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Wednesday September 17

15:08
ACM 272: iPhone 6, iOS 8, and Tim Cook

iPhone 6 preorders went off with a few hitches, and Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin discuss the process and why they picked what they picked. iOS 8 was released on Wednesday, too, and they talk about what is and isn't in the new mobile OS. Apple CEO Tim Cook also gets put under the microscope after he revealed a company that is firing on all cylinders.

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13:10
iOS OTA update too big? Use iTunes

Having trouble deciding what to remove from your device so the over-the-air upgrade to iOS 8 has enough space? Kelly explains a better way to upgrade.

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12:09
First-party Apple apps updated en masse for iOS 8

Simultaneously with the release of iOS 8 earlier today, Apple has updated a large collection of first-party apps to include compatibility with the latest release of iOS. Updates include AirPort Utility 1.3.4, Beats Music 2.3, Find My Friends 4.0, Find My iPhone 4.0, iTunes Movie Trailers 1.4.1, iTunes U 2.1, and Remote 4.2.1, most of which have received minor compatibility tweaks for iOS 8. Find My Friends and Find My iPhone now both add support for…

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11:50
iOS 8 Upgrade Recommendations By Device/Model

Not sure if it's worth leaping into iOS 8? Kelly breaks down all the iPads and iPhones by model and whether or not you should let fly with that upgrade button.

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11:42
News: Logitech debuts Harmony Living Home line

Logitech has announced a new series of home automation products, the Harmony Living Home line. The products include the Logitech Harmony Ultimate Home remote ($350), which features a 2.4” color touchscreen and can control up to 15 compatible home entertainment devices. A button-only remote, the Logitech Harmony Home Control ($150) controls up to 8 home entertainment devices. The hardware looks to be very similar to last year’s Harmony…

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11:15
A 3D Printed Microscope for Your iPhone for Pennies

Scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington have developed a 3D printed microscope housing for various mobile devices that costs pennies. Combined with an easily available glass bead, the device can offer up to 1,000x magnification. The result is a cheap, digital microscope that can be used in the field to photograph and transmit images of biological samples and get results in minutes. If contaminated, the device is so cheap, it can be thrown away and a new one substituted. "We believe it can fill a need for professional first responders, and also for teachers and students in the classroom, health workers and anyone who just wants an inexpensive microscope readily available," said Rebecca Erikson an applied physicist at PNNL. The laboratory has made the 3D printer specifications available for free, and the video notes, "We've found that the iPhone 5 provides a more optimal picture."...

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11:01
About the security content of Xcode 6.0.1

This document describes the security content of Xcode 6.0.1.

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10:47
News: Apple TV software updates to 7.0 with Beats...

Apple TV Software 7.0 has been released for the third-generation Apple TV, bringing a new Beats Music channel to the set-top box. As in the case of the iOS app, the Beats Music channel prompts users to sign in or get started on a 14-day free trial. The software update also includes the flatter, redesigned look we previously detailed when the software was in its fourth beta. As seen in that beta, support for Family Sharing and iCloud Photos have also…

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10:03
News: Apple HealthKit not ready for prime time?

Some iOS developers have reported that Apple has been removing HealthKit compatible apps from the App Store following their rollout earlier today ahead of the public iOS 8 release due to issues with the HealthKit framework. Affected apps include titles such as Carrot Fit, MyFitnessPal, and WebMD, all of which disappeared shortly after releasing updates for the new Health features in iOS 8. Apparently Apple found a HealthKit issue on their end and…

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10:03
Mpow’s Steambot Y Delivers Bluetooth for Older Cars

For older cars without Bluetooth, Mpowâs Steambot Y Wireless In-Car Bluetooth FM Transmitter allows users to make hands-free calls, listen to music or GPS voice navigation via their FM radio, and, with built in USB port, charge iPads or iPhones on the go.

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09:40
PSA: Skip iCloud Drive if You Sync iCloud Data to...

Yes, iOS 8 is out, and it's wonderful, but one of those new features isn't quite ready for Prime Time. If syncing iCloud data is an important part of your workflow, you're better off skipping the iCloud Drive feature for now.

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09:36
News: New Cook interview provides insight on Apple...

The newest profile of Apple CEO Tim Cook, from Bloomberg Businessweek, provides a number of interesting details about Cook’s leadership of the company, including further insight into the development of the Apple Watch. “Anybody coming out of there yesterday knows that innovation is alive and well in Cupertino,” Cook said following the event introducing the new iPhones, Apple Pay, and the Apple Watch. “If there were any doubts, I think…

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09:35
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-17

Updating to iOS 8 today? Don't turn on iCloud Drive. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin and join Jeff Gamet to explain why iCloud Drive could be a big bucket of hurt for you today, and they look at how the Apple Watch fits in with the luxury watch market.

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09:10
About the security content of Apple TV 7

This document describes the security content of Apple TV 7.

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09:02
Apple Releases iOS 8 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

As promised, Apple released iOS 8 as a free upgrade on Wednesday, two days ahead of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch. iOS 8 adds new features such as Notification widgets, Health fitness tracking, support for third-party keyboards, and more.

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08:55
Article: Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of...

Originally unveiled at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June, Apple releases iOS 8 today, the eight major release of its mobile operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. While last year’s release of iOS 7 debuted a whole new design paradigm, this year Apple once again focuses on a more iterative approach, polishing up some of the user experience and adding a handful of small “quality-of-life” improvements…

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08:46
News: Apple releases iOS 8

As expected, Apple has released its latest operating system for iOS devices, iOS 8. The update is now available in Settings, General, Software Update. Apple describes it as “the biggest release since the launch of the App Store, with hundreds of new features.” We published our review of iOS 8 on Tuesday. Our iOS 8 Instant Expert feature is already up, as well, filling you in on everything you need to know about iOS 8....

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08:01
News: Report: Apple to unveil new iPads on October 21

As generally anticipated, Apple has set an October date for the release of new iPad models alongside OS X Yosemite. A new report from The Daly Dot, citing “sources familiar with the matter” indicates that the Apple is planning to hold an event on Tuesday, October 21st, where the company will debut two new iPad models as well as releasing OS X Yosemite. Last year’s event was held on October 22nd, where Apple similarly unveiled new…

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07:15
News: Daily Deal: One more chance to get three years...

Today is your last chance to grab a three-year subscription to VPN Unlimited Premium for only $19 in our iLounge Deals—that’s 70% off the normal price. VPN Unlimited provides users with access to a secure virtual private network (VPN) which is ideal for securing traffic when surfing from public Wi-Fi access points. Through VPN Unlimited, you can connect to any website anywhere that you have Internet access, bypassing restricted web content…

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07:07
How To Prepare Devices For An iOS 8 Upgrade

With iOS 8 set to launch today, it's time to make sure you're ready to make the upgrade. There's plenty to do to make the transition from iOS 7 on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch as smooth as possible, so check out our how-to so you'll be prepared in case something goes wrong.

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05:29
Apple Adds App-specific Password Support to iCloud

Apple added two-step authentication support to iCloud on Tuesday, and also announced that app=specific passwords for the online service will be available starting on October 1. App-specific passwords will let users assign unique passwords to apps that need access to iCloud without having to hand over their primary login and potentially give full access to everything in their account.The Mac Observer Spin: App-specific passwords will be a great way to help keep your iCloud data secure because third-party apps and services won't have your full login. If any are compromised, hackers will have access only to the content that app or service used, and if your Mac or iPhone is lost or stolen, you can revoke individual passwords to reduce the risk of someone getting at data you'd rather keep private....

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05:12
Foxconn struggling to meet demand for iPhone 6

The Wall Street Journal reports that Foxconn, Apple’s main manufacturing partner, may be struggling to keep up with the demand for the new iPhone 6 models. The company has reportedly been “churning out 140,000 iPhone 6 Plus and 400,000 iPhone 6” units every day, which is its highest daily output every, but the volume still hasn’t been enough for the number of preorders. Foxconn has apparently had to hire additional workers…

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04:48
News: Apple to require app-specific passwords for...

Apple has released a new security document detailing the use of app-specific passwords for third-party apps in iCloud. A feature of two-step verification, the passwords will be required to sign in to iCloud when using third-party apps starting on Oct. 1. The passwords will allow for secure sign-ins, and ensure that third-party apps aren’t collecting or storing your primary Apple ID password. App-specific passwords can be generated and managed…

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04:44
Reminders: Reuse Old Entries

Want to know how to avoid typing the same ten items over and over again when you're headed to the grocery store? Sure you do. Simplicity is key, and though the Mac's Reminders program IS simple, that doesn't mean it's not incredibly useful. Getting the most out of what you've already typed is today's Quick Tip.

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Tuesday September 16

16:02
Charlie Rose Posts Part 2 of Apple CEO Tim Cook...

The Charlie Rose Show published the second part of Charlie Rose's interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook. In this section (embedded in the full article), Mr. Cook expanded on his thoughts on privacy, discussed human rights, the importance of diversity at Apple, and Apple's approach to human rights. Other topics include worker rights, what motivates Apple, and Mr. Cook's relationship with Bono.

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13:10
Apple Enables iCloud 2-Factor Verification, How to...

Apple has started rolling out two-factor authentication on iCloud.com, as promised by Tim Cook. If you want to set it up yourself, Kelly explains how.

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12:54
News: Apple posts guide for moving content from...

