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Thursday September 11

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

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

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


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

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

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

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06:39
Release of iPhone 6 delayed in China

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Over the years of covering Apple's patent applications we've learnt that in many instances Apple has different teams working on a single problem from different angles in order to find the right solution prior to bringing it to market. Last March we posted a patent report titled "Apple Invents Unique Protective Mechanisms for Future Devices." Then last October we posted another report on this subject titled "Apple Advances their Device Free Fall Protection Invention." Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals how this project is progressing in interesting new areas.

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06:01
Apple Refunds New iCloud Price Difference to Current...

Current iCloud customers received a welcome email from Apple Wednesday evening telling them the rates they're paying for extra storage have been adjusted to be in line with the new lower prices. Apple also said customers are receiving refunds for the difference in what they already paid for their annual subscription.


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06:00
EA announces upcoming SimCity BuildIt for iOS

EA has announced that it will bring a new version of its popular SimCity franchise to iOS. The SimCity BuildIt game keeps the same city planner theme of earlier titles, but is designed from the ground up for gaming on the go.

The choices you make...

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05:57
How to back up and prepare your old iPhone for sale...

With preorders for Apple's next-generation iPhone beginning tonight, AppleInsider takes a look at the precautions iPhone owners planning to sell or trade their old handset for a brand-new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus need to take before divesting themselves of their pass? device.

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05:51
Marked 2.4

Adds a number of improvements to the Markdown previewer, including automatic updates to the direct download edition. ($13.99 new, free update, 18.5 MB)

 

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05:40
China: antitrust actions not targeting international...

Following international criticism, China's antitrust regulators vigorously defended ongoing actions. With concern from other nations growing about 30 multinational firms coming under fire for alleged anti-trust activity, the three heads of China's anti-trust regulatory agencies stood fast with their convictions that what they are doing is being accomplished "legally, transparently and fairly" according to China's Premier Li Keqiang....



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05:30
Follow updates from only celebs you choose with...

Popeek is a free app for iPhone that creates a personalized feed of Hollywood news tailored to you based on the celebrities you choose. When you select which people you're interested in, the app gathers links from Facebook and various news sources...

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05:08
Tesla iOS & Android app updated ahead of car’s...

Good news and bad news for Tesla Model S owners: the iOS and Android apps have been updated to allow you to start the car without a key – but the matching firmware update needed by the car hasn’t yet arrived.

Version 2 of the iOS app also provides support for the new calendar function, where the car can pull in data from your iPhone calendar and offer to navigate you to the location – as well as providing several new alerts … 

- Owners will now be notified when:
– There’s a software update available for install on Model S
– Charging has started, has been interrupted, or is complete
– Car alarm has been triggered
– Owners will...

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04:47
CS Odessa Announces New Science and Education...

CS Odessa (http://www.conceptdraw.com) has announced new additions to ConceptDraw Pro, its cross-platform business graphics and diagramming software. It lets you display, communicate, and present dynamically.

The new additions to ConceptDraw Pro empower the academic and science user with extensive new libraries for language, math, and science. Live Object technology dynamically displays linked data.

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04:42
Movavi Screen Capture for Mac now supports...

The update of Movavi’s OS X screencasting app now supports both microphone and speaker recording, enabling users to save online calls. The software also adds a recording timer, keyboard actions capture, new cursor effects, screenshot capture, and a high-speed built-in video converter for fast trimming and encoding of video files in any format.

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04:39
Kool Tools: OWC's ThunderBays

OWC's (http://tinyurl.com/mo3x2xn) ThunderBay 4 (pictured) and ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 Edition are now available with up to 24TB of capacity. With their larger capacity option, combined with "ultra-quiet" cooling technology, they're ideal for workstations where having a quiet desktop drive with ample storage is important.

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04:31
Natural language processing market to see 21.1% CAGR...

ReportsnReports (www.reportsnreports.com). This represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21.1% from 2013 to 2018, according to the research group.

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04:30
Poll: Was a square format the right choice for the...

The fact that Apple was working on a smartwatch may have been one of the worst-kept secrets in the world, but the company did at least manage to keep us guessing about the form it would take – right down to whether the form factor would be square or circular.

Was a square format the right choice? To help us form a view, UX/UI designer Alcion has put together a series of renders showing what the Apple Watch would look like with a round face … 

Take a look at the gallery below and let us know which you prefer.


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03:56
Viber joins the video call party with latest version...

FaceTime and Skype have long been popular ways to make free video calls to your friends and family from your iPhone and iPad, but Viber has now joined the party. While video calling has been available on the desktop version of Viber for some time, the mobile app had previously been limited to voice, text and photo messages.

With Viber, everyone in the world can connect. Freely. More than 400 million Viber users text, call, and send photo and video messages worldwide over WiFi or 3G – for free [...]

Make video calls from your phone to other Viber contacts on mobile or Desktop. You can also transfer video calls between mobile and Desktop!

The USP of Viber is that no username is needed – only your mobile number. When a contact joins Viber, the service spots that their number is in your contacts app and sends...

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03:30
Party of two: 4 slightly cheesy but still endearing...

When my boyfriend sent me an email invite to “join him” as his partner on a relationship app called Couple, I thought he
was joking. A cutesy messaging app isn’t exactly his style, so I let the email sit in my inbox for a few days. Then he nudged me and asked when I was
going to download Couple. He was serious.

I kept the sarcastic comments to myself and finally succumbed to being the other half of his digital pair. I laughed and rolled my eyes at Couple’s
features, like a “thumb kiss” where you touch thumbs to your screen at the same time, and the “thinking of you” button that sends your partner a message
letting them know you are doing just that.

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01:24
Apple India announces iPhone 6 launch on October 17

Apple's homepage for India has revealed that the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are to debut in the country on October 17, nearly a month after the US and first-wave countries' debut. The US, Canada, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and Puerto Rico will all get the iPhone on the first day of retail availability, September 19. China was to have been a part of that first wave, but the iPhone has been delayed there due to foot-dragging by regulatory agencies....



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01:08
Apple Aiming to Ship 80 Million iPhone 6 and iPhone...

Apple is aiming to ship a combined total of 80 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units by the end of this year, reports Digitimes. To achieve this goal, the company has reportedly asked its supply chain partners to ramp up component production. Barring any production issues, Apple is aiming for 10 million units by the end of September with another 70 million units by the end of the fourth quarter.

The news follows a report from the Wall Street Journal report in July, which stated that Apple was preparing to manufacture a massive number of iPhone 6 units in anticipation of high demand. Apple was said to have produced a total of 60 million units for the iPhone 5 in the later half of 2012. Last year, Apple experienced...

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00:23
Apple updates iTunes 12 beta for OS X Yosemite...

Following its update of the iOS 8 beta to Golden Master status, Apple on Wednesday also updated iTunes 12, being tested as part of the OS X 10.10 Yosemite public and developer betas. The new version, which still carries the same v12.0 moniker, does not list any significant changes but testers have reported minor tweaks, ranging from a new transparency in the sidebar to a variety of tiny cosmetic changes....



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00:00
App Invasion: Hanx Writer brings 1940s typewriter...

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Wednesday September 10

23:19
Briefly: Google Voice updated for iOS 7, Fleksy for...

Google Voice has updated its app for iOS, offering a revised user interface to match iOS 7 guidelines. Google Voice allows users to send free text messages to US phones, and make cheap international calls with an account. Voicemail messages can be accessed with transcription. Google Voice v1.6.0 additionally includes support for Google Voice integration in Hangouts, as well as bug fixes and performance enhancements. Free to download, Google Voice for iOS requires iOS 6.0 or later....



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22:30
Briefly: iCloud.com gains icons, paid users get...

On Wednesday, iOS 8 and Yosemite beta visitors to iCloud.com -- the web portal for iCloud web services such as Find My iPhone, Mail and the iWork suite -- saw two new icons on the home screen in preparation for the formal unveiling of the features coming to both OS updates if they had the "iCloud Drive" testing option turned on. Also on Wednesday, users who have paid for additional storage on iCloud were notified that their rates will be adjusted to lower prices under the new pricing plans....

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21:37
Samsung back on Apple-bashing bandwagon with new...

It took Samsung just one day to deliver six new ad spots that take pot shots at the new iPhone 6, Apple Watch and even Apple's handling of the Tuesday keynote's live stream.

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21:03
Comments on Apple “newest” digital device

Here are some comments on the announcement of Apple’s “newest” digital device:

“I was so hoping for something more.”

“Great just what the world needs.”

“Heres an idea Apple – rather than enter the world of gimmicks and toys, why dont you spend a little more time sorting out your pathetically expensive line up? Or are you really aiming to become a glorified consumer gimmicks firm?”

“I still can’t believe this! All this hype for something so ridiculous! Who cares? I want something new! I want them to think differently!”

“Why oh why would they do this?! It’s so wrong! It’s so stupid!”

“Come on everyone, y’all are saying it sucks before you have even held it in your hand.”

“The reason why everyone’s dissapointed is because we had our hopes up for this incredible device.”

Pretty typical commentary.

Except, all of the above is taken from the forums at Macrumors and all of the above, and more, are referring to the launch of...

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20:59
Adobe Flash Player 15.0.0.159 - Plug-in plays...

Adobe Flash Player is a cross-platform, browser-based application runtime that provides uncompromised viewing of expressive applications, content, and videos across browsers and operating systems.

Version 15.0.0.159:

New

  • Stage3D "Standard" profile support for iOS and Android
  • Relaxing Stage3D Render Target Clear
  • StageText.drawViewPortToBitmapData now supports Retina displays
  • Improved Packaging Engine is now default - iOS
  • AIR Gamepad Enhancements
  • AIR Cross Promotion
  • Automatic software fall back with StageVideo

Fixed

  • Flash
    • Stability and security fixes
  • AIR
    • [Comcast] CC Background Is over running
    • [iOS][New Fast Packager]"Compilation failed while executing: compile-abc" error pops out when compiling application having SWF with large AS code.
    • [iOS][New Fast...

