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Friday September 12

09:30
Microsoft paid NFL $400M for Surface deal;...

If you happened to catch any NFL games last week, you might have noticed the conspicuous product placement of Microsoft Surface tablets. From the field to in-game studio analysis, Surface tablets were at every turn.

The reason?

Microsoft last year...

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09:28
BitTorrent CEO discusses net neutrality, turns fast...

BitTorrent's Chief Executive Officer Eric Klinker has made his response to the US Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality proposal, using the "fast lane" provisions, known. Klinker believes that a model similar to that of the electric distribution in the US can be used, where users and websites get lower rates for use in times of lower demand rather than the potential conflict of interest, and double-payment, that ISPs would get for having sponsored faster access under FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal....



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09:28
Apple Pay coming to China through China UnionPay,...

Apple Pay will at some point make it to China by way of China UnionPay, a source tells Caixin. UnionPay is a state-supported bank card company, and has reportedly reached a deal with Apple that will allow Apple Pay to link to its cards. It's not clear though when the platform will reach China, or even when the iPhone 6/6 Plus will ship to the country....



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09:17
Apps: Pixelmator, Soulver, TextSoap
09:11
G-Tech expands its Studio line of external hard...

G-Technology (www.g-technology.com) has announced the first extension of its Studio line, the G-SPEED Studio XL.

Expanding on the two–bay G-RAID Studio and four-bay G-SPEED Studio Thunderbolt 2 storage solutions, which launched earlier this year, the G-SPEED Studio XL holds up to eight removable, enterprise-class 7,200 RPM hard drives, offering colossal capacity and performance of up to 1,350 megabytes per second (MB/sec) performance for the most demanding digital content creation applications, says Mike Williams, vice president and general manager, G-Technology.

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09:00
Apple VP Greg Joswiak to appear at Re/Code's...

Re/Code's inaugural Code/Mobile conference will feature what promises to be an in-depth interview with seasoned Apple executive Greg Joswiak. The conference itself kicks off on October 27 and Joswiak will reportedly talk about Apple's...

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08:55
U2 Manager Discusses $100M 'Songs of Innocence...

As part of its iPhone 6 and Apple Watch announcement, Apple featured U2's latest "Songs of Innocence" album, making it the company's biggest album release ever by providing the title to 500 million iTunes customers for free. The album and its lead single "The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)" are the cornerstone of an upcoming marketing campaign by Apple that is worth an estimated $100 million, although the deal has received some criticism from users who do not wish to have the album added to their iTunes accounts and in some cases automatically downloaded to their devices.

But the deal is a significant one by any measure, and...

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08:53
After high demand, iPhone 6 Plus ship times slip to...

The iPhone 6 Plus has already become scarce.

Megan Geuss

Less than 12 hours after Apple opened the floodgates to pre-orders, certain iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models have already become impossible to order for a September 19 delivery. The larger iPhone 6 Plus is in particularly short supply—all models in the Apple online store now show estimated shipping times of three to four weeks, and the story is the same on the various US carrier sites.

This might suggest that the larger model is more popular among pre-orderers, but that's not necessarily the case. Leading up to Apple's announcement, the rumor mill consistently agreed that the 5.5-inch version of the phone would be in shorter supply, and some rumors even suggested that the phone would launch after the smaller 4.7-inch version. That was basically how things played out the last time Apple...

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08:50
U2 deal cost Apple in excess of $100 million,...

Apple's giveaway of the latest U2 album cost it over $100 million, sources tell the New York Times. The company is said to have paid the band and its music label, Universal, a blanket royalty fee, and on top of that promised a marketing campaign worth up to $100 million. That includes a worldwide TV campaign, which kicked off with a commercial shown during Apple's livestream on Tuesday....



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08:37
iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some...

Even after the months of hype and speculation, the behind-the-scenes development and manufacture, and then the announcement Tuesday, it seems Apple's servers weren't quite ready for the workout they got from would-be early adopters of its newest iPhone. Preorders through Verizon Wireless and AT&T largely started without a hitch at midnight, though some customers on Twitter have since complained about issues. Those problems were nothing compared to the issues experienced by Sprint and T-Mobile customers. The Sprint and T-Mobile sites were still down for many users nearly two hours after presales were slated to start. Access to Sprint's site faded in and out, while the T-Mobile site continued to display a form to register for a reminder for when the preorders began. Some people joked on Twitter that they "might as well wait for the iPhone 6S now." Apple's store itself was down for a few hours, too.

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08:34
iPhone 6 Plus Pre-orders Sell Out, iPhone 6 Still...

If you're hoping to have an iPhone 6 Plus on September 19, your best option now is to wait in line at your local Apple Store or cell service provider store because Apple has sold out of its pre-order inventory only hours after starting orders. The smaller screen iPhone 6 is still available for next Friday delivery instead of the week or longer wait iPhone 6 Plus buyers are now facing.

The Mac Observer Spin: If you didn't want to get up far too early and fight with Apple's fumbled pre-order system, and you want to have a new iPhone delivered on September 19, it looks like you're buying the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. If you really want the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, you'll be waiting in line next Friday.


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08:34
News: Apple delaying SMS Continuity until October?

New information found on Apple’s page on iOS 8 Continuity suggests that the company may be delaying the activation of the iOS 8 SMS Continuity feature until some time in October, possibly to coincide with the expected release of OS X Yosemite. Originally announced and demonstrated at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in June, SMS Continuity will allow users with an iPhone and other iOS or OS X device to send and receive traditional…

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08:33
Arq 4.5.5 - Online backup to Google Drive, Amazon...

Arq is super-easy online backup for the Mac. Back up to your own Google Drive storage (15GB free storage), your own Amazon Glacier ($.01/GB per month storage) or S3, or any SFTP server. Arq backs up and faithfully restores all the special metadata of Mac files that other products don't, including resource forks, ACLs, and creator codes.

Arq works like Time Machine, except you don't have to remember to plug in your external hard drive. Following the initial backup, Arq automatically makes incremental backups every hour, every day, uploading just the files that have changed since your last backup. Arq keeps hourly backups for the past 24 hours, daily backups for the past month, and weekly backups for everything older than a month.

Arq lets you set a budget for storage, and it automatically drops the oldest backups to keep within the budget.

Arq backs up everything with no limits. It backs up files of any size, external drives, and network...

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08:30
Polynumial teaches you to count in over 50 languages

Polynumial, free with ads in the App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, is a bare bones language app that focuses only on learning numbers. While the app itself doesn't do a lot, it's packed with 60 languages, which is far more than most...

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08:16
Walmart and Best Buy Opt Out of 'Apple Pay...

At its "Apple Pay" introduction earlier this week, Apple outlined a host of partners for the mobile payments initiative, ranging from credit card companies to the banks that issue the cards to retailers representing over 220,000 retail locations in the United States. Questions have remained, however, about how willing other retailers will be to sign on to the program and how quickly those that do will be able to get up and running.

In the wake of Apple's announcement, several major retailers such as Walmart and Best Buy were in fact quick to state that they do not plan to support Apple Pay, as noted by The Wall Street JournalBest Buy and Wal-Mart are instead backing a retailer-owned mobile technology group called Merchant Customer Exchange, which also counts Target Corp. among its members....

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08:15
Yahoo fought NSA surveillance in 2008, faced $250,...

Reports have surfaced that search engine Yahoo (and possibly others) were threatened by the US government to comply with PRISM surveillance requirements, or face a $250,000 per day fine in 2008. While Yahoo fought the demand through the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, it ultimately lost and complied with the order, which paved the way towards mass surveillance of Internet users....



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08:08
NetNewsWire 4.0.0 - RSS and Atom news reader (beta...

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08:01
Rumors talk 5K Apple monitor, multiple colors for 12...

Apple may be prepared to launch a 5120x2880 monitor later this year, says an LCD market research firm, WitsView. That would however be beyond the limits of the DisplayPort 1.2 standard used in Thunderbolt 2; even a Mac Pro can only support a 4K display at specific refresh rates. A more likely resolution would therefore be 4096x2160, DisplayPort's current maximum. At the same time, Dell has announced a 5K display, and whatever technology that uses could presumably be adopted by Apple....



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08:00
Meet the 7 apps that will give your amateur...

If you want to become a world-famous Instagram photographer, or at least boost your follower and like counts, I’m going to let you in on a little secret.
There are seven highly effective habits of popular Instagram users, and none of them has to do with Instagram. (OK, one.)

Photographers, video personalities, fashion bloggers, and famous foodies use these seven apps to take their Instagrams to the next level, and you’d
never even know it. Instagram’s own filters go a long way toward making your lattes look far richer than they do in person, and a recent update added a slew of editing tools. But the
popular photo-sharing app doesn’t want to overload you with options, which is why its latest time-lapse feature...

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08:00
NYT details how Apple and the nation's top...

Apple's effort to create a mobile payment system -- now known as Apple Pay -- truly began to pick up steam during the Summer 2013, according to the New York Times which yesterday published a fascinating account of the service's development over the...

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07:51
Rumor: Apple could launch new 27-inch iMac with 5K...

The next Mac to receive a high-resolution Retina display could be the all-in-one desktop iMac, according to a new report, which alleges that Apple is planning to have a new 27-inch model sporting a 5K display released in the fourth quarter of 2014.

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07:51
iPhone 6 preorders plagued with problems

If you preordered an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus without any trouble last night, congratulations: You were one of the lucky few.

Apple, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon began taking orders for the new phones, which hit store shelves Sept. 19, at 12:01 a.m. Pacific/3:01 a.m. Eastern. The process is the same as it always was: Stay awake (or wake up insanely early) and spend an hour trying to get through the ordering process without punching your computer in frustration. But this year, preordering the iPhone was especially infuriating.

