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Monday September 22

05:12
iPhone 6 & 6 Plus beat out the competition in...



With the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus now officially in customers’ hands after a record opening weekend of iPhone sales, today we get a look at various benchmark results for the devices compared to the competition from AnandTech. Ahead of the site’s full technical review of the new iPhones, today it posted several benchmark results showing the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus win out by just about every metric....

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05:07
The thriving Chinese iPhone 6 black market

The research agency Counterpoint Research has estimated that as many as 5 million units may be smuggled into China before it is possible for consumers to purchase officially from Apple.

Even if Chinese approval is close, the black market won’t wait for it. Fascinating.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:00
Bono talks 885 million iTunes accounts, new music...

Over the weekend, U2 frontman Bono sat down for an interview with Dave Fanning on the Irish radio station 2FM where the two discussed a wide range of topics. While the interview mostly centered on the band's new album, Bono took some time to touch on...

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

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

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04:52
Skype app updated for iOS 8, includes interactive...


The Skype app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch has now been updated with support for iOS 8. Unfortunately, this does not include support for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus screen sizes, meaning Skype still renders at a scaled iPhone 5s resolution.
However, the update does add interactive notifications which helps streamline responding to content. Hence, new Skype notifications have buttons attached to the alert which can perform various actions. For voice calls, you can answer or decline. For video calls, you can choose between voice or video responses. For missed calls, you can respond with a message or call the person straight back.
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04:51
iOS 8 and the accidental selfie

TechCrunch:

With both videos and voice memos, iMessage lets you review the content before sending it. You can play it back and then choose to delete or send it off into the world for other peoples’ viewing and judging pleasure.

With still pictures, however, the photo is automatically sent the second your finger releases the camera button.

iOS 8 needs an interface tweak.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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

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

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

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

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04:33
Apple announces record sales of 10 million iPhone 6...

The launch weekend for Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus was the strongest start yet for the company's smartphone lineup, reaching 10 million units sold in the first three days of availability, and topping last year's previous best of 9 million.

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04:28
Rumor: Apple Watch to feature 512MB of RAM, 4GB of...

Apple was light on technical specifications in announcing its forthcoming Watch earlier this month, but one analyst has checked with the company's supply chain to find component makers expect the final shipping product to include 512 megabytes of RAM, and a "mainstream version" with 4 gigabytes of internal storage.

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04:17
On adopting the big screen of the iPhone 6 Plus

Quartz:

Call it the Church of Apple. Steve Jobs once called big phones Hummers (like the cars) and said that no-one was going to buy them. (He was sitting next to the current CEO, Tim Cook, when he said that.) Only a year after the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5 was released with a 4-inch display and it sold like hotcakes. The Apple fans bought it and loved it. And the same thing is happening again. So what gives?

To me, it’s about acclimation. The move from the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 5 form factor was an easy adjustment. The iPhone 5 was lighter and longer, but still easy to use with one hand. The move from the iPhone 5 to the iPhone 6 is a bit more of a leap, and the move to the iPhone 6 Plus form factor is truly dramatic, challenging our preconceived notions about the aesthetics of phone...

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04:00
The Coming Virtual Lifestyle Revolution


Uplinq, Qualcomm's big -- and it was big -- developers' conference, took place last week. There were two parts that were particularly interesting. One was its new robotics effort, and the other was the announcement that it's pushing Vuforia, its augmented reality platform, into wearable head-mounted displays -- think Google Glass on steroids. Qualcomm is imagining a time when we'll wear these things from the moment we get up until we go to bed. It will have a rather massive impact on many of the technologies we currently use.

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02:45
Camera test: The iPhone 6 won't beat a DSLR,...

While I don’t have any formal photography training, to say that I enjoy taking pictures is an understatement. I’ve been obsessed with digital photography and filmmaking ever since I picked up my first Olympus 2-megapixel camera, and that love has carried me through years of point-and-shoots, DSLRs, and phones.
Now, I think the world of my Canon Rebel and its 40mm pancake lens. I’ve gotten some incredible pictures from that camera. But the more I carry around my iPhone 6, the more I’m convinced that its days of hanging out in my bag are almost over. Because the iPhone 6 is a mighty fine camera, indeed.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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02:42
Watch Apple CEO Tim Cook speak at 12 PM EST as part...


Climate Week NYC is an annual conference about environmental sustainability. For 2014, there is a particular focus on lowering carbon emission across business, government and individuals. Apple CEO Tim Cook is scheduled to speak at the event, for the first time, at 12 PM EST. The livestream for the event is embedded below.