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20:59
Google Chrome 37.0.2062.120 - Modern and fast Web...

Google Chrome is a Web browser by Google, created to be a modern platform for Web pages and applications. It utilizes very fast loading of Web pages and has a V8 engine, which is a custom built JavaScript engine. Because Google has used parts from Apple's Safari and Mozilla's Firefox browsers, they made the project open source.

Version 37.0.2062.120:

  • Four security fixes, including use-after-free in rendering.



OS X 10.6 or later

Download Now

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20:53
Report: Apple tells China carriers, stores that...

The New York Times reported today that Apple has informed the big three carriers and retail stores in China that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will not be launched in the country on the September 19 release date. Executives at the carriers said that the manufacturer didn't inform them why the phones were delayed, but it came to shock as advertising campaigns were put in place touting the same release date as the United States....



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20:51
Samsung releases new set of ads taking jabs at the...

Samsung was already taking shots at the iPhone 6 this morning with some new ads, but the Android handset maker has gone even further by releasing a set of new videos on YouTube today mocking everything from the iPhone 6 livestream problems to the device’s hardware (via Engadget). The ads are part of the “Note the Difference” campaign, and these specific videos belong to a playlist called “It Doesn’t Take a Genius.”

The ads feature two guys in blue shirts—the titular Apple Store “Geniuses”—discussing the upcoming...

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20:30
New Samsung Ads Poke Fun at Apple Live Stream Issues...

Capitalizing on Apple's much-talked about and publicized special event yesterday, Samsung has released a series of new web ads (via Engadget) poking fun at the live stream's struggles, the iPhone 6 getting a screen size upgrade, the Apple Watch and more. All six ads can be seen in the video playlist below.

All of the ads feature two actors dressed similar to Apple Geniuses in an environment that looks like the back area of an Apple Store. The first ad notes how the live stream for Apple's event intermittently cut out for some viewers while also experiencing odd production issues, like two songs playing over each other or a Chinese translator having her audio played over the keynote.

The second ad features the two eagerly anticipating "something groundbreaking" from the keynote until the larger-screened iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are unveiled,...

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20:03
Apple reportedly pushes back iPhone 6 rollout in...

According to a report from The New York Times, Apple is facing issues in China that have led the California tech giant to delay the launch of its latest devices in that country. While many countries will be getting the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus on September 19th, Chinese carriers have been told not to expect it on that date.

Last year’s iPhone 5s and 5c were the first iPhones to hit China the same...

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19:59
Walmart to offer $20 or greater discount on 16GB...

From 9to5Toys.com:

Walmart, the giant US retailer, often negotiates exclusive price cuts on products that smaller retailers can’t match. Just like last year, it has set its sights on the all new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

According to a report published tonight by CNET, Walmart is set to trim $20 off...

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19:37
Apple offering existing iCloud storage customers...

As part of its new iCloud storage pricing initiative, Apple is allowing existing subscribers to keep "legacy" plans while paying a cheaper annual fee than they would if signed on to the monthly rates introduced on Wednesday.

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19:33
Apple Upgrading Existing iCloud Subscribers to More...

Just a day after unveiling new pricing for iCloud, Apple has begun emailing existing iCloud subscribers to notify them that the company is upgrading their accounts to the new price points and will be refunding them the difference. However, users will be allowed to keep the same storage sizes.

For example, a user subscribed to the 25 GB plan, which is no longer an option under the new iCloud pricing, will have their price reduced from $40 a year to $11.99 a year. The discounted price is in line with the new $0.99 a month price for 20 GB, although established iCloud customers do get an extra 5 GB. However, once a user changes their plan away from "legacy plans" like the 25 GB, they cannot return to them.

Apple says the new price points are in effect due to iCloud Drive, which lets users store and access data from any of their devices. The launch of both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite will see the...

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19:30
Video: A look at Apple’s new hardware products, in...

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CUPERTINO, CA—Yesterday Ars brought you some coverage of a couple of highly anticipated products from Apple: the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, and the Apple Watch. Because the company is so secretive, its event was the first time the public was able to see what products would be in stores in the coming year.

Apple has long been a trend-setter in consumer electronics, though it seems that its latest product line doesn’t take too many conceptual chances, but instead offers an...

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19:27
U2’s new album might be on your iOS devices right...

Yesterday Apple and U2 announced that the band’s newest album Songs of Innocence would be given away to all 500 million iTunes customers for free. Most users likely assumed that they’d have the option of downloading the album if they wanted it, but that’s not exactly how it worked out.

In order to claim the record for “biggest album launch in history,” U2 and Apple needed every single iTunes customer to own the album, so they added it to everyone’s account as a purchase automatically. If you go into your iTunes purchase history right now, you’ll see it there. There’s another place you might see it as well, even though you weren’t expecting it…

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18:52
Intel lets the world in on its next processor...

During the Intel Developer Forum in the Bay Area yesterday, Intel have the world the first look at its new chip series that will follow Broadwell. The new PC chips, code-named Skylake, will retain the 14nm process that Broadwell introduced, but brings new microarchitecture to the processor that aims to improve performance and provide the platform for the next die shrink....



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18:52
Apple links new U2 album to iTunes accounts, causes...

As part of its free promotional offer of U2's "Songs of Innocence" LP, it appears Apple is flagging the content as owned for all iTunes accounts, meaning iOS device users who have automatic downloads enabled will get the entire album pushed to their device without prior approval.

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18:25
U2’s new album is showing up on your iPhone whether...

U2's new Songs of Innocence.

U2

I'm not here to tell you what music you should be listening to, but I can tell you I haven't really liked an album that U2 has put out since 1991's Achtung Baby. That's why I wasn't really excited when Tim Cook and Bono told me I could download the band's new album, Songs of Innocence, for free on iTunes as part of Apple's big product event yesterday. Thanks but no thanks, fellas.

I forgot that the album release even happened within an hour of leaving the Flint Center yesterday, which is why I was surprised to see it show up in my iTunes library all by itself today. I had assumed the album would be something you'd need to opt into by default, but apparently in its quest to be part of the "...

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18:07
Apple adds iCloud Drive and Settings to iCloud.com...

Apple on Wednesday added two new assets to its iCloud.com beta webpage ahead of its upcoming public debut, bringing iCloud Drive access and a new dedicated Settings page to the Web portal.

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18:00
Shedding some light on iPhone 6 screen sizes and one...

My wife pointed out a comment to me on a decidedly non-tech website she reads where a person commented on a blog post from last November where an "Apple Fanboi" tech blogger had exclaimed disbelief why anyone would want a large-screened phone. The...

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17:57
The Importance of Openness to the Internet of Things


Consumers today are in an awkward position. Personal privacy is being wiped out by the Internet. At the same time, new technologies that interconnect our devices with our homes and office environments are offering stupendous advantages. Welcome to the Internet of Things' new world of openness. "Openness" means something different depending on whether you're basking in the convenience of all things connected or contributing to the monetized cash flow that connected-product purveyors get from your personal information.

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17:44
Report: Apple hires Gap director of marketing...

The campaign of hiring leading names from the world of fashion continues at Apple with trade magazine AdAge reporting that the iPhone maker has secured the services of Marcela Aguilar, the former senior global director of marketing and communications at US clothing retailer Gap. According to the report, she will be taking on a similar role at Apple, reporting to Senior Vice President for Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller....



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17:40
T-Mobile Unleashes Wi-Fi In Latest Uncarrier Event

T-Mobile held another Uncarrier event Wednesday, title Wi-Fi Unleashed. This includes free Wi-Fi calling and texting for any capable T-Mobile device, a partnership with In-flight internet provider Gogo, and a T-Mobile Personal CellSpot, hardware to help improve reception indoors.


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17:29
Apple Watch uses constant skin contact to validate...

A couple of reports yesterday and today have highlighted a little tidbit of information many have been wondering about the upcoming Apple Watch: How will the device make sure payments via Apple Pay are secure? Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have the convenient Touch ID sensor to validate that your purchases are indeed being done by you, but new information suggests that the Apple Watch is going to accomplish this security in a slightly different way…

Apparently, the Apple Watch is going to use a PIN code to authorize Apple Pay, after which the device will remain authorized as long as it remains on your wrist. It accomplishes this using one or more of the sensors on the back of...

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17:20
ACM 271: Apple iPhone 6, Apple Watch Media Event...

Apple's big media event to introduce the iPhone 6, Apple Pay, and Apple Watch was yesterday and that means there's plenty for Jeff and Bryan to talk about today. They offer up their thoughts on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, whether or not the bigger screen sizes really matter, what they think about the Apple Watch, and more.


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17:17
Apple Watch Will Use Skin Contact for Apple Pay...

When Apple announced that the Apple Watch would be able to use Apple Pay, the company's new mobile payment initiative, many wondered how secure the payments would be if the device lacked the security of Touch ID, which is used in the iPhone 6's implementation. Now, several members of the press have confirmed how the system works.

Both Rene Ritchie of iMore and Cult of Mac report that when a user first puts on the Watch they must type in a PIN code to authorize Apple Pay. Once it's on, the Watch uses constant skin contact, which it can sense using the four sapphire-covered lenses on the underside of the device, to authorize payments. However, once the device is removed from a user's wrist, they must re-enter their PIN when putting the device back on their wrist.
Thanks to sensors on the Apple Watch’s back, the...

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17:00
If you don't like the Apple Watch, don't...

Since yesterday's Apple announcement of the Apple Watch (or Watch or just Watch) I have seen a cavalcade of arguments against the device. This is to be expected. I'll grant you, Apple isn't fighting against a bunch of crappy smartphones. This...

