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Friday September 26

13:29
Apple no longer signing iOS 7.1.2, preventing...

Apple has officially stopping signing iOS 7.1.2, reports say. The move means that people who already have iOS 8 installed won't be able to downgrade. The v7.1.2 firmware can still be downloaded by iPhone 4 owners, however, since their devices are incompatible with iOS 8....

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13:24
Forums: iOS 8.0.2 update fixes some reported issues

Today in the MacNN forums, members begin to discuss the first update to iOS 8, some report no problems as of yet, others are stating there are some things missing such as recent pics. One Junior Member was trying to figure out why it was that every time they used "Find My iPhone" on the iPhone 6, it erased all their music....

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13:13
MLB At Bat app will for the first time live stream...

The MLB.com At Bat app was updated today alongside a couple notable announcements including the league’s plan to live stream every World Series game and select Postseason games to all of its MLB.TV Premium subscribers through the app. The 2014 World Series is set to kick off on October 21. 
The release notes add that the app will now also offer “Live Postseason coverage for every game through the 2014 World Series” and a Postseason.TV feature with “Live companion coverage featuring up to 10 alternate camera angles for the AL Wild Card, AL Division Series and AL Championship Series (TBS broadcasts only).”
The update MLB.com At Bat app is available in the App Store now for iPhone and iPad. Regular $129 for the full year, an MLB.TV Premium subscription is available to...

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13:11
External Link: The Place iPhones Go to Die

In response to claims that the iPhone 6 bends in pants pockets, Apple gave The Verge a rare look at the facility where it stress tests new iPhone models. Apple tested 30,000 iPhones before release, including a special test that simulates pressure inside a pants pocket. Apple claims that out of over 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models sold so far, there have only been nine complaints about bent phones. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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13:10
You’ve got Office on your homepage

Today’s post was written by Matt Gauthier, senior program manager with the Office Online team.
You can now start Microsoft Office Online from Bing, as well as from the exciting new MSN, which you can now preview. So no matter what homepage you prefer—your Office documents are always just one click away.

If you haven’t heard about Office Online– it is Microsoft’s take on Google Docs. Office Online includes a version of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote that work in your browser without having to install anything. Just visit office.com and start working. All your documents are stored in your personal OneDrive cloud storage so you can access them using any computer. Both...

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13:03
Apple Pay Roundup: Everything We Know, Coming in...

Apple Pay is Apple's new mobile payments service, which it first debuted in September alongside the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, and the Apple Watch. Apple Pay is expected to become widely available to consumers beginning in October, and ahead of its official release, we've gathered everything that's currently known about the service into a roundup so users can get an idea of what to expect. With Apple Pay, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners will be able to make payments for goods and services with their iPhones, both in stores and within participating apps, using the NFC chip built into the devices. While Apple Pay will initially be restricted to iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners, iPhone 5, 5c, and 5s users will also be able to take advantage of the service if they purchase an Apple Watch after it is released. Apple has described Apple Pay as the most secure payment solution available, as it uses Device Account Numbers rather than...

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13:02
HealthKit support added to WebMD, Carrot Fit, Yummly...

In addition to FitPort and MyFitnessPal, a few more app updates with HealthKit support have become available on the App Store. These updates allow you to share health and fitness data with Apple’s new Health app on iOS 8 now that Apple has enabled HealthKit with the release of iOS 8.0.2 after issues in iOS 8.0 and iOS 8.0.1....

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12:48
Last Chance for The Productive Design Mac Bundle: $...

There's two days left on the Productive Design Mac Bundle, a collection of 6 apps and a sub-bundle of subscription services for $39.99. The apps include Ember, Pixa, Poser 10, Anime Studio Pro 10, Art Text 2, and TotalFinder. You also get the Design Hacker Bundle, a collection of service subscriptions that include access to design templates, testing, graphics, Web hosting, and design. There are details on the apps and services on the deal listing. Combined they would add up to $943 retail, making the $39.99 deal price a huge bargain.

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12:40
Grading Apple’s Snafus: Which Ones Are Major, Which...

By some standards, Apple has had a rough two weeks. The media has pointed to these problems for several classic reasons: attention and money. But how bad is it really? Which problems are real and which ones will blow over? John Martellaro does his grading.

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12:30
News: iLounge Weekly coming Monday, sign up now

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

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12:30
Dead Giveaway finishes dead last

With the Halloween season rapidly approaching, a game featuring zombies just might be seasonally apropos. Dead Giveaway is a free game (with in-app purchases) for iOS 6 or later, universally available but optimized for iPhone 5. Initially, I didn't...

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12:24
News: Apps of the Week: OmniFocus 2 for iPad,...

New Apps OmniFocus 2 for iPad ($40)—A long-awaited iPad refresh of the popular power-user productivity app. While OmniGroup came out with an updated, iOS 7-ified version of OmniFocus 2 for iPhone last year, the already more feature-rich iPad app lagged a bit, retaining its iOS 6 style UI, but remaining compatible with the OmniFocus suite of products. The new update features a meticulously revamped UI similar to that found in the iPhone and Mac…

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12:16
Apple deals: current-gen. refurbished Mac Pros now...

Finally on the refurbished shelf at Apple's online store are current-generation Mac Pro models. Starting at $2,549, after a $290 discount, is the Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz Intel quad-core Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM, 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage and dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics. Priced at $4,919 is the refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.5GHz Intel 6-core Xeon E5 processor, 32GB of RAM, 1TB of PCIe-based flash storage and dual AMD FirePro D700 graphics processors....

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12:12
DealNN: MBP, refurbished Mac Pro and more

At B&H this week they have cut the price on the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Reina display down from $1,379 to $1,279. That discount makes this the lowest price we have seen on this MBP configuration by about $90. Free shipping is included along with a free copy of LoJack or Parallels. Also save $40 on a Canon Pixma wireless inkjet printer, and $50 on a Timbuk2 commute laptop messenger bag. This MacBook Pro features a 2.4GHz Intel core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage. Included is a one year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.......

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12:00
Camera+ 6.0 introduces manual controls and more to...

Camera+ 6.0 is here, introducing manual controls and improved macro and white balance options to make the best iOS camera app even better. The stars of the update are the new manual controls which allow you to quickly adjust focus and exposure on the...

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11:50
iOS 8 Roundup: The best weather widgets for...

When Apple introduced iOS 7 with an overhauled design for the iPhone and iPad software, it replaced the weather widget showing current temperature and weekly forecast introduced with iOS 5 with a text summary of the day’s weather conditions. This weather summary includes an icon for the current weather condition as well as a text description like ‘mostly cloudy’, but it tends to give you the high and low temperatures of the day and not the current temperature like Apple’s former weather widget.
Luckily, iOS 8 allows developers to create third-party widgets including – you guessed it – weather widgets with current temperature...

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11:48
Review: Worried about iPhone 6/6 Plus bending in...

This holster case from Toronto-based LD West seems completely ridiculous at first glance, but it starts to make a lot more sense when you realize your oversized iPhone 6 or 6 Plus might no longer fit in your pants pocket. Strapping my phone to my side with what looks like an over-the-shoulder gun holster doesn’t exactly vibe with my usually minimalistic approach to iPhone cases. But it turns out the product is much more than just the gimmick I thought it was.
It’s not the first iPhone case that lets you go hands-free without everyone seeing a huge bulge in your pants, but you probably won’t want to wear one of...

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11:31
How-To: How to check and manage battery usage under...


Ok, this is nifty.
Or at least it’ll make Thanksgiving encounters with your relatives wherein they show you their iPhone, ask why it’s only getting 90 minutes of battery life and you point out the 67 open applications while wondering how you’re related to these people a bit easier.
Per AppleInsider, a new new battery tracking feature can be found in iOS 8 by opening the Settings application and navigating to General, Usage, Battery Usage. The list will take a second to populate before displaying a list of apps and how much energy they are consumed.
Apps can be listed in terms of battery usage over the last 24 hours, and over the last week. The percentages displayed show the proportion of battery used by each application when the iPhone is...

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11:30
Keep on trucking with RGB Express

Cute colorful miniature trucks need help navigating on their mission to pick up and deliver the correct blocks to houses in RGB Express. Players draw a line with their finger to direct where the trucks will go in this fascinating puzzle game. It is...

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11:15
Daily Deals for September 26, 2014, featuring...

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

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

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11:11
CarPlay Patent Surfaces in Europe Detailing Multiple...

A new patent application from Apple was published today in Europe. Apple's 120-page document which includes 54 detailed graphics describes how Apple's Mapping App will be able to function in varying types of vehicle infotainment systems. The system will also be able to function plugging an iPhone or iPad into a vehicle's dashboard display and function with touchscreens and non-touchscreen systems. The Mapping App ...

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11:11
Mac: TransGaming Metal Gear Rising - Revengeance

Konami’s Metal Gear games are widely admired for their consistently incredible graphics and genre-defining stealth action gameplay—neither of which have officially appeared on the Mac for years. So TransGaming’s release of Metal Gear Rising - Revengeance ($30) is noteworthy for its very existence as a Mac game: originally a PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 title, this side story stars the increasingly popular cyborg ninja Raiden, whose…

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11:01
Apple outlines iPhone 6, 6 Plus bend test process

History will decide if the bent iPhone 6 Plus scandal will be termed “Bendgate” or “Bendygate” or something else, but one thing’s for certain: Apple’s come up with a reply to it.
Per Macworld and The Verge, the company has stated that only nine users have...

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11:00
Office 365 news round-up

The updates and improvements we’ve made to Office 365 over the past two weeks offer something for everyone – from students to partners to business professionals.
We started rolling out the first phase of Groups in Office 365, which provides a level of collaboration and information sharing that can help any organization work like a network, and we explained how we’re raising the bar on visibility in Office 365 and giving you more control of your organization’s data. We also launched a new Office 365 home page to make it even easier for you to access all of the services that Office 365 provides.
We started a new program that lets students sign up for free...

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11:00
More iPhone apps ready for iOS 8

We've been keeping tabs on the latest iOS 8-ready apps, and here's one more roundup. Let's get to it.

Twitterrific, the venerable Twitter client for iOS, has been updated to version 5.7.6. Changes include support for the iPassword extension in its...

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10:49
News: Report: iOS 8 anti-tracking features more...

A new report in the Washington Post reveals that new features in iOS 8 intended to limit tracking of iPhones may be more limited than users might expect. According to Apple’s Privacy Page, iOS 8 will protect user’s privacy by “randomizing your device’s MAC address when the device is passively scanning for Wi-Fi networks,” thereby preventing persistent tracking of a device based on the normally-fixed hardware addresses…

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10:48
iOS 8 tells you what app is draining your iPhone...

Users curious about what's draining their iPhone or iPad battery can now see exactly where that precious electricity is being consumed, thanks to a new battery usage feature found in iOS 8.

