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Friday October 3

12:58
Tim Cook sends letter to employees on third...

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Friday sent an email to Apple employees to honor the third anniversary of the passing of co-founder Steve Jobs, saying the late tech guru's legacy lives on through their work.

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12:47
Here’s how to tell if your Mac is infected with the...

There’s a new strain of malware that specifically targets OS X. Read on to learn about the malware itself and to learn how to tell if you are infected.
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12:39
Being Facebook Means Never Having to Say You're...


Facebook on Thursday announced it had developed a framework for conducting research on its 1.3 billion or so users. The announcement clearly is a response to the onslaught of criticism the company received this summer, when it blithely reported the findings of a study about how News Feed content affected a user's mood. In carrying out that research, Facebook withheld certain posts and promoted others to see how users would react. When its methodology became public, reactions were immediate and harsh.

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12:31
[Sponsor] ThinkUp

You could be getting so much more out of Twitter and Facebook, but analytics apps seem to be designed for icky “Social Influencers” or giant #brands. What you need is ThinkUp. It makes your social networks more fun.

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(Oh, and we don’t have any ads, and we don’t sell your data.)

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12:30
How the Apple Watch Already Has Success Designed in

When a new product category arrives from Apple, like the Apple Watch, it can be hard to size up the future prospects. Some observers only have a dim idea about how customers will embrace and exploit the product, and they don't yet see how Apple works to design success into the very DNA of any new product. In time, however, it all becomes clear, and the naysayers seldom turn out to be right.

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12:30
Briefly: Hulu Plus app update, ThumbTrack wearable...

Hulu Plus, a TV and movie streaming subscription app, has received an update, featuring an overall redesign. Requiring a paid subscription, users can watch current episodes of popular TV shows, kids shows, and classic series. Content can be streamed from one's iPhone or iPad on to their TV with Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, PS3 and PS4 using the in-app remote control. Hulu Plus v4.0 features a new simplified aesthetic, with key features including Shows You Watch, a Navigation section for viewing Hulu's catalog, a revised Search and a Share functionality for sharing content to social media pl......

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12:24
39 Professionally-Designed WordPress Themes for $39

Got a WordPress blog? Finding the right theme can be a pain, but our friends at StackSocial have put together a heckuva deal called the Creative Market Wordpress Bundle. It's 39 WordPress themes from ten different designers for $39. Let me do some math just to be sure-you got 39...and then 10...bring the four...oh, and make sure to carry the 1-yep, that's a buck a piece. Check 'em out. If you like the deal, tell your friends.

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12:13
Tim Cook Asks Apple Employees to Remember Steve Jobs...

Ahead of the third anniversary of Steve Jobs' passing, Apple CEO Tim Cook has sent a memo to Apple employees (via iClarified), asking them to take some time to remember the "many ways Steve made our world better." Team, Sunday will mark the third anniversary of Steve's passing. I'm sure that many of you will be thinking of him on that day, as I know I will. I hope you'll take a moment to appreciate the many ways Steve made our world better. Children learn in new ways thanks to the products he dreamed up. The most creative people on earth use them to compose symphonies and pop songs, and write everything from novels to poetry to text messages. Steve's life's work produced the canvas on which artists now create masterpieces. Steve's vision extended far beyond the years he was alive, and the values on which he built Apple will always be with...

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12:08
18K Macs Hit with iWorm Botnet

Over 18,000 Macs around the world have been hit with a new malware threat called Mac.BackDoor.iWorm, or iWorm, that could let hackers steal data or use victim's computers in denial of service attacks on other servers. iWorm also uses Reddit.com as part of its system, although Reddit itself hasn't been hacked.

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12:06
Tim Cook emails employees to reflect on third...


This morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook emailed all employees in reflection of the upcoming third anniversary of the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. “I hope you’ll take a moment to appreciate the many ways Steve made our world better,” Cook wrote in the internal memo. Here’s the full message, via several Apple employees:

Team,
Sunday will mark the third anniversary of Steve’s passing. I’m sure that many of you will be thinking of him on that day, as I know I will.
I hope you’ll take a moment to appreciate the many ways Steve made our world better. Children learn in new ways thanks to the products he dreamed up. The most creative people on earth use them to compose symphonies and pop songs, and write everything from novels to poetry to...

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12:00
MultiCam for iOS can greatly improve your photos

Since cameras were first invented photographers have gone through this drill: Focus, set exposure, take photo. Some innovative cameras like the Lytro let you interactively change your focus after you take your image, but the Lytro hasn't set the...

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11:57
Chinese Model Hints at Fashion-Oriented Advertising...

Chinese model Liu Wen may be involved in a fashion-oriented advertising campaign for the Apple Watch, according to an image that she recently shared on Instagram. In a photo that shows her trying on the Apple Watch at Parisian fashion boutique Colette, Wen writes "My second meeting with the #AppleWatch, this time in Colette. The first time? Well, you'll see soon." Several fashion publications have taken Wen's statement to mean that she is somehow involved in marketing the Apple Watch, possibly taking part in an upcoming advertising campaign designed to promote Apple's wearable device. Liu Wen is a well-known fashion model, who has...

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11:57
OS X vulnerability allows 'iWorm' botnet...

A security hole in OS X is allowing botnet malware to control thousands of Macs, says a Russian security firm, Dr. Web. The software has been given the label "Mac.BackDoor.iWorm;" although how it spreads is unknown, it operates in an unusual fashion, relying on comments left by the perpetrators in a Minecraft Reddit forum. These comments contain server addresses, and once iWorm connects to the IPs, commands can be sent out to the botnet....

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11:52
Mac: Serif Labs’ Affinity Designer

Affinity Designer ($50) from Serif Labs is new professional graphic design software for Mac which many are already calling a true competitor to Adobe Illustrator. Serif Labs claims Affinity Designer is “the fastest, smoothest, most precise vector graphic design software available.” Notably, there’s no subscription fee for Affinity Designer, and the Affinity team claims it will be adding new features for free “at least for the…

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11:50
How to repair/replace the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus...

Need to learn how to replace your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus’s battery, display, or other components? Our friends over at iFixit, the same ones that regularly tear apart the newest devices to have a look inside, today published its latest iPhone repair guides for the recently released iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
For both devices iFixit has guides on the most common repairs including battery replacement, front panel assembly/display replacement, and getting out those nasty proprietary Pentalobe screws. The iPhone 6 guides can be accessed here, which are quite similar to the almost identical but larger iPhone 6 Plus model...

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11:39
News: iLounge Weekly arrives Monday, sign up now

The latest edition of iLounge Weekly, our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge, will be arriving in subscribers’ inboxes early next week. iLounge Weekly is a summary of the week’s best news, reviews, and feature articles we’ve published, and it also features giveaways and accessory discount offers from various companies. There’s still plenty of time to sign up and receive this week’s edition — just use the simple form…

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11:30
You will not want to hit the brakes with Asphalt...

Asphalt Overdrive is a new racing game from Gameloft that is both classic and exciting. The design quality and energy of this game makes it feel more current than older racing games. It is compatible with both the iPad and iPhone. It requires iOS 6...

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11:05
Apple will face $350M trial over iPod DRM

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Apple will soon have to face a trial over accusations it used digital rights management, or DRM, to unlawfully maintain a lead in the iPod market, a federal judge has ruled. The plaintiffs' lawyers, representing a class of consumers who bought iPods between 2006 and 2009, are asking for $350 million.
Last week, US District Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers gave the green light (PDF) to sending a long-running antitrust lawsuit against Apple to trial. Plaintiffs in the case say that Apple used its FairPlay DRM system to "lock in" its customers and make it costly to switch to technology built by competitors, like Real Networks. As a result of this lock-in, Apple was able to overcharge its customers to the tune of tens of millions of dollars.
At an...

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11:04
Gadget Ogling: Jump Starts, Wearable Drones, Smarter...


Welcome, dear readers, to a new installment of Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, a fresh peek at gadgets hurtling down the pipeline toward our homes. On the docket this time around are a motivational wearable device, a smart yoga mat, a golfer-focused smartwatch, a drone with a difference, and a way to stop food from going bad. As always, these aren't reviews -- partly because some of these items are nowhere near market-ready yet -- and the ratings denote only my interest in actually using them.

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11:02
Flic uses Tinder-like swipes to whittle down your...

iPhone users with an oversized collection of pictures looking for help to shrink their photo library can turn to Flic, a new app that borrows from the popular dating service Tinder by allowing users to swipe right to save, and left for deletion.

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09:45
The Week in iPhone Cases: A touch of fashion, a ton...

A touch of fashion, a ton of protectionFashion and protection both take center stage in this week’s roundup of new iPhone cases.BallisticThe Urbanite (iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; $35) provides durable protection without adding bulk to your handset.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:00
Apple to reportedly unveil new iPads and Retina iMac...

The Apple Watch may not be available until early 2015, but Apple is still gearing up for what promises to be a busy holiday shopping season. According to John Paczkowski of Re/Code, Apple is planning to hold a special media event on Thursday, October...

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10:58
Forums: Mac OS X optimization utilities, iPhone 6,...

This week has been rather slow in the MacNN forums, however debates rage on about the new iPhone 6 conversations continue about problems with iOS 8, and of course our helpful forum goers assist with troubleshooting. One Fresh-Faced Recruit has recommended some good Mac utilities to use for optimizing OS X. In the thread titled "iPhone 6 or iPhone 6+" members continue to debate the usefulness of each device, and why they would pick one over the other....

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10:57
Apple Will Reportedly Announce New iPads and iMacs...

Apple will hold its next major media event on October 16th, according to unnamed sources cited by Re/code's John Packowski. The event will be held in Apple's Town Hall Auditorium in Cupertino, CA, and it will be centered around new iPads and iMac models.

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10:56
Apple deals: iMacs and Mac Pros

This week at Apple's online store find discounts on refurbished Mac desktop models. The refurbished 21.5-inch iMac with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive has been cut by $170 to $929. A $310 discount is offered on the refurbished 27-inch iMac with a 3.2GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive, now only $1,489....

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10:55
DealNN: refurbished Mac Pro for $2,549, 4K TVs and...

At Apple's Online Store, save $450 on the refurbished current-generation Mac Pro which has been reduced to $2,549 from $2,999. That discount makes this around $300 less than buying it in brand new condition anywhere else. This Mac Pro features a 3.7GHz Intel quad-core Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM, 256GB of flash storage and dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics cards. A one year warranty on parts and labor is provided by Apple....

