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12:03
“Do you foresee any hope for a turnaround for...

Horace Dediu

Samsung’s operating model seems to be to invest as a ‘fast follower’ filling in the market after it’s established while leveraging capital intensive components synergies… If the modus operandi does not change then their turnaround will depend on the creation of new opportunities/categories.

I honestly don’t see an opportunity for Samsung to create new product categories. I think they’ve proven that’s not its strength.

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12:00
Here's a first: A video app that takes HDR

I've always liked the flexibility that HDR photography provides in difficult lighting conditions, and I've often hoped I could use the same technology for video. If you have a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, you don't have to wait. Live HD/R (US$2.99) is an...

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11:47
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 13...

Notable software releases this week include Backblaze 3.0, GraphicConverter 9.4, OmniFocus 2.0.3, ChronoSync 4.5.3 and ChronoAgent 1.4.7, Carbon Copy Cloner 4.0, 1Password 4.4.3, and DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.8.

 

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11:47
ExtraBITS for 13 October 2014

Josh Centers talks iOS 8 with The Tech Night Owl, Adam Engst discusses smartwatches with other tech luminaries, and we learn some lessons from the end of The Magazine.

 

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11:32
Purported next-gen iPad Air logic board shows 2GB of...

With new iPad Air and iPad mini models expected to be introduced on Thursday, a newly leaked logic board claimed to be from a 2014 iPad Air purports to show an A8X processor, as well as an Elipda RAM module with 2 gigabytes of memory.

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11:30
AT&T adds new Passport international roaming...

AT&T Wireless customers planning on traveling out of the country soon should take a look at the company's new international roaming plans. Called Passport, the plans offer unlimited messaging and Wi-Fi, "affordable" calling rates, and data for a...

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11:28
DARPA's Concept Car Makes the Batmobile Look So...


The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency last week posted a video of an advanced concept ground vehicle under development in its Ground X-Vehicle Technologies program. It's not clear whether the vehicle in question is a light armored car or a tank, but DARPA wants to give it improved survivability through the use of advanced technologies. The vehicle will rely on speed rather than armor because the amount of armor needed for current threat environments is increasingly burdensome and ineffective against ever-improving weaponry, DARPA said.

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11:27
No Retina MacBook Air at Apple's Thursday press...

Although Apple may be working on a MacBook Air with a Retina display, it won't be shown off at this Thursday's press event, sources say. Instead Apple is forecast to concentrate on new iPads, OS X Yosemite, and a Retina iMac. The updated Air has typically been seen has having a 12-inch display and an even thinner chassis; rumors have suggested that the difficulty of producing the computer means that production could only begin ramping up in November....



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11:22
Latest iPad Air 2 component leak shows A8X chip...

Following component leaks over the weekend purporting to show an A8X chip and Touch ID button destined for new iPads, additional photos re-published by blog apple.club.tw point to a closer look at the modified system-on-a-chip as well as what appears to be 2GB of RAM for application memory. The purported increase in RAM on the updated tablet would double that of the current generation iPad Air (and iPhone 6 for that matter) and make more more powerful multitasking on the device.Reports from the Apple supply chain...

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11:22
Walgreens Memo Claims Saturday Apple Pay Launch

iOS 8's mobile payment system Apple Pay could get its official launch on October 18, only two days after a media event where Apple is expected to introduce new iPad models. The hint at the potential launch date comes from an internal Walgreens memo pointing out the weekend start.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple said Apple Pay would be coming in October, so it's just a matter of waiting for the official launch announcement. With a media event happening this Thursday, it's possible we're only days away from the rollout.


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11:17
Dropbox’s Mailbox iOS app updated w/ customizable...

Dropbox updated its Mailbox app today with some necessary features and fixes. The update now includes the ability to customize your swipes. Also, new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners will appreciate the optimized UI for bigger displays. Finally, Dropbox has squashed some bugs in Push and otherwise improved the overall performance.

Dropbox’s Mailbox is still only currently for Gmail and iCloud accounts, but the company reminds us again that other email platforms are on the way.

In addition to the updated iPhone and iPad version, the beta version for the Mac is now open to anyone following a public beta coin system for testers before.

https://twitter.com/Mailbox...

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11:01
Retina iPad Mini 2 Reportedly Coming Alongside iPad...

While the second-generation iPad Air has been the subject of a number of rumors ahead of its expected unveiling this Thursday, there has been less information about the Retina iPad mini, which is currently more or less identical to its larger sibling with the exception of display size.

Apple has generally been assumed to be planning a parallel upgrade for the iPad mini this month, but an early September report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expressed some uncertainty, saying the iPad mini would receive only a minor upgrade such as Touch ID, "if any", this year. Kuo's report was followed by another from Taiwanese media claiming the Retina iPad mini 2 was likely to launch early in 2015 ahead of the rumored 12.9-inch "iPad Pro".

But now a...

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11:00
UK iPhone 6 ad features Chris O'Dowd and...

Along with the release of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus came a charming pair of ads featuring Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon that showed some of the abilities of the two new phones. At least that's what happened in America. In the UK the ads are...

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10:56
Apple Pay will work with banks to update expired...

Apple Pay is the most important thing to launch with iOS 8.1.

Apple

9to5Mac has received training materials “from a reliable source” that were given out by Apple to acquaint its employees with the ins and outs of the company's forthcoming Apple Pay service. These training materials have some interesting new details about the service, specifically mentioning that expired credit cards will be updated automatically in Apple Pay by the card issuer.

Keeping credit card information current shows an interesting level of commitment from banks to making Apple Pay work. On competing platforms, once a credit card has expired, that card will be declined until the updated information is entered manually.

The leaked document also shows that...

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10:49
Four drivers arrested in the Netherlands over...

Uber's European ambitions has received a setback, after four drivers in Amsterdam were arrested for operating a taxi service in the city by using the Uber app. The drivers have since been released by the Dutch police, but face fines as high as 4,200 euros ($5,300) each, over a matter which amounts to a licensing issue, and could be the first time UberPop drivers receive a fine for using the service....



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10:49
Apple seeds OS X Yosemite Public Beta 6 to testers

Apple on Monday pushed an update to the public beta of its next-generation desktop operating system, granting members of the prerelease program access to a sixth revision that brings it up to speed with the version released to developers late last week.

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10:45
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launching in 36 more countries...

With iPhone online orders still taking weeks to ship and Apple Store lines continuing to snake out the door, Apple is keeping iPhone fever alive. The company announced on Monday that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will launch in 36 more countries and territories by the end of October. The international rollout will continue after the latest iPhones launch in China and India on October 17—this Friday. 

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10:37
More Second-Generation iPad Air Part Leaks Point to...

A fairly clear image of what is said to be the logic board for the second-generation iPad Air suggests that the device will indeed come with an A8X chip, as hinted at in earlier images shared over the weekend.

Furthermore, the new image published by Apple.club.tw [Google Translate] seems to point towards 2GB of RAM for the device. Though the image of the RAM on the logic board is low resolution and fuzzy, enhancing the contrast and the brightness reveals a bit of information about the numbers on the chip. While the first letter is entirely blurred, it is the second character that is key to determining...

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10:30
FBI director thinks Apple's data encryption is...

