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Thursday October 16

14:00
Create App Previews with iMovie

iMovie comes with every Mac and makes it easy to create app previews. Edit screen recording videos to get the timing just right, then customize your preview with titles, transitions, a soundtrack, and voiceover. Included with iMovie are 11 titles designed to showcase apps in action. To learn more, read the iMovie Guide for Creating App Previews.

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14:00
Create App Previews with iMovie

iMovie comes with every Mac and makes it easy to create app previews. Edit screen recording videos to get the timing just right, then customize your preview with titles, transitions, a soundtrack, and voiceover. Included with iMovie are 11 titles designed to showcase apps in action. To learn more, read the iMovie Guide for Creating App Previews.

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13:56
Apple Posts iPad Air 2 Reveal Video

Apple published the iPad Air 2 - Reveal video to YouTube Thursday. The video was debuted during the company's "It's Been Too Long" media event earlier, and it plays on the original commercial for the iPad Air that showed the device being thinner than a pencil. In the new piece, which is only 32 seconds long, a laser slices off a good chunk of the pencil to make the point that the iPad Air 2 is even thinner.

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13:52
Enter the Nexus Dragon


Google on Wednesday announced three new devices in its Nexus line: a tablet, a phablet, and a streaming media game player-cum-Android TV device, all of which run Lollipop, the latest version of its Android OS. Lollipop lets users sync content from phones to tablets to TVs and use it seamlessly. It has a consistent design across devices so transitions between tasks are more fluid and content responds to users' touch or voice. The Nexus 6 phablet is from Motorola; the Nexus 9 tablet is made by HTC; and the Nexus Player comes from Asus.

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13:43
Apple posts iPad Air 2, Retina iMac and '...

Following Thursday's big reveal, Apple posted a trio of promotional videos taken from the product launch event to its YouTube page, touting the new iPad Air 2 and iMac with 5K Retina display.

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13:41
Apple releases iTunes 12.0.1 for Mac OS X Yosemite...

Along with the actual release of the public version of Mac OS X Yosemite, Apple has pushed iTunes 12.0.1. The update, available for users who have upgraded to Mac OS X Yosemite, brings iTunes to version 12. The update is available through the Mac App Store on the Mac, or you can download it directly from Apple’s website.
Additionally, Apple has now released iTunes 12.0.1 for Windows.
The Cupertino corporation has also just pushed Security Update 2014-005 for Mac OS X Mavericks.Filed under: Apps, Mac ...

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13:40
Apple debuts Apple SIM, Smart Covers and Cases for...

The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, both announced today, will also come with a new SIM card dubbed the Apple SIM. Previously, people ordering a cellular iPad had to choose their carrier in advance. The Apple SIM will let buyers pick a single iPad and quickly switch between AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile plans in the US, and even EE in the UK. Verizon is not participating, and the service will require activating through a store....

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13:30
MusicMakerJam: Great samples at a high cost

MusicMakerJam is a free looping app available for iPad. Developed by music industry veteran, MAGIX, MusicMakerJam offers an extremely wide range of looping capabilities within its free version but only includes a limited set of samples starting with...

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13:28
First Hands-On Impressions of 27-Inch Retina iMac:...

After today's media event that saw the introduction of new iPads and new Macs, members of the press were invited to experience all of Apple's new products. Several sites have posted first impressions of Apple's 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display, which we've summarized to give users an overview of the company's newest desktop and its ultra high-resolution screen. Engadget says that the new 27-inch iMac has a "stunning display" with great viewing angles, and was left impressed with the all-in-one's image quality even at a resolution of 5120 x 2880. Brightness is said to be "level throughout" with no bleeding. The website also praised the extra screen real-estate that the new 27-inch Retina iMac will allow for video editing. TechCrunch...

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13:18
Instagram for iOS updated with iPhone 6 and 6 Plus...

Instagram for iOS is definitely one of the most used apps on the iPhone, but we’ve been waiting quite some time for it to be updated to support the larger screens of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Today, finally, that update has landed bringing Instagram to version 6.1.3. In fact, these are the only new features that this version brings. Head over to the App Store to get the update, and enjoy being able to view your friends’ pictures in full resolution.Filed under: Apps ...

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13:15
∞ First thoughts: iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iMac with...

I had the opportunity to spend some time with the new products after the event concluded on Apple’s campus this morning and I was impressed with what I saw. [...]

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13:14
Running A Web Server On OS X Yosemite Server

Web Services in Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, Linux and most versions of Unix are provided by Apache, an Open Source project that much of the Internet owes its origins to. Apache owes its name to the fact that it’s “a patchy” service. These patches are often mods, or modules. Configuring web services is as easy in OS X Mavericks Server (10.9) as it has ever been. To set up the default web portal, simply open the Server app, click on the Websites service and click on the ON button.

After a time, the service will start. Once running, click on the View Server Website link at the bottom of the pane.

Provided the stock OS X Server page loads, you are ready to use OS X Server as a web server.
Before we setup custom sites, there are a few things you should know. The...

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13:13
Briefly: Office 2011 Mac security patch,...

Microsoft released a security update for its Office for Mac 2011 software the latest release being v14.4.5. Resolving vulnerabilities, the update prevents the possibility of remote code execution if a specially crafted file is opened in an affected version. Attackers could gain the same user rights as the current user if successful, and subsequently install programs, view, change or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. Full details can be found in Mircosoft's latest security bulletin on the matter....

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13:11
Canon debuts Realis WUX6000 presentation projector,...

Canon announced a new projector today for professionals looking for a device with a variety of display options for presentations. The Realis WUX6000 Installation LCOS projector delivers native WUXGA 1920x1200 display resolution, brightness of 6,000 lumens and a contrast ratio of 2,000:1. For those in the medical field, Canon is also releasing a second version with an additional mode for viewing x-rays and CAT scans....

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13:07
OS X Yosemite Hits the Mac App Store, Available...

Following today's media event that saw Apple introduce new iPads and a new Retina iMac, Apple released OS X Yosemite to the public, after several months of beta testing. OS X Yosemite is available from the Mac App Store as a free download for all eligible Macs. [Direct Link] First introduced at WWDC in June, OS X Yosemite will do for the Mac what iOS 7 did for iOS devices. The new operating system introduces redesign that focuses on a flatter, more modern look that emphasizes translucency, smarter controls, and streamlined toolbars. OS X Yosemite doesn't just bring a fantastic new look to the Mac, it also includes several major features introduce unprecedented levels of integration between iOS and OS X. With Continuity features like Handoff, for example, users can begin a task on one device and finish it on another with a seamless transition. SMS relay features, meanwhile, will let Mac users...

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13:07
Apple's OS X Yosemite now available for free...

As promised, Apple's next-generation OS X Yosemite Mac operating system is now available for download through the Mac App Store, bringing with it a host of enhancements like iOS Continuity, a redesigned UI, iTunes 12 and more.

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12:13
Apple's WatchKit SDK is coming in November

Among Apple's many announcements on Thursday, some of the more intriguing aspects were the things Apple execs didn’t really talk about. CEO Tim Cook briefly teased the launch of Apple’s WatchKit, which will let third-party app developers create compatible apps for the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch is slated to launch sometime in early 2015, and the WatchKit SDK will be available in November. WatchKit was first announced during September’s event, when Apple unveiled the Apple Watch. But today’s event made the SDK more concrete, with its own prospective launch date. Apple has already been working on apps for the Apple watch with selected third-party companies—Cook name-checked BMW, American Airlines, and Starwood—but come November, even more developers can join the Watch party....

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12:58
Apple makes iPad Air 2 carrier-agnostic with new...

It’s not as flashy as a gold patina and not as thrilling as a Retina iMac, but the capabilities of the SIM card in the new iPad Air 2 are every bit as major as Apple’s other announcements on Thursday.When you buy an iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity, you won’t have to confine yourself to one carrier for your data plan. The new Apple SIM lets you choose a carrier and a plan on your iPad, and you can switch service at any time. If you’re in the States, you can choose from the majors—AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile—and you can switch to a different one if you’re traveling. Unlike traditional smartphone data plans, iPad cell service is pay-as-you-go, but before Apple introduced its new SIM card, you had to pick a carrier and stick with it....

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13:04
Apple Introduces iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

Apple has introduced iPad Air 2, the thinnest and most powerful iPad ever. The new iPad features an improved Retina display for enhanced contrast and richer, more vibrant colors, and better cameras for taking stunning photos and videos. Available in gold, silver, and space gray, iPad Air 2 and the new iPad mini 3 offer Touch ID and — in the U.S. — Apple Pay. “iPad is a magical piece of glass that runs more than 675,000 apps specifically designed for it, and is thin and light enough that you can comfortably hold it all day; the new iPad Air 2 is packed with amazing new innovations, weighs less than a pound, and at just 6.1 mm is the thinnest tablet in the world,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPad Air 2 has a new Retina display with anti-reflective coating, second generation 64-bit A8X chip, all-new iSight and FaceTime HD cameras, faster Wi-Fi and LTE wireless, and includes the revolutionary Touch ID fingerprint identity sensor.”

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12:59
Apple Pay Set to Transform Mobile Payments Starting...

Apple has announced that customers can start making payments with the touch of a finger on October 20, when Apple Pay becomes available in the U.S. Apple Pay offers an easy, secure, and private way to pay using Touch ID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in stores and within apps. Users of the just-announced iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be able to use Touch ID on their devices for Apple Pay within apps. The new service will be enabled by a free software update to iOS 8. “Our team has worked incredibly hard to make Apple Pay private and secure, with the simplicity of a single touch of your finger,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “The reaction to Apple Pay has been amazing. We continue to add more Apple Pay-ready banks, credit card companies, and merchants, and think our users will love paying with Apple Pay.”

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12:59
OS X Yosemite Now Available as a Free Upgrade

Apple has announced that OS X Yosemite, the latest major release of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, is now available as a free upgrade for Mac users from the Mac App Store. Yosemite delivers a fresh, modern look and introduces Continuity features that make it easy to hand off activities between Mac and iOS devices and even make and receive iPhone calls from your Mac. Yosemite also includes a new Today view, a redesigned Spotlight, and updated versions of Safari, Mail, Messages, and iTunes. “OS X Yosemite is the most advanced version of OS X we’ve ever built, with a brand new design, amazing Continuity features, and powerful versions of the apps you use every day,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “OS X Yosemite ushers in the future of computing, where your Apple devices all work together seamlessly and magically. It’s something only Apple can do, and it’s available today.”

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12:59
Apple updates iWork for OS X with features like...

As promised, Apple has revealed its updates to the OS X iWork suite. The apps have been redesigned for OS X Yosemite, and now support related features such as iCloud Drive, and Handoff to iPads and iPhones. Pages has gained a variety of specific features, such as a sidebar for comments and changes, the ability to insert images in tables, headers, and footers, and better compatibility with Word documents, including password-protected DOCX export....

