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Thursday October 16

10:10
OS X Yosemite: New Notification Center finally gives...

Notification Center has been a part of OS X for two years: It was introduced in Mountain Lion and expanded upon in Mavericks. But with OS X Yosemite, Notification Center has transformed into something exponentially more useful than it was before. In fact, in Yosemite Notification Center is so different—and so much more useful than it was—that it probably deserves a new name. A supply of widgets
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s start with the most fundamental of changes: With Yosemite, Notification Center no longer slides a Mac’s entire interface off to the left in order to pop out from the right side of the screen. Now, Dock-like, it slides in on top of the right side of your screen while you’re using it. The old approach was certainly dramatic, but I think this...

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10:10
Apple announces the iPad Air 2

As part of its October press event, Apple today unveiled its sixth generation tablet -- the iPad Air 2. The Air 2 features an even thinner device, 6.1 mm, 18% thinner than the previous model. Phil Schiller noted that two new iPad Air 2s are still...

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10:09
Apple updates desktop iMac line with “5k” Retina...


One of the big "tentpole" announcements from Apple’s event this morning was the long-awaited arrival of iMacs with "retina" displays. The flagship 27-inch iMac form factor has been updated with a high-resolution, high-DPI screen, and it's now known as the "iMac with Retina Display." It runs at a resolution of 5120x2880.
The updated iMac with Retina Display keeps the same external form factor as the existing iMacs, so externally, things are unchanged. However, the new internals include an updated LED backlight, an updated oxide TFT display panel, and an updated timing controller to push around the display's 14.7 million pixels.

Apple also says that although the display is brighter and denser than the 27-inch 2560x1440 panel on older 27-inch iMacs, the panel uses 30% less power thanks to the efficient LED design.
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10:05
Apple announces iPad mini 3 with Touch ID for $399,...

Apple's diminutive iPad will also receive an update this week, the company announced Thursday, in the form of the iPad mini 3, which features a Touch ID fingerprint sensor and new gold color option starting at $399.

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

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

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

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

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10:02
Apple releases OS X Yosemite, iWork updates as free...


The OS X 10.10 Yosemite downloading and installation frenzy begins today.
Over at its media event, Apple announced that OS X 10.10 Yosemite, its free next-generation operating system, will arrive on the Mac App Store today. The new version includes a new design that’s more contiguous with iOS 8 as well as features like Continuity and Handoff. Apple has also released a redesigned version of its iWork suite, which will be available as a free download.
Apple software chief Craig Federighi demonstrated many of the new features of Yosemite at a media event in Cupertino, California today, chief among them the new Continuity and Handoff features, which allow users to seamlessly transition between their Mac and their iOS devices.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

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10:00
Pixelmator announces iPad version of its photo-...


As part of the Apple event, Pixelmator has announced an iPad version of its popular Mac image-editor. The app is a near complete representation of the desktop app, with color correction, effects and other edits.
The photo-editing app will be released very soon for all recent iPads, but is specifically optimized to take advantage of the power of the A8X in the iPad Air 2.
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10:00
Crowdfunding Roundup: Smart Yoga mats and dumb-...

Each week, TUAW provides readers with an update on new or significant crowdfunded Apple-related projects in the news. While our policy is to not go into detail on items that haven't reached at least 80 percent of their funding goal, this update is...

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09:59
OS X Yosemite: Spotlight gets a new look and power...

Like its littermate Dashboard, OS X’s Spotlight feature has been with us since OS X Tiger, way back in 2005. That entire time, it’s been a systemwide search feature parked at the top of the screen. But Spotlight in OS X Yosemite is different. Really different, with a new look, a new location, and a new set of data sources. This is not the Spotlight we’ve come to know.Front and center

Spotlight in Yosemite has moved from the top right of the screen to somewhere in the middle.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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09:47
Apple announces TouchID-equipped, 6.1 mm-thin iPad...

