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Saturday September 27

20:15
Readle PDF Expert updated for iOS 8 with iCloud...

PDF Expert is one of those great apps that actually works better than anything on my Mac for editing PDFs.
PDF Expert 5 is a must-have app for anyone who reads, annotates or edits PDF documents on iPad or iPhone. It allows you to mark up documents with highlights and handwriting, insert text and stamps, sign and even merge PDFs. Moreover, PDF Expert is the best choice for filling out PDF forms right on your iPad and iPhone.
Readle just dropped a significant update to its popular PDF Expert document management app for iPad and iPhone. The 5.2 version includes a number of iOS 8 specific updates including iCloud Drive Support, Document Picker access and TouchID support.
All users will see new features Zoom Writing, AirTurn support and Bookmarks improvements.

Full change log:

What’s New in Version 5.2
Meet PDF Expert 5.2!
Amazing new features with a few iOS 8 exclusives...

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19:15
We’re giving away $50 MacUpdate Bundles: Toast 12...

Update: Before this deal closes – which is soon – we’re giving it away to at least 1 Twitter user and 1 Facebook user. Just Tweet or post to Facebook and we’ll pick winners later this week. 

 
MacUpdate is hitting us with an extremely good $49.99 bundle ending soon. Headlined by Toast Titanium, which is remaking itself as a video editing and transcribing tool that also burns optical media, the bundle for 10 apps costs half of the retail price of Toast 12 alone!
Even if Toast isn’t your Cup o’ Tea, there’s a wide variety of Mac apps which retail for around $500 that will appeal to many:

  • Ember ($49.99 first 8,000 buys only) –...
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13:44
Apple expected to begin selling iPhone 6 in China on...

Reports from the People's Republic of China indicate that Apple is preparing to introduce iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on October 10, following final approval from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

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12:25
Review: HighPoint RocketStor 6324L Thunderbolt 2 to...

Like it or not, the shift to Thunderbolt is underway. The connection is extremely flexible, allowing for video and data to co-habitate on the fast-speed bus. The problem is, the introduction of new ports doesn't preclude the need to use old ports. Highpoint has a solution for those eSATA drive cases in the Thunderbolt 2 RocketStor 6324L host adapter for eSATA devices. Bridging devices for older connectors can be expensive, and sometimes its worth it to replace the enclosure instead -- does the value equation hold up for this speed-oriented adapter? Check our review to find out.......

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11:49
Briefly: MyFitnessPal's HealthKit update,...

MyFitnessPal has released an update to its Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker app for iOS 8's HealthKit. Featuring a food database of over 4 million entries, users can log and track what they eat and how much they exercise as part of maintaining a fitness regimen. MyFitnessPal v.5.6.6 allows users to add meal summaries logged to HealthKit by automatically sharing meal data with HealthKit-connected apps. Similarly, weight data and exercise entries can be synced between HealthKit and MyFitnessPal. Bug fixes regarding login issues have been resolved in the latest update. Free to download, MyFitness......

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11:42
iOS 8 HealthKit-compatible Apps Hit the App Store

Now that iOS 8.0.2 is out with support for the Health app enabled, third-party developers are starting to roll out their apps with HealthKit support. The list isn't very long yet, but it is growing so we expect to see more apps showing up soon.

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11:01
iOS 8’s MAC randomization requires cellular data...


You know that we love, cherish and respect your privacy here at The PowerPage, right?
Privacy bugs will be interested in reading Apple’s new “Privacy built in” microsite, which extolls the virtues of some of the new privacy features that are baked into iOS 8. While it’s a huge step in the right directions for the consumer (so much so that the FBI is spreading FUD about it), some industry experts are taking issue with one of the new features.
At issue is what Apple calls Randomized Wi-Fi addresses. In reading that section of...

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11:00
iOS 8 How-to: Monitor & track your battery usage

Have you ever wondered how much of your battery is being used? Or have you ever wondered why sometimes when you use certain apps your battery dramatically drains? New in the iOS 8 Settings application is the ability to track battery usage per each app you have installed on your device. This method is very similar to tracking your cellular data usage.
In iOS 7, it shows you how much you used the battery and how long the battery was on standby since the last full charge, but it did not define or describe how that was effected. To monitor and track your battery usage in iOS 8, first go into Settings.

Then tap on General and then Usage....

