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Friday September 19

10:00
MyRoll replaces the camera roll iOS 8 took away

With iOS 8, Apple reworked how its iOS Camera app stores photos. If you liked it the way it was, MyRoll (free, universal) can help. It restores your Camera Roll, putting your photos back they way you had them before iOS 8.

MyRoll puts everything in...

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09:58
Cook appears at Palo Alto Apple Store, Ahrendts...

For today's iPhone 6 launch, Apple CEO Tim Cook made an appearance at the Palo Alto Apple Store, while retail head Angela Ahrendts helped launch the phone in Sydney, Australia -- one of the first places in the world to get the device. Cook is said to have taken selfie photos with the crowd, and joked that he'd got the phone several months ago. Ahrendts was spotted talking with Apple Store clerks....

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09:49
Goodbye, Camera Roll: Where to find your photos in...

Apple has reimagined the way photos are stored on your devices with iOS 8, but it has become a source of confusion for users and causes compatibility problems with some third-party apps. AppleInsider took a look at where your photos have gone and how to find them again.

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09:44
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-19

It's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch day, and the lines for Apple's new smartphones are even longer than last year. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on those lines, plus the follow up on their iOS 8 update homework from yesterday, and all three offer up some cool iOS 8 tips.

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09:42
Chromium 37.0.2062.122 - Fast and stable open-source...

Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web. FreeSMUG-Free OpenSource Mac User Group build is based on the stable Chromium code plus "Check for Updates..." command. Version 37.0.2062.122:

  • OS X 10.6 or later

Download Now

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09:40
SSDs for metadata

Forums: HardwareTags: Active StorageActiveRAIDssdI talked with someone who added some Intel SD3700s to a Promise x30. They used them for metadata on a volume with an extremely diverse set of data (big and small), but primarily so they could get better performance for the millions of tiny files they were serving. The person I spoke with said they actually worked with Promise to make sure drive support was included in the latest firmware. Our ActiveRAIDs are out of warranty now, but I'd still like to get a couple more years out of them.
Has anyone tried something similar with...

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09:31
Friday Deals: 240GB SSD, touchscreen monitor, $15...

Standing in line at the Apple store? We aren't, so this afternoon, we're going to take a look at sales, and bring you what we think are some of the best deals on prime apps, gadgets, and peripherals for you, the discriminating MacNN and Electronista reader. All prices are verified at the time of publication, and any sales may not be valid if you're reading a few days down the line. Check pricing before you click buy. We do add deals over the weekend, so keep checking!...

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09:30
Paging Colonel Panic to the White Courtesy iPhone

TUAW love Colonel Sanders and kernels of popcorn, but as far as colonels and kernels go, you probably don't want a kernel panic on your brand new iPhone 6. Reader Jason Lang sent in this screen of sadness.

Normally, iOS devices automatically reboot...

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09:27
∞ Scottish insults

I love the Scottish accent.

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07:55
iPhone 6 launches in 10 countries: #iPhoneLine...

Happy iPhone 6 Day Plus, everybody. Apple’s newest smartphone goes on sale Friday, and in 10 countries around the world people are finally buying their phones, some after waiting in line for heroic stretches of time. All night the #iPhoneLine hashtag has been sizzling on Twitter and Instagram, as Apple fans do what they love—take pictures with their iPhones and post them online as artfully filtered squares. Here are some of our favorites. Thanks to everyone for sharing!
They lined up early in Japan

It wouldn't be a Japanese #iphoneline without a battalion of security guards. #tokyo pic.twitter.com/wfdh4kcFDvTo read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:07
Screen size matters to Apple fans in line for the...

Apple fans were out early in full force in Boston and New York Friday morning to buy the larger screen iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus have some of the “the biggest advancements in iPhone history,” Apple said when it announced the new smartphones last week. But larger screens are what drew some to stand in lines outside stores on a chilly morning in both cities.At Apple’s Fifth Avenue store in New York the line, which snaked around a city block, started to form on Aug. 31, before the smartphones were announced. The New York City Police Department barricaded some parts of the block to control the crowd.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:04
Google Search iOS app renamed ‘Google’, adds...

Google just updated its Google Search app for iOS and in the process renamed it to simply “Google”, which seems to make a bit more sense considering the app integrates Google Now features and much beyond just search. Also in today’s update: new features for Chromecast and additional Google Now cards.
For Chromecast users, the app now allows users to ask “What’s on Chromecast?” and jump right into the Chromecast app to begin casting content to a TV. The update also includes new Google Now cards that Google says offer “personalized TV recommendations and traffic information.”
Version 4.2.0 of the Google app is available on the App Store now.

What’s New in Version 4.2.0
This update includes new Google Now cards for personalized TV recommendations and traffic information. Chromecast users can...

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09:04
Tim Cook unlocks the doors at Apple's Palo Alto...

As he has done in years past, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook was on-hand at his local Apple Store in Palo Alto, Calif., on Friday to help kick off sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as take pictures and joke around with fans [updated with more pics].

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09:03
Free ebooks from Apple

Apple:

Get started with these great free books.

Ten ebooks from Apple, ranging from crime fiction to comic books to Young Adult to classics. Thanks to Rob Griffiths for the link.
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09:03
U2 Giveaway Shows We’ve Entered The Age of Digital...

When is a gift not really a gift? Who really owns your phone? What makes music so important to us? Josh Centers ponders the backlash against Apple’s free gift of a U2 album and concludes that it could have been handled far better, though perhaps that wouldn’t have served the promotional needs of either U2 or Apple. 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
SACOM protests labor abuses during Hong Kong iPhone...

The launch of the iPhone 6 at Apple's Hong Kong store has been tumultuous, accounts say. Police were brought in to disperse people waiting in line without reservations, and a regional activist group -- Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour -- took advantage of the event to protest what it says are ongoing abuses by Apple suppliers. The group unfurled a large banner over the store reading "iSlave 6, Harsher than harsher, Still made in sweatshops," and published a new document about a nearly year-long investigation into one of Apple's most important suppliers, Pegatron.......

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08:41
Apple's Angela Ahrendts: A Phenomenal Start to...

Angela Ahrendts, Apple's Senior VP, Retail and Online Stores, was on hand at the Sydney Australia Apple Store this morning greeting the very first Apple fans in the world to get their hands on the exciting new iPhone 6.

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08:36
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Successfully Survive...

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were subjected to their first drop test yesterday after the two devices went on sale in Australia. While the 6 and 6 Plus fared well when dropped on their backs, the screens did see significant shattering when dropped face down on the concrete. A second drop test conducted today saw somewhat different results. Android Authority dropped the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus in several different ways, including face down, and the two devices saw little damage aside from scuffs. Even when dropped on their faces with a decent amount of force from waist high, the screens remained intact. A similar result was seen after a genuine accidental drop. The first person to receive an iPhone 6 in Australia opened up the package on camera and immediately dropped the phone on the hard ground, where it miraculously came away...

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08:32
Carrot Fit

CARROT is a sadistic AI construct with one simple goal: to transform your flabby carcass into a Grade A specimen of the human race. She will do whatever it takes – including threatening, inspiring, ridiculing, and bribing you – to make this happen.

This really is a great app.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:27
iPhone 6 launches to enthusiastic crowds

At long last, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets are out.
Down at the Apple Store location on University Avenue in Palo Alto, the line attendees, led by Abdul Karim of Fremont, California, were more than ready. Karim, who had set up a lawn chair outside the Apple Store early Tuesday afternoon, appeared relaxed and ready the day before the iPhone 6 launch, spending time camping out in the line with his brother, Faz.
First in line attendee Abdul Karim at the Apple Store iPhone 6 launch in Palo Alto.
“We could have pre-ordered it, but it’s just time bonding with my brother, my cousin’s here with me too, so we’re having fun just camping out together,” said Karim. “Apple’s been fantastic. They’ve been telling us ‘if you need anything, water, umbrellas, whatever, just request it.’ Other than that, it’s Palo Alto, it’s a nice area, it’s fun.”
When asked what the most compelling feature of...

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08:18
Shawn Blanc on the Kindle Voyage

I always enjoy reading Shawn’s thoughts and reviews. I never really got the Kindle and still don’t.
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08:14
Tim Cook Helps Kick Off iPhone 6 Sales at Palo Alto...

With Apple's retail stores beginning sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus today, customers have been lining up to either pick up their pre-ordered devices or take their chances on launch-day supplies without reservations. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster conducted his annual line count at Apple's flagship Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan and found a record 1,880 people in line at 8:00 AM, an increase of 33% over last year's line. Tim Cook at final employee meeting before opening doors of Palo Alto store (via @CNBCnow) Apple executives are also getting into the spirit of the iPhone launch, with CEO Tim Cook making his traditional visit to the Palo Alto store to greet customers. Cook walked the line and posed for photos with customers before heading into the store to...

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08:12
Keylogger

Some have pointed out that password fields are excluded from using an alternative keyboard. This tells me that even Apple is a bit concerned about the consequences of logging key strokes. I’m not sure about everyone else, but I generally use a password to protect all of the other things I write with my keyboard. If every other keystroke is logged and transmitted to a server, my password becomes far less relevant.

This is worrisome.
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08:11
How to back up your data and move it to your new...

Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are making their way into consumers' hands today, and one of the first tasks for iPhone owners will be moving their content to their new device. AppleInsider walks you through the process of backing up and restoring data using iCloud and iTunes.

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08:02
Logoist for Mac OS X gets group management feature,...

Synium Software (www.syniumsoftware.com) has updated Logoist, its vector drawing app, to version 2.0. The upgrade comes with a layer group management feature, Boolean operations, a vector export feature, a preset assistant, new filters, new presets and more.
Logoist 2 is designed for both home and professional users. Its interface provides access to features ranging from combined pixel and vector-based effects to group management tools, including arbitrary Boolean operations.
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08:00
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iTunes GC 33% off, iPhone 6/6...

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:

$15 iTunes gift card for $10: save 33% on future apps, music, movies, more
ArmorSuit iPhone 6/6 Plus screen protectors for...

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08:00
Daily Deals for September 19, 2013, featuring the...

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

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

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07:54
Punch-BD is new Mac compatible bass drum virtual...

