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Apple Pay leveraged a consumer desire for speedy and secure payments into a wave of anticipation for the upcoming service. While Pay will only be available on recent devices, its complex security makes it attractive to consumers and banking...| Read more »
Thinkapps’ Build Blog has published a few designer mockups showing what popular third-party applications might look like on Apple’s new smartwatch with some interesting results. The apps were created by several different designers, and you can see that each app maintains some of the branding and design you’d expect while conforming to the smaller wearable UI and its new input devices like the Digital Crown.
Above you’ll find the design for Facebook Messenger, which features a contact view made up of circular contact photos with online indicators that closely resembles the watch’s home screen. The message view sports a...
Ahead of an expected OS X Yosemite debut next week, Apple on Friday rolled out a revamped iTunes Store for beta testers using iTunes 12 on the next-gen operating system, revealing a reworked user interface more in line with the flat aesthetic the company is moving toward.| Read more »
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For what it’s worth, the banks seem to feel good about Apple’s upcoming Apple Pay system.
Per MacRumors and The Daily Dot, Apple Pay, which will be centered around tokens, or unique Device Account Numbers, to replace card numbers and transactions are verified through both one-time use security codes and Touch ID, has gotten the nod from several large banks.
The Daily Dot has spoken to several different banks working with Apple on the payments service, including Navy Federal Credit Union, USAA, Chase, and PNC, to get their thoughts on its security.
According to Navy Federal VP of credit cards Randy Hopper, the bank was “very excited” to see what Apple had developed, because it is “convenient,...
On Monday, GT filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. And today, GT said in separate filings with the US Bankruptcy Court in New Hampshire that it wants to terminate its contract with Apple and close the Arizona facility.
The filing to end the contract with Apple states that the terms of GT’s contract with Apple are “oppressive and burdensome,” and the separate filing requesting to shutter the sapphire plant claims that doing so is the only way to rescue GT’s business.
Anyone have any doubt that we haven’t heard all the details of this story and yet and that it’s going to get a lot uglier before its resolved?
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The saga involving GT Advanced Technologies' bankruptcy filing continues to take strange turns. One day after signaling its intention to wind down operations and presumably sell whatever assets remain a report today from MacRumors relays that GTAT...| Read more »
You may have seen the "PDFâ" button lurking in the bottom of a print dialog, and you may have even used it from time to time to create a digital version of a document in a quest to reduce paper. If you haven't noticed it, there's a PDF button in the bottom left corner of the print dialog, so you can print something to PDF instead of having to use ink and paper. Sometimes you just need a PDF, so having this option built in is awesome. What's even more awesome is when you can save some time by creating a keyboard shortcut to do this for you automatically. David Sparks has covered this with the video below. It sounds odd, but trust me, this is the "microwave" of Mac tweaks. At first you'll wonder why you thought you needed it, and in a month you'll wonder how you lived without it. For bonus points, work a little dark magic with Hazel or other automation software and streamline a bunch of busy work so you can spend more time on important things, like your Netflix queue or learning to...| Read more »
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Tesla Motors on Thursday unveiled the "D" that CEO Elon Musk has been teasing -- a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive, higher-tech version of its Model S electric car. The new model offers better traction, increased driving range, automated features and even higher speeds, Musk said. From the outside, you won't be able to tell it from the current Model S, however. It will share the same exterior, but it will feature a slew of internal improvements, notably two motors -- one for the front wheels and one for the back.
Eight is the most unique iPhone accessory I've seen, and it's the most beautiful. Designed by Slovakian company Stark, Eight is a wooden acoustic amplifier/dock for your iPhone 5/5s/6. With the addition of the included Lightning cable, it's also a charging dock. It's hand crafted, made of gorgeous wood, is cleverly designed, feels amazing (seriously), and it sounds OK.| Read more »
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
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Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus officially went up for preorder in China Friday morning and initial reports say the country's top three wireless carriers accepted one million orders in the first six hours of availability.| Read more »
The iPhone 6 Plus is coated with glass, not sapphire.