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12:49
This new “Apple SIM” could legitimately disrupt the...

Quartz:

Perhaps the most interesting news about Apple’s new iPad Air 2 tablet is buried at the bottom of one of its marketing pages: It will come pre-installed with a new “Apple SIM” card instead of one from a specific mobile operator.

It’s early, but it’s easy to see how this concept could significantly disrupt the mobile industry if Apple brings it to the iPhone.

That small announcement could be the shot heard round the telecom world.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:47
Apple Introduces 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display

Apple has unveiled the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display, featuring the world’s highest-resolution display — with 14.7 million pixels. At this resolution, text appears sharper than ever, videos are more lifelike, and you can see new levels of detail in photos. “Thirty years after the first Mac changed the world, the new iMac with Retina 5K display running OS X Yosemite is the most insanely great Mac we have ever made,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With a breathtaking 14.7-million-pixel display, faster CPU and graphics, Fusion Drive, and Thunderbolt 2, it’s the most beautiful and powerful iMac ever.”

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12:46
Apple Updates Mac mini

Apple has updated Mac mini with the latest technologies and a new lower starting price, making Apple’s most affordable Mac an even better value. Mac mini now features fourth-generation Intel Core processors, faster integrated graphics, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Thunderbolt 2. “People love Mac mini. It’s a great first Mac or addition to your home network, and the new Mac mini is a nice upgrade packed into an incredibly compact design,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With the latest CPU and graphics, faster Wi-Fi, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, OS X Yosemite, and starting at just $499, the new Mac mini is the best value ever.”

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12:36
Yosemite and The Xsan Command Line

Let’s start out with what’s actually available in the Server Admin CLI: serveradmin. The serveradmin command, followed by settings, followed by san shows a few pieces of information:
bash-3.2# serveradmin settings san
san:computers = _empty_array
san:primaryController = "95C99FB1-80F2-5016-B9C3-BE3916E6E5DC"
san:ownerEmail = "krypted@me.com"
san:sanName = "krypted"
san:desiredSearchPolicy:_array_index:0 = ""
san:serialNumbers = _empty_array
san:dsType = 0
san:ownerName = "Charles Edge"
san:managePrivateNetwork = yes
san:metadataNetwork = "10.0.0.0/24"
san:numberOfFibreChannelPorts = 2
san:role = "CONTROLLER"
Here, we see the metadata network, the GUID of the primary (active) MDC, the name of the SAN, an array of serial numbers (if applicable – in a purely Mountain Lion/Mavericks SAN they aren’t), the owner info plugged in earlier and the metadata network interface being used.
Next, we’ll take a peak at the fsm process for each volume:
bash-3.2# ps aux | grep...

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12:30
Rumor Roundup: Pre/post 2014 iPad event

Well, this is slightly awkward. Due to the vagaries of time zones and schedules and "the real world" and various other bits of whatnot, by the time this Rumor Roundup is published Apple's event will have already taken place.

Oh, well. In the grand...

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12:29
First Hands-On Impressions of New iPad Air 2: Ultra-...

After Apple introduced the new iPad Air 2 at its media event today, members of the press were invited to go hands-on with the new tablet. Several sites have now begun publishing their hands-on first impressions of the iPad Air 2, which we've gathered up below to provide an overall impression of the new device. Image courtesy of Gizmodo TechCrunch says that although the iPad Air 2's resolution is the same as the iPad Air, the display looks better than the previous models. By combining screen components, Apple has made "things look a lot more touchable". The effect is similar to that of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which makes the display seem like a "high resolution mock-up, rather than an actual display you can interact with and change." Image courtesy of...

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12:25
First look: Hands-on with Apple's new iPad Air...

The iPad Air and iPad mini have both been outfitted by Apple with Touch ID fingerprint sensors, but it's clear that Apple is positioning its flagship iPad Air 2 as the tablet to beat, boasting a beefed-up A8X CPU, improved camera, thinner design, and anti-reflective laminated display.

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12:21
Apple's iPad Air 2, Retina iMac and OS X...

Apple has posted to its website an on-demand version of Thursday's special event that saw the introduction of new iPads, a Retina display iMac, revamped Mac mini and OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

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12:16
Configure An Open Directory Master In OS X Yosemite...

Open Directory has never been so easy to setup for a basic environment as it is in OS X Yosemite Server (OS X 10.10, Server app 4). It’s also never been so annoyingly simple to use that to do anything cool requires a bunch of command line foo. No offense to the developers, but this whole idea that the screens that were being continually refined for a decade just need to be thrown out and started fresh seems to have led to a few babies thrown out along with them. Not often as I’m kinda’ digging most of the new config screens in OS X Yosemite Server, but with Open Directory, it’s just too easy. Features mean buttons. Buttons make things a tad bit more complicated to use than an ON/OFF switch…
Anyway, rant over. Moving on. As with almost any previous version of OS X Server and Open Directory, once you’ve installed the Server app, run the changeip command along with the -checkhostname option to verify that the IP, DNS and hostname match. If (and only if as it will fail if you try...

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12:15
Sizing Up Apple’s October 16 Event: More Than Meets...

We pretty much knew what to expect for Apple's October media event. So then, how does having good hunches about what to expect affect our judgment about the products and technologies presented? It's an important question, and John Martellaro weighs in.

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12:13
Hands- and eyes-on with the new iPads and the iMac’s...


CUPERTINO, CA—Apple’s media event today was light on surprises. Apple really didn’t show anything that hadn’t already been leaked by the rumor mill (or by Apple itself), but that doesn’t mean that the upgrades to the iPad and Mac lineups are unwelcome.
We spent some quality time with the hardware after the announcement, and our impressions are below. As for the software, you can already grab OS X Yosemite for yourself now, and iOS 8.1 and Apple Pay will follow on Monday (at least for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners).
The Retina iMac

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12:10
Apple adds PetSmart, Office Depot, others to growing...

With Apple's announcement that its NFC-based Apple Pay service will launch in the U.S. on Monday, Oct. 20, AppleInsider has rounded up a list of establishments at which consumers will be able to test out the new mobile payment platform.

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12:08
Article: Ten Things You Didn’t Know About iPad Air 2...

Every time Apple holds a media event, it delivers a pithy, upbeat spin on its new hardware and software—sometimes omitting good and bad details that prospective customers would want to know. Today’s iPad event was no different, as there were some interesting details left out about both the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Here they are: (1) One iPad To Rule Them All. It didn’t happen with the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, but Apple’s…

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12:00
iPad Air 2 includes multi-carrier One SIM option for...

Apple today announced the iPad Air 2 with a new A8X processor, anti-reflective display and Touch ID fingerprint sensor. One unannounced feature highlighted on Apple's website is a universal SIM card that ships with the device and is compatible with a...

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11:55
New iPads, Macs

Apple has unveiled the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, and a Retina iMac at a Cupertino press event, as well as details on Apple Pay, iOS 8.1, and OS X Yosemite.

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11:52
Apple Smart Covers and Smart Cases updated for iPad...

In addition to introducing the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, Apple has refreshed its online store with new Smart Cases and Smart Covers to compliment and protect the new hardware.
The latest iPad Air Smart Cover will work with both the iPad Air and iPad Air 2. The iPad Air Smart Cover is available in polyurethane for $39 with options in black, white, pink, yellow, blue, green, and red. Apple says each iPad Air Smart Cover is available to ship in 1-3 days currently.
The iPad mini Smart Cover is available at the same $39 price point in the same colors. All three 7.9-...

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11:52
Apple iPad Air 2 and Retina iMac event now available...

Apple just wrapped up its October press event, which saw the unveiling several new products including the iPad Air 2 and the Retina iMac. If you missed the original broadcast, you can now watch a rebroadcast of the full event on Apple's dedicated...

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11:13
iOS 8.1 to launch October 20 with Apple Pay, Camera...

Right alongside the launch of Yosemite, Apple announced the launch of iOS 8.1, the first major update to iOS 8 since it launched in September. As expected, the update will include support for Apple Pay, a re-introduced Camera Roll, and iCloud Photo Library in beta. It also adds Continuity support, so iOS devices can be more smoothly integrated with OS X Yosemite, which launched today. iOS 8.1 drops on October 20—just in time for the Apple Pay rollout.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:51
First look: Eyes-on with the new iMac's super-...

Apple's all-in-one desktop received a major upgrade on Thursday with the unveiling of the new iMac, featuring an ultra-high-resolution 5K Retina display that will be a major selling point for professional users working with high-resolution images.

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11:49
CleanMyMac 2.3.0 - Delete files that waste your disk...

CleanMyMac makes space for the things you love. Sporting a range of ingenious new features, CleanMyMac 2 lets you safely and intelligently scan and clean your entire system, delete large, unused files, reduce the size of your iPhoto library, uninstall unneeded apps or fix the ones that started to work improperly, manage all your extensions from one place and do much more - all from one newly designed and beautifully simple interface.Version 2.3.0:

  • Official support of OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
  • Updated Knowledge Base to version 1.21.
  • Correct enabling/disabling of Safari Extensions.
  • Full screen switching behavior.
  • Correct detection of Login Items.
  • All UI issues fixed.
  • Fixed wrong scrollbar behavior in all lists.
  • Fixed crash on attempt to preview RAW photos in iPhoto Cleanup.
  • Numerous localization improvements.
  • OS X 10.7 or later

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11:45
Casper Suite 9.6 ready to assist in Yosemite...

JAMF Software has unveiled Casper Suite 9.6, an upgrade of the management tool for large-scale enterprise deployments of Apple technologies.
Using the Casper Suite, organizations are able to manage increasing numbers of Apple devices, whether they use Mac computers or iOS devices such as the iPad and iPhone. Casper Suite 9.6 is designed to ensure an easy migration path to OS X Yosemite. Users can report on eligibility and device status, and scope deployments to the appropriate devices and users to ensure compatibility, consistency, and compliance throughout the update process.
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11:38
Apple posts full video of October 16th iPad, Mac...

It’s the last thing of the day.
Per MacRumors, following a veritable cornucopia of announcements, Apple has posted the full video of today’s iPad and Mac event on its website.
The video should also be made available later this afternoon on the Apple Keynotes podcast, which can be found on the iTunes Store.
As always, let us know what you make of the new stuff in the comments.

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11:31
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-16

Apple's October media event gave us OS X Yosemite, Apple Pay, iOS 8.1, new iPads, and new a new iMac. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's announcements, share their thoughts on the new iPad Air 2 and iMac with Retina Display, and offer their take on whether or not we've really entered into the post-PC era.

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11:30
How to make your own bootable OS X 10.10 Yosemite...

Even in the download-only era, it's easy to make yourself offline OS X install media.

