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Saturday October 18

16:13
SuperDuper 2.7.3

Adds support for OS X Yosemite and provides fix for a Backup on Connect bug (Free, $27.95 for additional features, free update, 2.9 MB) 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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16:05
iFixit Tears Apart Apple's Shiny New Retina iMac

iFixit gives the new Retina iMac a score of 5 (out of 10) for repairability, and says that the new all-in-one is very little changed internally from the system (non-Retina) it succeeds. A few discoveries along the way: The new model "retains the familiar, easily accessible RAM upgrade slot from iMacs of yore"; the display panel (the one iin the machine disassmbled by iFixit at least) was manufactured by LG Display; except for that new display, "the hardware inside the iMac Intel 27" Retina 5K Display looks much the same as last year's 27" iMac." In typical iFixit style, the teardown is documented with high-resolution pictures and more technical details. ...

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15:55
Apple Configurator 1.7

Updates Apple’s tool for configuring and deploying software to multiple iOS devices; requires OS X Yosemite. (Free, 14.5 MB) 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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15:45
Editorial: A friendlier Apple Inc now invites media...

At this week's Apple Event showing off the company's newest iPads and Macs, invited members of the media weren't directed around the back of Apple's Infinite Loop campus to the Town Hall door, as usual. They were greeted at the front door and led through the private campus courtyard.

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15:39
Changing the Xcode Server Log Path in OS X 10.10...

The logs in Xcode Server (Server 3) by default point to /Library/Server/XcodeLogs/credserver.log. This takes all of the output from xcscredd and xcscredhandler. If you’re doing a lot of debugging then logs can be pointed to another location, such as another drive. The path to the logs is defined in the /Applications/Server.app/Contents/ServerRoot/System/Library/LogConfiguration directory. The file to edit is a standard property list, XCSCredentialServer.plist:
<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?>

claimedFacilities

servermgrd
servermgr-listener
servermgr-notify

claimedSenders

servermgrd
servermgr-listener
servermgr-notify

logMaximumLevel
debug
logPath
/Library/Server/Logs/servermgrd.log

Once open, look for a key called logPath. Change that to the desired path, such as /Volumes/MyDrive/Logs/credserver.log and then restart the service:
serveradmin stop xcode; serveradmin start xcode...

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15:18
GarageBand 10.0.3

Adds support for OS X Yosemite, and adds capability to build your own bass rig with Bass Amp Designer. ($4.99 new, free update, 1.17 GB) 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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15:03
iMovie 10.0.6

Updates look (and requirement) for OS X Yosemite, and provides tools for developers creating App Store previews. ($14.99 new, free update, 1.99 GB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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14:57
Apple launches iCloud Photos beta Web client ahead...

Apple on Saturday launched a beta version of iCloud Photos for iCloud.com users, activating the photo and video storage and syncing service planned to officially roll out on Monday with the debut of iOS 8.1.

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13:30
How to activate 'Dark mode' in OS X...

While a seemingly minor addition, Apple's inclusion of a so-called "Dark Mode" in OS X Yosemite, which basically flips the translucent menu bar and dock from light gray to black, answers the call of many longtime Mac users.

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12:24
iCloud Photos on the web goes live leading up to iOS...

While iOS 8.1 isn’t officially going to be released to the public until Monday, several reports across the internet are saying that Apple’s Photos app within the web-based iCloud website has now gone live for those using the iOS 8.1 beta. The interface looks a lot like that of the Photos app on iOS, letting you view your library as organized by either Moments or Albums.

If you’re currently running the iOS 8.1 beta on your device, you can head over to https://beta.icloud.com/#photos to view your collection. From there, as you can see below, the site will allow you to select photos and download them to your computer. Otherwise, you’ll be presented with a screen asking you to update your device to 8.1. Of course, you won’t be able to do that until Monday, October 20th, so if you’...

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12:00
Instapaper for iOS gets improved text-to-speech,...

Instapaper has built a loyal following by being one of the best article grabbers available, with healthy options for free and premium users. Depending on your tolerance for robot voices Instapaper's text-to-speech feature can be a game changer in...

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11:22
OnyX 2.8.8 - Maintenance and optimization tool. (...

OnyX is a multifunctional utility for OS X. It allows you to verify the startup disk and the structure of its System files, to run miscellaneous tasks of system maintenance, to configure the hidden parameters of the Finder, Dock, Spotlight, and of some of Apple's own applications, to delete caches, to remove a certain number of files and folders that may become cumbersome, and more.Version 2.8.8:

  • Deleting the logs improved
  • New Info > Diagnostic pane
  • Alternative icons in the Preferences > General pane
  • New version of sqlite3
  • Modification when emptying the trash
  • Dutch translation added
  • OS X 10.9

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11:06
Parallels Desktop 10.1 - Run Windows apps without...

Parallels Desktop is simply the world's bestselling, top-rated, and most trusted solution for running Windows applications on your Mac. With Parallels Desktop for Mac, you can seamlessly run both Windows and Mac OS X applications side-by-side without rebooting. Drag-and-drop files between Windows and Mac applications, launch Windows applications from your Mac dock, and do much more with speed, control and confidence. Seamless Simplicity Use Run Windows programs like they were native to your Mac. Setting up Parallels Desktop for Mac is simple and quick. Enjoy the best of both worlds - Windows and Mac OS X - on one seamless desktop. Performance and Personalization Experience as much or as little Windows as you want. Multiple view modes make it possible for you to customize the level of integration between Mac and Windows without compromising performance.Version 10.1: Note: Parallels Desktop 10 is a...

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10:08
Retina iMac tear apart by iFixit demonstrates...

Apple repair purveyors iFixit have given their regular disassembly treatment to Apple's new 27-inch 5K iMac. As the machine has re-used the chassis from the last generation of iMac, and have made only minor changes to the internals, the repairability score remains the same at a five out of 10. Notably, the company has found a larger display data connector, with the fused LCD and taped-down display hindering repair efforts....

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10:00
Another Apple event, still no new black MacBook

I want a black MacBook, you want a black MacBook, we all want black MacBooks, so where is our black MacBook?

We got a lot of cool things at yesterday's special event, including an über iMac, a more powerful yet less expensive Mac mini, and of...

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09:32
Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface...

theodp writes Good artists copy, great artists steal," Steve Jobs used to say. Having launched a perfectly-timed attack against Samsung and phablets with its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Leonid Bershidsky suggests that the next big thing from Apple will be a tablet-laptop a la Microsoft's Surface Pro 3. "Before yesterday's Apple [iPad] event," writes Bershidsky, "rumors were strong of an upcoming giant iPad, to be called iPad Pro or iPad Plus. There were even leaked pictures of a device with a 12.9-inch screen, bigger than the Surface Pro's 12-inch one. It didn't come this time, but it will. I've been expecting a touch-screen Apple laptop for a few years now, and keep being wrong. ...

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07:35
Anonabox project killed by Kickstarter over security...

Following allegations casting doubt on the project, the TOR-based security project Anonabox Kickstarter project has been terminated. Since the launch of Anonabox, and nearly instant completion of funding goals, commenters and other figures questioned the source of the hardware, the actual security of the device, and criticized the lack of a promised and compete open sourcing of the code....

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07:25
Bill Murray on The Howard Stern Show

If you are at all a Bill Murray fan, this is a real treat. An hour and thirteen minutes of Bill being Bill. Delicious.
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07:18
To Siri, with love

A lovely story about an autistic boy named Gus and his BFF, Siri.
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06:55
Apple Keynote 6.5 - Apple's presentation...

Apple Keynote makes it simple to create and deliver beautiful presentations. Powerful tools and dazzling effects bring your ideas to life. You can work seamlessly between Mac and iOS devices. And work effortlessly with people who use Microsoft PowerPoint.Version 6.5:

  • All-new design inspired by OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • Instantly switch between iPad, Mac, and iPhone with Handoff
  • Support for iCloud Drive
  • Updated file format makes it easier to send presentations via services like Gmail and Dropbox
  • Move and resize items to fully customize your presenter display
  • New Trace animation
  • Pair Keynote with nearby iOS devices using Multipeer Connectivity
  • Move tables easily with improved table selection
  • Improved cell border styling
  • Inter-table alignment guides
  • Print floating comments
  • Usability improvements for resizing and positioning charts
  • Improved bi-directional...

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06:53
How to set up and use Handoff for Yosemite and iOS 8

Handoff is a new feature that lets you edit a document on one device, then continue editing on another device. Sarah Guarino does a nice job walking through the requirements and setup, then takes Handoff through its paces.
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06:30
3 More Tips for Making Better Slide Show...

Keynote is a cook app and understanding some of the built-in elements can make for an exceptional presentation. Nancy Carroll Gravley has three more tips for you to help yo make better looking slideshows using Keynote.

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06:00
The 250 Nerdiest Movies Of All Time

Note: I’m going to turn this into a page and keep working on it. This is the draft; since it’s been sitting in the WordPress drafts for over a year, I thought I should do something with it…
What makes a movie nerdy? Comic books, hacking, robotics, fantasy and straight-up-nerdiness. There are a lot of movies that really hit on some of these topics. Some do it well and others do a terrible job. Everyone is going to have their favorites, but I wanted to share mine well in advance of Memorial Day if only to help you prep to stay indoors and get just a little more pasty than you got this winter. Given the subjective nature of the nerdy factor, I’ve chosen not to rate these in any particular order. Instead I’m grouping them by sub-nerdy-genre. Hope you enjoy!
Nerds Make Good

  • Revenge of the Nerds: Really, this is one of those movies that started it all and belongs at the top of the list.
  • The 40-Year Old Virgin: Almost didn’t put this on...
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06:00
Caturday: Douglas is very possessive of his Apple...

You can't blame a cat for hogging all of the computer equipment in a house. After all, you probably pay more attention to the electronics than you do to your cat (or at least the cat will think so...), so he's going to try to do his best to grab all...

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05:10
OmniPlan 2.3.7 - Robust project management software...

With OmniPlan, you can create logical, manageable project plans with Gantt charts, schedules, summaries, milestones, and critical paths. Break down the tasks needed to make your project a success, optimize resources, and streamline budgets. It's project management made painless. How to get your project done on time and under budget:

  • Translate strategy into tactics everyone can understand
  • Create summaries of work broken into lists of activities
  • Distribute workloads fairly and efficiently
  • Manage costs as you go

Plan, monitor, and control it all with software designed to make your job easier, not harder.Version 2.3.7: Bug Fixes

  • After quitting and relaunching OmniPlan, HTML Full Reports export actions no longer produce a "File does not exist" error.
  • Fixed a bug where iCal calendar subscriptions could produce an "unrecognized selector" when updating.
  • The right...

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05:00
Gadget Ogling: Apple vs. Google, a Bossy Activity...


Just a month after bumping up the iPhone's size, Apple is back at the table with updated versions of its tablets. There was plenty of focus on the cameras at Apple's presentation, as it tries to promote the tablet as an ideal viewfinder for taking high-quality images, while adding iPhone features like time-lapse and burst mode. However, the new push of iPad photography is just encouraging even more people to look foolish by taking photos with their tablet in public. This is a plague, and Apple is about to make the situation worse.

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04:30
Sixty Vocab: unfathomably slow way to learn a new...

Sixty Vocab is a tool for learning foreign languages that incorporates a mixture of study sessions and games to help train your brain. Its purpose is not to learn the entire language, but rather just the most common vocabulary words so it's easy to...

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02:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Wallets, extra storage, and...

