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Monday September 29

08:11
Foxconn Aggressively Assisting Xiaomi in Smartphone...

In May of last year we reported that Hon Hai (Foxconn) had undergone its worst financial quarter since 2005. While Windows 8 turned out to being a disaster hurting PC orders at that time, Apple's shift to splitting orders between Foxconn and Pegatron was likely the...

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08:00
Circa News is updated and improved

We last took a look at Circa for iPhone (free) a couple of years ago. Since then this curated news app has added new features and gives you some personalization.

There are plenty of news apps out there. Circa's claim to fame is that news editors...

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07:55
First Look: Griffin Survivor All-Terrain, Core, and...

Griffin has brought its expanded Survivor line — first seen for iPhone 5c — to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, though a few of the names have changed again. The company's multi-layer Survivor case is now Survivor All-Terrain ($50-$60). The ultra-protective case houses an iPhone inside its polycarbonate shell, then surrounds it with a soft silicone outer layer. Screen and Touch ID protection is also built in, and the bottom ports and sleep/wake button…

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07:34
GoPro introduces Hero4 Black, Silver, entry-level...

GoPro has launched its first new additions to its action camera line after filing its IPO. The Hero4 range follows on from the Hero3+ collection, with the Black and Silver editions offering functionality better suited towards professional applications, while a new entry-level Hero is a budget-priced version for those wanting a cheap waterproof camera....



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07:29
Humana's Healthy Lifestyle Rewards Program Adds...

Last month, it was reported that Apple was in talks with health insurers about its HealthKit tools that officially launched to the public with iOS 8 earlier this month. The report suggested Apple may have been looking to partner with insurers on programs to reward users for maintaining healthy lifestyles and reaching fitness goals as tracked by HealthKit.

One of the insurers mentioned in the report was Humana, which today officially announced integration between its HumanaVitality rewards program and HealthKit. Under the program, members can receive wellness points redeemable for a variety of rewards including fitness equipment, electronics, and movie tickets.

Recent updates to...

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07:20
Microsoft Confirms Prime New York Location for...

In August we reported that Microsoft was eyeing a prime New York Location for a high-end retail store just blocks away from Apple's classic glass cube store on Fifth Avenue. Today Microsoft confirmed that their first Manhattan flagship store has been given the green light.

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07:07
Jawbone’s UP app adds HealthKit support, no longer...




Now that Apple has announced its entry into the fitness-tracking wearable space with the Apple Watch, Jawbone, the makers of the UP and UP24 activity trackers, has introduced a version of its...

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07:04
First Look: Griffin Identity, Reveal cases for...

Griffin's Identity ($30-$40) is a two-piece case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Identity differs in price based on colors and textures, and Identity Performance also protects the front of the phone. The standard plastic and rubber Identity case which we received provides back and side protection, including coverage of the iPhone's volume controls and sleep/wake button. Griffin claims the slim Identity case can protect against 4' drops, while its…

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07:02
Daily Deal: Get The Mammoth Xcode & Swift...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering The Mammoth Xcode & Swift Developer Bundle for only $89—that’s 82% off. With over 65 hours of content, this bundle can take you from a total beginner to an iOS app developer. You’ll produce 20 App Store-ready apps for iOS 7 and 20 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 all the bases,…

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07:00
How to Tap Into iOS 8's Best New Communication...


Apple's iOS 8 is a free upgrade for iPhone owners who have an iPhone 4s up to the new behemoth iPhone 6 Plus. On the surface, iOS 8 looks a lot like iOS 7, but when you begin tapping down into it, there are dozens of new features and tweaks. Most everyone can find a few new features they can put to work to make their iPhones better than ever. Some are handy, some have "finally" arrived, and some are just plain cool. Here's your guide to the most useful and welcome iOS 8 changes to messages, keyboard, contacts and email functionality.

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: One million yeaaaaars dungeon

Rumored 12.9-Inch 'iPad Pro' May Include More Powerful A8X Processor (MacRumors)

Source: Taiwanese website

Chance it's true: 30 percent

The standard disclaimer for Taiwanese sources applies: their track record isn't great, so it's usually not...

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06:55
Apple rumored to launch 27" iMac with 5K Retina...

Apple's big-screen iMac will get a doubled-resolution Retina display with a forthcoming update expected to be unveiled at the company's anticipated October media event, a new report claims.

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06:44
Apple May Launch 27-Inch Retina iMac With AMD...

Following several recent reports on Apple's long-rumored ultra-thin 12-inch notebook, Jack March is now reporting that Apple is indeed working on a 27-inch "5K" Retina iMac with a resolution of 5120 x 2880. According to the report, which MacRumors has reason to believe is based on legitimate information, the machine could launch as soon as next month.A source familiar with Apple’s plans tells me that Apple is indeed planning to launch a Retina iMac at their next press event, however the 27″ Model will be the only model that gets this feature. The source says the new 27″ iMac will use a 5120 x 2880 panel as leaked in the OSX Yosemite code a few months ago. This resolution is double the current resolution of the 27″ iMac which is 2560×1440.This new 27-inch Retina iMac would continue to use Haswell processors, topping out at the 4.0 GHz Core i7-4790K, as Intel's next-...

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06:42
Retina iMacs with OS X Yosemite in late testing...

A new line of iMacs with ultra high-resolution Retina Displays is in late testing stages within Apple, according to our sources who have used the future desktop computer. While the machine will sport a thin profile similar to that of the current design, which was introduced in 2012, it will be packed with new internals such as faster processors and improved WiFi antennas. The fact that the iMac is in late testing indicates that Apple could be preparing to launch it alongside OS X Yosemite this fall…

The Retina iMac will mark Apple’s first foray into Retina desktop computers. Apple first launched the Retina display with the iPhone 4 in 2010, expanded it to the iPad in early 2012, and brought the screen to the Mac with...

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06:29
Apple Watch's advanced AMOLED display far more...

The flexible AMOLED display found in Apple's new smart watch is believed to be among the most-costly mobile device displays available, according to a new report, with the 1.5-inch units thought to cost more than half as much as the 4.7-inch LCD in the new iPhone 6.

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06:02
News: French fashion retailer Colette to hold in-...

Paris-based fashion retailer Colette is teasing a “one day only experience” with Apple, to be held September 30th from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM local time. While no other details are available, it seems plausible that this may involve the recently-debuted Apple Watch, particularly since Apple has been working with the fashion industry to style and position the device as a fashion accessory. The invitation image clearly resembles the Apple Watch…

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06:01
iPhone 6 Plus not so Bendy After All, Says Consumer...

Just how bendable is the iPhone 6 Plus? Consumer Reports says not very, and that smartphones from Apple's competitors are actually easier to bend. The independent product testing company pitted both new iPhone 6 models against smartphones from Samsung LG, and HTC and found the competition flexed and deformed easier, which sits in contrast to online videos claiming to show an iPhone 6 Plus bending in someone's hands.

The Mac Observer Spin: If you really want to bend or break something, you can find a way to make that happen. Apple's new iPhones don't seem to be any easier to bend than competing smartphones, but it seems the media is always looking for something to latch onto.


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05:51
∞ Music video animation makes its way across...

[VIDEO] This is an incredibly creative video for the song Knock Knock, by Brunettes Shoot Blondes. I would love to know how they made this.

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05:50
xkcd has fun trying iOS 8 predictive text with...

My favorite iOS 8 feature is one of the simplest: the uncannily-accurate predictive text functionality, offering not just auto-complete of the current word but trying to predict the next one too.

xkcd cartoonist Randall Munroe decided to have a bit of fun with the feature, typing in the openings of a number of famous movie quotes and seeing how iOS 8 would complete them. “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not going to the gym today” is my favourite.

Unlike many of the entries at sites like damnyouautocorrect.com, which are simply made up, all of Munroe’s examples are genuine. The feature does learn from your own vocabulary and phrasing, however, so results may vary.

xkcd is well worth bookmarking by anyone who loves technology and science.

To see how to get the most from some of the features...

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05:48
Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

First time accepted submitter chasm22 writes EU Regulators are apparently set to accuse Apple and the Irish government of entering into several sweetheart deals that left Apple with lower taxes than what it legally owed. If the ruling is upheld, Apple could owe billions in back taxes. Interestingly, it seems that the Irish government would actually get the extra money and suffer little for its part in the scheme.

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05:31
∞ Tales of China’s iPhone 6 black market

Are the sales of smuggled iPhones in China a black market or a grey market? We dig into that and share some smuggling anecdotes.

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05:30
Badminton Player's Diary: more than a backyard...

Badminton became an Olympic sport in 1992 and is extremely popular in most of Asia. Here in the United States the game is viewed as more of a recreational activity for a summer's afternoon in the backyard or at a picnic. However thousands of people...

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05:26
GoPro's new iPhone-connected Hero4 wearable...

GoPro on Monday announced its new 2014 lineup of wearable action cameras, including the flagship Hero4 Black, which is capable of recording not only 4K-resolution video at 30 frames per second, but also high-definition 1080p footage at 120 frames per second.

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05:04
BlackBerry: The Endgame

Jean-Louis Gassée on the coming teardown of BlackBerry’s corporate assets, as well as the mistakes that cost them the game.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:00
Apple and Oracle - Are We Suckers or What?


