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Thursday September 25

10:06
Apple responds to iPhone 6 Bendgate controversy,...

Apple has officially issued a statement regarding the iPhone 6 bending controversy saying the issue is rare during real world use and that it’s only received complaints from 9 customers (via CNBC). Apple adds, according to the reports, that the “new iPhones feature steel/titanium inserts to reinforce stress locations and use the strongest glass in the industry.” Apple also commented that bending is “extremely rare” during normal use and that it performs a number of strength and durability tests (as you’d expect) before it ships new devices (via WSJ):

Since going on sale Friday, Apple said only nine customers have contacted the company about a bent iPhone 6 Plus—the larger and more expensive of its two new iPhones. Apple said both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus passed a...

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10:05
Rumor puts 12.9-inch iPad in early 2015 with A8X...

Apple's alleged 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" could ship in early 2015, and with a new A8X processor, claims Taiwan's TechNews. The site doesn't have any more details, but based on Apple's past "X" processors, the A8X would probably be a version of the A8 -- used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus -- with superior graphics processing. Apple introduced the concept with the A5X, which used the extra power to support its first-ever Retina iPad....

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10:00
Crowdfunding Roundup: Unbreakable smart door locks...

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
Briefly: Adaptxt iOS 8 keyboard app, Typinator 6.2...

KeyPoint Technologies has released its Adaptxt keyboard app for iOS 8. Previously only available for Android, the new keyboard allows Apple users to customize their iPhone and iPad keyboards to their exact preferences, with over 90 languages and 40 specialized dictionaries to access. Auto-correction includes user controls such as dismiss and undo functionalities; and other customizable settings options include auto-capitalization, sound, visual and vibration feedback and special character bubbles. Users can use gesture text shortcuts to enter large amounts of text by gliding over one letter. F......

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09:56
Steve Ballmer's loyalty to Microsoft will force...

Though Steve Ballmer is no longer CEO of Microsoft or even on its board of directors, he's still fiercely loyal to the company he led, which is why he will have his basketball team, Los Angeles Clippers, ditch their use of Apple's iPad.

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09:52
Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could...

The recently disclosed bug in bash was bad enough as a theoretical exploit; now, reports Ars Technica, it could already be being used to launch real attacks. In a blog post yesterday, Robert Graham of Errata Security noted that someone is already using a massive Internet scan to locate vulnerable servers for attack. In a brief scan, he found over 3,000 servers that were vulnerable "just on port 80"—the Internet Protocol port used for normal Web Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) requests. And his scan broke after a short period, meaning that there could be vast numbers of other servers vulnerable. A Google search by Ars using advanced search parameters yielded over two billion web pages that at least partially fit the profile for the Shellshock exploit. More bad news: "[T]he initial fix for the issue still left Bash vulnerable to attack, according to a new US CERT National Vulnerability Database entry." And CNET is not the only one to say that Shellshock, which can affect Macs...

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09:45
Refurbished 2013 Mac Pro models now available on...

After first showing off the latest Mac Pro at WWDC 2013 and launching the professional-class desktop computer last December, Apple’s certified refurbished online store is now carrying discounted models for the first time.
The 2013 Mac Pro, which is the only Mac computer manufactured in the United States, ordinarily starts at $2,999 for the base model configuration, but customers looking to save on that cost can now get the same configuration for $450 less at $2,549. A variety of other configurations are available in refurbished models with discounted price tags ranging up to $7,479…...

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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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09:30
Welcome to our planet, where things are not...

First of all: Welcome to the planet. We have many things here, but only a few of them are indestructible. Our human brains have figured out clever ways to modify even our most durable natural mineral -- diamond -- but not how to make every product...

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09:23
Instagram’s Hyperlapse video shooter adds support...



Last month Instagram launched a new video shooting app for iPhone and iPad that combines effects like time-lapse and cinema stabilization called Hyperlapse. Today Instagram is introducing what they call the “selfielapse” by adding support for shooting Hyperlapse videos with the front facing camera on your device using the same...

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09:04
Pre-orders commence for $200 Seek Thermal Camera for...

A camera add-on for mobile devices has opened to pre-orders, one which adds thermal imaging abilities to smartphones. The Seek Thermal Camera uses a 206x156-resolution sensor capable of detecting heat in the range of -40 centigrade to 330 centigrade, with the user able to switch between a normal image feed and a thermal version with a quick swipe....