Cook will speak alongside other ‘ambitious and innovative companies’ in green energy, including executives from IKEA and Bloomberg. The segment is targeted at invoking instant changes in business behaviour, by highlighting how lowering carbon emissions is in the self-interest of companies in addition to the benefits on the global environment.
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Sunday September 21

20:13
Briefly: Bluetooth blood pressure monitor, Pantera...

Pyle Audio has announced the introduction of its new Bluetooth Blood Pressure Monitor (PHBPB20). The monitor and its accompanying integrated app are designed to provide users' pulse rate and systolic and diastolic pressures. Users insert their arm into the device's sleeve, press the power button and allow the monitor to tighten and measure blood pressure. The monitor can store 99 blood pressure readings for each individual, and the large LCD display shows collected data....

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18:45
Review: Patriot Supersonic Rage XT 128GB USB 3.0...

USB thumb drives are getting larger by the day, their growth speeding along with the availability and expansion of memory chips. But how much storage do people need these days for their various tasks? Is 64GB enough, or would 128GB be better to tackle files storage, game saves and disk images? Patriot attempts to tackle the question with the high-speed USB Supersonic Rage XT. While the drive is offered three different sizes, the 128GB flash drive seems the most appealing. Is it worth considering, or is money better spent looking at something smaller? Find out in our review.......

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17:00
Reviews: Patriot Supersonic Rage XT 128GB USB drive

USB thumb drives are getting larger by the day, their growth speeding along with the availability and expansion of memory chips. But how much storage do people need these days for their various tasks? Is 64GB enough, or would 128GB be better to tackle files storage, game saves and disk images? ......

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15:10
Audio Hijack Pro 2.11.3, Nicecast 1.11.3, and...

Restores capability to capture audio from Safari 7.1. (Free updates) 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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14:00
Last week's popular and featured articles on...

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:

Apple has a "War Room" to monitor...

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13:32
Turtle Beach releases Ear Force Z60 gaming headset...

Turtle Beach released the Ear Force Z60 headset last week, a pair of headphones that the company first unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. Made to handle the surround sound needs for video games, music and movies, the headphones utilize DTS Headphone:X 7.1 surround sound. Turtle Beach does this without the use of separate software or drivers, unlike many other headphones on the market....

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13:00
A look at third-party keyboards on iOS 8: type any...

Third-party keyboards have finally come to iOS 8. If you're tired of the stock Apple keyboard, just head on down to the App Store and check out the quickly growing roster of alternative options.
There's everything from typing, to swiping, to drawing, and you can do it all in style with a million themes and different looks. To give you an idea of what's out there, we're checking out some of the more interesting keyboards for iOS8.
Setup


SwiftKey's setup instructions, the "Add New Keyboard" screen in the system settings, and the "allow full access" popup.  Ron Amadeo

Before you actually try a new keyboard, you'll need to go through the setup process. After installing the keyboard app, users are pretty much on their own to enable it, which requires a...

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13:00
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

pwSafe - Password Safe...

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12:00
All the best hardware and app reviews last week on...

Last week was a busy one with new hardware and apps making their way into TUAW's virtual office. Here's a quick roundup of our recent reviews you may have missed.

App Reviews

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11:05
What’s in a can of Coke?

How do you make a can of Coke?

The Vons grocery store two miles from my home in Los Angeles, California sells 12 cans of Coca-Cola for $6.59 — 54 cents each. The tool chain that created this simple product is incomprehensibly complex.

Each can originated in a small town of 4,000 people on the Murray River in Western Australia called Pinjarra. Pinjarra is the site of the world’s largest bauxite mine. Bauxite is surface mined — basically scraped and dug from the top of the ground. The bauxite is crushed and washed with hot sodium hydroxide, which separates it into aluminum hydroxide and waste material called red mud. The aluminum hydroxide is cooled, then heated to over a thousand degrees celsius in a kiln, where it becomes aluminum oxide, or alumina. The alumina is dissolved in a molten substance called cryolite, a rare mineral first discovered in Greenland, and turned into pure aluminum using electricity in a process called electrolysis. The pure aluminum sinks to...

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10:18
Google easing up on mandatory Google+ signups for...

