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Monday October 13

06:00
Rumor Roundup: Unannounced Apple product delayed...

New Photo Claims to Show 2 GB Elpida RAM Chips for iPad Air 2 (MacRumors)

Source: Some website even MacRumors has never heard of before

Chance it's true: 50/50

If these chips were shown attached to a logic board, I'd say this rumor was a lock for...

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05:55
Flight Attendants Sue to Stop Gate-to-gate...

Attorneys representing the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA argued in the U.S. Court of Appeals late last week that the ban on in-flight electronics the FAA lifted a year ago should be reinstated for the safety of airline passengers. The Flight Attendants union thinks portable electronics use during takeoff and landing poses a serious risk and that the FAA made a mistake when it opened the doors for airlines to allow their use from gate to gate.The Mac Observer Spin: Unless flight attendants can come up with compelling evidence to show gate-to-gate electronics use is a serious safety risk, you'll most likely be able to keep playing Angry Birds on your flights. And with the ban lift nearly a year behind us, passengers wouldn't take going back to stowing their electronics very well at all....

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05:43
GT Advanced court filings reveal $50M penalty Apple...

Not much is known about Apple’s deals with its suppliers, but court filings by former sapphire supplier GT Advanced reveal that the contract included a $50M penalty for any leak of Apple product information, reports the Financial Times.
While the amount of the penalty clause may vary according to the size of the supplier, it seems likely that a substantial leak penalty is a standard condition of supplying product components to Apple – though the number of leaks over the iPhone 6 suggests that such penalties offer limited protection.
Contracts between Apple and its suppliers will undoubtedly be subject to strict non-disclosure agreements, but lawyers for GT Advanced are asking the court to allow details to be made public … ...

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05:42
∞ The Autocomplete Song

[VIDEO] Heh. The words to this song were written by an iPhone, using autocomplete. It’s actually pretty catchy.

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05:42
News: Alleged iPad Air 2 parts leak shows A8X chip,...

Alleged components of Apple’s upcoming second-generation iPad Air were recently posted on Apple.club.tw, with a logic board that shows an A8X chip. While the iPad Air used the same A7 chip found in the iPhone 5s, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus contain an A8 chip, so it appears Apple will be once again making a separate processor for the iPad. The report also claims that iPad Air 2 will pack 2GB of RAM, as has been rumored. In addition to the…

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05:37
Superman heirs lose copyright battle to DC Comics

The Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal of the heirs of the original Superman creators, trying to reclaim the Superman copyright. A complex and fascinating story.
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05:24
News: iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus come to 36 more...

Apple announced that it will release the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 36 more countries and territories by the end of the month. The new iPhones will be available in a total of 69 countries by October’s end, and Apple claims more than 115 countries will have the new iPhones by the end of 2014 — the fastest iPhone rollout ever. Starting on Friday, October 17, the phones will launch in India, Monaco, and China, while rolling out to more countries…

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05:18
Daily Deal: Get the world’s largest iOS 8 + Swift...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering The World’s Largest iOS 8 + Swift eLearning Bootcamp for only $99—that’s 96% off the normal price. This is the largest iOS 8 course available today, with 24 Swift/iOS 8 courses including over 80 hours of content. You’ll produce 70 App Store-ready apps for iOS 8 as you progress through the lessons, learning app development skills as quickly as possible as you go along. This course covers…

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05:16
Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus heading to 36 more...

Apple is set to expand the availability of its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus later this month, as the company announced on Monday that the handsets would begin rolling out in three dozen new countries -- including rising key markets India and China -- on Oct. 17.

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05:14
BBEdit leaving the Mac App Store

Rich Siegel, founder of Bare Bones Software, gave a talk at the Cingleton conference about not selling future versions of BBEdit via the Mac App Store. This could be a canary in the coal mine.
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05:00
Fuzzy, Bigfoot-esque iPad logic board photo points...

Look closely at the large chip near the middle of the board—it's fuzzy, but it says "A8X."

Apple.club.tw

We're three days out from Apple's next event, which means it's time for the supply chain and rumor mill to go into overdrive. Over the weekend, Taiwanese blog apple.club.tw republished photos of what are supposedly components from a new iPad, including shots of the TouchID button and cable and the logic board. The logic board shot revealed an interesting detail, assuming it's genuine—Apple is apparently building a new "A8X" processor to power at least one of its new tablets.
When...

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05:00
Songwriter Jonathan Mann uses iOS QuickType for...

Last month, YouTube songwriter Jonathan Mann made light of the iOS 8.0.1 update that went awry with a catchy tune for the team at Apple that was responsible for the debacle. Now, the musician is back with another tune about Apple's new QuickType...

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04:48
Apple rolls out iPhone 6/Plus to 36 more countries...

