling and an updated optical sensor for precise responsiveness. Though intended for wireless use, its Nano receiver allows users to elect using a cord; when used wirelessly the mouse automatically enters a sleep mode when not in use to improve the duration of its battery charge. Available in blue, red, black and gray color options, the M320 wireless mouse is priced at $30.......

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18:16
Majority of Apple Campus 2 foundation laid according...


Apple’s Campus 2 project continues to make strides with the latest drone video (below) showing the majority of the foundation completed on the massive structure, which Apple CEO Tim Cook has called the ‘Greenest in the World’.  You can see the front 2/3rds of the structure is now cemented in with the rear third still dirt and subterranean walls also built along the sides.
The controversial structure which will house 12,000 staff in 2....

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17:35
Photoshop Elements 13

Major new release for Adobe's consumer photo editing software. ($99.99 new, 1.96 GB) 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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15:35
T-Mobile CEO John Legere laughs at iPhone 6 bending...

Talking at the GeekWire Summit 2014 this month, the ever vocal T-Mobile CEO John Legere talked about the how ludicrous he believed the current bending controversy is surrounding the iPhone 6. Coming off of a point talking about how the company is forcing the industry to change, Legere jokingly sat on his iPhone only to say that the bending issue "is such horse---."...

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15:29
∞ Anna-Maria Hefele’s “polyphonic overtone singing”

This is just completely freaky.

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15:24
StuffIt Deluxe 16

Major new release adds integration with popular cloud services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive. ($49.99 new, $29.99 upgrade) 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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15:23
Apple's iPhone 6 Sales Nearing 20 Million Mark...

Apple's iPhone 6 sales are rocking': Today a new report looks at the latest iPhone 6 sales stats that are being tracked by the pros and everything is pointing to the iPhone 6 is likely to break all records for first month sales.

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15:23
When cooking became competition

The Atlantic:

Turn on the Food Network any night of the week, and this is what you’ll probably see: “a larger-than-life host, a specifically defined challenge, bombastic music, a set time limit, a panel of judges, and a cast of contestants whose back-story and biographical detail serves to heighten the stakes and fan the [program's] already heated dramatic flame.”

That’s according to a 2013 study of Food Network’s evolution from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee associate professor Tasha Oren. The Food Network may have started as a channel focusing on the dishes themselves—think Emeril Lagasse and “Bam!” But in order to grow, the network has abandoned its food focus in favor of formulaic competition.

I don’t watch any of these shows but I see the commercials for them all the time. I don’t watch because I don’t get why cooking has to be a contest but the article might have a point. Maybe these shows are for those who don’t like sports but still like competition...

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15:22
Default Folder X 4.6.9

Provides several fixes to improve compatibility with OS X Yosemite. ($34.95 new, free update, 10.6 MB) 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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14:00
This Weekend in the App Store -- the best free apps...

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

Giflay - GIF Viewer...

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13:54
NFL deal with Bose bans Beats, other headphone...

Apple-owned designer headphone brand Beats by Dre are taking another hit in the professional sports arena. It was uncovered that a recent deal between Bose and the National Football League (NFL) will ban other headphones on game days as a part of the exclusive league sponsorship. While the ban is in effect for all other headphone manufacturers, Beats argues that their headphones are important to players....

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12:00
Daily Deals for October 5, 2014, featuring the Epic...

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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11:00
Adaptxt Keyboard is a capable and free iOS 8 add-on

One of the great things about iOS 8 is the addition of third party keyboards allowing swipe typing, a variety of symbols and foreign language support.

I've already looked at Swype from Nuance (US$0.99) and found it generally superior to the Apple...

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10:40
The best Lightning cable

The Wirecutter:

After measuring the charging speed of 44 cables, then sending the top 11 to our electrical engineer for teardown analysis, the $14 Monoprice 3ft MFi Certified Lightning to USB Charge/Sync Cable is the one we’d buy. It may be a third-party cable, but the Monoprice stood out among competitors by being the only third-party cable that had as good, if not better, internal build-quality compared to Apple’s own cable. Plus, it’s cheaper than Apple’s by $5.

Always good to have an extra cable or two lying around and the price is right for this one.
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10:13
Remembering Steve

Apple:

Over a million people from all over the world have shared their memories, thoughts, and feelings about Steve. One thing they all have in common — from personal friends to colleagues to owners of Apple products — is how they’ve been touched by his passion and creativity. You can view some of these messages below and share your own at rememberingsteve@apple.com.

