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Wednesday September 17

13:26
Google Glass companion app MyGlass for iOS updated w...

Google’s companion app for Google Glass was updated this afternoon on iOS with a few minor changes. The update to MyGlass bumps the app to version 0.8.0 and brings it closer to the generally more capable and more powerful MyGlass Android app.

With this evening’s update, MyGlass on iOS now allows users to sync photos from Glass to the app for easier viewing and sharing. This means that any photos you take with Glass will appear in the MyGlass app almost immediately. Google also says that the update includes a variety of bug fixes, as you would expect.
For those unfamiliar, MyGlass allows Google Glass users to configure and manage their device and do things such as getting directions, screen casting what you see on Glass...

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13:21
Apple turns Activation Lock on by default in iOS 8...

Apple is reportedly making its Activation Lock theft deterrent feature on by default in iOS 8 as it moves to please politicians attempting to require smartphone makers to implement a remote “kill switch” to disable stolen devices. The news comes from Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón who praised Apple’s decision in a statement today.
The two have been pushing smartphone makers for stronger theft deterrent features as part of its Secure Our Smartphones Initiative, but had expressed disappoint with the fact Apple’s Activation Lock feature wasn’t enabled for users by default.
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13:20
Apple rolls out Apple TV software update with "...

Apple's servers are being put to the test today. In addition to the release of iOS 8, Apple earlier today also rolled out a software update for Apple TV which brings with it a number of enhancements.

First, the Apple TV design interface has been...

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13:13
How-to: Shave some GBs off of your iOS device so you...


We should note 1st of all that you can update your iOS device through a Mac with iTunes without having much extra space. That might be the quickest/easiest way to go 
Today iOS 8 came out. There was a massive rush to try to install and download it. The one thing that we were not prepared for or made aware of was the need to have up to 4.7-6.9 GB of space available in order to download and install iOS 8. The reason you needed 4.7-6.9 available is that the 1.1-1.3 GB download of iOS 8 also needs to move a lot of files around during installation.
If you are like us, you might not have that much space needed on your iOS device. We’ve spent the last year downloading music, videos and apps to the point where our iPads tell us to stop. So now we need to delete some of our stuff.
Once you free up your space on your device, and ...

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13:10
iOS OTA update too big? Use iTunes

Having trouble deciding what to remove from your device so the over-the-air upgrade to iOS 8 has enough space? Kelly explains a better way to upgrade.

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13:01
Apple releases iPhone user guide in iBooks

Following the public release of iOS 8 on Wednesday, Apple has published its official iPhone User Guide for the new mobile OS on iBooks, making the digital document available on both desktop and portable devices.

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13:00
iOS 8 HealthKit app support delayed until “end of...

HealthKit may record a lot of data, but until third party apps can access it, it will sit lazily on a figurative couch. Andrew Cunningham

On Wednesday morning, apps designed to connect to the new iOS HealthKit framework were set to launch alongside the brand new iOS 8, but those apps, hungry for your data about calories and fitness progress, apparently hadn't laced their jogging shoes. Shortly after the new version of iOS launched, developers learned that their HealthKit-ready apps and updates had been pulled from the App Store.
A few developers, including the creator of Carrot Fit, soon reported receiving calls and e-mails from Apple confirming that "HealthKit... isn't ready to launch," and later in the day, Apple publicly confirmed that HealthKit support would have to wait...

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13:00
Apple releases statement on iOS 8 HealthKit issues

Apple has released a statement regarding today's issues with their new HealthKit framework, which was released today alongside iOS 8. The company began pulling apps today from the App Store that sync with the HealthKit framework, leading users to...

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12:52
Transmit iOS

I love the apps that Cabel Sasser and the guys from Panic make. I’ve been using Transmit on my Mac for years and now there’s Transmit iOS.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:49
“Apple just sent U2 to my house”

With all of the ridiculous things being written about Apple giving away a U2 album, I thought it was time for a good laugh. I laughed at this.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:45
Dremel reveals Idea Builder: 'user-friendly...

Today, Dremel introduces the Dremel 3D Idea Builder, what the company calls "the most user-friendly 3D printing experience on the market." Through a strategic partnership with Autodesk, Dremel will provide free print-ready 3D models and simple design tools, while continuing to release new design tools on the printer's suppor twebsite to coach users through the building process....

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12:40
How to install a third-party keyboard on an iPhone...

With iOS 8 now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, users can for the first time ever install third-party keyboards that can be utilized system-wide for new ways of inputting text and other characters.

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12:39
Apple’s official iPhone and iPad User Guide for iOS...


With iOS 8 shipping today, Apple has made its official iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch User Guide for iOS 8 available on the iBook Store. The manual is available as a free download.
Here’s everything you need to know about iPhone...

