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Thursday October 9

07:19
Billionaire investor Carl Icahn urges Tim Cook to...

Apple has plenty of cash on hand and the potential to generate huge revenues over the next few years, so billionaire investor Carl Icahn wants the company to spread the wealth.
Icahn published an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday asking the company to speed up its share buyback program because Apple is “dramatically undervalued,” according to his analysis. If Apple takes advantage of its low stock price (lower than what Icahn expects it to be in the future) to buy back shares, investors who hold on to their stock stand to reap huge benefits when the market decides Apple’s worth more—way more.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:48
Daily Deal: Get Dragon Dictate for Mac for only $99....

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering Dragon Dictate for Mac 4 for $99.99—that’s 50% off the normal price. Providing fast, accurate speech recognition and versatile transcription, Dragon Dictate for Mac lets you dictate and edit documents, send email, transcribe voice memos, and more using just your voice. You can also accurately transcribe an audio file of any single speaker’s voice from podcasts or pre-recorded audio files,…

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07:45
Shootout: How does a high-end smartphone camera...

Hotas Warthog image taken with the pricey Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

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Our recent review of the Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog joystick-and-throttle combo was notable not only for the really cool, really expensive piece of gaming equipment it featured, but also for the much-more-expensive full-frame DSLR used to take the article’s pictures: a $3,400 Canon EOS 5D Mark III.
This is a fair amount of scratch to lay down for a camera, especially when the Internet is full of examples of pro photographers going the opposite direction, ditching bags of expensive gear in...

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07:45
Skype launches redesigned Mac app ahead of OS X...


Skype today has begun rolling out a redesigned version of its Mac client, bringing an enhanced look that better fits the upcoming design aesthetic of OS X Yosemite. The new design also brings the Mac app more in line with the recently redesigned iPhone and iPod touch version of Skype. The new look’s most significant new feature fixes a common #FirstWorldProblem: having to figure out how to send someone an instant message during a voice or video call. Now, the new Skype 7.0 update brings the split-screen view shown above. Improved multi-person video calls, easier sharing, and chat syncing across devices rounds out the update. Skype 7.0 for Mac is a free download from the Skype website....

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07:38
Rumor: Apple to delay 12.9-inch iPad production...


You might have to wait a little bit longer for the rumored 12.9-inch iPad.
Specifically, you might have to wait until early 2015.
Per iMore and the Wall Street Journal, a new report suggests meeting demand for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is Apple’s priority right now.
“The top priority for the supply chain is to meet the overwhelming demand for the larger screen iPhones. The output of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus remains unsatisfactory,” said a person at a supplier. “It would be challenging for display makers to split resources and spend a few months to ramp up production for a new larger screen iPad now.”

An iPad Pro at 12.9-inches would likely be...

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07:30
Retail analyst blame sales lull on iPhone 6

The launch of a new iPhone always has a ripple effect across the electronics industry, and while analysts pontificate about the iPhone 6 launch affecting sales of competing smartphones and even Apple's own tablets, retailers are claiming they've been...

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07:14
First Look: Uniq Executif and Lolita for iPhone 6

Uniq has introduced two new folio-style cases for iPhone 6, Executif ($30) and Lolita ($30). According to Uniq, Executif is made from genuine leather despite its surprisingly low price, and contains two slots for holding cards in the inner flap. Typical of many folio cases, the plastic shell that houses the phone provides little top or bottom coverage. Lolita is the same price but makes no genuine leather claims — the faux-leather case includes…

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07:12
Apple confirms October 16th media event, is expected...

Apple will be showing the forthcoming goods in a week’s time.
Per The Mac Observer, Apple sent out invitations to a media event for October 16th Wednesday as expected, an event that is expected to focus on new iPads, new Macs, and the release of OS X Yosemite. Apple could launch Apple Pay at the event, as that service was scheduled to go live in “mid-October.”

The invitations are titled “It’s been way too long,” which is sort of anyone’s guess as to the theme of the event.

It will be held on Apple’s campus in the small Town Hall Auditorium at the company’s Cupertino, California headquarters.
Stay tuned for additional degas as they become available.

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07:00
Calc One: A capable, free and smart iPad calculator...

I'm not sure why Apple never put its Calculator app into the standard iPad software build, but the absence has opened the door for several enterprising developers to close the feature gap.

One nice new offering is Calc One, which was built...

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07:00
Barograph uses the new iPhone pressure sensor

The new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus each have a sensor that gives readings for barometric pressure. Barograph (free), displays real-time pressure data from that sensor. Weather watchers will know dropping pressure usually means bad weather is coming, rising...

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06:57
'Final' will allow iPhone users to easily...

Focused on security and convenience, the newly announced "Final" creates a unique credit card number for each retailer a customer does business with, and allows users to easily generate a new number using either their iPhone or a traditional, physical card.

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06:39
Apple sapphire partner GT Advanced asks bankruptcy...

As it makes its way through the bankruptcy process, GT Advanced Technologies is hoping to keep as much of the proceedings out of the public eye as it can, asking the court for a private hearing, and also to keep confidential documents sealed.

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06:33
12.9-inch iPad production likely starting in 2015,...

Apple is indeed working on a 12.9-inch iPad, but production of the tablet probably won't start until 2015, say supply chain sources in contact with the Wall Street Journal. "The top priority for the supply chain is to meet the overwhelming demand for the larger screen iPhones," one source says. "The output of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus remains unsatisfactory. It would be challenging for display makers to split resources and spend a few months to ramp up production for a new larger screen iPad now."...

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06:31
Samsung officially announces 3D V-NAND 128Gb flash...

Samsung today announced that it has begun mass producing the industry's first 3-bit multi-level-cell (MLC) three-dimensional Vertical NAND (V-NAND) flash memory, for use in solid state drives (SSD). The 3-bit V-NAND is Samsung's latest second generation V-NAND device, which utilizes 32 vertically stacked cell layers per NAND memory chip. Each chip provides 128Gb of memory storage, at a lower cost per die than older technologies....

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06:30
Vienna 3.0.0 RC 6 :52f5428: - RSS and Atom...

Vienna is a freeware and Open-Source RSS/Atom newsreader with article storage and management via a SQLite database, written in Objective-C and Cocoa, for the OS X operating system. It provides features comparable to commercial newsreaders, but both it and the source code are free and available for download. A summary of some of its features:

  • Subscribe to Atom/RSS news feeds and podcasts.
  • Simple and intuitive user interface with customisable toolbar.
  • Built-in tabbed browser.
  • Global search of all retrieved articles.
  • Automatic detection of newsfeeds on Web pages.
  • Smart folders for organising related feed articles.
  • Custom article display styles.
  • Three separate reading layouts.
  • Blogging integration.
  • Support for downloading enclosures in articles
  • Filter the displayed articles.
  • Manual reordering of the subscription list.
  • Full AppleScript support.
  • ...

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06:20
Apple Named World’s Most Valuable Brand, Again

Interbrand has ranked Apple as the world's most valuable brand for the second year in a row with a valuation at US$118.863 billion. Apple's value increased by 21 percent compared to last year's Best Global Brands report at $98.3 billion, and has the iPhone and iPad maker ranked above Google, Coca-Cola, IBM, and Microsoft.The Mac Observer Spin: This is the second year in a row Interbrand ranked Apple as the world's most valuable brand. It's also the first time four of the top five companies were tech-related, and the first time the top two companies were each valued over $100 billion. Seems the iPhone is doing well for Apple.

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06:14
External Link: Nine Lessons from The Magazine

Our own Glenn Fleishman is putting an end to his publication, The Magazine, after two years. He’s outlined nine hard-learned lessons to Cult of Mac that prospective publishers would be wise to read. Many of The Magazine’s faults were set in stone from the beginning: being reliant on Apple’s ecosystem and its Newsstand feature in iOS, the latter of which was changed for the worse in iOS 8, which limited its exposure. 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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06:10
Game building tool company Unity Technologies may be...

According to sources familiar with the matter, cross-platform game development tool Unity's developers are having continuing discussions with possible buyers for the company. The biggest name attached to the development company's discussions is allegedly Google, with Microsoft and Amazon having made offers as early as 2013....

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06:01
Carl Icahn forecasts UltraHD Apple TV set in FY 2016

Included in activist shareholder and investor Carl Icahn’s open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook requesting an increased stock buyback from the company is somewhat of a prediction about when Apple might release an actual Apple TV set, not just an updated set-top box. Icahn sees fiscal year 2016 as an opportunity for Apple to enter the home television market citing an upgrade cycle due to UltraHD displays.
As we highlighted in our previous letter, we believe UltraHD’s (ultra-high-definition television) superior picture quality in comparison to regular HD will drive a major TV replacement cycle as the price gap between them narrows. It should also be noted that Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix, has referenced UltraHD as a major catalyst for Netflix going forward, and while this...

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06:00
Weebly website builder comes to iPad with...


 
Weebly, one of the more popular web-based, drag-and-drop solutions for creating websites, has made its way to the iPad for the first time. The app, which was demonstrated to us earlier this week, is a comprehensive, end-to-end solution for creating, editing, and managing websites right from the iPad. The video below shows a little bit more about the app:

The iPad app syncs with your work on the web and also interacts with the companion iPhone and iPod touch application. Weebly wouldn’t comment on the possibility of a full blown editing solution for the iPhone, only saying that the different devices are geared toward different use cases. Weebly is...

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06:00
Apple's 'Way Too Long' Invite Lands...


Apple's pretty much annual October new product media event usually is preceded by a cute invitation sent to journalists. The invitation typically includes a phrase or graphic element that provides a vague clue to the secret agenda of the event.
Presumably, this is to drum up excitement and speculation, in addition to creating an ah-ha moment when the audience understands the connection between the invitation and the actual announcement. This year, Apple's hint is this: "It's been way too long." That is the worst teaser I've ever heard.

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06:00
Rumor Roundup: Digitimes nonsense factories

Apple sapphire crystal supplier GT Advanced files for bankruptcy (9to5 Mac)

Just so we're clear, a company was rumored to provide sapphire screens for the iPhone 6, and those rumors later turned out to be false, and as a direct result, this company...

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05:58
Briefly: Google Chromecast backdrops, Honeywell...

Google is starting to enable customizable backdrops for the Chromecast, a feature it first revealed in June. Rolling out from today, owners of the streaming dongle can customize the image feed from the Chromecast app for Android and iOS, including photo albums from Google+, artwork from the Google Cultural Institute, and news images from various publications. More information about an image on display can be brought up by asking the Google search app "What's on my Chromecast?" on any other mobile device on the same network.......

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05:54
Interbrand Lists Apple as the Top Global Brand, Again

Interbrand has just released its 15th annual Best Global Brands report, the definitive guide to the world's most valuable brands. For the second year in a row, Apple claims the top position.

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05:37
Philips TVs bundled with Apple TV launch in India as...