Apple has announced that it will be rolling out the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to an additional 36 countries this month, bringing the total number of markets to 69. The latest rollout will begin with India and Monaco alongside China on Friday.

Apple today announced that iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the biggest advancements in iPhone history, will arrive in 36 additional countries and territories across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa by the end of October. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in a total of 69 countries and territories by the end of the month and are on track to be available in more than 115 countries by the end of the year, making this the fastest iPhone rollout ever … 


The full...

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04:46
Apple Launching iPhone 6 in 36 More Countries in...

Apple plans to launch the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 36 more countries and territories by the end of October with Israel, Mexico, Poland, South Africa, Greece, Bosnia, and more on the list. The company expects to have its new iPhone models in more than 115 countries by the end of the year, making this its most agressive rollout so far.The Mac Observer Spin: Apple clearly intends to follow through with its plan to get the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus into at least 115 countries before the end of the year.

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04:32
Apple's supplier contracts include $50M penalty...

Details from Apple's supplier non-disclosure agreements are beginning to leak thanks to the bankruptcy proceedings of GT Advanced Technologies, with the sapphire maker arguing that even more should be published so creditors and shareholders can see the full story behind its fall from grace.

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04:14
Finland’s credit rating downgraded, and it’s all...

Ratings agency Standard & Poor has downgraded Finland’s credit rating from AAA to AA+, and its economic outlook from stable to negative – and it’s all Apple’s fault, according to Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb. Speaking to CNBC, he said:

“We have two champions which went down,” Alexander Stubb told CNBC Monday. As well as the technology firm Nokia, he explained that the paper industry in Finland had fallen on hard times [...]

“A little bit paradoxically I guess one could say that the iPhone killed Nokia and the iPad killed the Finnish paper industry.”

So nothing to do with Nokia – which once dominated the mobile phone industry – failing to notice that the market was changing, then, nor choosing the wrong platform when it finally did get into the smartphone business.
Stephen Elop, who took over as CEO in 2011, announced that Windows Phone – not Android –...

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04:02
Flight attendants sue FAA over in-flight device...

Flight attendants are challenging a decision made by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last year, over the use of electronic devices by passengers at all stages of flight. The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA has sued the FAA over the matter, claiming the change makes flights inherently more dangerous because passengers may not fully understand the safety announcements....

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04:00
When Computers Get a Right Brain


IBM is massively increasing its commitment to Watson, which was evident at last week's IBM Think Forum. IBM recognizes that if it can get a product that thinks first, then it can again take absolute control over the technology market, and every other company will be chasing it again. It is making some impressive headway, and I agree that the firm that succeeds at this will not only massively change the technology market, but also change the world. The very real outcome is that many of us will find our skills have become redundant.

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03:28
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus preorders estimated to...


Last time we checked in, Tencent had reported four million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus unofficial reservations had been recorded. In an update today, the site now says that combined preorders (which began on Friday) from sales channels have exceeded 20 million.
Via Digitimes, which originally found the post from Tencent:

The report stated that pre-orders on website Jingdong Mall reached nearly 10 million over the period, which coupled with orders direct to major telecom providers and Apple pushed total orders to 20 million.

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02:22
First look at Creative Cloud Libraries, connecting...

Creative Cloud turned three this month, an age when most children finally begin to walk more confidently as they grow out of the toddler stage. The same could be said of Adobe’s latest steps—the company took an adult-sized stride last week with the release of new mobile apps, and technology that connects them to a traditional desktop workflow like never before.
The feature that makes this possible is Libraries, a cloud-based repository for colors, text styles, brushes, graphic assets, and even full images. Content added to Libraries from mobile or desktop apps gets synced immediately to Creative Cloud, ready to serve other compatible software connected to the same account....

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Sunday October 12

20:08
Backblaze 3.0

Under-the-hood changes improve backup software’s speed and efficiency. (Free, 9.1 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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20:08
GraphicConverter 9.4

The venerable graphic conversion and editing utility goes 64-bit and adds several new features. ($39.95 new, free update, 248 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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20:08
OmniFocus 2.0.3

Fixes several Yosemite compatibility issues. ($39.99 new, free update, 44.2 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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20:08
ChronoSync 4.5.3 and ChronoAgent 1.4.7

Adds compatibility for OS X Yosemite to the synchronization and backup apps. ($40 new for ChronoSync, $10 new for ChronoAgent; free updates; 41.7 MB, 12.5 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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17:00
The Week in Review: news and features you don't...

Last week was a busy one with your favorite TUAW writers posting some excellent How-To guides, commentary and other useful articles. Here's a quick roundup of our recent feature worthy posts you may have missed:

Features

Did you hear about...

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16:00
A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

Last week, we reviewed a variety of hardware and accessories that'll complement your favorite iOS or OS X devices. Here's a quick roundup of recent hardware reviews that you may have missed:

Logitech Type+ Keyboard for iPad Air
Ultimate Ears Pro...