Apple has posted a new guide online to help users move content from an Android phone to an iPhone. The guide details moving contacts, email, calendars, photos, videos, music, books, and documents. A number of third-party data transferring apps are also recommended, including Copy My Data, PhotoSync, and AT&T Mobile Transfer. There’s an app section in the guide, as well, but new iOS users will have to find and install the apps on their own…

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12:26
Mac: Canon Powershot G7 X

Ever since iPhone cameras became capable of replacing standalone point-and-shoots, interest in low-end digital cameras has declined. Emboldened by Sony’s release of the well-regarded prosumer RX100 series, Canon looks to have gotten its groove back with the new PowerShot G7 X ($700). The pricey new pocket camera is only a little thicker than Canon’s S-series models, but packs a comparatively huge 1” sensor with 20-Megapixel effective…

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11:45
News: Court throws out $368M FaceTime judgment...

A federal appeals court today tossed out a jury order requiring Apple to pay VirnetX $368.2 million in damages, Re/code reports. Apple was originally required to pay the amount for infringing VPN patents in FaceTime — the judgment was made in November 2012. The appeals court agreed that Apple did infringe patents, but ruled that the damages were incorrectly calculated. Now, the case returns to the U.S. District Court in Tyler, Texas, with a new…

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11:44
NES30 Bluetooth Controller Looks and Feels Like The...

Alright, nostalgic gamers, fire up the wayback machine and activate your NES30 twitch muscles, because we have a deal for you. It's for the NES30 Bluetooth Controller, a gamepad designed to precisely reproduce the look and feel of the original NES30 gamepad. You can use it with iOS and Android mobile devices, but you can also use with your Mac or Windows PC. It connects via Bluetooth or USB cable (for computers), and will work with both games that accept controllers and NES emulators. This device is regularly $40, but through our deal, it's $29.99.

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11:30
5 Reasons Apple Pay Will Succeed Brilliantly

Apple Pay isn't just something Apple dreamed up and hopes will be adopted. Rather, it's part of and compatibile with a worldwide move to stem the tide of credit card fraud. And Apple is leading the way.

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11:14
Hands on Video of iPhone 6 Plus Demonstrates...

In addition to the iPhone 6 video posted earlier to YouTube, Korean publication UNDERkg posted a hands-on video of Apple's as-yet unreleased iPhone 6 Plus. The presenter walks us through the look and feel of the device, basic functionality, and the iPad-like landscape mode unique to iPhone 6 Plus in Apple's iPhone product line. He also shows us how Reachability works, Apple's feature designed to make this phablet usable one-handed. In that the iPhone 6 Plus doesn't ship until Friday, September 19th, this video is a great opportunity to get a better idea of how this large device looks in use. The site has a companion article with additional, high-quality photos. [Via MacRumors]

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11:02
First Look: PureGear DualTek Extreme Shock Case, HIP...

PureGear has debuted several new cases for the iPhone 6 already, starting with the DualTek Extreme Shock Case ($35), a matte plastic and rubber case with a small piece of shock absorbing material in the shell. The HIP Case+ ($35) is a two-piece multi-use case. A simple plastic shell houses the iPhone 6, offering a kickstand, but little coverage. However, that shell can be inserted into a larger and more protective holster, which also includes two…

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10:58
Hands On iPhone 6 Video Hits YouTube Ahead of...

A hands-on video with Apple's iPhone 6 was posted to YouTube by Korean publication UNDERkg. In fact, it was posted on September 12th, three days after Apple announced the device and a week before it ships on Friday, September 19th. The gold iPhone 6 in the video appears to be real, and the person doing the presentation (in English) does an excellent job comparing it to iPhone 5s and a couple of large-screen Android devices. He also walks through several features of the new iPhone, including Reachability, which allows the device to be used one-handed. If you've had questions about iPhone 6, they might be answered in this video-there is a companion article with photos. [Via MacRumors]

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10:29
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-16

Here's a good sign for Apple Pay: Banks are ready to launch big marketing campaigns to make sure their credit card is your default for iPhone mobile payments. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the impact bank enthusiasm could have on Apple Pay's success, plus they offer up their thoughts on Tim Cook's interview on the Charlie Rose Show.

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09:45
News: Microsoft unveils iOS-compatible Universal...

Microsoft has announced the Universal Mobile Keyboard, a new Bluetooth keyboard designed to work specifically with iOS devices, as well as Windows and Android devices. The new keyboard incorporates a switch to choose the appropriate device mode and dedicated iOS keys such as CMD in their proper locations. The Universal Mobile Keyboard is also notably a Made-for-iPhone/iPad/iPod touch product, and is designed to be very portable and quick and easy…

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09:39
First Look: Apple iPhone 6 Plus Leather Case

Third-party case makers aren't the only ones releasing iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cases before the devices have actually come out — Apple's official iPhone 6 Plus Leather Case ($49) is one of two new case options for the company's new iPhones, alongside less expensive silicone cases. Basically a real leather shell, the iPhone 6 Plus Leather Case is similar to Apple's prior-generation leather iPhone 5s Case, but this new version retails for $10 more…

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09:11
Spigen F70Q 7000mAh Dual Portable Quick Charger

Better known for its cases and screen protectors than electronic accessories, Spigen is now offering a USB battery pack called F70Q ($59), billed as a "dual portable quick charger" due to its 2-Amp and 1-Amp USB ports. iPhone, iPod, and iPad recharging are supported by the battery, which has a single button with four surrounding lights to indicate remaining power levels. The company's case-making expertise is on display in the glossy white plastic…

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07:55
Apple Pay Sparks Banks to Fight Over Consumer’s...

iOS 8's Apple Pay feature won't be available until some time in October, but that isn't stopping banks from firing up their marketing campaigns in hopes of becoming consumer's default credit card choice. Banks are seeing Apple Pay's NFC-based mobile payment system as a potential big win for them, and want to make sure they score the coveted default card spot on customer's new iPhone 6.The Mac Observer Spin: If banks are fighting over the default card spot in Apple Pay, maybe there is a chance it could be the system that finally gives NFC-based payments the kickstart it needs to take off in the United States.

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07:16
Analyst: China iPhone 6 Delay is No Big Deal

Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be in stores in several countries this Friday, but not in China. Apple may not be able to roll out its latest iPhone models in the country until the end of this year, or even early next year, but that's no big deal because the company will still be able to sell as many smartphones as it can make, according to Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um.The Mac Observer Spin: No iPhone 6 models in China means more for everywhere else. By the time China does approve the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple will have been able to make even more inventory. Instead of fixing iPhone 6 demand, China will supplement already high demand with more customers.

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07:09
News: Apple: 33M iTunes users have accessed U2 album

Apple has announced that 33 million iTunes account holders have accessed U2’s Songs of Innocence album for free. That figure includes customers who downloaded the album, streamed it, or listened to it using iTunes’ radio player. A report notes that Apple SVP Eddy Cue “called the number record-breaking, but did not elaborate.” For those uninterested in the latest effort from U2, Apple has released a guide on how to remove the…

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06:07
Connecticut AG Questions Apple Watch Privacy

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen is asking Apple to detail just how the Apple Watch will safeguard user's privacy because the smartwatch will be able to collect and store health-related data. Mr. Jepsen sent Apple CEO Tim Cook a letter on Monday posing his questions and asking for a meeting to discuss his concerns.The Mac Observer Spin: Personal privacy is a serious concern, especially when our health is involved. Mr. Jensen's questions don't seem out of line, and considering Apple's ongoing push for privacy, and the company's assertion that it doesn't want to collect and store personal data, it's likely he'll like the answers he gets.

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06:00
Apple Inc. iOS 8

Once again, Apple is proclaiming this to be “the biggest iOS release ever,” even though regular users certainly won’t feel that way—on the surface, it looks like what iOS 7 should have been, including a collection of small but welcome new features that make iPhones and iPads faster tools for communicating, editing media, and holding different types of data. Under the hood, it contains a collection of major enhancements for…

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05:46
News: Daily Deal: Learn Swift for only $19

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering up an online course to learn Swift—Apple’s new iOS programming language—for only $19. With 95 lectures and over 5 hours of content, the course will take you through the basics of Swift, how to use Operators, Stirngs, Characters, and Collection, how to evolve from Objective C, and more.

Get the Swift Developers Course now for only $19...

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05:37
News: Apple’s iPhone 6 NFC chip restricted to Apple...

Apple’s NFC chips in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be restricted to use of the company’s Apple Pay mobile payment system. The information was reportedly confirmed in an email from an Apple spokeswoman to Cult of Mac. While most smartphones with NFC chips allow the use of NFC for a number of possibilities — including easy pairing of Bluetooth devices — that won’t be the case in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Apple will…

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05:11
Apple: iPhone 6 NFC Just for Apple Pay

The NFC chip in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be used only for Apple Pay, making it hands-off for third party developers. That means other uses, like proximity-based device pairing, is off the table for now.The Mac Observer Spin: It's unfortunate Apple chose to block third-party developers from using the NFC chip in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The chip could be used for much more than just credit card payments, so we're keeping our fingers crossed that Apple will open NFC to other developers at some point.

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04:51
Review: ZeroChroma Folio Slide for iPad mini

Folio-Slide builds upon the VarioSC case-slash-stand we previously loved for iPad minis and iPad Airs. Using a combination of soft TPU and hard plastic, the matte black VarioSC covered almost all of those iPads, adding an incredible flip-out rear stand to their backs. While only modestly thickening the devices, and adding very little weight, ZeroChroma enabled each iPad to stand upright on your choice of reclining angles, supporting a wide variety…

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Monday September 15

16:29
Apple CEO Tim Cook on Privacy: Follow the Money

Apple CEO Tim Cook has some advice for those concerned about privacy and your data: follow the money. In an interview with Charlie Rose posted to YouTube on Monday (embedded below the fold), Mr. Cook made an impassioned argument that Apple makes its profit from selling goods, rather than selling you.

