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Monday October 20

10:09
First Look: Apple iPad Air 2 Smart Case

We've just received Apple's new iPad Air 2 Smart Case ($79). Despite being simply labeled as "iPad Air Smart Case" on the packaging, the case is made solely for Apple's redesigned iPad Air 2. The new case is similar to the previous Apple iPad Air Smart Case, made of the same aniline-dyed leather with inner microfiber lining, and the cover both folds into a stand and activates the sleep/wake function on the device; this is the Product (RED) version…

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

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

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

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

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07:49
Spotify Announces Family Plans

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

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

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

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

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

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05:52
News: Apple releases iOS 8.1

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

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05:42
News: Apple working to cut music subscription prices

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday October 19

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

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

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Saturday October 18

06:30
3 More Tips for Making Better Slide Show...

Keynote is a cook app and understanding some of the built-in elements can make for an exceptional presentation. Nancy Carroll Gravley has three more tips for you to help yo make better looking slideshows using Keynote.

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Friday October 17

13:50
Eek! How Did I Ever Live With an iPhone 5s?

It didn't take long. Right after John Martellaro reviewed the Amazon Fire Phone, he knew that the 4.7-inch smartphone size would be perfect. So he bought an iPhone 6. Then, handling a hand-me-down iPhone 5s confirmed the diagnosis: How did he ever use such a small iPhone?

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13:15
Apple Posts Full Video for October Media Event

Apple posted the full video for its "It's Been Too Long" media event, which was held Thursday, October 16th. The company announced iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iMac with Retina 5K display, new Mac mini models, launch dates for Apple Pay, the release of WatchKit SDK, and the release of OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.1. It has a running time of 1 hour, 19 minutes, and 8 seconds, and it's embedded below.

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12:58
News: iLounge Weekly arrives Monday, subscribe 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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12:15
Sales Prospects for Apple’s iPad Air 2 Look Good

Almost a third of the installed base of iPads consists of iPad 2s without a Retina display. As a result, a casual look at the numbers suggests that the iPad Air 2 should do very well in sales. John Marellaro pulls out his calculator.

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11:12
The Dream Desk Giveaway

It's time for another giveaway through our friends at StackSocial. This one's called the Dream Desk Giveaway, and it includes a 27in Apple Thunderbolt Monitor, an Apple Wireless Keyboard, an Apple Magic Mouse, and an mStand by Rain Design. To register, just sign up for our TMO Deal emails-which you should do anyway-and boom! Wait for the winner to be announced in December.

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10:51
Mac: AgileBits 1Password 5

With yesterday’s official release of OS X Yosemite, there’s now a plethora of app updates showing up to fit with the new UI and take advantage Yosemite’s new features, including one of our staple apps, AgileBits 1Password 5 ($35). It’s been a year filled with Internet security issues, making the need for good security apps all the more apparent, and this latest update has a refreshed design that fits in with Yosemite, including…

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10:44
First Look: Just Mobile Xtand Go Z1

Just Mobile's Xtand Go Z1 ($35) is an updated version of the company's Xtand Go. An in-car mount that can be secured to a windshield via suction cup, or to a dashboard using residue-free Go Buttons, Xtand Go Z1 can hold an iPhone 6 or an iPhone 6 Plus. The mount's adjustable size should even accommodate the iPhone 6 Plus when it's in a case, unless the case is extremely bulky. Included in the total package, along with the suction cup and mount, are…

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10:17
An Ode To Chairman Honeycrisp

Jonathan Mann releases a song a day on his YouTube channel. You may remember him from the iOS Autocomplete Song, and today we get a new tune from him about yesterday's Apple Event. Titled "Chairman Honeycrisp," Jonathan calls out some of the highlights of the day's event. We get code names, an autocorrect fail, and a catchy chorus for humming the rest of the day. He does this every day, so if you don't like this one, you can always try again tomorrow or browse the archives.

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10:00
Seidio Tetra for iPhone 6: a Rigid, Gorgeous Metal...

If you're a fan of iPhone bumpers, the Seidio Tetra Metal Bumper case for iPhone 6 (only) is one to look at. There's an inner bumper of soft TPU and a machined aluminum outer ring that snaps into place. John Martellaro liked it a lot.

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09:43
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-17

Twitpic is shutting its doors for good, and Apple has a fancy new SIM for the iPad Air 2. Kelly Guimont joins Jeff Gamet to talk about the demise of Twitpic's photo sharing service, and dive into what Apple's all-in-one SIM card means for iPad owners and cell service providers.