Philips on Thursday announced a new lineup of television sets for India that are reportedly bundled with Apple TV set-top boxes in an apparent "partnership" that, if in fact authorized by Apple, would be the first time ever for such a promotion [updated].

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05:33
Carl Icahn Asks for Accelerated Stock Repurchase...

In a letter addressed to Tim Cook today, activist investor Carl Icahn praises Apple for its innovation, while again asking the company to accelerate its stock repurchase program. Icahn previously pressured Apple to increase its stock buyback program to as much as $150 billion, but dropped that bid following Apple's decision to repurchase $14 billion shares in February of this year. Icahn continues to note that Apple is "dramatically undervalued in today’s market" with its shares trading at half of Icahn's estimated $203 value. This valuation is likely to change as Apple's new product lineup chips away at Android's market share. While we recognize and applaud the company’s...

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05:27
News: WSJ: Larger iPad production to be delayed

Apple is pushing back mass production for its planned larger iPad into early 2015, the Wall Street Journal reports. Sources said the company was prepared to start production this December, but overwhelming demand for the new iPhones has become the top priority. A previous report also claimed that the device would enter production in the first quarter of 2015. It’s still expected that the new iPad — often referred to as “iPad Pro”…

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05:21
Apple’s iCloud App-specific Password Requirement...

If you enabled two-step verification for your iCloud account and you're using your Apple ID to sign in to third-party apps, it's time to start using app-specific passwords. Apple set the requirement to use app-specific passwords starting on October 9, which just so happens to be today.

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05:18
Carl Icahn posts his letter

Yesterday, investor Carl Icahn tweeted a promise to post an open letter to Tim Cook. Today, he posted that letter.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:07
Tuck me in

[VIDEO] A one minute movie, based on a short (and I mean teeny) story suggestion from Reddit, winner of the Filminute International Film Festival. Something about this just grabbed me.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:03
Investor Carl Icahn posts open letter to Apple CEO...

Carl Icahn has posted an open letter (http://bit.ly/1pUEl6O) to Apple CEO Tim Cook The investor calls on the company to accelerate its pace of share buybacks and makes the case that shares of AAPL are worth $203 based on projected FY16 and FY17 earnings.
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05:00
Apple ranked the most valuable brand ahead of rival...

Apple is the most valuable brand in the world, according to the 15th annual Interbrand Best Global Brands report. In the recently released 2014 list, Apple retained the top spot for the second straight year with a value of US$118.9 billion. This...

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04:59
Carl Icahn says Apple should buy more of its '...

Activist investor Carl Icahn published an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday, revealing that he thinks shares of the company are "dramatically undervalued," presenting it with an opportunity to buy back even more of its own shares at a tremendous discount via a tender offer.

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04:57
OmniFocus 2.0.3 - GTD task manager with iOS...

OmniFocus helps you manage your tasks the way that you want, freeing you to focus your attention on the things that matter to you most. Capturing tasks and ideas is always a keyboard shortcut away in OmniFocus 2. Clip data from Mail, Safari, Messages, or third-party apps. Bring up Quick Entry to file away an idea before it drifts away; it's always at your fingertips, waiting for more. OmniFocus comes in two feature levels: Standard, available for $39.99; and Pro, available for $79.99.Version 2.0.3: Bug Fixes

  • Fixed some OS X 10.10 Yosemite compatibility issues with the Clip-o-Tron: it will no longer try to capture the full content of a selected message on Yosemite, only the subject and a link and any selected text. (OS X 10.10 Yosemite compatibility also requires the new Clip-o-Tron Installer v1.0.1.)
  • Newly captured links to Mail messages (from the "...

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04:55
Carl Icahn publishes open letter to Tim Cook,...

High-profile investor and Apple shareholder Carl Icahn has published an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook urging him to once again increase its share repurchase program for stock holders. Citing strong iPhone 6 sales and predicting the larger devices will help Apple gain marketshare from Android, Icahn is requesting Cook and Apple’s board make a tender offer to increase its current rate of share repurchases. Icahn said he thinks Apple remains “dramatically undervalued in today’s market,” but didn’t suggest a specific number for the increased buybacks:

Therefore, given the persistently excessive liquidity of $133 billion net cash on Apple’s balance...

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04:53
Installer shows off Siri, CarPlay integration

Josh Carr (really, that’s his name!) does an incredibly detailed walkthrough of one of Pioneer’s new in dash CarPlay compatible receivers. Great job.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:40
iOS 8: Hiding Your Current Email Drafts

For today's Quick Tip, we're going to discuss the convenient new way to store and access email drafts under iOS 8. This small interface change will really make your message composing much simpler, especially if you need to refer to another email while you're writing. Come on in and get acquainted with this feature!

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04:38
The iPhone 6 Demand is so hot that the 12.9 inch...

It's all about the iPhone 6 Stupid: According to a new report today, Apple suppliers are struggling to meet the strong demand for the new iPhones and have pushed back their plans to start producing the 12.9 inch iPad in December.

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04:30
IDC miscounts Macs again, awards Apple fifth place...

IDC doesn't like counting iPads among its global PC figures, but it doesn't seem to like counting Macs either, given its back-to-back quarterly undercounting of Apple's computer sales.

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04:30
Win a trip to the Stanley Cup with NHL Hat Trick...

So you are a big hockey fan and think you know a lot of about the National Hockey League. Now you have a chance to prove it by downloading and playing the NHL Hat Trick Challenge. This free universal app require iOS 6.0 or later and offers users a...

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04:29
Vogue profile piece on Jony Ive

A lot has been written about Jony Ive, much of it biographical and centered on his design milestones. This piece is different. It paints a picture of Ive, does a better job capturing his spirit.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:26
12-inch Retina MacBook production starts in December...


According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple had wanted to start mass production of a new larger iPad in December 2014. However, Apple has apparently sent instructions to suppliers to hold on this product. This is because suppliers are still struggling to meet iPhone 6 Plus demand. The Journal reports that iPhone 6 Plus production is “unsatisfactory”.
“The top priority for the supply chain is to meet the overwhelming demand for the larger screen iPhones. The output of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus remains unsatisfactory,” said a person at a supplier. “It would be challenging for display makers to split resources and spend a few months to ramp up production for a new larger screen...

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04:20
MAXON says Cineware 2.0, Cinema 4D Lite 16 are...

MAXON (www.maxon.net) says MAXON Cineware 2.0 and Cinema 4D Lite Release 16 are now available in the latest version of Adobe After Effects CC (2014.1) .
The new updates to the Cineware workflow, available in the fall release of After Effects CC 2014, are designed to optimize performance and enhance creative capabilities. With After Effects CC, creative professionals benefit from the integration provided by Cineware that establishes a direct connection between Cinema 4D and After Effects, according to MAXON.
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04:17
The empire reboots

This Vanity Fair interview with Bill Gates and Satya Nadella for their upcoming November issue does a good job capturing both men’s personalities and, even more importantly, offers a sense of the nature of the challenge facing Microsoft 2.0.
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03:34
Apple Files Apple Pay Patent Regarding Failed...

Today the US Patent Office has revealed another Apple Pay patent. This time the focus of the invention is on the user device being configured to automatically reattempt failed transactions.

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03:27
Survey: mobile device security is sacrificed for...

While mobile devices are an integral part of the workplace, the cyber security practices and budgets in most organizations are not keeping pace with the growing number of devices that must be managed and kept secure. According to a new survey issued by Raytheon Company (http://www.raytheon.com), 52% of organizations and employees frequently sacrifice security practices to realize the efficiency benefits of mobile connectivity.
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03:19
Kool Tools: Casio G-SHOCK

Casio G-SHOCK (http://bit.ly/1yp9CIe) has released the G'Mix Rotary Switch BLE, GBA400, designed with a new rotary switch designed to enhance the music listening experience. The G-SHOCK GBA-400 watch offers a variety of ways to enjoy music by pairing with a smartphone, such as setting audio controls, adding live effects that simulate concert sound and identifying the names of songs from music playing nearby.
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02:00
Developer Six to Start on fitness, zombies, and...

Evading flesh-eating zombies amidst the undead apocalypse is a pretty good prompt to run like hell, no? The fear, the anxiety, and the uncertainty of what’s behind—fictional as the subject may be, the reaction is one that surely all of us can agree on.

If you’re up for a real challenge, you can opt into zombie chases, which suddenly force you to run quickly or risk losing the mission.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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02:36
The Amp case by SoundFocus gives your iPhone an...

This might sound obvious, but everyone hears things a bit differently. You might enjoy hearing a band on full blast at a concert, where the guy sitting next to you finds it unbearably loud. Some pitches might drive you insane, while others barely notice the frequency. And while you may think your iPhone’s speaker is adequate, others might hear a warbled, tinny mess when they try to listen to their favorite song.
Enter SoundFocus, a San Francisco-based startup that’s out to provide a personalized listening experience for the iPhone. Its latest product, the Amp, is an iPhone case that doubles as an external speaker, and when paired with its corresponding app, can tailor audio playback to your tastes and needs. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...

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03:03
AppDelete is ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Reggie Ashworth (http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdelete) has released AppDelete 4.1.4, an update to his application deletion utility for Mac OS X.
Via drag and drop, AppDelete will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. Version 4.1.4 sports a new user interface and is optimized for Mac OS X Yosemite.
AppDelete 4.1.4 costs US$7.99 for a single user license. Upgrades from Version 2/AppDelete Lite are $3.99 (USD). A full-featured demo is available.

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03:01
Synchro Soft announces Oxygen XML Editor 16.1

Syncro Soft, the developer of the Oxygen XML suite of products, has rolled out version 16.1 of its Oxygen XML Editor, Oxygen XML Author and Oxygen XML Developer products (http://www.oxygenxml.com/buy.html) containing a set of tools supporting all the XML related technologies.
oXygen XML Editor 16.1 adds improvements to both the XML development and XML authoring functionality. Oxygen XML Editor is available in three editions. A 30-day demo version can be downloaded.

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02:50
Video Walkthrough of Apple CarPlay on Pioneer...

Last week, Pioneer announced that it became the first company to offer support for Apple's CarPlay vehicle integration feature in five of its 2014 NEX in-dash multimedia receivers through a firmware update. Now, Josh Carr of technology repair firm Fix Denver (via TUAW) has put together a four-part video walkthrough of downloading, installing and using CarPlay on Pioneer's $700 AVH-4000NEX receiver, giving an overview of various apps and features. After the 200 MB firmware update is downloaded from Pioneer's website, the user is required to create a bootable...

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02:06
Apple Patents for Flexible Displays with Bent Edge...

On October 9, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published two patent applications from Apple that cover technologies relating to fingerprint ID and flexible displays with bent edges. The latter may have been applied to Apple's latest Apple Watch. Our report provides you with a brief intro to each of these inventions.

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01:59
Apple, rivals sends recruiters to Women in Computing...