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15:00
This Weekend in the App Store -- the best free apps...

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

Apps Now Free

Gin Rummy HD [iOS...

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15:00
Weekly Game Replay: Destiny's 3.2M daily...

Every Sunday Electronista and MacNN round up some of the important pieces of news in the video game industry from the previous week. This week, we take a look at some statistics regarding the number of players in Destiny, issues with the launch of Driveclub, free next-generation copies of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare for customers buying it on the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, as well as some other notable news bits and upcoming releases....

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14:22
Apple Pay setup detailed & retailers begin...


The launch of Apple Pay, Apple’s NFC and Touch ID-based mobile payment solution, is upon us. Apple has begun preparing for the launch by kicking off Apple Pay training programs for its own group of retail store employees and by working with retailers to prepare for the debut later this month. The training materials, shared by a reliable source, for the Apple Pay launch at Apple retail stores have also detailed some new specifics regarding the Apple Pay setup and transaction processes both on customer iPhones and in Apple retail stores…

As can be seen in the image above, Apple Pay can be set up via the Passbook application via both the initial iOS 8 setup process or in a new Settings.app tab called Passbook & Apple Pay. Some of these details...

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14:00
All the best app reviews last week on TUAW

Last week was a busy one for apps in the iOS App Store, giving your favorite TUAW writers a chance to post some great reviews of the apps that grace their home screens. Here's a quick roundup of our recent reviews -- and a few app roundups -- you may...

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12:49
Hockey Night in Canada: How the CBC lost it all

The Globe and Mail:

Not only had Rogers Communications Inc. wrenched the Canadian national broadcast rights to NHL games from the CBC’s grasp with a stunning $5.2-billion payout over the next 12 years, but the Visigoths were actually at the gate.

Part of the ensuing deal, in which those in charge of the CBC meekly handed over the company’s airwaves for free, was that the Rogers people connected to Hockey Night, along with some people hired from rival TSN, would use the CBC’s studios and take over the show’s office space on the north side of the eighth floor – the plushest in the building thanks to the show’s status as the network’s biggest money spinner.

Truly appalling how Canada’s national broadcaster completely blew the deal by ignoring the importance of hockey to not only their bottom line but to the nation. Thanks to my friend...

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12:31
Why you should celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving...

Vox:

Instead of Columbus Day, our northern neighbors spend the second Monday of every October celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving or, as they call it, Thanksgiving. As I wrote last year (what can I say, it’s my holiday tradition), Canadian Thanksgiving is a way better holiday than Columbus Day in every way.

Here’s how the two holidays match up.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadians!
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12:18
Netflix comes to Ubuntu via Chrome, 4K video...

Linux users of the Ubuntu variety can now watch Netflix without hacks or workarounds. The ability to stream Netflix comes with the latest build of the Chrome browser for the operating system, for up-to-date Ubuntu users. Netflix also confirmed that subscription fees for users wanting to stream 4K Ultra HD video are increasing....

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08:00
iOS 8 How-to: Use the self-timer in the Camera App


In iOS 8 the Camera app now has the ability to have a self timer. This can be beneficial for several different reasons. For example, you can take the ultimate selfies using the better quality camera, being steady while taking the photo and can avoid looking ridiculous and buying a selfie handheld stick pole.
To set up the timer, tap on the clock icon second from the right in the upper right hand corner. When you tap on the clock you have options to have a 3 second or a 10 second timer.

When you use the timer, on the screen there is a countdown that occurs...

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07:34
MGG 523: Three Mikes and Two Geeks On Mics

Network issues nipped the tail end of last week's show, but your geeks made it through regardless. This week John and Dave go through running iPhoto from a flash drive, sharing a clipboard between iOS and OS X, Wi-Fi Calling with your new iPhone, Updating expired podcasts and resolving a failed (but recurring!) iPhoto import. Download and enjoy!

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06:24
∞ Former Apple CEO John Sculley on Steve Jobs, Apple...

[VIDEO] From iHeartApple2, by way of ParisLemon, this video is part of a series of interviews with former CEO John Sculley. In this one, Sculley talks about the importance of marketing experiences, rather than product specs/features, along with lessons learned with and from Steve Jobs.

When we introduced the first Macintosh, we did a commercial, in the Superbowl, which was called 1984. What was remarkable about that commercial, particularly for a high tech product, was we never once showed the...

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06:00
PhotoDirector: Impressive new iOS photo editing app

PhotoDirector (free with one in-app purchase) is new to iOS but the company that created it, CyberLink, has an impressive product line that features photo editors for Mac and Windows.

The app debuts with some impressive editing features including...