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09:32
GigSky Is Apple SIM For Everyone

Included with the announcement of new iPads yesterday we saw Apple SIM, a multi-carrier-capable SIM card baked into the cellular models of the new devices allowing customer choice of data carriers. There are some limits, of course, mostly that carrier partners thus far only include three US carriers: AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. If you want to use overseas data partners or don't have a new iPad, well, you're out of luck with Apple SIM. GigSky, however, has been allowing this functionality for almost two years, providing a multi-carrier data SIM usable in over 100 different countries, included here in the USA. You simply launch their iOS app and buy whatever data you need right inside the app. In many countries your GigSky SIM will get you 10MB of free data, enough to get a quick glance at your email and, if necessary, buy more data. No more getting off the plane and having to hunt down a SIM. Just head straight to your hotel room and GigSky has you covered. GigSky SIMs cost just...

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07:22
News: Apple Store returns, begins taking iPad pre-...

After being offline for the past several hours, the Apple Store has returned and begun taking iPad pre-orders. When Apple unveiled the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 at yesterday’s event, the company announced that pre-orders would begin today, October 17th. While Apple did not specify at what time pre-orders would begin this time around, products have become available for pre-order as early as 12:01 PT, and pre-orders are usually available by the…

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07:20
Apple’s New iPad Air 2 Available for Online Order

Apple promised the iPad Air 2 would be available for purchase on Friday after unveiling it at a special media event yesterday. The company kept its word and added the new tablet model to its store late Friday morning.The Mac Observer Spin: You can buy a brand new iPad Air 2 now, but without a firm release date we won't see long lines outside Apple's retail stores like we have with previous iPhone and iPad launches.

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07:16
First Look: APC M5BK + M10BK 5000/10000mAh Mobile...

The last time we reviewed an APC USB battery pack was all the way back in 2007 — the $70 UPB10, which was capable of recharging the first-generation iPhone twice, and came with a wall adapter for recharging. Today, the company is offering a sleeker 5000mAh version called M5BK ($40) and the 10,000mAh model M10BK ($60), both substantially redesigned and shipped solely with micro-USB recharging cables. Each one has two USB ports — one 2.4A, one 1A…

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07:05
Apple Drops Mac mini Server from Product Lineup

Goodbye, Mac mini server. Apple quietly discontinued the server-ready version of the Mac mini on Thursday as it rolled out updates for its other Mac mini models.The Mac Observer Spin: The end of the server package isn't a big deal considering you can now buy a new Mac mini for even less and install the server software package through the Mac App Store.

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06:32
GT Advanced Laying Off 727 Employees, Delisted on...

GT Advanced looks to be deep into its death spiral after its Chapter 11 Bankruptcy filing from earlier this month. GTAT is laying off 727 employees from the factory where it made sapphire glass for Apple, and has been delisted from the NASDAQ stock exchange.The Mac Observer Spin: GTAT is in a world of hurt and it's looking less likely that investors will see a happy ending out of this.

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06:26
Daily Deal: The Mac to the Future Bundle, $29.99

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering up The Mac to the Future Bundle, with eight great Mac apps and 25 OS X and web development courses for only $29.99—that’s 96% off the price of purchasing these items separately. In this bundle you get Capo 3 for Mac, AfterShot Pro 2, Lucid, Fantastical, Ember, Disk Drill Pro, skEdit, and a one-year subscription to Anonymizer Universal. In addition, the OS X & Web Dev Course Bundle is also…

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05:54
News: Apple updates Pages, Numbers, Keynote for...

Following yesterday’s release of OS X Yosemite, Apple has released updates to its three iOS iWork apps—Pages, Numbers, and Keynote—adding support for iCloud Drive and the new iOS 8 and Yosemite Handoff feature. The updates also include support for third-party storage providers in iOS 8 and note “updated file formats” that make it easier to send documents via services such as Drobox and Gmail. Additional new features have…

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05:42
Twitpic to Shut Down on Oct 25 After Failed Buyout...

Twitpic, the Twitter-based online photo sharing service, will be shutting down on October 25 following a failed move to find a buyer for the company. Twitpic chose to close its business after the social network service Twitter threatened legal action over what it saw as a trademark violation in the company's name.The Mac Observer Spin: It's sad to see a company like Twitpic go, and it would've been nice if they'd chosen an option that didn't involve shutting down their business to resolve the trademark issue.

