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Monday September 15

06:06
Apple's A8 SoC likely carrying new 6-core...

Apple boasts of massive performance improvements in its latest A-series processor -- up to 84x over the first-generation iPhone -- and the company is thought to have achieved those gains by moving to a new 6-core GPU design alongside a slightly redesigned application processor, data suggests.

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06:00
Apple confirms it sold record-breaking four million...

Apple today announced record-breaking pre-orders of its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handset with orders exceeding 4 million units in the first day of availability The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus beats out previously announced pre-order sales of the 2012...

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05:58
Guess Watches CEO pretends she welcomes the Apple...

If you’re the CEO of a watch company, you likely watched the announcement of the Apple Watch with a mixture of optimism and fear. Optimism because Apple just made watches cool again in a market where many people haven’t worn one for years. Fear because most of those who now have a renewed interest in watches aren’t going to buy yours.
Guess Watches CEO Cindy Livingston put a brave face on it with a letter welcoming Tim Cook to the watch industry (full version below) as she announced the company plans to make a smartwatch of its own … 
Livingston talks about the changes the watch industry has already gone through over the decades – “the introduction of quartz movements, the rise and fall of calculator watches, digitals, analogue-digitals and many many brands, both big and small...

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05:57
Rise of the Smartwatch


Taken separately, last week's announcements from Apple, Intel and T-Mobile were impressive. Intel and T-Mobile basically announced they were going to explode the existing mobile market, changing it dramatically from what it is today. Apple embraced some slow-moving technologies, which should speed them up dramatically. Frankly, I don't think what Apple announced is in the same league, but it will have a big impact and drive change into the market. Of these three news-making companies, Intel is setting up to provide the biggest impact by far.

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05:56
News: Report: Apple gets 0.15 percent from each...

Each transaction made with Apple Pay earns Apple 0.15 percent of the purchase, according to the Financial Times. This means that 15 cents of a $100 purchase would go to Apple, multiplying for higher-priced purchases. The article calls the deal “unprecedented,” noting that Google and other competitors do not earn such a share. Banking executives raved about Apple Pay — the banks are willing to give up revenue to Apple in “the hope…

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05:48
iPhone 6 Pre-orders Showing Week-long Shipping Delay

Apple's new iPhone 6 pre-orders have slipped from delivering on September 19 to a seven to ten day shipping delay. The delay means anyone who didn't manage to pre-order their iPhone 6 before inventory ran out will have to wait about a week before seeing theirs, or stand in line this Friday morning at an Apple Store or one of the company's retail partners.The Mac Observer Spin: It sounds like Apple built up a bigger pre-launch inventory than it had available for earlier iPhone launches, and yet there weren't enough to handle all the pre-orders. You don't see this level of interest for new Samsung or Microsoft smartphone launches.

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05:30
Details emerge on Apple HealthKit, including trials...

From last week’s Apple press release:

Healthcare providers can now monitor the data their patients choose to share through apps such as Mayo Clinic or Epic’s MyChart app that will be used by Duke Medicine and Stanford Children’s Health/Stanford Medicine, among others.

Details are now starting to emerge on the Duke and Stanford efforts.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:19
Apple's HealthKit powering ambitious new...

Apple's new HealthKit tools in iOS 8 are the centerpiece of two separate medical trials about to kick off at prominent U.S. hospitals, aiming to help in treatment of diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

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05:14
News: Apple announces record 4M+ pre-orders for...

Apple has announced that its newest iPhones — iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus — received more than four million pre-orders in the first 24 hours of availability. According to Apple, that’s a record number of pre-orders, though there have been numerous reports of customers ordering each of the new iPhone sizes intending to return the one they don’t want. In any case, the company notes that demand has exceeded the pre-order supply, “and…

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05:10
Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders top 4 million...

Your unsurprising news for this Monday morning: Apple sold a lot of pre-orders for the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus last Friday. Over four million pre-orders in the first 24 hours, to be precise.As it has been in years past, pre-orders opened in the wee hours of Friday morning and were plagued with server issues (likely due to the overwhelming demand for new iOS devices) until midday.Apple’s no stranger to big pre-order numbers, of course: While the iPhone 5s’s early sales weren’t released, the iPhone 5 topped two million, while the iPhone 4 pre-orders rang in at 600,000....

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05:08
Jean-Louis Gassée on Marc Newson and the Apple Watch

[VIDEO] This is a fun read. In today’s Monday note, Jean-Louis Gassée explores the creation of and reaction to the Apple Watch. Most interesting to me was the discussion of the potential role that Apple’s newly hired designer Marc Newson, a longtime pal of Jony Ive, played in the design of the Apple Watch.

The video embedded below is a few years old and has been making the rounds since word of Newson’s hire by Apple got out. It shows Newson lovingly, even wistfully, paging through his watch design portfolio. If you have not yet seen this, take a few minutes to watch...