Classy move, Apple.
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10:00
All the top news and features last week on TUAW you...

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

News

Bill Gates: Apple Pay is...

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09:56
CEO of T-Mobile on Bendgate: That's such...

Don't be shy: John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile speaks his mind and mocks the creator of the Bendgate video and the controversy in general. Legere said that "this is a super computer in your hand, what the fuck are you putting it in your pants and sitting on it for!

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09:06
Videobox 4.1.2 - Download Flash video through your...

Videobox allows you to quickly and easily download Flash video from most all of the popular video sites on the internet. Videobox will convert the video into a native Quicktime format so it's ready to view on your Mac, iPod, iPhone, or iTunes.Version 4.1.2:

  • [FIX] Fix for 10.6 users
  • [UPDATE] Updated DailyMotion support
  • [UPDATE] Updated Lynda.com support
  • OS X 10.6 or later

Download Now

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09:00
A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

Last week, we reviewed a variety of hardware and accessories that'll complement your favorite iOS or OS X devices. Here's a quick roundup of recent hardware reviews that you may have missed:

HP and Neat partner for home and small office...

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08:43
Steve Jobs: The Man that Almost did Everything Right

TIME Pays Tribute to Steve Jobs: Time looks back at the life of Steve Jobs with a compilation of seventeen photos to remember.

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08:38
T-Mobile CEO Legere: Apple’s ‘incredible quality...

In a Geekwire Interview this week, the ever-NSFW but entertaining CEO of T-Mobile spoke on a variety of mobile carrier subjects near and dear to our hearts.  But slightly after 20-minute mark, Legere stepped it up a notch with some Bendgate bashing calling the whole thing horses–t…
On the iPhone 6’s bending problems (Minute 20:15): 
“That is such horses—t. Listen, what the f—k‚ did you need to see? The video of the guy that’s doing this, and if you could have seen his face he probably would have been purple and the veins are coming out of his fingers. And the thing moves a little bit? Are you sh—ing me?”
“This is an amazing supercomputer in your hand. What the f– are you putting it in your pants and sitting on it for? Seriously. You know what, those nine people who sat on their phones, first of all, they need jeans that fit them a little better....

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08:30
All the best app reviews last week on TUAW

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

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08:00
iOS 8 How-to: Manually control the exposure in the...


In iOS 8, the Camera app has a lot of the same functionality as in iOS 7. In iOS 8, you are able to manually control the exposure levels in the photo. This means you can easily adjust how light or dark the photo is.
To do so open up the Camera app. Then you are going to tap on the focus point. The focus point is the subject point of the picture. When tapping to focus, a yellow square appears around the subject. To adjust the exposure level, tap on the yellow sun and slide it up and down. Sliding the sun up will make the picture lighter, and sliding the sun down will make the picture darker.


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06:49
Review combo: Inateck Bluetooth Audio Receiver and...

Today we’re taking a look at two iOS device accessories from Inateck- the Bluetooth Audio Receiver and 1.2m Micro USB Cable with Apple Lightning Adapter.
Bluetooth Audio Receiver 
Upon initial inspection, the Bluetooth Audio Receiver might not look like it’s capable of much. The entire unit measures only 40x40x11.5mm. However, this device is capable of driving Bluetooth 3.0 audio through any speaker system with a standard 3.5mm connection.

The receiver is very lightweight, and made entirely of plastic. You could easily carry it in your pocket without feeling it at all....

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05:21
∞ 15 year old Google Science Fair finalist, an...

[VIDEO] 15 year old Kenneth Shinozuka lives in New York City with his parents, aunt and grandfather. He’s one smart kid.

Kenneth’s grandfather suffers from Alzheimer’s and tended to wander out of their apartment at night, getting out in the streets of New York City, causing a number of accidents, not to mention a lot of worry.

Kenneth’s solution won him one of the 15 finalist slots at the 2014 Google Science Fair. Watch the video. Incredible work.

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Saturday October 4

19:34
Apple Updates Malware Definitions to Protect Against...

Last week, Russian anti-virus firm Doctor Web disclosed a newly discovered piece of OS X malware known as Mac.BackDoor.iWorm that at the time had affected roughly 17,000 machines around the world. While the exact mechanism of infection was unclear, an interesting twist to the story involves compromised machines running search queries on Reddit to obtain instructions about which command and control servers should be used to manage the botnet.It is worth mentioning that in order to acquire a control server address list, the bot uses the search service at reddit.com, and -- as a search query -- specifies hexadecimal values of the first 8 bytes of the MD5 hash of the current date. The reddit.com search returns a web page containing a list of botnet C&C servers and ports published by criminals in comments to the post minecraftserverlists under the account vtnhiaovyd.Once connected to a command and control server,...