Virtual instrument and effects plug-in developer, Rob Papen Soundware, has released Punch-BD, a bass drum virtual instrument for Mac (OS X 10.6 or higher) and Windows (Vista, 7, and 8). It's based around the BD module of the company's Punch drum synthesis/sampler software instrument and is designed to enable users to create the "biggest-sounding bass drums around."
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07:26
Fifth Avenue iPhone 6 line spans 12 blocks; 6 Plus...

While other Apple Stores saw large lines for this morning's iPhone 6 launch, the Fifth Avenue outlet in New York City saw a lineup stretching 12 city blocks, according to Business Insider. By 6AM, it had extended from 59th and 5th to 71st and 5th, despite overnight temperatures dropping to about 54F. To deal with the wait and the weather, people brought chairs, coats, and blankets....

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07:23
iFixit tears new iPhones apart, finds they’re pretty...

The iPhone 6 Plus, exploded.

iFixit

When you want to know more about the stuff inside your phone without actually taking it apart, you can count on iFixit to make the sacrifice for you. Late last night, the site began (and eventually completed) its teardowns of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, revealing slightly more detailed information about the insides of both devices, as well as how difficult to repair they'll be if you happen to break them.
Like the iPhone 5 and 5S, the first step toward dismantling an iPhone 6 is to remove a pair of Pentalobe screws flanking the Lightning port, then lifting up the screen with a suction...

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07:20
Launch Day Survey Says iPhone 6 Plus is the Go-to...

Despite the pre-order frenzy a week ago, shoppers are lining up in droves to get ahold of Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and the favorite so far is the larger screen model. Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um surveyed lines outside Apple Stores in New York City Friday morning, and he found over 60 percent were hoping to get an iPhone 6 Plus, and they want the 64GB and 128GB models.The Mac Observer Spin: Long lines for big screen iPhones. Too bad interest in iPhone is gone.

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07:15
First Impressions of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus: Sleek Look...

While the official reviews of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were published several days ago, with the devices now making their way into customers' hands we are starting to see broader first impressions of the larger iPhones. Case from MacRumors giveaway, based on rumored design specs (Photo by @adam_moreno) Several posters in our forums have highlighted the high-quality "Retina HD" displays on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but have observed that apps yet to be optimized for the larger displays appear "quite blurry" or "'big' and disgusting" due to scaling issues. Photo by jchiou Another aspect being noticed by...

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07:09
iPhone Apps: Instapaper, 1Password, Dropbox
07:06
Siri partners with Shazam to recognize songs in iOS 8

Users running iOS 8 on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch can now ask Siri to listen to what song is currently playing and will identify it via Shazam, and also offer users a link to buy the track from the iTunes Store.

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07:06
Tim Cook visits Palo Alto Apple Store for iPhone 6...

via Martin Williams
Apple’s leadership is out in full force today for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch across the globe.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has been spotted at the company’s local Apple Store in Palo Alto, California, to be a part of the crowd and watch the new iPhone debut. Cook reportedly joked with the crowd saying he got the new iPhone several months ago. As evident by Twitter, the Apple CEO has shared in the excitement by taking selfies with the crowd.
On the other side of the world, Apple’s recently appointed SVP of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts helped kick off the new iPhones launch in Sydney, Australia, where the iPhone went on sale at 8 am local time several hours ago.
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07:05
Windows users get iCloud Drive support while Mac...

While developers are warning iOS 8 and Mac users to avoid upgrading to Apple’s new iCloud Drive feature before the release of OS X Yosemite, Windows users now have access with an updated iCloud for Windows utility released by Apple. With the update, Windows users can now view and edit content stored in iCloud Drive through File Explorer (via Ars Technica).
As for Mac users, Apple explains in its support document: “If...

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07:00
Searching for the big idea behind the little Apple...

Unlike the iPhone and the iPad, which created entirely new design spaces, the Apple Watch looks to be following the market, not leading it. We've seen the Fitbit. We've seen the Pebble. We've seen Google Glass. So why should we care in the slightest...

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05:57
Hey, where's my iPhone 6? Find out with these...

It’s Friday, September 19. Do you know where your new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus is? Hopefully, it’s already on the back of that UPS truck, making the rounds, and you’re sitting at home, anxiously waiting for it to show up at your door. Or perhaps your phone isn’t in the first batch of preorders, but will be on its way within the next week or two.
Sure, you could just wait and guess when it’ll show up, but that’s not why we have tracking numbers. Here are three tools you can use to track your iPhone before it even arrives. FlightAware

If your iPhone isn’t scheduled to arrive today, I have some good news for you: When it does finally ship in the next few weeks, you can track its exact flight and watch it make the journey to your doorstep. FlightAware, a live flight tracking website, built a super handy iPhone 6 flight tracker that shows the flight path of all U.S.-bound UPS flights. Just look for the departure-scan time in...

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06:39
FunBITS: A Minecraft Crash Course

Microsoft just paid $2.5 billion to acquire a single game. Read on to find out what makes Minecraft so special to warrant such a high price, along with a “brief” primer on how to survive your first day in Minecraft. 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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06:35
AT&T’s Next Plan May be the Cheapest Way to Buy...

When AT&T first introduced its Next plan earlier this year it was received with a lot of skepticism and negativity. Most reports advised against it saying it was a bad deal, would cost more, and wouldn't let you keep your phone if you wanted to. For Dave Hamilton none of those things are true and they may not be true for you, either. You may find that AT&T Next is the best deal you can get, especially if you're on a family plan with multiple phones.

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06:30
iOS 8 is Apple's first large-scale use of its...

The deployment of iOS 8 on Wednesday was Apple's first large-scale test of its new content delivery network, or CDN, says research firm DeepField. At its high point, iOS 8 downloads reportedly consumed 3Tbps, compared to about 25 HD movies being downloaded simultaneously. DeepField notes that at least in North America, the launch was almost entirely dependent on Apple CDN servers....

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06:09
Samsung weeps as iPhone 6 Mania Rocks around the...

Samsung wastes time and money on TV ads trying to bash Apples iPhone and yet races to copy Apple's next great thing at every turn. Yet what they can't copy is having passionate fans around the globe, willing to sleep for days outside Apple Stores just to be first in their city, State, Province and/or Country to own a shiny new smartphone. No, machines can't copy that. Today the iPhone 6 Plus ...

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06:07
Apple Fills iOS 8 Security Basket to Brim


With data thefts and cybersnooping making headlines daily, security has started to capture the attention of the disciples of the digital lifestyle -- and if the latest version of iOS is any indication, it's catching the attention of Apple, too. Along with nifty features like Hand Off and Family Sharing, iOS 8 contains a number of significant security and privacy enhancements. Among the most prominent is Apple's decision to keep its hands off the passcode created by the owner of an iOS device.

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06:05
First Look: Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

The newest iPhones — iPhone 6 ($199/16GB, $299/64GB, $399/128GB) and iPhone 6 Plus ($299/16GB, $399/64GB, $499/128GB) — are the physically largest models yet of Apple's iconic smartphone. While iPhone 6 has a 4.7" screen and is a clear successor to the iPhone 5/5s, the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5" screen. Both come with Apple's new "Retina HD" display, boasting improved color accuracy and viewing angles, though only the iPhone 6 Plus has a higher…

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06:00
Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus crack under the...

It's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus day today with Apple starting to sell its two new iPhone handsets at its stores in select locations worldwide. As with most iPhone launches, there are long lines, excited customers and the inevitable torture tests where eager...

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05:57
News: iPhone 6, 6 Plus unboxing and comparison...

iLounge has posted an unboxing gallery for Apple’s new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. In a full photo gallery, we take a closer look at both devices, along with comparison photos. The photos illustrate the comparative size differences between the two models, as well as a better look at the less-often seen rear casing, including the slightly protruding camera section at the top. More pictures will be added as the day progresses, and be sure to check back…

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05:51
Repair firms perform first teardowns of iPhone 6, 6...

As per usual, the cool cats at iFixit performed a full teardown of Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus handsets only hours after getting their hands on them at the first launches around the world. Over in another corner of the woods, Japanese blog Mac Otakara performed its own teardown of the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 6 handset.

Per AppleInsider, the Mac...

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05:48
Huge lines for new iPhones at European, US Apple...

Amazing that this still happens after all these years.

At Apple’s store on Fifth Avenue in New York, police officers put up barricades as the line stretched more than 10 blocks and the crowd cheered continuously for the 15 minutes before the phones officially went on sale.

Product Loyalty? Brilliant marketing? Whatever the cause, this is something that Microsoft and Samsung can only dream of.
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05:45
Hong Kong Apple Store met with protest over supply...


Apple has implemented improved reservation procedures and policies for employees dealing with the iPhone 6 launch today at retail stores, but the launch at the company’s Hong Kong store hasn’t gone quite as smooth as elsewhere. The store was hit by protesters from the Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) and also required police to help disperse customers that had waited...

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05:42
Wired’s list of iOS 8 tips and tricks

This is a nice little collection of tidbits highlighting new functionality that comes with iOS 8.
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05:41
∞ Siri, name that tune

One of my favorite additions that came with iOS 8 is Siri’s ability to pick out a tune. This is, presumably, a direct result of Apple’s new deal with Shazam.

To try it, press and hold the home button and say “Name that tune”. Siri will listen and will attempt to name the song you have playing. If the song is available in the iTunes Store, Siri will name the song and put up a “buy” button.

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05:35
U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable,...

Squiff writes U2 and Apple are apparently collaborating on a new, "interactive format for music," due to launch in "about 18 months." (A direct interview is available at Time, but paywalled.) Bono said the new tech "can't be pirated" and will re-imagine the role of album artwork. Marco Arment has some suitably skeptical commentary: "Full albums are as interesting to most people today as magazines. Single songs and single articles killed their respective larger containers. ... This alleged new format will cost a fortune to produce: people have to take the photos, design the interactions, build the animations, and make the deals with Apple. Bono’s talking point about helping smaller bands is ridiculous ... There's nothing Apple or Bono can do to make people care enough about glorified liner notes. People care about music and convenience, period. As for “music that can’t be pirated”, I ask again, what decade is this? That ship has not only sailed long ago, but has circled the world...

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05:25
iPhone 6 launch day scenes from Apple Stores around...

The first stage of Apple's worldwide iPhone 6 rollout is nearly complete and launch day seems to have been successful, with huge lines forming at Apple Stores in nine countries from Australia to the United States [updated with video].

