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Monday October 20

09:32
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-20

Spotify announces its upcoming family plans and iOS 8.1 is due out pretty much the moment this podcast stops recording. Two special hosts (and one missing host!) make for this very unique TDO.

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09:19
Apple Releases iOS 8.1 With Apple Pay, iCloud Photo...

Apple released iOS 8.1 Monday afternoon. The update includes the launch of Apple Pay for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the U.S., the return of the Camera Roll in Photos, the launch of iCloud Photo Library "as a beta service," the ability for Messages users to send SMS and MMS text messages from their Macs and iPads, and several bug fixes.

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09:15
Apple reportedly wants to lower the price of Beats...

Re/Code today adds more color to a previous report claiming that Apple is hoping to secure a lower monthly rate for its Beats Music app.

According to the report, Apple is urging record labels to agree to a $5 monthly rate for all-you-can-eat...

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09:05
Liveblog: Apple’s Q4 2014 earnings call may feature...

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It’s that time again: time for Andrew Cunningham and me to press our headphones tight against our ears and type up the rapid-fire financial chatter of Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri as they walk us through Apple’s latest quarterly earnings. Today, Apple will be releasing the results of the last quarter of its 2014 fiscal year, and pre-call expectations are that the call will feature some big numbers.
Analyst expectations are for Apple to hit just a smidgen under $40 billion in revenue, on the back of guidance for between $37 billion and $40 billion. This will be up about six percent from last quarter’s $37.4 billion and should generate an earnings per share of around $1.30 (which is an increase of...

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09:04
Apple releases iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay support for...

Right on schedule, Apple on Monday released iOS 8.1, bringing the new Apple Pay e-wallet functionality to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users. In addition, the update includes the new beta iCloud Photo Library, SMS relay and Instant Hotspot when paired with a Mac or iPad, and the return of the Camera Roll in the Photos app.

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09:04
Apple releases iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay support,...

Apple today released iOS 8.1, bringing the version out of beta and making it available to the public. As announced last week, the latest version of iOS brings Apple Pay to supported devices and adds Photo Library access to iCloud. It also enables...

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09:02
Apple releases iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay, Continuity...

Andrew Cunningham


As it promised at its iPad event last week, Apple has just released the iOS 8.1 update to the public. The update isn't as far-reaching as iOS 7.1, but it enables a number of previously announced features.
Chief among these is Apple Pay, Apple's new contactless payments system. For the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple Pay enables wireless NFC payments using credit cards scanned into Passbook. For those phones plus the new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3, Apple Pay also enables in-app purchases using those stored credit cards—but without using the actual credit card information. The card data is instead stored locally on your device in...

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09:02
Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – Full...


Today we’re going to be comparing Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4. I realized that there are a limited range of “comparisons” that can happen between these two devices, but we’re going to touch on some of the most important factors between the two such as design, software, features, and cameras.
I’m not going to make this a battle between iOS and Android as many people have their own preferences which lead them to one platform or another. Either way, these two devices are shaping up to be the most coveted large screen smartphones of 2014 and it makes sense to compare them and help you make an informed decision…
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08:40
Analysts get their Q4 Apple earnings estimates in...

Apple is scheduled to reveal its Q4 earnings today at 5PM EST, which means analysts far and wide are weighing in on what numbers they expect Tim Cook and company to reveal. The consensus seems to be quite positive, with all of Fortune's long list of...

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08:26
Sprint will begin sales of iPad Air 2, the first...

Sprint announced today that it will begin selling cellular versions of Apple’s new iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 this week following pre-orders of the device kicking off through Apple, AT&T on Friday. Sprint also noted that the iPad Air 2, which includes support for 20 LTE bands and speeds up to 150Mbps over LTE, will be the first iPad that supports its high-speed Spark LTE network.

Sprint Spark delivers average wireless speeds of 6-15Mbps and peak wireless speeds of 50-60Mbps today on capable devices, with increasing speed potential over time. Sprint is on track to reach 100 million Americans by year-end with Sprint Spark.

The iPad mini 3, however, doesn’t support the Sprint Spark network and will instead be limited to Sprint’s normal 4G...

