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Friday October 3

09:10
One-Time Passcode for Office 365 Message Encryption

Shobhit Sahay is a technical product manager on the Office 365 team.

Back in February, we launched Office 365 Message Encryption, the all-new encryption service that allows you to send encrypted mail to anyone. We’ve come a long way since that announcement. We’ve upgraded all of our Exchange Hosted Encryption (EHE) customers to Office 365 Message Encryption. And we’ve seen great service adoption, with more than a million encrypted messages sent using Office 365 Message Encryption ready! While we’ve been upgrading our EHE customers, we‘ve also been busy responding to your feedback and are happy to announce the release of One-Time Passcode. With One-Time Passcode, you don’t need to sign in with a Microsoft account to view an encrypted message.

Let’s take a look at this new feature.

Previously, when you received a message encrypted with Office 365 Message Encryption, you could view the encrypted message only by using a Microsoft account. Now, with the...

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09:02
News: Users reporting iOS 8 Bluetooth connectivity...

Many users are having issues with Bluetooth connectivity following the update to iOS 8 earlier this month, as noted in a recent report from MacRumors. Reports from numerous users on the Apple Support forums and MacRumors forums indicate problems with connecting not only to car audio systems but also headphones, speakers, headsets, and more. Some have reported that Apple support is aware of the incompatibility issue with “some car/navigation…

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09:00
People respond to Apple's iPhone 1000

With Apple going big and bigger with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, is this our inevitable future with the iPhone 1000?

Image Credit: Redditor Michel00 via Imgur...

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08:57
News: Apps of the Week: Post-it Plus, WW2: Sandbox,...

New Apps Post-it Plus (free) — This is a clever little app developed directly by 3M, maker of the iconic Post-it notes, designed to take your Post-its into the digital realm. With this app you can simply take a snapshot of a board filled with up to 50 Post-it notes and then individually rearrange and organize them in any way — you can group them into categories, or even combine notes from multiple sessions. The organized board can be shared with…

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08:56
Eric Schmidt says Google doesn’t harvest data, more...

I think Schmidt underestimates the intelligence of the general public. If you don’t buy a product, you are the product being sold.

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08:32
How the Shinkansen bullet train made Tokyo into the...

The Guardian:

The Greater Tokyo Metropolitan Area, composed of four prefectures, became the world’s pre-eminent megalopolis – some 35 million people by 2010, or 27% of Japan’s total population. It isn’t unusual for commuters to spend two hours getting to work every day on trains that exceed 150% of capacity.

When I was in Tokyo, one of the things I wanted to see and take pictures of was the Shinkansen bullet train. It’s a shame we don’t have the population densities to make these trains possible here in North America.

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08:30

This might prove useful.

This week, Apple launched a web-based tool to check the Activation Lock status of iOS devices such as iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches. Here, users can go to a web site, enter the device’s IMEI number or serial number and see if the Find My iPhone feature has been located.

The Find My iPhone feature aims to prevent the purchase of stolen or disabled products and can feature an Activation Lock functionality, which prevents activation unless authorized by the user. The Activation Lock was introduced in iOS 7 & is enabled by default in iOS 8.

If you’ve tried the site or have any feedback as to the Activation Lock tool, let us know what you think in the comments.

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08:30
iOS 8's privacy notification not sitting well...

Along with the more headline-grabbing feature additions to iOS 8, Apple tweaked a few smaller items such as the way users are alerted to each app's use of location data. That change isn't going over well with some developers who feel that the alerts...

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08:15
Apple taps Steve Dowling as interim vice president...

It’s been a six month search, but Apple appears to have succeeded Katie Cotton with a new VP of worldwide communications. The new hire comes in the form of Steve Dowling, who, according to re/code, was tapped as interim head of public relations last week by CEO Tim Cook, who has been looking to put a friendlier, more approachable face on Apple’s public relations efforts.

Sources stated that a search outside the company proved fruitless and Dowling’s appointment has been framed to employees as an interim one and it’s said that Apple will continue to evaluate worthy outside candidates if one should pop up. Still, given that Apple CEO Tim Cook has officially put Dowling at the top of Apple’s PR organization suggests he could remain there.

The next question on people’s minds is what will Nat...

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08:14
iOS 8.1 expected with Apple Pay support on October...

Apple Pay will indeed launch alongside iOS 8.1, and Apple is currently targeting an October 20th date for the firmware, sources say. The people add that hidden code should allow Apple Pay testing via the 8.1 beta. It's not clear whether that includes NFC functions, or simply online-only transactions. Either way testing will allegedly start early this month, supported by code rolling out to developers....



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08:03
BadUSB Malware Code Released to the World and There...

When the BadUSB was demonstrated at the Black Hat conference earlier this year the code to take advantage of the security flaw wasn't released. Now it's been reverse engineered and the researchers who figured it out have released their code on the Internet, which means exploits can't be far behind.

The Mac Observer Spin: The security researchers that posted their BadUSB code online may have the best of intentions, but they may have unleashed what will turn into a major headache for end users, businesses, and governments around the world.


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08:01
iOS 8 lets you easily hide photos and App Store...

Users have can greater control over their privacy with Apple's iOS 8 update, thanks to newly added options to hide individual photos, and to hide App Store purchases directly from an iPhone or iPad.

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08:00
Apple reportedly wants music labels to lower the $10...

Peter Kafka of Re/Code reports that Apple may be actively trying to convince music labels to lower the somewhat-standard US$10/month fee that Beats Music charges for its streaming music service.

Sources say Apple is talking to the big music labels...

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07:26
Early Apple CarPlay Reviews Cite Ease of Use,...

Apple and several of its partners showed off CarPlay at its official unveiling earlier this year, mainstream users are finally getting their hands on the system with Pioneer's release of its promised CarPlay update for for several of its aftermarket car audio receiver yesterday.

Early reviews of CarPlay from Consumer Reports and Australian technology and car blog EFTM suggest the system is indeed easy to use and effective at reducing driver distraction, thanks to excellent Siri integration.

Consumer Reports points out the many benefits offered by Siri, which allows you to send text messages, get directions, set...

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07:17
Some users experiencing App Store outages, unable to...

Starting about half an hour ago, the App Store is currently experiencing errors where apps do not finish downloading (or updating). Some users are reporting obtuse error messages, like the one above, whereas others are simply left with paused downloads on their iOS and Mac devices.

Availability likely varies by App Store region, but Twitter reports of App Store issues started around 6.30 Pacific Time. The problems are sporadic and do not necessarily arise on every device, but have been seen to occur across operating system versions: it is not limited to iOS 8 and Yosemite (which is still in beta).

Apple is yet to update its system service status page to acknowledge any issues.

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07:14
Apple Seeks Trademark for "Passbook" Icon...

On October 3, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark filing for their updated "Passbook" icon which adds the new Apple Pay component to the top layer of the icon as noted in the ...

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07:07
The One Apple Watch Thing That Really Matters


While the cellphone nearly killed the wristwatch, the Apple Watch gizmo actually will revive it. In fact, I think the attention that the Apple Watch will bring to our wrists will spark sales of traditional watches. Why? I believe there is a latent desire to have a wristwatch -- to have the convenience of the time on your wrist without the need to pull out your smartphone and ignore the world around you. I think -- hope -- that the Apple Watch actually will lead people to slow down the movement of hand to pocket and pocket to face.

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07:00
Bill Gates: Apple Pay is "fantastic" and a...

Bill Gates yesterday sat down for an insightful interview with Erik Schatzker of Bloomberg where the Microsoft co-founder discussed, amongst other topics, his efforts to leverage the ubiquity of cellphones to help bring affordable and digital banking...

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06:46
Review: Two weeks with Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6...

What can I say about the iPhone 6 that you don’t know or haven’t already assumed? Not much, actually. It’s running iOS 8, has a great camera, thinner design, and a handful of features that make it different from last year’s iPhone.

This year, Apple has bumped up the display size and released two models. We have the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Plus, but if you were paying attention to the rumor mill leading up to the launch, these two models probably weren’t a surprise. That being said, there are still some points I’d like to make about both devices, but instead of creating two reviews, I think it’s safe to combine them so that you...

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06:40
U.S. stock volatility blamed on Apple bears in...

Increasing volatility in the U.S. stock market is being attributed in part to Apple bears on the options market, who have helped to keep America's largest publicly traded company at around the $100-per-share level.

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06:39
News: Apple releases another iTunes 12 beta

Apple has released a new beta for iTunes 12. We took an in-depth look at the first iTunes 12 beta in late July, and we’ll update this story with changes found in the new edition. The latest beta includes a few more cosmetic changes, such as simplifying certain Preferences screens, adding media categories with keyboard shortcuts to the View menu, and improving support for viewing sync settings when multiple iOS devices or iPods are connected....

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06:38
News: Report: Apple asks labels to cut prices for...

Apple is in discussions with major music labels about “a new set of rights and features” — and new pricing — for a revamped Beats Music service, Re/code reports. The company reportedly aims to offer the subscription service for less than its current $10/month rate. It’s noted that talks are still in their initial stages, and getting the labels to cut prices will “require some work on Apple’s part.” A restructuring…

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06:37
Hulu update brings new cleaner design alongside...


In version 4 of its app, Hulu has brought a whole new look to its video streaming app on the iPhone. What matters most is that the app is now optimized for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, meaning videos can use all the pixels of the larger 4.7 and an 5.5 inch displays, which is obviously a vital improvement for video viewing.

A hamburger menu keeps all actions just a couple of taps away. On the other side of the screen, another slide out panel reveals Shows...

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06:30
Daily Deal: Get the RAW Beats rugged speaker for...

In today’s iLounge Deal we’re offering the RAW Beats ruggedized speaker for only $39.99—a savings of 50% off the normal price. Designed to be both ultra-portable and durable, the RAW Beats Bluetooth Speaker provides the perfect harmony of big sound and rugged portability. The speaker is waterproof, dust-proof, shockproof, and includes a scratch-resistant exterior. Weighing in under a pound, it also houses a built-in microphone that…

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06:27
Deutsche Bank Lowers AAPL Target, Says no Surprises...

Deutsche Bank analyst Sherri Scribner lowered her target price for Apple's stock from US$105 to $102 because she doesn't see any new product surprises coming from the company. She thinks the company could have trouble beating investor expectations for iPhone sales, and that there won't be any new product announcements before the end of the year.


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06:22
Google's Schmidt says Google encryption...