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14:38
Amazon Offers 16GB iPad Air for $427

Amazon is offering Apple's 16GB iPad Air for US$427.25, a 14 percent discount of the $499 list. Apple is expected to update its iPad line in the next few weeks-which is no doubt why Amazon is discounting them now-but if you need to buy a new iPad, this is one of the best prices I've seen. There aren't many left as of this writing, so grab one while you can.

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14:08
Apple Offers U2 Removal Tool for People Angry about...

Apple on Monday released SOI Removal, a one-click tool for removing Songs of Innocence, the free U2 album the company gave its customers. This was necessary, apparently, because a vocal number of entitled, narcissistic gits found whinging about free music easier than ignoring it, hiding it, or...gasp...not downloading it.

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12:52
Stanford, Duke University Start Apple HealthKit...

Stanford University Hospital and Duke University are both ramping up for patient trials for Apple's HealthKit platform in iOS 8, and they're working with medical device makers to link health data into HealthKit so it can be transmitted to doctors. Stanford is testing HealthKit-based technology with pediatric patients who suffer from Type 1 diabetes, and Duke University is tracking weight and blood pressure for cancer and heart disease patients.The Mac Observer Spin: Hospitals and major health clinics tend to move relatively slowly when adopting new technology to make sure it's safe and accurate, so don't expect to see HealthKit become an overnight success. That said, if Apple can keep the interest of medical centers associated with big names like Stanford and Duke, it could become the name in remote personal medical data collection....

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12:33
News: Apple names Apple Watch execs, now hiring...

With the unveiling of the Apple Watch last week, Apple has announced new executive appointments to the Apple Watch team, as well as putting out a job listing for Apple Watch software engineers. Stan Ng, former Senior Director of iPhone Product Marketing, has been promoted to VP of Product Marketing for Apple Watch, while Dr. Michael O’Reilly has been named VP of Medical Technology. Stan Ng has been with Apple in various senior marketing roles…

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10:15
Knomad Portable Organizer for iPad mini Holds All...

Knomoâs Knomad Mini Portable Organizer is a classy, sturdy, and useful accessory case for anyone who needs âstuffâ when using their iPad mini away from home. Best of all it can hold an iPad mini with its Smart Cover in place and even has room for a slim charger.

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10:00
First Look: OtterBox Symmetry Series Case for iPhone...

Following a number of other companies, OtterBox has already introduced cases for the iPhone 6 before the device officially hits the market. The Symmetry ($40-$45) line has come to iPhone 6, with the same plastic-and-rubber one-piece design and shock absorbing interior found in the case's previous iteration. It remains one of the slimmest OtterBox cases for iPhone, with different graphic designs at different price points....

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09:54
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-15

Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders topped 4 million units last Friday and anyone ordering a new iPhone now is facing days -- or even weeks -- before their new smartphone will ship. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet today to talk about the company's record breaking pre-order numbers, and they take a look at Walmart's decision to skip iOS 8's Apple Pay mobile payment platform.

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09:51
News: Apple posts removal guide for U2’s Songs of...

Following last week’s iTunes exclusive release of U2’s new Songs of Innocence album, the company has now posted a new support article for users looking to remove the album from their iTunes libraries. During Apple’s iPhone event, Apple CEO Tim Cook and U2 frontman Bono jointly announced that the album would be distributed free to all iTunes customers, and took the unprecedented move of not only making the album available for free…

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09:23
News: Apple medical trials will provide HealthKit...

Two major U.S. hospitals are preparing to launch trials with Apple’s new HealthKit framework, Reuters reports. The trials will involve diabetics and chronic disease patients, and are expected to provide some insight into how HealthKit will work on iPhones in actual practice. Doctors at Stanford University Hospital indicated that they are working with Apple to facilitate tracking of blood sugar levels for children with diabetes. Young patients…

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08:55
News: Daily Deal: Get Dragon Dictate for Mac for 50...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering Dragon Dictate for Mac version 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…

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07:54
News: iLife and iWork apps to be pre-installed on 64...

Apple’s iLife and iWork iOS apps will come pre-installed on the 64GB and 128GB iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, 9to5Mac has discovered. The apps include iMovie, GarageBand, Keynote, Pages, Numbers, and iTunes U. iPhoto isn’t included, as Apple is getting rid of it — the app won’t even load on iOS 8 devices. New 16GB iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units won’t come with the apps, but they can be downloaded from the App Store for free,…

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07:39
TMO Forum Poll: Which did You Pre-order, iPhone 6 or...

Apple launched pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last Friday and has already sold over 4 million smartphones. Which did you buy? Head on over to today's TMO Forum poll and let us know.

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07:02
Analyst: Apple on Track to Top 10M iPhone 6 Launch...

Apple confirmed Monday morning iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus first-day pre-orders topped 4 million units, and Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um says that puts the company on track to sell at least 10 million during this weekend's in-store launch. If so, Apple is set to more than double its iPhone 5 launch weekend sales.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple skipped pre-orders last year for the iPhone 5S because inventory was fairly limited. Since pre-orders are back this year, it's likely more inventory is on hand, and based on pre-order weekend figures, that puts the company on track to sell something on the order of 13 million phones this weekend. Some companies can't hit those numbers in a quarter.

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05:56
News: Report: Apple gets 0.15 percent from each...

Each transaction made with Apple Pay earns Apple 0.15 percent of the purchase, according to the Financial Times. This means that 15 cents of a $100 purchase would go to Apple, multiplying for higher-priced purchases. The article calls the deal “unprecedented,” noting that Google and other competitors do not earn such a share. Banking executives raved about Apple Pay — the banks are willing to give up revenue to Apple in “the hope…

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05:48
iPhone 6 Pre-orders Showing Week-long Shipping Delay

Apple's new iPhone 6 pre-orders have slipped from delivering on September 19 to a seven to ten day shipping delay. The delay means anyone who didn't manage to pre-order their iPhone 6 before inventory ran out will have to wait about a week before seeing theirs, or stand in line this Friday morning at an Apple Store or one of the company's retail partners.The Mac Observer Spin: It sounds like Apple built up a bigger pre-launch inventory than it had available for earlier iPhone launches, and yet there weren't enough to handle all the pre-orders. You don't see this level of interest for new Samsung or Microsoft smartphone launches.

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05:14
News: Apple announces record 4M+ pre-orders for...

Apple has announced that its newest iPhones — iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus — received more than four million pre-orders in the first 24 hours of availability. According to Apple, that’s a record number of pre-orders, though there have been numerous reports of customers ordering each of the new iPhone sizes intending to return the one they don’t want. In any case, the company notes that demand has exceeded the pre-order supply, “and…

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05:01
Rokform Sport v3 for iPhone 6

Currently available in five color schemes and also referred to as "iPhone 6 Case - Mountable," Rokform's new Sport v3 for iPhone 6 ($39) is a hard plastic and rubber case with some unique features. The case feels really solid and is pitched as shock-absorbant, with full button protection and all the expected holes. Each case ships with two replaceable back panels -- one with an removable magnet pre-inserted, the other with a hole for attachment to…

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04:46
iPhone 6, 6 Plus Pre-orders Top 4 Million in First...

Pre-order sales for Apple's brand new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus topped 4 million during on their first day of availability last Friday. Apple said its first day pre-orders set a new record ahead of this Friday's official in-store launch, and exceeded the company's pre-order inventory.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple managed to score another record breaker for iPhone sales with last Friday's pre-orders, and if that's any indication, we'll likely see long lines for early adopter sales this Friday at the company's retail locations. There's a chance we'll see fast inventory sellouts, too, especially for the larger screen iPhone 6 Plus.

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Sunday September 14

13:49
Detroit Slow Roller Jason Hall Talks about Apple and...

Jason Hall, the subject of an Apple iPad commercial, was interviewed on WDIV, a Detroit TV station. Mr. Hall is the founder of the Detroit Slow Roll, a movement to get to know the streets of detroit by taking slow bike rides around the city. It's a very cool movement, and in his interview, Mr. Hall talks about Apple sending him to different Apple Stores around the country, and how that has allowed him to talk about the Detroit Slow Roll. Check out the interview below.

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07:51
MGG 519: Aspect Ratios Are Fun & AT&T Next...

Dave's fresh back from Cupertino (and fresh from ordering a new iPhone), and he and John talk through the events of the week plus answer your questions. Want to know the size delta for watching movies on the iPhone 6 Plus vs. an iPad mini? Dave did some crazy Pythagorean-theorum-based math for you! He also did some more standard math to figure out if an AT&T Next Plan is right, too. Then it's on to question. Want to know how to copy files from a drive that's corrupted? Want to disable your iPhone number from iMessage? Want to create a $35 Time Capsule? All these questions and more will be answered this week on Mac Geek Gab.

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Saturday September 13

12:40
5 Tips for Making Better Slide Show Presentations

Slideshows can sometimes make or break a presentation. Apple's Keynote app is a perfect tool for creating exciting presentations. You just need to make sure a slideshow is what you need. Nancy Carroll Gravley has five tips for making the most out of your slides.

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11:37
Last Chance for Limefuel Lite USB Battery Pack for...

Our deal on the Limefuel Lite USB Battery Pack, a portable charger for iPhone and other portable devices, has been one of our most popular. But it's about to end, so get on it if you want it. The Limefuel Lite features a 15,000mAh Lithium-ion battery, which is a lot of juice, and it has two USB ports so you can charge two devices at the same time. If that's not enough, it has a digital readout that tells you exactly how much power you have left. Through our deal, you can get the Limefuel Lite USB Battery Pack for $34.99. It ends in two days.

