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Wednesday October 22

05:00
Calvertr: A unique calculator and conversion app

Calvertr (US$2.99) is a clever evolution of the standard calculator and conversions app. As a calculator it is pretty basic, but where it really shines is in its conversion abilities. As a currency converter, for example, it supports 157 different...

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04:57
Apple will sell its billionth iOS device this quarter

I remember thinking, when the iPhone was first announced, what an accomplishment it would be if Apple could sell 10 million of them. A billion iOS devices is simply astonishing.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:54
InSilo.co introduces Peppermint code editor for Mac...

InSilo.co has introduced the Peppermint (http://www.osxpeppermint.com) code editor for Mac OS X, which supports more than 50 syntaxes.
It provides advanced editing features with dozens of extensions, giving developers the ability to create new apps. Peppermint is designed to provide a "one-window no-distractions experience" with extensibility features like plug-ins, live JavaScript console and third party extensions, according to Ioannis Zafeiropoulos, InSilo.com's chief software architect and CEO.
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04:42
8 seconds of white noise tops Canadian iTunes charts

It was bound to happen eventually. A perfect storm of consumer anticipation, a new album ready for release, and the complexity of the digital music construction process.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:30
Moneyball comes to the NHL with ProPuck Wizard

Billy Beane with the Oakland A's earned the most attention for his early use of analytics in setting up a line-up and running a major league baseball team. Now more and more sports are employing front office personnel with strong statistical and math...

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04:20
Get your Mac online anywhere easily with OS X...

One of the new Continuity features between iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite is Instant Hotspot, giving users the ability to automatically connect to the Internet through their iPhone's cellular data connection without the need to touch their phone.

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04:04
Apple's CEO Attended Top Level Meeting in China...

Apple serious about protecting user privacy: Yesterday we reported on the fact that iCloud users in mainland China were under a cyber-attack that could allow access to personal data. Although the Chinese government denied any association with the attack, it's being reported by the official Xinhua news agency today that Apple's CEO Tim Cook has discussed user data security at a meeting on Wednesday with a top Chinese government official in Beijing.

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03:54
iOS 8.1 Jailbreak hits the web via Chinese Pangu...


It wasn’t too long ago when the Pangu jailbreak team took the scene by storm with it’s iOS 7.1.x jailbreak tool release. It was quite unexpected because no on had really heard of Pangu prior to the surprise. Turns out the team was very talented and they’re all set to reach another milestone…

The iOS 8 – iOS 8.1 jailbreak is set to be released by the Pangu team. Initially the team announced the release of a developer version, but later removed the download link. Either way this is great news for jailbreakers, but the developer version does not install Cydia or other common services. Instead, this is...

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03:54
Tim Cook meets with Chinese vice premier in Beijing...

Two days after evidence emerged of a phishing attack on iCloud, allegedly due to the Chinese government firewall redirecting traffic to a fake login page, the Chinese state news agency Xinhuanet is reporting a meeting in Beijing between Tim Cook and Chinese vice premier Ma Kai.

Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai and Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday exchanged views on protection of users’ information during their meeting in Zhongnanhai, the central authority’s seat. They also exchanged views on strengthening cooperation in information and communication fields.

The Chinese government censors access to the Internet by deploying a country-wide firewall which blocks certain sites and which can redirect traffic from sites the government dislikes to officially-sanctioned ones …
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03:51
Zevrix Deliver revved for Mac OS X Yosemite

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced Deliver 2.4.10, a compatibility update to its automated file transfer solution for remote and local destinations.
Deliver lets users send files to FTP, SFTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV and other servers and offers automatic e-mail notifications, delivery to multiple destinations, file encryption, delivery history and other powerful capabilities. The new version makes Deliver compatible with recently released Mac OS X Yosemite.
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03:49
Google Play Music updates Listen Now page, adds...

Google Play Music has been updated for both Android and iOS, with a new look and extra features. While it has received a Material Design-influenced makeover, similar to the leaked Gmail update, the main change users will notice is the inclusion of activity and time-related playlists, something Google has introduced courtesy of its acquisition of Songza in July....

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03:48
PaintCode for Mac OS X adds Smart Symbols feature

ixelCut has announced PaintCode 2.2, an update of the vector drawing app for Mac OS X that generates Objective-C drawing code in real time. The new version adds Smarat Symobls, a new feature for prototyping user interface designs.
Smart Symbols allow designers to draw something on one canvas, then reuse it as a Symbol on other canvases in the document. When the designer adjusts the original canvas, all changes are instantly visible in all Symbols.
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02:24
How to fix the four most annoying quirks of Yosemite

OS X 10.10 Yosemite is out, and, while there aren’t many surprises in the interface—which Apple has been showing off since June—users are getting their first tastes of the new look and new features. And many of them are finding that there are some annoyances the way Yosemite displays (or doesn’t display) certain things. Here are my top four Yosemite annoyances and how you can fix them.Banish translucency

I don’t get the whole thing about translucency. It certainly looks cool, and the technology required to render both a translucent menu and what’s behind it is probably quite complex. But what’s the point of translucency? Is it simply, to paraphrase Steve Jobs, when he presented the rotating cube that displayed with Fast User Switching back in Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, “Because we can?”...

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03:29
Woz Joins Sydney's University of Technology...

A new home for the Woz: It's being reported today in Australia that Apple's co-founder Steve "Woz" Wozniak is set to join the University of Technology, Sydney, in December as an adjunct professor.

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03:15
Slow movement of deals leads to 'de-growth...

According to IDC's Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) "Quarterly Enterprise Storage Tracker, Q2 2014" India's external storage market saw a double digit year-on-year de-growth (in vendor revenue) and stood at US$54.4 million, the lowest market has reached since the second quarter of 2012 (Q2 2012).
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03:12
Apple CEO Tim Cook Meets with Top Chinese Official...

Apple CEO Tim Cook met with a top Chinese government official in Beijing Wednesday to discuss the security of user data, reports Reuters. The meeting comes after web censorship blog Great Fire claimed earlier this week that hackers worked with Chinese authorities to harvest Apple ID information from Chinese users visiting iCloud.com. Yesterday, Apple issued a statement acknowledging the attacks on its servers and launched a new browser security guide on its website. The guide stressed the importance of digital certificates, asking users to check for any certificate warnings in their browser and ensure that they are connected...

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03:00
Kool Tools: NetSupport Notify

NetSupport Notify — recently revved to version 3 — provides a method for delivering news, IT announcements or security alerts direct to desktop users across an enterprise.
 
From PC, tablet or smartphone, administrators can send alerts that take screen focus on recipient desktops ensuring messages can be seen instantly and are not reliant on users accessing them whenever they choose, as with email or the company intranet. Acknowledging the growing use of centralized information screens, messages can also be sent to large unattended digital displays.
 
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Tuesday October 21

22:37
RapidWeaver 6 released for OS X


On Tuesday, Realmac Software announced the release of RapidWeaver 6, a major new upgrade to the company’s long-established and hugely-popular website creation app.
The new version includes more than a dozen major new features, is built exclusively for OS X Mavericks and OS X Yosemite, and a 64-bit app for the first time along with the following fixes and changes:
- Built for Mavericks and Yosemite, and 64-bit
- Redesigned user interface, including a Full Screen mode
- Supercharged Publishing (up to 3x faster)
- Five new user interface themes
- New Addons Manager
- Responsive Previews (presets for Desktop, iPhone, iPad. etc)
- New Markdown page type (this feature generates code for you in the background)
- Site-wide code support (HTML, CSS, Javascript)

- Hundreds...

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21:13
Apple SEC filing reveals executive RSU bonuses,...

In its latest SEC 10-Q filing, Apple has revealed certain company details -- including the fact that it still spends a small fraction of the money other tech firms do on Washington lobbying, and that it continues its practice of awarding its executives restricted stock units (RSUs) that could be worth millions if they stay with the company and it continues to do well. CFO Luca Maestri and Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores Dame Angela Ahrendts both received their first executive bonuses as part of the disclosure.......

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20:03
∞ Review: iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

I picked up my new iPads after the event in Cupertino ended last Thursday where Apple introduced the new products. I’ve been using the new iPads just as I have used the previous generation devices, so I could get a good idea how they function under my normal working conditions. [...]

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19:59
The iPad Air 2 (And a Few Cursory Words Regarding...

The relationship between the iPad and the iPhone, performance-wise, has been hard to predict. I often point out that Apple is a company of annual patterns, often predictable. There’s not much of a pattern with regard to how the iPad and iPhone relate to one another.

Two years ago, when the original iPad Mini debuted, it was roughly a year behind its 9.7-inch sibling, the iPad 4. The original Mini had a non-retina display and A5 system-on-a-chip (SoC). In broad strokes, Apple took an iPad 2 and shrunk it to fit in a much smaller form factor. The iPad 4 had a retina display and an A6 SoC — and double the RAM (1 GB vs. 512 MB), a better camera, etc.

Last year, the new models were roughly all on par CPU/GPU-wise, with the A7 SoC running at about the same speed on all three devices: iPad Air, iPad Mini 2, and iPhone 5S. The Air had one small advantage over the other two devices: it was clocked at 1400 MHz instead of 1300 MHz, which gave it...

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19:29
Cook reveals surprising $17B AAPL stock buyback in Q4

During its conference call to analysts, Apple CEO Tim Cook mentioned that the company had spent $17 billion in the fourth fiscal quarter on further stock buybacks, the largest amount since the March quarter and bringing the total spent across the fiscal year to $45 billion. About half of the money was spent buying shares on the open market rather than through banking partners, an unusual move for a large corporation. The stock came close to another record high on Tuesday, but has yet to crack its $110 all-time (adjusted for both splits and buybacks) share high.......

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19:27
EyeTV 3.6.6 - Watch and record TV on your Mac. (...

EyeTV brings a rich TV experience to your Mac.Watch live TV on your Mac. Pause, rewind, and record whenever you want. EyeTV gives you powerful control over what you watch and how you watch it.Put down the remote. Grab your Mac.

  • A Smarter interface. Find your favorite shows using a convenient program guide with multiple search methods.
  • Customizable recording options. Record a single episode or an entire season.
  • Sync with your apps. Make your recordings portable by integrating with iTunes and syncing your device.
  • Awesome editing. Create video clips and trim unwanted content with easy editing options.

Version 3.6.6:

  • Designed for use with OS X 10.10
  • OS X 10.5.8 or later

Download Now

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19:06
Jimmy Iovine talks genesis of Beats and Steve Jobs...

Apple’s Jimmy Iovine was at the first annual Revolt Music Conference this week to accept a “SFTB award” (named after Drake’s lyric “started from the bottom now we here”) for his climb to an executive position in one of the most valuable companies in the world after starting out as an audio engineer in a New York studio.
In the speech, which is embedded above, Iovine recounted once again the story of how he met Dr. Dre and founded Beats Electronics (even though Dre wanted to go into the sneaker business). He also touched on Steve Jobs’ role as his inspiration during that fateful meeting:

But like...