Andrew Cunningham


It was 2009 when Apple last released a new operating system on physical media. Things have proceeded remarkably smoothly since version 10.7 switched to download-only installers, but there are still good reasons to want an old, reliable USB stick. For instance, if you find yourself doing multiple installs, a USB drive may be faster than multiple downloads (especially if you use a USB 3.0 drive). Or maybe you need a recovery disk for older Macs that don't support the Internet Recovery feature. Whatever the reason, you're in luck, because it's not hard to make one.
As with last year, there are two ways to get it done. There's the super easy...

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11:30
Apple announces 27" iMac Retina 5K display

Along with new iPads, today Apple announced the next step it it's line of iMacs, the 27" iMac Retina 5K display. The Retina 5K features the most powerful high resolution screen Apple has ever produced with 5120 x 2880 pixels; thats 14.7 million...

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11:25
New Mac mini

“People love Mac mini. It’s a great first Mac or addition to your home network, and the new Mac mini is a nice upgrade packed into an incredibly compact design,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

I think Phil summed it up perfectly—People love the Mac mini. Even though this wasn’t a staggering update, consumers are going to love it.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:24
New Cellular iPads Include 'Apple SIM' in...

Historically, users purchasing cellular versions of iPads have had to choose their carrier at the time of purchase, with Apple shipping a device specifically configured for use on that carrier. But with the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, Apple is launching a new "Apple SIM" included with devices purchased in the United States and United Kingdom. For U.S. users in particular, the Apple SIM allows users to easily move among AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint by taking advantage of short-term data plans as needed. And with EE participating in the UK, even access while abroad is simplified. And of course the system should work equally well for UK customers traveling abroad to the United States. Apple outlines the Apple SIM on its iPad Air 2 wireless feature page:One SIM. Many options. The new Apple SIM is preinstalled on iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models. The Apple SIM gives you the flexibility to choose from a variety of...

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11:23
Setting Up An Open Directory Replica In Yosemite...

Previously, we looked at setting up an Open Directory Master in OS X Server. An Open Directory Replica keeps a copy of the Open Directory database available for users even when the Master goes offline. But it can also take a part of the load from the Open Directory Master and when using the new Locales feature, balance network traffic. To get started with an Open Directory Replica, first enable SSH, now disabled by default.
Next, use the changeip to check the host name. While the Server app is cool, it caches stuff and I’ve seen it let things go threat shouldn’t be let go. Therefore, in order to make sure that the server has such an address, I still recommend using changeip, but I also recommend using the Server application. In OS X Server, I’ve seen each find things that other misses. Additionally, in Yosemite and above, OS X Server now requires to be able to lookup whatever the hostname is set to in order to actually promote either to a replica or a master. To use changeip...

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11:23
'One more thing' from Apple: Mac mini...

Alongside a new iMac, Apple has refreshed the Mac mini. The new Mac mini brings Intel fourth-generation "Haswell" processors to the diminutive computer, which retains the same form factor. Also added are a pair of Thunderbolt 2 ports, replacing the single original Thunderbolt port in the 2012 model. Possibly most importantly, the base price for an entry level Mac mini that will have performance similar to the entry level MacBook Air, has dropped by $100 to $499....

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11:23
Apple unveils new Retina iMac, featuring 5K display

At its iPad event, Apple also unveiled a new 27-inch Retina 5K iMac, featuring an all-new display that offers 5K (5120x2880) resolution, 67 percent more pixels than found in a new 4K HDTV. Although previously rumored, the new iMac still managed to surprise with a lower-than-expected price tag starting at $2,499, considerably less than the cost of a typical high-end 4K HDTV. The new model, which will be sold in addition to the existing iMac models, also offers processing power up to a 4.0GHz Core i7....

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11:21
Apple includes its own SIM card with cellular iPad...


Since the cellular model of the iPad isn’t subject to typically two-year contracts, users have always been free to start or end pre-paid cellular data plans at will from the device’s settings. In the past, however, this meant buying your iPad from one carrier and being locked into that carrier’s plans.
With tomorrow’s launch of the iPad Air 2, however, Apple is changing that by including its own SIM card with each unit. This SIM card will work with multiple US carriers—AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile—and allow users to not only enable or disable a cellular plan as they...

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11:21
27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display

iMac with Retina 5K display delivers an amazingly immersive user experience. With a resolution of 5120 x 2880, iMac with Retina 5K display has four times more pixels than the standard 27-inch iMac and 67 percent more pixels than a 4K display. Text looks as sharp as it does on a printed page, and you can see more of your high-resolution photos with pixel-for-pixel detail.

I just saw the new iMac in the hands-on area after the event and it is incredible.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:20
iPad mini 3 gets Touch ID, other modest upgrades

In addition to the iPad Air 2, Apple has announced the iPad mini 3. The tablet has fewer improvements, mainly gaining Touch ID and a gold color option. It sports a smaller 5 megapixel iSight camera, nevertheless capable of 1080p video recording. Wi-Fi is limited to 802.11n speeds, as opposed to the Air 2's 802.11ac. The tablet in fact continues to use an A7 processor, despite the A8 being in the iPhone 6/6 Plus and the A8X finding its way into the Air 2....

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11:18
OS X Yosemite available today for free

Apple today announced that OS X Yosemite, the latest major release of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, is available as a free upgrade for Mac users from the Mac App Store.

I’ve been using Yosemite for a while now and I really like all of the changes, especially the redesigned interface.
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11:09
Apple Posts Full Video of Today's Special iPad...

Apple has posted the full video of today's iPad and Mac event on its website. The video should also be made available later this afternoon on the Apple Keynotes podcast, which can be found on the iTunes Store. [Podcast link: Keynotes, Keynotes in HD, Keynotes in 1080p HD] Media Event Highlights: Apple Announces iPad Air 2 with Thinner Profile, Touch ID, and A8X Processor Apple Announces iMac with Retina 5K Display for $2,500 Apple Announces New Mac Mini Starting at $499...

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11:08
SuperDuper! 2.7.3 - Advanced disk cloning/recovery...

SuperDuper! is an advanced, yet easy to use disk copying program. It can, of course, make a straight copy, or "clone" -- useful when you want to move all your data from one machine to another, or do a simple backup. In moments, you can completely duplicate your boot drive to another drive, partition, or image file. Clones for safety. To ensure you can safely roll back a system after the unexpected occurs. With a few clicks, you can easily "checkpoint" your system, preserving your computer's critical applications and files while you run on a working, bootable copy. If anything goes wrong, just reboot to the original. When you do, your current Documents, Music, Pictures -- even iSync data -- are available! You can get back to work immediately. Clones for industry! SuperDuper has enough features to satisfy the advanced user, too. Its simple-but-powerful Copy Script feature allows complete control of exactly what files get copied, ignored, even...

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11:08
Casper 9.6 Released, Now With Yosemite Support

Now that Yosemite is out, there’s a lot of updates here and there. iOS 8.1 is destined to show on Monday, but in the meantime JAMF Software has released version 9.6 of the vaunted Casper Suite. To quote the most excellent marketing team:
We are excited to announce that version 9.6 of the Casper Suite is now available. This release can enable you and your organization to embrace new technologies from Apple. Please see the release notes for more information.
Casper Suite 9.6 includes features that can help you:

  • Ensure ease of adoption for your users and peace of mind for yourself with same-day support of OS X Yosemite.
  • Extend management capabilities with new settings and payloads in OS X and iOS configuration profiles.
  • Enhance DEP and Mac App Store distribution workflows.

Note: Version 9.6 of the Casper Suite does not include configuration changes or fixes for the...

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11:08
Apple Pay starts October 20

Apple today announced that customers can start making payments with the touch of a finger on Monday, October 20, when Apple Pay becomes available in the US.

This could very well be one of Apple’s most significant announcements in years.
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11:08
Apple Launches iMac with Retina Display, Refreshes...

Apple has launched a stunning new iMac with a 5K Retina display, and has finally updated the long-neglected Mac mini. 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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11:06
Apple announces fourth-gen Mac mini, drops price to...

The Mac mini just got a hefty update and a nice price cut.
Per AppleInsider, Apple’s desktop received an update and accompanying price reduction on Thursday, featuring 4th-generation Intel Core processors and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, starting at US$499.
The new Mac mini lineup features integrated Intel Iris and HD Graphics 5000. It also has PCIe-based flash storage for faster performance.
The hardware refresh adds two Thunderbolt 2 ports and 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity, but retains the title of world’s most energy efficient desktop.

Though it had been priced at US$599 for some time, the Mac mini saw a reduction on Thursday, with a new entry price at US$499 for a 1.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up...

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11:06
Apple introduces iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

Apple today introduced iPad Air 2, the thinnest and most powerful iPad ever. Now just 6.1 mm thin and weighing less than a pound, iPad Air 2 features an improved Retina display for enhanced contrast and richer, more vibrant colors, and better cameras for taking stunning photos and videos. Available in gold, silver and space gray, the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 offer Touch ID so users can unlock their iPad with just the touch of a finger and make purchases easily and securely within apps using Apple Pay.

Great looking devices.
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11:05
Mac: Apple Mac mini (Late 2014)

While the big hit today in the Mac world was Apple’s introduction of the iMac with a Retina 5K Display, the venerable Mac mini ($499—$999) had a place in the spotlight as well. Apple’s diminutive little powerhouse gets a nice technology refresh and drops the starting price by $100 for an even better value for those wanting to dip their toes into the world of Macs. The update brings 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Thunderbolt 2, fourth-generation…

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11:03
A visual tour of OS X Yosemite’s changes


CN.dart.call("xrailTop", {sz:"300x250", kws:["top"], collapse: true});John Siracusa's gigantic review of OS X Yosemite tells you everything you need to know about the new operating system. The biggest, most noticeable change is the revised user interface, which has been redesigned in the image of iOS 7 even though it remains distinctly Mac-like.
When the first Yosemite Public Beta was released, we ran through a bunch of apps and compared them side-by-side with their Mavericks iterations to show just what had changed, and by how much. Apple continued to tweak the look of the interface throughout the beta period, addressing a few of our initial gripes.
Below is a comprehensive visual tour of Yosemite's new changes. Many of these screenshots are similar to what shipped with the Public Beta,...

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11:00
OS X 10.10 Yosemite: The Ars Technica Review

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When the book is finally closed on the product line known as OS X, last year’s release of OS X 10.9 Mavericks may end up getting short shrift. Sure, it brought tangible energy saving benefits to Mac laptop owners, but such gains are quickly taken for granted; internal changes and new frameworks are not as memorable to customers as they may be to developers and technophiles. And while...

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11:00
Daily Deals for October 15, 2014, featuring the Mac...

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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10:59
Apple’s iPad Air 2/Retina iMac event is now...


You can now relive all of the excitement of Craig Federighi’s call Stephen Colbert from his Mac. Apple has made the replay of today’s iPad Air 2 and Retina iMac event available on its website and Apple TV channel.
Or you can just watch it right here, on this very page. Why not?
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10:56
News: Apple introduces Apple SIM, multi-carrier...