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09:00
Developer claims Apple was warned of iCloud security...

A software developer in London warned Apple of iCloud's vulnerability to a brute-force attack months before the service was implicated in the leaks of hundreds of explicit photos and videos of celebrities. As reported by The Daily Dot, Ibrahim Balic...

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08:50
New LA Clippers owner Steve Ballmer wants team to...

Steve Ballmer may have retired as Microsoft’s CEO back in February and resigned from the company’s board last month, but rest assured that the raging businessman is still loyal to the Redmond-based software giant. For those of you who aren’t sports fans, Ballmer recently purchased the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers and one of his first acts as the team’s new owner is to have the organization cutdown its use of Apple products.

“Most of the Clippers on are Windows, some of the players and coaches are not,” Ballmer recently told Reuters. “And Doc [Rivers] kind of knows that’s a project. It’s one of the first things he said to me: ‘We are probably going to get rid of these...

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08:39
iPhone 6, 6 Plus take lead in Japanese smartphone...

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are commanding the Japanese smartphone market just a week into their availability, according to BCN sales rankings cited by Forbes. The 6 was the most popular phone overall, taking eight out of the top 10 spots, and even then the iPhone 5s claimed 5th and 8th places. The 6 Plus reached no higher than 11th, but still took five out of the next seven spots....

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08:36
1Password iOS beta previews upcoming iPhone 6/6 Plus...

The popular password and data management app 1Password was ready on day one with a powerful, systemwide extension for accessing your vault and Touch ID support for unlocking the app with your fingerprint. The latest beta version sent to testers today promises one more useful feature its users will appreciate: iPhone 6 optimization.
The new version of 1Password currently being tested by beta users no longer relies on zoomed scaling on the larger display devices and takes advantage of the new screen sizes more efficiently. iPhone 6 Plus users have shared that the new version supports the new iPad-like split-view introduced to certain Apple apps as well.
1Password recently changed its pricing model from a...

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08:30
This dog has no patience for your stupid iPad games

Everyone's gotten a little bit heated over a rough game of Candy Crush Saga, but if you think your iOS gaming temper is bad then you've never met Violet. Violet is a greyhound that loves her iPad, but doesn't take kindly to being bested by a game...

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08:28
Apple’s new icons for Yosemite’s Mac App Store


Apple made a minor over-the-air change to the Mac App Store today on OS X Yosemite. The company updated the icons to be more in line with the new design aesthetic. The top bar is the new version, while the bottom is the old one that can still be seen on OS X Mavericks. The new icons also better match up with those on the iOS version. Apple will launch Yosemite next month for free. 

 
 Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, iOS,...

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08:22
Rumor: Apple’s upcoming “iPad Pro” model could...


The iPad Pro rumors are coming in.
And they’re pointing to some interesting stuff.
Per G for Games and MacRumors, Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablet is rumored to be landing as soon as early 2015, reports suggesting that the tablet will feature an improved A8X processor. Similar to Apple’s previous A5X and A6X processors, the A8X would presumably be an graphics-enhanced version of Apple’s current A8 processor that debuted in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Apple’s shift away from using an “X” version of its base iOS device chip last year, opting to power the iPad Air and Retina iPad mini with the same A7 chip found in the iPhone 5s, albeit clocked slightly faster on the iPad Air. But with a higher-...

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08:14
Angry Birds Transformers soft launched in New...


After months of teasing, Angry Birds Transformers is now available in select parts of the world. Gamers in New Zealand and Finland can now sample Rovio’s mashup of fowl and robots, with Canada and Australia set to follow soon afterwards. In addition to a soft launch for its new title, Rovio released a new gameplay trailer, revealing that this won’t be your typical Angry Birds title.

Instead of the standard slingshot-powered shenanigans, Angry Birds Transformers is a 2D side-scrolling shoot ‘em up game where feathery Autobirds blast their way through several background enemies, including Deceptihogs. Set to the soundtrack of cheesy 80’s music, the game’s layout...

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08:00
​Developer warns against using in-app browsers due...

Well-known Iconfactory developer Craig Hockenberry is warning iOS device owners about the risks of using in-app browsers to enter sensitive information such as account login credentials. Users commonly encounter these browsers in social media apps...