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18:12
Review roundup: iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 deemed...

The reviews are in for this year's iPad product refreshes and the results are expectedly positive for the new iPad Air 2, though some question whether Apple did enough to warrant the iPad mini 3's price tag.

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18:10
Early benchmarks show Retina iMac processor's...

Early benchmarks of the new iMacs show the Retina 5K iMac as having high enough performance to beat the 2013 Mac Pro in some tasks, suggesting that in some cases it may be better to buy the new high-end iMac than a base-level Mac Pro. Results for the range, appearing on the 64-bit Geekbench 3 benchmark, has the high-resolution 5K iMac's 4.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor option dominating the board for single and multi-core performance when compared to previous iMacs, and it manages to also put up a good fight when compared to configurations of last year's Mac Pro.......

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17:54
First iPad Air 2 Reviews: 'Ridiculously Fast...

Following Apple's October 16 event that saw the debut of the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3, Apple provided multiple publications with review units. The embargo has now lifted on review posts, so we've gathered some of the relevant excerpts from each site in order to highlight general release reactions to the new tablet. Apple's iPad Air 2 is an entire millimeter thinner than the original iPad Air, and Apple has billed it as the thinnest tablet in the world. It offers a new A8X processor, Touch ID fingerprint support, an anti-reflective screen coating, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and an improved 8-megapixel rear camera. Walt Mossberg, Re/code:So when Apple brought out new iPads last week, and I had a chance to test them over the past four days, you might think I'd be pretty excited about them -- but I'm not. They are, in most respects, the best iPads ever made. But for average...

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17:30
Sapphire manufacturer and Apple agree to part ways “...

Sapphire surfaces like those used on TouchID were not used for the screen on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Kārlis Dambrāns


Today, synthetic sapphire manufacturer GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) and Apple announced their agreement [PDF] to dissolve their partnership amicably after GTAT filed a surprising bankruptcy claim earlier this month. The proceedings threatened to expose information about Apple's dealings with GTAT, something Apple desperately wanted to hide, as evidenced by court filings from Apple ...

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17:25
Roundup: iPad Air 2 reviews are positive, while iPad...


Reviews of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 have gone live across the web tonight and, as you may have expected, reviewers and pundits love Apple’s newest tablets. As usual, we’ve rounded up links to the reviews along with some choice quotes. You can find them all below the break:

iPad Air 2
The Verge
Pick up an iPad Air 2 and you’ll immediately understand why Apple pursues that thinness with such single-minded zeal. It’s so, so thin: 18 percent thinner than the older Air, and even slightly lighter. It’s hard to believe that...

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17:08
GT Advanced, Apple strike deal to 'amicably...

After much bickering in court during bankruptcy proceedings that took Apple and Wall Street by surprise, former sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies has worked out an agreement with the iPhone maker that will let it pursue its plan of winding down operations at its Mesa, Arizona plant and laying off nearly 700 employees. Though Apple had initially said it would work to preserve the jobs involved, the deal instead offers incentives to certain employees to help wind down the plant, and provides a way for GT to pay back the money it owes Apple.......

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16:51
GTAT Announces ‘Amicable Parting’ of Ways with Apple

GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) announced an "amicable parting of the ways" with Apple. GTAT announced the deal in court filings, though Apple itself has yet to comment.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple appears to be going to great lengths to keep the terms of its agreement with GTAT-terms the sapphire maker called "oppressive and burdensome"-secret. It would seem that Apple cut this new deal with GTAT solely to keep those documents sealed after the judge overseeing the bankruptcy told Apple he was inclined to unseal everything.

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16:46
Google updates Hangouts for iOS with support for...


Google has released an update to the Hangouts app for iOS that contains support for the larger displays on the latest iPhones. There don’t seem to be any other changes in this version. You can grab the messaging and video calling application for free on the iTunes App Store.Filed under: Apps ...

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16:25
Apple launches new service allowing local businesses...


Apple has launched a new web service called Maps Connect that allows small business owners to manage their listings on Apple Maps along with a tool for setting up indoor positioning in select areas. Companies can enter their own listings and verify via a phone call or email address.
The iBeacon-powered indoor mapping tool allows businesses to setup interior views of their businesses on Apple Maps to help guide users through their venues. This tool is currently limited only to locations...

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16:06
Apple's Maps Connect portal lets local...

In a continued effort to make Apple Maps more accurate, Apple on Tuesday launched a new Web portal called "Maps Connect" to let local businesses add information directly into the mapping services.

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15:49
Apple's new A8X powered iPad Air 2 smokes new...

New Geekbench processor benchmarks show Apple's triple core, 64-bit A8X Application Processor is dramatically faster than the latest Android tablets, despite their additional cores and faster clock rates.

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15:34
First iPad Air 2 deliveries begin in Australia


The iPad Air 2 only recently started shipping with delivery dates of October 22nd and 23rd, and it appears the first devices have been delivered to Australian owners over the past few hours, as several 9to5Mac readers have tipped us. At least one device in the wild...

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15:31
Apple leadership awarded restricted stock unit bonus...

Eight Apple executives last week were awarded identical bonuses in the form of conditional RSUs worth over $19.6 million at the stock's current price, according to a U.S. SEC filing.

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15:19
iPhone 6 Plus and Nexus 6 compared: is Google’s...

TechCrunch
TechCrunch went hands-on with Google’s newest smartphone, the Nexus 6, and took some time to compare it to the iPhone 6 Plus. In the photo above, you’ll see that the two phones share near identical dimensions, though the Nexus still manages to pack a larger 6.22-inch display space into the same body.
The Nexus is actually a bit bigger than it looks in the photo, though the perspective makes it a little hard to tell. When compared spec-for-spec, the Nexus comes in at 6mm taller, 5mm wider, and 3mm thicker than the iPhone. It’s not a huge difference, but the Nexus display is still noticeably bigger than the iPhone 5.5-inch screen. How?
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15:08
Google Takes a Flyer on Magic Leap


Magic Leap on Tuesday announced that Google was the lead investor in a $542 million round of funding for its secret endeavors. Also participating in the financing round were Qualcomm, Legendary Entertainment, KKR, Vulcan Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Andreessen Horowitz and Obvious Ventures. Details are scarce about Magic Leap's forthcoming products, but they are likely proprietary wearable technology. Magic Leap is said to be developing an eyeglasses-like device that can project computer-generated images over real-life settings.

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15:07
Apple and GT Advanced Reach Deal to End Partnership...

GT Advanced and Apple have reached a deal that will see the two companies dissolving their partnership, according to documents submitted to the court earlier today, reports The Wall Street Journal. According to GT Advanced attorney Luc Despins, the agreement between the two companies marks an "amicable parting of the ways." Under the terms of the deal, GT Advanced will sell off more than 2,000 sapphire furnaces, with some of the proceeds going to Apple as repayment for the $440 million loan the company gave GT to purchase the sapphire equipment. Mr. Despins said the proposed settlement allows GT Advanced to try to sell the furnaces at the Mesa, Ariz. sapphire-manufacturing facility, and give the money to Apple, which financed the equipment. GT Advanced would surrender its claims against Apple,...

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15:00
Apple Pay works in overseas (if you pretend you...

Beau Giles is a web developer and blogger based out of Sydney, Australia who wanted to know if he'd be able to use the new Apple Pay system in his home country's NFC payment points. After a little bit of expiring he discovered that Apple Pay does...

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14:50
How I Came to Own and Sell a TAM Probably Owned by...

This story starts several years ago. I want to say 2004, but I don't remember for sure. A friend of a friend worked at Apple, and he heard I was looking for a TAM. It turns out it was probably owned by Jony Ive, and this is how I found out.

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14:42
Google and Facebook Handily Outspent Apple on...

Apple's not the leader in everything: Google and Facebook continued to pour millions of dollars into political lobbying in the third quarter in attempts to influence U.S. lawmakers and have legislation written in their favor. Google spent ...

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14:22
Briefly: Alpine Headphones, iDevices iShower2

A new set of consumer headphones was released by Alpine Electronics that sets out to bring the concert experience to users in order to "feel their music." The patented TKR3 full frequency immersion technology attempts to recreate the sensation of a live show with a "unique sound field expansion." The Bluetooth headphones feature 40mm drivers, programmable audio processing, powered digital amplifiers, and a lithium battery for up to 10 hours of play. The Alpine Headphones can be used with the Alpine Level Play app for iOS, which creates playlists based on the "energy level" of the songs on the......

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14:19
Apple spent $1M on lobbying US government in Q3,...

According to a recently filed disclosure, Apple spent a little over $1 million over the third quarter on lobbying issues like consumer health data, safe driving, e-books and data privacy, among others.

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14:04
Triple-core iPad Air 2 pegged as 55% faster than any...


Geekbench results for the iMac with Retina 5K Display have hit the web and show that when it comes to 64-bit processing, the 4.0 GHz model of the new all-in-one comes out ahead of the lowest-end (3.7 GHz) Mac Pro. Of course, the rest of the Mac Pro family handily beats the iMac in the same category.
The extra power is almost certainly dedicating to keeping things running smoothly on the impressive new 5K display.

Meanwhile, on the mobile side, new...

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14:00
Early iPad Air 2 benchmark suggests tri-core CPU,...

The iPad Air 2 in profile. Its new A8X chip is stacking up pretty well.

Andrew Cunningham


Apple's iPad Air 2 contains a new chip called the A8X, an SoC that's faster than the A7 in the original iPad Air or the iPad Mini 2 and 3 and the A8 in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Apple would only say that the chip's CPU is about 40 percent faster than the A7 and that it has a GPU that's 2.5 times faster.
We haven't gotten our hands on an iPad Air 2 review unit yet, so we haven't been able to test out these claims. A test from Primate Labs' Geekbench Results Browser sheds an interesting light on the subject, though: the result in question shows a three-core processor with 2GB of RAM, double the memory of any previous iOS device. Assuming the scores are accurate, the A8X could outdo the A7 in some tasks by as much as 66 percent.

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14:00
Cirqle for iPhone offers social photo sharing

Social and photography are two very crowded markets in the App Store. Getting noticed is the first trick; gathering a following is the next. The developers of Cirqle for iPhone (free) are hoping their combination of communal photo streams, or...

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13:46
9to5Toys Last Call: SanDisk 64GB iOS Flash Drive $68...

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:
SanDisk Connect Wireless iOS Flash Drive: 64GB for $68 (Reg. $100) and 32GB for...

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13:45
GT Advanced reaches deal to part ways w/ Apple, will...