Andrew Cunningham


CUPERTINO, CA—Apple has officially announced its new iPad Air 2 at today's media event on its campus at 1 Infinite Loop. The iPad Air 2 was inadvertently outed yesterday in an iBooks listing for the iPad user guide.
The new device is only 6.1 mm thin, and Phil Shiller told the audience, "In every iPad, there's been an air gap between glass and display. Now they've been bonded together. There's no air gap. Makes it thinner, and the images sharper."
The screen also has an anti-reflective coating," Shiller added, which "reduces reflections by 56 percent."
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09:47
Apple announces 6.1mm-thin iPad Air 2 with Touch ID...

Apple's next-generation tablet became official on Thursday with the introduction of the iPad Air 2, featuring a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, new anti-reflective screen coating, and the speedy new A8X chip

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09:45
Apple announces iOS 8.1 with Camera Roll, iCloud...

As part of its October press event, Apple announced several upcoming features it is adding to iOS 8.1. The next major release of iOS 8 will see the return of the popular camera roll, which was replaced in iOS 8 much to the chagrin of iOS...

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

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

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09:43
Apple officially announces 18% thinner ‘iPad Air 2’...

Live on stage during its iPad/Mac press event today in Cupertino, Apple has officially introduced the new iPad Air dubbed “iPad Air 2”.
As previously rumored, the new full-sized iPad features a slimmer profile compared to the previous generation but largely retains the same physical design of the first gen iPad Air. It does, however, come in the gold color option that Apple previously only offered on iPhones.
Apple says the new iPad Air is 18% thinner than the previous generation thanks to improvements to the display manufacturing process. The display also introduces an anti-reflective coating that Apple says makes iPad Air 2’s display 56% less reflective.
The iPad Air 2 includes an A8X chip that Apple says includes 2nd-gen 64-bit architecture and 3 billion transistors for 40% faster CPU and 2.5x faster GPU...

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09:43
Apple Pay launches Oct. 20 in a play to kill credit...

If you own an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, get excited: Apple is turning on Apple Pay on Oct. 20.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said the long-awaited mobile payment system, which uses Near-Field Communications technology baked into the new iPhones, will hit the ground running on Monday with hundreds of new partners. The company signed on 500 more banks, in addition to majors like Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Chase.
What we care about most: Where can you use Apple Pay? The company revealed some participating retailers when it announced Apple Pay last month, but Cook added a few more partners to that list at Apple's Thursday media event. You can use Apple Pay to make purchases at Staples, Chevron, Subway, Walgreens, Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Bloomingdale's, Apple, and a slew of other stores....

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09:42
225 million satisfied customers: iPad is fastest...

Apple has announced some numbers regarding its iPad lineup, mentioning that the company sells more iPad units in a year than the full PC lineups of Acer, Dell, HP, and Lenovo. Tim Cook says there are an impressive 225 million satisfied customers. The iPad gives Apple the number one spot in customer satisfaction, and the Cupertino Corporation touts that the iPad mini with Retina Display has achieved 100% customer satisfaction. “You just don’t see these numbers in customer sat,” Cook says.Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: iPad, Numbers ...

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

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

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

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

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09:40
OS X Yosemite & new iWork available for free on...

Apple's free next-generation Mac operating system, OS X 10.10 Yosemite, will hit the Mac App Store today, packing in an all-new design, Continuity and Handoff with iOS 8. In addition, a redesigned iWork suite is also set to launch as a free download.

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09:40
OS X Yosemite available publicly starting today for...

​After unveiling OS X Yosemite earlier this year at WWDC, Apple today announced that its next generation desktop operating system would be available publicly starting today, October 16. Similar to past releases, Yosemite will be bundled on all new...

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09:35
Apple releasing OS X Yosemite to the public today...

Yosemite is here.

Apple


CUPERTINO, CA—Today at a product event, Apple announced that it would be releasing OS X Yosemite to the public. The eleventh major release of OS X was announced back in June at WWDC, and Apple began sending public beta builds to interested parties in July. Though it includes other new features, the operating system's most noticeable change is its redesigned user interface, which echoes the overhaul Apple gave iOS 7 last year.
Yosemite's brighter, flatter applications and icons, its heavy use of translucency, and its switch to Helvetica Neue will be familiar to anyone with an iPhone...