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12:31
Ecobee introduces smart thermostat with remote...

Thermostat manufacturer Ecobee has unveiled its third-generation device, the ecobee3. Much like other smart thermostats, the ecobee3 is able to work out when is the optimum time to raise or lower the temperature, though this time the unit is able to rely on a network of remote sensors to find out whether a room is occupied or not, as well as the temperature of each area....

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12:30
The iOS 8 Health app: What can you do with it today?

Note: At the time of this post Apple has acknowledged issues with HealthKit have delayed numerous third-party health apps.

One of the big announcements out of WWDC 2014 was the iOS 8 Health app and the entire HealthKit framework. The framework is...

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12:23
Nervous mocking

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

Fear is not a great motivator, but it’s one that can easily be spotted.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:09
First-party Apple apps updated en masse for iOS 8

Simultaneously with the release of iOS 8 earlier today, Apple has updated a large collection of first-party apps to include compatibility with the latest release of iOS. Updates include AirPort Utility 1.3.4, Beats Music 2.3, Find My Friends 4.0, Find My iPhone 4.0, iTunes Movie Trailers 1.4.1, iTunes U 2.1, and Remote 4.2.1, most of which have received minor compatibility tweaks for iOS 8. Find My Friends and Find My iPhone now both add support for…

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12:00
Tim Cook says Steve Jobs' office is still Steve...

Although he passed away in 2011, the memory of Steve Jobs still touches everything that Apple does. His presence isn't just felt in the products of the company, but in his old office as well. In a new interview with Business Week about the iPhone 6,...

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11:56
Apple updates Developer tool Xcode, new OS X Server...

Adding to the bevy of updates released today, Apple has released an update to Xcode bringing it up to 6.0.1. Additionally, a new version of OS X Server Developer Preview for OS X 10.10 has been released, incrementing the pre-release to version 4.0 build 14S291i....

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11:50
iOS 8 Upgrade Recommendations By Device/Model

Not sure if it's worth leaping into iOS 8? Kelly breaks down all the iPads and iPhones by model and whether or not you should let fly with that upgrade button.

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11:43
Beats Music comes to Apple TV alongside flat user...

Apple iOS devices weren't the only products to receive updates Wednesday, as the company also rolled out new software for the Apple TV that brings a flatter user interface, a new Beats Music app, and support for Family Sharing.

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11:42
News: Logitech debuts Harmony Living Home line

Logitech has announced a new series of home automation products, the Harmony Living Home line. The products include the Logitech Harmony Ultimate Home remote ($350), which features a 2.4” color touchscreen and can control up to 15 compatible home entertainment devices. A button-only remote, the Logitech Harmony Home Control ($150) controls up to 8 home entertainment devices. The hardware looks to be very similar to last year’s Harmony…

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11:41
∞ Apple’s rumored October 21 iPad event

From Reuters:

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is set to launch two new iPads and release the next version of its Mac operating system at its next event on Oct. 21, a Daily Dot report said, citing sources familiar with the matter.

Nope.

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11:32
Goodbye Macworld

The Verge:

Over the last decade we all made an enormous effort to transform Macworld editorial from a magazine mentality to a web site mentality. And honestly, it worked: By the end, the magazine was essentially a curated collection of the best stories from the web site, cut down and copy edited and with nice photographs. The economics of the business just didn’t make it possible to continue.

The demise of print is a sad but understandable result of the age we live in. That being said, the demise of Macworld is sad in a completely different way.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:32
How to navigate the new Mail gestures and data...

With the iOS 8 Mail app, Apple introduces new gestures for easier one-handed navigation and control, fresh message management options and deeper integration with Notification Center.

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11:30
Apple TV firmware updates with new look, Beats Music...

Accompanying iOS 8 today is updated firmware for the Apple TV. Immediately visible are new cosmetic touches, namely thinner fonts and "flatter" app icons. It also includes some feature additions, such as a Beats Music channel, making it possible to listen to the subscription service Apple acquired earlier this year....

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11:30
Corner the fantasy football market with Stadium...

At this time of year it appears just about everyone is involved in fantasy football in one way or another. You can enter a league and draft or buy your individual players who score points for you. In an app I reviewed earlier, Big Play Scoring, users...

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11:15
A 3D Printed Microscope for Your iPhone for Pennies

Scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington have developed a 3D printed microscope housing for various mobile devices that costs pennies. Combined with an easily available glass bead, the device can offer up to 1,000x magnification. The result is a cheap, digital microscope that can be used in the field to photograph and transmit images of biological samples and get results in minutes. If contaminated, the device is so cheap, it can be thrown away and a new one substituted. "We believe it can fill a need for professional first responders, and also for teachers and students in the classroom, health workers and anyone who just wants an inexpensive microscope readily available," said Rebecca Erikson an applied physicist at PNNL. The laboratory has made the 3D printer specifications available for free, and the video notes, "We've found that the iPhone 5 provides a more optimal picture."...

