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Wednesday September 17

03:31
Global facial recognition market to reach US$2.19...

According to a new market research report from Transparency Market Research (www.transparencymarketresearch.com/), the global market for facial recognition will reach US$2.19 billion by 2019.
The market is driven by increased demand for surveillance systems by civil and government agencies, according to the research group. This is majorly due to rising number of crimes and terrorist activities across the globe that would elevate the demand for efficient facial recognition solutions/systems in the near future.
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03:13
Briefly: Virgin Media iOS app update, Goat Simulator...

British cable company Virgin Media has overhauled the iOS version of its TV Anywhere app. Engadget notes the app now uses a purple color scheme and some updates to bring it in line with iOS 7 and iOS 8, making the app appear more modern. The app update also precedes an upcoming makeover of Virgin Media's TiVo set-top box interface, with the addition of the Opera app store and an additional "What to Watch Now" function set to be added in October....

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03:06
Early reviews confirm the iPhone 6 Plus has the same...

Early reviews confirm that the iPhone 6 Plus has the same 1GB RAM as the iPhone 6. It had been suggested by some that the 5.5-inch model might have a higher spec, with 2GB RAM.
They reveal that both models of the iPhone 6 have identical specs bar the display, battery and optical stabilisation in the camera of the larger model (the 4.7-inch model having only electronic stabilisation) … 
It’s not a surprising finding: Apple tends to be conservative with RAM, and it makes obvious production sense to have as many components in possible in common between the two models. It will, though, disappoint those who like to have multiple Safari tabs open and to switch back and forth between them without the pages refreshing.Filed under:...

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02:27
Despite record output, Foxconn unable to keep up...

As preorders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus continue to pour in to the Online Apple Store, partner manufacturer Foxconn is reportedly having trouble keeping up with incredibly high demand despite reaching record output levels.

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02:21
Logitech launches G910 Orion Spark mechanical gaming...

Logitech has launched a gaming keyboard which offers extra functionality with a smartphone. The G910 Orion Spark can be used with an Arx Control app for iOS and Android, turning the smartphone into a second screen displaying data about the player's performance, with the keyboard also including a small docking area to hold the mobile device upright....

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02:06
The iPhones 6

The Big Picture

A few days into testing the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, I accidentally left my personal iPhone 5S on a desk next to the iPhone 6 Plus. While my back was turned, the Plus tried to eat my 5S. It’s a monster.

I kid, but only sort of. The 6 Plus is ginormous. And it wants to be your only mobile device.

Last week after the announcement event, Apple provided me with review units of both iPhones 6 (a white/gold regular 6 and a white/silver 6 Plus, both running on Verizon, which allowed me to pop my personal SIM card into both phones for testing). I spent the first three days using the 6 Plus as my full-time phone, and the next three days using the 6. I wish I’d had more time with both phones before writing this, but my high-level take is very simple, and would not change with more time:

  • If you simply want a bigger iPhone, get the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. That’s what it feels like: a bigger iPhone.
  • If you want something bigger than an...
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01:54
Transmit 4.4.7 - Excellent FTP/SFTP client. (...

Transmit is an excellent FTP (file transfer protocol), SFTP, S3 (Amazon.com file hosting) and iDisk/WebDAV client that allows you to upload, download, and delete files over the internet. With the most Mac-like interface available, Transmit makes FTP as simple, fun, and easy as it can possibly be.Version 4.4.7:

  • Added full-screen mode
  • Improved compatibility with S3
  • Improved OS X 10.6 compatibility
  • OS X 10.6.8 or later

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Tuesday September 16

23:00
Briefly: Paper by FiftyThree update, Readdle updates...

Drawing and design app Paper by FiftyThree has released a major update, featuring a new sharing platform. The iPad app allows users to create sketches, diagrams, illustrations, note or drawings, and share them easily. Paper v2.0 includes Mix, a new open platform for collaborative art-making. Any idea that has been publicly shared can be used as a starting point to "remix," create and evolve. In addition to Mix, Paper 2.0 offers fluid surface pressure control when using the Pencil stylus with iOS 8. Its new and improved zoom loupe function expands when you need more space, and improved palm rej......

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22:30
Athentech unveils Perfectly Clear 2.0 at Photokina...

Image correction software specialists Athentech have updated their flagship product to a new major version. Perfectly Clear, a pair of plug-ins for Photoshop and Lightroom, has been updated to version 2.0. The new version offers major speed improvements and is now twice as fast as previously, and now includes an extensive "Beautify" module. The upgrade also features better noise removal, full resolution zoom, a new split view, and a lower price....

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21:14
Apple to extend iCloud security, add passwords for...

Starting next month, Apple will add another layer of security to its iCloud service for third-party apps that utilize iCloud storage or other access. The company will allow users to assign up to 25 app-specific passwords for those users who don't want a third-party app to have the user's Apple ID credentials to utilize services such as syncing. The app-specific password approach not only protects the iCloud and Apple ID account, but enhances security for apps that don't support two-step authentication....

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19:59
Macgo Blu-ray Player 2.10.8.1715 - Blu-ray player. (...

Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player can bring you the most unforgettable Blu-ray experience on your Mac. Overview Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player can satisfy just about every need you could possibly have in a Blu-ray Player. It features a friendly user interface, ultrafast loading and super high quality. Besides that, it perfectly supports Blu-ray, DVD and any other media format that you want to play. It outputs video at up to 1080p high-definition quality without loss of data and frame, and allows full preservation of all audio tracks (like DTS 5.1, Dolby TrueHD Audio, etc.). Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player is really easy to operate. You can control almost everything on the main interface with your mouse. More settings can be done by right-click on the interface while playing. Or you can change preferences in the menu on the top of the interface. Macgo Mac Blu-ray Player is the first Blu-ray player on Mac, and its uniqueness doesn't just end with that. It can support any media format...

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18:59
Epson announces Expression Photo XP-860 'small-...

A new all-in-one was recently released by Epson, positioned to be a printer for families and photographers that want a device that doesn't take up much space. The Epson Expression Photo XP-860 Small-in-One offers a number of features to consumers, including borderless photo printing, scanning and sharing to Facebook, a wireless connection, copying, scanning, two-sided printing and faxing....

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18:42
Full Charlie Rose interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook...

A nearly two-hour conversation with Apple CEO Tim Cook covering a wide variety of topics is now available in full from the Charlie Rose show website as well as PBS' own Hulu channel. Excerpts from the interview are also available on PBS' iOS app. The sit down discussion with Rose was filmed almost immediately after Cook unveiled the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the Apple Watch and the Apple Pay mobile payments system....

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18:20
Apple to introduce app-specific passwords for iCloud...

Come October, Apple's iCloud will have yet another layer of protection, as the company is scheduled to implement app-specific passwords for third-party programs tying in to the cloud service.

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17:47
Apple rolling out app specifics passwords for iCloud...


Apple has informed iCloud users via email that the company will begin rolling out an app-specific password feature. The feature allows users with iCloud two-factor authentication enabled to use third-party apps.
Apple explains:

It will be required starting October 1st. Apple has also informed users via email about this morning’s general rollout of two-factor verification for iCloud. 
Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: App Store,...

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17:46
First iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Reviews: 'Thin and...

At its September 9 iPhone event, Apple provided multiple publications with iPhone 6 and 6 Plus review units. The embargo has now lifted on review posts, so we have gathered some of the relevant excerpts from each site in order to highlight general release reactions to Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Apple's two new devices are essentially identical in design aside from the difference in screen size and the battery life/optical image stabilization in the iPhone 6 Plus, so we've chosen to combine the device reviews into one post. Brad Molen, Engadget: Both iPhones are thinner than their predecessor. Whereas the 5s was 7.6mm thick, the 6 comes in at 6.9mm, with the 6 Plus measuring a hair thicker at 7.1mm. I don't always subscribe to the "thinner is better" mantra, but it's a benefit in this case because larger iPhones wouldn't feel as comfortable if they had the same shape as the 5s. If I had to...

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17:43
Misfit announces Flash, a new wearable for fitness,...

Misift, the company behind the Shine fitness tracker, announced another tracker today that aims at bringing wearables to a wider audience. The Flash functions as a fitness tracker and sleep monitor, taking on the same features found in the Shine for a lower price. Where the $100 Shine was a tracker in an aluminum shell, the Flash takes a cheaper route with polyurethane and polycarbonate construction for $50....

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17:32
Review roundup: Everyone loves the iPhone 6 and 6...


The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will finally be available to the public this Friday, September 19th, but early reviews of the two new devices have gone live this evening from several publications. The iPhone 6 is the biggest iPhone yet, coming in with a 4.7-inch display, while the iPhone 6 Plus packs an even larger 5.5-inch panel. Both of the models feature “Retina HD” displays. The internals of the devices have also been upgraded to include a new second generation 64-bit A8 chip that Apple claims is 25% faster CPU-wise than ever before and 50% faster graphically.
Both models of the new iPhone went up for pre-order this past Friday and Apple says the...

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17:27
Review roundup: Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6...

As expected, reviews for Apple's new iPhone lineup hit the Web on Tuesday, with most assessments being largely positive on hardware -- especially the 6 Plus' battery life-- but giving the nod to iOS 8 for keeping the handsets ahead of the competition.

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16:04
This is Tim: Cook talks to Charlie Rose about Apple...

Apple CEO Tim Cook doesn’t speak publicly often outside of events and the company’s quarterly earnings calls, so it was a special treat to watch his interview with Charlie Rose this weekend. We’ve put together edited highlights from his first hour chatting with the ABC talk show host about Apple’s new products, the Apple TV, Steve Jobs, and the future of the company.On the iPhone 6 Plus

We could have done a larger iPhone years ago. It’s never been about just making a larger phone, it’s about making a better phone in every single way. And so we ship things when they’re ready… This phone—now is the time for it.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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17:11
Part Two of the Charlie Rose Interview with Tim Cook...

In our report covering part one of the Charlie Rose interview with Tim Cook we noted that Rose gave us a teaser about part two of his interview. The teaser was Rose stating that he would ask Tim Cook: "What's beyond the Internet." That certainly got my attention to tune into part two. Yet the answer to that question was...

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17:01
∞ Review: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

I’ve been using the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for a week now. I picked them up from Apple after the event ended on September 9 and have been switching back and forth for the last seven days.

One thing has become very clear over the last week: The choice over which of these to buy will be the most personal decision that iPhone owners have ever had to make when choosing a device. [...]

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16:52
Apple to Require App-Specific Passwords For Third-...

Apple is now offering app-specific passwords for third-party apps that access iCloud, allowing users to generate unique one-time use passwords to sign into iCloud securely. In a support document, Apple describes app-specific passwords as a feature of two-step verification and states that app-specific passwords will be required to sign into iCloud when using a third-party app beginning on October 1, 2014. If you use iCloud with any third party apps, such as Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, or BusyCal, you can generate app-specific passwords that allow you to sign in securely, even if the app you're using doesn't support two-step verification. Using an app-specific password also ensures that your primary Apple ID password isn't collected or stored by any third party apps you might use.App-specific passwords, which have long been used by other sites like Google, are a function of two-step...