Let's go over the GT Advanced Technologies timeline. In late 2013, the company inked a deal with Apple to provide sapphire glass for iPhones and other gadgets—Apple would loan GT the money to build a sapphire manufacturing facility in Arizona, and in exchange, GT would sell that sapphire primarily to Apple. Rumor had it that the then-forthcoming iPhone 6 would use sapphire or sapphire-coated glass to protect their displays from scratches, and it sent GT's stock climbing. On September 9, Apple announced new iPhones with "ion-strengthened glass," not sapphire. This sent GT's stock sliding downward. On Monday, GT filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. And today, GT said in separate filings with the US Bankruptcy Court in New Hampshire that it wants to terminate its contract with Apple...| Read more »
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Apple has started rolling out a redesigned version of the iTunes Store for users running iTunes 12 less than a week ahead of what’s expected to be the launch of OS X Yosemite. The new storefront takes design cues from the iTunes and App Store home pages on iOS devices, featuring a flattened, side-scrolling carousel at the top of the page in place of the old “card”-style header. This new header can be scrolled horizontally using two fingers or even dragged around with a mouse.
Individual pages for albums, TV shows, and iOS apps have also been redesigned and now feature more iOS-like controls throughout. Download buttons have been reduced to simple outlines. Shadows and textures have been removed throughout the store, putting the content directly on a stark white or dark gray...
GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) said in filings that its agreements with Apple were "oppressive and burdensome." The company told the bankruptcy court that the only way to stop the bleeding was by terminating its deal.| Read more »
In A Flash Laser can help you customize just about anything. Using UV printing, laser cutting, and laser engraving we can decorate items ranging from iPads to coffee mugs. We work with businesses of all sizes as well as individuals.
Apple products are our specialty and we offer two colors of laser engraving, as well as full-color printing directly onto your device. If you’re not ready for that level of commitment, we also customize cases. Apple’s leather cases come out great.
With new iPhones just released and new iPads expected this is an exciting time of the year. If you are upgrading to a new device, have it sent to us directly from Apple to add your logo. If you have old devices, we can make them super special before handing them down to Grandma.
What else do we do? Well, Have you seen Portlandia’s “We can pickle that” skit where they try to pickle everything from eggs to CD jewel cases. At In A Flash Laser, that’s how we run our R&D team, “We...| Read more »
Well known bass fisherman Bill Dance has hosted a television program for years. On the program Dance offers fishing tips and techniques to help fishermen catch more and bigger fish. Now many of those same lessons are available in this free universal...| Read more »
Columbus Day or Canadian Thanksgiving weekend is upon us! Not only that, but its time for Friday Deals! Every Friday, we round up the best deals for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, all prices are verified at the time of publication, but may not be valid if you're reading this after the weekend, so check before buying. Check back frequently over the weekend, we like to add stuff!...| Read more »
Stop the presses and load your rifles, we need to stop supporting Apple right this second. The masterminds over at The Alex Jones Channel have uncovered the darkest (possibly dumbest) conspiracy theory of all time. You may remember the supposed...| Read more »
It's been all hands on deck for Apple in the last year. iOS 8, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, OS X Yosemite, the new Mac Pro, home automation, health monitoring, iBeacon, Apple Pay, and what looks like some very hard work on the Apple Watch. Some other products appear to have stagnated. Does the October 16 event invitation suggest a remedy? Is this even a problem? John Martellaro sizes up the promise of Apple's invitation.| Read more »
The latest edition of iLounge Weekly, our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge, will be arriving in subscribers’ inboxes early next week. iLounge Weekly is a summary of the week’s best news, reviews, and feature articles we’ve published, and it also features giveaways and accessory discount offers from various companies. There’s still plenty of time to sign up and receive this week’s edition — just use the simple form…
I fully understand the drive and motivations the law enforcement community has to maintain access to our devices.
But law enforcement needs to understand that technology companies aren’t trying to protect the bad guys, but stop them. That until iOS 8, I had to walk my clients through the iOS security loopholes that made it difficult to protect corporate and personal data. That such back doors are already used to suppress free speech throughout the world, sometimes fatally. That without this encryption, we are all less secure.
