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Monday October 6

12:52
Cycloramic figures out how to keep the rounded...

Cycloramic, the app that takes hands-free 360-degree video by using the iPhone’s built-in vibration motors to spin the device, is today arriving for iPhone 6. But with the iPhone 6’s new rounded design (opposed to the flat edges of the iPhone 5 and 5S) the company also had to figure out a way to get it to stand upright on its own.  For that it recommends using the iPhone’s power adaptor that Apple includes in the box, as demoed in the video above released earlier today by the developers.

With the iPhone 6’s rounded edges, it seemed that there was little hope for Cycloramic. However after some trial and error, we realized that...

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12:48
iMac: How to remove or install memory

Learn how to remove or install memory in your iMac computer.

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12:36
MacBook Pro: How to remove or install memory

Learn how to remove or install memory in your MacBook Pro notebook computer.

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12:30
Virgin Mobile updates plans, including $20 a month...

Virgin Mobile has built its user base by offering no-contract smartphone plans for people who don't want to buy a subsidized device. Now they're slashing prices with the assumption that some people don't need data unless they're on a Wi-Fi network....

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12:18
About Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt cable (2.0 m)

Learn more about Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt cable (2.0 m) and find answers to frequently asked questions, including the proper usage of Thunderbolt cables.

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12:15
Walter Isaacson's 'The Innovators'...

More than a decade ago, Walter Isaacson began working on a book to highlight the history of computers and the Internet, but the project was sidelined in early 2009 when he took on the task of writing Steve Jobs' authorized biography. That book, which debuted just weeks after Jobs' death in October 2011, topped best seller charts and revealed a number of interesting details about Jobs and Apple.

Following the publication of Steve Jobs, Isaacson returned to his earlier project of documenting the history of computing, and that work debuts tomorrow as The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution. While Apple and Jobs play relatively minor roles in the book, overall it offers an interesting look at how computers and the Internet developed into what they are today.

Isaacson breaks his book into nearly a dozen different sections, highlighting a number of advancements along the...

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12:05
NYT Now free for a week, 1Password updates for...

A trio of interesting updates hit the App Store recently as the New York Times announced on Monday that it will makes content in its popular NYT Now app available for free this week, 1Password gained native support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and Angry Birds Star Wars II was on the receiving end of a major content update.

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12:00
Apple’s iMessage is the fourth most popular...

Apple’s iMessage is the fourth most popular messaging app, according to new data from the Parks Associates research group. Facebook Messenger, Skype, and SnapChat are ahead of it.

Among messaging app users, 53% use Facebook Messenger, and 45% use Skype,” says Tejas Mehta, research analyst, Parks Associates. “These two apps are dominant in this high-growth area. At the beginning of 2014, 34% of U.S. smartphone owners used a messaging app on a monthly basis. The difficulty, especially for new entrants, is turning user growth into revenues.”

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12:00
Hours is a clean, useful time tracker for iPhone

I've been working from home for a few years now, and even though I'm a telecommuter, I occasionally take a side gig. There are many apps that will let me track by billable hours, including the aptly-named Hours by Tapity (US$4.99). I found Hours to...

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11:55
MGG 522: Sometimes Networks Just Fail

John and Dave start by helping answer your questions about iOS 8 Cookies, Bubbbles, Newsttand and Stocks. Then it's on to answering your questions about using your Mac to translate audio into text, migrating your Mac to a new drive and handling Apple's Customer Relations department. All this and more in this weeks episode. Download today and enjoy!


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11:37
Apple, City of Cupertino release updated photo of...

Apple and the City of Cupertino have issued an updated aerial photo, illustrating the progress of the former's upcoming Campus 2 complex. The image shows advancements in laying foundations and earthwork, part of a phase that that began in the second quarter of the year. Significantly more construction is in store; work on demolition and street utilities won't be finished until the end of 2014....



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11:34
Detailed iPad Air 2 Claims Likely Based on...

Apple is expected to hold an event on Thursday, October 16, where it will unveil the second-generation iPad Air, Retina iMacs, and OS X Yosemite. Ahead of that event, The Michael Report claims to have acquired "pictures and illustrations" of the iPad Air 2 from "sources within Apple," although it has opted not to share such evidence publicly.

While the site goes into significant detail about the iPad Air 2, it appears to be largely aggregating existing rumors about the device, adding little new information. Overall, the site claims the iPad Air 2 will have a slightly thinner body, something that has been claimed in previous reports and perhaps enabled by a new integrated display, as shown in...

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11:30
Geohopper Beacons with iBeacon technology

Geohopper Beacons unite Apple’s iBeacon technology and proximity-based notifications in a single easy-to-use bundle. Using Geohopper 2.0 for iOS, a single tap configures the beacon which then sends notifications to your selected contacts when you enter or exit the beacon location. No additional setup or maintenance is required.

Very cool.

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11:30
uShuttl app aims to replace business cards at high...

uShuttl is a service that wants to replace the business card by enabling business users to send files to customers via a professionally formatted email. It's complete with a company logo, contact information and landing page to download the files....

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11:15
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-06

Apple's synthetic sapphire glass partner, GT Advanced Technologies filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, but that doesn't mean the company is about to go belly up. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to looks at how Apple, the iPhone and the Apple Watch play into GTAT's filing, and they also have something to say about HP's decision to split into two companies.


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11:15
Review: Seidio Dilex Pro with Metal Kickstand for...

While we’ve already seen quite a few cases for iPhone 6 similar to Dilex Pro, this case stands out in a few ways — some good, some bad. The fit isn’t as tight as we’ve seen on similar TPU or rubber/plastic cases, as it seems a bit too easy to pull the sides away from the phone. It’s nice that Seidio has included a kickstand for landscape viewing, and does so without adding bulk. But it’s a bit annoying to have to dig…

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11:09
Apple's iPad beats out Oreo Cookies as Kids...

The iPad is more popular than Oreo Cookies: The introduction of Apple's iPad five years ago forever changed the way kids and families consume entertainment. It's now the #1 brand among children 6-12, according to ...

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11:00
Daily Deals for October 6, 2014, featuring the iRest...

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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10:50
1Password 5.1 released with iPhone 6 support, third-...


1Password, the powerful and popular password manager for iPhone and iPad, has been updated to version 5.1 today, introducing a host of new features and improvements. First on the list is support for the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, with full 3x image support on the Plus model.

Touch ID support has also been significantly improved, with the app’s security settings now simplified to avoid the confusing and unnecessary differentiation between the Master Password and PIN code, and Touch ID is now more reliable. You can also create new tags to add to your stored data, allowing for easier sorting on-the-go.

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10:37
Gmail for iOS updated with support for iPhone 6 and...


Google has updated the Gmail app for iOS with support for the larger displays on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. There don’t seem to be any other unmentioned changes (still no unified inbox), but you won’t have to use the awkward zoomed view when using the app anymore.

You can grab Gmail version 3.1415926 (yes, that’s Pi) for free from the iOS App Store.

What’s New in Version 3.1415926
Support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

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10:36
1Password 4.4.2 - Powerful password manager;...

1Password is a password manager that uniquely brings you both security and convenience. It is the only program that provides anti-phishing protection and goes beyond password management by adding Web form filling and automatic strong password generation. Your confidential information, including passwords, identities, and credit cards, is kept secure using strong encryption.

1Password fully supports major Web browsers, including Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera. All browser extensions share the same encrypted data which means you never need to manually copy your passwords between browsers or from the password manager to a browser ever again!

1Password has received numerous awards, including 5 mice from Macworld magazine, MacLife Editors pick, and was the Pick of Week on MacBreak Weekly by both Leo Laporte and Merlin Mann.

1Password is also available for and syncs with Windows, iOS, and Android.



Version 4.4.2:

  • Fixed...

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10:13
Sapphire supplier GT Advanced files for Chapter 11...

Sapphire supplier GT Advanced has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to a Monday press release. Trading of the company's stock was halted in advance of the announcement, and once resumed caused shares to drop over 90 percent of their value. GT says it will continue to operate while under Chapter 11, but that as of September 29th, it had $85 million in cash....



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10:07
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 6...

Notable software releases this week include Photoshop Elements 13, StuffIt Deluxe 16, and Default Folder X 4.6.9.

 

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10:06
ExtraBITS for 6 October 2014

As Apple pushes into the fashion world with the Apple Watch, Vogue profiles Jony Ive, and smartwatch pioneer Pebble rethinks its strategy. We learn the secret origin of the Fifth Avenue Apple Store, Consumer Reports sees if the iPhone 6 will bend, and an iCloud Drive bug could delete your data.

 

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10:06
The Fast ID Online Alliance Thinks that they have it...

Hope against all hope: Today CrucialTec, one of the world’s leading fingerprint sensor developers, held a promotional event for the Fast IDentification Online Alliance, an international consortium for the standardization of authentication technology, on Monday in Seoul. They believe that they simply have an advantage over Apple's Touch ID. Apparently Apple Pay using Touch ID has freaked out an entire industry who's now falling over themselves to slow down the rush of companies stampeding to get on board's

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10:06
Apps: GraphicConverter, Videobox, VOX
10:03
T-Mobile CEO John Legere says iPhone 6 demand '...

Colorful T-Mobile chief John Legere called demand for Apple's new iPhone 6 "unbelievable" during a recent interview, later hinting that the scrappy fourth-place wireless carrier may have profited from the launch more than any other.

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10:00
Study claims 47% of app downloads come from search...

How do you normally find new app to download? According to data from analytics firm TUNE, you're more likely to find new apps to download in the App Store search results than anywhere else, and the competition isn't even close. The percentage of...

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09:53
GT Advanced, files for bankruptcy

GT Advanced Technologies (www.gtat.com), Apple's partner in a sapphire production facility in Arizona, has together with certain of its direct and indirect subsidiaries (collectively, GT), commenced voluntary cases under chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire.

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09:39
Construction Continues at Apple Campus 2, Foundation...

The City of Cupertino, where Apple is building its spaceship-shaped second campus, has today shared an update on the progress of the campus along with a new aerial photo.