Google is no longer forcing users to create a Google+ profile when setting up a new Gmail account according to a report from marketing blog Wordstream. By easing up on the mandatory setup of the social media arm of the search company, Google is continuing to put distance between users and the service that never seemed to find the same footing as Facebook....

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09:48
Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

kyjellyfish writes I've been using iOS 8 for several days and aside from a few gimmicks and add-ons that attempt to achieve parity with Android, my experience has been overwhelmingly unsatisfactory. My chief complaint is that the vast majority of my apps are slow to boot and noticeably sluggish in operation. I want to point out that all of these apps have been "upgraded" specifically for iOS 8 compatibility. Previous operating system upgrades have been relatively seamless, so I'm asking whether other slashdotters have experienced this degraded performance. ...

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09:31
iOS 8 How-to: Create the Medical ID


New in iOS 8 you are able to create a Medical ID in the Health App. Even though the rest of the Health app is down, the Medical ID is fully functioning. The Medical ID is important because in case of an emergency, medical responders can look at your phone and know any allergies or medical conditions you have and know who to contact for you without unlocking your phone. To continue to make a Medical ID, press the word Create Medical ID in red.

In order to have a Medical ID you need to have Show When Locked turned on so it will be available to be used on the lock screen. Then there are places for you to...

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

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

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07:00
Watch a speed test of every iPhone from 6+ to 2G

It's that time again. That's right, it's time to test the new iPhone against every previous generation. The fine folks at the YouTube channel EverythingApplePro have posted a new video showing a test between all ten versions of the iPhone. The...

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05:00
Former NBA player Rex Chapman arrested after...

AZfamily is reporting that former NBA star Rex Chapman was arrested in Scottsdale, Arizona yesterday after stealing over $14,000 in Apple merchandise from an Apple retail store over the course of a few weeks. Chapman subsequently pawned the stolen...

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04:14
∞ iPhone 6 and 6 Plus teardowns

[VIDEO] Per tradition, every major Apple product release is followed quickly by a teardown video from iFixit. I love taking things apart and fixing them myself and I am very happy with the improvements Apple has made to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus construction, making it much easier to replace the display and battery.

As you watch the video, note the use of the iSclack tool, a kind of pliers with a pair of facing suction cups designed to grab onto the front and back of the iPhone. Once you’ve removed the iPhone screws,...

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Saturday September 20

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

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

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13:39
Google petitions FCC for NM desert testing of...

Google has filed a plan to test broadcast drones in the skies of New Mexico. A filing with the US Federal Communications Commission, one of the regulatory agencies that needs to be involved with such an endeavor, points to a test site south of Santa Fe, NM and south of Las Vegas. The tests are likely a practical test of remote Internet delivery technologies, and some of the largest tests that Google has run yet, utilizing Titan Aerospace's technology....

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12:08
Home Depot transaction security reportedly...

Following the revelation that 56 million credit card transactions were stolen by miscreants, more information is coming out about the hack and the company's reportedly long-term lackadaisical security. According to employees familiar with the situation, the company was warned as early as 2008 that security would be a problem, and that the company was excruciatingly slow to respond to threats and often took no action agains perceived attacks or dangers....

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11:59
Video: iPhone 6 versus iPhone 5s

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11:41
Former NBA star arrested for $14,000 theft through...

Former Phoenix Suns professional basketball player Rex Chapman was arrested on Friday and accused of shoplifting $14,000 in Apple merchandise using Apple's EasyPay self-checkout system. Apple store employees reported the player, after recognizing him "based on his previous celebrity status as an NBA basketball player," according to Scottsdale, AZ police....

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11:25
New Oculus Rift 'Crescent Bay' headset...

Today at the Oculus Connect conference, Oculus Vice President of Product Nate Mitchell not only showed the third version of the Oculus Rift, the "Crescent Bay," but also revealed that the nascent platform is now a Unity 5 build target, opening up the device to a wide range of developers and potentially additional host platforms beyond Windows and OS X. Additionally, the company announced that it has licensed the RealSpace3D audio technology for future versions of the hardware and software....

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10:53
How to create nested folders in iOS 8 (Video)


Keeping your home screen organized can sometimes be a difficult task. Folders are great, but what if you’re looking for a deeper level of order? Luckily, we’ve seen a few glitches over time that have helped.
Hidden in iOS 8 is a glitch that allows you to nest folders within folders. This can be helpful if you’d like to sub-categorize apps within folders or hide various stock apps in iOS 8 (because there are a lot of them). Nesting folders on iOS 8 is easy to do and completely reversible…

At this moment, we’ve tested the nested folders glitch...