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11:00
Reviews: RocketStor 6324L Thunderbolt 2 eSATA bridge

Like it or not, the shift to Thunderbolt is underway. The connection is extremely flexible, allowing for video and data to co-habitate on the fast-speed bus. The problem is, the introduction of new ports doesn't preclude the need to use old ports. Highpoint has a solution for those eSATA drive cases in the Thunderbolt 2 ......

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10:57
No path back: Apple stops signing iOS 7.1.2

In recent days we’ve offered advice that if you plan to revert from iOS 8 to iOS 7, you do so in a hurry as Apple stops authorizing earlier versions of iOS days after it releases a major update. If you didn’t follow that advice, you’re too late.
As of Saturday, the steps necessary to revert your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch no longer work. Instead of iTunes restoring your device, you see a message like the one above—your device can not be restored because it’s not eligible for the requested build. This is iTunes way of telling you that Apple has closed the door and is no longer signing any version of iOS 7.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click...

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10:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: The latest Otterbox and...

Bend no moreThis week’s roundup of new iPhone cases is all about Apple’s latest models, with plenty of protection for all tastes—and screen sizes.BodyGuardzThe ScreenGuardz HD Impact (iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; $30) is a screen protector that prevents damage from impact with its multi-layer shock absorption technology.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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08:40
Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As...

An anonymous reader writes: Over the past several days, we've been hearing reports about some amount of users noticing that their brand new iPhone 6 Plus is bending in their pockets. The pictures and videos shown so far have kicked off an investigation, and Consumer Reports has done one of the more scientific tests so far. They found that the iPhone 6 Plus takes 90 pounds of pressure before it permanently deforms. The normal iPhone 6 took even less: 70 lbs. They tested other phones as well: HTC One (M8): 70 lbs, LG G3: 130 lbs, iPhone 5: 130 lbs, Samsung Galaxy Note 3: 150 lbs. The Verge also did a report on how Apple torture-tests its devices before shipping them. Apple's standard is about 55 lbs of pressure, though it does so thousands of times before looking for bends. One analysis suggests that Apple's testing procedure only puts pressure on the middle of the phone, which doesn't sufficiently evaluate the weakened area where holes have been created for volume buttons. Consumer...

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08:15
Consumer Reports bend tests show the iPhone 6 Plus...

In what is likely the end of #Bendgate, Consumers Reports on Friday published the results of its bend tests that compared the iPhone 6 Plus with the iPhone 6 and several competing phones. According to Consumer Reports, both the iPhone 6 Plus and the...

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08:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Warhammer Quest [iOS...

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07:52
Gadget Ogling: Smart Wine, Wooly Sound and a Clever...


I give LG a little flak for constantly releasing new smartphones, but here's one with a twist. LG is pegging the Wine Smart as its first flip-style smartphone. Yes, the compact style is back, only this time its fuel is Android, instead of whatever arcane OS manufacturers might dream up. I suspect this is more about style than function, outside of a dedicated button for opening an instant messaging app. Still, it looks like a fun toy to take for a spin for a day or two.

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07:50
Berlin, Hamburg issue new shutdown orders for Uber...

In the latest back-and-forth between Uber and the German courts, judges in Berlin and Hamburg have upheld service bans against the ride-sharing service. Rulings from both courts held that similar to New York City's issue with Lyft, Uber's drivers lacked proper licensure, which would allow them to legally charge passengers for rides....

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07:00
Consumer Reports puts iPhone 6 and 6 Plus through...

Consumer Reports:

Bear in mind that it took significant force to do this kind of damage to all these phones. While nothing is (evidentally) indestructible, we expect that any of these phones should stand up to typical use.

Much ado about nothing.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:52
BendGate backfires

Nice writeup from AppleInsider focuses on the controversy itself, how it ultimately benefits Apple and injures the companies that have tried to take advantage of it.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:00
Dog Days of Summer: Pluto, in the flesh and in...

We've come to the end of the summer -- it was Monday evening in North America -- which means that it's time for us to switch over to our regularly scheduled Caturday programming. But since at least part of the week was spent in summer and we had a...

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05:30
Use slow-motion video to improve your game with...

I am sure if you have watched enough sporting events on TV you have seen the analysts on the broadcast use slow-motion video to break down golf swings, batters hitting a baseball, tennis serves and much more. Now with Ubersense Coach: Slow Motion...

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05:14
Adapting to change: a review of Apple's larger...