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05:13
News: iFixit posts teardowns of iPhone 6, 6 Plus

As expected, iFixit has posted its complete teardown of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, confirming some specs while revealing a few new insights. The iPhone 6 has the anticipated prominently visible 0.6mm bump along the top of the device, a compromise required by the improved optics in the new model. Both models include virtually identical camera hardware—an 8 MP ƒ/2.2 aperture rear-facing camera, with the only difference being the optical…

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05:07
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Go On Sale in U.S. and Canada to...

Following launches in a number of other countries around the world earlier today, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have now begun going on sale in the U.S. and Canada, with 8:00 AM Apple launch times in the eastern and central portions of the countries having already occurred. As expected, supplies of the iPhone 6 Plus have been tight in some cases, although perhaps not as low as originally thought. Apple's own stores appear to have the strongest supplies of the iPhone 6 Plus, with carrier stores in some cases having barely a handful of units to distribute. iPhone 6 line at Toronto's Eaton Centre Apple store snaking through multiple levels (via @KristinaParts) Lines at most stores, particularly Apple's own locations, are long in most cases, despite the company having offered pre-orders for delivery this year. As of 6:00 AM, the line at Apple's flagship Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan stretched for twelve city...

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05:00
Video: The first person to buy the iPhone 6 in Perth...

We're all clumsy sometimes, but thankfully our "butterfingers moments" are hidden behind the veil of anonymity. People don't see us spill milk, trip over the cat, or break out phones by dropping them in the parking lot. Sometimes, however, life isn't...

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04:51
Virgin Atlantic to offer Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi on...

In-flight Wi-Fi provider Gogo is expanding to Europe, with Virgin Atlantic set to become the first airline operating in the region to offer the service to passengers. The airline will reportedly retrofit its entire fleet to work with the Internet service as part of the deal, and while the two sides are still discussing the finer points of the agreement, the principal terms have already been settled....

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04:41
Gruber’s response to the “Don’t buy the new iPhones...

Joshua Brustein wrote an inflammatory piece for Businessweek, called Hey, Android Users, Don’t Buy the New iPhones. In a nutshell, the basic premise is this: Although the new iPhones are the best phones on the market and superior to the larger screen Android devices they are replacing, it’s just too hard to switch ecosystems, so stick with Android.

I struggled with a reply to this. And then I read John Gruber’s response on Daring Fireball. Spot on. Go read it.
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04:30
News: Daily Deal: Wipe down your iPhone screen with...

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

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04:30
Track the Ryder Cup with Sportfusion Unofficial News...

Over the last twenty-five years the Ryder Cup has become a major sporting event. The biennial competition between golfers from the United States and players from Great Britain and continental Europe draws huge crowds and television ratings. Now you...

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04:23
Brilliant iPhone 6 and 6 Plus camera review, on...

[VIDEO] Professional photographer Austin Mann teamed up with The Verge to field test the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cameras in the Icelandic countryside. They took along an iPhone 5s for a side-by-side comparison. Brilliant work.

There’s a lot to enjoy here. For starters, Mann really pushes the cameras to the limit with some extreme low-light shooting. Good to know the iPhone 6 series cameras can handle such low light, and it does help showcase the difference between the 5s and 6 series cameras.

My favorite shot was the Focus Pixels test, towards the bottom of the page.

Focus Pixels are all about autofocus. They enable phase-...

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04:19
Startup turns the iPhone into a portable optometrist...

It seems like every week there is another revolutionary use of smartphones with the potential to change the way we do things. Smart Vision Labs has created such an invention with the help of the iPhone and its low-light 8-megapixel camera.  In short, what it does is enable is quick and inexpensive eye prescription diagnosis with a portable lens hooked up to an iPhone. The invention allows doctors to carry around in their pockets what used to require a visit to the optometrist’s office.

This week, we spoke with Smart Vision Labs co-founder Marc Albanese. Check out our interview and demo in the video below.
On a recent trip to Haiti, Marc and his team were able to set up a field optometrist’s office where they were able to diagnose eye prescriptions in around one minute...

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04:04
Attachment Tamer 3.1.14b9 - Take control of...

Attachment Tamer gives you control over attachment handling in Apple Mail. It fixes the most annoying Apple Mail flaws, ensures compatibility with other email software, and allows you to set up how attachments are displayed and sent. Attachment Tamer can:

  • Display (and print) images, PDFs, audio, and video as icons with an optional file size limit and exceptions;
  • Send messages compatible with Microsoft Outlook, Exchange, and other software, preventing the superfluous "ATT0001" attachments;
  • Send images as regular attachments, making it easier for the recipient to manipulate the image files;
  • Send images embedded in HTML layout and safely, mix embedded images with other attachments;
  • Display full attachment names regardless of length instead of truncated names;
  • Prevent unwanted image resizing or set a default size for automatic image resizing.

Attachment Tamer is a free update for all registered...

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04:03
Inside Shenzen's Grey-Market iPhone Mall

jfruh writes Despite being largely manufactured in China, iPhones are still too expensive for most Chinese to afford — new ones, anyway. That's why thousands come to a bustling marketplace in Shenzen that specializes in older grey-market iPhones. Many of them are damaged phones that have been refurbished by enterprising merchants. From the story: "Reselling iPhones can be a lucrative business. The Shenzen mall, called Open World Communication City, is based in the Huaqiangbei district, which attracts buyers from around the world who come here to shop for cheap devices and components. But some of the business is shady. Earlier this year, a person who claimed to have worked at the mall posted pictures online showing how dealers can refurbish an iPhone 5 to make it look like an 5s." ...

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03:47
Conan weighs in on Apple-U2, takes removal tool to...

Although the U2 ‘crisis’ has subsided, Apple and U2 remain in the news with rumors of special projects to encourage music sales. Now Conan has weighed in on the situation, with a rather amusing spin on the U2 removal tool. Enjoy!Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, comedy, Conan, iPhone, u2 ...

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03:43
Briefly: Pebble firmware update, Netflix out in two...

A firmware update for the Pebble smartwatch range adds iOS 8 support to the device, among other new additions. Version 2.5 of the firmware also activates its compass features using its magnetometer, allowing developers access to the component, as well as reintroducing the Domo watch face and adding the ability to display emoji within notifications and messages....

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03:42
Kool Tools: Soba by Bluelounge cable organizer

Like most Mac users, you probably suffer from cable clutter with various cables and cords littering your workspace. The US$24.95 Soba (http://tinyurl.com/q4u25cr) by Bluelounge can help alleviate the problem.
Soba zips loose cables up and consolidates them into a single tube that you can route and affix along walls, under desks, and just about anywhere. You use the Vortex zipper in a sliding motion to open and route cables. Once the zipper passes, Vortex technology will auto-coil the tube, bundling the cables inside.
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03:26
HoudahGeo is ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

Houdah Software (http://www.houdah.com/) has updated HoudahGeo, a geocoding solution for the Mac, to version 4. The new version adds support for the upcoming Mac OS X Yosemite.
HoudahGeo costs US$29 for a single-user license for new users. Version 4 is a free update for registered users. HoudahGeo requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher.

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03:14
Worldwide external disk storage system revenue falls...

Worldwide external disk storage systems factory revenues fell -1.4% year over year to nearly $5.9 billion during the second quarter of 2014 (2Q14), according to the IDC research group (www.idc.com).
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02:30
iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus: Which is the perfect...

You’ve read the review. You’re ready to upgrade. But which iPhone should you get—the big one or the really big one? Since Apple’s never made a phone with a screen larger than 4 inches, dedicated fans might not have even handled a huge-screened monster phone like the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. How do you know which is the right size for you?
It’s completely fine to sit out Friday’s on-sale date until you get a chance to hold both phones for yourself—the decision is highly subjective, after all. We weigh in below, and we also quizzed some of our best friends at Greenbot and PCWorld about the big Android and Windows phones they’ve been using day in and day out for over a year. What wisdom do they have for us on the perfect screen size for a phone?...

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02:45
The Week in iPhone Cases: Out the gate

Out the gateWith the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launching today, we bring you another exciting roundup of new cases for Apple’s latest smartphones.Griffin TechnologyThe Survivor Slim (iPhone 6; $40) sports a rigid polycarbonate shell combined with silicone that protects from bumps and drops without adding bulk.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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03:01
Duplicate Annihilator 5.0 - Find and delete...

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

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

Version 5.0:

  • Major release
  • Faster, utilizing all your CPU cores
  • Smarter, selects the photo with the highest quality as original in a set of detected duplicates
  • Overall improved but with the same great features
  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • Compatible with OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • iPhoto 5 or later

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03:01
IK Multimedia's T-RackS Custom Shop now...

IK Multimedia has added the EQ P50A, EQ P50B and EQ P60G to the T-RackS Custom Shop lineup (www.t-racks.com). With them in the mix, the Custom Shop now features over 30 virtual emulations of some of mixing and mastering gear.
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03:01
jAlbum Pro 12.2 - Organize your digital images and...

jAlbum Pro has all the features you love in jAlbum, but comes with a commercial license. With jAlbum, you can create gorgeous custom photo galleries for the Web without writing a line of code! Beginner-friendly, with Pro Results Simply drag and drop photos into groups, choose a design from hundreds of beautiful album skins, and you're done! Share the memories Effortlessly upload your album to your website. If you don't have one, select one of jAlbum's affordable storage plans. Photo galleries for everyone jAlbum is the perfect photo-sharing tool for bloggers, small business, social groups, and families. jAlum Pro Features:

  • White labeled albums
  • No ads in your albums
  • Priority e-mail support

For a more detailed comparison, see this page.Version 12.2: New and Updated...

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02:58
jAlbum 12.2 - Create custom photo galleries for the...

With jAlbum, you can create gorgeous custom photo galleries for the Web without writing a line of code! Beginner-friendly, with pro results Simply drag and drop photos into groups, choose a design from hundreds of beautiful album skins, and you're done! Share the memories Effortlessly upload your album to your website. If you don't have one, select one of jAlbum's affordable storage plans. Photo galleries for everyone jAlbum is the perfect photo-sharing tool for bloggers, small business, social groups, and families.Version 12.2: New and Updated

  • New full screen slide show, simplifying the process of approving images
  • Zoom support added to edit panel
  • Sub directories can now be chained, simplifying sequential navigation through large album trees (see Advanced->General). This feature defaults to off
  • Improved reading of TIFF and JPEG 2000 files
  • Displays...