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09:33
Apple Pay goes live on October 20, many new retail...

Tim Cook earlier today provided new details regarding Apple Pay, the company's upcoming mobile payments platform.

First and foremost, the service is slated to go live on Monday, October 20.

Second, Apple has shored up the number of banks and retail...

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09:30
News: Apple debuts iPad Air 2

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

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

Developing…...

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09:30
Mac: Apple OS X Yosemite

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

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

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

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09:25
Apple reminds us how much less fragmented iOS is,...

iOS has the advantage of being a far less fragmented platform than its primary competitor, and Craig Federighi took the stage at Apple's special event today to remind us of that very fact. Using the adoption of iOS 8 as an example, Federighi noted...

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09:22
Apple announces iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay, iCloud Photo...

Apple Pay is the most important thing to launch with iOS 8.1.

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Apple has just released iOS 8.1, the first major update to iOS 8. The majority of the update's new features have already been announced, but for one reason or another weren't ready to be included in iOS 8 when it shipped last month.
In the update, Apple plans to add back the "Camera Roll" album in iOS 8 with 8.1, to help users find their recently taken shots. The new version will also include a beta of iCloud Photo Library. iCloud Photo Library offers users the options of either backing up their photos to iCloud, or using it as primary storage to clear up space on their devices, only downloading photos when necessary.
8.1 will also mark the formal release Apple Pay, the contactless payment system Apple teased when it unveiled the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in September. The new...

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

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

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09:19
Apple announces WatchKit SDK for developers,...

In preparation of the upcoming Apple Watch launch, Apple on Thursday announced a new software developers kit called WatchKit for creating apps tailored for the company's highly anticipated wearable device.

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09:18
WatchKit SDK for Apple Watch Coming in November

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

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09:08
Apple Confirms Apple Pay to Launch Oct 20

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

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08:54
GT Advanced stock delisted from NASDAQ

Sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies has today had its stock removed from NASDAQ listings, and is not planning to appeal the decision, according to an announcement by the former. NASDAQ based the decision on GT declaring Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this month. That event caused GT's stock to drop over 90 percent, and it has since slipped even further, last closing at 44 cents yesterday. Shares can still be bought under the GTATQ symbol on the OTC Pink marketplace....

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08:50
TUAW Liveblog of the October 16, 2014 Apple event
08:30
Adorable cat goes fishing with his iPad

We've all seen videos of animals playing with technology, and with good reason. They're adorable. Today we bring you Cassie the cat, enjoying a lovely lazy Sunday with her iPad and a pond of fish. Cassie gets tired quickly, but it's alright. She's...

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08:10
Two ways to get a $20 cash trade-in bonus on your...

Ahead of Apple's iPad media event on Thursday afternoon, AppleInsider has teamed up with the industry's two leading electronics trade-in & buyback services to offer readers an exclusive $20 cash bonus on the sale of their old iPad when they lock in a price quote today. The services are currently paying up to $405 for old iPads before the bonus.

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07:56
iAd now tracking iOS 8 users' in-app browsing...

Something quietly introduced alongside iOS 8 has been the ability for advertisers to retarget iAds based on in-app browsing actions, a new report says. Apple is in fact said to be pitching this to advertisers as a way of circumventing the absence of mobile cookie tracking in iOS. In a given example, someone who adds a pair of shoes to a cart in a retailer's iPhone shopping app -- but decides not to buy them -- may later see an ad for that same pair of shoes from the same retailer, even in another app on his or her iPad. Tapping that ad might redirect the person to their abandoned checkout page......

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07:51
Review: ClamCase ClamCase Pro for iPad mini

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

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07:39
Apps: PCalc, Cobook, Default Folder X
07:33
CBS launches cord-cutter subscription for live...

On the heels of the standalone HBO subscription service, CBS Corporation today announced the launch of CBS All Access, a new digital subscription Video On Demand and Nielsen-measured live streaming service for the CBS Television Network, mainly intended for cord cutters. CBS All Access will offer thousands of episodes from the current season, previous seasons and classic shows on demand, as well as the ability to stream local CBS Television stations live in 14 of the largest US markets at launch....