Siri, where’s my wallet?Need a little extra room for your things while you’re on the road? Fear not, for this week’s roundup of new iPad cases offers abundant choice of alternative storage solutions for your favorite tablet. Well, your old favorite tablet—at least until your new iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 arrives.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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03:00
You Should Play: Side-scoller El is all about the...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play. It's rare to find a mobile game that's as simple, refined, and free as Gree's new side-scroller, El. El is an effortless take on the side-scrolling flying game with beautiful artwork and a powerfully moving plotline. You play as El, a young boy who wakes up in a mysterious, "forgotten prison," and "flies off in search of purpose" with the help of a magical umbrella. The game uses simple touchscreen mechanics—to open the umbrella and lift El into the air, you tap and hold the right side of the screen. To manipulate the wind and create a draft, you swipe side-to-side on the left side of the screen....

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00:48
Full video of Jony Ive's Vanity Fair interview...

Vanity Fair on Friday posted to YouTube the full 25-minute video of an interview with Apple SVP of Design Jony Ive, who discussed a range of topics at the publication's New Establishment Summit, including his beginnings at Apple and "copycat" devices.

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Friday October 17

22:09
iCloud Drive allows OS X Yosemite users to store any...

The launch of OS X Yosemite has brought online Apple's new iCloud Drive, which not only automatically syncs data from Mac and iOS applications, but also for the first time allows Mac users to upload and organize any file types on their own.

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21:56
Opinion: iPad Air 2 demo highlights power of 64-bit...

Apple's demo for the iPad Air 2 during its latest keynote event was hugely impressive. As the company often does during its live presentations, it invited two developers on stage to highlight not only their apps, but also the power of the new iPad Air 2. Although all the technical details are not yet fully known about the powerful new custom 64-bit A8X chip, Apple did reveal some impressive numbers. But numbers aside, if you ever held any doubts about the benefits of Apple going 64-bit for the iPhone and iPad, the performance capabilities of iPad Air 2 as demonstrated should put them to bed.......

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20:36
Video: Jonathan Ive Describes the Magical Process of...

It's all about the Process: A week ago today we posted a snippet of Vanity Fair's editor Graydon Carter interviewing Jonathan Ive. In that initial clip we pointed out that Ive admired Steve Jobs for his incredible focus. Vanity Fair has now released the full 25 minute interview. The focus of the interview allows Ive to talk about his love of the design process with his team in Cupertino.

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18:16
Full video from Vanity Fair Jony Ive interview on...


Last week Jony Ive took part in an interview during Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit where he discussed topics such as his views on product design, development of the first iPhone, Steve Jobs, and more. Today the magazine made the full 25-minute video from the interview available for viewing.
In the interview, Ive calls the fact that some other companies copy Apple’s product design style “theft” and gives more insight into the process behind why (and how) the first iPhone featured a large touchscreen display when other phones of the day were getting smaller and smaller. He also discusses his first experience with an...

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18:05
Amex web page promotes Apple Pay, adds directions...

Financial services and credit card issuer American Express has posted a new web page on its site, extolling the benefits of Apple Pay and instructing users on how to add their cards to the Passbook-based payment system. The mobile payment system is designed for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (now expanded to include the latest iPads for online or in-app purchases only) and will be formally rolled out on Monday, alongside the release of iOS 8.1....

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17:44
Flavours 1.1.16 - Create and apply themes to change...

Flavours is a Mac application that allow users to create, apply and share beautifully designed themes. Classy Give your Mac a gorgeous new look by applying delicious themes! Easy Unleash your creativity and make your very own flavour with ease! Fast Create a new unique flavour in minutes, personalize your Mac in seconds! Get more Download more flavours from the online store and share your own masterpieces! Editor Explore the endless style possibilities of the powerful editor with live preview built-in! Retina Stunning pixel-perfect details for Retina displays! Version 1.1.16:

  • New Added support for iTunes 12
  • Fix Ability to uninstall when launching from unsupported OS (Yosemite)
  • Fix Excluded Mailbox.app from theming
  • Fix Other improvements and bug fixes
  • OS X 10.7 or later

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17:01
PSA: You can still upgrade the RAM in the Retina...


Yesterday Apple released a new version of the Mac Mini that no longer features user-servicable RAM, but thankfully the new iMac with Retina 5K display still allows users to upgrade memory through an access door on the back, just like previous models. The new machine houses four memory slots.
Apple’s BTO Prices
If you want to upgrade your memory, you can get 16 GB of DDR3 1600 MHz RAM for $136.50 (about $30 off) at Amazon (below). The kit comes with two 8 GB modules, meaning you can grab two of these kits for a total of 32 GB for around $270. Not a bad deal at all, given that...

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16:46
New 2014 Mac Mini Has Soldered RAM, Not User...

After going more than two years without an update, Apple's Mac mini was refreshed yesterday, adding Haswell processors, Intel HD 5000/Iris graphics, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and PCI-based flash storage options for the higher-end models. Unfortunately, the upgrade was disappointing to some Mac mini fans as Apple stopped offering a build-to-order quad-core processor upgrade and dual-drive storage options that exceed 1TB. Many have speculated that the Mac mini also includes soldered RAM, which has now been confirmed by Macminicolo's Brian Stucki. According to Stucki, the RAM in the Mac mini is "not user accessible," which means those who purchase Mac minis are limited to 16GB of RAM that must upgraded when purchasing the machine from Apple. All three Mac mini...

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16:33
iFixit tears down the new Retina iMac, finds it...

via iFixit
The folks over at iFixit have gotten their hands on one of Apple’s new 27″ Retina iMacs, and, as they are wont to do, immediately opened it up to find out what makes these things tick. Inside they found that most of the internal components are actually somewhat familiar.
The SSD inside the new iMac is the same unit found inside the latest-generation MacBook Pro, while the logic board, Bluetooth controller, and more are identical to that of previous iMacs. In fact, in the case of the logic board, iFixit didn’t even document the dissection, instead referring back to the previous year’s teardown.
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16:30
Teardown of 27" Retina iMac reveals identical...

The team at iFixit recently completed a teardown of Apple's new iMac with 5K Retina display and found the all-in-one to be nearly identical to previous models, save for the ultra high-resolution screen.

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16:28
Exclusive video: Apple's new "spaceship...

In yesterday's keynote, Apple's software chief Craig Federighi joked about rumors of the new Apple Campus 2 being an actual spaceship capable of literally taking off. The project is, however, figuratively taking off, with incredible progress visible over just the last month, evident particularly in the parking structures now under construction.

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16:15
The Week in iPhone Cases: Camouflage, rugged, and...

Opaque or translucent?This week’s round up of new iPhone cases offers an assortment of protective gear that give you the option of showing off your handset’s natural features—if you want to, that is.BallisticThe Hard Core (iPhone 6; $60) offers protection from the harshest conditions with multiple layers of tough materials.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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16:19
Halloween Giveaway: Free Collage Maker software for...

With Halloween fast approaching, there will undoubtedly be countless new memories being captured of all the scary costumes, silly face paint, jack-o-lanterns and good times filling up the storage space of millions of Americans and Canadians. MacNN and Electronista want you to have some fun with those memories, so we have teamed up with PearlMountain software to give away free copies of Picture Collage Maker Pro and Picture Collage Maker for Mac to all of our readers....

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16:17
iFixit Tears Down New Retina iMac, Internal Layout...

Though the new iMac with 5K Retina display was just released yesterday, iFixit has already acquired and disassembled one of the new machines, giving us a look at what's underneath the iMac's ultra thin display. Apple's newest iMac continues to use many of the same design elements from previous iMacs, including an easily accessible RAM upgrade slot on the back of the device. With the RAM slot, users will be able to install their own RAM modules with little trouble. The 5K display, which has a resolution of 5120 x 2880, was manufactured by LG Display, the same supply partner that has manufactured iMac displays for Apple in the past. Aside from the display, iFixit found that the Retina iMac internals look much like the internals of the 2013 iMac, with the sole difference being a wider display data cable. Along with an AMD Radeon M290X GPU and i5-4690 processor from Intel, the iMac...

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16:02
Apple's new Mac mini lacks user-replaceable...

An early assessment of Apple's late-2014 Mac mini found that the headless desktop does not come with user-replaceable RAM, but does include user-serviceable hard drives.

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16:01
New Mac mini not user-upgradeable, new analysis...

Server farm and hosting provider Macminicolo has posted its preliminary findings on the latest edition of the Mac mini, noting that the RAM in the unit is not user-accessible as was the case in previous models. This does not completely preclude the possibility of it being upgraded, but doing so would void the warranty on the machine. The 5400rpm hard drive included in the 2014 models is upgradeable, but again only through a warranty-voiding procedure....

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15:55
Reset the Server App in Yosemite Server

The Server 3 app that comes with Yosemite (aka Yosemite Server if you’re a Yosemite Sam fan) is great. But when you go making changes to some things, you’re just going to cause problems, sometimes something as simple as just upgrading to the latest and greatest version of Server… I know, you’ve been told that host name changes and IP changes are all kinds of OK at this point; “look, Charles, there’s a button!” Well, go ahead, click it. Don’t mind me, you might just be alright. But then again, you might not… And upgrades that use a migration wizard… Um, when it works it’s a thing of beauty. But when it doesn’t, you might be restoring some stuff from backup. But just before you do that restore, let’s try one more thing. Let’s try and rebuild some certificates and configuration settings that shouldn’t impact actual service operation. Let’s try to reset the Server app and let a fresh install of the Server see if it can fix issues.
Now, I want to be clear, this is the last resort...

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15:37
Configure Alerts In OS X Yosemite Server

The Server app, when run on OS X Yosemite, comes with a few new alerting options previously unavailable in versions of OS X. The alerts are sent to administrators via servermgrd and configured in the Server app (Server 3.5). To configure alerts in Yosemite Server, open the Server app and then click on Alerts in the Server app sidebar. Next, click on the Delivery tab.

At the Delivery screen, click on the Edit button for Email Addresses and enter every email address that should receive alerts sent from the server. Then click on the Edit button for Push Notifications. Here, check the box for each administrator of the server. The email address on file for the user then receives push notifications of events from the server.

Click on OK when you’ve configured all of the...

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15:08
Apple patches OS X to protect against POODLE

Apple yesterday issued a security update for OS X Mavericks and Mountain Lion meant to protect Macs against possible POODLE attacks.
OS X Yosemite, the upgrade Apple launched Thursday, also included the fix.
But testing Safari 7 on a patched Mac running Mavericks—and Safari 8 on Yosemite—resulted in a still-vulnerable report from poodletest.com, a website created by Johannes Ullrich, dean of research for the SANS Technology Institute and the head of SANS’s Internet Storm Center security arm. Ullrich published the detector so users could find out whether their browsers are at risk.
POODLE, for “Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption,” was disclosed earlier this week by a trio of Google security engineers who revealed how a design flaw in SSL (Secure Socket Layer) 3.0 could be exploited by criminals. Those hackers could use POODLE to steal browser session cookies, then use the cookies to impersonate victims at...

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15:09
Use The FTP Server In OS X Yosemite Server

Yosemite Sam Server (Server 3.5 running on OS X Yosemite) sees little change with the FTP Service. Instead of sharing out each directory the new incantation of the FTP service allows administrators to share a single directory out. This directory can be any share that has previously been configured in the File Sharing service or a website configured in the Websites service.

To setup FTP, first open the Server app and then click on the FTP service.

Once open, use the Share: drop-down list to select a share that already exists (output of sharing -l basically) and click on one of the shares or Custom to create a new share for FTP. Then, set the permissions as appropriate on the share and hit the ON button for the FTP service.
Now, let’s test from a client. I like to use the...

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15:05
LaunchBar 6.1.3

Improves Wikipedia Search suggestions and fixes a bug that prevented applications from appearing in the index. ($29 new, free update, 10.1 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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14:45
1Password 5.0

Major new release now requires Yosemite and offers improvements to 1Password mini. ($49.99 new, free update, 32.6 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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14:45
BBC to Preserve Memory of Its 'Forgotten'...