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16:58
The iPhone 6: Balancing Design with Deep Engineering

A year ago I posted a report wondering why Apple missed the boat on the phablet trend. I followed up with a report in May of this year wondering why there was still no word about Apple entering this explosive market that had grown 369% in the first quarter of 2014. Yet during Apple's trial with Samsung an internal slide surfaced that confirmed that Apple knew that they had missed the phablet trend. Shortly thereafter the rumors began to surface that Apple was working on a 5.5 inch iPhone for later this year. Yesterday Apple introduced the iPhone 6-Plus to cheers around the world. Apple's VP of Hardware Engineering noted yesterday that "The way people experience their iPhone has always started with the display." The reason for not releasing an iPhone phablet earlier was that they didn't have the display just right. The end result was yesterday's introduction of the Retina HD Display. While there's ...

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16:52
Apple releases iTunes 12 beta ahead of OS X 10.10...

Apple on Wednesday issued a new iTunes 12 beta for the upcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite operating system, possibly to address issues issues some users were seeing when trying to install the iOS 8 GM that was released yesterday.

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16:30
Smartwatch Wars: The Apple Watch versus Android Wear...


We'll start off with the biggest difference between the two devices: the home screen. The Apple Watch shows a bunch of app icons, while the 360 shows the time and last notification.

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No one has really figured out what a smartwatch should look like yet, but one thing is for sure: Google and Apple have taken vasty different routes to getting a computer on your wrist. To show just how different, we put together this gallery of similar screens from the Apple Watch and Android Wear. They should be easy enough to tell apart: the Apple Watch is the square one, while the Android Wear screenshots are all from the Moto 360 and therefore (mostly) round.

While we know just about...

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16:17
Apple rolls out new iCloud storage pricing plans,...

Following the unveiling of official pricing tiers for its iCloud storage plans, Apple on Wednesday took the new plans live, offering users up to one terabyte of space for $20 per month.

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16:12
Will Ferrell Calls On Gamers to Launch Cancer Assault


Comedian Will Ferrell on Wednesday announced an effort to battle cancer by giving gamers a chance to participate in a two-hour gaming event with him in San Francisco. Launched on Indiegogo, the initiative aims to raise $375,000 for nonprofit organizations Cancer for College and DonateGames, by encouraging gamers to contribute at least $10. One randomly selected giver will win an all-expenses-paid trip to San Francisco, including the opportunity to play games with Ferrell on Oct. 26. Cancer for College provides scholarships to cancer survivors.

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16:10
Apple Turns to The Gap for New Marketing Executive

Apple has turned to the fashion industry to boost its executive ranks again, hiring Marcela Aguilar as its new director of global marketing Communications. Ms. Aguilar was lured away from The Gap, where she was that retailer's senior global director-marketing communications.


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16:02
Apple's New iCloud Storage Plans Go Live,...

After yesterday's media event, Apple updated its website to provide additional information on its iCloud pricing ahead of the launch of both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite.

As of today, the company's updated storage plans are live, allowing users to purchase iCloud storage upgrades using the new pricing scheme. While customers will continue to get 5GB of cloud storage for free, Apple has dropped the pricing on the rest of its storage lineup across the board.

Users can now get 20GB of storage for $0.99 per month, 200GB of storage for $3.99 per month, 500GB of storage for $9.99 per month, and 1TB of storage for $19.99 per month. The iCloud upgrade options can be accessed in the Settings app under iCloud ---> Storage & Backup ---> Change Storage Plan.

The launch of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite will see the official debut of iCloud Drive, Apple's new cloud storage initiative. With iCloud...

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16:01
Radio Shack to offer $50 iTunes gift card with...

With nine days to go before the debut of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, retailers are beginning to bring out offers to entice current smartphone owners to cash in or trade in their current device for a discount on the cost of the latest iPhone. Following previous reports of cash-in services locking in prices and giving sellers a month to send in their phones, and Verizon offering free (base model) iPhone 6 units to those trading in a working iPhone 4 or later, Radio Shack is offering both a trade-in and gift card incentive program....



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16:00
Chase begins touting benefits of Apple Pay to its...

With Apple Pay scheduled to roll out sometime this October, The Loop directs us to the fact that JPMorgan Chase has begun touting the benefits of Apple Pay to its broad customer base.

JPMorgan Chase put out a mass mailing this morning trumpeting...

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16:00
Xcode 6.1 beta for OS X Yosemite is Now Available

Xcode 6.1 beta for OS X Yosemite is Now Available

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16:00
Xcode 6.1 beta for OS X Yosemite is Now Available

Xcode 6.1 beta for OS X Yosemite is Now Available

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15:57
Apple reportedly hires Gap executive to fill...

One day after announcing its first wearables product in the Apple Watch, Apple has reportedly hired on another executive from the fashion world to bolster its marketing efforts, tapping Gap's global marketing director Marcela Aguilar to take on the same position at Cupertino.

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15:51
Apple releases new beta of iTunes 12 for OS X...

Apple has released another beta of the upcoming iTunes 12 for users running the OS X Yosemite preview. The update comes after Apple released iOS 8 Golden Master to developers yesterday. Users on Yosemite who want to install iOS 8 GM on their iOS devices will likely have an easier time doing so with this latest iTunes beta. It’s available as a Software Update in the Mac App Store for applicable users.

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15:48
New iCloud plans go live, up to 1 TB of storage...

Yesterday Apple revealed the finalized pricing for its revamped iCloud plans, but at the time they weren’t available for purchase. Today the plans have officially gone live for all customers. As you can see in the screenshot above, users can now buy up to 1 TB of storage space, which will cost $19.99 per month.

You can upgrade your current iCloud plan through the iCloud settings on your iOS device or Mac running an iCloud-compatible version of its operating system. Since the plans are account-based and not device-based, you’ll have access to all of that storage on all of your other...

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15:23
Intel releases Xeon E5-2600/1600 V3 'Grantley...

Intel made a big announcement this week during the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, unveiling the newest processors in the Xeon line-up. The new processors offer a large jump in performance over the previous Xeons, thanks to the new Grantley platform. The new Intel chips increase the number of cores available in a single unit, but are also the first processors to use DDR4 in a server setting....



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15:21
Macworld lays off most staff, will end print edition

Long-standing Apple-themed publication Macworld has laid off much of its staff, and is closing down its print edition, according to blog and Twitter posts, as well as USA Today. Former editor-in-chief Jason Snell mentioned the information in a blog post, and staff from the company including Dan Miller and Roman Loyola have taken to Twitter to deny that Macworld is closing entirely, while acknowledging job cuts. In his post, Snell adds that he's leaving the publication to focus on other projects. Miller says he will be with the company for another month to help with the transition, and mentione...



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15:00
Denon Envaya is a portable Bluetooth speaker with...

Denon is an audio company renowned for producing high-quality, high-end hi-fi equipment. The Envaya (US$199) represents Denon's current offering into the portable speaker market. Having recently reviewed Ultimate Ear's Boom and the pricier (compared...

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14:56
‘Siri, what song is this?’ The iOS 8 GM doesn’t have...

Remember when Apple announced during WWDC that Siri in iOS 8 would be getting several cool new features, including the ability to figure out what song is playing with a music recognition engine powered by Shazam? In the recent GM build of iOS 8, the feature has been removed completely. Apple notes that it should be back in time for the general public release of the OS, however.

In earlier betas, Siri...

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14:55
Apple to reportedly miss internal launch target for...

According to a report on Wednesday, Apple intended to debut the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the important Chinese market on Sept. 9, but those plans have been delayed as the company awaits regulatory approval for the new handsets.

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14:52
T-Mobile pushing Wi-Fi calling with free routers,...

At today's latest "Uncarrier" event, wireless provider T-Mobile has unveiled a series of programs to kick-start Wi-Fi calling across its network. The carrier has revealed that every smartphone it sells going forward will be capable of Wi-Fi calling. Additionally, it is launching an initiative to provide a 802.11AC Wi-Fi router for free to Simple Choice plans and who own a smartphone capable of Wi-Fi calling. Finally, T-Mobile is short-cycling its Jump program, and allowing users not eligible for a yearly upgrade to buy a new Wi-Fi calling-capable device....



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14:41
Apple Implementing 'Reservation Pass'...

Apple may be implementing a new reservation system for customers who opt to wait in line outside of a retail store to purchase a new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, reports 9to5Mac. The company is said to be handing out training materials to employees on a new "virtual queue" system called Reservation Pass.

Reservation Pass will reportedly keep track of the line position of each customer, syncing with the store's inventory information to ensure customers waiting in line will be able to receive a device.This new system is called Reservation Pass. It will sync with Back Of House inventory information in realtime so Apple doesn't handout too many product reservations. Customers will receive their digital reservation card via SMS or Email. A reservation allows the customer to come back at any point during the day to make their purchase....

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14:22
After 30 years, Macworld is no longer a magazine

Fast Company:

In January of 1984, Apple announced the Macintosh. Among the many things which made the launch memorable was the fact that the brand-new computer was accompanied by a brand-new magazine, IDG’s Macworld. Thanks to a deal hashed out by IDG’s David Bunnell and Apple’s Steve Jobs, the first issue debuted the same day that the Mac did, which means that there’s never been such a thing as a Mac market that wasn’t covered by Macworld.

Sadly, that long run is about to end.

The 800lb gorilla of Mac publishing just became a 4lb chihuahua. Sad day.

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14:22
T-Mobile announces 'Wi-Fi Unleashed,'...

At a special media event on Wednesday, T-Mobile announced its latest "Un-carrier" initiative in "Wi-Fi Unleashed," which has the company promising Wi-Fi call and text support with every new phone sold.

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14:21
Pols Besieged by Fast, Furious Messages on Internet...


U.S. lawmakers were getting an estimated 1,000 calls a minute from constituents concerned about Net neutrality by noon Pacific Time on Internet Slowdown Day, an online demonstration held on Wed., Sept. 10. "We've set a new record for FCC comments and beat Janet Jackson's 'wardrobe malfunction,'" said David Moon of Demand Progress. Father of the Internet Tim Berners-Lee, Craig Newmark of Craigslist, Tom Morello of the band Rage Against the Machine, Creative Commons and Union Square Ventures are among the thousands who tweeted their support.