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05:51
What the guy from the time machine told Steve Ballmer

Last week, we posted about an article from Vanity Fair entitled, The Empire Reboots. Terrific article on Microsoft, with focus on the current relationship of Bill Gates and Satya Nadella and the longtime reign of CEO Steve Ballmer.

Matt Rosoff, from CITEworld, read the Vanity Fair piece and posted a tweet-storm based on the idea that a time traveler from today went back to 2004 and met Steve Ballmer, filling him in on ten years of tech advances. Great read.
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Saturday October 11

14:30
Leaked Walgreens memo points to Apple Pay launch on...

A leaked internal Walgreens memo obtained by MacRumors suggests that Apple Pay will go live on Saturday, October 18. Apple Pay, of course, represents Apple's foray into the world of mobile payments. The service promises to be extremely secure and...

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14:00
Turn a broken iPod into a fashionable, but fractured...

Have a broken iPhone or iPod touch kicking around and want to do something with it? If you answered with a resounding "yes," then you should check out this Instructable from 13-year-old member trosen2109 that shows one clever way to recycle the...

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13:33
Walgreens memo suggests Apple Pay mobile payments...

The largest pharmacy chain in the U.S., Walgreens, has allegedly sent out an internal corporate memo asking employees to prepare for the launch of the iPhone 6-based Apple Pay service next Saturday, Oct. 18.

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13:17
Newly leaked parts purportedly show next-generation...

With only days to go before Apple's Oct. 16 event, new photos out of East Asia claim to show components bound for a next-generation iPad, including a logic board, Touch ID hardware and cover glass with incorporated digitizer.

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12:00
Hidden menu in Instagram's Hyperlapse app...

Instagram's Hyperlapse allows you to create impressive time lapse videos in an easy to use package. Controls are basic, and settings are minimal, but as noticed by Youtube user hoschdebacha, you can have some fun with a suite of advanced settings...

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11:49
Wells Fargo employee emails CEO asking for a raise...

Salon:

Tyrel Oates, a 30-year-old Portland, Oregon-based employee of Wells Fargo, shot to Internet fame after emailing the company’s CEO John Stumpf (and cc’ing 200,000 other employees) to ask for a $10,000 raise… for everyone at the company.

No way Wells Fargo does this but it’s a great way to put the ball in management’s court.
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11:44
What it’s like to carry your Nobel Prize through...

Scientific American:

“When I won this, my grandma, who lives in Fargo, North Dakota, wanted to see it. I was coming around so I decided I’d bring my Nobel Prize. You would think that carrying around a Nobel Prize would be uneventful, and it was uneventful, until I tried to leave Fargo with it, and went through the X-ray machine. I could see they were puzzled. It was in my laptop bag. It’s made of gold, so it absorbs all the X-rays—it’s completely black. And they had never seen anything completely black.

My question is, why didn’t they notice it when he was going to North Dakota?
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10:00
Yovo can keep your photos and messages private

Yovo (free) is an interesting app developed by ContentGuard, a leading company in the field of protecting electronic communications.

With Yovo, you can pick a photo on your iOS device and send it to someone. They see the image in their mail or in...

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09:42
Briefly: Glassboard shutdown, Guardian Maximus with...

Business-oriented disussion service Glassboard is closing down, with the resultant loss of data, on November 1, 2014. Starting next week, the company will be converting everyone's account to a premium account for the remaining few weeks so that discussions can be exported. New user signups have been disabled, and the apps have been removed from both the Android and iOS App Store....

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09:21
Leaked A8X chip teases more powerful iPad Air 2 as...


Ahead of next Thursday’s Apple event, new images purportedly showing parts for the new, full-sized iPad have emerged. Photos re-published by blog apple.club.tw show a full logic board for the new iPad Air as well as parts for the new Home button, glass screen cover, and audio control components. At first glance, the new iPad Air logic board does not reveal too much new, but adjusting the colors of the image shows a fairly unexpected addition: an A8X system-on-a-chip:

...

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08:22
Kmart suffers huge breach, all shoppers since...

Sears-owned retailer Kmart has declared that it has suffered a massive data breach. The company said late Friday that a malware attack began on its point-of-sale computer systems in early September that was "new form of malware" and "similar to a computer virus." Few details have been released by Kmart, but the company warns that it could include every shopper between September 1 and Thursday, October 9. Online shoppers were not impacted by the breach....

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08:00
iOS 8 How-to: Use Camera to enter in credit card info


With iOS 7, Apple added a new feature in iBooks, iTunes and the App Store that allowed users to scan iTunes gift cards with the device’s camera rather than manually entering the string of characters on the back of the card. Now in iOS 8, you can use the device’s camera to scan and enter credit card information.
To add your credit card for purchases open up Settings and tap on Safari.


Then tap on Passwords & AutoFill. Here you will notice that by default that Names and Passwords, and Credit Cards is...