The Apple Store was reportedly down for up to two hours in some parts of the country—same for Sprint and T-Mobile. Verizon and AT&T’s sites were spotty. Some customers preordered without a problem, while others couldn’t add the phone to their carts. Verizon and Sprint were battling each other for your...

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07:30
AT&T Executive: 'Amazing to See the Volume...

While Apple's launch-day supplies for the iPhone 6 are holding up fairly well so far, the larger iPhone 6 Plus has been sold out as shipping estimates move to 3-4 weeks. Overall, demand appears to be high as many expected, with the new form factor and larger displays serving to entice new and upgrade customers.

AT&T executive Ralph de la Vega addressed the iPhone 6 launch in comments at the the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference this morning, citing "amazing" volume with hundreds of thousands of orders taken according to Fierce Wireless."It's amazing to see the volume," he said, adding that the "systems are rocking" and "everything is going well." He said demand for the new phones is "better than last year and they're better than the prior year [before that...

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07:30
Keep track of new and favorite video games with...

iGames is a free app for iOS that keeps you updated on all the new and trending video games. The app has a large library - over 20,000 - of video games for dozens of different platforms. Plus each title is paired with information about that game plus...

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07:20
Sandisk launches $800 512GB Extreme Pro SD card

Flash disk manufacturer SanDisk Corporation has launched its 512GB SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I memory card, the world's highest capacity SD card on the market. The new offering is designed to meet the demands of industry professionals who shoot 4K Ultra High Definition (3840x2160p) video, Full HD video (1920x1080) and high-speed burst mode photography....



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07:18
formZ 8.0 - Solid and surface modeler. (Demo)

formZ is an award-winning general purpose solid and surface modeler with an extensive set of 2D/3D form manipulating and sculpting capabilities, many of which are unique. It is an effective design tool for architects, landscape architects, urban designers, engineers, animators and illustrators, industrial and interior designers, and all design fields that deal with the articulation of 3D spaces and forms. formZ is highly responsive to the needs of mature designers and, at the same time, novices can use it with ease.

Version 8.0:

  • Introduces subdivision modeling
  • New Round to Holdline tool generates a round between two (or more) faces of an object
  • The form•Z interactive display modes have been completely rewritten to take advantage of modern OpenGL capabilities
  • Sketchfab.com is a website that allows you to share your 3D models so others can view and navigate around the model in real time
  • Now a native 64-bit...

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07:12
News: Daily Deal: The Epic iPhone 6 Giveaway!

Today we have a great offer for you in iLounge Deals: A chance to win an iPhone 6! In our new Epic iPhone Giveaway, one lucky winner will receive a $600 Apple gift card to allow them to purchase the iPhone 6 model of their choice. To enter, simply submit your e-mail address on the giveaway page to sign up for our iLounge Deals, and you can even gain additional entries by sharing on Twitter and Facebook—the more your friends and followers enter,…

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07:04
Report claims 27-inch Retina iMac w/ 5K display will...

Following our report in July detailing Apple’s work on a new 4K display, today a report from Taiwan-based display researchers WitsView claims Apple will release a new 5K iMac by the end of this year.

Adding a little bit more weight to today’s report is the fact that Dell just announced a 27-inch 5120×2880 5K display that would be a likely candidate for a future Retina iMac panel if today’s rumors are true.

There have been several hints that Apple...

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07:00
Conan O'Brien uncovers Apple's In-House...

An Apple announcement is not complete without an parody skit from Conan O'Brien. The late night talk show host doesn't disappoint with his latest monologue....

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06:57
Wondering what it cost Apple to give away that U2...

If you were wondering how much it cost Apple to give away a copy of U2’s Songs of Innocence album to every customer, the answer, according the the New York Times, is more than $100M.

To release U2’s album free, Apple paid the band and Universal an unspecified fee as a blanket royalty and committed to a marketing campaign for the band worth up to $100 million, according to several people briefed on the deal. That marketing will include a global television campaign, the first piece of which was a commercial that was shown during the event.

Yep, that album that ended up on many people’s iPhones...

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06:49
UnionPay partnering to bring Apple Pay to China with...

Though the Apple Pay system will debut initially in the U.S. alone in October, Apple reportedly has plans in place to begin expand its mobile wallet service internationally to China through partner China UnionPay Co.

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06:48
News: Report: Apple to bring Apple Pay to China

Apple is planning to bring its new Apple Pay mobile payment service to China, MarketWatch reports. The company will be working in conjunction with China’s UnionPay to bring the service to the country. UnionPay, a state-backed bank card association, has agreed to let Apple use its cards in Apple Pay, the report claims. Apple Pay will be available this October in the U.S., but it’s unknown when the service will launch in China....

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06:30
All things college athletics with the official NCAA...

Mention the NCAA around most sports fans and you can expect a litany of complaints about the organization that oversees college athletics. However the official NCAA app should satisfy most followers of collegiate sports. The free universal app runs...

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06:26
The Apple Watch was not designed specifically for me...

A whimsical post with a valid message at its core. One value of the Apple Watch becomes evident when you receive a call or text and your hands/arms are busy/full:

To check that message or call all I have to do is lift my wrist and the gyro kicks in, turning the display on. Then I can simply glance at my wrist, rather than stopping the dogs to fish out the phone, to see if the message is important enough to drop what I’m doing. And I can then respond through the Watch rather than having to dig for the phone.

Exactly.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:24
T-Mobile Joins iPhone 6 Pre-order Lineup

When Apple's just introduced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders started -- or at least tried to start -- just after midnight Pacific time, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint were option, but T-Mobile wasn't. That finally changed several hours later, which means not only can hopeful iPhone buyers pre-order the new model, but they can get an unlocked version that works with multiple carriers, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's iPhone 6 pre-order process was a pain, and T-Mobile's absence when it launched just after midnight was frustrating for many potential customers. Considering how many people seem to want the new models, however, the T-Mobile delay probably won't have a negative impact on sales.


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06:11
Stellar Data Recovery releases Stellar Phoenix Video...

Stellar Data Recovery has launched Stellar Phoenix Video Repair 1.0 for the Mac. It lets you repair corrupt or damaged video files so that "unplayable" videos are fit for replay.

Stellar Phoenix Video Repair can identify and repair damage in files with MOV, MP4, 3GP, M4V, M4A, 3G2 and F4V extensions. You can repair multiple files of different formats in one go in a matter of minutes, says Sunil Chandna, CEO, Stellar Data Recovery.

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06:00
Apple, carriers and retailers now accepting pre-...

Apple, carriers and other retailers now are accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus in a launch that began overnight. Unlike earlier years when sales started promptly at 12:01 AM PT, Apple's online store opening was delayed for...

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05:56
Intel acquires wide swath of Powerwave LTE, Wi-Fi...

Intel Corporation announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to buy over 1,400 patents and patent applications from an affiliate of The Gores Group, which obtained the patents in the early Chapter 11 bankruptcy of Powerwave Technologies before it shifted to Chapter 7. The patents relate to, among other things, telecommunications infrastructure technologies, including tower mounted amplifiers, antenna structures, power amplifier configurations, crest factor reduction and digital pre-distortion circuitry, all technologies used in modern LTE networks and Wi-Fi devices....



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05:53
Why Apple timed things perfectly with the launch of...

After years of annual rumors that each successive iPhone would feature NFC, there was understandable skepticism when the rumor rolled around again this year for the iPhone 6. It was looking like Apple might have put all its short-range communication eggs in one basket with Bluetooth LE.

Instead, of course, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus got NFC as the mechanism for Apple’s contactless payment service, Apple PayPando suggests that the company’s timing may not be entire coincidental.

While U.S. banks have so far ignored the more secure chip-and-pin cards used in Europe, sticking doggedly to magnetic strips and...

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05:50
Apple Pay headed to China with UnionPay partnership...

 

Apple is set to bring Apple Pay, its mobile wallet service, to China using a partnership with China UnionPay. @KhaosT on Twitter found references to the credit card type in iOS 8 code and now MarketWatch is corroborating with sources that a deal is in the works.

Apple announced Apple Pay as a US only service, coming to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in October with a software update. A deal with UnionPay would obviously mean Apple wants to bring the feature to Chinese iOS customers soon.

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05:49
News: Report: Future Apple Watches to include more...

Apple is planning to release future Apple Watches with more health features and additional sensors, according to a Reuters report. Of course, the first Apple Watch won’t hit the market until early 2015, so it’s unclear what the timeline would be for a second edition of the smartwatch. Numerous reports have claimed the Apple Watch would include many health features and sensors — one report said the watch would have more than 10 sensors…

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05:45
Apple's iPhone 6 Plus Pre-Order Shipping...

Approximately four hours after Apple began taking pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Store shipping estimates for new orders of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus have now slipped beyond their original September 19 delivery date in the United States.

The larger 5.5-inch model now shows an estimated ship time of 3-4 weeks, pushing online availability of the handset into October. Customers still may be able to secure select configurations for launch day in-store pickup, but availability varies based on geographic location.

Those who attempted to pre-order the iPhone 6 at Apple's after 12:01 AM PST experienced a number of problems, including frequent crashes and errors with Apple's own Apple Store app on both the iPhone and iPad. Apple's own online store also did not go up until more than an hour after the target Midnight start time.

Customers may still be to purchase launch-day iPhone 6 Plus units by going to an Apple Retail Store on September 19...

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05:43
∞ iPhone 6 pre-order demand overwhelms networks

As the clock ticket midnight in California, Apple fans around the world made their way to the Apple Store web site and app, as well as to many telco sites, in an effort to get their hands on an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. There were problems on many fronts, as demand trumped availability.

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05:32
Dock Folder Shortcuts: How Do They Work?

