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Tuesday September 30

17:08
Briefly: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel on Mac, Roccat...

Mac owners and fans of the cel-shaded shooter series set on Pandora will be happy to learn that Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is launching on OS X alongside PC and game consoles on October 14. Aspyr Media is publishing the title, working with Gearbox Software and 2K Games to make the simultaneous launch possible. The game will support cross-platform multiplayer, as well as content through Gearbox Software's Shift or Steam if purchased there....

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16:16
U.S. Attorney General voices concern over Apple...

Attorney General Eric Holder is the latest government official to come down on new mobile OS security features from Apple and Google that make unlocking a smartphone nearly impossible, even for law enforcement agencies.

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14:45
The Week in Mac Apps: Sketching, taking notes, and...

Sketching, taking notes, and keeping track of thingsThis week’s roundup of new Mac apps has everything you need to make sure your important thoughts never slip through the cracks.CosmAtlas 1.0.0Aurelio Calegari’s $3 CosmAtlas (Mac App Store Link) lets you look at the sky any time of day—and from the convenience of your Mac.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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16:00
PayPal reportedly axed from Apple Pay due to its...

When Apple announced Apple Pay earlier this month, PayPal was conspicuously absent from Apple's list of secured partnerships. Now comes word via Ian Kar of BankInnovation that PayPal was initially part of Apple's vision of Apple Pay, but that...

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16:00
Submit Your OS X Yosemite Apps Today

Prepare your apps for the Mac App Store by downloading the OS X Yosemite GM candidate and Xcode 6.1 GM seed now. With these latest releases, Swift is now final and you can submit your Mac apps written with Swift to the Mac App Store. Learn more about OS X Yosemite.

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16:00
Submit Your OS X Yosemite Apps Today

Prepare your apps for the Mac App Store by downloading the OS X Yosemite GM candidate and Xcode 6.1 GM seed now. With these latest releases, Swift is now final and you can submit your Mac apps written with Swift to the Mac App Store. Learn more about OS X Yosemite.

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15:35
Siri changes in iOS beta provide further evidence of...


iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users will soon be able to use Siri to access credit cards stored in the Passbook app, if the beta version of iOS 8.1 is any indicator. We’ve already seen the Apple Pay privacy statement and other asssets pointing to this release being the one that enables the payment system next month, but now there’s even more proof.
Starting with version 8.1, if you ask Siri to show a credit card, the phone...

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15:26
Evercore raises AAPL to $125 on increased iPhone...

Apple is not the only company that believes the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will not only drive a bigger upgrade cycle, but also bring at least some switchers from the Android platform. Evercore Partners analyst Rob Cihra has reiterated his "overweight" rating for AAPL and raised the price target to $125, along with encouraging investors to buy the stock in a new memo to clients. He also published optimistic estimates for both the September and December quarters in terms of iPhone sales....

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15:17
Samsung Calls Galaxy Note 4 Screen Gap a Feature,...

What do you get when your brand new tablet phone has a noticeable gap between the display and body? In the case of Samsung's Galaxy Note 4, you get a feature and not a flaw, and it's a feature that's going to grow over time.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple gets hammered by the media over a few customers complaining about bent iPhones. Samsung ships a smartphone with a screen that doesn't fit flush against the device's body: crickets.

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15:15
Apple Watch introduction video updated with tweaked...

Apple re-uploaded its Apple Watch introduction video to YouTube today with a few small changes to the design of the device. It seems the company’s initial renders of the watch were not as accurate as they could have been, as the new version—which also appears on Apple.com now—sports a noticeably smaller screen…
@bzamayo The screen becomes shorter http://t.co/DiUMVjT0qI— Khaos Tian (@KhaosT) September 30, 2014
The change, which was spotted by an eagle-eyed 9to5Mac reader, was likely made to bring the watch seen in the video closer in line with the real device. A few elements of the interface have also been rearranged, such as the high and low...

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15:00
Apple Watch will rely on a dedicated iPhone app;...

Over the weekend, Ariel Adams of aBlogtoWatch posted an incredibly detailed and informative hands-on review of the Apple Watch. While there's still a lot of mystery surrounding the Apple Watch in terms of pricing, availability, and even...

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14:57
Briefly: RocketStor 6361A PCIe chassis, Goodreader...

HighPoint Technologies has announced the launch of the RocketStor 6361A, the newest product within its RocketStor 6300 Thunderbolt 2 Adapter series. A SinglePCIe-slot Thunderbolt 2 expansion chassis, the RocketStor 6361A is designed for Thunderbolt- and Thunderbolt 2-capable Mac platforms, delivering 20GB/s bandwidth for interface cards such as Media Capture, 10GB per second Ethernet, Fibre Channel, or external Storage/RAID controllers....

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14:52
Is Apple's iOS 8 Encryption at Odds with the...

Earlier today we posted a report titled "Apple's iPhone 6 goes on Sale in China October 17 after Ensuring China's Ministry that there's no Secret Backdoors." Apple's iPhone 6 was originally to have debuted in China on September 19 when the news struck that Apple didn't have the right license. Yet we now know there was also some backroom politicking going on. Now that Apple has ensured ...

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14:33
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Available in China on...

Apple has announced that iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in China beginning October 17 from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores, and an expansive network of retail stores through all three major carriers and Apple Authorized Resellers. Customers can pre-order iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus from the Apple Online Store starting October 10. Beginning October 14, customers can reserve the new iPhones for in-store pick-up starting October 17. “We are thrilled to bring iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to our customers in China on all three carriers at launch,” said Apple’s CEO Tim Cook. “With support for TD-LTE and FDD-LTE, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus customers will have access to high-speed mobile networks from China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom for an incredible experience.”

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14:30
Schedule your education and learning with Gibbon

One of the biggest, yet still mostly undelivered promises of the iPad age is for this device to become the universal textbook. Use this small, light piece of glass and metal to replace not just heavy and expensive textbooks, but open up the vast...

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14:22
OS X Yosemite hits Golden Master, almost ready for...

OS X Yosemite is almost ready.
Per Macworld, Apple on Tuesday released the golden master candidate of its forthcoming Mac OS to members of its AppleSeed developer program.

The GM version of an OS is typically the final product, though the developers who’ve been beta testing Yosemite since June still have time to find a few more bugs. Apple also opened up the Yosemite beta to the public for the first time in 14 years, so a lucky million Mac users got the chance to take Yosemite for a test run.

Apple revealed Yosemite, OS 10.10, at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference nearly four months ago. Six developer previews and four public beta builds have been released since then.
While Yosemite has plenty of new features,...

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14:21
Microsoft Gives Early Look at Windows 10 Featuring...

Microsoft today unveiled its next-generation Windows operating system, Windows 10, previewing the OS at an event in San Francisco focused on its corporate users. Like Windows 8, Windows 10 utilizes live tiles, but it also draws in design elements from Windows 7 to make it more appealing to users who have thus far opted not to upgrade to Windows 8. The Start menu and taskbar, interface elements that are familiar to all Windows users, are placed front and center in Windows 10 in an effort to make the OS "familiar, compatible, and productive, according to Microsoft's head of operating systems Terry Myerson. While Apple has managed to get the bulk of its user base to update to the newest version of OS X on a regular basis, Microsoft has had less success in recent years....

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14:04
iOS 8 HealthKit-compatible Apps: TMO’s Growing List

The list of iOS 8 HealthKit-compatible apps is growing, so The Mac Observer keeps adding more to our list. Apps for tracking your fitness activities, diet, overall health and more are ready and waiting for you to try out. All you need is an iPhone with iOS 8.0.2 installed and an interest in tracking your health and fitness. Read on to see if there's an app for you.

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14:02
Apple broke off talks with PayPal because of Galaxy...

Apple and PayPal were indeed in talks regarding Apple Pay, but those were cancelled after Samsung signed a deal to let people make PayPal transactions using the fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S5, sources say. The people suggest that Apple was so upset that it not only backed out of talks but chose to exclude PayPal as an acceptable platform in developer documentation. Blame has been laid on eBay CEO John Donahoe, who went ahead with the Samsung deal despite opposition from former PayPal president David Marcus, who reportedly believed it might cause problems with Apple.......

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14:00
iStabilizer Monopod + Shutter Remote = The ultimate...

A few years ago, TUAW reviewed the iStabilizer Monopod (US$34.95). It's a brilliant little accessory that telescopes out to over 3 feet in length, allowing you to hold your iPhone at more than arm's length away for those perfect selfies. It's also...

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13:59
Pebble firmware 2.6 introduces activity tracking and...


In the face of new competition from Apple, smartwatch maker Pebble has released an update to the device’s firmware that enables all-new activity tracking features for health applications. To accompany this update, new Pebble apps from Jawbone and others that integrate with the health and fitness tracking features.
The app by Misfit will be capable of monitoring sleep and movement using the watch’s built-in sensors, while Jawbone’s “UP” watchface will be able to track similar data and sync back to the Jawbone UP service via a smartphone connection. Perhaps the most interesting application of these new features is the Swim.com application, which can “measure...

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13:40
PayPal purportedly cut out of Apple Pay due to...

A report on Tuesday claims PayPal was in the running to be a prominent partner in Apple's rollout of Apple Pay, but talks went south earlier this year after the payments company struck a similar partnership with Samsung.

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13:30
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Mafia Rush [iOS...

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13:25
9to5Toys Last Call: Bose SIE2i headphones $100,...

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:

Headphones: Bose SIE2i Sport in-ears (multiple colors) $100 (orig. $150), Harman Bluetooth over-ears (refurb)...

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13:14
Apple Releases New Printer Drivers for HP and 7...

Apple released new printer drivers for eight different manufacturers, including HP, Ricoh, Gestetner, Infotec, and others.

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13:09
Settlement checks from liquid damage lawsuit...

Participants in a class action lawsuit regarding liquid damage indicators for the iPhone and iPod touch are beginning to receive settlement checks, accounts say. In April 2013, Apple agreed to pay $53 million to compensate people who may have been denied warranty coverage because of the indicators. Their maker, 3M, admitted that they could be tripped simply by humidity. Apple later adjusted its policies to require additional checks before blocking repairs, but the lawsuit continued....