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05:01
Rokform Sport v3 for iPhone 6

Currently available in five color schemes and also referred to as "iPhone 6 Case - Mountable," Rokform's new Sport v3 for iPhone 6 ($39) is a hard plastic and rubber case with some unique features. The case feels really solid and is pitched as shock-absorbant, with full button protection and all the expected holes. Each case ships with two replaceable back panels -- one with an removable magnet pre-inserted, the other with a hole for attachment to…

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04:57
Apple removing iPhone 5s leather case color options...


Apple seems to be simplifying its range of accessories for its older iPhones ahead of the iPhone 6 launch on Friday. As shown above, Apple has removed every color of iPhone 5s case apart from black from its website. Although it is strange for Apple to reduce its potential for accessory sales (given that it now sells the iPhone 5s for only $99 on contract), it is seemingly focusing on its new range of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus leather and silicone cases instead.
Apple did not offer plastic case options last year, although they appear to have proved popular. iPhone 6 cases are now backordered for several weeks. For iPhone 5s owners, it may be possible to find discounted cases at other...

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04:46
iPhone 6, 6 Plus Pre-orders Top 4 Million in First...

Pre-order sales for Apple's brand new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus topped 4 million during on their first day of availability last Friday. Apple said its first day pre-orders set a new record ahead of this Friday's official in-store launch, and exceeded the company's pre-order inventory.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple managed to score another record breaker for iPhone sales with last Friday's pre-orders, and if that's any indication, we'll likely see long lines for early adopter sales this Friday at the company's retail locations. There's a chance we'll see fast inventory sellouts, too, especially for the larger screen iPhone 6 Plus.

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04:43
Apple’s employee reservation system seemingly...

Apple has advised store staff that those working overnight or morning shifts on Friday will be able to reserve an iPhone 6, but not a 6 Plus, if a tweeted photo is genuine (and we have evidence it is). This would lend further weight to longstanding rumors and overwhelming evidence that the 5.5-inch model would be in short supply … 
A purported photo of a document issued to Apple Store staff was tweeted by an anon store employee this...

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04:42
Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus reach record...

Apple's 2014 smartphone lineup is already off to a record start, with 4 million preorders taken for both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in their first 24 hours of availability, leading up to this Friday's launch.

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04:30
Chronulator: how to make world time both ugly and...

I work with people all over the world and it's useful to know in advance what time it is where they are to schedule voice and video calls. Frankly, it's not that complex. The basic iOS Clock app has that covered. Or you could just ask Siri. And there...

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04:17
Apple tops list of largest public US companies, far...

Apple’s market cap pushed back over the $600 billion mark. Second place is Exxon Mobil Corp at $412 billion, then Google at $397 billion and Microsoft at $386 billion.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:08
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Sell Record Four Million...

Apple has announced that the just-announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus racked up over four million pre-orders in the first 24 hours of sales, yet another record. 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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03:48
Apple Pay may mean the end of physical bank cards...

While we’d all expected plastic bank cards to be replaced by apps eventually, the CEO of mobile banking startup Moven is suggesting that Apple’s backing could mean the end of physical bank cards within 2-3 years.

The additional sweetners here are three fold. Firstly, tokenization will avoid much of the type of breaches we’ve seen at Target and Home Depot because the token is only a one-time use thing. Secondly, the move to tokens and the combination of biometrics, etc allow for the emergence of a ‘cardholder present’ approach to interchange rates that will potentially give mobile payments a competitive merchant rate. Lastly, the US might effectively jump straight from magstripe to mobile, especially if issuers can figure out how to reduce the cost of card replacement by moving straight to mobile SE and tokens …

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03:05
External Link: Tim Cook Sits Down with Charlie Rose

Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down for an interview with Charlie Rose, and the first hour is now available to watch. It’s chock full of interesting tidbits, such as Steve Jobs still having an office at Apple, who Apple’s biggest competitor is, things Apple wouldn’t have done under Jobs, and the state of the TV industry. 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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03:04
External Link: Microsoft Buys Minecraft Developer...

Microsoft has announced that it will purchase Stockholm-based developer Mojang, creators of the smash-hit game Minecraft, for $2.5 billion. Minecraft is a procedurally generated sandbox game that mixes survival, construction, and fantasy. It rose from obscurity to be one of the most popular games of all time, with over 100 million downloads. Unfortunately, the founders of Mojang are moving on, so the game’s future is uncertain. 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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02:16
Hands On: Planetary Annihilation (OS X, Windows,...

In August 2012, a team from Uber Entertainment launched a kickStarter campaign, aiming to raise $900,000 to make a new real-time strategy game called Planetary Annihilation. After two years of work and raising over $2.2 million, as well as other funds via "early access," the game is finally released outside of beta, and gamers can finally try out what backers have been playing for some time during the game's development....