Following a report last week that Apple was seeking to keep its involvement in its sapphire supplier GT Advanced’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing secret, today Bloomberg reports that GT Advanced and Apple have reached an agreement that will allow the two companies to part ways. Lawyers for GT Advanced said the deal “will save millions of dollars and solve most issues” and be an “amicable parting of ways,” according to the report. 

GT Advanced Technologies (Nasdaq: GTAT) (OTCBB: GTATQ) attorney says consensual accord with Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) reached. The lawyer calls it an ‘amicable parting of ways.’ The accord...

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13:39
GT Advanced reaches bankruptcy deal with Apple, will...

As part of its plan to "wind down" sapphire production operations after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, GT Advanced Technologies will reportedly sell more than 2,000 sapphire furnaces to pay off an outstanding debt to Apple.

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13:24
Rumor: A8X processors allegedly feature three cores...

While Apple has yet to reveal the exact specifications of its A8X processor, it seems to feature some sexy tech traits. Per AppleInsider and Gizmobic, a new benchmark purports to show the horsepower of the CPU, revealing a triple-core processor with 2 gigabytes of RAM.
The purported details on the A8X chip claimed to show a new “iPad5,4″ model. Based on Apple’s IPSW files available to developers, that model would be a LTE-capable iPad Air 2.
A separate test focused on RAM speed also appears to show that the iPad Air 2 has a full 2 gigabytes of RAM. In contrast, the A8 CPU found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is a dual-core processor with 1 gigabyte of RAM.
The benchmarks published represent an out-of-date testing tool...

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13:20
Apple says it's aware of Chinese iCloud hijacks...

Apple is aware of "intermittent organized network attacks" against people trying to sign into iCloud.com, says Dow Jones. It insists however that iCloud servers haven't been breached, and that people using iOS or the latest version of OS X -- Yosemite -- should be unaffected. The company doesn't specifically mention China, which is where the browser hijacks are taking place....

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13:15
Apple Inc. surprises with massive $17 billion Q4...

During its fiscal Q4 ending in September, Apple spent an incredible $17 billion to buy up its own stock, increasingly doing so on its own without outside bankers' assistance. Since the beginning of fiscal 2014, Apple has spent an astounding $45 billion to repurchase its stock from fleeing investors at incredible discounts.

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13:13
GTAT Says it’s Close to Resolving Apple Dispute

A Deal in the making: This morning Bloomberg reported from a court filing that GT Advanced Technologies has asked the court to allow Apple to have until noon...

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13:11
Briefly: Civilization Beyond Earth data, Total War:...

The latest installment of the Civilization franchise from developer Firaxis Civilization: Beyond Earth, today has a slightly narrowed release date for OS X as well as declared hardware and OS requirements. While the PC release is imminent on October 24, the Mac version will ship in time for holiday 2014. Civilization: Beyond Earth, will require OS X 10.10 Yosemite, an Intel Core i3 processor or greater, running at 2.2GHz or more, and 4GB of RAM. Minimum GPU specs are the Nvidia GeForce 640M, ATI Radeon HD 5750, or Intel Iris Graphics with 256 MB.......

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13:03
Rumor: Apple Pay loyalty program could launch in...

With the Apple Pay launch complete in the U.S., Apple may now turn its sights toward launching a new store loyalty rewards program in time for the lucrative holiday shopping season.

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13:01
Adobe KnowHow: Learn Photography From The Best for $...

We have a training package for photographers today called Adobe Know-How. It contains more than 200 lectures with over 27 hours of content, and it's designed to teach both photography techniques and Photoshop CC skills. Courses include EasyDSLR Beginners Photography Course, The Art Of Black & White Photography, Night Photography Unlocked Video Course, and Mastering Adobe Photoshop CC: A Definitive Course. All that for $29.99. There's more information on the deal page.

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13:00
T-Mobile offering iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 for $0...

T-Mobile has announced it will begin to take pre-orders of the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 starting on Wednesday, October 22. Using T-Mobile's Simple Choice plan T-Mobile customers will be able to get a 16GB model of either device for $0 down and...

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11:37
Vine gets an iOS 8 update as its stars head off to...

Vine’s last major iOS update finally let you upload clips from your Camera Roll, which was a major functional improvement. The video-sharing app, which lets you shoot six-second loops, dropped version 3.0 on Tuesday: An iOS 8 update that takes full advantage of Apple’s new tools.
Vine's latest update fills up larger iPhone displays with more clips.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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12:50
iPad Air 2 Up to 55% Faster Than iPhone 6, Up to 68...

A short time ago, we highlighted a new benchmark appearing to show an iPad Air 2 device carrying an A8X chip with a triple-core 1.5 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM. While we mentioned that the enhanced specs have led to huge performance gains compared to the A8 chip found in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Primate Labs has now published a nice pair of charts showing just how dramatic this improvement really is, making the iPad Air 2 far and away the fastest iOS device ever. The most striking improvement comes in the multi-score benchmarks, where the A8X with its three cores of processing power blows away the dual-core A8 found in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. As a result, the iPad Air 2 registers over 55 percent faster than the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the multi-core...

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12:49
How To Get Ready For iOS 8.1 [Update]

If you're brave and intrepid, you probably already installed iOS 8.1. If you're the more cautious type, Kelly Guimont put together a quick guide for preparing your iOS devices for the new operating system to ensure a smooth upgrade.

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12:49
Apple Pay loyalty program may be coming in time for...

A loyalty program for Apple Pay may be ready to go in time for the holidays, says Bank Innovation. Some retail sources had previously suggested this was unlikely, in part because of doubt about the prospects of a large shift in customer behavior happening right before the holiday season. Real-world market demand may be pushing up the timetable for a loyalty offering, however....

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12:44
Video Presentation: Why Privacy Matters

In September Apple made public "A message from Tim Cook about Apple’s commitment to your privacy." In another area of Apple's website about privacy, Apple walks each visitor through their products with each one having a word about privacy specifically tailored for it. Apple makes it clear that "The moment you begin using an Apple product or service, strong privacy measures are already at work protecting your information. We build extensive safeguards into our apps and the operating systems they run on." Even in yesterday's Apple Financial Results Conference call Cook emphasized "ground breaking security." Cook firmly stated that ...

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12:40
Bowers & Wilkins launches the T7 portable...

Bowers & Wilkins (www.bwgroup.com) has released the T7, a portable speaker that combines Bluetooth wireless streaming with a compact size. It's the company's first Bluetooth speaker.
The T7 uses two (patent-pending) force-canceling high-output bass radiators to extend low frequencies and sports two optimized two-inch drive units. It's the most portable standalone speaker Bowers & Wilkins has ever produced. The size of a hardcover book, it’s designed to be picked up and carried with you. T7’s rechargeable battery purportedly lasts up to10 hours at normal listening levels.
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12:06
Review: Kenu Airframe Plus

Simple, stylish and effective, the Kenu Airframe + portable car mount is the latest addition to Kenu's lineup. Released earlier this year, the Airframe + takes the same basic design of the Airframe and gives it a little extra stretch in order to hold larger 6-inch phones. In our review we thoroughly put the Airframe + to the test to see what exactly it is that puts the "plus" in this portable car mount....

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12:04
Article: Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of...

Apple's initial release of iOS 8 last month got off to a somewhat rocky start, with problems related to HealthKit apps, Bluetooth connectivity issues, App Store problems with some of the new app extension features, and a maintenance update that rendered many users' iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices all but completely useless. In addition, Apple held back at least two features that were originally supposed to be delivered with iOS 8, choosing to instead…

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12:00
What's Apple doing with the iPad Mini 3?

To say that Apple glossed over the iPad Mini 3 last week would be putting it mildly. All told, Apple spent exactly 35 seconds discussing the device. And with good reason, the iPad Mini 3 is essentially the same device as the iPad Mini 2, the lone...

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11:55
$10K Will Get You a Clunky, Slow Hoverboard That...


The designers behind the Hendo Hoverboard on Tuesday took to the crowdfunding site Kickstarter to help launch a prototype and bring it to actual production. The funding period for this project will run from Tuesday through Dec. 15. The team has set a Kickstarter goal of $250,000 and already raised in excess of $100,000 in the opening hours. Early investors can get on board -- literally -- and be among one of the first 10 people to actually get a production model for a pledge of $10,000 or more.

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11:44
Apple begins shipping early preorders for iPad Air 2...

Apple is beginning to ship the earliest preorders of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 bought at its online store, accounts say. Notifications are being sent out today. Some orders are scheduled to ship on October 23rd specifically, while other people have been given a broader 23rd-27th timeframe....

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11:32
Extensive releases Suitcase Fusion 6, with Yosemite...

Extensis today released a major update to its Suitcase Fusion 6 font manager. The new version brings full OS X 10.10 Yosemite compatibility, Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 integration, font library synchronization with Dropbox or Google Drive accounts, as well as continuing bug fixes and speed enhancements....

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11:18
Definitive guide to beer glasses

Digg:

A nicely crafted beer is a thing of beauty, but if you’re pouring it into just any old grimy pint glass, you’re not letting that brew reach its true potential. The right glass is key to getting every last boozy drop of pleasure.​

A lot of people don’t realize that the shape of the glass you drink your beer out of can affect the way it tastes. In general, beer glasses are designed to enhance the kinds of beers inside. Always drives me nuts when I go to a bar and ask for a specialized beer and it comes in the “wrong” glass.
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11:17
iPad Air 2 Benchmark Points to A8X Chip With Triple-...

While Apple touted the power of the new A8X chip used in the iPad Air 2 at the company's media event last week, the company as usual opted not to disclose exact specifications on the part, leaving the details up to rumor and speculation until the device starts making its way into the hands of users and teardown experts. But with Apple shipping out orders to customers for delivery as soon as tomorrow, it appears that at least one user has already gotten his or her hands on the iPad Air 2 and run a Geekbench 3 benchmarking test on it (via Gizmobic). If the result is genuine, and Primate Labs founder John Poole tells MacRumors that it appears to be, it reveals that the A8X contains an unusual triple-core CPU configuration running at 1.5 GHz and paired with...

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11:16
Apple Pay already works internationally, but only...

Though Apple Pay is only advertised to work in the U.S. at the moment, users have found that the tap-to-pay functionality found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is in fact operational with compatible terminals internationally, as long as the device is set up properly with American credit cards.

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11:00
Reviews: Kenu Airframe Plus

Simple, stylish and effective, the Kenu Airframe + portable car mount is the latest addition to Kenu's lineup. Released earlier this year, the Airframe + takes the same basic design of the Airframe and gives it a little extra stretch in order to ......

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11:00
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

Pro Reader - PDF, DJVU,...