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16:35
Texas court finds CBS infringes upon Personal Audio...

Podcasters may not be in the free and clear of patent violations after a ruling this week in a Texas court. Six jurors found that CBS Corporation, home of the television network with shows like The Big Bang Theory and Person of Interest, infringed upon the patent by streaming episodic content of its television shows on the Internet. The trial had only last four days, with CBS failing to prove the patent owned by Personal Audio LLC should be invalidated....

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16:29
PredictionIO's Simon Chan on Machine Learning...


PredictionIO is building the MySQL of prediction. The young company recently released version 0.7.3 of its open source machine-learning server. Unlike typical prediction algorithms and open source libraries, PredictionIO is based on making machine learning available to software developers. Cofounder Simon Chan sees a gaping hole in open source tools to connect database programmers and software developers. The new project's goal is to make it easier and more reliable for devs to use their database content to create predictive features.

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16:21
Apple Watch: Initial Thoughts and Observations

Consider Vertu, the company that sells $6,000 Android phones (and which, back in the day, sold $6,000 Symbian phones). Back in January 2012, I wrote a short entry saying that Vertu always reminded me of this wonderful quote from Andy Warhol:

“What’s great about this country is that America started the
tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same
things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola,
and you know that the President drinks Coke, Liz Taylor drinks
Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too. A Coke is a Coke
and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the
bum on the corner is drinking. All the Cokes are the same and all
the Cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it,
the bum knows it, and you know it.” —Andy Warhol

That’s what the iPhone and...

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16:16
Full Tim Cook interview with Charlie Rose available...

After the second segment of a two-part Charlie Rose interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook aired on Monday, full versions of both are now available for streaming online.

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16:05
Apple publishes guide for Android data transfer to...

With its combination of more and better apps, better security and now large-screen mobile devices, Apple is expecting the new iPhone and iOS 8 to help persuade more Android users to move up to iOS, and to that end has published a document on its website guiding switchers on how to move content from their Android device to the iPhone. The expectation isn't based on hubris: surveys have shown that at least a third of Android users would consider switching to the iPhone 6 family....

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16:02
Charlie Rose Posts Part 2 of Apple CEO Tim Cook...

The Charlie Rose Show published the second part of Charlie Rose's interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook. In this section (embedded in the full article), Mr. Cook expanded on his thoughts on privacy, discussed human rights, the importance of diversity at Apple, and Apple's approach to human rights. Other topics include worker rights, what motivates Apple, and Mr. Cook's relationship with Bono.

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15:58
Adobe misses revenue forecast

Photoshop maker Adobe Systems forecast disappointing revenue for this quarter and reported lower quarterly sales at its digital media business, which includes the Creative Cloud software suite.

Adobe shares fell nearly five percent in extended trading.

That’s not good. No reason to panic though.
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15:11
Part two of Charlie Rose’s Tim Cook interview now...


Following the publishing of the first half of the interview, and several subsequent clips, part two Charlie Rose’s full interview with Tim Cook is now available to watch – in full – on Hulu (below) and Charlie Roses’s website. In the interview, Cook discusses a wide variety of topics, ranging from privacy, to U2, and “what comes after the internet.”

Regarding privacy, Cook remarked that he believes that government currently falls too close...

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15:09
Apple's new Watch, Apple Pay and iPhone 6 met...

Every new product Apple unveiled last week has ignited vocal, public derision from a series of threatened competitors, including Samsung, luxury watch maker LVMH and PayPal. However, their attempts to direct attention away from Apple may likely backfire, just like earlier attempts to demonize Siri, Maps, iCloud and Touch ID.

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15:00
TravelbyArt lets you discover the Paris of famous...

TravelbyArt (free with one in-app purchase) is a unique iPhone app designed for seeing Paris through the eyes of some of the artists who worked there.

The app contains detailed looks at the lives of Ernest Hemingway, Edith Piaf and Pablo Picasso...

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14:56
Web-Surfing Adults More Infection-Prone Than Teens


American teens spend a lot more time online than older Web surfers, yet it doesn't seem to increase their vulnerability to malicious activity. Teens last year spent a little more than four hours a day on the Net, while adults in the 50-to-64 age bracket burned two hours, 41 minutes online daily, MarketingCharts found. Those numbers piqued the interest of Enigma Software. Since teens were spending more time online, they should have been exposing themselves to threats more often and been more likely to come into contact with Internet nasties.

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14:56
Don’t pull the trigger on upgrading to iCloud Drive...

Macworld:

If you’re upgrading to iOS 8 on Wednesday, you must resist the urge to upgrade to iCloud Drive if you want to continue to sync your phone to your Mac. Why? Well, iCloud Drive only works with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. And you all know which OS we’re still waiting on.

You can go back and upgrade at any time, but unless you want a file-syncing nightmare on your hands, you’ll wait for Yosemite’s official release.

Good advice.
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14:34
Apple activates two-step authentication for iCloud...

In a bid to secure its online consumer services, Apple on Tuesday activated two-factor authentication for iCloud.com access, allowing only basic access to Find My iPhone for those opted-in to the security layer.

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14:00
What does it mean to own your data in Office 365? ...

Kamal Janardhan is the principal program manager in the Office 365 Information Protection team.
In our last few From Inside the Cloud posts, we offered an insider’s perspective from lead engineers Perry Clarke, Vivek Sharma and Shawn Veney on how we protect your data at rest, who has access to your data within Office 365, and how Office 365 does continuous compliance. They explained the various mitigations that we have in place for data security, access control, and ensuring that customers have the ability to comply with regulations or their own organizational policies.
These posts followed an overview on why trust Office 365 with Rajesh Jha, the head of Office 365 engineering, who emphasized how we ensure that you retain full ownership of your data in the Office 365 service. Today I want...

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14:00
Tim Cook and Charlie Rose talk Apple and Privacy in...

The full video from the second part of Charlie Rose's interview with Tim Cook has not been posted online yet, but a clip has been made available of the Apple CEO discussing the privacy of Apple users. In the clip, Cook criticizes rival Google for...

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13:47
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13:47
Apple’s two-factor authentication now protects...

Apple has put fixes in place to its iCloud cloud storage service that now prevent an attacker from mining data from an iOS device backup stored in the cloud by gaining access to the user’s password—at least if that user has turned on Apple’s new two-factor authentication.

As we reported last week, iCloud previously did not use two-factor authentication to help protect backup data or the Find My iPhone service. This meant that the accounts of victims of social engineering attacks or those who used passwords based on personal data could be harvested of their backup data—allowing the attacker to gain access to photos, call records, SMS records, e-mail, and other personal data. Apple had said that it was moving to provide additional protection through two-factor authentication in advance of the release of iOS 8.
We tried accessing one of the accounts...

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13:35
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Chroisen2 - Epic of the...

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13:33
Official iPhone 6, 6 Plus cases being delivered for...

Early orders of Apple's official cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are beginning to reach customers, anecdotes indicate. While the company usually gives strict instructions to courier services that prevent them from delivering iPhones and iPads before a launch date, it doesn't do the same for accessories. The strict timing with hardware is believed to be for the sake of marketing impact as well as deterring scalpers....

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13:20
Court upends $368M ruling against Apple for VirnetX...

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A top appeals court has thrown out a jury ruling that ordered Apple to pay $368 million to VirnetX, a patent-holding company that many consider a “patent troll” because it exists exclusively to enforce patents. On Tuesday, the United States Federal Circuit Court of Appeals remanded the decision back to the lower federal court in East Texas.
The four patents (1, 2, 3, and 4), which relate to FaceTime and VPN On Demand functions in Apple's iPhones, iPads,...

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13:15
Forums: Incoming iPhone!

MacNN forum goers anxiously awaiting the delivery of their latest, greatest iPhones have converged in the thread titled "Incoming iPhone" to discuss just where in the world the tracking numbers state their precious cargo resides. Forum members who are looking for an iPad sleeve with a spot for a power adapter that doesn't cause a bulge converse about the available options in a thread started by Clinically Insane member "subego" earlier this week....

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13:11
Apple deals: savings of up to $770 on 15.4-inch MBPs

Right now Apple's Online Store is offering steep price cuts on a selection of refurbished 15.4-inch MacBook Pro models. The 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 500GB of storage and 8x SuperDrive has seen a discount of $690 down to $1,109. A $710 discount drops the price on the refurbished 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a 2.4GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage down to $1,489....

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13:10
Apple Enables iCloud 2-Factor Verification, How to...

Apple has started rolling out two-factor authentication on iCloud.com, as promised by Tim Cook. If you want to set it up yourself, Kelly explains how.

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13:09
Universal Audio releases the AMS RMX16 Digital...

The AMS RMX16 was the world’s first microprocessor-controlled, full-bandwidth, digital reverberator. Heard on hundreds — if not thousands — of seminal recordings from the 1980s onward, the RMX16 is still found in nearly every major recording studio the world over.

I can’t wait to try this out.
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13:00
It's amazing what artists can do with an iPad...

Despite Steve Jobs' assertion at the launch of the iPad in 2010 that it was more of a "content consumption tool" than something that people would use to create content, exactly the opposite has been true. Musicians use iPads on stage for a variety of...

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12:55
XSS Flaw Burns a Hole in Kindle Security


Security consultant Benjamin Mussler last week warned that the Kindle e-book library had a cross-site scripting vulnerability. It appears Amazon previously had fixed the XSS flaw but two months ago reintroduced it in a new version of the "Manage Your Kindle" Web application, according to Mussler. Mussler first reported the XSS vulnerability to Amazon last November, and it was fixed. However, Amazon's IT staff continued to use his proof of concept on internal preproduction systems for months afterward, he claimed.

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12:54
News: Apple posts guide for moving content from...

Apple has posted a new guide online to help users move content from an Android phone to an iPhone. The guide details moving contacts, email, calendars, photos, videos, music, books, and documents. A number of third-party data transferring apps are also recommended, including Copy My Data, PhotoSync, and AT&T Mobile Transfer. There’s an app section in the guide, as well, but new iOS users will have to find and install the apps on their own…

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12:46
Apple Launches Guide for Android Users Switching to...

Ahead of the launch of the large-screened iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple has released a detailed support document that walks Android users through moving data from their Android devices to the iPhone. The document includes information on moving email accounts to the iPhone, giving Android users instructions on how to add email accounts to the Mail app. It suggests using a third-party app (Copy My Data [Direct Link]) to transfer data like contacts, calendars, and photos. Apple suggests Android users can transfer photos, videos, books, and music from Android devices to iPhones using iTunes on a Mac or PC, giving step-by-step instructions. The document also walks users through transferring various documents to iCloud, which can then be opened in Pages, Keynote, and Numbers via iCloud and on iOS...

