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Wednesday October 15

11:13
HBO Go Will Go It Alone

HBO Go might just go it alone, according to CEO Richard Plepler, who made the remarks at Time Warner's investor day event on Wednesday. "In 2015, we will launch a standalone, over-the-top HBO service in the United States. We will work with our current partners. And we will explore models with new partners. All in, there are 80 million homes that do not have HBO and we will use all means at our disposal to go after them," Pleper said.

There are rumblings that Netflix will be reporting some nice earnings, which is probably excellent motivation for HBO to go after the cordcutting crowd. This is very exciting news for me personally, because I've been calling HBO customer service about once a month for like a year now and BEGGING them to let me pay directly instead of having to give more money to the Cable Service Which Must Not Be Named. It doesn't take long, but it looks like I'm going to get my way on this.

Hopefully my crusade for the last two seasons of The Muppet...

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10:49
Apple Leaks iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 in iBooks...

Another day, another leak in the Apple world, only this one was leaked by Apple itself. In screenshots posted for the iPad User Guide For iOS 8 in the iBooks Store Apple posted details of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, neither of which have been announced. In that the source has the ultimate insider knowledge of Apple's goings on, it seems a sure bet that both devices will be announced during the October 16th media event.

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10:07
Dr. Mac Looks Back on 16 Years Covering Macworld/...

Iâve written about Macworld Expo often over the years and itâs been part of my life for as long as Iâve been a geek. Iâll miss attending more than I can put into words. Rather than try, letâs take a stroll down memory lane and relive some of the words Iâve written about Macworld Expo over the years.

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09:44
News: Apple user guide reveals iPad Air 2, iPad mini...

Apple’s own iOS 8.1 user guide in the iBookstore reveals screenshots of an iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, both with Touch ID. Additionally, the guide shows a screenshot noting that iPad Air 2 will be able to use Burst Mode when taking photos. Based on the shots, it does appear that Apple will call the devices iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. As the screenshots in the user guide are for iOS 8.1, we’ll likely also see that debut tomorrow, as well.…

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09:39
Poodle SSL 3.0 Flaw Poses Web Browser Security Threat

Google has discovered a 15 year old flaw in SSL 3.0, a security protocol that turns out isn't quite a s secure as originally thought, that could let remote attackers highjack Web browser sessions and gain access to personal data, like Web-based email. The flaw takes advantage of a browser's ability to fall back from the more secure TLS protocol to SSL where attackers can then gain access to session cookies on victim's computers.The Mac Observer Spin: The tech world has been moving away from SSL in favor of TLS, and finds like this will only help push SSL to its inevitable demise.

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09:10
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-15

IDG announced that Macworld/iWorld is going on hiatus for 2015, so the conference's 30-year run has come to an end. Dave Hamilton and Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus join Jeff Gamet take a look at what IDG's announcement means for the Apple community, but instead of lamenting the passing of what was, they take a look to the future and speculate on what's coming next.

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09:04
News: Apple dropping Fitbit from retail stores?

Apple is planning to stop selling Fitbit fitness products in its stores, according to a new report from Re/code. Although it’s unclear why Apple plans to discontinue sales of the Fitbit, this news comes shortly after Fitbit issued a statement that it was still “evaluating integration with HealthKit” in iOS 8. Several other major health and fitness accessory makers have already updated their apps for HealthKit integration, making…

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08:41
List of Macs That Will Run Yosemite

Apple said OS X Yosemite would be released this fall, and with the company's latest media event set for Thursday, there's a good chance we'll have a better idea when to expect the big update to finally roll out. The big question is whether or not your Mac can take advantage of Yosemite's new features. Read on to see if the soon to be released version of OS X will run on your Mac.

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07:12
Daily Deal: Get Active Wrap Headphones for only $24

Today in iLounge Deals you can grab a pair of Active Wrap Headphones for only $24—that’s over 50% off the normal price. These Bluetooth headphones free you from ugly wires and knots with a comfortable, lightweight design that allows you to run, jump and workout with no obstructions or annoying snags. The built-in Lithium-ion battery provides eight hours of non-stop use and the headphones include built-in noise-cancelling technology to…

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05:46
News: U2’s Bono apologizes for automatic iTunes...

A recent U2 interview posted on Facebook saw the band members taking questions from fans, and one of the questions concerned the automatic free download of U2's Songs of Innocence album to iTunes playlists: "Can you please never release an album on iTunes that automatically downloads to peoples [sic] playlists ever again? It's really rude." The album was accessible for free to 500 million iTunes customers; early estimates claimed 33 million users…

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05:05
GT Advanced COO Sold Stock After Missed Apple...

GT Advanced Technologies COO Daniel Squiller sold off US$1.2 million in company stock in May and put a plan in place to sell an additional $750,000 over the following months leading up to the company's October bankruptcy filing. The timing of the sales came after GTAT failed to meet milestone points in its sapphire glass production for Apple, and could raise some eyebrows because company CEO Tom Gutierrez was selling off his stock, too, including 9,000 shares the day before the iPhone 6 was introduced.The Mac Observer Spin: Coincidence or not, Mr. Squiller's stock sale could be seen as a problem because he was very much in a position to know that GTAT's deal with Apple was going south.

