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Tuesday October 14

05:47
Dropbox: We Weren’t Hacked, Your Password Wasn’t...

Following reports that Dropbox had been hacked and user logins were stolen, the online storage service has said that's not so and instead the user names and passwords were taken from other sites. Several hundred logins appeared on Reddit with the claim that the hackers have user names and passwords for more than 7 million accounts and the promise more will be released in exchange for Bitcoin payments.The Mac Observer Spin: The possibility of stolen account logins really sucks, but in this case there's a chance that it's the hackers who are getting scammed. There's a little bit of delicious irony in that. Still, don't use the same password on more than one site.

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05:45
‘Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel’ now available on Mac

Borderlands: The Pre Sequel, the latest installment in the popular Borderlands series, launches today for Mac on the same day as the console and PC release. The Mac version of the game is developed by Aspyr and includes cross-platform multiplayer and a promise of all future DLC:

Discover the story behind Borderlands 2 villain, Handsome Jack, and his rise to power. Taking place between the original Borderlands and Borderlands 2, the Pre-Sequel gives you a whole lotta new gameplay featuring the genre blending fusion of shooter and RPG mechanics that players have come to love… Float through the air with each low gravity jump while taking enemies down from above using new ice and laser weapons. Catch-a-ride and explore the lunar landscape with new vehicles allowing for more levels of destructive mayhem.

The game is available starting today for...

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05:31
Edinburgh Scotland is about to Experience "...

Scotland recently held a referendum on whether to stay or separate from England. Although the people of Scotland narrowly voted to rebuff independence for the time being, it was a divisive election. For the people of Edinburgh, there's a way to bring everyone together for a common cause this weekend. That cause is celebrating a new Apple Store ...

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05:30
Amazon's retail experiment will also include...

In addition to a new permanent fixture in Manhattan, Amazon will be dabbling in the retail market with a pair of new temporary locations in San Francisco and Sacramento this holiday season to push sales of its hardware, the company has confirmed.

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05:28
Daily Deal: Pre-order The Limited Edition Black Hawk...

Today in iLounge Deals you can pre-order the Limited Edition Black Hawk Drone for only $69—that’s over 50% off the normal price. One of the most fun introductory drones on the market, the Black Hawk Drone is extremely stable to fly but will have you flipping through the air in no time. The included SD camera can also capture video footage on the go, you can pick up the HD version for only $20 more. With six-axis gyro technology this little…

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05:17
AutoCAD for Mac 2015 gets Retina-friendly user-...


Autodesk has announced the release of AutoCAD for Mac 2015 with a “Retina display-friendly user interface” and a feature-set that for the first time brings it close to that of the Windows version. The lower-cost AutoCAD LT for Mac version has also been updated.
Autodesk is emphasizing cross-platform compatibility for companies using a mix of OS X and Windows machines. The ability to save layer information like color and line type has been added to the Mac version in line with the Windows edition.
The company also says AutoCAD for 2015 is faster at the same time as offering improved stability … 
The new user interface includes Ribbon Galleries, designed to provide a faster and...

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05:03
∞ Ana Yang gazillion bubble show

[VIDEO] This is mesmerizing.

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05:00
Microsoft latest to mimic Snapchat with new Skype...

Microsoft has just joined the ranks of companies looking to capitalize on the success of ephemeral messaging apps like Snapchat. Through its Skype division, the company has launched a new cross-platform app for iOS, Android, and (of course) Windows Phone called Skype Qik. The premise of the application, as can be seen in the video above and screenshots below, is simple: you can record a quick video, and then share it to either one person in your address book or multiple groups of people.
Differentiating itself from some of the other players, the Skype-based solution is video-focused, and Skype is positioning it as a communication tool for in between full-scale Skype video chats. Notably, the whole service is connected to your phone number and existing contacts list, so it doesn’t require signing up with a standard Skype account. If you send a message via Qik to a user without the Qik app, the other person will be sent an SMS text message with instructions for downloading the...

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05:00
Why Samsung fell

John Kirk for Tech.pinions:

Samsung has reported a 60% fall in quarterly profits. Just three years ago, Samsung rose from seemingly nowhere to dominate the global smartphone market. Today, Samsung is being pressured from above and below as Apple steals away its premium customers and Xiomi and others steal away customers from the low-end.

Why did Samsung fail? In a word, commoditization. Read the whole thing. Well worth it.
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05:00
Flickr Find: Typing out Steve Jobs

Flickr member Charis Tsevis created a mesmeric mosaic portrait of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs as part of Steve Jobs month on Typorn. In order "to emulate the original Mac look'n'feel", the portrait is deliberately black and white and is composed of...

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04:50
This is how McDonald’s will take Apple Pay at the...

Apple Pay is changing the drive-through payment game. Now, when you roll up to the drive through, the cashier will hand you the portable NFC reader, you’ll tap your phone or Apple Watch, hear the confirmation beep, then hand it back. No credit card, no signing, no pin code.
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04:44
iOS 8: Using the “Quick Website Search” Feature

iOS 8's new way to search within websites blows the previous methods out of the water, and in today's Quick Tip, you're gonna learn all about it! This'll let you look through certain sites right from Safari's search field. Neat, right? We think so, too.

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04:33
∞ iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus heading for 36 more...

Apple’s Fastest-Ever iPhone Rollout Includes India, Mexico, South Korea & Thailand

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04:30
Make sense of expenses and spending habits with...

If you want a money management app that's a step above basic, but not overly complicated, Monsense is a great choice.

Available on all iOS devices, Monsense gives you a lot of room for customization, but also lays the groundwork for tracking...

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04:29
Apple Stores expected to provide after-sales service...

Greek site Techingreek.com is reporting that Apple Service Providers will be providing after-sales service for Beats headphones and speakers within the country, suggesting that Apple itself may be doing the same in countries with Apple retail stores.
The site says that the above message was sent to Apple Service Providers in Greece, stating that they will provide service for Beats Electronics products “in the near future” … 
The move would be a logical step on the path to fully integrating Beats into the Apple fold following the $3B acquisition back in May. It’s rumored that the...

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04:27
How to read books from your local library on your...

Voracious reader? If so, this may change things for you. A how-to on checking out a library eBook from the comfort of your couch.
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04:27
Samsung & Facebook may be Dreaming of...

A Korean report today revealed that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman and Samsung heir-apparent Lee Jae-yong at Samsung's main office in Seocho today and agreed to jointly develop mobile content. The social network site looks to improve its mobile presence and Samsung needs to boost its content business.

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04:00
Samsung Plots Foray Into Speedy 60-GHz WiFi Market


Samsung on Sunday announced that it has resolved issues hindering the commercialization of 802.11ad standard 60-GHz WiFi technology. The company's solution maintains maximum speed by eliminating co-channel interference regardless of the number of devices on the network, using what it claims is the world's first method that allows multiple devices to connect simultaneously to a network. Samsung leveraged millimeter-wave circuit design and high-performance modem technologies, and developed a wide-coverage beamforming antenna.

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03:44
Dropbox denies 7M account leak caused through server...

Passwords from a supposed pool of 7 million Dropbox accounts have allegedly leaked by hackers, though Dropbox denies its service has been hacked. A thread on Reddit linked to batches of account credentials, with the user hoping to receive Bitcoin donations for the leaks, though the exact source of the leaked account details is unknown....

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03:23
802.11ac Wi-Fi CPE shipments to capture 18% of the...

The worldwide Wi-Fi customer premises equipment (CPE) market is expected to grow 11% in 2014, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com). The research group says total shipments of Wi-Fi access points, routers, and residential gateways are set to surpass 176 million units by the end of 2014.
"Growth is expected in all regions, driven by increased broadband penetration and more connected devices in homes," says Jake Saunders, vice president and practice director, ABI Research.
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03:21
Apple Granted 40 Patents Today Covering Moisture...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 40 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover three specific patents relating to iDevice moisture controls, video game ...

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03:13
Recommended Reading: 'Book of PF' (third...

Network administrators have secured their networks with OpenBSD's PF for more than a decade. However, the world of the Internet is changing, and that means PF and OpenBSD need to change too.
In the third edition of "The Book of PF" (No Starch Press, Oct 2014, 248 pp., $34.95), author Peter N.M. Hansteen returns with more PF and BSD helpful hints. With the assistance of this instructional guide, readers will master the latest PF developments to build strong and secure networks.
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03:11
Missing one-handed typing on your iPhone 6/Plus? One...

If you love your new iPhone 6/Plus but find yourself missing the convenience of one-handed typing, One Handed Keyboard may be the third-party keyboard for you. It’s a system-wide keyboard exactly the same size as the one on the older and smaller iPhones so everything will feel familiar. The “sliding over” keyboard method is what Samsung and LG have been using on their Phablets for years.
The keyboard can be switched between left- and right-handed use, and when you want to return to two-handed typing, just hold down the spacebar to expand it to full width … 
The keyboard automatically switches between dark and light themes, depending on the app in which it is used, or you can manually choose your keyboard color.

One Handed Keyboard costs...

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03:02
NetSpot for Mac OS X revved to version 2.4

NetSpot (www.netspotapp.com/) has announced NetSpot 2.4, an update of the Wi-Fi site survey software for Mac users. New features now accessible from the Preferences menu include the ability to add an iperf3 server address for active scanning via TCP and/or UDP, import and export global AP aliases, and auto-clear old Discover Mode data.
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02:00
Can New Words With Friends reignite your competitive...