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11:15
You have to delete your photos twice in iOS 8

If you've successfully updated your iPhone or iPad to iOS 8 today you'll notice a change in the way the system deals with your photos. Instead of immediately deleting them when asked, the photos you choose for elimination fall into a "Recently...

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11:05
The Magic of Heineken movie

Take a captivating ride through nearly 150 years of entertaining history and present-day story of the world’s largest family controlled brewer.

Instant Oscar winner!
∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:05
Customize Notification Center with new widget...

Apple's new iOS 8 mobile operating system gives users the ability to add third-party widgets to Notification Center for the first time since the feature's introduction. AppleInsider took a look at what developers can do with the new functionality and how users can take advantage of it.

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11:00
EyeEm Camera gets a host of new features just in...

There will be flood of iOS app updates today, but the latest from photography app EyeEm is sure to inspire photo fiends to get clicking. The update introduces a reworked camera function that combines your camera roll and camera to show images in...

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10:59
Tim Cook interview: The iPhone 6, the Apple Watch,...

Businessweek:

Almost everything else on Apple’s campus in Cupertino, Calif., is different. The executive wing once radiated nervous energy, with handlers scurrying to anticipate the whims of Apple’s temperamental co-founder. Now there’s tranquility in the hallways, a reflection of the new boss’s calm Southern demeanor. Downstairs, the cafeterias are packed—the workforce has almost doubled. A mile away, behind a ring of fences, construction crews are building the massive foundation for the circular “spaceship” campus that will accommodate 12,000 workers when it’s completed in a few years.

Until Sept. 9, all the other changes at the world’s most valuable and scrutinized company were largely invisible to the public. Then Tim Cook took the stage at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts and laid out much of what Apple has been working on over the past three years.

Along with the Charlie Rose videos, we are seeing more and more inside Cook’s
...

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10:47
Apple updates first-party apps with iOS 8 support,...

In tandem with the release of iOS 8, Apple has also begun updating its optional first-party apps with fresh support. These include Podcasts, iTunes U, Remote, and Find My iPhone. Other apps should be updated shortly....

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10:47
News: Apple TV software updates to 7.0 with Beats...

Apple TV Software 7.0 has been released for the third-generation Apple TV, bringing a new Beats Music channel to the set-top box. As in the case of the iOS app, the Beats Music channel prompts users to sign in or get started on a 14-day free trial. The software update also includes the flatter, redesigned look we previously detailed when the software was in its fourth beta. As seen in that beta, support for Family Sharing and iCloud Photos have also…

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10:45
iOS 8 brings new 3rd party keyboards and Swype is...

Users of iOS 8 no longer have to be happy with just the default Apple keyboard. Developers are now allowed to create keyboards with features Apple that doesn't provide, and we'll see a catalog of new keyboards now that iOS 8 is out. Dave Caolo...

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10:35
Brief held for politicians in DC over Apple privacy...

Apple has sent two high-ranking executives to Capital Hill earlier this week to brief lawmakers on what it is doing to keep users' data secure and private in the wake of new devices tapping into users' health information and financial data. Apple Chief Technology Officer Bud Tribble and Health Project Manager Afshad Mistri briefed the House Energy and Commerce Committee behind closed doors on Tuesday, according to sources within Congress....

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10:34
Swaive debuts Bluetooth-connected ear thermometer...

Swaive Corporation today announced that it has developed the Swaive Thermometer, an "intelligent" Bluetooth-connected ear thermometer. The Swaive Thermometer communicates with an iPhone and iPad app that analyzes temperatures and provides vital information to monitor the health of the family, and syncs with Apple's HealthKit. All readings can be instantly shared with physicians, nurses, parents, caretakers, and spouses allowing remote monitoring of critical trends....

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10:32
Tim Cook and Jony Ive open up about Steve Jobs and...
10:31
Foxconn workers in Brazil strike over pay, lack of...

Workers at a Foxconn factory in Brazil are on strike, potentially affecting shipments of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The strike, by 3,7000 workers at the largest factory under Foxconn control in South America, originally started on September 11th and is still underway, and it appears the worker-led disruption will continue for some time....

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10:27
Apple issues iOS 8 compatibility updates for Beats...

In sync with the public rollout of its next-generation mobile operating system, Apple on Wednesday released updates for each of its first-party iOS apps that bring minor tweaks and fixes for compatibility with iOS 8.