The jump from the iPhone 5 series's 4-inch form factor to the 4.7-inch display on the iPhone 6 is a big change that might not appeal to everyone. Thankfully, Apple offers a 14-day return policy, and still continues to sell the 4-inch iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, for those who might find themselves with an oversized case of buyers' remorse.

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05:09
Should you update your iPhone 4S to iOS 8? This...

A few weeks ago we warned that iOS might be a little rough for iPhone 4S owners. Apple’s trailing edge iPhones always hobble a bit on the latest iOS release and test results on iOS 8 showed significant lag.
However, the video above sent in by a tipster shows that in everyday usage, the lag isn’t so bad when going from iOS 7.1.2 to 8.0.2 (most pronounced in App Store). Perhaps that point update released this week, besides fixing bugs, also included optimizations for the older phones.Filed under: AAPL Company ...

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04:30
Mind the Buzz is fun trivia game with emphasis on...

Mind the Buzz is a fun and educational trivia game for iOS boasting over 12,000 questions in a number of categories. Two modes allow for either playing solo to beat your own scores and gain knowledge or in a group with other friends to challenge each...

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04:25
Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock"...

An anonymous reader writes "Open source operating systems vulnerable to the Shellshock bug have already pushed two patches to fix the vulnerability, but Apple has yet to issue one for Mac OS X. Ars Technica speculates that licensing issues may be giving Apple pause: "[T]he current [bash] version is released under the GNU Public License version 3 (GPLv3). Apple has avoided bundling GPLv3-licensed software because of its stricter license terms....Apple executives may feel they have to have their own developers make modifications to the bash code."" It's also worth noting that there are still flaws with the patches issued so far. Meanwhile, Fedora Magazine has published an easy-to-follow description of how Shellshock actually works. The Free Software Foundation has also issued a statement about Shellshock. ...

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Friday September 26

15:32
Racing Game ‘GRID 2 Reloaded Edition for Mac’...

Feral Interactive announced Friday the release of GRID 2 Reloaded Edition for Mac. This is a racing game allows you to get behind the wheel of more than 70 "high-performance rides" in a series of "nerve-jangling events." The graphics are intense and amazingly realistic-if you like racing games, this is certainly one of the best on the Mac. GRID 2 Reloaded Edition for Mac is out now, and it's priced at US$44.99 on the Mac App Store. It's also available on Steam.

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14:26
iRig Pads, a Portable MIDI Groove Controller for iOS...

IK Multimedia launched iRig Pads, a portable MIDI groove controller for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It also works with your Mac and Windows PC. This is the kind of device you can use for activating loops, playing and creating beats, and any other kind of MIDI action. It features 16 velocity-sensitive backlit rubber pads, two assignable push buttons, two edit push buttons, a MIDI programmable slider, two MIDI programmable knobs, and a MIDI programmable pushbutton rotary encoder. It also supports both 30-pin and Lightning connectors, meaning it's compatible with iPhones back to iPhone 4, iPads back to the original iPad, both iPad mini models, and iPod touch back to 3rd gen. Oh, and it has a port for a expression pedal. It's priced at US$149.99 and is available now.

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12:48
Last Chance for The Productive Design Mac Bundle: $...

There's two days left on the Productive Design Mac Bundle, a collection of 6 apps and a sub-bundle of subscription services for $39.99. The apps include Ember, Pixa, Poser 10, Anime Studio Pro 10, Art Text 2, and TotalFinder. You also get the Design Hacker Bundle, a collection of service subscriptions that include access to design templates, testing, graphics, Web hosting, and design. There are details on the apps and services on the deal listing. Combined they would add up to $943 retail, making the $39.99 deal price a huge bargain.

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12:40
Grading Apple’s Snafus: Which Ones Are Major, Which...

By some standards, Apple has had a rough two weeks. The media has pointed to these problems for several classic reasons: attention and money. But how bad is it really? Which problems are real and which ones will blow over? John Martellaro does his grading.

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12:30
News: iLounge Weekly coming Monday, sign up now

The latest edition of iLounge Weekly, our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge, will be arriving in subscribers’ inboxes early next week. iLounge Weekly is a summary of the week’s best news, reviews, and feature articles we’ve published, and it also features giveaways and accessory discount offers from various companies. There’s still plenty of time to sign up and receive this week’s edition — just use the simple form…

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12:24
News: Apps of the Week: OmniFocus 2 for iPad,...