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11:00
First Look: Incipio Performance Armband for iPhone 6

Incipio has brought its Performance Armband ($30) — last seen for iPhone 5 — to iPhone 6, with a reduced price. It's the first athletic accessory we've seen made specifically for either of Apple's new iPhones. Like the last version of the armband, Performance for iPhone 6 uses water-resistant materials and includes a small slot for holding a house key. An opening at the bottom of the iPhone compartment allows access to the phone's headphone port.…

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10:59
Chuck La Tournous and Chris Breen to Speak at NJMUG’...

TMO Contributing Editor Chuck La Tournous will speak at the New Jersey Macintosh User Group's (NJMUG) 30th Anniversary tonight. Macworld Senior Editor Chris Breen will be the featured speaker for the event. The group will celebrate its 30th anniversary at a special meeting at the Meadowlands Quality Inn in Lyndhurst, NJ from 7-10 p.m.

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10:46
First Look: Incipio Stowaway Advance for iPhone 6...

Based upon earlier cases for the iPhone 4 and 5, Incipio's new Stowaway Advance for iPhone 6 Plus ($35) combines a curvy, co-molded rubber and plastic case with a small rear compartment designed to hold credit cards or cash. Film is included to protect the iPhone's metal back from getting scratched, and the compartment has a kickstand in the center which can flip out to position the iPhone 6 Plus for video viewing without compromising the cards held…

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10:35
High-End Retina 5K iMac Benchmarked Faster Than Low-...

Yesterday, Primate Labs highlighted some Geekbench 3 benchmarking results for the new 3.5 GHz 27-inch Retina 5K iMac, unsurprisingly showing the machine performing better than slower-clocked Core i5 chips in non-Retina models but below that of high-end Core i7 chips also available in the machines since their late 2013 introduction. Primate Labs' John Poole noted that once benchmarks for the high-end Retina 5K iMac with Intel's 4.0 GHz Core i7-4790K chip started appearing, they could show the new iMac outperforming the low-end Mac Pro, and that is indeed the case as revealed today and highlighted in an updated version of Poole's blog post from yesterday. The 4.0 GHz Retina 5K iMac clocks in with a score of 4438 on the single-core 64-bit...

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10:34
Notes on Xsan4 By wrstuden

Notes on Xsan 4
As others have noted, Xsan 4's administration model is notably different from the model in all previous versions of Xsan. Here are some notes I have on the changes.
We have coined a new term, "Activation." "Upgrade" and "Migration" are two ways of taking the base operating system and configuration from a previous OS to Yosemite. "Promotion" is the act of updating Server.app to Server 4.0. We coined a corresponding term, "Activation," to describe taking an Xsan 3 or 2 configuration and moving it into Xsan 4. SAN Activation happens after Upgrade or Migration and also after Server Promotion. Activation happens first on the previous Xsan Primary MDC, and then happens on the other MDCs.
Xsan 4 no longer directly manages clients. We ran into too many issues where SAN operations would fail because one client was off-line. To address this, Xsan 4 uses ldap to store the SAN configuration. Now instead of having Xsan Admin update (push) the configuration on...

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10:29
You can now sign into the iOS iTunes Connect app...


Apple has released a nice update for the developer-focused iTunes Connect app today. Besides iPhone 6 and 6 Plus support (finally), developers can now login to the app using the Touch ID fingerprint reader on the iPhone and new iPads. This should make it even quicker for developers to check their app submission status and upload new information to their iTunes Store pages. The update is free… on the App Store.
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10:26
Apple Aware of iCloud Login Harvesting in China,...

Earlier this week, web censorship blog Great Fire suggested that hackers aligned with Chinese authorities were using man-in-the-middle attacks in order to harvest Apple ID information from Chinese users that visited Apple's iCloud.com website. In a newly released support document (via The Wall Street Journal), Apple has confirmed that it is aware of the "intermittent organized network attacks" on iCloud users, but says that its own servers have not been compromised.Apple is deeply committed to protecting our customers' privacy and security. We're aware of intermittent organized network attacks using insecure certificates to obtain user information, and we take this very seriously. These attacks don't compromise iCloud servers, and they don...

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10:24
Don’t Upgrade to Yosemite or iOS 8.1 Before You Read...

This has been a big week for Apple operating system upgrades: Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite arrived last Thursday and iOS 8.1 came out yesterday. But as eager as you may be to sample their improvements, donât install either until you read what I have to say.

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10:19
Razer Nabu fitness tracker passes through FCC, could...

Razer's Nabu connected wristband is getting closer to launch, after finally receiving approval from the FCC. The wearable, which first surfaced at the start of the year before undergoing public beta testing and being subject to delays over hypoallergenic testing, is tantalizingly close to meeting a supposed October launch time, which could allow Razer to capitalize on holiday sales in an increasingly congested market....

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10:16
Video Report: iCloud under Attack in China

The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that Apple iCloud users in mainland China have a cyber issue on their hands ....

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10:12
Alleged iPad Air 2 benchmark shows A8X CPU has three...

Though Apple hasn't revealed the exact specifications of the beefed-up A8X processor that powers the iPad Air 2, a new benchmark purports to show the horsepower of the CPU, revealing a triple-core processor with 2 gigabytes of RAM.

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10:06
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-21

Apple launched Apple Pay, and there are a couple of ways to set it up. We walk you through it all. We can also send and receive SMS text messages from our Macs and iPads (in addition to iMessages), and we walk you through setting that up. Then we spent some time wondering why in the heck Apple didn't turn it on by default, though taking phone calls on your Mac was.

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10:06
T-Mobile to start preorders for iPad Air 2, iPad...

T-Mobile's US branch has announced that it will start offering preorders for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 on Wednesday. While the hardware available to preorder since last Friday already supports T-Mobile, ordering directly from the carrier opens up financing options. 16GB LTE models can be had for no down payment on a two-year contract, monthly fees being approximately $26 for the Air 2 and $22 for the Mini 3. That's on top of a mandatory Simple Choice data plan....

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10:03
Apple responds to iCloud network attacks with guide...


Following the recent attack by Chinese institutions on iCloud.com to attempt to steal account information, Apple has posted a new how-to article about verifying the page you visit when you type iCloud.com into your web browser is the genuine Apple site.
The page doesn’t offer a fix per se, but walks through how to check the certificates of the page in Safari, Chrome and Firefox.

In Safari, you can verify you are on the correct page by checking that the URL bar highlights green next to the words ‘Apple Inc’. Chrome looks...

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10:00
MLB announces that Apple Pay will work at both World...

Major League Baseball in recent years has been particularly receptive to new technologies, as evidenced by its forward thinking MLB.com At Bat app and its early support of digital ticketing via Apple's Passbook app.

So with the World Series starting...

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09:53
Apple Reportedly Preparing Holiday Launch of Apple...

Apple may have its rumored loyalty rewards program ready for the holiday shopping season, claims Bank Innovation. The loyalty program originally was thought to be launching alongside "Apple Pay 2.0" in October 2015, but recent reports suggest Apple may be pushed it ahead by a year due to merchant demand. The loyalty program looks like it will come this year, based on Digiday’s timetable. This was unexpected — many had assumed the program would wait until the launch of Apple Pay 2.0, tentatively scheduled for October 2015. It looks like market demand pushed the timetable up to this holiday season, which my sources within the retail industry have said for sme time is “super unlikely.” A previous report from Digiday,...

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09:24
Forums: All iOS apps must support 64-bit code??

One headline on MacNN this week has caused a bit of a stir in the forums when Mac Elite "WizOSX" pointed out that Apple has announced that all iOS apps must support 64-bit code by February of 2015. One Fresh-Faced Recruit is having trouble playing video with their Windows notebook computer and is wondering if the MacBook Air would be able to handle it better....

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09:23
Apple deals: 17-inch iMacs from $1,399

Apple's online store has been slashing prices on refurbished 27-inch iMac models in the wake of last weeks unveiling of their current generation 5K model. The 27-inch iMac with a 2.9GHz quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive is now $1,399 after a $400 discount. A $310 discount is offered on the refurbished 27-inch iMac with a 3.2GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive, now $1,489....

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09:21
DealNN: $120 off 13.3-inch MacBook Pro

Right now at B&H get the 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro notebook on sale for $1,280. That's a savings of $120 off their regular price of $1,400, and it is $109 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. Also provided are a free gift of LoJack or Parallels. This MBP features a 2.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage. A one year warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple....

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09:04
News: Apple Pay can be used internationally with U.S...

Following yesterday’s roll-out of Apple Pay in the U.S., a number of users are reporting that the service also works with standard NFC terminals in other countries, provided of course that the user has registered a credit card or debit card from a participating U.S. bank. NFC terminals that accept VISA payWave or MasterCard PayPass cards will also apparently accept payments from an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus setup for Apple Pay with a U.S. card. Although…

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09:00
Apple just sold more Macs than iPods for the first...

The iPad and iPhone are both selling extremely well these days, but Apple's other portable, the iPod, is having a rough go of things. Being replaced by smartphones as the default mobile music player of choice, the iPod dipped to under 15 million...

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08:59
Hackers targeting Apple iCloud users in mainland...

Hackers have reportedly begun targeting iCloud users in mainland China, utilizing a so-called "man-in-the-middle" approach in an attempt to steal user information, with one group accusing the Chinese government itself of perpetrating the attack.

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08:57
How Spotlight Suggestions Handles Privacy

In iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite Spotlight now searches the Internet, not just your local device, for the information you are looking for. Going beyond Apple’s documentation, Security Editor Rich Mogull digs into how Apple provides relevant results, while still managing your privacy.  Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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08:39
Apple Pay functions internationally with US-based...

Even though Apple Pay -- launched yesterday with iOS 8.1 -- is nominally supposed to be US-only at the moment, it's already working overseas, anecdotes indicate. In particular the service is functional in Australia, as long as a person is using both US credit cards and region settings on their iPhone. The region toggle is needed to make Apple Pay show as an option....

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08:36
Vine iPhone update adds iPhone 6/Plus enhancements,...


The Vine iPhone app today received an updated to version 3.0.0 and with it comes UI enhancements and full support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users. Also included in today’s update is a new share extension for iOS 8, allowing users to take advantage of the new feature for quickly sharing videos from camera roll or other apps to Vine.
Other improvements include a new “+” button for quickly following channels and having featured posts appear in your home feed. The company said it also “updated the app to look great on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus,” which allows the app to display more content on the larger displays of the new...

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08:36
Sponsored: Top 5 Barcode Scanners for Your Retail...

When it comes to choosing the barcode scanner you are going to buy for your business, there are a lot of choices. But you can't just go out and buy the first scanner you come across. There are some significant differences between some types of barcode scanners. The most important criterion to get a handle on is the type of barcode you use. There are 1D codes like the UPC codes you can find in just about every retail store and then there are 2D codes like QR and DataMatrix which are rarer, and in the case of QR codes, mainly used for other purposes. Some scanners can read all types of barcodes......