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Tuesday October 14

16:04
Bono Calls Apple’s U2 Album Giveaway ‘Beautiful Idea...

Responding to a fan's question about U2 working with Apple to give away Songs of Innocence to iTunes account holders, frontman Bono said, "I'm sorry about that." The comment came from a Facebook-hosted question and answer session for fans.

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13:51
Pre-Order Exclusive: The Limited Edition Black Hawk...

We have ane exclusive preorder deal for you today for the Limited Edition Black Hawk Drone with an SD Camera for $69 (there's a deal for one with an HD camera for $89, too). This is an aggressive looking drone quadricopter drone that retailed for $149. It comes with a remote, a USB cable for charging, and the SD camera. It has a fkight time of ten minutes between charges. Check out the deal page for more info. This is a pre-order price-it will ship "on or before" November 24th, 2014.

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13:48
Why Dr. Mac Think Apple’s Customer Service is...

People are always asking me where they should buy a Mac and my answer is almost always the same: The Apple Store. And when they ask, "Why?" as they always do, I tell them a joke. . .

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12:50
The Mac Web Will Be a Poorer Place without Macworld/...

The Mac community lost a good friend this week, as IDG World Expo announced that Macworld/iWorld was going on "hiatus." If you're the type of person who follows Apple on the Internet, you've lost a friend, too.

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12:21
Macworld Expo’s Hiatus Leaves a Gap ... and Creates...

Dave Hamilton has been attending Macworld Expo for decades, both as an attendee and then as part of his professional life. He's sad that Macworld Expo is gone, sure, but he's not surprised. In fact, he sees this as an opportunity opening itself up to our market.

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12:10
Seidio DILEX Pro Case for iPhone 6: Solid Protection...

Seidio's DILEX Pro case is an integrated two piece case for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. One of its features is built-in metal kickstand. It can be purchased alone or bundled with a very nice plastic clip-in belt holster. Notable is the soft texture back and a great grip and feel.

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11:46
First Look: Hex Icon Wallet and Solo Wallet for...

Hex has brought two wallet cases — Icon Wallet ($50) and Solo Wallet ($40) — to the iPhone 6. Icon Wallet is a genuine leather folio-style case. It includes three card slots and a cash pocket on the inner flap. A plastic shell within the folio holds the iPhone and provides minimal coverage, and an elastic strap wraps around the case to keep it shut. Solo Wallet is a genuine leather shell case, with two card slots on the back. The case leaves the…

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11:31
Article: Mind The Gap: What’s iPad’s Role In An...

Heading into Apple’s iPad and Mac event this Thursday, there’s no question that demand for their smaller brother — the iPhone — is surging. A record of 10 million iPhones sold in the opening weekend is reportedly on the cusp of being trumped by an additional 20 million pre-orders for China alone. According to the Wall Street Journal, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus demand has so outstripped supply that Apple postponed a brand new iPad’s…

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09:43
Apple Adds Egg Freezing to Women’s Job Benefits

Apple is offering a new job perk to the women on its payroll: the company will cover the cost of freezing their eggs. The iPhone and iPad maker will cover up to US$20,000 for the procedure, and will gladly do so for non-medical reasons.The Mac Observer Spin: Good on Apple for its part to help bring fair and equal reproductive coverage to the workplace.

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09:25
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-14

Apple now offers egg freezing as a health benefit for its female employees. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about what this means for Apple, women, and the workplace, plus they take a look at the alleged leak of Dropbox user names and passwords and the importance of using unique passwords.

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09:19
Macworld/iWorld Going on ‘Hiatus,’ No Show for 2015

IDG World Expo announced Tuesday that its Macworld/iWorld tradeshow is going on "hiatus," and that no event would take place in 2015. The company's enterprise-oriented event called MacIT will continue "next year," with details scheduled for announcement in "the coming weeks."The Mac Observer Spin: Bummed. Severely.

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07:56
News: Ireland plans to end “Double-Irish” tax...

Ireland is planning major changes to its corporate tax structure, according to Reuters, including eliminating the “Double-Irish” tax loophole that has allowed companies such as Apple to use Ireland as a tax haven. Addressing Ireland’s parliament, the government’s Finance Minister Michael Noonan stated that “aggressive tax planning by multinational companies has been criticised by governments across the globe and has damaged…

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06:51
Mac: Think Time Creations Grids

Instagram continues to be one of the most popular photo-based social networks for the iPhone, but users who want to bring that experience to the bigger desktop screen often find their options more limited. Sure, Instagram has a web site, but for those who prefer a native Mac app, there’s now Grids ($2) by Think Time Creations, a full-featured Instagram client....