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07:57
Apple to release iOS 8.0.2 update within “a few days...

Apple will release iOS 8.0.2, just give it a few days.
According to The Verge, following Apple’s submission and retraction of its iOS 8.0.1 mobile operating system update on Wednesday due to Touch ID and cellular connectivity concerns, the company has said that it has identified the cause of these bugs and is planning to release a newer iOS 8.0.2 version with a patch in the coming days, according to a support document posted to the company’s website.

The company offered the following comment on a recently posted support page:
“We have a workaround for you if you have an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and you lost cellular service and Touch ID functionality today after updating to iOS 8.0.1. You can reinstall iOS 8 through iTunes by following the instructions below...

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07:55
Apple knew of iCloud API weakness months before...

A London-based security researcher made multiple reports to Apple that the company's iCloud service was vulnerable to brute-force password attacks months before the revelations that celebrities' iCloud backups were mined for intimate photos and videos. The Daily Dot reports that Ibrahim Balic sent descriptions of the vulnerability to Apple in March in addition to filing a report that the system leaked user data that could be used to mount such attacks. Balic attempted to reach out both via e-mail and through the company's Web-based bug reporting system.
In an e-mail dated March 26, Balic told an Apple employee:
I found a new issue regarding on Apple accounts (sic)...By the brute force attack method I can try over 20,000 + times passwords on any accounts. I think account lockout should probably be applied. I'm attaching a screen shot for you. I found the same issue with Google and I...

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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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07:18
Increase the chances of recovering your lost iPhone...

A new and potentially crucial feature in iOS 8 allows an iPhone or iPad to send out its last-known location just before the device's battery dies, increasing the chances that a user might be able to recover their lost Apple product.

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07:14
IK Multimedia ships iRig Pads, cross-platform MIDI...

Music hardware and software company IK Multimedia has announced that it is shipping iRig Pads, a portable MIDI groove controller for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch as well as OS X and Windows. The 16-button device is fully MIDI class-compliant, which makes it compatible with virtually any MIDI app on any platform....

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07:06
NPD data: Back-to-school Mac sales up 16 percent,...

Data from the NPD group indicates that MacBook sales grew 16 percent year-on-year during the 10-week back-to-school period, measured from 4th July to Labor Day week. The most significant sales were seen during the last three weeks of the period, where sales were up 27 percent.
Overall Mac back-to-school market share climbed from 24.2% last year to 26.8% this year, while Windows fell from 72.3% to 64.8%. The most dramatic growth, though, was seen in low-cost Chrome OS devices, up from 0.2% in 2012 to 3.3% last year and 4.5% now.
It’s interesting to see Mac sales continue to climb despite competition from low-cost notebooks. IDC data last month showed that iOS market share...

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07:00
Indie music video uses fourteen different Apple...

Ukrainian indie band Brunettes Shoot Blondes created a clever music video that uses fourteen different Apple screens to tell the story of their latest song, Knock Knock. Featured as a Vimeo staff pick, the video uses MacBooks, iPhones, iPads and even...

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06:58
Rumor: Apple's 12.9" 'iPad Pro'...

If Apple does launch a new, larger iPad with a 12.9-inch display this year, a new report from the Republic of China suggests that the device could ship with an upgraded "A8X" variant of the A8 introduced alongside the iPhone 6 series, while the next-generation iPad Air might double the RAM of its predecessor.

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06:53
Anti-Amazon author group petitioning DOJ to examine...

Amazon's battle with publisher Hachette is continuing, with authors still being affected by the issue. The Authors United group, who previously took out an ad in newspapers decrying treatment by Amazon is planning to send a letter to the head of the US Justice Department's antitrust division, asking them to look into the matter. Authors attached to the letter include Stephen King, Donna Tartt, Paul Auster, James Patterson, John Grisham, Jennifer Egan, Joshua Ferris, Karen Joy Fowler, Siri Hustvedt, Joseph O'Neill, Jeffery Deaver, Lee Child, Barbara Kingsolver, Clive Cussler, Anita Shreve and P......

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06:43
iPhone Apps: TeeVee, Scrabble, Fantastical
06:40
Apple offers workaround for iPhones borked by iOS 8....