"There's a sucker born every minute." What's kind of funny about that famous quote is that there is no record of P.T. Barnum ever saying it, and there's a lot of evidence he was too smart to have done so. Whether Barnum made the observation or whether those words were uttered by any number of con men instead, the fact remains we are often excessively gullible. After watching members of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology debate climate change last week, I'm not finding this at all endearing.

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05:00
GNOME Again, GNOME Again, Jiggety Jig


There's just never a dull moment here in the Linux blogosphere, and the last week or so has been a perfect illustration. Not only did the Shellshock bug hit the proverbial fan, but the ever-burning Systemd flames flared even brighter, thanks to the addition of some fresh fuel. What was that fuel, you may wonder? Oh, none other than the little tidbit of news from the Debian team that it's decided to make the GNOME desktop default again -- and that Systemd was at least part of the reason.

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04:53
Performance Probe for Mac OS X revved to version 2.0

 Software and Computer System Company (http://www.scsc-online.com) has released Performance Probe 2.0 for Mac OS X. It's an upgrade of the operating system tool that allows a user to monitor the current effective loading of their systems. Version 2.0 includes a new heads-up display that can perform loading measurements, dynamically graph drive and network activity, and provide quick snapshots of the systems highest CPU and memory consumers.

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04:48
Apple and French fashion retailer Colette teasing...

On its website, French fashions retailer Colette is teasing a ‘one day only experience’, taking place at its stores on September 30th. The event runs from store open to 7 pm local time (via MacGeneration). Other details are unknown.

The invite image sort of resembles the Apple Watch home screen, so maybe this is some sort of special demonstration of the upcoming product. There is a possibility that Colette will sell the device in its store when the Watch is released ‘early next year’. Although this would make sense due to the connection with fashion, it would still be weird for the company to demo the product in public when it is still many months off release.

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04:44
Why Europe will likely say ‘meh’ to Apple Pay

Kirk McElhearn, writing for MacWorld, makes the case that though Apple Pay will certainly be a big deal in the US, it won’t have the same disruption potential in Europe.

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04:41
Mobile data sharing plans gaining popularity, but...

Mobile data sharing plans gaining popularity, but come at a higher cost
The aggressive deployment of LTE networks has encouraged higher data consumption, providing an opportunity for mobile operators to focus on introducing mobile plans with a higher data quota. According to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) data, countries that have a monthly data quota in the range of 8 to 10 GB have increased from 21% in 1Q 2014 to 83% of the total in 2Q 2014.

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04:35
Kool Tools: LaCie d2 Thunderbolt 2

LaCie's (www.lacie.com) latest d2 features a new all-aluminum unibody enclosure, dual Thunderbolt 2, and USB 3.0. Plus, LaCie designed the d2 Thunderbolt 2 to be upgradable to the fastest SSD on the market, which boosts speeds up to 1150 MB/s. It combines the latest interfaces and a Seagate 6 TB 7200 RPM professional hard disk, resulting in speeds of up to 220 MB/s.

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03:30
Meet the first crop of third-party keyboards for iOS...

iOS power-users, the Android-envy can stop now: Third-party keyboards have arrived. While the majority of iOS users likely find the default iOS keyboard works just fine, other alternative keyboards have cropped up that offer some capabilities that many may find useful. With the release of iOS 8, Apple has finally loosened the reins a bit and, among other features, now allows you to download alternate keyboards from the App Store. Installing and selecting one of these keyboards makes it appear in all your apps. 

After downloading a keyboard app from the App Store, you enable it by opening the Settings app, then going to General > Keyboards. Once you've added at least one alternate keyboard, a new key with a globe symbol appears on the bottom row of the keyboard. (If you had the Emoji keyboard enabled in earlier versions of iOS, this should look familiar already.) Tapping on the globe key selects the next keyboard in the list.

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03:08
Apple iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus review Part 2

This is the second part of our two part combined iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus review. In Part 1, we took a look at the design and construction of the new iPhones, along with the new larger and much improved displays as well as the all-new front and rear iSight cameras. In each of these areas, Apple has continued to raise the bar with at least one or more significant improvements over the previous generation. In this second part of our review, we take a closer look at the performance of the new models, their connectivity options, Touch ID/Apple Pay, iOS 8 and weigh up which of the two new iPhones...



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00:02
European Commission seeking retroactive tax windfall...

The European Commission is expected to release a report this week alleging that Ireland provided illegal "state aid" to Apple when it set tax rates for the company in 1991 and 2007, part of a series of investigations it hopes to use to retroactively tax corporations operating from countries with tax incentives.

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Sunday September 28

22:16
The untold story of how the Apple store “Cube”...

New York Magazine:

Though it has been open for less than a decade, the Apple store under the glass cube at the base GM building is already one of the best-known and most successful retail sites in the world.

But few people realize that it exists because of a real estate developer who had just taken the biggest gamble of his life, and needed to solve a problem — and because he knew just how to play mind games with Steve Jobs.

I still remember meeting Steve Jobs in New York on Fifth Avenue in 1999 after a Macworld Expo. He and his lovely wife were just standing on the street looking across it and talking. I walked up and introduced myself and we chatted for a few minutes.

It wasn’t until years later I realized they had been standing opposite what would eventually become the Fifth Ave Cube and Jobs was scouting the

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21:26
OS X Server 3.2.1

Adds Profile Manager support for several new features in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite ($__ new, free update, 185 MB)

 

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21:09
Evernote 5.6

Adds more options for creating and editing notes, plus improves sync speed. ($__ new, free update, 55.9 MB)

 

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20:43
SpamSieve 2.9.16

Improves filtering accuracy and adds support for 10.9.5 Mavericks. ($30 new, free update, 13.3 MB)

 

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18:30
Hands On: Divinity: Original Sin (OS X, Win)

In an era when single player games are getting shorter, role-playing games (RPG) attempted to stick to their guns to give players deep worlds and meaningful stories. Developers have been allowed to create stories at all tiers, from big name developers like Electronic Arts, down to independent studios looking for funding on Kickstarter. One such developer that took to crowdfunding was Larian Studios, seeking to fund the next entry in the Divinity franchise, Divinity: Original Sin. But does Larian's prequel to Divine Divinity create a rich, enjoyable world for new and old players, or would it be...



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17:35
European Commision to accuse Ireland of giving...

It looks like this week’s Apple “xxx-gate” is a big one with the Financial Times reporting that the European Commision is about to come down hard on Apple for its long held tax avoidance strategies in Ireland.

Typically the EU has used its state aid powers to address broader competition issues. But in the past year Brussels has attempted to target the tax affairs of companies such as Apple, Starbucks and Amazon. It is a novel application of the law with far-reaching implications, not just for the companies, or EU countries, but for EU-US relations in general.

This week the European Commission will publish the first findings in the Apple case. The details – including evidence from bygone tax negotiations – are likely to be explosive.

The US is no...

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16:30
ProCamera 8: A solid app with new features and...

One of the nice things iOS 8 brought to camera apps is the ability to manually adjust your photos before you shoot them, meaning that photographers get the kind of control normally associated with a DSLR. Things like ISO, shutter speed and exposure...

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15:30
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:

Slices of Apple episode 7: Real...

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14:57
EU to report findings on Apple, Ireland tax details...

A report from the European Union on tax deals between Apple and Ireland could be coming as soon as tomorrow. The European Commission will allegedly be offering findings from a formal investigation -- first launched in June -- suggesting that Apple benefited from illegal state aid from the Irish government....



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14:30
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:

Hive73 Mac Pro Deck: A great way to organize your...

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13:57
External Link: How Apple Tests Software

With the botched iOS 8.0.1 update, questions are being asked about how Apple tests its software before release. An internal Bug Review Board ranks different known bugs in order of importance, which also determines how quickly they are addressed. One challenge for Apple is internal divisions that cause engineers to not be able to test software on unreleased hardware and cause departments to sign off on updates that could break features not under their purview.

 

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13:52
External Link: Why Security Vulnerabilities Aren’t...

Old security vulnerabilities never seem to go away. Our own Glenn Fleishman, writing for Boing Boing, explores the reasons why, which boil down to companies not deactivating old software and there being no money in maintaining it.

 

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13:30
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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13:29
FunBITS: Epic Zen Garden Shows off Your New iPhone

While it’s more of a technology demo than a game, Epic Zen Garden is a great way to show off a new iPhone.

 

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12:56
China to begin iPhone 6 sales on October 10, reports...

While it is currently possible to legally buy an iPhone 6 in some parts of the regional "Greater China" area (such as Hong Kong or Taiwan) the country of China itself -- which manufactures and assembles the new iPhones - ironically does not yet offer them for sale, due to a cumbersome regulatory process. This may finally be changing, as various reports out of the region indicated that both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will finally debut in China on Friday, October 10....



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12:55
AT&T doubles data caps on shared data plans...

The never ending race for data cap superiority continues, AT&T has announced a limited-time offer that increases the data for its Mobile Share Value plans. Beginning today, AT&T is doubling the data included in the plans starting at the 15GB level. Where a 30GB plan was previously $225 a month, AT&T is now offering it for $130 until October 31....