Google chairman Eric Schmidt has fought back against comments over the company's security and privacy, following comments laid out by Apple CEO Tim Cook. In an interview which touched upon a recent open letter about privacy from Cook, Schmidt claims "Someone didn't brief [Cook] correctly on Google's policies. It's unfortunate for him."...



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06:07
Default Folder is ready for OS X Yosemite

St. Clair Software (http://tinyurl.com/l5wtxoj) has delivered Default Folder X 4.6.9, an update to their utility for Mac OS X. The new version adds compatibility with Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite and the capability to decompress zip archives.

Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications. Its custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. It provides fast navigation to your files, convenient previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more.

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06:00
Thousands of Macs infected with OS X botnet malware...

Russian security researchers from anti-virus company Dr Web have discovered a new OS X botnet that has hijacked over 17,000 Macs worldwide. Macs recruited into the botnet are infected with Mac.BackDoor.iWorm malware, which is being spread by a...

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05:45
iOS 8: Setting Up Your Medical ID

For today's article, Melissa Holt is going to cover one of the coolest new features of iOS 8-Medical ID. If you configure yours in advance, emergency personnel can access information on your health history, including any allergies or conditions you have or medications you take, all without needing to know your iPhone's passcode. Come on in and learn how it works!


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05:32
Apple's iPhone 6-Plus may account for 60% of...

The top ten iPhone 6 Plus reviews that are noted in Engadget's report covers The Verge, TechRadar, TechCrunch, CNET, The New York Times and others, with all giving Apple's new phablet two thumbs up. Apparently, the iPhone 6 Plus is doing so well that it's outgunning the iPhone 6 in spite of the hoopla associated with Bendgate.

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05:30
Crazy Skydiving falls flat

Dodging obstacles as a parachutist on their way back to the ground in a pixel art environment is the premise for Crazy Skydiving. Set in a very Flappy Bird style of gameplay, Crazy Skydiving emphasizes the punishing nature of difficult games. Crazy...

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05:16
1 million preorders for iPhone 6 in China in six...

Want China Times:

China’s “big three” telecom carriers — China Telecom, China Unicom, and China Mobile — recorded over 1 million preorders for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus only six hours after they began accepting them for the new phone’s Oct. 10 debut.

Buyers have been able to place their preorders at operators’ online and brick-and-mortar stores as well as their subsidiaries. The total number of preorders could exceed 2 million if they included those sold through distributors such as Suning Appliance and D.Phone.

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05:08
Talking Schmidt: ‘We could all aspire to be a small...

Schmidt loves to talk down Apple at any opportunity, but he is not shy about his admiration of Steve Jobs. At an event last night, in the run up to the release of Schmidt’s book How Google Works, he was asked about who he looks up to. He only said one name.

Via CNET, Schmidt said:

“For me, it’s easy. Steve Jobs,” he said in a quiet, contemplative voice.

“We could all aspire to be a small percentage of Steve,”

“Exceptional people are worth hanging out with,” Schmidt said on Thursday. “Because there is a good chance they are going to change the world.”

Only yesterday was Schmidt dissing Apple for its inferior security and encryption practices, but it’s important to remember that Apple and...

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04:57
European Commission clears Facebook's WhatsApp...

European regulators have given the all-clear on the Facebook acquisition of WhatsApp. Four months after Facebook requested the European Commission to review the acquisition over possible antitrust-related issues, the regulator has determined that Facebook and its own Messenger service is not a "close competitor" of WhatsApp, and has authorized the purchase....



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04:52
Maintain serves up Cocktail 7.6.1 (Mavericks Edition)

Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.6.1 (Mavericks Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Mavericks.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Cocktail's features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. Version 7.6.1 addresses compatibility issues with OS X Mavericks 10.9.5. The software is now also signed with v2 signature to conform with the latest version of Apple's Gatekeeper.

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04:51
Rumor tracker

Emergent is a real-time rumor tracker. The idea is to track rumors and, ideally, confirm them as true or false.

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04:46
Chinese media reports 4 million iPhone 6...

Yesterday, Chinese iPhone 6 reservations were stated as 2 million in six hours, a rather stunning statistic. Today, an update from the Chinese media press Tencent now says that reservations have topped 4 million. If all these reservations convert into orders, China alone may beat out the iPhone 6’s launch numbers, which — at the time — were considered to be impressive.

What’s more interesting is that Tencent claims it has exact order numbers from one of the main companies offering reservations. This gives some insight into how sales will be split between the 4.7 inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5 inch iPhone 6 Plus.

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04:42
MaBaSoft releases Currency Assistant 3.2 for Mac OS X

MaBaSoft (www.mabasoft.net) has revved Currency Assistant, a Mac OS X tool that lets you convert between 174 world currencies (all major circulating
currencies plus the 18 Eurozone legacy currencies), to version 3.2. It's ready for the upcoming OS X Yosemite.

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04:35
Understanding how Apple Pay works

Yoni Heisler does an excellent job of demystifying Apple Pay. Here’s my take on how all this works.

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04:24
iPhoto Library Manager 4.1.8 - Manage multiple...

iPhoto Library Manager lets you organize your photos into multiple iPhoto libraries.

Separate your high school and college photos from your latest summer vacation pictures. Or keep some photo collections on your Mac and others on an external drive. Access only the photos you want, when you want them.

More libraries, more options

  • Smarter searching. iPhoto Library Manager lets you search for photos across one library or many. You don't even need to launch iPhoto.
  • Drag-and-drop support. Put everything in its right place by dragging and dropping images from library to library.
  • Nix the dupes. Need to identify and remove duplicate photos across multiple Libraries? iPhoto Library Manager does it quickly and easily.



Version 4.1.8:

  • The "Recent" section in the album list is now expanded by default
  • We now log which...

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04:23
Most senior, influential B2B buyers use online...

A recently completed Social Buying Study from the IDC (www.idc.com) research group concludes that 75% of the business-to-business (B2B) buyers studied and 84% of C-level/vice president executives use social media to support purchase decisions.

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04:16
Tinderbox 6.1 - Store and organize your notes, ideas...

Tinderbox is a personal content management assistant. It stores your notes, ideas, and plans. It can help you organize and understand them. And Tinderbox helps you share ideas through Web journals and Web logs.

Tinderbox's agents automatically scan your notes, looking for patterns and building relationships. Agents help discover relationships and help make sure important things don't get lost. Agents are easy to make and easy to modify. They're flexible and powerful.

Tinderbox can even gather and update changing information and breaking news from the internet.

When it's time to share your notes, Tinderbox can assemble multiple notes into one page. Updates are a breeze -- even if you update several times a day. Private notes, timestamps, permanent links, archives: everything you want, just the way you want it.



Version 6.1:

  • Includes fixes intended to make Tinderbox more reliable, correcting a number of recently-...

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04:11
Kool Tools: VR mini 2 portable RAID storage solution

The VR mini 2 portable RAID storage solution from CalDigit (www.caldigit.com) is the successor to the original VR mini from CalDigit that brought RAID protection to location based workflows. The VR mini 2 now features the added benefit of USB 3.0 connectivity.


The VR mini 2 allows users the flexibility of utilizing RAID protection wherever they are. The original VR mini was used by film crews and photographers around the world in locations where a portable RAID device was needed to keep secure file back-ups.

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03:34
Taptic, haptics, and the body fantastic: The real...

The next user interface requires your body. You will literally feel signals chock-full of timely, contextual data delivered from all manner of touchscreens, gadgets and wearables. It’s called haptics, and while it’s been around for years, most notably in game controllers, the Apple Watch is set to deliver this technology to the masses.

Haptic technology—haptics—uses force upon the skin to deliver real-time tactile feedback. These physical sensations are created by tiny motors called actuators. Done right, haptics can mimic the feeling of a pin prick by a wearable that tracks your blood sugar, simulate the plucking of virtual guitar strings on a tablet screen, or re-create the physical recoil of a phaser from your favorite game controller.

To read...

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03:16
Digitimes says iPhone 6 Plus accounting for 60% of...

A new report by Digitimes says that, contrary to public opinion, the iPhone 6 Plus is receiving more orders after beating initial demand expectations. The report says 60% of iPhone production is iPhone 6 Plus units, which may be interpreted as the iPhone 6 Plus being the more popular model. It also says that Foxconn is responsible for iPhone 6 Plus supply, whereas Pegatron is taking up iPhone 6 output.

However, Digitimes doesn’t have the best track record and this information sort of defies other evidence. Firstly, it is important to note that production does not correlate proportionally to demand. It was well publicised that the iPhone 6 Plus was supply-constrained in the runup to release. The burst of iPhone 6 Plus production now may simply be restoring the balance, clearing the backlog of orders.

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03:00
You Should Play: Fotonica brings a new thrilling...

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. 

The floating, suddenly appearing rings are only there to distract you. Focus on the path ahead!

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02:53
iPhone 6 Plus Reportedly Accounting for 60% of Total...

The iPhone 6 Plus is expected to account for 60% of total iPhone 6 device shipments as sales of the device are exceeding initial expectations, reports Digitimes. The information comes from industry sources observing parts shipments to longtime Apple suppliers Foxconn and Pegatron.

Foxconn is said to be responsible for the production of the iPhone 6 Plus, while Pegatron is in charge of the iPhone 6. While parts shipments to both suppliers were even as the launch of both devices neared, Foxconn appears to have received more parts shipments for the iPhone 6 Plus as of late.

Apple announced last month that it opening weekend sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus topped ten million units, although the company did not specify how that number was divided between both units. Shipping estimates for new...

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02:27
Will Apple Lose Siri's Core Tech To Samsung?

An anonymous reader writes Apple bought Siri in 2010, but its core technology is owned by Nuance, maker of Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Now Samsung is looking to buy Nuance. From the article: "This past June, Nuance and Samsung began merger talks, but nothing came of it. At the time, the two companies said talks had 'slowed' due to 'complexities.' But they didn't say it was dead. Guess what? The talks are back on. The first hint came in June, after the company missed the quarterly projections. The Wall Street Journal then brought up the talks with Samsung and also noted the company had taken financial steps that could indicate a buyout was imminent. The company’s earnings report for June stated that Nuance was redeeming $250 million in 2027 convertible notes. By calling back the debt, that would save the future acquirer around $50 million from a debt-to-share conversion."

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Thursday October 2

22:50
Apple asking labels for lower streaming rates,...

Apple is asking the major music labels to adjust their agreements with the iPhone maker to allow to go ahead with a planned revision of the subscription-based Beats Music service that may well portend a lowering of the monthly cost. The company apparently plans to introduce changes to the service next year, and wants to obtain new rights and features at a lower price as part of what it has in mind. Streaming services have recently gained in popularity at around the $10 per month mark, which is what Beats Music charges....



