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Wednesday September 24

02:31
A business suit onesie

Yes, this is a real thing.

The Suitsy is a jacket connected to a shirt connected to pants. A zipper is hidden behind the shirt-button placket (with false buttons) and pants zipper. Fake shirt-cuff material extends from the end of the jacket sleeves to give the impression of a complete dress shirt worn underneath. It’s as if a jumpsuit and a business suit had a lovechild.

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02:19
Amazon spreads Kindle Unlimited e-book subscriptions...

Amazon has expanded its all-you-can-eat e-book subscription service to the United Kingdom, just two months after the retailer's original United States launch. Kindle Unlimited offers book readers over 650,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks to read and listen to, with the UK subscription priced at £7.99 ($13) per month accompanied by a 30-day trial....

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02:00
14 iPhone apps that use Touch ID

One touch, and prestoTouch ID was the standout feature of the iPhone 5s when it launched, and now a standard feature of the latest batch of iPhones—and probably all iPhones from now until forever. And now with iOS 8, we can finally use Touch ID to do more than just unlock our iPhones and purchase things from the App Store. Third-party app developers wasted no time in unrolling updates that take advantage of Touch ID. Here are some of the coolest ones we've seen so far. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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00:46
Rumors: Apple Watch to have 4GB-8GB storage, Retina...

A new pair of rumors -- one from sketchy sources in Taiwan, the other a claim by a Wall Street analyst -- offer some unconfirmed sources of new details for the Apple Watch, as well as the company's holiday plans for the next iPad, the latter thus far being unmentioned by Apple but expected sometime next month. According to Taiwan's Commercial Times, Apple will only offer an updated 7.9-inch iPad Air for the holidays, leaving the second-gen Retina iPad mini until early next year....

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Tuesday September 23

22:35
Adobe releases Photoshop Elements, Premiere Elements...

On Tuesday, Adobe released major upgrades to its two consumer-oriented "Elements" programs -- the image-editing program Photoshop Elements, and the video-editing program Premiere Elements, now both at version 13. In addition, both programs now feature a new help and instruction portal called Elements Live that offers various tips, tricks and tutorials on using the programs. Both programs boast several new features....

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21:19
Hands On: Lego Marvel Super Heroes (OS X, Windows)

Hot brands and franchises get a special treatment when it comes to video games these days, namely being granted a Lego series that fits within their universe. Marvel Comics is no different, following up the success in the box office with Lego Marvel Super Heroes. The game isn't restricted by Hollywood franchise deals, allowing team-ups between X-Men, the Avengers and Spider-Man that aren't possible outside of comic books. With the Lego games trying to bridge the age gap, does Lego Marvel Super Heroes offer an experience that everyone can enjoy, or does the Lego skew it too far into territory o......

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20:47
Adobe releases Photoshop and Premiere Elements 13...

Adobe on Wednesday unveiled the latest versions of Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements, bringing a number of enhancements to its consumer level photo and video editing software including a constantly updated tutorials portal.

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20:32
Adobe announces Photoshop and Premiere Elements 13...

Image via Engadget
Adobe has announced its next major upgrades to its popular Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements applications, with each being bumped up to version 13.
Both apps add new editing features, such as “photomerge compose” for lifting subjects from one photo and quickly moving them into another with proper lighting and other effects. New cropping tools allow you to automatically compose perfectly cropped by detecting faces and other details and determining how to best frame them in the shot.

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19:08
New Apple print ad shows actual iPhone 6 and iPhone...

As part of its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus ad blitz, Apple recently purchased prominent ad space in major print publications emblazoned with "actual size" images of the new hardware, giving readers a taste of what to expect from the enlarged devices.

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19:01
Apple debuts new iPhone 6 print ads featuring actual...

via The Mac Observer
Apple is continuing the new round of advertising it kicked off with last night’s new iPhone 6 TV spots, this time making the jump to print media. The new ad was first detailed by The Mac Observer and features full-size images of both the iPhone 6 and it’s 5.5-inch “Plus” counterpart.
Though the two new handsets sold over 10 million units in the first weekend of availability, there are certainly still customers out there wondering which device will fit them...

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18:10
Apple Features ‘Actual Size’ iPhone 6/Plus in...

On the back cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine* is an ad for the new iPhone models. It's labeled "Actual Sizes," showing off how big the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus actually are. I took a photo of the ad with my iPhone 5s next to it, also shown actual size (compared to the other two). I'm not sure where else the ad will be appearing, but with nearly 1.5 million subscribers, that's a lot of people who could be getting a good look at the new devices for the first time. Clever move to make them actual size, the first thing I did was set my phone on each one for comparison. Well played, Apple.

* Magazines are like blogs from the olden days, printed on paper and mailed to people.

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17:15
iPhone 6 Review: Bigger, Better, and BIGGER

Apple went big with its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus introduction - with the launch event and screen size. Both models are bigger than any iPhone Apple has made before, and very noticeably so. That size, however, does come with some benefits like faster processors, better cameras, and even support NFC-based mobile payment systems. Compared to the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, the new models really are a lot bigger, and for some people, the extra features may not be worth the size increase. Read on to see if the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are worth the price for you.