As always, I like reading Rich Mogull’s take on these kinds of security issues.
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New Apps Autodesk SketchBook Mobile (Free) — A new follow-up app to Autodesk’s highly popular original SketchBook app, this entirely new version is a complete from-the-ground up rewrite designed to unite the mobile experience across both the iPhone and iPad, allowing digital artists to capture inspiration on the go. The new SketchBook Mobile features an enhanced drawing toolkit including new layer blending modes, improved selection tools for…
Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile has released an update to its iOS app, offering a thorough overhaul from its previous versions. A professional-grade painting and drawing app, SketchBook v3.0.1 features pencil and brush tools that aim to deliver a realistic drawing experience. Its redesigned user interface and improved "paint engine" allow users to apply the same workflow to devices with a range of screen sizes, thereby eliminating separate tablet and phone editions of the app. The app's interface is fully customizable to fit the user's working preferences.......| Read more »
Bose has settled its lawsuit against Apple-owned Beats Electronics, filed in July over patents connected to noise cancellation technology, says Bloomberg. The companies have submitted joint filings to a Delaware court, and asked the US International Trade Commission to halt an investigation. Had Bose's original demands been met, imports of Beats' Studio and Studio Wireless headphones would've been blocked. The terms of the settlement are unknown....| Read more »
Need access to otherwise restricted web content? Donât trust your WiFi connection? Need to ensure online security? You want to consider a virtual private network (VPN), and boom! We just happen to have a deal for three years of VPN Unlimited's Premium Plan for $19. With this package, your Internet data is encrypted between the VPN and you, greatly limiting your exposure to hackers, and for those who live in countries that block access, it can be the only way to get to some sites. There's a lot more information on our deal site.| Read more »
The Swaive intelligent in-ear thermometer (US$79.99 for the thermometer, companion app is free) makes the glass-and-mercury model I remember from childhood look like a museum relic. It works as a stand-alone device and syncs data with Apple's Health...| Read more »
My thanks to Magic Script Creator for sponsoring The Loop’s RSS feed this week. Magic Script Creator lets you experiment with creating custom AppleScripts by just answering a few questions. No prior knowledge of AppleScript is needed in order to use this application. Included in Magic Script Creator are 24 different examples that you can configure hundreds of different ways. Most examples contain UNIX command line tools, combining their power with AppleScript’s strengths.
Version 4.0 contains two new major features. First, you can choose to compile your scripts with line by line remarks. This will help you understand what each line of code is executing. Second, for those examples containing UNIX command tools, you can export the MAN (or manual) page in an easy to read PDF. No more trying to read these manuals in a tiny terminal window! To...| Read more »
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....| Read more »
Premium audio company Bose and Apple-owned Beats Electronics disclosed on Friday that they have settled their patent infringement dispute out of court, preventing a potential trial between the two competitors.| Read more »
Following news earlier today that GT Advanced Technologies has made a request to the court to wind down its operations in both Arizona and Massachusetts, MacRumors highlights a new pair of filings that reveal additional details. Specifically, in the first filing the company is asking the court to void its contracts with Apple, describing them as “oppressive and burdensome.” GT notes that the agreements are “not a source of potential…
Let me start out by saying that I love Soccer Physics. So do a lot of other people, and it's managed to reach a Top 25 overall spot on the App Store's games list, which is quite a feat. It's an absurd game where your two-man team attempts to score a...| Read more »
While comics may have started as disposable entertainment, it’s no secret that many books can fetch a hefty sum based on their rarity, CGC grade, illustrator, and/or characters that may have first appeared in them. We talked to the people working every collectibles booth at this year’s New York Comic Con and asked them what their most expensive item is, and what made these items so astonishingly valuable.
Makes me wish I had kept those comics I had as a kid. Some of them might be worth something today.