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05:37
News: Belkin announces QODE keyboards for iPad Air 2

Belkin has announced that it’s bringing its line of QODE keyboard cases to iPad Air 2. The line includes the QODE Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2 ($150), QODE Ultimate Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2 ($130), and QODE Slim Style Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2 and iPad Air ($100) — the last of which is an already existing product that can fit the newer iPad Air. The updated keyboards have already been released for the first iPad Air —…

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04:55
iWork Updates for OS X, iOS Add iCloud Drive Support...

Thursday's release of OS X Yosemite brought along big updates for Pages, Numbers and Keynote for both the Mac and iOS devices. The updates for Apple's iWork suite included iCloud Drive support and Handoff support.

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Thursday October 16

16:12
ACM 276: So Long Macworld/iWorld and Apple’s October...

With Macworld/iWorld out of the picture for 2015, Bryan and Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus take a look at what led up to the conference's hiatus and the current state of the trade show industry. Plus, Apple had a little shindig in Cupertino, where the company released new iPads, Mac minis, and the stunning iMac with Retina 5K display. We also got updates on Apple Watch, Apple Pay, and Yosemite.

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16:05
Slidevana For PowerPoint: The Ultimate Presentation...

OK, PowerPoint Warriors, we have a deal for you today on Slidevana For PowerPoint, a toolkit with more than 150 PowerPoint slide templates. You can use them to liven up your PowerPoint presentations, which is always a good idea. All slides come in Light and Dark, are fully customizable, and feature a minimalist information-oriented design. It retails for $139, but through our deal it's only $59. There are details on the deal's webpage.

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15:04
Yosemite Now Available on Mac App Store - Build...

Apple has released OS X 10.10 Yosemite through the Mac App Store. Users with systems that can run the new version of OS X will find it under "Updates." You can also download it from its dedicated entry on the MAS.

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14:49
Apple Quietly Releases ‘Apple SIM’ for iPad Air 2...

Apple didn't mention it during the company's "It's Been Too Long" media event, but the company has taken a bold step in giving consumers power over their wireless service for iPad Air 2. Apple's iPad Air 2 website shows that the device ships with the "Apple SIM," a new SIM that allows you to switch between AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile in the U.S.

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14:16
Apple Posts ‘The Evolution of Retina’ Video

Apple posted the 30 second spot called "iMac with Retina 5K display - The Evolution of Retina" to YouTube Thursday. Like the other videos released today, this one was unveiled during the company's "It's Been Too Long" media event. The spot starts with the original iPhone 4with Retina display, and flips through subsequent generations of iPhones, iPads, and Macs to feature a Retina display, each showing a little bit more of the same high-resolution video than the one before it. It's a very clever illustration of just how much bigger Apple's iMac with Retina 5K display is than everything else around.

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14:04
Apple Posts ‘Introducing iMac with Retina 5K Display...

Apple has posted the video "Introducing iMac with Retina 5K Display" to YouTube. Hosted by Dan Riccio, Apple's Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering, this video focuses on the Retina 5K display in particular, explaining some of the technology that went into the device, including the new inventions Apple came up with to make it work. It also offers a use case for a professional videographer. The video was unveiled during the company's "It's Been Too Long" media event held earlier on Thursday.

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14:00
Apple Event “It’s Been Way Too Long” Now Available...

Apple's live event is now available on-demand for streaming at your leisure. SPOILER ALERT: There is a notable lack in the amount of Chinese translation heard at the beginning of the event.

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13:56
Apple Posts iPad Air 2 Reveal Video

Apple published the iPad Air 2 - Reveal video to YouTube Thursday. The video was debuted during the company's "It's Been Too Long" media event earlier, and it plays on the original commercial for the iPad Air that showed the device being thinner than a pencil. In the new piece, which is only 32 seconds long, a laser slices off a good chunk of the pencil to make the point that the iPad Air 2 is even thinner.

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12:15
Sizing Up Apple’s October 16 Event: More Than Meets...

We pretty much knew what to expect for Apple's October media event. So then, how does having good hunches about what to expect affect our judgment about the products and technologies presented? It's an important question, and John Martellaro weighs in.

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12:08
Article: Ten Things You Didn’t Know About iPad Air 2...