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13:00
Mobile Safari in iOS 8 supports Animated PNGs

MacRumors is reporting that mobile Safari in iOS 8 includes support for Animated PNGs (APNG). What's that you say? You thought animated GIFs were the only game in town? Well, they really are, but who's to say how animated PNGs might fare in the...

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12:55
Mac: Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD With Cable

Belkin’s back in the Mac peripheral management game with the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD with Cable ($300). This new dock lets users plug in up to eight devices to take advantage of fast Thunderbolt 2 technology: this time, it transfers files at up to 20 Gbps, doubling the performance of Belkin’s last Thunderbolt dock, and quadrupling the speed of USB 3.0. A slim, lightweight dock with a brushed aluminum body, Belkin’s new dock…

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12:51
iOS 8: How to Enable Notification Center Widgets

Notification Center widgets seem handy, but how do you turn them on? Kelly walks you through it.

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12:44
US attorney general latest gov’t official to...

United States Attorney General Eric Holder, who announced plans to resign earlier this week pending confirmation of a successor, has criticized Apple and Google for encrypting smartphone data beyond law enforcement official access, Reuters reports.
“It is fully possible to permit law enforcement to do its job while still adequately protecting personal privacy,” Holder said in a speech before the Global Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse Online.

Holder is the second high profile government...

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12:40
iLuv Vyneer Case for iPhone 6: Fashion, Protection...

Some iPhone cases are designed for robust protection, but others can meet the needs of the average user in a fairly benign environment. The iLuv Vyneer for iPhone 6 (and 6 Plus) is the latter: an excellent case that affords protection with style. And it lets the color of the iPhone shine through.

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12:35
SteelSeries revamps Siberia line, unveils Siberia v3...
12:33
Microsoft Math: Add 1 to Windows 8 and You Get...

Microsoft unveiled its grand plan for moving past the Windows 8 legacy, which is to skip a number and go straight to Windows 10. Hey, wow. It's just like OS X 10.10 Yosemite! Imagine that?

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12:30
Improve your 10K run time with 10K Forever

The 10K Forever app is intended for runners who already are able to run a 10K distance or about 6.25 miles. The goal of the app is to take the users through an eight week training program designed to improve their 10K times and overall fitness. This...

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12:29
Forums: Yosemite coming soon, contract confusion and...

With the release of the golden master candidate of Yosemite to developers, there has been renewed interest in the MacNN forums about when this next update will be out of beta and in the App store for everyone. Forum Regular "webraider" was attempting to purchase a contract free factory unlocked iPhone 6, but has run unto some problems and wonders if anyone has an answer....

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12:24
‘Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel’ will arrive on Mac Oct...

Aspyr just announced that it’s going to release the much anticipated next installment in the Borderlands series on October 14. For anyone keeping score, that’s the same day scheduled for 2K’s release on PC and consoles! The company also confirmed that Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel for Mac will feature everything the PC release has including cross-platform multiplayer and future DLC:
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel for Mac and Linux will offer full feature parity with the Windows PC version, including cross-platform multiplayer and SHiFT Support. Plus, Aspyr will be supporting all future DLC releases.
In addition, Aspyr said it’s planning a Mac App Store release of the game for October 16....

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12:12
First Look: Tech21 Classic Shell for iPhone 6

Tech21's Classic Shell ($35) for iPhone 6 looks to be a fairly typical TPU case with coverage for the sleep/wake button and volume controls. However, Tech21 boasts "impactology," stating that its "D30 impact material" absorbs and dissipates shock away from the phone when dropped. For what it's worth, the device does have slightly thicker side coverage than many similar cases. The Classic Shell we received is gray and translucent, with a slightly reddish-orange…

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12:10
Apple, Paypal Talks Over Apple Pay Soured Due to...

Apple and PayPal were in talks that would potentially have seen PayPal becoming a "preferred payment process" for Apple Pay, reports Bank Innovation, but those talks ended abruptly after PayPal inked a deal with Samsung to allow users to make PayPal payments with the Galaxy S5's fingerprint sensor. Apple was reportedly so annoyed with the partnership between the two companies that it ended talks with PayPal and even went so far as to exclude PayPal from Apple Pay all together, not listing it as an acceptable payment platform in its developer documentation. But while these talks were going on, PayPal went ahead and partnered with Samsung on the Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner, a move that was reportedly forced onto PayPal by eBay...

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12:00
Powerslayer Blu: An Apple HomeKit-enabled device...

Since Apple's HomeKit home automation framework was announced with fanfare at WWDC 2014 in June, we haven't heard a whole heck of a lot about products that are designed to work in its ecosystem. Today, smart energy technology design firm Velvetwire...

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11:38
Apple seeds GM candidates of OS X Yosemite, Xcode 6....

Apple has begun seeding gold master candidates of OS X Yosemite and Xcode 6.1 to developers. While "candidate" status means the software is still pre-release, it implies that the code is nearly complete, as it could be released to the public should no serious bugs be discovered. Apple has, in some years, released multiple GM candidates....

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11:38
Propellerhead Ships Reason 8 with Emphasis on Drag...

Propellerhead announced the release of Reason 8 on Tuesday. The company's emphasis for this update was to streamline the work flow for musicians, desktop producers, and DJs when creating new music, with an emphasis on a new drag and drop workflow.

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11:30
Daily Deals for September 30, 2014, featuring Name...

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

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

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11:26
External Link: The Story of the Fifth Avenue Apple...

The glass Apple Store cube at the corner of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue isn’t just a New York City landmark — it’s as iconic as any product Apple has released, if not more so. But what you may not know is that the actual store, underground, was an unused basement for 40 years. New York Magazine tells the story of how Steve Jobs and real estate developer Harry Macklowe worked together to turn an unwanted basement into one of retail’s greatest success stories. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:54
OS X Yosemite is almost ready for its close-up as...

OS X Yosemite is almost ready for its public debut. Apple on Tuesday released the golden master candidate of its forthcoming Mac OS, which means you can expect Yosemite to drop soon.
The GM version of an OS is typically the final product, though the developers who’ve been beta testing Yosemite since June still have time to find a few more bugs. Apple also opened up the Yosemite beta to the public for the first time in 14 years, so a lucky million Mac users got the chance to take Yosemite for a test run.
Apple revealed Yosemite, OS 10.10, at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference nearly four months ago. Six developer previews and four public beta builds have been released since then.To...

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11:22
Briefly: Drobo Mini 8TB, Velvetwire Powerslayer Blu

Connected Data, the creator of the Droboline of storage solutions, today announced the immediate availability of its new Drobo Mini 8TB Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 drive array. The Drobo Mini 8TB bundle features four hot-swappable 2.5" drive bays pre-loaded with four Samsung Spinpoint M9T 2TB drives. New drives can be added or swapped on-the-fly with zero downtime as a result of Drobo's BeyondRAID Technology. The Drobo Mini 8TB bundle is available today at an retail price of $999 through Drobo's website and its select channel partners.......

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11:19
Pebble Drops Prices on Its Watches, Pokes Fun at...

Pebble is dealing with the threat of Apple's upcoming Apple Watch by making jokes about the enthusiasm Apple employees have shown for the device. On its website, Pebble has a graphic of a gleeful Pebble, which says "Chill." Above that, are the words "Breathe, Jony. It's just a watch." Further down, Pebble advertises the seven day battery life of its smart watches. "Why measure battery life in days? 'Cuz we can." This is a reference to the poor battery life seen in other smart watches, including Samsung's Galaxy Gear and the Moto 360, both of which last less than a day before requiring a charge. Though Apple has not announced battery life of the Apple Watch, rumors have suggested that it will last for about a day, requiring nightly charging. It is likely, however, that the company is continuing to make tweaks to improve battery as much as it can, which is why no specific...

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11:18
External Link: Debunking the Bendable iPhone 6

Much has been made of claims that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are prone to bending in people’s pockets. Consumer Reports, which drew attention to antenna issues in the iPhone 4, put both phones to a “three-point flexural test,” the same test that Apple uses. While Apple reportedly only tests with 55 pounds of force, Consumer Reports found that the iPhone 6 didn’t deform until it reached 70 pounds of force, and the iPhone 6 Plus held up even better, deforming at 90 pounds of force. While the iPhone 5 is much tougher, deforming at 130 pounds, the iPhone 6 still exceeds even Apple’s own standards. 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...

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11:18
External Link: Debunking the Bendable iPhone 6

Much has been made of claims that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are prone to bending in people’s pockets. Consumer Reports, which drew attention to antenna issues in the iPhone 4, put both phones to a “three-point flexural test,” the same test that Apple uses. While Apple reportedly tests with only 55 pounds of force, Consumer Reports found that the iPhone 6 didn’t deform until it reached 70 pounds of force, and the iPhone 6 Plus held up even better, deforming at 90 pounds of force. While the iPhone 5 is much tougher, deforming at 130 pounds, the iPhone 6 still exceeds even Apple’s own standards. 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...

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11:17
External Link: An iCloud Drive Bug Could Erase Your...

If you’ve enabled iCloud Drive, be leery of using Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings, as it could erase at least some of your iCloud data. MacRumors has confirmed that activating that option after upgrading to iCloud Drive deletes all iWork documents stored in iCloud. However, iCloud documents that cannot be accessed by iOS, like those in Preview and TextEdit, appear to not be affected. Just another reason to hold off on upgrading to iCloud Drive until Apple works out the kinks. 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-...

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11:00
How to create nested folders and completely hide...

It's that time of the year again: Apple's latest mobile operating system is now available and there are already a couple of great ways to break it in the name of customization and productivity! Nested folders and hidden apps -- two of the most useful...

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10:40
Some Owners of Older iOS Devices Receiving Up to $...

Back in April 2013, it was announced that Apple had agreed to a $53 million settlement in a class action lawsuit involving iPhone and iPod touch units that may have been improperly denied warranty coverage due to liquid damage indicators having been triggered in the devices. The settlement, which covers iPhones denied warranty coverage on or before December 31, 2009 and iPod touches denied coverage on or before June 30, 2010, stems from Apple's use of triggered liquid damage indicators as sufficient reason for denying warranty coverage. Given the timeframe for the issue, the settlement is limited to iPhone 3GS and earlier and third-generation iPod touch and earlier models. With the indicators' manufacturer, 3M, acknowledging the indicators could be at least partially triggered by humidity and not necessarily direct liquid contact, some owners pursued a case against Apple for...

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10:31
How the fuck does Samsung get away with this?