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10:36
The Competition sharpens their Strategies to...

The 200 million annual shipments milestone for branded tablets continues to elude OEM vendors and overall growth for 2014 is set to come in at a disappointing 2.5%. Apple and Samsung continued to lead branded vendors in unit share during 1H 2014 although with mixed fortunes. Apple iPad units were down 13% year-over-year in the first six months of the year. Apple's CEO Tim Cook addressed the drop during their last financial conference call and made it a point to emphasize that significant innovation was on the way for the iPad and so all eyes will be on Apple's next event for the iPad. Although the iPad is expected ...

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10:33
Sources claim 2014 Apple iPad event to be held...

Apple is planning to hold its expected iPad event on Thursday, October 16th, sources indicate. The emphasis will reportedly be on a second-generation iPad Air and a third-generation iPad mini. The sources add, however, that the event will also feature refreshed, possibly Retina-equipped iMacs, as well as OS X Yosemite. Apple has yet to confirm a release date for Yosemite, and the event could give the company an excuse to demonstrate previously unseen (or little-seen) features. New iMacs would presumably ship with the OS pre-installed.......

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10:19
Espionage 3.6.1 - Simple, state of the art...

Espionage offers state-of-the-art encryption and plausible deniability for your confidential data. Sometimes, encrypting your data isn't enough to protect it. That's why Espionage 3 goes beyond data encryption. Features:

  • Source code available for security professionals.
  • Designed for plausible deniability. Multiple master passwords through Folder Sets. Want two versions of your email? Espionage can handle that.
  • Enhances deniable encryption by creating fake Folder Sets and fake disk images.
  • Laptop-theft tracking apps (like Undercover) work when using Espionage without FileVault.
  • Super-computer defying encryption: AES-256 +...

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09:30
Rumor: Apple will unveil new iPads at an Oct 16 event

Despite the implausible rumor that the next-gen iPad Air may not debut until early 2015, Re/code reports on Friday that Apple will hold another special press event on October 16.
That’s a Thursday, which is not the most common day to have an Apple event, but no matter. Apple declined to officially confirm the information from Re/code’s sources, but the company typically starts inviting the press to these events about a week out, so we should know for sure as soon as next week.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:49
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-03

It's doom and gloom! Or at least potential security headaches for Mac users. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about code for the BadUSB exploit making it to the Web, and the new iWorm botnet that's targeting Macs around the world.

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09:45
Re/code: Apple’s iPad and OS X Yosemite-focused...

Apple is reportedly set to announce new iPads and more at an event on October 16.

Andrew Cunningham

When it rains, it pours—Apple was silent for most of 2014 before dropping iOS 8, new iPhones, and the Apple Watch announcement on us last month. Now, Re/code says the company plans to hold an iPad-centric event at its town hall campus in Cupertino on October 16. Re/code (formerly AllThingsD) has a stellar track record for predicting Apple event dates, so we're inclined to believe them even though the event is falling on a Thursday instead of a Tuesday (as Apple events usually do).
New iPads will reportedly be the focus of the event, and it's not hard to guess what they'll look...

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09:32
Stevie Ray Vaughan

The GRAMMY Museum, based in Los Angeles, will be honoring Stevie Ray Vaughan’s birthday with FREE admission to its exhibits on October 3, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. PDT. In June, the museum unveiled Pride & Joy: The Texas Blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan, on display through July 2015. Jimmie Vaughan, Stevie’s brother, served as a guest curator.

Happy Birthday SRV. You were always one of my favorites.
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09:25
Chinese iPhone 6 reservations exceed 4 million

Chinese reservations for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are already over the 4 million mark, reports Tencent. The devices hit the 2 million mark just a few hours after reservations opened. The new data is said to have been culled directly from companies processing the reservations for carriers and retailers....

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09:13
News: Apple to hold new iPad event Oct. 16

Apple will hold its next special event on Thursday, Oct. 16, according to Re/code. The company will unveil “the latest updates to its iPad line” at the event, in addition to new iMacs and the public release of OS X Yosemite. This time around, the event is being held at Apple’s Town Hall Auditorium in Cupertino. It’s expected that we’ll see new, faster iPads with Touch ID, possibly with a gold color option....

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09:05
New third-party keyboards for iOS 8: Emoji++ &...

With iOS 8, Apple now allows developers to create alternative keyboards on iPhone and iPad that can be used almost anywhere to replace the system keyboard. We told you about several third-party keyboards for iOS 8 including when the major operating system update was released last month, and a few more interesting third-party keyboards have since been released. The first is an Emoji-only keyboard called Emoji++ that makes finding the right Emoji character much faster, and the second is both a language and symbol keyboard called...

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09:00
INSIDE TRACKS: A stunning smartphone-enabled coffee...

Longtime readers of National Geographic magazine can't help but remember the 1978 story about a young woman named Robyn Davidson who trekked across the Australian outback accompanied by her dog and four camels. As you'd expect from Nat Geo, there...

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08:53
Apple to Unveil New iPads, Retina iMacs, and OS X...

Apple is planning to hold its next fall event on Thursday, October 16, where it is expected to introduce new iPads, reports Re/code. The company is also expected to introduce new Retina iMacs and release OS X Yosemite to the public. According to the site, the iPad event will be more low-key than its September iPhone event, and it will be held at the company's Town Hall Auditorium. Physical mockup of the second-generation iPad AirApple has a few more new products to unveil before the year is out, and it plans to show them off in a couple weeks. Sources tell Code/red the company will hold its next special event on Thursday, Oct. 16 -- not the 21st. Headlining the gathering: The latest updates to its iPad line, along with those new iMacs that 9to5Mac told us about earlier this week. Also: OS X Yosemite.Apple's next-generation iPad Air and iPad Retina mini are both expected...

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08:49
Apple expected to hold iPad & Retina iMac event...

Apple is reportedly planning to hold an event on Thursday, Oct. 16, to showcase the rest of its fall 2014 product lineup, which is expected to include new iPads with Touch ID fingerprint sensors, as well as a 27-inch iMac with Retina display.

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08:20
Facebook reportedly working on a community-focused...

Facebook is reportedly working on its own health app, but don’t expect the network to follow in Apple’s footsteps by tracking your vitals. Facebook’s health initiative is all about community.
While the app is in the early stages of development, Facebook is reportedly taking a cue from the way people already use the network to discuss health problems. According to Reuters, the network is looking at ideas around community discussions, perhaps similar to its thriving Groups section. The Friday report from Reuters also detailed talks between Facebook and medical experts to build apps around preventative care.To read this article in full...

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08:44
iPhone Apps: Argus, Instagram, Perfct
08:43
Apple reportedly set to hold iPad/iMac/Yosemite...


Re/code reports that Apple will hold its October event, featuring iPads, on October 16th. According to John Paczkowski, the event will feature updates to Apple’s iPad line, OSX 10.10 Yosemite as well as the new Retina iMacs that we reported on earlier this week. Mac mini updates would be nice too.
The event will also feature Yosemite, assumedly the OS will be released soon after the event, if Apple follows historic patterns.
In contrast to September’s Apple Watch announce/...

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08:41
Apple's iOS 8 update breaks Bluetooth car...

Apple's iOS 8 update released last month has created major problems for users who connect their iPhone to their car's stereo system via Bluetooth, but there are indications that a fix may be on the way with the upcoming iOS 8.1 update.

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08:30
Mayo Clinic rebrands app, adds HealthKit...

Mayo Clinic -- yes, the same Mayo Clinic that helped Apple create the user-friendly Health app -- has updated its own app with HealthKit functionality. The app, which was rebranded as simply "Mayo Clinic" from its previous name "Patient," has been...

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08:19
App Store users experience errors trying to download...

People trying to use the App Store are currently experiencing a variety of problems, according to complaints. Some are seeing vague error messages, while others are simply unable to finish downloads; many people are unaffected. For those who are impacted, the trouble can interfere with both the iOS and Mac App Stores, and any version of iOS or OS X....

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08:10
One-Time Passcode for Office 365 Message Encryption

Shobhit Sahay is a technical product manager on the Office 365 team.
Back in February, we launched Office 365 Message Encryption, the all-new encryption service that allows you to send encrypted mail to anyone. We’ve come a long way since that announcement. We’ve upgraded all of our Exchange Hosted Encryption (EHE) customers to Office 365 Message Encryption. And we’ve seen great service adoption, with more than a million encrypted messages sent using Office 365 Message Encryption ready! While we’ve been upgrading our EHE customers, we‘ve also been busy responding to your feedback and are happy to announce the release of One-Time Passcode. With One-Time Passcode, you don’t need to sign in with a Microsoft account to view an encrypted message.
Let’s take a look at this new feature.
Previously, when you received a message encrypted with Office 365 Message Encryption, you could view the encrypted message only by using a Microsoft account. Now, with the...

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08:02
News: Users reporting iOS 8 Bluetooth connectivity...

Many users are having issues with Bluetooth connectivity following the update to iOS 8 earlier this month, as noted in a recent report from MacRumors. Reports from numerous users on the Apple Support forums and MacRumors forums indicate problems with connecting not only to car audio systems but also headphones, speakers, headsets, and more. Some have reported that Apple support is aware of the incompatibility issue with “some car/navigation…

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08:00
People respond to Apple's iPhone 1000

With Apple going big and bigger with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, is this our inevitable future with the iPhone 1000?

Image Credit: Redditor Michel00 via Imgur...

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07:57
News: Apps of the Week: Post-it Plus, WW2: Sandbox,...

New Apps Post-it Plus (free) — This is a clever little app developed directly by 3M, maker of the iconic Post-it notes, designed to take your Post-its into the digital realm. With this app you can simply take a snapshot of a board filled with up to 50 Post-it notes and then individually rearrange and organize them in any way — you can group them into categories, or even combine notes from multiple sessions. The organized board can be shared with…

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07:56
Eric Schmidt says Google doesn’t harvest data, more...

I think Schmidt underestimates the intelligence of the general public. If you don’t buy a product, you are the product being sold.
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07:32
How the Shinkansen bullet train made Tokyo into the...

The Guardian:

The Greater Tokyo Metropolitan Area, composed of four prefectures, became the world’s pre-eminent megalopolis – some 35 million people by 2010, or 27% of Japan’s total population. It isn’t unusual for commuters to spend two hours getting to work every day on trains that exceed 150% of capacity.