Buried in other announcements today, Apple has introduced Apple SIM, a single pre-installed SIM card that “gives you the flexibility to choose from a variety of short-term plans from select carriers in the U.S. and UK right on your iPad.” Pre-installed on Wi-Fi + Cellular versions of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, Apple SIM provides a list of participating national carriers—currently only AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile in the United…

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10:53
Apple announces 27-inch iMac with Retina display,...

The rumors of the 5K Retina iMac were true.
Per 9to5Mac, Apple today announced the first Retina desktop computer with the Retina 5K iMac, complete with a 5,120-by-2,880 pixel resolution that Apple claims is 30 percent more power efficient than the previous model.
The new Retina 5K iMac will start at $US2499 for the all-in-one desktop computer and begin shipping today. The base model Retina 5K iMac will include a 3.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, AMX Radeon R9 M290X graphics, 8GB RAM, and a 1TB Fusion Drive.
Apple will continue to sell the non-Retina 27-inch iMac which starts at US$1799 as well as the non-Retina 21.5-inch iMac starting at US$1099.

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10:46
Apple unveils iPad Air 2 with Touch ID, A8X processor

Through its press event, Apple today unveiled the iPad Air 2, and a third-generation iPad mini. Both are the first iPads equipped with Touch ID fingerprint sensors, previously limited to iPhones. For the first time, the tablets are also available in a gold color along with previous silver and "space gray" options. Touch ID can be used for Apple Pay, but only online, not at retail outlets....

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10:45
Apple keeps iPad Mini, iPad Mini 2, and iPad Air...

Apple today introduced two new iPad models, the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3. While Apple quickly glossed over the iPad Mini 3, it spent a considerable amount of time discussing the iPad Air 2, an upgrade which delivers a host of attractive...

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10:43
Retina iMac now available for purchase as Apple...


The Apple Store online is back up following today’s event and there are a bunch of new products to check out. The new iMac with Retina 5K display is now available for purchase starting at $2499 for the base model. The updated Mac Mini is also available with prices...

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10:42
Apple announces iPad mini 3, adds Touch ID...

You might just get everything you want from the new iPad mini 3.
Per AppleInsider, the tablet will include a Touch ID fingerprint sensor and new gold color option while starting at a US$399 price point.
The company has also expanded the iPad mini lineup by continuing to offer the first-generation model, lacking a Retina display, for US$249. And occupying the US$299 space will be the iPad mini 2.
The entry-level iPad mini 3 will feature 16-gigabytes of storage for US$399. Upgrading storage capacity in the iPad mini 3 will run US$499 for 64 gigabytes, while 128 gigabytes will cost US$599. In addition, a new gold color option will join silver and space gray, and LTE-capable models carry a US$130 premium.

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10:36
News: New iPad Smart Cases, Covers shown for iPad...

Alongside today’s announcement of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, Apple has updated the prior $39 iPad Smart Covers and $69-$79 iPad Smart Cases. Apple’s iPad Air Smart Cover now comes in seven colors—blue, red, yellow, green, black, white, or red—each made from polyurethane, and compatible with the iPad Air and iPad Air 2. By comparison, the leather iPad Air 2 Smart Case comes in five different colors, namely black, white,…

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10:34
Apple Updates Mac mini with New Processors, Faster...

Apple updated its Mac mini line Thursday, a long awaited boost to the company's entry-level Mac. The update includes faster processors, faster Wi-Fi, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, and a lower starting price of US$499.

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10:34
Apple releasing smartwatch SDK WatchKit next month

Apple is going to help developers create apps for the Apple Watch before its release early next year, by making available a software development kit for the device. WatchKit, being made available to download in November, will allow developers to work on and test their smartwatch apps without having the Apple Watch hardware to hand....

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10:33
Apple Introduces 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display

Apple has unveiled the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display, featuring what the company says is the world’s highest resolution display with 14.7 million pixels. The all-in-one also boasts the latest quad-core processors, high-performance graphics, Fusion Drive and Thunderbolt 2.
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10:31
Apple to release iOS 8.1 on Monday, October 20th


You’ll have to wait until Monday for iOS 8.1.
Per the mighty iMore, Apple announced that it will release iOS 8.1, with full support for Apple Pay and features such as the return of the Camera Roll and the iCloud Photo Library.
After iOS 8 launched in September, many users were confused about the disappearance of the traditional Camera Roll and Photo Stream interfaces. Although photos weren’t gone, and simply moved to the collections tab, it seems as if Apple is willing to bring them back. Part of this could be due to the fact of making it easier to differentiate what photos and videos are actually using physical storage and what are using iCloud Photo Library storage, which will also come out of beta as of iOS 8.1. That means that whatever iCloud...

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10:31
Apple Introduces iMac with 5K Retina Display

Apple unveiled a new iMac model on Thursday with a 27-inch 5K Retina Display. Phil Schiller, vice president of worldwide marketing, said the new iMac's display is unlike any other for desktop computers, and even called it the "world's highest resolution display."

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10:30
Mac grows even as industry slides

The computer industry is having a bit of trouble pushing against the horde of smartphones and tablets that are stealing away customers' gadget dollars. Not the Mac. According to new numbers revealed today at Apple's special event, the company...

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10:30
Mac: Apple iMac with Retina Display

Apple has finally brought the Retina Display to the big time, taking the wraps off a new iMac. Dubbed simply the iMac with Retina Display ($2,499), it features a new “Retina 5K” display featuring 5120 x 2880 pixels in a 27” screen, for a total of 14.7 million pixels, making it the world’s highest resolution display. Announced at Apple’s October 16th event, alongside the release of OS X Yosemite, the new iMac with Retina…

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10:29
iMazing 1.0.9 - Complete iOS device manager (was...

iMazing (was 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 your...

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10:25
Apple updates the Mac mini line with improved...

Apple today announced it was refreshing its Mac mini desktops, the first update the product line has seen in two years. The new Mac minis will include a 4th-generation Intel Core processor, Intel Iris and HD Graphics 5000, PCIe flash storage,...

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10:23
Apple announces iPad Air 2 tablets, will begin...

Apple’s top of the line iPad just got a bit thinner and faster.
Per AppleInsider, Apple announced the iPad Air 2, its next-gen full-sized iPad. The new version, which will begin preorders on Friday, includes a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, new anti-reflective screen coating, and the speedy new A8X processor.
The new iPad Air stands at 18 percent thinner than the previous model, making it the world’s thinnest tablet to date.
Like previous models, the Wi-Fi-only iPad Air 2 starts at US$499 for 16 gigabytes. But another $100 quadruples storage to 64 gigabytes, and a high-end model with 128 gigabytes runs US$699. LTE-capable versions carry a US$130 premium at the same capacities.
Preorders for the iPad Air 2 will begin on Friday, and the units will begin shipping next week.
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09:43
Apple Pay launches Oct. 20 in a play to kill credit...

If you own an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, get excited: Apple is turning on Apple Pay on Oct. 20.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said the long-awaited mobile payment system, which uses Near-Field Communications technology baked into the new iPhones, will hit the ground running on Monday with hundreds of new partners. The company signed on 500 more banks, in addition to majors like Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Chase.
What we care about most: Where can you use Apple Pay? The company revealed some participating retailers when it announced Apple Pay last month, but Cook added a few more partners to that list at Apple's Thursday media event. You can use Apple Pay to make purchases at Staples, Chevron, Subway, Walgreens, Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Bloomingdale's, Apple, and a slew of other stores....

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09:59
OS X Yosemite: Spotlight gets a new look and power...

Like its littermate Dashboard, OS X’s Spotlight feature has been with us since OS X Tiger, way back in 2005. That entire time, it’s been a systemwide search feature parked at the top of the screen. But Spotlight in OS X Yosemite is different. Really different, with a new look, a new location, and a new set of data sources. This is not the Spotlight we’ve come to know.Front and center

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10:10
OS X Yosemite: New Notification Center finally gives...

Notification Center has been a part of OS X for two years: It was introduced in Mountain Lion and expanded upon in Mavericks. But with OS X Yosemite, Notification Center has transformed into something exponentially more useful than it was before. In fact, in Yosemite Notification Center is so different—and so much more useful than it was—that it probably deserves a new name. A supply of widgets
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s start with the most fundamental of changes: With Yosemite, Notification Center no longer slides a Mac’s entire interface off to the left in order to pop out from the right side of the screen. Now, Dock-like, it slides in on top of the right side of your screen while you’re using it. The old approach was certainly dramatic, but I think this...

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10:21
OS X 10.10 Yosemite Arrives, iOS 8.1 and Apple Pay...

Apple has released OS X 10.10 Yosemite, with iOS 8.1 and Apple Pay due to follow on Monday, 20 October 2014. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:21
Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X...

Many outlets are reporting on Apple's iPad event today. Highlights include: Apple pay will launch Monday.WatchKit -- a way for developers to make apps for the Apple Watch will launch next month.iOS 8.1Messages, iTunes, and iWork updated and many more new features in OS X Yosemite.You can send and receive calls on your Mac if you have an iPhone with iOS 8 that's signed into the same FaceTime account.iPad Air 2: New camera, 10 hour battery life, 12x faster than the original iPad.iPad mini 3.iMac with Retina display.And a Mac mini update: Faster processors, Intel Iris graphics, and two Thunderbolt 2 ports. ...

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10:19
Apple's Mac mini receives long-awaited update...

Apple's tiny, affordable Mac mini desktop received a hardware refresh and an accompanying price cut on Thursday, featuring 4th-generation Intel Core processors and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, starting at $499.

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10:18
Apple introduces the iPad Air 2, the thinnest iPad...

Apple has introduced iPad Air 2, the thinnest Apple tablet ever at just 6.1 mm thin and weighing less than a pound.
It features an improved Retina display with anti-reflective coating and better cameras for taking photos and videos. Available in gold, silver and space gray, the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 offer Touch ID so users can unlock their iPad with just the touch of a finger and make purchases within apps using Apple Pay (starting next week).
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10:16
Apple Announces 27-Inch iMac With Retina 5K Display...

At today's media event, Apple announced the next-generation 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display carrying a resolution of 5120 x 2880 pixels, as expected from recent rumors. Featuring 14.7 million pixels, the new iMac offers improved improved contrast, viewing angles, and color accuracy. Thirty years after the first Mac changed the world, the new iMac with Retina 5K display running OS X Yosemite is the most insanely great Mac we have ever made,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With a breathtaking 14.7 million pixel display, faster CPU and graphics, Fusion Drive, and Thunderbolt 2, it’s the most beautiful and powerful iMac ever.The base iMac with a Retina 5K display will be available with a 3.5 GHz quad-core Intel i5 processor, AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics processor, 8GB...