Yesterday we reported that Samsung’s earlier-than-planned September 26th launch of its new Galaxy Note 4 had been met with complaints from customers regarding a ‘screen gap’ manufacturing issue. Today, a reference in Samsung’s Note 4 manual has been discovered confirm that the gap is actually a feature, not a flaw.

This issue doesn’t take anyone sneaking into a store and forcibly bending a phone, it’s an actual manufacturing flaw, but yet the mainstream press let’s them get away with it.

This is what Samsung says about the gap:

A small gap appears around the outside of the device case… This gap is a necessary manufacturing feature and some minor rocking or vibration of parts may occur… Over time, friction between parts may cause this gap to expand slightly.

What the holy fuck! Seriously?
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10:30
Video of Steve Jobs calling out Michael Dell: "...

On October 6, 1997, Dell CEO Michael Dell was asked what he would do to help what was then an ailing Apple. Dell famously responded, "What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders."

Dell's quip, in a few years time,...

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10:25
In about-face, PayPal to split from eBay in 2015—to...

Kārlis Dambrāns

On Tuesday, eBay announced that in 2015 it would be splitting off its PayPal unit into a separate, publicly traded company. Investors lauded the move, sending eBay's stock price up nearly eight percent on the day, as of this writing.
PayPal has been an enormous player in the online payments and mobile payments sectors, but for years eBay's CEO John Donahoe resisted the clamor from investors to split PayPal into its own company. But after conferring with the company's board of directors, eBay has now changed its tune.
eBay acquired PayPal back in 2002, and it has been the company's fastest-growing segment, the Associated Press...

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10:24
The Free Mac Developer Toolkit - 4 Dev Apps for Free

Okie dokie, Mac developers, we have some freebies for you today in the form of the Free Mac Developer Toolkit. This is a bundle of four developer-oriented apps you can get for free. Free, I say! Yummy FTP, CodePad, Graphical HTTP Client, and DevBox. Even if you're not a developer, you should probably snake this deal just to have an FTP client in your Applications folder. This is a new deal, so you have 25 days to grab it, but don't dawdle lest you forget.

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10:21
Pebble smartwatch gets $50 price cut, background...

In the wake of the Apple Watch announcement, startup smartwatch maker Pebble has countered with a $50 price cut for its entry-level and high-end Steel model, while also adding new background tracking capabilities for exercise and sleep.

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10:18
News: Apple Q4 earnings call coming October 20

Apple has announced that it will release its Q4 financial results on Monday, October 20. The company will conduct its conference call at 5 p.m. ET that day. For the third quarter, Apple previously provided guidance for Q4 of revenue between $37 billion and $40 billion, and gross margin between 37 percent and 38 percent. As always, iLounge will provide live coverage of the results.

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10:16
Apple drops OS X Yosemite GM Candidate on devs,...

OS X Yosemite as of the Public Beta.

Andrew Cunningham

Not content to let some other company hog all the tens, MacRumors reports that Apple has just released the OS X Yosemite GM Candidate to developers using the new operating system. OS X 10.10 has been available to developers since it was unveiled at WWDC in June, and the release of a proposed "Golden Master" build suggests that Yosemite's fall release date will come sooner rather than later.
Note that a "GM Candidate" doesn't necessarily mean that this is the build Apple will release to the public later in the fall. It does indicate, however, that Apple has squashed the show-stopping bugs and that any future builds will contain minor patches rather than major changes. Apple has always released beta...

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10:03
Foxconn struggling to hire people to help with...

Foxconn has embarked on an aggressive hiring campaign for its Shenzhen and Zhengzhou factories, hoping to improve production of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, according to Digitimes. The site indicates that because assembly line work isn't as attractive as it used to be in China, Foxconn is having a hard time recruiting enough people to staff its factories. As a solution, it has been staging hiring events to keep up its workforce....

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10:00
Belkin intros new Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD

Mac users who have those speedy Thunderbolt 2 ports on their MacBook Pro with Retina display or Mac Pro now have a wonderful new way to increase the connectivity of their devices. Belkin today released the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD (US$299.99),...

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09:57
Microsoft looks to distance itself from Windows 8,...

Software behemoth Microsoft on Tuesday announced that its next-generation desktop operating system would not follow the numerical progression of its two predecessors -- which would have made it Windows 9 -- but will instead be called Windows 10.

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09:32
Apple Watch steals the spotlight during Paris...

Huge crowds --?and some of the world's most sought-after models --?greeted the Apple Watch during its Tuesday debut in Paris, as the wrist-worn device captivated the attention of the glitterati in town for Paris Fashion Week.

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09:30
There's something very disturbing about this...

I don't want to say Macland -- an Apple shop in downtown Reykjavik, Iceland -- has a poor advertising strategy, but if they're relying on ads like this to get foot traffic in the door, they might want to rethink things a little bit. Then again, I'm...

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09:29
Apple Will Hold Q4 Conference Call on October 20th

Apple announced Tuesday that its fiscal 4th quarter conference call with analysts will be held October 20th, 2014. The event takes place at 5:00 PM ET, one hour after the markets close.

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09:25
Quanta to begin Apple Watch production in January...

Taiwan's Quanta Computer will only start mass production of the Apple Watch in January 2015, according to a supply chain rumor from Apple Daily. Apple has only officially stated that the Watch will ship in early 2015. If production does begin in January, that will likely place shipments in February....

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09:11
Apple to announce fiscal Q4 earnings on October 20th...


Apple has announced it is holding its earnings call for company results in fiscal Q4 (covering July, August and September) on October 20th. Following tradition, Apple will announce earnings in a press release about half an hour before the earnings call at 2PM PST. Apple’s earnings for fiscal Q4 will include the first wave of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales, as it went on sale towards the end of the period. However, Apple is unlikely to breakdown the split between new and old iPhone sales, as it only reports total sales numbers for Mac, iPhone and iPad.

For the period, at its last earnings call, Apple guided the following financial information.

  • revenue between $37 billion and $40 billion
  • gross...
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09:10
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-30

There's a new social network in town named Ello and it's hoping to take on Facebook. Kelly Guimont joins Jeff Gamet to look at what's up with Ello and its promise that we aren't the product. They also share some iOS 8 extensions they're excited about for photography and productivity.

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09:07
Apple provides golden master candidate of OS X...

In a sign that the next-generation Mac operating system is near release to the public, Apple on Tuesday released a golden master candidate of OS X Yosemite to developers for testing.

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09:04
Apple releases OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 1.0 for...

Apple has released OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 1.0 for developers via the Mac App Store today. Candidate 1.0 of OS X Yosemite GM follows the release of the first iOS 8.1 beta to developers yesterday and Yosemite Developer Preview 8 two weeks ago. Apple is expected to debut to the new version of the Mac operating system to the public next month. We’ll update with changes found in the new version, and feel free to share any discoveries in the comments or via tips@9to5mac.com. ...

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09:02
Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Golden Master Candidate...

Apple today released a candidate golden master version of OS X Yosemite to developers, just over two weeks after releasing the eighth Developer Preview alongside the third public beta of the upcoming Mac operating system. The latest update for developers can be downloaded from the Mac App Store and through Apple's Mac Dev Center. OS X Yosemite brings a flatter, more modern look to OS X, with an emphasis on translucency and redesigned dock, windows, and more. It also includes a multitude of new features, such as improved integration with iOS 8 through Continuity, a new "Today" view in Notification Center that offers integration with third-party apps, a retooled Spotlight search with new data sources, and several new features for apps like Mail, Safari, and Messages. Over the course of the beta testing period, each Developer Preview has added new features and refined the look and...

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09:00
Apple releases OS X bash Update 1.0

If you've been worried about the recent discovery of a security flaw called Shellshock in the bash UNIX shell, you can rest easier. Apple released OS X bash Update 1.0 to fix the issue, which made it possible for a remote attacker to execute...

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08:30
Those idiot kids who were bending iPhone 6s have (...

Yesterday a video of two teenagers going into an Apple Store and forcibly bending an iPhone 6 spread with lightning speed across the internet. Apparently the heat has gotten to the teens, as one of them has issued a profane and half hearted, though...

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08:25
Apple Watch to be managed by a dedicated iPhone app...


As part of an extensive hands-on by Ariel Adams, the piece shines some light on how the Apple Watch is controlled and managed. At the media event, Apple showed a wide variety of watch apps … but did not mention how they get onto the watch itself.
Adams’ post says that users download Apple Watch apps through a central hub app on the iPhone. Rather than having an App Store UI on a tiny watch screen, users install content on the device from their phone. This is similar to how iPods are managed via the iTunes app on a Mac or PC.
Apple Watch users will install an Apple Watch app on their iPhone, which will be used to download apps onto the watch as well as likely manage Apple Watch settings. A user’s iPhone is also used to help with computational demands. Apple cleverly pushes a lot of...

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08:02
How to Test Bash for Shellshock Vulnerabilities

If you’ve been looking for a comprehensive set of tests to determine whether a given installation of Bash — on OS X or another Unix-based system — is vulnerable to Shellshock, here are the tests we’ve settled on. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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08:00
Visio webcast on October 7: Leveraging Visio—...

Two of the most significant techniques to enhance the value of a Microsoft Visio diagram are to incorporate data and to create hyperlinks to external locations.
This session is a deep dive into hyperlinking and will demonstrate some of the more subtle but incredibly useful features of Visio hyperlinking. Not only will you learn how to link a Visio shape to a Word document, you will also learn how to build a link that takes the reader to a specific word or phrase in that document. You’ll learn similar tricks for Excel and PowerPoint, as well as how to create hyperlinks that automatically generate a pre-addressed email message.
You will also learn how to leverage the data in your diagrams by creating and running reports. In the final segment you will learn multiple techniques for sharing your Visio diagrams with people who don’t have Visio.
Presented by Scott Helmers, MVP, Harvard Computing Group.
Attend this session and...

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08:00
Introducing the Enterprise Social Resource Center

It’s no secret that social networking has fundamentally changed the way we connect and communicate in our personal lives. Now, social is transforming the way we work by enabling businesses to tap into the power of human networks.
Earlier this year, we shared our vision for the future of work: to empower companies to work like a network. To build on this vision, we’re excited to announce the launch of the Enterprise Social Resource Center, a library of educational resources designed to help business leaders and decision makers better understand the value of enterprise social. Bringing together white papers, e-books, infographics, customer success stories—and lots more—into a single location, the Enterprise Social Resource Center is a...