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02:40
iOS 8: Changing Safari’s Default Search Provider to...

As much as I love Google's ability to find exactly what I want, I've grown concerned about the amount of data they collect from my searches. You've probably experienced that lovely phenomenon of casually searching for a product and then seeing ads for that same product all over the 'net. Luckily for those concerned about such things, there's DuckDuckGo, a search engine that makes privacy its number one concern. Even more luckily, Apple's added it to iOS 8's list of search providers.

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00:39
iPhone 6 teardown reveals larger 1810 mAh battery,...



With the iPhone 6 Plus teardown complete, iFixit has commenced work on disassembling the iPhone 6. Unsurprisingly, the internals are similar to that of the 6 Plus, but adjusted to fit in a smaller space. Whereas the 6 Plus can contain a humongous 2915 mAH battery, the iPhone 6 has a 1810 mAH rated battery. This is still an improvement over the ~1500 mAh component in the iPhone 5s, but is roughly inline with relative...

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00:02
First look: iPhone 6, 6 Plus

The wait is finally over as the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus finally start landing in the hands of customers. As has been suggested, the iPhone 6 Plus is indeed in relatively short supply at launch with greater stock availability of the new 4.7-inch model. We have got our hands on a 64GB iPhone 6 in Space Grey and a 16GB iPhone 6 Plus in Silver, and both are stunning devices to behold. So how are they shaping up in our first few hours with them?...

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Thursday September 18

22:31
What to do with your old iPhone

After a week and a half of anticipation, Friday is the day you can finally get your hands on an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus—well, if you preordered or you don't mind waiting in line, anyway. But choosing a screen size isn't the only decision you have to make: What are you gonna do with your old phone?
You’ve got plenty of options. Here are a few worth considering.Keep it

Why not turn that old iPhone into a slightly used, slightly-thicker iPod touch? That old phone of yours can still connect to Wi-Fi networks and run iOS apps, and if it’s an iPhone 4s or later, it’ll upgrade to the forthcoming iOS 8 operating system just like your new phone will. What’s more, we’ve found that old phones make fun hand-me-downs to age-...

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23:30
Hands on: unboxing and sizing up Apple's new...

Apple's latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are most obviously larger than previous models. However, the new phones aren't just bigger, they're also thinner and have a rounded edge that makes them feel less bulky than other phones with big screens.

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22:53
Samsung takes swipe at iPhone 6 Plus in snarky web...


If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look at the web video that Samsung posted on its YouTube channel. The video trolls Apple for coming out with a 5.5-inch iPhone (the fabled iPhone 6 Plus) two years after it released the Galaxy Note 2 in 2012.
The video highlights early negative reviews of the Galaxy Note (the WSJ said it “looks like you’re talking into a piece of toast,” Mashable called the Note “an unwieldy beast”). It then shows a recent BGR post from September 9, 2014 titled “...

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22:45
First iPhone 6 Sold in Perth Dropped by Kid During...

The young man who bought the first iPhone 6 in Perth, Australia-where the iPhone 6 has already gone on sale-dropped it during a local TV news interview. The reporter got him to open the box for the cameras, but when he did, the iPhone slipped out and followed the gravity train straight down onto the concrete. There are no details-yet-on what exactly happened to the device, but the young man is seen picking at the screen before the cameras stop. Holy smokes, but do I feel for this kid. If it broke, I hope Apple replaces it for him, if the retail store didn't already do it on the spot. [Via Macworld tweet.]

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22:42
Wozniak on the iPhone 6: 'I've gotten rid...

Approached by a stalking TMZ.com producer fresh off a flight, Apple co-founder and member of the Inventor Hall of Fame Steve Wozniak spoke briefly about his enthusiasm for Apple's latest products, including the iPhone 6. While he didn't specify which model he has, he apparently already has at least one of them, as he has "gotten rid of all [his] Androids," he told the reporter....

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20:30
Teardown of iPhone 6 Plus posted by iFixit, reveals...

The Australian branch of repair specialists iFixit has obtained an iPhone 6 Plus, and has naturally opted to risk destroying it in the name of doing a teardown for the benefit of its users and gadget fans. The biggest discovery is the confirmation that the iPhone 6 Plus, a 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6, uses a 2915mAh battery -- twice the capacity of the one found in the iPhone 5s -- to power the larger screen and yet provide better runtime life....

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20:08
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Get Cracked in First Drop...

With the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus already underway in several countries, many companies have begun performing tests and benchmarks on the device. PhoneBuff has taken the two devices and put them through a drop test, dropping each on its back, side and front. The iPhone 6 did well when dropped on the side and back, but unsurprisingly suffered when dropped on its face. The 6 Plus, on the other hand, cracked when it landed on the side. However, it sustained little further damage when falling on its face. Based on this one test, both phones may have performed worse than the iPhone 5 design which was described as "very durable" and survived similar drops in a previous drop tests. Without standardized testing, it's hard to draw definitive conclusions. Recent...

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20:00
Quicken 2015 2.0.4 - Complete personal finance...

Quicken 2015 helps you manage all your personal finances in one place, so you can see where you're spending and where you can save. Quicken automatically categorizes your financial transactions, helps you stay on top of bills and set goals so you can save more. You can even access your data on the go. Features:

  • View All Your Accounts in One Place - See all your bank, credit card, investment and retirement accounts in one place, so you know exactly where you stand. Quicken 2015 downloads your income and expenses from your accounts, so you don't have to enter transactions manually and avoid the hassle of going to multiple websites.
  • See Exactly Where Your Money Is Going - Quicken 2015 automatically categorizes expenses like groceries, entertainment, and more, so you don't have to edit them manually. You can easily see where you’re spending and where you can save.
  • Plan, and Stay on,...

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19:59
Spotify 0.9.13.24 - Stream music, create playlists...

Spotify is a streaming music service that gives you on-demand access to millions of songs. Whether you like driving rock, silky R&B, or grandiose classical music, Spotify's massive catalogue puts all your favorites within your reach. No streaming service offers a larger, more varied catalogue. The music you love, whenever you want it

  • You're the DJ. Add stars to your favorite tracks, and create playlists. Spotify lets you keep your favorites close at hand.
  • Endless discovery. With built-in Related Artist suggestions, Spotify will help you discover your new favorite artists, albums, and tracks.
  • Make it social. Follow your favorite artists, share musical recommendations with friends, and more.

Version 0.9.13.24: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

  • OS X 10.6 or later

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19:46
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus take a beating in first...


Youtuber PhoneBuff has managed to get his hands on an iPhone 6 and 6 Plus at an Apple Store in Australia. In the video below, PhoneBuff puts these two devices through the ultimate torture test. Each device is dropped once on its back, on its side, and its face.

As you would imagine, eventually both devices met their maker. The iPhone 6 held strong throughout the side and back drop test and only was completely destroyed when being dropped on its face.
With the iPhone 6 Plus, the destruction came one drop earlier with a massive shatter to the screen when dropped on its side. This probably has to do with the weight distribution on the larger iPhone model, but either way if you drop an iPhone enough it’ll break....

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19:15
Tweets and pics from iPhone lines in US and Canada

We asked, you sent 'em. If you're in line tonight (or tomorrow morning) and can send us a picture of the line at your iPhone store on our Twitter account (@TUAW, hashtag #tuawiphone6), you may end up in this post! We'll keep updating as the night...

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19:00
iPhone 6 Plus teardown analysis reveals internals...

As the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus go on sale in Australia and other countries, repair ships like iFixit and iExperts have already torn apart the handsets to see what Apple has hidden inside its new phones.

As noted by both analyses, the inside of the 6 and...

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18:30
Featured iPhone 6 apps Epic Zen Garden, CNN now...

Two programs demonstrated during the iPhone 6 event in Cupertino last week are now available for download. CNN's updated news app for the iPhone and newly optimized for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, including a two-column landscape view that makes better use of the available space on the new devices' larger screens. In addition, the graphics demonstration program Epic Zen Garden, which incorporates Apple's Metal API, is also available....

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18:27
TwitPic staves off impending shutdown with...

It turns out that TwitPic won't be forced to shut down after all, according to a tweet sent out on the official TwitPic Twitter account. Apparently, an interested party came to the rescue by acquiring the company, allowing it to fight off its recent conflict with Twitter, at least for now. TwitPic was previously said to be winding down on September 25 as a result of a trademark dispute with Twitter....

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18:22
Dragon Dictate for Mac 4: $99.95

The commercials are annoying, but the product is great: Nuance's Dragon Dictate for Mac, version 4. This voice recognition software allows you to transcribe, write, and edit on your Mac with your voice. You know it's good, because Apple licenses the underlying technology for Siri. Dragon Dictate for Mac 4 works with most Mac apps, and it works with both Mountain Lion and Mavericks. it's regularly $199.99, but through our deal, you can get it for half that, $99.99. That's a solid deal, but you only have give days.

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18:16
iPhone 6 Plus Teardown: Twice as Big a Battery as...

iFixIt is in the process of taking apart the new iPhone 6 Plus, currently on sale in Australia. Surprisingly, the team points out that the internal layout of the device is extremely similar to that of the iPhone 5s, except at a larger scale and with a bigger battery. The teardown's findings reveal the battery capacity of the device and some internal reorganization. In removing the front panel from the rest of the device, the iFixIt team notes that there are "no noticeable booby traps", referring to the iPhone 5s' cable that ran from the Touch ID sensor to the Lightning port. The battery in the device is listed at 2915mAh at 3.82 volts, in line with the previously leaked battery prototype for the device and giving the 6 Plus double the battery capacity of the iPhone 5s' 1560mAh and much larger than the iPhone 6's 1810mAh battery...

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18:05
Opera Sings for Linux Users, With Just a Few Sour...


Opera offers an interesting alternative to the Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox Web browsers, but its recent Linux release leaves some room for improvement. Opera previously enjoyed a reputation as the go-to browser of choice for mobile environments. However, Opera Software, the developer, ignored Linux users for quite a long while until now. Opera's Version 12.16 is a very usable release -- but it is not without drawbacks.
Perhaps its biggest accomplishment is creating a library of Firefox-like extensions.

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17:22
First iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus teardowns reveal...

Coming just hours after Apple launched the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus on Friday, repair firms and blogs are already performing teardowns of the two handsets to reveal major component redesigns and layout tweaks necessitated by a super-thin form factor.

