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Tuesday September 23

11:11
Canon launches five models in new Maxify inkjet line...

Digital imaging company Canon announced today five models in the new Maxify series of Wireless Inkjet printers. Released today are the Maxify MB5320 Wireless Inkjet Small Office All-In-One (AIO) printer, the MB5020 Wireless Inkjet Small Office AIO printer, MB2320 Wireless Inkjet Home Office AIO printer, MB2020 Wireless Inkjet Home Office AIO printer, and iB4020 Wireless Inkjet Small Office printer. All five models are aimed at at the small office or home user, and feature an array of mobile and cloud printing options.......

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11:10
New rubber gaskets around buttons help iPhone 6/Plus...

In iFixit’s ritual dismantling of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus last week, the repair company noted that Apple had started including rubber gaskets around the power and volume buttons likely in an effort to make the iPhone more water and dust resistant.
Similar gaskets surround the volume buttons. Altogether, this seems to represent a move toward increased water/dust resistance, and therefore improved durability.
iFixit
How did Apple do? Well iPhone warranty provider Squaretrade was able to dunk both the 6 and 6 Plus for 10 seconds without any real damage. While this is indeed nice to have, especially for those of us who like to take our iPhones with us to the pool, it is by no means a guarantee like Samsung and Sony have on some of their phones.
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11:09
Manage Apex Domains In OS X

OS X Server supports running a traditional bind implementation of DNS. You can define a record for most any name, including google.com, www.google.com, www.www.google.com, etc. You can use this to redirect subdomains. In this example, we’ll create an A Record to point www.google.com to 127.0.0.1 without breaking other google.com subdomains. To get started, let’s use the DNS service in the Server app to create test.www.google.com. The reason for this is that OS X will then create a zone file for www.google.com. If we created www.google.com instead, then OS X would automatically create google.com, which would break the other subdomains. To do so, open Server app and click on the DNS...

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11:09
Google’s Currents iOS app redesigned & renamed ‘...




Following the renaming of its Google Currents news reader app to “Google Play Newsstand” on Android back in February, Google has now given a similar treatment to the iOS app. The app, like the Android version earlier this year, also receives a makeover in the...

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11:00
Rachio Iro proves that smart home devices saves...

Back in June I wrote about the Rachio Iro Smart Sprinkler Controller, a US$249/$299 (depending on number of zones) intelligent sprinkler controller with an accompanying app that allows amazing control over your yard irrigation. Iro adjusts to weather...

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10:51
HUE Stick is new iOS compatible portable battery

JunoPower has announced the HUE Stick portable battery. It packs 2600 mAh of power in an aluminum casing that weighs six ounces.
The HUE Stick can fully charge a completely dead 5 Volt device (including smart phones, tablets, GPS, camera and more) in two to three hours, according to the folks at JunoPower. It's integrated LED-indicator lets users know exactly how much juice in the left in the power bank and when it's time to recharge.  The battery’s built-in LED flashlight can be activated with a single touch and protects users from getting lost in the dark.
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10:44
IP Camera Cloud for the Mac is released

DComplex (www.dcomplex.com) has released IP Camera Cloud for Mac. It's video surveillance software for home or small office.
The product lets you record video from up to 20 IP cameras simultaneously on the Mac — or optionally copy the video to the cloud and store it there for 30 days. DComplex's remote access apps for the iPhone, iPad and Mac connect to the video recording Mac automatically, without the need to setup port forwarding or manually opening ports. The apps let you instantly respond to motion events, remotely watch live video, search and playback recorded video effortlessly.
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10:42
iPhone 6 Plus bending in pockets, some users complain

Having only shipped on Friday, the iPhone 6 Plus is already bending in the pockets of some owners, according to complaints in forums. Hours-long pressure from standing or physical activity appears to be responsible. Affected phones should still function, but may look noticeably deformed and refuse to lay flat....

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10:35
VisionTek launches Four Port USB 3 PCI3 card

VisionTek (www.visiontek.com) has launched the US$32.99 Four Port USB 3 PCI3 card. It offers plug and play operation with Macs running OS X 10.8.2 and later.
According to the folks at VisionTek, it can deliver benchmark test-confirmed 356MB/s Read and 338MB/s Write data transfers. It can also be used to power USB devices or charge them without needing an AC adapter. Each port provides 900mA of power.

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10:30
iPhone gets powerful endorsement from Mother Nature

The critics love the iPhone 6, but nature seems to be quite satisfied with the previous generation of Apple's smartphone. As you can see in the video below, the iPhone is quite the popular venue for this crowd of leopard frogs who just can't believe...

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10:19
First Look: Orbotix Ollie by Sphero

We first saw Orbotix's Ollie ($100) by Sphero at CES 2014 and were immediately impressed. Unlike Sphero (review) and Sphero 2.0 (review), Ollie isn't a robotic ball — it's a quick little app-controlled robot with two wheels. Although it's not waterproof like the prior Sphero balls, Ollie can reportedly move at speeds up to 14 mph, and Orbotix claims it can run for one hour of play on a full three-hour USB charge. The customizable Ollie connects…

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10:17
Sandvox for Mac OS X gets Vimeo support, more

Karelia Software (www.karelia.com) has updated Sandvox, their web creation software for Mac OS X, to version 2.9. The upgrade introduces a new Vimeo object that makes it super easy to display videos hosted on Vimeo.com. Now, for the first time, website creators using Sandvox can simply choose the Vimeo object to embed Vimeo content on a website.
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10:06
Square CEO: Apple Pay, Bitcoin payments included in...

Square's next generation of payment terminal could allow retailers to accept payments from Bitcoin and Apple Pay, the company head has suggested. In an interview, CEO Jack Dorsey explained that a future version of its cash register system will be able to accept a number of different payment types, on top of the current credit card payments it currently works with....

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10:05
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-23

Sources out of China say Apple has a new iPad Air model coming in October, but no new iPad mini until next year. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to discuss why they think we'll see new iPad Air and iPad mini models in time for the holiday buying season, and they take a look at iOS 8 adoption rate one week after its release.

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10:00
How iOS 8 Safari makes it simple to view the desktop...

Safari in iOS 8 has a nifty -- and dare I say, amazing -- new feature which makes it much easier to a) add a site to your list of favorites and b) more easily access the desktop version of a mobile site. The latter is a godsend for websites whose...

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10:00
Forums: Palm Pilots? (un)predictive text? iOS 8...

This week in the MacNN Forums "subego" started a thread that appears to be showcasing some of the bazaar interpretations Apple's new predictive text in iOS 8 creates, either that or he is simply trying to live up to his "Clinically Insane" ranking by spewing incoherent gibberish. Today a Fresh-Faced Recruit who goes by the name "Swervage" has started a rather unusual thread lashing out at Apple for not making Mavericks compatible with Palm Pilots, going as far as saying that this is "monumentally moronic" of Apple....

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09:55
Apple’s rebranding of Beats Music streaming service...

Yesterday news broke that Apple was reportedly going to shut down its newly purchased Beats Music streaming service which Apple quickly dismissed as false although it does sound like changes for the brand and service are in the works as you might expect. Re/code’s John Paczkowski shared today that such a rebrand could be slated for February:
Now that we’ve established that Apple is not “shutting down” Beats Music, the streaming service that Tim Cook in May lauded as the “first music subscription service that really got it right,” and we’re all agreed that it makes far more sense for the company to dump the Beats Music brand and integrate the service into an offering of its own, we can move on to another more interesting question:...

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09:55
Apple deals: MacBook Air from $769, MacBook Pro and...

Apple's online store has a wide selection of low cost refurbished MacBook Pro and iMac models starting as low as $769. The refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been cut by $130 to $769. Now priced at $929, after a $170 discount, is the 21.5-inch iMac with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 500GB of hard drive space....

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09:54
'Industry Scuttlebutt' Hints Apple May Be...

Apple might be planning to unveil both its revamped music subscription service and its new branding alongside the upcoming 2015 Grammy Awards, reports Re/code, citing some "industry scuttlebutt."When will Apple show off the new version of its subscription service and its new brand? Here's a guess backed up by some industry scuttlebutt: February -- presumably timed to the Grammy Awards, which will be held Feb. 8.News of an upcoming rebrand first surfaced yesterday, after TechCrunch reported that Apple would be shutting down Beats Music. An Apple representative quickly refuted the claim saying it was "not true." Re/code went on to suggest that while Apple won't be shuttering Beats Music, the company may have plans to "modify it over time," changing the brand name. Apple first acquired Beats Music back in May, and at the time, announced plans to leave...

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09:53
News: Apple quietly pulls back on 2014 CarPlay...

Apple appears to be quietly pulling back on its promise of 2014 availability for CarPlay technology, with an update to its CarPlay page now removing any indications of 2014 availability for specific models. Apple originally announced earlier this year that CarPlay would be “available in select cars shipping in 2014”, and several other manufacturers including Audi, Hyundai, and Volvo had originally indicated that they would be delivering…

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09:52
iOS 8.0.1 to deal with bugs in Phone, iCloud...

As predicted, iOS 8.0.1 is now in the hands of carrier partners for testing, a source says. The person notes that the update fixes a variety of bugs left in the OS for its debut last week. It for instance copes with glitches in the Phone app, which can affect call forwarding, and cause freezes when accessing Visual Voicemail....

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09:48
'Sons of Anarchy,' 'American Horror...

Apple on Tuesday added FXNOW, the on-demand arm of popular basic cable network FX, to the Apple TV's stable of content providers, bringing shows like Louie, Sons of Anarchy, and American Horror Story to viewers.

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09:47
News: iPhone 6 Plus users reporting bending iPhones

Several MacRumors readers have reported cases of iPhone 6 Plus units actually bending while being carried in pockets, merely days after the device launched. One user reported discovering that his new iPhone 6 Plus had bent slightly after only about 18 hours of sitting in a front suit pocket. While the problem of iPhones bending slightly isn’t new, the much larger but thinner profile of the iPhone 6 Plus increases the likelihood of this occurring,…

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09:46
Talking Schmidt: Google’s executive chairman...

In his letter on privacy shared last week, Cook contrasted the business model of Apple against that of its competitors while strongly taking a shot at Google, Gmail, and Android without actually naming the company and services. The infinitely entertaining executive chairman of Google and former Apple board member Eric Schmidt was recently asked by ABC News about Apple CEO Tim Cook’s open letter on the company and privacy.
In short, Schmidt, who is making the media rounds to promote...