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08:00
PicPlayPost is a versatile little collage maker for...

PicPlayPost has been around a while, and the iOS app continues to evolve and improve. This free app (with one in-app purchase option) creates lovely collages that can contain video, audio, and even GIF animations. I like collages, and create them all...

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07:10
Hands On: Denied (OS X)

Since it's now commonplace to regularly listen to randomly generated or pre-curated music playlists, there will inevitably be songs you're not a fan of thrown into those mixes. Denied for Mac does one thing, and does it really well - it spares you from songs you don't care to hear, while streaming content from subscription-based platforms or iTunes. Though a convenient addition to an average listening experience, is it worth paying for?...

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06:00
Caturday: Baby Girl will not be moved

As mentioned last week, I have two new kittens (Merry and Pippin) who have taken over my office, my house, and my heart. They're also quite adept at taking over my computers when I'm trying to get work done.

Well, that seems to be the case with a...

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05:41
Getting banned by the NFL is actually great for Beats

The competition between Bose and Beats cost Colin Kaepernick $10,000 this week, when he violated an NFL ban on wearing Beats by Dr. Dre headphones on television after games.

Is this a PR win for Beats? Will Apple remove all Bose products from the Apple Store?
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05:13
The Birth of Pong, an excerpt from Walter Isaacson’s...

Walter Isaacson is best known as the author of the official Steve Jobs biography. His new book is called The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution.

The Birth of Pong, an excerpt from the book, tells the story of Nolan Bushnell and the birth of the arcade game.
...

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04:30
SportsYapper continues to be a fun place to talk...

SportsYapper keeps you in touch with other fans of your favorite teams and gives you the chance to share those special moments with like-minded sports fans even if you are watching a game at home by yourself. Dave Caolo first looked at an older...

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04:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Rainbows, butterflies, and...

Rainbows, butterflies, and flowersThis week’s round up of new iPad cases offers an assortment of colorful themes, familiar cartoon characters, and storage solutions.CaseableThe Gardening (iPad Air; $50) sports an elaborate floral gothic design, and features neoprene padding for extra protection, durable elastic straps to securely hold your tablet in place, and a microsuede interior that is gentle on the screen. It also doubles as a viewing stand in landscape orientation.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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03:00
You Should Play: Up your lawyering game with Phoenix...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney—Dual Destinies is a text-adventure game that Capcom originally published for the Nintendo 3DS, but has now made its way to iOS devices. While text-heavy and at times tedious in its dialogue, the brilliantly animated and totally ridiculous world provides an uncommon iOS experience. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Friday October 10

20:41
Apple 'Yosemi-fies' iTunes 12 beta's...

The flatter, more minimalist look sported by both iOS 7 and 8 as well as the forthcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite has reached iTunes, or at least the version currently being beta-tested for imminent release. With OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.1 expected to be unveiled next week at Apple's press event, the music management and storefront application that ties into most users' iOS devices for media access has gained a whiter, flatter interface that does away with shadows and 3D effects in favor of clean lines and subtle buttons....

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18:44
Many retailers currently have no plans to implement...


When announcing Apple Pay last month, Apple showed off a list of launch partners that would be putting the NFC-powered iPhone payment system to work in October, including McDonald’s, Nike, and Macy’s. However, the Daily Dot has compiled a list of businesses that don’t currently have plans to adopt Apple’s mobile payment system, and there are some notable entries on the list.
Of course, it doesn’t seem unexpected that many businesses that didn’t have early access to the hardware and software that makes up Apple Pay would be without current plans to adopt the technology. Many of the companies gave a “non-statement,” so to speak, confirming that they are considering the possibility of implementing the system in the future but don’t currently have a date set to roll it out....

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18:37
NPD: iPhone 6 launch triggered record-breaking sales...

According to a new report from sales analyst NPD, mobile phone accessories in the US hit a new record in the two weeks immediately following the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Accessory sales were seen to be 43 percent higher than the two weeks before the launch, and far better than the 17 percent increase seen in the same period after the release of the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s last year. The new total for accessories in the fortnight was $249 million, topping last year's $195 million....

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17:25
Major retailers show unwillingness to adopt Apple...

Apple Pay is primed to launch as one of the most secure and convenient digital payments solutions ever devised, but certain popular retailers may slow adoption by refusing to offer support due to a conservative stance on next-gen commerce or conflict with their own ambitions in the sector.

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16:48
Over 9M 'reservations', 1M official pre-...

Official pre-orders for the iPhone 6 finally went live in China early Friday morning, with more than a million orders being taken in the first six hours of availability. The new pre-orders would be different from the more than nine million "reservations" taken by other carriers and resellers, meaning that opening weekend sales -- which are scheduled to open in China on October 17 -- could easily surpass the combined first-weekend sales of the nine countries the iPhone 6 line debuted to in September....