The BBC will publish and continually update a list of its published articles that were removed from Google searches under Europe's "right to be forgotten" rule. David Jordan, director of editorial policy and standards for the BBC, announced the move at a public meeting hosted by Google. The decision is a reaction to the European Commission's ruling in May -- affecting all 28 EU member states -- that search engines must remove links to someone's personal information upon request when the links are "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant."

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14:43
Apple Pay: “The most secure payments scheme on the...

For Apple Pay, Apple has worked with the payment processing networks to create end-to-end security for the user leveraging the EMVCo specification, completely removing the actual credit card number from any part of the payment process and instead generating one time payment tokens that are useless after they are processed. Simply put, the Target and Home Depot breaches would not have even been possible with Apple Pay. Tom Noyes, a former credit card executive, goes so far as saying that Apple Pay is “… the most secure payments scheme on the planet.” Now that’s secure.

Apple will deliver convenience and security—the best of both worlds.
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14:42
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Create an intranet that matches your brand’s look and feel, integrates with the apps you use and provides a cohesive experience across devices (even that new iPad). It’s everything you need to work better together, in one very configurable cloud platform.

Best of all, Igloo is free to use with up to ten people and can scale to the largest enterprise.

Join Igloo in NYC on Oct. 23, San Francisco on Nov. 5, or sign up now to start building your intranet at igloosoftware.com/df.

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14:33
OS X Yosemite: An In-Depth Look at Markup and Mail...

OS X Yosemite has brought some major changes to Apple's Mail app, and those changes aren't limited to a simple visual overhaul. Mail may have a new look, but it also has several new features like Mail Drop and Markup. With Markup, you can annotate images and PDFs from directly within the Mail app. For example, when composing an email message and attaching a PDF, it's possible to use various tools to add signatures, emphasis, and more. The same is possible with an image -- simply attach a file in a message that's being composed and right click on it, selecting Markup. Markup has a set of tools at the top that allow users to create shapes, write text words, and insert signatures. There are different brushes that can be used, along with a color palette and various font options. Users can enter various shapes, such as stars, circles, squares, speech bubbles and more, and there's a magnifying glass that will magnify sections of text or photos. A crop tool also allows for simple...

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14:31
How to use Mail Drop and Markup to send large emails...

With OS X Yosemite, Apple introduced a host of useful features for creating and sending emails, including Mail Drop and Markup, which allows users to send messages up to 5GB in size and annotate attached files before sending.

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14:30
LetterPop gets an "A" for awesome

In LetterPop players compete against other players in turn-based matches to create the longest words from a random assortment of 15 letters. There are three rounds lasting 90 seconds each, that players compete to get the highest score from before the...

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14:26
American Express publishes new web page explaining...


American Express has published a new web page explaining the benefits of Apple Pay to cardholders and providing directions on how to setup the payment system, which won’t actually be available until next week. The page also points out that American Express cardholders will be able to get the same rewards and other perks that usually come with a credit card when using the card through Apple Pay.
The page says that customers will have a “seamless connection” to the...

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14:23
9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Smart Covers $7, iPhone 5...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
Today’s can’t miss deals:
Apple Original Smart Cover for iPad 2, 3, and 4 (new, open box) $7 shipped (reg. $39)

iPhone 5 factory unlocked manufacturer refurbished w/ 1-yr Apple warranty ...

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14:04
Setup The VPN Server and Client On Yosemite Server

OS X Server has long had a VPN service that can be run. The server is capable of running the two most commonly used VPN protocols: PPTP and L2TP. The L2TP protocol is always in use, but the server can run both concurrently. You should use L2TP when at all possible.
Sure, “All the great themes have been used up and turned into theme parks.” But security is a theme that it never hurts to keep in the forefront of your mind. If you were thinking of exposing the other services in Yosemite Server to the Internet without having users connect to a VPN service then you should think again, because the VPN service is simple to setup and even simpler to manage.
Setting Up The VPN Service In Yosemite Server
To setup the VPN service, open the Server app and click on VPN in the Server app sidebar. The VPN Settings  screen has two options available in the “Configure VPN for” field, which has two options:

  • L2TP: Enables only the L2TP protocol
  • ...
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14:01
Duplicate Annihilator 5.1.0 - Find and delete...

Duplicate Annihilator takes on the time-consuming task of comparing the images in your iPhoto library using effective algorithms to make sure that no duplicate escapes. Duplicate Annihilator detects:

  • Duplicates
  • Imported thumbnails
  • Imported thumbnails of faces
  • Missing image files
  • Corrupt JPEGs

Version 5.0.7:

  • Added option to limit cpu utilization.
  • Support for OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • Compatible with OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • iPhoto 5 or later

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14:00
Apple's Federighi Drops the Guillotine on the...

Yesterday Apple introduced the "Insanely Great 27" iMac with 5K Retina Display." It will certainly be great for professionals of every stripe but less of a draw for consumers ...

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14:00
Where is my sidebar in iTunes 12?

Apple support boards are chattering today about the graphical changes in iTunes 12. The beloved, or in some cases tolerated sidebar is pretty much gone. Your music, movies and devices are now a row of icons at the top left of the iTunes window. This...

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13:57
American Express prepares customers for Apple Pay...

In an email sent out to credit card holders on Friday, American Express announced integration with Apple Pay and outlined steps users need to take in order to get the payment system up and running on their mobile device.

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13:51
A List of OS X Yosemite Apps With Notification...

Yesterday, Apple launched OS X Yosemite which brought a complete redesign to the OS and a number of features like Continuity, an enhanced Notification Center with widget support, iCloud Drive, and more. A number of developers have updated their apps to take advantage of those new features, and we've rounded up some of the most notable apps for Yosemite below. 1Password ($34.99 for a limited time, usually $49.99) [Direct Link] Popular password manager 1Password has received a number of new features that integrate with OS X Yosemite including support for Dark Mode, iCloud Drive compatibility for enhanced syncing between devices, and Wi-Fi sync which now works with attachments. The 1Password mini menubar attachment has also been refined, bringing faster access and new shortcuts....

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13:50
Eek! How Did I Ever Live With an iPhone 5s?

It didn't take long. Right after John Martellaro reviewed the Amazon Fire Phone, he knew that the 4.7-inch smartphone size would be perfect. So he bought an iPhone 6. Then, handling a hand-me-down iPhone 5s confirmed the diagnosis: How did he ever use such a small iPhone?

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13:47
Apple pulls Bose products from online store

In spite of the two companies settling a lawsuit over noise cancellation patents, Apple has gone ahead and removed Bose headphones and speakers from its online store, visitors note. Rumors surfaced a week ago that Apple was planning to remove Bose products from its stores. Why it would want to was uncertain, but one point of speculation was animosity because of the lawsuit....

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13:15
Apple Posts Full Video for October Media Event

Apple posted the full video for its "It's Been Too Long" media event, which was held Thursday, October 16th. The company announced iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iMac with Retina 5K display, new Mac mini models, launch dates for Apple Pay, the release of WatchKit SDK, and the release of OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.1. It has a running time of 1 hour, 19 minutes, and 8 seconds, and it's embedded below.

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13:13
How to make your own bootable OS X 10.10 Yosemite...

Ars Technica:

There are still good reasons to want an old, reliable USB stick. For instance, if you find yourself doing multiple installs, a USB drive may be faster than multiple downloads (especially if you use a USB 3.0 drive). Or maybe you need a recovery disk for older Macs that don’t support the Internet Recovery feature. Whatever the reason, you’re in luck, because it’s not hard to make one.

I always prefer to have at least one “offline” copy of the latest OS X version.
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13:10
GT to lay off 727 workers from Mesa sapphire plant

GT Advanced is laying off 727 workers at its sapphire plant in Mesa, Arizona, according to a mandatory Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification issued to the Mesa City Council. Affected people are said to include 524 in production, 108 in technical jobs, 70 in management, and 25 in administration. The move comes as GT is planning to "wind down" the Mesa plant, and despite Apple's promise that it would try to preserve jobs....

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13:00
When autocorrect goes adorably wrong during the iPad...

Autocorrect comes for us all someday, telling our loved ones they're petty instead of pretty or removing the righteous fire from a angry text when it censors your profanity. Autocorrect comes for us all, even when we least expect it. Like during a...

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12:58
News: iLounge Weekly arrives Monday, subscribe now

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

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12:54
Forums: Time for new iMac?

Since yesterday marked the release of the new 27-inch iMac, the MacNN forums have been abuzz with chatter about this latest addition to the Mac family, and finally there is an answer to the age-old question "is it time for a new iMac?" and it looks like that answer is a resounding "yes." The official OS X 10.10 Yosemite thread was started yesterday by "Eden Aurora" where users can share their experiences and first impressions....

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12:51
Retina 5K iMac Will Not Act as External Display,...

At Apple's introduction of the new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display, Phil Schiller noted that the machine's $2499 starting price compares favorably with some of the higher-end 4K displays on the market today for closer to $3000, leading some to wonder whether it would be feasible to use the iMac as an external display for something like a Mac Pro. For a number of years, iMacs have supported a feature known as target display mode, which allows them to serve as external displays for other computers, but as pointed out by TechCrunch's Matthew Panzarino yesterday, the new Retina 5K iMac does not support this mode. The probable reason for this is also likely the reason why Apple did not announce a standalone Retina Thunderbolt Display yesterday: bandwidth limitations. The current DisplayPort 1.2 specification used over...

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12:51
Apple deals: Mac mini and iMac

With the unveiling of the new iMacs and Mac minis yesterday, Apple also has cut prices on refurbished iMacs and Mac minis. The refurbished Mac mini with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive has been reduced by $80 to $419. For $929, after a $170 discount, is the refurbished 21.5-inch iMac with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive....

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12:50
DealNN: $382 off new Retina 27-inch iMac

It's hard to believe, but Expercom has already managed to secure lower pricing on the brand new 27-inch Retina iMac with a 3.5GHz quad-core i5 processor, 32GB of RAM, 1TB Fusion drive and AMD Radeon R9 M295X 4GB video card. This configuration retails for $3,349 from Apple, but is priced at only $2,942 with $25 for shipping. That's a savings of $382. The only difference is the wait time of 10 days to 3 weeks before it ships versus Apples 3-5 day shipping time. As always, this item is backed by Apple's 1 year limited warranty on parts and labor.......

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12:38
The iPad Air 2 Reveals Chink in Apple's Armor


The launch of the faster, thinner, goldier iPad Air 2, revealed a gap in Apple's shiny armor. This gap is the place where competitors have a chance to attack. However, the gap remains protected by a suit of chain mail. Let me explain. The iPad Air 2 sure looks like an amazing feat of engineering -- at just 6.1 millimeters thick, it's 18 percent thinner than its super-thin predecessor. Its Retina display is made up of three layers fused as one -- plus, it has a coating that gives it the lowest reflectivity of any tablet screen on the market.

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12:30
Find the fish with iFishEarth Fishing Reports

As the seasons change and we move away from the hot summer days into cooler autumn days and nights we change our habits. The same thing happens with fish and iFishEarth Fishing Reports can help you locate where all the fish have gone. This free...

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12:25
John Siracusa reviews OS X Yosemite

John’s OS X reviews are legendary and for good reason—this one is 25 pages.
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12:17
OS X Yosemite tips and tricks

Federico Viticci always does a great job with these articles.
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12:15
Sales Prospects for Apple’s iPad Air 2 Look Good

Almost a third of the installed base of iPads consists of iPad 2s without a Retina display. As a result, a casual look at the numbers suggests that the iPad Air 2 should do very well in sales. John Marellaro pulls out his calculator.

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12:08
How a tiny fishing village became the gadget factory...

Tech Republic:

A mere 35 years ago, Shenzhen was little more than a fishing village clinging to the coast, peering enviously at wealthy Hong Kong across the water. But then it was chosen to become the first of China’s special economic zones under Deng Xiaoping — an area where foreign investment and entrepreneurialism was encouraged.