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09:43
Cisdem launches Mac PDF management solution

Cisdem (www.cisdem.com) has introduced PDFManagerUltimate for Mac, giving Mac users the ability to read, edit, convert, annotate, protect, merge, split, compress, and sign PDF files.
With it you can read, organize, edit, convert, annotate,protect, merge, split, compress, sign and extract images or text from PDF files. The product uses Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology to turn PDF files back into editable text documents and turn scanned PDFs into searchable PDF files.
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09:38
Bipartisan bill seeks to clarify overseas data...

In the shadow of Microsoft's dispute with the US Department of Justice, Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Dean Heller (R-NV), and Senate Judiciary Committee member Chris Coons (D-DE), legislation has been proposed to codify law enforcement access to citizen's data stored internationally. The bill, titled the Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad Act seeks to authorize the use of extraterritorial search warrants, but vacate said warrants if it requires parties involved to break the laws of a country to do so....

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09:30
iOS 8 adoption nears 50% after slow start

Despite getting off to a bit of a slow start -- perhaps thanks to a larger-than-ever-before space requirement -- iOS 8 seems to be doing just fine its its quest to conquer every iDevice it can. Apple has put iOS 8 adoption at 46% as of September...

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09:18
News: FXNOW channel comes to Apple TV

Apple has added the FXNOW channel to Apple TV. It was reported in July that FXNOW would be arriving on Apple’s set-top box in the next 12 months — that time has already come. FXNOW is the on-demand service for FX, FXX, and FXM, and as such, the channel features a number of FX shows, and a surprising amount of popular movies, as well. Authentication of a cable subscription is required to access the content....

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09:17
Apple TV Gains New FXNOW Channel

Apple today added the FXNOW channel to the Apple TV, providing users with content from the FXNOW network. Previously rumored in July, the new FXNOW channel is the on-demand portion of the FX, FXX, and FXM television channels, all of which are owned by the Fox Entertainment Group. Rumors suggested the FXNOW Apple TV channel would include content from The Simpsons, branded Simpsons World, which includes all 552 episodes of The Simpsons. Early reports on the channel suggested users would be able to create playlists of episodes and share favorite scenes. Currently, however, the channel offers a variety of content from FX, including episodes of The Strain and Sons of Anarchy. Like many cable-based channels on the Apple TV, much of the FXNOW content require cable authentication. Supported cable providers for the FXNOW channel include AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox,...

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07:59
Why Apple needs Beats Music to keep its street cred

Apple isn’t shutting down Beats Music, the streaming music service it snagged as part of its $3 billion deal to
acquire Beats Electronics, but it needs to do something with the Spotify rival.
Reports of Beats Music’s imminent demise swirled around the Internet on Monday, but Apple quickly denied the rumors, telling the


New York Times


flatly: “This is not true.” Re/code noted that Beats
Music will likely just lose its Beats branding and join the iTunes family....

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08:05
iOS 8 adoption nears 50 percent after just 6 days

iPhone and iPad users still flock to download the latest version of iOS as it becomes available, but perhaps not as quickly as before.
According to Apple's developer portal, iOS 8 adoption now stands at 46 percent, while 49 percent of users are still on iOS 7. The remaining 5 percent are using “earlier” versions.
iOS 8 launched on Wednesday, September 17, which means the new version has been available for about six days. Apple didn't provide official data at this point last year, but several third-party metrics firms claim that uptake of iOS 8 has been slower than the previous version.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:16
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: preliminary results

AnandTech:

Some basic performance data and battery life, which include browser benchmarks, game-type benchmarks, and our standard web browsing battery life test. There’s definitely a lot more to talk about for this phone, but this should give an idea of what to expect in the full review.

AnandTech’s prelim results are interesting. I look forward to their full detailed review.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:07
Apple adds FX NOW channel w/ on-demand TV &...

Following a report in July that Apple was planning on adding a new FX Now channel to Apple TV within 12 months, today the channel has officially arrived for users in the US. Like the FX Now app that was already available on iOS devices via an app for iPhone and iPad, the channel offers on-demand video streaming with content from the FX, FXX, and FXM networks. 
Previous reports indicated that FXNOW also planned to make its new Simpsons World service, which offers on-demand content from The Simpsons TV show, through the Apple TV channel when it launches this fall. For now, the channel offers a selection of full episodes, clips and movies from FX.
The FXNOW channel is available for Apple TV...

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09:00
Clever video shows you how you can wear your iPhone...

One of the biggest challenges of owning an iPhone 6 Plus is figuring out how to carry it safely when you are out and about. Unlike earlier iPhone models, the larger iPhone doesn't fit into a standard arm band or the rear pocket of a pair of skinny...

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08:58
Microsoft Online Services Bug Bounty Program...

Travis Rhodes is senior security lead for Office 365.
Today we’re announcing the participation of Office 365 in the new Microsoft Online Services Bug Bounty Program. Through this program, which launches today, we are able to reward and recognize security researchers by offering a bounty for qualifying security vulnerabilities they report to us. We are participating in this program for a number of reasons, chief among them are:

  1. We take security vulnerabilities very seriously. We recognize that you, our customers, depend on us for tools to run your organizations, whether that is a Fortune 500 company, a small business, a non-profit, or an educational institution. We take it seriously that you trust us with your data, and this program is part of our investment in continually improving the security of our services. You can find more...
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08:48
Apple to address problems with keyboards, VPN, more...

The first maintenance update for Apple's latest mobile operating system could come sooner, rather than later, as the company is again said to have seeded carrier partners with iOS 8.0.1 to fixes a number of issues that have cropped up since iOS 8's release.

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08:42
Hacker Gives Google a Hand With Chrome-Android...


An unplanned convergence of Android apps and the Chrome OS may be setting the stage for a wide-open cross-platform architecture that combines Android and Chrome. Freelance programmer Vlad Filippov, aka "Vladikoff," discovered a way around Google's limitations on its ARC, or App Runtime for Chrome, which is essentially a Chrome extension application programming interface. Filippov hacked his way into the Google process to allow it to run on the Chrome OS and other platforms that run the Chrome Web browser. He dubbed that modification "ARChon."

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08:35
Apple Watch will be able to control Apple TV, says...

People will be able to use the Apple Watch as a remote for their Apple TV, Apple CEO Tim Cook mentions in a full-length version of a recent Bloomberg interview. "I love operating my Apple TV from the watch. I don't have to worry anymore about the remote falling through the cushions of the sofa," he says. The interviewer notes that the public has yet to see the matching app. "There's -- I don't think we showed this," Cook responds. "I've got a little advance copy. And so it will operate your Apple TV, and you can imagine that it can control other things as well."......

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08:30
iPhone 6 called "most Succesful" in Sprint...

The iPhone 6 is pretty popular, and since Apple has already said that it's been a record-breaking launch it should come as no surprise that it's also beating all previous iPhones at the carrier level as well. Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure took a moment...

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08:23
Samsung still reportedly supplying 40% of Apple A8...

Though Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is handling the lion's share of building A8 chips for Apple's latest iPhones, longtime partner Samsung is still reportedly a major contributor, accounting for an estimated 40 percent of production.

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08:08
Skype update for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus coming next...


Yesterday, Skype released an update for its iOS app to include iOS 8-optimized notifications and other goodies. However, it has no support for the higher-resolution iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus displays. That will change next month, per a Skype spokesperson:
We’re currently working on an update to Skype for iPhone that scales for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus screen sizes, which we plan to release in the next month.
Unfortunately, that sounds like quite a while. Hopefully the updated version isn’t just bigger, but more optimized for the larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch panels.
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08:07
EU anti-trust chief officially demands more from...

European Commission anti-trust head Joaquin Almunia has called for Google to improve its proposal to mitigate concerns that the search engine is abusing its industry-leading position and manipulating search results. The previous deal struck has now apparently collapsed, leaving the Mountain View, CA company to start negotiation a new one, or face fines of up to $6 billion if the complaint moves to formal monopoly charges....

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08:00
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPhone 6/6 Plus quick chargers...

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:

Faster 2.1A car/chargers/batteries/surge protectors for iPhone 6/Plus quick charging (roundup)

Sony 50-inch 1080p 3D WiFi HDTV w/ PlayStation Now: $700 shipped...

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08:00
Research firm IHS says Samsung supplying 40% of...

A product teardown of both the new 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus devices last week confirmed earlier reports that Apple is indeed opting for TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) to produce the 20nm, second generation 64-bit A8 chip that drives the new iPhones. Research firm IHS, however, has shared a teardown analysis report with Re/code that claims Samsung is still responsible for a fraction of Apple’s A8 chips produced.
Rassweiler said the processor he saw during the teardown was manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the massive chip-factory-for-hire based in Taipei. [...] Rassweiler says TSMC is...

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08:00
iPhone 6 Component Costs Estimated to Begin at $200...

As it routinely does for new devices, IHS iSuppli has taken apart the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in an effort to estimate Apple's costs for the components included in the new devices, sharing the results with Re/code. According to IHS iSuppli's teardowns, parts and labor costs for the iPhone 6 are estimated to begin at $200 for the 16 GB iPhone 6 model, giving Apple a roughly 69 percent gross profit margin on the devices. That number of course does not take into account an array of other costs, from research and development to software to marketing and distribution, but it does offer an interesting glimpse at what goes into an iPhone.The margins are in line with more recent iPhone models but higher than the earliest ones. The gross margin on the iPhone 5, released in 2012, and the iPhone 5s, released last year, were about 69 percent, teardown studies at the time of their release...

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08:00
Finnair takes to the cloud with Office 365

Today’s post on Finnair’s move to Office 365 is excerpted from the full case study.

The airline industry has seen its share of turbulence over the last decade, as mega-airlines merge and acquire smaller players, more regional airlines take to the air, and customers aggressively seek online bargains. Finnair, Finland’s largest airline and the fifth oldest airline in the world, has remained successful because it knows how to adapt and find smarter ways to operate.
In the face of many new low-cost air carriers springing up across Europe, Finnair still dominates both domestic and international air travel in Finland. “We have survived because we’ve been successful at keeping our costs under control, but we also understand that you can’t cut costs at the expense of customer satisfaction...

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08:00
Give your inbox a personality with Advanced Rules in...

Today’s post was written by Mike Schackwitz, principal director of program management on the Outlook.com team.
Since we announced that Outlook.com had introduced the most sophisticated rules in webmail, we’ve heard a great response from a lot of our customers who are using the feature to manage their inbox. Today, we want to provide you with a few examples of Advanced Rules, so you can try them out yourself—if you haven’t already.
The way we see it, each rule has its own personality—and it’s a personality that you can create. ‘The Auto-Archiver’ helps you get organized, ‘The Golden Child’ helps you remember things and ‘The Bouncer’ protects your inbox from mail you don’t want. When combined, Advanced Rules allow you to customize your inbox so that it can manage itself. To help you get started, here are these examples plus a few more to try...

