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Friday September 12

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
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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09:31
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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09:20
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...

Apple announced the Apple Watch at its live media event on Tuesday, bringing and end to rumors that the company has been working on a smart watch device. Not only does it interact with iOS 8 devices, but it also tracks health information, and will be available in two sizes and several colors.

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09:57
News: Apple debuts Apple Watch

Apple has officially introduced Apple Watch, a wearable device referred to as the iWatch until now. The watch has a square display. Coming in silver and gold with a number of different watch straps, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple Watch is “the most personal device” Apple has ever created. As expected, Apple Watch is also being billed as a health and fitness device. The Apple Watch uses a digital crown — a type of dial — on the side…

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

Apple's iOS 8 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch will be available on September 17, two days ahead of the brand new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus ship date. iOS 8 includes several new features such as HealthKit and HomeKit.

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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

Silicone rubber and leather cases were introduced for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus today. Each will come in a variety of different colors. Prices have not yet been announced....

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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 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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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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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

BlueLounge has introduced Soba ($25), a new cable management system. The total Soba package contains a 10-foot fabric tube, two end caps, three mounting caps, one Y-split cap, five rubber bands, and one zipper tool. Soba can bundle up to three cables in its tubing, and it comes in black or white. The zipper tool is used to easily open the tube and secure the cables — it's not terribly intuitive at first, but there's a guide available on BlueLounge's…

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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
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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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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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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05:30
News: Daily Deal: Get TextExpander 4 for 50% off

In today’s iLounge Deal you can grab the award-winning TextExpander 4 for only $16.99—that’s 51% off the normal price. TextExpander allows you to turn frequently used text snippets into quick keyboard shortcuts and abbreviations, allowing you to save time and type faster when dealing with your mundane and repetitive tasks such as signature blocks or commonly-used links. Not only can you create shortcuts for frequently-used text,…

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05:10
News: Tim Cook says Apple to add more security alerts

Apple will soon issue more security alerts to users in an effort to boost privacy, CEO Tim Cook told The Wall Street Journal. The company will alert users when an account password change is attempted, when iCloud data is restored to a new device, or when a device logs into an account for the first time. New notifications will start in two weeks, and users will be able to make immediate changes — the account password can be changed, or Apple’s…

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05:00
iLounge Game Spotlight: BioShock

Seven years ago, 2K Games impressed PC and console gamers with BioShock, an atypically engrossing action game that built upon Valve’s Half-Life and Ion Storm’s Deus Ex — first-person titles that transcended the shooter genre thanks to deep storylines and less gunfire-focused gameplay. BioShock’s hooks were a combination of Art Deco-inspired graphics, a large dose of Ayn Rand’s philosophy, and jitter-inducing audiovisual set…

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04:45
Pages: Locking Objects in Place

For today's article, Melissa Holt is going to go over locking objects in place, one of her favorite features in Apple's Pages program. She has also mentioned that she may include a bonus tip on grouping and ungrouping multiple items, so come on in and join the fun.

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Thursday September 4

14:21
IKEA Debuts ‘Amazing’ BookBook for 2015 with Eternal...

Not usually known for its technological offerings, IKEA released a video spotlighting the "amazing" BookBook for 2015, featuring high definition photos, a touch interface you can feel, and amazing eternal battery life. It also features "instant loading" on every page! Amazing. This is one of the more clever Apple spoofs we've seen, and it wasn't done to denigrate Apple (as is the case with most such spoofs), but rather to highlight Ikea and extoll the virtues of old-fashioned print catalogs. Discovered via The Loop. Note: You may need to watch it twice to catch everything, it's very clever.

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13:58
iRig Mic Field, a Digital Stereo Mic for Lightning...

IK Multimedia announced on Thursday iRig Mic Field, a digital stereo microphone for Lightning-equipped iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. This device is designed to capture high-quality audio using two high-quality cardioid electret condenser capsules, a 24-bit audiophile-grade A/D converter (with 44.1/48kHz sample rate), a 115 dB maximum SPL rating, and a built in low-noise, high-definition preamp. Because it uses the Lightning port, it can be used for either standalone audio or for capturing audio for a video, too. It works in conjunction with iRig Recorder, the company's audio recording app for iOS, but it's also compatible with Core Audio and Core Video-enabled apps, including Apple's GarageBand, Voice Memo, Camera, and iMovie. iRig Mic Field is US$99.99/â79.99, and it ships in October....