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08:17
FOSS and the Fear Factor


In a world that's been dominated for far too long by the Systemd Inferno, Linux fans will have to be forgiven if they seize perhaps a bit too gleefully upon the scraps of cheerful news that come along on any given day. Of course, for cheerful news, there's never any better place to look than the Reglue effort. Run by longtime Linux advocate and all-around-hero-for-kids Ken Starks, as alert readers may recall, Reglue just last week launched a brand-new fundraising effort on Indiegogo to support its efforts over the coming year.

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08:17
Apple, Spotify aim to push streaming prices down

Spotify’s new family plan gives you two premium accounts for $15 a month. Apple reportedly has a cheaper service in the works, which indicates the market for $9.99-a-month music streaming subscriptions isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Apple reportedly wants to relaunch a cheaper Beats Music, if record labels play along.
The company bought Beats Electronics, best known for its stylish (and ubiquitous) headphones, back in May for a cool $3 billion, but hasn’t done anything with its Beats Music streaming service. In the aftermath of the acquisition, it seemed like the subscription music app was a footnote to the main attraction, the headphones. But rumors are swirling that Apple has...

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08:12
Apple pushing for $5 monthly fees in move to...

In preparation for relaunching Beats Music next year, Apple is currently pushing record labels to allow lowering monthly subscription fees from $10 to $5, sources say. The company's marketing pitch is allegedly that even Apple's best iTunes customers typically spend about $60 per year, or $5 per month. As such anyone switching from downloads to streaming would generate an equal amount of revenue, and more importantly the potential subscriber pool would increase thanks to more affordable fees....

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08:10
∞ Trunk Monkey

I laughed my balls off watching this.

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08:00
Conan debuts a "first look" at Christian...

The rumor that Christian Bale would play Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic was confirmed this week, and the crack team over at Conan already have a trailer for the film. Apparently the film will take place during a previously unexplored dark time in...

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07:59
Microsoft rumored to launch smartwatch this holiday...

Microsoft is said to be planning to bring a smartwatch to the market "within the next few weeks," beginning sales ahead of the lucrative holiday shopping season and also beating the highly anticipated Apple Watch to store shelves.

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07:58
Apps: Screens, Arq, Coda
07:49
Spotify Announces Family Plans

Spotify has announced Spotify Family, a way to add additional Spotify users to a single account and yet keep all the recommendations and playlists completely separate.

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07:44
FBI's Comey Argues Against Encryption: Trust Us


FBI director James Comey, in a speech last week at the Brookings Institute, reiterated his concerns about encryption built into iOS 8 and Android stymieing law enforcement.
"I'm a huge believer in the rule of law, but I also believe that no one in this country should be beyond the law," he said. However, the law has not kept pace with technology, and "we have the legal authority to intercept and access communications information pursuant to a court order -- but we often lack the technical ability to do that," Comey explained.

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07:25
Retina 5K iMacs (MF886LL) & new Minis (MGEM2LL)...

From 9to5Toys.com:

We reported last week that Apple’s new lust-worthy 5K Retina 27-inch iMac was up for sale at MacMall with a small discount and tax advantages in most states. Over the weekend, many more retailers began offering the new product. Among the biggest:

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07:14
Apple to release iOS 8.1, launch Apple Pay today


It’s October 20th.
It’s also the day iOS 8.1 is released to millions upon millions of iOS device users.
Per The Mac Observer, Apple will be releasing iOS 8.1 later today. The update, which could be fairly large and take some time to download using an over-the-air update or iTunes, will also include the much-anticipated Apple Pay feature, which can be used as a payment option both in brick and mortar stores and using apps or within websites.

With iOS 8.1, in-store payment is available on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus only. Within apps or on websites, the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will get the Apple Pay option. When the Apple Watch ships next year, it will expand in-store support to...

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07:06
Most early Apple Pay transactions likely to be in-...

The lion's share of early Apple Pay transactions will probably be in-app, rather than ones made at retail stores, admits Apple's senior VP of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue. Over the weekend Cue spoke with the Wall Street Journal about the service, which launches today. In fact many of Apple's merchant partners have yet to receive point-of-sale terminals compatible with Apple Pay, but the company is expecting them to upgrade within the next year....

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07:02
Dropbox update adds support for Touch ID login,...

Popular cloud storage service Dropbox on Monday updated its official iOS application with support for Touch ID secure logins, as well as native compatibility with the larger displays of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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07:00
New 2014 Mac mini models ship with soldered, non-...