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10:15
Apple drops old iPad prices as low as $249


CUPERTINO, CA—On Thursday, Apple followed its announcement of the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 with price drops across the board for older models in those lines, which will continue to be produced alongside today's newest models.
"Our lineup has the lowest price point ever for iPad," Apple Senior VP Phil Schiller said while standing in front of a slide revealing the price points. The original iPad Mini price has dropped to $249 at its smallest memory configuration of 16GB, followed by the iPad Mini 2 at $299 and the iPad Air at $399 (also set at 16GB). Each of those price drops is $100.
In terms of competitive pricing, the original iPad Mini now costs only $50 more than Amazon's Kindle HDX 7 without advertising offers and Google's Nexus 7...

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10:14
Apple Announces iPad Air 2 with Thinner Profile,...

At today's media event, Apple introduced the all new iPad Air 2. The second-generation tablet features an ultra thin profile that's just 6.1mm thick, much thinner than the 7.5mm original iPad Air. The significantly thinner design was enabled through the use of a gapless laminated display panel that also produces sharper images. In addition to a thinner chassis, the new iPad Air also includes a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, a faster A8X processor, a new 8-megapixel iSight camera, and an anti-reflective coating that reduces glare by up to 56 percent. According to Apple, the iPad Air 2 is 18 percent thinner than the first-generation iPad Air and its A8X chip features a 2nd-generation 64-bit architecture which is 40% faster than the A7 used in the first iPad Air in terms of CPU performance up to 2.5x faster when it comes to GPU performance. Like its...

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10:13
iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 Expand the Line

After being leaked — by Apple! — the day before, the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 were formally announced, featuring evolutionary advancements and a broadening of the iPad product line. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:13
Apple announces 27-inch iMac with Retina display, 5,...

Apple on Thursday revealed the "next step" in Retina display technology by packing what it calls the "world's highest resolution display" into its popular all-in-one desktop.

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10:12
Apple announces the Retina iPad mini 3 with Touch ID...

Apple today announced the latest addition to its iPad mini lineup -- the Retina iPad mini 3. The mini 3 is a small improvement over last generation's model with a new Touch ID fingerprint sensor and different storage options. The Retina iPad mini...

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10:11
Apple launch event: Apple Pay October 20, Yosemite...

Apple's October product event has begun. Alongside Apple CEO Tim Cook calling the iPhone 6 launch the "biggest launch ever," Apple has announced that Apple Pay is "getting going" in the United States. The official launch of Apple Pay is Monday, October 20 to compatible device users. Apple has also shown details of iOS 8.1 with improvements to photo and video storage....

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10:10
Apple announces the iPad Air 2

As part of its October press event, Apple today unveiled its sixth generation tablet -- the iPad Air 2. The Air 2 features an even thinner device, 6.1 mm, 18% thinner than the previous model. Phil Schiller noted that two new iPad Air 2s are still...

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10:09
Apple updates desktop iMac line with “5k” Retina...


One of the big "tentpole" announcements from Apple’s event this morning was the long-awaited arrival of iMacs with "retina" displays. The flagship 27-inch iMac form factor has been updated with a high-resolution, high-DPI screen, and it's now known as the "iMac with Retina Display." It runs at a resolution of 5120x2880.
The updated iMac with Retina Display keeps the same external form factor as the existing iMacs, so externally, things are unchanged. However, the new internals include an updated LED backlight, an updated oxide TFT display panel, and an updated timing controller to push around the display's 14.7 million pixels.

Apple also says that although the display is brighter and denser than the 27-inch 2560x1440 panel on older 27-inch iMacs, the panel uses 30% less power thanks to the efficient LED design.
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10:05
Apple announces iPad mini 3 with Touch ID for $399,...

Apple's diminutive iPad will also receive an update this week, the company announced Thursday, in the form of the iPad mini 3, which features a Touch ID fingerprint sensor and new gold color option starting at $399.

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10:04
News: Apple unveils iPad mini 3, renames Retina iPad...

Apple has debuted the newest edition of its 7.9” tablet, which it’s calling iPad mini 3. The new iPad mini 3 includes Touch ID, and it comes in silver, space gray, and gold. It notably continues to have an A7 processor, not an A8 or A8X, and does not include any of the wireless or camera upgrades found in the iPad Air 2. iPad mini 3 starts at $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, $499 for 64GB, and $599 for 128GB. Cellular + Wi-Fi models add…

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10:03
iPad Air 2 Sports Faster Processor, Thinner Body,...

Apple introduced the new iPad Air 2 during a special media event on Thursday. The new tablet is 20 percent thinner than the iPad 4 and faster than the first generation iPad, sports an improved display with better clarity, and includes Touch ID.

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10:02
Apple releases OS X Yosemite, iWork updates as free...


The OS X 10.10 Yosemite downloading and installation frenzy begins today.
Over at its media event, Apple announced that OS X 10.10 Yosemite, its free next-generation operating system, will arrive on the Mac App Store today. The new version includes a new design that’s more contiguous with iOS 8 as well as features like Continuity and Handoff. Apple has also released a redesigned version of its iWork suite, which will be available as a free download.
Apple software chief Craig Federighi demonstrated many of the new features of Yosemite at a media event in Cupertino, California today, chief among them the new Continuity and Handoff features, which allow users to seamlessly transition between their Mac and their iOS devices.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

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10:00
Pixelmator announces iPad version of its photo-...


As part of the Apple event, Pixelmator has announced an iPad version of its popular Mac image-editor. The app is a near complete representation of the desktop app, with color correction, effects and other edits.
The photo-editing app will be released very soon for all recent iPads, but is specifically optimized to take advantage of the power of the A8X in the iPad Air 2.
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10:00
Crowdfunding Roundup: Smart Yoga mats and dumb-...

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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09:49
OS X Yosemite is now available as a free download

Mac OS X Yosemite is available as a free upgrade for Mac users from the Mac App Store. It delivers a new look to the Mac operating system and introduces Continuity features that let you hand off activities between Mac and iOS devices.
Yosemite also includes a new Today view, a redesigned Spotlight and updated versions of Safari, Mail, Messages and iTunes. It's been redesigned with a "fresh, modern look, while maintaining the power and familiarity users expect from a Mac," says Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.
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09:47
Apple announces TouchID-equipped, 6.1 mm-thin iPad...

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CUPERTINO, CA—Apple has officially announced its new iPad Air 2 at today's media event on its campus at 1 Infinite Loop. The iPad Air 2 was inadvertently outed yesterday in an iBooks listing for the iPad user guide.
The new device is only 6.1 mm thin, and Phil Shiller told the audience, "In every iPad, there's been an air gap between glass and display. Now they've been bonded together. There's no air gap. Makes it thinner, and the images sharper."
The screen also has an anti-reflective coating," Shiller added, which "reduces reflections by 56 percent."
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09:47
Apple announces 6.1mm-thin iPad Air 2 with Touch ID...

Apple's next-generation tablet became official on Thursday with the introduction of the iPad Air 2, featuring a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, new anti-reflective screen coating, and the speedy new A8X chip

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09:45
iOS 8.1 Available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch Oct 20

Apple will roll out iOS 8.1 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch on Monday, October 20. The timing fits with the launch of Apple Pay, which needs the update so iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users can make mobile payments at participating retailers.

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09:45
Apple announces iOS 8.1 with Camera Roll, iCloud...

As part of its October press event, Apple announced several upcoming features it is adding to iOS 8.1. The next major release of iOS 8 will see the return of the popular camera roll, which was replaced in iOS 8 much to the chagrin of iOS...

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09:43
Apple officially announces 18% thinner ‘iPad Air 2’...

Live on stage during its iPad/Mac press event today in Cupertino, Apple has officially introduced the new iPad Air dubbed “iPad Air 2”.
As previously rumored, the new full-sized iPad features a slimmer profile compared to the previous generation but largely retains the same physical design of the first gen iPad Air. It does, however, come in the gold color option that Apple previously only offered on iPhones.
Apple says the new iPad Air is 18% thinner than the previous generation thanks to improvements to the display manufacturing process. The display also introduces an anti-reflective coating that Apple says makes iPad Air 2’s display 56% less reflective.
The iPad Air 2 includes an A8X chip that Apple says includes 2nd-gen 64-bit architecture and 3 billion transistors for 40% faster CPU and 2.5x faster GPU...

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09:42
225 million satisfied customers: iPad is fastest...

Apple has announced some numbers regarding its iPad lineup, mentioning that the company sells more iPad units in a year than the full PC lineups of Acer, Dell, HP, and Lenovo. Tim Cook says there are an impressive 225 million satisfied customers. The iPad gives Apple the number one spot in customer satisfaction, and the Cupertino Corporation touts that the iPad mini with Retina Display has achieved 100% customer satisfaction. “You just don’t see these numbers in customer sat,” Cook says.Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: iPad, Numbers ...

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09:41
OS X Yosemite Available Today, iOS 8.1 Coming Monday

During today's media event, Apple announced that OS X Yosemite, the next version of its Macintosh operating system, will launch today on the Mac App Store. OS X Yosemite will be available for free to all users with an eligible machine, and iOS 8.1 will also be available on Monday for Apple's mobile devices. As detailed in our comprehensive OS X Yosemite roundup, the new operating system brings a new iOS 7-style design with an emphasis on translucency, smarter controls, and streamlined toolbars. There are also several new features, including Continuity, which expands integration between iOS 8 and OS X, allowing users to accept phone calls on their Macs and seamlessly transition tasks from one device to another. Yosemite also includes iCloud Drive, plus new features and designs for several key apps like Mail, Messages, and Safari. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories •...

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09:40
Apple Announces New Mac Mini Starting at $499

Today at its media event in Cupertino, Apple announced a brand-new Mac mini, a popular Mac computer that hadn't been updated since October 2012. The new Mac mini starts at $499, $100 less than the previous $599 starting price. “People love Mac mini. It’s a great first Mac or addition to your home network, and the new Mac mini is a nice upgrade packed into an incredibly compact design,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With the latest CPU and graphics, faster Wi-Fi, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, OS X Yosemite, and starting at just $499, the new Mac mini is the best value ever.”The new Mac mini comes with 4th-generation Intel Core processors, Intel Iris and HD Graphics 5000 with up to 90 percent faster graphics than the previous generation, PCIe-based flash storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and two Thunderbolt 2 ports. Apple also claims it's the "world's most efficient...

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09:40
OS X Yosemite available publicly starting today for...

​After unveiling OS X Yosemite earlier this year at WWDC, Apple today announced that its next generation desktop operating system would be available publicly starting today, October 16. Similar to past releases, Yosemite will be bundled on all new...

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09:40
OS X Yosemite & new iWork available for free on...

Apple's free next-generation Mac operating system, OS X 10.10 Yosemite, will hit the Mac App Store today, packing in an all-new design, Continuity and Handoff with iOS 8. In addition, a redesigned iWork suite is also set to launch as a free download.

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09:40
News: iPad stats: 225 million sold, 675,000 apps

During his introduction of new iPads today, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that 225 million iPads have already been sold—70 million of them in the last 12 months, outstripping the unit sales of any PC manufacturer over the past year. Cook also noted that the product has a 100% customer satisfaction rating, and now has 675,000 iPad-specific apps available....