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13:41
TextExpander 4 for Mac: $16.99

If you have been reading The Mac Observer or listening to our podcasts for any length of time, you probably know how much we love everything Smile Software does. That's particularly true for TextExpander, the company's killer utility for automating any kind of text string you frequently use. Your signature, a URL, your phone number, boilerplate language...anything. Thanks to our friends at Stack Social, we can offer you a deal on TextExpander 4 for US$16.99, less than half the retail price. Note that version 5 is in beta, and that this deal is only for version 4, but if you need it now, this is the discount you've been looking for.

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13:13
Mac: Mobee Technology Magic Hub

Mobee Technology is back with another cool Mac peripheral, this time taking its usual unique design to the world of USB hubs. Mobee’s Magic Hub is the world’s first four-port USB 3.0 hub designed to sit discretely at the back of an iMac or Apple Display. Not only does Magic Hub attach to the back of your Mac stand like it was designed to be there, but it’s even directly powered by your standard Apple power cord, passing power through…

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13:10
How To Manage Apple’s Photo Stream on Mac OS or...

Sometimes the need arises to manage iCloud Photo Streams from a computer. Kelly explains how to enable or disable Photo Streams and how to delete specific photos on both a Mac and a Windows machine.

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12:46
News: Withings unveils Home video monitor

Withings has announced Home ($220), an HD camera with environmental sensors, designed for video and audio monitoring. The camera offers HD video up to 1080p with zoom, and two digital microphones allow for two-way talk. Users can receive notifications based on events such as movement or crying. Each time an event is detected, Home takes a photo and a video, and stores it for two days. The clips can be downloaded and kept free of charge, and additional…

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12:43
WSJ Claims iWatch Will Have NFC for Mobile Payment...

Apple's iWatch will come with NFC to be used with a mobile payment system, according to unnamed source cited by The Wall Street Journal. This will be an extension of the rumored mobile payment system that Apple will also be unveiling with the iPhone 6 during the company's September 9th media event.

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12:13
Apple to Live Stream Sept 9 Media Event

Apple special media event on September 9 just became a little more accessible because the iPhone and iPad maker will be live streaming the invitation-only presentation. The company is expected to unveil new iPhone models along with the rumored iWatch wearable fitness tracker.The Mac Observer Spin: It's pretty clear Apple has some big announcements in store for next Tuesday, and the company wants to make sure as many people as possible get in on its message.

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12:07
Report: Apple negotiated lower card transaction fees...

Apple has successfully negotiated lower card transaction fees for its upcoming mobile payment system, according to Bank Innovation. The Cupertino company has reportedly reached deals with American Express, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Capital One, and Bank of America. Apparently, Apple has convinced the financial institutions to consider the mobile payments as “card present” transactions, and has settled on a reduced “card present”…

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11:33
News: NYT: iWatch to have flexible screen, wireless...

Another new report has surfaced on the verge of Apple’s introduction of the iWatch and iPhone 6, this one from The New York Times. According to the report, Apple’s iWatch will have a flexible display panel covered by sapphire. The device will also utilize wireless charging. On the new iPhones, the Times reports that a one-handed mode will be available. That mode — which can be switched on or off — will make it easier to use the larger…

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11:20
News: Apps of the Week: The Met, Iconic, Infinity...

New Apps The Met (free) — The country’s largest art museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, has released its own official app — The Met. A great starting point for visiting the museum, the app lets users browse listings of current exhibitions and daily events. Museum admission, membership, and event tickets can all be purchased from the app, as well. Though it’s best for visitors, The Met will likely be of interest…

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10:40
Apple announces live stream for September 9 event

Apple has announced that it will live stream its September 9 event. The company’s website now has a “live” page featuring a countdown clock to the time of the event. Apple users are also offered a link to add the event to their calendars. It’s expected that Apple will reveal its newest iPhones and debut its iWatch next Tuesday....

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09:45
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-04

We're finally getting leaks confirming the iWatch is real, and they seem to be coming from inside Apple. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about why we're suddenly getting an apparent iWatch confirmation, along with some talk about information control tactics, and just how much they think Apple's wearable device will cost.

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08:26
News: WSJ: iWatch, iPhone 6 to both have NFC

Both Apple’s upcoming iWatch and iPhone 6 will include near field communication, The Wall Street Journal reports, adding its voice to the chorus of those expecting Apple to use NFC in upcoming devices. NFC is “central” to Apple’s plans for a mobile payment system, the report notes. The report also claims the iWatch will come in two sizes, both featuring a “curved organic” LED screen. While Apple plans on taking…

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07:50
News: New report alleges continued violations at...