Construction continues at a rapid pace, with workers on site throughout the weekday and weekend. Apple appears to have completed much of the foundation of the main circular building and concrete mixers have been on site for the last several weeks. Much of the construction continues to be hidden from view at street level, but heavy construction equipment is visible.

Traffic around the area of the campus remains congested, as several roads continue to be shut down. Pruneridge Avenue is permanently closed, and there have been several lane reductions on Wolfe Road and Homestead Road, which surround the campus.

Along with a new aerial photo shared by the city, a drone...

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09:30
Apple Sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies...

GT Advanced Technologies, the company Apple tapped to manufacture large quantities of sapphire, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier today.

Over the past year, Apple helped GT Advanced orchestrate the build-out of a brand new sapphire...

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09:26
Apple Sapphire Glass Supplier GT Advanced Files For...

mrspoonsi writes GT Advanced Technologies is filing for bankruptcy. In an announcement on Monday, GT Advanced, which makes sapphire displays that many investors hoped would be in Apple's newest iPhone, said that it was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In early September, shares of GT Advanced got crushed after the company's sapphire displays were not in the latest version of Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. GT Advanced, however, signed a multi-year agreement with Apple last November to supply the company with sapphire material. That agreement included a $578 million prepayment, which GT Advanced is set to repay Apple over a five-year period starting in 2015.

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09:18
Facebook completes acquisition of WhatsApp, purchase...

Facebook has completed its acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp, days after the European Commission gave the all-clear to proceed. The purchase, originally valued at $19 billion when the process began ten months ago, has now concluded with the publication of an SEC filing, with the co-founder and chief executive of WhatsApp gaining a seat on the Facebook board....



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09:17
Adobe updates iOS suite, introduces Premiere Clip,...

Adobe has updated its suite of iOS apps, launching several new ones in the process. The most significant of these may be Premiere Clip, the company's first effort at mobile video editing. The title can be used independently, or tandem with Premiere Pro CC; projects started on iOS can be automatically synced with Premiere Pro by way of Creative Cloud....



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09:11
Apple & Cupertino share official updated aerial...

Following a new drone flyover of Apple’s under construction Campus 2 over the weekend, Apple and the City of Cupertino today shared an official updated aerial shot of the site showing the latest progress on the project.

Apple appears to have made a lot of progress on the building’s foundation and earthwork for the surrounding campus since last checking in with official aerial imagery.

Construction on the new building, which is set to house 12,000 staff by its...

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09:06
Adobe takes creativity mobile at MAX 2014

At the Adobe MAX 2014 creativity conference, Adobe announced it's shipping a new release of Creative Cloud that "transforms how creatives work across desktops and devices."

This release includes feature updates to 13 CC desktop tools that link to a new family of integrated mobile apps. Central to this release is an all-new Creative Profile that drives deep connections between CC desktop tools and nine new mobile apps that extend the power of the Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator and Premiere franchises onto mobile devices.
 

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09:05
The Importance of Being FOSS


It's a fact of life in virtually every community that there will be countless daily distractions -- news announcements, controversies, squabbles -- that take up the majority of our time and energy, leaving little for the big picture. The Linux community is no exception. That's why it was such a relief to see a post recently that struck directly to the core of all that is FOSS and offered a reminder as to what it's really all about. It was penned -- not surprisingly -- by none other than legendary Linux luminary and FOSS guru Carla Schroder.

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09:05
Daily Deal: Last chance to pre-order the Karma Go...

Today is your last chance for an exclusive opportunity to pre-order the Karma Go LTE Hotspot for only $99—33% off the regular price—in our iLounge Deals. The Karma Go puts ultra-fast Wi-Fi in your pocket with an LTE connection to keep all of your devices connected to the Internet wherever you go in the U.S. With Karma, there are no monthly fees or contracts—you simply pay for the data you use, and that data never expires. Not only…

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09:00
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Lexar memory up to 50% off,...

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:


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09:00
eBayer selling alleged iPhone 6 Prototype for over $...

eBay seller kimberlyk1018 is auctioning an iPhone 6 model that appears to be a prototype device. The auction for the phone was posted last week and has more than US$94,000 in bids from 36 bidders.

According to the auction description, the seller...

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08:44
Magic Script Creator [Sponsor]

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

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

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08:30
This iPhone 2G prototype runs pre-iPhone software,...

Sure, you can jailbreak your iPhone to install all kinds of funky stuff on it, but chances are you've never had an iPhone with a completely different operating system attached to it. Now's your chance to own one, as this pre-iOS (and pre-iPhone OS,...

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08:15
Apple's Sapphire Supplier Files for Bankruptcy...

Surprising twist of events: It was recently reported that Brian Blair from Rosenblatt Securities had stated that Apple Watch’s production was once again experiencing a setback. While it was initially believed that Apple Watch would enter mass production in November, the analyst noted that it was beginning to look more like January. While news today states that Apple Watch chipsets are being ordered by Apple, there could be some disruption with Apple's sapphire glass production ...

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08:13
Apple Adds iWorm to Xprotect Malware Definition List...

Apple pushed an update to its Xprotect malware list for the Mac that includes the Mac.BackDoor.iWorm malware over the weekend. Xprotect watches for tell tale signatures from known malware threats and attempts to stop them from invading your computer.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's good to see Apple is on top of iWorm, and even better that users don't need to do anything to get Xprotect's updated malware definition list.


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08:02
Apple updates OS X malware definitions to block iWorm

Apple made a silent update to Xprotect, the anti-malware system in OS X, to detect and block the iWorm strain uncovered last week. New definitions actually mention two variants, identified as "OSX.iWorm.A" and "OSX.iWorm.B." It's not clear what the differences between them might be....



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08:00
Apple updates Xprotect malware definitions to shut...

Apple this weekend updated its XProtect malware blacklisting system in OS X to address the recent iWorm attack that allegedly infected more than 18,000 Macs. As noted by MacRumors and Business Insider, a change to the XProtect.plist file released on...

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07:57
Alfred 2.5 - Quick launcher for apps and more. (Free)

Alfred is an award-winning productivity application for OS X. Alfred saves you time when you search for files online or on your Mac. Be more productive with hotkeys, keywords, and file actions at your fingertips.

Loads of app-launching, file-searching goodness - free for you to download and use with no strings attached. Alfred is the ultimate productivity tool for your Mac. Get it and see for yourself.

Get the Powerpack. Discover the Powerpack, a set of incredibly powerful features, built on top of the robust core of Alfred and integrated with OS X.

  • Single license: £15 for single user
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Version 2.5:

Web and Security Improvements

  • Update any cachefly.alfredapp.com references and auto update checks to operate over https
  • Add...

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07:53
Claimed iPhone 6 Prototype Appears on eBay With Bids...

eBay seller kimberlyk1018 claims to have received a prototype iPhone 6 by accident and is auctioning the device with bids reaching over $89,000 since the auction's posting late last week. While the high bids are undoubdtedly not genuine, the auction is obviously attracting a significant amount of attention.

According to a rather suspect story from the auction description, the device supposedly is a prototype 64 GB iPhone 6 that was shipped to the seller from Verizon Wireless. Apple does NOT let these phones out of their possession yet I was accidentally sent one upon renewing my contract. As you can see from the photos, iOS8 has not been placed on this device, rather it is in the true developer mode. There are no FCC markings on the rear of the device or a model number. This is the real deal!!! The lightening port is red which is a sure sign of a prototype. The authenticity of the device and the story behind it cannot be verified, but several photos that accompany the...

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07:52
Rumor: Apple working on a 5K iMac for late 2014/...

This could be really beautiful if they get it right.

Per 9to5Mac and blogger Jack March, a new line of iMacs with ultra high-resolution Retina Displays is in late testing stages within Apple, according to sources close to the story who’ve claimed to have used prototypes of the desktop. 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 Wi-Fi 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…

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07:40
Rumor: Apple to hold iPad/Yosemite media event on...

There’s a few more things Apple needs to tell you about.

Per re/code, sources close to the story have stated that Apple will hold its next special event on Thursday, October 16th, not the 21st as previously rumored. Headlining the gathering: The latest updates to its iPad line, along with next-gen iMacs that have been cycling through the rumor mills of late.

OS X Yosemite, which recently went gold master, is also expected to make an appearance. Given the breadth and spectacle of Apple’s September event, this one will be a more laid-back affair held at the company’s Town Hall Auditorium in Cupertino.

Apple has denied comment as to the story, but stay tuned to the PowerPage for additional details as they become available.

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07:31
News: Apple sapphire supplier GT Advanced...

Apple’s sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies has announced that its has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company expects the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire to authorize GT to continue “business as usual” while focusing on reorganization. GT Advanced had approximately $85M in cash as of Sept. 29; the company is now hoping to obtain debtor-in-possession financing for a boost in funds. “GT…

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07:28
Apple sapphire partner GT Advanced Technologies...

GT Advanced Technologies Inc., a sapphire manufacturer who won a massive $578 million prepayment from Apple, announced on Monday that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy court protection.

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07:26
Shellshock fix posted for Mac OS X 10.4 to Mac OS X...

This suggestion came in over the weekend from one Larry Macy, Ph.D over at the University of Pennsylvania and it’s pretty interesting.

For those of you still running Mac OS X 10.4 to Mac OS X 10.6.8, a workaround has been discovered for the recently discovered Shellshock bash vulnerabilities. Per Macy, the process replaces bash and sh with a new version of bash.

There’s a fair amount to it and you’ll be diving into your Terminal application a bit to set it up, but it should help keep your older versions of Mac OS X that much more secure.

Thanks for the tip, Larry, and if you’ve seen something new and useful and cool in the Mac and iOS world, please don’t hesitate to mention it in the comments.

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07:20
Apple's Sapphire Partner GT Advanced...

GT Advanced Technolgies, Apple's partner in a sapphire production facility in Arizona, today announced that it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it seeks to reorganize its businesses. The company remains positive that it will continue to be able to meet its obligations during this time of transition.