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Friday September 12

16:25
Analyst: iPhone 6 Rocky Launch Hints at Big Money...

It's no secret that there were plenty of upset Apple fans just after midnight when iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 pre-orders started thanks to spotty access to the company's online store. The iPhone 6 Plus showed shipping delays almost immediately, and Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um thinks that could be a sign the larger screen model will have a noticeable impact on Apple's bottom line.

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16:10
Apple Says iPhone 6 Pre-orders Hit Record Numbers

Despite getting off to a rocky start, pre-orders for Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus hit record numbers on Friday. The company isn't saying just how many smartphones it sold, but anyone wanting the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will see shipping delays of about a week, and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus is showing even longer delays.The Mac Observer Spin: Interest in the new iPhone models is clearly high considering Apple and its carrier partners are pleased with first day pre-order activity. So much for interest in the iPhone is fading.

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15:45
Chuck La Tournous, Ted Landau and more talk...

The Mac Observer's Chuck La Tournous joined TMO Alumnus Ted Landau, Joe Kissell and host Chuck Joiner on the latest edition of The MacJury. The panel pontificated on new iPhones and analyzed the long term implications of the new "i-less" offerings: Apple Pay and Apple Watch.

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14:27
AT&T Supporting Wi-Fi Calling Eventually

AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega has announced that AT&T will support Wi-Fi calling (announced as a feature of iOS 8) sometime in 2015, even though it's not really necessary due to the great reach and reliability of the AT&T network.The Mac Observer Spin: AT&T says their network is so awesome nobody needs Wi-Fi calling anyway. That's cute.

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13:04
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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12:10
Walmart to Apple: No Mobile Payments for You

Apple says its new mobile payment system for the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch has 220,000 merchants ready to go when it launches in October, but that list doesn't include Walmart or Best Buy -- and it won't, because neither company has any interest in supporting Apple Pay. Without either on board, Apple Pay may have a more difficult time gaining traction and could find itself in the same place as Google with a mobile payment platform that few people use and many retailers resist.

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11:50
Apple’s Success: Going to Extremes and Out of Control

Apple was a hungry, underappreciated company for many years both before and after the return of Steve Jobs. Now that Apple has achieved unconstrained, unabashed, tumultuous success-that often treads on customers-what exactly is Apple going to do about it?

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11:41
News: Apple and U2 to work together on music...

On the heels of the historic free iTunes exclusive release of Songs of Innocence earlier this week, a recent Billboard interview with U2manager Guy Oseary suggests that the partnership between Apple and U2 is expected to continue as “long relationship” between the two companies. Oseary revealed that U2 is “working on other things as well with Apple that have to do with how music is heard and innovation” and suggests that there…

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09:43
News: Video Review: Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device...

Our newest video review takes a look at Logitech’s new Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 (reviewed here). The keyboard can switch between multiple iOS devices using Bluetooth, and a built-in stand holds the devices, as well. Be sure to check out our past video reviews, including last week’s Grace Digital Ecostone and iHome iBN6 waterproof Bluetooth speakers....

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09:22
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-12

Pre-orders for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus started early this morning, although not everyone had good luck with Apple's website. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet today to talk about the frustrations with the pre-order process, and they also dive into what you need to know to make sure the contract you choose is the right one for you.

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07:34
News: Apple delaying SMS Continuity until October?

New information found on Apple’s page on iOS 8 Continuity suggests that the company may be delaying the activation of the iOS 8 SMS Continuity feature until some time in October, possibly to coincide with the expected release of OS X Yosemite. Originally announced and demonstrated at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in June, SMS Continuity will allow users with an iPhone and other iOS or OS X device to send and receive traditional…

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07:34
iPhone 6 Plus Pre-orders Sell Out, iPhone 6 Still...

If you're hoping to have an iPhone 6 Plus on September 19, your best option now is to wait in line at your local Apple Store or cell service provider store because Apple has sold out of its pre-order inventory only hours after starting orders. The smaller screen iPhone 6 is still available for next Friday delivery instead of the week or longer wait iPhone 6 Plus buyers are now facing.The Mac Observer Spin: If you didn't want to get up far too early and fight with Apple's fumbled pre-order system, and you want to have a new iPhone delivered on September 19, it looks like you're buying the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. If you really want the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, you'll be waiting in line next Friday.

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06:12
News: Daily Deal: The Epic iPhone 6 Giveaway!

Today we have a great offer for you in iLounge Deals: A chance to win an iPhone 6! In our new Epic iPhone Giveaway, one lucky winner will receive a $600 Apple gift card to allow them to purchase the iPhone 6 model of their choice. To enter, simply submit your e-mail address on the giveaway page to sign up for our iLounge Deals, and you can even gain additional entries by sharing on Twitter and Facebook—the more your friends and followers enter,…

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05:48
News: Report: Apple to bring Apple Pay to China

Apple is planning to bring its new Apple Pay mobile payment service to China, MarketWatch reports. The company will be working in conjunction with China’s UnionPay to bring the service to the country. UnionPay, a state-backed bank card association, has agreed to let Apple use its cards in Apple Pay, the report claims. Apple Pay will be available this October in the U.S., but it’s unknown when the service will launch in China....

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05:24
T-Mobile Joins iPhone 6 Pre-order Lineup

When Apple's just introduced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders started -- or at least tried to start -- just after midnight Pacific time, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint were option, but T-Mobile wasn't. That finally changed several hours later, which means not only can hopeful iPhone buyers pre-order the new model, but they can get an unlocked version that works with multiple carriers, too.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's iPhone 6 pre-order process was a pain, and T-Mobile's absence when it launched just after midnight was frustrating for many potential customers. Considering how many people seem to want the new models, however, the T-Mobile delay probably won't have a negative impact on sales.

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04:49
News: Report: Future Apple Watches to include more...

Apple is planning to release future Apple Watches with more health features and additional sensors, according to a Reuters report. Of course, the first Apple Watch won’t hit the market until early 2015, so it’s unclear what the timeline would be for a second edition of the smartwatch. Numerous reports have claimed the Apple Watch would include many health features and sensors — one report said the watch would have more than 10 sensors…

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04:32
Dock Folder Shortcuts: How Do They Work?

Today we'll learn about all of the things we can do with folder shortcuts in the Dock, from adjusting how the files within them appear to switching to (or away from!) Stacks view. Why, we'll even talk about how to sort those folders to find your stuff more easily! It's all here in this Quick Tip.

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04:00
News: iPhone 6 pre-orders plagued by issues

Attempting to pre-order Apple’s new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus this morning was an exercise in frustration for many customers, as Apple’s online store, which was scheduled to open at 12:01 AM PT today, didn’t actually open for more than two hours after the announced time. By then, many customers had started pre-ordering the new iPhones on the Apple Store app — also a hit-or-miss proposition for some. Inventory seemed to change suddenly,…

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01:09
Apple Reserving iPhone 6 Preorders When Carrier...

Apple began reserving some iPhone 6 customer spots two hours into its pre-order day when it was unable to connect to its U.S. carrier partners. This allowed affected orders to go through instead of hanging during the ordering process. Our own Dave Hamilton reported this when ordering an iPhone 6 Plus at 1:37 AM PDT on September 12th.

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00:17
Want to Pre-order iPhone 6? Try the iPad Apple Store...

Apple's iPhone 6 preorder event got off to a rough start Friday morning. The company's online Apple Store remained inaccessible to everyone for the first 30 minutes, and hit and miss for would-be customers for at least another half hour after that. Some people did report placing orders, however, and many of them appeared to be through Apple's iPad Apple Store apps.

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Thursday September 11

23:28
Apple’s iPhone 6 Preorder Undergoing Massive Fail,...

Apple is experiencing a rare bit of massive FAIL with the live streaming for Tuesday's media event iPhone 6 preordering. From having two audio feeds during the pre-show to a live Chinese translation that makes it hard to hear Apple's executives to the stream itself dropping out to intermittent outages of Apple's site itself With the online Apple Store still offline 25 minutes after preorders were supposed to begin, this has so far been a catastrophe for a company that normally gets everything right.

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17:40
Senators Request Security Update From Tim Cook Over...

Two Senate committee chairs have sent a letter to Tim Cook requesting more information about the security situation at Apple, specifically as it concerns iCloud security and measures taken to protect customer data.The Mac Observer Spin: Hopefully this is an awareness move and not just a move to get attention and look like they're doing something about iCloud security.

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14:57
Simon Pierro Does iPad Magic Using LEGO

Remember Simon Pierro? He's a magician who uses an iPad in his act. He's amazing, and he has a new video out where he is set up a LEGO store using real-world LEGOs for his iPad magic. I'm not sure which I enjoy most-Simon Pierro's abilities and incredibly fast hands or the awe on the children's faces as he works his magic. It's good stuff!

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14:07
News: Daily Deal: Last chance to get the Limefuel...

Today is your last chance to pick up your Limefuel Lite USB Battery Pack for only $34.99 in our iLounge Deal. Equipped with 15000mAh of juice and two USB ports, Limefuel Lite gives you all the power you need to keep your iPhone, iPad, or iPod charged up throughout the day. A built-in digital display tells you how much juice you have left, and Limefuel Lite is designed for portability, weighing only 12 ounces and small enough to fit into a purse, backpack,…

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13:09
Register for the Epic iPhone 6 Giveaway

We have a killer giveaway for you called the Epic iPhone 6 Giveaway. That's because it's an epic iPhone 6 giveaway. Cool, right? All you have to do is sign up to receive TMO Deal notifications, and you're entered to win. In two months, our friends at Stack Social will choose a winner, and-if you register-it could be you. If you're really keen to win, you can get additional entries by sharing on Twitter and Facebook. Good luck!