Like many longtime iPhone owners and game aficionados, I had a healthy obsession with Words With Friends years back. When it was still fresh and new—well, as fresh and new as an obvious Scrabble knock-off can be—I juggled several games at all times, savoring each close victory over a colleague or pal and simmering over the constant losses to my wife. I even happily bought the game again on iPad simply for the privilege of a larger board view.
It's the same Words With Friends that many of us played obsessively years back, albeit with a modernized UI and new features.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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01:45
Apple Wins Patent for Advanced Haptics for Gaming...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 40 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a patent relating to advanced haptics that could be used in many environments including video games. Apple notes that "in some instances, the signals outputted by the accelerometer may be used with interactive software (such as a video game) to provide an additional input device for user gameplay…" Today, Apple's advanced haptics are being incorporated into their upcoming Apple Watch.

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01:34
We're hiring: paid mobile app reviewer position...

MacNN and Electronista are hiring paid app reviewers! We're looking for writers who have a familiarity with and own iOS and OS X devices, with Windows and Android gear a bonus. The ideal candidate has four hours free per day, and is available five days a week of your choosing. Applicants will be expected to write two reviews of software we would provide, of approximately 400 words in length, in a daily shift. Interested? Look inside for more details....

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00:49
Apple Granted Patent for a Multiplatform Software...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 40 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular granted patent brief we find that Apple has invented a tool for developers where there's a common "Makefile" that could be used to create software for any platform.

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Monday October 13

23:33
Hundreds of Dropbox credentials reportedly leaked...

A thread on Reddit late Monday linked to a cache of Dropbox usernames and corresponding passwords allegedly gleaned from a Dropbox breach, but the company maintains its servers were not infiltrated and instead placed blame on an unnamed third-party service.

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20:20
Hackers claim to have a database of nearly 7 million...


A database containing login information for nearly 7 million users of the private cloud storage provider Dropbox has been accessed by hackers, according to a partial dump posted on Pastebin earlier this evening (via The Next Web). However, Dropbox has issued a statement denying that this breach occurred on its end, saying that Dropbox itself was not attacked, but rather a third-party service that had stored user credentials:
Dropbox has not been hacked. These usernames and passwords were unfortunately stolen from other services and used in attempts to log in to Dropbox accounts. We’d previously detected these attacks and the vast majority of the passwords posted have been expired for some time now....

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17:22
Two new Apple retail locations opening in New...

Mall of New Hampshire
Apple will be expanding its retail operations to two new locations in Florida and New Hampshire this week. The first store will open on Thursday at Sarasota, Florida’s University Town Center. The second will be located in the Mall of New Hampshire (pictured above) in Manchester and will open on Saturday, October 18th (via MacRumors).
Customers will be able to start shopping at 10 AM local time. Apple is also planning to announce new products on Thursday, including...

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16:28
Ireland expected to dissolve 'Double Irish...

After the European Union's antitrust watchdog pressured reform, Ireland's government is expected to announce changes to its tax residency policies, phasing out the popular multinational tax loophole employed by Apple to save billions of dollars.

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16:00
More info on second-gen iPad Air, Retina iPad mini...

What looks to be a legitimate logic board for the next-generation iPad Air has leaked, and appears to support several previous rumors regarding the changes that are likely. A new rumor, however, adds to what is generally "known" about the upcoming revision by stating that, like the unexpected debut of the iPhone 6 Plus, the second-generation Retina iPad mini -- long thought to be delayed -- will be debuting alongside the larger version at Apple's press event, scheduled for Thursday....

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16:00
In this 1996 video Apple talked incredibly polite...

The debate between PC and Mac users over which system is better will likely never end, but since the fight rages on, we might as well enjoy its finer moments -- like this video Apple produced in 1996 talking polite trash about the Windows 95...

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15:30
Juice the Fruits takes on Candy Crush with a...

Juice the Fruits is a puzzle game featuring colorful, cartoonish fruit on a grid that you have to rearrange to match them and eliminate them from the board. It's very much like Bejeweled and Candy Crush, except with fruit. You play using your Game...

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15:28
Native Instruments announces Traktor Kontrol S8 DJ...

A new entry in Native Instruments Traktor series of DJ controllers was unveiled today, with the Traktor Kontrol S8. The newest model in the company's flagship line looks to change the way DJ move into the future, by pulling emphasis away from the laptop in order to focus more on the crown. Native Instruments does this by adding technology to controllers, such as high-resolution LCD displays that respond to touch-sensitive controls....

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15:06
∞ Rick Smolan’s Inside Tracks

I got a copy of Rick Smolan’s smartphone-enhanced book late last week and had a chance to try it out. As you would expect from a photographer of Rick’s experience, the photos are simply amazing. The story also pulls you in, certainly more than what I expected.

What was really cool is that after downloading the app, I was able to just point my iPhone at a picture and a movie explaining that photo would show up on my iPhone. It added so much to the experience.

I love the book. You can help fund the project and read the background story at National Geographic.

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15:00
Why can't the biggest social network on the...

How many times have you or someone you know derided the quality of Facebook's apps for iOS? Granted, they have come a long way from the ugly, web view, slow, garbage app of just a couple years ago, but considering Facebook now wants users to download...

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14:48
CSS: It was 20 years ago today

It’s amazing to think that CSS has been around so long.
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14:30
Dozen!: Matching with dozens of possibilities

Players quickly match numbers in fun puzzle game called Dozen! The numbers on the four brown squares in the middle of the screen must match with those displayed on the bordering 12 white squares. The squares in the middle disappear after a certain...

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14:28
Charge Your Phone by Walking with Ampy Kickstarter

Yeah, this is frakking cool. It's a Kickstarter project for Ampy, a portable charger for iPhone (or anything that powers from USB) that you charge by walking around. Ampy turns kinetic energy into electrical energy and stores it in an internal battery. According to the Kickstarter description, 10,000 steps is enough to generate three hours of battery life on your smartphone. 30-60 minutes on a bicycle will do the same thing. Strap it on your working dog? Who knows, but the idea of an iPhone powered by dog awesomeness brings a huge smile to my face. Oh, and Ampy can also be charged by plugging it into a wall socket. With 28 days to go, the developers have already raised $128,000 with an original goal of $100,000, but there are still ways to get a discounted Ampy and support the company's efforts. [Via Ryan Faas > GigaOM]

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14:27
AT&T launches Passport one-time purchase plans...

AT&T has launched a new option for travelers wanting to take their smartphones, tablets, or laptops with them abroad. A new set of tiered, one-time charge packages called AT&T Passport can now be added to an existing account, allowing customers to use their devices in over 150 different countries. The plans are designed to work in addition to domestic plans, while offering fixed rates and small data caps for international travel....

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14:24
Siri to Work with Bank of America Debit Card on Day...

Today sources close to Apple have revealed that Siri will work in concert with Apple Pay.

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14:03
Apple Faithful Prepare to Not Be Dazzled


If you're looking for an extravaganza on the scale of last month's new iPhone unveiling, chances are you won't find it at Apple's "Way Too Long" event to be held Thursday at its Cupertino headquarters. "This will be a very low-key event," said Gartner analyst Van L. Baker. "They're always low-key when they happen on campus." While no one knows for sure what Apple has up its sleeve, the consensus is that it will be refreshing its tablet and computer lines and releasing the prime time version of its desktop operating system, OS X Yosemite.

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14:00
Waterfield Designs Spinn Case for iPhone 6 Plus:...

We're finally starting to see a number of iPhone 6/6 Plus-specific cases appearing on the market, and today we're going to review one from Waterfield Designs of San Francisco. The Spinn Case (US$59) is the latest in an all-leather sleeve for Apple's...

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13:57
Finland prime minister again blames Apple for...

In an interview discussing Finland's recent sovereign debt downgrade, Prime Minister Alexander Stubb said Apple's iPhone and iPad helped kill Nokia and the paper industry, both vital cogs in the country's economy.

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13:54
Last Chance for ilumi LED Smartbulb Controlled from...

I'm an LED bulb nut. Some of them last for decades, they produce less waste heat, and they use a fraction of the power of a comparable incandescent bulb (less even than CFC bulbs). Then there are LED bulbs that allow you to change their hue, and that's what we have for today's deal. The ilumi LED Smartbulb is controlled from your iPhone or Android device (with Bluetooth 4.0). It can pulse with music, has a wakeup schedule, and a vacation mode to make your home look occupied. It lasts up to 20 years, uses between 1 and 13 watts with light equivalent up to 60-75 watt incandescents, is dimmable, and is color tunable. It's regularly priced at $90, but through our deal you can get it for $79. The deal ends in one day.

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13:30
Wibbitz 3.0 delivers all the top news in bite-sized...

Let's face it, sometimes reading the news is just inconvenient. It's important to stay on top of what matters to us, but it can also be difficult with our schedules. Some apps have tried to fix this problem by offering brief news summaries to help...

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13:25
Third-party developer admits role in leaked Snapchat...

After news broke last week that thousands of photos from Snapchat leaked after a third-party service was hacked, a company stepped forward up to take the blame. The developers behindSnapsaved, an app developed to save photos from Snapchat, said that its servers were hacked as a result of a misconfigured Apache server. The company also refused the claims made in the "snappening" document that says an administrator provided the directory and content of the site....

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13:18
Finnish Prime Minister partly blames Apple for...

Apple may be partially responsible for the economic troubles of two major industries in Finland, the country's Prime Minister has claimed. Alexander Stubb suggests Apple's products have impacted its mobile device and paper industries to such a level that it caused an economic downturn, and also caused the Nordic country to endure a sovereign debt rating downgrade....

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13:12
Mailbox for Mac moves to open public beta, iOS app...

Dropbox-owned Mailbox on Monday announced that an open beta of a forthcoming Mac version is now available to all comers, while the original iOS app receives new gesture customization features and UI tweaks for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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13:00
Keep personal photos out of collections with iOS 8...