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08:00
SquareTrade tests suggest iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are...

SquareTrade recently published the results of its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus breakability tests that examine the scratch resistance, water resistance and drop test damage potential of the two phones. The iPhone 6 came out on top as one of the best...

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07:51
Chinese approval of iPhone 6 should be '...

The Chinese government has said it is close to certifying the iPhone 6 for sale in the country, according to CNBC's Eunice Yoon. The reporter adds that the news is already resulting in lower black market prices, given views that official sales through Apple and local carriers could begin soon. At the moment the base model of the iPhone 6 is selling for about $1,900, while the 6 Plus is valued at roughly $3,250. The most popular colors are said to be gold and space gray, which can fetch a premium as high as $500....

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07:49
iPhone Apps: TuneIn Radio Pro, Skype WiFi, Afterlight
07:30
Crittercism offers some interesting statistics about...

Crittercism's have released the first-ever Mobile Experience Benchmark Report: Apple Edition, collecting the iOS performance data from their 1 billion active users. You can view the complete report here, but there's one aspect of the data that will...

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07:21
iOS 8.0.1 to Address Bugs With Phone, Keyboard,...

Earlier this month, it was reported that Apple was preparing to seed carrier partners with iOS 8.0.1 even before the media event officially announcing launch dates for iOS 8 and the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Details on the update were unknown at the time, but we noted that we'd seen a significant uptick in activity from devices running iOS 8.0.1 in recent weeks. Web traffic from devices running iOS 8.0.1 on Apple's networks peaked around the time of Apple's media event before tailing off a bit, but Apple does indeed appear to have provided the update to carrier partners and MacRumors has received word from a source that the updates addresses several bugs present in the iOS 8 golden master version released to the public last week. Among the issues: - Phone: Addresses bugs with call forwarding and freezing when accessing visual voicemail - Keyboard: Fixes an issue with keypad not appearing to enter iCloud...

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07:15
GarageSale 6.8 - Create outstanding eBay auctions. (...

GarageSale is a slick, full-featured client application for the eBay online auction system. Create and manage your auctions with ease. With GarageSale, you can create, edit, track, and manage multiple auctions in a single, intuitive application. GarageSale even integrates with several international eBay sites, as well as with PayPal and Twitter, to provide a complete, robust eBay client. Develop professional, attractive listings. GarageSale features iPhoto integration, what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) text editing, free image hosting, and over 130 free auction designs. And with these features, among many more, it's never been easier to create professional, eye-catching eBay...

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07:04
Apple quietly removes promise of 2014 CarPlay...

Apple has quietly updated its CarPlay microsite which explains the feature to add CBS News Radio to its growing list of apps it grants CarPlay support to, but a bigger change also appears on the CarPlay site this morning. Apple is no longer promising CarPlay support from any automobile manufacturer this year as it has done since its debut in March. While there has been no shortage of CarPlay demoes and availability announcements, actually getting your hands on a model with CarPlay thus far has proven almost impossible.
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07:01
Some iPhone 6 Plus Owners Accidentally Bending Their...

As highlighted in a few reports shared in the MacRumors forums, a small but growing number of iPhone 6 Plus owners have reportedly bent their phones after carrying the devices in their pockets just days after launch. In one instance, a new iPhone 6 Plus was bent during a day of dancing, dining, and driving to a wedding. Photo by hanzohYesterday, I left at 10am with the iPhone in my left FRONT pocket of my suit pants. I drove 4 hours to a wedding, which also involved a lot of sitting during dinner etc but also 2-3 hours of dancing. I left at 2am and went to bed, driving home 4 hours back. So in total, the 6 Plus was about 18 hours in my pocket while sitting mostly. As I lay it on the coffee table and sat down on the couch to relax from the...

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07:00
Pro Photographer: iPhone 6 Plus camera is '...

Oregon photographer and filmmaker Ben Canales put his iPhone 6 Plus camera through its paces during a weekend trip to the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The result of this labor of love is a wonderful video showcasing the time-lapse, slow motion and high...

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06:58
CEO of Foxconn: Robots will play a Crucial Role in...

Every time CEO Terry Gou want's to pump up Hon Hai's (Foxconn's) image, he pulls out his dream of happy robots making Apple iPhones 24/7 that won't complain about lousy working conditions or cause them problems with Apple's CEO Tim Cook by stealing iPhone parts and selling them to unscrupulous rumor blogs who continuously screw up Apple's big keynote surprise. Days prior to Apple introducing the iPhone 6, Terry Gou had spoken at the opening ceremony of The World Assembly of Jin Merchants in Taiyuan, which is the capital and largest city of North China's Shanxi province Taiyuan, Shanxi. While Gou continually and faithfully promises that Apple will be the first ...

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06:58
Rumor: Apple to unveil iPad Air 2, updated Retina...

With the vast amount of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch kerfluffle generally behind us, it’s time to turn our attention to Apple’s next-gen iPad Air, which could be introduced sometime in October if Apple’s October 21 event is any indication.
Per Taiwan’s Commercial Times, the next-gen iPad Air will enter production in September, shipping next month.
Commercial Times also suggests that the next-generation Retina iPad mini might not launch alongside the iPad Air, coming instead in early 2015, with a 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” to follow in the second quarter of 2015.

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06:49
News: Apple airs two new iPhone 6 ads

Apple has posted two new ads for the iPhone 6, featuring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. The new ads, Huge (above), and Cameras, began airing last night and highlight the larger screens of the new models and the enhanced camera capabilities. [via 9to5Mac]...

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06:45
Official Apple stats put iOS 8 adoption at 46...

New data from Apple -- based on Sunday traffic at the App Store -- indicates that iOS 8 adoption is actually up to 46 percent of iOS devices, despite lower numbers tracked by third-party firms. Apple's figures put iOS 7 at 49 percent, and iOS 6 or earlier at 5 percent. iOS 8 became available for compatible devices on September 17th, and is pre-installed on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which launched Friday....

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06:42
Feature list surfaces for USB Type 3 protocol,...

There’s a lot to be said for a reversible cable.
And if it carries different kinds of data, that’s even better.
Per Macworld, industry groups VESA and the USB 3.0 Promoter Group outlined some of the specs of the upcoming, reversible Type-C USB cable. The cable, which is said to offer USB 3.1’s 10Gbps of data transfer speed, will also carry up to 100 watts of power and be able to deliver audio and video signals via DisplayPort technology.

These features come courtesy of the “Alternate Mode” technology introduced in the recent USB Power Delivery specification—the one that enables 100W power delivery. Alternate Mode essentially lets Type-C be used for more than mere data transfer by allowing “Structured Vendor...

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06:30
Flickr Find: These pearly whites have nothing to do...

Flickr member Usman and Sameera Ul Haque has an impressive collection of white iOS devices that span several generations. I especially love his black, white and gray arrangement that gives the photo an M.C. Escher feel.

Did you know that TUAW has a...

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06:03
Apple paces field in PC consumer satisfaction for...

Despite booking a modest 3 percent year-over-year decline, Apple has once again claimed the top spot in the most recent American Customer Satisfaction Index rankings of personal computer manufacturers.

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06:00
Tim Cook says Apple Watch can control the Apple TV...

BloombergBusinessweek over the weekend published their full-length interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook. The full interview contains a number of interesting tidbits that, for whatever reason, didn't make it into the print version of the story.

Of...

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05:55
Banking Trojan Targets Petrochemical Outfits


The pernicious program Citadel has been around for awhile, but it's using some new tricks on new targets. From its humble origins as a "man in the browser" thief of banking credentials, Citadel has become a knave of all trades. Once it lands on a computer, it can be configured in a number of ways with a file from a server operated by Web predators. Citadel now can achieve "full remote control over an infected machine," said Dana Tamir, director of enterprise security for Trusteer, an IBM company.

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05:55
iOS 8 Adoption at 46%, or Maybe 35%

Apple's iOS 8 has reached a 46 percent adoption rate only six days after it was released, according to the company's developer site data. Tracking services Appsee and Mixpanel, however, are showing a lower adoption percentage at around 35 percent, which still accounts for a substantial number of iPhones and iPads upgrading in just a week.The Mac Observer Spin: iOS 8 is trailing a little behind iOS 7's first week adoption rate, and that may be because some features are waiting on OS X Yosemite's release for the Mac. We could see a jump in updates once Yosemite is available.

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05:37
Black market iPhone 6 prices fall as Chinese...

iPhone smuggling into China is nothing new, but this year it has perhaps been even more of a problem as Apple awaits regulatory approvals to begin selling its new iPhone models in the country. The good news is that a report from CNBC notes that regulators in the country said today that final reviews of licenses for the new iPhones would be “completed soon”. 
While the exact reason behind the delays for approvals is still unknown. A recent local report claimed the iPhone 6 might...

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05:35
Daily Deal: Pre-order the Karma Go pocket-sized...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering you an exclusive opportunity to pre-order the Karma Go LTE Hotspot for only $99—33% off the regular price. The Karma Go puts ultra-fast Wi-Fi in your pocket with an LTE connection to keep all of your devices connected to the Internet wherever you go in the U.S. With Karma, there are no monthly fees or contracts—you simply pay for the data you use, and that data never expires. Not only can you…

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05:30
Marty Farty Punch and Jump Game needs explanation

With a name like Marty Farty Punch and Jump Game where does one even start? This free 8-bit game for iPhone and iPad is brought to you by the same developers of Squiggle Racer, a game TUAW reviewed not long ago. Much of the objective of this new game...

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05:14
GRID 2 Reloaded Edition drives onto the Mac Sept. 25

Feral Interactive says the racing game GRID 2 Reloaded Edition will be unleashed on the Mac Sept. 25. Developed and published by Codemasters for PC and consoles, it's the successor to GRID.
When released, the game will be available for download from a variety of digital partner sites worldwide including the Feral Store, Steam and the Mac App Store. A Steam account is required to access online multiplayer features. 
                                                                         
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05:04
As shown at WWDC, Bing Search app brings translation...



The Bing Search app has been updated to include the translation feature first demoed at WWDC, as part of the initial unveiling of iOS 8 extensions.
Very simply, downloading the update adds a Bing Translate action to your Activities list in Safari. Enable the action and then visit a website in a foreign language. Pressing the Translate action in the share sheet will machine translate the webpage’s text to the system language, by default. The text content changes inline and happens very quickly.

In the...

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05:03
Apple Granted 34 Patents Covering a Unique Touch...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 34 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we focus on one patent regarding a unique touch gesture that provides a user with visible points of interaction.