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10:32
Four days with the iPhone 6

My colleague Steve Sande gave a nice account of his first few days with his iPhone 6 Plus, so I thought I'd share my reactions to the iPhone 6. This isn't a technical review. We've already had some deep dives into the camera and other hardware...

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10:14
MyFitnessPal updated w/ HealthKit support for...




MyFitnessPal, an app focused on helping you track your diet habits and caloric intake, has released a new version today with support for HealthKit and Apple’s new Health app on iOS 8. The new version allows users to interface three types of data with Apple’s Health app and other HealthKit-enabled apps: meal summaries, weight syncing, and workout data from exercises. Specifically, MyFitnessPal can share meal data you add to the app with other HealthKit apps while weight and workout data can be shared back...

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10:06
After iOS 8.0.2, Apple gives HealthKit apps the...

A bug in the final release version of iOS 8 prompted Apple to remove HealthKit-enabled apps from the App Store, but the problem has been fixed in a new update and HealthKit is once again free to roam Apple's virtual shelves.

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10:00
iPodfather Tony Fadell laments the discontinuation...

Apple two weeks ago unceremoniously killed the iPod Classic, the last vestige of Apple's iPod glory days. While the iPod shuffle, nano, and touch all remain, the form factor that became synonymous with the digital music revolution is decidedly...

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09:53
iOS 8.0.2 still causing problems for some users

Although iOS 8.0.2 appears to have solved the bulk of problems with v8.0.1, some people are still encountering issues with disabled cellular service and Touch ID. Many of the complaints appear to stem from Australia, but it's not clear whether the problems are actually regionally-based. Some users are also complaining about Wi-Fi going missing, but that was an issue touched off by v8.0 and tends to manifest occasionally in Apple firmware updates....

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09:46
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-26

Apple's efforts to protect the data on our iPhones isn't sitting well with the FBI. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on digital privacy and government access to our personal information, plus Dave shares his experience setting up iOS 8's Family Sharing.

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09:18
News: Video Review: Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6...

Our video review of Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus gives viewers a look at some of the ground covered in our comprehensive site review of both devices. We hope this gives consumers even more background and information on the new iPhones as you see them up close and in action. Please read our full review for many more details....

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09:07
iPhone trade in at Amazon hits two per minute, sell...

Apple has finally released the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and that means tons of new buyers are now becoming sellers—of their old phones. While it probably would have been best to sell that device a month ago to maximize its value, some people just didn’t have that luxury. The good news, though, is that many merchants are still offering very decent trade in values. My good condition 16 GB iPhone 5 falls between $150 and $200 depending on where I look.
One of those merchants is Amazon, which is claiming values...

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09:00
Another big iPhone 6 case review roundup and giveaway

This is getting bad.

So many iPhone 6 cases have come into my office lately that it's beginning to look like a case warehouse. Rather than treat you to a never-ending series of individual reviews, I thought it would be a better idea to just go...

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08:53
How to customize, hide or remove QuickType...

Apple has flaunted iOS's software keyboard since the original iPhone, but the now-familiar input device saw scarce upgrades until iOS 8 added a new QuickType predictive suggestion bar. AppleInsider takes a look at how users can make the most of the new -- and some old --?features.

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07:40
Apple puts iPhones through the wringer to prove #...

Only nine people complained to Apple about the

iPhone 6 Plus bending in their pockets
, but that’s not going to stop the Internet from joking about #Bendgate. So the company is trying to manage its PR crisis by opening the doors to its super
secret testing facility. Yes, Apple puts its new phones through the ol’ sit-down test.
About 15,000 iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units were tested before the devices began shipping last week. That’s a drop in the bucket compared to the more than 10
million phones Apple has sold so far, but the sample devices were run through various scenarios that they might endure day-to-day. Then they were tortured.To read this article in full or to leave...

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08:00
Apple says most Mac users are safe from '...

Yes, recent versions of Mac OS X are vulnerable to the critical “Shellshock” Bash bug revealed earlier this week, including OS X Mavericks—but don’t sweat it unless you’re doing ninja-level Unix tricks with shell commands already.
That comes straight from Apple, which provided iMore with the following comment on the Shellshock bug:

“The vast majority of OS X users are not at risk to recently reported bash vulnerabilities… With OS X, systems are safe by default and not exposed to remote exploits of bash unless users configure advanced UNIX services. We are working to quickly provide a software update for our advanced UNIX users.”...

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08:23
Daily Deal: Get LithiumCard, The Wallet Sized...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering LithiumCard, a wallet-sized battery pack for your iPhone, for only $39.99—that’s 27% off the normal price. Available in both Lightning and Micro-USB versions, the LithiumCard is the thinnest HyperCharger around at only the thickness of five credit cards. It has 1200mAh of capacity and generates up to 2A of power to charge your device fast, at up to 1% battery life per minute, and has an attractive…

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08:23
Security Collapse In the HTTPS Market

CowboyRobot writes: HTTPS has evolved into the de facto standard for secure Web browsing. Through the certificate-based authentication protocol, Web services and Internet users first authenticate one another ("shake hands") using a TLS/SSL certificate, encrypt Web communications end-to-end, and show a padlock in the browser to signal that a communication is secure. In recent years, HTTPS has become an essential technology to protect social, political, and economic activities online. At the same time, widely reported security incidents (such as DigiNotar's breach, Apple's #gotofail, and OpenSSL's Heartbleed) have exposed systemic security vulnerabilities of HTTPS to a global audience. The Edward Snowden revelations (notably around operation BULLRUN, MUSCULAR, and the lesser-known FLYING PIG program to query certificate metadata on a dragnet scale) have driven the point home that HTTPS is both a major target of government hacking and eavesdropping, as well as an effective measure...

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08:12
HealthKit apps begin appearing on App Store

Following the release of iOS 8.0.2, HealthKit-enabled apps are beginning to reach the App Store. One of the first is noted to be FitPort, a dashboard that serves as an alternative to iOS 8's own Health app. HealthKit was supposed to premiere alongside iOS 8.0, but Apple briefly delayed it citing bugs....

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08:02
Viking Saga: New World released for the Mac

Realore (http://realore.com) has released the second installment of its resource-management series Viking Saga on the Mac.
Viking Saga: New World follows up the events that took place in the first game. Prosperous kingdom of Viking King Ingolf is in grave danger because of the horrible plague. The game features a variety of level goals and several mini-games to freshen-up the resource-management aspect of the game.
Viking Saga: New World requires Mac OS X OS X 10.7 or later. It's free and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Games category.

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08:01
∞ Apple’s statement on the UNIX Bash vulnerability

Apple provided me with the following statement today:

“The vast majority of OS X users are not at risk to recently reported bash vulnerabilities. Bash, a UNIX command shell and language included in OS X, has a weakness that could allow unauthorized users to remotely gain control of vulnerable systems. With OS X, systems are safe by default and not exposed to remote exploits of bash unless users configure advanced UNIX services. We are working to quickly provide a software update for our advanced UNIX users.”

Clearly, most users do not use the advanced UNIX services.

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08:01
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iOttie iPhone 6 car mount $18...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
Today’s can’t miss deals:

iOttie Easy One Touch 2 smartphone car mount (works w/ iPhone 6/6 Plus): $18 Prime shipped (Reg. $30)
Anker Astro 15000mAh Dual USB Portable Charger $33 Prime...

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08:00
Conan's #bendgate parody is pretty much perfect

All the needless outrage over the iPhone 6's supposed tendency to bend when you sit on it with your entire weight has finally reached the late night talk show circuit courtesy of Conan. The comedian even went so far as to produce a parody of a...

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07:50
iPhone Mania Hits Taiwan, Expects to Sell 1 Million...

Last week the iPhone 6 went on sale and racked up sales north of 10 million units. One week later and the mania has begun anew in Taiwan today with long lineups once again.

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07:26
Audio Testing Confirms iPhone 6 Not Yet Capable of...

Earlier this year, Apple was rumored to be adding support for high-definition audio playback in iOS 8 and shipping new EarPods with the iPhone 6 in order to support this 24bit/96kHz standard. Apple ultimately made no such announcements for iOS 8 or the iPhone 6, and Mashable has now confirmed with some testing that Apple's latest iPhone 6 does not currently support high definition audio playback. With the help of audio testing expert David Ranada, Mashable tested several sample .wav files encoded at a 96kHz sampling rate with 24 bits per sample. The tracks were played using third-party apps such as Onkyo's HF music player and recordings were made through the headphone jack to determine the quality of the audio output. The results show that iPhone 6 does not yet support HD audio playback, even though the audio...

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07:24
Person responsible for iOS 8.0.1 debacle also linked...

A quality assurance manager responsible for this week's botched iOS 8.0.1 release was also in charge of QA for iOS 6 Maps, sources tell Bloomberg. The man is identified as Josh Williams, who is said to have been removed from the Maps team after the app gave people bad directions and/or mislabeled important scenery. He has however been with Apple since 2000, and has been handling quality issues for iOS since the early days of the iPhone....

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07:17
Apps: Calibre, Beamer, Boom
07:06
Bent iPhone 6 Plus? There’s a Replacement for That

If you're among the massive horde nine people suffering from a bent iPhone 6, Apple will replaces it for you - assuming it hasn't been intentionally twisted out of shape, of course. You'll have to make a trip to your Apple Store's Genius Bar for a visual inspection, and if your 6 Plus is deemed worthy of replacement, you'll head back out the store with a flat iPhone.The Mac Observer Spin: Of course Apple is replacing bent iPhones. That's the right thing, and the smart thing, to do.

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07:00
The first HealthKit compatible app is FitPort,...

After the seemingly last-second decision to delay HealthKit app support -- which was originally intended to launch alongside iOS 8 -- Apple's iOS 8.0.2 update has officially opened the App Store doors for third parties looking to tap into the new...

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06:47
News: Report: Same manager in charge of iOS 8.0.1...

Apple’s quickly-pulled iOS 8.0.1 update was overseen by the same manager in charge of catching problems with Apple Maps before that program was released, according to Bloomberg. The report claims mid-level manager Josh Williams oversees quality assurance for iOS, and Williams was also in charge of quality control for Apple’s much-maligned Maps release in 2012. A source said Williams was removed from the Maps team “after the software…

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06:31
Conan O’Brien joins in on the bent iPhone 6 ribbing...

Apple’s new iPhones have sold quite well, but their launch hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing. From hardware issues to botched software, the Cupertino-based software giant has had a lot on its plate over the past few days and of course critics have been quite vocal about the company’s recent challenges. Recently, late night TV funny man Conan O’Brien joined in on the Apple ribbing by putting together a bogus Samsung ad that offers a solution to troubled iPhone owners.