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

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

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

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

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04:44
iOS 8: Using the “Quick Website Search” Feature

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

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Monday October 13

14:28
Charge Your Phone by Walking with Ampy Kickstarter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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11:09
How To Add Images To Ello Posts

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

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

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

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10:22
Walgreens Memo Claims Saturday Apple Pay Launch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday October 12

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

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

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Friday October 10

14:50
How To Create a Mac Keyboard Shortcut For Print To...

You may have seen the "PDFâ" button lurking in the bottom of a print dialog, and you may have even used it from time to time to create a digital version of a document in a quest to reduce paper. If you haven't noticed it, there's a PDF button in the bottom left corner of the print dialog, so you can print something to PDF instead of having to use ink and paper. Sometimes you just need a PDF, so having this option built in is awesome. What's even more awesome is when you can save some time by creating a keyboard shortcut to do this for you automatically. David Sparks has covered this with the video below. It sounds odd, but trust me, this is the "microwave" of Mac tweaks. At first you'll wonder why you thought you needed it, and in a month you'll wonder how you lived without it. For bonus points, work a little dark magic with Hazel or other automation software and streamline a bunch of busy work so you can spend more time on important things, like your Netflix queue or learning to...

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14:30
‘Eight’ Wooden Acoustic Amplifier for iPhone Looks...

Eight is the most unique iPhone accessory I've seen, and it's the most beautiful. Designed by Slovakian company Stark, Eight is a wooden acoustic amplifier/dock for your iPhone 5/5s/6. With the addition of the included Lightning cable, it's also a charging dock. It's hand crafted, made of gorgeous wood, is cleverly designed, feels amazing (seriously), and it sounds OK.

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13:35
GTAT: Apple’s Agreements Are ‘Oppressive and...

GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) said in filings that its agreements with Apple were "oppressive and burdensome." The company told the bankruptcy court that the only way to stop the bleeding was by terminating its deal.

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13:00
Apple’s October 16 Invitation is Actually a Hidden...

It's been all hands on deck for Apple in the last year. iOS 8, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, OS X Yosemite, the new Mac Pro, home automation, health monitoring, iBeacon, Apple Pay, and what looks like some very hard work on the Apple Watch. Some other products appear to have stagnated. Does the October 16 event invitation suggest a remedy? Is this even a problem? John Martellaro sizes up the promise of Apple's invitation.

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12:59
News: iLounge Weekly coming Monday, sign up now

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

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12:45
News: Apps of the Week: Autodesk SketchBook,...

New Apps Autodesk SketchBook Mobile (Free) — A new follow-up app to Autodesk’s highly popular original SketchBook app, this entirely new version is a complete from-the-ground up rewrite designed to unite the mobile experience across both the iPhone and iPad, allowing digital artists to capture inspiration on the go. The new SketchBook Mobile features an enhanced drawing toolkit including new layer blending modes, improved selection tools for…

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12:16
VPN Unlimited Premium Plan: 3 Years Of Hacker...

Need access to otherwise restricted web content? Donât trust your WiFi connection? Need to ensure online security? You want to consider a virtual private network (VPN), and boom! We just happen to have a deal for three years of VPN Unlimited's Premium Plan for $19. With this package, your Internet data is encrypted between the VPN and you, greatly limiting your exposure to hackers, and for those who live in countries that block access, it can be the only way to get to some sites. There's a lot more information on our deal site.

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11:12
News: GT asks court to void ‘oppressive and...

Following news earlier today that GT Advanced Technologies has made a request to the court to wind down its operations in both Arizona and Massachusetts, MacRumors highlights a new pair of filings that reveal additional details. Specifically, in the first filing the company is asking the court to void its contracts with Apple, describing them as “oppressive and burdensome.” GT notes that the agreements are “not a source of potential…

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09:41
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-10

It looks like GT Advanced Technologies may be looking at an ugly split from Apple now that it wants to shut down the sapphire factory where it's been making glass for the Apple Watch. Bryan Chaffin and Bob LeVitus join Jeff Gamet to talk about what's happening with GTAT and its bankruptcy filing, and how this impacts Apple. They also take a look at Apple's marketing strategy for the upcoming Apple Watch and how the company seems to be getting cozy with the fashion industry.

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09:31
Q Card Case for iPhone 6 Includes Slot for Cash,...

The Q Card Case from CM4, Inc. provides a place for up to three credit cards and a bill or two while providing good protection for the back of the iPhone 6. However, the external look bothered this reviewer.

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07:45
First Look: Belkin Qode Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case...

Belkin has introduced another Qode keyboard case for iPad Air — this time, it's the Qode Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case for iPad Air ($150). The fully protective iPad Air case works with the keyboard or as a standalone case. As for the aluminum alloy keyboard — it uses Bluetooth 4 and can pair with other devices, and it has the same number of keys as a typical laptop keyboard. Those keys are backlit and can be adjusted to three different brightness…

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07:15
GT Advanced Technologies Wants to Close Apple...