GT indicated that as of September 29, 2014 it had approximately $85 million of cash. In addition, it is now seeking debtor-in-possession financing, which, once obtained, would provide the company with an immediate source of additional funds. These funding sources will enable GT to satisfy the customary obligations associated with the daily operation of its business, including the timely payment of employee wages and other obligations. [...]

"GT has a strong and fundamentally sound underlying business," said Tom Gutierrez, president and chief executive officer of GT. "Today's...

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07:16
HP Splitting into PC, Services Companies

HP is splitting into two companies as a move to better compete in both the PC and services markets. The PC company will focus on selling computers and printers, while the services company will target business technology, data storage, and related server systems.

The Mac Observer Spin: Leo Apotheker left quite a mess for Meg Whitman to clean up. Hopefully the plan to split HP into two companies will help keep some serious competition in the PC market.


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07:15
Apple asks Suppliers to Prepare 250 Million Chipsets...

In the last few days we've heard that the iPhone 6 is nearing or will even surpass the 20 million mark in the first 30 days and that the iPhone 6 pre-orders in China are on Fire. The news only gets better today with a new supply chain rumor pointing to Apple asking their suppliers to significantly boost their chipsets for the first quarter of 2015.

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07:14
Apple sapphire crystal supplier GT Advanced files...

Apple sapphire supplier GT Advanced Tech has today released a statement announcing that it is filing for bankruptcy under Chapter 11. Filing for Chapter 11 means the company will be able to continue normal operations until it can resolve issues with creditors. As of September 28th, GTAT had $85 million in cash.

What implications this has on Apple’s upcoming Watch wearable, which uses a sapphire screen cover for both Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition models, is currently unclear. Apple also uses sapphire from GTAT in its iPhone lineup, for the camera cover and the Touch ID sensor.

The company will begin a reorganization plan to try and resolve the balance sheet...

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07:09
Photographs, manual for Lenovo B100 Smartband appear...

A wearable device from Lenovo has appeared at the FCC, appearing to depict a form of fitness tracker. The Lenovo SW-B100 Smartband, pictured extensively in the filing, shows a watch strap with a narrow and flat area in the middle, with a basic LED or LCD display likely to be visible on the outside of the device when worn, while a sensor which could be a heart rate monitor is spied on the inside....



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07:01
News: Adobe introduces suite of Creative Cloud...

Adobe has introduced its Creative Cloud mobile apps, a suite of nine apps in four categories now available in the App Store. Many of the apps work in tandem, while Adobe’s Creative Profile connects users to their works, whether in mobile or desktop apps. Some of the apps have been updated from past versions, while others are completely new. All of the iOS apps require a Creative Cloud membership — the free membership offers 2GB of Creative…

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Pyre of Fail

Chinese rumor suggests Apple Watch to launch in February, sapphire to blame for low supply (9to5 Mac)

Source: Taiwanese media, via Chinese website

Chance it's true: 50/50

Here's another entry in the ongoing "Apple Watch launch date bingo" game....

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07:00
FDA Aims to Shore Up Medical Device Cybersecurity


The Food and Drug Administration last week released long-awaited recommendations aimed at better managing cybersecurity risks to protect patient health and information in a document titled "Content of Premarket Submissions for Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices." The new standards recommend manufacturers take into account cybersecurity risks as part of the design and development of a medical device. They require device makers to submit documentation to the FDA about identified risks and existing controls to mitigate those risks.

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06:57
Rorke Data Storage Galaxy HDX 4

Forums: Hardware

Hi, guys!
Any one know that a Rorke Data Storage Galaxy hdx4 works on Mavericks and the latest version of Xsan? I've searched for info about this storage system, but the last info that i founded was on 2011... LOL

Thanks!

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06:52
Hewlett-Packard splitting into two companies, one...

Personal computing pioneer Hewlett-Packard announced on Monday that it plans to split into two publicly traded Fortune 50 companies: one that will focus on enterprise technology and services, and another that will offer consumer-focused products and printers.

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06:38
Account Management Using The jamf Binary

The jamf binary comes with a lot of cool little features that you can use to script things quickly, because JAMF has already built things to help you. We’ll look at two really quick. The first is the deleteAccount verb which, surprisingly, deletes accounts. With that verb, you’ll use the -username operator to define a given user that you’d like to remove. That username is defined as the short name (or what dscl shows) of a given user. For example, if I wanted to remove the user rorygilmore, I’d run the following command:

/usr/sbin/jamf deleteAccount -username rorygilmore

You can then provide a popup on the screen that you completed that action:

/usr/sbin/jamf displayMessage -message “rorygilmore has been deleted"

You can then add a new user, using the createAccount verb. To do so, run the jamf binary using the createAccount verb. This verb provides for a number of options, including a short name (-username), a full name (-realname), a password (-password...

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06:29
Windows 95 running on an Android watch

[VIDEO] The Verge:

What happens when you give an Android Wear smartwatch to a 16-year-old with a bit too much time on his hands? You get Windows 95 on your wrist. Now, we frankly have no idea why you’d load a desktop operating system from twenty years ago onto a Samsung Gear Live smartwatch with a 1.63-inch display, but, hey, why not? Thanks to emulator software available for Android, this technology mishmash is a reality.

I am mesmerized! Watch the video.

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06:18
Adobe revamps creative app suite for Apple's...

Graphics software giant Adobe on Monday overhauled nearly every one of its existing iOS app offerings, and added a number of new options including Premiere Clip --?a new mobile video editing app -- that tie into the company's Creative Cloud platform.

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06:09
Livestream a GoPro camera straight to the web using...


The Livestream app has been updated today with a couple of new features, including bug fixes for iOS 8. The headline change however is that the app has added integration with GoPro Hero cameras. This means you can now stream straight to the web whilst in the midst of action.

Effectively, the iPhone acts as a network hub, connecting the GoPro camera to the Internet. The GoPro connects to the phone wirelessly, so the iPhone can just be left in a pocket — like a wireless hotspot. The app handles the uploading of the video in realtime.

You can download the Livestream app for free from the App Store.

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06:07
Bill Gates on Apple Pay

Bill Gates, in last weeks Bloomberg interview:

“Apple Pay is a great example of how a cell phone that identifies its user in a pretty strong way lets you make a transaction that should be very, very inexpensive,” he said.

He explained: “So the fact that in any application I can buy something, that’s fantastic. The fact I don’t need a physical card anymore, I just do that transaction and you’re going to be quite sure about who it is on the other end, that is a real contribution.”

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06:07
NuMac Solutions announces BluDrive Plus for the Mac...

NuMac Solutions has announced BluDrive Plus, an optical disc burning and 2TB storage solution for Apple's new Mac Pro. It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later.

It supports reading and writing of Blu-Rays, DVDs, and CDs, as well as 2TB of storage connected via USB 3.0. Built with a aluminum enclosure and non-skid base, the BluDrive Plus is designed to sit directly beneath the new Mac Pro, so it takes up no additional desk space.

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06:06
Join us for Tuesday’s webinar: A guide to Office...

We’ll show you how to get started with the free online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint & OneNote that anyone can use. All you need is an internet connection and a browser. Yup. Plus how to store and share docs with OneDrive (that comes with 15 GB of storage).

Join us for our Office 15-Minute Webinar at 9:15 A.M. Pacific Time. There’s also a 20-minute Q&A afterwards. You will need to register for this webinar (it takes only a few seconds).

Register and attend

https://microsoft.eventbuilder.com/event2.asp?eventID=k42k4o9j

Doors open at 9:00 A.M. Pacific Time and we start promptly at 9:15 A.M. Immediately following will be a 20...

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06:01
Adobe's latest Creative Cloud updates bridge...

Adobe might not be the first name that springs to mind when you think smartphone and tablet apps, despite a gradual encroachment into mobile over the last few years. On Monday, the revered software publisher solidified that commitment with the launch of nine new and updated apps and connected services.

The timing coincides with the company’s annual Adobe MAX creativity conference, which kicked off at the Los Angeles Convention Center over the weekend. During a livestreamed keynote, executives laid out Adobe’s sweeping plans for a “new mobile canvas” that better unites iOS devices with the existing universe of Creative Cloud desktop applications.

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06:00
Adobe launches Creative Profile sync system, Talent...

Alongside a string of updates to both the mobile and desktop Creative Cloud software suites, Adobe today launched a trio of new services at its annual MAX conference. First up, and most critical to the updates on the software side of the story, is the new Creative Profile content synchronization service. Blending nicely with the existing Creative Cloud sync service, Creative Profile takes ubiquity of files to new heights by allowing synchronization of more aspects of documents:

This Creative Cloud release includes a new Creative Profile that connects creatives to their work, to the assets they use...

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06:00
Adobe Updates Line of iOS Apps With New Features,...

At its Adobe MAX conference today, Adobe is announcing updates for nearly all of its iOS apps, bringing new features that emphasize the creation of shapes and brushes along with enhanced syncing with the company's Creative Cloud services. The updates come alongside a new Creative SDK to allow developers to build mobile apps connecting to Creative Cloud, as well as a number of enhancements to the core Creative Cloud apps.

Building on its existing Adobe Kuler app, which allows users to create color palettes using any photo and which is now being rebranded Adobe Color CC, the company is now rolling out two additional "Capture" apps for mobile: Adobe Brush CC, which turns photos into brushes for use throughout Photoshop and Illustrator apps, and Adobe Shape CC, which automatically converts high-contrast photos of objects into vector art for use in Illustrator.

Adobe Shape CC (left)...

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06:00
Adobe launches Creative Cloud updates and new links...

In a major announcement today, Adobe is updating almost every desktop and mobile app it offers. It is aiming these new features and applications at creative professionals so their desktop and mobile tools deeply integrate. Beginning today, Adobe is...

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05:59
HP to Separate into Two Better Focused Companies

HP reinvents itself: Today Hewlett-Packard confirmed that it will break into two companies. The company intends to divide itself into a company aimed at business technology, including computer servers and data storage equipment, software and services, and a company that sells personal computers and printers. Both companies will be publicly traded ...

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05:57
How the world sees Apple Pay

Cincinnati Enquirer:

How it works: Customers with the new iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch will be able to pay at registers with a wave of their devices. Customers buy virtual encrypted “tokens” from Apple to be stored on their phones – so in the event they’re lost or stolen, no credit card info is on the device. More details will be released this month by Apple.