While Samsung most likely didn’t have anything to do with this gag, we’re pretty sure the company has no issues with mainstream media poking fun at its biggest competitor and with well...

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06:29
LibreOffice 4.3.2.2 - Free Open Source office suite...

LibreOffice is an office suite (word processor, spreadsheet, presentations, drawing tool) compatible with other major office suites. The Document Foundation is coordinating development and maintenance of this OpenOffice.org fork. Many different language versions are available here.Version 4.3.2.2:

  • This release is is bit-identical to 4.3.2 Release Candidate 2 -- you don't need to download or reinstall if you have that version already
  • This version still contains a few annoying bugs, as listed here.
  • quickstarter on windows has been removed
  • OS X 10.8 or later
  • Intel32 version for OS X 10.6 or later under Download link in links bar

Download Now

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06:29
BMO sees Apple selling 189M iPhones & 12M...

With high hopes for the newly released iPhone 6, BMO Capital Markets has increased its price target for Apple stock to $110 with a recommendation that investors buy in ahead of a big 2015.

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06:28
Apple working on “Shellshock” fix, says most users...

Apple has responded to concerns about “Shellshock,” a pair of vulnerabilities in versions of the GNU Bourne-Again Shell (bash), issuing a statement that the company is “working to quickly provide a fix” to the vulnerability. However, a company spokesperson said that most Mac OS X users have nothing to fear.
“The vast majority of OS X users are not at risk to recently reported bash vulnerabilities,” an Apple spokesperson said in a statement to the Apple-focused site iMore. “With OS X, systems are safe by default and not exposed to remote exploits of bash unless users configure advanced Unix services.”
Mac OS X uses version 3.2.51.(1) of GNU bash, released in 2007; the current GNU release...

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06:10
880K Creditcards Stolen in TripAdvisor’s Viator Data...

Tripadvisor's Viator service said credit card information for some 880,000 of its users has been compromised in a data breach where customer data for 1.4 million subscribers was taken. Unauthorized charges have been showing up on some subscriber's cards, and Tripadvisor is currently saying it isn't sure how the attackers gained access to the user data.The Mac Observer Spin: Considering how many online database breaches are happening, maybe companies need to work on finding a better way to manage our creditcards. Alternately, users can turn to apps like 1Password that auto-fill creditcard information so it's stored locally instead of on a remote -- and potentially hackable -- server.

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06:09
Did you hear the FUDDY Joke about the New Bendable...

Although it already seems like weeks ago, it was only Tuesday that we began hearing stories about bending iPhones on MacRumors. Then a YouTube channel known as "Unboxed Therapy," one that is self-described as being one that "bridges the gap between advertising and entertainment," started a firestorm around the globe by showing how easy it was to bend the new iPhone 6 Plus.

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06:00
Fastest way to remove the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus'...

Some iPhone owners can't stand the new protruding camera on the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Not only does it disrupt the flat aesthetics of the phone, it also makes it impossible to lay the phone flat on a desk and type without wobble. If you are...

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05:49
Apple Releases iOS 8.0.2, Gets It Right This Time

The second try is the charm as Apple releases an iOS 8.0.2 update that offers the fixes in iOS 8.0.1 without disabling cellular service or Touch ID. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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05:26
Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus Success Now in Developers Hands

Dave Hamilton has had his iPhone 6 Plus for less than a day, but is liking it so far. He quickly found, however, that this is a new device category for Apple, and not just a larger (or smaller?) version of that which came before it. The size is not the issue. Dave's issue issue is with the apps.

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05:21
Licensing The Xcode Command Line Tools

Tools that leverage the Xcode Command Line Tools might have a problem if you install the tools without agreeing to the license. Here, you can see IntelliJ complaining about just that:

To agree to the license agreement, you can use xcrun along with the cc verb:
sudo xcrun cc
This is an interactive command line environment so in order to script it you’d need to use expect to feed in the correct parameters.

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05:18
Apple Once Again Allowing HealthKit-Capable Apps in...

Just before the public launch of iOS 8 earlier this month, Apple removed all HealthKit-enabled apps from the iOS App Store due to an last-minute issue with the service. Addressing the issue, Apple promised it was working on a fix with the goal to "have HealthKit apps available by the end of the month". As spotted by 9to5Mac, Apple is now allowing apps with HealthKit features back into the iOS App Store. One of the first apps to debut with HealthKit today is FitPort [Direct Link], a replacement for the iOS 8 Health app. The fitness dashboard allows users both to...

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05:18
The Sky Is Droning


The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday gave the green light for six aerial photo and video production companies to begin using unmanned aircraft systems, also known as "drones." To incorporate the devices in film and TV production, the companies will be required to hold private pilot certificates, keep their drones within line of sight at all times, and restrict flights to a so-called sterile area. An inspection of the aircraft will be required before each flight, and nighttime operations will be prohibited.

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05:14
Apple says most customers not vulnerable to '...

Apple on Friday sought to calm OS X users who feared their computers may be at risk from a widespread vulnerability in popular UNIX command interpreter bash -- which is included in Apple's UNIX-based desktop operating system -- saying that most consumers are not at risk, while advanced users will receive a patch in the coming days.

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05:02
calibre 2.4 - Complete e-library management system...

Calibre is a complete e-book library manager. Organize your collection, convert your books to multiple formats, and sync with all of your devices. Let Calibre be your multi-tasking digital librarian. Manage, convert, sync, and more

  • Library management. Calibre keeps things orderly by creating single entries for books that contains multiple formats. Add tags and comments for better searchability.
  • Format conversion. Calibre's robust conversion options support a wide variety of file formats.
  • File syncing. Calibre's device drivers seamlessly support all the top e-readers and devices.

Version 2.4: New Features

  • An all new...

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05:00
Apple: most users safe from Bash security flaw,...

Red Hat security researchers this week discovered a vulnerability in Bash, a command interpreter or shell that is found in Unix, Linux and OS X. The flaw potentially allows malicious hackers to run arbitrary commands and gain control over a...

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04:46
∞ On iOS 8 and predictive typing

There’s a world of difference between autocorrect and predictive typing. Here’s my take on the huge strides Apple has made with this particular corner of iOS 8.

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04:45
iOS 8: Using (and Disabling!) the New Spotlight...

The search feature has been revamped under iOS 8, and we really like the changes! In this comprehensive Quick Tip, we'll discuss how to invoke Spotlight to find items on your device, what stuff you can now search for, and how to turn off the new "Spotlight Suggestions" if you don't like them.

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04:29
Apple posts iOS 8.0.2

Apple has released iOS 8.0.2, an update designed to fix glitches with iOS 8.0.1. According to Apple, iOS 8.0.2:
° Fixes an issue in iOS 8.0.1 that impacted cellular network connectivity and Touch ID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
° Fixes a bug so HealthKit apps can now be made available on the App Store.
° Addresses an issue where 3rd party keyboards could become deselected when a user enters their passcode.
° Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from accessing photos from the Photo Library.
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04:27
Apps with HealthKit integration start appearing in...




After a series of botched updates, which meant HealthKit apps could not launch alongside iOS 8’s release, Apple has finally started allowing apps that integrate with the Health app into the App Store. The first of many is FitPort, which acts as a replacement dashboard for Health information, with all data being synced back into the Health database.
On opening the app, the Health permissions screen opens which asks users to individually enable access to health...

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02:53
The best Notification Center widgets in iOS 8 right...

The feature I’m enjoying the most in iOS 8 is its Notification Center widgets. I was always a little envious of my Android-touting friends who had custom widgets with handy info on one glanceable screen, so I’m thrilled that widgets finally got the iOS treatment. Just a quick swipe down from the top of your iPhone’s screen brings you to a snapshot of all of the need-to-know info from different apps, and you get to pick what widgets show up there.  
Though not all third-party apps are compatible with Notification Center widgets, there are a bunch of outstanding apps that are. Here’s a look at apps that you can install as widgets, right now.First things first 

Before you download any new apps, take a look at your current Notification Center to see what’s already there. Swipe down from the top of your screen, then tap the Today tab. This is how iOS 8 does widgets—in a uniform, minimalist design that’s easy on the eyes. ...

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03:37
Mobile audio streaming up more than 35%

Triton Digital (http://tritondigital.com), a technology provider for the audio industry, has unveiled its monthly "Ranker for July 2014," revealing the month’s 20 top streaming audio providers, as well as insights into listening trends. Overall listening continued to rise steadily in July 2014, increasing by more than 20% compared to July 2013.
Streaming audio on mobile devices was the big story this month, with listening increasing by more that 35% compared to the same period last year.
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03:27
Post-it note app lets you import physical notes into...

It’s hard to think of anything lower-tech than a Post-it note: you write on a sticky square of paper and slap it onto a physical surface. But 3M has just launched a clever iOS app that allows you to photograph a bunch of Post-it notes, tap on-screen to select the ones you want to keep and then organize them on your iPhone or iPad before outputting to apps like PowerPoint.

The Post-it® Plus App takes the momentum from your collaboration sessions and keeps it rolling. Simply capture your notes, organize and share with everyone. That way your great ideas don’t stop when the meeting ends.
Getting started is easy. Use the app to capture an image of the Post-it® Notes from your work session. Arrange, refine and organize the notes and ideas on your board anyway you see fit. Then share your organized board with your team and send to your favorite applications —including PowerPoint, Excel, Dropbox and plenty more.
The app recognizes any size Post-it note so long as they...

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03:25
Remotix for Mac OS X ready for the upcoming Yosemite...

Nulana LTD has released Remotix 3.0, an update of the remote desktop application for Mac OS X. The upgrade features a new interface optimized for OS X Yosemite and Remotix Cloud technology to access computers from anywhere with zero configuration.
Remotix with support for both VNC and RDP provides remote access to Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and doesn't require any additional software installed. Nearby Macs and PCs can be found with network scanners and automatic Bonjour server discovery. Remotix keeps the clipboard in sync across computers.
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03:20
Recommended Reading: 'Incredible LEGO Technic...

In the hands of masters, the LEGO Technic line of beams, gears, and motors can be used to build striking models of machines and vehicles as sophisticated and sleek as their real-life counterparts—think supercars, semitrucks, Formula 1 racers, tugboats, tractors, and more.
Now, for the first time, a new book from San Francisco-based independent publisher No Starch Press has assembled some of the world's finest LEGO Technic models in "Incredible LEGO Technic" (280 pages, US$29.95). This coffee table-worthy gallery showcases LEGO engineering at its finest.
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03:12
Chronos updates PrintLife for Mac OS X to version 2

Chronos has updated PrintLife, a tool for managing print projects on a Mac, to version 2.
It adds: the ability to create a different design for each label on a page; the ability to create multiple pages of different labels; the ability to copy/paste entire label designs on a page or between pages, 10 new types of labels, 79 templates for new label types; support for new Avery greeting card/envelope stocks; 12 templates for new Avery greeting card/envelope stocks; and much more.
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03:09
DxO Labs iPhone 6 and 6 Plus camera review: Apple...