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05:02
Epic iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cinematic camera...


With the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple made several improvements to the camera quality. It’s still packing an 8-megapixel sensor (f2.2 aperture), but there are a few new features that make the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus camera stand out. There’s a certain level of quality that most people expect when shooting video or photos with an iPhone, but this cinematic camera demo takes it to another level…

First off, Apple introduced Focus Pixels with the...

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05:00
Apple airs two new iPhone 6 ads starring Jimmy...

Apple yesterday released two new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus commercials starring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. One advertisement, "Huge," focuses on the bigger screen sizes offered by the pair of devices, while the other, "Cameras," spotlights...

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04:49
Charge your iPhone 6/Plus twice as quick with these...

Yesterday, it was revealed that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus could be charged faster (in some cases as fast as 2 hours to full) using a 2.1A AC charger like the one that comes with the iPad. Curiously, Apple has only included the same 5W 1A iPhone charger that it traditionally has with its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus meaning that your iPhone charge times coming from much smaller iPhones are going to go through the roof.
Not to worry! The 9to5Toys team will get you updated to 2.1A...

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04:37
ScreenFlow 4.5.3 - Create screen recordings. (Demo)

Save 5% with the MacUpdate coupon code: 68031AE15F -- Buy now! ScreenFlow is powerful, easy-to-use screencasting software for the Mac. With ScreenFlow you can record the contents of your entire monitor while also capturing your video camera, microphone and your computer audio. The easy-to-use editing interface lets you creatively edit your video, and add additional images, text, music and transitions for a truly professional-looking video. The finished result is a QuickTime or Windows Media movie, ready for publishing to your Web site or blog or directly to YouTube or Vimeo. Use ScreenFlow to create high-quality software demos, tutorials, app previews, training, presentations and more.Version 4.5.3:

  • Updated GateKeeper code signing to work on OS X 10.9.5 or later
  • Updated resource envelope to v2
  • Fixed issue where adding an .aif...

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04:35
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus: Changing the Display Zoom

For today's Quick Tip, we're going to discuss changing the "Display Zoom" options on the new iPhone models, including why you may not see your Home screen's orientation change on your 6 Plus or why you might be missing the extra keyboard functionality you were expecting. We'll help you learn it all!

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04:34
Engineers, come get your $250K salary

Silicon Valley is slowly drifting into the pay model used by sports franchises, with extraordinary salaries for franchise level talent.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:30
The official Ryder Cup 2014 app delivers live video...

The 2014 Ryder Cup gets underway this week with the actual matches scheduled for Friday through Sunday. The PGA of America just released Ryder Cup 2014, the official app of the competition. It is a free universal app that requires iOS 7.0 or later....

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04:14
Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone...

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: While reviewing a recent comparison of the Nexus 5 and the iPhone 6, OSNews staffer Thom Holwerda raises some relevant points regarding the importance of specs on newer smartphones. He observes that the iPhone 6, which is brand new, and the Nexus 5 launch apps at about the same speed. Yes, they're completely different platforms and yes, it's true it's probably not even a legitimate comparison, but it does raise a point: Most people who use smartphones on a daily basis use them for pretty basic things such as checking email, casual web browsing, navigation and reminders. Those who use their phones to their maximum capacity for things like gaming are a staunch minority. Do smartphone specs even matter for the average smartphone user anymore? After everyone releases the biggest phone people can reasonably hold in their hand with a processor and GPU that can move images on the display as optimally as possible, how many other moons are there to shoot for?...

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04:07
NeoOffice 2014.3 - Mac-tailored, OpenOffice-based...

NeoOffice is a complete office suite for OS X. With NeoOffice, users can view, edit, and save OpenOffice documents, PDF files, and most Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents. NeoOffice 3.x and OpenOffice users: before you buy NeoOffice, we recommend that you click on the "NeoOffice support" link and read the list of changes. NeoOffice is extremely stable and thousands of users use it daily. The NeoOffice engineers created NeoOffice in 2003 when they made OpenOffice run natively on OS X for the first time. Since then, the NeoOffice engineers have continually added improvements to NeoOffice that users will not find in OpenOffice such as:

  • Open Calc or Impress instead of Writer at launch using the NeoOffice > Open at Launch menu
  • OS X Versions
  • Native OS X grammar checking
  • Native OS X text highlighting
  • Native file locking support for local and networked volumes
  • OS X Services support
  • Native...

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04:02
As iPhone 6 units are smuggled in 'Twinkie...

The Chinese government reportedly signaled on Tuesday that Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will soon be granted regulatory approval, potentially putting to a stop the massive -- and unique -- smuggling efforts currently underway to satisfy demand.

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04:01
∞ Two new iPhone ads, starring Jimmy Fallon and...

[VIDEO] The people who manage Apple’s advertising have a good ear for voice talent. Both Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake have very recognizable and, more importantly, likable voices.

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03:54
CompuTech updates its BusinessMan CRM/ERP software

Computech, a FileMaker Platinum partner, has released the latest version of BusinessMan CRM/ERP software. Among other enhancements itSynergize.
The 64-bit plugin allows access from any web browser and alleviates the need for the FileMaker Web API [application programming interface. Performance tests indicate a speed improvement of 2.5 times over the FileMaker Web API, accordingto the folks at Computech.
For more information or to download a free trial, go here (http://www.businessmancrm.com/).

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03:54
Storage software market sees continued strong demand

The worldwide storage software market increased 6.3% year over year during the second calendar quarter of 2014 (2Q14), according to IDC (www.idc.com). Revenue during the quarter totaled nearly US$3.8 billion, says the research group.
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03:45
In just a few days, iOS 8 already on 46% of devices

Very positive trend numbers for iOS 8, especially as compared with the poor initial numbers reported by as network Chitika.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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03:12
Typinator 6.2 - Speedy and reliable text expansion...

Typinator turbo-charges your typing productivity. Type a little. Typinator does the rest. We've all faced projects that require repetitive typing tasks. With Typinator, you can store commonly used text and images in quick keywords and abbreviations. From email templates to code snippets to website URLs, there's no easier way to recreate repetitive text at a moment's notice. Workflow-friendly features

  • Uncomplicated configuration. Quickly and easily create abbreviations and assign replacement text and pictures.
  • Simplified migration. If you already use TextExpander, TypeIt4Me, or a similar app, you can migrate to the highly praised Typinator using simple drag-and-drop importation methods.
  • Conversion options. Instantly convert currency values, measurement units and more.
  • Extensive app compatibility. Your text expansions function in...

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03:11
Kool Tools: GroupsPro for OS X

Demodit GmbH (http://www.demodit.ch) has released GroupsPro 1.0, a contacts and groups organizer for OS X (10.9 and later). It allows users to manage their contacts, contact groups, and create mailing lists for mass e-mails.
When GroupsPro is initially launched, it auto-populates the user's existing contacts into the interface. Users can add or modify existing contacts. There are two options to assign contacts into specific groups. With Single Assigning, users assign a single contact to groups. With Fast Assigning, users assign contacts directly in the contacts list to a group.
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03:07
PopChar X 6.7 - Floating window shows available font...

PopChar X helps you get the most out of your font collection. With its crystal-clear interface, PopChar X provides a frustration-free way to access any font's special characters. Expanded accessibility Your Mac includes over 700 fonts, each of which contains thousands of characters -- Why not make them as accessible as possible? PopChar X makes it happen. Interface advantages PopChar X displays easy-to-analyze tables of characters, giving you an ultra-convenient interface. You can't access most of these characters from your keyboard -- PopChar X puts them within your reach. Liberating compatibility No matter what app you are using, PopChar X brings snappy simplicity to all font-related tasks. Whether you're working with a word processor or a Web browser, PopChar X integrates seamlessly. Smarter searching PopChar X's seasoned search capabilities will help you find what you are looking for, whether...

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02:44
Apple to open its 14th German retail store in...

After 17 months of construction and  delays, Apple has made it official: the Hannover Germany Store will open this Saturday at 10am local time. The multi-level store will be the 14th Apple retail venue in Germany and will be modelled similar to the Opera Paris Store which opened in 2010. The Bahnhofstrasse 5 location is in a pedestrian zone only few meters from...

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02:15
8 games optimized for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

What's in a game?If you picked up an iPhone 6 or an iPhone 6 Plus over the weekend, you're probably enjoying its larger display and refined build—we certainly are. But one thing you might have noticed is that many apps haven't yet been optimized for the bigger screens, making them look a bit blurry and busted in use. It's like the transition to Retina displays all over again, and disappointing for sure.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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01:43
Apple: Almost 50% of the iOS devices that visited...

Apple isn’t bragging on its iOS 8 adoption numbers like it has in years past because it appears uptake has been slightly slower. The reason? The much bigger iOS 8 download doesn’t fit on many people’s devices which are often stuffed to capacity with music, movies, photos and apps.
(Hint: Here’s how to slim some GBs off your iOS 8 device or install or install via iTunes on a Mac/PC which doesn’t require extra space)
Apple’s latest numbers are for Sunday September 21, 2014 and show that from people who...

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01:09
Apple says iOS 8 already on 46% of devices, nears...

Less than one week after iOS 8 was made available for download, Apple on Tuesday announced the next-generation mobile operating system is now on 46 percent of devices linked to the iOS App Store.

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01:00
Apple's App Store Usage Numbers Suggest 46%...

Roughly a week after its initial release, iOS 8 is now installed on 46% of devices connected to the App Store, according to the latest numbers posted on Apple's App Store developer support page (via iClarified). The numbers also indicate that 49% of users are using iOS 7 while 5% of users are on older versions of iOS. Earlier this month, Apple's analytics indicated that 92% of devices connected to the App Store were using iOS 7, while 7% were using iOS 6 and 1% were on earlier versions of the mobile operating system. In December 2013, iOS 7 usage was at...

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Monday September 22

23:10
The iPhone 6 Plus has a content problem

I purchased an iPhone 6 Plus on Friday to replace my iPhone 5s and an iPad mini Retina. I figured that the large, 5.5-inch screen on the 6 Plus would allow me to consolidate two devices into one.
It turns out that while the concept of an iPhone-6-Plus-as-an-iPad (think iPad nano) sounds good in theory, it fails in practice.
The iPhone 6 Plus ships with a different build of iOS 8 (12A366) than the iPhone 6 (12A365) which allows it to do a few new tricks that aren’t possible on its smaller 4.7-inch cousin. Most notably, the iPhone 6 Plus home screen can be rotated to a horizontal (or “landscape”) view with the dock running along the right-hand side.
Another new trick: the 6 Plus home screen be flipped 180-degrees (...