Every time Apple holds a media event, it delivers a pithy, upbeat spin on its new hardware and software—sometimes omitting good and bad details that prospective customers would want to know. Today’s iPad event was no different, as there were some interesting details left out about both the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Here they are: (1) One iPad To Rule Them All. It didn’t happen with the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, but Apple’s…

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11:31
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-16

Apple's October media event gave us OS X Yosemite, Apple Pay, iOS 8.1, new iPads, and new a new iMac. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's announcements, share their thoughts on the new iPad Air 2 and iMac with Retina Display, and offer their take on whether or not we've really entered into the post-PC era.

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11:05
Mac: Apple Mac mini (Late 2014)

While the big hit today in the Mac world was Apple’s introduction of the iMac with a Retina 5K Display, the venerable Mac mini ($499—$999) had a place in the spotlight as well. Apple’s diminutive little powerhouse gets a nice technology refresh and drops the starting price by $100 for an even better value for those wanting to dip their toes into the world of Macs. The update brings 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Thunderbolt 2, fourth-generation…

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10:56
News: Apple introduces Apple SIM, multi-carrier...

Buried in other announcements today, Apple has introduced Apple SIM, a single pre-installed SIM card that “gives you the flexibility to choose from a variety of short-term plans from select carriers in the U.S. and UK right on your iPad.” Pre-installed on Wi-Fi + Cellular versions of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, Apple SIM provides a list of participating national carriers—currently only AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile in the United…

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10:36
News: New iPad Smart Cases, Covers shown for iPad...

Alongside today’s announcement of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, Apple has updated the prior $39 iPad Smart Covers and $69-$79 iPad Smart Cases. Apple’s iPad Air Smart Cover now comes in seven colors—blue, red, yellow, green, black, white, or red—each made from polyurethane, and compatible with the iPad Air and iPad Air 2. By comparison, the leather iPad Air 2 Smart Case comes in five different colors, namely black, white,…

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10:34
Apple Updates Mac mini with New Processors, Faster...

Apple updated its Mac mini line Thursday, a long awaited boost to the company's entry-level Mac. The update includes faster processors, faster Wi-Fi, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, and a lower starting price of US$499.

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10:31
Apple Introduces iMac with 5K Retina Display

Apple unveiled a new iMac model on Thursday with a 27-inch 5K Retina Display. Phil Schiller, vice president of worldwide marketing, said the new iMac's display is unlike any other for desktop computers, and even called it the "world's highest resolution display."

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10:30
Mac: Apple iMac with Retina Display

Apple has finally brought the Retina Display to the big time, taking the wraps off a new iMac. Dubbed simply the iMac with Retina Display ($2,499), it features a new “Retina 5K” display featuring 5120 x 2880 pixels in a 27” screen, for a total of 14.7 million pixels, making it the world’s highest resolution display. Announced at Apple’s October 16th event, alongside the release of OS X Yosemite, the new iMac with Retina…

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10:04
News: Apple unveils iPad mini 3, renames Retina iPad...

Apple has debuted the newest edition of its 7.9” tablet, which it’s calling iPad mini 3. The new iPad mini 3 includes Touch ID, and it comes in silver, space gray, and gold. It notably continues to have an A7 processor, not an A8 or A8X, and does not include any of the wireless or camera upgrades found in the iPad Air 2. iPad mini 3 starts at $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, $499 for 64GB, and $599 for 128GB. Cellular + Wi-Fi models add…

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10:03
iPad Air 2 Sports Faster Processor, Thinner Body,...

Apple introduced the new iPad Air 2 during a special media event on Thursday. The new tablet is 20 percent thinner than the iPad 4 and faster than the first generation iPad, sports an improved display with better clarity, and includes Touch ID.

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09:45
iOS 8.1 Available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch Oct 20

Apple will roll out iOS 8.1 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch on Monday, October 20. The timing fits with the launch of Apple Pay, which needs the update so iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users can make mobile payments at participating retailers.

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09:40
OS X Yosemite, iWork Available Today as Free...

OS X Yosemite has been available as a public beta for some time, and now it's moving to an official update release available today, October 16. The update for the Mac operating system will be available as a free download and is compatible with computers that are capable of running OS X Mavericks.

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09:40
News: iPad stats: 225 million sold, 675,000 apps

During his introduction of new iPads today, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that 225 million iPads have already been sold—70 million of them in the last 12 months, outstripping the unit sales of any PC manufacturer over the past year. Cook also noted that the product has a 100% customer satisfaction rating, and now has 675,000 iPad-specific apps available....