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10:21
iOS 8 now live, adds features like Health app,...

As planned, Apple has released iOS 8 via iTunes and as an over-the-air update. The latter may be difficult or impossible for some users, as it requires roughly 5.7GB of free space on an iPhone, and 6.9GB on an iPad. In any event users must have at least an iPhone 4S, iPad 2, or fifth-generation iPod touch....

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10:19
iOS 8 Rolls Out With Oodles of Goodies


Apple made the latest version of its iOS mobile operating system available for download on Wednesday, and while it looks familiar, it contains lots of new delights not only for fans, but also for its legions of developers. "If you already have iOS 7, you're going to immediately know how to use this, but there's a lot of new features," said Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies. One of those new features is Handoff. It allows you to work on a document, email or project across Apple devices, including those running OS X Yosemite.

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10:17
∞ iOS 8 available for download

It’s a big day, iOS 8 is available to download from Apple. Just go to Settings > General > Software Update on your iOS device.

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10:15
1Password 5 now available for your downloading...

So many people use AgileBits' 1Password app to keep track of the hundreds -- nay, thousands -- of passwords in their lives that this is worthy of a separate announcement. 1Password 5 has just dropped in the App Store, and you can pick up your copy...

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10:15
iOS 8 has arrived, and these apps are ready

Now that iOS 8 release day is here, developers are releasing updated versions of their apps that take advantage of its new features. I've collected several here for you to explore, and I'll be adding more throughout the day. Is there one that I...

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10:03
Mpow’s Steambot Y Delivers Bluetooth for Older Cars

For older cars without Bluetooth, Mpowâs Steambot Y Wireless In-Car Bluetooth FM Transmitter allows users to make hands-free calls, listen to music or GPS voice navigation via their FM radio, and, with built in USB port, charge iPads or iPhones on the go.

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10:03
News: Apple HealthKit not ready for prime time?

Some iOS developers have reported that Apple has been removing HealthKit compatible apps from the App Store following their rollout earlier today ahead of the public iOS 8 release due to issues with the HealthKit framework. Affected apps include titles such as Carrot Fit, MyFitnessPal, and WebMD, all of which disappeared shortly after releasing updates for the new Health features in iOS 8. Apparently Apple found a HealthKit issue on their end and…

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10:02
Master iOS 8 Messages with time saving features for...

One of the more robust additions to Apple's iOS 8 is the Messages app, which gets a bevy of new functions including inline audio and video messaging, group chats and advanced image sharing.

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10:00
Hands-on with the $1000 Vizzywig 4K app

Yes, you saw that correctly. A US$1000 app.

One. Thousand. Dollars.

Now, before you say that it's a gimmick and something that only rich people will buy, let me explain a little bit about the Vizzywig 4K app and what it does.

This app turns an...

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09:58
Apple releases Xcode 6.0.1 to the App Store, seeds...


Alongside the iOS 8 kerfuffle, Apple has posted some new downloads for developers too. OS X Server 4.0 Developer Preview is the latest seed of Yosemite Server and Xcode 6.0.1 is the latest version of the Apple IDE. Xcode 6.0.1 is the version of Apple’s development environment that Apple wants all developers to use going forward for iOS 8 apps. Interestingly, it is different to the Xcode 6 GM that Apple published last week, although the nature of the changes are unclear. It is rolling out to the App Store as a free download now.
 Filed under: Developers ...

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09:58
BusyCal 2.6

Popular calendar app receives a plethora of added features, improvements, and fixes. ($49.99 new, free update, 10.3 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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09:58
TunnelBear 2.4.2

VPN app fixes issue with custom DNS settings, improves reliability on slow networks. (Free, 23.7 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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09:53
Apple TV updated w/ Beats Music channel, refreshed...

In addition to shipping iOS 8 to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users today, Apple has released a software update to Apple TV (third-generation) users as well. As we previewed before, the new version of Apple TV’s software brings a refreshed design with thinner text and flatter icons bringing it more in line with iOS’s look and feel. The update also includes a newly added Beats Music channel for the subscription streaming music service Apple purchased earlier this year.

The update also delivers on support for Family Sharing, Apple’s new feature allowing users to connect multiple Apple ID accounts to a single group with one credit card for sharing purchases, which extends to purchases of movies,...

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09:50
Tim Cook, Jony Ive & other Apple execs talk...