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07:30
Apple disables blood glucose monitoring for UK and...

Apple is disabling the blood glucose tracking feature of its Health app due to measurement problems reported by users in the UK and Australia. According to CNET, Apple is releasing a software patch to disable this feature until a subsequent update is...

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07:00
How to watch Apple's October press event

Apple today is hosting its second major fall press event from its Cupertino Town Hall facility. Apple is expected to use this event to unveil new iPad models, a new iMac and OS X Yosemite launch details. There's also a far-fetched rumor we may see...

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06:48
CBS Launches Internet Streaming Subscription Service

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

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06:37
Apple's iPad/Mac Event

The online Apple Store is down ahead of today's Apple press event, scheduled for 10AM PST/1PM EST. MacNN will be covering announcements as they're made.

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06:35
CBS All Access offers on-demand & live streaming...

CBS, the largest broadcast network in the U.S., announced on Thursday that it has joined in the "over-the-top" trend by offering a subscription service that will give viewers access to current and legacy content, as well as live streaming of local CBS stations in 14 major markets.

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06:30
Jimmy Iovine welcomes free publicity from NFL's...

Despite the NFL's promotional agreement with Bose, a number of big name NFL stars continue to wear Beats by Dr. Dre headphones at football events. Just two weeks ago, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was fined US$10,000 by the league...

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06:29
An iPad filled with apps weighs more than one with...

This sound like the premise of a bar trick, but not so.

Why? Because data stored on flash drives has weight. The difference is almost infinitesimally minute, but it is there.
The extra weight comes from flash storage storing more data in memory. The transistors in flash memory distinguish between a 1 and a 0 by trapping electrons.

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06:27
Apple to temporarily disable blood glucose tracking...

Apple is planning to temporarily disable blood glucose tracking in iOS 8's Health app, the company says in a new support document. It explains that the app is currently set to track glucose levels using mg/dL, a value adopted in the US and some other countries. But some regions, such as the UK and Australia, depend on mmol/L; the discrepancy can cause problems, even though iOS' underlying HealthKit platform supports both measurements....

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06:16
YouGov poll shows what would-be iPad buyers are...

A nationally-representative YouGov poll commissioned by mobile app company FeedHenry found that increased storage tiers is the feature most are hoping the iPad Air 2 will offer in today’s event, followed by Touch ID and a slimmer, lighter form factor.
Apple increased the middle and upper iPhone storage tiers when it launched the iPhone 6, moving from 16/32/64GB to 16/64/128GB. The current iPad Air has four tiers: 16/32/64/128GB.
It looks like intending purchasers will get much of their wish-list. Touch ID appears a certainty, thanks to a...

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06:07
Find My iPhone? Find Me! Lost Phone Feature Helps...


A woman whose car rolled 500 feet down an embankment near San Jose, California, was located through the Find My iPhone feature on her smartphone after spending 19 hours in the ravine where her Chevy Cruze ended up. The OnStar feature in her car triggered two calls to police, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Monday, but neither pinpointed the location of her car. Police searched the area fruitlessly for hours. At 3 a.m. Tuesday, Vasquez's stepmother called Campbell police to report her missing.

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06:05
Here’s why public WiFi is a public health hazard

Maurits Martijn, writing for Medium:

In his backpack, Wouter Slotboom, 34, carries around a small black device, slightly larger than a pack of cigarettes, with an antenna on it…Wouter removes his laptop from his backpack, puts the black device on the table, and hides it under a menu. A waitress passes by and we ask for two coffees and the password for the WiFi network. Meanwhile, Wouter switches on his laptop and device, launches some programs, and soon the screen starts to fill with green text lines. It gradually becomes clear that Wouter’s device is connecting to the laptops, smartphones, and tablets of cafe visitors.

On his screen, phrases like “iPhone Joris” and “Simone’s MacBook” start to appear. The device’s antenna is intercepting the signals that are being sent from the laptops, smartphones, and tablets around us.

