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Thursday September 25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

Original release date: September 25, 2014
Systems Affected

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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08:14
Angry Birds Transformers soft launched in New...


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

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

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08:00
Say hello to the 2015 Office Champions

Today, we are pleased to introduce to you this year’s group of Office Champions. Some of them are returning, and some of them are new—but all of them have unique stories to tell about how Office helps them succeed.
While Office delivers some of the greatest productivity tools on the planet, this esteemed group of influencers embody productivity. They are experts in fitness, fashion, technology, entrepreneurship, parenting and travel—and they rely on Office to manage the nitty gritty of everyday work and everyday life.
Check out the Office Facebook page to learn more about the 2015 Office Champions and how Office helps them stay on top of it all.
 
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08:00
5 tips to make your Outlook.com account even more...

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

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08:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 017 with...

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

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP17_MatthiasEinig.mp3
Download the podcast.
Weekly update

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08:00
Delivering the first chapter of Groups in Office 365

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

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

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08:00
EWS Managed API for .NET is now open source

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

  • You can contribute bug fixes and enhancements to enable scenarios that you care about while making integrating with Exchange even more awesome than it is today...
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08:00
​Developer warns against using in-app browsers due...

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

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07:57
Apple to release iOS 8.0.2 update within “a few days...

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

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

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07:56
Aquafadas has announced a new HTML5 web reader format

Aquafadas is now offering publishers the ability to create HTML5 WebReader content by adopting the alternative to Flash. The newest version complements the previous Flash WebReader.
An HTML5 WebReader targets users on other platforms such as Windows PCs and mobile devices, Mac desktop systems and any other device with a web browser. HTML5 makes the content SEO- friendly and easy to optimize for search engines like Google and Bing, according to the folks at Aquafadas.
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07:55
Apple knew of iCloud API weakness months before...

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

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06:40
Apple offers workaround for iPhones borked by iOS 8....

Apple intended Wednesday’s iOS update to fix a few major problems in the latest version of its mobile operating system, but instead saw an entire category of iPhones disabled by the release. The company quickly pulled iOS 8.0.1 after iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners reported problems with cellular connectivity and Touch ID.Late Wednesday, Apple posted a workaround for people still struggling to fix their phones. You’ll need to connect your device to your computer to revert to iOS 8, because iCloud backups will send you back to iOS 7. Only iTunes can save you now.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:30
Apple: iOS 8.0.1 Fix Coming in the Next Few Days

Following Wednesday's release and subsequent retraction of iOS 8.0.1 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, Apple has said that an iOS 8.0.2 is coming "in the next few days." The 8.0.1 update added Health app support, but also killed cell service and Touch ID support on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.The Mac Observer Spin: It's good to see Apple addressing the call-free iPhone problem from the iOS 8.0.1 updater, although it would've been better if the problem hadn't been there at all.

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07:20
Review: Apple iPhone 6 + iPhone 6 Plus Leather and...

Basically a real leather shell, the Leather Case is similar to Apple’s prior-generation leather iPhone 5s Case, only at a higher price, while leaving the bottom of each phone completely exposed. Microfiber on the inside keeps your device from getting scratched during insertion and removal. Five color options include Olive Brown, Black, Midnight Blue, Soft Pink, and (PRODUCT) RED exteriors. Each case is thin enough not to radically change the…

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07:18
Increase the chances of recovering your lost iPhone...

A new and potentially crucial feature in iOS 8 allows an iPhone or iPad to send out its last-known location just before the device's battery dies, increasing the chances that a user might be able to recover their lost Apple product.

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07:16
Report Claims a 4.6 to 1 Ratio for iPhone 6 over 6...

In a new report this morning we learn about a new BCN survey that shows us an interesting breakdown in iPhone sales amongst local Japanese carriers and more importantly, how the all-new iPhone phablet is doing in one of Apple's most important markets.

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07:14
IK Multimedia ships iRig Pads, cross-platform MIDI...

Music hardware and software company IK Multimedia has announced that it is shipping iRig Pads, a portable MIDI groove controller for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch as well as OS X and Windows. The 16-button device is fully MIDI class-compliant, which makes it compatible with virtually any MIDI app on any platform....

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07:11
Samsung, HTC, BlackBerry, and Others Mock '...

Competition between mobile phone manufactures is fierce with handset companies using social media and other public platforms to call out their competitors. It's not surprising then to see a wave of tweets and comments from big name companies like Samsung and HTC mocking Apple following its recent iPhone 6 Plus bending controversy. LG and HTC were among the first to attack Apple, commenting on Twitter shortly after the #bendgate controversy began to escalate. At the same time, BlackBerry CEO John Chen mentioned the bending issue during the company's launch of its new Passport handset, saying "I challenge you to bend the Passport," reports CNET.Designed to withstand the most demanding environments. Like your pockets....

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07:06
NPD data: Back-to-school Mac sales up 16 percent,...

Data from the NPD group indicates that MacBook sales grew 16 percent year-on-year during the 10-week back-to-school period, measured from 4th July to Labor Day week. The most significant sales were seen during the last three weeks of the period, where sales were up 27 percent.
Overall Mac back-to-school market share climbed from 24.2% last year to 26.8% this year, while Windows fell from 72.3% to 64.8%. The most dramatic growth, though, was seen in low-cost Chrome OS devices, up from 0.2% in 2012 to 3.3% last year and 4.5% now.
It’s interesting to see Mac sales continue to climb despite competition from low-cost notebooks. IDC data last month showed that iOS market share...

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07:00
Indie music video uses fourteen different Apple...

Ukrainian indie band Brunettes Shoot Blondes created a clever music video that uses fourteen different Apple screens to tell the story of their latest song, Knock Knock. Featured as a Vimeo staff pick, the video uses MacBooks, iPhones, iPads and even...

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06:58
Rumor: Apple's 12.9" 'iPad Pro'...

If Apple does launch a new, larger iPad with a 12.9-inch display this year, a new report from the Republic of China suggests that the device could ship with an upgraded "A8X" variant of the A8 introduced alongside the iPhone 6 series, while the next-generation iPad Air might double the RAM of its predecessor.

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06:53
Anti-Amazon author group petitioning DOJ to examine...

Amazon's battle with publisher Hachette is continuing, with authors still being affected by the issue. The Authors United group, who previously took out an ad in newspapers decrying treatment by Amazon is planning to send a letter to the head of the US Justice Department's antitrust division, asking them to look into the matter. Authors attached to the letter include Stephen King, Donna Tartt, Paul Auster, James Patterson, John Grisham, Jennifer Egan, Joshua Ferris, Karen Joy Fowler, Siri Hustvedt, Joseph O'Neill, Jeffery Deaver, Lee Child, Barbara Kingsolver, Clive Cussler, Anita Shreve and P......

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06:43
iPhone Apps: TeeVee, Scrabble, Fantastical
06:37
Rumored 12.-9-Inch 'iPad Pro' May Include...

Apple's 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablet is rumored to be landing as soon as early 2015, with the latest report from Taiwan's TechNews (via G For Games) suggesting the tablet will feature an improved A8X processor. Similar to Apple's previous A5X and A6X processors, the A8X would presumably be an graphics-enhanced version of Apple's current A8 processor that debuted in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Apple shift away from using an "X" version of its base iOS device chip last year, opting to power the iPad Air and Retina iPad mini with the same A7 chip found in the iPhone 5s, albeit clocked slightly faster on the iPad Air. But with a higher-resolution "iPad Pro", the graphics needs are likely high enough to require an enhanced main chip. In its recent...

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18:24
Fixed iOS 8.0.2 now live; bent iPhone 6 Pluses may...

[Updated: iOS 8.0.2 is now available, and Apple issues apology] The promised fix for iOS 8.0.1 will come in the form of an v8.0.2 download "as soon as it's ready in the next few days," according to a new Apple support document. In the meantime, the webpage offers instructions on how to downgrade to iOS 8.0 using iTunes and direct download links for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus versions of the firmware. The Health app won't work in iOS 8 after these steps. It will be fixed in our upcoming iOS 8.0.2 software update," the company continues.......

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06:10
∞ The power of friction

[VIDEO] Bet you’ve never seen this sort of welding before. It’s called friction welding.

Technically, because no melt occurs, friction welding is not actually a welding process in the traditional sense, but a forging technique. However, due to the similarities between these techniques and traditional welding, the term has become common. Friction welding is used with metals and thermoplastics in a wide variety of aviation and automotive applications.

So very cool. Science! [h/t Daniel Mark]

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06:10
Apple allegedly informed of iCloud flaw six months...

According to emails between Apple and a security researcher, the brute force method of attack on iCloud passwords was clear to the Cupertino manufacturer since March 26 of this year, well before the attack on celebrity accounts. A lengthy email chain, made public in recent days documents communications between the researcher and Apple, as well as Apple's continued requests to Ibrahim Balic for more information on the exploit....

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06:01
Bash Bug vulnerability affects most Unix installs,...

There’s a new vulnerability that impacts most Unix installs, including many embedded systems (devices that run Unix but don’t expose the OS interface) as well as OS X, the operating system at the heart of all modern Macs.

The issue is a flaw in the Bash shell that allows you to redefine a shell variable from the command line.
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06:00
Rumor Roundup: Debunked by Apple itself

Rumor: Apple Watch to feature 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage (AppleInsider)

Source: Some analyst

Chance it's true: 30 percent, at most

Some analyst repeats the same stuff some other analyst spewed a couple weeks ago. For some reason, this is...

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05:55
News: Report: Apple was aware of iCloud security...