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17:06
Apple again tops in PC customer satisfaction, but...

For the 11th year in a row, Apple has topped the satisfaction ratings in the most recent American Customer Satisfaction Index rating buyer happiness with PC purchases, including tablets. Noting a slight uptick in overall satisfaction with desktop computers, ACSI Chairman Claes Fornell could not say if desktop PCs are poised for a comeback or if consumers who disliked being bound to a desk have simply moved on to other devices. Apple has won the top slot every year since 2004....

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16:02
iOS 8: How to Boost Your iPhone Battery Life

A new version of iOS is supposed to make things better, but that isn't always what happens. Kelly points out some new and overlooked features that can help squeeze out more battery life.

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16:00
iPhone 6 Plus + cheap folding Bluetooth keyboard =...

I love the combination of small computers and Bluetooth keyboards. Back in the day when I was using a Palm IIIc, I remember using a Stowaway keyboard (non-Bluetooth) to make my device into a really small "laptop". It was great for taking meeting...

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15:30
Amazing Brick is amusing, but not amazing

Amazing Brick is a puzzle game that involves repeated tapping to maneuver a diamond shape (assumably, the brick) past obstacles.The the is available for the iPhone and iPad. I played the version optimized for iPhone 5. To play, you tap multiple times...

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15:17
Confirmed: Apple acquired magazine-app maker Prss...

One of Apple's routinely-unpublicized acquisitions this year was magazine-app creator Prss. The firm, which created software that makes it easy to create magazine apps (and more importantly, to dynamically refresh them with silent updates), shut down this July -- and some of the former employees now appear to be working at Apple, according to Dutch enthusiast site iCulture. The iPad maker recently confirmed the acquisition....

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15:00
Perfectly Clear migrates from iOS to Mac

I first got a look at Perfectly Clear when it came out for iOS. It was a nice, quick and easy, one-touch solution for improving photos without a lot of editing pain.

Perfectly Clear now works on the Mac as a plug-in for Photoshop or Lightroom and...

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14:52
Video demonstrates reported iPhone 6 Plus bending...

A video posted to YouTube on Tuesday confirms Apple's iPhone 6 Plus can be bent using a moderate amount of force, an issue some owners are seeing after sitting down with the device in their front pants pocket.

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14:30
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Flesh & Blood - Attack...

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14:29
Pants on Fire, Schmidt Tells Climate Change Denier...


Google on Monday publicly denounced the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council for lying about climate change. "We funded them as part of a political campaign for something unrelated," Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt told a caller to NPR's Diane Rehm Show. "I think the consensus within the company is that was sort of a mistake. We're trying to not do that in the future." Google has "a very strong view that we should make decisions in politics based on facts -- what a shock," Schmidt explained.

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14:04
iPhone 6 camera compared to all previous iPhones (...

The makers of camera app Camera+ have put together a great comparison of the new iPhone 6 camera vs almost all previous generation iPhones including the first iPhone, the iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S, 5, and 5S.

Skin tones look brighter and more true to life with the iPhone 6 in this portrait series. Although the iPhone 6 photo has a higher level of detail, I’m finding it slightly pixelated and blotchy-looking. Apple altered their local tone-mapping algorithm for better exposure and contrast using the new A8 processor, but it looks like it might be causing some issues with the skin tones in these shots. Additionally, their new noise reduction algorithm seems a bit heavy handed causing pixelation.

The full comparison on the company’s site lets you view full-sized shots for a number of different shooting scenarios including daylight, backlit, macro,...

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14:04
Ron Johnson recruiting former Apple staff for new...

Former Apple retail head and later JC Penney CEO Ron Johnson is working on a "high-end, on-demand delivery service" for gadgets, says The Information, citing sources in contact with him. Johnson has allegedly recruited some other former Apple workers, including ex-VP Jerry McDougal. McDougal left Apple at the beginning of 2013; Johnson left JC Penney roughly three months later....

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14:00
Pad & Quill Giveaway: Attaché Leather Bag and...

Pad & Quill has a bunch of new products rolling out, and the company's owners are always thinking of TUAW readers. When the new Attaché Leather Bag (US$449.99, with $419.99 introductory price) and three new iPhone 6/6 Plus cases were announced, the...

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13:58
Apple's TouchID Fingerprint Scanner: Still...

electronic convict writes: A year ago, security researcher Marc Rogers demonstrated how to spoof the TouchID sensor in the iPhone 5S using some Elmer's glue and glycerol — oh, and a high resolution camera and a laser printer. Has TouchID security improved at all on the iPhone 6? Not really, Rogers reports in his latest post, in which he again hacks the iPhone 6's TouchID sensors using the same method as before. "Fake fingerprints created using my previous technique were able to readily fool both devices [the 6 and the 5S]," he reports. Rogers, however, says there's no reason to panic, as the attack requires substantial skill, patience and a good clear fingerprint. As he writes: "We use locks on our doors to keep criminals out not because they are perfect, but because they are both convenient and effective enough to meet most traditional threats."...

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13:57
Brave new phone call

Steven Levy:

How can an app displace 135 years of telephony?