I still struggle to get my head around exactly how Apple Pay works, but I do know that customers won’t be buying “virtual encrypted tokens” from Apple.

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05:50
Surprise: Mac iWorm Spreads through Pirated Apps

When news of Mac.BackDoor.iWorm for the Mac hit the Web last week, the way the malware threat spread was still something of a mystery, but that's been uncovered now, too: pirated software. Like so many other malware threats, attackers are using the promise of free software as a trojan horse to trick victims trying to save a buck into installing the iWorm payload.

The Mac Observer Spin: Using pirated software as a trojan horse to install iWorm doesn't come as a surprise at all. Using stolen software is bad not only because hard working developers don't get paid for their work, but also because you could infect your Mac with malware.


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05:36
FunBITS: Goat Simulator Keeps Gaming Weird

How has a strange, glitchy indie game become a smash hit? Josh Centers tries to figure it out.

 

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05:27
Hewlett-Packard to break in two

NY Times:

The company, considered a foundational institution of Silicon Valley, said in a news release that it intended to divide itself into a company aimed at business technology, including computer servers and data storage equipment, software and services, and a company that sells personal computers and printers.

Both companies will be publicly traded. The business-oriented company will be called Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, while the PC company will be called HP Inc. and will retain the company’s current logo.

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05:19
iPhone prototype for sale on eBay

This original iPhone 2G prototype was used for external (outside the company) testing and was not loaded with the official iOS interface. Instead, it ran the “skankphone” testing interface (see “skank is the new black” in small print on the picture in the auction listing).

I love looking at these old phones. Amazing how far the world has come since the original iPhone was introduced.

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05:00
Dell OEM: The Magic Is in the Mystery


I had a chance last week to talk with the most secretive group inside Dell. They are kind of like the Q Division in the James Bond movies. These folks are pretty much unique in the industry, in that they build PCs and servers that are highly customized for firms that then place them into unusual solutions. This is the kind of machine that might go into a unique military vehicle as part of a piece of medical equipment, or in a special Aston Martin with unique weaponry.

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04:43
Koingo Software updates AirRadar for Mac OS X to...

Koingo Software has updated AirRadar, a Wi-Fi scanning and graphing tool for Mac OS X, to version 3.0.

New features are an improved graph, the ability to join enterprise networks, 802.11ac support, network card switching, 100% Apple-native WiFi frameworks, enhanced smart collections, "official" Keychain integration, streamlining of the interface and more.

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04:25
Kool Tools: Booq Taipan shock carry case

The US$95 Tapian shock from Booq (www.booqbags.com) is designed for professionals who are on the go. Designed with both function and style in mind, the bag provides protection and quick access to a professional’s most important assets.

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04:25
Samsung Headed for another Ugly Quarter as Profits...

It could get ugly for Samsung this week: We posted a report on September 24 titled "Samsung Rushes their Galaxy Note 4 to Market as their Stock Price Plunges after Apple's iPhone Sales are Realized." Now a new report is stating that Samsung is heading for its roughest quarter in years amid rising competition from Apple and China’s Xiaomi.

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04:06
Gartner: 73% of organizations to invest in big data...

Investment in big data technologies continues to expand, according to a recent survey by Gartner, Inc.(www.gartner.com), which found that 73% of respondents have invested or plan to invest in big data in the next 24 months, up from 64% in 2013.

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03:30
Make the most out of HealthKit with these 5 apps

Now that HealthKit and its supported apps have hit the App Store, you’re probably itching to try all of the apps and analyze as much health data as possible. But before you do that, think about the information that you really want to know every day. 

With HealthKit, you can truly customize the health and data experience you want to have. That’s why it’s important to select your apps, devices, and Health app settings carefully, perhaps selecting apps that do one task well—one for tracking sleep, another for caloric intake, another for fitness, and a final app for general health—and then share that information freely with other HealthKit apps. And that’s exactly what the apps listed here do. These five apps each bring something different to the table, delivering a well-balanced snapshot of your daily health routine.

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02:59
GraphicConverter 9.4 - Graphics editor with powerful...

GraphicConverter is an all-purpose image-editing program that can import 200 different graphic-based formats, edit the image, and export it to any of 80 available file formats.

The high-end editing tools are perfect for graphic manipulation as well as the ability to use Photoshop-compatible plug-ins. It offers batch-conversion capabilities, a slide-show window, and so much more.



Version 9.4:

New features

  • Now 64-bit only
  • added auto convert feature (batch conversion with folder watching)
  • added optional display of subfolder count and files count in the folder tree of the browser
  • added iOS icon set to save as formats
  • added "get move folder" AppleScript command
  • added Split JPX data stream into JP2s to convert and modify
  • added copy filename to IPTC headline command to context menu and actions menu
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02:55
iOS 8 adoption lagging significantly behind iOS 7,...

Within the first twenty-four hours, iOS 8 update appeared to be slower than its predecessors.  A few weeks in, this continues to be the case says analytics firm Fisku.

After twelve days, both iOS 6 and iOS 7 had comfortably crossed the 50% mark for iOS usage. By contrast, iOS 8 is yet to hit the 40% mark according to Fisku’s measurements. An independent study from Mixpanel says iOS 8 is closer to 50%, but it is still far behind iOS 7’s rate of uptake.

At least, iOS 8 is ahead of iOS 5 in terms of usage, which should be expected given that iOS 4 users wanting to upgrade to iOS 5 had to plug in to iTunes to update. Since that change, both iOS 6 and iOS 7’s upgrade rates were almost double that of iOS 5. For reasons not...

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02:23
Facebook Messenger may soon let you pay your friends...


A modified version of the Facebook Messenger has revealed that person-to-person payment interfaces and other elements are already integrated into the app. The discovery was made by iOS developer Andre Aude.

Just like sending a message or sending a photo, Facebook’s payments implementation is integrated into the chat window. The idea being, that if you talk to a friend about getting coffee, you can pay your half of the bill in the same place. A history of payments appears in the settings pages.

Facebook has not confirmed that the feature is coming any time soon. Zuckerberg has floated the idea of Facebook tying mobile payments before, but warned it was a long way off.

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Sunday October 5

22:12
Briefly: Logitech's new wireless mouse, Netflix...

Logitech has introduced a new wireless mouse designed with a curved shape for a natural hand position. The M320 wireless mouse features an asymmetrical form, with a wide wheel for improved scrolling and an updated optical sensor for precise responsiveness. Though intended for wireless use, its Nano receiver allows users to elect using a cord; when used wirelessly the mouse automatically enters a sleep mode when not in use to improve the duration of its battery charge. Available in blue, red, black and gray color options, the M320 wireless mouse is priced at $30....



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19:16
Majority of Apple Campus 2 foundation laid according...

Apple’s Campus 2 project continues to make strides with the latest drone video (below) showing the majority of the foundation completed on the massive structure, which Apple CEO Tim Cook has called the ‘Greenest in the World’.  You can see the front 2/3rds of the structure is now cemented in with the rear third still dirt and subterranean walls also built along the sides.

The controversial structure which will house 12,000 staff in 2...

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18:35
Photoshop Elements 13

Major new release for Adobe's consumer photo editing software. ($99.99 new, 1.96 GB)

 

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16:35
T-Mobile CEO John Legere laughs at iPhone 6 bending...

Talking at the GeekWire Summit 2014 this month, the ever vocal T-Mobile CEO John Legere talked about the how ludicrous he believed the current bending controversy is surrounding the iPhone 6. Coming off of a point talking about how the company is forcing the industry to change, Legere jokingly sat on his iPhone only to say that the bending issue "is such horse---."...



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16:29
∞ Anna-Maria Hefele’s “polyphonic overtone singing”

This is just completely freaky.

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16:24
StuffIt Deluxe 16

Major new release adds integration with popular cloud services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive. ($49.99 new, $29.99 upgrade)

 

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16:23
Apple's iPhone 6 Sales Nearing 20 Million Mark...

Apple's iPhone 6 sales are rocking': Today a new report looks at the latest iPhone 6 sales stats that are being tracked by the pros and everything is pointing to the iPhone 6 is likely to break all records for first month sales.

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16:23
When cooking became competition

The Atlantic:

Turn on the Food Network any night of the week, and this is what you’ll probably see: “a larger-than-life host, a specifically defined challenge, bombastic music, a set time limit, a panel of judges, and a cast of contestants whose back-story and biographical detail serves to heighten the stakes and fan the [program's] already heated dramatic flame.”

That’s according to a 2013 study of Food Network’s evolution from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee associate professor Tasha Oren. The Food Network may have started as a channel focusing on the dishes themselves—think Emeril Lagasse and “Bam!” But in order to grow, the network has abandoned its food focus in favor of formulaic competition.

I don’t watch any of these shows but I see the commercials for them all the time. I don’t watch because I don’t get why cooking has to be a contest but the article might have a point. Maybe these shows are for those who don’t like sports but still like competition...

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16:22
Default Folder X 4.6.9

Provides several fixes to improve compatibility with OS X Yosemite. ($34.95 new, free update, 10.6 MB)

 

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

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

Apps Now Free

Giflay - GIF Viewer...

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14:54
NFL deal with Bose bans Beats, other headphone...

Apple-owned designer headphone brand Beats by Dre are taking another hit in the professional sports arena. It was uncovered that a recent deal between Bose and the National Football League (NFL) will ban other headphones on game days as a part of the exclusive league sponsorship. While the ban is in effect for all other headphone manufacturers, Beats argues that their headphones are important to players....



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13:00
Daily Deals for October 5, 2014, featuring the Epic...

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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12:00
Adaptxt Keyboard is a capable and free iOS 8 add-on

One of the great things about iOS 8 is the addition of third party keyboards allowing swipe typing, a variety of symbols and foreign language support.

I've already looked at Swype from Nuance (US$0.99) and found it generally superior to the Apple...