Today we'll learn about all of the things we can do with folder shortcuts in the Dock, from adjusting how the files within them appear to switching to (or away from!) Stacks view. Why, we'll even talk about how to sort those folders to find your stuff more easily! It's all here in this Quick Tip.


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05:30
Punfound is the puniest game around

Punfound is an intriguing word game all about puns. Players tap letters from a selection at the bottom of the screen to fill in the missing word to complete the pun. There are 150 puns to solve that range in difficulty from easy common puns to hard...

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05:10
60 percent of apps fail basic privacy tests, finds...

 

A review of 1,211 apps carried out by a coalition of privacy officials across 19 countries found that 60 percent of them failed at least one basic privacy test, reports the WSJ.

The officials found that 60% of apps raised privacy concerns, based on three criteria: They did not disclose how they used personal information; they required that the user give up an excessive amount of personal data as a condition of downloading the app; and their privacy policies were rendered in type too small to be read on a phone’s screen …

The review was carried out by the Global Privacy Enforcement Network, an...

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05:09
Apple turns on iPhone 6 preorders, here’s the best...

If you are considering one of the new iPhones, spend a minute walking through this carrier-by-carrier list of deals.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:00
Verizon May Launch Have-It-Your-Way Internet TV


Verizon in the first half of next year will launch an Internet TV service that offers a selection of custom channels as well as a bundle of content from the Big Four networks, according to reports. Represented in the mobile-minded bundle will be not only content from ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC, but also millennials-focused programming from DreamWorks Animation's Awesomeness TV, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam reportedly said at a conference on Thursday. Perhaps even more promising, a la carte services apparently will be a key part of the future offerings.

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05:00
News: iPhone 6 pre-orders plagued by issues

Attempting to pre-order Apple’s new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus this morning was an exercise in frustration for many customers, as Apple’s online store, which was scheduled to open at 12:01 AM PT today, didn’t actually open for more than two hours after the announced time. By then, many customers had started pre-ordering the new iPhones on the Apple Store app — also a hit-or-miss proposition for some. Inventory seemed to change suddenly,…

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04:47
13% of U.S. broadband households plan to buy...

Parks Associates (http://www.parksassociates.com) says that, although a substantial number of consumers are starting to use digital tools to manage their health, they use them infrequently.

Twenty-eight percent of U.S. broadband households used digital communication tools—email, online portal, mobile phone and apps, and webcam—to communicate with their care providers in the past 12 months, but their average usage is only three times per year, says the research group.

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04:47
13% of U.S. broadband households plan to buy...

Parks Associates (http://www.parksassociates.com) says that, although a substantial number of consumers are starting to use digital tools to manage their health, they use them infrequently.

Twenty-eight percent of U.S. broadband households used digital communication tools—email, online portal, mobile phone and apps, and webcam—to communicate with their care providers in the past 12 months, but their average usage is only three times per year, says the research group.

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04:46
Privacy Scan ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

SecureMac has released PrivacyScan 1.6, an update of the Mac privacy software. The upgrade adds improved compatibility with future versions of Mac OS X (such as Yosemite) and also adds additional Firefox web browser support and fixes.

PrivacyScan will notify Google Chrome, Chromium and Firefox users when their browser is configured to sync with Google’s servers, which can restore erased data. PrivacyScan will also add the capability to clean open windows in many popular apps.

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04:20
Gmail

 September 12, 2014 4:20:00 AM PDT

The problem with Gmail should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better.

 September 12, 2014 3:50:00 AM PDT

Gmail service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users within the next 1 hours. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change.

 September 12, 2014 3:20:00 AM PDT

We're investigating reports of an issue with Gmail. We will provide more information shortly.

We're currently investigating delays in receiving messages.

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04:14
Feral Interactive’s entire games catalogue on sale...

If you’re a fan of LEGO games on your Mac, or any of the many other games made by Mac gaming specialist Feral Interactive, you have six days to grab a bargain in the latest Mac App Store sale. This is the first time that the entire catalogue of apps from a developer has gone on sale, with discounts of up to 75 percent.

Notable titles include LEGO Star Wars Saga; the racing game GRID, which claims to combine the best of both arcade racing and driving sim worlds; defending the Earth from alien invasion in XCOM: Enemy Unknown (Elite Edition); and the award-winning ...

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04:08
Kool Tools: WD My Passport Wireless

WD's My Passport Wireless is a new, Wi-Fi enabled storage drive that allows consumers to save, access and share stored content wirelessly with any smartphone, tablet, computer or other device. Users now have the ability to store and access up to hundreds of hours of movies and music, as well photos and other digital files, from their smartphones and tablets that are typically limited by minimal storage capacity.

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04:05
Nikon D750 full-frame 24.3MP DSLR launches with Wi-...

Nikon has unveiled a new full-frame DSLR ahead of Photokina, one that effectively replaces the D700. The Nikon D750 has a 24.3-megapixel FX sensor combined with the Expeed 4 imaging engine, the same as the D810, though its weather-sealed carbon fiber thermoplastic and magnesium alloy body gives it a weight of just 750 grams (1.6 pounds), lighter than its stablemates....



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04:00
You Should Play: Zen Pinball

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

Dedicated arcades are dead, for the most part—save for a few pinball machines and video game cabinets tucked away in corners of movie theaters, bowling alleys, laser tag facilities, or trendy arcade-themed bars. Despite this, video games haven't really suffered at all from the loss of arcade gaming: Arcade games are still on consoles, computers, phones, tablets, and more, and there are more games coming out now than ever before. But the same can't be said for pinball machines. They're expensive to produce and maintain, plus take up a lot of space. In other words, they're not exactly ideal for the average living room or bedroom setting.

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03:44
Hanx Writer brings 1940s typewriter technology to...

SHOOK SHOOK SHOOK. 

Can you hear that? That’s the sound of me typing this article out on my new typewriter. Yes, it is still 2014. I’m just trying out Hanx Writer, a typewriter app for the iPad, brought to you by Tom Hanks. 

Yes, that Tom Hanks. Hanks collects typewriters and built this app as a bit of a passion project—in fact, if you download the app, you can read all about it in an opening letter written by Hanks himself. The fact that it is typed out in an old timey font makes it feel like Hanks wrote that letter just for you.

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

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03:00
Meet the new Macworld staff

Macworld is undergoing a big transformation, converting our print magazine to digital, and introducing new full-time staffers. We’re smaller in ranks, but devoted as ever to covering the most interesting whys, hows and what-ifs of the Apple universe.

Because you saw the keynote, right? This one was a biggie. We’re excited about what lies ahead—from iOS 8 to Apple Pay to that exquisitely machined Digital Crown—and we want to get readers up to speed on what’s happening on our end. We’ve sort of been in the news lately.

If you’re a current print subscriber, look for information about your new subscription options in the November issue of the magazine. We have digital editions for iPad and iPad mini, as well as a host of other platforms. But for now, I’d like to introduce you to the new Macworld staff.

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02:53
Apple Now Taking Pre-Orders for iPhone 6 and iPhone...

Three hours after it began taking pre-orders via the Apple Store app, Apple has now begun taking pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus through its official U.S. online store. Currently, all iPhone 6 models are showing a delivery date of September 19, while all iPhone 6 Plus models are estimated to ship in 7-10 business days.

Apple's online store comes online once again as many users experienced technical problems while attempting to pre-order both models on the Apple Store app. Several U.S. carriers including AT&T and Verizon have also been experiencing problems with pre-orders, with both of their respective sites crashing for many users. Those interested in buying an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus directly from Apple's website should likely do so right away, as supplies are sure to run out within the next...

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02:09
Pre-orders underway: T-Mobile no-contract iPhone not...

Buyers trying to be among the first to pre-order the new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus are running into problems, including overloaded Apple servers, carrier communication issues, and an absent player. Ironically, Apple's own Online Store was among the last outlet to open its pre-ordering page, though reports indicate that at least some users are successfully able to pre-order their preferred model, size and color....



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02:09
Apple Reserving iPhone 6 Preorders When Carrier...

Apple began reserving some iPhone 6 customer spots two hours into its pre-order day when it was unable to connect to its U.S. carrier partners. This allowed affected orders to go through instead of hanging during the ordering process. Our own Dave Hamilton reported this when ordering an iPhone 6 Plus at 1:37 AM PDT on September 12th.


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02:00
Poll: So which iPhone 6 did you get?

We polled you before the iPhone 6 announcement and we know things change at the last moment so we want to know which iPhone you got (if you got through):

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Which color and GB size?…

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01:17
Want to Pre-order iPhone 6? Try the iPad Apple Store...

Apple's iPhone 6 preorder event got off to a rough start Friday morning. The company's online Apple Store remained inaccessible to everyone for the first 30 minutes, and hit and miss for would-be customers for at least another half hour after that. Some people did report placing orders, however, and many of them appeared to be through Apple's iPad Apple Store apps.


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01:09
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus already selling out, 5.5 inch...


The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch has not been smooth, to say the least. Many people are still unable to access the Apple Online Store to purchase Apple’s newest devices. Despite availability issues, many models are already selling out. Carrier websites are the first to be affected, naturally, as they always get less supply than Apple itself.

Both AT&T and Verizon are quoting three week shipping delays for the Plus, meaning customers buying now won’t get their phones until around the 7th of October. At the time of writing, the iPhone 6 is still available. At Apple’s own store, it seems like the 64 GB iPhone 6 Plus and the 128 GB iPhone 6 Plus is now also...

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01:02
Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus now...

Apple and its partner wireless carriers on Friday initiated preorders for the latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets, though the purchase process was a harrowing experience for customers who saw persistent issues with the Online Apple Store.

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00:45
PSA: iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders start now

The iPhone 5S (left) next to the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. Which size is the one for you?