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00:37
Apple Watch, AirDrop, iBeacon & Continuity coax...

Over the past few years, Apple has released a series of OS technologies that connect devices using Bluetooth, WiFi or a combination of the two wireless technologies. Here's how the new Apple Watch--as well as AirDrop, iBeacon and the new Continuity features of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite--work to deliver simple, efficient and fast wireless connectivity, in marked contrast to Google's rival efforts for Android.

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00:16
Doximity: Doctors a prime market for fast iPhone 6...

Although it is not surprising to learn that Apple products such as the iPhone and iPad have an above-average adoption rate among medical professionals, new information from a networking site devoted to doctors has shed new insight on the relationship between Apple and the medical field. Doximity, described by Forbes as a "LinkedIn for doctors," reports that of its 300,000 member database, some 85 percent of doctors carry iPhones -- and they tend to upgrade to new models very quickly....

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Sunday September 14

22:03
Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2...

Zanadou writes "Apple may have succeeded at breaking two records at once with the free release of U2's latest album, titled Songs of Innocence, via iTunes. But now, it looks like it's also on track to become one of the worst music publicity stunts of all time. Users who have opted to download new purchases to their iPhones automatically have found the new U2 album sitting on their phones. But even if iTunes users hadn't chosen automatic downloads, Songs of Innocence will still be displayed as an "iTunes in the Cloud" purchase. That means it will still be shown as part of your music library, even if you delete all the tracks. The only way to make the U2 album go away is to go to your Mac or PC and hide all of your "iTunes in the Cloud" purchases, or to use iTunes to manually hide each track from your purchased items list. Other reactions include rapper, Tyler, The Creator, saying that having the new U2 album automatically downloaded on his iPhone was like waking up with a STD....

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22:00
Roundup: Games for iOS at PAX Prime 2014

At this year's Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle, there was no shortage of iPad games on the show floor. From independent developers to more well-known names in publishing, there weren't enough genres of games to keep all levels of players engaged. Electronista was on hand to take a look at some of the games that are out now or coming to iOS in the future....

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21:17
Samsung calls Apple's iPhone 6 Plus a Galaxy...

In a new commercial released on Saturday, Samsung expectedly calls Apple a copycat for releasing a larger-screened iPhone, specifically the iPhone 6 Plus, saying the new handset comes three years after the Galaxy Note introduced the "phablet" form factor.

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20:15
Briefly: Q Card Case Wallet, NovaPack battery case...

Mobile accessories designer CM4 has announced the introduction of its Q Card Case for the iPhone 6. A one-piece design, the Q Card case protects the user's phone in addition to storing credit cards, cash and IDs. Its rubber-and-fabric composition aims to minimize overall bulk. The Q Card Case for iPhone 6 is now available to order for $40, with shipping beginning next week....

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18:00
Last week's popular and featured articles on...

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

How the iPhone 6 Plus could...

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17:43
Samsung’s latest ad claims iPhone 6 Plus rips off...

Up is down, black is white. Bizarro.Filed under: AAPL Company Visit 9to5Mac to find more special coverage of...

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17:09
Parallels Desktop 10.0.2

Fixes several stability- and performance-related issues. ($79.99 new, free update, 275 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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16:55
TextExpander 4.3.3

Ensures compatibility with OS X Yosemite. ($34.95 new, free update, 9.8 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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16:00
First hour of Tim Cook's interview with Charlie...

If you haven't seen enough of Apple's Tim Cook over the past few days, you're in luck. The soft-spoken CEO sat down for a two-hour interview with PBS anchor (and MacBook Air gravity defender) Charlie Rose. The first part of that conversation is...

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14:53
Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

jones_supa writes Google has revealed that it's launching the finished 64-bit version of Chrome 39 for OS X this November, which already brought benefits in speed, security and stability on Windows. However at this point the 32-bit build for Mac will cease to exist. Just to make it clear, this decision does not apply to Windows and Linux builds, at least for now. As a side effect, 32-bit NPAPI plugins will not work on Chrome on Mac version 39 onwards. The affected hardware are only the very first x86-based Macs with Intel Core Duo processors. An interesting question remains, whether the open source version of Chrome, which is of course Chromium, could still be compiled for x86-32 on OS X. ...

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14:27
External Link: Behind the Scenes of Apple’s $100...

Billboard spoke with U2’s new manager, Guy Oseary, about the band’s deal with Apple to distribute their latest album, “Songs of Innocence,” for free to iTunes users. The deal is rumored to have cost Apple up to $100 million. Oseary discusses Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine’s close relationship with U2, hints at future Apple collaborations, and talks about retailers’ annoyance at the deal. 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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14:00
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:

Blumoo turns your iOS device into the ultimate...