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In confronting what to do about Amazon, first we have to realize our own complicity. We’ve all been seduced by the deep discounts, the monthly automatic diaper delivery, the free Prime movies, the gift wrapping, the free two-day shipping, the ability to buy shoes or books or pinto beans or a toilet all from the same place. But it has gone beyond seduction, really. We expect these kinds of conveniences now, as if they were birthrights. They’ve become baked into our ideas about how consumers should be treated.
These expectations help fuel our collective denial about Amazon.
I don’t know that I agree with the central premise but the consolidation in Amazon is something to be concerned about and keep an eye on.
Lens producer Carl Zeiss is stepping into the virtual reality headset market, with its own device. Similar in construction to the Oculus Rift, the Zeiss VR One works by turning a high-resolution smartphone into a display, similar to how the Samsung Gear VR uses the Galaxy Note 4, though Zeiss' effort will in theory be able to work with a wider array of devices....| Read more »
Restaurant chain Dairy Queen has confirmed that 395 of its 4,500 US locations have been affected by the "Backoff" malware, which has in turn, compromised customer's credit card information. Restaurants in 46 states were affected, with customers in Hawaii, Louisiana, Rhode Island and Vermont escaping the malware....| Read more »
Sprint-owned Boost Mobile has announced it will begin selling the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus on Friday, October 17th. Since Boost is a prepaid carrier buyers will have to pay for a contract-free device, but Boost is slashing $100 off the price of each model. A 16GB iPhone 6 will therefore cost $549, for example, and an equivalent iPhone 6 Plus will be $649. 64 and 128GB options will also be available....| Read more »
Apple’s Beats Electronics and Bose have settled a lawsuit over noise-cancelling headphone technology and asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to end its investigation into the matter. Bloomberg reports:
Bose and Beats in joint filings told a U.S. court in Delaware they’ve settled their claims, and asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to terminate its investigation…
Bose originally sued Beats Electronics in July not long after Apple announced its $3 billion deal to acquire the headphone maker. Bose was attempting to get officials to block sales of Beats...
What better way to title a game than with what is essentially its own description? Yes, The Impossible Dash is an iOS game that involves dashing... impossibly. You start out as a tiny green square and your job is to avoid every obstacle that comes in...| Read more »
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HTC is stepping so far out of the box with the RE Camera, it's almost as if there was never a box to begin with. Instead of making us stare through a viewfinder, this minimalist device almost demands a return to older forms of photography, while still taking advantage of modern technology. It looks like a cross between a periscope and an asthma inhaler, neither of which scream style to anyone who might spot it in your hand. The positives: It captures 16-megapixel still images and 1080p video while wirelessly transferring the content to a phone.
The invitations to Apple’s special event on Thursday read “It’s been way too long,” but memories of the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch launch last month are still fresh—including the painfully inconsistent live stream.
But if at first your live stream fails, try, try again: Apple has confirmed that it will offer a live stream of the event, which will take place at 10 a.m. Pacific time on Thursday at the company’s own Town Hall Auditorium in Cupertino.To read this article in full or to leave a...
Whenever Apple launches a new iPhone or iPad, financial and marketing analysis firms are always quick to point out just how many devices were sold in a short amount of time, and what the probable positive impact is to the company's bottom line. Well,...| Read more »
Apple partner GT Advanced Technologies announced on Friday that it plans to close its sapphire producing plants in Arizona and Massachusetts operations, and decried its unsustainable contracts with Apple as "oppressive and burdensome."| Read more »
It looks like GT Advanced Technologies may be looking at an ugly split from Apple now that it wants to shut down the sapphire factory where it's been making glass for the Apple Watch. Bryan Chaffin and Bob LeVitus join Jeff Gamet to talk about what's happening with GTAT and its bankruptcy filing, and how this impacts Apple. They also take a look at Apple's marketing strategy for the upcoming Apple Watch and how the company seems to be getting cozy with the fashion industry.| Read more »
Some supposedly ephemeral messages sent through the SnapChat service have been leaked to the Internet. Private photos collected for years through the either the SnapChat archiving Android app Snapsave or the shuttered SnapChat web client SnapSaved have been stolen, and posted en masse to chat forum 4chan, and other similar locations....| Read more »
The Q Card Case from CM4, Inc. provides a place for up to three credit cards and a bill or two while providing good protection for the back of the iPhone 6. However, the external look bothered this reviewer.| Read more »
UltraViolet, the online digital locker which provides downloadable copies of movies sold on DVD and Blu-ray, may get some extra support in the future. The Wall Street Journal claims the existing roster of companies offering UltraViolet services could soon be joined by Amazon, as it attempts to fight off competition from Apple's iTunes Store and other services....| Read more »
Re/Code is reporting that GT Advanced Technologies, the company Apple tapped to begin looking into making device screens from synthetic sapphire, is requesting court permission to close its plant in Arizona.