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08:29
How Apple Pay Mitigates Breach Fatigue

If you're suffering from breach fatigue, Apple Pay offers a bit of relief. Kelly gets into how Apple Pay actually works, why it's better than the magnetic stripe you have now, and what makes it less susceptible to attacks.

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07:16
New Mac mini restricts RAM and storage upgrades, but...

Mac mini fans recently rejoiced after Apple updated the storied compact Mac after two years without a major overhaul. But for DIY types, the new Mac mini is a mixed bag offering both heartache and promise.
The teardown experts over at iFixit recently took apart the base model 2014 Mac Mini with a 500GB hard drive and 1.4GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 processor. The DIY site found that upgrading the Mac mini’s RAM is now pretty much impossible, but adding an internal SSD at a later date just might be doable.To read this article in...

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07:35
Apple says Yosemite’s Spotlight Suggestions don’t...

Apple’s Spotlight feature got a tune-up for OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. The search function now scours the Internet as well as your hard drive when you type queries into the Spotlight bar (with a little help from Bing). But privacy watchdogs accused Apple on Monday of being a little too helpful by automatically collecting your location data and search terms and sharing that data with Bing.Apple’s response: That’s not exactly how Spotlight works.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:14
Chinese Officials Kick In Apple, MS Cloud Doors


Chinese authorities have launched man-in-the-middle attacks on Apple's iCloud.com and Microsoft's Login.live.co that are ongoing, according to Greatfire.org. Qihoo 360 browser users' local connections to iCloud.com are being rerouted to a dummy site that's identical to Apple's login page. Users of Firefox or Chrome land on a warning page instead. The attack on iCloud reportedly is nationwide. It's taking place at the level of the Great Firewall, so it's likely an effort to harvest usernames and passwords, as well as data stored on iCloud.

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08:13
iPhone Apps: GoodReader, Traktor DJ, AirDisk Pro
08:02
T-Mobile’s iPad Air 2 & iPad mini 3 pre-orders...

T-Mobile confirmed today that it will officially start accepting preorders for Apple’s new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 tomorrow. The announcement follows preorders through Apple, AT&T and others kicking off late last week and an announcement from Sprint yesterday that it will begin selling the devices this week.
The device through T-Mobile, unlike iPads sold direct from Apple retailers, will of course be available through T-Mobile’s financing options for Simple Choice plan customers starting at $0 down for both tablets.
$0 down with monthly payments (approx. $26 for iPad Air 2 and $22 for iPad mini 3) is for the 16GB entry level models, while the 64GB model will be available for $99 down...

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08:00
Performance and scale improvements to Project Online

Chris Boyd is a senior program manager lead on the Project Engineering team and Krishna Mamidipaka is a senior product marketing manager on the Project Product Marketing team.
To provide a delightful user experience and better support the scale at which some of our largest customers operate, we have started to roll out performance enhancements to Project Online tenants worldwide. While some of these changes will be visually evident to the user, others could be more latent.
Here are a few common things that will feel much snappier as a result of these investments:

  • Project Center—In particular, navigating to a specific project from Project Center. We invested in optimization that eliminates certain intermediate steps.
  • Interacting with projects on the web—Performance optimizations, all the way from SQL tier to the web UI will speed up user experience.
  • Creating...
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08:00
Gerty and Marvin: The best iOS ebook reader apps you...

Earlier this year, on the recommendation of former TUAW lead Megan Lavey Heaton, I gave iBooks the heave-ho and installed Marvin on my iPad. A US$3.99 app, Marvin, Megs insisted, was the ebook reader I'd been waiting for, and one that I could easily...

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07:51
RapidWeaver 6.0 - Create template-based websites...

RapidWeaver is a next-generation Web design application to help you easily create professional-looking Web sites in minutes. No knowledge of complex code is required, RapidWeaver will take care of all that for you. RapidWeaver produces valid XHTML & CSS based websites. One of the perks about using RapidWeaver is that it has a strong custom theme community. You can download themes and edit them from within RapidWeaver and the result is a pretty slick looking website that takes very little effort. RapidWeaver also has a lot of custom plug-ins. Some of them make it easier to edit images directly in RapidWeaver. Others make creating a site map a matter of a few clicks. The supportive community that surrounds RapidWeaver is really what makes this great app superior to other WYSIWYG website creation tools. Be sure to check out YourHead.com for some little tools to help spice up your website in RapidWeaver.Version 6.0: Note: RapidWeaver 6 is a...

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07:37
Hands On: Steam Marines (OS X, Windows)

Following a year of development in Steam's Early Access program, Steam Marines finally made its way to the general public a few weeks ago. Similar in style to games like Space Hulk and XCOM, Steam Marines is a top-down strategy shooter that requires players to carefully plan out each turn. Available for $15 through Steam, Desura, and the Humble Store, is this 2D retro-styled game worth your time and the unavoidable stress it is bound to cause?...

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07:30
Daily Deals for October 21, 2014, featuring the...

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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07:28
First Look: Alpine Headphones

Best known for its in-car audio systems and high-end iPod/iPhone integration units, Alpine has entered the iPhone/iPod headphone market with a new pair of headphones named... Headphones ($300). The industrial design is obviously Beats-influenced, with a mostly plastic frame and glossy metallic accents atop heavily padded, diamond-shaped earcups. What's extremely unique about Headphones is the role Bluetooth plays here: rather than using the wireless…

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07:26
Apple replies to negative commentary over iPad sales...


Apple posted great numbers across the board in yesterday’s fourth quarter financial statement, but there may be concerns about the iPad’s growth.
Per AppleInsider, Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook explained why he remains “very bullish” about iPads de spite the tablet’s sales not maintaining the growth rates of iPhones or Macs in every region.
In the September quarter, Apple sold 12.3M iPads, versus 14.1M in the year ago quarter. While lower than last year, iPad sales were slightly above Wall Street’s expectations. Apple continues to sell more iPads each month than the combined tablet sales of the rest of the top five tablet vendors, globally: Samsung, Asus, Lenovo and Acer
Addressing iPad sales in...

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07:22
iFixit’s 2014 Mac Mini teardown shows a sealed, less...

The 2014 Mac Mini has fewer internal components than before, which is good for Apple's manufacturing but bad for upgraders.

iFixit


A few months back, we weighed the pros and cons of shrinking Apple's Mac Mini. Shrinking the computer has the obvious benefits of making it smaller and thus easier to fit in more places, but we feared it would come at the cost of upgradeability and reparability. A smaller Mini would need to solder more parts to the motherboard to save space, and it could give up niceties like the second 2.5-inch drive bay that make it a nice mini-server.
When Apple updated the Mini for the first time in two years...

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07:12
Wall Street blown away by Apple's '...

Apple exceeded market expectations this week with the results of its record breaking September quarter, leading analysts to heap praise on the company and raise their price targets as it heads into what is expected to be a blockbuster holiday season.

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07:08
iFixit tears down late-2014 Mac mini, offers...

The grand masters of the hardware teardown have cracked open Apple’s new Mac mini and found both positive negative things about it.
Per 9to5Mac, the mighty iFixit has completed a teardown of the new Mac mini and confirmed something that’s been a point of contention: the RAM is soldered into the logic board and can’t be upgraded, so you’ll have to pay Apple’s price when you initially purchase the machine.
Getting access to the inside of the new Mac mini is more difficult than it used to be …
The twist-off bottom cover of the previous model is gone, with a new plastic cap needing to be levered off. Beneath this is a plate with three tamper-proof screws.
iFixit identified these as TR6 Torx, and said it was the first time it had ever seen these in use. The company’s Torx drivers only went...

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06:59
iPhone production may shift even more heavily toward...

Apple may, for a second time, have to adjust the ratios of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus production to more equally favor the Plus, sources tell Digitimes. Earlier this month the company is said to have noticed that global demand for the Plus was stronger than expected, and adjusted accordingly. After last weekend's launch in China, though, the company is said to have discovered strong demand there too. Chinese wanting a regular iPhone 6 can reportedly buy one without much trouble, but face a long wait if they opt for the bigger phone.......

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06:59
Realmac updates RapidWeaver 6 web publishing tool,...

Realmac Software today announced the immediate availability of RapidWeaver 6, a major new upgrade to the company's long-running website creation app. RapidWeaver 6 has over a dozen major new features, and hundreds of enhancements and refinements, and is built exclusively for OS X Mavericks and OS X Yosemite....

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06:50
Video: The Quick & Easy Mac Mini Teardown from...

The Good & Bad Revealed by iFixit: Today Gwendolyn Gay reviews the Mac mini ...

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06:50
How to Enable Apple’s SMS Relay on your Mac or iPad

When Apple announced iOS 8 back at WWDC one feature was met with great applause: SMS Relay. This allows users to send and receive not only iMessages from their Macs but also regular Text Messages (i.e. the "green bubble" messages we send to our Android-using friends). When iOS 8 was released and the feature wasn't there, we all waited for Yosemite. When Yosemite came out we realized we needed to wait for iOS 8.1. Now that you have those two installed (you must for this to work), there are just a few more steps to follow, but they're pretty simple.

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06:47
Chinese carrier offers pocket upgrades to iPhone 6...

Dutch carrier KPN might have done it first as a publicity stunt, but Chinese carrier Unicom is seemingly offering pocket enlargements as a serious but publicity focussed service for iPhone 6 Plus buyers, reports Ubergizmo.

It is offering in-house pocket enlargement to customers who pick up Apple’s largest iPhone ever. China Unicom has actually hired a group of tailors to provide this service at many of its stores across the country.

If you own a 6 Plus, how are you finding its pocketability? And if you’d been offered a pocket upgrade when you collected it, would you have taken advantage? Let us know in comments.Filed under: AAPL Company...

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06:29
Review: Misfit Flash Fitness + Sleep Monitor

Flash’s tracking capabilities are all contained within the disc, which isn’t much bigger than a quarter. The disc can be inserted into a sport band to wear Flash like a watch, or into a clip, to attach to clothing or a keychain. Flash uses a common coin cell battery that Misfit claims will last up to six months. Simplicity is the name of Flash’s game: upon pressing the disc once, a ring of 12 lights will briefly show a user how much…

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06:27
Apple Pay already works abroad on supported NFC...


Following yesterday’s launch of Apple Pay through participating card issuers, banks and retailers in the US, some users have discovered that the payment service is also already being accepted through some retailers abroad. 9to5Mac readers report using Apple Pay loaded with a US-based credit card at retailers in Australia and Canada…
Reader Beau Giles reports, “Apple Pay works anywhere there’s existing PayPass or payWave terminals – and in Australia we’ve...

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06:27
Apple Pay Shown to Work Internationally Using U.S.-...