According to Macminicolo's Brian Stucki, the new Mac mini is a "nice upgrade" over previous models, but there are a few drawbacks potential buyers should know about before hitting the "purchase" button.

The biggest detractor in the 2014 Mac mini is...

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06:53
iFixit completes teardown of 2014 iMac with 5K...

The cool cats at iFixit performed a full teardown of the 2014 iMac and found some nifty stuff.
Per The Unofficial Apple Weblog, the firm, which gave the 2014 iMac a Repairability Score of 5 out of 10, discovered that a fair number of the components were similar to the 2013 iMac. The SSD is the same drive that ships with Apple’s late 2013 13-inch MacBook Pro, while the AirPort/Bluetooth card, logic board and other components are described as being “nearly exactly the same” to last year’s 27-inch iMac.

Though it earned a mediocre Repairability Score, iFIxit notes that most components are modular and relatively easy to...

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06:42
News: Apple launches iCloud Photos Beta Web Client

Apple has quietly launched the web version of its iCloud Photo Library client in advance of today’s expected release of iOS 8.1. Users who have enabled iCloud Photo Library on their iOS devices can log in at beta.icloud.com where a new “Photos” icon should appear. The iCloud Photos web client generally mirrors the iOS 8.1 Photos app, allowing users to browse by Moments or Albums, select a moment or individual photo, and favorite,…

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06:30
iFixit teardown of iMac with 5K Retina display...

The repair and teardown experts at iFixit recently cracked open Apple's new 27-inch Retina iMac with Retina 5K display. The 2014 iMac model earned an iFixit Repairability Score of 5 out of 10, with 10 being the easiest to repair.

While the 2014 iMac...

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06:29
Benchmark estimate suggests decreased Mac mini multi...

The refreshed Mac mini may offer a significant dip in performance compared to earlier iterations, a report claims. A blog post from the Geekbench benchmark suite suggests that, though the new Haswell-based systems may have slightly higher single-core performance scores than the Ivy Bridge-based counterparts from late 2012, their multi-core performance will apparently suffer considerably....

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06:00
Rumor Roundup: Stephen Colbert has his work cut out...

iPhone rumors start out stupid and outlandish in the early part of the yearly cycle. The closer we get to the actual announcement, the less stupid and outlandish they get -- with the notable exception of analysts, who remain stupid and outlandish...

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05:59
How to perform a clean install of Yosemite

Good link to save, just in case you need to do a clean install, rather than simply upgrading through the App Store.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:59
Apple To Release iOS 8.1 Update Today, Here’s How To...

Apple has announced iOS 8.1 will be released Monday, presumably with the usual fixes for security and usability issues. Also part of this release will be Apple Pay, enabling iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners to wave their phones in stores and pay for things.The Mac Observer Spin: I want to believe Apple is totally going to get this right, but I also didn't think Apple would get it so wrong as to remove the ability to make phone calls from your phone, so for now I'm sticking to my 24 hour rule and waiting to see how others do before upgrading myself.

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05:52
News: Apple releases iOS 8.1

Apple has officially released iOS 8.1 to the public. Announced last week during Apple’s iPad Event, iOS 8.1 brings support for Apple Pay to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, enables SMS Continuity between iOS 8.1 devices and Macs running OS X Yosemite, enables iCloud Photo Library for all users and brings back the much-requested Camera Roll that was removed in iOS 8.0 to be replaced with a “Recently Added” album. A number of other…

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05:51
Chinese government apparently phishing iCloud...


Although unconfirmed, GreatFire is reporting that Apple is now the subject of Chinese government hacking attempts. According to the report, the government is using the institutional firewall to redirect traffic directed at iCloud.com to a fake page that resembles the iCloud.com interface almost perfectly.
Like other phishing attacks, this page is pretending to be Apple’s portal but instead intercepts entered usernames and passwords for other means. Although some browsers in China are set up to warn users about these kind of man-in-the-middle attacks, many don’t and (assumedly) many citizens disregard the warnings as the site appears quite genuine otherwise.
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05:42
News: Apple working to cut music subscription prices

A new report from Re/code reveals that Apple is working to get the price of its subscription music services down to as low as $5/month. Apple was reportedly asking the labels to cut prices to pave the way for a cheaper Beats music subscription, and is suggesting that top iTunes buyers spend about $60/year on music downloads, which equates to about $5/month. On a $5/month subscription model, the music labels would therefore not lose any revenue as…

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05:30
Earnings preview: Wall Street expects 37M iPhones,...