This comes days after the surprise...| Read more »
Sprint prepaid subsidiary Boost Mobile announced today that it will begin carrying the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for customers starting next Friday on October 17th. As it has done in the past with the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, Boost Mobile will carry the new iPhone models for $100 off the usual retail price of each device. Below is Boost Mobile’s full pricing lineup for each storage capacity of both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus:
iPhone 6 16GB: $549.99
iPhone 6 64GB: $649.99
iPhone 6 128GB: $749.99
iPhone 6 Plus 16GB: $649.99
iPhone 6 Plus 64GB: $749.99
A longtime staple of Apple retail stores, audio products from Bose are now set to be axed from Apple's shelves as early as next week, MacRumors reports. Apple hasn't yet -- and likely won't -- publicly weigh in on the decision to remove the popular...| Read more »
Good news for Dropbox users running OS X Yosemite: Dropbox has made available an experimental build optimized for Yosemite’s new look (via Zach Kahn). The download brings a new Finder icon, new notification glyphs, and faster uploads for small files among other enhancements. Here’s the full list of what’s new:
New in 2.11.25
New in the 2.11 series
Are you a Starbuck's loving, Microsoft-hating type of person who thinks Facebook is a cool to place to work? If so, then you must be an Apple fan according to this chart published by Business Insider using Ranker's crowd-source ranking data. The...| Read more »
Yosemite is coming.
It’s just going through a few more golden master candidates.
Per MacRumors, Apple today released a third golden master candidate of OS X Yosemite to developers, just two days after releasing the second candidate golden master and the fifth public beta. The first golden master candidate was seeded to developers on September 30th.
The latest Yosemite update can be downloaded from the Mac App Store and through Apple’s Mac Developer Center.
Yosemite brings a flatter, more modern look to OS X, with an emphasis on translucency and redesigned Dock, windows, and more. It also includes a multitude of new features, such as improved integration with iOS 8 through Continuity, a new “Today” view in Notification Center that offers integration with third-party...
Bowers & Wilkins Z2 AirPlay speaker w/ Lightning dock $100 shipped (orig. $400)
Seagate 2TB Expansion Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive:...
Apple is preparing to pull all of Bose's audio products from its stores, according to sources for MacRumors and MacNN. The MacRumors source says that the inventory change is due to start next week, and that workers will get instructions in the next few days. Commenting on the claim, the MacNN source suggests that it's likely true and "falls in line with a shelving reorganization for Christmas that we've already seen that's got nothing from Bose on it."...| Read more »
Belkin has introduced another Qode keyboard case for iPad Air — this time, it's the Qode Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case for iPad Air ($150). The fully protective iPad Air case works with the keyboard or as a standalone case. As for the aluminum alloy keyboard — it uses Bluetooth 4 and can pair with other devices, and it has the same number of keys as a typical laptop keyboard. Those keys are backlit and can be adjusted to three different brightness…
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Apple’s next media event on October 16th will be live streamed.
Per AppleInsider, Apple on Friday announced that it plans to live stream an upcoming special media event to be held on October 16th, at which the company is expected to unveil revamped iPad and, possibly, iMac models.
The event will be streamed through www.apple.com/live/ with the event beginning at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern with coverage piped to Macs, iOS devices and Apple TVs. The company sent out invitations reading “It’s been way too long” to press outlets on Wednesday.