Megan Geuss

If you want a new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus when they go on sale on September 19 and you don't want to stand in line like a chump, Apple will soon begin accepting pre-orders in its online store in the phones' launch territories, and is currently taking pre-orders through the Apple Store iOS app. If you're in the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, or Singapore, the time to order is now.

The two new phones support the same basic features: NFC chips for the upcoming...

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00:33
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus now available for pre-order...

As expected, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are both now available for pre-order on Apple’s online store and carrier websites, at least for some users. As the stores start to catch up to the load, more and more and customers should be able to get in their orders. Initial buyers seem to have the most luck on carrier websites as well as the Apple Store App. The store is almost an hour late in opening.

You can get the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 starting at $199 for the 16 GB model. Unlike previous years, there is no 32 GB option, which was replaced by a larger 64 GB model at $299 and a new 128 GB version for $399.

The iPhone 6 Plus sports the same internals as the smaller model accompanied by a 5.5-inch display and a camera with...

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00:28
Apple’s iPhone 6 Preorder Undergoing Massive Fail,...

Apple is experiencing a rare bit of massive FAIL with the live streaming for Tuesday's media event iPhone 6 preordering. From having two audio feeds during the pre-show to a live Chinese translation that makes it hard to hear Apple's executives to the stream itself dropping out to intermittent outages of Apple's site itself With the online Apple Store still offline 25 minutes after preorders were supposed to begin, this has so far been a catastrophe for a company that normally gets everything right.


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00:17
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Now Available for Pre-...

Apple has begun accepting online pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus in several different countries around the world, including the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, and the UK.

Several U.S. carriers, including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint are also accepting pre-orders for the devices. Multiple retail stores like Best Buy, Target, and Walmart will be accepting iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders when the stores open in the morning, at varying times.

Thus far, there...

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Thursday September 11

23:02
Apple Store online down in preparation for iPhone 6...

[Update: Pre-orders have begun] The familiar "We'll be back" sign has appeared on the US and other countries' online Apple Stores in advance of the expected 12AM PT Friday opening for pre-orders on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Customers in Australia, the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Puerto Rico and of course the US can pre-order the devices, which will appear at retail September 19....



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22:57
iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus: Which one should you buy?

It’s iPhone buying season again and this year we’re faced with a very tough decision. Apple recently unveiled the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at its press event on Sept. 9, 2014 and as many rumors indicated, we now have a 4.7-inch model and a 5.5-inch model. Normally our choice would be narrowed down between color and capacity, but this year it’s much more than that…

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus may seem very similar on the outside, but that’s not exactly the case. While the screen sizes may differ between these two models, there are also a few different features...

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21:35
Tim Cook: “This is epic”

USA Today:

“If there was a lot of emotion in my voice today, it’s because we’ve all been waiting for this day for a long time. It felt so great,” Cook, 53, told USA TODAY. “The people at this company are doing the best work of their lives, the best work that Apple has ever done.”

“It’s an incredible opportunity for us to switch people from Android to iOS. So yes, this is epic. It is epic,” he says.

I made mention of this both on Amplified and Your Mac Life yesterday. Cook seemed genuinely excited up on stage.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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21:32
Briefly: Griffin, Caseit release new iPhone 6 and...

Tech innovations company Griffin Technology has announced its case lineup for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Its family of Identity cases offer drop protection with a variety of aesthetic options, composed of a two-piece design with a protective bumper and low-profile back plate. The cases' bumper combines shock-absorbing rubber and a hard plastic frame, able to protect the iPhone from drops up to 4 feet. Available in a range of colors in Performance, Graphite and All Clear models, pricing starts at $30. Griffin's Survivor cases - available in All-Terrain, Slim and Core models - are designed...

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21:06
Online Apple Store down ahead of iPhone 6, iPhone 6...

Apple's online store was taken down Thursday night as the company braced for what is expected to be a flood of preorders for its recently-announced next-generation handsets, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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21:02
Apple Store Down Ahead of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Pre-...

Apple has taken its online store down in order to prepare for the launch of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders. Pre-orders for the two devices are expected to begin at 12:01 AM Pacific Time or 3:01 AM Eastern Time on September 19, on Apple's site and on several carrier sites.

Ahead of pre-orders, prospective iPhone 6 buyers should make sure to check both their upgrade eligibility and their trade-in options for old devices.

Apple's iPhone 6 is available in 16, 64, and 128 GB capacities in the United States for $199, $299, and $399, respectively, with a two-year contract. Contract-free pricing begins at $649. Apple's higher-priced iPhone 6 Plus is available in 16, 64, and 128 GB capacities for $299, $399, and $499, respectively, with a two-year contract. Contract-free pricing on that device begins at...

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20:34
Apple Pay nets favorable transaction fees from banks...

A detailed look at Apple's new Apple Pay mobile and online payments solution reveals the reasoning behind decisions from credit card issuing banks to not only adopt the service, but offer low per-transaction fees.

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20:17
Philips offers 24-bit D/A Lightning-connected...

Audio and video equipment maker Philips has debuted a new headphone set for iOS devices that offers a pair of distinct differences: it features 24-bit digital-to-analog conversion and amplification built right within the headphones, and it uses a Lightning connector rather than a standard 3.5mm connector. The Fidelio M2L headphones are said to the first to use the Lightning connector....



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19:45
This guy’s replies to 9/11 brand Tweets sum up...

AdWeek:

Sean Bonner says, “There’s no way for a brand to “insert themselves into a conversation” about a tragedy like this without it being bad.

“Today (or whatever other tragedy this kind of thing has happened with) isn’t the time for marketing. It isn’t the time for branding or getting people to pay attention to companies. It’s a time for people to interact with each other, and the only respectful thing for brands to do is stay out of it and wait for tomorrow to get back to business.”

I see these kinds of marketing “tributes” all the time in these situations and Bonner and Monteiro are right – if you are a brand, just STFU.

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18:40
Senators Request Security Update From Tim Cook Over...

Two Senate committee chairs have sent a letter to Tim Cook requesting more information about the security situation at Apple, specifically as it concerns iCloud security and measures taken to protect customer data.

The Mac Observer Spin: Hopefully this is an awareness move and not just a move to get attention and look like they're doing something about iCloud security.


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18:21
New rumor claims 12-inch Retina MacBook Air will...


Gold is best

If you’ve just been dying to get your hands on a gold MacBook Air, a new rumor floating around the web is sure to make your day. According to a tech website aptly named A Tech Website, the long-rumored line of 12-inch MacBook Airs that are expected to be released next year will be available not only in the usual...

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18:15
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

MyScript Smart Note...

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18:09
How, when, and where to preorder the iPhone 6

Tonight’s the night. The hour draws near. Put on a pot of coffee and set an alarm. iPhone 6 preorders start at midnight.

But Apple isn’t the only place you can place your order. Big box retailers like Walmart and Best Buy will also take preorders, and of course your friendly carrier stores are eager to help you too. You probably already know what color and capacity you’re after, so now it’s a matter of figuring out where to actually place your order.

Apple

There’s something to be said about going right to the source. Preorders start at 12:01 a.m. on Friday (which is Thursday night, of course, not Friday night), and Apple has a trade-in program if you’d like to get a gift card for your old iPhone, and even offers ...

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17:48
Rumor: Apple to launch 12-inch MacBook Air in 2015...

A sketchy rumor on Thursday claims Apple's rumored 12-inch MacBook Air will debut in the middle of 2015, to be available in gold, space gray and silver colors identical to those offered with the iPhone.

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17:16
Next-generation Apple Watch rumored to boast more...

The Apple Watch won't hit stores until next year, but a report on Thursday is already saying the next iteration will come packed with more sensors and fitness-oriented functionality.

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17:00
X-Doria iPhone 6/6 Plus case review and giveaway

This is a first for TUAW -- we'll actually be giving away some iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cases before the new larger iPhones are in the hands of readers. These cases from X-Doria arrived at TUAW Labs just after the Apple announcements on September 9. I...

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16:33
Apple Gains new Mobile Carrier in S. Korea to sell...

Korea's third largest mobile carrier LG Uplus Corp is now on track to start selling Apple's latest new iPhone 6. This is the first time that LG Uplus will be selling Apple's iPhone. Apple gains a new partner and avenue to take on Samsung in Korea.

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16:14
Walmart to cut $20 off iPhone 6 price, offers...

Walmart, as is its custom, is planning to offer the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at a slight discount from other merchants. The company is reported to be taking $20 off the standard price, lowering the cost to $179 for a base model iPhone 6, or $279 for a base-model iPhone 6 Plus (both with new two-year contract). Those who pre-order from Walmart starting tomorrow will also get a $15 e-gift card....



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16:13
Apple's capacious iPhone 6 models to drive...

Based on unlocked iPhone price checks, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster believes Apple's latest handsets will see higher sustained ASPs thanks to upgraded storage capacities and the new top-end iPhone 6 Plus model.

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16:07
Reuters: Some future model of the Apple Watch will...

Reuters has some big news about future generations of the Apple Watch: according to people familiar with Apple’s plans, the device will eventually get more health-releated sensors. Which generation we can expect to see these sensors or what types of data they’ll collect wasn’t exactly specified, but the company is definitely planning to include additional capabilities in future upgrades.

Of course, this isn’t exactly the most shocking or unexpected news. It would be hard to believe that Apple had hired a group of...

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16:00
Here is every watch face shown during the Apple...

With all the attention given to the Apple Watch's functionality during this week's announcement event, it's little wonder that the device's customizable watch face was barely reported on. However, the sheer number of options demonstrated during the...