The FBI has been rather vocal lately about how it views efforts by Apple and other tech giants to make your data more secure. In short, they don't like it. Not one bit. The latest in the U.S. government's remarks about why your data should be less...

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10:24
CBS 60 Minutes: Apple has the Power to Upend the...

Last night's part two of a CBS 60 Minute segment with FBI Director James Comey revealed his views about internet surveillance in general and in context with Apple and Google's latest encryption technology specifically.

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10:15
Apple releases OS X Yosemite Public Beta 6 to match...

Apple today released the sixth public beta of the upcoming OS X Yosemite to AppleSeed testers. The build number is 14A388b, which coincides with last week’s OS X Yosemite Golden Master Candidate 3.0 release for registered developers. Apple plans to provide final details on OS X Yosemite at the October 16th event, then release it as soon as later that date.

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10:13
Apple Releases Sixth OS X Yosemite Public Beta

Apple today released the sixth Yosemite public beta for its beta testers, following the release of the fifth Yosemite public beta on Tuesday of last week alongside the second golden master candidate of OS X Yosemite. The new public beta carries build number 14A388b, very close to the third Yosemite golden master candidate build 14A388a seeded to developers late last week.

The software update can be downloaded through the software update function of the Mac App Store.

OS X Yosemite brings a flatter, more modern look to OS X, with an emphasis on translucency and redesigned dock, windows, and more. It also includes a multitude of new features, such as improved integration with iOS 8 through Continuity, a new "Today" view in Notification Center that offers integration with third-party apps, a...

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10:13
Apple/GT contract included $50M penalty for leaking...

Filings in GT Advanced's ongoing bankruptcy proceedings reveal that the sapphire supplier's contract with Apple included a $50 million penalty for leaking any of the latter's product information, according to the Financial Times. As it prepares for a Wednesday court hearing, GT is asking for more details of the Apple contract to revealed, which it claims are important to creditors and shareholders. It adds that "Apple has treated the confidentiality agreement itself as 'confidential'."...



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10:12
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-13

Turns out flight attendants are so excited about gate-to-gate portable electronics use on flights. Kelly Guimont and Dave Hamilton put on their ranty pants today and let Jeff Gamet know just how they feel about flight attendants suing the FAA to reinstate the electronics ban, plus Dave explains why he's decided to go with the iPhone 6 Plus instead of the smaller iPhone 6.


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10:04
A normal user’s thoughts on iOS 8

This was actually pretty interesting, not only to see what held people up from updating right away, but also how misinformation and rumors affects an individual’s views of features in the operating system.

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10:00
GT Advanced Technologies' contract with Apple...

Recent court filings from GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) have helped shed a bit of light on the confidential agreements Apple typically enters into with suppliers. Originally spotted by the Financial Times, Apple's contract with GTAT included a...

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09:59
Native Instruments announces TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 all-...

Native Instruments has announced TRAKTOR KONTROL S8 (www.native-instruments.com/s8) – a new DJ controller designed for TRAKTOR PRO 2 control.

TRAKTOR KONTROL S8’s full color displays and touch-sensitive hardware controls fuse with enhanced track decks, a 4-channel standalone mixer, and the flagship TRAKTOR software for a multisensory DJ experience. It will be available online and at retailers worldwide on Oct. 30, 2014 for US$1,199.
of DJing.

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09:38
And Now for Something Completely Different


Well it's a good thing we here in the Linux community had a refreshing and refocusing break recently, because last week it was back onto the hot coals once again. The Systemd inferno -- which Linux Girl is starting to think of as "The Blaze That Must Not Be Named" -- has spread even further, your trusty reporter is dismayed to report, extending now to encompass the entire FOSS community. The accelerant this time? "Quite a sick place" is how Red Hat engineer and Systemd developer Lennart Poettering described the open source community.

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09:30
Bare Bones Software pulling next BBEdit from the Mac...

Over the weekend at the Çingleton conference in Montreal, Rich Siegel of Bare Bones Software made a presentation in which he gave his reasons why the next version of his company's flagship product - BBEdit - won't be sold on the Mac App Store.

For...

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09:25
Rumor: Apple begins Apple Pay training for employees

With the launch of Apple Pay likely only days away, Apple has begun Apple Pay training programs for its own group of retail store employees and by working with retailers to prepare for the debut later this month. According to 9to5Mac, training materials, shared by a reliable source, for the Apple Pay launch at Apple retail stores have also detailed some new specifics regarding the Apple Pay setup and transaction processes both on customer iPhones and in Apple retail stores…

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

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09:19
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Toshiba 1TB portable HDD $50,...

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Toshiba Canvio Connect 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive: $50 shipped (orig. $130)

Dragon Dictate for Mac 4:...

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09:06
Apple will not unveil MacBook Air with Retina...

Though Apple has been rumored to be working on a redesigned MacBook Air with a high-resolution Retina display for some time, the device will not launch at this Thursday's media event in Cupertino, Calif., according to a new report.

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09:02
Leaked photos show possible components for upcoming...

It’s the leaks that keep things interesting.

Per AppleInsider, Taiwanese web site Apple.club.tw has posted images of what are apparently next-gen iPad components. The images include a new logic board, Touch ID hardware and cover glass with incorporated digitizer.

Included among the supposedly leaked parts, interestingly enough, is a Touch ID fingerprint reader sporting a gold capacitive ring, hinting at a new iPhone-inspired color option previously rumored in a report from last month.

The length of the flex cable attached to the scanning module suggests the part is bound for something larger...

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09:01
iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus arrive in 36 more countries...

Apple says the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will arrive in 36 additional countries and territories across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa by the end of October.

The new smartphones will be available in a total of 69 countries and territories by the end of the month. They're on track to be available in more than 115 countries by the end of the year, making this the fastest iPhone rollout ever.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus rollout continues on the following dates:

° Friday, Oct. 17: China, India and Monaco;

° Thursday, Oct. 23: Israel;

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09:00
Finland prime minister blames iPad and iPhone for...

Following a downgrade of Finland's credit rating by Standard & Poor, Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb spoke publicly about the negative rating in an interview with CNBC. During the talk, Stubb blamed Apple for part of his country's economic...

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08:59
Finland's Prime Minister Still Blames Apple...

Last July we posted a report titled "Finland's PM Blames Apple's Success for their Financial Crisis." I had received a few private emails telling me that the Prime Minister's comments got lost in translation. I didn't buy it then and today we hear it directly from the Prime Minister in English during a CNBC interview as noted above.

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08:58
No Retina MacBook Air Introduction Planned for Apple...

With rumors of a new 12-inch Retina MacBook Air circulating in recent months and the latest reports suggesting small-scale production has already begun, many have been wondering about Apple's plans for introducing the product. According to a new report from Re/code, the Retina MacBook Air will not be unveiled at this Thursday's media event.

Apple may well have a new MacBook Air with Retina Display in the pipeline, but it’s not going to unveil it this week. Sources familiar with Apple’s plans tell me that the company’s latest reimagining of the ultralight laptop won’t be shown off at its Thursday event.In line with previous rumors, the report claims Thursday's event will focus on new iPads, Retina iMacs, and OS X Yosemite. One source has also claimed...

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08:54
Retina MacBook Air unlikely to be announced this week

With Apple scheduled to kick off its second special event in the last six weeks on Thursday, Re/code has set some expectations for what not to expect noting that Apple is not expected to introduce a Retina MacBook Air.

