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Thursday October 9

07:14
First Look: Uniq Executif and Lolita for iPhone 6

Uniq has introduced two new folio-style cases for iPhone 6, Executif ($30) and Lolita ($30). According to Uniq, Executif is made from genuine leather despite its surprisingly low price, and contains two slots for holding cards in the inner flap. Typical of many folio cases, the plastic shell that houses the phone provides little top or bottom coverage. Lolita is the same price but makes no genuine leather claims — the faux-leather case includes…

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07:12
Apple confirms October 16th media event, is expected...

Apple will be showing the forthcoming goods in a week’s time.
Per The Mac Observer, Apple sent out invitations to a media event for October 16th Wednesday as expected, an event that is expected to focus on new iPads, new Macs, and the release of OS X Yosemite. Apple could launch Apple Pay at the event, as that service was scheduled to go live in “mid-October.”

The invitations are titled “It’s been way too long,” which is sort of anyone’s guess as to the theme of the event.

It will be held on Apple’s campus in the small Town Hall Auditorium at the company’s Cupertino, California headquarters.
Stay tuned for additional degas as they become available.

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07:00
Barograph uses the new iPhone pressure sensor

The new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus each have a sensor that gives readings for barometric pressure. Barograph (free), displays real-time pressure data from that sensor. Weather watchers will know dropping pressure usually means bad weather is coming, rising...

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07:00
Calc One: A capable, free and smart iPad calculator...

I'm not sure why Apple never put its Calculator app into the standard iPad software build, but the absence has opened the door for several enterprising developers to close the feature gap.

One nice new offering is Calc One, which was built...

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06:57
'Final' will allow iPhone users to easily...

Focused on security and convenience, the newly announced "Final" creates a unique credit card number for each retailer a customer does business with, and allows users to easily generate a new number using either their iPhone or a traditional, physical card.

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06:39
Apple sapphire partner GT Advanced asks bankruptcy...

As it makes its way through the bankruptcy process, GT Advanced Technologies is hoping to keep as much of the proceedings out of the public eye as it can, asking the court for a private hearing, and also to keep confidential documents sealed.

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06:33
12.9-inch iPad production likely starting in 2015,...

Apple is indeed working on a 12.9-inch iPad, but production of the tablet probably won't start until 2015, say supply chain sources in contact with the Wall Street Journal. "The top priority for the supply chain is to meet the overwhelming demand for the larger screen iPhones," one source says. "The output of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus remains unsatisfactory. It would be challenging for display makers to split resources and spend a few months to ramp up production for a new larger screen iPad now."...

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06:31
Samsung officially announces 3D V-NAND 128Gb flash...

Samsung today announced that it has begun mass producing the industry's first 3-bit multi-level-cell (MLC) three-dimensional Vertical NAND (V-NAND) flash memory, for use in solid state drives (SSD). The 3-bit V-NAND is Samsung's latest second generation V-NAND device, which utilizes 32 vertically stacked cell layers per NAND memory chip. Each chip provides 128Gb of memory storage, at a lower cost per die than older technologies....

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06:20
Apple Named World’s Most Valuable Brand, Again

Interbrand has ranked Apple as the world's most valuable brand for the second year in a row with a valuation at US$118.863 billion. Apple's value increased by 21 percent compared to last year's Best Global Brands report at $98.3 billion, and has the iPhone and iPad maker ranked above Google, Coca-Cola, IBM, and Microsoft.The Mac Observer Spin: This is the second year in a row Interbrand ranked Apple as the world's most valuable brand. It's also the first time four of the top five companies were tech-related, and the first time the top two companies were each valued over $100 billion. Seems the iPhone is doing well for Apple.

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06:14
External Link: Nine Lessons from The Magazine

Our own Glenn Fleishman is putting an end to his publication, The Magazine, after two years. He’s outlined nine hard-learned lessons to Cult of Mac that prospective publishers would be wise to read. Many of The Magazine’s faults were set in stone from the beginning: being reliant on Apple’s ecosystem and its Newsstand feature in iOS, the latter of which was changed for the worse in iOS 8, which limited its exposure. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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06:10
Game building tool company Unity Technologies may be...

According to sources familiar with the matter, cross-platform game development tool Unity's developers are having continuing discussions with possible buyers for the company. The biggest name attached to the development company's discussions is allegedly Google, with Microsoft and Amazon having made offers as early as 2013....