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12:46
MacUpdate announces its September 2014 Bundle of 10...

MacUpdate has announced its September 2014 Bundle (http://deals.macupdate.com/bundle/affil/6603), which packs 10 Mac apps worth US$480 (if bought separately) for $49.99. Some of the tools have never been included in a bundle before.
All apps are fully compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite. Many of them have seen paid upgrades recently. The included apps are
° Toast 12 Titanium (http://tinyurl.com/pbj3t9q), a multimedia toolkit. It's normally $99.99 and works with OS X 10.5.8 and higher.
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12:41
Move content from your Android phone to iPhone

Apple:

Ready to make the switch to iPhone? Here are some tips for moving your photos, music, documents, and more from your Android phone to iPhone.

Awfully helpful of the nice boys and girls at Apple to assist Android users like this. Samsung should be copying this in about 15 minutes.
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12:41
Apple details content migration from Android to iOS...

With Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus seeing wide release later this week, the company on Tuesday published a reference guide aimed at helping Android device owners migrate content to the new handsets.

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12:27
Apple launches page to help Android users migrate to...

Are you thinking about making the switch from Android to iOS? Apple has made it easier than ever to take your information with you thanks to a new migration support page for Android users. Simply select the kind of media you're looking to transfer...

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12:26
Mac: Canon Powershot G7 X

Ever since iPhone cameras became capable of replacing standalone point-and-shoots, interest in low-end digital cameras has declined. Emboldened by Sony’s release of the well-regarded prosumer RX100 series, Canon looks to have gotten its groove back with the new PowerShot G7 X ($700). The pricey new pocket camera is only a little thicker than Canon’s S-series models, but packs a comparatively huge 1” sensor with 20-Megapixel effective…

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12:12
With ‘mother of all upgrades’ expected, Apple courts...

With iOS 8 set for public release tomorrow, Apple has posted a new guide on its website detailing the best way for Android switchers to move content from their old device to their new iPhone. The detailed guide includes instructions on transferring Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Photos, Videos, Music, Books, Documents, and Apps and highlights a number of third-party apps to get the job done.
In the guide, Apple recommends different iOS features as well as third-party apps like Copy My Data, Photo Sync, and ...

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12:07
Netflix comes to Germany with day-one support on...

Netflix has expanded into Germany, according to an announcement by the streaming video service. Plans start at €8 per month for basic SD streaming. Two simultaneous devices plus HD quality is €9, while four simultaneous devices with Ultra HD (when available) is €12. As elsewhere, each account can have up to four profiles, which can be age-restricted if need be....

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12:06
iOS 8 Users: Do Not Upgrade to iCloud Drive

Since upgrading an iOS 8 device to iCloud Drive prevents Macs running Mavericks from accessing documents and data stored in iCloud, refrain from enabling iCloud Drive until Yosemite ships. 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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12:00
Be aware, be careful, be prepared for iCloud Drive

If you use iCloud: you need to be really, very, no-I-am-not-exaggerating, super careful when you upgrade to iOS 8. Otherwise you could break iCloud syncing to all of your Macs.

I hope I have your attention.

When you are setting up a new iOS 8...

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11:54
WATCH Disney iOS apps updated with AirPlay and...

Disney’s popular apps iOS apps including WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH Disney Junior, and WATCH Disney X D have all been updated today with support for AirPlay and Chromecast streaming.
That means that owners of an Apple TV or Google’s Chromecast can now send content from the iPhone and iPad apps to an Apple TV or Chromecast-connected TV. Apple TV already has dedicated Disney channels offering most if not all of content available through the apps, but AirPlay streaming offers another way to get content to the big screen if you prefer browsing from a mobile device.
The updated WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH Disney Junior, and...

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11:45
News: Court throws out $368M FaceTime judgment...

A federal appeals court today tossed out a jury order requiring Apple to pay VirnetX $368.2 million in damages, Re/code reports. Apple was originally required to pay the amount for infringing VPN patents in FaceTime — the judgment was made in November 2012. The appeals court agreed that Apple did infringe patents, but ruled that the damages were incorrectly calculated. Now, the case returns to the U.S. District Court in Tyler, Texas, with a new…

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11:44
NES30 Bluetooth Controller Looks and Feels Like The...

Alright, nostalgic gamers, fire up the wayback machine and activate your NES30 twitch muscles, because we have a deal for you. It's for the NES30 Bluetooth Controller, a gamepad designed to precisely reproduce the look and feel of the original NES30 gamepad. You can use it with iOS and Android mobile devices, but you can also use with your Mac or Windows PC. It connects via Bluetooth or USB cable (for computers), and will work with both games that accept controllers and NES emulators. This device is regularly $40, but through our deal, it's $29.99.

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10:58
Don’t pull the trigger on upgrading to iCloud Drive...

If you’re upgrading to iOS 8 on Wednesday, you must resist the urge to upgrade to iCloud Drive if you want to continue to sync your phone to your Mac. Why?
Well, iCloud Drive only works with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. And you all know which OS we’re still waiting on.

Until Yosemite drops, upgrading to iCloud Drive will keep you from syncing devices running iOS 8 and devices running OS X Mavericks. Good news: After you
install iOS 8, Apple will ask you if you want to upgrade to iCloud Drive. Tap the button that says “Not Now.” Easy enough, right?To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:30
Light in the Dark is a bright addition to puzzle...

Light in the Dark is an adorable puzzle game where players control brightly colored characters called Totems on their quest to find their children. Each level consists of moving one or more Totems, which shine a colorful beam of light in all...

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11:30
5 Reasons Apple Pay Will Succeed Brilliantly

Apple Pay isn't just something Apple dreamed up and hopes will be adopted. Rather, it's part of and compatibile with a worldwide move to stem the tide of credit card fraud. And Apple is leading the way.

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11:22
Official iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Cases Arriving Ahead of...

While shipping vendors have been instructed to hold deliveries of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus until Friday's official launch date, there is no such restriction on the official Apple cases designed for the new devices. As a result, several MacRumors readers and others who placed orders for cases when iPhone pre-orders went live last Friday have already begun receiving their case orders. iLounge has shared some good photos of the brown leather iPhone 6 Plus case. The cases are very similar to the leather iPhone 5s cases with a microfiber interior to protect the iPhone itself, although the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cases have an open bottom edge where as the iPhone 5s cases are enclosed with distinct holes for the various physical features. At least one MacRumors reader has received his black leather case for the iPhone 6...

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11:14
Hands on Video of iPhone 6 Plus Demonstrates...

In addition to the iPhone 6 video posted earlier to YouTube, Korean publication UNDERkg posted a hands-on video of Apple's as-yet unreleased iPhone 6 Plus. The presenter walks us through the look and feel of the device, basic functionality, and the iPad-like landscape mode unique to iPhone 6 Plus in Apple's iPhone product line. He also shows us how Reachability works, Apple's feature designed to make this phablet usable one-handed. In that the iPhone 6 Plus doesn't ship until Friday, September 19th, this video is a great opportunity to get a better idea of how this large device looks in use. The site has a companion article with additional, high-quality photos. [Via MacRumors]

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11:10
Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of...

Sockatume writes: If you've been browsing Apple's site leading up to the iPhone 6 launch, you might've noticed something a little odd. Apple has edited the handset's protruding camera out of every single side-on view of the phone. (The camera is, necessarily, retained for images showing the back of the device.) The absence is particularly conspicuous given the number of side views Apple uses to emphasize the device's thinness. ...

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11:08
VirnetX's $368.2M verdict against Apple tossed...

Last week, the US Federal Court of Appeals in Washington DC threw out a jury award of $368.2 million to patent holder VirnetX. While the court agreed that some patents were infringed, the appeals court ruled that incorrect jury instructions were doled out by the judge, which tainted the jury when it determined the damage award....

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11:02
First Look: PureGear DualTek Extreme Shock Case, HIP...

PureGear has debuted several new cases for the iPhone 6 already, starting with the DualTek Extreme Shock Case ($35), a matte plastic and rubber case with a small piece of shock absorbing material in the shell. The HIP Case+ ($35) is a two-piece multi-use case. A simple plastic shell houses the iPhone 6, offering a kickstand, but little coverage. However, that shell can be inserted into a larger and more protective holster, which also includes two…

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11:01
Two-factor verification for iCloud.com is back...


Back in June, Apple rolled out a two-factor authentication system for the iCloud.com suite of web apps. The feature quickly disappeared, but today, users are noticing that it has returned. The feature requires users to verify their identity via a ping to a SMS text number or device connected to their particular iCloud login ID. This adds an extra layer of protection so that if even another person knows your iCloud password, they will still need one of your iOS devices or SMS-connected cell phones to access Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Notes, Reminders, and iWork on the web. The addition of two-factor verification comes following Apple CEO Tim Cook’s ...

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11:00
Numeric Business Dashboard adds features, goes...

I praised Numerics in a review earlier this year. The app lets you build business-oriented displays which can be easily constructed using plugins that will display data in numeric or graphic form. You can choose a variety of data sources like Google...

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10:58
Hands On iPhone 6 Video Hits YouTube Ahead of...

A hands-on video with Apple's iPhone 6 was posted to YouTube by Korean publication UNDERkg. In fact, it was posted on September 12th, three days after Apple announced the device and a week before it ships on Friday, September 19th. The gold iPhone 6 in the video appears to be real, and the person doing the presentation (in English) does an excellent job comparing it to iPhone 5s and a couple of large-screen Android devices. He also walks through several features of the new iPhone, including Reachability, which allows the device to be used one-handed. If you've had questions about iPhone 6, they might be answered in this video-there is a companion article with photos. [Via MacRumors]

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10:53
iCloud.com Now Utilizing Two-Factor Authentication

Apple's two-factor authentication system is now enabled for iCloud.com, with the site asking for a verification code before allowing users with two-factor authentication enabled to access various iCloud.com apps. Access to iCloud.com apps like Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote is restricted until the verification code is entered on the website, but Find My iPhone remains accessible. Users also receive an email when their Apple ID is used to sign into iCloud via the web browser, a feature that was implemented following the recent hacking of celebrity iCloud accounts that led to hundreds of photos being shared on the Internet. Following the hacking incident, Apple CEO Tim Cook pledged to improve iCloud security by expanding two-factor authentication and sending out security emails when a device is restored, iCloud is...

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10:43
Near-complete OS X 10.9.5 being seeded internally,...

OS X 10.9.5 is already being seeded within Apple, say several sources working for AppleCare. The step is believed to be an immediate precursor to launching the update for the public, since AppleCare staff need to be familiar with the update in order to troubleshoot it. Furthermore, iOS 8 is being released tomorrow, and Apple often clusters major software updates....

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10:41
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Shown Off in Early Hands-On...

Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus won't be available to consumers until Friday, September 19, but some devices have been trickling out early ahead of the phone's launch. Korean site UNDERkg has managed to get both an iPhone 6 and an iPhone 6 Plus, sharing hands-on videos and photos. The first video focuses on the 4.7-inch gold iPhone 6, walking through all of the features including the display, the Touch ID home button, the protruding lens, and the power button, which has been relocated to the right side of the device for easier one-handed access. In the video, the iPhone 6 is also compared to earlier models of the iPhone, like the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 3G, as well as Samsung devices like the Galaxy S5 and Alpha. The device is shown running iOS 8, with several of the...

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10:37
While the Federal Appeals Court has just Thrown out...

In November 2012 we reported that Apple lost their FaceTime Patent Lawsuit to VirnetX. A US court had ruled that Apple should pay damages to a Connecticut-based company because its FaceTime video chat tool had infringed the firm's patents. VirnetX was awarded $368.2 million. The sum was about half the amount VirnetX had originally demanded. Today a federal appeals court threw out a jury order ...

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10:29
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-16

Here's a good sign for Apple Pay: Banks are ready to launch big marketing campaigns to make sure their credit card is your default for iPhone mobile payments. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the impact bank enthusiasm could have on Apple Pay's success, plus they offer up their thoughts on Tim Cook's interview on the Charlie Rose Show.

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10:15
Court throws out $368 million judgement against...

Recode reports that a federal appeals court today threw out a previous ruling granting VirnetX Holding Corp $368.2 million in damages in its long-running patent lawsuit against Apple:
Apple had appealed a November 2012 jury finding that it infringed VirnetX’s patents for virtual private network, or VPN, technology through the FaceTime feature on its iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad products, as well as on its Mac computers… While agreeing that some patents were infringed, the appeals court said the verdict was tainted by incorrect jury instructions from the trial judge on how to calculate damages, and that the error was not harmless.
The case previously resulted in Apple changing the behaviour of its VPN On Demand feature in iOS...

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10:09
20TB Unaccounted for on Xsan

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: missing space defrag xsan stornext snfsWe are running a 216TB Xsan volume. I recently calculated the size of all directories on the Xsan volume, which came out to 175TB. Finder reports that 20TB are available on the Xsan volume. Where are the remaining 21TB? I've emptied the trashes on all clients (we have mac and windows clients [I've even deleted the RECYCLE.BIN directory windows creates]), but there still seems to be 20TB of space unaccounted for.
I know our SAN is pretty heavily fragmented. Could this account for the missing space? 20TB seems like a lot.

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10:04
Turn Off Automatic iOS App Updates

With vast numbers of apps being updated for iOS 8 in the next few weeks, it’s safer to turn off automatic updates so you control which apps are updated and when. If it ain’t broke… don’t let it update so it doesn’t possibly break. 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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10:03
Apple updates OS X Server 3.2 developer preview

Apple is seeding another preview of OS X Server 3.2 to developers. Changes are so far unknown, but the code is listed as build 13S5179. Server 3.2 is intended for Macs running OS X Mavericks, particularly 10.9.4 or later....

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10:00
Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100 Delivers Best In Class Mobile...

Are you still chasing the "paperless" dream? If you are anything like the millions of us who dream of a clear inbox with simplified capture and filing system, today is your lucky day. Today Fujitsu introduces the ScanSnap iX100, the 2nd generation of...

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09:52
‘WKRP in Cincinnati’ is getting a DVD release with...

Entertainment Weekly:

Thanks to the way music licensing contracts were written at the time, the show lost its rights to use the original versions of the songs it had so deeply woven into its fabric, and was forced to replace them with generic knockoffs while it was still in broadcast syndication. Later, when it moved to cable and home video it did so with the same soundalikes.

On Oct. 28, Shout! Factory will release the first complete series-spanning WKRP DVD set, with its original soundtrack gloriously restored.

As pointed out in the comments, about 98% of the original music will be included. Some of you may never have even heard about this show but for many of us, we loved and enjoyed a wonderful ensemble cast that created what I believe is the single greatest punchline in the history of television – “As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.”
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09:48
PayPal questions Apple Pay security

This reeks of worry and fear.
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09:45
News: Microsoft unveils iOS-compatible Universal...

Microsoft has announced the Universal Mobile Keyboard, a new Bluetooth keyboard designed to work specifically with iOS devices, as well as Windows and Android devices. The new keyboard incorporates a switch to choose the appropriate device mode and dedicated iOS keys such as CMD in their proper locations. The Universal Mobile Keyboard is also notably a Made-for-iPhone/iPad/iPod touch product, and is designed to be very portable and quick and easy…

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09:43
Appellate court rejects $368 million VirnetX patent...

Patent holding company VirnetX's infamous $368 million win over Apple --?which most notably resulted in changes to FaceTime that riled consumers --?has been thrown out by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit after review.

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09:39
First Look: Apple iPhone 6 Plus Leather Case

Third-party case makers aren't the only ones releasing iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cases before the devices have actually come out — Apple's official iPhone 6 Plus Leather Case ($49) is one of two new case options for the company's new iPhones, alongside less expensive silicone cases. Basically a real leather shell, the iPhone 6 Plus Leather Case is similar to Apple's prior-generation leather iPhone 5s Case, but this new version retails for $10 more…

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09:35
iPhone 6 Plus Might Be Limited to 1 GB of RAM

Part leaks have previously suggested that the iPhone 6 has just 1 GB of RAM, much like its predecessor the iPhone 5s, but the memory status of the iPhone 6 Plus has thus far remained a mystery, leading many to hope that the larger device has been upgraded to 2 GB of RAM. New information suggests that the iPhone 6 Plus may not be getting a memory upgrade, and will continue to offer 1GB of RAM like the iPhone 6. A screenshot allegedly from an iPhone 6 Plus depicting what appears to be iPhone monitoring app System Status has surfaced on a Korean message board (via Phone Arena...

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09:32
Inside the world of longsword fighting

New York Times:

Longsword enthusiasts are resurrecting ancient sword technique as a modern, organized sport, with timed bouts and complex rules.

This isn’t LARP but a whole different aspect. I’d love to see one of these tournaments on TV or in person.
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09:32
Chinese police arrest Foxconn worker for stealing...

Chinese police have arrested a 40-year-old Foxconn worker, identified only by the surname Qiao, for stealing iPhone 6 shells from a factory in Jincheng, according to the state-run Taihang Daily. The person was detained on September 4th, and is specifically accused of selling six of the shells for 6,000 yuan (about $960) to a gadget market in Shenzhen, where a number of electronics makers are located....

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09:30
The iPhone 6 has NFC, but not really

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus definitely have NFC functionality, as was confirmed on-stage during the presentation of Apple Pay, but when it comes to using the chip for anything other than Apple's own payment system, it really doesn't have near-field...

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09:27
Microsoft unveils MFi Bluetooth keyboard built for...

Microsoft today announced a new Bluetooth keyboard accessory that doesn’t just work with non-Windows devices like some of its past keyboards, it also includes a function for easily switching between Windows, Android, and iOS as well as dedicated keys for the other platforms.
Other nice touches for iOS users: Microsoft even includes a CMD key normally reserved for Mac/iOS keyboards in its proper location in addition to a dedicated home button for both Android and iOS. Not only that, but the keyboard is a Made-for-iPhone/iPad/iPod touch product, which means it also has Apple’s seal of approval.

The Universal Mobile Keyboard has an OS switch that lets you...

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09:15
Daily Deals for September 16, 2015

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

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

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09:14
Actually LG Dislikes Samsung more than Apple

On the topic of competition, Apple's CEO Tim Cook recently told Charlie Rose that he viewed Google as their top competitor. When pressed as to why it wasn't Samsung, Cook noted that it's Google that supplies Android to Samsung, and others. C'mon Charlie, did you really think ....

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09:11
Spigen F70Q 7000mAh Dual Portable Quick Charger

Better known for its cases and screen protectors than electronic accessories, Spigen is now offering a USB battery pack called F70Q ($59), billed as a "dual portable quick charger" due to its 2-Amp and 1-Amp USB ports. iPhone, iPod, and iPad recharging are supported by the battery, which has a single button with four surrounding lights to indicate remaining power levels. The company's case-making expertise is on display in the glossy white plastic…

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09:10
Aqua Data Studio gets new features for creating...

AquaFold has introduced Aqua Data Studio 15 (http://www.aquafold.com/aquadatastudio.html), an upgrade to its universal database query and management software. It adds new features to create visualizations that illuminate your underlying data.
Aqua Data Studio 15 can now turn any query into visuals. It can combine pivot tables, charts, graphs, and other visualizations into interactive dashboards and workbooks, which can then be shared with colleagues and customers.
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09:03
Avenza releases Geographic Imager 4.5 for Adobe...

Avenza Systems (www.avenza.com) has released Geographic Imager 4.5 for Adobe Photoshop. This latest update is compatible with Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud 2014 for both Mac and Windows. The Geographic Imager panel has also been refreshed to provide easier access to tools, image information and features.
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08:47
Inpaint 6 for Mac OS X packs reworked processing...

TeoreX has released a new version (6.0) of Inpaint, a Mac OS X compatible photo retouching application with a choice of tools for removal of unwanted objects from pictures.
Version 6 holds reworked processing algorithms allowing for faster and more quality elimination of various defects in a photo, as well as smoother removal of extra objects without spoiling the composition. It also adds the support for HiDPI and Retina displays and offers improved stability and increased performance to both Mac and PC users.
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08:41
CSS Audit

Audits are important in all aspects of your work from time to time. Susan Robertson gives you some tips on conducting a full audit of your CSS code.
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08:40
Destiny Teams Race to Vault of Glass Finish Line


Bungie's second special Destiny event, dubbed "Vault of Glass," went live early Tuesday. Bungie calls it "the most elaborate mission" it has ever created. Only gamers who have reached Level 26 will qualify. Attempts to complete the Raid are being streamed live on Twitch. After months of hype and anticipation, Destiny, the latest video game from Halo developer Bungie, finally arrived last week. Although sales have been extremely strong, Bungie announced a series of in-game events in an effort to spur even more interest.

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08:30
Flickr Find: Minimal desk hides some clever...

At first glance, this minimal iMac setup from Philip Pryke looks ordinary, but it isn't until you glance behind the CNC plywood desk that some clever engineering comes to light. Fashioned into the desktop is a groove that fits the base of the iMac,...

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08:29
OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 release imminent as pre-...


We’ve received word from multiple AppleCare employees that the upcoming OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 release has been seeded internally. This typically means that AppleCare is preparing for the software’s release. With iOS 8 launching tomorrow, it’s likely that 10.9.5 will launch in the coming days or weeks.
Here are the release notes via multiple AppleCare employees:
- The OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 update is recommended for all Mavericks users. It improves the Stability, compatibility and security of your Mac.
- Improves the reliability of VPN connections that use USB smart cards for authentications
- Improves the reliability of accessing files located on an SMB server
- Includes Safari 7.0.6
For detailed information about this update, please visit:...