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22:26
Watch rare footage of the Senators beating the...

Washington Post:

When eight cans of nitrate film arrived at the Library of Congress in August, a staffer began a routine inspection to see what sort of physical condition the film was in. Without even watching the footage, she quickly noticed a headline screaming out from one of the newsreels: “SENATORS WIN WORLD SERIES,” it said. “40,000 frantic fans see American Leaguers take 12-inning deciding game, 4 to 3.”

And when archivists from the Library’s Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation watched the reel, they found nearly four minutes of footage from that 1924 World Series, footage that somehow had remained in nearly perfect condition for 90 years. Bucky Harris hitting a home run, Walter Johnson pitching four innings of scoreless relief, Muddy Ruel scoring the winning run, fans storming Griffith Stadium’s field: It was all there, and it was all glorious.

Fascinating to see how much, and how little, the game has changed since this was shot.

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22:19
Tweetbot 3.5: iPhone 6 support, interactive...

Macstories:

From a visual perspective, Tweetbot 3.5 looks and works the same, keeping the foundation that Tapbots introduced with Tweetbot 3 last year. The app hasn’t changed considerably – it has evolved in expected ways and within the limitations imposed by Twitter’s API for third-party apps.

Glad to see this update to my favourite iPhone Twitter client. Can’t wait for the updated iPad version, too.

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20:59
Carbon Copy Cloner 4.0 - Easy-to-use backup/cloning...

Carbon Copy Cloner backups are better than ordinary backups. Suppose the unthinkable happens while you're under deadline to finish a project: your Mac is unresponsive and all you hear is an ominous, repetitive clicking noise coming from its hard drive. With ordinary backups, you'd spend your day rushing out to a store to buy a new hard drive and then sit in front of your computer reinstalling the operating system and restoring data.

With Carbon Copy Cloner, your data and the operating system's data are all preserved on a bootable volume, ready for production at a moment's notice. When disaster strikes, simply boot from your backup and get back to using your Mac. At your convenience, replace the failed hard drive and then let CCC restore the OS, your data and your settings directly from the backup in one easy step.

Any backup application can save your stuff. A CCC bootable backup will save your productivity too!



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20:39
Apple updates iTunes 12 beta for OS X Yosemite...

On Thursday, Apple released an updated version of the beta for iTunes 12, intended for developers and OS X 10.10 Yosemite Public Beta testers. The update follows on the heels of Monday's Golden Master candidate for Yosemite. The iTunes update makes very minor changes to version 12, including some refinement on vertical alignment in the top bar, a handful of revised icons and other minor tweaks. The forthcoming final release will include support for Family Sharing, and an overall new look....



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19:58
JPMorgan Chase breach outlined in SEC filing, 76M...

A filing made with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Thursday revealed new information on the scope of the breach that JPMorgan Chase witnessed earlier in the summer. In July the company, along with at least four other financial institutions, discovered an attack by hackers that reportedly resulted in gigabytes of data stolen after they gained high-level access to 90 of JPMorgan Chase's servers worldwide....



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19:48
Eric Schmidt says Google 'far more secure...

Google Executive Chairman Eric Shmidt on Thursday responded to comments made by Apple CEO Tim Cook referring to the Internet search giant's privacy policies, saying Cook is misinformed and that Google's systems are "far more secure" than anything Apple has.

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19:14
Briefly: Twitter for Mac update, Spotify now...

Twitter for Mac has received an update today, adding new photo features for OS X users. The app allows users to access the social media platform outside of a web browser. Twitter for Mac v3.1 includes the new ability to view and post Tweets with up to four photos at a time, with an image preview for each available for viewing the full photo. Photos can now be shared privately in the Messages section. Various performance improvements and bug fixes are also available in the latest version. Free to download, Twitter for Mac is available through the App Store....



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19:11
Apple expands matching-donations program, has raised...

In the span of three years, Apple's matching-donation program -- which encourages employee giving to recognized charities by matching their donation -- has raised more than $50 million. On Thursday, Apple notified employees that it would expand the program worldwide, and will begin donating money to charities where employees volunteer at a rate of $25 per hour. The expansion will bring the program to nearly all countries where Apple has a presence, the company said....



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18:34
Elementary OS 'Freya' Is Worth the Wait


Elementary OS is a new style Linux distro that wraps its own sophisticated desktop design around a solid Ubuntu core. This distro first appeared in 2011. Its developers released the second major version, Elementary OS Luna, last year. The latest weeks-old beta release of what will be the third major version, called "Freya," shows that Elementary OS continues to offer Linux users a dependable alternative to popular desktop options. Despite its name, Elementary OS is anything but rudimentary.

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17:32
PayPal cut out of Apple Pay talks because of Samsung...

The publication claims former PayPal president David Marcus was against the Samsung partnership as it would hinder future operations with Apple, but eBay CEO John Donahoe forced PayPal to accept. The dynamic just got more interesting with news today that PayPal will be spun off from eBay in 2015, possibly opening the door to policy changes and realigned alliances.

M O R O N S

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17:21
Tom Morello sure can be a dick

Tom’s version doesn’t do much to change my mind.

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17:13
Apple designer Marc Newson designs Heineken beer...

In his first interview since joining Apple, industrial designer Marc Newson discusses his latest product – a domestic draft beer machine he says is the equivalent to a Nespresso coffee maker for beer lovers.

Sweet mother of God, I must have this!

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17:10
Tim Cook names Steve Dowling interim head of Apple PR

After nearly six months of searching and deliberation, Apple appears to have settled on a successor to Katie Cotton, its former VP of worldwide corporate communications — and it’s not former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. It’s Apple comms veteran Steve Dowling. Sources close to Apple tell Code/red that Dowling was tapped as interim head of public relations last week by CEO Tim Cook, who has been looking to put a friendlier, more approachable face on Apple’s public relations efforts.

Personally, I think this is the first step to Dowling getting the position full time.

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17:08
Looking to revamp Beats Music at a lower rate, Apple...

Last month Apple was rumored to be looking for a way to shut down the current version of the Beats Music streaming service that it acquired as part of the Beats Electronics deal, though the claim of a shutdown was quickly shot down in favor of an upcoming rebranding effort.

Today Re/code has revealed a bit...

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17:06
Samsung riffs on iPhone 6 'Bendgate' woes...

True to form, Samsung on Thursday released a commercial touting the new Galaxy Note 4 phablet by capitalizing on negative reports criticizing Apple's latest iPhone 6 models for being too "bendy."

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16:52
Apple Asking Music Labels to Cut Prices on Music...

Apple is asking music labels to cut prices on music streaming subscription services so that it can offer its new, revamped Beats Music service for less than $10 a month, reports Re/code. The Cupertino company is also looking to add new features to the service.
Sources say Apple is talking to the big music labels about a new set of rights and features it would like to include in a revamped version of the Beats Music service it bought earlier this year. Among the things Apple wants is a new pricing structure that would allow it to sell the service for less than the $10 level it’s at now.Apple isn't planning on overhauling Beats Music until next year, and discussions with music labels are in early stages. In late September, it was rumored that Apple was planning on...

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16:36
Apple in talks with music labels to reduce Beats...

According to a report on Thursday, Apple is in talks with major music labels over content licensing price cuts to be applied to Beats Music, which could result in subscription fee drops some time next year.

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16:35
Apple Taps Steve Dowling as Interim Head of PR

Apple reportedly turned to Steve Dowling, a veteran in the company's public relations department, to be the interim head. Mr. Dowling will be replacing Katie Cotton, Apple's legendary PR boss, who left the company earlier this year.


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16:26
How to Use Apple Support Profile, and Why You Should

Apple has rolled out another useful consumer tool, particularly if you treat Apple products like Pokemon. With the Apple Support Profile, you can find out all manner of things about hardware registered to an Apple ID, making it a great resource for people who need to track a lot of devices.


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16:22
Speed test on flagship phones shows off iPhone 6...

Though it has often been said that "specs aren't everything" when it comes to buying electronic devices, many consumers are still swayed by things like RAM or processing speed alone when considering device purchases. A new speed test by enthusiast site PhoneBuff, however, may convince many buyers to re-think the importance of the spec sheet. The new iPhone 6 was tested against the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One (M8), and won the race handily....



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16:02
The UI/UX Designer Training Bundle: $34

We have a deal today for a bundle of training courses aimed at user interface designers. Called The UI/UX Designer Bundle, it includes Learn iPhone App Interface Design From Scratch, User Experience By The Numbers, Optimize Your Digital Products With User Testing, Put Your Customers First: Be A UX Champion, Build Habit-Forming Products, and User Experience Design Fundamentals. That's more than 167 hours of training for just $34, a huge discount from the $692 retail priace.


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16:01
EFF Raises Alarm Over ComputerCOP's Spying Ways


ComputerCOP software, a parental monitoring application that long has been recommended and distributed by law enforcement agencies, is little more than spyware with significant potential for abuse, the Electronic Frontier Foundation reported Wednesday. The software includes a keylogger that could expose a family's personal information by transmitting what's typed to third-party servers without encryption, the EFF said. Products such as ComputerCOP can have a dark side, said technology attorney Raymond Van Dyke.

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16:00
Apple reportedly names Steve Dowling as interim PR...

Apple has temporarily promoted PR rep Steve Dowling to replace the recently departed Katie Cotton, according to a report today from Re/Code.

Sources close to Apple tell Code/red that Dowling was tapped as interim head of public relations last week...

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15:56
Leonardo DiCaprio no longer in talks to play Steve...

Leonardo DiCaprio, who was previously in talks to play the lead role in director Danny Boyle's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, has reportedly turned down the offer and will instead take an extended hiatus from acting.

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15:47
Leonardo DiCaprio drops out of Steve Jobs role in...


DiCaprio and Boyle on the set of the 2000 film “The Beach”

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has decided not to play Steve Jobs in the upcoming Danny Boyle-directed biopic after all, according to the Hollywood Reporter. DiCaprio was first reported as being considered for the role back in April, with Slumdog Millionaire‘s Danny Boyle set to direct.

The Aaron Sorkin-penned film has...

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15:32
Leonardo DiCaprio Withdraws from Sony's '...

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has withdrawn from negotiations to play Steve Jobs in Aaron Sorkin's upcoming film about the late Apple co-founder, according to The Hollywood Reporter. DiCaprio was set to begin work on the movie after finishing work on The Revenant, but sources close to the actor have said that he plans to take a lengthy break soon.