When I was in Tokyo, one of the things I wanted to see and take pictures of was the Shinkansen bullet train. It’s a shame we don’t have the population densities to make these trains possible here in North America.
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07:30


This might prove useful.
This week, Apple launched a web-based tool to check the Activation Lock status of iOS devices such as iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches. Here, users can go to a web site, enter the device’s IMEI number or serial number and see if the Find My iPhone feature has been located.

The Find My iPhone feature aims to prevent the purchase of stolen or disabled products and can feature an Activation Lock functionality, which prevents activation unless authorized by the user. The Activation Lock was introduced in iOS 7 & is enabled by default in iOS 8.
If you’ve tried the site or have any feedback as to the Activation Lock tool, let us know what you think in the comments.

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07:30
iOS 8's privacy notification not sitting well...

Along with the more headline-grabbing feature additions to iOS 8, Apple tweaked a few smaller items such as the way users are alerted to each app's use of location data. That change isn't going over well with some developers who feel that the alerts...

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07:15
Apple taps Steve Dowling as interim vice president...

It’s been a six month search, but Apple appears to have succeeded Katie Cotton with a new VP of worldwide communications. The new hire comes in the form of Steve Dowling, who, according to re/code, was tapped as interim head of public relations last week by CEO Tim Cook, who has been looking to put a friendlier, more approachable face on Apple’s public relations efforts.

Sources stated that a search outside the company proved fruitless and Dowling’s appointment has been framed to employees as an interim one and it’s said that Apple will continue to evaluate worthy outside candidates if one should pop up. Still, given that Apple CEO Tim Cook has officially put Dowling at the top of Apple’s PR organization suggests he could remain there.

The next question on people’s minds is what will Nat...

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07:14
iOS 8.1 expected with Apple Pay support on October...

Apple Pay will indeed launch alongside iOS 8.1, and Apple is currently targeting an October 20th date for the firmware, sources say. The people add that hidden code should allow Apple Pay testing via the 8.1 beta. It's not clear whether that includes NFC functions, or simply online-only transactions. Either way testing will allegedly start early this month, supported by code rolling out to developers....

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07:03
BadUSB Malware Code Released to the World and There...

When the BadUSB was demonstrated at the Black Hat conference earlier this year the code to take advantage of the security flaw wasn't released. Now it's been reverse engineered and the researchers who figured it out have released their code on the Internet, which means exploits can't be far behind.The Mac Observer Spin: The security researchers that posted their BadUSB code online may have the best of intentions, but they may have unleashed what will turn into a major headache for end users, businesses, and governments around the world.

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07:01
iOS 8 lets you easily hide photos and App Store...

Users have can greater control over their privacy with Apple's iOS 8 update, thanks to newly added options to hide individual photos, and to hide App Store purchases directly from an iPhone or iPad.

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07:00
Apple reportedly wants music labels to lower the $10...

Peter Kafka of Re/Code reports that Apple may be actively trying to convince music labels to lower the somewhat-standard US$10/month fee that Beats Music charges for its streaming music service.

Sources say Apple is talking to the big music labels...

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06:26
Early Apple CarPlay Reviews Cite Ease of Use,...

Apple and several of its partners showed off CarPlay at its official unveiling earlier this year, mainstream users are finally getting their hands on the system with Pioneer's release of its promised CarPlay update for for several of its aftermarket car audio receiver yesterday. Early reviews of CarPlay from Consumer Reports and Australian technology and car blog EFTM suggest the system is indeed easy to use and effective at reducing driver distraction, thanks to excellent Siri integration. Consumer Reports points out the many benefits offered by Siri, which allows you to send text messages, get directions, set reminders, and...

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06:17
Some users experiencing App Store outages, unable to...


Starting about half an hour ago, the App Store is currently experiencing errors where apps do not finish downloading (or updating). Some users are reporting obtuse error messages, like the one above, whereas others are simply left with paused downloads on their iOS and Mac devices.
Availability likely varies by App Store region, but Twitter reports of App Store issues started around 6.30 Pacific Time. The problems are sporadic and do not necessarily arise on every device, but have been seen to occur across operating system versions: it is not limited to iOS 8 and Yosemite (which is still in beta).
Apple is yet to update its system service status page to acknowledge any issues.
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06:14
Apple Seeks Trademark for "Passbook" Icon...

On October 3, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark filing for their updated "Passbook" icon which adds the new Apple Pay component to the top layer of the icon as noted in the ...

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06:07
The One Apple Watch Thing That Really Matters


While the cellphone nearly killed the wristwatch, the Apple Watch gizmo actually will revive it. In fact, I think the attention that the Apple Watch will bring to our wrists will spark sales of traditional watches. Why? I believe there is a latent desire to have a wristwatch -- to have the convenience of the time on your wrist without the need to pull out your smartphone and ignore the world around you. I think -- hope -- that the Apple Watch actually will lead people to slow down the movement of hand to pocket and pocket to face.

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06:00
Bill Gates: Apple Pay is "fantastic" and a...

Bill Gates yesterday sat down for an insightful interview with Erik Schatzker of Bloomberg where the Microsoft co-founder discussed, amongst other topics, his efforts to leverage the ubiquity of cellphones to help bring affordable and digital banking...

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05:46
Review: Two weeks with Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6...


What can I say about the iPhone 6 that you don’t know or haven’t already assumed? Not much, actually. It’s running iOS 8, has a great camera, thinner design, and a handful of features that make it different from last year’s iPhone.
This year, Apple has bumped up the display size and released two models. We have the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Plus, but if you were paying attention to the rumor mill leading up to the launch, these two models probably weren’t a surprise. That being said, there are still some points I’d like to make about both devices, but instead of creating two reviews, I think it’s safe to combine them so that you can...

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05:40
U.S. stock volatility blamed on Apple bears in...

Increasing volatility in the U.S. stock market is being attributed in part to Apple bears on the options market, who have helped to keep America's largest publicly traded company at around the $100-per-share level.

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05:39
News: Apple releases another iTunes 12 beta

Apple has released a new beta for iTunes 12. We took an in-depth look at the first iTunes 12 beta in late July, and we’ll update this story with changes found in the new edition. The latest beta includes a few more cosmetic changes, such as simplifying certain Preferences screens, adding media categories with keyboard shortcuts to the View menu, and improving support for viewing sync settings when multiple iOS devices or iPods are connected....

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05:38
News: Report: Apple asks labels to cut prices for...

Apple is in discussions with major music labels about “a new set of rights and features” — and new pricing — for a revamped Beats Music service, Re/code reports. The company reportedly aims to offer the subscription service for less than its current $10/month rate. It’s noted that talks are still in their initial stages, and getting the labels to cut prices will “require some work on Apple’s part.” A restructuring…

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05:37
Hulu update brings new cleaner design alongside...


In version 4 of its app, Hulu has brought a whole new look to its video streaming app on the iPhone. What matters most is that the app is now optimized for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, meaning videos can use all the pixels of the larger 4.7 and an 5.5 inch displays, which is obviously a vital improvement for video viewing.

A hamburger menu keeps all actions just a couple of taps away. On the other side of the screen, another slide out panel reveals Shows You...

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05:30
Daily Deal: Get the RAW Beats rugged speaker for...

In today’s iLounge Deal we’re offering the RAW Beats ruggedized speaker for only $39.99—a savings of 50% off the normal price. Designed to be both ultra-portable and durable, the RAW Beats Bluetooth Speaker provides the perfect harmony of big sound and rugged portability. The speaker is waterproof, dust-proof, shockproof, and includes a scratch-resistant exterior. Weighing in under a pound, it also houses a built-in microphone that…

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05:27
Deutsche Bank Lowers AAPL Target, Says no Surprises...

Deutsche Bank analyst Sherri Scribner lowered her target price for Apple's stock from US$105 to $102 because she doesn't see any new product surprises coming from the company. She thinks the company could have trouble beating investor expectations for iPhone sales, and that there won't be any new product announcements before the end of the year.

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05:22
Google's Schmidt says Google encryption...

Google chairman Eric Schmidt has fought back against comments over the company's security and privacy, following comments laid out by Apple CEO Tim Cook. In an interview which touched upon a recent open letter about privacy from Cook, Schmidt claims "Someone didn't brief [Cook] correctly on Google's policies. It's unfortunate for him."...

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05:07
Default Folder is ready for OS X Yosemite

St. Clair Software (http://tinyurl.com/l5wtxoj) has delivered Default Folder X 4.6.9, an update to their utility for Mac OS X. The new version adds compatibility with Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite and the capability to decompress zip archives.
Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications. Its custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. It provides fast navigation to your files, convenient previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more.
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05:00
Thousands of Macs infected with OS X botnet malware...

Russian security researchers from anti-virus company Dr Web have discovered a new OS X botnet that has hijacked over 17,000 Macs worldwide. Macs recruited into the botnet are infected with Mac.BackDoor.iWorm malware, which is being spread by a...

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04:45
iOS 8: Setting Up Your Medical ID

For today's article, Melissa Holt is going to cover one of the coolest new features of iOS 8-Medical ID. If you configure yours in advance, emergency personnel can access information on your health history, including any allergies or conditions you have or medications you take, all without needing to know your iPhone's passcode. Come on in and learn how it works!

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04:32
Apple's iPhone 6-Plus may account for 60% of...

The top ten iPhone 6 Plus reviews that are noted in Engadget's report covers The Verge, TechRadar, TechCrunch, CNET, The New York Times and others, with all giving Apple's new phablet two thumbs up. Apparently, the iPhone 6 Plus is doing so well that it's outgunning the iPhone 6 in spite of the hoopla associated with Bendgate.

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04:30
Crazy Skydiving falls flat

Dodging obstacles as a parachutist on their way back to the ground in a pixel art environment is the premise for Crazy Skydiving. Set in a very Flappy Bird style of gameplay, Crazy Skydiving emphasizes the punishing nature of difficult games. Crazy...

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04:16
1 million preorders for iPhone 6 in China in six...

Want China Times:

China’s “big three” telecom carriers — China Telecom, China Unicom, and China Mobile — recorded over 1 million preorders for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus only six hours after they began accepting them for the new phone’s Oct. 10 debut.