Apple is set to report the results of its September quarter later this afternoon, including the first few weeks of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales, and market watchers generally expect the company will report revenue of around $40 billion for the three-month period.

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05:30
McDonald's CIO says decision to support Apple...

With Apple Pay set to go operational across 220,000 merchant locations today, McDonald's CIO Deborah Hall-Lefevre recently explained why the ubiquitous fast food chain was so willing to be an Apple Pay partner at launch.

In a recent interview with...

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05:26
Tablet Wars: The iPad Drifts Toward Mediocrity


There have been a lot of interesting tablets launched over the last month, but Apple -- the primary driver in this market -- didn't launch one of them. Remember when the first and second iPads came out? They were magical, amazing devices. Fifty percent of the installed base is still generation 1 and 2 iPads. This shows what a great job Steve Jobs did at exciting the market, but it reflects on the fact that Tim Cook can't get people to give them up to buy new ones. Tablet sales growth has dropped, and Apple doesn't dominate the market any more.

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05:16
First Look: HiFiMan RE300i + RE-400 Waterline In-Ear...

Admired by headphone obsessives for its value-focused audio gear, HiFiMan has debuted RE300i ($50), a budget-priced earphone model targeted at iPod, iPhone, and iPad users. Featuring an integrated three-button remote control and mic unit, RE300i's glossy white all-plastic construction and sparing collection of pack-ins have a distinctly OEM-style first impression. But the inclusion of extra filters — the little parts between the earphones and your…

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05:10
Daily Deal: The Dream Desk Giveaway - Win an Apple...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering you the chance to win a Dream Desk package for your MacBook, consisting of a 27” Apple Thunderbolt Display, Apple Wireless Keyboard, Apple Magic Mouse, and an mStand by Rain Design. To enter, simply visit the link below, punch in your e-mail address and click the “Enter Now” button. One lucky winner will be chosen on December 15, 2014....

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05:02
Dropbox Releases iOS Update 3.5, Includes Touch ID

Dropbox has released its latest iOS version, which now includes Touch ID as an alternate method of accessing Dropbox data.The Mac Observer Spin: It's good to see Touch ID get more widespread use all the time, so this is a welcome update.

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05:00
Video of Jony Ive's full interview with Vanity...

The full video of Jony Ive's recent 25-minute interview at Vanity Fair's New establishment Summit in San Francisco is now available online. The full video touches on a wide range of topics, providing a rare glimpse into the mind of Apple's famed...

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04:59
The real value of Apple’s new iPads

Charles Arthur, writing for The Guardian, makes the case that Apple’s new iPad release is much more than a speed bump release. Rather, the addition of Touch ID to the iPad line is a huge milestone marker and a critical element in Apple’s Apple Pay rollout and pursuit of acceptance/adoption in the business sector.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:59
AAPL will announce record quarter, predict analysts...

Analysts are predicting that Apple (AAPL) will announce record sales and earnings in today’s fiscal Q4 (calendar Q3) earnings call, reports Fortune.

I’ve got the collected fiscal Q4 estimates of 33 Apple analysts — 21 professionals and 12 amateurs. They are all to a man (and one woman) predicting record Q4 sales and earnings (up 7.1% and 11.9%, respectively).

The analysts also expect earnings per share to be up 12% year-on-year, to $1.32 … 
The average expectation was for Apple to be at the top end of its gross margin guidance of 37-38%, and to slightly exceed the high-end of its revenue...

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04:57
Apple reportedly pushing to get Beats Music prices...


A new report by Re/code gives some extra details about Apple’s future plans for its streaming service, Beats Music. A few weeks ago Apple was reportedly looking to push prices down, although specifics were not known at the time.
Today, Re/code says that Apple wants to cut prices in half, from $10 a month to $5 a month. This would be part of a relaunch of the Beats Music service — exactly what a ‘relaunch’ entails is not yet known. It is possible that Apple will disassociate the Beats brand from its streaming service.
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04:56
Apple wants to cut the price of Beats Music...

Apple has reportedly pitched music labels a new lower pricing structure for its Beats Music service, arguing that subscriptions could grow considerably if the price could be lowered to just $5 per month.