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14:02
Integrated SwiftKey coming to iOS alongside release...

The system-integrated version of SwiftKey's mobile keyboard will be coming to iOS next week with the launch of iOS 8 on September 17th, the developer has confirmed. A SwiftKey iOS app -- Note -- already exists, but is largely self-contained. The new app will take advantage of iOS 8's support for system-wide third-party keyboards....



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14:00
iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus? That is the question....

Remember those days when we were all trying to get the smallest possible cell phone? If you don't, you're probably young. That all went out the window with the introduction of the iPhone and its competitors, since fairly quickly we started seeing a...

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14:00
First Look: X-Doria Engage Folio for iPhone 6 / Dash...

In addition to number of other cases, X-Doria has sent along a few folio-style iPhone cases, including the first case we've seen for iPhone 6 Plus. Engage Folio ($30) for iPhone 6 has a hard, clear plastic back and a faux leather front cover. A card slot is included on the back of the cover. Dash Folio One ($30) for iPhone 6 Plus is similar to Engage Folio, with a few more features — the case uses the front cover as a kickstand, and a magnetic clasp…

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13:56
T-Mobile Launches 'Wi-Fi Unleashed'...

T-Mobile today hosted its 7th Un-carrier event where it announced plans for a "Wi-Fi Unleashed" campaign. According to the company, all smartphones going forward will be able to take advantage of the network's Wi-Fi calling and texting, including Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Wi-Fi calling and texting allow users to send and receive calls/texts over a Wi-Fi network, which is useful in areas where there are poor cellular connections. Apple announced Wi-Fi calling support for the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus yesterday.

T-Mobile plans to offer Wi-Fi calling and texting at no additional cost. The company has also deployed a new product for customers who have bad cellular reception in their homes. The T-Mobile Personal CellSpot is a Wi-Fi router that can be used as a primary router or alongside an existing router, prioritizing voice calls and offering HD audio quality for calls. It has 802.11ac support, USB 3.0 ports, and covers up to 3,000 square feet.

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13:54
T-Mobile unveils expanded WiFi calling capabilities...

During its Uncarrier 7.0 event this afternoon, T-Mobile revealed a handful of new announcements as part of its ongoing quest to lead the mobile industry. Firstly, CEO John Legere announced that every phone it sells from here on out will be capable of WiFi calling and texting. The company says that anyone who does not currently have a phone capable of WiFi calling can upgrade to a supported phone with the carrier’s Jump program. As the name implies, WiFi calling and texting allows you to make calls and send texts over your WiFi network, as opposed to over the cellular connection.

T-Mobile calls these changes the “WiFi Unleashed” campaign and says that all of its devices, even low-end phones, will support it. This, of course, includes the recently...

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13:50
Silicon Valley anti-poaching trial to begin April 9...

The full Silicon Valley anti-poaching trial involving Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe has been set. In a court filing today, the trial will begin on April 9, with a case management conference set for November 19. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for December 19, with the judge demanding information on negotiations of a new settlement between the tech giants and the class....



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13:49
Xsan volume disconnects

Forums: Troubleshooting

So, we migrated from Snow Leopard on a 2009 xServe to a Mac Mini running Mavericks Server and Xsan 3.1. We're using a SanLink2 for our fibre channel connection and also for the metadata network.

All went smoothly, except that we discovered that moving largish files from the single volume (about 30TB) will cause that volume to unmount.

The logs look like everything is fine until the following sequence:

[20140910 15:07:47] 0x7fff75b87310 (debug) find_fsm fsm Pool ipaddr 192.168.0.1 port 49177 TestLink failed: getsockopt(SO_ERROR) returned error 61 [errno 61]: Connection refused
[20140910 15:07:49] 0x7fff75b87310 (debug) find_fsm fsm Pool ipaddr 192.168.0.1 port 49177 TestLink failed: getsockopt(SO_ERROR) returned error 61 [errno 61]: Connection refused
[20140910 15:07:50] 0x7fff75b87310 (debug) find_fsm fsm...

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13:37
First Look: X-Doria Scene Grip / Scene Plus /...

We've already received a number of iPhone 6 cases from X-Doria, including the company's Scene Grip ($25), Scene Plus ($30), and Defense 720 ($30). There isn't much difference between these three cases — they're basically rubber bumpers with an attached plastic backing. Scene Plus offers a 3D pattern on the back of its case to justify the $5 price jump from Scene Grip. For that same price, Defense 720 has two pieces — in addition to back and side…

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13:36
Analyst who cried sapphire takes another swing,...

A financial analyst focused almost exclusively on Apple's relationship with sapphire maker GT Advanced Technologies was supremely confident that the iPhone 6 would feature a sapphire screen cover. That prediction was dead wrong, but it hasn't stopped him from continuing to stand by his sources, and even strangely still hoping for a sapphire-covered iPhone 6.

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13:30
Star Walk Kids is a fun constellation browser for...

Star Walk Kids is a version of the astronomy apps Star Walk and Star Walk 2 - the latter of which TUAW's own Mel Martin called "impressively good looking" - designed specifically for educating kids about the wonders of the stars and the universe. It...

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13:25
Gmail addresses, passwords of nearly 5 million users...

Another credential scare has turned up online, this time for one of the world's largest free email services. The emails and passwords of nearly 4.66 million Gmail users have turned up on a Russian Bitcoin forum, traced backed to English, Russian and Spanish users of the service. It's from where or how the list was collected, but it's said that many of the logins are outdated....



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13:08
OK Go accuses Apple of stealing 'Perspective...

Apple stole the concept behind its "Perspective" ad -- used to introduce yesterday's press event -- from OK Go, says band manager Andy Gershon. The Apple video features a camera tracking around a white room where shapes turn into text when seen from the right angle. OK Go, though, released a video in June for the song "The Writing's On the Wall," based on the same concept. More importantly, Gershon notes that the band met with Apple in April to pitch the concept as a potential collaboration....



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13:02
Apple Watch First Impressions From Watch Experts,...

Following yesterday's media event where Apple introduced the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, and its much-anticipated wearable device, members of the media were invited to go hands-on with the devices.

Yesterday, we published hands-on impressions of the Apple Watch from various tech-related sites, but this year's event also had top fashion editors and bloggers in attendance, who also published their initial thoughts on the Watch. We've gathered up some of their perspectives below, giving an overall picture of how the device was received in the fashion world.

Fashion magazine and blog InStyle said the Apple Watch was "well worth the wait," and published a list of "5 Reasons Why Fashionistas Will Swoon Over Apple Watch." The piece pointed towards the device's...

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13:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

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

Apps Now Free

Amigo Pancho [iOS...

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12:47
Everything you need to know about preordering your...

With two new iPhone models at two different screen sizes launching later this month, preordering the iPhone 6 may be the most difficult decision yet for Apple fans. AppleInsider is here to help with a breakdown of options before preorders begin on Friday, Sept. 12.

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12:42
Apple releases iTunes 11.4 update, includes support...

Like most major Apple announcements, this one came with a new iTunes update.

On Tuesday, Apple released version 11.4 of its iTunes media suite. The new version, a 249.8 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

- Sync your favorite music, movies, and more to devices with iOS 8.

iTunes 11.4 requires an Intel-based Mac running OS X 10.6.8 or later.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

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12:39
Downloadable video of Apple’s September Special Event

For those of you who want a copy of your own, Apple has posted the video of yesterday’s event on their Apple Keynotes podcast page.

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12:30
Lefties, the Apple Watch is going to work just fine...

If there's one bit of false information that's been spread over the past 24 hours more than anything else, it's the claim that the Apple Watch is hostile to left-handed users. This has popped up on Facebook, Twitter, and even news organizations, and...

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12:29
Mac user creates iPhone 6 size chart to help with...

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have been announced and a Mac user has assembled asomewhat nifty pre-order picker to help you choose the right size iPhone handset when the device becomes available for pre-order in a few days.

Per AppleInsider, Jeremy Anticouni assembled a cool PDF that, when printed on standard 8.5″ x 11″ paper at 100 percent scale, will display the footprint of Apple’s current iPhone 5S alongside that of the larger 4.7″ iPhone 6 and the 5.5″ iPhone 6 Plus.

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12:18
Apple Watch will last “about a day” on a charge, be...

Megan Geuss

Battery life is just one of the many question marks surrounding the Apple Watch announcements yesterday, but early reports indicate that it's not going to be much better than what's already available. Re/code reports that the watch currently lasts "about a day." While Apple is reportedly working to improve that figure before the watch launches in 2015, buyers should expect to charge the watch every night along with their iPhones.

The "hands-on" sessions available to most media representatives were decidedly hands-off, but we're also hearing more details from journalists who were given individual sessions after the show. Yahoo'...

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12:17
A watch guy’s thoughts on the Apple Watch

HODINKEE:

I do not believe it poses any threat to haute horology manufactures, I do think the Apple Watch will be a big problem for low-priced quartz watches, and even some entry-level mechanical watches. In years to come, it could pose a larger threat to higher end brands, too. The reason? Apple got more details right on their watch than the vast majority of Swiss and Asian brands do with similarly priced watches, and those details add up to a really impressive piece of design. It offers so much more functionality than other digitals it’s almost embarrassing. But it’s not perfect, by any means. Read on to hear my thoughts on the Apple Watch, from the perspective of a watch guy.

Great perspective from “the other side of the fence” – how does the Apple Watch fit into the watch market? Thanks to Jared Earle for the link.

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12:10
Apple lowers prices on iCloud drive, lets you buy a...

Today Apple announced a price cut for iCloud storage and a new 1TB tier for power users. Still, the price drops were not as dramatic as some might have hoped, and Apple remains undercut by rivals like Google and Dropbox.