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12:50
Apple removes Launcher app from App Store for ‘...


An iOS 8 app that allowed users to create custom shortcuts and access them from a Notification Center widget has been removed from the App Store by Apple for what it calls “misuse of widgets,” the developers said in a notice posted on the app’s website.

The app, called Launcher, worked by letting users enter a URL or select an application to be launched when a shortcut was tapped. The shortcuts would then be displayed in Notification Center, allowing quick access to a variety of tasks such as starting a phone or FaceTime call, creating a new text message, email, or iMessage, opening an application, or more.

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12:28
AT&T now offering double data on 15 GB and...

Today AT&T launched a new limited-time offer to new and existing subscribers featuring double data on Mobile Share Value plans 15 GB and up. The offer is good through October 31st, at which point the data buckets will revert to their regular sizes. Subscribers who sign up for the a new line on these plans before October 31st will be able to keep their double data for as long as they want it, even after the offer has expired.

At the new prices, a 30 GB shared data bucket will cost $130 per month, where the same amount of data would normally run for $225, coming out to a total savings of $95 per moth. While the usual offers...

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12:00
My coworkers made me use Mac OS 9 for their (and...

Welcome to 1999, friends! Everyone, buy Apple stock, trust me.

Andrew Cunningham

jonathan: perhaps AndrewC should have to use OS 9 for a day or two ;)

LeeH: omg

LeeH: that's actually a great idea

The above is a lightly edited conversation between Senior Reviews Editor Lee Hutchinson and Automotive Editor Jonathan Gitlin in the Ars staff IRC channel on July 22. Using Mac OS 9 did not initially seem like such a "great idea" to me, however.

I'm not one for misplaced nostalgia; I have fond memories of installing MS-DOS 6.2.2 on some old hand-me-down PC with a 20MB hard drive at the tender age of 11 or 12, but that doesn't mean I'm interested in trying to do it again. I roll with whatever new software companies push out, even if it requires small changes to my workflow. In the long run it's just easier to do that than it is to declare you won't ever upgrade again because someone changed something in a way you didn...

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12:00
iOS 8 How-to: Customize and disable the contacts...

Multitasking dramatically got redesigned with iOS 7. With iOS 8, Multitasking added a shortcut to the people who are most important to you. In this how to, I will discuss customizing the people that appear at the top, using multitasking to contact your important people, as well as disabling it.

By default, the app switcher is designed to display pictures of your contacts in your address book. Chances are most users do not have pictures assigned to their contacts. As you can tell, I am guilty of this.

To add the photos to...

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11:37
Yahoo trims away more fat, three services shutting...

In the last two years, Yahoo has made a large number of changes to its core business, acquiring more than 40 companies to bolster various division of the company or open new areas of business. However, the company also ended more than 60 products in order to refine its vision since coming under the leadership of CEO Marissa Mayer. To that effect, Yahoo states three other products are coming to the end of their lives, as Yahoo Education, Directory and Qwiki will be closing down before 2015....



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10:33
Going big: a review of Apple's new 4.7"...

With its latest 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone models, Apple is for the first time launching two new smartphone form factors simultaneously, broadening the usual upgrade cycle choices beyond storage capacity and color. It also makes deciding that much more difficult.

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09:11
After Consumer Reports flex test, new iPhones “not...

The iPhone 6 Plus has already become scarce.

Megan Geuss

After reports began to surface that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are far more bendable than their predecessors, Consumer Reports promised last week that it would put the new handsets to the test to settle the issue once and for all.

As of Friday evening, the results are in: "Our tests show that both iPhones seem tougher than the Internet fracas implies."

How exactly did the venerable magazine come to that conclusion? Using an Instron compression test machine, the researchers applied a "three-point flexural test... in which the phone is supported at two...

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09:10
Review: Intrepid’s Journeyman – an impressive...

Indiana Jones meets bike messenger meets business briefcase is how I’d describe Intrepid’s $369 Journeyman messenger bag. My carrying case of choice over the past 3 months has been this hybrid satchel/briefcase that you carry like a messenger bag comfortably on your back with a big strap holding it up firmly but comfortably across your chest.

Inside the thick Saddle Leather enclosure held tight by two belt straps is a Herringbone-lined interior fit for the businessperson. It features a padded enclosure for both a 13-inch laptop (MacBook Air in my case) as well as a 10-inch tablet (iPad Air in my case) as well as stow-away pockets for phones, cameras, notebooks, pens/pencils etc. There’s even a hidden slot for a passport (shhh).

Going from “Bike Messenger mode” into business meeting, you swing the pack around to your front where you can unload the contents onto a desk or use the leather handle strap above to go full corporate...

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09:07
MGG 521: Crash Reports (and Hovercrafts) are Full of...

Dave's got both an iPhone 6 and an iPhone 6 Plus, so he and John discuss that, but then it moves quickly on to your questions. Topics include: iOS 8 Family Sharing, syncing photos without PhotoStream, granting read-only access to files on your Mac, how to interpret crash reports, a discussion on Shellshock and more! Download today and enjoy!


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08:35
Apple seemingly preparing for China iPhone 6 launch...


A supposed screenshot of a notice (via TechWeb) sent to Apple retail employees suggests that Apple is readying a China iPhone 6 (and 6 Plus) launch for October 10th. As stated on the Chinese site (translated):

It is important that the person broke new iPhone prototype store shelves will be put on Oct. 7, and should be officially on sale in October 10. A few days ago the Ministry of Industry Minister Miao Wei once said in an interview, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has entered the final stage of the audit, which means the phones will soon be landing in mainland China.

This is shortly after China’s national week-long...

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07:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: More iPhone case goodness

More iPhone case goodness

There’s no end to the veritable deluge of cases for Apple’s newest handsets—and that means a second weekly helping of protective accessories for your favorite smartphone.

Ballistic

The Tough Jacket Maxx (iPhone 6; $50) is designed to protect the most vulnerable parts of your handset.

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07:00
Here's a GIF of the iPhone's evolution...

When you gaze upon the iPhone 6 the machine that lays in front of you barely resembles its great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, the 2G. That difference becomes readily apparent when you see this GIF showcasing the iPhone's evolution over the...

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06:04
iOS 8 setting lays out battery usage by app

How to track your iOS 8 battery usage, app-by-app.

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Saturday September 27

21:53
‘Apps for Health’ section hits App Store following...

Now that Apple is 8.0.2 rolled out and we’re all relatively stable with a Healthkit-enabled OS, Apple is giving us a new section of the App Store for health-related apps. 

Experience an entirely new approach to wellness where your fitness app can talk to your calorie tracker, your doctor can be automatically notified of updates to your health data, and great apps work together for a healthier you. This handpicked collection highlights the best fitness, nutrition, and medical apps customized for iOS 8.

Red prices on pink background?  They must have moved that Maps launch and iOS 8.0.1 guy over to design. ...

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21:15
Readle PDF Expert updated for iOS 8 with iCloud...

PDF Expert is one of those great apps that actually works better than anything on my Mac for editing PDFs.

PDF Expert 5 is a must-have app for anyone who reads, annotates or edits PDF documents on iPad or iPhone. It allows you to mark up documents with highlights and handwriting, insert text and stamps, sign and even merge PDFs. Moreover, PDF Expert is the best choice for filling out PDF forms right on your iPad and iPhone.

Readle just dropped a significant update to its popular PDF Expert document management app for iPad and iPhone. The 5.2 version includes a number of iOS 8 specific updates including iCloud Drive Support, Document Picker access and TouchID support.

All users will see new features Zoom Writing, AirTurn support and Bookmarks improvements.

Full change log:

What’s New in Version 5.2

Meet PDF Expert 5.2!

Amazing new features with a few...

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20:15
We’re giving away $50 MacUpdate Bundles: Toast 12...

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

 

MacUpdate is hitting us with an extremely good $49.99 bundle ending soon. Headlined by Toast Titanium, which is remaking itself as a video editing and transcribing tool that also burns optical media, the bundle for 10 apps costs half of the retail price of Toast 12 alone!

Even if Toast isn’t your Cup o’ Tea, there’s a wide variety of Mac apps which retail for around $500 that will appeal to many:

  • Ember ($49.99 first 8,000 buys only...
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14:44
Apple expected to begin selling iPhone 6 in China on...

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

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13:25
Review: HighPoint RocketStor 6324L Thunderbolt 2 to...

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



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12:49
Briefly: MyFitnessPal's HealthKit update,...

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



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12:42
iOS 8 HealthKit-compatible Apps Hit the App Store

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


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12:01
iOS 8’s MAC randomization requires cellular data...

You know that we love, cherish and respect your privacy here at The PowerPage, right?

Privacy bugs will be interested in reading Apple’s new “Privacy built in” microsite, which extolls the virtues of some of the new privacy features that are baked into iOS 8. While it’s a huge step in the right directions for the consumer (so much so that the FBI is spreading FUD about it), some industry experts are taking issue with one of the new features.

At issue is what Apple calls Randomized Wi-Fi addresses. In reading that section of...

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12:00
iOS 8 How-to: Monitor & track your battery usage

Have you ever wondered how much of your battery is being used? Or have you ever wondered why sometimes when you use certain apps your battery dramatically drains? New in the iOS 8 Settings application is the ability to track battery usage per each app you have installed on your device. This method is very similar to tracking your cellular data usage.