New Apps OmniFocus 2 for iPad ($40)—A long-awaited iPad refresh of the popular power-user productivity app. While OmniGroup came out with an updated, iOS 7-ified version of OmniFocus 2 for iPhone last year, the already more feature-rich iPad app lagged a bit, retaining its iOS 6 style UI, but remaining compatible with the OmniFocus suite of products. The new update features a meticulously revamped UI similar to that found in the iPhone and Mac…

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11:11
Mac: TransGaming Metal Gear Rising - Revengeance

Konami’s Metal Gear games are widely admired for their consistently incredible graphics and genre-defining stealth action gameplay—neither of which have officially appeared on the Mac for years. So TransGaming’s release of Metal Gear Rising - Revengeance ($30) is noteworthy for its very existence as a Mac game: originally a PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 title, this side story stars the increasingly popular cyborg ninja Raiden, whose…

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10:49
News: Report: iOS 8 anti-tracking features more...

A new report in the Washington Post reveals that new features in iOS 8 intended to limit tracking of iPhones may be more limited than users might expect. According to Apple’s Privacy Page, iOS 8 will protect user’s privacy by “randomizing your device’s MAC address when the device is passively scanning for Wi-Fi networks,” thereby preventing persistent tracking of a device based on the normally-fixed hardware addresses…

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09:46
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-26

Apple's efforts to protect the data on our iPhones isn't sitting well with the FBI. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on digital privacy and government access to our personal information, plus Dave shares his experience setting up iOS 8's Family Sharing.

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09:18
News: Video Review: Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6...

Our video review of Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus gives viewers a look at some of the ground covered in our comprehensive site review of both devices. We hope this gives consumers even more background and information on the new iPhones as you see them up close and in action. Please read our full review for many more details....

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08:23
Daily Deal: Get LithiumCard, The Wallet Sized...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering LithiumCard, a wallet-sized battery pack for your iPhone, for only $39.99—that’s 27% off the normal price. Available in both Lightning and Micro-USB versions, the LithiumCard is the thinnest HyperCharger around at only the thickness of five credit cards. It has 1200mAh of capacity and generates up to 2A of power to charge your device fast, at up to 1% battery life per minute, and has an attractive…

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07:06
Bent iPhone 6 Plus? There’s a Replacement for That

If you're among the massive horde nine people suffering from a bent iPhone 6, Apple will replaces it for you - assuming it hasn't been intentionally twisted out of shape, of course. You'll have to make a trip to your Apple Store's Genius Bar for a visual inspection, and if your 6 Plus is deemed worthy of replacement, you'll head back out the store with a flat iPhone.The Mac Observer Spin: Of course Apple is replacing bent iPhones. That's the right thing, and the smart thing, to do.

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06:47
News: Report: Same manager in charge of iOS 8.0.1...

Apple’s quickly-pulled iOS 8.0.1 update was overseen by the same manager in charge of catching problems with Apple Maps before that program was released, according to Bloomberg. The report claims mid-level manager Josh Williams oversees quality assurance for iOS, and Williams was also in charge of quality control for Apple’s much-maligned Maps release in 2012. A source said Williams was removed from the Maps team “after the software…

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06:10
880K Creditcards Stolen in TripAdvisor’s Viator Data...

Tripadvisor's Viator service said credit card information for some 880,000 of its users has been compromised in a data breach where customer data for 1.4 million subscribers was taken. Unauthorized charges have been showing up on some subscriber's cards, and Tripadvisor is currently saying it isn't sure how the attackers gained access to the user data.The Mac Observer Spin: Considering how many online database breaches are happening, maybe companies need to work on finding a better way to manage our creditcards. Alternately, users can turn to apps like 1Password that auto-fill creditcard information so it's stored locally instead of on a remote -- and potentially hackable -- server.

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05:26
Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus Success Now in Developers Hands

Dave Hamilton has had his iPhone 6 Plus for less than a day, but is liking it so far. He quickly found, however, that this is a new device category for Apple, and not just a larger (or smaller?) version of that which came before it. The size is not the issue. Dave's issue issue is with the apps.

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04:45
iOS 8: Using (and Disabling!) the New Spotlight...

The search feature has been revamped under iOS 8, and we really like the changes! In this comprehensive Quick Tip, we'll discuss how to invoke Spotlight to find items on your device, what stuff you can now search for, and how to turn off the new "Spotlight Suggestions" if you don't like them.