GT Advanced Technologies filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this week and now is asking the court for permission to shut down the factory where it has been making synthetic sapphire glass for Apple. The company's bankruptcy filing came as a surprise to everyone, including Apple, and its latest request likely isn't sitting well with the iPhone and iPad maker.The Mac Observer Spin: Watching GTAT's implosion just hurts, and at this point it's hard to imagine the situation improving. Shutting down its sapphire factory doesn't bode well for Apple, either, because the Apple Watch launch is getting closer all the time.

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06:54
News: Report: Apple to remove Bose products from...

Apple is preparing to completely remove all Bose audio products from its retail stores, MacRumors reports. While no reasons were given for the move, the report speculates that Apple’s acquisition of Beats may have caused Apple or Bose to “end their retail relationship.” It’s notable that Bose now has an exclusive deal with the NFL that prohibits players from wearing other branded headphones during televised interviews, and…

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06:49
Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus: A Perfectly-Sized Portable...

Dave Hamilton has kept us all apprised of his decision-making process in choosing his new iPhone model. He's finally settled on the iPhone 6 Plus, but it wasn't nearly as easy a decision as he originally predicted, and he explains why.

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05:47
Apple to Live Stream Oct 16 Media Event

Apple is hosting a media event on October 16, and like its iPhone 6 and Apple Watch event in September, this one will be streamed live online. The company is expected to introduce new iPad models, and possibly new Macs, too.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple may be streaming next week's event, just as it did with last month's iPhone launch, but hopefully it won't be exactly like the September event with translators talking over Tim Cook, multiple music tracks playing at the same time, and ongoing feed drops.

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05:41
Daily Deal: Get the AIAIAI TMA-1 DJ Headphones for...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering the AIAIAI TMA-1 Headphones for only $159—that’s 36% off the regular price. Featuring professional-quality performance combined with a modern design, the TMA-1 have been used on stage and in the studio by some of the world’s most demanding DJs. A group of 25 professional and renowned DJs have collaborated on the design of the TMA-1, resulting in a set of headphones that have been tuned…

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05:34
News: Apple sapphire supplier GT Advanced seeking...

Apple sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies has asked the court for permission to close its manufacturing plant, Re/code reports. GT Advanced filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this week, and Apple said publicly that it was “surprised” by the filing. As noted by the Wall Street Journal and disclosed by court documents, GT failed to produce sapphire for Apple’s iPhone displays. A court hearing on GT’s request to wind…

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04:50
Withing’s Health Mate Adds HealthKit Support

Withings just updated its Health Mate app for the iPhone with support for iOS 8's HealthKit, so now you can load up Apple's Health app with data from your Pulse, Smart Scale, Aura, and more. Health Mate was already a great app for tracking your health and fitness activities, and now it's even more useful. Check out our growing list of HealthKit-compatible apps.

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Thursday October 9

16:27
Apple Watch Will Make Editorial Debut in Vogue China...

Apple is letting the fashion world enjoy the editorial debut for Apple Watch. The Business of Fashion (BoF) reported that Vogue China got early access to the device, and will feature it on the cover of the November issue on the arm of supermodel Liu Wen.The Mac Observer Spin: I think the watch and technology worlds don't get Apple Watch yet, each for different reasons. Apple is positioning this device obliquely to anything most of us thought about before it was announced.

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16:23
Six Things Apple Will Announce October 16th

Apple has officially invited press to an event on October 16. Kelly has some ideas about what should be on the agenda and why.

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12:54
The World’s Largest iOS 8 + Swift eLearning Bootcamp...

We have a new developer training bundle for you today called The World's Largest iOS 8 + Swift eLearning Bootcamp. It's designed to give you in-depth training on iOS 8, Swift and Xcode 6. Over the course of 24 courses with 80 hours of content, you'll be guided through building 70 different working apps. This collection of courses retails for $2,956, but through our deal, it's yours for $99. If you want to learn how to make iOS apps, this is a good place to start.

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11:39
First Look: IK Multimedia iRig PADS MIDI Groove...

The latest addition to IK Multimedia's popular music accessory lineup for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch is iRig PADS ($150), a 16-pad MIDI controller that works to send commands and signal changes to any Core MIDI iOS app, such as Apple's GarageBand or IK Multimedia's SampleTank. iRig PADS features a four-by-four grid of sixteen velocity-sensitive and backlit multi-color rubber pads, along with a collection of additional knob, pushbutton, slider,…

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11:35
Review: Uniq Aircraft Clear for iPhone 6

Coverage isn’t the main selling point of Aircraft Clear — the aluminum bumper covers the volume controls and sleep/wake button, and offers bottom port cutouts, but there’s really no lip to speak of on the front edges for protection. The fit isn’t perfect either, as a thin layer of felt can be found inside the bumper — it may protect the device from the bumper, but it also tends to make the volume controls dip slightly inward.…

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11:15
Supply Chain Says MS Surface Pro 3 Tablet is Dead,...

DigiTimes says, based on supply chain reports, that Microsoft is planning to cancel the Surface Pro 3 tablet. Cited were poor expected sales, "unlikely to surpass one millon units," and Microsoft's unaggressive pursuit of a next-generation model.
John Martellaro evaluates the situation.