Apple intended Wednesday’s iOS update to fix a few major problems in the latest version of its mobile operating system, but instead saw an entire category of iPhones disabled by the release. The company quickly pulled iOS 8.0.1 after iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners reported problems with cellular connectivity and Touch ID.Late Wednesday, Apple posted a workaround for people still struggling to fix their phones. You’ll need to connect your device to your computer to revert to iOS 8, because iCloud backups will send you back to iOS 7. Only iTunes can save you now.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:10
∞ The power of friction

[VIDEO] Bet you’ve never seen this sort of welding before. It’s called friction welding.

Technically, because no melt occurs, friction welding is not actually a welding process in the traditional sense, but a forging technique. However, due to the similarities between these techniques and traditional welding, the term has become common. Friction welding is used with metals and thermoplastics in a wide variety of aviation and automotive applications.

So very cool. Science! [h/t Daniel Mark]

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06:10
Apple allegedly informed of iCloud flaw six months...

According to emails between Apple and a security researcher, the brute force method of attack on iCloud passwords was clear to the Cupertino manufacturer since March 26 of this year, well before the attack on celebrity accounts. A lengthy email chain, made public in recent days documents communications between the researcher and Apple, as well as Apple's continued requests to Ibrahim Balic for more information on the exploit....

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06:01
Bash Bug vulnerability affects most Unix installs,...

There’s a new vulnerability that impacts most Unix installs, including many embedded systems (devices that run Unix but don’t expose the OS interface) as well as OS X, the operating system at the heart of all modern Macs.

The issue is a flaw in the Bash shell that allows you to redefine a shell variable from the command line.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:00
Rumor Roundup: Debunked by Apple itself

Rumor: Apple Watch to feature 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage (AppleInsider)

Source: Some analyst

Chance it's true: 30 percent, at most

Some analyst repeats the same stuff some other analyst spewed a couple weeks ago. For some reason, this is...

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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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05:42
The Dark Side of Apple Design: From Antennagate to...


When Apple -- which is clearly one of the world's best companies at design -- makes a misstep, it's amplified by a wild combination of user dismay and hater glee. Because there are millions of users and many haters, a design flaw can turn into an instant public relations tornado. Enter Bendgate, featuring the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Reports have hit the Internet that some iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users had managed to bend their thin, shiny new iPhones while wearing something as rare as a pair of jeans and putting the iPhone inside a front pocket.

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05:41
Apple creates iOS 8.0.1 support page

From Apple’s 8.0.1 support page:

We have a workaround for you if you have an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and you lost cellular service and Touch ID functionality today after updating to iOS 8.0.1. You can reinstall iOS 8 through iTunes by following the instructions below. We are also preparing iOS 8.0.2 with a fix for the issue, and will release it as soon as it’s ready in the next few days.

The support page walks you through the process of reverting from 8.0.1 back to 8.0 and closes with this comment:

The Health app won’t work in iOS 8 after these steps. It will be fixed in our upcoming iOS 8.0.2 software update.

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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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05:29
Researcher accuses Apple of ignoring iCloud brute-...

A security researcher who discovered a brute-force attack against Apple's iCloud service in March -- similar to the "iBrute" vulnerability that surfaced in conjunction with the celebrity photo hacking scandal earlier this month -- says that the company refused to address the flaw for months after he reported it.

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05:27
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance now available on Mac

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, a spinoff in the popular Metal Gear franchise that was originally released for consoles in 2013, is today arriving for Mac users. Unlike most previous installments in the series, Revengeance replaces the game’s usual stealth-based gameplay for a sword-slashing cyborg ninja named Raiden. It’s technically part of the Metal Series and universe, but the incredibly unique hack and slash gameplay mechanics in this title are quite the departure from what Metal Gear fans are used to with...

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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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05:11
∞ VIDEO: Google Chairman Eric Schmidt addresses...

[VIDEO] This 15 minute interview starts with some softball questions, but gets to the heart of the matter at about 4:19 when they bring in a clip from Digicel founder Denis O’Brien who accuses Google of not being a good partner, likening Google and Facebook to selfish party guests.

Schmidt is also pressed about his take on seeing the huge lines for the iPhone 6 rollout and the discussion turns to Google’s brutal competition with Apple. Fascinating to watch.

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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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05:00
Apple posts support document for iOS 8.01, promises...