Apple's Collections feature for photos in iOS is a wonderful way to keep track of your memories and easily present them when it's time to show off. Photos are automatically sorted into smart groups based on the time and location they were taken,...

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12:30
Rediscover treasure hunting with Figibox

Figibox is a location based messaging app. A user goes to a location of their choosing and can drop a Figibox message that can include text and photos for another user to access. You can also locate other Figiboxes left by other users and open them...

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12:13
First Look: PowerSkin Pop’n 2 for iPhone 6/6 Plus

PowerSkin's Pop'n 2 ($70) is a new battery pack made for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Like the original Pop'n (review) for iPhone 5, Pop'n 2 is an external battery that uses suction cups to attach directly to the back of either an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, with a small, flexible micro-USB to Lightning connector supplying the power. Unlike the past iteration, the updated Pop'n 2 offers double the battery power — 4000 mAh — and 2.1A charging speeds,…

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12:12
Apple to open two new US retail stores this week

Apple has departed from its slower 1-2 new or revamped store openings per month for its US operations, and will launch its third and fourth US-based stores this month in Florida and New Hampshire, respectively, this week. Following on the heels of store openings in Marlborough, Massachusetts and Trumbull, Connecticut, the company will unveil its next store in Sarasota, Florida as part of the grand opening of a new, $315 million University Town Center mall on October 16. A new store in Manchester, New Hampshire will open on October 18.......

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12:00
Xiaomi's Hugo Barra rebuffs Ive's...

This past summer, Xiaomi executive Hugo Barra (formerly of Google) said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing allegations that Xiaomi products are blatant rip-offs of Apple designs. That being the case, perhaps Xiaomi should stop releasing products...

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11:53
Flight Attendants Union Challenges FAA Decision...

The Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) launched a lawsuit against the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last Friday in protest over the FAA's decision to allow passengers to use their iPads, iPhones, and other small portable electronic devices in nearly all phases of flight. As outlined by the Associated Press (via TechCrunch), the lawsuit alleges that the FAA "acted improperly" and failed to follow proper protocol implementing the changes. A lawyer for the Association of Flight Attendants argued that portable electronic devices distract passengers from safety announcements and can "become...

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11:44
Apple seeds sixth public beta of OS X Yosemite

Apple is now seeding a sixth public beta of OS X Yosemite to people participating in its AppleSeed program. The build is identified as 14A388b, the same as the third GM candidate for developers, which was released last week. Given that, no new features or bugfixes are present....

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11:32
Attorneys Fish for Shareholder Launch Class Action...

The Law Offices Bernard M. Gross, P.C. started the shareholder lawsuit train against GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) on Monday. Attorneys at the firm are seeking a lead plaintiff for the case, which accuses executives, directors, and underwriters of misleading investors in the wake of the company's fallout with Apple.

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11:32
Concept imagines iPad refresh with iPhone 6 design (...

With Apple preparing to show off an updated lineup of iPads on Thursday, designer Martin Hajek has asked the question “What if the new iPad’s were to borrow the design language from the iPhone6/6+?” on his site. As he has done in the past, Hajek has mocked up some remarkable 3D renderings of how the theoretical Apple devices could appear.
While the new iPads this year are expected to largely appear unchanged physically, the iPhone 6-style iPads in Hajek’s renderings adopt the protruding camera lens, flash, and antenna bands as well as the completely curved edges from the latest iPhones. ...

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11:30
Daily Deals for October 13, 2014

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections.

All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....

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11:26
Genelec Offers Revolutionary 8351 Smart Active...

Voted BEST in Show at the Audio Engineering Convention in Los Angeles last week!

With a compact footprint and outstanding acoustic performance, the 8351 Acoustically Coaxial SAM System marks a bold step forward in active monitoring featuring major advances in audio driver technology integrated into a sophisticated enclosure design

Genelec, the leader in active monitoring technology for over 35 years, offers the revolutionary new 8351 three-way Smart Active Monitor (SAM), developed in response to the need for increasing audio perfection for near-field recording and mix environments. Offering unique size and technological innovations, the 8351 breaks new ground in electro-acoustic engineering, as the mechanical, acoustical and signal-processing designs are linked closely together. The result is a system that is completely unique in the professional...

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11:15
Apple Publishes iOS Security Guide with Apple Pay...

Apple has published a 48 page PDF entitled "iOS Security," dated October 2014. Not only does it have a broad overview of iOS security in general, but it was also recently updated to include details of the Apple Pay technology and transaction security.

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11:09
How To Add Images To Ello Posts

Ello has less constraints than some other social networks. Kelly explains how to add an image to your Ello post for maximum enjoyment. (Think of all the GIFs you can inflict on others!)

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11:06
First Look: SwitchEasy Odyssey + Tones for iPhone 6

Sent to us in somehow incomplete form, SwitchEasy's new Odyssey ($20) and Tones ($20) are less expensive iPhone 6 versions of cases previously released for the iPhone 5/5s. Both cases are sold in two-tone variations, with Odyssey's grippy rear bars evoking the minimalist, futuristic designs of 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Tones using shapes that mimic the iPhone 6's unusual plastic antenna bands. While Odyssey comes only in black/grey or light/dark…

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11:03
“Do you foresee any hope for a turnaround for...

Horace Dediu

Samsung’s operating model seems to be to invest as a ‘fast follower’ filling in the market after it’s established while leveraging capital intensive components synergies… If the modus operandi does not change then their turnaround will depend on the creation of new opportunities/categories.

I honestly don’t see an opportunity for Samsung to create new product categories. I think they’ve proven that’s not its strength.
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11:00
Here's a first: A video app that takes HDR

I've always liked the flexibility that HDR photography provides in difficult lighting conditions, and I've often hoped I could use the same technology for video. If you have a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, you don't have to wait. Live HD/R (US$2.99) is an...

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10:47
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 13...

Notable software releases this week include Backblaze 3.0, GraphicConverter 9.4, OmniFocus 2.0.3, ChronoSync 4.5.3 and ChronoAgent 1.4.7, Carbon Copy Cloner 4.0, 1Password 4.4.3, and DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.8. 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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10:47
ExtraBITS for 13 October 2014

Josh Centers talks iOS 8 with The Tech Night Owl, Adam Engst discusses smartwatches with other tech luminaries, and we learn some lessons from the end of The Magazine. 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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10:32
Purported next-gen iPad Air logic board shows 2GB of...

With new iPad Air and iPad mini models expected to be introduced on Thursday, a newly leaked logic board claimed to be from a 2014 iPad Air purports to show an A8X processor, as well as an Elipda RAM module with 2 gigabytes of memory.

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10:30
AT&T adds new Passport international roaming...

AT&T Wireless customers planning on traveling out of the country soon should take a look at the company's new international roaming plans. Called Passport, the plans offer unlimited messaging and Wi-Fi, "affordable" calling rates, and data for a...

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10:28
DARPA's Concept Car Makes the Batmobile Look So...


The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency last week posted a video of an advanced concept ground vehicle under development in its Ground X-Vehicle Technologies program. It's not clear whether the vehicle in question is a light armored car or a tank, but DARPA wants to give it improved survivability through the use of advanced technologies. The vehicle will rely on speed rather than armor because the amount of armor needed for current threat environments is increasingly burdensome and ineffective against ever-improving weaponry, DARPA said.

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10:27
No Retina MacBook Air at Apple's Thursday press...

Although Apple may be working on a MacBook Air with a Retina display, it won't be shown off at this Thursday's press event, sources say. Instead Apple is forecast to concentrate on new iPads, OS X Yosemite, and a Retina iMac. The updated Air has typically been seen has having a 12-inch display and an even thinner chassis; rumors have suggested that the difficulty of producing the computer means that production could only begin ramping up in November....

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10:22
Latest iPad Air 2 component leak shows A8X chip...

Following component leaks over the weekend purporting to show an A8X chip and Touch ID button destined for new iPads, additional photos re-published by blog apple.club.tw point to a closer look at the modified system-on-a-chip as well as what appears to be 2GB of RAM for application memory. The purported increase in RAM on the updated tablet would double that of the current generation iPad Air (and iPhone 6 for that matter) and make more more powerful multitasking on the device.Reports from the Apple supply chain...

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10:22
Walgreens Memo Claims Saturday Apple Pay Launch

iOS 8's mobile payment system Apple Pay could get its official launch on October 18, only two days after a media event where Apple is expected to introduce new iPad models. The hint at the potential launch date comes from an internal Walgreens memo pointing out the weekend start.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple said Apple Pay would be coming in October, so it's just a matter of waiting for the official launch announcement. With a media event happening this Thursday, it's possible we're only days away from the rollout.

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10:17
Dropbox’s Mailbox iOS app updated w/ customizable...

Dropbox updated its Mailbox app today with some necessary features and fixes. The update now includes the ability to customize your swipes. Also, new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners will appreciate the optimized UI for bigger displays. Finally, Dropbox has squashed some bugs in Push and otherwise improved the overall performance.
Dropbox’s Mailbox is still only currently for Gmail and iCloud accounts, but the company reminds us again that other email platforms are on the way.
In addition to the updated iPhone and iPad version, the beta version for the Mac is now open to anyone following a public beta coin system for testers before.
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09:45
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launching in 36 more countries...

With iPhone online orders still taking weeks to ship and Apple Store lines continuing to snake out the door, Apple is keeping iPhone fever alive. The company announced on Monday that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will launch in 36 more countries and territories by the end of October. The international rollout will continue after the latest iPhones launch in China and India on October 17—this Friday. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:01
Retina iPad Mini 2 Reportedly Coming Alongside iPad...