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09:37
Apple, HP slam patent troll with $3.6 million each...

Northern District of California Court Judge Claudia Wilken has ruled that non-practicing entity Linex Technologies must pay Apple, Aruba, Meru, Ruckus, and HP millions in attorney fees after pursuing a patent case that it knew was destined for failure. Apple and HP are seeking $3.6 million each, with the other three companies seeking $3.8 million -- the ruling puts the patent troll on the hook for $18.6 million, an amount it may not have....

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09:21
Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

HughPickens.com writes Medium reports that although many startups want to design something that mimics the fit and finish of an Apple product, it's a good way to go out of business. "What happened when Apple wanted to CNC machine a million MacBook bodies a year? They bought 10k CNC machines to do it. How about when they wanted to laser drill holes in MacBook Pros for the sleep light but only one company made a machine that could drill those 20 m holes in aluminum? It bought the company that made the machines and took all the inventory. And that time when they needed batteries to fit into a tiny machined housing but no manufacturer was willing to make batteries so thin? Apple made their own battery cells. From scratch." Other things that Apple often does that can cause problems for a startup include white plastic (which is the most difficult color to mold), CNC machining at scale (too expensive), Laser drilled holes (far more difficult than it may seem), molded plastic packaging (...

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08:48
Briefly: Modbook Pro X Last Call campaign, Twitter...

Modbook has extended its Kickstarter fundraising campaign for its Modbook Pro X tablet, allowing those interested to still make a pledge can do so until September 30. The Mac-based 15.4-inch Retina display tablet utilizes the original hardware of a MacBook Pro system, running OS X and can be configured up to a 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 32 GB of RAM 2TB of PCIe flash storage and Intel Iris Pro graphics. Users can choose to add rear-mounted Keybars, which consists of an eyes-free solution for entry of short commands, and a detachable keyboard stand that functions as an easel, key......

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

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

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08:16
The seamy underbelly of Apple Store lines in New...

Casey Neistat’s latest video isn’t really news to anyone nor does it appear that Apple can or will do anything about the problem but perhaps this years delayed launch in China has exacerbated it even more.  What can Apple do in this situation?
Another video of the 5th Avenue line below:

My new movie. it's hard to watch and makes me very sad — iPhone 6 Lines and the Chinese Mafia – https://t.co...

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08:14
Monkey Parking fires up service in southern CA,...

Parking spot resale service Monkey Parking has quietly relaunched in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills, CA. While not currently illegal in the cities, city attorneys have taken note of the launch, met with representatives from the service, and are claiming that they will take steps rapidly to stop the service from operating....

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07:52
Sony Video Unlimited service migrates to OS X,...

Sony has shifted delivery of its Video Unlimited service for computers away from a discrete application, and onto a a web player. In allowing browsers to play back video for the first time, Sony has opened up the service for OS X as well as a wider array of Windows-based devices....

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07:20
Microsoft: 15GB free OneDrive bonus to mobile with...

Microsoft has increased its free space offering on its file storage system OneDrive. Users on Android, Windows Phone, or iOS who switch on "camera backup" to the online storage locker will get a 15GB space bonus, increasing the amount of free space from 15GB to 30GB. Users have until the end of September to activate the feature to get the bonus space....

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06:24
Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the...

Lucas123 writes When the iPhone 5 was launched two years ago, the base $199 (with wireless plan) model came with 16GB of flash memory. Fast forward to this week when the iPhone 6 was launched with the same capacity. Now consider that the cost of 16GB of NAND flash has dropped by more than 13% over the past two years. So why would Apple increase capacity on its $299 model iPhone 6 to 64GB (eliminating the 32GB model), but but keep the 16GB in the $199 model? The answer may lie in the fact that the 16GB iPhone is, and has been, by far the best selling model. IHS analyst Fang Zhang believes Apple is using that to push users to its iCloud storage service. Others believe restricting storage capacity allows Apple to afford the new features, like NFC and biometrics. ...

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05:48
Rounding up some of the newest cases for Apple'...

Apple's decision to move to an all-new --?and larger --?form factor for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus means that buyers will once again be in the market for new cases. AppleInsider rounded up a selection of compatible cases from the usual suspects as well as some new entrants.

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05:00
Gadget Ogling: Amazon on Fire, Virtual Reality, True...