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10:10
Icahn to Apple: Buy Back More Shares

Apple has US$133 billion in cash and big-name investor Carl Icahn thinks it's time for the iPhone and iPad maker to use some of that money to buy back more stock. In an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, Mr. Icahn said he thinks the company's stock is currently sitting at about half its value, and that's an opportunity not to be passed up.The Mac Observer Spin: Carl Icahn is right about this being a good time for Apple to buy back more of its stock, but don't think his open letter is an altruistic move. This is all about business and increasing his own profit. That's just how business works.

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09:35
Griffin Survivor Case for iPhone 6/6 Plus: Maximum...

Griffinâs Survivor All-Terrain cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 plus have all the expected features of a high-protection product. Both cases support the ability to use the fingerprint scan option, Touch ID, through the protective cover. Best of all, the iPhone is easy to insert or remove.

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09:32
News: GT unable to disclose bankruptcy details due...

Following its bankruptcy filing earlier this week, GT Advanced Technologies has asked for non-disclosure in its pending bankruptcy proceedings, stating that it cannot disclose the details surrounding its Chapter 11 bankruptcy due to “an unspecified confidentiality agreement.” A lawyer for the company told a U.S. Bankruptcy judge that the agreement in question prevented the company from disclosing the cause of the bankruptcy, or any plans…

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08:57
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-09

Confused about Apple's whole third-party password thing for iCloud? Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to explain what you need to know about iCloud's new password requirements for the Mac, iPhone and iPad, plus they take a look at Carl Icahn's open letter to Tim Cook pushing for more Apple stock buybacks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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04:40
iOS 8: Hiding Your Current Email Drafts

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

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Wednesday October 8

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

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

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

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

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12:04
LearnToMod Offers Minecraft Customization

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

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11:50
Apple Calls GTAT Bankruptcy Decision ‘Surprising’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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05:41
News: Leaked photos of alleged iPad Air 2 show...

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

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

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

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04:59
iOS 8: Rearranging Share Pane Icons

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

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Tuesday October 7

14:07
Walter Isaacson’s ‘The Innovators’ Follows the Tech...

Simon & Schuster released Walter Isaacson's new book The Innovators on Tuesday. This book builds on the research begun for his killer biography Steve Jobs, but takes a much broader look at the many innovator who took part in the creation of "tech" as we know it today. He begins with Ada Lovelace, Lord Byronâs daughter, who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s. Which, come on, is cool. The book also looks at folks such as Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, John von Neumann, J.C.R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Robert Noyce, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee, and Larry Page. From the publisher: "This is the story of how their minds worked and what made them so inventive. Itâs also a narrative of how their ability to collaborate and master the art of teamwork made them even more creative." You can buy it on iBooks for US$8.99. Amazon has the hard back for $21.81 and the Kindle version for $8.49....

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14:02
The iRest Lapstand for iPad: $35.99

Check out the iRest, a lapstand for your iPad. You can recline and have your iPad supported without holding it, and it fits all iPad versions with or without Apple's Smart Cover. Check out the picture if doesn't yet make sense. iRest retails for $40, but through our deal you can get it for $35.99.

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13:30
9 Alternative Ways to Carry Your iPhone 6 Plus Other...

The iPhone 6 Plus is a bit larger than Apple customers have been accustomed to. Belt holsters grow enormous. Protective cases have micohectares of plastic. As a result, iPhone 6 Plus owners are looking novel ways to carry this beautiful phablet. John Martellaro looks at a sampling of candidate products.

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13:10
How to Set A Complex iPhone Numeric Passcode That...

Even without Touch ID, it's important to secure the data on your mobile devices. Kelly explains how to set up a "Complex Passcode" that is easy to use but slightly more complex than regular old 4-digit codes.

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12:01
First Look: STM Harbour for iPhone 6 Plus

STM has updated its Harbour ($25) case for iPhone 6 Plus. Unlike some past versions of the case, the newest edition of Harbour features full volume control and sleep/wake button coverage. Made up of a matte hard plastic outer shell molded with a rubber inner layer, Harbour features a hinged bottom, allowing for easier port access. The hinge can also act as a stand for the large iPhone. Not only that, but Harbour is also being sold for a mere $25 —…

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12:01
NYT Now Offering Unlimited Access For National News...

NYT Now, the free app from the New York Times, will offer free unlimited access to NYT articles for a week in celebration of National News Engagement Day. Regular price for this access is US $8/monthly.The Mac Observer Spin: I hope this helps get folks interested in "the news" again, but I also hope it goes both ways.