While the second-generation iPad Air has been the subject of a number of rumors ahead of its expected unveiling this Thursday, there has been less information about the Retina iPad mini, which is currently more or less identical to its larger sibling with the exception of display size. Apple has generally been assumed to be planning a parallel upgrade for the iPad mini this month, but an early September report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expressed some uncertainty, saying the iPad mini would receive only a minor upgrade such as Touch ID, "if any", this year. Kuo's report was followed by another from Taiwanese media claiming the Retina iPad mini 2 was likely to launch early in 2015 ahead of the rumored 12.9-inch "iPad Pro". But now a new...

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10:00
UK iPhone 6 ad features Chris O'Dowd and...

Along with the release of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus came a charming pair of ads featuring Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon that showed some of the abilities of the two new phones. At least that's what happened in America. In the UK the ads are...

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09:56
Apple Pay will work with banks to update expired...

Apple Pay is the most important thing to launch with iOS 8.1.

Apple

9to5Mac has received training materials “from a reliable source” that were given out by Apple to acquaint its employees with the ins and outs of the company's forthcoming Apple Pay service. These training materials have some interesting new details about the service, specifically mentioning that expired credit cards will be updated automatically in Apple Pay by the card issuer.
Keeping credit card information current shows an interesting level of commitment from banks to making Apple Pay work. On competing platforms, once a credit card has expired, that card will be declined until the updated information is entered manually.
The leaked document also shows that...

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09:49
Apple seeds OS X Yosemite Public Beta 6 to testers

Apple on Monday pushed an update to the public beta of its next-generation desktop operating system, granting members of the prerelease program access to a sixth revision that brings it up to speed with the version released to developers late last week.

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09:49
Four drivers arrested in the Netherlands over...

Uber's European ambitions has received a setback, after four drivers in Amsterdam were arrested for operating a taxi service in the city by using the Uber app. The drivers have since been released by the Dutch police, but face fines as high as 4,200 euros ($5,300) each, over a matter which amounts to a licensing issue, and could be the first time UberPop drivers receive a fine for using the service....

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09:37
More Second-Generation iPad Air Part Leaks Point to...

A fairly clear image of what is said to be the logic board for the second-generation iPad Air suggests that the device will indeed come with an A8X chip, as hinted at in earlier images shared over the weekend. Furthermore, the new image published by Apple.club.tw [Google Translate] seems to point towards 2GB of RAM for the device. Though the image of the RAM on the logic board is low resolution and fuzzy, enhancing the contrast and the brightness reveals a bit of information about the numbers on the chip. While the first letter is entirely blurred, it is the second character that is key to determining whether...

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09:30
FBI director thinks Apple's data encryption is...

The FBI has been rather vocal lately about how it views efforts by Apple and other tech giants to make your data more secure. In short, they don't like it. Not one bit. The latest in the U.S. government's remarks about why your data should be less...

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09:24
CBS 60 Minutes: Apple has the Power to Upend the...

Last night's part two of a CBS 60 Minute segment with FBI Director James Comey revealed his views about internet surveillance in general and in context with Apple and Google's latest encryption technology specifically.

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09:15
Apple releases OS X Yosemite Public Beta 6 to match...


Apple today released the sixth public beta of the upcoming OS X Yosemite to AppleSeed testers. The build number is 14A388b, which coincides with last week’s OS X Yosemite Golden Master Candidate 3.0 release for registered developers. Apple plans to provide final details on OS X Yosemite at the October 16th event, then release it as soon as later that date.
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09:13
Apple Releases Sixth OS X Yosemite Public Beta

Apple today released the sixth Yosemite public beta for its beta testers, following the release of the fifth Yosemite public beta on Tuesday of last week alongside the second golden master candidate of OS X Yosemite. The new public beta carries build number 14A388b, very close to the third Yosemite golden master candidate build 14A388a seeded to developers late last week. The software update can be downloaded through the software update function of the Mac App Store. OS X Yosemite brings a flatter, more modern look to OS X, with an emphasis on translucency and redesigned dock, windows, and more. It also includes a multitude of new features, such as improved integration with iOS 8 through Continuity, a new "Today" view in Notification Center that offers integration with third-party apps, a retooled...

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09:13
Apple/GT contract included $50M penalty for leaking...

Filings in GT Advanced's ongoing bankruptcy proceedings reveal that the sapphire supplier's contract with Apple included a $50 million penalty for leaking any of the latter's product information, according to the Financial Times. As it prepares for a Wednesday court hearing, GT is asking for more details of the Apple contract to revealed, which it claims are important to creditors and shareholders. It adds that "Apple has treated the confidentiality agreement itself as 'confidential'."...

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09:12
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-13

Turns out flight attendants are so excited about gate-to-gate portable electronics use on flights. Kelly Guimont and Dave Hamilton put on their ranty pants today and let Jeff Gamet know just how they feel about flight attendants suing the FAA to reinstate the electronics ban, plus Dave explains why he's decided to go with the iPhone 6 Plus instead of the smaller iPhone 6.

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09:04
A normal user’s thoughts on iOS 8

This was actually pretty interesting, not only to see what held people up from updating right away, but also how misinformation and rumors affects an individual’s views of features in the operating system.
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09:00
GT Advanced Technologies' contract with Apple...

Recent court filings from GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) have helped shed a bit of light on the confidential agreements Apple typically enters into with suppliers. Originally spotted by the Financial Times, Apple's contract with GTAT included a...

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08:59
Native Instruments announces TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 all-...

Native Instruments has announced TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 (www.native-instruments.com/s8) – a new DJ controller designed for TRAKTOR PRO 2 control.
TRAKTOR KONTROL S8’s full color displays and touch-sensitive hardware controls fuse with enhanced track decks, a 4-channel standalone mixer, and the flagship TRAKTOR software for a multisensory DJ experience. It will be available online and at retailers worldwide on Oct. 30, 2014 for US$1,199.
of DJing.

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08:38
And Now for Something Completely Different


Well it's a good thing we here in the Linux community had a refreshing and refocusing break recently, because last week it was back onto the hot coals once again. The Systemd inferno -- which Linux Girl is starting to think of as "The Blaze That Must Not Be Named" -- has spread even further, your trusty reporter is dismayed to report, extending now to encompass the entire FOSS community. The accelerant this time? "Quite a sick place" is how Red Hat engineer and Systemd developer Lennart Poettering described the open source community.

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08:30
Bare Bones Software pulling next BBEdit from the Mac...

Over the weekend at the Çingleton conference in Montreal, Rich Siegel of Bare Bones Software made a presentation in which he gave his reasons why the next version of his company's flagship product - BBEdit - won't be sold on the Mac App Store.

For...

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08:25
Rumor: Apple begins Apple Pay training for employees

With the launch of Apple Pay likely only days away, Apple has begun Apple Pay training programs for its own group of retail store employees and by working with retailers to prepare for the debut later this month. According to 9to5Mac, training materials, shared by a reliable source, for the Apple Pay launch at Apple retail stores have also detailed some new specifics regarding the Apple Pay setup and transaction processes both on customer iPhones and in Apple retail stores…

As can be seen in the image above, Apple Pay can be set up via the Passbook application through both the initial iOS 8 setup process or in a new Settings.app tab called Passbook & Apple Pay. Some of these details were previously revealed by internal settings in the latest iOS...

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08:19
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Toshiba 1TB portable HDD $50,...

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:
Toshiba Canvio Connect 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive: $50 shipped (orig. $130)

Dragon Dictate for Mac 4:...

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08:06
Apple will not unveil MacBook Air with Retina...

Though Apple has been rumored to be working on a redesigned MacBook Air with a high-resolution Retina display for some time, the device will not launch at this Thursday's media event in Cupertino, Calif., according to a new report.

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08:02
Leaked photos show possible components for upcoming...

It’s the leaks that keep things interesting.
Per AppleInsider, Taiwanese web site Apple.club.tw has posted images of what are apparently next-gen iPad components. The images include a new logic board, Touch ID hardware and cover glass with incorporated digitizer.
Included among the supposedly leaked parts, interestingly enough, is a Touch ID fingerprint reader sporting a gold capacitive ring, hinting at a new iPhone-inspired color option previously rumored in a report from last month.

The length of the flex cable attached to the scanning module suggests the part is bound for something larger than...

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08:01
iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus arrive in 36 more countries...

Apple says the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will arrive in 36 additional countries and territories across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa by the end of October.
The new smartphones will be available in a total of 69 countries and territories by the end of the month. They're on track to be available in more than 115 countries by the end of the year, making this the fastest iPhone rollout ever.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus rollout continues on the following dates:
° Friday, Oct. 17: China, India and Monaco;
° Thursday, Oct. 23: Israel;
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08:00
Finland prime minister blames iPad and iPhone for...

Following a downgrade of Finland's credit rating by Standard & Poor, Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb spoke publicly about the negative rating in an interview with CNBC. During the talk, Stubb blamed Apple for part of his country's economic...

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07:59
Finland's Prime Minister Still Blames Apple...

Last July we posted a report titled "Finland's PM Blames Apple's Success for their Financial Crisis." I had received a few private emails telling me that the Prime Minister's comments got lost in translation. I didn't buy it then and today we hear it directly from the Prime Minister in English during a CNBC interview as noted above.

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07:58
No Retina MacBook Air Introduction Planned for Apple...

With rumors of a new 12-inch Retina MacBook Air circulating in recent months and the latest reports suggesting small-scale production has already begun, many have been wondering about Apple's plans for introducing the product. According to a new report from Re/code, the Retina MacBook Air will not be unveiled at this Thursday's media event. Apple may well have a new MacBook Air with Retina Display in the pipeline, but it’s not going to unveil it this week. Sources familiar with Apple’s plans tell me that the company’s latest reimagining of the ultralight laptop won’t be shown off at its Thursday event.In line with previous rumors, the report claims Thursday's event will focus on new iPads, Retina iMacs, and OS X Yosemite. One source has also claimed...