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08:00
OneNote lends a helping hand

Today’s post about OneNote was written by Jean White, who collaborated with Steven Luker to share his story. 
Steven Luker is an avid OneNote user. At first glance, though, his situation might seem very different from most people. Because of cerebral palsy, he uses a wheelchair, is non-verbal and has full use of only one arm.
When Steven shared with us how he uses technology to solve a lot of the problems he deals with, something became evident: Steven is a lot like everyone else. He’s a busy guy, juggling home life, a startup and involvement his church and in the tech community—and he needs a way to keep track of everything. He found a way to use OneNote to support him and his tricks can help you too.
OneNote is the quickest way for Steven to make notes that he can easily retrieve from his computer, iPad, a web browser or his Windows Phone. Notes are also a great way for him to communicate with people. He can type up notes ahead of time—like a...

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08:00
Apple accused of receiving illegal state aid in...

Apple's alleged exploitation of a tax ruling in Ireland is getting some attention from the European Commission. In a preliminary finding that labels the treatment the company has been receiving "state aid," Apple and several other large companies,...

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07:58
Belkin revamps Express Dock; adds Thunderbolt 2, 4k...

Accessory manufacturer Belkin today introduced the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD with cable, a cross-platform docking solution designed for both OS X and Windows-based computers. Equipped with two Thunderbolt 2 ports, the new dock allows users to take full advantage of Thunderbolt 2 technology's high-speed 20Gbps bandwidth, and provides reliable transfers between laptops and up to eight other devices connected through the dock using one single Thunderbolt cable. ...

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07:55
Opinion: Why the iPhone 6 bends and why it wouldn’t...

Last week, #BendGate took the Internet by storm. I’m sure you’re all familiar with it by now, but if not, BendGate was created from an alleged bending issue with Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus. There’s a specific weak point on the inside of the chassis right beneath the volume buttons that allows it to bend very easily with pressure added in the right place. To most, it may seem like a non-issue, but a single video sparked one of the biggest viral moments this year in tech…
Lewis Hilsenteger from Unbox Therapy published the video that I’ve embedded below this article and that’s when it all got worse. In the video,...

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07:54
4 Cool iOS 8 Photo Extension Apps

iOS 8 opened the door for developers to share features with other apps and one place that really shines is Photos. Developers are updating their apps to take advantage of iOS 8's new Extensions feature, and we put together a list of some of our early favorites for working with your photos.

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07:52
Rumor: Apple Watch manufacturing to begin in January...

With the Apple Watch set to debut in early 2015, a new rumor suggests the company plans to begin manufacturing its upcoming wearable device in January, and that Taiwan's Quanta Computer will exclusively handle that responsibility.

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07:39
China’s iPhone 6 approval is good for Apple, bad for...

Not everyone who waited in long lines outside Apple stores earlier this month was buying a new iPhone for themselves. Many of those buyers were plunking down cash and then hopping flights to China to resell the new devices. But after the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were finally cleared for sale in China a month after launching, it looks the party’s over for black market sellers—though the launch will likely send Apple’s revenue soaring.It’s tough to tell how many of the 10 million-plus iPhones Apple sold in three days were churned for a profit in China, but buyers were willing to pay $1,300 or much, much more for the device rather than go without. Now that China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has approved both iPhones, which go on sale Oct. 17, Chinese buyers who waited will pay significantly less—the iPhone 6 starts at 5288 yuan, or $860.57. Both...

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07:51
Quanta Reportedly Wins Exclusive Contract for Apple...

China's Apple Daily has reportedly discovered that Quanta Computer has just landed the exclusive contract to manufacture the Apple Watch.

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07:49
Colette event gives public behind-glass glimpse at...

Today's Apple Watch event at Colette mostly involves units running on demo loop behind locked glass, visitors say. Members of the press are being allowed to wear the product, but even then, the hardware is still running on loop. Apple is also declining to provide any more information on specifications, pricing, or a launch date....

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07:42
Apps: FotoMagico, Mailplane, BusyCal
07:27
Output Factory for InDesign gets maintenance upgrade

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has announced Output Factory 1.510, a maintenance update to its professional solution to automate output from Adobe InDesign.
Output Factory automates printing, exporting and post-processing from InDesign and offers batch output, variable file names, layer versioning, preflighting, detailed history and more. The new version improves handling of variable file names as well as web resources folders created during HTML export.
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07:27
Article: iLounge’s Top iPhone 6 + iPhone 6 Plus Case...

Dozens of new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cases have arrived at our offices over the past month — some of them preceding the official releases of the iPhones themselves. We’ve been busy testing all of them, and now that we’ve seen what most of the major iPhone case makers have done this generation — hint: modest updates to their prior designs — we can offer some guidance on the best current options out there. iLounge is recommending…

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07:24
PDFKey Pro for Mac OS X updated to version 4.0

Briksoftware has announced PDFKey Pro 4.0 (http://pdfkey.com) for OS X and Windows.
PDFKey Pro is a utility that locks and unlocks password-protected PDF documents. You can lock PDF files by creating perfect copies. Users may protect with either (or both), a viewing password and a password to restrict usage permissions and more.
PDFKey Pro requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher It costs $24.99. A demo is available for download.

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07:20
Mass Production of Apple Watch Reportedly Slated for...

Apple is reportedly finalizing the details on its upcoming Apple Watch as it prepares to begin mass production of the device ahead of its launch early next year. Mass production of the smartwatch device may begin January 2015, reports Taiwanese news source AppleDaily (via G For Games). According to the news report, Apple is working only with long-time manufacturing partner Quanta to produce the device. This contradicts an earlier report suggesting Quanta would be handling the bulk of the production with Inventec supplementing the supply.Quanta has allegedly received Apple’s heads-up and has begun making preparations (which involve increasing its worker head count to 4 million). Even more, it is said that Apple and Quanta have entered a deal which prohibits the Taiwanese...

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07:18
VisionTek introduces USB charging hubs for Macs, PCs...

VisionTek Products (http://www.visiontek.com) has announced its new line of high power USB charging hubs that enable charging up to seven Apple iPad, iPhone, Android and Windows tablets, and other USB chargeable mobile devices.
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07:17
Supply chain rumor says Quanta kicking off Apple...

Apple has already previewed the Apple Watch at this month’s iPhone event and the unreleased wearable is currently on display in Paris’s Collette, but Apple hasn’t shared specific availability details for the Apple Watch beyond saying ‘early 2015′. A rumor from the Asian supply chain shared by Apple Daily (via GforGames) claims Quanta Computer out of Taiwan will kick off mass production for the Watch for Apple in January 2015…...

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07:05
Jony Ive Hobnobs with Karl Lagerfeld and Anna...

Apple's CEO Tim Cook tweeted earlier today that it was "Amazing to see the excited crowds today in Paris to preview Apple Watch for the first time ....

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07:00
Evercore raises Apple price target to $125, sees...

Bigger iPhone 6 screens are likely to result in a bigger upgrade cycle for Apple, in the eyes of Evercore Partners, which increased its price target to $125 on Tuesday and advised investors to buy in.

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07:00
Fashion boutique Colette shows off Apple Watch

The world of fashion and the world of Apple collide today in Paris at the famed Colette fashion boutique. Rather than a runway walk of skinny models wearing the latest couturier styles, Apple and Colette are showing off next year's fashion -- the...

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06:43
Decade-old Apple versus Real will see trial,...

The new judge on the Apple versus Real anti-trust case has declared that there is enough evidence to go to trial, after nine years of litigation and a judge's retirement during the process. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has ordered a trial after an earlier pre-trial conference, finding that Real attorneys have presented enough evidence to show that Apple created a monopoly with its FairPlay DRM, which then allowed the Cupertino manufacturer to overcharge customers....

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06:39
News: European magazine gets blacklisted by Apple...

Europe’s best-selling computer magazine, Computer Bild, has been blacklisted by Apple PR after posting a video of an iPhone 6 Plus being bent by one of its journalists. In a response to an inquiry from the magazine regarding the build quality of the iPhone 6 Plus, a manager from Apple’s German PR branch responded by telling Computer Bild that they will no longer receive any testing devices nor invitations to Apple events. While the video…

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06:38
Seek Thermal turns your iPhone into a thermographic...

There’s no shortage of camera accessories for the iPhone these days with interchangeable mount lenses and countless apps for mastering smartphone photography, and now you can buy Seek Thermal’s smartphone attachment to transform your iPhone into an actual thermographic camera. Seek Thermal is a thermal camera with a true thermal sensor that connects to your iPhone through the Lightning connection with a chalcogenide lens and vanadium oxide microbolometer. What does all of that mean? Your iPhone can detect heat and energy through darkness and physical surfaces, and not with fake filters or trickery....

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06:33
Velvetwire Unveils First Smart USB Charger Powered...

Smart energy company Velvetwire today announced Powerslayer Blu, the latest addition to its Powerslayer lineup of USB chargers. This new model offers Bluetooth low energy (BLE) connectivity and is compatible with Apple's HomeKit technology rolling out with iOS 8. Apple's vision for HomeKit is to make it easy for developers to allow users to control and interact with accessories around the home, leveraging BLE for energy-efficient communications. "We are proud to be among the first group of companies to produce HomeKit-compatible devices," said Eric Bodnar, co-founder and CEO at Velvetwire. "By integrating Bluetooth technology into the Powerslayer, we're offering customers a new way to interact with their devices and be part of Apple's HomeKit. Velvetwire is committed to developing intelligent, energy-...

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06:21
Spotify music streaming service finally launches in...

Spotify announced today that it’s finally expanding into Canada giving Canucks access to the music streaming service that was previously available in the UK, US and a long list of other European and South American countries.
The official announcement comes from Spotify’s blog following a beta period in the country in which the company invited select users to sign-up and try out the service.
Canadians that download the Spotify app will be able to access the service’s usual “fully licensed free tier.” That includes the ability to “shuffle play on mobile or play any song on tablet or desktop,” but users can also pay $10 CAD per month for the unlimited, on-demand experience with the...

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06:16
News: “Reset All Settings” in iOS 8 may also erase...