Following the release of its own diversity report that found its female involvement in engineering and other technology posts lacking, Apple and other tech companies is said to have sent "hundreds" of employees to answer questions and recruit potential employees at the current Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing gathering in Phoenix, Arizona. Facebook, Google, Microsoft were among the other companies represented at the conference, which had over 8,000 attendees....

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01:54
Production of Apple's larger iPad reportedly...

According to a report on Thursday, Apple's much-rumored 12.9-inch iPad has been delayed due to overwhelming demand for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, meaning the large tablet may not see launch until mid-2015.

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01:51
Apple Delaying Mass Production of 12.9-Inch iPad to...

Apple and its suppliers are delaying plans to mass produce the larger 12.9-inch iPad in order to deal with strong demand for the iPhone 6 Plus, reports The Wall Street Journal. Apple was originally planning to mass produce the larger tablet in December, however the company has remained unsatisfied with the production output from its suppliers for its larger iPhone. Mockup of a 12.9-inch iPad next to a 13-inch MacBook Air “The top priority for the supply chain is to meet the overwhelming demand for the larger screen iPhones. The output of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus remains unsatisfactory,” said a person at a supplier. “It would be challenging for display makers to split resources and spend a few months to ramp up production for a new larger screen iPad now.” The report also states that Foxconn is having issues with hiring enough factory workers to assemble the iPhone 6 and the...

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01:24
Apple outlines Apple Pay, NFC operation in...

For a major mobile payment platform on the verge of launch, not much is known about the nuts and bolts behind Apple Pay. A new patent application discovered on Thursday, however, offers a detailed look at how NFC, secure enclaves and software come together to make safe transactions a reality.

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01:15
Apple named world's most valuable brand for...

One year after taking the top spot away from Coca-Cola, Apple on Thursday was once again ranked as the world's best brand according to Interbrand's "Best Global Brands" report for 2014.

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00:25
Apple Retains Top Spot as World's Most Valuable...

Apple has retained its top spot as the world's most valuable company in the latest rankings from consulting firm Interbrand, reports The New York Times. With its top spot in the rankings, Apple also bested fellow technology companies Google, IBM, Microsoft, and Samsung, which came in 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 7th place, respectively. On September 9, 2014, Tim Cook held up a wallet and said, "Our ambition is to replace this." A bold statement to be sure—but we'd expect nothing less from Apple, #1 on the Best Global Brands list for the second year in a row. Referring to Apple Pay, a new mobile payments platform that enables consumers to pay for items with Apple devices, Cook signaled that Steve Jobs's 2001 vision of Apple becoming the "digital...

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Wednesday October 8

23:17
New Photo Claims to Show 2GB Elpida RAM Chips for...

Third-party Apple service provider GeekBar has shared a picture (via Weibo, Google Translate) of what is said to be a 2 GB Elpida RAM module for the iPad Air 2. The units shown appear to be similar to the 1 GB of Elpida DDR3 SDRAM found in the first-generation iPad Air, and the photo follows a report from last month which stated that the next-generation iPad Air would receive a memory upgrade to 2 GB of RAM. Apple first offered 1 GB of RAM with the iPad 3, keeping the same amount of memory in the iPad 4 and the iPad Air. It is likely that previous iPads have not seen a memory increase to keep costs low...

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23:07
Retina HD iPads? Beta 2 of iOS 8.1 hints at higher...

Further investigation into the recently-release iOS 8.1 beta by developer Hamza Sood has uncovered clues that the forthcoming new iPad models, expected to be revealed on October 16, may be offering significantly higher resolution and pixels-per-inch counts. Certain frameworks call for, and other already have, graphics rated at 1x ("ipad"), "2x-ipad" and a new "3x-ipad," suggesting up to a 50 percent jump in resolution or pixel count. This would create what Apple calls "Retina HD" display quality....

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21:44
Hands On: PopClip (OS X)

Since the release of iOS 8 and the upcoming launch of OS X Yosemite, a cohesive workflow between iOS and OS X is increasingly apparent. PopClip further accentuates this experience for OS X users by adding a non-invasive, iOS-like toolbar when one selects text, providing quick access to context-specific actions. Initially released in 2011, the app received an update last week, fixing various minor bugs. PopClip's default offerings are copy and paste -- much like what can be found on iOS -- but with over 100 additional extensions that can be added.......

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20:06
Apple reminds iCloud users of new app-specific...

Apple on Wednesday sent out emails reminding iCloud users that a new security protocol requiring app-specific passwords for third-party software is scheduled to go live tomorrow.

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19:59
Google Chrome 38.0.2125.101 - Modern and fast Web...

Google Chrome is a Web browser by Google, created to be a modern platform for Web pages and applications. It utilizes very fast loading of Web pages and has a V8 engine, which is a custom built JavaScript engine. Because Google has used parts from Apple's Safari and Mozilla's Firefox browsers, they made the project open source.Version 38.0.2125.101:

  • Critical CVE-2014-3188: A special thanks to Juri Aedla for a combination of V8 and IPC bugs that can lead to remote code execution outside of the sandbox.
  • High CVE-2014-3189: Out-of-bounds read in PDFium.
  • High CVE-2014-3190: Use-after-free in Events.
  • High CVE-2014-3191: Use-after-free in Rendering.
  • High CVE-2014-3192: Use-after-free in DOM.
  • High CVE-2014-3193: Type confusion in Session Management.
  • High CVE-2014-3194: Use-after-free in Web Workers.
  • Medium CVE-2014-3195: Information Leak in V8.
  • Medium CVE-2014-3196: Permissions bypass in...

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19:38
Apple Begins Reminding Two-Factor Authentication...

Apple has begun emailing iCloud users who have enabled two-factor authentication on their Apple IDs, reminding them that application specific passwords will be required when trying to access iCloud data on third party apps starting tomorrow. In addition to the email reminders, Apple last week published a new support document educating users on how to use app-specific passwords. While the feature was originally intended to require the feature on October 1, it's unclear why two-factor authentication users are being reminded of it a week later. App-specific passwords are a new feature Apple introduced in mid-September, following the launch of two-factor authentication for accessing iCloud.com. The changes arrived after a hacking incident that saw the iCloud accounts of...

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19:00
App Invasion: Defend Earth from an alien invasion...

Video

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19:03
Microsoft releases Xim photo sharing app on mobile...

A new photo application for mobile devices was made available from Microsoft today, one that focuses on sharing the experience of photos without having to passing a phone around or accidentally sharing too much on social media. Xim sets itself apart from other photo sharing services and applications as it doesn't require all users to have an account or the app installed....

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19:01
Hype 2.5.3 - Create animated and interactive Web...

Hype allows you to create beautiful animated and interactive web content. Hype's HTML5 output works on all modern browsers and mobile devices like iPhones and iPads. No coding required. The Easiest Way to Animate & Add Interactivity:

  • Keyframe-based animation system
  • Record mode watches your every move, automatically creating keyframes as needed
  • Manually add, remove, and rearrange keyframes to fine-tune your content
  • Create natural curves by clicking and dragging on an element's motion path to add bézier control points
  • Make scenes for organization or flow, and use actions to switch between them with smooth transitions
  • Use the power of multiple simultaneous timelines to run animations based on user events

Harness the Power of HTML5:

  • Outputs state-of-the-art HTML5, CSS3 styles, and JavaScript
  • Integrate video and audio for stunning multimedia documents
  • Cutting edge...

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18:55
Apple reminds two-factor users about changes...

 

Apple has sent an email to users of its two-factor authentication system reminding them of an upcoming change to the feature that will take effect tomorrow. Originally the requirement for app-specific passwords was supposed to start on the first of the month, but Apple has informed users that it will begin tomorrow instead. The system to generate and use these passwords is already in place.
App-specific passwords allow you to log into applications that don’t support two-factor logins, such as most email clients or other apps...

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18:30
What's Driving Open Source 2.0?


We're hearing more from vendors about how new features, functionality, rewrites and releases are being driven by customers -- by their direct experience using the software and competing in their various industries. We're also hearing from customers and users, including the enterprise market, that increasingly they are involved and thus empowered in open source software communities, where they are collaborating on code and road maps and collectively requiring flexibility and openness, including that code and improvements be contributed upstream.

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18:06
HTC brings Zoe app out of beta on Android, heading...

HTC has made its Zoe highlight video creation app available to a wider number of Android devices, after the phone producer fully launched the app earlier today. Announced during the Double Exposure event, the venue for the HTC Desire Eye and the Re Camera launches, HTC also revealed it is working on a version of the app specifically for iOS devices....

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17:54
iOS 8.1 Code Hints at Retina HD Display for New iPads

With the iPhone 6, Apple debuted a new display technology called Retina HD, which resulted in wider viewer angles, higher resolutions, higher contrast and a thinner display. Developer Hamza Sood has now discovered frameworks within iOS 8.1 Beta 2 that contain '3x' assets that point to higher resolution displays in the new iPad models. While the assets don't confirm that Retina HD displays will be on the new iPad models, it does suggest that Apple is looking at introducing the feature. Currently, it is unclear as to which iPad models would receive Retina HD displays, although some rumors have pointed to the rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro sporting a higher resolution. Apple did include a Retina HD display with the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, as the larger device received a higher resolution than its smaller counterpart....

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17:33
iOS 8.1 beta includes “3x” images for iPad interface...


More investigation into the newest beat of iOS 8.1 has revealed that the operating system contains 3x versions of some iPad UI elements. Triple-size elements are used by the new iPhone 6 Plus to maintain “Retina” quality on the larger display, and this change could indicate that a larger or higher-resolution iPad could be coming with next week’s announcement.
Like the new Apple Pay UI that was...

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17:24
Apple seeds new version of Yosemite OS X Server with...

Following recent releases of developer betas for iOS 8.1, OS X Yosemite 10.10 and Xcode 6.1, on Wednesday the company also released an updated version of OS X Server 4.0 for testing. The new build, 14S323, mostly offers updates and improvements to keep up with the latter betas, but adds SMB3 file sharing to the mix for easier network transfers, as well as refinements to existing components like the server app itself and Profile manager, allowing administrators to work with devices on the latest releases....

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17:10
ACM 275: Apple’s Oct 16 Media Event, GTAT, and...

With Apple's October 16 media event a sure thing, Jeff and Bryan have some ideas on what we can expect when Tim Cook and company take the stage next week. They also offer up their thoughts on what's up with GT Advanced Technologies's surprise bankruptcy filing, and debate whether or not Plastc's consolidated credit card device stands a chance against Apple Pay.

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17:00
Google offers a free but bland News and Weather app

Google News & Weather is a free app designed to give you access to more than 65,000 news sources, both globally and locally, as well as weather for your current location and any locations you specify.

It's basically a lift from the Google News...

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16:57
Hidden graphical assets in iOS 8.1 beta 2 hint at...