The first step is by being an app and not a facsimile of a desk phone. Unlike the “dialer” on your mobile, or even the call button on your contact list, Talko presents the opportunity to begin a conversation by simply touching on the image of the person or team you want to talk to, whether they are ready to join right now or sometime in the future.

Going to be very interesting to see if this takes off in any appreciable way.
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13:41
“Re-staging” Raiders of the Lost Ark

Steven Soderbergh:

I’ve removed all sound and color from the film, apart from a score designed to aid you in your quest to just study the visual staging aspect.

I am usually vehemently against “messing with” someone else’s movie but Soderbergh’s experiment really enhances (but doesn’t replace) the classic “Raiders of the Lost Ark”.
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13:30
Man Bends iPhone 6 Plus with Bare Hands on Video

With reports (Google Translation) popping up claiming Apple's new 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus can get bent just by being in your pocket, YouTube channel UnboxTherapy did a bend test on the device. There's no sense beating around the bush about it, either, because Lewis bent it. With his hands. His bare hands. It required a lot of effort, but he did it. he was focusing his efforts on the middle, but it turned out that it bent in the area near the buttons. That makes sense in hindsight, because the spot with the holes is going to be the weakest point in the case. It also matches the bends that are showing up from people complaining about bends from their pockets. Note that the device continued to work even after it was bent, but at the very least, this is an argument against keeping the beast in your pocket, even it it fits. Also, Apple could have a problem on its hands....

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13:20
Reports suggest the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus may bend in...

An iPhone 6 Plus displaying a subtle bend after a weekend of use.

MacRumors forum poster Hanzoh

Early buyers have now had a few days with their new iPhones, but some of them are running into a problem: in some cases the thin, flat phones are bending or warping slightly in users' pockets.
The earliest reports came from MacRumors, where forum posters reported bending in the iPhone 6 Plus after a weekend of use. Later, Geek.com writer Russell Holly posted photos of the smaller iPhone 6 exhibiting some of the same behavior. When placed on its (normally flat) front face,...

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13:11
Apple acquires e-magazine publishing firm Prss to...

A report on Tuesday claims Apple has purchased erstwhile magazine app authoring firm Prss in what appears to be an "acquihire" for talent and resources.

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13:09
Apple TV gets promised FX Now app channel

Apple has silently updated the Apple TV with an expected FX Now app channel. The app offers on-demand streaming of content from FX, FXX, and FXM, such as American Horror Story and Sons of Anarchy. Viewers must however authenticate a cable subscription from a provider such as AT&T U-Verse, Bright House, Comcast Xfinity, Cox, or Time Warner Cable....

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13:00
Samsung exiting Europe PC market; sales continue in...

Following continued dismal sales in Europe of computer hardware, electronics giant manufacturer has ceased sales in the region, effective immediately. The sales stop includes the company's popular Ativ line, as well as the generally successful Chromebook products by the Korean manufacturer. While the company claims the stop is temporary, no word has been given on when the company may resume sales again....

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13:00
FXNOW channel added to the Apple TV lineup

A few weeks ago we reported that FXNOW would soon be making its way to the Apple TV. Well, friends, that day has come.

Apple today added the FXNOW channel to the ever expanding Apple TV lineup. FXNOW is effectively an on-demand service featuring...

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12:45
Rokform Sport v3 Case for iPhone 6: Serious...

There is no way around it. Most any case for the iPhone will change its look, feel and heft. The question is, given that you want some good protection and mobile accessories what kinds of options do you want? Rokform provides a boatload.

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12:41
Former Apple retail chief Ron Johnson to launch...

According to a report on Tuesday, former Apple SVP of Retail Ron Johnson is looking to open an on-demand delivery service for electronic devices, a sector currently being explored by the likes of Amazon, Google and others.

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12:40
Apple reportedly acquired iPad magazine creation...


Add another startup to the list of those under Apple’s wings: PRSS. The company launched in 2012 and gained coverage in 2013 as a simple tool for creating magazine apps for the iPad and Android tablets. TNW explains the startup well in a 2013 article:

Prss, launching today at The Next Web Conference USA, is a Web app that allows users to create beautiful magazines via a drag-and-drop interface and then publish them to Newsstand. Up to 30 people can collaborate on any magazine in a similar fashion to a Google Doc, and users can create as many magazines as they like. Prss (pronounced ‘press’) is free to use, with the...

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12:34
Apple may rebrand Beats Music in February, rumors...

Apple could announce a new, rebranded version of Beats Music in February, according to "industry scuttlebutt" heard by Re/code's John Paczkowski. No other information has leaked, but it's speculated that the switch may happen in parallel with the Grammy Awards, which are being held February 8th. The event could theoretically serve as a marketing springboard for a new service....

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12:30
Daily Deals for September 23, 2014, featuring The...

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections.

All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....

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12:25
Chipworks digs up more information on Apple’s new A8...

The Apple A8 die shot as mapped out by Chipworks.