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08:21
Apps: FotoMagico, CleanApp, HoudahSpot
08:20
Tim Cook Says Apple Can't Read Users'...

Apple CEO Tim Cook insists that Apple doesn't read -- in fact, says Cook, cannot read -- user's emails, and that the company's iCloud service wasn't hacked. ZDNet presents highlights from Cook's lengthy, two-part interview with Charlie Rose. One selection of particular interest: Apple previously said that even it can't access iMessage and FaceTime communications, stating that such messages and calls are not held in an "identifiable form." [Cook] claimed if the government "laid a subpoena," then Apple "can't provide it." He said, bluntly: "We don't have a key... the door is closed." He reiterated previous comments, whereby Apple has said it is not in the business of collecting people's data. He said: "When we design a new service, we try not to collect data. We're not reading your email." Cook went on to talk about PRISM in more detail, following the lead from every other technology company implicated by those now-infamous PowerPoint slides....

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08:16
U.S. banks enter horse race to become preferred...


With Apple Pay en route, an assortment of banks are scrambling to be the consumers’ choice as to the default Apple Pay card.
“It’s a healthy competition,” JPMorgan Chase marketing chief Kristin Lemkau told the Financial Times. JPMorgan Chase launched Apple Pay-centered marketing campaigns on the same day as the service’s unveiling, and similar campaigns from Apple’s other partner banks quickly followed.
One example, according to AppleInsider and the...

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07:22
Apple locks NFC chip to Apple Pay while PayPal fires...

When Apple unveiled Touch ID, a fingerprint sensor that verifies your identity to unlock your phone and confirm purchases and app installs, developers clamored for Apple to open up the feature to third parties. Now that Apple has baked NFC technology into the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, developers want access. But for now, like Touch ID was tied to specific functions in the 5s, NFC is tied to Apple Pay alone.
An Apple spokesperson told Cult of Mac that the new phones’ NFC chip will only work with Apple’s new payment system, at least for the next year. It’s unclear whether Apple will eventually allow developers to adopt the chip for their own purposes with future iPhone releases, like the company did with...

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08:07
Apple wins patent on physics-based tablet GUI concept

Apple has won a US patent on an unusual tablet-based graphical interface. The UI would not only make use of touch and motion, as iOS does currently, but simulated physics, including mass, gravity, friction, and/or drag. A basic example involves selecting multiple files or folders; by drawing a circle around them, users would create a selection "bubble" that could be behave like a floating ball, even bouncing off of screen edges. File and folder size could dictate mass, such that a larger file might move more slowly....

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08:06
Capture One Pro 8.0.0.433 - RAW workflow software. (...

Capture One Pro 8 is a professional RAW converter offering you ultimate image quality with accurate colors and incredible detail from more than 300 high-end cameras -- straight out of the box. It offers state-of-the-art tethered capture, powerful digital asset management, extensive adjustment tools and a flexible workflow. With an updated processing engine, market-leading performance and powerful new features, Capture One Pro 8 is the professional choice in imaging software. You get the highly responsive precision tools you need to create stunning images from your camera's RAW files in a time-saving workflow that can be customized to fit your needs.Version 8.0.0.433: Note: Licensed owners of Capture One Pro 3-7 can upgrade to Capture One Pro 8 for $99. Owners of a Capture One Express, LE, Leica Capture, or Scandisk license can also upgrade to Capture One Pro 8 for $99. Image Quality Improvements

  • New Capture One 8...

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08:00
Office Lens update allows you to create Office...

Today’s post was written by Yu Ukai, program manager with Office Lens team in Japan.
I’ve often heard that “a picture is worth a thousand words,” and with today’s update to the Office Lens app on Windows Phone, such a translation is actually possible!
Office Lens is a great app for capturing whiteboard notes and paper documents and saving them in OneNote. Today it got even better with the ability to convert pictures of whiteboard notes and paper documents directly into Word documents and PowerPoint presentations—that you can edit, author and edit again.
Converting hardcopy documents into Word files
Take a picture of your hardcopy document using your phone and tap Save. A new Word document is automatically saved to your OneDrive, so you can access it on any device.
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07:59
“OK Google, take a note—OneNote supports Android...

 

One of our primary goals is to help you capture ideas and information in new and innovative ways. Features like Quick Notes, Cortana, and Office Lens have made it easy to preserve those flashes of brilliance and today we’re adding Android Wear watches. Simply install the free OneNote for Android Wear app from the Play Store and start dictating notes to your heart’s desire.
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07:55
Apple Pay Sparks Banks to Fight Over Consumer’s...

iOS 8's Apple Pay feature won't be available until some time in October, but that isn't stopping banks from firing up their marketing campaigns in hopes of becoming consumer's default credit card choice. Banks are seeing Apple Pay's NFC-based mobile payment system as a potential big win for them, and want to make sure they score the coveted default card spot on customer's new iPhone 6.The Mac Observer Spin: If banks are fighting over the default card spot in Apple Pay, maybe there is a chance it could be the system that finally gives NFC-based payments the kickstart it needs to take off in the United States.

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07:47
Apple publishes support article detailing how to...

You know how iTunes recently downloaded the new, free U2 album, no matter whether you wanted it or not?
That’s not going over as well as it could have.
Per Re/Code, Apple has released a new support document detailing how to get rid of the new U2 album, Songs of Innocence.

The document states that users should first visit the special Songs of Innocence removal page at http://itunes.com/soi-remove. They will...

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07:40
DisplayPort spec boosted to 1.3, can drive 5K on...

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) announced the release of the DisplayPort 1.3 standard. An update to the widely used DisplayPort 1.2a standard, this latest version increases the maximum link bandwidth to 32.4Gbps, with each of four lanes running at a link rate of 8.1Gbps per lane -- a 50 percent increase from the previous version of the DisplayPort standard. Allowing for transport overhead, DisplayPort's 32.4Gbps combined link rate delivers 25.9Gbps of uncompressed video data....

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07:38
Slash’s new album available

Slash’s new album “World On Fire” dropped last night and so far I’m impressed. I had it pre-ordered, so I was ready for it.
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07:33
Foxconn employee detained by Chinese police for...

An employee at Apple’s manufacturing partner Foxconn has reportedly been detained by Chinese police over allegations the 40-year old man stole and sold iPhone 6 shells in the week’s leading up to the device’s unveiling. The report comes from The Wall Street Journal, which cites local reports from Communist Party-run newspaper Taihang Daily:
Chinese police in recent days said that on Sept. 4, they detained an employee of Foxconn, a major Apple contractor, for stealing shells of the new phone from a factory in northern Shanxi province… The factory is in a development zone in the city of Jincheng. A staffer who picked up the phone at...

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07:16
Analyst: China iPhone 6 Delay is No Big Deal

Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be in stores in several countries this Friday, but not in China. Apple may not be able to roll out its latest iPhone models in the country until the end of this year, or even early next year, but that's no big deal because the company will still be able to sell as many smartphones as it can make, according to Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um.The Mac Observer Spin: No iPhone 6 models in China means more for everywhere else. By the time China does approve the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple will have been able to make even more inventory. Instead of fixing iPhone 6 demand, China will supplement already high demand with more customers.

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07:15
Foxconn Factory Worker Detained Over iPhone 6 Shell...

A Foxconn worker is being detained after being accused of stealing six iPhone 6 rear shells from the factory line and reselling them to an unidentified party in Shenzhen, China, reports The Wall Street Journal, citing details in Chinese newspaper Taihang Daily. The thefts started in late July and netted the 40-year-old male factory worker a total of 6,000 yuan ($960). The suspect, identified only with the surname Qiao, allegedly responded to an advertisement that offered to purchase "parts from Apple Inc. at high prices." Qiao snuck out his first shell on July 24 and shipped the product to an address in Shenzhen."On July 24, according to the article, Qiao hid one shell in his pocket and successfully avoided the security check by leaving at the peak of quitting time...

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07:15
iPhone 6’s NFC will only be usable for Apple Pay—at...

Megan Geuss

Apple is planning on using its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to dominate mobile payments in North America—something that no company has really managed yet despite the popularity of phone-based payments in other markets. This is being made possible by the inclusion of NFC chips in the upcoming iPhone models, which gives newer iPhones a capability that has been a regular feature in other device ecosystems for some time now.

However, developers excited to take advantage of NFC on iOS devices are going to be disappointed. In an e-mail exchange with Cult of Mac, Apple confirmed that usage of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus NFC chip will be restricted to Apple Pay only.
As explained by Cult of Mac, this restriction (or omission, depending on how you want to...

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07:13
Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

Ronin Developer writes Apple has listened to the complaints of those who object to having received a pushed copy of U2's latest album as part of their recent campaign. While nobody has been charged for the download, some objected to having it show up in their purchases and, in some cases, pushed down to their devices. While it is possible to remove the album from your iTunes library, it takes more steps than most would like to take. Apple has responded and released a tool to make it possible to remove the album from your iTunes library in a single step. ...

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07:09
News: Apple: 33M iTunes users have accessed U2 album

Apple has announced that 33 million iTunes account holders have accessed U2’s Songs of Innocence album for free. That figure includes customers who downloaded the album, streamed it, or listened to it using iTunes’ radio player. A report notes that Apple SVP Eddy Cue “called the number record-breaking, but did not elaborate.” For those uninterested in the latest effort from U2, Apple has released a guide on how to remove the…

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07:00
Misfit announces Flash, an affordable $49 wearable...

Fitness tracking hardware and software firm Misfit on Tuesday announced Flash, a reworking of the company's Shine activity monitor designed for durability and a more attractive price of entry.

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07:00
iOS 8 Photos app: Smart suggestions and searching

Have you ever been frustrated searching for photos in iOS? It's not a lot of fun to manually flip through all your photos to find a certain one, especially if your device is laden with thousands of pictures. Well, the good folks at Apple have built a...

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06:53
Samsung Vows to Advance Tizen OS in Wearables &...

In a recent interview with Charlie Rose, Apple's CEO Tim Cook was asked who Apple's number one competitor was. Although Charlie Rose thought it was Samsung, Cook made it clear it was really Google who supplies Android to Samsung and others. That was a nice slap in Samsung's face who truly believes that they're Apple's toughest competitor. While it's a long standing fact that Samsung has been attempting to get their Tizen OS off the ground, they've run into some rather embarrassing missteps thus far. But like a dog on a bone ...

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06:48
iOS 8 extensions in newly-updated apps not working...


With iOS 8 set to launch tomorrow, Apple is well underway approving apps and app updates that incorporate the new features of iOS 8. Apps that require iOS 8 are currently ‘Pending An Apple Release’, but apps that support earlier versions are beginning to show up in the store. However, developers have discovered that integrated extensions, like Today widgets, are not working and failing to appear in Notification Center. Both PCalc and OmniFocus have acknowledged these issues, but it applies universally.

The App Store appears to be mangling code signing of these extensions (which are signed separately...