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11:30
News: Google releases News & Weather for iOS

Google has released Google News & Weather, a free new universal iOS app that aims to bring users a complete dashboard of headline and local news stories and information. Boasting coverage from over 65,000 publications, the app allows users to get local news and weather based on their device’s location, and customize their layout with 60 country-specific editions and personalized news sections. Users can easily dig deeper based on individual…

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10:59
Review: IK Multimedia iRig MIDI 2

Most obviously, iRig MIDI 2 adds Lightning compatibility and abandons the dongle-style design of its predecessor. Now built as a separate self-contained module that connects to a companion iOS device, it uses an adapter cable with the same seven-pin DIN connector found on many other IK Multimedia accessories. This new design allows iRig MIDI 2 to be used with Lightning devices or Mac/PC computers using included Lightning and USB cables; a Dock Connector…

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10:52
Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Is Close, but No Cigar

The Parrot AR Drone is a high-tech, ultra lightweight, remote-controlled quadricopter (helicopter with four rotors). Now an RC quadricopter is pretty cool, but one that streams HD video from its camera to your iPad, iPhone, or Android device in real time, could be very, very cool. Iâve dreamed about owning for one for years, but only found the courage last month to plunk down $299 for the latest and greatest model, the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Elite Edition.

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10:24
Analyst: Apple Could take GTAT’s Sapphire Furnaces

With GT Advanced Technologies filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, questions about what that means for Apple and its plans for synthetic sapphire glass displays for the Apple Watch and future iPhones. Susquehanna Financial Group analyst Chris Caso thinks Apple could take possession of the furnaces, take back the factory it leased to GTAT, and buy more sapphire-related IP from the company, too, turning the iPhone and iPad maker into its own glass manufacturer.

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10:06
First Look: Odoyo Quad360 and QuadMax for iPhone 6

Odoyo's Quad360 ($TBD) and QuadMax ($TBD) cases have arrived for iPhone 6 in a variety of colors. Quad360 is a one-piece translucent TPU case with proper button coverage and an "X" pattern on the back. QuadMax is a more substantial case — the phone is placed inside a rubber inner layer, then in a partial plastic shell which has a foam rubber backing. Both cases feature more exact camera cutouts than many cases we've seen so far for the iPhone 6.…

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09:59
Review: Touchfire Case and Keyboard for iPad Air

By contrast with Logitech’s great keyboard and okay case bundle, Touchfire’s Case and Keyboard for iPad Air combines a good case with something that we hesitate to even describe as a “keyboard.” The signature piece in the set is a piece of floppy clear rubber with magnets on the left, right, and bottom edges, meant to be attached to your iPad’s screen as an overlay for the landscape orientation virtual keyboard.  …

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09:48
How-To Make iOS 8 and iPhone 6 Work With Google Voice

Many users of the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models are finding it impossible to re-link with Google Voice for voicemail. When entering in the classic **004*1[GV-Number]# sequence users are seeing a "Setting Registration Failed" message instead of the happy success note. Fear no longer. Marcel Brown sorted this out and you have two ways you can enable Google Voice on your new phone. First is to call AT&T and have them set up "conditional call forwarding" for you, or you can set up the 3 big use cases all by yourself with some slightly different commands. "234567890" in Marcel's examples would be replaced with your Google Voice number, including area code:

Call Forward if Unanswered: *61*1234567890#
Call Forward if Unreachable: *62*1234567890#
Call Forward if Busy: *67*1234567890#

Set all three of these and you're good to go. To check the status of these enter *#61#, *#62# and *#67# respectively. To deactivate, enter ##61#, ##62# and/or ##67#. Enjoy!...

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09:29
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-07

What happens now that GT Advanced Technologies has filed for bankruptcy protection? One analyst thinks Apple could take the factory and furnaces. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to offer their take on whether or not Apple wants to get into the sapphire glass manufacturing business, and they also look at Adobe's new push into mobile apps for designers.

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06:43
Review: Flote Orbit Tablet Stand

Orbit arrives in three pieces: a solid steel base that feels like it weighs nearly 20 pounds, a thick metal arm with a Philips head screw at one end and a concave magnet at the other, and a spring-loaded cradle with a ball on the back and rubber pads on its four fingers. Assembly is as simple as unscrewing the screw with a self-supplied screwdriver, sticking the bottom of the arm into the base, reattaching the screw and a washer plate under the base,…

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06:41
Daily Deal: iRest For iPad for $35.99

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering the iRest stand for your iPad for $35.99. Specifically designed to make using your iPad even more flawless, this elegantly designed stand can be placed on a desk, table, or even on your lap while kicking back on the sofa. iRest is designed with a clean aluminum finish and a simple yet solid build and has a 60-degree adjustable reading angle to provide for comfortable viewing of your iPad’s screen.…

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05:59
Plastc Aims to be Your One-card Digital Wallet

Coin may have kickstarted the digital card to store all your creditcards, but Plastc thinks it has what it takes to leapfrog past its competitor and win a place in out wallets. With Coin months behind schedule, and its lack of chip and PIN support, Plastc could have a leg up in the all-in-one card game - assuming Apple doesn't run over both companies when it launches Apple Pay later this month.

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04:45
iOS 8: Using and Disabling QuickType

In this Quick Tip on QuickType, we'll discuss how Apple's new system of predictive text behaves, how to dismiss it from your screen, and how to turn it completely off if you so desire. So if those suggested words marching across your on-screen keyboards upset you, we've got the fix.