Now with DiCaprio out, the studio is eyeing a number of actors to take on the iconic tech figure, who has been both worshipped and reviled. Christian Bale, who Fincher wanted for the title role, is on Sony’s wish list, as is Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Bradley Cooper (though Affleck seems unlikely given that he just signed on for the thriller The Accountant). The report also notes that the movie will be directed by Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle, who was said to be...

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15:28
Apple Shrinks Market for Stolen iPhones


Apple on Thursday closed a gap in its efforts to combat mobile device theft with the announcement of a service for checking the Activation Lock status of its iPhone, iPad and iPod product lines. The Find My iPhone Activation Lock requires that an owner's Apple ID and passcode be entered into an iOS device before Find My iPhone can be turned off or the device can be erased or reactivated. Find My iPhone also allows an owner to locate a device using its location services.

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15:15
iOS 8 third party keyboards explained and reviewed

TidBITS:

One of the most intriguing features of iOS 8 is how Apple opened it up to third-party keyboards. Google’s Android mobile operating system has allowed developers to create custom system keyboards for years, which has led to interesting experiments, like Swype, which lets you draw on the keyboard to spell out words.

Now, keyboards like Swype are available for iOS 8, but how you enable and use them isn’t always obvious. Also of concern is how these third-party keyboards, some of which connect to the Internet, impact your privacy.

I have little to no interest in third party keyboards but I know a lot of you do. TidBITS does their usual good job of how to set up and use them and what to watch out for.

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15:00
Another TUAW iPhone 6 case giveaway extravaganza!

Help me, I'm drowning in iPhone 6 cases! We're still not seeing a lot of iPhone 6 Plus cases - I think the larger iPhone caught a lot of manufacturers off guard - but the iPhone 6 case market seems to be very healthy, thank you. So once again, we're...

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14:41
Apple seeds iTunes 12 beta 3 to developers ahead of...

Apple on Thursday issued the third beta build of iTunes 12 to developers and members of its Apple Seed program, bringing minor tweaks and backend enhancements to the stalwart media app.

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14:35
LG Electronics releases curved, 21:9 ratio...

LG Electronics announced this week that it's bringing it first curved LED computer monitor to the United States this week. The LG Curved UltraWide Monitor (34UC97) offers an LED backlight, in-plane switching (IPS) screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio. LG states that the 34UC97 is built as a desktop replacement for dual monitor set-ups....



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14:35
LG Electronics releases curved, 21:9 ratio...

LG Electronics announced this week that it's bringing it first curved LED computer monitor to the United States this week. The LG Curved UltraWide Monitor (34UC97) offers an LED backlight, in-plane switching (IPS) screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio. LG states that the 34UC97 is built as a desktop replacement for dual monitor set-ups....



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14:33
Today in Twitter: Updates for Twitter for Mac and...

It’s a busy day for Twitter clients. Twitter’s own desktop client for Mac was updated to a version 3.1 on Thursday to introduce a couple of nifty new photo-centric features, allowing up to four photos per tweet and letting users share photos privately in in direct messages.

On the mobile side, popular third-party Twitter app Tweetbot 3 got updated to version 3.5 on Wednesday to get the iOS 8 treatment. The app is now optimized for iOS 8 as well as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and also features interactive notifications for iOS 8 users.

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14:30
Nimble-fingered strategists will love Light 'em...

It would seem there is a never-ending influx of strategy and puzzle-related games coming down the App Store pike, and for good reason. There is a burgeoning group of fans waiting to try them, critique them, and talk about them to their friends and on...

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14:16
Apple releases fourth beta of iTunes 12 to...

Apple has pushed out the fourth pre-release version of iTunes 12 to users running the developer preview or public beta of OS X Yosemite. The update weighs in at 214 MB, but the seed notes don’t list anything new in this build. There do appear to be some new icons in the preferences screen, but for the most part it’s the same as the other betas we’ve seen.

 

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14:15
Apple Releases Revamped iTunes 12 Beta for OS X...

Apple today released a new version of the iTunes 12 beta for both developers and OS X Yosemite beta testers, following Monday's release of the Yosemite Golden Master Candidate and a fourth public beta.

First introduced in July, iTunes 12 includes an "elegant new design" that also includes support for several iOS 8/Yosemite features, including Family Sharing.

Apple has released several iTunes beta updates thus far, fixing small bugs and other issues, but with the third beta, the iTunes Store has a new look and a new layout. The iTunes Store and the iTunes Library are now integrated, with separate sections for Music, TV, apps, and more. Each separate section includes tabs for store content and a user's own library.

iTunes 12 also includes improved playlists, a redesigned Info Window, and a new icon. Both iTunes 12 and OS X Yosemite remain in a beta testing phase, though a public release for the software is expected in October.

Recent Mac and iOS...

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14:00
Notes Plus is a terrific note taker for iPad

Notes Plus (iPad only, US$9.99) is an app for taking notes. It sounds simple enough, and you'd expect that it's certainly a needed app for people who are drawing, scribbling and writing down anything from lecture notes to making diagrams or...

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13:30
Banca is the most beautiful currency converter for...

Banca is a currency converter available universally for iPhone and iPad. It supports a virtually endless list of currencies and converts amounts on the fly. It's also highly customizable with various theme and font options, plus the ability to add or...

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13:18
Apple Reportedly Blacklists German Magazine for...

German tech magazine Computer Bild accused Apple of blacklisting the publication in retaliation for an iPhone 6 Plus bend video. If true, it seems like a silly move on Apple's part, and Bryan Chaffin hopes it was a kneejerk mistake.


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13:14
Source code for critical USB firmware exploit posted...

Security researchers Adam Caudill and Brandon Wilson have published source code for a theoretically unpatchable USB firmware bug called "BadUSB." First revealed at at the Black Hat security conference in July, the two researchers who reverse engineered the original finding say that they did it for the public good, and "so people can defend against it." More severe exploits are possible using this method, but Caudill and Wilson are hesitant to release them, fearing more dangerous exploits....



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13:11
Briefly: Google+ adds Audience setting, iLuv's...

Google's social network Google+ has added a new privacy feature, allowing its users to limit who views their content based on age and location. The new section, found within Profile Settings, is called Audience; here an age limit can be selected on content viewing, and users can also select what countries the content can be viewed from. Varying age restrictions can be chosen for each country if desired....



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13:08
Talking Schmidt: Google ‘far more secure &...

There’s been an awful lot of Schmidt talk lately with the Google chairman’s new book How Google Works available for your reading and analysis, and Eric Schmidt continued his defense of Google after Apple CEO Tim Cook’s recent comments contrasting the two competitors on privacy. “Someone didn’t brief him correctly on Google’s policy,” Schmidt told CNN adding that Google’s systems “are far more secure and encrypted than anyone else including Apple.” Schmidt did credit Cook for correctly pointing out...

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13:00
The Mac II Book

I'm going to go ahead and assume that this isn't an officially licensed Apple product. I have to admit, my favorite feature is the fact, while it's a laptop, it has a built-in wired mouse. Now that's some serious innovation! Think different, after...

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12:48
Steve Dowling takes over as interim Apple PR head

Apple has appointed an internal candidate -- experienced PR man Steve Dowling -- as its interim PR head, the company has confirmed Sources say the decision was made last week, following almost six months of failed searching for exterior options. While Dowling could conceivably hold the position, his appointment has reportedly been characterized as temporary to workers, and the sources say Apple will continue to consider outside candidates....



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12:47
Mac: Twitter, Inc. Twitter 3.1

Although Twitter is quick to roll out new features to its mobile apps, the Mac version seems to get updated with much less frequency, so it’s somewhat noteworthy when an update appears on the Mac App Store. Twitter 3.1 adds two new features that came to the iOS app almost a year ago: the ability to attach photos in Direct Messages and include up to four photos in a single tweet....

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12:30
Have a swinging time with Cloud Knights

The premise of Cloud Knights is simple, players control a knight who must defeat the enemy and occasionally protect another knight. However, Cloud Knights features a control scheme where the knight uses swinging his weapon as his only means of...

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12:25
iOS 8: Apple Moves Setting for Notification Center...

In iOS 7, you specified whether Notifications could be displayed on the Lock Screen in the Notification Center. If you did, there was a small white bar at the top of the Lock Screen. In iOS 8, Apple has consolidated that setting, along with others, in the Setting called Touch ID & Passcode.


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12:03
A Comprehensive Outline of the Security Behind Apple...

Apple has described its new Apple Pay payments service, which is designed to be the first step towards the company's goal of replacing the wallet, as "easy, secure, and private." Apple Pay includes several different features that offer customers much greater security than a traditional credit card, including Device Account Numbers that replace credit card numbers, dynamic security codes for each transaction, and biometric payment verification through the use of Touch ID.

Ahead of the release of Apple Pay, TUAW's Yoni Heisler has taken an in-depth look at the security features built into the payments service, outlining the ways Apple is safeguarding customer information.

While Apple Pay is built on existing NFC technology, Heisler's research suggests it is the first implementation of the...

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12:00
Patent litigant Unwired Planet seeking uncut Apple...

Patent licensing firm, and non-practicing entity Unwired Planet (formerly known as Openwave) is demanding that Apple produce the damages reports it filed in 2012's Apple versus Samsung smartphone patent trial. Unwired Planet's attorneys claim in a filing that the documents produced in the trial will prove how its patents that it claims are abused in iCloud, iPhones, iPads, and Siri drive sales of Apple hardware. Apple is fighting the filing, saying that not only is its confidential data at stake, and not relevant to this issue, but Samsung's data is at risk as well....



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12:00
Apple Pay: An in-depth look at what's behind...

With Apple Pay slated to go live later this month, one can soon expect to see an avalanche of fear mongering from pundits who, like PayPal, will question the wisdom of trusting Apple with user credit card information.

The reality, though, is that...

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11:55
Apple overhauls employee benefits with longer...

Apple on Thursday announced to employees in a company-wide memo that it is expanding workers' benefits, including longer parental leave, an expanded donation matching program, subsidized student loan refinancing, and education reimbursement for all classes.

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11:53
iOS 8 Third-Party Keyboards Explained and Reviewed

Confused by third-party keyboards in iOS 8? Josh Centers explains how they work, how to set them up, and how Apple can improve them before sharing his favorite replacement and utility keyboards.

 

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11:45
Daily Deals for October 2, 2014, featuring the VPN...

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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11:31
Apple’s interim PR chief pick signals a more open...