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09:40
OS X Yosemite, iWork Available Today as Free...

OS X Yosemite has been available as a public beta for some time, and now it's moving to an official update release available today, October 16. The update for the Mac operating system will be available as a free download and is compatible with computers that are capable of running OS X Mavericks.

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09:39
Apple Announces iPad Mini 3 With Touch ID Home...

Today at its media event in Cupertino, Apple announced the iPad mini 3 with Touch ID Home button and a new gold color option. These updates appear to be the only significant changes over the previous generation, with the new model continuing to use the A7 chip from the original Retina iPad mini. In addition to gold, the iPad mini 3 also comes in the previous space gray and silver color options. The pricing will start at $399 for 16 GB Wi-Fi version, with 64 GB and 128 GB variations priced at $499 and $599 respectively. As usual, Wi-Fi + Cellular models of the iPad mini 3 will be priced at a $130 premium over the Wi-Fi only models. iPad mini 3 will be available for pre-order tomorrow, October 17, and will begin shipping next week. Alongside the iPad mini 3, Apple is continuing to sell the iPad mini 2 in 16 GB ($299/$429) and 32 GB ($349/$479) variants. The original 16 GB non-Retina iPad mini is also still available for ($249/$379). Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories •...

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09:35
Apple releasing OS X Yosemite to the public today...

Yosemite is here.

Apple


CUPERTINO, CA—Today at a product event, Apple announced that it would be releasing OS X Yosemite to the public. The eleventh major release of OS X was announced back in June at WWDC, and Apple began sending public beta builds to interested parties in July. Though it includes other new features, the operating system's most noticeable change is its redesigned user interface, which echoes the overhaul Apple gave iOS 7 last year.
Yosemite's brighter, flatter applications and icons, its heavy use of translucency, and its switch to Helvetica Neue will be familiar to anyone with an iPhone...

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09:33
Apple Pay goes live on October 20, many new retail...

Tim Cook earlier today provided new details regarding Apple Pay, the company's upcoming mobile payments platform.

First and foremost, the service is slated to go live on Monday, October 20.

Second, Apple has shored up the number of banks and retail...

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09:30
Mac: Apple OS X Yosemite

Debuted at Apple’s WWDC in June, and released as a public beta over the summer, Apple has just announced that it has officially released OS X Yosemite (Free), taking the Mac operating system into the second-generation of California park-themed releases with a new flattened look that’s reminiscent of the changes made last year in iOS 7. From the dock to Finder windows, icons to typography, there are some serious refinements. And it’s…

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09:30
News: Apple debuts iPad Air 2

Apple has officially introduced the newest edition of its full-sized tablet today with the debut of iPad Air 2.

iPad Air 2 is 6.1 mm thin, 18 percent thinner than the previous iPad Air.

Developing…...

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09:25
Apple reminds us how much less fragmented iOS is,...

iOS has the advantage of being a far less fragmented platform than its primary competitor, and Craig Federighi took the stage at Apple's special event today to remind us of that very fact. Using the adoption of iOS 8 as an example, Federighi noted...

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09:25
News: Apple formally debuts iTunes 12 after three...

Oddly released without any fanfare in beta form to developers back in July, iTunes 12 has officially debuted at Apple’s media event today. As noted in our What’s New in iTunes 12 article, the Mac and PC application has received a “flatter” cosmetic overhaul inspired by iOS 7 and iOS 8. It largely does away with the traditional sidebar found in earlier versions of iTunes — a feature that was hidden but still present in iTunes…

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09:22
Apple announces iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay, iCloud Photo...

Apple Pay is the most important thing to launch with iOS 8.1.

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Apple has just released iOS 8.1, the first major update to iOS 8. The majority of the update's new features have already been announced, but for one reason or another weren't ready to be included in iOS 8 when it shipped last month.
In the update, Apple plans to add back the "Camera Roll" album in iOS 8 with 8.1, to help users find their recently taken shots. The new version will also include a beta of iCloud Photo Library. iCloud Photo Library offers users the options of either backing up their photos to iCloud, or using it as primary storage to clear up space on their devices, only downloading photos when necessary.
8.1 will also mark the formal release Apple Pay, the contactless payment system Apple teased when it unveiled the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in September. The new...

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09:21
Apple Pay Launching This Monday, October 20 with iOS...

At today's media event that saw the debut of new iPads and a new Retina iMac, Apple announced that its Apple Pay mobile payments solution will launch on Monday, October 20 alongside iOS 8.1, which will enable the service. According to Apple, more than 500 additional banks have signed on to support Apple Pay, as have dozens of additional retailers. In store payments with Apple Pay will require the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, as they both include NFC chips, and the Apple Watch will also be able to be used to make in-store payments when it launches. The iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, the iPhone 5s, and the newly released iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 can make online purchases with Apple Pay in apps that support it."Our team has worked incredibly hard to make Apple Pay private and secure, with the simplicity of a...

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09:20
News: iOS 8.1 gets official, adding Apple Pay, photo...

Following earlier beta releases of iOS 8.1, Apple today formally announced the release of the first point update to September’s iOS 8.0. iOS 8.1 adds support for Apple Pay, the NFC-dependent wireless transaction technology introduced in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as bringing back user-requested features, including the Camera Roll. Apple is also using iOS 8.1 to debut the iCloud Photo Library tied in with the public beta of Photos,…

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09:19
Apple announces WatchKit SDK for developers,...

In preparation of the upcoming Apple Watch launch, Apple on Thursday announced a new software developers kit called WatchKit for creating apps tailored for the company's highly anticipated wearable device.

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09:18
WatchKit SDK for Apple Watch Coming in November

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that WatchKit, a developer environment for coding Apple Watch apps, will roll out in November. WatchKit will let developers create custom apps for Apple's smartwatch device, scheduled to ship in early 2015.

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09:08
Apple Confirms Apple Pay to Launch Oct 20

Apple Pay is officially launching on Monday, October 20. Apple confirmed its mobile payment system for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus during a special media event on Thursday.

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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 020 about Open...
08:54
GT Advanced stock delisted from NASDAQ

Sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies has today had its stock removed from NASDAQ listings, and is not planning to appeal the decision, according to an announcement by the former. NASDAQ based the decision on GT declaring Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this month. That event caused GT's stock to drop over 90 percent, and it has since slipped even further, last closing at 44 cents yesterday. Shares can still be bought under the GTATQ symbol on the OTC Pink marketplace....

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08:50
TUAW Liveblog of the October 16, 2014 Apple event
08:30
Adorable cat goes fishing with his iPad

We've all seen videos of animals playing with technology, and with good reason. They're adorable. Today we bring you Cassie the cat, enjoying a lovely lazy Sunday with her iPad and a pond of fish. Cassie gets tired quickly, but it's alright. She's...

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08:10
Two ways to get a $20 cash trade-in bonus on your...

Ahead of Apple's iPad media event on Thursday afternoon, AppleInsider has teamed up with the industry's two leading electronics trade-in & buyback services to offer readers an exclusive $20 cash bonus on the sale of their old iPad when they lock in a price quote today. The services are currently paying up to $405 for old iPads before the bonus.

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08:00
Throwback Thursday: If only I had OneNote when I was...

Today’s post was written by Jenny Hansen, a OneNote user and participant in the Microsoft Office Insider program. 
Students have returned to school in my Southern California neighborhood, which means my local Starbucks is filling up with the gadgetry of today’s college crowd. Laptops, tablets, smartphones, Livescribe smartpens…frankly, I’m jealous. The technology today is remarkable.
We didn’t have all this wizardry when I was in college. Studying would have been so much easier if I’d had the technology I take for granted today during my college years.
OneNote is my favorite tech tool. It allows me to keep all my notes, research and to-do lists in one place, neatly organized and easily accessible from wherever I am. I use OneNote to take meeting notes and action items, manage home improvement projects, track grocery lists and keep track of research for my writing projects. Whether I’m on my PC, Surface Pro or Android phone, everything I...

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08:00
Organize your Office 365 with the new app launcher

Nick Robinson is a senior product marketing manager on the Office 365 team.
American founding father Benjamin Franklin famously said, “A place for everything and everything in its place.” In order to yield your greatest results, organization and access to each tool you need to accomplish your goals is paramount. Getting organized. Some people are naturally great at this, some people drag their feet and kick their heels. But there is no doubt that organization can yield results—at home, at work or at school.
Today we are announcing the Office 365 app launcher and My apps. The features will enable a new level of organization, personalization and access to all of the services that make up your Office 365 and more.
   The app launcher nav experience
 

The Office 365 app launcher provides a new navigation experience...

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07:56
iAd now tracking iOS 8 users' in-app browsing...

Something quietly introduced alongside iOS 8 has been the ability for advertisers to retarget iAds based on in-app browsing actions, a new report says. Apple is in fact said to be pitching this to advertisers as a way of circumventing the absence of mobile cookie tracking in iOS. In a given example, someone who adds a pair of shoes to a cart in a retailer's iPhone shopping app -- but decides not to buy them -- may later see an ad for that same pair of shoes from the same retailer, even in another app on his or her iPad. Tapping that ad might redirect the person to their abandoned checkout page......

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07:51
Review: ClamCase ClamCase Pro for iPad mini

Like the iPad Air version of the case, ClamCase Pro for iPad mini offers three modes: a laptop mode with your choice of viewing angle, a tablet mode which keeps the keyboard tucked behind the iPad, and a video stand mode between the two. Of course, the keyboard can also fold down onto the iPad to cover the tablet completely. The hard shell case also offers button coverage and all the proper port cutouts, so the iPad mini can be used fully.  …

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07:39
Apps: PCalc, Cobook, Default Folder X
07:33
CBS launches cord-cutter subscription for live...

On the heels of the standalone HBO subscription service, CBS Corporation today announced the launch of CBS All Access, a new digital subscription Video On Demand and Nielsen-measured live streaming service for the CBS Television Network, mainly intended for cord cutters. CBS All Access will offer thousands of episodes from the current season, previous seasons and classic shows on demand, as well as the ability to stream local CBS Television stations live in 14 of the largest US markets at launch....

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07:30
Apple disables blood glucose monitoring for UK and...

Apple is disabling the blood glucose tracking feature of its Health app due to measurement problems reported by users in the UK and Australia. According to CNET, Apple is releasing a software patch to disable this feature until a subsequent update is...

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07:19
Live Coverage of Apple's October 2014 iPad and...

Just over a month after it introduced the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch, Apple is back with another media event where it is expected to show off new iPads, new iMacs including high-resolution Retina displays on some models, and likely a final look at OS X Yosemite before its imminent public launch. Photo by Nilay Patel Today's event is being held at the Town Hall auditorium on Apple's Cupertino headquarters campus and begins at 10:00 AM Pacific Time / 1:00 PM Eastern Time. Apple will be providing a live video stream on its website for Mac and iOS users and via Apple TV. Live Video Stream of Apple's October 2014 iPad and Mac Media Event In addition, we will be updating this article with summary coverage and issuing Twitter updates through our @MacRumorsLive account as the event unfolds. Highlights and...