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13:49
Detroit Slow Roller Jason Hall Talks about Apple and...

Jason Hall, the subject of an Apple iPad commercial, was interviewed on WDIV, a Detroit TV station. Mr. Hall is the founder of the Detroit Slow Roll, a movement to get to know the streets of detroit by taking slow bike rides around the city. It's a very cool movement, and in his interview, Mr. Hall talks about Apple sending him to different Apple Stores around the country, and how that has allowed him to talk about the Detroit Slow Roll. Check out the interview below.

video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player

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12:00
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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11:23
Automattic reacts to leak of Gmail logins, resets...

Fallout could still be on the way as a result of the collection of nearly 5 million Gmail username and password credentials...

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11:02
Briefly: PrivacyScan update for OS X, EditReady 1.1...

SecureMac has released an update for its privacy software for OS X, featuring a new digital footprint security wipe functionality. PrivacyScan allows users to erase sensitive information securely prevent recovery, as such cache files, browsing history, cookies, temporary files and more. The latest version (v1.6) improves compatibility with future versions of OS X, and also adds greater Firefox web browser support and fixes. PrivacyScan is priced at $15 on the App Store, with a free demo version available directly through SecureMac....

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10:00
Why Apple Pay could succeed where others have had...

"Apple Pay beta"

TheTruthAbout

A couple of months ago I was visiting New York City and had to catch an early flight out of LaGuardia. At 4:30am I hailed a taxi on Houston Street and the driver and I sped to the airport over dark, empty streets.
On the way, I found a Samsung Note 3 in my bag that Review Editor Ron Amadeo had sent me a few weeks before. The thing had a Near-Field Communications (NFC) chip in it, and I had set up my Google Wallet account on it earlier. I also noticed that the taxi I was in had a tap-to-pay terminal displayed in the backseat. I am a consummate morning person, and a rush of new-day adrenaline told me that it was time to make my first Google Wallet purchase in three years—my last...

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10:00
Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test...

SternisheFan notes reports about why Apple didn't use sapphire glass screens in the latest iPhones as many expected. Sapphire screens were part of the iPhone 6 design until the glass repeatedly cracked during standard drop tests conducted by Apple suppliers. So Apple abandoned its sapphire plans before the iPhone 6 product launch September 9. VentureBeat has learned that recent supplier channel checks by an IDC analyst yielded several reports of the sapphire failures and Apple's decision against using the glass material. As we heard on Tuesday in Cupertino, both the iPhone 6 and the larger iPhone 6 Plus will ship with screens made of "ion-strengthened" glass. This was apparently Apple's second choice. IDC analyst Danielle Levitas says it isn't clear when exactly the drop-test failures took place, or when Apple abandoned plans for sapphire-screened iPhones. She says the poor drop-test results, combined with the relative high cost of sapphire glass, could have made plans to ship...

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10:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Analog Film [iOS...

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08:58
XSan - Corrupted inode 0xXXXXXXXXXXXXX (Bad Marker(s...

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: corrupted inodeHelp please!

  • Error*: buildinodes: Corrupted inode 0x22000000635765 (Bad Marker(s)).

cvadmin can't see SAN volume, but can start by sudo cvadmin start SAN

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08:00
Blue Microphones breaks the headphone mold with Mo-Fi

TUAW readers know the love many of our bloggers and editors feel for products from Blue Microphones. The company has been making amazing mics for recording music and podcasts for years, but the latest Blue product isn't a microphone -- it's a pair of...

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07:51
MGG 519: Aspect Ratios Are Fun & AT&T Next...

Dave's fresh back from Cupertino (and fresh from ordering a new iPhone), and he and John talk through the events of the week plus answer your questions. Want to know the size delta for watching movies on the iPhone 6 Plus vs. an iPad mini? Dave did some crazy Pythagorean-theorum-based math for you! He also did some more standard math to figure out if an AT&T Next Plan is right, too. Then it's on to question. Want to know how to copy files from a drive that's corrupted? Want to disable your iPhone number from iMessage? Want to create a $35 Time Capsule? All these questions and more will be answered this week on Mac Geek Gab.

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05:39
∞ Tim Cook’s Charlie Rose interview

[VIDEO] A few days ago, fresh from the iPhone 6, Apple Watch, Apple Pay launch, Tim Cook appeared on The Charlie Rose Show. The show edited and released the first half of that interview Friday night. The complete video is embedded below, courtesy of Hulu.

I love Charlie Rose’s interview technique. He’s laid back, draws his subjects in, let’s them unburden themselves. He has a collection of issues he wants to explore, but does so so softly, you might not realize he’s even steering.

There’s a lot to enjoy here. Charlie gets hands on with the new iPhones and a look at the Apple Watch on Tim’s wrist. Interestingly, Tim wore his watch, but controlled it himself, saying “I may have some things on here that you shouldn’t see just yet.”