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06:01
Carl Icahn forecasts UltraHD Apple TV set in FY 2016

Included in activist shareholder and investor Carl Icahn’s open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook requesting an increased stock buyback from the company is somewhat of a prediction about when Apple might release an actual Apple TV set, not just an updated set-top box. Icahn sees fiscal year 2016 as an opportunity for Apple to enter the home television market citing an upgrade cycle due to UltraHD displays.
As we highlighted in our previous letter, we believe UltraHD’s (ultra-high-definition television) superior picture quality in comparison to regular HD will drive a major TV replacement cycle as the price gap between them narrows. It should also be noted that Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix, has referenced UltraHD as a major catalyst for Netflix going forward, and while this...

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06:00
Weebly website builder comes to iPad with...


 
Weebly, one of the more popular web-based, drag-and-drop solutions for creating websites, has made its way to the iPad for the first time. The app, which was demonstrated to us earlier this week, is a comprehensive, end-to-end solution for creating, editing, and managing websites right from the iPad. The video below shows a little bit more about the app:

The iPad app syncs with your work on the web and also interacts with the companion iPhone and iPod touch application. Weebly wouldn’t comment on the possibility of a full blown editing solution for the iPhone, only saying that the different devices are geared toward different use cases. Weebly is...

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06:00
Apple's 'Way Too Long' Invite Lands...


Apple's pretty much annual October new product media event usually is preceded by a cute invitation sent to journalists. The invitation typically includes a phrase or graphic element that provides a vague clue to the secret agenda of the event.
Presumably, this is to drum up excitement and speculation, in addition to creating an ah-ha moment when the audience understands the connection between the invitation and the actual announcement. This year, Apple's hint is this: "It's been way too long." That is the worst teaser I've ever heard.

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06:00
Rumor Roundup: Digitimes nonsense factories

Apple sapphire crystal supplier GT Advanced files for bankruptcy (9to5 Mac)

Just so we're clear, a company was rumored to provide sapphire screens for the iPhone 6, and those rumors later turned out to be false, and as a direct result, this company...

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05:58
Briefly: Google Chromecast backdrops, Honeywell...

Google is starting to enable customizable backdrops for the Chromecast, a feature it first revealed in June. Rolling out from today, owners of the streaming dongle can customize the image feed from the Chromecast app for Android and iOS, including photo albums from Google+, artwork from the Google Cultural Institute, and news images from various publications. More information about an image on display can be brought up by asking the Google search app "What's on my Chromecast?" on any other mobile device on the same network.......

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05:37
Philips TVs bundled with Apple TV launch in India as...

Philips on Thursday announced a new lineup of television sets for India that are reportedly bundled with Apple TV set-top boxes in an apparent "partnership" that, if in fact authorized by Apple, would be the first time ever for such a promotion [updated].

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05:27
News: WSJ: Larger iPad production to be delayed

Apple is pushing back mass production for its planned larger iPad into early 2015, the Wall Street Journal reports. Sources said the company was prepared to start production this December, but overwhelming demand for the new iPhones has become the top priority. A previous report also claimed that the device would enter production in the first quarter of 2015. It’s still expected that the new iPad — often referred to as “iPad Pro”…

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05:21
Apple’s iCloud App-specific Password Requirement...

If you enabled two-step verification for your iCloud account and you're using your Apple ID to sign in to third-party apps, it's time to start using app-specific passwords. Apple set the requirement to use app-specific passwords starting on October 9, which just so happens to be today.

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05:18
Carl Icahn posts his letter

Yesterday, investor Carl Icahn tweeted a promise to post an open letter to Tim Cook. Today, he posted that letter.
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05:07
Tuck me in

[VIDEO] A one minute movie, based on a short (and I mean teeny) story suggestion from Reddit, winner of the Filminute International Film Festival. Something about this just grabbed me.
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05:00
Apple ranked the most valuable brand ahead of rival...

Apple is the most valuable brand in the world, according to the 15th annual Interbrand Best Global Brands report. In the recently released 2014 list, Apple retained the top spot for the second straight year with a value of US$118.9 billion. This...

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04:59
Carl Icahn says Apple should buy more of its '...

Activist investor Carl Icahn published an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday, revealing that he thinks shares of the company are "dramatically undervalued," presenting it with an opportunity to buy back even more of its own shares at a tremendous discount via a tender offer.

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04:55
Carl Icahn publishes open letter to Tim Cook,...

High-profile investor and Apple shareholder Carl Icahn has published an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook urging him to once again increase its share repurchase program for stock holders. Citing strong iPhone 6 sales and predicting the larger devices will help Apple gain marketshare from Android, Icahn is requesting Cook and Apple’s board make a tender offer to increase its current rate of share repurchases. Icahn said he thinks Apple remains “dramatically undervalued in today’s market,” but didn’t suggest a specific number for the increased buybacks:

Therefore, given the persistently excessive liquidity of $133 billion net cash on Apple’s balance...