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13:00
How to Type an Apple Symbol in iOS

Now that we have Apple Pay and the Apple Watch it looks like Apple may be moving away from their â90s âiâ branding to a more modern and corporate branded âAppleâ naming scheme. On the Mac there is an easy keyboard shortcut to type that Apple symbol, but how can you do it on iOS? Adam Christianson has the answer.

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12:30
Apple Pay’s Success Could Hinge on Who Pays...

On Tuesday Apple rolled out its iPhone-based payment system called Apple Pay. This sounds like a great thing, and that could very well prove true, but it's ultimate success could hinge on who ends up paying the transaction fees.

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11:50
Goodbye to Macworld, but Not to Those Who Made it...

Macworld has shuttered its print magazine and laid off most of its staff. Contributing Editor Chuck La Tournous shares some of the details and looks back at the magazine that was born with the Mac and the people who made it worth reading for over 30 years.

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11:15
News: Apple upgrades current iCloud users to new...

Following this week’s announcement of iOS 8, Apple has sent out notifications to existing paid iCloud storage customers notifying them of new, reduced prices for their existing storage plans, along with pro-rated refunds for the balance of the reduced plan price. Customers who have already purchased iCloud Storage under the old annual pricing model retain whatever storage capacity they purchased, at a price now reduced to the next-lowest tier…

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11:10
News: Report: Apple to use digital queue system at...

Apple is reportedly changing the way it runs its in-store launch system for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Stores will be moving on from the old paper card system in favor of a new digital queue system called Reservation Pass, 9to5Mac reports. The system will sync with inventory information to ensure Apple hands out the proper amount of product reservations — reservation cards will be sent to customers via email or SMS. Notably, receiving a…

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11:04
News: iPhone 6 release delayed in China, pre-orders...

Apple has informed Chinese mobile providers that it won’t release the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the country on the expected date of Sept. 19, The New York Times reports. The company offered no explanation for the delay, but it’s reported that the phones may have not yet been approved for sale by Chinese regulators. A manager at China Telecom was apparently told by an Apple rep that some details were not ready. “Apple completely…

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10:15
The Real Reason Apple’s Tim Cook Has Been...

The influence of the entertainment industry is underappreciated. Strong leaders, for the sake of drama, are always depicted as extroverts-gregarious and flamboyant. Regrettably, that may have led the media to incorrectly diagnose Tim Cook in the comparison to Steve Jobs. John Martellaro explains why observers got Tim Cook all wrong. Very wrong.

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09:35
iPhone 6 Pre-order Kick Off Sept 12 at 12:01AM...

Apple promised pre-orders for the ,iPhone and iPhone 6 Plus would start on Friday, September 12, but didn't say exactly what time. Thanks to Apple's carrier partners, we know that time is 12:01AM pacific time, which means there will be a lot of people up early Friday morning placing orders.

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09:11
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-11

TMO's Dave Hamilton had the chance to go hands on with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, so today he joins Jeff Gamet to talk about his first impressions and which model he's buy. Dave also squares off with Bryan Chaffin to debate whether or not Apple Pay really will be the jump start the NFC-based mobile payment market needs.

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06:10
Nearly 5 Million Gmail Passwords Dumped to the...

Over 4.9 million Gmail user names and passwords were posted on a Russian Bitcoin forum earlier this week, posing a potential security headache for a lot of people. Google said there wasn't any data breach, which means the logins were likely culled from other sites.The Mac Observer Spin: Posting user names and pasword lists online is a pretty crappy thing to do and sometimes the Internet is a pretty crappy place. This Gmail password leak is a great reminder to avoid using the same login information on more than one site.

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05:01
Apple Refunds New iCloud Price Difference to Current...

Current iCloud customers received a welcome email from Apple Wednesday evening telling them the rates they're paying for extra storage have been adjusted to be in line with the new lower prices. Apple also said customers are receiving refunds for the difference in what they already paid for their annual subscription.

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Wednesday September 10

16:40
T-Mobile Unleashes Wi-Fi In Latest Uncarrier Event

T-Mobile held another Uncarrier event Wednesday, title Wi-Fi Unleashed. This includes free Wi-Fi calling and texting for any capable T-Mobile device, a partnership with In-flight internet provider Gogo, and a T-Mobile Personal CellSpot, hardware to help improve reception indoors.

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16:20
ACM 271: Apple iPhone 6, Apple Watch Media Event...

Apple's big media event to introduce the iPhone 6, Apple Pay, and Apple Watch was yesterday and that means there's plenty for Jeff and Bryan to talk about today. They offer up their thoughts on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, whether or not the bigger screen sizes really matter, what they think about the Apple Watch, and more.

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15:10
Apple Turns to The Gap for New Marketing Executive

Apple has turned to the fashion industry to boost its executive ranks again, hiring Marcela Aguilar as its new director of global marketing Communications. Ms. Aguilar was lured away from The Gap, where she was that retailer's senior global director-marketing communications.

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13:00
First Look: X-Doria Engage Folio for iPhone 6 / Dash...

In addition to number of other cases, X-Doria has sent along a few folio-style iPhone cases, including the first case we've seen for iPhone 6 Plus. Engage Folio ($30) for iPhone 6 has a hard, clear plastic back and a faux leather front cover. A card slot is included on the back of the cover. Dash Folio One ($30) for iPhone 6 Plus is similar to Engage Folio, with a few more features — the case uses the front cover as a kickstand, and a magnetic clasp…

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12:37
First Look: X-Doria Scene Grip / Scene Plus /...

We've already received a number of iPhone 6 cases from X-Doria, including the company's Scene Grip ($25), Scene Plus ($30), and Defense 720 ($30). There isn't much difference between these three cases — they're basically rubber bumpers with an attached plastic backing. Scene Plus offers a 3D pattern on the back of its case to justify the $5 price jump from Scene Grip. For that same price, Defense 720 has two pieces — in addition to back and side…

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11:05
Every Important Link From Apple’s 9/9 Event - On One...

Apple provided an enormous amount of information and videos for us on September 9. Here, on one page, are all the important URLs/links related to that event.

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11:00
Hands (and Wrist) on the New Apple Watch (Video)

Self-professed watch geek Dave Hamilton was in attendance at yesterday's Apple event and had the opportuntity to demo and wear an Apple Watch. He took some time to share his initial reactions of this completely new product line from Apple.

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09:59
SwiftKey Announces Prediction Engine and Cloud...

SwiftKey, a popular keyboard replacement for Android devices, has announced plans to bring that same technology to iOS. This includes a predictive text engine that learns what you type and helps make text entry easier, and the option to slide between letters instead of tapping.

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09:46
Hands on with iPhone 6 and 6 Plus - Which One Should...

Dave Hamilton spent some time with his hands (and pockets!) on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus yesterday and lived to tell the tale. He offers his thoughts about which one he'll be ordering on Friday morning.

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09:31
News: Daily Deal: Get a Griffin iPhone 6 Identity...

Today in iLounge Deals you can get ready for the iPhone 6 and pick up Griffin’s iPhone 6 Identity Case and screen protector combo for only $29.98—40% off the regular price. Keep your brand new iPhone 6 in mint condition right out of the box with Identity’s dual-material frame that combines shock-absorbing rubber and hard polycarbonate to protect your phone from four-foot drops, scrapes and scratches. The package also includes a 3-pack…

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09:31
Report: Apple Watch battery lasts for roughly one day

While Apple failed to address the Apple Watch’s battery life during Tuesday’s presentation, a source indicated to Re/code that the device’s battery currently lasts for “about a day.” Apple is working to improve the battery ahead of launch, but judging by the comments of Apple spokeswoman Nat Kerris, we wouldn’t expect much more. “There’s a lot of new technology packed into Apple Watch and we think people…

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09:20
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-10

Apple seems to be moving away from its "i" prefix for new products, and that may be a sign that CEO Tim Cook is putting his own mark on the company. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on why the i-name scheme is fading away, and they take a look at why Apple Pay doesn't pose the same potential security risks as iCloud.

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07:49
News: Apple announces App Bundles, Previews,...

Apple has introduced three new features for iOS Developers allowing them to more easily distribute, test, and promote their apps on the App Store. App Store Bundles will allow developers to bundle up to 10 of their apps into a single-priced bundle that users can purchase together at a reduced price. App Bundles can be purchased with a single tap, and all of the apps will appear individually on the customer’s device. A “Complete My Bundle”…

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07:32
Analyst: Apple’s iPhone 6 to Drive Record Sales

Get ready for record breaking iPhone 6 sales. That's what Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley is expecting in part because he thinks many iPhone owners skipped the iPhone 5 and 5S cycle in anticipation of this year's models.The Mac Observer Spin: Expecting high iPhone 6 sales seems like an easy bet considering how much interest there was going into yesterday's media event. We'll probably see tight inventory for the larger iPhone 6 Plus, but hopefully the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will be easier to get ahold of.

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06:42
News: More on Apple Watch: Edition charger, iPhone...

More information on Apple Watch has surfaced after the product’s debut on Tuesday. A Yahoo Tech report reveals a number of details, including the fact that Apple Watch is water resistant, but not waterproof — you shouldn’t wear it in the pool or the shower. You can make phone calls from your wrist, using a wireless connection to your iPhone. Watch apps are loaded from the iPhone, and the watch has a feature referred to as “Ping…

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06:23
Apple Launches New iCloud Pricing with 1TB Storage...