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04:30
What’s coming in today’s release of iOS 8.1

As detailed earlier today, Apple Pay is the biggest feature in today’s release of iOS 8.1. Along with Apple Pay and a variety of bug fixes, 8.1 will also bring 3 important new features.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:19
Spotify introduces multi-user discounts in Family...

Spotify is adding a new subscription option to its plan roster, one which covers multiple users. Spotify Family will provide access to the premium version of the music streaming service to up to five nominated users, with the group plan being discounted heavily compared to the single-user subscription, a payment option Rdio first introduced in June of last year....

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04:11
IBM paying $1.5 billion to get rid of its once proud...

Amazing to me that IBM’s chip business has fallen so far.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:01
∞ On today’s release of Apple Pay

At last week’s event, Apple announced that iOS 8.1 would be released today. The iOS 8.1 feature with the biggest potential impact is, no doubt, Apple Pay.

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03:45
Spotify Family to offer half-price Premium...

Anyone who has ever shared a Spotify Premium account with a partner or – worse – their kids will know the problems: arguments over who gets to use it when, and your playlists and recommendations polluted by the likes of Jason Mraz or the soundtrack from The Lego Movie.
Spotify Family will soon allow you to purchase additional Premium subscriptions for up to four family members for half-price. The first family member will continue to pay $10/month, but additional family members pay just $5/month.
Your account. Your music. With Spotify Family, everyone gets their very own account. Enjoy separate playlists and recommendations and play your music whenever you like.
Premium for everyone. Everyone on the plan gets the full Spotify Premium experience. Listen offline. Play any song, anytime, on any device. No restrictions. No ads....

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03:34
Microsoft’s pulse-tracking smartwatch rumored to...


According to Forbes, Microsoft will soon enter the wearable market with a competing smartwatch device. The report says the device will track heart rate for fitness, matching Apple Watch and other Android smartwatches.

In terms of battery life, Forbes says the watch will ‘boast’ two days of life. Apple has been coy about saying anything specific about Apple Watch longevity, although it is implied to last less than a day as Apple suggests charging it every night. Obviously, battery life depends on many...

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03:20
Meet Flic, the iOS photo manager for lazy people

In September, when everyone was freaking out about making room on their phones for the iOS 8 install, I knew exactly what my storage issue was without even having to look at my iPhone’s usage stats: Photos. I never clean out my Camera Roll. I automatically sync my photos with iCloud and Dropbox’s Carousel, so I rarely ever think about my photos once they’ve been snapped and shared.

Swipe left to trash, swipe right to keep, and watch your space clear out.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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03:06
As Apple Pay launches, Eddy Cue says “a lot of work...

On the day that Apple Pay goes live, SVP Eddy Cue has told the WSJ that the company “has a lot of work to do” on the service, suggesting that initial take-up may be slow – with in-app purchases making up the largest share of transactions in the short-term.

We’re trying to do something that I think is a game changer and it requires a lot of people to play together. There’s a lot to do here and we have a lot of work to do, but it should be huge.

Although the list of retailers who have committed to Apple Pay looks impressive, it is far from comprehensive, with some big names missing – including the largest retailer in the US, Wal-Mart … ...

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03:05
Microsoft smartwatch touted for launch within weeks...

Microsoft could introduce its own wearable device in the next few weeks, a report claims. According to sources of Forbes, Microsoft's rumored smartwatch will attempt to beat its counterparts, such as the Samsung Gear range and the Moto 360, by offering a battery life said to last for more than two days from a single charge, something many current smartwatches struggle with....

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02:48
Why Apple Pay is Apple’s most important product in...

The dust is still settling after Apple’s iPhone event, where we saw the stunning iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Apple CEO Tim Cook said the phones broke sales
records all over the globe. They’re still sold out in every Apple store in New York City. (Believe me, I looked.) But the company’s truly game-changing
product of the year isn’t a phone, or any piece of hardware. It’s Apple Pay.
Apple built its reputation on stunningly beautiful, easy-to-use hardware and software. The iPod changed the way we listen to music, the iPhone changed the
way we communicate, and the iPad changed the way we compute. OS X and iOS are both intuitive and aesthetically pleasing—and now they work together better
than ever. But when it comes to services, Apple often falls short. Siri and Passbook feel like afterthoughts. Apple Maps was a complete failure. iTunes
Radio…well, there’s a reason why Apple bought Beats. Apple Pay is a different story....