Charlie talks IBM partnership, Beats acquisition, product...

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04:55
Selling your old iPhone

Ordering a new iPhone? Got one to sell or trade in? If so, take a look at the linked article. Apple Insider takes a look at nearly a dozen big-name buyback services and retailers and gives a sense of the going trade-in rate and the trade-in process.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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Saturday September 13

16:58
Part one of Charlie Rose’s full interview with Tim...


The first half of the Tim Cook interview with Charlie Rose is now available to watch — in full — on the CharlieRose.com website. Cook discusses the thinking behind the Watch, purchasing Beats, partnering with IBM, how he and Steve Jobs discussed Cook becoming CEO and much more. Bitesize highlights were posted a few days ago. The video is embedded below, although may not be available to view in all countries.

The second hour of the interview will air on Monday and should be posted online soon after its television debut. Rose teases the second part at the end of the video,...

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14:00
The Walking Dead Pinball is great fun

The Walking Dead by Telltale Games is a lot of fun, and it's won a slew of awards. Now available in two parts, it tells a unique story set in the world of The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman. I played through part one on my iPad and loved it.

Now,...

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12:40
5 Tips for Making Better Slide Show Presentations

Slideshows can sometimes make or break a presentation. Apple's Keynote app is a perfect tool for creating exciting presentations. You just need to make sure a slideshow is what you need. Nancy Carroll Gravley has five tips for making the most out of your slides.

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11:37
Last Chance for Limefuel Lite USB Battery Pack for...

Our deal on the Limefuel Lite USB Battery Pack, a portable charger for iPhone and other portable devices, has been one of our most popular. But it's about to end, so get on it if you want it. The Limefuel Lite features a 15,000mAh Lithium-ion battery, which is a lot of juice, and it has two USB ports so you can charge two devices at the same time. If that's not enough, it has a digital readout that tells you exactly how much power you have left. Through our deal, you can get the Limefuel Lite USB Battery Pack for $34.99. It ends in two days.

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10:08
National Federation of the Blind sues Uber over...

Ride sharing service Uber is being sued by the California branch of the National Federation of the Blind for mistreatment of the disabled. The complaint, filed in the Northern California District Court, alleges refusal of rides to blind persons with service dogs, abandonment of blind travelers in harsh weather conditions, and cancellation fee being charged after being refusing to transport blind riders. Additionally, there is one report of a Uber ride share driver putting a service dog in the trunk of the car, with the driver refusing to pull over and rectify the situation when the passenger r......

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09:31
iPhone trade-in roundup: Apple, Amazon, Best Buy,...

Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are now officially available for pre-order, but buyers still need to decide what to do with their old device. As in years past, AppleInsider takes a look at nearly a dozen big-name buyback services and retailers looking to attract your iPhone trade-ins over the next several weeks.

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09:06
G-Technology shows Thunderbolt 2 64TB G-Speed Studio...

Storage solutions provider G-Technology announced the first extension of its Studio line, the G-Speed Studio XL. Expanding on the two–bay G-RAID Studio and four-bay G-Speed Studio Thunderbolt 2 storage solutions which launched earlier this year, the G-Speed Studio XL holds up to eight removable enterprise-class 7,200 RPM hard drives. Fully populated and properly configured, the array is capable of moving in excess of 1.3GB per second....

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08:14
Full extent of J.P.Morgan hack not known, two months...

Information security professionals are still apparently sorting out the depth of an intrusion at J.P.Morgan Chase from earlier this summer. Three people with information regarding the digital break-in have spoken to press, claiming that the hackers had -- and in some cases may still have -- high-level access to bank servers, as well as gleaning information from around a million customer accounts....

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08:00
How the iPhone 6 Plus could cannibalize sales of the...

It occurred to me the other day that the new, larger iPhone 6 Plus could very well end up eating into sales of the iPad mini with Retina display. Now, I'm not a Wall Street analyst -- just a tech blogger -- but after looking at the relative size,...

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07:44
MIcrosoft closing in on $2.5B Mojang deal, may be...

More details are emerging from Microsoft regarding the rumored deal for Mojang deal. According to sources familiar with the matter, the software giant could announce the deal which would net it the Minecraft developer as soon as Monday, for $2.5 billion in cash. The acquisition cost is about eight times the developer's sales for 2014, and there is no clear known heir to the Minecraft throne in the pipeline....

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06:00
Dog Days of Summer: The end of Toby's YouTube...

It's a hot summer day. You're bored, you grab your iPad, and you binge out on cute doggy videos on YouTube. But what happens when you've seen every possible video? Surely you wouldn't stoop so low as to watch cat videos on YouTube... No, it's time to...

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05:30
Thesaurus is a simple app for quick reference

Reference apps don't get much simpler than Thesaurus. The app, which requires iOS 7 and is US$0.99 in the App Store, does exactly what it says it does: provide you with synonyms – and nothing else.