In iOS 7, it shows you how much you used the battery and how long the battery was on standby since the last full charge, but it did not define or describe how that was effected. To monitor and track your battery usage in iOS 8, first go into Settings.

Then tap on General and then Usage...

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12:00
Reviews: RocketStor 6324L Thunderbolt 2 eSATA bridge

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



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11:57
No path back: Apple stops signing iOS 7.1.2

In recent days we’ve offered advice that if you plan to revert from iOS 8 to iOS 7, you do so in a hurry as Apple stops authorizing earlier versions of iOS days after it releases a major update. If you didn’t follow that advice, you’re too late.

As of Saturday, the steps necessary to revert your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch no longer work. Instead of iTunes restoring your device, you see a message like the one above—your device can not be restored because it’s not eligible for the requested build. This is iTunes way of telling you that Apple has closed the door and is no longer signing any version of iOS 7.

To read this article in full or to leave...

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11:08
SyncTwoFolders 2.0.5 - Syncs two user-specified...

SyncTwoFolders simply synchronizes two folders. It supports synchronization across mounted network drives and it is a possibility to run a simulation showing in a log what will be done.

Please visit author's website for other version (Carbon or Cocoa) and old versions (PPC, previous systems, etc.).



Version 2.0.5:

  • Build with Xojo2014r2.1.
  • Build for Lion 10.7 or later.
  • Internal change for CancelClose.
  • Snow Leopard version (build with RS2013r3.3) and Leopard version (build with RS2012r2.1).



OS X 10.7 or later

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11:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: The latest Otterbox and...

Bend no more

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases is all about Apple’s latest models, with plenty of protection for all tastes—and screen sizes.

BodyGuardz

The ScreenGuardz HD Impact (iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; $30) is a screen protector that prevents damage from impact with its multi-layer shock absorption technology.

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10:52
Apple Invents Break & Shock Resistant Sapphire...

The newly revealed Sport Collection of the Apple Watch that is coming to market in 2015 will be using a new kind of cover glass called Ion-X glass which has been patently strengthened. This strengthening process was first uncovered by Patently Apple in an August report covering this patent pending invention. This week, another patent pending invention came to light in Europe about strengthening sapphire glass for larger cover display glass that Apple may use for future iDevices such as the iPhone and iPad.

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09:40
Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As...

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

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09:15
Consumer Reports bend tests show the iPhone 6 Plus...

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

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09:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Warhammer Quest [iOS...

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08:52
Gadget Ogling: Smart Wine, Wooly Sound and a Clever...


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

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08:50
Berlin, Hamburg issue new shutdown orders for Uber...

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



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08:04
FinderPop 2.5.7 - Classic Mac utility, now a...

FinderPop is a Universal preference pane that extends OS X's contextual menus using a FinderPop Items folder much as the Apple Menu Items folder used to do for the Apple menu.

It has other features too:

  • Control-free popup in the Finder - handy for those with one-button mice.
  • A launcher that takes up zero screen real estate, merely a click on any blank area of menubar away,
  • A handy filesystem browser, allowing quick and easy access to files and disks in the Finder,
  • A Processes menu (Command-click a blank menubar area.)
  • Fast access to 'Where's that dratted file I had on the Desktop?' (Shift-Click a blank menubar area.)
  • A comprehensive collection of vaguely beer-related aphorisms in the Aboutbox.

Please use the FinderPop Help button in the preference pane; there are many features in FP that are not immediately obvious. I'm working on it :-) The FAQ in the Help is also worth a read. Most...

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08:00
Consumer Reports puts iPhone 6 and 6 Plus through...

Consumer Reports:

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

Much ado about nothing.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:52
BendGate backfires

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

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:37
New Consumer Reports Testing Video Proves Unboxed...

Yesterday we reported that Apple went out of their way to show the world the extensive stress testing that they did for the iPhone 6 Plus by inviting a CNBC crew in to film the testing process the phones underwent before giving Foxconn the go ahead to start producing the iPhone 6 Plus. Now an independent test has been published by Consumer Reports as noted in our video above. The iPhone 6 Plus actually fared much better than the 4.7 inch iPhone which proves that the Unboxed Therapy video was a fraud or publicity stunt.

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07:25
VueScan 9.4.45 - Scanner software with advanced...

VueScan is a scanning program that works with most high-quality flatbed and film scanners to produce scans that have excellent color fidelity and color balance. VueScan is easy to use, and has advanced features for restoring faded colors, batch scanning and other features used by professional photographers.

Why should you use VueScan?

  • Easy to use - just run VueScan, press Preview, adjust the cropping, then press Scan.
  • Accurate colors - uses ICC profiles and IT8 calibration.
  • Powerful - dozens of advanced options.
  • Faster workflow - can edit one image while the next image is being scanned (most scanner software won't let you work with one image while another is being scanned).
  • Simple to install - installing VueScan changes nothing on your system, installs nothing in your operating system and all other scanner software will continue to function.
  • Award winning - 2002 "Best Utility", Mac Addict Magazine....

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07:00
Dog Days of Summer: Pluto, in the flesh and in...

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

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06:30
Use slow-motion video to improve your game with...

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

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06:14
Adapting to change: a review of Apple's larger...

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

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06:09
Should you update your iPhone 4S to iOS 8? This...

A few weeks ago we warned that iOS might be a little rough for iPhone 4S owners. Apple’s trailing edge iPhones always hobble a bit on the latest iOS release and test results on iOS 8 showed significant lag.

However, the video above sent in by a tipster shows that in everyday usage, the lag isn’t so bad when going from iOS 7.1.2 to 8.0.2 (most pronounced in App Store). Perhaps that point update released this week, besides fixing bugs, also included optimizations for the older phones.

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05:30
Mind the Buzz is fun trivia game with emphasis on...

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

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05:25
Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock"...

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

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Friday September 26

23:21
After Apple Inc. dodged the iPhone 6 Plus BendGate...

Bloggers who invent and inflate "controversies" and "scandals" for Apple are increasingly achieving the opposite of what they are setting out to do.

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21:21
Secret developers launch new notification-focused...


The developers behind the controversial Secret social app have launched another piece of iOS software today. The new app is called Ping and its entire purpose is to send you notifications when certain events happen. It’s essentially like an automated version of Yo.

When you first launch Ping, you’ll be presented with a screen that allows you to choose what topics you want to be notified...

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20:30
Music I Write Code To
20:30
Consumer Reports: iPhone 6 'bending'...

Adding to new suspicions that some of the "iPhone 6 Plus easily bends" videos appearing on the web may have been staged, Consumer Reports has now weighed in with the results of its own independent testing that largely refutes the claims that the phones can bend easily. After testing both models of new iPhone, as well as some other smartphones and phablets, the lab found that while the new iPhones were indeed less resilient than the iPhone 5 or Samsung's Galaxy Note 3, the HTC One (M8) is actually the most prone to deformation....



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19:05
Consumer Reports test shows iPhone 6 Plus less...

Adding its voice to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus "Bendgate" debate, Consumer Reports on Friday released results of a scientific test showing the handsets may not be as "bendy" as some claim.

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18:55
Macs mostly safe from Bash vulnerability, but be...

TidBITS:

The disclosure this week of a major bug in a common Unix tool set of an earthquake in the security community. Not only was nearly every version of Unix vulnerable, including Linux and OS X, but most of the initial patches are not completely effective at blocking the hole. It’s a near-worst-case scenario where we have a piece of software on nearly every non-Windows server on the Internet — and plenty of personal computers (thanks to Apple’s market growth) — that is vulnerable to multiple kinds of remote attacks, all capable of completely taking over the system, with no way to completely stop it.

Despite the severity, a combination of Apple’s design decisions and how we use Macs dramatically reduces the risk, but you still need to be careful and ready to patch.

While we got a statement from Apple earlier today, I always feel better when Rich Mogull weighs in on any matters Mac security related.

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18:41
Consumer Reports puts ‘bendgate’ to bed, finds...

Consumer Reports released a new video today taking on claims of overly-flexible iPhones that have appeared online recently. Apple noted that only a handful of complaints have come in and gave journalists a...

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18:21
Consumer Reports: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Not As...

Just a day after Apple issued its first statement regarding the ongoing complaints that the iPhone 6 Plus bends in user pockets, Consumer Reports has released its test results for how "bendable" Apple's new phones are. In summary, the results show that the new phones are far stronger than what some testimonies have suggested in the past few days.

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To test the phones, Consumer Reports put them through the "three-point flexural test", which has the phone supported at two ends and has pressure applied at a third point, alongside competitors like the HTC One (m8), Samsung Galaxy Note 3, LG G3 and iPhone 5.
Consumer Reports' tests pushed the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus...

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18:03
The Power of Linux (Almost) Everywhere


Linux -- the free open source operating system for enterprise, small business and home computing use -- is not used everywhere yet. However, its user base crosses nearly every industry. Linux is in many places today. It's in consumer products like TVs and computer networking gear. Linux drives services that users do not even know run Linux. Think in terms of servers, Big Data farms and cloud storage facilities. The analytics and Big Data marketplaces host and run platforms and applications on top of Linux in data centers and in the cloud.