Apple may well have a new MacBook Air with Retina Display in the pipeline, but it’s not going to unveil it this week. Sources familiar with Apple’s plans tell me that the company’s latest reimagining of the ultralight laptop won’t be shown off at its Thursday event.

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08:46
iPhone 6 & 6 Plus demand exceeding supply,...

New data shows the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 5s were the top three selling smartphones at all four major U.S. carriers over the last month, giving Apple complete dominance of its home market.

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08:45
Apple confirms 36 more regions getting iPhone 6, 6...

Although some launches were previously announced, Apple has today confirmed that 36 more regions will be getting the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus throughout the month. China, India, and Monaco are leading on the 17th. Israel is due on the 23rd, while the Czech Republic, French West Indies, Greenland, Malta, Poland, Reunion Island, and South Africa are scheduled for the 24th....



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08:37
Debuting in 2015: Blistering fast Wi-Fi at 5x Today...

Apple's new iPhone 6 comes with the next generation Wi-Fi that could deliver speeds up to 3 times faster than the previous generation when used with the new AirPort Extreme or equivalent device. We don't even have time to really appreciate this recent leap when news of the next gigantic leap is already being announced. The next generation 802.11ad standard s reportedly up to 5 times faster than the newly released 802.11ac and could make it to market as soon as next year.

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08:27
Finnish Prime Minister Again 'Blames'...

Finland's Prime Minister Alexander Stubb told CNBC in an interview that Apple is to blame for the decline of the country's two primary export industries, information technology (led by Nokia) and paper. "The iPhone killed Nokia and the iPad killed the paper industry, but we’ll make a comeback," said Stubb in response to a question about Finland's business environment following the country's recently downgraded credit rating. While the comment certainly appears to be more of a pithy jest than an outright accusation against Apple, it does aptly describe how several of the country's major boom industries have seen their fortunes slip in the face of a changing marketplace.

As noted by TechCrunch, this isn't the first time Stubb has singled out Apple in reference to his country's economic...

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08:05
Tower 2.0.8 - Version control with Git made easy. (...

Tower is a powerful Git client for OS X that makes using Git easy and more efficient. Users benefit from its elegant and comprehensive interface and a feature set that lets them enjoy the full power of Git.

Learning Git with Tower. Tower abstracts Git's complexity in an easy-to-use interface. For example, lots of actions can be performed simply via drag and drop, and mistakes can be undone easily.

Using Tower as an Expert. Advanced users can increase their productivity with features like single line staging, submodule support, or the file history.

Features include:

  • git-svn support
  • file history
  • git-flow support
  • submodule support
  • blame view
  • single line staging (per-line committing)
  • cherry-picking
  • discard chunks/lines
  • direct Github, Beanstalk, and Bitbucket integration
  • Support for full-screen and Retina...

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08:01
CleanApp 5.0.0 Beta 3 - Application deinstaller and...

CleanApp is an application deinstaller and archiver.

Your hard drive gets fuller day by day, but do you know why? CleanApp 5 provides you with insights how to reclaim disk space. There are definitely tons of unused files on your hard drive - CleanApp will help you to find and delete them. CleanApp 5 has been re-developed from scratch and offers a comprehensive and convenient user interface.

Delete applications completely. Any app you install and run in OS X creates a large number of associated files in your system - hidden in places you wouldn't expect them to be. Therefore, free hard drive space will shrink continuously - even if you delete the software after testing and especially if you are trying out lots of applications. CleanApp 5 brings light into the darkness and helps you to tidy up your system.

CleanApp relies on sophisticated methods for analysing files and applications. There is even a background...

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08:00
Apple Pay setup process detailed in newly leaked...

With Apple Pay rumored to be launching later this week, 9to5Mac has obtained purported screenshots from an Apple training manual which show, amongst other items, how the sign-up process will operate.

In typical Apple fashion, getting started with...

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07:58
News: GT Advanced court filings show $50M penalty...

Court filings from Apple sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies have revealed a number of details about Apple’s non-disclosure agreements, including a $50 million penalty for leaking any product information. Lawyers from GT are making the case that more information about the company’s relationship with Apple should be made public “in the interests of creditors and shareholders,” the Financial Times reports. This comes after…

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07:55
FBI director continues crusade against Apple's...

James Comey, director of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, has once again slammed Apple's iPhone and devices running Android that can hold secure, encrypted data that is inaccessible by law enforcement, saying that such capabilities allow users to "place themselves beyond the law."

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07:46
External Link: Josh Centers Talks iOS 8 with the...

Managing Editor Josh Centers joined The Tech Night Owl podcast to discuss iOS 8 in advance of his upcoming book, “iOS 8: A Take Control Crash Course.” Josh discusses what’s slowing iOS 8 adoption, how Apple can improve third-party keyboards, and what he expects to see from Apple’s next event.

 

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07:31
Apple Pay launch tipped for October 18

The rumor mill is filling in a few more blanks on Apple Pay ahead of a possible launch later this week.

Apple Pay will likely launch around October 18, according to a Walgreens memo that was leaked to MacRumors. Walgreens is one of Apple's biggest partners for the service, which lets users pay at brick-and-mortar stores by tapping an iPhone 6 against the store's credit card reader.

Meanwhile, 9to5Mac has gotten a hold of some screenshots with more details on how Apple Pay works. Users can store up to eight payment cards inside Apple's Passbook app, either by scanning them with the phone's camera or by typing in the payment information. The Passbook app shows transaction history for each card, provides contact information for the bank and lets users update the...

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07:30
iPhone 6 siblings find their way to 36 additional...

In its never-ending quest for world domination, Apple will be pushing the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to three dozen additional countries by the end of October. A press release from the company announced the rollout plans, going on to note that it will be...

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07:11
FBI director continues push against Apple &...

FBI Director James Comey isn’t backing down from his position that Apple and Google are wrong to encrypt customer smartphone data preventing law enforcement agencies the possibility of access if requested. After last month sharing that the FBI was in talks with the two companies to discuss concerns with marketing devices as being inaccessible to third-parties including the government, the FBI Director spoke with CBS News in an interview where he continued to make the case against such encryption…

In the interview, Comey repeated past remarks smartphone encryption is being used as a marketing tool that puts people “beyond the law”:

The notion that we would...

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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Unannounced Apple product delayed...

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

Source: Some website even MacRumors has never heard of before

Chance it's true: 50/50

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

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06:59
Apple's iPhone 6 Invasion set to roll into to...

The iPhone 6 Invasion Continues: Today, Apple announced that the iPhone 6 will be rolling into 36 more Countries and Territories this month including Latin America, India, South Korea, Thailand and more. It'll be interesting to see how well ...

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06:55
Flight Attendants Sue to Stop Gate-to-gate...

Attorneys representing the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA argued in the U.S. Court of Appeals late last week that the ban on in-flight electronics the FAA lifted a year ago should be reinstated for the safety of airline passengers. The Flight Attendants union thinks portable electronics use during takeoff and landing poses a serious risk and that the FAA made a mistake when it opened the doors for airlines to allow their use from gate to gate.