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09:30
News: Apple debuts iPad Air 2

Apple has officially introduced the newest edition of its full-sized tablet today with the debut of iPad Air 2.

iPad Air 2 is 6.1 mm thin, 18 percent thinner than the previous iPad Air.

Developing…...

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09:30
Mac: Apple OS X Yosemite

Debuted at Apple’s WWDC in June, and released as a public beta over the summer, Apple has just announced that it has officially released OS X Yosemite (Free), taking the Mac operating system into the second-generation of California park-themed releases with a new flattened look that’s reminiscent of the changes made last year in iOS 7. From the dock to Finder windows, icons to typography, there are some serious refinements. And it’s…

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09:25
News: Apple formally debuts iTunes 12 after three...

Oddly released without any fanfare in beta form to developers back in July, iTunes 12 has officially debuted at Apple’s media event today. As noted in our What’s New in iTunes 12 article, the Mac and PC application has received a “flatter” cosmetic overhaul inspired by iOS 7 and iOS 8. It largely does away with the traditional sidebar found in earlier versions of iTunes — a feature that was hidden but still present in iTunes…

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09:20
News: iOS 8.1 gets official, adding Apple Pay, photo...

Following earlier beta releases of iOS 8.1, Apple today formally announced the release of the first point update to September’s iOS 8.0. iOS 8.1 adds support for Apple Pay, the NFC-dependent wireless transaction technology introduced in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as bringing back user-requested features, including the Camera Roll. Apple is also using iOS 8.1 to debut the iCloud Photo Library tied in with the public beta of Photos,…

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09:18
WatchKit SDK for Apple Watch Coming in November

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that WatchKit, a developer environment for coding Apple Watch apps, will roll out in November. WatchKit will let developers create custom apps for Apple's smartwatch device, scheduled to ship in early 2015.

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09:08
Apple Confirms Apple Pay to Launch Oct 20

Apple Pay is officially launching on Monday, October 20. Apple confirmed its mobile payment system for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus during a special media event on Thursday.

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07:51
Review: ClamCase ClamCase Pro for iPad mini

Like the iPad Air version of the case, ClamCase Pro for iPad mini offers three modes: a laptop mode with your choice of viewing angle, a tablet mode which keeps the keyboard tucked behind the iPad, and a video stand mode between the two. Of course, the keyboard can also fold down onto the iPad to cover the tablet completely. The hard shell case also offers button coverage and all the proper port cutouts, so the iPad mini can be used fully.  …

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06:48
CBS Launches Internet Streaming Subscription Service

CBS is following HBO's lead and will be launching its own streaming service so viewers can watch its programming without a cable subscription. CBS All Access will give subscribers on demand access to current TV shows and content from CBS's library, and some markets will offer live viewing, too.The Mac Observer Spin: First HBO's announcement, and now CBS. Hopefully this is the beginning of a bigger trend in TV viewing options.

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05:52
Panera Bread Set to Launch Apple Pay Oct 20

The restaurant chain Panera Bread will reportedly start supporting Apple Pay mobile payments from the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Monday, October 20. When iOS 8 was released last month, Apple said its new mobile payment system would go live some time in October, and it's looking more and more like we'll get an official launch date during today's special media event.The Mac Observer Spin: Interest in the iPhone 6's Apple Pay feature seems pretty high. Maybe Apple will be the catalyst that gets mobile payments off the ground in the United States.

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05:20
TMO’s Apple Media Event Live Coverage

Apple's "It's been way too long" media event is set to start at 10AM pacific time today, and The Mac Observer will be here bringing you our live blow-by-blow coverage and analysis. Rumors are pointing to new iPads, Apple Pay announcements, and more, so be sure to follow along with our live feed, or check out our Twitter feed for the latest from the event.

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05:06
News: Apple Events channel up on Apple TV, Apple...

The Apple Events channel has once again returned to Apple TV ahead of today’s new product event, allowing users to stream the event live at 1 p.m. Eastern. Last month’s Apple event stream was plagued by technical problems. Additionally, the Apple Online Store is already down before the debut of the company’s new products, as Apple is expected to reveal new iPads and a new iMac during today’s event. Check in with iLounge during…

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04:45
Apple Store goes Offline Ahead of iPad Media Event

Apple's online store was replaced with the usual "We'll be back" message ahead of Thursday morning's media event. The company is expected to introduce updated iPad models, announce the launch date for Apple Pay, and possibly unveil updated MacBook Pro models and a new Apple TV.