At the event, Apple is widely expected to launch next-generation iPad models with Touch ID fingerprint recognition, upgraded A8-series processor and...
Jony Ive sat down with Graydon Carter at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit on Thursday to talk about Apple’s design team, his feelings about copycats, what it was like to work on the Apple Watch and the iPhone, and what he learned from Steve Jobs.
Vanity Fair posted one video from his talk, embedded below, in which Ive mentions specifically what Steve Jobs taught him about the power of focus, and the sacrifices it requires: “What focus means is saying no to something that you, with every bone in your body, you think is a phenomenal idea, and you wake up thinking about it, but you say no to it because you’re focusing on something else.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Sales of accessories for mobile phones in the US reached record numbers following Apple’s launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, according to the latest data published today by NPD. Accessory sales topped $249 million in the two weeks following the launch, which NPD notes is “43 percent higher than the two weeks prior.” The report breaks down numbers by accessory category and highlights that screen protector and case manufacturers experienced the biggest increase:
The new iPhones were a big draw for protective accessories. Screen protector revenue increased 120 percent versus the pre-launch period, and cases increased 78 percent in revenue and 63 percent in units. Other accessory categories saw...
Despite outrage in some corners of the Internet, tens of millions of iTunes users were happy to add a free U2 album to their music collections.
Since the giveaway began last month, more than 26 million people have downloaded Songs of Innocence in its entirety, Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddie Cue told Billboard. More than 81 million people listened to at least one song from the album on iTunes, iTunes Radio, or Beats Music.
By comparison, Cue said 14 million people had previously purchased U2’s music since the iTunes Store launched 11 years ago.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
GT Advanced Technologies filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this week and now is asking the court for permission to shut down the factory where it has been making synthetic sapphire glass for Apple. The company's bankruptcy filing came as a surprise to everyone, including Apple, and its latest request likely isn't sitting well with the iPhone and iPad maker.The Mac Observer Spin: Watching GTAT's implosion just hurts, and at this point it's hard to imagine the situation improving. Shutting down its sapphire factory doesn't bode well for Apple, either, because the Apple Watch launch is getting closer all the time.| Read more »
While billionaire Carl Icahn is unlikely to get his way with Apple, his assessment that the company's stock is massively undervalued should help establish a floor for the stock, preventing it from going below about $95, one analyst believes.| Read more »
While we still don't have a firm release date for the Apple Watch, it's already apparent that Apple is intent on touting the device as much for its fashion and design aesthetic as its technical capabilities.
Just last week, the Apple Watch made an...| Read more »
Apple is preparing to completely remove all Bose audio products from its retail stores, MacRumors reports. While no reasons were given for the move, the report speculates that Apple’s acquisition of Beats may have caused Apple or Bose to “end their retail relationship.” It’s notable that Bose now has an exclusive deal with the NFL that prohibits players from wearing other branded headphones during televised interviews, and…
Dave Hamilton has kept us all apprised of his decision-making process in choosing his new iPhone model. He's finally settled on the iPhone 6 Plus, but it wasn't nearly as easy a decision as he originally predicted, and he explains why.| Read more »
As a patent infringement suit filed by Bose against Beats looms, the longstanding retail partnership between Apple and Bose may be coming to an end, with a new report claiming that the premium audio products will be removed from Apple's retail locations.| Read more »
By not only dramatically enhancing phone encryption, but marketing it as a defense against government snooping, Apple and Google are accelerating an important debate on our civil rights and the role of government in our lives. 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.| Read more »
Apple will indeed run a livestream of its October 16th iPad event, the company has confirmed. Details have been added to the webpage normally reserved for such streams. To watch, people will need to use the iOS or OS X versions of Safari, or else an Apple TV. The event begins at 10AM Pacific time, 1PM Eastern....| Read more »
When most people take selfies, they end up in one or both of two places: Facebook and Instagram. Unless one is famous, their selfies will probably not be seen by too many other people, and they certainly won't get national circulation. Until now-kind...| Read more »
Bose headphones and audio products could soon get the boot from Apple retail stores, according to a report from MacRumors citing “a reliable source.”