Continuing his analysis of Apple's most recent iOS 8.1 beta 2, developer Hamza Sood on Wednesday discovered frameworks containing graphical assets labeled "3x~ipad," suggesting the company is preparing to update its tablet lineup with high-resolution "Retina HD" displays.

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16:10
Apple enters top 5 PC vendors worldwide by shipments...


New IDC numbers released today reveal that Apple has jumped into the top five PC vendors worldwide by shipment this quarter, with Mac shipments coming in at 4.9 million units for 6.3% market share. That’s a year-over-year growth of just under 9%. Lenovo and HP held the top two slots with 20% and 18.8% respectively.
The same report indicated that the Cupertino company had held steady in third place for domestic shipments. With 2.26 million Macs shipped within the United States, the company was able to grab 13% marketshare. The domestic year-over-year growth came out to 9.3%. Apple was beat out by Dell with a 24% share, while HP held the top position with 27...

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16:00
Video: An in-depth hands-on look at Apple CarPlay

Despite all the reporting about Apple's CarPlay service, most users still have no idea what the service looks like when in use. What quirks might it have? Is it safe to use while driving? Fret not true believers, we have just the walkthrough for...

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15:59
Apple seeds new OS X Server 4.0 preview for testing...

Apple on Wednesday released to developers a new version of OS X Server 4.0 carrying improvements to previously announced features, including SMB3 file sharing and new management options for devices running iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite.

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15:45
Look, Ma! No Hands... Crunch!


Those wonderful hands-free communications capabilities now available in automobiles may carry the promise of making driving safer, but they're not fulfilling it, according to two studies conducted jointly by the University of Utah and the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. And forget about using your iPhone's Siri in the car, even hands-free -- it might endanger your life. Led by cognitive distraction expert David Strayer, researchers measured the brainwaves, eye movement, heart rates and other data from more than 160 subjects.

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15:35
Apple Ranked as Fifth Largest Global PC Vendor Due...

Apple saw its worldwide PC marketshare climb to 6.3 percent in the third quarter of 2014, launching it into the top five worldwide vendors, according to new data released from IDC. While Apple has long held a position as one of the top PC vendors in the U.S., it has not made it into the list of top five worldwide vendors in quite some time. With nearly 5 million shipments during the quarter compared to 4.5 million in the year ago quarter, Apple saw overall growth of 8.9 percent year over year, allowing it to edge out ASUS as the number five vendor. Lenovo, HP, Dell, and Acer, meanwhile, held their top four positions. Lenovo, as usual, was the top worldwide PC vendor, with more than 15 million shipments and 20 percent marketshare. IDC's Preliminary Global PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 3Q14 (In Thousands)Apple moved into the...

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15:31
Gartner, IDC report PC declines not as bad as...

The two major PC market analyst groups, Gartner and IDC -- who have both run afoul of skeptics for inconsistent numbers -- have released their respective assessments of the third quarter of worldwide PC shipments. Both companies have excluded "tablets" from their estimates, but the definition is fluid -- IDC includes Chromebooks but not hybrid tablet/notebooks, while Gartner includes the latter but not the former. Overall, both companies agree that the industry is down year-over-year....

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15:24
Apple responds to Silicon Valley gender gap, sends...

In a bid to even the Silicon Valley gender gap, Apple, along with other big-name tech companies, sent "hundreds" of employees to recruit students attending this year's Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference.

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15:14
Apple releases beta version of OS X Server 4.0 for...


Apple has just posted a pre-release build of OS X Server version 4.0 on its developer portal. The update is designed for systems running the upcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite and has a build number of 14S323. The seed notes are below:
OS X Server 4.0 Developer Preview
OS X Server 4.0 Developer Preview 14S323 (app version 3.5.9) is now available for testing. This version is designed for OS X Yosemite and includes many new features and improvements.
Minimum System Requirements
To install OS X Server 4.0 Developer Preview 14S323, you need one of these computers:
• iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
• MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer) • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
• MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
• Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer...

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15:00
iOS 8.1 plugs security hole that made it easy to...

The next version of iOS may not be an upgrade for fans who use their iDevices to emulate classic games. The latest beta version of iOS 8.1 removes the famous (or infamous) "Date Trick" workaround used by iOS emulator makers to bypass App Store restrictions on their work, without the need to jailbreak the device.
Apple rules have long prevented emulators for classic game consoles and computers from appearing on the App Store, though some have managed to sneak their way through briefly (or more officially through licensing deal with rights holders). Since last year, though, the makers of emulators like GBA4iOS and SNES emulator SiOS have relied on a loophole called the "Date Trick" to allow these apps (and ROM files) to be downloaded and installed through the built-in Safari browser. The...

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15:00
What could be announced at Apple's October 16...

Whenever Apple announces an upcoming event, one of favorite pastimes of tech bloggers is to "Zapruder" the invitation -- in other words, analyze the heck out of the design and wording of the invitation. This often means that we read things into the...

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14:22
The Loop sponsorships available

The Loop has been sold out of weekly sponsorships for the better part of two years, but we have some openings coming up in the next couple of months. There is only one sponsor a week, so you will have the exclusive spot to get your product or service in front of the fine, good looking readers of The Loop. If you would like to talk about a sponsorship or schedule a week, please Email Jim Dalrymple.
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14:08
Carl Icahn hints at 'interesting' new...

Activist investor Carl Icahn has taken to Twitter to hint at an "interesting" open letter addressed to Apple CEO Tim Cook. "Tmrw we'll be sending an open letter to @tim_cook. Believe it will be interesting," one post reads. In another, he comments about his firm's large stake in Apple and recent share performance. "Just over 1yr ago we tweeted our large position in $AAPL & belief the company extremely undervalued. Since then, stock is up 50.6 percent."...

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14:00
Logitech Type+ Keyboard for iPad Air

I've reviewed a lot of iPad keyboard cases over the years, finding some that are amazing (the four-star rated US$169 ClamCase Pro for iPad Air, for example), and some that aren't that great. The new Logitech Type+ for iPad Air (US$99.99) is a billed...

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13:48
Amplified: CAW CAW CAW CAW

Jim and Shawn talk about Samsung, the Apple Watch and teens, Steve Ray Vaughn and “Does the iPhone 6 get lost in The Beard?” Special guest appearance on this Amplified by a crow!

Sponsored by lynda.com (Visit lynda.com/thebeard to get access to all their courses FREE for 7 days).
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13:46
iTunes Festival: It’s for the fans

I did an iTunes Festival wrap-up piece on Fortune today, which includes an exclusive interview with Oliver Schusser, Apple’s head of iTunes Europe.
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13:40
Buyer beware: What you’re actually getting at outlet...

Racked:

Neiman, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Barneys New York, and Saks Fifth Avenue all have their own outlets; customers flock to these stores for the brand-name cachet and believe they’re shopping last season’s carefully curated inventory. However, this isn’t exactly the case.

Nordstrom Rack, for example, confirms to Racked that only 20% of what it sells is clearance merchandise coming from their stores and website, while the rest is bought expressly for the outlet.

I’ve gone to dozens of outlet stores and malls, sometimes involuntarily, and I’ve always thought they were a little bit fishy. Turns out, many are.
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13:39
Apple tried to help GT Advanced qualify for final $...

Prior to GT Advanced Technologies' bankruptcy filing earlier this week, Apple reportedly attempted to assist the firm in meeting certain technical milestones that would allow continued payment as part of a conditional $578 million deal.

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13:30
View someone else's own Twitter timeline with...

cTwittLike is an app for iPhone and iPad that lets you view anyone's Twitter timeline. It's that concept we've all thought about once or twice but had no power to act on that's finally shaped into reality. The app works by allowing you to enter a...

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13:20
OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual now available in 12TB...

Other World Computing (http://www.macsales.com) has announced a new 12TB capacity option for the OWC Mercury Elite Pro line of dual-bay external high-performance storage solutions, one of OWC’s family of Thunderbolt interface storage products.
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13:18
9to5Toys Last Call: MacBook Air 11″ (refurb) $499,...

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:

Apple Macbook Air 11.6-inch 1.4 GHz/ 2GB/ 64GB (refurb, 2012): $499, MacBook w/Superdrive: $399...

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13:10
Note to Self: It’s the Storage Space, Stupid

Last night I speculated that the slow uptake of iOS 8 was about people not trusting Apple with iOS software updates — too many bugs, and too many friends and family members talking about those bugs. I still think there’s something to that angle.

But it’s very clear that I was wrong about what the primary factor is. The simple answer was staring me right in the face. It’s all about the over-the-air update requiring 5 GB of free storage space, and many people not having that much free space, and not knowing how or simply not wanting to deal with it.

I don’t think I have ever received so much reader feedback on a post in the history of Daring Fireball. Hundreds of emails. Dozens and dozens of replies on Twitter. All of them saying the exact same thing: that either they themselves or people they know want to...

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13:09
AT&T fined $105M by FTC over cramming, $80M...

AT&T has been hit with a $105 million fine for allowing "premium" SMS subscriptions and other charges to be applied to customer accounts, a practice known as "cramming." The carrier has settled with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over the charges, with the majority of the settlement devoted to paying back affected customers....

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13:02
Adobe Digital Editions e-book reader collecting,...

If Adobe didn't appear problematic enough for computer users because of the frequency of the company's products being used for attack vectors, then the idea that they collect data through Digital Editions 4 may push users over the edge. As it turns out, the program that's used to enforce digital rights management on borrowed books from libraries or other online avenues is reporting details on the use of the ePub files. To complicate the matter, the information is sent unencrypted back to an Adobe server....

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12:51
Apple finalizes HomeKit specifications for MFI gear...

Apple has finalized and released official specifications for HomeKit, the home automation platform built into iOS 8. Details were reportedly made available to Made-for-iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFI) gear manufacturers last week. Apple mandates that any company wanting to build HomeKit-capable hardware apply for MFI certification....

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12:50
HTC announces $199 GoPro-like camera accessory ‘RE’...

Just as we expected it to, HTC has just announced the RE camera during its Double Exposure event in New York City. The RE camera is a GoPro-like camera that records point of view video, but does not have any sort of viewfinder, which HTC says makes it incredibly easy and simple to use.

The design of the RE camera is also simple, and while it does resemble an inhaler, it has only two buttons. One of the buttons allows you to tap and instantly capture 16MP photos or long press to record 1080p video. The other button allows you to take slow motion video in HD quality.
To make up for the lack of a viewfinder, HTC...

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12:40
iOS 8: 3 Very Nice Weather Apps With Widgets for...

Previously, four science oriented apps that integrate with iOS 8 Notification Center were discussed. Two were weather apps. John Martellaro now looks at three more very nice weather apps that also have widgets appearing in the Notification Center.

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12:35
Apple Trying to Help GT Advanced Meet Milestones,...