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04:53
Installer shows off Siri, CarPlay integration

Josh Carr (really, that’s his name!) does an incredibly detailed walkthrough of one of Pioneer’s new in dash CarPlay compatible receivers. Great job.
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04:40
iOS 8: Hiding Your Current Email Drafts

For today's Quick Tip, we're going to discuss the convenient new way to store and access email drafts under iOS 8. This small interface change will really make your message composing much simpler, especially if you need to refer to another email while you're writing. Come on in and get acquainted with this feature!

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04:30
IDC miscounts Macs again, awards Apple fifth place...

IDC doesn't like counting iPads among its global PC figures, but it doesn't seem to like counting Macs either, given its back-to-back quarterly undercounting of Apple's computer sales.

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04:30
Win a trip to the Stanley Cup with NHL Hat Trick...

So you are a big hockey fan and think you know a lot of about the National Hockey League. Now you have a chance to prove it by downloading and playing the NHL Hat Trick Challenge. This free universal app require iOS 6.0 or later and offers users a...

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04:29
Vogue profile piece on Jony Ive

A lot has been written about Jony Ive, much of it biographical and centered on his design milestones. This piece is different. It paints a picture of Ive, does a better job capturing his spirit.
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04:26
12-inch Retina MacBook production starts in December...


According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple had wanted to start mass production of a new larger iPad in December 2014. However, Apple has apparently sent instructions to suppliers to hold on this product. This is because suppliers are still struggling to meet iPhone 6 Plus demand. The Journal reports that iPhone 6 Plus production is “unsatisfactory”.
“The top priority for the supply chain is to meet the overwhelming demand for the larger screen iPhones. The output of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus remains unsatisfactory,” said a person at a supplier. “It would be challenging for display makers to split resources and spend a few months to ramp up production for a new larger screen...

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04:17
The empire reboots

This Vanity Fair interview with Bill Gates and Satya Nadella for their upcoming November issue does a good job capturing both men’s personalities and, even more importantly, offers a sense of the nature of the challenge facing Microsoft 2.0.
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02:36
The Amp case by SoundFocus gives your iPhone an...

This might sound obvious, but everyone hears things a bit differently. You might enjoy hearing a band on full blast at a concert, where the guy sitting next to you finds it unbearably loud. Some pitches might drive you insane, while others barely notice the frequency. And while you may think your iPhone’s speaker is adequate, others might hear a warbled, tinny mess when they try to listen to their favorite song.
Enter SoundFocus, a San Francisco-based startup that’s out to provide a personalized listening experience for the iPhone. Its latest product, the Amp, is an iPhone case that doubles as an external speaker, and when paired with its corresponding app, can tailor audio playback to your tastes and needs. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here...

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02:00
Developer Six to Start on fitness, zombies, and...

Evading flesh-eating zombies amidst the undead apocalypse is a pretty good prompt to run like hell, no? The fear, the anxiety, and the uncertainty of what’s behind—fictional as the subject may be, the reaction is one that surely all of us can agree on.

If you’re up for a real challenge, you can opt into zombie chases, which suddenly force you to run quickly or risk losing the mission.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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01:59
Apple, rivals sends recruiters to Women in Computing...

Following the release of its own diversity report that found its female involvement in engineering and other technology posts lacking, Apple and other tech companies is said to have sent "hundreds" of employees to answer questions and recruit potential employees at the current Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing gathering in Phoenix, Arizona. Facebook, Google, Microsoft were among the other companies represented at the conference, which had over 8,000 attendees....

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01:54
Production of Apple's larger iPad reportedly...

According to a report on Thursday, Apple's much-rumored 12.9-inch iPad has been delayed due to overwhelming demand for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, meaning the large tablet may not see launch until mid-2015.

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01:24
Apple outlines Apple Pay, NFC operation in...

For a major mobile payment platform on the verge of launch, not much is known about the nuts and bolts behind Apple Pay. A new patent application discovered on Thursday, however, offers a detailed look at how NFC, secure enclaves and software come together to make safe transactions a reality.

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01:15
Apple named world's most valuable brand for...

One year after taking the top spot away from Coca-Cola, Apple on Thursday was once again ranked as the world's best brand according to Interbrand's "Best Global Brands" report for 2014.

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Wednesday October 8

23:07
Retina HD iPads? Beta 2 of iOS 8.1 hints at higher...

Further investigation into the recently-release iOS 8.1 beta by developer Hamza Sood has uncovered clues that the forthcoming new iPad models, expected to be revealed on October 16, may be offering significantly higher resolution and pixels-per-inch counts. Certain frameworks call for, and other already have, graphics rated at 1x ("ipad"), "2x-ipad" and a new "3x-ipad," suggesting up to a 50 percent jump in resolution or pixel count. This would create what Apple calls "Retina HD" display quality....