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15:57
Simon Pierro Does iPad Magic Using LEGO

Remember Simon Pierro? He's a magician who uses an iPad in his act. He's amazing, and he has a new video out where he is set up a LEGO store using real-world LEGOs for his iPad magic. I'm not sure which I enjoy most-Simon Pierro's abilities and incredibly fast hands or the awe on the children's faces as he works his magic. It's good stuff!


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15:52
Future Versions of Apple Watch to Include Additional...

Future versions of the Apple Watch will include "richer health features and additional sensors," according to a new report from Reuters. Though the Apple Watch was only unveiled on Tuesday, the site says that some healthcare professionals who were hoping for "groundbreaking health features" were left disappointed with the watch's fitness capabilities.Observers say there is little evidence for now that the device's fitness capabilities surpass the competition. Others, hoping for groundbreaking health features from a company whose Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook spoke of how sensors are "set to explode," were left wondering what's in store for the product.

Two people familiar with Apple's plans told Reuters the company is planning to unveil richer health features and additional sensors in later versions, the first iteration not hitting the market until early 2015....

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15:30
Apple is offering existing iCloud users a partial...

On the heels of Apple's new pricing for iCloud storage, existing iCloud users have begun receiving emails announcing they have received an upgrade and refunded to put them in line with new customers. Users who were on the 20GB plan saw their cost...

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15:19
iPhone 6: First impressions after using Apple's...

Apple's eighth iPhone event introduced two new larger-screened, larger-capacity new phones, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, along with a continuation two of the world's top selling models, iPhone 5c and 5s, now at a reduced price.

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15:07
News: Daily Deal: Last chance to get the Limefuel...

Today is your last chance to pick up your Limefuel Lite USB Battery Pack for only $34.99 in our iLounge Deal. Equipped with 15000mAh of juice and two USB ports, Limefuel Lite gives you all the power you need to keep your iPhone, iPad, or iPod charged up throughout the day. A built-in digital display tells you how much juice you have left, and Limefuel Lite is designed for portability, weighing only 12 ounces and small enough to fit into a purse, backpack,…

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15:00
Inateck BP2001: The little Bluetooth speaker that...

I'll soon be reviewing a rather pricy speaker from another hardware vendor, so today I'm going to look at a less expensive solution from Inateck. The BP2001 10W Bluetooth Stereo Speaker (US$59.99 MSRP, available for $25.99 on Amazon) is affordable...

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14:59
Square Enix to start smartphone game rental service...

Japanese video game publisher Square Enix announced a new initiative this week, putting some of its most popular games in the hands of mobile device users. The new program, called Dive In, allows users to rent Square Enix titles through a dedicated application and play them on through their Android or iOS tablets and smartphones....



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14:41
Tim Cook's About-Face on the Smartwatch Market

At the top of the year there was an exclusive report that surfaced about Apple having just procured enough Sapphire Crystal furnaces to make 100-200 million 5-inch iPhone displays. Within a month, Tim Cook commented to the Wall Street Journal that the sapphire plant in Arizona was really for a "secret project." We now know that Apple's "secret project" was the Apple Watch and that the sapphire was being produced for the watch display and not the iPhone. On that count, Cook provided us with information that was simple and accurate. Yet, looking back at Cook's interview with Mossberg at D11 sixteen months ago, we could plainly see an about-face on his thoughts on the smartwatch market at a time when Samsung was leading the way. Our report takes a look back at that key interview while we take a swipe at the new Apple Watch.

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14:30
Panic's Transmit file manager coming to iOS

Panic will be bringing its Transmit file manager to iOS with the release of iOS 8, according to an announcement. The new app is currently in beta, and will be able to handle both FTP and local files. iOS 8 is essential because the app will make heavy use of Extensions; separate apps will be able to save files to a local Transmit folder, or else use Transmit to upload to FTP/SFTP, WebDAV, and Amazon S3 servers....



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14:09
Register for the Epic iPhone 6 Giveaway

We have a killer giveaway for you called the Epic iPhone 6 Giveaway. That's because it's an epic iPhone 6 giveaway. Cool, right? All you have to do is sign up to receive TMO Deal notifications, and you're entered to win. In two months, our friends at Stack Social will choose a winner, and-if you register-it could be you. If you're really keen to win, you can get additional entries by sharing on Twitter and Facebook. Good luck!


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14:04
Apple to offer in-store iPhone 6 pickups for online...

Departing from its usual product launch operations, Apple will have iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models waiting at brick-and-mortar stores on Sept. 19 for customers placing preorders online.

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14:00
Apple's Ultra-Slim 12-Inch Notebook Coming in...

With Apple's Mac notebooks continuing to prove popular with consumers, the company has been rumored for some time to be working on a 12-inch notebook that could feature an ultra-slim form factor, Retina display, a new buttonless trackpad, and a fanless design. Rumors of such a machine have surfaced from several sources over the course of the past year, suggesting Apple has indeed been working on the device.

While such a machine has yet to debut despite early rumors of a mid-2014 launch, perhaps due to continued delays with Intel's next-generation Broadwell chips, a new report from Jack March of A Tech Website...

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14:00
Caption This: The Eddy and Walt show

Of all the things I during Apple's iPhone 6 & Apple Watch event, the thing that interested me most was Eddy Cue's lovely pink shirt. Ok, that was a lie, but I still think it's pretty fantastic. This photo -- snapped by Gilipollastv on Flickr --...

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14:00
How to Type an Apple Symbol in iOS

Now that we have Apple Pay and the Apple Watch it looks like Apple may be moving away from their â90s âiâ branding to a more modern and corporate branded âAppleâ naming scheme. On the Mac there is an easy keyboard shortcut to type that Apple symbol, but how can you do it on iOS? Adam Christianson has the answer.


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13:41
Apple MFi summit coming Nov. 12-14; Joswiak goes to...

Apple will hold its annual Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad summit between November 12th and 14th this year in Shenzhen, China, according to an announcement. The event is intended to brief accessory and peripheral manufacturers. This year Apple says that sessions will concentrate on HomeKit, iBeacon, AirPlay, and in-app purchases....



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13:39
Apple's New iPhones: Ho-Hum and Controversial...


Apple's new iPhones didn't take center stage at its product launch this week. "The fact that they are ho-hum is interesting in itself," said Nick Spencer, a senior practice director at ABI Research. "Apple is now a company that follows rather than leads." Apple is "at least 18 months late with a large screen device," he pointed out. Further, its Apple Pay mobile payment feature is "not exactly new, although Apple may perform the characteristic trick of perfecting it so the consumer actually adopts it -- not a trivial achievement."

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13:30
Apple Pay’s Success Could Hinge on Who Pays...

On Tuesday Apple rolled out its iPhone-based payment system called Apple Pay. This sounds like a great thing, and that could very well prove true, but it's ultimate success could hinge on who ends up paying the transaction fees.


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13:30
TuneMob syncs multiple devices to play surround...

Very often, people have a lot of music on their iOS device that they'd like to play at a get-together or party. Unfortunately, the speakers on iOS devices are designed for personal use and therefore typically aren't loud enough to satisfy a group of...

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13:00
How to save money when purchasing an iPhone 6 or...

Want to purchase an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and save some money at the same time? Customers who are looking for the best deals, should bypass the Apple Store and visit third-party retailers like Walmart or Radio Shack. Several retailers this week...

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12:57
Apple to Offer In-Store Pickup Option for iPhone 6...

It appears that Apple will be allowing users to select "Personal Pickup" when placing iPhone 6 pre-orders, which means that users may be able to pick up their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus at an Apple retail store on launch day, September 19, rather than waiting for it to be shipped to their homes.

Apple's retail iPhone page suggests that in-store pickup will indeed be available, noting that users can have an iPhone shipped for free or pick it up in store.

iPhone 6. Pre-order online starting September 12. The big day is coming. Pre-order iPhone 6 and have it shipped to you for free, or pick it up in store. You can also buy at the Apple Retail Store beginning at 8:00 a.m. on September 19.9to5Mac has confirmed the information with several retail stores and an online chat representative, who told the site that there will be in-store pickup options available at "most stores" with the option existing "while...

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12:50
Goodbye to Macworld, but Not to Those Who Made it...

Macworld has shuttered its print magazine and laid off most of its staff. Contributing Editor Chuck La Tournous shares some of the details and looks back at the magazine that was born with the Mac and the people who made it worth reading for over 30 years.


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12:46
With new cameras, Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6...

With the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple added numerous features designed to make life better for users. Photographers are no exception, getting goodies like phase detection autofocus and optical image stabilization --?AppleInsider took a look at all of the imaging upgrades coming to the next-generation handsets.

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12:45
Will you be able to use the new VoLTE service on...

VoLTE is coming to Apple iPhones for the first time with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus -- maybe not right away, but the service will roll out as time passes.

VoLTE stands for Voice over LTE, and it brings together voice and data together in the...

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12:39
Apple to offer in-store pickup option for iPhone 6...

Pre-orders for the iPhone 6 will start at 12:01 a.m. PDT and will be available to purchase in Apple Stores on Sept. 19th, 2014, but what isn’t widely known is that it looks like Apple is kicking off Personal Pickup availability starting with preorders as well. This means that you’ll be able to preorder an iPhone 6 and select a store in your area and pick it up on launch day….

We’ve independently confirmed this news with several Apple Stores and Apple’s online chat. The option to pickup an iPhone in store will be available during the checkout process and...

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12:30
Tim Cook: iPhone 6 to usher in "the mother of...

Though much of the focus this week is understandably centered on Apple's new Watch, the two new iPhone 6 models Apple introduced this past Tuesday are more than noteworthy in their own right.

Aside from the obvious change in design -- bigger screens...

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12:15
Daily Deals for September 11, 2014, featuring...

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

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

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12:15
News: Apple upgrades current iCloud users to new...