The Mac Observer Spin: Unless flight attendants can come up with compelling evidence to show gate-to-gate electronics use is a serious safety risk, you'll most likely be able to keep playing Angry Birds on your flights. And with the ban lift nearly a year behind us, passengers wouldn't take going back to stowing their electronics very well at all.

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06:43
GT Advanced court filings reveal $50M penalty Apple...

Not much is known about Apple’s deals with its suppliers, but court filings by former sapphire supplier GT Advanced reveal that the contract included a $50M penalty for any leak of Apple product information, reports the Financial Times.

While the amount of the penalty clause may vary according to the size of the supplier, it seems likely that a substantial leak penalty is a standard condition of supplying product components to Apple – though the number of leaks over the iPhone 6 suggests that such penalties offer limited protection.

Contracts between Apple and its suppliers will undoubtedly be subject to strict non-disclosure agreements, but lawyers for GT Advanced are asking the court to allow details to be made public … ...

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06:42
∞ The Autocomplete Song

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

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06:42
News: Alleged iPad Air 2 parts leak shows A8X chip,...

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

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06:37
Superman heirs lose copyright battle to DC Comics

The Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal of the heirs of the original Superman creators, trying to reclaim the Superman copyright. A complex and fascinating story.

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06:30
Apple Legal will Attempt to stop their Sapphire...

n a new Financial Times report that was posted today, they note that the abrupt bankruptcy filed by GT Advanced Technologies last week has brought the confidential deals that Apple strikes with its suppliers into the spotlight.

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06:25
VirtualBox 4.3.18 - x86 virtualization software. (...

VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux and Mac hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), and OpenBSD.

VirtualBox is being actively developed with frequent releases and has an ever growing list of features, supported guest operating systems and platforms it runs on. VirtualBox is a community effort backed by a dedicated company: everyone is encouraged to contribute while innotek ensures the product always meets professional quality criteria.



Version...

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06:24
News: iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus come to 36 more...

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

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06:18
Daily Deal: Get the world’s largest iOS 8 + Swift...

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

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06:16
Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus heading to 36 more...

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

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06:14
BBEdit leaving the Mac App Store

Rich Siegel, founder of Bare Bones Software, gave a talk at the Cingleton conference about not selling future versions of BBEdit via the Mac App Store. This could be a canary in the coal mine.

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06:08
MatchWare Launches MindView 5 Business Mac

 MatchWare has launched MindView 5 Business Mac (http://tinyurl.com/cmtfa3), a mind mapping and Gantt chart creation application built on MatchWare’s MindView Business Platform.

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06:00
Fuzzy, Bigfoot-esque iPad logic board photo points...

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

Apple.club.tw

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

When...

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06:00
Songwriter Jonathan Mann uses iOS QuickType for...

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

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05:57
AKVIS Charcoal 1.0 is new image editing program for...

AKVIS has released a new image editing program, AKVIS Charcoal 1.0 (https://akvis.com/en/charcoal/index.php). It's a standalone application and Photoshop plug-in for Mac OS X and Windows.

The software creates charcoal, chalk, and sanguine drawings from photos. The program contains 34 ready-to-use presets. You can create your own presets saving your favorite combinations of the parameters.

The software runs on Mac OS X 10.6 and higher and Windows XP/Vista/Win7/Win 8. It costs US$49 for a home license. A demo is available for download.

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05:56
Apple To Launch iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in 36 Additional...

Ahead of Apple's Chinese launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus later this week, Apple today confirmed the launch of its new handset models in 36 additional countries and territories by the end of October. In its fastest rollout ever, Apple expects to launch the iPhone in 115 countries by the end of the year.

The next round of launches coming this month will include countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. • Friday, October 17: China, India and Monaco

• Thursday, October 23: Israel

• Friday, October 24: Czech Republic, French West Indies, Greenland, Malta, Poland, Reunion Island and South Africa

• Thursday, October 30: Bahrain and Kuwait

• Friday, October 31: Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Guam, Hungary, Iceland, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macau, Macedonia, Mexico...

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05:49
Quark releases free QuarkXPress document converter...

Quark Software has announced the QuarkXPress Document Converter, a free tool that allows QuarkXPress users to open legacy QuarkXPress files in QuarkXPress 10. QuarkXPress 10 inherently supports documents created with QuarkXPress 7-10, but not legacy documents created in versions 3-6.

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05:48
Apple rolls out iPhone 6/Plus to 36 more countries...

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

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

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05:46
Apple Launching iPhone 6 in 36 More Countries in...

Apple plans to launch the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 36 more countries and territories by the end of October with Israel, Mexico, Poland, South Africa, Greece, Bosnia, and more on the list. The company expects to have its new iPhone models in more than 115 countries by the end of the year, making this its most agressive rollout so far.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple clearly intends to follow through with its plan to get the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus into at least 115 countries before the end of the year.


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05:32
Apple's supplier contracts include $50M penalty...

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

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05:27
China's iPhone 6 Pre-Orders Rocket to 20 Million

In September, Apple set a new record for pre-orders, with the iPhone 6 clocking in at 10 million. That number covered the first ten countries that the iPhone 6 was selling into. Today we're learning ...

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05:14
Finland’s credit rating downgraded, and it’s all...

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

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

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

So nothing to do with Nokia – which once dominated the mobile phone industry – failing to notice that the market was changing, then, nor choosing the wrong platform when it finally did get into the smartphone business.

Stephen Elop, who took over as CEO in 2011, announced that...

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05:02
Flight attendants sue FAA over in-flight device...

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



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05:00
When Computers Get a Right Brain


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

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04:30
Kool Tools: iStabilizer TabArm for the iPad

iStabilizer's (www.istabilizer.com) US$99.95 iStabilizer tabArm is the first friction articulating arm for tablets such as the iPad.

It allows you to attach tablets to virtually any surface:  desk, table, tripod, kitchen, bedroom, car headrest and anywhere else in your office or home. It mounts tablets to any standard tripod, a clamp, hot shoe adapter, and 11-inch stainless steel articulating Arm (each of these items are also sold separately). 

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04:28
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus preorders estimated to...

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

Via Digitimes, which originally found the post from Tencent:

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

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04:13
55% of U.S. broadband households subscribe to an OTT...

Fifty-five percent of U.S. broadband households subscribe to an OTT video service, opening up new opportunities for cloud solutions, according to new data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com).

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03:22
First look at Creative Cloud Libraries, connecting...

Creative Cloud turned three this month, an age when most children finally begin to walk more confidently as they grow out of the toddler stage. The same could be said of Adobe’s latest steps—the company took an adult-sized stride last week with the release of new mobile apps, and technology that connects them to a traditional desktop workflow like never before.

The feature that makes this possible is Libraries, a cloud-based repository for colors, text styles, brushes, graphic assets, and even full images. Content added to Libraries from mobile or desktop apps gets synced immediately to Creative Cloud, ready to serve other compatible software connected to the same account.

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Sunday October 12

21:08
Backblaze 3.0

Under-the-hood changes improve backup software’s speed and efficiency. (Free, 9.1 MB)

 

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21:08
GraphicConverter 9.4

The venerable graphic conversion and editing utility goes 64-bit and adds several new features. ($39.95 new, free update, 248 MB)

 

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21:08
OmniFocus 2.0.3

Fixes several Yosemite compatibility issues. ($39.99 new, free update, 44.2 MB)

 

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21:08
ChronoSync 4.5.3 and ChronoAgent 1.4.7

Adds compatibility for OS X Yosemite to the synchronization and backup apps. ($40 new for ChronoSync, $10 new for ChronoAgent; free updates; 41.7 MB, 12.5 MB)

 

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18:00
The Week in Review: news and features you don't...