Apple was informed of an iCloud security vulnerability that could lead to compromised user data as early as March 2014, a new report indicates. E-mails obtained by The Daily Dot reveal that London-based software developer Ibrahim Balic informed Apple on March 26 that he had successfully bypassed a “brute-force” security prevention measure, effectively allowing him to try over 20,000 password combinations on any iCloud account. Balic also…

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05:53
Adobe Premiere Elements 13.0 - Consumer video-...

Adobe Premiere Elements just got better. Now you can create quick movies from favorite parts of your clips or tell big life stories in full-on productions. Add motion inside movie titles, punch up the drama with cool focus effects, and get guidance as you go. Transform your videos Make quick movies your way, and bring on your style with cool effects, transitions, themes, titles, and more. Premiere Elements can guide you through or do it for you. Share your movie memories Share your finished productions with family and friends via disc, HDTV, Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, and more. Mobile videos welcome It’s easier than ever to sync your mobile videos with Elements to free up memory on your phone and transform your videos into fun movies. Or sync your Elements videos with your mobile, so you can access any memory anywhere.Version 13.0:

  • Favorite moments - Instead of trimming out what you don't...

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05:48
News: Bent iPhones may qualify for warranty...

Following reports earlier this week that iPhone 6 Plus users were experiencing problems with iPhones bending in their pockets, Apple Support has responded to an inquiry from The Next Web indicating that bent iPhones could be replaced under warranty if they pass a “Visual Mechanical Inspection” test, but that it is ultimately up to the Genius at any given Apple Store as to whether the device would qualify for a replacement or not. The Apple…

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05:42
The Dark Side of Apple Design: From Antennagate to...


When Apple -- which is clearly one of the world's best companies at design -- makes a misstep, it's amplified by a wild combination of user dismay and hater glee. Because there are millions of users and many haters, a design flaw can turn into an instant public relations tornado. Enter Bendgate, featuring the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Reports have hit the Internet that some iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users had managed to bend their thin, shiny new iPhones while wearing something as rare as a pair of jeans and putting the iPhone inside a front pocket.

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05:41
Apple creates iOS 8.0.1 support page

From Apple’s 8.0.1 support page:

We have a workaround for you if you have an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and you lost cellular service and Touch ID functionality today after updating to iOS 8.0.1. You can reinstall iOS 8 through iTunes by following the instructions below. We are also preparing iOS 8.0.2 with a fix for the issue, and will release it as soon as it’s ready in the next few days.

The support page walks you through the process of reverting from 8.0.1 back to 8.0 and closes with this comment:

The Health app won’t work in iOS 8 after these steps. It will be fixed in our upcoming iOS 8.0.2 software update.

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05:38
Daily Deal: Another chance to get three years of VPN...

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

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05:34
Apple Sued with Patents from 90's WebPhone...

Straight Path IP Group, Inc. has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple's FaceTime video conferencing software. Three of the four patents in the lawsuit were originally owned by NetSpeak, the company behind the 90's "WebPhone" product.

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05:29
Researcher accuses Apple of ignoring iCloud brute-...

A security researcher who discovered a brute-force attack against Apple's iCloud service in March -- similar to the "iBrute" vulnerability that surfaced in conjunction with the celebrity photo hacking scandal earlier this month -- says that the company refused to address the flaw for months after he reported it.

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05:27
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance now available on Mac

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, a spinoff in the popular Metal Gear franchise that was originally released for consoles in 2013, is today arriving for Mac users. Unlike most previous installments in the series, Revengeance replaces the game’s usual stealth-based gameplay for a sword-slashing cyborg ninja named Raiden. It’s technically part of the Metal Series and universe, but the incredibly unique hack and slash gameplay mechanics in this title are quite the departure from what Metal Gear fans are used to with...

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05:24
News: Apple offers instructions on downgrading from...

Apple has released a new support document that instructs users on how to downgrade from iOS 8.0.1 back to iOS 8. The document is called “Loss of cellular service or ability to use Touch ID after updating to iOS 8.0.1 on iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.” iOS 8.0.1 was pulled only hours after it was released on Wednesday, after many users reported losing cellular service and the ability to use Touch ID on the the company’s newest iPhones.…

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05:11
∞ VIDEO: Google Chairman Eric Schmidt addresses...

[VIDEO] This 15 minute interview starts with some softball questions, but gets to the heart of the matter at about 4:19 when they bring in a clip from Digicel founder Denis O’Brien who accuses Google of not being a good partner, likening Google and Facebook to selfish party guests.

Schmidt is also pressed about his take on seeing the huge lines for the iPhone 6 rollout and the discussion turns to Google’s brutal competition with Apple. Fascinating to watch.

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05:06
Shellshock Flaw Poses Big Security Threat for Mac,...

Move over, Heartbleed, because here comes Shellshock. This security threat has the potential to be even bigger than Heartbleed because of the way it lets attackers remotely access victim's computers through the Bash command line shell for Unix and Linux, plus it potentially affects Mac OS X and the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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05:00
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance comes to the Mac

TransGaming Inc. in partnership with Konami Digital Entertainment, has announced that METAL GEAR will make its debut on the Mac platform, as METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE is now available for Mac.
 
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05:00
Apple posts support document for iOS 8.01, promises...

Wednesday's release of iOS 8.01 was unfortunately not Apple's best work. Many iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who downloaded the update quickly discovered that their cellular connection was no longer active and that Touch ID stopped working...

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04:37
iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus Review Part 1

While every new iPhone launch is among the most anticipated smartphone launches each year, there can be little doubt that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch was the most eagerly anticipated in recent times. The interest centered in large part on a substantial increase in display size putting the iPhone more in line with its competition. However, as Apple is quick to highlight, there is a lot more to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus than their display sizes. It has worked hard to improve the iPhone across the board in order to make it a true generational leap in other key areas. In Part 1 of o......

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04:37
In-depth review: Apple's 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus...

Apple's "phablet" is finally here. Years after the likes of Samsung popularized the smartphone/tablet hybrid device, Apple last week launched its first take on a huge-screened device with the iPhone 6 Plus, and AppleInsider has gone hands-on to see if it was worth the wait.

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04:34
Apple aware of iCloud brute-force vulnerability six...

The software developer credited by Apple for discovering last year’s developer center flaw says that he informed Apple of an iCloud weakness that may have been used to obtain celebrity nudes more than six months before the photos were accessed.
The Daily Dot reports that Ibrahim Balic advised Apple in March of a Find My Phone weakness...

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04:30
Predict and win with Champions League Predictor

The first set of matches in this year's UEFA Champions League competition are underway across Europe. Now you can keep on top of all the action and by predicting the outcome of the upcoming games earn the crown as the top predictor by using the new...

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04:01
Apple says some bent iPhone 6/Plus phones will be...

An Apple support representative has told TNW that iPhone 6/Plus phones that have experienced warping in normal use would qualify for replacement under warranty if they pass a test known as “a visual mechanical inspection.” It should be noted that this is simply one AppleCare rep speaking, and not an official statement by Apple.

That is 100 percent up to the Genius you speak with at the store. There is a test called a Visual Mechanical Inspection that the device will have to pass. If it is within the guidelines, they will be able to cover it. If not, the replacement would be a paid one.

Apple was not able to provide any information on what the test involves, though one commentator below suggests that it is simply comparing the phone to a set of reference photos used to distinguish phones damaged by misuse from those...

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04:00
After September, Still Apple Watching and Waiting

Jeff Porten came away from the Apple keynote feeling uncharacteristically unimpressed, so he shares his thoughts about what he doesn’t quite get about Apple’s direction. 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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03:58
Bash vulnerability 'Shellshock' affects...

A new bug may have a greater potential for harm than April's Heartbleed vulnerability, according to reports. The "Shellshock" vulnerability in Bash, a Unix shell typically used in Linux systems as well as in OS X, apparently allows for code held in environment variables to be executed within the shell as soon as it is invoked, potentially allowing for the control of affected systems to be taken over by another user....

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03:54
Better Finder Rename 9.40 overhauls MP3/AAC/FLAC...

Publicspace.net (http://www.publicspace.net/) has released A Better Finder Rename 9.40, an update of the renaming solution for the Mac. The new release allows users to compose their own music renaming conventions by dragging and dropping tokens from the tag library.
A Better Finder Rename costs US$19.95 and requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. Business, family and enterprise licensing is also available. Customers may chose to include a "forever upgrade" with their purchase. The product is also available on the Mac App Store under the name "Better Rename 9."

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03:33
Workstation market breaks out with record-setting...

In light of a lackluster recent history coupled with rampant negativity associated with any PC-related market as of late, analyst firm Jon Peddie Research (JPR) is calling Q2'14 for the workstation market just that: a breakout quarter.
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03:18
‘Shell Shock’ command line vulnerability present in...

A vulnerability in Bash, the software used to control the command shell in many flavors of Unix, has been shown to be present in OS X – with some security researchers saying that the flaw could pose a bigger threat than the Heartbleed vulnerabilty discovered last year (which affected many Unix systems but not OS X).
The Bash vulnerability being referred to by some as ‘Shell Shock’ allows an attacker to run a wide range of malicious code remotely. It was discovered by security researchers at RedHat, and is described in detail in a blog post.
There are conflicting reports as to the extent to which Mac users are at risk … ...

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03:17
Apple Continues to work on their Macroscalar...

It was relatively quiet at the US Patent & Trademark Office regarding new innovations from Apple today. Indirectly, there was one patent of interest today talking about next-gen biometrics for future Ford vehicles that will work with iOS.