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07:05
Introducing Microsoft Ignite

This morning on The Official Microsoft Blog, we revealed more details about our enterprise technology conference in May—Microsoft Ignite. If you attended the SharePoint Conference, Exchange Conference, Lync Conference or Project Conference, this is the conference for you. And, if you’re interested in or already using Office 365, this is the conference for you. Register now to reserve your spot and we will see you in Chicago on May 4, 2015.
Join the YamJam:
We are committed to making Microsoft Ignite an incredible and valuable event for all of us who are passionate about Office, Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project and Visio. We want your feedback to help shape plans for this event. Join us for a YamJam on the Office 365 Technical Network on Tuesday, October 21st 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. PDT to ask questions about...

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07:00
How to watch Apple's October press event

Apple today is hosting its second major fall press event from its Cupertino Town Hall facility. Apple is expected to use this event to unveil new iPad models, a new iMac and OS X Yosemite launch details. There's also a far-fetched rumor we may see...

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06:48
CBS Launches Internet Streaming Subscription Service

CBS is following HBO's lead and will be launching its own streaming service so viewers can watch its programming without a cable subscription. CBS All Access will give subscribers on demand access to current TV shows and content from CBS's library, and some markets will offer live viewing, too.The Mac Observer Spin: First HBO's announcement, and now CBS. Hopefully this is the beginning of a bigger trend in TV viewing options.

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06:37
Apple's iPad/Mac Event

The online Apple Store is down ahead of today's Apple press event, scheduled for 10AM PST/1PM EST. MacNN will be covering announcements as they're made.

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06:35
CBS All Access offers on-demand & live streaming...

CBS, the largest broadcast network in the U.S., announced on Thursday that it has joined in the "over-the-top" trend by offering a subscription service that will give viewers access to current and legacy content, as well as live streaming of local CBS stations in 14 major markets.

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06:31
The iPhone Frenzy in China Continues

A new report from China today noted that pre-orders continued to grow as Apple made one last sales push yesterday. Apple announced on its website that ...

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06:30
Jimmy Iovine welcomes free publicity from NFL's...

Despite the NFL's promotional agreement with Bose, a number of big name NFL stars continue to wear Beats by Dr. Dre headphones at football events. Just two weeks ago, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was fined US$10,000 by the league...

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06:29
An iPad filled with apps weighs more than one with...

This sound like the premise of a bar trick, but not so.

Why? Because data stored on flash drives has weight. The difference is almost infinitesimally minute, but it is there.
The extra weight comes from flash storage storing more data in memory. The transistors in flash memory distinguish between a 1 and a 0 by trapping electrons.

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06:27
Apple to temporarily disable blood glucose tracking...

Apple is planning to temporarily disable blood glucose tracking in iOS 8's Health app, the company says in a new support document. It explains that the app is currently set to track glucose levels using mg/dL, a value adopted in the US and some other countries. But some regions, such as the UK and Australia, depend on mmol/L; the discrepancy can cause problems, even though iOS' underlying HealthKit platform supports both measurements....

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06:16
YouGov poll shows what would-be iPad buyers are...

A nationally-representative YouGov poll commissioned by mobile app company FeedHenry found that increased storage tiers is the feature most are hoping the iPad Air 2 will offer in today’s event, followed by Touch ID and a slimmer, lighter form factor.
Apple increased the middle and upper iPhone storage tiers when it launched the iPhone 6, moving from 16/32/64GB to 16/64/128GB. The current iPad Air has four tiers: 16/32/64/128GB.
It looks like intending purchasers will get much of their wish-list. Touch ID appears a certainty, thanks to a...

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06:07
Find My iPhone? Find Me! Lost Phone Feature Helps...


A woman whose car rolled 500 feet down an embankment near San Jose, California, was located through the Find My iPhone feature on her smartphone after spending 19 hours in the ravine where her Chevy Cruze ended up. The OnStar feature in her car triggered two calls to police, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Monday, but neither pinpointed the location of her car. Police searched the area fruitlessly for hours. At 3 a.m. Tuesday, Vasquez's stepmother called Campbell police to report her missing.

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06:05
Here’s why public WiFi is a public health hazard

Maurits Martijn, writing for Medium:

In his backpack, Wouter Slotboom, 34, carries around a small black device, slightly larger than a pack of cigarettes, with an antenna on it…Wouter removes his laptop from his backpack, puts the black device on the table, and hides it under a menu. A waitress passes by and we ask for two coffees and the password for the WiFi network. Meanwhile, Wouter switches on his laptop and device, launches some programs, and soon the screen starts to fill with green text lines. It gradually becomes clear that Wouter’s device is connecting to the laptops, smartphones, and tablets of cafe visitors.

On his screen, phrases like “iPhone Joris” and “Simone’s MacBook” start to appear. The device’s antenna is intercepting the signals that are being sent from the laptops, smartphones, and tablets around us.

Part of this is an education problem, teaching people how to be careful. But it’s foolish to think that any public WiFi connection is...

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06:02
CBS follows HBO in targeting cord-cutters with $5.99...

Just one day after HBO announced that it would be offering a web-only subscription at some point next year, CBS has played leap-frog by announcing the immediate availability of a $5.99/month web & app subscription offering on-demand access to almost all content.
CBS All Access will offer subscribers thousands of episodes from the current season, previous seasons and classic shows on demand, as well as the ability to stream local CBS Television stations live in 14 of the largest U.S. markets at launch.
CBS All Access is available beginning today at CBS.com and on mobile devices through the CBS App for iOS and Android.
Cable companies have long shied away from offering access to popular, current programming without demanding that you sign-up to cable access first. But broadcasters now seem to be recognizing that...

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06:00
Reddit acquires popular iOS app Alien Blue

Despite its stunning popularity and influence across the internet, Reddit has lacked an official app for actually using the service on mobile devices. They have an AMA (ask me anything) app, but nothing for everyday use. This has left users to browse...

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05:52
Panera Bread Set to Launch Apple Pay Oct 20

The restaurant chain Panera Bread will reportedly start supporting Apple Pay mobile payments from the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Monday, October 20. When iOS 8 was released last month, Apple said its new mobile payment system would go live some time in October, and it's looking more and more like we'll get an official launch date during today's special media event.The Mac Observer Spin: Interest in the iPhone 6's Apple Pay feature seems pretty high. Maybe Apple will be the catalyst that gets mobile payments off the ground in the United States.

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05:50
Apple Store down, event day is here
05:39
iPhone 6 Plus accounts for one-quarter of new iPhone...

A pair of new surveys released this week both affirm that the new 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus has achieved about 25 percent of Apple's total iPhone sales, a trend that market watchers think will be a boon for the company's bottom line.

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05:30
The old iPad 2 is still the most used iPad

That's a surprising metric coming out of new research from Localytics, and pertinent as we expect to see new iPads from Apple.

According to the study's data, the now discontinued iPad 2 has the largest share of online use at 27%. Both the iPad Air...

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05:20
TMO’s Apple Media Event Live Coverage

Apple's "It's been way too long" media event is set to start at 10AM pacific time today, and The Mac Observer will be here bringing you our live blow-by-blow coverage and analysis. Rumors are pointing to new iPads, Apple Pay announcements, and more, so be sure to follow along with our live feed, or check out our Twitter feed for the latest from the event.

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05:11
Live from Apple's 'It's been way too...

Join us as we join Apple in Cupertino this Thursday, October 16th, for the anticipated launch of the iPad 2, iPad mini 3 with Retina display, Mac OS X "Yosemite" & ApplePay

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05:06
News: Apple Events channel up on Apple TV, Apple...

The Apple Events channel has once again returned to Apple TV ahead of today’s new product event, allowing users to stream the event live at 1 p.m. Eastern. Last month’s Apple event stream was plagued by technical problems. Additionally, the Apple Online Store is already down before the debut of the company’s new products, as Apple is expected to reveal new iPads and a new iMac during today’s event. Check in with iLounge during…

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05:05
DEVONAGent is ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

DEVONtechnologies (www.devontechnologies.com) has updated all editions of its smart research assistant DEVONagent for OS X Yosemite with new features and interface adjustments. DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.8.1 bring bug fixes. The updates are free and recommended for all users.
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04:53
Apple Patents Reveal Work on Liquid Metal, a New...

The US Patent & Trademark Office published a series of patent application from Apple that reveals their continuing work on several interesting projects. In this patent application brief, we point you to Apple's work in regards to liquid metal, a new dock with a flexible connector and more.

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04:45
Apple Store goes Offline Ahead of iPad Media Event

Apple's online store was replaced with the usual "We'll be back" message ahead of Thursday morning's media event. The company is expected to introduce updated iPad models, announce the launch date for Apple Pay, and possibly unveil updated MacBook Pro models and a new Apple TV.

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04:42
iOS 8: Setting Messages to Expire

Even though iOS 8's new features for sending quick audio or video messages are pretty cool, those of us with smaller capacity devices may not want to save every bit of every conversation we have. For today's Quick Tip, we'll discuss adjusting your settings so that you control how often your text, audio, and video messages get deleted.

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04:33
PCalc 4.1 - Full-featured scientific calculator. (...

PCalc is a full-featured, scriptable scientific calculator with support for hexadecimal, octal, and binary calculations, as well as an RPN mode, programmable functions, and an extensive set of unit conversions. A Dashboard Widget is included with the main application.Version 4.1:

  • Added full support for OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
  • Added a Notification Center Widget on Yosemite to perform quick calculations. Tap the display to switch to the full app.
  • Added support for Handoff on Yosemite to continue the current calculation on another device.
  • You can now import custom layouts created on iOS and any changes will sync to the Mac via iCloud. Mac editing is coming soon!
  • Added a new calculator theme, "Backlight".
  • Added an option to switch off operator precedence entirely.
  • Added an option to only show the RPN stack in the "Stack" section and keep it scrolled to the bottom.
  • Added an option for bold key text....

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04:08
Facebook creates Safety Check notification tool for...

Facebook has turned its attention to helping its users during times of crisis or a major disaster, by creating a new tool. Safety Check aims to provide a way for people in locations affected by a natural disaster to let their friends and family know they are OK, as well as allowing them to check on friends who may also be affected by the disaster....

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04:05
Apple Online Store down ahead of new iPads and Macs


It’s Thursday, October 16th, and that means Apple is taking the stage today to announce new versions of the iPad and the Mac. The Apple Online Store has already gone down this morning, which means that whatever Apple formally announces should be available to purchase or pre-order later today. An iTunes leak from yesterday confirms that Apple will be debuting a new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 today with Touch ID sensors and improved cameras, while sources first told us that Apple would also ...