Apple Pay launched on Monday with iOS 8.1, allowing iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners to make contactless payments via NFC with Touch ID for authentication. Though the initial launch is occurring in the United States where Apple has focused its efforts on getting credit card companies, banks, and retailers on board, international iPhone owners can also take advantage of Apple Pay if they have a supported U.S.-based credit card, as documented in Whirlpool forums and pointed out by Australian Beau Giles. Users in the United Arab Emirates and elsewhere have also successfully used Apple Pay. To use Apple Pay in countries outside the U.S., Giles notes that iPhone owners need to change the region for their phones from...

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06:24
ARM is Optimistic about Future Revenue due to the...

ARM loves the iPhone 6: It's being reported today that royalties at Arm Holdings have regained momentum with the UK chip designer providing an optimistic outlook for future revenues, thanks to booming sales of Apple's latest iPhones, consumers shifting to 4G mobile devices and manufacturers racing to build gadgets for the so-called internet of things. The Financial Times reports that...

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06:04
NTFS 12.0.39 - Provides full read and write access...

Paragon NTFS breaks down the barriers between Windows and OS X. Paragon NTFS effectively solves the communication problems between the Mac system and NTFS, providing full read and write access to Windows NTFS partitions under OS X. Excellent solution for end users, SOHO, and enterprise, supports all NTFS versions from Windows NT 3.1 to Windows 8 (NTFS versions 1.2, 3.0 and 3.1), and mounts the NTFS volumes as native ones. Features:

  • Natively read and write your data to any Windows NTFS partition.
  • Easily transfer data between Windows and Mac computers using external or thumb drives with NTFS partitions.
  • Access NTFS partitions without having any complex translation applications or file services like AFP or Samba protocols.

Version 12.0.39:

  • Support for the latest OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • Improved stability and performance
  • Bug fixes
  • OS X 10.5 or later
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06:00
Kickstarter Puts Kibosh on Tor-Based Router Funding


Kickstarter on Friday suspended a crowdfunding campaign for Anonabox, a portable networking device designed specifically to run Tor. The campaign for the privacy-minded router, which launched earlier last week, was wildly successful. In just a few days, it reportedly garnered more than $600,000 in pledged funds from thousands of backers. The Kickstarter goal for the $45 device was just $7,500. By Thursday, however, an acrimonious debate had arisen over some of the project creators' claims.

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06:00
Long live the Mac! Apple posts all-time quarterly...

Apple's earnings results yesterday blew away analyst estimates. Yeah, yeah, what else is new?

Apple also set a new iPhone sales record for the September quarter. Par for the course, really.

Apple last quarter sold 5.5 million Macs, more than it's...

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05:55
∞ Insane CGI

[VIDEO] Just no words to describe this video. It’s incredibly creepy, yet compelling. Amazing CGI work.

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05:53
Daily Deal: Get the SOScharger USB Pocket Charger...

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up the SOScharger USB Pocket Charger for only $49.99. Featuring a 2,300 mAh battery and an integrated hand-generator, this charger can provide you with unlimited power simply by cranking the handle to charge it back up. It’s portable enough to fit into your pocket and has a standard USB output for universal compatibility.

Get the SOScharger USB Pocket Charger now for only $49.99...

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05:50
Chinese carrier offers pocket enlargement to iPhone...

Yup, it’s China Unicom, the second largest mobile carrier in China. Because marketing.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:46
∞ Apple’s fourth quarter results press release

Apple’s release, plus links to the webcast recording of the call and to the call transcript.

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05:43
Apple Earnings Smackdown Ranks Analyst Predictions

Each quarter, Philip Elmer-Dewitt gathers analyst predictions on Apple's performance and ranks them in the Apple Earnings Smackdown. Tuesday he released the results for Apple's latest earnings report.The Mac Observer Spin: I'm not sure what the difference is between amateur and professional analyst, but it's interesting to see how accurate (or not) each group is overall.

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05:37
Apple Pay and NFC spoofing

Why NFC spoofing might work with other wallet mechanisms, but not with Apple Pay.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:22
Apple Pay is Easy to Use as Presented in Two Quick...

Apple Pay is Quick & Easy to use: For those wanting to see what Apple looks like in action and how Apple Pay works, the video noted above is one the clearest I've seen so far.

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05:09
Baseball, hot dogs, and Apple Pay

Major League Baseball has announced that both Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City and AT&T Park in San Francisco will be accepting Apple Pay, starting with tonight’s game one in Kansas City. And that means less time waiting in line for everyone.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:02
Total War: Shogun 2 – Fall of the Samurai is coming...

Feral Interactive (www.feralinteractive.com) says the historical strategy game Total War: Shogun 2 – Fall of the Samurai will be released for Mac this fall. Developed by Creative Assembly and published by SEGA for Windows, Total War: Shogun 2 – Fall of the Samurai is a standalone expansion pack for Total War: Shogun 2, brought to the Mac by Feral earlier this year.
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05:00
Henkel upgrades 40,000 users to Office 365 ProPlus...

Today’s post on Office 365 ProPlus was written by Markus Petrak’s, corporate director of Integrated Business Solutions, New Technologies / Office 365 for Henkel AG & Company.
Here at Henkel, we’ve been very busy modernizing our IT infrastructure. After upgrading our computers to get everyone on Windows 7, we decided to adopt Microsoft Office 365 for all of our productivity needs. Office 365 is a cloud-based productivity solution that includes Exchange Online, Lync Online, SharePoint Online, and the Office 365 ProPlus client. We had been using Lotus Notes and Office 2003 and felt we were not achieving the full potential of the organization. We wanted to break down siloes, and in the past we depended on email for the majority of communications.
This is why we wanted to invest in a modern, integrated set of tools to support a more productive and...

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05:00
Flare 2 is a solid photo effects editor for your Mac

Flare 2 for Mac (currently on sale for US$9.99 regularly $14.99) is a well thought out and executed app for photographers who want to get beyond the basics in photo effects.

The app comes with dozens of filters, and each can be adjusted by the user,...

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04:59
Mac mini teardowns are underway, with good news and...

iFixit and MacminiVault have both completed their teardowns of the new Mac mini, with Macminicolo planning theirs soon.
We already knew the main bad news: soldered RAM means you can’t upgrade the memory later, so you have to decide how much you want and pay Apple’s pricing for it. Both iFixit and MacminiVault described replacing the RAM as “impossible.”
Getting access to the inside of the new Mac mini is more difficult than it used to be … 
The twist-off bottom cover of the previous model is gone, with a new plastic...

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04:52
“iPad has a great future,” said Cook: long-term more...

While yesterday’s iPad numbers don’t look great – down 12.5% year-on-year, the third successive quarter in which sales have fallen – Tim Cook remains upbeat about the product, stating that it “has a great future” and that its long-term prospects are more important than “individual 90-day clicks.”
Quartz‘s Dan Frommer pulled together some of the things Cook has to say about the device, and while you’d clearly expect Apple’s CEO to put the best possible spin on things, he makes some reasonable arguments … 
First, argued Cook, the numbers are not as bad as they seem. The drop over the full 12-month period, rather...

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04:50
Verizon continues double-digit profit growth, posts...

Verizon today reported double-digit year-over-year percentage growth in reported and adjusted earnings per share for the 10th time in the past 11 quarters. Verizon reported $0.89 in earnings per share in third-quarter 2014, compared with $0.78 per share in third-quarter 2013. Total revenues for the company were $21.8 billion in third-quarter 2014, up 7 percent year over year....

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04:48
Video: Using Apple Pay in-store on an iPhone 6 is...

With this week's launch of iOS 8.1 and Apple Pay, shoppers can now use Apple's tap-to-pay functionality in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in a variety of in-store locations. AppleInsider offers a closer look at just how quick and easy it is to use the new digital payment system.

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04:00
Realmac debuts RapidWeaver 6 with all-new design and...


Realmac Software’s popular website development tool RapidWeaver has been updated to version 6 today. The upgrade introduces many new features and enhancements to the app, including a completely redesigned interface for OS X Yosemite. The new update also adds improved publishing that’s much faster than the previous version and a new addon manager for keeping track of your installed plugins.
Five new responsive themes have been added to support a wide variety of screen sizes, and site previews can take advantage of this feature to show you exactly how your site will appear on a desktop browser or an iOS device. The previews can also be resized to any custom dimensions to fit your target display size.
Newly-added support for site-wide HTML/CSS/JavaScript allows you to write a code snippet once and apply it to your entire site. Markdown can also be used to format pages with...

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04:00
Black Box Keeps Cybersnoops in Dark


Following Edward Snowden's revelations about indiscriminate government snooping on U.S. citizens, many Net surfers would like to find a way to lower their visibility on the Internet. There are a number of tools in cyberspace that can help a soul do that, but they can take time and savvy to set up. That's why Kerry Cox launched the Sierra Project.
The project, which he hopes to fund through Kickstarter, aims to provide consumers with a way to anonymously wander the Net, as well as encrypt all their network traffic.

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03:54
Output Factory updated for Mac OS X Yosemite

Zevrix Solutions (http://www.zevrix.com) has announced Output Factory 1.511, compatibility update to its professional solution to automate output from Adobe InDesign.
Output Factory automates printing, exporting and post-processing from InDesign and offers batch output, variable file names, layer versioning, preflighting, detailed history and more. The new version makes Output Factory compatible with the recently released Mac OS X Yosemite and is offered as a free update to current users.
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03:42
Kool Tools: the Cobra slim laptop bag

The US$195 Cobra slim from Booq (www.booqbags.com) is a laptop bag for fashion conscious professionals. It's constructed of Bionic fabric, a patented method that transforms recycled beverage bottles into high-performance yarn.
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02:42
Continuity, cannibals, and Apple Pay: 6 key...

The news was nearly all sunshine during Apple’s fourth-quarter 2014 earnings call on Monday, with sluggish iPad sales the one black spot on the otherwise blazing sun of record-setting revenue. You can listen to the whole call, including the question-and-answer session with analysts, but if that doesn’t sound like the most riveting way to spend an hour, don’t worry: these are the things that you need to know.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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02:47
Second-screen apps for every World Series fan

The World Series has returned, with the San Francisco Giants set to battle the Kansas City Royals for baseball supremacy.
And thanks to second-screen apps, you don’t have to be merely a passive viewer of the this year’s Fall Classic. These apps for your iPhone or iPad can enliven the experience, whether you’re watching on TV, streaming the games online—or you’re even lucky enough to attend in person.Stream the game with MLB At Bat

For the first time Major League Baseball will live stream the series through its official app, MLB At Bat. If you’re an MLB.TV subscriber it’s included with your package. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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03:31
Apple Granted 44 Patents Today Covering Vehicle Geo-...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover vehicle geo-fencing, an iDevice e-reader mode, 3D imagery appearing on a 2D UI and Apple winning a design patent for their Shanghai Store's glass staircase. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.