Apple announced new iCloud storage pricing was coming during its WWDC keynote presentation earlier this year, and for the first time we get to see just how much the company thinks a terabyte of online storage is worth. Users who need a full TB of iCloud storage will be paying US$19.99 a month, or twice what Dropbox users pay for the same amount.The Mac Observer Spin: It's good to see iCloud get 500GB and 1TB storage options. Whether or not Apple's users see those as reasonably priced options remains to be seen considering Dropbox's 1TB option costs half as much.

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05:50
News: Philips debuts first Lightning connector...

Philips has debuted the first Lightning connector headphones, Fidelio M2L. According to Pocket-lint, Philips claims the headphones can deliver high-quality 24-bit audio using built-in DAC and amplification. The Fidelio M2L headphones use two 40mm speaker drivers and are said to offer noise isolated audio with dynamic bass. Philips’ Fidelio M2L will be available in December for €250 (about $323)....

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05:22
News: Apple to get a cut from payments made via...

As part of its new payments system, Apple will be collecting fees from banks, Bloomberg reports. A number of banks, including JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America, and Citigroup have all agreed to integrate their cards into the system, and Apple has apparently reached individual deals with various banks to collect a fee for each transaction made through Apple Pay. Neither Apple nor any of the key banks have commented on the specific arrangements,…

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05:12
Apple Releases iTunes 11.4 with iOS 8 Support

Apple released iTunes 11.4 for the Mac and Windows on Tuesday with support for next week's release of iOS 8 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The update will let users sync movies, music, and other content with devices running iOS 8.

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04:45
Safari for the Mac: Finding the Wallpaper File

When you choose "Use Image as Desktop Picture" in Safari, where does that file live? How do you get to the image on your Mac if you can't find it again on the Web? We're here to tell you how and to answer all of your questions. Well, not ALL of them. No, we don't know what the meaning of life is.

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Tuesday September 9

16:41
Apple Paying U2 and Universal Lump Sum for Free ‘...

Apple paid Irish veteran U2 an undisclosed lump sum for the privilege of giving away the band's new album, Songs of Innocence. U2 and its frontman, Bono, joined Apple CEO Tim Cook on stage during the "Wish We Could Tell You More" media event on Tuesday, where they announced that iTunes account holders can get the album for free.

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16:04
Apple Posts iPhone 6 Video Narrated by Jony Ive

Apple has posted a 6 minute and 23 second video introducing iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that is partially narrated by Sir Jony Ive, Apple's king of design. This is the informational type of video that Apple shows at its media events, like today's event at the Flint Center in Cupertino. It covers all the new features in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as Apple's design philosophy on the device.

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15:41
Thinking Differently, Apple Watch Gets Wrist-Top...

The Apple Watch (nÃe iWatch) was finally announced during Tuesday's September 9th media event. The company's first foray into wearables demonstrates what makes Apple different from its competitors, its ability to engineer a device from the ground up to work in ways no one else has imagined.

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15:36
How To Download That Free U2 Album

Apple announced (among other things) Tuesday that the latest album from U2 would be available on iTunes exclusively until October 13, and that it was free to all iTunes customers. Kelly explains how to get the new album from iTunes on a computer or a mobile device.

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13:21
AppleCare+ for Australia

AppleCare+ includes accidental damage from handling insurance cover (the "ADH coverage"). The ADH coverage is a component of the AppleCare+ suite of products and services. It cannot be purchased separately from AppleCare+. Before proceeding with the sale of AppleCare+, we are required by law to provide you, with the Accidental Damage from Handling - Product Disclosure Statement (or "PDS”), the Apple disclosure statement and the AppleCare+ terms and conditions.

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12:45
Apple Watch Designed for Daily Recharge, Lefties...

Apple has announced the Apple Watch, but at the event two details were skipped over: Battery life and usability for left-handed people. We got the low-down, as noted in the title.

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12:37
Article: Multi-Editorial: On Apple’s iPhone 6,...

Today's Apple event was the company's most significant in some time with four major announcements. And when else could two new, bigger iPhones leadoff instead of batting cleanup? As expected, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus see Apple finally making a move to larger screens. Apple Pay, the company's new mobile payment system, looks to be a secure, convenient way of making purchases, though Apple CEO Tim Cook went much further, saying it would "forever change…

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12:20
What Apple Just Did Was Change the World. Again

Not only did Apple introduce two fabulous iPhones the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but also started the process of changing the world with Apple Pay and Apple Watch. Again. John Martellaro ponders the significance.

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

Apple's big media event just wrapped up and there was plenty to see. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to offer up their first impressions on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the Apple Watch, Apple Pay, U2's album launch, and more.

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11:54
Editors’ Notes on iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5s, 5c, and...

During today’s official unveiling of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch, Apple ran through a large number of details on each product, but did not discuss several others. Here are a few items that you might not have heard during the Apple Event. The Apple Watch will come in 38mm tall and 42mm tall case sizes. Silver 316L stainless steel, DLC (diamond-like carbon) space black stainless steel, silver aluminum, space gray aluminum, 18-karat…

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11:20
News: Apple now accepting iOS 8 app submissions

Following the release of the iOS 8 GM seed to developers earlier today, Apple has officially announced that developers can now begin submitting apps built with the new iOS 8 SDK to the App Store.

Apple has also posted a set of developer documents covering building apps for the new iPhone models and iOS 8 features, including programming guides for Touch ID, PhotoKit, HealthKit, HomeKit, CloudKit, Handoff, and more. ...

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11:16
Apple quietly discontinues iPod classic

Apple appears to have quietly discontinued its venerable iPod classic following today’s event. The iPod Product and iPod Apple Store pages no longer show any references to the older device, nor does it appear on Apple’s refurbished iPod listings. The iPod classic was originally released in 2007 and last updated in 2009, and although it has remained on sale until now, it has been almost entirely ignored by Apple, and raised questions each…

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11:10
News: Apple releases iOS 8 GM seed to developers

Apple has released its Gold Master seed of iOS 8 to registered developers. Listed as build 12A365, the GM build is normally the last to be seeded prior to the software’s official launch, expected on September 17, and as such can be used to submit iOS 8 applications to the App Store for review. It is unclear whether the iOS 8 GM seed will be made available as an over-the-air software update, as has been the case with past iOS beta releases, however…

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11:01
Apple releases latest U2 album as free iTunes...

During today’s event, Apple CEO Tim Cook and U2’s Bono jointly announced that Apple and U2 will be distributing the bands’ latest album, Songs of Innocence, to all 500 million iTunes customers, entirely free of charge. Cook noted that this is the largest album release of all time, with a simultaneous launch in 119 countries. Users should be able to find the new album in their iTunes Music library and also available on iTunes Radio…

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10:59
U2’s New Album Debuts on iTunes Store as Free...

U2 fans that also happen to be iTunes Store customers got a special treat at the end of Apple's special media event on Tuesday when the band closed out the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch introduction, and then announced that its new album will be available exclusively through iTunes as a free download. The album will be available exclusively through the iTunes Store through October 13.

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10:59
Apple Watch to start at $349, with 3 versions, 2...

Briefly mentioned at the end of today’s official announcement of the Apple Watch, Apple has set the “starting” price of the wearable device at $349, noting that it will come in three different versions, each with two sizes, and with six watch band options. The two different sizes will enable Apple Watch to be worn fashionably by men (generally larger) and women (generally smaller), while the three versions differ in the metal and…

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10:12
Apple Moves into Wearable Tech with Introduction of...

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09:57
News: Apple debuts Apple Watch

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09:48
Apple to Release iOS 8 for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch...

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09:47
Apple drops iPhone 5c to $0, iPhone 5s to $99

During its introduction of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple today announced that the iPhone 5c will become its “free” on contract phone, while the iPhone 5s will become a “starting at $99” model. It appears that the iPhone 5c will only be available in one capacity—perhaps 16GB—while the iPhone 5s will come in more than one capacity....

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09:47
Apple unveils ApplePay mobile payment system

Apple has formally introduced its own mobile payment system, ApplePay. CEO Tim Cook described the “outdated and vulnerable magnetic stripe interface” on credit cards before introducing the system. A short demo was shown — twice — illustrating the ease and quickness of the payment process.

Apple Pay uses NFC, Touch ID, and the new Secure Element.

Developing…...

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09:46
Apple Announces ApplePay iPhone Mobile Payment System

Apple announced ApplePay, its mobile payment system, at a live event Tuesday. The system requires the just announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, both of which include NFC support.

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09:39
Apple shows iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cases

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09:35
News: Apple sets iOS 8 release date

During today’s event, Apple announced the official release date for iOS 8, the next generation of the company’s mobile operating system. Originally unveiled at WWDC in June, iOS 8 adds several significant enhancements such as new Health and Home Automation frameworks, an iCloud-based Photo Library, Family Sharing, and more. iOS 8 is compatible with the iPhone 4S and later, fifth-generation iPod, iPad 2 and later models, and all iPad mini…

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09:12
Apple’s Live Streaming Undergoing Massive Fail,...

Apple is experiencing a rare bit of massive FAIL with the live streaming for Tuesday's media event. From having two audio feeds during the pre-show to a live Chinese translation that makes it hard to hear Apple's executives to the stream itself dropping out to intermittent outages of Apple's site itself, this has so far been a catastrophe for a company that normally gets everything right. And Twitter is in full meltdown over it.

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09:09
Apple Unveils Larger Screen iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus...