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03:56
Cobook 3.0.5 - Intelligent address book. (Free)

Cobook Contacts is an intuitive, engaging address book. Solve the problem of contact management with Cobook Contacts and its simple interface and powerful syncing and integration possibilities. Keep your contacts:

  • Organized with tags. A simple tagging system means finding particular contacts is as easy as can be.
  • Automatically up-to-date. Keep your contacts up-to-date by syncing them with Facebook, Twitter, or Xing profiles.
  • Within reach. Quickly access your contacts from the menu bar on your Mac or on your iPhone or iPad with the iOS companion app.

Note: Cobook is free to download, but contains several in-app purchases which extend its functionality, so we've listed it as a demo. Version 3.0.5:

  • OS X 10.10 Yosemite compatibility
  • Small layout bug fixes
  • OS X 10.8 or later

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03:52
LinkOptimizer for Mac OS X updated to version 4.9.26

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has released LinkOptimizer 4.9.26, an update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.
LinkOptimizer allows users to reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data. It also performs image color conversion and sharpening, converts file formats and more. The new version lets users insert a time stamp into variable names of optimized images.
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03:46
By 2017 50% of all IoT solutions will originate with...

Makers and startups, not tech providers, consumer goods companies or enterprises, will drive acceptance, use and growth in the Internet of Things (IoT) through the creation of a multitude of niche applications, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). The research group predicts that, by 2017, 50% of IoT solutions (typically a product combined with a service) will originate in startups that are less than three years old.
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02:46
What a cable-free HBO subscription could mean for...

Apple TV has never followed a predictable update path. Officially unveiled alongside the iPhone in January 2007, it has had just two revisions to speak of during its lifespan, and aside from a quiet silicon swap last year, there hasn’t been any movement on the Apple TV front since March of 2012.
But the industry around it hasn’t been nearly as stagnant. In the two and a half years since the third generation of Apple TV landed, we’ve seen a veritable explosion of streaming devices and services, with various sticks and boxes all promising to deliver high-definition content to our televisions. Apple TV has kept pace by adding channels and occasionally refreshing its software, but there’s one main problem: All of these boxes, up to and including Google’s new Nexus Player, pretty much do the same thing. Sure, some have a slightly better selection of channels and others play games...

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03:24
PCalc ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

TLA Systems has announced PCalc 4.1 (www.pcalc.com), an update to their scientific calculator for Mac OS X. The new version has support for Yosemite, including a Notification Center widget for quick calculations. Version 4.1 also offers:
° Handoff support, between PCalc running on iOS 8 and Yosemite;
° Support for custom button layouts created with the iOS version. Full editing on the Mac will come in the next release.
° Visual improvements, to match the new look of Yosemite, and unify with the iOS release.
° A new dark calculator theme, "Backlight".
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03:09
Kool Tools: QNAP TX-x31 home NAS series

QNAP Systems's TS-x31 series is a Turbo NAS for SOHO and home users. Powered by a dual-core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, it provides a solution for file storage, sharing, and data backup coupled with a cloud-based, note-taking application and a range of multimedia functions.
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03:08
Apple Invents a Pop-Up Menu System for iDevices...

On October 16, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a pop-up menu system for iDevices using pro apps like Apple's Numbers or Pages or Microsoft's Excel or Word ...

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03:03
AnyTrans 4 ready for OS X Yosemite, iOS 8

iMobie (www.imobie.com/anytrans/) has launched AnyTrans 4 for Mac OS X. It's an update of the iPhone file management utility.
With AnyTrans you can transfer iPhone, iPod music to/from any Mac computer, copy photos, videos and apps between devices and Macs, export SMS messages and even the associated image/audio files and more. Version 4 is compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.
AnyTrans costs US$39.99 It requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher.

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02:53
Facebook adds Safety Check feature to iOS app to...

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Facebook has added a nifty new feature that hopefully you won’t need to use too often: notifications of nearby disasters, and a one-touch means of letting family and friends know that you’re ok … 
If the Facebook app detects that you’re in the general area of a disaster like an earthquake, the Safety Check feature provides an alert through the Notification Center and offers a choice of two buttons: one saying that you’re safe, the other saying you’re not in the affected area. Your friends then see a reassuring message in their newsfeeds.
If you’re with friends or family at the time, you can also mark them safe on their behalf.
Facebook updated its iOS app just yesterday...

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02:20
'Apple Events' channel for Apple TV goes...

In preparation of its special media event on Thursday, Apple has activated the "Apple Events" Apple TV channel that will carry a live stream of today's proceedings, expected to include the debut of new hardware and software.

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01:56
Apple Invents Seamless Outdoor to Indoor Map...

On October 16, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an invention relating to future iDevices and CarPlay that will be able to use seamless outdoor to indoor map transitioning. The mapping system could start with in-car navigation to a parking lot and then transition to an indoor parking map and eventually further transition to the inside your destination, be it the inside of a mall, a school, a convention center and beyond. In 2013 Apple acquired WifiSLAM and this invention likely borrows some of their technology.

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01:45
Apple Providing Live Video of Today's iPad and...

Ahead of today's special iPad and Mac event, Apple has made its "Apple Events" channel available on the Apple TV. Image credit: iDownloadBlog In addition to live streaming on the Apple TV, Apple will also be streaming the event live on its website. In order to watch the stream, users will need to be running Safari on Mac or iOS. Apple is expected to introduce a number of new products at the event, including the iPad Air 2, the next-generation Retina iPad mini, and new iMacs with at least the 27-inch model sporting a high-...

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Wednesday October 15

23:55
TSMC's Net Profits Soared in Q3 due to Apple...

TSMC Rides High on iPhone 6 orders: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC), the world's largest contract chip manufacturer, rode heavy demand from smartphone clients to a record net profit in the third quarter, handily beating market expectations.

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23:37
Pre-event roundup: what to expect at today's...

Many sites, pundits and people think they have a sure grip on what's going to be announced later today at Apple's press event, which begins at 10AM Pacific time (1PM Eastern time) and is being held in Apple's own community town hall theatre at the company's headquarters. This generally means a smaller affair and a strictly press-only audience, and on tap for the event is the expected announcement of new iPad models. But what else is likely to happen? We weigh up the rumors and make a few wild guesses....

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23:10
Apple TV channel for today’s iPad and iMac event...


Apple previously announced that it would be live streaming Thursday’s iPad and Mac event, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the company is pushing out an Apple TV channel to stream the video. It is a bit surprising, however, that the channel is already available at midnight Pacific time. It’s usually much later in the day that it appears.
You can also stream the event from Apple’s website on a Mac or iOS device. If you’re on a Windows PC, you’ll need to...

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21:58
Scrivener Updated to Support Yosemite

The binary code love of my life-Scrivener-was updated to version 2.6 Thursday morning. The update includes support for OS X 10.10 Yosemite, which Apple is expected to either release later on Thursday during a media event, or announce a release date.

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21:12
Iovine on NFL-Bose ban of Beats: 'I can't...

Speaking at the University of California's "Global Conversation" conference on Wednesday, Beats co-founder and Apple executive Jimmy Iovine offered his spin on the recent NFL deal with rival Bose to make the latter's headphones the "official" brand of the football league, and the fact that many players seem to prefer the Beats brand. He told the audience that players, both under contract to endorse Beats and not, have taken to taping over the Beats logo on their own pairs rather than wear the endorsed brand....

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20:38
Apple to disable another Health feature as UK and...


Apple has decided to disable one of the features of the Health application, specifically the blood glucose tracking capability, until it can issue a fix for issues reported by users in the UK and Australia, CNET reported tonight. The feature will apparently be removed through an incoming software update (perhaps iOS 8.1, or possibly 8.0.3) while the company prepares a patch to remedy the problem.
While it’s true that the HealthKit framework supports measurement standards for both the United States and abroad, a bug that exists in the current version prevents users from manually entering or viewing blood glucose levels using anything other than United States measurements (mg/dL, or milligrams per deciliter) within the actual Health application. The UK and Australian...

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20:02
Apple leaks product information about tomorrow’s...

It’s kind of sad that Apple is the source of the leak.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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18:37
AT&T drops Beats Music subscriptions for new...

One of the US' largest carriers, AT&T, has abruptly ended a promotion it began with Beats Music prior to the latter being acquired by Apple. The carrier was previously offering the ability to include a Beats Music subscription on a customer's wireless bill if desired, and told AppleInsider that it will continue to offer the plan to existing customers and those currently on the free trial. There is, however, no longer any access to a free trial through AT&T's website....

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17:15
Will.i.am debuts ‘Puls’ smartwatch with built-in 3G...

Image via The Next Web
Pop musician Will.i.am has just taken the wraps off of his first wearable, the Puls smartwatch, during Salesforce’s Dreamforce 2014 conference (via The Next Web). The watch ships with a software suite that includes Facebook and Twitter connectivity, Instagram, and even integration with Salesforce. It also features a voice control system dubbed “Aneeda” that’s powered by Nuance. Aneeda also supports basic features such as reminders, music control, alarms, and more.

On the hardware side, the watch sports standard Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections along with a pedometer, GPS...

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17:08
Are we on the Cusp of a Revolutionary Shift in...

In July Apple quietly added new Apple TV channels like CNBC and Fox Now and there's likely more to follow in the weeks and months ahead. In September, Apple's CEO Tim Cook talked up Apple TV and once again with Charlie Rose and kept talking about how today's television-experience is stuck in a bygone era. Today, out of nowhere ...

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17:05
Giveaway: PowerSkin PoP'n 2 power pack for...

Now that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is in the hands of millions of loyal Apple fans, many people are starting to look for useful accessories that third party manufacturers have to offer. One awesome addition to the list of "must-haves" is the PowerSkin PoP'n 2 portable battery pack. We have two of these battery packs to give away to our readers. Find out more about what makes this mobile charging solution different, and how you can enter to win....

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16:36
Reddit buys unofficial iOS client Alien Blue, offers...

Popular iOS reddit client app Alien Blue was acquired by reddit itself for an undisclosed sum on Wednesday, with the software now positioned as the online community's official reader.

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16:24
Panera Bread memo confirms Apple Pay to launch on...

An internal memo at bakery cafe chain and Apple Pay launch partner Panera Bread has confirmed that Apple intends to launch the e-payment system on October 20, and that training is underway throughout the chain, which plans a massive promotional campaign to let customers know it can accept mobile payments using Apple Pay or other NFC-based e-wallet systems. A one-minute video and a FAQ sheet are among the training materials front-line Panera employees will need to get up-to-speed on the new system....

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16:19
Briefly: Mailbox for Mac enters open beta, Skype for...

Mailbox has officially released its beta versionemail client for OS X this week, now available to all. Mailbox for iOS arrived last year, offering a simplistic interface that aims to improve inbox organization. Mailbox for Mac is similar in design, and features controls to archive and delete email, as well as create lists and enable a "snooze" functionality. The app includes swipe gesture and hotkeys options. Those interested in downloading the beta version of Mailbox for Mac can do so for free through Mailbox....

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