Apple might be the flavor of the minute as new iPhones hit the market, but Amazon isn't ready to let its rival hog all the limelight. Without a flashy presentation, it unveiled a half-dozen new Fire tablets and Kindle e-readers. There's a 6-inch Fire HD tablet priced at $99 and a 7-inch version that comes in at $139. The Fire tablets are reliably solid machines, and those are fantastically enticing prices for entry-level tablets that still have access to all the apps a customer might expect and, of course, the Amazon digital goods ecosystem.

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05:00
The Week in iPad Cases: A diamond is forever

A diamond is foreverThis week’s roundup of new iPad cases comes with a great selection of everything from the fashionable to the practical—proof positive that a even a new crop of iPhones can’t stop the onslaught of great protective accessories for your tablet.Ashine GalaxyThe Bling (iPad Air; $74) sports a fashionable Apple logo made of diamond-like crystals.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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04:25
Early data suggests iPhone 6 outselling 6 Plus by a...

As of 4 PM Pacific, the iPhone 6 accounts for about 2.45% of the devices MixPanel is seeing in use. The iPhone 6 Plus, meanwhile, makes up just 0.31%. Everything else (that is, every previous generation of iPhone MixPanel still sees in the wild) makes up the other 97.24%.

Why is this? Here’s one take.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:03
Tour of third party iOS 8 keyboards

iOS 8 allows you to select a third party keyboard to replace Apple’s built-in keyboard. The linked article takes a look at three of these, SwiftKey, Swype, and Fleksy, comparing them to the default iOS 8 keyboard.
∞ Read this on The Loop

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02:45
A brief visual history of Apple’s home page tabs

A walk down memory lane for the Apple home page. Amazing how much has changed over the years and how much has stayed the same. Remember iCards? iTools?
∞ Read this on The Loop

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02:20
∞ Fighting gravity

[VIDEO] Two dancers rappel a short distance down the side of Oakland’s City Hall, then do an incredible gravity-defying dance on the side of the building.

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Friday September 19

22:53
Apple raises prices on out-of-warranty iPhone 6...

In a new note on its repairs webpage, Apple has raised prices on out-of-warranty repair costs for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Apple has not, however, increased prices on its $99 AppleCare+ warranty, which adds a second year of coverage and allows two "accidental damage" repairs with a set $79 service fee for each incident. The new OOW repair pricing, at up to $299 and $329 for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus respectively, is between $30 and $60 higher than the iPhone 5 family price....

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19:30
Former NBA player stole $14,000 in Apple Store...

Image via KTVK
Former NBA player Rex Chapman was arrested today on nine counts of organized retail theft and five counts of trafficking stolen property after police discovered that he had stolen over $14,000 worth of merchandise from a Scottsdale, Arizona Apple Store, according to CBS Sports.
According to police, Chapman managed to get away with so much loot by pretending he was using the iPhone-based EasyPay system, which allows customers to check themselves out through the Apple Store application without the...

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19:27
Support for Verizon's VoLTE 'HD Voice...

A few days after Verizon launched its first-generation voice over LTE (VoLTE) system in the U.S., dubbed Advanced Calling 1.0, it was confirmed on Friday that Apple's latest iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models support the carrier's suite of services, including HD voice and video calling.

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18:18
Verizon achieves 'holy grail' with voice...

Beginning today, Verizon customers across the US who buy the new iPhone 6 models or one of a pair of other smartphones that support Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) will finally be able to do something AT&T has bragged about for years: simultaneously talk on the phone and use data for applications. The process will only work on a handful of phones that support VoLTE, but Verizon iPhone 6 buyers are reporting that it is on by default or easily activated in their new purchases....

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16:44
iOS 8 How-to: Take a time-lapse video


New in iOS 8 you have the ability to record time-lapse photography right from the Camera app. Time-lapse photography is a type of photography that happens when the frame rate is lower than what is used to view the sequence. When the photo is played at normal speed, time looks to be faster. However, not everything would make a great time-lapse subject. Good time-lapse subjects include cloudscapes, celestial motion, plants growing, cars driving on a busy intersection and of crowds. In this how-to I will discuss how to make a time-lapse photographs.

When opening up the Camera app, by default it opens up to the Photo menu. Slide all the way to the left to take a time-lapse.
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16:37
Analytics data shows Apple is delivering far more...