Apple gave details about its price cuts back at its developer conference in June, but today those prices included two higher-tiered plans for people who want 500GB and 1TB of storage on the company's servers. On its website, Apple says that users of iCloud Drive will continue to get 5GB for free, and pricing starts at 20GB for $0.99 per month, 200GB for $3.99 per month, 500 GB at $9.99 per month, and 1TB for $19.99 per month. (Tiers were originally priced at $20 a year for 10GB, $40 a year for 20GB, and $100 a year for 50GB). Critics of Apple's earlier, more limited cloud storage service had long pushed for an updated storage pricing scheme as...

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12:05
Every Important Link From Apple’s 9/9 Event - On One...

Apple provided an enormous amount of information and videos for us on September 9. Here, on one page, are all the important URLs/links related to that event.


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12:02
EA developing games, second screen experiences for...

One thing that Apple didn’t get into during its keynote presentation is any possible gaming experiences that might come with its new Apple Watch wearable. Today, however, EA has announced that it’s already prototyping ideas for wearables like Apple Watch. In a blog post from EA’s Mobile gaming head Frank Gibeau, the company announced announced it has a team working on ideas for gaming on wearables including standalone games and second screen experiences for console and mobile games:

I’m also interested to see more about Apple’s new watch – clearly wearables are intriguing as an...

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12:00
Hands-on first impressions of Apple Pay -- "...

Though not as sexy as new iPhones or Apple's newfangled Watch, Apple's foray into the world of mobile payments with Apple Pay has the potential to be a real game changer. If Apple Pay catches on, Tim Cook's statement that the platform will "forever...

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12:00
Hands (and Wrist) on the New Apple Watch (Video)

Self-professed watch geek Dave Hamilton was in attendance at yesterday's Apple event and had the opportuntity to demo and wear an Apple Watch. He took some time to share his initial reactions of this completely new product line from Apple.


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11:51
Checking Upgrade Eligibility Ahead of Friday's...

With pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus happening this Friday, many people who hope to get their hands on one of the new devices are going to be scrambling to find out their upgrade options. TUAW has assembled a helpful guide on to help users check their upgrade eligibility and purchasing options.

Users on all four major networks in the United States can type a quick code into their phones to get an immediate report on their upgrade status via text message. The codes are as follows:

- AT&T: *639#
- Sprint: 1311
- T-Mobile: #874
- Verizon: #874

These codes are a good way to get a quick look at upgrade eligibility, but some of them don't exactly tell the whole story. For example, AT&T's text message is pointing...

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11:38
‘Internet Slowdown’ launches across the web

support for stronger net neutrality protections by adding a spinning icon to their websites, representing a slow-loading Internet.

The symbolic icon links to a series of actions to members of Congress, the White House and the FCC. The event builds on the millions of Americans who have told the government to protect innovation and fairness on the Internet from corporate interference.

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11:30
Daily Deals for September 10, 2014, featuring The...

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

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

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11:18
Philips debuts headphones that connect via Apple’s...

On Wednesday, Dutch consumer electronics maker Philips and its subsidiary Woox Innovations announced the new Fidelio M2L headphones, which plug directly into the Lightning port on Apple devices. The headphones are the first third-party audio accessory to use the Lightning port, and they may have even beaten Apple to the punch. Apple talked about Lightning-connected headphones at WWDC in June and bought headphone maker Beats earlier in the summer, leading some to speculate that such an accessory was in the works.

In June, Apple expanded its Made for iPhone (MFi) program for third-party accessory developers to include the...

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11:17
Drive Genius 3.2.5 - Powerful system utility. (Demo)

Drive Genius is an OS X utility designed to provide unsurpassed storage management. Featuring an easy-to-use interface, Drive Genius is packed with powerful tools such as a drive optimizer, a comprehensive repair facility for analyzing, repairing and rebuilding volumes, plus excellent testing capabilities with media surface scanning, performance benchmarking and data integrity checking. It can be used to initialize drives, create and delete partitions, and erases them securely as per Department of Defense's standard. Drive Genius can also hide partitions and duplicate volumes or drives swiftly.

Last but not least, Drive Genius features advanced tools for resizing and moving of volumes without reformatting, and sports a sector editing tool to modify the data on any sector of the drive -- powerful features that will satisfy even the seasoned Mac experts.

Version 3.2.5:

  • OS X 10.10 Yosemite and 10.9.5 compatibility.
  • Bug Fix: rare,...

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11:12
Apple cagey about Watch battery life, working on...

Apple has been avoiding talk about the battery life of its first-generation Watch, and with good reason, sources claim. The people say that the company isn't happy with performance, which is currently "about a day" on a single charge. An Apple spokeswoman, Nat Kerris, admits in fact that the company expects people to charge the Watch once a day....



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11:00
iTunes Connect Developer Guide Update

We’ve updated the iTunes Connect Developer Guide to include details on creating and submitting App Bundles and App Previews, and using the new TestFlight Beta Testing app.

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11:00
iTunes Connect Developer Guide Update

We’ve updated the iTunes Connect Developer Guide to include details on creating and submitting App Bundles and App Previews, and using the new TestFlight Beta Testing app.

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11:00
How to tell if you're eligible for an iPhone 6...

For those of us in the tech blogging business, yesterday started up yet another round of the "should I or shouldn't I?" questions -- as in "Should I get a new iPhone 6 to replace my iPhone 5s that I bought last year, or wait?" The answer is that...

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10:59
SwiftKey Announces Prediction Engine and Cloud...

SwiftKey, a popular keyboard replacement for Android devices, has announced plans to bring that same technology to iOS. This includes a predictive text engine that learns what you type and helps make text entry easier, and the option to slide between letters instead of tapping.


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10:55
SwiftKey details its upcoming keyboard for iOS 8

SwiftKey has long been known as one of the most popular third-party keyboards for Android, but the company kept no secrets earlier this year in announcing that the app would be making its way to Apple’s platform with the release of iOS 8. Today, the company has shared some more details about its features, and given us a first-look at the swipe-to-type entry method running on the latest build of iOS.

The keyboard, as you’re likely familiar, focuses on a feature called SwiftKey Flow that lets the user swipe to enter text (the company says this feature isn’t coming to iPad just yet, sadly). The product’s other features including autocorrection, next-word prediction, and its ability to learn as you use it, are also present in the iOS version. Much like the new default iOS keyboard, it...

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10:49
IDG shutters Macworld Magazine, much of the...

Pretty much the whole Macworld staff has been let go. Looks like the end. Sad


Roman Loyola (@pinatubo2000) September 10, 2014

A personal announcement: I'm leaving Macworld after 17 years. snellworld.com


Jason Snell (@jsnell) September 10, 2014

International Data Group (IDG) is shutting down Macworld Magazine, the long time Apple periodical according to tweets by staff and conversations I’ve had with personnel.  Dan Miller, Editor, Macworld tweeted the following:

The Macworld.com website will remain open [although as a shell of its former self -ed] with a reduced staff according to Miller, who himself is leaving in...

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10:47
Comcast Ad Tinkering Could Muck Up WiFi Security


Comcast has begun using JavaScript injection to serve ads for its services to devices connected to its publicly accessible Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the U.S. The ads are fleeting, but they can appear roughly every seven minutes. The program reportedly began months ago. "This practice is definitely concerning for multiple reasons," said the Electronic Freedom Foundation's Jeremy Gillula. "The injection could break a Web page -- not to mention, it could also introduce unforeseen security vulnerabilities."

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10:46
Cortado's cloud printing solution comes to the...

Cortado, maker of the ThinPrint Cloud Print cloud printing solution, has released a version for Mac users. Now Macs are also able to send print jobs from the cloud to any printer that has been designated a Cloud Printer.

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10:46
Hands on with iPhone 6 and 6 Plus - Which One Should...

Dave Hamilton spent some time with his hands (and pockets!) on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus yesterday and lived to tell the tale. He offers his thoughts about which one he'll be ordering on Friday morning.


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10:34
AppleCare+ plans launch in Australia

As anticipated, Apple has introduced AppleCare+ plans to Australia. Separate plans cover the iPhone, iPad, and iPods. Each plan is priced at A$129, but has different service fees for accidental damage. The iPhone fee is A$99, whereas it's just A$65 for an iPad. iPods are subject to a A$45 fee....



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10:33
LaCie d2 Thunderbolt 2 features new design, SSD...

LaCie (www.lacie.com) has announced the latest evolution of its d2 desktop storage line. The latest LaCie d2 features a new all-aluminum unibody enclosure, dual Thunderbolt 2, and USB 3.0.

Plus, LaCie designed the d2 Thunderbolt 2 to be upgradable to the fastest SSD on the market, which boosts speeds up to 1150 MB/s. It combines the latest interfaces and a Seagate 6 TB 7200 RPM professional hard disk, resulting in speeds of up to 220 MB/s.

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10:31
Report: Apple Watch battery lasts for roughly one day

While Apple failed to address the Apple Watch’s battery life during Tuesday’s presentation, a source indicated to Re/code that the device’s battery currently lasts for “about a day.” Apple is working to improve the battery ahead of launch, but judging by the comments of Apple spokeswoman Nat Kerris, we wouldn’t expect much more. “There’s a lot of new technology packed into Apple Watch and we think people…

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10:31
News: Daily Deal: Get a Griffin iPhone 6 Identity...

Today in iLounge Deals you can get ready for the iPhone 6 and pick up Griffin’s iPhone 6 Identity Case and screen protector combo for only $29.98—40% off the regular price. Keep your brand new iPhone 6 in mint condition right out of the box with Identity’s dual-material frame that combines shock-absorbing rubber and hard polycarbonate to protect your phone from four-foot drops, scrapes and scratches. The package also includes a 3-pack…

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10:30
Luwa Luxury Products chooses Office 365 cloud-based...