Chipworks

Now that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been released, the usual suspects have started to take them apart to get more information about the things Apple doesn't talk about. Last week, iFixit took the phones apart and identified many of the internal components and the battery capacities. Today, Chipworks picked up where it left off on Friday, taking up-close photos of the Apple A8 chip and trying to deduce what exactly is going on in there.
As was previously rumored, Chipworks has confirmed that the A8 is built on Taiwan Semiconductor's (TSMC) 20nm process rather than the 28nm Samsung process used for the A7. This is the first...

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12:24
Talko looks like a solution to the problem that iOS...

Oh dear. On Tuesday, software giant Ray Ozzie launched Talko, an app that promises to “save the telephone call”—and basically copies Apple’s iOS 8 Messages feature in the process.On the surface, Talko is a wonderful app. Think of it as Slack or HipChat or an AOL chat room, with group texting, the ability to record voice, share location, and even photos. Talko’s team wrapped it all up within Apple’s pristine iOS 8 design motif, sprinkled a bit of fairy dust on it, and unveiled it with broad smiles to a gullible tech press.Because that’s what you do when you have a Really Big Deal—especially a company backed by such names as Marc Andreessen or Greylock Capital. You put legendary software giant Ray Ozzie out in front of The New York TimesUSA Today, The Verge, the Associated Press, and even Steven Levy’s new tech site at Medium—the list goes on and on. And although everyone who ever used it despised Ozzie’s first product, Lotus Notes, Ozzie still commands respect....

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12:10
Briefly: Cooler Master Novatouch TKL keyboard, Grid...

Cooler Master's Novatouch TKL "tenkeyless" keyboard hit the market in the United States, offering consumers a new switch type that the company calls "hybrid capacitive." The Novatouch is meant not only to be for gamers looking for an edge, but also professionals looking for a high quality keyboard with quick response. Cooler Master worked with Japanese company Topre to create the new design that is a cross between dome and mechanical switches. It's requires only a 45 gram force and 1mm travel, less than we were told at Penny Arcade Expo, to actuate.......

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12:10
Why I'm returning my iPhone 6 (well, maybe)

Like many (many, many) people, I preordered a new iPhone 6 as soon as I possibly could. I didn’t choose the iPhone 6 Plus, the clown-shoe version of this device, but went for the standard-sized model. I’ve often desired to have a slightly larger screen, so I welcomed the idea of a 4.7-inch iPhone. I thought it would allow me to see more content, and use larger fonts, which would help my aging eyes. After using it for a few days, however, I’m not sure that I really want to keep it. I may return my iPhone 6 and continue using the iPhone 5s.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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12:00
Jack Dorsey: New Square register will accept both...

Apple Pay won't be active until sometime next month, but companies in the payment space are already reacting to the newest kid on the block. Some, like PayPal, have resorted to fear-mongering. Others, like Square, are making adjustments to welcome...

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11:53
Sandvox 2.9

Improves publishing performance and adds capability to display Vimeo videos. ($79.99 new, free update, 41.4 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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11:30
Manual for iPhone

One of the huge advantages DSLRs and many point and shoots have over the iPhone or other smartphones is the ability to adjust, manipulate and control Shutter, ISO, White Balance, Focus and Exposure Bracketing.

Manual from Little Pixels is just such an app. It has the advantage of having a funny video to go along with it.
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11:30
PopChar X 6.7

Adds several speed improvements to the font discovery utility. (€29.99 new, free update, 3.8 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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11:20
Typinator 6.2

Adds new built-in functions to enhance its capability to create expansions based on regular expressions. (€24.99 new, free update, 7.3 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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11:20
iPhone 6 pocket problems: Some buyers report that...

The iPhone 6 Plus is a sizable phone, so large that it doesn’t fit in smaller pockets. But some buyers are finding a problem other than the fit: When they
sit down for extended periods of time with the 6 Plus in their front pocket, the 5.5-inch phone bends ever so slightly.
The reports first surfaced on the MacRumors forums, where a handful of users have posted
photos of their phones’ bent aluminum bodies. The original poster pocketed his 6 Plus for about 18 hours one day, mostly sitting, and provided photo
evidence of his space gray phone’s resulting curvature.

hanzoh/MacRumors forums

A MacRumors forum member reported that sitting for about 18 hours resulted in a bent iPhone 6 Plus....

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11:18
Desktop PC customer satisfaction surpasses tablets...

ACSI:

Customer satisfaction with computing devices continues to slide but desktop computers do better than laptops and tablets, according to a new report from the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). The annual measure of personal computers falls 1.3 percent to an ACSI score of 78 (on a 0-100 point scale). Laptops deteriorate the most (-4% to 76), while tablets dip slightly (-1% to 80), but desktops gain 3 percent to take the lead at 81.

Even though Apple “dropped 3% to 84″ it continues to “maintain a sizable lead over its major competitors”. It would be interesting to understand the reasons for the overall increased in desktop PC satisfaction. Perhaps people who have switched to laptops and tablets have discovered they are not as powerful as they need or want.
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11:16
The first GIF Keyboard made for iOS 8 has landed...

Although dozens of custom keyboards have been launching left and right just in time for iOS 8, most of them have stayed rather traditional. Yes, there’s new features here and there that are firsts for iOS like the ability to swipe to type using Swype and SwiftKey, but these are still just keyboards for typing letters. A new keyboard from Riffsy called GIF Keyboard, on the other hand, isn’t really a keyboard—it’s a great way to quickly and easily send GIFs to friends using your favorite apps.