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11:40
The best Lightning cable

The Wirecutter:

After measuring the charging speed of 44 cables, then sending the top 11 to our electrical engineer for teardown analysis, the $14 Monoprice 3ft MFi Certified Lightning to USB Charge/Sync Cable is the one we’d buy. It may be a third-party cable, but the Monoprice stood out among competitors by being the only third-party cable that had as good, if not better, internal build-quality compared to Apple’s own cable. Plus, it’s cheaper than Apple’s by $5.

Always good to have an extra cable or two lying around and the price is right for this one.

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11:13
Remembering Steve

Apple:

Over a million people from all over the world have shared their memories, thoughts, and feelings about Steve. One thing they all have in common — from personal friends to colleagues to owners of Apple products — is how they’ve been touched by his passion and creativity. You can view some of these messages below and share your own at rememberingsteve@apple.com.

Classy move, Apple.

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11:00
All the top news and features last week on TUAW you...

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:

News

Bill Gates: Apple Pay is...

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10:56
CEO of T-Mobile on Bendgate: That's such...

Don't be shy: John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile speaks his mind and mocks the creator of the Bendgate video and the controversy in general. Legere said that "this is a super computer in your hand, what the fuck are you putting it in your pants and sitting on it for!

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10:06
Videobox 4.1.2 - Download Flash video through your...

Videobox allows you to quickly and easily download Flash video from most all of the popular video sites on the internet. Videobox will convert the video into a native Quicktime format so it's ready to view on your Mac, iPod, iPhone, or iTunes.

Version 4.1.2:

  • [FIX] Fix for 10.6 users
  • [UPDATE] Updated DailyMotion support
  • [UPDATE] Updated Lynda.com support



  • OS X 10.6 or later



Download Now

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10:00
A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

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

HP and Neat partner for home and small office...

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09:43
Steve Jobs: The Man that Almost did Everything Right

TIME Pays Tribute to Steve Jobs: Time looks back at the life of Steve Jobs with a compilation of seventeen photos to remember.

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09:38
T-Mobile CEO Legere: Apple’s ‘incredible quality...

In a Geekwire Interview this week, the ever-NSFW but entertaining CEO of T-Mobile spoke on a variety of mobile carrier subjects near and dear to our hearts.  But slightly after 20-minute mark, Legere stepped it up a notch with some Bendgate bashing calling the whole thing horses–t…

On the iPhone 6’s bending problems (Minute 20:15): 

“That is such horses—t. Listen, what the f—k‚ did you need to see? The video of the guy that’s doing this, and if you could have seen his face he probably would have been purple and the veins are coming out of his fingers. And the thing moves a little bit? Are you sh—ing me?”

“This is an amazing supercomputer in your hand. What the f– are you putting it in your pants and sitting on it for? Seriously. You know what, those nine people who sat on their phones, first of all, they need jeans that fit them a little better...

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09:30
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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09:00
iOS 8 How-to: Manually control the exposure in the...

In iOS 8, the Camera app has a lot of the same functionality as in iOS 7. In iOS 8, you are able to manually control the exposure levels in the photo. This means you can easily adjust how light or dark the photo is.

To do so open up the Camera app. Then you are going to tap on the focus point. The focus point is the subject point of the picture. When tapping to focus, a yellow square appears around the subject. To adjust the exposure level, tap on the yellow sun and slide it up and down. Sliding the sun up will make the picture lighter, and sliding the sun down will make the picture darker.


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07:49
Review combo: Inateck Bluetooth Audio Receiver and...

Today we’re taking a look at two iOS device accessories from Inateck- the Bluetooth Audio Receiver and 1.2m Micro USB Cable with Apple Lightning Adapter.

Bluetooth Audio Receiver 

Upon initial inspection, the Bluetooth Audio Receiver might not look like it’s capable of much. The entire unit measures only 40x40x11.5mm. However, this device is capable of driving Bluetooth 3.0 audio through any speaker system with a standard 3.5mm connection.

The receiver is very lightweight, and made entirely of plastic. You could easily carry it in your pocket without feeling it at all....

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06:21
∞ 15 year old Google Science Fair finalist, an...

[VIDEO] 15 year old Kenneth Shinozuka lives in New York City with his parents, aunt and grandfather. He’s one smart kid.

Kenneth’s grandfather suffers from Alzheimer’s and tended to wander out of their apartment at night, getting out in the streets of New York City, causing a number of accidents, not to mention a lot of worry.

Kenneth’s solution won him one of the 15 finalist slots at the 2014 Google Science Fair. Watch the video. Incredible work.

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Saturday October 4

20:34
Apple Updates Malware Definitions to Protect Against...

Last week, Russian anti-virus firm Doctor Web disclosed a newly discovered piece of OS X malware known as Mac.BackDoor.iWorm that at the time had affected roughly 17,000 machines around the world. While the exact mechanism of infection was unclear, an interesting twist to the story involves compromised machines running search queries on Reddit to obtain instructions about which command and control servers should be used to manage the botnet.It is worth mentioning that in order to acquire a control server address list, the bot uses the search service at reddit.com, and -- as a search query -- specifies hexadecimal values of the first 8 bytes of the MD5 hash of the current date. The reddit.com search returns a web page containing a list of botnet C&C servers and ports published by criminals in comments to the post minecraftserverlists under the account vtnhiaovyd.Once connected to a command and control server,...

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14:49
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 delivers poor graphics...

While boasting an "Octa Core" Application Processor option and an extremely high resolution display, Samsung's new Galaxy Note 4 falls flat in running GPU intensive apps and games--particularly in comparison to Apple's iPhone 6 Plus.

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14:00
NFL bans players from wearing Beats headphones on...

It's quite common to see NFL players on the bench or in the locker room wearing Beats headphones, but a new marketing deal the league inked with Bose will prevent players from doing that in the future.

The ban prevents players or coaches from...

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13:06
Verizon, Redbox halting Redbox Instant streaming...

Redbox and Verizon's collaborative effort for online video streaming, Redbox Instant, is shutting down. October 7 marks the service's last day, with refunds issued to current customers on October 10. Any kiosk credits owed may be used before October 7, at 11:59PM. Unaffected by the change is the actual Redbox service, which will continue as before....



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10:57
Deals: 25% off Otterbox iPhone 6 cases, $799 & $...

Discount coupons for an extra 3% off all MacBooks are joined for a few days by $25% off coupons on Otterbox iPhone 6 cases. Meanwhile, the $799 (11-inch) and $899 (13-inch) MacBook Airs have returned in a price match sale that students can use to their advantage to snag the same models for $699 & $799 at Best Buy.

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10:45
NFL bans beats headphones on camera

Re/code:

Bose secured a league sponsorship deal that effectively allows it to elbow Beats — and any other rival headphone manufacturer — off the playing field.

Under terms of its agreement with the league, the NFL confirmed, Bose received a broad set of rights that entitle it to prevent players (or coaches) from wearing any other manufacturer’s headphones during televised interviews.

This ban extends to TV interviews conducted during pre-season training camps or practice sessions and on game day — starting before the opening kickoff through the final whistle to post-game interviews conducted in the locker room or on the podium. The restriction remains in place until 90 minutes after the play has ended.

Does Bose really think this will make any difference in their sales or market share? Do they think that potential buyers, seeing the headsets on a bunch of “old guys” on the sidelines will make their target audience think, “Oh! I like that look! Gotta...

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10:31
Angry Birds developer Rovio hit with layoffs; 130 to...

In a blog post pointing out some of the issues surrounding Angry Birds purveyor Rovio, the company's outgoing CEO announced that the game maker will shed 130 people in an effort to reduce costs. The layoffs are all in the company's home country of Finland, and represents 16 percent of the company's total workforce....



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10:22
Briefly: AirRadar 3 released for Yosemite, iBank for...

Koingo Software has announced the release of AirRadar 3, a Wi-Fi scanning and graphing tool for OS X. AirRadar lets users set up a scan frequency to search for available wireless signals, and have new open or closed networks have their name spoken, play alerts, or display notifications. Featuring enhancements that cater to Yosemite, the latest version has been overhauled and includes improved graphing, the ability to join Enterprise networks, 802.11ac support, and more. Users can access more personalization options, and can tag found networks as Favorites or filter them out. Upgrades are free...

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09:12
Google fires back at celeb photo threat, claims...

Google has responded to the letter threatening legal action, should Google not purge the Internet of stolen, and sometimes intimate, photos of celebrities. The search engine has denied that it is intentionally profiting on the scandal, and instead has acted quickly and appropriately to takedown requests by removing "tens of thousands" of images from Google search results....



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09:02
iPhone 6 Pre-Orders in China are on Fire

A Real Sizzler: A new report tracking Apple's iPhone 6 pre-orders in China show that their hunger for Apple's new iPhone 6 is really hot!

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09:00
iOS 8 How-to: Have your iOS device read text for you

Previously, I discussed how to have your iOS device read text for you in iOS 7, and in iOS 8 it works pretty much the same way – but with some little differences. It is now easier to set up and make text speakable on an iOS device. Before we discuss how to do it, let’s first set up our iOS device so we can do it:

Open up Settings, tap on General and tap on Accessibility.



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09:00
Iris Screen Recorder: A fast way to grab Mac screen...

Whether you're teaching others about how to use their Macs or creating podcasts, you may find that capturing a video of what you're doing with your machine is the best way to show people what's going on. Iris Screen Recorder (free, with US$19.99...

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08:40
Disney axes two Star Wars mobile titles, both less...

Star Wars intellectual property owner Disney has discontinued two iOS apps, one of which was only released this year. Disney has pulled Tiny Death Star as well as Star Wars Assault Team from Google Play and the iOS App Store with no warning to those with a financial stake in the arrangement....



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08:37
VOX 2.2 - Feature-rich music player that supports...

VOX is a simple yet powerful, feature-rich music playing application.