Earlier today, an Apple representative told Reuters that the company was surprised by GT Advanced's decision to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday, and The Wall Street Journal has now published some new information on the behind the scenes dealings between the two companies. According to inside sources, Apple was caught off guard by GT's filing because it had been working with GT to make sure the latter company would be able to pay all of its debts. Apple, aware of GT's weak cash position, also reportedly held off on asking for loan repayments on the $439 million GT has received so far. On Wednesday, Apple called the bankruptcy filing "a surprising decision." A person familiar with the matter said Apple...

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12:30
Former Apple CEO John Sculley: Steve Jobs sold...

In a new video interview with Entrepreneur Magazine, former Apple CEO John Sculley discusses what exactly set Apple apart from its competition starting with the famous "1984" advertisement. Jobs' vision for Apple's marketing was selling experiences...

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12:23
King of click: the story of the greatest keyboard...

The Verge:

The first thing you notice about the IBM Model M keyboard, when you finally get your hands on it, is its size. After years of tapping chiclet keys and glass screens on two- and three-pound devices, hefting five pounds of plastic and metal (including a thick steel plate) is slightly intimidating. The second thing is the sound – the solid click that’s turned a standard-issue beige peripheral into one of the computer world’s most prized and useful antiques.

I used this keyboard so much in college, I can still hear that sound and feel that key pressure. Great keyboard.
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12:19
Tight dirndls, heavy beers, and grabby hands: The...

Medium:

The physically and mentally exhausting nature of the Oktoberfest fortnight requires trust that’s cultivated in familiarity. Each server needs to know she can lean on her fellow team members when she’s endured so many boob ogles, grabby hands, and sawdust-covered blobs on the floor. Worming your way through 10,000 sweaty, beer-swilling revelers 12 hours a day for 16 days straight tests the limits of even the most crowd-loving extrovert.

Attending Oktoberfest in Germany has always been on my bucket list.
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12:19
Surging Mac sales put Apple among top five global PC...

The Macintosh may have posted its strongest worldwide market share yet last quarter, according to the latest estimates from IDC, which place Apple among the top five global PC vendors for the first time.

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12:08
NVIDIA Sues Samsung & Qualcomm for Patent...

In a press release that was published by NVIDIA on Monday, they stated that the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) had voted to investigate whether certain Samsung products should be blocked from entering the country due to the infringement of certain Nvidia patents. The decision follows a complaint filed last month with the ITC by NVIDIA. NVIDIA has also filed a lawsuit in the Delaware District Court seeking damages for infringement. Our report provides you with a detailed account of that patent infringement lawsuit for those wanting to understand the case a little deeper.

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12:04
LearnToMod Offers Minecraft Customization

World-building games like Minecraft are very popular, and for some people the real fun is in the "mods," getting to add things like the local weather or turning everything into candy. If that's the part of Minecraft you like, there's now a way to build your own. LearnToMod is a project from ThoughtSTEM, a computer science education organization. There are two options: you can learn using Javascript, or by using "blocks", an easy way to learn concepts without worrying about syntax errors. For a pre-order price of $30, you get three months of access to a server, and a lifetime rate of $10 monthly for continued access. Also included are video tutorials and a browser-based coding environment, so getting started requires nothing more than a copy of Minecraft. Their pre-order is going through the end of the year....

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12:00
Ultimate Ears Pro 7 Custom in-ear monitors for pro...

Ultimate Ears (UE) have been making waves with the UE Boom portable Bluetooth speaker. I recently reviewed it and would hands-down say it's the best truly portable Bluetooth speaker I've used. It's an all-round fantastic package. But Ultimate Ears...

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11:50
Carl Icahn teases 'interesting' open...

Investor and activist Carl Icahn, who previously had a public battle with Apple over its cash hoard, has revealed he will be sending another open letter to Chief Executive Tim Cook on Thursday, and indicated he believes the note "will be interesting."

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11:50
Apple Calls GTAT Bankruptcy Decision ‘Surprising’

Apple said it was surprised by GT Advanced Technologies's (GTAT) decision to file for bankruptcy protection. GTAT makes furnaces used in the production of synthetic sapphire, and the two companies had partnered on a massive sapphire manufacturing facility outside Mesa, Arizona. The firm filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday, October 8th, and Apple's statement characterized the move as "surprising."

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11:30
Apple was surprised by GT Advanced bankruptcy

Apple was caught off-guard by GT Advanced Technologies' announcement that they plan to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to a report published today in Reuters.

In the iPhone maker's first public response, it said it was working with...

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11:11
News: Apple ‘surprised’ by GT Advanced Technologies...

Following news earlier this week that Apple’s sapphire supplier GT Advance Technologies had filed for bankruptcy, Reuters reports that Apple has stated it was “surprised” by the news and is now considering its next steps. An Apple spokesman noted that the company “focused on preserving jobs in Arizona following GT’s surprising decision and we will continue to work with state and local officials as we consider our next…

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11:10
Apple calls GT bankruptcy 'surprising,'...

Breaking its silence, Apple has issued a formal statement on the bankruptcy of sapphire supplier GT Advanced. "We are focused on preserving jobs in Arizona following GT's surprising decision and we will continue to work with state and local officials as we consider our next steps," a representative says. The quote is referring to a GT-operated factory in Mesa, Arizona, which is technically owned by Apple....

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11:00
Dear Fitbit: technology is designed to make our...

Over the past few years I have owned five or more Fitbit One trackers. Last year I got an Aria scale, which wirelessly transmits my body fat percentage and weight to Fitbit's servers. Of course, if you have bought into the Fitbit ecosystem you may...

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10:38
Pinning Down the Matter/Antimatter Particle Just Got...


Researchers led by Princeton University physics professor Ali Yazdani have developed an easier way to spot the much-sought-after Majorana fermion. "Theorists have proposed that Majorana can emerge at the edge of some superconductors as quasi-particles, and manipulating them can be used to test their properties as well as building interesting quantum systems that could be useful," Yazdani said. That could further help advance quantum computing, as the Majorana fermion can be used as a qubit, or quantum bit.

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10:17
Apple Finalizes HomeKit Hardware Specifications,...

We're growing closer to the launch of the first hardware accessories that are compatible with Apple's HomeKit home automation platform, as the company has recently published the final Made for iPhone (MFi) specifications for hardware developers. With the completed specifications, hardware manufacturers will be able to create products that are designed to integrate with the HomeKit platform. All developers creating hardware for HomeKit must follow Apple's MFi guidelines and incorporate the HomeKit technical specifications. As outlined by 9to5Mac, some of Apple's final HomeKit specifications cover the pairing and security of Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi connected HomeKit accessories. While we've already seen several products that will take advantage of HomeKit, including a smart USB charger and a line of...

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10:07
Google adds iOS News & Weather app, SwiftKey...

Google has added to its extensive collection of iOS apps with a new News & Weather offering, while third-party keyboard maker SwiftKey addressed performance issues in a new release and PDF Expert 5 added support for the iPhone 6 series and iOS 8.

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10:00
iOS 8.1 kills exploit that allowed installation of...

Everyone loves retro game emulators on iOS -- well, almost everyone -- but the ability to easily install them looks like it's about to meet an end thanks to Apple's upcoming iOS 8.1 update. According to those who have tested the soon-to-be-released...

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09:51
Circus Ponies NoteBook 4.0.6 - Electronic notebook...

Circus Ponies NoteBook stores and organizes your notes and other information in electronic notebooks that look and work just like the paper ones you've used all your life. With outlining, diagramming, sketching, voice annotation, even PDF mark-up, NoteBook helps you take great notes whatever your note-taking style. And NoteBook makes it easy to find anything with just a few clicks in the Multidex™, an auto-generated dictionary of the content in your Notebooks. Circus Ponies NoteBook is the perfect app for managing projects of any size, assignments and classwork, client information, research, and much more. Organize all of your important information in electronic notebooks that look and work just like paper

  • Stay organized with pages, tabs, sections, just like the paper notebooks you've used all your life
  • Store information of any kind and from any source, including notes, web clippings, documents, URLs, tabular data, action items,...

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08:41
It’s been way too long: Apple to hold iPad event Oct...

We knew it was coming, and it’s finally here: Apple on Wednesday announced a media event to be held at its Cupertino headquarters Oct. 16. Of course, the
company didn’t give much—or any—detail as to what journalists and guests can expect, just that “it’s been too long.” Too long for what?
What we expect:
An iPad Air 2 (perhaps in gold), a Retina iMac, the official
launch of OS X Yosemite, iOS 8.1, and more information about Apple Pay, which is rumored to roll out Oct. 20....

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09:18
Fitbit says no to Apple's HealthKit for now

Users of Apple’s Health app in iOS 8 will have to get by without Fitbit integration for now.
Responding to questions on its forums, Fitbit says it has no plans to tie the data from its app and fitness band to Apple’s HealthKit framework. “It is an interesting new platform and we will watch as it matures, looking for opportunities to improve the Fitbit experience,” a moderator said. “At the moment, we’re working on other exciting projects that we think will be valuable to users.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:34
Apple confirms October 16th press event

Confirming earlier rumors, Apple has sent out media invites to an October 16th press event. The invitations reveal virtually nothing about the showcase, simply offering an iOS 8-style Apple logo, the tagline "it's been way too long," and a time and place: the company's Cupertino headquarters at 10AM Pacific time. Apple is mainly expected to reveal a second-generation iPad Air and a third-gen iPad mini....

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09:30
Apple set to go to trial in November over FairPlay...

The year isn't 2007 so you might be surprised to learn that Apple, in 2014, still has a pending legal class action suit regarding iPods and the FairPlay DRM that used to shroud every song sold on iTunes.

The lawsuit dates all the way back to 2004...

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09:24
First Look: GE Link Connected LED Bulb + Wink Hub

Although numerous small developers and lighting giant Philips were earlier to marked with remote-controlled LED lightbulbs, General Electric and Quirky have teamed up on their own smart lightbulbs -- Link ($15-$25) -- plus a wireless Zigbee hub called Wink ($50). The Link bulbs come in 60W ($15, shown), 65W ($20) and 90W ($25) equivalent versions varying from soft white to bright white in color temperature, fitting into normal sockets and drawing…

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09:22
Apple Claiming to be surprised over recent GTAT News

Yesterday a Reuters report stated that "The financial implosion of Apple supplier GT Advanced Technologies Inc. this week offers a dramatic illustration of how the iPhone maker can put the screws to suppliers willing ...

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09:21
Apple opens the door for HomeKit accessory makers w...

Apple has now finalized and published specifications for HomeKit through its Made-For-iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) licensing program. The finalized specifications, which allow accessory makers to start building products that integrate iOS 8’s new framework for home automation devices, come ahead of Apple’s yearly MFi summit in November where it plans to brief manufacturing partners on HomeKit and other new iOS 8 features for accessories.
There have already been a couple products announced with HomeKit integration, most of which are all...