Buyers have been able to place their preorders at operators’ online and brick-and-mortar stores as well as their subsidiaries. The total number of preorders could exceed 2 million if they included those sold through distributors such as Suning Appliance and D.Phone.

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04:08
Talking Schmidt: ‘We could all aspire to be a small...


Schmidt loves to talk down Apple at any opportunity, but he is not shy about his admiration of Steve Jobs. At an event last night, in the run up to the release of Schmidt’s book How Google Works, he was asked about who he looks up to. He only said one name.
Via CNET, Schmidt said:
“For me, it’s easy. Steve Jobs,” he said in a quiet, contemplative voice.
“We could all aspire to be a small percentage of Steve,”

“Exceptional people are worth hanging out with,” Schmidt said on Thursday. “Because there is a good chance they are going to change the world.”

Only yesterday was Schmidt dissing Apple for its inferior security and encryption practices, but it’s important to remember that Apple and Google...

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03:57
European Commission clears Facebook's WhatsApp...

European regulators have given the all-clear on the Facebook acquisition of WhatsApp. Four months after Facebook requested the European Commission to review the acquisition over possible antitrust-related issues, the regulator has determined that Facebook and its own Messenger service is not a "close competitor" of WhatsApp, and has authorized the purchase....

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03:52
Maintain serves up Cocktail 7.6.1 (Mavericks Edition)

Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.6.1 (Mavericks Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Mavericks.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Cocktail's features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. Version 7.6.1 addresses compatibility issues with OS X Mavericks 10.9.5. The software is now also signed with v2 signature to conform with the latest version of Apple's Gatekeeper.
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03:51
Rumor tracker

Emergent is a real-time rumor tracker. The idea is to track rumors and, ideally, confirm them as true or false.
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03:46
Chinese media reports 4 million iPhone 6...


Yesterday, Chinese iPhone 6 reservations were stated as 2 million in six hours, a rather stunning statistic. Today, an update from the Chinese media press Tencent now says that reservations have topped 4 million. If all these reservations convert into orders, China alone may beat out the iPhone 6’s launch numbers, which — at the time — were considered to be impressive.
What’s more interesting is that Tencent claims it has exact order numbers from one of the main companies offering reservations. This gives some insight into how sales will be split between the 4.7 inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5 inch iPhone 6 Plus.
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03:42
MaBaSoft releases Currency Assistant 3.2 for Mac OS X

MaBaSoft (www.mabasoft.net) has revved Currency Assistant, a Mac OS X tool that lets you convert between 174 world currencies (all major circulating
currencies plus the 18 Eurozone legacy currencies), to version 3.2. It's ready for the upcoming OS X Yosemite.
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03:35
Understanding how Apple Pay works

Yoni Heisler does an excellent job of demystifying Apple Pay. Here’s my take on how all this works.
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03:24
iPhoto Library Manager 4.1.8 - Manage multiple...

iPhoto Library Manager lets you organize your photos into multiple iPhoto libraries.Separate your high school and college photos from your latest summer vacation pictures. Or keep some photo collections on your Mac and others on an external drive. Access only the photos you want, when you want them.More libraries, more options

  • Smarter searching. iPhoto Library Manager lets you search for photos across one library or many. You don't even need to launch iPhoto.
  • Drag-and-drop support. Put everything in its right place by dragging and dropping images from library to library.
  • Nix the dupes. Need to identify and remove duplicate photos across multiple Libraries? iPhoto Library Manager does it quickly and easily.

Version 4.1.8:

  • The "Recent" section in the album list is now expanded by default
  • We now log which photos will be skipped during a...

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03:23
Most senior, influential B2B buyers use online...

A recently completed Social Buying Study from the IDC (www.idc.com) research group concludes that 75% of the business-to-business (B2B) buyers studied and 84% of C-level/vice president executives use social media to support purchase decisions.
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03:16
Tinderbox 6.1 - Store and organize your notes, ideas...

Tinderbox is a personal content management assistant. It stores your notes, ideas, and plans. It can help you organize and understand them. And Tinderbox helps you share ideas through Web journals and Web logs. Tinderbox's agents automatically scan your notes, looking for patterns and building relationships. Agents help discover relationships and help make sure important things don't get lost. Agents are easy to make and easy to modify. They're flexible and powerful. Tinderbox can even gather and update changing information and breaking news from the internet. When it's time to share your notes, Tinderbox can assemble multiple notes into one page. Updates are a breeze -- even if you update several times a day. Private notes, timestamps, permanent links, archives: everything you want, just the way you want it.Version 6.1:

  • Includes fixes intended to make Tinderbox more reliable, correcting a number of recently-reported issues. Most significantly, Tinderbox...

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03:11
Kool Tools: VR mini 2 portable RAID storage solution

The VR mini 2 portable RAID storage solution from CalDigit (www.caldigit.com) is the successor to the original VR mini from CalDigit that brought RAID protection to location based workflows. The VR mini 2 now features the added benefit of USB 3.0 connectivity.

The VR mini 2 allows users the flexibility of utilizing RAID protection wherever they are. The original VR mini was used by film crews and photographers around the world in locations where a portable RAID device was needed to keep secure file back-ups.
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02:00
You Should Play: Fotonica brings a new thrilling...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play. 

The floating, suddenly appearing rings are only there to distract you. Focus on the path ahead!To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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02:34
Taptic, haptics, and the body fantastic: The real...

The next user interface requires your body. You will literally feel signals chock-full of timely, contextual data delivered from all manner of touchscreens, gadgets and wearables. It’s called haptics, and while it’s been around for years, most notably in game controllers, the Apple Watch is set to deliver this technology to the masses.
Haptic technology—haptics—uses force upon the skin to deliver real-time tactile feedback. These physical sensations are created by tiny motors called actuators. Done right, haptics can mimic the feeling of a pin prick by a wearable that tracks your blood sugar, simulate the plucking of virtual guitar strings on a tablet screen, or re-create the physical recoil of a phaser from your favorite game controller.To read this article in full or to...

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02:16
Digitimes says iPhone 6 Plus accounting for 60% of...


A new report by Digitimes says that, contrary to public opinion, the iPhone 6 Plus is receiving more orders after beating initial demand expectations. The report says 60% of iPhone production is iPhone 6 Plus units, which may be interpreted as the iPhone 6 Plus being the more popular model. It also says that Foxconn is responsible for iPhone 6 Plus supply, whereas Pegatron is taking up iPhone 6 output.
However, Digitimes doesn’t have the best track record and this information sort of defies other evidence. Firstly, it is important to note that production does not correlate proportionally to demand. It was well publicised that the iPhone 6 Plus was supply-constrained in the runup to release. The burst of iPhone 6 Plus production now may simply be restoring the balance, clearing the backlog of orders.
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01:53
iPhone 6 Plus Reportedly Accounting for 60% of Total...

The iPhone 6 Plus is expected to account for 60% of total iPhone 6 device shipments as sales of the device are exceeding initial expectations, reports Digitimes. The information comes from industry sources observing parts shipments to longtime Apple suppliers Foxconn and Pegatron. Foxconn is said to be responsible for the production of the iPhone 6 Plus, while Pegatron is in charge of the iPhone 6. While parts shipments to both suppliers were even as the launch of both devices neared, Foxconn appears to have received more parts shipments for the iPhone 6 Plus as of late. Apple announced last month that it opening weekend sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus topped ten million units, although the company did not specify how that number was divided between both units. Shipping estimates for new iPhone 6 orders...

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01:27
Will Apple Lose Siri's Core Tech To Samsung?

An anonymous reader writes Apple bought Siri in 2010, but its core technology is owned by Nuance, maker of Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Now Samsung is looking to buy Nuance. From the article: "This past June, Nuance and Samsung began merger talks, but nothing came of it. At the time, the two companies said talks had 'slowed' due to 'complexities.' But they didn't say it was dead. Guess what? The talks are back on. The first hint came in June, after the company missed the quarterly projections. The Wall Street Journal then brought up the talks with Samsung and also noted the company had taken financial steps that could indicate a buyout was imminent. The company’s earnings report for June stated that Nuance was redeeming $250 million in 2027 convertible notes. By calling back the debt, that would save the future acquirer around $50 million from a debt-to-share conversion."...

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Thursday October 2

21:50
Apple asking labels for lower streaming rates,...

Apple is asking the major music labels to adjust their agreements with the iPhone maker to allow to go ahead with a planned revision of the subscription-based Beats Music service that may well portend a lowering of the monthly cost. The company apparently plans to introduce changes to the service next year, and wants to obtain new rights and features at a lower price as part of what it has in mind. Streaming services have recently gained in popularity at around the $10 per month mark, which is what Beats Music charges.......

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21:26
Watch rare footage of the Senators beating the...

Washington Post:

When eight cans of nitrate film arrived at the Library of Congress in August, a staffer began a routine inspection to see what sort of physical condition the film was in. Without even watching the footage, she quickly noticed a headline screaming out from one of the newsreels: “SENATORS WIN WORLD SERIES,” it said. “40,000 frantic fans see American Leaguers take 12-inning deciding game, 4 to 3.”

And when archivists from the Library’s Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation watched the reel, they found nearly four minutes of footage from that 1924 World Series, footage that somehow had remained in nearly perfect condition for 90 years. Bucky Harris hitting a home run, Walter Johnson pitching four innings of scoreless relief, Muddy Ruel scoring the winning run, fans storming Griffith Stadium’s field: It was all there, and it was all glorious.

Fascinating to see how much, and how little, the game has changed since this was shot.
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21:19
Tweetbot 3.5: iPhone 6 support, interactive...

Macstories:

From a visual perspective, Tweetbot 3.5 looks and works the same, keeping the foundation that Tapbots introduced with Tweetbot 3 last year. The app hasn’t changed considerably – it has evolved in expected ways and within the limitations imposed by Twitter’s API for third-party apps.

Glad to see this update to my favourite iPhone Twitter client. Can’t wait for the updated iPad version, too.
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19:59
Carbon Copy Cloner 4.0 - Easy-to-use backup/cloning...

Carbon Copy Cloner backups are better than ordinary backups. Suppose the unthinkable happens while you're under deadline to finish a project: your Mac is unresponsive and all you hear is an ominous, repetitive clicking noise coming from its hard drive. With ordinary backups, you'd spend your day rushing out to a store to buy a new hard drive and then sit in front of your computer reinstalling the operating system and restoring data. With Carbon Copy Cloner, your data and the operating system's data are all preserved on a bootable volume, ready for production at a moment's notice. When disaster strikes, simply boot from your backup and get back to using your Mac. At your convenience, replace the failed hard drive and then let CCC restore the OS, your data and your settings directly from the backup in one easy step. Any backup application can save your stuff. A CCC bootable backup will save your productivity too!Version 4.0: Note:...