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04:42
iOS 8: Setting Messages to Expire

Even though iOS 8's new features for sending quick audio or video messages are pretty cool, those of us with smaller capacity devices may not want to save every bit of every conversation we have. For today's Quick Tip, we'll discuss adjusting your settings so that you control how often your text, audio, and video messages get deleted.

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Wednesday October 15

21:58
Scrivener Updated to Support Yosemite

The binary code love of my life-Scrivener-was updated to version 2.6 Thursday morning. The update includes support for OS X 10.10 Yosemite, which Apple is expected to either release later on Thursday during a media event, or announce a release date.

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15:31
Apple Reportedly Plans to Pull Fitbit from Apple...

Apple is reportedly planning to pull Fitbit's fitness trackers from its fleet of retail stores. Citing unnamed sources, Re/code reported that could begin pulling the devices soon.The Mac Observer Spin: Fitbit is the leader in the fitness space, and the company has a commanding market share in devices. It's pretty clear that Apple's HealthKit is going to reset the bar for success in this space, and Fitbit will lose its hard-won share if it doesn't jump on Apple's late-to-the-party bandwagon.

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13:33
News: Designed by M debuts Simple Stand for iPad Air...

In anticipation of Thursday's introduction of Apple's iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 — leaked today by Apple — accessory maker Designed by M has already introduced the Simple Stand ($35) for iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Simple Stand holds an iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 in portrait or landscape position, and it includes a built-in amplifier for sound. The stand hasn't been added to the company's website yet, but it will be available in December in black…

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13:19
8 Elite Mac Apps and 25 Comprehensive OS X & Web...

We have a dandy deal for you today called the Mac to the Future Bundle. It features eight excellent Mac apps plus the OS X & Web Dev Course Bundle. The apps include Capo 3 For Mac, AfterShot Pro 2, Lucid, Fantastical (winner of the TMO Editors Choice Award), Ember, Anonymizer Universal (1yr), and skEdit. That's $460 worth of software, and the developer course is another $500, but through our bundle deal, it's all yours for $961. There are complete descriptions on the deal page, so check it out.

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12:40
Why Your iPhone Uses PNG for Screen Shots and JPG...

It's no accident that Apple has chosen two different file formats for iOS device screen shots (PNG) and still photos from the camera (JPG). John Martellaro explains why Apple does this and why you shouldn't fight it.

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12:25
Griffin Survivor Core Case for iPhone 6/6 Plus:...

Griffinâs Survivor Core case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus provides rugged protection in a thin case with a clear back. The case is rated for a 6.6 foot drop, and there is extra protection on all four corners.

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11:30
Apple’s Silicone Case for iPhone 6/6 Plus: Good...

Any case produced by Apple itself has to survive a fair amount of scrutiny. After all Apple makes the device the case is protecting. It has to work well in every way, from the out of box experience, to putting it on the device, to protecting the device it covers. Not surprisingly, Apple's iPhone 6 Silicone Case does stand up to scrutiny, assuming you're looking for a case that doesn't claim to take extreme punishment.

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11:13
HBO Go Will Go It Alone

HBO Go might just go it alone, according to CEO Richard Plepler, who made the remarks at Time Warner's investor day event on Wednesday. "In 2015, we will launch a standalone, over-the-top HBO service in the United States. We will work with our current partners. And we will explore models with new partners. All in, there are 80 million homes that do not have HBO and we will use all means at our disposal to go after them," Pleper said.

There are rumblings that Netflix will be reporting some nice earnings, which is probably excellent motivation for HBO to go after the cordcutting crowd. This is very exciting news for me personally, because I've been calling HBO customer service about once a month for like a year now and BEGGING them to let me pay directly instead of having to give more money to the Cable Service Which Must Not Be Named. It doesn't take long, but it looks like I'm going to get my way on this.

Hopefully my crusade for the last two seasons of The Muppet...

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10:49
Apple Leaks iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 in iBooks...

Another day, another leak in the Apple world, only this one was leaked by Apple itself. In screenshots posted for the iPad User Guide For iOS 8 in the iBooks Store Apple posted details of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, neither of which have been announced. In that the source has the ultimate insider knowledge of Apple's goings on, it seems a sure bet that both devices will be announced during the October 16th media event.