Bloomberg Businessweek published an interesting profile on Apple today that includes interviews with Tim Cook and other Apple executives while detailing how the structure of the company has changed in recent years under Cook:

Almost everything else on Apple’s campus in Cupertino, Calif., is different. The executive wing once radiated nervous energy, with handlers scurrying to anticipate the whims of Apple’s temperamental co-founder. Now there’s tranquility in the hallways, a reflection of the new boss’s calm Southern demeanor. Downstairs, the cafeterias are packed—the workforce has almost doubled. A mile away, behind a ring of fences, construction crews are building the massive foundation for the circular “spaceship” campus that will accommodate 12,000 workers when it’s completed in a few years…

The piece also includes also includes some...

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09:45
iOS 8 is here! Read our complete guide to Apple...

Over the past several weeks, TUAW bloggers have been trying out all of the new features in iOS 8 to see how they work and how they'll make your mobile life easier. Now that iOS 8 is officially available, here's a list of all of our detailed write-ups...

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09:40
Apple TV Updated to 7.0, includes Beats Music

The Apple TV has been updated with a sleek new look and the introduction of Apple’s recently acquired Beats Music service. 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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09:40
PSA: Skip iCloud Drive if You Sync iCloud Data to...

Yes, iOS 8 is out, and it's wonderful, but one of those new features isn't quite ready for Prime Time. If syncing iCloud data is an important part of your workflow, you're better off skipping the iCloud Drive feature for now.

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09:40
Get to know iOS 8: Messages gets new ways to...

Messages is arguably the most useful communications tool on your iPhone. What started as a way to make SMS text conversations easier to follow has blossomed into a full-fledged communication powerhouse. And in iOS 8, Messages is better than it's ever been. Ironically, one of its best new tricks is the equivalent of leaving an old-fashioned voicemail—only now that's way more useful because it lives alongside the texts, photos, videos, and shared locations you keep in Messages already. Let's walk through what's new and cool in Apple's chat app.Say anything

Constantly tapping out texts in Messages is the exact exercise the Surgeon General recommends for injuries to the thumb tendons—OK, that's not true. But it is true that, in iOS 8, you don’t have to use your thumbs to let someone know you’re thinking of them. You don’t even have to send words.To read this...

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09:36
News: New Cook interview provides insight on Apple...

The newest profile of Apple CEO Tim Cook, from Bloomberg Businessweek, provides a number of interesting details about Cook’s leadership of the company, including further insight into the development of the Apple Watch. “Anybody coming out of there yesterday knows that innovation is alive and well in Cupertino,” Cook said following the event introducing the new iPhones, Apple Pay, and the Apple Watch. “If there were any doubts, I think…

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09:35
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-17

Updating to iOS 8 today? Don't turn on iCloud Drive. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin and join Jeff Gamet to explain why iCloud Drive could be a big bucket of hurt for you today, and they look at how the Apple Watch fits in with the luxury watch market.

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09:30
Get to know iOS 8: Spotlight, Siri, and notifications

iOS 8 isn’t the radical departure from previous versions of Apple’s mobile operating system that iOS 7 was. While there exist brand new features, some of the most attractive elements of the latest OS are refinements to existing features. They include notifications, Spotlight searches, and Siri interactions. Let’s dive in to see how the changes will affect you.Quick Reply

If you’re running OS X Mavericks on your Mac, you’re aware of the ability to quickly reply to certain items in Notification Center. For example, if someone sends you a text message, you can respond to it just by typing in Notification Center—no Messages app necessary. Likewise, you can use this same area to enter a quick response to an email message or answer a FaceTime call.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:30
Foxconn already struggling to keep up with...

The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are monsters. They're both far bigger than any previously released iPhone and the 6 Plus model in particular is gargantuan. They're also both monsters in the sense that demand for them is already off the charts....

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09:26
iOS 8 over-the-air updates are rolling out now

iOS 8 has been released to the public.

Andrew Cunningham

As promised at the iPhone 6 unveiling last week, Apple has just released iOS 8 to current iDevice users with compatible hardware. The software arrives two days ahead of the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and it's available either as an over-the-air update or through iTunes. The update should be available for the iPhone 4S, 5, 5C, and 5S; all iPads except the first-generation model; the fifth-generation iPod Touch; and both revisions of the third-generation Apple TV.
You can read pretty much everything there is to know about iOS 8 in our main review, but suffice it to say this is a big update. The headlining features include the new extensions, Continuity features that make your iDevices work more seamlessly with one another, improvements to many core applications, Family Sharing accounts that allow you to share purchases...

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09:20
Get to know iOS 8: How Extensions work and why they...

Even though iOS 8 superficially looks like its immediate predecessor, there are some new under-the-hood technologies that'll have a huge impact on the way we all use our iOS devices. One of the most significant of these is something Apple calls Extensions.What are extensions?