Apple has finally filled one of its most important positions: head of public relations. The venerable Katie Cotton retired in May after
18 years of working closely with Steve Jobs, and after months of anticipation, Re/code is reporting that Apple PR exec Steve Dowling is taking over the
chief position—at least for now.

Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was rumored to be the front-runner to lead Apple’s front line of defense, but Carney joined CNN last month,
dashing those dreams. While Apple hasn’t made an official announcement, the company confirmed Dowling’s appointment as interim VP of worldwide corporate
communications to Re/code.

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11:31
First Look: Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus 2

Intuos Creative Stylus 2 ($80) from Wacom is the updated version of last year's Creative Stylus (review). With a welcome $20 drop in price, Creative Stylus 2 also offers a thinner, firmer tip than its predecessor, and the stylus is also a bit longer now — 5.6" long, versus 5.25". The stylus still offers Bluetooth 4 connectivity, palm rejection, and 2,048 different pressure levels; it feels lighter than before, but still well-built. Wacom claims…

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11:30
Apple memo details improved benefits for corporate,...

Apple's HR head, Denise Young Smith, has issued a memo to workers illustrating new and expanded benefits the company is implementing. These include extended parental leave, education reimbursements for classes taken, an expanded donation-matching program, subsidized student loan refinancing, and full acceleration of stock in the case of a worker's death. The parental leave changes mean that American mothers with Apple can take up to four weeks prior to delivery, and up to 14 weeks after; their partners can take up to six weeks. While not radical, the upgrade makes Apple more competitive wit...



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11:29
Want to install Windows 10 on your Mac? Parallels...

I keep my Parallels Windows VM around to do stuff like Quickbooks, upgrade Mifi Firmware and occasionally check websites in IE (see our PArallels 10 review here) not to experiment with the latest versions of Redmond’s OS.

But if you want to check out what’s coming down the pike in Windows-land without leaving your trusty Mac, Parallels has an Installation guide for you. First step: if you haven’t already, download Parallels 10 (free Trial)

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11:22
What’s New: September 2014

The Office 365 experience is evolving. With the new Office 365 homepage, custom themes, Groups in Office 365, and Delve, Office 365 is making it simpler for you to personalize Office 365, get started working with your colleagues, communicate, and find the most relevant information for you. OneNote continues to release updates across platforms and welcomes Android Wear to the OneNote family. Developers also get a new SDK for OneDrive and a new open source API so you can start contributing and make it better for everyone. Leave us a comment to let us know what your favorite new feature is. If you missed last month’s updates, see What’s New: August 2014.

 

Office 365 Personal, Office 365 Home, and Office 365 University updates:

Office for iPad update – Office for iPad supports signing up...

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11:20
One luxury watchmaker is already planning to bling...

If the current design options for the Apple Watch don’t quite satisfy your fashion desires, Swiss watch designer Yvan Arpa may have a pricey solution for you. A Blog to Watch wrote today about Arpa’s plans to offer luxury customization options that some Apple Watch wearers will inevitably need before sporting Apple’s new wearable. The concepts below assume it will be possible to re-case the technology inside the Apple Watch – we’ll find out after it’s released in early 2015 – with one concept holding an estimated value of over $60,000…

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11:00
Crowdfunding roundup: A Bluetooth boombox, smart...

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

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10:52
GoBuddy+ a iOS Charging Cable, Bottle Opener, Keyfob...

Kanex has released a clever product called GoBuddy+. This is a Lightning charging and sync cable for your iPhone or iPad built into a keyfob that also serves as a bottle opener. Come on, how cool is that? It's $24.95, it comes in black or white, and they make a version with a micro USB connector instead of Lightning for Android folks.


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10:30
Apple hired designer Marc Newson on part-time basis...

Vanity Fair last month reported that Apple had hired famed designer Marc Newson to join Jony Ive's highly respected and ridiculously secretive industrial design team. But as it turns out, Newson's role within Apple isn't a full time gig, with the...

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10:24
News: Apple names Steve Dowling new interim head of...

Apple has appointed Steve Dowling as its new interim head of public relations for the company, Re/Code reports. A long-time member of Apple’s PR team, Dowling has been chosen to lead corporation communications following the retirement of Apple VP Katie Cotton earlier this year. Although a June report indicated that Apple had been looking for a “high-profile external candidate” to fill the position, it seems the company has decided…

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10:17
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-02

So Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 has a big gap between the display and phone body, but is that worth the media's attention? Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about how the media reacts to Apple design issues versus Samsung design issues, plus they have plenty to say about iTunes 12 beta and the features Apple is apparently cutting.


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10:11
Samsung expected to begin making A9 chips by end of...

Samsung should start producing 14nm chips for Apple, Qualcomm, and AMD by the end of 2014, a report says. Apple's inclusion is particularly significant, as it implies that the company will be starting on production of a next-generation A-series processor, presumably the A9. The A8 only began appearing in Apple devices last month with the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus....



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10:09
Apple names Steve Dowling as interim PR head...

Tim Cook recently visited Palo Alto Apple Store alongside Steve Dowling

Re/code reports today that Apple has chosen longtime Apple PR deputy Steve Dowling to lead Apple’s public relations efforts as interim PR chief. The report notes that Dowling’s role as head of Apple PR is not yet permanent as Apple continues to look for candidates outside of the company.

Sources close to Apple tell Code/red that Dowling was tapped as interim head of public relations last week by CEO Tim Cook. [...] Dowling’s appointment has been framed to employees as an interim one and I’m told Apple will continue to evaluate worthy outside candidates if one should pop up. That said, the fact that Cook has officially put Dowling at the top of Apple’s PR organization...

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10:02
Apple PR veteran Steve Dowling named interim...

Though the company was said to be looking outside of its ranks to find a new head of public relations, Apple's longtime corporate communications employee Steve Dowling was reportedly named interim PR chief last week by CEO Tim Cook.

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10:00
Twitter remembers it has an OS X app, updates it for...

To say that the Twitter app for Mac has been somewhat forgotten would be an understatement. While the social network client had a half dozen updates throughout the length of 2013, it's received zero treatment so far this year, and -- speaking...

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09:54
Apple Expands Employee Benefit Programs in Health...

Apple today has announced revisions to a number of components of its employee benefits packages in order to retain existing workers and attract new ones to the Cupertino company, reports Forbes. The changes, which target both full-time and part-time employees, were initiated by Human Resources vice president Denise Young Smith and detailed in an employee-wide memo shared with the publication."I don’t think these [benefits] would be immediately thought of," Young Smith told Fortune. "But for the first time we’ve probably got four generations in the workplace at the same time, and we need a plethora of programs." New and updated benefits include perks such as educational reimbursements, expanded donation matching, and more. One major change is in the parental leave policy following the birth of a child. With the new policy, expectant mothers...

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09:36
Wide Angle Software releases Duplicate Remover...

Wide Angle Software (http://www.wideanglesoftware.com/) says its Windows duplicate file remover application, Duplicate Sweeper, is now also available on Mac OS X (10.8 or higher). It's designed to make finding, selecting and removing duplicate files on your Mac quick and easy.

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09:35
Memo: Apple HR head Denise Young-Smith announces...

Apple announced some new benefits today for employees in an internal email, but it’s also looking to get some press out of the move by making the news public in a statement to Fortune. 9to5Mac has obtained the full copy of the email to employees from the company’s head of HR Denise Young-Smith (embedded below).  

We know how hard all of you are working: from the teams designing, producing, launching, and supporting our incredible products to the thousands of retail employees sharing the excitement and experience face to face with our customers every day. You are the reason we are able to change the world, again and again. We appreciate all that you give to Apple to make us great. Because we want to make sure you get the support you need, we’re excited to introduce significant changes to our global well-being programs for both part-time and full-time employees.

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09:34
TextSoap 7.4.2 - Flexible text editing utility. (...

TextSoap is for people who work with text.

TextSoap effortlessly cleans up text from endlessly different formats. Wash away unwanted characters, spaces, tabs. Fix paragraphs with hard returns at the end of each line, as well as a myriad of other formatting issues that come your way and do it all while retaining desired font styles.

Unlike finding and replacing each of dozens of typical formatting issues or manually perusing through a file to find errors and fixing them by hand, TextSoap can automate that task down to just one click. And you can do it all from within your favorite app using the TextSoap Universal menu.

Easy to learn for casual users, TextSoap also has the flexibility that serious users need.



  • General improvements made to address several potential crashes some users may have encountered.
  • Fixed: Batch File Processing (incorrectly) indicates an error reading RTF files, even though the...

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09:30
Chinese pre-orders of iPhone 6 handsets: Two million...

After having to wait for the iPhone 6 launch due to a regulatory kerfuffle, Chinese citizens are apparently hyper-excited about the launch of the new handsets, pre-ordering over two million in just six hours.

What's funny about this is that the...

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09:27
Altium releases TASKING ARM Cortex-M embedded...

Altium (www.altium.com) — which specializes in smart system design automation, 3D PCB design and embedded software development — has released its TASKING VX-toolset for ARM Cortex-M for Mac OS X.

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09:21
PowerSkin launches PoP'n battery packs for the...

PowerSkin (www.Power-Skin.com) says its PoP’n battery packs now includes PoP’n 2 for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, available for only $69.99.

Utilizing patented suction adhering technology, the PoP’n 2 suctions onto the back of the iPhone for an integrated charging experience. It features a 4000 mAh battery and 2.1 amp charging.

According to the folks at PowerSkin, the PoP'n gives the iPhone 6 one and a half full charges and the iPhone 6 Plus one full charge. It weighs less than five ounces and comes with a clear protective case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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09:18
Apple caters to minimalists by offering blank home...

Users looking for fewer distractions on their iPhone, or those who simply want to provide a better look at their wallpaper, can choose to have a blank first home screen in Apple's newly released iOS 8 update.

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09:12
Avoid buying locked iPhones with Apple’s Activation...

The new status page will let you use your device's serial number or IMEI to see its activation lock status.

Andrew Cunningham

Apple introduced the Activation Lock feature in iOS 7 to help deter phone theft—if you've signed into iCloud and enabled Find My iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, you can't erase your phone without entering your account password first. Even if a thief put your phone into Recovery Mode and wiped its data manually, you need to enter the previous owner's Apple ID password as part of the first-time setup process before you can actually use it. Activation Lock renders a stolen iPhone much less useful to someone who intends to use it themselves or resell it.

The feature can be misused, though. If you sell your iPhone to a legitimate reseller and forget to wipe it first, you might leave that seller with an unsellable brick that'...