A new report released by Green America and China Labor Watch titled “Two Years of Broken Promises” accuses Apple of failing to fix violations at supplier Catcher Technology in Suqian, China. Many violations found in a 2013 investigation at the supplier — violations which were shared with Apple — were reportedly seen again in an undercover investigation conducted this August. Employees are said to work excessive overtime and long shifts…

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07:26
News: Orbotix launches Ollie by Sphero

Orbotix has officially launched Ollie ($100), the new app-controlled toy by Sphero. First seen at CES 2014 as Sphero 2B — the two-wheeled robot earned an iLounge Best of Show award — Ollie can travel up to 14 mph and get up to one hour of play on a full three-hour USB charge. Ollie is controlled using an app and connects to an iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth Smart, boasting a range of 30 meters (98 feet). The toy’s polycarbonate body features…

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07:19
Want Real World Maps for LTE Coverage? There’s an...

AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint all offer coverage maps showing just how great their high speed smartphone data connections are, but those aren't always a completely realistic representation of what sort of signal strength you can really expect. If you want to see what kind of signal strength people are really getting in most any area, there's an app for that -- and a website, too.

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06:43
News: Harman Kardon debuts Infinity One, Esquire...

Harman Kardon introduced its fall lineup today, including its new premium portable Bluetooth speaker, Infinity One ($300). Infinity One has passive radiators which claim to make the small speaker sound like a much larger system. The water-resistant speaker also includes a 5V 2.1A output for charging. Now available for preorder, Harman Kardon expects Infinity One to ship on November 9. Additionally, Harman Kardon’s Bluetooth-equipped Esquire…

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06:26
News: Daily Deal: Get Access to Premium WordPress...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering a lifetime subscription to a great collection of premium WordPress themes for only $69—80% off the normal price. The TeslaThemes Developer Plan gives you access to over 25 feature-rich WordPress themes, with 1-2 new themes added each month. Each of the themes is easily customizable and includes all theme files, HTML documentation with snapshots and step-by-step instructions, an import demo XML, optional…

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06:09
Apple’s Jonathon Ive Apparently Confirms iWatch,...

Apple's Senior Vice President of Design, Jonathan Ive, seems to have tipped the company's hand and revealed that the iWatch is real, and that it won't look like every other smartwatch that's hit the market. Mr. Ive has apparently been bragging about the device and one of the designers who has been working on the project told the New York Times just what he said.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple product designers openly talking about unannounced products? Unless the New York Times misunderstood what the Apple employee said -- or the source misconstrued Mr. Ive's comments -- the fact that they confirmed the iWatch is real is even more surprising than what features it will include.

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05:38
News: Ive on the iWatch: Switzerland is in trouble

A new story about wearable tech in The New York Times contains a striking supposed quote from Apple design chief Jony Ive about Apple’s upcoming iWatch. According to an Apple designer, Ive was bragging about how cool the iWatch would be, and said that Switzerland is in trouble — though Ive’s preferred language was stronger than “trouble.” It’s a little morsel of hype for a device expected to make its official debut…

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05:03
U2 Denies Involvement in Apple’s Sept 9 Media Event

Following reports that U2 would perform at Apple's September 9 media event and launch their next album by bundling it with the unannounced iPhone 6, the band has come out denying it will be involved at all.The Mac Observer Spin: The rumor that U2 would play at Apple's media event, along with the fact that shoppers are already lining up for unannounced products, shows just how much excitement there is surrounding the launch. You don't see lines like this, or big name band rumors, for Microsoft surface announcements, or Samsung's latest smartphone release.

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Wednesday September 3

16:29
How To Disable Your iOS Photo Stream

Syncing your entire Photo Stream to iCloud may not be what you want to do, but you may not even know you're doing it. Kelly explains how to find and enable or disable the setting as needed.

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12:45
How to Check Your AT&T iPhone Upgrade Eligibility

With Apple's formally announced Media Event on September 9, the expectation is that Apple will be announcing an iPhone 6, perhaps in two sizes. Here's a handy guide to help you determine if your current iPhone is eligible for an upgrade with AT&T.

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11:28
News: Bowers & Wilkins debuts new P5, C5 Series...

Bowers & Wilkins has debuted its new P5 Series 2 ($300) on-ear headphones and C5 Series 2 ($180) earphones. The new P5 headphones are said to combine the former P5’s portable form factor with the power and sonic approach of the company’s P7 headphones (reviewed here). Featuring new drivers, and new internal components, the P5 Series 2 still sport high-end materials such as leather ear cup covers and a metal headband frame....

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11:15
How to Delete Photos From Photo Stream

While iCloud photo sharing can be useful, not everything needs to be synced. Kelly explains how to delete photos from Photo Stream.