Since then it has rapidly grown into a massive metropolis — one of the largest cities on the planet — and along the way it has also become the manufacturing heart of the global tech industry. If Silicon Valley is the world’s software epicentre, then Shenzhen is home of hardware.

I’ve got friends who regularly go to Shenzhen for business and they marvel at the scale and speed the city operates on.
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12:00
Rdio app gets iOS 8 and CarPlay support, upgraded...

The war between streaming services is great for consumers, because it's created an arms race of sorts between each services app's to be better than the rest. Todays latest upgrade comes courtesy of Rdio, featuring improved sound quality, CarPlay...

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11:45
1Password 5 for Mac gets Yosemite makeover, sync...

AgileBits has released v5.0 of its password and credit card manager for the Mac, 1Password. The software has been redesigned to match the look of OS X Yosemite, including support for the OS' new dark mode. AgileBits is also exploiting changes to iCloud for "faster and more robust syncing;" the company warns, though, that iCloud sync now requires v5.0 on both iOS and OS X....

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11:34
Three New Take Control Books Titles On Yosemite

Kudos to Take Control (including Joe Kissell and Schools McFarland here) for being on the spot with getting Yosemite titles out in alignment with the release of the actual operating system. To put you in control of Apple’s new OS X 10.10 Yosemite they have three books for you today: the first two are straightforward and useful, and the third has more real-world, practical advice for the modern Mac user than anything we’ve published recently. To quote the release information today, they are:
*  “Take Control of Upgrading to Yosemite,” by Joe Kissell
*  “Yosemite: A Take Control Crash Course,” by Scholle McFarland
*  “Digital Sharing for Apple Users: A Take Control Crash Course,” also by Joe Kissell
Download them from your Take Control Library > http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/account
We’re really excited (and tired, after finishing publication after midnight last night) about these books because...

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11:25
Friday Deals: Filemaker Pro BOGO, 2K up to 85...

Its time for Friday Deals! Every Friday, we round up the best deals for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, all prices are verified at the time of publication, but may not be valid if you're reading this after the weekend, so check before buying. Check back frequently over the weekend, we like to add stuff!...

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11:19
Apple Aperture 3.6 - Post-production photography...

Apple Aperture is designed from the ground up for professional photographers and provides everything you need for after the shoot, delivering the first all-in-one post-production tool for photographers. Featuring a RAW-focused workflow, Aperture makes RAW as easy as JPEG, letting you import, edit, catalog, organize, retouch, publish, and archive your images more effectively and efficiently than ever before. From capture to output, you work directly with your RAW files, never having to first convert them into another format before viewing, adjusting, organizing, or printing them. And with the most powerful image processing in the world, Aperture is fast - whether you're working with RAW, JPEG, or TIFF images. It supports the RAW formats from all leading digital camera manufacturers (including Canon and Nikon) and provides optimized support for such market leading cameras as the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II, Canon EOS 20D, and Nikon D2x as well as the highly popular Canon...

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11:19
Using The Software Update Service In Yosemite Server

The software patching configuration built into most operating systems is configured so all that a user has to do is open a box at home, join the network and start using the computer right away. As environments grow from homes to small offices and then small offices grow into enterprises, at some point software updates and patches need to be managed centrally. Yosemite Server (OS X Server 3), as with its OS X Server predecessors has a Software Update service. The service in the Server app is known as Software Update and from the command line is known as swupdate.
The Software Update service, by default, stores each update in the /var/db/swupd directory. The Software Update servie is actually comprised of three components. The first is an Apache server, invoked by the /Applications/Server.app/Contents/ServerRoot/System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.swupdate.host.plist LaunchDaemon. This LaunchDaemon invokes a httpd process and clients access updates from the server based on a...

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11:18
Apple removes all Bose products from its online store

Following the news that a lawsuit between Apple's Beats and Bose had been settled, all Bose products -- including both headphones and speakers --?have been removed from Apple's online store.

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11:12
The Dream Desk Giveaway

It's time for another giveaway through our friends at StackSocial. This one's called the Dream Desk Giveaway, and it includes a 27in Apple Thunderbolt Monitor, an Apple Wireless Keyboard, an Apple Magic Mouse, and an mStand by Rain Design. To register, just sign up for our TMO Deal emails-which you should do anyway-and boom! Wait for the winner to be announced in December.

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11:11
The FBI is dead wrong: Apple’s encryption is clearly...

Wired:

Apple’s new encryption has prompted a breathtaking and erroneous scare campaign led by Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey. In a speech at the Brookings Institute this week, Comey went so far as to claim that Apple’s new system risks creating an environment in which the United States is “no longer a country governed by the rule of law.”

This is absurd. The only actions that have undermined the rule of law are the government’s deceptive and secret mass surveillance programs.

The FBI has been beating this drum for quite a while now. Good to see so much pushback on it. The bottom line is, if we trusted our governments to do what was right, legal and in our best interests, we’d have less of a problem. But various governments have proven they are, at the very least, “unreliable” when it comes to our personal data.
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11:00
Apple CarPlay: What is it and why should you care?

If you have a car and an iPhone, chances are they already know each other. CarPlay builds on the iPod interfaces that are available on nearly every new model. It's not a direct mirror of your iPhone, but a tailored set of apps with a pared-down...

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10:51
Monolingual 1.6.0 - Remove unwanted OS X language...

Monolingual is a program for removing unnecesary language resources from OS X, in order to reclaim several hundred megabytes of disk space. It requires a 64-bit capable Intel-based Mac and at least OS X 10.7 (Lion) and also works on OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion). I don't know about you, but I use my computer in only one (human) language--English. And I'm willing to bet that you do too, albeit perhaps not English. So why do you have a bunch of localization files for the OS X operating system filling up your hard drive? Enter Monolingual -- a handy utility for reclaiming your space for more useful things...like international mp3 files, email or whatever you like. Monolingual was written by J. Schrier and I. Stein, and is released under the GNU General Public License. Source code is available.Version 1.6.0:

  • Monolingual has been rewritten in Swift and now requires OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)....

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10:51
Mac: AgileBits 1Password 5

With yesterday’s official release of OS X Yosemite, there’s now a plethora of app updates showing up to fit with the new UI and take advantage Yosemite’s new features, including one of our staple apps, AgileBits 1Password 5 ($35). It’s been a year filled with Internet security issues, making the need for good security apps all the more apparent, and this latest update has a refreshed design that fits in with Yosemite, including…

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10:49
OS X Yosemite Launch Brings Fully Functional iCloud...

With yesterday's launch of OS X Yosemite, Apple's iCloud Drive file storage system is now functional across the company's products. Many users were frustrated following the launch of iOS 8 last month by the incompatibility between the new iCloud Drive system used with that operating system and the previous Documents in the Cloud system used on OS X Mavericks. The difference in launch dates between iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite temporarily left some users unable to sync their documents between devices if they elected to upgrade to iCloud Drive on their iOS devices. That issue is now fixed with OS X Yosemite launching to the public, and Craig Federighi gave a very brief walkthrough of the feature at yesterday's media event, outlining how Mac and iOS apps can automatically generate their own folders for file storage accessible across devices and platforms. iCloud Drive can also be used in a similar manner to Dropbox, Box, and...

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10:47
External Link: Apple Dropping Bose Products

Bose speakers and headphones have long been a staple of Apple retail, but Apple has now removed Bose products from its online store. It’s anticipated that Apple will soon remove Bose products from its physical stores as well. This could have been planned from the time Apple acquired Beats Electronics, but many believe it’s linked to an exclusive sponsorship deal Bose has signed with the NFL, which bars players from wearing Beats headphones on camera. 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was fined $10,000 by the NFL for wearing Beats headphones during a press conference.

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10:45
Apple has LVMH on the Run as they Unofficially...

Shortly after Apple introduced their new Apple Watch, the knives came out. One of the leading Swiss watch companies headed by Jean-Claude Biver lashed out at the Apple Watch for being too feminine amongst other things. Of course what he didn't reveal at that time was that his company was secretly racing to come up with a smartwatch that would eventually compete with Apple, ...

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10:44
First Look: Just Mobile Xtand Go Z1

Just Mobile's Xtand Go Z1 ($35) is an updated version of the company's Xtand Go. An in-car mount that can be secured to a windshield via suction cup, or to a dashboard using residue-free Go Buttons, Xtand Go Z1 can hold an iPhone 6 or an iPhone 6 Plus. The mount's adjustable size should even accommodate the iPhone 6 Plus when it's in a case, unless the case is extremely bulky. Included in the total package, along with the suction cup and mount, are…

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10:43
MacFamilyTree 7.3 - Create and explore your family...

MacFamilyTree gives genealogy a facelift: it's modern, interactive, incredibly fast, and easy to use. We're convinced that generations of chroniclers would have loved to trade in their genealogy tools for MacFamilyTree. It helps you collect and record facts and data about your family history and turns them into informative reports and charts. MacFamilyTree comes with countless features to record and visualize your family history - use them to create reports, charts, or nifty 3D views within our Virtual Tree feature. It offers the right solution for all your genealogy needs. Synchronize your data via iCloud, create webpages, or back your research with the help of the gigantic genealogy database "FamilySearch". You’re an avid genealogist, but you’re always on the go? Not a problem! Simply purchase MobileFamilyTree to use on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and your options are virtually endless.Version 7.3:

  • Beautiful new User Interface in Yosemite look...

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10:43
Apple iBooks Author 2.2 - Create and publish iBooks...

Apple iBooks Author helps you create and publish amazing Multi-Touch books for iPad.Now anyone can create stunning iBooks textbooks, cookbooks, history books, picture books, and more for iPad. All you need is an idea and a Mac. Start with one of the Apple-designed templates that feature a wide variety of page layouts. Add your own text and images with drag-and-drop ease. Use Multi-Touch widgets to include interactive photo galleries, movies, Keynote presentations, 3D objects, and more. Apple-designed templates

  • Give your book a great beginning with templates that include a choice of page designs with matching fonts, colors, and textures
  • Quickly customize your book with text and images, create new layouts, and even save a custom template
  • Easily add a cover, video introduction, table of contents, copyright page, dedication, and foreword

Beautiful text and layouts

  • Use a variety of text styles including custom fonts...

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10:39
iFFmpeg 4.6.6 - Convert multimedia files between...

iFFmpeg is a graphical front-end for FFmpeg, a command-line tool used to convert multimedia files between formats. The command line instructions can be very hard to master/understand, so iFFmpeg does all the hard work for you. This allows you to use FFmpeg without detailed command-line knowledge.Version 4.6.6:

  • Fixed issue for OS X 10.6.x (crashing)
  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • Working FFmpeg OS X binary (available here)

Download Now

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10:32
FBI director warns Apple, Google away from...

The head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has asked for companies to back away from encrypting consumer devices by default. Echoing similar comments made last month, Director James Comey spoke to the Brookings Institute yesterday about the issue, which is claimed will make it difficult for law enforcement officials to collect evidence from mobile devices....

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10:20
Handoff in OS X Yosemite makes it easy to transition...

This week's launch of OS X Yosemite enables Mac users to tap into the Handoff function introduced last month with iOS 8, making it simple to jump back and forth between a Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Here's how to set up Handoff and use it.

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10:19
iBooks Author Gains New Import Options

Joining the other updates pouring from Apple’s servers recently is one for iBooks Author 2.2, which brings some new templates, the capability to import from EPUBs, and a collection of other enhancements to the ebook authoring software. 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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10:17
An Ode To Chairman Honeycrisp

Jonathan Mann releases a song a day on his YouTube channel. You may remember him from the iOS Autocomplete Song, and today we get a new tune from him about yesterday's Apple Event. Titled "Chairman Honeycrisp," Jonathan calls out some of the highlights of the day's event. We get code names, an autocorrect fail, and a catchy chorus for humming the rest of the day. He does this every day, so if you don't like this one, you can always try again tomorrow or browse the archives.