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16:43
How to beard

There’s some good advice, especially when he says to leave it alone.
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16:39
Apple Watch’s editorial debut in Vogue China

Today, BoF can reveal that the Apple Watch will make its fashion editorial debut on the cover of Vogue China’s November issue, featuring supermodel Liu Wen. We spoke to Angelica Cheung, editor-in-chief of Vogue China, to get the story behind the story.

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16:00
Apple Pay's biggest hurdle may be stores that...

Apple Pay leveraged a consumer desire for speedy and secure payments into a wave of anticipation for the upcoming service. While Pay will only be available on recent devices, its complex security makes it attractive to consumers and banking...

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15:23
Designers mock up Apple Watch versions of popular...

Facebook Messenger
Thinkapps’ Build Blog has published a few designer mockups showing what popular third-party applications might look like on Apple’s new smartwatch with some interesting results. The apps were created by several different designers, and you can see that each app maintains some of the branding and design you’d expect while conforming to the smaller wearable UI and its new input devices like the Digital Crown.
Above you’ll find the design for Facebook Messenger, which features a contact view made up of circular contact photos with online indicators that closely resembles the watch’s home screen. The message view sports a...

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15:18
Apple introduces redesigned iTunes Store to iTunes...

Ahead of an expected OS X Yosemite debut next week, Apple on Friday rolled out a revamped iTunes Store for beta testers using iTunes 12 on the next-gen operating system, revealing a reworked user interface more in line with the flat aesthetic the company is moving toward.

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15:16
Banks sign off on upcoming Apple Pay payment system...


For what it’s worth, the banks seem to feel good about Apple’s upcoming Apple Pay system.
Per MacRumors and The Daily Dot, Apple Pay, which will be centered around tokens, or unique Device Account Numbers, to replace card numbers and transactions are verified through both one-time use security codes and Touch ID, has gotten the nod from several large banks.
The Daily Dot has spoken to several different banks working with Apple on the payments service, including Navy Federal Credit Union, USAA, Chase, and PNC, to get their thoughts on its security.
According to Navy Federal VP of credit cards Randy Hopper, the bank was “very excited” to see what Apple had developed, because it is “convenient,...

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15:15
GT seeks to close sapphire plant and sever ties with...

Ars Technica:

On Monday, GT filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. And today, GT said in separate filings with the US Bankruptcy Court in New Hampshire that it wants to terminate its contract with Apple and close the Arizona facility.

The filing to end the contract with Apple states that the terms of GT’s contract with Apple are “oppressive and burdensome,” and the separate filing requesting to shutter the sapphire plant claims that doing so is the only way to rescue GT’s business.

Anyone have any doubt that we haven’t heard all the details of this story and yet and that it’s going to get a lot uglier before its resolved?
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15:00
GT Advanced hopes to cease operations this year;...

The saga involving GT Advanced Technologies' bankruptcy filing continues to take strange turns. One day after signaling its intention to wind down operations and presumably sell whatever assets remain a report today from MacRumors relays that GTAT...

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14:50
How To Create a Mac Keyboard Shortcut For Print To...

You may have seen the "PDFâ" button lurking in the bottom of a print dialog, and you may have even used it from time to time to create a digital version of a document in a quest to reduce paper. If you haven't noticed it, there's a PDF button in the bottom left corner of the print dialog, so you can print something to PDF instead of having to use ink and paper. Sometimes you just need a PDF, so having this option built in is awesome. What's even more awesome is when you can save some time by creating a keyboard shortcut to do this for you automatically. David Sparks has covered this with the video below. It sounds odd, but trust me, this is the "microwave" of Mac tweaks. At first you'll wonder why you thought you needed it, and in a month you'll wonder how you lived without it. For bonus points, work a little dark magic with Hazel or other automation software and streamline a bunch of busy work so you can spend more time on important things, like your Netflix queue or learning to...

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14:42
Tesla's Dual-Motor 'D' Ready for...


Tesla Motors on Thursday unveiled the "D" that CEO Elon Musk has been teasing -- a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive, higher-tech version of its Model S electric car. The new model offers better traction, increased driving range, automated features and even higher speeds, Musk said. From the outside, you won't be able to tell it from the current Model S, however. It will share the same exterior, but it will feature a slew of internal improvements, notably two motors -- one for the front wheels and one for the back.

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14:30
‘Eight’ Wooden Acoustic Amplifier for iPhone Looks...

Eight is the most unique iPhone accessory I've seen, and it's the most beautiful. Designed by Slovakian company Stark, Eight is a wooden acoustic amplifier/dock for your iPhone 5/5s/6. With the addition of the included Lightning cable, it's also a charging dock. It's hand crafted, made of gorgeous wood, is cleverly designed, feels amazing (seriously), and it sounds OK.