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13:49
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 delivers poor graphics...

While boasting an "Octa Core" Application Processor option and an extremely high resolution display, Samsung's new Galaxy Note 4 falls flat in running GPU intensive apps and games--particularly in comparison to Apple's iPhone 6 Plus.

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13:00
NFL bans players from wearing Beats headphones on...

It's quite common to see NFL players on the bench or in the locker room wearing Beats headphones, but a new marketing deal the league inked with Bose will prevent players from doing that in the future.

The ban prevents players or coaches from...

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12:06
Verizon, Redbox halting Redbox Instant streaming...

Redbox and Verizon's collaborative effort for online video streaming, Redbox Instant, is shutting down. October 7 marks the service's last day, with refunds issued to current customers on October 10. Any kiosk credits owed may be used before October 7, at 11:59PM. Unaffected by the change is the actual Redbox service, which will continue as before....

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09:57
Deals: 25% off Otterbox iPhone 6 cases, $799 & $...

Discount coupons for an extra 3% off all MacBooks are joined for a few days by $25% off coupons on Otterbox iPhone 6 cases. Meanwhile, the $799 (11-inch) and $899 (13-inch) MacBook Airs have returned in a price match sale that students can use to their advantage to snag the same models for $699 & $799 at Best Buy.

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09:45
NFL bans beats headphones on camera

Re/code:

Bose secured a league sponsorship deal that effectively allows it to elbow Beats — and any other rival headphone manufacturer — off the playing field.

Under terms of its agreement with the league, the NFL confirmed, Bose received a broad set of rights that entitle it to prevent players (or coaches) from wearing any other manufacturer’s headphones during televised interviews.

This ban extends to TV interviews conducted during pre-season training camps or practice sessions and on game day — starting before the opening kickoff through the final whistle to post-game interviews conducted in the locker room or on the podium. The restriction remains in place until 90 minutes after the play has ended.

Does Bose really think this will make any difference in their sales or market share? Do they think that potential buyers, seeing the headsets on a bunch of “old guys” on the sidelines will make their target audience think, “Oh! I like that look! Gotta get...

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09:31
Angry Birds developer Rovio hit with layoffs; 130 to...

In a blog post pointing out some of the issues surrounding Angry Birds purveyor Rovio, the company's outgoing CEO announced that the game maker will shed 130 people in an effort to reduce costs. The layoffs are all in the company's home country of Finland, and represents 16 percent of the company's total workforce....

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09:22
Briefly: AirRadar 3 released for Yosemite, iBank for...

Koingo Software has announced the release of AirRadar 3, a Wi-Fi scanning and graphing tool for OS X. AirRadar lets users set up a scan frequency to search for available wireless signals, and have new open or closed networks have their name spoken, play alerts, or display notifications. Featuring enhancements that cater to Yosemite, the latest version has been overhauled and includes improved graphing, the ability to join Enterprise networks, 802.11ac support, and more. Users can access more personalization options, and can tag found networks as Favorites or filter them out. Upgrades are free...

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08:12
Google fires back at celeb photo threat, claims...

Google has responded to the letter threatening legal action, should Google not purge the Internet of stolen, and sometimes intimate, photos of celebrities. The search engine has denied that it is intentionally profiting on the scandal, and instead has acted quickly and appropriately to takedown requests by removing "tens of thousands" of images from Google search results....

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08:02
iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China are on Fire

A Real Sizzler: A new report tracking Apple's iPhone 6 pre-orders in China show that their hunger for Apple's new iPhone 6 is really hot!

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08:00
iOS 8 How-to: Have your iOS device read text for you


Previously, I discussed how to have your iOS device read text for you in iOS 7, and in iOS 8 it works pretty much the same way – but with some little differences. It is now easier to set up and make text speakable on an iOS device. Before we discuss how to do it, let’s first set up our iOS device so we can do it:

Open up Settings, tap on General and tap on Accessibility.



...

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08:00
Iris Screen Recorder: A fast way to grab Mac screen...

Whether you're teaching others about how to use their Macs or creating podcasts, you may find that capturing a video of what you're doing with your machine is the best way to show people what's going on. Iris Screen Recorder (free, with US$19.99...

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07:40
Disney axes two Star Wars mobile titles, both less...