Luwa Luxury Products, a premier distributor of luxury home appliances and outdoor living appliances based in Tukwila, Washington, serves retail dealers and home owners in the northwestern United States, Hawaii, and Western Canada. After buying the business in 2012, co-owners Sheri and Chris Walsh wanted to enhance communication and take Luwa’s customer service to the next level by using cloud-based business productivity tools. We recently spoke to Sheri Walsh, Vice President of Operations/Trade Relations, to learn about their experience with Microsoft Office 365.

Q: Please tell us about Luwa Luxury Products.   

Sheri Walsh: Our main differentiator at Luwa is our high-touch customer service. We’re a distribution company, but we work directly with our customers—retail dealers, architects, designers, and builders—through...

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10:30
YouTube Find: Parody video details Apple's...

This Apple Watch (Parody) video from JacksFilms takes on the Watch hype not even a day after the smartwatch was announced. So what do you think of this "A Pleasantly Plump Little Electronic Watch Android's Terrible Come Here" device?

[Via BGR]...

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10:20
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-10

Apple seems to be moving away from its "i" prefix for new products, and that may be a sign that CEO Tim Cook is putting his own mark on the company. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on why the i-name scheme is fading away, and they take a look at why Apple Pay doesn't pose the same potential security risks as iCloud.


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10:00
Band accuses Apple of ripping off their music video...

There was a lot to see during yesterday's epic Apple event, and it all started with a very cool video called "Perspective." The 2-minute clip is a pretty standard event-opening video for Apple, stating some principles the company believes in and...

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09:58
'I know countries' 1.3 leverages Apple Maps

Grapevine-cottage has given us "I know countries" 1.3 for Mac OS X. The app leverages full Apple Maps support to provide a user experience while navigating.

The map responds to a mouse click and highlights country boundaries and area, drops a pin at the capital location and shows a callout with flag, while speaking the country name and capital name.

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09:55
Apps: Ember, Geekbench, Tower
09:53
Pagico for Desktop for OS X revved to version 6.8

NOTES17 has launched Pagico for Desktop 6.8 (http://www.pagico.com/), an update to their information and task manager app for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds the ability to attach files and emails to new tasks and notes. Users can add files or emails to new tasks via a simple drag-and-drop. In addition, the task description fields are enhanced to make the note-taking process more enjoyable.

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09:38
MOGA unveils Rebel iOS controller

MOGA has unveiled its MOGA Rebel, a full-sized, console-style, premium game controller for iPhone, iPad, iPad air, iPad mini and iPod touch (5th generation) running iOS 7 or 8. It will be available in Apple stores in North America on Sept. 17 for US$79.99.

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09:31
iPhone 6 & Apple Watch reveals lived up to the...

With the redesigned iPhone 6 expected to set new sales records this holiday season, the impending launch of the Apple Pay mobile wallet service expected to catch on with consumers, and next year's debut of the Apple Watch, analysts on Wall Street were largely satisfied with Apple's announcements this week.

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09:30
Kunin - Ninja in Training: high flying, sword...

Released today for iPhone and iPad users is the newest member of the "ninja cutting things up" family of games, Kunin - Ninja in Training. In the game, our little ninja perches on a single stalk of bamboo in the middle of a misty lagoon, while unseen...

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09:27
Fiber optics market worth $3 billion by 2019

The MarketsandMarkets (www.marketsandmarkets.com) research group says the fiber optics market will be worth US$3 billion by 2019.

Asia-Pacific, North America, and Europe dominated the fiber optics market in 2013 and accounted for over 90% of the market size in terms of value. The Asia-Pacific fiber optic market is currently at a growing stage. Government directives intended to increase and encourage national broadband applications which are among the main drivers of the market.

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09:21
Where to buy the last iPod classics as Apple stops...

Now that the iPod classic, the last of Apple’s legacy clickwheel iPods, is no longer for sale from Apple, this might be your last chance to get your hands on the device. While you can’t get one from Apple, there are still a few spots to purchase remaining stock:

Walmart:

$239 160GB (Black)   $249 160GB (Silver)

Best Buy:

$239 160GB (Black)   $249 160GB (Silver)

Groupon:

$245 160GB (Black or Silver)

Amazon:

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09:19
Apple Pay to support Discover cards, collect fees...

Discover card holders will be able to make use of Apple Pay at some point, according to a Twitter post by the company. "We are in discussions with Apple to add Discover cards to Apple Pay in the future," the post reads. When Apple Pay was announced yesterday, only Visa, Mastercard, and American Express credit cards were mentioned. The service will also support debit cards....



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09:10
∞ Chase sends out mass Apple Pay mailing

JPMorgan Chase put out a mass mailing this morning trumpeting their newly announced Apple Pay partnership.

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09:09
How Apple makes money from Apple Pay

Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. will reap fees from banks when consumers use an iPhone in place of credit and debit cards for purchases, a deal that gives the handset maker a cut of the growing market for mobile payments, according to three people with knowledge of the arrangement.

Game changer.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:04
Sprint unveils iPhone for Life Plan

Sprint is certainly aggressive.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:03
Apple Watch Battery Life Currently 'About a Day...

Apple on Tuesday unveiled its new Apple Watch, providing a number of details on the highly anticipated device but declining to address one critical issue: battery life. According to information obtained by Re/code, Apple's new Watch will require daily charging, keeping the device in line with similar smart watches from Samsung and Motorola.

“There’s a lot of new technology packed into Apple Watch and we think people will love using it throughout the day,” Kerris said. “We anticipate that people will charge nightly which is why we designed an innovative charging solution that combines our MagSafe technology and inductive charging.” Sources tell Re/code that Apple is working to improve battery life before the product's 2015 debut, but the company still expects people will charge the device once a...

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09:00
Clip articles with Sight and send to OneNote

Today’s post was written by Yue Zhuge, co-founder and CEO of Sight.

Sight is an iPhone-optimized app that lets you clip articles from any iOS app in one snap—and then seamlessly send to OneNote. This powerful, cross platform, integration with Sight and OneNote provides you new ways to clip content from your mobile devices and tablets—expanding on what you can already do with the OneNote Clipper on your PC or Mac.

Read an article on your PC or Mac you want to save? Use OneNote Clipper to send it to OneNote. See something on your iOS device you want to save? Use Sight to clip the article and then save to OneNote.

Recipes, travel destinations, research papers, current news and more, Sight helps you clip...

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09:00
Sprint announces new 'IPhone for Life'...

Following Apple's iPhone 6 announcement, US wireless carrier Sprint took the wraps off its new wireless service plan that'll allow subscribers to get a new iPhone every two years. The new "iPhone for Life" plan costs US$70 per month and includes...

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08:58
Macworld Lays Off Staffers, Closes Print Edition

Sad news: According to Macworld editors, IDG has shuttered the print edition of Macworld and laid off most of the staff. The macworld.com Web site will continue. Our condolences to the many fine editors and writers who are now looking for work.

 

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08:54
Apple reportedly ‘not happy’ with one day Watch...

 

Re/code is reporting that Apple is currently seeing about a day’s worth of battery life. The company was notably sheepish to mention anything specific, but internally Re/code says Apple’s current marketing strategy is that users charge it over night to get full use during daylight hours.

Interestingly, the report notes that Apple is unhappy with current performance and the situation is very much still in flux. Apparently, Apple is doing many different things to improve battery longevity, by the time the device launches in ‘early 2015′.

Things I've heard...

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08:51
Apple Watch users will need to recharge nightly,...

Though Apple was mum about battery life for its forthcoming wrist-worn accessory when it was announced on Tuesday, the company has since said that it expects people to charge it nightly, suggesting the battery life will offer about one day of operation.

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08:49
News: Apple announces App Bundles, Previews,...

Apple has introduced three new features for iOS Developers allowing them to more easily distribute, test, and promote their apps on the App Store. App Store Bundles will allow developers to bundle up to 10 of their apps into a single-priced bundle that users can purchase together at a reduced price. App Bundles can be purchased with a single tap, and all of the apps will appear individually on the customer’s device. A “Complete My Bundle”…

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08:46
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Staples GC 15% off, TRENDnet...

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:

$100 Staples gift card for $85: save 15% on electronics, office supplies, more

Amazon Gold Box...

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08:32
Analyst: Apple’s iPhone 6 to Drive Record Sales

Get ready for record breaking iPhone 6 sales. That's what Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley is expecting in part because he thinks many iPhone owners skipped the iPhone 5 and 5S cycle in anticipation of this year's models.

The Mac Observer Spin: Expecting high iPhone 6 sales seems like an easy bet considering how much interest there was going into yesterday's media event. We'll probably see tight inventory for the larger iPhone 6 Plus, but hopefully the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will be easier to get ahold of.


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08:30
Business side of Apple's exclusive launch of U2...

As part of its iPhone and Watch unveiling, Apple also released U2's "Songs of Innocence" album for free to all its iTunes users. Though U2 will benefit from Apple's promotion of its latest release, the band is not giving its album away for free....

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08:24
Apple Filed for "Apple Watch" Trademarks...

Right after yesterday's Apple Event that unveiled the new iPhone 6 and iWatch, Apple's European legal firm of Edwards Wildman Palmer filed six trademark applications for "Apple Watch." Four have ...

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08:10
Apple acquisition of Path 'essentially a done...

Apple is poised to announce an acquisition of the Path social network, says a source claimed to be within Apple's engineering team. "It's almost done, if not signed already, but it's essentially a done deal," the person observes. The source adds that Apple is interested in more than just talent, and wants Path to be incorporated partly or wholly into its Messages app....



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08:01
Philips Unveils Lightning Cable-Equipped Fidelio M2L...

Apple recently updated it Made for iPhone (MFi) program with a new set of specifications that allow for the transmission of audio through Apple's Lightning cable port instead of the traditional 3.5-mm headphone jack. As spotted by Pocket-Lint, one of the first manufacturers to produce this new category of Lightning cable-equipped headphones is Philips, which is preparing its Fidelio M2L headphones for launch later this year.