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21:44
Hands On: PopClip (OS X)

Since the release of iOS 8 and the upcoming launch of OS X Yosemite, a cohesive workflow between iOS and OS X is increasingly apparent. PopClip further accentuates this experience for OS X users by adding a non-invasive, iOS-like toolbar when one selects text, providing quick access to context-specific actions. Initially released in 2011, the app received an update last week, fixing various minor bugs. PopClip's default offerings are copy and paste -- much like what can be found on iOS -- but with over 100 additional extensions that can be added.......

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20:06
Apple reminds iCloud users of new app-specific...

Apple on Wednesday sent out emails reminding iCloud users that a new security protocol requiring app-specific passwords for third-party software is scheduled to go live tomorrow.

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19:03
Microsoft releases Xim photo sharing app on mobile...

A new photo application for mobile devices was made available from Microsoft today, one that focuses on sharing the experience of photos without having to passing a phone around or accidentally sharing too much on social media. Xim sets itself apart from other photo sharing services and applications as it doesn't require all users to have an account or the app installed....

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19:00
App Invasion: Defend Earth from an alien invasion...

Video

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18:55
Apple reminds two-factor users about changes...

 

Apple has sent an email to users of its two-factor authentication system reminding them of an upcoming change to the feature that will take effect tomorrow. Originally the requirement for app-specific passwords was supposed to start on the first of the month, but Apple has informed users that it will begin tomorrow instead. The system to generate and use these passwords is already in place.
App-specific passwords allow you to log into applications that don’t support two-factor logins, such as most email clients or other apps...

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18:30
What's Driving Open Source 2.0?


We're hearing more from vendors about how new features, functionality, rewrites and releases are being driven by customers -- by their direct experience using the software and competing in their various industries. We're also hearing from customers and users, including the enterprise market, that increasingly they are involved and thus empowered in open source software communities, where they are collaborating on code and road maps and collectively requiring flexibility and openness, including that code and improvements be contributed upstream.

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18:06
HTC brings Zoe app out of beta on Android, heading...

HTC has made its Zoe highlight video creation app available to a wider number of Android devices, after the phone producer fully launched the app earlier today. Announced during the Double Exposure event, the venue for the HTC Desire Eye and the Re Camera launches, HTC also revealed it is working on a version of the app specifically for iOS devices....

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17:33
iOS 8.1 beta includes “3x” images for iPad interface...


More investigation into the newest beat of iOS 8.1 has revealed that the operating system contains 3x versions of some iPad UI elements. Triple-size elements are used by the new iPhone 6 Plus to maintain “Retina” quality on the larger display, and this change could indicate that a larger or higher-resolution iPad could be coming with next week’s announcement.
Like the new Apple Pay UI that was...

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17:24
Apple seeds new version of Yosemite OS X Server with...

Following recent releases of developer betas for iOS 8.1, OS X Yosemite 10.10 and Xcode 6.1, on Wednesday the company also released an updated version of OS X Server 4.0 for testing. The new build, 14S323, mostly offers updates and improvements to keep up with the latter betas, but adds SMB3 file sharing to the mix for easier network transfers, as well as refinements to existing components like the server app itself and Profile manager, allowing administrators to work with devices on the latest releases....

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17:10
ACM 275: Apple’s Oct 16 Media Event, GTAT, and...

With Apple's October 16 media event a sure thing, Jeff and Bryan have some ideas on what we can expect when Tim Cook and company take the stage next week. They also offer up their thoughts on what's up with GT Advanced Technologies's surprise bankruptcy filing, and debate whether or not Plastc's consolidated credit card device stands a chance against Apple Pay.

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17:00
Google offers a free but bland News and Weather app

Google News & Weather is a free app designed to give you access to more than 65,000 news sources, both globally and locally, as well as weather for your current location and any locations you specify.

It's basically a lift from the Google News...

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16:57
Hidden graphical assets in iOS 8.1 beta 2 hint at...

Continuing his analysis of Apple's most recent iOS 8.1 beta 2, developer Hamza Sood on Wednesday discovered frameworks containing graphical assets labeled "3x~ipad," suggesting the company is preparing to update its tablet lineup with high-resolution "Retina HD" displays.

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16:10
Apple enters top 5 PC vendors worldwide by shipments...


New IDC numbers released today reveal that Apple has jumped into the top five PC vendors worldwide by shipment this quarter, with Mac shipments coming in at 4.9 million units for 6.3% market share. That’s a year-over-year growth of just under 9%. Lenovo and HP held the top two slots with 20% and 18.8% respectively.
The same report indicated that the Cupertino company had held steady in third place for domestic shipments. With 2.26 million Macs shipped within the United States, the company was able to grab 13% marketshare. The domestic year-over-year growth came out to 9.3%. Apple was beat out by Dell with a 24% share, while HP held the top position with 27...