While Apple’s acquisition of Beats would seem like the obvious reason behind replacing the many Bose headphones and speakers currently used with iOS and Mac demo units, the report also claims that Apple will be removing Bose products from store shelves in addition to the demo units.
The reason for the decision is unclear, but Apple did just have a recent run-ins with the company through lawsuits against Beats Electronics. In July news surfaced that Bose had filed a lawsuit against...
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HTC on Thursday debuted two new products for photography enthusiasts. One offering, the RE, is an L-shaped camera that doesn't have a viewfinder. The other is a new smartphone, the Desire Eye, which boasts a 13-megapixel front-facing camera for high-resolution selfies. With RE, HTC appears to be targeting the action set that has created a lucrative market for point-of-view camera makers like GoPro. "We are taking you out from behind the viewfinder and putting you back where you belong, at the heart of the action," said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC.
From Apple’s press release:
Apple® today announced that iPhone® 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the biggest advancements in iPhone history, will be available in China beginning Friday, October 17 from the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores, and an expansive network of retail stores through all three major carriers and Apple Authorized Resellers. With support for TD-LTE and FDD-LTE, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus provide customers access to 4G/LTE networks from China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom across mainland China. Customers can pre-order iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus from the Apple Online Store beginning Friday, October 10. Beginning Tuesday, October 14, customers can...| Read more »
Yesterday evening, Apple design chief Jony Ive sat down for a somewhat rare interview at Vanity Fair's New Establishment Summit in San Francisco. BusinessInsider was in attendance covering the festivities and provided a thorough recap of Ive's...| Read more »
[VIDEO] Satya Nadella was speaking at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference on Wednesday. He was asked to offer advice to women who are uncomfortable asking for a raise. His response opened up a viral firestorm of criticism. Take a minute to listen to what Nadella actually said, starting at about 1:33:56 in the video below, then read the rest of this post.
Apple is hosting a media event on October 16, and like its iPhone 6 and Apple Watch event in September, this one will be streamed live online. The company is expected to introduce new iPad models, and possibly new Macs, too.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple may be streaming next week's event, just as it did with last month's iPhone launch, but hopefully it won't be exactly like the September event with translators talking over Tim Cook, multiple music tracks playing at the same time, and ongoing feed drops.| Read more »
Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering the AIAIAI TMA-1 Headphones for only $159—that’s 36% off the regular price. Featuring professional-quality performance combined with a modern design, the TMA-1 have been used on stage and in the studio by some of the world’s most demanding DJs. A group of 25 professional and renowned DJs have collaborated on the design of the TMA-1, resulting in a set of headphones that have been tuned…
Apple sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies has asked the court for permission to close its manufacturing plant, Re/code reports. GT Advanced filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this week, and Apple said publicly that it was “surprised” by the filing. As noted by the Wall Street Journal and disclosed by court documents, GT failed to produce sapphire for Apple’s iPhone displays. A court hearing on GT’s request to wind…
The debut of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus wasn't just a boon for Apple's bottom line, as accessory makers also benefitted greatly from the debut of the new, larger iPhone models, according to the latest data from the NPD Group.| Read more »
Apple this week sent out invitations to a media event that'll be held October 19 at the company's Town Hall auditorium. Apple may use the event to unveil its next generation iPad lineup, the release date for OS X Yosemite and possibly new iMacs.
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Withings just updated its Health Mate app for the iPhone with support for iOS 8's HealthKit, so now you can load up Apple's Health app with data from your Pulse, Smart Scale, Aura, and more. Health Mate was already a great app for tracking your health and fitness activities, and now it's even more useful. Check out our growing list of HealthKit-compatible apps.| Read more »
Players describe words on a card to other players in a party game that feels like charades but you can use words and you can make up your own rules called Describe Five (free with in app purchases).The game has two modes: casual and competitive. In...| Read more »
Are you a serious photographer who’s frustrated by the limitations of the iPhone’s camera? A new app opens up more of its potential, but it can’t work magic. 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.| Read more »
Business Insider asked analytics company Ranker to churn through 20 million data correlations to identify the biggest differences of opinion between Apple and Microsoft fans. Apple fans were found to be more likely to like BMW, Mercedes, Gap and Starbucks; to dislike Samsung (no surprise there); to prefer Breaking Bad to Married With Children; and The Godfather to Pulp Fiction.