VOX was originally developed following the principles of clarity, simplicity and versatility. Thus, the minimalistic interface incorporates both essential and unique features, which let you:

  • Play numerous lossy and lossless audio formats;
  • Export playlists in various formats (PLS, M3U, XSPF);
  • Open different playlist types including M3U, PLS, XSPF and the popular CUE format used to store CD rips;
  • Play audio files stored on NAS devices and other network drives.
  • Control the player from the main interface, Dock context menu or main menu controls;
  • Automatically search for all the missing album artwork from MusicBrainz and LastFM databases;
  • Use keyboard media keys, headphones buttons and Apple Remote to control playback (requires VOX Preference Pane);
  • Easily add music via smart drop zones, ordinary open dialog and Finder...

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08:21
Bose signs NFL deal blocking official Beats...

High end headphone manufacturer Bose has secured a deal with the National Football League in which it will be the sole headphone worn during official interviews and on screen appearances, according to Re/Code:

The professional athlete still can hear whatever he wants, but Kaepernick and other NFL players must remove their Beats headphones around the television cameras. Bose secured a league sponsorship deal that effectively allows it to elbow Beats — and any other rival headphone manufacturer — off the playing field. Under terms of its agreement with the league, the NFL confirmed, Bose received a broad set of rights that entitle it to prevent players (or...

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08:20
NFL Players Banned From Wearing Beats Headphones on...

Thanks to a new marketing deal with Bose, NFL players will no longer be allowed to wear Apple's line of Beats headphones around television cameras, according to Re/code. The restriction is in place for TV interviews during training camp, practice sessions and game day, running from before the game or event through 90 minutes after play has ended.

Many professional athletes have sponsorship deals with Beats, with the headphones frequently spotted around the necks of players both before and after games. Beats accounts for more than 60 percent of the premium headphone market.
"Over the last few years athletes have written Beats into their DNA as part of the pre-game ritual," a Beats spokesperson said. "Music can have a significant positive effect on an athlete’s focus and mental preparedness and has become as important to performance as any other piece of equipment."
Beats,...

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07:16
External Link: Vogue Profiles Jony Ive

Another sign of Apple’s push into the fashion world: Vogue magazine has published an in-depth profile of Jony Ive, Apple’s SVP of Design. Interestingly, Vogue got to look at the Apple Watch weeks before it was announced. The article details Ive’s upbringing, education, and his design philosophies. “I think what we sincerely try to do is create objects and products and ideas that are new and innovative,” Ive said, “but at the same time there is a slightly peculiar familiarity to them.”

 

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07:08
How Megadeth, back in 1994, helped the record...

Back in 1994, the internet was still a wide open frontier. WebCrawler was the state of the art in search engines. It was able to index the complete text of every site on the web. Excite, the first real portal site, was just getting started. And the music industry had no concept of what was coming.

Great read.

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07:05
Apple brings iAd to nine more European countries,...

Apple has announced that iAd is now available in nine additional countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and Sweden. This means iAd is now available in a total of twenty-five countries spanning North America, Europe and Asia.

Apple says that it continues to support iAd to help developers make more money. It’s not a stretch to say that the initiative has not met expectations and now primarily serves commercials for iTunes Radio. Developers using the program have anecdotally reported poor fill rates versus iAd’s competitors.

However, the addition of new countries shows that Apple has not abandoned the project. On a...

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07:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Protection for every taste

Protection for every taste

New iPad models may be just around the corner, but there are still plenty of great options for your current tablet, as this week’s roundup of new cases shows.

Ali Express

The Leather Smart (iPad Air; $15) protects your tablet in a trendy checkered pattern—and best of all, it won’t break the bank.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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07:00
Caturday: Merry amidst the Mac mess

When you're a kitten and have just worn yourself out running around on Dad's keyboard for 20 minutes, there's nothing more relaxing to do than prop your fuzzy head up against a podcasting microphone and take a quick nap. Oh, and be sure to push...

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06:58
Marriott fined $600,000 for blocking its customers’...

This is unconscionable.

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05:59
States launching independent investigation of JP...

Despite JP Morgan Chase claiming that they aren't seeing enhanced fraud activity, two states have launched an investigation of the event that caused the reveal of 76 million household's information, with the promise of more to come. A recent regulatory filing showed the leak, with customers' names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses stolen -- the bank claims no financial information was stolen....



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05:30
Pick your battles wisely in Weapons Throwing RPG

Weapons Throwing RPG is a retro style RPG. The graphics and music have an anime design that is adorable and fun. The music sounds similar to that of other games from the 90s 16-bit era. It is an easy game to figure out and pretty simple to play....

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05:17
Tim Cook's Email: A Respectful Remembrance of...

Tomorrow will mark the third anniversary of Steve Jobs passing. While Steve Jobs was one of the most creative CEO's of our time, for my generation he was inspirational force like no other. Yesterday, Apple's CEO Tim Cook ...

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05:00
Next Fashion Trend: Phabulous Phony Pockets?


"Is that a phablet in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?" That may be the modern-day equivalent of the famous quip, thanks to the arrival of Apple's 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. With its increased size and flexibility, the device not only has kicked off the "Bendgate" scandal, but also may be helping to start a new fashion trend. American Eagle, Levi's, L.L.Bean, J.Crew, Lee Jeans and Uniqlo are among the brands that have admitted they're now reconsidering pocket size in light of the growing phablet trend.

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Friday October 3

23:18
Briefly: Jobs movie update, model hints at Apple...

The Sony Pictures-produced, Aaron Sorkin-authored big-budget biopic of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has undergone some changes recently, notes The Hollywood Reporter. Original director David Fincher who was previously reported to have left the project, has been replaced by Slumdog Millionaire's Danny Boyle. Boyle, who wanted Leonardo DiCaprio for the title role in the movie, will have to pick another star, as DiCaprio has dropped out of the race for the part. Other actors possibly in the running include Ben Affleck, Christian Bale (Fincher's original choice), Bradley Cooper and Matt Damon....



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19:01
New OS X malware 'iWorm' discovered in...

A new Trojan threat, possibly disguised as a fake unauthorized build of OS X 10.10 Yosemite, is making the rounds by taking in users who attempt to pirate software. The new malware, dubbed "iWorm" by Russian research firm "Dr. Web," has supposedly been installed by duped users on some 18,000 Macs worldwide thus far. Users would have had to have downloaded and installed the software in order to be victimized by the Trojan, which is mostly aimed at gathering user data....



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17:01
Apple faces trial for allegedly 'locking in...

A U.S. district court judge recently denied Apple's motion for summary judgment in a long-running case involving the use of digital rights management for content sold through the iTunes Store, opening the suit to move to the trial phase.

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17:00
Slices of Apple episode 8: Real Artists Ship part 2

Slices of Apple is a documentary series exploring the success of Apple as a company. It seeks to educate business leaders, entrepreneurs and laypeople about how Apple keeps delivering consistently great products.

Ryan Nielsen is a co-founder of...

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17:00
Cook sends memo to employees on third anniversary of...

As he has done each year since taking over as CEO, Tim Cook has written a memo to all Apple employees reflecting on the death of co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs. In this latest note, Cook says he will be thinking of Jobs on Sunday, the third anniversary of his passing. He thanks employees for "helping carry Steve's legacy into the future," and notes that even projects that were begun after Jobs's death still carry his "unmistakeable" influence....



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16:30
Ochra Light promises ambient lighting but doesn...

Let's talk theory, because Ochra Light, free with ads and available on all iOS devices, is great in theory. It adds an extra layer to standard white noise relaxation apps by using color therapy. As the name suggests, the colored light aspect should...

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16:13
One Month To The MacTech Conference!

We’re one month out.
Are you missing out?

MacTech Conference is our 3-day, immersive, technical conference specifically designed for Apple IT Pros, Enterprise, developers, and programmers.

MacTech Conference has been working hard to give you the best event in the most cost effective ways we can.  Part of the way we do that is through Pre-Registration Pricing, which expires in three weeks, and saves you $200!

MacTech Conference is not only about learning, but about forming relationships and building networks. MacTech is known for world-class speakers and content, but it’s also known for the entire experience, food, and activities.  All together, you have the opportunity to spend time with your peers, and we’ll help you get to know new people and expand your network.

As an immersive conference, we’ll have you busy from morning until night … having a whole lot of fun in the process.  And, we’ve already let you know...

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16:10
iOS 8: Notification Per Email Thread

Ever see a little bell appear and disappear on your mobile email? You aren't imagining things. Kelly has seen it too, and she explains what it is and how it works.


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15:51
RoGame Software releases Space 2048 for Mac OS X

RoGame Software (www.rogame.com) has released Space 2048 for Mac OS X (10.6.6 and higher). It costs US$3.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.

Here's how the game is described: "Space 2048 recreates the 2048 game in outer space with amazing visuals, animations and the universe as background. It has great sound effects, includes a soundtrack and has you move entire planets to get to your score in style, surrounded by asteroids, suns and galaxies. Space 2048 is the full game - no add ons needed and it makes for great entertainment for the entire family."

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15:39
Friday Deals: 50-inch Ultra HD TV, OWC clearance,...

It is the start of October, which means that there's only a few weeks to go until a vast amount of chocolates and candy needs to be acquired to hand out over Halloween. While you still have some cash, before spending too much on sweet food for costumed children, have a look at the sales and deals we find for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, all prices are verified at the time of publication, but may not be valid if you're reading this after the weekend, so check before buying....



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15:38
Reddit-powered botnet infected thousands of Macs...

A search run by the iWorm malware against Reddit yielded lists of compromised servers making up the botnet's command and control network.

Dr.WEB

The Russian antivirus vendor Dr. Web has reported the spread of a new botnet that exclusively targets Apple computers running Mac OS X. According to a survey of traffic conducted by researchers at Dr. Web, over 17,000 Macs worldwide are part of the Mac.BackDoor.iWorm botnet—and almost a quarter of them are in the US. One of the most curious aspects of the botnet is that it uses a search of Reddit posts to a Minecraft server list subreddit to retrieve IP addresses for its command and control (CnC) network. That subreddit now appears to have been expunged of CnC data, and the account that posted the data appears to be shut down.

The Dr. Web report doesn’t say how Mac.BackDoor.iWorm is being...

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15:38
Ten-year-old Real Networks lawsuit against Apple...