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09:09
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Kensington 2.1A USB car...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Kensington PowerBolt USB Car Charger w/ 2.1 Amp port for quick iPhone 6/6 Plus charging: $3 shipped (orig. $25)

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09:07
QNAP releases TX-x31 home NAS series

QNAP Systems has released the TS-x31 series Turbo NAS for SOHO and home users. Powered by a dual-core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, it provides a solution for file storage, sharing, and data backup coupled with a cloud-based, note-taking application and a range of multimedia functions.

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09:04
Pioneer updates in-dash systems with promised...

Pioneer has issued long-delayed firmware updates bringing support for Apple's CarPlay platform to several of its NEX receivers. These include the AVH-4000NEX, AVIC-5000NEX, AVIC-6000NEX, AVIC-7000NEX, and AVIC-8000NEX, which range in cost from $700 to $1,400. CarPlay is also an option on the new $600 AppRadio 4. To make use of the technology a person must have an iPhone 5 or better, running at least iOS 7.1....



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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 018 with Steve...

In episode 18, Jeremy Thake chats to Steve Walker, from Office 365 engineering, about developer guidance when it comes to customization the SharePoint user interface.

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09:00
Angry Birds developer Rovio slashing 130 jobs

After announcing a rather abrupt CEO change in August, which is scheduled to take place in 2015, Rovio revealed another organizational change today that further emphasizes the troubling times the company is going through. According to a new blog post...

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08:59
Pioneer Demos Latest CarPlay-Enabled Aftermarket...

Earlier today, Pioneer kicked off the Paris Motor Show with the announcement it was making CarPlay available to select existing car audio receivers. The manufacturer also was present at the event showcasing CarPlay on its just-announced AppRadio 4 smartphone receiver in an exhibit that was recorded by French blog Mac4Ever.

At a suggested retail price of $600, the new AppRadio 4 (SPH-DA120) is positioned as the lowest-cost CarPlay system from Pioneer and ships with built-in support for CarPlay and Siri Eyes Free to provide on-dash and hands-free navigation, messaging and more. The AppRadio 4 CarPlay demo is only a minute...

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08:57
Apple Pay on its way with rumored Oct. 20 drop date

Apple promised its wallet replacement, Apple Pay, would be ready to roll out in an October iOS update, and it looks like the release is on schedule.

According to a report from Bank Innovation, the mobile payment system is on track to drop Oct. 20 as part of iOS 8.1. iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners are the only people who will have access to Apple Pay because the Near-Field Communication technology Apple Pay is based on is only baked into Apple’s newest iPhones.

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08:48
Rumor: Apple Pay to premiere with iOS 8.1 rollout...

The rumor mill has it that iOS 8.1 will include the first incarnations of Apple’s anticipated Apple Pay feature come October 20th.

Per the coolest of cats at The Mac Observer and BankInnovation, Apple will reportedly release iOS 8.1 on October 20, and the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch operating system update will include Apple Pay support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The company launched iOS 8 in mid-September without Apple Pay mobile payment support, but Apple promised it would be enabled as part of an October update.

News of Apple’s plans comes from unnamed...

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08:45
The Week in iOS Apps: We've got your goat!

We've got your goat!

The top new apps of the week include games, social networking, productivity, and goat-simulating offerings. You read that right.

Camera+

This $2 iPhone app has long been one of the most popular photo offerings in iOS. Version 6.0 arrives with a new wrinkle: The ability to manually control exposure and focus to get the precise shot you’re aiming for. Also new: White balance presets, a new macro shooting mode, and the ability to use the app’s editing features on photos in your iPhone library without first importing those pics to the app.

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08:36
Rick Smolan’s smartphone-enabled coffee table book

My name is Rick Smolan and I’m a former Time, Life, and National Geographic photojournalist. When I was twenty-eight, National Geographic Magazine sent me on the assignment of a lifetime: to document the 1,700 mile journey of a mysterious twenty-seven-year-old woman named Robyn Davidson, who was trekking across the Australian outback alone with four camels and her dog, Diggity. During Robyn’s nine-month journey I tracked her down five times, spending about three months traveling with her and shooting tens of thousands of photographs.

What an amazing book this will be.

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08:36
Briefly: Apple Store app for iPhone 6, Tweetbot 3.5

Apple's Store app has been updated to reflect its updated iOS and latest iPhone release. Users of the Apple Store app allow users to start their Retail Store order on their own device, featuring a Browse function that displays trending products, as well as reviews for accessories. Apple Store v3.0.1 offers compatibility with the latest Apple mobile devices, including support for iPhone 6. Free to download, the Apple Store app is available on iTunes....



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08:28
Yosemite: The Apple Conference with a View

Yosemite is a conference for Apple developers, designers, and enthusiasts. It will be held next Spring, in the heart of Yosemite National Park.

Dave Klein and the folks at CocoaConf are putting on a great conference in 2015 in Yosemite. I will be speaking at the conference, along with many very talented people in the Mac and iOS communities.

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08:27
Quicken 2015: Close, But Not Yet Acceptable

The long-awaited update to the full version of Quicken for Mac is not terrible, which is almost a recommendation. Its still-missing features keep Glenn Fleishman from switching, but Intuit has been surprisingly frank about its plans to improve this release.

 

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08:23
Verizon backs off on controversial data throttling...

A little competition’s a good thing.

According to The Verge, a statement from wireless carrier Verizon stated that the company will not be throttling 4G LTE data speeds for users grandfathered in to unlimited data plans, while at the same time announcing a buffed data plan promotion.

In July, Verizon announced plans to expand its “network optimization” initiative, which amounts to throttling data speeds for subscribers with unlimited data plans when the telco’s 4G LTE network is congested. The enhanced policy was set to go live in October.

Verizon Wireless won’t be throttling the LTE speeds of its remaining unlimited data customers after all. In an eleventh hour reversal, the largest U.S. carrier has just announced that it’s “decided not to move forward...

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08:20
Apps: Twitter, PopClip, Remotix
08:15
Apple Files Patent Relating to Future Home Theater...

In September Apple's CEO Tim Cook once again spoke about the horrible state that television is in today with Charlie Rose without committing to what Apple may one day introduce to bring television into the digital age. One area that Apple has been known to be working on regarding television is next generation audio. We covered one such patent application back in January 2013. Today, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals yet another aspect to advanced audio ...

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08:11
News: Apple patent application outlines Apple TV...

Apple has filed a patent application titled “Browsing remote content using a native user interface,” describing ways in which an iOS application could serve as a second screen controller for an Apple TV. In contrast to Apple’s existing Remote app, this design would present the user with a more full-featured Apple TV or iTunes interface. The specific interface would be determined by the Apple TV and simply rendered by the iOS application…

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08:00
Apple's CarPlay added to Pioneer car receivers...

Pioneer today announced the immediate availability of Apple's CarPlay technology for select existing aftermarket receivers. CarPlay was introduced in March 2014 and allows users to interact with their iPhone via a car's dashboard display. Users can...

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07:59
Pioneer aftermarket car stereos & Spotify both...

Though it arrived later than expected, Pioneer on Thursday supplied updates for its existing NEX lineup of car stereos to support Apple's CarPlay. In addition, popular streaming music service Spotify also saw an update to its iOS application to add support for Apple's new car infotainment platform.

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07:57
Report Claims Apple Pay Coming with iOS 8.1 on Oct 20

Apple will reportedly release iOS 8.1 on October 20, and the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch operating system update will include Apple Pay support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The company launched iOS 8 in mid September without Apple Pay mobile payment support, but Apple promised it would be enabled as part of an October update.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple promised Apple Pay would be available as a free update some time in October, so we know it's on the way. The real question is whether or not this latest report accurately pegged October 20 as the launch date.


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07:56
Chinese iPhone 6 reservations top 2 million hours...

Carriers and retailers have booked over 2 million reservations for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, just hours into the option becoming available, according to local news sources ITHome and Sina. Most of the initial reservations are said to be for 64GB models of the phones, even though both are far more expensive than their counterparts in the US. A 64GB iPhone 6 costs the equivalent of $991, while a 64GB 6 Plus is $1,122. In the US -- without a contract -- the same hardware is $749 and $849....



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07:44
Chinese rumor suggests Apple Watch to launch in...

Chinese site Feng is reporting that Taiwanese media is saying that Apple wants to launch the smartwatch sometime in February. Most recently, The Information said Apple would be “lucky” to release the Apple Watch by Valentine’s Day. Officially, Apple has only quoted ‘early 2015′ as a launch window for the Apple Watch.

According to the report, Apple is supply constrained by the sapphire output of GTAT, which will mean the Apple Watch will hit in limited quantities. However, it is important to note that the low-end Apple Watch, the Apple Watch Sport, does not use sapphire at all, which will make that model easier to source. The higher end versions, Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition are the...

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07:44
Daily Deal: Adjustable Universal Car Mount, $14

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering a universal car mount for your iPhone for only $14. Equipped with 360-degree rotation capabilities, this universal car mount can adapt to hold a wide variety of cell phone types, including all iPhone models.

Get your adjustable universal car mount now for only $14...

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07:34
Dropbox 2.10.30 - Cloud synchronization tool with...

Dropbox is an application that creates a special Finder folder that automatically syncs online and between your computers. It allows you to both backup files and keep them up-to-date between systems.

Note: You must first sign up to use Dropbox.

The Dropbox application is available for OS X, Windows, and Linux. A video on the site explains more.



Version 2.10.30:

  • Update Codesigning to be compatible with OS X 10.9.5 and later
  • Minor bug fixes



  • OS X 10.4 or later



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07:25
‘Real-world’ app launching test shows iPhone 6...

Although benchmarks have already shown that the iPhone 6 has raw performance gains over the current competition, this video by PhoneBuff highlights what this advantage means in a real word test of loading a variety of apps and switching between them. Due to the differences between Android and iOS, the tester uses equivalent apps as closely as possible.

In total, the iPhone took 1 minute 55 seconds to load and multitask between the 30 apps tested, whereas the M8 was about 10 seconds slower. The Galaxy S5 lagged significantly, taking over a minute longer than the iPhone to complete the test at 2 minutes 58 seconds.

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07:22
Snap by Groupon for iOS pays users cash back on...

Deal seeking site Groupon on Thursday launched a new application dubbed Snap, which pays users cash back for purchasing specific items when at the grocery store.

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07:12
Google threatened with $100M lawsuit over stolen...

Google is being threatened with a lawsuit that "could well exceed" $100 million, with Over a dozen celebrities complaining that the search engine giant failed to remove stolen private images from the Internet. A letter from attorney Marty Singer claims that Google is showing "despicable, reprehensible conduct" for "failing to act expeditiously and responsibly to remove the images" that were pilfered from various celebrity online photo storage accounts, including Apple's iCloud service....