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19:39
Apple updates iTunes 12 beta for OS X Yosemite...

On Thursday, Apple released an updated version of the beta for iTunes 12, intended for developers and OS X 10.10 Yosemite Public Beta testers. The update follows on the heels of Monday's Golden Master candidate for Yosemite. The iTunes update makes very minor changes to version 12, including some refinement on vertical alignment in the top bar, a handful of revised icons and other minor tweaks. The forthcoming final release will include support for Family Sharing, and an overall new look....

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18:58
JPMorgan Chase breach outlined in SEC filing, 76M...

A filing made with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Thursday revealed new information on the scope of the breach that JPMorgan Chase witnessed earlier in the summer. In July the company, along with at least four other financial institutions, discovered an attack by hackers that reportedly resulted in gigabytes of data stolen after they gained high-level access to 90 of JPMorgan Chase's servers worldwide....

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18:48
Eric Schmidt says Google 'far more secure...

Google Executive Chairman Eric Shmidt on Thursday responded to comments made by Apple CEO Tim Cook referring to the Internet search giant's privacy policies, saying Cook is misinformed and that Google's systems are "far more secure" than anything Apple has.

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18:14
Briefly: Twitter for Mac update, Spotify now...

Twitter for Mac has received an update today, adding new photo features for OS X users. The app allows users to access the social media platform outside of a web browser. Twitter for Mac v3.1 includes the new ability to view and post Tweets with up to four photos at a time, with an image preview for each available for viewing the full photo. Photos can now be shared privately in the Messages section. Various performance improvements and bug fixes are also available in the latest version. Free to download, Twitter for Mac is available through the App Store.......

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18:11
Apple expands matching-donations program, has raised...

In the span of three years, Apple's matching-donation program -- which encourages employee giving to recognized charities by matching their donation -- has raised more than $50 million. On Thursday, Apple notified employees that it would expand the program worldwide, and will begin donating money to charities where employees volunteer at a rate of $25 per hour. The expansion will bring the program to nearly all countries where Apple has a presence, the company said....

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17:34
Elementary OS 'Freya' Is Worth the Wait


Elementary OS is a new style Linux distro that wraps its own sophisticated desktop design around a solid Ubuntu core. This distro first appeared in 2011. Its developers released the second major version, Elementary OS Luna, last year. The latest weeks-old beta release of what will be the third major version, called "Freya," shows that Elementary OS continues to offer Linux users a dependable alternative to popular desktop options. Despite its name, Elementary OS is anything but rudimentary.

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16:32
PayPal cut out of Apple Pay talks because of Samsung...

The publication claims former PayPal president David Marcus was against the Samsung partnership as it would hinder future operations with Apple, but eBay CEO John Donahoe forced PayPal to accept. The dynamic just got more interesting with news today that PayPal will be spun off from eBay in 2015, possibly opening the door to policy changes and realigned alliances.

M O R O N S
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16:21
Tom Morello sure can be a dick

Tom’s version doesn’t do much to change my mind.
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16:13
Apple designer Marc Newson designs Heineken beer...

In his first interview since joining Apple, industrial designer Marc Newson discusses his latest product – a domestic draft beer machine he says is the equivalent to a Nespresso coffee maker for beer lovers.

Sweet mother of God, I must have this!
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16:10
Tim Cook names Steve Dowling interim head of Apple PR

After nearly six months of searching and deliberation, Apple appears to have settled on a successor to Katie Cotton, its former VP of worldwide corporate communications — and it’s not former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. It’s Apple comms veteran Steve Dowling. Sources close to Apple tell Code/red that Dowling was tapped as interim head of public relations last week by CEO Tim Cook, who has been looking to put a friendlier, more approachable face on Apple’s public relations efforts.

Personally, I think this is the first step to Dowling getting the position full time.
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16:08
Looking to revamp Beats Music at a lower rate, Apple...


Last month Apple was rumored to be looking for a way to shut down the current version of the Beats Music streaming service that it acquired as part of the Beats Electronics deal, though the claim of a shutdown was quickly shot down in favor of an upcoming rebranding effort.
Today Re/code has revealed a bit...

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16:06
Samsung riffs on iPhone 6 'Bendgate' woes...

True to form, Samsung on Thursday released a commercial touting the new Galaxy Note 4 phablet by capitalizing on negative reports criticizing Apple's latest iPhone 6 models for being too "bendy."

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15:52
Apple Asking Music Labels to Cut Prices on Music...

Apple is asking music labels to cut prices on music streaming subscription services so that it can offer its new, revamped Beats Music service for less than $10 a month, reports Re/code. The Cupertino company is also looking to add new features to the service. Sources say Apple is talking to the big music labels about a new set of rights and features it would like to include in a revamped version of the Beats Music service it bought earlier this year. Among the things Apple wants is a new pricing structure that would allow it to sell the service for less than the $10 level it’s at now.Apple isn't planning on overhauling Beats Music until next year, and discussions with music labels are in early stages. In late September, it was rumored that Apple was planning on introducing a...

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15:36
Apple in talks with music labels to reduce Beats...

According to a report on Thursday, Apple is in talks with major music labels over content licensing price cuts to be applied to Beats Music, which could result in subscription fee drops some time next year.

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15:35
Apple Taps Steve Dowling as Interim Head of PR

Apple reportedly turned to Steve Dowling, a veteran in the company's public relations department, to be the interim head. Mr. Dowling will be replacing Katie Cotton, Apple's legendary PR boss, who left the company earlier this year.

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15:26
How to Use Apple Support Profile, and Why You Should

Apple has rolled out another useful consumer tool, particularly if you treat Apple products like Pokemon. With the Apple Support Profile, you can find out all manner of things about hardware registered to an Apple ID, making it a great resource for people who need to track a lot of devices.

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15:22
Speed test on flagship phones shows off iPhone 6...

Though it has often been said that "specs aren't everything" when it comes to buying electronic devices, many consumers are still swayed by things like RAM or processing speed alone when considering device purchases. A new speed test by enthusiast site PhoneBuff, however, may convince many buyers to re-think the importance of the spec sheet. The new iPhone 6 was tested against the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One (M8), and won the race handily....

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15:02
The UI/UX Designer Training Bundle: $34

We have a deal today for a bundle of training courses aimed at user interface designers. Called The UI/UX Designer Bundle, it includes Learn iPhone App Interface Design From Scratch, User Experience By The Numbers, Optimize Your Digital Products With User Testing, Put Your Customers First: Be A UX Champion, Build Habit-Forming Products, and User Experience Design Fundamentals. That's more than 167 hours of training for just $34, a huge discount from the $692 retail priace.

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15:01
EFF Raises Alarm Over ComputerCOP's Spying Ways


ComputerCOP software, a parental monitoring application that long has been recommended and distributed by law enforcement agencies, is little more than spyware with significant potential for abuse, the Electronic Frontier Foundation reported Wednesday. The software includes a keylogger that could expose a family's personal information by transmitting what's typed to third-party servers without encryption, the EFF said. Products such as ComputerCOP can have a dark side, said technology attorney Raymond Van Dyke.

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15:00
Apple reportedly names Steve Dowling as interim PR...

Apple has temporarily promoted PR rep Steve Dowling to replace the recently departed Katie Cotton, according to a report today from Re/Code.

Sources close to Apple tell Code/red that Dowling was tapped as interim head of public relations last week...

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14:56
Leonardo DiCaprio no longer in talks to play Steve...

Leonardo DiCaprio, who was previously in talks to play the lead role in director Danny Boyle's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, has reportedly turned down the offer and will instead take an extended hiatus from acting.

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14:47
Leonardo DiCaprio drops out of Steve Jobs role in...

DiCaprio and Boyle on the set of the 2000 film “The Beach”
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has decided not to play Steve Jobs in the upcoming Danny Boyle-directed biopic after all, according to the Hollywood Reporter. DiCaprio was first reported as being considered for the role back in April, with Slumdog Millionaire‘s Danny Boyle set to direct.
The Aaron Sorkin-penned film has...

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14:32
Leonardo DiCaprio Withdraws from Sony's '...

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has withdrawn from negotiations to play Steve Jobs in Aaron Sorkin's upcoming film about the late Apple co-founder, according to The Hollywood Reporter. DiCaprio was set to begin work on the movie after finishing work on The Revenant, but sources close to the actor have said that he plans to take a lengthy break soon. Now with DiCaprio out, the studio is eyeing a number of actors to take on the iconic tech figure, who has been both worshipped and reviled. Christian Bale, who Fincher wanted for the title role, is on Sony’s wish list, as is Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Bradley Cooper (though Affleck seems unlikely given that he just signed on for the thriller The Accountant). The report also notes that the movie will be directed by Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle, who was said to be...

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14:28
Apple Shrinks Market for Stolen iPhones


Apple on Thursday closed a gap in its efforts to combat mobile device theft with the announcement of a service for checking the Activation Lock status of its iPhone, iPad and iPod product lines. The Find My iPhone Activation Lock requires that an owner's Apple ID and passcode be entered into an iOS device before Find My iPhone can be turned off or the device can be erased or reactivated. Find My iPhone also allows an owner to locate a device using its location services.

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14:15
iOS 8 third party keyboards explained and reviewed

TidBITS:

One of the most intriguing features of iOS 8 is how Apple opened it up to third-party keyboards. Google’s Android mobile operating system has allowed developers to create custom system keyboards for years, which has led to interesting experiments, like Swype, which lets you draw on the keyboard to spell out words.

Now, keyboards like Swype are available for iOS 8, but how you enable and use them isn’t always obvious. Also of concern is how these third-party keyboards, some of which connect to the Internet, impact your privacy.

I have little to no interest in third party keyboards but I know a lot of you do. TidBITS does their usual good job of how to set up and use them and what to watch out for.
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14:00
Another TUAW iPhone 6 case giveaway extravaganza!

Help me, I'm drowning in iPhone 6 cases! We're still not seeing a lot of iPhone 6 Plus cases - I think the larger iPhone caught a lot of manufacturers off guard - but the iPhone 6 case market seems to be very healthy, thank you. So once again, we're...