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18:00
Analysts raising price targets for AAPL on sales...

After falling four percent on Thursday, Apple's stock closed out the week by bouncing back and regaining more than half the drop as Wall Street reacted positively to the company's refutation of the "bending" controversy. Some new questions are being raised about the original video that started the kerfuffle, as careful observation reveals that the video was edited (and the reported noted in the video that his iPhone 6 was already slightly bent before demonstrating the flaw). Investment firms Stifel Nicolaus and BMO Capital Markets have both raised their target prices for AAPL....



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16:32
Racing Game ‘GRID 2 Reloaded Edition for Mac’...

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


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16:30
Get ahead of the curve with Cheating Tom

Cheating Tom is a platform game where you select an avatar - either Tom or Tammy - and the goal is to graduate each level of grade school without ever learning anything or opening a book yourself. The avatar must get out of their seat and copy off of...

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16:00
Slices of Apple episode 7: Real Artists Ship

This week's episode is the first of the second "chapter" in Slices of Apple. Previous episodes laid the groundwork for what comes next: The second Steve Jobs era at Apple. Specifically:

Episode one provided context for the innovative atmosphere...

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15:45
You Should Play: Dark platformer Oscura: Second...

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.

Everybody loves platformers. But it’s difficult to find a good platformer that isn’t just a copycat of a classic favorite. Oscura: Second Shadow is clearly inspired by old-school platformer games, but it’s also clearly unique.

Oscura: Second Shadow is actually a sequel, but the storyline isn’t all that important. You certainly don’t need to have played the first game to enjoy or understand this one. (The first installment, Oscura, costs $1.29 on the App Store, in case you were interested.)

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15:44
Now Batting for the Yankees, Number 2

It felt like fall, not summer, last night in the northeast. Chilly and damp, dark already by the time the ballgame started just after seven o’clock. Yankee Stadium was sold out. Full house. Electric with anticipation.

For the last 20 years, a game like this — this weather, this place, this team, this crowd, this autumn smell in the air — meant one thing: postseason playoff baseball. Not this game though. Not this year. The Yankees had been eliminated from postseason contention the night before. The electricity came from the fact that this would be Derek Jeter’s last-ever home game. Remarkably, it would be the first and only home game he would ever play, in a 20-year career, where the Yankees had been eliminated from postseason contention. They call such games “meaningless games”, and Derek Jeter had never played one in Yankee Stadium.

And in a sense, it feels like he never did play a meaningless home game, because with the emotions, the crowd, the palpable sense of...

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15:43
More details on how iOS 8’s MAC address...

A few days ago Apple published a new privacy page on its website that detailed the various measures it has put in place to protect Mac and iOS users’ personal data. One of those features, which is new in iOS 8, is the automatic randomization of MAC addresses when the device is searching for a Wi-Fi network. This makes it much more difficult to track a device by seeing which Wi-Fi networks have spotted its unique identifier.

A new two-part study by AirTight Networks into how well...

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15:26
iRig Pads, a Portable MIDI Groove Controller for iOS...

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

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15:20
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Equipped With Two Accelerometers...

Apple has opted to equip the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus with two separate accelerometers, as discovered in Chipworks' comprehensive iPhone 6 and 6 Plus teardown. There's a three-axis Bosch BMA280 accelerometer and what Chipworks believes is a MPU-6700 six-axis accelerometer from InvenSense.

According to Chipworks, Apple may have decided to incorporate two accelerometers into the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to both minimize power consumption and "improve the overall user experience."

The InvenSense accelerometer has a range of functions, allowing it to operate in several different modes, but it can draw more power than the Bosch accelerometer due to its higher sensitivity. The maximum sensitivity...

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15:13
Review: 5 inexpensive pocketable Bluetooth speakers...

We’ve long held that the extra cost of high end Bluetooth speakers from Bose, Ultimate Ears, JBL and Cambridge Audio Minx (all pictured above top row) were well worth the extra money even at prices up near $200 and beyond. But the fact is that not everyone wants to spend a lot of money on a Bluetooth speaker, and portability and ruggedness are often priorities over pure sound. For those people, we went on a...

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15:06
FBI Director Comey Gives Apple and Google a Tongue-...


FBI Director James Comey on Thursday strongly criticized Apple and Google for hardening information stored in smartphones by encrypting data, making it inaccessible to law enforcement even with a court order. The FBI has had conversations with both Apple and Google over the encryption features, Comey told reporters at a media session in Washington, D.C., although he personally was not involved in those talks. The talks are ongoing, with the FBI aiming to get a better understanding of the companies' points of view.

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15:00
Hive73 Mac Pro Deck: A great way to organize your...

I feel sorry for the Mac Pro. Here it is, the shining example of Apple's technological prowess, and the poor thing doesn't get much love from accessory manufacturers. Well, at least one company has come out with something to keep your Mac Pro from...

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14:44
Apple stops iOS 7.1.2 code signing, restricts...

After rolling out two point updates for iOS 8 earlier this week, Apple on Friday stopped signing iOS 7.1.2 firmware, meaning users who migrated to the new mobile operating system no longer have the option of downgrading.

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14:34
Macs Mostly Safe from Bash Vulnerability, but Be...

Although all Macs are vulnerable to the Bash shell vulnerability disclosed this week, they are highly unlikely to be exploited. Security Editor Rich Mogull tells you why.

 

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14:32
Friday Deals: wireless trackball, 55-inch TV, game...

Its finally Friday! This afternoon, like every Friday afternoon, we're going to take a look at sales, and bring you what we think are some of the best deals on prime apps, gadgets, and peripherals for you, the discriminating MacNN and Electronista reader. All prices are verified at the time of publication, but any sales may not be valid if you're reading a few days down the line. Check pricing before you click buy. We do add deals over the weekend, so keep checking!...



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14:30
Track your bicycle trips with BikeTool

If you ride in bicycle races, as a form of exercise of just enjoy a leisurely ride on your bicycle, BikeTool would be worth your investigation. The free and ad-free universal app runs on iOS 6.0 or later and is a trip computer and logger that...

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14:29
Apple no longer signing iOS 7.1.2, preventing...

Apple has officially stopping signing iOS 7.1.2, reports say. The move means that people who already have iOS 8 installed won't be able to downgrade. The v7.1.2 firmware can still be downloaded by iPhone 4 owners, however, since their devices are incompatible with iOS 8....



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14:24
Forums: iOS 8.0.2 update fixes some reported issues

Today in the MacNN forums, members begin to discuss the first update to iOS 8, some report no problems as of yet, others are stating there are some things missing such as recent pics. One Junior Member was trying to figure out why it was that every time they used "Find My iPhone" on the iPhone 6, it erased all their music....



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14:15
The Week in iOS Apps: A $15 to-do list manager, an...

Now we're cooking!

This week's roster of new and updated iOS apps includes access to 15,000 great recipes from the New York Times' food archives. Plus, apps for golfers, gamers, and note-takers.

2014 Ryder Cup

If you’re a golf fan and want to follow the action at this weekend’s Ryder Cup, you’ll need this app for iPhone and iPad. It features free access to live streaming video and radio coverage; detailed hole-by-hole updates; a selection of video highlights; and offers customizable alerts for players, scores, or breaking news.

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14:13
MLB At Bat app will for the first time live stream...

The MLB.com At Bat app was updated today alongside a couple notable announcements including the league’s plan to live stream every World Series game and select Postseason games to all of its MLB.TV Premium subscribers through the app. The 2014 World Series is set to kick off on October 21. 

The release notes add that the app will now also offer “Live Postseason coverage for every game through the 2014 World Series” and a Postseason.TV feature with “Live companion coverage featuring up to 10 alternate camera angles for the AL Wild Card, AL Division Series and AL Championship Series (TBS broadcasts only).”

The update MLB.com At Bat app is available in the App Store now for iPhone and iPad. Regular $129 for the full year, an MLB.TV Premium...

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14:11
External Link: The Place iPhones Go to Die

In response to claims that the iPhone 6 bends in pants pockets, Apple gave The Verge a rare look at the facility where it stress tests new iPhone models. Apple tested 30,000 iPhones before release, including a special test that simulates pressure inside a pants pocket. Apple claims that out of over 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models sold so far, there have only been nine complaints about bent phones.

 

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14:10
You’ve got Office on your homepage

Today’s post was written by Matt Gauthier, senior program manager with the Office Online team.

You can now start Microsoft Office Online from Bing, as well as from the exciting new MSN, which you can now preview. So no matter what homepage you prefer—your Office documents are always just one click away.

If you haven’t heard about Office Online– it is Microsoft’s take on Google Docs. Office Online includes a version of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote that work in your browser without having to install anything. Just visit office.com and start working. All your documents are stored in your personal OneDrive cloud storage so you can access them using any computer. Both...

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14:03
Apple Pay Roundup: Everything We Know, Coming in...

Apple Pay is Apple's new mobile payments service, which it first debuted in September alongside the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, and the Apple Watch. Apple Pay is expected to become widely available to consumers beginning in October, and ahead of its official release, we've gathered everything that's currently known about the service into a roundup so users can get an idea of what to expect.