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03:10
Recommended Reading: 'Mavericks Server -...

Carbon Technologies' "Mavericks Server - Control and Collaboration," written by Reid Bundonis, is available exclusively in the iBooks format in the Apple iBooks Store. This is the second book in the Mavericks Server series and is an essential field guide for Mac system administrators and home enthusiasts alike.
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02:26
Apple Reportedly Aware of iCloud Flaw Six Months...

Apple knew about an iCloud security flaw six months before it was utilized to hack celebrity accounts on the service, reports The Daily Dot. The company was notified of the exploit by independent security researcher Ibrahim Balic, who shared emails between himself and members of Apple's product security team. In an email from March 2014, Balic told Apple that he was able to bypass the security of any iCloud account by using a "brute-force" hacking method that was able to try over 20,000 password combinations. Balic recommended to Apple that it should implement a feature in iCloud that prevents log-ins after a set number of failed attempts, and even reported the exploit through Apple's Bug Reporter. Balic was also the developer said to be behind the...

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01:55
Boom 1.9.2 - System-wide volume booster and...

Boom is a system-wide volume booster and equalizer that effortlessly improves the sound of your Mac. Using Boom is easy. It works like the volume controls of your Mac to boost the sound; making it a louder, clearer and better sounding experience. Boom can boost them all! From videos on YouTube to your favorite music/video playing on iTunes, Spotify and Netflix. Even video chats through Skype and FaceTime can now be audible! . iPod/iPhone users have always wanted their music to play louder on their device speakers. Boom provides the ability to boost the audio files residing in the iTunes library or from the desktop. It lets the users enjoy the new boosted experience with a seamless transfer of the boosted files to their iPod/iPhone through a separate iTunes playlist. Use equalizing presets such as Dubstep, Jazz, Acoustic, Classical and many more or just customize your very own preset to something unique. Boom is now accessible with localized "Help File" support in...

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01:41
Amadeus Pro 2.1.7 - Multitrack sound recorder/editor...

Amadeus Pro lets you use your Mac computer for any audio-related task, such as live audio recording, digitizing tapes and records, converting between a variety of sound formats, etc. Thanks to its outstanding direct-to-disk abilities and waveform caching, edits on arbitrarily large sounds (even beyond the usual 2GB limit) are performed at lightning speed. The handling of large sounds is furthermore facilitated by the extensive support of markers. Its outstanding sound repairing and denoising abilities make Amadeus Pro particularly suitable for transferring vinyl records on CD. Some of the most noteworthy features of Amadeus Pro include:

  • Simple and elegant OS X-like user interface
  • Multitrack editing an recording.
  • Batch processing and conversion.
  • Sound denoising and repairing.
  • Supports a variety of sound formats, including AIFF, Multichannel Wave, MP3, MP4, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, SoundDesigner II, QuickTime, Apple CAF, etc....

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Wednesday September 24

23:27
'Bash' Security Flaw in OS X Allows for...

Security researchers from Red Hat have uncovered a new exploit in the common "Bash" command shell found in OS X and Linux which can be used to deploy malicious code with minimal effort. Due to the ubiquity of the Bash shell, the exploit can affect a wide variety of different web-connected devices and properties, including unsecured websites, smart home appliances, servers, and more. Security researcher Robert Graham noted on his blog that the Bash exploit is "as big as Heartbleed," referring to the flaw discovered earlier this year in the popular OpenSSL software which secures connections between clients and servers: Internet-of-things devices like video cameras are especially...

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20:46
Apple publishes new support article with...


Earlier today Apple released what would quickly be revealed to be an extremely broken update for iOS 8 that resulted in a complete loss of cellular connectivity and Touch ID support on its newest line of iPhones. Now, nearly twelve hours after the update went live, the company has published a new help document for users stranded on the faulty operating system.
The document lists the steps for restoring a device back to iOS 8.0 with links to download the appropriate IPSW file....

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20:44
Apple Says iOS 8.0.2 Update is in the Works, Directs...

Earlier today, Apple released iOS 8.0.1, which ended up disabling cellular service and Touch ID on many iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices. Apple said that it was investigating the issue this afternoon, and it has now released a support document confirming that an iOS 8.0.2 update is in the works with a fix. In addition to announcing the upcoming update, the document also points users towards an interim fix involving reinstalling iOS 8 via iTunes. The document offers the same advice Apple support representatives have been giving to customers since the issue first surfaced, directing users to download iOS 8 and reinstall it on their devices using iTunes. Apple's specific steps are as follows:Follow these steps to reinstall iOS 8.0. 1. Make sure that you're using the...

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20:44
Apple to release iOS 8.0.2 in a 'few days,...

After releasing and subsequently pulling the iOS 8.0.1 update earlier today, Apple late Wednesday instructed iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users affected by cellular and Touch ID issues to downgrade back to iOS 8.0 while the company prepares a fix.

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20:42
New poll suggests iPhone 6, 6 Plus will draw Android...

A new survey suggests that the latest iPhone is attracting a very broad range of customers, with primarily four groups of roughly the same size who say they plan to buy an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. About 26 percent were, as one might expect, current iPhone owners looking to upgrade. About 20 percent said they don't own a phone. A quarter of the 250 poll respondents indicated they would be switching from a non-Android phone, and other 27 percent say they will dump Android for iOS....

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20:02
Loss of cellular service or ability to use Touch ID...

We have a workaround for you if you have an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and you lost cellular service and Touch ID functionality today after updating to iOS 8.0.1. You can reinstall iOS 8 through iTunes by following the instructions below. We are also preparing iOS 8.0.2 with a fix for the issue, and will release it as soon as it's ready in the next few days.

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19:19
Video of Rex Chapman’s Apple Store thefts surface as...

Last week we brought you the story of former NBA player Rex Chapman’s arrest on charges of stealing $14,000 in merchandise from several Apple Retail Stores in Scottsdale, Arizona. Today Chapman appeared in court (via Engadget), facing multiple felony charges for trafficking in stolen property and organized retail theft.
The video of Chapman’s court appearance is above, but below you’ll find video of several instances in which Chapman stole products from the Apple Store after pretending he had checked out through the store’s EasyPay system.
Chapman will return to court on Friday.
Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged:...

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18:00
Apple invites beta users to a 'test fest'...

Developers and AppleSeed testers working with the latest beta of the forthcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite are receiving email invitations from Apple to join in on a focused "test fest" that concentrates on one particular feature -- AirDrop, which allows wireless transfers of files between Macs and iOS devices. This is the first time in recent memory that Apple has opened up a "test fest" to users outside Apple for this level of focused feature examination....

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17:25
Google's Schmidt says Samsung had iPhone 6-like...

During an interview with Bloomberg on Wednesday, Google chairman Eric Schmidt was grilled on the launch of Apple's iPhone 6, but played off the record debut by saying Samsung got there first.

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17:16
ACM 273: Hands on iPhone 6, Bendy iPhone 6 Plus, and...

Jeff and Bryan wax poetic when trying to describe the displays on their new iPhone 6 models, but Jeff goes apoplectic when iOS 8.0.1 runs amuck. People are also talking about iPhone 6 Plus being bendy, and Apple itself plays coy on its plans for Beats Music. Plus, there's singing. So watch out.

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17:04
Dan Allen and Sarah White: Documentation Dearth...


One of the essential draws to open source software should be superior product documentation. Well-written user guidelines are a key strategy that software developers should use to increase an open source project's growth and user adoption.
All too often, programmers finish their last line of code and shove the open source software out the door -- or, more realistically, post it on their website waiting for users to flock to its greatness. Documentation is often an afterthought -- or the software developer does not think about it at all.

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16:00
DxO optics: iPhone 6, 6 Plus are best smartphone...

Backing up anecdotal evidence and tests by independent third parties such as the Wall Street Journal, high-end image software and optical lens testing company DxO Optics has issued its DxOMark ranking of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, finding that both models beat the formerly top-rated Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z3. The company, which also ranks high-end DSLR lenses, proclaimed that the new iPhones "set the gold standard for smartphone image quality."...

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16:00
How to easily add secure FileVault passcode to your...

Since I have a terrible habit of losing things, I decided to encrypt my Verbatim "Tuff-N-Tiny" USB drive. This was a simple matter of control-clicking the drive name in Finder, choosing "Encrypt" and then setting an encryption password. I also...

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15:52
Amazon teams up with Twitter to add wish list items...

Amazon and Twitter teamed up again for another commerce experience within the micro blogging platform. Similar to the previous initiative that the two companies launched earlier this year, users can reply to a tweet with a hashtag to add an item to their Amazon wish list. The only catch is that it only works with tweets that have links to the item on Amazon, while also requiring Twitter and Amazon accounts to be linked....

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15:00
Booq Cobra Brief offers space, protection and good...

Booq makes a lot of really beautiful high-end bags for a variety of Apple products, many of which I've had the pleasure to review over the past few years. Today I'm taking a look at the Booq Cobra brief (US$295), a sweet-looking laptop bag with the...

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14:56
Jimmy John's discovers malware-laden POS in...

Sandwich chain Jimmy John's has reported a security breach, exposing information from customers of 216 locations. According to the chain, the company discovered in the end of July that an unknown assailant stole credentials from a vendor, and accessed the point-of-sale system and installed data collecting malware at some locations between June 16 and September 5 of this year, with most infestations cleared out before the middle of August. The company reports that the security problem has been addressed, and it is once again safe to use credit cards at all stores.......

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14:49
Beware Fake Adverts Saying You Can Charge Your...