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09:10
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-08

Apple is hosting another media event next week on October 16, so let the announcement speculation begin. John Martellaro joins Jeff Gamet to talk about what they think Apple has in store for next week (hint: get ready for a new iPad Air) and they look at some alternative ways to carry your iPhone, too.

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09:00
Native Instruments introduces Caribbean Current...

Native Instruments (http://www.native-instruments) has introduced Caribbean Current, a new Maschine Expansion that pairs the sounds and rhythms of traditional Caribbean music with a modern, club-oriented aesthetic.
Caribbean Current features all-new patterns, custom Massive presets, a dub siren, and exclusive kits created and inspired by artists in the upcoming NI documentary "Sabroso! A Road Trip to Colombia’s Caribbean Coast." Caribbean Current is available now at the NI Online Shop for US$49
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09:00
Zombie Highway 2 ups the eye candy and adds buckets...

I've been a fan of the original Zombie Highway since it launched on iOS in 2010. The game received regular updates in the years since, adding so much additional content that today it's practically unrecognizable from the original App Store release --...

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08:38
Apple announces Oct. 16 media event

Apple has sent out press invitations to a keynote address for Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Town Hall auditorium on its Infinite Loop Campus in Cupertino, California.
The event will begin at 10 a.m. (Pacific). The invite's tag line says, "it's been way too long."

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08:38
12-inch MacBook Air already in limited production,...

Quanta Computer has already started on small-scale production of a 12-inch MacBook Air, supply chain sources claim. Yield rates are currently said to be unsatisfactory, and production is only expected to ramp up in November. The sources even suggest that the laptop might not ship in time for Christmas. Typically, however, Apple will do all it can to ship a product before Christmas, the Apple Watch being a notable exception....

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08:27
Audio: Top analyst at Citi Buys Apple over Samsung...

Jim Suva, Citi director of investment research, provided his outlook on Apple and Samsung on CNBC yesterday. Suva stated that Apple is innovating, gaining more share and attracting consumers.

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08:22
Apple Sends Out Media Event Invitations for October...

Apple sent out invitations to a media event for October 16th Wednesday as expected, an event that is expected to focus on new iPads, new Macs, and the release of OS X Yosemite. Apple could launch Apple Pay at the event, as that service was scheduled to go live in "mid-October."

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08:15
News: Apple sends out invites for Oct. 16 event

Apple has sent out invitations to its upcoming event on Thursday, Oct. 16. “It’s been way too long,” says the invitation. As usual, the event will begin at 10 a.m. Pacific time. The company is expected to introduce its new iPads at the event, in addition to new iMacs....

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08:14
Apple makes October 16 event official: “It’s been...

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Apple is having another media event on October 16, just under a week after Re/code first predicted the date. The event will be in Apple's small town hall event space at its 1 Infinite Loop campus, implying a much smaller event than the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch event in the Flint Center last month.
If the rumor mill is to be believed, new iPads will be the headlining item for the event, and we'll also supposedly be getting the public release of OS X Yosemite. Both the iPads and Yosemite will reportedly be accompanied by iOS 8.1, the first major update to iOS 8. Other rumors also suggest we'll be seeing new Macs at the...

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08:11
Garage Series for Office 365: Delivering custom...

On today’s show, Jeremy is joined by Klaas Langhout from the Azure team to discuss the pros and cons of delivering Office desktop experiences via RemoteApp. They balance the user experiences of native apps versus remote desktop architectures. Then Klaas demonstrates how quickly an Azure RemoteApp environment running Office can be set up. 

In our last two shows we covered how eligible students can get Office for free and introduced Sway. This week we return to our IT pro roots and explain what a lot of people naturally think of when the words “cloud” and “desktop software” are brought together, Remote Desktop Services (RDS or Terminal Services as it was called 5+ years ago). While native Office experiences are optimized for most common mobile and desktop platforms with roaming settings capabilities to deliver the things you’re working on directly from Office 365, SharePoint and...

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08:11
Apple sends out invitations for October 16 event

Apple today sent out invitations for an upcoming event to be held on October 16th in the company's Cupertino Town Hall Auditorium. The show will begin at 10 AM Pacific. Apple likely will use the event to unveil its next generation iPad lineup and...

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08:06
Apple sends out invitations for Oct. 16 iPad event...

As it has done in years past, Apple will again hold a media event this month, as the company officially invited members of the press on Wednesday to an Oct. 16 presentation with the tagline "It's been way too long."

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08:03
Apple Invites Media to October 16 Event: 'It...

As expected, Apple will be holding a media event on Thursday, October 16 at the Town Hall auditorium on its Cupertino headquarters campus, with the company today sending out media invitations for the event (via The Loop). The event begins at 10:00 AM Pacific, and the invitations carry the tagline "It's been way too long". Apple is expected to introduce an updated iPad Air (and possibly a new iPad mini), as well as updated iMacs with at least the 27-inch model carrying a high-resolution Retina display. OS X Yosemite is also likely to see its final overview before public launch, and one rumor has suggested updated Mac minis are also in the works and could see an announcement at the event. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories •...

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08:02
‘It’s been way too long': Apple sends out...


It’s happening: Apple has just announced a keynote address for Thursday, October 16th to take place at the Town Hall auditorium on its Infinite Loop Campus in Cupertino, California. Invitations to select members of the media and special guests indicate that the event will, as always, begin at 10 AM Pacific time/1 PM Eastern Time. News of the October 16th date broke last week. We’ll be providing full, live coverage on 9to5Mac.com of the event’s proceedings. Here’s everything we’re expecting Apple to discuss at the event:

As the second Apple event this fall, the Cupertino-company will likely use the smaller, home court stage...

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08:01
∞ Apple sends out invites for Oct. 16 special event

Apple on Wednesday sent out an invite for a special event being held on its Cupertino, Calif. campus on October 16. The event will begin at 10:00 am PT. [...]

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08:00
Introducing a new way to share files with Outlook...

Today’s post was written by Rebecca Lawler, program manager on the Outlook Web App team.
We’re thrilled to announce two new ways to share files with Outlook Web App (OWA) and OneDrive for Business that make it much simpler to share and collaborate:

  • When you send an email in OWA, you can easily insert a link to a file on your OneDrive for Business cloud drive instead of attaching the file itself.
  • When you send an attachment from your computer or device you can now automatically upload the file to your OneDrive for Business cloud drive and share the file as a link to that location.

Now when you send files to others, instead of having to open the attachment, make edits and then send the document back to you, everyone can simply open the document directly from the link and make edits in a single draft. This means the people you’re working with will always see the latest changes, and you can avoid confusion over multiple versions. It...

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08:00
Outlook.com now supports sharing your larger files...

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced that OneDrive now supports up to 10 GB files. With OneDrive built right into Outlook.com, you can take full advantage of this by storing your large photos, documents and videos in OneDrive, and then share them securely with Outlook.com using the Share from OneDrive feature.
Sending large files as email attachments has always been tricky: They can take a long time to upload and send, and may bounce back, never reaching the recipient. We had this in mind when we created the Share from OneDrive feature—we wanted to provide customers with a way to easily avoid these problems, while still being able to share their files. With the increase in OneDrive file size limits, you can now use this feature to easily share your larger files over email without having to worry about typical attachment problems.
You can learn how to share...

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08:00
Improved spell check for PowerPoint Online

With the new school year underway, the PowerPoint Online team has been working hard to create features to help you ace all of your presentations. We know there is nothing worse than finding a misspelling on your slide when you are the middle of a presentation—especially when the presentation is 20 percent of your final grade. To help you avoid this situation and deliver great, error-free, presentations we added spell check to the PowerPoint Online editor. We previously utilized the browser spell check for PowerPoint Online, but we switched to the high quality Office spell checker. When you are editing text in PowerPoint Online, misspelled words are flagged with a red underline, so you can correct them before you finalize your presentation.

You can try out spell check right now by going to Office.com and selecting...

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08:00
6 cool ways to use Custom Maps

Today’s post was written by James Marshall, a developer on the Excel Power Map team.
If you haven’t noticed, Excel Power Map got a whole lot richer in September with the introduction of a new feature called Custom Maps. This feature allows you to create amazing 3-D visualizations that showcase your data on top of any map image … literally. To prove this point, we’d like to show you six different ways that you can use Custom Maps to visualize your data in new and creative ways. Check out the video to see these suggestions in action.

Hiking map
The first example in the video shows how you can plot geographical data on a USGS Historical Topographic Map. The map shows the GPS coordinates from a hiking trip up Mount Pilchuck in Washington.  Further analysis could be done on the data,...

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08:00
YouTube Find: Bicyclist pits iPhone 6 Plus OIS...

Apple's iPhone 6 Plus is set apart from earlier iPhone models and even the iPhone 6 with the inclusion of Optical Image Stabilization. How much of a difference does the stabilization make when shooting video, especially when you are in less than...

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07:57
Apps: 1Password, Airmail, AppDelete
07:55
Chromecast iOS app updated w/ backdrop feature for...



Google today updated the Chromecast app for iPhone and iPad users adding a feature announced earlier this year at Google I/O called Backdrop. When the Chromecast HDMI streaming stick isn’t playing content like Netflix or Pandora Radio through your TV, it already displays the current time and featured photos as a screen saver, but now Chromecast users can display additional content like weather conditions and news headlines on Chromecast-connected TVs. Chromecast also now supports using your own photos from Google+...

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07:52
Apple calls GT Advanced bankruptcy 'surprising...

In a rare public statement regarding a partner, Apple on Wednesday admitted it was surprised by sapphire maker GT Advanced Technology's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, but said it hopes to keep jobs in Arizona.

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07:49
Apple says GTAT bankruptcy was a ‘surprising...


Apple has now officially commented on the startling announcement that sapphire supplier GTAT will file for bankruptcy. Like most observers, Apple was “surprised” by the move. Apple told the Wall Street Journal:
In its first comments since GT’s Chapter 11 filing Monday, Apple said, “We are focused on preserving jobs in Arizona following GT’s surprising decision and we will continue to work with state and local officials as we consider our next steps.”
Wall Street Journal sources indicate that GTAT was forced into financial distress because Apple withheld the final tranche payment of its contract, totally $139 million. Apparently, the sapphire supplier did not meet the agreed terms so Apple...

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07:46
Apple Surprised by GT's Bankruptcy Filing,...

In the company's first public statement regarding the bankruptcy filing by its sapphire partner GT Advanced Technologies earlier this week, an Apple spokesman tells Reuters the company was surprised by the filing and that it is now figuring out its next steps."We are focussed on preserving jobs in Arizona following GT's surprising decision and we will continue to work with state and local officials as we consider our next steps," spokesman Chris Gaither said. GT reportedly fell into difficulty when Apple withheld a final $139 million prepayment loan, part of a roughly $580 million package intended to help GT start up operations at the Mesa, Arizona sapphire production plant owned by Apple. With Apple opting not to use...