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07:54
Retina MacBook Air unlikely to be announced this week

With Apple scheduled to kick off its second special event in the last six weeks on Thursday, Re/code has set some expectations for what not to expect noting that Apple is not expected to introduce a Retina MacBook Air.
Apple may well have a new MacBook Air with Retina Display in the pipeline, but it’s not going to unveil it this week. Sources familiar with Apple’s plans tell me that the company’s latest reimagining of the ultralight laptop won’t be shown off at its Thursday event.
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07:46
iPhone 6 & 6 Plus demand exceeding supply,...

New data shows the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 5s were the top three selling smartphones at all four major U.S. carriers over the last month, giving Apple complete dominance of its home market.

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07:45
Apple confirms 36 more regions getting iPhone 6, 6...

Although some launches were previously announced, Apple has today confirmed that 36 more regions will be getting the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus throughout the month. China, India, and Monaco are leading on the 17th. Israel is due on the 23rd, while the Czech Republic, French West Indies, Greenland, Malta, Poland, Reunion Island, and South Africa are scheduled for the 24th....

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07:37
Debuting in 2015: Blistering fast Wi-Fi at 5x Today...

Apple's new iPhone 6 comes with the next generation Wi-Fi that could deliver speeds up to 3 times faster than the previous generation when used with the new AirPort Extreme or equivalent device. We don't even have time to really appreciate this recent leap when news of the next gigantic leap is already being announced. The next generation 802.11ad standard s reportedly up to 5 times faster than the newly released 802.11ac and could make it to market as soon as next year.

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07:27
Finnish Prime Minister Again 'Blames'...

Finland's Prime Minister Alexander Stubb told CNBC in an interview that Apple is to blame for the decline of the country's two primary export industries, information technology (led by Nokia) and paper. "The iPhone killed Nokia and the iPad killed the paper industry, but we’ll make a comeback," said Stubb in response to a question about Finland's business environment following the country's recently downgraded credit rating. While the comment certainly appears to be more of a pithy jest than an outright accusation against Apple, it does aptly describe how several of the country's major boom industries have seen their fortunes slip in the face of a changing marketplace. As noted by TechCrunch, this isn't the first time Stubb has singled out Apple in reference to his country's economic decline...

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07:05
Tower 2.0.8 - Version control with Git made easy. (...

Tower is a powerful Git client for OS X that makes using Git easy and more efficient. Users benefit from its elegant and comprehensive interface and a feature set that lets them enjoy the full power of Git. Learning Git with Tower. Tower abstracts Git's complexity in an easy-to-use interface. For example, lots of actions can be performed simply via drag and drop, and mistakes can be undone easily. Using Tower as an Expert. Advanced users can increase their productivity with features like single line staging, submodule support, or the file history. Features include:

  • git-svn support
  • file history
  • git-flow support
  • submodule support
  • blame view
  • single line staging (per-line committing)
  • cherry-picking
  • discard chunks/lines
  • direct Github, Beanstalk, and Bitbucket integration
  • Support for full-screen and Retina displays
  • many...

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07:01
CleanApp 5.0.0 Beta 3 - Application deinstaller and...

CleanApp is an application deinstaller and archiver. Your hard drive gets fuller day by day, but do you know why? CleanApp 5 provides you with insights how to reclaim disk space. There are definitely tons of unused files on your hard drive - CleanApp will help you to find and delete them. CleanApp 5 has been re-developed from scratch and offers a comprehensive and convenient user interface. Delete applications completely. Any app you install and run in OS X creates a large number of associated files in your system - hidden in places you wouldn't expect them to be. Therefore, free hard drive space will shrink continuously - even if you delete the software after testing and especially if you are trying out lots of applications. CleanApp 5 brings light into the darkness and helps you to tidy up your system. CleanApp relies on sophisticated methods for analysing files and applications. There is even a background service monitoring all file activity...

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07:00
Apple Pay setup process detailed in newly leaked...

With Apple Pay rumored to be launching later this week, 9to5Mac has obtained purported screenshots from an Apple training manual which show, amongst other items, how the sign-up process will operate.

In typical Apple fashion, getting started with...

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06:58
News: GT Advanced court filings show $50M penalty...

Court filings from Apple sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies have revealed a number of details about Apple’s non-disclosure agreements, including a $50 million penalty for leaking any product information. Lawyers from GT are making the case that more information about the company’s relationship with Apple should be made public “in the interests of creditors and shareholders,” the Financial Times reports. This comes after…

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06:55
FBI director continues crusade against Apple's...

James Comey, director of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, has once again slammed Apple's iPhone and devices running Android that can hold secure, encrypted data that is inaccessible by law enforcement, saying that such capabilities allow users to "place themselves beyond the law."

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06:46
External Link: Josh Centers Talks iOS 8 with the...

Managing Editor Josh Centers joined The Tech Night Owl podcast to discuss iOS 8 in advance of his upcoming book, “iOS 8: A Take Control Crash Course.” Josh discusses what’s slowing iOS 8 adoption, how Apple can improve third-party keyboards, and what he expects to see from Apple’s next event. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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06:31
Apple Pay launch tipped for October 18

The rumor mill is filling in a few more blanks on Apple Pay ahead of a possible launch later this week.
Apple Pay will likely launch around October 18, according to a Walgreens memo that was leaked to MacRumors. Walgreens is one of Apple's biggest partners for the service, which lets users pay at brick-and-mortar stores by tapping an iPhone 6 against the store's credit card reader.
Meanwhile, 9to5Mac has gotten a hold of some screenshots with more details on how Apple Pay works. Users can store up to eight payment cards inside Apple's Passbook app, either by scanning them with the phone's camera or by typing in the payment information. The Passbook app shows transaction history for each card, provides contact information for the bank and lets users update the...

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06:30
iPhone 6 siblings find their way to 36 additional...

In its never-ending quest for world domination, Apple will be pushing the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to three dozen additional countries by the end of October. A press release from the company announced the rollout plans, going on to note that it will be...

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06:11
FBI director continues push against Apple &...

FBI Director James Comey isn’t backing down from his position that Apple and Google are wrong to encrypt customer smartphone data preventing law enforcement agencies the possibility of access if requested. After last month sharing that the FBI was in talks with the two companies to discuss concerns with marketing devices as being inaccessible to third-parties including the government, the FBI Director spoke with CBS News in an interview where he continued to make the case against such encryption…
In the interview, Comey repeated past remarks smartphone encryption is being used as a marketing tool that puts people “beyond the law”:
The notion that we would market...

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06:00
Rumor Roundup: Unannounced Apple product delayed...

New Photo Claims to Show 2 GB Elpida RAM Chips for iPad Air 2 (MacRumors)

Source: Some website even MacRumors has never heard of before

Chance it's true: 50/50

If these chips were shown attached to a logic board, I'd say this rumor was a lock for...

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05:59
Apple's iPhone 6 Invasion set to roll into to...

The iPhone 6 Invasion Continues: Today, Apple announced that the iPhone 6 will be rolling into 36 more Countries and Territories this month including Latin America, India, South Korea, Thailand and more. It'll be interesting to see how well ...

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05:55
Flight Attendants Sue to Stop Gate-to-gate...

Attorneys representing the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA argued in the U.S. Court of Appeals late last week that the ban on in-flight electronics the FAA lifted a year ago should be reinstated for the safety of airline passengers. The Flight Attendants union thinks portable electronics use during takeoff and landing poses a serious risk and that the FAA made a mistake when it opened the doors for airlines to allow their use from gate to gate.The Mac Observer Spin: Unless flight attendants can come up with compelling evidence to show gate-to-gate electronics use is a serious safety risk, you'll most likely be able to keep playing Angry Birds on your flights. And with the ban lift nearly a year behind us, passengers wouldn't take going back to stowing their electronics very well at all....

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05:43
GT Advanced court filings reveal $50M penalty Apple...

Not much is known about Apple’s deals with its suppliers, but court filings by former sapphire supplier GT Advanced reveal that the contract included a $50M penalty for any leak of Apple product information, reports the Financial Times.
While the amount of the penalty clause may vary according to the size of the supplier, it seems likely that a substantial leak penalty is a standard condition of supplying product components to Apple – though the number of leaks over the iPhone 6 suggests that such penalties offer limited protection.
Contracts between Apple and its suppliers will undoubtedly be subject to strict non-disclosure agreements, but lawyers for GT Advanced are asking the court to allow details to be made public … ...

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05:42
∞ The Autocomplete Song

[VIDEO] Heh. The words to this song were written by an iPhone, using autocomplete. It’s actually pretty catchy.

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05:42
News: Alleged iPad Air 2 parts leak shows A8X chip,...

Alleged components of Apple’s upcoming second-generation iPad Air were recently posted on Apple.club.tw, with a logic board that shows an A8X chip. While the iPad Air used the same A7 chip found in the iPhone 5s, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus contain an A8 chip, so it appears Apple will be once again making a separate processor for the iPad. The report also claims that iPad Air 2 will pack 2GB of RAM, as has been rumored. In addition to the…

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05:37
Superman heirs lose copyright battle to DC Comics

The Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal of the heirs of the original Superman creators, trying to reclaim the Superman copyright. A complex and fascinating story.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:30
Apple Legal will Attempt to stop their Sapphire...

n a new Financial Times report that was posted today, they note that the abrupt bankruptcy filed by GT Advanced Technologies last week has brought the confidential deals that Apple strikes with its suppliers into the spotlight.