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If you’ve looked at the Facebook app on your phone today, you may have noticed a different layout in your photos section. Facebook quietly rolled out a new photo collage view to its iOS and Android apps on Thursday, so instead of seeing photos laid out as a uniform grid, photos with the most likes are highlighted and displayed a bit larger.
Photos with the most likes get the all-star treatment with this new design tweak. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here| Read more »
Functionally trendyIn this week’s round up of new iPhone cases, you’ll find a mashup of the conventional and the functional, accompanied by fashionable colors and gorgeous patterns.BallisticThe Jewel (iPhone 6; $20) stylishly protects your handset from daily hazards without adding significant bulk.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here| Read more »
Sapphire crystal maker GT Advanced Technologies, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this week, has asked the court’s permission to “wind down” operations at its manufacturing plant, less than a year after announcing a high-profile deal to supply the material to Apple.
As we noted earlier, the reason for the company’s failure appears to be that it was unable to meet Apple’s requirements for sapphire displays for the iPhone 6, though it remains unclear whether this was a quality issue or an inability to supply the...| Read more »
I’m still mourning the unbundling of Swarm from Foursquare, but Thursday’s Swarm update eases the pain a tiny bit. Foursquare made Swarm compatible with iOS 8’s Notification Center, so now users can check in to a place through the app’s widget. The widget also tells you which of your friends are nearby.
If you’ve already downloaded Swarm, just swipe down from the top of your iPhone’s screen and tap the Today tab in Notification Center. Scroll down, hit Edit, and then add Swarm to your list of apps to include in your Today widget list. Swarm’s widget displays a check-in button next to your current location, as well as which of your friends are within a half-mile from you.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Apple on Friday announced through its website plans to live stream an upcoming special media event to be held on Oct. 16, at which the company is expected to unveil revamped iPad and, possibly, iMac models.| Read more »
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Apple has confirmed on its website that the October event will be streamed. The URL is ‘apple.com/live’, so it seems that Apple is using the same video/blog platform that it first used for the iPhone 6/Apple Watch event in September. As the event progressed, Apple added tweets, product information and photos to the timeline below the main video.
Let’s hope the stream doesn’t also experience the same issues as the September event this time around, which made the event unwatchable for many people.
In terms of expectations for the event, reports indicate that Apple will announce new iPads, including a new thinner iPad Air including Touch ID and, perhaps, a less...
More details continue to be dug up in the unexpected filing of bankruptcy by Apple sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies, with the Wall Street Journal reporting for the first time that the failure of the company in meeting Apple's contract requirements stems directly from a failure to deliver sapphire glass in quantities intended to be used for the iPhone 6 line. The paper does not clarify if the sapphire glass was not up to par, or the company simply couldn't make enough to meet demand....| Read more »
Apple has certainly made life difficult for would be iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus customers. This year, it revealed not one, but two high-end iPhones that are both highly desirable making it the first time buyers have been faced with such a choice. Unsurprisingly, early tracking data from Mixpanel shows that the iPhone 6 is outselling the iPhone 6 Plus at a ratio of about 4.5:1. However, there are a few compelling reasons that you might want to consider before you choose the iPhone 6 over the iPhone 6 Plus....| Read more »
Sound quality and design are two of the biggest areas of focus for manufacturers when coming up with a new gaming headset. Depending on the brand, some headsets lean toward universal use and good looks, while others try to focus more on the quality of sound. Polk Audio, a company with a long pedigree in consumer audio, has stepped into the gaming market to try its hand at balancing looks and sound with the 4 Shot. But is the headset a one-trick pony, or does it manage to offer everything consumers want? Find out in our review.......| Read more »