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07:44
Killer Deal: Up to $600 off Macs & $750 off Macs...

For twelve days only, AppleInsider has teamed up with sponsor and Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama to offer a number of steep discounts on Macs and Macs bundled with 3-Years of AppleCare Protection, all of which also come with a free iTunes 25 Gift Card and no sales tax in 48 of 50 states.

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07:36
Photos allegedly show assembled second-gen iPad Air...

A Vietnamese website has produced photos of what appears to be a fully-assembled dummy model of the second-generation iPad Air. The tablet is said to be just 7mm thick, making it even thinner than the iPhone 6 Plus -- which is rated at 7.1mm -- and marginally thicker than the 6.9mm iPhone 6. In contrast, the current Air measures 7.5mm....

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07:16
Bankruptcy is Just the Beginning of GT Advanced Tech...

GT Advanced Technologies CEO Tom Gutierrez has already been dealing with the headaches that go along with his company filing for bankruptcy protection, and now those headaches may be growing following the news that he sold more than 9,000 shares of company stock the day before Apple announced the iPhone 6. Apple didn't use GTAT's sapphire glass for the new iPhone models as had been expected, which drove the glass maker's stock down 13 percent.

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07:11
Mock up photos of “iPad Air 2″ leaked ahead of...

With Apple’s iPad event eight days away, the rumors and mockups are surfacing.
Per AppleInsider, Vietnamese blog Tinhte.vn has released shots of a mockup “iPad Air 2″ unit that features a trimmer profile, recessed volume buttons, and the addition of a Touch ID sensor to the home button.
The supposed dummy unit matches up nearly identically with previous “leaks.” The device apparently comes in at just 7 millimeters thick, the same thickness as the iPhone 6.

Previous speculation has suggested that Apple may be considering relocating the microphone, as the dummy does not sport a microphone opening on top. It...

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07:08
Path Finder 7.0.4 - Powerful, award-winning Finder...

Organization is key, and Path Finder offers the tools you need to access, browse, and manage all of your files quickly on OS X. Packed with a plethora of powerful features, Path Finder allows you to take complete control of your documents, photos, videos, music, and so much more. Say goodbye to the days of weak file management. With Path Finder 7, it's your files, your way. Features:

  • Dropbox integration
  • FolderSync
  • Arranging and grouping items
  • Editable path navigator
  • Shelves
  • One-click dual-pane copy
  • File-transfer queue
  • ACL editor
  • File tagging
  • Batch renaming
  • Hex editor
  • Drop stack
  • Dual-pane browser
  • Tabs and bookmarks
  • Low-level search
  • File-list filtering
  • Smart sorting
  • Advanced selection
  • Keyboard access
  • Quick Look and Cover Flow
  • Integrated terminal
  • Command-...

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06:59
Jumping the gun on teens and the Apple Watch

Recode:

“The concept of wearing a watch for teenagers is foreign — and I think that’s part of what is reflected in that response,” said Munster. “The second piece is, it’s still something that people need to hear more about, beyond what Apple has to say about it, before people get interested in it.”

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster responding to a survey of 7,200 teens, calling teen embrace of Apple Watch tepid. Seems to me, anticipating response to a product that has not yet hit people’s wrists is a fool’s errand.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:56
iWorm trojan quietly added to Apple’s Xprotect...

The bad news is that there’s another chunk of malware on the OS X platform to worry about.
The good news is that Apple included a backdoor fix over the weekend to take care of it.
Per The Mac Observer, Apple pushed an update to its Xprotect malware list for the Mac that includes the Mac.BackDoor.iWorm malware over the weekend. Xprotect watches for telltale signatures from known malware threats and attempts to stop them from invading your computer.
The iWorm threat installs through a Trojan horse masquerading as an installer for other apps. Mac owners that have fallen victim to iWorm picked up the malware through installers for pirated apps such as Adobe Photoshop.

Once...

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06:18
iPad Air 2 Dummy Model Again Showcases Touch ID,...

Well-known Vietnamese blog Tinhte.vn today published images that reportedly show the design of Apple's next generation iPad Air 2. The pictured device has the same general form factor as the existing iPad Air, but includes a thinner 7 mm profile that measures roughly the same as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and thinner than the current 7.5 mm iPad Air. In line with previous rumors, the iPad Air 2 model also includes a home button with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Claimed iPad Air 2 mockup from Tinhte.vn While this latest report includes detailed photographs and a video, they only give us a hint at Apple's next-generation iPad as the device in the photos is described as a dummy model used by accessory manufacturers to test out and showcase their designs and not an actual iPad Air...

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06:00
Working Apple I motherboard, vintage flag on auction

It's been a good week for Apple collectors. First two prototype iPhones show up on auction sites, and now a working Apple I motherboard and a vintage flag from the company's European headquarters are up on auction.

British auction house Bonhams will...

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05:00
Yovo bets on security to stand out from the pack of...

There’s a new disappearing message app in an already crowded market, but this one isn’t from a Snapchat-like startup. Yovo has some of the same features—namely the self-destructing photos—but unlike its
rival, the new iOS app’s roots are in serious DRM tech.
Yovo is shorthand for “you only view once,” but the app is a bit more flexible than that. You can set a timer that lets your recipients see your message
for up to 24 hours. You might be wondering: What about screenshots? That’s where Yovo’s parent company, ContentGuard, has some experience. ContentGuard
spun off from the Palo Alto research center Xerox PARC, working on DRM tech to protect user-generated content. For Yovo, ContentGuard came up with a way to
scramble your photo when someone tries to take a screen capture....

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05:56
Using predictive text to quickly Capitalize or ALL-...

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If you are editing some text in iOS and spot a word you meant to capitalize (e.g., May instead of may), the old approach was to press and hold, then slide the cursor to just after the letter to be capitalized, then hit delete and retype the letter.

In iOS 8, there’s a better way.
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05:41
News: Leaked photos of alleged iPad Air 2 show...

A number of photos posted to Vietnamese blog tinthe.vn allege to show off Apple’s upcoming second-generation iPad Air. The shots show a thinner iPad Air — reportedly 7mm thin, about the same as the new iPhones — with Touch ID and recessed volume controls. Curiously, the photos also show no mute switch on the new iPad, though what will actually happen to the switch remains ambiguous. Speculation that the switch was removed to save space makes…

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05:36
Leaked iPad Air 2 Photos Shows Slight Changes in...

Today a Vietnamese website by the name Tinhte published a series of iPad Air 2 photos that are reportedly from the same source that leaked the iPhone 6 photos ...

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05:25
Fitbit says it has no current plans for iOS 8 Health...

Fitbit, makers of popular fitness tracking wearables and apps, has confirmed it currently has no plans to support Apple’s new iOS 8 Health app. After a bit of a delayed launch last month, a long list of developers have rushed to integrate support for HealthKit, Apple’s new frameworks that allow developers to share and tap into data from one central location on the user’s device: the new Health app in iOS 8. Fitbit, however, has confirmed in a few responses on its customer forums that it isn’t working on integration much to the frustration of its users that have been awaiting an update:
We do not currently have plans to integrate with...

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05:19
Daily Deal: Get Soundfreaq Double Spot for only $112

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up Soundfreaq’s beautifully designed Double Spot speakers for only $112—a saving of 25% off the regular price. Balancing room-filling sound with an attractive profile, Double Spot is a one-size-fits all wireless home speaker. You can easily move it around the house and get great sound anywhere with its custom designed dual stereo drivers that provide optimal sound projection and stereo separation, combined…

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05:15
What we know (and suspect) is coming in iOS 8.1

Apple Pay is one of the biggest features expected to launch with iOS 8.1 later this month.

Apple

Last week, numerous publications (including Ars) reported seeing references to iOS 8.1, 8.2, and 8.3 in their site analytics pages. iOS versions 5, 6, and 7 only saw one major point update apiece during their respective lifespans, so evidence of three different updates being tested simultaneously just weeks after the release of iOS 8.0 came as a surprise.
It looks like we'll be seeing the first of those updates sooner rather than later. Today Apple pushed out the second beta build of iOS 8.1 in as many weeks to its registered developers, and the final version of the software is...

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05:15
Dummy unit shows expected 'iPad Air 2'...

An apparent mockup of a slightly redesigned, next-generation iPad Air has surfaced from Vietnam showing a more trim profile, recessed volume buttons, and the addition of a Touch ID sensor to the home button.

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05:09
App Tamer revved for Mac OS X Yosemite

 St. Clair Software (http://www.stclairsoft.com/) has introduced an upgrade (2.0.4) to App Tamer, its Mac utility that manages applications to deliver more efficient CPU usage and increased battery life. This version delivers full compatibility with Mac OS X Yosemite.
App Tamer comes pre-configured to automatically manage Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Spotlight, Time Machine, Word and many other apps when they're in the background. You can customize it for other apps, as well.
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05:07
What You Need to Know about Activation Lock

Activation Lock discourages iPhone theft, and Apple is now providing a new tool to see if it’s enabled on a device. Josh Centers explains how Activation Lock works, and how to see if it could be a problem when you’re buying a used iOS device. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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04:59
iOS 8: Rearranging Share Pane Icons

iOS 8 makes it easier to share content between apps thanks to its new Extensions feature. Once you enable sharing for specific apps they'll appear in the Share Pane, but they might not list in an order that makes sense to you. There are a couple ways to change the order of shared app icons, and both are easy to do.

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03:30
Tanks for everything: World of Tanks Blitz's...

When World of Tanks debuted as a PC game a few years back, it seemed like it would be the kind of ultra-niche hardcore simulation that appealed primarily to die-hards with specialized controllers—and loads of time to spend mastering its nuances. But there was an unexpected twist: It was free to download and play, which was still a relatively new concept, particularly in the hardcore PC space.Instead of courting a small but vocal fan base, it exploded in popularity due to its accessible business model and game design, making it possible to play a few rounds and have fun without feeling overwhelmed or outgunned—or dig in and really savor the depth of its strategic action. Early this year, developer Wargaming reported having more than 75 million registered users on PC alone, with an Xbox 360 version launching in February to expand its reach further....

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04:48
'DigiTimes' claims a 12-inch MacBook Air...

Taiwan-based Quanta Computer has started production on a 12-inch MacBook Air "in small volumes" and will gradually increase output beginning November, claims "DigiTimes" (www.digitimes.com), quoting sources with Taiwan's supply chain.
"Since initial production of 12-inch MacBook Air has not yet reached a satisfactory yield rate, component makers and Quanta are making efforts to hike yield rates for the time being," the article adds "As initial production is in limited volumes, 12-inch MacBook Air may not be able to hit the store shelves in time for Christmas, the sources indicated."

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04:32
Vietnamese blog leaks iPad Air 2 pictures showing...