Part of this is an education problem, teaching people how to be careful. But it’s foolish to think that any public WiFi connection is...

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06:02
CBS follows HBO in targeting cord-cutters with $5.99...

Just one day after HBO announced that it would be offering a web-only subscription at some point next year, CBS has played leap-frog by announcing the immediate availability of a $5.99/month web & app subscription offering on-demand access to almost all content.
CBS All Access will offer subscribers thousands of episodes from the current season, previous seasons and classic shows on demand, as well as the ability to stream local CBS Television stations live in 14 of the largest U.S. markets at launch.
CBS All Access is available beginning today at CBS.com and on mobile devices through the CBS App for iOS and Android.
Cable companies have long shied away from offering access to popular, current programming without demanding that you sign-up to cable access first. But broadcasters now seem to be recognizing that...

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06:00
Reddit acquires popular iOS app Alien Blue

Despite its stunning popularity and influence across the internet, Reddit has lacked an official app for actually using the service on mobile devices. They have an AMA (ask me anything) app, but nothing for everyday use. This has left users to browse...

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

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

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05:50
Apple Store down, event day is here
05:39
iPhone 6 Plus accounts for one-quarter of new iPhone...

A pair of new surveys released this week both affirm that the new 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus has achieved about 25 percent of Apple's total iPhone sales, a trend that market watchers think will be a boon for the company's bottom line.

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05:30
The old iPad 2 is still the most used iPad

That's a surprising metric coming out of new research from Localytics, and pertinent as we expect to see new iPads from Apple.

According to the study's data, the now discontinued iPad 2 has the largest share of online use at 27%. Both the iPad Air...

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05:20
TMO’s Apple Media Event Live Coverage

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

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05:11
Live from Apple's 'It's been way too...

Join us as we join Apple in Cupertino this Thursday, October 16th, for the anticipated launch of the iPad 2, iPad mini 3 with Retina display, Mac OS X "Yosemite" & ApplePay

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

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

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

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

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04:42
iOS 8: Setting Messages to Expire

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

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04:08
Facebook creates Safety Check notification tool for...

Facebook has turned its attention to helping its users during times of crisis or a major disaster, by creating a new tool. Safety Check aims to provide a way for people in locations affected by a natural disaster to let their friends and family know they are OK, as well as allowing them to check on friends who may also be affected by the disaster....

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04:05
Apple Online Store down ahead of new iPads and Macs


It’s Thursday, October 16th, and that means Apple is taking the stage today to announce new versions of the iPad and the Mac. The Apple Online Store has already gone down this morning, which means that whatever Apple formally announces should be available to purchase or pre-order later today. An iTunes leak from yesterday confirms that Apple will be debuting a new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 today with Touch ID sensors and improved cameras, while sources first told us that Apple would also ...

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04:01
The Apple Store is offline!

The Apple Store is down! The average Store downtime is about 3 hours and 2 minutes.What to do next?Fastest:Fast:Also fast:Medium:Slow:Slowest:Open the alarm page in your browser to know exactly when the Apple Store comes back onlineFollow @IsTheStoreDown on twitterInstall our Dashboard widget for Mac OS XSubscribe to the email function to receive an email when the Store status changesCheck the store yourself laterWait for the media to report anything newPlease feel free to share this information with your friends :-)

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02:53
Facebook adds Safety Check feature to iOS app to...

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Facebook has added a nifty new feature that hopefully you won’t need to use too often: notifications of nearby disasters, and a one-touch means of letting family and friends know that you’re ok … 
If the Facebook app detects that you’re in the general area of a disaster like an earthquake, the Safety Check feature provides an alert through the Notification Center and offers a choice of two buttons: one saying that you’re safe, the other saying you’re not in the affected area. Your friends then see a reassuring message in their newsfeeds.
If you’re with friends or family at the time, you can also mark them safe on their behalf.
Facebook updated its iOS app just yesterday...

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02:46
What a cable-free HBO subscription could mean for...