Star Wars intellectual property owner Disney has discontinued two iOS apps, one of which was only released this year. Disney has pulled Tiny Death Star as well as Star Wars Assault Team from Google Play and the iOS App Store with no warning to those with a financial stake in the arrangement....

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07:37
VOX 2.2 - Feature-rich music player that supports...

VOX is a simple yet powerful, feature-rich music playing application. VOX was originally developed following the principles of clarity, simplicity and versatility. Thus, the minimalistic interface incorporates both essential and unique features, which let you:

  • Play numerous lossy and lossless audio formats;
  • Export playlists in various formats (PLS, M3U, XSPF);
  • Open different playlist types including M3U, PLS, XSPF and the popular CUE format used to store CD rips;
  • Play audio files stored on NAS devices and other network drives.
  • Control the player from the main interface, Dock context menu or main menu controls;
  • Automatically search for all the missing album artwork from MusicBrainz and LastFM databases;
  • Use keyboard media keys, headphones buttons and Apple Remote to control playback (requires VOX Preference Pane);
  • Easily add music via smart drop zones, ordinary open dialog and Finder context...

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07:21
Bose signs NFL deal blocking official Beats...

High end headphone manufacturer Bose has secured a deal with the National Football League in which it will be the sole headphone worn during official interviews and on screen appearances, according to Re/Code:
The professional athlete still can hear whatever he wants, but Kaepernick and other NFL players must remove their Beats headphones around the television cameras. Bose secured a league sponsorship deal that effectively allows it to elbow Beats — and any other rival headphone manufacturer — off the playing field. Under terms of its agreement with the league, the NFL confirmed, Bose received a broad set of rights that entitle it to prevent players (or coaches...

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07:20
NFL Players Banned From Wearing Beats Headphones on...

Thanks to a new marketing deal with Bose, NFL players will no longer be allowed to wear Apple's line of Beats headphones around television cameras, according to Re/code. The restriction is in place for TV interviews during training camp, practice sessions and game day, running from before the game or event through 90 minutes after play has ended. Many professional athletes have sponsorship deals with Beats, with the headphones frequently spotted around the necks of players both before and after games. Beats accounts for more than 60 percent of the premium headphone market. "Over the last few years athletes have written Beats into their DNA as part of the pre-game ritual," a Beats spokesperson said. "Music can have a significant positive effect on an athlete’s focus and mental preparedness and has become as important to performance as any other piece of equipment." Beats, which has seen...

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06:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Protection for every taste

Protection for every tasteNew iPad models may be just around the corner, but there are still plenty of great options for your current tablet, as this week’s roundup of new cases shows.Ali ExpressThe Leather Smart (iPad Air; $15) protects your tablet in a trendy checkered pattern—and best of all, it won’t break the bank.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:16
External Link: Vogue Profiles Jony Ive

Another sign of Apple’s push into the fashion world: Vogue magazine has published an in-depth profile of Jony Ive, Apple’s SVP of Design. Interestingly, Vogue got to look at the Apple Watch weeks before it was announced. The article details Ive’s upbringing, education, and his design philosophies. “I think what we sincerely try to do is create objects and products and ideas that are new and innovative,” Ive said, “but at the same time there is a slightly peculiar familiarity to them.” 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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06:08
How Megadeth, back in 1994, helped the record...

Back in 1994, the internet was still a wide open frontier. WebCrawler was the state of the art in search engines. It was able to index the complete text of every site on the web. Excite, the first real portal site, was just getting started. And the music industry had no concept of what was coming.

Great read.
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06:05
Apple brings iAd to nine more European countries,...


Apple has announced that iAd is now available in nine additional countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and Sweden. This means iAd is now available in a total of twenty-five countries spanning North America, Europe and Asia.

Apple says that it continues to support iAd to help developers make more money. It’s not a stretch to say that the initiative has not met expectations and now primarily serves commercials for iTunes Radio. Developers using the program have anecdotally reported poor fill rates versus iAd’s competitors.
However, the addition of new countries shows that Apple has not abandoned the project. On a...

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06:00
Caturday: Merry amidst the Mac mess

When you're a kitten and have just worn yourself out running around on Dad's keyboard for 20 minutes, there's nothing more relaxing to do than prop your fuzzy head up against a podcasting microphone and take a quick nap. Oh, and be sure to push...

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05:58
Marriott fined $600,000 for blocking its customers’...

This is unconscionable.
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04:59
States launching independent investigation of JP...