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13:33
Today in Twitter: Updates for Twitter for Mac and...

It’s a busy day for Twitter clients. Twitter’s own desktop client for Mac was updated to a version 3.1 on Thursday to introduce a couple of nifty new photo-centric features, allowing up to four photos per tweet and letting users share photos privately in in direct messages.
On the mobile side, popular third-party Twitter app Tweetbot 3 got updated to version 3.5 on Wednesday to get the iOS 8 treatment. The app is now optimized for iOS 8 as well as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and also features interactive notifications for iOS 8 users.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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13:41
Apple seeds iTunes 12 beta 3 to developers ahead of...

Apple on Thursday issued the third beta build of iTunes 12 to developers and members of its Apple Seed program, bringing minor tweaks and backend enhancements to the stalwart media app.

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13:35
LG Electronics releases curved, 21:9 ratio...

LG Electronics announced this week that it's bringing it first curved LED computer monitor to the United States this week. The LG Curved UltraWide Monitor (34UC97) offers an LED backlight, in-plane switching (IPS) screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio. LG states that the 34UC97 is built as a desktop replacement for dual monitor set-ups....

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13:35
LG Electronics releases curved, 21:9 ratio...

LG Electronics announced this week that it's bringing it first curved LED computer monitor to the United States this week. The LG Curved UltraWide Monitor (34UC97) offers an LED backlight, in-plane switching (IPS) screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio. LG states that the 34UC97 is built as a desktop replacement for dual monitor set-ups....

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13:30
Nimble-fingered strategists will love Light 'em...

It would seem there is a never-ending influx of strategy and puzzle-related games coming down the App Store pike, and for good reason. There is a burgeoning group of fans waiting to try them, critique them, and talk about them to their friends and on...

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13:16
Apple releases fourth beta of iTunes 12 to...


Apple has pushed out the fourth pre-release version of iTunes 12 to users running the developer preview or public beta of OS X Yosemite. The update weighs in at 214 MB, but the seed notes don’t list anything new in this build. There do appear to be some new icons in the preferences screen, but for the most part it’s the same as the other betas we’ve seen.


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13:15
Apple Releases Revamped iTunes 12 Beta for OS X...

Apple today released a new version of the iTunes 12 beta for both developers and OS X Yosemite beta testers, following Monday's release of the Yosemite Golden Master Candidate and a fourth public beta. First introduced in July, iTunes 12 includes an "elegant new design" that also includes support for several iOS 8/Yosemite features, including Family Sharing. Apple has released several iTunes beta updates thus far, fixing small bugs and other issues, but with the third beta, the iTunes Store has a new look and a new layout. The iTunes Store and the iTunes Library are now integrated, with separate sections for Music, TV, apps, and more. Each separate section includes tabs for store content and a user's own library. iTunes 12 also includes improved playlists, a redesigned Info Window, and a new icon. Both iTunes 12 and OS X Yosemite remain in a beta testing phase, though a public release for the software is expected in October. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories •...

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13:00
Notes Plus is a terrific note taker for iPad

Notes Plus (iPad only, US$9.99) is an app for taking notes. It sounds simple enough, and you'd expect that it's certainly a needed app for people who are drawing, scribbling and writing down anything from lecture notes to making diagrams or...

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12:30
Banca is the most beautiful currency converter for...

Banca is a currency converter available universally for iPhone and iPad. It supports a virtually endless list of currencies and converts amounts on the fly. It's also highly customizable with various theme and font options, plus the ability to add or...

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12:18
Apple Reportedly Blacklists German Magazine for...

German tech magazine Computer Bild accused Apple of blacklisting the publication in retaliation for an iPhone 6 Plus bend video. If true, it seems like a silly move on Apple's part, and Bryan Chaffin hopes it was a kneejerk mistake.

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12:14
Source code for critical USB firmware exploit posted...

Security researchers Adam Caudill and Brandon Wilson have published source code for a theoretically unpatchable USB firmware bug called "BadUSB." First revealed at at the Black Hat security conference in July, the two researchers who reverse engineered the original finding say that they did it for the public good, and "so people can defend against it." More severe exploits are possible using this method, but Caudill and Wilson are hesitant to release them, fearing more dangerous exploits....

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12:11
Briefly: Google+ adds Audience setting, iLuv's...

Google's social network Google+ has added a new privacy feature, allowing its users to limit who views their content based on age and location. The new section, found within Profile Settings, is called Audience; here an age limit can be selected on content viewing, and users can also select what countries the content can be viewed from. Varying age restrictions can be chosen for each country if desired....

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12:08
Talking Schmidt: Google ‘far more secure &...

There’s been an awful lot of Schmidt talk lately with the Google chairman’s new book How Google Works available for your reading and analysis, and Eric Schmidt continued his defense of Google after Apple CEO Tim Cook’s recent comments contrasting the two competitors on privacy. “Someone didn’t brief him correctly on Google’s policy,” Schmidt told CNN adding that Google’s systems “are far more secure and encrypted than anyone else including Apple.” Schmidt did credit Cook for correctly pointing out...

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12:00
The Mac II Book

I'm going to go ahead and assume that this isn't an officially licensed Apple product. I have to admit, my favorite feature is the fact, while it's a laptop, it has a built-in wired mouse. Now that's some serious innovation! Think different, after...

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11:48
Steve Dowling takes over as interim Apple PR head

Apple has appointed an internal candidate -- experienced PR man Steve Dowling -- as its interim PR head, the company has confirmed Sources say the decision was made last week, following almost six months of failed searching for exterior options. While Dowling could conceivably hold the position, his appointment has reportedly been characterized as temporary to workers, and the sources say Apple will continue to consider outside candidates....

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11:47
Mac: Twitter, Inc. Twitter 3.1

Although Twitter is quick to roll out new features to its mobile apps, the Mac version seems to get updated with much less frequency, so it’s somewhat noteworthy when an update appears on the Mac App Store. Twitter 3.1 adds two new features that came to the iOS app almost a year ago: the ability to attach photos in Direct Messages and include up to four photos in a single tweet....

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11:30
Have a swinging time with Cloud Knights

The premise of Cloud Knights is simple, players control a knight who must defeat the enemy and occasionally protect another knight. However, Cloud Knights features a control scheme where the knight uses swinging his weapon as his only means of...

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10:31
Apple’s interim PR chief pick signals a more open...

Apple has finally filled one of its most important positions: head of public relations. The venerable Katie Cotton retired in May after
18 years of working closely with Steve Jobs, and after months of anticipation, Re/code is reporting that Apple PR exec Steve Dowling is taking over the
chief position—at least for now.
Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was rumored to be the front-runner to lead Apple’s front line of defense, but Carney joined CNN last month,
dashing those dreams. While Apple hasn’t made an official announcement, the company confirmed Dowling’s appointment as interim VP of worldwide corporate
communications to Re/code....

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11:25
iOS 8: Apple Moves Setting for Notification Center...

In iOS 7, you specified whether Notifications could be displayed on the Lock Screen in the Notification Center. If you did, there was a small white bar at the top of the Lock Screen. In iOS 8, Apple has consolidated that setting, along with others, in the Setting called Touch ID & Passcode.

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11:03
A Comprehensive Outline of the Security Behind Apple...

Apple has described its new Apple Pay payments service, which is designed to be the first step towards the company's goal of replacing the wallet, as "easy, secure, and private." Apple Pay includes several different features that offer customers much greater security than a traditional credit card, including Device Account Numbers that replace credit card numbers, dynamic security codes for each transaction, and biometric payment verification through the use of Touch ID. Ahead of the release of Apple Pay, TUAW's Yoni Heisler has taken an in-depth look at the security features built into the payments service, outlining the ways Apple is safeguarding customer information. While Apple Pay is built on existing NFC technology, Heisler's research suggests it is the first implementation of the...

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11:00
Apple Pay: An in-depth look at what's behind...

With Apple Pay slated to go live later this month, one can soon expect to see an avalanche of fear mongering from pundits who, like PayPal, will question the wisdom of trusting Apple with user credit card information.

The reality, though, is that...

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11:00
Patent litigant Unwired Planet seeking uncut Apple...

Patent licensing firm, and non-practicing entity Unwired Planet (formerly known as Openwave) is demanding that Apple produce the damages reports it filed in 2012's Apple versus Samsung smartphone patent trial. Unwired Planet's attorneys claim in a filing that the documents produced in the trial will prove how its patents that it claims are abused in iCloud, iPhones, iPads, and Siri drive sales of Apple hardware. Apple is fighting the filing, saying that not only is its confidential data at stake, and not relevant to this issue, but Samsung's data is at risk as well.......

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10:55
Apple overhauls employee benefits with longer...

Apple on Thursday announced to employees in a company-wide memo that it is expanding workers' benefits, including longer parental leave, an expanded donation matching program, subsidized student loan refinancing, and education reimbursement for all classes.

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10:53
iOS 8 Third-Party Keyboards Explained and Reviewed

Confused by third-party keyboards in iOS 8? Josh Centers explains how they work, how to set them up, and how Apple can improve them before sharing his favorite replacement and utility keyboards. 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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10:45
Daily Deals for October 2, 2014, featuring the VPN...

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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10:31
First Look: Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus 2

Intuos Creative Stylus 2 ($80) from Wacom is the updated version of last year's Creative Stylus (review). With a welcome $20 drop in price, Creative Stylus 2 also offers a thinner, firmer tip than its predecessor, and the stylus is also a bit longer now — 5.6" long, versus 5.25". The stylus still offers Bluetooth 4 connectivity, palm rejection, and 2,048 different pressure levels; it feels lighter than before, but still well-built. Wacom claims…

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10:30
Apple memo details improved benefits for corporate,...

Apple's HR head, Denise Young Smith, has issued a memo to workers illustrating new and expanded benefits the company is implementing. These include extended parental leave, education reimbursements for classes taken, an expanded donation-matching program, subsidized student loan refinancing, and full acceleration of stock in the case of a worker's death. The parental leave changes mean that American mothers with Apple can take up to four weeks prior to delivery, and up to 14 weeks after; their partners can take up to six weeks. While not radical, the upgrade makes Apple more competitive wit......

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10:29
Want to install Windows 10 on your Mac? Parallels...