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03:26
Hazel is ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Noodlesoft has released Hazel 3.3 for Mac OS X support for Yosemite. Using Hazel's rule engine, you can create workflows that keep your files organized automatically.
Hazel also features options for managing your Trash and includes an intuitive application uninstaller. Hazel 3.3 adds the ability to have files match multiple rules. The new expanded preview interface allows users to how files match up against specific rules and also adds QuickLook support.
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03:11
Thin is in, 'fat' desktops are out in...

Insurance industry IT managers in the UK plan to put their desktops on "diets" over the next 24 months. Research by IGEL Technology (http://tinyurl.com/pfxatqh), shows that thin and zero client adoption will increase by 19%.
Flexibility, security and speed of deployment are the main advantages of deploying thin client devices, according to the managers. Of the insurance companies recently surveyed, 78% currently run a centralized IT infrastructure.  Eighty percent of these organizations have at least some thin or zero client desktops deployed.
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02:43
AAPL out-performs most bullish analyst predictions...

Apple not only announced record profits for Q4 results and smashed through its own revenue guidance, but out-performed even the most bullish of analyst estimates with earnings of $42.123B. The highest analyst estimate in yesterday’s Fortune roundup was for $41.8B.
The consensus analyst expectation for earnings per share was $1.32, against the actual 20% climb to $1.42, aided by Apple’s stock buyback program, which now totals $68B of the $90B target announced by Apple … 
iPhone sales were 39.272M against analyst consensus of 37.89m, Mac 5.52M against estimates of 4.83M and iPod 2.62M versus expectations of 2.32M....

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02:00
Apps to discover and learn more about classical music

Classical music is proving to withstand the tests of time, so you might be wondering how an app can help get you more in touch with this rich, inspiring art form. Sure, you may already consider yourself a classical music buff, but there’s always more you can learn about how orchestras work, or how certain classical works are constructed. Or perhaps you enjoy classical music and want to immerse yourself into the genre some more, but you don’t know where to start. Maybe you have kids, and you want to introduce them to classical music in a fun way.I looked at a number of apps—and some books—that can help you with any of those scenarios. Whether you’re a novice to the genre, or a seasoned musician, you’ll find something that will help you discover and learn more about great music.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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01:31
RestoreMeNot 2.0.3 - Disable window restoration for...

RestoreMeNot provides a simple way to disable the window restoration for individual applications so that you can fine-tune this behavior to suit your needs. Please note that RestoreMeNot is designed to work ONLY with apps that use Apple's own restoration functionality and not those that use their own methods of restoring previous window states. Example usage scenario: Let's say you're using Preview to open a lot of images on a daily basis and at the same time also working on an important document in Pages. It's frustrating to always have the images re-open every time you launch Preview, but at the same time is very useful to have the same feature when working on your documents in Pages. Disabling this functionality in System Preferences will unfortunately remove it from every application, meaning whether you keep it enabled or disabled will not be solving your initial problem. If you would be using RestoreMeNot in this scenario you would simply be able to add...

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00:54
LG Gets Display Contracts for New 27-Inch iMac...

According to a new supply chain report this morning, LG will the sole provider for Apple's new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display and .....

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00:35
For the Second Time this Month Apple ups iPhone 6...

Earlier this month we reported that Apple had adjusted their iPhone order ratio to better help meet the iPhone 6 Plus demand. Today, the supply chain in Taiwan ...

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00:19
Apple's patented iPhone-based CarPlay remote...

An Apple patent published on Tuesday could foreshadow future CarPlay functionality that allows users to unlocks car doors, start the engine and perform other automated tasks based on a user's proximity to their vehicle.

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00:03
IBM's first enterprise apps for iPad to launch...

Apple isn't just waiting around for iPad sales to pick up speed. In its earnings conference call with analysts, Apple's chief executive Tim Cook stated the first wave of IBM's Mobile First apps targeting businesses would arrive next month, while separately noting that iPad now accounted for 90 percent of U.S. tablets used in education.

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Monday October 20

22:21
Follow-up: Apple clarifies use of data in Spotlight...

While it may sound like a report from the Department of the Obvious, the new version of Spotlight included in Yosemite includes searching beyond the local drive, and consequently gathers and sends to Apple some information on what users are searching for, their (city-level) location -- if Location Services is turned on -- and what Spotlight Suggestion was selected. That one needs to get certain data to perform a web search has apparently come as a surprise to some, and thus Apple has released a statement clarifying exactly what data is gathered, how it is used, and reminding users of how to tu......

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21:27
Apple launches mini-site promoting Swift programming...

Continuing its effort to promote its own streamlined object-oriented programming code Swift, Apple has followed up from its Swift blog with a full-blown mini-site on Apple.com. The new site takes a similar approach to Apple's dedicated mini-sites for education and business, highlighting some of the many apps now built using swift and featuring case studies, profiles and links to tutorials and free resources. The new promotional mini-site is in addition to the regular Swift developer site....

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21:04
Facebook updates Paper app for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus,...


Facebook has pushed out an update for its popular alternative client, Paper, that adds support for the larger displays on the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. It also addresses issues that could arise with the keyboard and video playback. Finally, a few stability issues have been fixed to keep the app from crashing.
The new Paper 1.2.4 update is available for free on the iOS App Store.Filed under: Apps Tagged:...

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20:31
Apple Pay to be used at both 2014 World Series...

Major League Baseball, which has taken the role of unabashed cheerleader for several of Apple's financial and retail technology initiatives including Passbook and iBeacons, has announced another embrace -- this time, Apple Pay. Both of the two MLB stadiums involved in this year's World Series will be accepting Apple Pay for concessions starting with the event, which begins on Tuesday. San Francisco's AT&T Park and Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium will both have the hardware on hand for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users.......

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19:59
Command-C 1.1.5 - Clipboard sharing tool for iOS and...

Command-C is a revolutionary app which makes easy to share your clipboard between iOS and OS X using your local WiFi network, even if the app is not currently opened. Copy anything (text, pictures, urls) from your Mac or iOS device, open Command-C and share it to another device. No need to double tap the home button, whatever app you're currently using just paste it and you're done! Track of every clipboards shared using the Clipboard History. Open Command-C, swipe left and check out the most recently shared clipboards. Tap to preview, Long Press to copy or delete. Enhance your iOS workflows using x-callback-urls and bookmarklets. Version 1.1.5:

  • Fixed a bug that could prevent a device to pair with another device
  • Minor bug fixes
  • OS X 10.8 or later

Download Now

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19:45
Review: Plantronics Rig Surround 7.1 headset

Trying to capture the true soundscape of video games can be a daunting task. Looking to surround sound home theater options, users have to balance the price of speakers and a receiver with the space demands a setup would require. Due to this, gamers often turn to headphones to get the job done. Plantronics released the Rig Surround headset as a way to fill the need for 7.1 surround sound experience without an expensive price tag or room full of speakers. But is the Rig headset something that consumers should look to for the best sound experience, or would they be better off making room for the......

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19:32
Macgo Blu-ray Player 2.10.9.1750 - Blu-ray player. (...

Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player can bring you the most unforgettable Blu-ray experience on your Mac. Overview Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player can satisfy just about every need you could possibly have in a Blu-ray Player. It features a friendly user interface, ultrafast loading and super high quality. Besides that, it perfectly supports Blu-ray, DVD and any other media format that you want to play. It outputs video at up to 1080p high-definition quality without loss of data and frame, and allows full preservation of all audio tracks (like DTS 5.1, Dolby TrueHD Audio, etc.). Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player is really easy to operate. You can control almost everything on the main interface with your mouse. More settings can be done by right-click on the interface while playing. Or you can change preferences in the menu on the top of the interface. Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player is the first Blu-ray player on Mac, and its uniqueness doesn't just end with that. It can support any media format...

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18:44
BIAS Desktop amp modeling

BIAS Desktop is the world’s most accurate, thorough and versatile guitar-amp modeler and designer. Its advanced amp-modeling engine captures the warmth and feel of real tube amps in every aspect, component by component. To start, the plug-in includes 36 authentic models of the most sought-after vintage and modern amps in rock ‘n’ roll history.

This alone is worth it—BIAS is my favorite amp modeling software for iOS, but then they added this:

Amp Matching utilizes a collection of underlying technologies to analyze and compare your currently selected BIAS amp model and the sound of a target tube amplifier, the corresponding cabinet and the microphone in front of it. It then executes the tonal compensation and enhancement needed to make your amp model accurately match the target tube amplifier.

Holy shit!
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18:43
Apple iOS 8.1 - The latest version of Apple's...

The latest version of iOS can be downloaded through iTunes. Apple iOS 8 comes with big updates to apps you use every day, like Messages and Photos. A whole new way to share content with your family. And exciting new connections between apps and between devices. All that and more make iOS 8 the biggest iOS release ever. Photos. The all-new Photos app makes it simpler than ever to find and rediscover your favorite photos with new search features and smart albums that organize your photos for you. And you can make every shot look even better immediately after you've taken it with powerful new editing tools, no matter your skill level. Messages. Now Messages lets you connect with friends and family like never before. Tap to add your voice to any conversation. Send a video of what you’re seeing the moment you’re seeing it. And easily share your location so they know right where you are. Design. Details make the...

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18:40
Apple responds to Spotlight Suggestions '...

In response to a Monday report alleging Apple has started to automatically collect user search and location data through Spotlight Suggestions, the company has issued a statement clarifying the extent to which customer information is gathered and how it is used.

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18:30
CEO recaps growth report, praises employees in...

As is his habit, Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday released a company-wide memo to employees recapping much of the sales and growth data from the analyst conference call given earlier that afternoon. He referred to the expectation-beating results as "Apple's highest September quarter revenue ever, and our strongest growth rate in seven quarters," adding that this was made possible "by your hard work and dedication." He also noted the big jump in Mac sales, beating industry averages significantly....

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18:25
2014 Mac Mini Teardown Highlights Increased...

iFixIt has conducted their teardown of the brand new Mac mini, finding that the new device is more difficult to open than previous models. They've also discovered that the RAM is soldered onto the machine, which was first discovered late last week. The team found that gaining entry into the new desktop is more difficult than previous models. Instead of a twistable bottom cover, the new Mac mini requires a plastic opening tool to pop off the cover. Underneath that is a new solid door that blocks easy access to the RAM and fan. The door uses what iFixIt calls "the smallest Torx Security screw" they've ever seen, requiring their tool design team to prototype a new screwdriver to open the desktop. Inside, the Mac mini now sports a new AirPort card that connects straight to a PCIe slot rather than via a cable. Unlike past Mac...

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18:08
MLB World Series stadiums first pro sports venues to...