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

Features

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17:00
A roundup of recent hardware reviews on TUAW

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

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

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16:54
Apple Pay Setup Process Revealed as Retail Employees...

Apple has begun preparing its retail employees and retail partners for the upcoming launch of its Apple Pay mobile payments service with a host of new training materials that show the feature in action, reports 9to5Mac.

Users will be able to set up Apple Pay in Passbook or through the Settings app, as up to eight credit or debit cards be connected with an iTunes account or by scanning one in with the iPhone's camera. Every card connected to the service will allow users to access a number of features, including the ability to see a simple transaction list, the ability to turn on push notifications, and an area that allows quick access to a bank's phone number and an accompanying app. Passbook will also be able to automatically update an expired card with a new expiration date without...

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16:00
This Weekend in the App Store -- the best free apps...

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

Apps Now Free

Gin Rummy HD [iOS...

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16:00
Weekly Game Replay: Destiny's 3.2M daily...

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



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15:22
Apple Pay setup detailed & retailers begin...

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

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

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15:00
All the best app reviews last week on TUAW

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

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13:49
Hockey Night in Canada: How the CBC lost it all

The Globe and Mail:

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

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

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

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13:31
Why you should celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving...

Vox:

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

Here’s how the two holidays match up.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadians!

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13:18
Netflix comes to Ubuntu via Chrome, 4K video...

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



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12:47
UK's Guardian thinks that the Apple Watch will...

Here are two giants of the technology industry, with respected worldwide brands; they vie for top position among the best-known and most-valued technology brands. And they’re both moving into the wearable technology space.

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09:00
iOS 8 How-to: Use the self-timer in the Camera App

In iOS 8 the Camera app now has the ability to have a self timer. This can be beneficial for several different reasons. For example, you can take the ultimate selfies using the better quality camera, being steady while taking the photo and can avoid looking ridiculous and buying a selfie handheld stick pole.

To set up the timer, tap on the clock icon second from the right in the upper right hand corner. When you tap on the clock you have options to have a 3 second or a 10 second timer.

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

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08:34
MGG 523: Three Mikes and Two Geeks On Mics

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


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07:49
Capo 3.1.3 - Slow down and learn to play your...

Capo lets you slow down your favorite songs so you can hear the notes and learn how they are played. With Capo, you can quickly tab out your songs atop a highly-detailed OpenCL-powered spectrogram display.

Features:

  • Detect, and enter chords
  • Pitch adjustment
  • Mark song sections
  • Loop at slower speeds
  • Export Capo-adjusted music
  • Basic effects available



Version 3.1.4 (3.1.3):

Note: The demo version is currently at 3.1.3. The version available for purchase on the Mac App Store is 3.1.4.

  • Corrects a major spectrogram-display issue when running on OS X 10.10 Yosemite



  • OS X 10.8 or later



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07:24
∞ Former Apple CEO John Sculley on Steve Jobs, Apple...

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

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

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07:00
PhotoDirector: Impressive new iOS photo editing app

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

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

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06:51
What the guy from the time machine told Steve Ballmer

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

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

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05:40
Banks See Apple Pay as Convenient, Secure and Private

Banks Give Apple Pay two Thumbs Up: Banks are confident in Apple Pay security. According to a new report that was published late yesterday, there have been several banks that have spoken out regarding Apple Pay. One is Navy ...

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Saturday October 11

16:20
X-Files Star Attends NY Apple Store "Meet the...

Gillian Anderson first made a name for herself playing Dana Scully in the famed TV show called The X-Files which debuted in 1993 ...

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15:30
Leaked Walgreens memo points to Apple Pay launch on...

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

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15:00
Turn a broken iPod into a fashionable, but fractured...

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

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14:33
Walgreens memo suggests Apple Pay mobile payments...

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

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14:17
Newly leaked parts purportedly show next-generation...

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

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13:00
Hidden menu in Instagram's Hyperlapse app...

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

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12:50
Walgreens Planning for October 18 Apple Pay Launch

An internal memo addressed to Walgreens employees designed to prepare them for the upcoming launch of Apple Pay suggests that Apple's new payments service might be going live on Saturday, October 18.

A Saturday launch is unusual, but it could make sense as Apple Pay is designed for in-store shopping and a weekend debut would give customers time to try the service. It is, however, also possible that Apple Pay will go live shortly before the October 18 date, following the company's Thursday, October 16 iPad event, with support coming to Walgreens a day or two later.

At its October 16 event, Apple is expected to debut a new iPad Air, Retina iMacs, and possibly a new Retina iPad mini. The event, which will also likely see Apple previewing OS X Yosemite one last time before its public debut, would also be an opportune time to divulge more information about Apple Pay and possibly even launch the payments service.

As announced on September 9, popular drug store...

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12:49
Wells Fargo employee emails CEO asking for a raise...

Salon:

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

No way Wells Fargo does this but it’s a great way to put the ball in management’s court.

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12:44
What it’s like to carry your Nobel Prize through...

Scientific American:

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

My question is, why didn’t they notice it when he was going to North Dakota?

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11:00
Yovo can keep your photos and messages private

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

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

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10:42
Briefly: Glassboard shutdown, Guardian Maximus with...

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



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10:21
Leaked A8X chip teases more powerful iPad Air 2 as...

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

...

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09:22
Kmart suffers huge breach, all shoppers since...

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



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09:00
iOS 8 How-to: Use Camera to enter in credit card info

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

To add your credit card for purchases open up Settings and tap on Safari.

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

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09:00
PicPlayPost is a versatile little collage maker for...

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

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08:54
Paperless 2.3.3 - Digital documents manager. (Demo)

Paperless is a digital documents manager. Remember when everyone talked about how we would soon be a paperless society? Now it seems like we use paper more than ever. Let's face it - we need and we use paper. But Paperless 2 is one of those incredibly useful applications that will help you manage all your paper and digital documents and at the same time positively affect the environment.

When it's tax time no more bringing a shoebox full of receipts to your accountant. According to ruling Rev. Proc. 97-22 from the IRS, a digital document is acceptable. With Paperless 2 you can create a Smart Collection and keep all your documents neat and tidy and in one place. Additionally, once you store your receipts in Paperless 2, you can select the receipts to email, print, or export to PDF, or even show as a chart.

Paperless 2 has the ability to keep up and maintain the task of not only reducing your need for paper but managing the paper you use. Simply scan...

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08:26
Video: The Coming 3D Printing Revolution

Avi Reichental, CEO of 3D Systems spoke at TED recently talking about the coming 3D printing revolution where scanning-and-printing in ways never imagined will be an everyday act. A revolution that will allow all of us to create and manufacture clothing, objects and even custom tailored food in the comfort of our home. The presentation includes a tiny segment on Google's Project Ara ...