Vietnamese blog Tinhte.vn has pictures claiming to be the new iPad Air. Shown in white, the device is reportedley only 7 mm thin. This is the same depth as Apple’s latest iPhones, which measure 6.9 mm and 7.1 mm thin. As such, it also features the same recessed volume button style as the iPhone 6.
The leaks show the next generation iPad to be mostly identical to the current iPad Air, but with some notable changes....

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04:30
Tipster: it's free, basic and calculates tips

Tipster is a tip calculator for iPhone. There's no bells and whistles, it's just a simple tip calculator with one job: calculating tips. As anyone even slightly familiar with the App Store knows, developers have overwhelmingly filled it with tip...

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04:00
DEA Lifts Woman's Identity, Creates Fake...


The United States Drug Enforcement Agency reportedly co-opted a woman's identity to create a fake Facebook page as a ruse to investigate suspects. The agency posted racy pictures of the woman, then known as "Sondra Prince," as well as a photo of her young son and niece, to the sham page. The photos were taken from her cellphone, which the agency had seized. Prince had been arrested on charges of participating in a drug ring but was given probation as a bit player. DEA Special Agent Timothy Sinnigen reportedly created the Web page.

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03:56
Why Apple’s iPhone encryption is a godsend, even if...

Thoughtful editorial from Wired. The upshot:

However it got there, Apple has come to the right place. It’s a basic axiom of information security that “data at rest” should be encrypted. Apple should be lauded for reaching that state with the iPhone. Google should be praised for announcing it will follow suit in a future Android release.

Also worth reading, this essay from Salon, entitled America’s huge iPhone lie: Why Apple is being accused of coddling child molesters.
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03:49
Kool Tools: Centrify User Suite

The new Centrify for Mac 2014.1 from Centrify Corp. (www.centrify.com) — which specializes in unified identify management across data center, cloud and mobile environments, is a core component of the Centrify User Suite.
With this new release Centrify says it's easing the burden for Mac administrators by giving them additional cloud-based management options while also enhancing its on-premises Active Directory support for the Mac platform. In addition, Centrify has enhanced its mobile device management capabilities to include support for iOS 8.
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03:42
Consumer expectations increase with each smart home...

Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) says the importance of interoperability for consumers increases with each smart home device purchased. Currently 13% of U.S. broadband households own at least one smart home device, and 60% of those who have purchased three devices feel it is very important for the devices to work together as part of a system, says the research group.
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03:38
Airmail 1.4.1 - Powerful, minimal email client. (...

Airmail is a powerful, minimal mail client.It was designed to retain the same experience with a single or multiple accounts and provide a quick, modern and easy-to-use user experience. Airmail supports all major email services and allows users to switch between accounts quick reply to incoming messages within seconds. Preview upcoming features with the available Airmail Beta.Version 1.4.1:

  • iCloud authentication fix
  • OS X 10.7 or later

Download Now

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02:01
Find nearby friends over Bluetooth and send them...

With mobile payments steadily on the popularity uptick, apps that specialize in direct money transfers between friends are fighting to be the one you turn to first.

Square Cash finds people within 250 feet of you and lets you send them money from its main screen just by tapping on the profile name.

Square is keeping its competitive edge—the company rolled out an update to its app Cash on Tuesday, introducing a new feature that connects Cash users via Bluetooth. Dubbed “Nearby Payments,” the app finds other users nearby, allowing you to send or request payments more easily than before.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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02:22
Just for fun: Show us your best QuickType poetry

Who knew predictive text could see into your soul? If the new QuickType keyboard had been around when I was in middle school, my output of moody, tortured, nonsensical poetry would have been…OK, only slighty greater than it already was. But with less forced iambic pentameter.
Yes, Apple’s new keyboard in iOS 8, aka QuickType, attempts to guess what you’re typing not just as you tap out letters, but even before. Depending on the context and the words you tend to use (and overuse), sometimes it’s uncannily good at guessing what you’re about to say next. Other times it’s just funny. And if you eschew typing altogether and just pick from the three suggested words to string together sentences—that came from inside the iPhone!—the results can be pretty darn great....

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03:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Charge it up!

Charge it up!This week's roundup of iOS accessories includes several new ways to make sure your iPhone and iPad have all the power they need.BoxWaveIt’s been a long time since we heard an iPhone user pine for the wonders of a BlackBerry-style physical keyboard for their phone. Should such people remain, however, the $80 Keyboard Buddy Apple iPhone 6 Case is most assuredly for them. Pre-orders are available starting October 17.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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03:28
ChronoSync ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Econ Technologies (www.econtechnologies) has updated ChronoSync to version 4.5.3, featuring compatibility with the upcoming Mac OS X Yosemite.
ChronoSync can synchronize, backup or create bootable backups to most anything you can connect to your Mac, including folders on your Mac, other Macs, PC's, and external drives.
Existing users can update for free. A demo is available for download. Registration for new users is US$40.

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03:26
DEVONtechnologies updates its apps for Mac OS X...

DEVONtechnologies (www.devontechnologies.com) has upgraded all editions of its information and knowledge manager DEVONthink as well as the notebook app DEVONnote for the upcoming OS X Yosemite with new features, interface adjustments, and bug fixes. The updates are free and recommended for all users.
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02:39
Apple to Contract Pegatron to Handle Surging iPhone...

According to a new Taiwan supply chain report, Apple's currently raging iPhone sales and upcoming iPads and Apple Watch in Q1 2015, global demand for non-Apple consumer notebooks and tablets is likely to remain weak ....

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01:56
AppDelete 4.1.4 - Delete your unwanted apps and...

AppDelete is an uninstaller for Macs that will remove not only applications but also widgets, preference panes, plugins, and screensavers along with their associated files. Without AppDelete these associated items will be left behind to take up space and potentially cause issues. There are several ways to activate AppDelete:

  • Drag items onto main window
  • Drag items onto dock
  • Select items through menu
  • Right-click to use AppDelete workflow
  • Throw items in trash

There are several actions to take with AppDelete:

  • Delete the items
  • Log only the items
  • Archive the items to a .ZIP file for safekeeping or reinstallation at a later date.
  • Use Orphans feature to search and delete orphaned files

The items you delete will be moved to the trash and arranged in a folder so that you can see exactly what was deleted and you know exactly where it came from. The items will...

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01:09
Rumor: Apple's 12-inch Retina MacBook Air...

A rumor out of East Asia on Wednesday claims Apple's rumored 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display has reached the manufacturing phase, though production will be limited to small batches until a gradual ramp in November.

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00:01
WSJ: was GT Advance's bankruptcy caused by...

Details are still emerging from the surprise bankruptcy filing of Apple sapphire supplier and partner GT Advanced, with new stories of possible stock shenanigans by CEO Thomas Gutierrez and speculation that the bankruptcy was brought on, at least in part, by a withheld payment from Apple. On Monday, the first day of trading following the announcement, the company's stock dropped 93 percent from $11 to around 80 cents; it rose Tuesday to close at $1.21 per share....

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Tuesday October 7

23:35
Apple's Ultra-Slim 12-Inch Notebook Reportedly...

Quanta Computer has begun production on Apple's ultra-slim 12-inch MacBook and will look to ramp up its efforts beginning November, reports Digitimes. Despite these newest efforts however, the report also states that the notebook will not be ready in time for this holiday season. Since initial production of 12-inch MacBook Air has not yet reached a satisfactory yield rate, component makers and Quanta are making efforts to hike yield rates for the time being, the sources said. As initial production is in limited volumes, 12-inch MacBook Air may not be able to hit the store shelves in time for Christmas, the sources indicated. Specifically, component makers are reportedly having issues with the new MacBook Air's ultrathin chassis, which is said to be slimmer than the current 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air. The supply chain sources also add that the 12-inch MacBook Air will come with a touch-enabled Retina...

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22:26
Munster: Teens still keen for iPhones, iPads, '...

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has revealed more of the results of his semi-annual survey of teenaged buyers, which recently showed the iPhone and iPad as continuing to dominate teen buying choices when it came to smartphones and tablets. The latest data unsurprisingly showed that teenagers are lukewarm about the forthcoming Apple Watch....

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22:20
Review: Patriot Supersonic Phoenix USB 3.0 drive

USB thumb drives aren't the end all solutions for data transfer and traveling needs. Sometimes people want something with a little more to them, opting for larger external drives that offer greater capacities, and in some cases faster transfer speeds. One example of a bigger, faster drive is the Patriot Supersonic Phoenix. The drive is offered in a pocket-sized format that is more like a portable hard drive than a USB flash drive. But would the Supersonic Phoenix be something that consumers flock to with its SSD-like features, or should the opt for the smaller thumb drive? Find out in our revi......

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21:00
Reviews: Patriot Supersonic Phoenix USB 3.0 drive

USB thumb drives aren't the end all solutions for data transfer and traveling needs. Sometimes people want something with a little more to them, opting for larger external drives that offer greater capacities, and in some cases faster transfer speeds. One example of a bigger, faster drive is the ......

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20:28
New Apple Pay Setup Screens Unearthed in iOS 8.1...

Hours after Apple seeded the second iOS 8.1 beta to developers, developer Hamza Sood has located the Apple Pay setup screen in the Passbook app, the Apple Pay setup screen in the initial iOS 8.1 setup and Apple Pay setup on the iPad. Previously, Sood had found the Apple Pay setup screen within the Settings app. The setup prompt within Passbook is similar to the setup prompt to add passes, educating potential users on what the service is before providing a link to where users can input and scan their credit cards for use. Potential users have the choice to either input their credit card numbers via the...

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19:59
Adobe Flash Player 15.0.0.183 - Plug-in plays...

Adobe Flash Player is a cross-platform, browser-based application runtime that provides uncompromised viewing of expressive applications, content, and videos across browsers and operating systems.15.0.0.183

  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • Browser compatibility:
    • Safari 5.0 or later
    • Mozilla Firefox 17.0 or later
    • Google Chrome
    • Opera 11 or later

Download Now

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19:55
GT Advanced Bankruptcy Unlikely to Affect Apple...

A new report from KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that Apple's sapphire partner GT Advanced Technologies' recent filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection will not affect its upcoming Apple Watch. However, he cautions that it does raise concerns about the possibility of future iPhones using sapphire displays. Bankruptcy has no impact on Apple Watch. As the Apple Watch sapphire cover lens uses an ingot of less than 6-inches, and as drop-test requirements aren’t so stringent as those of iPhone, general ingot manufacturing processes such as KY suffice for Apple Watch. This is why there are abundant sapphire ingot suppliers to choose from for Apple Watch. According to our survey, aside from GTAT, other Apple Watch sapphire ingot suppliers are Hansol (KR) and Harbin Aurora Optoelectronics (CN). We therefore don’t think GTAT’s bankruptcy will affect sapphire ingot supply to Apple Watch. ... but it raises...

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19:21
1Password 4.4.3

Maintenance update with several squashed bugs. ($49.99 new, free update, 38.8 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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