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10:14
The best iPad Air 2 cases already available to buy...

Now that Apple’s new iPad Air 2 is officially up for preorder today through Apple’s online store, AT&T and others, you’re going to need a new case to accommodate the 18% thinner design. Not only will case makers have to make tweaks for the thinner design, removed side switch and other design tweaks, they will also have to make sure the home button is exposed for the new Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Below we’ve put together a list of cases that are already available to order and we’ll be updating as more cases get announced ahead of the new iPad Air 2 shipping to customers next week.


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10:08
What's Coming in iOS 8.1: Apple Pay, SMS Relay...

During yesterday's iPad-centric media event, Apple executives announced that the first major update to iOS 8, iOS 8.1, would be released to the public on Monday, October 20. First seeded to developers at the end of September, iOS 8.1 promises to bring a quite a few significant features to the operating system, offering new services and finally allowing Yosemite users to access the full functionality of Continuity. While some major Continuity features like Handoff and Phone calls on the Mac are working for users who have both an iOS 8 device and a Mac running OS X Yosemite, other features, like SMS relay and Instant Hotspot will not be available until Monday, when iOS 8.1 is released. With SMS relay, both Macs (running Yosemite) and iOS devices like iPads are able to receive SMS messages that have been routed through a user's iPhone. Currently, while iPads and Macs can receive...

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10:05
Microsoft Patch Blocks Sandworm Tunnels


iSight Partners this week revealed that a cybergang it dubbed "Sandworm" has been exploiting a zero-day vulnerability that impacts all supported versions of Microsoft Windows, including Windows Server 2008 and 2012. The announcement was held off until Microsoft issued its patch earlier this week. If exploited, the flaw will let attackers remotely execute code on target systems. The cybergang hit NATO, government organizations in the Ukraine and Western Europe, a Polish energy firm, a French telecom, and academic organizations in the U.S.

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10:00
Seidio Tetra for iPhone 6: a Rigid, Gorgeous Metal...

If you're a fan of iPhone bumpers, the Seidio Tetra Metal Bumper case for iPhone 6 (only) is one to look at. There's an inner bumper of soft TPU and a machined aluminum outer ring that snaps into place. John Martellaro liked it a lot.

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10:00
GT Advanced Technologies to axe 727 jobs at Arizona...

Just a few days after indicating its intention to wind down operations, GT Advanced Technologies on Thursday said it plans to eliminate 727 jobs from its sapphire manufacturing plant in Mesa, Arizona beginning next week.

AZCentral reports:

GT...

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09:58
iTunes 12 goes live for Windows users

Following its debut for the Mac alongside OS X Yosemite, Apple has released the Windows version of iTunes 12. The software brings with it a radically different look, borrowing design cues from Yosemite. One of the major interface changes is the relocation of categories like Music, Apps, Podcasts, and Movies to buttons in a new menu bar, where a second set of fluctuating options makes it easier to jump to associated items like playlists, app updates, a specific section of the iTunes Store, or iTunes Radio....

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09:53
Bose headphones and speakers no longer available...

It was reported last week that Apple would soon stop selling Bose headphones and speakers at its Apple Store locations. Previously, a variety of Bose headphones and speakers were demoed at each Apple Store location and available for purchase there and online. All Bose speakers and headphones have since been completely removed from sale through the Apple Online Store and several Apple Retail Store locations we’ve contacted have confirmed Bose inventory is no longer available.

At the time of the report, it was suspected that the ongoing patent dispute between Bose and Beats Electronics was likely the reason for Apple removing Bose products from its retail stores; shortly after Apple announced it had acquired Beats Electronics, Bose...

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09:49
Configure The OS X Yosemite Server Mail Service

Mail is one of the hardest services to manage. Actually, mail is pretty simple in and of itself: there’s protocols people use to access their mail (such as IMAP and POP), protocols used to communicate between mail servers and send mail (SMTP, SMTPS) and then there’s a database of mail and user information. In Mavericks Server, all of these are represented by a single ON button, so it really couldn’t be easier. But then there’s the ecoysystem and the evil spammers.
As a systems administrator of a large number of mail servers, I firmly believe that there is a special kind of hell where only spam is served at every meal for spammers. Here, the evil spammers must also read every piece of spam ever sent for eternity. By the end (aka Ragnarok), they should have the chemically induced stamina of a 16 year old with the latest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, enough pills of other types to not be able to use that stamina, plenty of African princes looking to donate large sums of...

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09:44
Tesla Teardown Reveals Driver-facing Electronics...

Lucas123 writes: The Tesla Model S gets attention because it's an EV that can go from from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.2 seconds and can travel 265 miles on a single charge. But, a teardown of the vehicle by IHS Technology has also revealed that Elon Musk avoided third-party design and build routes used traditionally by auto makers and spared no expense on the instrument cluster and infotainment (head unit) system, which is powered by two 3, 1.4Ghz, quad-core NVIDIA Tegra processors. IHS called the Tesla's head unit the most sophisticated it's ever seen, with 1,000 more components than any it has previously analyzed. A bill of materials for the virtual instrument cluster and the premium media control unit is also roughly twice the cost of the highest-end infotainment unit examined by IHS. ...

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09:43
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-17

Twitpic is shutting its doors for good, and Apple has a fancy new SIM for the iPad Air 2. Kelly Guimont joins Jeff Gamet to talk about the demise of Twitpic's photo sharing service, and dive into what Apple's all-in-one SIM card means for iPad owners and cell service providers.

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09:32
GigSky Is Apple SIM For Everyone

Included with the announcement of new iPads yesterday we saw Apple SIM, a multi-carrier-capable SIM card baked into the cellular models of the new devices allowing customer choice of data carriers. There are some limits, of course, mostly that carrier partners thus far only include three US carriers: AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. If you want to use overseas data partners or don't have a new iPad, well, you're out of luck with Apple SIM. GigSky, however, has been allowing this functionality for almost two years, providing a multi-carrier data SIM usable in over 100 different countries, included here in the USA. You simply launch their iOS app and buy whatever data you need right inside the app. In many countries your GigSky SIM will get you 10MB of free data, enough to get a quick glance at your email and, if necessary, buy more data. No more getting off the plane and having to hunt down a SIM. Just head straight to your hotel room and GigSky has you covered. GigSky SIMs cost just...

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09:04
Karelia Software Announces Yosemite Compatibility...

Karelia Software (http://www.karelia.com/) has released a new Stars app, plus updates for Sandvox and The Hit List for Mac, with compatibility confirmed for Tangerine, a tool that lets you create playlists from your iTunes library. All the apps are now compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite.
Stars 5.0 is built from the ground up as a new version of the former "I Love Stars" app and requires Yosemite. Reimagined and renamed Stars, the new version introduces built-in 1/2-star ratings and sports a new, more modern user interface to function.
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09:00
How to get phone calls on your Mac in Yosemite

Chris Breen has a quick writeup on how to set your iPhone to route calls through your Mac (or use your Mac to make calls). Some important things to know: Your iPhone and Mac must be on the same WiFi network and you'll need iOS 8 and Yosemite...

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08:57
iBank ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

IGG Software (www.iggsoftware.com) has rung up version 5.2 of iBank, its Quicken alternative. The new version includes more than 30 additional updates and delivers full compatibility with Mac OS X Yosemite.
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08:49
How to place and answer iPhone calls on your Mac...

With Apple's newly released OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, users can be alerted to incoming calls to their iPhone on their Mac, and even answer a call and carry a conversation through their Mac in a simple, seamless process.

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08:36
External Link: John Siracusa’s Review of OS X 10.10...

A cherished Apple tradition has returned, as Ars Technica has published John Siracusa’s review of OS X 10.10 Yosemite. This is Siracusa’s fifteenth year of reviewing Mac OS X releases, which began with his review of Mac OS X DP2 in 1999. While reviews are somewhat less relevant in the days of free software updates, Siracusa’s book-length reviews are always worth a look for their attention to detail. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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08:31
External Link: Is the New iMac the True Professional...

Developer Marco Arment is considering selling his 2013 Mac Pro and buying a new iMac with Retina 5K display. He’s written an extensive comparison to explain why. For single-threaded tasks, the iMac actually has a vastly superior CPU, and it isn’t much slower at multi-threaded tasks than the Mac Pro. The iMac has a superior display than anything you can use with the Mac Pro, and that will probably be true for some time. Overall, Arment thinks the Mac Pro is an increasingly niche product that no longer serves his needs. 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...

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08:27
TA14-290A: SSL 3.0 Protocol Vulnerability and POODLE...

Original release date: October 17, 2014
Systems Affected
All systems and applications utilizing the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) 3.0 with cipher-block chaining (CBC) mode ciphers may be vulnerable. However, the POODLE (Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption) attack demonstrates this vulnerability using web browsers and web servers, which is one of the most likely exploitation scenarios.
Overview
US-CERT is aware of a design vulnerability found in the way SSL 3.0 handles block cipher mode padding. The POODLE attack demonstrates how an attacker can exploit this vulnerability to decrypt and extract information from inside an encrypted transaction.
Description
The SSL 3.0 vulnerability stems from the way blocks of data are encrypted under a specific type of encryption algorithm within the SSL protocol. The POODLE attack takes advantage of the protocol version negotiation feature built into SSL/TLS to force the use of SSL 3.0 and then...

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08:26
Apple opens up online preorders for iPad Air 2, iPad...

Apple has officially opened up preorders for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 at its online store. In the US, Apple is currently promising delivery sometime between October 23rd and the 27th. Delivery in fact appears to be the only option, as in-store pickup is quoted as "coming soon."...

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08:06
Yosemite SMS Relay, Instant Hotspot functions...

Although OS X Yosemite is out and most Continuity and Handoff features should already work, two important ones -- Instant Hotspot and SMS Relay -- won't function until iOS 8.1 is released on Monday, notes AppleInsider. The former automatically tethers a Mac, iPad, or iPod touch to an iPhone, while the latter lets people receive SMS/MMS messages from an iPhone on the above devices. Instant Hotspot requires the paired devices to be on the same Apple ID and the iPhone to have tethering enabled by a carrier....

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08:04
Options for backing up your Mac before installing OS...

New software is exciting, but it's not nearly as fun if something goes wrong during the installation, necessitating a downgrade or --?worse --?starting from scratch and being forced to recover your data. AppleInsider took a look at some of the options for backing up your Mac before installing OS X Yosemite.

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08:03
Apple’s Swift push

Apple is serious about Swift. This consumer facing page appeared on Apple’s site yesterday. The Swift push has begun. [via iOS Dev Weekly]
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08:00
Announcing the Lync Online client devices report

Yanzhao Zhang is a program manager on the Lync team.
We are delighted to announce the release of new Lync Online client devices report, which tells you how many users in your organization have used one specific type of device to take part in peer-to-peer or conference in a specified month. The metrics in this report are available through PowerShell Cmdlet: Get-CsClientDeviceReport, RESTFul WebService API: CsClientDeviceMonthly as well as a graphical report in Office 365 admin center for client devices.
New metrics covered in the report
Currently the report covers users on Windows PC devices, Windows Phones, Android devices and on iPhones and iPads.

Metrics
Definition

Windows users
Number of unique users who signed in to Lync and participated in at least one peer-to-peer session or conference during the...