Despite JP Morgan Chase claiming that they aren't seeing enhanced fraud activity, two states have launched an investigation of the event that caused the reveal of 76 million household's information, with the promise of more to come. A recent regulatory filing showed the leak, with customers' names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses stolen -- the bank claims no financial information was stolen....

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04:30
Pick your battles wisely in Weapons Throwing RPG

Weapons Throwing RPG is a retro style RPG. The graphics and music have an anime design that is adorable and fun. The music sounds similar to that of other games from the 90s 16-bit era. It is an easy game to figure out and pretty simple to play....

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04:17
Tim Cook's Email: A Respectful Remembrance of...

Tomorrow will mark the third anniversary of Steve Jobs passing. While Steve Jobs was one of the most creative CEO's of our time, for my generation he was inspirational force like no other. Yesterday, Apple's CEO Tim Cook ...

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04:00
Next Fashion Trend: Phabulous Phony Pockets?


"Is that a phablet in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?" That may be the modern-day equivalent of the famous quip, thanks to the arrival of Apple's 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. With its increased size and flexibility, the device not only has kicked off the "Bendgate" scandal, but also may be helping to start a new fashion trend. American Eagle, Levi's, L.L.Bean, J.Crew, Lee Jeans and Uniqlo are among the brands that have admitted they're now reconsidering pocket size in light of the growing phablet trend.

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Friday October 3

22:18
Briefly: Jobs movie update, model hints at Apple...

The Sony Pictures-produced, Aaron Sorkin-authored big-budget biopic of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has undergone some changes recently, notes The Hollywood Reporter. Original director David Fincher who was previously reported to have left the project, has been replaced by Slumdog Millionaire's Danny Boyle. Boyle, who wanted Leonardo DiCaprio for the title role in the movie, will have to pick another star, as DiCaprio has dropped out of the race for the part. Other actors possibly in the running include Ben Affleck, Christian Bale (Fincher's original choice), Bradley Cooper and Matt Damon.......

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18:01
New OS X malware 'iWorm' discovered in...

A new Trojan threat, possibly disguised as a fake unauthorized build of OS X 10.10 Yosemite, is making the rounds by taking in users who attempt to pirate software. The new malware, dubbed "iWorm" by Russian research firm "Dr. Web," has supposedly been installed by duped users on some 18,000 Macs worldwide thus far. Users would have had to have downloaded and installed the software in order to be victimized by the Trojan, which is mostly aimed at gathering user data....

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16:01
Apple faces trial for allegedly 'locking in...

A U.S. district court judge recently denied Apple's motion for summary judgment in a long-running case involving the use of digital rights management for content sold through the iTunes Store, opening the suit to move to the trial phase.

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16:00
Cook sends memo to employees on third anniversary of...

As he has done each year since taking over as CEO, Tim Cook has written a memo to all Apple employees reflecting on the death of co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs. In this latest note, Cook says he will be thinking of Jobs on Sunday, the third anniversary of his passing. He thanks employees for "helping carry Steve's legacy into the future," and notes that even projects that were begun after Jobs's death still carry his "unmistakeable" influence....

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16:00
Slices of Apple episode 8: Real Artists Ship part 2

Slices of Apple is a documentary series exploring the success of Apple as a company. It seeks to educate business leaders, entrepreneurs and laypeople about how Apple keeps delivering consistently great products.

Ryan Nielsen is a co-founder of...

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15:30
Ochra Light promises ambient lighting but doesn...

Let's talk theory, because Ochra Light, free with ads and available on all iOS devices, is great in theory. It adds an extra layer to standard white noise relaxation apps by using color therapy. As the name suggests, the colored light aspect should...

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15:13
One Month To The MacTech Conference!

We’re one month out.
Are you missing out?
MacTech Conference is our 3-day, immersive, technical conference specifically designed for Apple IT Pros, Enterprise, developers, and programmers.
MacTech Conference has been working hard to give you the best event in the most cost effective ways we can.  Part of the way we do that is through Pre-Registration Pricing, which expires in three weeks, and saves you $200!
MacTech Conference is not only about learning, but about forming relationships and building networks. MacTech is known for world-class speakers and content, but it’s also known for the entire experience, food, and activities.  All together, you have the opportunity to spend time with your peers, and we’ll help you get to know new people and expand your network.
As an immersive conference, we’ll have you busy from morning until night … having a whole lot of fun in the process.  And, we’ve already let you know about...