This minimalist approach definitely has its...

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05:00
∞ Street typography

[VIDEO] Watch these city workers hand lettering some signage on the street. So perfect. Mesmerizing.

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04:30
Want amazing to-do lists? Try Any.DO

It seems our lives grow busier and busier as the years go by. Perhaps two of the busiest demographics are college students and mothers (especially the mothers). While I have never been a mother, I have been a college student, and Any.DO was the...

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04:28
A love letter and obituary for the Apple iPod

Nice reminiscences from the LA Times. Includes video of Steve Jobs doing the original iPod announcement.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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00:14
H.265 video on iPhone 6 models will allow FaceTime...

In addition to the more publicly-known features found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple's tech specs page for the new models has revealed that they support H.265 video encoding and decoding, otherwise known as High Efficiency Video Coding. It allows the same quality of video as H.264, but using only half as much bandwidth -- allowing FaceTime video-conferencing calls to maintain the necessary quality on cellular networks without requiring large amounts of data. It could foreshadow the option of multi-party FaceTime calls on broadband.......

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Friday September 12

21:42
Public version of Google Chrome for Mac will go...


Last month Google released a 64-bit version of the Chrome browser for OS X on its developer channel. However, this version of the app has not yet been made available to the general public. Google announced today in a blog post (via iMore) that the browser would be updated in version 39 not only to add 64-bit support, but to remove 32-bit support.
That means that any 32-bit plugins...

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21:15
iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus preorder delivery dates slip...

Exactly one day after preorders for went live, demand for Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus remains high, as evidenced by continued slips in shipping estimates and the announcement of a record-breaking preorder launch from AT&T.

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20:12
Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest...

MojoKid writes: Historically speaking, we typically see impressive performance gains each time Apple releases a new custom processor for its mobile products. Certainly that was true of the A7 SoC, the world's first 64-bit smartphone processor. So, can we expect the same kind of performance bump from the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, both of which sport the new custom A8 SoC? Maybe not. The iPhone 6 recently surfaced in results for the Basemark X benchmark and armed with a dual-core 1.4GHz Cyclone CPU and A8 GPU, the iPhone 6 scored 21,204.26 and a earned a place at the top of the chart, though not by much. By comparison, the iPhone 5s scored 20,253.80 in the same benchmark. In other words, the iPhone 6 is currently less than 5 percent faster than the iPhone 5s, at least as far as the Basemark X benchmark is concerned. ...

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18:30
Cook: Apple working on projects 'not even...

In a new interview for the PBS Charlie Rose show, Apple CEO Tim Cook adds some small tidbits to hs previous public statements around Apple's latest products. Specifically, he reveals that the company's "great interest" in television is continuing, that the company is working on products not even "rumored about yet," and more....

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18:14
AT&T boasts record-breaking iPhone sales...


AT&T announced in a press release today that last night’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus preorders had set a new record for iPhone sales. As usually happens when a new Apple device goes on sale, the carrier’s backend was so overwhelmed with incoming orders that in stopped responding for most customers, forcing Apple to move to a reservation system that waited several hours until the carrier systems were available before completing many orders.
Unfortunately the company hasn’t given any indication of exactly how many units were sold during last night’s frenzy. Apple...

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18:02
∞ On the rumor that Apple was in talks to buy Square

TechCrunch:

Separately, TechCrunch has heard from multiple sources that Square and Apple were recently in acquisition talks, but that Square walked away.

Nope.

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17:26
Apple's iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus use H.265 codec...

While Apple's new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have drawn attention for their new form factors and flashy Retina HD displays, the handsets boast substantial under-the-hood advancements, including support for the highly efficient H.265 video codec.

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16:30
Details on Apple Pay revealed: 'safer'...

Some of the details of Apple's new mobile payment system, Apple Pay, have been revealed in a report by Britain's The Financial Times. As briefly alluded to by CEO Tim Cook, Apple does get a small commission on sales made using Apple Pay, to the tune of 0.15 percent (15 cents on every $100 spent), though this does not affect the purchase price....

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16:25
Analyst: iPhone 6 Rocky Launch Hints at Big Money...

It's no secret that there were plenty of upset Apple fans just after midnight when iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 pre-orders started thanks to spotty access to the company's online store. The iPhone 6 Plus showed shipping delays almost immediately, and Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um thinks that could be a sign the larger screen model will have a noticeable impact on Apple's bottom line.

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16:10
Apple Says iPhone 6 Pre-orders Hit Record Numbers

Despite getting off to a rocky start, pre-orders for Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus hit record numbers on Friday. The company isn't saying just how many smartphones it sold, but anyone wanting the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will see shipping delays of about a week, and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus is showing even longer delays.The Mac Observer Spin: Interest in the new iPhone models is clearly high considering Apple and its carrier partners are pleased with first day pre-order activity. So much for interest in the iPhone is fading.