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08:00
Yosemite & iOS 8 How-to: Set up and use Handoff


Now that Yosemite is out, with iOS 8 devices you are now able to use Handoff. Handoff will allow you to seamlessly start a task on one device, and pick it up on another device. So for example you start writing a paper on your iPad and then you want to continue it on your Mac, or you start writing an email on your iPhone and want to finish it on your iPad, this is what Handoff does. When signed into the same iCloud account and Bluetooth is turned on, Handoff will allow you to transition your work flow from one device to another.
On the Mac, you will have an additional dock separate from the main dock indicating what is running on the iOS device. On the iOS device on the lock screen you will have an icon indicating the app that is being used on the Mac. Currently it works with Apple’s apps including Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Safari, Reminders, Messages, Maps, Pages, Numbers and...

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08:00
Macworld runs down everything you need to know about...

If you've been a bit confused over the various iCloud security tweaks and alterations that have cropped up over the past few months, you're absolutely not alone. Apple's two-factor authentication, the company's recent security tweak that pushes more...

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07:55
Herald 5.0 - Notification plugin for Mail.app. (Free)

Note: Versions 2.1.3 (for OS X 10.7), 3.0.6 (for OS X 10.8), and 4.0.8 (for OS X 10.9) are no longer supported by the developer. Herald is a notification plugin for Mail.app, Apple's Mac OS X email client. Inspired by the excellent Mail.appetizer plugin, Herald shows you popup notifications whenever you receive new Mail. It also allows you to perform common actions directly from within the notification window, including deleting messages, initiating replies, viewing messages in Mail, or marking messages as read. Herald's appearance is highly customizable, allowing you to change the background color, text color, size, shadow, transparency, and position of the window. Herald even provides a scrolling text view so you can read full messages without having to switch back to Mail. Herald is a free download and requires OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Note: Mail plugins are not officially supported by Apple. While Herald has been thoroughly tested, it's...

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07:53
∞ Apple’s upcoming FY14 fourth quarter results...

Interested in listening in as Apple reports their fourth quarter results? All the details are here.

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07:48
∞ Making phone calls using Yosemite

One of the many new features you get for free with Yosemite is the ability to make and answer phone calls from your Mac. Here’s a first hand run through of that experience.

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07:44
Apple has yet to respond to 18,000+ signature...

If you have a 2011 MacBook Pro that’s been suffering from GPU failures and glitches, odds are Apple won’t be doing anything about it in the near future, in spite of an impressive petition campaign to see the issue addressed.
Per 9to5Mac, an online petition calling for Apple to fix or replace affected machines has reached more than 18,000 signatures.
The petition reads as follows:
To:
Timothy D. Cook, Apple Inc
Craig Federighi (Apple Inc) (Apple Inc), Apple Inc
Replace or Fix All 2011 Macbook Pro with Graphics Failure
The petition notes the premium spent to buy Apple laptops, and says that Apple’s only response to date has been to ask owners to pay for an extremely expensive logic board replacement …

Owners of machines suffering from the problem have also been tweeting with the hashtag #MBP2011...

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07:39
Apple Configurator 1.7 - Configure and deploy iOS...

Apple Configurator makes it easy for anyone to mass configure and deploy iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch in a school, business, or institution. Three simple workflows let you prepare new iOS devices for immediate distribution, supervise devices that need to maintain a standard configuration, and assign devices to users. Quickly update 30 devices at a time to the latest version of iOS, configure settings, and install apps and data for your students, employees, or patrons. Apple Configurator can be used by larger organizations and businesses to set up new devices, install enterprise apps, and enroll each device with a Mobile Device Management solution for remote management by an IT administrator. It is perfect for the classroom or student lab where devices need to be quickly refreshed and kept up to date with the correct settings, approved policies, apps and data. Apple Configurator can also be used to personalize devices with data and documents for specific users....

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07:34
iPhone Apps: Things, Songza, YouTube
07:22
News: Apple Store returns, begins taking iPad pre-...

After being offline for the past several hours, the Apple Store has returned and begun taking iPad pre-orders. When Apple unveiled the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 at yesterday’s event, the company announced that pre-orders would begin today, October 17th. While Apple did not specify at what time pre-orders would begin this time around, products have become available for pre-order as early as 12:01 PT, and pre-orders are usually available by the…

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07:20
Apple’s New iPad Air 2 Available for Online Order

Apple promised the iPad Air 2 would be available for purchase on Friday after unveiling it at a special media event yesterday. The company kept its word and added the new tablet model to its store late Friday morning.The Mac Observer Spin: You can buy a brand new iPad Air 2 now, but without a firm release date we won't see long lines outside Apple's retail stores like we have with previous iPhone and iPad launches.

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07:20
Apple iPad Air 2 and Retina Mini 3 now available for...

Apple unveiled its new iPad Air 2 and Retina iPad mini 3 during yesterday's October press event. The pair of tablets will go on sale next week, but Apple is accepting pre-orders for those who want to reserve their unit ahead of time. After going...

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07:16
First Look: APC M5BK + M10BK 5000/10000mAh Mobile...

The last time we reviewed an APC USB battery pack was all the way back in 2007 — the $70 UPB10, which was capable of recharging the first-generation iPhone twice, and came with a wall adapter for recharging. Today, the company is offering a sleeker 5000mAh version called M5BK ($40) and the 10,000mAh model M10BK ($60), both substantially redesigned and shipped solely with micro-USB recharging cables. Each one has two USB ports — one 2.4A, one 1A…

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07:11
Video: Apple Pay is going to be a BFD

Yes a Big F%$#&**! Deal: Today, Mashable Senior Tech Analyst Christina Warren caught our attention with her assessment that Apple's new Apple Pay launching on Monday is going to be a BFD. Nothing like hearing the truth put so bluntly.

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07:11
Apple releases iTunes 12.0.1 update


Along with the release of its OS X 10.10 Yosemite operating system yesterday, Apple also turned loose iTunes 12.0.1 to the public.
The new version, which now features a red icon, is “designed for OS X Yosemite” and according to AppleInsider, along with the usual performance boosts and bug fixes, brings a redesigned interface with translucent elements borrowed from Yosemite.
In addition, users can now activate Family Sharing, a feature that lets customers share music, e-book and app purchases with up to five family members. Family Sharing was introduced with iOS 8 and is now available through Yosemite.

Other tweaks include dedicated icons for music, movies and TV shows, a seamless browsing experience when switching between your library and the iTunes Store and the addition of a Recently Added category that aggregates all newly added content.
Finally, iTunes 12.0.1...

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07:11
VirnetX files for rehearing of tossed Apple verdict

Patent holding firm VirnetX has filed a motion with the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, requesting a rehearing of a September decision tossing a $368.2 million verdict against Apple, and asking it to reinstate a District Court's damages award in full. In a press release, VirnetX says the decision was "contrary to the patent statute and Supreme Court precedent." It also asserts that it should receive damage payments on the basis that the District Court properly construed the claim term "secure communication link."......

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07:10
Apple's online store begins taking preorders...

Ahead of next week's launch, Apple's online store on Friday began taking presales of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, its new Touch ID-equipped tablets being introduced for the holiday shopping season.

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07:06
iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 Now Available for Pre-...

Apple has begun accepting online pre-orders for the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 in the United States and several other countries around the world. Rumors have suggested that initial supplies of the iPad Air 2 might be somewhat constrained, so prospective buyers should make their purchases as soon as possible. All models are currently showing shipping estimates of 2-4 business days in the U.S. store. AT&T is also accepting pre-orders on cellular models of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 with shipping estimates of 6-10 business days. Announced on October 16, Apple’s second-generation iPad Air offers several significant improvements over the original iPad Air, including a thinner design, an A8X chip, Touch ID, 802.11ac, support for LTE Advanced, an improved 8-megapixel camera with an f/2.4 aperture, and an...

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07:05
iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 pre-orders kick off as...

After going down earlier this morning to update the site in preparation for selling the new iPads, the Apple Online Store is back up with both the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 available for pre-order. Current ship times for each model shows 2-4 business days while Apple said yesterday the new iPads would begin shipping by the end of next week. Buyers are reporting delivery promises of Thursday, October 23rd.
The iPad Air 2 is available starting at $499 for...

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07:05
Apple Drops Mac mini Server from Product Lineup

Goodbye, Mac mini server. Apple quietly discontinued the server-ready version of the Mac mini on Thursday as it rolled out updates for its other Mac mini models.The Mac Observer Spin: The end of the server package isn't a big deal considering you can now buy a new Mac mini for even less and install the server software package through the Mac App Store.

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07:05
We're hiring: paid mobile app reviewer position...

MacNN and Electronista are hiring paid app reviewers! We're looking for writers who have a familiarity with and own iOS and OS X devices, with Windows and Android gear a bonus. The ideal candidate has four hours free per day, and is available five days a week of your choosing. Applicants will be expected to write two reviews of software we would provide, of approximately 400 words in length, in a daily shift. Interested? Look inside for more details....

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07:04
Using The Profiles Command In Yosemite

You can export profiles from Apple Configurator or Profile Manager (or some of the 3rd party MDM tools). You can then install profiles by just opening them and installing. Once profiles are installed on a Mac, mdmclient, a binary located in /usr/libexec will process changes such as wiping a system that has been FileVaulted (note you need to FileVault if you want to wipe an OS X Lion client computer). /System/Library/LaunchDaemons and /System/Library/LaunchAgents has a mdmclient daemon and agent respectively that start it up automatically.
To script profile deployment, administrators can add and remove configuration profiles using the new /usr/bin/profiles command. To see all profiles, aggregated, use the profiles command with just the -P option:
/usr/bin/profiles -P
As with managed preferences (and piggy backing on managed preferences for that matter), configuration profiles can be assigned to users or computers. To see just user profiles, use the -L option:...

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07:00
Daily Deals for October 17, 2014, featuring the Free...

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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06:58
AT&T starts iPad Air 2 & iPad mini 3 pre-...

While the Apple Online Store remains down (back in business!) ahead of expected iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 pre-orders today, AT&T has jumpstarted the process by starting to accept pre-orders for AT&T-connected LTE models of the iPad Air 2. Shipping times currently show estimated delivery dates as 6-10 business days out. AT&T is offering customers $100 off the $629 starting price for AT&T cellular models of the iPad Air 2 with installment plans also available. Pre-orders for WiFi-only iPad Air 2 models as well as models connected to other wireless carriers should start shortly.
The iPad mini 3 also seems to be...

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06:34
iPhone 6 met with organized, 'low-key'...

The Sanlitun Apple Store in Beijing, one of the company's most important in China, was witness to a "low-key" iPhone 6 launch Friday morning, says the Wall Street Journal. As close as an hour before store opening, just a handful of people had lined up, even less than the 24 security guards Apple had on site. The line grew to around 100 people by launch, but composed entirely of preorder customers with assigned pickup times. People without preorder reservations simply waited for their turn to get in line....

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06:32
GT Advanced Laying Off 727 Employees, Delisted on...

GT Advanced looks to be deep into its death spiral after its Chapter 11 Bankruptcy filing from earlier this month. GTAT is laying off 727 employees from the factory where it made sapphire glass for Apple, and has been delisted from the NASDAQ stock exchange.The Mac Observer Spin: GTAT is in a world of hurt and it's looking less likely that investors will see a happy ending out of this.

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06:30
While the New Apple SIM didn't get any Coverage...

CNBC reports today that in all the headlines and hype of the launch of the latest iPad models and iMac computer, there was one new member of the Apple ecosystem that analysts are calling "remarkable", wasn't even mentioned. And that's the new Apple SIM.

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06:29
How to upgrade to Yosemite

Ready to upgrade to Yosemite? First thing to do is make sure your hardware will support the upgrade.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:26
Daily Deal: The Mac to the Future Bundle, $29.99

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering up The Mac to the Future Bundle, with eight great Mac apps and 25 OS X and web development courses for only $29.99—that’s 96% off the price of purchasing these items separately. In this bundle you get Capo 3 for Mac, AfterShot Pro 2, Lucid, Fantastical, Ember, Disk Drill Pro, skEdit, and a one-year subscription to Anonymizer Universal. In addition, the OS X & Web Dev Course Bundle is also…

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06:22
Tide Starts to Turn Against Gamergate's Women-...