Simply put, extensions allow iOS apps to “lend” functionality to one another or to the operating system. Apple is allowing developers to create and distribute extensions whose functionality falls in six distinct areas:To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:17
Get to know iOS 8: Changes in the Settings app

With every new version of iOS, Apple loves to add, tweak, and change settings; unsurprisingly, iOS 8 is no different. Here’s a comprehensive list of just about everything the company has changed in iOS 8 within the Settings app.Cellular
The Cellular section used to be hidden in iOS’s General section in previous versions, but was moved to the main screen of the Settings app in iOS 7. It remains there in iOS 8, and for the most part remains unchanged—Cellular features toggles for Cellular Data, LTE, and Data Roaming, along with the menu for using your iPhone as a Personal Hotspot (which, oddly enough, also gets its own listing on the main screen).To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:15
A list of which iPhones, iPods, and iPads are...

With iOS 8 dropping today, we thought we'd drop a quick and friendly reminder listing which iOS devices are eligible for the upgrade.

On the iPhone side:

iPhone 4s
iPhone 5
iPhone 5s
iPhone 5c

On the iPad side:

iPad 2
iPad 3
iPad...

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09:05
iOS 8 Review

An anonymous reader writes: Apple is releasing iOS 8 today, and Ars Technica has posted one of their huge, thorough reviews of the updated operating system. They have this to say about the UI: "iOS 8 tries to fit a whole lot more stuff onto a single screen than iOS 7 did. The operating system was clearly developed in anticipation of iPhones with larger screens." The biggest new feature is Extensions: "Older versions of iOS limited what third-party applications could do to communicate with external services and other third-party applications. ... Extensions remove some (but not all) of those barriers." The biggest examples of extensions are custom keyboards, a feature iOS users have been requesting for years. Downsides to iOS 8 include increased storage and processing requirements, which are bad news for older iPhones, and a host of new bugs associated with the new features. ...

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09:04
Pre-release iPhone 6, 6 Plus reviews generally...

A number of media outlets have published early reviews of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which are only officially shipping on Friday. Re/code's Walt Mossberg, one of Apple's preferred reviewers, calls the iPhone 6 "the best smartphone on the market, when you combine its hardware, all-new operating system, and the Apple ecosystem whose doors it opens." He notes that the battery lasted about 14 to 15 hours in testing, doing far better than the 8 to 10 of the iPhone 5s. On the 6 Plus, Re/code's Lauren Goode comments that while she doesn't like large phones, its battery lasted over a day when screen......

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09:02
Apple Releases iOS 8 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

As promised, Apple released iOS 8 as a free upgrade on Wednesday, two days ahead of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch. iOS 8 adds new features such as Notification widgets, Health fitness tracking, support for third-party keyboards, and more.

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09:00
Commence updating as iOS 8 is now available to...

It's finally here! Apple's latest version of iOS -- iOS 8 -- is now available publicly to download on all compatible iOS devices. These devices include the iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPod touch 5th generation, iPad 2, iPad with Retina...

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08:55
Article: Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of...

Originally unveiled at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June, Apple releases iOS 8 today, the eight major release of its mobile operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. While last year’s release of iOS 7 debuted a whole new design paradigm, this year Apple once again focuses on a more iterative approach, polishing up some of the user experience and adding a handful of small “quality-of-life” improvements…

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08:50
iOS 8: TidBITS Answers Your Questions

Have iOS 8 questions? We’ve got answers! And if you have more questions yet, ask them in the comments, and we’ll do our best to update the article with what you need to know. 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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08:46
News: Apple releases iOS 8

As expected, Apple has released its latest operating system for iOS devices, iOS 8. The update is now available in Settings, General, Software Update. Apple describes it as “the biggest release since the launch of the App Store, with hundreds of new features.” We published our review of iOS 8 on Tuesday. Our iOS 8 Instant Expert feature is already up, as well, filling you in on everything you need to know about iOS 8....

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08:45
PSA: iOS 8 is going to make your iPhone 4s a good...

When iOS 7 launched, those with an iPhone 4s took issue with the slower application launches and hampered battery life, and at least one of those issues is going to get even worse with an upgrade to iOS 8. Ars Technica put the stopwatch to an iPhone...

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08:43
Apple begins updating its apps for iOS 8 starting...

 

Ahead of iOS 8’s release later this morning, Apple has released new versions some of its iOS apps.
Remote, which allows you to control your iTunes library and Apple TV from your iOS device, received a performance improvement update with iOS 8 support. Logic Remote, which allows you to interface with both GarageBand and Logic X on the Mac, is also updated with iOS 8 support.
An updated version of iTunes U is also available bringing iOS 8 support and the ability to add assignment due dates to the calendar. Podcasts, which is included with iOS 8, has been updated...

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08:37
How to enable and use 'Hey Siri' handsfree...