Following this week’s announcement of iOS 8, Apple has sent out notifications to existing paid iCloud storage customers notifying them of new, reduced prices for their existing storage plans, along with pro-rated refunds for the balance of the reduced plan price. Customers who have already purchased iCloud Storage under the old annual pricing model retain whatever storage capacity they purchased, at a price now reduced to the next-lowest tier…

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12:10
News: Report: Apple to use digital queue system at...

Apple is reportedly changing the way it runs its in-store launch system for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Stores will be moving on from the old paper card system in favor of a new digital queue system called Reservation Pass, 9to5Mac reports. The system will sync with inventory information to ensure Apple hands out the proper amount of product reservations — reservation cards will be sent to customers via email or SMS. Notably, receiving a…

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12:04
News: iPhone 6 release delayed in China, pre-orders...

Apple has informed Chinese mobile providers that it won’t release the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the country on the expected date of Sept. 19, The New York Times reports. The company offered no explanation for the delay, but it’s reported that the phones may have not yet been approved for sale by Chinese regulators. A manager at China Telecom was apparently told by an Apple rep that some details were not ready. “Apple completely…

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12:00
How far away is your iPhone? [Poll]

Apple's Watch will apparently work as a magical device only when it's within about 50 feet of your iPhone, which for some odd reason seems to have a lot of people really concerned. Come on, folks -- most current smart watches require a phone to be in...

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11:46
T-Mobile’s John Legere delivers Un-carrier 7 keynote

Even though you have to sign-up to watch this keynote, I would recommend you do it. I was at the event yesterday and I just love Legere. He’s crazy as a bag of hammers, but he speaks bluntly and honestly about today’s carrier market. If you don’t want to watch the video, you can read the press release.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:42
Samsung smartphone trade-in requests surge in wake...

The unveiling of Apple's iPhone 6 handsets has unsurprisingly fueled a flood of trade-in requests from previous-generation iPhone owners lured by the new devices' larger displays and bonus features. But they're not the only ones preparing to make the jump -- many owners of smartphones from Apple's chief rival Samsung are also eager to upgrade their experience.

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11:38
iPhone 6 preorders to begin at 12:01AM Pacific on...

(Updated with in-store pickup news) In the US, online preorders for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will begin at 12:01AM Pacific time Friday morning. While Apple has yet to announce an exact hour, AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon have, and traditionally Apple has opened up preorders at the same time. Other vendors, like T-Mobile, are referencing a broad September 12th window....



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11:30
Google Hangouts gets a facelift, adds Google voice...

Google Voice and Hangouts have coexisted for a while, and while Google has pushed Hangouts as its primary messaging and chat platform, news on Voice has slowed to a trickle. Now, as TechCrunch reports, Google is revamping its Hangouts app to include...

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11:27
Sapphire Displays for iPhone 6 Missed by 'Weeks...

One of the biggest rumors for the iPhone 6 was a new sapphire display cover courtesy of Apple's partnership with GT Advanced Technologies. Some rumors had suggested sapphire might be limited to high-end models, but at the device's unveiling earlier this week the feature was nowhere to be found on any of the new models.

GT's stock took a significant hit as it became clear the iPhone 6 was not using a sapphire display, and analyst Matt Margolis has issued a new report based on supply chain sources claiming sapphire displays missed being included in the iPhone 6 by just "weeks".

According to Margolis' sources, the issue was not GT's production, as the company is said to have been steadily shipping out sapphire from its factory in Mesa, Arizona....

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11:19
Eulogy for the iPod classic

The iPod Classic is dead, but its legacy lives on, with the 128 GB iPhone 6 carrying the torch of putting massive amounts of music in your pocket and the reincarnation of the click wheel in the Apple Watch’s digital crown.

 

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11:17
Apple announces updated iCloud pricing tiers, offers...

The new iCloud pricing tiers have arrived.

On Wednesday, Apple put its new iCloud pricing tiers into effect, announcing the changes on its web site and offering users up to one terabyte of space for US$19.99 per month.

The new tiers range from 5GB to 1TB of online storage space and can be purchased now via the iCloud settings menu on any connected iOS device.

The company is carrying over the free 5GB tier with an option for 20GB of space for 99 cents per month, 200GB for US$3.99 per month, 500GB for US$9.99 per month and 1TB for US$19.99 per month.

As previously reported, Apple is carrying over the free 5GB tier that will join options 20GB for 99 cents per month, 200GB for $3.99 per month, 500GB for $9.99 per month and 1TB for $19.99 per...

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11:15
Where and when to pre-order the iPhone 6 and iPhone...

Apple is preparing to open pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Friday, September 12. Unlike previous years when everyone flocked to Apple to secure their phone, pre-ordering now is available from Apple, wireless carriers and a variety of...

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11:15
The Real Reason Apple’s Tim Cook Has Been...

The influence of the entertainment industry is underappreciated. Strong leaders, for the sake of drama, are always depicted as extroverts-gregarious and flamboyant. Regrettably, that may have led the media to incorrectly diagnose Tim Cook in the comparison to Steve Jobs. John Martellaro explains why observers got Tim Cook all wrong. Very wrong.


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11:02
First iPhone shipments arriving on U.S. soil via...

The first iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units have landed on U.S. soil.

Per iPhone in Canada and MacRumors, the first cargo pallets have been transported to Chicago in two “special cargo” batches from Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport via China Southern Airlines.

Shipping manifests show the cargo weighed a total of 93 tons and was broken into two parcels, one weighing 14.5 tons on September 6 and a second one weighing 78.5 tons on September 10th. Previous rumors indicated that shipments would be beginning late last week as Apple begins staging units...

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11:00
Crowdfunding Roundup: Nano edition

Each week, TUAW provides readers with an update on new or significant crowdfunded Apple-related projects in the news. While our policy is to not go into detail on items that haven't reached at least 80 percent of their funding goal, this update is...

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10:45
Trade-In Options for iPhone 6 Buyers With Old Devices

After purchasing an iPhone 6 or an iPhone 6 Plus, many upgraders will be left with old iPhones or Android phones that can be worth quite a bit of money. There are several options for trading in old devices that can significantly cut down on the cost of purchasing a new device, and most of the trade-in options are entirely hassle free. Some carriers are even offering trade-in bonuses in order to entice users to upgrade to an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus.

Verizon, for example, is offering a free 16GB iPhone 6 with the trade-in of an iPhone 4, 4s, 5, 5c, or 5s in good working condition with the renewal of a two-year contract, a $199 value. That's not a great deal for users that have a mint-condition iPhone 5s (which is generally worth more than $199), but it is a pretty solid option for former 4, 4s, 5, or 5c users.

T-Mobile has...

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10:45
iPhone 6 launch may see 'Reservation Pass...

For the launch of the iPhone 6 on September 19th, Apple Stores will use a new system called Reservation Pass, a report says. During past Apple product launches, people in line have typically been given paper cards specifying the particular model they asked for. This let stores keep rough track of inventory while ensuring that people wouldn't waste their time if a model happened to be sold out....



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10:39
For London’s cabbies, the world’s hardest geography...

National Geographic:

The Knowledge of London is a real-time, street-level test of memorization skills so intense that it physically alters the brains of those who pass it.

To qualify for that elusive green badge, you need to learn by heart all 320 sample runs that are listed in the Blue Book, the would-be cabbie’s bible. You will also have to commit to memory the 25,000 streets, roads, avenues, courts, lanes, crescents, places, mews, yards, hills, and alleys that lie within a six-mile radius of Charing Cross.

I am severely directionally challenged and couldn’t complete The Knowledge on pain of death but reading about the process they have to go through is fascinating.

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10:36
BlackBerry buys virtual SIM startup Movirtu, will...

BlackBerry has announced that it has acquired Movirtu, a UK-based startup pioneering virtual-SIM technology, allowing a single device to have multiple phone numbers associated with it. The buy would bring technology for a "bring-your-own-device" user to have one device spanning a business number with associated apps and contacts, and a personal contact number on the same phone without juggling multiple SIM cards....



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10:35
iPhone 6 Pre-order Kick Off Sept 12 at 12:01AM...

Apple promised pre-orders for the ,iPhone and iPhone 6 Plus would start on Friday, September 12, but didn't say exactly what time. Thanks to Apple's carrier partners, we know that time is 12:01AM pacific time, which means there will be a lot of people up early Friday morning placing orders.


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10:30
iPhone 6 launch in China delayed pending regulatory...

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will hit store shelves in 10 countries around the world come September 19. Notably, and surprisingly, China won't be one of them.

According to a recent piece in the New York Times, Apple's new iPhone models for some...

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10:16
Here’s how Apple will convince you to buy a...

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New York magazine:

It will start with a friend. A friend who lives in San Francisco, maybe. Or who works as a venture capitalist. Or who recently had a birthday.

And then, sometime around June, you’ll get an unexpected infusion of cash — a security deposit you forgot you’d paid, or a few hundred dollars from your tax return. And you’ll find yourself on Apple.com late at night, admiring the watch, wondering if the $349 you’d spend would ever really be worth it.

What the hell, you’ll say. Add to cart.

It won’t work this way for most people but this will be a process very similar to what many have gone through in the past with Apple products and certainly will with the Apple Watch.

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10:11
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-11

TMO's Dave Hamilton had the chance to go hands on with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, so today he joins Jeff Gamet to talk about his first impressions and which model he's buy. Dave also squares off with Bryan Chaffin to debate whether or not Apple Pay really will be the jump start the NFC-based mobile payment market needs.


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10:01
Mining iPhones and iCloud For Data With Forensic...