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16:00
Video: An in-depth hands-on look at Apple CarPlay

Despite all the reporting about Apple's CarPlay service, most users still have no idea what the service looks like when in use. What quirks might it have? Is it safe to use while driving? Fret not true believers, we have just the walkthrough for...

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15:59
Apple seeds new OS X Server 4.0 preview for testing...

Apple on Wednesday released to developers a new version of OS X Server 4.0 carrying improvements to previously announced features, including SMB3 file sharing and new management options for devices running iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite.

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15:45
Look, Ma! No Hands... Crunch!


Those wonderful hands-free communications capabilities now available in automobiles may carry the promise of making driving safer, but they're not fulfilling it, according to two studies conducted jointly by the University of Utah and the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. And forget about using your iPhone's Siri in the car, even hands-free -- it might endanger your life. Led by cognitive distraction expert David Strayer, researchers measured the brainwaves, eye movement, heart rates and other data from more than 160 subjects.

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15:31
Gartner, IDC report PC declines not as bad as...

The two major PC market analyst groups, Gartner and IDC -- who have both run afoul of skeptics for inconsistent numbers -- have released their respective assessments of the third quarter of worldwide PC shipments. Both companies have excluded "tablets" from their estimates, but the definition is fluid -- IDC includes Chromebooks but not hybrid tablet/notebooks, while Gartner includes the latter but not the former. Overall, both companies agree that the industry is down year-over-year....

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15:24
Apple responds to Silicon Valley gender gap, sends...

In a bid to even the Silicon Valley gender gap, Apple, along with other big-name tech companies, sent "hundreds" of employees to recruit students attending this year's Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference.

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15:14
Apple releases beta version of OS X Server 4.0 for...


Apple has just posted a pre-release build of OS X Server version 4.0 on its developer portal. The update is designed for systems running the upcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite and has a build number of 14S323. The seed notes are below:
OS X Server 4.0 Developer Preview
OS X Server 4.0 Developer Preview 14S323 (app version 3.5.9) is now available for testing. This version is designed for OS X Yosemite and includes many new features and improvements.
Minimum System Requirements
To install OS X Server 4.0 Developer Preview 14S323, you need one of these computers:
• iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
• MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer) • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
• MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
• Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer...

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15:00
iOS 8.1 plugs security hole that made it easy to...

The next version of iOS may not be an upgrade for fans who use their iDevices to emulate classic games. The latest beta version of iOS 8.1 removes the famous (or infamous) "Date Trick" workaround used by iOS emulator makers to bypass App Store restrictions on their work, without the need to jailbreak the device.
Apple rules have long prevented emulators for classic game consoles and computers from appearing on the App Store, though some have managed to sneak their way through briefly (or more officially through licensing deal with rights holders). Since last year, though, the makers of emulators like GBA4iOS and SNES emulator SiOS have relied on a loophole called the "Date Trick" to allow these apps (and ROM files) to be downloaded and installed through the built-in Safari browser. The...

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15:00
What could be announced at Apple's October 16...

Whenever Apple announces an upcoming event, one of favorite pastimes of tech bloggers is to "Zapruder" the invitation -- in other words, analyze the heck out of the design and wording of the invitation. This often means that we read things into the...

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14:22
The Loop sponsorships available

The Loop has been sold out of weekly sponsorships for the better part of two years, but we have some openings coming up in the next couple of months. There is only one sponsor a week, so you will have the exclusive spot to get your product or service in front of the fine, good looking readers of The Loop. If you would like to talk about a sponsorship or schedule a week, please Email Jim Dalrymple.
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14:08
Carl Icahn hints at 'interesting' new...

Activist investor Carl Icahn has taken to Twitter to hint at an "interesting" open letter addressed to Apple CEO Tim Cook. "Tmrw we'll be sending an open letter to @tim_cook. Believe it will be interesting," one post reads. In another, he comments about his firm's large stake in Apple and recent share performance. "Just over 1yr ago we tweeted our large position in $AAPL & belief the company extremely undervalued. Since then, stock is up 50.6 percent."...

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14:00
Logitech Type+ Keyboard for iPad Air

I've reviewed a lot of iPad keyboard cases over the years, finding some that are amazing (the four-star rated US$169 ClamCase Pro for iPad Air, for example), and some that aren't that great. The new Logitech Type+ for iPad Air (US$99.99) is a billed...