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16:06
Gold 'Apple Watch Edition' could cost $1,...

As Apple only announced an entry-level $349 price tier for its upcoming Apple Watch, speculation on cost continues to run rampant, with the latest report claiming high-end gold models could sell for $1,200 when they launch next year.

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16:00
Orbital Wars takes me way back

Shades of Space Invaders from my lost youth and many lost quarters: Orbital Wars (US$0.99) really did bring back memories of those many hours I spent in front of an arcade console and some of my home video consoles playing that classic game and...

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15:45
Chuck La Tournous, Ted Landau and more talk...

The Mac Observer's Chuck La Tournous joined TMO Alumnus Ted Landau, Joe Kissell and host Chuck Joiner on the latest edition of The MacJury. The panel pontificated on new iPhones and analyzed the long term implications of the new "i-less" offerings: Apple Pay and Apple Watch.

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15:14
7 Crazy-Named, Crazy Good Open Source Enterprise IT...


Enterprise IT is a very serious matter, but you might not know it judging by the software tools that are often integral to its operations. The list of odd names in today's data centers and enterprise IT shops also highlights the ongoing trend of polyglot programming. Today's applications and services are based on a wider variety of application components and run on a wider array of infrastructure that includes bare metal servers, traditional data centers, virtual environments, and public, private or hybrid clouds.

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15:00
Siri vs the Scottish Accent (NSFW language)

Siri has steadily improved since its release but anyone who has ever used the speak and search service has experienced their fair share of miscommunication. You have to speak clearly for Siri to understand you but, as the Scottish iPhone user in this...

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14:40
Square reportedly declined $3B Apple acquisition...

Following news that payments company Square recently gathered another $100 million in funding, a report on Friday claims the firm declined an offer to join Apple reportedly worth some $3 billion.

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14:27
AT&T Supporting Wi-Fi Calling Eventually

AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega has announced that AT&T will support Wi-Fi calling (announced as a feature of iOS 8) sometime in 2015, even though it's not really necessary due to the great reach and reliability of the AT&T network.The Mac Observer Spin: AT&T says their network is so awesome nobody needs Wi-Fi calling anyway. That's cute.

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14:23
Feds Wielded Baseball Bat to Win Yahoo's NSA...


The Obama administration threatened Yahoo with fines of $250,000 daily if it wouldn't comply with demands to hand over user information to the United States National Security Agency, Yahoo has disclosed. Yahoo had filed suit against the demands in 2007, citing the Fourth Amendment. "They basically said you must do this thing that you don't want to do or we'll put you out of business," said Daniel Castro, senior analyst at The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation.

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14:17
∞ Apple/U2 album giveaway leads to “the biggest...

If you watched Apple’s event on Tuesday, you no doubt heard that Tim Cook gave away U2′s newest album to about 500 million iTunes users. Three days after the release, Interscope Records said the release is “the biggest album launch ever.” [...]

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14:09
Apple delays introduction of SMS Continuity, iCloud...

Two key iOS 8 features -- SMS Continuity and iCloud Photo Library -- have been pushed to October. The delay was quietly mentioned in a press release from earlier this week. Even when Photo Library does appear, it will only be in beta form. The feature has meanwhile been removed from Apple's iCloud marketing page, and it can't be found in the iOS 8 gold master....

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14:01
Square and Apple acquisition talks reportedly fell...


TechCrunch is reporting today that Apple and mobile payment processor Square were briefly in talks about a possible acqusition. The talks didn’t get far, it seems, as the two companies couldn’t reach an agreement on how much Square was actually worth. Eventually, Square walked away:
Separately, TechCrunch has heard that Square and Apple were in acquisition talks, but that Square walked away. Apple wanted the company to come aboard, but the discussed price was a sticking point: Apple wanted to buy Square for around $3 billion, one source said. Square, valued at the time at a firm 66 percent delta to that price point, declined to accept.
It’s interesting to consider what...

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14:00
Blumoo turns your iOS device into the ultimate remote

If you've ever misplaced your TV remote for any length of time -- and I know you have -- you're familiar with how ridiculously frustrating it can be. Blumoo turns your iOS device into an extremely capable universal remote for virtually everything in...

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13:44
Apple to reportedly net 15 cents for every $100...

Details of Apple's upcoming Apple Pay mobile payments system are starting to emerge, with a report on Friday claiming the company will garner 15 cents on a $100 purchase, more than Google managed for its Google Wallet initiative.

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13:31
Banks did it Apple’s way in payments by mobile

New York Times:

JPMorgan Chase’s chief financial officer, Marianne Lake, took the stage at a financial conference on Tuesday under strict orders not to mention her company’s involvement in Apple’s new payment system.