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22:55
New iPhone 6 models best the competition, analysis...

Early tests from PC performance sites Tom's Hardware and AnandTech have revealed that early iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus buyers aren't just buying style and elegance -- they're also getting a smartphone that appears to be the best all-around performer available, in some cases by a significant margin. Significant improvements in GPU performance, JavaScript performance and battery life once again see the iPhone outperforming phones with quad-core chips and twice the RAM....

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20:52
Sprint calls iPhone 6 launch 'most successful...

New Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure on Monday tweeted that the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus this past weekend was the "most successful iPhone launch in our history," in a note thanking Sprint employees for their help. The announcement comes on the heels of Apple's news that it had sold 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units over the course of the opening weekend, a new record for the company, and Sprint's recent announcement of a special iPhone-centric lease promotion....

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19:59
LaunchBar 6.1.1 - Powerful file/URL/email launcher...

LaunchBar is an award-winning productivity utility that offers an amazingly intuitive and efficient way to search and access any kind of information stored on your computer or on the Web. It provides instant access to your applications, documents, contacts, and bookmarks, to your music library, to search engines and more, just by entering short abbreviations of the searched item's name. You just hit Command-Space to bring LaunchBar's input window to front, enter an arbitrary abbreviation, and as soon as you start typing LaunchBar displays the best matching choices, ready to be opened immediately. Start applications, open documents, invoke system services, compose emails, or navigate the Web--LaunchBar will be your essential servant.Version 6.1.1: General

  • Info Browsing can now be triggered by pressing and holding the right arrow key. This allows triggering Info Browsing without an additional modifier key.
  • New Yosemite Dark...

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19:34
Apple Posts iPhone 6 Commercials with Jimmy Fallon...

Apple has posted two new commercials to YouTube for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus starring Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and pop superstar Justin Timberlake. The first is called Huge, which focuses on the large screens on both devices. The second is called Cameras and talks about the new lenses, slow-motion videos, time-lapse videos, and image stabilization. Here are both commercials, in full.

Huge:

Cameras:

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19:32
Apple Debuts New Ads 'Huge' and '...

Apple today debuted two brand new ads called "Huge" and "Cameras", focusing on the larger sizes of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and all of the new features of the highly praised new camera in both devices. Both ads once again feature Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake having some banter. The first ad, "Huge", has Fallon and Timberlake talking about how big the new phones are. While Fallon points out "huge" new features like the Health app while Timberlake repeatedly points out how the phones are literally "huge". The second ad, "Cameras", has the duo talking about the camera features like time lapse, 240 frames per second slow-motion video and image stabilization for video while using their voices to vocally represent what each app does. The ads are the third and fourth in a new series of ads starring Fallon and Timberlake. Earlier today, Apple...

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19:30
Apple again taps Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon...

Apple on Monday released two new ads highlighting the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, calling back Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon to hype the new handsets' screen sizes and advanced camera functions.

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19:13
Apple airs new iPhone 6 ads “Huge” and “Cameras”...

Apple has started airing two new iPhone 6 ads starring the duo of Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. Tim Cook unveiled two ads starring the pair during the iPhone 6 announcement earlier this month with ads that focused on the Health application and size of the phone.
The new ads, dubbed “Huge” (above) and “Cameras” (below) started hitting airwaves tonight and focus once again on the size of the display and the upgraded cameras with enhanced image stabilization, slow-motion and time-lapse capabilities.

Apple announced earlier today that in the first weekend of availability customers had bought more than ten million of the new handsets.Filed under:...

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18:38
New iOS 8 hits 30 percent adoption, iPhone 6...

Apple has seen a near-doubling of user adoption of iOS 8 since it rocketed to 20 percent during its first two days of availability, and is now sitting at around 36 percent after the first weekend of iPhone 6 sales, according to figures from various aggregators including Mixpanel and Appsee. While still representing an astonishing uptake compared to any other computer or mobile platform, the figure is actually behind that of iOS 7 at the same point in its release....

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18:25
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus: In deep with Apple’s thinnest...

The iPhone 6 (left) and iPhone 6 Plus (right) have kicked small phones to the curb.

Andrew Cunningham

CN.dart.call("xrailTop", {sz:"300x250", kws:["top"], collapse: true});Big-screened iPhones are what the people want, and Apple has acquiesced. After months of part leaks and rumors, you can finally buy the newer, bigger, faster iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and it looks plenty of people are doing so.
Any review of the new phones needs to spend an extensive amount of time with these screens, since they're the headlining feature and the one that the most people will notice. We're going to spend a lot of time with them too, but there's a lot more going on here than just big displays—Apple has upgraded the phones' cameras, expanded their...

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18:22
New two-factor authentication app Lockdown launches...


A new iOS app for managing two-factor authentication keys called Lockdown launched this weekend with a set of unique features like the ability to sync your keys over iCloud with other devices (including an upcoming Mac counterpart). Accounts in the app will also be backed up along with your phone’s data so that you can restore the keys back to a new device, which isn’t possible with other two-factor apps.
Of course, while backing up the keys and syncing them with iCloud provide an increased level of convenience, it’s important to remember that those can also lead to a reduced level of security in some cases. It’s important to balance security with...

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18:01
Profiteers flipping iPhone 6 units to Chinese...

A combination of iPhone 6 launch supply constraints and a modified international rollout schedule have reportedly resulted in a fistfight at a Connecticut Apple Store, where out-of-town groups looking to profit on gray market resales vied for the short-stocked smartphone.

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18:00
Want a waterproof Apple Watch? Liquipel will offer...

Most of us here at TUAW were baffled by the lack of waterproofing on Apple's upcoming Watch. This is a device that will always be on your wrist, will accompany you to the shower if you forget to take it off, will go for a swim if you don't leave it...

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17:57
Farewell, Bonny Bodhi?


Well autumn is nigh upon us here in the Northern reaches of the Linux blogosphere, and any day now the a/c will downshift to "medium" over at the Broken Windows Lounge. Oktoberfest ales are selling like hotcakes, and more than a few bloggers are rejoicing at the end of the Dog Days at last. The world might feel once again like a happy and wondrous place but for the recent arrival of a sad bit of news. "I would like to announce today that I will no longer be actively developing Bodhi Linux," wrote developer Jeff Hoogland.

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17:28
Evernote 5.6.0 - Create searchable notes and access...

Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at anytime, from anywhere.

  • Create notes containing text and audio
  • Find printed and handwritten text within images
  • Clip application and web content directly into Evernote
  • Synchronize with the Evernote Service and access all notes, even ones taken using other clients

Version 5.6.0: Speed:

  • Sync is more than 3x faster. Users with lots of shared notebooks and Evernote Business users will see the biggest improvements.
  • New notes sync instantly so they're immediately accessible on your other devices.
  • Share notes without waiting for a sync to complete.
  • Launch and quit times have been reduced dramatically.
  • New keyboard shortcuts have been added to jump to the note list for easy...

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17:10
Google’s Eric Schmidt Said ALEC Lying about Climate...

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said publicly on Monday that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) was "literally lying" about climate change. In an interview on NPR, Mr. Schmidt said that his company's former association with ALEC was a "mistake," and that the lobbying group's stance on climate change was "making the world a much worse place."

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17:00
Speck cases for iPhone 6: Review and giveaway

Lucky you! You're going to see a pile of reviews of new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus accessories over the next couple of months. One of the more respected names in the accessory business for Mac and iOS devices is Speck, and the company sent along four of...

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16:25
Apple's new Products Brings a new Round of...

Since Apple's Special Event that launched the iPhone 6 and gave us a peek at the all-new Apple Watch, we've been rummaging through Apple's literature looking for possible patents that could have been fulfilled due to their new products. Of course with Apple's new mobile wallet service called "Apple Pay" rolling out – the Mother Lode was struck ...

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16:24
Chinese Site Reports Apple Planning October Release...

Apple is planning to release the next iPad in October, according to Chinese-language site Commercial Times. Citing sources in Apple's Chinese supply chain, the site said that Apple would release the "iPad Air 2" next month, while the iPad mini won't be updated until the first quarter of 2015.

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16:07
Podfather Fadell mourns discontinuation of iPod...

In a new interview for the magazine Fast Company, former Apple executive and head of the original iPod project Tony Fadell, now CEO of Nest at Google, mentions his sense of loss that the last large-capacity iPod, the iPod classic, has been discontinued by Apple. While lamenting the passing of the unit that modelled most closely the design of the original iPod, Fadell notes that Apple began thinking about what would kill the product within two years of it emerging....

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16:05
Rumor: Next-gen iPad Air to debut in October, Retina...

A rumor out of East Asia on Monday claims mass production of Apple's "iPad Air 2" starts this month ahead of an October release, while the second-generation iPad mini with Retina display could be pushed back into 2015.

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16:00
This floppy bulldog's true beauty is found with...

The iPhone 6 introduced Apple's first 240 frame per second slow motion video camera into the pockets of users lucky enough to pick one up. One of those iPhone 6 owners has posted the single best advertisement for the slow motion video camera with...

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15:57
In line with previous rumors, Apple said to be...


As has been previously rumored, Apple is said to be preparing for an October event to introduce an updated model of the iPad Air, according to the Commercial Times. Though earlier rumors of an event on October 21st have been shot down, there are still plenty of other days in October that Apple could hold the event.
In fact, the company is already expected to announce and release OS X Yosemite next month, as...

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15:46
[Sponsor] MacUpdate's Biggest App Bundle of the...

Don’t miss the best deal of the year on Mac apps with MacUpdate’s latest bundle. Take advantage of 90% savings on some of the newest and best apps, including: Toast 12 Titanium, Circus Ponies NoteBook 4, Tonality Pro, Scrivener, iStat Menus 5, NetShade 6, SimCity 4 Deluxe, and more.

Early buyers also get the productivity-boosting Ember, a 2013 “Best Mac App” pick by Apple.

Learn more about these award-winning titles and purchase your copy before time runs out!

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15:38
iPad Air 2 Rumored to Launch in October, Updated...

Apple has plans to introduce the next-generation iPad Air in October, according to Taiwan's Commercial Times [Google Translate]. The site says the updated tablet will enter production in September, shipping next month. Commercial Times also suggests that the next-generation Retina iPad mini might not launch alongside the iPad Air, coming instead in early 2015, with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro to follow in the...

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15:30
Poorly designed, MemoPics memory game is still fun,...

MemoPics is a free game for iPhone and iPad that gets inspiration from the classic memory match games in which you keep flipping over cards until you find all the matching pairs and eliminate the cards. That version of the game is built in to...

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14:39
iPhone 6 Plus Display is the best there is (well,...