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02:42
Dropbox app updated with iPhone 6 optimizations,...


Popular file-sharing / file-syncing app Dropbox has updated its iOS app to version 3.5 today, with some nice improvements. The app now takes advantage of all available resolution on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, rather than in a scaled iPhone 5s form. Dropbox doesn’t do anything novel with the additional space, but there is benefits to being able to see more items in a folder list at a time. The quality of file previews are also noticeably improved because of the additional screen size, with photo viewing mostly affected.

Furthermore, the app adds support for Touch ID on supported devices, iPhone...

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02:02
Known NFC spoofing techniques probably wouldn't...

Apple Pay is poised to turn how we pay for goods at a retail store on its head. The new Apple Pay system lets you make purchases with the cards in your iTunes Store account. When you bring your iPhone 6 near an NFC-equipped payment terminal, you’ll see your cards in Passbook, and you can authorize a transaction with the Touch ID fingerprint reader. That’s it, you’re done, and none of your sensitive credit card information was ever shared directly with the merchant.
Near-field communication, or NFC, isn’t a new technology, and hackers have had plenty of time to develop hardware that sniffs out the signals as they’re wirelessly transmitted from your phone to a reader. While some security experts I spoke to insist that these known vulnerabilities could apply to Apple Pay transactions, they also admitted that Apple’s use of one-time-use tokens instead of your actual credit card information would render these hacks pretty toothless....

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01:26
How Apple Pay is designed to avoid the pitfalls of...

Apple has made security a tentpole of its marketing strategy for Apple Pay, the company's new mobile payment system, which rolls out across the U.S. on Monday. AppleInsider took a look at how Apple Pay's design makes it better for consumers.

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Sunday October 19

20:55
Carbon Copy Cloner 4.0.2

Maintenance update with a flurry of fixes for the popular backup utility. ($39.99 new, free update, 11.1 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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20:38
Things 2.5

Updates user interface for OS X Yosemite and adds a new Today widget to Notification Center. ($49.99 new, free update, 17.6 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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20:19
Coda 2.5

Major new release with a goodly number of new additions and improvements for the Web site development tool. ($99 new, free update, 84.5 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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20:00
Retina iMac 64-bit Performance

A 64-bit Geekbench 3 result for the Core i5 Retina iMac has appeared on the Geekbench Browser. Let's take a quick look at how it performs compared to the non-Retina iMacs.

The Core i5 Retina iMac is slightly faster than the other Core i5 iMacs, and is competitive with the Core i7 iMacs in single-core performance. However, the Core i7 iMacs are up to 20% faster in multi-core performance.

These Geekbench results aren't surprising since all of the iMacs use Haswell processors; any performance increase is due to the increase in clock speed.

How does the Retina iMac perform...

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19:59
Parallels Desktop 10.1

Maintenance release focused on fixes for the virtualization software. ($79.99 new, free update, 283 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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19:47
Airfoil 4.8.10

Ensures Netflix videos play properly in the Airfoil Video Player on OS X Yosemite. ($25 new, free update, 15 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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18:57
Beats’ latest ad is LeBron James’ homage to Akron...

I’m from Akron so I guess this should hit home for me (0:18 Swensons represent!). But the marriage between Apple and Beats still feels strange and writing about athlete endorsement videos is out of our usual scope.  This is clearly the Beats creative doing what they do best.
PowerBeats2, which are a $50 upgrade from Monster-produced PowerBeats originals get a charitable 3/5 stars on Apple’s Store and 3.7 stars at Amazon where they are $199.99.Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged:...

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17:00
This Weekend in the App Store -- the best free apps...

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

Joining Hands 2 [iOS...

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16:11
If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

fyngyrz (762201) writes It would seem that no matter how you configure Yosemite, Apple is listening. Keeping in mind that this is only what's been discovered so far, and given what's known to be going on, it's not unthinkable that more is as well. Should users just sit back and accept this as the new normal? It will be interesting to see if these discoveries result in an outcry, or not. Is it worse than the data collection recently reported in a test version of Windows? ...

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16:00
Installing and living with the new Sonos Boost

I've been a long-time fan of the Sonos whole house music system. When it was first introduced about a decade ago, it provided high quality music to several rooms in my house, and later updates allowed me to have complete control of the system from my...