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05:25
VirtualBox 4.3.18 - x86 virtualization software. (...

VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux and Mac hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), and OpenBSD. VirtualBox is being actively developed with frequent releases and has an ever growing list of features, supported guest operating systems and platforms it runs on. VirtualBox is a community effort backed by a dedicated company: everyone is encouraged to contribute while innotek ensures the product always meets professional quality criteria. Version 4.3.18:

  • VMM: fixed a...

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05:24
News: iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus come to 36 more...

Apple announced that it will release the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 36 more countries and territories by the end of the month. The new iPhones will be available in a total of 69 countries by October’s end, and Apple claims more than 115 countries will have the new iPhones by the end of 2014 — the fastest iPhone rollout ever. Starting on Friday, October 17, the phones will launch in India, Monaco, and China, while rolling out to more countries…

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05:18
Daily Deal: Get the world’s largest iOS 8 + Swift...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering The World’s Largest iOS 8 + Swift eLearning Bootcamp for only $99—that’s 96% off the normal price. This is the largest iOS 8 course available today, with 24 Swift/iOS 8 courses including over 80 hours of content. You’ll produce 70 App Store-ready apps for iOS 8 as you progress through the lessons, learning app development skills as quickly as possible as you go along. This course covers…

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05:16
Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus heading to 36 more...

Apple is set to expand the availability of its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus later this month, as the company announced on Monday that the handsets would begin rolling out in three dozen new countries -- including rising key markets India and China -- on Oct. 17.

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05:14
BBEdit leaving the Mac App Store

Rich Siegel, founder of Bare Bones Software, gave a talk at the Cingleton conference about not selling future versions of BBEdit via the Mac App Store. This could be a canary in the coal mine.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:08
MatchWare Launches MindView 5 Business Mac

 MatchWare has launched MindView 5 Business Mac (http://tinyurl.com/cmtfa3), a mind mapping and Gantt chart creation application built on MatchWare’s MindView Business Platform.
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05:00
Fuzzy, Bigfoot-esque iPad logic board photo points...

Look closely at the large chip near the middle of the board—it's fuzzy, but it says "A8X."

Apple.club.tw

We're three days out from Apple's next event, which means it's time for the supply chain and rumor mill to go into overdrive. Over the weekend, Taiwanese blog apple.club.tw republished photos of what are supposedly components from a new iPad, including shots of the TouchID button and cable and the logic board. The logic board shot revealed an interesting detail, assuming it's genuine—Apple is apparently building a new "A8X" processor to power at least one of its new tablets.
When...

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05:00
Songwriter Jonathan Mann uses iOS QuickType for...

Last month, YouTube songwriter Jonathan Mann made light of the iOS 8.0.1 update that went awry with a catchy tune for the team at Apple that was responsible for the debacle. Now, the musician is back with another tune about Apple's new QuickType...

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04:57
AKVIS Charcoal 1.0 is new image editing program for...

AKVIS has released a new image editing program, AKVIS Charcoal 1.0 (https://akvis.com/en/charcoal/index.php). It's a standalone application and Photoshop plug-in for Mac OS X and Windows.
The software creates charcoal, chalk, and sanguine drawings from photos. The program contains 34 ready-to-use presets. You can create your own presets saving your favorite combinations of the parameters.
The software runs on Mac OS X 10.6 and higher and Windows XP/Vista/Win7/Win 8. It costs US$49 for a home license. A demo is available for download.

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04:56
Apple To Launch iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in 36 Additional...

Ahead of Apple's Chinese launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus later this week, Apple today confirmed the launch of its new handset models in 36 additional countries and territories by the end of October. In its fastest rollout ever, Apple expects to launch the iPhone in 115 countries by the end of the year. The next round of launches coming this month will include countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. • Friday, October 17: China, India and Monaco • Thursday, October 23: Israel • Friday, October 24: Czech Republic, French West Indies, Greenland, Malta, Poland, Reunion Island and South Africa • Thursday, October 30: Bahrain and Kuwait • Friday, October 31: Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Guam, Hungary, Iceland, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macau, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia,...

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04:49
Quark releases free QuarkXPress document converter...

Quark Software has announced the QuarkXPress Document Converter, a free tool that allows QuarkXPress users to open legacy QuarkXPress files in QuarkXPress 10. QuarkXPress 10 inherently supports documents created with QuarkXPress 7-10, but not legacy documents created in versions 3-6.
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04:48
Apple rolls out iPhone 6/Plus to 36 more countries...

Apple has announced that it will be rolling out the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to an additional 36 countries this month, bringing the total number of markets to 69. The latest rollout will begin with India and Monaco alongside China on Friday.

Apple today announced that iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the biggest advancements in iPhone history, will arrive in 36 additional countries and territories across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa by the end of October. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in a total of 69 countries and territories by the end of the month and are on track to be available in more than 115 countries by the end of the year, making this the fastest iPhone rollout ever … 


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04:46
Apple Launching iPhone 6 in 36 More Countries in...

Apple plans to launch the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 36 more countries and territories by the end of October with Israel, Mexico, Poland, South Africa, Greece, Bosnia, and more on the list. The company expects to have its new iPhone models in more than 115 countries by the end of the year, making this its most agressive rollout so far.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple clearly intends to follow through with its plan to get the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus into at least 115 countries before the end of the year.

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04:32
Apple's supplier contracts include $50M penalty...

Details from Apple's supplier non-disclosure agreements are beginning to leak thanks to the bankruptcy proceedings of GT Advanced Technologies, with the sapphire maker arguing that even more should be published so creditors and shareholders can see the full story behind its fall from grace.

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04:27
China's iPhone 6 Pre-Orders Rocket to 20 Million

In September, Apple set a new record for pre-orders, with the iPhone 6 clocking in at 10 million. That number covered the first ten countries that the iPhone 6 was selling into. Today we're learning ...

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04:14
Finland’s credit rating downgraded, and it’s all...

Ratings agency Standard & Poor has downgraded Finland’s credit rating from AAA to AA+, and its economic outlook from stable to negative – and it’s all Apple’s fault, according to Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb. Speaking to CNBC, he said:

“We have two champions which went down,” Alexander Stubb told CNBC Monday. As well as the technology firm Nokia, he explained that the paper industry in Finland had fallen on hard times [...]

“A little bit paradoxically I guess one could say that the iPhone killed Nokia and the iPad killed the Finnish paper industry.”

So nothing to do with Nokia – which once dominated the mobile phone industry – failing to notice that the market was changing, then, nor choosing the wrong platform when it finally did get into the smartphone business.
Stephen Elop, who took over as CEO in 2011, announced that Windows Phone – not Android –...

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04:02
Flight attendants sue FAA over in-flight device...

Flight attendants are challenging a decision made by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last year, over the use of electronic devices by passengers at all stages of flight. The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA has sued the FAA over the matter, claiming the change makes flights inherently more dangerous because passengers may not fully understand the safety announcements....

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04:00
When Computers Get a Right Brain


IBM is massively increasing its commitment to Watson, which was evident at last week's IBM Think Forum. IBM recognizes that if it can get a product that thinks first, then it can again take absolute control over the technology market, and every other company will be chasing it again. It is making some impressive headway, and I agree that the firm that succeeds at this will not only massively change the technology market, but also change the world. The very real outcome is that many of us will find our skills have become redundant.

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03:30
Kool Tools: iStabilizer TabArm for the iPad

iStabilizer's (www.istabilizer.com) US$99.95 iStabilizer tabArm is the first friction articulating arm for tablets such as the iPad.
It allows you to attach tablets to virtually any surface:  desk, table, tripod, kitchen, bedroom, car headrest and anywhere else in your office or home. It mounts tablets to any standard tripod, a clamp, hot shoe adapter, and 11-inch stainless steel articulating Arm (each of these items are also sold separately). 
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03:28
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus preorders estimated to...


Last time we checked in, Tencent had reported four million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus unofficial reservations had been recorded. In an update today, the site now says that combined preorders (which began on Friday) from sales channels have exceeded 20 million.
Via Digitimes, which originally found the post from Tencent:

The report stated that pre-orders on website Jingdong Mall reached nearly 10 million over the period, which coupled with orders direct to major telecom providers and Apple pushed total orders to 20 million.

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03:13
55% of U.S. broadband households subscribe to an OTT...

Fifty-five percent of U.S. broadband households subscribe to an OTT video service, opening up new opportunities for cloud solutions, according to new data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com).
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02:22
First look at Creative Cloud Libraries, connecting...

Creative Cloud turned three this month, an age when most children finally begin to walk more confidently as they grow out of the toddler stage. The same could be said of Adobe’s latest steps—the company took an adult-sized stride last week with the release of new mobile apps, and technology that connects them to a traditional desktop workflow like never before.
The feature that makes this possible is Libraries, a cloud-based repository for colors, text styles, brushes, graphic assets, and even full images. Content added to Libraries from mobile or desktop apps gets synced immediately to Creative Cloud, ready to serve other compatible software connected to the same account....

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Sunday October 12

20:08
Backblaze 3.0

Under-the-hood changes improve backup software’s speed and efficiency. (Free, 9.1 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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20:08
GraphicConverter 9.4

The venerable graphic conversion and editing utility goes 64-bit and adds several new features. ($39.95 new, free update, 248 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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20:08
OmniFocus 2.0.3

Fixes several Yosemite compatibility issues. ($39.99 new, free update, 44.2 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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20:08
ChronoSync 4.5.3 and ChronoAgent 1.4.7

Adds compatibility for OS X Yosemite to the synchronization and backup apps. ($40 new for ChronoSync, $10 new for ChronoAgent; free updates; 41.7 MB, 12.5 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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17:00
The Week in Review: news and features you don't...