There is a fake advert going around telling people they can recharge their iPhone in a microwave. Don't do it-it will destroy your phone. The ads are malicious fakes designed to look like Apple advertising, complete with an Apple copyright as shown below, but it's a pack of lies designed to take advantage of folks who aren't tech savvy.The Mac Observer Spin: I haven't been this angry in a long time. The cynical and depraved depths to which a human must sink in order to eke pleasure from a prank like this is astounding. This was a vile and disgusting thing to do, and those responsible should examine their life choices and values.

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14:29
Apple invites AppleSeed users to participate in...


Apple has invited a number of non-developer users to participate in what it’s calling an “AirDrop Test Fest” to help fix bugs in the over-the-air file sharing system, according to users who have gotten the invite. Users who have been invited will find a notice inside the Feedback Assistant application included with the public beta of the upcoming OS X Yosemite.
Users who have been invited to participate are provided with a set of guidelines for testing the feature. According to the notice, users will need two Macs capable of running Yosemite and AirDrop, or one Mac running Yosemite and one running Mavericks to test the “legacy” feature. An iOS device isn’t required to participate, indicating that the focus will be on Mac-to-Mac transfers rather than cross-platform ones.
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14:27
Apple Allegedly Knew of iCloud Brute-Force...

blottsie writes Apple knew as early as March 2014 of a security hole that left the personal data of iCloud users vulnerable, according to leaked emails between the company and a noted security researcher. In a March 26 email, security researcher Ibrahim Balic tells an Apple official that he's successfully bypassed a security feature designed to prevent "brute-force" attacks. Balic goes on to explain to Apple that he was able to try over 20,000 passwords combinations on any account. ...

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14:03
Apple announces 'AirDrop Test Fest' to...

In a note sent out to developers on Wednesday, Apple invited AppleSeed members to participate in a "test fest" focusing on AirDrop functionality in OS X 10.10 Yosemite, which bakes in compatibility with devices running iOS 8.

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14:02
Command-C 1.1.2 - 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 1.1.2:

  • Support for iOS 8 devices
  • Minor bug fixes
  • OS X 10.8 or later

Download Now

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14:00
Macs account for more than 1/4 of all back-to-school...

Numbers from the NPD Group's Weekly Tracking Service show that Macs reached an all-time high percentage of back-to-school PC sales this year, with 26.8 percent of all personal computers sold in the U.S. between Independence Day and Labor Day coming...

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14:00
Pocket-Sized Karma Go LTE Hotspot: Exclusive Pre-...

We have an exclusive offer through our friends at Stack Social on the Karma Go LTE hotspot. It will retail for $149, but with our deal, you can preorder it for $99. The Karma Go LTE hotspot is a compact device that taps into a nationwide LTE network and broadcasts a Wi-Fi connection for all your devices. In other words, you get a mobile Internet connection that you control wherever you go. You have five days to preorder through our deal.

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13:50
Briefly: Razer DeathAdder Chroma details, Adata...

Razer announced some additional details for the new Chroma version of the DeathAdder mouse. On top the 16.3 million color adjustable LED lighting that was announced in August, Razer is adding a 10,000DPI optical sensor for the mouse. The new sensor is said to support movement speeds up to 200 inches per second with 50G of acceleration, the same speed of the older version. Though previously the DeathAdder had only a 6,400DPI optical sensor....

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13:45
OtterBox Defender Case for iPhone 6 Plays Great...

There are occasions when you must have an iPhone with you, readily available, but the environment is rugged. Examples are construction, airline and military operations. In those cases, one may prefer to have the ultimate in iPhone protection: ports covered, display protected, and a multi-layer, cushioned shells. This case fills the bill.

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13:40
Apple-IBM deal took eight months, was not first...

The Apple/IBM partnership announced in July took about eight months to negotiate, and was not the only arrangement the two corporations considered, according to a new profile of IBM CEO Ginni Rometty. It's not mentioned what other options the companies were considering. IBM's global business executive, Bridget van Kralingen, says reaching the current agreement took "tons of meetings" that were "pretty broad-based," roping in engineering, marketing, and development teams as well as executives....

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13:38
iOS 8’s Notification Center gets a new useful widget...


The official ESPN SportsCenter app has been updated with support for an iOS 8 Notification Center widget, and it seems awesome thus far. The widget allows you to get quick access to scores from your favorite team (go Lakers) and provides access to ESPN’s radio stations. The update is free on the App Store.
Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, ESPN SportsCenter, ...

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13:30
RoboRun Space: Run robot run!

Players tap on a little robot to make him jump and hover to avoid the obstacles in RoboRun Space. Frantically try to avoid running into vertical pipes and electric wires called plasma in a space station. You are probably thinking this sounds a lot...

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13:23
iPhone 6 (and 5s) found less bendy than iPhone 6 Plus


Earlier this week it was revealed that if you bend your iPhone 6 Plus, it will bend. This shocking news took the world by storm, but left some people wondering if other phones would also flex under pressure. To answer the question, YouTuber Unbox Therapy attempted to repeat his earlier experiment with iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, HTC One M8, newest Moto X, and Nokia Lumia.
After applying roughly the same force to each of these handsets, he discovered that the iPhone 6 Plus was in fact more flexible than the rest. The Moto X ended up coming out top of the pack, with next to no flexibility at all. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 was also found to be much less “bendy” than the...

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13:17
Comcast accuses business of engaging in extortion...

Comcast believes that a number of companies are trying to bully the cable and Internet provider in order to get favorable terms in exchange for their non-opposition of the merger with Time Warner Cable. In a response to the comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over the proposed merger, Comcast thinks that companies are engaging in extortion to further their business interests at the cost of the deal....

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13:00
Daily Deals for September 24, 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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12:58
iPhone 6 Bendgate: The End of Tight Jeans?


Another new Apple product, another "-gate" debacle. This time, it's bendgate. On the heels of the release of the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets earlier this month has come an uproar over an unexpected weakness: In short, when stashed in a pocket of a tight pair of pants, the iPhone 6 Plus bends -- and it doesn't return to its original shape when removed. The subject is fervently being discussed in social media, according to Brandwatch, which found more than 57,000 mentions of it online, primarily by male authors.

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12:49
Follow-up 'Bendgate' video finds iPhone 6...

One day after a YouTube video demonstrated that Apple's iPhone 6 Plus can indeed bend under focused pressure, a second test on Wednesday extends the process to the iPhone 6, as well as the HTC One M8, new Moto X, Nokia Lumia 1020 and Apple's own iPhone 5s.

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12:43
iPhone 6 Subjected to Bend Test, Proves More Durable...

Apple's iPhone 6 Plus has been receiving a huge amount of attention over the last day, following reports of users seeing significant bending after placing the phone in a pocket. A video made yesterday demonstrated the just how far the iPhone 6 Plus is able to bend, and now the video's creator, Lewis Hilsenteger of Unbox Therapy, has created a second video to test the iPhone 6 and several other Samsung devices. Surprisingly, the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 6 appears to be much less malleable than the larger iPhone 6 Plus. While the iPhone 6 Plus bent significantly near the volume buttons under the force inflicted by Hilsenteger, he is unable to do as much damage to the iPhone 6. Aside from a small dent, the phone remains intact. "This one is far more durable," he says...

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12:39
Photos web app may be coming to iCloud.com

Apple appears to be working on a Photos app for iCloud.com, two pieces of evidence suggest. The first is an official help page, which shows the app as an option. Perhaps more significantly, visiting beta.icloud.com/#photos triggers an error message stating that the site "can't load Photos" because "there was a problem loading the application." No other URL string triggers a similar message....

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12:38
News: UK Apple TV adds Sky Movies, Entertainment to...

Sky Entertainment has augmented its Now TV streaming service for Apple TV for users in the UK, going beyond Sky Sports to add access to Sky Movies and Sky Entertainment. As of now, Sky customers can select from three packages, with Movies and Entertainment requiring a monthly fee and Sports available on an individual 24 hour pass basis. Sky has announced that it will increase the price of its Movies and Entertainment packages next month by £1-£2....

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12:30
Jonathan Mann has already written a wonderful song...

Today's problems with the release of iOS 8.0.1 may have put a damper on your afternoon, leaving you with Touch ID not working or the inability to call people. You could probably use a pick me up. Thankfully YouTube video songster Jonathan Mann is...

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12:20
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt: Competition Between...

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt and former SVP of products, Jonathan Rosenberg, recently published a new book entitled "How Google Works, which explores topics like corporate culture, strategy, talent, innovation, dealing with disruption, and more. The duo have done an interview with Bloomberg to promote the title, with Schmidt commenting on the state of affairs between iOS and Google and Apple's new larger-screened iPhones. According to Schmidt, competition between Apple and Google is more brutal than ever before, with "enormous, enormous racing" going on between the two companies, which ultimately has "enormous benefits for consumers worldwide." In fact I would say that this brutal competition between Apple and Google over Android and iOS has enormous benefits for consumers worldwide. If you look at the innovation on the Apple side and on...

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12:08
Talking Schmidt: Google Chairman says Samsung had [...

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg are on their How Google Works book tour and they got the fun questions from Bloomberg.
At 5:30 in the video:
RUHLE: You mentioned smartphones. How do you feel in the last week when you drive by any Apple store, San Francisco, LA, New York, and there are people lined up around the block? So even though way more people carry Android phones, how does Apple have that desire factor?
SCHMIDT: I’ll tell you what I think. Samsung had these products a year ago.
Amusing.
More Schmidt:
RUHLE: You mentioned smartphones. How do you feel in the last...