Backlash against the #Gamergate movement escalated several notches this week, thanks to high-profile newspaper reports and a public statement from the Entertainment Software Association. "Threats of violence and harassment are wrong," the ESA said. "They have to stop. There is no place in the video game community -- or our society -- for personal attacks and threats." Though #Gamergate purports to focus on ethics in gaming journalism, it's become known primarily for misogyny, harassment and threats of violence against women.

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06:15
OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

An anonymous reader writes: With the release of OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Ars Technica has posted one of their extremely thorough reviews of the OS's new features and design changes. John Siracusa writes that Yosemite is particularly notable because it's the biggest step yet in Apple's efforts to bring OS X and iOS together — new technologies are now being added to Apple's two operating systems simultaneously. "The political and technical battles inherent in the former two-track development strategy for OS X and iOS left both products with uncomfortable feature disparities. Apple now correctly views this as damage and has set forth to repair it." Yosemite's look and feel has undergone significant changes as well, generally moving toward the flat and compact design present in iOS 7 & 8. Spotlight and the Notifications Center have gotten some needed improvements, as did many tab and toolbar interfaces. Siracusa also takes a look a Swift, Apple's new programming language: "Swift is an...

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06:04
Early Yosemite adoption 67% faster than Mavericks,...

The numbers are small as yet, but early indications are that Mac users are keen to get their hands on the new Yosemite features. Social sharing tool AddThis, which collects analytics data from 13 million websites, is reporting that Yosemite adoption is already running at 2%, versus 1.2% for Mavericks in the same timeframe … 
9to5Mac visitors are of course way ahead of the game, with OS X 10.10 Yosemite adoption already at 51%.

Early this morning numbers show 9to5mac readers now over 50% on Yosemite
Yosemite is available as a free download for OS X 10.9 Mountain Lion and 10.9 Mavericks users. Apple...

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06:00
The only OS X Yosemite review you need to read

Over the past 10+ years, John Siracusa of Ars Technica has been delivering comprehensive OS X reviews that put all others to shame. The level of detail provided in Siracusa's reviews is astounding, the breadth of topics covered...

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05:54
News: Apple updates Pages, Numbers, Keynote for...

Following yesterday’s release of OS X Yosemite, Apple has released updates to its three iOS iWork apps—Pages, Numbers, and Keynote—adding support for iCloud Drive and the new iOS 8 and Yosemite Handoff feature. The updates also include support for third-party storage providers in iOS 8 and note “updated file formats” that make it easier to send documents via services such as Drobox and Gmail. Additional new features have…

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05:51
Configure SSH, ARD and SNMP In OS X Yosemite Server

SSH allows administrators to connect to another computer using a secure shell, or command line environment. ARD (Apple Remote Desktop) allows screen sharing, remote scripts and other administrative goodness. SNMP allows for remote monitoring of a server. You can also connect to a server using the Server app running on a client computer. To enable all of these except SNMP, open the Server app (Server 3), click on the name of the server, click the Settings tab and then click on the checkbox for what you’d like to enter.

All of these can be enabled and managed from the command line as well. The traditional way to enable Apple Remote Desktop is using the kickstart command. But there’s a simpler way in OS X Mavericks Server (Server 2.2). To do so, use the serveradmin command. To enable ARD using the serveradmin command, use the settings option, with info:enableARD to set the payload...

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05:42
Twitpic to Shut Down on Oct 25 After Failed Buyout...

Twitpic, the Twitter-based online photo sharing service, will be shutting down on October 25 following a failed move to find a buyer for the company. Twitpic chose to close its business after the social network service Twitter threatened legal action over what it saw as a trademark violation in the company's name.The Mac Observer Spin: It's sad to see a company like Twitpic go, and it would've been nice if they'd chosen an option that didn't involve shutting down their business to resolve the trademark issue.

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05:37
News: Belkin announces QODE keyboards for iPad Air 2

Belkin has announced that it’s bringing its line of QODE keyboard cases to iPad Air 2. The line includes the QODE Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2 ($150), QODE Ultimate Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2 ($130), and QODE Slim Style Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2 and iPad Air ($100) — the last of which is an already existing product that can fit the newer iPad Air. The updated keyboards have already been released for the first iPad Air —…

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05:35
Samsung Attempts to shake off the Doldrums by...

With Samsung's profits falling by 47% this past quarter, they're now trying to shake off the doldrums by cranking up their propaganda machine once again. Today, a new Korean report states that Samsung is going to use ...

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05:30
Apple posts reminder & streaming link for Oct 20...

If you’d like to listen in to Apple’s Q4 earnings call at 2pm PT on Monday, Apple has now posted the link for the live audio stream: www.apple.com/quicktime/qtv/earningsq414. It will also remain available for replay for around two weeks afterwards.
The webcast is available on any iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 4.2 or above, as well as any Mac running OS X 10.6.8 or later. Windows users can also listen in so long as they are running QuickTime 7 or later.
Apple’s revenue guidance is quite broad at $37-40B, with a gross margin of 37-38%. We’re unlikely to learn anything specific about iPhone 6/Plus sales, as Apple generally doesn’t break down the numbers by model, but the overall sales figures will give us a good steer.Filed under: ...

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05:30
The Boy and the Bears Read Out Aloud: More sight...

An interactive story for children ages 6-8 about a boy who visits a treehouse home to four bears fills the screen in The Boy and the Bears Read Out Aloud. The storybook features microphone support which lets children practice reading the story and...

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05:17
Add Your VPP Token To Profile Manager Running on...

Apple began rolling out new features with the new Volume Purchasing Program (VPP) program last year. There are lots of good things to know, here. First, the old way should still work. You’re not loosing the stuff you already invested in such as Configurator with those codes you might have used last year with supervision. However, you will need an MDM solution (Profile Manager, Casper, Absolute, FileWave, etc) to use the new tools. Also, the new token options are for one to one (1:1) environments. This isn’t for multi-tenant environments. You can only use these codes and options for iOS 7 and OS X 10.9 and 10.10. Also, if you install your vpptoken on Yosemite Server and you’re running that same vpptoken elsewhere, Yosemite Server will take all of the codes that have been issued for itself (feature or bug, you decide).
But this article isn’t about the fine print details of the new VPP. Instead, this article is about making Profile Manager work with your new VPP token. Before...

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05:04
Twitpic acquisition failed, image hosting service...

Twitter image hosting site TwitPic has failed in its efforts to be acquired, and will be shutting down after all. Discussions over the last-minute acquisition failed, with the company announcing on its blog that it will wind up operations and take the service entirely offline on October 25th, one month after its original closure date, giving users just over a week to back up images stored on TwitPic servers....

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05:00
Early hands-on review roundup of Apple's new 27...

Apple certainly has a talent for making people lust after products they previously didn't know they wanted; such is the case with Apple's new 27-inch Retina 5K iMac.

Apple's latest and greatest iMac comes with a 5120 x 2880 pixel display, offering...

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04:55
iWork Updates for OS X, iOS Add iCloud Drive Support...

Thursday's release of OS X Yosemite brought along big updates for Pages, Numbers and Keynote for both the Mac and iOS devices. The updates for Apple's iWork suite included iCloud Drive support and Handoff support.

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04:51
Apple iPhoto 9.6 - Import, edit, and share your...

iPhoto lets you do more than you ever thought possible with your photos. It gives you easy ways to find, sort, and rediscover your favorites. Simple but powerful editing tools let you turn good shots into magnificent ones. And you can share your photos in all kinds of great ways, including fun slideshows, Facebook, and Twitter -- even professional-quality prints, photo books, cards, and calendars. iPhoto isn’t just a collection of pictures. It’s a collection of possibilities.Version 9.6:

  • Now requires OS X 10.10 or later
  • This update addresses compatibility with OS X 10.10 Yosemite and stability improvements
  • OS X 10.10 or later

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04:08
Everything you need to know about iCloud security

Two-factor authentication (2FA) is the latest thing that hundreds of millions of people will likely be dragged into using for the purposes of securing their private information. It’s necessary, and will be irritating to most people, despite their having seen some of the endless reports of sites being cracked and passwords being revealed—whether the passwords were stored in clear text, or using an unsophisticated encryption method that allows crackers to easily test common passwords against the stolen information.
Making 2FA as painless as possible while preserving its improved security is a challenge: most people already have trouble managing passwords, and this adds another layer. Apple’s approach before a few weeks ago wasn’t bad; it just wasn’t implemented as throroughly as it is now. However, Apple and others have kept a very large loophole to avoid breaking...

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04:34
PhotoDesk 3.0.0 - Instagram client for photo sharing...

PhotoDesk lets you view, like, comment, and download Instagram pictures/videos! (NO Uploads! / Image Posting! Instagram forbids that! AND you *need* an *existing* Instagram account). But you can do so much more. Of all Mac clients, Photodesk allows you to use the most features of Instagram on your Mac and even exceeds Instagram's functionality:

  • Video Support
  • See Pictures on a Map
  • Search for Places
  • Statistics
  • Save Images / Videos
  • Comment Templates
  • Fantastic, modern UI, optimized for OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Version 3.0.0:

  • Now requires OS X 10.8 or later
  • Statistics: Quickly see how your account is performing with the built-in statistics
  • Secure Networking: Due to a secure networking layer, the app supports more likes / comments per hour again
  • Yosemite UI: The complete UI has been revamped, many views have been completely rewritten to make use of all the...

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04:30
Make a mess of your contacts with Business Card...

OCR - Optical Character Recognition is a very difficult thing to do right. Scanning pages of text can now be done fairly successfully, but business cards have always been a mess. Some are loaded with design elements, weird fonts, and non-standard...

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04:25
Yosemite updaters will need to wait for Monday'...

Users who have updated to Apple's newly launched OS X Yosemite Mac operating system won't be able to use the highly anticipated SMS relay or Instant Hotspot features for a few more days, as support can be found in the forthcoming iOS 8.1 update for iPhone.

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04:20
The New iPad's Anti-Reflective Coating Causing...

With most new products, snags in manufacturing are bound to arise. Over the summer there were issues with the new backlight for the iPhone 6 that halted production. Today it's being reported that the iPad Air 2's anti-reflective coating is affecting yield rates as production tries to get up to speed.

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04:02
Yosemite Cache Cleaner 9.0 - Clear caches, access...

Yosemite Cache Cleaner is an award-winning general purpose tool for OS X. YCC makes system maintenance simple with an easy point-and-click interface to many OS X functions. Novice and expert users alike will appreciate the powerful toolset YCC provides. Yosemite Cache Cleaner is one of the world's leading maintenance tools, with millions of downloads around the globe. Maintenance. Yosemite Cache Cleaner is a one-stop solution for all of your OS X maintenance needs. Intel or PPC, Tiger or Yosemite, YCC has the tools to keep your system running at its best. YCC Documents and the YCC Engine maintain system health by providing full automation of common maintenance chores, including virus scanning of Internet downloads. The YCC Engine can even repair permissions automatically after software installations. With the YCC Engine, powerful system maintenance and antivirus can be completely transparent or as close as your menu bar. Optimization....

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04:00
Analysts remain positive about AAPL following event...

While the relatively modest iPad updates might have led to a flurry of ‘Apple is doomed’ reports from analysts, an early roundup by Fortune suggests that the consensus view so far remains positive. Most are rating it a buy or overweight – meaning they expect it to outperform typical stocks – with the majority setting a target price in the $112-120 range …

While some were impressed by the product announcements – Cantor Fitzgerald’s Brian White describing the iPad Air 2 as “shockingly thin” and the...

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03:54
Together 3.3 - Store and organize all of your files...