Samsung’s recent Galaxy Note 4 apparently edged out the recent Apple iPhone 6 Plus in terms of display quality, even though the analyst reviewing it basically called Apple’s displays the best he’s seen to date.
In a report released Monday, DisplayMate’s Raymond Soneira—who does nothing more than test smartphone displays, by the way—called the iPhone 6 Plus display the “best performing smartphone LCD display that we have ever tested,” Soneira wrote. “The iPhone 6 Plus has raised the bar for top LCD display performance up by a notch,” he added.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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15:00
Scanbot for iOS gets an update and improves your...

Scanbot (US$1.99) advertises it can pretty much eliminate your desktop scanner, and it's hard to argue with that. My colleague Steve Sande looked at an earlier version of Scanbot and was impressed (he scans all paperwork that comes into his home with...

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14:49
Apple customer service hit by massive traffic spike...

While Apple's customer service team was able to cope with expectedly high traffic on iPhone 6 launch day, the company was apparently overwhelmed by callers a day later, causing wait times to increase to over 20 minutes.

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14:30
Shape up your golf game with Putting Bootcamp

The old adage is "drive for show and putt for dough" and refers to pro golfers where the best putters often make the most money. Well that also applies to us amateurs who are trying to best our golfing partners in a friendly wager. Now Putting...

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14:29
Adobe acquires photo-editing app, mobile SDK...

Adobe announced that it acquired a developer of software development kits (SDK) for photo-editing and third-party mobile software. Aviary's SDKs are to be folded into the Adobe Creative SDK, which the company is building as a development platform for mobile apps. Terms of the acquisition were not given, but Aviary was privately held....

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14:18
Beats Music headed towards shutdown, sources claim [...

[Updated with Apple denial] Despite recent efforts to promote the streaming service, Apple is planning to discontinue Beats Music, sources within Apple and Beats say. "Many" Beats Music engineers have reportedly been diverted to other projects, such as iTunes. The sources have no insight on what Apple plans to do with the service's technology....

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14:01
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus support faster charging, but...


Apple has apparently enabled much faster battery charging in the newest iPhone models, but you’d never know it if you only use the included power adapter. According to a change in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus discovered by iLounge, both of the new smartphones are equipped with the hardware to support 2.1A charging.
The problem? Apple only includes a 1A charger in the box. If you’ve been using that AC power adapter to recharge your phone, there’s a much faster way to do it. Since the iPad has long supported 2.1A charging, you can grab a charger for the Apple tablet and use that to achieve a much quicker charge.
Another way to benefit from this new capability is to plug your iPhone directly into a newer-model Mac,...

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14:00
6Tracker.com will notify you when your local Apple...

With over 10 million of Apple's new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models sold in the first weekend alone, it's understandable that Apple Stores are facing supply issues. You could call the Apple Store every day to check on stock, or you can use a new website...

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13:59
iOS 8 Users Seeing Issues With Battery Drain, Slow...

Released last week, iOS 8 is Apple's latest operating system update, bringing several new features like Continuity, third-party keyboards, Notification Center Widgets, and more. As with any new iOS update, users have been reporting several bugs in the operating system, with some of the more prevalent complaints pointing towards slow Wi-Fi speeds and problems with battery life. As outlined by PCMag, iOS 8 users on the Apple support forums have been complaining about Wi-Fi problems in a thread that now spans multiple pages, an issue that was confirmed by the site's own testing. It appears, based on complaints, that multiple devices may be affected by a Wi-Fi bug, including the iPhone 5s, the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, the iPad Air, the Retina iPad mini, and more.I also got an iPhone 6 on Friday, and noticed some sluggishness when connected to my home Wi-Fi network in New York. Twitter and Instagram photos...

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13:40
iOS 8: Hide and Unhide Images in Photos App

There may be times when you want to hand your iPhone to someone to let them scan through some photos. But perhaps there's a photo mixed in that you don't want to be seen. iOS 8 introduces a way to hide the photo.

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13:35
Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In...

An anonymous reader writes Apple has announced that it sold over 10 million new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models, just three days after the launch on September 19. From the article: "Chief Executive Tim Cook said the company could have sold even more iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models if supplies had been available. Analysts had estimated first-weekend sales of up to 10 million iPhones, after Apple booked record pre-orders of 4 million on Sept. 12, the day pre-orders opened." ...

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13:35
USB Type-C to support DisplayPort Alternate Mode,...

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) announced today that it has been working with the USB 3.0 Promoter Group to create a new DisplayPort mode that works in conjunction with USB Type-C. The new mode, dubbed DisplayPort Alternate Mode, could be used to drive monitor resolutions to "4K and beyond," as well as delivering up to 100 watts of power and SuperSpeed USB 3.1 data over a single Type-C cable....

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13:32
Apple May Shut Down Beats Music Brand, but Stay in...

Apple said on Monday that it may shutter the Beats Music brand when it comes to streaming music, but that it plans to say in the streaming music space. The comment was given to Re/code in the wake of a TechCrunch report claiming Apple was planning to shut down the entire service.

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13:31
At Climate Week, Cook claims profits, environment...

Speaking at Climate Week NYC earlier today, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that he was "optimistic" about his company's ability to influence climate change, as well as the prospect of people choosing "green" products over alternatives. "Consumers will vote with their dollars. There's no one out there that wants the planet to go in the wrong direction or to continue to go in the wrong direction," he explained....

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13:30
The tech in MyScript Smart Note is perfect for...

MyScript Smart Note is a note-taking app for iPad geared toward stylus users who want a comprehensive solution for jotting down handwritten notes that actually function like physical, organized notebooks rather than like sketches. It recognizes your...

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13:05
Reports say Apple may bring changes to Beats Music...

Beats' message upon acquisition; unclear if sunsetting Beats Music was on the table at the time.

Beats Audio

Dueling reports from TechCrunch and Recode Monday suggest that Apple is likely to bring changes to Beats Music, the streaming music service owned by Beats Audio. TechCrunch cites five anonymous sources from both Beats and Apple as saying that Apple plans to shut the service down, but Recode cites Apple spokesperson Tom Neumayr as saying TechCrunch's report is "not true," and that while the brand may fade away, Apple will keep it around and "modify it over time."

Apple originally...

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13:00
iPodFather Tony Fadell discusses the recent death of...

When Apple quietly pulled the iPod classic from its online store the day of the iPhone 6 event earlier this month, it meant the last iPod click wheel from Apple had finally been retired in place of touch screens and voice input. Tony Fadell, CEO of Google-acquired Nest Labs who is most known for his work in the iPod division at Apple through late 2008, spoke with Fast Company to discuss the death of the last click wheel iPod:
“I’m sad to see it go,” Fadell admits in a phone interview. “The iPod’s been a huge part of my life for the last decade. The team that worked on the iPod poured literally...

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13:00
Swatch co-inventor Elmar Mock is a fan of the Apple...

As one might have anticipated, the Apple Watch elicited its fair share of groans and critiques from traditional watchmakers who were quick to question the device's utility and design aesthetic. LVMH executive Jean-Claude Biver, for example, said that...

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12:30
Hey, Siri, please stop listening

iOS 8 makes Siri smarter and more accurate, but one feature of the newly improved virtual assistant has become a bit more annoying that it probably should be. The "Hey, Siri" command, which lets you activate her without touching your phone, as long...

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12:23
Apple updates Mail app for public, developer betas...

Apple has released an separate update of its Mail client for the public and developer betas of OS X Yosemite. The code "resolves an issue that may prevent composing a message," attached notes explain. Beta participants can download the update via the Mac App Store....

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12:20
Sony's PlayStation TV Could Be a Busy Little...


Sony Computer Entertainment on Monday confirmed that nearly 700 games will be available for its PlayStation TV system when it launches in the United States and Canada on Oct. 14. They will include popular and classic franchises such as Killzone: Mercenary, Final Fantasy, Twisted Metal and Metal Gear Solid. The PS TV is a non-portable variant of the PlayStation Vita. It arrived last November in Japan and will debut next month in North America, making its way to Europe a month later.

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12:19
Last Chance to Register for MacBook Air Giveaway

Today is the last day for you to register for the 11-inch MacBook Air giveaway we have with Stack Social. I love being able to promote this for our readers, because, you know, it's a frakking MacBook Air giveaway. All you have to do is sign up to receive TMO Deal emails, and boom, you're registered for the giveaway. Registration ends tomorrow (September 23rd, 2014), so if you want in, do it now.

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12:13
News: Apple to reportedly shutter Beats Music?

A new report from TechCrunch reveals that Apple may be planning to shut down its Beats Music subscription service. Citing “five sources, including several prominent employees at Apple and Beats,” the report notes that a number of engineers from the Beats Music team have already been moved to other projects at Apple such as iTunes. Although it remains unclear when this is expected to happen, all sources point to Apple planning to discontinue…

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12:00
Apple may end Beats Music brand, to keep...

Apple on Monday denied rumors that it is planning to shut down the Beats Music subscription service, but a new report claims the company is looking into a branding change to more closely align the property with other first-party offerings.

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12:00
iOS 8-ready: More apps are updated

iOS developers continue to update their apps to take advantage of iOS 8. Here's a list of a few more that you might want to check out.

Wunderlist (our full review here) has been updated with a new "Today" widget for the iOS 8 Notification Center,...

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11:58
Apple Reportedly Planning to Shut Down Beats Music

Apple is planning to discontinue Beats Music, the streaming music service that it acquired as part of an acquisition of Beats Electronics back in May. According to TechCrunch, multiple sources that include "several prominent employees at Apple and Beats" have confirmed that Apple is shutting down the music service.Many engineers from Beats Music have already been moved off the product and onto other projects at Apple, including iTunes. It's not clear when exactly Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre's music service will be shut down or what Apple will do with streaming, but every source with knowledge of the situation that we talked to agreed Apple plans to sunset the Beats Music brand.Apple first acquired Beats Music in May, and at the time, announced plans to leave the music service untouched. There were no plans to integrate Beats Music into iTunes, with the company suggesting that it would remain as...

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11:56
Western Digital My Passport Wireless

Western Digital's My Passport portable hard drives have all been appealingly small and ready to take pretty much anywhere -- except that they've depended on a computer for connectivity and power. Made entirely from plastic, My Passport Wireless ($180-$220) preserves the same compact design but is capable of fully wireless operation. A six-hour rechargeable battery and 802.11n MIMO Wi-Fi enable the 1TB or 2TB hard disk to stream media content to up…

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11:55
Tim Cook Q&A: the full interview on iPhone 6 and...