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

Features

Did you hear about...

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16:00
A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

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

Logitech Type+ Keyboard for iPad Air
Ultimate Ears Pro...

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15:54
Apple Pay Setup Process Revealed as Retail Employees...

Apple has begun preparing its retail employees and retail partners for the upcoming launch of its Apple Pay mobile payments service with a host of new training materials that show the feature in action, reports 9to5Mac. Users will be able to set up Apple Pay in Passbook or through the Settings app, as up to eight credit or debit cards be connected with an iTunes account or by scanning one in with the iPhone's camera. Every card connected to the service will allow users to access a number of features, including the ability to see a simple transaction list, the ability to turn on push notifications, and an area that allows quick access to a bank's phone number and an accompanying app. Passbook will also be able to automatically update an expired card with a new expiration date without the...

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15:00
Weekly Game Replay: Destiny's 3.2M daily...

Every Sunday Electronista and MacNN round up some of the important pieces of news in the video game industry from the previous week. This week, we take a look at some statistics regarding the number of players in Destiny, issues with the launch of Driveclub, free next-generation copies of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare for customers buying it on the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, as well as some other notable news bits and upcoming releases....

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15:00
This Weekend in the App Store -- the best free apps...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

Gin Rummy HD [iOS...

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14:22
Apple Pay setup detailed & retailers begin...


The launch of Apple Pay, Apple’s NFC and Touch ID-based mobile payment solution, is upon us. Apple has begun preparing for the launch by kicking off Apple Pay training programs for its own group of retail store employees and by working with retailers to prepare for the debut later this month. The training materials, shared by a reliable source, for the Apple Pay launch at Apple retail stores have also detailed some new specifics regarding the Apple Pay setup and transaction processes both on customer iPhones and in Apple retail stores…

As can be seen in the image above, Apple Pay can be set up via the Passbook application via both the initial iOS 8 setup process or in a new Settings.app tab called Passbook & Apple Pay. Some of these details...

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14:00
All the best app reviews last week on TUAW

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

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12:49
Hockey Night in Canada: How the CBC lost it all

The Globe and Mail:

Not only had Rogers Communications Inc. wrenched the Canadian national broadcast rights to NHL games from the CBC’s grasp with a stunning $5.2-billion payout over the next 12 years, but the Visigoths were actually at the gate.

Part of the ensuing deal, in which those in charge of the CBC meekly handed over the company’s airwaves for free, was that the Rogers people connected to Hockey Night, along with some people hired from rival TSN, would use the CBC’s studios and take over the show’s office space on the north side of the eighth floor – the plushest in the building thanks to the show’s status as the network’s biggest money spinner.

Truly appalling how Canada’s national broadcaster completely blew the deal by ignoring the importance of hockey to not only their bottom line but to the nation. Thanks to my friend...

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12:31
Why you should celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving...

Vox:

Instead of Columbus Day, our northern neighbors spend the second Monday of every October celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving or, as they call it, Thanksgiving. As I wrote last year (what can I say, it’s my holiday tradition), Canadian Thanksgiving is a way better holiday than Columbus Day in every way.

Here’s how the two holidays match up.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadians!
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12:18
Netflix comes to Ubuntu via Chrome, 4K video...

Linux users of the Ubuntu variety can now watch Netflix without hacks or workarounds. The ability to stream Netflix comes with the latest build of the Chrome browser for the operating system, for up-to-date Ubuntu users. Netflix also confirmed that subscription fees for users wanting to stream 4K Ultra HD video are increasing....

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11:47
UK's Guardian thinks that the Apple Watch will...

Here are two giants of the technology industry, with respected worldwide brands; they vie for top position among the best-known and most-valued technology brands. And they’re both moving into the wearable technology space.

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08:00
iOS 8 How-to: Use the self-timer in the Camera App


In iOS 8 the Camera app now has the ability to have a self timer. This can be beneficial for several different reasons. For example, you can take the ultimate selfies using the better quality camera, being steady while taking the photo and can avoid looking ridiculous and buying a selfie handheld stick pole.
To set up the timer, tap on the clock icon second from the right in the upper right hand corner. When you tap on the clock you have options to have a 3 second or a 10 second timer.

When you use the timer, on the screen there is a countdown that occurs...

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07:34
MGG 523: Three Mikes and Two Geeks On Mics

Network issues nipped the tail end of last week's show, but your geeks made it through regardless. This week John and Dave go through running iPhoto from a flash drive, sharing a clipboard between iOS and OS X, Wi-Fi Calling with your new iPhone, Updating expired podcasts and resolving a failed (but recurring!) iPhoto import. Download and enjoy!

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06:49
Capo 3.1.3 - Slow down and learn to play your...

Capo lets you slow down your favorite songs so you can hear the notes and learn how they are played. With Capo, you can quickly tab out your songs atop a highly-detailed OpenCL-powered spectrogram display. Features:

  • Detect, and enter chords
  • Pitch adjustment
  • Mark song sections
  • Loop at slower speeds
  • Export Capo-adjusted music
  • Basic effects available

Version 3.1.4 (3.1.3): Note: The demo version is currently at 3.1.3. The version available for purchase on the Mac App Store is 3.1.4.

  • Corrects a major spectrogram-display issue when running on OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • OS X 10.8 or later

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06:24
∞ Former Apple CEO John Sculley on Steve Jobs, Apple...

[VIDEO] From iHeartApple2, by way of ParisLemon, this video is part of a series of interviews with former CEO John Sculley. In this one, Sculley talks about the importance of marketing experiences, rather than product specs/features, along with lessons learned with and from Steve Jobs.

When we introduced the first Macintosh, we did a commercial, in the Superbowl, which was called 1984. What was remarkable about that commercial, particularly for a high tech product, was we never once showed the...

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06:00
PhotoDirector: Impressive new iOS photo editing app

PhotoDirector (free with one in-app purchase) is new to iOS but the company that created it, CyberLink, has an impressive product line that features photo editors for Mac and Windows.

The app debuts with some impressive editing features including...

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05:51
What the guy from the time machine told Steve Ballmer

Last week, we posted about an article from Vanity Fair entitled, The Empire Reboots. Terrific article on Microsoft, with focus on the current relationship of Bill Gates and Satya Nadella and the longtime reign of CEO Steve Ballmer.

Matt Rosoff, from CITEworld, read the Vanity Fair piece and posted a tweet-storm based on the idea that a time traveler from today went back to 2004 and met Steve Ballmer, filling him in on ten years of tech advances. Great read.
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04:40
Banks See Apple Pay as Convenient, Secure and Private

Banks Give Apple Pay two Thumbs Up: Banks are confident in Apple Pay security. According to a new report that was published late yesterday, there have been several banks that have spoken out regarding Apple Pay. One is Navy ...

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Saturday October 11

15:20
X-Files Star Attends NY Apple Store "Meet the...

Gillian Anderson first made a name for herself playing Dana Scully in the famed TV show called The X-Files which debuted in 1993 ...

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14:30
Leaked Walgreens memo points to Apple Pay launch on...

A leaked internal Walgreens memo obtained by MacRumors suggests that Apple Pay will go live on Saturday, October 18. Apple Pay, of course, represents Apple's foray into the world of mobile payments. The service promises to be extremely secure and...

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14:00
Turn a broken iPod into a fashionable, but fractured...

Have a broken iPhone or iPod touch kicking around and want to do something with it? If you answered with a resounding "yes," then you should check out this Instructable from 13-year-old member trosen2109 that shows one clever way to recycle the...

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13:33
Walgreens memo suggests Apple Pay mobile payments...

The largest pharmacy chain in the U.S., Walgreens, has allegedly sent out an internal corporate memo asking employees to prepare for the launch of the iPhone 6-based Apple Pay service next Saturday, Oct. 18.

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13:17
Newly leaked parts purportedly show next-generation...

With only days to go before Apple's Oct. 16 event, new photos out of East Asia claim to show components bound for a next-generation iPad, including a logic board, Touch ID hardware and cover glass with incorporated digitizer.

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12:00
Hidden menu in Instagram's Hyperlapse app...

Instagram's Hyperlapse allows you to create impressive time lapse videos in an easy to use package. Controls are basic, and settings are minimal, but as noticed by Youtube user hoschdebacha, you can have some fun with a suite of advanced settings...

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11:50
Walgreens Planning for October 18 Apple Pay Launch

An internal memo addressed to Walgreens employees designed to prepare them for the upcoming launch of Apple Pay suggests that Apple's new payments service might be going live on Saturday, October 18. A Saturday launch is unusual, but it could make sense as Apple Pay is designed for in-store shopping and a weekend debut would give customers time to try the service. It is, however, also possible that Apple Pay will go live shortly before the October 18 date, following the company's Thursday, October 16 iPad event, with support coming to Walgreens a day or two later. At its October 16 event, Apple is expected to debut a new iPad Air, Retina iMacs, and possibly a new Retina iPad mini. The event, which will also likely see Apple previewing OS X Yosemite one last time before its public debut, would also be an opportune time to divulge more information about Apple Pay and possibly even launch the payments service. As announced on September 9, popular drug store Walgreens is one of...

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11:49
Wells Fargo employee emails CEO asking for a raise...

Salon:

Tyrel Oates, a 30-year-old Portland, Oregon-based employee of Wells Fargo, shot to Internet fame after emailing the company’s CEO John Stumpf (and cc’ing 200,000 other employees) to ask for a $10,000 raise… for everyone at the company.

No way Wells Fargo does this but it’s a great way to put the ball in management’s court.
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11:44
What it’s like to carry your Nobel Prize through...