After you install it and activate it from deep within the Settings app (which is a pain), you’ll find that it’s set up somewhat similar to the Emoji keyboard. Along the bottom you’ll find various GIF categories, within each there’s a set of GIFs with one to fit any possible situation you could dream of. Each image is under a hashtag...

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11:11
Canon launches five models in new Maxify inkjet line...

Digital imaging company Canon announced today five models in the new Maxify series of Wireless Inkjet printers. Released today are the Maxify MB5320 Wireless Inkjet Small Office All-In-One (AIO) printer, the MB5020 Wireless Inkjet Small Office AIO printer, MB2320 Wireless Inkjet Home Office AIO printer, MB2020 Wireless Inkjet Home Office AIO printer, and iB4020 Wireless Inkjet Small Office printer. All five models are aimed at at the small office or home user, and feature an array of mobile and cloud printing options.......

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11:10
New rubber gaskets around buttons help iPhone 6/Plus...

In iFixit’s ritual dismantling of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus last week, the repair company noted that Apple had started including rubber gaskets around the power and volume buttons likely in an effort to make the iPhone more water and dust resistant.
Similar gaskets surround the volume buttons. Altogether, this seems to represent a move toward increased water/dust resistance, and therefore improved durability.
iFixit
How did Apple do? Well iPhone warranty provider Squaretrade was able to dunk both the 6 and 6 Plus for 10 seconds without any real damage. While this is indeed nice to have, especially for those of us who like to take our iPhones with us to the pool, it is by no means a guarantee like Samsung and Sony have on some of their phones.
And then...

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11:09
Google’s Currents iOS app redesigned & renamed ‘...




Following the renaming of its Google Currents news reader app to “Google Play Newsstand” on Android back in February, Google has now given a similar treatment to the iOS app. The app, like the Android version earlier this year, also receives a makeover in the...

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11:00
Rachio Iro proves that smart home devices saves...

Back in June I wrote about the Rachio Iro Smart Sprinkler Controller, a US$249/$299 (depending on number of zones) intelligent sprinkler controller with an accompanying app that allows amazing control over your yard irrigation. Iro adjusts to weather...

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11:00
The Week in Mac Apps: 9 tools for productivity

Show of lightsIn this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, you’ll find a tool that keeps your files in place, a beautiful photo editor, and a program that tells you where all your storage has gone.Disk App 1.1It’s About Time’s $1 Disk App - Clean & Create Free Space on your Drive quickly scans your home folder, looking for files that take up lots of space and can be deleted to free up storage.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:42
iPhone 6 Plus bending in pockets, some users complain

Having only shipped on Friday, the iPhone 6 Plus is already bending in the pockets of some owners, according to complaints in forums. Hours-long pressure from standing or physical activity appears to be responsible. Affected phones should still function, but may look noticeably deformed and refuse to lay flat....

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10:30
iPhone gets powerful endorsement from Mother Nature

The critics love the iPhone 6, but nature seems to be quite satisfied with the previous generation of Apple's smartphone. As you can see in the video below, the iPhone is quite the popular venue for this crowd of leopard frogs who just can't believe...

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10:19
First Look: Orbotix Ollie by Sphero

We first saw Orbotix's Ollie ($100) by Sphero at CES 2014 and were immediately impressed. Unlike Sphero (review) and Sphero 2.0 (review), Ollie isn't a robotic ball — it's a quick little app-controlled robot with two wheels. Although it's not waterproof like the prior Sphero balls, Ollie can reportedly move at speeds up to 14 mph, and Orbotix claims it can run for one hour of play on a full three-hour USB charge. The customizable Ollie connects…

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10:05
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-23

Sources out of China say Apple has a new iPad Air model coming in October, but no new iPad mini until next year. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to discuss why they think we'll see new iPad Air and iPad mini models in time for the holiday buying season, and they take a look at iOS 8 adoption rate one week after its release.

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09:55
Apple’s rebranding of Beats Music streaming service...

Yesterday news broke that Apple was reportedly going to shut down its newly purchased Beats Music streaming service which Apple quickly dismissed as false although it does sound like changes for the brand and service are in the works as you might expect. Re/code’s John Paczkowski shared today that such a rebrand could be slated for February:
Now that we’ve established that Apple is not “shutting down” Beats Music, the streaming service that Tim Cook in May lauded as the “first music subscription service that really got it right,” and we’re all agreed that it makes far more sense for the company to dump the Beats Music brand and integrate the service into an offering of its own, we can move on to another more interesting question:...

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09:53
News: Apple quietly pulls back on 2014 CarPlay...

Apple appears to be quietly pulling back on its promise of 2014 availability for CarPlay technology, with an update to its CarPlay page now removing any indications of 2014 availability for specific models. Apple originally announced earlier this year that CarPlay would be “available in select cars shipping in 2014”, and several other manufacturers including Audi, Hyundai, and Volvo had originally indicated that they would be delivering…

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09:47
News: iPhone 6 Plus users reporting bending iPhones

Several MacRumors readers have reported cases of iPhone 6 Plus units actually bending while being carried in pockets, merely days after the device launched. One user reported discovering that his new iPhone 6 Plus had bent slightly after only about 18 hours of sitting in a front suit pocket. While the problem of iPhones bending slightly isn’t new, the much larger but thinner profile of the iPhone 6 Plus increases the likelihood of this occurring,…

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09:46
Talking Schmidt: Google’s executive chairman...