With Apple Pay, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners will be able to make payments for goods and services with their iPhones, both in stores and within participating apps, using the NFC chip built into the devices. While Apple Pay will initially be restricted to iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners, iPhone 5, 5c, and 5s users will also be able to take advantage of the service if they purchase an Apple Watch after it is released.

Apple has described Apple Pay as the most secure payment solution available, as it uses Device Account Numbers...

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14:02
HealthKit support added to WebMD, Carrot Fit, Yummly...

In addition to FitPort and MyFitnessPal, a few more app updates with HealthKit support have become available on the App Store. These updates allow you to share health and fitness data with Apple’s new Health app on iOS 8 now that Apple has enabled HealthKit with the release of iOS 8.0.2 after issues in iOS 8.0 and iOS 8.0.1....

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13:48
Last Chance for The Productive Design Mac Bundle: $...

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


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13:40
Grading Apple’s Snafus: Which Ones Are Major, Which...

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


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13:30
Dead Giveaway finishes dead last

With the Halloween season rapidly approaching, a game featuring zombies just might be seasonally apropos. Dead Giveaway is a free game (with in-app purchases) for iOS 6 or later, universally available but optimized for iPhone 5. Initially, I didn't...

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13:30
News: iLounge Weekly coming Monday, sign up now

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

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13:24
News: Apps of the Week: OmniFocus 2 for iPad,...

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

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13:16
Apple deals: current-gen. refurbished Mac Pros now...

Finally on the refurbished shelf at Apple's online store are current-generation Mac Pro models. Starting at $2,549, after a $290 discount, is the Mac Pro with a 3.7GHz Intel quad-core Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM, 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage and dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics. Priced at $4,919 is the refurbished Mac Pro with a 3.5GHz Intel 6-core Xeon E5 processor, 32GB of RAM, 1TB of PCIe-based flash storage and dual AMD FirePro D700 graphics processors....



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13:12
DealNN: MBP, refurbished Mac Pro and more

At B&H this week they have cut the price on the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Reina display down from $1,379 to $1,279. That discount makes this the lowest price we have seen on this MBP configuration by about $90. Free shipping is included along with a free copy of LoJack or Parallels. Also save $40 on a Canon Pixma wireless inkjet printer, and $50 on a Timbuk2 commute laptop messenger bag. This MacBook Pro features a 2.4GHz Intel core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage. Included is a one year warranty on parts and labor from Apple....



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13:00
Camera+ 6.0 introduces manual controls and more to...

Camera+ 6.0 is here, introducing manual controls and improved macro and white balance options to make the best iOS camera app even better. The stars of the update are the new manual controls which allow you to quickly adjust focus and exposure on the...

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12:50
iOS 8 Roundup: The best weather widgets for...

When Apple introduced iOS 7 with an overhauled design for the iPhone and iPad software, it replaced the weather widget showing current temperature and weekly forecast introduced with iOS 5 with a text summary of the day’s weather conditions. This weather summary includes an icon for the current weather condition as well as a text description like ‘mostly cloudy’, but it tends to give you the high and low temperatures of the day and not the current temperature like Apple’s former weather widget.

Luckily, iOS 8 allows developers to create third-party widgets including – you guessed it – weather widgets with current temperature...

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12:48
Review: Worried about iPhone 6/6 Plus bending in...

This holster case from Toronto-based LD West seems completely ridiculous at first glance, but it starts to make a lot more sense when you realize your oversized iPhone 6 or 6 Plus might no longer fit in your pants pocket. Strapping my phone to my side with what looks like an over-the-shoulder gun holster doesn’t exactly vibe with my usually minimalistic approach to iPhone cases. But it turns out the product is much more than just the gimmick I thought it was.

It’s not the first iPhone case that lets you go hands-free without everyone seeing a huge bulge in your pants, but you probably won’t want to wear one of...

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12:31
How-To: How to check and manage battery usage under...

Ok, this is nifty.

Or at least it’ll make Thanksgiving encounters with your relatives wherein they show you their iPhone, ask why it’s only getting 90 minutes of battery life and you point out the 67 open applications while wondering how you’re related to these people a bit easier.

Per AppleInsider, a new new battery tracking feature can be found in iOS 8 by opening the Settings application and navigating to General, Usage, Battery Usage. The list will take a second to populate before displaying a list of apps and how much energy they are consumed.

Apps can be listed in terms of battery usage over the last 24 hours, and over the last week. The percentages displayed show the proportion of battery used by each application when the iPhone...

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12:30
Keep on trucking with RGB Express

Cute colorful miniature trucks need help navigating on their mission to pick up and deliver the correct blocks to houses in RGB Express. Players draw a line with their finger to direct where the trucks will go in this fascinating puzzle game. It is...

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12:15
Daily Deals for September 26, 2014, featuring...

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

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

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12:11
CarPlay Patent Surfaces in Europe Detailing Multiple...

A new patent application from Apple was published today in Europe. Apple's 120-page document which includes 54 detailed graphics describes how Apple's Mapping App will be able to function in varying types of vehicle infotainment systems. The system will also be able to function plugging an iPhone or iPad into a vehicle's dashboard display and function with touchscreens and non-touchscreen systems. The Mapping App ...

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12:11
Mac: TransGaming Metal Gear Rising - Revengeance

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

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12:01
Apple outlines iPhone 6, 6 Plus bend test process

History will decide if the bent iPhone 6 Plus scandal will be termed “Bendgate” or “Bendygate” or something else, but one thing’s for certain: Apple’s come up with a reply to it.

Per Macworld and The Verge, the company has stated that only nine users have...

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12:00
Office 365 news round-up

The updates and improvements we’ve made to Office 365 over the past two weeks offer something for everyone – from students to partners to business professionals.

We started rolling out the first phase of Groups in Office 365, which provides a level of collaboration and information sharing that can help any organization work like a network, and we explained how we’re raising the bar on visibility in Office 365 and giving you more control of your organization’s data. We also launched a new Office 365 home page to make it even easier for you to access all of the services that Office 365 provides.

We started a new program that lets students sign up for free...

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12:00
More iPhone apps ready for iOS 8

We've been keeping tabs on the latest iOS 8-ready apps, and here's one more roundup. Let's get to it.

Twitterrific, the venerable Twitter client for iOS, has been updated to version 5.7.6. Changes include support for the iPassword extension in its...

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11:49
News: Report: iOS 8 anti-tracking features more...

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

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11:48
iOS 8 tells you what app is draining your iPhone...

Users curious about what's draining their iPhone or iPad battery can now see exactly where that precious electricity is being consumed, thanks to a new battery usage feature found in iOS 8.

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11:32
Four days with the iPhone 6

My colleague Steve Sande gave a nice account of his first few days with his iPhone 6 Plus, so I thought I'd share my reactions to the iPhone 6. This isn't a technical review. We've already had some deep dives into the camera and other hardware...

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11:14
MyFitnessPal updated w/ HealthKit support for...




MyFitnessPal, an app focused on helping you track your diet habits and caloric intake, has released a new version today with support for HealthKit and Apple’s new Health app on iOS 8. The new version allows users to interface three types of data with Apple’s Health app and other HealthKit-enabled apps: meal summaries, weight syncing, and workout data from exercises. Specifically, MyFitnessPal can share meal data you add to the app with other HealthKit apps while weight and workout data can be shared back...

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11:06
After iOS 8.0.2, Apple gives HealthKit apps the...

A bug in the final release version of iOS 8 prompted Apple to remove HealthKit-enabled apps from the App Store, but the problem has been fixed in a new update and HealthKit is once again free to roam Apple's virtual shelves.

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11:00
iPodfather Tony Fadell laments the discontinuation...

Apple two weeks ago unceremoniously killed the iPod Classic, the last vestige of Apple's iPod glory days. While the iPod shuffle, nano, and touch all remain, the form factor that became synonymous with the digital music revolution is decidedly...

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10:53
iOS 8.0.2 still causing problems for some users

Although iOS 8.0.2 appears to have solved the bulk of problems with v8.0.1, some people are still encountering issues with disabled cellular service and Touch ID. Many of the complaints appear to stem from Australia, but it's not clear whether the problems are actually regionally-based. Some users are also complaining about Wi-Fi going missing, but that was an issue touched off by v8.0 and tends to manifest occasionally in Apple firmware updates....



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10:46
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-26

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


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10:18
News: Video Review: Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6...

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

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10:07
iPhone trade in at Amazon hits two per minute, sell...

Apple has finally released the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and that means tons of new buyers are now becoming sellers—of their old phones. While it probably would have been best to sell that device a month ago to maximize its value, some people just didn’t have that luxury. The good news, though, is that many merchants are still offering very decent trade in values. My good condition 16 GB iPhone 5 falls between $150 and $200 depending on where I look.

One of those merchants is Amazon, which is claiming values...

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10:00
Another big iPhone 6 case review roundup and giveaway

This is getting bad.

So many iPhone 6 cases have come into my office lately that it's beginning to look like a case warehouse. Rather than treat you to a never-ending series of individual reviews, I thought it would be a better idea to just go...

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09:53
How to customize, hide or remove QuickType...