Apple unveiled the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Tuesday during its special media event. True to the rumors, the new models are available with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays, plus Apple is keeping the 4-inch iPhone 5S in its lineup, too.

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09:09
Apple officially debuts iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

Calling it the “the biggest advancement in the history of iPhone,” Tim Cook today introduced the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which are the same devices previously leaked. They are glass-fronted, with anodized aluminum backs and stainless steel Apple logos. The new iPhone 6 comes in two screen sizes—4.7” and 5.5”—which Apple is calling “Retina HD displays,” “new in every way,” and SRGB…

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08:50
Ruminations on Apple’s Media Event: It’s Not an ‘...

The iPod wasn't just another MP3 player, the iPhone wasn't just another smartphone and the iPad wasn't a tablet computer. So then, the 'iWatch' won't be yet another a smart watch -- even if it wraps around your wrist and tells you the time. Contributing Editor Chuck La Tournous throws in his two cents about today's Apple announcement just in time for you to tell him just how wrong he was.

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06:37
Court Denies Retrial in Second Apple v Samsung...

Apple's motion for for judgement as a matter of law or a retrial in its second patent infringement case against Samsung was denied on Monday. The iPhone and iPad maker had hoped to find a way to get a ruling more in its favor in the case, but it appears the U.S. Federal Court wasn't swayed by the company's arguments.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's series of wins in its ongoing patent infringement fight with Samsung have all been slowly eroding away. Samsung's drag-it-out strategy seems to be paying off because the longer the legal fight continues the less Apple looks like a winner.

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06:29
News: Daily Deal: Get the AluPen Twist Stylus+Pen...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering the AluPen Twist, a convenient and sleek stylus and ballpoint pen combination for your iPad or iPhone. The AluPen Twist offers you the convenience of a stylus for your touchscreen and in just a twist, a high-quality ballpoint pen appears for quick note taking and jotting down all those brilliant ideas. Made from high-quality ABS/aluminum construction with a tapered design, AluPen Twist isn’t simply ergonomic…

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06:12
News: Mayo Clinic to play role in today’s Apple event

Renowned Minnesota-based medical group the Mayo Clinic will reportedly be “at (Apple’s) side” during today’s event, according to the Star Tribune. Mayo will demonstrate how Apple’s iOS 8 Health app can mesh with a major health center system. According to the article, Mayo and Apple “have been working together for about two years.” An August report noted Apple has discussed its HealthKit with other providers,…

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05:29
News: Alleged iPhone 6 benchmarks: 1.4 GHz dual-core...

Following what appeared to be a leak of a fully operational 4.7” iPhone 6 in China, a Weibo user has posted alleged results from a Geekbench 3 test on the device. The tests show a 1.4 GHz dual-core A8 chip that is “almost 20 percent more powerful” than the previous A7 chip. Reportedly, the device will continue to contain 1GB of RAM, and an 8MP camera that is said to feature an improvement in low-light image quality despite remaining…

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05:21
News: Apple Events channel returns to Apple TV for...

Following Apple’s announcement last week that today’s event will be live streamed, the Apple Events channel has returned to the Apple TV, allowing viewers to view the live stream on a television via Apple’s set-top box. The event starts at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, and Apple is expected to reveal its newest iPhones, debut the iWatch, and announce an official release date for iOS 8, amongst other announcements....

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05:10
TMO Live Coverage: Apple’s Sept 9 Media Event

Apple's September 9 media event is only hours away and The Mac Observer is on location to bring you the latest news and announcements. The company is expected to show off the iPhone 6 as well as the iWatch, and may very well have more surprises in store, too.

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04:50
Apple TV gets Live Stream Channel for Sept 9 Media...

Apple's Special Events channel appeared again on Apple TV Tuesday morning leading up to the company's media presentation at the Flint Center in Cupertino. The channel will live stream today's iPhone 6 and iWatch launch, and includes recordings from past events, too.

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04:10
Apple Store Offline Ahead of iPhone 6 Media Event

Apple's online store closed its virtual doors Tuesday morning ahead of the company's highly anticipated media event. The company is expected to introduce the iPhone 6 today, along with its first product in the wearable tech market.

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Monday September 8

14:58
How To Prepare Devices For An iOS 8 Upgrade

We know iOS 8 is coming, and we're pretty sure there's a new iPhone in the near future as well. Kelly explains how to technologically prepare devices for iOS 8 (emotionally preparing is a totally different process).

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13:37
Amazon Hacks $200 from Fire Phone - Free Under...

Amazon has dropped the price of the Fire Phone-the company's foray into smartphones-to free, just six weeks after its release. It's also one day before an Apple media event where the company is expected to unveil the next iPhone. The Mac Observer Spin: The question becomes whether or not Amazon is making any money at that price, and the answer is probably no. Of course, not making a profit is Amazon's primary business model, so we'll have to see where this goes.

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13:33
Last Chance to Pre-Order Complete iOS 8 + Swift...

Today's the last day for the Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course (Pre-Order) from Bitfountain at $79. This is a learning-by-doing course designed to teach you how to code for iOS 8 using Apple's new Swift developing language. It includes more than 350 videos with 36.5 hours of content. During the course, you'll make 14 iOS 8 apps and learn how to connect with third party APIs, use Appel's graphical interface builder, work with core data, and a lot more. The course will be released once Apple releases iOS 8 to the public, and this preorder price makes it inexpensive.

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13:21
Apple Reportedly Working on Rewards Program for...

Apple will launch a "pilot program for merchant partnerships," according "multiple sources with knowledge of the program" cited by Bank Innovation. The financial industry magazine said the program could be a rewards program for shoppers tied to the mobile payment system the company is expected to launch during a media event on Tuesday, September 9th.

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13:00
BlueLounge Soba

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12:20
Star Walk 2 for iOS Suffers a Myriad of User...

Star Walk 2 is the next generation of the venerable sky charting program by Vito Technology that was launched in 2008. This iOS app has been well received throughout the years, but the new release suffers from too many user interface and usability errors, and its does not fare well compared to the competition at the same price.

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11:08
Apple Dedicates Home Page to iPhone 6 Countdown

Apple has dedicated its home page-one of the most highly-trafficked properties on the Internet-to counting down the hours and minutes until its September 9th media event. The company is expected to unveil the iPhone 6, its first foray into wearables (a.k.a. "iWatch"), a mobile payment system, and a better look at new features in both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite.

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09:46
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-08

Apple's big media event tomorrow may have a lot to interest the fashion industry, and it's looking more and more like NFC is finally coming to the iPhone. Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's push into the fashion world, and they offer up their ideas on how they think NFC will play into the the company's plans.

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09:30
News: Report: Both iPhone 6 models to launch...

Both the 4.7” and 5.5” iPhone 6 models will launch on Friday, September 19, according to iGen.fr. While the base model’s date is expected, considering past Apple timelines, it’s been unclear as to what the larger iPhone’s release date might be amidst reports of manufacturing delays. A June report did note both iPhones might be released at the same time, but numerous claims as to production issues have called a simultaneous…

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08:49
News: New iPhone names: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus?

A new report claims that Apple will name its new iPhones the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The 4.7” model would get the regular iPhone 6 name, while iPhone 6 Plus would be the 5.5” model, according to Macotakara. It’s also noted that the lineup will feature the same colors as the 5s, with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB options — whether there’s an 128GB model is unknown. While the report’s accuracy is unclear, we first suggested…

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08:47
Zoom iQ6 XY Stereo Microphone for iPhone + iPad

Zoom's iQ5 brought a higher-quality stereo microphone solution to Lightning-equipped iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches -- at least, ones without cases. Now there's iQ6 ($100), which for the same price adds case compatibility and separately swiveling unidirectional condenser microphones to a package that's similar to iQ5 in size. Mostly made from silver plastic, iQ6 has two metal microphones on its front, each capable of being turned to transform a…

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08:00
News: Daily Deal Extended: One last Chance to get...

We’ve extended our iLounge Deal on The Complete iOS 8 and Swift Developers Course to give you one last chance to pre-order this great package for only $79! At 92% off the regular price of $998, this deal gives you an opportunity to get ready for iOS 8, preparing you to develop for the new platform by taking you through building 14 iOS 8 apps using Apple’s new Swift programming language, for a total of 36 hours of elite training. Your pre-order…

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07:25
Spigen Capsule, Neo Hybrid / EX + Ultra Hybrid for...

Another collection of new Spigen cases for the 4.7" iPhone 6 has arrived, again including variations on previously-introduced models for earlier devices. Capsule ($15) is a soft TPU plastic case that wraps around the iPhone 6, covering virtually all of its body save for the screen, bottom ports, and side ringer switch. Ultra Hybrid ($25) combines a clear hard plastic back with an opaque edge in your choice of colors, achieving the same protection…

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07:24
8 Predictions for Apple’s September 9 Media Event

Apple's big media event is set to start tomorrow, September 9, at 10 AM pacific time. What can you expect to see when CEO Tim Coom and company takes the stage? Read on to see some of The Mac Observer's predictions.

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07:22
Spigen Slim Armor / S + Tough Armor / S for iPhone 6

Continuing its bet that Apple's upcoming 4.7" iPhone will match previously-leaked dimensions, Spigen has released Slim Armor ($30), Slim Armor S ($30), Tough Armor ($35), and Tough Armor S ($35) for iPhone 6. The four cases are highly similar to one another, as each version includes hard and soft plastic layers that come together to cover most of the new iPhone's body. Slim Armor has soft corner curves versus Tough Armor's more angular edges, as the…

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06:32
News: iWatch schematics reveal boxy body?