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12:04
First Look: IK Multimedia iRig Mic HD

Following the release of iRig Voice (iLounge rating: B), iRig Mic HD ($130) is the high-end successor to IK Multimedia's 2011 iRig Mic (iLounge rating: B), offering a completely digital interface for modern iOS devices via Apple's Lightning connector. Inside a metallic body that's available in black or silver, IK has included a low-noise, high-definition pre-amp, a high-grade 24-bit A/D converter, and a 44.1/48 kHz sampling rate. The microphone interfaces…

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12:00
BlackBerry Flashes Passport to the Future


BlackBerry on Wednesday officially launched its new square form factor smartphone, the Passport. This new handset has the size and shape of most national passports, which the company dubbed the "international symbol of mobility." The Passport is now available for $599 in an unlocked version, or about $250 with a new contract. AT&T is the first U.S. carrier to offer the handset, which also is now available in the Canadian, French, German and British markets. It should be in more than 30 countries by the end of the year.

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12:00
Adobe updates Photoshop Elements and Premier...

Another year passes, and we get new versions of Adobe's consumer photo and video apps, Photoshop Elements and Premier Elements. We're at version 13 for both in this new release. Significant changes include Retina display support on Macs and very cool...

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11:37
There’s already an iOS 8.0.1 pick me up song

Here’s Jonathan Mann with the tunes about iOS 8.0.1:

Filed under: AAPL Company ...

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11:27
Apple Yanks iOS 8 Update

alphadogg writes Within hours of releasing an iOS 8 update to address assorted bugs in the new iPhone and iPad operating system Apple has been forced to pull the patch, which itself was causing iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users grief. Reports filled Apple support forums that the iOS 8 update was cutting off users' cell service and making Touch ID inoperable. The Wall Street Journal received this statement from Apple: "We have received reports of an issue with the iOS 8.0.1 update. We are actively investigating these reports and will provide information as quickly as we can. In the meantime we have pulled back the iOS 8.0.1 update." ...

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11:23
Developer Warns Against Using In-App Browsers on iOS...

Craig Hockenberry, one of the developers behind Twitterriffic, has written a blog post warning iOS users about in-app browsers, which he says are "considered harmful." According to Hockenberry, and as outlined in a video, an in-app browser has the ability to record what's being typed, even at a secure login screen. This means an unscrupulous developer could potentially create an app with an in-app browser to capture the usernames and passwords of users who login to websites like Twitter or Facebook with the browser. Many existing apps use in-app browsers to allow users to do things like login with an already existing social media account simply to make the login process easier, but it appears there's also potential for abuse. A few things to note about what you're seeing: The information at the top of the screen is generated by the app, not the web page. This information could easily be uploaded to...

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11:10
Uber app updated with iPhone 6/6 Plus support


If you’re an iPhone 6 user running the botched iOS 8.0.1 update and can’t make a phone call to ask for a ride, Uber has some great news for you today. The company has updated its iOS application with full optimization for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus screens. The update does not add much else today, but expect an update in the near-future with support for the upcoming Apple Pay payment service.
Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Android,...

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11:07
∞ Apple investigating reported issues with iOS 8...

Apple sent the following statement to me tonight regarding iOS 8.0.1:

We have received reports of an issue with the iOS 8.0.1 update. We are actively investigating these reports and will provide information as quickly as we can. In the meantime we have pulled back the iOS 8.0.1 update.

I haven’t updated yet, so I have no experience with any issues.

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11:00
DxOMark: "Apple sets gold standard for...

Another voice has been heard from in the chorus of those praising the cameras built into Apple's newest smartphones. DxO Labs, a French-based software company that maintains a website of technical measurements of lenses and cameras, has given the...

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10:56
Piper home automation now available in US through...

Home technology company Icontrol today announced that the Piper all-in-one home security, video monitoring and automation device is now available on Amazon's new Home Automation store. The CTIA award winning Piper suite allows users to monitor and interact with home automation through the Internet, without service contracts or fees....

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10:53
How to Restore Your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus after...

If you applied the iOS 8.0.1 update and your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus is now a shiny new doorstop, here's the steps (and the downloads) to restore things to the way they were yesterday.

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10:53
Review: OtterBox Commuter, Defender + Symmetry...

Commuter uses two pieces — a rubber inner layer and hard plastic shell — to keep the iPhone 6 safe. The rubber layer covers the Lightning port and headphone jack when not in use for extra protection. The case also exposes the Apple symbol, a continuing design choice from Otterbox that doesn’t really appeal at all to us. Users can order separate shell and cover colors to make their own color combinations. Commuter also comes with a stick-on…

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10:45
News: Apple pulls iOS 8.0.1 update after iPhone 6...

Apple has retracted its iOS 8.0.1 update released earlier today after a flood of reports from iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users that the update disabled their devices’ cellular capabilities and Touch ID sensors. The company now notes that it is “actively investigating these reports” but no further information has yet been forthcoming about when or how the problem may be fixed for those users who have already updated. APPLE: "We are…

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10:44
Apple-IBM enterprise partnership the result of 8...

The landmark enterprise tie-up between Apple and 103-year-old technology behemoth IBM, announced earlier this year, was not the first collaboration that Apple CEO Tim Cook and IBM chief Ginni Rometty discussed, according to a new report.

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10:42
Researcher Foils iPhone 6 Touch ID


Apple's Touch ID fingerprint scanner is a step up from passcodes for protecting iPhones, but it's far from totally secure, as a researcher showed on Monday. Lookout Mobile Security's Marc Rogers fooled Touch ID on Apple's new iPhone 6 by crafting a false fingerprint from a do-it-yourself forgery kit that cost about $200 to assemble. Rogers and the Chaos Computer Club performed similar experiments when Touch ID was introduced in the iPhone 5s last year. To create his bogus fingerprint, Rogers first lifted a print off a shiny surface.

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10:42
First Look: Bowers & Wilkins C5 Series 2 In-Ear...

There wasn't much that needed to be fixed in Bowers & Wilkins' superb C5 In-Ear Headphones, a 2011 model that wowed us in looks, comfort, and sonics. But B&W has updated C5 with the new C5 Series 2 ($180), which for the same price promises "redesigned drive units for enhanced sound quality." The core elements remain the same, including ingenious adjustable wire loops to provide in-ear support and tube-shaped housings with four sizes of silicone tips…

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10:32
App developer warns not to enter personal info using...

App developer Craig Hockenberry has published an article today titled “in-app browsers considered harmful” warning both devs and users of security issues related to apps that take advantage of the feature. “Would it surprise you to know that every one of those apps could eavesdrop on your typing? Even when it’s in a secure login screen with a password field?”
Many apps send users to an in-app browser to do things like authenticate logins for associated services. Think logging into an app using your Facebook or Twitter credentials as highlighted in the proof of concept video above. You might assume that would be as safe as doing so through Safari, but Hockenberry notes that, unlike Safari, it’s relatively easy for someone to exploit the feature...

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10:30
iOS 8.0.1 fixes HealthKit but can disable cellular,...

(Updated with warnings about potential iPhone problems, a fix, and news of withdrawal of the delta update) Just a week after having released iOS 8.0, Apple has begun seeding iOS 8.0.1 via iTunes and as an over-the-air update. The most prominent change is a solution to a HealthKit bug that led Apple to pull apps using the platform from the App Store. Those apps are now cleared to return....

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10:05
iOS 8.0.1 Causing No Service, Touch ID Issues on...

Following the release of iOS 8.0.1 this morning, numerous of users found that their cellular service was disabled, reporting "No Service" messages after updating. Affected users also appear to be experiencing problems with Touch ID, which seems to be completely non-functional. It appears that the issue is limited to users who have an iPhone 6 or an iPhone 6 Plus, but affected devices span several carriers, including AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint in the United States. Rogers subscribers in Canada have reported issues, as have EE subscribers in the United Kingdom and Vodafone subscribers in Germany. Restarting an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus does not fix cellular functionality, nor does attempting to use "Reset Network Settings," but some users have reported that restoring iOS 8.0.1 via iTunes or doing the initial install from iTunes fixes the cellular connection issues. Apple support has also recommended restoring iOS 8.0.1 via iTunes to fix the problem.Looks like doing a...

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10:04
Cook grants Apple workers extended Thanksgiving...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has sent a memo to all of the company's workers, promising an extended vacation the week of the US Thanksgiving holiday. The decision is said to be a reward for this month's product launches, which included iOS 8, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and previews of Apple Pay and the Apple Watch. The company, and Cook in particular, have instituted similar vacations in the past....

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10:00
Apple tops ACSI personal computer list for 11th...

This shouldn't come as surprising news to anyone who has watched Apple's sales figures over the past decade or so, but the company has just ended up at the top of the American Customer Satisfaction Index list for personal computers, laptops and...

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09:42
Apple quickly drops iOS 8.0.1 to fix HealthKit bug

Update: Apple has pulled iOS 8.0.1 until the cellular connectivity and Touch ID issues are resolved. If you already updated your software, follow our downgrading guide to restore iOS 8.
A bug in the HealthKit tool for
developers of health and fitness apps prevented those apps from being released with iOS 8 last Wednesday. A week later, the fix is in—but the update also seems to be causing problems of its own for some iPhone 6 users.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:42
iOS 8.0.1 Update Includes Bug Fixes, Kills Service

Apple released iOS 8.0.1 on Wednesday, a week after the initial iOS 8 release. Reports are flooding in about the update causing Touch ID and cellular connectivity to stop working altogether, so it may be best to hold off on this update at least in the short term.

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09:41
Apple's iOS 8.0.1 update breaks cellular...