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Monday October 6

15:57
Adobe goes Mobile with New Creative Cloud Updates

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

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14:04
TMA-1 DJ Headphones: $159

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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11:48
iMac: How to remove or install memory

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

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

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

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

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

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10:55
MGG 522: Sometimes Networks Just Fail

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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06:16
HP Splitting into PC, Services Companies

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

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

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

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04:50
Surprise: Mac iWorm Spreads through Pirated Apps

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

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Friday October 3

15:10
iOS 8: Notification Per Email Thread

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

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

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

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

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

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12:08
18K Macs Hit with iWorm Botnet

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

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11:52
Mac: Serif Labs’ Affinity Designer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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05:39
News: Apple releases another iTunes 12 beta

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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04:45
iOS 8: Setting Up Your Medical ID

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

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Thursday October 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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11:47
Mac: Twitter, Inc. Twitter 3.1

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

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

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

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10:31
First Look: Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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05:52
WiLAN Hit with Another Loss in Apple Patent Fight

Patent holding company WiLAN took it on the chin yet again in its courtroom fight with Apple when a U.S. Federal Court Judge ruled on Wednesday that its LTE-related patent infringement claims were invalid. The ruling was part of a summary judgement Apple requested related to patents 8,315,640 and 8,311,040.The Mac Observer Spin: Some days it just doesn't pay to be a patent troll.

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05:37
News: Pioneer NEX in-dash receivers support CarPlay...

Pioneer has announced that a new firmware update enables Apple CarPlay in five of its NEX in-dash multimedia receivers, as it becomes the first company to make an aftermarket CarPlay system available. While the company initially said CarPlay compatibility would be available in “early summer” this year, Pioneer has still beaten nearly everyone else to CarPlay inclusion, including Apple’s automotive partners — Apple quietly changed…

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04:58
Apple Releases iPhone Activation Lock Status Checker

Buying a used iPhone or iPad isn't a big deal, unless Find My iPhone's Activation Lock feature is enabled. Now Apple has a Web-based tool to let you check Activation Lock status on a used iOS device before you buy it.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's Activation Lock Status tool will come in handy if you're looking at buying a used iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Now you don't need to worry about getting burned when buying a device only to find out Find My iPhone is still active and you can't set it up as yours.

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Wednesday October 1

16:40
ACM 274: LOL Windows 10, Privacy Has Value,...

What happens when you add 8 and 1? You get Windows 10, plus Jeff and Bryan trying sorting out exactly how Microsoft comes up with its product version numbers. The also have plenty to say about privacy, law enforcement lamenting iOS 8's smartphone encryption, the role of social networks in government protests, and the dangers of state-sponsored iPhone malware.

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13:48
Logic Remote doesn't connect to your Mac after...

After upgrading your iPad to iOS 8, Logic Remote does not connect with a Mac running Logic Pro X, GarageBand for Mac (v10.0 or later), or MainStage 3.

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13:25
iOS 8: News In Notification Center

We've already heard about science apps using Notification Center, now we are seeing some news apps that want to keep you informed from your lock screen. Some are free, some are limited unless you have a subscription. Kelly shows you a few of the notable apps fixing to inform you without even unlocking your iPhone.

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12:19
The Name Your Own Price Learn To Code Bundle

Here's something pretty darned cool: 47,792 people have bought our Name Your Own Price Learn To Code Bundle. That's a lot of people on their path to programming, and it's a pleasure to be a part of it. The way it works is this: pay what you want. If it's below the average price, you get Programming Java for Beginnings and PSD to HTML5/CSS3. If you pay the average price or more, you also get six other developer course, including Python, Apple's Xcode, PHP, and more. The average price? Only $15.01 as of this price. But, you have an incentive to pay more, because 10 percent of your purchase price goes to one of three charities, you choose: Child's Play, World Wildlife Fund, Creative Commons. If you've wanted

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12:11
Waterfield Spinn Pouch Case for iPhone 6/6 Plus:...

The new Waterfield Spinn pouch case for the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus is made of full grain leather, features an ultrasuede lining and comes in three rustic colors. Notable is the option to have it custom built for a bare iPhone or one with a very slim or Apple case. A belt loop is optional.

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11:40
‘Someone’ Targets Hong Kong Protesters Using...

A "Chinese-speaking entity" has targeted Hong Kong protestors using jailbroken iPhones with a trojan horse malware attack. According to security research firm Lacoon, that unknown entity has launched an attack through social media channels called Xsser mRAT that gets victims to install the malware by claiming to be software to help protestors organize.

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11:02
News: Logitech debuts Type+ Keyboard for iPad Air

Logitech has debuted its new Type+ keyboard case ($100) for iPad Air. Featuring an improved Bluetooth keyboard, Type+ provides a laptop-style typing experience and layout for iPad Air users while providing thin two-sided protection. The new keyboard design optimizes the distance between the keys and includes a dedicated row of iOS shortcut keys for quick access to iOS specific functions. The keyboard also automatically turns on and wakes your iPad…

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10:55
iOS 8: Make Cellular Phone Calls from Your iPad...