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07:00
Rumor Roundup: Screaming from the digital rooftops

Apple Watch's advanced AMOLED display far more costly than traditional screens - report (AppleInsider)

Source: Some market research firm

Chance it's true: 30 percent. Probably.

I don't know where these guys got the idea that Apple is using a...

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06:54
Advanced Apple TV Remote Interface for iOS and Macs...

A recent Apple patent application (via AppleInsider) reveals some of the company's efforts looking into ways of improving the Apple TV and iTunes desktop experience using iOS. The newly published patent application, titled "Browsing remote content using a native user interface," describes a mobile application that would serve as a second screen for a connected media device.

Mobile devices and computers displaying native interfaces for viewing content and sending controls to media device
This smarter iOS-based remote detailed in the patent moves...

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06:52
WiLAN Hit with Another Loss in Apple Patent Fight

Patent holding company WiLAN took it on the chin yet again in its courtroom fight with Apple when a U.S. Federal Court Judge ruled on Wednesday that its LTE-related patent infringement claims were invalid. The ruling was part of a summary judgement Apple requested related to patents 8,315,640 and 8,311,040.

The Mac Observer Spin: Some days it just doesn't pay to be a patent troll.


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06:43
Twitter 3.1 - Official Twitter client for Mac (was...

Twitter (was Tweetie) is a Twitter client with a variety of features.

Important Note: As of January 2011, AteBit's Tweetie application has been acquired and renamed by Twitter. Version 1.2.8 of the original Tweetie application is available above as an alternate download.

Features:

  • Conversations: Double click on a tweet to view not only that tweet, but the entire conversation history leading up to that tweet. Never lose track of a conversation again.
  • Easy Compose: Independent compose windows stay out of your way until you need them. Have as many open at a time as you'd like while you compose your thoughts. Everything has a keyboard shortcut, (Command-Enter will send a tweet).
  • Easy Search Trends: See what's hot on Twitter right now, then search for the most recent tweets on those popular topics with a single click.
  • Easy Threaded DM's: Have a real private conversation over Twitter with...

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06:39
Twitter Mac app updated w/ photo features for tweets...

Twitter has finally updated its Mac app with support for a few photo features the social network introduced over the past year.

Twitter for Mac users can now view and share tweets with up to four photos included, something introduced to iPhone Twitter users in May. The update also includes the ability to see and send photos in privately shared direct messages; iPhone Twitter users received this feature last December.

Twitter for Mac 3.1 is available for free on the Mac App...

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06:37
Getting Into Developer Mode On A Samsung Chromebook...

To properly go under the hood and hack around on a Samsung Chromebook 2, you’ll need to put it into developer mode. Whether using crosh or installing Chromium or other operating systems or just doing some pretty cool stuff, you’ll need to throw the thing into developer mode. Because you have so much control you should leave developer mode off when you’re not hacking around for security purposes.

Note: Before you switch back and forth, know that user accounts will be reset each time you switch.

Now, to enter developer mode, we’ll first go into recovery mode, using the Escape (ESC) and Refresh (F3) buttons on the keyboard when you press the Power button. When the Recovery screen comes up, use Ctrl-D to switch to developer mode and then when prompted, confirm and the device will reboot into developer mode (or dev-mode for the geeky). When you see the boot screen, wait 30 seconds to boot or just hit Control-D.

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06:37
News: Pioneer NEX in-dash receivers support CarPlay...

Pioneer has announced that a new firmware update enables Apple CarPlay in five of its NEX in-dash multimedia receivers, as it becomes the first company to make an aftermarket CarPlay system available. While the company initially said CarPlay compatibility would be available in “early summer” this year, Pioneer has still beaten nearly everyone else to CarPlay inclusion, including Apple’s automotive partners — Apple quietly changed…

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06:15
Apple Invents an Apple TV Remote GUI that could be...

On October 2, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that finally reveals an Apple TV user interface that could be custom fit specifically for your particular iDevice or Mac display size. In 2012 we noted in a patent report that Apple hinted that Siri could be coming to iTunes. Apple notes in this patent filing that using ...

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06:14
Samsung wins contract to build 14-nanometer Apple...

Though the A8 chip was recently unveiled in the iPhone 6, Apple is said to already be lining up deals for next year's presumed "A9" processor, which will reportedly be manufactured with a 14-nanometer process by longtime partner Samsung.

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06:10
Marc Newson Hired Part-Time at Apple for Specific...

Designer Marc Newson recently spoke to architecture and design magazine Dezeen in his first interview since joining Apple. Though most of the conversation focuses on a new consumer beer machine he created along with Heineken, Newson does reveal some interesting tidbits about his current role at Apple.

Marc Newson with Jonathan Ive, courtesy of Vanity Fair
Newson confirms to Dezeen's Amy Frearson that he is working for Apple part-time and was hired for very specific reasons he would not disclose. He will remain in the UK while continuing to work on projects for his existing company. Amy Frearson: You've taken on quite a major role with Apple, do you think you'll still have...

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06:08
Apple can tell you if device you are buying is...

Getting ready to buy a used iPhone or iPad? Ask the seller for the device’s IMEI or serial number, then go to this page.

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06:07
New Mac botnet malware uses Reddit to find out what...

Mac users should beware of some new malware spreading, that tries to connect infected machines with a botnet for future exploitation. As detected by Dr Web, the malicious worm (dubbed Mac.BackDoor.iWorm) first checks whether any interfering applications are installed on the Mac.

If it is clear, it calls out to Reddit posts to find the IP addresses of possible servers to callback too. Although these posts have been deleted, it’s not hard for the people behind the exploit to repost them at a later time. Once connected to the botnet, the infected Mac can be literally instructed to perform almost any task the hackers want, such as redirect browsing traffic to potentially steal account credentials for instance.

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06:05
Samsung: Galaxy Note 4 won’t bend in your back...

You might have thought the whole iPhone 6 Bendgate controversy had been put to bed following extensive testing and responses from Apple, but Samsung wants you to know that, unlike the new iPhones, its new Galaxy Note 4 won’t bend in your back pocket:

And apparently, our hips are strong – stronger than we give it credit for. Leaving things in your back pocket can lead to, well, bent things. Hence the question: what about my phone? Namely, the Galaxy Note 4…

Samsung didn’t mention the iPhone by name...

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06:00
Announcing availability of new Office 365 plans for...

It’s no secret that for small businesses, the right technology can mean the difference between merely surviving and fully thriving. Office 365 is transformational for businesses of all sizes, but levels the playing field for small and midsized businesses (SMBs) in particular because it makes enterprise-grade tools affordable and easy to set up and manage.

We are excited today to announce the availability of three new Office 365 plans designed to meet the needs of SMBs with up to approximately 250 employees. The new Office 365 plans, which we originally announced earlier this year, provide even more flexibility and value to SMBs.

The new Office 365 plans for SMBs are:

  • Office 365 Business: The full Office applications—Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher and OneDrive for Business cloud storage, which makes...
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06:00
Apple launches tool to check Activation Lock status...

Apple today launched a utility on its website that allows anyone to check the activation lock status of an iPhone handset. Users will be required to provide the IMEI or serial number of the device they wish to test.

The tool will be useful for...

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05:58
Apple Releases iPhone Activation Lock Status Checker

Buying a used iPhone or iPad isn't a big deal, unless Find My iPhone's Activation Lock feature is enabled. Now Apple has a Web-based tool to let you check Activation Lock status on a used iOS device before you buy it.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's Activation Lock Status tool will come in handy if you're looking at buying a used iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Now you don't need to worry about getting burned when buying a device only to find out Find My iPhone is still active and you can't set it up as yours.


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05:52
Macworld lays out 5 Safari tricks for iOS 8

Worth a read, even if you already know most of these, though there’s one minor quibble.

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05:46
Pioneer announces availability of Apple CarPlay

Pioneer Electronics is one of the first aftermarket manufacturers to support Apple CarPlay with the official release of a compatible firmware update for five 2014 NEX in-dash multimedia receivers, as well as the introduction of the CarPlay-compatible fourth generation AppRadio (SPH-DA120).

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05:43
Samsung and the pitch to stay on Apple’s ARM

ZDNet (via 9to5mac):

Kim Ki-nam, president of the Korean electronic giant’s semiconductor business and head of System LSI business, told reporters at Samsung’s headquarters in Seoul that once the company begins to supply Apple with chips using its latest technology, profits “will improve positively”.

Why Samsung and not TSMC? Because size matters.

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05:37
Pomfort introduces Silverstack 4

Pomfort (www.pomfort.com) has released an upgrade (version 4) to Silverstack, its media acquisition and data management tool for Mac OS X 10.8 or higher.

Version 4 speeds up all backup processes with a tuned copy engine, and the checksum verification type "xxhash." What's more it adds support for Sony F55 / F65 RAW files and enables checksum verified copy processes to LTO tapes via LTFS. Silverstack 4 also sports features like cascading copy, export of still images from movies, a newly developed thumbnail report, and a new user interface.

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05:23
New OS X Backdoor Malware Roping Macs Into Botnet

An anonymous reader writes New malware targeting Mac machines, opening backdoors on them and roping them into a botnet currently numbering around 17,000 zombies has been spotted. The malware, dubbed Mac.BackDoor.iWorm, targets computers running OS X and makes extensive use of encryption in its routines, Dr. Web researchers noted. What's even more interesting is that it gets the IP address of a valid command and control (C&C) server from a post on popular news site Reddit. The malware is capable of discovering what other software is installed on the machine, opening a port on it, and sending a query to a web server to acquire the addresses of the C&C servers.

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05:03
Kamcord gameplay recording platform gets into mobile...

Kamcord, the mobile gameplay recording platform that offers developers an easy way to implement cross-platform gameplay recording and sharing features, is today announcing its next big push in mobile gaming: competitions.

The company realized that its SDK provides a lot of unique opportunities for app developers interested in hosting competitions or tournament-style contests, so it’s now working with some to host competitive gaming events in their apps. First up: SEGA. 

For its first big collaboration on an in-app gaming competition (it held a smaller test recently with developer Pixowl) Kamcord has teamed up with SEGA, which just started using the gameplay recording platform in a version of its...

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05:00
'Data Divination: Big Data Strategies' Is...