Apple's voice-controlled personal assistant Siri becomes even more powerful with iOS 8, including an entirely hands-free mode that allows users to ask questions and accomplish tasks by simply first saying the words "Hey, Siri."

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08:30
Warning: Dropbox isn't playing well with iOS 8

If you're a Dropbox user who is planning on upgrading your iOS devices to iOS 8 today, be careful. According to the company's blog, Dropbox and Carousel are having issues uploading photos and videos to cloud storage. While the app's developers hammer...

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08:20
iOS 8 compatibility issue forces Dropbox to suspend...

Turns out iCloud Drive isn't the only cloud storage service with issues stemming from Apple's latest operating systems. Late Tuesday, Dropbox announced that a compatibility issue with iOS 8 may prevent the service—including its image-centric Carousel app—from automatically backing up your photos and videos.
So Dropbox temporarily killed all automatic media backups.
"To avoid any confusion over what’s been backed up, we’ve pushed a Dropbox and Carousel update that temporarily suspends automatic backup of photos and videos," the company wrote on its blog....

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08:08
Apple seemingly removing HealthKit compatible iOS 8...

Several apps began rolling out on the App Store this morning with HealthKit support for Apple’s new Health app, but it seems issues on Apple’s side have forced HealthKit-compatible apps to be completely removed from the App Store the morning of iOS 8’s (and Apple’s Health app’s) release.
Apps affected include workout app Carrot Fit, calorie counting app MyFitnessPal, and major health app WebMD among others. Each app that has been pulled from availability on the App Store previously introduced full support for iOS 8’s HealthKit feature, which Apple encouraged developers of such apps to have ready for iOS 8 launch day earlier this year at WWDC. Federico Viticci shared on Twitter that Apple has contacted two HealthKit app developers about the...

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08:01
News: Report: Apple to unveil new iPads on October 21

As generally anticipated, Apple has set an October date for the release of new iPad models alongside OS X Yosemite. A new report from The Daly Dot, citing “sources familiar with the matter” indicates that the Apple is planning to hold an event on Tuesday, October 21st, where the company will debut two new iPad models as well as releasing OS X Yosemite. Last year’s event was held on October 22nd, where Apple similarly unveiled new…

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08:01
Apple opens Touch ID to third-party applications...

iPhone security and convenience have both been greatly enhanced by Apple's iOS 8, giving third-party developers the ability for the first time to utilize the secure Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

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08:00
Setting up two-step verification for Apple ID and...

Since you're probably moving to iOS 8 soon -- if not as soon as possible after it goes live -- you might want to start thinking about security as well. In particular, Apple has recently enabled two-step verification for iCloud. What's two-step...

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07:45
Goat Simulator crash lands on iOS

Goat Simulator - the surprise PC hit that was spawned by a single YouTube video - gave rise to a massive number of clones both on iOS and other platforms. Some are good, some are not so good, but now the one true king of barnyard antics is finally...

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07:43
Apple implements two-step authentication protocol...


It’s a step in the right direction.
Or at least a step to make the iCloud user base feel more secure.
Per AppleInsider, Apple on Tuesday activated two-factor authentication for iCloud.com access, allowing only basic access to Find My iPhone for those opted-in to the security layer.
The authentication system now requires users to enter a dynamically generated code sent to a trusted device prior to gaining access to the service.
Apple first tested the extra layer of iCloud.com security in June, more than one year following the protocol’s introduction for Apple ID accounts in 2013.

In practice, iCloud.com two-step verification asks users logging in to provide both a...

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07:33
Developers warn iOS 8 users not to upgrade to iCloud...


With the public release of iOS 8 landing today ahead of the new iPhone models shipping on September 19, developers are warning users not to upgrade to Apple’s new iCloud Drive feature just yet. The feature, which allows users to store and access files stored in iCloud on Mac, Windows, and iCloud-enabled iOS apps, is available to users on iOS 8 starting today, but won’t be available for Macs until Yosemite is released later this year. That means that upgrading today will cause syncing issues for apps that previously used other methods of syncing between Macs and iOS devices. The graphics above come from developers of...

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07:30
Vizzywig 4K video capture application hits App Store...


If you’re looking to spend US$999 on an iOS app, i4software’s Vizzywig 4K is just what you’re looking for.
Per Boy Genius Report, Vizzywig4K, which retails for US$999, “captures full 4K resolution photos at the rate of 24 photos per second along with synched audio” rather than capturing video.

Not that this is for everyone, but if you’re really adamant about capturing 4K video on your iPhone, this might be up your alley. For those of us who care slightly less about iPhone video quality, there is also a somewhat more modest VizzyWig application that is priced at US$30.
The Vizzywig 4K app is available through the...