Wednesday's release of iOS 8.01 was unfortunately not Apple's best work. Many iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who downloaded the update quickly discovered that their cellular connection was no longer active and that Touch ID stopped working...

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04:37
In-depth review: Apple's 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus...

Apple's "phablet" is finally here. Years after the likes of Samsung popularized the smartphone/tablet hybrid device, Apple last week launched its first take on a huge-screened device with the iPhone 6 Plus, and AppleInsider has gone hands-on to see if it was worth the wait.

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04:37
iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus Review Part 1

While every new iPhone launch is among the most anticipated smartphone launches each year, there can be little doubt that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch was the most eagerly anticipated in recent times. The interest centered in large part on a substantial increase in display size putting the iPhone more in line with its competition. However, as Apple is quick to highlight, there is a lot more to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus than their display sizes. It has worked hard to improve the iPhone across the board in order to make it a true generational leap in other key areas. In Part 1 of o......

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04:34
Apple aware of iCloud brute-force vulnerability six...

The software developer credited by Apple for discovering last year’s developer center flaw says that he informed Apple of an iCloud weakness that may have been used to obtain celebrity nudes more than six months before the photos were accessed.
The Daily Dot reports that Ibrahim Balic advised Apple in March of a Find My Phone weakness...

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04:30
Predict and win with Champions League Predictor

The first set of matches in this year's UEFA Champions League competition are underway across Europe. Now you can keep on top of all the action and by predicting the outcome of the upcoming games earn the crown as the top predictor by using the new...

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04:01
Apple says some bent iPhone 6/Plus phones will be...

An Apple support representative has told TNW that iPhone 6/Plus phones that have experienced warping in normal use would qualify for replacement under warranty if they pass a test known as “a visual mechanical inspection.” It should be noted that this is simply one AppleCare rep speaking, and not an official statement by Apple.

That is 100 percent up to the Genius you speak with at the store. There is a test called a Visual Mechanical Inspection that the device will have to pass. If it is within the guidelines, they will be able to cover it. If not, the replacement would be a paid one.

Apple was not able to provide any information on what the test involves, though one commentator below suggests that it is simply comparing the phone to a set of reference photos used to distinguish phones damaged by misuse from those...

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04:00
After September, Still Apple Watching and Waiting

Jeff Porten came away from the Apple keynote feeling uncharacteristically unimpressed, so he shares his thoughts about what he doesn’t quite get about Apple’s direction. 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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03:58
Bash vulnerability 'Shellshock' affects...

A new bug may have a greater potential for harm than April's Heartbleed vulnerability, according to reports. The "Shellshock" vulnerability in Bash, a Unix shell typically used in Linux systems as well as in OS X, apparently allows for code held in environment variables to be executed within the shell as soon as it is invoked, potentially allowing for the control of affected systems to be taken over by another user....

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03:18
‘Shell Shock’ command line vulnerability present in...

A vulnerability in Bash, the software used to control the command shell in many flavors of Unix, has been shown to be present in OS X – with some security researchers saying that the flaw could pose a bigger threat than the Heartbleed vulnerabilty discovered last year (which affected many Unix systems but not OS X).
The Bash vulnerability being referred to by some as ‘Shell Shock’ allows an attacker to run a wide range of malicious code remotely. It was discovered by security researchers at RedHat, and is described in detail in a blog post.
There are conflicting reports as to the extent to which Mac users are at risk … ...

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Wednesday September 24

20:46
Apple publishes new support article with...


Earlier today Apple released what would quickly be revealed to be an extremely broken update for iOS 8 that resulted in a complete loss of cellular connectivity and Touch ID support on its newest line of iPhones. Now, nearly twelve hours after the update went live, the company has published a new help document for users stranded on the faulty operating system.
The document lists the steps for restoring a device back to iOS 8.0 with links to download the appropriate IPSW file....

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20:44
Apple to release iOS 8.0.2 in a 'few days,...

After releasing and subsequently pulling the iOS 8.0.1 update earlier today, Apple late Wednesday instructed iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users affected by cellular and Touch ID issues to downgrade back to iOS 8.0 while the company prepares a fix.

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20:42
New poll suggests iPhone 6, 6 Plus will draw Android...