Most of today's books about Big Data delve into highly technical tools, cloud technology, and high-level computer-assisted math calculations and algorithms. For most people in the business world, this is far from motivating readers to appreciate just what Big Data does and how to let it get you there. However, that's not so with Data Divination: Big Data Strategies by Pam Baker. Baker succeeds where other Big Data authors fail. She has a keen understanding of analytics and how that applies to Big Data.

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04:42
SixtyFour memory optimizer for Mac OS X revved to...

1951FDG has released a new version (1.2.0) of SixtyFour (http://getsixtyfour.com/), a memory optimizer for Mac OS X.

SixtyFour is designed to help Mac users keep their older Macs running longer and better, even when today's apps are 64-bit and require much more RAM than Macs of just a few years ago. It facilitates the setting of a preference to force a 64-bit app to open in 32-bit mode.

SixtyFour is compatible with any 64-bit-capable Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 or higher (including Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks). It costs US$4.99.

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04:20
U.S. Federal Cloud forecast shows sustained growth...

The IDC (www.idc.com) research group has evaluated how the U.S. Federal Government is spending part of its IT budget on cloud-based solutions. According to the new forecast, cloud spending now represents about 5% of all IT spending by the federal government. IDC Government Insights expects that the growth will continue into FY2015 (fiscal year 2015).

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04:13
Samsung to Begin Work on Apple's 14-nm A9 Chips...

Samsung semiconductor head Kim Ki-nam today announced that the company will begin work on 14-nanometer processors for partners such as Apple, Qualcomm, and AMD before the end of 2014, reports ZDNet (via 9to5Mac).

The comments indicate that Samsung will produce Apple's next-generation A9 chip to be used in next year's line of iPhones and iPads. Currently, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus use the 20-nanometer A8 processor. It is also likely that the forthcoming iPad Air 2 and second-generation Retina iPad mini will utilize Apple's A8...

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04:05
Kool ToolsS: D-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug

D-Link's Wi-Fi Smart Plug (DSP-W110) allows users to turn devices on and off with the tap of a smartphone screen using the free mydlink Home app for iOS and Android devices.
 
It boasts multiple easy-to-use features, such as local and remote access to connected devices, Wi-Fi connectivity and one-button installation. In addition, users can create power on/off schedules to automate various devices within the home, perfect for keeping an empty home looking occupied while traveling.

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03:58
Apple Patents Reveal Work on Displays with Two-...

On October 2, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals new details about their use of two-dimensional touch sensors utilizing force sensors in both current and future touch displays. The new Apple Watch uses such a display with force sensors and Apple notes that such a display could be coming to future iDevices and far beyond.

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03:32
2 million reservations in 6 hours: China shows...

 

According to AppleInsider, Chinese carriers have recorded more than 2 million reservations of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the first six hours of opening. Although official preorders start on October 10th, carriers are already offering presale signups.

By contrast, Apple announced preorders of 5 million units across a 24 hour period for nine countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom. Although reservations don’t translate directly into formal orders, it is still a good showing and a great indicator that Chinese iPhone sales will continue to boost Apple’s bottom line.

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03:30
HealthKit app Lark talks to you to help you stay...

After a brief delay on Apple’s part, HealthKit-compatible apps are now available in the App Store. Finally! Thanks to this back-end feature, you can view all of the health data that your iPhone 5s, 6, or 6 Plus is already tracking within other apps, and view everything within a single app of your choosing—be it Apple’s own Health app, or another third-party app. 

Lark looks at your daily activity, compares it to your average, then reminds you when you're not quite at your goal—all in a friendly conversation.

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03:13
Apple's next-gen iOS Remote app solution could...

An Apple patent application published Thursday describes a next-generation iOS Remote app system capable of translating the Apple TV's UI to smaller format iPhone and iPad screens, while streaming back external content like movie trivia from those same devices.

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03:07
Samsung effectively confirms it will manufacture...

At a press conference, ZDNet says that Samsung president of the company’s semiconductor arm is looking forward to reversing its profit forecasts when it starts producing chips for Apple using its next-generation technology.

Kim Ki-nam, president of the Korean electronic giant’s semiconductor business and head of System LSI business, told reporters at Samsung’s headquarters in Seoul that once the company begins to supply Apple with chips using its latest technology, profits “will improve positively”.

Samsung is expected to start producing application processors (APs) for clients such as Apple, Qualcomm, and AMD, using its 14-nanometre process around the end of the year.

Effectively, Samsung has all but confirmed that it is signed up to manufacture Apple’s next-generation SoC for iPhones...

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02:47
Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon coming soon to...


In a ‘ground-breaking’ deal, not only does Verizon renew its agreement with Viacom to show their TV content (including Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon) nationally, these channels will also be offered in FiOS’s mobile app for iOS. Early next year, you will be able to watch all of these channels from your iOS device from anywhere — you aren’t restricted to being on the same network as your cable box.

Under the current agreement, you can watch Viacom channels within the house with a Verizon subscription. Shortly, you will be able to go anywhere with your iOS devices and watch the same content, live or on-demand. Look for the shows on your iOS devices in early 2015!

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02:23
Pioneer finally brings CarPlay equipment to mass...

The CarPlay situation has been murky. Since being announced in the spring, most manufacturers have been quiet on when CarPlay equipment will actually be available to purchase. Pioneer is the first company to deliver on its promise, adding CarPlay as an update to its aftermarket dashboard panels (unless you count Ferrari’s integration into its high-end Ferrari California T).

Existing Pioneer device owners may not need to purchase any extras, as the CarPlay update is free for supported devices. Aforementioned units include the AVIC-8000NEX, AVIC-7000NEX, AVIC-6000NEX, AVIC-5000NEX and the AVH-4000NEX with prices ranging...

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00:14
First CarPlay-Compatible In-Dash Systems Now...

Pioneer today became the first company to officially offer support for Apple's CarPlay vehicle integration feature, after announcing the addition of CarPlay to five of its 2014-NEX in-dash multimedia receivers.

"CarPlay enriches the iPhone experience in the vehicle by providing a safer way to access the iPhone features they want to use most while driving," said Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing for the Car Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. "With Pioneer's implementation, CarPlay can now be integrated into millions of vehicles already on the road."As previously announced, CarPlay is available through a firmware update for the $1400 AVIC...

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00:00
Reservations for Apple's iPhone 6, 6 Plus in...

News outlets in mainland China are reporting that initial reservations for Apple's new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models across retailers and the nation's three mobile carriers have reached the two million mark.

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Wednesday October 1

23:47
Pro-democracy protesters targeted with malware on...

In an almost unheard-of claim, Lacoon Mobile Security has said that it has discovered a new spyware attack that targets both iOS and Android devices and which appears to be aimed specifically at Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters. Lacoon says it made the discovery while investigating the Android version, but did not clarify how the malware might be installed, or overcome the security built into iOS that has, thus far, kept it largely immune to serious malware or viruses....



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23:08
Apple CarPlay goes live in Pioneer NEX and AppRadio...

Apple CarPlay went live on Pioneer's NEX and AppRadio 4 installable systems late Wednesday night, making this new, smartphone-safe auto interface available for older cars before it's shown up in any new cars (except the Ferrari, which is too fancy-shmancy to count).

If you have or install of these systems in your car, you'll be able to plug in your CarPlay-compatible iPhone (iPhone 5 or later) to make calls, send and receive text messages, and use compatible apps safely from the display and other controls.

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22:03
Find My iPhone web page lets users check on...

Users who are unsure if their iOS device has the anti-theft feature Activation Lock turned on can now easily check through a new page based on Apple's iCloud site. While the page is currently not linked to the main menu on iCloud.com -- suggesting it may still be undergoing testing -- it offers users a chance to input the devices serial number or IMEI identifier, and returns information on whether the device is protected....



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Review: Tylt Energi 2K Travel Charger

Backup batteries and device chargers are objects that many users take for granted. They often only one-dimensional in functionality, restoring the batteries of the devices that people use every day through the outlet. But what if there was more to a charger? Tylt decided to offer consumers something a little different, adding an internal battery to an everyday charger. The Tylt Energi 2K Travel Charger is the result, meshing a charger that can be thrown in a bag with one of the company's Energi external battery packs. Would the Energi 2K be good enough to replace the chargers included with sma...



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19:22
Newson confirms Apple job is part-time, working on...

Designer Marc Newson, recently hired to join Sir Jonathan Ive's design team at Apple, has confirmed in a new interview that his work with the iconic iPhone maker is part-time, and that he will continue to run his own design company and operate out of the UK -- confirming rumors that Newson would only be called to California on occasion. "My role at Apple doesn't necessitate all of my time, and that was for very specific reasons," he said, but couldn't elaborate on what he was working on for Apple....



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19:12
Apple releases iCloud tool to check device...

Adding to its collection of Web-based security tools, Apple on Wednesday published a webpage that allows users to check a device's Activation Lock status, ensuring safe and smooth transfer of ownership for used iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models.

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19:00
Reviews: Tylt Energi 2K Travel Charger

Backup batteries and device chargers are objects that many users take for granted. They often only one dimensional, restoring the batteries of the devices that people use every day through the outlet. But what if there was more to a charger? Tylt decided to offer consumers something a little different, adding an i ......

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18:56
Apple now allows users to see whether a device has...

Apple has unveiled a new tool for users to help determine whether an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is configured to use Activation Lock. The page works much like the tools used by carriers such as AT&T to determine whether a potential trade-in device was protected with the feature. You enter the IMEI or serial number of the device, fill in a CAPTCHA, and press “Continue” to get your results (via iDownloadblog).

If the device is protected, you’ll find instructions for disabling the security measure before selling it. You’ll also find help for removing a used device from another user’s account, in the event that you were sold a phone and the original owner had...

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18:34
Apple Creates Tool to Check Activation Lock Status...

Apple has released a new Activation Lock Status tool (via iDownloadBlog) that will make it easier for people buying a used iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to avoid getting a device that is locked to another user.

Accessible via iCloud.com, the Activation Lock Status Checker allows users to enter a Device IMEI or Serial number to check whether a device has Activation Lock turned on.

Activation Lock was introduced alongside iOS 7 and is designed to prevent iPhones and iPads from being stolen. When Find My iPhone is enabled, it effectively locks an iOS device to a user's Apple ID account, and even when wiped, the device will require the original Apple ID and password.

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18:00
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.

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ACM 274: LOL Windows 10, Privacy Has Value,...

What happens when you add 8 and 1? You get Windows 10, plus Jeff and Bryan trying sorting out exactly how Microsoft comes up with its product version numbers. The also have plenty to say about privacy, law enforcement lamenting iOS 8's smartphone encryption, the role of social networks in government protests, and the dangers of state-sponsored iPhone malware.


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