New data released by mobile analytics firm MixPanel (via TechCrunch) has revealed a trend in adoption rates of the 4.7-inch iPhone versus the 5.5-inch model. According to the report, the smaller model appears to be outperforming the larger one is deliveries today, and by no small margin. While the larger model has claimed about .30% of hits in MixPanel’s survey, the smaller version has achieved an impressive 2.46%.
However, that doesn’t necessarily mean the 4.7-inch version is outselling its counterpart by such a large gap, if at all. It’s entirely possible (though unlikely) that more of the larger version have been sold...

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16:25
Record crowds outsides stores worldwide for iPhone 6...

In some locations on Friday, it seemed like the whole world took off work Friday to stand in line for an iPhone 6. Mass reports of "thousands" of customers standing in line for hours at flagship Apple stores around the globe have been received since MacNN reported on the queue in Australia, the first country to begin selling the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The latter has proven extremely hard to get, but we have heard from a few readers who were successful....

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16:18
Out-of-warranty repairs for iPhone 6 runs up to $299...

Apple on Friday updated its repairs webpage to reflect current pricing for the iPhone models released today, revealing out-of-warranty fixes could cost up to $299 for the iPhone 6 and up to $329 for the 6 Plus.

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15:51
iOS 8 App Store Bundles Explained

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

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15:47
TSMC confirmed as manufacturer of Apple's 20nm...

According to a report on Friday, Apple's latest 64-bit A8 system-on-a-chip, currently powering the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, is built by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., not longtime partner Samsung.

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15:30
Stay organized and creative with the free version of...

The NoteLedge iPad app, free in the App Store with in-app purchases, is built around inspiring creativity, not staying organized. Of course, it's great for that too.

Unfortunately, NoteLedge gives a bad first impression. It immediately prompts you...

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15:28
Out-of-warranty iPhone 6 and 6 Plus repair prices...


Now that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are available to the public, Apple has released pricing information for any repairs you might need (though hopefully you won’t need any so soon). As usual, the prices are broken up into two categories.
The first is the price for repairing or replacing a broken display. This price is the same for almost every model from the original iPhone forward: $129. However, there’s one exception to this pricing, and that’s the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, which can get fixed up for only $109.
The other price is the cost for general repairs. For these cases, you’ll need to pay $299 for an iPhone 6 or $329 for an iPhone 6 Plus.
Of course, each iPhone comes with a one-year limited warranty, so you shouldn’t need to...

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

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

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15:19
VSCO Cam 3.5 for iOS 8 now available

Visual Supply Co:

Advanced camera controls are now available for iOS 8. New features include:

- Manual focus

- Shutter speed

- White balance

- Exposure compensation

VSCO Cam is the first app I’ve seen that takes advantage of the new capabilities of iOS 8 in letting photographers take more control over the camera in the iPhone. Even better, it’s a free app.
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15:00
Sorry Samsung, report indicates that Apple's...

After nearly three years of reports, rumors, and scoops which never panned out, it's been confirmed that Apple's new A8 processor is in fact being manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC).

Latest news from @Chipworks: The A8 processor was...

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

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

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14:30
Start the 2014-2015 PGA Tour season with the Golf...

The PGA Tour just held its tour championship event and the Ryder Cup is in late September, but we are only three weeks away from the start of the 2014-2015 PGA season. To get fans off to a good start The Golf Channel has launched a completely...

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14:27
Apple iPhone 6 Plus unboxing and overview (Video)


Along with the launch of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, Apple also released a much larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. Because of the larger display on this device, you can expect a much larger form factor, but there are a few benefits that go along with it as well…

Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 display (401 ppi) and features...

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14:20
Companies race to support Apple Pay

“What was a complex environment with hundreds of phone types now has two: (Google) Android and Apple,” notes Thomas Noyes, former head of sales channels at Citigroup’s Global Consumer banking business who now heads Silicon Valley data-sharing firm Commerce Signals.

It’s the “complex environment” that Apple is so good at fixing. They’ve done it over and over again with products released in the past 15 years or so.
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14:06
The surprisingly short history of the Pony Express

Today I Found Out:

Given that most have still heard of the Pony Express today, unlike so many other messaging companies long gone, you may think that the Pony Express was once an integral part of communication between the East and West in the United States. It turns out, this was never the case and the Pony Express was around only for an extremely short amount of time.

I love these stories of how things were done “in the old days”. One of my favourite non-fiction books is “American Road: The Story of an Epic Transcontinental Journey at the Dawn of the Motor Age” about the first US government sponsored cross country trip. Future President Eisenhower was a member of the group.
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14:05
Tim Cook to be interviewed at first WSDJLive...