Pascal van Laer, headphones business leader, WOOX Innovations says: "We’re excited to launch the Philips Fidelio M2L, our first headphone that has a direct digital connection to your iOS device. This means we can deliver an incredible audio experience today, and also opens up exciting opportunities for...

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08:00
Flickr Find: An office meant for daydreaming

With ribbon windows and reflective glass desks, it's a wonder how iBSSR gets any work accomplished in his office. Even with a gorgeous iMac, it would be hard not to daydream while looking at these extremely impressive surroundings.

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07:56
As expected, AppleCare+ arrives Down Under

 

As expected, Apple, alongside the new iPhones, has expanded the AppleCare+ Protection Plan service to Australia. Apple has been training its support staff and retail employees in Australia on AppleCare+ over the course of the past week. Unlike the previously standard plan, AppleCare+ provides support for up to two instances of accidental damage. Apple revamped its AppleCare offerings earlier this year. Apple has posted a legal-jargon-filled note on its Support website about the new...

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07:42
News: More on Apple Watch: Edition charger, iPhone...

More information on Apple Watch has surfaced after the product’s debut on Tuesday. A Yahoo Tech report reveals a number of details, including the fact that Apple Watch is water resistant, but not waterproof — you shouldn’t wear it in the pool or the shower. You can make phone calls from your wrist, using a wireless connection to your iPhone. Watch apps are loaded from the iPhone, and the watch has a feature referred to as “Ping…

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07:33
OK Go Accuses Apple of Ripping Off Concept From Hit...

Apple is facing criticism from alternative rock band OK Go following the release of its promotional video, "Perspective," that promotes the company's philosophy of "seeing things differently." Showcased as the introduction to Apple's Phone 6 press event, the video pans around a room, using camera angles to align random shapes into words. OK Go is accusing Apple of lifting this visual trick from the band's recently released "The Writing's On the Wall" music video.

While the general concept used in the videos is not unique, there does appear to be more to this story. Speaking to Bloomberg Businessweek, OK Go manager Andy Gershon claims the band met with Apple to discuss the concept for its music video in hopes that Apple would collaborate on the project. Apple declined, and OK...

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07:30
Sound Circle won't let you sleep

I love napping. I could make excuses about it making me more productive and alert, but the simple fact is that naps and sleeping are a great personal pleasure. It's not easy to nap just everywhere and at anytime. I find that "white noise" and...

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07:30
The Week in iPhone Cases: iPhone 6 cases debut

iPhone 6 cases are here!

With a whole new set of Apple gear just announced, this week’s roundup of new iPhone cases brings you a selection of protective accessories made just for those new handsets.

BuQu Tech

The PowerArmour (iPhone 6; $80) protects your new handset from drops and impacts while doubling its battery life with a built-in power pack.

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07:24
Apple to collect swipe fees from banks for Apple Pay...

Apple's new Apple Pay system has the potential to become a huge revenue driver, as the iPhone maker has reportedly reached agreements with its partner banks to take a cut of the revenue earned from so-called "swipe fees" when consumers make purchases through the platform.

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07:23
LaCie refreshes d2 drive line with Thunderbolt 2,...

Seagate's LaCie today announced the latest evolution of its d2 desktop storage line. The latest LaCie d2 features a new all–aluminum unibody enclosure, dual Thunderbolt 2, and USB 3.0. Plus, LaCie designed the d2 Thunderbolt 2 to be upgradable with a SSD daughterboard, which boosts speeds up to 1150 MB/s when the SSD is accessed....



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07:23
Apple Launches New iCloud Pricing with 1TB Storage...

Apple announced new iCloud storage pricing was coming during its WWDC keynote presentation earlier this year, and for the first time we get to see just how much the company thinks a terabyte of online storage is worth. Users who need a full TB of iCloud storage will be paying US$19.99 a month, or twice what Dropbox users pay for the same amount.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's good to see iCloud get 500GB and 1TB storage options. Whether or not Apple's users see those as reasonably priced options remains to be seen considering Dropbox's 1TB option costs half as much.


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07:14
Your iPhone 5s/5c is officially old hat: Apple...

There’s a pretty good chance that you’re now looking at your iPhone 5c/5s with anger and disgust thanks to yesterday’s iPhone 6 announcement. The good news is that Apple will now accept these models for trade as part of its in-store Reuse and Recycle program. You’ll have to have an Apple Store employee run a trade-in quote on their EasyPay device for a specific value, but you can get a ballpark figure for your device by comparing it to the $310 we know a 16GB iPhone 5s (AT&T locked) is worth.

Although trading your iPhone in at an Apple store is extremely convenient, you should refer to our iPhone 6 trade-in guide if you’re looking to get the most money back. If you have an older iPhone (4/4s) and Verizon is your carrier of choice, then you’ll most...

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07:10
Fear not lefties, Apple Watch is reversible for left...

Lefties fear not, Apple has now confirmed that its new Apple Watch wearable will indeed be reversible for users that prefer the watch on their right wrist.

When Apple unveiled the device and focused a lot of time on the “Digital Crown” dial used for many navigation features on the watch, left-handed individuals were left wondering whether or not the device could be flipped around (with the UI reorienting itself) to wear on the right wrist and still have access to the digital crown and single button using their left hand. That’s because simply moving the watch to the right wrist without any changes would result in reaching over (and blocking) the display with your left hand...

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07:07
Swift programming language reaches GM status for iOS

The Swift programming language has attained gold master status for iOS, Apple has announced. "You can now submit your apps that use Swift to the App Store. Whether your app uses Swift for a small feature or a complete application, now is the time to share your app with the world. It's your turn to excite everyone with your new creations," the company adds....



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07:00
Botnet Twists the Knife in iCloud Security


Hot on the heels of hackers stealing celebrities' nude photos from their iCloud accounts and posting them on the Web comes news that iCloud users are being targeted again -- this time by a botnet. The Kelihos botnet is sending emails purporting to be from Apple, informing targets they have purchased the film Lane Splitter through their iTunes account using a PC or other device not previously linked to their Apple ID, Symantec reported. It asks them to provide the ID information.

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07:00
Why Apple's live video stream was a complete...

Apple's media event offered no shortage of exciting announcements, but folks hoping to catch the product unveilings live as they happened via Apple's very own livestream were left sorely disappointed.

To be blunt, Apple's effort to livestream...

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06:58
Freeway Pro 7.0.1 - Drag-and-drop Web design...

Freeway Pro lets you build websites with speed and precision... without writing a line of code!

With it's user-oriented drag-and-drop interface, Freeway Pro helps you piece together the website of your dreams. Add images, audio, video and interactive content -- when your masterpiece is complete, Freeway Pro converts it into clean, standards-compliant code at the click of a button!

Beyond Web Design
Freeway isn't just for web designers: Leverage the power of the intuitive interface to create eye-catching email newsletters that work with all major email clients!

Pro-level Options
Freeway Pro is more advanced than its counterpart, Freeway Express:

  • Access hundreds of plugins.
  • Create pixel-perfect style sheet layouts.
  • Animate your content with fluid transitions.
  • Add sophisticated search capabilities to your site.
  • Import professional graphic...

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06:50
News: Philips debuts first Lightning connector...

Philips has debuted the first Lightning connector headphones, Fidelio M2L. According to Pocket-lint, Philips claims the headphones can deliver high-quality 24-bit audio using built-in DAC and amplification. The Fidelio M2L headphones use two 40mm speaker drivers and are said to offer noise isolated audio with dynamic bass. Philips’ Fidelio M2L will be available in December for €250 (about $323)....

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06:43
Apple Releases New iCloud Storage Plans

Apple has radically increased the amount of iCloud storage available to purchase and dropped the price per gigabyte. But as welcome as these changes are, they still pale in comparison to offers from Dropbox and Google Drive.

 

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06:38
VirtualBox 4.3.16 - x86 virtualization software. (...

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

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

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



Version...

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06:30
It's dragon popping time in Dragon Poppers

Dragon Poppers is a puzzle game where you try to clear the board of dragons by setting off a chain reaction eliminating other dragons in a horizontal and vertical pattern. The game starts out with 105 levels in the first pack, but there are over 800...

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06:29
Seagate unveils new cloud, enterprise solutions

Seagate Technology has announced several product updates that support its mission to lead the world in the storing, sharing and protecting the world’s data.

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06:27
Fujifilm gives X-T1 a graphite silver makeover, adds...

Fujifilm has launched a second retro-inspired camera, as a marginally-upgraded version of the X-T1 from January. The X-T1 Graphite Silver adds a triple-layer coating to the camera, giving it a graphite appearance to its weather-sealed magnesium body, with the external alterations also accompanied by a number of internal improvements on the original model....



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06:24
Jay Carney joining CNN after reportedly being...

Former White House Press Secretary for the Obama Administration Jay Carney is joining CNN as a political commenter, Politico reports. The announcement was made by the cable network and Carney today.

“I’m thrilled to be joining CNN at a time when there is so much happening in the nation and the world,” Carney said in a statement.

Carney’s move to CNN surely means the end to reports that the former White House Press Secretary is in the running for Apple’s top PR spot vacated by now-retired Katie Cotton. Re/code reported earlier this year that Carney was among the top candidates in the running for...

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06:24
Printable iPhone 6 pre-order picker can help you...

If you weren't among the chosen few who got to handle Apple's new iPhones at the company's special event Tuesday, blindly choosing the right size iPhone 6 to pre-order later this week could prove stressful. But a new printable iPhone pre-order picker may offer a helping hand.

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06:22
News: Apple to get a cut from payments made via...

As part of its new payments system, Apple will be collecting fees from banks, Bloomberg reports. A number of banks, including JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America, and Citigroup have all agreed to integrate their cards into the system, and Apple has apparently reached individual deals with various banks to collect a fee for each transaction made through Apple Pay. Neither Apple nor any of the key banks have commented on the specific arrangements,…

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06:19
First headphones to use Lightning port announced –...