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06:30
Perfect Flick is perfectly frustrating

Perfect Flick is a free puzzle game for iOS. This is a puzzle game that is intended for gamers looking for another addictive phone game. Using a simple flick, the game introduces challenging levels that can hook a seasoned gamer or frustrate a novice...

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06:30
Devs will not have access to NFC APIs this year,...

Third-party app developers won't be able to access the APIs for Apple's NFC chips this year, a company spokesperson says. That effectively limits the NFC support in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to Apple Pay, as well as a few other authorized uses. That may be a security measure on Apple's part, since opening up the APIs too early could make it easier for hackers to crack the payment technology....

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06:28
Apple Approving iOS 8-Optimized Apps, but Extensions...

Following last week's iPhone and Apple Watch media event, Apple officially invited developers to begin submitting their iOS 8 apps for App Store review ahead of tomorrow's public release of the new operating system. While a number of developers have been tweaking their apps to work better with iOS 8 over the past few months, the major step forward comes as apps begin to support the new functionalities supported in iOS 8. Apple has already begun approving some of these iOS 8-optimized apps, but a few high-profile developers are finding that some of their highly anticipated extensions are not working properly in the updated apps being distributed through the App Store. While only a small subset of iOS users are affected due to limited distribution of the iOS 8 golden master released to developers last week, the issue has been a concerning one for developers trying to diagnose it. One example is OmniFocus 2 for...

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06:28
Olympus reveals silver OM-D E-M1, incoming firmware...

Olympus has revealed two changes to the OM-D E-M1 it launched last year. The company is releasing a silver-colored version of the professional-grade camera, with a pre-installed firmware upgrade which adds a number of changes to the device's software, as well as enabling more functionality from within its companion smartphone app....

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06:09
Come meet the Office.com webinar team and get help...

Join the Microsoft Office 15-Minute Webinar team Thursday, September 18 at the Microsoft Store in Bellevue Square, from 12-2 p.m. Along with delivering a webinar-style talk on “10 great Office timesavers,” the team will dish up tips and shortcuts for Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook and OneNote, plus have plenty of time to answer your questions.
They will be joined their teammates from Office.com to personally work with you on your devices. See more about our free, weekly Office 15-Minute Webinars at the Office Blog, and more about the Bellevue Microsoft...

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06:07
Connecticut AG Questions Apple Watch Privacy

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen is asking Apple to detail just how the Apple Watch will safeguard user's privacy because the smartwatch will be able to collect and store health-related data. Mr. Jepsen sent Apple CEO Tim Cook a letter on Monday posing his questions and asking for a meeting to discuss his concerns.The Mac Observer Spin: Personal privacy is a serious concern, especially when our health is involved. Mr. Jensen's questions don't seem out of line, and considering Apple's ongoing push for privacy, and the company's assertion that it doesn't want to collect and store personal data, it's likely he'll like the answers he gets.

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06:00
Mix by FiftyThree makes Paper collaborative

Mix by FiftyThree expands on the popular, award-winning drawing app Paper by making it collaborative. Now you can sketch, paint, draw and work on a project with a co-worker or friend, with Mix pushing updates to participating devices. And the best...

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06:00
Getting Java client apps to run the way you want

I sometimes find the Java setup on my various Apple devices to be a mystery.

Recently, I was trying to get a Java applet to run in the same way on 2 iMacs and my MacBook Air. The applet is a simple vpn client from Juniper that lets me access a Citrix Desktop from any Mac that I can install the Citrix receiver client on so I can work on 'Company stuff' from a large screen iMac when I'm sat at home or from my MacBook when I'm on the road (it works fine over 3/4G).

The first thing is that you have to do some configuring of both Java and Safari to get the applet to run at all.

Once that was all done, I could log in from all my Macs, fire up the applet and establish a secure connection.

On two of the Macs, as soon as I fired up the Citrix app, the Java vpn window would show 'error'. The console showed a Java crash. But on the third Mac, everything worked fi ...

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06:00
Apple Inc. iOS 8

Once again, Apple is proclaiming this to be “the biggest iOS release ever,” even though regular users certainly won’t feel that way—on the surface, it looks like what iOS 7 should have been, including a collection of small but welcome new features that make iPhones and iPads faster tools for communicating, editing media, and holding different types of data. Under the hood, it contains a collection of major enhancements for…

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05:48
Apple Pay sparks inter-bank battle to be consumers...

Major U.S. banks are set to engage in an advertising dogfight --?designed to sway consumers' choice of their default Apple Pay card --?as they look to take advantage of the simple one-touch mobile payment flow found on Apple's next-generation iPhones to boost profits.

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05:46
News: Daily Deal: Learn Swift for only $19

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering up an online course to learn Swift—Apple’s new iOS programming language—for only $19. With 95 lectures and over 5 hours of content, the course will take you through the basics of Swift, how to use Operators, Stirngs, Characters, and Collection, how to evolve from Objective C, and more.

Get the Swift Developers Course now for only $19...

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05:44
Arlington County, Virginia to provide MacBook Air...

Arlington County is one of the largest counties in Virginia in terms of population. In a nice win for Apple, the school board announced that every single student in the county will be receiving a brand new MacBook Air. The rollout will start this year, with laptops provided to all 9th graders.

As it turns out, 9th grade is when the Computer Science track starts in Arlington, a good year to make sure that every student has equal access to the technology required to learn programming. The current curriculum is based on older Windows machines.
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05:37
News: Apple’s iPhone 6 NFC chip restricted to Apple...

Apple’s NFC chips in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be restricted to use of the company’s Apple Pay mobile payment system. The information was reportedly confirmed in an email from an Apple spokeswoman to Cult of Mac. While most smartphones with NFC chips allow the use of NFC for a number of possibilities — including easy pairing of Bluetooth devices — that won’t be the case in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Apple will…

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05:30
Elegently manage your ideas with ClipUp

ClipUp is one of the many apps that takes a page from Pinterest's design and concept, but it has much more to offer in the way of functionality. You have everything you need to manage your ideas, plans and to-dos. Upload photos, take notes, link to...

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05:13
Review: Autodesk Smoke 2015

The follow-up to Smoke 2013, Autodesk's Smoke 2015 aims to improve on the original video editing software. While it introduces a new Timeline FX workflow and integrated 3D tracker alongside other new features and performance upgrades, is it enough to make users switch to the latest edition? Read our review of Smoke 2015 to find out....

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05:11
Apple: iPhone 6 NFC Just for Apple Pay

The NFC chip in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be used only for Apple Pay, making it hands-off for third party developers. That means other uses, like proximity-based device pairing, is off the table for now.The Mac Observer Spin: It's unfortunate Apple chose to block third-party developers from using the NFC chip in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The chip could be used for much more than just credit card payments, so we're keeping our fingers crossed that Apple will open NFC to other developers at some point.

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05:00
Paper by 53 introduces Mix, a community for sharing...

Paper by FiftyThree is getting a whole lot more social today as the popular sketching app for iPad launches Mix, a community platform for sharing creations made in Paper. Mix allows users to share and view other sketches made in Paper on the web or right in the app.
With Mix, Paper uses can follow other creators, adding sketches to your own journal, view iterations of sketches, “star” ideas for viewing in a collection, and open sketches on the web. Probably the best feature of Mix is being able to use someone else’s sketch for inspiration for your own. You can jump right into a sketch found on Mix and add your own ideas and creations.
As part of the debut of Mix, 9to5Mac and FiftyThree will be giving away two...

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04:51
Review: ZeroChroma Folio Slide for iPad mini

Folio-Slide builds upon the VarioSC case-slash-stand we previously loved for iPad minis and iPad Airs. Using a combination of soft TPU and hard plastic, the matte black VarioSC covered almost all of those iPads, adding an incredible flip-out rear stand to their backs. While only modestly thickening the devices, and adding very little weight, ZeroChroma enabled each iPad to stand upright on your choice of reclining angles, supporting a wide variety…

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04:50
I strongly prefer Android, so why did I pre-order an...

Nick Pierno is a longtime Android user. What would make him even consider switching?

It just kinda bums me out how mediocre all my photos and videos are. Not to mention all the missed opportunities from slow autofocus, bad low light sensing, etc. I know, I know.. woe is me. But if I can, I’d like to look back on the next 5 years with a bit more fidelity.

I’ve also been stricken with a bit of a bum rap this past year. I have an illness that has kept me stuck at home and in beds/bathrooms/waiting rooms/etc. a lot more than usual. This results in increased phone use, and of course, battery drain. Well… turns out the Nexus 5, despite being a truly outstanding phone, isn’t a champion of endurance.

There’s a lot more to this piece. Interesting to see how an Android user views the iPhone. One thing that is quite clear is that the move to a larger screen has opened up the potential audience for Apple.
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04:48
Apple was Granted 65 Patents Today Covering Advanced...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 65 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover patents relating to the iPhone, advanced haptics, GarageBand, liquid metal and a few design patents. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with ...

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04:43
Major Chinese business paper claims iPhone 6 won’t...

Bloomberg is quoting a report from the major Chinese business paper 21st Century Business Herald that the iPhone 6 may not go on sale in China this year due to regulatory delays. Apple was unable to confirm a launch date in the country.

Apple may have to wait until next year to get approval for new iPhones in China after failing to reach agreement with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology this month, the 21st Century Business Herald reported today, citing an unidentified person close to Apple.
Carolyn Wu, a Beijing-based spokeswoman for Apple, said she couldn’t provide a date for the China release. “China is a key market for us and we will get here as soon as possible,” Wu said in an e-mail today...

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04:39
Adobe Acrobat Pro 11.0.09 - Powerful PDF editor. (...

Adobe Acrobat allows users to communicate and collaborate more effectively and securely. Unify a wide range of content in a single organized PDF Portfolio. Collaborate through electronic document reviews. Create and manage dynamic forms. And help protect sensitive information.Version 11.0.09:

  • System-requirement enhancements
  • Mitigation for security issues
  • Improved overall stability
  • Bug fixes
  • Feature enhancements
  • OS X 10.6.8 or later

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04:31
Adobe Reader 11.0.09 - View PDF documents. (Free)

Adobe Reader allows users to view PDF documents. You may not know what a PDF file is, but you've probably come across one at some point. PDF files are used by companies and even the IRS to distribute documentation and other pieces of information about their products, and Adobe Acrobat Reader is the essential interpreter. Acrobat integrates directly with your Web browser, so if you come across a PDF document on the Web,you can view it directly from within your Netscape or Internet Explorer browser window. Acrobat also makes printing much more practical, by guaranteeing that the printout will look exactly like it does on your screen.Version 11.0.09:

  • System-requirement enhancements
  • Mitigation for security issues
  • Improved overall stability
  • Bug fixes
  • Feature enhancements
  • OS X 10.6.4 or later

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04:30
Embrace a lack of productivity by scoring big in...