Remember RealPlayer? Well, the company behind that software has been granted a jury trial in an antitrust lawsuit from 2004. At the heart of the suit is an anti-piracy measure added to iTunes and the iPod after Real Networks debuted its RealPlayer competitor. According to the suit, Apple deliberately stopped iTunes and iPods from playing music purchased from the competing store through several iTunes updates.

Real Networks says that this cause $351,631,153 in damages, breaking the claim down even further as “$148,947,126 for resellers, $194,655,141 for direct purchasers, and $8,028,886 for additional iPod sales from the additional transactions.” The full ruling is below.

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15:30
Be prepared for the new NHL season with NHL...

The 2014-2015 National Hockey League season begins in less than a week. One of the best ways to stay up to date with all the news and scores is with NHL GameCenter. This free universal app requires iOS 5.0 or later to run.

NHL Game Center is really...

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15:04
'iWorm' malware controls Macs via Reddit,...

Security researchers recently discovered that more than 17,000 Macs around the world have been infected by a new OS X malware threat called "iWorm," which at one point used Reddit.com as a go-between to cull user data, perform various system actions and execute Lua scripts.

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15:00
Including a Privacy Policy in Your Apps

To ensure that customers understand how their data will be used, you must provide a link in the Privacy Policy URL field in iTunes if a privacy policy is required by law in your country or if your app does any of the following:

  • Accesses user or device data
  • Offers an account registration process
  • Accesses a user's existing account
  • Uses the HomeKit Framework or HealthKit Framework
  • Integrates Apple Pay
  • Includes keyboard extensions
  • Contains auto-renewable subscriptions or free subscriptions
  • Appears in the Kids Category

For more details, read the App Store Review Guidelines.

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15:00
iAd Now Available in More Countries

iAd has expanded services to Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and Sweden. With iAd Workbench, you can now promote your apps in 25 countries across North America, Europe, and Asia. Learn more about iAd Workbench.

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15:00
Including a Privacy Policy in Your Apps

To ensure that customers understand how their data will be used, you must provide a link in the Privacy Policy URL field in iTunes if a privacy policy is required by law in your country or if your app does any of the following:

  • Accesses user or device data
  • Offers an account registration process
  • Accesses a user's existing account
  • Uses the HomeKit Framework or HealthKit Framework
  • Integrates Apple Pay
  • Includes keyboard extensions
  • Contains auto-renewable subscriptions or free subscriptions
  • Appears in the Kids Category

For more details, read the App Store Review Guidelines.

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15:00
iAd Now Available in More Countries

iAd has expanded services to Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and Sweden. With iAd Workbench, you can now promote your apps in 25 countries across North America, Europe, and Asia. Learn more about iAd Workbench.

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15:00
Wellograph Watch: Activity tracking with style and...

There are a ton of fitness and activity monitors out in the wild now that could basically be described as the good, the bad, and the ugly. Some of the fitness monitors I've reviewed over the past few years have been amazing, with accuracy, good...

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14:57
Apple To Face $350 Million Trial Over iPod DRM

An anonymous reader writes: A U.S. district judge ruled last week that a decade-old antitrust lawsuit regarding Apple's FairPlay DRM can move forward to a jury trial (PDF). The plaintiffs claim that in 2004, when "Real Networks launched a new version of RealPlayer that competed with iTunes," Apple issued an update to iTunes that prevented users from using their iPods to play songs obtained from RealPlayer. Real Networks updated its compatibility software in 2006, and Apple introduced a new version of iTunes that also rendered Real Networks's new update ineffective. The plaintiffs reason that they were thus "locked in" to Apple's platform, and as a result "Apple was able to overcharge its customers to the tune of tens of millions of dollars". If the plaintiffs succeed, media content purchased online may go the way of CDs and be playable on competing devices.

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14:53
9to5Toys Last Call: 13″ MacBook Air $800 w/ .edu,...

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:

Best Buy Macbook Sale: 13-inch Air from $800 w/ .edu...

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14:51
Belgian teenager racks up over $46,000 in in-app...

A 15-year-old from Antwerp, Belgium has managed to accumulate over 37,000 euro ($46,000) in iTunes charges on a credit card through in-app purchases, according to local publication Nieuwsblad. The teenager was reportedly playing a free-to-play iOS game called Game of War: Fire Age; several months in, his mother asked him to buy some e-books using her credit card. The boy then discovered he could buy virtual gold in-game using real money, greatly accelerating his progress. The title even has a casino minigame....



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14:36
Review: Hyper’s iStick, the first USB drive w/...

While most of my content goes straight to the cloud these days and is usually easily accessible to move around, download or stream from any of my devices, I still found myself getting a lot of use out of Hyper’s new iStick. It’s one of the first made-for-iPhone USB flash drives that also includes an integrated Lightning connector to easily transfer content to and from the device to others. Hyper’s companion app is what makes the experience more than just storage, however…

The iStick is much like your standard USB thumb drive, but a small switch allows you to expose either the standard USB connector (the one that will connect to your...

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14:00
Who wins a speed test between iPhone 6, the Samsung...

The iPhone 6 has proven itself the leader in speed when it comes to benchmark tests, but how does it do in real world app launching test situation? A new video from PhoneBuff answers that very question, pitting the iPhone 6 against the Samsung Galaxy...

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13:58
Tim Cook sends letter to employees on third...

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Friday sent an email to Apple employees to honor the third anniversary of the passing of co-founder Steve Jobs, saying the late tech guru's legacy lives on through their work.

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13:47
Here’s how to tell if your Mac is infected with the...

There’s a new strain of malware that specifically targets OS X. Read on to learn about the malware itself and to learn how to tell if you are infected.

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13:39
Being Facebook Means Never Having to Say You're...


Facebook on Thursday announced it had developed a framework for conducting research on its 1.3 billion or so users. The announcement clearly is a response to the onslaught of criticism the company received this summer, when it blithely reported the findings of a study about how News Feed content affected a user's mood. In carrying out that research, Facebook withheld certain posts and promoted others to see how users would react. When its methodology became public, reactions were immediate and harsh.

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13:31
[Sponsor] ThinkUp

You could be getting so much more out of Twitter and Facebook, but analytics apps seem to be designed for icky “Social Influencers” or giant #brands. What you need is ThinkUp. It makes your social networks more fun.

ThinkUp tells you things social networks never would, like how many f-bombs you’ve been dropping online (ahem @gruber), which friends changed their Twitter bios, or whether you’re talking about yourself too much. There are hundreds of these insights — just give the 14-day free trial a spin and you’ll see.

(Oh, and we don’t have any ads, and we don’t sell your data.)

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13:30
Briefly: Hulu Plus app update, ThumbTrack wearable...

Hulu Plus, a TV and movie streaming subscription app, has received an update, featuring an overall redesign. Requiring a paid subscription, users can watch current episodes of popular TV shows, kids shows, and classic series. Content can be streamed from one's iPhone or iPad on to their TV with Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, PS3 and PS4 using the in-app remote control. Hulu Plus v4.0 features a new simplified aesthetic, with key features including Shows You Watch, a Navigation section for viewing Hulu's catalog, a revised Search and a Share functionality for sharing content to social media pl...



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13:30
How the Apple Watch Already Has Success Designed in

When a new product category arrives from Apple, like the Apple Watch, it can be hard to size up the future prospects. Some observers only have a dim idea about how customers will embrace and exploit the product, and they don't yet see how Apple works to design success into the very DNA of any new product. In time, however, it all becomes clear, and the naysayers seldom turn out to be right.


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13:24
39 Professionally-Designed WordPress Themes for $39

Got a WordPress blog? Finding the right theme can be a pain, but our friends at StackSocial have put together a heckuva deal called the Creative Market Wordpress Bundle. It's 39 WordPress themes from ten different designers for $39. Let me do some math just to be sure-you got 39...and then 10...bring the four...oh, and make sure to carry the 1-yep, that's a buck a piece. Check 'em out. If you like the deal, tell your friends.


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13:13
Tim Cook Asks Apple Employees to Remember Steve Jobs...

Ahead of the third anniversary of Steve Jobs' passing, Apple CEO Tim Cook has sent a memo to Apple employees (via iClarified), asking them to take some time to remember the "many ways Steve made our world better."

Team,

Sunday will mark the third anniversary of Steve's passing. I'm sure that many of you will be thinking of him on that day, as I know I will.

I hope you'll take a moment to appreciate the many ways Steve made our world better. Children learn in new ways thanks to the products he dreamed up. The most creative people on earth use them to compose symphonies and pop songs, and write everything from novels to poetry to text messages. Steve's life's work produced the canvas on which artists now create masterpieces.

Steve's vision extended far beyond the years he was alive, and the values on which he...

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13:08
18K Macs Hit with iWorm Botnet

Over 18,000 Macs around the world have been hit with a new malware threat called Mac.BackDoor.iWorm, or iWorm, that could let hackers steal data or use victim's computers in denial of service attacks on other servers. iWorm also uses Reddit.com as part of its system, although Reddit itself hasn't been hacked.


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13:06
Tim Cook emails employees to reflect on third...

This morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook emailed all employees in reflection of the upcoming third anniversary of the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. “I hope you’ll take a moment to appreciate the many ways Steve made our world better,” Cook wrote in the internal memo. Here’s the full message, via several Apple employees:

Team,

Sunday will mark the third anniversary of Steve’s passing. I’m sure that many of you will be thinking of him on that day, as I know I will.

I hope you’ll take a moment to appreciate the many ways Steve made our world better. Children learn in new ways thanks to the products he dreamed up. The most creative people on earth use them to compose symphonies and pop songs, and write everything from novels to...

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13:00
MultiCam for iOS can greatly improve your photos

Since cameras were first invented photographers have gone through this drill: Focus, set exposure, take photo. Some innovative cameras like the Lytro let you interactively change your focus after you take your image, but the Lytro hasn't set the...

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12:57
Chinese Model Hints at Fashion-Oriented Advertising...

Chinese model Liu Wen may be involved in a fashion-oriented advertising campaign for the Apple Watch, according to an image that she recently shared on Instagram. In a photo that shows her trying on the Apple Watch at Parisian fashion boutique Colette, Wen writes "My second meeting with the #AppleWatch, this time in Colette. The first time? Well, you'll see soon."