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Thursday September 25

20:00
Apple Gives Away ‘John Paul George Ringo’ EP

Apple offered iTunes customers another album for free Thursday night, though the company hadnled it a tad differently from the Great Apple-U2 Tyranny of 2014. It's a 4-song EP called 4: John Paul George Ringo, with one song from each Beatles member's solo career. For you younguns, The Beatles are a band even older than U2. The EP contains "Love," by John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band, "Call Me Back Again," by Wings (Paul McCartney's band), "Let It Down," by George Harrison, and "Walk With You," by Ringo Starr. It's free for a limited time, but you'll have to go and download it from iTunes yourself.

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18:33
News: Apple releases iOS 8.0.2

Apple has released iOS 8.0.2 tonight, just one day after releasing and pulling iOS 8.0.1, which was immediately received with complaints of cellular and Touch ID issues from iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users. iOS 8.0.2 resolves those problems, and also allows HealthKit apps to be available on the App Store, among other fixes....

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16:34
Apple Releases iOS 8.0.2, Fixes iOS 8.0.1 and...

Apple released iOS 8.0.2 Thursday evening. The update fixes an issue with iOS 8.0.1 that kept many users from making phone calls. It also fixes a HealthKit but, "so HealthKit apps can now be made available on the App Store."

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16:20
Steve Ballmer Plans to Take iPads Away from Clippers

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer knows he messed up mobile while at Microsoft, according to Reuters, but he won't let that get in the way of taking the better mobile device away from his new basketball team. In a profile on Mr. Ballmer and the L.A. Clippers, Mr. Ballmer said that the team's iPads are out, but not until the off season.

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15:40
FBI Cranky at Apple for Securing iOS, Only Has...

The FBI and other law enforcement folk are tense about Apple's gleeful proclamationt that the company can't unencrypt our data. FBI Director James Comey told reporters that he is "very concerned" about tech companies like Apple and Google stepping up their privacy game and protecting customer data. Bryan Chaffin argues law enforcement has only itself to blame.

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14:16
iOS 8: Using Handoff on Mobile Devices

Handoff was a promised feature of iOS 8. Now that it's been released, Kelly shows how Handoff can make mobile workflows even more efficient.

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12:51
NewerTech Announces Wireless Aluminum Numeric Keypad...

Praise be to NewerTech! The company announced Thursday the NewerTech Wireless Aluminum Keypad, a companion numeric keypad that goes with, matches, and attaches to Apple's Bluetooth keyboard.

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11:54
The Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course: $89

We have a new developer training bundle for you today, the Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course. This is a $998 package of developer training courses you can get for $89. It has some 350 videos and 36 hours of content. In addition to teaching you what's new in iOS 8 and Xcode 6, you'll also learn Swift, Apple's new programming language. No programming experience is necessary. As a bonus, this deal also includes the Complete iOS 7 Course.

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11:48
First Look: Urban Armor Gear Composite Case for...

Urban Armor Gear's Composite Case ($35) for iPhone 6 is a co-molded plastic and rubber case with coverage for the sleep/wake button and volume controls, and what feels like a solid amount of protection for a lightweight case. As with prior versions of the case, skid pads line the top and bottom. This time around, UAG has curiously left two small rectangular holes in the back of case, revealing tiny portions of the Apple logo and "iPhone" wording on…

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11:28
Does Size Matter: My Weekend with iPhone 6 and...

Last Friday I got an iPhone 6 and an iPhone 6 Plus for review; by mid-afternoon I had both fully charged, synced, and ready to rock. Sure I felt dorky with an iPhone in each hand all weekend, but it was worth it, gentle reader, to bring you this early hands-on report. But even more importantly, it was worth it to help me solve a first-world problem: Which iPhone 6 should I buy?

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11:05
We Got Our Bigger iPhones - Hooray! So How do we...

Back in the early days of the iPhone, it was a fairly small device that easily fit in a shirt pocket or jeans pocket.
Today, the power of the iPhone and the demands we make of it virtually require a larger display. So how do we carry it?
John Martellaro looks at a classic SciFi concept.

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11:02
Mac: NewerTech Wireless Aluminum Keypad
10:56
First Look: Speck CandyShell, Card, Grip + Inked...