But when Apple’s chief executive, Timothy D. Cook, at a news conference in California at the same time, finally brought up Apple Pay, one of Ms. Lake’s deputies in New York took a green apple out of her bag and put it on a table on the stage, signaling that Ms. Lake was free to discuss the service.

“So we are very excited about Apple Pay, and Chase customers will be able to participate in that,” Ms. Lake said, noting the appearance of the apple with a nod of her head.

The elaborate measures that Ms. Lake took to keep Apple Pay under wraps until the chosen time underscore the degree of preparation — and investment — that went into a partnership that has the potential to transform one of the banking industry’s most fundamental business lines...

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13:27
U2's 'Songs of Innocence' downloaded...

U2's Songs of Innocence album -- which Apple is currently giving away for free via iTunes -- has already been downloaded over two million times since Tuesday, sources say. The group's back catalog appears to be doing well as well, with 17 albums on the iTunes Top 100 chart, led by The Joshua Tree at number 12....

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13:20
Cook says Apple working on products that 'haven...

In an upcoming PBS interview with Charlie Rose, set to air Friday night, Apple CEO Tim Cook discusses the company's current product lineup, Beats, Apple TV, Steve Jobs' legacy and hints at new product categories that "no one knows about."

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13:18
Apple reportedly earning 0.15% from each Apple Pay...

The Financial Times has an interesting detail not disclosed or previously reported about Apple’s new payment system introduced earlier this week and due out next month. Through Apple Pay, which uses a combination of NFC and Touch ID for authorizing mobile payments, the iPhone maker will collect 0.15% of each transaction that goes through the service.
Bank chief executives fawned about the “exceptional customer experience” and the “exciting move”. They are also paying hard cash for the privilege of being involved: 15 cents of a $100 purchase will go to the iPhone maker, according to two people familiar with the terms of the agreement, which are not public. That is an unprecedented deal, giving Apple a share of the payments...

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13:09
Why Apple Pay could be the mobile-payment system you...

Macworld:

Near Field Communications (NFC)—the technology behind those swipe-free terminals and now Apple Pay—is nothing new. The technology has existed since the late 1990s and appears in many forms, including key fobs, payment cards, and even (on certain phones) Google Wallet. It isn’t necessarily the most widely deployed payment technology, but it certainly isn’t new.

Which begs the question: Why all the hype about Apple Pay? Is it merely the Reality Distortion Field hyping something that’s actually ho-hum? Or is there something deeper here?

Rich Mogull is my go to guy when it comes to Apple security and issues surrounding it. As usual, he writes well and simply about a complicated topic.
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13:09
Tim Cook appears on Charlie Rose, talks Steve Jobs,...

Tim Cook appeared on Charlie Rose in a multi-part interview, the first of which airs today. In three clips released by the show, Cook discusses Steve Jobs’s continuing inspiration at at Apple, the Beats Electronics acquisition, and the Apple TV, the company’s “hobby device” turned full product category.
The second half of the interview will air on Monday night. You can see the other two clips below:

Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple TV, Beats, Charlie Rose, Steve Jobs, Tim Cook...

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13:04
News: iLounge Weekly coming Monday, sign up now

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…

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13:00
Adam Christianson's great tip on how to type an...

TUAW bloggers love writing up things that we know make life easier for our readers. Every once in a while, we see a tip on another site that makes us say "Why didn't I think of that?" That's the case with this wonderful tip posted yesterday by Adam...

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12:44
New iPhone 6 preorders affected by infrastructure...

A number of people trying to place early preorders for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have been met with technical issues. Shoppers are complaining, for instance that they were initially unable to buy unlocked T-Mobile or AT&T models. Apple servers in fact appear to have had problems connecting to carrier servers, forcing the company to issue reservation numbers via email that people could use to complete an order within the next 24 hours....

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12:40
Forum Roundup: Apple watch…why bother?

As everyone knows by now, this week Apple took the wraps off their latest fabrication - the Apple Watch - and while there was much hype about this device leading up to its release, some MacNN forum goers don't seem to think there is much reason to get this particular device over the competition as is discussed in the thread titled "Apple watch…why bother". One Mac Elite wonders if the Apple Watch will be on display in stores before they are available for sale....

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12:37
Apple deals: iPads from $249 and iPods from $99

Apple's Online Store currently has a wide selection of refurbished iPads and iPods on sale for bargain prices. Save 37 percent on the refurbished iPad 2 with Wi-Fi and 16GB of storage space for $249, which is a savings of $150 off the original price. Get special limited time pricing on the refurbished iPad mini with Wi-Fi and Cellular for AT&T, it was $429, but has been cut by $110 to $319....

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12:35
DealNN: MBP for $1,699, MBA for $869 and more

Amazon currently has the previous-generation...

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