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11:01
Mac: VMware Fusion 7

VMware has announced Fusion 7 ($70), its newest software allowing users to run Windows programs on a Mac. The release is no surprise — every year VMware and Parallels Software release their new virtualizers around the same time, supporting the latest OS X revisions. As expected, Fusion 7 is compatible with OS X Yosemite, featuring enhanced Retina display support, multi-GPU optimizations, and over 40% improvements in both performance and energy utilization…

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10:39
Line Forms at NYC Apple Store One Week Before Media...

Apple hasn't even had its media event, and yet people are already lining up at the company's 5th Ave. Apple Store in New York City. Dan Benton (@dcbandor) posted photos to Twitter of four people who were bundled up in portable chairs on the sidewalk a week ahead of Apple's September 9th media event.

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10:04
News: The Room Three coming to iOS next spring

Fireproof Games has announced that The Room Three will hit the App Store in spring 2015. An early announcement, The Room Three is sure to be a highly anticipated title as the newest game in the popular atmospheric puzzle series. The Room Two was released late last year, and The Room (reviewed here) was first released in 2012. Fireproof says the newest Room game “promises to evolve the mysterious story and take puzzle solving to higher and weirder…

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09:50
Apple Reported to be Ramping up Production of iPad...

A supply chain rumor has Apple ramping up production of what's been most often called the iPad Air 2. The new iPad is reported to have the same size display, an enhanced processor and Touch ID.

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09:29
DJI Phantom FC40 Drone: $499

Speaking of drones, check out today's deal on the DJI Phantom FC40. This thing has an onboard camera that will send your iPhone a live feed of what it's shooting over a 2.4G Wi-Fi connection from up to 328 feet away. The drone also has an auto-hover feature, an auto-pilot, and the remote control unit works up to 1,640 feet away. It's a lot of drone, and it retails for $649. Through our deal, you can get it for $499. Use coupon code PHANTOM35 at checkout, and take another $35 off. There are five days left on this deal as of this writing.

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

Dave Hamilton, John Martellaro, and substitute host Bryan Chaffin talk about Apple's potential with credit card transactions and how that plays into security. Speaking of security, they also look at Apple's efforts to manage the fallout from the celebrity photo theft in advance of the September 9th media event.

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07:40
ACM 270: Apple iCloud Reputation, iPhone NFC, and...

Apple has its hands full with managing the fallout from the theft of celebrity photos, and the company is being aggressive to get ahead of the story. Then there's the September 9th media event and growing reports that Apple will-at long last-embrace NFC. Lastly, drones are ever-more capable and ever-more affordable-what will that mean for companies like Apple who work so hard to protect their secrets.

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06:19
News: Daily Deal: Last chance to get three years of...

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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05:52
News: China Mobile already accepting iPhone 6...

The world’s largest cellular carrier, China Mobile, has already started accepting preorders for Apple’s still-unannounced iPhone 6. According to China Daily, the program is currently only available in Beijing, and more than 33,000 preorders have already been made. Customers can choose between a 4.7” or 5.5” screen when ordering, as well as 16, 32, and 64GB capacities. No release date is listed, but a source said the iPhone…

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05:30
News: Apple updates App Store Guidelines, reveals...

Apple has updated its App Store Guidelines ahead of its upcoming release of iOS 8 and iPhone 6. The updated introduction notes that “If your App doesn’t do something useful, unique or provide some form of lasting entertainment, or if your app is plain creepy, it may not be accepted.” Guidelines have been added for Extensions, HomeKit, HealthKit, and TestFlight. The new guidelines should alleviate some users’ fears about the…

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04:00
How to Use Sticky Keys in OS X

If you've never poked around within the Accessibility pane of System Preferences, you really should, as it contains all sorts of features for helping out people who have trouble interacting with the Mac. For today's Quick Tip, we're going to cover a little-known option that can assist folks with dexterity issues.

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Tuesday September 2

13:33
MGG 517: Random Access Gab

Two geeks. Your question. Answers. Tips. How can you go wrong? You can't, unless you don't listen! Wanna learn the best way to swap an SSD in - and when it's not necessary? Want to learn how to backup your massive iMovie library? Having battery woes? Lightning connector not working properly? All this and more in this week's Mac Geek Gab! Download, press play and let the cogitation commence!

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13:19
Cartoon Network Turns to iOS App Maker Pixel Press...

Pixel Press Floors has partnered with Cartoon Network to create an Adventure Time themed Pixel Press Floors-style game, titled Adventure Time: Game Wizard. This will allow anyone to draw a level of the game and guide characters from Adventure Time through it.