Speck has introduced the newest versions of its long-heralded CandyShell line for iPhone 6. There's the classic CandyShell ($35); CandyShell Grip ($35), which offers a raised pattern for more grip; CandyShell Card ($40), which adds a slot to the back of the case that can hold up to three cards; and CandyShell Inked ($40) — basically a CandyShell with graphics on the back. All of the cases retain the traditional CandyShell co-molded plastic and rubber…

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10:56
First Look: JBL Charge 2 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

JBL's breakthrough 2012 speaker Flip begat a fancier mid-2013 follow-up called Charge, possessing nearly identical sonic performance plus a larger battery that could double as an iPhone or iPod charger. Now JBL has a sequel called Charge 2 ($150), which evolves the industrial design a lot and the feature set a little. Charge 2 preserves its predecessor's 12-hour promised battery life and rear USB port for outbound power, now promising iPad-ready 2.1-Amp…

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10:56
Apple: Only Nine People Have Complained about Bent...

Apple said on Thursday that only nine customers have complained about bent iPhone 6 or 6 Plus devices, and that "With normal use a bend in iPhone is extremely rare." The company has gone on its equivalent of a full-court press, offering the statement to The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Re/code, and other mainstream outlets at once.

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10:48
News: Apple says only 9 customers have complained...

Apple has issued an official response to the controversy surrounding alleged problems with iPhone 6 units bending during normal use, stating that it has received complains from only nine customers, and that the iPhones “feature steel/titanium inserts to reinforce stress locations.” ALERT: Apple says only 9 customers have complained to the company about bent iPhones. (via @jonfortt)— CNBC Tech (@CNBCtech) September 25, 2014 Apple:…

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09:44
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-25

There's a new security threat in town going by the name Shellshock, and it has the potential to cause some big headaches for Unix and Linux-based systems, including Mac OS X. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to dive into how Shellshock works, what it can potentially do, and how it impacts Mac users on personal and public networks.

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07:30
Apple: iOS 8.0.1 Fix Coming in the Next Few Days

Following Wednesday's release and subsequent retraction of iOS 8.0.1 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, Apple has said that an iOS 8.0.2 is coming "in the next few days." The 8.0.1 update added Health app support, but also killed cell service and Touch ID support on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.The Mac Observer Spin: It's good to see Apple addressing the call-free iPhone problem from the iOS 8.0.1 updater, although it would've been better if the problem hadn't been there at all.

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07:20
Review: Apple iPhone 6 + iPhone 6 Plus Leather and...

Basically a real leather shell, the Leather Case is similar to Apple’s prior-generation leather iPhone 5s Case, only at a higher price, while leaving the bottom of each phone completely exposed. Microfiber on the inside keeps your device from getting scratched during insertion and removal. Five color options include Olive Brown, Black, Midnight Blue, Soft Pink, and (PRODUCT) RED exteriors. Each case is thin enough not to radically change the…

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05:55
News: Report: Apple was aware of iCloud security...

Apple was informed of an iCloud security vulnerability that could lead to compromised user data as early as March 2014, a new report indicates. E-mails obtained by The Daily Dot reveal that London-based software developer Ibrahim Balic informed Apple on March 26 that he had successfully bypassed a “brute-force” security prevention measure, effectively allowing him to try over 20,000 password combinations on any iCloud account. Balic also…

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05:48
News: Bent iPhones may qualify for warranty...

Following reports earlier this week that iPhone 6 Plus users were experiencing problems with iPhones bending in their pockets, Apple Support has responded to an inquiry from The Next Web indicating that bent iPhones could be replaced under warranty if they pass a “Visual Mechanical Inspection” test, but that it is ultimately up to the Genius at any given Apple Store as to whether the device would qualify for a replacement or not. The Apple…

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05:38
Daily Deal: Another chance to get three years of VPN...

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

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05:24
News: Apple offers instructions on downgrading from...

Apple has released a new support document that instructs users on how to downgrade from iOS 8.0.1 back to iOS 8. The document is called “Loss of cellular service or ability to use Touch ID after updating to iOS 8.0.1 on iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.” iOS 8.0.1 was pulled only hours after it was released on Wednesday, after many users reported losing cellular service and the ability to use Touch ID on the the company’s newest iPhones.…

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05:06
Shellshock Flaw Poses Big Security Threat for Mac,...

Move over, Heartbleed, because here comes Shellshock. This security threat has the potential to be even bigger than Heartbleed because of the way it lets attackers remotely access victim's computers through the Bash command line shell for Unix and Linux, plus it potentially affects Mac OS X and the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Wednesday September 24

17:16
ACM 273: Hands on iPhone 6, Bendy iPhone 6 Plus, and...