Apple CEO Tim Cook will be interviewed at the first WSJDLive technology conference being hosted by the Wall Street Journal, according to an announcement. The event is scheduled for October 27 through the 29 at the Montage in Laguna Beach, California. Some other people appearing at the conference will include Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma, and Dreamworks Co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg....

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14:00
Belkin WeMo Smart LED Bulbs take on Philips hue lux...

The home automation market keeps heating up, and one of the biggest players in that market -- Belkin, with its WeMo line -- has added a new product that may be the entry into home control for a lot of new customers. The WeMo LED Lighting Starter Kit...

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13:58
iCloud update gives PC users access to iCloud Drive...

Today, Apple released an update to iCloud which gives Windows users early access to iCloud Drive. Ironically, Apple’s new cloud storage solution is not yet available on the public build of Mac OS X.

GODDAMNIT!
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13:54
∞ Tim Cook opens Palo Alto Apple store for iPhone 6...

This is just great. Tim stops and chats with people, takes selfies and then opens the store.

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

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

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13:30
TunnelBear VPN lets you surf, securely

TunnelBear VPN is a simple app that works beautifully to let you securely surf online using your iPhone or iPad (and there's a Mac version as well). A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is an encrypted connection to a server that permits you to be online...

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13:30
You Should Play: Pako

With crashes, high-speed chases, and hairpin turns, Pako is not just your average endless runner. It is an endless getaway game, where escape is impossible—how long until your car chase ends in a crash depends upon your skill. Pako has five different maps to choose from with different vehicles and obstacles, but your goal is always the same: Drive to stay alive.If the twist on a classic style of gameplay isn’t enough to interest you, here are three other reasons why you should check it out:Look Ma, no brakes!: The object of the game is to survive for as long as you can. You’ll try to avoid the police and other obstacles as you swerve and spin your vehicle through parking lots, crowded highways, and several other locations. Like any good game in the endless genre, a single hit means one thing: Game over. The police are after you no matter where you are,...

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13:21
iPhone 6/Plus case roundup: Best cases at the best...



With iPhone 6 and 6 Plus officially going on sale today through Apple retail and partners, a lot of you on the hunt for a new case. We’ve been keeping track of announcements from the notable case makers and below put together our updated list of the nicest cases we’ve seen yet.
As we always do, we’ve stuck to the case manufacturers we know and trust (like...

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13:09
Android L Will Keep Your Secrets Safer


Hard on the heels of increased security measures in Apple's newly released iOS 8, Google this week confirmed that encryption will be turned on by default in the next release of Android. Android has offered encryption for more than three years, and keys are not stored off the device, so they can't be shared with law enforcement, Google said. In the next Android release, encryption will be enabled by default. Like Apple's new measures, the heightened security planned for Android L is in part a reaction to the widespread privacy concerns.

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13:01
Prescheduled social media posts from Joan Rivers...

In an unusual gaffe, the official Instagram and Facebook accounts for comedian Joan Rivers -- who died on September 4 -- today briefly displayed identical, prescheduled posts about the iPhone 6. "This badass is being replaced by an iPhone 6 (not the fat one)," the posts read. "I got this one [an iPhone 4] in 2010 and, after four years, my only complaint is that apps are now designed for bigger screens, and the battery is getting tired. Never had a case for it, since it was most beautiful on its own. Great achievement in design. Great product. #apple #iPhone #tech." The iPhone 6 was only reveal......

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13:00
Apple has a "War Room" to monitor iOS 8...

A Reddit user yesterday described an interesting experience he recently had with Apple customer service. After downloading iOS 8 this week, Reddit user Kiggsworthy and his wife set up Family Sharing and discovered that they could not download content...

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

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

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12:49
Forums: new iPhone and iOS 8 first impressions

As the long lines outside of Apple stores world-wide finally start to move, and new iPhones start landing in the hands of Mac fans everywhere, MacNN forum-goers with phones in-hand begin to post their first impressions in the thread titled "Incoming iPhone" which was started late last week. Also today, reports are starting to come in that iOS 8 is a bit sluggish and buggy, with some even stating that it's the worst release yet. Of course, people always say that....

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12:47
Apple: bargain-priced MacBook Pros from $929

Save big on refurbished MacBook Pro models at Apple's online refurb store, with prices starting as low as $929. The refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.5GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive and 8x SuperDrive has been reduced to $929, a savings of $170. A $180 price break drops the price on the refurbished 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a 2.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of solid state storage down to $1,019....