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17:19
Home Depot reveals more details on breach, 56M...

More information on the breach of home improvement retailer Home Depot was announced today. While the company still states only stores in North America are affected by the breach, it adds that the information from 56 million unique payment cards was at risk. The company provided further insight into the steps taken, including adding stronger encryption, after the malware from terminals was completely removed....

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17:05
Medical records firms Athenahealth and Cerner...

Two leading U.S. medical records firms, Athenahealth and Cerner, are said to be working with Apple on the development and deployment of apps integrated with the iOS 8 HealthKit framework.

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17:04
Citibank sending its customers an introduction to...

Following up on a press release issued alongside the initial introduction of Apple Pay, Citibank has started emailing its customers with a "coming soon" introduction to the new mobile payment feature associated with iPhone 6.

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17:00
iFixit begins live teardown of iPhone 6 Plus,...


In keeping with tradition, iFixit has started its live teardown of the latest iPhone hardware (an iPhone 6 Plus in this case), revealing all of the device’s internal components for the first time. So far we’ve already seen a 2915 mAh battery, which provides the increased battery life in the much larger of the two models.
The company will likely teardown the smaller iPhone 6 once the Plus model has been fully disected. You can follow along as the company discovers what makes the new handsets tick over on...

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17:00
Exclusive: iCracked will buy your old iPhone from...

If you're planning on standing in line at an Apple Store for an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus tomorrow morning, you might be able to actually sell your old iPhone while you wait and have money available to buy the new device. iCracked has a brilliant idea...

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16:40
Australia opens iPhone 6 sales to 'massive...

While buyers in North America must wait until tomorrow for the launch of Apple's new iPhone 6 lineup, Australia -- by dint of being on the other side of the international date line -- becomes the first country in the world to launch the new iPhones. A MacNN staffer visiting the Penrith Apple Store in New South Wales near Sydney has reported a "massive" lineup, consisting of hundreds of buyers outside the store....

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16:35
Briefly: Fortune's Most Powerful Women in...

Fortune has released the 17th annual list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business, with Apple's Angela Ahrendts making the top 30. The list, compiled by Fortune editors, produced the list with four criteria: the size and importance of the woman's business in the global economy, the health and direction of the business, arc of their career and social and cultural influence. Topping the list is Chairman, CEO and President of IBM Ginni Rometty, who in an interview with Fortune described IBM's partnership with Apple for developing services optimized for iOS and IBM support. Apple CEO Tim Cook to......

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16:30
Griffin Technology is giving away five iPhone 6...

Don't have the money on hand to pick up a new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus? No problem, provided you're lucky. Accessories manufacturer Griffin Technology will have representatives on hand at Nashville's Green Hills Apple Store, Miami's Lincoln Road...

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16:25
iOS 8: How to-Enable Safari Extensions

Extensions are one of the new features in iOS 8, a way to add cross-app functionality to iOS. Kelly explains how to turn on the extensions available to Safari on iOS.

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16:09
Apple's FaceTime is targeted in a new Patent...

Secure Web Conference Corporation based out of Melville, New York has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple's FaceTime and ...

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16:00
Logoist 2 puts you in the logo creation business

Logoist 2 (introductory price of US$14.99 on the Mac App Store) is a terrific logo creation program that can help you turn out professional looking logos for stationary, presentations, invitations, postcards, just about anything where you need...

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15:37
Customers start lining up around the world as the...


iPhone buyers have already started lining up around the world to wait for the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which just went on sale in Australian stores. From Perth, Australia to Fort Worth, Texas, hundreds of customers have already appeared outside Apple Stores and other retailers eager to get their hands on the new device.
Most Apple retail stores wll be opening at 8 AM local time. If you’re hoping to grab an iPhone 6 Plus, you may already be out of luck at many locations, as reports of very, very limited stock have been coming in.
Check out the photos and tweets from customers already in line. You can also send photos of the line at your local Apple Store to tips@9to5mac.com.
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15:34
Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

HughPickens.com writes When Apple published its first Transparency Report on government activity in late 2013, the document contained an important footnote that stated: "Apple has never received an order under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act. We would expect to challenge such an order if served on us." Now Jeff John Roberts writes at Gigaom that Apple's warrant canary has disappeared. A review of the company's last two Transparency Reports, covering the second half of 2013 and the first six months of 2014, shows that the "canary" language is no longer there suggesting that Apple is now part of FISA or PRISM proceedings. Warrant canaries are a tool used by companies and publishers to signify to their users that, so far, they have not been subject to a given type of law enforcement request such as a secret subpoena. If the canary disappears, then it is likely the situation has changed — and the company has been subject to such request. This may also give some insight into Apple's...

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15:30
Ascend to bird heaven in Frinkle

Frinkle takes players on a challenging journey from bird hell, climbing higher and higher, to bird heaven. Players control the adventurous bird's vertical migration by tapping to make it jump and control it's flapping while trying to land on moving...

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15:28
Giveaway: Pearl Mountain PicGIF and VideoGIF for...

It's back to school time, and that means long hours slaving over books, and filling heads with heaps of knowledge that will, for the most part, end up being lost in the spring. So why not have a little fun and make something that you can share with friends and never forget, animated GIFs. Pearl Mountain Software has teamed up with MacNN to give away copies of PicGIF and VideoGIF software for Mac. For the next week everyone and anyone who want's to download a copy can do so....

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15:11
Amazon Gets All Fired Up


Amazon on Wednesday introduced a slew of new Kindle Fire tablets and Kindle e-readers. It also unveiled a new OS based on Android KitKat. The top-of-the-line product is the company's Fire HDX 8.9, which sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor, with each core running at up to 2.5 GHz, and a GPU that's 75 percent faster than that of the previous Fire HDX. It starts at $379. The 8.9's display has 30 percent more pixels than the iPad's Retina display, Amazon said.

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15:10
Australian Apple Stores met with long lines as...

Australia kicked off worldwide sales of Apple's new iPhone on Friday local time, with brick-and-mortar Apple Stores seeing extremely long lines mirroring expectedly high demand for the next-gen handsets.

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15:09
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Launch Day: What to Expect

Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will launch in the United States tomorrow, with Apple retail stores, carrier stores, and several major retailers offering the two devices for sale. We've gathered up a list of U.S. locations that will be selling the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, listed below, along with general opening times. Customers hoping for an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus are encouraged to call their local stores for specific information on opening times and potential stock. - Apple retail stores - 8 a.m local time - Verizon Wireless - 8 a.m. local time (Not all stores are accepting walk-up purchases, and opening times will vary) - AT&T - 8 a.m. local time - T-Mobile - 9 a.m. - 10 a.m local time, but opening times vary - Sprint - 8.a.m local time - RadioShack - 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. local time, but opening times vary - Best Buy - 8 a.m. local time - Sam's Club - 8 a.m. local time - Target - Availability will vary - Walmart - Availability...

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15:08
App Store introduces app bundles, sales as part of...

As part of the iOS App Store updated for iOS 8, Apple is now offering grouped "bundles" of applications at discounted prices, and a new ability to "Complete My Bundle" for those who already own some of the apps featured in the bundle. The bundles, usually grouped by developer at present, offer related apps shown in an "iOS folder" icon, and download together into a folder automatically when purchased. Users who already own one or more of the apps see the price discounted to reflect that....

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15:05
Apple for the first time used its own CDN to deliver...

Research firm Deepfield reports that Apple has for the first time relied on its own content delivery network for the distribution of iOS 8 to users (via WSJ):
“Until today, Apple used Akamai and other CDNs to deliver a large portion of their network traffic to consumers. Akamai is a content delivery network or CDN, so when your iOS device asked the network to download a new version, Akamai is the company that has the tens of thousands of servers around the world that would send you that update. Not so this time.”
Back...

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15:00
Bison iPhone 5/5s Wallet: Carry it all without the...

The Bison is an amazing animal that evokes the old West. Rugged, independent, and able to withstand weather extremes without blinking, they roam the new West in herds that are growing each year after being hunted almost to extinction in the late...

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14:40
Briefly: Tylt iPhone 6 Energi case, protector, Booq...

Ahead of the release of the new family of iPhone 6 smartphones, Tylt has announced that it's coming out with three new products by the end of the year for the devices. Two different screen protectors are rolling out, including a new version of the Alin screen protector. While the standard plastic version will be available most likely for around $20, Tylt is offering a glass version for the first time for $35. Both come with an alignment tool to ensure the correct fit....

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14:38
Apple chose to handle iOS 8 rollout with own content...

With its rollout of iOS 8 on Wednesday, Apple opted to handle a majority of traffic through its in-house content delivery network (CDN) instead of meting out traffic to third-party systems.

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14:33
On Switching and Lock-In

This piece by Joshua Brustein for Businessweek — “Hey, Android Users, Don’t Buy the New iPhones” — is profoundly shallow:

For a Galaxy Note user, then, going over to the iPhone 6 Plus
means building up again from zero. And for what? Apple’s operating
system may be more intuitive to someone who has never touched a
smartphone before, but it’s not going to be any easier for people
who have spent over an hour staring at their Android phone every
day for the last two to four years. Any benefits are probably
outweighed by the drawbacks to abandoning the investment someone
has already made.

I wouldn’t say it’s easy to switch from Android to iOS or vice versa, but looking at the history of personal computing, I think it’s easier to switch platforms today than ever before — in either direction. The move to cloud-based storage and...

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14:33
Pebble 2.5 firmware lands w/ support for Emoji, new...

Pebble has launched version 2.5 of its smartwatch firmware, packing a bunch of great new features—including some interesting new abilities for users who have recently upgraded to iOS 8. Notably, the update now allows iOS users to dismiss notifications by clicking the X button to dismiss one, and holding it down to dismiss all. Pebble also says that the app should stay live in the background more often on iOS, but the company says that users should make sure not to disable “Smartwatch Proximity.”
Additionally, the company says that the firmware brings the ability for the Pebble and Pebble Steel smartwatches to display Emoji, replacing the previous small white boxes that are all too familiar across platforms without Emoji support. And to round off the most interesting new features, the company is launching the Compass app that they promised long ago, which can be picked up on the Pebble appstore. I...

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14:30
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

WorldMate [iOS...