From the overview page:

Achieving the highest overall DxOMark Mobile score to date of 82 points each, the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus tie in first place wresting the coveted top spot from Samsung S5 and Sony Xperia Z3 /Z2 each with 79 points.

I’m new to the DxO review process. They do a nice range of tests. Note that there are 4 sections to the review, with links to the overview page, imaging results, video, and iPhone vs the competition.
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02:22
Apple will survive its terrible, horrible, no good,...

Apple’s having a tough time. Its annual one-two punch of an iPhone launch plus an iOS upgrade—usually a time for celebration—has been followed this year by a compounding series of embarrassments. Forget that the company sold 10 million phones in three days and moved half of its installed base to a new version of its mobile operating system: it’s still been a rough week for Tim Cook and company.
First, an iOS 8 bug prevented any of the health and fitness apps that were ready to launch with HealthKit integration from hitting the App Store. Health is a major initiative for Apple, so the hiccup was a big one. Then, once the iPhone 6 Plus began shipping, some buyers reported their phones were bending when put under pressure. Now, that...

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02:06
Apple turns on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales in 22 more...

From the original press release, here’s the current list of countries:

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK beginning this Friday, September 19 and in more than 20 additional countries beginning on Friday, September 26 including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and United Arab Emirates.

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02:05
Default Folder X 4.6.9b1 - Enhances Open and Save...

Default Folder X attaches a toolbar to the right side of the Open and Save dialogs in any OS X-native application. The toolbar gives you fast access to various folders and commands. You just click on the buttons to go to your favorite and recently used folders, manage the folders and files shown in the list, and make changes to your settings. It also fixes a number of problems in Open and Save dialogs, "rebounding" to the last selected file, putting the path listing back in the top menu, and correcting bugs in scrolling column views. Features:

  • Directory assistant: You can access the contents of your recent, favorite, and open folders right from Default Folder X's toolbar.
  • Real time saving: If you're constantly saving things inside the same folder, Default Folder X can remember that folder for you.
  • Finder management: Default Folder X lets you open up or save to any Finder...

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01:54
Apple releases iOS 8.0.2, addresses cellular network...

iOS 8.0.2 fixes a number of issues including the issue in iOS 8.0.1 that impacted cellular network connectivity and Touch ID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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01:43
Beamer 2.0.4 - Stream any movie file from your Mac...

Beamer streams to your Apple TV.... Plays any movie file - Just like the popular desktop movie players, Beamer accepts all common formats, codecs and resolutions. AVI, MKV, MOV, MP4, WMV, FLV. To Beamer, it's all the same. High quality image and sound - Unlike Screen Mirroring, Beamer is specifically optimized for video playback at the highest quality and supports 5.1 surround sound. No glitches, clicks, pops or other shenanigans. The video looks just as good as it would on your desktop. Easy Subtitles - Beamer automatically detects embedded subtitles and associated subtitle files. If possible, subtitles will be selected automatically based on your Apple TV's Subtitle Language preference. Remote Control - You can pause, fast-forward and rewind the movie using the Apple TV remote. No need to get up from the couch! Start now, finish later - Beamer remembers what you have watched and...

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Thursday September 25

23:34
Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus roll out to 22 more...

While buyers in China impatiently wait for their government to move the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus through a complicated regulatory process that prevented the new smartphones from being in the first wave of countries offering it, Apple is moving ahead with its expansion of retail sales to another 22 countries beginning today. The US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK saw long lineups and record demand on September 19, a phenomenon that is likely to be repeated....

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21:38
Apple extends iPhone 6 and 6 Plus rollout to 22 new...

Following Apple's record-breaking iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch last week that resulted in stock-outs at many worldwide Apple Stores, the company will open sales of its latest handsets to an additional 22 countries on Friday.

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21:06
Follow-up: most Mac users 'not at risk'...

An Apple spokesperson has reassured Mac users that the "vast majority" of users are not at risk from a serious bug discovered in the UNIX shell Bash that some researchers have called "potentially bigger than the Heartbleed vulnerability." Apple says that only those who have configured "advanced UNIX services" using the Terminal in OS X could be a risk of the flaw -- which would mean that nearly all OS X users would be unaffected. Nevertheless, the company is said to be working on a fix....

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20:57
Review: Patriot Stellar Boost XT 64GB USB 3.0 drive

A vast selection of USB memory sticks means that consumers can often find exactly the size drive they need in a configuration that can suit a specific task. From everyday storage that goes on a keychain to super secure drives that require a thumb scan to access data, there's room for all kinds of devices. For buyers looking for something that can be used on both their Android smartphones and computers, Patriot offers a storage solution with the Stellar Boost XT USB drive. But will users find the micro-USB capable drive useful for transferring to and from their phones, or will it end up being a......

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20:48
Apple: Most OS X Users Safe from 'Bash'...

Yesterday, it was revealed that security researchers from Red Hat uncovered a major exploit in the "Bash" command shell found in OS X and Linux. Named "Shellshock" by security experts, the exploit allows hackers to gain access to web connected devices and services through the use of malicious code. Now, an Apple spokesperson (via iMore) has commented on the matter, stating that the majority of OS X users are safe from the exploits and that the company is working to provide a software update for advanced UNIX users: The vast majority of OS X users are not at risk to recently reported bash vulnerabilities," an Apple spokesperson told iMore. "Bash, a UNIX command shell and language included in OS X, has a weakness that could allow unauthorized users to remotely gain control of vulnerable systems. With...

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20:00
Apple Gives Away ‘John Paul George Ringo’ EP

Apple offered iTunes customers another album for free Thursday night, though the company hadnled it a tad differently from the Great Apple-U2 Tyranny of 2014. It's a 4-song EP called 4: John Paul George Ringo, with one song from each Beatles member's solo career. For you younguns, The Beatles are a band even older than U2. The EP contains "Love," by John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band, "Call Me Back Again," by Wings (Paul McCartney's band), "Let It Down," by George Harrison, and "Walk With You," by Ringo Starr. It's free for a limited time, but you'll have to go and download it from iTunes yourself.

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19:32
Samsung using 3D V-NAND to produce 3.2TB SSD for...

Samsung had upped the limits on its solid state drives (SSD) today, announcing a new 3.2TB drive for enterprise operations. The company announced that it was putting the SM1715 into mass production, a non-volatile memory express (NVMe) PCIe SSD that is capable of reads up to 3,000 megabytes per second (MB/s) and sequential writes up to 2,200MB/s....

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19:00
Reviews: Patriot Stellar Boost XT 64GB USB 3.0 drive

A vast selection of USB memory sticks means that consumers can often find exactly the size drive they need in a configuration that can suit a specific task. From everyday storage that goes on a keychain to super secure drives that require a thumb scan to access data, there's room for all kinds of devices. For buyers looking for something that can be used on both their Android smartphones and comp ......

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18:48
Mac Network Commands Cheat Sheet

After writing up the presentation for MacSysAdmin in Sweden, I decided to go ahead and throw these into a quick cheat sheet for anyone who’d like to have them all in one place. Good luck out there, and stay salty.
Get an ip address for en0:
ipconfig getifaddr en0
Same thing, but setting and echoing a variable:
ip=`ipconfig getifaddr en0` ; echo $ip
View the subnet mask of en0:
ipconfig getoption en0 subnet_mask
View the dns server for en0:
ipconfig getoption en0 domain_name_server
Get information about how en0 got its dhcp on:
ipconfig getpacket en1
View some network info:
ifconfig en0
Set en0 to have an ip address of 10.10.10.10 and a subnet mask of 255.255.255.0:
ifconfig en0 inet 10.10.10.10 netmask 255.255.255.0
Show a list of locations on the computer:
networksetup -listlocations
Obtain the active location the system is using:
networksetup -getcurrentlocation
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18:45
How to patch OS X for the bash/Shellshock...

There's a big bad bash bug out in the Unix world called Shellshock, and it is pretty serious. Bash is a ubiquitous bit of software; a command interpreter, or "shell," that provides a basic text-on-a-green-screen interface to POSIX/UNIX and Unix-like...

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18:33
News: Apple releases iOS 8.0.2

Apple has released iOS 8.0.2 tonight, just one day after releasing and pulling iOS 8.0.1, which was immediately received with complaints of cellular and Touch ID issues from iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users. iOS 8.0.2 resolves those problems, and also allows HealthKit apps to be available on the App Store, among other fixes....

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18:22
How much does it cost to charge the iPhone 6 for a...

via Opower
Some new numbers from the Opower blog have revealed how much you can expect to spend when charging your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. At average U.S. energy prices, the cost comes in at a mere $.47 per year for the smaller 4.7-inch device. The 5.5-inch model will run a little extra due to its larger battery, coming in at just over half a dollar for a total of $.52 per year on average. As you might expect, this year’s larger devices will cost a little more than the smaller iPhone 5, which cost only $.41 per year.
According to the...

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17:27
Pale Moon Shines for Classic Firefox Fans


The Pale Moon Web browser project gets rid of a problem that many Mozilla Firefox users would like to solve. The Pale Moon browser is a fork of Mozilla's official browser developed by Moonchild Productions. It provides users with access to all of their favorite Firefox extensions but eliminates the Australis interface, which some dislike. Firefox debuted the new user interface in late April in the Firefox 29 release. That interface redesign was the first major UI overhaul since Firefox 4 was released in March 2011.

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17:00
Apple opens the door to its secret iPhone testing...

Photo Credit: The Verge

If there's a benefit to media uproars similar to what we're seeing now with the whole "bent iPhones" saga, it's that Apple is forced to lift up their curtains of secrecy ever so slightly. Earlier today, Apple addressed...

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16:52
iOS 8.0.2 released to fix TouchID, cell network woes...

Patch notes! We considered rewriting them in Comic Sans for funsies, but cooler heads prevailed.

On Thursday evening, Apple gave its first major iOS 8 update another shot—only this time without the major bugs in yesterday's attempt. Upon installation, iOS 8.0.1 left many iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users with non-functioning cellular service and TouchID buttons. Apple told CNBC that 40,000 people were affected by the problems, and the update was quickly pulled.
iOS 8.0.2 is now available for all compatible iDevices, and its patch notes look remarkably like those from 8.0.1, with one major update: "Fixes an issue in iOS 8.0.1 that impacted cellular network connectivity and Touch ID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus." Otherwise, the good stuff we'd hoped for yesterday, including...

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16:52
Apple quality control manager responsible for iOS 8....

According to a new report, the quality assurance manager in charge of Apple's buggy iOS 8.0.1 update was also leading a team accountable for the much maligned Maps app launched with iOS 6 two years ago.