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14:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

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Chinese carriers notch 1M official iPhone 6 & 6...

Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus officially went up for preorder in China Friday morning and initial reports say the country's top three wireless carriers accepted one million orders in the first six hours of availability.

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13:55
GT to close sapphire plant and sever ties with Apple

The iPhone 6 Plus is coated with glass, not sapphire.

Lee Hutchninson

Let's go over the GT Advanced Technologies timeline. In late 2013, the company inked a deal with Apple to provide sapphire glass for iPhones and other gadgets—Apple would loan GT the money to build a sapphire manufacturing facility in Arizona, and in exchange, GT would sell that sapphire primarily to Apple. Rumor had it that the then-forthcoming iPhone 6 would use sapphire or sapphire-coated glass to protect their displays from scratches, and it sent GT's stock climbing. On September 9, Apple announced new iPhones with "ion-strengthened glass," not sapphire. This sent GT's stock sliding downward. On Monday, GT filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. And today, GT said in separate filings with the US Bankruptcy Court in New Hampshire that it wants to terminate its contract with Apple...

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13:45
Apple begins rollout of redesigned iTunes Store...


Apple has started rolling out a redesigned version of the iTunes Store for users running iTunes 12 less than a week ahead of what’s expected to be the launch of OS X Yosemite. The new storefront takes design cues from the iTunes and App Store home pages on iOS devices, featuring a flattened, side-scrolling carousel at the top of the page in place of the old “card”-style header. This new header can be scrolled horizontally using two fingers or even dragged around with a mouse.
Individual pages for albums, TV shows, and iOS apps have also been redesigned and now feature more iOS-like controls throughout. Download buttons have been reduced to simple outlines. Shadows and textures have been removed throughout the store, putting the content directly on a stark white or dark gray...

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13:35
GTAT: Apple’s Agreements Are ‘Oppressive and...

GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) said in filings that its agreements with Apple were "oppressive and burdensome." The company told the bankruptcy court that the only way to stop the bleeding was by terminating its deal.

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[Sponsor] In A Flash Laser -- Boutique Printing,...

In A Flash Laser can help you customize just about anything. Using UV printing, laser cutting, and laser engraving we can decorate items ranging from iPads to coffee mugs. We work with businesses of all sizes as well as individuals.

Apple products are our specialty and we offer two colors of laser engraving, as well as full-color printing directly onto your device. If you’re not ready for that level of commitment, we also customize cases. Apple’s leather cases come out great.

With new iPhones just released and new iPads expected this is an exciting time of the year. If you are upgrading to a new device, have it sent to us directly from Apple to add your logo. If you have old devices, we can make them super special before handing them down to Grandma.

What else do we do? Well, Have you seen Portlandia’s “We can pickle that” skit where they try to pickle everything from eggs to CD jewel cases. At In A Flash Laser, that’s how we run our R&D team, “We...

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Tips and techniques from master bass angler Bill...

Well known bass fisherman Bill Dance has hosted a television program for years. On the program Dance offers fishing tips and techniques to help fishermen catch more and bigger fish. Now many of those same lessons are available in this free universal...

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Friday Deals: 4TB hard drive, Airplay speakers, Miix...

Columbus Day or Canadian Thanksgiving weekend is upon us! Not only that, but its time for Friday Deals! Every Friday, we round up the best deals for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, all prices are verified at the time of publication, but may not be valid if you're reading this after the weekend, so check before buying. Check back frequently over the weekend, we like to add stuff!...

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Watch Apple’s October 16th event live

Apple:

Join us here at apple.com/live on October 16 at 10 a.m. PDT to watch our special event live.

Let’s hope this one goes smoother than September’s livestream.
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Apple’s October 16 Invitation is Actually a Hidden...

It's been all hands on deck for Apple in the last year. iOS 8, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, OS X Yosemite, the new Mac Pro, home automation, health monitoring, iBeacon, Apple Pay, and what looks like some very hard work on the Apple Watch. Some other products appear to have stagnated. Does the October 16 event invitation suggest a remedy? Is this even a problem? John Martellaro sizes up the promise of Apple's invitation.

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News: iLounge Weekly coming Monday, sign up now

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

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12:50
Apple and Google spark civil rights debate

TidBITS:

I fully understand the drive and motivations the law enforcement community has to maintain access to our devices.

But law enforcement needs to understand that technology companies aren’t trying to protect the bad guys, but stop them. That until iOS 8, I had to walk my clients through the iOS security loopholes that made it difficult to protect corporate and personal data. That such back doors are already used to suppress free speech throughout the world, sometimes fatally. That without this encryption, we are all less secure.

As always, I like reading Rich Mogull’s take on these kinds of security issues.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:45
News: Apps of the Week: Autodesk SketchBook,...