Apple has flaunted iOS's software keyboard since the original iPhone, but the now-familiar input device saw scarce upgrades until iOS 8 added a new QuickType predictive suggestion bar. AppleInsider takes a look at how users can make the most of the new -- and some old --?features.

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09:23
Security Collapse In the HTTPS Market

CowboyRobot writes: HTTPS has evolved into the de facto standard for secure Web browsing. Through the certificate-based authentication protocol, Web services and Internet users first authenticate one another ("shake hands") using a TLS/SSL certificate, encrypt Web communications end-to-end, and show a padlock in the browser to signal that a communication is secure. In recent years, HTTPS has become an essential technology to protect social, political, and economic activities online. At the same time, widely reported security incidents (such as DigiNotar's breach, Apple's #gotofail, and OpenSSL's Heartbleed) have exposed systemic security vulnerabilities of HTTPS to a global audience. The Edward Snowden revelations (notably around operation BULLRUN, MUSCULAR, and the lesser-known FLYING PIG program to query certificate metadata on a dragnet scale) have driven the point home that HTTPS is both a major target of government hacking and eavesdropping, as well as an effective measure...

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09:23
Daily Deal: Get LithiumCard, The Wallet Sized...

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

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09:12
HealthKit apps begin appearing on App Store

Following the release of iOS 8.0.2, HealthKit-enabled apps are beginning to reach the App Store. One of the first is noted to be FitPort, a dashboard that serves as an alternative to iOS 8's own Health app. HealthKit was supposed to premiere alongside iOS 8.0, but Apple briefly delayed it citing bugs....



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09:02
Viking Saga: New World released for the Mac

Realore (http://realore.com) has released the second installment of its resource-management series Viking Saga on the Mac.

Viking Saga: New World follows up the events that took place in the first game. Prosperous kingdom of Viking King Ingolf is in grave danger because of the horrible plague. The game features a variety of level goals and several mini-games to freshen-up the resource-management aspect of the game.

Viking Saga: New World requires Mac OS X OS X 10.7 or later. It's free and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Games category.

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09:01
∞ Apple’s statement on the UNIX Bash vulnerability

Apple provided me with the following statement today:

“The vast majority of OS X users are not at risk to recently reported bash vulnerabilities. Bash, a UNIX command shell and language included in OS X, has a weakness that could allow unauthorized users to remotely gain control of vulnerable systems. With OS X, systems are safe by default and not exposed to remote exploits of bash unless users configure advanced UNIX services. We are working to quickly provide a software update for our advanced UNIX users.”

Clearly, most users do not use the advanced UNIX services.

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09:01
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iOttie iPhone 6 car mount $18...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

iOttie Easy One Touch 2 smartphone car mount (works w/ iPhone 6/6 Plus): $18 Prime shipped (Reg. $30)

Anker Astro 15000mAh Dual USB Portable Charger $33 Prime...

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09:00
Conan's #bendgate parody is pretty much perfect

All the needless outrage over the iPhone 6's supposed tendency to bend when you sit on it with your entire weight has finally reached the late night talk show circuit courtesy of Conan. The comedian even went so far as to produce a parody of a...

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09:00
Apple says most Mac users are safe from '...

Yes, recent versions of Mac OS X are vulnerable to the critical “Shellshock” Bash bug revealed earlier this week, including OS X Mavericks—but don’t sweat it unless you’re doing ninja-level Unix tricks with shell commands already.

That comes straight from Apple, which provided iMore with the following comment on the Shellshock bug:

“The vast majority of OS X users are not at risk to recently reported bash vulnerabilities… With OS X, systems are safe by default and not exposed to remote exploits of bash unless users configure advanced UNIX services. We are working to quickly provide a software update for our advanced UNIX users.”

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08:50
iPhone Mania Hits Taiwan, Expects to Sell 1 Million...

Last week the iPhone 6 went on sale and racked up sales north of 10 million units. One week later and the mania has begun anew in Taiwan today with long lineups once again.

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08:40
Apple puts iPhones through the wringer to prove #...

Only nine people complained to Apple about the

iPhone 6 Plus bending in their pockets
, but that’s not going to stop the Internet from joking about #Bendgate. So the company is trying to manage its PR crisis by opening the doors to its super
secret testing facility. Yes, Apple puts its new phones through the ol’ sit-down test.

About 15,000 iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units were tested before the devices began shipping last week. That’s a drop in the bucket compared to the more than 10
million phones Apple has sold so far, but the sample devices were run through various scenarios that they might endure day-to-day. Then they were tortured.

To read this...

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08:26
Audio Testing Confirms iPhone 6 Not Yet Capable of...

Earlier this year, Apple was rumored to be adding support for high-definition audio playback in iOS 8 and shipping new EarPods with the iPhone 6 in order to support this 24bit/96kHz standard. Apple ultimately made no such announcements for iOS 8 or the iPhone 6, and Mashable has now confirmed with some testing that Apple's latest iPhone 6 does not currently support high definition audio playback.

With the help of audio testing expert David Ranada, Mashable tested several sample .wav files encoded at a 96kHz sampling rate with 24 bits per sample. The tracks were played using third-party apps such as Onkyo's HF music player and recordings were made through the headphone jack to determine the quality of the audio output.

The results show that iPhone 6 does not yet support HD audio playback, even though the...

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08:24
Person responsible for iOS 8.0.1 debacle also linked...

A quality assurance manager responsible for this week's botched iOS 8.0.1 release was also in charge of QA for iOS 6 Maps, sources tell Bloomberg. The man is identified as Josh Williams, who is said to have been removed from the Maps team after the app gave people bad directions and/or mislabeled important scenery. He has however been with Apple since 2000, and has been handling quality issues for iOS since the early days of the iPhone....



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08:17
Apps: Calibre, Beamer, Boom
08:06
Bent iPhone 6 Plus? There’s a Replacement for That

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

The Mac Observer Spin: Of course Apple is replacing bent iPhones. That's the right thing, and the smart thing, to do.


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08:00
The first HealthKit compatible app is FitPort,...

After the seemingly last-second decision to delay HealthKit app support -- which was originally intended to launch alongside iOS 8 -- Apple's iOS 8.0.2 update has officially opened the App Store doors for third parties looking to tap into the new...

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07:47
News: Report: Same manager in charge of iOS 8.0.1...

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

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07:31
Conan O’Brien joins in on the bent iPhone 6 ribbing...

Apple’s new iPhones have sold quite well, but their launch hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing. From hardware issues to botched software, the Cupertino-based software giant has had a lot on its plate over the past few days and of course critics have been quite vocal about the company’s recent challenges. Recently, late night TV funny man Conan O’Brien joined in on the Apple ribbing by putting together a bogus Samsung ad that offers a solution to troubled iPhone owners.

While Samsung most likely didn’t have anything to do with this gag, we’re pretty sure the company has no issues with mainstream media poking fun at its biggest competitor and with well...

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07:29
LibreOffice 4.3.2.2 - Free Open Source office suite...

LibreOffice is an office suite (word processor, spreadsheet, presentations, drawing tool) compatible with other major office suites. The Document Foundation is coordinating development and maintenance of this OpenOffice.org fork.

Many different language versions are available here.



Version 4.3.2.2:

  • This release is is bit-identical to 4.3.2 Release Candidate 2 -- you don't need to download or reinstall if you have that version already
  • This version still contains a few annoying bugs, as listed here.
  • quickstarter on windows has been removed



  • OS X 10.8 or later
  • Intel32 version for OS X 10.6 or later under Download link in links bar



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07:29
BMO sees Apple selling 189M iPhones & 12M...

With high hopes for the newly released iPhone 6, BMO Capital Markets has increased its price target for Apple stock to $110 with a recommendation that investors buy in ahead of a big 2015.

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07:28
Apple working on “Shellshock” fix, says most users...

Apple has responded to concerns about “Shellshock,” a pair of vulnerabilities in versions of the GNU Bourne-Again Shell (bash), issuing a statement that the company is “working to quickly provide a fix” to the vulnerability. However, a company spokesperson said that most Mac OS X users have nothing to fear.

“The vast majority of OS X users are not at risk to recently reported bash vulnerabilities,” an Apple spokesperson said in a statement to the Apple-focused site iMore. “With OS X, systems are safe by default and not exposed to remote exploits of bash unless users configure advanced Unix services.”

Mac OS X uses version 3.2.51.(1) of GNU bash, released in 2007; the current GNU release...

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07:10
880K Creditcards Stolen in TripAdvisor’s Viator Data...

Tripadvisor's Viator service said credit card information for some 880,000 of its users has been compromised in a data breach where customer data for 1.4 million subscribers was taken. Unauthorized charges have been showing up on some subscriber's cards, and Tripadvisor is currently saying it isn't sure how the attackers gained access to the user data.

The Mac Observer Spin: Considering how many online database breaches are happening, maybe companies need to work on finding a better way to manage our creditcards. Alternately, users can turn to apps like 1Password that auto-fill creditcard information so it's stored locally instead of on a remote -- and potentially hackable -- server.


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07:09
Did you hear the FUDDY Joke about the New Bendable...

Although it already seems like weeks ago, it was only Tuesday that we began hearing stories about bending iPhones on MacRumors. Then a YouTube channel known as "Unboxed Therapy," one that is self-described as being one that "bridges the gap between advertising and entertainment," started a firestorm around the globe by showing how easy it was to bend the new iPhone 6 Plus.