A new survey suggests that the latest iPhone is attracting a very broad range of customers, with primarily four groups of roughly the same size who say they plan to buy an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. About 26 percent were, as one might expect, current iPhone owners looking to upgrade. About 20 percent said they don't own a phone. A quarter of the 250 poll respondents indicated they would be switching from a non-Android phone, and other 27 percent say they will dump Android for iOS....

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19:19
Video of Rex Chapman’s Apple Store thefts surface as...

Last week we brought you the story of former NBA player Rex Chapman’s arrest on charges of stealing $14,000 in merchandise from several Apple Retail Stores in Scottsdale, Arizona. Today Chapman appeared in court (via Engadget), facing multiple felony charges for trafficking in stolen property and organized retail theft.
The video of Chapman’s court appearance is above, but below you’ll find video of several instances in which Chapman stole products from the Apple Store after pretending he had checked out through the store’s EasyPay system.
Chapman will return to court on Friday.
Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged:...

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18:00
Apple invites beta users to a 'test fest'...

Developers and AppleSeed testers working with the latest beta of the forthcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite are receiving email invitations from Apple to join in on a focused "test fest" that concentrates on one particular feature -- AirDrop, which allows wireless transfers of files between Macs and iOS devices. This is the first time in recent memory that Apple has opened up a "test fest" to users outside Apple for this level of focused feature examination....

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17:25
Google's Schmidt says Samsung had iPhone 6-like...

During an interview with Bloomberg on Wednesday, Google chairman Eric Schmidt was grilled on the launch of Apple's iPhone 6, but played off the record debut by saying Samsung got there first.

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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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17:04
Dan Allen and Sarah White: Documentation Dearth...


One of the essential draws to open source software should be superior product documentation. Well-written user guidelines are a key strategy that software developers should use to increase an open source project's growth and user adoption.
All too often, programmers finish their last line of code and shove the open source software out the door -- or, more realistically, post it on their website waiting for users to flock to its greatness. Documentation is often an afterthought -- or the software developer does not think about it at all.

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16:00
How to easily add secure FileVault passcode to your...

Since I have a terrible habit of losing things, I decided to encrypt my Verbatim "Tuff-N-Tiny" USB drive. This was a simple matter of control-clicking the drive name in Finder, choosing "Encrypt" and then setting an encryption password. I also...

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16:00
DxO optics: iPhone 6, 6 Plus are best smartphone...

Backing up anecdotal evidence and tests by independent third parties such as the Wall Street Journal, high-end image software and optical lens testing company DxO Optics has issued its DxOMark ranking of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, finding that both models beat the formerly top-rated Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z3. The company, which also ranks high-end DSLR lenses, proclaimed that the new iPhones "set the gold standard for smartphone image quality."...

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15:52
Amazon teams up with Twitter to add wish list items...

Amazon and Twitter teamed up again for another commerce experience within the micro blogging platform. Similar to the previous initiative that the two companies launched earlier this year, users can reply to a tweet with a hashtag to add an item to their Amazon wish list. The only catch is that it only works with tweets that have links to the item on Amazon, while also requiring Twitter and Amazon accounts to be linked....

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15:00
Booq Cobra Brief offers space, protection and good...

Booq makes a lot of really beautiful high-end bags for a variety of Apple products, many of which I've had the pleasure to review over the past few years. Today I'm taking a look at the Booq Cobra brief (US$295), a sweet-looking laptop bag with the...

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14:56
Jimmy John's discovers malware-laden POS in...

Sandwich chain Jimmy John's has reported a security breach, exposing information from customers of 216 locations. According to the chain, the company discovered in the end of July that an unknown assailant stole credentials from a vendor, and accessed the point-of-sale system and installed data collecting malware at some locations between June 16 and September 5 of this year, with most infestations cleared out before the middle of August. The company reports that the security problem has been addressed, and it is once again safe to use credit cards at all stores.......

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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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14:29
Apple invites AppleSeed users to participate in...