Apple TV has never followed a predictable update path. Officially unveiled alongside the iPhone in January 2007, it has had just two revisions to speak of during its lifespan, and aside from a quiet silicon swap last year, there hasn’t been any movement on the Apple TV front since March of 2012.
But the industry around it hasn’t been nearly as stagnant. In the two and a half years since the third generation of Apple TV landed, we’ve seen a veritable explosion of streaming devices and services, with various sticks and boxes all promising to deliver high-definition content to our televisions. Apple TV has kept pace by adding channels and occasionally refreshing its software, but there’s one main problem: All of these boxes, up to and including Google’s new Nexus Player, pretty much do the same thing. Sure, some have a slightly better selection of channels and others play games...

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02:20
'Apple Events' channel for Apple TV goes...

In preparation of its special media event on Thursday, Apple has activated the "Apple Events" Apple TV channel that will carry a live stream of today's proceedings, expected to include the debut of new hardware and software.

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Wednesday October 15

23:37
Pre-event roundup: what to expect at today's...

Many sites, pundits and people think they have a sure grip on what's going to be announced later today at Apple's press event, which begins at 10AM Pacific time (1PM Eastern time) and is being held in Apple's own community town hall theatre at the company's headquarters. This generally means a smaller affair and a strictly press-only audience, and on tap for the event is the expected announcement of new iPad models. But what else is likely to happen? We weigh up the rumors and make a few wild guesses....

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23:10
Apple TV channel for today’s iPad and iMac event...


Apple previously announced that it would be live streaming Thursday’s iPad and Mac event, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the company is pushing out an Apple TV channel to stream the video. It is a bit surprising, however, that the channel is already available at midnight Pacific time. It’s usually much later in the day that it appears.
You can also stream the event from Apple’s website on a Mac or iOS device. If you’re on a Windows PC, you’ll need to...

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21:58
Scrivener Updated to Support Yosemite

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

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21:12
Iovine on NFL-Bose ban of Beats: 'I can't...

Speaking at the University of California's "Global Conversation" conference on Wednesday, Beats co-founder and Apple executive Jimmy Iovine offered his spin on the recent NFL deal with rival Bose to make the latter's headphones the "official" brand of the football league, and the fact that many players seem to prefer the Beats brand. He told the audience that players, both under contract to endorse Beats and not, have taken to taping over the Beats logo on their own pairs rather than wear the endorsed brand....

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20:38
Apple to disable another Health feature as UK and...


Apple has decided to disable one of the features of the Health application, specifically the blood glucose tracking capability, until it can issue a fix for issues reported by users in the UK and Australia, CNET reported tonight. The feature will apparently be removed through an incoming software update (perhaps iOS 8.1, or possibly 8.0.3) while the company prepares a patch to remedy the problem.
While it’s true that the HealthKit framework supports measurement standards for both the United States and abroad, a bug that exists in the current version prevents users from manually entering or viewing blood glucose levels using anything other than United States measurements (mg/dL, or milligrams per deciliter) within the actual Health application. The UK and Australian...

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20:02
Apple leaks product information about tomorrow’s...

It’s kind of sad that Apple is the source of the leak.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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18:37
AT&T drops Beats Music subscriptions for new...

One of the US' largest carriers, AT&T, has abruptly ended a promotion it began with Beats Music prior to the latter being acquired by Apple. The carrier was previously offering the ability to include a Beats Music subscription on a customer's wireless bill if desired, and told AppleInsider that it will continue to offer the plan to existing customers and those currently on the free trial. There is, however, no longer any access to a free trial through AT&T's website....

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17:15
Will.i.am debuts ‘Puls’ smartwatch with built-in 3G...

Image via The Next Web
Pop musician Will.i.am has just taken the wraps off of his first wearable, the Puls smartwatch, during Salesforce’s Dreamforce 2014 conference (via The Next Web). The watch ships with a software suite that includes Facebook and Twitter connectivity, Instagram, and even integration with Salesforce. It also features a voice control system dubbed “Aneeda” that’s powered by Nuance. Aneeda also supports basic features such as reminders, music control, alarms, and more.