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13:12
Last Chance for 8 Award-Winning Mac Apps for $39.99

It's the last day for the Award-Winning MacLovin' Bundle, eight award-winning Mac apps with a retail price of $861 that you can get for $39.99. Those apps are: Cinemagraph Pro, djay, NetSpot Pro, Keyboard Maestro, Hype 2, Dropzone 3, Moom, and Boom. Those are all high quality pieces of software, and they have all earned at least one award from magazine. If that's not enough, this bundle deal also includes a developer training course called The OS X App Masterclass. There's a lot of value in this bundle, but there's just six hours left as of this writing. Get on it!

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13:00
Apple’s Deal with Major Credit Cards Companies Has...

It's one thing for a company that makes great hardware to move into wearables. It's quite another to delve into mobile payments. But the two are linked in ways we don't yet appreciate.

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11:34
Samsung Taps David Hasselhoff, Knight Rider, and Kit...

Samsung released on Tuesday a rather entertaining commercial for its (lolbecauseapplehomekit) smart home effort. I'm not sure what exactly the commercial is pushing, but it features David Hasselhoff and his Knight Rider legacy, as well as William Daniels, reprising his role as the voice of Kit, Mr. Hasselhoff's "smart car." Of particular enjoyment is Mr. Hasselhoff's attempt to smooth talk a hot young member of the crew, who is plainly unimpressed and mentions her father might have talked about Knight Rider. Maybe. As I said above, it's very entertaining. One other note: that this commercial is devoid of specifics could suggest that Samsung has at last learned it lesson, and will wait to copy what Apple unveils after the unveiling rather than release a sad, pathetic excuse of a "FIRST POST!" product beforehand that it then has to apologize for later. We'll see. [Via Mashable]

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11:28
Review: Soundfreaq Double Spot SFQ-09 Wireless...

Most of Soundfreaq’s speakers require no explanation: it’s clear from their designs that they are made to be stationary, portable, ultra-portable, clock radios, or highly budget-sensitive. Double Spot doesn’t fit neatly into any of those categories. It’s based upon the company’s stripped-down $70 Sound Spot, yet it’s more than twice as large, and roughly twice as expensive.   When asked to explain Double Spot’s…

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11:19
Apple: Celebrity Photo Theft Due to Compromised...

Apple released a statement Tuesday claiming that stolen celebrity photo thefts released over the holiday weekend were the result of targeted attacks on individual accounts, rather than a breach of iCloud security or Find My iPhone. The company said in an "Apple Media Advisory" that it was continuing to investigate and was working with law enforcement to identify the thieves.The Mac Observer Spin: That statement was an uncharacteristically quick response for Apple-it's also a sign that the company wants to get out in front of this issue. This is precisely the kind of issue where Apple is best served by being open, transparent, and aggressive.

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10:50
News: Apple: Celeb photo hack ‘very targeted attack...

In response to allegations that iCloud played a role in the recent release of many private celebrity photos, Apple has confirmed that “certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet.” Despite the account intrusions, Apple claims that none of its systems, including iCloud and Find my iPhone, were breached. The…

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09:03
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-02

Your online photos may not be quite as safe as you think. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet talk about the news that nude photos from several celebrities have been stolen, how thermal imaging cameras can steal your credit card PIN code, and what you can do to protect yourself.

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08:03
iHome iBN6 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Originally shown at CES back in January, iBN6 has three major and interrelated things going for it: an edgy new body and a IPX7 waterproof certification at a very affordable price. iHome is arguably the king of $100 speakers — it has had more very good and great options at this price point than any other Apple accessory maker — and iBN6 has been designed to deliver a compelling waterproof experience despite selling for $50 less than Grace Digital’s…

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07:22
Analyst: New iPhones Coming, Maybe an iWatch, too

With Apple's September 9 media event only days away, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says two iPhone models are coming with NFC support and a digital payment system may be announced, but he puts the odds on an iWatch announcement at 50 percent. He also expects first weekend iPhone 6 sales will be strong, but won't beat last year's 9 million unit iPhone launch.The Mac Observer Spin: If first weekend iPhone 6 sales don't top iPhone 5S sales, get ready for the "Apple is doomed" reports. And if there isn't an iWatch announcement, the "If Steve Jobs were alive" articles won't be far behind.

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06:29
News: Apple investigating “iCloud” celebrity photo...