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14:14
iMazing 1.0 - Complete iOS device manager; copy...

iMazing (formerly DiskAid) is the ultimate iOS device manager with capabilities far beyond what iTunes offers. With iMazing and your iOS device (iPhone, iPad, or iPod), you can:

  • Copy music to and from any iOS device (even from one iOS device to another!) regardless of what Mac or PC the device is already synced to; it's music copy how you always wished it could be, without limitations or restrictions
  • Backup & restore individual iOS apps and your custom saved data, perfect for freeing up space on your iOS device without losing your files (or progress in a game) or for copying the app as-is to another iOS device
  • Transfer files to and from an iOS device, and browse the iOS file system
  • Use your iOS device like an external drive
  • Browse and save messages (SMS, MMS, iMessage), voicemails, and call logs, none of which iTunes can do
  • Browse, save, and add contacts to your iPhone, without automatically adding them to...

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14:00
Apple receives one of two regulatory licenses needed...

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus go on sale in 10 countries across the globe tomorrow, with a second launch phase slated to begin two weeks later.

What we don't know yet, though, is when Apple's next-gen iPhone models will land in China, the company's...

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14:00
iOS 8 In-Depth Review: Apple Opens Mobile OS to...

Apple laid the groundwork for the future of its iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch operating system last year with iOS 7, and now the company is building on that foundation with the launch of iOS 8. Instead of shocking us with a new look that shuns the old skeuomorphic feel -- that happened last year -- Apple is giving us tighter integration between our mobile gear and our Macs, and making features we're already familiar with more useful. Apple promised lots of great new features, but many of those won't be available until next month. Is there enough today to justify making the jump to iOS 8, or should you follow Apple's lead and wait until October, too? Read on to find out if iOS 8 is ready to meet your needs today.

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13:59
Fader mistakes to avoid when mixing

There are some great tips here. No. 1 is my favorite, mostly because I learned that one the hard. You don’t have to—and shouldn’t—make everything louder in a mix.
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12:57
Twitter upgrades for iOS 8 with a profile makeover

Months after redesigning your web profile pages, Twitter has a new look
for profiles in iOS. It’s major, at least according to Twitter.

Twitter's iOS 8 update gives profiles a makeover.

Except the new look isn’t really that major. Twitter’s update for iOS 8 on Thursday
basically replicates the image-heavy web profiles that it introduced in April. That profile makeover drew some (OK, many) comparisons to Facebook’s
Timeline. But as far as iOS apps go, your Facebook and Twitter profiles look nothing alike. That's a good thing, because Facebook profiles could use some work....

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13:55
Photographer takes iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to Iceland,...

Photographer Austin Mann on Wednesday posted an in-depth look at the camera hardware and software suite offered with Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, taking the handsets to Iceland in a shootout against last year's iPhone 5s.

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13:46
A Beginner's Guide To Programming With Swift

Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes Earlier this year, Apple executives unveiled Swift, which is meant to eventually replace Objective-C as the programming language of choice for Macs and iOS devices. Now that iOS 8's out, a lot of developers who build apps for Apple's platforms will likely give Swift a more intensive look. While Apple boasts that Swift makes programming easy, it'll take some time to learn how the language works. A new walkthrough by developer David Bolton shows how to build a very simple app in Swift, complete with project files (hosted on SourceForge) so you can follow along. A key takeaway: while some Swift features do make programming easier, there's definitely a learning curve here. ...

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13:45
Apple's new privacy policy locks out law...

Privacy issues have come to forefront of the tech world thanks to recent controversies over how corporations share our information with the government. In December of 2013, Apple formally denied working with the NSA to help spy on the phones of...

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13:45
iOS 8: Apple Finally Fixes its iPhone Weather App

In iOS 7, Apple's native weather app had rather sparse information about the local conditions, and it was hard to find. iOS 8 fixes all that and includes a better presentation of sunrise, sunset, atmospheric pressure and more.

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13:30
Tremor aims to literally shake up your artistic...

Rebelling against the idea that perfectly straight lines are admirable in art, Tremor is an app for either artists or casual drawing enthusiasts that forces you to use jittery lines as your only tool. All the lines - there's five different...

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13:25
Apple Watch believed to use Broadcom BCM4334 Wi-Fi

The Apple Watch's S1 processor appears to be paired with a Broadcom BCM4334 Wi-Fi module, says research firm Chipworks. The claim is based on an analysis of Apple's promotional video, during which viewers can see the circuitboard the watch uses. Contacts near the top of the board are believed to match a BCM4334 flip-bonded directly....

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13:20
Larry Ellison steps down as CEO of Oracle, retains...

Surprisingly, Oracle has announced that founder and CEO Larry Ellison will be stepping down, effective immediately. The outgoing CEO will be replaced by Mark Hurd and Safra Catz, who will both be named CEO of the company, but not be named co-CEOs. Ellison is remaining on the board as executive chairman, and in a business capacity as chief technology officer for the company....

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13:09
5th Ave Apple Store iPhone 6 Campout Stretches 3...

The line of people camping out overnight at the 5th Ave. Apple Store in Manhattan for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus now has hundreds of people and stretches three long New York City blocks. The line is so long, it crosses the street-twice-as shown in the video below.

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13:03
Flexibits says iOS 8 features coming soon to...

With iOS 8 launching yesterday and the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus hitting stores and delivering to customers tomorrow, a number of apps have already begun shipping updates to take advantage of the new screen sizes and software features. With several customers asking where the update for Fantastical 2 on iOS 8 was, Flexibits today shared in a blog post its plans for the iPhones 6 and new version of iOS.
The makers of the smart calendar app note that the current version of Fantastical 2 has already been released with iOS 8 support and that a version of Fantastical 2 optimized for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has today been submitted so users of the new device won’t have to wait long for the new version. More importantly, a version introducing a...

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13:00
SwiftKey Keyboard app for iOS 8 tops 1 million...

One of the great new features iOS 8 brings to the table is support for third-party keyboards. Underscoring iOS users' excitement about that feature, two third-party keyboard apps (from Swype and Fleksy, respectively) already sit atop the App Store's...

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12:59
Larry Ellison steps down as Oracle’s CEO

Truly the end of an era. Wonder what Ellison will turn his attention to now.
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12:55
Copycat Samsung is racing to Integrate PayPal into...

On Monday PayPal came out swinging against Apple's new electronic wallet called Apple Pay. PayPal ran a full page ad in the New York Times basically saying that if Apple can't protect your Selfies, how will they be able to protect your finances? PayPal's PR man Rob Skinner explained why he's not running scared, as well as firing a good humored jibe about the truly dreadful live feed that Apple provided complete with timeouts, jumps and a Chinese translator. Skinner added that ,,,

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12:50
News: Apps of the Week: Epic Zen Garden, OmniFocus,...

New Apps Other than the new Health and Tips apps from Apple — check out our recent iOS 8 Instant Expert article for more details — the most notable new apps this week are third-party keyboards which can be used in iOS 8. We’ve started testing the keyboards, but we’ve run into a number of bugs early on. Look for a more detailed piece later. New Games Epic Zen Garden (free) — Epic Zen Garden from Epic Games was first seen at Apple’s…

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11:30
Eight is enough?

Eight is enough?A number of this week's new and updated apps take advantage of new functionality in iOS 8. Plus, now you can make "Star Wars" movies on your iPhone.  Cool, huh?djay 2This $10 app has probably done more to rock your body/rockrockrock your body than just about any other. It updated this week with a new pack of samples—named “General Electric”—as well as improved integration with your Spotify library: A song’s BPM and key are now shown in the media browser, and songs you’ve listened to are marked, enabling you to easily find old favorites or to move on and play and listen more to undiscovered stuff.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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12:43
Photographer Tests iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in Iceland,...

With every iteration of the iPhone, Apple aims to bring significant improvements to the device's camera. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are no exception, packing in several new features like Focus Pixels, Exposure Control, Panorama improvements, Slo-Mo video enhancements, and Optical Image Stabilization for the iPhone 6 Plus. Professional photographer Austin Mann partnered with The Verge to test the cameras in both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus in Iceland and came away with some impressive results. One of the major new features in the new devices is Focus Pixels, which is the result of a new image signal processor. As described by Apple, Focus Pixels provides the sensor with more information about an image, which results in faster autofocusing...

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12:42
Virtually 'no chance' of finding iPhone 6...

People trying to buy an iPhone 6 Plus at a third-party retailer tomorrow may be out of luck, sources at carrier stores and Apple's retail partners say. Although outlets are said to be receiving shipments all day today, only 2 to 3 percent of iPhone 6 units are said to be the Plus, and even then only in one color. There's almost "no chance" of finding a Plus on Friday, the people claim, adding that the 16GB version will be absent entirely. The regular iPhone 6 should be available in all colors and storage capacities, if in varying degrees.......

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12:41
Apple removes language from Transparency Reports...

Just as Apple published a new letter from Tim Cook and an update on privacy and security policies, a new report points to evidence the company has recently received new government demands for user data under the Patriot Act. GigaOM reports that language previously included in Apple’s Transparency Reports noting the company had “never received an order under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act” has since been removed. That could signal, according to the report, Apple’s involvement with controversial National Security Agency programs that demand data from companies:...

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12:36
Twitter for iPhone rolling out refreshed user...


Twitter shared in a blog post today that it will begin rolling out improvements to the user profile design for iPhone users in addition to new features for iOS 8.
The previous user profile design featured the user’s avatar centered over the cover photo with a swipe required to reveal the bio and photos further down in a carousel view. The refreshed design now presents all of this information in a more traditional layout with buttons distinguishing tweets, favorites, and photos. Each of these sections can be explored with an endless...

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12:30
MigmO is fun, but doesn't stand out in a crowd

MigmO is a free action puzzle game where you aid the single-celled titular character to the goal. The game works on all iOS devices running iOS 7.0 or later. This is a game that is fun enough, but is not groundbreaking. At the beginning of each...

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12:14
Why the Apple Watch shouldn’t be round

A nice set of images from Abdel Ibahim—it’s hard to argue with the logic.
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12:10
Samsung are shitting their pants

Tim Higgins for Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s newest iPhones are fueling a surge in trade-ins of Android-based smartphones, threatening to loosen Samsung Electronics Co. (005930)’s grip on the large-screen smartphone segment as users switch allegiances.

When Apple’s main product, featuring bigger displays and faster chips, goes on sale starting in Australia, they may be best remembered as the generation of iPhones that won over consumers from rival smartphones. Trade-ins of Samsung phones with smartphone reseller Gazelle Inc. tripled last week and about a quarter of potential iPhone 6 buyers are new to Apple’s ecosystem, according to RBC.