Following the release of iOS 8.0.1 on Wednesday, many users began experiencing issues with the maintenance and software update, finding that their handset could no longer establish a cellular connection or recognize their fingerprint upon installing, prompting Apple to pull the update

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09:32
Warning: iOS 8.0.1 seems to be breaking iPhones

iOS 8's first update appears to be breaking both cellular service and Touch ID on iPhones, and restarting the devices doesn't fix it. Multiple users on social media are reporting the bugs and our own Steve Sande has fallen victim to the unfortunately...

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09:30
How does the iPhone 6 camera compare to previous...

Lisa Bettany:

I present an eight iPhone comparison (with) all iPhone versions taken with Camera+ including the original iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, and the new iPhone 6 in a variety of situations to test the camera’s capabilities.

I taught a beginner digital photography seminar this past weekend and got lots of questions from students about how good the camera was in the new iPhone 6. This articles shows that, in many cases, the increase in quality is very noticeable.
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09:29
Apple releases iOS 8.0.1 update


It was bound to happen.
On Wednesday, Apple released version 8.0.1 of its iOS mobile operating system. The update, which can be acquired via iTunes or the Software Update feature in iOS 8, offers the following fixes and changes to Apple’s newly-released operating system:
– Fixes a bug so HealthKit apps can now be made available on the App Store.
– Addresses an issue where third-party keyboards could become deselected when a user enters their passcode.
– Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from accessing photos from the Photo Library.

– Improves the reliability of the Reachability feature on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
– Fixes an issue that could cause unexpected cellular data usage when receiving SMS/MMS messages.
– Better support of Ask to Buy for Family Sharing for In-App Purchases.
– Fixes an issue where ringtones were sometimes not restored...

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09:28
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-24

Turns out you can bend the iPhone 6 Plus if you try, but is that as big a deal as people are making out? Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at what's up with iPhone 6 bendability and iPhone durability, discuss Apple's purchase of the digital magazine design and publishing platform Prss, and go old school with some Wild Wild West talk.

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09:23
Apple releases iOS 8.0.1 -- but beware

Apple has released iOS 8.0.1, an update that brings several bug fixes to iOS 8, which was released last week. However, you need to be careful if you upgrade.
The upgrade fixes an issue with HealthKit that prevented apps that support HealthKit from being allowed in the Apple App Store. According to Apple, iOS 8.0.1 also:
° Addresses an issue where 3rd party keyboards could become deselected when a user enters their passcode;
° Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from accessing photos from the Photo Library;
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09:16
iOS 8.0.1 disabling cellular and TouchID on some...

iOS 8.0.1 fixes a handful of bugs with the new update.

Andrew Cunningham

Update: Some users are reporting that the update is disabling cell service and TouchID buttons on some phones. I can confirm that this happened on my AT&T iPhone 6, though a Verizon iPhone 5 still seems to be getting service just fine. For now we recommend holding off—do not download and install this update yet.
Original story: Apple has just released iOS 8.0.1, the first update to the new operating system that reached the public last week. The update is available through iTunes or as an over-the-air update for any device that runs iOS 8—the iPhone 4S or newer, iPad...

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09:15
iOS 8.0.1 update now available (Updated -- Don'...

Update: There's a bug in iOS 8.0.1. After updating, many users are reporting loss of all cellular service and Touch ID. I can verify this personally. We'll be posting instructions on how to revert to iOS 8.0 soon. In the meantime, do not...

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09:02
Apple releases, then pulls iOS 8.0.1 with support...

Just a week after the debut of iOS 8, Apple has provided an update for its newly upgraded mobile operating system, addressing a number of bugs related to HealthKit, Photos, third-party keyboards, Reachability, and much more. But the update was quickly pulled after iPhone 6 users began experiencing serious bugs.

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09:01
UK's Sky Now TV brings Entertainment, Movies...

UK TV network Sky has expanded its Now TV offerings on the Apple TV to include its Entertainment and Movies packages, according to an announcement. The app's user interface is the largely same -- including New In, Most Popular, and Must See categories -- but now extends beyond sports, and has adopted a "flat" look to match the Apple TV's new iOS 8-style aesthetics. The Now TV iOS app has offered a wider range of content for some time....

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09:00
LAPD warning iPhone owners not to microwave their...

A hoax viral marketing scam advising iPhone owners to microwave their phones is ubiquitous enough that the communications department of the Los Angeles Police Department has decided to publicly debunk the advertisement. As reported by the LA Times,...

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08:58
Apple Releases iOS 8.0.1 With Fixes for HealthKit,...

Apple today released iOS 8.0.1, an update that brings several bug fixes to iOS 8, the new operating system released to the public last week. The new version arrives as build 12A402 and can be downloaded via an over-the-air update. The new update fixes an issue with HealthKit, which prevented apps that support HealthKit from being allowed in the App Store. The problem with HealthKit first came to light shortly before the public launch of iOS 8, and Apple opted to pull all HealthKit-enabled apps from the App Store until a fix was available. Following today's update, apps that take advantage of the HealthKit API will once again be accepted into the App Store. As noted in yesterday's report on iOS 8.0.1, the update also fixes several other issues with third party keyboards, Reachability, Photo Library, and more. - Fixes...

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08:57
News: Apple releases iOS 8.0.1

Apple has already released a maintenance update only a week following the company’s release of iOS 8. Listed as “containing improvements and bug fixes,” iOS 8.0.1 notably addresses the issue that affected use of HealthKit by third-party apps revealed last week. Other improvements and fixes include issues with third-party keyboards, apps accessing the Photo Library, reliability of the Reachability feature on the iPhone 6, fixes for…

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08:54
Apple releases iOS 8.0.1 with fixes, but many users...

Update: Many users are reporting that cellular functions and Touch ID are no longer working post update, so we would recommend holding off until further notice. Many who have updated their iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and iPhone 5s are reporting no problems, so it appears this problem is likely confined to iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Update 2: The update has been pulled. Apple has issued a statement to Re/code:

APPLE: "We are actively investigating these reports … In the meantime we have pulled back the iOS 8.0.1 update.”
— John Paczkowski (@JohnPaczkowski) September 24, 2014

Apple has released iOS 8.0.1 to the public, and it’s rolling out now OTA to all devices capable of running iOS 8. The update’s build number is 12A402, and it packs fixes for a variety of bugs that have plagued users of version 8.0. Most notably, the new version includes a fix for the bug...

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08:45
Nokia continues the Siri bashing w/ new Lumia ads...

Nokia, like the rest of the smartphone industry, is no stranger to mocking its biggest competitor in ads. Today we get two new spots posted to the company’s YouTube account that highlight the Windows Phone Cortana assistant feature while mocking Apple’s Siri feature in the process.
The first ad called “Lost” highlights Cortana’s ability to automatically remind users when to leave for appointments based of calendar and traffic data. The second spot, titled “Remind Me”, shows Cortana sending reminder notifications associated with texts and calls they are receiving.

Nokia isn’t the only company iPhone bashing today, BlackBerry just wrapped up its Passport launch event where it took time to...

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08:44
Apple Will Be 'Lucky' to Ship Apple Watch...

Apple may not be planning to launch the new Apple Watch until February 2015 or later, according to a new report from The Information (via Business Insider). When the Apple Watch was introduced earlier this month, Apple gave a non-specific "early 2015" timeline for its release, with no additional information on when we might expect to see the device.One person briefed by the Apple department involved in shipping the watch quipped that Apple would be "lucky to ship it by Valentine's Day." Apple has said only that the watch would ship in early 2015, and a spokeswoman did not comment for this article.According to the report, Apple initially planned to have the watch ready to ship in...

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08:33
The human factor

Vanity Fair:

Airline pilots were once the heroes of the skies. Today, in the quest for safety, airplanes are meant to largely fly themselves. Which is why the 2009 crash of Air France Flight 447, which killed 228 people, remains so perplexing and significant. William Langewiesche explores how a series of small errors turned a state-of-the-art cockpit into a death trap.

I waited to post this article until after The Publisher had arrived safely in London, England.
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08:30
iPhone 6 vs. the world trying to destroy it

Some people can't stand gadget destruction experiments, especially when the device being obliterated is brand new and hard to find. The iPhone 6 has spent the week or so since its debut getting destroyed by everything from water to power tools, all...

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08:28
Chameleon SSD Optimizer 0.9.9 - Solid State Drive (...

Chameleon SSD Optimizer is an optimization tool for Solid State Drives. It can enable TRIM on non Apple-branded disk, increase durability reducing I|O writing cycles, set hibernate mode and save space disabling sleep image. Chameleon is able to read sata system profiler info and you can easily check trim status, disk speed or properties. We added the reading of S.M.A.R.T. data how OS X does, so you can control the temperature, the firmware version and more. Now you can disable the local Time Machine, the Sudden Motion Sensor or noatime set for the system or control your SSD overprovisioning space.Version 0.9.9:

  • New style layout and control
  • Yosemite compatibility added
  • check ssd overprovisioning features
  • OS X 10.7 or later and an SSD

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08:28
Apple quietly adds HomeKit support for third-gem...


It wasn’t a huge update, but it’s interesting.
According to Forbes, Apple released an Apple TV update allowing for third generation units of the media device to support HomeKit, Apple’s protocol for allowing connected home gadgets to connect safely and easily in iOS.
The update means that Apple TV could be the hub that unifies the fragmented smart home industry, allowing you to turn on your lights or unlock your door from an iPhone remotely using Apple TV as a bridge device. Apple TV has both Bluetooth low energy and Wi-Fi wireless technologies, both of which Apple has made clear are the primary technologies that connected devices will communicate in the iOS environment. Apple TV is a device that is always on in your home,...