I keep my Parallels Windows VM around to do stuff like Quickbooks, upgrade Mifi Firmware and occasionally check websites in IE (see our PArallels 10 review here) not to experiment with the latest versions of Redmond’s OS.
But if you want to check out what’s coming down the pike in Windows-land without leaving your trusty Mac, Parallels has an Installation guide for you. First step: if you haven’t already, download Parallels 10 (free Trial)

Installation...

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10:22
What’s New: September 2014

The Office 365 experience is evolving. With the new Office 365 homepage, custom themes, Groups in Office 365, and Delve, Office 365 is making it simpler for you to personalize Office 365, get started working with your colleagues, communicate, and find the most relevant information for you. OneNote continues to release updates across platforms and welcomes Android Wear to the OneNote family. Developers also get a new SDK for OneDrive and a new open source API so you can start contributing and make it better for everyone. Leave us a comment to let us know what your favorite new feature is. If you missed last month’s updates, see What’s New: August 2014.
 
Office 365 Personal, Office 365 Home, and Office 365 University updates:
Office for iPad update – Office for iPad supports signing up...

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10:20
One luxury watchmaker is already planning to bling...

If the current design options for the Apple Watch don’t quite satisfy your fashion desires, Swiss watch designer Yvan Arpa may have a pricey solution for you. A Blog to Watch wrote today about Arpa’s plans to offer luxury customization options that some Apple Watch wearers will inevitably need before sporting Apple’s new wearable. The concepts below assume it will be possible to re-case the technology inside the Apple Watch – we’ll find out after it’s released in early 2015 – with one concept holding an estimated value of over $60,000…
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10:00
Crowdfunding roundup: A Bluetooth boombox, smart...

Each week, TUAW provides readers with an update on new or significant crowdfunded Apple-related projects in the news. While our policy is to not go into detail on items that haven't reached at least 80 percent of their funding goal, this update is...

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09:52
GoBuddy+ a iOS Charging Cable, Bottle Opener, Keyfob...

Kanex has released a clever product called GoBuddy+. This is a Lightning charging and sync cable for your iPhone or iPad built into a keyfob that also serves as a bottle opener. Come on, how cool is that? It's $24.95, it comes in black or white, and they make a version with a micro USB connector instead of Lightning for Android folks.

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09:30
Apple hired designer Marc Newson on part-time basis...

Vanity Fair last month reported that Apple had hired famed designer Marc Newson to join Jony Ive's highly respected and ridiculously secretive industrial design team. But as it turns out, Newson's role within Apple isn't a full time gig, with the...

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09:24
News: Apple names Steve Dowling new interim head of...

Apple has appointed Steve Dowling as its new interim head of public relations for the company, Re/Code reports. A long-time member of Apple’s PR team, Dowling has been chosen to lead corporation communications following the retirement of Apple VP Katie Cotton earlier this year. Although a June report indicated that Apple had been looking for a “high-profile external candidate” to fill the position, it seems the company has decided…

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09:17
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-02

So Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 has a big gap between the display and phone body, but is that worth the media's attention? Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about how the media reacts to Apple design issues versus Samsung design issues, plus they have plenty to say about iTunes 12 beta and the features Apple is apparently cutting.

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09:11
Samsung expected to begin making A9 chips by end of...

Samsung should start producing 14nm chips for Apple, Qualcomm, and AMD by the end of 2014, a report says. Apple's inclusion is particularly significant, as it implies that the company will be starting on production of a next-generation A-series processor, presumably the A9. The A8 only began appearing in Apple devices last month with the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus....

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09:09
Apple names Steve Dowling as interim PR head...

Tim Cook recently visited Palo Alto Apple Store alongside Steve Dowling
Re/code reports today that Apple has chosen longtime Apple PR deputy Steve Dowling to lead Apple’s public relations efforts as interim PR chief. The report notes that Dowling’s role as head of Apple PR is not yet permanent as Apple continues to look for candidates outside of the company.
Sources close to Apple tell Code/red that Dowling was tapped as interim head of public relations last week by CEO Tim Cook. [...] Dowling’s appointment has been framed to employees as an interim one and I’m told Apple will continue to evaluate worthy outside candidates if one should pop up. That said, the fact that Cook has officially put Dowling at the top of Apple’s PR organization suggests he could remain there....

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09:02
Apple PR veteran Steve Dowling named interim...

Though the company was said to be looking outside of its ranks to find a new head of public relations, Apple's longtime corporate communications employee Steve Dowling was reportedly named interim PR chief last week by CEO Tim Cook.

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07:57
Apple Pay on its way with rumored Oct. 20 drop date

Apple promised its wallet replacement, Apple Pay, would be ready to roll out in an October iOS update, and it looks like the release is on schedule.According to a report from Bank Innovation, the mobile payment system is on track to drop Oct. 20 as part of iOS 8.1. iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners are the only people who will have access to Apple Pay because the Near-Field Communication technology Apple Pay is based on is only baked into Apple’s newest iPhones.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:00
Twitter remembers it has an OS X app, updates it for...

To say that the Twitter app for Mac has been somewhat forgotten would be an understatement. While the social network client had a half dozen updates throughout the length of 2013, it's received zero treatment so far this year, and -- speaking...

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08:54
Apple Expands Employee Benefit Programs in Health...

Apple today has announced revisions to a number of components of its employee benefits packages in order to retain existing workers and attract new ones to the Cupertino company, reports Forbes. The changes, which target both full-time and part-time employees, were initiated by Human Resources vice president Denise Young Smith and detailed in an employee-wide memo shared with the publication."I don’t think these [benefits] would be immediately thought of," Young Smith told Fortune. "But for the first time we’ve probably got four generations in the workplace at the same time, and we need a plethora of programs." New and updated benefits include perks such as educational reimbursements, expanded donation matching, and more. One major change is in the parental leave policy following the birth of a child. With the new policy, expectant mothers...

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08:36
Wide Angle Software releases Duplicate Remover...

Wide Angle Software (http://www.wideanglesoftware.com/) says its Windows duplicate file remover application, Duplicate Sweeper, is now also available on Mac OS X (10.8 or higher). It's designed to make finding, selecting and removing duplicate files on your Mac quick and easy.
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08:35
Memo: Apple HR head Denise Young-Smith announces...

Apple announced some new benefits today for employees in an internal email, but it’s also looking to get some press out of the move by making the news public in a statement to Fortune. 9to5Mac has obtained the full copy of the email to employees from the company’s head of HR Denise Young-Smith (embedded below).  
We know how hard all of you are working: from the teams designing, producing, launching, and supporting our incredible products to the thousands of retail employees sharing the excitement and experience face to face with our customers every day. You are the reason we are able to change the world, again and again. We appreciate all that you give to Apple to make us great. Because we want to make sure you get the support you need, we’re excited to introduce significant changes to our global well-being programs for both part-time and full-time employees.
Among the updated benefits are increased time...

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08:34
TextSoap 7.4.2 - Flexible text editing utility. (...

TextSoap is for people who work with text. TextSoap effortlessly cleans up text from endlessly different formats. Wash away unwanted characters, spaces, tabs. Fix paragraphs with hard returns at the end of each line, as well as a myriad of other formatting issues that come your way and do it all while retaining desired font styles. Unlike finding and replacing each of dozens of typical formatting issues or manually perusing through a file to find errors and fixing them by hand, TextSoap can automate that task down to just one click. And you can do it all from within your favorite app using the TextSoap Universal menu. Easy to learn for casual users, TextSoap also has the flexibility that serious users need.

  • General improvements made to address several potential crashes some users may have encountered.
  • Fixed: Batch File Processing (incorrectly) indicates an error reading RTF files, even though the RTF files are correctly processed....

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08:30
Chinese pre-orders of iPhone 6 handsets: Two million...

After having to wait for the iPhone 6 launch due to a regulatory kerfuffle, Chinese citizens are apparently hyper-excited about the launch of the new handsets, pre-ordering over two million in just six hours.

What's funny about this is that the...

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08:27
Altium releases TASKING ARM Cortex-M embedded...

Altium (www.altium.com) — which specializes in smart system design automation, 3D PCB design and embedded software development — has released its TASKING VX-toolset for ARM Cortex-M for Mac OS X.
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08:21
PowerSkin launches PoP'n battery packs for the...

PowerSkin (www.Power-Skin.com) says its PoP’n battery packs now includes PoP’n 2 for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, available for only $69.99.
Utilizing patented suction adhering technology, the PoP’n 2 suctions onto the back of the iPhone for an integrated charging experience. It features a 4000 mAh battery and 2.1 amp charging.
According to the folks at PowerSkin, the PoP'n gives the iPhone 6 one and a half full charges and the iPhone 6 Plus one full charge. It weighs less than five ounces and comes with a clear protective case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
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08:18
Apple caters to minimalists by offering blank home...

Users looking for fewer distractions on their iPhone, or those who simply want to provide a better look at their wallpaper, can choose to have a blank first home screen in Apple's newly released iOS 8 update.

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08:12
Avoid buying locked iPhones with Apple’s Activation...

The new status page will let you use your device's serial number or IMEI to see its activation lock status.

Andrew Cunningham

Apple introduced the Activation Lock feature in iOS 7 to help deter phone theft—if you've signed into iCloud and enabled Find My iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, you can't erase your phone without entering your account password first. Even if a thief put your phone into Recovery Mode and wiped its data manually, you need to enter the previous owner's Apple ID password as part of the first-time setup process before you can actually use it. Activation Lock renders a stolen iPhone much less useful to someone who intends to use it themselves or resell it.
The feature can be misused, though. If you sell your iPhone to a legitimate reseller and forget to wipe it first, you might leave that seller with an unsellable brick that'...

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08:09
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Kensington 2.1A USB car...

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:
Kensington PowerBolt USB Car Charger w/ 2.1 Amp port for quick iPhone 6/6 Plus charging: $3 shipped (orig. $25)

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08:07
QNAP releases TX-x31 home NAS series

QNAP Systems has released the TS-x31 series Turbo NAS for SOHO and home users. Powered by a dual-core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, it provides a solution for file storage, sharing, and data backup coupled with a cloud-based, note-taking application and a range of multimedia functions.
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08:04
Pioneer updates in-dash systems with promised...

Pioneer has issued long-delayed firmware updates bringing support for Apple's CarPlay platform to several of its NEX receivers. These include the AVH-4000NEX, AVIC-5000NEX, AVIC-6000NEX, AVIC-7000NEX, and AVIC-8000NEX, which range in cost from $700 to $1,400. CarPlay is also an option on the new $600 AppRadio 4. To make use of the technology a person must have an iPhone 5 or better, running at least iOS 7.1....