A serious bug has been reported with the “Reset All Settings” option in iOS 8 that may result in at least some iCloud Drive based documents being deleted. According to several MacRumors readers, using the option found under Settings, General, Reset has caused documents to be permanently removed from iCloud Drive across all other iOS devices. The “Reset All Settings” option has been around since the early versions of iOS, and…

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06:02
News: Apple’s tax deal in Ireland may be illegal...

Special tax deals granted to Apple in Ireland may in fact be illegal, according to a new Wall Street Journal report. European Union regulators indicated that the tax deals in question “constituted illegal state support for the companies.” In a letter to the Irish government, regulators stated that they had reached the “preliminary view” that the tax deals with Apple from 1991 and 2007 technically constituted state aid, in that…

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06:00
How to Turbocharge Your iOS 8 Web-Surfing Experience


Think iOS 8 is just an expanded version of iOS 7? Take a closer look, and you might think again. For owners of iPhone models from the 4s to the 6 Plus, Apple has introduced not only improvements to familiar features but some altogether new -- and cool -- functionality. Best of all, it's all free. There's something for everyone in this version. Even if you're not quite ready to trade up, iOS 8 will make it seem like you have a new phone again. Here's your guide to the most useful and welcome iOS 8 changes for accessing the mobile Web.

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06:00
Flickr Find: The original Apple Watch

Here is an "original" Apple Watch straight from the markets of Malaysia. The smart-looking watch was purchased, photographed and shared on Flickr by Cameron Talley....

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05:59
Initial iPhone 6 Plus benchmarks show lower FPS rate...

In spite of some nifty new hardware, the iPhone 6 Plus may in fact generate a lower frames per second rate than the iPhone 6 or iPhone 5s handsets when it comes to rendering 2D and 3D graphics at its native resolution.
Per AppleInsider, a set of GFXBench 3.0 GPU benchmarks published in an initial reviews of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus showed moderate to significant GPU improvements over iPhone 5s across the board.
However, one of the benchmark’s developers, Eszter Szilva, stated that the current, public version of the app did not yet support the native resolutions of the new models’ displays. Kishonti provided a prerelease GFXBench version 3.0.2 that does. The benchmark app should be released publicly soon, but the developer shared a prerelease copy to complement benchmark scores.
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05:58
News: Apple releases first iOS 8.1 beta to developers

Apple has released the first beta of iOS 8.1 to registered developers. The latest version features a build number of 12B401 and appears to contain mostly minor tweaks and fixes, including the ability to disable Dictation independently from Siri, and a renaming of “Recently Added” photos back to “Camera Roll.” A report from MacRumors also notes that the beta includes hidden settings for Apple Pay as well as underlying code for…

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05:55
Want to get the feel of your own Apple Watch today?...

Ok, a solid chunk of plastic might not be very functional, and the finish doesn’t quite compare with that of the real thing, but if you’re really keen to get a sense of what the Apple Watch might be like on your wrist – and which of the two sizes might be right for you – you can now create a 3D-printed model.
Concept designer Martin Hajek is offering “highly detailed” 3D-printing models compatible with most 3D printers, including Makerbot and Ultimaker. The models include both 38mm and 42mm sizes so you can see which best fits your wrist.
The download file will cost you 35 bucks. If you don’t have your own 3D printer, you may be able to find one near you thanks to companies like...

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05:52
Apple Watch hands-on: The wristwatch just caught up...

Terrific post, clearly written by someone with a deep understanding of this space.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:47
Belkin announces new Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock for...



Belkin today introduced the latest generation of its popular Thunderbolt dock for Mac and PC bringing with it Thunderbolt 2 technology and other improved specs. In total, the new Thunderbolt dock will allow you to connect 8 separate devices with support for daisy-chaining up to an additional four Thunderbolt devices. Those are similar specs to the first generation dock (now reduced to $199/...

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05:45
Jony Ive, Marc Newson showcase Apple Watch to...

The Apple Watch has attracted some of fashion's biggest names to its one-day-only showing at Parisian boutique Colette, with industry icons like Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld turning up to get a look at Apple's long-awaited foray into the wearable device market.

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05:43
Seek Thermal releases affordably priced thermal...

If you’re looking for an affordable thermal camera for your iOS device, it may be en route sooner or later.
Per VentureBeat, Santa Barbara, Calif.-based company Seek Thermal launched an affordable thermal camera for for iOS and Android devices on September 25 priced at a consumer-friendly US$199. The camera attachment is now available for purchase through Seek’s website as well as Amazon.
Unlike normal cameras which use light to form images, thermal cameras have special lenses and sensors that capture heat and construct images based on the variations they pick up on. The company expects the camera to be used mostly for safety and security (it can help you spot someone hiding), home improvement (it can help you detect energy leaks), boating (it can help you spot floating debris in the dark), and for finding animals and pets in the...

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05:43
Daily Deal: Get the Icon Bluetooth Speaker for only...

Today in iLounge Deals you can grab a handy little portable Bluetooth speaker for a great price of only $19.99—80% off the regular price. The Icon Bluetooth Speaker is a small, mobile speaker that packs a sonic punch, and provides a 30 foot wireless range and a rechargeable battery that provides four hours of playback on a single charge. The Icon also sports a built-in mic and speakerphone function to place and receive calls from your iPhone.…

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05:40
Ebay to spin off PayPal, adopting strategy backed by...

New York Times:

EBay said on Tuesday that it would spin off its PayPal payments unit into a separate publicly traded company, taking a step the activist hedge fund magnate Carl C. Icahn first demanded nine months ago.

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05:33
EU Ready to Detail Apple Ireland Tax Investigation,...

An ongoing European Union investigation into Ireland's tax deal with Apple is about to become a little clearer because documents detailing exactly what the European Commission is looking into are about to be released. The Commission has been questioning the amount Apple pays in taxes in Ireland but until now hasn't clarified specifically what it is investigating.

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05:31
∞ On Apple’s Irish tax issue

A few days ago, an article appeared in the Financial Times (paywall) alluding to a ruling by the European Commission that Apple benefited from a favorable Irish tax rate:

Apple will be accused of prospering from illegal tax deals with the Irish government for more than two decades when Brussels this week unveils details of a probe that could leave the iPhone maker with a record fine of as much as several billions of euros.

Today, the PDF of the ruling itself was posted. If you really want to understand the nature of the European Commission’s ruling, this document is the place to go. It is well-written (though...

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05:25
News: iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus hit China Oct. 17, pre...

Apple has announced that its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in China starting on Friday, Oct. 17. Pre-orders start a week earlier, on Oct. 10. The two new iPhones have been released in a number of countries since the initial launch on Sept. 19, but the Chinese release was delayed for regulatory reasons, making it unclear when the phones would be available. According to Reuters, Apple received approval for selling the devices after addressing…

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05:17
Foxconn Striving to Hire More Workers to meet iPhone...

A new report out of Taiwan today states that strong demand for Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is pushing Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) to restart large-scale hiring at its plants in Shenzhen and Zhengzhou China, according to upstream supply chain sources.

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05:00
iPhone 6 models to go on sale in China on October 17

Apple early on Tuesday issued a press release announcing that both new iPhone 6 models will go on sale in China beginning on Friday, October 17. Pre-orders will naturally begin one week earlier on Friday, October 10.

"We are thrilled to bring...

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04:59
Basis Peak fitness tracker launches with touchscreen...

Basis, producers of the B1 fitness tracker, has unveiled its first wearable device since its acquisition by Intel. The Peak is a fitness and sleep tracker which builds upon its predecessor by replacing the collection of buttons and display with a larger touch-enabled screen, as well as upgrading the rear-mounted heart rate tracker to the point where Basis suggests it could replace a chest-strap monitor completely....

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04:44
Belkin announces Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD

Belkin (www.belkin.com) has introduced the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD with cable, a docking solution for both Mac and PC computers.
Equipped with two Thunderbolt 2 ports, it allows users to take full advantage of Thunderbolt 2 technology’s high-speed 20Gbps bandwidth, and provides transfers between laptops and up to eight other devices using one single Thunderbolt cable. It sports eight ports including support for HDMI, USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, audio and Thunderbolt 2.
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04:42
Apple Fixes Shellshock In OS X

jones_supa (887896) writes Apple has released the OS X Bash Update 1.0 for OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion, a patch that fixes the "Shellshock" bug in the Bash shell. Bash, which is the default shell for many Linux-based operating systems, has been updated two times to fix the bug, and many Linux distributions have already issued updates to their users. When installed on an OS X Mavericks system, the patch upgrades the Bash shell from version 3.2.51 to version 3.2.53. The update requires the OS X 10.9.5, 10.8.5, or 10.7.5 updates to be installed on the system first. An Apple representative told Ars Technica that OS X Yosemite, the upcoming version of OS X, will receive the patch later. ...

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04:31
Apple provides facts & figures to support “...

After Tim Cook recently claimed at an environmental conference that its new ‘Spaceship’ headquarters would be “the greenest building on the planet,” Apple today provided (via Business Insider) a few illustrative facts and figures to support the claim.

For example, Cupertino law requires that construction sites reuse at least 75% of their demolished materials. Apple says it’s using over 90% of the old headquarters in building the new one.

This includes recycling all of the concrete from its present headquarters to form part of the foundations of the new campus. Trees cleared from the construction site are being turned into...

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04:30
Prepare a perfectly timed presentation with Video...

If you've ever had to give a timed presentation, be it for educational or professional purposes, you probably know how difficult it is to rehearse and get all of your points across in exactly the right amount of time. Video Pitch wants to give you a...

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04:28
Apple's iPhone 6 goes on Sale in China October...

According to a new report this morning, the iPhone 6 will be available for sale in China starting on Oct 17, after rigorous regulatory scrutiny which led Apple to reassure the Chinese government that their new smartphones didn't have security "backdoors" through which U.S. agencies can access users' data. Apple won approval ...

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04:09
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus finally approved for sale in...

Both models have cleared all regulatory hurdles and will be available for pre-order on October 10th and in Chinese Apple Stores on October 17th.
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04:01
QuickBooks 2015 16.0.0.1352 R1 - Financial...