BusinessWeek:

Tim Cook was jubilant. It was Sept. 10, a day after the introduction of the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch at the Flint Center in Cupertino, Calif., and Apple’s chief executive officer couldn’t have been happier about reactions from the audience and the media. Cook sat down for an hour-long chat with Bloomberg Businessweek’s Josh Tyrangiel and Brad Stone.

I love how the interview ended.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:53
Apple workers spotted testing Apple Watch in public

Apple engineers have been spotted wearing the Apple Watch in public, according to various anecdotes on Twitter. "Saw a few Apple employees wearing the iWatch [sic] at a bus stop in mission. All were wearing the sport edition and carrying the iPhone six plus," writes one person. Another person claims to have seen someone wearing a gold model. The two cited incidents both took place in San Francisco, a home base for many Apple workers....

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11:50
Apple says Beats Music service not shutting down,...

According to a report from TechCrunch, Apple plans to shut down the Beats Music streaming service it recently acquired through its acquisition of Beats. The report cites several sources close to the situation including “several prominent employees at Apple and Beats”:
Many engineers from Beats Music have already been moved off the product and onto other projects at Apple, including iTunes. It’s not clear when exactly Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre’s music service will be shut down or what Apple will do with streaming, but every source with knowledge of the situation that we talked to agreed Apple plans to sunset the Beats Music brand.
Update:...

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11:37
Apple's A8-powered iPhone 6 & 6 Plus...

The new silicon at the heart of Apple's recently-released iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has increased the company's lead in smartphone application processor performance, according to data released on Monday, with the A8 improving on the already industry-leading 64-bit A7.

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11:30
Waiting on those 6 Plus Cases

As TUAW editor-in-chief Victor Agreda, Jr. put it, my new iPhone 6 Plus is a dropportunity waiting to happen. I've put in an order for a new case to protect my baby (review to follow when it finally shows up.) Until then, I've had to make do,...

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11:12
Apple CEO Tim Cook shares 'optimistic'...

Taking part in the Climate Week NYC kickoff on Monday, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook expressed a self-described "optimistic" outlook on his company's ability to affect climate change, saying that he believes that consumers, when given the choice, will do the right thing and buy green products.

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11:00
iPhone 6 slo-mo at 240 fps is awesome; watch wine...

We're so impressed with the new iPhone 6's slo-mo capabilities, we had to share some more examples.

Late last week The Verge posted photos of Iceland taken with the iPhone 6 Plus and the results are nothing short of astounding. If you haven't seen...

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10:44
Strong iPhone 6 Sales Boost Canaccord’s AAPL Target...

Following Apple's announcement that it sold over 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones over its launch weekend, Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley raised his target price for the company's stock from US$112 up to $115 citing demand for the new models.

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10:30
iPhone 6 tops competition in benchmarks, battery life

Apple's annual iPhone update always brings with it a nice bump in specs, and this year is no different. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are currently being put through their paces by the benchmarking gurus at AnandTech, and the preliminary results show that...

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10:21
China blocks privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo

The privacy-centric search engine DuckDuckGo is unable to be used in China. Selling itself as a service which does not collect personal information about its users, DuckDuckGo has been inaccessible in the country since earlier this month, and though there is no official explanation from any party, it is believed to be an act of censorship by the Chinese government....

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10:20
News: Report: iOS 8 adoption rate estimated at 30%

Several research and analytics firms have reported that iOS 8 adoption has reached 30% following the first weekend of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales, based on in-app analytics reported by Fiksu, Mixpanel, Appsee, and Chitika. While this number is up from the estimated 15% adoption following the initial iOS 8 public release last week, it still falls short of the almost 50% of users that had updated to iOS 7 by this time last year. The higher adoption…

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10:13
Rumor has 12-inch MacBook Air dropping most ports,...

Apple's thinner, 12-inch MacBook Air will forego many of the ports seen on current MacBooks, a new report claims. The claim comes from the same site that suggested the computer will come in gold, silver, and space gray colors, like the iPhone 6. The new report further indicates that Apple is planning to adopt the reversible USB Type C standard, and might include an adapter with the laptop for the sake of backwards compatibility....

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10:05
Apple releases Mail app update for OS X Yosemite...


Apple today has released an update to OS X Yosemite’s official Mail application via Software Update in the Mac App Store. It’s available for both developers and customers on the public beta. Apple says that the update fixes an issue related to users being unable to compose messages. It’s interesting that Apple issued this update as a standalone fix versus an entirely new developer preview. Apple released new developer and public betas for Yosemite last week. The final OS is expected to ship in late October.
...

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10:01
∞ USA, Canada “iPhone Availability” pages

Haven’t picked up a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus yet? Apple has posted these to help you see if there are even any in your neighbourhood.

Canada iPhone 6 Availabilty page

USA iPhone 6 Availabilty page

For the USA page, you’ll have to make your choice of iPhone and then scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and click on the link for “Available for pickup: Check availability”. If you know of similar links for other countries, please post them in the comments section.

Thanks to Sly Marton for the Canada link and...

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10:00
Three days with the iPhone 6 Plus

I've now had enough time with the iPhone 6 Plus to really get a feel for the device, so I thought I'd follow up Friday's "quick look" with a more detailed look at what's to like or dislike about the big new iPhone.

Battery Life

The folks at iFixit...

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09:55
Tim Cook says new Apple ‘Spaceship’ HQ will be the...

As we shared this morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook today participated in the Climate Week NYC environment-focused conference to speak on behalf of Apple and the company’s efforts on preserving the planet. During his interview, Cook stated that Apple’s new headquarters will be what he thinks is the greenest building on the planet:
“We’re building a new headquarters that will, I think, be the greenest building on the planet. It’ll be a center for innovation, and it’s something clearly our employees want and we want.
Cook’s comments came in the context of discussing Apple’s efforts to monitor the environmental impact of the supply chain behind Apple’s products, not just Apple-operated facilities and improving the carbon footprint of other facilities. Cook echoed past comments by saying that Apple will focus on the...

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09:43
iPhone 6 Plus display called ‘best ever’ but…

DisplayMate has put the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus through its usual rigorous display quality tests today, giving us a look at how the displays have improved and the differences between the two models.
The iPhone 6 Plus gets particularly high praise in the report with DisplayMate calling it “the Best performing Smartphone LCD” it’s ever tested. For the iPhone 6, however, that means not as great of a showing thanks to the display’s lower resolution and pixel density:

…it is particularly important to have as many pixels as possible when digitally rescaling images from their native resolution to the display that they are being viewed on. Most images require rescaling and most rescaled images (from either higher or lower resolutions) with fine text and graphics look...

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09:39
Marriott Plays With Sensory-Rich Virtual Reality...


Marriott Hotels last week introduced a new vacation opportunity: instant teleportation from New York City to the beaches of Hawaii or downtown London -- no uncomfortable airplane trip required. The journeys are virtual, using 4D sensory technology based on Oculus Rift. Travel enthusiasts are able to see, hear and even feel what it's like to be present in locales halfway across the globe by stepping into a Teleporter -- a phone booth-style structure equipped with the Oculus Rift DK2 virtual reality headset, wireless headphones and a suite of on-board 4D sensory elements.

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09:35
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-22

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales hit record numbers for Apple over the weekend. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about the iPhone 6 launch, share some of their first impressions on Apple's latest iPhone models, look at some of their favorite features, and talk about the fix to get AT&T's MicroCell to see your new iPhone.

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09:33
Next-gen USB 3.1 Type-C connector will support...

The new USB 3.0 reversible Type-C connector will also support DisplayPort Alternate Mode with screen resolutions of "4K and beyond," the standards setting group behind the technology announced on Monday.

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09:30
iOS 8 app switcher good. Recent contacts bad.

While many people may love the "recent contacts" feature in the iOS 8 app switching jump screen, I personally don't. Showing a bunch of names and faces each time I want to move from app-to-app isn't my cup of tea as I find it visually...

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09:28
Apple engineers apparently already testing the Apple...

*Actors, not actual Apple employees
The Apple Watch is only shipping early next year, after being announced earlier this month, and Apple engineers are reportedly already sporting the wearable in the wild. According to reports on Twitter, Apple engineers have been spotted with the sport model at their usual bus stops en route to work:

Saw a few Apple employees wearing the iWatch at a bus stop in mission. All were wearing the sport edition and carrying the iPhone six plus.
— Rohit J (@rohitjenveja) September 22, 2014

Of course, they were carrying the new iPhones, too. We’ll know how the battery life is if...

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09:15
Daily Deals for September 22, 2014, featuring...

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

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

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09:01
New Reversible USB Type-C Standard Gains Support for...

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) today announced a DisplayPort Alternate Mode for the upcoming USB Type-C connector standard, which will let USB-Type C connectors and cables deliver DisplayPort signals. As noted by AnandTech, DisplayPort technology built into USB Type-C has the potential to connect monitors, cables, docking stations, and more. With the ability to support displays and carry video data via USB, USB Type-C could potentially serve as the next Thunderbolt connector, powering 4K and higher resolution displays. The DisplayPort Alt Mode repurposes some or all of the four existing SuperSpeed USB lanes to deliver full DisplayPort performance, and uses other signaling available in the USB Type-C connector for DisplayPort's AUX channel and HPD (Hot Plug...

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09:00
Screenshot shows the immensity of the iPhone 6 Plus

The iPhone 6 Plus is an enormous phone, and this screenshot posted on Twitter by Brian Henderson puts Apple's 'bigger than bigger' tagline into perspective.

"Screenshot from the original iPhone compared to a screenshot from an iPhone 6 Plus. Crazy"...

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08:56
AOC releases new 24-inch gaming monitor

AOC (us.aoc.com) has announced the US$449 AOC 24-inch Gaming Monitor, powered by NVIDIA G-Sync technology and designed for competitive gamers.
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08:55
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 22...

Notable software releases this week include Audio Hijack Pro 2.11.3, Nicecast 1.11.3, and Airfoil 4.8.9, Security Update 2014-004 (Lion and Mountain Lion), Safari 6.2 and 7.1, BusyCal 2.6, and TunnelBear 2.4.2. 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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08:55
ExtraBITS for 22 September 2014

Tim Cook features heavily in ExtraBITS this week, with the second part of his interview with Charlie Rose along with another interview in Bloomberg Businessweek. Also, some bad news for tinkerers: the NFC chip in the iPhone 6 is only for Apple Pay, at least for now. 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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08:49
Apps: LaunchBar, Monosnap, Audio Hijack Pro
08:47
Centrify further extends Apple device management to...