In his letter on privacy shared last week, Cook contrasted the business model of Apple against that of its competitors while strongly taking a shot at Google, Gmail, and Android without actually naming the company and services. The infinitely entertaining executive chairman of Google and former Apple board member Eric Schmidt was recently asked by ABC News about Apple CEO Tim Cook’s open letter on the company and privacy.
In short, Schmidt, who is making the media rounds to promote...

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09:18
News: FXNOW channel comes to Apple TV

Apple has added the FXNOW channel to Apple TV. It was reported in July that FXNOW would be arriving on Apple’s set-top box in the next 12 months — that time has already come. FXNOW is the on-demand service for FX, FXX, and FXM, and as such, the channel features a number of FX shows, and a surprising amount of popular movies, as well. Authentication of a cable subscription is required to access the content....

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06:49
News: Apple airs two new iPhone 6 ads

Apple has posted two new ads for the iPhone 6, featuring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. The new ads, Huge (above), and Cameras, began airing last night and highlight the larger screens of the new models and the enhanced camera capabilities. [via 9to5Mac]...

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05:55
iOS 8 Adoption at 46%, or Maybe 35%

Apple's iOS 8 has reached a 46 percent adoption rate only six days after it was released, according to the company's developer site data. Tracking services Appsee and Mixpanel, however, are showing a lower adoption percentage at around 35 percent, which still accounts for a substantial number of iPhones and iPads upgrading in just a week.The Mac Observer Spin: iOS 8 is trailing a little behind iOS 7's first week adoption rate, and that may be because some features are waiting on OS X Yosemite's release for the Mac. We could see a jump in updates once Yosemite is available.

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05:35
Daily Deal: Pre-order the Karma Go pocket-sized...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering you an exclusive opportunity to pre-order the Karma Go LTE Hotspot for only $99—33% off the regular price. The Karma Go puts ultra-fast Wi-Fi in your pocket with an LTE connection to keep all of your devices connected to the Internet wherever you go in the U.S. With Karma, there are no monthly fees or contracts—you simply pay for the data you use, and that data never expires. Not only can you…

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04:35
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus: Changing the Display Zoom

For today's Quick Tip, we're going to discuss changing the "Display Zoom" options on the new iPhone models, including why you may not see your Home screen's orientation change on your 6 Plus or why you might be missing the extra keyboard functionality you were expecting. We'll help you learn it all!

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Monday September 22

19:34
Apple Posts iPhone 6 Commercials with Jimmy Fallon...

Apple has posted two new commercials to YouTube for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus starring Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and pop superstar Justin Timberlake. The first is called Huge, which focuses on the large screens on both devices. The second is called Cameras and talks about the new lenses, slow-motion videos, time-lapse videos, and image stabilization. Here are both commercials, in full.

Huge:

Cameras:

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17:10
Google’s Eric Schmidt Said ALEC Lying about Climate...

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said publicly on Monday that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) was "literally lying" about climate change. In an interview on NPR, Mr. Schmidt said that his company's former association with ALEC was a "mistake," and that the lobbying group's stance on climate change was "making the world a much worse place."

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16:24
Chinese Site Reports Apple Planning October Release...

Apple is planning to release the next iPad in October, according to Chinese-language site Commercial Times. Citing sources in Apple's Chinese supply chain, the site said that Apple would release the "iPad Air 2" next month, while the iPad mini won't be updated until the first quarter of 2015.

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13:40
iOS 8: Hide and Unhide Images in Photos App

There may be times when you want to hand your iPhone to someone to let them scan through some photos. But perhaps there's a photo mixed in that you don't want to be seen. iOS 8 introduces a way to hide the photo.

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13:32
Apple May Shut Down Beats Music Brand, but Stay in...

Apple said on Monday that it may shutter the Beats Music brand when it comes to streaming music, but that it plans to say in the streaming music space. The comment was given to Re/code in the wake of a TechCrunch report claiming Apple was planning to shut down the entire service.

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12:19
Last Chance to Register for MacBook Air Giveaway

Today is the last day for you to register for the 11-inch MacBook Air giveaway we have with Stack Social. I love being able to promote this for our readers, because, you know, it's a frakking MacBook Air giveaway. All you have to do is sign up to receive TMO Deal emails, and boom, you're registered for the giveaway. Registration ends tomorrow (September 23rd, 2014), so if you want in, do it now.

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12:13
News: Apple to reportedly shutter Beats Music?