QuickBooks 2015 helps you manage your business easily and efficiently. Organize your finances all in one place, track money going in and out of your business, and spot areas where you can save. Create invoices and track sales Easily create invoices and sales receipts to keep track of who owes you money, what they bought, and when they paid you. Bill for your time and expenses With just a few clicks, you can log hours, bill clients, and add reimbursement expenses to your invoices. Built for your Mac You can keep track of important dates with iCal/Calendar integration and import Address Book/Contacts into QuickBooks to maintain up-to-date contact information.Version 16.0.0.1352 R1:

  • Introductory sale: $50 off! $299.95 Only $249.95!
  • Track your expenses - Know where your money is going with the Expense Tracker. Get an overview of your orders, what you owe, and what you've been paid....

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04:00
Consumers Fed Up With Data Breaches


Consumers are beginning to lose their patience with the custodians of their personal information. Survey results from 2,000 consumers released last week by HyTrust, suggest that 51 percent of those polled would bolt from any business involved in a data breach that compromised personal information such as address, Social Security number or credit card details. Suspicions have been growing among consumers that businesses aren't doing enough to protect the data they eagerly collect from their customers, said HyTrust President Eric Chiu.

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04:00
Scribbleton Has a Ton of Potential


Scribbleton is a very infant -- as in alpha -- release of an innovative note-taking app for Linux that provides cross-platform access with Windows and Apple computers. It creates a personal wiki for storing everything from quick notes to detailed checklists to outlines. It creates links between pages in Scribbleton. Think of this as an easy-to-use database to create links between words, phrases and pages. You can just as easily use Scribbleton to store snippets or volumes of text and quickly locate cross-referenced information.

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03:59
Gartner: over 20% of enterprises will deploy digital...

By year-end 2017, over 20% of enterprises will have digital security services devoted to protecting business initiatives using devices and services in the Internet of Things, according to Gartner (www.gartner.com)/ Business cases using Internet of Things (IoT) devices already exist and their role in business and industry will force enterprises to secure them, according to the research group.
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03:46
Apple Granted 34 Patents Today Covering an Advanced...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 34 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a single patent regarding a possible future infrared system for iOS cameras. On one hand the technology could turn your iOS device into a kind of automated tour guide for museums or cityscapes as well as eventually being an automatic retail clerk providing customers with price, availability and product information. It's an angle that might work very well with "Apple Pay" in the future. On the other hand, ...

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03:31
iMazing is new iPhone manager Mac, PC

DigiDNA Sarl has released iMazing (http://imazing.com), iPhone management software for Mac and PC systems. Replacing DiskAid, it's compatible with the new iPhone 6 line and iOS 8.
The app adds iOS music transfer both ways and allows users to recover data. iMazing sports a clone feature designed to simplify the upgrade process to a new iPhone. In a couple of clicks all data, apps, contents and settings are transferred to any iOS device. As data is only being transferred locally, the data contained in backup remains on your computer.
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03:26
Apple’s Irish tax arrangements explained as company...

Two days after the Financial Times reported that the European Commission was about to come down hard on Apple’s alleged deal with the Irish government to reduce its tax liabilities, Apple has made a statement to Business Insider claiming that it has received “no selective treatment.”

Apple is proud of its long history in Ireland and the 4,000 people we employ in Cork. They serve our customers through manufacturing, tech support and other important functions. Our success in Europe and around the world is the result of hard work and innovation by our employees, not any special arrangements with the government. Apple has received no selective treatment from Irish officials over the years. We’re subject to the same tax laws as the...

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03:26
Samsung Supplying Apple with Panels for iPad Air 2...

Samsung will supply Apple with displays for the second-generation iPad Air and the 12.9-inch 'iPad Pro' starting later this year, reports Korean-news outlet inews24 (via Digitimes). The Korean company will begin manufacturing the displays in the coming months, as the panels are said to feature IPS technology similar to Apple's current line of iPads. Physical mockup of the second-generation iPad Air If the report is legitimate, it is likely that Apple will have a steady supply of panels for its first batch of iPad Air 2 units, which may launch in time for the upcoming holiday shopping season. Some reports have also claimed that the 12.9-inch iPad Pro could be released in early...

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03:24
MacWise is ready for OS X Yosemite

Carnation Software has released MacWise version 14.2.5, an update to its terminal emulation software for the Mac. The upgrade is compatible with the upcoming Mac OS X Yosemite.
MacWise (www.macwise.com) allows a Mac to be used as a terminal, connected to a host computer directly, by modem, local area network or over the Internet with telnet or ssh secure shell. The app emulates ADDS Viewpoint, Wyse 50, Wyse 60, Wyse 370, Televideo TV 925, DEC VT100, VT220 and Prism terminals.
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02:37
Apple Watch is about more than technology: It's...

As he concluded the inaugural iPad event back in January 2010, Steve Jobs summed up Apple’s mission in a single slide. Two street signs were labeled Technology and Liberal Arts, and he explained that Apple operates at the intersection. With Apple Watch, Apple seems to have added a new cross-street: fashion.
Where good looks have always been somewhat secondary to Apple devices usability, the company’s first wearable is all about style, so much so that for its first public appearance Apple chose one of the hippest boutiques in Paris during Fashion Week, not the Apple Store at Carrousel du Louvre.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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02:45
Hands-on with Places, Waze’s latest feature

Community-powered navigation app Waze got a major update on Monday, which introduces a new feature for sharing info about destinations. Dubbed Places, drivers can share information about local businesses and residences with other Waze users, providing tips and photos of places they’ve visited. 

With Places, users share photos and tips about locations with other drivers.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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03:00
Intel-owned Basis announces new iOS-compatible ‘Peak...


Basis, a company backed by Intel, has announced a new smart watch compatible with iOS devices that places a focus on health and fitness applications. The device is capable of keeping track of several health-related data points, such as steps, calories, heart rate, prespiration, the temperature of your skin, and in-depth information about your sleep habits.
The Peak doesn’t yet support basic smart watch features like email and text notifications, but Basis says those functions will come in a future software update.
The company says that the device will be available by the holidays, meaning it will beat Apple’s own market entry to shelves. Pricing information hasn’t been revealed yet. You can see photos and the full press release for the Peak below:
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02:40
European Union Accuses Ireland of Giving Apple...

The European Commission today announced the results of its formal investigation into Apple's tax arrangements in Ireland, accusing the company of receiving illegal state aid from the country, reports The Wall Street Journal. In its findings, the regulatory body stated that deals between Apple and Ireland struck in 1991 and 2007 helped Irish authorities "confer a selective advantage upon Apple" that resulted in a lowering of its tax liability. The Commission also added that Apple's increase in sales for its business in Ireland appear to be inconsistent when related to comparable operating costs that would come with growth. Furthermore, the Commission notes that there was a reported increase in "sales income" by 415%, but states that most of the profit-generating work was done elsewhere. Accordingly, the Commission's of the opinion that through those rulings the Irish...

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02:13
European Commission finds Ireland's tax deal...

In an official preliminary finding published on Tuesday, the European Union's antitrust watchdog said it believes Apple is receiving special treatment from Ireland in the form of tax agreements, a situation that constitutes state aid and could therefore be viewed as illegal.

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02:06
1Password 5 Touches New Heights in iOS 8

The new 1Password 5 app puts password security at your fingertip in iOS 8 through extensions and Touch ID integration. Glenn Fleishman walks you through the new features and explains how to take advantage of them, something that’s not always obvious. 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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01:38
Apple Granted a Killer Interactive Holographic...

Apple's first invention relating to a 3D holographic display was back in 2008. Today the US Patent and Trademark Office officially published Apple's second granted patent in this field but takes it to a whole new level aiming for an interactive holographic display for Macs and iDevices like an iPhone or iPad. Apple notes in their granted patent that ...

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01:30
Apple Watch Makes First Public Appearance at...

As indicated by an announcement yesterday, Apple has teamed up with Parisian fashion boutique Colette to show off the Apple Watch at the retailer's gallery on Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris for today only. The special event marks the first public appearance for the Apple Watch since being announced last month at a media event, as a long line began forming around Colette's before the event started at 11 AM local time. According to Engadget, Colette is displaying both the 38mm and 42mm versions of the Apple Watch to the public, while MacGeneration (...

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01:23
Apple Will Launch iPhone 6 in China on October 17th...

Apple announced Tuesday that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will go on sale in China on October 17th. The company had faced regulatory hurdles and scrutiny over security concerns from the Chinese government-according to Reuters, those concerns had been addressed to China's satisfaction.

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01:07
Apple patents glasses-free interactive holographic...

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for an advanced device display that uses lasers, micro lenses and sensors to not only output a three-dimensional holographic image, but detect how a user interacts with it in real time.

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00:29
Belkin's Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD adds...

While the notoriously cost-conscious PC market hasn’t embraced Thunderbolt technology yet, you can’t buy a brand-new Mac from Apple without it having at least one Thunderbolt port. Thunderbolt’s versatility means that Apple can keep its computers slim and the ports to a minimum—with the right cables or adapters, a Thunderbolt port can connect devices that use FireWire 800, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, and Ethernet.
The problem arises when you need all those connections at the same time. A versatile dock like Belkin’s just-announced Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD, while seemingly pricey at $300, could mean the difference between getting along with a MacBook Air (two USB ports and one Thunderbolt) or an iMac (four USB and two Thunderbolt...

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Monday September 29

23:10
Apple Pay, iPad with Touch ID references found in...

Inside the just-released iOS 8.1 beta for developers are various clues to future Apple products and services, according to developer Hamza Sood. He uncovered settings menus for Apple Pay as well as references to an iPad that includes Touch ID -- both expected additions in forthcoming versions of iOS and iPad models, respectively. A further find of Apple Pay for the iPad appears to offer only online-buying or in-app purchasing support....

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22:29
Despite faster A8, higher pixel count of iPhone 6...

With 2.1 million pixels, the Retina HD resolution of iPhone 6 Plus demands a lot more GPU performance than either iPhone 6 or iPhone 5s to render 2D and 3D graphics at its native resolution, resulting in benchmarks with--in some cases--lower frames per second rendering results in native resolution GPU tests.

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21:44
Apple to Launch iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in China...

Apple has announced that it will be begin selling the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus beginning Friday, October 17. The devices will be available through Apple's online store and retail locations in China and will also be sold at China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom stores. Customers in China will be able to pre-order the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus beginning Friday, October 10. “We are thrilled to bring iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to our customers in China on all three carriers at launch,” said Apple’s CEO Tim Cook. “With support for TD-LTE and FDD-LTE, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus customers will have access to high-speed mobile networks from China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom for an incredible experience.” Earlier today, it was revealed that Apple had...