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15:27
Using widgets in OS X Yosemite's new...

With the introduction of OS X Yosemite, Notification Center moves beyond notifications aggregation to include a completely new interactive Today view borrowed from iOS, widgets and a refreshed user interface.

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15:12
Weekly Game Replay: Final Fantasy XIV expansion,...

Every Sunday Electronista and MacNN report some of the important news from the gaming industry across the past week. During this week's edition, we look at Final Fantasy XIV's first expansion, the download requirements for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, NPD numbers for video game hardware sales, and console updates for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4....

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15:00
The Week in Review: news and features you don't...

Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other informative news articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature worthy posts you may have missed:

News

GT Advanced...

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14:30
New in Yosemite: Dark Menus

You might not have noticed it, but hidden away in the System Preferences General tab in Yosemite is a new feature called 'Dark Menu Bar''. What it does is simple; it darkens the menu bar and the dock, making icons and text really stand out.

It does...

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14:00
A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

Last week, we reviewed a variety of hardware and accessories that'll complement your favorite iOS or OS X devices. Here's a quick roundup of recent hardware reviews that you may have missed:

Pulse by Sengled: iOS-controllable LED lights, with...

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13:38
Apple’s Edinburgh Scotland flagship store opens with...

Just kidding about the haggis but lovely grand opening with traditional local twist for the Edinburgh store.Filed under: AAPL Company ...

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13:30
Pro HDR X is a solid advance in High Dynamic Range...

I reviewed Pro HDR many years ago when it was among the first High Dynamic Range apps and best of the camera apps for the iPhone. In short order, Apple added HDR capability to its own software, but in general the third-party apps do a better...

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13:22
Microsoft Office 2011 14.4.5

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13:08
Scrivener 2.6.0

Adds support for OS X Yosemite and provides a long list of fixes. ($45 new, free update, 77.3 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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13:07
Apple Campus 2 Drone video update

It appears that most of the foundation is laid now in an update from a video taken by a drone two weeks ago.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has called Apple’s Campus 2 the ‘Greenest in the World’. The controversial structure which will house 12,000 staff in 2.8M square feet on 176 acres and is estimated to be completed in 2016. Interestingly, even though Apple is covering the construction site with a high green wall, it is updating the 3D flyover of the location in...

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13:00
All the best app reviews last week on TUAW

Last week was a busy one for apps in the iOS App Store, giving your favorite TUAW writers a chance to post some great reviews of the apps that grace their home screens. Here's a quick roundup of our recent reviews -- and a few app roundups -- you may...

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12:49
Crowdfunding Critic: Mad Genius motion controller

Electronista and MacNN's article series Crowdfunding Critic brings readers projects from sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo that the team believes are interesting or potentially useful. However, be aware that the articles aren't an endorsement of the project. All crowdfunding campaigns come with risks, so we ask our readers to carefully research the items they are pledging to as they are investments. In this edition, we take a look at the Mad Genius motion controller....

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12:22
iFixit tears down the new 27-inch iMac with Retina...

Those screwdriver-wielding destructacons at iFixit have posted their teardown of the brand-new iMac with Retina 5K Display. On a scale of 1 to 10, it has a repairability score of 5, which is the same as its lower-resolution sibling, the non-Retina 27-inch iMac.
The new Retina 5K iMac (just announced Thursday) has the same RAM replacement slots as the rest of the iMac lineup, so you can upgrade the RAM yourself without having to take the entire thing apart. iFixit has a helpful guide created for the last generation that you can follow....

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11:00
Yosemite & iOS 8 How-to: Send and receive phone...


Now that Yosemite is out, with iOS 8 running on your iPhone, you can send and receive phone calls from your Mac and your iPad (also running iOS 8). This is one of the features of Continuity, which further integrates and connects your Mac and iOS devices. Continuity also includes Handoff, Instant Hotspot, AirDrop and SMS Relay (as part of the iOS 8.1 update).
Sending and receiving phone calls from the Mac and iPad is a benefit because sometimes when your iPhone rings it’s not where you are, but instead you are on your Mac or iPad. Now you can pick up the phone call directly from the Mac or iPad and don’t have to worry about stopping what you are doing...

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10:59
MasterCard prepares credit card with fingerprint...