SternisheFan points out an article that walks us through the process of using forensic tools to grab data from iPhones and iCloud using forensic tools thought to have been employed in the recent celebrity photo leak. There are a number of ways to break into these devices and services depending on what kind of weakness an attacker has found. For example, if the attacked has possession of a target's iPhone, a simple command-line toolkit from Elcomsoft uses a jailbreak to bypass the iPhone's security. A different tool can extract iCloud data with access to a computer that has a local backup of a phone's data, or access to a computer that simply has stored credentials. The discusses also details a method for spoofing device identification to convince iCloud to restore data to a device mimicking the target's phone. The author concludes, "Apple could go a long way toward protecting customer privacy just by adding a second credential to encrypt stored iCloud data. An encryption password...

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10:00
Rumor Roundup: iPhone 6 and 'iWatch'...

The iPhone 6 and Apple Watch have both been unveiled to the public. And lo, the rumor bloggers wept, for there were no more worlds to conquer.

As is customary, I've done a post-event roundup of the rumors. However, I went fully overboard this...

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09:57
Pixelmator 3.2.1 - Powerful layer-based image editor...

Pixelmator is a beautifully designed, easy-to-use, fast, and powerful image editor for OS X. It has everything you need to create, edit, and enhance your images.

Pixelmator is a layer-based image editor. You can quickly create layers from your photos, other pictures, from selections, or even your iSight. Yes, Pixelmator can add a layer to your composition directly from your Mac's little camera. Not only can you link and arrange added layers, but Pixelmator also allows you to blend layers, change their opacity, create clipping masks, or even add layer masks to hide some portions of a layer.

Version 3.2.1:

  • Migrated to OpenGL Core Profile, so that we can access all of the latest GPU features and have a more streamlined API, with more control over the rendering pipeline.
  • Improved the rendering process with IOSurface technology.

Other Fixes And Improvements

  • Improved the Paint Selection Tool’s...
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    09:50
    Sept. 26th to mark second wave of international...

    The second group of international iPhone 6/6 Plus launches will happen on September 26th, checks at Apple's international storefronts indicate. Some countries discovered so far include Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Taiwan, Turkey, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. The United Arab Emirates will get the new phones on September 27th....



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    09:46
    Recent iCloud subscribers receiving partial refunds...

    Apple is offering partial refunds to recent iCloud subscribers as it drops the price of its cloud storage plans.

    The refunds were first reported by Circa editor Nicholas Deleon, who received an e-mail from Apple about refunds to his personal iCloud account. Deleon had been paying $40 per year for 25 GB of storage, but will start paying $12 per year on October 10. To cover the price difference between now and then, Apple is giving Deleon a prorated refund of $2.38.

    Apple's iCloud storage plans previously included 5 GB of free data and cost $20 per year for an extra 10 GB, $40 per year for 20 GB, and $100 per year for 50 GB.

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    09:40
    iPhone 6 Pre-Orders to Kick off Tonight at 12:01 AM...

    Following Tuesday's announcement of both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, Apple announced plans to begin taking pre-orders for the devices on Friday, September 12.

    Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T will all begin accepting pre-orders at 12:01 AM PT according to their websites, and carriers typically open up pre-orders alongside Apple. Apple's support representatives are, however, still claiming that the company does not yet have a specific time for the pre-order.

    Unlike last year where only the iPhone 5c was available for pre-order, Apple will be offering both the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus for pre-order. There have been few reports on available supply, but typically it's best to make an order right away if possible because in the past, pre-orders have sold out within mere minutes. As we mentioned yesterday, it's a good idea to check on upgrade eligibility...

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    09:35
    Apple schedules MFi summit for Nov 12-14 in China to...

    Apple has announced this year’s summit for its Made-for-iPhone/iPad/iPod accessory program will take place Nov. 12-14 in China. The event will focus on briefing accessory manufacturers on HomeKit, iBeacon, and other new technologies coming in iOS 8. 

    Apple certainly has a lot to brief accessory makers on this year. Earlier this year we were first to report on Apple’s plans to allow headphone manufacturers to use its Lightning connector for sending audio and other unique features, while iOS 8 launching this fall with the new iPhones introduces HomeKit, Health, and a ton of new...

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    09:34
    ∞ Apple Watch: The Musical

    This guy has actually done a pretty good job on this video. It’s very amusing.

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    09:30
    Infographic hilariously compares two-year-old Nexus...

    As spotted by Business Insider, Android fan and Ars Technica Reviews Editor Ron Amadeo created this amusing infographic that compares Apple's latest iPhone 6 with the Nexus 4. The image not-so-subtly implies Apple's hardware is years behind Google's...

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    09:23
    Apple exec Greg Joswiak to be interviewed at Code/...

    In a rare public interview, Apple Vice President Greg Joswiak will appear onstage at the Code/Mobile conference in late October, where he will discuss his company's fall 2014 lineup, set to include the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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    09:02
    9to5Toys Last Call: TP-LINK WiFi extender $20, 2-...

    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:

    Last Call updates:

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    09:00
    Gartner recognizes Microsoft as a Leader positioned...

    We are excited to announce that Microsoft has been positioned as a Leader in Gartner’s 2014 Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace! Vendors in the report were evaluated on ability to execute and completeness of vision, and Leaders are considered well-established vendors with widely used social software and collaboration offerings.

    This is a great honor that reinforces our vision for Enterprise Social—to empower companies to work like a network. By integrating the components of Yammer with Office 365, Microsoft is uniquely positioned to deliver value to our customers. We also continue to help people get...

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    09:00
    New Project webcast series starts September 16:...

    Join us Tuesday, September 16, at 9:30 a.m. PT/12:30 p.m. ET to kick off the new Project webcast series!

    This session will discuss how to create a project lifecycle workflow, with branching logic based on project-level metadata.

    In addition, this session will cover how to configure customized email notifications to help facilitate the use of the workflow.

    Presented by Gaurav Wason with Project Made Easy

    ATTENTION: We are offering 1.0 PDU credits to all attendees who fill out the post webcast survey.

    Register now!
    You can register for this session, a few sessions, or the entire Project series. Four attendees who fill out the post webcast evaluation will receive a fully functioning evaluation copy of Microsoft...

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    09:00
    Review: Crucial MX100 256GB SATA-3 SSD

    While the price to gigabyte ratio for magnetic platter-based hard drives can't be beat, the speed that a SSD brings to the table for any computer is unmistakeable. The latest batch of SSDs have a variety of technological or price improvements, but rarely both. The one standout that claims both is the Crucial MX100 series of drives. Electronista has been living with one as a primary boot drive in a production for a while now. How did it fare in day-to-day operations? Check our our review and find out....



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    09:00
    Samsung ads attack Apple's Watch, iPhone 6,...

    Well you've got to give props to Samsung, if only for being quick to the punch. Barely a day after Apple's iPhone and Watch media event, Samsung Mobile began posting a series of web ads mocking Apple's recent product announcements from all...

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    08:54
    eMedia announces Masters of Rock guitar software

    eMedia (eMediaMusic.com) has released Media Masters of Rock Guitar, software for learning how to play some of rock’s greatest songs.

    It teaches songs made famous by Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Carlos Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughn and more. All guitar parts are shown in tab and standard notation with Animated Fretboard, variable-speed playback and looping selections of transcribed material. You can even remove the guitar or bass and jam with the band.

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    08:50
    iPhone Apps: Tab Pro, iBank for iPad, Things
    08:48
    Apple VP Greg Joswiak to attend Code/Mobile...

    Re/code announced today that Apple VP Greg Joswiak will be attending its inaugural Code/Mobile conference next month to talk about Apple’s new products announced earlier this week including the new iPhone 6 models, the new iOS 8, and the company’s mobile payment system due out next month called Apple Pay.

    “Joz,” as he is called, is a veteran of Apple who manages both product marketing and product management for both iPhone and iPod hardware, as well as iOS. He usually keeps himself quite busy behind the...

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    08:43
    iPhone 6 on US Cellular, C Spire Sept. 19; other...

    Two American regional carriers, US Cellular and C Spire, have announced plans to sell the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus on September 19th -- the same day as nationals AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint. Other regionals will only begin offering the device on September 26th, including Alaska Communications, Appalachian Wireless, Bluegrass Cellular, Cellcom, Nex-Tech Wireless, Silver State Communications, Strata, and Syringa Wireless. Some will reveal their plans soon, including GCI, nTelos, Carolina West Wireless, Chariton, Consumer Cellular, Illinois Valley Cellular, and Thumb Cellular....



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    08:32
    First iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Shipments Reportedly Land...

    Apple's first iPhone 6 and 6 Plus shipments are already landing on U.S. soil, reports CCAonline (via iPhone in Canada). According to the report, the first cargo pallets have been transported to Chicago in two "special cargo" batches from Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport via China Southern Airlines.

    Shipping manifests show the cargo weighed a total of 93 tons and was broken into two parcels, one weighing 14.5 tons on September 6 and a second one weighing 78.5 tons on September 10. MacRumors had previously heard similar word that shipments would be beginning late last week as Apple begins staging units at central locations before distributing them around the country for launch.

    As a very rough estimate based on the device weight supplied by Apple, these parcels could hold...

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    08:30
    Freaking Shapes: Fitting a square peg in a round hole

    Freaking Shapes is a fast-paced game that tests your reflexes with the old does this shape fit into this hole concept we were taught as children. Freaking Shapes has a short time limit for players to make decisions as to whether the shape on the left...

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    08:26
    Apple Watch tidbits: One-day battery life, but a...

    Some extra details on the Apple Watch have trickled out over the past couple days, filling in a couple of the blanks in Apple's big announcement.

    One of the bigger lingering questions was what to expect for battery life, as Apple made no mention of it during the press event. But speaking to Re/code, Apple spokeswoman Nat Kerris confirm that users should get used to a nightly charge.