Jeff and Bryan wax poetic when trying to describe the displays on their new iPhone 6 models, but Jeff goes apoplectic when iOS 8.0.1 runs amuck. People are also talking about iPhone 6 Plus being bendy, and Apple itself plays coy on its plans for Beats Music. Plus, there's singing. So watch out.

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14:49
Beware Fake Adverts Saying You Can Charge Your...

There is a fake advert going around telling people they can recharge their iPhone in a microwave. Don't do it-it will destroy your phone. The ads are malicious fakes designed to look like Apple advertising, complete with an Apple copyright as shown below, but it's a pack of lies designed to take advantage of folks who aren't tech savvy.The Mac Observer Spin: I haven't been this angry in a long time. The cynical and depraved depths to which a human must sink in order to eke pleasure from a prank like this is astounding. This was a vile and disgusting thing to do, and those responsible should examine their life choices and values.

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14:00
Pocket-Sized Karma Go LTE Hotspot: Exclusive Pre-...

We have an exclusive offer through our friends at Stack Social on the Karma Go LTE hotspot. It will retail for $149, but with our deal, you can preorder it for $99. The Karma Go LTE hotspot is a compact device that taps into a nationwide LTE network and broadcasts a Wi-Fi connection for all your devices. In other words, you get a mobile Internet connection that you control wherever you go. You have five days to preorder through our deal.

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13:45
OtterBox Defender Case for iPhone 6 Plays Great...

There are occasions when you must have an iPhone with you, readily available, but the environment is rugged. Examples are construction, airline and military operations. In those cases, one may prefer to have the ultimate in iPhone protection: ports covered, display protected, and a multi-layer, cushioned shells. This case fills the bill.

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12:38
News: UK Apple TV adds Sky Movies, Entertainment to...

Sky Entertainment has augmented its Now TV streaming service for Apple TV for users in the UK, going beyond Sky Sports to add access to Sky Movies and Sky Entertainment. As of now, Sky customers can select from three packages, with Movies and Entertainment requiring a monthly fee and Sports available on an individual 24 hour pass basis. Sky has announced that it will increase the price of its Movies and Entertainment packages next month by £1-£2....

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12:04
First Look: IK Multimedia iRig Mic HD

Following the release of iRig Voice (iLounge rating: B), iRig Mic HD ($130) is the high-end successor to IK Multimedia's 2011 iRig Mic (iLounge rating: B), offering a completely digital interface for modern iOS devices via Apple's Lightning connector. Inside a metallic body that's available in black or silver, IK has included a low-noise, high-definition pre-amp, a high-grade 24-bit A/D converter, and a 44.1/48 kHz sampling rate. The microphone interfaces…

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10:53
Review: OtterBox Commuter, Defender + Symmetry...

Commuter uses two pieces — a rubber inner layer and hard plastic shell — to keep the iPhone 6 safe. The rubber layer covers the Lightning port and headphone jack when not in use for extra protection. The case also exposes the Apple symbol, a continuing design choice from Otterbox that doesn’t really appeal at all to us. Users can order separate shell and cover colors to make their own color combinations. Commuter also comes with a stick-on…

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10:53
How to Restore Your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus after...

If you applied the iOS 8.0.1 update and your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus is now a shiny new doorstop, here's the steps (and the downloads) to restore things to the way they were yesterday.

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10:45
News: Apple pulls iOS 8.0.1 update after iPhone 6...

Apple has retracted its iOS 8.0.1 update released earlier today after a flood of reports from iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users that the update disabled their devices’ cellular capabilities and Touch ID sensors. The company now notes that it is “actively investigating these reports” but no further information has yet been forthcoming about when or how the problem may be fixed for those users who have already updated. APPLE: "We are…

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10:42
First Look: Bowers & Wilkins C5 Series 2 In-Ear...

There wasn't much that needed to be fixed in Bowers & Wilkins' superb C5 In-Ear Headphones, a 2011 model that wowed us in looks, comfort, and sonics. But B&W has updated C5 with the new C5 Series 2 ($180), which for the same price promises "redesigned drive units for enhanced sound quality." The core elements remain the same, including ingenious adjustable wire loops to provide in-ear support and tube-shaped housings with four sizes of silicone tips…

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09:42
iOS 8.0.1 Update Includes Bug Fixes, Kills Service

Apple released iOS 8.0.1 on Wednesday, a week after the initial iOS 8 release. Reports are flooding in about the update causing Touch ID and cellular connectivity to stop working altogether, so it may be best to hold off on this update at least in the short term.