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16:36
Apple quickly issues iOS 8.0.2 update

Late Thursday, Apple issued the iOS 8.0.2 update, which follows quickly on the heels of the flawed-and-quickly-pulled 8.0.1 update that disabled Touch ID and cellular capabilities on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. This latest update not only addresses these issues but reinstates the improvements and fixes initially found in iOS 8.0.1. They include:

Addresses an issue where third-party keyboards could become deselected when a user enters their passcode.
Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from accessing photos from the Photo Library.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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16:37
Apple releases iOS 8.0.2

Well, there you go. I'm installing it on my iPhone 6 right now and will report back.
Update: Everything seems to be in order! Now we can go back to complaining about physics.

Apple has apologized for the inconvenience 8.0.1 caused....

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16:34
Apple Releases iOS 8.0.2, Fixes iOS 8.0.1 and...

Apple released iOS 8.0.2 Thursday evening. The update fixes an issue with iOS 8.0.1 that kept many users from making phone calls. It also fixes a HealthKit but, "so HealthKit apps can now be made available on the App Store."

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16:33
Apple posts iOS 8.0.2 update, chases down Touch ID,...


This may avert another 24 hours of iOS update crisis.
Per MacRumors, Apple on Thursday released iOS 8.0.2.
The update, which is available as an over-the-air update or via iTunes, includes the bug fixes that were included in the original iOS 8.0.1 update as well as repairs Touch ID and cellular services.
After installing iOS 8.0.1 yesterday, many iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users found that their cellular service was disabled and that Touch ID was non-functional. Apple pulled the iOS 8.0.1 update approximately an hour and fifteen minutes after it was first released, but not before numerous iPhone users were able to download the software. The company announced an investigation in the afternoon, and in the evening, released a support document saying iOS 8.0.2 was in the works and directing users to...

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16:25
Briefly: Maxupgrades 1TB SSD for Retina MacBook Pro...

Macintosh upgrade purveyor Maxupgrades has boosted its expansion SSD line for the Retina Macbook Pro ad compatible iMac models. Newly released are 1TB versions of its Blade SSD for the 2012 and early 2013 13- and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro plus the 21- and 27-inch 2012 iMacs, based on the Samsung 840 EVO SSD. The new model retails for $479 and is capable of sequential reads of up to 540MB/s and write speeds of 520Mb/s, with up to 98,000 operations per second read....

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16:20
Steve Ballmer Plans to Take iPads Away from Clippers

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer knows he messed up mobile while at Microsoft, according to Reuters, but he won't let that get in the way of taking the better mobile device away from his new basketball team. In a profile on Mr. Ballmer and the L.A. Clippers, Mr. Ballmer said that the team's iPads are out, but not until the off season.

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16:10
Apple issues iOS 8.0.2 with fixes for iOS 8.0.1...

One day following the botched iOS 8.0.1 update release, Apple on Thursday issued iOS 8.0.2, essentially a fix for the prior fix targeting issues with the HealthKit framework for connected wellness apps and devices.

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16:05
Apple Releases iOS 8.0.2 With Fix for Cellular...

Apple has just released iOS 8.0.2, its second update to iOS 8 designed to fix major issues introduced with iOS 8.0.1, which went out to iPhone owners on Wednesday. After installing iOS 8.0.1, many iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users found that their cellular service was disabled and that Touch ID was non-functional. Apple pulled the iOS 8.0.1 update approximately an hour and fifteen minutes after it was first released, but not before numerous iPhone users were able to download the software. The company announced an investigation in the afternoon, and in the evening, released a support document saying iOS 8.0.2 was in the works and directing users to fix the problem via an iTunes restore to iOS 8. iOS 8.0.2 is available immediately as an over-the-air download and presumably...

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16:05
Cambridge Audio Bluetone 100: Room-filling,...

If the recent glut of Bluetooth speaker reviews on TUAW is any indication, it might be time to change our name to "The Unofficial Bluetooth Speaker Weblog". We've reviewed quite a few low-end Bluetooth speakers, including the surprisingly good $26...

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16:02
Apple releases iOS 8.0.2 to address cellular and...


Apple has finally released iOS 8.0.2 to address the issues discovered in yesterday’s 8.0.2 update on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The new release includes all of the HealthKit and keyboard fixes, among others, as well as the ability to actually make phone calls and connect to a cellular data network.
Apple said yesterday that the update was coming “in a few days” and instructed users to downgrade to...

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16:00
Apple offers video tour of iPhone testing facility

Continuing to fight back against claims that the iPhone 6 Plus is structurally unsound and prone to bending in people's pockets, Apple has given some tech reporters a tour of the iPhone quality testing lab, showing that it does and did test the new iPhone to simulate situations like those seen in videos to aggravate or cause bending. The original instigator of the furor has noted that his iPhone 6 Plus was slightly bent right out of the box -- opening up the possibility that some batches, rather than the phone itself, could have structural issues....

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15:55
Apple iOS 8.0.1 Issues Linked to Maps Debacle, Same...

Apple's recent iOS 8.0.1 issue, which saw the update disable the cellular connection and Touch ID functionality on numerous iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices, may have links to Apple's 2012 Maps debacle, reports Bloomberg. According to "people familiar with Apple's management structure," the same mid-level manager was in charge of overseeing quality assurance for both projects, having been moved to the iOS team after being removed from the Maps team.[The manager] was removed from the maps team after the software gave users unreliable directions and mislabeled landmarks, though he remained in charge of testing for iOS, said one person, who asked not to be identified since the information isn't public.The employee in question, who has worked at Apple since 2000...

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15:54
The quality assurance manager responsible for iOS 8....


Bloomberg has uncovered details of what went wrong at Apple and who is to blame for the botched release of the iOS 8.0.1 update yesterday, citing sources who point to a quality assurance manager in charge of overseeing iOS updates who also managed QA for the Apple Maps project before its launch. To quote Bloomberg:
The same person at Apple was in charge of catching problems before both products were released. Josh [redacted], the mid-level manager overseeing quality...

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15:45
Apple's Second Wave iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Launch...

Apple Online Stores around the world have begun accepting orders for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus as part of a second wave launch that will see the devices become available in more than 20 additional countries. The two devices are now available for order online in multiple different countries, and will become available in local retail stores in the morning. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are already on sale in stores in New Zealand, where it is just after 11:30 AM. Second wave launch countries for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus include Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and United Arab Emirates. Many countries where the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are available for purchase online are displaying shipping estimates of five to seven days for both devices, for all colors, carriers, and capacities. In many cases, these shipping...

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15:40
FBI Cranky at Apple for Securing iOS, Only Has...

The FBI and other law enforcement folk are tense about Apple's gleeful proclamationt that the company can't unencrypt our data. FBI Director James Comey told reporters that he is "very concerned" about tech companies like Apple and Google stepping up their privacy game and protecting customer data. Bryan Chaffin argues law enforcement has only itself to blame.

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15:35
FBI Director Comey worried Apple, Google encryption...

Addressing reporters in Washington today, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey voiced his concerns over the recent shifts in security policy for Android and iOS 8. Specifically, Comey believes that the new security encryption measures that cannot be bypassed for law enforcement puts consumers before possible emergency situations....

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15:30
Log anxiety attacks, take control of them with Worry...

Worry Watch is an app that acts as a journal for tracking moments of worry, anxiety or panic. You log moments throughout your day when you're feeling anxious or nervous and what the outcome eventually was. Overtime, the app shows you a break-down of...

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15:17
Apple Redoubles Efforts to Fix iOS 8 Glitches


Apple on Thursday announced it's preparing iOS 8.0.2 -- which will include a fix for problems triggered by iOS 8.0.1 -- and plans to release it in the next few days. In a rare move, Apple on Wednesday suspended downloads of iOS 8.0.1, which aimed to fix problems uncovered after the launch of iOS 8. What's more, it recommended a downgrade for owners of Apple's new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus who lost their cellular service and use of their phone's Touch ID fingerprint reader due to the flawed iOS 8.0.1 update.

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15:14
FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

An anonymous reader writes The FBI is concerned about moves by Apple and Google to include encryption on smartphones. "I like and believe very much that we should have to obtain a warrant from an independent judge to be able to take the contents," FBI Director James Comey told reporters. "What concerns me about this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves beyond the law." From the article: "Comey cited child-kidnapping and terrorism cases as two examples of situations where quick access by authorities to information on cellphones can save lives. Comey did not cite specific past cases that would have been more difficult for the FBI to investigate under the new policies, which only involve physical access to a suspect's or victim's phone when the owner is unable or unwilling to unlock it for authorities." ...

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15:00
WeatherPro adds widgets and more for iOS

WeatherPro has always been a top-flight weather app, and the latest iOS update adds some nice features like widgets, worldwide webcams and customizable info.

The US$1.99 app comes from the MeteoGroup in Germany, but I find their U.S. coverage...

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14:49
Inside the building where Apple tortures the iPhone 6

The Verge:

A few blocks away from Apple’s bustling campus in Cupertino is a rather nondescript building. Inside is absolutely the last place on earth you’d want to be if you were an iPhone. It’s here where Apple subjects its newest models to the kinds of things they might run into in the real world: drops, pressure, twisting, tapping. Basically all the things that could turn your shiny gadget into a small pile of metal and glass.

I got a tour of this part of Apple’s operation many years ago and was very surprised to see just how much stress testing Apple did in-house on everything.
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14:42
Apple Invites Reporters Into Testing Lab, Details...

Earlier today, Apple released a statement to several different media outlets in response to reports about the iPhone 6 Plus bending within user pockets, stating that bending from normal use was "extremely rare" and suggesting only nine customers had complained about bending issues. In addition to outlining its rigorous testing policies, Apple has now invited reporters from both CNBC and The Verge to its testing facility to see the machines that it uses to test its products in person. The lab contains an array of different testing equipment, with Apple's head of engineering Dan Riccio telling CNBC the iPhone 6 was "the most tested product we have ever done" and that Apple had not tested another phone as exhaustively. "As we add...

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14:40
Apple takes press on tour of iPhone test facility to...

Shortly after releasing a statement regarding iPhone 6 Plus bending issues, Apple on Thursday invited journalists to take a tour of its normally off-limits "torture test" building, where the latest models are exposed to a battery of durability assessments.

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14:33
Apple provides a look inside its iPhone stress-...

via The Verge
After a few YouTube videos hit the web claiming that the iPhone 6 Plus could be easily bent out shape in a user’s pocket, Apple addressed the issue by stating that the device was designed to meet its quality requirements and that only a handful of owners had complained about any issues. To further prove its commitment to building solid devices, Apple gave journalists access to the lab where it tests the build quality of its iPhones.
In a tour of the facility guided by SVP of Hardware Engineering Dan Riccio, reporters were given an in-depth look...