Together helps you organize your Mac, giving you the ability to store, edit and preview your files in a single clean, uncluttered interface. Smart storage. With simple drag-and-drop functionality, Together lets you gather up images, text, bookmarks, and files for safekeeping. With built-in note-taking capabilities and easy inter-app file transfers, take control of cluttered, disorganized groups of files and restore them to a state of order and manageability. Previewing and editing. Together can edit and preview a wide range of filetypes, and seamlessly incorporates QuickView for everything else. File editing is always a double-click away, and your changes are automatically synchronized. Organization, optimized. If you are tired of dealing with scatterbrained systems of files and folders, Together's refreshing, iTunes-like interface will help you breathe easy. Organize items into groups and folders, add color-coded...

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03:30
Apple Store goes down to get ready for pre-orders of...

The online Apple Store is down as Apple readies the site to take pre-orders of the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.
The iPad Air 2 is 18% thinner than the original Air, adds Touch ID, M8 motion-sensing chip and an AX8 processor that Apple says is 40% faster than the previous model. It also has camera and wifi improvements, and is available in gold … 
The iPad mini 3 is essentially identical to its predecessor bar Touch ID and the gold color option.
Pre-orders for both devices begin today, with the iPads going on sale “late next week” – most likely on Friday.Filed under:...

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03:21
Coradine launches LogTen Pro X for Mac, iPhone and...

Coradine (http://coradine.com) has launched LogTen Pro X, an update to the pilot logbook available for all Apple devices.
Pilots can enter a scheduled flight on their Mac, head to the airport and the flight will be ready to go on their iDevice. They can then log further details en route and, when arriving home, all the data will already be updated automatically on all devices.
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03:21
Kool Tools: Cineware 2.0, Cinema 4D Lite 1

MAXON (www.maxon.net) Cineware 2.0 and Cinema 4D Lite Release 16 are now available in the latest version of Adobe After Effects CC (2014.1) .
The new updates to the Cineware workflow, available in the fall release of After Effects CC 2014, are designed to optimize performance and enhance creative capabilities. With After Effects CC, creative professionals benefit from the integration provided by Cineware that establishes a direct connection between Cinema 4D and After Effects.
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03:20
AfterShot Pro upgraded with new features,...

Corel's Photo Editing group has released a new update to AfterShot Pro 2 (www.aftershotpro.com), the RAW converter and photo management software for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux systems.
Available free to registered users, the 2.1 update introduces a number of new features and enhancements including new HDR tools for Mac and Linux, support for more than 17 new RAW camera profiles, an improved Highlight Recovery Tool, and performance and stability updates to enrich the overall photo editing and photo workflow experienced.
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03:13
Apple Store Down Ahead of iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3...

Apple has taken its online store down to prepare for the launch of iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 pre-orders. When Apple announced the two new tablets, it said pre-orders would be available starting on October 17, although the company did not specify when exactly pre-orders would start. Given the short amount of time between the announcement of the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 and the start of pre-orders, it is unclear whether other retailers and carriers will be prepared to offer iPad pre-orders. Apple's iPad Air 2, which includes several upgrades like Touch ID, an A8X chip, an improved camera, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and an anti-reflective screen, is available in 16, 64, and 128GB capacities. Pricing in the United States starts at $499 for the entry-level 16GB Wi-Fi only model and goes as high as $849 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB model. The iPad mini 3, which has been updated with Touch ID and a new gold color option, is also available in 16, 64, and 128GB configurations. Pricing...

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03:12
iPhone 6 finally goes on sale in China with little...

The iPhone 6/Plus finally went on sale in China this morning after regulatory delays, in contrast to last year’s launch of the iPhone 5s and 5c in China on the same day as the US … 
The WSJ reported very quiet scenes at one of Apple’s four Beijing stores …

Unlike some past debuts for its new gadgets, the event was decidedly low-key. About 100 customers waited in line Friday morning outside Apple’s...

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03:11
Fantastical 1.3.18 - Create calendar events using...

Fantastical is the Mac calendar you'll actually enjoy using. Creating an event with Fantastical is quick, easy, and fun:

  • Open Fantastical with a single click or keystroke
  • Type in your event details and press return

...and you're back to what you were doing with a shiny new event in your calendar! Fantastical's natural language engine is expressive and intelligent so you can write in your own style. Fantastical also automatically recognizes the location of your event and can even invite people from your Address Book to the event. Your events have never looked better.Plan your day in style with the most attractive calendar you've ever seen. Color-coding and beautiful design help you quickly make sense of your schedule. You can even change the number of events you want displayed, allowing you to focus on what's important. Need more info about an event? Just click on it and the event's important details will be...

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03:09
Winclone and Boot Runner are OS X Yosemite-ready

Twocanoes Software (www.twocanoes.com) has announced OS X Yosemite compatibility for Winclone 4, Boot Runner, Geohopper for Mac and Push Diagnostics.
Winclone 4 is an solution for cloning, resizing and migrating Boot Camp on the Mac. Winclone Pro 4 includes package installation features for mass deployment of Boot Camp in enterprise environments. Pricing starts at US$29.99 for an individual edition.
Boot Runner ($9.99) provides full startup management of multi-boot Macs. Geohopper for Mac (free) extends the notification and automation capabilities of Geohopper for iOS.

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03:02
Two-thirds of Amazon Instant Video subscribers also...

New data from the Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) research group says 37% of U.S. broadband households regularly use transactional services for OTT [over the top] video, such as online video rentals and downloads.
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02:34
Apple Numbers 3.5 - Apple's spreadsheet app...

With Apple Numbers, sophisticated spreadsheets are just the start. The whole sheet is your canvas. Just add dramatic interactive charts, tables, and images that paint a revealing picture of your data. You can work seamlessly between Mac and iOS devices. And work effortlessly with people who use Microsoft Excel.Version 3.5:

  • Now requires OS X 10.10 or later
  • All-new design inspired by OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • Instantly switch between iPad, Mac and iPhone with Handoff
  • Support for iCloud Drive
  • Updated file format makes it easier to send spreadsheets via services like Gmail and Dropbox
  • Instantly rearrange data in tables with new transpose feature
  • Inter-table alignment guides
  • Improved cell border styling
  • Print floating comments
  • Usability improvements for resizing and positioning charts
  • Improved bi-directional language support
  • OS X 10.10 or later
...

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02:00
Apple’s October event recap: iPads, Apple Pay, new...

It's been way too longIn case you missed it, Apple announced a whole bunch of new products at its campus Town Hall on Thursday. Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage first to get the crowd amped up: "It's been an incredible year, and tremendously busy already, but we have a few more things to share with you before we close out the year," Cook said. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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02:30
Apple Pages 5.5 - Apple's word processor from...

Apple Pages is a powerful word processor that gives you everything you need to create documents that look beautiful. And read beautifully. It lets you work seamlessly between Mac and iOS devices. And even work effortlessly with people who use Microsoft Word.Version 5.5:

  • Now requires OS X 10.10 or later
  • All-new design inspired by OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • Instantly switch between iPad, Mac, and iPhone with Handoff
  • Support for iCloud Drive
  • Updated file format makes it easier to send documents via services like Gmail and Dropbox
  • New sidebar for comments and tracked changes
  • Filter comments and tracked changes by author
  • AppleScript support for Mail Merge
  • Insert inline images in tables, headers, and footers
  • Move tables easily with improved table selection
  • Inter-table alignment guides
  • Improved cell border styling
  • Usability improvements for resizing and...

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02:30
Pages 5.5 - Apple's word processor from the...

Apple Pages is a powerful word processor that gives you everything you need to create documents that look beautiful. And read beautifully. It lets you work seamlessly between Mac and iOS devices. And even work effortlessly with people who use Microsoft Word.Version 5.5:

  • Now requires OS X 10.10 or later
  • All-new design inspired by OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • Instantly switch between iPad, Mac, and iPhone with Handoff
  • Support for iCloud Drive
  • Updated file format makes it easier to send documents via services like Gmail and Dropbox
  • New sidebar for comments and tracked changes
  • Filter comments and tracked changes by author
  • AppleScript support for Mail Merge
  • Insert inline images in tables, headers, and footers
  • Move tables easily with improved table selection
  • Inter-table alignment guides
  • Improved cell border styling
  • Usability improvements for resizing and...

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02:20
Bartender 1.2.24 - Organize your menu bar apps. (...

Bartender lets you organize your menu bar apps. Features:

  • Lets you tidy your menu bar apps how you want.
  • See your menu bar apps when you want.
  • Hide the apps you need to run, but do not need to see.
  • Have the clean looking menu bar you want.
  • Rearrange your menu bar items as you wish.

Bartender lets you organize your menu bar apps, by hiding them, rearranging them, or moving them to Bartender's Bar. You can display the full menu bar, set options to have menu bar items show in the menu bar when they have updated, or have them always visible in Bartender's Bar. There are loads of ways to configure Bartender to perform as you wish. Give it a go and find out.Version 1.2.24: New Features / Improvements

  • Bartender now works with Google Chrome menu items
  • Light Bartender Bar

Bug Fixes

  • Launchpad folders not opening...

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02:04
iCloud.com Photos app said to be coming next week...

Earlier this month Apple published some support documents that referred to an iCloud.com-based Photos web app for managing a photo library. It was discovered that when the URL for the app was entered into the beta version of the iCloud site, it produced an error message rather than simply redirecting to the home page like any other invalid link.
Today a 9to5Mac reader attempted to load the app and was presented with the page pictured above indicating that users running iOS 8.1 (which includes the beta version of the iCloud Photo Library feature) will be...

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01:47
Cloud 3.1.0 - File sharing from your menu bar. (Demo)

Cloud is simple file sharing for the Mac. Drag a file from your Mac to the CloudApp icon in the menubar and we take care of the rest. A link to the file will automatically be copied to your clipboard that you can give to a friend over Twitter, IM, email, or smoke signals. While other applications make sharing a chore, CloudApp stays out of your way adapting to your specific needs.

  • Share files and links (Drops).
  • Upload by drag-n-drop or using global keyboard shortcuts.
  • Share Drops using private or public links.
  • View a history of your Drops right from the menubar.
  • Re-copy the link to a Drop from the menubar.
  • Toggle the privacy level for a Drop from the menubar.
  • Delete Drops from the menubar.
  • Rename Drops from the menubar.
  • Personalized upload notifications.

Version 3.1.0:

  • Motion HD: record your screen in silky smooth 60 fps. Playback in our new inline video...

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01:33
Apple GarageBand 10.0.3 - Complete recording studio...

The new GarageBand is a whole music creation studio right inside your Mac -- complete with keyboard, synths, orchestral and percussion instruments, presets for guitar and voice, an entirely redesigned sound library, and virtual session drummers. A beautiful and intuitive interface makes it easy to learn, play, record, and create great-sounding songs. And you can share your hits worldwide with just a few clicks. It’s never been easier to make music like a pro. Even if you’ve never played a note.Version 10.0.3:

  • Adds support for OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • Access audio effect plug-ins for more detailed control over the sound of your tracks
  • Build your own bass rig with Bass Amp Designer using vintage and modern amps, cabinets, and mics
  • New Voice Template for fast and easy vocal recordings
  • Share GarageBand projects with Mail Drop
  • Vertical zoom automatically adjusts the height of your tracks
  • Contains multiple...

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01:14
Apple's iPhone 6 & 6 Plus met with orderly...

Nearly one month after Apple first debuted the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in nine countries, the next-generation handsets finally went on sale to an eager Chinese customer base on Friday.

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Thursday October 16

22:22
Recap: Everything you need to know about iPad Air 2...


Apple’s latest keynote was full of announcements for iPad and Mac enthusiasts. Apple has finally unveiled its second generation iPad Air, a slightly revised iPad mini, and the long rumored iMac with Retina display. Apple’s keynote...

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