If you have a modern iPhone and iPad running iOS 8, you can make a voice phone call from your iPad, using your iPhone's cellular connection without ever touching the iPhone. John Martellaro explains how to do it with the iOS 8 Handoff feature.

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10:01
New Aerial Shot Shows Apple Campus Construction...

Construction on Apple's new spaceship campus is well underway and even in its current state is something to behold. Thanks to some slick drone flying, we can see just how far along the project is, and it's looking pretty cool.

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09:47
Article: The Early Guide To Apple Watch Apps

Apple is marketing the upcoming Apple Watch as a fashion, fitness, and functional accessory—something to wear, work out with, and use to do everyday tasks. Ever since the Watch was shown last month, iLounge’s editors have been discussing what truly makes it different from the earlier sixth-generation iPod nano, the device that obviously inspired Apple Watch’s basic look and feel. Putting aside Apple Watch’s enhanced fashion…

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09:40
iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: Dr. Mac’s Final Showdown

Iâm now on my tenth day of carrying both new iPhones - one in each front pocket of jeans or shorts - wherever I go. As I reported last week, Iâm about to replace my year-old iPhone 5s with an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. Now, after ten days of careful consideration, I believe Iâve got it all figured out. I wonât keep you in suspense: Iâm getting...

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09:23
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-01

Word on the street is that a gold iPad is coming this month, and a 12.9-inch iPad is coming next year. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on whether or not a gold iPad is a good idea (spoiler: Jeff and Kelly think John is wrong), and talk about what a bigger screen iPad could mean for tablet users.

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07:02
Report Claims Gold iPad Coming Soon

Apple is reportedly ready to introduce a gold iPad as part of its product lineup along side its silver and Space Gray versions. If so, the iPad's color options will match up with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.The Mac Observer Spin: Gold iPads sounds pretty garish, but to be fair, I said the same about gold iPhones and they sell really well.

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06:31
Evercore Raises AAPL Target on Strong iPhone 6 Demand

Evercore Partner analyst Rob Cihra raised his target price for Apple's stock to US$125 in response to stronger than expected iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales. He now expects Apple to sell 39 million new iPhones during its fiscal fourth quarter, which ended on September 30, and 65 million units during the December quarter.The Mac Observer Spin: Analysts seem pleased with iPhone 6 demand, but it looks like they won't be really happy until they see new iPads ship.

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06:03
Apple Tells Developers to Submit their OS X Yosemite...

Apple is signaling we're much closer to the official launch of OS X Yosemite by telling developers it's time to start submitting their app updates now. Calling for Yosemite-compatible app submissions is one of the last steps ahead of an official rollout, as is the release of Gold Master OS candidates - which has also happened.The Mac Observer Spin: Considering iCloud Drive is essentially hobbled for most iOS 8 users without OS X Yosemite, this launch can't come soon enough.

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05:40
Daily Deal: Get the Extreme Micro Drone 2.0 for only...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering The Extreme Micro Drone 2.0 for only $74.99—that’s almost half off the regular price. A self-stabilizing, remote-controlled quad-copter, Extreme Micro Drone 2.0 features an aerial camera for videography and photography with a swiveling lens to capture from any angle. Designed for stunt flying, you can throw it into the air like a frisbee and its self-righting algorithm and sensors will stabilize…

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05:19
News: Upcoming iPad Air to have gold color option

Apple will add a new gold color option to its newest iPad Air likely to be unveiled this month, Bloomberg reports. The gold color, which has been an iPhone color option since last year’s iPhone 5s, is reportedly being added to the lineup to boost sales. Interestingly, the report makes no mention of whether the next iPad mini will also come in gold. Apple declined comment....

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05:18
iTunes Store Adds City of Hope Donation Page for...

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so Apple is hosting a special donation page on the iTunes Store for the City of Hope cancer and diabetes research and treatment organization. You can make donations through your iTunes Store account ranging from US$5 up to $200.The Mac Observer Spin: It's great to see Apple making it easy to share a little during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Your donations could have a real impact on someone you know.

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04:40
iOS 8: Requesting the Desktop Version of Websites

There's a great new way to browse the Web on your iOS device, especially if you don't like the mobile versions of certain sites. With just a tap or two, Safari can ask websites to show you the desktop version instead, which can be incredibly handy! Melissa Holt's got the lowdown in this Quick Tip.

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Tuesday September 30

20:37
Apple Reduces Screen Size in Apple Watch Video to...

Apple republished the Apple Watch video to YouTube with a couple of changes. The first is that the screen size in the renderings of the device is smaller in the new video-that makes the video match the way the device has looked all along on its website. The second change noticed so far is that the Glance screenshot has been altered.

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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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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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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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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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12:40
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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12:33
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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12:12
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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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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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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10:18
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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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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09:10
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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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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07:27
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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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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06:16
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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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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05:43
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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05:33
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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