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09:28
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-24

Turns out you can bend the iPhone 6 Plus if you try, but is that as big a deal as people are making out? Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at what's up with iPhone 6 bendability and iPhone durability, discuss Apple's purchase of the digital magazine design and publishing platform Prss, and go old school with some Wild Wild West talk.

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08:57
News: Apple releases iOS 8.0.1

Apple has already released a maintenance update only a week following the company’s release of iOS 8. Listed as “containing improvements and bug fixes,” iOS 8.0.1 notably addresses the issue that affected use of HealthKit by third-party apps revealed last week. Other improvements and fixes include issues with third-party keyboards, apps accessing the Photo Library, reliability of the Reachability feature on the iPhone 6, fixes for…

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07:56
How to Use PayPal with iOS 8 Family Sharing

Apple's Family Sharing in iOS 8 is something many users are eager to setup in order to finally deal with the issue of sharing purchased apps (and music and movies and more) with family members. Frustration has set in for some, however, when the setup process informs users that PayPal is not a valid payment option for family purchases. The good news is that you can set PayPal as an option after Family Sharing is setup, at least for now.

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07:40
How To Use iOS 8 Family Sharing With a Separate...

iOS 8 introduces Family Sharing, a feature that allows multiple members of the same family to share app purchases with one another using iCloud accounts. It's not entirely obvious how to link a separate purchases account to Family Sharing, but it is possible, and we'll show you how to do it.

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07:02
News: Peer-to-Peer AirPlay restricted to 2013 Apple...

A recent change to Apple’s release notes for the Apple TV Software Update 7.0 indicates that iOS 8’s new Peer-to-Peer AirPlay feature will actually be limited to the “Rev A” third-generation Apple TV released in March 2013. Peer-to-Peer AirPlay is a new feature that allows users to wirelessly stream content to an Apple TV from an iOS 8 device or Mac running OS X Yosemite without having to connect to a host Wi-Fi network. This…

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06:45
iPhone 6 Earns Best Ever SquareTrade Drop Test Score

Apple's new iPhone 6 may bend, but it doesn't break. That's the word from the electronic device protection plan company SquareTrade after putting the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus through a series of drop tests.

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06:44
News: Report: iPhone 6 Plus costs only $15 more to...

Although Apple sells the iPhone 6 Plus at a $100 premium over its smaller sibling, a new report from research firm IHS cited by Bloomberg suggests that the larger iPhone 6 Plus model actually only costs Apple an additional $15.50 to manufacture. The report notes that main cost increase comes from the larger screen, although the camera and battery components also cost slightly more. It goes on to note that both iPhone 6 models are still more expensive…

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06:23
Daily Deal: Wipe down your iPhone screen with the...

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up a five-pack of Mobile Cloth Z5 microfiber screen wipes for only $11.99. Providing a fast and effective way to wipe off fingerprints and germs from your touchscreen, the Mobile Cloth Z5 provides an advanced split micro material that is safe to use on even the most sensitive surfaces. The 9” by 9” cloths are durable and completely washable, and come in five difference colours. Get your Mobile Cloth…

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05:27
News: Apple acquires Digital Magazine Platform PRSS

Apple has acquired a small Dutch digital magazine startup, according to a new report (translated link) from Dutch Apple blog iCulture. The company, PRSS, launched in 2012 as a way to allow users to easily create digital magazines for the iPad Newsstand platform without requiring iOS coding or development experience. While neither Apple nor PRSS has confirmed the acquisition officially, TechCrunch received a boilerplate statement from Apple that “Apple…

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05:22
Apple Buys Prss iPad Magazine Publishing Platform

Apple has purchased the digital magazine design company Prss, which could be a sign that the iPhone and iPad maker plans to do for periodical design what it did for books with iBooks Author. Prss started life as the production tool for the award winning iPad magazine Trvl and was spun off as its own company in 2013.The Mac Observer Spin: If Apple is planning on offering its own digital magazine design tools, that could open substantially lower the bar for hopeful publishers. Depending on what Apple offers along with Prss's tools, it could eat into expensive digital magazine publishing platform sales.

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Tuesday September 23

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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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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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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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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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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09:53
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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09:18
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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