On the hardware side, the watch sports standard Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections along with a pedometer, GPS...

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17:05
Giveaway: PowerSkin PoP'n 2 power pack for...

Now that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is in the hands of millions of loyal Apple fans, many people are starting to look for useful accessories that third party manufacturers have to offer. One awesome addition to the list of "must-haves" is the PowerSkin PoP'n 2 portable battery pack. We have two of these battery packs to give away to our readers. Find out more about what makes this mobile charging solution different, and how you can enter to win....

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16:36
Reddit buys unofficial iOS client Alien Blue, offers...

Popular iOS reddit client app Alien Blue was acquired by reddit itself for an undisclosed sum on Wednesday, with the software now positioned as the online community's official reader.

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16:24
Panera Bread memo confirms Apple Pay to launch on...

An internal memo at bakery cafe chain and Apple Pay launch partner Panera Bread has confirmed that Apple intends to launch the e-payment system on October 20, and that training is underway throughout the chain, which plans a massive promotional campaign to let customers know it can accept mobile payments using Apple Pay or other NFC-based e-wallet systems. A one-minute video and a FAQ sheet are among the training materials front-line Panera employees will need to get up-to-speed on the new system....

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16:19
Briefly: Mailbox for Mac enters open beta, Skype for...

Mailbox has officially released its beta versionemail client for OS X this week, now available to all. Mailbox for iOS arrived last year, offering a simplistic interface that aims to improve inbox organization. Mailbox for Mac is similar in design, and features controls to archive and delete email, as well as create lists and enable a "snooze" functionality. The app includes swipe gesture and hotkeys options. Those interested in downloading the beta version of Mailbox for Mac can do so for free through Mailbox....

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15:51
Reddit acquires popular Alien Blue iOS app, rebrands...


Reddit finally has its own official application for browsing and posting to your favorite subreddits, and users of the service will probably be excited to learn that it’s one they may already be using. The site has acquired the rights to the popular Alien Blue client and hired the developer responsible for creating it.
Alien Blue got a few bug fixes today and was released with a new...

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15:34
Beats' Jimmy Iovine on NFL headphone ban:...

Beats cofounder and current Apple executive Jimmy Iovine responded to the National Football League's decision to ban Beats by Dre headphones from interviews, suggesting the pressure from Bose is resulting in cheap publicity.

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

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

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15:28
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Edges Out iPhone 6 Plus:...


The first reviews are out on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, unveiled last month in Berlin, and they're generally positive. "The best big-screen phone you can buy right now," screams one headline. "A phablet that can teach Apple a few things," says another. "I'm not sure where the good story is on this," said tech analyst Jeff Orr. "The Galaxy Note 4 is continuing down the Samsung innovation path on the larger display, and Apple with the iPhone 6 Plus is entering a segment where Samsung has most of the mindshare, if not also the revenue."

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15:24
Iovine smacks down NFL saying ban gives Beats free...


Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine responded to a recent fine levied by the NFL against 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for wearing Beats headphones during a post-game interview. Iovine said that he was glad players considered Beats ‘cool’ and that the company had gotten millions of dollars worth of publicity out of the media coverage surrounding the ban and subsequent fine.
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15:05
Police officer uses Find My iPhone to track and save...


A San Jose police officer used Apple’s Find My iPhone service to track down and rescue Melissa Vasquez, a woman who had been trapped in a 500-foot South Bay ravine for 17 hours. According to a report by KGO-TV, officer David Cameron is to thank for locating the stranded driver. After Vasquez was involved in a car accident, OnStar reported her location to the police, but they were unable to find any evidence of the car or driver.
When Cameron, who says he’s known around his department for being a bit of a “tech geek,” searched her house, he found her iPad and realized that he could use Find My iPhone to locate Vasquez’s cell phone. Vasquez’s tablet was locked using a passcode, but it took Cameron only three guesses to...

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15:00
Christian Bale in talks to play Steve Jobs in Aaaron...