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14:30
Biggest first: Tap big or go home

Biggest first is a fast-paced game that tests players' reactions through their ability to tap the biggest circle on the screen and then tap the remaining circles by size from biggest to smallest. But there is a catch, the circles change size by...

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14:21
Bash Shellshock Bug Patched but Not Pummeled


Researchers on Thursday discovered proof-of-concept code that could take advantage of unpatched computer systems, and found evidence of attacks exploiting the BASH Shellshock bug in the wild. Shellshock, revealed Wednesday, could become a major threat to Linux/Unix and Apple operating systems if published patches to BASH are not applied before an attacker cashes in. However, there's some concern that the current patches may not be complete. The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team on Thursday issued a warning about the vulnerability.

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14:16
iOS 8: Using Handoff on Mobile Devices

Handoff was a promised feature of iOS 8. Now that it's been released, Kelly shows how Handoff can make mobile workflows even more efficient.

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14:00
Angry Birds Transformers' trailer is ridiculous...

It would be easy to believe that we've reached the point of cultural saturation for Angry Birds thanks to its seemingly limitless supply of spinoffs. How many possible more Angry Birds games can the market possibly support? The answer is "at least...

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13:58
Phones 4U customers unlikely to receive iPhone 6...

Customers of UK retailer Phones 4U may not receive a refund for their pre-ordered iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. PWC, the administrators of the failed retail chain, has effectively reversed an earlier decision to allow for refunds to proceed, with affected customers now extremely unlikely to receive a refund directly from the company at all....

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13:52
That didn’t take long – Samsung squanders its moment...

You knew this was coming. This ad is breathtakingly arrogant.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:46
∞ Apple’s statement on the iPhone 6 bending

Here is a statement Apple provided to me today about the iPhone bending:

“Our iPhones are designed, engineered and manufactured to be both beautiful and sturdy. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus feature a precision engineered unibody enclosure constructed from machining a custom grade of 6000 series anodized aluminum, which is tempered for extra strength. They also feature stainless steel and titanium inserts to reinforce high stress locations and use the strongest glass in the smartphone industry. We chose these high-quality materials and construction very carefully for their strength and durability. We also perform rigorous tests throughout the entire development cycle including 3-point bending, pressure point cycling, sit, torsion, and user studies. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus meet or exceed all of our high quality standards to endure everyday, real life use.

With normal use a bend in iPhone is extremely rare and through our first six days of sale, a total of nine...

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13:43
Mac mini may finally get update in October, rumor...

Apple is planning an imminent refresh of the Mac mini, possibly as soon as October, a source claims. It's unknown what changes the computer might have, but the Mini line has gone without an update since 2012. Even the long-neglected Mac Pro received a redesign in late 2013, making the Mini the only Mac line that hasn't been upgraded in over a year....

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13:38
FBI director says iOS and Android privacy features...

FBI Director James Comey on Thursday responded to the latest attempts from Apple and Google to lock down their respective mobile operating systems, saying he is "very concerned" that the new systems limit or prohibit deemed lawful government access.

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13:30
Bestie simplifies shopping with a Pinterest-esque...

Bestie is a shopping app that provides a Pinterest-esque approach to shopping and sharing. Bestie is a free app, which requires iOS 6 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad and is optimized for iPhone 5. At its heart is the...

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13:20
Apple: “Only nine customers” have complained about...

BoingBoing

As reports and videos about the bendability of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus continue to accumulate, Apple issued a response on Thursday that detailed the stress-test rigors its phones endure before shipping to market. Additionally, the company announced that in the new iPhones' first six days on the market, "only nine customers" had reported bent phone issues directly to Apple.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple called the bending cases "extremely rare," then described the five-step testing process that its newest models, made of "a custom grade of anodized aluminum" along with "stainless steel and titanium...

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13:15
Briefly: Turtle Beach Ear Force 500P, Metal Gear...

Turtle Beach announced another new headset with DTS Headphone:X 7.1 surround sound technology, the wireless Ear Force Stealth 500P. Like the recently released Z60, the DTS technology allows the company to control the surround sound, moving it to the center of a use's body instead of several feet away. The headset comes with modes for games, movies, music and stereo. Additionally, four equalizer modes were created to be used with the surround modes. The Ear Force Stealth 500P comes with a wireless transmitter, about the size of a memory stick, to plug into a PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4. Batt......

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13:00
Apple says only 9 customers have complained about...

Jon Fort of CNBC is reporting that Apple has responded to inquires regarding all those reports of people forcefully -- and accidentally -- bending their iPhone 6 Plus models. As one might expect, the story -- which has needlessly taken on a life of...

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13:00
Consumer Reports says it's testing iPhone 6, 6...

Consumer Reports is in the process of testing the bending limits of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, according to an official post. To run the tests the publication is using a machine capable of up to 1,000 pounds of force, something it previously used to test the intentionally pliable LG G Flex. The new iPhones are supposed to remain rigid, but the 6 Plus, at least, is bending in some owners' pockets after having been in there for just a few hours....

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12:52
Apple rumored to debut new Mac mini in October...

A report on Thursday cites inside sources as saying Apple is preparing to launch a new Mac mini in the near future, possibly as soon as October to coincide with the usual iPad refresh cycle.

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12:51
NewerTech Announces Wireless Aluminum Numeric Keypad...

Praise be to NewerTech! The company announced Thursday the NewerTech Wireless Aluminum Keypad, a companion numeric keypad that goes with, matches, and attaches to Apple's Bluetooth keyboard.

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12:34
FBI director says officials have been in talks with...

Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation James Comey expressed his concern today over Apple and Google’s decision to encrypt information stored on smartphones, the Huffington Post reports, adding that FBI officials are pushing both companies to change their policies in order to allow law enforcement officials to access data in certain instances.
“I am a huge believer in the rule of law, but I am also a believer that no one in this country is above the law,” Comey told reporters at FBI headquarters in Washington. “What concerns me about this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves above the law.”
In the case of the iPhone maker, Apple CEO Tim Cook used the company’s privacy stance as a major marketing point on a number of occasions over the...

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12:30
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Azkend 2 - The World...

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12:13
Report claims rumored refreshed Mac mini could...

Following rumors of a possible Mac mini refresh earlier this year and references on Apple’s own website, a new report says Apple could introduce an update to the product as early as next month. MacRumors cites a source that has provided accurate tips in the past claiming the new Mac mini could launch alongside new iPads and OS X Yosemite expected at an event in October....

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11:30
Don't bend it that way: Apple says only nine...

Apple, responding to Bendgate, Bendghazi, or whatever you wish to call the issue of seemingly-bendable iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, claims the problem isn't nearly as widespread as the Internet hullabaloo would suggest. Apple told the Wall Street Journal a mere nine people have come in with bending complaints since the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus’s launch last Friday.An Apple spokeswoman told the Journal that both phones underwent multiple ‘real-life’ durability and strength tests before hitting production. “With normal use a bend in iPhone is extremely rare,” she said.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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12:02
Only nine complaints about bending iPhone 6 units,...

Apple has issued a statement regarding the escalating "bendgate" controversy surrounding the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, according to CNBC reporter Jon Fortt. The company says that it has only received complaints from nine customers so far, and adds that the new iPhones "feature steel/titanium inserts to reinforce stress locations and use the strongest glass in the industry." So far it hasn't announced plans to deal with the complaints, even though an AppleCare representative has hinted that it may be possible to get warranty replacements.......

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12:00
Don't Panic: Transmit for iOS is here for your...

There are some apps that 98 percent of the general population would never take a look at, but are critical for the other 2 percent. That's the case with this new FTP client from Panic Software. Transmit for iOS ($9.99 for a limited time) is the...

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11:54
The Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course: $89

We have a new developer training bundle for you today, the Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course. This is a $998 package of developer training courses you can get for $89. It has some 350 videos and 36 hours of content. In addition to teaching you what's new in iOS 8 and Xcode 6, you'll also learn Swift, Apple's new programming language. No programming experience is necessary. As a bonus, this deal also includes the Complete iOS 7 Course.

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11:48
Apple tries to close iPhone 6 Plus 'bend-gate...

Apple on Thursday responded to the the flood of criticism leveled at the supposed ease with which the jumbo-sized iPhone 6 Plus bends during normal use, saying that just nine customers have complained about such an issue, while fashion-conscious consumers have once again proven that Apple can't please everyone.

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11:48
First Look: Urban Armor Gear Composite Case for...

Urban Armor Gear's Composite Case ($35) for iPhone 6 is a co-molded plastic and rubber case with coverage for the sleep/wake button and volume controls, and what feels like a solid amount of protection for a lightweight case. As with prior versions of the case, skid pads line the top and bottom. This time around, UAG has curiously left two small rectangular holes in the back of case, revealing tiny portions of the Apple logo and "iPhone" wording on…

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11:45
Polar M400 GPS watch launches, ships at end of...

Polar has launched an activity tracker with a large smartwatch-style display. The Polar M400 GPS watch has a 128x128-resolution display in a black or white strap, with the device able to monitor daily activities as well as providing more enhanced functionality when the user is exercising, such as running or cycling, with the GPS able to provide information about distance, speed, and altitude changes....

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11:44
New Mac Mini Finally Coming in October Alongside New...

At just under two years since its last update, the Mac mini seems to have become the forgotten part of Apple's Mac lineup, with a number of fans of the small desktop waiting for any word of a potential update. As they typically are with Mac products, rumors and leaks regarding the Mac mini's future have been relatively rare, with essentially nothing having appeared on the radar since a reference to a "Mid 2014" Mac mini surfaced on an Apple support page as a likely error several months ago. MacRumors has now received word that Apple is planning a Mac mini update possibly launching next month alongside new iPad models and presumably OS X Yosemite. While we have been unable to obtain corroborating...

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11:33
NewerTech releases Apple Keyboard-matching 28-key...

Accessory manufacturer NewerTech has announced that it is now shipping the NewerTech Wireless Aluminum Keypad. The new input peripheral is a Bluetooth 28-key numeric keypad, designed to complement the aluminum Apple Keyboard, and includes a bracket to clip to the end, for a single unit....

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11:30
Dear App Store review team, you are horrible at your...

I've written about App Store name exploits before, but this one really takes the cake. Pointed out by Nik Fletcher on Twitter, the title of this app references no less than 23 different popular IPs. How anything like this could possibly find its way...

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11:29
FBI Concerned With New Default Encryption Settings...

The FBI has been in talks with Apple and Google about the way the technology companies are marketing the privacy features in their smartphones, according to FBI Director James Comey (via The Huffington Post). Comey says that he is concerned that the two companies are "marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves above the law." Comey's remarks come following both privacy changes introduced with iOS 8 and a new privacy site that Apple introduced last week, explaining that the company has altered the way encryption works in iOS 8. Apple no longer stores the encryption keys for devices in iOS 8, making it impossible for it to unlock content on devices under...