Centrify Corp. (www.centrify.com) — which specializes in unified identify management across data center, cloud and mobile environments — has launched Centrify for Mac 2014.1, a core component of the Centrify User Suite.
With this new release Centrify says it's easing the burden for Mac administrators by giving them additional cloud-based management options while also enhancing its on-premises Active Directory support for the Mac platform. In addition, Centrify has enhanced its mobile device management capabilities to include support for iOS 8.
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08:40
HomeKit support present in latest Apple TV firmware...

The latest Apple TV firmware also includes support for HomeKit, the home automation platform built into iOS 8, a source for Forbes notes. Apple hasn't promoted the fact, and the source suggests this is because there's little reason to do so until other peripherals support it. While HomeKit is available as a platform, and partners like Honeywell and Philips have been announced, certified products haven't begun reaching stores....

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08:30
iOS 8 adoption may be low, but iPhone 6 adoption is...

iOS 8 adoption may be off to a slower start than iOS 7, but consumers seem to be picking up the iPhone 6 models in droves. Just when you might have assumed that the days of consumers standing in line for hours for the latest iPhone model were long...

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08:29
Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your IPhone In a...

Nerval's Lobster writes Placing your iPhone in the microwave will destroy the phone, and possibly the microwave. While that might seem obvious to some people, others have fallen for the "Wave" hoax making its way around online. The fake advertisement insists that the new iOS 8 allows users to charge their iPhones by placing them in a "household microwave for a minute and a half." Microwave energy will not charge your smartphone. To the contrary, it will scorch the device and render it inoperable. If you nuke your smartphone and subsequently complain about it online, people will probably make fun of you. (If you want a full list of things not to place in a microwave, no matter how pretty the flames, check this out.) ...

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08:15
iPhone opening weekend sales over the years

It’s just incredible to see how many people are buying iPhones. Every year analysts say sales are slowing and every year Apple proves them wrong.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:00
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad 4 WiFi + AT&T LTE...

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 iPad w/ Retina display 128GB AT&T LTE $499 shipped (orig. $929)more

Couldn’t score a 128GB iPhone 6 or 6 Plus? Add...

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08:00
Some of the best slow-motion video samples from the...

One of the most fun features of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is the slow motion video capture that now offers a stunning 240FPS option. With the new iPhone models now in the hands of people around the world, you can expect a wave of slow motion...

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07:51
Sprint says iPhone 6 debut was its most successful...

via Apple.com
Sprint’s newly appointed CEO Marcelo Claure shared on Twitter over the weekend that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus debut marked the most successful iPhone launch in Sprint’s history.
Thanks to all the @sprint employees today who contributed to the most Succesful iPhone launch in our history It's a privilege to lead Sprint— MarceloClaure (@marceloclaure) September 20, 2014
The announcement fits right with Apple’s announcement that the...

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07:45
iPhone 6 Plus Display Judged 'Best Smartphone...

DisplayMate, which routinely performs thorough testing of display quality on a variety of electronics, has released its iPhone 6 Display Technology Shoot-Out, taking a look at the performance of Apple's latest handsets using new "Retina HD" technology. While DisplayMate's Ray Soneira has not shied away from criticizing Apple's displays on some recent devices, he found the iPhone 6 Plus to have the "best performing Smartphone LCD display that we have ever tested" while the iPhone 6 also scored well in testing. While the "best ever" designation includes the caveat of applying to LED displays and DisplayMate continues to rate the OLED display from the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 as the best overall smartphone display, the gains seen in the iPhone 6 and particularly the iPhone 6 Plus are impressive.Based on...

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07:39
Skype for iPhone, Google Chrome updated with iOS 8...

The avalanche of app updates bringing compatibility with Apple's latest mobile operating system continued with offerings from two of the world's largest companies on Monday, as Microsoft brought interactive notifications to Skype for iPhone and Google added app extension support to Chrome.

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07:35
News: Daily Deal: Get Wireless Feather Buds for only...

Today in iLounge Deals you can grab a pair of Wireless Feather Buds Bluetooth earphones for only $24.99—60% off the normal price. A perfect mix of comfort, convenience, and high-quality sound, these bluetooth headphones are packed with great features. The noise-cancelling outer shell isolates the sounds you want to hear, and the lightweight and tangle-free design allows you to use and wear the earbuds comfortably. Bluetooth support provides…

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07:32
Chrome iOS update enables third-party app extensions...

Google today updated its Chrome browser for iPhone and iPad with support for iOS 8’s new third-party App Extensions feature. That means that Chrome’s sharing menu will now show additional sharing options from apps you have installed supporting the new App Extensions feature. We previously put together a roundup of some of the best apps offering App Extensions when iOS 8 launched.
Google says the update, version 37.0.2062.60, also includes iOS 8 compatibility, stability improvements, and bug fixes.
The updated Chrome app for iPhone and iPad is available on the App Store now.
What’s New in Version 37.0.2062.60
• Supports using 3rd party App Extensions to post and share content.
• iOS 8...

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07:30
Apple announces 10 million iPhone 6 handsets sold...


Another year, another broken record.
Per Macworld, Apple announced on Monday that it sold ten million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models combined after the first weekend of availability—a new record for launch weekend iPhone sales. It’s no surprise, after Apple announced last Monday that iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders hit 4 million in the first 24 hours alone.
The latest iPhones became available on Friday, September 19th in 10 countries and territories worldwide.
Apple’s latest sales record beats the company’s 2013 iPhone launch weekend for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, which topped out at nine million devices.
However, the iPhone 5s and 5c were...

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07:23
The seamy underbelly of waiting in line for the new...

[VIDEO] Casey Neistat is a long time self-professed Apple nerd and documentary filmmaker. His latest effort involves the cultural change in the lines of people waiting overnight for new Apple product, a sea change from the early days of Apple fanatics, to the current lineups populated (at least in the case of these Manhattan Apple Stores) by people trying to make a buck.

At first blush, this was a little hard to take. It seemed like victimization, pure and simple. But then I read this piece by Dave Aiello.

I think what’s important to note about this film is that the...

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07:12
Apple to hold iPad Air, Yosemite-focused media event...


Following up on the heels of the iPhone 6 launch and the Apple Watch announcement, Apple has stated that the company will be holding its next media event on Tuesday, October 21st, where the company is expected to unveil two new iPad models and announce the release of OS X Yosemite, the next version of its Mac operating system, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Last year, Apple held an event on Oct. 22, where it announced the iPad Air, second generation iPad mini, and released OS X Mavericks.

Specific details as to the new iPad Air’s features have yet to be released, albeit speculation has been prevalent as to better processors, better cameras and the incorporation of a Touch ID system for the tablets.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and remember to check in with the PowerPage for live coverage of the media event come October 21st.

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07:10
Bono says Apple has 885 million iTunes accounts,...


In an Irish radio interview, Bono discusses his various collaborations with Apple, as transcribed by TUAW. Interesting, Bono claims Apple now has 885 million iTunes accounts (up from 800 million as officially announced in April). With his work on a mysterious new music format, he aims to help Apple cross the billion accounts mark. The new medium has apparently been underway for a while, spanning back to a conversation with Steve Jobs in 2009.
So 5 years ago I began a conversation with Steve Jobs at my house in France and I said to Steve: “How is it that for...

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07:06
Apple's Ultra-Slim 12-Inch Notebook Rumored to...

Following a previous report claiming Apple's much-rumored 12" ultra-slim notebook is planned to arrive in silver, gold, and space gray color options, Jack March has issued a follow-up report sharing additional details on the machine. According to March's report, which MacRumors believes to be based on legitimate information, the new notebook has a much thinner design the appears to sacrifice many of the usual ports seen on Apple's current notebooks and may adopt the new reversible USB Type C connector that has seen its specifications recently finalized.A source familiar with Apple’s plans describes the 12 inch Macbook Air as having a noticeably thinner design, the source wouldn’t give dimensions however noted that the...

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07:03
After Apple's record setting launch, analysts...

Even without launching in China, Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus got off to a record start with 10 million units sold in three days, and analysts on Wall Street reacted Monday with enthusiasm, expressing their high hopes for this year's upgrade cycle.

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Fast news day

Given that this is the week the iPhone launched, it's not surprising there was very little to be gleaned from the rumor mill amongst all the actual, real news happening in the tech world. Matter of fact, neither of the stories cited below are actual...

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06:50
iPhone 6 first weekend beats last year’s iPhone 5...

Megan Geuss

For the third September in a row, people around the United States have queued up (physically and virtually) to buy the latest Apple iPhone—and for the third September in a row, Apple has sold a hell of a lot of iDevices. A report this morning from The New York Times indicates that the Cupertino company has delivered more than 10 million shiny new iPhones 6 and 6 Plus, a number that The Times characterizes as being at the high end of analyst expectations.

Last year, with the introduction of the iPhone 5S and 5C, Apple sold somewhere in the area of nine million devices (though there weren’t as many gold devices as some shoppers would have liked). This year, Apple’s decision to offer larger screens has...

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06:48
iPhone 6/6 Plus sales topped 10 million in three...

During their launch weekend, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus achieved 10 million in unit sales, Apple says. The number bests the company's previous iPhone record, some 9 million achieved by the 5s and 5c last year. The 6 and 6 Plus are currently available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK, and the US. The company says it plans to reach another 20 countries on September 26th, and hit a total of 115 by the end of the year....

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06:31
More 12-inch MacBook Air details: reversible USB...

Following a report earlier this month that claimed Apple was readying its long-rumored 12-inch MacBook Air in iPhone-style space gray and gold options, the Jack Marsh is now back with more details of the next-gen Macbooks. According to the report, Apple will move from the current USB ports to the new slimmer, reversible USB Type C introduced last month by the USB 3.0 Promoter Group. It will also feature a “noticeably thinner design” and remove the current MagSafe charging solution. 9to5mac has reason to believe he has knowledge of Apple’s upcoming MacBook Airs.
Other details in the report line up with...

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05:59
Record broken: iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus sales top 10...

Another year, another record breaking debut for the latest iPhone. Apple announced on Monday that it sold ten million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models combined after the first weekend of availability—a new record for launch weekend iPhone sales. It's no surprise, after Apple announced last Monday that iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders hit 4 million in the first 24 hours alone.
The latest iPhones became available on Friday, September 19 in 10 countries and territories worldwide.  To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:06
Tim Cook to speak at Climate Week NYC at 12PM Eastern

Apple CEO Tim Cook is due to speak at the Climate Week NYC conference at 12PM Eastern time, or 9AM Pacific. The conference is an annual gathering themed around sustainability, and for 2014 there is a special emphasis on lowering carbon emissions. Cook will be joined by other corporate heads from firms such as IKEA and Bloomberg. A livestream link is embedded below....

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