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08:10
Hands On: Denied (OS X)

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



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07:00
Caturday: Baby Girl will not be moved

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

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

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06:41
Getting banned by the NFL is actually great for Beats

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

Is this a PR win for Beats? Will Apple remove all Bose products from the Apple Store?

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06:13
The Birth of Pong, an excerpt from Walter Isaacson’s...

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

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

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05:30
SportsYapper continues to be a fun place to talk...

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

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05:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Rainbows, butterflies, and...

Rainbows, butterflies, and flowers

This week’s round up of new iPad cases offers an assortment of colorful themes, familiar cartoon characters, and storage solutions.

Caseable

The Gardening (iPad Air; $50) sports an elaborate floral gothic design, and features neoprene padding for extra protection, durable elastic straps to securely hold your tablet in place, and a microsuede interior that is gentle on the screen. It also doubles as a viewing stand in landscape orientation.

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04:00
You Should Play: Up your lawyering game with Phoenix...

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

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney—Dual Destinies is a text-adventure game that Capcom originally published for the Nintendo 3DS, but has now made its way to iOS devices. While text-heavy and at times tedious in its dialogue, the brilliantly animated and totally ridiculous world provides an uncommon iOS experience. 

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02:33
New Images of iPad Air 2 Parts Show Touch ID Home...

Apple.club.tw (Google Translate) has shared new images that appear to show a variety of components from the iPad Air 2, which include pictures of the logic board, home button flex cable, front panel, and volume control flex cable.

The home button flex cable appears to contain a space for a Touch ID home button, complete with the stainless steel ring. Previous reports claimed that Apple's forthcoming iPads would receive Touch ID functionality, and these newest pictures likely confirm that the feature will at least be on the iPad Air 2.

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Friday October 10

21:41
Apple 'Yosemi-fies' iTunes 12 beta's...

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



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20:59
HoudahSpot 3.9.4 - Advanced file search tool. (Demo)

HoudahSpot is an advanced file search tool built upon MacOS X Spotlight.

Spotlight unleashed

  • Create detailed queries to locate the exact file you need
  • Narrow down searches. Zero in on files
  • Save active queries for direct access to your favorite files
  • Set up templates for frequently performed searches

Your files at your fingertips

  • Keep frequently used files within reach
  • Retrieve the files you didn't know you still had
  • Preview matches within text content
  • Copy results as tab-delimted values



Version 3.9.4:

  • Bug fix: Fixes a bug which slowed loading of search results.



  • OS X 10.6.6 or later
  • Spotlight enabled



Download Now

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19:44
Many retailers currently have no plans to implement...

When announcing Apple Pay last month, Apple showed off a list of launch partners that would be putting the NFC-powered iPhone payment system to work in October, including McDonald’s, Nike, and Macy’s. However, the Daily Dot has compiled a list of businesses that don’t currently have plans to adopt Apple’s mobile payment system, and there are some notable entries on the list.

Of course, it doesn’t seem unexpected that many businesses that didn’t have early access to the hardware and software that makes up Apple Pay would be without current plans to adopt the technology. Many of the companies gave a “non-statement,” so to speak, confirming that they are considering the possibility of implementing the system in the future but don’t currently have a date set to roll it out...

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19:37
NPD: iPhone 6 launch triggered record-breaking sales...

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



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18:25
Major retailers show unwillingness to adopt Apple...

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

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17:48
Over 9M 'reservations', 1M official pre-...

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



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17:43
How to beard

There’s some good advice, especially when he says to leave it alone.

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17:39
Apple Watch’s editorial debut in Vogue China

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

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17:00
Apple Pay's biggest hurdle may be stores that...

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

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16:23
Designers mock up Apple Watch versions of popular...


Facebook Messenger

Thinkapps’ Build Blog has published a few designer mockups showing what popular third-party applications might look like on Apple’s new smartwatch with some interesting results. The apps were created by several different designers, and you can see that each app maintains some of the branding and design you’d expect while conforming to the smaller wearable UI and its new input devices like the Digital Crown.

Above you’ll find the design for Facebook Messenger, which features a contact view made up of circular contact photos with online indicators that closely resembles the watch’s...

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16:18
Apple introduces redesigned iTunes Store to iTunes...

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

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

For what it’s worth, the banks seem to feel good about Apple’s upcoming Apple Pay system.

Per MacRumors and The Daily Dot, Apple Pay, which will be centered around tokens, or unique Device Account Numbers, to replace card numbers and transactions are verified through both one-time use security codes and Touch ID, has gotten the nod from several large banks.

The Daily Dot has spoken to several different banks working with Apple on the payments service, including Navy Federal Credit Union, USAA, Chase, and PNC, to get their thoughts on its security.

According to Navy Federal VP of credit cards Randy Hopper, the bank was “very excited” to see what Apple had developed, because it is “convenient...

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16:15
GT seeks to close sapphire plant and sever ties with...

Ars Technica:

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

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

Anyone have any doubt that we haven’t heard all the details of this story and yet and that it’s going to get a lot uglier before its resolved?

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16:00
GT Advanced hopes to cease operations this year;...

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

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15:50
How To Create a Mac Keyboard Shortcut For Print To...

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

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15:45
Apple Rolling Out Revamped iTunes Store to iTunes 12...

Apple has started rolling out a new iTunes Store design for OS X Yosemite testers that have iTunes 12 installed. The revamped storefront takes several design elements from the iTunes Store and App Store on iOS, adopting a cleaner, flatter look that does away with a lot of shadowing and texture that was previously seen in the design. The revamped look fits in with the design of iTunes 12, which takes on the flatter, more iOS-like look seen across OS X Yosemite.

For example, the top bar of the iTunes Store that currently displays cards in a rotating carousel for featured music, movies, apps, and TV shows in their respective categories has been flattened out into a scrollable banner with the new iTunes Store design, doing away with the previous card-style layout.

The slight bit of shadowing that used to highlight app icons, music icons, and categories, has been eliminated and as can be seen in the screenshot below, Apple is using a slightly lighter and larger font...

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15:42
Tesla's Dual-Motor 'D' Ready for...


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

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15:30
‘Eight’ Wooden Acoustic Amplifier for iPhone Looks...

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


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15:04
Stacks 2.6.5 - New way to create pages in...

Stacks is a new way to create pages in RapidWeaver: A plugin designed to combine drag-and-drop simplicity with the power of fluid layout.

Features:

  • Fluid Layout: Stacks lets you build pages that flow text to the dimensions of a theme even if the theme has a variable width. You can build flowing columns, flexible rows, and tiles of images.
  • Nesting Objects: Build columns within columns within rows within columns. Or group a stack of objects inside a box. Almost anything is possible with Stacks.
  • Download More Stacks:There are hundreds of professionally designed free and low cost stacks ready for download. Easily add amazing content to your site.
  • Live Image Editing: Resize, rotate, and style your images with an easy to use HUD and see the changes happen right in the layout.
  • Pros Welcome: Because Stacks builds layout...

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15:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

MPro [iOS Universal;...

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15:00
Chinese carriers notch 1M official iPhone 6 & 6...

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

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14:55
GT to close sapphire plant and sever ties with Apple

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

Lee Hutchninson

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

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14:45
Apple begins rollout of redesigned iTunes Store...