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15:10
iOS 8: Notification Per Email Thread

Ever see a little bell appear and disappear on your mobile email? You aren't imagining things. Kelly has seen it too, and she explains what it is and how it works.

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14:51
RoGame Software releases Space 2048 for Mac OS X

RoGame Software (www.rogame.com) has released Space 2048 for Mac OS X (10.6.6 and higher). It costs US$3.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.
Here's how the game is described: "Space 2048 recreates the 2048 game in outer space with amazing visuals, animations and the universe as background. It has great sound effects, includes a soundtrack and has you move entire planets to get to your score in style, surrounded by asteroids, suns and galaxies. Space 2048 is the full game - no add ons needed and it makes for great entertainment for the entire family."

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14:39
Friday Deals: 50-inch Ultra HD TV, OWC clearance,...

It is the start of October, which means that there's only a few weeks to go until a vast amount of chocolates and candy needs to be acquired to hand out over Halloween. While you still have some cash, before spending too much on sweet food for costumed children, have a look at the sales and deals we find for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, all prices are verified at the time of publication, but may not be valid if you're reading this after the weekend, so check before buying....

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14:38
Reddit-powered botnet infected thousands of Macs...

A search run by the iWorm malware against Reddit yielded lists of compromised servers making up the botnet's command and control network.

Dr.WEB

The Russian antivirus vendor Dr. Web has reported the spread of a new botnet that exclusively targets Apple computers running Mac OS X. According to a survey of traffic conducted by researchers at Dr. Web, over 17,000 Macs worldwide are part of the Mac.BackDoor.iWorm botnet—and almost a quarter of them are in the US. One of the most curious aspects of the botnet is that it uses a search of Reddit posts to a Minecraft server list subreddit to retrieve IP addresses for its command and control (CnC) network. That subreddit now appears to have been expunged of CnC data, and the account that posted the data appears to be shut down.
The Dr. Web report doesn’t say how Mac.BackDoor.iWorm is being...

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Ten-year-old Real Networks lawsuit against Apple...


Remember RealPlayer? Well, the company behind that software has been granted a jury trial in an antitrust lawsuit from 2004. At the heart of the suit is an anti-piracy measure added to iTunes and the iPod after Real Networks debuted its RealPlayer competitor. According to the suit, Apple deliberately stopped iTunes and iPods from playing music purchased from the competing store through several iTunes updates.
Real Networks says that this cause $351,631,153 in damages, breaking the claim down even further as “$148,947,126 for resellers, $194,655,141 for direct purchasers, and $8,028,886 for additional iPod sales from the additional transactions.” The full ruling is below.
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Be prepared for the new NHL season with NHL...

The 2014-2015 National Hockey League season begins in less than a week. One of the best ways to stay up to date with all the news and scores is with NHL GameCenter. This free universal app requires iOS 5.0 or later to run.

NHL Game Center is really...

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'iWorm' malware controls Macs via Reddit,...

Security researchers recently discovered that more than 17,000 Macs around the world have been infected by a new OS X malware threat called "iWorm," which at one point used Reddit.com as a go-between to cull user data, perform various system actions and execute Lua scripts.

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Wellograph Watch: Activity tracking with style and...

There are a ton of fitness and activity monitors out in the wild now that could basically be described as the good, the bad, and the ugly. Some of the fitness monitors I've reviewed over the past few years have been amazing, with accuracy, good...

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iAd Now Available in More Countries

iAd has expanded services to Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and Sweden. With iAd Workbench, you can now promote your apps in 25 countries across North America, Europe, and Asia. Learn more about iAd Workbench.

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Including a Privacy Policy in Your Apps

To ensure that customers understand how their data will be used, you must provide a link in the Privacy Policy URL field in iTunes if a privacy policy is required by law in your country or if your app does any of the following:

  • Accesses user or device data
  • Offers an account registration process
  • Accesses a user's existing account
  • Uses the HomeKit Framework or HealthKit Framework
  • Integrates Apple Pay
  • Includes keyboard extensions
  • Contains auto-renewable subscriptions or free subscriptions
  • Appears in the Kids Category

For more details, read the App Store Review Guidelines.

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iAd Now Available in More Countries

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Including a Privacy Policy in Your Apps

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  • Accesses user or device data
  • Offers an account registration process
  • Accesses a user's existing account
  • Uses the HomeKit Framework or HealthKit Framework
  • Integrates Apple Pay
  • Includes keyboard extensions
  • Contains auto-renewable subscriptions or free subscriptions
  • Appears in the Kids Category

For more details, read the App Store Review Guidelines.

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