Apple is “actively investigating” a recent celebrity photo hack that may have involved its iCloud service, Re/Code reports. The hack has leaked a large number of private, revealing photos of various celebrities, and iCloud has come under fire. Actress Kirsten Dunst tweeted a sarcastic “Thank you iCloud,” with some choice emoji. “We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report,” Apple…

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06:29
News: Daily Deal: The Award-Winning MacLovin’ Bundle

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up eight great Mac apps for only $39.99—that’s 95% off the regular price—in our MacLovin’ Bundle. The bundle includes Cinemagraph Pro, Djay, NetSpot Pro, Keyboard Maestro, Hype, Dropzone, Moom, and Boom. Plus, as an added bonus, you even get the OS X App Master Class—22 hours of instruction on how to make fantastic Mac apps. Grab The Award-Winning MacLovin’ Bundle now for only…

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06:13
Report Claims iWatch Still in Testing, No Sept 9...

Apple's rumored iWatch is still in the engineering testing phase and hasn't made it to production testing yet, according to insider sources. The sources also say the iWatch won't make an appearance at Apple's September 9 media event.The Mac Observer Spin: This looks like a case where someone is trying to weave an entire tapestry from a single thread, and they're misinterpreting what little information they have. What's more likely is that Apple will introduce its wearable next week, but won't ship anything until late this year or some time in early 2015.

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05:48
News: Elgato debuts Eve home sensor product line

Elgato has debuted its new Eve line of home sensor products at the IFA Trade Show in Berlin. The line of sensors — six are shown on Elgato’s website — will gather data on air quality, temperature, humidity, air pressure, and energy and water consumption in a home. Users will be able to access all the data in Elgato’s free upcoming Eve app. The company says it will “announce and make available solutions” based on Apple’s…

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04:50
Apple Lands Digital Wallet Deal with Amex, Visa,...

Apple's plans to turn our iPhones into digital wallets took a big leap forward now that the company has reportedly struck deals with American Express, Visa, and MasterCard. Along with the major credit card companies, Apple has deals in place with major retailers and banks, according to insider sources familiar with the company's plans.The Mac Observer Spin: Assuming Apple does include NFC technology in the iPhone 6, it could be a move to support digital wallet systems outside the United States. Or, Apple could continue to ignore NFC and pursue its own digital payment system that combines WiFi, iBeacons, and apps.

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Monday September 1

13:52
Apple Fixes iCloud Security Gap, ‘Actively...

Apple closed a gap in iCloud security over the holiday weekend, a gap that facilitated brute-force password breaking. The move comes in the wake of celebrity nude photos that were allegedly stolen from PhotoStream iCloud storage and distributed online. Apple issued a statement on Monday saying it was actively investigating the reports.

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05:00
News: Happy Labor Day from iLounge

In observance of Labor Day in the U.S. (and Labour Day in Canada), iLounge will be on a limited posting schedule today. We will return to our normal schedule with regular updates on Tuesday, September 2. Have a great holiday!...

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04:00
Happy Labor Day

In observance of Labor Day, a U.S. holiday, The Mac Observer will be taking the day off for a little outdoor fun with friends and family, and we hope you are, too. We'll resume our regular publishing schedule on Tuesday, September 2. Enjoy the holiday!

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Sunday August 31

13:23
How to Use a FLIR Camera to Steal a PIN Code, and...

The FLIR One camera is a very cool personal thermal imaging camera that attaches to your iPhone. That's cool. I love this thing. It makes thermal imaging inexpensive and highly portable. It turns, out, however, that it also makes a long-known method of stealing a PIN code much more accessible, as shown in the video below. Mark Rober posted a detailed video to YouTube explaining and demonstrating the problem. Better still, he also shows you how to protect yourself against this method (touch all of the keys while you're entering your PIN). Show this to your friends and family and get them to spread the word. The screenshot I included shows the problem at a glance. Watch the video for the full story. [Via TheLoop]

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11:54
Apple’s Spaceship Campus through a Drone’s Eye

Check out this very cool video of Apple's spaceship campus construction site, shot through a GoPro Hero 3+ Black edition mounted on a drone. We've seen several great photos from KCBS reporter Ron Cervi, but YouTube member jmcminn's high definition video is a feast for the Apple-obsessed eye. The video, which was shot on August 24th, shows more progress on the building's structure, including some slab work (or whatever futury thing Apple is doing for its foundation). Also, while we're here, think about the number of drones that could be flying over corporate HQ's everywhere sooner, rather than later. For company's like Apple whose ply in trade is built partially on secrets, drones are part of a brave new world. [Via Fortune -> @applespotlight]

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Monday August 25

08:02
How to sync music to your iPod when your library is...