    “We anticipate that people will charge nightly which is why we designed an innovative charging solution that combines our MagSafe technology and inductive charging,” Kerris said.

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    08:06
    Apple Invents a Small Form Factor High Resolution...

    On September 11, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published patent applications from Apple covering technologies related to a new small form factor high-resolution camera, new advancements to speed up battery recharging and more.

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    08:03
    Intel Seeking to Woo Apple Away From Qualcomm for...

    Intel is hoping Apple will turn to the California company for the cellular baseband hardware in future mobile products, says Intel Korea President Lee Hee-sung in a statement reported by the Korea Herald. The baseband manages the radio functions of an iPhone or cellular-capable iPad, allowing the device to communicate with the carrier's mobile network. "Chances are high that global smartphone makers such as Apple and LG Electronics will use Intel’s baseband chips in their products down the road,” said Lee Hee-sung, the president of Intel Korea, at a press meeting on Thursday.

    Such collaborations are highly likely given that the world’s largest smartphone maker, Samsung Electronics, has recently announced its midrange premium handset the Galaxy Alpha, which contains Intel’s XMM7260 baseband modem."Apple had...

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    08:00
    Apple may use electronic reservation system for...

    Apple may be streamlining the wait for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on September 19 with a new electronic reservation system that'll minimize a customer's line waiting time. According to training documents obtained by 9to5Mac, Apple is replacing...

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    07:57
    Apple Watch relies on PIN, constant skin contact to...

    The Apple Watch will use a unique system to authorize NFC mobile payments, reports say. Normally Apple Pay is authorized via Touch ID, but there's no such sensor on the Watch. Instead, when someone puts on the device for the day, they'll have to enter a PIN to authorize transactions. The sensors on the bottom of the watch can detect skin contact, and once that's lost, a person will have to re-enter their PIN....



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    07:45
    Apple’s second wave of iPhone 6 sales starts Sept....

    When Apple announced its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models earlier this week, it only provided preorder and shipping info for a handful of initially launch countries. The company has now confirmed a second wave of iPhone 6 launches for a long list of countries will kick off on September 26.

    Many of Apple’s websites abroad are now listing the September 26 order date. Here’s 15+ countries we’ve found so far:

    Switzerland, Italy, New Zealand, Sweden, Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Luxembourg, Russia, Austria, Turkey, Finland, Taiwan, Belgium, Portugal

    Additionally, Apple’s site for the United Arab...

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    07:30
    Track college football playoffs with ESPN...

    Major college football entered a new era this fall with the end of the BCS and the launching of an actual playoff to determine college football's real champion. Now ESPN has launched an app that provides users with just about all the information they...

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    07:17
    Millions of Gmail Users Victims of Latest Password...


    About 5 million Gmail usernames and passwords have been published on a Russian bitcoin security forum as a text file. Sixty percent of the 4.93 million credentials in the file were valid, claimed the poster, who used the online handle "tvskit." The information reportedly was dumped on several Russian cybercrime forums and shared through a variety of peer-to-peer services. "I wouldn't be surprised to hear that the accounts were breached using some sort of phishing attack targeting Google users," said SilverSky's Christopher Martincavage.

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    07:16
    Most analysts satisfied with Apple’s announcements,...

    Big-name analysts seemed satisfied with what they saw and heard during Apple’s launch of the iPhone 6, Apple Watch and Apple Pay, reports Forbes. Summarising investor notes from a dozen major companies, Chuck Jones found the general feeling was that Apple had delivered what was expected.

    The overall average of AAPL stock price targets was $109, against the current price of just over $100. Analysts pointed to a range of factors in forming their views, among them … ...

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    07:10
    Nearly 5 Million Gmail Passwords Dumped to the...

    Over 4.9 million Gmail user names and passwords were posted on a Russian Bitcoin forum earlier this week, posing a potential security headache for a lot of people. Google said there wasn't any data breach, which means the logins were likely culled from other sites.

    The Mac Observer Spin: Posting user names and pasword lists online is a pretty crappy thing to do and sometimes the Internet is a pretty crappy place. This Gmail password leak is a great reminder to avoid using the same login information on more than one site.


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    07:00
    More Apple Watch details emerge regarding battery...

    Tim Cook and co. zoomed through Tuesday's iPhone announcements with unprecedented speed, with nary a mention of sales figures and mobile OS adoption rates. After all, they were understandably all too eager to get to the main event of the evening --...

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    07:00
    Siri: workaround Content Not Available error

    A few weeks ago, a number of people started reporting having trouble with Siri. Phrases like 'Call my wife' or 'Tell my dad' stopped working. Siri knew who those people were but proclaimed 'Uh oh, I don't have a phone number for Jane Isa Doe." and beneath, there's a message: "Content Not Available."



    I debugged this for over an hour and on a hunch, found a workaround that seems to work for nearly everyone who has tried it. All you have to do is delete the middle name of the person in *your* contact card where it is stored as a relationship.



    I'm not sure why that works; it shouldn't, but it does. That's why I call it a workaround instead of a fix. I figure Apple is mucking around with Siri and perhaps caused a bug or some sort of corruption.



    I'd be curious to know from MacOSXHints users whether they are experiencing this problem in the first place and if the workaround works for you, too. I'd also like to...

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    07:00
    Reviews: Crucial MX100 256GB SATA-3 SSD

    While the price to gigabyte ratio for magnetic platter-based hard drives can't be beat, the speed that a SSD brings to the table for any computer is unmistakeable. The latest batch of SSDs have a variety of technological or price improvements, but rarely both. The one standout that claims both is the Crucial MX100 series of drives. Electronista has been living with one as a primary boot ......

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    06:59
    The origin of the iPhone 6’s new milky way wallpaper...

    For most people, the decision of which wallpaper to choose for your iPhone is just a matter of going through your photo library to find the right picture. For Espen Haagensen, however, the process just became a whole lot easier. Starting September 17th, a photo of the Milky Way he captured while in Norway will become the default wallpaper in iOS 8, software that will be downloaded hundreds of millions of times by users all around the world.

    Two days later, on September 19th, countless iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units will begin shipping out to customers, all preloaded with the same shot. I talked to Espen about the photo’s origins and how it feels to be so prominently featured by Apple.

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    06:45
    Reverse engineering the Apple Watch dimensions

    I love a good engineering effort. Paul Sprangers uses known numbers and some images from the Apple Watch site to build a more complete picture of the various Apple Watch dimensions. Be sure to read the comments, too.

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    06:41
    How to hide the free U2 album from your iTunes...

    A nice tip, just in case U2 is not your cup of tea.

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    06:40
    A panoramic visual guide to plus-sized iPhones and...


    Smartphone sizes, from tiny to ludicrous. Click to embiggen! At 100 percent, the devices here should be pretty close to actual size on most monitors. Aurich Lawson

    It’s nearing the end of the year, and that means new iPhones are afoot. Apple has stuck to a September or October release date for its latest smartphones since 2011, and the most noteworthy thing about this year’s Apple harvest is that the iPhones are bigger—like, almost Galaxy Note-style bigger, at the top end.

    From 2007 to late 2012, iPhones all had a single display size: 3.5 inches. The exterior and interior were revised a number...

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    06:39
    Release of iPhone 6 delayed in China

    On Wednesday, Apple told China’s three big state-owned mobile service providers that it would not release the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in mainland China on Sept. 19, when sales start elsewhere. The carriers had already booked advertising campaigns for the phones.

    Last year, Apple released both the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in China on the same day it was released in the US. It’s not clear how long the lag will be for the iPhone 6 release.

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    06:34
    ∞ Samsung releases new set of tin-eared ads

    [VIDEO] These new ads are unfocused and mean-spirited. I’m struggling to make sense of them. Where’s the clever?

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    06:34
    Apple exploring new ways of melting and feeding...

    Apple is still working to perfect methods of manufacturing Liquidmetal parts, according to a new patent application published Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, with the company moving on to processes for melting the unique metal alloy and feeding it to casting and processing equipment.

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    06:30
    Touch Racing 2 is a lot of fun to play

    Touch Racing 2 is a free game for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It requires iOS 5.0 or later, and is optimized for iPhone 5. Touch Racing 2 gives you the option to participate in speedcar, offroad, and boat ladder races against seven other computer...

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    06:25
    Sketchy supply-chain report says production gearing-...

    DigiTimes is citing supply-chain sources as stating that Apple is gearing-up its iPhone 6 production plans for an anticipated 80 million sales by year-end. If achieved, it would represent 33 percent year-on-year growth.

    Makers in the iPhone supply chain are preparing parts and components for production of up to 80 million units of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus before year-end 2014, according to sources at Taiwan-based iPhone supply chain.

    As ever with DigiTimes, the number should be taken with a large dose of salt: while manufacturers will be aware of their own order-books from Apple, and thus have some degree of insight into the company’s expectations for early sales, it’s a stretch to extrapolate from that to sales targets up to the end of the year.

    We won’t have too long to wait for a good indication of how well...

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    06:15
    External Link: The Apple Watch from a Watch Guy’s...

    Many tech watchers and pundits have weighed in on the recently announced Apple Watch, but almost all the talk has been about it as an interactive device, focusing on features and capabilities. Benjamin Clymer has a different take: the founder of HODINKEE, a publication devoted to wristwatches and wristwatch aficionados, evaluated the Apple Watch, not surprisingly, as a wristwatch. His opinion: “[…] though I do not believe it poses any threat to haute horology manufactures, I do think the Apple Watch will be a big problem for low-priced quartz watches, and even some entry-level mechanical watches. In years to come, it could pose a larger threat to higher end brands, too.” A fascinating look at the watch market and the Apple Watch’s place in it.

     

    Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and...

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    06:06
    Apple Invents Newly Advanced iPad Covers that will...

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