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13:48
Amplified: CAW CAW CAW CAW

Jim and Shawn talk about Samsung, the Apple Watch and teens, Steve Ray Vaughn and “Does the iPhone 6 get lost in The Beard?” Special guest appearance on this Amplified by a crow!

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13:46
iTunes Festival: It’s for the fans

I did an iTunes Festival wrap-up piece on Fortune today, which includes an exclusive interview with Oliver Schusser, Apple’s head of iTunes Europe.
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13:40
Buyer beware: What you’re actually getting at outlet...

Racked:

Neiman, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Barneys New York, and Saks Fifth Avenue all have their own outlets; customers flock to these stores for the brand-name cachet and believe they’re shopping last season’s carefully curated inventory. However, this isn’t exactly the case.

Nordstrom Rack, for example, confirms to Racked that only 20% of what it sells is clearance merchandise coming from their stores and website, while the rest is bought expressly for the outlet.

I’ve gone to dozens of outlet stores and malls, sometimes involuntarily, and I’ve always thought they were a little bit fishy. Turns out, many are.
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13:39
Apple tried to help GT Advanced qualify for final $...

Prior to GT Advanced Technologies' bankruptcy filing earlier this week, Apple reportedly attempted to assist the firm in meeting certain technical milestones that would allow continued payment as part of a conditional $578 million deal.

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13:30
View someone else's own Twitter timeline with...

cTwittLike is an app for iPhone and iPad that lets you view anyone's Twitter timeline. It's that concept we've all thought about once or twice but had no power to act on that's finally shaped into reality. The app works by allowing you to enter a...

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13:18
9to5Toys Last Call: MacBook Air 11″ (refurb) $499,...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.
Today’s can’t miss deals:

Apple Macbook Air 11.6-inch 1.4 GHz/ 2GB/ 64GB (refurb, 2012): $499, MacBook w/Superdrive: $399...

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13:10
Note to Self: It’s the Storage Space, Stupid

Last night I speculated that the slow uptake of iOS 8 was about people not trusting Apple with iOS software updates — too many bugs, and too many friends and family members talking about those bugs. I still think there’s something to that angle.

But it’s very clear that I was wrong about what the primary factor is. The simple answer was staring me right in the face. It’s all about the over-the-air update requiring 5 GB of free storage space, and many people not having that much free space, and not knowing how or simply not wanting to deal with it.

I don’t think I have ever received so much reader feedback on a post in the history of Daring Fireball. Hundreds of emails. Dozens and dozens of replies on Twitter. All of them saying the exact same thing: that either they themselves or people they know want to...

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13:09
AT&T fined $105M by FTC over cramming, $80M...

AT&T has been hit with a $105 million fine for allowing "premium" SMS subscriptions and other charges to be applied to customer accounts, a practice known as "cramming." The carrier has settled with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over the charges, with the majority of the settlement devoted to paying back affected customers....

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13:02
Adobe Digital Editions e-book reader collecting,...

If Adobe didn't appear problematic enough for computer users because of the frequency of the company's products being used for attack vectors, then the idea that they collect data through Digital Editions 4 may push users over the edge. As it turns out, the program that's used to enforce digital rights management on borrowed books from libraries or other online avenues is reporting details on the use of the ePub files. To complicate the matter, the information is sent unencrypted back to an Adobe server....

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12:51
Apple finalizes HomeKit specifications for MFI gear...

Apple has finalized and released official specifications for HomeKit, the home automation platform built into iOS 8. Details were reportedly made available to Made-for-iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFI) gear manufacturers last week. Apple mandates that any company wanting to build HomeKit-capable hardware apply for MFI certification....

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12:50
HTC announces $199 GoPro-like camera accessory ‘RE’...

Just as we expected it to, HTC has just announced the RE camera during its Double Exposure event in New York City. The RE camera is a GoPro-like camera that records point of view video, but does not have any sort of viewfinder, which HTC says makes it incredibly easy and simple to use.

The design of the RE camera is also simple, and while it does resemble an inhaler, it has only two buttons. One of the buttons allows you to tap and instantly capture 16MP photos or long press to record 1080p video. The other button allows you to take slow motion video in HD quality.
To make up for the lack of a viewfinder, HTC...

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12:40
iOS 8: 3 Very Nice Weather Apps With Widgets for...

Previously, four science oriented apps that integrate with iOS 8 Notification Center were discussed. Two were weather apps. John Martellaro now looks at three more very nice weather apps that also have widgets appearing in the Notification Center.

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12:30
Former Apple CEO John Sculley: Steve Jobs sold...

In a new video interview with Entrepreneur Magazine, former Apple CEO John Sculley discusses what exactly set Apple apart from its competition starting with the famous "1984" advertisement. Jobs' vision for Apple's marketing was selling experiences...