Learn about the iPod Selection playlist in iTunes.

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Thursday August 21

08:00
Logic Pro X, MainStage 3: Issues installing...

Installing the Logic Pro X or MainStage 3 additional content may not complete, or the estimated time may be longer than you expect.

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07:57
Logic Pro X : Using shared network volumes

If you store a project or it's audio files on a shared network volume, the following issues could occur: 

Audio files might not be edited in the Audio File Editor. 
Fades might not be created or updated. 
Playback may stutter or have other issues. 

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Tuesday August 19

14:36
Courses to study for the ACMT 9L0-011 exam

This article lists the courses that you should review for the 9L0-011 ACMT exam. 

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14:31
Courses to study for the ACMT 9L0-065 exam

This article lists the courses that you should review for the 9L0-065 exam.

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12:42
Motion version 5.1.2: Release notes

Learn about current and previous Motion updates.

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Sunday August 17

09:14
Sydney Mac Admins August Meet Up

To All Sydney Mac Admins,Our next Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 27th of August.We have a booking at 6pm at Hart’s Pub, Corner of Essex & Gloucester St, The Rocks.Any one who has an interest in managing OS X or iOS is very welcome to come. You don’t need to be an expert. It is a great opportunity to meet your fellow Mac/iOS admins.You can now RSVP and register to be notified of future events at http://www.meetup.com/Sydney-Mac-Admins/I hope to see you there,Marcus.About Marcus RowellMarcus Rowell is a Mac Systems Administrator and IT generalist who is trying to make IT simple and reliable. He can be found on Twitter as @mrowell.Mail |...

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Thursday August 14

06:53
MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2014): Might show incorrect...

If you're using a MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2014), you might see "134681" or a similar number instead of your computer model when you choose Apple () menu > About This Mac > More Info. Additionally, you might see the model name listed in English even when you're using OS X in another language.

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Wednesday August 13

12:20
Apple security updates

This document outlines security updates for Apple products.

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12:16
About the security content of Safari 6.1.6 and...

This document describes the security content of Safari 6.1.6 and Safari 7.0.6

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Tuesday August 5

04:25
Look Less Silly on Github

And with Git in GeneralSo you’ve gotten ok with scripts, or at least have tasked yourself with sorting through and in some cases slinging around plain text files. You’ve even heard about this Github thing, maybe you’ve already made an account, maybe you’re even digging in to it more often. What could go wrong? Instead of me just being critical of strangers on Twitter, here’s a few things you may want to avoid when starting out, with some other background to get a better handle on things. Let me know what I’m overlooking or am just plain wrong about in the comments! Get the gistI’m not going to provide a full introduction to code sharing sites, but it comes up often enough that you can also paste code you’re working on at Github’s associated gist.github.com site. Even anonymously, this is a quick and easy way to let others see log files or code you’re working on, stack multiple files behind one URL, and keep it ‘private’ so only folks you give the URL to can see it. Versus...

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Wednesday June 8

16:36
Sprint iPhone in advanced testing?

Sunday March 13

13:49
HTC Incredible S Gets Pictured in the Wild

Friday March 11

21:55
iPad 2 orders already shipping for delivery next week

Monday January 3

13:52
iPhone Alarm Bug Still Causing Issues for Some Users

Monday May 3

08:17
iPad: How to transfer or sync content to your...
Apple Games Features WarBirds Dogfights

February 26, 2010 6:00 AMApple Games has posted a new feature article, this time taking to the dangerous skies of WarBirds Dogfights from iEntertainment Network. In the game players choose from a large variety of historically accurate aircraft and fly in the game's many missions or engage in combat against other players online. The article includes an overview of the game, comments from iEntertainment CEO Bill Stealey, and a short history of flight sims.When you go online, Stealey explains, first we send you to the Special Training Arena, because we learned that new players get shot down very quickly in the regular arenas. He pauses while getting a bead on an enemy plane; he litters one wing with bullets and a teammate finishes the kill. In the Special Training Arena, all players are on the same side, he adds. His team also created CheckRide and CheckOut training options: the former is aimed at experienced flight simmers who want to work on advanced tactics, while the latter is for...

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More Din's Curse Creatures Unveiled

February 26, 2010 6:00 AMSoldak Entertainment, developer of Depths of Peril and Kivi's Underworld, has released more new information about the upcoming action RPG, Din's Curse. The latest update features three new additions to the creature list with the unveiling of the Evil Leprechaun, the Scree, and the Plaguebringer.Evil LeprechaunA nether creature, this small fiend can smell coins of all kinds and will steal from anyone. When it runs away with new found wealth, it'll rely on other brutish allies to protect it from retribution. Scree Chaos rips through the core of the world, a deadly doorway to dimensions beyond. The Scree slipped through into the underworld, cowardly mini-demons ready to mob their enemies when the numbers were on their side.Click over to the link below for more information.Din's Curse MonstersSoldak Entertainment...