Scientific American:

“When I won this, my grandma, who lives in Fargo, North Dakota, wanted to see it. I was coming around so I decided I’d bring my Nobel Prize. You would think that carrying around a Nobel Prize would be uneventful, and it was uneventful, until I tried to leave Fargo with it, and went through the X-ray machine. I could see they were puzzled. It was in my laptop bag. It’s made of gold, so it absorbs all the X-rays—it’s completely black. And they had never seen anything completely black.

My question is, why didn’t they notice it when he was going to North Dakota?
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10:00
Yovo can keep your photos and messages private

Yovo (free) is an interesting app developed by ContentGuard, a leading company in the field of protecting electronic communications.

With Yovo, you can pick a photo on your iOS device and send it to someone. They see the image in their mail or in...

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09:42
Briefly: Glassboard shutdown, Guardian Maximus with...

Business-oriented disussion service Glassboard is closing down, with the resultant loss of data, on November 1, 2014. Starting next week, the company will be converting everyone's account to a premium account for the remaining few weeks so that discussions can be exported. New user signups have been disabled, and the apps have been removed from both the Android and iOS App Store....

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09:21
Leaked A8X chip teases more powerful iPad Air 2 as...


Ahead of next Thursday’s Apple event, new images purportedly showing parts for the new, full-sized iPad have emerged. Photos re-published by blog apple.club.tw show a full logic board for the new iPad Air as well as parts for the new Home button, glass screen cover, and audio control components. At first glance, the new iPad Air logic board does not reveal too much new, but adjusting the colors of the image shows a fairly unexpected addition: an A8X system-on-a-chip:

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08:22
Kmart suffers huge breach, all shoppers since...

Sears-owned retailer Kmart has declared that it has suffered a massive data breach. The company said late Friday that a malware attack began on its point-of-sale computer systems in early September that was "new form of malware" and "similar to a computer virus." Few details have been released by Kmart, but the company warns that it could include every shopper between September 1 and Thursday, October 9. Online shoppers were not impacted by the breach....

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08:00
iOS 8 How-to: Use Camera to enter in credit card info


With iOS 7, Apple added a new feature in iBooks, iTunes and the App Store that allowed users to scan iTunes gift cards with the device’s camera rather than manually entering the string of characters on the back of the card. Now in iOS 8, you can use the device’s camera to scan and enter credit card information.
To add your credit card for purchases open up Settings and tap on Safari.


Then tap on Passwords & AutoFill. Here you will notice that by default that Names and Passwords, and Credit Cards is...

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08:00
PicPlayPost is a versatile little collage maker for...

PicPlayPost has been around a while, and the iOS app continues to evolve and improve. This free app (with one in-app purchase option) creates lovely collages that can contain video, audio, and even GIF animations. I like collages, and create them all...

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07:54
Paperless 2.3.3 - Digital documents manager. (Demo)

Paperless is a digital documents manager. Remember when everyone talked about how we would soon be a paperless society? Now it seems like we use paper more than ever. Let's face it - we need and we use paper. But Paperless 2 is one of those incredibly useful applications that will help you manage all your paper and digital documents and at the same time positively affect the environment. When it's tax time no more bringing a shoebox full of receipts to your accountant. According to ruling Rev. Proc. 97-22 from the IRS, a digital document is acceptable. With Paperless 2 you can create a Smart Collection and keep all your documents neat and tidy and in one place. Additionally, once you store your receipts in Paperless 2, you can select the receipts to email, print, or export to PDF, or even show as a chart. Paperless 2 has the ability to keep up and maintain the task of not only reducing your need for paper but managing the paper you use. Simply scan your receipts...

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07:26
Video: The Coming 3D Printing Revolution

Avi Reichental, CEO of 3D Systems spoke at TED recently talking about the coming 3D printing revolution where scanning-and-printing in ways never imagined will be an everyday act. A revolution that will allow all of us to create and manufacture clothing, objects and even custom tailored food in the comfort of our home. The presentation includes a tiny segment on Google's Project Ara ...

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07:10
Hands On: Denied (OS X)

Since it's now commonplace to regularly listen to randomly generated or pre-curated music playlists, there will inevitably be songs you're not a fan of thrown into those mixes. Denied for Mac does one thing, and does it really well - it spares you from songs you don't care to hear, while streaming content from subscription-based platforms or iTunes. Though a convenient addition to an average listening experience, is it worth paying for?...

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06:00
Caturday: Baby Girl will not be moved

As mentioned last week, I have two new kittens (Merry and Pippin) who have taken over my office, my house, and my heart. They're also quite adept at taking over my computers when I'm trying to get work done.

Well, that seems to be the case with a...

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05:41
Getting banned by the NFL is actually great for Beats

The competition between Bose and Beats cost Colin Kaepernick $10,000 this week, when he violated an NFL ban on wearing Beats by Dr. Dre headphones on television after games.

Is this a PR win for Beats? Will Apple remove all Bose products from the Apple Store?
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05:13
The Birth of Pong, an excerpt from Walter Isaacson’s...

Walter Isaacson is best known as the author of the official Steve Jobs biography. His new book is called The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution.

The Birth of Pong, an excerpt from the book, tells the story of Nolan Bushnell and the birth of the arcade game.
...

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04:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Rainbows, butterflies, and...

Rainbows, butterflies, and flowersThis week’s round up of new iPad cases offers an assortment of colorful themes, familiar cartoon characters, and storage solutions.CaseableThe Gardening (iPad Air; $50) sports an elaborate floral gothic design, and features neoprene padding for extra protection, durable elastic straps to securely hold your tablet in place, and a microsuede interior that is gentle on the screen. It also doubles as a viewing stand in landscape orientation.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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04:30
SportsYapper continues to be a fun place to talk...

SportsYapper keeps you in touch with other fans of your favorite teams and gives you the chance to share those special moments with like-minded sports fans even if you are watching a game at home by yourself. Dave Caolo first looked at an older...

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03:00
You Should Play: Up your lawyering game with Phoenix...

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. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney—Dual Destinies is a text-adventure game that Capcom originally published for the Nintendo 3DS, but has now made its way to iOS devices. While text-heavy and at times tedious in its dialogue, the brilliantly animated and totally ridiculous world provides an uncommon iOS experience. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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01:33
New Images of iPad Air 2 Parts Show Touch ID Home...

Apple.club.tw (Google Translate) has shared new images that appear to show a variety of components from the iPad Air 2, which include pictures of the logic board, home button flex cable, front panel, and volume control flex cable. The home button flex cable appears to contain a space for a Touch ID home button, complete with the stainless steel ring. Previous reports claimed that Apple's forthcoming iPads would receive Touch ID functionality, and these newest pictures likely confirm that the feature will at least be on the iPad Air 2. Meanwhile, the...

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Friday October 10

20:41
Apple 'Yosemi-fies' iTunes 12 beta's...

The flatter, more minimalist look sported by both iOS 7 and 8 as well as the forthcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite has reached iTunes, or at least the version currently being beta-tested for imminent release. With OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.1 expected to be unveiled next week at Apple's press event, the music management and storefront application that ties into most users' iOS devices for media access has gained a whiter, flatter interface that does away with shadows and 3D effects in favor of clean lines and subtle buttons....

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19:59
HoudahSpot 3.9.4 - Advanced file search tool. (Demo)

HoudahSpot is an advanced file search tool built upon MacOS X Spotlight. Spotlight unleashed

  • Create detailed queries to locate the exact file you need
  • Narrow down searches. Zero in on files
  • Save active queries for direct access to your favorite files
  • Set up templates for frequently performed searches

Your files at your fingertips

  • Keep frequently used files within reach
  • Retrieve the files you didn't know you still had
  • Preview matches within text content
  • Copy results as tab-delimted values

Version 3.9.4:

  • Bug fix: Fixes a bug which slowed loading of search results.
  • OS X 10.6.6 or later
  • Spotlight enabled

Download Now

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18:44
Many retailers currently have no plans to implement...


When announcing Apple Pay last month, Apple showed off a list of launch partners that would be putting the NFC-powered iPhone payment system to work in October, including McDonald’s, Nike, and Macy’s. However, the Daily Dot has compiled a list of businesses that don’t currently have plans to adopt Apple’s mobile payment system, and there are some notable entries on the list.
Of course, it doesn’t seem unexpected that many businesses that didn’t have early access to the hardware and software that makes up Apple Pay would be without current plans to adopt the technology. Many of the companies gave a “non-statement,” so to speak, confirming that they are considering the possibility of implementing the system in the future but don’t currently have a date set to roll it out....

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18:37
NPD: iPhone 6 launch triggered record-breaking sales...

According to a new report from sales analyst NPD, mobile phone accessories in the US hit a new record in the two weeks immediately following the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Accessory sales were seen to be 43 percent higher than the two weeks before the launch, and far better than the 17 percent increase seen in the same period after the release of the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s last year. The new total for accessories in the fortnight was $249 million, topping last year's $195 million....

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17:25
Major retailers show unwillingness to adopt Apple...

Apple Pay is primed to launch as one of the most secure and convenient digital payments solutions ever devised, but certain popular retailers may slow adoption by refusing to offer support due to a conservative stance on next-gen commerce or conflict with their own ambitions in the sector.

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16:48
Over 9M 'reservations', 1M official pre-...

Official pre-orders for the iPhone 6 finally went live in China early Friday morning, with more than a million orders being taken in the first six hours of availability. The new pre-orders would be different from the more than nine million "reservations" taken by other carriers and resellers, meaning that opening weekend sales -- which are scheduled to open in China on October 17 -- could easily surpass the combined first-weekend sales of the nine countries the iPhone 6 line debuted to in September....

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How to beard

There’s some good advice, especially when he says to leave it alone.
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