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12:23
King of click: the story of the greatest keyboard...

The Verge:

The first thing you notice about the IBM Model M keyboard, when you finally get your hands on it, is its size. After years of tapping chiclet keys and glass screens on two- and three-pound devices, hefting five pounds of plastic and metal (including a thick steel plate) is slightly intimidating. The second thing is the sound – the solid click that’s turned a standard-issue beige peripheral into one of the computer world’s most prized and useful antiques.

I used this keyboard so much in college, I can still hear that sound and feel that key pressure. Great keyboard.
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12:19
Tight dirndls, heavy beers, and grabby hands: The...

Medium:

The physically and mentally exhausting nature of the Oktoberfest fortnight requires trust that’s cultivated in familiarity. Each server needs to know she can lean on her fellow team members when she’s endured so many boob ogles, grabby hands, and sawdust-covered blobs on the floor. Worming your way through 10,000 sweaty, beer-swilling revelers 12 hours a day for 16 days straight tests the limits of even the most crowd-loving extrovert.

Attending Oktoberfest in Germany has always been on my bucket list.
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12:19
Surging Mac sales put Apple among top five global PC...

The Macintosh may have posted its strongest worldwide market share yet last quarter, according to the latest estimates from IDC, which place Apple among the top five global PC vendors for the first time.

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12:04
LearnToMod Offers Minecraft Customization

World-building games like Minecraft are very popular, and for some people the real fun is in the "mods," getting to add things like the local weather or turning everything into candy. If that's the part of Minecraft you like, there's now a way to build your own. LearnToMod is a project from ThoughtSTEM, a computer science education organization. There are two options: you can learn using Javascript, or by using "blocks", an easy way to learn concepts without worrying about syntax errors. For a pre-order price of $30, you get three months of access to a server, and a lifetime rate of $10 monthly for continued access. Also included are video tutorials and a browser-based coding environment, so getting started requires nothing more than a copy of Minecraft. Their pre-order is going through the end of the year....

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12:00
Ultimate Ears Pro 7 Custom in-ear monitors for pro...

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11:50
Carl Icahn teases 'interesting' open...

Investor and activist Carl Icahn, who previously had a public battle with Apple over its cash hoard, has revealed he will be sending another open letter to Chief Executive Tim Cook on Thursday, and indicated he believes the note "will be interesting."

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11:50
Apple Calls GTAT Bankruptcy Decision ‘Surprising’

Apple said it was surprised by GT Advanced Technologies's (GTAT) decision to file for bankruptcy protection. GTAT makes furnaces used in the production of synthetic sapphire, and the two companies had partnered on a massive sapphire manufacturing facility outside Mesa, Arizona. The firm filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday, October 8th, and Apple's statement characterized the move as "surprising."

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11:30
Apple was surprised by GT Advanced bankruptcy

Apple was caught off-guard by GT Advanced Technologies' announcement that they plan to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to a report published today in Reuters.

In the iPhone maker's first public response, it said it was working with...

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11:11
News: Apple ‘surprised’ by GT Advanced Technologies...

Following news earlier this week that Apple’s sapphire supplier GT Advance Technologies had filed for bankruptcy, Reuters reports that Apple has stated it was “surprised” by the news and is now considering its next steps. An Apple spokesman noted that the company “focused on preserving jobs in Arizona following GT’s surprising decision and we will continue to work with state and local officials as we consider our next…

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11:10
Apple calls GT bankruptcy 'surprising,'...

Breaking its silence, Apple has issued a formal statement on the bankruptcy of sapphire supplier GT Advanced. "We are focused on preserving jobs in Arizona following GT's surprising decision and we will continue to work with state and local officials as we consider our next steps," a representative says. The quote is referring to a GT-operated factory in Mesa, Arizona, which is technically owned by Apple....

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11:00
Dear Fitbit: technology is designed to make our...

Over the past few years I have owned five or more Fitbit One trackers. Last year I got an Aria scale, which wirelessly transmits my body fat percentage and weight to Fitbit's servers. Of course, if you have bought into the Fitbit ecosystem you may...

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10:38
Pinning Down the Matter/Antimatter Particle Just Got...


Researchers led by Princeton University physics professor Ali Yazdani have developed an easier way to spot the much-sought-after Majorana fermion. "Theorists have proposed that Majorana can emerge at the edge of some superconductors as quasi-particles, and manipulating them can be used to test their properties as well as building interesting quantum systems that could be useful," Yazdani said. That could further help advance quantum computing, as the Majorana fermion can be used as a qubit, or quantum bit.

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10:07
Google adds iOS News & Weather app, SwiftKey...