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08:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 018 with Steve...

In episode 18, Jeremy Thake chats to Steve Walker, from Office 365 engineering, about developer guidance when it comes to customization the SharePoint user interface.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP18_SteveWalker.mp3
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08:00
Angry Birds developer Rovio slashing 130 jobs

After announcing a rather abrupt CEO change in August, which is scheduled to take place in 2015, Rovio revealed another organizational change today that further emphasizes the troubling times the company is going through. According to a new blog post...

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07:59
Pioneer Demos Latest CarPlay-Enabled Aftermarket...

Earlier today, Pioneer kicked off the Paris Motor Show with the announcement it was making CarPlay available to select existing car audio receivers. The manufacturer also was present at the event showcasing CarPlay on its just-announced AppRadio 4 smartphone receiver in an exhibit that was recorded by French blog Mac4Ever. At a suggested retail price of $600, the new AppRadio 4 (SPH-DA120) is positioned as the lowest-cost CarPlay system from Pioneer and ships with built-in support for CarPlay and Siri Eyes Free to provide on-dash and hands-free navigation, messaging and more. The AppRadio 4 CarPlay demo is only a minute long...

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07:45
The Week in iOS Apps: We've got your goat!

We've got your goat!The top new apps of the week include games, social networking, productivity, and goat-simulating offerings. You read that right.Camera+This $2 iPhone app has long been one of the most popular photo offerings in iOS. Version 6.0 arrives with a new wrinkle: The ability to manually control exposure and focus to get the precise shot you’re aiming for. Also new: White balance presets, a new macro shooting mode, and the ability to use the app’s editing features on photos in your iPhone library without first importing those pics to the app.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:48
Rumor: Apple Pay to premiere with iOS 8.1 rollout...


The rumor mill has it that iOS 8.1 will include the first incarnations of Apple’s anticipated Apple Pay feature come October 20th.
Per the coolest of cats at The Mac Observer and BankInnovation, Apple will reportedly release iOS 8.1 on October 20, and the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch operating system update will include Apple Pay support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The company launched iOS 8 in mid-September without Apple Pay mobile payment support, but Apple promised it would be enabled as part of an October update.
News of Apple’s plans comes from unnamed sources....

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07:36
Rick Smolan’s smartphone-enabled coffee table book

My name is Rick Smolan and I’m a former Time, Life, and National Geographic photojournalist. When I was twenty-eight, National Geographic Magazine sent me on the assignment of a lifetime: to document the 1,700 mile journey of a mysterious twenty-seven-year-old woman named Robyn Davidson, who was trekking across the Australian outback alone with four camels and her dog, Diggity. During Robyn’s nine-month journey I tracked her down five times, spending about three months traveling with her and shooting tens of thousands of photographs.

What an amazing book this will be.
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07:36
Briefly: Apple Store app for iPhone 6, Tweetbot 3.5

Apple's Store app has been updated to reflect its updated iOS and latest iPhone release. Users of the Apple Store app allow users to start their Retail Store order on their own device, featuring a Browse function that displays trending products, as well as reviews for accessories. Apple Store v3.0.1 offers compatibility with the latest Apple mobile devices, including support for iPhone 6. Free to download, the Apple Store app is available on iTunes....

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07:28
Yosemite: The Apple Conference with a View

Yosemite is a conference for Apple developers, designers, and enthusiasts. It will be held next Spring, in the heart of Yosemite National Park.

Dave Klein and the folks at CocoaConf are putting on a great conference in 2015 in Yosemite. I will be speaking at the conference, along with many very talented people in the Mac and iOS communities.
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07:27
Quicken 2015: Close, But Not Yet Acceptable

The long-awaited update to the full version of Quicken for Mac is not terrible, which is almost a recommendation. Its still-missing features keep Glenn Fleishman from switching, but Intuit has been surprisingly frank about its plans to improve this release. 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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07:23
Verizon backs off on controversial data throttling...


A little competition’s a good thing.
According to The Verge, a statement from wireless carrier Verizon stated that the company will not be throttling 4G LTE data speeds for users grandfathered in to unlimited data plans, while at the same time announcing a buffed data plan promotion.
In July, Verizon announced plans to expand its “network optimization” initiative, which amounts to throttling data speeds for subscribers with unlimited data plans when the telco’s 4G LTE network is congested. The enhanced policy was set to go live in October.
Verizon Wireless won’t be throttling the LTE speeds of its remaining unlimited data customers after all. In an eleventh hour reversal, the largest U.S. carrier has just announced that it’s “decided not to move forward with...

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07:20
Apps: Twitter, PopClip, Remotix
07:15
Apple Files Patent Relating to Future Home Theater...

In September Apple's CEO Tim Cook once again spoke about the horrible state that television is in today with Charlie Rose without committing to what Apple may one day introduce to bring television into the digital age. One area that Apple has been known to be working on regarding television is next generation audio. We covered one such patent application back in January 2013. Today, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals yet another aspect to advanced audio ...

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07:11
News: Apple patent application outlines Apple TV...

Apple has filed a patent application titled “Browsing remote content using a native user interface,” describing ways in which an iOS application could serve as a second screen controller for an Apple TV. In contrast to Apple’s existing Remote app, this design would present the user with a more full-featured Apple TV or iTunes interface. The specific interface would be determined by the Apple TV and simply rendered by the iOS application…

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07:00
Apple's CarPlay added to Pioneer car receivers...

Pioneer today announced the immediate availability of Apple's CarPlay technology for select existing aftermarket receivers. CarPlay was introduced in March 2014 and allows users to interact with their iPhone via a car's dashboard display. Users can...

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06:59
Pioneer aftermarket car stereos & Spotify both...

Though it arrived later than expected, Pioneer on Thursday supplied updates for its existing NEX lineup of car stereos to support Apple's CarPlay. In addition, popular streaming music service Spotify also saw an update to its iOS application to add support for Apple's new car infotainment platform.

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06:57
Report Claims Apple Pay Coming with iOS 8.1 on Oct 20

Apple will reportedly release iOS 8.1 on October 20, and the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch operating system update will include Apple Pay support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The company launched iOS 8 in mid September without Apple Pay mobile payment support, but Apple promised it would be enabled as part of an October update.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple promised Apple Pay would be available as a free update some time in October, so we know it's on the way. The real question is whether or not this latest report accurately pegged October 20 as the launch date.

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06:56
Chinese iPhone 6 reservations top 2 million hours...

Carriers and retailers have booked over 2 million reservations for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, just hours into the option becoming available, according to local news sources ITHome and Sina. Most of the initial reservations are said to be for 64GB models of the phones, even though both are far more expensive than their counterparts in the US. A 64GB iPhone 6 costs the equivalent of $991, while a 64GB 6 Plus is $1,122. In the US -- without a contract -- the same hardware is $749 and $849....

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06:44
Chinese rumor suggests Apple Watch to launch in...


Chinese site Feng is reporting that Taiwanese media is saying that Apple wants to launch the smartwatch sometime in February. Most recently, The Information said Apple would be “lucky” to release the Apple Watch by Valentine’s Day. Officially, Apple has only quoted ‘early 2015′ as a launch window for the Apple Watch.
According to the report, Apple is supply constrained by the sapphire output of GTAT, which will mean the Apple Watch will hit in limited quantities. However, it is important to note that the low-end Apple Watch, the Apple Watch Sport, does not use sapphire at all, which will make that model easier to source. The higher end versions, Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition are the...

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06:44
Daily Deal: Adjustable Universal Car Mount, $14

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering a universal car mount for your iPhone for only $14. Equipped with 360-degree rotation capabilities, this universal car mount can adapt to hold a wide variety of cell phone types, including all iPhone models.

Get your adjustable universal car mount now for only $14...

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06:34
Dropbox 2.10.30 - Cloud synchronization tool with...

Dropbox is an application that creates a special Finder folder that automatically syncs online and between your computers. It allows you to both backup files and keep them up-to-date between systems. Note: You must first sign up to use Dropbox. The Dropbox application is available for OS X, Windows, and Linux. A video on the site explains more.Version 2.10.30:

  • Update Codesigning to be compatible with OS X 10.9.5 and later
  • Minor bug fixes
  • OS X 10.4 or later

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06:25
‘Real-world’ app launching test shows iPhone 6...

Although benchmarks have already shown that the iPhone 6 has raw performance gains over the current competition, this video by PhoneBuff highlights what this advantage means in a real word test of loading a variety of apps and switching between them. Due to the differences between Android and iOS, the tester uses equivalent apps as closely as possible.
In total, the iPhone took 1 minute 55 seconds to load and multitask between the 30 apps tested, whereas the M8 was about 10 seconds slower. The Galaxy S5 lagged significantly, taking over a minute longer than the iPhone to complete the test at 2 minutes 58 seconds.

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06:22
Snap by Groupon for iOS pays users cash back on...

Deal seeking site Groupon on Thursday launched a new application dubbed Snap, which pays users cash back for purchasing specific items when at the grocery store.

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06:12
Google threatened with $100M lawsuit over stolen...

Google is being threatened with a lawsuit that "could well exceed" $100 million, with Over a dozen celebrities complaining that the search engine giant failed to remove stolen private images from the Internet. A letter from attorney Marty Singer claims that Google is showing "despicable, reprehensible conduct" for "failing to act expeditiously and responsibly to remove the images" that were pilfered from various celebrity online photo storage accounts, including Apple's iCloud service....

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06:00
Rumor Roundup: Screaming from the digital rooftops

Apple Watch's advanced AMOLED display far more costly than traditional screens - report (AppleInsider)

Source: Some market research firm

Chance it's true: 30 percent. Probably.

I don't know where these guys got the idea that Apple is using a...

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05:54
Advanced Apple TV Remote Interface for iOS and Macs...

A recent Apple patent application (via AppleInsider) reveals some of the company's efforts looking into ways of improving the Apple TV and iTunes desktop experience using iOS. The newly published patent application, titled "Browsing remote content using a native user interface," describes a mobile application that would serve as a second screen for a connected media device. Mobile devices and computers displaying native interfaces for viewing content and sending controls to media device This smarter iOS-based remote detailed in the patent moves away from the...

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