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10:07
Dr. Mac Looks Back on 16 Years Covering Macworld/...

Iâve written about Macworld Expo often over the years and itâs been part of my life for as long as Iâve been a geek. Iâll miss attending more than I can put into words. Rather than try, letâs take a stroll down memory lane and relive some of the words Iâve written about Macworld Expo over the years.

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09:44
News: Apple user guide reveals iPad Air 2, iPad mini...

Apple’s own iOS 8.1 user guide in the iBookstore reveals screenshots of an iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, both with Touch ID. Additionally, the guide shows a screenshot noting that iPad Air 2 will be able to use Burst Mode when taking photos. Based on the shots, it does appear that Apple will call the devices iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. As the screenshots in the user guide are for iOS 8.1, we’ll likely also see that debut tomorrow, as well.…

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09:39
Poodle SSL 3.0 Flaw Poses Web Browser Security Threat

Google has discovered a 15 year old flaw in SSL 3.0, a security protocol that turns out isn't quite a s secure as originally thought, that could let remote attackers highjack Web browser sessions and gain access to personal data, like Web-based email. The flaw takes advantage of a browser's ability to fall back from the more secure TLS protocol to SSL where attackers can then gain access to session cookies on victim's computers.The Mac Observer Spin: The tech world has been moving away from SSL in favor of TLS, and finds like this will only help push SSL to its inevitable demise.

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09:10
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-15

IDG announced that Macworld/iWorld is going on hiatus for 2015, so the conference's 30-year run has come to an end. Dave Hamilton and Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus join Jeff Gamet take a look at what IDG's announcement means for the Apple community, but instead of lamenting the passing of what was, they take a look to the future and speculate on what's coming next.

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09:04
News: Apple dropping Fitbit from retail stores?

Apple is planning to stop selling Fitbit fitness products in its stores, according to a new report from Re/code. Although it’s unclear why Apple plans to discontinue sales of the Fitbit, this news comes shortly after Fitbit issued a statement that it was still “evaluating integration with HealthKit” in iOS 8. Several other major health and fitness accessory makers have already updated their apps for HealthKit integration, making…

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08:41
List of Macs That Will Run Yosemite

Apple said OS X Yosemite would be released this fall, and with the company's latest media event set for Thursday, there's a good chance we'll have a better idea when to expect the big update to finally roll out. The big question is whether or not your Mac can take advantage of Yosemite's new features. Read on to see if the soon to be released version of OS X will run on your Mac.

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07:12
Daily Deal: Get Active Wrap Headphones for only $24

Today in iLounge Deals you can grab a pair of Active Wrap Headphones for only $24—that’s over 50% off the normal price. These Bluetooth headphones free you from ugly wires and knots with a comfortable, lightweight design that allows you to run, jump and workout with no obstructions or annoying snags. The built-in Lithium-ion battery provides eight hours of non-stop use and the headphones include built-in noise-cancelling technology to…

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05:46
News: U2’s Bono apologizes for automatic iTunes...

A recent U2 interview posted on Facebook saw the band members taking questions from fans, and one of the questions concerned the automatic free download of U2's Songs of Innocence album to iTunes playlists: "Can you please never release an album on iTunes that automatically downloads to peoples [sic] playlists ever again? It's really rude." The album was accessible for free to 500 million iTunes customers; early estimates claimed 33 million users…

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05:05
GT Advanced COO Sold Stock After Missed Apple...

GT Advanced Technologies COO Daniel Squiller sold off US$1.2 million in company stock in May and put a plan in place to sell an additional $750,000 over the following months leading up to the company's October bankruptcy filing. The timing of the sales came after GTAT failed to meet milestone points in its sapphire glass production for Apple, and could raise some eyebrows because company CEO Tom Gutierrez was selling off his stock, too, including 9,000 shares the day before the iPhone 6 was introduced.The Mac Observer Spin: Coincidence or not, Mr. Squiller's stock sale could be seen as a problem because he was very much in a position to know that GTAT's deal with Apple was going south.

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Tuesday October 14

16:04
Bono Calls Apple’s U2 Album Giveaway ‘Beautiful Idea...

Responding to a fan's question about U2 working with Apple to give away Songs of Innocence to iTunes account holders, frontman Bono said, "I'm sorry about that." The comment came from a Facebook-hosted question and answer session for fans.