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21:34
Update: iPhone 6, 6 Plus approved in China, debuts...

[Update: Apple official announcement reveals China debut of iPhone 6, 6 Plus on October 17] The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have now finally been cleared by the country's regulatory agency for sale in China, and will formally debut on October 17, Apple says. According to Bloomberg, the holdup was apparently over some privacy concerns brought up by Chinese authorities. The company agreed to make some changes, which may or may not be included in the forthcoming iOS 8.1 beta, and received the clearance to use Chinese LTE and 3G networks.......

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19:59
Mac DVDRipper Pro 5.0.1 - Copy, backup, and convert...

Mac DVDRipper Pro is the DVD backup solution that lets you protect your DVDs from scratches, save your batteries by reading your movies from your hard disk, manage your collection with just a few clicks, time-shift your rental, backup your DVD collection, and much more! Mac DVDRipper Pro allows you to copy all your DVDs on your Mac so you can easily view them without having to spend your battery on spinning you optical drive. Mac DVDRipper Pro analyzes the DVD and uses intelligent algorithms to ensure proper rips. It is the best at what it does, at an unbeatable price! You can try it for free before buying, Mac DVDRipper Pro will work without any limitations for your first 5 rips. When using the disc image mode, you can also burn directly to another DVD from the application.Version 5.0.1:

  • Fixed an issue which resulted in missing subtitles
  • Fixed a bug that prevented converting some titles
  • Fixed an issue with incorrect audio track selection...

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19:40
Apple-owned Beats sues man claiming to be brand co-...

According to new court filings, Apple-owned Beats is suing Roam and Jibe Audio founder Steven Lamar for false advertisements and unfair competition after Lamar posted numerous times on social media and his own company's website that he was a "co-founder" of Beats alongside Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. While Lamar does have a legitimate connection to the headphone maker, and collects a royalty on certain models of Beats headphones, Beats says in its filing that Lamar has "never had any ownership interest" in the audio products company.......

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19:00
Review: ActvContent Sync Smartband

Smartbands of all sorts are hitting the market. Some build on the buzz around fitness trackers, while others offer simpler features for specific needs. Once such band is the ActvContent Sync Smartband, a wrist worn device that allows the tracking of the wearing through a smartphone or quick access to medical information in the case of an emergency. But does the ActvContent Sync offer enough to warrant a purchase, or would users be better off spending money on something with more features? Find out in our review....

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18:52
Apple Pay settings menu, reference to iPad with...

As some expected, Apple's latest iOS 8.1 beta build contains assets for the upcoming Apple Pay mobile payments service, including hidden settings menus and references to an iPad with Touch ID fingerprint recognition.

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18:51
iPhone 6 finally approved for sale in China...


Earlier this month it was discovered that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus would be delayed in China due to regulatory hold ups when Chinese authorities decided that they were not pleased with the current state of security on iOS. According to...

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18:34
iOS 8.1 Carries Hidden Settings for Apple Pay,...

The first beta of iOS 8.1 seeded earlier today has not yet revealed a significant number of changes visible to regular users, but developer Hamza Sood has managed to uncover several interesting hidden settings and strings from the new version. First, Sood shares a screenshot of a hidden Settings pane for Apple Pay inside. The pane will allow users to manage their entered credit and debit cards linked to Apple Pay, as well as define their default card, billing and shipping address, email, and phone. The Settings screen for Apple Pay also links to a privacy disclosure outlining how the user's card and device information and location may be sent back to Apple and perhaps passed on to the card issuer to determine eligibility and detect possible fraud. Apple Pay will allow users to easily authenticate payments to...

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18:33
Apple Pay settings page and iPad Touch ID references...

According to newly surfaced screenshots of a modified version of the recently released iOS 8.1 beta, it appears that the upcoming iPad line will have some amount of Apple Pay capability and a Touch ID sensor to match. Additionally, screenshots of a hidden Passbook settings page have surfaced showing what it might look like when adding a credit card for use with Apple Pay.

The above screenshots come via Hamza Sood, and include one of the “About Apple Pay and Privacy” page as well. We’ve embedded the full transcript below. As for the screenshot on the left, there’s an option for adding a credit card or debit card, choosing your...

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18:30
Apple OS X bash Update 1.0 - Fix for security flaw...

The OS X bash Update fixes a security flaw in the bash UNIX shell on OS X 10.9.5 (also on OS X 10.8 and 10.7 [see Related Links below]).

  • OS X 10.9.5 or later
  • Downloads for OS X 10.8 and OS X 10.7 in Related Links below

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18:27
Apple's iPhone 6 to arrive in China on Oct. 17...

Apple's latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones will hit the important Chinese market on Oct. 10, as the country's regulatory agency in charge of communications issued a license to start devices sales Tuesday local time.

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17:43
Apple's Beats sues Steven Lamar for claiming...

In a recent court filing, Apple-owned Beats brought suit against Steven Lamar for false advertisements and unfair competition after the audio equipment entrepreneur allegedly misreported his affiliation with the Beats brand in order to boost a new audio enterprise.

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17:18
Apple Watch spotted on display at Colette ahead of...




Several users on Instagram and Twitter have captured photos...

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17:13
Bug in iOS can cause iCloud Drive erasure, report...

A newly-discovered bug in the "Reset All Settings" control in iOS 8 can cause documents stored in the new iCloud Drive to be permanently deleted. The feature is not recommended to be upgraded to until OS X Yosemite has been officially released -- which is expected to happen sometime next month -- but some iOS 8 users who have upgraded prematurely will be at risk of losing files, such as iWork documents stored in the cloud, if they use the "Reset All Settings" troubleshooting feature....

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17:02
Apple Watch Being Displayed at Colette Boutique in...

Ahead of an event planned for tomorrow in conjunction with Apple, Parisian fashion boutique Colette appears to be preparing to show off the Apple Watch at its boutique on Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris. Various photos on Twitter and Instagram show the location displaying the Apple Watch prominently, with different variants of the device being placed in colored ovals. (Image credit: papasoey via Instagram) While it is not known as to what exactly will be shown off at Colette's event tomorrow, hints from the invitation flyer suggest that the Apple Watch will be the highlight. Colette has also been known to be very selective of what makes it into their flagship location, and it is likely that a collaboration with Apple is part of an initiative by the Cupertino company to push...

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17:00
Reviews: ActvContent Sync Smartband

Smartbands of all sorts are hitting the market. Some build on the buzz around fitness trackers, while others offer simpler features for specific needs. Once such band is the ActvContent Sync Smartband, a wrist worn device that allows the tracking of the wearing through a smartphone or quick access to medical information in the case of an emergency. But does ......

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16:18
Apple posts OS X bash Update 1.0

Apple has released OS X bash Update 1.0 for Mac OS X Mavericks.
This update fixes a security flaw in the bash UNIX shell. For more information on the security content of this update, go tohttp://bit.ly/1vqWdf7 .
The security flaw, known in the media as "Shellshock," was discovered last week. Uncovered by security researchers, the exploit in the bash command shell in OS X and Linux could be used to deploy malicious code.

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16:13
Apple files lawsuit against Steven Lamar for calling...


Earlier this year, Steven Lamar, one of the men behind the Beats line of headphones, brought a claim against Apple for cutting him out of the $3 billion deal to buy out the headphones maker. How the Hollywood Reporter says that Beats (and thus Apple) is suing Lamar for claiming that he co-founded the company.
The company says that by marketing his new line of headphones by promoting himself as a “co-founder” of Beats, Lamar is falsely using the Apple subsidiary’s name for false marketing. Furthermore, the company is claiming that various news reports referring to Lamar as a co-founder are misleading. Apple’s lawyers are demanding...

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16:00
iOS 8.0.2 probably not Apple's finest update

So, how did the update to iOS 8.0.2 that was released last Friday go for you? Apple support boards are getting pretty active with people complaining about the update that was "supposed to fix 8.0.1."

A lot of the issues seem to be centered around...

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16:00
Xcode 6.1 beta 3 for OS X Yosemite Now Available

Xcode 6.1 beta 3 for OS X Yosemite Now Available

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16:00
Xcode 6.1 beta 3 for OS X Yosemite Now Available

Xcode 6.1 beta 3 for OS X Yosemite Now Available

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16:00
iOS 8.1 beta Now Available

iOS 8.1 beta Now Available

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16:00
iOS 8.1 beta Now Available

iOS 8.1 beta Now Available

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15:58
3-In-1 Mobile Lens Kit for iPhone 4/4s/5/5s/5c/6/6+...

We have a adel for you on a 3-in-1 Mobile Lens Kit that works with iPhone 4/4s/5/5s/5c/6/6 Plus. It works with many Android devices, too. The kit includes Fish-Eye, Wide Angle, and Macro lenses you attach to your device with an adapter. It retails for $69, but through our deal it's yours for $24.99.

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15:39
Apple reports all iCloud services down for some...

In an update to Apple's online systems status webpage, the company announced ongoing outages of all iCloud services, including account sign-ins, mail, storage and more.

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15:32
All iCloud Services Down for Some Users

Apple's iCloud appears to be down for some users, with many people reporting issues logging into iCloud.com and accessing iCloud content like Mail, Calendar, and Notes. According to Apple's System Status Page, all iCloud services and features are entirely inaccessible for some users, with the outage starting just after 3 PM Pacific Time. The downtime comes just after Apple released an iOS 8.1 update to developers and following news of a significant iCloud Drive bug that causes documents to be deleted when "Reset All Settings" is used on an iOS 8 devices. Apple has not provided a timeline for when access to iCloud services might be restored, but the issue appears to be affecting just a portion of iCloud users, as others are reporting no...

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15:32
Facebook Launches Atlas Ad Network to Sell You...

Facebook announced Atlas Solutions on Monday, an online advertising network that will allow Facebook to profit from your user data in places other than Facebook. With Atlas, Facebook will deliver targeted ads to third party sites and mobile apps, just like Google.

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15:16
Latest iOS 8 bug reportedly causes unwanted deletion...

Adding to Apple's iOS 8 launch troubles, a report on Monday claims the operating system's "Reset All Settings" feature for hardware wiping user preferences also deletes data stored in iCloud Drive.