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07:30
YouTube Find: Apple's new 'Minimal to the...

The folks at T3 received an iPhone 6 review unit ahead of Friday's big launch and couldn't help themselves -- they had to post an unboxing video on YouTube. Yes, it is 2014 and yes, unboxings are so 2010, but ... it IS the iPhone 6 and Apple has...

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07:27
Next Apple press event targeted for mid- to late...

Apple's next press event should take place in mid- to late October, a source tells AppleInsider. The company has reportedly set internal project and marketing deadlines for mid-October, ahead of a planned announcement. Previous rumors have called for an October event, but without specifying more precise timing....

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07:22
iPhone Apps: PCalc, Pinterest, Duolingo
07:15
News: Daily Deal: One more chance to get three years...

Today is your last chance to grab a three-year subscription to VPN Unlimited Premium for only $19 in our iLounge Deals—that’s 70% off the normal price. VPN Unlimited provides users with access to a secure virtual private network (VPN) which is ideal for securing traffic when surfing from public Wi-Fi access points. Through VPN Unlimited, you can connect to any website anywhere that you have Internet access, bypassing restricted web content…

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07:07
How To Prepare Devices For An iOS 8 Upgrade

With iOS 8 set to launch today, it's time to make sure you're ready to make the upgrade. There's plenty to do to make the transition from iOS 7 on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch as smooth as possible, so check out our how-to so you'll be prepared in case something goes wrong.

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07:00
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus review roundup

It's certainly a busy week for Apple;iOS 8 drops today and later in the week Apple will officially launch two brand new iPhone models -- the iPhone 6 and the gargantuan iPhone 6 Plus.

With launch day just a few days away, media outlets on Tuesday...

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06:50
Apple beefs up security with 2-factor authentication...

A sneaky method hackers use to crack your iCloud back-ups won’t work anymore if you’re serious about your security. On Tuesday night, Apple turned on two-factor authentication for iCloud, which will protect against the kind of social engineering exploits that helped hackers steal celebrity photos last month.Until Tuesday, Apple’s brand of two-factor authentication only protected your Apple ID, preventing people from making purchases from your account. But if thieves were able to guess the answers to your security questions and recover your password, they could easily use third-party software to access your iCloud backup. Your photos, documents, text messages: All of it was up for grabs.To read this article in full or to leave a comment...

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06:38
∞ Bryan Cranston’s one man show about baseball

[VIDEO] Baseball fan? Last night, something very rare happened. Two teams in the same neck of the woods, the Washington Senators and the Baltimore Orioles, clinched their respective divisions on the very same night. Huge parties, much fun for the fans.

To honor this achievement, I present Bryan Cranston’s magnificent one-man Broadway show, his homage to post-season baseball.

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06:34
iPhone production at Foxconn’s Brazil factory halts...

Foxconn employees at the company’s Jundiai factory in Brazil went on strike late last week with protests outside the plant continuing into today. We received several tips about the strike and translated reports from local news sources such as Globo.com claim all production lines at the factory stopped when the strike involving around 3,500 employees began last Thursday. 
The strike, which isn’t the first at the Foxconn facility in Jundiai, hits as Apple takes a record number of preorders for the new iPhone 6 just days ahead of the device’s...

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06:30
Fleksy is a snazzy alternative keyboard for iOS 8

iOS 8 is here and it's brought...third-party keyboards! Seriously, I believe this is going to be a big deal, and we'll have a look at several options as they start coming in. But first, I want to show you all Fleksy.

Fleksy is recognized by the...

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06:23
Foxconn operating 'around the clock'...

Foxconn -- Apple's main manufacturer for the iPhone - has 100 dedicated assembly lines in Zhengzhou operating around the clock in an attempt to meet preorder and launch demand for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, say sources for the Wall Street Journal. "We have been churning out 140,000 iPhone 6 Plus and 400,000 iPhone 6 every day, the highest daily output ever, but the volume is still not enough to meet the preorders," one source says. "For iPhone 6 Plus, we are still ramping up the production line. Another reason for the limited supply is the shortage of 5.5-inch displays." While Foxconn is simp......

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06:01
Logitech enters home automation with array of new...

Today, Logitech announced it is entering the home control market with new home automation product compatibility and four new products. The new Harmony Living Home lineup gives users access to and control of a wide library of entertainment and home automation devices, all from one centralized control system....

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06:00
A look at iOS 8's new QuickType feature

iOS 8 brings a number of huge and highly anticipated changes to the keyboard. In addition to support for third-party keyboards (finally!), iOS 8 includes a new keyboard feature Apple calls QuickType. QuickType aims to speed up the typing process by...

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