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13:51
Pre-Order Exclusive: The Limited Edition Black Hawk...

We have ane exclusive preorder deal for you today for the Limited Edition Black Hawk Drone with an SD Camera for $69 (there's a deal for one with an HD camera for $89, too). This is an aggressive looking drone quadricopter drone that retailed for $149. It comes with a remote, a USB cable for charging, and the SD camera. It has a fkight time of ten minutes between charges. Check out the deal page for more info. This is a pre-order price-it will ship "on or before" November 24th, 2014.

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13:48
Why Dr. Mac Think Apple’s Customer Service is...

People are always asking me where they should buy a Mac and my answer is almost always the same: The Apple Store. And when they ask, "Why?" as they always do, I tell them a joke. . .

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12:50
The Mac Web Will Be a Poorer Place without Macworld/...

The Mac community lost a good friend this week, as IDG World Expo announced that Macworld/iWorld was going on "hiatus." If you're the type of person who follows Apple on the Internet, you've lost a friend, too.

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12:21
Macworld Expo’s Hiatus Leaves a Gap ... and Creates...

Dave Hamilton has been attending Macworld Expo for decades, both as an attendee and then as part of his professional life. He's sad that Macworld Expo is gone, sure, but he's not surprised. In fact, he sees this as an opportunity opening itself up to our market.

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12:10
Seidio DILEX Pro Case for iPhone 6: Solid Protection...

Seidio's DILEX Pro case is an integrated two piece case for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. One of its features is built-in metal kickstand. It can be purchased alone or bundled with a very nice plastic clip-in belt holster. Notable is the soft texture back and a great grip and feel.

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11:46
First Look: Hex Icon Wallet and Solo Wallet for...

Hex has brought two wallet cases — Icon Wallet ($50) and Solo Wallet ($40) — to the iPhone 6. Icon Wallet is a genuine leather folio-style case. It includes three card slots and a cash pocket on the inner flap. A plastic shell within the folio holds the iPhone and provides minimal coverage, and an elastic strap wraps around the case to keep it shut. Solo Wallet is a genuine leather shell case, with two card slots on the back. The case leaves the…

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11:31
Article: Mind The Gap: What’s iPad’s Role In An...

Heading into Apple’s iPad and Mac event this Thursday, there’s no question that demand for their smaller brother — the iPhone — is surging. A record of 10 million iPhones sold in the opening weekend is reportedly on the cusp of being trumped by an additional 20 million pre-orders for China alone. According to the Wall Street Journal, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus demand has so outstripped supply that Apple postponed a brand new iPad’s…

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09:43
Apple Adds Egg Freezing to Women’s Job Benefits

Apple is offering a new job perk to the women on its payroll: the company will cover the cost of freezing their eggs. The iPhone and iPad maker will cover up to US$20,000 for the procedure, and will gladly do so for non-medical reasons.The Mac Observer Spin: Good on Apple for its part to help bring fair and equal reproductive coverage to the workplace.

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09:25
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-14

Apple now offers egg freezing as a health benefit for its female employees. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about what this means for Apple, women, and the workplace, plus they take a look at the alleged leak of Dropbox user names and passwords and the importance of using unique passwords.

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09:19
Macworld/iWorld Going on ‘Hiatus,’ No Show for 2015

IDG World Expo announced Tuesday that its Macworld/iWorld tradeshow is going on "hiatus," and that no event would take place in 2015. The company's enterprise-oriented event called MacIT will continue "next year," with details scheduled for announcement in "the coming weeks."The Mac Observer Spin: Bummed. Severely.

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07:56
News: Ireland plans to end “Double-Irish” tax...

Ireland is planning major changes to its corporate tax structure, according to Reuters, including eliminating the “Double-Irish” tax loophole that has allowed companies such as Apple to use Ireland as a tax haven. Addressing Ireland’s parliament, the government’s Finance Minister Michael Noonan stated that “aggressive tax planning by multinational companies has been criticised by governments across the globe and has damaged…

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06:51
Mac: Think Time Creations Grids

Instagram continues to be one of the most popular photo-based social networks for the iPhone, but users who want to bring that experience to the bigger desktop screen often find their options more limited. Sure, Instagram has a web site, but for those who prefer a native Mac app, there’s now Grids ($2) by Think Time Creations, a full-featured Instagram client....

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