When the Kansas City Royals take on the San Francisco Giants at this year's MLB World Series, fans attending the games at the two teams' respective stadiums will be able to buy concession items using Apple Pay.

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17:52
Apple Q4 Earnings Sliced And Diced

Apple reported Q3 earnings information Monday. Kelly plays a little Fun With Math and shows some interesting stats about how Apple did over the last three months.

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17:49
Both MLB stadiums will accept Apple Pay at...


Forbes reports today that during the 2014 World Series (which starts tomorrow) two MLB stadiums will be accepting Apple Pay at concessions stands. Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium and San Francisco’s AT&T Park will be the first professional sports stadiums to accept Apple’s new payment process.
MLB hasn’t clarified when the rest of the league’s stadiums will begin accepting Apple Pay. The hardware has apparently only been installed at the World Series stadiums so far.
There are also plans to implement Apple Pay in the MLB At the Ballpark app to allow users to purchase tickets using Touch ID in a future...

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17:41
Canadian problem
17:36
∞ The Washington Post’s privacy story on Apple and...

The Washington Post ran a sensationalistic story this morning that claimed Apple would have user’s location, unique identifying codes and search terms when using Spotlight in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. [...]

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17:22
Demoting An Open Directory Server In Yosemite Server

The command to create and tear down an Open Directory environment is slapconfig. When you disable Open Directory from the Server app you aren’t actually removing users. To do so, you’d use slapconfig along with the -destroyldapserver. When run, you get a little insight into what’s happening behind the scenes. This results in the following:
bash-3.2# slapconfig -destroyldapserver
The logs are as follows:
2014-09-18 14:42:02 +0000 slapconfig -destroyldapserver
2014-09-18 14:42:02 +0000 CopyReplicaArray: ldap_search_ext_s failed
2014-09-18 14:42:02 +0000 Error retrieving replica array
2014-09-18 14:42:02 +0000 Deleting Cert Authority related data
2014-09-18 14:42:03 +0000 Removed directory at path /var/root/Library/Application Support/Certificate Authority/Take Control Books Open Directory Certification Authority.
2014-09-18 14:42:03 +0000 command: /usr/sbin/xscertadmin add --reason 5 --issuer Take Control Books Open Directory...

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17:03
Spotlight Suggestions Sends Minimum Amount of Data...

Following the release of OS X Yosemite with new Spotlight Suggestions, some users noted that Apple's Spotlight privacy policy began offering a warning letting users know that search terms were being uploaded to Apple's servers, with some of the info being forwarded to Microsoft's Bing search engine. The search terms were being shared with Apple in order to enable Spotlight's new capabilities, which include searching sources like the Mac App Store, Wikipedia, and the web. When you use Spotlight, your search queries, the Spotlight Suggestions you select, and related usage data will be sent to Apple. Search results found on your Mac will not be sent. If you have Location Services on your Mac turned on, when you make a search query to Spotlight the location of your Mac at that time will be sent to Apple. Searches for common words and...

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16:59
Reviews: Kenu Airframe +

Simple, stylish and effective, the Kenu Aiframe + portable car mount is the latest addition to Kenu's lineup. Released earlier this year, the Airframe + takes the same basic design of the Airframe and gives it a little extra stretch in order to hold larger 6-inch phones. In our review we thoroughly put the Airframe + to the test and see what exactly it is that puts the "plus" in this portable c ......

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16:56
How to send and receive SMS text messages in OS X...

With today's release of iOS 8.1, Apple finally activated SMS text forwarding from iPhone to OS X Yosemite, allowing users to send, read and reply to messages directly from their Mac.

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16:50
[Sponsor] Pixate

Designers, do in minutes what yesterday was impossible. Have a voice to show your ideas in their final form. Pixate enables you to visually prototype mobile apps that run natively on iOS and Android. A Pixate user said it best: “Designing with Pixate is like using the original iPhone for the very first time.” Pixate seems like magic. But it’s real. Try it now at Pixate.com.

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16:38
Tim Cook praises Apple’s growth and new products in...


Following today’s release of Apple’s quarterly earnings report, Tim Cook has sent a letter to employees praising the company’s growth and the dedication of Apple employees to the development of new iPhones, iPads, and Retina iMac. Cook calls the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch the “most successful” in the history of the device.
Cook also talks about the Apple Pay launch and reiterates the points made during today’s earnings call, saying that the purpose of introducing a payment system was to ensure that customers have a “simple, secure and private way to pay.” He also commends the software development teams on the consistent cross-platform experience introduced in...

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16:34
Giveaway: win one of five copies of Printworks

MacNN just finished its hands-on review of Belight Software's latest update to their page layout and design software title, Printworks. This software can be used for everything from creating business cards and calendars, to CD labels, postcards and more, and for a limited time it's priced at only $30 (normally $50). We have five copies to give away to our readers....

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16:33
Hands On: Printworks (OS X)

Standalone desktop publishing software fills a need for those who want to create a variety of printed projects, particularly if seeking a structured, template format. Launched earlier this year, Printworks for OS X is an all-purpose page-layout and desktop publishing app that offers templates for a wide variety of documents, as well as the option to design a document from scratch. A comprehensive app currently available for $30 (regularly priced at $50), Printworks' attention to detail throughout the creation process of a document is suitable for personal use or for small businesses who are se......

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16:21
Apple Q4 MacBook Sales Hit Record Breaking Numbers,...

Mac sales hit 5.5 million units during Apple's fourth fiscal quarter for 2014, jumping a full 25 percent in a single quarter. Apple CEO Tim Cook said Mac marketshare is the largest it's been since 1995.

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16:15
Find NFC-compatible merchants around you with...


With today’s launch of Apple Pay alongside iOS 8.1, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners can now use their phones to pay for goods using NFC & Touch ID. Apple states that over 220,000 stores are accepting Apple Pay, but finding nearby merchants can be a bit difficult without referring back to our running list 24/7.
As it turns out, the...

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16:06
iOS 8.1 Brings iCloud Photo Library to All Users,...

iOS 8.1, released to the public earlier today, included Apple Pay support as its most notable feature, but it also brought several other updates to the mobile operating system, including iCloud Photo Library. With iOS 8.1, the iCloud Photo Library beta is now available to all iOS 8 users, as is a new iCloud Photos app that can be found within iCloud.com. First introduced during WWDC, iCloud Photo Library stores all of the photos and videos that a user takes in iCloud, making them available on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Macs through iCloud.com. It will also work with the Photos app that Apple is creating for the Mac, which is expected in early 2015. iCloud Photo Library. You’re never without your camera. Now you’ll never be without your photos. Every photo and video you take now lives in iCloud —...

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Apple posts Q4 2014 results, reports profit of $8.5...


Apple’s fourth quarter revenues came in today and they’re everything investors could have asked for The Company posted quarterly revenue of US$42.1 billion and quarterly net profit of $8.5 billion. These results compare to revenue of $37.5 billion and net profit of $7.5 billion, or $1.18 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter.
Apple’s board of directors has declared a cash dividend of US$.47 per share of the Company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on November 13, 2014, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on November 10, 2014.

“Our fiscal 2014 was one for the record books, including the biggest iPhone launch ever with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook.
The company reported sales of 39 million iPhones, 12.3 million iPads, 2.6 million iPods, and 5.5 million Macs during this period.
The entire fourth quarter financial...

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Yosemite uploads location, search data to Apple via...

The Yosemite version of Spotlight is automatically uploading both location and search data to Apple whenever the tools is used, reports say. The information is mentioned in an official "About Spotlight & Privacy" document, but may be missed by the average person. "If you have Location Services on your device turned on, when you make a search query to Spotlight the location of your device at that time will be sent to Apple," one part of the document reads....

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How Apple’s Tim Cook Explained Away Poor iPad Sales

During Apple's Q4 2014 earnings report, Tim Cook was asked by Steve Milunovich with UBS about his views on the iPad sales of 12.31 million, the second (non-holiday) quarter of declining sales. Here's how Mr. Cook responded.

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Apple breaks all-time Mac sales record over summer

In what CEO Tim Cook called the "best ever" quarter for the Mac, Apple's Mac lineup overall jumped a remarkable 25 percent in a single quarter to 5.52 million units. Making the event more noteworthy is the fact that the growth was achieved prior to any notable refreshes. Instead, what appears to be driving the increase in Mac sales is volume in emerging markets, such as China - where Macs were up 54 percent year-over-year. Price cuts and great back-to-school sales also contributed to the jump....

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15:11
Apple's CEO not concerned over iPhone Subsidy...

During Apple's live financial conference call this afternoon Apple's CEO Tim Cook stated that he wasn't concerned over iPhone subsidy cuts in China. While admitting

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15:08
China Staging a Nationwide Attack On iCloud and...

New submitter DemonOnIce writes: According to The Verge and original report the site that monitor's China's Great Firewall activity, China is conducting a large-scale attack on iCloud and Microsoft accounts using its government firewall software. Chinese users may be facing an unpleasant surprise as they are directed to a dummy site designed to like an Apple login page (or a Microsoft one, as appropriate). ...

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Cast your net and catch Bottom Feeders on the App...

As a fisherman on rough seas, players must trawl for a variety of fish while avoiding enemies that cost players' nets in Bottom Feeders (free with in app purchases). There are a few power-ups players can use to help them get all of the fish in each...

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 20...

Notable software releases this week include Carbon Copy Cloner 4.0.2, Things 2.5, Coda 2.5, Parallels Desktop 10.1, Airfoil 4.8.10, Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.5, Scrivener 2.6, DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.8.1, DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.8.2, SuperDuper 2.7.3, Apple Configurator 1.7, GarageBand 10.0.3, iMovie 10.0.6, LaunchBar 6.1.3, 1Password 5.0, and KeyCue 7.3. 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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14:57
Apple to require 64-bit support from all iOS apps...

In an announcement made through its developer Web portal on Monday, Apple informed app makers that their wares must include 64-bit support and be built with the latest iOS 8 SDK starting Feb. 1, 2015.

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14:50
Apple: Beginning February 2015, App Store...

Apple's A7 was its first 64-bit chip. Now, the company is ready to mandate 64-bit support.

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Apple released iOS 8.1 to the public today, but it delivered something else to developers too. As of February 1, 2015 Apple will require all App Store submissions to include 64-bit support and to be built with the iOS 8 SDK.
If you've got an older iPhone or iPad (anything with an Apple A5 or A6 chip in it) this announcement means nothing to you. Like their OS X counterparts, 64-bit iOS apps can be distributed as universal binaries that support both 32- and 64-bit processors. 9to5Mac also...

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14:34
iPhone 6 demand continues to outstrip supply, may...

Apple CEO Tim Cook said on Monday that supply and demand for the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are "not on the same planet" and may not reach a balance until next year.

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