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08:24
∞ Why do leaves change color?

Now that Fall has officially begun here in the Northern hemisphere, many of us are seeing or have seen the leaves changing to their beautiful Fall colours. This video explains why it happens. Share it with your kids!

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08:18
Apple Employees Rewarded for Record Month With...

Apple CEO Tim Cook sent a company-wide memo out to all employees this morning, thanking them for their hard work during the month of September, which saw the release of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iOS 8 and the announcement of the Apple Watch. Cook also announced that Apple employees will be receiving additional vacation time during the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, as they have in past years. "Each of these introductions represents years of innovation and hard work by teams all across Apple," wrote Cook in the letter, which was first shared by 9to5Mac. "Many of you have put the best work of your lives into these amazing new products, which bring together world-class hardware, software, and services in the way only Apple can."Without you, none of these accomplishments would have been possible. Our people are the soul of our...

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08:18
How to set up your emergency Medical ID with iOS 8...

One of the lesser known -- but potentially most important -- features of Apple's newly released iOS 8 mobile operating system is a digital "Medical ID," which can provide important personal health related information in the event of an emergency.

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08:01
BlackBerry compares its new Passport phone to iPhone...

BlackBerry had its big event this morning to officially launch its new BlackBerry Passport smartphone and (surprise, surprise) it’s also joining in on the iPhone bashing usually reserved for the Android and Windows manufacturers.
During the event, BlackBerry CEO John Chen called out Apple on several occasions including even challenging Apple on the most recent Bendgate controversy that has started to pick up mainstream attention. While not mentioning iPhone specifically, Chen noted the bending issues on a new device that have been the subject of controversy among new iPhone owners and challenged the audience to try and bend its new BlackBerry Passport pictured next to the iPhone in the images...

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08:01
Macs top over one quarter of US back-to-school PC...

During the span between July 4th and Labor Day -- the peak of the back-to-school shopping season -- Macs accounted for 26.8 percent of US computer sales, according to NPD tracking data. That amount is a 14 percent increase year-over-year, and contrasts with a 3 percent dip for Windows PCs. Windows remains the leading computer platform though, with 68.4 percent of the market....

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08:00
Format Background in PowerPoint Online

Over the summer, a crew of interns joined the PowerPoint team and our goal for them was to experience the excitement of designing and implementing features for PowerPoint Online. We tasked our interns with delivering a feature that you, our customers, have been asking for—the ability to format slide backgrounds in PowerPoint Online, which is known as Format Background in PowerPoint Desktop. The PowerPoint Online implementation of this feature was designed by a program manager intern, coded by a developer intern and has been thoroughly tested by our engineering team to ensure that it meets a high quality bar. Our interns have now returned to their respective universities, but their contributions are available to all our PowerPoint Online users around the world.
Much like in PowerPoint Desktop, you can find the Format Background feature on the Design tab.
...

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08:00
Tim Cook: ‘This month has been one for the record...


This morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook sent a memo to all employees to recognize Apple’s September accomplishments and the products still in the pipeline. Cook also announced that Apple employees will receive extended vacation time for the November Thanksgiving holiday, which is an offer that Cook has extended in previous years. “This month has been one for the record books,” Cook wrote in the email, highlighting the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iOS 8, Apple Pay, and the preview of the Apple Watch.
“Each of these introductions represents years of innovation and hard work by teams all across Apple,”...

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08:00
Apple cleverly advertises actual iPhone 6 and 6 Plus...

Apple's current marketing campaign for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is focusing on the sizes of the new handsets, which are larger than earlier iPhone models. To help consumers get a feel for the size of the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple is cleverly...

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07:59
Video surfaces of iPhone 6 Plus being bent with bare...

You might want to be careful with your new iPhone 6 Plus.
Per French web site MacBidouille and the Mac Observer, YouTube channel UnboxTherapy did a bend test on an iPhone 6 Plus handset to see where it stood in terms of physical vulnerability.

During the test, the user was able to bend the handset with his bare hands. While it took a considerable amount of effort and the pressure was applied near the buttons (where the case is weakest), the bending matches the “pocket bends” that have been reported since the iPhone 6 was...

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07:56
How to Use PayPal with iOS 8 Family Sharing

Apple's Family Sharing in iOS 8 is something many users are eager to setup in order to finally deal with the issue of sharing purchased apps (and music and movies and more) with family members. Frustration has set in for some, however, when the setup process informs users that PayPal is not a valid payment option for family purchases. The good news is that you can set PayPal as an option after Family Sharing is setup, at least for now.

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07:49
iOS 8 Keyboards, 'Full Access', and User...

Third-party systemwide keyboards have been one of the biggest hits of iOS 8 since its launch last week, with some of the big names in the business leaping straight to the top of the App Store charts. But with that success has come questions about privacy and the security of these keyboards, considering the personal information users are sometimes entering through them. Concern over these keyboards has been sparked in part by a standard warning displayed by iOS 8 when the keyboards are granted "full access" to enable their entire sets of features. Different keyboard apps break down their feature sets between standard install and "full access" differently, so we set out to find out what is driving those differences.Full access allows the developer of this keyboard to transmit anything you type, including things you previously typed with this keyboard. This could include sensitive information such as your...

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07:48
Briefly: Hannover Apple Store opening, GIF Keyboard...

Apple's 14th store is set to open in Germany this weekend, located in Hannover. As has been previously reported, the planned location has been subject to delays due to building defects, mild and bad ventilation requiring additional attention. The grand opening is scheduled to begin the morning of Saturday September 27....

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07:40
How To Use iOS 8 Family Sharing With a Separate...

iOS 8 introduces Family Sharing, a feature that allows multiple members of the same family to share app purchases with one another using iCloud accounts. It's not entirely obvious how to link a separate purchases account to Family Sharing, but it is possible, and we'll show you how to do it.

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07:30
The oversized iPhone 6 Plus needs an oversized thumb...

Did you order an iPhone 6 Plus only to find that the phone was far too big when it finally arrived at your door? I mean seriously, the thing is practically a coffee table. But that's ok, thanks to Japan's Thanko Inc., which has come up with an...

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07:23
Apple Apparently Working to Add Photos to iCloud.com...

Apple is phasing out Aperture and iPhoto on the Mac, replacing the pair with a new Photos app that is slated to debut early next year. Mac owners who want to access their iCloud photos before this new OS X app is released may soon be able to do so via an iCloud.com version of Photos that is currently under development, reports 9to5Mac. Screenshots from an Apple iCloud support document clearly show an icon for Photos, suggesting Apple is working on an iCloud version of its Photos app. Error messages obtained when trying to open the presumed URL for the app on the beta iCloud site also reference a "Photos" application that is unable to be opened. This alert does not appear for any other URL string, so it is not simply a generic message shown for any non-existent...

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07:10
Apple Releases 8.0.1, but Don’t Update Yet!

Apple has released 8.0.1, but many users are reporting that it breaks cellular connectivity and Touch ID. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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07:08
Samsung openly admits 'positive reaction'...

The "difficult situation" brought on by record-breaking opening weekend sales of Apple's new, larger iPhones has prompted arch-rival Samsung to both speed up the release of its Galaxy Note 4 as well as slash the phablet's list price, a company official publicly said this week.

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07:02
News: Peer-to-Peer AirPlay restricted to 2013 Apple...

A recent change to Apple’s release notes for the Apple TV Software Update 7.0 indicates that iOS 8’s new Peer-to-Peer AirPlay feature will actually be limited to the “Rev A” third-generation Apple TV released in March 2013. Peer-to-Peer AirPlay is a new feature that allows users to wirelessly stream content to an Apple TV from an iOS 8 device or Mac running OS X Yosemite without having to connect to a host Wi-Fi network. This…

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07:00
YouTube Find: Andy Ihnatko humorously unboxes the...

Chicago Sun-Times technology journalist Andy Ihnatko unboxes both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus as part of his YouTube series The Very Least I Could Do. Ihnatko spends 20 minutes covering the features of the two phones and how they compare to their Android...

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06:54
New magazine ad depicts iPhone 6, 6 Plus in '...

Apple is running a new print ad in magazines like Rolling Stone, in which the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are presented at "actual sizes," as stated in a tagline. The ad is otherwise minimalist, with logos and a small paragraph of text against a stark white background. "Stunning Retina HD display. Amazing new iSight camera. Powerful 64-bit A8 processor. The most advanced iOS yet. All in an ultraslim design. The new iPhones are bigger than bigger," the paragraph reads....

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06:45
iPhone 6 Earns Best Ever SquareTrade Drop Test Score

Apple's new iPhone 6 may bend, but it doesn't break. That's the word from the electronic device protection plan company SquareTrade after putting the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus through a series of drop tests.

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06:44
News: Report: iPhone 6 Plus costs only $15 more to...

Although Apple sells the iPhone 6 Plus at a $100 premium over its smaller sibling, a new report from research firm IHS cited by Bloomberg suggests that the larger iPhone 6 Plus model actually only costs Apple an additional $15.50 to manufacture. The report notes that main cost increase comes from the larger screen, although the camera and battery components also cost slightly more. It goes on to note that both iPhone 6 models are still more expensive…

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06:40
Will Apple hit a Valentine’s Day 2015 target for the...