Several fashion publications have taken Wen's statement to mean that she is somehow involved in marketing the Apple Watch, possibly taking part in an upcoming advertising campaign designed to promote Apple's wearable device.

Liu Wen is a well-known fashion model, who...

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12:57
OS X vulnerability allows 'iWorm' botnet...

A security hole in OS X is allowing botnet malware to control thousands of Macs, says a Russian security firm, Dr. Web. The software has been given the label "Mac.BackDoor.iWorm;" although how it spreads is unknown, it operates in an unusual fashion, relying on comments left by the perpetrators in a Minecraft Reddit forum. These comments contain server addresses, and once iWorm connects to the IPs, commands can be sent out to the botnet....



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12:52
Mac: Serif Labs’ Affinity Designer

Affinity Designer ($50) from Serif Labs is new professional graphic design software for Mac which many are already calling a true competitor to Adobe Illustrator. Serif Labs claims Affinity Designer is “the fastest, smoothest, most precise vector graphic design software available.” Notably, there’s no subscription fee for Affinity Designer, and the Affinity team claims it will be adding new features for free “at least for the…

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12:50
How to repair/replace the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus...

Need to learn how to replace your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus’s battery, display, or other components? Our friends over at iFixit, the same ones that regularly tear apart the newest devices to have a look inside, today published its latest iPhone repair guides for the recently released iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

For both devices iFixit has guides on the most common repairs including battery replacement, front panel assembly/display replacement, and getting out those nasty proprietary Pentalobe screws. The iPhone 6 guides can be accessed here, which are quite similar to the almost identical but larger iPhone 6 Plus model...

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12:39
News: iLounge Weekly arrives Monday, sign up now

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

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12:30
You will not want to hit the brakes with Asphalt...

Asphalt Overdrive is a new racing game from Gameloft that is both classic and exciting. The design quality and energy of this game makes it feel more current than older racing games. It is compatible with both the iPad and iPhone. It requires iOS 6...

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12:05
Apple will face $350M trial over iPod DRM

tonystl

Apple will soon have to face a trial over accusations it used digital rights management, or DRM, to unlawfully maintain a lead in the iPod market, a federal judge has ruled. The plaintiffs' lawyers, representing a class of consumers who bought iPods between 2006 and 2009, are asking for $350 million.

Last week, US District Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers gave the green light (PDF) to sending a long-running antitrust lawsuit against Apple to trial. Plaintiffs in the case say that Apple used its FairPlay DRM system to "lock in" its customers and make it costly to switch to technology built by competitors, like Real Networks. As a result of this lock-in, Apple was able to overcharge its customers to the tune of tens of millions of dollars.

At an...

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12:04
Gadget Ogling: Jump Starts, Wearable Drones, Smarter...


Welcome, dear readers, to a new installment of Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, a fresh peek at gadgets hurtling down the pipeline toward our homes. On the docket this time around are a motivational wearable device, a smart yoga mat, a golfer-focused smartwatch, a drone with a difference, and a way to stop food from going bad. As always, these aren't reviews -- partly because some of these items are nowhere near market-ready yet -- and the ratings denote only my interest in actually using them.

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12:02
Flic uses Tinder-like swipes to whittle down your...

iPhone users with an oversized collection of pictures looking for help to shrink their photo library can turn to Flic, a new app that borrows from the popular dating service Tinder by allowing users to swipe right to save, and left for deletion.

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12:00
Apple to reportedly unveil new iPads and Retina iMac...

The Apple Watch may not be available until early 2015, but Apple is still gearing up for what promises to be a busy holiday shopping season. According to John Paczkowski of Re/Code, Apple is planning to hold a special media event on Thursday, October...

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11:58
Forums: Mac OS X optimization utilities, iPhone 6,...

This week has been rather slow in the MacNN forums, however debates rage on about the new iPhone 6 conversations continue about problems with iOS 8, and of course our helpful forum goers assist with troubleshooting. One Fresh-Faced Recruit has recommended some good Mac utilities to use for optimizing OS X. In the thread titled "iPhone 6 or iPhone 6+" members continue to debate the usefulness of each device, and why they would pick one over the other....



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11:57
Apple Will Reportedly Announce New iPads and iMacs...

Apple will hold its next major media event on October 16th, according to unnamed sources cited by Re/code's John Packowski. The event will be held in Apple's Town Hall Auditorium in Cupertino, CA, and it will be centered around new iPads and iMac models.


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11:56
Apple deals: iMacs and Mac Pros

This week at Apple's online store find discounts on refurbished Mac desktop models. The refurbished 21.5-inch iMac with a 1.4GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive has been cut by $170 to $929. A $310 discount is offered on the refurbished 27-inch iMac with a 3.2GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive, now only $1,489....



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11:55
DealNN: refurbished Mac Pro for $2,549, 4K TVs and...

At Apple's Online Store, save $450 on the refurbished current-generation Mac Pro which has been reduced to $2,549 from $2,999. That discount makes this around $300 less than buying it in brand new condition anywhere else. This Mac Pro features a 3.7GHz Intel quad-core Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM, 256GB of flash storage and dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics cards. A one year warranty on parts and labor is provided by Apple....



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11:36
The Competition sharpens their Strategies to...

The 200 million annual shipments milestone for branded tablets continues to elude OEM vendors and overall growth for 2014 is set to come in at a disappointing 2.5%. Apple and Samsung continued to lead branded vendors in unit share during 1H 2014 although with mixed fortunes. Apple iPad units were down 13% year-over-year in the first six months of the year. Apple's CEO Tim Cook addressed the drop during their last financial conference call and made it a point to emphasize that significant innovation was on the way for the iPad and so all eyes will be on Apple's next event for the iPad. Although the iPad is expected ...

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11:33
Sources claim 2014 Apple iPad event to be held...

Apple is planning to hold its expected iPad event on Thursday, October 16th, sources indicate. The emphasis will reportedly be on a second-generation iPad Air and a third-generation iPad mini. The sources add, however, that the event will also feature refreshed, possibly Retina-equipped iMacs, as well as OS X Yosemite. Apple has yet to confirm a release date for Yosemite, and the event could give the company an excuse to demonstrate previously unseen (or little-seen) features. New iMacs would presumably ship with the OS pre-installed....



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11:19
Espionage 3.6.1 - Simple, state of the art...

Espionage offers state-of-the-art encryption and plausible deniability for your confidential data.

Sometimes, encrypting your data isn't enough to protect it. That's why Espionage 3 goes beyond data encryption.

Features:

  • Source code available for security professionals.
  • Designed for plausible deniability. Multiple master passwords through Folder Sets. Want two versions of your email? Espionage can handle that.
  • Enhances deniable encryption by creating fake Folder Sets and fake disk images.
  • Laptop-theft tracking apps (like Undercover) work when using Espionage without FileVault.
  • Super-computer defying encryption: AES-256 +...

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10:49
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-03

It's doom and gloom! Or at least potential security headaches for Mac users. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about code for the BadUSB exploit making it to the Web, and the new iWorm botnet that's targeting Macs around the world.


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10:45
Re/code: Apple’s iPad and OS X Yosemite-focused...

Apple is reportedly set to announce new iPads and more at an event on October 16.

Andrew Cunningham

When it rains, it pours—Apple was silent for most of 2014 before dropping iOS 8, new iPhones, and the Apple Watch announcement on us last month. Now, Re/code says the company plans to hold an iPad-centric event at its town hall campus in Cupertino on October 16. Re/code (formerly AllThingsD) has a stellar track record for predicting Apple event dates, so we're inclined to believe them even though the event is falling on a Thursday instead of a Tuesday (as Apple events usually do).

New iPads will reportedly be the focus of the event, and it's not hard to guess what they'll look...

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10:45
The Week in iPhone Cases: A touch of fashion, a ton...

A touch of fashion, a ton of protection

Fashion and protection both take center stage in this week’s roundup of new iPhone cases.

Ballistic

The Urbanite (iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; $35) provides durable protection without adding bulk to your handset.

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10:32
Stevie Ray Vaughan

The GRAMMY Museum, based in Los Angeles, will be honoring Stevie Ray Vaughan’s birthday with FREE admission to its exhibits on October 3, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. PDT. In June, the museum unveiled Pride & Joy: The Texas Blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan, on display through July 2015. Jimmie Vaughan, Stevie’s brother, served as a guest curator.

Happy Birthday SRV. You were always one of my favorites.

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10:30
Rumor: Apple will unveil new iPads at an Oct 16 event

Despite the implausible rumor that the next-gen iPad Air may not debut until early 2015, Re/code reports on Friday that Apple will hold another special press event on October 16.

That’s a Thursday, which is not the most common day to have an Apple event, but no matter. Apple declined to officially confirm the information from Re/code’s sources, but the company typically starts inviting the press to these events about a week out, so we should know for sure as soon as next week.

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10:25
Chinese iPhone 6 reservations exceed 4 million

Chinese reservations for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are already over the 4 million mark, reports Tencent. The devices hit the 2 million mark just a few hours after reservations opened. The new data is said to have been culled directly from companies processing the reservations for carriers and retailers....



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10:13
News: Apple to hold new iPad event Oct. 16

Apple will hold its next special event on Thursday, Oct. 16, according to Re/code. The company will unveil “the latest updates to its iPad line” at the event, in addition to new iMacs and the public release of OS X Yosemite. This time around, the event is being held at Apple’s Town Hall Auditorium in Cupertino. It’s expected that we’ll see new, faster iPads with Touch ID, possibly with a gold color option....

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10:05
New third-party keyboards for iOS 8: Emoji++ &...

With iOS 8, Apple now allows developers to create alternative keyboards on iPhone and iPad that can be used almost anywhere to replace the system keyboard. We told you about several third-party keyboards for iOS 8 including when the major operating system update was released last month, and a few more interesting third-party keyboards have since been released. The first is an Emoji-only keyboard called Emoji++ that makes finding the right Emoji character much faster, and the second is both a language and symbol keyboard called...

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