With Leonardo DiCaprio now out of the running, Variety reports today that Batman star Christian Bale is in talks to take on the role of Steve Jobs in the upcoming Jobs biopic penned by the incomparable Aaron Sorkin.

Oscar-winner Christian Bale, who...

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14:59
Skype, YouTube and Facebook iOS apps updated with...

Third-party developers continue to work on apps tailored specifically for the new screen sizes offered by Apple's latest iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the latest being Skype, YouTube and Facebook, all of which rolled out updates Retina HD display support on Wednesday.

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14:36
Apple warns devs of upcoming iTunes Connect...

According to a brief notification sent to developers, Apple is planning to take iTunes Connect offline for approximately six hours starting at 6AM Pacific on Sunday, October 26. The portal is used by developers to submit, take down, update, adjust pricing and study analytics of apps submitted to the Mac and iOS App Stores. The modest maintenance downtime is unusual in light of Apple annual and longer downtime that usually happens in December....

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14:19
Verizon changing Edge program, shifts upgrades to...

Verizon's Edge program that allows customers to finance a new device, spreading the cost over the course of 20 months, is receiving some changes soon. Under the terms of the Edge program users will now have to pay a greater portion of a phone's cost before upgrading, while the payment period is extended. The new terms are said to start on October 16....

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14:01
Judge in GT Advanced bankruptcy case skeptical about...

At a hearing on Wednesday, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Henry Boroff said he sees little in the way of sensitive trade secrets that would preclude the court from making the terms of Apple's deal with sapphire maker GT Advanced Technologies public.

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14:00
Pulse by Sengled: iOS-controllable LED lights, with...

Smartphone-controlled LED lights with integrated speakers are nothing new, but they've always had some shortcomings. For one thing, there was always the speakers, which seemed to be an added afterthought and never provided decent stereo sound....

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13:57
Briefly: Akvis' Charcoal app, Lego Movie...

Akvis has announced the release of its new image editing program Charcoal, allowing users to create charcoal, chalk and sanguine drawings from photo images. Photos can be converted into a rendition of a hand-drawn art piece with its variety of photo effects, including a selection of canvas textures to apply. Thirty-four preset options are available, with the ability to create one's own presets also featured. Available as a 10-day trial, a home license for Akvis Charcoal is priced at $50....

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13:51
Internal Panera Bread memo claims Apple Pay will...


An internal memo sent to Panera Bread employees and acquired by 9to5Mac has revealed that Apple will launch its mobile payment platform on Monday, October 20th. Panera Bread was listed as one of the initial launch partners for Apple Pay during its introduction last month.
An online training course for employees has been published that includes instructions for the VeriFone readers, including the Apple Pay functions. Stores that don’t have the appropriate hardware to support the technology will receive further information on the 20th about how the company plans to handle payments those locations.
The memo also notes that the NFC terminals will support...

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13:38
KeyCue 7.3

Adds a new Yosemite-friendly built-in theme and squashes several bugs. (€19.99 new, free update, 3.7 MB) Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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

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

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13:30
CleanUp for iOS will quickly trash unwanted photos

CleanUp is a terrific, free utility for iOS that has only one job -- it quickly deletes photos cluttering up your iDevice. You might wonder why you'd need such a thing. The answer is that Apple's method is a bit cumbersome. You can get a thumbnail...

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13:28
AT&T stops selling Beats Music subscriptions to...

AT&T customers looking to sign up for Beats Music as part of their monthly cellular plan are, as of Wednesday, seemingly out of luck, as the wireless provider is no longer offering subscriptions for Apple's streaming service.

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

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

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13:18
Lollipop Could Make Android Stickier


Google on Wednesday unwrapped Android 5.0 Lollipop, officially replacing the "Android L" code name by which the latest version of its mobile platform previously had been known.
"Lollipop is our largest, most ambitious release on Android, with over 5,000 new APIs for developers," wrote Sundar Pichai, Google's senior vice president for Android, Chrome & Apps, in a blog post. "Lollipop is designed to be flexible, to work on all your devices and to be customized for you the way you see fit."

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