It should be interesting to see Samsung’s next quarterly results.
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12:10
Photo editing gets easier with iOS 8's new...

Capturing photos isn't the only image-related process to get a boost in iOS 8. Apple's latest mobile operating system also makes postprocessing easier and more powerful, with a new Photos app and the addition of editing extensions.

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12:00
Don't buy an iPhone 6 on eBay for $1,000

The iPhone 6 is currently selling for over $1,000 on eBay right now, despite not having been released yet. Initial supplies are limited so it's understandable that some people are excitedly exploring the possibilities for getting one. Still,...

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11:56
1Password for iOS is now free with in-app purchase...

I absolutely love 1Password and have beta tested the new version for quite a while. The new extensions work great—it’s a must have app.
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11:45
Microsoft lays off 2,100 more employees

Microsoft gave notice to 2,100 employees on Thursday, 747 of those in the Seattle area, a company spokesman said. That is in addition to 13,000 laid off in July, which means a further 2,900 are set to be laid off over the next nine months or so.

I hate seeing people lose their jobs, especially when it’s caused by executive mismanagement.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:45
Daily Deals for September 18, 2014, featuring...

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

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

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11:39
Harmony Takes Control of Home Sweet Automated Home


Logitech has announced four new products for the smart home in its Harmony family that let users control TVs, set-top boxes, speakers, lighting, thermostats, door locks, window shades and more. Users can trigger activities such as dimming the house lights in several ways: by pressing a button on their remote; passing a sensor; using the Harmony mobile app; or by setting up an automatic schedule. The idea "is to integrate all your home's devices into a single experience and centralized system," said Logitech spokesperson Kelsey Sherman.

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11:30
Where to buy the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus when they...

Apple will start selling the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Friday, September 19. Unlike previous iPhone launches when everyone lined up at Apple to purchase their iPhone, the new iPhones now are available from wireless carriers and a variety of...

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11:30
iOS 8: Quickly Access Your Favorite Contacts with...

One of the cool new features in iOS 8 is the ability to double tap the Home button and bring up not only the running apps but also your favorite and recent contacts. John Martellaro explains why this feature is so convenient.

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11:24
FlightAware Offers Tool For Tracking iPhone 6 and 6...

Apple began shipping out early iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders on Thursday morning, and FlightAware, a site that offers live flight tracking, has created a tool that allows users to track the flights carrying their iPhones after receiving a tracking number. According to FlightAware, users can check the "departure scan" in their UPS tracking information which may match a departure time and flight listed on the tracking page. Currently, the page is tracking UPS flights from Shenzhen, China to Anchorage, Alaska and Anchorage to Louisville, Kentucky, all of which are standard flight rounds for shipping companies. Currently, many iPhones that will be shipping out to customers overnight and in the morning are aggregated in Kentucky, a worldwide UPS air hub known as Worldport. Apple appears to have shipped the majority of iPhone units using Next Day Air. The first iPhone 6 and 6 Plus shipments are expected to arrive on Friday,...

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11:15
Save money with new app bundles available on the App...

Starting with iOS 8, developers are now able to bundle and sell their applications together, allowing users to buy a number of apps at once from the App Store at a discounted rate.

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11:00
The headless PowerBook

According to the photo's Flickr description, this poor 12-inch PowerBook took a nasty spill down some wooden stairs, resulting in the defacing you see before you. The computer continued to function after losing its head thanks to an external monitor,...

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10:56
Gartner Thinks that the Apple Watch will trigger...

Gartner is predicting that by 2016 smartwatches will comprise about 40 percent of consumer wrist worn devices. Gartner said that seven out of the top 10 smartphone vendors have entered the wearables market to date or are about to ship a first product, while a year ago only two vendors were in that space. But let's be honest here, all...

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10:49
iPhone 6 Plus Reportedly in Very Short Supply for In...

Ahead of tomorrow's launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in a number of countries, customers who didn't place pre-orders for delivery have been lining up at Apple's retail stores and those of its carrier and retail partners hoping to obtain one first thing in the morning. A new report from BGR claims, however, that those looking for an iPhone 6 Plus are likely to be disappointed, as the units are in extremely short supply.We are told that stores have been receiving shipments all throughout the day, and out of all the new iPhone 6 models received, typically only about 2-3% are iPhone 6 Plus units, and in only one color. There is “no chance” of finding an iPhone 6 Plus unit to purchase tomorrow, we were told. Sources also said there are no 16GB iPhone 6 Plus devices to be found.The report notes that stores are seeing...

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10:46
Crowdfunding Roundup: Sound Prizm, Addams Family,...

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

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10:30
Play with Quake and Doom in mobile Safari thanks to...

One overlooked but exciting part of iOS 8 is the new WebGL support added to mobile Safari. WebGL allows the Safari browser to harness the power of the phone's GPU using HTML 5 and Javascript. Now with iOS 8, iPhone and iPad owners can render 3D WebGL...

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10:25
First Look: Incipio DualPro Shine / Edge for iPhone...

A few more iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cases are showing up before the devices have even been released. Incipio's DualPro Shine ($35) for iPhone 6 is a dual-layer rubber and plastic case with an aluminum finish on the back of the plastic shell. Edge ($30), also for iPhone 6, is a hard plastic shell slider case with a matte finish. Though it's a slider, Edge still retains the same standard port openings at the bottom of the case as seen in the DualPro…

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10:15
How to Install and Activate Third-Party Keyboards in...

Sure, Apple lets you choose your own keyboard in iOS 8, but it doesn't mean they made it easy to see how. TMO Contributing Editor Chuck La Tournous guides you through installing a third-party keyboard on your iOS device, and gives you a suggestion on a free keyboard to take for a spin.

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10:12
MyScript Stack, MyScript Stylus bring handwriting...

MyScript, which specializes in handwriting recognition and digital ink management technology, has announced two input panel applications that offer user-friendly alternatives to keyboard entry. Both applications run on any iOS 8 device, regardless of size.
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09:59
Pyle Audio introduces the Bluetooth Blood Pressure...

Pyle Audio (www.PyleAudio.com) has introduced the US$69.99 Bluetooth Blood Pressure Monitor (PHBPB20). This blood pressure monitor and integrated app are designed to provide the most critical data points including pulse rate and systolic and diastolic pressures.
Utilizing Bluetooth Smart technology, the blood pressure monitor wirelessly sends data to your mobile device and syncs with the free Pyle Health app to create user profiles, chart progress and automatically save users' records. Data can be shared online via Facebook and Twitter or kept password-protected for private tracking.
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09:59
Safari 7.1 adds support for DuckDuckGo, improved...

Despite v7.0.6 being released just yesterday alongside OS X 10.9.5, Apple has released another version of Safari for Mavericks, 7.1. The release mainly follows in the steps of its iOS 8 sibling, introducing secure search site DuckDuckGo as an alternative to the likes of Google or Yahoo. Security for Yahoo searches has been improved, as entries into the search field are now encrypted....

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09:47
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-18

Apple released iOS 8 yesterday and it comes with lots of great features and a few problems. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro and join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's decision to pull HealthKit apps from the App Store, features they like and what's annoying, plus Kelly offer up a quick iOS 8 tip, too.

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09:45
Apple releases iAd Producer 5 with support for...


Apple has today released iAd Producer 5.0, the latest revision to its advertisement development environment. The headline addition for this update is support for iTunes Radio ad creation on desktop iTunes for Mac and Windows. This helps increase the possible reach of iAds to more eyeballs.
In addition, Apple has overhauled the coding aspects of the app (even though Apple amusingly claims you don’t “need any programming”) with code completion, syntax highlighting themes, inline syntax error warnings and more.

In terms of end-user changes, developers can now integrate share sheets and iTunes Store views into their ads. It’s unclear who why you would want to...

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09:30
Cinematic video stabilization on the iPhone 6 is...

Apple didn't spend too much time last week talking about the iPhone, and the little time they did devote to the iPhone centered on camera improvements. While some companies seem content to engage in a pointless megapixel wars, Apple remains squarely...

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09:20
SwiftKey's iOS 8 Keyboard Hits One Million...

Earlier today, we highlighted how a number of new third-party systemwide keyboard for iOS 8 are topping the App Store charts, with SwiftKey Keyboard [Direct Link] displacing Facebook Messenger from the top spot on the free iPhone app chart in the United States. Moving beyond the charts to look at raw download numbers, the success of these new keyboards is even more clear, with SwiftKey telling MacRumors that its iOS 8 keyboard has just passed one million downloads in less than 24 hours. SwiftKey saw a brief launch delay yesterday due to App Store processing, and thus it did not go live until around noon Pacific Time, meaning that it has reached the milestone in roughly 22 hours. SwiftKey is certainly benefiting from its positioning as a free app compared to competitors such...

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09:16
NewerTech announces Wireless Aluminum Keypad

NewerTech has released the Wireless Aluminum Keypad (http://www.newertech.com/keypad/). It's designed to complement the look and feel of Apple keyboards.
The Wireless Aluminum Keypad pairs with your Mac via Bluetooth and reconnects automatically when the computer or device is awakened or restarted. It's designed for finance professionals, including accountants and analysts, as well as students, teachers, administrators, programmers, and more.
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09:00
iAd Producer 5 Now Available

iAd Producer 5 Now Available

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09:00
iAd Producer 5 Now Available

iAd Producer 5 Now Available

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09:00
iOS 8 adoption rate starts off slow, but the reasons...

In contrast to past numerical releases of iOS, iOS 8 is getting off to a bit of a slow start. As data from both Mixpanel and Tapjoy illustrate, iOS 8 is clawing for its share of the iOS pie but isn't quite pulling it off as well as its...

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08:59
Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For...

SternisheFan writes with this selection from a story at the Washington Post: Apple said Wednesday night that it is making it impossible for the company to turn over data from most iPhones or iPads to police — even when they have a search warrant — taking a hard new line as tech companies attempt to blunt allegations that they have too readily participated in government efforts to collect user data. The move, announced with the publication of a new privacy policy tied to the release of Apple's latest mobile operating system, iOS 8, amounts to an engineering solution to a legal dilemma: Rather than comply with binding court orders, Apple has reworked its latest encryption in a way that makes it almost impossible for the company – or anyone else but the device's owner – to gain access to the vast troves of user data typically stored on smartphones or tablet computers. The key is the encryption that Apple mobile devices automatically put in place when a user selects a passcode, making...