When Apple quietly created a new MFi spec for headphones, allowing them to connect via the Lightning port rather than the headphone jack to deliver higher-quality audio, everyone expected Apple-owned Beats to be first to take advantage of it. But instead Philips has, ah, beaten them to it … 

The Philips Fidelio M2L uses a built-in 24-bit digital-analogue converter and amplifier to provide higher-quality audio than delivered by the iPhone’s own DAC chip. Philips also says that the Lightning connection...

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06:12
How to Get Your Free U2 Album

Apple announced that it’s giving away a free copy of U2’s latest album, “Songs of Innocence,” to every iTunes customer. Here’s how to claim yours before time runs out on 13 October 2014.

 

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06:12
Apple Releases iTunes 11.4 with iOS 8 Support

Apple released iTunes 11.4 for the Mac and Windows on Tuesday with support for next week's release of iOS 8 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The update will let users sync movies, music, and other content with devices running iOS 8.


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06:09
∞ The Apple Watch and the battle of fashion and...

Fashion is tricky. Some looks emerge white hot but don’t look great in history’s rear view mirror, others stand the test of time.

The Apple Watch is a marriage of form and functionality and has to answer to two masters. It has to pass muster as fashion and has to pack a lot of functionality into a small form factor. [Read More...]

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06:07
Discover in talks to join Apple Pay, Swift goes GM...

Apple might soon have all four major U.S. card issuers on board with its new Apple Pay service, as Discover confirmed on Tuesday that the firm is in talks to sign on. Meanwhile, Apple's new Swift programming language has hit version 1.0 as iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite near release.

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06:00
Apple will reportedly receive a small percentage...

Apple yesterday introduced a new mobile payment platform dubbed Apple Pay that will enable iPhone 6 users to seamlessly pay for goods and services without having to take out a credit card. Instead, a simple and subtle wave of one's iPhone next to a...

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05:59
Philips announces Fidelo M2L, the first-ever Apple...

The first-ever Lightning-connected headphones for iOS devices are coming from Philips, offering 24-bit digital to analog conversion thanks to the use of Apple's proprietary connector.

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05:54
Opinion: Is the Apple Watch a hit or a miss?

With Apple finally taking the wraps off the long anticipated Apple Watch people have already started to ask whether it is a hit or a miss. While we will reserve our final judgement on the Apple Watch until we are able to put it through some extensive testing, Apple gave the device comprehensive coverage during its September 9 event coupled with lots of information about the Apple Watch on its redesigned website. There is probably enough evidence out there in the cold light of day to start formulating some early thoughts on the device....



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05:45
Security researcher says many of his iOS ‘backdoor’...

Jonathan Zdziarski, who flared up the initial round of iOS surveillance claims a couple of months ago, is now reporting that some of these flaws have been rectified with iOS 8. Apple said that these services were used for debugging purposes, and had no connection to government agencies. It then proceeded to detail these processes in a support note.

Zdziarski’s post explains that many issues have been addressed, particularly with File Relay. Before, this service blindly sent data from the device to an external source, without authentication. In iOS 8, he says that the service has...

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05:45
Safari for the Mac: Finding the Wallpaper File

When you choose "Use Image as Desktop Picture" in Safari, where does that file live? How do you get to the image on your Mac if you can't find it again on the Web? We're here to tell you how and to answer all of your questions. Well, not ALL of them. No, we don't know what the meaning of life is.


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05:35
We’re not the only ones used to calling it the...

I tweeted earlier that it’s going to take a while to get used to referring to the Apple Watch instead of iWatch, and it seems I’m in good company. As The Verge noted, even Tim Cook said iWatch during his ABC News interview when talking about US jobs created by the company.

Developers writing applications for iPhone and iPad and Mac and now, of course, as of today, the iWatch

The question is, was the slip-up because Cook spends too much time reading tech sites, or was it that Apple originally intended to release it as the iWatch, having a change of mind some way down the line?

you think 'iTouch' is bad?

'iWatch' will be...

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05:30
Follow local schools with USA Today High School...

We have seen a real surge of interest in high school sports over the last several years. The growth spurt coincides with the big increase in coverage of major college recruiting in basketball and especially football. Now with the USA Today High...

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05:19
∞ Jony Ive talks Apple Watch after the keynote

[VIDEO] Following yesterday’s keynote, and after the regular press had all gone, ABC News’ David Muir had a chance to talk about the Apple Watch with Apple Senior Vice President of Design, Jony Ive.

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05:07
Fujifilm adds hybrid viewfinder with electronic...

Fujufilm has announced an update to the X100 compact camera, ahead of Photokina. The X100T is similar to its predecessor in being a premium compact camera with a fixed lens, though the shooter notably has a hybrid viewfinder with an electronic rangefinder, allowing the camera to add an overlay showing a small area to aid in keeping focus on the subject....



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05:02
Discover cards joining Amex, Mastercard and Visa in...

Discover has tweeted that its cards will be joining Amex, Mastercard and Visa in the Apple Pay service, allowing electronic versions of its cards to be stored in Passbook for contactless payment using the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch.

@AppleholicAnon Hi! no need to worry! We are in discussions with Apple to add Discover cards to Apple Pay in the future. *Kimber


  (@Discover) September 09, 2014

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05:00
LaCie announces d2 Thunderbolt 2 drive w/ new design...

LaCie is out today with the new d2 Thunderbolt 2 drive featuring a new design with a smaller footprint and an optional SSD upgrade for adding faster storage to the mix. The new LaCie d2 is an up-to-6TB hard drive spec’d at 7200 RPM with speeds up to 220 MB/s and two Thunderbolt 2 ports alongside a USB 3 port. Aside from the new design, part of the LaCie d2’s story is the option to add a solid state drive to the package with a user-upgradable solid state drive panel from LaCie to make the d2 even faster and more capable. LaCie says the optional SSD upgrade offers a theoretical speed boost from 220 MB/s to 1150 MB/s for data transfer:

To multiply speeds by a factor of five, users can install the LaCie d2 SSD Upgrade (sold separately). The upgrade increases speeds up to 1150 MB/s*** and adds 128 GB of PCIe SSD storage. This...

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04:44
∞ Finding the new U2 album Apple gave away at the...

If you made it to the very end of yesterday’s keynote (not easy, given the stream stuttering and Mandarin overdub), you got the chance to watch U2 perform live and Tim Cook give away the new U2 album to all comers.

Finding the album can be a bit tricky, though. If that’s you, click through to the original post for instructions.

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04:30
Mobile cloud market to be worth $46.90 billion by...

New data from MarketsandMarkets (www.marketsandmarkets.com) says the mobile cloud market will be worth US$46.90 billion by 2019. With the rise in demanding times, cloud computing has evolved to give space for the upsurge in the mobile cloud era which provides continual access to the cloud-based applications and services merely through one's mobile device such as smartphones and tablets, says the research group.

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04:22
Gold is best – the combined jewelry box &...

We don’t yet know the price of the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition, but it doesn’t require psychic powers to know that it isn’t going to be cheap. KGH analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s prediction of the most expensive model costing “several thousand dollars” is probably exaggerated, but may not be quite as far-fetched as it seemed.

David Pogue shared one of the things Apple didn’t mention on stage but did reveal during press demonstrations afterwards … 

The fanciest model, the gold Apple Phone Edition, comes in a gorgeous jewelry box — which doubles...

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After launching its new mobile wallet service Apple Pay during yesterday’s keynote, the company gave demos afterwards, TechCrunch sharing a video.

The card you have registered with your Apple ID becomes your default card, but you can add others by using the camera on the iPhone 6 to identify it. The iPhone requests permission from your bank, and the card is then added to Passbook … 

Using your default card at a compatible contactless payment terminal is as simple as holding out your iPhone. Once it is within range of the terminal, it automatically opens...

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iOS 8 FAQ: What we know about Apple's next-...

Given iOS 7’s major visual overhaul last year, it wouldn’t have been surprising if Apple decided to take a step back and focus on small under-the-hood improvements in iOS 8. But that didn’t happen: iOS 8 looks like it’ll be every bit the game-changer that its predecessor was.

But this time, the focus is on system features and app improvements more than visual tweaks. In particular, the impending update will see a seismic foundational shift in the way apps communicate with each other, opening the door to a richer, more colorful experience for all Apple’s mobile users.

Make no mistake: There’s a lot of new stuff in iOS 8. Here’s what we know about it so far.

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00:33
Apple to Collect Fee From Banks for Every Purchase...

Apple will collect a fee from banks every time consumers use the company's new Apple Pay payments solution, reports Bloomberg. Citing three individuals close to the matter, the report notes that Apple struck individual deals with each bank it has partnered with. Those banks include JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, and more.

While that gives the tech company a share of the more than $40 billion that banks generate annually from so-called swipe fees, lenders expect to benefit as consumers spend more of their money via mobile phones and other digital devices, the person said. The sources cited did not specify the exact size of the fee, noting that it could vary or be tied to the value of the purchases made by the consumer. During its announcement...

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23:29
Jony Ive: Apple Watch and New iPhones Apple's...

A short time after today's media event, Apple CEO Tim Cook did an exclusive one-on-one interview with David Muir of ABC News, speaking on the company's new products and former CEO Steve Jobs. Now, ABC News has shared a clip of an interview with Apple design head Jony Ive, who spoke on the Apple Watch and its development process.

Muir: How many different versions of the Apple Watch are there?
Ive: I think we were talking about this earlier, and when you actually do the calculations, it's millions and millions.
Muir: Millions and millions?
Ive: That's right, there are different materials for the actual case, there's two different sizes, you can choose one of six different straps or bands. But, the way we treated this from a design point of view wasn't that you had hardware...

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