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15:13
Weather Underground updated with iOS 8 widget...


The popular Weather Underground app has been updated with support for iOS 8’s widgets that sports a lot more data than most weather widgets will give you. The new at-a-glance view in the Notification Center provides a look at current radar images and current weather conditions.
You can grab the free Weather Underground app from the iOS App Store. For even more iOS 8 widgets, check out our recent round-ups of...

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15:13
Apple releases fix for 'Shellshock' Unix...

Although nearly all Mac users are unaffected by the issue Apple has made good on its word to quickly fix a serious security flaw in bash, a Unix shell that comes as part of OS X. Apple acknowledged the problem on Friday, and today released OS X bash update 1.0 for OS X Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8) and Mavericks (10.9). The flaw, known as "Shellshock," could potentially allow users who have set up advanced Unix services that interact with the web to be vulnerable to remote intrusion....

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15:01
PSA: Some Users Reporting Data Loss with iCloud ‘...

Some users are reporting data loss when using the "Reset All Settings" option in iCloud Drive in iOS 8. That feature is designed to reset preferences, and it expressly states, "No data or media will be deleted," but that's exactly what is happening.

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15:00
Apple patches “Shellshock” Bash bug in OS X 10.9, 10...

The patched Bash shell on a system running OS X 10.9.5.

Andrew Cunningham

Apple has just released the OS X Bash Update 1.0 for OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion, a patch that fixes the "Shellshock" bug in the Bash shell that we first reported on last week. Bash, which is the default shell for many Unix and Linux-based operating systems, has been updated two times to fix the Shellshock remote exploit bug, and many Linux distributions have already issued updates to their users.
When installed on an OS X Mavericks system, the patch upgraded the Bash shell from version 3.2.51 to version 3.2....

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15:00
This student's fake Apple ad is just as...

Apple advertisements have their own voice, a mixture of whimsy and technical flourish that makes each one compelling in its own way. Sometimes they're moving, often they're funny, but they're always visually striking. Because the visual elements...

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14:59
Consumer Reports puts iPhone 6 handsets through bend...

The Internet has exploded with images and videos of bent iPhone 6 Plus handsets as well as a viral video of someone deforming the handset with his bare hands. And, with that, Consumer Reports sprang into scientific action to perform actual tests that seem to indicate that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets may be tougher than currently rumored.
Per Consumer Reports, the publication used what’s called a “three-point flexural test,” in which the phone is supported at two points on either end, then force is applied at a third point on the top—you can see the testing for yourself in our video. The group applied and measured the force using a high-precision Instron compression test machine. Along with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, we tested the LG G3, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and HTC One (M8), and for those wondering about their old iPhones, they tested the...

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14:41
Opinion: Why the iPhone 6 camera is only 8 megapixels

By Bob Snow
The iPhone 6 camera has the same 8 megapixel count as the 5s and this has spec-happy geeks bashing the phone. There are compelling reasons for going lower and I will try to lay them out.
Small sensors can suffer when they have a high pixel density. The sites that gather light become very small and they typically sacrifice low light performance. Low light performance gets traded off for higher resolution and even this becomes an issue with small sensors. No matter how high the resolution of the sensor, lens resolution comes into play much more when the sensor is small. If the sensor is small enough, the lens will not have nearly enough resolving power to take advantage of all the pixels. You need a bigger sensor for that. The image can only be as sharp as the light coming from the lens and that will most likely be the limiting factor. Think of a tiny sensor with a trillion pixels. Lens resolution will be the limiting factor.
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14:31
Apple issues first iOS 8.1, Apple TV and Xcode 6.1...

Following last week's two iOS 8 bug fixes, Apple on Monday seeded the first beta of the iOS 8.1 maintenance update to developers, potentially with assets to enable Apple Pay mobile payments service.

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14:30
Raise an army in Rise of Rome

Commanding armies, building a city, and employing strategies to complete a variety of quests are a big part of the action in Rise of Rome. On the quest to create a strong roman empire, players can upgrade their city for defense and upgrade their army...

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14:27
Apple Seeds First iOS 8.1 Beta to Developers

Apple today released the first beta of iOS 8.1 to registered developers for testing purposes, just a few days after the release of iOS 8.0.2, which fixed a bug introduced with iOS 8.0.1. The beta arrives as build number 12B401. Apple has also released a new Apple TV beta and Xcode 6.1 beta 3. iOS 8.1 likely includes several bug fixes for issues in iOS 8, and it also likely includes support for Apple Pay, Apple's mobile payments service that is launching in October. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Property Mogul Recalls Apple Store Fifth Avenue Planning, Says Steve Jobs Wanted 40-Foot CubeJawbone Launches HealthKit-Enabled 'Up' App Featuring Personalized Fitness AdviceiOS 8 Safari Supports Animated PNG Images...

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14:26
Apple’s bad month gets worse with iOS bug that could...


Apple is having a bad month. Sure, the company launched two new iPhones, introduced the world to their first wearable device, and debuted a brand-new NFC payment system, but for everything that went right something somewhere also seems to...

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14:23
First beta version iOS 8.1 hits Apple’s developer...


Apple has just released iOS 8.1 beta 1 on its developer center. The update has a build number of 12B401. As we reportedly earlier, the company is also working on iOS 8.2 and 8.3 for release in the future. The release is available for all iOS 8-compatible devices, including the Apple TV.
We’ll keep this article updated with any new changes discovered in the beta. The release notes are below.

Notes and Known Issues
The following issues relate to...

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14:23
MDC locking up. XSAN 3.1 OSX 10.9.4, MDC Mac Mini

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: MDCMavericksMac MiniXSAN configuration went well. System appears to work well for about a week, then MDC1 will usually freeze up. It appears to fail over to MDC2, but XSAN admin and cvadmin still list MDC1 as hosting. This is usually discovered by clients losing access to volume. It requires a hard shutdown of MDC1 and sometimes MDC2 and reboot of storage to get back. The log files are usually lost in the Hard Boot. Once restarted, everything works ok again for about a week then freezes again.
Any thoughts?

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14:20
About OS X bash Update 1.0

This document describes the security content of OS X bash Update 1.0.

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14:14
Laurene Powell Jobs 28th Wealthiest American, 4th...

Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of the late Steve Jobs, is the 28th wealthiest person in America, and the 4th richest woman. According to Forbes magazine's newest wealth ranking, Mrs. Powell Jobs is worth some $16.6 billion, less than the likes of Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Sheldon Adelson, and Sergey Brin, but more than roughly 313.9 million other people.

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14:11
Opinion: Flexibility Under Stress

By Bob Snow
The new iPhone 6 Plus appears to have a problem. There have been a number of reports of the Plus deforming under a relatively normal mode of use. The phone, when placed in a front pocket for a length of time and stressed, can bend and not return to its original flat form. This is not a problem that can be simply dismissed, nor is it the end of the world. Apple knows how to benefit from the emotion and hype in the lead up to such an important introduction. The downside is that any negative publicity about the product gets similarly amplified. Take a deep breath and let’s look at the ramifications.

Apple relies on profits from phone sales more than any other product line, and the Plus is a costly and very personal product from the perspective of the consumer. There is a lot riding on this, but it could be much worse. I don’t think the problem will effect the 4.7-inch phone,...

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14:00
Hands-on with the Tintag rechargeable item tracker

As part of our continuing coverage of the world of connected devices and of crowdsourced projects, I see a lot of item tracking devices. These are usually little Bluetooth tags that connect to something you want to keep track of - keys, backpacks,...

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13:46
Apple Releases OS X Bash Update to Fix '...

Apple today released OS X bash update 1.0 for OS X Mavericks to fix a vulnerability in the bash UNIX shell. The security flaw, known in the media as "Shellshock," was discovered last week. Uncovered by security researchers, the exploit in the bash command shell in OS X and Linux could be used to deploy malicious code. According to an Apple spokesperson, most OS X users were not at risk form the bash vulnerabilities, but the company promised to work quickly to provide an update.Bash, a UNIX command shell and language included in OS X, has a weakness that could allow unauthorized users to remotely gain...

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13:45
Apple Releases Shellshock Security Update for...

Apple released security updates for Bash in OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion Monday afternoon to address the Shellshock flaw that became big news last week. Bash is a command line shell for OS X's UNIX underpinnings, and Shellshock could potentially give attackers an exploit to gain access to servers and user's computers.

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12:27
Gird your wallet: Apple reportedly has a Retina iMac...

Apple clearly wants to bankrupt you, if rumors of a 27-inch Retina iMac scheduled to launch with OS X Yosemite this year are true.
iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks already have
super high-resolution Retina displays, but when Apple refreshed its iMac line in June, adding a new, cheaper model, it seemed like Retina on the desktop wasn’t
in the cards this year. According to 9to5Mac, we could see a Retina
iMac as soon as next month. But...

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13:36
Apple releases bash patch to plug 'Shellshock...

As promised, Apple on Monday issued OS X bash Update 1.0 for OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion and Lion, targeting the recently discovered "Shellshock" security flaw originating in the bash UNIX shell.

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13:32
Apple releases OS X bash update 1.0 addressing...


Apple has just released a new download for users on OS X Mavericks to address the recently-discovered “Shellshock” bug. Apple previously noted that that only a few Macs were actually impacted by the bug and that most users were protected by default. The company promised to release an update shortly to address those who had manually configured their computers in a way that left them exposed.
For users on older versions of OS X, the Mavericks fix will not work. To secure those systems, there are separate downloads for...

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Share videos easily with RealPlayer Cloud

I'm old enough to remember when Real Video was the only game in town for streaming video. Once upon a time, everyone had some version of real on their computer. Then it went out of fashion or was overtaken by others, perhaps YouTube? I honestly do...

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Video shows two kids deliberately bending iPhones at...

A new video circulating on the Internet shows two kids -- identifying themselves as Kylie and Danny -- going into an Apple Store and trying to bend the iPhone 6 Plus. The pair succeed several times, causing the phones' metal frames to warp and pop out their displays. Thousands of dollars' worth of hardware is believed to have been damaged, but Kylie suggests that "it's Apple fault" for poor design....

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

HP has been manufacturing all-in-one printers with scanners for years, and Neat has made a name for itself with smart scanners and organization software. Today, the two companies have announced a partnership of sorts, with the new HP OfficeJet 8040...

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