Apple has invited a number of non-developer users to participate in what it’s calling an “AirDrop Test Fest” to help fix bugs in the over-the-air file sharing system, according to users who have gotten the invite. Users who have been invited will find a notice inside the Feedback Assistant application included with the public beta of the upcoming OS X Yosemite.
Users who have been invited to participate are provided with a set of guidelines for testing the feature. According to the notice, users will need two Macs capable of running Yosemite and AirDrop, or one Mac running Yosemite and one running Mavericks to test the “legacy” feature. An iOS device isn’t required to participate, indicating that the focus will be on Mac-to-Mac transfers rather than cross-platform ones.
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14:27
Apple Allegedly Knew of iCloud Brute-Force...

blottsie writes Apple knew as early as March 2014 of a security hole that left the personal data of iCloud users vulnerable, according to leaked emails between the company and a noted security researcher. In a March 26 email, security researcher Ibrahim Balic tells an Apple official that he's successfully bypassed a security feature designed to prevent "brute-force" attacks. Balic goes on to explain to Apple that he was able to try over 20,000 passwords combinations on any account. ...

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14:03
Apple announces 'AirDrop Test Fest' to...

In a note sent out to developers on Wednesday, Apple invited AppleSeed members to participate in a "test fest" focusing on AirDrop functionality in OS X 10.10 Yosemite, which bakes in compatibility with devices running iOS 8.

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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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14:00
Macs account for more than 1/4 of all back-to-school...

Numbers from the NPD Group's Weekly Tracking Service show that Macs reached an all-time high percentage of back-to-school PC sales this year, with 26.8 percent of all personal computers sold in the U.S. between Independence Day and Labor Day coming...

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13:50
Briefly: Razer DeathAdder Chroma details, Adata...

Razer announced some additional details for the new Chroma version of the DeathAdder mouse. On top the 16.3 million color adjustable LED lighting that was announced in August, Razer is adding a 10,000DPI optical sensor for the mouse. The new sensor is said to support movement speeds up to 200 inches per second with 50G of acceleration, the same speed of the older version. Though previously the DeathAdder had only a 6,400DPI optical sensor....

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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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13:40
Apple-IBM deal took eight months, was not first...

The Apple/IBM partnership announced in July took about eight months to negotiate, and was not the only arrangement the two corporations considered, according to a new profile of IBM CEO Ginni Rometty. It's not mentioned what other options the companies were considering. IBM's global business executive, Bridget van Kralingen, says reaching the current agreement took "tons of meetings" that were "pretty broad-based," roping in engineering, marketing, and development teams as well as executives....

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13:38
iOS 8’s Notification Center gets a new useful widget...


The official ESPN SportsCenter app has been updated with support for an iOS 8 Notification Center widget, and it seems awesome thus far. The widget allows you to get quick access to scores from your favorite team (go Lakers) and provides access to ESPN’s radio stations. The update is free on the App Store.
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13:30
RoboRun Space: Run robot run!

Players tap on a little robot to make him jump and hover to avoid the obstacles in RoboRun Space. Frantically try to avoid running into vertical pipes and electric wires called plasma in a space station. You are probably thinking this sounds a lot...

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13:23
iPhone 6 (and 5s) found less bendy than iPhone 6 Plus


Earlier this week it was revealed that if you bend your iPhone 6 Plus, it will bend. This shocking news took the world by storm, but left some people wondering if other phones would also flex under pressure. To answer the question, YouTuber Unbox Therapy attempted to repeat his earlier experiment with iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, HTC One M8, newest Moto X, and Nokia Lumia.
After applying roughly the same force to each of these handsets, he discovered that the iPhone 6 Plus was in fact more flexible than the rest. The Moto X ended up coming out top of the pack, with next to no flexibility at all. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 was also found to be much less “bendy” than the...

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13:17
Comcast accuses business of engaging in extortion...

Comcast believes that a number of companies are trying to bully the cable and Internet provider in order to get favorable terms in exchange for their non-opposition of the merger with Time Warner Cable. In a response to the comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over the proposed merger, Comcast thinks that companies are engaging in extortion to further their business interests at the cost of the deal....

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13:00
Daily Deals for September 24, 2014, featuring the...

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

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

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12:58
iPhone 6 Bendgate: The End of Tight Jeans?


Another new Apple product, another "-gate" debacle. This time, it's bendgate. On the heels of the release of the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets earlier this month has come an uproar over an unexpected weakness: In short, when stashed in a pocket of a tight pair of pants, the iPhone 6 Plus bends -- and it doesn't return to its original shape when removed. The subject is fervently being discussed in social media, according to Brandwatch, which found more than 57,000 mentions of it online, primarily by male authors.