A new report from TechCrunch reveals that Apple may be planning to shut down its Beats Music subscription service. Citing “five sources, including several prominent employees at Apple and Beats,” the report notes that a number of engineers from the Beats Music team have already been moved to other projects at Apple such as iTunes. Although it remains unclear when this is expected to happen, all sources point to Apple planning to discontinue…

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11:56
Western Digital My Passport Wireless

Western Digital's My Passport portable hard drives have all been appealingly small and ready to take pretty much anywhere -- except that they've depended on a computer for connectivity and power. Made entirely from plastic, My Passport Wireless ($180-$220) preserves the same compact design but is capable of fully wireless operation. A six-hour rechargeable battery and 802.11n MIMO Wi-Fi enable the 1TB or 2TB hard disk to stream media content to up…

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10:44
Strong iPhone 6 Sales Boost Canaccord’s AAPL Target...

Following Apple's announcement that it sold over 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones over its launch weekend, Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley raised his target price for the company's stock from US$112 up to $115 citing demand for the new models.

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10:20
News: Report: iOS 8 adoption rate estimated at 30%

Several research and analytics firms have reported that iOS 8 adoption has reached 30% following the first weekend of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales, based on in-app analytics reported by Fiksu, Mixpanel, Appsee, and Chitika. While this number is up from the estimated 15% adoption following the initial iOS 8 public release last week, it still falls short of the almost 50% of users that had updated to iOS 7 by this time last year. The higher adoption…

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09:35
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-22

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales hit record numbers for Apple over the weekend. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about the iPhone 6 launch, share some of their first impressions on Apple's latest iPhone models, look at some of their favorite features, and talk about the fix to get AT&T's MicroCell to see your new iPhone.

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07:35
News: Daily Deal: Get Wireless Feather Buds for only...

Today in iLounge Deals you can grab a pair of Wireless Feather Buds Bluetooth earphones for only $24.99—60% off the normal price. A perfect mix of comfort, convenience, and high-quality sound, these bluetooth headphones are packed with great features. The noise-cancelling outer shell isolates the sounds you want to hear, and the lightweight and tangle-free design allows you to use and wear the earbuds comfortably. Bluetooth support provides…

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06:05
Linex Technologies Ordered Apple’s Legal Fees in...

Patent holding company Linex Technologies has been ordered to pay Apple and several other companies US$18.6 million to cover legal expenses in lawsuits it filed in a failed patent infringement fight. The company claimed that Apple, HP, Aruba Networks, Meru Networks, and Ruckus Wireless infringed on wireless communication patents it holds, but the court ultimately ruled those patents were invalid.The Mac Observer Spin: Sometimes the whole patent troll scheme just doesn't pay off.

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05:27
News: Apple Watch to come in 4GB, 8GB versions?

A new analyst report suggests that the Apple Watch may be released in both 4 GB and 8 GB versions. Based on discussions with Apple’s suppliers, Timothy Arcuri of investment research firm Cowen and Company released a note to investors today outlining that the component makers expect the Watch to include 512 MB of RAM and and 4 GB of storage in the “mainstream” version, with a larger-capacity 8 GB version also expected to be available.…

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04:54
iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus Launch Weekend Sales Hit 10...

Launch weekend sales for Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus hit the 10 million mark, coming in above last year's iPhone 5s launch at 9 million units. Apple CEO Tim Cook said this year's launch numbers would've been even higher if more inventory had been available.The Mac Observer Spin: It seems Apple can't make the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as fast as it can sell them. The company has also managed to beat its opening weekend sales every year since the original iPhone was launched.

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04:50
Apple hits 10 million iPhone 6, 6 Plus sales in...

Apple today announced the achievement of a new milestone for first-weekend iPhone sales, hitting a record 10 million sales of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices only three days after their September 19 debut in stores. The record includes over 4 million pre-orders, and was notably achieved despite Apple’s last-minute inability to sell the new iPhones in China due to regulatory delays, as well as significant shortages of the larger iPhone 6 Plus model.…

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04:44
Apple iPhone 6 + iPhone 6 Plus Silicone Cases

Released alongside the new iPhones, Apple's iPhone 6 Silicone Case ($35) and iPhone 6 Plus Silicone Case ($39) are slightly less expensive versions of its Leather Cases, available in a wider and generally brighter array of six colors, but otherwise featuring the exact same design. Each case is a wraparound shell with full top and right side coverage, substantial back and left side coverage, then a completely open bottom and front. On the outside is…

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Sunday September 21

07:42
MGG 520: Wrapping Up Tech Week With iOS 8 & More

It's been iPhone week. It's been server migration week. It's been tech week (in more ways than one!), and your two geeks are here, ready to roll and with a very special guest, no less! FIrst they'll talk through some of their favorite iOS 8 tips and tricks. Then it's on to a slew of your questions, including revisiting the age old question of Drobo or Synology (hint: there's no hard and fast answer here!) plus resolving John's own tech issue! Download and enjoy.

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Saturday September 20

15:27
Fun Rant about Those Who Claim Apple is the Copier

I got a tip Saturday about a new blog called Tim Cook's Id, with the subheading "what Tim Cook id is really thinking." I'm not sure if that's the case, but the inaugural rant is a beauty about those claiming Apple is the real copier in the mobile world. It's titled, "Anyone saying Apple copied Samsung/Google with a big screen phone is a $%&# idiot," which cuts to the chase. It's also invective-filled and spewy, but it's a solid assessment of the mental gyrations necessary to come to such a conclusion. TCI takes aim at Android fans, Apple haters, Judge Lucy Koh, the U.S. Department of Justice, tech journalists, Wall Street, and Jim Cramer, and that's just for starters. Hopefully this isn't a one-off. Enjoy.