Apple has started rolling out a redesigned version of the iTunes Store for users running iTunes 12 less than a week ahead of what’s expected to be the launch of OS X Yosemite. The new storefront takes design cues from the iTunes and App Store home pages on iOS devices, featuring a flattened, side-scrolling carousel at the top of the page in place of the old “card”-style header. This new header can be scrolled horizontally using two fingers or even dragged around with a mouse.

Individual pages for albums, TV shows, and iOS apps have also been redesigned and now feature more iOS-like controls throughout. Download buttons have been reduced to simple outlines. Shadows and textures have been removed throughout the store, putting the content directly on a stark white or dark gray...

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14:35
GTAT: Apple’s Agreements Are ‘Oppressive and...

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


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14:30
[Sponsor] In A Flash Laser -- Boutique Printing,...

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

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

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

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

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14:30
Tips and techniques from master bass angler Bill...

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

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14:19
Friday Deals: 4TB hard drive, Airplay speakers, Miix...

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



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14:06
Watch Apple’s October 16th event live

Apple:

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

Let’s hope this one goes smoother than September’s livestream.

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14:00
Did you hear about Infowars asinine iPhone 6 "...

Stop the presses and load your rifles, we need to stop supporting Apple right this second. The masterminds over at The Alex Jones Channel have uncovered the darkest (possibly dumbest) conspiracy theory of all time. You may remember the supposed...

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14:00
Apple’s October 16 Invitation is Actually a Hidden...

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


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13:59
News: iLounge Weekly coming Monday, sign up now

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

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13:50
Apple and Google spark civil rights debate

TidBITS:

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

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

As always, I like reading Rich Mogull’s take on these kinds of security issues.

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13:45
News: Apps of the Week: Autodesk SketchBook,...

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

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13:37
Briefly: Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile updated,...

Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile has released an update to its iOS app, offering a thorough overhaul from its previous versions. A professional-grade painting and drawing app, SketchBook v3.0.1 features pencil and brush tools that aim to deliver a realistic drawing experience. Its redesigned user interface and improved "paint engine" allow users to apply the same workflow to devices with a range of screen sizes, thereby eliminating separate tablet and phone editions of the app. The app's interface is fully customizable to fit the user's working preferences....



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13:28
Bose, Beats settle lawsuit over noise cancellation...

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



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13:19
Many Retailers Hesitant About Offering Support for...

Though Apple is launching Apple Pay with a number of high-profile retail partners including Macy's, Disney, Whole Foods, Sephora, Walgreens, and Staples, among others, there's a long list of retailers who have decided not to offer Apple Pay in their stores.

Walmart and Best Buy, for example, have been two high-profile companies that have vocally opted out, and The Daily Dot has compiled a list of several other retail outlets that have current no plans to support Apple Pay. Clothing store H&M said that it has no plans to accept Apple Pay at this time, as did high-end retailer Coach.

A Bed, Bath & Beyond spokesperson said the company was "unable to participate," while a spokesperson for retailer Belk also said "we don't have the capability to accept Apple Pay right now," suggesting...

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13:16
VPN Unlimited Premium Plan: 3 Years Of Hacker...

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


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13:00
Swaive smart thermomemter works with iPhone, Health...

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

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12:59
Backblaze 3.0.0.820 - Online backup service; $5/...

Backblaze is an online backup service designed from the ground-up for the Mac.With unlimited storage available for $5 per month, as well as a free 15-day trial, peace of mind is within reach with Backblaze.

  • Easy and automatic. A simple setup process and automatic continuous backups means having safe data is not only for the extremely savvy.
  • Safe and secure. Encrypted data on your computer is transmitted with a secure, encrypted connection and stored encrypted on the Backblaze servers. Never worry about your data's security.
  • Transparent and accessible. Browse and download your files online or have them overnighted to you on a DVD or USB drive for a flexible file or system restoring process.



Version 3.0.0.820:

  • Scalability: When Backblaze 1.0 was being coded a decision was made for Storage Pods to have 3 digits (e.g. 065, 732, etc). Thanks to a growing...

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12:49
SpiderOak 5.1.8 - Secure cloud backup, storage, and...

SpiderOak is a multi-platform secure online backup, storage, access, and sharing solution engineered for the consumer and small businesses. You must first sign up to use SpiderOak.

Running natively on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux, SpiderOak allows users to create a central storage repository where they can access data from all their SpiderOak devices within the application, or via Web login at SpiderOak.com.

Using an automated approach, SpiderOak immediately backs up and stores any additions, edits, or changes to the back up set. Historical versions of any document can be identified and downloaded by timestamp.

Any folders within a user's SpiderOak account can be selected for sharing in a password protected setting called a 'ShareRoom', and any changes or additions to the shared folders are automatically seen by visitors to the ShareRoom.

...

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12:41
Magic Script Creator

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

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

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12:30
Daily Deals for October 10, 2014, featuring the...

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

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

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12:13
Bose and Apple's Beats announce settlement of...

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

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

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

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12:00
I played this top-selling game 100 times, and this...

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

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11:55
The most expensive stuff you can buy at New York...

Digg:

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

Makes me wish I had kept those comics I had as a kid. Some of them might be worth something today.

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11:47
Amazon must be stopped

New Republic:

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

These expectations help fuel our collective denial about Amazon.

I don’t know that I agree with the central premise but the consolidation in Amazon is something to be concerned about and keep an eye on.

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11:44
Carl Zeiss unveils VR One $99 virtual reality headset

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



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11:42
Dairy Queen chain latest victim of Backoff POS...

Restaurant chain Dairy Queen has confirmed that 395 of its 4,500 US locations have been affected by the "Backoff" malware, which has in turn, compromised customer's credit card information. Restaurants in 46 states were affected, with customers in Hawaii, Louisiana, Rhode Island and Vermont escaping the malware....



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11:35
Boost to carry iPhone 6, 6 Plus on Oct. 17th with $...

Sprint-owned Boost Mobile has announced it will begin selling the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus on Friday, October 17th. Since Boost is a prepaid carrier buyers will have to pay for a contract-free device, but Boost is slashing $100 off the price of each model. A 16GB iPhone 6 will therefore cost $549, for example, and an equivalent iPhone 6 Plus will be $649. 64 and 128GB options will also be available....



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11:30
Apple’s Beats and Bose settle lawsuit over noise-...

Apple’s Beats Electronics and Bose have settled a lawsuit over noise-cancelling headphone technology and asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to end its investigation into the matter. Bloomberg reports:

Bose and Beats in joint filings told a U.S. court in Delaware they’ve settled their claims, and asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to terminate its investigation…

Bose originally sued Beats Electronics in July not long after Apple announced its $3 billion deal to acquire the headphone maker. Bose was...

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11:30
The Impossible Dash: difficult, addictive, yet...

What better way to title a game than with what is essentially its own description? Yes, The Impossible Dash is an iOS game that involves dashing... impossibly. You start out as a tiny green square and your job is to avoid every obstacle that comes in...

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11:17
Gadget Ogling: Strange Cameras, Fast Charges, Racing...


HTC is stepping so far out of the box with the RE Camera, it's almost as if there was never a box to begin with. Instead of making us stare through a viewfinder, this minimalist device almost demands a return to older forms of photography, while still taking advantage of modern technology. It looks like a cross between a periscope and an asthma inhaler, neither of which scream style to anyone who might spot it in your hand. The positives: It captures 16-megapixel still images and 1080p video while wirelessly transferring the content to a phone.