At a press event last week, MasterCard and Zwipe announced a new type of payment card dubbed the Zwipe MasterCard. Where the new card is different from the the standard credit or debit card is in the payment process, looking to biometrics to approve purchases. The Zwipe MasterCard uses authentication via fingerprint for MasterCard contactless payment terminals, while retaining Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) chips on cards....

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07:54
MGG 524: Cool Stuff Found & Yosemite Notes

John and Dave have been attending all sorts of press events lately, collecting and researching for Cool Stuff Found. That combined with everything sent in by you and fellow listeners makes for a pretty fun list! Plus, Yosemite went live this week and your geeks are here to get you started down the path, too!

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06:15
The evolution of Apple ads

A brilliant collection of Apple ads through the years, plus, Dave finds an old Newton pre-announce poster.
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06:02
Behind the scenes on Disney’s Big Hero Six

Fantastic look at some of the technology behind Big Hero Six. For example, from about two minutes in:

One of the things that our boss, John Lassiter, encourages us to do is to try to find something that people have never seen before. So if you’re making a move with a robot, he’ll say, “Look at all the famous pop culture robots. Look at WALL-E, look at C-3PO, R2-D2, the Terminator, the whole list, and then come up with something that occupies its own air space.”

Brilliant.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:34
A friendlier Apple Inc now invites media through its...

Daniel Eran Dilger, writing for AppleInsider, on Apple’s move to be a bit friendlier when it comes to secrecy.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:24
Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

HughPickens.com writes Erik Karjaluoto writes that he recently installed OS X Yosemite and his initial reaction was "This got hit by the ugly stick." But Karjaluoto says that Apple's decision to make a wholesale shift from Lucida to Helvetica defies his expectations and wondered why Apple would make a change that impedes legibility, requires more screen space, and makes the GUI appear fuzzy? The Answer: Tomorrow. Microsoft's approach with Windows, and backward compatibility in general, is commendable. "Users can install new versions of this OS on old machines, sometimes built on a mishmash of components, and still have it work well. This is a remarkable feat of engineering. It also comes with limitations — as it forces Microsoft to operate in the past." But Apple doesn't share this focus on interoperability or legacy. "They restrict hardware options, so they can build around a smaller number of specs. Old hardware is often left behind (turn on a first-generation iPad, and witness...

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Saturday October 18

20:00
Estimating Mac mini Performance

Apple announced a long-awaited update to the Mac mini lineup on Thursday. Along with 802.11ac Wi-Fi and PCI-based flash storage options the new models feature Intel's Haswell processors. While Apple hasn't identified which Haswell processors they're using in the new lineup, I believe these are the processors Apple is using based on the Mac mini specifications published by Apple:

ProcessorCoresFrequencyTurbo Boost

Core i5-4260U21.4 GHz2.7 GHz
Core i5-4278U22.6 GHz3.1 GHz
Core i5-4308U22.8 GHz3.3 GHz
Core i7-4578U23....

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19:13
Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose...

Apple has long sold Bose headphones and speakers in its retail stores, including in the time since it acquired Bose-competitor Beats Audio, and despite the lawsuit filed by Bose against Apple alleging patent violations on the part of Beats. That's come to an end this week, though: Apple's dropped Bose merchandise both in its retail locations and online, despite recent news that the two companies have settled the patent suit. ...

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16:40
DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.8.1

Improves compatibility with user-installed Spotlight plug-ins. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new; DEVONnote, $24.95 new.) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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16:39
DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.8.2

Updates user interface elements to OS X Yosemite and adds Baidu search engine plug-in. (Free/$4.95/$49.95, free updates) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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16:13
SuperDuper 2.7.3

Adds support for OS X Yosemite and provides fix for a Backup on Connect bug (Free, $27.95 for additional features, free update, 2.9 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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16:05
iFixit Tears Apart Apple's Shiny New Retina iMac

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

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15:55
Apple Configurator 1.7

Updates Apple’s tool for configuring and deploying software to multiple iOS devices; requires OS X Yosemite. (Free, 14.5 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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15:45
Editorial: A friendlier Apple Inc now invites media...

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

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15:18
GarageBand 10.0.3

Adds support for OS X Yosemite, and adds capability to build your own bass rig with Bass Amp Designer. ($4.99 new, free update, 1.17 GB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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15:03
iMovie 10.0.6

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

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

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

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

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

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