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11:28
Does Size Matter: My Weekend with iPhone 6 and...

Last Friday I got an iPhone 6 and an iPhone 6 Plus for review; by mid-afternoon I had both fully charged, synced, and ready to rock. Sure I felt dorky with an iPhone in each hand all weekend, but it was worth it, gentle reader, to bring you this early hands-on report. But even more importantly, it was worth it to help me solve a first-world problem: Which iPhone 6 should I buy?

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11:16
DirecTV shareholders vote overwhelmingly in favor of...

As part of the process towards a purchase by AT&T, DirecTV shareholders have voted nearly unanimously in favor of the acquisition. Votes representing 77 percent of all outstanding shares have been cast, with 99 percent of them in favor of proceeding with the merger. Discussion amongst US regulatory bodies is continuing, but the shareholder vote was potentially a major issue, now overcome....

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11:09
Apple is Being Sued for Infringing 13 SanDisk Patents

Ireland's Longitude Licensing Ltd and Luxembourg's Longitude Flash Memory Systems S.a.r.l. have filed a joint patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The lawsuit involves a whopping 13 counts of infringement covering most iDevices and iPod models. The plaintiffs are using former SanDisk patents that they now own against Apple. On longitude's "About" page they note that they recently partnered with ...

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11:05
Xsan 10.9.4 does not add clients 10.8.5

Forums: TroubleshootingGood Evening brave Xsan deployers
Last year i built an Xsan of 120 TB in 3x volumes, 2x 10.9.1 servers with 6x clients 10.8.5, working flawless (except for the random failover issue)
Two months ago, i upgraded both the MDC servers at 10.9.4 to get rid of the famous bug (finally !!! ), and added a MacPro 2013 with 10.9.4. No problem so far.
Today, i reinitialised one of the clients with 10.8.5 for some issues with Adobe suite, after removing it from the Xsan system regularly But now, after putting back everything where it was (Name, IP, DNS, and activating the Xsan client), The computer does not appear in the list of the Xsan Admin when i want to add it, no matter what i do.
The DNS respond with absolute perfection on both public and metadata network
The LUN are perfectly seen in the Disk Utility
Already canceled and...

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11:05
We Got Our Bigger iPhones - Hooray! So How do we...

Back in the early days of the iPhone, it was a fairly small device that easily fit in a shirt pocket or jeans pocket.
Today, the power of the iPhone and the demands we make of it virtually require a larger display. So how do we carry it?
John Martellaro looks at a classic SciFi concept.

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11:04
Apple posts job for Product Design Structural...

At Apple’s Reliability Testing Lab the iPhone’s Multi‑Touch display is twisted and bowed.
With the iPhone 6 bending controversy heating up and Apple PR masterfully debunking the non-issue earlier today, it should come as no surprise that Apple does a lot of durability testing on its new devices before shipping. However, the team responsible for that testing– Apple’s Product Design Structural Analysis team for iPhone and iPod– needs some help.
Today the company posted a job listing seeking engineers to stress test new iPhones and iPods just as it responded to...

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11:02
Mac: NewerTech Wireless Aluminum Keypad
11:00
New study says charging the iPhone 6 only costs 47...

If you plan your charging schedule right keeping your iPhone 6 powered will only cost you US$0.47 a year. That calculation comes from Opower, a developer of software for utility companies. According to CNN Money the software provider has released a...

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10:58
Consumer Reports devising authoritative test for...

Not sure what to believe about recent claims that the iPhone 6 Plus has a malleability issue? Consumer Reports says it is in the process of undergoing authoritative testing to find its own answer to the question of whether or not the larger iPhone has a bending problem.
According to their post, Consumer Report will critically test the new iPhones against other popular smartphones using their “sophisticated machinery” which can apply up to 1,000 pounds of force previously used to test the LG G Flex and determine whether or not the iPhone 6...

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10:56
Apple: Only Nine People Have Complained about Bent...

Apple said on Thursday that only nine customers have complained about bent iPhone 6 or 6 Plus devices, and that "With normal use a bend in iPhone is extremely rare." The company has gone on its equivalent of a full-court press, offering the statement to The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Re/code, and other mainstream outlets at once.

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10:56
First Look: JBL Charge 2 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

JBL's breakthrough 2012 speaker Flip begat a fancier mid-2013 follow-up called Charge, possessing nearly identical sonic performance plus a larger battery that could double as an iPhone or iPod charger. Now JBL has a sequel called Charge 2 ($150), which evolves the industrial design a lot and the feature set a little. Charge 2 preserves its predecessor's 12-hour promised battery life and rear USB port for outbound power, now promising iPad-ready 2.1-Amp…

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10:56
First Look: Speck CandyShell, Card, Grip + Inked...

Speck has introduced the newest versions of its long-heralded CandyShell line for iPhone 6. There's the classic CandyShell ($35); CandyShell Grip ($35), which offers a raised pattern for more grip; CandyShell Card ($40), which adds a slot to the back of the case that can hold up to three cards; and CandyShell Inked ($40) — basically a CandyShell with graphics on the back. All of the cases retain the traditional CandyShell co-molded plastic and rubber…

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10:42
Instagram’s Hyperlapse hurriedly adds time-lapse...

Apple’s pair of new iPhones and upgraded iOS have had a rocky launch, but there’s zero cause for complaint with the photography features in iOS 8 and the cameras on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. One of the coolest iOS 8 camera tricks is Time-lapse mode, which directly competes with Instagram’s new iOS app Hyperlapse. Clearly, Instagram has to step it up.A Thursday update for Hyperlapse lets you use your front-facing camera to shoot time-lapse videos—wow, just like iOS 8, which lets all iPhone owners shoot front-facing time-lapse videos. Frameographer, another time-lapse video app, has the...

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10:48
News: Apple says only 9 customers have complained...

Apple has issued an official response to the controversy surrounding alleged problems with iPhone 6 units bending during normal use, stating that it has received complains from only nine customers, and that the iPhones “feature steel/titanium inserts to reinforce stress locations.” ALERT: Apple says only 9 customers have complained to the company about bent iPhones. (via @jonfortt)— CNBC Tech (@CNBCtech) September 25, 2014 Apple:…

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10:30
Daily Deals for September 25, 2014, featuring...

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

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

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10:10
Apple: Bending in iPhone 6 Plus From Normal Use...

Apple has commented on the ongoing complaints about the iPhone 6 Plus bending in user pockets, telling CNBC that the new iPhones include steel/titanium inserts to reinforce stress locations and that they use the "strongest glass in the industry." The company went on to say that only nine customers had complained about bent iPhones, suggesting the issue is not as widespread as it has appeared in the media. It also stated that both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have met or exceeded testing for strength and durability, and that bending in the iPhone 6 Plus during normal use is "extremely rare." Reports of the iPhone 6 Plus's weakness to bending first began trickling in...

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10:06
Apple responds to iPhone 6 Bendgate controversy,...

Apple has officially issued a statement regarding the iPhone 6 bending controversy saying the issue is rare during real world use and that it’s only received complaints from 9 customers (via CNBC). Apple adds, according to the reports, that the “new iPhones feature steel/titanium inserts to reinforce stress locations and use the strongest glass in the industry.” Apple also commented that bending is “extremely rare” during normal use and that it performs a number of strength and durability tests (as you’d expect) before it ships new devices (via WSJ):

Since going on sale Friday, Apple said only nine customers have contacted the company about a bent iPhone 6 Plus—the larger and more expensive of its two new iPhones. Apple said both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus passed a...

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10:05
Rumor puts 12.9-inch iPad in early 2015 with A8X...

Apple's alleged 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" could ship in early 2015, and with a new A8X processor, claims Taiwan's TechNews. The site doesn't have any more details, but based on Apple's past "X" processors, the A8X would probably be a version of the A8 -- used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus -- with superior graphics processing. Apple introduced the concept with the A5X, which used the extra power to support its first-ever Retina iPad....

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10:00
Crowdfunding Roundup: Unbreakable smart door locks...

Each week, TUAW provides readers with an update on new or significant crowdfunded Apple-related projects in the news. While our policy is to not go into detail on items that haven't reached at least 80 percent of their funding goal, this update is...

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09:59
Briefly: Adaptxt iOS 8 keyboard app, Typinator 6.2...

KeyPoint Technologies has released its Adaptxt keyboard app for iOS 8. Previously only available for Android, the new keyboard allows Apple users to customize their iPhone and iPad keyboards to their exact preferences, with over 90 languages and 40 specialized dictionaries to access. Auto-correction includes user controls such as dismiss and undo functionalities; and other customizable settings options include auto-capitalization, sound, visual and vibration feedback and special character bubbles. Users can use gesture text shortcuts to enter large amounts of text by gliding over one letter. F......

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09:56
Steve Ballmer's loyalty to Microsoft will force...

Though Steve Ballmer is no longer CEO of Microsoft or even on its board of directors, he's still fiercely loyal to the company he led, which is why he will have his basketball team, Los Angeles Clippers, ditch their use of Apple's iPad.

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09:52
Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could...

The recently disclosed bug in bash was bad enough as a theoretical exploit; now, reports Ars Technica, it could already be being used to launch real attacks. In a blog post yesterday, Robert Graham of Errata Security noted that someone is already using a massive Internet scan to locate vulnerable servers for attack. In a brief scan, he found over 3,000 servers that were vulnerable "just on port 80"—the Internet Protocol port used for normal Web Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) requests. And his scan broke after a short period, meaning that there could be vast numbers of other servers vulnerable. A Google search by Ars using advanced search parameters yielded over two billion web pages that at least partially fit the profile for the Shellshock exploit. More bad news: "[T]he initial fix for the issue still left Bash vulnerable to attack, according to a new US CERT National Vulnerability Database entry." And CNET is not the only one to say that Shellshock, which can affect Macs...

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09:45
Refurbished 2013 Mac Pro models now available on...

After first showing off the latest Mac Pro at WWDC 2013 and launching the professional-class desktop computer last December, Apple’s certified refurbished online store is now carrying discounted models for the first time.
The 2013 Mac Pro, which is the only Mac computer manufactured in the United States, ordinarily starts at $2,999 for the base model configuration, but customers looking to save on that cost can now get the same configuration for $450 less at $2,549. A variety of other configurations are available in refurbished models with discounted price tags ranging up to $7,479…...

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09:44
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-25

There's a new security threat in town going by the name Shellshock, and it has the potential to cause some big headaches for Unix and Linux-based systems, including Mac OS X. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to dive into how Shellshock works, what it can potentially do, and how it impacts Mac users on personal and public networks.

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09:30
Welcome to our planet, where things are not...