 

You may remember Apple CEO Tim Cook teasing major new product categories for Apple to be released in 2014. Technically, that will happen with Apple Pay next month, Apple’s first foray into the mobile payments category, but it is far more likely that Cook had been focusing his teases on the Apple Watch. Earlier this month, Apple debuted the fashion and fitness-oriented smart watch to the same crowd that saw the debut of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. While the Watch was demonstrated, it is obviously not a finished product: it’s not shipping until “early 2015,” according to Apple.
How early in 2015? Nobody knows for sure, but a new profile from The...

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06:30
Fuel Burner hovers and lands

Fuel Burner is a free game for currently available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and is optimized for iPhone 5. The goal of the game is to land all the helicopters in each level on landing pads marked with an "H" and landing on roofs in between to...

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06:29
SquareTrade Gives the iPhone 6 Best Marks Ever after...

Today SquareTrade, the top-rated protection plan company, published the results of their iPhone 6 testing. They announced that the iPhone 6 and its larger sibling, the iPhone 6 Plus, performed impressively in Breakability testing, with each carriing the top Breakability Score in their respective category.

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06:23
Daily Deal: Wipe down your iPhone screen with the...

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up a five-pack of Mobile Cloth Z5 microfiber screen wipes for only $11.99. Providing a fast and effective way to wipe off fingerprints and germs from your touchscreen, the Mobile Cloth Z5 provides an advanced split micro material that is safe to use on even the most sensitive surfaces. The 9” by 9” cloths are durable and completely washable, and come in five difference colours. Get your Mobile Cloth…

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06:22
iPhone 6/Plus cameras ranked joint 1st in highly-...

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cameras have taken joint first place in the influential DxOMark Mobile ranking of smartphone cameras – three points ahead of the two Android smartphones which previously headed the list, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z3.
DxO Labs tests the image quality of literally thousands of cameras from entry-level smartphones to professional DSLRs, and is considered by many in the photography field to be the definitive database. The company said that Apple has “set the gold standard for smartphone image quality” … ...

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06:01
iPhone 6 camera quality compared to all other iPhone...

Size aside, the bevy of camera enhancements Apple has baked into the two iPhone 6 models really make both devices extraordinarily compelling. While there's nothing wrong with admiring the stunning photos made possible by the new iPhone cameras, one...

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05:50
Hack test shows Apple improved security and...

You may recall that the Touch ID sensor was successfully hacked last year, using a technique where fingerprints were lifted from the phone’s casing and then sophisticated lab techniques used to create artificial copies of the print to activate the sensor.
The bad news is that sensor in the iPhone 6 is vulnerable to the same methods – the good news is that security researcher Marc Rogers found the iPhone 6 version to be both more secure and more reliable … 
The improved security was revealed when Rogers tried using the same less-...

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05:47
Samsung Rushes their Galaxy Note 4 to Market as...

It's being reported in Korea today that the share price of Samsung Electronics plunged to the lowest level in two years and two months, amid growing concerns about its third-quarter performance results. Yesterday Samsung Electronics closed down by ...

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05:32
Apple's Macs rack up more than 1/4 of back-to-...

The Mac's share of the lucrative back-to-school shopping season continued its upward trajectory this year, as data released on Wednesday indicates that some 26.8 percent of the personal computers sold in the U.S. between Independence Day and Labor Day bore Apple's logo.

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05:31
Pandora, Spotify, and Apple Climb App Revenue Charts...

In a first for streaming music, Pandora, Spotify and Apple's Beats Music are among the leaders in App Store revenue as customers increasingly subscribe to the services using in-app purchases. According to data provided by App Annie and published by Billboard, the music services were among the top ten revenue generators for all non-game applications in the iOS App Store during the month of August. Internet radio service Pandora lead the trio, maintaining its number 2 spot in iOS App Store revenue. Spotify climbed seven spots from number 14 in July to number 7 in August, while Apple's Beats Music moved up two spots to slide into the top ten at the number 9 slot. All three services offer free apps that allow customers to purchase a subscription using an in-app subscription option. Pandora offers...

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05:30
Apple reportedly acquiring digital magazine startup...

According to TechCrunch, Apple may be acquiring Dutch startup Prss. Prss was founded in 2013 by Jochem Wijnands and Michel Elings of Trvl magazine, which was one of the first iPad newsstand magazines and received accolades in 2010 for its...

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05:27
News: Apple acquires Digital Magazine Platform PRSS

Apple has acquired a small Dutch digital magazine startup, according to a new report (translated link) from Dutch Apple blog iCulture. The company, PRSS, launched in 2012 as a way to allow users to easily create digital magazines for the iPad Newsstand platform without requiring iOS coding or development experience. While neither Apple nor PRSS has confirmed the acquisition officially, TechCrunch received a boilerplate statement from Apple that “Apple…

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05:22
Apple Buys Prss iPad Magazine Publishing Platform

Apple has purchased the digital magazine design company Prss, which could be a sign that the iPhone and iPad maker plans to do for periodical design what it did for books with iBooks Author. Prss started life as the production tool for the award winning iPad magazine Trvl and was spun off as its own company in 2013.The Mac Observer Spin: If Apple is planning on offering its own digital magazine design tools, that could open substantially lower the bar for hopeful publishers. Depending on what Apple offers along with Prss's tools, it could eat into expensive digital magazine publishing platform sales.

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05:12
The competitive advantage of Apple’s privacy push

Spend a few minutes browsing Apple’s privacy pages. Privacy is a big issue and Apple has clearly made protecting user privacy a primary design pillar in its products. That’s great for consumers, but privacy also offers a significant competitive advantage against competitors like Google and Facebook.
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05:05
4talk increases shared file size limits up to 1GB

4talk (http://bit.ly/1tYXYjo), a cloud communication platform that enables users to interact and share files while syncing them between devices, has increased shared file size limits up to 1GB.
The improvement is currently available on Mac OS X and Windows platforms. However, the folks at 4talk say they're working on support for mobile platforms.
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05:01
Apple tops American Customer Satisfaction Index for...

Apple has once again retained its top spot in the annual American Customer Satisfaction Index in the personal computers category – though three points down on its 2013 score. Apple has now held top billing for eleven straight years.
The ASCI continues to lump computers and tablets into the same category, so the scores reflect satisfaction with both Macs and iPads. Scores reflect customer expectations pre-sale, perceived quality, perceived value, customer complaint incidents and customer loyalty … ...

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05:00
Apple Goes Public on Privacy

Apple’s new privacy site emphasizes that Apple users are always in charge of their own data — and Apple thinks that’s a critical advantage over Google. 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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04:48
ChronoSync Express released on the Mac App Store

Econ Technologies (www.econtechnologies.com) has introduced ChronoSync Express 1.0, the Mac App Store version of ChronoSync, the synchronization and backup utility for Mac OS X (10.8 or higher). It costs US$29.99 and is available in the Utilities category.
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04:43
In-depth review: Apple's 4.7-inch iPhone 6...

After establishing iPhone 5s as a "forward thinking" high-end luxury device a year ago, Apple is now enhancing its eighth generation of iPhone with a broad range of new and improved hardware components, inside a slimmer new case design with a much larger, higher-resolution display.

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04:41
10 new fonts added to free Halloween Fonts...

Ten new have been added to the free Halloween Fonts Collection from MacAppware (http://www.macappware.com). This brings the total number of fonts to 30.
All are in OpenType font format with a commercial use license. International character support isn't standard for every font but is available for many of them.
Halloween Fonts 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. The collection is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.

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04:32
MIT’s slick new UI merges your iPhone and laptop...

[VIDEO] MIT’s experimental THAW UI project lets you overlay your iPhone over your computer screen, capturing data from your computer and interacting with objects, creating a single, fluid environment. To get a sense of it, watch the video below. The real fun starts about 45 seconds in.
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04:30
Tocomail for Gmail puts parents in control of teens...

Tocomail for Gmail is a kid-friendly Gmail client designed specifically to make emailing a simpler and safer experience so that parents don't have to worry. The vibrant, colorful UI and fun tools is sure to grab the attention of young ones while the...

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04:24
Little Snitch 3.4 - Alerts you to outgoing network...

Little Snitch gives you control over your private outgoing data. Track background activity As soon as your computer connects to the Internet, applications often have permission to send any information wherever they need to. Little Snitch takes note of this activity and allows you to decide for yourself what happens with this data. Control your network Choose to allow or deny connections, or define a rule how to handle similar, future connection attempts. Little Snitch runs inconspicuously in the background and it can even detect network-related activity of viruses, trojans, and other malware.Version 3.4:

  • Now requires OS X 10.8 or later running on a 64-bit Intel processor.
  • Added support for OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
  • Improved AFP support.
  • Improved detection and handling of OpenVPN connections.
  • Improved handling of terminated processes in connection alerts.
  • Improved display of TCP...

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04:24
Why Apple Kept the 16 GB iPhone in Favor of 32 GB

Wondering why configurations for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus start at a pathetic 16 GB instead of jumping to the more logical 32 GB? The answer is most certainly profit for Apple, and that higher profit comes from a bit of clever psychological marketing. 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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04:14
Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

MojoKid writes: Apple's iPhone 6 Plus weighs six ounces, and it's a scant 7.1mm thick. As an added bonus, according to a number of users, it has a hidden feature — it bends! And no, we don't mean it bends in a "Hey, what an awesome feature!" sort of way. More like a "Hey, the entire phone is near to snapping" kind of way. What's even more troubling is that many of the users who are reporting bent devices also claim that they were carrying it in front pockets or in a normal fashion as opposed to sitting on it directly. Either some of the iPhone 6 Plus hardware is defective (the vastly preferable option) or it's because the tests run by other venues are putting different kinds of stress on the chassis. It's not clear what the story is. Hopefully Apple will clarify it soon. ...

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