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12:45
You can already pre-order an Apple Watch stand/...


Apple Watch isn’t set for release until next year, but you can already order a charging stand for the device from Dodocase (via Uncrate). The handcrafted walnut stand doesn’t actually have a built-in mechanism for charging, but instead has a recess to hideaway Apple’s charging cable that will come with the Apple Watch.

Introducing one of the first products to market to support the Apple Watch coming in 2015. Our innovative wood charging block is made from rich California orchard walnut, American-tanned Leather and features inductive charging housing to easily snap watch into place and provide single handed lift-off. The...

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12:45
DealNN: Sony cameras, 3D TVs, Harman Kardon earbuds...

Right now at Amazon, save 44 percent on the Sony NEX-6L/B compact interchangeable lens digital camera in black. It was $898, but has been reduced to $500 and is eligible for free two-day shipping. That discount makes this the best price we have seen anywhere by about $230. This digital camera features 16MP resolution, with 10fps burst shooting, Full HD video, interchangeable e-mount lenses, fast hybrid auto focus, Wi-Fi sharing, multi-interface shoe, built-in HDR mode, dual format media card slot, and tons more....

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12:44
Got an iPhone 6? Do these 10 things first

It’s here! Your iPhone is here! Did you hug the UPS man? Thing Zero to do as you rip it out of the box is to not drop it, whatever you do. (Did you see that poor Australian kid? Ouch. Well, at least it didn’t shatter on him.)
We’ve got a fully comprehensive setup guide if you need step-by-step assistance—think of this as the Cliffs Notes version. These are the 10 things you should do first.1. Back up your old phone

I forgot to do this first, so once I’d turned my new iPhone on and it asked if I wanted a new phone or a restored backup, I had to sadly put the phone down and pick up my suddenly small-and-sad-seeming iPhone 5c. iTunes is the fastest way to do a backup, so tether to your Mac with the appropriate USB cable (I know, like a caveman) and fire up iTunes. Select your iPhone, and under Backups,...

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

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

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12:30
Video: Stephen Colbert loves woos his iPhone 6,...

One of the perks of being Stephen Colbert is getting your iPhone 6+ early. The fake news commentator debuted his device last night by wooing the iPhone 6+ and throwing his iPhone 5s away like a summer fling. It's not just bragging, though Colbert...

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12:00
iPhone 6 models expected to spur wave of Android...

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus went on sale today and the lines at Apple Stores around the world are absolutely insane. At Apple's flagship Fifth Avenue store in New York City, for example, the line at one point spanned a full 12 city blocks. It's...

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11:56
Apple CEO Tim Cook to speak at WSJDLive conference...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is set to appear at a new technology conference hosted by The Wall Street Journal this October called WSJDLive. 
Apple executives including Steve Jobs have appeared at past “D” conferences hosted by former WSJ employees Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher. WSJDLive appears to be a continuation of sorts of those conferences, although Mossberg and Swisher since left to form Recode.net and have also hosted Apple executives at the site’s new “Code Conference” in May.
Other guests scheduled to appear at WSJDLive next month include former Google executive and VP of...

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11:45
The 5 best iOS apps for International Talk Like A...

Ahoy, mateys! In case you hadn't caught wind of today's significance, let me be the one to welcome you aboard: Today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day! If you'd like to participate, feel free to make horrible puns (as I've been doing all day)...

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11:30
Rocketeer! flies, but not exactly out of this world

Rocketeer! is a free in the App Store for iPhone and iPad users, and features a little rocket, perpetually moving forward through space, dodging craggy rock formations and doing what we all try to do in our real lives: get money and keep the fuel...

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11:30
Apple CEO Tim Cook to appear at WSJDLive conference...

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook will take top billing in appearing for an interview at the first-ever WSJDLive technology conference, to be held in California in late October.

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11:15
iPhone 6 Plus first impressions

While recording an episode of the British Tech Network Mac Show this morning, I was happy to hear my doorbell ring as I knew that meant that the UPS truck had arrived with my iPhone 6 Plus. After a hurried run down to the front door to sign for the...

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11:00
Take a look at the guts of the iPhone 6+ with the...

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were released today, creating long lines at stores as eager Apple fans waited to pick up their new phones. But what is inside those phones? To answer that question the fine folks at iFixit have released a new teardown video...

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