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12:49
Follow-up 'Bendgate' video finds iPhone 6...

One day after a YouTube video demonstrated that Apple's iPhone 6 Plus can indeed bend under focused pressure, a second test on Wednesday extends the process to the iPhone 6, as well as the HTC One M8, new Moto X, Nokia Lumia 1020 and Apple's own iPhone 5s.

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12:39
Photos web app may be coming to iCloud.com

Apple appears to be working on a Photos app for iCloud.com, two pieces of evidence suggest. The first is an official help page, which shows the app as an option. Perhaps more significantly, visiting beta.icloud.com/#photos triggers an error message stating that the site "can't load Photos" because "there was a problem loading the application." No other URL string triggers a similar message....

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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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12:30
Jonathan Mann has already written a wonderful song...

Today's problems with the release of iOS 8.0.1 may have put a damper on your afternoon, leaving you with Touch ID not working or the inability to call people. You could probably use a pick me up. Thankfully YouTube video songster Jonathan Mann is...

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12:08
Talking Schmidt: Google Chairman says Samsung had [...

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg are on their How Google Works book tour and they got the fun questions from Bloomberg.
At 5:30 in the video:
RUHLE: You mentioned smartphones. How do you feel in the last week when you drive by any Apple store, San Francisco, LA, New York, and there are people lined up around the block? So even though way more people carry Android phones, how does Apple have that desire factor?
SCHMIDT: I’ll tell you what I think. Samsung had these products a year ago.
Amusing.
More Schmidt:
RUHLE: You mentioned smartphones. How do you feel in the last...

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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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12:00
BlackBerry Flashes Passport to the Future


BlackBerry on Wednesday officially launched its new square form factor smartphone, the Passport. This new handset has the size and shape of most national passports, which the company dubbed the "international symbol of mobility." The Passport is now available for $599 in an unlocked version, or about $250 with a new contract. AT&T is the first U.S. carrier to offer the handset, which also is now available in the Canadian, French, German and British markets. It should be in more than 30 countries by the end of the year.

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12:00
Adobe updates Photoshop Elements and Premier...

Another year passes, and we get new versions of Adobe's consumer photo and video apps, Photoshop Elements and Premier Elements. We're at version 13 for both in this new release. Significant changes include Retina display support on Macs and very cool...

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11:37
There’s already an iOS 8.0.1 pick me up song

Here’s Jonathan Mann with the tunes about iOS 8.0.1:

Filed under: AAPL Company ...

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11:27
Apple Yanks iOS 8 Update

alphadogg writes Within hours of releasing an iOS 8 update to address assorted bugs in the new iPhone and iPad operating system Apple has been forced to pull the patch, which itself was causing iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users grief. Reports filled Apple support forums that the iOS 8 update was cutting off users' cell service and making Touch ID inoperable. The Wall Street Journal received this statement from Apple: "We have received reports of an issue with the iOS 8.0.1 update. We are actively investigating these reports and will provide information as quickly as we can. In the meantime we have pulled back the iOS 8.0.1 update." ...

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11:10
Uber app updated with iPhone 6/6 Plus support


If you’re an iPhone 6 user running the botched iOS 8.0.1 update and can’t make a phone call to ask for a ride, Uber has some great news for you today. The company has updated its iOS application with full optimization for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus screens. The update does not add much else today, but expect an update in the near-future with support for the upcoming Apple Pay payment service.
Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Android,...

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11:07
∞ Apple investigating reported issues with iOS 8...

Apple sent the following statement to me tonight regarding iOS 8.0.1:

We have received reports of an issue with the iOS 8.0.1 update. We are actively investigating these reports and will provide information as quickly as we can. In the meantime we have pulled back the iOS 8.0.1 update.

I haven’t updated yet, so I have no experience with any issues.

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11:00
DxOMark: "Apple sets gold standard for...

Another voice has been heard from in the chorus of those praising the cameras built into Apple's newest smartphones. DxO Labs, a French-based software company that maintains a website of technical measurements of lenses and cameras, has given the...

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10:56
Piper home automation now available in US through...

Home technology company Icontrol today announced that the Piper all-in-one home security, video monitoring and automation device is now available on Amazon's new Home Automation store. The CTIA award winning Piper suite allows users to monitor and interact with home automation through the Internet, without service contracts or fees....

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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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