New Apps Autodesk SketchBook Mobile (Free) — A new follow-up app to Autodesk’s highly popular original SketchBook app, this entirely new version is a complete from-the-ground up rewrite designed to unite the mobile experience across both the iPhone and iPad, allowing digital artists to capture inspiration on the go. The new SketchBook Mobile features an enhanced drawing toolkit including new layer blending modes, improved selection tools for…

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Briefly: Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile updated,...

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12:28
Bose, Beats settle lawsuit over noise cancellation...

Bose has settled its lawsuit against Apple-owned Beats Electronics, filed in July over patents connected to noise cancellation technology, says Bloomberg. The companies have submitted joint filings to a Delaware court, and asked the US International Trade Commission to halt an investigation. Had Bose's original demands been met, imports of Beats' Studio and Studio Wireless headphones would've been blocked. The terms of the settlement are unknown....

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VPN Unlimited Premium Plan: 3 Years Of Hacker...

Need access to otherwise restricted web content? Donât trust your WiFi connection? Need to ensure online security? You want to consider a virtual private network (VPN), and boom! We just happen to have a deal for three years of VPN Unlimited's Premium Plan for $19. With this package, your Internet data is encrypted between the VPN and you, greatly limiting your exposure to hackers, and for those who live in countries that block access, it can be the only way to get to some sites. There's a lot more information on our deal site.

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Swaive smart thermomemter works with iPhone, Health...

The Swaive intelligent in-ear thermometer (US$79.99 for the thermometer, companion app is free) makes the glass-and-mercury model I remember from childhood look like a museum relic. It works as a stand-alone device and syncs data with Apple's Health...

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Magic Script Creator

My thanks to Magic Script Creator for sponsoring The Loop’s RSS feed this week. Magic Script Creator lets you experiment with creating custom AppleScripts by just answering a few questions. No prior knowledge of AppleScript is needed in order to use this application. Included in Magic Script Creator are 24 different examples that you can configure hundreds of different ways. Most examples contain UNIX command line tools, combining their power with AppleScript’s strengths.

Version 4.0 contains two new major features. First, you can choose to compile your scripts with line by line remarks. This will help you understand what each line of code is executing. Second, for those examples containing UNIX command tools, you can export the MAN (or manual) page in an easy to read PDF. No more trying to read these manuals in a tiny terminal window! To...

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11:30
Daily Deals for October 10, 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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11:13
Bose and Apple's Beats announce settlement of...

Premium audio company Bose and Apple-owned Beats Electronics disclosed on Friday that they have settled their patent infringement dispute out of court, preventing a potential trial between the two competitors.

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11:12
News: GT asks court to void ‘oppressive and...

Following news earlier today that GT Advanced Technologies has made a request to the court to wind down its operations in both Arizona and Massachusetts, MacRumors highlights a new pair of filings that reveal additional details. Specifically, in the first filing the company is asking the court to void its contracts with Apple, describing them as “oppressive and burdensome.” GT notes that the agreements are “not a source of potential…

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11:00
I played this top-selling game 100 times, and this...

Let me start out by saying that I love Soccer Physics. So do a lot of other people, and it's managed to reach a Top 25 overall spot on the App Store's games list, which is quite a feat. It's an absurd game where your two-man team attempts to score a...

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10:55
The most expensive stuff you can buy at New York...

Digg:

While comics may have started as disposable entertainment, it’s no secret that many books can fetch a hefty sum based on their rarity, CGC grade, illustrator, and/or characters that may have first appeared in them. We talked to the people working every collectibles booth at this year’s New York Comic Con and asked them what their most expensive item is, and what made these items so astonishingly valuable.

Makes me wish I had kept those comics I had as a kid. Some of them might be worth something today.
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10:47
Amazon must be stopped

New Republic:

In confronting what to do about Amazon, first we have to realize our own complicity. We’ve all been seduced by the deep discounts, the monthly automatic diaper delivery, the free Prime movies, the gift wrapping, the free two-day shipping, the ability to buy shoes or books or pinto beans or a toilet all from the same place. But it has gone beyond seduction, really. We expect these kinds of conveniences now, as if they were birthrights. They’ve become baked into our ideas about how consumers should be treated.

These expectations help fuel our collective denial about Amazon.

I don’t know that I agree with the central premise but the consolidation in Amazon is something to be concerned about and keep an eye on.
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10:44
Carl Zeiss unveils VR One $99 virtual reality headset

Lens producer Carl Zeiss is stepping into the virtual reality headset market, with its own device. Similar in construction to the Oculus Rift, the Zeiss VR One works by turning a high-resolution smartphone into a display, similar to how the Samsung Gear VR uses the Galaxy Note 4, though Zeiss' effort will in theory be able to work with a wider array of devices....

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