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07:00
Fastest way to remove the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus'...

Some iPhone owners can't stand the new protruding camera on the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Not only does it disrupt the flat aesthetics of the phone, it also makes it impossible to lay the phone flat on a desk and type without wobble. If you are...

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06:49
Apple Releases iOS 8.0.2, Gets It Right This Time

The second try is the charm as Apple releases an iOS 8.0.2 update that offers the fixes in iOS 8.0.1 without disabling cellular service or Touch ID.

 

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06:26
Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus Success Now in Developers Hands

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


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06:21
Licensing The Xcode Command Line Tools

Tools that leverage the Xcode Command Line Tools might have a problem if you install the tools without agreeing to the license. Here, you can see IntelliJ complaining about just that:

To agree to the license agreement, you can use xcrun along with the cc verb:

sudo xcrun cc

This is an interactive command line environment so in order to script it you’d need to use expect to feed in the correct parameters.

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06:18
Apple Once Again Allowing HealthKit-Capable Apps in...

Just before the public launch of iOS 8 earlier this month, Apple removed all HealthKit-enabled apps from the iOS App Store due to an last-minute issue with the service. Addressing the issue, Apple promised it was working on a fix with the goal to "have HealthKit apps available by the end of the month". As spotted by 9to5Mac, Apple is now allowing apps with HealthKit features back into the iOS App Store.

One of the first apps to debut with HealthKit today is FitPort [Direct Link], a replacement for the iOS 8 Health app. The fitness dashboard allows users...

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06:18
The Sky Is Droning


The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday gave the green light for six aerial photo and video production companies to begin using unmanned aircraft systems, also known as "drones." To incorporate the devices in film and TV production, the companies will be required to hold private pilot certificates, keep their drones within line of sight at all times, and restrict flights to a so-called sterile area. An inspection of the aircraft will be required before each flight, and nighttime operations will be prohibited.

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06:14
Apple says most customers not vulnerable to '...

Apple on Friday sought to calm OS X users who feared their computers may be at risk from a widespread vulnerability in popular UNIX command interpreter bash -- which is included in Apple's UNIX-based desktop operating system -- saying that most consumers are not at risk, while advanced users will receive a patch in the coming days.

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06:02
calibre 2.4 - Complete e-library management system...

Calibre is a complete e-book library manager.

Organize your collection, convert your books to multiple formats, and sync with all of your devices. Let Calibre be your multi-tasking digital librarian.

Manage, convert, sync, and more

  • Library management. Calibre keeps things orderly by creating single entries for books that contains multiple formats. Add tags and comments for better searchability.
  • Format conversion. Calibre's robust conversion options support a wide variety of file formats.
  • File syncing. Calibre's device drivers seamlessly support all the top e-readers and devices.



Version 2.4:

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06:00
Apple: most users safe from Bash security flaw,...

Red Hat security researchers this week discovered a vulnerability in Bash, a command interpreter or shell that is found in Unix, Linux and OS X. The flaw potentially allows malicious hackers to run arbitrary commands and gain control over a...

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05:46
∞ On iOS 8 and predictive typing

There’s a world of difference between autocorrect and predictive typing. Here’s my take on the huge strides Apple has made with this particular corner of iOS 8.

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05:45
iOS 8: Using (and Disabling!) the New Spotlight...

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


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05:29
Apple posts iOS 8.0.2

Apple has released iOS 8.0.2, an update designed to fix glitches with iOS 8.0.1. According to Apple, iOS 8.0.2:

° Fixes an issue in iOS 8.0.1 that impacted cellular network connectivity and Touch ID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

° Fixes a bug so HealthKit apps can now be made available on the App Store.

° Addresses an issue where 3rd party keyboards could become deselected when a user enters their passcode.

° Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from accessing photos from the Photo Library.

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Apps with HealthKit integration start appearing in...




After a series of botched updates, which meant HealthKit apps could not launch alongside iOS 8’s release, Apple has finally started allowing apps that integrate with the Health app into the App Store. The first of many is FitPort, which acts as a replacement dashboard for Health information, with all data being synced back into the Health database.

On opening the app, the Health permissions screen opens which asks users to individually enable access to health...

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04:37
Mobile audio streaming up more than 35%

Triton Digital (http://tritondigital.com), a technology provider for the audio industry, has unveiled its monthly "Ranker for July 2014," revealing the month’s 20 top streaming audio providers, as well as insights into listening trends. Overall listening continued to rise steadily in July 2014, increasing by more than 20% compared to July 2013.

Streaming audio on mobile devices was the big story this month, with listening increasing by more that 35% compared to the same period last year.

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Post-it note app lets you import physical notes into...

It’s hard to think of anything lower-tech than a Post-it note: you write on a sticky square of paper and slap it onto a physical surface. But 3M has just launched a clever iOS app that allows you to photograph a bunch of Post-it notes, tap on-screen to select the ones you want to keep and then organize them on your iPhone or iPad before outputting to apps like PowerPoint.

The Post-it® Plus App takes the momentum from your collaboration sessions and keeps it rolling. Simply capture your notes, organize and share with everyone. That way your great ideas don’t stop when the meeting ends.

Getting started is easy. Use the app to capture an image of the Post-it® Notes from your work session. Arrange, refine and organize the notes and ideas on your board anyway you see fit. Then share your organized board with your team and send to your favorite applications —including PowerPoint, Excel, Dropbox and plenty more.

The app recognizes any size Post-it note so...

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04:25
Remotix for Mac OS X ready for the upcoming Yosemite...

Nulana LTD has released Remotix 3.0, an update of the remote desktop application for Mac OS X. The upgrade features a new interface optimized for OS X Yosemite and Remotix Cloud technology to access computers from anywhere with zero configuration.

Remotix with support for both VNC and RDP provides remote access to Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and doesn't require any additional software installed. Nearby Macs and PCs can be found with network scanners and automatic Bonjour server discovery. Remotix keeps the clipboard in sync across computers.

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04:20
Recommended Reading: 'Incredible LEGO Technic...

In the hands of masters, the LEGO Technic line of beams, gears, and motors can be used to build striking models of machines and vehicles as sophisticated and sleek as their real-life counterparts—think supercars, semitrucks, Formula 1 racers, tugboats, tractors, and more.

Now, for the first time, a new book from San Francisco-based independent publisher No Starch Press has assembled some of the world's finest LEGO Technic models in "Incredible LEGO Technic" (280 pages, US$29.95). This coffee table-worthy gallery showcases LEGO engineering at its finest.

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04:12
Chronos updates PrintLife for Mac OS X to version 2

Chronos has updated PrintLife, a tool for managing print projects on a Mac, to version 2.

It adds: the ability to create a different design for each label on a page; the ability to create multiple pages of different labels; the ability to copy/paste entire label designs on a page or between pages, 10 new types of labels, 79 templates for new label types; support for new Avery greeting card/envelope stocks; 12 templates for new Avery greeting card/envelope stocks; and much more.

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04:09
DxO Labs iPhone 6 and 6 Plus camera review: Apple...

From the overview page:

Achieving the highest overall DxOMark Mobile score to date of 82 points each, the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus tie in first place wresting the coveted top spot from Samsung S5 and Sony Xperia Z3 /Z2 each with 79 points.

I’m new to the DxO review process. They do a nice range of tests. Note that there are 4 sections to the review, with links to the overview page, imaging results, video, and iPhone vs the competition.

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03:53
The best Notification Center widgets in iOS 8 right...

The feature I’m enjoying the most in iOS 8 is its Notification Center widgets. I was always a little envious of my Android-touting friends who had custom widgets with handy info on one glanceable screen, so I’m thrilled that widgets finally got the iOS treatment. Just a quick swipe down from the top of your iPhone’s screen brings you to a snapshot of all of the need-to-know info from different apps, and you get to pick what widgets show up there.  

Though not all third-party apps are compatible with Notification Center widgets, there are a bunch of outstanding apps that are. Here’s a look at apps that you can install as widgets, right now.

First things first 

Before you download any new apps, take a look at your current Notification Center to see what’s already there. Swipe down from the top of your screen, then tap the Today tab. This is how iOS 8 does widgets—in a uniform, minimalist design that’s easy on the eyes. 

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03:22
Apple will survive its terrible, horrible, no good,...

Apple’s having a tough time. Its annual one-two punch of an iPhone launch plus an iOS upgrade—usually a time for celebration—has been followed this year by a compounding series of embarrassments. Forget that the company sold 10 million phones in three days and moved half of its installed base to a new version of its mobile operating system: it’s still been a rough week for Tim Cook and company.

First, an iOS 8 bug prevented any of the health and fitness apps that were ready to launch with HealthKit integration from hitting the App Store. Health is a major initiative for Apple, so the hiccup was a big one. Then, once the iPhone 6 Plus began shipping, some buyers reported their phones were bending when put under pressure. Now,...

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03:06
Apple turns on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales in 22 more...

From the original press release, here’s the current list of countries:

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK beginning this Friday, September 19 and in more than 20 additional countries beginning on Friday, September 26 including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and United Arab Emirates.

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