A Reddit user has posted (via 9to5Mac) alleged schematics of Apple’s iWatch, showing what appears to be a rounded rectangular body and circular bottom sensor opening. The renderings are consistent with Apple designs, although the chassis is nowhere near as futuristic as has been postulated over the last year or so. While there’s no definitive proof that these images represent the iWatch, the detailed schematics are marked with the name…

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06:02
Leaked CAD Renderings Claim to Show iWatch Design

What looks like a set of CAD renderings for Apple's rumored iWatch have surfaced, showing the body design, biometric sensor panel, and more. The device is expected to be announced at the iPhone and iPad maker's special media event on Tuesday, September 9, along with the iPhone 6.The Mac Observer Spin: If the CAD renderings are legit, Apple is designing a smart watch that looks a lot like the square iPod nano. That doesn't seem as sleek or sexy as a round design, but maybe that's what Apple needs to fit all of the components in the case. Regardless of what form factor the iWatch takes, it's clear there's a lot of pent up interest in Apple's entrance into the wearable tech market.

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05:34
News: Latest iPhone 6 roundup: videos, battery,...

A number of recent iPhone 6 reports have surfaced in recent days, with little time left before Apple is set to unveil its newest smartphone tomorrow. YouTube user PhoneEvaluation posted a video review of the alleged iPhone 6: in it, a man compares the device to the iPhone 5s, and shows a number of the new phone’s well-documented design features and physical details. More short videos allegedly showing Apple’s latest phone in action have…

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04:58
Rumor Claims Apple Placing NFC Sensors in Disney...

Apple has reportedly been installing Near Field Communication, or NFC, sensors in its own retail stores along with Disney Store locations, adding more fuel to the rumors that the iPhone 6 will include NFC support as part of a new mobile payment system. Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 6 at a special media event on Tuesday, September 9, at the Flint Center in Cupertino.The Mac Observer Spin: As we get closer to tomorrow's media event, it seems even more certain that Apple is finally embracing NFC. What we don't know yet is if it'll be in the iPhone, iWatch, or both.

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03:34
Off-Season Episode, Live from the Penn State Mac...

Interrupting the offseason, here’s a discussion we recorded between Tim Perfitt and Dave Test, live at the 2014 Penn State Mac Admins Conference. Tim gives a little background about how iBeacon and Passbook were utilized at the conference, and Dave talks about the integration between them and the impossible-to-pronounce sched.org.Hope this tides y’all over until we’re back for season two.About Allister BanksAllister has spoken at LOPSA-East, MacTech Conference, MacAdmins Conference at Penn State, and lives in NYC. He contributes to various open source projects and speaks enough Japanese to order food.Mail | Web |...

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Sunday September 7

08:28
More than Tech: Apple Invites Fashion Editors to...

Along with the usual Apple and general tech media and bloggers, the company's September 9 product launch event will also include a long list of fashion-related reporters. The iPhone and iPad maker invited people from the fashion world to cover the event, and helps back up the accepted notion that we'll be seeing wearable devices such as the long rumored iWatch.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple hasn't invited fashion news reporters and bloggers to an event before now. This is a pretty big sign that the company is jumping into the wearables market in a serious way. Tuesday's media event is going to be a wild ride.

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07:47
MGG 518: Larrys Have Problems (That Geeks Can Solve)

iCloud Notifications, Burning CD tracks, securing network devices, backing up your NAS and much, much more. All of this in today's Mac Geek Gab episode featuring Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun, your two favorite geeks! Download today and enjoy.

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Saturday September 6

13:20
How To Clean Lint from iPhone and iPad Ports

If you have trouble charging your devices or your headphones don't work quite right, it might be an issue with junk accumulating in the 30-pin/Lightning port or the headphone jack. Kelly has some tips on how to de-gunk those ports.

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Friday September 5

16:14
Apple Reportedly Signs Walgreens and CVS to Mobile...

Apple has signed up pharmacy chains Walgreens and CVS for its upcoming mobile payment system, according to an unnamed source cited by Re/code. If true, Apple could roll out that system with as many as 15,000 retail locations.

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14:32
News: Video Review: Grace Digital Ecostone and iHome...

Our latest video review takes a look at two new waterproof Bluetooth speakers — Grace Digital’s Ecostone Bluetooth Speaker (reviewed here) and iHome’s iBN6 Waterproof Speaker (reviewed here). We’ll highlight some of the differences between these two similar speakers, which both earned the same iLounge rating. Check out our previous video reviews for Parrot’s Minidrones and Otterbox’s Agility Tablet System, as well....

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14:27
Apple Hires Designer Marc Newson for Jony Ive’s...

Apple has hired Marc Newson, an independent designer who has long worked and been friends with Apple's legendary king of design, Sir Jony Ive. Mr. Newson caught the attention of Apple-centric press in 2013 when he worked with Sir Jony to design items for an auction benefitting Bono's Project (RED).

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13:52
News: Renowned industrial designer Marc Newson...

Industrial designer Marc Newson is joining Apple’s design team, Vanity Fair reports. Newson, who collaborated with Apple SVP of Industrial Design Jony Ive for last year’s (RED) Auction, will join Ive’s team at Apple. The report notes that Newson will still be based in the U.K. as an employee, but he will make frequent visits to Apple headquarters in California. “I’m full of admiration and respect for the extraordinary design…

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13:26
Apple, Google Appeal Hiring Settlement, Accuse Judge...

Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe have appealed a federal court's dismissal of a settlement in a landmark anti-poaching case. In their appeal, the companies accuse Judge Lucy Koh of making a "clear legal error" in rejecting the settlement.

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12:24
170 Hours of Developer Training for $59

Our friends at Stack Social have put together a bundle of developer training courses called the Dynamic Dev Power Bundle. This package of Stone River eLearningâs development courses features 170 hours of training in topics like Xcode for iOS, Eclipse for Android, HTML5, Unity 3D, Bootstrapping, and Foundation Grid Framework. With it, you will learn app development, game development, web development, and responsive web design. Retail price on these training courses is $800, but through our deal it's yours for $59.

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12:15
How the iWatch Could Completely Catch the...

The iWatch could radically change our personal security in ways that haven't been discussed. John Martellaro takes to flights of technical fantasy and finally reveals what he hopes the iWatch will do that would completely catch the competition off guard.

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12:15
News: Report: iWatch battery life could disappoint

The battery life for Apple’s iWatch might be “disappointing,” The Information reports. According to the article, “People who have talked to Apple about the watch said that Apple employees have set low expectations.” It’s unclear just how long the device will last in between charges — a March 2013 report claimed the company was aiming for battery life of four to five days, but it’s tough to envision those…

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11:55
First Look: Bowers & Wilkins P5 Series 2...

Bowers & Wilkins P5 Series 2 ($300) on-ear headphones are an updated version of headphones we reviewed in November 2010. The new headphones have dark metal on the ovals outside of the earcups, and an adapter that that can connect to older A/V receivers has now been omitted. Otherwise, the headphones have a similar high-quality form factor, made from aluminum and sheep's leather. However, Bowers & Wilkins claims the sound has been beefed up, with new…

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10:52
First Look: Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard...

Logitech's new Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 ($50) can connect to three different Bluetooth devices at once, enabling a user to quickly switch from working on a Mac to an iPad to an iPhone. K480 is made entirely from plastic and it's much thicker than we expected. But it's substantially weighed down by some heavier material inside, so there's no threat of an iPad and/or iPhone tipping it over. The dial on the left lets you switch between devices.…

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09:28
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-05

Apple's reputation for tight-lipped control over what it shares with the media seems to be changing, and company CEO Tim Cook is a big part of that. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at Mr. Cook's recent interview where he talks about iCloud security and Apple's plans for improvement, plus they talk about how you can manage your Photo Stream so photos you don't want to share won't be seen.

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07:47
Apple CEO Says Better iCloud Security Coming Soon

Apple CEO Tim Cook says his company has new security measures ready for its iCloud online services and they'll launch in two weeks. His comments follow a publicity headache stemming from nude celebrity photos stolen from iCloud accounts.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple has been straight forward with information surrounding the stolen nude photos, and considering how bad it would be for the company's reputation to lie about its findings, it makes sense be up front and honest about the incident. It's good two-factor authentication will be added to more of Apple's services, but it sure would've been nice if that had happened earlier.

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06:38
Analyst: iWatch Won’t Have iPhone’s Appeal

Apple is hosting a media event on September 9 where it is expected to show off the iPhone 6 and the iWatch. Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um thinks Apple's first wearable device will interest consumers, but won't have the same appeal as the iPhone because it will be seen more as jewelry or a status symbol.The Mac Observer Spin: Assuming the iWatch is perceived as more of a status symbol than a nice looking health and fitness tracker, it probably won't sell as well as the iPhone. That said, unless Apple completely fails on the device's design, it still has the potential to be a big hit for the company.

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05:57
Redesigned Apple Store app version 3.0 adds new...

Apple has updated its Apple Store app to version 3.0 with a number of new features, ahead of the company’s upcoming event. The app has been redesigned for iPhone and iPod touch and now allows users to start shopping on one device and finish on another — you can start on a Mac, for instance, and complete the order on your iOS device. A new Stores section shows users the closest Apple Stores, along with workshops and events at those shops. Additionally,…

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05:43
Apple Store App gets Synchronized Shopping, More

Apple rolled out an update to its Apple Store app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch this week that added the ability to start shopping on one device, and continue on another. The version 3.0 update also revamped the app interface for the iPhone and iPod touch so it more closely matches the iPad version.

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