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08:51
Security Update 2014-004 (Mountain Lion and Lion)

Patches numerous security vulnerabilities in Mountain Lion and Lion, many of the same found in the 10.9.5 Mavericks update. (Free updates, various sizes) 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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08:51
Safari 7.1

Adds the option to select DuckDuckGo as your default search engine. (Free) 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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08:36
Xcode 6.0.1 - Integrated development environment (...

Apple Xcode is Apple Computer's integrated development environment (IDE) for OS X. The full Xcode package is free to ADC members and includes all the tools you need to create, debug, and optimize your own Universal applications, targeting both Intel and PowerPC platforms. At the heart of Xcode is a graphical workbench that tightly integrates a syntax-highlighting text editor, a robust build control system, a debugger, and the powerful GCC compiler capable of targeting both Intel and PowerPC regardless of host platform. Xcode is both easy to use, using assistants to create working projects in just minutes, and also powerful enough to build the largest OS X applications. Xcode is bundled with Interface Builder, AppleScript Studio, Java development support, and WebObjects development tools, among many others.Version 6.0.1:

  • Includes SDKs for OS X 10.9 Mavericks and iOS 8.0.
  • Interface Builder renders your custom controls live in the design canvas...

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08:34
Apple Safari 7.1 - Apple's Web browser. (Free)

Apple Safari in OS X Mavericks brings you all-new ways to find and enjoy the best of the web. It works with iCloud to give you a seamless browsing experience across all your devices. It looks out for your privacy. It loads content incredibly fast. And with amazing power-saving technologies that let you browse longer than with other browsers, Safari is simply the smartest way to surf.Version 7.1:

  • Adds DuckDuckGo as a search engine option
  • Encrypts all Yahoo searches from the search field
  • Improves Reader compatibility with websites
  • Improves AutoFill compatibility with websites
  • OS X 10.9.4 or later

Download Now

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08:30
Launch documents and get started right away with the...

Starting something new. We’ve all been there. The first day of school, starting a new job, or even moving to a new town. As we become familiar with the new surroundings, buildings, new faces and personalities, schedules, and rhythms we start with a home base from which to explore.
Using technology is no different. It’s important to have a home base where you can start, a place where you can access all of your services, downloads and settings and launch into new experiences, applications and adventures to expand your possibilities.
Today we’re announcing a new home page experience in Office 365. We’re rolling out the new home page to current Exchange or SharePoint customers now. Customers can access the home page from the web experience of Office 365, which you get to by signing in to the Office 365 portal.
Once there, you just click the Office 365 logo in the top left-hand web navigation to go to the home page. New customers...

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08:30
Time claims U2 and Apple may be working on a new...

I certainly have nothing against U2, but I think it's fair to say that if Apple wanted to make a huge splash by gracing the iTunes world with a free album, there are any number of bands Apple could have chosen that would have generated more of a...

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08:08
iOS 8 Keyboards Climb to Top of App Store Charts

With yesterday's launch of iOS 8, devices running the new operating system are now able to install third-party keyboards that work on a systemwide basis. Most of the major keyboard makers were ready for the launch, introducing iOS 8 versions of their keyboards into the iOS App Store. One day after launch, three of these keyboards, including Fleksy, SwiftKey and Swype, are now at the top of the top iOS paid and free charts in the U.S. and other countries. Within 24 hours of their debut, paid keyboards Swype and Fleksy climbed to the top two spots in the U.S. paid iOS app chart, displacing popular games such...

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08:06
Storehouse for iPhone

Storehouse is a visual storytelling app that was previously only available for iPad, but now an iPhone version has been released. I love this app.
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08:05
Apple releases Safari 7.1 for Mavericks w/...

Apple has just released Safari 7.1 to all users of OS X Mavericks following several beta releases in recent weeks. The update adds DuckDuckGo as a default search engine option, which was also just added to Apple’s mobile version of Safari alongside iOS 8. The update also includes a security improvement for Yahoo search engine users: Apple says Yahoo searches from the search field are now encrypted. 
In addition, Apple notes the release improves Reader and AutoFill compatibility with websites.
The release follows OS X 10.9.5 becoming available to all users yesterday with Safari 7.0.6. The Safari 7.1 update is available to users on OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 now through Updates in the Mac App Store. Filed under:...

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08:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 016 with...

In episode 14, Jeremy Thake chats to Andrew Connell, a SharePoint MVP, about SharePoint workflow with regards to versioning and calling remote web services.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP16_AndrewConnell.mp3
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08:00
Apple releases OS X 10.9.5 with fixes, new code...

Yesterday evening Apple released OS X 10.9.5 to the general public, the fifth major update for OS X Mavericks. As usual, the update comes with a handful of fixes for user-facing features as well as a small pile of security updates. Many of these security patches are also available for OS X 10.7.5 and 10.8.5 in separate updates.
Like OS X 10.9.4, the update focuses on smaller problems that affect a subset of Macs. The new features include Safari 7.0.6, improved "reliability for VPN connections that use USB smart cards for authentication," and better reliability for connecting to file servers that use the SMB protocol. For businesses using OS X, the update fixes a problem...

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08:00
Building a global brand with local flavor  

Today’s post about Office 365 was written by Anders Munck, enterprise architect with the Carlsberg Group.
 
The past 14 years have been some of the most tumultuous in Carlsberg’s 167-year history of manufacturing beer. We used to license our beer to other breweries, but when our competitors started buying them up, we had to change our business model. So we began acquiring our own breweries. We’ve grown from serving four small markets in 2000 to successfully reinventing ourselves as a global beer brand. Becoming the fourth-largest brewer in the world brought with it a huge challenge: how do we incorporate many globally dispersed businesses into one company? And how do we ensure that our 500 different brands all live up to Carlsberg’s high standard of excellence?
To address these questions, Carlsberg introduced a vision for the business that we call “GloCal,”...

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One reason not to buy an iPhone 6 Plus -- skinny...

This parody video from YouTube user Court Dunn hilariously shows the problems a skinny jeans wearer will face when he tries to pocket his new iPhone 6 Plus. Wonder if JNCO jeans is preparing for its big comeback?...

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Apple Files Patents for CarPlay, Touch ID, Deep...

On September 18, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a series of five patent applications from Apple covering such matters as CarPlay, Touch ID, Deep Audio and more. While it's impossible to have high profile inventions roll every week, especially with Apple's Tim Cook trying to be more secretive that Jobs ever was, there's still a lot of intellectual property to appreciate exploring today.

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07:57
iPhone 6 lines shape up in Australia, around the...

With the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets being released tomorrow, long lines have been reported around the world.
Per MacRumors, a photo taken by Guardian Australia writer Bethanie Blanchard shows many customers lining up outside the Apple Store Doncaster, as the line is said to have started at 6 AM and stretches around the entire length of the shopping center.
In addition to Australia, Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in the US, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK starting Friday, with Apple Retail Stores beginning sales at 8 AM. The company is also implementing a reservation pass system...

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07:54
Mac: Booq Taipan shock

Booq has released a number of recent options for lugging around MacBooks, and the Taipan shock ($95) is the company’s newest. Taipan shock is currently the company’s least expensive backpack. It comes in black and can hold a 13” or 15” MacBook....

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07:50
iOS 8 no longer stores encryption keys, Apple...

Part of Apple's new approach to privacy involves stricter encryption in iOS 8, according to the Washington Post, as well as an Apple PDF document. The latter notes that Apple no longer stores encryption keys for devices as of iOS 8, meaning that even if a government agency has a search warrant, the company is unable to break past the security on a passcoded device. That should protect locally-stored content....

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07:44
iCloud for Windows update means PCs can use iCloud...

iCloud Drive is now available on Windows, but not OS X.

Andrew Cunningham

Apple officially released iCloud Drive yesterday as part of the iOS 8 update, but it came with a caveat: turning it on disables the "old" way of iCloud syncing, but OS X doesn't yet support iCloud Drive and won't until OS X Yosemite is released later this fall. If you use iCloud to sync application data between your phone, tablet, and desktop, this means you'll need to keep living with the more limited version of iCloud until Yosemite is out (or roll the dice and give the Public Beta a try).
If you're a Windows user with an iPhone, though, you can go ahead and pull the...

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07:43
News: Daily Deal: 1 TB Of Online Backup with iDrive...

Today in iLounge Deals you can get a one-year subscription to iDrive for only $19—that’s 60% off the normal price. With the iDrive Pro Personal Plan, you get one year with 1TB of encrypted cloud backup and 1TB of sync space in which you can safely back up your photos, videos, documents, contacts, and anything else you have on your computer. The plan also includes features such as multiple device backups, super-fast performance, Facebook…

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07:33
Apple releases OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks update


In the midst of the iPhone 6 hype and hoopla, a major operating system update just hit.
Late Wednesday, Apple released OS X 10.9.5, which includes the following fixes and changes:
- Safari version 7.0.6.
- Fix for VPN-related vulnerability.
- Fix for file access from SMB servers.
- Fix for the reliability of virtual private network connections that use USB Smart Cards as IDs.

Per Safari 7.0.6, the new version includes a patch for a WebKit vulnerability that allows for termination of arbitrary code after a user visits a malicious website.
Mac users can download OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks via Software Update or the Mac App Store.
If you’ve tried the new version of the operating system, please let us know what you make of it in the comments.

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07:21
Sony mocks iPhone 6 in Xperia Z3 Compact ad: “Better...

Samsung isn’t the only one mocking Apple’s new iPhone before the device even officially goes on sale tomorrow. Today Sony released its own jab at Apple with the ad above playing on Apple’s “Bigger than bigger” catchphrase for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The Xperia Z3 Compact device in the ad sports a 4.6-inch display about the same size as the iPhone 6, but the ad also points out a few specs the new iPhones can’t claim: 2 day battery life, 20.7MP camera, and waterproofing features.
On cue, Samsung and others have also joined in on the iPhone 6 mocking following Apple’s unveiling earlier this month.
Why compromise? #DemandGreat ...

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07:21
How to auto-delete old texts and silence annoying...

The Messages application gains a number of significant new features with Apple's iOS 8 upgrade, especially for users who participate in group messages that might take up space or become bothersome.

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