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id Developers Discuss Original Quake Public Beta...

February 26, 2010 6:00 AMBethesda Softworks has posted a new blog featuring comments from id Software's John Carmack, Tim Willits, and others about the release of the first public beta of the original Quake 14 years ago. The participants shared their memories of the release of the game and its then innovative features.John Carmack, Co-founder and Technical Director, id Software:We were watching a live online chat when the upload went live. When the first person got it, there was a great clamor for reports about what it looked like. Unfortunately, one of the first things reported was There is a turtle in the corner of the screen. I had a check in the code to draw that icon as a sign that you were running at 10 frames a second or less, so you should reduce quality settings to get a more playable experience. Quake was one of the first PC apps where floating point performance was a critical factor, which meant that Intels Pentium processor had a huge lead over the competing AMD and...

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World Of Warcraft Twitter Q&A Today

February 26, 2010 6:00 AMBlizzard Entertainment has announced an upcoming Twitter chat for fans interested in talking with the World of Warcraft development team about recently released content for the game. The question and answer session will be focused on Icecrown Citadel and Fall of the Lich King and will be held on Blizzard's Twitter page February 26 at 5 PM PST.We will be holding our next Developer Chat on Twitter on Friday, February 26, at 5:00 p.m. PST with World of Warcraft's lead content designer and lead systems designer. This chat session will focus on Icecrown Citadel and other Fall of the Lich King content. Questions will be taken live through Twitter, so be sure to sign up for a Twitter account at https://twitter.com/signup and follow account @Warcraft in order to participate! To submit a question for the Developer Chat, please tweet using the #BlizzChat hashtag between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p....

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id Software Celebrates One Year Of Quake Live

February 25, 2010 6:00 AMid Software has kicked off celebration of Quake Live's first year with a Year One Event continuing through March 9th. During the event players who participate in online matches will receive special Year One awards. id has also released a new level, Fallout Bunker, and plans to add both new maps and old favorites from the community.One year ago today id Software launched browser-based (and totally free) version of Quake III Arena and since then players have spent over 8.9 million hours in over 60 million ranked matches, earning 8 million awards and 810 million frags. To celebrate Quake Lives milestone, id Software has launched Quake Lives Year One Event. The event runs from today through March 9th. During that time, anyone that participates in an online match will receive a special Year One award. To help get the year off to a good start, the team has also uploaded a new level, Fallout Bunker. As the team moves forward, they plan to bring many new fighting...

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Diablo II Patch 1.13b Enters Public Test Realms

February 25, 2010 6:00 AMBlizzard Entertainment recently revealed that the long delayed patch for Diablo II has once again entered beta testing on the public test realms. Version 1.13b will introduce a variety of bug fixes and updates as well as respecialization options, and a new mystery to be solved by players of Hell difficulty.Major Bugs:

  • Fixed an item dupe bug.
  • Video improvements for Intel Mac machines with OS 10.5 or greater.
  • Fixed an issue where some players could kill other players while in town ("TPPK").
  • Fixed an issue where some players could disconnect other players when they had too many active states.
  • Fixed two issues where players could stack auras in an unintended way.

Specific changes/improvements:

  • Respecialization is now possible! Completing the 'Den of Evil' quest will now additionally reward 1 free respec which can be saved. Players who have already completed this quest should receive 1 free...

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New Details Revealed About Spiderweb's Next RPG

February 25, 2010 6:00 AMThe Gamer Studio has released a new interview with Spiderweb Software's Jeff Vogel about the company's upcoming new RPG title. The as of yet unnamed game will kick off a new series and will mark a departure from Vogel's popular Avernum and Geneforge series. The new game will retain a turn-based, party focused, fantasy role playing format with an all new world and history to explore.Could you give us a brief summary of the storyline?The known world is divided into the Pact and the Farlands. The Pact is an alliance of five nations, who have banded together to keep the barbarians and monsters of the Farlands at bay. You are one of the elite warriors of the Pact, given almost limitless authority to hunt enemies inside and out. You get all the best weapons and powerful magic, all the cool toys, but the responsibility and danger are both considerable. And you have a very difficult boss to please. That's where we're at so far. What was the inspiration behind it?...

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