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08:27
How to Make Your iPhone 6 Work with Your AT&T...

If you bought an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus only to find it doesn't connect to your AT&T MicroCell, you aren't alone. There's a fix for that, but it takes a few steps. Read on to learn how to get your iPhone 6 up and running with a MicroCell.

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Friday September 19

15:51
iOS 8 App Store Bundles Explained

As part of the iOS 8 rollout, the iTunes App Store has seen a few updates. One of them is App Bundles, a new way to purchase multiple apps. Kelly talked to Denys Zhadanov of Readdle to get a behind-the-scenes look at those Bundles.

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15:23
WSJ Lines Up Tim Cook to Kick Off Inaugural WSJDLive...

The Wall Street Journal announced Friday that Apple CEO Cook would headline its inaugural WSJDLive conference, the apparent successor to D, the conference that was headed by tech journalist luminaries Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher. Mr. Cook will be interviewed at the event, which takes place from October 27-29 at the Montage in Laguna Beach, CA.

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14:45
News: Video First Look: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Check out our new Video First Look focusing on Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. See both devices side by side as we dig into the differences between the two new, bigger iPhones. While you’re at it, take a look at our First Look article, and our unboxing gallery showing off both iPhones, as well. Our official comprehensive review of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will also be coming soon....

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13:42
Learn Apple’s New Swift Programming Language for $19

We have a great deal for developers wanting to learn Apple's new Swift programming language. For $19, you get 95 lectures and more than four hours of video training that will help you understand the basics of Swift, know how to use Operators, Strings, Characters and Collection, understand how to evolve from Objective C, how the control flow in Swift works, and how to work with Xcodeâs new .playground file. The regular price on this training package is $99.

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13:00
Apple iPhone 6 Plus - the Word That Shall Not be...

Apple resisted the idea of a phablet for a long time and so did its customers. But times have changed, and we've moved on. Nowadays an Apple phablet is just what many need. Just don't call it a phablet. Call it a Plus.

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12:37
News: iPhone 6, 6 Plus support 2.1A charging, ship...

Our preliminary testing of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has revealed that both devices are capable of using 2.1-Amp power under certain circumstances, despite shipping with lower-powered 1-Amp USB Power Adapters shown here. When connected to a Mac running OS X Yosemite, both models reported drawing 1600 mA of extra power, in addition to the base 500 mA used by the USB standard, suggesting that the new models can be charged more rapidly when using…

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09:44
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-19

It's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch day, and the lines for Apple's new smartphones are even longer than last year. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on those lines, plus the follow up on their iOS 8 update homework from yesterday, and all three offer up some cool iOS 8 tips.

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07:20
Launch Day Survey Says iPhone 6 Plus is the Go-to...

Despite the pre-order frenzy a week ago, shoppers are lining up in droves to get ahold of Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and the favorite so far is the larger screen model. Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um surveyed lines outside Apple Stores in New York City Friday morning, and he found over 60 percent were hoping to get an iPhone 6 Plus, and they want the 64GB and 128GB models.The Mac Observer Spin: Long lines for big screen iPhones. Too bad interest in iPhone is gone.

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06:35
AT&T’s Next Plan May be the Cheapest Way to Buy...

When AT&T first introduced its Next plan earlier this year it was received with a lot of skepticism and negativity. Most reports advised against it saying it was a bad deal, would cost more, and wouldn't let you keep your phone if you wanted to. For Dave Hamilton none of those things are true and they may not be true for you, either. You may find that AT&T Next is the best deal you can get, especially if you're on a family plan with multiple phones.

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06:05
First Look: Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

The newest iPhones — iPhone 6 ($199/16GB, $299/64GB, $399/128GB) and iPhone 6 Plus ($299/16GB, $399/64GB, $499/128GB) — are the physically largest models yet of Apple's iconic smartphone. While iPhone 6 has a 4.7" screen and is a clear successor to the iPhone 5/5s, the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5" screen. Both come with Apple's new "Retina HD" display, boasting improved color accuracy and viewing angles, though only the iPhone 6 Plus has a higher…

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05:57
News: iPhone 6, 6 Plus unboxing and comparison...

iLounge has posted an unboxing gallery for Apple’s new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. In a full photo gallery, we take a closer look at both devices, along with comparison photos. The photos illustrate the comparative size differences between the two models, as well as a better look at the less-often seen rear casing, including the slightly protruding camera section at the top. More pictures will be added as the day progresses, and be sure to check back…

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05:13
News: iFixit posts teardowns of iPhone 6, 6 Plus

As expected, iFixit has posted its complete teardown of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, confirming some specs while revealing a few new insights. The iPhone 6 has the anticipated prominently visible 0.6mm bump along the top of the device, a compromise required by the improved optics in the new model. Both models include virtually identical camera hardware—an 8 MP ƒ/2.2 aperture rear-facing camera, with the only difference being the optical…

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