Nerf Hoops is a free game for iPhone and iPad geared around getting a basketball in a hoop despite all obstacles. Perhaps that's an oversimplification, but that's not a bad thing because as Flappy Bird once demonstrated the simplest games can be the...

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04:29
Opinion: Battery life should dictate Apple Watch...

As an early adopter of all types of technology, I will be among the first to get my hands on an Apple Watch when it launches early next year. There is a lot that Apple looks to have nailed with it, including the typically elegant industrial design, advanced materials and system architecture combined with what looks to be the most evolved smartwatch OS by some margin. The multiple collections and easily swappable bands also make it highly customizable, greatly enhancing its overall appeal. However, the biggest question mark over it at this point is its battery life, which is a potential issue t......

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04:00
Soft Super-Suit Could Make Soldiers Stronger


A new, flexible robotic suit funded by the U.S. military's DARPA could enable soldiers to walk longer distances with less fatigue and also improve mobility for disabled civilians. Called the "Soft Exosuit," the biologically inspired device is made of flexible textiles woven together into a piece of smart clothing that is pulled on like a pair of pants and intended to be worn under a soldier's regular gear. The suit mimics the action of the wearer's leg muscles and tendons when walking and provides small, carefully timed assistance.

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03:54
Worldwide WLAN market grows in the second quarter of...

The combined consumer and enterprise worldwide wireless local area network (WLAN) market segments grew 9.2% year over year in the second quarter of 2014 (2Q14).
According to IDC (www.idc.com), the enterprise segment continued to grow at a steady rate and increased 7.7% over the same period last year. While the pace of the enterprise WLAN market growth has been steadily decreasing over the last several quarters, the market continues to be one of the faster growing networking market segments, according to the research group.
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03:54
Worldwide WLAN market grows in the second quarter of...

The combined consumer and enterprise worldwide wireless local area network (WLAN) market segments grew 9.2% year over year in the second quarter of 2014 (2Q14).
According to IDC (www.idc.com), the enterprise segment continued to grow at a steady rate and increased 7.7% over the same period last year. While the pace of the enterprise WLAN market growth has been steadily decreasing over the last several quarters, the market continues to be one of the faster growing networking market segments, according to the research group.
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03:46
Review: Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100, a wireless ultra-...

Moving to a paperless life three years ago was an immensely liberating experience. Not only did I free up space by getting rid of a filing cabinet, but I had fast, easy access to all my paperwork no matter where I happened to be. Documents I need access to on the move are stored on my iPhone and iPad. Virtually all that is left in paper form is my passport and driving license.
One key aspect of living paperlessly is scanning any paper documents as soon as they arrive, which is done using a Fujitsu ScanSnap portable scanner. Portability wasn’t the driver for me – I just loved the tiny footprint, allowing me to keep it on my desk permanently while losing next to no desk-space.
Fujitsu has today launched an updated model, this one offering wifi as well as wired scanning, including direct to iPhone and iPad. I’ve been trying it out for the past couple of weeks so that I could...

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03:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Six-y thoughts

Six-y ThoughtsMost of the leading makers of iOS accessories aren't quite ready to ship items to go with your new iPhone 6—but some are ready to talk about the items they'll soon be selling to accommodate Apple's latest. Plus, we even have a few accessories ready to be used right now.BiteMyAppleThe $35 togoDock is billed as “the world's first magnetically-integrated portable dock and charge cable.” The idea? To “turn just about any surface into a portable iPhone dock.” It comes with a Lightning and USB connector, has embedded magnets to dock the iPhone in place, and a disc mount so that a mount can be created anywhere—as long as it's on a vertical or horizontal surface....

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03:38
Kool Tools: Sonnet Dual-Port 10GBase-T Thunderbolt 2...

Sonnet Technologies' Twin 10G Thunderbolt 2 to Dual-Port Copper 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) Adapter (http://tinyurl.com/kk4hmda) is a "near-plug-and-play" solution for adding 10GbE network connectivity to any computer with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports.
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03:14
Apple limiting developer access to NFC initially, as...

It’s been reported that Apple will not make access to the NFC chip in the iPhone 6 generally available to developers in the first year. A new report says that an Apple spokesperson has confirmed that the chip is for use with Apple Pay only. But that’s likely only temporary…
During the launch of the iPhone 6, Apple specifically referenced using NFC to unlock hotel doors at Starwood resorts – expected to be seen in the spring – suggesting only that Apple will initially be selective in granting access to the chip.
This doesn’t mean other developers won’t be able to access the chip in future. Touch ID was initially limited to unlocking the phone and authorizing iTunes purchases before...

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03:03
FotoMagico for Mac OS X now ready for 4K video

Boinx Software has updated FotoMagico (http://boinx.com/fotomagico/), its slideshow creation tool, to version 4.5. The upgrade is optimized for the production of 4K video. FotoMagico 4.5 also takes full advantage of modernized OS X features
FotoMagico 4.5 requires Mac OS 10.8 or higher. Version 4.5 is available now as a free update for existing 4.x users. For new users the cost is US$99.99.

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03:00
iFFmpeg 4.6.1 - Convert multimedia files between...

iFFmpeg is a graphical front-end for FFmpeg, a command-line tool used to convert multimedia files between formats. The command line instructions can be very hard to master/understand, so iFFmpeg does all the hard work for you. This allows you to use FFmpeg without detailed command-line knowledge.Version 4.6.1:

  • Fixed issue using DNxHD with MXF containers
  • Fixed issue saving user presets when you do not have admin rights
  • Fixed Adjust Red for color balance
  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • Working FFmpeg OS X binary (available here)

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02:10
Apple Wins Third Patent Covering iOS Metaphors for...

In February 2011 HP first introduced an innovative feature for their new TouchPad tablets running WebOS called "Touch to Share." HP Fans and industry pundits alike applauded them for their innovation. In that same month we posted a granted patent report that described something similar that Apple had been working on. Of course in typical Apple fashion, the concepts envisioned appeared to be far more creative as they implement gesturing with Physics Metaphors.

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01:09
Apple's patented physics-based iPad GUI...

In its quest to humanize computers and digital user interfaces, Apple has invented a physics-based GUI that assigns mass to files and folders based on their data size, allowing for novel, yet intuitive, user interactions.

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00:28
Apple to limit iPhone 6 NFC to Apple Pay, restrict...

According to a report on Monday, Apple is restricting developer access to the NFC module found in the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, limiting the component to first-party Apple Pay services only.

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00:10
Apple Restricting Use of NFC Antenna in iPhone 6 and...

The NFC antenna found on Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will only be used with the company's "Apple Pay" mobile payment solution and will not be available to developers for use in third-party apps, reports Cult of Mac. The confirmation comes by way of an Apple spokeswoman, who also declined to comment on future plans for the technology's use in other instances. The move is similar to the Touch ID sensor's debut on the iPhone 5s last year, as Apple restricted its use to iTunes purchases and device unlocking. However, Apple announced at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference that developers would be...

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Monday September 15

23:31
Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't

snydeq writes: Faster innovation, better security, new markets — the case for opening Swift might be more compelling than Apple will admit, writes Peter Wayner. "In recent years, creators of programming languages have gone out of their way to get their code running on as many different computers as possible. This has meant open-sourcing their tools and doing everything they could to evangelize their work. Apple has never followed the same path as everyone else. The best course may be to open up Swift to everyone, but that doesn't mean Apple will. Nor should we assume that giving us something for free is in Apple's or (gasp) our best interests. The question of open-sourcing a language like Swift is trickier than it looks." ...

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22:37
Free iTunes U2 album now up to 'record-breaking...

Less than a week after Apple added U2's new album Songs of Innocence to iTunes' users libraries as a free gift, Apple has revealed that the album has been downloaded, streamed or played in its entirety more than 33 million times, an average "sales" figure of 5.1 million copies per day. Apple did also provide a tool for users who didn't want the gift to remove it completely if they desired....

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20:50
Cook: Consumers 'are not our product,'...

During more of the interview for PBS' "Charlie Rose" show, Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed the thorny issue of user privacy, with Cook coming out strongly differentiating Apple from other companies, noting that Apple "tries not to collect data." Cook said he believes users "have a right to privacy," and used the issue to reiterate that Apple was not cooperating with US government spying programs....

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20:01
Smart driving assistant Automatic partnering with...

Automatic Labs and Ford Motors are announcing today a new partnership to bring the Automatic Link accessory to more people and add more functionality to the platform. Ford Motors and Automatic Labs will work together to develop features to both the Automatic platform and Ford Sync, the automaker’s in-car infotainment system.
By integrating with Ford’s Sync platform, for example, Automatic users will be able to connect the in-car Sync button to the popular If This Then That automatic service. This turns the push-to-talk button into a one push button for a variety of programmable automation tasks in the car. The two companies say more enhancements will roll out soon through the partnership....

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19:44
NTFS 11.3.62 - Provides full read and write access...

Paragon NTFS breaks down the barriers between Windows and OS X. Paragon NTFS effectively solves the communication problems between the Mac system and NTFS, providing full read and write access to Windows NTFS partitions under OS X. Excellent solution for end users, SOHO, and enterprise, supports all NTFS versions from Windows NT 3.1 to Windows 8 (NTFS versions 1.2, 3.0 and 3.1), and mounts the NTFS volumes as native ones. Features:

  • Natively read and write your data to any Windows NTFS partition.
  • Easily transfer data between Windows and Mac computers using external or thumb drives with NTFS partitions.
  • Access NTFS partitions without having any complex translation applications or file services like AFP or Samba protocols.

Version 11.3.62:

  • Support for the latest OS X 10.9
  • Added Software update center
  • New simplified installer Interface
  • Improved stability and performance...

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19:13
Epson debuts new PowerLite Home Cinema, Pro Cinema...

Epson announced two new projectors at the CEDIA Expo 2014 last week, adding entries to the Home and Pro Cinema lines. Pro Cinema entries include the LS9600e and LS10000, both utilizing Epson's 3LCD reflective laser technology. Three entries are now available in the PowerLite Home Cinema line, with the 3600e, 3500 and 3000 covering a range of prices above $1,000....

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18:30
T-Mobile confirms it will upgrade 'Test Drive...

US carrier T-Mobile is still running its "Test Drive" promotion, which offers to send a no-obligation iPhone 5s and a week's worth of access to non-customers to help them evaluate if they want to switch networks. On Monday, the carrier acknowledged that it will be upgrading the "test drive" iPhones to iOS 8 beginning just days after its debut on September 17. The company also said it will eventually move to the iPhone 6 as its default model for the "test drive" promotion, pending sufficient availability....

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18:29
Sprint revamps prepaid program, now available in...

Today, a new series of tiered offerings for prepaid cellular plans were announced by Sprint. Inspired by the changing needs of wireless consumers and the need to be competitive against AT&T and Verizon, Sprint is offering plans in a different way than was announce earlier in the year. Plans have been simplified to three different base plans, giving consumers the amount of data they need....