Google has added to its extensive collection of iOS apps with a new News & Weather offering, while third-party keyboard maker SwiftKey addressed performance issues in a new release and PDF Expert 5 added support for the iPhone 6 series and iOS 8.

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10:00
iOS 8.1 kills exploit that allowed installation of...

Everyone loves retro game emulators on iOS -- well, almost everyone -- but the ability to easily install them looks like it's about to meet an end thanks to Apple's upcoming iOS 8.1 update. According to those who have tested the soon-to-be-released...

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09:34
Apple confirms October 16th press event

Confirming earlier rumors, Apple has sent out media invites to an October 16th press event. The invitations reveal virtually nothing about the showcase, simply offering an iOS 8-style Apple logo, the tagline "it's been way too long," and a time and place: the company's Cupertino headquarters at 10AM Pacific time. Apple is mainly expected to reveal a second-generation iPad Air and a third-gen iPad mini....

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09:30
Apple set to go to trial in November over FairPlay...

The year isn't 2007 so you might be surprised to learn that Apple, in 2014, still has a pending legal class action suit regarding iPods and the FairPlay DRM that used to shroud every song sold on iTunes.

The lawsuit dates all the way back to 2004...

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09:24
First Look: GE Link Connected LED Bulb + Wink Hub

Although numerous small developers and lighting giant Philips were earlier to marked with remote-controlled LED lightbulbs, General Electric and Quirky have teamed up on their own smart lightbulbs -- Link ($15-$25) -- plus a wireless Zigbee hub called Wink ($50). The Link bulbs come in 60W ($15, shown), 65W ($20) and 90W ($25) equivalent versions varying from soft white to bright white in color temperature, fitting into normal sockets and drawing…

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09:21
Apple opens the door for HomeKit accessory makers w...

Apple has now finalized and published specifications for HomeKit through its Made-For-iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) licensing program. The finalized specifications, which allow accessory makers to start building products that integrate iOS 8’s new framework for home automation devices, come ahead of Apple’s yearly MFi summit in November where it plans to brief manufacturing partners on HomeKit and other new iOS 8 features for accessories.
There have already been a couple products announced with HomeKit integration, most of which are all...

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09:18
Fitbit says no to Apple's HealthKit for now

Users of Apple’s Health app in iOS 8 will have to get by without Fitbit integration for now.
Responding to questions on its forums, Fitbit says it has no plans to tie the data from its app and fitness band to Apple’s HealthKit framework. “It is an interesting new platform and we will watch as it matures, looking for opportunities to improve the Fitbit experience,” a moderator said. “At the moment, we’re working on other exciting projects that we think will be valuable to users.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:10
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-08

Apple is hosting another media event next week on October 16, so let the announcement speculation begin. John Martellaro joins Jeff Gamet to talk about what they think Apple has in store for next week (hint: get ready for a new iPad Air) and they look at some alternative ways to carry your iPhone, too.

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09:00
Zombie Highway 2 ups the eye candy and adds buckets...

I've been a fan of the original Zombie Highway since it launched on iOS in 2010. The game received regular updates in the years since, adding so much additional content that today it's practically unrecognizable from the original App Store release --...

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08:41
It’s been way too long: Apple to hold iPad event Oct...

We knew it was coming, and it’s finally here: Apple on Wednesday announced a media event to be held at its Cupertino headquarters Oct. 16. Of course, the
company didn’t give much—or any—detail as to what journalists and guests can expect, just that “it’s been too long.” Too long for what?
What we expect:
An iPad Air 2 (perhaps in gold), a Retina iMac, the official
launch of OS X Yosemite, iOS 8.1, and more information about Apple Pay, which is rumored to roll out Oct. 20....

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08:38
12-inch MacBook Air already in limited production,...

Quanta Computer has already started on small-scale production of a 12-inch MacBook Air, supply chain sources claim. Yield rates are currently said to be unsatisfactory, and production is only expected to ramp up in November. The sources even suggest that the laptop might not ship in time for Christmas. Typically, however, Apple will do all it can to ship a product before Christmas, the Apple Watch being a notable exception....

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08:22
Apple Sends Out Media Event Invitations for October...

Apple sent out invitations to a media event for October 16th Wednesday as expected, an event that is expected to focus on new iPads, new Macs, and the release of OS X Yosemite. Apple could launch Apple Pay at the event, as that service was scheduled to go live in "mid-October."

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08:15
News: Apple sends out invites for Oct. 16 event

Apple has sent out invitations to its upcoming event on Thursday, Oct. 16. “It’s been way too long,” says the invitation. As usual, the event will begin at 10 a.m. Pacific time. The company is expected to introduce its new iPads at the event, in addition to new iMacs....

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