First of all: Welcome to the planet. We have many things here, but only a few of them are indestructible. Our human brains have figured out clever ways to modify even our most durable natural mineral -- diamond -- but not how to make every product...

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09:26
Mac Pro Models Now Available From Apple's...

Apple has recently added the Mac Pro to the refurbished section of its online store, giving customers the opportunity to purchase the professional-level desktop at a 15 percent discount compared to a brand-new machine for the first time since the computer's December 2013 release. There are several different configurations available, ranging in price from $2,549 for the 3.7GHz quad-core machine with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage to $7,479 for the 2.7Ghz 12-core machine with 32GB RAM and 1TB storage. All available refurbished Mac Pro models ship within 3 to 5 business days. All of Apple's refurbished products, the Mac Pro included, have been thoroughly tested for reliability and come with the...

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09:23
Instagram’s Hyperlapse video shooter adds support...



Last month Instagram launched a new video shooting app for iPhone and iPad that combines effects like time-lapse and cinema stabilization called Hyperlapse. Today Instagram is introducing what they call the “selfielapse” by adding support for shooting Hyperlapse videos with the front facing camera on your device using the same...

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09:04
Pre-orders commence for $200 Seek Thermal Camera for...

A camera add-on for mobile devices has opened to pre-orders, one which adds thermal imaging abilities to smartphones. The Seek Thermal Camera uses a 206x156-resolution sensor capable of detecting heat in the range of -40 centigrade to 330 centigrade, with the user able to switch between a normal image feed and a thermal version with a quick swipe....

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09:00
Developer claims Apple was warned of iCloud security...

A software developer in London warned Apple of iCloud's vulnerability to a brute-force attack months before the service was implicated in the leaks of hundreds of explicit photos and videos of celebrities. As reported by The Daily Dot, Ibrahim Balic...

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08:56
TA14-268A: GNU Bourne Again Shell (Bash) ‘Shellshock...

Original release date: September 25, 2014
Systems Affected

  • GNU Bash through 4.3.
  • Mac OS X
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 through 7
  • CentOS 5 through 7
  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, 12.04 LTS, and 14.04 LTS
  • Debian
  • Other Unix-based Operating Systems

Overview
A critical vulnerability has been reported in the GNU Bourne Again Shell (Bash), the common command-line shell used in most Linux/UNIX operating systems and Apple’s Mac OS X. The flaw could allow an attacker to remotely execute shell commands by attaching malicious code in environment variables used by the operating system...

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08:50
New LA Clippers owner Steve Ballmer wants team to...

Steve Ballmer may have retired as Microsoft’s CEO back in February and resigned from the company’s board last month, but rest assured that the raging businessman is still loyal to the Redmond-based software giant. For those of you who aren’t sports fans, Ballmer recently purchased the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers and one of his first acts as the team’s new owner is to have the organization cutdown its use of Apple products.

“Most of the Clippers on are Windows, some of the players and coaches are not,” Ballmer recently told Reuters. “And Doc [Rivers] kind of knows that’s a project. It’s one of the first things he said to me: ‘We are probably going to get rid of these...

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08:39
iPhone 6, 6 Plus take lead in Japanese smartphone...

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are commanding the Japanese smartphone market just a week into their availability, according to BCN sales rankings cited by Forbes. The 6 was the most popular phone overall, taking eight out of the top 10 spots, and even then the iPhone 5s claimed 5th and 8th places. The 6 Plus reached no higher than 11th, but still took five out of the next seven spots....

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08:36
1Password iOS beta previews upcoming iPhone 6/6 Plus...

The popular password and data management app 1Password was ready on day one with a powerful, systemwide extension for accessing your vault and Touch ID support for unlocking the app with your fingerprint. The latest beta version sent to testers today promises one more useful feature its users will appreciate: iPhone 6 optimization.
The new version of 1Password currently being tested by beta users no longer relies on zoomed scaling on the larger display devices and takes advantage of the new screen sizes more efficiently. iPhone 6 Plus users have shared that the new version supports the new iPad-like split-view introduced to certain Apple apps as well.
1Password recently changed its pricing model from a...

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08:30
This dog has no patience for your stupid iPad games

Everyone's gotten a little bit heated over a rough game of Candy Crush Saga, but if you think your iOS gaming temper is bad then you've never met Violet. Violet is a greyhound that loves her iPad, but doesn't take kindly to being bested by a game...

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08:28
Apple’s new icons for Yosemite’s Mac App Store


Apple made a minor over-the-air change to the Mac App Store today on OS X Yosemite. The company updated the icons to be more in line with the new design aesthetic. The top bar is the new version, while the bottom is the old one that can still be seen on OS X Mavericks. The new icons also better match up with those on the iOS version. Apple will launch Yosemite next month for free. 

 
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08:22
Rumor: Apple’s upcoming “iPad Pro” model could...


The iPad Pro rumors are coming in.
And they’re pointing to some interesting stuff.
Per G for Games and MacRumors, Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablet is rumored to be landing as soon as early 2015, reports suggesting that the tablet will feature an improved A8X processor. Similar to Apple’s previous A5X and A6X processors, the A8X would presumably be an graphics-enhanced version of Apple’s current A8 processor that debuted in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Apple’s shift away from using an “X” version of its base iOS device chip last year, opting to power the iPad Air and Retina iPad mini with the same A7 chip found in the iPhone 5s, albeit clocked slightly faster on the iPad Air. But with a higher-...

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Angry Birds Transformers soft launched in New...


After months of teasing, Angry Birds Transformers is now available in select parts of the world. Gamers in New Zealand and Finland can now sample Rovio’s mashup of fowl and robots, with Canada and Australia set to follow soon afterwards. In addition to a soft launch for its new title, Rovio released a new gameplay trailer, revealing that this won’t be your typical Angry Birds title.

Instead of the standard slingshot-powered shenanigans, Angry Birds Transformers is a 2D side-scrolling shoot ‘em up game where feathery Autobirds blast their way through several background enemies, including Deceptihogs. Set to the soundtrack of cheesy 80’s music, the game’s layout...

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Say hello to the 2015 Office Champions

Today, we are pleased to introduce to you this year’s group of Office Champions. Some of them are returning, and some of them are new—but all of them have unique stories to tell about how Office helps them succeed.
While Office delivers some of the greatest productivity tools on the planet, this esteemed group of influencers embody productivity. They are experts in fitness, fashion, technology, entrepreneurship, parenting and travel—and they rely on Office to manage the nitty gritty of everyday work and everyday life.
Check out the Office Facebook page to learn more about the 2015 Office Champions and how Office helps them stay on top of it all.
 
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5 tips to make your Outlook.com account even more...

In a world of multiple devices, online ubiquity, and cloud storage, the security of your personal content—email, documents, and photos—is more important than ever. In addition to the behind-the-scenes work we do to keep your Outlook.com account secure, we’ve made a list of what we think are the top five things that you can do, to help keep your account as secure as possible:
1. Use a strong password and change it often
A strong password is one that is not easy to guess. Our advice is to make your password a combination of upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols. We also recommend that you change it often, just in case someone manages to guess it. We recommend changing it every two months, and when you do, it should not be in any sort of pattern. For example, don’t simply change your password from “heLLo.1” to “heLLo.2”.
2. Use different passwords for each online account
We all use multiple services—be that Facebook, Twitter, Xbox Live,...

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Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 017 with...

In episode 17, Jeremy Thake chats to Matthias Einig, a SharePoint MVP, about transforming SharePoint Full Trust Code to the SharePoint app model.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP17_MatthiasEinig.mp3
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Delivering the first chapter of Groups in Office 365

Jared Spataro is the general manager of Enterprise Social at Microsoft.
At the SharePoint Conference in March, we announced our roadmap for a set of connected experiences that would enable your company to work like a network. This month, we reached an important milestone with Office Delve. Continuing on this journey, today we are rolling out the first phase of Groups in Office 365.

Getting things done at work means sharing information and collaborating across ad hoc groups and project teams.  But, often times the tools we use to bring people together are different in each app—distribution groups in Outlook, buddy lists in Lync, groups in Yammer.  That’s why we’re introducing Groups in Office 365, so you can easily connect with the colleagues...

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EWS Managed API for .NET is now open source

 Victor Boctor is a principal architect on the Exchange team.
Last month, we released the Exchange Web Services (EWS) Java API as open source under the MIT license. Since then, we have received great feedback from the community, including many contributions via bug reports and pull requests. Today, we are building on this momentum by releasing the EWS Managed API, the .NET implementation of this API, as open source. Unlike the EWS Java API, this is the first time that the EWS Managed API has been made available as an open-source library. The open-source EWS Managed API provides the following advantages:

  • You can contribute bug fixes and enhancements to enable scenarios that you care about while making integrating with Exchange even more awesome than it is today...
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​Developer warns against using in-app browsers due...

Well-known Iconfactory developer Craig Hockenberry is warning iOS device owners about the risks of using in-app browsers to enter sensitive information such as account login credentials. Users commonly encounter these browsers in social media apps...

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Apple to release iOS 8.0.2 update within “a few days...

Apple will release iOS 8.0.2, just give it a few days.
According to The Verge, following Apple’s submission and retraction of its iOS 8.0.1 mobile operating system update on Wednesday due to Touch ID and cellular connectivity concerns, the company has said that it has identified the cause of these bugs and is planning to release a newer iOS 8.0.2 version with a patch in the coming days, according to a support document posted to the company’s website.

The company offered the following comment on a recently posted support page:
“We have a workaround for you if you have an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and you lost cellular service and Touch ID functionality today after updating to iOS 8.0.1. You can reinstall iOS 8 through iTunes by following the instructions below...

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Aquafadas has announced a new HTML5 web reader format

Aquafadas is now offering publishers the ability to create HTML5 WebReader content by adopting the alternative to Flash. The newest version complements the previous Flash WebReader.
An HTML5 WebReader targets users on other platforms such as Windows PCs and mobile devices, Mac desktop systems and any other device with a web browser. HTML5 makes the content SEO- friendly and easy to optimize for search engines like Google and Bing, according to the folks at Aquafadas.
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Apple knew of iCloud API weakness months before...

A London-based security researcher made multiple reports to Apple that the company's iCloud service was vulnerable to brute-force password attacks months before the revelations that celebrities' iCloud backups were mined for intimate photos and videos. The Daily Dot reports that Ibrahim Balic sent descriptions of the vulnerability to Apple in March in addition to filing a report that the system leaked user data that could be used to mount such attacks. Balic attempted to reach out both via e-mail and through the company's Web-based bug reporting system.
In an e-mail dated March 26, Balic told an Apple employee:
I found a new issue regarding on Apple accounts (sic)...By the brute force attack method I can try over 20,000 + times passwords on any accounts. I think account lockout should probably be applied. I'm attaching a screen shot for you. I found the same issue with Google and I...

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