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11:14
Apple will live stream the Oct 16 special event to...

The invitations to Apple’s special event on Thursday read “It’s been way too long,” but memories of the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch launch last month are still fresh—including the painfully inconsistent live stream.

But if at first your live stream fails, try, try again: Apple has confirmed that it will offer a live stream of the event, which will take place at 10 a.m. Pacific time on Thursday at the company’s own Town Hall Auditorium in Cupertino.

To read this...

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11:04
TextExpander touch 3.1

Type more with less effort on your iPhone or iPad! Expand custom keyboard shortcuts into frequently-used text snippets. Grab your favorite snippets from your Mac.

Such a great app made by a great company that cares about its users.

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11:03
GT Seeks to Void 'Oppressive and Burdensome...

Yesterday, lawyers for Apple's bankrupt sapphire production partner GT Advanced Technologies notified the court that court that the company would be seeking to "wind down" operations at its sapphire production facilities in Arizona and Massachusetts, while also pursuing efforts to escape from contracts related to those operations.

In a pair of filings today, GT has followed through on those plans, with one filing asking for court approval to void its contracts related to the operation, calling the terms of its contracts with Apple "oppressive and burdensome."As discussed in detail in the Supplemental First Day Declaration, the agreements imposed oppressive and burdensome terms and obligations on GTAT. The contracts and leases...provide no benefit to GTAT's estates, and GTAT's...

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11:00
Big iPhone 6 launch leads to huge sales of...

Whenever Apple launches a new iPhone or iPad, financial and marketing analysis firms are always quick to point out just how many devices were sold in a short amount of time, and what the probable positive impact is to the company's bottom line. Well,...

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10:56
Alternate ways to carry your iPhone 6 Plus

Interesting choices to carry the larger iPhone 6 Plus. Mine fits in my pocket, but I’m a big guy, so I suppose that’s not an option for everyone.

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10:48
SRV finally nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

It’s a crime that it took them so long to nominate Stevie.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:44
GT Advanced says 'oppressive and burdensome...

Apple partner GT Advanced Technologies announced on Friday that it plans to close its sapphire producing plants in Arizona and Massachusetts operations, and decried its unsustainable contracts with Apple as "oppressive and burdensome."

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10:41
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-10

It looks like GT Advanced Technologies may be looking at an ugly split from Apple now that it wants to shut down the sapphire factory where it's been making glass for the Apple Watch. Bryan Chaffin and Bob LeVitus join Jeff Gamet to talk about what's happening with GTAT and its bankruptcy filing, and how this impacts Apple. They also take a look at Apple's marketing strategy for the upcoming Apple Watch and how the company seems to be getting cozy with the fashion industry.


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10:33
Third party SnapChat tools compromised; 13GB of...

Some supposedly ephemeral messages sent through the SnapChat service have been leaked to the Internet. Private photos collected for years through the either the SnapChat archiving Android app Snapsave or the shuttered SnapChat web client SnapSaved have been stolen, and posted en masse to chat forum 4chan, and other similar locations....



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10:31
Q Card Case for iPhone 6 Includes Slot for Cash,...

The Q Card Case from CM4, Inc. provides a place for up to three credit cards and a bill or two while providing good protection for the back of the iPhone 6. However, the external look bothered this reviewer.


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10:23
WSJ: Amazon considers working with UltraViolet...

UltraViolet, the online digital locker which provides downloadable copies of movies sold on DVD and Blu-ray, may get some extra support in the future. The Wall Street Journal claims the existing roster of companies offering UltraViolet services could soon be joined by Amazon, as it attempts to fight off competition from Apple's iTunes Store and other services....



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10:15
Apple sapphire source GT Advanced Technologies wants...

Re/Code is reporting that GT Advanced Technologies, the company Apple tapped to begin looking into making device screens from synthetic sapphire, is requesting court permission to close its plant in Arizona.

This comes days after the surprise...

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10:05
Boost Mobile to offer prepaid iPhone 6/6 Plus for $...

Sprint prepaid subsidiary Boost Mobile announced today that it will begin carrying the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for customers starting next Friday on October 17th. As it has done in the past with the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, Boost Mobile will carry the new iPhone models for $100 off the usual retail price of each device. Below is Boost Mobile’s full pricing lineup for each storage capacity of both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus:

iPhone 6 16GB: $549.99
iPhone 6 64GB: $649.99
iPhone 6 128GB: $749.99
iPhone 6 Plus 16GB: $649.99
iPhone 6 Plus 64GB: $749.99...

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10:00
Office 365 news round-up

Whether you use Office 365 at work, at school, or just as part of your everyday life, there is a growing array of features and capabilities that can help you be more productive and creative while protecting your privacy and personal data.

We recently introduced three new Office 365 plans for small and medium-sized businesses, so that they can get exactly what they need. We also launched the Office 365 Customer Success Center, to help our customers drive Office 365 adoption and business value in their organizations. In addition, we introduced the Enterprise Social Resource Center, to help organizations learn more about working...

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09:45
Apple to cull Bose products from retail stores

A longtime staple of Apple retail stores, audio products from Bose are now set to be axed from Apple's shelves as early as next week, MacRumors reports. Apple hasn't yet -- and likely won't -- publicly weigh in on the decision to remove the popular...

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09:06
Dropbox experimental build with OS X Yosemite icons...

Good news for Dropbox users running OS X Yosemite: Dropbox has made available an experimental build optimized for Yosemite’s new look (via Zach Kahn). The download brings a new Finder icon, new notification glyphs, and faster uploads for small files among other enhancements. Here’s the full list of what’s new:

New in 2.11.25

  • Updated Camera Uploads folder icon for Yosemite
  • Fixed Copy Link context menu option from the toolbar
  • More Finder integration bug fixes

New in the 2.11 series

  • Rewrite of the Windows & Linux UI. (1)
  • File identifiers. (2)
  • Windows long path support. (3)
  • New Linux headless setup flow.
  • Faster uploads for small files.
  • Updated splash screens.
  • New...
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09:00
Nine ways Apple users differ from Microsoft fans

Are you a Starbuck's loving, Microsoft-hating type of person who thinks Facebook is a cool to place to work? If so, then you must be an Apple fan according to this chart published by Business Insider using Ranker's crowd-source ranking data. The...

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08:56
Apple releases third OS X Yosemite golden master...

Yosemite is coming.

It’s just going through a few more golden master candidates.

Per MacRumors, Apple today released a third golden master candidate of OS X Yosemite to developers, just two days after releasing the second candidate golden master and the fifth public beta. The first golden master candidate was seeded to developers on September 30th.

The latest Yosemite update can be downloaded from the Mac App Store and through Apple’s Mac Developer Center.

Yosemite brings a flatter, more modern look to OS X, with an emphasis on translucency and redesigned Dock, windows, and more. It also includes a multitude of new features, such as improved integration with iOS 8 through Continuity, a new “Today” view in Notification Center that offers integration with third...

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08:56
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Bowers & Wilkins Z2...

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Bowers & Wilkins Z2 AirPlay speaker w/ Lightning dock $100 shipped (orig. $400)

Seagate 2TB Expansion Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive:...

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