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17:32
Apple's Tim Cook Gets Fired Up about Privacy...

On Sunday we posted a report titled "One More Thing: The Full Charlie Rose Interview with Tim Cook," that covered part one of a two part interview. The topics were many from their womb to tomb business model to their reasoning for partnering with IBM. Tonight the Charlie Rose Show released a small 3 minute segment where Cook talked about Privacy and Apple Pay.

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17:15
Crowdfunding Critic: Mass Fidelity Core wireless...

Welcome to another edition of the Crowdfunding Critic, an article series where Electronista and MacNN staff look at some interesting projects being crowdfunded through sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. While we believe these devices to be appealing or useful at some level, please note that the article isn't an endorsement of the project or campaign. With any crowdfunding campaign, there are inherent risks involved. As such, we ask our readers to research the items they may be contributing to since it's an investment. In this week's edition, we take a look at The Core wireless speaker syste......

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17:00
Health trials using Apple's HealthKit about to...

Apple's HealthKit is one of the most exciting aspects of iOS 8, but when it launches, the app's focus will be mainly on fitness rather than longterm health. HealthKit still has a long way to go before its full potential is realized, but work is...

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16:34
Apple joins data-security industry group ahead of...

Apple is now a member of a non-profit trade association made up of mostly financial institutions, cellular carriers and software and hardware developers devoted to improving security in applications, transactions, data and cryptography. The group, GlobalPlatform says its objective is to "create a standardized infrastructure that accelerates the deployment" of secure software and data, "protecting them from physical or software attacks." Most of Apple's carrier and financial partners in Apple Pay are also members....

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16:29
Apple CEO Tim Cook on Privacy: Follow the Money

Apple CEO Tim Cook has some advice for those concerned about privacy and your data: follow the money. In an interview with Charlie Rose posted to YouTube on Monday (embedded below the fold), Mr. Cook made an impassioned argument that Apple makes its profit from selling goods, rather than selling you.

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16:00
iOS 8's Favorites & Recents: A fast way to...

In our countdown to September 17 -- the day iOS 8 will be released to the public -- we've been covering a lot of the features of the new mobile operating system. One of my personal favorites so far is "Favorites and Recents", a fast and easy way to...

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15:38
Tim Cook Speaks on Privacy in New Interview: '...

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke with Charlie Rose in a two part-interview, and the second segment of the show is airing tonight. In the second half of the interview, Cook focuses on the driving force behind Apple, his own personal values, and the company's thoughts on privacy. Cook's first comments are on Apple's privacy views, and he says that the company tries to collect as little data about its users as possible and that he believes that people "have a right to privacy." Our view is that when we design a new service we try not to collect data. So we're not reading your email. We're not reading your iMessage. If the government laid a subpoena on us to get your iMessages, we can't provide it. It's encrypted and we don't have a key. Our business is based on selling [products]. Our business is not based on having information about you. You are not our product.As he has stated previously, Cook says that no one has backdoor access to Apple's servers. "We would never allow that to...

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15:30
Sir, I don't think we service that device any...

In the age of Retina displays and App Stores, Apple's MessagePad -- lovingly referred to as the "Newton," after its OS -- isn't a terribly capable device. It was axed from the company's lineup shortly after Steve Jobs returned to the company, but...

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15:24
Tim Cook talks consumer privacy, diversity and Apple...

In the second segment of a two-part interview with Charlie Rose, Apple CEO Tim Cook discusses privacy issues, workplace diversity, Apple's driving philosophy and the company's tie-up with rock band U2.

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15:15
Tim Cook talks privacy in part two of Charlie Rose...

The first clip of part two of Tim Cook’s interview with Charlie Rose has posted tonight with a segment on Apple and privacy. In the interview, Cook discussed the privacy of user data using Apple services as Apple has mentioned in the past.
We’re not reading your email, we’re not reading your iMessages. If the government laid a subpoena on us to get your iMessages, we can’t provide it. It’s encrypted and we don’t have the key.
Cook also discussed how Apple’s approach to Apple Pay, its new mobile payment system, emphasizing that Apple is in the business of selling iPhones, not user information like other companies. Cook commented strongly that he is “offended” by the practices of some other companies. The shot at...

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15:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Province [iPad; Now...

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14:38
Amazon Offers 16GB iPad Air for $427

Amazon is offering Apple's 16GB iPad Air for US$427.25, a 14 percent discount of the $499 list. Apple is expected to update its iPad line in the next few weeks-which is no doubt why Amazon is discounting them now-but if you need to buy a new iPad, this is one of the best prices I've seen. There aren't many left as of this writing, so grab one while you can.

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Apple likely using six-core GPU in A8 SoC for iPhone...

An analysis of the claims of Apple and leaked benchmarks with regards to the graphics performance and technologies in the new A8 chip that powers the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus indicates that Apple has likely moved to a new PowerVR GPU. The most likely candidate is the six-core PowerVR Series6XT GX6650 made by Imagination. Apple is also likely using a revised version of the Cyclone architecture, first used in the A7, to manage graphics processing....

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Never forget important events with Birthday Board...

Let's be honest with ourselves. We'd forget 90% of our loved ones' birthdays if it wasn't for Facebook. If you are like me and you don't check Facebook every day, you're probably still forgetting 50% them. Birthday Board Premium, US$1.99 in the App...

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14:30
Connnecticut AG asks Apple CEO Tim Cook to address...

Connecticut's Attorney General, George Jepsen, has issued a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, asking the company to explain how the Apple Watch will collect and store data. Jepsen asks, for instance, "whether Apple will allow consumers to store personal and health information on Apple Watch itself and/or on its servers, and if so, how information will be safeguarded," and "if and how Apple will review application privacy policies to ensure that users' health information is safeguarded." Other concerns include consent, the specific types of data the watch and its apps will collect, and guideline......

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14:24
Apple begins shipping iPhone 6 Plus units out of...

We can confirm via several different people who ordered the device—including some of the 9to5Mac staff—that Apple has begun shipping iPhone 6 Plus units to customers. As expected, looking up these shipments with their UPS tracking numbers (or, in this case, reference number) reveals expected delivery dates of September 19th, the very same day that the phone is expected to start appearing in stores across the US.

This comes following the surfacing of actual working units of Apple’s new flagship in China and Vietnam earlier today, just days short of the device’s official US release date (via Dan Tri). Supposedly, a reporter for the Associated Press spotted the devices and managed to confirm...

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14:11
PayPal questions Apple Pay security in new ad, uses...

Ahead of Apple's Apple Pay release, mobile and online payments stalwart PayPal on Monday took out a full-page ad in The New York Times, warning consumers of Apple's security practices by alluding to the recent leak of photos stolen from celebrity iCloud accounts.

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14:08
Apple Offers U2 Removal Tool for People Angry about...

Apple on Monday released SOI Removal, a one-click tool for removing Songs of Innocence, the free U2 album the company gave its customers. This was necessary, apparently, because a vocal number of entitled, narcissistic gits found whinging about free music easier than ignoring it, hiding it, or...gasp...not downloading it.

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14:00
Reviews: Autodesk Smoke 2015

Since May of this year, Autodesk has been shipping the highly anticipated update to its high-end post-production video editing suite, Smoke 2015 for Mac (Smoke 2015 Extension 1 will be released on October 22). The latest edition features improved integration with Final Cut Pro X, a new Timeline FX workflow, integrated 3D tracker and support for UltraStudio Thunderbolt devices, to name a few. Not o ......

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13:58
Is It Time to Cleave Linux in Two?


Fires may be easy to start, but putting them out is a different matter. Case in point: the Systemd inferno. What started a few weeks ago as a relatively straightforward controversy over an oft-debated technology Visit the VMware Tech Center has now virtually blown up in Linux fans' faces. The latest flareup? None other than the suggestion that Linux be split in two. "I'd argue that to some degree it has already happened," began Google+ blogger Kevin O'Brien. "RHEL is very big in data centers, but who runs it as a desktop?"

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13:43
Angry Apple Fans demanded a way to remove the Free...

." While Apple has now provided a solution for this, it's a little difficult to understand the fire storm over a free album from one of the greatest Rock'n Roll bands in the world. ." While Apple has now provided a solution for this, it's a little difficult to understand the fire storm over a free album from one of the greatest Rock'n Roll bands in the world.

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13:31
With eye on Apple Pay, Apple joins secure chip...

Ahead of the iPhone 6 debut, Apple's first device to incorporate NFC and Apple Pay, the company has become a full paying member of GlobalPlatform, an association looking to standardize infrastructure relating to secure applications and smart chip technology.

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13:30
Stay adorably in tempo with Petronome

Petronome is a free app that offers itself as a standard metronome with animal noises instead of the typical click sounds. This app seems to target children studying music because the noises are very playful. The incentive to download this app as a...

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13:27
PayPal takes a swipe at Apple Pay security over...

PayPal appears to be calling out Apple and its newly announced mobile payment service Apple Pay with an ad appearing in The New York Times print edition (via Pando Daily) indirectly reminding people of last month’s disastrous iCloud photo leak when a list of celebrities found their personal photos an intimate situations published on the web. The ad reads “We the people want our money safer than our selfies,” but PayPal isn’t without its own security issue in...

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13:22
The promise of the air bag

Retro Report:

How did cars become “computers on wheels,” so automated that some are about to start driving themselves? The story begins forty-five years ago with a quest to make cars safer and the battle over the air bag.

The piece starts off talking about the fight to get air bags into cars but ends with some chilling thoughts on “cars of the future” and how they will collect, collate and disseminate data.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:10
iPhone 6, 6 Plus spotted in public in China, Vietnam

Photos from websites in China and Vietnam show what are claimed to be completed iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units, even though the products are only officially shipping on Friday. In Vietnam the devices are said to have been spotted in a Red River restaurant by an Associated Press reporter. To gauge their authenticity, the reporter tested apps like Messages and Siri. Chinese images of the phones stem from people on MacX's forums....

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13:05
OS X Yosemite 10.10 DP8 - Developer Preview of the...

Note: This is a Developer Preview. You must be a registered Apple Mac Developer to download this update. You can also sign up for the free OS X Beta Program to download and preview public beta releases. OS X Yosemite is Apple's newest operating system for Mac. An elegant design that feels entirely fresh, yet inherently familiar. The apps you use every day, enhanced with new features. And a completely new relationship between your Mac and iOS devices. OS X Yosemite will change how you see your Mac. And what you can do with it. Redesigned interface. With OS X Yosemite, we set out to elevate the experience of using a Mac. To do that, we looked at the entire system and refined it app by app. Feature by feature. Pixel by pixel. And we built great new capabilities into the interface that put need-to-know...

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13:00
How do launch numbers for iPhones and Samsung Galaxy...

Some rivalries will never die -- chocolate vs peanut butter, Yankees vs Red Sox, and iPhone vs Android, just to name a few. With the announcement of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, many Android users took to the Internet to loudly exclaim how...

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